Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
The male version of the Granola Girl. The stoner is generally a comical character who smokes, gets beat up, makes bad jokes, and suffers other sorts of Butt Monkey type things, only with more drugs. The most likely character to get a Mushroom Samba bit. He is basically a cross between Butt Monkey and the Wacky Guy. Usually somewhere between a technical and an Actual Pacifist, and almost always entirely non-threatening, in physical appearance. May very occasionally be prone to getting dangerous, but only rarely and under truly exceptional circumstances.
The stoner is very similar to the 19th Century "funny drunk." However, that became a Discredited Trope as groups like AA and MADD gained influence. The modern stereotype is that drunks are likely to beat you up, while stoners aren't, so stoners make better comedy.
May evolve into an Erudite Stoner. If he should try to reformnote (or be Nailed To The Wagon against his will) he'll find Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere, both real and hallucinatory.
See also The Slacker.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
Black Lagoon: Leigharch has this huge pile of used cocaine (pot in the anime) stubs. This causes him to hallucinate weird things, say weirder things, and get kicked by Revy for being high on the job. Despite this he's a Crazy Awesome getaway driver. Deconstructed when it's eventually revealed that he overdosed and got put in an insane asylum.
A popular fanon for The Netherlands and Canada in Axis Powers Hetalia, coming from their relativel liberal drug policies from Real Life. In fairness Finland did say that the Netherlands was into some "shady drugs".
As of the 2010 Christmas event, partially confirmed in Canada's case (We know he smokes pot, but not how often).
Sabba in Dreamland, to the point he sells one arm to buy a super strong weed (sure he didn't know what that "life essence" he was asked to pay was, but he didn't really stop to think twice either). This trope is implied to be the reason he could become a Traveller without overcoming any phobia (and thus has no power of his own).
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, who between the three of them have at one time or another ate, drank, snorted, smoked or injected just about everything conceivable that wouldn't be instantly poisonous.
Pike from ElfQuest. A positive example: his love for the mellow world of a dreamberry haze makes him excellent at telling colorful stories, and he became the tribe's historian ("Keeper of the Howl") because of it.
Dreamberries are really more of an alcohol metaphor, anyway. The trolls even make wine from them.
Absolutely everyone in Marijuana Simpson. Marge at one point gets so high she forgets Homer is her husband, not her father.
Fred of Galaxy Quest isn't seen actually toking up, but his extremely calm, slightly drowsy demeanor while everyone else is freaking out and his penchant for snacking are a huge tipoff to anyone paying the slightest attention.
The Dude fits this trope quite well (and spectacularly), though the movie makes it clear that he is actually not as crazy and silly as basically everyone else.
There is a song in the first High School Musical film that introduces the school's various cliques - nerds, jocks, etc - including one that appears to be a Disneyfied version of a group of stoners, complete with proclamations of "duuuude..."
Friend from the indie movie The Auteur. So named because he is one to all living things. Purveyor of multiple kinds of weed that mess with your head. Lives in a nudist commune. Records bird sounds.
Palmer from The Thing (1982). And to a lesser extent his roommate Childs (they were growing marijuana in the storage room)
It was Brad Pitt's idea to make the character a stoner. He based this character insight on the fact that the guy is always sitting around at home in the living room. Although we tropers generally aren't in the business of citations, you can hear Brad Pitt explain it in this time-stamped youtube link.
This is the first notable instance of mainstream stoners, who are explicitly not slackers, but rather, productive members of society. (Harold is an investment banker (before the current crisis) and Kumar has untapped potential to be a doctor.)
Matthew, Harvey, and Dr. Bamford in Saving Grace to varying degrees. Matthew likes to think of himself as easygoing (although he can be high strung), Harvey tries to be an Erudite Stoner but ends up more of a Conspiracy Theorist. Dr. Bamford is a slacker prone to crashing on couches, but seems to be a surprisingly competent doctor. It's implied there isn't much for anyone under 50 in the town to do except get stoned and hang out at the pub.
The Cabin in the Woods has an initially straight example in Marty - with the variation that his drug use actually helped immunize him against some of the chemicals released in the cabin, and his paranoia was thoroughly accurate. He actually proves to be fairly smart.
