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Like a cute little ink drop.

"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. Beauty mark on the upper lip however is more closely linked to sultry and sassy characters due to many prominent sex symbols and models bearing them.

A sub-trope to Fashionable Asymmetry. Not to be confused with My Little Pony's "Cutie Marks".



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    Anime & Manga 
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts: Liza has one on her left breast.
  • The sweetheart upperclassman Suga in Haikyuu!! has one by his left eye.
  • Adam's left-hand man Tadashi in Sk8 the Infinity has one under his right eye.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
  • 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.
  • From The Demon Ororon, Ororon and Othello are rare male examples. The former has three moles underneath the left eye, and the latter has only one.
  • 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.
  • Yukina from Night Raid 1931 has one mole on each cheek.
  • 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 PandoraHearts has a tragic mole by the corner of his left eye.
  • Tyki Mikk of D Grayman has one under his left eye. It seems to foreshadow moral conflict, except that he really isn't the Token Good Teammate so much as he's perfectly okay with killing humans but still finds them fun.
  • Ayumu Yamazaki of Peacemaker Kurogane has one near the corner of her mouth.
  • In Full Metal Panic! Creepy Twins Yu Lan Xia and Xia Yu Fan both have one at the corner of their eyes.
  • Yukio Washimine of Black Lagoon has one under her mouth.
  • Karin: there's one near the corner of Fumio Usui's right eye.
  • Kohane of ×××HOLiC has one near the corner of her left eye.
  • 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.
  • Matsumoto of Bleach has one beneath her lower lip.
  • Yukio from Blue Exorcist has three (two under the left eye and one on his chin).
  • 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.
  • Wapourif from Simoun has a beauty mark under her mouth.
  • 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.
  • Akashi and Hanuki from The Tatami Galaxy.
  • In Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, the twin sisters Noel and Caren both have beauty marks. Caren 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 
  • Sakaguchi from The High School Life of a Fudanshi has one under his left eye.
  • Shirotani from Ten Count has one below his left eye.
  • Variable Geo: Satomi's is on her left cheek, just under the corner of her eye. Fans of the series consider it to be one of her charm points, along with her short mussy hair.
  • Joseph from The Ancient Magus' Bride has one under his right eye.
  • In Naruto, it's revealed that Hatake Kakashi has one on the left side of his chin, under the corner of his mouth. He hides it under his mask, and it fits very well in the Tragic astereotype: his life has been incredibly hard since very early, what with him losing his father (and even found his corpse) and his two best friends (one of them killing herself at his hand to save their village, and the other losing it and becoming the Big Bad Friend).
    • Also Uchiha Izumi.
  • 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.
  • Kati Mannequin from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has one just below the right side of her lower lip.
  • Chizuru from You and Me believes his best physical feature is the beauty mark under his eye. He uses the "attractive" cliche rather than the "tragic" one.
  • Austria of Hetalia: Axis Powers has one on the left side of his chin, and according to Word of God, it's an erogenous zone for him. The Austrian micronation Kugelmugel also has one underneath his left eye. Portugal has one underneath his right eye.
  • 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.
  • Suzu from In This Corner of the World has one above her chin, on the right side of her face. It's how her husband Shuusaku was able to remember her after they first met when they were children.
  • From My Hero Academia, Nana Shimura, the seventh wielder of One For All and All Might's mentor, had one on the side of her cheek. This mark was also inherited by her grandson, Tenko Shimura, a.k.a Tomura Shigaraki.
  • Chainsaw Man: Kobeni has two moles below the corner of her left eye, not symbolizing tragedy so much as extreme misfortune. She also has a third on her left cheek and fourth on the right side of her chin.
  • Mori Morino in Asteroid in Love has one under her left eye, and is part of the reason for her In-Series Nickname being "Monroe". Despite located in a position frequently referred to as a "sorrow" mole, this wasn't raised at all to date.

