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->''"Ninjutsu employs explosive powders; as weapons, ''or'' distractions; theatricality and deception are powerful agents. You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent."''
-->-- '''Henri Ducard''', ''Film/BatmanBegins''

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A fairly standard disappearing trick, favored by {{ninja}}, {{stage magician}}s, and Franchise/{{Batman}}. Drop a clever little smoke bomb that puffs up and dissipates quickly, slip away during the distraction. A smoke cover apparently qualifies as being "offscreen" enough for OffscreenTeleportation, allowing a user to escape even if he or she was standing in a clear area where his/her exit would be seen at least by the viewer if not an opponent.

Still played straight in most cases, though there are a few stock variations and subversions:
# The smoke user ''forgets'' to escape, and is still standing there laughing maniacally when the smoke clears, or else is too busy coughing from inhaling said smoke. He sheepishly calms down and surrenders, or mundanely runs away without looking flashy. A variation on this is when they ''do'' try to escape, but don't manage to get away before the smoke clears.
# The escapee just ''hides'' in the room, in a very obvious place, like behind a ficus plant or a narrow lamp. Especially funny if he's in a [[HighlyVisibleNinja ninja outfit]].
# The smoke bomb is a dud and releases little to no smoke, leaving the escapee to just stand there.
# Alternatively, the excess gunpowder in the smoke bomb leaves the user extra toasty.
# The Smoke In, where a cloud of smoke is used to give a flashy, dramatic entrance instead of a stealthy escape.
# The user simply shouts out "Smoke Bomb!" without actually using one, and tries one of the above techniques.

Compare StealthHiBye, DisappearingBox. Contrast with SuperSmoke. See also TrickBomb (of which this is a SubTrope), NinjaLog and EscapeBattleTechnique. AHandfulForAnEye may serve the same purpose.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A parody of the Smoke In can be found in ''Manga/DragonHalf'', when Rosario first appears to the King in a mysterious cloud of mist. The angle changes and the audience can see that behind him is a bucket labeled "dry ice".
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s "Team Rocket" frequently escapes by having Koffing/Weezing fill the room with a truly massive amount of smoke that, realistically, would indeed allow most anyone to escape. Later, when Weezing was released, Jessie's Seviper took over this role with its haze attack. While not actual smoke, James's Cacnea can fullfill the same purpose with Sandstorm, if Seviper isn't available. James performs the trick with an actual smoke bomb in the second "Best Wishes!" episode.
* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Viral]] uses the SmokeShield of a MacrossMissileMassacre as his SmokeOut in the third episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Even for a Saturday morning cartoon villain, he was apparently GenreSavvy enough to know it for TheWorfBarrage. He later does this again, with an actual smoke bomb, to escape with Adiane.
* Tsubaki, a pretty young woman from ''Manga/SoulEater'', can ''turn into'' a smoke bomb... but it's a ''cute'' smoke bomb. It has little eyes and a pony-tail.
* A Smoke Out is used at least once by every character of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with a slightly shady or ninja-esque martial art, including Ranma, Mousse, Kodachi, Genma, Happōsai, and Konatsu. Ukyō Kuonji uses a flour bomb to create the smoke, as part of her [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Okonomiyaki Martial Art]]. Note that they all make a similar gesture doing so; apparently, Smoke Out are quite standardized.
* Used by the side characters in the MagicWorld arc of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' in a BigDamnHeroes moment to save Negi's butt from the newly introduced villain. They used a very well-made type of smoke that even blocks magical senses, letting everyone perform a clean escape.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': While Hei doesn't normally need any help [[StealthHiBye disappearing]], November 11 once [[AnIcePerson froze his feet in place]]. He got away when Huang tossed a bomb that melted the ice and gave him a couple of seconds to vanish.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': In Kaitou Kid's first appearance, Kid uses a flash bomb to escape undetected from a wide-open roof while surrounded by a crowd of policemen and several helicopters. Justified in that [[spoiler:he actually disguised himself as a policeman rather than fleeing]].
* Parodied with Rainspider on ''Manga/DesertPunk''. He's fond of exiting by laughing maniacally and throwing down a smoke bomb. But when the smoke clears, you actually see him running away, laughing all the while.
* Several Franchise/{{Zoids}} make use of this. Command Wolf types, König Wolf types, Guysack, Shadow Fox, and Saberlion. In the video games it's usually possible to equip ''anything'' with smoke dischargers.
* Used at the very beginning of ''Manga/OnePiece'' by Higuma the Bear.
* It pops out from time to time in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', used by Musashi while training him using Ninjutsu. [[KnightOfCerebus Kotaro Fuuma also]] used it at least once while fighting Yaiba, and the same goes for [[LargeHam Goemon]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Practically [[WorldOfBadass every character in the show]] is capable of this, and most of them have used it onscreen... often disappearing from plain sight in open areas with just a little puff of smoke around their bodies. Kakashi even pulled this stunt while Naruto, a trained {{Ninja}}, stood directly behind him with a knife to his throat in the second "Shippuden" episode.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Subversion of the first variety. When Ganju is forced to fight Yumichika, he knows he's not Yumichika's equal so decides to use every dirty trick in the book in an attempt to distract Yumichika into losing. At one point, he uses a spell that creates a red cloud of smoke that's designed to make the victim's eyes stream and throat clog. It's not until he starts choking in mid-gloat that Ganju realises he caught himself in the smoke as well as Yumichika. Instead of allowing him time to put distance between himself and Yumichika, the pair stagger out of the smoke ''together''. In the long run, this turns out to be a happy accident for Ganju whose only chance for surviving was for Yumichika to be so convinced Ganju was incompetent that he'd lower his guard enough for one of Ganju's tricks to actually work. This mistake certainly helped on that front!
