The Stoner

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It's not the photographer's fault that the guy on the left has red eyes...

Life's a bitch and then you die
That's why we get high
Nas, "Life's a Bitch"

The male version of the Granola Girl. The stoner is generally a comical character who smokes, gets beat up, makes bad jokes, and suffers other sorts of Butt Monkey type things, only with more drugs. The most likely character to get a Mushroom Samba bit. He is basically a cross between Butt Monkey and the Wacky Guy. Usually somewhere between a technical and an Actual Pacifist, and almost always entirely non-threatening, in physical appearance. May very occasionally be prone to getting dangerous, but only rarely and under truly exceptional circumstances.

The stoner is very similar to the 19th Century "funny drunk." However, that became a Discredited Trope as groups like AA and MADD gained influence. The modern stereotype is that drunks are likely to beat you up, while stoners aren't, so stoners make better comedy.

Not to be confused with The Atoner. One key away means a whole different thing...

May evolve into an Erudite Stoner.

See also The Slacker.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Lagoon: Leigharch has this huge pile of used cocaine (pot in the anime) stubs. This causes him to hallucinate weird things, say weirder things, and get kicked by Revy for being high on the job. Despite this he's a Crazy Awesome getaway driver. Deconstructed when it's eventually revealed that he overdosed and got put in an insane asylum.
  • A popular fanon for The Netherlands and Canada in Axis Powers Hetalia, coming from their relativel liberal drug policies from Real Life. In fairness Finland did say that the Netherlands was into some "shady drugs".
    • As of the 2010 Christmas event, partially confirmed in Canada's case (We know he smokes pot, but not how often).
  • Sabba in Dreamland, to the point he sells one arm to buy a super strong weed (sure he didn't know what that "life essence" he was asked to pay was, but he didn't really stop to think twice either). This trope is implied to be the reason he could become a Traveller without overcoming any phobia (and thus has no power of his own).

    Comic Books 
  • The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, who between the three of them have at one time or another ate, drank, snorted, smoked or injected just about everything conceivable that wouldn't be instantly poisonous.
  • Pike from ElfQuest. A positive example: his love for the mellow world of a dreamberry haze makes him excellent at telling colorful stories, and he became the tribe's historian ("Keeper of the Howl") because of it.
  • Flax Seed from the Rarity issue of My Little Pony Micro Series is obviously never seen actually smoking pot (it's My Little Pony after all), but his personality fits this stereotype to a tee. Word of God on the matter is essentially, "I can't say he's stoned, but he pretty much is."

    Fan Works 
  • Absolutely everyone in Marijuana Simpson. Marge at one point gets so high she forgets Homer is her husband, not her father.
  • The Warbler member Nick is a foul-mouthed, Hot-Blooded pot-smoker in Hunting The Unicorn. The Warblers constantly call him a stoner, but it's more of an in-joke since he only smokes a couple times a week. He's prone to strange logic even without getting stoned.
  • In Maim de Maim, Satsuki is literally this throughout most of the fiction until her Kamui partner told her that the very last batch she acquired and ingested was salvia, which is not terribly fun for the unprepared. Now upholding her promise to Junketsu, she has now decided to quit weed for a while; which will only, in turn, improve her already astonishing performance with Junketsu.
  • Subverted in Highly Questionable Decisions. While she didn't consume any drugs, Satsuki acts like one when she turns of her brain (at Ryuuko's advice). Naturally, those around her assumed she was on drugs.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Mr. Popo. It's how Kami keeps him even slightly under control. It's taken to exaggerated levels in the Androids/Cell saga, where Mr. Popo spends part of it tripping on a gallon of LSD. A literal gallon. Out of a milk jug. Kami doesn't even know where he got it, as he never leaves the lookout.
    • Kami as well, since "that shit's great for his glaucoma".
    • Master Roshi as well. And he does not hold back when he's toasted.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jay of The View Askewniverse is a particularly energetic variation, whereas his partner Silent Bob better fits the relaxed stoner stereotype. Both also explicitly deal pot.
  • Fred of Galaxy Quest isn't seen actually toking up on screen, but his extremely calm, slightly drowsy demeanor while everyone else is freaking out and his penchant for snacking are a huge tipoff to anyone paying the slightest attention. In the original cut this was supposed to be explicit but was cut to keep the film's PG rating, but it's still pretty damn obvious.
  • The Dude fits this trope quite well (and spectacularly), though the movie makes it clear that he is actually not as crazy and silly as basically everyone else. The Coen Brothers mention in one of the behind the scenes documentaries that his "liberal drug use" allowed them to insert several fantasy sequences and a Busby Berkeley Number without breaking the tone of the movie.
  • There is a song in the first High School Musical film that introduces the school's various cliques - nerds, jocks, etc - including one that appears to be a Disneyfied version of a group of stoners, complete with proclamations of "duuuude..."
  • Friend from the indie movie The Auteur. So named because he is one to all living things. Purveyor of multiple kinds of weed that mess with your head. Lives in a nudist commune. Records bird sounds.
  • Palmer from The Thing (1982). And to a lesser extent his roommate Childs (they were growing marijuana in the storage room)
  • Floyd from True Romance. It was Brad Pitt's idea to make the character a stoner. He based this character insight on the fact that the guy is always sitting around at home in the living room. Although we tropers generally aren't in the business of citations, you can hear Brad Pitt explain it in this time-stamped youtube link.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. This is the first notable instance of mainstream stoners, who are explicitly not slackers, but rather, productive members of society. (Harold is an investment banker (before the current crisis) and Kumar has untapped potential to be a doctor.)
  • Harold from The Boys in the Band. However, he's a witty Deadpan Snarker and least Butt Monkey-ish character in the cast.
  • Matthew, Harvey, and Dr. Bamford in Saving Grace to varying degrees. Matthew likes to think of himself as easygoing (although he can be high strung), Harvey tries to be an Erudite Stoner but ends up more of a Conspiracy Theorist. Dr. Bamford is a slacker prone to crashing on couches, but seems to be a surprisingly competent doctor. It's implied there isn't much for anyone under 50 in the town to do except get stoned and hang out at the pub.
  • The Cabin in the Woods has an initially straight example in Marty - with the variation that his drug use actually helped immunize him against some of the chemicals released in the cabin, and his paranoia was thoroughly accurate. He actually proves to be fairly smart.
  • Subverted in Dark Shadows:
    Carolyn Stoddard: Are you stoned or something?
    Barnabas Collins: They tried stoning me, my dear. It did not work.
  • Played with in Scary Movie 3:
    Sayaman: I'm sorry, dude.
    Tom: Don't call me "dude". I'm not a stoner anymore. Not since...
  • Played straight for non-comedic effect in Jackie Brown. Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) brings in an old reliable partner, Louis Gara (Robert DeNiro), for a crime job. But Gara has become a stoner and can longer hold up his end. Ordell ends up having to kill Louis.
  • While almost everyone else in Neighbors is also this Mac fits the image best, bringing over weed to the frat house a peace offering, getting stoned while at work and realising Teddy's combination lock number could only be 420.
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Haroun's father is tired of him lying around all day smoking hashish, so he pays Sinbad gold and a slavegirl to take the boy away.
  • Skank from The Wraith takes this Up to Eleven by drinking car chemicals to get high.
  • In American Ultra, Mike Howell is just your typical small-town, loser, stoner. Dead-end job, doodling his daydreams and ideas in a journal, local sheriff harassing him about all the petty arrests for minor trouble he's been picked up on, and the "too good for him" girlfriend that babysits him. The only thing differentiating Mike from most of the other people on this page is that besides enjoying getting high, he used to be in a secret CIA program that trained him to be an unstoppable super-badass. He just doesn't remember any of that.
  • Caddyshack:
    • Assistant groundskeeper Carl Spackler is working on a hybrid of marijuana and turf grass, that can be used for both putting and smoking. He smokes some with Ty Webb.
    • Danny Noonan also admits to Ty that he gets high:
      Ty: You take drugs, Danny?
      Danny: Every day.
      Ty: Good. Then what's your problem?
      Danny: I don't know.
    • Also Lacey Underall likes to go to bullfights on acid. She's sitting at a table at the yacht club table with Spaudling Smails and the other assembled young people who are smoking marijuana and presumably, she's smoking with them. When she goes to pick up Danny and take him to bed, she gets annoyed when she walks up to him with Terry the Hippie and finds out that he doesn't have that much weed when they walk up to Danny:
    Lacey: Hey Carey Grant... you wanna get high?
    Terry: Wait a minute! I only got a little!
    Lacey: Then split, okay, Terry?
    Terry: Sure.
  • Eve Lydon from Crank is Chev's pothead girlfriend. In the first movie, her constant pot smoking makes her oblivious to everything going on around her.

