Calvin: Maybe I should sniffle a little too, huh?
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. 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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- 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.
- 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.
- Dusty, an anthropomorphic dog, attempts this in The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw but his partner is unaffected.
- Empowered, in a meta-panel, begs the reader NOT to look at her bare butt in the next story.
- It's said that the reason why Peter Parker/Spider-Man attracts so many women is because he has big brown puppy dog eyes.
- The art style in the "Childhood's End" arc of New X-Men tends to give all of the kids these, but X-23 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◊.
- The Killing Joke: Would you believe The JOKER is capable of rocking these?◊
- One-shot Plastic Man 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 and a trip to jail.
- 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.
- And in The Mark of Athena, Percy deploys it, trying 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.
- 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.
- Cobra. Action Girlfriend Flood pouts at Burke at one point when she's sassing him. He thinks in response, I'd have given her a smack if I hadn't been afraid of permanent injury.
- Family Skeleton Mysteries: Sid is somehow able to give off this look, despite being a skeleton.
- 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?"
- 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!
- 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.
- In Wolf 359, Eiffel's attempt at an intimidating expression is described by Hilbert as his "angry kitten face".
- In the Cool Kids Table 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.
- 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.
- Then there's this thread on Twitter.