->''"I think that's kind of cruel: I'm smoking and you come up coughing at me. Jesus. You go up to crippled people dancing too?"''
-->-- '''Creator/BillHicks'''

DrugsAreBad.

But for some people, any sort of run-in with drugs or alcohol -- in some cases, extended to smoking and even prescription drugs as well -- makes you instantly less of a human being.

People who feel that not only [[StraightEdge are drugs bad]], but that those with the weakness to use them are inferior to those who do not. In especially extreme cases, this attitude even applies toward people who have had problems with drugs but recovered, or have only done them one time.

Direct descendant of the DryCrusader and often shares the DryCrusader's self-righteousness.

Not to be confused with StraightEdgeEvil, although villainous straight-edge characters often fall into this. If too villainous or smug, it's not unheard of for the Smug Straight Edgers to be [[{{hypocrite}} less than sincere in their convictions]], if not an outright StrawHypocrite.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* [=PSAs=] can get in this territory sometimes. This mainly depends on whether or not TheAggressiveDrugDealer is present or not - if not, chances are the blame will fall on the people doing drugs.
* Anti-tobacco "Truth" [[PublicServiceAnnouncement commercials]] are made of this.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Oliver Queen, the GreenArrow, had a very negative view of drug dealers and users, and like many other BadassNormal, thought himself better than they were for staying straight. Then his sidekick Speedy started doing Heroin. The ensuing confrontation went...badly.
** Later a {{Retcon}} in the ''Green Arrow: Year One'' mini-series gave Oliver some motivation for this attitude, other than misdirected anger at himself for neglecting his sidekick - he had been injured while defending the enslaved population of a tropical island turned drug-farm and the only painkiller available to the woman who treated his wounds was heroin. Ollie just barely survived the withdrawal, which left him wondering how anyone could willingly subject themselves to such an experience.
* Todd from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', who says a big part of committing to veganism is knowing that you're better than most other people. Granted, this is a world where going vegan gives you telekinesis.
** He is also [[spoiler: A StrawHypocrite.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'', Kris Kringle gets his job as the Macy's Store Santa because the man they'd already hired had shown up drunk. Being that he was expected to entertain children, Kris is appalled at a drunk Santa and takes the job to replace him at the drop of a hat. Of course, Kris's "experience" with the role didn't hurt.
** However showing up drunk to just about any vocation is an immediate black mark. Common sense, people.
* One of ''Film/BobRoberts''' songs is titled "Drugs Stink", and contains the lyrics "Drugs stink/They make me sick/Those that sell 'em/And those that do 'em/String 'em up/From the highest tree/Without a trace of sympathy."
* Saruman shows these tendencies in ''Film/TheHobbit'', by criticizing Radagast's consumption of [[GRatedDrug mushrooms]]. In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', he makes similar comments about Gandalf's use of pipeweed. Saruman's a hypocrite since he has a large stash of pipeweed too.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the Navy doctor is smug about the fact that he doesn't drink, smoke or use caffeine. [[spoiler: It turns out that while he is indeed arrogant about this and is willing to acknowledge that fact, he does make a more nuanced argument against doing so in a hospital when a dumbass KGB agent nearly kills his patient by trying to light a cigarette in a room full of oxygen.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* There's a smug Straight Edge guy at the quiet mining town in ''Series/{{Skins}}'', who tries to woo Effy. When the crew escape the town, they mock his crossed arms salute.
* The mindset (although not necessarily the movement itself) is parodied in ''Series/BlackBooks''; at one point, a rather uptight looking customer approaches the shabby, chain-smoking [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] Bernard in the shop while he's smoking a cigarette and rather pompously says "You know, I'm inhaling a lot of second hand smoke from you." Bernard nonchalantly responds with: "Don't worry about it, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint buy me a drink sometime.]]"