    Literature 
  • Discworld's parody of the Hashishin in Sourcery, renowned for being deadly and, at the same time, inclined to giggle, groove to interesting patterns of light on their daggers, and fall over.
  • Chris Lang in Tomorrow: When the War Began. He's shown to be a weird genius with more of a drink problem than anything else, in the film he wears a dressing gown, is prone to weird, like, weird, stoner-talk and smokes on screen.
  • A female version exists and is played around with in Metal Star Prophecies: The Green Owl. Matsuda Tsuroba likes getting high, but sometimes it's because she's with her boyfriend, and sometimes she does it as a means to alleviate her stress and worries about graduation from high school. She's also more approachable when stoned; sober Matsuda's a little more apprehensive and realistic.
  • Inherent Vice has Doc lighting up on a regular basis, as do his friends and neighbours. Even his parents.
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen has Emancipor Reese. He once brought down a theocracy with the stimulant seeds on his handkerchief.
  • In John Moore blends this with Junkie Prophet in his Fractured Fairy Tale, Bad Prince Charlie. The oracle that Charlie goes to see for advice with his troubles turns out to be a very young, very naked, and very stoned girl, who is prone to saying "wow" a lot, and constantly has the munchies. Very loosely inspired by some historians' notions of the Oracle at Delphi in Ancient Greece.
  • Snuffy and Right Hand from Crooklyn who are often seen huffing glue

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Electric Mayhem from The Muppets. In the 2015 series, Kermit notes that they're "Always happy. Legally, now."
  • Jesse from Breaking Bad started out like this. His stoner nature made him initially almost completely useless, except for his ability to befriend other drug users who help to deal his product. However, all the bad stuff he witnessed and participated in caused him to become a much more serious person. In later seasons when he goes Off the Wagon he uses harder drugs like heroin and there is nothing funny about it anymore.
  • A good chunk of the characters on Mom smoke weed. While the show doesn't take much a moral stance for or against it, it does highlight the stupid and/or dangerous things people can do while high and how such behavior can anger/annoy those who don't partake.
    • Luke smokes, although it's implied that it's as much recreational as it is to try and cope with his overbearing father. It's also shown that being perpetually high doesn't do him any favors. With or without the pot, however, he is a good-natured, but extremely dim, goof.
    • Baxter sees being high as a good thing, even when it comes to issues of personal safety.
    Baxter: "Never fall sober! You tense up!
    Christy: "Thanks for the tip.
    Baxter: "It's a scientific fact: you can't get hurt when you're high. I don't make the rules!"
    • Marijuana is probably the least of Chef Rudy's vices, as the show reveals that he takes and deals in a wide variety of substances and sexual fetishes. The substance abuse element of Rudy's character is Truth in Television for many people trying to cope in the incredibly stressful food industry.
  • Jon Stewart occasionally plays this on The Daily Show, usually with a reference to Half Baked (where he played the Enhancement Smoker). After a comment by Bill O'Reilly , his fans have taken to calling themselves the Stoned Slackers.
  • On How I Met Your Mother, Ted, Marshall, and Lily were this when they were in college. They grew out of it, but occasionally slip back into it for old times sake (although by the year 2020, they complain that they can't handle more than one joint anymore). However, since Future!Ted is telling the story to his kids, he replaces all mentions of smoking pot with "eating a sandwich", with a corresponding Visual Euphemism.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Earl and Randy once robbed a stoner of all his possessions, so he's on The List. They track him down only to discover that he gave up drugs and is now living off the grid on a hippie commune. To make up for what they did, Earl and Randy agree to live on the commune for a week and try to green up their lifestyles and educate people about global warming. Earl has a breakdown, while Randy trips out on a salve given to him, and the ex-stoner guy gave Earl some much-needed advice about not taking on more than he can handle and not having to be perfect.
  • This contestant on The Price Is Right.
  • 'Stoner' (no other name given) in The X-Files episodes 'War of the Coprophages' and 'Quagmire' (season 3, episodes 12,22). Although he does not get beaten up, both times he and his girlfriend ('Chick' or 'Redheaded Chick') watch as a third member of the group dies as a result of whatever drug Stoner is enjoying.
  • On Parks and Recreation, the Pawnee Animal Control department is run by 2 stoners who eventually get fired. There's also the former head of the Parks department who grows pot in some public park flowerbeds.

    Music 
  • Dr. Dre's music had weed as a common theme. However, some have pointed out that there's no actual proof that he really smokes weed, leading to the theory that it's just an act to boost sales.
  • Danny "Sexbang" Avidan of Ninja Sex Party has admitted to being one in his twenties, describing one particular incident of him spending three straight days sitting on a couch doing nothing but eating pot brownies. He eventually kicked the habit.

