Blowing Smoke Rings
A pipe-smoker's pastime.
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When it's time to relax, a smoker will take out their cigarette, pipe or cigar and enjoy some quiet contemplation. And one fun thing to do when you're puffing away is to blow smoke rings.

When this is done in the company of friends, it can often become a contest. If a Magical Being is involved, or it takes place in a world governed by Cartoon Physics, expect the smoke rings to take on more unusual and elaborate shapes than mere rings.[[hottip:*:Squares, hearts and other shapes can actually be produced in real life by experienced blowers, but since they look impossible they are often seen blown by "magical" smokers.]] An obvious subtrope of Smoking Is Cool. Occasionally can result in Second Face Smoke if the smoker wishes to be rude to someone. May take place in a Smoky Gentlemen's Club.

Very much a Discredited Trope nowadays, given smoking's well-known health risks.


Examples:

Film
  • In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf and Bilbo share some pipeweed and engage in a smoke ring blowing contest. Since Gandalf is a magical being, his "rings" become such things as full-masted tall ships.
  • In Song of the South, Uncle Remus blows smoke rings with Br'er Frog. Being a Magical Negro (and the fact that it takes place in a cartoon segment), his smoke ring is square.
  • In the famous slow-mo intro of Tim Roth's character in Reservoir Dogs, he is seen puffing out neat smoke rings in a flashback scene.
  • The Mask. While the title character is in the park with Tina smoking a cigarette, he uses his magical powers to blow a smoke heart and then blows a smoke arrow (from his nose) to shoot through it. Watch it here.
  • In one scene in The Thin Man, William Powell can be seen blowing smoke rings.
  • Noted chain-smoker Heather (Janeane Garofalo) can do this in Romy And Michele's High School Reunion.

Literature
  • In the fourth Discworld book, Mort, Death himself smokes an ornate pipe, and blows smoke rings with his eyeholes.
  • In The Hobbit, both Bilbo and Gandalf love to blow smoke rings. Gandalf can turn them different colors.
  • In one of the Callahans Crosstime Saloon books, there is a description of a party where two people are having fun one-upping each other with magical smoke designs.

Live-Action TV
  • At the end of The Twilight Zone episode "The Chaser", Professor A. Daemon - a purveyor of love potions - is shown blowing heart-shaped smoke rings.

Music
  • The Mills Brothers had a hit song in 1932 called "Smoke Rings."

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting. The sage Elminster has an Eversmoking Pipe that can be used to create smoke patterns (such as rings). The patterns can be of any color and brightness level.

Video Games
  • Elvis from God Hand takes it Up to Eleven. Not only he blows rings when he smokes, but he also blows flaming rings.

Western Animation
  • The caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland blows smoke rings that seem to have a life of their own, and can also blow smoke letters. He also gives Alice a nice facefull of Second Face Smoke.
  • A pipe-smoking skeleton in Corpse Bride emits heart-shaped smoke rings from his eye sockets.
  • On Pinocchio, Honest John and Gideon are smoking cigars and drinking beer with the Pleasure Island coachman, and Gideon takes a smoke ring, dunks it in his mug and eats it.
    • A ghost also does this in the 1939 Merry Melodies cartoon, ''Jeepers Creepers".
  • In the Looney Tunes short "Wholly Smoke", a boy teaches Porky Pig how to do smoke ring tricks, but when Porky tries them they go all wrong.
  • On Peter Pan, Peter and the Indian Chief smoke a peace pipe after Peter rescues Tiger Lily. The rings they blow are triangular.
  • Warren T. Rat from An American Tail blows rings shaped like dollar signs and jaws with sharp teeth.
  • One of the crows blows rings a couple of times in Dumbo.
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon, "Texas Tom", Tom greets a female feline by rolling a cigarette, lighting it with his six-gun, and blowing "HOWDY" in one breath.

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