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See also "Basic Instinct" Legs-Crossing Parody.

Films -- Live-Action

  • Deadpool 2: Deadpool, while his lower half is growing back after Juggernaut tears him in two, uncrosses his legs to reveal his baby dink.
  • The Happytime Murders: The panty scene is spoofed when Sandra uncrosses her legs to reveal purple hair on her crotch, leading Edwards to quip that "the curtains don't match the drapes". This ends up becoming a clue towards her true identity, when Edwards spots an old photo of her with purple hair.
    Edwards: Guess the curtains do match the drapes.
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  • The Heartbreak Kid: When the twins ask Eddie about his personal life, he jokes that his wife was killed with an icepick.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux parodies both the famous leg cross (at one point her legs go back all the way around her head) and the ice pick murder (Michelle's actually brandishing a screwdriver, tightening the frame of the bed with an oiling for good measure).
  • Last Action Hero: When movie characters invade the real world, Sharon Stone is seen reprising her role as Catherine.

Live-Action TV

  • Married... with Children:
    • In "The Old College Try", Marcy crosses her legs and asks Bud, "So, besides saving you the cost of renting Basic Instinct, what else can I do for you?"
    • In "Heels on Wheels", Al mentions the film when telling of a customer who turned out to be a transvestite.
      Al: All of a sudden she uncrosses her legs like in Basic Instinct...
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  • The Nanny: In The Stinger for "The Nanny-Napper", Fran imitates the leg-crossing scene while being interrogated.
  • Roseanne: In "The Getaway, Almost", Darlene and David mention that they got banned from the movie theater for booing at Basic Instinct.
  • Seinfeld:
    • In "The Package", the scene where Newman grills Jerry about mail fraud spoofs Wayne Knight's own role in the movie.
    • The leg-crossing scene is spoofed in "The Junk Mail".

Web Original

  • Honest Trailers: In the trailer for Showgirls, the Narrator mentions that director Paul Verhoeven also directed Basic Instinct.

Western Animation

  • Family Guy: A cutaway from "Road to Rupert" shows Sharon Stone killing someone after sex by biting his head off like a praying mantis.
  • Robot Chicken: A sketch from "Some Like It Hitman" has the T-800, after killing Sarah Connor and stealing her lower half, getting interrogated by the police for prostitution and uncrossing "his" legs.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Pt. 2)", Groundkeeper Willie is being interrogated about Burns while wearing a kilt and uncrosses his legs, disgusting the officers.
      Eddie: (cocks gun) This is your last warning about that.
    • In "Grade School Confidential", Mrs. Krabappel suggestively sits on her desk like Catherine does.