Blush Sticker
She probably found out what's on her computer.

In anime, 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 and Ecchi, arousal. See also Through a Face Full of Fur for the non-human variant. Do not confuse it with a Butt Sticker.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Koizumi in Desert Punk, of the permanent variety.
  • Future Diary has the resident Creepy Child and Enfante Terrible Reisuke Houjou who shows the permanent 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: When They Cry.
  • 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 Taisho Baseball Girls. 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 R.O.D 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.
  • Naruto
    • Rock Lee had these when he first met Sakura and also gets them when he gets drunk.
    • Moegi has these all the time. She lost her blush by the time she became an adult.
    • Konohamaru has them in the manga too. He lost them as an adult.
    • Hinata as a young child in flashbacks.
  • In Fairy Tail Happy after switching bodies with Erza.
  • 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.
  • Princess Jellyfish: Kuranosuke's older brother gets these while having a romantic Imagine Spot.
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel!: 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 Idolmaster: 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 3-gatsu no Lion, these are most frequent with Takahashi and Nikaidou.
  • Misaki in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou 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.
  • Son Goku in Saiyuki is sometimes seen with one or both of these, particularly in flashbacks or in Gaiden, when he is younger.
  • The main character in Chibi Maruko-chan.
  • Hajime's mother Kyouko and Ai-chan in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying both have permanent ones.
  • Kujira No Josephina gives these to Cheerful Child/Annoying Younger Sibling Rosa, a sa contrast to her older brother Santi's Youthful Freckles.
  • Tsukamoto from DAYS has a permanent blush on his cheeks. They emphasise his shyness and his cuteness compared to the other boys.
  • The Nishigori triplets from Yuri!!! on Ice all have permanent ones, being the youngest characters in the cast.

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    Films — Animation 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • IWA Texas ACW American Joshi Champion Su Yung painted two in the vein of Pikachu on her face.

    Video Games 
  • Disgaea: Flonne has them.
  • Kirby's are permanent. And in the same vein, frigging Meta Knight!
  • 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.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • 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 red blush stickers are particularly noteworthy - as they're actually a pair of organs that control his electric abilities called "electric sacs". Pikachu isn't alone as there are many electric rodent Pokemon with electric sacs on their cheeks. They all are able to learn an attack called "Nuzzle" (known as Cheek Rub in Japanese), which does little damage but always paralyzes the target.
  • Almost everyone in EarthBound and its sequel MOTHER 3 has this all the time.
  • Toroko from Cave Story has permanent bright ovals 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 Witch's 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.
  • Chara of Undertale has these. What a cute thing for such a cute potentially mass murdering child to have!
  • Most of the younger fairy characters in the Panel de Pon series have them.
  • In-game, inklings in Splatoon have circular blush marks on their cheeks, although they're considerably more realistic in color than most examples.
  • Vivian in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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).
    • Iris tends to have them a lot, especially when talking with or about Phonenix.
    • Juniper has permament ones when in casual clothes. When she knits the scarf for Apollo they double in size.
  • When Emi from Katawa Shoujo blushes, it takes a form of bright pink ovals that extend past her cheeks.

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    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender actually used this in "The Desert" to show that the main cast were dehydrated.
  • Code Lyoko:
    • Johnny.
    • Flashback to Aelita as a little kid depict her with these.
  • Teen Titans: Starfire gets these a lot, due to her general genkiness and the show's animesque nature.
  • Sushi Pack: Kani, Maguro, and Mochi Mochiato all have the permanent kind.
  • Otto does that several times in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, any flattered or sheepish character gets these. When they're embarrassed, a Luminescent Blush is more common.
  • Finn, Jake, Flame Princess and other characters sometimes get them in Adventure Time.
  • Mabel from Gravity Falls has permanent blush stickers.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, the female-line descendants of Mewni's royal family, the Butterfly dynasty, have these as an actual biological trait. Each one's blush stickers are of a unique shape, with protagonist Star Butterfly having pink hearts. Sometimes they can change into other shapes depending on her emotions. Star's mother Queen Moon has purple diamonds, while others revealed so far are Ms. Heinous with black clubs, Star's great-aunt Etheria with pale pink 5-pointed stars, and Star's ancestors Solaria with yellow lightning bolts and Eclipsa the Queen of Darkness with dark magenta spades. Unnamed characters' marks include other past queens with pale blue/green rabbit heads and purple 4-pointed stars, and a young cousin of Star with yellow 3-pointed crowns. When a Butterfly "dips down" into her own personal magic reserve (rather than simply using a magic wand), the blush stickers develop a bluish glow that can also surround their entire body depending on how much is channeled.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, Kitty Pryde gets a few.


Alternative Title(s): Blush Stickers, Pikachu Cheeks