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': The DirtyCoward Demon Masato does this to escape a beating from Rinne.
* This turns out to be a common tactic used by [[spoiler:Titan Shifters]] in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The most extreme example in the series, of course, goes to the 60m tall Colossal Titan. Though it's pretty much a {{Kaiju}}, its steam clouds somehow allow it to practice the fine art of the StealthHiBye to the shock and horror of humanity. ScienceHero Hange accurately theorizes that it's actually [[spoiler: the human "pilot" using the steam to abandon his Titan form and slip away in the chaos]]. The Female Titan uses the same tactic later on, but in a much more dramatic fashion: [[spoiler: calling Titans to ''eat'' her Titan form, generating enough steam to allow her to simply join the gathered crowd of soldiers unnoticed]].
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Salome uses a smoke bomb to cover an escape in episode 6.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZTheHistoryOfTrunks'': In his final battle with the Androids, Gohan briefly loses them by blasting the ground and making smoke.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Frost uses a ki variation of the attack to escape from Android #18 after he managed to knock out Krillin from the arena and later uses it to escape from Vegeta after the latter broke free from the Evil Containment Wave seal. Kahseral also deploys a similar tactic when he realize that he stood no chance against Android #17.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Doctor Mid-Nite from the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' favors the Smoke In, which is especially useful given his ability to see in total darkness.
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', the Confessor is fond of this, [[spoiler:or so it seems; he's actually a vampire and isn't just smoking out, but ''dissolving into mist''.]]
* Toyota the mercenary ninja from ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' drops a couple of tiny pellets from the hilt of her sword which explode into a massive smoke bomb.
* In the [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Comics]], Magica Despell likes to do this with her trademark "foof-bombs".
* Stephanie Brown pulls off an awesome one after [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beating up the Scarecrow]] in ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}}'' #3.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', used by [[McNinja Ninjette]] in book 2... to avoid ''embarrassment'' before [=ThugBoy=], and then fleeing through a window. (Note that, since she leaves the tattered remains of Emp's suit behind, she's quite logically buck naked afterward.)
* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} leaves a cloud of purple smoke along with his [[SignatureSoundEffect signature "BAMF"]] whenever he teleports.
* The dark wizard Necross the Mad does a combination of Smoke In and choking on his own smoke in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.
-->'''Necross:''' I've simply ''got'' to switch to mirrors! Those smokey entrances are ''murder'' on the bronchial passages...
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' has a particularly notable Smoke In, leading to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome this classic moment]]:
-->'''Batman:''' [[http://batmanboy11.tumblr.com/post/1687290167/ladies-gentleman-you-have-eaten-well-youve Ladies. Gentleman. You have eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on -- none of you are safe.]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's foe Mysterio is fond of this, as per his [[MasterOfIllusion illusionist/performer]] persona.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is how Calvin and Hobbes escape from a rambling hawk and his son [[ItMakesSenseInContext while inside a tornado]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', when Jerry faces Literature/PercyJackson in The Evil Gods Part 1, Percy escapes with "a cloud of smoke cause by witchery."
* In ''[[Fanfic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia Fight Ten Thousand Ninjas]]'', the trope is both parodied and played straight.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'' episode "Robin, Are You Gay?", Franchise/{{Batman}} gets out of the session with a smoke grenade.
-->'''Robin:''' Now how is ''that'' not gay?

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Used by Jafar in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', wherein the villain's smoke bomb enables him to escape from two guards who ''had hold of his arms and were in the process of dragging him away''. When the smoke clears, the guards are holding onto each other instead. Of course, [[AWizardDidIt he]] ''[[AWizardDidIt is]]'' [[AWizardDidIt a sorcerer]].
* Morgana in the ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' takes this to a ridiculous extreme. She pulls an "Ink Out" in the middle of open ocean, ''while surrounded by merpeople on all sides''. Of course, [[AWizardDidIt she too]] ''[[AWizardDidIt is]]'' [[AWizardDidIt a sorceress]].
* In TheMovie ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', the Smoke In and Smoke Out are major parts of the Phantasm's repertoire. Despite having no more superpower than Batman himself, the Phantasm on several occasions makes a Smoke Out departure while standing in the middle of a clear area; this is never remarked on, let alone explained. It should be noted that Phantasm was even able to use this to escape from Batman himself, who would have instantly spotted any normal escape routes due to experience. The smoke also, at different times, clings to a man's face to blind him and lifts a stone angel from the ground that would have been too heavy for a normal human. As well, Phantasm is able to continue producing the smog even after [[spoiler:revealing herself to be Andrea Beaumont and discarding any article of clothing that could hide the technology to produce the smoke.]] There is a supernatural quality to the Phantasm, though the origin of this power is unknown.
* Esmeralda does this to get out of a tight spot in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. In this movie there doesn't seem to be real magic, so it would have to be a trick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the human version of Trixie likes to make showy departures this way. Like her pony counterpart, she flubs it both times, being spotted by Pinkie Pie as she tries to sneak away.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie:'' Batman uses them a lot, often proceeded by him actually declaring "smoke bomb".
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar'': Batman tries one against Superman, but Superman uses his XRayVision to locate him easily.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' [[http://epicninjamaneuver.ytmnd.com/ subverts this]] with a side-effect nobody else has noticed. A ninja throws a smoke bomb in an open field, but the smoke quickly blows away. It then subverts this ''again'' by turning out to have an effect: the smoke bomb revives some {{Mooks}} for The ChosenOne to beat up again.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** Done straight in the latest movie, but also subverted when Raphael does a standard ninja Smoke Out, but instead of mysteriously vanishing he's seen running away. Also {{Lampshaded}} in the film when Karai and a henchman disappear.
