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The nose can say a lot about a fictional individual's characterization, as well as being a quick and visceral way to reflect both internal and external damage.

The following is a list of tropes dealing with the noses of characters and creatures, including tropes relating to their sense of smell or sneezing.

  • Anticipatory Breath Spray: A character anticipating a kiss makes sure their breath doesn't stink.
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  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: Someone puts their finger near their nose to try and prevent themselves from sneezing.
  • "Aww"-choo: Sneezes that sound and/or look cute.
  • Congestion Speak: When a character in a written work has a stuffy nose, their dialogue replaces certain consonants.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Dying person bleeds from their nose.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Evil beings smell awful.
  • Follow Your Nose: A character flies to a smell that goes to their nose.
  • Freeze Sneeze: A character sneezes from being cold.
  • Gag Nose: A character has a comically bulbous nose.
  • Good Smells Good: Good beings smell wonderful.
  • Humans Are Smelly: Humans always smell bad to other species.
  • Inconvenient Itch: A character has an itch they can't scratch.
  • Nasal Trauma: Something unpleasant happens to a character's nose.
  • Nasal Weapon: Using one's own nose as a means of attack.
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  • Nosebleed: Nosebleeds equal sexual attraction.
  • The Nose Knows: Super powerful smelling abilities.
  • The Noseless: A character who doesn't have a nose.
  • Nose Nuggets: Jokes about boogers and/or snot.
  • Nose Shove: Pushing objects into one's nose.
  • Nose Tapping: When a character taps their nose, they "know" something.
  • Pepper Sneeze: Inhaling pepper makes you sneeze.
  • Perfumigation: A character creating or wearing perfume, cologne, or other kind of scent which they think is great, but it actually draws reactions of revulsion from others.
  • Perverted Sniffing: When a character audibly sniffs another character, indicating they have an unhealthy and often very creepy attraction to them.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Powerful psychic abilities cause epistaxis.
  • Signature Scent: A character with a smell that instantly identifies them.
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  • Sinister Schnoz: A villain with a pointy nose.
  • Smells of Death: A character who's either dead or close to dead will smell bitter, dirty, or rotting.
  • Sneeze Cut: You sneeze when you are mentioned or talked about elsewhere.
  • Sneeze Interruption: A joke or plot point about someone being interrupted by a sneeze.
  • Sneeze of Doom: A character sneezes at the worst possible time.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: Sniffing something before biting, eating, or licking it.
  • Snot Bubble: A bubble of snot from one nostril that inflates and deflates in sync with the breathing and/or snoring of sleeping characters.
  • Spraying Drink from Nose: Forcing milk or another drink or liquid out of one's nose during laughter.
  • Stinky Flower: A flower that smells bad.
  • Visible Odor: A visible, sometimes color-coded, smell.
  • Wilting Odor: A smell so awful it degrades the environment.