Created By: CaveCat on May 24, 2014 Last Edited By: CaveCat on June 25, 2014
Nuked

Knocked In The Nose

A character gets whacked in the nose, either by accident or in a fight scene.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Although a lot of people have damage sustained to them in the eyes, groin, mouth, feet, or fingers, another common area of the body to get hit is in the nose. It can come from a Rake Take, getting hit by the door, or getting punched or slapped in the face by someone. This is often intended for Rule of Funny, as getting hit in the nose can be pretty embarrassing, because aside from the teeth, the nose can also get broken pretty easily.

As a common variation, the character hit in the nose will talk in a nasal tone for a while (usually complaining about how his/her nose hurts).

Subtrope of Amusing Injuries.


Examples:

Film
  • In the live-action Garfield film, this happens thrice to Garfield, first when he is hitching a ride on the back of Liz's pickup and he ends up slamming into the back window when she hits the brakes, the second time when he is sent flying while in the vents until he runs into the vent wall, and the third time when he and Odie are confronted by Happy Chapman, who pushes a row of suitcases down as one of them falls off the shelf and lands in front of Garfield and Odie. All those times, he complains about his nose hurting.
  • Detective Jake Gittes ends up with a nasty wound on his nose in Chinatown, which leads to Detective Loach to quip, "What happened to your nose, Gittes? Somebody slam a bedroom window on it?"
  • Jerkass Johnny C. waits in ambush outside Mawby's bar for dancer Alex Owens in Flashdance. When fry cook Richie attempts to defend Alex, Johnny's mook pops Richie in the snoot, drawing blood. Later, at Jeanie's ice dancing performance, Richie uses his injury to inflate the age of Alex's new beau, Nick.
    Richie: Breakin' noses, that was a big thing back in the Fifties, wasn't it?
    Nick: (affably) Sixties.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The Brady Bunch could be the Trope Codifier, given the infamous scene of Marcia getting struck in the nose with a football, which itself has been parodied and spoofed many times in fiction since then, including the The Film of the Series.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Amy and Bernadette are about to come to blows in defence of Sheldon and Howard. Penny tries to intervene, but Amy inadvertently punches her in the face, damaging her nose.
  • Ann Romano from One Day at a Time arrives at the emergency room after getting word that her daughter Barbara had been hurt at a football game. The ER physician informs Ann that her daughter had been hit in the nose by an errant pass, which makes Ann squick. The doctor then assures her that he was able to mold the nose back into place, which causes double squick. Although One Day at a Time was structured as a female empowerment series, it still plays a number of femininity tropes straight, including Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
  • M*A*S*H. In, "Operation: Noselift," Hawkeye, Trapper, and Radar use this as a diversion for having a plastic surgeon in camp to give a corpsman a nose job: Trapper and Radar play catch in the Compound, and Radar fakes getting struck in the nose by Trapper's pitch to throw Margaret and Frank off the trail.
  • In the Sherlock episode "The Empty Hearse", Sherlock thinks it might me fun to surprise his friend John Watson, who for two years has been under the impression that Sherlock is dead. But John doesn't find that funny at all, and punches Sherlock's face. Three separate times during that evening. One of the punches results in severe nose-bleeding.

Web Comics
  • In Problem Sleuth, this is a Running Gag, usually accompanied by the command "Punch X in the snout to establish dominance."

Western Animation
  • Tempting Fate, Miss Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance replies to Tillie Hippo, "Yeah, right. Like the cat of my dreams is going to come right through that ..." At that moment, her boss, Farley Wink, flings the door open in Sawyer's path. Though the impact was obscured, it's heavily implied from the flurry of documents and Tillie's horrified expression that Sawyer took the impact right in the puss. Being a cat, however, she feigns nonchalance about it.
  • The Classic Disney Short "The Lone Chipmunks" have Chip and Dale attempt to capture the outlaw Pegleg Pete. Their first effort fails badly, leaving Chip pretty wrecked. When Dale inquires, "Did ya get him?" Chip responds with a jab to Dale's nose, making Dale's nose pulsate with pain. In this case, the nose jab was the equivalent of a Dope Slap.


