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!Film/MenInBlack

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[[folder:The Men in Black]]

!!Tropes that apply to the [=MiB=] in general
* BadassInANiceSuit: That simple black suit is feared. For good reason.
* CoolShades[=/=]SunglassesAtNight: Those shades make them immune to the Neuralyzer...and they look pretty badass too.
* TheMenInBlack:...Well, yeah.
* ThemeNaming: All use alphabetical codenames.

!!Agent K/Kevin Brown
->'''Played By:''' TommyLeeJones & Creator/JoshBrolin
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->''"Don't 'Sir' me, young man, you have no idea who you're dealing with."''

* {{Badass}}: Screw with K at your own peril.
* BadassGrandpa: Just seems to kick more ass with age.
* BerserkButton: Don't mention to him that his wife left him because he pushed her away.
* TheComicallySerious: The movie's straight man, save for a quick scene in the first movie where he's telling J a joke and laughing a little too hysterically about it and while singing along to Music/ElvisPresley in the tunnel.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rarely communicates in anything but snark.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: You best buckle up when he pushes that red button...
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When Boris goes back to erase him from existence, he fades away with utter calmness.
%%* GenreSavvy
* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A crotchety, snarky old man. But it's shown several times that he's got a heart.
* [[LukeIMightBeYourFather Laura, I Might Be Your Father]]: It's heavily implied he is Laura/The Light of Zartha's birth-father.
* LivingLieDetector: His past self has a variation-he can tell when someone is telling the truth, no matter how unbelievable. Of course, [[WeirdnessMagnet given how he's a Man in Black]].
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Averted. He survives the Bug's innards to retrieve his gun and blast his way out.
* MyGreatestFailure: In his own words, not killing Boris the Animal was the worst mistake he ever made. Easy to see why...
* TheMentor: Even years after J joins, he's still teaching him.
* MyCard: How he introduces J to the world of the [=MiB=].
* OhCrap: Only once does he briefly lose his composure, thanks to witnessing the Bug revealing itself.
* PopCulturedBadass: He loves listening to Music/ElvisPresley while he drives.
* RetiredBadass: By the end of the first film and in the first half of the second film.
* SaltAndPepper: With J. {{Lampshaded}} several times.
* SeenItAll: You'd be hard pressed to see any earth threatening menace faze him.
* StalkingIsLove: K uses the MIB's super-advanced SpySatellites to spy on his old girlfriend while she's out gardening.
%%* TheStoic
%%** StoicWoobie

!!Agent J/James Darrell Edwards III
->'''Played By:''' WillSmith
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->''"You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look good."''

* {{Badass}}: In K's absence, he becomes Earth's number one protector.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: [[spoiler:Which leads to his destiny in the agency.]]
* CowboyCop: To such a degree that Zed originally opposed his induction.
* DeadpanSnarker: More of a witty snarker than K.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: His dad was apparently quite a guy. [[spoiler:Which is proven true when we meet him in the past.]]
* GeniusBruiser: He can beat aliens in a foot race and punch some of them out. But he's also a lateral thinker able to see the forest when everybody else is focused on the trees, and is usually able to make logical leaps that K can't.
%%* GenreSavvy
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Said to have saved the Earth several times during the time between I and II.
* ImplacableMan: One of the reasons he got the attention of K. He ran down an alien called a "cephalapoid" on foot, which is implied through dialog to be quite a feat for a human.
* NaiveNewcomer: And he never ''totally'' grows out of it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: To a degree. The entire first act of the movie is designed to show that his streetwise smart-ass routine is largely a put-on and he's actually a very good, and even insightful, detective.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Is treated as a fresh-out-of-college pup by K and the others despite his experience in NYPD. [[spoiler: In the third movie he's revealed to be pushing 50!]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: To Serleena: "Your flight's been canceled!" Of course, she got better...temporarily.
* RaceLift: He was white in the comics.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Due to having been talking to K when he was {{Ret Gone}}d, he apparently caused a temporal fracture that prevented his life story or memories from changing any as time reordered itself. Apparently, it induces a craving for chocolate milk.
* SaltAndPepper: With K. {{Lampshaded}} several times.
%%* SherlockScan
%%* UncleTomfoolery

!!Chief Zed
->'''Played By:''' Rip Torn

->''"We're not hosting an intergalactic kegger down here!"''

