History Film / MenInBlack

14th May '16 11:55:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* OctopoidAliens: J helps an alien to deliver a baby. During the process he is attacked by several tentacles, and when the mother finally gives birth to the baby, it looked like a [[TheGreys a grey]] and squid hybrid.
12th May '16 12:44:41 PM aksnitd
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* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Played with during the ColdOpening, when Jay is seen chasing a perp who jumps onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s. Instead of watching the perp get away, Jay jumps down after said perp.

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* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Played with during the ColdOpening, when Jay is seen chasing a perp who jumps down from an overpass onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s. lower street. Instead of watching the perp get away, Jay jumps down after said perp.onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s.
12th May '16 6:57:31 AM skidoo23
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* AccentDepundent: MIB agents are given code names taken from the alphabet. For some reason, however, the head agent, Z, is referred to as "Zed" rather than "Zee" which doesn't makes sense to those who are not aware of the UK/Canadian pronunciation of the letter.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: K accurately sums up the MIB's need for secrecy by telling J that the only reason average people are able to get on with their lives is that they're not aware that the earth is under constant threat from aliens.
17th Apr '16 1:11:50 PM kataangluvr
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* UndyingLoyalty: The cat. It doesn't let its owner's true identity bother it and it stays with him until he dies from his injuries.
17th Apr '16 5:14:29 AM harlbior
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* ChekhovsGunman: One of the several aliens that J sees in the customs section of MiB headquarters turns out to be the Arquilian that tries to warn Rosenberg of the assassination plans against him. Surprisingly, J recognizes him immediately upon seeing his corpse later on.
8th Apr '16 9:42:26 AM bradleysigma
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* ExactTimeToFailure: The Arquillians give MIB a time limit on getting the [[{{Macguffin}} Galaxy]] back before they destroy the Earth. The movie seems to kind of waver and forget about it when crunch time arrives though (the last we see is 8 minutes), and when J and K finally retrieve it, all K has to do is say it's in his possession, without any mention of the timer from Zed. The Arquillians must be lenient.

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* ExactTimeToFailure: The Arquillians give MIB a time limit on getting the [[{{Macguffin}} Galaxy]] back before they destroy the Earth. The movie seems to kind of waver and forget about it when crunch time arrives though (the last we see is 8 minutes), and when When J and K finally retrieve it, all K has to do is say it's in his possession, without any mention of which happens exactly seven minutes after the the timer from Zed. The Arquillians must be lenient.showed eight minutes. They had plenty of time to spare.
17th Mar '16 11:23:26 AM JamesAustin
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'''Kay:''' A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody ''knew'' the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody ''knew'' the Earth was flat,[[note]]Kay actually has this the wrong way around. Since Classical Antiquity and through the Middle Ages, almost every educated person believed that the world was round. In contrast, it took well beyond 1500 AD for the heliocentric model of the solar system to gain acceptance.[[/note]] and fifteen minutes ago, you ''knew'' that humans were alone on this planet. Just imagine what you'll know tomorrow. \\

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'''Kay:''' A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody ''knew'' the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody ''knew'' the Earth was flat,[[note]]Kay actually has this the wrong way around. Since Classical Antiquity and through the Middle Ages, almost every educated person believed that the world was round. In contrast, it took well beyond 1500 AD for the heliocentric model of the solar system to gain acceptance.[[/note]] and fifteen minutes ago, you ''knew'' that humans were alone on this planet. Just imagine what you'll know tomorrow. \\
tomorrow.
16th Mar '16 9:48:03 AM JamesAustin
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In this film K is portrayed as a man holding out for TheOneThatGotAway. Not only would the second film have him [[spoiler:separated from the woman he was holding out during his temporary retirement]], but it would also be implied that [[spoiler:he had a love child with the queen of Zartha]], joins Frank and Zed in talking about their sexual experiences with aliens at the end of the film, and in the third film they have him flirting with Agent O every time they are together.
16th Mar '16 8:43:04 AM JamesAustin
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''Men in Black'' is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

