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24th Apr '16 11:46:32 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' -- A fan-made spinoff of two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] from ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', one of whom started off as a ShallowParody of Film/JamesBond, the other of whom was a Stale Beer spy from the start.* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''

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* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' -- A fan-made spinoff of two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] from ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', one of whom started off as a ShallowParody of Film/JamesBond, the other of whom was a Stale Beer spy from the start.start.
* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''''Film/IfLooksCouldKill'': Martini through and through, playing with the "Bathtub Gin" variety by the means of a ''serious'' case of MistakenIdentity.
14th Apr '16 2:26:25 AM Bronzethumb
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* ''Franchise/{{Kingsman}}'':

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* ''Franchise/{{Kingsman}}'':''Franchise/{{Kingsman}}''
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* ''ComicBook/TheSecretService''
** ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Film adaptation of the above.
** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'': The sequel film.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSecretService''
''Franchise/{{Kingsman}}'':
** ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Film ''ComicBook/TheSecretService'', a comic written by Creator/MarkMillar and co-created by Millar and Creator/MatthewVaughn.
** ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', a film
adaptation of the above.
comic directed by Vaughn.
** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'': The ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'', a sequel film.
13th Apr '16 10:14:46 PM jormis29
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** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'': The sequel film.
12th Apr '16 7:45:58 AM Ominae
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* ''Series/{{Deutschland83}}''

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* ''Series/{{Deutschland83}}''''Series/{{Deutschland 83}}''
12th Apr '16 7:44:59 AM Ominae
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* [[Literature/{{TechnicHistory}}]] with the protagonist, Dominic Flandry, as an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.

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* [[Literature/{{TechnicHistory}}]] ''Literature/{{Technic History}}'' with the protagonist, Dominic Flandry, as an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.
12th Apr '16 7:43:24 AM Ominae
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* [[Literature/TechnicHistory]] with the protagonist, Dominic Flandry, as an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.

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* [[Literature/TechnicHistory]] [[Literature/{{TechnicHistory}}]] with the protagonist, Dominic Flandry, as an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.
11th Apr '16 11:28:01 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Series/NightRaid1931'': The first half (most especially the first episode) started out as Martini due to the protagonists using their PsychicPowers (in place of tech and gadgets) and the setting being in Shanghai which in RealLife is the CityOfSpies. Then the second half went to Stale Beer, particularly the episodes detailing historical events such as the Mukden Incident which leads to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Emperor Puyi's coronation. The epilogue episode deals with the February 26 incident which paves way to the SecondSinoJapaneseWar.

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* ''Series/NightRaid1931'': ''Anime/NightRaid1931'': The first half (most especially the first episode) started out as Martini due to the protagonists using their PsychicPowers (in place of tech and gadgets) and the setting being in Shanghai which in RealLife is the CityOfSpies. Then the second half went to Stale Beer, particularly the episodes detailing historical events such as the Mukden Incident which leads to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Emperor Puyi's coronation. The epilogue episode deals with the February 26 incident which paves way to the SecondSinoJapaneseWar.
6th Apr '16 7:24:24 PM Ominae
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** ''The Bravo: A Tale'' (1831) is another example of the genre by Cooper. It deals with intrigues in 18th-century Venice.

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** * ''The Bravo: A Tale'' (1831) is another example of the genre by Cooper. It deals with intrigues in 18th-century Venice.
6th Apr '16 7:24:10 PM Ominae
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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' is a lighthearted take on the genre, with ace gymnasts foiling a cat burglar's plot as spies.



* ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'', when it's not being a harem comedy, is a show about the intelligence community's chaotic response to FirstContact. This is a show with [[{{Catgirl}} catgirls]] in [[LatexSpaceSuit catsuits]], {{Otherkin}} who steal misplaced Russian missiles, and dog aliens selling arms to the CIA. Contains Bathtub Gin, as the male lead is probably the only person in the city who is ''not'' a spy for anyone.



* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' given that it starts from the point of view of interstellar overlords it would be surprising if it did not have fabulous luxury involved.



* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is best described as Lemonade. Spy by night, high school student by day. A [[/index]][[MoralGuardians bowdlerized]][[index]] James Bond. Cool gadgets, big explosions, no one dies.