* {{Badass}}: He's mostly chained to a desk, but he's got some fire in him.
* BadassBeard: A sharp goatee.
* BadassGrandpa: Older than K, but still a semi-capable ass-kicker.
* BigGood: TheLeader of the MiB, Earth's "first, last and only line of defense".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: An odd, slightly kooky guy. But he runs the agency that keeps Earth safe from alien menaces.
%%* DaChief
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "Zed" is how the letter Z is pronounced in European countries (deriving from Greek "Zeta"), while Americans typically pronounce it as "Zee".
* DirtyOldMan: He's got some stories of his past sexual exploits that make J shudder.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Rip Torn's DUI conviction caused the creators to write him out of III.

!!Agent O
->'''Played By:''' Emma Thompson & Alice Eve
* RememberTheNewGuy: She never appeared in the first two films but apparently had been working at MIB for at least as long as K had.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Antagonists]]

!!Edgar the Bug
->'''Played By:''' Vincent D'onofrio

->''"You ever pull the wings off a fly? You care to see the fly get even?"''

* AxCrazy: He tends to attack and/or kill everyone he runs into.
* {{Badass}}: He's a monstrous insect with SuperStrength and can escape crashed spaceships unscathed.
* BerserkButton: Hurting insects, particularly roaches.
* BigBad: Of the first film.
* BodyHorror: He's a giant bug shambling around in the decaying skin of a farmer. So...yeah.
* DeadpanSnarker: For a giant, dumb bug, he has the occasional barb.
-->'''Edgar:''' It doesn't matter. In a few seconds you won't even ''be'' matter.
* TheDreaded: The very threat of him showing up makes what was apparently [[YouHaveFailedMe a failed minion]] commit suicide, and causes lot of aliens to [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere try to jump ship and leave Earth.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: More so out of disguise.
* FantasticRacism: Towards humans.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* GeniusBruiser
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much to piss him off.
%%* HotBlooded
%%* HughMann
%%* ImAHumanitarian
* InsectoidAliens: A ''big'' one.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The farmer whose body he uses to '[[HughMann blend in]]' is [[DomesticAbuser not exactly]] [[EntitledBastard the nicest of people]].
* KillAndReplace: Kills Edgar and then puts on his skin.
* LargeHam: Subtlety doesn't appear to be a species trait.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: As a bug.
* NoNameGiven: He's called Edgar by everyone because he takes over the body of someone named Edgar. His real name is never mentioned.
* OneWingedAngel: When he sheds his Edgar suit for a final confrontation with J and K.
%%* PlanetLooters
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: His first words to the farmer, due to a poor-quality translator.

!!Serleena
->'''Played By:''' Lara Flynn Boyle

->''"Oh, yummy. Somebody I need to eat."''

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Serleena murders Ben after he refuses to divulge the location of the Light of Zartha. She also steals some of the pizza from his restaurant.
* BalloonBelly: Serleena gets one after swallowing the mugger in the park whole, which she manages to get rid of by spitting him back out.
* BigBad: Second movie.
* BigEater: Her entire species are implied to be this.
* CuteMonsterGirl: "Smoking hot" is more appropriate.
* CombatTentacles: A whole lot of them too.
* DarkIsEvil: Trots around in a stolen biker outfit for most of the movie.
* DeadlyUpgrade: After she infected Jeff.
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly when dealing with Charlie and Scrad.
%%* DarkActionGirl
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EldritchAbomination: Her true form.
** TheWormThatWalks: A walking mass of writhing tentacles.
* EvilIsPetty: She spends the opening credits destroying planet after planet solely because the light wasn't there.
%%* ImAHumanitarian
* LecherousLicking: She sticks her tongue in Agent K's ear. Earlier on, she receives one herself from a mugger before she ate him.
* MsFanservice: This is an early 2000's Lara Flynn Boyle we're discussing...
* OhCrap: When she meets head on with Jeff.
-->'''Serleena:''' Uh-oh. ''Teeth''.
* OneWingedAngel: When she eats Jeff.
%%* SexyCoatFlashing
* SwallowedWhole: She went both ways with this.
%%* TheVamp

!!Charlie & Scrad
->'''Played By:''' Johnny Knoxville

* TheDragon: Before Jarra shows up.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: A couple of chuckle-heads who suck at their job.
* PunchClockVillain: Just dicking around on Earth before their boss showed up.
%%* ReluctantMonster
%%* TooDumbToLive
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: They vanish after the rumble in Jeeve's basement.

