[[quoteright:320:[[Creator/MarilynMonroe http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beauty_mark_monroe_6670.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:320: Like a cute little ink drop.]]

-> "I used to date this one girl; she had a beauty mark on her cheek. That's sexy, we fellers like that. Like Creator/CindyCrawford. Well we get to kissin' and stuff. I get a look at it. ''It was a tick!''"
-->-- '''Creator/LarryTheCableGuy'''

Beauty marks are facial moles. They are called that because, over the course of history, they have at times been considered an attractive feature. Generally, to be considered attractive, a mole has to be small, not protrude from the person's face, and definitely not have any hairs growing from it. They will usually be either above the lip or below the eye. Fake beauty marks have sometimes been fashionable, especially in the 18th century. Most fake moles were made of silk or velvet, and were sometimes cut into shapes like stars or hearts.

This trope is about how facial moles have been handled in fiction, whether they were true [[BeautyMark Beauty Marks]] or just plain disgusting moles. There have been dozens of stories resolved because of the discovery of "the family birthmark". A common gag in comedies featuring a character with a mole is having it explicitly revealed to be fake, or else have the mole spontaneously move around the character's face between close-ups. Occasionally, the ChosenOne has this. And occasionally, just occasionally, the presence of a mole means a skin cancer plot is approaching.

In {{anime}}, a tragic character will sometimes have a mole near the outside corner of one eye, because in Japan such a mark symbolizes a hard, sad life--the placement calls to mind a tear of sorrow.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* Konata Izumi (as well as her dad) in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Kyon has one on his neck, but it didn't seem to allude to anything.
** A mole on the back of the neck means the person is in danger, which being the LoveInterest of a {{Tsundere}} who [[RealityWarper subconsciously can alter reality, he certainly is.]]
** And Mikuru has one in the shape of a star on her left breast. It's a plot point because [[spoiler:older Mikuru uses it to identify herself to Kyon]].
* Kagehoshi in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' has two on her chin, and when she's described as having "two moles" Recca corrects the person who says it and calls them "beauty marks".
* Ritsuko in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. In one darkly flirtatious scene, Kaji even [[LampshadeHanging reminds her of the connection to tragedy]] while touching her cheek.
* Chizuru in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* From ''Manga/TheDemonOroron'', Ororon and Othello are rare male examples. The former has three moles underneath the left eye, and the latter has only one.
* Rui Kisugi, resident heroic FemmeFatale from ''Manga/CatsEye'' has one on her cheek.
* Chiyoko Fujiwara in ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' has the classic {{anime}} tragic mole near the corner of her left eye.
* White in ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'' also has the traditional 'tragic' mark [[http://highdefdiscnews.com/reviews/tekkonkinkreet/image2full.jpg underneath his right eye]].
* Yukina from ''Anime/SenkoNoNightRaid'' has one mole on each cheek.
* Sasha in ''Seikon No Qwaser'' has one to go with his brusque AntiHero attitude.
* Albert from ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' has a tragic mole by the corner of his left eye.
** Mercédès, Albert's mother, has one under her mouth.
* Elliot Nightray of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has a tragic mole by the corner of his left eye.
* Tyki Mikk of ''Manga/DGrayman'' has one under his left eye.
* Ayumu Yamazaki of ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'' has one near the corner of her mouth.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' CreepyTwins Yu Lan Xia and Xia Yu Fan both have one at the corner of their eyes.
* Yukio Washimine of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has one under her mouth.
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'': there's one near the corner of Fumio Usui's right eye.
* Kohane of ''Manga/XxxHolic'' has one near the corner of her left eye.
* Akira Toudou of ''Manga/SpecialA''.
* Tomoka Minato from ''Ro Kyu Bu!''.
* Maria Ross in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has one too. When Envy impersonates her, he forgets to add it, so Hughes [[SpottingTheThread realizes something's up]]. [[spoiler:It doesn't save him.]]
* Nuriko of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
* Vash from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has the standard teardrop mole under his left eye. In the manga [[spoiler:his twin brother Knives has one under his right eye.]]
* Austria from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has one on his jaw near the left corner of his mouth.
* Matsumoto of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has one beneath her lower lip.
* [[{{Bishonen}} Fried]] from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Yukio from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has three (two under the left eye and one on his chin).
* Neu from ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is revealed to have the tragic variety when Youji breaks her [[SunglassesAtNight visor]]. [[spoiler:As does Asuka, Youji's dead love interest. Guess what: they're the same person, and it... fits.]]
* The eponymous ''Manga/{{Tomie}}'' can be identified by the beauty mark below her eye.
* Wapourif from ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' has a beauty mark under her mouth.
