When a Cheerful Child
is being cute
, often they'll have what appears to be blush on their cheeks, except that instead of being drawn as a circular gradient like you might expect, the blush appears as a flat horizontal oval with little or no shading, almost as though they just put a sticker on their cheek. Sometimes the blush even goes past the edge of their cheek and sits half on their cheek and half in the air.
A character may have one or two Blush Stickers regardless of whether it's symmetrical. Sometimes, blush stickers are even permanent. It's also popular on dark-skinned characters whose blush might be otherwise hard to see.
Expect these characters to be prone to the Crush Blush
Compare Luminescent Blush
. Either one may also be used to indicate drunkenness
or, in the case of Hentai
, arousal. See also Through a Face Full of Fur
for the non-human variant.
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Anime & Manga
- Mirai Nikki has the resident Creepy Child and Enfante Terrible Reisuke Houjou who shows the permenant version of this trope.
- Card Captor Sakura: Sakura gets a single Blush Sticker on one of her cheeks.
- Practically all the characters in Axis Powers Hetalia seem to have permanent Blush Stickers.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: If you look closely, you see that child Shinji◊ has Blush Stickers in a scene from End of Evangelion.
- 7 Seeds gives them to the three youngest of the characters Hibari, Nobita and Hotaru, although the latter is the only one who sports them permanently.
- Cowboy Bebop
- Ed (pictured above) and her online avatar both get a pair of Blush Stickers.
- Wen from the episode "Sympathy for the Devil". Before the gate incident...
- Ojamajo Doremi: Hana has them all the time until she grows up. When she uses magic to switch places with Pop in a Naisho episode, these appearing on the latter makes it clear what just happened.
- Bleach: Ururu and Yachiru
- Popotan: Mii
- Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime
- Rein and Fine get these every now and then.
- Bibin from "Gyu!" has these all the time.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Subverted with Chao Lingshen. What appears to be Blush stickers are actually part of a Tron Lines Marked Change, and the rest is just under her clothes and hair.
- Also Zect, who is a very old and powerful demon, easily recognized as such by denizens of the magic world.
- Love Hina: Shinobu occasionally has them, and Su has them all the time.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Nanoha got them on the very first episode when Yuuno licked her finger.
- Hayate × Blade?: Hayate's sister, Nagi.
- Pani Poni Dash!: Just about everyone, especially in their chibified forms; it's normally seen with Mesousa, however.
- A defining trait of Luca from Macross Frontier. He loses them as the show becomes drastically more serious, befitting his new, somber attitude. He regains them when the SMS Macross Quarter joins the final battle and Ozma takes him back under his wing.
- Chrono Crusade: Shader, all the time.
- Mahoraba: Nanako always has them.
- Occasionally happens to people in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
- The "drunk" version is used with Asuka and Miyuki in Noein.
- Saki: Kana has them practically all the time save for when she's really depressed.
- Eden of the East: Pretty much every character under, say, 25 or so.
- Soul Eater
- Patti. She has these all the time. And also Blair, when she acts particularly cat-like.
- Death the Kid whenever he sees something symmetrical.
- Fire and Thunder.
- Koume of Taishou Yakyuu Musume. All the frickin' time. She can add an additional layer of blush on top of her stickers. Now THAT's Moe.
- A Certain Magical Index
- Last Ordernote has them permanently equipped. Except when telling Accelerator he doesn't suck and later when dying of some kind of computer virus.
- Mrs. Misaka also has these in season 2 when she's harassing Accelerator while drunk. It's because of the blush stickers that Accelerator realizes her resemblance to Last Order.
- The main character of Kamichu! has these a lot of the time, too.
- Niea and Karna from Niea_7 have very prominent ones, which seems to be an alien thing.
- Maggie Mui in ROD the TV gets these regularly. Interesting, as she's the tall, quiet one of the sisters.
- Brain damage-induced Split Personality Nyu from Elfen Lied has been spotted with these. Blush Stickers on Lucy, on the other hand, is likely one of the signs of the apocalypse.
- Also appears on many Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, but the most prominent is the Dark Magician Girl.
- Virtually everyone in Onii-chan to Issho (official English title: Me & My Brothers) sports Blush Stickers constantly, but look especially Moe on Miyashita Sakura, the female protagonist of the Manga.
- Jean Rocque Raltique from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water has the permanent variety.
- Shuichi from Gravitation does this once or twice in the anime.
- My Lovely Ghost Kana: Kana gets these when she is really happy, especially when she is around Daikichi.
- In Umi no Misaki, Karin's little sister Rinne has permanent ones.
- Rock Lee got these when he first met Sakura and when he gets drunk.
- Moegi has these all the time.
- Konohamaru has them in the manga too.
- Hinata as a child in Naruto Shippuden flashbacks.
- In Fairy Tail Happy after switching bodies with Erza.
- In Rurouni Kenshin, Sanosuke's kid brother has permanent blush stickers and is nicknamed 'Apple Cheeks' for obvious reasons.
