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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: Screw with K at your own peril.
- 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.
- 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
"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.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Which leads to his destiny in the agency.
- Cowboy Cop: To such a degree that Zed originally opposed his induction.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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!
- 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.
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?"
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.
- 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.
- 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...
- Oh, Crap: When she meets head on with Jeff.
Serleena: Uh-oh. Teeth.
- One-Winged Angel: When she eats Jeff.
Charlie & Scrad
Played By: Johnny Knoxville
"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
"Let's agree to disagree!"
- Agree to Disagree: His catchphrase.
- An Arm and a Leg: Had his arm blown off by K. It's a...touchy subject.
- Arch-Enemy: To K.
- Ax-Crazy: 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.
- Badass Biker: His preferred image in 1969.
- Badass Beard: How his species grows hair is a mystery...
- Beard of Evil: A big, bushy one.
- Big Bad: of the third film.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With his young self in '69.
- The Berserker: Oh, big time.
- Berserk Button: 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!!
- Blood Knight: Boris loves to fight and kill.
- Catchphrase: He has two. "Let's just agree to disagree" and "IT IS JUST. BORIS." (in response to someone calling him "Boris The Animal")
- Evil Sounds Deep: Both in the past and present, but his voice is slightly deeper in the past.
- Expy: Jermaine Clement does one hell of a Tim Curry impersonation.
- Eyeless Face: In his true form.
- Faux Affably Evil: He barely bothers with the facade most of the time.
- For the Evulz: He surely enjoys mass killings.
- Genius Bruiser: For all his bloodlust and viciousness, he's a sharp cookie.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Well, except for disguise purposes since he has no eyes at all
- Guttural Growler: On par with Nathan Explosion.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: That trigger is very itchy.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With himself, when he meets his past self.
- Handicapped Badass: In the present, where he only has one arm.
- Hero Killer: Killed J's father, killed K in an alternate reality.
- I Hate Past Me: 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.
- 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'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.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His whole body is made of teeth.
- Large Ham: There's barely any scenery left when he engages in a conversation with his past self.
- Last of His Kind: The Boglodite species died out thanks to the Ark-Net protecting Earth. Except for Boris.
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: Surprisingly agile during combat.
- Mirthless Laughter: An absolutely epic one.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Even if he doesn't like the nickname he's still known as Boris The Animal.
- Near Villain Victory: 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.
- Nightmare Face: Go ahead...arrest me.◊
- No Indoor Voice: His quietest tone seems to be a dull roar.
- Obviously Evil: From the beard, to the voice and especially the personality, the guy is obviously bad news.
- One-Man Army: Just ask these poor MIB agents in the moon.
- Planet Looters: His entire species.
- Psycho for Hire: To the Boglodites.
- Red Baron: He might dislike the name, but he still is Boris The Animal.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Towards K.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: They built a prison specially 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).
Played By: Nicole Scherzinger
Dr Laurel Weaver/ Agent L
Played By: Linda Fiorentino
"Interesting job you guys have."
Frank the Pug
"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.
"You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?"
- 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.
"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."
- 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 Men in Black
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.
Voiced by: Keith Diamond
Voiced by: Jennifer Lien (seasons 1-3), Jennifer Martin (season 4)
Voiced by: Charles Napier
Voiced by: Adam Baldwin
- Puny Humans: He thinks of himself as superior to humans.
Frank the Pug
Voiced by: Eddie Barth
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