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Puppy Dog Eyes / Western Animation

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So cute, even the puppies are jealous.

  • Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Evolution, to the extent that Wolverine once snaps at her: "Don't give me them puppy-dog eyes, half-pint!"
  • Frequently used by Omi in Xiaolin Showdown.
  • A bit more tempered in Avatar: The Last Airbender, nonetheless, Aang has used this at least once or twice.
    • In one of the comics, Sokka uses this on Zuko. It worked.
    • Katara does a less exaggerated version of this at least once in the show, in the episode "The King of Omashu".
  • Stan Smith in American Dad! does this to Steve when Steve is about to fire him from his and Roger's fake detective agency.
  • One of the many running gags in Kim Possible was the "puppy dog pout." While it doesn't look the same, it's used to the same effect, and it apparently works on every non-villain she knows; besides, Kim has too much self respect to use it on a bad guy. Her mother, Ron, Rufus and even Shego have all appropriated it at one time or another.
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  • In Wolverine and the X-Men Toad of the Brotherhood breaks out the most pathetic cutie-face an anti-hero has probably ever worn when Quicksilver refuses to rescue him from mutant-jail. The large eyed pout is accompanied by a small-voiced "You... you're dumping me? But... but why?" It doesn't work, but that just might be because Quicksilver is a cold-hearted bastard.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Charlie Dog uses the "big, soulful eyes routine" when wooing prospective owners.
    • Another Looney Tunes example: in Broom-stick Bunny, Bugs Bunny pulls this on Witch Hazel, who is about to cook him. She relents because Bugs reminds her of Paul, "my pet tarantula."
    • And another Looney Tunes example: the little penguin Bugs ends up protecting against his will. Chuck Jones couldn't resist using 'em.
    • The Scarlet Pumpernickel opens with Daffy pleading with the studio head to consider his self-written screenplay, momentarily resorting to this. Another Chuck Jones, of course.
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    • Done by Bugs Bunny (towards the audience) in What's Opera, Doc?, after he hears Fudd singing "Kill the wabbit".
  • Skippy in Animaniacs, after learning Bumbie's mom died.
    • In "Plane Pals", the Warner siblings use puppy dog expressions on Ivan Blowsky, causing him to feel bad about yelling at them...for about half a second, whereupon the Warners switch to making grotesque faces at Blowsky.
  • In Teen Titans, this is taken a step further. Beast Boy can morph his entire body into that of an adorable kitten so he can do puppy dog eyes with his entire face
  • The Teen Titans Go! episode "Breakfast Cheese" is all about Starfire using this to make her teammates into pacifists (complete with a wallpaper full of puppies whenever she does it). It works so well, the other even help her pull this on the H.I.V.E. Five.
  • Johnny Test parodies this when the title character gives multiple people this look, which is referred to as simply "The Look", with a sad song on a tape player.
  • Yin and Yang use this to get master Yo buy them stuff in Yin Yang Yo!.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley does this often. Since he's an actual puppy, it's funnier that way.
  • In an episode of Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil plan of the day involves giving himself big, sad eyes in order to emotionally manipulate the citizens of Danville into giving him what he wants. They work, but only in the dark where his eyes look huge and sad. When the power comes back on they look swollen and bloodshot and have zero effect on his brother (the mayor), other than creeping him out.
    • The Fireside Girls from use their "big pleading eyes" as a way of getting people to buy their cupcakes.
    • Major Monogram pulls this on Agent P in "Perry the Actorpus".
    Major Monogram: I know that we gave you some time off, but would you please come back to work, please? I can't hold my eyes like this much longer.
  • An episode of Total Drama World Tour had Cody do this to Gwen to try and convince her to carry an epipen for him instead of his Abhorrent Admirer Sierra.
  • An episode of House of Mouse has Max trying this in order to convince Goofy to buy him a car. It works.
  • Chowder attempted this on Mung. He caved less because of the eyes and more because he stretched out a please so long it became irritating.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heloise tries doing this, accompanied with the phrase "I feel bad about it now," to try and appease Jimmy when she does something he disapproves of. It rarely works.
    • In fact, she's tried doing this several times when trying to attract him. Jimmy, being Jimmy, doesn't notice.
  • Bloo on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends does this many times. Mac has also done it similar to Bloo, though much cuter.
  • Subverted in Ren & Stimpy - Ren's eyes are already bugged out of their sockets; this takes it a few disturbing steps further.
    • Stimpy can do it better; just watch the pilot for proof!
  • "Don't do that too long, or your face might stick that way!" The faces of Precious Moments figurines and the characters of the five Precious Moments animated specials did stick that way. Not only are they stuck in a Super-Deformed proportion, but the upper eyelid is at such an angle that the shape of the whole eye suggests a teardrop, and the iris and pupil are large enough that the white shows up only at the bottom of the teardrop.
  • Riley Daring tried it out when asking her parents if she could get a digital video camera.
