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->''"Ninjutsu employs explosive powders; as weapons, ''or'' distractions; theatricality and deception are powerful agents. You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent."''
-->-- '''Henri Ducard''', ''Film/BatmanBegins''

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A fairly standard disappearing trick, favored by {{ninja}}, {{stage magician}}s, and Franchise/{{Batman}}. Drop a clever little smoke bomb that puffs up and dissipates quickly, slip away during the distraction. A smoke cover apparently qualifies as being "offscreen" enough for OffscreenTeleportation, allowing a user to escape even if he or she was standing in a clear area where his/her exit would be seen at least by the viewer if not an opponent.

Still played straight in most cases, though there are a few stock variations and subversions:
# The smoke user ''forgets'' to escape, and is still standing there laughing maniacally when the smoke clears, or else is too busy coughing from inhaling said smoke. He sheepishly calms down and surrenders, or mundanely runs away without looking flashy.
# The escapee just ''hides'' in the room, in a very obvious place, like behind a ficus plant or a narrow lamp. Especially funny if he's in a [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja outfit]].
# The smoke bomb is a dud and releases little to no smoke, leaving the escapee to just stand there.
# Alternatively, the excess gunpowder in the smoke bomb leaves the user extra toasty.
# The Smoke In, where a cloud of smoke is used to give a flashy, dramatic entrance instead of a stealthy escape.

Compare StealthHiBye, DisappearingBox. Contrast with SuperSmoke. See also TrickBomb, NinjaLog. AHandfulForAnEye may serve the same purpose.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A parody of the Smoke In can be found in ''Manga/DragonHalf'', when Rosario first appears to the King in a mysterious cloud of mist. The angle changes and the audience can see that behind him is a bucket labeled "dry ice".
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s "Team Rocket" frequently escapes by having Koffing/Weezing fill the room with a truly massive amount of smoke that, realistically, would indeed allow most anyone to escape. Later, when Weezing was released, Jessie's Seviper took over this role with its haze attack. While not actual smoke, James's Cacnea can fullfill the same purpose with Sandstorm, if Seviper isn't available. James performs the trick with an actual smoke bomb in the second "Best Wishes!" episode.
* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Viral]] uses the SmokeShield of a MacrossMissileMassacre as his SmokeOut in the third episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Even for a Saturday morning cartoon villain, he was apparently GenreSavvy enough to know it for TheWorfBarrage. He later does this again, with an actual smoke bomb, to escape with Adiane.
* Tsubaki, a pretty young woman from ''Manga/SoulEater'', can ''turn into'' a smoke bomb... but it's a ''cute'' smoke bomb. It has little eyes and a pony-tail.
* A Smoke Out is used at least once by every character of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with a slightly shady or ninja-esque martial art, including Ranma, Mousse, Kodachi, Genma, Happōsai, and Konatsu. Ukyō Kuonji uses a flour bomb to create the smoke, as part of her [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Okonomiyaki Martial Art]].
* Used by the side characters in the MagicWorld arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' in a BigDamnHeroes moment to save Negi's butt from the newly introduced villain. They used a very well-made type of smoke that even blocks magical senses, letting everyone perform a clean escape.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': While Hei doesn't normally need any help [[StealthHiBye disappearing]], November 11 once [[AnIcePerson froze his feet in place]]. He got away when Huang tossed a bomb that melted the ice and gave him a couple of seconds to vanish.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': In Kaitou Kid's first appearance, Kid uses a flash bomb to escape undetected from a wide-open roof while surrounded by a crowd of policemen and several helicopters. Justified in that [[spoiler:he actually disguised himself as a policeman rather than fleeing]].
* Parodied with Rainspider on ''Manga/DesertPunk''. He's fond of exiting by laughing maniacally and throwing down a smoke bomb. But when the smoke clears, you actually see him running away, laughing all the while.
* Several {{Zoids}} make use of this. Command Wolf types, König Wolf types, Guysack, Shadow Fox, and Saberlion.
** In the video games it's usually possible to equip ''anything'' with smoke dischargers.
* Used at the very beginning of ''Manga/OnePiece'' by Higuma the Bear.
