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Because nothing says "manly" like a phallic symbol clenched between your teeth. Clockwise from top left: Vice Admiral Smoker, "Hannibal" Smith, Sergeant Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A character who is never seen without his cigar, which is then used to 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. 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.

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


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    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.
  • "Sir" Integra Hellsing is a female example, though technically she smokes cigarillos. She even forces one of Iscariot's assassins to lit one of them based on sheer charisma.
  • 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.
  • Balalaika is an 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". Its 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.
  • Nick Fury.
  • In her first appearance in the Avengers, She-Hulk appeared in fashionable attire but smoking a corona; she's chic but badass!
  • Fantastic Four's 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.
  • Jonah Hex, as befits he 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.
  • Professor Venture of the Atari Force second series is a female example. Captain Hunter is a straight male example.
  • In The Sandman, 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.
  • Frequent archenemy of Spider-Man and Daredevil, the Kingpin originally smoked cigars.

    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.
  • 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.

    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 
  • Hellboy: Hellboy is a huge fan of cigars 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 emphasises 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, unfazable 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.

  • 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.
  • Inspector Cramer in the Nero Wolfe novels, who almost never actually lights his cigar, just gnaws on it. He does, however, smoke a pipe in his first appearance in The League of Frightened Men.
  • Commander Vimes in Discworld, 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.
  • Invoked by Citizen Rear Admiral Lester Tourville in Honor Among Enemies. 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.
  • Invoked in 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.
  • Sgt. Veelie, Inspector Queen's offsider in the Ellery Queen novels 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.
  • 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 to toss the butts overboard when he's done.
  • The bollivquar indigenous people of San Sombrèro smoke so many cigars a day that they wear sombreroes which double as ashtrays.
  • Judge Taylor from To Kill a Mockingbird 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.
  • Ex-USMC infantry officer Captain John Rumford is this in military thriller Victoria. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Columbo, though having a timid, obfuscatingly stupid thing going on, is never seen without a smelly cigar in his mouth.
  • 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 70's and early 80's, that was normal by the time.
  • 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 enlistedman, 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.
  • 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.
  • Al from Quantum Leap.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg.
  • The Burns And Allen Show: George Burns, who for most of his adult life was a cigar smoker.
  • All in the Family (and continuing through Archie Bunker's Place): Archie Bunker.
  • 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.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Acolytes were frequently shown in their office drinking beer and smoking cigars.
  • Dick the Bruiser.
  • The Crusher.
  • "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 1990's.

    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's 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.

    Video Games 
  • Duke Nukem.
  • 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.
    • Raynor and Matt Horner get an entire cutscene devoted to Raynor selecting, sniffing and lighting a cigar.
    • Continuing the theme, Mengsk has a big ol' cigar in the final cutscene of Heart Of The Swarm. 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.
  • 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 off 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • In Mortal Kombat X, Retired Badass Jackson "Jax" Briggs has acquired an 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

    Visual Novels 
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Inga Karkhuul Khura'in has a large stamp that he puts in his mouth to give off the appearance of smoking a cigar. As Minister of Justice of Khura'in, he uses it primarily to stamp piles of execution orders.

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

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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) 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 attempts to kill him involved sneaking in an exploding cigar.
  • 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.
  • 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 Isreal 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. 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.
  • 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.


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