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Why the long face?
Exactly What It Says on the Tin
: A weird and funny-looking nose. May or may not be detachable — who nose
? Almost always symbolic of the character's personality
. The most common shape for these noses is to either be extremely long and narrow (like a stick, mind you
), big and round like a clown nose, or the more realistic
right-triangle nose. It can also have a different color (Most commonly red and pink) than the face does. Compare the Sinister Schnoz
, which is a villain
having a long nose.
May or may not coincide with The Nose Knows
if said nose is actually useful.
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Anime and Manga
- Usopp from One Piece.
- Don't forget Buggy the Clown. Or maybe you should, not that is matters.
- Kaku even moreso. His nose is just as long as Usopp's, and it's square.
- Of course people quickly forgot about Kaku's nose and moved on to make fun of his devil fruit once he got it. It's a giraffe, with the same long square nose. At this point, the Gag Nose is turned Up to Eleven when he uses it as a weapon. Instead of the finger pistol move "shigan", he pierces opponents with his nose and calls the move "bigan".
- Various members of Osamu Tezuka's Reused Character Design have remarkably large noses.
- Tengu of the Hakushu Dinosaurs in Eyeshield 21. You might recognize him as the wimpy jerk that got beat up by Gaou for making fun of Kurita.
- And don't forget Clifford, who Hiruma even refers to as "Fucking Nose".
- Fukumoto Nobuyuki draws some pretty out-there noses (see: Akagi, Kaiji). It never gets played lightheartedly in those series, but when a bunch of people see it, someone?s going to inevitably bring it up....
- Many people from Shotaro Ishinomori's works.
- Specially Jet/002 from Cyborg 009. A kid actually bites on his nose in the 2001 adaptation! Downgraded to mere Cleopatra Nose levels, in both recent reboots (an anime film and an unrelated Western comic book released by Archaia), which angered some fans.
- Racer from Fairy Tail has a somehow cone-shaped nose.
- Also Plue of this series and the author's previous main work, Rave Master. Nobody can really figure out what it is. Is it a drill? A carrot? Why does it droop over when Plue's feeling down? Erm...
- Jiraiya in Sage Mode, Onoki, Akatsuchi and Kitsuchi in Naruto
- Bishop Mozgus from Berserk. It is square and flat, speculated by Serpico to be because he keeps banging his head against the floor repeatedly in ritualistic prayer.
- Russia from Hetalia has his nose as his defining trait, like England's eyebrows. It's retained when he's in chibi form (which renders everybody else without a nose, or just a speck), mochi form, and his lookalike cat even has a large nose. He also has an emoticon; ( ^し^ )
- Chihiro/Nicchi from Otaku No Musume San in the present timeline. Not at all in his childhood. Chapter 62 reveals that it's fake and he's had a normal nose all along.
- In one Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro case, the killer turns out to be the blond Westerner with the moderately-large nose, who although he is very interested in Japan and studied to become fluent in Japanese, is secretly racist against the Japanese and full of pride; in a visual metaphor his nose becomes larger and larger throughout his Motive Rant, reflecting his pride.
- See tengu below; the association of large noses and pride in Japanese culture often gets married to Eagleland in representations of Caucasians, a majority of whom have big noses by Japanese standards.
- On a related note, Naoki Urasawa draws a lot of of his Westerners with really hilarious noses, but it's unclear if this is meant to be humorous or just an honest depiction of how Germans et.al. look to him. They're not precisely unrealistic, after all, they just tend to dominate people's faces.
- In Sin City: Family Values, one of the bartenders has a penis-shaped nose.
- Most members of the Jones family in Archie Comics, most famously Forsythe "Jughead" Jones. However, Jellybean, the youngest member, is an exception.
- Ach!lle Talon: The title character's ridiculously oversize nose is a frequent source of gags.
- Almost every character in Astérix is drawn with a huge nose, with Asterix and Obelix having two of the biggest (when they argue, they push their noses right up against each other). However, the nose that is frequently remarked upon is Cleopatra's, whose is rather noticeable on her otherwise gorgeous appearance but far smaller than that of any of the characters constantly remarking on how "very pretty" it is.
- Two of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers have...freakishly long noses, but the comic's cartoony quality means there's plenty of big noses to go around.
- Tintin: Both Captain Haddock and The Thompsons have round pudgy noses that continuously get hurt.
- Suske en Wiske: Lambik, Jerom, Barabas and Tante Sidonia all have long noses that look very similar and are often misused for all kinds of Amusing Injuries.
- Urbanus: Meester Kweepeer has a long, pointy nose.
- Cubitus: Has a black bulbous nose, which is often interchanged with his yellow round tail.
