A character who is never seen without his cigar. This is Almost Always Male
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 Da Chief
, Sergeant Rock
and your local Corrupt Corporate Executive
often chomp on cigars, as will anyone in a Smoky Gentlemen's Club
who hasn't got 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 Smoking Is Cool
and Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
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- The Man With No Name from A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good The Bad And The Ugly. Clint Eastwood, a method actor, has publicly said that he hated the smell of the things. Eastwood's Clint Squint was allegedly a result of his allergy to horses, but one imagines the cigars didn't help.
- Miracle on 34th Street: Charlie Halloran (played by William Frawley, Fred of I Love Lucy) as the Judge's campaign manager. He even chomps on it in court, although it's not lit.
- Hellboy loves his cigars, and so does his boss. In fact, it's the one thing they have in common.
- General Ripper from Doctor Strangelove is a parodically Freudian example.
- The Mayor in Sucker Punch.
- Baby Herman in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (when he's off the set and shows his real personality, that is).
- Sgt. Apone in Aliens; in a nice nod to realism, he never actually lights the thing, because he's on board a spaceship.
- Joe Patrone in the Airport series of films.
- Mr. Hyde in Van Helsing takes it literally prior to fighting Van Helsing when he actually eats his cigar.
- LEP Commander Julius Root of Artemis Fowl.
- Inspector Cramer in the Nero Wolfe novels, who almost never actually lights his cigar, just gnaws on it. He does, however, smoke a pipe in his first appearance in The League of Frightened Men.
- Commander Vimes in Discworld, after he quits drinking.
- Invoked by Citizen Rear Admiral Lester Tourville in Honor Among Enemies. He smokes cigars as part of a general strategy of looking like a 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 have failed in important missions.
- Invoked in 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 Blue Moon Rising is a classic Cigar Chomper.
- Sgt. Veelie, Inspector Queen's offsider in the Ellery Queen novels. Especially apparent in the 1970s TV series where Veelie (played by Tom Reese) is almost never seen without a cigar in his mouth.
- Uncle Cyrus from Anthill has had numerous cigars.
- Texas John Slaughter from the novels of J.T. Edson usually has an unlit cigar clenched in his teeth.
- Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., 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.
- Flip from Little Nemo.
- Mr. O'Malley from Barnaby.
- Albert Alligator from Pogo.
- Broom Hilda was one of these initially, but this was eventually phased out due to concerns about promoting smoking to young readers.
- Orks in Warhammer 40K use them, especially Burna Boyz, the flamethrower-equipped pyromaniacs.
- Duke Nukem.
- One of the official artists for Team Fortress 2 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 StarCraft, the Firebats can always be seen smoking a cigar inside their armor.
- Tychus from 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.
- The Sly Cooper games give us Muggshot from the first game and El Jeffe from the fourth, who both are seen with a stogie locked in their jaws in their debut appearances.
- Pyro from Sacrifice has a cigar as part of his character portrait and is thus never seen without it. He's more of a Corrupt Corporate Executive, however.
- Naked Snake, aka Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater smokes cigars. He's so Bad Ass, he can use them to burn off leeches off of his body without worrying about getting an infection.
- Mass Effect 2: one sight gag in Omega is an elcor merchant who constantly smokes a cigar, somehow.
- Left 4 Dead: 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. The only time it's unlit in-game is after he's been Killed Off for Real.
- Halo: Sgt. Major Avery S. Johnson. The tough-as-nails smartass Johnson is hardly ever seen without his cigar.
- Peacock from Skullgirls. Notable in that Peacock is a 13 year old girl.
- Jinx from Jak and Daxter.
- In the Dawn of War intro cinematic, an ork Burna Boy is seen with a huge cigar.
- Alice: Madness Returns features a type of Giant Enemy Crab that uses its cigar to light the fuse on its Arm Cannon.
- In Conkers Bad Fur Day, Conker himself is sporting a cigar as he goes against the Tediz during the war campaign. The Xbox remake even has him doing this on the front cover.
- Taiga Gigayama in Armed Police Batrider.
- Anything featuring Winston Churchill.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger in Real Life. 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.
- Rush Limbaugh. Aggressive? Hell yes. Tough? Well, that depends on which side of the 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. Roger Moore 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.
- Fidel Castro, who certainly liked to be seen as a tough military leader.
- Che Guevara 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.
- Clive Barker's cigars got bigger as he got more rich and famous.
- 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 Ur Example of this trope. He discovered cigars in Cuba and introduced badass cigar chomping to the Colonies. note
- General Ulysses S. Grant, who was photographed once smoking a cigar as president, and was subsequently flooded with boxes as presents for the rest of his life.