By the late-1960s, marijuana had stopped being seen as a "scary" hard drug in large part due to the hippie movement. The days of Reefer Madness were long gone and instead a new stereotype began to become popular: The Stoner.
Lethargic, scruffy looking, and perpetually hungry, stoners (and especially Erudite Stoners) are prime comedic fuel in media. It didn't take long for these attributes to become associated with "hippies" in general, even if the character is never shown smoking a lick of pot.
In children's works, characters that seem like stoners appear, except there are no actual implications they use drugs. In some cases there might be a Parental Bonus implying drug usage, but oftentimes they're just naturally that way.
You can spot this type of character by several aspects:
- Having Exhausted Eye Bags.
- Being a Big Eater.
- Spouting random (often nonsensical) wisdom.
- Slurred speech, overuse of Buffy Speak, and/or Totally Radical slang.
- Being into art (including music).
- Having '60s Hair, '70s Hair, dreadlocks, or Messy Hair
- Being a Granola Girl, a beatnik, or a New-Age Retro Hippie (often coincide with a floral motif and baggy clothes).
- Live in a Hippie Van.
This trope can also apply to other drugs, but marijuana is the most commonplace.
- One of the four friends of The Mask Strikes Back has Hugo, a former stoner who mantains the stereotype (especially the baggy eyes and clothes) despite he continuously says he left "that" a year ago
Films — Animation
- In Big Hero 6, Fred has a number of stoner mannerisms, and at one point launches into a speech as though he is about to speak at a 12-step meeting.
- In Cars series, there's Fillmore, the Volkswagen Kombi van who's painted aqua green with paintings of flowers and rainbows, known as the hippie car of the series and friend of Lightining McQueen.
- Bobby from A Goofy Movie and its sequel. He has a Surfer Dude cloudcuckoolander personality and eats a lot. It's likely a Parental Bonus because he is played by Pauly Shore (who is known for playing stoner characters).
- Yax from Zootopia. He has long dreadlocks and wears flowers and a bead necklace (but no clothes), acts like a cloudcuckoolander who has excellent memory without realizing it, and is voiced by none else but Tommy Chong, but there is no mention of him using any kind of substance.
Films — Live Action
- In The Muppets movies, Floyd and Janice act very much like stoners, even though they are never seen actually using drugs.
- Big Time Rush: Guitar Dude, as his name would suggest, is a laid back hippie-type who spent his time playing guitar in the Palm Woods park. He's always relaxed, and advocates for others to just chill out and relax too, all with stereotypical slang and the willingness to spout unwanted and philosophical advice. Interestingly, this started when he came to LA, as he was originally a straight-laced cellist.
- One of the shop owners, Flo, from Splatoon 2 acts this way. She's a New-Age Retro Hippie whose facial expression, dialogue, and constant swaying gives off this impression.
- Animal Crossing:
- Pascal is a scallop-obsessed Cloudcuckoolander otter who spouts offball advice if you give him a scallop. Certain villagers believe his weirdness is due to Childhood Brain Damage.
- Though not as pronounced as Pascal, the local singer K.K. Slider is a laidback beatnik that steps into this territory sometimes.
- Mina from Pokémon Sun and Moon (and its revised versions) displays many characteristics of a being an artsy stoner. She has long '60s hair, a near-perpetually vacant expression, and is splattered in paint. Mina has an airy personality and one cutscene has her rushing home, stuffing food into her mouth, then running back out. In her case it might be the Parental Bonus version as she has a mushroom-based Pokémon on her team, but Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! show that Mina acted similarly as a child.
- In the Dizzy games there is the character of Dylan, who wears a floppy bucket hat and is always throwing up a peace sign. In Fantasy World Dizzy his opening line is "Hey man, like what's happening". When Yahtzee and Gabriel play Fantasy World Dizzy and get to his screen, Gabriel instantly says, "Yup, this is the stoner character, I knew it the second I saw his hat. I was like, 'Dylan, yeah, Bob Dylan, weed.'"
- Bulbasaur in Starter Squad tends to act pretty goofy when he gets poisoned (anybody who plays Pokémon would know that Bulbasaur is immune to poison). He's even hooked to it much like that of somebody hooked to drugs.
- Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a hippie/beatnik mixture with a very large appetite. He's a shaggy-haired dude with a scruffy goatee who talks in hippie speak, wears untidy clothes, constantly has the munchies, and is always paranoid and freaked out about the ghosts the gang encounters. Despite Urban Legends, he wasn't intentionally designed as a stoner. Shaggy is just naturally that way and, according to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, he was even like that in elementary. Popular fanon is that he's definitely a pothead, but in the series itself the only suspicious substances he ever consumes are "Scooby Snacks." (Then again, how high do you have to be to think eating dog biscuits is a good idea?). Future Scooby-Doo works (such as the first live-action film) poke fun at the rumors.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy's New-Age Retro Hippie friend Tree Hugger uses almost every "goofy stoner" stereotype — she has a perpetually tired expression, she makes heavy use of stereotypical hippie jargon such as "radical", "mellow" and "groovy", and she doles out plenty of pseudo-animist, pseudo-Buddhist spiritual nuggets that don't actually mean much of anything — but, this being a show aimed at little girls, no actual drug use is implied.
- Elmore Junior High's hippie guidance counselor Steve Small in The Amazing World of Gumball. There's a few moments implying he is indeed a stoner; drinking herbal tea that makes him black out, and in "The Void," he can bounce through the dimension of the world's mistakes because he's "...used to feeling spaced out."
- Adventure Time: Parodied. In "Wizard", Finn and Jake are approached by a shady-looking guy with a raspy voice and a cloak who offers them... magic powers.
- In the Chilean series Los Pulentos, both Walala and Ramon fit into this stereotype. Both kids have long hair and are into music (Walala goes for rock/metal and Ramon into Hip Hop), Walala has random wisdom and slurred speech, Ramon has Messy Hair with Blinding Bangs and he's usually the calm guy of the team with Totally Radical slang.