"His nose was the kind that had trouble with swing doors and reminded you of Rome's bloody history."Almost anytime a character has a large nose, he's a bad guy. Villains have big noses. They might be long and pointy, or a giant hook down their face, and may be emphasized with Creepy Shadowed Undereyes. Bonus points if he has a Badass Mustache that he can twirl like a true Dastardly Whiplash. But for whatever reason, bad guys rock the big noses. Maybe it's symbolic of how ugly they are on the inside? Maybe it's just to distinguish between the honest good guys and the less honest bad guys for the audience. No one nose.note It's one of the great mysteries of life. This is also a common anti-Semitic Stereotype, especially if the nose in question is crooked. It's also sometimes done in Anime, but this is reference to Tengu, who are said to have large noses. Sister Trope to Villainous Cheekbones and Thin Chin of Sin. Compare Gag Nose, when it's played for laughs.
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Anime and Manga
- Dog Master Galf in Fist of the North Star.
- Blackbeard from One Piece has a rather noticeable nose, and is a villain.
- Many of Osamu Tezuka's characters, most notably Astro Boy's morally ambiguous creator Dr. Tenma, the twisted and angry Saruta and Duke Red who made his debut as the Big Bad of the original Metropolis manga. Averted with Professor Ochanomizu, however, who has a huge nose but is kind and ethical to a fault.
- King Piccolo of Dragon Ball has (what is for the series art style) a very large, hooked nose. The main facial difference between him and his reincarnation is that Piccolo Jr. has a normal-sized nose, and correspondingly is less evil and pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
- The Joker is sometimes drawn like this, Depending on the Artist. Jim Lee, in particular, likes to draw him this way◊.
- Iznogoud. Just look at him.
- Rastapopoulos in Tintin.
- Krimson from the Belgian comic series Suske en Wiske.
- Eucalypta the witch from Paulus de Boskabouter has a large hook nose.
- De Kiekeboes: Balthazar and Timothea Triangl have a huge nose.
- Nero: Richardo the maffiosi has a typical Italian nose.
- Jommeke: Anatool has a hook nose.
- Lucky Luke: The Daltons all have large bulbous noses.
- Why else Penguin would be called such, aside from his short stature?
- Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn has a very long and sharp nose as one of his many Obviously Evil traits.
Films — Animated
- Gru of Despicable Me. A subversion, that while he is a villain, he's actually a good person.
- Chester V from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has a long and pointy nose. Being an Evil Counterpart to Flint, whose nose is big and bulbous, it's fitting.
- Quite a few villains in the Disney Animated Canon, e.g. Frollo, Jafar, and Captain Hook.
- Alistair Krey from Big Hero 6, a sleazy businessman. It turns out he's not the villain Youkai — it's Professor Callighan. In an interesting twist, our first real hint Krey isn't Youkai is his large nose, which is too big to fit into the mask.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Wizard of Oz, The Wicked Witch of the West.
- The Child-Catcher of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. (It's rather useful too.)
- The title character from Ink. Often, it's all you can see under his hood. His angst over his ugliness helps drive the plot. Subverted by the end, when he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and decimates the "pretty" Incubi.
- The many villains played by Basil Rathbone.
- Watto in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has a huge nose, which contributed to the case of critics who called him an anti-Semitic stereotype.
- Also, Palpatine/Sidious' actor, Ian McDiarmid, has a rather large nose, which is very visible in the Prequel Trilogy and the last episode of the Original Trilogy. It is often the most visible part of his upper face when he's in his Sith robes, apart from his mouth and chin even when his eyes are fully hidden. And he is the main villain of the saga, leaps and bounds beyond the small-time desert merchant Watto.
- Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens has a rather large nose when unmasked, courtesy of actor Adam Driver.
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of the signs of a "witch" is having an extra-long nose. However, the nose is fake because the people put it on the woman in question. This IS a general characteristic of wicked witch characters in fiction, though.
- The main villain in Apocalypto was given a larger, prosthetic nose, which Mel Gibson points out in the commentary.
- Blix the Goblin from Legend (1985).
- John E. Dupont in Foxcatcher has a nose you can see before he comes into the room, really a prosthetic worn by Steve Carell. The point is driven home when he nasally corrupts Mark Schultz by getting him hooked on coke.
- Harry Potter
- Toyed with in Severus Snape, who sports a large, hooked nose and is antagonistic towards Harry Potter, but is a Double Agent whose true alignment remains unknown until the very end of the series.
- Averted with Voldemort, who has two slits in the middle of his face, like snake nostrils.
- Inverted with Dumbledore, who has a large crooked nose, but is the Big Good.
- Hotzenplotz and Zwackelmann from Robber Hotzenplotz.
