Characters: Pinky and the Brain
Characters from Pinky and the Brain
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The Main Duo
"I am a mind — a Brain! I am the Brain
A genetically altered lab mouse with a large head who plans to - you guessed it
- Take Over the World
). Voiced by Maurice LaMarche
Tropes associated with The Brain:
The Brain's dim-witted assistant. Voiced by Rob Paulsen
Tropes associated with Pinky:
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Anti-Villain: The only reason he's a villain at all is because he helps Brain.
- Anti-Heroic Albino
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Much more common earlier on, but continues to play a large role in his side of the 'Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?' exchange, apparently.
- Bad Bad Acting: Not averted so much as downplayed - he's better with a role of the two. "Brain's Song" even has him juggling two roles, narrator, stagehand, and carpenter duties.
- Big Guy to Brain's Little Guy: Not any stronger than Brain, though.
- Break the Cutie: The Christmas episode, The Halloween Episode, That Smarts and The Pink Candidate to name a few episodes. He can easily go from Plucky Comic Relief to Woobie under the right conditions.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Though Brain clearly trusts him as an assistant, and they both think of it as a partnership/friendship anyway.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In particular, he has a tendancy to bring up celebrities at random.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- The Cutie
- A Dog Named Dog: The less obvious version - "pinkie" is a term for a newborn mouse (or other rodent), due to their lack of fur at birth.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: Generally the latter, as his Cloud Cuckoo Lander status makes him a less than useful Dragon.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Often thinks to ask logical questions about the logistics of a plan. Brain will usually have thought of that himself, but props to Pinky for not needing to be prompted.
- Dumb Is Good: Though, when events conspire to make him 'smarter' than usual, he doesn't get any less good.
- First-Person Perspective: One episode is done entirely from Pinky's literal point of view, revealing that Pinky's flights of fancy take on literal form in his eyes (for instance, Pinky ruminates about hippos when listening to Brain. Brain turns into a hippo). Capped by a first-person perspective view of what it is like to be blasted out of the Space Needle.
- Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Usually walks upright, but runs on all fours in the mouse wheel.
- Genius Ditz: The theme song doesn't specify which one of them is the genius or insane... But in a more literal sense, Pinky's wide-ranging knowledge of pop culture (current and past) comes in handy from time to time - and he supplies them with no hesitation whatsoever.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Brain.
- Hidden Depths: Most of the time he's goofy and hyperactive, but has a strong moral compass that shows on occasion. Particularly when he became president of the U.S for one episode and turned Brain down when he tried to get him to abuse some of his new powers because "it would go against everything I've come to stand for."
- Besides that, while he doesn't have Brain's sheer intelligence, he is still keenly observant and humanistic, and by far the more grounded of the two.
- You wouldn't think being easygoing and adaptable would ever be useful, but it saves their lives in "Welcome to the Jungle" - Pinky manages to come up with stone age-level solutions to being trapped outside, while Brain is reduced to complete reliance.
- Indy Ploy: Pinky's fast talking has been the only thing keeping the plan going on many, many occasions.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Interspecies Romance: With Pharfignewton (a horse), of course, but also with a sea lion and a pig in other episodes (unsuccessfully).
- Iron Butt Monkey: Of course, Pinky doesn't really mind when Brain bops him on the head, so perhaps he's okay with it.
- Kindhearted Simpleton
- The Load/The Millstone: On occasion, though Brain's plans tend to fall apart without outside help. Early on in the Animaniacs segments, he tended to be the latter far more often; by the time of the series, he's rarely even The Load.
- Brain at one point makes a calculation that it's always Pinky's fault that his schemes fail, so he uses an intelligence-enhancing device to make Pinky smarter. Pinky uses this newfound intellect to point out that it's Brain's nonsensical plans that are doomed to fail in the first place.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He's just too ditzy and sweethearted to realize that hanging around someone who wants to Take Over the World doesn't put you on the side of good.
- Morality Pet: On the rare occasions Brain's megalomania gets the better of him.
- Nice Mice: Between the two, he balances them out to this.
- Noble Demon: Downplayed. His demeanor isn't evil to begin with.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: There are hints that Pinky is actually very intelligent, the genius in the opening theme song, but his poor connection with reality and the fact that he's quite content with his lot in life hides it too well.
- Pinky Has Standards
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive to Brain's Manly.
- Simpleton Voice
- Tender Tears: Despite his cheerful personality, he cries fairly easily.
- Too Kinky to Torture: "This is more fun than the coat-me-in-peanut-butter-and-shove-me-in-the-anthill game!"
- Undying Loyalty: To Brain, for the most part.
- Verbal Tic: Narf! Zort! Egad! Poit! Troz!
- Villain Protagonist: Downplayed - he's villainous only by association.
