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One character blows cigar or cigarette smoke in another character's face as an expression of defiance, dominance, or just plain jerkassery.

The person on the receiving end may react in a number of ways, from stoically putting up with it, to casually wafting it away, to breaking into a racking fit of coughing. In cartoons the cloud of smoke may dissipate to reveal an Ash Face.

A Sub-Trope of Good Smoking, Evil Smoking; this behaviour will generally be an indicator of an Evil Smoker, although a good Cigar Chomper may be able to get away with it (especially if the target has earned his contempt).


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  • Played with in a British anti-smoking advert from The '80s. Two teenage girls are discussing a boy one of them likes while smoking and the second girl tells the first that blowing smoke in a boys face is a signal that you're interested in them. The first girl does this and asks if he's free tonight, only for him to blow her off as he's now washing his hair that night.

    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: Gary Jackson, being a Jerkass, smokes at the gaming table and sometimes blows smoke into the face of his players; usually to emphasise some point.
  • Spider-Man: J. Jonah Jameson does this a lot; Spidey has found ways of reversing it on him once in a while.
  • In the Tintin book "Flight 714", billionaire Laszlo Carreidas boldly tells his captor Rastapopoulos to drop his cigar. Rastapopoulos promptly takes a deep puff, drops the cigar, and blows on his face. Tintin doesn't like Carreidas much, but this is still a bit much.
    Tintin: We already knew you were a rat. Now we know you're a dirty rat at that!
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Volume 1: When Paula was a villain, and when she later pretends to have become one again, she would blow smoke rings in peoples faces. This smoke was often drugged to make the one breathing it in pass out while not affecting Paula.
    • Volume 2: One of the several ways Myndi gets immediately on Julia's bad side is breathing smoke into Julia's face while trying to convince her to get Diana to sign Myndi as her publicist.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dick Tracy: Mr. Bribery owns a chain-smoking Right-Hand Cat which exhales a stream of cigar smoke into Bribery's face whenever he is displeased with his master.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 8 Women: As Suzon questions Pierrette about what she knows of Marcel's murder, Pierrette blows cigarette smoke in Suzon's face just to annoy her.
  • One of the most iconic scenes in American History X occurs when Danny (a white supremacist) blows smoke in Henry's (a black kid) face. Despite ditching his neo-Nazi ties by the end of the movie, this doesn't stop Henry from shooting him in the chest the next day.
  • Angel (1984): During their highly argumentative game of cribbage, Solly blows cigar smoke in Mae's face to distract her. Mae says that it is not the smoke she objects to, but Solly's breath.
  • In the film version of Annie, Ms. Aggie Hannigan blows smoke in Lily's face and further humiliates her by flicking ash down her blouse.
  • The Assignment (1997). The protagonist gets annoyed when The Handler keeps blowing cigar smoke in his face while he's exercising. It's later revealed that this is deliberate — the protagonist is being trained to impersonate a terrorist whose father smoked the same cigars.
  • In Barry Lyndon, Mrs. Lyndon asks Barry not to smoke so much in the carriage. Barry blows smoke in her face, kisses her passionately, and goes right back to smoking. It is perhaps the first telltale sign that not all is well in their marriage.
  • The Blue Iguana: When Floyd sexually harasses Dakota at the bar, Dakota blows smoke in his face.
  • In Broken Arrow (1996), Deakins does this to Pritchett just because. Even after killing him for being annoying.
  • When Frank crashes Holli's party in Cool World, Sparks exhales a stream of doodle smoke into his face.
  • Daredevil (2003). As Matt Murdock is trying to track Elektra through a crowded ballroom via her scent, his Visible Odor shows him being annoyed by this trope.
  • D.E.B.S.. Amy insists on leading her Teen Superspy team into an Obvious Trap, whereupon they fall through a Trap Door into a room with no exits. Dominique takes out a cigarette and lights up, and when Janet panics that she's using up all the air, responds by blowing smoke in her face. Sassy Black Woman Max then storms over to Dominique...and bums another cigarette off her.
  • Bucho in Desperado blows cigar smoke directly into his girl's mouth while she's kissing him. She runs off, coughing and cursing him. This is in stark contrast to the positively scorching love scene between the two main leads.
