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Cigar Fuse Lighting
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So Sgt. McKickass has a cigar in his mouth, and brings up a stick of dynamite; lighting the fuse off his cigar. A puff of smoke from his mouth, a sly grin, and he's off walking forward, tossing the dynamite behind him. This may be a Discredited Trope, at least in modern settings. Usually includes McKickass performing an Unflinching Walk.

Can also be done with a cigarette or (conceivably) a pipe, but cigars just look cooler.

Not to be confused with Explosive Cigar. A means of subverting Hard To Light Fire. Couldn't Find a Lighter is the inverse. Compare to Reusable Lighter Toss.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • This is how Shikamaru sets off a huge array of explosive tags during his fight with Hidan in the Naruto manga.
  • In the One Piece anime, this is how the Whitebeard Pirates' 15th division commander Fossa ignites his sword.

Comic Books
  • In Sillage, one of the Armada agents does it while on a mission on an alien planet, with the two fuses tied in front of his chest and a swivel gun under each arm. And riding a local equivalent of a pterodactyl.
  • Jonah Hex has done this on occasion, usually just before blasting outlaws out of an otherwise unassailable position.
  • In Sherwood, Texas #1, Gisburn uses a cigarette to light the fuse on the dynamite he uses to bury Rob Hood in the old copper mine.

Film

Literature
  • In Jerry of the Islands by Jack London, Van Horn has a lit cigar in his mouth for this purpose.
  • Done by bad guy Santone in Rio Guns by J.T. Edson.
  • Richard Sharpe borrows a cigar from another officer when he has no slow-match to light fuses with.
  • In "The Six Maledictions" in The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, it's noted of Irish revolutionary bomber Tyrone Mountmain that if he's smoking a cigar, his dynamite is ready to hand.

Live-Action TV
  • The Pretender: In the episode "Homefront", Jarod adopts the persona of an arms dealer, and takes up chomping enormous cigars. Near the end of the episode, he uses his cigar to light the fuse on a diversionary explosion, then throws it away and is cigarless thereafter.
  • The A-Team:
    • In one episode the team jury-rig a flamethrower, but fail to jury-rig a pilot light. Instead the instructions are: throw the cigar in front of you, then open up.
    • In another episode, Murdock was flying a helicopter and dropping sticks of dynamite that he would light with a cigar.
    • Yet another had the team captured and Face was put in front of a firing squad, where he requested a last cigarette. As the baddies prepared to kill him, Hannibal and company puncture a hole in a large gas tank, which Face lit by spitting out the cigarette at it.
  • The 'lighting a pool of gasoline' variant was tested on Mythbusters at one point. While they were able to demonstrate that a lit cigarette does burn at the temperature necessarily to ignite gas, their best efforts couldn't make it actually work. Thus, it was deemed 'Plausible' rather than 'Confirmed'.

Newspaper Comics
  • Parodied in an old comic called Crock: We see this guy lighting a bomb with his cigar and throwing something in the next panel. Then, there's an explosion and the following dialogue ensues:
    "What have you done?!"
    "... Hit the enemy with my cigar?"

Tabletop Games
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Terror from the Stars, section "Field Manual of the Theron Marks Society". Theron Marks himself is stated to always have a lit cigar in his mouth during adventures in order to light sticks of dynamite.
  • Ogre leadbelchers in Warhammer.

Video Games
  • In Final Fantasy VII, one of Cid's Limit Breaks has him do this.
  • In Game & Watch: Mario's Bombs Away, this can happen by mistake to the bomb Mario's holding thanks to a careless fellow troop if he doesn't watch out.
  • The cannon crabs in Alice: Madness Returns all do this.
  • Skullgirls: 'Toon fighter Peacock does this with her level 3 No-Holds-Barred Beatdown super attack: She wraps her enemy in a burlap sack and calls on a group of her personal Mook army to help her smash the living daylights out of the opponent. She then walks away, puffing on a cigar as a Cartoon Bomb crony continues to beat the sack with a baseball bat. She then invokes this trope by casually tossing the cigar over her shoulder, detonating the bomb underling. Pretty much Crazy Awesome.
  • Sheriff Lonestar from Awesomenauts. Lonestar is a great fan of shooting things, but sometimes bullets just won’t cut it. So to make sure it stays down, Lonestar will chuck cigar-lit sticks of dynamite at his foes!
  • Outlaws: The player character can chuck dynamite around. Alt-fire lights the fuse, and the animation consists of the PC removing his stogie from his mouth and applying it to the fuse.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • In The Three Caballeros, Jose Carioca lights the fireworks on Donald Duck's bull costume with his cigar.
  • The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981). Sylvester the Cat hides Tweety under an empty can. When the mobster Rocky finds Tweety under the can, he lights a firecracker with his cigarette and places under the can for Sylvester to find ("Catty Cornered").
  • A Cool Cat cartoon had the title character confronted by Col. Rimfire and as a last request asks for a light for his cigarette. The Colonel obliges, not knowing that Cool Cat's cigarette is actually the fuse for a rocket he's planted against the Colonel's back.

Real Life
  • Silent movie star Harold Lloyd was holding what he thought was a prop bomb and lit the fuse with a cigar. It wasn't a prop, and he lost two fingers on one hand when the bomb exploded. Safety Last! indeed.
  • Fairly common for grenadier soldiers from mid-17th century and until hand grenades with fuses became obsolete. Though they usually smoked pipes, not cigars. And yes, those grenades were about equally dangerous to friends and enemies.
  • This actually is a much safer and recommended way to light consumer fireworks than using a lighter or matches, which may spark. Although you are recommended to bring the cigar to the firework, not the firework to your face.
  • Multiple videos from the Syrian Civil War show regime soldiers in helicopters and cargo aircraft lighting the fuses of barrel bombs with a lit cigar before rolling them out the back ramp. This is out of necessity, as the draft of the wind often extinguishes matches and lighters.


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