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''Men in Black'' is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Creator/BarrySonnenfeld.
16th Mar '16 8:02:03 AM JamesAustin
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->'''James Edwards''': Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.\\
'''Kay''': A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody ''knew'' the Earth was the center of the universe. [[DeadUnicornTrope Five hundred years ago, everybody]] ''[[DeadUnicornTrope knew]]'' [[DeadUnicornTrope the Earth was flat]][[note]]Kay actually has this the wrong way around. Since Classical Antiquity and through the Middle Ages, almost every educated person believed that the world was round. In contrast, it took well beyond 1500 AD for the heliocentric model of the solar system to gain acceptance.[[/note]], and fifteen minutes ago, you ''knew'' that humans were alone on this planet. Just imagine what you'll know tomorrow. \\


''Men in Black'' is a series of sci-fi comedy films, consisting of:

* ''Men in Black'' (1997)
* ''Film/MenInBlackII'' (2002)
* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (2012)

In the first film, an MIB (Men in Black) agent code-named K (Creator/TommyLeeJones) seeks out a new recruit to monitor alien activity on earth. The MIB pass over Navy [=SEALs=] and Green Berets, instead deciding on the quick-thinking and fast-talking NYPD Detective James Edwards (Creator/WillSmith). Without knowing what he was recruited for, James (now codenamed "J") is told that the MIB agency is beyond all government jurisdiction, and that they are responsible for the ''alien'' (and we do mean it) immigrants who have taken residence on Earth. Part of the MIB's effective cover-up is using advanced alien technology to impersonate actual government officials, and especially the use of a device called the Neuralyzer, which is able to give LaserGuidedAmnesia to anyone not wearing special MIB-issue tinted glasses.

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->'''James Edwards''': Edwards:''' Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.\\
'''Kay''': '''Kay:''' A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody ''knew'' the Earth was the center of the universe. [[DeadUnicornTrope Five hundred years ago, everybody]] ''[[DeadUnicornTrope knew]]'' [[DeadUnicornTrope everybody ''knew'' the Earth was flat]][[note]]Kay flat,[[note]]Kay actually has this the wrong way around. Since Classical Antiquity and through the Middle Ages, almost every educated person believed that the world was round. In contrast, it took well beyond 1500 AD for the heliocentric model of the solar system to gain acceptance.[[/note]], [[/note]] and fifteen minutes ago, you ''knew'' that humans were alone on this planet. Just imagine what you'll know tomorrow. \\


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''Men in Black'' is a series of sci-fi 1997 American science fiction action comedy films, consisting of:

* ''Men in Black'' (1997)
* ''Film/MenInBlackII'' (2002)
* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (2012)

In
film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

An agent of a secret organization called
the first film, an MIB (Men in Black) agent code-named K "K" (Creator/TommyLeeJones) seeks out a new recruit to monitor alien activity on earth. The MIB pass over Navy [=SEALs=] and Green Berets, instead deciding on the quick-thinking and fast-talking NYPD Detective James Edwards (Creator/WillSmith). Without knowing what he was recruited for, James (now codenamed "J") is told that the MIB agency is beyond all government jurisdiction, and that they are responsible for the ''alien'' (and we do mean it) immigrants who have taken residence on Earth. Part of the MIB's effective cover-up is using advanced alien technology to impersonate actual government officials, and especially the use of a device called the Neuralyzer, which is able to give LaserGuidedAmnesia to anyone not wearing special MIB-issue tinted glasses.



The film has spawned two sequels, ''Film/MenInBlackII'' (2002) and ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (2012), and an [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack animated series]]. A [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the film series has been discussed and is in development.



-->'''(''Upon arriving at Edgar's farm'')
-->'''Kay:''' Slow down.
-->'''Jay:''' Why?
-->'''Kay:''' Give her time to make the wrong impression. Makes things smoother.

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-->'''(''Upon -->''[upon arriving at Edgar's farm'')
-->'''Kay:'''
farm]''\\
'''K:'''
Slow down.
-->'''Jay:''' Why?
-->'''Kay:'''
down.\\
'''Jay:''' Why?\\
'''Kay:'''
Give her time to make the wrong impression. Makes things smoother.



* BigApplesauce: Common to all three movies.
** The first did it with the placement of the MIB HQ.
** The second had ''the Statue of Liberty'' used as MIB equipment.
** The third ends with "Empire State of Mind" by AliciaKeys playing in the background.

