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"She doesn't have any holes in her nose."
"Neither do you! This is a cartoon! Since when does the artist amuse 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.

Sudden Anatomy may allow The Noseless to grow a nose when needed. Conversely, Invisible Anatomy will let them act as if they do have a nose even when using it. See also The Blank, who has no facial features at all.


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Single characters drawn without a nose:

  • The Vive Sin Drogas ads feature a boy who does not have a visible nose. The rapping flower does not have a nose either, though in its case it's understandable since flowers don't have noses in real life.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The anime includes a noseless Meowth in the Team Rocket trio. Though he's often shown to be able to smell things anyway, 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 Pokémon, Meloetta also lacks a visible nose.
  • 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.
  • Koshi Rikdo's Author Avatar in Excel♡Saga is the only character in the series to lack a nose, for some reason.

    Comic Books 
  • Gray from Bigfoot & Gray on the Run, which is particularly contrasting to the other main characters' large, bulbous noses. Arguably justified in that he's an alien.
  • 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.
  • Red Robin: Goliath appears to have no nose. His hinted extraterrestrial origin may be to blame.
  • Robin: The Curator's unnatural apperance includes a lack of nose.
  • Infamously inverted in 1970's Iron Man comics. According to legend, Stan Lee once looked over an artist's depiction of Iron Man and asked, "Where's his nose?" Stan only meant that the artist had drawn Tony's helmet so snug that there logically wouldn't be room for his nose, but the artist assumed Stan wanted him to draw the helmet with a nose piece.

    Films — Animation 
  • Even Disney will occasionally suffer from this: Both Pocahontas and Esmeralda are occasionally drawn without noses.
  • Anger from Inside Out is the only Emotion to not have a nose.

    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 
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine:
    • The game takes place in an old animation studio. The studio's cartoon star, Bendy, is drawn without a nose.
    • Same with Edgar. The other four known characters from the cartoons all have noses, though.
  • Clea (2019): The chaos spiders have no noses.
  • Frosty Nights: Green, one of the Snowlems constantly entering your room to eat you, doesn't have a nose.
  • Kâbus 22: The Maduns, the main monsters of the game, only have a mouth full of sharp teeth on the front of their heads.
  • Some Robot Master characters in the Mega Man (Classic) games are noseless, such as Cut Man, Flash Man, and Gemini Man.
  • The default player skins, Steve and Alex, in Minecraft do not have noses. However, it is possible to have a nose with custom skins.
  • Princess Peach from the Super Mario Bros. franchise is drawn this way in the Paper Mario games.
  • Many Pokémon lack a nose, as does Milo from Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • A classmate in Princess Waltz appears as a hulking brute lacking a nose. He seems much nicer, though.
  • Several of the campers in Psychonauts are without a nose, including Clem and 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.
  • Pylons: None of the kids in the game, not even the Player Character, have a nose or mouth on their faces.
  • White Noise Online: The supernatural creature stalking the investigators doesn't have eyes or a nose.

    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.
  • For some reason Tsuki from Tsuki Desu has no nose.

  • 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.
  • Hypergamouse has Yuki-Chan, an in-universe anime character whose nose is rendered as a tiny dot. Keep in mind she's a mouse.

    Web Videos 
  • Crossed Lines: Not a single one of the locomotive characters have noses.

    Western Animation 
  • Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Often lampshaded, such as Billy noticing it when they were toddlers. He put an ice cream cone on her face to "fix it". She seems a bit touchy about it.
    Fred Fredburger: *pointing at Mandy's face, Mandy scowls* "NO NOSE! NO NOSE!"
  • Mamemo: The titular Mamemo doesn't have a nose. Of course, she's the only one on the show who doesn't, since the cow characters seem to have them.
  • Many of the characters in SpongeBob SquarePants, particularly Patrick and Plankton. Lampshaded on numerous occasions.
  • April Stewart of The Funky Phantom it seems to lack a nose, the nostrils being only visible when the camera focuses on it from the front (most of the times). In the times that he focuses on her in profile, it is seen that she does indeed have a nose.
  • Ed and Bev Bighead in Rocko's Modern Life. The former even lampshades this in two episodes while the latter did temporarily get a nose herself in one episode.
  • The Powerpuff Girls are drawn without noses, nor is Sedusa viewed from nearly any angle but profile.
  • Wakfu: Iops like Sadlygrove and Sacriers like Kriss Krass aren't drawn with noses. They've still been shown to smell things, with or without gaining nostrils.
  • The cats in Catscratch are noseless.
  • Most of the girls on Fred's 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.
  • Shelley from Will and Dewitt does not have a nose.
  • Several of the characters in Home Movies have no visible nose, then there are glaring exceptions like Brendon.
  • Zim from Invader Zim. However, he can get away with it because he's an alien.
  • Particularly most of the monsters in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, such as Ickis and Oblina.
  • 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.)
  • Smelly Pete from Those Scurvy Rascals seems to have no nose, just nostril holes.