* It pops out from time to time in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', used by Musashi while training him using Ninjutsu. [[KnightOfCerebus Kotaro Fuuma also]] used it at least once while fighting Yaiba, and the same goes for [[LargeHam Goemon]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Practically [[WorldOfBadass every character in the show]] is capable of this, and most of them have used it onscreen... often disappearing from plain sight in open areas with just a little puff of smoke around their bodies. Kakashi even pulled this stunt while Naruto, a trained {{Ninja}}, stood directly behind him with a knife to his throat in the second "Shippuden" episode.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Subversion of the first variety. When Ganju is forced to fight Yumichika, he knows he's not Yumichika's equal so decides to use every dirty trick in the book in an attempt to distract Yumichika into losing. At one point, he uses a spell that creates a red cloud of smoke that's designed to make the victim's eyes stream and throat clog. It's not until he starts choking in mid-gloat that Ganju realises he caught himself in the smoke as well as Yumichika. Instead of allowing him time to put distance between himself and Yumichika, the pair stagger out of the smoke ''together''. In the long run, this turns out to be a happy accident for Ganju whose only chance for surviving was for Yumichika to be so convinced Ganju was incompetent that he'd lower his guard enough for one of Ganju's tricks to actually work. This mistake certainly helped on that front!
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': The [[DirtyCoward Demon Masato]] does this to escape a beating from Rinne.
* This turns out to be a common tactic used by [[spoiler: Titan Shifters]] in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The most extreme example in the series, of course, goes to the 60m tall Colossal Titan. Though it's pretty much a {{Kaiju}}, its steam clouds somehow allow it to practice the fine art of the StealthHiBye to the shock and horror of humanity. ScienceHero Hange accurately theorizes that it's actually [[spoiler: the human "pilot" using the steam to abandon his Titan form and slip away in the chaos]]. The Female Titan uses the same tactic later on, but in a much more dramatic fashion: [[spoiler: calling Titans to ''eat'' her Titan form, generating enough steam to allow her to simply join the gathered crowd of soldiers unnoticed]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Doctor Mid-Nite from the ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' favors the Smoke In, which is especially useful given his ability to see in total darkness.
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', the Confessor is fond of this, [[spoiler:or so it seems; he's actually a vampire and isn't just smoking out, but ''dissolving into mist''.]]
* Toyota the mercenary ninja from ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' drops a couple of tiny pellets from the hilt of her sword which explode into a massive smoke bomb.
* In the [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Comics]], Magica Despell likes to do this with her trademark "foof-bombs".
* Stephanie Brown pulls off an awesome one after [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beating up the Scarecrow]] in ''[[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]]'' #3.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', used by [[McNinja Ninjette]] in book 2... to avoid ''embarrasment'' before [=ThugBoy=], and then fleeing through a window. (And note that, since she leaves the tattered remains of Emp's suit behind, she's quite logically buck naked afterward.)
* [[ComicBook/XMen Nightcrawler]] leaves a cloud of purple smoke along with his [[SignatureSoundEffect signature "BAMF"]] whenever he teleports.
* The dark wizard Necross the Mad does a combination of Smoke In and choking on his own smoke in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.
-->'''Necross:''' I've simply ''got'' to switch to mirrors! Those smokey entrances are ''murder'' on the bronchial passages...
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' has a particularly notable Smoke In, leading to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome this classic moment]]:
-->'''Batman:''' [[http://batmanboy11.tumblr.com/post/1687290167/ladies-gentleman-you-have-eaten-well-youve Ladies. Gentleman. You have eaten well. You’ve eaten Gotham’s wealth. Its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on -- none of you are safe.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is how Calvin and Hobbes escape from a rambling hawk and his son [[ItMakesSenseInContext while inside a tornado]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', when Jerry faces PercyJackson in The Evil Gods Part 1, Percy escapes with "a cloud of smoke cause by witchery."
* In ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia Fight Ten Thousand Ninjas]]'', the trope is both parodied and played straight.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Used by Jafar in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', wherein the villain's smoke bomb enables him to escape from two guards who ''had hold of his arms and were in the process of dragging him away''. When the smoke clears, the guards are holding onto each other instead. Of course, [[AWizardDidIt he]] ''[[AWizardDidIt is]]'' [[AWizardDidIt a sorcerer]].
