Cigarette Burns

Simply put, a smoker decides to put their cigarette or cigar out... on another living person. Sometimes this is used as an improvised weapon in desperate situations, but other times, it is used as a form of torture or abuse, as a sign that the character doing the putting out is a Jerkass or outright bastard, or as a form of Macho Masochism if this is done to oneself.

Compare Second Face Smoke. Related to Improbable Weapon User.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • YuYu Hakusho: In the manga, Sakamoto threatens to burn out Kuwabara's kitten's eye with a cigarette, though Yusuke stops him from doing so.

  • In X2: X-Men United, Wolverine comes into Cerebro smoking a cigar, and when Professor X tells him to put it out, Wolverine does so by crushing it into his own palm. Good Thing You Can Heal.
  • In Dude, Where's My Car? the two main characters are interrogated by the police. The cops try to invoke To the Pain by demonstrating what they'll do to them if they don't talk by hurting a mannequin. One of they things they do is put a cigarette out on it, and one of the main characters says "Leave him alone! He doesn't know anything!"
  • The Crow: In a bar scene, one mook puts a cigar out on his own tongue for laughs.

  • The Outsiders: Ponyboy mentions at one point that he once played chicken with Tim Shepard's brother by burning one another's fingertips with cigarettes; it went on until Tim Shepard himself showed up and chewed them out for doing something so stupid.

     Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the fourth season episode "Primeval," Spike manages to escape from Forrest by putting his cigarette out in his eye.
  • House: In the episode "Distractions," House discovers that a patient has a cigarette burn on his wrist.
  • On Raising Hope, Jimmy tries to get his mother to quit smoking for the sake of baby Hope. They decide they should also get Maw-Maw to quit too. When Jimmy's father tells her about it, she shows what she thinks of that idea by putting her cigarette out on his arm.
  • In the episode "The Magdalen Martyrs" of Jack Taylor, there is a diary that recounts the author's years as a young woman in one of Ireland's infamous Magdalene laundries, in which she and the rest of the "fallen women" sent to work off their sins and repent were tortured by a particularly sadistic nun. In one of the entries, her best friend was leaving the laundry to get married, and the nun, whom all the girls called Lucifer, walked in. Lucifer told the friend that it's a shame she doesn't have a leaving present, but would think of something, and thereafter lit cigarettes for the two of them, gives her a Hannibal Lecture about how memories of the laundry, and especially of Lucifer herself, would never go away, and then proceeds to give one of these as her farewell present.

     Video Games 
  • The debut trailer for Dm C Devil May Cry depicted Dante putting his cigarette out on a demon's face while holding it in a headlock.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2: While they have her in captivity, Zobek puts out a cigarette on Raisa Volkova's face.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins: Warden Joseph has a bandage over his left eye for the duration of the game as a result of Black Mask burning his eye with a cigarette.
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time: Right before fighting Sly, El Jefe grinds out his cigar on his own palm... and doesn't bat an eye while doing so.

     Western Animation 
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Screwed the Pooch," Carter puts a cigarette out on Peter's chest.
    • In the episode "Breaking Out Is Hard to Do," Lois, while addicted to the rush of shoplifting, puts out a cigarette on her own arm.
    • In "Friends of Peter G.", Death shows Peter what he will become if he doesn't learn to control his drinking: an abusive Fat Slob who tortures his family with cigar burns (though Stewie enjoys it).