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[-[[caption-width-right:348:Because nothing says "[[RatedMForManly manly]]" like [[FreudWasRight a phallic symbol clenched between your teeth]].[[labelnote:Clockwise from top-left:]][[Manga/OnePiece Vice Admiral Smoker]], [[Series/TheATeam "Hannibal" Smith]], [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Sergeant Johnson]], and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger[[/labelnote]]]]-]

A character who is never seen without his cigar. This is Almost AlwaysMale except in Cuba, so most of the examples are of male characters. Tends to denote that the character is a tough, aggressive, take-no-nonsense type. Because good cigars are an expensive habit, they also carry a connotation of wealth, power and high status. Characters such as DaChief, SergeantRock and your local CorruptCorporateExecutive often chomp on cigars, as will anyone in a SmokyGentlemensClub who hasn't got [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe a pipe]].

It's okay for heroes to smoke cigars seemingly because of the expense. No matter how cool the smoking of cigars is made to look, it's not a habit as easily and cheaply picked up as cigarette smoking, so it's more acceptable to show a hero smoking the occasional victory cigar.

Related to SmokingIsCool and GoodSmokingEvilSmoking.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The title character of ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra''.
* "Sir" Integra Manga/{{Hellsing}} is a female example.
* Smoker from ''Manga/OnePiece'', is usually seen with ''multiple'' cigars...[[{{Bowdlerized}} unless it's]] [[DubInducedPlotHole the]] [[FourKidsEntertainment 4kids dub]].
** Sir Crocodile, Shilew of the Rain and "Golden Lion" Shiki also smoke cigars. Also, all three are evil.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s Faye Valentine occasionally enjoys a cigar.
* Bunta from ''Manga/InitialD'' almost always has one.
* [[TheMafiya Balalaika]] in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is an another female example.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' has a one-time character named Galvez, a New York mafia boss whose treasure has been targeted by Lupin.
* Zapp Renfro of ''Anime/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'' is rarely seen without one in his teeth.

* ''Robot'' example - [[BadassGrandpa Kup]] is portrayed as this in [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW IDW's Transformers comics]], starting in [[TransformersAllHailMegatron All Hail Megatron]]. It's apparently called a "cy-gar". Its also ''medicinal,'' as it contains radiation that prevents him hallucinating zombies.
* ComicBook/{{Spiderman}}'s J. Jonah Jameson.
* ComicBook/NickFury (before JoeQuesada decreed that no Marvel characters were permitted to smoke).
* In her first appearance in the Avengers, She-Hulk appeared in fashionable attire but smoking a corona; she's chic but badass!
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]], for the first thirty years or so.
* Lenny Balinger, the foreman for ComicBook/DamageControl in the MarvelUniverse.
* The Comedian in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
* {{Wolverine}} until the mid 90s or so. When he temporarily lost his HealingFactor, the first cigar he lit up without it was enough to convince him it was time to quit that particular habit.
* Perry White in ''{{Superman}}'' ... sometimes. (In one story he gave up after a lung cancer scare. That seems to be getting ignored now.)
* Detective Casey in ''MickeyMouse'' comics subverts. He ''thinks'' he's tough and respected by both colleagues and crooks....
* {{Lobo}}
* ComicBook/JonahHex
* Julius Furst, BFG-toting BadassNormal of ''ComicBook/AstroCity''.
* Sam Hagen, Ryder's boss from the old ''ComicBook/TheCreeper'' comics.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} is fond of cigars.
* Professor Venture of the ''ComicBook/AtariForce'' second series is a female example. Captain Hunter is a straight male example.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Mervyn usually lights up a cigarette on the job (as part of his blue collar image), but in ''The Kindly Ones'' he breaks out a stogie to go along with his army uniform and drill sergeant schtick. He produces one again in ''The Wake'', presumably in recognition of the formality of the occasion and his evening wear.

