Men in Black's Speech

Black Sundog

Sep 29, 2015
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No one has ever recorded a real man in black (that I know of)- but I've heard many people believe MIB's unusual speech patterns, were the inspiration for "GMan's" (Government man) speech patterns in Half Life. He is a mysterious man, in a suit, albeit without sunglasses (with strange green eyes) that comes and goes as he pleases. No one knows who his employers are, but he has many supernatural abilities. He has odd tones, stresses, diction, and stutters at times.

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G-Man (Half-Life) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The G-Man speaks in a slow, raspy yet commanding manner, with a certain accentuated low-key moroseness to his tone, sometimes placing unusual stress on syllables, stressing the wrong parts of words, making unneeded pauses, and awkwardly changing the pitch of his voice, sometimes in the middle of a word. In the end of Half-Life 2 G-Man emphasizes the word "time" repeatedly as well, most likely referring to the fact that moments before, he seemingly stopped time. It is common for the G-Man to elongate "S" sounds ("Limitlessss potential").

The G-Man appears to have a number of inhuman abilities. He seems to have the power to appear in any place he chooses, including moving to and from other dimensions on a whim. He is also able to stop or slow down time at various points. In Half-Life, the G-Man will repeatedly appear in places that he should not be able to exit unnoticed or at all, yet is always gone by the time the player can investigate. At the very end of Half-Life 2, on top of the Citadel, he halts time completely during a huge explosion that would have killed Gordon and Alyx.

The G-Man seems to be able to take people into "parallel universe"-like "voids" and put them into stasis. In most games featuring the G-Man, there are several sequences when the G-Man is talking at close range to the player, and various areas can be seen in the background, including areas from Black Mesa or even areas the player will visit later into the game. In these sequences, the G-Man talks to the player (the player's character never responds or reacts in any way) and can be seen quickly appearing in different portions of the screen, in dream-like sequences.

He also appears on TV screens and "Breencasts" dotted around the environment; the G-Man also seems to have techno- or telepathic abilities of some sort, as the player will occasionally see his face on pieces of technology, such as unplugged televisions. The G-Man is seen operating a very wide range of machinery and technology, ranging from cellular phones and sealed steel doors to nuclear warheads and teleporters. In addition, he also appears to have the ability to plant subconscious suggestions or commands in others through psychic or hypnotic means, as he demonstrates on Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2: Episode 2 by ordering her to relay the words "prepare for unforeseen consequences" to her father Eli Vance, which she eventually does, apparently with no awareness of what she was doing.
I would like to know what you guys think, as well as if you have any descriptions of MIB speech -whether you know books that quote some, or have heard some of it before.

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Sep 16, 2013
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South of Indy
Hi, Black Sundog! Welcome! Interesting concept you have there. I have heard of the speech pattern before, and am wracking my brains to remember where I heard or saw that. Let the Owl think a bit....perhaps I can shake that memory loose!


Truth Seeker
Jul 28, 2015
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Men in Black by Scott Spencer 2010 may have discussed speech, but I cannot remember.