* Morgana in the ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' takes this to a ridiculous extreme. She pulls an "Ink Out" in the middle of open ocean, ''while surrounded by merpeople on all sides''. Of course, [[AWizardDidIt she]] ''[[AWizardDidIt is]]'' [[AWizardDidIt a sorceress]].
* In TheMovie ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', the Smoke In and Smoke Out are major parts of the Phantasm's repertoire. Despite having no more superpower than Batman himself, the Phantasm on several occasions makes a Smoke Out departure while standing in the middle of a clear area; this is never remarked on, let alone explained.
** It should be noted that Phantasm was even able to use this to escape from Batman himself, who would have instantly spotted any normal escape routes due to experience. The smoke also, at different times, clings to a man's face to blind him and lifts a stone angel from the ground that would have been too heavy for a normal human. As well, Phantasm is able to continue producing the smog even after [[spoiler: revealing herself to be Andrea Beaumont and discarding any article of clothing that could hide the technology to produce the smoke.]] There is a supernatural quality to the Phantasm, though the origin of this power is unknown.
* Esmeralda does this to get out of a tight spot in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. In this movie there doesn't seem to be real magic, so it would have to be a trick.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' [[http://epicninjamaneuver.ytmnd.com/ subverts this]] with a side-effect nobody else has noticed. A ninja throws a smoke bomb in an open field, but the smoke quickly blows away. It then subverts this ''again'' by turning out to have an effect: the smoke bomb revives some {{Mooks}} for The ChosenOne to beat up again.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** Done straight in the latest movie, but also subverted when Raphael does a standard ninja Smoke Out, but instead of mysteriously vanishing he's seen running away. Also {{Lampshaded}} in the film when Karai and a henchman disappear.
** There is also a scene where Raphael smokes out... only to leave Casey Jones coughing and waving smoke away... then Raphael leans out from behind a nearby structure and chastizes Casey for just standing there like an idiot.
-->'''Michaelangelo:''' What is it with ninjas and smoke bombs?
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' movies.
** The Michael Keaton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' does it after Jack[=/=]Joker falls into the vat. He combines it with the batline to make it look like he's flying away.
** Even though it wasn't even played straight in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Ducard explains that the use of smoke bombs and similar gags are only theatrics to confuse an enemy.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. A Smoke In version occurs when Tim the Enchanter teleports from a distant mountaintop to a location right in front of King Arthur and his knights.
* The boys' grandfather in ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' escapes this way while training them and reappears on top of a tree.
* Film/JamesBond's CoolCar often features a smoke screen among [[WeaponisedCar other gadgets]]. When his car is destroyed in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Bond creates the same effect by driving through a construction site, kicking up a cloud of smoke from a pile of concrete.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Skeeve, of the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series by Robert Asprin, tries to do a Smoke In to intimidate an army by turning invisible, walking up to the spot, setting off some smoke powder, and turning visible once more. Right after turning visible, he finds out that standing in the middle of a cloud of smoke does little for your ability to breathe, and he does his best to be intimidating while in mid-sneeze.
** It's not even really real invisibility. It's just a portable curtain that happens to hide whatever is immediately behind it.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Bilbo Baggins plans to leave his eleventy-first birthday party by slipping on his [[ArtifactOfDoom ring of invisibility]] at the climax of his speech -- which Gandalf quick-thinkingly turns into a SmokeOut by throwing one of his pyrotechnics on the stage. Bilbo is annoyed, but Gandalf explains that he doesn't want rumors going out about vanishing hobbits. Doesn't happen in the film version, though.
* Used a few times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Peruvian instant darkness powder is used by Draco and company [[spoiler:so they can get into Hogwarts]].
** Harry uses a decoy detonator in book 7.
** The Peruvian darkness powder is used in TheFilmOfTheBook so Harry can overhear [[spoiler:Draco's plans of becoming a Death Eater]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': in one episode, the trio attempt to escape by this method, but when the smoke clears, they are pressed up against a locked door frantically trying to get out.
