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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
* RedheadsAreUncool
* TheAllAmericanBoy

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

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

Compare to ChildishToothGap, another design trait used to showcase a character's youth.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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".
* 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]].
* Max from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
* Outside of ''Decode'', Tsutomu Senkawa from ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty''.
* Candy from ''Manga/CandyCandy''. {{Tomboy}}? Check. GirlishPigtails? Check. PluckyGirl? Check!
* Santi from ''Anime/KujiraNoJosephina'', is a pre-teen boy who has freckles on his face and the series is his ComingOfAgeStory.
* Though an older teen instead of a child, ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'''s Takeda has some freckles, is the youngest in the Yamainu and is more inexperienced and hotheaded than the other members.
* Ja'far and Koumei in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' have them. Coincidentally they are BeleagueredAssistant to two of the most powerful men in the world.
* Lolo Endive of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', a brown-haired GenkiGirl with GirlishPigtails.
* ''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.
** Charlotte Linlin, better known as Big Mom, is depicted with freckles when she was a cheerful five-year old.
** A non-canon example: Amanda from the second TV special has freckles.
* Ahiru from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.
* Sasami from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has these, but they tend to appear and disappear depending on the scene/series/incarnation/[[OffModel frame of animation]].
* Makoto from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has freckles. She dislikes them, thinking they make her look less cute. Her mother also has freckles.
* Rebecca from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has freckles, she also has GirlishPigtails in Season One and Season Five.

[[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.
*Sin from ''Franchise/MarvelComics'' has freckles
* Sassette in the comic book version of ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' sometimes has freckles.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The 1915-45 comic strip ''Freckles and His Friends''.
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'':
** Dennis Mitchell -- BrattyHalfPint
** Margaret Wade -- PluckyGirl
* Phoebe of ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn''. She's nine years old and a bit of a tomboy.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* West of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fic ''FanFic/{{Reconnected}}'' has of the "brown hair and freckles" variety, serving as both a GenkiGirl and CuteClumsyGirl.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Young Ellie from Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is a {{Tomboy}} GirlNextDoor.
* Literature/{{Rapunzel}} from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
* Dash Parr from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a 10 year old boy with freckles which are even more noticeable in [[WesternAnimation/{{Incredibles 2}} the sequel]].
* 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}}''.
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons,'' Lewis has some faint ones. [[spoiler:His older self, Cornelius]] does too, but even in close shots of his face they're hard to notice.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Natalya Rudakova in ''Film/{{Transporter 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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' had lots of freckles as a child (as seen in a flashback in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]]), and none as an adult.

* Lylia of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. She is the youngest one of the five elder princesses, and has a spunky attitude not unlike Pippi Longstocking. Although all her sisters have red hair, she is the only one explicitly mentioned to have freckles.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/{{Samhain Island}}'' Skyler Hornbostel, despite being a Krampus, has white freckles against his grey skin.
* In ''Literature/BloodPromise'', Tamara, a Strigoi hunter in Novosibirsk had them. She was only slightly older than Rose, probably 19-years old. Acted as OneOfTheBoys with her fellow umpromised dhampirs.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Kozuka sports those. He's the local {{Adorkable}} character.
* Deconstructed lightly in the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}''. Due to the strange abilities the protagonists are gaining, one is briefly able to see inside the head of a woman in her thirties who covers her freckles with makeup and dislikes them because she feels like nobody takes her seriously or treats her like an adult because of them.

[[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.
* Dean Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' possesses freckles, which become less obvious after the first couple of seasons. In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], the Acheri demon, who poses as a child, also has freckles.
* Bellamy Blake in ''Series/The100'' has freckles, despite being the oldest of the 100 sent to Earth.
* Luke Ross from ''Series/{{Jessie}}. Despite being the second oldest of the Ross kids, he's not the most mature.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with Nikki Roxx, who was very pale in her youth and referred to as "La Gringa" while wrestling for LLF in Monterrey. She got more freckles as she aged, likely due to Arena Femenil being an outdoor venue. The HollywoodHomely aspect was used in Wrestling/{{TNA}} when she dyed her hair brown and became a target of Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople, though given she was the baby {{face}} in the feud it might have also been a {{subver|tedtrope}}sion.[[/folder]]

* The Friendly Freckles Blythe doll.
* {{Franchise/Barbie}}'s friend Midge has red hair and freckles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Shishido from ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'', a red-headed ButtMonkey and one of the youngest characters in the main cast.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'': One of the protagonists in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' can be given freckles in the gamer customization. In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' this can occur as well.
* In "VideoGame/SmackdownVsRaw2007" the template 1 male character has freckles on his face.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[BlitheSpirit Scarlet]] and [[CountryMouse Mozu]] are young women with freckled faces.
* Gemini Sunrise in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long, My Love]]'', who's also a redheaded PluckyGirl.

[[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 Monokuma, has no freckles.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Toothy from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', with a ButtMonkey trait to match.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has Oscar, a young FarmBoy who has freckles dusting his face. [[spoiler:This is used to show how young he is, but still having to take on the burden of being the show's former BigGood's LegacyCharacter, even though he is yet to be clarified about what he is facing and why is he facing it]].

* Tamaura of ''Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}}''. More a GirlyGirl, with an impressively long mass of red hair.
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'': Chloe the succubus.
* ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'': Elie the ice gift girl.
* 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''
* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' as a {{Tomboy}} [[GirlNextDoor Next Door]]. [[spoiler:She is definitely not innocent as we discover.]]
* Rae from ''Webcomic/AlwaysHuman'' possess glowing gold freckles due to one of the nanotech "mods" available in the setting.
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Reynir, who might as well be TheBabyOfTheBunch. Sigrun even nicknames him "Freckles".

[[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
** Joss 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.
* Elsa Frankenteen from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool''.
* Penny Tompkins from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
* Captain Crandall from ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo''.
* Both 11-year old and 16- 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 ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny had these when he was eight years old (shown in "Maternal Instincts").
* On ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'', Prince Wednesday's cousin, Chrissie, has these.
* Wendy from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
* Lincoln, Luna, Lynn, and Ronnie Ann from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* On the PBS ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'', [[http://curious-george.wikia.com/wiki/Allie Allie]] is a spunky girl with red hair in a ponytail and freckles.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', Sean, Mitchell, Dr. Rafferty, Eggplant, and Zerk all have these.