- Boule et Bill: Bill the cocker spaniel has a black bulbous nose.
- Jommeke: Anatool, the villain of the series, has a hook nose. Theofiel, Kwak and the Koningin van Onderland have a long pointy nose.
- Nero: Author Marc Sleen is infamous for drawing wonderfully memorable noses for his characters, from the bulbous noses of Nero and Van Zwam to the pointy ones for Oliepul and Madam Pheip and Tuizentfloot's hook nose.
- Paulus De Boskabouter: Eucalypta, typical for a Wicked Witch, has a large bulbous nose.
Film - Animated
- In Pinocchio, a telescoping nose is the main character's Lie Tic.
- Flint in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs had this. Some other characters also did, but it was a partial plot point with Flint, as he had to puff out his cheeks to get his lips beyond his nose so he could kiss the girl.
- Luci Wilde in Despicable Me 2. During her wedding at the end, she and Gru (who has a nice honker to begin with) try to kiss, but they both touch, so they tilt their heads to kiss.
Film - Live-Action
- Roxanne, a Setting Update of Cyrano de Bergerac.
- Princess Vespa from Spaceballs has this in a picture.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in the Burn the Witch! scene. "And this isn't my nose, it's a false one!" Said nose resembles a carrot and is tied on with a huge piece of twine.
- One of the villains in the western/comedy Cat Ballou has a metal prosthetic nose; the original was bitten off in a fight.
- Adam Sandler's character Danny had one at the beginning of Just Go With It. It was the first thing to go when he decided to reinvent himself as a womanizing plastic surgeon.
- Linus' nose from the third Ocean's Eleven movie is all over this.
- In A Hard Day's Night, Ringo (see Real Life) is ribbed by the others about his nose. Paul's grandpa shows his talent for divisiveness.
Grandpa: Now now, Paulie, you musn't mock the afflicted.
Paul: Aw, come on, it's only a joke!
Grandpa: Aye, it may be a joke to you, but it's his nose. He can't help havin' such a hideous great hooter. And his poor neck, tremblin' under the weight!
- In one scene of Airplane!, Doctor Rumack lies so outrageously about the flight-crew's medical condition that his nose starts growing Pinocchio-style.
- Cyrano de Bergerac, naturally.
- Russian Author Nicolai Gogol's story Nose is about exactly this, a man's nose that escapes. He later finds it praying in a church.
- In Harry Potter, Snape's large hooked nose is often mentioned, and is possibly the origin of his nickname "Snivellus" (he wasn't crying at the time the Marauders made it up, at least). The Marauders often center their insults around it, along with him supposedly being greasy.
- Nymphadora Tonks, who was born with the power to change her appearance at will, delights in transforming her nose to entertain friends at dinner.
- The Elenium has Sparhawk with his broken nose that is played with. In book 2 of the Tamuli it is Lamp Shaded when Berit wears Sparhawks face.
- At one point in Raymond Briggs' The Snowman the titular character, who has a tangerine for a nose, tries on several less dignified looking fruits before deciding to stick with the tangerine.
- Eva Luna from the eponymous novel by Isabel Allende worked as a maid for two retired middle-to-upper-class siblings, and the brother had a huge nose.
- In The Book of the Dun Cow, Mundo Cani Dog has an oversized nose which gives him an extraordinary sense of smell. Being Mundo Cani, however, he sees it as ugly and offensive.
- Professor Mmaa's Lecture: The Termite Queen is very sensitive about her noticeably large nose.
Live Action TV
- Maxwell Q. Klinger from M*A*S*H has a large nose, the other characters frequently make jokes about it. In one Superstition Episode, he half-jokingly warns Hawkeye, "I came from a family of small-nosed folk, until one of us looked at a gypsy queen the wrong way. Ever since then, we've been growing 'em like this!"
- The Great Gonzo, especially on Muppet Babies.
- Raymond Luxury Yacht of Monty Python's Flying Circus. His name is not pronounced as written, and it's not his real nose either. He wants to have it operated on anyway.
- The Muppet parody Cocknose in Bo Selecta. 
- BBC children's show Jigsaw had the nightmare-inducing character Noseybonk.
- Ernie removing Bert's nose was a Running Gag on early seasons of Sesame Street. In one famous sketch, Ernie is sculpting a bust of Bert out of clay, but he runs out of clay before he can make the nose. So he takes Bert's nose off his face and puts it on the bust.
- The Honkers talk by honking their noses.
- Cyranose de Bergerac (three guesses who he's a parody of), who appeared once in a sketch and once as the subject of an episode, has a nose long enough and pointy enough to use as a sword. Which he attempts to do whenever someone around him so much as says the word "nose". Other people are legitimately terrified of him.
