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In the hero biz it's not only important what your power is, but how you use it. Outside of Toilet Humor, few things are weirder than using your own nose for attacking, either by using it as a melee weapon, or shooting any kind of projectile from it.

Most times this is played for laughs for the sheer ridiculousness of the situation, so expect this to be a one-time thing, or for a one-shot character. Sometimes if this becomes something regular then the joke will become repetitive'll just become how they use their attacks.

Common for characters based on elephants. May involve some weird Nose Nuggets. Do not confuse with Spraying Drink from Nose. Compare Sneeze of Doom. For characters that jab with nose-like body parts (beaks, bills, etc.), see Beak Attack and Swordfish Sabre.

See also: Arm Cannon, Breath Weapon, Eye Beams, Hand Blast and Tail Slap.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo's titular character, in what is an intentional parody of Fist of the North Star, is a master of the "Super Fist of the Nosehair" style of martial arts, where his own nose hairs are weaponized. The series just gets weirder from there.
  • In Digimon Adventure, one of the attacks of villain Puppetmon is Drill Nose. Should be noted that it was used just once, during the most ridiculous fight involving this character...and he got a fart to the face as a result.
  • In Digimon Frontier, one of Petaldramon's attacks is Leaf Cyclone, a Breath Weapon consisting of a whirlwind full of leaves fired from his nostrils.
  • The episode "The Seven Who Would Go Far In The World" from Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, an adaptation of the Baron Munchausen stories, featured one of the heroes with the power to fire forth gale force winds from his nose simply by closing one nostril.
  • Kinnikuman has the deadly Mammothman and his powerful Nose Fencing ability, which allowed him to murder other Chojin by simply piercing through them with his trunk.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has a Running Gag where Negi unconsciously casts a disarming spell every time he sneezes. Since the spell also effects clothing, this results in everyone around him getting stripped naked by a gust of wind (with larger and larger groups being affected as he becomes stronger).
  • One Piece:
    • Arlong, as a Sawshark Fishman, has an elongated nose with a sawblade. He's fond of an attack where he launches himself nose-first at the enemy to impale them, called "Shark On Darts".
    • Mr 5 ate a Devil Fruit that turns him into an Action Bomb. His most common attack is to pick his nose and fling the mucus at his opponent, which explodes upon impact.
    • Wanze, a cook and a member of Cipher Pol 7, can fire noodles from his nose as part of his "Ramen Kenpou" (noodle style) fighting.
    • Kaku, a member of Cipher Pol 9, has a variation of the Shigan (Finger Gun) technique that the group has, called "Bigan" (Nose Gun) where he powerfully pokes his opponent with his nose, especially after he turns into a giraffe-hybrid form where he can exploit the reach of the giraffe's neck.
    • Spandam, leader of the CP9, has the "elephant sword" named Funkfreed. When he attacks with it, the sword partially morphs into an elephant and cuts anything in its way with its long, thick, sharp trunk.
    • Zunisha is an elephant so large that it is functionally a mobile island. At one point, it wipes out an entire armada with a single swing of it's trunk.
    • Jack, a high-ranking member of Kaidou's pirate group, can transform into a mammoth; he's first seen thrashing some buildings in the isle of Zou with his trunk when their inhabitants didn't have what he sought.
  • One-Punch Man: Double Hole is a B-Class hero that has a cybernetic nose attached to his face that shoots energy blasts.
  • Pokémon. The Tepig family (Tepig, Pignite and Emboar) as well as Turtonator, performs Flamethrower (and presumably their other fire attacks) this way.
  • Three of Yatterman's mechs (Yatter Wan, Yatter King and Yatter Dozilla) use as their main weapon the Pachinko Gun, which makes them shoot giant pachinko balls from their noses.
  • A major recurring zoid in Zoids: New Century was the massive, defense oriented Elephender. The original model had a 60mm hyper laser gun on its trunk and energy shield generators in its ears, but when its pilot opted to defect from the Backdraft group so he could face his Worthy Opponent, he upgraded it to its "Command Mode" which sports an "ESCS" trunk attachment that can switch between a Beam Sword and an energy shield (and also a beam cannon, which was never shown onscreen.)

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel's ALF comic book (published under the Star Comics line) once had a parody of the X-Men. Their version of Cyclops (Psyche-Major) had the ability to fire energy blasts out of his nose which he uses to subdue the Big Bad.
  • Phantasmon the Terrible (really, that's his name) from independent comic Fly Man, as seen with the memetic picture above, has "lightning bolts... crashing out of my nostrils!"
  • The obscure Brazilian superheroine Fire was once described with "green flames coming from her nose" (short before Superman mopped the floor with her - yes, it was one of those stories). Could be weaponized, may or may not have, in any case she has fire breath.
  • In Soulsearchers and Company, Evil Sorcerer Grand Guignol commands an army of wooden puppets knowns as the Pinocchio Patrol. He murders Colonel Klinkers by having the puppets surround him and tell lies until their sharpened wooden noses grow long enough to impale him.