* [[Literature/TechnicHistory Dominic Flandry]] with the protagonist an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.
* Franchise/{{Dune}} given that it starts from the point of view of interstellar overlords it would be surprising if it did not have fabulous luxury involved.
* VorkosiganSaga: Given that a number of the characters are on a first name basis with the ruler of a multi-world empire, yeah.
* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' -- A fan-made spinoff of two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] from ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', one of whom started off as a ShallowParody of Film/JamesBond, the other of whom was a Stale Beer spy from the start.
* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''
* ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'', when it's not being a harem comedy, is a show about the intelligence community's chaotic response to FirstContact. This is a show with [[{{Catgirl}} catgirls]] in [[LatexSpaceSuit catsuits]], {{Otherkin}} who steal misplaced Russian missiles, and dog aliens selling arms to the CIA. Contains Bathtub Gin, as the male lead is probably the only person in the city who is ''not'' a spy for anyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is best described as Lemonade. Spy by night, high school student by day. A [[/index]][[MoralGuardians bowdlerized]][[index]] James Bond. Cool gadgets, big explosions, no one dies.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' is a lighthearted take on the genre, with ace gymnasts foiling a cat burglar's plot as spies.

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* [[Literature/TechnicHistory Dominic Flandry]] [[Literature/TechnicHistory]] with the protagonist protagonist, Dominic Flandry, as an aristocratic gentleman spy. A hint of sourness is given by the inevitable collapse of the empire the hero serves.
* Franchise/{{Dune}} given that it starts from the point of view of interstellar overlords it would be surprising if it did not have fabulous luxury involved.
* VorkosiganSaga:
VorkosiganSaga -- Given that a number of the characters are on a first name basis with the ruler of a multi-world empire, yeah.
* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' -- A fan-made spinoff of two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] from ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', one of whom started off as a ShallowParody of Film/JamesBond, the other of whom was a Stale Beer spy from the start.
start.* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''
* ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'', when it's not being a harem comedy, is a show about the intelligence community's chaotic response to FirstContact. This is a show with [[{{Catgirl}} catgirls]] in [[LatexSpaceSuit catsuits]], {{Otherkin}} who steal misplaced Russian missiles, and dog aliens selling arms to the CIA. Contains Bathtub Gin, as the male lead is probably the only person in the city who is ''not'' a spy for anyone.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is best described as Lemonade. Spy by night, high school student by day. A [[/index]][[MoralGuardians bowdlerized]][[index]] James Bond. Cool gadgets, big explosions, no one dies.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' is a lighthearted take on the genre, with ace gymnasts foiling a cat burglar's plot as spies.
''Film/IfLooksCouldKill''



* ''Series/TheAgency''
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' focuses on the dangers and stresses of living a double life as KGB agents in 1980s USA and how far one can go for one's country.
* Everything by Creator/AnthonyPrice -- Stale Beer
* ''Series/TheAssets'' is a BasedOnATrueStory miniseries about Aldrich Ames.



* ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' The hardships of the spy life are well explored (derision from friends and confidants, inability to discuss work, torture, living on the run), and while Stephen is a capable assassin, his biggest successes are always the result of paperwork and manipulation (the best example being a "dropped" notebook, which contained "evidence" that a number of key assets in the French intelligence service had gone rogue).



* ''CharlesCumming''
* ''The Company'' (2007 mini-series)



* ''Series/TheGameUKTV'': realistic spy drama set in 1970's Britain.

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* ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by Creator/TimPowers is Stale Beer spy fiction -- with a secret occult war.
* ''Series/{{Deutschland83}}''
* ''Series/TheGameUKTV'': realistic Realistic spy drama set in 1970's Britain.



* ''Ghosts of Manhattan'' is definitely Stale Beer. It involves Peter Rutherford, the British agent, fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s by the side of [[TheCowl a masked vigilante]].



* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' a gritty and dramatic take on [[TheWarOnTerror post 9/11]] intelligence.



* "Film/MadrasCafe" -- UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} variety (without even any typical {{Filmi Music}} to distract the beleaguered agents from the betrayals and conspiracies, which makes it staler). Beverages served: toddy ( moonshine), not so exotic in Jaffna, and cheap roadside rum (when in India).
* ''Film/MinistryOfFear'' -- Ray Milland chased by Nazis who want his MacGuffin
* ''Mr Palfrey of Westminster'' -- Stale Beer. Not as stale as ''Callan'', but no Martini.
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' -- extremely Stale Beer (characters often comment, "this isn't James Bond.")
** Inspired ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'', which is also Stale Beer, naturally.
* ''The Secret Agent'' by Joseph Conrad -- Stale Beer
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' -- thriller with Creator/RobertRedford as a CIA analyst
* The works of Creator/TomClancy tend more towards Stale Beer; it's even taught in his version of the CIA.
** It tends to get considerably less stale as time goes on. Later works are a nice fresh [[/index]][[{{Eagleland}} American Lager]][[index]]. Or maybe a Bourbon?
** In ''Clear and Present Danger'' CIA Operative John Clark even lampshades the fact that he's not in martini-flavored spy fiction by saying to another CIA agent "Larson, if this were a movie, you'd be a blonde with big tits and a loose blouse."

