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Because nothing says "manly" like a phallic symbol clenched between your teeth. Clockwise from top left:

Here with this handsome kid, ciga-cigar
Right from Cuba-Cuba, I just bite it
It's for the look, I don't light it
Will Smith, "Gettin’ Jiggy wit It"

A character who is never seen without his cigar, which is then used as a visual cue to some aspect of his personality. This is Almost Always Male (except in Cuba), so most of the examples are of male characters, although female examples are also possible.

This denotes that said character is a tough, aggressive, take-no-nonsense type. Because good cigars are an expensive habit, they also carry a connotation of wealth, power, and high status. Plus, having to prevent the cigar from falling out when talking makes them always speak with a sneer. Characters such as Da Chief, Sergeant Rock, The Generalissimo, and your local Corrupt Corporate Executive often chomp on cigars, as will anyone in a Smoky Gentlemen's Club who hasn't got a pipe. In animated or otherwise illustrated works, the cigar is more likely to be in the character's mouth at all or nearly all times, and tends to be impractically massive (it also tends to be shaped sort of like a football, while Real Life cigars are generally straight cylinders).

It's okay for heroes to smoke cigars seemingly because of the expense: average cigars are much more luxurious and expensive than the number of cigarettes of the same weight. No matter how cool the smoking of cigars is made to look, it's not a habit as easily and cheaply picked up as cigarette smoking, so it's more acceptable to show a hero smoking the occasional victory cigar. Do Not Try This at Home unless you absolutely know what you're doing, as tobacco smoking carries the risk of developing respiratory problems up to and including emphysema and cancer regardless of whether it's a cigarette, a cigar, a cigarillo, etc.

If the character is also supposed to be brutal and/or cruel, or extremely hardy and a Psycho Knife Nut even in their unarmed state, it's also not uncommon for them to cut said cigar prior to smoking using a razor-sharp cigar cutter. Bonus points if said cutter is then used/threatened to be used in a more mutilating manner. They may also use the cigar itself as a weapon, especially for Cold-Blooded Torture.

Related to Smoking Is Cool and Good Smoking, Evil Smoking. See also It's Cuban.


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  • Louie the Fly, in his third design, would be given a cigar that would float out of his mouth when he talked. This helped fit his "street smart tough guy" persona that he was given in this iteration. The next iteration would turn this cigar into a smoldering matchstick instead, better fitting his size.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Cobra of Space Adventure Cobra always has a cigar stuck in the corner of his mouth. Some of those cigars hide useful gadgets, though, such as a flashlight or underwater breathing apparatus.
  • Hellsing: "Sir" Integra Hellsing is a female example, though technically she smokes cigarillos. She even forces one of Iscariot's assassins to light one of them based on sheer charisma.
  • Kengan Ashura's Edward Wu is a downright comical example, frequently lighting a huge, expensive-looking cigar only to throw it away as an Improvised Weapon shortly after because he keeps getting attacked by Kure and Wu Clan assassins mid-smoke break. This results in him going through a half-dozen cigars in about as many minutes because he doesn't even consider them a threat.
  • One Piece:
    • Smoker, the guy on the top left, from is usually seen with multiple cigars (his powers are based on smoke)...unless it's the 4kids dub.
    • Sir Crocodile, Shiryu of the Rain and "Golden Lion" Shiki also smoke cigars. Also, all three are evil. (Indeed, in the series overall, good guys smoke cigarettes, while bad guys prefer cigars. The exception so far being Smoker above.)
    • Capone Bege also has one, fitting in with his Mafioso image; going with the above, he's quite a ruthless pirate even if he's not particularly malevolent compared to some of the villains. Even his infant son has a cigar-shaped pacifier.
  • Black Lagoon: Balalaika is another female example, befitting her as a fearsome Mafiya boss and one of the main movers and shakers in Roanapur.
  • Lupin III: Episode 0: First Contact has a one-time character named Galvez, a New York mafia boss whose treasure has been targeted by Lupin.
  • Waver Velvet, in his hat of Lord El-Melloi II, smokes cigars whenever he's in a contemplative mood (that is, often), which is a rich source of comedy given that his dorky image contradicts almost all stereotypes of a usual Cigar Chomper, except being Tall, Dark, and Snarky and having at least some of the dignity that his university professor position grants him.

