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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 will turn eyes huge and shining with unshed tears upon you.

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

The reason this trope exists is because in real life children's eyeballs will have grown to their full adult size by age 3, making them look disproportionately big at that time.

Often a forerunner to Ocular Gushers and Beautiful Tears. 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." Compare Resort to Pouting, which can overlap with this.

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  • 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.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Ai Yori Aoshi: Aoi uses this on Miyabi to convince her to let Tina keep Uzume. She can't take it.
  • Nagisa from Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo pulls this on Ken in a couple of the earlier episodes. While she's part puppy, actually.
  • Bleach:
    • Nel the Arrancar does this at times in the anime version, usually when she's talking to Ichigo.
    • Ichigo, of all people, pulls this (something similar at least) with Captain Suì-Fēng in an episode of the Captain Amagai filler arc. It works.
    • Anime episode 262. While Haineko is talking with the sword beast Narunosuke she thinks that he's using Puppy-Dog Eyes on her, but he doesn't appear to be doing so on screen.
  • Akane of Castle Town Dandelion gets it relatively often, like when she was fangirling over Sacchan in episode 10 or thanking Karen and An for canvassing for her in episode 12.
  • In Fairy Tail, Natsu uses this, while wearing an over-sized cat-head (so you can't see his actual expression), it works to get the cat-crazy opponent to loosen his magic-negating bonds.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, the very young Sousuke (before becoming a Child Soldier). Very Moe and adorable. Just look at his big, beautiful eyes. No wonder Kalinin wanted so badly to make things up to him and make him smile from the bottom of his heart - with looks like those, even hardened soldiers' hearts would melt.
    • He's still got it, even now. Especially noticeable in volume 10 of the Sigma manga... it really makes people just want to give him a big hug.
    • He apparently (though unconsciously) does this quite often in the Light Novels, with Kaname regularly noting that he looks like a scolded puppy. He apparently pulled it on Nami as well when asking for a job, "like a large dog quietly begging for a treat by sitting politely and wagging its tail."
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, a bunny does this when the young Elric brothers are about to kill it for food. It works until a fox snatches it to feed her kits instead.
  • Mepple does this in two episodes of Futari wa Pretty Cure; in Episode 1 to convince Nagisa to let him stay, and again in Episode 9 while failing to convince Nagisa that he's sick.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team:
    • Episode 1. Taro's 3 personal maids make their eyes large when he orders them not to touch him while he's in the bath.
    • Episode 2. Ikuyo Suzuki shows large eyes (with tears) to Taro when she thinks that she might be laid off.
    • Episode 10. Taro's personal maids have large eyes when he asks to be allowed to dress himself and his maid cooks give him the eye treatment when he can't eat all the food they've prepared for him.
    • Episode 15. Ikuyo Suzuki uses large appealing eyes on Taro again to persuade him to wear a maid's uniform.
    • La Verite episode 4. Konoe meets a little lost girl who tears up and develops large eyes when Konoe asks who she is.* Mikuru from Haruhi Suzumiya often shows this whenever Haruhi turns her attention on her.
  • Kotengu in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou does this when he gets caught by Inori (it looks quite cute on his "chibi" form).
  • In episode 7 of Kotoura-san, Haruka gets an adorable set of these after Yuriko tells her to believe in Manabe anyway (who's suspiciously avoiding her in this episode). Yuriko is speaking from experience since her thoughts were centered around her own Dark and Troubled Past, and Haruka saw it all hence the reaction.
