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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Anime & Manga
- The title character of Space Adventure Cobra.
- "Sir" Integra Hellsing is a female example, though technically she smokes cigarillos.
- Smoker from One Piece, is usually seen with multiple cigars (his powers are based on smoke)...unless it's the 4kids dub.
- Sir Crocodile, Shilew of the Rain and "Golden Lion" Shiki also smoke cigars. Also, all three are evil.
- Cowboy Bebop's Faye Valentine occasionally enjoys a cigar.
- Bunta from Initial D almost always has one.
- Balalaika in Black Lagoon is an another female example.
- Lupin III: Episode 0: First Contact has a one-time character named Galvez, a New York mafia boss whose treasure has been targeted by Lupin.
- Zapp Renfro of Blood Blockade Battlefront is rarely seen without one in his teeth.
- Robot example - Kup is portrayed as this in IDW's Transformers comics, starting in All Hail Megatron. It's apparently called a "cy-gar". Its also medicinal, as it contains radiation that prevents him hallucinating zombies.
- Spiderman's J. Jonah Jameson.
- Nick Fury (before Joe Quesada decreed that no Marvel characters were permitted to smoke).
- In her first appearance in the Avengers, She-Hulk appeared in fashionable attire but smoking a corona; she's chic but badass!
- Ben Grimm, for the first thirty years or so.
- Lenny Balinger, the foreman for Damage Control in the Marvel Universe.
- The Comedian in Watchmen
- Wolverine until the mid 90s or so. When he temporarily lost his Healing Factor, the first cigar he lit up without it was enough to convince him it was time to quit that particular habit.
- Perry White in Superman ... sometimes. (In one story he gave up after a lung cancer scare. That seems to be getting ignored now.)
- Detective Casey in Mickey Mouse comics subverts. He thinks he's tough and respected by both colleagues and crooks....
- Julius Furst, BFG-toting Badass Normal of Astro City.
- Sam Hagen, Ryder's boss from the old The Creeper comics.
- Hellboy is fond of cigars.
- Professor Venture of the Atari Force second series is a female example. Captain Hunter is a straight male example.
- In The Sandman, Mervyn usually lights up a cigarette on the job (as part of his blue collar image), but in The Kindly Ones he breaks out a stogie to go along with his army uniform and drill sergeant schtick. He produces one again in The Wake, presumably in recognition of the formality of the occasion and his evening wear.
- Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks illustrated his role in Little Orphan Annie as THE wealthiest man in the strips with his tux, his diamond stickpin and his ever present cigars.
- Dick Tracy's tech provider, Diet Smith, is rarely seen without cigar in mouth.
- Steve Roper's friend Mike Nomad occasionally enjoys one.
- Conrad, the self proclaimed frog prince, is a cigar connoisseur.
- Flip from Little Nemo.
- Sgt. Snorkle in Beetle Bailey, although he stopped around the mid-80's as readers became more health-conscious.
- Mr. O'Malley from Barnaby.
- Albert Alligator from Pogo.
- Crabby news editor (and anthropomorphic bird) P. Martin Shoemaker aka Shoe.
- Broom Hilda was one of these initially, but like Beetle Bailey above, this was eventually phased out due to concerns about promoting smoking to young readers.
- Kup from The Transformers (IDW) had a mechanical cigar (or 'cy-gar' rather) for a while, which provided controlled amounts of a poisonous gas that he had become accidentally addicted to after crash-landing on an alien planet. Not having these trace elements reduces him to hallucinations and berserker behavior. In short, he 'smokes' to stay sane. This was also done to turn him into a robotic Expy of Sergeant Rock.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- Tough and capable Sgt. Dede Rake in Starship Troopers 2 (played by Brenda Strong) is overjoyed to find a container of cigars in a way station's food supplies. She wastes no time in lighting one up and hoards the rest.
- 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.
- Hound in Transformers: Age of Extinction. It's actually a bullet, but the effect is there.
- Parodied in Top Secret!. Badass French resistance member Chocolate Mousse is introduced with a cigar in his mouth... which he then eats.
- Ojo in The Crimson Pirate, to the point where he even has it when he's supposed to be disguised as a nobleman and then a flower girl (since the rest of the movie runs on Rule of Funny, it doesn't matter too much).