    Comic Books 
  • Robot example — Kup is portrayed as this in IDW's Transformers comics, starting in All Hail Megatron. It's apparently called a "cy-gar". It's also medicinal, as it contains radiation that prevents him hallucinating zombies and turning into a panicked berserker. In short, he 'smokes' to stay sane. This was also done to turn him into a robotic Expy of Sergeant Rock.
  • Spider-Man:
    • J. Jonah Jameson, as befits his 1960s news tycoon type.
    • The Kingpin originally smoked cigars.
  • Nick Fury, who smoked even in an astronaut suit.
  • In her first appearance in The Avengers, She-Hulk appeared in fashionable attire but smoking a corona; she's chic but badass!
  • Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm, a.k.a the Thing, for the first thirty years or so.
  • Lenny Balinger, the foreman for Damage Control in the Marvel Universe.
  • The Comedian in Watchmen.
  • Wolverine fit this until the mid-'90s or so, and it fit with his hardboiled, take-no-shit attitude. When he temporarily lost his Healing Factor, the first cigar he lit up without it was enough to convince him it was time to quit that particular habit.
  • Perry White in Superman ... sometimes. (In one story he gave up after a lung cancer scare. That seems to be getting ignored now.) Like J. Jonah Jameson above, it fits his tough-as-nails newspaper editor character.
  • Detective Casey in Mickey Mouse Comics subverts this trope. He thinks he's tough and respected by both colleagues and crooks...
  • Lobo. He was once known to destroy an entire planet for not finding the cigar of his liking!
  • Jonah Hex, as befits his status as a badass Bounty Hunter.
  • Julius Furst, BFG-toting Badass Normal of Astro City.
  • Sam Hagen, Ryder's boss from the old The Creeper comics.
  • Howard the Duck used to smoke before Civil War, where he had an aside telling someone told him to quit smoking.
  • Professor Venture of the Atari Force second series is a female example. Captain Hunter is a straight male example.
  • In The Sandman (1989), Mervyn usually lights up a cigarette on the job (as part of his blue-collar image), but in The Kindly Ones he breaks out a stogie to go along with his army uniform and drill sergeant schtick. He produces one again in The Wake, presumably in recognition of the formality of the occasion and his evening wear.
  • Harry Matthews, down-to-earth, no-nonsense Muggle Best Friend of Jason Blood a.k.a. Etrigan the Demon constantly smokes cigars, even when knocked out cold.

    Comic Strips 
  • Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks illustrated his role in Little Orphan Annie as THE wealthiest man in the strips with his tux, his diamond stickpin, and his ever-present cigars.
  • Badass but soft-hearted gunslinger Hipshot Percussion is a habitual cigar man in the Rick O'Shay strip.
  • The King from Conchy is never seen without a cigar clenched in his teeth. He is gruff and blunt, but undeniably in charge, and no one ever argues. He once turns back an entire invasion fleet armed with nothing but a sign.
  • Dick Tracy's tech provider, Diet Smith, is rarely seen without cigar in mouth. This is another marker of him being a stereotypical wealthy capitalist.

