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The Nose Less
Grin size directly corresponds to nose size.

"Careful, Harry, he doesn't have a nose!"
Literal Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer Parody by Tobuscus

"She doesn't have any holes in her nose."
"Neither do you! This is a cartoon! Since when does the artist amuses himself with such little details?!"

You know that character who isn't The Blank, but has an odd feature, known as a nose, missing? This is that. It is more common in Anime, but it can happen in any style. It might be just how the art style is, or the character might literally be lacking a nose.

This noselessness is a favorite target of a Stylistic Self-Parody.

This is a subtrope of The Blank.


Examples

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Single characters drawn without a nose

    Anime & Manga 
  • Krillin in Dragon Ball. It comes in handy during the first tournament arc when facing Bacterian, a giant who defeats opponents with his terrible body odor. And later, when he fights Jackie Chun, it doesn't prevent him from snorting boogers at him.
    • Chiaotzu doesn't have a nose either.
    • Krillin's daughter, Marron, didn't have a nose as a child but did by the end of the series and in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Dr. Slump's creation, Arale doesn't have holes in the nose, and initially it seems like it would be a dead giveaway for her robotic nature... if Senbei didn't remind everyone that no-one in this comic has these.
  • Pokémon includes a noseless Meowth in the Team Rocket trio. Lampshaded in one episode when he panics, thinking that the smell from a Gloom has melted his nose off:
    Meowth: Oh, yeah, I forgot! The cartoonists never gave me a nose!
    • On the subject of Pokemon, Meloetta also lacks a visible nose.
      • Yet Meowth's still got a strong sense of smell, even using it to help find food a couple of times. He's also heard audibly sniffling back mucus after being given half of Pikachu's apple in "Bound for Trouble".
      • He also sneezes at least twice. One occurs during the orange island arc, where Team Rocket's sub gets stuck in a perilous position. Jessie instructs her teammates to keep very still, but her long hair tickles Meowth's face. The way the scene is animated strongly looks as though he HAS a nose, it is just obscured by fur. He sneezes and the sub gets sucked into a whirlpool. Later in the Diamond and Pearl arc, he sneezes while reciting the motto in Snowpoint City, and it is implied all 3 rocket members have caught colds.
  • Black Jack has met in his teenage years a noseless classmate who was Fun Personified and taught him to laugh. At first, it seems he looks this way because he is stylized and cartoonish, but when older and less humorous, he is still depicted as noseless.
  • Yotsuba, most of the time. It was there for the first couple of chapters but promptly disappeared, and occasionally still gets drawn in when she's at an angle. Most of the time she's pulling a pretty solid Voldemort look.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Ed doesn't seem to have one either. Presumably some bounty got lucky with a knife.
    • Maria from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei shares this, possibly as a direct reference given the extreme similarity between the characters.
  • The early chapters of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga left Yugi's nose completely invisible from most angles. The evolving art eventually led to it more commonly appearing, and by the end of the first manga volume his nose is permanently there.
  • Toriko, several characters lack noses like Tommyrod, Lady Chiyo, Chinchin and Pippi the chef.

    Comic Books 
  • Loki goes noseless in Universe X. Curiously, in the scene that lampshades this, the same description (black-and-white costume, no nose) could also apply to the nearby Tao, though Tao's just wearing a featureless mask.
  • The eponymous character from Yoko Tsuno is mostly drawn with two dots instead of a nose for most of the later albums, which also happens a lot to other, mostly female, characters.
  • In the Image comic Stormwatch, Nautika has no nose. Might have something to do with her living underwater and more or less being a humanoid electric eel.
  • The title character of Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things also lacks this appendage.
  • At first, you might think Cathy doesn't have a nose, but she actually does. It's just really small and can only be seen from the side.

    Films — Animation 
  • Even Disney will occasionally suffer from this: Both Pocahontas and Esmeralda are occasionally drawn without noses.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jeannie in the animated opening of I Dream of Jeannie. Obviously not the case in the actual show.
    • The German dub created a new animated opening which inflicted this on both Tony and Jeannie.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The title character of Cathy. At one point she looked into getting a nose job. For the record, there are very rare side views showing that Cathy does have some kind of nose, albeit an extremely flat one.
  • Jon Arbuckle in Garfield doesn't seem to have a nose so much as he has a very, very long philtrum that goes up to the bottom of his eyes.

