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12th Aug '17 10:14:33 PM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'': Lisa's parents, who work for the local GovernmentAgencyOfFiction.
13th Jul '17 9:57:48 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the season one episode involving an invisible girl ended with her being taken away by two black-suited FBI agents who spoke entirely in monotone stock quotes. The episode ended with the reveal of some kind of underground SpySchool ''full'' of invisible people.
13th Jul '17 9:52:53 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', SPD becomes an MIB organization whenever time travel becomes involved. After their second team-up with the Dino Thunder Rangers, Doggie goes so far as to erase ''both'' team's memories - [[RuleOfFunny including his own.]]
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', a five-year-old Dr. K was [[strike:taken away]] kidnapped by Men in Black and was placed into an organization called Alphabet Soup.
** Earlier, ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''[='s=] members were approached, and recruited, by pairs of these. The Rangers themselves, by contrast, were much more open than any previous team, demorphing in public after their first battle.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''[='s=] members were approached, and recruited, by pairs of these. The Rangers themselves, by contrast, were much more open than any previous team, demorphing in public after their first battle.
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In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', SPD becomes an MIB organization whenever time travel becomes involved. After their second team-up with the Dino Thunder Rangers, Doggie goes so far as to erase ''both'' team's memories - [[RuleOfFunny including his own.]]
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', a five-year-old Dr. K was [[strike:taken away]] basically kidnapped by Men in Black and was placed into an organization called Alphabet Soup.
** Earlier, ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''[='s=] members were approached, and recruited, by pairs of these. The Rangers themselves, by contrast, were much more open than any previous team, demorphing in public after their first battle.
Soup.
8th Jul '17 12:49:36 PM nombretomado
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* In the video for the Music/KateBush song "Cloudbusting" (about the eccentric psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, who was imprisoned for his pseudoscientific and highly dubious treatments - see TheOtherWiki for the whole story) the federal agents who come to Reich's farm to arrest him are like this. In the song itself, it's mentioned they arrive in a black car, which may allude to this trope.

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* In the video for the Music/KateBush song "Cloudbusting" (about the eccentric psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, who was imprisoned for his pseudoscientific and highly dubious treatments - see TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for the whole story) the federal agents who come to Reich's farm to arrest him are like this. In the song itself, it's mentioned they arrive in a black car, which may allude to this trope.
6th Jul '17 1:18:23 PM RobTan
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->''"From now on you'll have no identifying marks of any kind. You'll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You are a rumor, recognizable only as déjà vu and dismissed just as quickly. You don't exist. You were never even born. Anonymity is your name; silence, your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're 'them'. We're 'they'. We are the Men in Black."''

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->''"From now on you'll have no identifying marks of any kind. You'll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You are a rumor, recognizable only as déjà vu and dismissed just as quickly. [[{{Unperson}} You don't exist. You were never even born.born]]. Anonymity is your name; silence, your native tongue. You're no longer part of the System. You're above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We're 'them'. We're 'they'. We are the Men in Black."''
22nd Jun '17 9:56:38 AM RobTan
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* The Oprichniki, a quasi-monastic order of political police founded by Ivan the Terrible to monotor the nobility for trechary wore black habits, rode black horses, and had the legal right to horribly kill anyone they felt posed a threat to Ivan.
15th Jun '17 10:49:57 PM Nulono
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* They hang around the President of Amarican in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure, and prove their badass nature by [[spoiler: being the only characters who [[MarySue ADMIRAL Awesome]] can't beat in a fight.]]

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* They hang around the President of Amarican in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure, and prove their badass nature by [[spoiler: being the only characters who whom [[MarySue ADMIRAL Awesome]] can't beat in a fight.]]
30th May '17 8:58:36 AM justanid
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Usually male; {{Distaff Counterpart}}s are somewhat uncommon.

May employ (or have a division that is) a CreatureHunterOrganization to keep Muggles from discovering monsters from TheMasquerade, and are also frequently associated with [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Artifact Collection Agencies]]. Compare to the [[Franchise/MenInBlack media franchise]] named after and based upon this. Not to be confused with [[Film/ThePrincessBride any other]] [[Music/JohnnyCash Man in Black]] or BlackShirt.

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Usually male; male, {{Distaff Counterpart}}s are somewhat uncommon.

uncommon. May employ (or have a division that is) a CreatureHunterOrganization to keep Muggles from discovering monsters from TheMasquerade, and are also frequently associated with [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Artifact Collection Agencies]]. Agencies]].

Compare to with SecretPolice. See also the [[Franchise/MenInBlack media franchise]] ''Franchise/MenInBlack'' franchise, named after and based upon this. this trope.

Not to be confused with [[Film/ThePrincessBride any other]] a single]] [[Music/JohnnyCash Man in Black]] or BlackShirt.



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21st May '17 2:43:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' features two Secret Service agents who are unknowingly recruited to become MIB-like enforcers. {{Lampshaded}} in Season 4:

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* ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' features two Secret Service agents who are unknowingly recruited to become MIB-like enforcers. {{Lampshaded}} in Season 4:
3rd May '17 10:24:18 PM rjd1922
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* It is said Men In Black from the UsefulNotes/{{FBI}} either took notes from kids playing the VideoGame/{{Polybius}} video game, or that they came after hours to collect the data from the console.

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* It is said Men In Black from the UsefulNotes/{{FBI}} either took notes from kids playing the VideoGame/{{Polybius}} ''VideoGame/{{Polybius}}'' video game, or that they came after hours to collect the data from the console.



* The ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' from the Nintendo DS game of the same name are over-the-top caricatures of this trope. Unlike many other examples, the EBA are actually out to help people by literally [[ThePowerOfRock channeling their dancing powers]] to help their targets succeed in their goals. Clad in sharp black suits, they seem to be vaguely part of some secret government organization and are lead by a guy named Commander Kahn.

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* The ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' from the Nintendo DS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game of the same name are over-the-top caricatures of this trope. Unlike many other examples, the EBA are actually out to help people by literally [[ThePowerOfRock channeling their dancing powers]] to help their targets succeed in their goals. Clad in sharp black suits, they seem to be vaguely part of some secret government organization and are lead by a guy named Commander Kahn.



* The Shikaree or Sin Hunters are a fantasy version of this to the Mithra nations in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', hunting down those who committed crimes against the Nations. The ones seen in the Chains of Promathia come across as a group of [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javerts]], but this is partially subverted in the Ranger quest storyline [[spoiler:wherein they are more concerned about the retrieval or destruction of the ArtifactOfDoom that the criminal stole than the actual criminal,]] although the player doesn't find this out till the final Artifact Armor quest.



* The Shikaree or Sin Hunters are a fantasy version of this to the Mithra nations in FinalFantasyXI, hunting down those who committed crimes against the Nations. The ones seen in the Chains of Promathia come across as a group of [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javerts]], but this is partially subverted in the Ranger quest storyline [[spoiler: wherein they are more concerned about the retrieval or destruction of the ArtifactOfDoom that the criminal stole than the actual criminal,]] although the player doesn't find this out till the final Artifact Armor quest.
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