Needs More Examples
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • The Brady Bunch could be the trope codifier, given the infamous scene of Marcia getting struck in the nose with a football, which itself has been parodied and spoofed many times in fiction since then, including the The Film Of The Series.
  • May 24, 2014
    Larkmarn
    This just seems like Amusing Injuries but more specific.

    Nothing about it sets it apart.
  • May 24, 2014
    DAN004
    Nothing's special about noses, is it?
  • May 24, 2014
    partner555
    Is there something special about getting hit in the nose?

    Groin Attack is trope worthy because it is a sensitive area while Go For The Eye is trope worthy because it is a vulnerable area, but I fail to see how a hit to the nose is anything beyond People Sit On Chairs.
  • May 25, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
  • May 25, 2014
    randomsurfer
    [removed by author]
  • May 25, 2014
    MetaFour
    Webcomics:
    • In Problem Sleuth, this is a running gag, usually accompanied by the command "Punch X in the snout to establish dominance."
  • May 26, 2014
    eroock
    I also call People Sit On Chairs.
  • May 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    You bring a lot to YKTTW, but without explaining how it's a trope. Are we saying that this one is "getting hit in the nose is exceptionally funny, more so than a typical hit somewhere more practical like the wrist or neck, so it's done a lot in comedy for Rule Of Funny"? Or just, "list when people get hit in the nose"? (Hint: the second one is Chairs). Of course, that first one is pretty much just Amusing Injuries But More Specific.

    That example a few up, though, does bring something to light: getting hit in the nose is embarrassing, because everyone can see it and you still didn't take a sensitive hit like if you had a black eye. That could well be your trope. There's an example of that on Glee, when Lea Michele's character has a bust nose, further adding to her sensitive nose issues. Being embarrassing can also utilise the first bit I mentioned above, as In Universe it's funnier to get hit in the nose than somewhere more practical, which also makes it embarrassing when people laugh. Even more embarrassing is the fact that your attacker knew you were of such small threat that they could afford to give you a funny face jab, rather than disarm you practically.
  • May 27, 2014
    partner555
    ^ Now that can make this trope worthy.
  • May 28, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ I try. Even if it's not what the sponsor intended, if something tropeable springs forth imma' suggest it.
  • June 5, 2014
    AgProv
    In The Big Bang Theory, Amy and Bernadette are about to come to blows in defence of Sheldon and Howard. Penny tries to intervene, but Amy inadvertently punches her in the face, damaging her nose.
  • June 5, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Groin Attack is trope worthy because it is a sensitive area while Go For The Eye is trope worthy because it is a vulnerable area.

    Okay, but that doesn't say anything about why the nose isn't a vulnerable place to hit? Aside from your teeth it's the only part of the face that breaks when you hit it. I'd say that's trope worthy enough on it's own, but on top of that it's also embarrassing for the person who gets hit there because it leaves a mark.

    This mostly just needs a better description. Cavecat's YKTTW's always have that problem.
  • June 6, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Jerkass Johnny C. waits in ambush outside Mawby's bar for dancer Alex Owens in Paramount Pictures' Flashdance. When fry cook Richie attempts to defend Alex, Johnny's mook pops Richie in the snoot, drawing blood. Later, at Jeanie's ice dancing performance, Richie uses his injury to inflate the age of Alex's new beau, Nick.
      Richie: Breakin' noses, that was a big thing back in the Fifties, wasn't it?
      Nick: (affably) Sixties.

    Western Animation
    • Tempting Fate, Miss Sawyer from Turner Features Cats Dont Dance replies to Tillie Hippo, "Yeah, right. Like the cat of my dreams is going to come right through that ..." At that moment, her boss, Farley Wink, flings the door open in Sawyer's path. Though the impact was obscured, it's heavily implied from the flurry of documents and Tillie's horrified expression that Sawyer took the impact right in the puss. Being a cat, however, she feigns nonchalance about it.