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

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Claymore, 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.
  • Most female characters in Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan are drawn without noses, while male characters typically have a single line on their face to indicate a nose.

    Asian Animation 
  • Kalo and the Adelians from Happy Heroes, unlike the Human Aliens, don't have visible noses... until Season 10, where noses were added to their design as part of the series' Art Shift.
  • Simple Samosa zig-zags the trope, with some characters having noses while others lack one. Of the four main characters, Jalebi is the only with a visible nose, but it can only be seen when her head is viewed from the side.

  • An in-universe example in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. None of the characters in pictures drawn by Rowley Jefferson have noses.
  • Many of the Mr. Men lack visible noses, especially from pre-1978.

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

  • Any and all LEGO minifigures. There are a few exceptions, like Timmy from LEGO Time Cruisers and various characters from the Wild West line. Ironically, the minifigure version of Lord Voldemort, who is famously noseless in the Harry Potter films, has nostrils, which is closer to a nose than what most minifigs have.
  • Some Bratz dolls lack noses, and their animated forms don't have them either.
  • Most of the Tamagotchis in Tamagotchi don't have a nose, though there are exceptions (Pochitchi, who is meant to look like a dog, is one example).

    Video Games 
  • In American Arcadia, the art style does no depict a nose on any character though the face is otherwise normally proportioned.
  • In the first Diner Dash game, all the characters (except the background chef in shadow that appears whenever food is being cooked) were depicted without visible noses. They gained progressively prominent noses with the Art Evolution over the later installments.
  • 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).
    • Averted in Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015); according to Tetsuya Nomura it was the source of a healthy debate among the design staff. While it's considered an iconic element of Yoshida's art style, they eventually decided that it would clash with Dissidia's more realistic art style and would just look weird.
  • 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 works, which use oldschool 2D graphics by default.
  • Most of Edmund McMillen's characters lack noses, because "noses aren't cute!"

    Visual Novels 
  • The anthropomorphic dog and cat characters that make up the cast of the Purrfect Apawcalypse series are consistently drawn without noses.

    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. After his death, almost all styles carried this trait over except for "Saloonatics". Lampshaded in the episode "Surf & Turf Wars Part 1", where a lobster tries to pinch Matt’s nose, only for him to point out that he doesn’t have one.
  • Everyone in Napster Bad, which only makes the characters even more grotesque.
  • AstroLOLogy renders most of the characters without noses, barring a few animals.
  • Draw with Me, both of the characters are lacking noses.


    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, Officer Barbrady 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.
  • Big City Greens' has an art style wherein none of the characters are drawn with noses.
  • 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.
  • 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 type two and having a lot of type one; 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.
  • Steven Universe
    • The show has special, simplified character designs for long-distance shots which omit noses except for Pearl's because it's part of her silhouette. The art styles in "Garnet's Universe", Attack the Light, Save the Light, and Unleash The L Ight are all based on said models, including humanoids lacking noses.
    • In-universe, "Barn Mates" has Steven draws a rather animesque picture. Peridot questions the lack of noses and fingers in it. Steven says that the lack of noses is a stylistic choice while the lack of fingers is due to him having difficulties drawing them.
  • None of the characters in Jelly Jamm have visible noses.

Characters who literally don't have noses:

  • BoBoiBoy: Several aliens apparently don't have noses.
    • The cube-headed Kubulus species lack noses, something Adu Du points out about himself when Probe tries to cover his "nose" when the room gets filled with sleeping gas. Computer states that their lack of noses is how the Kubulus still manage to live on Planet Ata Ta Tiga despite all the toxic waste from industrialisation.
    • The 2nd movie's main villain, Retak'ka, has no nose.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: 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.
  • Hero Killer Stain from My Hero Academia. Given the Cast of Snowflakes, one can be excused for initially assuming that his apparent lack of a nose is simply a stylistic choice, but after his mask comes off its revealed that he had a nose, but there's nothing but gruesome scars now.
  • The Ayakashi Triangle version of the kubire oni is a Stringy Haired Ghost with no nose.

    Comic Books 
  • In Femforce, villainess Nanette Walters, a.k.a. 'No-Nose Nanette', received her nickname after he nose was bitten off by the supervillain Rip-Jaw.

