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Tearjerker / Pinky and the Brain

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  • Combined with a Heartwarming Moment in the Christmas Episode. Near the end of the episode, Pinky and the Brain crash-land back in the lab, and are about to broadcast a brainwashing message to the people of the world through the toys they've tricked Santa into distributing (like most stuff in this show, it makes more sense in context). Just as the Brain is starting to make some emergency repairs to his broadcasting device... thingy, Pinky realizes he didn't get to deliver his letter to Santa, which he'd been trying to do for half of the episode. Aggravated, the Brain yanks away Pinky's letter, while Pinky bursts into tears. Just as they've almost got the device running, and they're mere seconds away from brainwashing the entire world, Brain decides to take a look at the letter. After reading it, he aborts the entire scheme in remorseful tears, ordering the people of the world not to bow before him, but to "have a Merry Christmas".
    ''"Dear Santa, hello, hah hah, narf! This year Santa, I ask for nothing, but I wish to tell you about my dear friend, the Brain. He is honest and very hard working, and only wants what's best for the world, but he gets no reward. He is only greeted with defeat. He never gives up, but I know it must be very hard, so please, take anything that you have for me and give it to my best friend in the whole world, the Brain. Love Pinky. (PS. By any chance do you have in that big old bag of yours the world?)"
    • And then there's the very end, when Pinky does give Brain the world for Christmas (it's a keychain of a globe, but good enough). No wonder this special won an Emmy.
    • As a meta-example, voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen were reported to be in tears as they recorded this scene.
  • The Halloween episode where Pinky sells his soul to Satan so that Brain can gain world domination. Pinky is on the verge of tears when he says goodbye to Brain.
  • A more minor example, the ending to "The Brain's Apprentice". Brain's robot uprising was very close to succeeding but due to not listening to Pinky and not paying close enough attention, the plan stalled and backfired. When Brain finds out what happened, he stares at the screen sadly as the score gets mellow. Slightly averted in that it's also played for laughs.
  • "This Old Mouse"
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    • Brain's downward spiral into depression after viewing a possible future where none of his plans ever succeed. He practically gives up on himself, getting rid of all of his belongings and moping around the lab.
    • Brain temporarily moving out of the lab, leaving Pinky alone.
    • And of course, Brain's death in an avalanche. Even though it's avoided by the end of the episode, seeing it unfold (especially from Pinky's perspective) can be a little devastating.
  • Really, a lot of of Brain's abuse towards Pinky in earlier episodes can come across as a little cringe-worthy, like in the first episode when Brain grabs Pinky's ear and yanks on it forcefully, all while Pinky is clearly in pain. Their relationship became slightly less antagonistic as the show progressed, however.
  • Billie and Brain's backstory in "Brain Noir". Brain became too absorbed in world domination to carry out a relationship with Billie.
    • Something similar happens with Brain and another female mouse, Trudy, in "The Third Mouse".
    Trudy: You're in love with her aren't you?
    Brain: With who?
    Trudy: THE WORLD!
    Brain: Yes....
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  • In "The Family That Poits Together, Narfs Together," we see Pinky watching a soap opera featuring a family reunion. He becomes increasingly emotional about it, and breaks down in tears, having not seen his family in several years, obviously missing them dearly. (Which makes it all the more sweet when he does eventually reunite with his parents later in the episode.)
  • The ending of "Brain Acres" where Pinky and Brain have to bury Maurice, an anthropomorphic carrot Pinky becomes attached to. Pinky sings a sad song as they bury him and he finally starts crying.
    • The song in question is a spoof of "Born Free", and surprisingly enough, it works.
  • The ending to "Two Mice and a Baby". "Bye bye....Dada."
  • Brain's flashback and Freudian Excuse from "Leggo My Ego".
  • Mr. Sultana's life and backstory in "My Feldmans, My Friends".
  • The ending to "Pinky's Plan", which also doubles as heartwarming.
    Brain: I don't deserve a friend like you Pinky.
  • In "The World Can Wait", Brain finally finds love with a neighbor lab mouse, however just as he's finally won her over, she gets experimented on, leaving her traumatized and with a bigger IQ than his own, pressuring him to call off the romance until he has taken over the world before she does.

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