* Subverted in ''TeenAngel'', where the title character creates smoke but is left standing in the room. Then, in front of the person he wants to escape from, walks into a closet.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' characters, good and evil, frequently exit by blasting the ground in front of them to create a dust cloud. It's usually plausible that they could have escaped (we usually see things from the point of view of the one they're escaping from; the person(s) using this trick are gone by the time their opponent can run through the dust cloud, look where they were, and then look around) but the ''Overdrive'' season features two ninja characters for whom smoke clouds are essentially just another brand of teleportation.
* Lee Van Cleef's character, an American Ninja, used to do this all the time in the short-lived TV series ''Series/TheMaster''.
* The Spike TV show ''DeadliestWarrior'' gives a highly possible real-world origin for the SmokeOut in the form of "black eggs", literal whole eggshells painted black and filled with either sand, pepper (either ground or as a mace-like extract oil), and/or glass that is thrown into the enemy's face; the theory was, the egg would shatter upon impact (or, if the contents were dry ingredients, crushed pre-throw) and splash all over the enemy's eyes, blinding them for several seconds and giving the illusion that the escaping ninja vanished in a puff of smoke.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Castle}}''; investigating the death of a magician, Beckett and Castle approach a street magician with a motive. The street magician, obviously not keen to answer questions, does the standard Smoke Out disappearance -- and Beckett (who, as it turns out, knows a little something about magic) merely rolls her eyes, opens up the box he's standing on (and which he slipped into after dropping the smoke bomb) and yanks him out.
-->'''Beckett:''' Alakazam, jackass.
* On ''Series/TheCape'', Max and anyone else trained by him can do this at a level verging on supernatural. Subverted in Episode 3 when Vince fights Gregor and gets grabbed by the cape in the middle of his smoke-out.
** For reference, Gregor is his EvilCounterpart, the former student of Max's who wore the unique cape but ended up abusing its power. He would know all of Max's (and Vince's) tricks.
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode "Vegas in Space". Before being sent on a mission, Buck is given devices which cause a complete blackout in the immediate area. While on the mission, he uses one to escape from enemies.
* Near the end of the ''CoryInTheHouse'' episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm", when the gang finds that Stickler has been sabotaging Cory's rhythm to take his place in the band, he attempts to activate a smoke ball to escape, but the ball only emits a small puff.
-->'''Stickler:''' Just pretend there's a lot of smoke.
* Luke does this on ''ModernFamily'', at the end of an argument with his parents about how much he dislikes doing magic and wants to quit (leaving Phil confused).
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* R. Talsorian Games' ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' supplement ''Solo of Fortune II''. An ad for Midnight Arms includes the Ninja Smoke Pellet. Throwing it to the ground causes a flash and a cloud of smoke that allow you to confuse and escape your enemies.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sheik escapes this way from Link several times in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee'' this was actually turned into her recovery move. Impa, the Princess's badass nanny, also shows the ability to do this once. Keep in mind though that, in ''Ocarina'', there is no actual smoke, only a moment of blinding light. It helps that Sheik is magic, though. To be specific, the sheikahs use Deku Nuts, which blind you and daze you. Link and the player see it as them instantly disappearing, but what actually happens is Link loses his awareness giving ample time for them to get away. You can do this yourself with the in game enemies, as the Deku Nut is a useable item.
* ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}''
** Rogues have this as an ability, called "Vanish", which at one point required a reagent called "Flash Powder" to work. And even now that the flash powder is no longer required, the animation still shows the classic smoke bomb going off at the character's feet. The actual effect is to put you straight into stealth mode even from combat.
** Due to issues involving aggro of pets and NPC enemies, the effect of the dud smoke grenade is often replicated when the enemy [[SpecialEffectsFailure just keeps attacking you when they shouldn't be.]] Supposedly fixed in a very recent patch, though it remains to be seen.
** Another (newer) ability is actually called Smoke Bomb, but it's mostly unusable for escaping, rather creating an area that can't be targeted into from the outside by enemies. It's practically an inversion as it forces you to stand still if you want to be covered by it and could be used to get ''into'' combat by getting a ranged enemy to close in.