    Video Games 
  • Many Pokémon lack a nose.
  • Some Robot Master characters in the Mega Man games are noseless, such as Cut Man, Flash Man, and Gemini Man.
  • Several of the campers in Psychonauts are without a nose, including Clem & Crystal, Elka, Chops, Phoebe, and most notably Lili. One might later wonder how this works, given that the kids' brains are apparently removed via a potent sneezing powder.

    Web Comics 
  • The Guardians in Homestuck can be identified because each possesses only one facial feature. Bro has eyes (or at least Triangle Shades); Rose's mom has a mouth; John's dad has a nose (and constantly smokes a pipe despite his lack of a mouth); Becquerel has ears. Most other characters also lack noses, but have the usual complement of other facial features.
  • Diana from College Roomies from Hell!!! used to have a nose, but it disappeared sometime around 2006.

     Web Animation 
  • Kirbopher is drawn without a nose in both incarnations of TOME
    • Justified, considering that the whole thing takes place in a video game and that the player behind Kirb could easily design his character without a nose if he wanted to.
    Western Animation 
  • Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Billy even noticed it when they were toddlers. He put an ice cream cone on her face to "fix it".
  • Many of the characters in SpongeBob SquarePants, particularly Patrick and Plankton. Lampshaded on numerous occasions.
  • The Powerpuff Girls. Also, Sedusa viewed from nearly any angle by profile.
  • Wakfu
  • The cats in Catscratch are noseless.
  • Most of the girls on Freds Head are like this except you can see their noses from the side.
  • Omi, from Xiaolin Showdown is an odd case in that he's the only one without a nose, but also has a yellow skin color... Think a combination of Bart Simpson and Krillin, and you won't be far off of what he looks like. Lampshaded when he tries to sneak up on Raimundo while invisible but fails because, as Raimundo puts it, "You breathe through your mouth, dude!"
  • Kick Buttowski from Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.
  • Several of the characters in Home Movies have no visible nose, then there are glaring exceptions like Brendon.
  • Carl from Phineas and Ferb has no nose.
    • He even hangs a creative lampshade on in the episode where Perry has to find out why all the aerosol deodorants are in the hands of his nemesis.
  • Zim from Invader Zim. However, he can get away with it because he's an alien.
  • Milli and Geo from Team Umizoomi
  • Liberty from the adult comedy Le Big-bang, likewise Jane from the even more adult Shame of the Jungle, both by French indie animator Picha. (It's the standard "sex bomb" look.)

Art styles which don't draw the noses of most characters

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Claymore manga, noses aren't visible straight on, which makes people seem to have eyes about twice as far apart as they should. It's actually fairly creepy.
  • The Tales of Symphonia OVA frequently fails to draw noses on characters seen from the front. The more prominent instances have drawn mockery from some fans.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In the Canadian newspaper comic Ben, the children have no nose (only when viewed from the front).

    Toys 
  • Any and all LEGO minifigures. There are a few exceptions, like Timmy from LEGO Time Cruisers and various characters from the Wild West line.
  • Some Bratz dolls lack noses, their animated forms don't have them either.

    Video Games 
  • Akihiko Yoshida's character portraits in Final Fantasy Tactics are lacking in the nasal area.
    • The animated scenes in the PSP remake reveal that the characters actually do have noses, only that they're very small and can only be seen when looking at the face at a profile. Some of the artwork for the PSP remake does include noses, and figurines of the characters reflect this.
    • This is actually a recurring feature of Yoshida's artwork. Characters in Final Fantasy III DS also do not have noses, except for the detailed FMV at the beginning of the game. His "cartoony" style typically has very limited noses which are all but invisible straight-on. You can see this in the Four Warriors of Light and some artwork for Final Fantasy XII (this picture is a good example).
  • Likewise, Tetsuya Nomura's characters in Brave Fencer Musashi. (An odd thing for sure, since the entire style of the game is a sharp departure from his usual one of generous Pleather.) BFM came before his Belt and Zipper days, when he was trying to find his style regarding human characters.
  • Super-Deformed style drawing in Lufia: the Legend Returns makes the main characters do not have noses.
  • Most character pixel arts in the top-view 8 bit and 16 bit role playing games lack noses. They continue to exist in RPG Maker programs, which use oldschool 2D graphic.
  • Most of Edmund McMillen's chracters lack noses, because "noses aren't cute!"

