Cleopatra Nose

"Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed."
Blaise Pascal

One of a number of seemingly arbitrary aesthetic rules in our society is that 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, of course, for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII, who was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world in her time, in spite or perhaps because of this facial feature.note 

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

Also known as Greek Nose and Roman Nose. Compare to Unkempt Beauty, Meganekko, Big Beautiful Woman/ Big Beautiful Man, and Adorkable, other tropes that defy society's rigid standards of beauty. Related to Matzo Fever and Latin Lover. Because Beauty Equals Goodness, this is often the opposite of the Sinister Schnoz. If it's played for laughs, see Gag Nose.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • Astérix
    • In "Asterix and Cleopatra", Cleopatra is drawn with a huge pointy 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. However, in the later book "Asterix and Son", Cleopatra is drawn with a typical tiny nose.
    • René Goscinny and Underzo note that a large nose is drawn as a size of character-warmth, with all the good (male) characters— especially Asterix and Obelix— having huge, bulbous Snuffy Smith-like noses, while the evil characters have small ones. They themselves have noticed this isn't always the case, since some of the most sweethearted characters in the whole series, like The Ingenue Panacea and Lovable Coward Justforkix, have tiny noses, and some very nasty characters have huge ones, such as Brutus or Tremensdelirius. They said a better rule might be that good characters tend to have round noses and evil ones possess hooked ones, which fits Brutus and Julius Caesar, but Getafix is one of the most good characters there is and has an enormous hooked nose, and Caesar isn't too bad a person at heart either. There definitely is a rule for who gets what nose, but it's a more complicated one.
    • 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.
    • The comic's version of Julius Caesar is quite handsome, with his huge, hooked Roman nose being mentioned as a specific Charm Point.
    • Inverted once in Asterix And The Picts, where the Gaulish women develop a huge shared crush on a Pictish warrior - not because of his great body, vulnerable personality, intelligence and gorgeous red hair, but because his tiny nose makes him look exotic to them.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sarah Michelle Gellar has a prominent Roman nose, but it was never commented on in the show. In the Season 8 comics, there is a story where Buffy travels to the future and meets a millenia-old Willow. The first thing Willow says upon seeing her is that she'd forgotten Buffy's "perfect nose".
  • It varies however Wonder Woman is often drawn with a "Greek Nose" to emphasise the fact she's Amazonian.
  • Clash from Jem and the Holograms has a pretty noticeable nose but no one ever notes of it. She's a Misfits groupie but isn't villainous enough to fit the Sinister Schnoz trope.

  • 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."
  • The Truth About Cats and Dogs isn't about a big nose, it's about short, stumpy, dark-haired but smart Janeane Garofalo, compared to tall, skinny but dumb blonde Uma Thurman (who, ironically, has an almost classically big nose, compared to Janeane's smaller one).
  • In Ocean's Thirteen Linus disguises himself with a big prosthetic nose which the woman he seduces for a con seems to really love. Although part of it might have been the aphrodisiac cologne...
  • Egon Spengler of Ghostbusters may count. He has the biggest nose of the cast, but in the collective universes of the movies, cartoons, and comics, he's generally considered the most physically attractive by many female characters they meet, to the point that it may be considered a Running Gag.
  • Lucy in Despicable Me 2. It actually causes some trouble when it and Gru's long hooked nose get in the way of kissing at their wedding.

  • In the fairy tale The Prince with the Nose, a prince is cursed as a baby with a really big nose, and as he grows up, everybody tells him stuff like this: "Oh, what a handsome nose you have, so classic, just like Romans" etc.
  • In the Hurog series, the noblewoman Tisala is said to have a nose like this. Ward is smitten with her nevertheless, even though he notes that this kind of nose looks better on her elderly father than on a young woman like her. He might just be recounting the beauty ideals he grew up with, considering how fascinated he is by her.
  • 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. In the first book, Tally complained that her nose wasn't big enough.
  • Holly Short, of the Artemis Fowl series, is mentioned to have a hooked nose in her initial description, but is nonetheless described as pretty.
  • Some depticions and adaptations of Ivanhoe give Rebecca this
  • The titular detective in the Lord Peter Wimsey novels is often described as having a beak of a nose. Harriet Vane found him attractive, although it took several novels of Wimsey being a Dogged Nice Guy to finally win her over.
  • From The Wheel of Time series, Faile ("falcon") is described as having a nose befitting her namesake. At first Perrin wonders if this makes her beautiful or not. Later on, he decides it does. Although when she compares herself to Berelain, Faile thinks her nose is too big and her bosom too small.
  • The Pirate Captain in the The Pirates series self-describes his 'stentorian' nose as one of his best features.
  • Tris from Divergent is described as having a long, thin nose which makes her face and other features "interesting".

