"I used to date this one girl; she had a beauty mark on her cheek. That's sexy, we fellers like that. Like Cindy Crawford. Well we get to kissin' and stuff. I get a look at it. It was a tick!"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 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 Chosen One 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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Anime & Manga
- Haruhi Suzumiya:
- Kyon has one on his neck. A mole on the back of the neck means the person is in danger, which being the Love Interest of a Tsundere who subconsciously can alter reality, he certainly is.
- Mikuru has one in the shape of a star on her left breast. It's a plot point because older Mikuru uses it to identify herself to Kyon.
- Kagehoshi in Flame of Recca 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 Neon Genesis Evangelion. In one darkly flirtatious scene, Kaji even reminds her of the connection to tragedy while touching her cheek.
- Rui Kisugi, resident heroic Femme Fatale from Cat's Eye has one on her cheek.
- Chiyoko Fujiwara in Millennium Actress has the classic anime tragic mole near the corner of her left eye.
- White in Tekkonkinkreet also has the traditional 'tragic' mark underneath his right eye◊.
- Sasha in Seikon No Qwaser has one to go with his brusque Anti-Hero attitude.
- Albert from Gankutsuou has a tragic mole by the corner of his left eye.
- Mercédès, Albert's mother, has one under her mouth.
- Elliot Nightray of Pandora Hearts has a tragic mole by the corner of his left eye.
- In Full Metal Panic! Creepy Twins Yu Lan Xia and Xia Yu Fan both have one at the corner of their eyes.
- Maria Ross in Fullmetal Alchemist has one too. When Envy impersonates her, he forgets to add it, so Hughes realizes something's up. It doesn't save him.
- Nuriko of Fushigi Yuugi has one under his left eye. It gets quite the focus in a very tragic scene of his past, when his child self's face is shown while he cries his heart out after the death of his younger sister Kourin.
- Vash from Trigun has the standard teardrop mole under his left eye. In the manga his twin brother Knives has one under his right eye.
- Neu from Weiß Kreuz is revealed to have the tragic variety when Youji breaks her visor. As does Asuka, Youji's dead love interest. Guess what: they're the same person, and it... fits.
- Hisaya Miki of Beelzebub has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. Considering his rather traumatic middle school experiences, it's apt.
- Lancer from Fate/Zero 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 Diarmuid ua Duibhne of the Love Spot.
- In Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, 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.
- Chizuru "Chizu" Honda and her older sister Ichiko, both their respective class beauties, in Bokurano. Chizu's placement near her eye falls under the "tragic" category considering her pregnancy from either a gang rape (manga) or an illegal relationship with her teacher (anime) backstory.
- Mimina from Ladies Versus Butlers! has a heart-shaped one above her tailbone.note
- Tomie has an example on the face of the titular character and series Big Bad.
- Both Tamura and Satoshi from Bokura no Hentai have beauty marks on their cheeks. Tamura is a tragic example, being very troubled due to past sexual abuse, while Satoshi is an attractive, flamboyant boy.
- Tanizaki Naomi from Bungou Stray Dogs has one under her left eye.
- Tomoka from Ro-Kyu-Bu! has one under her left eye. It symbolises how she led a sad, friendless life due to her strong focus on winning in basketball, something which nearly made her give up the hobby until she met the other 4 girls in her new club, who accept her the way she is.
- Chizuru from Kimi to Boku believes his best physical feature is the beauty mark under his eye. He uses the "attractive" cliche rather than the "tragic" one.
Films — Animated
- In The Princess and the Frog, Charlotte adds a fake one in one of her vainer and sillier moments.
Films — Live-Action
- The Mole has a huge hairy one above his lip in Austin Powers, culminating in a memorable rant as Austin tries to get it out of his system.
- In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, 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 The Artist, 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 the original film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy had "the mark of the Chosen One", 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 Batman Forever, 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 Hot Shots! Part Deux, 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 The Producers that serves mainly to showcase (again) how over-the-top the Camp Gay director and his assistant/lover are.