  • Shinobu in Love Hina, to whom it seems so natural as to be an integral part of her character, done with unconscious ease. Her very character seems like perpetual Puppy Dog Eyes, as if the concept were incarnated as a character.
  • Usui manages to pull this in Maid-Sama!. Bonus points for an actual dog being in the background and whining.
  • Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia has a pair of large, round green eyes that give him a cute, juvenile look.
  • A baby Onbaa in the Naruto filler episode "A Legend from the Hidden Leaf: The Onbaa!" does this when wanting to stay on Naruto's back.
  • In one episode of Nerima Daikon Brothers, Mako used this to try to get out of being captured by the Villain of the Day, and even said the sound effect (uru uru) outloud.
  • In Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo Ureshiko's eyes display the normal teary look, but they actually get smaller than usual.
  • Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club uses them to great effect to get the other club members to do what he wants.
    • Kirimi did this. Holy crap was it effective.
    • This is basically Hunny's default expression.
  • Pokémon: The Series
    • Cute, childish, young Gligar often did this to Ash, usually when frightened. Unusually, it does this after it evolves.
    • Ash does the same thing himself.
    • Episode "Fangs For Nothin'". Jesse and James of Team Rocket do this while trying to persuade a Dragonite to help them.
    • Episode "Having a Wailord of a Time". A Torchic is trying to escape from a building when Pikachu jumps in front of it to try to stop it. The Torchic uses this technique and when Pikachu is caught off guard it uses its Blaze ability on him and gets past him.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: Raiha Uesugi, the younger sister of Fuutarou, knows how to use these eyes to get what she wants. Not that she takes advantage of it too often, but when she does, they enhance her (already great) ability to induce Cuteness Proximity.
  • Happosai in Ranma ½ has been known to try this tactic. Seeing as how he's a Dirty Old Man, and usually using it to try to get a girl to let him grope her, it never works.
  • In Reborn! (2004), Futa does this to Tsuna when he first appears to ask for Tsuna's protection.
  • Used by Rei Ayanami, of all people, at Gendo Ikari in Rebuild of Evangelion. A bit more subtle than the average anime example, but still obviously present.
  • The three sisters in R.O.D the TV do it en masse at least once.
  • In Saint Beast, Maya uses them on his brother Kira to strong effect.
  • The titular protagonist from Steel Angel Kurumi gets these when she wants to get something done by her master - with varying levels of success.
  • Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime lampshades this trope when he finds himself on the receiving end of these. Probably the only time this trope has been done by a dragon of all things.
  • Yotsuba in Yotsuba&! gets these when on the verge of tears. Fortunately, she hasn't learned how to do this on purpose. Yet.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: In Season 2 episode 6, Probe, having trouble finding BoBoiBoy and wanting Adu Du to give him a chance, makes puppy dog eyes at him and asks if he's ever steered him wrong. Adu Du isn't quite that convinced, immediately bringing up the one time he purchased an electric spatula by selling their spaceship.
  • 4 Angies: Kai-chan's magic spell amounts to her making adorable eyes at the person she's talking to so that she can convince them to do (or not do) something.
  • Happy Heroes: In episode 30, Little Cutie, a cleaning robot invented by Doctor H. that went rogue, attempts to distract Happy S. from attacking her by making cute-looking eyes at him. It distracts Happy S. for just long enough to give Little Cutie a chance to attack him back.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 14, Tibbie has Wilie play a game called "Rescue the Hostage" (read: she wants to free the others from a cage Wolffy has them in). As they leave, Wilie makes puppy-dog eyes at his dad Wolffy when he refuses to let him and the goats play anywhere besides the area he points out, but it doesn't work and Wilie resorts to Crocodile Tears as a distraction.