    Fan Works 
  • Muffet is one in the Undertale fanfic Muffet The Mom. Her cigar is huge, purple, and made of spiders and webbing.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Man With No Name from A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, even using one to ignite a cannon in the last one. Clint Eastwood, a method actor, has publicly said that he hated the smell of the things (tellingly, Heartbreak Ridge is the only movie of his afterwards where he smokes).
  • Invoking the above, The Quick and the Dead has Sharon Stone as a cigar-smoking female gunslinger.
  • Hellboy: Hellboy is a huge fan of cigars (a change caused by aficionado Ron Perlman, given in the comics, he smokes cigarettes instead) as a tough and gritty Action Hero and monster hunter, and due to being a fireproof demon they don't bother him at all. His boss, Tom Manning, while a bit of a cross between Beleaguered Bureaucrat and Obstructive Bureaucrat (postFlanderization in the second film) is also a cigar smoker, though more of an Action Survivor and a bit of a Badass Bureaucrat. At the end of the first movie the two bond when Manning shows Hellboy the proper way to light a cigar, with a wooden match, instead of Hellboy's preferred Lighter, to preserve the flavor.
  • General Ripper from Doctor Strangelove is a parodically Freudian example. His cigar is meant to be a metaphor for him compensating for his impotence which he blames on the Russians, thus launching a nuclear attack on Russia (which he claims is due to them striking Washington first).
  • Tough and capable Sgt. Dede Rake in Starship Troopers 2 (played by Brenda Strong) is overjoyed to find a container of cigars in a way station's food supplies. She wastes no time in lighting one up and hoards the rest.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: When Baby Herman's off the set and shows his real personality, he's gladly smoking a big one, crying as, well, a baby, when Eddie grabs it and throws it away.
  • Sgt. Apone in Aliens likes his cigar so much he takes it into his spaceship-hibernation pod with him and pops it in his mouth the moment he revives. However, in a nice nod to realism, since he is on board the aforementioned ship, he never actually lights the thing.
  • Mr. Hyde in Van Helsing takes it literally prior to fighting Van Helsing when he actually eats his cigar.
  • Parodied in Top Secret!. Badass French resistance member Chocolate Mousse is introduced with a cigar in his mouth... which he then eats.
  • Ojo in The Crimson Pirate, to the point where he even has it when he's supposed to be disguised as a nobleman and then a flower girl (since the rest of the movie runs on Rule of Funny, it doesn't matter too much).
  • In his first two films, Roger Moore's incarnation of James Bond distinguished himself from Sean Connery's Bond by smoking cigars, whereas Connery's Bond would smoke cigarettes. While Bond stopped smoking in the 80s, when he visits Cuba in Die Another Day he just has to pick up some cigars.
  • Captain Steven Hiller in Independence Day. As a tradition for his squadron, he flies with a cigar in his pocket so that he can light up after a successful mission. David's father, Julius, is also shown smoking cigars throughout the film. Just before the big mission to the mothership Steven panics when he realises he doesn't have a cigar on hand so Julius offers them his last two.
  • In The Tournament, Axe-Crazy Professional Killer Miles Slade completes his image as a boorish American by smoking huge cigars. Joshua later exploits his habit by using a Booze Flamethrower to turn him into a Man on Fire.
  • In Bank Shot, the pugnacious 'Bulldog' Streiger (the Inspector Javert of the film) has a cigar clenched in his teeth for most of the movie. This fits with his role as the super-stubborn Inspector Javert.
  • Max Fairbanks in What's the Worst That Could Happen? continually smokes cigars, playing the big tycoon to the hilt.
  • In The Terror of Tiny Town, the Big Bad Bat Haines smokes cigars, and often emphasizes a point by biting off the tip of a cigar and spitting it at the feet of whoever he is talking to.
  • In Dobermann, Rabid Cop Chistini spends most of the film with a cigar clenched in his teeth. In one scene, he makes a point by grinding out his cigar on Dobermann's photo.
  • Killdozer!: The tough-as-nails, unflappable mechanic Chub spends the entire film with a cigar clenched in his teeth.
  • In Starkweather, tough as nails and cunning as a fox country lawman Sheriff Merle Karnopp always has—an often unlit—cigar clenched in his teeth.
  • In Weird Science, Jerkass older brother Chet smokes cigars.
  • Lola Montes: A very rare female example in the person of Lola Montes, 19th-century dancer, courtesan, and mistress of Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Lola Montes's fondness for cigars marks her as an iconoclast and free spirit, in an era when women were not supposed to smoke cigars.
  • In Outlaw Women, Iron Mae's bouncer/enforcer Dora smokes cigars to demonstrate her toughness, and she lights them by striking a match on her teeth
  • Olsen-banden: The titular character Egon Olsen (a no-nonsense criminal gang leader) is rarely seen without a cigar on his person - although since his actor did not actually smoke, this is usually depicted by him chewing on a stump. Egon's counterpart in the Swedish Foreign Remake did not have this distinction, alternating between growling his lines through a full cigar (almost always lit by someone else, as fitting his bossy behaviour) and simply holding it in his hand in a gentlemanly manner. This seems to hint at an Oral Fixation in general, as he once drops the cigar out of his mouth while speaking, pauses, and only finishes the sentence once he has found something else to bite down on.
  • Santa Claus: The Movie: B.Z., the Corrupt Corporate Executive Big Bad of the movie, is rarely seen without a cigar, even the adverts for his toy company show him with one between his lips. He's so obnoxious about it that Patch the elf coughs his way through one of their meetings because the smoke from B.Z.'s cigar is getting in his face.
  • The Boondock Saints: The infamous hitman Il Duce continues to smoke his cigar during his firefight against the McManus brothers. Apparently Billy Connolly was enjoying the scene so much he couldn't stop smiling, the crew gave him the cigar so he'd be forced to keep his mouth shut.
  • No Name on the Bullet: Shady saloon owner Henry Reeger is a pretty heavy smoker and usually has a cigar clenched in his teeth. The more worried he becomes that he his Gant's target, the more he smokes.
  • In They Live by Night, veteran bank robber Chicamaw smokes cigars, and lights one up whenever celebrating or stressed. When Keechie arrives home and sees a cigar in the ashtray and knows Chicamaw has been there to visit Bowie.
  • In The Lost World (1998), macho Egomaniac Hunter John Roxton almost always has a fat stogie clenched in his teeth.

