Sep. 09, 1995
30 min.
The WB TV Network

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Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced lab mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan for the two mice (led by Brain) to take over the world, which ultimately ends in failure.

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Pinky is another genetically modified mouse who shares the same cage as Brain at Acme Labs. Although intelligent in his own right, Pinky is an extremely unstable and hyperactive mouse and has an extremely short attention span. He has several verbal tics, such as "narf", "zort", "poit", and "troz" (the last of which he started saying after noticing it was "zort in the mirror"). Pinky's appearance is the complete opposite of Brain's- while Brain is short, has a crooked tail, pink eyes, and speaks in a deeper, more eloquent manner, Pinky has a straight tail, blue eyes (which shouldn't even occur in normal mice), a severe overbite, is taller than the Brain, and speaks in a higher pitched Cockney accent. Pinky's name was inadvertently given to him by Brain himself- when insulting the two scientists responsible for their gene splicing while talking to himself, Brain claimed the scientists had "less knowledge in both their heads than I do in my... pinky!" Pinky then responded with "Yes?", believing Brain was calling him.

Pinky is more open-minded than the Brain, kinder, and far happier. Troubles never ruin his day - mostly because he's too scatter-brained to notice them. He steadfastly helps Brain toward world domination as best as he can, even though Brain usually berates, belittles, and insults him, and hits him on the head. Pinky actually seems to enjoy this, laughing after he's hit. He's happy just being with his best friend, and the only thing that would ever truly make him sad is being separated from Brain. He is obsessed with trivia, spending a lot of time watching television from a T.V. in the lab and following popular culture fads. This is the complete opposite of Brain's more rigorous and realistically grounded logic- however, Brain's schemes have sometimes tapped into this knowledge. Sometimes Pinky even finds non-rational solutions to problems. He has a number of unusual special abilities, something like magic, but perhaps caused by his genetic engineering. He occasionally levitates, and also is apparently capable of telekinesis, as seen when he levitated several pieces of fruit in a bowl in the episode "Fly", even though Pinky claims the ability "comes and goes". An entire episode (entitled "The Pinky P.O.V.") even shows a typical night of attempted world domination from his point of view, showing his thought process and how he comes to the strange, seemingly nonsensical responses to the Brain's famous question.

He is also arguably Brain's moral compass and only real friend- when Pinky sold his soul to get Brain the world, Brain did his best to find and save him because he missed him and the world wasn't worth ruling without him, even if he wouldn't admit it out loud.

Pinky also has shown signs of intelligence despite his supposed childish stupidity, Pinky was able to survive using his instincts and become a leader to Brain, who, despite his intelligence, lacked such instincts and couldn't survive in the wild on his own until circumstances forced him to. When Pinky became President, he actually was taking his position seriously, and paying attention to Brain's teachings about the workings of the American government when he later began citing various Amendments and legal problems that would bar Brain from his latest plot to take over the world. When Brain attempted to pressure him into helping, Pinky refused, claiming that the plan "goes against everything I've come to stand for." This shows that Pinky also has a strong conscience and will stand up to Brain when he has to.

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03x04 - Where The Deer and The Mousealopes Play
Season 3, Episode 04
01x16 - Ambulatory Abe
Season 1, Episode 16
03x48 - Just Say Narf
Season 3, Episode 48
03x39 - Inherit The Wheeze
Season 3, Episode 39
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