Created By: heimdall on July 20, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on July 13, 2013
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Smoke Power

A creature has smoke-based abilities

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Do We Have This One?? Up for Grabs, Needs More Examples.

Elemental Powers. Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, Smoke....Smoke? An unusual elemental and an example of Applied Phlebotinum, Smoke can be use for everything from grabbing, suffocating, hitting, to creating a simple smoke screen. Can have some properties of fire if the smoke is actually a type of hot ash or is combustible.

Super Trope of Super Smoke.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Commodore Smoker has this as his primary gimmick in One Piece.
  • Matsumoto from Bleach uses this as her zanpaktou.

Comic Books

Literature
  • China Miéville:
    • Iron Council has a Smoke Golem ("A smoke golem, a gas golem, a golem of particles and poisoned air."). It attacks a bounty hunter and suffocates him to death.
    • In Un Lun Dun, the Big Bad is intelligent smog which has escaped from London.
  • In Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath, an ancient Celtic spirit of evil, the Brollochan, is released to possess the heroine, Susan. The creature takes the form of a black smokey cloud with two glowing red eyes.
  • Terry Pratchett adapts this concept in the Discworld, in A Hat Full Of Sky, where the Hiver is the Brollochan's Discworld form - a dark smokey cloud of malevolence.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The original 1st Edition Fiend Folio had the Smoke Mephit. It had a breath weapon, a sooty ball of smoke that inflicted minor damage and caused blindness for a couple of combat rounds.
    • The 1st Edition Manual of the Planes (1987) mentioned the Para-Elemental plane of Smoke. It had para-elemental monsters made of smoke. They looked misty or sooty, like air elementals mixed with dust.
    • The paraelemental plane of smoke also appears in the 2nd edition D&D setting Planescape.

Video Games
  • This was Smoke from Mortal Kombat's main ability before he was converted into a cyborg, although it seems limited to producing a small cloud of it around himself. After being further "upgraded" by Noob Saidbot he seems to have become literally made of smoke.

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • July 20, 2011
    Shnakepup
    There's the infamous "Smoke Monster" from Lost. I think there's a character literally named "Smoke" in Mortal Kombat, who uses some smoke based attacks and transformations (I think).

    Also, I'm not really diggin the title. Makes me think "Something giving off smoke = it has power", like an engine or piece of a equipment, not what you're describing. Your Laconic description makes more sense than the title, which shouldn't be the case.
  • July 20, 2011
    FastEddie
    Smoke Power is plenty title.
  • July 20, 2011
    Speedball
    Isn't this Smoke Out?
  • July 20, 2011
    KZN02
    Smoke Out is for distractions
  • July 20, 2011
    MysticKenji
    That'd make this a Super Trope for Smoke Out and Made of Smoke (which I think we have)
  • July 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Isn't this Super Smoke?
  • July 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the Very Special Comic Book Spider Man, Storm, Cage the heroes fought against a villain who makes people smoke cigarettes and had smoke as his superpower.
  • July 21, 2011
    Xtifr
    This is either a sibling or parent to Super Smoke, but not the same. Super Smoke is about shapeshifting into smoke form. This is a little broader.

    Literature:
  • July 21, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
    • China Mieville's Iron Council has a Smoke Golem ("A smoke golem, a gas golem, a golem of particles and poisoned air."). It attacks a bounty hunter and suffocates him to death. You can read it here.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons. The 1st Edition Manual of the Planes (1987) mentioned the Para-Elemental plane of Smoke. It had para-elemental monsters made of smoke. They looked misty or sooty, like air elementals mixed with dust.

    Edit: Edited the Iron Council example as per Xtifr's suggestion.
  • July 21, 2011
    Bisected8
    • This was Smoke from Mortal Kombat's main ability before he was converted into a cyborg, although it seems limited to producing a small cloud of it around himself. After being further "upgraded" by Noob Saidbot he seems to have become literally made of smoke.
  • July 21, 2011
    Andygal
    the paraelemental plane of smoke also appears in the 2nd edition D&D setting Planescape.
  • July 21, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    Saint Dane from Pendragon.
  • July 22, 2011
    Xtifr
    ^^^^ Iron Council should be linked, and should probably mention that it's by China Mieville (like the already mentioned Un Lun Dun -- guess Mieville likes the trope).
  • July 22, 2011
    AgProv
    Literature: in Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath, an ancient Celtic spirit of evil, the Brollochan, is released to possess the heroine, Susan. The creature takes the form of a black smokey cloud with two glowing red eyes.

    Terry Pratchett adapts this concept in the Discworld, in A Hat Full Of Sky, where the Hiver is the Brollochan's Discworld form - a dark smokey cloud of malevolence.

    It is apparent Garner and Pratchett, both drawing on British Isles mythology and folklore, are fishing in the same stream here.
  • January 14, 2012
    chihuahua0
    Should I turn this into a Super Trope for Super Smoke and Smoke Out?
  • January 14, 2012
    X2X
    I'm pretty sure this is Super Smoke.
  • January 14, 2012
    chihuahua0
    The first sentence of Super Smoke is: "The power of a creature to turn into smoke."

    Super Smoke is a Shape Shifting trope, while Smoke Power covers the much general "using smoke as an element power". Sutble, but distinctive difference.

    If cases can be found where a character can wield smoke without becoming smoke, this can be consider tropeable--or at least a Super Trope.
  • January 14, 2012
    X2X
    My bad. It would probably work best as a Super Trope (that's just my opinion). I don't think it works as a Super Trope for Smoke Out, though, seeing as the technique in question is prevalently due to smoke bombs and not the character's abilities. They're related, no doubt, but not to that degree.
  • January 15, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • The original 1st Edition Fiend Folio had the Smoke Mephit. It had a breath weapon, a sooty ball of smoke that inflicted minor damage and caused blindness for a couple of combat rounds.
  • January 15, 2012
    chihuahua0
    Should I include examples that fall under Super Smoke, or not?
  • May 15, 2012
    Xtifr
    No, this should be the supertrope, but Super Smoke examples should go under Super Smoke.
  • July 13, 2013
    MrRuano
    Mortal Kombat 9 updates Smoke's story by explaining that his powers are because he actually is a smoke monster called an Enenra, who took the form of a boy who was sacrificed to summon him.
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