** In the Shado-pan dailies against the mantid, the players can get a Wu Kao Smoke Bomb. Using it puts them into stealth for a short period of time, and for a few seconds, enables actions without breaking stealth. It can be a useful way of escaping from encounters.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''
** You can do this in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''.
** Once trained, Ezio's assassins in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' do that whenever they are called upon to attack instead of escaping.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a Smoke Bomb allows you to instantly escape from any battle that you can normally run away from. It's also used in a cutscene to escape from a burning house, even though that's not how they work and there's no explanation given for how a cloud of smoke allows one to escape from a house that's on ''fire''.
** Edge from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has this as one of his {{Ninj|a}}utsu abilities, which allows the party to run immediately from any non-boss battle.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', Yagudo ninja Gessho pulls a Smoke In in a cutscene.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'', Ninjutsu Stalkers' Smoke Flash power enables them to them to shed aggro from nearby enemies to escape or set up for an [[BackStab Assassin Strike]], and Ninja Masterminds' Smoke Bomb enables a henchman of their choice to do the same.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}''
** Subverted in ''Tenchu'' 2. Genbu tried this method twice but failed.
** Played straight in ''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'', though. Rikimaru and Ayame have an innate SmokeOut ability for [[SoMuchForStealth when they're spotted]], but can use actual smoke bombs as a substitute for it... which is nonetheless their least effective use, versus creating temporary cover or distracting opponents for a [[OneHitKill hissatsu]].
* Used by Galford and Hanzo from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''.
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the Xbox series, enemy ninjas will smoke out if Ryu runs out of their encounter boundaries. He can also use smoke bombs to distract the enemy for a while. [[BraggingRightsReward Karma]] [[SelfImposedChallenge Runners]] have made their usage an art in the quest for ever-higher score.
* In ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'', players can do this to run away from a mission (auto-failing and forfeiting the consolation experience in exchange for a refund of the stamina cost.)
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell Conviction'', [[spoiler:the enemy Splinter Cells]] will often throw smoke grenades just before they make their entrance.
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'' the Black Ninjas do this all the time, as does [[spoiler:Shama Llama]].
* Taken UpToEleven in ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 3: World Adventures]]''. Escape Dust does more than allow you to Smoke Out -- it flat-out teleports you back to a safe place (i.e. either your base camp or home). It starts to slide into MundaneUtility territory, because if you get a large amount of them, you can start using them to cut down on your travel time.
* Shinobi from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'' can use a smoke bomb to throw off enemy targeting.
* In the main ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game series, Smoke Ball is a held item that allows you to escape any fight with wild Pokémon.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Smoke can throw a cloud of smoke at his opponent's feet that forcibly teleports them to a more vulnerable position.
** Smoke also plays the trope more straight with his Smoke / Phase towards / away attacks which converts his body to a thick cloud of smoke and reposition himself while evading projectiles.
* If [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] is beaten in a {{mini|boss}}-{{boss fight}} in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', he uses a smoke bomb to cover up his escape.
* In the DS game ''VideoGame/LEGOBattles'', a group of ninjas uses variation 1 from the trope description. After the smoke clears, one of the ninjas is still standing in place, looking sheepish. Then he sidles quickly away.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Batman can use this to get away from gun-toting mooks should he be spotted. For even more fun, toss a pellet into an unaware group and watch them freak out and fire at each other.
* In ''VideoGame/TheArtOfTheft'', Trilby escapes via smoke bomb if he fails or quits a level.
* In ''Annet Futatabi'', Annet uses a smoke bomb to escape in a cutscene.
* Nitro Splicers in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' use smoke grenades to confuse the player.
** Houdini Splicers will start running, and then phase into a cloud of smoke as they teleport out.
* CombatArms has smoke grenades among other {{Trick Bomb}}s what's interesting is that instead, they're generally used to cover a Close Quarters oriented player and make sniping him far more difficult while he gets into the building the snipers are in. If he succeeds expect a MassOhCrap from the said snipers.
* A Rogue ability in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The Duelist PrestigeClass has the "Vendetta" talent, which lets you teleport across the battlefield like this.
* Captain Qwark ''tries'' to do this in ''RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', but thinks the smoke bomb causes the disappearance. As such, he's still there when the smoke clears.