** There is also a scene where Raphael smokes out... only to leave Casey Jones coughing and waving smoke away... then Raphael leans out from behind a nearby structure and chastizes Casey for just standing there like an idiot.
--->'''Casey:''' What is it with ninjas and smoke bombs?
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' movies.
** The Michael Keaton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' does it after Jack[=/=]Joker falls into the vat. He combines it with the batline to make it look like he's flying away.
** Even though it wasn't even played straight in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Ducard explains that the use of smoke bombs and similar gags are only theatrics to confuse an enemy.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Batman throws smoke bombs at Bane's face, but since Bane received much of the same training Bruce did, he doesn't flinch.
** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman uses one during his fight with Superman. He doesn't go far, but it allows him to get the drop on the Man of Steel and shoot him with a Kryptonite gas grenade. [[AllThereInTheManual In the Art Of The Film book]], it's revealed the smoke is mixed with lead particles, so not even Superman's XRayVision can see through it.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. A Smoke In version occurs when Tim the Enchanter teleports from a distant mountaintop to a location right in front of King Arthur and his knights.
* The boys' grandfather in ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' escapes this way while training them and reappears on top of a tree.
* Film/JamesBond's CoolCar often features a smoke screen among [[WeaponisedCar other gadgets]]. When his car is destroyed in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Bond creates the same effect by driving through a construction site, kicking up a cloud of smoke from a pile of concrete.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock Holmes escapes a room by closing the chimney flue while the villain has his back to him, loading a pistol to kill Holmes. When he turns to shoot, the room is full of smoke. So he opens the window so the smoke can disperse, giving Holmes an escape route.

* Skeeve, of the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series by Robert Asprin, tries to do a Smoke In to intimidate an army by turning invisible, walking up to the spot, setting off some smoke powder, and turning visible once more. Right after turning visible, he finds out that standing in the middle of a cloud of smoke does little for your ability to breathe, and he does his best to be intimidating while in mid-sneeze. It's not even really real invisibility. It's just a portable curtain that happens to hide whatever is immediately behind it.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Bilbo Baggins plans to leave his eleventy-first birthday party by slipping on his [[ArtifactOfDoom ring of invisibility]] at the climax of his speech -- which Gandalf quick-thinkingly turns into a SmokeOut by throwing one of his pyrotechnics on the stage. Bilbo is annoyed, but Gandalf explains that he doesn't want rumors going out about vanishing hobbits. Doesn't happen in the film version, though.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', {{Weredragon}} [[MeaningfulName Gloom]] can breathe a dark, thick, fog-like substance aptly called "the Darkness". The heroes use it once to escape a pack of werewolf-ghoul hybrids that's pursuing them.
* Used a few times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Peruvian instant darkness powder is used by Draco and company [[spoiler:so they can get into Hogwarts]].
** Harry uses a decoy detonator in book 7.
** The Peruvian darkness powder is used in TheFilmOfTheBook so Harry can overhear [[spoiler:Draco's plans of becoming a Death Eater]].
* Used in ''Literature/SamhainIsland'' when Skyler is [[spoiler: captured by the St. Charles's, he drops an object in front of Zac which he thought was a smoke bomb disguised as a snow globe. Turns out it was just a regular snow globe.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Subverted in "Gone" -- the Trio attempt to escape by this method, but when the smoke clears, they are pressed up against a locked door frantically trying to get out. Jonathan, a member of the Trio, does this more successfully in "Life Serial", when making himself appear to vanish in a puff of smoke.
** An accidental version in "The Initiative", when a projectile hits a fire extinguisher wielded by Spike as an ImprovisedWeapon, filling the corridor with [=CO2=] gas and enabling him to escape.
** Tara does this with magic against a demon in "Superstar". She'd taken over the DamselInDistress role, so was more interested in escaping demons than fighting them.
* Subverted in ''Series/TeenAngel'', where the title character creates smoke but is left standing in the room. Then, in front of the person he wants to escape from, walks into a closet.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' characters, good and evil, frequently exit by blasting the ground in front of them to create a dust cloud. It's usually plausible that they could have escaped (we usually see things from the point of view of the one they're escaping from; the person(s) using this trick are gone by the time their opponent can run through the dust cloud, look where they were, and then look around) but the ''Overdrive'' season features two ninja characters for whom smoke clouds are essentially just another brand of teleportation.
** This trope is relatively common in {{Toku}}, whether it's ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', ''Franchise/KamenRider'' or what have you.
* Lee Van Cleef's character, an American Ninja, used to do this all the time in the short-lived TV series ''Series/TheMaster''.
* The Spike TV show ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' gives a highly possible real-world origin for the SmokeOut in the form of "black eggs", literal whole eggshells painted black and filled with either sand, pepper (either ground or as a mace-like extract oil), and/or glass that is thrown into the enemy's face; the theory was, the egg would shatter upon impact (or, if the contents were dry ingredients, crushed pre-throw) and splash all over the enemy's eyes, blinding them for several seconds and giving the illusion that the escaping ninja vanished in a puff of smoke.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Castle}}''; investigating the death of a magician, Beckett and Castle approach a street magician with a motive. The street magician, obviously not keen to answer questions, does the standard Smoke Out disappearance -- and Beckett (who, as it turns out, knows a little something about magic) merely rolls her eyes, opens up the box he's standing on (and which he slipped into after dropping the smoke bomb) and yanks him out.
-->'''Beckett:''' Alakazam, jackass.
* On ''Series/TheCape'', Max and anyone else trained by him can do this at a level verging on supernatural. Subverted in Episode 3 when Vince fights Gregor and gets grabbed by the cape in the middle of his smoke-out. For reference, Gregor is his EvilCounterpart, the former student of Max's who wore the unique cape but ended up abusing its power. He would know all of Max's (and Vince's) tricks.