    Comic Books 
  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw: Dusty, an anthropomorphic dog, attempts this, but his partner is unaffected.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Extreme Venomverse: The Venom in Black Cat's story in issue 2 gives Felicia a particularly sad looking expression, despite at that point being a swirling pile of goo in a jar, when she determines it's Not Evil, Just Misunderstood.
    • Spider-Man: It's said that the reason why Peter Parker attracts so many women is because he has big brown puppy dog eyes.
    • X-Men: The art style in the "Childhood's End" arc of New X-Men tends to give all of the kids these, but Comic Book/X23 particularly stands out. Especially when she comes to join them in the "Danger Cave" while the others are blowing off steam cosplaying old X-Men missions, as seen here.
    • Depends on the artist, but Captain America, of all people, can put this to use when he is persuading someone on a personal level - especially effective on Tony Stark. Tony practically name drops the trope in a comic when he explains his involvement in a plan he disagreed with first claiming he can never refuse anything when Steve looks at him with those big blue eyes.
  • Plastic Man: The one-short villain Sadly-Sadly uses his permanently sad face to sway crowds to his whim, even getting one to beat Plastic Man to death. He's done in when he laughs it up at the funeral, getting a sock from a very-much-alive Plastic Man (which, for good measure, paralyzes his face) and a trip to jail.
  • Supergirl (Wednesday Comics): in the first page, a little child begs her father to buy her one puppy. Immediately her eyes become bigger, rounder and shinier as her blue irises and black pupils expand and dilate. Her father has no option but to give in and let her pick one.

