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30th Jan '16 11:05:17 AM TrollBrutal
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Although it says "The Agency" up top here, actual CIA employees (and those in the know) tend to call it "The Company;" calling it "The Agency" is acceptable, but calling it "The CIA" in anything except perhaps first reference is hitting a FandomBerserkButton. Other federal government types might call it the "[[UnusualEuphemism Other Government Agencies]]" (OGA), typically when its involvement in something or other is an [[OpenSecret open secret]]. In exceptionally double-cross-intensive stories you might see "The Company" ''and'' "The Agency" used to represent different factions of the CIA.
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Although it says "The Agency" up top here, actual CIA employees (and those in the know) tend to call it "The Company;" calling it "The Agency" is acceptable, but calling it "The CIA" in anything except perhaps first reference is hitting a FandomBerserkButton. Other federal government types might call it the "[[UnusualEuphemism Other Government Agencies]]" (OGA), typically when its involvement in something or other is an [[OpenSecret open secret]]. In exceptionally double-cross-intensive stories you might see "The Company" ''and'' "The Agency" used to represent different factions of the CIA. CIA. "Langley" is another informal name that shows up often, because the CIA is headquartered in Langley, Virginia, just a few miles west of [[UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC Washington, D.C.]].

The CIA is headquartered in Langley, Virginia just a few miles west of [[UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC Washington, D.C.]].
26th Dec '15 12:20:37 PM StFan
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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the {{OSS}} was disbanded. With the onset of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, it was decided that a new intelligence agency was needed. The name "Central" reflects that it was originally supposed to be a clearinghouse among various other agencies. However, it became effectively a new OSS and acquired many veterans from that previous service. Originally the agency hired people from UsefulNotes/IvyLeague agencies with agents that had a ForeignCultureFetish for England. They dressed, talked, and acted like the English. In this period of desk gathering intelligence, the pipe-smoking professor was seen as the ideal agent.
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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the {{OSS}} UsefulNotes/{{OSS}} was disbanded. With the onset of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, it was decided that a new intelligence agency was needed. The name "Central" reflects that it was originally supposed to be a clearinghouse among various other agencies. However, it became effectively a new OSS and acquired many veterans from that previous service. Originally the agency hired people from UsefulNotes/IvyLeague agencies with agents that had a ForeignCultureFetish for England. They dressed, talked, and acted like the English. In this period of desk gathering intelligence, the pipe-smoking professor was seen as the ideal agent.
10th Dec '15 8:35:19 AM HeraldAlberich
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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the {{OSS}} was disbanded. With the onset of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, it was decided that a new intelligence agency was needed. The name "Central" reflects that it was originally supposed to be a clearinghouse among various other agencies. However, it became effectively a new OSS and acquired many veterans from that previous service. Originally the agency hired people from IvyLeague agencies with agents that had a ForeignCultureFetish for England. They dressed, talked, and acted like the English. In this period of desk gathering intelligence, the pipe-smoking professor was seen as the ideal agent.
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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the {{OSS}} was disbanded. With the onset of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, it was decided that a new intelligence agency was needed. The name "Central" reflects that it was originally supposed to be a clearinghouse among various other agencies. However, it became effectively a new OSS and acquired many veterans from that previous service. Originally the agency hired people from IvyLeague UsefulNotes/IvyLeague agencies with agents that had a ForeignCultureFetish for England. They dressed, talked, and acted like the English. In this period of desk gathering intelligence, the pipe-smoking professor was seen as the ideal agent.
29th Nov '15 5:14:29 AM jormis29
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* Rico in the ''JustCause'' series is a CIA operative who overthrows anti-American regimes. In the first game, he uses drug lords to help overthrow a Caribbean nation. In the second game, he enlists the help of DirtyCommunists, TheMafia, and a brutal ethnic gang to overthrow the local dictator of a South East Asian Island called Panau, which amusingly has a large reserve of oil.
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* Rico in the ''JustCause'' ''VideoGame/JustCause'' series is a CIA operative who overthrows anti-American regimes. In the first game, he uses drug lords to help overthrow a Caribbean nation. In the second game, he enlists the help of DirtyCommunists, TheMafia, and a brutal ethnic gang to overthrow the local dictator of a South East Asian Island called Panau, which amusingly has a large reserve of oil.
18th Oct '15 8:21:57 AM xxbiasonxxx
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--> '''John McClane''': The [[Film/JamesBond 007]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Plainfield, New Jersey]].
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--> '''John McClane''': [=McClane=]''': The [[Film/JamesBond 007]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Plainfield, New Jersey]].
18th Oct '15 8:21:37 AM xxbiasonxxx
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* The CIA are [[spoiler: Jack [=McClane=]'s employers]] in ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard''. --> '''John McClane''': The [[Film/JamesBond 007]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Plainfield, New Jersey]].
23rd Sep '15 10:26:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Rendition'' * ''Film/{{Traitor}}''
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* ''Rendition'' * %%* ''Film/{{Rendition}}'' %%* ''Film/{{Traitor}}''