  • Diggstown: Happens twice:
    • When a mafioso blows smoke in Gabriel's face, he amiably plays it off, saying, "No thanks, I just stubbed one out!"
    • A particularly vainglorious boxer takes a drag of a cigar right before facing off with Honey Roy, then blows smoke in his face. Roy pays him back by knocking him out with his first punch.
  • Inverted in Dredd. A Defiant to the End Ma-Ma sucks in a breath of smoke after Dredd squirts a shot of the drug Slo-Mo in her face before throwing her off a balcony to her death.
  • Done by Keira Knightley in The Edge Of Love to tell a guy in a bar to shove off.
  • Fatal Instinct: Spoofed when the Femme Fatale keeps blowing smoke in the protagonist's face until he's covered by a layer of smog.
    Ned Ravine: I think you smoke too much.
  • Kirsty Alley does it to Tim Allen in For Richer or Poorer.
  • In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy appears to the stoned Freeburg as the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland and exhales a stream of smoke from his hookah into Freeburg's face. Freeburg inhales it and this allows Freddy to possess him.
  • One of the skeezy bikers does this to Buz in Girl in Gold Boots, which prompts Crow to remark:
    Crow: ...And that's just his breath.
  • In The Immortals, Tim blows smoke from his expensive cigar into Gina's face, apparently thinking this is an effective pick up technique.
  • Joyce does this to Basil in It's Love I'm After to stop him from talking.
  • The Last Command: General Sergius do it to the arrested revolutionary Leo. Later, roles are reversed, and Leo returns the insult.
  • In The Ninth Gate, Corso blows smoke at a rival book dealer through the closing doors of an elevator.
  • Oh God, You Devil: The Devil does this to Bobby, before vanishing in the cloud of cigar smoke.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Davy Jones breathes smoke in a doomed soul's face while asking him if he fears death.
  • In the film episode of Porridge, Grout casually blows his cigar smoke at Fletcher, during an important meeting. Fletcher responds by coughing.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: Marion does this to Toht. Bad idea.
  • Roberta: Lizzie blows smoke into Huck's face as part of a passive-aggressive exchange when he's introduced to her "countess" persona.
  • In Shredder Orpheus, when Orpheus confronts Hades the second time and affirms he wants a second chance to save Eurydice, Hades blows cigarette smoke in his face before agreeing to his request. Orpheus just stands there and takes it.
  • Done by Cyd Charisse (with long cigarette holder) to Gene Kelly in the "Broadway Ballet" from Singin' in the Rain. It should be noted that she was otherwise a lifelong anti-smoker.
  • Some Like It Hot: When he confronts Spats in the lobby of the hotel, Agent Mulligan blows smoke into the face of Spat's henchman Tiny to show that he isn't intimidated by Spats' threats.
  • Starman: Shermin does this to Fox after Shermin allows Starman to escape.
    Fox: Shermin, you are finished. I will have you eviscerated for this.
    Shermin: Well, as much as I hate to stoop to symbolism...
    (Shermin takes a puff from cigar and blows smoke into Fox's face)
  • Stewardess School: During a test, a passenger blows smoke in George’s face.
  • Done by Justina Machado in Sticks, just to be rude.
  • Street Angel: Depicted as a part of a loving couple's happy days, with Gino lovingly puffing smoke into Angela's face.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a biker does this to the T-800. He regrets doing so.
    • We get a Robo Cam shot when it happens. Apparently passive smoking isn't bad for your health if you're a Terminator.
  • Louise does it to Harlan in Thelma & Louise in an attempt to get rid of him.
  • In Titanic (1997), Rose does this to her mother once.
  • In the climax of Trainspotting, Begbie demands a cigarette from Renton after attacking a man who spilled his beer (and Spud, when he "got in [his] way"). Renton obliges and lights his cigarette for him, only for Begbie to blow the smoke in his face to show him who's in charge of the whole operation. While Renton had been thinking about stealing the money from the heroin sale for a while now as opposed to dividing it among the four of them as intended, it's this incident that pushes him over the edge and gives him the nerve to steal the money. Fortunately for Spud, he got his share of the money owed to him.
  • In Underworld (1927), 'Slippy' Lewis gets this treatment by some patron at a bar.
  • Weird Science: Wyatt's Big Brother Bully Chet slowly exhales a cloud of smoke into Gary's face when he is threatening them after they come home drunk.
  • Yellowbeard: Mr. Pew has smoke blown in his face, but he coughs in an extremely dignified way twice before continuing as before.

