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This is when a (usually successful) gunshot goes off and the shooter blows away the smoke at the tip of the barrel afterward. May be parodied with gun-like objects, such as a Finger Gun, or with objects such as blowtorches. Especially common with The Gunslingers in Western movies, as modern ammunition is less smoky.

Compare Swipe Your Blade Off. Not to be confused with Exploding Barrels.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • SD Gundam Force: Captain Gundam mimic the move after shooting out all of Commander Sazabi's beam shooters. Interestingly, as a robot, he doesn't have actual breath.
  • Black Lagoon: In Episode 3 "Ring Ding Ship Chase", Revy blew out the smoke of her M79 grenade launcher after stylishly blasting the last attacking pirate boat as it was retreating.
  • Trigun: In the episode "Quick Draw", a gunman lights his cigar with gunfire then blows on both the cigar and the gun barrel.

    Comic Book 
  • Lucky Luke: The titular character of the comic book (as well as the trope page's picture) does this a lot.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: Done by Ace Ventura in When Nature Calls with a skunk's ass after using it to spray two poachers with its trademark stink.
  • Inverted in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; after the protagonists successfully steal the stolen money and marijuana from their neighbors, they're seen using the shotguns they used for the job as "a novelty smoking device for tobacco use only" during a party montage, thus breathing in the smoke, rather than blow it out.
  • Ash does this to his shotgun after shooting a demon that escaped from its holding pit in Army of Darkness.
  • John McClane does this at the end of Die Hard when he caps Hans.
  • Tank Girl: Jet Girl does this after she shoots Sergeant Small.
  • Also done in The Mask, on a cartoon bike horn, after blowing out an obnoxious motorist's windows. All of them.
  • Will Scarlet O'Hara from Robin Hood: Men in Tights blows off the smoke from the two daggers he had just used to obliterate an arrow fired by Robin straight at his heart. In an attempt to keep looking badass, he tries to holter/sheath his daggers, only to have his belt and pants to fall, causing Will to explain that he hasn't figured that part out yet.
  • Done by the one-legged stripper in Planet Terror. Unusual in that the gun she blows on is an automatic rifle attached to her stump.
  • Ricky does this in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 after the first kill in his Garbage Day massacre.
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the fembots do this with their Torpedo Tits.
  • Inverted in Deadpool (2016); after capping three mooks with one bullet, Deadpool snorts the smoke coming from his guns.
  • In Innerspace, Igoe blows his Finger Gun out after shooting the lab scientist at the mall.
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Martha May Whoivier does this with the cannon-like apparatus she uses to hang lights on her house.
  • In Spaceballs, Princess Vespa blows her rifle after going Rambo gunning down all the Spaceball guards.

  • Both used dramatically and parodied in Paprika.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Done by Brass in one of the trope-heavy crime scenarios from Hodges' board game on CSI.
  • Engine Sentai Go-onger/Power Rangers RPM: Done with Gunpherd/Wolf Cruiser when attached to Engine-O/High Octane Megazord.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Perdita Ortega of Malifaux has an alternate sculpt where she does this.

    Video Games 
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Heavy does this with his Finger Gun taunt, and The Engineer has this as his Pistol and Wrangler taunts.
  • Vent does this in a comic that was based off of the first Mega Man ZX Video Game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog does this with a magic lamp in Sonic and the Secret Rings after imprisoning Erazor Djinn within it; a flame on the end prompts him to raised it to his face and blow out out like a gun.
  • In Mortal Kombat X, Cassie Cage does this in her non-Fatality finish.
  • Hit enough people with the secondary fire of the revolver in Postal 2: Paradise Lost and the Postal Dude will do this afterwards.
  • In Devil May Cry 3 Dante does this after finishing off Nevan with a bullet to the gut.
  • Cuphead: One of the Game Over cards shows Djimmi the Great's puppet blowing smoke from the tip of his Finger Gun after he has beaten you.
    "That beating was for free — no strings attached!"
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time: A rude coyote does this after shooting some targets in a range back in the old west. Why is he rude? Well he's rather chauvinistic towards Carmelita for starters.
  • Unkilled Sam does this in a trailer: [1].

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • In one episode of Defenders of the Earth, Flash somehow manages to do this with his Ray Gun, after destroying a bunch of Mecha-Mooks and commenting that "I should've been a cowboy."
  • At the climax of an episode of The Real Ghostbusters, Venkman nabs the ghosts of the Earp Brothers and Doc Holiday, then does this with one of the ghost traps.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Wild and Woolly Hare: Bugs Bunny ends a gunshot trick this way, with the bullet splitting Yosemite Sam's hat down the middle.
    • Mexicali Shmoes: Slowpoke Rodriguez does this after using his gun (which is bigger than he is) to get away from Jose the cat.
    • Rhapsody Rabbit: Bugs Bunny does this after shooting a rather disruptive audience member who wouldn't stop coughing at his piano concert.
  • In Oggy and the Cockroaches, Oggy tends to blow his swatter after landing a successful hit on the cockroach, which makes sense in the context of the show because his swatter literally makes gun-cocking sounds when deployed.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants does this in the premiere episode, only with a spatula after he saves Mr. Krabs and Squidward from hungry tourists with his expert fry cooking skills, likewise landing him the job at the Krusty Krab.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn does this in an episode.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: in the episode "Night of the Sapphire Dragon", Dojo does this to of all things a bottle of hot sauce he drank from to use to breathe fire to defeat the Sapphire Dragon.
  • The Pink Panther: A frustrated conductor does this after shooting a rather disruptive audience member who wouldn't stop coughing.
  • Tuff Puppy: Dudley does this to his fist after punching Jack Rabbit in the episode "The Wrong Stuff".

    Real Life 
  • Naval vessels used compressed air to blow the gunsmoke (or rather combustion gases) off the cannon barrels after firing them. Justified, since the combustion gases contain a lot of carbon monoxide and other toxic substances which could severly impair the turret crew.


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