!!Jarra
->'''Played By:''' John Alexander

->''"Over our dead titanium bodies!"''

* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: What he hides his mini-body and clones under.
* TheDragon: To Serleena, after Charlie and Scrad disappear.
* EvilIsBigger: [[spoiler: Subverted. He appears to be like this. But when the coat came off it's revealed that he is very tiny and his lower half is a small flying saucer with multiple controls for flying.]]
* MesACrowd: [[spoiler:He's actually four tiny identical humanoids on tiny flying saucers]]
* PlanetLooters: He tried to steal the Earth's ozone to sell on the black market.

!!Boris the Animal
->'''Played By:''' Jermaine Clement

->''"Let's agree to disagree!"''

* AgreeToDisagree: His catchphrase.
* AnArmAndALeg: Had his arm blown off by K. It's a...touchy subject.
* ArchEnemy: To K.
* AxCrazy: Exists solely to kill and wreak havoc.
* {{Badass}}: This guy is a one-man army out to destroy all life on Earth. And he's good at it.
* BadassBiker: His preferred image in 1969.
* BadassBeard: How his species grows hair is a mystery...
* BeardOfEvil: A big, bushy one.
* BigBad: of the third film.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With his young self in '69.
* TheBerserker: Oh, big time.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'', under any circumstances, call him "The Animal". He doesn't like when people stare at his lost arm, either.
--> '''''STOP! STARING AT IT!!'''''
* BloodKnight: Boris ''loves'' to fight and kill.
* {{Catchphrase}}: He has two. "Let's just agree to disagree" and "[[InsistentTerminology IT IS JUST. BORIS.]]" (in response to someone calling him "Boris [[RedBaron The Animal]]")
* EvilSoundsDeep: Both in the past and present, but his voice is slightly deeper in the past.
* {{Expy}}: Jermaine Clement does one hell of a Creator/TimCurry impersonation.
* EyelessFace: [[spoiler: In his true form.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He barely bothers with the facade most of the time.
* ForTheEvulz: He surely enjoys mass killings.
* GeniusBruiser: For all his bloodlust and viciousness, he's a sharp cookie.
* GogglesDoNothing: Well, except for disguise purposes [[spoiler: since he has no eyes at all]]
* GutturalGrowler: On par with [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Nathan Explosion.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: That trigger is ''very'' itchy.
* HandicappedBadass: In the present, where he only has one arm.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Killed J's father, killed K in an alternate reality.]]
* IHatePastMe: He doesn't even like himself in the past, seeing his past self as responsible for his failures. The feeling, obviously, is mutual for the '69 Boris who considers his older version the cause of his future fail.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: In the alternative present.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: How Future Boris dies.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Edgar and Serleena were pretty nasty. However Boris is FAR WORSE since [[spoiler: he's Agent J's father's murderer and Agent K's in the modified '69.]]
** Serleena and Boris are more or less equal in evilness, since both engage in on-and off-screen multiple planetary genocide.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: His ''whole body'' is made of teeth.
* LargeHam: There's barely any scenery left when he engages in a [[HamToHamCombat conversation]] with his past self.
* LastOfHisKind: The Boglodite species died out thanks to the Ark-Net protecting Earth. Except for Boris.
* LaughablyEvil: Boris is incredibly sadistic and evil, but his deadpan humor and hammy chat with his past self will most certainly inspire a few chuckles from the audience.
* LightningBruiser: Surprisingly agile during combat.
* MirthlessLaughter: An absolutely ''epic'' one.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Boris ''The Animal''. Just don't say that name to his face.
* NearVillainVictory: [[spoiler:In the modified present he actually succeeds in killing K and spreading the Boglodite invasion of Earth and probably consuming the entire planet. This is only prevented by J's interference in '69.]]
* NightmareFace: ''[[spoiler:Go ahead...[[http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/252/f/6/boris_the_animal_from_men_in_black_3_by_cochisemfc-d5e5sis.jpg arrest me.]]]]''
* NoIndoorVoice: His quietest tone seems to be a dull roar.
* ObviouslyEvil: From the beard, to the voice and ''especially'' the personality, the guy is obviously bad news.
* OneManArmy: Just ask these poor MIB agents in the moon.
* PlanetLooters: His entire species.
* PsychoForHire: To the Boglodites.
* RedBaron: He might dislike the name, but he still is Boris ''The Animal''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Towards K.
* SealedEvilInACan: They built a prison specially [[TailorMadePrison for him]] in the moon (though it seems there are other prisoners there), his escape kicks off the plot (literally: it is the opening scene of the movie).
%%* SerialKiller
* SinisterShades: Just adds to the menace.
* TheSociopath: The guy makes Edgar look like a member of UNICEF...
* SpikeShooter: His weapon of choice.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: His FatalFlaw (at least in the past), his future self calls him out on it.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: He killed Agent J's father in '69.]]
* UngratefulBastard: He lets his girlfriend die, even after she sprung him out of prison...
* VillainousBreakdown: Future!Boris becomes increasingly ([[UpToEleven more]]) wrathful when he starts to lose the edge of the battle, culminating in the scene where [[spoiler: he falls off the platform screaming "[[ThisCannotBe IMPOSSIBLE!]]"]].
%%* VillainOpeningScene
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Firm believer of this.

