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In the grand spectrum of media-depicted drug addiction, most junkies are seen as anything from piteous to terrifying. Tales abound of the superhuman strength of a PCP/methamphetamine addict, or the despair of a crack addict, or the sheer horrors of a bad acid trip...

Not so much the pot smoker. Potheads are funny, mellow dudes interested in a good time wherein nobody gets hurt. Stoners are cool. They won't try to stab somebody because they think he's Dracula, or claw their eyes out because there are beetles in them. And it's not as if someone's going to complain, lest they get arrested for illegal drug use.

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The funny pothead can be seen as an updated version of the Funny Drunk, which is a mostly Discredited Trope due to changing awareness of alcoholism.

See also The Stoner, G-Rated Drug, Erudite Stoner, and G-Rated Stoner. Compare with 420, Blaze It, another funny thing associated with weed.


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  • On his 1978 album Bill's Best Friend Bill Cosby delineates the difference between a stoner and a drunk.
    Bill Cosby: Dope smokers support half of Disneyland. You don't know that... they love to get ripped and go to Disneyland! [acts out taking a toke] "Oh, man...a giant mouse! What's happenin,' mouse? This your missus?" Drunk people do not support Disneyland. They think they're getting the D.T.'s again.
  • George Carlin made this his stock in trade early on with Al Sleet the Hippy Dippy Weatherman, his 1974 album Toledo Window Box and subjects like "High on the Plane."
    George Carlin: I used to smoke up in the forward lavatory because I figured the mirror was two-way and the crew was watching. Always offered the crew a hit, naturally.
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    Comic Books 
  • Matt MacLimore's stoner relative who pops up for a short period in Dork Tower and is never heard from again. His main claim to fame is smoking Matt's wargames terrain.
  • Entire cast of Bob The Dog.

    Fan Works 
  • Everyone at Station 51 in the fic "The Buzz" minus Roy and Johnny. A grateful rescued lady brings pot brownies to the firehouse. Chet and Marco are found outside in their underwear, firing their hose at the neighboring refinery, Cap does voodoo to try and get McConneike and Mike is playing on the phone. But, when Brice is called in to watch the guys til it wears off, he eats several brownies and is found on a table, doing an Elvis impersonation.
  • Barret in the Final Fantasy VII fic Time Paradox.
    Barret: SPYDAHS!!
  • Elladan and Elrohir in Bag Enders. Their exploits include getting tricked into traveling across Siberia, selling "special Lembas", and driving an ice-cream van around a block 12 times while looking for the Fellowship's house (with their buddy Dave out cold in the back.)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Reefer Mareness runs on this trope.

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  • The main cast (but especially Kelso, Hyde, Eric and Fez) in That '70s Show. Scenes showing them smoking something that's very obviously pot but is never officially confirmed as pot (called the Circle) occur in every episode. (Almost) all of them are hilarious. That goes double for Leo... played by Tommy Chong from the Cheech and Chong movies.
  • Played mostly straight on Bored to Death. Much of the show's humor derives from the fact that the protagonists are avid stoners, and while it sometimes gets them in trouble, it's still funny.
  • How I Met Your Mother often uses this trope when it flashes back to the Main Characters' college years, though The Narrator always refers to the activity they take part in as "eating a sandwich," complete with the joints transformed into hoagie sandwiches.
  • 2 Broke Girls:
    • The Cold Open of the episode "And the Cupcake Wars" has Oleg unable to do his job because he smoked some weed. A string of marijuana jokes ensues.
    • Later that season, "And the High Holidays", develops this extensively. This time the joke's on Caroline, who apparently is one of those rare people who gets pessimistic and depressed when stoned (although in the episode, she consumes it from a spiked cupcake).
  • In Supernatural Andy is the comic relief among the special children and he is also the only one shown using pot.
  • In 1000 Ways to Die, one of the most tragicomical deaths went to two stoners who stole a saguaro cactus. They started hallucinating that the saguaro loudly called them out for their theft, then ran away without looking... very literally. And it was almost wholly Played for Laughs.
  • Rev. Jim Ignatowski from Taxi, a former hippie who never recovered from the 60s. His excessive drug use over the years rendered him Cloud Cuckoolander. During his hippie days, he changed his name from Caldwell to Ignatowski, believing it was "Starchild" spelled backwards, and wrote his college term papers in fingerpaint.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: In-universe in one episode, where the others find it hilarious when Frank smokes a bong and turns into a Talkative Loon.
  • The stoner couple from the 2nd episode of The X-Files, one of whom uses his hamburger to portray a hovering UFO.
  • As Disjointed takes place primarily in a marijuana dispensary, this is only inevitable. Pete, Dank, and Dabby are the most prominent examples.
  • There have been fictional and real-life examples of TV reporters getting high while reporting on drug busts involving burn-offs:
  • Broad City is built on this trope, and it's one of the only "stoner humor" TV shows to have women as the main characters.
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    Music 
  • Napoleon XIV (the man behind "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!") gave us "(I Owe A Lot To) Iowa Pot."
  • The Cab Calloway song "Reefer Man" has it straight up.
    Have you ever met the funny Reefer Man? Have you ever met the funny Reefer Man?
    If he trades you dimes for nickels and calls watermelons pickles, you know you're talking to the Reefer Man.

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    Western Animation 
  • Norville "Shaggy" Rogers from Scooby-Doo may or may not be an actual stoner, but how can people not jump to that conclusion? He's always hungry (he eats dog treats, for crying out loud), he's always freaking out over monsters, and he even looks and speaks like a hippie stereotype.
    • William Hanna and Joseph Barbera patterned the Scooby-Doo characters after the characters in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, a 1950s sitcom featuring Dawson casted "teenage" characters. Shaggy is an expy of Maynard G. Krebs (played by a pre-Gilligan's Island Bob Denver), the show's resident beatnik. Freddy was Dobie, Velma was Zelda, and so forth. Not sure if drugs factored in either Shaggy or Maynard's lifestyles, but being "laid-back" didn't start with hippies. Of course, it being a 1960's cartoon with already ten-year old pop-cultural references doesn't help matters...
    • This was parodied, like so many other elements of the series, in the live-action film. One scene has smoke billowing out of the Mystery Machine while Shaggy and Scooby are inside, laughing and saying "talk about toasted!"... then we find out that they're cooking breakfast.
      • And further lampshaded by Shaggy's love interest, Mary Jane. When he meets her, he says "Like, that's my favorite name of all time!"
    • Real-life effects of pot aside, Scooby's ability to speak is a great source of Epileptic Trees. note 
  • Otto Mann, the Springfield Elementary bus driver from The Simpsons. Signs suggesting he actually smokes pot didn't crop up until season seven. Prior to that, he was just some perpetual teenager who drove a school bus (despite not having a license), got along great with kids, and loved rock music from the 1960s to the 1980s.
  • Trent and especially Jesse from Daria.
  • Towelie on South Park is a deconstruction of this trope; he's actually pretty resourceful and alright to be around when not high. However, when he is (which is extremely frequently), he rapidly becomes sedate, boring, and useless.

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