Created By: 3of4 on August 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 19, 2014

Savoring The Smoke

Cigars are lit and smoked in an savory way.

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"The best cigar in the world is the one you prefer to smoke on special occasions, enabling you to relax and enjoy that which gives you maximum pleasure."

There are many ways of smoking. Some smoke cigarettes in chains, others smoke pipes and then there are Cigar Chomper's.

But sometimes people simply go on to enjoy a cigar like they would enjoy a good wine or whiskey. They smoke it to relax, celebrate or to enjoy another's company. They may just do it because its the thing you do in that specific moment, or because they are Aficionado, who reserve their cigars for that rare moment.

For these people, smoking a cigar is not something done casually. It can almost reach the point of ritual, with the cigar being first smelled appreciative, the end cut off (or bit off) and then calmly lit. Then one simply sits back, have a calm talk or drink something nice to it and enjoy. The difference between this and a Cigar Chomper is that Characters who smoke cigars like this only do it occasionally instead of constantly smoking them to the point of the cigar being almost an iconic item for them.

Additionally the brand binding may be shown, either a fictional or via Product Placement, to indicate the quality of the cigar as opposed to a binding-less "run of the mill" cigar. Sometimes, the land or origin or brand will be highlighted to indicate the quality. If this is done, Cuban cigars (sometimes referred as Havanas) are most commonly described as the best. Elaborate lighters and cutters may also be used to highlight the special moment of indulgence

In Real Life these cigars usually come from a proper dealer, out of a climate controlled humidor to keep them exactly right and cost more than your run of the mill supermarket cigar.

Examples

Film
  • Independence Day has the "Victory Dance", which is smoked by the fighter pilots after a victory.
  • Starcraft. Admiral DuGalle carefully lights up a cigar while he watches the Zerg overrun a colony.
  • Starcraft II
    • Matt Horner shares a cigar with James Raynor after scoring an important propaganda victory over Emperor Mengsk.
    • Mengsk himself gets out a single, elaborately packed cigar and an equally adorned lighter out when Kerrigan is about to reach him. Though its not a lighter...

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • August 23, 2013
    3of4
    Have a mindblank right now on actual examples, despite thinking of making this trope whenever I actually see this happen :/
  • August 23, 2013
    DracMonster
    This could be expanded to pipes maybe? I'm thinking of the detailed scenes of pipe smoking in lord of the rings.

    Savoring A Smoke maybe?
  • August 23, 2013
    Generality
    In the original Star Craft, there was another incident in the opening scene for Brood War, when Du Galle lights up exorbitantly while listening to classical music... and watching a colony be overrun by Zerg.
  • August 23, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Better name. This isn't the cigar equivalent of Costume Porn or Food Porn, not to mention it can easily be confused for the double entendre about cigars.

    This is closer to Wine Is Classy, or Smoking Is Cool and Smoking Is Glamorous.
  • August 23, 2013
    Generality
    Pipes have an association with intellectualism or high-class, hence their use by Tolkien's wizards. Cigars have some of this, but they're considerably more macho; this might be for reasons of phallic symbolism, or just because they're like cigarettes, but bigger! They tend to be used by generals and tough guys, but often of the Genius Bruiser stripe.

    On the other hand, what 3of4 is describing here is more like a tobacco equivalent of Food Porn- visual emphasis on the splendor of the cigar itself. This is enhanced by the character's clear enjoyment of the product.
  • August 24, 2013
    JonnyB
    A photo of Rush Limbaugh enjoying a cigar in this manner. Rush is a well-known cigar aficionado.

    Cigars smoked in this manner are often associated with the well-to-do, upper class and rich.


  • August 24, 2013
    3of4
    I merely called it Cigar Porn as a working title because every time the idea came to mind was when I saw somebody do it on TV and thought "Damn. I want one of those too!" Savoring The Smoke works a lot better ;)
  • August 27, 2013
    Chernoskill
    I think this happens in Shooter on the part of Danny Glover's character... Or maybe it was some other movie with Danny Glover?
  • August 27, 2013
    unclerupee
    This troper recalls a scene in some sort of british comedy series where the main character was trying to quit smoking but another character does this in front of them, unwittingly adding to the temptation. He even puffs out a smoke cloud that forms the wispy words "Lovely fags" (fags being british slang for cigarettes of course)
  • March 18, 2014
    unclerupee
    Finally found out the sitcom: Father Ted. It was referenced in the show The IT Crowd, a later comedy show with the same creator, with a character again trying to quit smoking, and again someone smokes in front of them, even making the same words out of smoke.
  • March 19, 2014
    Arivne

    I checked and in Independence Day Captain Hiller twice refers to the cigar as a "victory dance". He says "We don't light up till the fat lady sings" and "Not until the fat lady sings" in reference to the famous saying.

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