Agent K

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Agent K
Men in Black character
First appearance Men in Black
Portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones (Original)
Josh Brolin (Young)
Voiced by Ed O'Ross (Season 1)
Gregg Berger (Seasons 2-4)
Information
Nickname(s) Kay
K
Mr. K
Aliases Mr. King
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation MIB agent
Postal worker (Men in Black II)
Birth name Kevin Brown

Agent K (also known as Kay, or simply K) is a fictional MIB agent in the film Men in Black, its sequels Men in Black II and Men in Black 3, and Men in Black: The Series. Agent K is portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the three films and voiced by Ed O'Ross and later Gregg Berger in the animated series. Although formally known as Kevin Brown, the film's trading card series and Men in Black: The Game note Agent K's name to be Kevin Cunningham, a nod to Lowell Cunningham, creator of the comic.

Biography[edit]

Men in Black[edit]

In the first film, he is the agent who recruits Agent J after his first partner, Agent D, retires. He and Zed realize James Edwards' potential and they recruit him into the Men in Black. Kay noted that he admires Edwards' refusal to strictly follow authority as well the as the physical effort he exerted to catch an alien suspect. Kay exhibits a very serious demeanor, rarely joking or smiling and giving very matter-of-fact responses. His mission in the first film is to stop an alien cockroach (a "Bug" of an alien race known for their arrogant dismissal of other life-forms and who feed on carnage caused by wars) from stealing a tiny galaxy before the Bug's enemies destroy Earth to prevent the bugs gaining access to the sub-atomic energy of the galaxy. During the final confrontation with the Bug, it swallows the agents' guns. Kay decides to let the Bug swallow him so he can get his gun back, while Jay distracts him from leaving Earth on a ship. Just as the Bug is about to eat Jay, Kay shoots it from the inside. After Dr Laurel Weaver (a morgue worker who has runs in with the MIB and who the bug kidnapped) finishes it off, K requests that Agent Jay erase Kay's memories of his time with the MIB so that he can retire and reunite with a woman he had loved before joining up, J does so, after K revealed he had not been training J as his new partner, instead as his replacement.

Men in Black: The Series[edit]

In the MIB animated series, Agent K remained a MIB Agent and was apparently not Neuralyzed, (although it is possible he retired and returned some time later). He is Agent J's partner while Dr. Weaver has joined MIB as a Medical Doctor to work at the MIB Hospital. It is revealed early on in the series that, that a man known as Alpha was the founding Chief of MIB and K's mentor teaching K everything he needed to know; however, Alpha acquired a small device known as a Cosmic Integrator, went rogue hoping to bring down MIB. Alpha had offered K a chance to join him, refused and he left him for dead after shooting him, this incident deeply affected K and changed him as a person which possibly explains why K is a grouchy person.[1]

Due to the release of the 2002 film Men in Black II, all events that happened in the Animated series have clearly been established as non canon.

Men in Black II[edit]

In the second film, now working at a post office in Truro, Massachusetts, Kevin Brown believes that he spent 35 years in a coma and displays no immediate recognition when Jay shows up to bring him back in. Surprised at Jay's revelation that nearly every one of his coworkers is an alien, he agrees to go along. It was revealed Brown would look at the stars and wonders if he really knew something more, an attitude that caused his wife to leave him. Jay tries to bring Brown to MIB headquarters, where a de-neuralyzer can restore his memories, but the area is locked down after the hostile alien Serleena invades it. Instead, they stop at a pawn shop run by alien Jack Jeebs, who has a home-built de-neuralyzer in the basement. The machine apparently fails to work and Brown walks out, moments before several aliens break into the shop and attack Jay. However, Kay does get his memory back a few minutes later and returns to defeat the aliens with ease. Kay has information related to the "Light of Zartha," which Serleena is trying to find, dating back to an alien visit to Earth 25 years earlier. He and Jay follow a series of clues that he left for himself, eventually locating the Light, who happens to be a woman named Laura Vasquez, and her mother happens to be the deceased Zarthan Queen Laurana. It is also suggested that Laura's father is Kay himself, though he politely refuses to confirm that. After rescuing Laura, they fend off Serleena so they can get Laura safely off the Earth and back to her home planet. During the fight, the two agents save each other from Serleena's attacks before destroying her, allowing Laura to return to her planet.

Men in Black 3[edit]

In the third film, by this time, Kay has been back at MIB for ten years and has been revealed to have kept secrets of the universe from Jay. Later on, a time-traveling alien known as Boris travels back to 1969 and murders a young Kay (Josh Brolin), with other intentions leading to the end of the world. Jay learns of the plot and travels back to 1969 to teach Kay everything he himself has learned and save his mentor's life and prevent the oncoming alien invasion that happened due to Kay's death. When Jay arrives from the future to kill Boris at Coney Island, Kay arrests Jay and takes him to MIB HQ. Jay then reveals to Kay who he is and teams up with him. They end up finding an alien known as Griffin who can see into the future after going to see Agent W (Andy Warhol). Griffin guides Jay and Kay to Cape Canaveral, Florida where the two get assistance from a U.S. Colonel. Kay is told by Griffin to attach a small device known as the Arcnet atop Apollo 11 which would put up a shield around Earth to prevent certain alien ships from arriving on Earth. After Kay attaches the device onto Apollo 11, he fights 1969 Boris while Jay fights the older Boris. While the older Boris gets engulfed by the blast fumes coming from the rocket, younger Boris kills the colonel before getting killed by Kay. Kay sees the colonel's small son nearby with a watch looking for his dad, revealing that the boy is Jay's younger self. The young Kay tells the young Jay that his father was a hero, but neuralyzes him to spare him of the traumatic memory of his father's death, having been clearly deeply affected by what he witnessed. Following J's return to the present time, he meets up again with the old Kay and thanks him, to which Kay responds that it's been a 'privilege'.

Personal life[edit]

Little has been told of Agent Kay's personal life other than what has been revealed in the live action films and the animated series. His favorite book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; he also likes golf, The Twilight Zone, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. It is also seen that his wife left him prior to the events of the second film. At some time he became the bodyguard and lover of Zarthan Queen Lauranna, with whom he may have a daughter, Laura. Kay's only notable relative, with the possible exception of Laura, is his father (shown in the series); Kay claimed that he was deceased but he was revealed to be alive. In the animated series, it is revealed that besides Queen Lauranna, he also has a love interest in an alien MIB called Aileen. However, their relationship eventually reached a stalemate due to their responsibilities to their work.

The animated series also revealed that Kay had lived in the countryside prior to his own recruitment. The episode titled The Neuralyzer Syndrome revealed more about Kay's early life and family. Jay accidentally used the Neuralyzer on him, resulting in his loss of every memory beyond the age of sixteen. (He had just gotten his license and lived with his father — played by Edward Asner — who was a military drill Sergeant.) By the episode's end his memory is restored. Whether these events are canon for the film series saga remains unknown. It is made apparent in MIB III that Agent K and Agent O (MIB Chief after Zed's death), had a romantic interest in each other, but K later tells J that any relationship between the two is strictly prohibited due to MIB code involving fraternizing between agents. K held great respect for Zed, who never divulged a single personal fact about himself.

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