  • Artemis Fowl: LEP Commander Julius Root is fond of "fungal cigars" which others find irritating due to their fumes, but it certainly adds to his stern and commanding Da Chief image.
  • Discworld: Commander Vimes, after he quits drinking. In The Fifth Elephant he uses his cigar to ruin his opponents' night vision and in Night Watch, the cigar case his wife gave him is his tether to his own time. He has a tendency to light them with Lady Sybil's dragons, which she disapproves of.
  • Ellery Queen: Sgt. Veelie, Inspector Queen's offsider, usually has a stogie in his mouth. Veelie is a classic example of Book Dumb but street-smart tough cop. Especially apparent in the 1970s TV series where Veelie (played by Tom Reese) is almost never seen without a cigar in his mouth.
  • Forest Kingdom: In book 1 (Blue Moon Rising), the goblin leader is seen with a cigar during his first appearance, when he and his band attempt to attack Rupert as he's on his way back home with Princess Julia.
  • Fudge: Mr. Hatcher’s boss at the advertising firm, Mr. Vincent, comes across as this in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
  • Honor Among Enemies: Invoked by Citizen Rear Admiral Lester Tourville. He smokes cigars as part of a general strategy of looking like a hard-charging cowboy and less like the sort of responsible officer who tends to get promoted to a high enough position in the Peoples' Navy to either be seen as a potential threat to the Committee Of Public Safety or to warrant their preferred punishment for Citizen Admirals who have failed in important missions.
  • Horatio Hornblower: At least in the earlier novels. In The Happy Return, he is almost unable to hide his joy when El Supremo offers to supply him with several hundred cigars, rolled in his "domain" in Nicaragua from Havana tobacco, and reflects to himself that the last cigar he had was a rather mild Virginian in the West Indies. In The Commodore, Lady Barbara, now his wife, gives him several boxes of Jamaican cigars for his mission in the Baltic, which he smokes after most breakfasts, and mentions how he loathes tossing the butts overboard when he's done.
  • Nero Wolfe: Inspector Cramer, who almost never actually lights his cigar and just gnaws on it. He does, however, smoke a pipe in his first appearance in The League of Frightened Men.
  • Rally Round the Flag, Boys!: Oscar Hoffa smokes furiously on Upmann Monarch cigars.
  • San Sombrèro: The bollivquar indigenous people smoke so many cigars a day that they wear sombreros which double as ashtrays.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Judge Taylor was known around town for absent-mindedly chewing on an unlit cigar during trials. Scout and Jem would often go to court with Atticus simply to watch the cigar get smaller and smaller until Judge Taylor would dramatically regurgitate the cigar and loudly spit it into a nearby spittoon.
  • Victoria: Ex-USMC infantry officer Captain John Rumford is this. He even goes so far as to go out of his way to deliberately emphasize it, as a show to the well-meaning but annoying anti-smoking advocates who long since wore out his patience that he doesn't give a damn what they think.
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: Baz apparently once served under a tough, cigar-smoking engineering officer. Miles successfully gets him to intimidate the Oseran engineers by giving him a cigar as a prop.
  • The Witches: The protagonist's grandmother is a Cool Old Lady who constantly smokes large, black cigars, even when recovering from pneumonia. In one scene, she finishes one, only to immediately pull out and light another.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Gomez in The Addams Family spends a lot of scenes smoking cigars, even when he's on his head practicing his Zen Yogi poses. While the expensiveness of the habit does reflect the Addamses' absurdly large amount of money, the aggressiveness usually implied by the trope usually doesn't come into play, as Gomez is one of the more genial and less intimidating members of the family.
  • All in the Family (and continuing through Archie Bunker's Place): Archie Bunker.
  • Hannibal from The A-Team, as seen in the page picture, is rarely without a cigar clutched between his teeth. Most episodes have him shooting off his catchphrase before dramatically taking a puff of his cigar.
  • Sgt. Randelman, from Band of Brothers, is shown with a cigar throughout the series, most notably in Replacements.
  • Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica loves this trope — the Starbuck from the reimagined series is one of the rare female examples. Many of the pilots are shown smoking cigars in celebration of missions, which is common among present-day pilots as well.
  • Professor Jirafales from El Chavo del ocho was very often smoking cigars. He could be seen smoking even when he was at school teaching the children, but, as the series is from the late '70s and early '80s, that was normal by the time.