    Comic Strips 
  • One The Far Side comic has a caption about "the troubling proliferation of noseguns", with a cartoon showing people walking around with tiny guns strapped to their noses.

    Films — Animation 
  • Dumbo: Near the end, Dumbo gets back at the elephants who made fun of him earlier by inhaling peanuts with his trunk and shooting them back at them.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Draco, the dragon from the first Dragonheart movie, has a Breath Weapon that involves him shooting flames from his nostrils, rather than his mouth.

  • Fengshen Yanyi: general Zheng Lu studied under immortals and thus gained the unique power of snorting beams of light from his nostrils: people hit by these beams have their soul temporarly removed from the body and they fall unconscious for a while.
  • Journey to the West: the Yellow-Tusked Old Elephant, as suggested by his name, has the power to use his trunk to sniff out the soul of his victims and make them faint so that he can snatch them and take them away. Sun Wukong not only proves impervious to the soul-sucking but he also defeats the monster by jabbing the Ruyi Jingu Bang up his nostril and dragging him back to the Pilgrim's camp.
  • N.E.R.D.S.: In Attack of The BULLIES, the juvenile villain Snot Rocket has upgrades that allow him to fire explosive boogers or create snot structures.
  • Perry Rhodan: The German SF series have the "Unither", more or less describable as intelligent alien elephants. They use their trunk as hand, including this trope.
  • At one point in the X-Wing Series, some of the Wraiths claim that if they fill Runt's nostrils with ball bearings, he can sneeze them out during missions with sufficient force to penetrate light body armor. Then they lose the ability to maintain a straight face while saying this and crack up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Monkey Magic, both Monkey and Pigsy can attack from the air (while riding their magical clouds) with energized nasal snot streams several times the length of a football field.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: A character implanted with the Book of Vile Darkness' "Vasharan Worm Pod" can squirt parasitic worms out their nose at a 30-foot range, which kill their target within seconds if it fails a saving throw.

    Video Games 
  • A Toilet Humor example is Boogerman. As his name says, he's a pig pen superhero who uses his own excretions as weapons, mostly the boogers from his nose as projectiles as well farts and booger spits. Also carried in his Fighting Game appearance in ClayFighter 63 1/3 and its sequel Sculptor's Cut as one of the Guest Fighters of the game along with Earthworm Jim.
  • In Mega Man Battle Network Tengu Man.EXE has an attack where he elongates his nose to stab Mega Man.EXE.
  • Flame Mammoth from Mega Man X can shoot out globs of oil from his trunk that he can ignite to burn the ground.
  • WarioWare likes noses. Sometimes even to the point of making them attack!
    • WairoWare: Smooth Moves has a flying nose shoot at you in on boss minigame.
    • WarioWare: Touched has a boss minigame where you explore a "cave" that's actually a nose. Aside from Everything Trying to Kill You part of the finale involves fleeing as the nose is sneezing.
  • The early point-and-click adventure game Amerzone includes two examples, in its menagerie of bizarre wildlife, of animals that catch prey with their noses: the suckerer (a bug-eating mammal with a three-lobed extensible trunk) and the pechosaur (a small therapod with a hook-tipped "fishing line" on its snout).

    Western Animation 
  • Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender can release air from his nose hot enough to boil water and heat metal red hot.
  • Snout Spout from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power was an Eternian fireman who wore a face concealing helmet in the shape of an elephant's head. He was able to use the trunk to suck up nearby sources of water and squirt it out with the force of a heavy firehose, blasting fires (and enemies) with a jetstream of water.
  • One episode of The Fairly OddParents has Timmy wishing for his parents to be superheroes. Most of their powers are parodies of famous ones, so the mother can shoot spiderweb from her nose.
  • Meltus, Glomp, and Lunk from Mixels all have large noses and allergies, which, combined with their elements, lets them weaponize their abilities. Meltus has fire breath from his nose, Glomp has sticky slime that can propel himself upwards, and Lunk has frozen snot and ice-cold breath.
  • Tara from SheZow has several mucus-based superpowers that she projects from her nose, including the Booger Bomb and the Super Slimy Snot Shot. The squicky nature of her powers is why she never made it as a superhero and ended up becoming a supervillain.
  • In the Silly Symphonies short "Elmer Elephant", the title character uses his trunk as a fire hose to put out a blaze in his girlfriend's home.
  • From SpongeBob SquarePants in the episode "Shanghied", where SpongeBob and Patrick try to escape from The Flying Dutchman while grabbing his favorite sock, the Dutchman catches up to them and tries to shoot flames coming from his nostrils. The Dutchman relents when Spongebob defends himself with the sock.