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode "Vegas in Space". Before being sent on a mission, Buck is given devices which cause a complete blackout in the immediate area. While on the mission, he uses one to escape from enemies.
* Near the end of the ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'' episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm", when the gang finds that Stickler has been sabotaging Cory's rhythm to take his place in the band, he attempts to activate a smoke ball to escape, but the ball only emits a small puff.
-->'''Stickler:''' Just pretend there's a lot of smoke.
* Luke does this on ''Series/ModernFamily'', at the end of an argument with his parents about how much he dislikes doing magic and wants to quit (leaving Phil confused).
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Malcolm Merlyn does this in "The Magician"; escaping from Nyssa and Oliver by dropping a smoke bomb and vanishing under the cover of the smoke.
* ''Fallen Angels''. In the episode "Tomorrow I Die" (based on a story by Literature/MickeySpillane), a gang of robbers take several hostages, load them into two cars and make a RunForTheBorder, intending to execute them once they're in Mexico. The protagonist is driving one of the cars, so to gain time he drives near the curb of a dirt road, kicking up dust into the vehicle behind, which eventually goes off the road and crashes.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]] has a variation, as [[AnIcePerson Killer Frost]] creates thick mist with her breath and escapes from the cops under the cover of it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* R. Talsorian Games' ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' supplement ''Solo of Fortune II''. An ad for Midnight Arms includes the Ninja Smoke Pellet. Throwing it to the ground causes a flash and a cloud of smoke that allow you to confuse and escape your enemies.
* ''Dragon Warriors''. When broken, a Vial of Smoke creates a 5 meter radius cloud of white fog that completely blocks vision, allowing the user to escape undetected. Assassins can create a device called the Smoke Jar that works the same way.
* ''Encounter Critical'' supplement ''Asteroid 1618''. The ancient vampire Kahglarth can be encountered inside the Vanishing Pyramid. If opposed by an obviously superior foe he will vanish in a puff of smoke and attempt vengeance on the foes later.

* Security in the site-specific play ''Tales Told by Idiots'' attempts to flee at the end of the show this way. Nothing happens when he throws the smoke bomb, leading the other characters (and the audience) to stare at him for a few seconds, until he says, "If you'll excuse me, I have to go return some smoke bombs," and sheepishly walks away.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sheik escapes this way from Link several times in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee'' this was actually turned into her recovery move. Impa, the Princess's badass nanny, also shows the ability to do this once. Keep in mind though that, in ''[=OoT=]'', there is no actual smoke, only a moment of blinding light. It helps that Sheik is magic, though. To be specific, the sheikahs use Deku Nuts, which blind you and daze you. Link and the player see it as them instantly disappearing, but what actually happens is Link loses his awareness giving ample time for them to get away. You can do this yourself with the in game enemies, as the Deku Nut is a useable item.
* ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' has many characters using this trope, since it is a ninja game.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Rogues have this as an ability, called "Vanish", which at one point required a reagent called "Flash Powder" to work. And even now that the flash powder is no longer required, the animation still shows the classic smoke bomb going off at the character's feet. The actual effect is to put you straight into stealth mode even from combat.
** Due to issues involving aggro of pets and NPC enemies, the effect of the dud smoke grenade is often replicated when the enemy [[SpecialEffectsFailure just keeps attacking you when they shouldn't be.]] Supposedly fixed in a very recent patch, though it remains to be seen.
** Another (newer) ability is actually called Smoke Bomb, but it's mostly unusable for escaping, rather creating an area that can't be targeted into from the outside by enemies. It's practically an inversion as it forces you to stand still if you want to be covered by it and could be used to get ''into'' combat by getting a ranged enemy to close in.
** In the Shado-pan dailies against the mantid, the players can get a Wu Kao Smoke Bomb. Using it puts them into stealth for a short period of time, and for a few seconds, enables actions without breaking stealth. It can be a useful way of escaping from encounters.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has Smoke Bombs as recurring tools. Taken together with a location that has multiple curtains to duck behind or haystacks to leap into, and you can vanish, shank, come back out, and vanish until you run out of enemies or exhaust your supply of smoke bombs.
** Once trained, Ezio's assassins in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' do that whenever they are called upon to attack instead of escaping.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** One of the Ninja abilities in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' allows for instant escape from anything that can be fled from. It's essentially the same as the Thief's !Flee, just more dramatic.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a Smoke Bomb allows you to instantly escape from any battle that you can normally run away from. It's also used in a cutscene to escape from a burning house, even though that's not how they work and there's no explanation given for how a cloud of smoke allows one to escape from a house that's on ''fire''.
** Edge from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has this as one of his {{Ninj|a}}utsu abilities, which allows the party to run immediately from any non-boss battle.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', Yagudo ninja Gessho pulls a Smoke In in a cutscene.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'', Ninjutsu Stalkers' Smoke Flash power enables them to them to shed aggro from nearby enemies to escape or set up for an [[BackStab Assassin Strike]], and Ninja Masterminds' Smoke Bomb enables a henchman of their choice to do the same.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'':
** Subverted in ''Tenchu'' 2. Genbu tried this method twice but failed.
** Played straight in ''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'', though. Rikimaru and Ayame have an innate SmokeOut ability for [[SoMuchForStealth when they're spotted]], but can use actual smoke bombs as a substitute for it... which is nonetheless their least effective use, versus creating temporary cover or distracting opponents for a [[OneHitKill hissatsu]].
* Used by Galford and Hanzo from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''.
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the Xbox series, enemy ninjas will smoke out if Ryu runs out of their encounter boundaries. He can also use smoke bombs to distract the enemy for a while. [[BraggingRightsReward Karma]] [[SelfImposedChallenge Runners]] have made their usage an art in the quest for ever-higher score.