!!Lilly
->'''Played By:''' Nicole Scherzinger

%%* AdvertisedExtra
%%* MsFanservice
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In Boris's defense, he made an effort to keep her alive. In ''her'' defense, he didn't try very hard.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Allies]]

!!Dr Laurel Weaver/[[spoiler: Agent L]]
->'''Played By:''' Linda Fiorentino
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->''"Interesting job you guys have."''
* AdaptationalDyeJob: She's blonde in the cartoon, yet the same hairstyle.
%%* BadassNormal
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Saves J and K from almost getting eaten by the bug by shooting him from behind.]]
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:Edgar promptly takes her hostage once he discovers she has the galaxy,and attempts to take her with him so he can eat her.]]
* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler:She shoots the bug and kills him for good]]
%%* DisposableLoveInterest
%%* HotScientist
%%* HospitalHottie
%%* MsFanservice
%%* OffScreenBreakUp
* PutOnABus: Her absence is explained by J claiming she wanted to go back to the morgue to continue working there and was thus neuralyzed by him.
* SequelNonEntity: See PutOnABus above. The truth is, Linda Fiorentino turned out to be an insanely difficult actress to work with, thus the character of Laurel was written off.
%%* ShesGotLegs
%%* TheCoroner

!!Frank the Pug
->'''Played By:''' Tim Blaney

->''"Listen, partner. I may look like a dog, but I only play one here on Earth."''

%%* AmusingAlien
* AscendedExtra: In both in the sequel and the animated series.
** SequelNonEntity: He doesn't appear in ''Men in Black III'', except in a picture on a wall.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: [[spoiler:However, in an episode, his true form resembles his Earth disguise, save for the skin color, ears, and tail.]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* LovableCoward
%%* SignedUpForTheDental
%%* TalkingAnimal

!!Jack Jeebs
->'''Played By:''' Tony Shalhoub

->''"You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?"''

%%* AmusingAlien
%%* BizarreAlienBiology
* LosingYourHead: It even becomes a running gag in the animated series.

!!Laura Vasquez
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RosarioDawson

* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:she's named after her mother Laurana.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Half Zarthan, half Human.]]
%%* NaiveNewcomer
* WhyAmITicking: Her bracelet turns out to be [[spoiler:a nuclear grade weapon that goes off if the light doesn't get off Earth.]]

!!Griffin
->'''Played By:''' Michael Stuhlbarg

->''"The bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lie."''

* {{Adorkable}}: The goofy hat and chipper personality just make him adorable.
%%* AudienceSurrogate
* BlessedWithSuck: He has no ability to tell possible futures that won't happen from the ones that will, which is harrowing in situations where he has no idea whether he's about to die or not, and usually sees them months before they happen or are even relevant in the first place. He considers the constant visions "a pain in the ass."
* CloudCuckooLander: A symptom of being TheOmniscient. He literally sees things that aren't there and for the most part never will- so he comes off as outright kooky a lot of the time. Though... given his maniacally childish glee at the prospect of using a jetpack, that might not entirely be due to future shock.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[DarkIsNotEvil A cute and cuddly one]], but still a fifth-dimensional being with a perspective utterly alien to humans that takes human form.
%%* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: Kinda.
%%* MotorMouth
* TheOmniscient: Able to see every outcome, in every reality. Simultaneously.

