Created By: CaveCat on June 23, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on November 29, 2013
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Nose Nabbing

Grabbing a person's nose in a playful matter or as a distraction.

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Sometimes, when you're playing with another person, you will playfully reach out and grab him on the nose. Sometimes the person may like it, but if the person Hates Being Touched, he may not like it at all.

Essentially, this is a trope where one character will grab another on the nose either in a playful matter (known as the "Got your nose" game) or when distracting an enemy.

May also be Played for Laughs if the character getting his nose grabbed has a Cleopatra Nose or a Gag Nose.

Not to be confused with Nose Tapping.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Often done maliciously (but Played for Laughs) by The Three Stooges. Usually either by grabbing the nose and twisting, or grabbing and then quickly slapping down on the fist with the other hand.
  • Dogma: When the protagonist asks an adorable female God what the meaning of the universe is, God grabs her nose and says "Boop!"

Literature
  • In the Stephen King story The Langoliers, Nick Hopewell grabs Craig Toomey's nose to make him shut up. Nothing playful here, it's a painful nose hold, but the very annoying Jerkass had it coming.
  • When Peeves from Harry Potter catches people late for class, one of the things he does is sneak up invisibly, grab their nose and yell "GOT YOUR CONK!"

Live-Action TV
  • In The Drew Carey Show Lewis does this on The Devil (first name The, surname Devil) and claims he stole The Devil's soul. The Devil doesn't fall for the trick.
    Lewis: Did you know that a person of pure of heart can steal the devils soul?
    Lewis: Got your soul! Got your soul!
  • Seven Days: In "The Gettysburg Virus" Parker grabs a research facility's Decoy Leader's nose when the Decoy obfuscates over the existence of a mutated form of Ebola virus which Parker knows they have (on account of being from seven days in the future where a religous nut stole & released it, killing 98% of the world's population).
  • Spin City: Mike steals a social workers nose when Carter ask him to do "that nose thing" (pictured above). Unlike Carter the social workers is not amused.
  • Cheers: Sam & Diane get in a fight and end up grabbing each other's noses. They agree to let go On Three but when three comes neither one lets go.
  • On Taxi, Alex is reunited with his daughter. After challenged that he knows nothing about her, he mentions he knows her favorite joke and does the 'got you nose' thing. She cries, and he says it's no longer her favorite joke.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Mr. Raymond Luxury Yachtnote  wears an enormous polystyrene nose which an interviewer pulls off his face.

Newspaper Comics
  • In Peanuts, there's a strip where Peppermint Patty does this to Snoopy.
  • In Rose Is Rose, the baby Mimi is quite prone to this.

Music
  • Referenced in the second verse of the song "Please Don't Bury Me" by John Prine:
    Look out! I've got your nose!

Puppet Shows

Web Original
  • 5 Second Films skit "The Nose Collector" depicts a man grabbing baby's nose, just before being surrounded by four men demanding their noses back, with bloody bandages where their noses were.

Web Animation
  • In the very first short of the first ASDF Movie, a man does this to a kid. Immediately the police storms in, yelling: "Look out! He's got a nose!" Then they shoot him.

Western Animation
  • In the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Respect", Aristotle does this to Socrates while the two of them are playing tag. Naturally, this causes Socrates to go into an angry fit about it.
  • Mr. Bogus also fell victim to this in the first act of the episode "Bogus To The Rescue", after his reflection gains a life of its own. The first thing the reflection does is grab Bogus's nose in a playful matter, complete with comical squeaky sounds.
  • In South Park, Michael JaJefferson does this with his son Blanket. The latter does it to, but grabs off his real nose.
  • In a Flashback episode of The Simpsons Homer plays this with baby Bart but it backfires.
    Homer: Got your nose!
    Bart: Got your wallet!
    [Bart runs offscreen and flushes Homer's wallet down the toilet]
    • In another episode when Moe is babysitting Maggie, as he's about to leave she acts upset & reaches out to him.
      Moe: Why's she cryin'? Oh, that's right. I still got her nose. (touches her nose with his thumb) Here you go, ya little idiot. Maggie coos happily.
  • In one Cutaway Gag of Family Guy, Chris plays this on Peter while watching TV. Peter then rips Chris's face off, saying that he's got his face. Chris gets up and runs around screaming. Lois, who did not even see this happen, tells Chris to calm down and it was only a trick.
    • Quagmire does this to Stewie in the episode, "The Courtship of Stewie's father", frightening him.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Hugh Neutron does this playfully with Brobot; since Brobot is a robot, Hugh actually pulls off his nose unintentionally.
    • In the episode, "Normal Boy", after Jimmy drains his brain, Sheen does this to him, frightening him. Carl then scolds Sheen into giving Jimmy back his nose.
  • In the Animaniacs episode "H.M.S. Yakko", the Warners mention this gag in their version of the Major General Song.
    Yakko: When in a jam, I just yell "stop" and villians in their tracks are froze
    Then I sneak up, and utter "start" and take my hands and honk their nose.
  • Young Justice has Adam Strange on planet Rann distracting train guards from noticing Superboy by reciting the Jabberwock, then he uses this trope on a guard and runs out shouting the White Hare's opening line.
    • Also done in the first episodes when Kid Flash does this literally to Blockbuster's former human nose after being mutated.

