10 characters who know smoking is cool

Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid

The most famous smoker in gaming history, Solid has been lighting up for decades with little care of the consequences. Whether it’s on a battlefield, escaping Outer Heaven, or sneaking around Shadow Moses, he usually keeps a pack handy no matter what his superiors say. Even when dropped into a hostile base in the first Metal Gear Solid, he snuck a pack in his stomach, unknown to his displeased CODEC friends.

In gameplay, the cigs lend him steady aim, allow him to see infrared lasers and restore his psyche, while at the same time decreasing his health bar and - in MGS4 - possibly giving away his position with the scent. The addiction was probably inherited from his clone-daddy Big Boss, though he preferred cigars, which he used to burn off leeches and see in the dark, on top of scoring with sexy ladies.

Snake’s nasty habit has led to some funny and strange moments in MGS history. And the best celebration of it would have to be during the lengthy, multiple game install sequences for MGS4. 

Above: Snake makes fifteen minutes of installing classy

Spy in Team Fortress 2

Since the Spy is more of a class than a character, there isn't much to say about him outside of his ever-present cigarette. You'd think the scent of the smoke could give away his position, but that's a sacrifice he'll make for his addiction. From his in-game accent, one could guess he's French in origin, which would explain his love of smoking. Because if one culture could be xenophobically painted as smokers, it’s the French, with hip, ‘60s French spies even more likely to say “c'est la vie” to emphysema.

Now that we've reached our combustible end, we hope that this article about how awesome fake smoking looks didn't turn you, gentle reader, into a real-life smoker. If so, shame on you. What would your mother think? May we suggest the best anti-smoking game around to help you quit? It’s called My Stop Smoking Coach with Allen Carr, and it’s better than some patch or gum - it has minigames!

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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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