* In ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'', players can do this to run away from a mission (auto-failing and forfeiting the consolation experience in exchange for a refund of the stamina cost.)
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'', [[spoiler:the enemy Splinter Cells]] will often throw smoke grenades just before they make their entrance.
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'' the Black Ninjas do this all the time, as does [[spoiler:Shama Llama]].
* Taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/TheSims3: World Adventures''. Escape Dust does more than allow you to Smoke Out -- it flat-out teleports you back to a safe place (i.e. either your base camp or home). It starts to slide into MundaneUtility territory, because if you get a large amount of them, you can start using them to cut down on your travel time.
* Shinobi from ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'' can use a smoke bomb to throw off enemy targeting.
* In the main ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game series, Smoke Ball is a held item that allows you to escape any fight with wild Pokémon.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Smoke can throw a cloud of smoke at his opponent's feet that forcibly teleports them to a more vulnerable position. Smoke also plays the trope more straight with his Smoke / Phase towards / away attacks which converts his body to a thick cloud of smoke and reposition himself while evading projectiles.
* If [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] is beaten in a {{mini|boss}}-{{boss fight}} in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', he uses a smoke bomb to cover up his escape.
* In the DS game ''VideoGame/LEGOBattles'', a group of ninjas uses variation 1 from the trope description. After the smoke clears, one of the ninjas is still standing in place, looking sheepish. Then he sidles quickly away.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham Series}}'', Batman can use this to get away from gun-toting mooks should he be spotted. For even more fun, toss a pellet into an unaware group and watch them freak out and fire at each other.
* In ''VideoGame/TheArtOfTheft'', Trilby escapes via smoke bomb if he fails or quits a level.
* In ''Annet Futatabi'', Annet uses a smoke bomb to escape in a cutscene.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'':
** Nitro Splicers use smoke grenades to confuse the player.
** Houdini Splicers dephase into a cloud of smoke as they [[TeleportSpam teleport]].
* ''VideoGame/CombatArms'' has smoke grenades among other {{Trick Bomb}}s what's interesting is that instead, they're generally used to cover a Close Quarters oriented player and make sniping him far more difficult while he gets into the building the snipers are in. If he succeeds expect a MassOhCrap from the said snipers.
* A Rogue ability in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The Duelist PrestigeClass has the "Vendetta" talent, which lets you teleport across the battlefield like this.
* Captain Qwark ''tries'' to do this in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', but thinks the smoke bomb causes the disappearance. As such, he's still there when the smoke clears.
-->'''Qwark:''' Hang on, cadets! ''[POOF]'' ...Well, that was five bolts wasted.
* A few items in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' let you escape from a fight in a smoke cloud, with varying effectiveness. One is sometimes a dud and doesn't do anything, another produces "cheap" smoke and uses up a turn.
* ''Videogame/RiskOfRain'''s Bandit can use this for the intended purpose (escaping from a tight spot), though it works rather by making you invisible and untargetable. It also makes your next attack a DynamicEntry for extra damage and a stun.
* [[{{Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame}} Esmeralda]] does this with pink smoke to escape from Frollo in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. She manages to escape thanks to [[TheLancer Riku]] lying to [[TheDragon Phoebus]] that he did not see her.
* The Ninja Spy class in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' has the Flash Bang. Rather than smoke, the non-damaging ability [[BlindedByTheLight briefly dazes and blinds a group]], allowing time to regroup or escape.
* It's not easy, but a well-placed use of Electric Smoke and the dash ability allows one to do this in ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}''. In a ''[[HumongousMecha three-story-tall mech.]]''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** The game has several items that fit this trope: The Smoke Bomb, which releases a burst of white smoke and makes it harder for monsters to see you[[labelnote:*]]though it doesn't work if the monster already knows you're there[[/labelnote]], the Farcaster, which releases a burst of green smoke and teleports you back to the base camp, and Deodorant, which releases a burst of sky blue smoke that clears away the Soiled status effect.
** The ''Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate'' incarnation of Chameleos uses not only poisonous gas emissions as before, but also releases its own fog that interferes with players' sight and hearing.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'':
** [[SupportPartyMember Support Class]] soldiers gain the ability to throw one smoke grenade per mission as their first ability. Any unit in the smoke gains a +20 defense bonus. Other smoke grenade related abilities are Smoke And Mirrors, granting them extra grenades, unlocked at [[SergeantRock Sergeant rank]], and one between Dense Smoke (increases smoke grenades area of effect and the defense bonus to +40), or [[SuperSerum Combat Drugs]], giving +20 Will and +10% critical chance for one turn to units in the cloud at [[TheCaptain Captain rank]].
** Their EvilCounterpart from [[FunWithAcronyms EXALT]] in the Enemy Within expansion also have access to smoke grenades, and [[EliteMook Elite]] versions have access to the Smoke And Mirrors passive ability, working exactly like the XCOM version.
* The Carrier Beagle in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX'' has a special smokescreen MAP weapon that reduces Accuracy and Evasion of enemies hit by it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neverwinter}}'': gives this skill to the Trickster Rogues in the form of the aptly named Smoke Bomb power, filling a small area with smoke that renders foes incapable of action outside of movement, making it perfect for getaways or wreaking havoc while enemies are rendered helpless.
* In ''VideoGame/StyxMasterOfShadows'', Styx can turn his clones into living smoke bombs, bursting into a large puff of obscuring smoke for Styx to infiltrate unhindered or assassinate a particularly hard to reach target. It is not very practical for making escapes though, as Styx cannot do it without a ready clone.
* In ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'', Ash's 'Smoke Screen' ability throws down a smoke bomb that momentarily stuns enemies and renders him temporarily invisible provided he does not shoot an non-silent weapon.