* The Man With No Name from ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' and ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. Creator/ClintEastwood, a method actor, has publicly said that he ''hated'' the smell of the things. Eastwood's ClintSquint was allegedly a result of his allergy to horses, but one imagines the cigars didn't help.
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'': Charlie Halloran (played by William Frawley, Fred of ''ILoveLucy'') as the Judge's campaign manager. He even chomps on it in court, although it's not lit.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' loves his cigars, and so does his boss. In fact, it's the one thing they have in common.
* General Ripper from ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' is a parodically [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] example.
* The Mayor in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* Tough and capable Sgt. Dede Rake in Starship Troopers 2 (played by Brenda Strong) is overjoyed to find a container of cigars in a way station's food supplies. She wastes no time in lighting one up and hoards the rest.
* Baby Herman in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (when he's off the set and shows his real personality, that is).
* Sgt. Apone in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''; in a nice nod to realism, he never actually lights the thing, because he's on board a spaceship.
* Joe Patrone in the ''Film/{{Airport}}'' series of films.
* Mr. Hyde in ''Film/VanHelsing'' takes it literally prior to fighting Van Helsing when he actually ''eats'' his cigar.
* Hound in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''. It's actually a bullet, but the effect is there.
* Parodied in ''Film/TopSecret''. Badass French resistance member Chocolate Mousse is introduced with a cigar in his mouth... which he then ''eats''.

* LEP Commander Julius Root of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''.
* Captain James Hook, enemy of Peter Pan, who enjoys cigars to excess, smoking two at once in a special holder.
* Inspector Cramer in the ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' novels, who almost never actually lights his cigar, just gnaws on it. He does, however, smoke a [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe pipe]] in his first appearance in ''The League of Frightened Men''.
* Commander Vimes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', after he quits [[TheAlcoholic drinking]].
* Invoked by [[InsistentTerminology Citizen Rear Admiral]] Lester Tourville in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Among Enemies]]''. He smokes cigars as part of a general strategy of looking like a [[FearlessFool hard-charging cowboy]] and less like the sort of responsible officer who tends to get promoted to a high enough position in the Peoples' Navy to either be seen as a potential threat to the Committee Of Public Safety or to warrant their preferred punishment for Citizen Admirals who [[YouHaveFailedMe have failed in important missions.]]
* Invoked in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]''. Baz apparently once served under a tough, cigar-smoking engineering officer. Miles successfully gets him to intimidate the Oseran engineers by giving him a cigar as a prop.
* The goblin leader in ''[[Creator/SimonRGreen Blue Moon Rising]]'' is a classic Cigar Chomper.
* Sgt. Veelie, Inspector Queen's offsider in the ''ElleryQueen'' novels. Especially apparent in the [[Series/ElleryQueen 1970s TV series]] where Veelie (played by Tom Reese) is almost never seen without a cigar in his mouth.
* Uncle Cyrus from ''Literature/{{Anthill}}'' has had numerous cigars.
* Texas John Slaughter from the novels of JTEdson usually has an unlit cigar clenched in his teeth.
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'', at least in the earlier novels. In ''The Happy Return'', he is almost unable to hide his joy when El Supremo offers to supply him with several ''hundred'' cigars, rolled in his "domain" in Nicaragua from Havana tobacco, and relfects to himself that the last cigar he had was a rather mild Virginian in the West Indies. In ''The Commodore'', Lady Barbara, now his wife, gives him several boxes of Jamaican cigars for his mission in the Baltic, which he smokes after most breakfasts, and mentions how he loathes to toss the butts overboard when he's done.
* In ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'', Oscar Hoffa smokes furiously on Upmann Monarch cigars.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Hannibal from ''Series/TheATeam''.
* Bunk Moreland from ''TheWire''.
* Al from ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
* Starbuck from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' loves this trope - the Starbuck from the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 reimagined series]] is one of the rare female examples. Many of the pilots are shown smoking cigars in celebration of missions, which is common among present day pilots as well.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harmon Rabb occasionally smoked cigars, until third season episode "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" when he had decided to quit. Many minor characters; particularly senior military officers, intelligence officers and businessmen; are often seen chomping cigars. In review panning the series in its first season, TV Guide even characterized it as:
-->''... macho swaggering, muscle-flexing, cigar-chomping military men who can’t stop whining about having to share their Navy with sailors in skirts.''
** The first season episode "Desert Son" features one such cigar chomper, Captain Reed, an abrasive artillery officer who climbed through the ranks starting as an enlistedman, and who entirely fails to get along with Lieutenant Rabb, while [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold privately giving support and career advice to a young lieutenant under his command.]] Bonus points for [[LetsGetDangerous lighting up his cigar]] just before ordering his artillery battery to fire.
* Jake Cutter from ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' tends to smoke a cigarillo fairly often. Judging that this theme runs through Quantum Leap, Battlestar, JAG, and this show as well; DonaldPBellisario seems to be a fan of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', though having a timid, [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscatingly stupid]] thing going on, is never seen without a smelly cigar in his mouth.
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': Boss Hogg, the main antagonist.
* ''TheBurnsAndAllenShow'': George Burns, who for most of his adult life was a cigar smoker.
* ''AllInTheFamily'' (and continuing through ''ArchieBunkersPlace''): Archie Bunker, the main protagonist.
* Gomez in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''
* Sgt. Randelman, from [[Series.BandOfBrothers Band of Brothers]], is shown with a cigar throughout the series, most notably in ''Replacements''.
* Toby Ziegler of ''Series/TheWestWing'' occasionally smokes one, although it's not allowed inside the building itself.
* Colonel Potter of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' smoked 5 cigars for 45 years and "[[BlatantLies never got the habbit.]]"

