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[[caption-width-right:333:''[[TagLine "Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe."]]'']]

->'''James Edwards''': Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.\\
'''Kay''': A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody ''knew'' the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody ''knew'' the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you ''knew'' that humans were alone on this planet. Just imagine what you'll know tomorrow. \\


An MIB (Men in Black) agent code-named K (Creator/TommyLeeJones) seeks out a new recruit to monitor alien activity on earth. The MIB pass over Navy [=SEALs=] and Green Berets, instead deciding on the quick-thinking and fast-talking NYPD Detective James Edwards (Creator/WillSmith). Without knowing what he was recruited for, James (now codenamed "J") is told that the MIB agency is beyond all government jurisdiction, and that they are responsible for the ''alien'' (and we do mean it) immigrants who have taken residence on Earth. Part of the MIB's effective cover-up is using advanced alien technology to impersonate actual government officials, and especially the use of a device called the Neuralyzer, which is able to give LaserGuidedAmnesia to anyone not wearing special MIB-issue tinted glasses.

The '''''Men in Black''''' films are only moderately based on [[ComicBook/MenInBlack the original comics]], mostly borrowing the concept and wardrobe of the agents. With a smart sense of humor, the deadpan delivery of Tommy Lee Jones as the [[SeenItAll seen-it-all]] K and the much lauded performance of Will Smith as J, the first ''Men In Black'' movie was one of the most popular films of 1997. Some publicity was garnered on advertising posters from the fact that they are literally "[[SpecialPersonNormalName Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones]]." Will Smith also released a tie-in music video entitled "Men In Black."

'''''Men in Black II''''' came out in 2002, and although it was somewhat well-received, it was considered a case of "more of the same" {{sequelitis}}. With K officially retired (with his memory wiped and civilian identity restored) J has been working overtime as the top field agent of [=MiB=]. A powerful and malevolent alien named Serleena returns to Earth looking for "The Light of Zartha," which is tied to a case K was involved with back in the 70's. To get the information they need, they reinstate K and get back to business. Much like the first movie, Will Smith released a tie-in music video entitled "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)".

'''''Men in Black 3''''' (stylized ''MIB[[superscript:3]]'', but '''not''' ''MIB:[[ThirdIs3D 3D]]'', though it was released in 3D in select theatres) was released on May 25, 2012, with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith reprising their roles and the writer for ''Film/TropicThunder'' and ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' on writing duties. A very dangerous Boglodite named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Boris The Animal]] ([[BerserkButton ...IT'S. JUST. BORIS!!...]]) breaks out of a lunar prison and swears revenge on K, who arrested him 40 years ago and was responsible for him losing his left arm. He successfully erases K from the present by helping his younger self to kill him in [[TheSixties 1969]], allowing a Boglodite invasion. J, somehow the only one in the present who notices the change, must travel back to 1969 to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Music/{{Pitbull}} sings over the credits this time ("''NUMBAA TWOOOOOOOOOO!!''"), though his single "Back in Time" was included in his studio album ''Global Warming'', and not on the OST itself.

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* AerithAndBob:
** The Twins who run the MIB headquarters are named Blblup and Bob. Note that we're guessing on how the first one's spelled. And the second one too. The novelization provides spelled-out alien names for both. Both also have Earth nicknames, "Jack" and "Gracie."
** The fake names Kay makes up for himself and Jay while investigating the alien "Hi I'm Special Agent Mannheim/Dr. Leo Manville, this is Special Agent Black/Dr. White"
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the films, Agents Jay, Kay, and Zed are heroes. In the [[ComicBook/MenInBlack obscure comic book the movies are based on]], the organization is downright sinister, K made J AnOfferYouCantRefuse to get him to join and considers him a very disposable pawn, and J is the only 'good guy' in the bunch.
* AlienAutopsy: The coroner, Laurel, ends up performing these inadvertently on two non-human corpses. It's suggested that she is one of the [=MIB=]'s most frequently [[LaserGuidedAmnesia neuralyzed]] individuals for this very reason.
* AliensStealCattle: For a movie about aliens and [=UFOs=], it's notably averted. When the Bug arrives at the farmhouse where Edgar lives, a cow is seen grazing near the truck, but then the cow leaves the truck shortly before the Bug's spacecraft totals it while landing, and Bug!Edgar doesn't express any interest in the cattle on the farm.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:The Arquillian Prince inside the jeweler's body]], who survives long enough to give a cryptic clue to the protagonists. Not that he was being cryptic on purpose. Poor fellow was clearly dealing with a language barrier.
* AmnesiaMissedASpot: When J meets Dr. Weaver in the morgue, they vaguely notice that they may have met before, but dismiss it as Deja Vu. In the beginning of the movie, they had met, but K had wiped both of their memories.
* AmusingAlien: Lots, but the Worm Guys and Jeebs are probably the best example.
* AnimatedAdaptation: [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack The series]] that used to air on KidsWB and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s short-lived SLAM!
* ApologeticAttacker: ''"Deliver the Galaxy or Earth will be destroyed. Sorry."''
-->"Aw, that's BULLSHIT."
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety
** J points the Noisy Cricket in K's face as soon as K hands it to him. K then proceeds to have J carry the gun into the field without having had a chance to practice with it. Both are major gun safety no-nos. J is supposed to be a trained police officer, who should know something about handling firearms[[labelnote:*]]Although police are nowhere near as well trained with firearms as people think they are, this is pretty damn basic.[[/labelnote]]. Even if it doesn't look like a 9mm, he should employ the same basic safety practices as with a real gun, especially knowing it's a sidearm.
** J treated his service pistol in the same stupid way, having it stuffed down the front of his pants earlier in the movie. At least K slapped the gun out of his face.
* AskAStupidQuestion
-->'''K:''' I don't suppose you know what kind of alien life form leaves a green spectral trail and craves sugar water, do you? \\
'''J:''' ''Oh'', wait! That was on "[[{{Jeopardy}} Final Jeopardy!]]" last night. Damn, Alex said...
** When asked if he's dealing guns, Jeebs quips that he's openly selling crack, too. "But I still work here 'cause I ''love'' the hours."
** After J has been manhandled and then spat on by a humanoid squid baby (in the process of delivering said baby) K asks "Did any of that seem ''weird'' to you?" J's expression is priceless.
* AssholeVictim
** The opening scene where Kay ends up killing the alien "Mikey" had to be re-shot when the producers realized audiences were feeling bad for Mikey.
** Edgar, who shown to be a spousal abuser (at least emotionally, and possibly physically as well) just before [[spoiler:the Bug kills him]].
* BadassCreed
-->''Anonymity is your name''\\
''Silence, your native tongue''\\
''You are no longer part of the system''\\
''You are above the system. Over it. Beyond it''\\
''We're "Them." We're "They"''\\
''We are the'' ''[[TitleDrop Men in Black]]''
* BavarianFireDrill: A favorite tactic of the MIB. It's even lampshaded in the novelization: "Act like you're in charge and everybody will act like you are."
-->'''(''Upon arriving at Edgar's farm'')
-->'''Kay:''' Slow down.
-->'''Jay:''' Why?
-->'''Kay:''' Give her time to make the wrong impression. Makes things smoother.
* BehindTheBlack: J and K don't seem to notice the alien giving birth in the back seat of Reggie's car until Reggie pointed her out.
* BerserkButton:
** Do ''not'' squish any bugs in front of Edgar. Just ''don't''. [[spoiler: Turns out this is how J manages to keep Edgar around long enough for K to kill him]].
** Don't mention how K had to leave his girlfriend behind when he joined the MIB organization.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The alien Jay was chasing towards the beginning decides to jump off the roof of the Guggenheim Museum rather than live long enough [[YouHaveFailedMe to be killed for his failure]].
* {{BFG}}: Played with. The Noisy Cricket, possibly the tiniest MIB gun, can cause some serious damage. It's got a nasty recoil too. On the other hand, a gun the size of a shotgun ''can shoot down spaceships''.
* BigApplesauce: Common to all three movies.
** The first did it with the placement of the MIB HQ.
** The second had ''the Statue of Liberty'' used as MIB equipment.
** The third ends with "Empire State of Mind" by AliciaKeys playing in the background.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The BigBad of the film is one of them.
* BigRedButton
** Don't press one in K's car, unless in a real hurry.
** Don't press the one in J's car unless you know what a PS1 controller is, or if your mother never gave you a Game Boy...
--> "''WHAT IS A GAMEBOY?!''"
* BizarreAlienBiology: Almost all of the aliens the [=MiB=] processes.
* BlatantLies: J is suspicious of K.
-->'''J:''' Have you ever [[BuffySpeak flashy-thinged]] me?
-->'''K:''' No.
-->'''J:''' ''Have you ever flashy-thinged me?''
-->'''K:''' No.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Laser weapons ''hurt''.
* BluffTheImposter: Agent K exposes an alien posting as a Mexican immigrant by saying insulting and threatening things in Spanish, but in a cheery tone of voice, to see if he reacted appropriately.
* BookEnds:
** "They're beautiful, aren't they?"
** "See you around, ___." "No, ___, you won't."
** The opening credits scroll over a bug flying in a sinister pattern. SPLAT. Gotcha -- turns out the bug [[RuleOfSymbolism is of no significance, at least as far as people are concerned]]. The last shot of the movie reveals our universe to be a plaything for giant alien kids.
* BrickJoke: When J learns about aliens living in New York, he immediately assumes they work as cab drivers, and is told, "Not as many as you'd think." A while later, Dr. Laurel, when it's revealed to her, starts on a rant along the lines of, "I knew it. There was this cab driver the other day..."
* BringIt: J to Edgar.
-->'''J:''' Don't ''start'' nothin'... ''(squish!)'' ... won't ''be'' nothin'!
* BrokenMasquerade: K's introduction to aliens on Earth - and more-or-less how the ''Film/MenInBlack'' got started.
* BuffySpeak: J calls the neuralyzer the "Flashy-Thing," and refers to getting neuralyzed as "flashy-thinged." This continues for most of the first film, with J using terms like "the little dude inside the big dude's head."
* CallBack: When J runs out of the factory after Boris attempts to kill Griffin, he runs out onto the top of a parked car and takes aim with a standard revolver. This whole scene is exactly like the scene in the first film where he is given the 'Noisy Cricket' and attempts to stop the bad guy, virtually everything from the weapon he's not happy about to his missing the bad guy and the collateral damage is and exact replica of the same scene.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGun
** The flying saucers from the first MIB meeting in 1961, converted into towers at Flushing.
** The little red button in the LTD.
** K ordering J to fasten his seat belt, J lecturing him about politeness, and K politely asking J to put on a seat belt after pushing the little red button.