  • The young Earl in the Marriage A-la-Mode series has a large false beauty mark on his neck to hide a syphilitic sore. The older woman in The Inspection also has false beauty marks on her face for the same reason, and the young girl will likely need to start wearing one where she is dabbing her mouth with a handkerchief. And in The Lady's Death, the Earl and Countess' daughter is also wearing a false beauty mark on her cheek, having inherited syphilis from her father.

    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • Mole Man in Ultimate Fantastic Four: There are some really gross close-up shots to emphasize this.
  • Ari, the Gorgon actress from The Demon Mages, has one under her mouth.
  • Robin: Star, a skater from the Bristol Township across the river from Gotham has a beauty mark on her left cheek.
  • In The Death of Superman, a con-woman claiming to be "Mrs. Superman" has a star shaped one under her eye. The novelization goes into a bit of detail over it, stating it was difficult to tell whether it was fake or not.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Paula von Gunther had a little mole to the side of her mouth, she lost it after her face was horrifically burned while she disabled an explosive device in a burning munitions factory.
    • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Glamora Treat has a little mole right in the same spot as Marylin Monroe's beauty spot. Her original iteration in Sensation Comics did not.
  • Danger Girl: Abbey Chase has one on the left side of her face just under her eye.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Heathcliff's girlfriend, Sonja has one on her cheek. Considering she's a cat so her face is covered with fur, how it's actually visible is anybody's guess.
  • Blondie has one behind her right eye.
  • Nancy: An early strip has Nancy reading a magazine with beauty tips stating that having a mole increases a woman's attractiveness by 10%. So she starts marking her face with dots until she's full of them.

    Films — Animation 

    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 Millie, Julie Andrews has a false beauty mark that sticks to a guy's 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 film remake of The Producers that serves mainly to showcase (again) how over-the-top the Camp Gay director and his assistant/lover are.
  • Constantine, Kermit's Criminal Doppelgänger in Muppets Most Wanted, has one.

  • In The 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.
  • Subverted in Gorky Park. Irina's mark is actually damage from a forced drug injection given to her in a Soviet mental hospital for dissidents; it doesn't detract from her beauty, but she's also blind on that side of her face.
  • In Mirror Project, Lynn finds that her robotic body has none of the moles her flesh-and-blood one did, except one on her right cheek that her husband always liked.

    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 RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Max is clocked by her competitors for always incorporating a fake beauty mark into his weekly runway looks.