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks illustrated his role in Little Orphan Annie as THE wealthiest man in the strips with his tux, his diamond stickpin and his ever present cigars.
* Dick Tracy's tech provider, Diet Smith, is rarely seen without cigar in mouth.
* Steve Roper's friend Mike Nomad occasionally enjoys one.
* Conrad, the self proclaimed frog prince, is a cigar connoisseur.
* Flip from ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''.
* Sgt. Snorkle in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBaily'', although he stopped around the mid-80's as readers became more health-conscious.
* Mr. O'Malley from ''{{Barnaby}}''.
* Albert Alligator from ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}''.
* Crabby news editor (and anthropomorphic bird) P. Martin Shoemaker aka Shoe.
* BroomHilda was one of these initially, but like ''Beetle Bailey'' above, this was eventually phased out due to concerns about promoting smoking to young readers.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Clint Wayne in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG. Creator/ClintEastwood was a major inspiration.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Orks use them, especially Burna Boyz, the flamethrower-equipped pyromaniacs. There's even one head in the standard kit for a Burna Boy who's cut a hole in his faceplate so he can raise and lower it without needing to take out his cigar.
** SpacePirate Kaptin Badrukk is notable for having to retreat when badly wounded and out of cigars.
** Lord Castellan Creed of Cadia and Col. Schaeffer of the Last Chancers are two of the few human characters who's known for their love of cigars, to the point that their models include them.
** In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, Colonel Corbec favors cigars over the lho sticks[[note]]sort of like a narcotic cigarette[[/note]] used by many other troopers.