* ChekhovsSkill: Though played for laughs, when J shoots little Tiffany, his description of the situation demonstrates a skilled ability to pick up on details in the scene. While it seems he's simply embellishing to Zed, J is later the one who makes the connection between the jeweler's cat Orion and the "Orion's Belt" clue. It's made all the more awesome by the novelization revealing his rationale for shooting Tiffany was CORRECT, something none of the other applicants succeeded at. He also remembers the flying saucers at the World's Fair in Queens, realizing that the Bug could use the mothballed ships to escape.
* CodeName: Each agent is supplied with one, but it's the first letter of their first name ('''J'''ames, '''K'''evin, '''L'''aurel, '''M'''[[Music/MichaelJackson ichael]]). ExpandedUniverse has them go into detail with it.
* TheComicallySerious
** Nothing about the job fazes K [[SeenItAll in the slightest]], so his deadpan approach to all the outlandish alien craziness is hilarious. In an interview, Creator/TommyLeeJones says he actually ''is'' this; the way to make great comedy is stay close to Creator/WillSmith so the funny spills over. WordOfGod also describes it as something of an EnforcedTrope, as he wanted Creator/WillSmith to be the only one who was ''trying'' to be funny.
--->'''Beatrice:''' You here to make fun of me, too?\\
'''K:''' No ma'am, we at the [=FBI=] do not have a sense of humor we are aware of.
* CoolCar: Each agent, and each of them has a hidden form that comes in handy. "Old and Busted... new hotness."
* CoolShades: They've got a purpose, too - they protect against the mind-wiping effects of the Neuralyzer.
* CoveredInGunge: J and K get covered in bug guts after K blows him in half.
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: In the beginning, Kay introduces himself and Dee as "INS, Division Six", much to the confusion of the border patrol officers. This extended to the animated series, where Jay and Kay would introduce themselves in any position tangentially-related to the situation as "Division Six".
* CreatorCameo: Director Barry Sonnenfeld and his daughter are seen as two of the aliens under surveillance by the [=MIB=].
* CreepyCockroach: There's a giant roach alien who devours a human and uses his skin as a disguise. He also leaves swarms of roaches wherever he goes, and loves sugar (preferably in water).
* CustomUniform: [=MIB 1=] ends with J wearing custom shades and looking more like a rap mogul.
* CuttingTheKnot: J's solution to the problem of no surface to write on.
* DarkIsNotEvil: They are Men In '''Black''' after all, but also Earth's "best, last, and only defense against the scum of the universe." Lampshaded in Will Smith's music video.
-->''Good guys dress in black; remember that. In case we ever come face to face and make contact.''
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: The tow truck driver doesn't get intimidated by "Edgar", even when he takes out his shotgun. Unfortunately for him, he still gets shot by "Edgar".
-->'''Tow Truck Driver:''' (''revealing his own pistol'') Please...
* DistractedByTheSexy:
-->'''J:''' She's got a whole "Queen of the Undead" thing.\\
'''K:''' What about the body?\\
'''J:''' Great body.\\
'''K:''' The DEAD body.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: Frank the Pug.
* DomesticAbuser: In the short time before [[spoiler: he's killed and inhabited by the Bug]], Edgar demeans his wife's cooking, calls her lazy and threatens to hit her.
* DoNotCallMeSir: K says this line to one of the Border Patrol agents in the opening.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Both the tow truck driver and the morgue receptionist learn this the hard way.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: K. Just push the BigRedButton, and his car grows a rocket. He then drives on the roof of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel while singing along to Elvis Presley's "Promised Land", and pays the toll without missing a beat.
* DroolHello: Indirectly. After K enters the morgue to find out what's happened to J, he tries to light a cigarette but the match is put out by a drip of slime. He looks up, and now we know what happened to the clerk...
* EatMe: TropeNamer. K goads the Bug into eating him so he can retrieve his gun and blow it up from the inside.
* EccentricExterminator: The first movie gives us Ed, who is a pretty normal fella (or as normal as someone played by Vincent D'Onofrio can be...) until a giant bug from outer space uses his body as a disguise and steals an exterminator's van, giving us quite a bit of this vibe.
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: according to K, "He's not dead, he just went home."
* EnemyRisingBehind: After K blasts his way out of the Bug, he and J sit back to reflect on the moment while the [[spoiler:upper half of the Bug crawls behind them to attack, only to be blasted at the last second by Laurel using J's gun]].
* EpicFail: Played With; "May I ask why you felt [[CardboardPal little Tiffany]] deserved to die?". J points out that the freaky looking aliens all could be doing fairly innocuous things like working out, while Tiffany is walking around with physics textbooks well out of her grade range in a dark alley. Zed is not amused. The novelization reveals J was actually RIGHT in his reasoning and had shot the only real threat[[note]]This is alluded to in the movie as well; in the conversation with K that immediately follows, Z brings up J's test scores and flippant attitude, but doesn't argue that simulation against him[[/note]].
* ETGaveUsWiFi: The [=MIB=] has been supporting themselves by selling alien technology, helping along the development of modern tech. Microwaves and wi-fi are all alien tech, and in the expanded universe, cell phones, solar power, and many more were all reverse-engineered from contraband.
* EtTuBrute: The worms are spotted leaving MIB headquarters with a cartful of cigarettes, leaving their co-workers to rot.
-->'''Zed:''' You SORRY LITTLE INGRATES!
* EurekaMoment: J figures out the Arquillian prince's last words meant when he sees [[spoiler: Frank barking at a cat.]]
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: A rare instance of this trope being used in the nineties.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[spoiler:Orion's Belt... technically, collar, but whatever.]]
* ExactTimeToFailure: The Arquillians give MIB a time limit on getting the [[{{Macguffin}} Galaxy]] back before they destroy the Earth. The movie seems to kind of waver and forget about it when crunch time arrives though (the last we see is 8 minutes), and when J and K finally retrieve it, all K has to do is say it's in his possession, without any mention of the timer from Zed. The Arquillians must be lenient.
* ExactWords
** The "You can have my gun..." exchange. Even more layers of this in this scene, as the novelization reveals that prior to assimilating Edgar's memories, the Bug was using a crappy translator. It renders the saying "Your funeral" into the exact meaning of "Your proposal is acceptable."
** Also, Bug!Edgar, when talking with the head chef in regards to where "little Ivan" is (the server who was supposed to be serving the ambassadors of the two alien races that Bug!Edgar is trying to assassinate and steal the galaxy from), responds that he "gave him a break." The camera pans, revealing that Bug!Edgar [[BondOneLiner means this quite literally]], having broken his body in half and stuffed him into a shelf.
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Whenever the MIB are around.
* ExtranormalInstitute: The [=MIB=].
* ExtranormalPrison: There's a prison for alien criminals on the moon. The guards have futuristic technology, and the fact that escape means exposure to vacuum also helps.
* FaceStealer: The Bug.
* {{Fainting}}: An Emotional Faint happens after the Bug gets into his new Edgar suit. Edgar's wife Beatrice tells him that "Your skin is hanging off your bones." The Bug pulls Edgar's face back into a horrible distorted mask and Beatrice faints dead away.
* FantasticRacism
** The Bug clearly despises humans, and refers to them by a variety of unflattering terms, including "undeveloped pond-scum," "monkey-boys," "meat-sacks" and "milk-suckers." The rest of his species, according to K, are probably [[AlwaysChaoticEvil very much the same]].
** This seems to be a major factor of most aliens as K explains that human thought is so primitive it's considered an infectious disease in the better galaxies.
** Agent J uses this to [[BerserkButton provoke]] the [[InsectoidAliens Space Cockroach]] into attacking him by crushing normal cockroaches under his feet.
-->'''Agent J:''' [[PunctuatedPounding Don't start nothin'...]] ''(squish!)'' [[PunctuatedPounding ...won't be nothin']] ''(squish)''
* {{Fanservice}}: Linda Fiorentino getting kidnapped by a giant disguised insect from space, struggling to scape all while showing us her rather lovely buttocks and legs. Likewise, when she gets stuck in a nearby tree for a good deal of the final battle.
* FashionDissonance: Agent J's getup at the end of the film (oval-rim sunglasses, long Nehru jacket, and band collar without a necktie) was Hollywood haute-couture for a brief moment towards the end of TheNineties. Its purpose in the film is probably to make him look more "up-to-date" and "hip". Tellingly, he goes back to a normal black suit for the sequels.
* FictionAsCoverUp: Tabloids serve a double purpose: they act as part of the alien cover-up by causing people to dismiss any stories they hear about aliens while also being a legitimate source of news for those in the know.
* FirstDayFromHell: J becomes involved in a plot to save the galaxy within his first day or so. Subverted in that K berates his actions that could expose them by informing J that [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed there is always a crisis on their hands]].
--> '''K''': There is always an Arquillian battle cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they do not know about it!
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun
-->'''K:''' Remember when I said 'Don't push the little red button?'
-->'''J:''' Yeah?
-->'''K:''' Push the little red button.
-->''[J does so]''
-->'''K:''' And you might want to put on a seat belt. ''[Car develops rocket boosters and travels upside down on the roof of the tunnel]''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first line in the movie is "Goddamned bugs!"
* FourthWallPsych: When the bug invades Rosenberg's jewlery shop, he appears to walk up to the camera and punch it, cracking the lens. Then the supposedly-ruined camera pans out and we see that he's actually trying to break through the glass door to the shop.
* FreezeFrameBonus
** The screen with the "celebrities who are secretly aliens" (includes [[CreatorCameo director Barry Sonnenfeld, producer]] Creator/StevenSpielberg, and Creator/SylvesterStallone) - which later singles out J's ex-teacher.
** In one scene, there are two brief shots of [[spoiler:Orion the cat]] where the name on its collar (belt) is visible before the secret is revealed.
* FreudianThreat: "I want you on the next transport off this rock or I'm going to shoot you where it don't grow back."
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Zed neuralyzing the rejected recruits as J and K walk by shortly after the recruitment process. Also, the memorable alien-childbirth scene, which supplies the page image for the trope. Also, while K and J are looking at the screen showing the disguised aliens, a group of MIB office workers are conversing in the background, with one of them standing on the ceiling.
