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A scene where drug use is depicted/described but the amount shown/said is insanely large for personal use. Something like someone suggests doing some cocaine and someone brings out a restaurant cloche (one of those huge metal plates with the large domed covers) and removes the lid to show a pile of cocaine two foot across and one foot high. Or someone says they smoked six ounces of dope last night.

Generally barring exceptional cases this doesn't happen in real life. Illegal drugs are by definition... well, illegal, and anything illicit, illegal or otherwise prohibited that is nonetheless still in demand tends to multiply in cost accordingly.

Can be a case of bad research on the writer's part — not knowing the actual street value of the amount they are showing and how little it takes to get high, or suffer an overdose, and getting carried away by Rule of Cool.note 

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One form of Conspicuous Consumption. Nothing to do with Weird Weather, though it would be a definite justification for this trope.


Examples:

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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Heavy Metal: The "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" segment — Zeke and Edsel, the alien pilots, each hoist out what looks like a 25-pound bag of plutonium nyborg, lay them out in lines long enough to travel the entire ship, then proceed to snort all of it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Birds of Prey: When Harley gets attacked in the police station's evidence room, she takes cover behind a pallet of cocaine bundles. The gunfire breaks multiple bundles open, blasting it into the air in the process, thus making a near literal version of this trope. (The DVD commentary claims it's 452 bricks of cocaine, worth nearly $82,892,000 in total.) Harley inadvertently inhales a large amount of it, and the resulting rush lets her easily take down her attackers.
  • The Crow: Top Dollar is seen with a ludicrously large pile of coke from which he occasionally snorts as he gives directions to his underlings.
  • Lord of War: Yuri Orlov, an Arms Dealer, is unexpectedly paid in cocaine by a Colombian drug lord. His brother Vitaly steals a kilo, then goes around Latin America visiting whorehouses. When Yuri catches up with him again, Vitaly has used all the coke to form a map of their homeland the Ukraine. Yuri stops him from snorting all of it before he overdoses.
  • Mitchell: The title character does a Fingertip Drug Analysis by grabbing a handful of what turns out to be chalk.
  • Scarface: Near the climax of the film, Tony is seen surrounded by piles and piles of cocaine (which makes sense since he's a dealer), and uses it to take and inflict a lot of punishment before he goes down.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Flashpoint: Played for Drama — a man tracks down the drug dealers who sold his brother the coke he OD'd on and is about to force one of the dealers to down his entire stockpile in one sitting before SRU catches up to them.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Aram's computer hacking causes a heavy snowfall, indoors. Mike quips, "This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie."
  • Two words from World's Dumbest...: "cocaine blizzard", spoken during at least one clip of criminals tossing out bags of coke while being chased by the cops.
  • Highlander: Brian Cullin, an immortal who was famous as the best swordsman in Europe, eventually cracked under the pressure of constantly being challenged to duels by both other immortals and regular people, and by present day, he's become an Addled Addict who's erratic and paranoid behavior causes several civilian deaths. At one point, he buries his entire face in a pile of cocaine, promptly overdoses and dies... only to revive again, since he's immortal. Shortly afterwards, he causes a bus crash that kills 25 people.

    Music 
  • Steel Panther: "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" — the amount of drugs shown is ludicrous, there is so much coke that someone literally ends up with their face covered in coke in one scene.
  • In The Lonely Island's "Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)" in a parody of the Scarface scene Bolton-as-Tony Montana is shown doing this, and mentions "mountains of cocaine" in the lyrics.

    Web Original 

    Web Comics 
  • Snowflame: During a fight with Batman, Snowflame grabs a double-handful of cocaine and snorts all of it on the spot, in order to fuel his powers.
    Batman: [horrified] My God. What's wrong with him?

    Western Animation 
  • Archer: At the end of the fifth season premiere, after it's announced ISIS will shut down, Archer reveals they've been sitting on "Literally — not figuratively — a ton of cocaine." Turns into a justified aversion by the end of the 5th season, as it's implied that the deal Mallory signed with the CIA involved them distributing cocaine, with that ton costing approximately 50 million dollars, a realistic price for that amount of cocaine.
  • Futurama: In the episode, "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV", Calculon's "awesome" party on All My Circuits has, among other elements of Conspicuous Consumption, large piles of what Monique assumes is talcum powder. It might actually be talcum powder, since robots can't smell, and sometimes they just do things humans do because it amuses them.
  • South Park: "Cancelled" revolves around the boys trying to save Earth, revealed to be a reality show for alien viewers, from being cancelled by the Joozians (parodies of the "Jews run the media" conspiracy theories), who run all the media in the galaxy. The boys are dragged along with the Joozian executives' hedonistic lunch break, and at one point are asked if they want to do a little "blach", which is presented like alien cocaine, but instead of discrete white lines, they're huge and neon-purple. Incidentally, Kenny also tries some.
    • "Medicinal Fried Chicken", being a Whole Plot Reference to Scarface has this trope in spades, except for cocaine, they use Kentucky Fried Chicken, to the point that Cartman is snorting chicken skin by the end.

    Real Life 
  • The infamous case of the Cocaine Bear, in which $15 million worth of cocaine was dumped from a plane over the state of Georgia, then found by a bear that gorged itself on the drug then died. Perhaps the closest example that the world knows of cocaine literally snowing.

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