- In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Star Force: Fugitive Alien II," the Mads invent long, rubbery "big noses." Joel takes a similar approach to the invention exchange.
- In an episode of Taxi, Louie wants an opinion about what perfume should use. He selects Alex because he "could smell these things from home."
- Frasier: In the episode "Roz and the Schnoz," Frasier plays host to a couple with ridiculously large noses who are completely unaware of it— and neither is anyone else. Hilarity Ensues as Frasier's family tries to Ignore The Disability while the couple keeps unconsciously setting up nose-related puns: "Everyone who knows you knows you're the nosiest!"
- Seinfeld - George is dating a woman with a startlingly big nose. On the one hand, he's put off by it; on the other hand, he's sure if she had a nose job she'd be out of his league. Everyone tactfully avoids mentioning her nose to her face, except for Kramer.
- "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
- "Sir Nose D. Void of Funk", based on Cyrano de Bergerac.
- Frank Zappa had a large hook nose, which he called a honker and even used it as the logo of his video label Honker Home Video.
- Older Than Print: Tengu from Japanese mythology are sometimes depicted with huge, bright red, sausage-shaped noses (when they don't have bird heads). Some folk tales also give them magic fans with which to inflict this on others.
- There was a Bloom County strip where Opus is sitting at a bar, and a woman with an enormous nose (that keeps whacking Opus off his bar stool when she turns to talk to him) is babbling about finally getting cosmetic surgery. Opus inquires when she's getting her nose job and she says "Nose job? I'm getting eyeliner permanently tattooed on my eyelids!"
- Opus himself has a huge nose which was the subject of many gags over the years, such as a badly done nose job, a worse liposuction job, sleeping on it wrong, and cutting it while shaving (funnier than it sounds).
- The Far Side depicted two guys in a bar about to get in a fight, one of them has a nose so big it almost reaches the floor, and the other guy is saying "Hey watch it buddy, unless you want a fat lip as well!"
- "Egad! It's the severed nose of Dr. Verlucci—returned from the grave on the anniversary of the night we all betrayed him!"
- In another, a man and a woman are in an art gallery looking at a painting of a man with a big nose; one of them says, "Gad, that's eerie. Wherever you go, the nose seems to follow."
- Sir Rodney from The Wizard of Id.
- In Baby Blues many jokes are made about Darryl's big nose. Oddly, though Wanda also has a big nose, hers is largely ignored.
- Triple H is infamous for his humorously humongous honker. Whenever other wrestlers want to make fun of Haitch, the first thing they reach for is a prosthetic nose.
- Traditional Commedia dell'Arte characters tend to come with their own masks, often sporting an oversized nose. As a general rule, the bigger a character's nose, the smaller their intelligence.
- Melvin the Superhero from the Jeff Dunham stable. He turns his face to profile when asked his "most distinguishing feature"...
- Super Mario Bros.: One of Wario's defining features is his large, pink nose. Waluigi has a long pink nose. Also Jimmy T. from WarioWare and his entire family have red noses for some reason.
- The joke pet Nostradamus from Insaniquarium Deluxe. Is a nose, with fins.
- Billy Burston, in Mitsumete Knight. The nose gets broken in his defeated sprite after your fights against him.
- Igor from the Persona series.
- Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog series has a large pink nose.
- Link had a large nose in most of the early The Legend of Zelda games but by his Ocarina of Time incarnation it had gotten a lot shorter. Though it was still fairly large in terms of anime style art.
- So does King of All Cosmos in Katamari series.
- The Spelunker (and the Damsels and Shopkeepers) in Spelunky have red noses.
- Luke Atmey and Quercus Alba have noses long and pointy enough to serve as a hazard to unsuspecting eyes everywhere. It's a wonder the former was able to fit into that Mask☆Demasque mask at all!
- Victor Kudo has a bright red round nose. So does Moe, but his nose is part of his clown makeup.
- Dan Hibiki's father Go Hibiki's enormous schnoze has been featured in Puzzle Fighter and will make an appearance as an alternate costume of Dan's in Street Fighter IV.
- The Mad Hatter of both American Mc Gees Alice and its sequel Alice: Madness Returns sports a large and long nose.
- The Mr. Saturn species of EarthBound and MOTHER 3; their noses are quite literally a good third of their overall body.
- Alfendi Layton in Layton Bros. Mystery Room has a very dramatic nose that's almost half the size of his face. Considering that his father's nose is almost nonexistent, it certainly raises questions concerning his parentage.