  • Columbo, though having a timid, obfuscatingly stupid thing going on, is never seen without a smelly cigar in his mouth.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Tom Anderson is frequently seen smoking a cigar, which denotes his status as an affluent, but sleazy businessman who later becomes a politician who accepts bribes.
  • JAG:
    • Harmon Rabb occasionally smoked cigars, until third season episode "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" when he had decided to quit. Many minor characters; particularly senior military officers, intelligence officers, and businessmen; are often seen chomping cigars. In review panning the series in its first season, TV Guide even characterized it as:
      ... macho swaggering, muscle-flexing, cigar-chomping military men who can't stop whining about having to share their Navy with sailors in skirts.
    • The first season episode "Desert Son" features one such cigar chomper, Captain Reed, an abrasive artillery officer who climbed through the ranks starting as an enlisted man, and who entirely fails to get along with Lieutenant Rabb, while privately giving support and career advice to a young lieutenant under his command. Bonus points for lighting up his cigar just before ordering his artillery battery to fire.
  • Jake and the Fatman: In keeping with his Large and in Charge personality, J.L. McCabe (a.k.a. 'the Fatman') smokes cigars.
  • Magic City: Ben Diamond, Bel Jaffe, and Ike Evans. Diamond lives in a luxurious mansion with a trophy wife and lounges around his pool. Bel Jaffe is a bookie. Ike Evans runs a luxury hotel.
  • Al Bundy from Married... with Children is occasionally seen with a cigar, paricularly during or after a rare genuinely successful or happy moment for him.
  • Colonel Potter of M*A*S*H smoked 5 cigars for 45 years and "never got the habit."
    • Klinger was also a regular cigar smoker.
  • Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools and Horses regularly smokes cigars that fit with his brash, wheeler-dealer personality, whereas his brother Rodney always smokes cigarettes.
    • Used car salesman Boycie also smokes cigars.
  • Miami Vice:
    • The original head of the OCB, Lt. Lou Rodriguez, even through his limited appearances, often smoked cigars (and there are promotional shots of Gregory Sierra holding a cigar as Rodriguez).
    • Detective Larry Zito was also a fan of cigars, occasionally smoking one both on and off of the job (particularly in "Made For Each Other"), a trait shared with his actor John Diehl.
  • Al from Quantum Leap.
  • Star Trek: Picard: Cristóbal Rios enjoys smoking cigars, which adds to his "rough-around-the-edges" image.
  • Jake Cutter from Tales of the Gold Monkey tends to smoke a cigarillo fairly often. Judging that this theme runs through Quantum Leap, Battlestar, JAG, and this show as well; Donald P. Bellisario seems to be a fan of this trope.
  • Van der Valk: The title character is rarely seen without them - even at the dinner table with his wife.
  • Toby Ziegler of The West Wing occasionally smokes one, although it's not allowed inside the building itself.
  • Bunk Moreland from The Wire.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Acolytes were frequently shown in their office drinking beer and smoking cigars.
  • Dick the Bruiser and his cousin The Crusher were the first to smoke cigars to establish that they were tough guys in wrestling.
  • "Luscious" Johnny Valiant. As a manager, he helped Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake win the WWF tag team titles by rubbing his cigar in Barry Windham's face.
  • A rare female example was Marlena, who would sit there puffing on a cigar while Goldust was in the ring in the 1990s.
  • New World Order members would light up cigars as a way to show that not only were they bad ass, but were also quite extravagant.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Orks use them, especially Burna Boyz, the flamethrower-equipped pyromaniacs. There's even one head in the standard kit for a Burna Boy who's cut a hole in his faceplate so he can raise and lower it without needing to take out his cigar.
    • Space Pirate Kaptin Badrukk is notable for having to retreat when badly wounded and out of cigars.
    • Lord Castellan Creed of Cadia and Col. Schaeffer of the Last Chancers are two of the few human characters who are known for their love of cigars, to the point that their models include them.
  • A rare Humongous Mecha example from BattleTech: the Hauptmann 'Mech has a laser mounted in its head. This is a particularly Unusual Weapon Mounting, as the laser is set low in the 'Mech's 'face,' giving it the appearance of a scowling, wide-shouldered thug gnawing on a cigar. For bonus points, the mouth is the laser's traverse slot—this means that the Hauptmann can roll its cigar back and forth in a stereotypically brutish fashion.