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    Myths & Religion 
  • In Celtic Mythology, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne had his "love spot" facial mole, so iconic that he is sometimes known as "Diarmuid of the Love Spot". It was in fact a magical mole that caused any woman who saw it to fall in love with him. This caused a lot of problems for Diarmuid, particularly when his lord's fiancee, Grainne, betrayed her intended and pursued Diarmuid instead, leading directly to his death.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE wrestler Jillian Hall had a disgustingly mutated fake one when she debuted. To make matters worse, she ditched that gimmick when Boogeyman ate it. She moved on to horrible singing.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine features an old animation studio that brought its cartoon characters to life. One such character is an Angelic Beauty, Alice Angel. Part of the character's basic design is a mole under her right eye.
  • Blaster Master Zero III: Leibniz has a beauty mark at the corner of her right eye.
  • Dragon Quest V: Debora Briscoletti, beautiful but smug rich girl, has one mole just under her left eye.
  • Fatal Frame: Word of God stated that the two of them are related, though how this is so has not yet been made clear.
    • Rei Kurosawa from III has one beneath one of her eyes.
    • Hisoka Kurosawa from V has one near her lip.
  • From Final Fantasy:
    • Lulu and Fang both have beauty marks to accentuate their statuses.
    • Final Fantasy VII Remake:
      • Cloud in is given several - one above his left eyebrow which seems to imitate the Materia-above-Meteor logo of the game, and ones under his left and right eyes in the "teardrop" style, which features in the closeups of his eye during his mental breakdown scenes. They also all draw attention to his eyes, which in the story are regarded as especially striking and beautiful.
      • Sephiroth has a mole on his left upper lip that draws attention to his signature smirk in his Mouth Screen shots.
  • Fire Emblem Fates:
  • In Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Clive has a mole between his lower lip and chin. True to the "moles on the face are signal of tragedy" myth, he faces lots of difficulties through the story: the struggles of the Deliverance, his sister Claire and girlfriend Mathilda's captivities (and possible deaths), his best friend Fernand's Face–Heel Turn and eventual death, his own early death if Mathilda kicks it...
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, resident Ms. Fanservice Manuela has a mole beneath her left eye.
  • Izmir of Granblue Fantasy has one below the left side of her lower lip.
  • 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 albinism. The Boss has a Japanese teardrop mole.
  • Samus Aran has a beauty mark on the side of her chin, starting in Metroid: Other M. The creators had wanted to give her one sooner, but the technology wouldn't allow it back in the day.
  • General Sanshi from Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- has one below the left corner of his mouth.
  • Margaret Moonlight of No More Heroes has one on her lower left cheek. It makes sense when you see her picture...
  • In Splatoon, the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, have a beauty mark underneath their eye (Callie's left eye and Marie's right eye). Their successors in Splatoon 2, Pearl and Marina, also have beauty marks, albeit below their bottom lips on Pearl's right and Marina's left.
  • Shin Megami Tensei tends to use this on characters who have tragic back-stories or suffered heartbreaks.
    • Maki Sonomura of Persona has one under her lip.
    • In Persona 2, Ulala Serizawa has one under her right eye.
    • Ryoji Mochizuki of Persona 3 has one under his left eye.
    • Hiroko from Shin Megami Tensei II has one beneath her left eye.
    • Persona 5 Royal pulls a double-whammy with this: Kasumi Yoshizawa has one beneath her left eye, but the "Kasumi" that the player interacts with lacks it. Turns out you've been interacting with her twin sister, Sumire, and the real Kasumi died roughly a month before the story began.
  • 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 of The Shinsengumi) and the fact that they're each other's Red Oni, Blue Oni.
  • Yakuza: Reina has one close to the outside of her left eye, in the "tragic anime"-mold She falls in love with a physically and emotionally abusive mobster, and is eventually killed trying to leave him.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
  • Mikan Tsumiki from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 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.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • Lapoleon in the Best Fiends web shorts has a faint brown one added to his left cheek, in contrast with his video game sprite. It helps emphasize his flamboyant and vain personality.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Befitting her character, Mei Ling from Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness has one on her cheek.
  • In the animated The Tick episode "The Tick vs. the Mole People", supermodel Mindy Moleford has one suspiciously close to where Cindy Crawford's is located.
  • The series finale for Animaniacs, Wakko's Wish, Dot was stated to desperately need an operation. In the end she finally gets it. Turns out the operation was plastic surgery to have a beauty mark implanted on her cheek.
    Dot: I call it a "cutie mark". Cindy Crawford, eat your heart out!
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: One of Two-Tone's spots placed just beneath her right eye functions as one of these for her.

    Real Life 
  • 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).
  • Marina Diamandis temporarily sported a black painted-on heart beauty mark during her Electra Heart era, inspired by both Marilyn Monroe and Marie Antoinette, who is commonly depicted wearing a heart on her cheek when used as a Halloween costume/cosplay.
  • 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.
  • Ukrainian pop idol Ani Lorak has two, on the left side of her jaw.
  • Gillian Anderson has one on her upper lip.
  • The one way you can tell Tia and Tamera Mowry apart is that Tamera has one under her left eye.


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Alternative Title(s): Beauty Spot


Swallow the competition

From the music video for Music/BestFriend. A jealous Supermodel swallows her rival whole and gains her BeautyMark as a result.

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