Created By: Aggron9988 on January 31, 2017 Last Edited By: Aggron9988 on February 15, 2017
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Only A Lighter

A cigarette lighter looks like another item.

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

There may be some actual toys or guns that look exactly like it, causing a character to mix the two up.In the latter case, this can easily be either Played for Laughs or Played for Drama, depending on the situation.

Compare Couldn't Find a Lighter, where the thing being used to light a cigarette or similar doesn't look like a lighter because it isn't.


Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • Detective Conan: The third episode 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.
  • The Cowboy Bebop movie features a lighter shaped like a grenade at one point.
  • The third episode of Trigun is "Peace Maker", which sees an outlaw boss Dual Wielding long-barrel revolvers that are actually matching cigarette lighters. This Harmless Villain with a Slasher Smile plots a bank heist posing as The Hero, Vash The Stampede.

    Comic Books 
  • Towards the end of Transmetropolitan's run Spider Jerusalem develops a fast-progressing neurodegenerative disorder with very little chance of recovering. In the epilogue issue he has barely any manual dexterity left, his assistants leave him alone for a minute and he whips out what looks like a gun and slowly draws it towards his head, then lights a cigarette with it. Revealing that he is recovering after all.
  • In the Catwoman comic, Catwoman's fixer Zed had a pistol shaped cigarette lighter that nearly caused him to get shot on one occasion.
  • In Batman #171, the Riddler uses a pistol lighter to trick Batman into attacking him when he is not actually doing anything illegal.

    Film Live Action 
  • Return of The Pink Panther: Chief Inspector Dreyfus has a pistol cigarette lighter.It looks identical to his pistol. This results in a Running Gag where he mistakes his lighter for his pistol, or vice versa.When Francois sees it before Dreyfus lights himself a cigarette, after informing Dreyfus that Closseau is to be reinstated as a detective, we get this exchange:
    Francois: Sir?!
    Dreyfus: What?(looks at pistol-shaped lighter) oh, it's a birthday gift from my wife.
  • The 1997 George of the Jungle has an inversion: Lyle shoots at George with a pistol that he thought was a novelty lighter.
  • The kid from 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 that looks like it.
  • 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.
  • An inversion In The Man with the Golden Gun, the titular gun is a working cigarette lighter as well as an actual gun when not being used to shoot.
  • In 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.
  • Fairly early in Weird Science Someone pulls out a pistol and it turns out to be a lighter. Later on it somehow gets replaced ... with a pistol.

    Live Action Tv 
  • Hogan's Heroes: 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.
  • The Pretender: In the episode "Scott Free" Nick threatens to shoot Jarod with a gun, but when he pulls the trigger it's revealed to be a lighter.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In the Top Gear Middle East special, when the cast are passing through a tense border check, one of the guards finds a lighter in Richard Hammond's car that is shaped like a rifle round, and is understandably pissed off by the carelessness of bringing such a thing.
  • Sherlock: "A Study in Pink" ends with Sherlock confronting the cabbie who's been forcing people to play a deadly game of picking one of two pills to see which is poisoned or he'll just shoot them. Sherlock picks the gun, which turns out to be a lighter. He comments that he knows a real gun when he sees one.

    Music 
  • Orbital: In an awkwardly dated moment from "The Saint" music video, Paul and Phil whip out pistols as they're passing through an airport security checkpoint. The security officers pull out their own guns, and the situation looks like a Mexican Standoff—then Paul and Phil reveal that their "guns" are really just lighters. Then the security officers laugh and wave them through.

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    Real Life 
  • Some cities and states have actually banned the marketing and sale of novelty lighters in their jurisdictions, because of their resemblance to ordinary toys, and may present a greater risk of fire or injury.
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    The description is copied from Novelty Cigarette Lighter from which I took sponsorship of, but couldn't Edit.I am moving examples from that over to here. Edit:(I'm going to make a few small tweaks)

    Edit(again):If anyone reading this gave a hat to Novelty Cigarette Lighter, please throw one in here.
  • January 31, 2017
    eroock
    Sure you can't edit? There is indeed a bug with the submit button not exiting the edit screen but the edit itself should go through every time. Just submit, then cancel and refresh the page.
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    ^ I tried that multiple times and it didn't work.Anyways,I've finished moving all the examples from the discussion on the other page over to here now.It makes me feel a bit bad that I couldn't do anything to the other page's draft, but there's nothing I can do there.

    Edit:Also, I don't see a "last edited by" on the Novelty Cigarette Lighters page, so I think that Ykttw page itself may have a bug or something.