-->'''Qwark:''' Hang on, cadets! ''(POOF)'' ...Well, that was five bolts wasted.
* A few items in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' let you escape from a fight in a smoke cloud, with varying effectiveness. One is sometimes a dud and doesn't do anything, another produces "cheap" smoke and uses up a turn.
* ''Videogame/RiskOfRain'''s Bandit can use this for the intended purpose (escaping from a tight spot), though it works rather by making you invisible and untargetable. It also makes your next attack a DynamicEntry for extra damage and a stun.
* [[{{Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame}} Esmeralda]] does this with pink smoke to escape from [[{{LightIsNotGood}} Frollo]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. She manages to escape thanks to [[TheLancer Riku]] lying to [[{{TheDragon}} Phoebus]] that he did not see her.
* The Ninja Spy class in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' has the Flash Bang. Rather than smoke, the non-damaging ability [[BlindedByTheLight briefly dazes and blinds a group]], allowing time to regroup or escape.
* It's not easy, but a well-placed use of Electric Smoke and the dash ability allows one to do this in ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}''. In a ''[[HumongousMecha three-story-tall mech.]]''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied by the webcomic ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/intervention.png where a smoker ninja use a menthol smoke bomb]].
* Used twice by [[http://amazingplasmaman.com/comics/28/ The Prestidigitator]] in ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan''.
* Faux-SpriteComic ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' has Kobayashi the Discount Ninja use several of the subversions, which is one of the many reasons why he's a ''discount'' ninja.
* Inverted in ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls!]]'': Pato leaves puffs of purple smoke when she teleports, but not enough to cover her disappearance.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': Wonderella attempts a smoke out in [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/03/03/pale-to-the-queen/ a strip]], after an embarrassing conversation.
* Pointed out in [[http://xkcd.com/486/ a comic]] from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. Mouseover: "The sad thing is that I just wanted to talk about your poor smoke-bomb techniques."
* Done once by Pintsize in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' during his "underwear ninja" phase. Marten even commented on this: "That was incredibly bizarre, even for Pintsize."
* In ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', Kirk Ericson, little brother to one of the main characters, ''pretends'' to throw a smoke bomb before he hides (and tells people that they can't see him now). Kirk has about the same relationship to Manga/{{Naruto}} and his ilk that Literature/DonQuixote has to knightly romance, so...
* Played mostly straight in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', but parodied in one episode where the eponymous doctor is so used to doing this that he reflexively uses it to escape from an awkward social encounter.
* Used in [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/3/8/386.html one strip]] of ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', if a bit overblown.
-->'''Alex:''' ''(from within the smoke)'' Good job with the smoke caps, Riley.\\
Although, I think you might've done too good a job...
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' shows us that this is [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/breaking-up/ one way to end a relationship.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MeatShield'', Day'l Ir'ket [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/244-attack-name-go/ pulls out one]] to escape a fight he can't hope to win.
* Averted in [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/a_superhero one strip]] of ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'' -- this is Tiffany's usual MO, but when she offers [[spoiler:[[Webcomic/EerieCuties Layla]]]] a snack to divert her attention from Faith's attack, she's too startled when [[spoiler:Layla recognizes her ''by taste'' and doesn't even think of a smoke grenade, passing out from blood loss instead.]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' gives [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2580 another example of trying to avoid an awkward conversation]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Research and Development Wars -- Spearhead", when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Riff, Sam, Bun-bun and Slaughteresa are on their way to rescue Torg and run into the main force of the Chinese mutants]], Teresa uses some smoke bombs. They release quite a lot of smoke. When it clears, it reveals the others gone but Riff still standing there.
-->'''Riff:''' Was I supposed to move, or something? That's ''so'' not what I consider a "bomb"!
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Raven's "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-04 Murder Shroud]]" spell works like this despite not involving a smoke bomb as it allows Raven to [[OffScreenTeleportation sneak around Abraham]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-08 attack him from the other side]].
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* Phase of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has his own UtilityBelt even though he's just a high school frosh. He's done the SmokeOut, the Smoke In (using it as a costume change too), and even a smoke attack against Kismet.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck favors the Smoke In, as his main weapon is a gun that fires various gas pellets. It accompanies his CatchPhrase, "I am the terror that flaps in the night..."