    Pinballs 

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Rob Van Dam. One of his original Catch Phrases, playing off of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's "Austin 3:16," was "RVD 4:20: I just smoked your ass!"note  This came back to haunt him in 2006, when he, along with Sabu, were arrested for marijuana possession. The worst part of this was that he was both the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and the WWE ECW Heavyweight Champion at the time of his arrest.
  • How about The Brian Kendrick? He walked to the ring like a stoner before anyone even knew he really was one. In fact, most of the reason why his push was dropped so quickly and he was fired was because he repeatedly failed the marijuana portion of the wellness test. Hence, why TNA took him in and did pretty much nothing with him.
  • New York/New Jersey indy wrestler the Grim Reefer.
  • WWE's the Godfather, a wrestling pimp, would always end his prematch spiel by saying, "I want ya' to roll a fatty for this pimp daddy, light that blunt/stinky green/hydro up and say 'PIMPING AIN'T EASY!'".
  • 2 Cold Scorpio. In Real Life. In an example of Older Than They Think, back in ECW in September 1995, he cut a promo on Taz where he said, "Your ass is grass, and I'm gonna smoke it," 3 1/2 years before X-Pac said it to Triple H on the March 29, 1999 Raw.
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling often has entire audiences of stoners, who love it when Weedman blows smoke out into their mist. Also, AK Izzy High. (he is).
  • Jack Swagger. Though he doesn't act like it, it's a very well-known fact that the reason Swagger has been stuck in mid card hell for so long is because he can't stay away from the cannabis plant (well, that and behavioral issues in general). It came to bite him in the ass big time when, in the middle of the biggest push of his career, he got arrested for marijuana possession. He was back in the midcard and it's unlikely he'll ever leave it again.

    Video Games 
  • The Reality On The Norm series has Melt and Drake, a pair of friends who live in a dilapidated apartment and spend most of their time doing drugs. There's also Doc, a drug-addicted hyperactive journalist who is a parody of Hunter S. Thompson.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Initiates, Assassin hacker Emmett smokes recreational marijuana, which distracts him enough that the Initiates spy aboard the Altair II is able to hack into Emmett's computer system and upload reports to the website.
  • There is a bartender & dope dealer in S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky named Ganja, which is also a heavy drinker as well. Although we can't buy his weed or see him toking/high.
  • Ren from Oxenfree is implied to be this, mixing it with brownies.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, Zahua; as part of his order's Warrior Monk training, he routinely does a cocktail of mood-altering drugs and hallucinogens. He spends most of the adventure completely stoned and/or tripping, occasionally making non-sequiter comments about whatever he's hallucinating at the time. To a much lesser extent, banter involving Zahua, Hiravias and Edér suggest all three are casual users of the marijuana-like whiteleaf plant.

    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck:
    • Gamzee, though since he's an alien from another dimension he gets high exclusively on sopor slime pies. Later subverted when it turns out that when he isn't stoned, Gamzee is rather intelligent and frighteningly powerful. It's mentioned he did more damage to the Final Boss in one hit than the god-tier member of the team could. Oh, and he also happens to be murderously psychotic.
    • According to Word of God, Meulin gets stoned on catnip, and her happy-go-lucky but lazy personality is a reference to this trope. She gets stoned with her friend Kurloz, but like Gamzee he only superficially fits the archetype (although, since the audience should be expecting this, it isn't a subversion or a twist in any way).
    • Damara is seen smoking a joint in a lot of her animations, and tells Meenah to "Chill the fuck out. Let's touch each other. Please get stoned with me." However, in her case, it's just a cover for her bitterness and foul personality.

    Web Original 
  • Burner Man in AWD's Wily Shorts.
    Burner Man: Guys, I have like totally no idea what is going on!
  • SCP Foundation SCP-1481 is a perpetually stoned genie whose "magic lamp" is a plastic coffee cup. Due to his drug-addled state, he's hopelessly inept at granting wishes, usually just conjuring up food to sate his munchies instead, and desperately asking for drugs. He's so out of it that it never crosses his mind that he can just conjure up drugs for himself like he does with the food, and when someone points it out, he suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D.. In a rare moment of lucidity, he reveals that all he wants to do is grant wishes and make people happy, but some utter bastard used his first wish to turn him into the train wreck that he is, used his second wish to make his first wish irreversible, and then just walked away, all purely For the Evulz.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons: Adult Bart, judging from a scene in "Bart to the Future" where President Lisa asks how she can repay him.
    Bart: Legalize it.
    Lisa: Legalize what?
    Bart: [sly look]
    Lisa: Oh! Consider it done.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law plays with the common Fanon that Shag and Scoob from Scooby-Doo are stoners when the two are arrested and put on trial for possession. In the end, it turns out they weren't high at all — they're just stupid.
  • Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. Okay, so it was never canonized, but in every conceivable way he is your typical stoner hippy. He's stick thin, scruffy, always hungry, will eat dog snacks, and he's always freaking out.
  • Manic from Sonic Underground talks and generally acts stoned most of the time, and he's a thieving pickpocket from the lowest classes — a background prone to stumbling into drug habits. It wasn't canonized but it's opinion shared by many fans and critics of the show alike.
  • Looney Tunes: Speedy Gonzalez's cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez has all the characteristics of a typical stoner. He's always hungry and he moves slowly. Slowpoke also has slurred speech and droopy eyes.

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