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Men in Black

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    The Men in Black 

Tropes that apply to the MiB in general

Agent K/Kevin Brown
"Don't 'Sir' me, young man, you have no idea who you're dealing with."

  • Badass Grandpa: Just seems to kick more ass with age.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention to him that his wife left him because he pushed her away.
  • Can't Stay Normal: He leaves the MIB at the end of the first film to live with his former girlfriend, but by the second film, she left him because Amnesia Missed a Spot.
  • The Comically Serious: 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 Elvis Presley in the tunnel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rarely communicates in anything but snark.
  • Drives Like Crazy: You best buckle up when he pushes that red button...
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Boris goes back to erase him from existence, he fades away with utter calmness.

Agent J/James Darrell Edwards III

Played By: Will Smith
"You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look good."

  • The Ace: In K's absence, he becomes Earth's number one protector.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Which leads to his destiny in the agency.
  • Cowboy Cop: To such a degree that Zed originally opposed his induction; "He has a problem with authority".
  • Deadpan Snarker: More of a witty snarker than K.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: His dad was apparently quite a guy. Which is proven true when we meet him in the past.
  • The Dreaded: By the time of the second film, junior MIB agents are terrified of J neuralyzing them for minor offenses.
  • Genius Bruiser: 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.
  • Hero of Another Story: Said to have saved the Earth several times during the time between I and II.
  • Implacable Man: 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.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: And he never totally grows out of it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: 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.
  • Older Than They Look: Is treated as a fresh-out-of-college pup by K and the others despite his experience in NYPD. In the third movie he's revealed to be pushing 50, which would have made him mid-30s in the first film.
  • Plucky Comic Relief:In the first film.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Serleena: "Your flight's been canceled!" Of course, she got better...temporarily.
  • Race Lift: He was white in the comics.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Due to having been talking to K when he was Ret Goned, 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.
  • Salt and Pepper: With K. Lampshaded several times.
  • Soul Brotha: Turned into this type of character in the second and third film.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: To a small degree in the first film, he was very comical and seemed to annoy agent K a little and he did not take too many situation seriously.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: He had in this in 2 out of the 3 films. In the first film with Laurel Weaver and the second film with Laura Vasquez.

Chief Zed

Played By: Rip Torn

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

  • Badass In Charge: He's mostly chained to a desk, being an administrator and all, but he's got some fire in him.
  • Badass Beard: A sharp goatee.
  • Badass Grandpa: Older than K, but still a semi-capable ass-kicker.
  • Big Good: The Leader of the Mi B, Earth's "first, last and only line of defense".
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An odd, slightly kooky guy. But he runs the agency that keeps Earth safe from alien menaces.
  • Da Chief: To the organisation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always ready for any situation with a retort.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: "Zed" is how the letter Z is pronounced in European countries (deriving from Greek "Zeta"), while Americans typically pronounce it as "Zee".
  • Dirty Old Man: He's got some stories of his past sexual exploits that make J shudder.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Rip Torn's DUI conviction caused the creators to write him out of III.

Agent O

Played By: Emma Thompson & Alice Eve
  • Remember the New Guy: She never appeared in the first two films but apparently had been working at MIB for at least as long as K had.


Edgar the Bug

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

  • Aliens Speaking English: Subverted. He briefly speaks in English when he's about to kill the farmer, as well as when he's in his disguised state, but it's mostly the result of a low-quality translator. Apparently, his native tongue consists of aggressive, loud growls and roars. Oddly enough, his fellow bugs are totally fluent in English in the cartoon, even in their true forms.
  • Ax-Crazy: He tends to attack and/or kill everyone he runs into.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting insects, particularly roaches.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Body Horror: He's a giant bug shambling around in the decaying skin of a farmer. So...yeah.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For a giant, dumb bug, he has the occasional barb.
    Edgar: You don't matter. In fact in a few seconds, you won't even be matter.
  • The Dreaded: The very threat of him showing up makes what was apparently a failed minion commit suicide, and causes lot of aliens to try to jump ship and leave Earth. Implied to be because he brings the "bug war" to Earth.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: More so out of disguise.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards humans.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tries to play nice when he's after things, but is a murderous beast who only cares about himself.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gigantic, super strong and merciless. He's also pretty good with technology and quite cunning.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to piss him off.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so, even when you don't trigger his temper, he's certainly got a level of hostility.
  • Hugh Mann: His attempts to pass for human are unrealistic at best.
  • Insectoid Aliens: A big one.
  • Karmic Death: He's ultimately destroyed by the very same chick he kidnapped and held hostage.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The farmer whose body he uses to 'blend in' is not exactly the nicest of people.
  • Kill and Replace: Kills Edgar and then puts on his skin.
  • Large Ham: Subtlety doesn't appear to be a species trait.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a monstrous insect with Super Strength and can escape crashed spaceships unscathed. He's also pretty quick for something of his size; he can snatch your gun from your hand before you have a chance to pull the trigger.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: As a bug.
  • No Name Given: He's called Edgar by everyone because he takes over the body of someone named Edgar. His real name is never mentioned.
  • One-Winged Angel: When he sheds his Edgar suit for a final confrontation with J and K.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His first words to the farmer, due to a poor-quality translator; "put your projectile weapon on the ground" and "your proposal is acceptable".


Played By: Lara Flynn Boyle

"Oh, yummy. Somebody I need to eat."

