The Men in Black are a group of several people that seek the annihilation of the scientific work made by Franz Hopper.
The theorized idea is that The Men in Black are D.R.M. operatives (France's intelligence service) that work under the French Government in order to get information of Project Carthage and use it for their own purposes. The Men In Black were sent once they found out that Hopper created the all-powerful supercomputer, as well as the virtual world Lyoko and the sentient/autonomous artificial intelligence/multi-agent system X.A.N.A. in order to destroy Carthage, triggering the events of Hopper's disappearance, the formation of X.A.N.A. (as the antagonist) and the virtualization of Aelita Schaeffer. The Men in Black also abducted a young Aelita's mother, Anthea Schaeffer, and took her to an unknown location.
Appearances in other Media
- The Men in Black have many similarities to "The Division" from False Lead. In this episode, they tell Principal Delmas that they are so secret that even themselves don't know who they are.
- However, they’re not the same organization as the one who is enemies with Franz. The director Sophie Decroisette has confirmed that they’re not the same agents linked to Anthea’s disappearance.
- In the four novels, it is eventually revealed that the group designated as the Men in Black are operatives of an American-based organization, which, while unnamed, is likely the C.I.A...In the novels, their goal is the destruction of all of the data related to Project Carthage.