- Of course there's the classic movie The Court Jester. The heir to the throne had a royal birthmark, on his royal backside. This frequently involved Danny Kaye flashing the baby's bottom at crowds of people, when they would instantly bow down in reverence.
- Constantine, Kermit's Criminal Doppelgänger in Muppets Most Wanted, has one.
- In Silence of the Lambs 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'.
- In The Wheel of Time, the legendary general Ituralde wears small velvet beauty marks in keeping with courtly fashion, and briefly considers how his choice of design might play into the Politeness Judo of a meeting with rebel commanders.
Live Action TV
- An episode of The Nanny 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.
- On My Name Is Earl, Jasper's Mail-Order Bride Tatiana has a comically huge one on her chin.
- Honey West's "Don't Look Now, But Isn't That Me" has this as a plot point - the title character has one on the left side of her mouth under the lips (along with her actress Anne Francis), and the episode has Honey being impersonated by a member of a gang. Our heroine takes her place, but the bad guys catch her out because the woman pretending to be Honey doesn't have a mole...
- In Season 7 of Ru Paul's Drag Race contestant Max is clocked by her competitors for always incorporating a fake beauty mark into his weekly runway looks.
- In Ravages Of Time, Xun Yu has two teardrop moles, one under each eye. His nephew Xun You has one mole at the end of each eyebrow.
- Ace Attorney:
- 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, 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.
- Advanced V.G.: As in the OVA adaptation, Satomi's mole is just beneath the corner of her left eye. Which is best seen in her character portrait and her ending.
- From Final Fantasy: Lulu and Fang both have beauty marks to accentuate their statuses.
- Prier of La Pucelle 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.
- Dr Strangelove in Metal Gear Solid: 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.
- Margaret Moonlight of No More Heroes has one on her lower left cheek. It makes sense when you see her picture...
- Carmelita from Sly Cooper. Bonus points for her mole actually being visible, even though she's an anthropomorphic fox.
- Hikari Hinomoto of Tokimeki Memorial 2 has a mole at the bottom outside corner of her left eye. It's a visual trademark of hers ; however, she averts the Japanese symbol mentioned, as she's a Genki Girl who's very likely to become the Main Protagonist's Victorious Childhood Friend.
- In Touken Ranbu, Kashuu Kiyomitsu has one below his mouth and Yamatonokami Yasusada has one below the corner of his right eye. In this case, their moles are a visual reminder of their connection to each other (they had the same master, Okita Souji) and the fact that they're each other's Red Oni, Blue Oni.
- Bayonetta has a beauty mark located right under the right corner of her lips. It's so iconic for her, that for her portrayal as a Guest Fighter in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, whenever Kirby uses it's Power Copying ability on her, he gets her beauty mark in addition to her Boyish Short Hair.
- Mikan Tsumiki from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 has one next to her left eye. She was terribly abused in her past, as a result she is deeply traumatised and she's ultimately executed in one of the cases; therefore, she plays the "tragic character" sub-trope very well.
- Ellie's entire family in Shotgun Shuffle 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.
- A Dexter's Laboratory 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.
- Littlest Pet Shop (2012):
- Marco Diaz from Star vs. the Forces of Evil has one right past the right corner of his right eye. Star comments on his "cute li'l mole" while doing a playful impression of him in "Sleep Spells".
- Wendy O. 'Kootie Pie' Koopa has one on her right cheek in both The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (especially in her human form in the episode "The Beauty of Kootie"), and in the Super Mario World TV series. Though, at times, you can or can't see it due to both the show's animation errors.
- Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark (now pictured above) generated a new vogue for the things.
- So did that of Cindy Crawford (although people suggested she get it removed, and at least one Vogue cover had it airbrushed out).
- Elizabeth Taylor also had 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
- The Chinese predict a person's personality and love life based on the position of facial moles, much like palm reading.
- Koshi Inaba of B'z has one on his chin◊. Among B'z fans, it has reached memetic level with many joking it is his source of power.
- 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 career.
- 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. They were also used to hide skin sores from syphillis.