    Films — Animation 
  • A majority of the Uglydolls in UglyDolls lack noses. In particular is Ugly Dog, who points out that it would be much easier to sniff things out "if [he] had a nose". When putting makeup on him in a later part of the movie, Mandy simply puts powder where his nose should be, leaving an awkward patch on the center of his face.

    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.
  • Several of the Cenobites in various Hellraiser films are lacking noses.
  • Davy Jones' squid-like mutations in Pirates of the Caribbean have left him with smooth skin where a nose should be.
  • The Neimoidians in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and the Duros (who look like The Greys) in the cantina in A New Hope. According to the Star Wars Legends, the two species are related.
  • 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.
  • Nothing but Trouble: Judge Valkenheiser takes off his fake nose in his private quarters. Chris, who is secretly observing this from a wall cavity, has to restrain himself from gagging.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: The People Eater has an elaborate metal nose cover to cover what's left of his nose after leprosy.

  • Erik from The Phantom of the Opera as one of his main skull-like characteristics.
  • 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, who's described as looking like a snake (bald, noseless, slit pupils) although he wasn't always this way. He became gradually hideously disfigured as a side effect of making Horcruxes and ended up looking like a snake after managing to create a new body. 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.
  • The adulterous wife of the title character in Bisclavret has her nose bitten off by her werewolf husband; she and her lover go on to have daughters who are born without noses. (The lai probably alludes to medieval law codes that prescribed nose mutilation as a punishment for adulterous wives and/or prostitutes.)
  • Played for Drama in The Silence of Bones by June Hur. All the victims of the killer, including Lady O and later Scholar Ahn, have had their noses cut off with a knife, which puzzles the investigators. It's later revealed by the killer, Officer Shim Daejeok, that he cut their noses to remind himself they were heretics. He also cuts off Woorim's nose, but she is saved by Soel.
  • Lamprey in Exiles of ColSec is described as having a nose so smashed as to hardly be there, to go with his overall cadaverous appearance.
  • Jeff the Killer has no nose in sight. Of course, there's a good reason for this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a host segment in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "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.
  • The first Big Bad of Pennyworth, Lord James Harwood, got his nose cut off by the Torture Technicians known as "Barbers" at the Tower of London. He then replaced it with prosthetics once he was released and got back in shape, eventually settling on a chromed metal nose.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Silence, although it appears they might have nostrils, it looks like they have no definable nose.
    • The 9th Doctor talks about dogs that don't have noses on the planet Barcelona.
    • The design of the Cybermen has changed a great deal over the years but they're always lacking in noses.
  • Although The Cryptkeeper in Tales from the Crypt is lacking quite a bit of flesh he was noseless even in his infancy.
  • 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 two-parter "Bargaining, Part 1 & Part 2". 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!"
  • Vecna in Stranger Things has no nose. It's revealed that he was Henry Creel and lost at some point after being banished to the Upside Down.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The Far Side:
    • A guy, seen only from behind, is pitching his book to a publisher: "The Man Without A Nose". The publisher says he is guessing the work is autobiographical.
    • "Mom! Dad! The Nose Fairy left me a whole quarter!"

    Video Games 
  • Although many of the creatures in Bendy and the Ink Machine don't have noses, most cases are due to being featureless in general. However, any character-based creature whose character didn't have a nose shown in the 2D doesn't have a nose for real in the 3D.
    • Being based of Bendy, the Ink Demon doesn't have a nose.
    • None of the Edgar clones have noses.
  • Some of the Splicers in BioShock and 2 have faces so deformed that they have a flab of flesh cover the part of their face where their nose would normally be.
  • 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.
  • The ghouls in the Fallout series have gaping holes where their noses once were.
  • Every Zombie in Plants vs. Zombies invariably has their nose rotted away, only having nostril holes.
  • Twisted Metal: Black: Billy Ray Stillwell, who was left deformed after being sprayed by crop-duster chemicals.

  • 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.
  • Questionable Content: Many Artificial Intelligences, especially those using older, less humanoid chasses, lack noses, but the more recent designs, that also have hair and wear clothes, sometimes have them. There is a trend among these more human-like robots to forgo the nose, however, such as Beepatrice, this receptionist, this mechanic, and this scientist. New AI characters are now more likely to be noseless than not.