  • ''Some Like It Hot': Murderous gangster Spats Colombo is introduced with a cigar in his mouth; a slightly later scene has his office be filled with smoke.

    Video Games 
  • Agents of Mayhem has Braddock, a Butch Lesbian ex-Drill Sergeant Nasty who's constantly smoking a cigar. Basically a female Sergeant Rock. She also uses the cigar as a targeting designator for her Kill Sat super-move by lighting it before throwing it at an opponent.
  • In a divergence from the comics, the Penguin from both Batman: Arkham Series and Batman: The Telltale Series has shown a preference for cigars as opposed to the traditional cigarette (thus his iconic cigarette holder is absent) Both series shows as much more thuggish and brutal than he is normally. However, in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Penguin does have the cigarette holder in his bio picture, mostly due to Early-Installment Weirdness.
  • Duke Nukem, as a send-up to the Action Hero, including in the cover of Duke Nukem Forever (where smoking a cigar is one of the things that boosts his ego and gives health).
  • Team Fortress 2: Canonically, the Soldier has a cigar as a cosmetic item, and is seen with one in the Mann vs. Machine trailer.
  • In StarCraft, the Firebats can always be seen smoking a cigar inside their armor.
  • Overwatch features Jesse McCree, a former outlaw turned hero who constantly smokes cigars, even in battle.
  • Tychus from StarCraft II has a few notable moments with cigars, although it's not constant. The still image of him used in all the promotional materials features one. His hero unit in the "Belly of the Beast" mission has a flare coming from his helmet, indicating that he is smoking on that mission.
    • After exposing Mengsk's role in the Fall of Tarsonis, Raynor and Matt Horner celebrate by enjoying some cigars. There's even an extended sequence of them selecting, sniffing, and lighting the cigars.
    • Continuing the theme, in the final cutscene of Heart of the Swarm, Mengsk selects an ornate box and removes a cigar with an equal ornate light; seemingly preparing to have One Last Smoke as Kerriggan comes for him. But as he goes to light it, it turns out the lighter is the control mechanism for the Xel'Naga artifact.
  • The Sly Cooper games give us Muggshot from the first game and El Jeffe from the fourth, who both are seen with a stogie locked in their jaws in their debut appearances.
  • Pyro from Sacrifice has a cigar as part of his character portrait and is thus never seen without it. He's more of a Corrupt Corporate Executive, however.
  • Sugary Spire: This Pizza Tower fangame contains a rare heroic example with Ice Pop, the Mr. Exposition who tells you tutorials. He's constantly casually smoking a cigar, and only exists to help you.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Naked Snake, aka Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater smokes cigars. He's so badass, he can use them to burn leeches off of his body without worrying about getting an infection.
    • Senator Armstrong from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance feels the need to light up a good ol' cigar right after delivering a stomping Raiden wouldn't forget any time soon, and outlining his ideals in a speech that, batshit insanity aside, was actually an engaging one for politician standards.
  • Mass Effect 2: A minor character on Omega is an elcor merchant who constantly smokes a cigar, somehow. He's a disreputable businessman who's trying to drive a competitor out of business, but his tough-guy attitude is really an act: if Shepard threatens him he backs down instantly.
  • Halo: Sgt. Major Avery Junior Johnson. The tough-as-nails smartass Johnson is hardly ever seen without his cigar.
  • Peacock from Skullgirls. Notable in that Peacock is a 13 year old girl.
  • In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker's military uniform during the war against the Tediz includes a cigar that stays permanently in his mouth. The Xbox remake even has him doing this on the front cover.
  • Victor Sullivan from Uncharted is rarely seen without one, and it's old age rather than health concerns that keeps him from doing the same insane stunts as Nathan.
  • In League of Legends, the champion Graves is known for chomping his cigar in his splash art, while he's known as a tough, daring, closer-than-normal ranged marksman. All of the sudden, Riot suddenly removed the cigar to not offend some certain group of people. Thus a meme was born: "[X] can happen, but Graves can't have his cigar."
    • This also happened to Tychus (see above) when he was added to Heroes of the Storm, with similar memetic results. However, in Tychus' case, it's subverted. Click him enough and it implies that he still smokes his cigar, and even gets a hilarious quote when said cigar fell off and got inside his Marine suit...
  • The Big Bad of Lucky & Wild, whose name is literally "Big Cigar". He's shown smoking a gigantic stogie in his cutscenes and the final boss battle, and his cigar stays on even in the cutscene after you defeat and arrest him.
  • "Smilin'" Jack from Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines smokes cigars. Considering the act of lighting a fire in most Kindred's faces causes Rötschreck, this just indicates how badass he is.
  • Played with in Full Throttle: The quintessential Badass Biker Ben is introduced chomping on a cigar—which he throws away before the intro cutscene is over and is never seen smoking for the rest of the game.
  • Antonov, the insanely wealthy sub-boss of The King of Fighters XIV, takes this a step further than most examples of this trope. Not only he is almost always seen with a cigar in cutscenes, he has one permanently lodged between his teeth in gameplay, too. He only spits it out when performing his Climax super move, and even then he just pulls out a spare from inside his champion's belt afterwards.
  • Persona 5: Ann Tamaki's Anti-Hero Fighting Spirit, Carmen, can always be seen with a cigar in her mouth, as a Shown Their Work reference to the play she comes from.
  • Jack Cayman from Anarchy Reigns is a subversion. He used to smoke cigars, and will sometimes pull one out without lighting it, but he's recently quit smoking after his daughter's death.
  • The Devil in Cuphead casually smokes a cigar while counting the earnings from his personal casino.
    • Werner Werman also always has a cigar in his mouth.
  • The spider soldiers in Battle Bugs, possibly invoking Sergeant Rock.
  • In Mortal Kombat X, Retired Badass Jackson "Jax" Briggs has acquired a habit of smoking cigars, including having two of them holstered in his outfit, as well as prominently smoking one in his intros and victory screen. In fact, in one of his Fatalities, after crushing the enemy's arms into their torso and splitting their head in half by the mouth, he puts the cherry on top by putting out his cigar using the tongue of the poor dead sap.
    Takeda: You smoke a lot of cigars.
    Jax: Well, I win a lot.
  • Captain Price from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series is this. He smokes cigars all the time, and even lights one in satisfaction after killing Makarov, the Big Bad of the series.
  • Sarge from Quake III: Arena is never without one. The game intro has him gunning down a horde of mooks while smoking a cigar. Heck, even his in-game model has one.
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016), being for kids of all ages, follows the No Smoking rule, but, garage owner Grimroth Razz has tusks, the right one of which is broken into a very cigar-like shape and sticks out at a very cigar-like angle. His Brother Felton's tusks do the same thing in the opposite direction.
  • The adult Bara Genre game Strange Flesh has you play as the Bartender, in which the game manual blatantly describes him as a cigar aficionado; he can use his smoke to corrupt enemies, hypnotize unsuspecting men, and his Video-Game Lives are even represented as cigars themselves!
  • In Neon White, Mikey, the gruff, no-nonsense, New York-accent-toting Da Chief of Heaven Central Authority, is never seen without a cigar.