** This regular schtick backfires on Darkwing at least once when he faces some FOWL goons; he creates some smoke and enters it for his entrance in front of them, but the guards, familiar with this move, simply punch into the cloud and connect, since they knew Darkwing would be in there.
** However, in another episode, Darkwing creates a cloud of smoke and begins his CatchPhrase. The goons shoot the cloud of smoke, oblivious to the fact that Darkwing is, in fact, behind them...
** Like many elements of his character (including his costume), this dramatic introduction is taken from TheDCU's Crimson Avenger.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Although in many cases, Bats is such a sneaky badass that he can [[StealthHiBye quietly slip away or appear]] ''without'' the smoke.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', when the new Batman uses the standard schtick to get away from the police when he is framed for murder. However, the Police Commissioner is Barbara Gordon, formerly known as Batgirl. As such, she knows that stunt by heart and thwarts it easily, which gives Batman a real challenge to get away.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', where the Stump Sprite appears in a Smoke In and nearly chokes to death on his own smoke.
* The Robot Devil pulls this move in the concert hall finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', declaring "It's back to hell for me!" and vanishing in a puff of smoke. The camera then cuts to the stunned audience's reaction, and we see him quickly running up the aisle and out of the theater.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' like using this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In an episode, a fortune teller consulted by Lisa appears to attempt a Smoke Out, but when the smoke clears, she's still at her table, quietly waiting for ''Lisa'' to leave.
** In another episode, Mr. Burns attempts to use this trick to escape a tableful of stockholders -- however, being ludicrously old and not very fast-moving, he's still fumbling with the door-handle when the smoke clears...
** Bart pulls it once when Skinner discovers him running a card shark operation at the school fair. "Goodbye gentlemen."
* The 2000s ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon has the Shredder's [[EliteMooks Elite Guard]] use this as a cover for OffscreenTeleportation, able to appear behind an opponent they've just vanished from in front of, all without being seen or heard by characters or viewers ''or'' having had time to go around and get into position. It's likely a legitimate super-power, what with the glowing red eyes.
** Played hilariously straight in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nickeleon show]] when Donatello creates smoke bombs for the first time. Michelangelo starts abusing them despite Don warning him they're hard to make, and the trope is so exagerated that it seems to give Michelangelo ''onscreen'' teleportation. At one point, he says he'll bring Splinter, throws a smokebomb... and when the smoke dissipates, not only has he disappeared, but Splinter is now standing in his place, asking calmy why they asked for him.
*** Of course, at the end of the episode, when they actually ''need'' the smokebombs to escape Shredder, it turns out Michelangelo wasted all of them. Donatello made more in the following episodes through.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** Ninja technophile (literally) Otaku Senzuri does this all the time, but hasn't gotten hang of the hiding part. This leads to a lot of "Where did he go?" "Oh, he's right there." situations for him.
** The Monarch also does this in the season four finale when he "crashes" the Venture Brothers' Prom. He gives some speech and smokes out both him and Dr. Mrs.The Monarch and the two are seen still standing on the stage when the smoke clears at which point they just walk away.
* Plankton tries this in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Spongebob SquarePants}}''. The smoke bomb explodes in his face, leaving him charred. "Well, this stinks..."
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', where David Copperfield tries this and Stroker just shoots into the smoke and kills him (though he turned out to have just been FakingTheDead).
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Eddy attempts a Smoke Out with a homemade smokescreen to escape from the kids at a party he and the Eds crashed. But once he releases it it ends up flooding the house in a white powder and burying the Eds.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' When Robin used it to get his team away from Now-Evil Terra. Beast Boy lingers for a bit before he runs off into the smoke.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Roger did this twice but he kept falling over unconscious. Klaus tried this in "The One That Got Away", and he ''ended up in another dimension'' for 60 years ([[YearInsideHourOutside a few seconds in his world's time]]).
-->'''Klaus:''' Wherever it was, I am now their king.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' episode 8, a [[McNinja ninja]]-[[MartialArtsAndCrafts baker]] uses a cloud of flour to disappear.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' episode 2, Uncle Grandfather ''attempts'' one. He's still there once the cloud dissipates, though.