* VideoGame/DukeNukem.
* One of the official artists for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has done a series of unofficial genderbends of the main characters. Her design of Lady Heavy frequently has a cigar, a rare female example of this trope.
** Canonically, the Soldier has a cigar as a cosmetic item, and is seen with one in the Mann vs. Machine trailer.
* In ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}'', the [[KillItWithFire Firebats]] can always be seen smoking a cigar inside their armor.
** Tychus from ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'' has a few notable moments with cigars, although it's not ''constant''. The still image of him used in all the promotional materials features one. His hero unit in the "Belly of the Beast" mission has a flare coming from his helmet, indicating that he is smoking on that mission.
** Raynor and Matt Horner get an entire cutscene devoted to Raynor selecting, sniffing and lighting a cigar.
** Continuing the theme, Mengsk has a big ol' cigar in the final cutscene of HeartOfTheSwarm. But as he goes to light it, [[spoiler:it turns out the lighter is the control mechanism for the Xel'Naga artifact.]]
* The ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games give us Muggshot from [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus the first game]] and El Jeffe from [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth]], who both are seen with a stogie locked in their jaws in their debut appearances.
* Pyro from ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' has a cigar as part of his character portrait and is thus never seen without it. He's more of a CorruptCorporateExecutive, however.
* [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Naked Snake]], aka [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Big Boss]] from VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater smokes cigars. He's so BadAss, he can use them to burn off leeches off of his body without worrying about getting an infection.
** [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] from ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' feels the need to light up a good ol' cigar right after delivering a stomping Raiden wouldn't forget any time soon, and [[spoiler:outlining his ideals in a speech that, batshit insanity aside, was actually an engaging one for politician standards]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': one sight gag in Omega is an [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Elcor elcor]] merchant who constantly smokes a cigar, somehow.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': Bill is an interesting case, being a ''cigarette'' chomper. He doesn't really smoke it, despite its constantly being lit, just kind of of keeps it there all day. It even stays lit after he dies. [[spoiler:The only time it's unlit in-game is after he's been KilledOffForReal.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Sgt. Major Avery S. Johnson. The tough-as-nails smartass Johnson is hardly ever seen without his cigar.
* Peacock from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''. Notable in that Peacock is a ''[[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior 13 year old girl]]''.
* Jinx from ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander''.
* In the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' intro cinematic, an ork Burna Boy is seen with a huge cigar.
** Ork meks in the sequel use a giant screw, but the effect is the same, down to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_eVbE_kTg#t=19s switch-to-other-side-of-mouth gesture.]]
* VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns features a type of GiantEnemyCrab that uses its cigar to light the fuse on its ArmCannon.
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', Conker himself is sporting a cigar as he goes against [[BearsAreBadNews the Tediz]] during the war campaign. The Xbox remake even has him doing this on the front cover.
* [[BigBad Taiga]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Gigayama]] in ''VideoGame/ArmedPoliceBatrider''.
* Michael Barrick from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' is constantly seen with a cigar in his first chronological appearance in the "RAAM's Shadow" DownloadableContent for the third game. However, his first ''actual'' appearance was in the [[CanonImmigrant comic book]], set sometime between the first and second games (approx. 14 years after "RAAM's Shadow"), where he chain-smokes flimsy homemade cigarettes because there likely aren't any cigars left in the world.
* Victor Sullivan from ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', one of Teruzuki's Chou-10cm-Hou-chan has a bullet clenched in its teeth in a manner that looks very much like it's chomping a cigar.