    Live Action TV
    • Ann Romano from the TV series One Day At A Time arrives at the emergency room after getting word that her daughter Barbara had been hurt at a football game. The ER physician informs Ann that her daughter had been hit in the nose by an errant pass, which makes Ann squick. The doctor then assures her that he was able to mold the nose back into place, which causes double squick. Although One Day At A Time was structured as a female empowerment series, it still plays a number of femininity tropes straight, including Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
  • June 9, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Cavecat you need to expand the description with the feedback people have given on what the trope conveys. Work on this thing. Don't just bump the page.
  • June 12, 2014
    Larkmarn
    That's... sort of Cave Cat's MO...
  • June 12, 2014
    Wildstar93
    About the Garfield example...he actually does it another time when he's in the air vents. He hits one hard, and you can hear him complaining about hitting his nose.
  • June 12, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    As a common variation the character hit in the nose will talk in a nasal tone for a while (usually complaining about how his/her nose hurts).
  • June 12, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Disney cartoon "The Lone Chipmunks" have Chip and Dale attempt to capture the outlaw Pegleg Pete. Their first effort fails badly, leaving Chip pretty wrecked. When Dale inquires, "Did ya get him?" Chip responds with a jab to Dale's nose, making Dale's nose pulsate with pain. In this case, the nose jab was the equivalent of a Dope Slap.
  • Live Action TV
    • M*A*S*H. In, "Operation: Noselift," Hawkeye, Trapper, and Radar use this as a diversion for having a plastic surgeon in camp to give a corpsman a nose job: Trapper and Radar play catch in the Compound, and Radar fakes getting struck in the nose by Trapper's pitch to throw Margaret and Frank off the trail.
  • June 14, 2014
    lakingsif
    Right, Cavecat, we have a problem here. You're adding all the examples in the comments, but you are not taking on the advice given which would make this tropeworthy. The description needs a rewrite which clearly states the narrative purpose of someone hit in the nose.

    Shall I just fix it myself, and remove the Zero context/ chairs-y examples, too?
  • June 14, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    It might help to disqualify fisticuffs / rhubarbs / combat scenes, since the characters are engaged in physical confrontation where blows to the face are to be expected, and don't really further the plot. Entirely credible are those examples which use the blow to the nose as a relevant device, especially those that invoke another, established Trope.
  • June 14, 2014
    DAN004
    Perhaps using it as Amusing Injuries would make it work.
  • June 22, 2014
    lakingsif
    Maybe instead of bumping your yk's you could do some work on them?
  • June 23, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^Well, if anyone can help me to revamp the description to make this even more tropeworthy, be my guest.
  • June 23, 2014
    lakingsif
    ^ read the ninth comment.
  • June 23, 2014
    LobsterMagnusNovus
    • In the Sherlock episode The Empty Hearse, Sherlock thinks it might me fun to surprise his friend John Watson, who for two years has been under the impression that Sherlock is dead. But John doesn't find that funny at all, and punches Sherlock's face. Three separate times during that evening. One of the punches results in severe nose-bleeding.
  • June 24, 2014
    tryrar
    This has about four motions to discard. Is this salvageable or do we just chuck it?
  • June 24, 2014
    Larkmarn
    If Cave Cat actually tried to improve the YKTTW... maybe. Even lakingsif's suggestion, while a massive improvement, doesn't seem terribly tropeworthy to me. Or if it is, it might be Too Rare To Trope since none of the examples really fit it.
  • June 24, 2014
    lakingsif
    Yeah, I'd say if it was already a page to salvage it, but there doesn't seem to be any point. Any actual examples of what I wrote up could easily just be Amusing Injuries (of course to the other characters, too).
  • June 25, 2014
    tryrar
    I agree. I guess it's time to give this one a rest
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=4tej44muy093cpv59zcu8a5r&trope=DiscardedYKTTW