* FunWithAcronyms
-->'''J:''' See this badge?! Huh?! N-Y-P-D! Means I will k'''N'''ock '''Y'''o' '''P'''unk-ass '''D'''own!
* GasLeakCoverup
** The course of action taken after people who witness UFO's or aliens are neuralyzed.
--> '''Agent K:''' The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
** PlayedForLaughs in one scene when Agent J tries to give the standard cover story without having a neuralyzer.
* GeniusBruiser: J 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.
* GoodCopBadCop: Used in the scene with Jeebs, before James is officially recruited. K threatens to blow Jeebs' head off if he doesn't talk, and James plays along, saying that K's not messing around. What James doesn't realize is that K wasn't bluffing, and he quickly gets in over his head.
* GoThroughMe: Humorously played with:
-->'''J''': There's only one way off this planet, baby, and that's through me! ''[the Bug promptly slaps him aside]''
* GovernmentConspiracy: Averted. The first agents ''were'' part of the US Government, but not anymore.
-->'''J:''' What branch of the government do we report to?
-->'''K:''' None, they ask too many questions.
* GoToAlias: "Division Six".
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Done very briefly. After the ColdOpen, the plot focuses on James running down a criminal who turns out to be an alien giving portents of doom. While being berated by his superiors for this ridiculous story, he is approached by a Dr. Laurel, a coroner who examined the body claims to believe him. She whispers an address to him and tells him to meet her secretly afterwards - leading the audience to believe that the movie will be a Sci-Fi mystery or thriller, involving James and the coroner as {{Muggle}}s unearthing TheMasquerade... [[ShaggyDogStory and then Laurel is neuralized immediately after revealing her suspicions to James, cutting this plotline short immediately, leading into the agent in-training story the movie truly is.]] She still becomes involved later.
* {{Hammerspace}}
** How the Bug fits in the Edgar-suit (although he's clearly not too comfy). It makes some sense when you know that roaches are capable of pressing their bodies together to fit into tighter spaces; it makes them extremely resistant against being killed by stepping on them (you need a hard flat surface for that to work). Since the Bug is based on roaches in design and physiology, it's not too far-fetched to assume he has an improved version of that survival technique. From the novelization: "How can it do that?" "[[TakeOurWordForIt They have their ways.]] And using those ways just makes it even more angry." It also explicitly states that there's some literal Hammerspace going on, and that this is a natural ability the Bugs have.
** A less obvious example is the submachinegun-sized weapon the cephalapoid pulls out of ''nowhere'' when Jay is trying to arrest him.
* HandCannon
** Played straight with the huge revolver the tow-truck driver pulls out when Bug!Edgar threatens him with a shotgun. He's killed by Edgar's shotgun blast before he can use it.
** Inverted by the Noisy Cricket: a tiny, unseemly weapon resembling a hypodermic needle with a handle, pauses momentarily and chirps like a cricket when you pull the trigger, and then promptly annihilates whatever it was pointed at and knocks you flat on your butt. The recoil usually hurls Agent J about fifteen feet, no matter how he tries to brace himself
* HateSink: The guy the Bug kills and starts impersonating will, suffice it to say, not be missed. In his possible <60 seconds of screen time he establishes himself as a capricious, abusive jackass with strong misogynistic traits. Good riddance.
* {{Herald}}: The MIB organization (and by extension, the existence of aliens) is this for J.
* HistoricalInJoke
** Roswell. The 1964 World's Fair is shown to have hosted some really big [[FlyingSaucer UFOs]].
** The super bouncy ball is credited for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_blackout_of_1977 1977 New York blackout]], a great prank by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Attractor Great Attractor]], who thought it was funny as hell.
* HistoricalRapSheet: See the bouncy ball entry on HistoricalInJoke above.
* HughMann: Edgar.
* HumansAreMorons: "A ''person'' is smart. ''People'' are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it."
-->'''Agent K:''' Human thought is so primitive, it is looked upon as an infectious disease in some of the better galaxies. Kind of makes you feel proud, doesn't it?
* IgnoranceIsBliss: "[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed There's always an Arquillian battle cruiser, or a Corillian death ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet]], and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they [[{{Masquerade}} DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!]]"
* ILoveTheDead: Implied for Laurel. As a bonus, Laurel at one point explicitly states the inverse, "I hate the living."
* InNameOnly: The first five minutes of the movie is a faithful reproduction of the first few pages of the first issue of the [[Comicbook/MenInBlack comic]]. After that, they have almost nothing in common.
* ISurrenderSuckers: "Edgar", towards the end.
-->'''"Edgar":''' Oh, I see... I'll put my hands on my head... Like this?
-->(''[[OneWingedAngel tears Edgar's skin off]]'')
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: K blowing Jeebs' head off isn't murder, it's interrogation.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: In the games, the Aliens are responsible for ''everything''. Also, the Galaxy in the first movie.
* InsectoidAliens: The alien Bug, a giant cockroach wearing a new Edgar suit.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: ZigZagged trope. It's clearly stated that most aliens view Earth as a very unimportant planet. In fact, that's why these aliens visit: it's "an apolitical zone for aliens without a planet," the ''{{Casablanca}}'' of the universe. Of course, having so many alien species mingling every day (some of who are considered '''royalty''' on their homeworld) means that, in consequence, EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse. This then gets worked into the film's AnthropicPrinciple: the Men In Black keep up TheMasquerade to make sure the neutral zone ''stays'' neutral. Which leads into a nasty conclusion: the Men In Black will keep using the neuralizers forever, as they themselves agree with all the aliens that [[HumansAreMorons humans are so stupid]] that the only way Earth can thrive is as a neutral zone. As long as the Men In Black are around, [[IWantMyJetpack we will never get out into space.]]
* InsultBackfire
** Human intelligence is so primitive that it's considered an infectious disease on other planets. "Kinda makes you proud, doesn't it?"
** Earlier, after Kay explains the history of the MIB, James asks "When the last time you had a CAT scan?", to which Kay answers [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "About six months ago, company policy."]]
* InternalRetcon: The whole point of the Neuralyzers.
* InventorOfTheMundane: The MIB owns the patents to some 'out of town' inventions, naming a few which make quite a bit of sense; Velcro (invented by NASA), microwave ovens (invented by a military defense contractor), liposuction (pre-dates alien contact, but was mostly a creative form of mutilation before the development of ultrasonics - another military invention)...
* InvisibleAliens: More like disguised so as to appear invisible to those who have a WeirdnessCensor.
* ItsUpToYou: The other police officers aren't fit enough to keep up with Jay's first alien. Jay lampshades this.
* JapaneseTourist: J lands on a bus full of them when chasing the perp during the ColdOpening.
* JerkAss: Edgar was like this before he got killed and ended up body snatched by the Bug.
* JustEatHim: K, going to get back his gun from Edgar's throat in the first film's climax. ''"Eat me.'' '''EAT ME!!"'''
* KillAndReplace: The Bug does this to Edgar.
* KnuckleCracking: After the Bug kills Edgar, dons his new Edgar suit and climbs out of the hole made by his crashing starship, he cracks his neck.
* LameExcuse: The human smuggler at the beginning of the movie tells the Border Patrol he's been fishing in Cuernavaca to explain why he's driving across the Mexican border late at night. The Border Patrol agent has already busted him for smuggling on several previous occasions, so he doesn't buy this excuse for one second.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: How the Neuralyzer works. They can be set to wipe someone of certain memories of someone, or the last twenty minutes of aliens trying to kill them. Repeated neuralyzations, however, cause ''deja vu'' in some subjects. Combined with NoFourthWall in one of the commercials, in which J and K ask viewers how they liked the movie, then fire the Neuralyzer directly at the camera, and then ''invite the audience to go see the film: it's full of surprises''.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: You will not break that "damn thing" Noisy Cricket, J. It will break you.
* LaymansTerms: Zed compares Earth's predicament to being the last party-goer who gets stuck with the check.
* LenoDevice: The end of the first movie shows tabloid articles talking about the effects of the climax on the public, including a conspiracy theory forming about Detroit perfecting a rocket car and one story about the baseball player who missed the catch during the baseball game shown in the movie claiming "UFO MADE ME MISS HOME RUN!" (which is actually true). Of course, the joke is that the tabloids contain the best source of information for MIB ("You can try the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.")
* LongList: K and Zed muse over the NYC and Jersey-based aliens who have already flown the coop. The list ends with Staten Island ("Gone, thank God.").
* LosingYourHead: Jeebs. K shoots him in the head and he regrows it, with complaints about the inconvenience.
-->'''Jeebs:''' You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?
-->'''K:''' Show us the merchandise or you'll lose another head, Jeebs.
* LostInTranslation: The Arquillian Prince says that "The galaxy lies on Orion's Belt." [[spoiler: Orion is actually his cat's name and the "belt" is actually a mistranslation of "collar."]]
* MacGuffin: The Galaxy, in the first movie.
* {{Masquerade}}: Most aliens use prosthetics to pass off as human, animal, or machine.
* MeaningfulEcho: See BookEnds, above.
-->''(in the opening scene)''\\
'''D''': I'll tell you, Kay... I will miss the chase. I will miss the chase.\\
'''K''': No, Dee. You won't. ''(neuralizes him)''\\
\\
''(after the climax)''\\
'''K''': See you around, Jay.\\
'''J''': No. You won't. [[spoiler: ''(neuralizes him)'']]
* MemoryWipingCrew: A team is called in after every alien encounter, for obvious reasons.
* TheMenInBlack: The good guy version.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Averted. [[spoiler:K]] survives the Bug's innards to retrieve his gun and blast his way out.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Disappearance of a man after encountering a UFO and a suicide --> theft of a galaxy and possible destruction of the Earth.
* MobileSuitHuman: Rosenberg. The alien prince of the Arquillian Empire who had the Galaxy was piloting one ("the little dude inside the big dude's head"), the better to hide from enemies and to pet his cat.
* MoodWhiplash
** J is more than happy to help K with doing the whole GoodCopBadCop routine while questioning Jeebs, until K ''holy shit'' blows Jeebs's head off, at which point J drops the act
-->'''J, aiming a gun at K's head''': DROP THE WEAPON!
** Then Whiplashed back again as Jeebs regrows his head:
-->'''Jeebs, in a high squeaky voice:''' You insensitive prrrrricks! D'you have any idea how much that ''stings''?!
* {{Muggles}}: Any person not part of the MIB is called a "Neutral".