- In the epilogue, Kenji, the son of Kenshin and Kaoru has these.
- Lucky Star makes great use of those.
- Mao-chan Misora Tsukishima has these permanently
- A variation appears in Pokémon Golden Boys. Every (human) character has markings on their cheeks that resemble small Luminescent Blushes.
- Kuragehime: Kuranosuke's older brother gets these while having a romantic Imagine Spot.
- Tenshi Ni Narumon: Noelle has permanent ones.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex features one of the Tachikomas with blush stickers in an omake. The Tachikomas are robotic hexapedal tanks.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Vérité. Multiple characters in multiple episodes when they're embarrassed.
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Kurogane of all people gets one when Syaoran suggests they steal a book holding one of Sakura's feathers. Much like Fai's example earlier in the chapter, it seems to be a sign of boyish mischief more than anything else.
- Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time: Tagiru.
- The iDOLM@STER: Miki during the Live for You OVA.
- Shiranui in Medaka Box.
- in One Piece Mr. 2 has these all the time, even when he isn't wearing makeup, leading many to believe that it's natural.
- In "Sailor Moon", during a flashback to Rei's childhood in episode 183, Rei is shown with blush stickers.
- Common for characters in Anpanman. They are commonly given to "cuter" characters, but they are always permanent, and a few of them are colored differently (for example, Shokupanman's are brown to match his bread crust).
- Daily Lives of High School Boys has Ringo, who is the only character who has them.
- In Sangatsu no Lion, these are most frequent with Takahashi and Nikaidou.
- Misaki in Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo sports them sometimes, and shows up in the avatar for Ryuunosuke's Artificial Intelligence system "maid" that she designed.
- Clover from "Happy Happy Clover" always has them.◊ Mostly in the anime, while in the original manga they would show up randomly.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Tatsuya, Madoka's little brother, has the permanent variety. It certainly helps that he is one of (very) few characters not emotionally battered by the end of the series.
Films — Animation
- IWA Texas ACW American Joshi Champion Su Yung painted two in the vein of Pikachu on her face.
- Disgaea: Flonne has them.
- Kirby, all the time. And in the same vein, frigging Meta Knight!
- Hamtaro: All the hamsters blush this way in the Hamtaro games.
- A large number of the characters in Touhou Project.
- Your daughter in the fifth installment of the Princess Maker series sports a pair of these. Oddly enough, there are times in which she actually blushes.
- Blushes of the Summon Night series are always of this sort.
- In the opening animation for the PS2 version of Arcana Heart, the whole cast showcases this trope.
- Kanisawa Kinu, from Tsuyokiss, has these permanently.
- Ragnarok Online has the Blush middle headgear.
- Tales of the Abyss: Tear's "Monster Collector" title gives her these, but they're hard to notice until a cutscene.
- The characters of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. As for its sequel, they transformed into Luminescent Blushes.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Link gains some, although they are only visible on his map sprite-symbol and in certain cutscenes. This is the second notable trait that sets him apart from the, otherwise identical, Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the first being the lower pitch of his voice.
- In Persona 4, Ayane. To the point where it's a fandom joke that every time she actually blushes, she's closer to evolving into a Pikachu.
- Many Pokémon, especially of the Fairy egg group. Clefairy and Pikachu are most noteworthy of the lot, being the original and ascended fanon franchise mascots, respectively.
- Pikachu's blush stickers are particularly noteworthy - that's where the electric sacs are.
- Almost everyone in EarthBound and its sequel Mother 3 has this all the time.
- Toroko from Cave Story has these permanently on her both cheeks. Ma Pignon has a permanent one on his left cheek.
- In the Valentine's Day update for Scribblenauts Remix, Maxwell ends up doing this.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Pocket Medic is a little team-colored Medic doll that sits in a pocket stitched to the Heavy's vest or the Soldier's fatigues, complete with a smile and blush. Isn't he cute?
- Phantom Brave has Marona, Carona, and Castile, who all have very faint ones in most official art featuring them.
- Some ports of ClockWerx have Stop Motion Cutscenes in which the protagonist sports these—and they really are an extra layer of pink clay stuck to his face.
- BlazBlue slaps a pair on Makoto after Amane's Astral is done with her. Gentlemen... BEHOLD!!◊
- Aurora from Child of Light has these, making her look cute and innocent. She still keeps them after her Overnight Age-Up into a young lady.
- In A Witchs Tale, almost every character has blush stickers except for the Eld Witch and the Cheshire Cat.
- Luke Triton of Professor Layton has somewhat difficult-to-distinguish blush stickers on his sprites and character models, though in animation they become a Luminescent Blush. A number of NPCs in the series also have them.
- Ace Attorney:
- The very young Pearl Fey has these.
- Pops up a few times on the more comedic characters, especially Larry Butz.
- Incongruously, the aptly-named Wendy Oldbag also shows them whenever in fangirl mode over her latest celebrity obsession (and Edgey-poo).