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  • Bolt had to be taught that but once mastered the trope worked marvels on campers, extracting huge quantities of "Awwwww" and half-eaten hot-dogs. It is significant (and hilarious) that his cat partner failed miserably in that.
  • Puss-in-Boots, in Shrek 2, uses it twice, to devastating effect, as the first use results in him joining Shrek and Donkey on their adventure, the second right before he unleashes a major can of whoop-ass on some guards.
    • He later makes the same face in Shrek the Third after being body-swapped with Donkey, hoping it will dissuade his enemies from trying to kill him. It doesn't.
    • He also tried it earlier in the movie on Shrek after the latter put him outside the window. Shrek just closed the curtains, thus making it the first time it didn't work on others for Puss.
    • He also used it on Donkey in the fourth movie 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Road to El Dorado, Miguel deploys this technique to persuade Tulio to gamble for the map to El Dorado.
  • 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.
  • Giselita does this to Serge and Deni to try and get them to find their mother Giselle in Open Season 3.
  • 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.
  • The eponymous protagonist of Coraline does this to her mother.
  • Parodied in Tangled with Flynn Rider's "smolder."
  • Guido and Luigi get them in Cars 2 when they read Mater's depressing farewell letter.
  • Agnes does it in Despicable Me 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, one of which asks in Minionese if they can be kissed too while making such eyes.
  • 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.
  • Blu does this a lot in Rio.
  • 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.
  • Tarzan does this momentarily when trying to convince Terk to help him.
  • In 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."
    • In return, Dracula does the same thing in the sequel, prompting her to say the same "Don't give me the pouty bat face."
  • 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: *puppy eyes*
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?"

    Film - Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frodo in the Lord of the Rings movies. Although he doesn't do it too intentionally, he does do it for the entire trilogy.
  • Lucy Pevensie does this in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (the first Narnia 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.
  • Star Trek (2009): This is pretty much Chekov's default facial expression.
  • Paul manages them quite well, which is helped by his eyes being freaking huge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Probably the most hilariously inappropriate instance is the freaking alien in Alien: Resurrection, or rather the human-alien hybrid, that has more human-like facial features, including, yes, big black eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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 Star Wars: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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