* MultiArmedMultitasking: The twin {{Mission Control}}s in the first movie, and the mail-sorting alien in the sequel.
* MyCard: K hands one to J as part of recruitment.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: How some alien languages work.
* MythologyGag: When Edgar first meets the Bug, their discussion about the gun is a reference to the surprisingly obscure comic the movie was based on. It [[spoiler:turns out ''much'' better for the farmer]] in that one, though - the bugs REALLY needed his gun (for a high-stakes scavenger hunt), but not so urgently that [[spoiler:they couldn't wait him out]].
* NaiveNewcomer: J in the first movie indulges in UncleTomfoolery. K is somewhat less of one in the second when J tries to bring him back, though J still gets exasperated when he keeps poking everything.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: When "Edgar" escapes with the Galaxy and Laurel, J realizes he's escaped in a cab. The trouble is, the movie is set in New York, and it's rush hour. However, K makes him stop, saying "He's not leaving [Earth] in a cab."
* NoAccountingForTaste: Edgar and Beatrice.
--> '''J:''' ''(to K)'' The dude was that ugly ''before'' he was an alien?
* NoSuchAgency: PlayedWith. Originally a Federal agency, the MIB splintered off since the government "asked too many questions." They erased any and all records and memories of their existence from their own government, getting their funding from the patents of alien technologies.
* NoisyShutUp
** The Bug losing patience with Laurel and J's bickering.
** '''J''': "Hey, OLD GUYS."
* NonAnswer: During the recruitment, J asks why they were there, and one of the military-trained recruits responds that Zed is looking the "the best of the best of the best, sir." J deduces, [[GenreSavvy correctly]], that ''none'' of the others knows why they're there either, and are following a "do what you're told" mentality. Given the results of the test, it's entirely possible that the recruitment process was just a going-through-the-motions act put on for the benefit of J and/or Zed.
* NonverbalMiscommunication: J (understandably) misreading Laurel's frantic signals that the Bug is hiding in the trolley as a come-on.
* NoodleIncident: Agent K tells Agent J, "you should've been here for the Zeronion migration in 1968."
* NotThisOneThatOne: Agent J is shown an awesome-looking Series-4 De-atomizer, but is actually issued a puny-looking Noisy Cricket. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSwIiclCUY around 2:00]].
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a [[{{BFG}} LARGE]] pistol] Series 4 De-atomizer.
-->'''Agent J:''' That's what I'm talking about!
-->'''Agent K:''' [shows J a tiny pistol] Noisy Cricket. [hands it to him]
-->'''Agent J:''' Kay, no, no, come on, man. You get a Series 4 De-atomizer, and I get a little midget Cricket? [snip] Feel like I'm gonna break this damn thing!
:: This one is actually a subversion of the usual gag, as the weapon J gets really IS the better one; it just doesn't look like it. J is later surprised when the weapon causes massive explosions akin to grenades. (While hurling him backward due to recoil.)
* ObfuscatingStupidity: J, 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.
* ObviousStuntDouble: An infamous scene reveals that Will Smith's stunt double during the "Remember the little red button? Push the little red button" gag was Caucasian.
* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Played with during the ColdOpening, when Jay is seen chasing a perp who jumps onto a tour bus full of {{Japanese Tourist}}s. Instead of watching the perp get away, Jay jumps down after said perp.
* OhCrap: Only once does Agent K briefly lose his composure, thanks to witnessing the Bug revealing itself.
* OneWingedAngel: Edgar's final form, a giant, angry cockroach with teeth.
* OrphanedPunchline: "But honey, this one's eating my popcorn!" [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071126195830AAW1HPu Here's the rest of the joke.]] The same joke also appeared in ''Film/TheSting''.
* {{Parody}}: The film parodies the witterings of {{conspiracy theorist}}s by taking them at face value.
* PassingTheTorch: At the end of the film, by K giving J the neuralyzer.
* PersonWithTheClothing: Black suits, black shades.
* PlanetLooters: Edgar's race feeds off intergalactic wars.
* PlanetTerra: In the novelization, Edgar calls humans "terries."
* PlausibleDeniability
* PossessionBurnout: The "Edgar Suit" gets pretty shabby by the end of the movie.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''Kay:''' (''cocks gun'') Roaches check in...
-->'''Jay:''' (''cocks gun'') ...They don't check out.
* PublicSecretMessage: Agent K explains that tabloids, which are assumed to be hoaxes by {{muggles}}, are in fact based on true events behind TheMasquerade (since tabloids have less WeirdnessCensor than "serious" newspapers). Later, when [[spoiler:Agent K retires]], Agent J notices an article with [[spoiler: Agent K's photo and an article about a postal worker who returned to his old job after years in a coma]], revealing [[spoiler: Agent K]]'s fate, which then becomes a major plot point in the second film.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When J catches up to the perp he's chasing:
-->'''J:''' N! Y! P! D! Means I will [=kNock!=] Yo! Punk-ass! Down!
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Happens three times.
** The Bug to Edgar when they first meet.
** Edwards to K after K shoots Jeebs in the head, only to drop it when his head grows back.
** The Bug to J and K when they confront him in the morgue.
* QuietCryForHelp: Laurel is talking to J in the morgue while the hidden Edgar is watching her, having threatened her with death if she gives him away. [[PlayedForLaughs J persistently misinterprets Laurel's attempts to alert him as sexual come-ons]].
* RaceLift: J was white in the original comics and was supposed to be played by Chris O'Donnell who was filming ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' at the time.
* RecursiveReality
** The MacGuffin that draws Edgar Bug to Earth in the first film is a miniature galaxy. The final scene reveals that our galaxy is just like the MacGuffin, and lies several layers down within a miniature galaxy-orb that an alien is playing marbles with.
** ''Film/MenInBlack II'' pulls a similar gag by showing a world inside a locker where K's watch is a symbol of worship, then at the end, K shows J that their world is also simply inside a larger locker. An alternate ending has J going on vacation and ending up on the world inside the locker and the size of its inhabitants, implying some sort of change in size when you go through the locker door, or that the lockers are more of a Portal Network.
* RecycledInSpace: In-universe example; K refers to Earth as ''{{Casablanca}}'' [[AC: for aliens]].
* RefugeInAudacity
** K tells J the truth about the MIB but J doesn't believe him.
-->'''J:''' So, who exactly are you with? [=FBI=]? [=NSA=]? \\
'''K:''' I'm part of a bureau that licenses, monitors and polices alien activity on the planet Earth.\\
'''J:''' Whatever.
** [[spoiler:K neuralyzes J after he's identified the gun]].
* ReplicantSnatching
-->'''Edgar (the farmer):''' You can have my gun (DramaticGunCock) [[TemptingFate when you pry it from my cold dead fingers]].
-->'''Edgar (the bug):''' [[LiteralGenie Your proposal is acceptable]]. ''[sucks Edgar into the hole]''
* RunningGag: Whenever J neuralizes anyone, he tends to give them long rambling speeches in which he gives meaningful personal advice about their lives, goes into wild irrelevant tangents about the situation, and encourages them to do exciting and/or fun things - particularly as a counterpoint to K, who always gives very brusque and to-the-point memories and wants to be done with it. It pops up once in this movie, but really takes off in the second and third films.
* SadistTeacher: J discovers that one he had in grade school is actually an alien from one of the moons of Jupiter.
* SafetyInMuggles: While the Neuralizer makes fighting outside doable, the general idea is to avoid being seen when fighting aliens.
* SaltAndPepper: Agent J, played by WillSmith, and Agent K, played by TommyLeeJones, are partners. Kay exhibits a very serious demeanor, rarely joking or smiling and giving very matter-of-fact responses. Jay has an energetic, enthusiastic attitude and refusal to strictly follow authority that Kay admired when he first met NYPD officer James Edwards who would become Agent J.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Very nearly averted. K explains that a grouchy alien was stuck in customs after traveling 17 trillion miles...or a bit under 3 light-years. While this wouldn't get you to the nearest known star to our sun (Proxima Centauri), it would at least put you in interstellar space.
* ScreamingBirth: The alien woman... plus a few tentacles shaking a screaming J around like a ragdoll [[FunnyBackgroundEvent while K casually questions her husband, oblivious to this]].
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* SeenItAll: Agent K. J keeps trying this, but K manages to surprise him. Many other MIB personnel have a similar reaction to what happens; Zed doesn't even look up from his desk when the bouncy-ball starts careening around his office, except to move his head slightly out of the way.
* SherlockScan: {{Parodied|Trope}} in the ShootingGallery sequence. "She's about to [[KillerRabbit start some shit]], Zed!"
* ShoutOut
** The guy behind the Locksmith counter looks remarkably like [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff Raff]].
** Agent J tells K not to "go all [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Jack Webb]]" on the coroner.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: Despite the high tech look of their giant guns, J and K don't actually need to aim them to shoot down a UFO. Could be that they fire heat seeking rounds, or some such advanced tech that replaces the need for manual aiming.
* SignedUpForTheDental: The Worm Guys and Frank.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film doesn't have many female agents. The end of the first film shows agent L, a woman who becomes J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed between films and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.
* StabTheSalad: K pulls a knife on a Mexican immigrant and swings it toward him - and slices open his clothing, revealing an alien hiding inside.
* StalkingIsLove: K uses the MIB's super-advanced SpySatellites to spy on his old girlfriend while she's out gardening.
* StealthInsult
** Zed pays one to the applicants.
--> '''Zed:''' Congratulations, you're everything we've come to expect from years of government training[[note]]inadequate[[/note]].
** Agent J also gives one while he's still an NYPD officer
--> '''Overweight Cop:''' If you were ''half'' the man I was--
--> '''James:''' I ''am'' half the man you are.
* TheStoic: Agent K.
* SuitUpOfDestiny: Done when J puts on his MIB uniform for the first time; it even provides the trope's page quote.
* SunglassesAtNight: See CoolShades.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: How the Men in Black implant new memories sometimes, after Neuralyzing someone.
* SwallowedWhole: The Bug to K.
* TechnoBabble: Plenty.
--> '''K:''' Set for pulsar level five, subsonic implosion factor two.
--> '''J:''' What?
--> '''K:''' Just shoot the damn thing on the count of three!
* TemptingFate
** "The only thing pulling its weight around here is my goddamn ''truck!''" '''FWOOM! SMASH!''' "Figures."
** J being won over by the cuteness of a baby squid. Right before it barfs on him.
* TheyLookLikeUsNow: Non-humanoid aliens have ways of blending in, usually some kind of robotic human suit. Or in Edgar's case, an organic one.