* You can do this in ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' in both the campaign and multiplayer. In multiplayer, it allows you to shank people from the front while they're stunned and also makes it impossible for your opponent to see you or mark you as long you're behind the cloud. You have to be careful though, since without the proper perks, you can easily stun ''yourself'' with it by accident.
* In ''Videogame/PokemonGo'', a Wild Pokémon will suddenly burst into smoke and flee an encounter if you fail to catch it. With late March update, it's accompanied by a GameOver sentence which reads:
-->Oh no! The wild [insert Pokémon name here] fled.
* The smokebomb is the only "engineering" device that non-Engineers can learn to create in ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid''. Made from newspaper, rags, and a [[MacGyvering therapeutic coldpack]], a smokebomb can obscure your withdrawal from a zombie horde of a decent size. Combined with electrical skill and spare parts, it can have an adjustable timer, a proximity trigger, or a remote detonator.
* A naval variation in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships:'' this is a common tactic for destroyers, who usually drop a smokescreen behind them and sail away in a hurry when they encounter any sort of enemy resistance. Sneakier or more aggressive destroyers will actually hang out in the smokescreen to launch waves of torpedoes at anyone foolish enough to come close to the smoke to investigate. However, experienced players tend to be wise to this tactic and often retaliate by firing into the smoke at sea level (elite players are often quite good at judging from the muzzle flashes where to shoot a ship inside its own smoke screen) or blanketing the smoked-out area with torpedoes of their own. Thus the saying that "smokescreens are torpedo magnets."
* Pendles from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' uses smoke bombs to attack enemies and instantly cloak himself. Said smoke bombs also happen to deliver poison damage.
* One of R2-D2's abilities in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'' allows him to cover himself in smoke that allows him to evade incoming Stormtroopers.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLU3ihZXkgA The Stage 5 boss]] in ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'' does this if you take too long to fight him.
* ''VideoGame/AtlasReactor'': Kaigin has smoke bombs, which block enemy line-of-sight and turns him invisible until the next round. Celeste has smoke grenades, which produce less smoke but deal damage when they hit.
* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games, the Smoke Bomb is a very handy means of escape as it will instantly cause guards to not see you during a conflict or chase, and you can deploy one even whilst running. And if they do spot you running away, the extra distance will greatly help in making an escape to safety.
* A strange variation happens in ''VideoGame/{{Unturned}}''. The smoke grenade attracts hostile creatures (zombies, wolves and bears) into the dense colored cloud it forms, allowing the player to sneak by them safely. Of course, against human foes, the smoke bomb works as expected.
* ''[[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak X:Combat Racing]]'' features them as possible Red Eco pick-up. Like OilSlick it doesn't do any damage in its base version, but upgrades to smoke screen charged with electricity that can be lethal if released in narrow pathway.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/ReflectionsOnTheRiver'', this is one of Zheng's favourite moves. Zheng presents it as magic, but it's actually chemistry.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied by the webcomic ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/intervention.png where a smoker ninja use a menthol smoke bomb]].
* Used twice by [[http://amazingplasmaman.com/comics/28/ The Prestidigitator]] in ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan''.
* Faux-SpriteComic ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' has Kobayashi the Discount Ninja use several of the subversions, which is one of the many reasons why he's a ''discount'' ninja.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/M9Girls'': Pato leaves puffs of purple smoke when she teleports, but not enough to cover her disappearance.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': Wonderella attempts a smoke out in [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/03/03/pale-to-the-queen/ a strip]], after an embarrassing conversation.
* Pointed out in [[http://xkcd.com/486/ a comic]] from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. Mouseover: "The sad thing is that I just wanted to talk about your poor smoke-bomb techniques."
* Done once by Pintsize in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' during his "underwear ninja" phase. Marten even commented on this: "That was incredibly bizarre, even for Pintsize."
* In ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', Kirk Ericson, little brother to one of the main characters, ''pretends'' to throw a smoke bomb before he hides (and tells people that they can't see him now). Kirk has about the same relationship to Manga/{{Naruto}} and his ilk that Literature/DonQuixote has to knightly romance, so...
* Played mostly straight in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', but parodied in one episode where the eponymous doctor is so used to doing this that he reflexively uses it to escape from an awkward social encounter. There's also the instance where he tries to use a Smoke Out to escape [[BigBad King Radical]]'s lair after being found out, only to realize he'd used his bombs all up earlier, forcing him to have to fight his way out instead.
* Used in [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/3/8/386.html one strip]] of ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', if a bit overblown.
-->'''Alex:''' ''[from within the smoke]'' Good job with the smoke caps, Riley.\\
Although, I think you might've done too good a job...
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' shows us that this is [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/breaking-up/ one way to end a relationship.]]
* In ''Webcomic/MeatShield'', Day'l Ir'ket [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/244-attack-name-go/ pulls out one]] to escape a fight he can't hope to win.
* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': {{Parodied}} by Artemis Academy's self-appointed champion of justice: the MMAA[[note]]'''M'''ysterious '''M'''asked '''A'''cademy '''A'''venger[[/note]] (who's clearly ''[[BlatantLies not]]'' Tiffany Winters). She's not half-bad at the justice'ing part, the problem is she usually [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/i_am_okay! bungles]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/feat_of_derring-do her exit.]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' gives [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2580 another example of trying to avoid an awkward conversation]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Research and Development Wars -- Spearhead", when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Riff, Sam, Bun-bun and Slaughteresa are on their way to rescue Torg and run into the main force of the Chinese mutants]], Teresa uses some smoke bombs. They release quite a lot of smoke. When it clears, it reveals the others gone but Riff still standing there.
-->'''Riff:''' Was I supposed to move, or something? That's ''so'' not what I consider a "bomb"!
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Raven's "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-04 Murder Shroud]]" spell works like this despite not involving a smoke bomb as it allows Raven to [[OffScreenTeleportation sneak around Abraham]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-08 attack him from the other side]].
