Cyranose de Bergerac, a poet with a foot-long nose, tries to help the Queen of France finish her poem in a "Monsterpiece Theater" segment in season 23 of Sesame Street. Unfortunately, the word used to finish it is the word that makes him very angry which is "nose." Hearing that word makes him go into a frenzy, swishing his nose back and forth like a sword. The segment was written by Tony Geiss.
After this segment aired, Cyranose appeared in a few episodes throughout the 1990s, including Episode 3010, Episode 3233 and Episode 3382. He also made a brief cameo in an Elmo's World episode about noses (performed by Joey Mazzarino and with a pink nose instead).
The character was inspired by Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac.