History Trivia / MenInBlack

8th Apr '16 4:37:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy
** The "Edgar-Bug" from the first movie is [[Film/FullMetalJacket Gomer Pyle]]/[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Detective Goren]], and Jeebs is Series/{{Monk}}.
** [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] is an alien?!
** Laurel's morgue attendant is [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Tobias Fünke]].
** Zed is [[Film/{{Dodgeball}} Patches O'Houlihan]] but only in the movies.



* HeyItsThatVoice:
** L in the first three seasons was played by [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Jennifer "Kes" Lien]].
*** And in season four, she was played by [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Ms. Bellum]].
** K in the last three seasons was also [[TransformersGenerationOne Grimlock]] and [[{{Duckman}} Cornfed]].
** Frank the Pug was played by Eddie Barth, better known to audiences as [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Bowman]].
** Season 2 saw the addition of Creator/GreggBerger as the voice of Agent K, voice of [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Orson Pig]].
** The villain Quintoon was played by René Auberjonois, better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]].
** Kay's alien love interest Aileen is [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Aunt Zelda]].
** [[Creator/DavidWarner Alpha]] is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Ra's Al Ghul]], [[{{Freakazoid}} The Lobe]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Nergal]], among others.
** Zed is [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Duke Phillips]] and the Sheriff from {{Squidbillies}}, but only on TheAnimatedSeries.
** Buzzard is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Blight]].
** Jeebs in the animated series is Creator/BillyWest, except for a few times that Tony Shaloub reprises the role.
3rd Feb '16 10:42:35 PM jormis29
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** QuentinTarantino was originally the first choice for Director after the success of ''Film/ReservoirDogs.'' Tarantino turned down the offer, instead choosing to focus on the creation of ''Film/PulpFiction.''

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** QuentinTarantino Creator/QuentinTarantino was originally the first choice for Director after the success of ''Film/ReservoirDogs.'' Tarantino turned down the offer, instead choosing to focus on the creation of ''Film/PulpFiction.''
9th Dec '15 6:21:10 PM MrKosta
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* CastingGag: The posters play on the fact that the film's two main stars had the last names [[WillSmith "Smith"]] and [[TommyLeeJones "Jones"]]... you know, the kind of super-plain codenames you'd expect two anonymous, black-suited government agents to use.
1st Dec '15 6:42:57 PM nombretomado
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** Frank the Pug was played by Eddie Barth, better known to audiences as [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Bowman]].
** Season 2 saw the addition of Creator/GreggBerger as the voice of Agent K, voice of [[GarfieldAndFriends Orson Pig]].

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** Frank the Pug was played by Eddie Barth, better known to audiences as [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Bowman]].
** Season 2 saw the addition of Creator/GreggBerger as the voice of Agent K, voice of [[GarfieldAndFriends [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Orson Pig]].
18th Oct '15 1:31:39 PM nombretomado
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*** And in season four, she was played by [[ThePowerpuffGirls Ms. Bellum]].

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*** And in season four, she was played by [[ThePowerpuffGirls [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Ms. Bellum]].
7th Oct '15 4:31:37 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* ActorAllusion: This is not the first time Ed O'Ross [[Film/TheHidden fought aliens on the city streets]].
23rd Aug '15 9:03:14 PM nombretomado
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** The "Edgar-Bug" from the first movie is [[Film/FullMetalJacket Gomer Pyle]]/[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Detective Goren]], and Jeebs is {{Monk}}.

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** The "Edgar-Bug" from the first movie is [[Film/FullMetalJacket Gomer Pyle]]/[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Detective Goren]], and Jeebs is {{Monk}}.Series/{{Monk}}.



** Almost none of the actors from the movie reprised their roles for the show. [[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] did reprise Jeebs in a few early episodes, but Creator/BillyWest did the voice for the remainder of the series.