* ThingOMeter: Not a literal device, but
--> '''J''': This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my weird-shit-o-meter.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: Twice. J discovers his third grade teacher really was an alien all along, and at the end when J reveals Dennis Rodman is one, too.
* ThreatBackfire
** The aforementioned threat made to Edgar the cockroach in the ExactWords entry. And the result.
** Also, when kidnapping Laurel, she threatens that if Bug!Edgar does anything to her (after claiming that she's Earth's ruler or even a goddess), Earth will declare war on his species in an attempt to get him to let her go. Unfortunately, this gave Bug!Edgar a lot more incentive to kidnap her than before ("War? Good. That means more food for my family. All 78 million of them. That's a lot of mouths to feed, Highness.")
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes
** Parodied and played straight. A galactic week is one hour. The Arquellian message displays a timer labeled "Earth Time Remaining", counting down the hour.
** And the MIB operates on a 37-hour-day. According to Zed, "You get used to it. Or you have a psychotic episode."
* TwoRoadsBeforeYou: As the first movie demonstrates with J, all prospective agents have the choice between remaining in their current occupations and leading their lives, or joining the agency and severing all ties to their former lives.
-->'''J:''' Is it worth it?\\
'''K:''' Oh, it's worth it... if you're strong enough.
* UncleTomfoolery: J.
* UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes: When the agents bring down the spacecraft, they stand and let it come to them. J at the least looks around nervously but otherwise doesn't move.
* UnPerson: As Zed says in the quote, it's part of the initiation process. Leaving agents get their identities back, however, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof.
* TheUnpronounceable: Too many aliens.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight
** The movie is full of this. It's implied that since most aliens live in New York, people just chalk it all up to New York being weird.
** Kay actually invokes it by chatting over a cup of coffee with the Worm Guys, when James remained doubtful.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The Will Smith song of the same name.
* VisualPun: The opening scene has an illegal alien dressed as an illegal alien (in a van full of Mexicans trying to cross the border).
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Reggie's newborn "squid" child coughs up on J shortly after it's born.
* WelcomeEpisode: The first half of the movie.
* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: After James has a close encounter with an alien assassin, Agent K recruits him into the Men in Black organization and gives him a tour of the facilities.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"I haven't been training a partner. I've been training a replacement."]]
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: J refers to K's Crown Victoria as a "Ford P.O.S.". He finds out very quickly that it's outfitted with alien tech that makes it outperform anything else on the road.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: K's car has the little red button.
* WhatTheHellAreYou: James, after the first alien he meets scales the side of a building and reveals his eye gills.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Laurel makes a pass (okay, a few) at J. [[spoiler: In the ending the duo are revealed to be partners.]]
* WhoYouGonnaCall: That's right.
* WistfulAmnesia: J and Laurel (who had previously met, but were later neuralized) both think the other looks familiar when they meet for the first time (again). It's implied that those who have been neuralized do retain scraps of memory, usually chalked up to deja vu.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: K always does this. Same with Zed. Provides the page quote even!
* TheWorldIsNotReady: The [=MiB's=] mantra of why they're keeping alien immigration a secret from the rest of the Earth.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Justified as the tabloids are a better source of alien info than "mainstream" papers.
-->'''K:''' But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.
* WorstWhateverEver: J's first impression of Frank is "[[YourCostumeNeedsWork worst disguise ever]]".
* WorthlessYellowRocks: The two Arquillians at the diner are chatting and one notices an ornamental case on the table. He asks with awe, "Is that it?" The other replies, "No, just some diamonds for your children."
* YouAreWhoYouEat: The "Edgar-suit."
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Stated almost verbatim by K at the beginning of the movie.
* YourHeadASplode: Jeebs, hilariously. Don't worry, his race regenerates.
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[[folder:''Men in Black II'']]
* AdamWesting: Music/MichaelJackson desperately wants to be an Agent.
* AnalProbing: Sci-Fi nerd Newton, upon finding out what J and K actually do, raises the question, "What's up with anal probing?"
** '''BOY,''' '''''MOVE.'''''
* ApatheticCitizens: J is thrown through the window of a New York subway train shortly after attempting to sedate the giant toothed alien monster with a tranquilizer and immediately starts shouting at everyone to evacuate to the next car. The passengers ignore him until a giant toothed alien monster bites a chunk off the car. Once the crisis is resolved and the train limps to a stop in the station, he neuralyzes them and starts chewing them out about this by pointing out that in an actual emergency, they would have been eaten. He then reneuralyzes them once he realizes that he's carried on for far too long, now with a hilarious story requesting that they enjoy using new space-efficient, energy-saving cars.
* 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.
* AscendedExtra: Frank the Pug and the worms from the first film, having gone from bit characters to supporting ones. This is likely because of the cartoon having given them more popularity.
* BadassGrandpa: Don't mess with Zed, man. He will air-juggle your ass.
* BalloonBelly: Serleena gets one after swallowing the mugger in the park whole, which she manages to get rid of by spitting him back out.
* BallsOfSteel: K is trying to fight off an alien with little success until J points out that that particular alien is impervious to groin attacks...because his balls are on his chin instead. His species is Ballchinian![[labelnote:*]]A hilarious ad-lib, to boot, as some of the other takes identified him as a Godnadineck, Nutchinian, Chinball, Nutthroatean, and Chinsackian. There were likely many others.[[/labelnote]]
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: MichaelJackson. "I could be Agent M!"
* BerserkButton:
** Don't pull on Jeff's flower head, or else he will go into an [[UnstoppableRage immense rampage]] across the city and the subway system.
** Don't mention to K that his wife left him because he spends most of his time stargazing and wondering if there's more going on out there. Also something of a Callback to the first movie where he mentions how he left his girlfriend to become MIB.
* BigBad: Serleena.
* BigLittleMan: Serleena's spacecraft which flies around blowing up planets turns out to be smaller than a dog. And let's not forget how our entire universe is inside an airport locker.
* BigShadowLittleCreature: Serleena landing in a B-movie sci fi spacecraft, which is revealed to be the size of a styrofoam cup.
* BigEater: Serleena's ''entire species'' are implied to be this.
* BitingTheHandHumor: When J sees the intro of the Z-movie about the light of Zartha in film 2, he says, that it "Looks like Spielberg's work." Doubles as SelfDeprecation, since he's also the producer of film 2.
* BuxomIsBetter: Lampshaded by Serleena in this little tidbit of dialogue:
-->'''Serleena:''' Silly little planet. [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey I could rule the place with the right set of mammary glands.]]
* CallBack: After K regains his memory, the constellation he stares at is Orion.
** The diner J and T go to has a UFO in it. WordOfGod says it's the same UFO that belonged to "Edgar" before it got taken by MIB. It's also a mythology gag to the animated series, where a UFO crashed into a diner, and after neurolizing the owners, J congratulated them on their new decoration.
* CanonImmigrant: Among other shout outs to the cartoon, the deneuralyzer.
* CityOfWeirdos: ''[=MIB=] 2'' had a scene where J can't clear a subway car he just crashed into because everyone dismisses him as just a New York nut. At least they get moving when a giant worm starts eating the car.
* CreatorCameo: BarrySonnenfeld (with his wife and daughter) as the family in the apartment K and J raid for weapons in the sequel.
** Rick Baker, the special effects artist for these films, has a cameo as an MIB agent at immigration. He's the one with a ponytail who's helping explain an alien's disguise.
* CutTheJuice: J ordered the power to the facility be cut in order to cancel Serleena's flight with Laura and the light of Zartha, but the plan ended up proving to be unnecessary after J managed to stop the launch sequence at the last second.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Serleena, after [[spoiler:she infected Jeff]].
* DisneyDeath: Variation. When J attempts to establish a communication channel with Frank, he gives Frank an order, but his transmission was cut inexplicably, leading the worms and Frank (and initially the audience) to think that J and K were shot down and killed by Serleena. However, it later becomes apparent that J and K survived, but the earlier shot only disabled their communications, thus explaining why the transmission ended.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The beginning of the film shows Sarleena destroying planets she passed by. Even more amazing when the viewers find out that the ship is [[spoiler: only a foot tall]]
* EldritchAbomination: Serleena's true form. Well, a very small one, but still...
* EmpathicEnvironment: It begins to rain at the end of the film, [[spoiler:as the Light of Zartha begins crying as her ship leaves. It ''always'' rains when she cries.]]
* EvilIsPetty: The opening credits.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Takes place mostly in one night.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: K, Frank, and Zed all talk about their own sexual experiences with aliens at the end of MIB II to cheer J up after [[spoiler:his LoveInterest was forced to return home]], much to J's disgust.
-->'''J:''' ''(pointing at Frank)'' No advice.
-->'''J:''' ''(pointing at K)'' No talking.
-->'''J:''' ''(pointing at Zed)'' ...'''[[EspeciallyZoidberg HELL]]''' no.
* FanDisservice: Serleena in just her underwear, right after she's eaten someone alive leaving her stomach unrealistically bulging out.
* {{Fanservice}}: Creator/RosarioDawson's presence, though it's kind of dwarfed by having Lara Flynn Boyle playing as an alien that disguises itself as an underwear model in leather. Not so implausible, since III confirms that all of Earth's supermodels are aliens.
* ForgotTheCall: K got tired of working, and asked to be neuralyzed. The first half of the second movie is spent trying to get his memory back due to him knowing a PlotCoupon he also forgot.
* GroinAttack:
** "K, he's a [[MeaningfulName Ballchinian!]]"
** Also heavily [[ImpliedTrope implied]] to be what Frank the Pug (then known as Agent Eff) attempted to do when he was laughed at by a fellow agent.
* HappyEndingOverride: In between movies, K's wife left him and L went back to her old life.
* HilariousOuttakes: Particularly an extended outtake in which director BarrySonnenfeld keeps calling a stand-in by the wrong name, much to the amusement of the actors.
-->'''Sonnenfeld''': Derek, can you try to--
-->'''Will Smith''': Who the fuck is Derek?!
* KillerRabbit:
** Frank.
--->'''Frank:''' Got kids?
--->'''Agent (who was laughing at him):''' No.
--->'''Frank:''' [[GroinAttack Want 'em]]?
--->''[growls, sounds of screaming as he attacks the agent]
** Also, Serleena's initial form, which is a tiny worm/plant thing.
* KillItThroughItsStomach: Poor Jeff...
* LecherousLicking: A mugger licks Serleena's face before she kills him, and later on Serleena sticks her tongue in Agent K's ear.
* LighterAndSofter: To the point of parody. The original comic was much, much darker.
* LosingYourHead: Jeebs
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: It's heavily [[ImpliedTrope implied]] [[spoiler:K is Laura/The Light of Zartha's birth-father.]]
* MandatoryUnRetirement: Kay gets called back because he has information even he doesn't know he has.
* MuggingTheMonster: Serleena is attacked by a mugger just ''one second'' after she takes on the form of an underwear model. Somehow, he managed not to notice the underwear model was a mass of worms and ivy, [[RuleOfPerception presumably because he was offscreen]].
* MythologyGag: When the man reading the newspaper expresses his gladness while reading his newspaper about J and K returning to the MIB headquarters after Serleena locked it down, the headlines state that Satan has returned to Earth. In the original comic of the Men In Black, besides tracking aliens, the MIB also tracked down demons and supernatural entities.
* NaiveNewcomer: K, when J tries to bring him back. J gets exasperated when he keeps poking everything.
* NeverLiveItDown: in-universe, Jay has gotten a reputation of neuralyzing people on a whim, and Zed won't stop chastising him for it.
* NoodleIncident:
** J saved the world from a Crelon invasion.
-->'''K:''' Oh, ''please'', Crelons are the Music/BackstreetBoys of the universe. What'd they do, throw snowballs at you?
** [=MIB=] Customs ends up with an alien corpse in it because of something a rookie agent did.
* OneWingedAngel: Serleena's final takeover of the Subway Worm.
* OrphanedPunchline:
** "Rectum? Damn near killed 'em" by the worms.
** When J was attempting to establish a channel with Frank during their chase by Serenna, Frank the Pug is saying to the Worms with a cigar in his mouth "So I said 'Listen, bitch! If you don't want me to kick your skinny, zone-diet ass, I suggest you turn tail and leave the planet!'"
* ProperlyParanoid: Newton.
* PreMortemOneLiner: J to Serleena: "Your flight's been canceled," although she gets better... temporarily.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** When J asks K [[ItMakesSenseInContext if his mother ever gave him a GameBoy]]:
--->'''K''': [[NotSoStoic WHAT. IS. A]] [[LargeHam GAME BOY]]?!\\
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'''J''': WE GOT A ''BUG''! IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM!
* RedHerring: J (and the viewer) are led to believe that the Light of Zartha was Laura's watch. Actually, the watch was a time bomb activated to blow up with enough explosive power to destroy the planet (presumably as a means to avoid the villain from gaining it on Earth). [[spoiler:The ''real'' Light of Zartha was actually Laura herself.]]
* RetiredBadass: K.
* RuleOfPerception: The ropey alien disguises are supposedly InvisibleToNormals, but [=MIBs=] are fully able to spot them. Lampshaded in this movie when freshly-deneuralysed K starts seeing them for himself. We see even more in the third movie.
* SandWorm: Jeff, the subway worm.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Arguably averted. Serleena at one point asks for a spacecraft that can travel 300 times the speed of light. To put it into perspective, this speed would get you to Proxima Centauri, our nearest star, in 5.13 days. Still hardly the instant travel across the universe we always see in sci-fi, but at least the writers made an effort.
* SequelNonEntity: Laurel gets mentioned once just to "explain" why she isn't with them.
* SequelReset: The first movie ended with K happily retired, all MIB memories erased and given a chance to start things over with the love of his life. J, meanwhile, became K's replacement and got a new partner of his own in Agent L. The sequel drops L (her absence is merely HandWaved) and brings back the amnesic K. Thing is, once his memories are restored, the same character dynamic from the first movie (despite J having five years of experience) is repeated.
* SexyCoatFlashing: Serleena ''really'' wants to become an underwear model (but not before infesting MIB headquarters).
* ShoutOut: In the aforementioned beatboxing scene, the second of Agent J's beatboxes is from La Di Da Di by Slick Rick.
* StarfishLanguage: J communicates with an alien played by Biz Markie with beat-boxing.
* SummonBiggerFish: While being chased by Serleena, J leads her into the subway tunnels and straight to Jeffrey, who swallows her whole. [[spoiler: It only works temporarily.]]
* SuperMultipurposeRoom: K hid a stash of alien weaponry in his old apartment.
* SwallowedWhole:
** Serleena to a would-be rapist.
** Jeff to Serleena and her ship.
* TheNapoleon: Serleena, technically, given her true form is a little worm.
* ThirtySecondBlackout: When J has to use Jeeb's illegal deneuralyzer to make K remember, a big part of NYC has a blackout because of it.
* ToiletHumour: The deneuralyzer room in the MiB HQ in film 2 is shaped like a toilet bowl. [[spoiler: When Serleena attacks MiB HQ, they are literally "flushed out".]]
* UnstoppableRage: After J's new recruit foolishly tried to pull on Jeffrey (the Subway Worm's) flower, to put it simply, it was extremely P.O.'ed, and started lashing out at everything, including J, and then rampaging across the Subway tunnels. He eventually calms down after J attempts to threaten to blast it if it doesn't calm down, and presumably also due to the tranquilizer that he injected earlier finally going into effect after the slight delay.
* WeaponizedLandmark: The Statue of Liberty. Sort of. It's actually a giant neuralyzer in the torch.
** Also a nod to the animated series episode "The Fmall, Fmall, Fmall World Syndrome", which showed the Empire State Building has a neuralyzer, dubbed "the Big One", built into the lightning rod.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: In the original, K's car has the little red button. In this one, J's car has two - one that turns it into a jet, the other deploys a dummy to look like the car is being driven by someone. Used to hilarious effect twice:
-->'''K:''' That come standard? \\
'''J:''' Well, it came with a black dude, but he kept gettin' pulled over.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Scrad and Charlie kind of just... disappear halfway through the film.
* WhiteVoidRoom: The Deneuralyzing Room.
* WhyAmITicking: The [[spoiler:Light of Zartha's]] Watch.
* TheWormThatWalks: Sarleena, at least while in human form.
* WrittenInAbsence: L.
* YouTasteDelicious:
** While the villainess was talking to K she stuck her tongue in his ear. This was actually an improv by Lara Flynn Boyle in an attempt to make Tommy Lee Jones break character. It didn't work.
** These were actually the first words Serleena heard after landing on Earth and assuming a human form, when a would-be mugger licks the side of her face. Her reply?
-->"[[ImAHumanitarian Yeah, you too]]."
* YouWereTryingTooHard: At the pizzeria, when J realizes the photograph is pointing at something, which seems to be another photo pointing at something, which was ultimately... a cabinet full of sardines. K, however, sees the first photo is pointing at a key hanging from the wall.
-->'''K:''' I hope I'm not slowing you down, partner...
* {{Zeerust}}: Jeebs' de-neuralyzer is distinctly less advanced than what was previously shown.
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[[folder:''Men in Black 3'']]
* AdvertisedExtra:
** Lily, who appears in only the opening sequence. ([[SexSells being played by Nicole Scherzinger helped]])
** Wu, the Chinese restaurant owning alien got an action figure despite five minutes of screentime and is killed in the prologue.
* AgeLift / ContinuitySnarl: [[spoiler:In the first movie, K deletes J' data, which shows a 1975 birth date. In the third movie, he finds a young James Edwards in 1969. To make it worse, Will Smith was born in '68.]]
* AgreeToDisagree: Boris the Animal's catchphrase.
* AlienInvasion: A Boglodite invasion occurs in the AlternateTimeline where K was killed in 1969.
* AlienLunch: J and K investigate in a Chinese restaurant ''for aliens''. They find who they're looking for, along with a bunch more they weren't.
* AlternateTimeline: In which K was killed in 1969, allowing the invasion of the Earth by the Boglodites, with no [[DeflectorShields Arknet Shield]] to stop them.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Boglodites are implied to be this, which would make sense since the heroes need to remain sympathetic after wiping them out save for Boris.
* AmazingFreakingGrace: Played by the Worms with a bagpipe at Z's funeral.
* AnArmAndALeg: Boris lost his arm to K before going to a lunar prison.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Exploited by Wu who is an alien disguised as a Chinese restaurant owner who does this to appease the tourists. He drops the act when K and J don't play along.
-->'''J''': Save the chop socky shit for the tourists, alright, Wu?
* BadToTheLastDrop: A running gag has Agent K lamenting every morning that "This coffee tastes like dirt", to which Agent J (in the present) or Agent O (in the past) would reply, "It should, it was just ground this morning." [[spoiler:(This joke clues O in on the fact that J actually knew K, after K was killed in the past by Boris the Animal.)]]
* BalancingDeathsBooks: Griffin advises J that the only way to save K is to sacrifice another life, because "Where there is death there will always be death".
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Boris can survive and even speak in a vaccuum.
* BavarianFireDrill: The newly arrived J acquires a car in 1969 by letting its owner assume that the black man in a suit must be the hotel's valet.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Andy Warhol was a MiB agent. And MickJagger was a promiscuous alien.
* BerserkButton: Boris The Animal has one. It's '''just''' Boris. [[NoIndoorVoice NOT BORIS THE ANIMAL!!!]]
* BigBad: Boris the Animal.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Boris the Animal and his younger self in 1969.
* BizarreAlienSenses: Griffin lives in 5 dimensions, which gives [[ForWantOfANail him a rather]] [[InSpiteOfANail interesting view of]] [[TimeyWimeyBall time in general]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Griffin's future sight. At one point he shows J and K the Mets winning the 1969 World Series three months before it happens. J says it's incredible; Griffin replies that it's a pain in the ass due to him not only having to juggle constantly seeing a multitude of possible futures with no clue as to which one is the one that's going to occur, but also seeing those futures long before they are anywhere near relevant in the first place. (though he does still enjoy it to some extent).
* BriarPatching:
-->'''J:''' Listen, I have rights and I demand to see my lawyer [[SchmuckBait before you press that small button]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia on the side firmly]].
* BrickJoke:
** Possibly with Agent J being pulled over in 1969 simply because he was black (he had stolen a car but the cops didn't know that). In ''Men in Black II'', J remarks that the inflatable autopilot agent in the car used to be a black guy, but he kept getting pulled over.
** "Man, what happened to you?"
* BrokenAesop: Played for laughs with the cops that pull J over in 1969.
-->'''J''': Just because you see a black man driving a nice car does ''not'' mean ''it's stolen!'' [{{Beat}}] A'ight, I stole this one, but not because I'm black!