  • When Tash goes into The End Of The World in Galaxy of Fear, a patron does this to her. Twice. She demands that the smoker stop or she'll make him stop, which amuses him - she's not yet fourteen and not remotely intimidating - so he pats her head, which infuriates her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen Adora Belle Dearheart in Going Postal smokes like a chimney, and does this to Moist at one point.
  • Go to Sleep (A Jeff the Killer Rewrite): When Jeff asks Randy why he isn't in juvie, the latter rolls his eyes and blows cigarette smoke in Jeff's face out of disrespect, making him cough as he's trying to speak.
  • Blackmarketeer Joseph Porta in the WW2 books by Sven Hassel smokes a cigar purely for this reason, as Al Capone (the only Italian among millions that Porta looks up to and wishes to imitate) always does this in the movies.
  • George Sebastian's captors in Greece do this to him in their interrogation in the Left Behind book Desecration. George thinks that his captors have seen too many movies.
  • The Rose Gardener: Alan gives his much younger and extremely slutty girlfriend Maya a lecture about how she should stop sleeping around and marry him instead. Maya, who is dragging on a cigarette, blows smoke in his face several times.
    "She blew smoke in his face. The gesture was meant to provoke him."

    Live-Action TV 
  • The sketch-comedy Almost Live! does a "Billy Quan" kung-fu parody with the most over-the-top example ever.
  • American Gothic (1995). In the episode "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday", Sheriff Lucas Buck tries to get a judge to sign papers to have the troublesome Dr. Crower committed to an asylum. The judge refuses and blows smoke from his cigar in Lucas's face. Lucas doesn't even flinch, and on their second meeting, when Lucas has the judge over a barrel, he wrests the cigar from the judge's hand and makes him sign the commitment papers personally.
  • Babylon 5: In the episode "GROPOS", Keffer finds a pair of marines have been billeted in his quarters until they ship out, which he is not happy about. One of them, Pvt. Large, gets in his face to try and blows smoke on him, trying to be intimidating, but Keffer doesn't back down, which impresses Large.
  • In Battlestar Galactica (2003), Dr. Baltar plays cards with Starbuck and wins everything in the pot, to Starbuck's disdain. He then proceeds to rub it in even more by giving Starbuck one of his last cigarettes and lighting it for her. She takes it, then pulls a long drag and proceeds to blow it in his face. He doesn't flinch, though.
  • In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Agreement Dissection", Amy's research monkey Ricky does this to Sheldon.
  • Miranda Richardson's character does this to Blackadder in Blackadder Goes Forth.
  • In El Chavo del ocho, Professor Jirafales once blew smoke in Don Ramon's face, which Don Ramon had to put up with. Became Harsher in Hindsight on a meta level when actor Ramon Valdez was diagnosed and subsequently died of pulmonary cancer due to his own smoking habit.
  • Cheers: Rebecca does this to Sam when he tries to get her to give up smoking.
  • CSI: In "Hog Heaven", a biker blows smoke in the face of one of the gang's bitches (who is actually an undercover cop).
  • CSI: Miami: In "Addiction", a flashback shows the Victim of the Week having lunch with her brother-in-law. He lights up a cigarette as she preparing to leave, and she asks him to blow the smoke in her face for old times sake (she is taking fertility drugs and is not allowed to smoke). He obliges her and, as she is inhaling, she palms his lighter.
  • Dr. Death: Kim is introduced sitting around a pool in a resort, casually blowing smoke in the direction of a coughing woman.
  • Doctor Who: Circus owner Rossini blows cigar smoke in the Doctor's face in "Terror of the Autons".
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "The Baby Comes Out" has Will and Uncle Phil share an elevator with a man smoking a cigarette. When Phil tells the man to put it out, since it's illegal to smoke in an elevator, he blows smoke in Philip's face, which causes him to take the man's cigarette, snap it in two, and step on it.
  • The Australian comedy series Full Frontal had a spoof involving a politically correct remake of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly called "The Good, The Bad, and the Unpleasant Person". The Clint Eastwood character is facing off with the Unpleasant Person, who is blowing smoke from a cheroot into his face.
    The Good: I think we'd better step outside.
    Unpleasant Person: You wanna fight with guns?!
    The Good: No. I have an adverse reaction to passive smoking.
  • Get Smart: An accidental version occurs in "That Old Gang of Mine". Maxwell Smart goes to London, where the head of British CONTROL briefs him under the Umbrella of Silence. Unlike the Cone of Silence it works perfectly, except he's smoking a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe, so the Umbrella soon fills up with smoke.
  • Mission: Impossible: While posing as a soldier-of-fortune in "Spy", Max does this in order to pick a fight with a mercenary in a bar.
  • This was a trademark of the eponymous, chain-smoking host of The Morton Downey Jr. Show, as his preferred Talk to the Hand maneuver.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • In the first episode, Lister responds to Rimmer's "Is that a cigarette you're smoking?" with "No, it's a chicken." The Hilarious Outtakes show that in some takes of the scene, he instead responded with a gust of smoke.
    • At one point, Lister and Rimmer are in the movie theater, all alone, and Rimmer insists that Lister, who is smoking, move three seats over to be in the smoking section. Since Rimmer was a hologram, Lister was able to then blow smoke right through Rimmer's face.
  • Rumpole of the Bailey: Horace Rumpole has done this at least once.
  • South Beach Tow: A difficult customer responds to Bernice's demands that she stop smoking in the building (it is a smoking-free zone) by blowing smoke directly into Bernice's face. Bernice being, well, Bernice, responds like Roddy Piper by taking the fire extinguisher and blasting the woman with it at point-blank range.