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'': Dirk Doogan [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-29/ uses a smoke bomb during the gnomish baseball game]] to obfuscate how he catches the ball, and then sneak away from the opposite troll team as a "little smoke cloud with fuzzy legs".
* ''WebComic/AxeCop'': In "The Songster", the Songster is a villain whose singing has RealityWarping powers. When Axe Cop tries to attack him directly, he sings about how fire and ice make steam and disappears into a cloud of steam.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': The demon alchemist Tsavo uses a [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/644 purple vial]] that he shakes then breaks to make a purple cloud to escape a group of angels [[IWantThemAlive without killing them]], the complete disappearance is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as Tsavo is a wind demon [[AirborneMook which can fly]] and later we see he [[http://www.sdamned.com/comic/660 escaped to some tree branches.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Phase of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has his own UtilityBelt even though he's just a high school frosh. He's done the SmokeOut, the Smoke In (using it as a costume change too), and even a smoke attack against Kismet.
* Queen Jocasta and King Laius in ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory'' both use cartoony clouds of smoke to leave the scene. In the latter case it might also count as a BigBallOfViolence.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** DD favors the Smoke In, as his main weapon is a gun that fires various gas pellets. It accompanies his CatchPhrase, "I am the terror that flaps in the night..." Like many elements of his character (including his costume), this dramatic introduction is taken from Franchise/TheDCU's Crimson Avenger.
** This regular schtick backfires on Darkwing at least once when he faces some FOWL goons; he creates some smoke and enters it for his entrance in front of them, but the guards, familiar with this move, simply punch into the cloud and connect, since they know [[GenreSavvy Darkwing would be in there.]]
** However, in another episode, Darkwing creates a cloud of smoke and begins his CatchPhrase. The goons shoot the cloud of smoke, oblivious to the fact that Darkwing is, in fact, behind them...
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Although in many cases, Bats is such a sneaky badass that he can [[StealthHiBye quietly slip away or appear]] ''without'' the smoke.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', when the new Batman uses the standard schtick to get away from the police when he is framed for murder. However, the Police Commissioner is Barbara Gordon, formerly known as Batgirl. As such, she knows that stunt by heart and thwarts it easily, which gives Batman a real challenge to get away.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', where the Stump Sprite appears in a Smoke In and nearly chokes to death on his own smoke.
* The Robot Devil pulls this move in the concert hall finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', declaring "It's back to hell for me!" and vanishing in a puff of smoke. The camera then cuts to the stunned audience's reaction, and we see him quickly running up the aisle and out of the theater.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' like using this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In an episode, a fortune teller consulted by Lisa appears to attempt a Smoke Out, but when the smoke clears, she's still at her table, quietly waiting for ''Lisa'' to leave.
** In another episode, Mr. Burns attempts to use this trick to escape a tableful of stockholders -- however, being ludicrously old and not very fast-moving, he's still fumbling with the door-handle when the smoke clears...
** Bart pulls it once when Skinner discovers him running a card shark operation at the school fair. "Goodbye gentlemen."
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** The 2000s ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' cartoon has the Shredder's [[EliteMooks Elite Guard]] use this as a cover for OffscreenTeleportation, able to appear behind an opponent they've just vanished from in front of, all without being seen or heard by characters or viewers ''or'' having had time to go around and get into position. It's likely a legitimate super-power, what with the glowing red eyes.
** Played hilariously straight in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nickeleon show]] when Donatello creates smoke bombs for the first time. Michelangelo starts abusing them despite Don warning him they're hard to make, and the trope is so exagerated that it seems to give Michelangelo ''onscreen'' teleportation. At one point, he says he'll bring Splinter, throws a smokebomb... and when the smoke dissipates, not only has he disappeared, but Splinter is now standing in his place, asking calmy why they asked for him. Of course, at the end of the episode, when they actually ''need'' the smokebombs to escape Shredder, it turns out Michelangelo wasted all of them. Donatello made more in the following episodes through.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Ninja technophile (literally) Otaku Senzuri does this all the time, but hasn't gotten hang of the hiding part. This leads to a lot of "Where did he go?" "Oh, he's right there." situations for him.
** The Monarch also does this in the season four finale when he "crashes" the Venture Brothers' Prom. He gives some speech and smokes out both him and Dr. Mrs.The Monarch and the two are seen still standing on the stage when the smoke clears at which point they just walk away.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** Plankton tries this in an early episode. The smoke bomb explodes in his face, leaving him charred. "Well, this stinks..."
** Squidward performed a variation in "Mutiny on the Krusty" which left a splash of ink when he zooms offscreen.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', where David Copperfield tries this and Stroker just shoots into the smoke and kills him (though he turned out to have just been FakingTheDead).
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Eddy attempts a Smoke Out with a homemade smokescreen to escape from the kids at a party he and the Eds crashed. But once he releases it it ends up flooding the house in a white powder and burying the Eds.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' when Robin used it to get his team away from Now-Evil Terra. Beast Boy lingers for a bit before he runs off into the smoke.
* Later parodied in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', where Robin attempts to outwit Terra by using a smoke bomb, but it only lasts for a half-second and Robin remains in the same position.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Roger did this twice but he kept falling over unconscious. Klaus tried this in "The One That Got Away", and he ''ended up in another dimension'' for 60 years ([[YearInsideHourOutside a few seconds in his world's time]]).
-->'''Klaus:''' Wherever it was, I am now their king.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' episode 8, a [[McNinja ninja]]-[[MartialArtsAndCrafts baker]] uses a cloud of flour to disappear.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' episode 2, Uncle Grandfather ''attempts'' one. He's still there once the cloud dissipates, though.