* In the {{Filmation}} ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' episode "A Devil of a Time", Superboy does both Smoke Outs and Smoke Ins (with magnesium pellets) while masquerading as the Devil.
* Shendu and Daloan Wong from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' would use their magic to do this when they were about to be caught by Jackie and company or the authorities.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Parodied at the end of the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]]. Trixie does this after being one-upped by Twilight Sparkle, but once the smoke clears we see her running off over the horizon.
*** Even got a CallBack in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel "Magic Duel"]], when Trixie ''still'' fails at them, at one point even ''tripping and falling'' during the running-away part.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], Zecora does a Smoke In to make a dramatic entrance, as part of the special effects she uses to tell the spooky story of Nightmare Moon.
* Parodied twice in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
** In "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", a guru the Fireside Girls meet gives them advice then disappears in a puff of smoke. Gretchen points out that he just moved a little ways away.
** In "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", Dr. Doofenshmirtz is outclassed by Perry [[ItMakesSenseInContext in Candace's body]] bids hir farewell and appears to speed off screen in a Doofenshmirtz-shaped cloud of smoke. When the smoke clears, he's standing there, looking surprised, and asks "What just happened?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' the eponymous Ninja uses smokebombs for every entrance and exit of a battle.
* ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': Played with in "Fast and Furry-ous." The Coyote got Acme Fleet-Foot Jet-Propelled Tennis Shoes. and test-''ran'' them before the Road Runner arrived. First, the Road Runner made his "BEEP BEEP" and started his run with a dust cloud the coyote in fast pursuit, only for the Road Runner to hold position. When the Coyote realized the mistake and returned, the Road Runner did the same trick again, and the coyote waited for the dust cloud to clear, only for the runner to escape. Cue the pursuit.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' segment "Super Duper Crime Busters", Kitty overdoes this, smoking in and out of places with the words "Nowhere and Everywhere!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': When [[MadDoctor Krieger]] gets caught breaking into a restricted area, he escapes by [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud yelling the words "Smoke Bomb"]] and running away.
* Smokescreen of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' creates clouds of smoke that he uses to disorient opponents or help himself and his fellow Autobots escape pursuers.
* ''Ben10Omniverse'': [[EgomaniacHunter Khyber]]'s pet has one of his predator forms, Buglizard, who possess the ability to produce smokes in order to confuse its enemies and escape or attack, much the same way than Squids and Octopi would. It's played more or less realistically, in that the smoke usually cover enough area so Buglizard's disappearance would be credible, and he is actually shown escaping to the viewer in some scene. Also subverted in a flashback, where Khyber, when confronted to the actual Buglizard he got the sample from, merely used a gaz mask with infavision to counter the smoke.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' has one episode where [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Izzy]] used this technique to vanish. Inverted a couple of episodes later, when Chris used the same technique to make an entrance.
** In the ''All Stars'' episode "Suckers Punched" Jose uses the same technique to appear.
* This is a favourite trick of Chesire in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''; dropping a smoke bomb and not being there when the smoke clears.
** Batgirl does it to escape from Lobo in "Happy New Year".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' has one episode where Mina used this technique to vanish along with Trina.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Squids and octopi do an Ink Out when they feel threatened.
* Smoke grenades typically aren't used right at the user's feet but can have the same effect. In fact it is most effective to throw the smoke grenade at the enemy so that he can't see anything. The closer the smoke grenade is to you, the easier it is to know where you are or if you leave that source of cover.
** However, if an enemy sniper has just [[BoomHeadshot shot your commander]], you might not be able to immediately divine his location. In such cases, the best policy (after taking cover, of course) is to toss a smoke grenade near your own feet - even if the sniper knows you're somewhere in the cloud, he can't get a clear shot.
* Smoke screens can be used to provide cover for a retreat (the enemy knows ''something's'' going on, but can't see exactly ''what'').
* Laying smoke is an extremely common tactic used in naval warfare. Not so much in modern times, as radar does limit its effectiveness, but used correctly can trick an enemy battle line into firing where you don't actually have ships.
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