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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The villainous crime lord Roman Torchwick loves to smoke cigars, even during armed robberies or mass terrorist attacks.

  • Kevin & Kell: Bentley Kindle, Kevin's father. A regular criminal, he's proven his toughness and intelligence by surviving clashes with other crooks and years in jail, and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth (the few times when it's absent, he's usually either in the hospital or in prison).
  • MK's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: In this webcomic adaptation, Mr. Hyde smokes cigars.
  • The Mayor in Freefall is generally shown chewing a cigar. She's pretty tough and no-nonsense, which poses a bit of a problem for her given that she's sharing a planet with living force of chaos Sam Starfall. At one point he takes it as a personal challenge to slip her a substitute that explodes harmlessly.
  • Avania: Captain Eraclare (...except when she drops it mid-sentence). Major MacIntyre, though his cigar is usually seen in his hand.

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    Real Life 
  • Anything featuring Winston Churchill. That famous scowly photo? The photographer took away his cigar.
    • Another famous photo has Churchill inspecting a Thompson Submachine Gun, complete with a drum magazine, while wearing a pinstripe suit, bowler hat, and smoking his cigar. The Germans attempted to use the photo to drum up an image of him as a mafioso but gave up when they realized it wasn't doing anything to hinder his Memetic Badass status.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Real Life. Note that Arnold is so devoted to his cigars that when he was Governor of California, it being illegal to smoke inside office buildings, he had a tent with his desk placed on the grounds outside the Governor's Mansion so he could smoke while conducting business.
  • George Burns never did a routine without one. Tough? Depended on your point of view and the type of movie he was in, but the guy was a Living Legend of his time.
  • Samuel Fuller picked up a cigar habit to appear older some time into when he was a crime reporter (the job of which he started at the age of 17) and maintained the image throughout his life.
  • Rush Limbaugh. Aggressive? Hell yes. Tough? Well, that depends on where on the political spectrum you fall. In a real-life case of Surprisingly Realistic Outcome, though, Limbaugh's love of cigars resulted in him developing the cancer that would kill him in 2021.
  • British TV executive Lew Grade. A producer working for him once allegedly complained that his salary was less than Grade's cigar budget. Grade replied that the producer didn't give him as much satisfaction as his cigars. Roger Moore (himself an example of this trope and the only James Bond incarnation that did so) once quipped that you should never wear a brown suit around Grade, as he might try to smoke you.
  • Notorious outlaw Bonnie Parker was a rare female example. Newspapers called her a "cigar-smoking gun moll", and she was often photographed with one.
    • Despite which, she and Clyde once released a police chief they'd kidnapped (unusual since they hated cops), with instructions to go tell the world she did not smoke cigars.
  • Fidel Castro, who certainly liked to be seen as a tough military leader. One of the CIA's assassination attempts against him involved sneaking in an exploding cigar. He actually stopped smoking them on the advice of his doctors in 1985 but the image remained and any portrayal of him in media will still have him smoking them.
  • Che Guevara is quoted as saying, "A smoke in times of rest is a great companion to the solitary soldier." Unfortunately for him, he also had terrible asthma, which became a liability during his disastrous Bolivian campaign.
  • John F. Kennedy. Kennedy sent his Press Secretary, Pierre Salinger, to acquire 1,200 Cuban-made H. Upmann cigars for himself, prior to signing off on the US embargo against Cuba— which made it illegal for US citizens to purchase Cuban cigars.
    • As for being a tough leader, this gets a bit tricky. On one hand, it was under Kennedy's administration that the disastrous Bay of Pigs Invasion took place. On the other hand, he also had to deal with the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his generals' push for an airstrike on Cuban territory - which would have quite possibly plunged the world into nuclear war. It takes nerves of steel to sit through that tension with a cool enough head to not pull the trigger.
  • Clive Barker's cigars got bigger as he got more rich and famous.