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • Buckles can get both his owners' whole meals this way.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Parodied in a strip where Calvin practices "Bambi eyes" in preparation for asking his mother if he can have a flamethrower.
  • Garfield:
    • In the August 4th 2013 comic, Garfield does this to Liz for a snack... and she does it right back at him. Garfield's response is to give his food to her and tell Jon "She's good."
    • In the January 6, 2016 comic, Garfield scoffs at Odie for using a cute puppy face to beg for food. When Odie gets a sandwich, however, Garfield decides to try it too, asking Odie if he's doing it right.
    • In the July 20th 2022 comic, Odie is asked by his "Dear Ask a Dog" audience if dogs have superpowers. Odie responds with one of these.
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • The two hungry street children in Disney's Aladdin, who gaze imploringly at the title character as he's about to eat some bread that he just stole for himself.
  • Shows up a lot in Arlo the Alligator Boy thanks to the heavy eye animation, usually on Arlo himself during his more emotional moments.
  • In the 2009 Astro Boy film, the title character has mastered this. One might almost think it a factor in Tenma's Heel–Face Turn, given how flagrant they were in that scene.
  • In Big Hero 6 Tadashi (an 18-year-old college student) uses these when Hiro snarks at Baymax after Tadashi takes him to his college instead of a bot fight.
    Baymax: On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
    Hiro: Physical, [deadpan stare at Tadashi] or emotional?
    [Tadashi does the puppy eyes]
  • Bolt has to be taught that, but once mastered the trope works marvels on campers, extracting huge quantities of "Awwwww" and half-eaten hot-dogs. It is significant (and hilarious) that his cat partner fails miserably in that.
  • Guido and Luigi get them in Cars 2 when they read Mater's depressing farewell letter.
  • Despicable Me:
    • Agnes is very good at this, as is to be expected given her age and personality.
      • At the amusement park, after the booth attendant refuses to give her the coveted unicorn plushie, she mutely appeals to Gru this way. It would take a much nastier heart than his to say no to her huge eyes and quivering lip.
      • She does it again to postpone the start of the Swan Lake recital for a few minutes. Gru misses it anyway.
    • Also near the end, after Gru kisses the girls good-night, the Minions are waiting outside the girls' room, and one makes such eyes while asking in Minionese if they can be kissed too.
  • Pacha's children Chaka and Tipo deploy these in The Emperor's New Groove, in an attempt to stay up late. Their parents counter with a deliberate display of Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • Hotel Transylvania:
    • Mavis does this to her dad Dracula in bat form. Dracula doesn't fall for it and says, "Don't give me the pouty bat face."
    • Dracula does the same thing to Mavis in the sequel, and gets the same reply from her: "Don't give me the pouty bat face."
    • Dennis does this to Dracula in the short for the third movie so he can get a puppy. This time, it works.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie: Robin lampshades his eyes by asking Bruce Wayne for adoption advice: "Should I surgically enhance my eyes so I look more cute and vulnerable?"
  • Megamind can be too adorable for an Evil Is Petty villain with mostly nasty and smug attitude. He has some truly heartbreaking kicked puppy sort of expression when Roxanne dumps him.
    Roxanne Richie: [sees Megamind's puppy dog eyes] No, you... Did you think that I would ever be with you?
    Megamind: [heartbroken whisper] No.
  • Migration: Gwen uses a very exaggerated version to convince Uncle Dan to join the migration. She, Dax, the penguins and Mack do the same at the very end when he refuses to go to the South Pole just to bring some penguins home.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games: Spike gives these to Human Twilight while she is Midnight Sparkle. It seems to snap her back to her senses long enough for Daydream Shimmer to blast her with her magic. Bonus points for Spike actually being a puppy.
  • Giselita does this to Serge and Deni to try and get them to find their mother Giselle in Open Season 3.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the girls have exiled themselves on an asteroid after they were tricked by Mojo Jojo into staging a monkey takeover of Townsville. Blossom stares up at Earth with sad puppy-dog eyes, then buries her head in her hands and cries silently to herself.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Charlotte's dog, Stella, tries this on Tiana in order to get her to toss out one of her beignets. Tiana initially says no but quickly caves in.
  • Ratatouille: Rémy pulls a mild version of these on Linguini when he is about to drop the jar holding him into a river.
  • In The Road to El Dorado, Miguel deploys this technique to persuade Tulio to gamble for the map to El Dorado. Judging by Tulio's reaction ("Not with The Face") it's not the first time Miguel has used this method to get his way.
  • Shrek: Puss in Boots will stare up at people with huge eyes to manipulate them with his cuteness.
    • In Shrek 2, he uses it twice, to devastating effect, as the first use results in him joining Shrek and Donkey on their adventure (provides the image on the main page), the second right before he unleashes a major can of whoop-ass on some guards.
    • Shrek the Third:
      • He tries it earlier in the movie on Shrek after the latter puts him outside the window. Shrek just closes the curtains, thus making it the first time for Puss that it didn't work on others.
      • He makes the same face after being body-swapped with Donkey, hoping it will dissuade his enemies from trying to kill him. It doesn't.
    • He uses it on Donkey in Shrek Forever After to "borrow his tongue".
    • The spinoff Puss in Boots has Puss using kitty-cat eyes on the prison guard, when trying to convince him to let him go. It almost works..
    • The Direct to Video short "The Three Diablos" has three kittens try to outdo Puss, leading to a kitty-cat eyes standoff. Puss wins.
