- Acceptable Targets: The mugger isn't exactly sympathetic, so we don't feel too bad when he gets devoured by an alien disguised as a Victoria's Secret model.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Perhaps one of the few movies where this is a complaint in that Serleena had no compelling attributes as a villain other than... well, her "attributes." Her introductory scene, meanwhile, is iconic among vorarephiles (which is all that needs to be said about that).
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The mugger scene. Immediately after arriving on Earth, Serleena transforms into a Victoria's Secret model and gets jumped by a man wielding a knife. She devours him alive with little effort then, after realizing that eating him makes her look fat and suspicious, barfs him up and steals his clothes. The scene is fairly abrupt, and afterwards no one mentions it again even when the MIB return to the sight of Serleena's landing.
- Evil Is Sexy: The form Serleena takes on as soon as she arrives on Earth? Lara Flynn Boyle in a Victoria's Secret catalog.
- Foe Yay: Serleena and Zed. At first it was implied that Zed was being boastful about it, but it turned out she did have a thing for him later on. Not that it stopped him from trying to fight her.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the first movie, it was revealed that Elvis Presley had not actually died, but was an alien who "went home." In the second movie, Michael Jackson had a cameo as an alien. Since then, Michael Jackson died in a manner strikingly similar to Elvis's death. (Or did he just go home?)
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- J's quip about having to swap out the car's original black autopilot because "he kept getting pulled over," in light of the fact that J himself would end up being pulled over in the past during the events of the next film for no other reason than being a black man driving an expensive car.
- Patrick Warburton, a.k.a. The Tick, having a cameo as a gung-ho agent is funny enough by itself. Then in the next movie, "the Tick"note is posited as an explanation for J's weird behavior.O: Damn it. It's not the Tick.
J: "Damn it, it's not the tick"? It's something worse than the Tick?
- Rosario Dawson who played an alien/human hybrid would later play a Galactic Ranger in Ratchet & Clank and Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian.
- One of the clues Kay planted to jog his memory relies on a long standing video store reservation. Had things taken much longer, Netflix might have doomed the human race.
- Men in Black II had Michael Jackson begging to be accepted into MIB as "Agent M". This film stars a lead character who forced her way into MIB as their new Agent M.
- Ho Yay: The worms in one scene play a game of Twister and during the game, one of the worms keeps touching another one's butt thinking it was that worms face, which irritates the other worm.
- Inferred Holocaust: Averted but lampshaded. After they have Laura, the Light of Zartha, leave the planet and destroyed her pursuer, K tells J to leave and head back to headquarters. J then points out that a great deal of people had witnessed what had happened with the implied possibility of having to a long night of neuralyzing all of New York before they can go back to HQ. K then puts on his sunglasses and non-verbally tells J to put on his sunglasses, and then activates a giant neuralyzer located within the Statue of Liberty's torch.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A common criticism of the movie. It doesn't feel like it does anything different and just amplifies a few favored jokes from the last film.
- Some fans would have preferred seeing Jay with Elle or a new partner rather than undoing Kay's bittersweet arc from the first movie.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Again, Serleena gobbling up the mugger. There are some people who watch the film simply for that, and feel that the rest of the movie isn't worth watching.
- Memetic Mutation: A common phrase to compare a new trend with an out-dated one:*pointing at old trend* Old and busted.
*pointing at himself (new trend)* New hotness.
- Pandering to the Base: The movie undoes the conclusion of the first movie in order to repeat (and overdo) the most talked about gags of the original, like J and K's relationship, the Worms, Frank the Pug, Michael Jackson, the supercar, and an ending shot revealing Earth to be a small world contained in a giant alien world.
- Retroactive Recognition: One of the guys reporting to J in MIB HQ is Nick Cannon! And one of the two agents at the scene of the crime is one of Those Two Guys from Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
- Sequelitis: It is widely viewed as a disappointment, though it was a box-office hit.
- Signature Scene:
- The mugger scene. Again, for reasons that we hopefully don't need to explain.
- Michael Jackson's cameo became this after his tragic death in 2009.
- So Okay, It's Average: It's not a bad sequel, but re-uses way too many of the beats of the first movie that it just feels like a re-hash if slightly bigger (despite being shorter).
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Despite being well liked and promoted to coprotagonist at the end of the first movie, L is Put on a Bus offscreen with just one sentence to explain her absence, in order to make room for the returning K, Frank the Pug, and J's new Love Interest Laura.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- J takes a neuralyzed K under his wing to try and stop a threat only K knew how to deal with, and the rest of MiB is compromised from the inside. Hotshot rookie J is now the jaded veteran, and K is the over-his-head smartass! ... for about thirty minutes. Once K is de-neuralyzed, he goes right back to his old self, and because they're following a trail of clues that only K understands, J regresses to once again being the naive rookie that K has to lead around and explain everything to.
- J acting the mentor to L, with their Unresolved Sexual Tension and her less clownish demeanor keeping the writers from just repeating the first movie's J and K pairing.
YMMV / Men in Black II