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Proposed Indices: Nose Tropes, Body Language, Comedy Tropes

Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • June 25, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
    Music
    • In his song "Please Don't Bury Me", John Prine actually quotes the trope verbatim in the second verse.
      Look out! I've got your nose!
  • June 25, 2013
    MorganWick
    At best this is a borderline dialogue title. At worst, it's very definitely a dialogue title.
  • June 25, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a Flashback episode of The Simpsons Homer plays this with baby Bart but it backfires.
    Homer: Got your nose!
    Bart: Got your wallet!
    Bart runs offscreen and flushes Homer's wallet down the toilet
  • June 25, 2013
    DaibhidC
    A Running Gag on Sesame Street was Ernie doing this to Bert -- of course, Bert's nose really does come off.
  • June 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Web Original
    • In the very first short of the first ASDF Movie, a man does this to a kid. Immediately the police storms in, yelling: "Look out! He's got a nose!" Then they shoot him.
  • June 25, 2013
    CaveCat
    Morgan Wick: Well at least I didn't call it I Got Your Nose.
  • June 25, 2013
    MikuruFan
    • In one Cutaway Gag of Family Guy, Chris plays this on Peter while watching TV. Peter then rips Chris's face off, saying that he's got his face. Chris gets up and runs around screaming. Lois, who did not even see this happen, tells Chris to calm down and it was only a trick.
  • June 26, 2013
    m8e
    • In The Drew Carey Show Lewis does this on The Devil(first name The, surname Devil) and claims he stole The Devils soul. The Devil doesn't fall for the trick.
      Lewis: Did you know that a person of pure of heart can steal the devils soul?
      Lewis: Got your soul! Got your soul!
  • June 26, 2013
    JonnyB
    Often done maliciously (but Played For Laughs) by The Three Stooges. Usually either by grabbing the nose and twisting, or grabbing and then quickly slapping down on the fist with the other hand.
  • June 26, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Changed the markup from "caption-width-right" to "caption-width" so it renders like a caption in YKTTW. (A shame that formatting quotes and captions isn't quite the same, so it's a little more complex to change back at launch.)
  • June 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Seven Days: In "The Gettysburg Virus" Parker grabs a research facility's Decoy Leader's nose when the Decoy obfuscates over the existence of a mutated form of Ebola virus which Parker knows they have (on account of being from seven days in the future where a religous nut stole & released it, killing 98% of the world's population).
  • July 2, 2013
    m8e
    • Spin City: Mike steals a social workers nose when Carter ask him to do "that nose thing". Unlike carter the social workers is not amused.
  • July 2, 2013
    14gward
    Film/Dogma: When the protagonist asks an adorable female God what the meaning of the universe is, God grabs her nose and says "Boop!"
  • July 5, 2013
    m8e
    Current image is duplicate of Best Served Cold.(or half of it.)

    If we still want to go the funny animal(not Funny Animal) route we could use this deer taking a snowmans nose or this penguin doing the same thing.
  • July 6, 2013
    StFan
    • In the Stephen King story The Langoliers, Nick Hopewell grabs Craig Toomey's nose to make him shut up. Nothing playful here, it's a painful nose hold, but the very annoying Jerkass had it coming.
  • July 6, 2013
    Excelion
    Hayate does this to Vita in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As as punishment.
  • July 25, 2013
    m8e
    Again, current image is a duplicate of Best Served Cold. It needs to be changed.
  • July 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    How about this or this one, with a caption: "Not so nosy anymore, are you?"
  • July 25, 2013
    dalek955
    • When Peeves from Harry Potter catches people late for class, one of the things he does is sneak up invisibly, grab their nose and yell "GOT YOUR CONK!"
  • July 30, 2013
    Abodos
    In The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Hugh Neutron does this playfully with Brobot; since Brobot is a robot, Hugh actually pulls off his nose unintentionally.
  • August 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Cheers: Sam & Diane get in a fight and end up grabbing each other's noses. They agree to let go On Three but when three comes neither one lets go. (There's gotta be a trope for that.)
  • August 3, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    This is another one to add to the Jimmy Neutron example:

    • In the episode, "Normal Boy", after Jimmy drains his brain, Sheen does this to him, frightening him. Carl then scolds Sheen into giving Jimmy back his nose.
  • August 10, 2013
    Madrugada
    Moderator note: I removed one of the hats this was given. It is nowhere near ready to launch in its present state, and that's what a hat means.