* Hisaya Miki of ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. Considering his rather traumatic middle school experiences, it's apt.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Kotori
* Lancer from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has a small beauty mark under one of his eyes. This not only serves as the usual shorthand for a tragic life, but is also indicates that his true identity is [[CelticMythology Diarmuid ua Duibhne of the Love Spot]].
* Akashi and Hanuki from ''Anime/TheTatamiGalaxy''.
* In ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', the twin sisters Noel and Karen both have beauty marks. Karen has one under her right eye and Noel has one under her left eye.
* Honda Chizuru and her older sister, both their respective class beauties, in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. Chizu's placement near her eye falls under the "tragic" category considering her [[spoiler:pregnancy from a gang rape]] backstory.
* Mimina from ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers'' has a heart-shaped one above her tailbone.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mole Man in ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'': There are some really gross close-up shots to emphasize this.
* Both Silk Spectres from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Scandal Savage and Jeanette from ''ComicBook/SecretSix.''
* Ari, the Gorgon actress from ''TheDemonMages'', has one under her mouth.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Charlotte adds a fake one in one of her [[MakeUpIsEvil vainer and sillier moments.]]
* Roxanne from ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* TheMole has a '''huge''' hairy one above his lip in ''AustinPowers'', culminating in a memorable rant as Austin tries to get it out of his system.
* In ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', Prince John's mole moves around his face, seemingly at random.
--> '''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' Correct me if I'm wrong but, wasn't your mole on...the other side?
--> '''John:''' I have a mole?
* In ''Thoroughly Modern Milly'', Julie Andrews has a false beauty mark that sticks to a guys face when she's making out with him.
* In ''Film/TheArtist'', George draws one on Peppy, telling her she needs something to make her stand out if she wants to be famous. It works almost too well.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', even the infant queen Elora Danaan had one.
* In the original film version of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy had "the mark of the ChosenOne", a mole. Buffy was less than impressed.
-->'''Buffy:''' "All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die. Now it may not sound too great to a sconehead like you, but I think it's swell. And you come along and tell me I'm a member of the hairy mole club so you can * throw* things at me?"
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Edward Nygma subconsciously idolizes Bruce Wayne, so when he pretends to be a rich industrialist, he copies everything Bruce does, including having a (fake) mole.
-->'''Edward Nygma:''' "How's my mole?"
-->'''Sugar:''' (exasperated) "Fine."
* In ''HotShotsPartDeux'', Michelle Huddleston gives Topper Harley a mole from her face after sleeping with him. It later becomes a plot point.
* There's a mole gag in the recent film remake of ''Film/TheProducers'' that serves mainly to showcase (again) how over-the-top the CampGay director and his assistant/lover are.
* And who could forget the principal from ''UncleBuck''?
* Of course there's the classic movie ''Film/TheCourtJester''. The heir to the throne had a royal birthmark, on his royal backside. This frequently involved DannyKaye flashing the baby's bottom at crowds of people, when they would instantly bow down in reverence.
* Constantine, Kermit's CriminalDoppelganger in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', has one.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' by Thomas Harris, Clarice Starling has gunpowder burned into her cheek. It's noted that it is placed in a way that the French call 'courage'.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* An episode of ''TheNanny'' had Fran accidentally discover that a famous celebrity's famous beauty mark was fake and accidentally tell Cindy Adams.
* In Brazilian historical Soap ''Xica da Silva'' slutty dressmaker Elvira has a fake one, specially brought up from France. She places it in her cleavage.
* [[MsFanservice Audrey Horne]] in ''TwinPeaks'' has one next to her left eye.
* Since she's played by Creator/AngelCoulby, Gwen in Series/{{Merlin}} has one of the "nice" kind.
* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', Jasper's MailOrderBride Tatiana has a comically huge one on her chin.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* In ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', Xun Yu has two teardrop moles, one under each eye. His nephew Xun You has one mole at the end of each eyebrow.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* WWE wrestler Wrestling/JillianHall had a disgustingly mutated fake one when she debuted. To make matters worse, she ditched that gimmick when The Boogeyman ''ate'' it. And now she has [[HollywoodToneDeaf horrible singing]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Mia Fey has one on her chin, and when she possesses Maya and Pearl it shows up as well.
** Franziska Von Karma also has one on the left side of her face, [[AmbidextrousSprite or the right when she is looking to that side.]] Interestingly, it's ''her'' who has the "teardrop" mole, and not Mia who is the one who dies.
* Faridah Malik from VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution has one, which is unusual for a character as tomboyish as she.
** Confirmed by the developers to be a piercing, not a beauty mark.
* Margaret Moonlight of ''NoMoreHeroes'' has one on her lower left cheek. It makes sense when you see her picture...
* Main character of VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}
* Hilde of ''[[SoulSeries Soulcalibur]] IV'' has a rather prominent one just to the left of her mouth.
** Tira (debuting in ''III'') also sports one, under her right eye.
* From ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Lulu]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Fang]] both have beauty marks to accentuate their statuses.
