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Freckles are associated with being young and given to both children and teens to emphasize their age. It can also be used to brand a younger person as a misfit, perhaps because it's a easily visible mark that other children can make fun of.

Freckles are caused by exposure to sunlight, especially on those with fair skin. The propensity to freckle is determined by genetics. Redheads are genetically associated with both fair skin and freckles, although Hollywood tends to overemphasize the connection, similar to SignificantGreenEyedRedhead.

Because freckles are caused by sunlight exposure they are associated with those who run around outside all the time, symbolizing youthful energy (in both positive and negative forms). Freckles can be used to symbolize youthful innocence as well. They can also be a sign of poverty, as poor children are more likely to be FreeRangeChildren.

Aside from the association with red hair, different hair colors combined with freckles can indicate something about the character:

'''Black hair and freckles''': This character may be East Asian with a touch of ButNotTooForeign.

'''Brown hair and freckles''': Such characters are often HollywoodHomely, especially nerds. But it can be found on the GirlNextDoor and {{adorkable}} characters as well.

'''Blonde hair and freckles''': Common on the BrattyHalfPint, and somewhat of the PhenotypeStereotype of [[DeepSouth American southerners]].

Some archetypes commonly given freckles include:
* BrattyHalfPint
* TagAlongKid
* RedheadedStepchild
* ClassClown
* ButtMonkey or ChewToy
* UnluckyEverydude or older boys

Girls with freckles have some additional associations, as freckles tend to be associated with girlish innocence. They are FetishFuel to some people.

* {{Tomboy}} (since she's active outdoors)
* OneOfTheBoys
* GirlNextDoor
* GirlishPigtails (to emphasize the innocence)
* PluckyGirl