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** Almost none of the actors from the movie reprised their roles for the show. [[{{Monk}} [[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] did reprise Jeebs in a few early episodes, but Creator/BillyWest did the voice for the remainder of the series.
26th May '15 9:35:19 PM fmpro
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The first season was finally released on DVD in 2012 as a Target exclusive, but the rest of the series is still no where to be found.
20th May '15 12:46:17 PM erforce
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** The "Edgar-Bug" from the first movie is [[FullMetalJacket Gomer Pyle]]/[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Detective Goren]], and Jeebs is {{Monk}}.
** [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] is an alien?!

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** The "Edgar-Bug" from the first movie is [[FullMetalJacket [[Film/FullMetalJacket Gomer Pyle]]/[[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Detective Goren]], and Jeebs is {{Monk}}.
** [[Series/TheAddamsFamily [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]] is an alien?!
3rd May '15 3:09:35 PM Morgenthaler
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[[folder:''Men in Black II'']]
* ActorAllusion
** Know that weird language J speaks in to the guy in the mail room? Well, the mailman is actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biz_Markie Biz Markie]], and that "weird alien language" is actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatboxing beatboxing]].
** Let's not forget that Creator/PatrickWarburton played a not-too-bright agent who joined MIB because he wants to be a hero. His codename? [[TheTick "Agent T."]]
** A lot of mentions were made of Serleena's ravenous appetite. One scene shows her scarfing down a massive burger. At the time the film was released, Lara Flynn Boyle was in the tabloids a lot because of her emaciated appearance, with a lot of gossips claiming she was starving herself. Like most starlets facing similar accusations, Boyle deflected it by claiming she was actually a BigEater and just had a superfast metabolism.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** Creator/PatrickWarburton, also known as [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Joe Swanson]] (or [[{{Seinfeld}} David Puddy]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]]) appears near the start of the second film as J's partner. Sonnenfeld intended Warburton as the man who became TheTick, and said agent was called T.
** [[SinCity Gail]] is [[spoiler:The Light Of Zartha]]?!
** [[ThePractice Helen Gamble]] as Serleena.
* TheOtherMarty: Creator/FamkeJanssen was originally cast as Serleena, and completed some scenes before dropping out due to a death in the family, with the role subsequently recast with Lara Flynn Boyle.
* ThrowItIn:
** Will Smith's line in the sequel when showing Kay the car: "It used to come with a black man, but it kept getting pulled over". Apparently they reused it so much that he soon became sick of it.
** In ''MIB II'', rapper Biz Markie was visiting Will Smith on the set and they were beatboxing to each other. Sonnenfeld saw this, loved it, put Markie in as an alien in the post office scene, and added the part where J speaks to him in his native language (which was really just their beatbox routine).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** According to the book ''The Man Behind the Mask'', MichaelJackson would have appeared in the sequel for free...''if WillSmith were dropped from the film so he could be the protagonist''. He couldn't convince Sony's higher-ups that this was a good idea, hence the cameo instead.
** The sequel would've used the World Trade Center in some way, but then September 11th happened.
** Yeardley Smith, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez originally auditioned for the part of Serleena.