    • In Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Puss uses the trick on Kitty Softpaws to convince her to give him the map to the Wishing Star, only for Kitty to counter with eyes of her own. They even try to outdo each other with extra touches like Puss fluffing out his beard and Kitty showing her paws' toe beans. The standoff gets interrupted by Perrito gushing with Cuteness Overload.
      • Perrito later gets Kitty to teach the trick to him, only to make them bulge out in a way that looks like he has a hernia. He finally pulls it off on Jack Horner in the climax, but Jack isn't moved by the gesture (not only because he's an unrepentant sociopath, but also Perrito getting a nosebleed too). It still works out though, as it distracts Jack long enough for Puss and Kitty to get the map away from him.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie: When Bowser (of all people) rehearses his love confession, he puts on a very innocent expression. Inverted when Bowser loses his temper, causing his pupils and irises to contract to pinpoints. In general, it's pretty obvious that he only puts on this expression in order to make him seem innocent in front of Peach despite her and the audience already knowing that he truly is very much the exact opposite.
  • Parodied in Tangled with Flynn Rider's "smolder".
  • Tarzan does this momentarily when trying to convince Terk to help him.
  • In Turning Red, Mei's friends try this on her to convince her to go karaokeing with them.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Probably the most hilariously misfitting example is the freaking alien in Alien: Resurrection, or rather the human-alien hybrid, who has more human-like facial features, including large black eyes with which he gives his "mother" Ripley a plaintive glance before he dies.
  • In The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues is cornered by his jilted bride. She has a machine gun: he is unarmed... except for Blatant Lies and Puppy Dog Eyes. It's the only time we see him taking off his sunglasses for the whole movie.
  • Eric in The Boy Who Could Fly. The sad-puppy face he wears through much of the film would be right at home in an ASPCA ad.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy Pevensie does this in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (the first film) in order to get Peter to agree to play hide and seek. It's very effective, although that also might be because Lucy is supposed to be Peter's favorite sister.
  • DC Extended Universe: In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Steppenwolf, the movie's villain himself, if you can believe it. Particularly the pleading look his eyes give when communicating with Darkseid.
  • Judge Anderson in Dredd, particularly when her strong sense of empathy is evoked. She finds out that a Mook she executed has a wife and baby - and that the woman sheltering her and Dredd is that wife. Her attitude toward Clan Techie also changes from harsh to pitying when she reads his mind and sees how Ma-Ma has made him suffer.
  • In Home Alone, Kevin is ordered by his mother to sleep on the third floor as punishment for ruining the family's pizza dinner. He waters his eyes with a half-assed apology, but his mother sees right through it.
  • In Hopscotch, retired spy Isobel refuses to help unwillingly retired spy Kendig (played by Walter Matthau) publish a tell-all about the CIA's Dirty Business because of the danger. Kendig responds by giving her an increasingly pathetic hangdog look until she relents.
  • Surprisingly displayed by Richard Parker the tiger in Life of Pi when he jumps out of the boat and can't get back in and Pi attempts to let him drown.
  • Frodo in The Lord of the Rings movies. Although he doesn't do it too intentionally, he does do it for the entire trilogy.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki in Thor in his last scene with Odin when he tells him that he did it all for his family and Asgard. The combined effect is tear-jerking. Loki also has a particularly epic one when he's ranting to Odin about his true parentage. Or when he watches Thor get banished. Face it, with his soulful blue eyes, Hiddleston is a master of this trope.
    • Iron Man: Tony Stark, via Robert Downey Jr., is no slouch in this category either. It's not as overt as some examples, but in any movie he's in, if he gets teary-eyed (for instance, over the supposed deaths of Agent Coulson or Pepper Potts), the effect definitely is this.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: After Steve Rogers gets caught macking Pvt. Lorraine, SSR Agent Peggy Carter shoots at him to test his new shield's durability. All you can see behind the shield once she's done firing are his large, terrified eyes.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: The Winter Soldier, of all people, makes such a face when he starts to regain some of his memories and is told to undergo a mindwipe.
    • Spider-Man, All Three incarnations have done this at one point or another. Especially notable in Spider-Man: No Way Home in the scene where all three of them meet each other and talk about losses they suffered in their lives, after MCU Aunt May's death at the hands of the Green Goblin.
  • Noted in The Men Who Stare at Goats, explaining why the Army stopped shooting dogs to help medics learn how to field dress wounds, and instead went with goats, who evoked no such sympathy.
  • Paul manages them quite well, which is helped by his eyes being freaking huge.
  • Red Dog: "All the sad faces in the world ain't gonna work, so you can just stop", John Grant tells Red Dog when they first meet as Red Dog tries to hitch a ride in John's bus. John overestimated his resolve in the face of extreme cuteness.
  • In The Santa Clause 2 and 3, Lucy is very good at this expression. In the third movie, her parents, Neil and Laura, demonstrate where she gets that ability. No wonder Scott/Santa caves in and takes the Millers to the North Pole, getting the treatment from all three of them.
  • Star Trek (2009): This is pretty much Chekov's default facial expression.
  • Star Wars:
    • In The Last Jedi, Chewbacca stands at a campfire, trying to eat a couple of roasted porg, native birds that inhabit the island, only to find himself being stared at by several non-roasted porg. He gives a roar and scares them away, but one made of sterner stuff remains. It gives him these, but then he roars again and scares it away.
    • Kylo Ren is the master of these.

