When I was young, around 1980, my father read me a story about a monster named "Rope-Nose," who had (unsurprisingly) a long nose that was flexible like a rope. I'm not sure if it was an authentic Slavic fairy tale or something written by a modern author in the same style.
Rope-Nose had taken to killing and eating villagers, and a clever fellow was sent out to deal with the problem. The clever man approached the monster and convinced him that he wanted to paint his picture. First, he got Rope-Nose to sit on a horse, to make him look more majestic; then he convinced the monster to let his long nose be tied to a tree branch overhead, so it wouldn't be obstructing his face.
You probably see where this is going, but Rope-Nose, being a fairy tale ogre, did not. The clever fellow spooks the horse, which runs off, leaving Rope-Nose dangling helplessly in space. At that point, the tsar's troops are called in to shoot him with their cannons, ending the threat.