Blowing Smoke Rings

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When it's time to relax, a smoker will take out their cigarette, pipe or cigar and enjoy some quiet contemplation. And one fun thing to do when you're puffing away is to blow smoke rings, i.e. visible vortex rings of smoke.

When this is done in the company of friends, it can often become a contest. If a Magical Being is involved, or it takes place in a world governed by Cartoon Physics, expect the smoke rings to take on more unusual and elaborate shapes than mere rings. An obvious subtrope of Smoking Is Cool. Occasionally can result in Second Face Smoke if the smoker wishes to be rude to someone. May take place in a Smoky Gentlemen's Club.

Very much a Discredited Trope nowadays, given smoking's well-known health risks.


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Examples

    Anime and Manga 

  • Sanji of One Piece will occasionally blow heart-shaped smoke rings whenever he's fawning over a lady.
  • In the four-panel manga intermission "chapter" of Yotsuba&!, Torako blows a smoke ring after Yotsuba tells her where she's from. When Yotsuba asks where Torako is from, she starts giving directions, but Yotsuba wants her to blow a smoke ring in that direction.

    Comic Books 

  • Gaston Lagaffe once created a machine to do this, so non-smokers wouldn't be denied the fun of blowing smoke rings.
  • One Fantastic Four comic showed Doctor Doom blowing smoke rings. What makes it even more impressive is that he is still wearing his steel face mask at the time.

    Film - Animated 

  • On Peter Pan, Peter and the Indian Chief smoke a peace pipe after Peter rescues Tiger Lily. The rings they blow are triangular.
  • Warren T. Rat from An American Tail blows rings shaped like dollar signs and jaws with sharp teeth.
  • One of the crows blows rings a couple of times in Dumbo.
  • The caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland blows smoke rings that seem to have a life of their own, and can also blow smoke letters. He also gives Alice a nice facefull of Second Face Smoke.
  • A pipe-smoking skeleton in Corpse Bride emits heart-shaped smoke rings from his eye sockets.
  • On Pinocchio, Honest John and Gideon are smoking cigars and drinking beer with the Pleasure Island coachman, and Gideon takes a smoke ring, dunks it in his mug and eats it.

    Film - Live Action 

    Literature 

  • In the fourth Discworld book, Mort, Death himself smokes an ornate pipe, and blows smoke rings with his eyeholes.
  • In The Hobbit, Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf love to blow smoke rings. Gandalf one-ups Thorin when he starts by having his smoke rings fly through the middle of Thorin's then come back to hover over his head while changing colour.
  • In one of the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon books, there is a description of a party where two people are having fun one-upping each other with magical smoke designs.

    Live Action TV 
  • At the end of The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "The Chaser", Professor A. Daemon - a purveyor of love potions - is shown blowing heart-shaped smoke rings.
  • A sketch on the Russian sketch comedy show "Big Difference" (Большая разница) puts The Matrix in an early 1900's silent film, with a Chaplinesque Neo. When he first meets Trinity, dressed as a flapper, she blows a heart-shaped smoke ring from her cigarette holder.

    Music 

  • The Mills Brothers had a hit song in 1932 called "Smoke Rings."
  • Gary Allan has a song called "Smoke Rings in the Dark."
  • In the music video for "Panama", Eddie Van Halen is shown blowing smoke rings while playing the piano.

    Newspaper Comics 

  • The Wizard of Id: One strip had the Turnkey blowing smoke rings. When the Spook compliments him on his, he comments that he had an uncle who could triangles and squares, but that his face exploded trying to do a parallelogram.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting. The sage Elminster has an Eversmoking Pipe that can be used to create smoke patterns (such as rings). The patterns can be of any color and brightness level.

    Video Games 

  • Elvis from God Hand takes it Up to Eleven. Not only he blows rings when he smokes, but he also blows flaming rings.

    Web Comics 

  • Jamie in Girls with Slingshots has an interesting take on the trope: While in her "Romance Detective" disguise she smokes a Bubble Pipe... and blows heart-shaped bubbles.

    Western Animation 

  • A ghost also does this in the 1939 Merry Melodies cartoon, ''Jeepers Creepers".
  • In the Looney Tunes short "Wholly Smoke", a boy teaches Porky Pig how to do smoke ring tricks, but when Porky tries them they go all wrong.
  • In Tom and Jerry:
    • Episode "Texas Tom", Tom greets a female feline by rolling a cigarette, lighting it with his six-gun, and blowing "HOWDY" in one breath.
    • In another cartoon, Tom gives Jerry one last cigarette before his demise from a Rube Goldberg-type invention. Jerry blows out the number 8, just before the heavy object that's supposed to fall on Jerry falls on Tom instead.
  • City Hunters communicates the Love Interest rejecting the protagonist in the first episode in several ways, including blowing a smoke "ring" of a heart, and then blowing an arrow to destroy it.
  • Private Snafu: In "A Lecture on Camouflage", Snafu blows smoke rings while resting. The camouflaged Nazi stalking him blows smoke swastikas.
  • In The Critic episode "Sherman, Woman and Child", Doris tries to show off her smoke ring talent to Jay, which comes out as a demonic looking face that tells her, "Doris... Tick, Tock!".
    Doris: That was suppose to be a bunny.


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