  • Bloody Jack: Jacky Faber calls this technique "the big eyes" and employs it to subvert the Double Standard in her favor.
  • In one of Andrew Vachss' Burke novels, Action Girlfriend Flood pouts at Burke while she's sassing him. He thinks in response, I'd have given her a smack if I hadn't been afraid of permanent injury.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series:
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: In The Last Olympian, Annabeth does "her big pleading gray eyes thing" on Hermes to get him to give her her mother's message.
    • The Heroes of Olympus: In The Mark of Athena, Percy deploys it to get a favor from Piper. She wonders how Annabeth says no to anything coming from somebody who can make himself look like a baby harp seal.
  • Eli's List: Eli gives this look to Iria to persuade her to take her up Mt. Corcovado.
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries: Sid is somehow able to give off this look, despite being a skeleton.
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl: A curiously literal version is performed by Kalix when she transforms fully into her wolf form to look cute for Moonglow at one point.
  • In Maximum Ride, Fang lets Angel keep Total when she gives him "the bambi eyes".

  • 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?"

  • Cool Kids Table: In the Harry Potter-themed game Hogwarts: The New Class, Jake tries to convince McGonagall to buy him a pygmy gryphon by giving these to her, stating that he was adorable at eleven.
  • In Wolf 359, Eiffel's attempt at an intimidating expression is described by Hilbert as his "angry kitten face".
  • Sibylline Sounds: Oreo the skunk threatens to use the skunky eyes on Vincent while begging for him to read a story from his manor's collection of one-of-a-kind books.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin: 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.

    Video Games 
  • Alice in the Mirrors of Albion: Enforced. Cheshire Jr. would show up near the end of a limited-time sale to convince the player to buy the "gift set" he's worked so hard to prepare.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts: The titular pair does this in an attempt to have the Lord of Games give them their old powers from previous games back... it fails. He winds up giving them back in the end, however, in case Nuts & Bolts didn't sell well. Not surprisingly, it did, lampshaded by Mumbo in game no less.
    Mumbo: Need to put floaters on boat, otherwise, boat sink like this game at retail.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Your Mabari war hound can do this to anyone. It even works on Morrigan. Maybe they should have tried it against the darkspawn horde...
  • Dragon Age II: Fenris of all people has a tendency towards this now and again, at least on a Hawke who's his friend; Merrill (a master of it herself) even namechecks the trope in a bit of party banter if Fenris is Hawke's love interest. It's remarkably effective, too...
  • Final Fantasy XIV: During Shadowbringers, Ryne turns these against Thancred and Urianger. And then the Warrior of Light. The first two capitulate instantly. The third... might require a bit more than that. (No matter how you choose, it's a Foregone Conclusion.) Afterwards, the three gather to commiserate.
  • Genshin Impact: Discussed. One of Beidou's voice-overs has her talking about how Yaoyao gives off the puppy eyes when she is told it is time to leave the Alcor.
    Beidou: Yaoyao always comes on board to play when we're in the harbor. Trouble is, when it's time for her to go she gives you the puppy eyes, and no one has the heart to send her away... Means we're always cutting it quite close by the time we manage to set sail.
  • Katawa Shoujo: Emi is rather good at this. Even when Lilly has hardened Hisao, he still falls for it when Emi pulls it.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: Ventus proves he knows how to do these when he asks Terra and Aqua to kill him to prevent the X-blade from being formed.
  • Mana Khemia Alchemists Of Alrevis: There's a humorous subversion. In one of Pamela's Character Quests, she enjoys making medicine that are actually dangerous to anyone who drinks it. Problem is, all the victims (even ROXIS!), although they know of the med's effects, cannot refuse Pamela's offer to test them, because of Pamela's Moe eyes.
  • Little Busters!: At one point, Komari and Kurugaya are fighting over what nickname Kurugaya should have. She claims that even if Komari calls her Yui-chan she'll just ignore her, and demonstrates. In response, Komari gives such a sad, tearful look that Kurugaya takes a significant amount of damage.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Wendy Oldbag attempts this on occasion. She's in her seventies, so it's not exactly successful. Its chief effect is to cause here most common target, Miles Edgeworth, to lose his composure and demand that it stop.
    • Larry Butz also has them when doing his Ocular Gushers bit. It virtually never works.
    • Phoenix Wright is said to have them too. Particularly effective when getting information out of the soft-hearted detective Gumshoe. Phoenix actually does have them in the flashback case "Turnabout Memories", but their effect is lessened by him being a dorky emotional college student.
    • Dahlia Hawthorne does this, and it does tend to work until her true nature is revealed.
    • Her ex-boyfriend, Terry Fawles, does this in the courtroom lobby.
    • Detective Gumshoe has a more subtle version of this as one of his default expressions, and it's arguably the most effective example in the game.
    • Detective Fulbright also has these with a shy finger twiddle if he messes up in an investigation. They work until it's revealed that he doesn't actually feel any emotions.
  • Pokémon:
  • Sam & Max Save the World: Max tries to pull this off in "Abe Lincoln Must Die!" to get into the War Room, but fails.
  • Shantae: Risky's Revenge: Sky talking to Shantae when getting a needed rotten egg from Sky, because Shantae messed up taking care of it:
    Don't bother with the puppy dog eyes.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Parodied. Unlocking new classes usually involve your character giving Cartman their typical blank stare, which Cartman treats as this. Coupled with how sad the backstory he came up with you for is, he just can't help but give you some more classes.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Clementine has the option of breaking these out to win over any survivor of the player's choice in season 2. Even when she's not intentionally doing it, she's still adorable as can be.
    • Luke isn't bad at the puppy eyes himself, as he displays if Clementine chooses to sit with Kenny instead of him in episode 2 of season 2.
  • World of Warcraft: Mylune, a quest giver, says that she'll "give you the big eyes" if you don't save the fawns trapped in a burning forest.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Larry Butz does a rather odd variant when he's sobbing.
    • Dick Gumshoe has a sprite with this expression for whenever he's getting picked on... which is often.
    • Maggey Byrde also does this when she is extremely happy.
    • In Spirit Of Justice, Rayfa does this a few times, but only in the last case.
    • Also in Spirit of Justice: Ellen Wyatt in the bonus case does this in a manner similar to Larry when her Ocular Gushers start flowing.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: Sayori is also guilty of this, and tries to get the player character to buy her a snack. Unfortunately, she's tried this trick so many times that the player character doesn't fall for it.
  • Johanna from Double Homework seems to give these whenever she’s visibly sad.
  • Katawa Shoujo: Emi Ibarazaki is very fond of this trope. Hisao notes just how effective it is at making him relent.

