Created By: Stratadrake on April 20, 2010
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Novelty Cigarette Lighters

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A cigarette lighter designed to look like something else, such as a toy or gun.

In fiction, there will invariably be an actual toy or gun that looks exactly like it, causing a character to mix the two up. Hilarity Ensues.

In real life, some cities and states have actually banned the marketing and sale of novelty lighters in their jurasdictions, because their resemblance to ordinary toys may present a greater risk of fire or injury.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • June 22, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • June 22, 2010
    Robotech_Master
    The third episode of Detective Conan involves a Statue of Liberty cigarette lighter that is not mistaken for something else, but is used to show (since she knows what it is) that one particular character has been secretly trespassing.
  • June 22, 2010
    Hobbledehoy
    Hogan'sHeroes: In the very first episode, a Nazi is sent in disguised as a prisoner to infiltrate their operation. One of the tricks they use to discredit him with his higher ups is showing him the novelty replica-luger cigarette lighters they're mass producing, so that later, when he sees a real luger, he fires it, thinking it's a cigarette lighter.
  • June 22, 2010
    PaulA
    The pistol cigarette lighter in The Pretender episode "Scott Free".

    On a completely different note, the first episode of Black Books has a subplot where Fran is going slowly mad trying to figure out what a bizarre object she's been given as a gift is. At the end of the episode, Manny wanders into her shop and immediately identifies it as a novelty cigarette lighter.
  • June 23, 2010
    Lt.Morke
    One of the secret videos contained with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, has Snake has an orgasm over the .45 given to him by EVA. When he pulls the trigger he's severely disappointed to be met with a flame as EVA lights a cigar.
  • June 23, 2010
    Nate The Great
    If The Penguin hasn't done this with his umbrella I'd be shocked.
  • June 23, 2010
    LeeM
    IIRC the kid in Jungle 2 Jungle is given a mission by his tribal elder to steal fire from the Statue Of Liberty, and is disappointed to learn that its torch isn't real. At the end of the film his American dad gives him a novelty lighter. Guess what it's shaped like.
  • June 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    On a Christmas Episode of Just Shoot Me, Nina scares some carolers by pulling out her pistol lighter. She later gives it to Jack as a present, and it gets him in trouble when he gets caught in an illegal immigration sting (long story).
  • June 24, 2010
    Dinsdale
    I tried a YKTTW on a similar idea once: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=856ke14t9qe1nigfaomddrpw

    Ones featured there that aren't here yet:
  • December 6, 2010
    PaulA
    A novelty cigarette lighter plays an important role in one episode of Sherlock.
  • December 6, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    In Woody Allen's Mockumentary Take The Money And Run, Virgil Starkwell is seen at one point stealing a gun from a pawn shop and get in a shootout with the police soon after only to realize that the "gun" that he just stole is a cigarette lighter.

    In the film Innerspace, the hapless store clerk protagonist has to deal with a customer who pulls a "gun" out of her purse when she gets annoyed with him only for it to turn out to be a lighter.
  • December 6, 2010
    DannyVElAcme
    Inversion: in The Man With The Golden Gun, the titular gun is a(working!) cigarette lighter when not in use.
  • December 6, 2010
    JackMackerel
    One of the gag reels from Metal Gear Solid 3's Secret Theater, in which Snake gushes over his new custom M1911... only for him to pull the trigger and find out it's a lighter.
  • December 7, 2010
    foxley
    In the Catwoman comic, Catwoman's fixer Zee used to use a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun. This caused some misunderstandings at times.
  • December 7, 2010
    PaulA
    ^^ When people start suggesting examples that have already been suggested, that can be a sign that it's time to launch.
  • December 7, 2010
    NativeJovian
    The Cowboy Bebop movie features a lighter shaped like a grenade at one point.
  • May 3, 2011
    PaulA
    An issue of Transmetropolitan toward the end of the run has a significant moment with a gun that turns out to be a cigarette lighter.
  • May 3, 2011
    peccantis
    "Novelty Cigarette Lighter" sounds like a name that begs for trope rot. How about a name that signifies more the effect of it, such as "Confusing" or "Misleading Novelty Cigarette Lighter"?
  • May 3, 2011
    SonicLover
    A cigarette lighter shaped like a gun (engraved by a local mob boss, no less) plays a semi-important role in the second episode of Telltale Games's second Back To The Future game.
  • May 3, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^Agree with peccantis. I hate titles that don't indicate the trope, just an object or character implicated in the trope. Example lists tend to turn into lists of chairs people sat in.