- LEP Commander Julius Root of Artemis Fowl.
- Captain James Hook, enemy of Peter Pan, who enjoys cigars to excess, smoking two at once in a special holder.
- 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.
- Horatio Hornblower, 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 reflects 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.
- In Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, Oscar Hoffa smokes furiously on Upmann Monarch cigars.
- Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica loves this trope - the Starbuck from the reimagined series is one of the rare female examples. Many of the pilots are shown smoking cigars in celebration of missions, which is common among present day pilots as well.
- JAG: Harmon Rabb occasionally smoked cigars, until third season episode "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" when he had decided to quit. Many minor characters; particularly senior military officers, intelligence officers and businessmen; are often seen chomping cigars. In review panning the series in its first season, TV Guide even characterized it as:
... macho swaggering, muscle-flexing, cigar-chomping military men who can’t stop whining about having to share their Navy with sailors in skirts.
- The first season episode "Desert Son" features one such cigar chomper, Captain Reed, an abrasive artillery officer who climbed through the ranks starting as an enlistedman, and who entirely fails to get along with Lieutenant Rabb, while privately giving support and career advice to a young lieutenant under his command. Bonus points for lighting up his cigar just before ordering his artillery battery to fire.
- Jake Cutter from Tales of the Gold Monkey tends to smoke a cigarillo fairly often. Judging that this theme runs through Quantum Leap, Battlestar, JAG, and this show as well; Donald P. Bellisario seems to be a fan of this trope.
- Columbo, though having a timid, obfuscatingly stupid thing going on, is never seen without a smelly cigar in his mouth.
- The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg, the main antagonist.
- The Burns and Allen Show: George Burns, who for most of his adult life was a cigar smoker.
- All in the Family (and continuing through Archie Bunker's Place): Archie Bunker, the main protagonist.
- Gomez in The Addams Family
- Sgt. Randelman, from Band of Brothers, is shown with a cigar throughout the series, most notably in Replacements.
- Toby Ziegler of The West Wing occasionally smokes one, although it's not allowed inside the building itself.
- Colonel Potter of M*A*S*H smoked 5 cigars for 45 years and "never got the habbit."
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Orks use them, especially Burna Boyz, the flamethrower-equipped pyromaniacs. There's even one head in the standard kit for a Burna Boy who's cut a hole in his faceplate so he can raise and lower it without needing to take out his cigar.
- Space Pirate Kaptin Badrukk is notable for having to retreat when badly wounded and out of cigars.
- Lord Castellan Creed of Cadia and Col. Schaeffer of the Last Chancers are two of the few human characters who's known for their love of cigars, to the point that their models include them.
- In the Gaunt's Ghosts novels, Colonel Corbec favors cigars over the lho sticksnote used by many other troopers.
- A rare Humongous Mecha example from BattleTech: the Hauptmann 'Mech has a laser mounted in its head. This is a particularly Unusual Weapon Mounting, as the laser is set low in the 'Mech's 'face,' giving it the appearance of a scowling, wide-shouldered thug gnawing on a cigar. For bonus points, the mouth is the laser's traverse slot—this means that the Hauptmann can roll its cigar back and forth in a stereotypically brutish fashion.
- 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.
- Continuing the theme, Mengsk has a big ol' cigar in the final cutscene of Heart of the Swarm. But as he goes to light it, it turns out the lighter is the control mechanism for the Xel'Naga artifact.
- 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.
- Senator Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance feels the need to light up a good ol' cigar right after delivering a stomping Raiden wouldn't forget any time soon, and outlining his ideals in a speech that, batshit insanity aside, was actually an engaging one for politician standards.
- 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 Junior 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 3: Wastelander.
- In the Dawn of War intro cinematic, an ork Burna Boy is seen with a huge cigar.
- Ork meks in the sequel use a giant screw, but the effect is the same, down to the switch-to-other-side-of-mouth gesture.
- Alice: Madness Returns features a type of Giant Enemy Crab that uses its cigar to light the fuse on its Arm Cannon.
- In Conker's 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.