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* BigApplesauce: Common The location of the MIB HQ. This would become common to all three movies.
** The first did it with
movies: the placement of the MIB HQ.
** The
second had ''the [[spoiler:''the Statue of Liberty'' Liberty's torch'' used as MIB equipment.
** The
a giant neuralyzer]], and the third ends with "Empire State of Mind" by AliciaKeys Music/AliciaKeys playing in the background.



* BigRedButton
** Don't press one in K's car, unless in a real hurry.
** Don't press the one in J's car if you don't know what a PS1 controller is, and your mother never gave you a Game Boy...
--> "''WHAT IS A GAMEBOY?!''"

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* BigRedButton
**
BigRedButton: Don't press one in K's car, unless in a real hurry.
** Don't press the one in J's car if you don't know what a PS1 controller is, and your mother never gave you a Game Boy...
--> "''WHAT IS A GAMEBOY?!''"
hurry.



* BookEnds:

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* BookEnds:{{Bookends}}:



-->'''J:''' Don't ''start'' nothin'... ''(squish!)'' ... won't ''be'' nothin'!

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-->'''J:''' Don't ''start'' nothin'... ''(squish!)'' ...''[squish!]'' ... won't ''be'' nothin'!



* BrokenMasquerade: K's introduction to aliens on Earth - and more-or-less how the ''Film/MenInBlack'' got started.

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* BrokenMasquerade: K's introduction to aliens on Earth - and more-or-less how the ''Film/MenInBlack'' Men in Black got started.



* CallBack: When J runs out of the factory after Boris attempts to kill Griffin, he runs out onto the top of a parked car and takes aim with a standard revolver. This whole scene is exactly like the scene in the first film where he is given the 'Noisy Cricket' and attempts to stop the bad guy, virtually everything from the weapon he's not happy about to his missing the bad guy and the collateral damage is an exact replica of the same scene.



* CodeName: Each agent is supplied with one, but it's the first letter of their first name ('''J'''ames, '''K'''evin, '''L'''aurel, '''M'''[[Music/MichaelJackson ichael]]). ExpandedUniverse has them go into detail with it.
* TheComicallySerious
** Nothing about the job fazes K [[SeenItAll in the slightest]], so his deadpan approach to all the outlandish alien craziness is hilarious. In an interview, Creator/TommyLeeJones says he actually ''is'' this; the way to make great comedy is stay close to Creator/WillSmith so the funny spills over. WordOfGod also describes it as something of an EnforcedTrope, as he wanted Creator/WillSmith to be the only one who was ''trying'' to be funny.
--->'''Beatrice:''' You here to make fun of me, too?\\

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* CodeName: Each agent is supplied with one, but it's the first letter of their first name ('''J'''ames, '''K'''evin, '''L'''aurel, '''M'''[[Music/MichaelJackson ichael]]).'''L'''aurel). ExpandedUniverse has them go into detail with it.
* TheComicallySerious
**
TheComicallySerious: Nothing about the job fazes K [[SeenItAll in the slightest]], so his deadpan approach to all the outlandish alien craziness is hilarious. In an interview, Creator/TommyLeeJones says he actually ''is'' this; the way to make great comedy is stay close to Creator/WillSmith so the funny spills over. WordOfGod also describes it as something of an EnforcedTrope, as he wanted Creator/WillSmith to be the only one who was ''trying'' to be funny.
--->'''Beatrice:''' -->'''Beatrice:''' You here to make fun of me, too?\\



* CustomUniform: [=MIB 1=] ends with J wearing custom shades and looking more like a rap mogul.

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* CustomUniform: [=MIB 1=] The film ends with J wearing custom shades and looking more like a rap mogul.



-->'''Tow Truck Driver:''' (''revealing his own pistol'') Please...

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-->'''Tow Truck Driver:''' (''revealing ''[revealing his own pistol'') pistol]'' Please...



* EccentricExterminator: The first movie gives us Ed, who is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a giant bug from outer space uses his body as a disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit of this vibe.
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: according to K, "He's not dead, he just went home."

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* EccentricExterminator: The first movie gives us Ed, who Edgar actually isn't an exterminator and is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a giant bug from outer space uses his body as a disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit of this vibe.
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: according According to K, "He's not dead, he just went home."