    Edit(again):Also, I actually did use that trick you mentioned when I was working on the Ykttw for The Gardener, when the submit button started bugging out when the page got to a certain length.Its why I think the other page itself is bugged.(edit on my edit: I mean besides the reason above the edit this edit is in.)
  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    So, the Indexs this can go on so far are

    And

    If anyone else knows one that this would fit in, please say.
  • January 31, 2017
    zarpaulus
    I feel the Transmetropolitan example begs explanation.

    • Towards the end of Transmetropolitan's run Spider Jerusalem develops a fast-progressing neurodegenerative disorder with very little chance of recovering. In the epilogue issue he has barely any manual dexterity left, his assistants leave him alone for a minute and he whips out what looks like a gun and slowly draws it towards his head, then lights a cigarette with it. Revealing that he is recovering after all.
  • January 31, 2017
    PaulA
    Link back to "Novelty Cigarette Lighters" TLP, in case anyone needs it: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=8no1axrpksbw97ou541y3vt4
  • January 31, 2017
    TomWalpertac2
    • Fairly early in Weird Science Someone pulls out a pistol and it turns out to be a lighter. Later on it somehow gets replaced ... with a pistol.
  • January 31, 2017
    pokedude10
    Hey, this looks like a great draft here. Hatted.

    One thing to mention is there are a few Zero Context Examples. Before launching, you will want to either expand on them, comment them out, or remove them and leave a note on the discussion page for someone to pick up later. Specifically, the Pink Panther, George of the Jungle, and The Pretender need more context. I can't think of the context myself right now.

    Other than that, this is good progress.

  • January 31, 2017
    Aggron9988
    ^ Thanks, I will look into those later, good catch!
  • January 31, 2017
    MetaFour
    Music:
    • Orbital: In an awkwardly dated moment from "The Saint" music video, Paul and Phil whip out pistols as they're passing through an airport security checkpoint. The security officers pull out their own guns, and the situation looks like a Mexican Standoff—then Paul and Phil reveal that their "guns" are really just lighters. Then the security officers laugh and wave them through.

    Clarification on one of the examples:
    • Return of the Pink Panther: Chief Inspector Dreyfus has a cigarette lighter that looks identical to his pistol. This results in a Running Gag where he mistakes his lighter for his pistol, or vice versa.
  • February 1, 2017
    arbiter099
  • February 1, 2017
    Arivne
  • February 2, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Ok so with the current picture, Only A Lighter would also go on

    Video Games A To M

    For the image source
  • February 2, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Ok, so to recap the draft's progress thus far:

    1.the current number of examples it has is 24, 22 of which can be cross-wicked onto other pages, due to 2 being real life examples.

    2.There are 3 indexs it can go on, being:

    And that's about it so far.

  • February 2, 2017
    pokedude10
    Hey, wanted to make two quick suggestions to reword the laconic. It's a little on the vague side right now.
    • A normal item is actually a cigarette lighter
    • A cigarette lighter looks like another item.
    • A cigarette lighter is disguised as another normal item.
  • February 2, 2017
    crazysamaritan
    I like the Novelty Light name better.
  • February 2, 2017
    Aggron9988
    ^^ "A cigarette lighter looks like another item" seems like a good way to condense the laconic, I think I'll change it.

    ^ Do you mean like Novelty Cigarette Lighter? I picked the name Only A Lighter from suggestions from the Novelty Cigarette Lighters page because some people thought that the name didn't properly convey what the trope is about at a glance.
  • February 3, 2017
    Generality
    • In the Top Gear Middle East special, when the cast are passing through a tense border check, one of the guards finds a lighter in Richard Hammond's car that is shaped like a rifle round, and is understandably pissed off by the carelessness of bringing such a thing.
  • February 3, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Ok, so I'm going to wait a bit to launch this, just to get some more examples.Im thinking that at either 36 examples that can cross-wicked, or 14 days wait maximum.It bothers me when I see a Ykttw that has a lot of examples and can be launched, but seems forgotten for some reason.
  • February 5, 2017
    Tallens
    • Sherlock: "A Study in Pink" ends with Sherlock confronting the cabbie who's been forcing people to play a deadly game of picking one of two pills to see which is poisoned or he'll just shoot them. Sherlock picks the gun, which turns out to be a lighter. He comments that he knows a real gun when he sees one.
  • February 7, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Ok, so to update on the number of examples the draft currently has, there are now 26.(24 that can be cross-wicked, and 2 real life examples).
  • February 15, 2017
    Aggron9988
    Only A Lighter is launching this Friday 17.More examples before then are welcome.
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