"Okay...I have only one very important question... You got a smoke?"
You think that Smoking Is Cool
, don't you? That smoking will always automatically make you a Badass
Not necessarily. Plenty of characters are perfectly capable of being tough or cool without lighting up. See also Do Not Do This Cool Thing
and Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
In fact, to emphasize this point even further, characters will be made more unlikeable or unattractive by having them smoke. This can happen by them taunting the non-smoker into lighting up, because otherwise he's a "wimp". Or by blowing Second Face Smoke
in his face. Or just by having an ugly, obese, badly dressed, lazy or otherwise degrading character light up a cigarette or a cigar.
A bit Truth in Television
since tobacco smoke really smells repulsive when you're a non-smoker. Also, smoke coming out of someone's mouth can really account as a Gross-Up Close-Up
when you really look at it.
- Meet the Feebles: The rat character is seen smoking a cigarette at times.
- Flodder: Mum Flodder is a middle-aged, obese, grouchy woman who smokes cigars.
- MurielsWedding: One of Muriels' sisters is an obese cigarette smoking couch potato who often scolds her.
- Sister Sister: One episode had a girl taunting one of the twins because she did't smoke, but near the end of the episode she eventually got her comeuppance.
- Keeping Up Appearances: Onslow's couch potato appearance is made even more degrading by having him drink and smoke in front of the TV.
- The Royle Family: The entire family looks downright disgusting, also because some of them are seen smoking.
- Absolutely Fabulous: Patsy and Edna are two middle-aged cynical women who still tries to look young and are both heavy smokers.
- The music video of Eminem's "My Name Is" had two low-life partners watching television when Eminem first appears on TV. The man is an obese couch potato, while the equally unattractive woman has messy hair and smokes a cigarette. In one Gross-Up Close-Up she's even seen blowing smoke at the camera.
- Dante of Devil May Cry was explicitly designed with this in mind, Word of God declaring that he's "too cool to smoke." His Continuity Reboot counterpart in DmC: Devil May Cry was initially shown smoking in the first trailer, but again, Word of God states that he did smoke before, but has kicked the habit.
- Metal Gear: Solid Snake and Naked Snake/Big Boss will inevitably get criticized by at least one member of their supporting teams for their smoking habit. Averted in Peace Walker, where just about every member of Big Boss's MSF smokes or otherwise uses tobacco.
- Resident Evil: Leon Kennedy takes measures to follow this. In Resident Evil 4, he turns down a smoke when offered, and, as shown in the page quote, offers Luis Sera gum when he asks for a smoke.
- Pinocchio: Lampwick, who is already being portrayed as a cocksure idiot, taunts Pinocchio for not smoking properly. In an example of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped and Scare 'Em Straight he then literally transforms into a donkey. Pinocchio immediately throws his cigar away.
- 101 Dalmatians: Cruella De Vil, an incredibly thin and unsympathetic fur enthusiast, is shown smoking from a cigarette holder.
- The Simpsons
- Patty and Selma, who're already very ugly and downright unpleasant company, smoke heavily.
- Krusty the Clown, an egotistical and careless entertainer, is so addicted to tobacco that even being covered in nicotine patches doesn't prevent him from licking a patch on his elbow.
- Most smokers really start looking uglier as they get older.
- Actress Helena Bonham Carter often plays roles where she looks pale, badly dressed and smokes a cigarette to touch it all off.
- Belgian politician and criminal Jean-Pierre Van Rossem is an obese, long haired, bearded man who chain smokes all the time and made a habit of insulting everybody in his vicinity.
- Belgian author Herman Brusselmans has long hair, a nihilistic approach to life and also chain smokes.
- Amy Winehouse: As her drug addictions took a turn for the worse her personal appearance became shabbier, further emphasized by often being photographed with a cigarette between her lips.
- The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards also starts to fall into this trope as he grows older.
- Dutch film director and assassination victim Theo Van Gogh was also an obese chain smoker who liked to shock and offended people for the sake of doing so.