- Michael Barrick from Gears of War is constantly seen with a cigar in his first chronological appearance in the "RAAM's Shadow" Downloadable Content for the third game. However, his first actual appearance was in the comic book, set sometime between the first and second games (approx. 14 years after "RAAM's Shadow"), where he chain-smokes flimsy homemade cigarettes because there likely aren't any cigars left in the world.
- Victor Sullivan from Uncharted.
- In Kantai Collection, one of Teruzuki's Chou-10cm-Hou-chan has a bullet clenched in its teeth in a manner that looks very much like it's chomping a cigar.
- In League of Legends, the champion Graves is known for chomping his cigar in his splash art, while he's known as a tough, daring, closer-than-normal ranged marksman. All of the sudden, Riot suddenly removed the cigar to not offend some certain group of people. Thus a meme was born: "[X] can happen, but Graves can't have his cigar."
- This also happened to Tychus (see above) when he was added to Heroes of the Storm, with similar memetic results.
- "Smilin'" Jack from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines smokes cigars. Considering the act of lighting a fire in most Kindred's faces causes Rötschreck, this just indicates how Badass he is.
- In a divergence from the comics, the Penguin from both Batman: Arkham Series and Batman: The Telltale Series has shown a preference over cigars than the traditional cigarette.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Inga Karkhuul Khura'in has a large stamp that he puts in his mouth to give off the appearance of smoking a cigar. As Minister of Justice of Khura'in, he uses it primarily to stamp piles of execution orders.
- Warren T. Rat, the villain from An American Tail.
- Carface from All Dogs Go to Heaven.
- Pete from the Classic Disney Shorts.
- Jose Carioca in all of his pre-House of Mouse appearances.
- Jim Crow the leader crow from Dumbo.
- Quite a few of the Gas House Gorillas (particularly the pitcher) in the Looney Tunes cartoon "Baseball Bugs".
- Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons.
- Bender from Futurama.
- Mr. Boss from Codename: Kids Next Door. In fact, it's almost impossible for him to lose it, not even in a fight scene where he falls down a flight of stairs, an example of Rule of Funny.
- Rock Bottom from the Felix the Cat TV series.
- Pitts the bulldog in the Bonkers episode "Dog Day AfterToon."
- Mr. Toad (a non-anthropomorphic toad) from Arthur chews on an old hot dog in a similar manner to a cigar.
- Mr. Smitty from Rocko's Modern Life.
- Detective Q.T. Hush has a barely capable partner in Quincy, who resembles a cigar-smoking shadow in coat and hat.
- Swackhammer from Space Jam.
- Technical Fairy First Class from the Private Snafu cartoons.
- Cyril Sneer from The Raccoons.
- Anything featuring Winston Churchill. That famous scowly photo◊? The photographer took away his cigar.
- Another famous photo has Churchill inspecting a Thompson Submachine Gun, complete with a drum magazine, while wearing a pinstripe suit, bowler hat, and smoking his cigar. The Germans attempted to use the photo to drum up an image of him as a mafioso, but gave up when they realized it wasn't doing anything to hinder his Memetic Badass status.
- 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.
- George Burns never did a routine without one. Tough? Depended on your point of view and the type of movie he was in, but the guy was a Living Legend of his time.
- 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 disastrous 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. He later died of throat cancer—probably brought about by his cigar habit.
- King Edward VII of the United Kingdom smoked twelve cigars a day, plus a full pack's worth (20) of cigarettes. Such was his love of cigars that he once lit up from a candle during a church service. The habit got him in the end; he died of COPD.
- General Jean Victor Moreau, one of Napoleon's most serious Republican opponents, was not particularly aggressive, either as a man or as a commander, but he did seem to smoke cigars in all circumstances. Case in point: during the battle of Novi, he had one horse killed under him; as General Thiébault puts it, "he kept smoking as his soldiers helped him back on his feet, without a single disruption in the smoke puffs’ pattern". Fourteen years later, at Dresden, where a cannonball shattered both his legs and he had to be amputated, he smoked a cigar during the operation, which he bore without so much as a wince.
- Quite unexpectedly, Catherine the Great, an another female example. While she's more famous for her (alleged) love life, and wasn't known to be particularly aggressive, during her reign Russia grew at least twice in territory, and she's been recorded to say that without her knowledge no gun fires in Europe.