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So Sgt. McKickass has a cigar in his mouth, and brings a stick of dynamite; lighting the fuse off his cigar. A puff of smoke from his mouth, a sly grin, and he's off walking forward, tossing the dynamite behind him. This may be a Discredited Trope, at least in modern settings. Usually includes McKickass preforming an Unflinching Walk.

Can also be done with a cigarette or (conceivably) a pipe, but cigars just look cooler.

Not to be confused with Explosive Cigar. Couldn't Find a Lighter is the inverse.

Examples of Cigar Fuse-Lighting include:

Comic Books

  • In Sillage, one of the Armada agents does it while on a mission on an alien planet, with the two fuses tied in front of his chest and a swivel gun under each arm. He does it while riding a local equivalent of a pterodactyl.
  • Jonah Hex has done this on occasion, usually just before blasting oulaws out of an otherwise unassailable position.



  • In Jerry of the Islands by Jack London, Van Horn has a lit cigar in his mouth for this purpose.
  • Done by bad guy Santone in Rio Guns by J. T. Edson.
  • Richard Sharpe borrows a cigar from another officer when he has no slow-match to light fuses with.

Live Action TV

  • The Pretender: In the episode "Homefront", Jarod adopts the persona of an arms dealer, and takes up chomping enormous cigars. Near the end of the episode, he uses his cigar to light the fuse on a diversionary explosion, then throws it away and is cigarless thereafter.

Manga and Anime

  • This is how Shikamaru sets off a huge array of explosive tags during his fight with Hidan in the Naruto manga.

Newspaper Comics

  • Parodied in an old comic called Crock: We see this guy lighting a bomb with his cigar and throwing something in the next panel. Then, there's an explosion and the following dialogue ensues:

 "What have you done?!"

"... Hit the enemy with my cigar?"


Tabletop Games

  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Terror from the Stars, section "Field Manual of the Theron Marks Society". Theron Marks himself is stated to always have a lit cigar in his mouth during adventures in order to light sticks of dynamite.
  • Ogre leadbelchers in Warhammer.

Video Games

  • In Final Fantasy VII, one of Cid's Limit Breaks has him do this.
  • The cannon crabs in Alice: Madness Returns all do this.
  • Skullgirls: 'Toon fighter Peacock does this with her level 3 No-Holds-Barred Beatdown super attack: She wraps her enemy in a burlap sack and calls on a group of her personal Mook army to help her smash the living daylights out of the opponent. She then walks away, puffing on a cigar as a Cartoon Bomb crony continues to beat the sack with a baseball bat. She then invokes this trope by casually tossing the cigar over her shoulder, detonating the bomb underling. Pretty much Crazy Awesome.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • In The Three Caballeros, Jose Carioca lights the fireworks on Donald Duck's bull costume with his cigar.
  • The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981). Sylvester the Cat hides Tweety under an empty can. When the mobster Rocky finds Tweety under the can, he lights a firecracker with his cigarette and places under the can for Sylvester to find.