    Web Original 
  • The creeper known as "the grinning man" is often described as having no nose.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • According to Word of God, while most characters are simply drawn without noses, Finn actually doesn't have one. Farmworld Finn, on the other hand, does. Lack of noses is apparently a genetic mutation caused by the lingering aftereffects of the Mushroom War, which is why humans born before the Mushroom War (like the Ice King) still have them. Ditto for Farmworld Finn, who was born in an alternate universe where the war never happened.
    • Zig-zagged in regards to Fionna in Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake. Her noselessness seems to be stylization, since she grows nostrils when she takes a deep breath at one point and she comes from a mundane universe where not having a nose wouldn't make sense. However, while she was in Farmworld, a thug threatens to cut off her nose before remarking that someone beat him to it, which she reacts to with a confused look.
  • This seems to be a common feature of centaurs in Centaurworld. Even the more realistically rendered Elktaur and minotaurs with centaur components lack noses.
  • Futurama:
    • In the 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. It turns out that they mistook his nose for his penis.
    • Bender, on the other hand, is typically noseless, since robots don't need noses. He once said he had a nose, he just doesn't wear the thing.
    • Also, Zoidberg. Especially Zoidberg.
  • Cod Commando from Evil Con Carne is a fish who doesn't have a nose which serves as a plot device for his introduction in The Smell of Vengeance.
  • 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.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Although Mandy is initially the first type, her lack of a nose eventually gets pointed out so often that's it's functionally like she really doesn't have one.
    • Billy once had his nose taken away by a "nasalmancer" who himself misplaced his nose after removing it.
  • Similarly, 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 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": Cloyd says he can't smell the stink that Rocky and Bullwinkle are smelling, and Gidney says, "Cloyd, we don't have noses!"
  • The Reach in Young Justice (2010) are Rubber-Forehead Aliens without noses.
  • Jenny Wakeman in My Life as a Teenage Robot doesn't have a real nose, although the shape her head takes in 3/4 or profile suggests her face follows the general contour of one with a nose.
  • Due to being Artificial Humans mutated with Chemical X, The Powerpuff Girls have no fingers, toes, or noses.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Sapphires, Aquamarines, Rutiles, Nephrites, Pebbles, and some varieties of Quartz (including Biggs Jaspers) normally lack noses.
    • Jasper has her gemstone in place of a nose. Another Jasper with a different gemstone location does have a nose.
  • None of the alien creatures in Tiny Planets have visible 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 is similar, but the characters just have empty space on their faces instead of anything resembling or taking place of a nose.
  • Olaf the emperor penguin from Kaeloo, but then again, he's a bird, and real life birds don't have noses. In one episode, Stumpy and Quack Quack try to attack him with smelly gas, which doesn't work since he doesn't have a nose.
  • On The Brak Show, Brak and his mom are aliens and don't have noses – although Brak is so clueless that he never notices until his mom points it out to him, at which point he panics because he assumes he can't breathe. The rest of the episode deals with him wearing a prosthetic nose to attract ladies.
  • Ready Jet Go!: Face 9000, a floating computer, does not have a nose. He only has eyes and a mouth.

    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).
  • Congenital arrhinia, a very rare disorder (only 37 cases diagnosed around the world) where babies are born with no nose. Example: Eli Thompson, born March 4, 2015, in Mobile, AL.
  • 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. Some accounts claim that his exceptionally accurate measurements were due to his ability to remove his false noses at will, so as to perfectly align his eye with his sextant.
  • 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 Star Wars: A New Hope, Mark Hamill was in a car accident which virtually destroyed his nose (downplayed as he didn't actually lose his nose, but the bone in it shattered). Fortunately, plastic surgeons were able to restore it.
  • Downplayed by Danniella Westbrook of EastEnders fame, but around 2000 her nasal septum was completely eroded as a result of the heavy cocaine addiction she had back then (which she had already been fired for once). There are pictures of her in this state. Happy googling.
  • 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. Ironically, one of their closest relatives is the proboscis monkey.
  • 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, due to Monumental Damage sometime in the past few thousand years.
  • A common result of leprosy and syphilis.
  • War is hell, and what doesn't kill you does not make you stronger. Enter doctor Jacques Joseph, the pioneer of rhinoplasty, who got famous helping WWI soldiers with disfigured faces and earned his nickname "Nosejoseph". Go on, google him and a few of his patients.
  • Removal or slitting of the nose was a common way to deal with political opponents in the Byzantine Empire, especially rival claimants to the throne as the emperor's face had to be unblemished. This system worked until Justinian II, who after having his nose removed had a smith craft him a new one made of gold; gold being sufficiently 'royal' for him to ascend to the throne (and chop off the heads of his mutilators). Following Justinian II, castration or blinding became commonplace instead as they couldn't be replaced with prosthetics.
  • Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) appear to be this, since their noses are their blowholes.

When I was a kid, I had a dog with no nose.
How did he smell?


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Alternative Title(s): No Nose


"What's a nose?"

All characters in asdfmovie have no noses anyway, but the final skit of asdfmovie13 explicitly calls attention to the fact.

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