* ButterflyOfDoom: Griffin is constantly referring to those. The trope is actually lampshaded when he is really worried upon seeing a butterfly...and with good reason, because [[spoiler:in the timeline in which the butterflies appear Boris enters and begins shooting from the window, not the door]].
* TheCameo: Will Arnett as Agent AA and Bill Hader as Creator/AndyWarhol.
* CatchPhrase:
-->Boris: "Let's agree to disagree."\\
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Boris: [[BerserkButton "It's just BORIS!"]]
* CerebusRetcon:
** [[spoiler:The reason K has always been such a curmudgeonly old guy is because he witnessed J's father sacrificing himself to save K from Boris back in 1969, which ended up with him somewhat becoming a surrogate to J.]]
** The movie also added to why he selected J to be an MIB candidate in the first place [[spoiler:since he kept an eye on him since then.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The Moon landing]].
* CloseEnoughTimeline: Boris' initial change (killing K) seemed to keep things the same enough for J to have become an agent in the first place. And despite J's involvement in the past it's implied minor things were also different but still "close enough." To the movie's credit, when J and 1960's K are together J makes a point of trying to keep K going along on the detective path he took in the original timeline rather than skipping to everything ahead of time due to J's future knowledge (which was minimal since he glanced over the case report in the first place).
* ContinuityNod:
** While he doesn't appear in the film, Frank is referenced twice. Over J's bed, a huge portrait of a pug is hung, and a sideshow poster on Coney Island references the "amazing talking dog" - a pug.
** Jack Jeebs (or someone who looks a lot like him) is the guy in the newspaper stand in front of the Chrysler Building in 1969 (it's a blink-and-you-miss-it thing).
** Agent K is back living in the apartment that he used to have prior to ''Men in Black II''.
** [[spoiler:The Colonel says "that's some next-level stuff" as the Arknet Shield is deployed. J said "there's some next-level shit" when getting on the elevator as he returned to officially join up in the first film]].
** The cafe K and J go to is the same one J took T and Laura to in the second film.
** [[spoiler:Hey, K, have you ever flashy-thinged me?]]
** Using "Eye exam" as a euphemism for neuralization.
** The worms leaving Earth when an alien invasion is about to occur.
** J climbing on top of a car to shoot an escaping alien and ending up in a pile of trash.
** [[spoiler: The younger Boris dies exactly the same way as Mikey from the first movie, sound effect and everything.]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: [[spoiler:Agent J]].
* CreatorCameo: Director Barry Sonnenfeld appears as one of the people watching [[spoiler:the rocket launch.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The third movie. [[spoiler:It includes a much darker villain than any from the first two, and partly as a result of this the heroes face tougher moral dilemmas and more emotionally overwhelming circumstances than before.]]
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: [[spoiler:J's father]]. Agent K's actions make this an InvokedTrope [[spoiler:as he neuralizes the young J and tells him that all he needs to know is that his father was a hero.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The 1969 MIB resembles a sci-fi version of the set from ''MadMen,'' including female agents working as secretaries.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted by both versions of Boris. Future Boris survives getting pushed off a great height, but he is burned alive by the rocket as it takes off. Past Boris falls after his arm is blown off, but he gets blown up by K.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Zed, DaChief, died between films.
* EurekaMoment: J figures out where Griffin is by hearing two diner patrons talk about the Mets. This is K's intent, deliberately invoking this by interrupting the case to get pie and getting their minds off the case.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: A ''T. rex'' appears during the time jump sequence.
* ExactWords:
** Why do you think it's called a time ''jump?''
** Lily's cake was 96% ''organic material'', as analyzed by the [=LunarMax=] guards.
* {{Expy}}: [[FlightOfTheConchords Jemaine Clement]] (Boris) is doing his best TimCurry impression for the role.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the original movie, K is a rather stoic individual who takes his job seriously, but approaches everything with a calm demeanor, contrasting J who doesn't take the job seriously, but overreacts to everything. By this movie, K is so stoic, he is unable to crack a joke or a smile [[spoiler:up until the ending.]]
* TheFunInFuneral: K's tribute to Zed consists of two phrases with no emotion at all. Agent O (Creator/EmmaThompson) imitates a tearful female alien spewing high-pitched gibberish.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
** Music/LadyGaga is an alien, living under her given name.
** So is Yao Ming.
** And Music/JustinBieber, David Beckham, Creator/TimBurton and RichardNixon.
** And EVERY professional model.
** That one big-eyed alien at Zed's memorial service who keeps blinking, and blinking, and blinking...
** Look at one of the guards when J, K and Griffin are talking to the colonel.
* GenreBlindness:
** The prison guards in the opening scene. Someone brings a cake into a prison and you don't think to check it beyond a cursory scan? Not to forget leaving massive guns in the same area of a prison some of the worst inmates are kept in and not shooting Boris, despite him having a gun that can punch a hole in the hull of the lunar prison.
** Boris is utterly sure he will be victorious, even despite [[spoiler:his future self coming back to tell him that he wasn't.]]
* GoodCopBadCop: J and K.
* HamToHamCombat: Boris does this with ''himself'' almost immediately after meeting himself in 1969.
* HandWave: How they explain why J remembers the original timeline.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Colonel, who turns out to be J's father.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: Undercover agent [[spoiler:Andy Warhol]] desperately needs a transfer. He's [[spoiler:so low on ideas he's been reduced to painting bananas and soup cans]]!
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Boglodites. Their species can only survive by conquest, they wipe out entire species as they move through the galaxy, and if they can't move on to a new species, they will die out.
* IHatePastMe: Boris. He sees in his past self all the mistakes that led to losing his arm and ending up TheLastOfHisKind. The loathing is mutual, though, as Young Boris sees in his future self all the failures that he hasn't suffered yet.
* InnocentInaccurate: "Mommy! [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama The president]] is drinking my chocolate milk! He didn't even say please."
* InsectoidAliens: The parasite that lodges in Boris' hand and "completes him."
* InsistentTerminology: It's '''JUST BORIS'''!
* IronicEcho: "Let's agree to disagree."
* IWantMyJetpack: Lampshaded when O straps J and K to car sized jetpacks. J remarks [[AwesomeButImpractical there is a reason]] they don't use them in the future.
* JailBake: Though the thing inside the cake is an alien symbiont (nicknamed "Weasel" in the Blu-ray disc commentary) which helps Boris escape.
* LargeHam: Boris the Animal.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Two prototypes of the Neuralyzer exist in 1969: the giant one that J is locked into, and a smaller one with a battery attached to K's belt (which for some reason has a ''dial-up modem''). Also if you listen carefully, the "modem" makes an AOL chime.
* LastOfHisKind:
** Boris is the last Boglodite alive.
** Griffin is the last of his kind as well.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Towards the start of the movie, Agent J claims that a fallen flying saucer was caused by someone on an airplane not turning off their cellphone when instructed to do so. He then starts a lecture telling people to turn off their cellphones, which could also be a message directed at the audience. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: [[CallBack an asteroid almost hits Earth, but hits a satellite instead, probably the GPS satellite J was talking about in this very speech]]]].
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Why Boris travels back in time.
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: A rare male version in Griffin, kinda.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In the scene where J tries to get a time machine, take a close look at the television screens, which play news reports showing the AlienInvasion underway in different parts of the world. It just takes a bit of time before said aliens actually ''reach'' New York.
** Also, watch closely as J looks around 1969 MIB for the first time, and you'll see Griffin walking around in the foreground.
* MentalTimeTravel: Griffin can see a variety of possible futures.
* MirthlessLaughter: Boris. Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw9gqEej5OA listen to it]]. Yikes.
* MissingTrailerScene: Notice that Flaco never appears in the entire film?
* MistakenForGay: The guy who gives J the time travel device comments "You must really love him," referring to K.
* MisterSandmanSequence: The first things J sees when he travels back to 1969? Cars, hippies ...
* MonsterFangirl: In the opening, Boris the Animal escapes from his Lunar Prison when his prison mail girlfriend brings him [[JailBake a cake containing his lethal symbiont]]. The kill-crazy alien monster thanks her for her aid to him, but lets her be sucked out into space without remorse and goes back to trying to destroy Earth.
* MonumentalDamage: An alien ship pulls out the top of the Eiffel Tower.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[spoiler: Boris' "true form" seems to be nothing ''but'' teeth. Foreshadowed by the mouth-like fissures his body is covered with.]]
* MotorMouth: Griffin can lapse into this, but considering he can see every possible timeline all at once it's understandable.
* MsFanservice: Boris' girlfriend, played by real-life MsFanservice Nicole Scherzinger.
* MultinationalTeam: There are hints that the MIB have members from different countries, if O is any indication.
* MythologyGag:
** [[spoiler:The plot resembles the MIB animated series episode "The Head Trip Syndrome" which was about a human bigot who hated Aliens and uses a time machine to kill off the founding members of MIB. The difference for the film is that the villain is an alien who wanted to travel back in time to kill K.]]
** [[spoiler: Both also involve K in an important event in history. In the TV show episode, K was there when the first aliens landed and presented them flowers (originally meant for a date) as a welcome gift (this actually was a callback to the first movie when K mentions the MIB origins). In this movie, he was responsible for sending a defense network out into space around Earth to keep alien invasions from happening by planting it on the Apollo 11 launch. This is part of the reason Boris wants him dead (though the majority of his motive is revenge)]].
** Boris is also similar to Agent Alpha, a PsychoPrototype who K knew in the past, fired spikes, and required Jay's help to take him down.
** A ChaseScene begins with a shot of the New York Pavilion's metal globe that was destroyed by the Bug's ship in the first film.
* NewspaperDating: The attempt at newspaper dating doesn't work because the guy in the elevator keeps shifting the date on the paper out of J's line of sight. J finally just asks him WhatYearIsIt.
* NoIndoorVoice: Boris. Seriously.
* NoNameGiven: The Colonel from 1969 is never referred to by name. [[spoiler:Given he's J's father, his full name must be James Darrell Edwards II.]]
* NoodleIncident: Jay telling Kay about finding out "too late" that all models are aliens.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The only way to make the TimeTravel device work.
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Given she was a twenty-something in 1969, O is at the very least in her early sixties and could possibly be seventy. She looks about fifty.
** [[spoiler: Griffin when he makes his appearance at the end of the movie looking no older than he did more than 40 years ago.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: The Boglodites need to regularly consume all the resources (and life forms) of a planet or they'll starve and die.