    Web Animation 
  • Isabelle Ruins Everything: Isabelle (an actual dog) makes this expression while the Mayor is trying to calm down the angry crowd.
  • RWBY: Marrow Amin, a dog Faunus, pulls this on Jaune in one episode to get the latter's coffee from him.

    Web Original 
  • Chakona Space features a mouse trying it on a coyote starship captain. It doesn't work quite as planned.
    [Penny] gave Yote her best wide-eyed helpless waif look, which might have worked a lot better if she wasn't so well-fed and sexy.
  • A live version of the page image appears here on Cute Overload.
  • Parodied in this lolcats picture. The cat has a solution to this situation: Just shut the door and don't look at the culprit. Nobody asked to see those sad eyes.
  • The Whateley Universe has Jade "Generator" Sinclair and Bunny "Bugs" Cormick. The former looks like a 11 year old girl (she's 14) and the latter, at first glance, appears to be your typical teenage blonde bimbo (when not in Mad Scientist mode). Both are both so good at this that their friends often joke that it's one of their mutant powers. Bugs even managed to win her combat final just by crying.

    Web Videos 
  • In The Blockbuster Buster's review of Shrek 2, the title card artist E-Joy pops in, much to the shock of Eric, who wonders who she is and asks for one reason why he shouldn't fire her. She invokes this trope and is able to stay, much to her delight.
  • Channel Awesome:
  • The titular doctor in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog at the beginning of act two. Oddly, he's not trying to garner sympathy. He's just crushed that he inadvertently introduced his archnemesis to the girl of his dreams. He also has the puppy-eyes after telling his viewers about the failure of his latest crime ("Captain Hammer... threw a car... at my head").
  • Gaea in the Noob webseries and comic, as one of her Manipulative Bastard tricks. A couple of her male guildmates have tried to imitate her, only to be told they look silly doing it (for the Butt-Monkey) or can't measure up to her (for the Manchild). One of her minions tried to pull them on her in the first movie.
  • Outside Xbox:
    • This is Ellen Rose's most powerful strategy. For example, on the "Show of the Weekend" episode discussing the "Kobolds and Catacombs" expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Luke discusses the effect of King Togwaggle, who lets you hold the opponent's deck to ransom, by getting Ellen to go to the kitchen and then stealing her seat:
    Luke: Ellen, I have stolen your place on the sofa, like the sneaky King Togwaggle. Ellen, what ransom will you give me to switch back?
    Ellen: Sad puppy eyes.
    Luke: ...Ugh, fine. I would have liked to hold out for more than two seconds.
    • As of 2020, "coronavirus pandemic" plus "Ellen's janky immune system" means that the Puppy-Dog Eyes are the only part of her face showing when she leaves the house. No word yet on whether she's using this power for good or evil.

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



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