Created By: Cuchulainn on April 19, 2011 Last Edited By: Cuchulainn on July 3, 2011
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Roman Nose

Big noses are sexy.

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Basically, in our society, smaller is considered to be better where noses are concerned. This trope is an aversion to that; someone is considered attractive because of their big nose. Named for a term which actually doesn't mean this, but is often used as a more flattering way of calling a nose big.

Although women are hit with the whole "smaller is better" thing more, this trope isn't exclusive to one gender.

I can't think of any examples, but I know I've seen it.
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  • April 19, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    • In one of the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone, Holmes decoys an assassin by using a bust of Julius Caesar to produce a similar silhouette in his window. He quips: "Throughout history, Watson, prominent men have had prominent noses."
    • In the X Files episode "The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas", the old lady ghost refers to Mulder as "The gangling fellow, with the... er... distinguished profile."
  • April 19, 2011
    Crowqueen
    It was the defining characteristic of Cyrano De Bergerac in Rostand's 1897 play, and the modern remakes, Roxanne and The Truth About Cats And Dogs.
  • April 19, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I once read a Doctor Who tie-in novel (Fourth Doctor, I think?) where the narration made much of his "patrician nose". Unfortunately it was about ten years ago that I read it, so I don't remember the title or very much else about it, but the "patrician nose" thing stuck with me because I'd never heard the expression before and it came up multiple times.
  • April 19, 2011
    jaytee
    I know I've seen cartoons, comedies, etc. where someone "wins by a nose" literally, and it is usually related to them having a huge nose (or some kind of big animal nose, like a beak). At least related, if not part of the trope?
  • April 19, 2011
    cheeseypoofs
    This could be a subtrope of Cookie Cutter Cuties.

    • On an early episode of Glee, Rachel was told by a Jerkass choreographer to get a nose job. This has some Real Life Subtext because Lea Michele had also been told multiple times that if she wanted to be famous, she would have to get a nose job.
  • April 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I don't know that anybody ever called him "attractive" but Jimmy Durante was known as "The Great Schnozzola" for his nose.
  • April 19, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • In Ocean's 13 Linus disguises himself with a big prosthetic nose which the chick he seduces for a con seems to really love. Although part of it might have been the aphrodisiac cologne...
  • April 21, 2011
    NetMonster
    Cyrano de Bergerac isn't really this trope, as his nose is supposed to make him ugly, not cute.

    There's a myth going around that a man's nose is proportional to... another part :P thus making him more desirable. That would probably be an example of this trope.

    Also called a greek nose.
  • April 21, 2011
    Lysythe
    I believe there's a fairy tale where a prince is cursed as a baby with a really big nose, and as he grows up, everybody tells him, "Oh, what a handsome nose you have, so classic, just like Romans" etc.
  • April 21, 2011
    Rolf
    In real life, nose is one of parts that never stop growing. Other is ears. Hence the comstic surgery to upturn nose to look youthful.
  • April 21, 2011
    Micah
    Cleopatra is famous for this.

    "Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed."
    Blaise Pascal
  • April 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • April 22, 2011
    peccantis
    Roman nose, Greek nose, Eagle nose (the one Sherlock Holmes has) are all different kinds of nose. I suggest you name the trope something more general like Wind Slicer Charm :>
  • April 22, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Wind Slicer Charm?
  • April 22, 2011
    Rien
    Flynn Rider from Tangled
  • April 23, 2011
    asterselene
    A play on this trope: In the fourth book of the Uglies series, Aya believes her nose is ugly because it's large (and she hasn't received the pretty surgery yet). Frizz tells her that although it may not fit ideals of glamour, it's unique and still looks pretty in its own way. In the end, Tally convinces Aya to keep it.
  • April 23, 2011
    Sceptre
    See also: Matzo Fever.
  • April 24, 2011
    Prfnoff
    A lot of the examples listed here are already under Gag Nose.
  • April 25, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    ...and?
  • May 3, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^ no problem here. Two solid tropes.
  • May 3, 2011
    Paragrin
    In Girl Genius Web comic Baron Klaus Wulfenbach has a rather large nose (first seen in profile here: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021211). It seems to get bigger proportionally as the comic goes on (see: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070706)
  • May 3, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ and who gushes about the nose? Characters who just happen to have large noses is PSOC.
  • May 3, 2011
    Gringodingo
    Re Cleopatra above: in the Asterix book "Asterix and Cleopatra," Cleopatra is drawn with a HUGE schnoz, under the phrase that "she would be less famous if her nose was any shorter." Likewise throughout the book, characters (including Caesar) comment on how she has "such a pretty nose."

