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Edgar the Bug

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Not to be confused with Edgar.
Edgar's true form

Earth Name


Indigenous Name

(possibly Kerb)

Earth Disguise


Actual Species



Vincent D'Onofrio

First Appearance

Men in Black


Animated Series

Home Planet


You ever pulled the wings off a fly? You can't see a fly get even?!
—Edgar to kay and Jay

Edgar the Bug (or just The Bug) is a Bug alien and the main antagonist of the first Men in Black film. His appearance is that of a giant cockroach though while on earth, he adopts the disguise of a human farmer. He hates it when any bug (especially cockroaches) is killed. Edgar in human form and his animated series appearance are both portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio.

Powers and Abilities

  • Heightened Intellect - Edgar possessed a sharper and more advanced level of intelligence than his earth relatives.
  • Super Strength - Edgar was shown to possess limitless strength, but within his human suit, it seems somewhat inhibited it to an extent.
  • Super Flexibility - He was extremely flexible, being 11 feet tall he was able to awkwardly fit into the skin and clothing of a 6'3" male human.
  • Super Leaping - Edgar the Bug was agile and nimble, able to hop extremely high in the air.
  • Vocal Camouflage - Edgar is able to change the sound of his voice. Yet once inside the skin, it still sounds inhuman.


Edgar skin

The Edgarbug when using Edgar's skin as a disguise.

Edgar's appearance is that of an 11 ft tall insect, complete with two antenna hanging over his head, six limbs, and fearsome set of razor-sharp teeth. While he primarily resembles a cockroach, his features also mimic those found on several other insects native to planet Earth. His body frame and eyes are comparable to those of a Praying Mantis, his hind legs resemble those of a Grasshopper, and his Scorpion-like tail features a stinger similar to that of a Hornet.

When inhabiting the skin of Edgar, he looks remarkably like the farmer except for his ragged appearance, as his skin is noted to hang off his bones on several occasions. In addition, Edgar bug's left eye is slightly discolored and pale in comparison with his right eye. Over time in the movie the skin of the dead man slowly flakes and decomposes becoming worse each time he's seen.


Men in Black

He is first alluded to by a Cephalapoid criminal that then-NYPD officer James Edwards had pursued, where he mentioned that he would kill him for the failure, and ominously warned that once he arrived, Earth is going to be destroyed before committing suicide.

In the beginning, the Bug crashes on Earth by flying saucer. He crashes on the truck of Edgar, a grumpy farmer, who is killed, and his skin is stolen. His arrival also spooked several of the aliens into trying to evacuate the planet, some even risking violation of going into places their alien licenses forbade them from accessing just to get away. The Bug wears the skin while he searches for the Arquilian Galaxy. Throughout, he is chased by Kay and Jay of the MiB (who learned of his arrival after talking with an evacuating alien family who was illegally accessing the Manhattan area), who are always one step behind. Edgar finally gets the Galaxy, and attempts to leave a hidden ship, also abducting Laurel (at the time a mortician) in order to deter pursuit, although he becomes more eager to kidnap her when she, in an attempt to convince him to let her go, implies that Earth will declare war in response due to her being its ruler, since it meant ensuring that he can feed his family's mouths. But, the ship is shot down by Jay and Kay.

After the ship crashes, Edgar emerges and, complying with J's demand to put his hands on his head, pulls his skin off, revealing his true self. He eats the agents' guns and Kay purposely gets eaten as well. Jay is able to distract the Bug by throwing things at him, jumping on him, and stepping on cockroaches, and Kay is able to get his gun and blows the Bug in half from the inside. They finally have the Galaxy, but half the Bug starts coming back behind them with the clear intent of trying to kill them in revenge, when Laurel, a morgue worker who was kidnapped by the bug, shoots the bug with J's gun just as it was about to chomp on J's head, finally killing him.

Men in Black: The Series


Edgar the Bug in a flashback

In Men in Black: The Series, a select few of Edgar's brothers appear, including Edwin the Bug. In "The Big Bad Bug Syndrome", they attempt to get revenge upon Elle for killing Edgar. Edgar is seen in a flashback, however he resembles his twin-brother, Edwin, which looks nothing like his film appearance.




  • In the novelization of Men in Black by Steve Perry, the Bug's actual name is Kerb.
  • He is never given a name in the film, so he is referred to as "Edgar" after the man whose skin he wears.
  • According to Edwin the Bug, Edgar is the younger brother of the two (though all Bugs are related).
  • In Star Fox Adventures, the boss Galdon looks similar in appearance to Edgar. Also, Fox is eaten by Galdon in a similar manner to Kay (after eating an important item), and attacks him from the inside.
  • He only craves sugar water in the film.

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