* EpicFail: Played With; "May I ask why you felt [[CardboardPal little Tiffany]] deserved to die?". J points out that the freaky looking aliens all could be doing fairly innocuous things like working out, while Tiffany is walking around with physics textbooks well out of her grade range in a dark alley. Zed is not amused. The novelization reveals J was actually RIGHT in his reasoning and had shot the only real threat[[note]]This is alluded to in the movie as well; in the conversation with K that immediately follows, Z brings up J's test scores and flippant attitude, but doesn't argue that simulation against him[[/note]].

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* EpicFail: Played With; "May I ask why you felt [[CardboardPal little Tiffany]] deserved to die?". J points out that the freaky looking aliens all could be doing fairly innocuous things like working out, while Tiffany is walking around with physics textbooks well out of her grade range in a dark alley. Zed is not amused. The novelization reveals J was actually RIGHT in his reasoning and had shot the only real threat[[note]]This threat.[[note]]This is alluded to in the movie as well; in the conversation with K that immediately follows, Z brings up J's test scores and flippant attitude, but doesn't argue that simulation against him[[/note]].him[[/note]]



* ExtranormalPrison: There's a prison for alien criminals on the moon. The guards have futuristic technology, and the fact that escape means exposure to vacuum also helps.



-->'''Agent J:''' [[PunctuatedPounding Don't start nothin'...]] ''(squish!)'' [[PunctuatedPounding ...won't be nothin']] ''(squish)''
* {{Fanservice}}: Linda Fiorentino getting kidnapped by a giant disguised insect from space, struggling to scape all while showing us her rather lovely buttocks and legs. Likewise, when she gets stuck in a nearby tree for a good deal of the final battle.

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-->'''Agent --->'''Agent J:''' [[PunctuatedPounding Don't start nothin'...]] ''(squish!)'' ''[squish!]'' [[PunctuatedPounding ...won't be nothin']] ''(squish)''
''[squish]''
* {{Fanservice}}: Linda Fiorentino getting in a short skirt means that when she's kidnapped by a giant disguised insect from space, space and she's struggling to scape all while escape, she's showing us her rather lovely buttocks and legs. Likewise, when she gets stuck in a nearby tree for a good deal of the final battle.



--> '''K''': There is always an Arquillian battle cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do not know about it!

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--> '''K''': '''K:''' There is always an Arquillian battle cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do not know about it!



--> '''Agent K:''' The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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--> ---> '''Agent K:''' The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.



-->'''J''': There's only one way off this planet, baby, and that's through me! ''[the Bug promptly slaps him aside]''

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-->'''J''': -->'''J:''' There's only one way off this planet, baby, and that's through me! ''[the Bug promptly slaps him aside]''



-->'''"Edgar":''' Oh, I see... I'll put my hands on my head... Like this?
-->(''[[OneWingedAngel tears Edgar's skin off]]'')

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-->'''"Edgar":''' Oh, I see... I'll put my hands on my head... Like this?
-->(''[[OneWingedAngel
this?\\
''[[[OneWingedAngel
tears Edgar's skin off]]'')off]]]''



* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: ZigZagged trope. It's clearly stated that most aliens view Earth as a very unimportant planet. In fact, that's why these aliens visit: it's "an apolitical zone for aliens without a planet," the ''{{Casablanca}}'' of the universe. Of course, having so many alien species mingling every day (some of who are considered '''royalty''' on their homeworld) means that, in consequence, EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse. This then gets worked into the film's AnthropicPrinciple: the Men In Black keep up TheMasquerade to make sure the neutral zone ''stays'' neutral. Which leads into a nasty conclusion: the Men In Black will keep using the neuralizers forever, as they themselves agree with all the aliens that [[HumansAreMorons humans are so stupid]] that the only way Earth can thrive is as a neutral zone. As long as the Men In Black are around, [[IWantMyJetpack we will never get out into space.]]

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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: ZigZagged trope. It's clearly stated that most aliens view Earth as a very unimportant planet. In fact, that's why these aliens visit: it's "an apolitical zone for aliens without a planet," the ''{{Casablanca}}'' ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' of the universe. Of course, having so many alien species mingling every day (some of who are considered '''royalty''' on their homeworld) means that, in consequence, EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse. This then gets worked into the film's AnthropicPrinciple: the Men In Black keep up TheMasquerade to make sure the neutral zone ''stays'' neutral. Which leads into a nasty conclusion: the Men In Black will keep using the neuralizers forever, as they themselves agree with all the aliens that [[HumansAreMorons humans are so stupid]] that the only way Earth can thrive is as a neutral zone. As long as the Men In Black are around, [[IWantMyJetpack we will never get out into space.]]



* JerkAss: Edgar was like this before he got killed and ended up body snatched by the Bug.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Edgar was like this before he got killed and ended up body snatched by the Bug.



-->'''Farmer:''' ''The only thing that pulls its weight around here is my goddamn truck!''

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-->'''Farmer:''' ''The The only thing that pulls its weight around here is my goddamn truck!''truck!



* LenoDevice: The end of the first movie shows tabloid articles talking about the effects of the climax on the public, including a conspiracy theory forming about Detroit perfecting a rocket car and one story about the baseball player who missed the catch during the baseball game shown in the movie claiming "UFO MADE ME MISS HOME RUN!" (which is actually true). Of course, the joke is that the tabloids contain the best source of information for MIB ("You can try the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.")
* LittleUselessGun: The Noisy Cricket is a. Subversion? It's tiny, sure, but it packs a ''hell'' of a punch... which never actually helps at any point in the film.

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* LenoDevice: The end of the first movie shows tabloid articles talking about the effects of the climax on the public, including a conspiracy theory forming about Detroit perfecting a rocket car and one story about the baseball player who missed the catch during the baseball game shown in the movie claiming "UFO MADE ME MISS HOME RUN!" (which is actually true). Of course, the joke is that the tabloids contain the best source of information for MIB ("You can try the New ''New York Times Times'' if you want. They get lucky sometimes.")
* LittleUselessGun: The Noisy Cricket is a. Subversion? a double subversion. It's tiny, sure, but it packs a ''hell'' of a punch... which never actually helps at any point in the film.



-->'''Jeebs:''' You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?
-->'''K:''' Show us the merchandise or you'll lose another head, Jeebs.

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-->'''Jeebs:''' You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?
-->'''K:'''
stings?\\
'''K:'''
Show us the merchandise or you'll lose another head, Jeebs.



* MeaningfulEcho: See BookEnds, above.
-->''(in the opening scene)''\\

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* MeaningfulEcho: See BookEnds, {{Bookends}}, above.
-->''(in -->''[in the opening scene)''\\scene]''\\



'''K''': No, Dee. You won't. ''(neuralizes him)''\\

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'''K''': No, Dee. You won't. ''(neuralizes him)''\\''[neuralizes him]''\\



''(after the climax)''\\

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''(after ''[after the climax)''\\climax]''\\



'''J''': No. You won't. [[spoiler: ''(neuralizes him)'']]

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'''J''': No. You won't. [[spoiler: ''(neuralizes him)'']]''[neuralizes him]'']]



** J is more than happy to help K with doing the whole GoodCopBadCop routine while questioning Jeebs, until K ''holy shit'' blows Jeebs's head off, at which point J drops the act
-->'''J, aiming a gun at K's head''': DROP THE WEAPON!

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** J is more than happy to help K with doing the whole GoodCopBadCop routine while questioning Jeebs, until K ''holy shit'' blows Jeebs's head off, at which point J drops the act
-->'''J, aiming
act:
--->'''J:''' ''[aiming
a gun at K's head''': head]'' DROP THE WEAPON!



-->'''Jeebs, in a high squeaky voice:''' You insensitive prrrrricks! D'you have any idea how much that ''stings''?!

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-->'''Jeebs, in --->'''Jeebs:''' ''[in a high squeaky voice:''' voice]'' You insensitive prrrrricks! D'you have any idea how much that ''stings''?!



* MultiArmedMultitasking: The twin {{Mission Control}}s in the first movie, and the mail-sorting alien in the sequel.

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* MultiArmedMultitasking: The twin {{Mission Control}}s in the first movie, and the mail-sorting alien in the sequel.Control}}s.



* NaiveNewcomer: J in the first movie indulges in UncleTomfoolery. K is somewhat less of one in the second when J tries to bring him back, though J still gets exasperated when he keeps poking everything.

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* NaiveNewcomer: J in J, to the first movie point that he indulges in UncleTomfoolery. K is somewhat less of one in the second when J tries to bring him back, though J still gets exasperated when he keeps poking everything.UncleTomfoolery.



--> '''J:''' ''(to K)'' The dude was that ugly ''before'' he was an alien?

