Created By: RedneckRocker on July 28, 2011 Last Edited By: RedneckRocker on August 4, 2011

Smoking Flamethrowers

Flamethrower operators love their tobacco

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I know I've seen this a lot, but it seems that in a movie/TV show/etc., if you operate a flamethrower, odds are pretty high that you've got a cigar or cigarette clamped in your teeth at the time. Additional badass points are earned if the character LIGHTS said item with the flamethrower.

Part of the reason for this is the association with fire between his habit and his job. It can also flow into characterization where the character is typically shown with a soot-covered or lightly charred face, thus protraying him as a battle-hardened badass. Alternatetively, as having a lit cigarette that close to your fuel storage is Darwin Award stupid, it can be used to characterize the flame-thrower as a psycho pyromaniac type who has little regard for the safety of himself or teammates near him. Bonus points if his teammates never point this out; Lamp Shade if they do.

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  • July 28, 2011
    Koveras
  • July 28, 2011
    KZN02
  • July 28, 2011
    RedneckRocker
    Yeah, it's related to that, KZN. As I said, this focuses more on the fact that the guy with the flamethrower tends to be a heavy smoker (and not that way).
  • July 28, 2011
    AgProv
    The Dwarfs in Discworld use a flamethrower-like device to explode patches of mine-gas in deep mines. They also used them to try and assassinate Sam Vimes. Big mistake. (Thud!)
  • July 28, 2011
    Xtifr
    ^ but the ones that use flamethrowers don't smoke any more than any other dwarf.
  • July 29, 2011
    Chabal2
    Yes, the Starcraft firebat has a huge cigar (in an enclosed helmet no less). They lose it in the sequel though.
  • July 29, 2011
    Bisected8
  • July 29, 2011
    Octagon8
  • July 29, 2011
    Arutema
    ^^ That's The Fury. The Pain is the one covered in bees.
  • July 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    I keep getting them mixed up. >_<
  • July 30, 2011
    AFP
  • July 30, 2011
    terrafox
    Part of the reason for this is the association with fire between his habit and his job. It can also flow into characterization where the character is typically shown with a soot-covered or lightly charred face, thus protraying him as a battle-hardened badass. Alternatetively, as having a lit cigarette that close to your fuel storage is Darwin Award stupid, it can be used to characterize the flame-thrower as a psycho pyromaniac type who has little regard for the safety of himself or teammates near him. Bonus points if his teammates never point this out; Lamp Shade if they do.
  • August 2, 2011
    Stratadrake
    May need a better title -- this isn't about the flamethrower itself smoking, but that its operator smokes.
  • August 3, 2011
    Andygal
  • August 3, 2011
    Bisected8
  • August 3, 2011
    lukebn
    Could we work in smoking demolitions experts, too? They're common for the same reasons.
  • August 3, 2011
    lukebn
  • August 4, 2011
    Bisected8
    ^ Seconding!
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