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ahiru from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.
* Gemini Sunrise in ''[[VideoGame/SakuraTaisen Sakura Wars V]]''.
* Makoto from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has freckles. He dislikes them, thinking they make him look less cute. His mother also has freckles.
* Sasami from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has these, but they tend to appear and disappear depending on the scene/series/incarnation/[[OffModel frame of animation]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Ace has these; odd given that he's in his twenties and a great deal less childish than his brother Luffy. [[spoiler:His backstory though makes it pretty clear that he fell under the BrattyHalfPint category.]]
** His mother also had these, and she clearly fell into PluckyGirl territory.
** A non-canon example: Amanda from the second TV special has freckles.
* Max from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
* Candy from ''Manga/CandyCandy''. {{Tomboy}}? Check. GirlishPigtails? Check. PluckyGirl? Check!
* Outside of ''Decode'', Tsutomu Senkawa from ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty''.
* From ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'', Yakisobapanman's younger sister, Yakisobakasu. Her name's actually [[PunnyName a pun]] on yakisoba (like her brother, her head is made out of yakisobapan, a bun filled with yakisoba, so the noodles act as their hair), and of sobakasu, which means "freckle".
* Lolo Endive of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', a brown-haired GenkiGirl with GirlishPigtails.
* Several characters in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' have them.
** Marco Bott is the Brown haired, {{adorkable}} variant.
** Ymir has the Black-haired variant, which works since [[spoiler:she has Titan powers and is from a completely different culture/group than the rest of the cast]].
** Hannah is the standard red-haired variety.
** Ilse Lagner had them, which is significant since [[spoiler:she was an IdenticalStranger to Ymir. It confuses a Titan she encounters, and allows her to leave vital information behind in her ApocalypticLog]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Freckles Friendly from ''ComicBook/RichieRich''.
* Rosharch from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is in the misfit category.
* Archie Andrews in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.
* Jimmy Olsen from ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', DependingOnTheArtist.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The 1915-45 comic strip ''Freckles and His Friends''.
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'':
** Dennis Mitchell -- BrattyHalfPint
** Margaret Wade -- PluckyGirl
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Young Ellie from {{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is a {{Tomboy}} GirlNextDoor.
* {{Rapunzel}} from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* Princess Mérida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} has freckles and is also a PluckyGirl[=/=]Tomboy.
* In an unusually literal example, Odette in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' had [[http://hq55.com/disney/swan1/swan1-disneyscreencaps.com-511.jpg freckles]], for just one summer while she was a {{tomboy}}. Once she grew into a more elegant, feminine woman the freckles were gone again.
* Princess Anna and Queen Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Natalya Rudakova in ''Film/TheTransporter 3'', playing the kidnapped daughter Frank is forced to drive around with him. She certainly proves troublesome until they warm up to each other.
* Elizabeth Swann in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has lots of freckles as a child, and none as an adult.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* All of the Weasley kids in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** Ron: UnluckyEverydude
** Percy: ButtMonkey
** The Twins: ClassClown
** Ginny: GirlNextDoor
* Jack Merridew in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''.
* Julianne Moore's children's book ''Freckleface Strawberry'' is about a young girl.
* Literature/PippiLongstocking has GirlishPigtails and is a {{Tomboy}}.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Anne is the PluckyGirl type with GirlishPigtails like Pippi.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' [[LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels novels]], '''[[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!]]''' and [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Jennifer]]'s daughter [[Characters/DisgaeaNovels Jane]] gains these along with GirlishPigtails in her second appearance, where she is 13.
* Freckles in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''.
* Nyumba in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* Pepper of ''Literature/GoodOmens'', the [[FieryRedhead red-headed, short-tempered]], only girl member of [[CheerfulChild Them]] who has "a face which was not so much freckled as one big freckle with occasional areas of skin".
* Tash Arranda of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.
* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Piper dislikes her freckles.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', Jenny has them. Which marks her out from the Sidhe, whose beauty is perfectly pale skin.
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice Löwenström has red hair and freckles. Not to mention that's she's a {{Tomboy}} and a PluckyGirl.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/PunkyBrewster is a {{Tomboy}} with brown hair and GirlishPigtails.
* Alo from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' series 5 is a boy type #1.
* Harriet on ''Series/SmallWonder''.
* Maeby Funke in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', definitely very adventurous/rebellious and something of a tomboy.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Friendly Freckles Blythe doll.
* {{Franchise/Barbie}}'s friend Midge has red hair and freckles.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** Liara T'Soni. She's 106 when you meet her, but that's still pretty young by the standards of her species. They're olive green, because her skin is blue.
** The default Female Shepard for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[http://i.imgur.com/fvRDq.png has them]] as well, fitting the [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead red hair and green eyes]] part of this trope.
* Roxie from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', which may be a first for the franchise.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Yuuko Shirakawa of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', a college student who works part-time as a librarian and waitress and isn't much older than Hisao or his classmates, has them. The same applies for one nameless girl in Lilly's route who is said to be an underclassman, the only student not in third year apart from the April Fool's Day character Rika.
* In VisualNovel/DanganRonpa, Junko Enoshima has a light dusting of freckles over her nose, which she tells Naegi is one of the things that gets airbrushed out of her glamour shots. [[spoiler: It's a plot point, actually: the girl who presents herself as Junko and has freckles is ''not'' Junko, but her twin sister and decoy Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko, the BigBad behind the evil Monobear, has no freckles.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'': Chloe the succubus.
* Marcy from ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}''.
* Ava von Hall from ''Webcomic/{{Superego}}''. In this case, she's more of an ManChild.
* Alexander Hamilton from ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''.
* Mac in ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood''
* Phoebe of ''Webcomic/HeavenlyNostrils''. She's nine years old and a bit of a tomboy.
* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' as a {{Tomboy}} [[GirlNextDoor Next Door]]. [[spoiler:She is definitely not innocent as we discover.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has three cute little freckles on each cheek. He's implied to be about 27 years old, but he has a naive, child-like demeanor with babyish eyelashes and dorky freckles to go with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has several:
** Ron Stoppable -- UnluckyEverydude
** Kim Possible -- (preteen) {{Tomboy}} GirlNextDoor
** Josh Possible -- BrattyHalfPint
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}'': Arthur Lebowitz, who also wears glasses and has buck teeth.
* Chuckie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': ChewToy and {{adorkable}} redhead.
* Henry from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'': ChewToy[=/=]ButtMonkey.
* Sheila and Bobby from ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** T.J. Detweiler, who doesn't really fall under any archetype, though he has shades of ClassClown here and there.
** Gretchen as well, to go with her GirlishPigtails.
* They're barely noticeable, but Libby from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' has some in her season 2 redesign.
* [[ButtMonkey Eugene]] and [[PuritySue Lila]] from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''
** Applejack from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Applejack and Bowtie from ''My Little Pony'''s pilot special.
* Evangelyne and her sister Cleophelia, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
* Michelangelo was given freckles in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012 TMNT series]].
* Velma on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.
** Interestingly enough, she DOESN'T have them in the ''[[WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo Pup]]'' show - even though in this one, she and the rest of the gang were early teens at best.
* Both 11-year old and 17- year old Gwen Tennyson on ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''.
* Tilda from Farhat
* Tupu, the FieryRedhead FeralChild from ''WesternAnimation/{{Tupu}}''. Some other kids as well.
* Chuck from ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* Ilana in ''{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}''.
* [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]] had these when he was eight years old (shown in ''Maternal Instincts'').
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