    (Meanwhile in the later book "Asterix and Son," Cleopatra is drawn with a typical tiny nose... did plasic surgeons exist in ancient Egypt?)

    • Likewise throughout the Asterix books in general, Goscinny and Underzo note that a large nose is drawn as a size of character-warmth, with all the good (male) characters-- espcially Asterix and Obelix-- having huge, bulbous Snuffy Smith-like noses, while the evil characters have small ones.
  • May 3, 2011
    Gringodingo
    The Truth about Cats and Dogs isn't about a big nose, it's about short, stumpy, dark-haired but smart Janeane Garafalo, compared to tall, skinny but dumb blonde Uma Thurman.
  • May 4, 2011
    DaibhidC
  • May 4, 2011
    SirPsychoSexy
    The old joke:

    "He has a Roman nose...all over his face!"
  • May 4, 2011
    hevendor717
    Sarah Natochenny, Russian-American model/stage actress/voice actor in Pokemon is a good example of a pretty young woman with a big nose. She seems to be careful to pose in ways that make it look more beautiful than comical.
  • May 21, 2011
    Cuchulainn
  • May 21, 2011
    Chabal2
    Asterix: Note that attractive women (Falbala, Geriatrix's wife) have normal noses, but all the comical women have cartoonish noses. Same goes for the men, comical characters and the Gauls have huge proboscis monkey-esque noses.
  • May 21, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    So, I guess that would be an aversion?
  • May 22, 2011
    X2X
    How big exactly are we talking about here? Is it just "big" in general, or is there a limit?
  • May 22, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^^ no X Just X lists of RL actors/actresses please, unless you have proof that their noses have gotten them jobs over smaller nosed competition for decidedly attractive roles, or something like that. "Has kind of big nose and is hot IMO" is not this trope.
  • May 22, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Well, I guess that would go under Troper Tales, then.
  • May 23, 2011
    HumanaUox
    Serge Gainsbourg
  • May 26, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Jennifer Grey actually ruined her career because of this. She got a nose job, and immediately her career went in the toilet. Turns out her fans liked her big nose.
  • May 28, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Anyone else?
  • May 29, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Bump
  • May 31, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Bump
  • May 31, 2011
    Cuchulainn
    Gringodingo: And ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, Uma Thurman has a noticeably larger nose than Janeane Garofalo.
  • June 4, 2011
    Cuchulainn
  • June 4, 2011
    Rolf
    Its Ykttw Bump :D
  • June 8, 2011
    Cuchulainn
  • June 8, 2011
    Deboss
    I recommend something other than "Roman" Nose. The first thing that comes to mind about Romans is their empire, not their sexiness.
  • June 8, 2011
    TonyG
    Let's get something straight: Gag Nose is about a nose that is comically large. This trope is about large noses that are considered attractive.
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
  • June 30, 2011
    Windsong12
  • June 30, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Only if you've got Matzo Fever.
  • July 2, 2011
    Meeble
    This will go on the Nose Tropes index, which is currently in YKTTW here.
  • July 3, 2011
    Windsong12
    Big Noses Are Beautiful? Cleopatra Nose?

    Elaboration on the Glee example: In a later episode, when Finn breaks her nose, Rachel is offered a nose job. She appears to be all for it - and not for the reason she says (it could improve her singing) but for the fact that she wants to look like Quinn. The club talks her out of it and convinces her that her nose is beautiful.

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