  • June will do this in KaBlam! sometimes to get what she wants.
  • In an episode of King of the Hill, Hank's friends are trying to find out why Alamo Beer isn't in stock and Peggy knows the secret, and Hank says "Aw Boomhauer don't give me those basset hound eyes" and Boomhauer has his usual expression.
  • Scaredy Bat from Ruby Gloom does this. A lot.
  • Back in season one of Recess, this was pretty much T.J.'s default set of eyes.
  • Believe it or not, Starscream in Transformers: Prime seems to be a master of this trope!
    • Bumblebee too. He manages to stop Arcee from killing Starscream just by looking at her sadly.
  • Used quite often by the dogs in The Hub's Pound Puppies. Shocking, huh?
  • Fu Dog of American Dragon: Jake Long claimed to have invented the puppy eyes... and yet a chihuahua managed to use them on him.
  • Ding-A-Ling Wolf from Hokey Wolf.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Apple Bloom: "Aren't you gonna stay for brunch...?" See this vid.
    • Pinkie Pie does this too: "Oh no! My friends don’t like my parties, and they don’t want to be my friends anymore!" See this short vid.
    • Sweetie Belle deliberately invokes this. "If you don't want to spend time with me..." See this vid.
    • As of season 4, Fluttershy has started showing a tendency to use these to get her way from time to time. For example, during "Filli Vanilli", she uses them to convince Big Mac to let her be his voice for one last concert. and later, on "Trade Ya", she and Rainbow Dash (of all ponies) try this to convince a trader to go back to his stall to speed along a trade in a long, strange Chain of Deals. In this case it fails, however, as the trader is more concerned about filling his belly.
    • Even Angel pulls this off in "Filli Vanilli".
    • Gallus the griffon pulls this off on Grampa Gruff in the eighth season premiere.
  • Kowalski from The Penguins of Madagascar sports a pair of these in an animatic for Time Out.
  • The girls in Totally Spies! have used this more than once on Jerry to try and persuade him to do things for them.
  • Hildy Gloom from The 7D often does this to convince her husband Grim to steal things for her.
  • Gaz from Invader Zim occasionally does this when you least expect her to do it; she usually does it when she is feeling enraptured such as when she sees that there is one more slice of pizza left in the box or when she sees a video game commercial on TV.
  • Detentionaire's Holger has used these, like in the episode “The Hydra” to get Cam to put on a disguise.
  • Scorpi from Mixels has near-permanent ones that only disappear when he's scared (where they shrink down). He even manages to make them larger at times, gaining irises when he does.
  • Spike of Tom and Jerry fame gives his son Tyke a few lessons about being a dog in one short. The first lesson is being "man's best friend", which consists of the begging position and lying at the master's feet. Both "with the big, sad, soulful eyes."
  • This, plus a quick peck, is how Velma convinces Scooby to investigate the school janitor's workshop in a Clear My Name episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • As he does in the movies, this is Puss' specialty in The Adventures of Puss in Boots. His mastery of the technique has given him an extremely high resistance to it, and anyone who tries it on him just causes him to do it back to them to demonstrate how it's really done.
  • Melissa on Milo Murphy's Law has "doe eyes," which are very effective, but which she says are for "emergency use only."
  • On Elena of Avalor, Elena can turn these on full-bore when she wants something from someone. Skylar cannot resist them.
  • In several episodes of Kaeloo, Mr. Cat (and Stumpy on occasions) will try to use these on Kaeloo. Whether it works on her or not depends on the episode.
  • In "Sir Clod" from Nella the Princess Knight, Clod loses his invitation to the Royal Cafe Breakfast Buffet, so he tries to get in using simply politeness and these.
    Clod: Please?
    Knight: No.
    Clod: Pleeeease?
    Knight: No.
    Clod: But I can't make my eyes any bigger or cuter than this.
    Knight: I'm afraid there's nothing we can do.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "A Visit to the Planetarium", Jet and Sunspot make these eyes at Sean and Sydney in order to convince them to let them go to the planetarium show.
  • Batman and Harley Quinn. Harley calls it the Nuclear Option and uses it along with Cry Cute on Poison Ivy (with a lead-up to make it sound like she's about to cross a Godzilla Threshold in doing so).
  • Les Sisters: Marine does this to Wendy when she needs her to help with something. Wendy tries to resist, but she always ends up giving in.
  • Steven Universe, being the adorable little kid he is, can break out an impressive set of Puppy Dog Eyes and knows how to use them. Garnet, despite being a no-nonsense Stoic most of the time, is particularly susceptible.
    Pearl: Why did you agree to this?note 
    Garnet: I lost a battle of will.
    • Steven retains this ability as a teenager, as he manages to stop Lapis from attacking two gems just by staring at her and holding a cute animal. Subverted, though, in that he rarely uses this power anymore due to how angry he is all the time.
  • Total Dramarama: In the trope image above, the kids would often use this to get what they want.
  • On The Dragon Prince, Bait the glow toad has his "innocent eyes," used on the baker Barius while swiping jelly tarts.
  • Played for Laughs in Bounty Hamster, when Cassie attempts to coax Marion into letting her keep a robot dog by giving him Puppy-Dog Eyes, speaking in Baby Talk...and threatening to continue doing so forever unless he says yes.


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