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. A Sub-Trope 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).
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- 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.
- In Natsume's Book of Friends Hinoe blows smoke in Natsume's face while talking to him on several occasions causing him to cough.
- 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.
Film (Live Action)
- Roberta: Lizzie blows smoke into Huck's face as part of a passive-aggressive exchange when he's introduced to her "countess" persona.
- Street Angel: Depicted as a part of a loving couple's happy days, with Gino lovingly puffing smoke into Angela's face.
- The Last Command: General Sergius do it to the arrested revolutionary Leo. Later, roles are reversed, and Leo returns the insult.
- 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: Judgment Day, a biker does this to the T-800. He regrets doing so.
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- We get a Robo Cam shot when it happens. Apparently passive smoking isn't bad for your health if you're a Terminator.
- 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 (1997), 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 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. She runs off, coughing and cursing him. This is in stark contrast to the positively scorching love scene between the two main leads.
- 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: Dead Man's Chest: Davy Jones breathes smoke in a doomed soul's face while asking him if he fears death.
- One of the most iconic scenes in American History X occurs when Danny (a white supremacist) blows smoke in Henry's (a black kid) face. Despite ditching his neo-Nazi ties by the end of the movie, this doesn't stop Henry from shooting him in the chest the next day.
- In the climax of Trainspotting, Begbie demands a cigarette from Renton after attacking a man who spilled his beer (and Spud, when he "got in [his] way"). Renton obliges and lights his cigarette for him, only for Begbie to blow the smoke in his face to show him who's in charge of the whole operation. While Renton had been thinking about stealing the money from the heroin sale for a while now as opposed to dividing it among the four of them as intended, it's this incident that pushes him over the edge and gives him the nerve to steal the money. Fortunately for Spud, he got his share of the money owed to him.
- Fatal Instinct: Spoofed when the Femme Fatale keeps blowing smoke in the protagonist's face until he's covered by a layer of smog.
Ned Ravine: I think you smoke too much.
- Diggstown: Happens twice:
- When a mafioso blows smoke in Gabriel's face, he amiably plays it off, saying, "No thanks, I just stubbed one out!"
- A particularly vainglorious boxer takes a drag of a cigar right before facing off with Honey Roy, then blows smoke in his face. Roy pays him back by knocking him out with his first punch.
- In Broken Arrow (1996), Deakins does this to Pritchett just because. Even after killing him for being annoying.
- Joyce does this to Basil in It's Love I'm After to stop him from talking.
- Inverted in Dredd. A Defiant to the End Ma-Ma sucks in a breath of smoke after Dredd squirts a shot of the drug Slo-Mo in her face before throwing her off a balcony to her death.
- The Great Mouse Detective: a woman at the tavern blows smoke at Dawson when he tries to apologize for bumping into her.
- Oliver & Company: Sykes does it to Fagin.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox: The trope is present if a little modified in Mr Bean's critique of a freestyle song.
(throws cigar) "You wrote a bad song, Petey!"
- Mickey's Christmas Carol: Done by Pete as the Ghost of Christmas Future to Scrooge.
- Pinocchio: Done by Lampwick to Jiminy Cricket.
- The Caterpillar does this to Alice in Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland.
- Bad Bill does this to Rango. Rango attempts to return the favor...with slightly different results.
- Carface does this to a rat and Killer in All Dogs Go to Heaven.
- 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.
Live Action TV
- 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 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.
- Babylon 5: In the episode "GROPOS" Keffer finds a pair of marines have been billeted in his quarters until they ship out, which he is not happy about. One of them, Pvt. Large, gets in his face to try and blows smoke on him, trying to be intimidating, but Keffer doesn't back down, which impresses Large.
- Get Smart. An accidental version occurs in "That Old Gang of Mine". Maxwell Smart goes to London, where the head of British CONTROL briefs him under the Umbrella of Silence. Unlike the Cone of Silence it works perfectly, except he's smoking a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe, so the Umbrella soon fills up with smoke.
- Doctor Who: Circus owner Rossini blows cigar smoke in the Doctor's face in "Terror of the Autons".
- South Beach Tow: A difficult customer responds to Bernice's demands that she stop smoking in the building (it is a smoking-free zone) by blowing smoke directly into Bernice's face. Bernice being, well, Bernice, responds like Roddy Piper by taking the fire extinguisher and blasting the woman with it at point-blank range.
- CSI: In "Hog Heaven", a biker blows smoke in the face of one of the gang's bitches (who is actually an undercover cop).
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "The Baby Comes Out" has Will and Uncle Phil share an elevator with a man smoking a cigarette. When Phil tells the man to put it out, since its illegal to smoke in an elevator, he blows smoke in Philip's face, which causes him to take the man's cigarette, and step on it.
- Mentioned in Lady Gaga's song "Bad Kids":
I'm a nerd, I chew gum and smoke in your face, I'm absurd
- In Bob Dylan's song "Maggie's Farm", he mentions that Maggie's pa "puts his cigar out in your face just for kicks".
- A very rare romantic version in the music video of Hayley Kiyoko's "Girls Like Girls", when a girl blows smoke gently into another girl's face as the first of several Indirect Kisses.
- 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.
- The same thing happened in the first The Ant and the Aardvark short, when the Aardvark tries to smoke the Ant out of his anthole with a cigar, but ends up smoking himself sick.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures short "Butt Out," Roderick and Rhubella Rat intentionally do this to Babs Bunny, by smoking cigarettes in the non-smoking section of a restaurant. At one point, when Rhubella blows smoke into Babs's face, it completely covers her body and makes her cough and hack.
- The Ku Klux Klan captured some young black men and chased them, beat them, castrated them and whipped them before asking them if they had any last requests before being lynched. One man asked for a last cigarette. When his request was granted, his last act was to light the thing and blow the smoke into his captor's face.
- Finnish prime minister Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, forced into an Enemy of My Enemy relationship with Nazi Germany as they were under attack by the Soviet Union who were on the Allied side and thus none of the western Allies would help, showed what he really thought of Nazism when he had a meeting with Adolf Hitler, who was known for his hatred of smoking, and blew smoke in the Fuhrer's face.