  • In Bob Dylan's song "Maggie's Farm", he mentions that Maggie's pa "puts his cigar out in your face just for kicks".
  • A very rare romantic version in the music video of Hayley Kiyoko's "Girls Like Girls", when a girl blows smoke gently into another girl's face as the first of several Indirect Kisses.
  • Mentioned in Lady Gaga's song "Bad Kids":
    I'm a nerd, I chew gum and smoke in your face, I'm absurd
  • Happens in the video for Panic by Czech band Lucie. The giantess in the red dress is lying on her back, takes a drag on a cigarette and blows the smoke in the lead singer's face. This was one of the first of a series of little teases she did to the guy before eventually eating him.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • At Wrestlemania V, Morton Downey Jr made the fatal mistake of blowing smoke in the face of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Piper retaliated by blasting Downey with a fire extinguisher.
  • Jimmy Jacobs blew smoke in Serena Deeb's face to give Lacey the advantage in their match while the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew were in Ring of Honor.

    Puppet Shows 

  • Guys and Dolls, during the title song, has a sight gag where a doll who's been shopping does this to her hapless guy who carries all her packages and lights her cigarette.

    Video Games 
  • Elvis can do this to you in his first two battles in God Hand. If it hits, the screen fogs up for a few seconds.
  • An unused animatic for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames depicting the circumstances of the theme son, "Oh No You Didn't", shows the man who didn't blowing a cigar while denying the agreed-upon money.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Liquid Ocelot lit up a cigar mentioning that they were "father's favorite", and blew the smoke right into Snake's face, just before Liquid executed the first stage of his plan.
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm: Molluck spits the smoke, ash and whole cigar in his Slig chaffuer's face when the Slig suggests settling for a cheap second-hand retirement blimp, unintentionally rubbing Molluck's face in the fact that he's lost his entire fortune.
  • In The Punisher (Capcom), final boss Kingpin actually uses this as an attack: he takes a puff from his cigar before blowing a cloud of smoke that damages and stuns you.
  • An unused animation from Toontown Online had Cogs blow cigar smoke into Toons' faces as an attack.

    Web Animation 
  • In the first Caillou the Grown Up short, Caillou's younger sister Rosie at one point intentionally blows tobacco smoke into his face.

    Western Animation 
  • In the first The Ant and the Aardvark short, the Aardvark tries to smoke the Ant out of his anthole with a cigar, but ends up smoking himself sick.
    Ant: Hey, pal. Is there anything I can do for you?
    Aardvark: (groan) Make a wish for me. Wish I was dead!
  • Number One does this to Cool McCool at the end of the opening of his show.
  • In the Futurama episode "Three Hundred Big Boys", Bender steals a fabulously expensive cigar expressly for the purpose of blowing its smoke into the faces of the "fantsy-pantses" at an upscale art gallery.
  • Performed in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by a dragon who — asked to move somewhere else before the smoke from his "Dragon nap" blankets the land in darkness — unmistakably expresses his contempt by getting up for a moment when asked, scratching his back for a second, then lying back down and blowing smoke out of his nostrils straight into Twilight's face.
  • An Al Brodax Popeye cartoon has Brutus blowing huge cigar smoke out of a skyscraper window (giving Olive the illusion that the building is on fire). When fireman Popeye confronts him, Brutus blows smoke in his face.
  • In The Raccoons episode "Join the Club!", when Bert catches Lisa smoking cigarettes with Donna, Bert tells Donna that smoking could potentially kill her. Donna doesn't care, however, and she blows smoke in Bert's face, which makes him cough.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures short "Butt Out," Roderick and Rhubella Rat intentionally do this to Babs Bunny, by smoking cigarettes in the non-smoking section of a restaurant. At one point, when Rhubella blows smoke into Babs's face, it completely covers her body and makes her cough and hack.
  • Tom and Jerry has had it happen on more than one occasion — but Jerry wises up at one point and comes out of the mousehole in a gas mask, while Tom has turned green from blowing so much smoke.

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Mondain smokes

Mathieu attempts to be stern with Mondain, who responds by blowing smoke in his face.

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