Smoking Barrel Blowout

This is when a (usually successful) gunshot goes off and the shooter blows away the smoke at the tip of the barrel afterward. May be parodied with gun-like objects, such as a Finger Gun, or with objects such as blowtorches. Especially common with The Gunslingers in Western movies, as modern ammunition is less smoky.

Compare Swipe Your Blade Off.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • SD Gundam Force: Captain Gundam mimic the move after shooting out all of Commander Sazabi's beam shooters. Interestingly, as a robot, he doesn't have actual breath.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: Done by Ace Ventura in When Nature Calls with a skunk's ass after using it to spray two poachers with its trademark stink.
  • Inverted in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; after the protagonists successfully steal the stolen money and marijuana from their neighbors, they're seen using the shotguns they used for the job as "a novelty smoking device for tobacco use only" during a party montage, thus breathing in the smoke, rather than blow it out.
  • Ash does this to his shotgun after shooting a demon that escaped from its holding pit in Army of Darkness.
  • John McClane does this at the end of Die Hard when he caps Hans.
  • Tank Girl: Jet Girl does this after she shoots Sergeant Small.
  • Also done in The Mask, on a cartoon bike horn, after blowing out an obnoxious motorist's windows. All of them.
  • Will Scarlet O'Hara from Robin Hood: Men in Tights blows off the smoke from the two daggers he had just used to obliterate an arrow fired by Robin straight at his heart. In an attempt to keep looking badass, he tries to holter/sheath his daggers, only to have his belt and pants to fall, causing Will to explain that he hasn't figured that part out yet.
  • Done by the one-legged stripper in Planet Terror. Unusual in that the gun she blows on is an automatic rifle attached to her stump.
  • Ricky does this in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 after the first kill in his Garbage Day massacre.
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the fembots do this with their Torpedo Tits.
  • Inverted in Deadpool; after capping three mooks with one bullet, Deadpool snorts the smoke coming from his guns.
  • In Innerspace, Igoe blows his Finger Gun out after shooting the lab scientist at the mall.
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Martha May Whoivier does this with the cannon-like apparatus she uses to hang lights on her house.

  • Both used dramatically and parodied in Paprika.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Done by Brass in one of the trope-heavy crime scenarios from Hodges' board game on CSI.
  • Engine Sentai Go-onger/Power Rangers RPM: Done with Gunpherd/Wolf Cruiser when attached to Engine-O/High Octane Megazord.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Perdita Ortega of Malifaux has an alternate sculpt where she does this.

    Video Games 
  • In Team Fortress 2 the Heavy does this with his Finger Gun taunt, and The Engineer has this as his Pistol and Wrangler taunts.
  • Vent does this in a comic that was based off of the first Mega Man ZX Video Game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog does this with a magic lamp in Sonic and the Secret Rings after imprisoning Erazor Djinn within it; a flame on the end prompts him to raised it to his face and blow out out like a gun.
  • In Mortal Kombat X, Cassie Cage does this in her non-Fatality finish.
  • Hit enough people with the secondary fire of the revolver in Postal 2: Paradise Lost and the Postal Dude will do this afterwards.
  • In Devil May Cry 3 Dante does this after finishing off Nevan with a bullet to the gut.
  • Cuphead: One of the Game Over cards shows Djimmi the Great's puppet blowing smoke from the tip of his Finger Gun after he has beaten you.
    "That beating was for free — no strings attached!"

    Western Animation