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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 might be used to indicate drunkenness or even arousal in hentai.
Anime & Manga
- Mirai Nikki has the resident Creepy Child and Enfante Terrible Reisuke Houjou who shows the permenant version of this trope.
- Cardcaptor 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.
- 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; and when she uses magic to switch places in a Naisho episode, these appearing on Pop makes it clear what just happened.
- Bleach: Ururu and Yachiru
- Popotan: Mii
- Mahou Sensei Negima
- 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 Cross 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.
- To Aru Majutsu no Index
- Last Order 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 Under 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 Oniichan 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.
- Lucky Star makes great use of those.
- 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.
- Hanaukyo 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.
- V for Vendetta: The iconic mask of the protagonist.
Films -- Animation
- Spirited Away: Chihiro
- 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 Play Station 2 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 Fan Girl mode over her latest celebrity obsession (and Edgey-poo).
- Doki from There she is!! sports the permanent variety.
- Hewkii and Macku do this after their romantic moment gets interrupted in an early Bionicle animation. Greg Farshtey uses this as further evidence that that scene absolutely most definitely did not happen.
Greg: Metal can't blush!
- Brain POP: Tim in the "Stress" video... Although in that case it was due to, well, stress.
- Happy Tree Friends: Cuddles has the permanent kind.
- Michelle Flammel from Monsterful is an exaggerated example. She's an Homunculus girl with a permanent blush as one of her trademark features; this blush may even be combined with a different blush to create a Double-Blush when she's actually feeling shy or nervous. Even when she transforms into the PHC (Psychotic Homunculus Cyborg) and half of her face becomes robotized she sports a robotic light permanent blush.
- The Intrepid Girlbot has blush magnets in this guest comic by Abby Lehrke.
- The purple-haired girl from Foley House in Gunnerkrigg Court, as seen here.
- Ayako and Mimi from Fiyora Nya.
- Most of the characters in Shortpacked have permanent ones. Mike's only show up when he's drunk.
- Alaska from Destiny Fails Us displays the blush stickers in almost every comic she appears in. Other characters may display blush stickers at various times.
- In Sinfest, the boy who learns of Baby Blue's crush.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender actually used this in "The Desert" to show that the main cast were dehydrated.
- Code Lyoko: Johnny
- 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, Spike, Twilight and Fluttershy get these.
- Rainbow Dash, too.
- Flame Princess gets this in Adventure Time, and many depictions of her include this.
- ↑ Aka Mini Misaka