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[[folder:''Men in Black II'']]
[[folder:''The Cartoon Series'']]
* ActorAllusion
HeyItsThatVoice:
** Know that weird language J speaks in to the guy L in the mail room? Well, the mailman is actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biz_Markie Biz Markie]], and that "weird alien language" is actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatboxing beatboxing]].
** Let's not forget that Creator/PatrickWarburton
first three seasons was played a not-too-bright agent who joined MIB because he wants to be a hero. His codename? [[TheTick "Agent T."]]
** A lot of mentions were made of Serleena's ravenous appetite. One scene shows her scarfing down a massive burger. At the time the film was released, Lara Flynn Boyle was
by [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Jennifer "Kes" Lien]].
*** And
in the tabloids a lot because of her emaciated appearance, with a lot of gossips claiming season four, she was starving herself. Like most starlets facing similar accusations, Boyle deflected it played by claiming she [[ThePowerpuffGirls Ms. Bellum]].
** K in the last three seasons
was actually a BigEater and just had a superfast metabolism.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** Creator/PatrickWarburton,
also [[TransformersGenerationOne Grimlock]] and [[{{Duckman}} Cornfed]].
** Frank the Pug was played by Eddie Barth, better known to audiences as [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Bowman]].
** Season 2 saw the addition of Creator/GreggBerger as the voice of Agent K, voice of [[GarfieldAndFriends Orson Pig]].
** The villain Quintoon was played by René Auberjonois, better
known as [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Joe Swanson]] (or [[{{Seinfeld}} David Puddy]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]]) appears near [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]].
** Kay's alien love interest Aileen is [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Aunt Zelda]].
** [[Creator/DavidWarner Alpha]] is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Ra's Al Ghul]], [[{{Freakazoid}} The Lobe]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Nergal]], among others.
** Zed is [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Duke Phillips]] and
the start Sheriff from {{Squidbillies}}, but only on TheAnimatedSeries.
** Buzzard is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Blight]].
** Jeebs in the animated series is Creator/BillyWest, except for a few times that Tony Shaloub reprises the role.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** K's voice actor is replaced after the first season. L gets a new voice actress for the final season.
** Almost none
of the second film as J's partner. Sonnenfeld intended Warburton as actors from the man who became TheTick, and said agent was called T.
** [[SinCity Gail]] is [[spoiler:The Light Of Zartha]]?!
** [[ThePractice Helen Gamble]] as Serleena.
* TheOtherMarty: Creator/FamkeJanssen was originally cast as Serleena, and completed some scenes before dropping out due to a death in
movie reprised their roles for the family, with show. [[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] did reprise Jeebs in a few early episodes, but Creator/BillyWest did the role subsequently recast with Lara Flynn Boyle.
voice for the remainder of the series.
* ThrowItIn:
**
SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The theme for the cartoon series carries the first few beats of Will Smith's line in the sequel when showing Kay the car: "It used to come with a black man, but it kept getting pulled over". Apparently they reused it so much that he soon became sick of it.
**
eponymous "Men In ''MIB II'', rapper Biz Markie was visiting Will Smith on the set and they were beatboxing to each other. Sonnenfeld saw this, loved it, put Markie in Black" as an alien in the post office scene, and added the part where J speaks to him in his native language (which was really just their beatbox routine).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** According to the book ''The Man Behind the Mask'', MichaelJackson would have appeared in the sequel for free...''if WillSmith were dropped from the film so he could be the protagonist''. He couldn't convince Sony's higher-ups that this was a good idea, hence the cameo instead.
** The sequel would've used the World Trade Center in some way, but then September 11th happened.
** Yeardley Smith, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez originally auditioned for the
part of Serleena.its main theme, but ditches the rest of the song in favor of a instrumental hip-hop composition.