    Novelty Lighter Switcheroo?
  • January 16, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump
  • January 17, 2012
    foxley
    • In the Catwoman comic, Catwoman's fixer Zed had a pistol shaped cigarette lighter that nearly caused him to get shot on one occassion.
    • In Batman #171, the Riddler uses a pistol lighter to trick Batman into attacking him when he is not actually doing anything illegal.
  • January 17, 2012
    zarpaulus
    @Paul A: Spider had a lot of novelty lighters. Not just that one that looked like a gun.
  • April 6, 2016
    eroock
    http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/innerspace_gun_lighter.jpg
    Suitable trope image from Innerspace (entry from above)

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  • April 6, 2016
    eroock
    http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dott_gun_lighter.jpg
    Videgames:
    • An NPC in Day Of The Tentacle points a gun at the hero but to the latter's surprise it's only a cigarette lighter.

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  • October 17, 2016
    ZeroL
    Bump. Someone has to take this over but I don't have the time.
  • October 18, 2016
    aurora369
    Real Life: Tinder pistols from the 17-18th centuries were the first novelty lighters. They were essentially pistols of the time, but with no barrel, no bullet and an expanded flashpan. A waxy wick was put into the flashpan with all the gunpowder, and ignition set the waxy wick on fire. After that, the user lit his pipe from this fire.
  • October 18, 2016
    KZN02
  • October 18, 2016
    SquirrelGuy
    Not sure if this counts, but on ''The Flintstones", they had a cigarette lighter that functioned by rubbing two sticks together.
  • October 19, 2016
    PaulA
    I think someone's already said this, but I feel like "Novelty Cigarette Lighters" is too broad a title if the actual trope is Novelty Cigarette Lighters That Look Like Something Else And May Be Mistaken For The Thing They Look Like.
  • October 20, 2016
    eroock
  • October 20, 2016
    MasoTey
    Just A Lighter or Only A Lighter? (As in phrases such as "It looked like a gun, but it was only a lighter.")
  • October 20, 2016
    Daefaroth
    If it weren't for the fact that it fails the clear and concise part I would want to name this Ready! Aim! Fire?
  • November 21, 2016
    Morgenthaler
  • January 29, 2017
    Aggron9988
    ^^^Only A Lighter sounds like a good name.Would this YKTTW be considered up for grabs?If it is I'd like to take it over, it seems a bit forgotten.
  • January 29, 2017
    eroock
    We should probably have a policy in place after what time lapse a thread is considered up for grabs. That would do away with the ambiguity of ownership.
  • January 30, 2017
    Arivne
    ^ According to Up For Grabs, a TLP proposal can be taken over when the OP has not posted to or edited it for two months.

    The OP Stratadrake has not posted to this proposal since 2010, so it is Up For Grabs.
  • January 30, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Anime And Manga
  • January 30, 2017
    longWriter
    The Novelty Cigarette Lighter name is a little confusing; I was about to suggest an example from Mc Gee And Me where a detective-themed Imagine Spot involved a Femme Fatale entering the P.I.'s office and light her cigarette with a blowtorch. Since the blowtorch was meant to be over-the-top comedy rather than misleading, it doesn't look like that example fits with the trope.
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Is anyone able to edit the draft? I tried adding a line between the description and examples and it didn't save the change.
  • January 31, 2017
    zarpaulus
    ^ I've noticed that kind of thing with really old drafts before.
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    I think I'm going to make a new YKTTW(carrying the above draft) with the name Only A Lighter, and copy the examples listed here into that, then when everything is moved, discard this YKTTW. So I guess I'm more or less taking up sponsorship?(edit:(I am inconsistent as heck with this) I am taking up sponsorship)

    Edit(again): Only A Lighter is a Ykttw now, example moving in process.If anyone reading this gave a hat to Novelty Cigarette Lighter, please throw another to Only A Lighter.
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    I'm done moving things over to Only A Lighter.

    Novelty Cigarette Lighter can be discarded now.
  • January 31, 2017
    PaulA
  • February 1, 2017
    eroock
    Bump for bombs to close this copy.
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