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--> '''J:''' ''(to K)'' ''[to K]'' The dude was that ugly ''before'' he was an alien?



** '''J''': "Hey, OLD GUYS." <cut to Zed and K shooting {{Death Glare}}s at him>
* NonAnswer: During the recruitment, J asks why they were there, and one of the military-trained recruits responds that Zed is looking the "the best of the best of the best, sir." J deduces, [[GenreSavvy correctly]], that ''none'' of the others knows why they're there either, and are following a "do what you're told" mentality. Given the results of the test, it's entirely possible that the recruitment process was just a going-through-the-motions act put on for the benefit of J and/or Zed.

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** '''J''': "Hey, J to Zed and K:
--->'''J:''' Hey,
OLD GUYS." <cut GUYS!\\
''[cut
to Zed and K shooting {{Death Glare}}s at him>
him]''
* NonAnswer: During the recruitment, J asks why they were there, and one of the military-trained recruits responds that Zed is looking the "the best of the best of the best, sir." J deduces, [[GenreSavvy correctly]], correctly, that ''none'' of the others knows why they're there either, and are following a "do what you're told" mentality. Given the results of the test, it's entirely possible that the recruitment process was just a going-through-the-motions act put on for the benefit of J and/or Zed.



* NotThisOneThatOne: Agent J is shown an awesome-looking Series-4 De-atomizer, but is actually issued a puny-looking Noisy Cricket. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSwIiclCUY around 2:00]].
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a [[{{BFG}} LARGE]] pistol] Series 4 De-atomizer.
-->'''Agent J:''' That's what I'm talking about!
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a tiny pistol] Noisy Cricket. [hands it to him]
-->'''Agent J:''' Kay, no, no, come on, man. You get a Series 4 De-atomizer, and I get a little midget Cricket? [snip] Feel like I'm gonna break this damn thing!
** This one is actually a subversion of the usual gag, as the weapon J gets really IS the better one; it just doesn't look like it. J is later surprised when the weapon causes massive explosions akin to grenades. (While hurling him backward due to recoil.)

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* NotThisOneThatOne: Agent J is shown an awesome-looking Series-4 De-atomizer, but is actually issued a puny-looking Noisy Cricket. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSwIiclCUY around 2:00]].
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a [[{{BFG}} LARGE]] pistol] Series 4 De-atomizer.
-->'''Agent J:''' That's what I'm talking about!
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a tiny pistol] Noisy Cricket. [hands it to him]
-->'''Agent J:''' Kay, no, no, come on, man. You get a Series 4 De-atomizer, and I get a little midget Cricket? [snip] Feel like I'm gonna break this damn thing!
**
This one is actually a subversion of the usual gag, as the weapon J gets really IS the better one; it just doesn't look like it. J is later surprised when the weapon causes massive explosions akin to grenades. (While hurling him backward due to recoil.)) On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSwIiclCUY around 2:00]].
-->'''Agent K:''' ''[shows J a [[{{BFG}} LARGE]] pistol]'' Series 4 De-atomizer.\\
'''Agent J:''' That's what I'm talking about!\\
'''Agent K:''' ''[shows J a tiny pistol]'' Noisy Cricket. ''[hands it to him]''\\
'''Agent J:''' Kay, no, no, come on, man. You get a Series 4 De-atomizer, and I get a little midget Cricket? ''[snip]'' Feel like I'm gonna break this damn thing!



-->'''Kay:''' (''cocks gun'') Roaches check in...
-->'''Jay:''' (''cocks gun'') ...They don't check out.

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-->'''Kay:''' (''cocks gun'') ''[cocks gun]'' Roaches check in...
-->'''Jay:''' (''cocks gun'') ...
in...\\
'''Jay:''' ''[cocks gun]'' ...
They don't check out.



-->'''J:''' N! Y! P! D! Means I will [=kNock!=] Yo! Punk-ass! Down!

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-->'''J:''' --->'''J:''' N! Y! P! D! Means I will [=kNock!=] Yo! Punk-ass! Down!



-->'''K:''' There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do! not! know! about! it!

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-->'''K:''' --->'''K:''' There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do! not! know! about! it!