Live-Action TV
  • In The X-Files episode "The Ghosts Who Stole Christmas", the old lady ghost refers to Mulder as such: "The gangling fellow, with the... er... distinguished profile."
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Third Doctor has a large nose with a prominent bridge. It hasn't stopped him from acquiring fangirls. In a DVD feature, one of the illustrators on the Target novelisations mentions that Jon Pertwee was sensitive about it and would ask the illustrators to draw it smaller, puzzling him as he thought the nose was perfectly attractive. The line in "Robot", in which the Fourth Doctor sees his new face for the first time and mentions that 'the nose is a definite improvement', was intended by Terrance Dicks as an in-joke about Pertwee's sensitivity about his nose.
    • In The Time Warrior, a character refers to the Third Doctor as "That long-shanked rascal with the mighty nose!"
    • The Fourth Doctor has a very large, arched Roman nose that he wouldn't be half so striking without. In "Robot", he specifically mentions liking it; there are several I Have You Now, My Pretty moments where villains attempt to intimidate him by admiring his nose (such as in "The Creature from the Pit"), and he even has several Character Tics involving ostentatiously gesturing with it. The habit's ingrained enough that it even shows up in his cameo in "Day of the Doctor" - "who... nose?" In "The Face of Evil", he remarks people who had carved a statue of him could have made 'the nose a touch more aquiline'. The Gareth Roberts Fourth Doctor novels tend to describe it as 'very large and very sensitive' and capable of detecting even the most delicate scents. In the 50th Anniversary Story The Roots of Evil, the Fourth Doctor informs Leela that his disagrees with her opinion that the Eleventh Doctor is handsome because the nose is far too small. A lot of this was an Actor-Inspired Element - Tom Baker was proud of large nose, as he claimed it gave him an unusually acute sense of smell (to the point where he could identify what kind of soap people used).
    • Rory wouldn't have the same adorkable cuteness without his big nose. The Doctor assigns him the code name "Nose" because of it, but it certainly doesn't seem to have put Amy off, and the TARDIS calls him "the pretty one" (relative to Amy, who's a kissogram in-universe and is played by a real-life model). Oswin also calls Rory "The Nose" and says he can fence with the Doctor's chin. The nose may have been an intentional part of his Romanness, as a recurring theme with him is that he appears as a Roman Centurion.
  • On an early episode of Glee, Rachel was told by a Jerkass choreographer to get a nose job. This has some Reality 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.note  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.
  • Ravenna from the Argentine series Los Simuladores.
  • A discussion of "pretty" from NewsRadio:
    Beth: Pretty means pretty. Cute means pretty but short and/or hyperactive - like me.
    Lisa: Uh huh. What is beautiful?
    Beth: Beautiful means pretty and tall.
    Lisa: Gorgeous?
    Beth: Pretty with great hair.
    Lisa: Striking?
    Beth: Pretty with a big nose.
    Lisa: Voluptuous?
    Lisa: Sexy?
    Beth: Pretty and easy.
    Lisa: Exotic?
    Beth: Ugly.
  • In an episode of Raising Dad Sarah becomes insecure about her nose and plans to get a nose job to fix it. Her friends and family all try to talk her out of it but she's determined to get it. At the end of the episode she talks to a popular girl she'd wanted to be like and hears that the girl wants to have all sorts of surgery done on herself, shocking Sarah who thinks the girl looks just fine. Thus she learns her Aesop.
  • Vince Noir of The Mighty Boosh has a large and oddly shaped nose. He's also incredibly popular with both sexes to the point that people falling in love with him at first sight becomes a Running Gag. In an early episode he claims that his "jutting" and exaggerated features are what make him memorable and attractive.

  • Many would consider Sara Bareilles to be considered quite good looking woman.
  • Foxes has been/is a model.
Mythology and Religion

Video Games
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Both Link and Zelda have a relatively large nose for Animesque Characters and they are both considered some of the best looking video game characters out there. Here is a picture of Zelda standing next to Peach for a comparison. It's even more noticeable in the pre-Ocarina games where Link's nose was quite long. His nose was shortened in future games to make him more handsome.
    • When The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out, a good number of fans complained about Zelda's nose being changed from "regal" to "unassuming".
    • The entire Gerudo race has this as a defining trait along with being almost entirely female. Ganondorf, as the sole male representent of this One-Gender Race, is no exception .
    • Other exemples less pronounced than the Gerudo people but still notable from the series include the Zora (and their beaked evolution the Rito), the Twili, and the Sheikah (respectively represented by Ruto, Medli, Midna, and Impa).
  • Fenris (along with most of the other redesigned elves) and Anders of Dragon Age II both have prominent, large noses. They're both presented as desirable, in and out of universe.
    • So does Alistair of Dragon Age: Origins, who is also presented as desirable - it seems that blond or white-haired Mr. Fanservice guys with prominent noses are a signature of the series.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition has Josephine, who is not only a romance option but a noblewoman and the hero's political / economic advisor.
  • Lance Galahad of Brain Dead 13 probably has this. This picture speaks for itself.
  • Ava is The Vamp and has a classical profile to go with the Egyptian theme of her chamber.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Mike Chilton in Motorcity.
  • Pearl from Steven Universe has a pointy nose. Fans call her "Bird Mom" for a reason. It's actually interesting to note that, in the show's original pilot, her original design gave her a much smaller looking nose. The pointed nose she sports in the show proper is actually only one of many changes that were made to her design (as she was the character whose design arguably got the highest amount of changes going from original concept art to the pilot and later to the final design).

Alternative Title(s): Roman Nose, Greek Nose