    Web Animation 
  • In Homestar Runner, the only main character with a nose is Strong Mad. This doesn't stop Strong Bad from putting sunscreen on his face as if he had one, though. One answering machine has the King of Town threatening to reveal Marzipan's "questionable voluntary surgery" in retaliation for Marzipan having let slip that the KoT's middle name is "Wad". If you click on the tape you can get "before" and "after" photos; the "before" shows Marzipan with a prominent nose.
  • Edd Gould from Eddsworld almost never drew noses on his characters. Paul ter Voorde is carrying on with the trait.
  • Everyone in Napster Bad, which only makes the characters even more grotesque.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • All of the children in South Park. Many adults introduced earlier in the show's run also lack noses, such as Jimbo, Ned and Jesus. As the show's art style has shifted to be more realistic, new adults almost always have noses.
  • Almost everybody in The Oblongs. A few have nostrils.
  • Basically everyone human or humanoid in Ōban Star-Racers; the creator, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, has gone on record as saying that he "doesn't like noses", and wanted an Animesque series with its own unique look, so none of the characters, human or otherwise, are drawn with noses.
  • Most of the Autobots in Transformers Animated have a ridge where we'd have a nose (although they still have "olfactory sensors" according to Prowl). Transformers Prime follows the look.
  • The Brothers Matzoriley from The Super 6.
  • Adventure Time, although it turns out most humans have their noses drawn and the ones that don't actually don't have noses.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball is on the border between types one and two; about 2/3 of the cast are noseless, but the main character and his family besides Darwin aren't. As almost all of the noseless characters but Darwin are anthropomorphic animals, plants, and objects that don't have noses, any of them could be a type three.

Characters who literally don't have noses

    Anime & Manga 
  • Doctor S, creator of the Gundam Heavyarms, wears a prosthetic nose very similar to the one worn by Gaston Julia (see below), presumably because he lacks a real one.
  • The manga Alive: The Final Evolution features later on a character in the military who has no nose. Later still he is forced to undergo plastic surgery and as a result gains a nose by the end of the series.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Voldemort from the film adaptations of Harry Potter. The lack of nose is done to complete his snakelike appearance. This is actually a rather complicated visual effect and many people have been surprised to see that Ralph Fiennes' nose looked perfectly normal when he filmed his scenes. Early on, there were experiments with make-up and prosthetics, but it was ultimately decided that it would look more "striking" if his nose was completely taken off with digital effects. Their aim was to deliberately hit the Uncanny Valley.
  • The Nemoidians in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
  • Justinien Trouvé or God's Bastard.
  • Played for Drama in Se7en. For his "Pride" murder, John Doe cuts off a beautiful model's nose and leaves her locked in a hotel room. To prove that she's guilty of the "deadly sin" of pride, he glues a cell phone to one of her hands and glues a bottle of pills to the other—thus giving her a choice between committing suicide or calling for help and having to live with her deformity. She chooses suicide.
  • In The Salton Sea, Pooh-Bear, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, has snorted so much meth that his nose had to be removed. He wears a plastic prosthesis.
  • Villainous Tim Strawn, played by Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou, is known as Silvernose due to his prosthetic replacement.

    Literature 
  • Erik from The Phantom of the Opera.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Rorge has had his nose cut off as punishment for some unrevealed crime. Judging from his personality, he deserved it. Tyrion Lannister suffers a greivous warwound that removes half of his nose. He wasn't pretty to begin with, either.
  • Harry Potter: Lord Voldemort, although he wasn't always this way. He became hideously disfigured as a side effect of making Horcruxes. Before this, he was pretty good-looking.
  • There is a short story by Nikolai Gogol called "The Nose", about a man who ends up noseless and finds out that his nose has taken a life of its own and ran away, wearing a nice uniform.
  • In Tad Williams' Shadowmarch and Shadowplay, Gyir the Storm Lantern is one of a group known as the Encauled. This type of faerie have no nose or mouth, but they can detect and influence others around them telepathically.
  • The Wheel of Time: Fan nickname for Myrddraal, who should have a nose, but are frequently descibed as having a smooth space where their eyes should be. Since most people's noses would make a big lump there...
  • Sister Bessie in Tobacco Road was born without a nose.
  • The demoness Surpanakha from the Ramayana gets denosed by Laxman when she tries to woo his brother Rama. War ensues.
  • Nerezza in Peter and the Shadow Thieves lost his nose in a battle and wears a fake one over the hole. It has no nostrils, so he has to remove it in order to smell, but he also has an enhanced sense of smell as a result.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a host segment in the MST3K showing of Manos: The Hands of Fate, Joel and the bots discuss what physical abnormalities would make for a scarier "monster" than Torgo and his big knees. Joel suggests no nose — not even nostrils, just flat skin from eyes to mouth. Brrrr.
  • Doctor Who's The Silence, although it appears they might have nostrils, it looks like they have no definable nose.
  • The Markab in Babylon 5 have only slits for nostrils on an otherwise flat face.
  • Rome had a character with a metal nose, implying that his had been cut off in punishment.
  • The demon bikers in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Bargaining". On the commentary track, the writers speculate that their lack of noses is actually the reason they're so angry at the world.
    I hold this flower up to my nose and nothing happens!

