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Characters: Men In Black

Men In Black

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    The Men in Black 

Agent K/Kevin Brown

"Don't 'Sir' me, young man, you have no idea who you're dealing with."

  • Berserk Button: Don't mention to him that his wife left him because he pushed her away.
  • 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.
  • Oh Crap: Only once does he briefly lose his composure, thanks to witnessing the Bug revealing itself.
  • Retired Badass: By the end of the first film and in the first half of the second film.
  • Salt and Pepper: With J. Lampshaded several times.

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."

  • Cowboy Cop: To such a degree that Zed originally opposed his induction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: 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.
  • 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 chocalate milk.
  • Salt and Pepper: With K. Lampshaded several times.

Chief Zed

Played By: Rip Torn

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

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.

     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?"

  • Ax-Crazy: He tends to kill everyone he runs into.

Serleena

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.
  • Cute Monster Girl: "Smoking hot" is more appropriate.
  • Lecherous Licking: She sticks her tongue in Agent K's ear. Earlier on, she receives one herself from a mugger before she ate him.

Charlie & Scrad

Played By: Johnny Knoxville

Jarra

Played By: John Alexander

"Over our dead titanium bodies!"

  • The Dragon: To Serleena, after Charlie and Scad 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: Jermaine Clement

"Let's agree to disagree!"

  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the modified present he actually succeds into killing K and spreading the Boglodite invasion on earth and probably consuming the entire planet. This is only prevented by J's interference in '69.
  • Berserk Button: Do not, under any circumstances, call him "The Animal". He doesn't like when people stare at his lost arm, either.
  • Hero Killer: Killed J's father, killed K in a alternate reality.
  • I Hate Past Me: He doesn't even like himself in the past, seeing his past self the responsible of his failures. The feeling, obviously, is mutual for the '69 Boris who considers his older version the cause of his future fail.
  • Karma Houdini: In the alternative present.
  • Kill It with Fire: How Future Boris dies.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Edgar and Serleena were pretty nasty. However Boris is FAR WORSE since he's Agent J's father 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.
  • Laughably Evil: 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.

Lilly

Played By: Nicole Scherzinger

     Allies 

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."

  • Ascended Extra: In both in the sequel and the animated series.
    • Sequel Non-Entity: He doesn't appear in Men in Black III, except in a picture on a wall.
  • The Dog Is An Alien: However, in an episode, his true form resembles his Earth disguise, save for the skin color, ears, and tail.

Jack Jeebs

Played By: Tony Shalhoub

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

Laura Vasquez

Played By: Rosario Dawson

Griffin

Played By: Michael Stuhlbarg

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

  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Zed

Voiced by: Charles Napier

    Allies 

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

The Twins (Idiukupkup and Bob)

Voiced by: Pat Pinney and Pat Fraley

    Antagonists 

Alpha

Voiced by: David Warner

Dak

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