Tom: Don't call me "dude". I'm not a stoner anymore. Not since...
Played straight for non-comedic effect in Jackie Brown. Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) brings in an old reliable partner, Louis Gara (Robert DeNiro), for a crime job. But Gara has become a stoner and can longer hold up his end. Ordell ends up having to kill Louis.
While almost everyone else in the film is also this Mac fits the image best, bringing over weed to the frat house a peace offering, getting stoned while at work and realising Teddy's combination lock number could only be 420.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Haroun's father is tired of him lying around all day smoking hashish, so he pays Sinbad gold and a slavegirl to take the boy away.
To clarify, in the book Chris is shown to be a weird genius with more of a drink problem than anything else, in the film he wears a dressing gown, is prone to weird, like, weird, stoner-talk and smokes on screen.
Going Bovine contains many stoners, from the main character to the three stoners who hang out in the high school bathroom.
A female version exists and is played around with in Metal Star Prophecies: The Green Owl. Matsuda Tsuroba likes getting high, but sometimes it's because she's with her boyfriend, and sometimes she does it as a means to alleviate her stress and worries about graduation from high school. She's also more approachable when stoned; sober Matsuda's a little more apprehensive and realistic.
Inherent Vice has Doc lighting up on a regular basis, as do his friends and neighbours. Even his parents.
In John Moore blends this with Junkie Prophet in his Fractured Fairy Tale, Bad Prince Charlie. The oracle that Charlie goes to see for advice with his troubles turns out to be a very young, very naked, and very stoned girl, who is prone to saying "wow" a lot, and constantly has the munchies. Very loosely inspired by some historians' notions of the Oracle at Delphi in Ancient Greece.
Hyde from That '70s Show. Actually, half the cast fit this description, but Hyde is the best example.
Except he tends to beat other people up.
Leo is a far better example.
That's probably because Tommy Chong is this trope.
Jesse from Breaking Bad started out like this. His stoner nature made him initially almost completely useless, except for his ability to befriend other drug users who help to deal his product. However, all the bad stuff he witnessed and participated in caused him to become a much more serious person. In later seasons when he goes Off The Wagon he uses harder drugs like heroin and there is nothing funny about it anymore.
A good chunk of the characters on Mom smoke weed. While the show doesn't take much a moral stance for or against it, it does highlight the stupid and/or dangerous things people can do while high and how such behavior can anger/annoy those who don't partake.
Luke smokes, although it's implied that it's as much recreational as it is to try and cope with his overbearing father. It's also shown that being perpetually high doesn't do him any favors. With or without the pot, however, he is a good-natured, but extremely dim, goof.
Baxter sees being high as a good thing, even when it comes to issues of personal safety.
Baxter: "Never fall sober! You tense up!
Christy: "Thanks for the tip.
Baxter: "It's a scientific fact: you can't get hurt when you're high. I don't make the rules!"
Marijuana is probably the least of Chef Rudy's vices, as the show reveals that he takes and deals in a wide variety of substances and sexual fetishes. The substance abuse element of Rudy's character is Truth in Television for many people trying to cope in the incredibly stressful food industry.
Samantha on Sex and the City is often shown smoking a joint. The other girls happily smoke pot too.
On How I Met Your Mother, Ted, Marshall, and Lily were this when they were in college. They grew out of it, but occasionally slip back into it for old times sake (although by the year 2020, they complain that they can't handle more than one joint anymore). However, since Future!Ted is telling the story to his kids, he replaces all mentions of smoking pot with "eating a sandwich", with a corresponding Visual Euphemism.
On My Name Is Earl, Earl and Randy once robbed a stoner of all his possessions, so he's on The List. They track him down only to discover that he gave up drugs and is now living off the grid on a hippie commune. To make up for what they did, Earl and Randy agree to live on the commune for a week and try to green up their lifestyles and educate people about global warming. Earl has a breakdown, while Randy trips out on a salve given to him, and the ex-stoner guy gave Earl some much-needed advice about not taking on more than he can handle and not having to be perfect.