* RecursiveReality
** The MacGuffin that draws Edgar Bug to Earth in the first film is a miniature galaxy. The final scene reveals that our galaxy is just like the MacGuffin, and lies several layers down within a miniature galaxy-orb that an alien is playing marbles with.
** ''Film/MenInBlack II'' pulls a similar gag by showing a world inside a locker where K's watch is a symbol of worship, then at the end, K shows J that their world is also simply inside a larger locker. An alternate ending has J going on vacation and ending up on the world inside the locker and the size of its inhabitants, implying some sort of change in size when you go through the locker door, or that the lockers are more of a Portal Network.

to:

* RecursiveReality
**
RecursiveReality: The MacGuffin that draws Edgar Bug to Earth in the first film is a miniature galaxy. The final scene reveals that our galaxy is just like the MacGuffin, and lies several layers down within a miniature galaxy-orb that an alien is playing marbles with.
** ''Film/MenInBlack II'' pulls a similar gag by showing a world inside a locker where K's watch is a symbol of worship, then at the end, K shows J that their world is also simply inside a larger locker. An alternate ending has J going on vacation and ending up on the world inside the locker and the size of its inhabitants, implying some sort of change in size when you go through the locker door, or that the lockers are more of a Portal Network.
with.



-->'''J:''' So, who exactly are you with? [=FBI=]? [=NSA=]? \\

to:

-->'''J:''' --->'''J:''' So, who exactly are you with? [=FBI=]? [=NSA=]? \\



-->'''Edgar (the farmer):''' You can have my gun (DramaticGunCock) [[TemptingFate when you pry it from my cold dead fingers]].
-->'''Edgar (the bug):''' [[LiteralGenie Your proposal is acceptable]]. ''[sucks Edgar into the hole]''

to:

-->'''Edgar (the farmer):''' You can have my gun (DramaticGunCock) ''[DramaticGunCock]'' [[TemptingFate when you pry it from my cold dead fingers]].
-->'''Edgar
fingers]].\\
'''Edgar
(the bug):''' [[LiteralGenie Your proposal is acceptable]]. ''[sucks Edgar into the hole]''



** Escalates in the second movie when his speech derails into a rant about ApatheticCitizens and he ends up having to neuralize them ''again'' and start over.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film doesn't have many female agents. The end of the first film shows agent L, a woman who becomes J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed between films and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.

to:

* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film doesn't have many female agents. The end of the first film shows agent Agent L, a woman who becomes J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed between films and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.



** Zed pays one to the applicants.
--> '''Zed:''' Congratulations, you're everything we've come to expect from years of government training[[note]]inadequate[[/note]].
** Agent J also gives one while he's still an NYPD officer
--> '''Overweight Cop:''' If you were ''half'' the man I was--
--> '''James:''' I ''am'' half the man you are.

to:

** Zed pays one to the applicants.
-->
applicants:
--->
'''Zed:''' Congratulations, you're everything we've come to expect from years of government training[[note]]inadequate[[/note]].
training.[[note]]inadequate[[/note]]
** Agent J also gives one while he's still an NYPD officer
-->
officer:
--->
'''Overweight Cop:''' If you were ''half'' the man I was--
-->
was--\\
'''James:''' I ''am'' half the man you are.



* SunglassesAtNight: See CoolShades.

to:

* SunglassesAtNight: See CoolShades.Though in this case they've got a justified purpose - they protect against the mind-wiping effects of the Neuralyzer.



--> '''J''': This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my weird-shit-o-meter.

to:

--> '''J''': '''J:''' This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my weird-shit-o-meter.



* VisualPun: The opening scene has an illegal alien[[note]]as in, an alien violating parole[[/note]] dressed as an illegal alien[[note]]as in, posing as an illegal Mexican migrant being smuggled cross the border in the back of a van[[/note]].

to:

* VisualPun: The opening scene has an illegal alien[[note]]as in, an alien violating parole[[/note]] dressed as an illegal alien[[note]]as alien.[[note]]as in, posing as an illegal Mexican migrant being smuggled cross the border in the back of a van[[/note]].van[[/note]]



* TheWorldIsNotReady: The [=MiB's=] mantra of why they're keeping alien immigration a secret from the rest of the Earth.

to:

* TheWorldIsNotReady: The [=MiB's=] MIB's mantra of why they're keeping alien immigration a secret from the rest of the Earth.



-->'''K:''' But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.

to:

-->'''K:''' But go ahead, read the New ''New York Times Times'' if you want. They get lucky sometimes.
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