Created By: StratadrakeApril 20, 2010

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: 23
  • 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.

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