- Averted with Haverness in Dragon Bones. He has a rather impressive nose, (and so has his daughter), and he is one of the most honest, straightforward people in the realm. Everyone (including those who are in favour of a revolution) agrees that trying to get him involved in a revolution would be stupid because he is so trustworthy and absolutely loyal to the king. When his daughter becomes involved in a revolution, he disowns her. Or rather, pretends to do so. He loves his daughter dearly, but it is safer to pretend to have no ties to her. Still an aversion, as the king the revolution is against is a major jerk, and the rebels are the good gals and guys.
- In the Nordic Noir Backstrom police novels by Leif G.W. Persson, there is the abominable Bäckström's ill-fated attempt to keep a pet. The creature is called Isaak owing to a chain of associations brought on by contemplation of its impressively large and hooked beak. This is of a piece with Bäckström's general attitude towards all ethnic minorities in Sweden. He isn't so much anti-Semitic as anti-everybody.
Live Action TV
- Fenella the kettle witch from Chorlton and the Wheelies.
- Averted in Doctor Who, where most actors to have played the lead role have had prominent noses (to suit the Doctor's typical 'funny-looking-but-attractive' aesthetic). A lot of this is because a lot of the show's iconography was fixed in the 1970s, and both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker had strikingly big and oddly-shaped noses. The villains, on the other hand, tend to be more conventional-looking or monsters with no nose at all.
- The Boogie Man from Gorillaz has an extremely long nose. It's the only facial feature visible. Murdoc also has a rather bulbous nose. He's not technically a "bad guy", though.
- The Gretchin of Warhammer 40,000 have ridiculously long noses that take up half their head. The same is also true for their Warhammer equivalents, the Goblins.
- The picture shown for the Imp (a minor devil-like creature) in the Monster Manual for 1st Edition AD&D has a schnoz that would make Jimmy Durante jealous.
- Long hooked Noses are often used to identify Villains in Japanese Shadow Puppet Shows.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Luke Atmey.
- Ganondorf of The Legend of Zelda could open a can of Coke with his sniffer. Interestingly, it goes from straight and needle-like to hooked and bent. Averted when he turns into his pig-form, where he gets a snout.
- Ganondorf gets his long nose from his race: the Gerudo, a race almost entirely made of women who work as thieves. It's subverted in their case because the Gerudo are actually quite nice to Link once he proves himself, and unlike Ganondorf they're implied to actually have some class.
- Koume and Koutake also play this straight (except in Majora's Mask).
- Warcraft goblins are more neutral than evil, but still have long noses.
- While the Steamwheedle goblins are just shrewd businessmen, the Bilgewater goblins added in Cataclysm are more like gangsters. Their mob boss, Gallywix, even built himself a pleasure palace in the middle of Azshara with its own mountaintop golf course.
- In the cataclysm zone of Uldum, the main villain for most of the quests is a goblin tresure hunter and his mercenary army that are working for Deathwing. He's named Schnotz.
- Tengu in Dead or Alive 2. But he is a Tengu, so that is given.
- Toujin the assassin from Battle Arena Toshinden 3.
- Heiss in Radiant Historia.
- Loghain of Dragon Age: Origins, who looks rather like Alan Rickman in general.
- Patches of Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.
- Wario and Waluigi of Super Mario Bros., though they aren't always villains.
- Igor from the Persona series is an aversion; in spite of his shnoz he's nothing but helpful.
- Mordoc the Evil Sorcerer from Dragon's Lair 2, not only has a huge nose, there's a small twig growing on it!
- The Simpsons: Mr. Burns
- The Looney Tunes cartoon "The Dover Boys of Roquefort Hall" had such a villain in Dan Backslide.
- Wile E. Coyote (justified, as he is a canine). Ken Harris, animator for Termite Terrance, was the body model for both.
- The nasty but dimwitted Jimmy Durante cat in "A Gruesome Twosome".
- To absolutely no one's surprise, the Dastardly Whiplash is all over this trope:
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz, the Affably Evil villain from Phineas and Ferb, has an impressive one. It was even lampshaded once:
Doof: Is my nose really that pointy?
- The Ice Kingnote and Lemongrab from Adventure Time. Especially noticeable in how many characters lack any noses at all.
- Corvax from Muzzy in Gondoland.
- Starting with Batman: The Animated Series, many villains in the DCAU have noses you could pop a balloon with.
- Bubonic and his Aunt in Wunschpunsch.
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates has the aptly-named Beatrice Le Beak.
- The Duke from Gawayn has one of these.
- 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."
- Invoked in Peace on Earth, wherein grandpa squirrel mistakes the human soldiers gas masks for "great long snoots, that fastened onto their stomachs".
- An interesting variation with Jasper from Steven Universe. Her schnoz is indeed very sinister, but technically she's The Noseless- her gem is in the middle of her face where a nose would normally be.