[[folder:''Men in Black III'']]
* ActingForTwo: Jemaine Clement as both 2012 Boris and 1968 Boris.
* ActorAllusion
** Hinted at. J doesn't like being called a dumbass in some dialogue reminisicent of ''{{Hancock}}''.
** When J takes a little girl's chocolate milk, she mistakes him for "the president" (UsefulNotes/BarackObama). WillSmith has spoken of a desire to portray Obama in a biopic. Obama himself has said that if a biopic is made, Will Smith is his first-choice to star in it.
** Griffin's love of baseball. Michael Stuhlbarg's ''other'' best-known role, Arnold Rothstein of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', has quite a bit to do with the development of baseball in the US.
** An alien race that survives by going from planet to planet and exterminating the population [[Film/IndependenceDay sure sounds like another Will Smith movie.]]
** Keone Young also played a character named Wu in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
** Young Agent K doesn't like losing his gun and keeps a backup, just like a certain [[Film/TheFugitive Federal marshal]].
* BillingDisplacement: Although Tommy Lee Jones gets second billing, he's only on screen for 15 minutes.
* DawsonCasting:
** K is supposed to be 29 in 1969. He's played by Josh Brolin, who was 43 during the filming. J [[{{Lampshading}} lampshades]] this, looking incredulously at K and snarking "Got some city miles on ya, huh?"
** Inverted with Will Smith as Smith was born in 1968. We learn J was at least 4-5 in 1969, making J a few years older than Will Smith.
** Also inverted with O. Emma Thompson was born in 1959 and thus would have been ten in 1969. The younger version of O looks to be in her mid to late twenties and is played by Alice Eve who would have been 28 to 29 during filming.
* FakeBrit: In the third film, [[BigBad Boris the Animal]] is played by the New Zealand actor Jemaine Clement. He's technically an alien, but he speaks with a British accent reminiscent of {{Tim Curry}}.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** When K was younger, he was Film/JonahHex. Kinda explains a lot.
** So [[NoCountryForOldMen Tom Bell and Llewellyn Moss]] are the same person? An interesting twist.
** [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment GOB]] is Agent Double A, [[spoiler:J's partner in the alternate timeline]] in the third movie.
** [[Film/HarryPotter Professor]] [[Creator/EmmaThompson Trelawney]] replaced Z at the head of the MIB.
*** Who better than NannyMcPhee to keep all those people in line?
*** And when she was young, she even worked for the Starfleet as [[StarTrekIntoDarkness Carol Marcus]].
** Boris the Animal is Jemaine from Music/FlightOfTheConchords.
** The MIB chief in '69 is Series/SledgeHammer! and was Kitridge, the boss of [[Film/MissionImpossible IMF]] back in the 90s.
** Creator/KeoneYoung as Mr. Wu.
** Andy Warhol is [[CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs Flint]], [[SaturdayNightLive Stefon, Herb Welch, Vinnie Verdecci, and a slew of others]].
** [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Arnold Rothstein]] is a wacky alien who can see the future? Well, that explains the gambling talent and the tendency toward the XanatosGambit.
* McLeaned / RoleEndingMisdemeanor: [[spoiler:Zed]] was killed off because [[spoiler:Rip Torn]] had been arrested for drunk driving. And broke into a bank with a loaded firearm. So, more like [[FromBadToWorse Role Ending Felony.]]
* ThrowItIn: The FunnyBackgroundEvent by one of the guards when J, K and Griffin are talking to the colonel.
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[[folder:''The Cartoon Series'']]
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** L in the first three seasons was played by [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Jennifer "Kes" Lien]].
*** And in season four, she was played by [[ThePowerpuffGirls Ms. Bellum]].
** K in the last three seasons was also [[TransformersGenerationOne Grimlock]] and [[{{Duckman}} Cornfed]].
** Frank the Pug was played by Eddie Barth, better known to audiences as [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Bowman]].
** Season 2 saw the addition of Creator/GreggBerger as the voice of Agent K, voice of [[GarfieldAndFriends Orson Pig]].
** The villain Quintoon was played by René Auberjonois, better known as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]].
** Kay's alien love interest Aileen is [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Aunt Zelda]].
** [[Creator/DavidWarner Alpha]] is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Ra's Al Ghul]], [[{{Freakazoid}} The Lobe]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Nergal]], among others.
** Zed is [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Duke Phillips]] and the Sheriff from {{Squidbillies}}, but only on TheAnimatedSeries.
** Buzzard is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Blight]].
** Jeebs in the animated series is Creator/BillyWest, except for a few times that Tony Shaloub reprises the role.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** K's voice actor is replaced after the first season. L gets a new voice actress for the final season.
** Almost none of the actors from the movie reprised their roles for the show. [[{{Monk}} Tony Shalhoub]] did reprise Jeebs in a few early episodes, but Creator/BillyWest did the voice for the remainder of the series.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The theme for the cartoon series carries the first few beats of Will Smith's eponymous "Men In Black" as part of its main theme, but ditches the rest of the song in favor of a instrumental hip-hop composition.
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