smoke with it

There’s a trope I’ve run into on several occasions in wuxia comics where there’s, like, this evil doctor who magically weaponises the smoke from his opium pipe, pulling off stunts like vanishing into clouds of impenetrable smoke, attacking his enemies with streams of toxic vapour, etc.

(I’m sure they must be referencing something in particular, though I don’t know enough about the medium to positively identify the original.)

I just had a vivid mental image of that exact fight scene, except instead of an evil doctor with a magical opium pipe, it’s a fedora-wearing nerdbro with a magical vape pen.

I’m not sure what to do with this.