* TheOmniscient: Griffin. He's a spacetime omniscient alien who can see every single future possibility of given events and [[ForWantOfANail how these possibilities are influenced by other small events]].
* OneWingedAngel: Boris's true form at the end is pretty nasty looking. [[spoiler: K isn't fazed at all and wastes no time disintegrating Boris with his laser gun.]]
* OrphansPlotTrinket: [[spoiler:J's watch from his father.]]
* OverlyLongTongue: With plenty of {{squick}} to go along with it.
* PalatePropping: J sticks a metal tray between his thighs when the fish-creature tries to swallow him, preventing it from biting his legs off.
* PhraseCatcher: "Boris the Animal!"
** [[InsistentTerminology "It's JUST BORIS!"]]
* PlotHole: In this case, ''Characters ignoring or avoiding obvious solutions to their problems.'' With the organization being a space-oriented organization in a universe with CasualInterstellarTravel, many viewers scratched their heads at having to put the MacGuffin on Apollo 11 specifically. Reasons can be justified and finagled out through WildMassGuessing, and even some potential FridgeBrilliance, but the fact that this alternative is ''never brought up in dialogue at all'' despite the fact that Agent J has been saying "what about this or that" every two minutes so far is a minor plot hole.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted. J is warned before jumping back in time that "it wasn't the best time for your people," and is later pulled over simply due to being a black man driving a nice car. Then again, Cape Canaveral security is commanded by a black dude. MIB was also less alien-friendly in those days.
* RememberTheNewGuy: O in never appeared in the first two films but apparently had been working at MIB for at least as long as K had.
* {{Retcon}}: In the first film they portrayed K as a man holding out for TheOneThatGotAway. In this film they have him flirting with O every time they are together.
** It does reinforce the theory that [[spoiler:he had a love child with the queen of Zartha.]] and [[JustifiedTrope justifies]] why he was holding out for the first girl, because he neuralyzed himself to protect the Light of Zartha.
** Also considering the second film where [[spoiler: he separated from his wife during his temporary retirement, he might have moved on.]]
*** And also Aileen from the animated series.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: J can remember the "real" past, which is explained as an effect of [[spoiler:him being there, resulting in something of a StableTimeLoop]].
* RippleEffectIndicator: K's apartment.
* RubberForeheadAliens: [=MIB=] headquarters in 1969 is populated by aliens that are accurate to late 60's scifi portrayals. Including HumanAliens wearing space suits that look like they came from sci-fi movies about the future.
* RunningGag: "IT'S JUST BORIS!"
* SaveScumming: [[spoiler:J time travels one minute backwards after memorizing Boris' attack pattern.]] Though [[spoiler:pay attention when Boris went back in time that minute as well. The first attacks are Left-Right-Left, the Second are Right-Left-Left. This makes for a bit of FridgeLogic as to how J dodged perfectly the second time.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: The NASA launch site commander, who turns out to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure [[spoiler:and J's DisappearedDad.]]
* SeaMonster: The alien fish the Chinese restaurant keeps for their non-human patrons. The reason K and J show up is because they're serving them to ''human'' patrons.
-->'''J:''' Wong, we had a deal. Earth people get Earth fish!
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Josh Brolin is a remarkably good young Tommy Lee Jones.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Why J travels back in time. More precisely, he needs to set right what was once right but then was made wrong.
** Interestingly enough, along with J fixing the direct problem, future Boris and J also help fix something else by accident. [[spoiler:Because of future Boris, K has a legit reason to shoot him instead of arresting him. Likewise, meeting future J means K knows the boy will develop right, lessening the guilt of not having been able to save his father. Both changes cause K to be less grumpy and more friendly, somewhat.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Both the [=LunarMax=] prison in the beginning and the bunker to the Apollo launch site in the end are labeled CRM-114, a code that [[http://www.eeggs.com/items/1589.html pops up frequently]] in Creator/StanleyKubrick's films since DrStrangelove.
** Boris is a genocidal alien biker and also LastOfHisKind, just like {{Lobo}}.
** The number of the MIB car used in the 60-s starts with NX. Kind of reminds of [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise another precursor vehicle]].
** [[JerryMaguire "You]] [[AustinPowers complete me..."]]
*** [[SweeneyTodd At last, his arm is complete again.]]
** The alien at MIB HQ [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial on the phone with his dad]]...
** This banter between J and [[spoiler:Andy '''W'''arhol]] is definitely one to Film/{{Hancock}}:
--->'''J:''' Actually [[spoiler:Mr. Warhol]], I gotta tell you I really love your work.
--->'''W:''' Oh! Oh, thank you. ''(beat, then turns to K)'' Who's the dumbass?
--->'''J:''' Woah! Hey, how about a little professional courtesy here?
--->'''W:''' What's that, dumbass?
--->'''J:''' Say that again.
--->'''W:''' You want me to?
--->'''J:''' I dare you.
--->'''W:''' Dumbass.
--->'''K:''' Agents...
--->'''J:''' You know, I have no problem pimp-slapping the ''shiznit'' out of [[spoiler:Andy Warhol]].
* Some of the nicknames that young K uses for J are from 50's cowboy shows Like Hondo, Cochise, and Hoss.
* TheSixties
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Jay uses these as part of his neuralyzer cover stories: "You don't turn off electronics on a plane when told to, crashed satellite." "Flush a live goldfish, fish monster."
* SpikeShooter: Boris.
* StableTimeLoop: The time travel plot was ''always'' supposed to happen. [[spoiler:It results in J's father not being there while he was growing up, K becoming TheStoic (and looking after J throughout his life), and J having RippleEffectProofMemory]]. Some things are changed around.
* TheStoic: K. He has never been so stoic, and there's a good reason for that.
* StylisticSuck: The aliens in [=MIB=] headquarters in 1969 are all obviously suited actors, in contrast to the puppetry and CGI aliens of the present. What makes it this trope is that they're RubberForeheadAliens that look like the stereotypical depictions of aliens from those times.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: The song "Back in Time" - "Give credit where credit is due don't cha. / Know that I don't give a number two."
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Zed, whose death happens offscreen. The film opens with J and K discussing what K will say at his funeral. Though oddly he does not make an appearance when J goes back in time when they had a perfect opportunity to use him but not deal with the troubled Rip Torn.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Jeffrey fills the same exact role as Jeebs in the first two films, although his characterization is different.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[spoiler:When Agent J returns to 2012, and does a CallingTheOldManOut routine on K and O's relationship in 1969, Agent K cites an MIB no-fraternization rule between agents. But he never actually denies J's claim, and J doesn't believe K's deflection anyway.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]] The movie has a lot of fun with this, as the 1960's MIB gear is still advanced but looks like what the 1960's thought future technology would look like. 60's K pulls out his communicator that looks like an infamous 80's "brick" cell phone with chrome plating. The reliable neuralizer is the size of a room, with a pocket sized version that requires a connected belt battery and manual tuner. And this was before the creation of the BigRedButton so J and K needed to actually strap on some rocket packs to race to the climax.
* TerminatorTwosome: Boris is the history-changer, J is the history-preserver. Interesting in that the pursuer actually arrives before the quarry.
* ThisCannotBe: [[spoiler: When J dodges Boris' darts and throws him off the top of the launch gantry, Boris shouts "That's not possible!"]]
* [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Thrown Out the Gaping Hole Blasted into the Ceiling]]: How Boris deals with the prison guards when he escapes [=LunarMax=].
* TimeTravel
* TimeyWimeyBall: Inevitable since TimeTravel is involved. There are explanations for some of them, at least.
** J was present at K's death in the alternate 1969 but remembers the original timeline's K, because alternate!J doesn't exist due to regular J's immunity to the timeline change. O explains this shortly before J goes back in time.
** Jeffrey remembers sending Boris back in time, because for him it seems nothing that changed in the past changed his life up until the moment J walked into his shop.
** When [[spoiler:J time jumps with Boris, there isn't a past!J and Boris because Boris did not travel back in time fully, but J did as the time device is single-person only.]]
** Poor Griffin lives in one inside his head. He seems to enjoy it at times, but knowing how every moment in existence could go horribly wrong in infinite ways obviously wears on his nerves.
** The reason why the invasion didn't occur sometime in 1969 instead of the morning of the change despite being mentioned repeatedly that the race is extinct for 40 years because when J goes back in time and asks O about K, he is told that Boris escapes to his planet 20 light-years away. So it took a 40 year round-trip to go back to his planet and come back to invade with an army.
* TortureForFunAndInformation:
** Happens with the aliens in the bowling alley - when one doesn't talk, J uses his head for a ball.
** Also done by 1969 K to J when they first meet, due to J's cover story sucking. K puts J in a EEG-machine styled neuralizer, and J spills what he knows, causing K to abort the neuralization.
* UnderTheTruck: Twice during the bike chase, first by J on his wheel-bike (which survives), and later by Boris on a conventional motorcycle (which gets trashed).
* UngratefulBastard: Boris' poor penpal girl goes through all the trouble to sneak an ...alien thing... in to help him to escape. He repays it by letting her fly out into space. [[spoiler:But since young Boris got killed by K this event does not exist anymore]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The girl who helps Boris escape, and the prison inmate who is the father of the store clerk that gives him the time travel device. Although, after [[spoiler: 60's Boris' death in 1969]], they and anyone killed by Boris after that event should be inserted back into the new timeline.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Jeebs, who is usually the go-to-guy for the latest not-very-legal technology, is nowhere to be seen. A fat man running a toy store replaces him, though as the tech that sends J back is human, it makes a bit more sense.
** Frank's nowhere to be seen, aside from a couple of references (a picture of him hanging on Jay's wall, and a sign advertising the Amazing Talking Pug at Coney Island). Frank's actor died, necessitating his disappearance.
* WhatTheHellHero: K has a brief moment of this when he punches J in the face twice for "lying and then telling the truth". The latter was only trying to help after all.
* YouDidntSeeThat: When K climbs over the command module, one of the astronauts points out that if they report it the launch would be scrubbed. All deny seeing anything.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Boris's poor prison pen-pal.
* YouKilledMyFather: It is revealed [[spoiler: very late into the movie that Boris is the reason why J's father never saw him grow up. However, J never actually finds out until after 60s-era Boris does the deed and dies by K's hand and J finds his father dead, and likewise, J didn't remember until then because K neuralized him]].
* {{Zeerust}}: Done deliberately with the MIB headquarters in 1969.
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