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"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 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. One speculation is that children tend to have small, upturned noses, and since Children Are Innocent, large noses are associated with age and lack of said innocence. (This is similar to Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.)


This is a common characteristic in anti-Semitic stereotypes, especially if the nose in question is crooked and many Greedy Jew stereotypes can be found with some kind of beak-like nose. The word "schnoz" derives from "schnozzle" which in turn derives from the Yiddish "shnoits" for "snout".

A very common feature of the Wicked Witch, and consequently often shows up on the Witch Classic as well even when she's not meant to be portrayed as sinister.

It's also sometimes done in Anime, usually as a 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 & Manga 
  • Dog Master Galf in Fist of the North Star.
  • One Piece
    • Blackbeard from has a rather noticeable nose, and is a villain.
    • The villain with the most evil-looking nose is obviously Arlong. Not only is his nose longer than Usopp's, it's shaped like a saw! Of course, he isn't human, but this feature is unusual even among Fishmen.
    • Both Emperor Charlotte Linlin and her villainous son Charlotte Perospero have very big noses.
    • Double subverted with Kaku, who was presented as a nice, upstanding guy in the Water 7 saga... but actually was The Mole.
  • 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 CEO of Detnerat has one in My Hero Academia, which undergoes a noticeable Art Shift when he's showing his true colors as the leader of the Meta Liberation Army. Usually it's quite cartoonish, but as a villain it's depicted as more realistic and with a noticeable hook.

    Comic Books 
  • Firefly: The Sting: The head nun has a long, pointed nose and is antagonistic, locking up Zoe so that she'll be forced to join the convent.
  • 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. The most evil character in the comics, and he has the longest nose of any character.
  • Rastapopoulos in Tintin.
    • This is even lampshaded in one volume, where one of his own mooks (accidentally) likens his nose to that of a proboscis monkey.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Four villain the Mole Man has a big, bulbous nose. (And he can use it too.)
  • Variously used in Asterix. While the Gauls all have big tomato-like noses (a characteristic of many Franco-Belgian Comics), several villains have them as well. Julius Caesar has a tall, pointy nose, but so do several heroic characters (and women meant to be attractive more than humorous are shown with more normal noses as well. Apart from Cleopatra of course, whose long pointy nose is actually commented on as being outstandingly attractive by everyone).

    Films — Animation 

    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.
  • Star Wars:
    • Watto in Episode I: The Phantom Menace has a huge, trunk-like nose, which contributed to the case of critics who called him an anti-Semitic stereotype.
    • 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. According to McDiarmid himself, the reason why he was chosen to play Palpatine in the first place is because Lucas took notice of that very nose.note 
    • 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.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl:
    • Captain Barbossa, played by the aforementioned Mr. Rush, keeps his distinctive nose in skeletal form while the lower-ranking crew lose theirs.
    • Subverted in the second film: Davy Jones had a strong nose when he was human, but in his Cthulhumanoid form is completely noseless.
  • Funny Man: As part of his Villainous Harlequin appearance, the Funny Man has a very crooked nose.
  • Thunderball: Emilio Largo, the Big Bad, has a prominent hook nose.

  • 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.
  • As I Darken gives the anti heroine, Lada, a hooked nose, which is mentioned a couple times. While she isn't the villain of the story, she is ugly, somewhat cruel, and violent—and other people see her as this trope because of her nose and her ugliness.
  • The protagonist of The Pyat Quartet has a prominent nose. He laments that this makes people assume that he's one of those shifty Jews, which he isn't, not one bit, no sirree!
  • Agatha Christie often indulged in anti-Semitism in her early books. The Secret of Chimneys has Isaacstein, the Greedy Jew and a generally unpleasant character, described as having "a generous curve" to his "big nose".

    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.
  • Farscape. In "Coup By Clam", Villain of the Week Doctor Tumii has an impressively-sized nose (albeit with squick-inducing snot) that gets bitten off by Rygel towards the end of the episode.
  • Averted in M*A*S*H where Max Klinger's heart and fundamental decency are as big as his nose. although, as Hawkeye remarked, he once sustained 50% traumatic bodily damage necessitating life-preserving major surgery and intensive medical support when he broke his nose...

  • Gorillaz:
    • The Boogie Man has an extremely long nose. It's the only facial feature visible.
    • Murdoc's adoptive father Sebastian Niccals has a long, comical nose. He also put Murdoc through many long years of humiliation and financial exploitation, boasting a list of sins that would, according to Rise of the Ogre, "put Bill Sykes to shame."
    • Murdoc himself is a subversion of this trope. His nose is in fact broken so severely that it doesn't even look like a nose anymore. He's also a hedonistic, Chaotic Stupid lech that's implied to be the Antichrist himself.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Long hooked Noses are often used to identify Villains in Japanese Shadow Puppet Shows.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce and Star Resistance gives us Sunny Day, sporting a long mosquito-like snout flowing out from his propeller-topped head. He and Funny Face form a duo of lieutenants in the Dark Force army, nominally comedy relief but dangerous tools of Dark Force all the same, commanding mechanized troops and relishing in attacking civilians. Star Resistance also introduces Moon Base, a bioroid enemy deployed as base defense and an expert is saturating the screen with as many bullets on its own as the entirety of their escort units combined.
  • 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.
  • 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. Mario and Luigi both also have large noses but they are of the non-sinister type. The difference is that Mario and Luigi have noses that are less noticeable because they are smooth, round, and the same color as the rest of their faces while Wario and Waluigi have noses that stand out on their faces because they are beak-like and an unhealthy-looking bright pink.
  • Igor from the Persona series is an aversion; in spite of his shnoz he's nothing but helpful. Persona 5 has the main villain impersonating Igor for most of the game, meaning it's subverted—while when disguised as Igor he has the trademark can-opener-nose, his true form has a robotic flat face.
  • Mordoc the Evil Sorcerer from Dragon's Lair 2, not only has a huge nose, there's a small twig growing on it!
  • Darkest Dungeon: Most of the vampires seen in the Crimson Court DLC have some impressively pointy and elongated noses. There is a reason for this, however, and it's the fact the curse turned their noses into mosquito proboscises, complete with blood-sucking capacity.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • John Kricfalusi refers to this as the "turd sniffer" on John K. Stuff:
    "I'm not sure if Disney invented it, but animators know that the quickest way to turn the audience against someone is to have them sniff the ceremonial turd. Decent people instinctively know you shouldn't be poking your nose around that area and won't root for the turd sniffer."

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Pedro Pascal, who portrays villains and anti-heroes across various mediums, sometimes refers to his "sharp nose" as a reason he'll "probably be playing bad guys forever..."
  • The Sarchosuchus Imperatortranslation  (basically a giant prehistoric crocodile) had a muzzle six feet long with 132 teeth. It was most likely a lot like modern day crocs: big, mean, and can muscle out anyone stupid and small enough to try and tangle with it.
  • Males of quite a few species of large seal sport a tremendous trunk-like snout, and are extremely aggressive about defending their beaches from trespassing rivals or predators.
  • The Avon S6 NBC Respirator, made famous by the Special Air Service during the Iranian Embassy Siege, features a distinctive nose.