History Main / SmokingIsCool

3rd Dec '16 6:57:35 PM SwampAdder
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** Holmes also indulged in a 7% solution of cocaine. He was also depicted (once) in an OpiumDen, though he was trailing a suspect at the time and not actually indulging.
3rd Dec '16 3:20:31 PM Jeduthun
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In older media from before the Surgeon General's report on tobacco use, smoking conveyed maturity, experience, and social acceptability. The StopHavingFunGuys character in an old movie or TV show will almost always be a non-smoker, as will be the male NeatFreak and AmbiguouslyGay and the female MaidenAunt, PuritySue, and StrawFeminist. Basically, the non-smoker was thought to be no fun at all, and (unless they're a youngish PuritySue) socially transgressive in some way. The message was that most non-smokers were weirdos you didn't want to know, which might be part of the reason why people of that generation refused to believe the Surgeon General for so long.

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In older media from before the Surgeon General's report on tobacco use, smoking conveyed maturity, experience, and social acceptability. The StopHavingFunGuys character in an old movie or TV show will almost always be a non-smoker, as will be the male NeatFreak and AmbiguouslyGay and the female MaidenAunt, PuritySue, and StrawFeminist. Basically, the non-smoker was thought to be no fun at all, and (unless they're a youngish PuritySue) socially transgressive in some way. The message was that most non-smokers were weirdos you didn't want to know, which might be part of the reason why people of that generation refused to believe the Surgeon General for so long.
long. It seems like a classic case of DoNotDoThisCoolThing.
1st Dec '16 3:42:51 AM Morgenthaler
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For some reason, smoking is used as a shorthand in fiction to say that someone is a badass. It probably has its roots in [[TheFifties Fifties]] rebel flicks, or '40s FilmNoir, or maybe the somewhat deeper idea that someone who cares nothing about their health will willingly expose themselves to pain on a regular basis, or maybe the play of smoke on the screen around a character in slow-mo is just that damn cool -- but whatever it is, there's no denying that nine times out of ten a fictional smoker is a {{Badass}}. No childlike or upbeat characters smoke. The smoker is the AntiHero, the BadassNormal, or the DeadpanSnarker, whereas the non-smoker is the GenkiGirl, MessianicArchetype, the KidHero.

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For some reason, smoking is used as a shorthand in fiction to say that someone is a badass. It probably has its roots in [[TheFifties Fifties]] rebel flicks, or '40s FilmNoir, or maybe the somewhat deeper idea that someone who cares nothing about their health will willingly expose themselves to pain on a regular basis, or maybe the play of smoke on the screen around a character in slow-mo is just that damn cool -- but whatever it is, there's no denying that nine times out of ten a fictional smoker is a {{Badass}}.badass. No childlike or upbeat characters smoke. The smoker is the AntiHero, the BadassNormal, or the DeadpanSnarker, whereas the non-smoker is the GenkiGirl, MessianicArchetype, the KidHero.



There may be a pragmatic element to this trope, given the predicted lifespans of most people in {{Badass}} professions. The prospect of dying of lung cancer in twenty years loses much of its sting when there's a real chance of dying of high-velocity lead poisoning tomorrow. This is one of the reasons smoking is still popular in high-risk professions, like the military, or convenience store cashiers.

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There may be a pragmatic element to this trope, given the predicted lifespans of most people in {{Badass}} badass professions. The prospect of dying of lung cancer in twenty years loses much of its sting when there's a real chance of dying of high-velocity lead poisoning tomorrow. This is one of the reasons smoking is still popular in high-risk professions, like the military, or convenience store cashiers.



* Doctor Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater''. Takes on a less-than cool aspect when it turns out he's trying to avoid cigarettes in an attempt to resist his own insanity. He reasons to Spirit that he if he can't handle one, he won't be able to deal with the other. And now he's started again. So, back with the cool presumably. Because...Stein's {{Badass}}.

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* Doctor Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater''. Takes on a less-than cool aspect when it turns out he's trying to avoid cigarettes in an attempt to resist his own insanity. He reasons to Spirit that he if he can't handle one, he won't be able to deal with the other. And now he's started again. So, back with the cool presumably. Because...Stein's {{Badass}}. Stein is badass.



* The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Bus Driver]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is never seen without a cigar. It's not clear how {{badass}} he actually is, but the [[EnsembleDarkhorse fandom]] generally sees him as an AlmightyJanitor.

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* The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Bus Driver]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is never seen without a cigar. It's not clear how {{badass}} badass he actually is, but the [[EnsembleDarkhorse fandom]] generally sees him as an AlmightyJanitor.



* The titular character in ''IpMan'' smokes a pipe. Of course, he's a {{Badass}}.

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* The titular character in ''IpMan'' smokes a pipe. Of course, he's a {{Badass}}.badass.



** The movie Bond smokes much less than the original. It should be noted that the campiest and suavest Bond, Creator/RogerMoore, smoked cigars while the more brooding and {{badass}} Creator/TimothyDalton version smoked cigarettes, as did Creator/SeanConnery.

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** The movie Bond smokes much less than the original. It should be noted that the campiest and suavest Bond, Creator/RogerMoore, smoked cigars while the more brooding and {{badass}} badass Creator/TimothyDalton version smoked cigarettes, as did Creator/SeanConnery.