!!The Colonel/[[spoiler:James Darrel Edwards II]]
->Played by: Mike Colter

* ColonelBadass: His badassitude helps save the world from Boris.
* NoNameGiven: Only referred to as "Colonel" or "Sir". [[spoiler:Mostly so his relation to J wasn't obvious to the audience.]]
[[/folder]]

![[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack The Animated Series]]

[[folder:The Men in Black]]

!!Agent Kay
->Voiced by: Ed O'Ross (season 1), Gregg Berger (seasons 2-4)

* DeadpanSnarker: With emphasis upon deadpan.
* TheStoic: The animated Kay is even more stoic than the live-action Kay, which is really saying something.

!!Agent Jay
->Voiced by: Keith Diamond

%%* ButtMonkey
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* RippleProofMemory: Due to exposure to a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, he's the only one who realizes that someone is methodically [[RetGone wiping the founders of MIB, and thus the entire organization, out of existence]]. Unfortunately, the side effects are slowly killing him.

!!Agent Elle
->Voiced by: Jennifer Lien (seasons 1-3), Jennifer Martin (season 4)

%%* ActionGirl
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
%%* OmnidisciplinaryScientist
%%* ShesGotLegs

!!Zed
->Voiced by: Charles Napier

%%* DaChief
%%* DeadpanSnarker

!!Agent X
->Voiced by: Adam Baldwin

* AdaptationSpeciesChange: There's an agent in the original comics named Ecks, who's human and a rogue agent.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* PunyHumans: He thinks of himself as superior to humans.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Allies]]
!!Frank the Pug
->Voiced by: Eddie Barth

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's mostly out for himself, but shows a kinder, altruistic side every so often.
* SignedUpForTheDental: Why he helps MIB: he gets perks like invites to agent-only rewards in exchange for regular information.
* TheStoolPigeon: When the agents need a lead, they go to Frank the Pug first.

!!Jack Jeebs
->Voiced by: Tony Shalhoub (first few episodes), Billy West (rest of series)

* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Jeebs will get hurt OncePerEpisode, most often with [[YourHeadAsplode his head being blown up]].
-->'''Jeebs:''' [[CatchPhrase That really stings!]]
%%* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Dak's Cain.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: The Blow-His-Head-Up gag only works for this reason.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This is why Jeebs regularly does business with enemies of MIB.

!!The Worm Guys
->Voiced by: Pat Pinney and Pat Fraley as two Worms each

%%* {{Amusing Alien}}s:
* MustHaveCaffeine: On the show, it's explained that coffee is a sacred drink that only royalty is allowed to drink.

!!The Twins (Idiukupkup and Bob)
->Voiced by: Pat Pinney and Pat Fraley

* AerithAndBob: Idiukupkup and Bob
* MissionControl: Their job is monitoring [=MiB=] operations around the globe.
* MultiArmedMultitasking: Their alien biology allows them to do more monitoring than a similarly skilled human.
* TheUnintelligible: The audience has no idea what they say, but Zed does.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Hence "The twins" instead of their individual names.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Antagonists]]
!!Alpha
->Voiced by: Creator/DavidWarner

* BrokenPedestal: To Kay.
* EvilBrit: [[TypeCasting As usual with David Warner]].
* FallenHero: The first leader of the MIB, who turned evil.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* OrganTheft: His {{Evil Plan}}s usually involve stealing body parts from aliens.
%%* TheParagonAlwaysRebels
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: How he tried to justify using the cosmic integrator.
* ThatManIsDead: According to Kay, "The Alpha [he] knew died 20 years ago."
* TreacherousAdvisor: Used to be Kay's mentor.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Kay.

!!Dak
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Jeebs' Abel.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Unlike Jeebs, Dak enjoys the pain of being blasted.

!!Fmeks
* BewareTheSillyOnes: They may be tiny, but they're quite troublesome.
* EvilCounterpart: To the Arquillians.
* FantasticRacism: Fmeks really hate the Arquillians.
* ZergRush: Their favored tactic.
[[/folder]]
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