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A Little Off the Top/Megalomaniacs Anonymous is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 20th episode overall. It originally aired on November 23, 1996. Both cartoons in this episode are animated by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd..

A Little Off the Top[]

A Little Off the Top title card


Brain tries to discover the source of Samson's strength.



  • This cartoon is a parody of the 1949 film Samson and Delilah. Much of the human cast of this cartoon are caricatures of the movie's cast.
  • Saran rants over winning an Oscar for All About Eve and surviving marriage with two out of three Gabor sisters, yet still being defeated by the jawbone of an ass. This refers to George Sanders, the actor who famously played Saran in the 1949 epic, Samson and Delilah.
  • Brain and Saran push just how they can say the word "ass" under the network's censors (in this case- "the jawbone of an ass").

Megalomaniacs Anonymous[]

Megalomaniacs Anonymous title card


After breaking down struggling to come up with a plan for global domination, Brain finally realizes he has a problem with this obsession. So, he joins a support group for those obsessed with the notion of taking over the world.


  • Written By Bill Matheny and Charles M. Howell IV
  • Directed By Nelson Recinos


  • The mice's title card theme from Animaniacs is used as the title card music for this cartoon.
  • The people attending the Megalomaniacs Anonymous meeting include Steven Spielberg, Ross Perot, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Josef Stalin, Julius Caesar, Madonna, Bill Gates, and Colonel Gaddafi.
  • The scene where Brain calculates Pinky as the one "most dependent on a megalomaniac" mirrors the calculation scenes from the episode "That Smarts." The same song even plays when the connect-the-dots Pinky graphic loads.
  • In an interview with KTEH Kids Clubhouse on May 5, 1996, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche confirmed that LaMarche gave Peter Hastings the idea for the story[1]:
    • Maurice:  He's used one of my story ideas already...The Brain tries to get help because he feels he's being a little compulsive taking over the world.  That's all I'll say.  That's it. Rob:  He has to go to a 12-step program for compulsive world dominators. Maurice:  That's right -- Megalomaniacs Anonymous.  That was an idea I suggested, so I'm very honored.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Female Rockstar
Frank Welker Ross Perot
Paul Rugg Dr. Belvedere
Jeff Bennett (as Jeff Glenn Bennett) Samson
Jim Cummings Saran
Julia Duffy Delilah

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)