* Meursault in the Creator/AlbertCamus novel ''Literature/TheStranger''. He is often considered a {{badass}} existentialist AntiHero. Besides, smoking later becomes somewhat symbolic to the meaning of the novel.

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* Meursault in the Creator/AlbertCamus novel ''Literature/TheStranger''. He is often considered a {{badass}} badass existentialist AntiHero. Besides, smoking later becomes somewhat symbolic to the meaning of the novel.



* {{Badass}} cop Zheglov in ''Series/TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''.

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* {{Badass}} Badass cop Zheglov in ''Series/TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''.



* Zig-Zagged by ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. There are a number of {{Badass}} characters who smoke, including Jim "Spy" Covalent and Clint Wayne, thus playing this trope straight. However, the trope is [[DefiedTrope defied]] by a strict "no smoking" policy in Dino Attack Headquarters, and because a cigarette burned her home to the ground when she was only a child, [[SubvertedTrope Smoking is]] ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' [[SubvertedTrope Cool]] in Amanda's eyes.

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* Zig-Zagged by ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. There are a number of {{Badass}} badass characters who smoke, including Jim "Spy" Covalent and Clint Wayne, thus playing this trope straight. However, the trope is [[DefiedTrope defied]] by a strict "no smoking" policy in Dino Attack Headquarters, and because a cigarette burned her home to the ground when she was only a child, [[SubvertedTrope Smoking is]] ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' [[SubvertedTrope Cool]] in Amanda's eyes.



* Slayer from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' smokes a pipe and just to show how {{Badass}} he is he blocks with the smoke.

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* Slayer from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' smokes a pipe and just to show how {{Badass}} badass he is he blocks with the smoke.
1st Dec '16 3:41:16 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:250:[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Remember kids:]] Smoke, and you too can be this {{Badass}}.]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Remember kids:]] Smoke, and you too can be this {{Badass}}.badass.]]
27th Nov '16 8:16:38 PM PaulA
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* Everybody on [[TheGeneral planet Bellevue]] smokes like chimneys, the rich and aristocratic using long ivory cigarette holders, probably as a tension reliever. On Bellevue the homefront is every bit as stressful as the battlefront.

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* ''Literature/TheGeneral'': Everybody on [[TheGeneral planet Bellevue]] Bellevue smokes like chimneys, the rich and aristocratic using long ivory cigarette holders, probably as a tension reliever. On Bellevue the homefront is every bit as stressful as the battlefront.
11th Nov '16 3:57:49 PM Willbyr
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* Is [[BlackButler Bardroy]] ever seen ''without'' a cigarette in his mouth?

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* Is [[BlackButler [[Manga/BlackButler Bardroy]] ever seen ''without'' a cigarette in his mouth?



* Stylized smoking is especially prominent in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', in which characters' rolled cigarettes can conjure ''fountains'' of smoke. Between [[{{RevengeBeforeReason}} Afro]] and [[TheGunslinger Justice]], enough smoke is blown out of their noses over the five-episode first season to smother a small town and then some. And it [[{{RuleOfCool}} looks]] ''badass''.

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* Stylized smoking is especially prominent in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', in which characters' rolled cigarettes can conjure ''fountains'' of smoke. Between [[{{RevengeBeforeReason}} [[RevengeBeforeReason Afro]] and [[TheGunslinger Justice]], enough smoke is blown out of their noses over the five-episode first season to smother a small town and then some. And it [[{{RuleOfCool}} looks]] ''badass''.
30th Oct '16 9:05:19 AM Anddrix
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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', there's Absolem, of course.

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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', there's Absolem, of course.
25th Oct '16 3:30:07 PM charyon
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* This trope is one of the ways that you can tell Daryl Dixon is a badass amongst badasses in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Of course, with the all the ravenous undead and living sociopaths running around, lung cancer is maybe the least of his worries.
17th Oct '16 11:04:39 AM Willbyr
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* The reporter Yoshizawa in the anime version of ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' seems to always have a cigarette on his lips.

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* The reporter Yoshizawa in the anime version of ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' seems to always have a cigarette on his lips.lips.


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* In one chapter of ''Manga/TheHatingGirl'', Asumi starts to think this after seeing some delinquents smoking, finding out that her friend Ryouji has the occasional cigarette, and trying one herself. This leads her to start trying to act like a delinquent, but it gets out of hand when she's confronted by the real thing. By the end of the chapter both she and Ryouji have sworn off cigarettes.
13th Oct '16 12:03:27 PM Dracis
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* Many characters in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'', in deference to both its Ayn Rand influence and its time period. The main character is smoking on an airplane in the opening sequence, and given the look of the air so is everyone else, totally in-line with 1960. There are cigarettes and cigars everywhere on Rapture, where personal freedom is tantamount to the fact that it's a closed environment with no ready access to fresh air.

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* Many characters in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'', in deference to both its Ayn Rand influence and its time period. The main character is smoking on an airplane in the opening sequence, and given the look of the air so is everyone else, totally in-line with 1960. There are cigarettes and cigars everywhere on Rapture, where personal freedom is tantamount to trumps the fact that it's a closed environment with no ready access to fresh air.
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