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In Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, the character Ringo-chan is the Student Council president of the rival all-girls high school. For some reason, though, her cheeks are always red (as pictured below).

Ringo-chan

At first, I thought they were temporary (situational blushing), but it seems these red marks are always on her cheeks. What are these?

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  • I don't have any source about what I claim next: I think that the red cheek reflects her mental age: she is quite oblivious to the danger in the outside world, as shown in one of the episode.
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 22:19
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    Ussualy air headed characters are very active/energetic causing them to have a almost permanent red blush on their cheeks. would support @nhahtdh his statment some what
    – Dimitri mx
    Commented Apr 20, 2013 at 20:13
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    @Dimitrimx: I'd say the red blush is the blush on the cheek of small children.
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 0:06

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The Blush Sticker trope is usually used to express childish cheerfulness and/or naivety. In Japan, children are typically depicted with round rosy cheeks.

Ringo is a bit of an airhead, or rather naive, like a child... The Sanada North High Student Council gave her the "childish" nickname "Ringo-chan" for a reason.~

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The trope most likely originated from manga where often times it would be easier (and less time consuming) to draw ovals indicating "blushes", rather than shading them in.

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    "Less time consuming to draw ovals indicating "blushes" than shading them in" – Interestingly, there are times when Ringo has both the blush "sticker" and real blush. It makes it look very odd.
    – Cattua
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 22:54
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Further to Krazer's answer, ringo in Japanese means apple. I found out recently that the rosy parts of the cheeks are called the apples of the cheeks. Ringo-chan's nickname might have come about for similar reasons.

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