The Annelids, also known colloquially as Worms, are a species of diminutive bipeds native to Takwalla.
Biology[edit | edit source]
They have two main arms, as well as additional pairs of small, stubby arms on their chests. On their heads are two antennae. Their legs are digitrigrade, and their feet have three toes each. They do not have spines. Their regenerative abilities allow them to literally pull their bodies together after being cut in half.
Culture and society[edit | edit source]
Not much is known about their culture on their homeworld, but living on Earth includes a lack of oversight from the Annelids' emperor. Most Annelids venture on hedonistic binges, partaking in vices that are forbidden on their homeworld; most notably the consumption of coffee.
Notable members[edit | edit source]
- Neeble, Geeble, Sleeble and Mannix: The four coffee-addict Annelids who live in the M.I.B.'s headquarters on New York City, on the planet Earth.
- Emperor Worm: The ruler of the entire species.
History[edit | edit source]
Shortly after being recruited by the M.I.B., Agent J saw the Worms smoking and drinking coffee in the agency's break room; an incident which convinced him that aliens were real. The Worms later tried to leave the building; and presumably the planet; with their luggage (one of them carrying nothing but a luggage cart full of cartons of cigarettes), since they feared that the Earth was about to be destroyed by the Arquillian fleet.
Although they usually spend their time hanging out in the break room and drinking coffee, the four Worms occasionally help Agents K or J with their work. However, their obsession with coffee often gets them into trouble. On several occasions they have sneaked out of the M.I.B.'s headquarters and accompanied J and K as blind passengers in their missions, mostly due to misunderstandings involving the prospect of getting more coffee. The Worms have helped J on several occasions to take the headquarters back after an invasion.
One alternate future timeline resulted in the Worms becoming the dominant race on Earth, after the Worms got slimed and multiplied.
On another occasion, one of the Worms got kidnapped by the Fmecks because they mistook him for an alien scientist who had invented a growth serum. The Worm was later rescued by J and K, but he mistook the growth serum for coffee and grew to the size of a tall building.
An incident with a Kalifadik teleportation ray once caused J and one of the Worms to start becoming mutated versions of each other.
During an attempted invasion by the Kylothian agent Serleena, the Worms assisted J and K by watching over Laura Vasquez, and helped to infiltrate the headquarters to stop Serleena.
The Worms played the bagpipes at Agent Zed's funeral. They later tried to flee the Earth once again, pulling suitcases through the lobby of M.I.B.'s headquarters when the Boglodites were invading Earth.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- In the movies, the Worms are portrayed with six small extra arms on their chests, whereas in the animated series they have only two.
- The name of the species originates from the video game Men in Black: Alien Crisis.
- The name "Annelids" would likely indicate that their bodies are internally segmented, at least to some degree. The name comes from the scientific class of worms that includes bristleworms, ragworms, Bobbitt worms, tubeworms, boneworms, spaghetti worms, Pompeii worms, lugworms, methane ice worms, Tomopteris, sea mice, pigbutt worms (yes, that's a real animal), earthworms, redworms, blackworms, whiteworms, ice worms, sludge worms and leeches; all of which are characterized by segmentation (although leeches have mostly lost theirs) and a collagen-based cuticle protecting their bodies. However, depending on the classification you use, spoon worms and peanut worms may also be considered annelids, even though they're not segmented.
- Worms appear all over the levels in Men in Black II: Alien Escape. If you touch them they will give 100 points.