  • Sigmund Freud, enough for a whole article. However, there is no evidence he responded to the phallic comparison with "Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar" .
  • Groucho Marx. Not physically tough, but woe betide anyone who dared spar with him verbally.
  • Fidel V. Ramos, a Filipino general and later the President of the Philippines. While he no longer smokes, he remains known by the nickname "Tabako," and occasionally chomps on a cigar for photo ops.
  • General Israel Putnam of the American Revolutionary War may be the Ur-Example of this trope. He discovered cigars in Cuba and introduced badass cigar-chomping to the Colonies. note 
  • General Ulysses S. Grant usually smoked a clay pipe until newspapermen caught him smoking a victory cigar handed to him by another officer after his 1862 capture of Fort Donelson, and he was subsequently flooded with boxes of them as presents for the rest of his life. He later died of throat cancer— probably brought about by his cigar habit.
  • King Edward VII of the United Kingdom smoked twelve cigars a day, plus a full pack's worth (20) of cigarettes. Such was his love of cigars that he once lit up from a candle during a church service. The habit got him in the end; he died of COPD.
    • His grandson George VI also smoked like a chimney and died from the heart attack brought in by the lung cancer being only 56.
  • General Jean Victor Moreau, one of Napoleon's most serious Republican opponents, was not particularly aggressive, either as a man or as a commander, but he did seem to smoke cigars in all circumstances. Case in point: during the battle of Novi, he had one horse killed under him; as General Thiébault puts it, "he kept smoking as his soldiers helped him back on his feet, without a single disruption in the smoke puffs’ pattern". Fourteen years later, at Dresden, where a cannonball shattered both his legs and he had to be amputated, he smoked a cigar during the operation, which he bore without so much as a wince.
  • Quite unexpectedly, Catherine the Great is another female example who smokes cigars and in fact, is often credited with introducing cigar smoking to Russia. While she's more famous for her (alleged) love life, and wasn't known to be particularly aggressive, during her reign Russia grew at least twice in territory, and she's recorded to have said that without her knowledge no gun fired in Europe.
  • Ron White smokes cigars while he's performing on stage, occasionally pausing performances to relight his cigar if it goes out. He previously smoked cigarettes on stage but switched because cigars don't affect his respiration as much.
  • In his later years, Jimmy Savile was hardly ever seen without a cigar in his mouth, be it on his shows, during interviews at home, or out in public. He claimed to have started smoking cigars at the age of seven, saying "My dad gave me a drag on one at Christmas, thinking it would put me off them forever, but it had the opposite effect."
  • Comic book innovator Jack Kirby was a frequent cigar smoker. This is probably why so many of his characters also were, most famously Ben Grimm.
  • John Larroquette, as seen in many of his roles, particularly Night Court.
  • Seth MacFarlane is a well-known cigar aficionado (even having a picture of himself blowing smoke from one on his very TV Tropes page!)
  • Death Row Records executive Suge Knight is known for his love of cigars. He takes the "aggressive" stereotype of cigar smokers further than most and is notorious for his violent tendencies.
  • Al Capone was rarely seen without a cigar in his hand or mouth. His infamy may have helped to codify the stereotype of the tough, cigar-loving mobster.
  • Notorious Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy was known for smoking cigars, even on death row.
  • Man fights alligator to save his puppy, all without dropping his cigar.
  • Former president Bill Clinton. Early into his presidency, some of his best known hobbies or loves were for cigars, food and playing the sax.
  • Kid Rock. In a somewhat infamous moment (depending on how you view it), he and Tommy Lee got into a fistfight at the 2007 MTV VMAs where Kid not only won the fight, but did so without even dropping the cigar from his mouth.
  • Legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach was famous for lighting up a cigar when it became clear his team was going to win. One night, when the team were playing a road game against the Cincinatti Royalsnote , Auerbach was chagrinned to find out that the Royals had given out cigars to the fans with instructions to light them all up when Cincinatti won. This prompted Auerbach to tell his Celtics he'd kill them if they didn't win this game (which they did).


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