- Vocal Evolution: Pinky's speech impediment is more pronounced in the earliest segments. His voice is also a notch lower in the earlier Animaniacs segments.
- The Watson: Grows into this as the show progresses. Brain is aware of this, and will occasionally rework the plan based on Pinky's observations.
- Wholesome Crossdresser
A hamster who was put through the same gene splicer as the mice and also schemes to Take Over the World
, but does not intend on making it a better place like Brain would. As such, he is The Rival
to the Brain. Was eventually changed back to an ordinary hamster
in his last appearance. Voiced by Roddy Mac Dowall
Tropes associated with Snowball:
Another genetically altered lab mouse that Brain sometimes romantically pursued, despite her being as ditzy as Pinky. (Does This Remind You of Anything?
) Voiced by Tress MacNeille
Tropes associated with Billie:
- Distaff Counterpart: To Pinky.
- Genius Ditz
- Love Dodecahedron: Between her, Brain, Pinky, Pharfignewton and Snowball. Specifically, both Brain and Snowball love her, but she has a crush on Pinky, who in turn is in love with Pharfignewton.
A grey and white race mare (female horse) whom Pinky fell in love with in the segment "The Kentucky Derby". She reciprocates his feelings, but sadly, they come from different worlds... not to mention different biological orders. The relationship between them obviously Squicks
Tropes associated with Pharfignewton:
Roman Numeral 1 "Romy"
A clone of both Brain and Pinky created from their combined DNA. (Does This Remind You of Anything?
Tropes associated with Romy:
"Hi there! I'm the one named Larry."
A dopey chubby mouse with frizzy hair that sticks out in the sides like Larry Fine of the Three Stooges. He accompanied the duo during one of their schemes, doing little except constantly introducing himself and providing useless observations. Eventually, Brain tires of him and tells him to leave. He later joins up with Paul Simon. He was voiced by Billy West
Tropes associated with Larry:
- Captain Ersatz: Of Larry, naturally.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi there!", "Hello!", and "I'm Larry!"
- Furry Baldness
- Green Eyes
- Here We Go Again: Finally, Brain managed to get rid of "Larry", and be just a duo with Pinky again. Now it's time to take over the world, without Larry... and the scientist opens the cage and introduces a new mouse, Zeppo. And Here We Go Again
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
Brain: Tonight's plan is my masterpiece, Pinky... and, ugh, Larry.
Larry: Hi there!
Pinky: I like the lines, Brain, and, ugh, Larry
Larry: I'm Larry!
(and it goes on the whole episode like that)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Larry from The Three Stooges
- Remember the New Guy
- Shoo Out the New Guy:
Brain: It's all about teamwork. That special chemistry. The Yin and the Yang.
Larry: And Larry!
Brain: No, that's it! It's just yin and yang! There shouldn't be a Larry!
Pinky: Zort! Am I the yin or the yang?
Brain: I don't know, Pinky. But he is definitely the Larry!
A black-haired mouse from the black and white Pinky and the Brain
episode, "The Third Mouse."
Russian lab mouse and rival to Pinky and the Brain in "To Russia With Lab Mice".
The scientist who built the gene splicer that turned Brain, Pinky, and Snowball into their anthropomorphic forms. Appears only in part 3 of "Brainwashed".
Tropes associated with Dr. Mordough:
The Evil Clown
Tropes associated with The Evil Clown:
Dr. Mordough's cat who was the Evil Mastermind
of the scheme the mice had to foil in "Brainwashed". Like the mice, she too gained brainpower from the gene splicer, but lost her feline beauty and swore vengeance on humanity as a result. Voiced by Nora Dunn.
Tropes associated with Precious:
A humanoid alien who scouts planets to eat the being with the highest intellect's brain, he attempts to steal Brain's after sending him an email promising to help him take over the world, after his defeat he decides to settle for Dick Cavett's. Voiced by Jeff Bennett
Tropes associated with Zalgar:
Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain Characters
The annoying redhead from Tiny Toon Adventures
. She turned up to chase the Warners in one of their segments, but is listed here because of her being shoehorned into Pinky and the Brain
. Voiced by Cree Summer
. See Tiny Toon Adventures
for her tropes.
Mr. Pussy Wussy
Elmyra Duff's pet cat.
Tropes associated with Mr. Pussy Wussy:
Elmyra Duff's pet turtle.
Tropes associated with Mr. Shellbutt:
A fat slob who replaced Montana Max as Elmyra's love interest in Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain
. Has the hots for Brain's occasional alter-ego, Patty Ann. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright
Tropes associated with Rudy:
Tropes associated with Vanity:
The seldom-seen antagonist of Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain
, he is a man pursuing the mice to use in his own world domination schemes. Voiced by Jeff Bennett
Tropes associated with Wally: