One character blows cigar or cigarette smoke in another character's face as an expression of defiance, dominance, or just plain jerkassery
The person on the receiving end may react in a number of ways, from stoically putting up with it, to casually wafting it away, to breaking into a racking fit of coughing
. In cartoons the cloud of smoke may dissipate to reveal an Ash Face
of Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
; this behaviour will generally be an indicator of an Evil Smoker, although a good Cigar Chomper
may be able to get away with it
(especially if the target has earned his contempt
- In the Yakuza arc of Black Lagoon, Revy does this to Chaka in response to his talk about having a gunfight with her.
- Yotsuba&!: Torako did this to Yotsuba in their first encounter.
- In November 11's introductory scene in Darker Than Black, he's dealing with some gangsters and voices his extreme disapproval of smoking early on. When they try to double cross him, one of them lights up and contemptuously blows smoke in his face. Big mistake.
- In A Certain Magical Index, Stiyl Magnus rudely does this to Touma Kamijou at one point when Touma asks him to apologize to him.
Film (Live Action)
- Spider-Man: J. Jonah Jameson does this a lot; Spidey has found ways of reversing it on him once in a while.
- Knights of the Dinner Table: Gary Jackson, being a Jerkass, smokes at the gaming table and sometimes blows smoke into the face of his players; usually to emphasise some point.
- In the Tintin book "Flight 714", billionaire Laszlo Carreidas boldly tells his captor Rastapopoulos to drop his cigar. Rastapopoulos promptly takes a deep puff, drops the cigar, and blows on his face.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark: Marion does this to Toht. Bad idea.
- Starman: Shermin does this to Fox after Shermin allows Starman to escape.
Fox: Shermin, you are finished. I will have you eviscerated for this.
Shermin: Well, as much as I hate to stoop to symbolism...
(Shermin takes a puff from cigar and blows smoke into Fox's face)
- Yellowbeard: Mr. Pew has smoke blown in his face, but he coughs in an extremely dignified way twice before continuing as before.
- In Terminator 2, a biker does this to the T-800. He regrets doing so.
- Done by Keira Knightley in The Edge Of Love to tell a guy in a bar to shove off.
- Done by Justina Machado in Sticks, just to be rude.
- In the film version of Annie, Ms. Aggie Hannigan blows smoke in Lily's face and further humiliates her by flicking ash down her blouse.
- Kirsty Alley does it to Tim Allen in For Richer or Poorer.
- In Titanic, Rose does this to her mother once.
- Done in the "Broadway Ballet" from Singin' in the Rain.
- Oh God, You Devil: The Devil does this to Bobby, before vanishing in the cloud of cigar smoke.
- One of the skeezy bikers does this to Buz in The Girl in Gold Boots, which prompts Crow to remark:
Crow: ...And that's just his breath.
- In The Ninth Gate, Corso blows smoke at a rival book dealer through the closing doors of an elevator.
- Louise does it to Harlan in Thelma & Louise in an attempt to get rid of him.
- Bucho in Desperado blows cigar smoke directly into his girl's mouth while she's kissing him.
- In Barry Lyndon, Mrs. Lyndon asks Barry not to smoke so much in the carriage. Barry blows smoke in her face, kisses her passionately, and goes right back to smoking. It is perhaps the first telltale sign that not all is well in their marriage.
- In Underworld (1927), 'Slippy' Lewis gets this treatment by some patron at a bar.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Davy Jones breathes smoke in a doomed soul's face while asking him if he fears death.
Live action TV
- Blackmarketeer Joseph Porta in the WW2 books by Sven Hassel smokes a cigar purely for this reason, as Al Capone (the only Italian among millions that Porta looks up to and wishes to imitate) always does this in the movies.
- When Tash goes into The End Of The World in Galaxy of Fear, a patron does this to her. Twice. She demands that the smoker stop or she'll make him stop, which amuses him - she's not yet fourteen and not remotely intimidating - so he pats her head, which infuriates her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen Adora Belle Dearheart in Going Postal smokes like a chimney, and does this to Moist at one point.
- George Sebastian's captors in Greece do this to him in their interrogation in the Left Behind book Desecration. George thinks that his captors have seen too many movies.
- At one point in Red Dwarf, Lister and Rimmer are in the movie theater, all alone, and Rimmer insists that Lister, who is smoking, move three seats over to be in the smoking section. Since Rimmer was a hologram, Lister was able to then blow smoke right through Rimmer"s face.
- Miranda Richardson's character does this to Blackadder in Blackadder Goes Forth.
- Cheers: Rebecca does this to Sam when he tries to get her to give up smoking.
- George Burns does this to Intrepid Reporter Fleet Scribbler- who's out for as much as can be dug up on The Muppet Show.
- The Australian comedy series Full Frontal had a spoof involving a Political Correctness Gone Mad remake of The Good The Bad And The Ugly called "The Good, The Bad, and the Unpleasant Person". The Clint Eastwood character is facing off with the Unpleasant Person, who is blowing smoke from a cheroot into his face.
Clint: I think we'd better step outside.
Unpleasant Person: You wanna fight with guns?!
Clint: No. I have an adverse reaction to passive smoking.
- In the 2007's Battlestar Galactica Dr. Baltar plays cards with Starbuck and wins everything in the pot, to Starbuck's disdain. He then proceeds to rub it in even more by giving Starbuck one of his last cigarettes and lighting it for her. She takes it, then pulls a long drag and proceeds to blow it in his face. He doesn't flinch, though.
- In the Big Bang Theory episode "The Agreement Dissection", Amy's research monkey Ricky does this to Sheldon.
- In El Chavo del ocho, Professor Jirafales once blew smoke in Don Ramon's face, which Don Ramon had to put up with. Became a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment on a meta level when actor Ramon Valdez was diagnosed and subsequently died of pulmonary cancer due to his own smoking habit.
- Rumpole of the Bailey: Horace Rumpole has done this at least once.
- Mission: Impossible: While posing as a soldier-of-fortune in "Spy", Max does this in order to pick a fight with a mercenary in a bar.
- The sketch-comedy Almost Live! does a "Billy Quan" kung-fu parody with the most over-the-top example ever.
- At Wrestlemania V, Morton Downey Jr made the fatal mistake of blowing smoke in the face of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Piper retaliated by blasting Downey with a fire extinguisher.
- Jimmy Jacobs blew smoke in Serena Deeb's face to give Lacey the advantage in their match while the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew were in Ring of Honor.
- Guys and Dolls, during the title song, has a sight gag where a doll who's been shopping does this to her hapless guy who carries all her packages and lights her cigarette.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Liquid Ocelot lit up a cigar mentioning that they were "father's favorite", and blew the smoke right into Snake's face, just before Liquid executed the first stage of his plan.
- In the Futurama episode "Three Hundred Big Boys", Bender steals a fabulously expensive cigar expressly for the purpose of blowing its smoke into the faces of the "fantsy-pantses" at an upscale art gallery.
- Tom and Jerry has had it happen on more than one occasion — but Jerry wises up at one point and comes out of the mousehole in a gas mask, while Tom has turned green from blowing so much smoke.