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The Men In Black (sometimes abbreviated to the acronym MIB coined by John Keel) are strangers dressed in black suits (sometimes reported as wearing black Kevlar vests and black helmets over said suits) who threaten UFO witnesses into silence. They also harass witnesses to other paranormal events to keep them quiet about what they have seen. Some reports mention that they also guard private areas in the Appalachian mountain chain.


The MIB usually travel in a group of three and drive black vehicles, most reports are of cars but some reports mention SUVs. They show strange or otherworldly behaviors, such as trying to drink jello or not knowing what a ball point pen is, and they seem to have advanced technology. One woman even claimed that the Men In Black took part of her memory. The MIB were seen after Mothman sightings and Dover Demon sightings. They told witnesses of both these creatures not to talk about their experiences. There are also Women In Black or Female MIB but they are rarely seen. The Men In Black are obviously incompetent because if they weren't then there would be no reports of any cryptids.


Modern Accounts[]

Men In Black figure prominently in UFO folklore. In 1947, Harold Dahl claimed to have been warned not to talk about his alleged UFO sighting on Maury Island by a man in a dark suit. When the Skunk Ape phenomenon was popular, a group investigating him had a hair sample stolen from them by two men in sunglasses and dark suits driving a black Sedan.

In the mid 1950s, UFOlogist Albert Bender claimed he was visited by men in dark suits who threatened him and warned him not to continue investigating UFOs. Bender believed Men In Black were secret government agents tasked with suppressing evidence of UFOs. The late UFOlogist John Keel claimed to have encounters with Men In Black, and referred to them as "demonic supernaturals" with "dark skin and/or 'exotic' facial features". According to UFOlogist Jerome Clark, reports of Men In Black represent "experiences" that “don’t seem to have occurred in the world of consensus reality.”


Government Agents[]

The strange men are seen as a sort of damage control and it is sometimes said that they may be government agents or even aliens themselves.

Past Accounts of Demons[]

Folklorist Peter Rojcewicz compared Men In Black accounts to tales of people encountering the devil and speculated that they could be considered a kind of "psychological drama". For example, in the 1850 novel "The Scarlet Letter", "the black man" is used as a euphemism for Satan who is said to haunt the forest, and Washington Irving's story "The Devil and Tom Walker" includes the character of Satan, referred to as "the black man". In 1932, H. P. Lovecraft also used the figure of "the black man" in his tale "The Dreams in the Witch-House" as a synonym for Satan.


Other people think that the men in black are cyborgs sent to Earth to hush up alien evidence.

UFOLogy/CryptoZoology Fans[]

It is possible that the Men in Black are UFOLogy and CryptoZoology fans that like dressing up in black cause they think they look cool in them and are wanting information about these UFO and Cryptid Sightings by interviewing witnesses but due to how weird they act people think they are Government Agents trying to silence people.

Popular Culture[]

  • The first appearance of Men In Black in film was in John Sayles' 1984 film The Brother from Another Planet. In this film, John Sayles himself and David Strathairn, both credited as "Man In Black", are aliens in search of an escaped alien slave (the titular "Brother").
  • There was a Men In Black comic book in 1990 based on the UFO folklore that eventually lead to the creation of the popular Men In Black film trilogy, and revival film "MIB: International", and the animated series.
  • In the BBC's Doctor Who, the aliens known as the Silence are inspired by the Men In Black, as well as the character of Mister Dread from the episode "Dreamland".
  • Men In Black are featured in the popular trading card game MetaZoo: Cryptid Nation.


  • Cases and security footage of MIB were determined to be unknown on Billschannel (YouTube), further hinting towards their existence.




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