Puppy-Dog Eyes

It's not just for puppies.

Hobbes: I still don't think giving your mom "Bambi eyes" is going to get you a flamethrower.
Calvin: Maybe I should sniffle a little too, huh?

Be they cute little girls, or perverted old men, if they want to play on your sympathy, they'll turn eyes huge and shining with unshed tears upon you.

Generally, the younger the character doing it is, the more effective.

Often a forerunner to Ocular Gushers. Tareme Eyes enhances the effect. Surprisingly, plays very well with a Cat Smile. Occasionally, the "victim" will respond with something along the lines of "Don't try that trick on me, I invented that trick".

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    Comic Books 

  • In an old commercial for Kellogg's Corn Pops a teen has to resort to this because there's nothing else he can use against grandma to get the last bowl of cereal.

  • A curiously literal version is performed by Kalix in Lonely Werewolf Girl when she transforms fully into her wolf form to look cute for Moonglow at one point.
  • In The Last Olympian Annabeth does "her big pleading gray eyes thing" on Hermes to get him to give her her mother's message.
  • In Maximum Ride, Fang lets Angel keep Total when she gives him "the bambi eyes."
  • Jacky Faber, heroine of the Bloody Jack series calls this technique "the big eyes" and employs it to subvert the Double Standard in her favor.
  • In Eli's List Eli gives this look to Iria to persuade her to take her up Mt. Corcovado.

  • The Pillows released a song titled "Tokyo Bambi" that seems to imply this trope. Roughly translated, a line from the second verse is "Whatcha smiling about with those Bambi eyes?"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Parodied in Calvin and Hobbes, where one strip shows Calvin practicing "Bambi eyes" in preparation for asking his mother if he can have a flamethrower.
  • In Adam@Home, Katie practices doing this in the hope of getting a puppy dog, aptly enough, and later she actually uses it on her father, to his dismay. Then Adam's wife demonstrates that she can do it as well!
  • Mutts
    • In the strip for February 12th 2013, Earl and Mooch use this technique on a butcher.
    • In the March 12th 2013 strip, Earl tries to use this tactic on his owner as part of his "When are we going to play?" face.
    • In the strip for May 11th 2013 a dog in the pound does this to the reader.
  • In the August 4th 2013 Garfield comic, Garfield does this to Liz for a snack...and she does it right back at him. Garfield's response? He gives HIS food to her and tells Jon "She's good."
    • In the January 6, 2016 comic, Garfield scoffs at Odie for using a cute puppy face to beg for food. But when Odie gets a sandwich, Garfield decides to try it too, asking Odie if he's doing it right.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin, The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources. Kill Kittens look like normal kittens. They pretend to have broken limbs and use whimpering and their big soulful eyes to lure victims into picking them up.

Alternative Title(s): Puppy Eyes, Puppy Dog Pout