* In the {{Creator/Filmation}} ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' episode "A Devil of a Time", Superboy does both Smoke Outs and Smoke Ins (with magnesium pellets) while masquerading as the Devil.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Shendu and Daloan Wong would use their magic to do this when they were about to be caught by Jackie and company or the authorities. The authorities would be shocked when the smoke cleared and they were suddenly holding empty air instead of the bad guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Parodied at the end of the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]". Trixie uses a smoke bomb after being one-upped by Twilight Sparkle, but once the smoke clears we see her running off over the horizon.
** Even got a CallBack in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]", when Trixie ''still'' fails at them, at one point even ''tripping and falling'' during the running-away part.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]", Zecora performs a Smoke In to make a dramatic entrance, as part of the special effects she uses to tell the spooky story of Nightmare Moon.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 To Where and Back Again Part 1]]", Trixie uses a smoke bomb to help her and Starlight Glimmer escape from Starlight's old village. This time, it works, as the smoke lingers longer and makes the ponies cough and clutch their eyes, so the two are far away by the time they recover.
* Parodied twice in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
** In "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", a guru the Fireside Girls meet gives them advice then disappears in a puff of smoke. Gretchen points out that he just moved a little ways away.
** In "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", Dr. Doofenshmirtz is outclassed by Perry [[ItMakesSenseInContext in Candace's body]] bids hir farewell and appears to speed off screen in a Doofenshmirtz-shaped cloud of smoke. When the smoke clears, he's standing there, looking surprised, and asks "What just happened?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' the eponymous Ninja uses smoke bombs for every entrance and exit of a battle.
* ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': Played with in "Fast and Furry-ous." The Coyote gets Acme Fleet-Foot Jet-Propelled Tennis Shoes, and test-''runs'' them before the Road Runner arrives. First, the Road Runner makes his "BEEP BEEP" and starts his run with a dust cloud, the coyote in fast pursuit, only for the Road Runner to hold position. When the Coyote realizes the mistake and returnes, the Road Runner does the same trick again, and the coyote waits for the dust cloud to clear, only for the runner to escape. Cue the pursuit.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' segment "Super Duper Crime Busters", Kitty overdoes this, smoking in and out of places with the words "Nowhere and Everywhere!" Dudley even tells her they can see her as she tends to go a few feet away to get something.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': When [[MadDoctor Krieger]] gets caught breaking into a restricted area, he escapes by [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud yelling the words "Smoke Bomb"]] and running away.
* Smokescreen of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' creates clouds of smoke that he uses to disorient opponents or help himself and his fellow Autobots escape pursuers.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': [[EgomaniacHunter Khyber]]'s pet has one of his predator forms, Buglizard, who possess the ability to produce smokes in order to confuse its enemies and escape or attack, much the same way than Squids and Octopuses would. It's played more or less realistically, in that the smoke usually cover enough area so Buglizard's disappearance would be credible, and he is actually shown escaping to the viewer in some scene. Also subverted in a flashback, where Khyber, when confronted to the actual Buglizard he got the sample from, merely used a gaz mask with infavision to counter the smoke.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** In one episode or ''Total Drama Island'', [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Izzy]] uses this technique to vanish.
** Inverted a couple of episodes later, when Chris uses the same technique to make an entrance.
** In the ''All Stars'' episode "Suckers Punched" Jose uses the same technique to appear.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** This is a favourite trick of Chesire; dropping a smoke bomb and not being there when the smoke clears.
** Batgirl does it to escape from Lobo in "Happy New Year".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' has one episode where Mina used this technique to vanish along with Trina.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' when a criminal is cornered by the police. He throws down a smoke bomb and laughs, but then the smoke clears and he's still standing there. He mutters that he forgot about running away.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' by Slinger (an AlternateTimeline version of Franchise/SpiderMan) to escape Doctor Doom's MechaMooks along with his "Defenders" friends. The grenades are clearly special, as the smoke they produce also hinders the robots' sensors.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' "Trials Of Robocles": Chief Suckerpunch smokes out after he explains [[RiteOfPassage Jockstrap Island]] but keeps coming back to respond to comments then smoke out again until he only creates a small puff.
-->'''Suckerpunch:''' Just great, I ran out of magic smoke!
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'': "NINJA SMOKE!"
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Grunkle Stan who uses this to get out of trouble at times. Unfortunately, he slips up in "The Stanchurian Candidate" by using an expired bomb that fizzles out.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Squids and octopuses do an Ink Out when they feel threatened.
* Smoke grenades typically aren't used right at the user's feet but can have the same effect. In fact it is most effective to throw the smoke grenade at the enemy so that he can't see anything. The closer the smoke grenade is to you, the easier it is to know where you are or if you leave that source of cover. However, if an enemy sniper has just [[BoomHeadshot shot your commander]], you might not be able to immediately divine his location. In such cases, the best policy (after taking cover, of course) is to toss a smoke grenade near your own feet -- even if the sniper knows you're somewhere in the cloud, he can't get a clear shot.
* Smoke screens can be used to provide cover for a retreat (the enemy knows ''something's'' going on, but can't see exactly ''what'').
* Laying smoke is an extremely common tactic used in naval warfare. Particularly since it's incredibly easy for a ship to create a smokescreen, just by injecting fuel oil directly into the smokestacks, or on ships with steam engines by simply restricting air supply to the boilers. Not so much in modern times, as radar does limit its effectiveness, but used correctly can trick an enemy battle line into firing where you don't actually have ships.
* Has been used in armored warfare since the SecondWorldWar; tanks fitted with smoke grenade launchers can create a smoke screen that allows them to withdraw from the enemy or provide cover for other units. In modern tank combat, smoke screens are often used to foil enemy targeting systems using smoke that's designed to block [[InfraredXrayCamera thermal imaging]].