* ''BurnAfterReading'': A farce by the Coen Brothers. The CIA here isn't exactly portrayed as inept, but they have no idea what's going on. Justified in the fact that there really was nothing going on in the first place.
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* ''BurnAfterReading'': ''Film/BurnAfterReading'': A farce by the Coen Brothers. The CIA here isn't exactly portrayed as inept, but they have no idea what's going on. Justified in the fact that there really was nothing going on in the first place.

* The ''Company Man'' is about a man who pretends to be a CIA agent to gain the respect of his in-laws. But a high-profile Soviet dancer decides [[DefectorFromCommieLand to defect]] and approaches the the man believing his lies. The CIA actually make him an agent just so they can get the credit and send him somewhere quiet...Usefulnotes/{{Cuba}}.
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* The ''Company Man'' ''Film/CompanyMan'' is about a man who pretends to be a CIA agent to gain the respect of his in-laws. But a high-profile Soviet dancer decides [[DefectorFromCommieLand to defect]] and approaches the the man believing his lies. The CIA actually make him an agent just so they can get the credit and send him somewhere quiet...Usefulnotes/{{Cuba}}.

* JohnWells series.
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* JohnWells Literature/JohnWells series.
24th Aug '15 10:27:53 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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* In ''Film/AmericanUltra'', just about every government-related character is [=CIA=] (except for the military troops). The titular program was a [=CIA=] experiment to create SuperSoldier field agents. There are even a few scenes set at the headquarters in Langley.
30th Jul '15 4:13:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''ModernWarfare 2''. They only appear on one level but that level probably was enough.
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* ''ModernWarfare 2''.''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2''. They only appear on one level but that level probably was enough.
28th May '15 10:24:09 AM Willbyr
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* In ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the [[BalkanizeMe American Empire]] has an identical espionage agency also called the CIA that fits all the tropes. They are most prominently featured in the episode "A Perfect Day For A Jungle Cruise" assisting Section 9 in tracking a serial killer. [[spoiler: Turns out they trained him for use in a Phoenix Program-style operation in Latin America and are only co-operating with Section 9 in the hopes they would kill him and they could cover it all up. They don't]].
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* In ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the [[BalkanizeMe American Empire]] has an identical espionage agency also called the CIA that fits all the tropes. They are most prominently featured in the episode "A Perfect Day For A Jungle Cruise" assisting Section 9 in tracking a serial killer. [[spoiler: Turns out they trained him for use in a Phoenix Program-style operation in Latin America and are only co-operating with Section 9 in the hopes they would kill him and they could cover it all up. They don't]].

* ''Fire'', an early graphic novel by BrianMichaelBendis, sits firmly on the "never trust the CIA" side of the fence.
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* ''Fire'', an early graphic novel by BrianMichaelBendis, Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, sits firmly on the "never trust the CIA" side of the fence.
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