- Innosebo!Ingo from Pokémon Black and White has a very long and pronounced nose. It contrasts extremely well with Nobori's tiny cute nose.
- And of course, Nosepass and its evolution, Probopass.
- Other Pokemon have this as well.
- The NPC Villagers in Minecraft are known for their Squidward-like hanging noses, enough so that many players simply refer to them as "Squidwards" and even Notch, the creator of the game, acknowledges that they look like "cavemen Squidwards".
- In an early episode of The Simpsons Homer refers to Milhouse as a four eyed weiner with a big nose. Subverted in the fact that it hasn't really ever been the source of a joke.
- The Ice King, The Earl of Lemongrab, and The Fire Count of Adventure Time. They all have very long, narrow, curved noses, in a world where almost all of the characters don't have noses at all.
- Arnold's Grandpa has a big nose, and he used it as a gazoo to play Stars and Stripes forever in an episode involving a talent show.
- Stimpson J. Cat.
- The Flintstones: Barney Rubble's nose is often the target of prods, pings and twangs from Fred Flintstone.
- Squidward's nose has been the subject of several gags on the show. Barnacle Boy's is just as big, leaving a gag for them calling each other "big nose".
- Spongebob's nose isn't exactly small either.
- Brendon from Home Movies has a caricatured long pointy nose, when no one else in the show does. Most don't even have a nose.
- Bob Clampett in his Looney Tunes shorts was well known for giving his characters long or weird shaped noses.
- Phineas from Phineas and Ferb has a nose that like a boxing promoter once said takes up most of his face, his head is shaped like a triangle.
- Billy and his Dad from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- Jocamal, from a TV Funhouse sketch.
- Captain K'nuckles, depending on the storyboard artist.
- Doug, from the show of the same name.
- Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys has a massive honker that's half as tall and almost half as wide as his entire head.
- Two from Seven Little Monsters has a tremendous, long shnoz that frequently causes slapstick gags.
- Bignose (Bigmouth's girlfriend) from The Smurfs.
- Butch from Mr. Bogus has a rather long and slightly curved nose.
- Con Artist Al Swindler on Garfield and Friends has one of the biggest noses in cartoon history. (Seriously, just look at him!) In fact, in his second appearance, Garfield says, "I'm not too good with names, but I never forget a nose like that."
- Wat and his brother in Wat's Pig have very long noses. Wat has to bend his nose guard to make his helmet fit correctly.
- Richard Nixon. This feature is often played up on Nixon Masks, and frequently combined with Pinocchio-like implications of his lack of trustworthiness.
- Jimmy Durante and his Schnozzola. Parodied in just about all impersonations.
- W.C. Fields ' nose, although factually normally-proportioned, was said to be oversized and red, mainly due to jokes on the Edgar Bergen & Charlie Mc Carthy radio show. It invariably gets exaggerated in Cartoon Caricatures of him. Other Celebrities during the Looney Tunes golden age with a notable nose gets this treatment, just Field's is the shining example.
- Crispin Glover. Really, he's god's gift to caricature artists.
- Images of a Jewish stereotype often make the nose almost crooked or like an eagle's beak.
- Douglas Adams often made (mostly exaggerated) jokes about his big nose himself, lampshading this trope with saying that it would be "good for nothing but making bad jokes about it".
- J. P. Morgan, who was so self-conscious about his large, bulbous nose he insisted it be airbrushed in official photographs.
- Deceased ex-Chilean president Eduardo Frei Montalva had a HUGE nose, which made him the target of many jokes and caricatures. Not helped by how several of his kids inherited it... including his son Eduardo, who also became President and also was the butt of jokes due to said nose.
- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has a mild case of this, but political cartoons depicting her almost always exaggerate it to the point of being as large as the rest of her head.
- Proboscis monkeys. It's even in the name!
- Elephants. Despite its size and length, it's actually quite useful, being able to be used as an arm, a shower, or even a snorkel!
- Ringo Starr, especially overemphasized in the cartoon.
- Adrien Brody has a ridiculously long, thin nose.
- Charles De Gaulle's long and big nose was often exaggarated in caricatures.
- Margaret Thatcher's pointy nose was also exaggarated in caricatures.
- Michael Jackson's ever-shrinking nose was often fodder for the tabloids and a source for a lot of comedy, like in South Park and in Eminem's Just Lose It, acting as if it continuously accidentally fell of his face.
- Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand are two other celebrities with huge noses, frequently mocked in satire.
- Among other signs of his Gascon ancestry, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was noted for having a huge nose shaped like an eagle's beak. Interestingly enough, said nose is often more prominent in portraits made by Frenchmen - perhaps he underwent plastic surgery when he became Charles XIV John of Sweden?