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* ProfessionalWrestling's Wrestling/CMPunk has this as a catch phrase- "straight edge means I'm better than you" or "drug-free, alcohol-free, and better than you". When Punk plays the part of a heel, he is of this sort and takes every opportunity to gloat about his straight-edge lifestyle.
* [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]] did a few promos in Wrestling/{{ECW}} bragging about how hardcore he is, and did brag about never using drugs in high school or during his at the time 10-year career.[[note]]Foley admits to pain pills and, based on what he put his body through over his career, you can't really fault him.[[/note]]
* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] has become this in 2012, repeatedly bragging that being a vegan makes him better than everyone, and even mocking people and saying they're eating garbage when they try to eat meat.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* As noted in the trope description for StraightEdge, Straight Edgers can be like this sometimes. In an extreme example, two Straight Edgers actually assaulted another man. However, as they yelled racial epithets at the victim (who was Mexican), it's most likely the attack was racially motivated and that StraightEdge was a pretext.
* Creator/MrT is a teetotaler, and prides himself on drinking only kid-friendly milk rather than alcohol.
* ''Winners Don't Use Drugs'' is the name of an anti-drug slogan that was included on all arcade games imported into to North America from 1989 through to the year of 2000. The message appeared during the attract modes of both video games and on some pinball machines. It was established by FBI Director William S. Sessions with an agreement with the American Amusement Machine Association. By law it had to be included on all imported arcade games and continued to appear long after Sessions left office. The quote normally appeared in gold against a blue or black background between the FBI seal and Sessions' name.
** Hilariously parodied in the [[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim game]], with the message altered to "Winners Don't Eat Meat"
* [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] doesn't object to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, in fact, he advocates legalizing them. He also never misses an opportunity to remind people he's never used them. This either comes off as [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} some grand proclamation of philosophical fortitude]] or just a disclaimer from an opinionated person who's never experienced drugs first hand and does not want to be judged to be someone merely endorsing the legalization of drugs because he himself likes drugs.
* Music/TedNugent has been known to be patronizing towards alcohol and drug abuse. Then again, [[SoapboxSadie knowing Ted and his views and reactions towards supporters of gun control, veganism, and so on]], would you expect anything less?
* Real-world reversal: Crucial Youth were a straight-edge send-up that parodied the movement and regularly gave the audience a good clean with the Youthbrush.
* Inversion: Quite a few of the pro drug group can be equally as smug for 'having seen and experienced things you can never even dream of, being more creative, being more philosophical and generally just being more worldly than you' 'cause they smoked/shot/ate something.
* Major Dick Winters (subject of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'') admits in the book that he thought like this - he didn't drink until the evening of D-Day, and thought that taking a single swallow of liquor would have a noticeable deadening effect on his reflexes and thinking.
* People in Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs can veer into this.
* The metalcore act Earth Crisis has been banned from many, many, MANY venues over the years for doing things like yanking beer glasses and cigarettes away from people and frequently threatening violence upon anyone who resists, which in turn has resulted in multiple fights and straight-up brawls at their shows thanks to both the band and the [[FanDumb more overtly militant members of their fanbase]].

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* Creator/BillHicks did a bit about the smugness of non-smokers, saying "I'd quit if it wasn't for the fact that I'd become one of you."

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* During ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' [[TeenSuperSpy Yuuya]] takes sleeping pills to access a shared dream, then is injected with psychotropics to [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs give him an advantage]]. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Nishikikouji Tohri]], looking on, is appalled by this behavior and berates [[TheHandler Leone]] for lax morals - after administering the dose Leone asked him to use.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Bort the lapsed Straight Edge from ''Webcomic/NothingNiceToSay'' hasn't abandoned two parts of the straight edge lifestyle; [[http://www.mitchclem.com/nothingnice/120/ taking himself too seriously and beating people up]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* On ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', often the villains got involved with drugs ([[DrugsAreBad Yuck! Patooie!]]) and that's why they are messed up. A good example is a former skateboarding champion who's "no good at all" after he tried steroids.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' featured one Rikki Kixx, who runs a rehab movement and fronts a newly clean-and-sober band - it turns out sobriety has been legally forced on him and he's determined that everyone else should be as miserable as he is.

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