    Video Games 
  • Pegnose Pete from Escape from Monkey Island is rumored to have had his nose bitten off by a duck when he was younger. He wears a wooden prosthesis in its stead.

    Web Comics 
  • Selkie Smith has slitlike nostrils and no nose to speak of.
  • Crystal Rave: The Monochrome race doesn't seem to have either noses or ears. This first became majorly evident in Mineral Caper, where we meet other Monochromes for the first time.
  • Fnar from Jack had his nose torn off his face when he arrived in Hell. Why? For no apparent reason.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventure Time, according to Word of God, while most characters are simply drawn without noses, Finn does not actually have one.
    • Farmworld Finn on the other hand has one.
  • Futurama
    • In episode "Spanish Fry", Fry gets his nose stolen by an alien black market, which are propelled by the myth that "Human Horn" is a natural aphrodisiac for them.
    • Bender, on the other hand, is typically noseless, since robots don't need noses. Well, he does have one, he just doesn't wear the thing.
  • Roger from American Dad! does not have a nose, but can smell. This however rarely ever came up (especially since he tends to go outside with disguises, yet no-one notices. Granted, there ARE other things that could tip off any sane person), and was promptly lampshaded in one episode where a kid called him a "noseless freak" (which, of course, prompted another fashion montage, except this time with nose prosthetic). Apparently with a proper nose, Roger looks exactly like Kevin Bacon.
  • In addition to Mandy being the first type, Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy once had his nose taken away by a "nasalmancer" who himself misplaced his nose after removing it.
  • Similiarly, Fanboy and Chum Chum were able to freely remove and apply not only their, but also each other's noses in "Pick a Nose". Chum Chum separated his nose from his face again in "Fanboy Stinks", when he couldn't stand Fanboy's stench.
  • Skipper Shelton, from episode 4 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, has a nosepatch covering the end result of an angry clam attack.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle have the aliens Gidney and Cloyd. Lampshaded in "Jet Fuel Formula". (When Cloyd says he can't smell the stink that Rocky and Bullwinkle are smelling, Gidney says, "Cloyd, we don't have noses!")
  • The Reach in Young Justice are Rubber-Forehead Aliens without noses.
  • Jenny Wakeman in My Life as a Teenage Robot, even though she's somehow able to sniff herself after Mr. Mezmer makes a comment about how much robots "stink".

    Real Life 
  • A very sad Truth in Television: one of the main punishments in Imperial China was cutting off the nose. (The others, for the record, were tattooing of the face, cutting off the feet, castration, and death).
  • Mathematician Gaston Julia, the one with the fractals. He had to wear a piece of leather covering the place where his nose had been for the rest of his life. There are photos. Happy googling.
  • The astronomer Tycho Brahe lost his nose in a duel and replaced it with a series of prosthetic noses, most famously a golden one.
  • A Time magazine cover was a photo of an Afghani girl who had her nose cut off during the Taliban regime. She had reported that she was being abused but the Taliban ordered the punishment because telling others about it was seen as disobedient to those people and defied Taliban law.
  • Almost happened to Roald Dahl when he was young, where he almost lost his nose in a car accident. He then almost lost it again when he was a pilot in the Second World War and was forced to make a crash landing in a desert.
  • Patton Oswalt tells about a medical show (possibly on Discovery Health) he saw about a guy whose nose froze off while climbing a mountain. He grew a new nose on his forehead. It's a pretty standard plastic surgery technique, though in reality it doesn't involve growing a new nose. It really involves stretching the skin on the forehead to make a flap of "extra" skin, which can be used to make a sort of nose replacement, with nerves and blood vessels included.
  • Towards the end of shooting the first Star Wars film, Mark Hamill was in a car accident which virtually destroyed his nose. Fortunately, plastic surgeons were able to restore it.
  • Snub-nosed monkeys have nostrils, but no nose. In the rain, they have to keep sneezing to keep the rain water out of their sinuses.
  • When Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was widowed, her cousin (a German bishop) tried to trap her in an Arranged Marriage. She threatened to invoke this trope and cut off her own nose so no one would want to marry her, and the cousin left her alone.
  • The Great Sphinx of Giza.
  • A common result of leprosy.


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How did he smell?
Terrible!


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