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 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.
  • Balloon Belly: Serleena gets one after swallowing the mugger in the park whole, which she manages to get rid of by spitting him back out.
  • Big Bad: Second movie.
  • Big Eater: Her entire species are implied to be this.
  • Black Bra and Panties: When she lands on earth and takes human form this is all she is wearing along with a pair of high heel shoes, which gets the attention of a mugger.
  • Cute Monster Girl: "Smoking hot" is more appropriate.
  • Combat Tentacles: A whole lot of them too.
  • Dark is Evil: Trots around in a stolen biker outfit for most of the movie.
  • Deadly Upgrade: After she infected Jeff.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when dealing with Charlie and Scrad.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's no weakling, and easily overpowered trained agents in a fight. Is also a sadistic, greedy murderous alien.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Takes the form of one upon arriving on earth.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Her true form.
  • Evil Is Petty: She spends the opening credits destroying planet after planet solely because the light wasn't there.
  • Evil Is Sexy: She actively envokes this when she takes the form of a lingerie model. In fact some dialogue implies that she always assumes the form of a sexy woman when she comes to Earth.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Spends most of the film in the form of an attractive model, manifesting Combat Tentacles from her fingers if she has to fight or coerce someone.
    • If that wasn't bad enough, she can also eat humans whole, which gives her human form a large, bubbling belly.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Seems to really enjoy eating human males, as one poor guy at the start learned the hard way.
  • Lecherous Licking: She sticks her tongue in Agent K's ear. Earlier on, she receives one herself from a mugger before she ate him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: This is an early 2000's Lara Flynn Boyle we're discussing...
  • Mugging the Monster: When she assumes human form in Central Park she is only wearing a Black Bra and Panties and high heeled shoes. Naturally this attracts the attention of a mugger who drags her behind a bush at knife point. Serleena then imediately turns the tables on him and swallows him whole while all he can do is scream in terror.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she meets head on with Jeff.
    Serleena: Uh-oh. Teeth.
    • The mugger also has a moment of this right before Serleena eats him.
  • One-Winged Angel: When she eats Jeff.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gives one to the mugger after he tried to rape her.
    Mugger: Hey pretty lady, *licks her face* you taste good.
    Mugger: Hey, what the—?!
    *Mugger screams accompanied by the sounds of Serleena swallowing him head-first* Serleena: Yeah, you too.

Charlie & Scrad

Played By: Johnny Knoxville


Played By: John Alexander

"Over our dead titanium bodies!"

  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: What he hides his mini-body and clones under.
  • The Dragon: To Serleena, after Charlie and Scrad disappear.
  • Evil Is Bigger: 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.
  • Me's a Crowd: He's actually four tiny identical humanoids on tiny flying saucers
  • Planet Looters: He tried to steal the Earth's ozone to sell on the black market.

Boris the Animal

Played By: Jemaine Clement
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"Let's agree to disagree!"


Played By: Nicole Scherzinger


Dr Laurel Weaver/ Agent L

Played By: Linda Fiorentino
"Interesting job you guys have."

Frank the Pug

Played By: Tim Blaney

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

Jack Jeebs

Played By: Tony Shalhoub

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

Laura Vasquez

Played By: Rosario Dawson

  • Why Am I Ticking?: Her bracelet turns out to be a nuclear grade weapon that goes off if the light doesn't get off Earth.


Played By: Michael Stuhlbarg

"The bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lie."

  • Adorkable: The goofy hat and chipper personality just make him adorable.
  • Blessed with Suck: 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."
  • Catch Phrase: "That was a close one!" Said every time one of the horrible outcomes to the current situation he is in does not come to pass.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A symptom of being The Omniscient. 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.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A cute and cuddly one, but still a fifth-dimensional being with a perspective utterly alien to humans that takes human form.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Kinda.
  • Motor Mouth: Due to constantly seeing potential futures, he has a habit of blathering on, trying to get even a fraction of the knowledge he has out, this amounts to endless unbroken sentences.
  • The Omniscient: Able to see every outcome, in every reality. Simultaneously.

The Colonel/James Darrel Edwards II

Played by: Mike Colter

  • Colonel Badass: His badassitude helps save the world from Boris.
  • Mental Fusion: Griffin does this to him to get his help on defeating Boris, which works. It's never stated what he saw, but whatever he saw must have had a connection to J, who is a grownup version of his son.
  • No Name Given: Only referred to as "Colonel" or "Sir". Mostly so his relation to J wasn't obvious to the audience.

The Animated Series

    The Men in Black 

Agent Kay

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

  • Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis upon deadpan.
  • The Stoic: The animated Kay is even more stoic than the live-action Kay, which is really saying something.

Agent Jay

Voiced by: Keith Diamond

Agent Elle

Voiced by: Jennifer Lien (seasons 1-3), Jennifer Martin (season 4)


Voiced by: Charles Napier

Agent X

Voiced by: Adam Baldwin

  • Adaptation Species Change: There's an agent in the original comics named Ecks, who's human and a rogue agent.
  • Cowboy Cop: Impulsive, reckless and insanely gung-ho. L describes him as being less like a "loose cannon" and more like a "megaton bomb."
  • Puny Humans: He thinks of himself as superior to humans.


Frank the Pug

Voiced by: Eddie Barth

Jack Jeebs

Voiced by: Tony Shalhoub (first few episodes), Billy West (rest of series)


The Worm Guys

Voiced by: Pat Pinney and Pat Fraley as two Worms each

  • Must Have Caffeine: 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



Voiced by: David Warner


Voiced by: Sherman Howard

  • Bounty Hunter: An alien bounty hunter who can fight K to a draw.
  • Code Name: "Buzzard"; his real name seems to be Treblor.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Makes his introduction in a noir-like black trenchcoat and hat, complete with a breather mask. The disguise does relatively little to hide his alien features.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast and tough, and can perform high jumps with his long reverse-jointed legs.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Goes under his former identity as a Zombarian agent with his real name.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears green goggles over his eyes.
  • One-Man Army: The guy is dangerous enough to require a literal army to chase him away.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time we see Buzzard in the series, he is zapped away by K. It is unknown if he survives, dies or is captured.