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Blowing Smoke Rings

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.



Comic Books
  • Gaston Lagaffe once created a machine to do this, so non-smokers wouldn't be denied the fun of blowing smoke rings.

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

  • 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 Callahans 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 episode "The Chaser", Professor A. Daemon - a purveyor of love potions - is shown blowing heart-shaped smoke rings.

  • 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.

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.

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