10 characters who know smoking is cool

Jake Hunter

One of the more obscure entries on the list, Jake makes up for it in the sheer power and quantity of his tobacco intake. But first a little history: known as Jinguji Saburo in his native Japan, his series dates back to the NES era, but his first adventure in English was on the DS last year. His adventures are of the noir detective variety, and his smoking fits the gumshoe archetype, but Jake takes it a little further.

Jake needs smoking primarily to collect his thoughts. In the game, whenever you feel stuck in a situation and could use a clue, hit the right trigger to pull out a lighter. Jake starts smoking, and then gives you a fairly clear clue for what to do next. And this isn't something you can just do once in a while. In any scene, he can smoke over and over again. He can even "give clues" in a freaking hospital.

Not only does Jake teach players the powerful benefits of smoking for your state of mind, but by the end of each chapter in one of his digital stories he lights one more cigarette in case you hadn't got your fill. As you go through a multiple-choice questionnaire about recent events, he enjoys his umpteenth visit to flavor country. Jake always saves the day, but we wonder how well he'd do without his deductive crutch.

Most of the cast of Grim Fandango

Like most of the adventures made by comedy genius Tim Schafer, Grim Fandango is regarded as one of the ultimate underrated games. Taking place in a Mexican-influenced Underworld, the game casts you as Manny, a paper-pusher trying to help a dame get to the next world. The game is filled with smokers, and the most iconic image of Manny has him holding a lit cigarette. However, the manual did have a clever cover for it: "For those who are disturbed by the amount of smoking in Grim Fandango, we offer two reasons: 1) we wanted to be true to the film noir atmosphere, and 2) everybody in the game who smokes is DEAD. Think about it." Suck it, C. Everett Koop!

Bill in Left 4 Dead

Bill, the militant old Vietnam vet, is just the type of guy you want with you in a zombie apocalypse. His experience in war lets him keep his cool, and he could teach us San Francisco liberals how to shoot and reload a gun. In all, he's the grandpa we all wish we had, and because he's old-school, he's going to smoke whether society approves or not.

Above: Even in a special appearance in Mevo, Bill keeps smoking

When in the field, Bill's never without a death stick. We guess brands and filters don’t matter to him anymore, as he'll settle for whatever he can find in this ruined world. Even when dead, Bill still has a cigarette in his mouth, though the smoke no longer rises from it, which brings a single, manly tear to our eyes just thinking of it.

Stubbs the Zombie

We’ve decided to give zombies their own space here, in fairness to glorifying their killers. Stubbs, star of the cult undead title from one of the creators of Halo, was a murdered salesman who awoke in a ‘50s utopia hungry for brain. Even when graphically chomping on skulls, he tenaciously keeps his lit cigarette. Still, we’re guessing he can’t inhale, so it just sits there, constantly ashing, as he takes apart the “City of the Future” one cranium at a time.

Above: Stubbs prefers his grey matter mentholated 

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  • Decoy906 - June 22, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    im sure snake is more worried about bullets then cancer
  • KillerPotato - June 21, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    Great article!!!
  • gmilf71 - June 21, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    dude what about afro samurai? he always has his hand rolled cigarettes.
  • Shane1403 - June 20, 2009 10:33 a.m.

    that was a seriously weird flinstones ad
  • HungryBeaver - June 18, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    I loved that Flinstones Winston cigarette ad that was great. Yep, there's nothing like a Winston, Barney!
  • spongejerk89 - June 17, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    Where the F is Sgt Johnson?
  • DragonSovereign - June 17, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    50th! While I don't smoke, i've got to say that this article is very convincing. Curse you Hank Mother Effing Gilbert!!!!
  • AnonymouZ - June 17, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    loved the commercials. That fps one against smoking looked like a cool game... x)
  • HypherionWing - June 17, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Oh and i find it kinda funny how the person that wrote this article has a fake gun, a brew and is wearing a terrible pair of aviators. This icon is telling us what is abominably cool.
  • jesusfrk15 - June 17, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    i thought jericho from fallout would be on this article. "damnit its hard to find a smoke around now in days" "f**k! my last cigarette!"
  • HypherionWing - June 17, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    W...Why the low blow to the Duke? He wusn imposin on nuthin sir ._.
  • skyline19 - June 17, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    I might start smoking, because gamesradar showed me alot of cool people smoking in games. Yes, I will not light one up. I wish I was a Flintstone.
  • Bloodstorm - June 17, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    I live in florida so I've seen that comercial a lot. Whats bad is they made a decent looking "game" for this commercial, but when the commercials for a school that offers video game design comes on and look like crap compared to an anti-smoking ad, it makes me laugh.
  • Master_Leep - June 17, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    P.S. Why is a quote from Army of Darkness sad and tired? Is Army of Darkness sad and tired all of a sudden? Help me understand your degree of hatred toward awesomeness, Henry.
  • EmmaXII - June 17, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    And we all know who thinks smoking isn't cool. . . thats right people, Leon scott kennedy.
  • someformofmike - June 17, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    P.S. it's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of gum!
  • PS360Rulez - June 17, 2009 7:57 a.m.

    Henry did Duke like rape your puppy or something because you seem to resent him quite a bit. Me and a friend found my old N64 the other day and played some Duke and actually had fun killing some pigs and killing eachother. Sure it ripped stuff off but so do lots of games. Also why would you want a game to come out and flop? Dont we see that enough latly? I hope they do bring back the duke one day because he is funny because of how overly macho he acts. Plus im all for blowing shit up.
  • MechGyver - June 17, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    Smoking is cool!!!I tried it myself, you sould to!!!!! (smoking is bad for your health, ...but only if your under 13)
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 17, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    subconsciosley big boss might contribute to the fact that i think cigars r cool...well that and the fact that they totally are
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 17, 2009 3:23 a.m.

    wat about big smoke in gta san andreas hes always smoking

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