'Stoner' (no other name given) in The X-Files episodes 'War of the Coprophages' and 'Quagmire' (season 3, episodes 12,22). Although he does not get beaten up, both times he and his girlfriend ('Chick' or 'Redheaded Chick') watch as a third member of the group dies as a result of whatever drug Stoner is enjoying.
On Parks and Recreation, the Pawnee Animal Control department is run by 2 stoners who eventually get fired. There's also the former head of the Parks department who grows pot in some public park flowerbeds.
Reggae in general, because Marijuana (or as they call it, Ganja or Kaya) use is part of the rastafari religion and thus its merits are often praised in song. The primary difference is that rastas are not doing it to get high but to become at one with their god, as their religion states. Technically, they are only supposed to smoke it during "sessions" but there are a number of musicians who would often smoke on stage. Peter Tosh (a member of The Wailers) is the most notorious of these as he would often light a spliff even when police officers were in full view, which would often lead to brutality. He has many solo songs which deal with it, such as "Legalize It" and "Bush Doctor" and "Nah Goa Jail", to name a few. Bob Marley And The Wailers have "Kaya", "African Herbsman" and "Rebel Music - 3 O Clock Road Block" and "Easy Skanking". There is even a version of Kaya that has Peter Tosh talking at the beginning of the song, he is knocking on Bob's door and is very high indeed (which is helped by gratuitous echo).
Dub music is often designed to replicate the feeling of being stoned with slowed tempos and lots of echo, Lee Scratch Perry And The Upsetters became well known for this.
How about The Brian Kendrick? He walked to the ring like a stoner before anyone even knew he really was one. In fact, most of the reason why his push was dropped so quick and he was fired was because he repeatedly failed the marijuana portion of the wellness test. Hence, why TNA took him in and did pretty much nothing with him.
New York/New Jersey indy wrestler the Grim Reefer.
WWE's the Godfather, a wrestling pimp, would always end his prematch spiel by saying, "I want ya' to roll a fatty for this pimp daddy, light that blunt/stinky green/hydro up and say 'PIMPING AIN'T EASY!'".
Road Dogg, Evan Bourne, R Truth, Paul London, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and X-Pac are among the wrestlers known to be stoners, as well as those listed above (though Paul is straight edge who just acted like a stoner)
Juggalo Championship Wrestling often has entire audiences of stoners, who love it when Weedman blows smoke out into their mist.(which isn't a pleasant experience if you aren't a stoner. If you are, enjoy, if not, TV Tropes warned you). Also, AK Izzy High. (he is)
The Reality On The Norm series has Melt and Drake, a pair of friends who live in a dilapidated apartment and spend most of their time doing drugs. There's also Doc, a drug-addicted hyperactive journalist who is a parody of Hunter S. Thompson.
In Assassin's Creed: Initiates, Assassin hacker Emmett smokes recreational marijuana, which distracts him enough that the Initiates spy aboard the Altair II is able to hack into Emmett's computer system and upload reports to the website.
According to Word of God, Meulin gets stoned on catnip, and her happy-go-lucky but lazy personality is a reference to this trope. She gets stoned with her friend Kurloz, but like Gamzee he only superficially fits the archetype (although, since the audience should be expecting this, it isn't a subversion or a twist in any way).
Damara is seen smoking a joint in a lot of her animations, and tells Meenah to "Chill the fuck out. Let's touch each other. Please get stoned with me." However, in her case, it's just a cover for her bitterness and foul personality.
In Coach Random, a stoner is seen a few times. He's never given a name.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law played with the common Fanon that Shag and Scoob from Scooby-Doo were stoners when the two are arrested and put on trial for possession. In the end, it turns out they weren't high at all—they're just stupid.
Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. Okay, so it was never canonized, but in every conceivable way he is your typical stoner hippy. He's stick thin, scruffy, always hungry, will eat dog snacks, and he's always freaking out.
Manic from Sonic Underground, talks and generally acts stoned most of the time, and he's a thieving pickpocket from the lowest classes - a background prone to stumbling into drug habits. It wasn't canonized but it's opinion shared by many fans and critics of the show alike.
He's also green, and his hair isn't exactly subtle, even if not intended.