    Please do not give hats unless the write-up, exactly as it stands is ready to launch. A Hat does not mean "I think this is a good idea in general" or "I like this" or "We should have this." It means "I think that this could be put onto the wiki as a page right now, in the condition it's in at this moment."
  • August 20, 2013
    Snicka
    From the Animaniacs episode H.M.S. Yakko:
    Yakko: When in a jam, I just yell "stop" and villians in their tracks are froze
    Then I sneak up, and utter "start" and take my hands and honk their nose.
  • August 24, 2013
    dalek955
    The winner of this Cracked photoshop contest might make a good page pic.
  • September 11, 2013
    m8e
    "Not to be confused with Nose Tapping"?
  • September 21, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • September 23, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Indeed, this gesture is considered rude in many countries. How about an actual picture of a person grabbing another person's nose?
  • September 24, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    this [1]?
  • September 24, 2013
    m8e
    Another suggestion:

    ___
  • September 24, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I don't know what that one's from, but I'll use it.
  • September 25, 2013
    Snicka
    I agree that m8e's picture is better than Shanghai Slave's, as it appears to be from a TV show rather than capturing a tender family moment. However, it would be good to find out which show it is from and Pot Hole the image.
  • September 25, 2013
    m8e
    It's from Spin City.
  • September 27, 2013
    Snicka
    Thanks, m8e.

    Might be a minor detail, but hy is the image caption with blue letters? It looks like a link, but it isn't.
  • September 30, 2013
    Alvin
    Live-Action TV: On Taxi, Alex is reunited with his daughter. After challenged that he knows nothing about her, he mentions he knows her favorite joke and does the 'got you nose' thing. She cries, and he says it's no longer her favorite joke. Newspaper Comics: In Peanuts, there's a strip where Peppermint Patty does this to Snoopy. All I remember about the context is that she's sitting on the curb, telling Snoopy she would be content to do that all day for the rest of her life, because her regular life is over, or something.
  • October 12, 2013
    Snicka
    A little extension on the Animaniacs example (to take it a bit further away from Zero Context Example):

    (And then come the actual song lyrics)
  • October 12, 2013
    m8e
    What does this need to get more hats? It have enough examples (~22). Better laconic? This's tagged with Description Needs Help, is that still the problem? Name?

    Personaly, I think the description need to mention the "got your nose" game as a common variant, but I'm not seeing any real problem.
  • October 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Reworded the Music example (since the trope title has changed the example isn't a verbatim quote anymore).
  • October 14, 2013
    Snicka
    You'll get my hat if you explain why the image caption is with blue letters. (And if there's no particular reason, change it to black letters).
  • October 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Eh, I think that's just one of these YKTTW format things. It will sort itself out.

    By the way, I tried to give this a hat but the "add a hat" -button doesn't seem to work for me for some reason.
  • October 17, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Here's another one to add to the Family Guy example:

    • Quagmire does this to Stewie in the episode, "The Courtship of Stewie's father", frightening him.
  • October 17, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • In another Simpsons when Moe is babysitting Maggie, as he's about to leave she acts upset & reaches out to him.
      Moe: Why's she cryin'? Oh, that's right. I still got her nose. (touches her nose with his thumb) Here you go, ya little idiot. Maggie coos happily.
  • October 31, 2013
    Ominae
    Young Justice has Adam Strange on planet Rann distracting train guards from noticing Superboy by reciting the Jabberwock, then he uses this trope on a guard and runs out shouting the White Hare's opening line.

    Also done in the first episodes when Kid Flash does this literally to Blockbuster's former human nose after being mutated.
  • November 3, 2013
    Diask
    • Five Second Films skit "The Nose Collector" depicts a man grabbing baby's nose, just before being surrounded by four men demanding their noses back, with bloody bandages where their noses were.
  • November 3, 2013
    Goldfritha
    Newspaper Comics.

  • November 13, 2013
    Snicka
    This doesn't seem to attract any more hats, despite already being more or less complete.
  • November 29, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
    I just gave my saving throw.
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