* ''ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' hangs a very nice lampshade on it in [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/712 this strip]].
* The [[DeltaGreen Beta Red]] manager in ''TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Warren T. Rat, the villain from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.
* Carface from ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''.
* Pete from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts.
* [[Disney/TheThreeCaballeros Jose Carioca]] in all of his pre-''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' appearances.
* Jim Crow the leader crow from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* Quite a few of the Gas House Gorillas (particularly the pitcher) in the Looney Tunes cartoon "WesternAnimation/BaseballBugs".
* ''TheSimpsons'': Krusty the Clown.
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* Mr. Boss from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. In fact, it's almost impossible for him to lose it, not even in a fight scene where he falls down a flight of stairs, an example of RuleOfFunny.
* Rock Bottom from the ''FelixTheCat'' TV series.
* Pitts the bulldog in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' episode "Dog Day [=AfterToon=]."
* Mr. Toad (a non-anthropomorphic toad) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' chews on [[FrothyMugsOfWater an old hot dog in a similar manner to a cigar.]]
* Mr. Smitty from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* Detective Q.T. Hush has a barely capable partner in Quincy, who resembles a cigar-smoking shadow in coat and hat.
* Swackhammer from ''Film/SpaceJam''.
* Technical Fairy First Class from the ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' cartoons.
* Cyril Sneer from ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Anything featuring UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. That famous [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Churchill_picture.jpg scowly photo]]? The photographer took away his cigar.
** Another famous photo has [[http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/churchill-and-tommy-gun/ Churchill inspecting a Thompson Submachine Gun]], complete with a drum magazine, while wearing a pinstripe suit, bowler hat, and smoking his cigar. The Germans attempted to use the photo to drum up an image of him as a mafioso, but gave up when they realized it wasn't doing anything to hinder his MemeticBadass status.
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in RealLife. Note that Arnold is so devoted to his cigars that when he was Governor of California, it being illegal to smoke inside office buildings, he had a tent with his desk placed on the grounds outside the Governor's Mansion so he could smoke while conducting business.
* GeorgeBurns never did a routine without one. Tough? Depended on your point of view and the type of movie he was in, but the guy was a LivingLegend of his time.
* RushLimbaugh. Aggressive? Hell yes. Tough? Well, that depends on which side of the [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement political spectrum]] you fall.
* British TV executive Lew Grade. A producer working for him once allegedly complained that his salary was less than Grade's cigar budget. Grade replied that the producer didn't give him as much satisfaction as his cigars. RogerMoore once quipped that you should never wear a brown suit around Grade, as he might try to smoke you.
* Notorious outlaw Bonnie Parker was a rare female example. Newspapers called her a "cigar smoking gun moll", and she was often photographed with one.
* UsefulNotes/FidelCastro, who certainly liked to be seen as a tough military leader.
* UsefulNotes/CheGuevara is quoted as saying, "A smoke in times of rest is a great companion to the solitary soldier." Unfortunately for him, he also had terrible asthma, which became a liability during his disasterous Bolivian campaign.
* Creator/CliveBarker's cigars got bigger as he got more rich and famous.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]. Not physically tough, but woe betide anyone who dared spar with him verbally.
* Fidel Ramos, general and later President of the Philippines. Even though he stopped smoking, his nickname of Tobacco never escaped him and he even still occasionally chomps cigars even just for the photo-ops.
* General Isreal Putnam of the American Revolutionary War may be the UrExample of this trope. He discovered cigars in Cuba and introduced badass cigar chomping to the Colonies. [[note]]Cigars had been popular in the Colonies for generations, particularly since Virginia was a tobacco growing colony. General Putnam made it badass to chomp cigars.[[/note]]
* General UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, who was photographed once smoking a cigar as President, and was subsequently flooded with boxes as presents for the rest of his life. He later died of throat cancer--probably brought about by his cigar habit.
* King [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Edward VII of the United Kingdom]] smoked twelve cigars a day, plus a full pack's worth (20) of cigarettes. Such was his love of cigars that he once lit up from a candle during a church service. The habit got him in the end; he died of COPD.
* General Jean Victor Moreau, one of Napoleon's most serious Republican opponents, was not particularly aggressive, either as a man or as a commander, but he did seem to smoke cigars in all circumstances. Case in point: during the battle of Novi, he had one horse killed under him; as General Thiébault puts it, "he kept smoking as his soldiers helped him back on his feet, without a single disruption in the smoke puffs’ pattern". Fourteen years later, at Dresden, where a cannonball shattered both his legs and he had to be amputated, he smoked a cigar during the operation, which he bore without so much as a wince.
* Quite unexpectedly, UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, an another female example. While she's more famous for her (alleged) love life, and wasn't known to be particularly aggressive, during her reign Russia grew at least twice in territory, and she's been recorded to say that without her knowledge no gun fires in Europe.