* [[LadyOfWar Nou]][[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette hime]], wife of OdaNobunaga from ''SamuraiWarriors''. Also, [[LadyOfWar Zhen]] [[MusicalAssassin Ji]] of ''DynastyWarriors''. Both are stunningly beautiful.
* Hikari Hinomoto of ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]'' has a mole at the bottom outside corner of her left eye. It's a visual trademark of hers ; however, she [[AvertedTrope averts]] the Japanese symbol mentioned, as she's a GenkiGirl who's [[EasierThanEasy very likely]] to become the Main Protagonist's VictoriousChildhoodFriend.
* Dr Strangelove in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: Peace Walker'' has one below her lower lip, although in her case it's possibly a symptom of her sun sensitivity caused by her leucism. The Boss has a Japanese teardrop mole.
* We finally see that [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] has one in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''.
* I-no of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* Prier of ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' has one too, under her left eye. Indeed, she also has a tragic backstory like in the anime examples.
* The Three Sisters in ''{{Lufia}}: Curse of the Sinistrals'' are perfectly identical in every way except for the color of their clothes, and the location of their respective beauty marks.
* Luise from ''[[KingOfFighters KOF:Maximum Impact 2]]''
* Carmelita from ''Franchise/SlyCooper.'' Bonus points for her mole actually being visible, even though she's an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic fox]].
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* JB in the ''[[VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu Grisaia]]'' series has a little mole just below her left eye.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* GenkiGirl Daisy from ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'' has one.
* Ellie's entire family in ''Webcomic/ShotgunShuffle'' each has a unique pair of strange moles. Hers are shaped like the letter "N," Anise's are "H's," and so on. Apparently, it sometimes skips a generation, since their parents are normal, while Ginger's sons all have it.
* Rallidae Ylagan from ''Webcomic/CatNine'' has one.[[http://cat-nine.net/comic/she-seems-friendly/]]
* Amical from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' has one under his left eye.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode featured Dexter freaking out due to a lunch lady's rather unsightly mole, and of course it happens on the day when a failed experiment was causing him to broadcast his thoughts to everyone.
* Mystique Sonia from ''{{Hero 108}}''.
* Warmonga from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Jez on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* Wendy O. 'Kootie Pie' Koopa has one on her right cheek in both ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3]]'' (especially in her human form in the episode "The Beauty of Kootie"), and in the ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros Super Mario World]]'' TV series. Though, at times, you can or can't see it due to both the show's [[OffModel animation errors]].
* Master Cyclonis, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* Tak from InvaderZim.
* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily''. It was revealed in TheMovie that she drew it.
* Bea of ''FishHooks''.
* Peter Parker of TheSpectacularSpiderMan is a very rare male example, with a beauty mark underneath his eye.
* Cousin Mel from ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer''.
* Kuvira from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/MarilynMonroe's beauty mark (now pictured above) generated a new vogue for the things.
** So did that of Creator/CindyCrawford (although people suggested she get it removed, and at least one ''Vogue'' cover had it airbrushed out).
** As did Niki Taylor.
* Creator/ElizabethTaylor also had [[http://i548.photobucket.com/albums/ii322/qquila89/128.jpg?t=1272143536 a mole on her cheek]]. She recalled that in her teens, the studio wanted her to remove it, but she resisted.
* Robia La Morte has a beauty mark on the left side of her neck - shown or not shown depending on the role (shown in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'').
* The Chinese [[http://www.marthatierney.com/A_moles.htm predict a person's personality]] and love life based on the position of facial moles, much like palm reading.
* Koji Seto, best known for starring on ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', has a few; the most noticeable are the three under his left eye (shown [[http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9716/tumblrl9tyozppzo1qb2iqy.jpg here]].)
* Koshi Inaba of B'z has one on his [[http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/8145/16283620.jpg chin]]. Among B'z fans, it has reached memetic level with many joking it is his source of power.
* Creator/AngelCoulby has one on her cheek, near her nose.
* The late pornstar Britney Madison.
* Like Creator/CindyCrawford and Niki Taylor, fellow model Kate Upton sports one (on the right side of her face just above her upper lip).
* Creator/BlakeLively has one near her nose on the right.
* PaulaAbdul's left cheek has one.
* Ginger Rogers had a rather large one on her jaw just below the left corner of her mouth. It was usually covered up with makeup in most movies and publicity photos from early in her carrier.
* Dylan O'Brien of ''Series/TeenWolf'' fame, has a fair number of them.. the most noticeable one? On his right cheek, as seen [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcyd8wXlKX1qgannvo1_1280.jpg here]]
* There was a fashion for false beauty marks made of cloth in pre-Revolution France, called mouches (flies). Their placement gave information about the wearer's mood.
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