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* "Film/MadrasCafe" -- UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} variety (without even any typical {{Filmi Music}} to distract the beleaguered agents from the betrayals and conspiracies, which makes it staler). Beverages served: toddy ( moonshine), not so exotic in Jaffna, and cheap roadside rum (when in India).
* ''Film/MinistryOfFear'' -- Ray Milland chased by Nazis who want his MacGuffin
* ''Mr Palfrey of Westminster'' -- Stale Beer. Not as stale as ''Callan'', but no Martini.
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' -- extremely Stale Beer (characters often comment, "this isn't James Bond.")
** Inspired ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'', which is also Stale Beer, naturally.
* ''The Secret Agent'' by Joseph Conrad -- Stale Beer
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' -- thriller with Creator/RobertRedford as a CIA analyst
* The works of Creator/TomClancy tend more towards Stale Beer; it's even taught in his version of the CIA.
** It tends to get considerably less stale as time goes on. Later works are a nice fresh [[/index]][[{{Eagleland}} American Lager]][[index]]. Or maybe a Bourbon?
** In ''Clear and Present Danger'' CIA Operative John Clark even lampshades the fact that he's not in martini-flavored spy fiction by saying to another CIA agent "Larson, if this were a movie, you'd be a blonde with big tits and a loose blouse."
''Film/JackStrong''



* ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by Creator/TimPowers is Stale Beer spy fiction -- with a secret occult war.

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* ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by Creator/TimPowers is ''Literature/JohnWells''
** Robert Littell's novels in general (including this one) are
Stale Beer spy fiction -- Beer.
* ''VideoGame/{{KGB}}'' aka ''Conspiracy'' - extremely stale beer produced in state-owned Soviet brewery struggling
with a secret occult war.constant shortages of raw materials.
* ''Film/TheKremlinLetter'' focuses on espionage, cloak and dagger, and the other darker parts of the job including drugging retired spies to recruit them back, assassination orders for innocent civilians, and betrayal.



[[/index]]



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* ''Film/TheNovemberMan'' -- Stale Beer, which is surprising because Creator/PierceBrosnan plays the lead agent

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* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' stories feature a strange variant of the Stale Beer variety. While the stories feature magic, monsters, and paranormal beings, the actual spy work being done more closely conforms with reality. One of the stories is even called "Dead Drop."
* "Film/MadrasCafe" -- UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} variety (without even any typical {{Filmi Music}} to distract the beleaguered agents from the betrayals and conspiracies, which makes it staler). Beverages served: toddy (moonshine), not so exotic in Jaffna, and cheap roadside rum (when in India).
* ''Film/MinistryOfFear'' -- Ray Milland chased by Nazis who want his MacGuffin
* ''Mr Palfrey of Westminster'' -- Stale Beer. Not as stale as ''Callan'', but no Martini.
* ''TheOstermanWeekend'' -- A messy stale beer with something floating in it.
* ''Film/TheNovemberMan'' -- Stale Beer, which is surprising because Creator/PierceBrosnan plays the lead agent agent.
* "Our Man in Havana" - homebrew beer that's gone off. The other books by Graham Greene that involve intelligence and espionage are similarly serving beer that's been brewed based on half-remembered recipes and substituting missing ingredients by whatever is available locally. Most of the times, the first sips even taste pretty much like real beer.



* Everything by Creator/AnthonyPrice -- Stale Beer

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* Everything ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' -- The film was largely responsible for making Stale Beer popular again (and possibly revitalizing Spy Fiction in general at the time). No heroes, no flashy technology (there is some high-technology monitoring involved, mostly during a car ambush, but that's it) the two main protagonists are easily approaching retirement age, tons of moral ambiguity.
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' -- extremely Stale Beer (characters often comment, "this isn't James Bond.")
** Inspired ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'', which is also Stale Beer, naturally.
* ''The Secret Agent''
by Creator/AnthonyPrice Joseph Conrad -- Stale BeerBeer
* The ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series of video games are stale beer spy fiction, and every installment gets progressively darker and grittier as time goes on. It should be no surprise it's a Creator/TomClancy property.
* ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness''



* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/TheAgency''
* The ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series of video games are stale beer spy fiction, and every installment gets progressively darker and grittier as time goes on. It should be no surprise it's a Creator/TomClancy property.
* ''Literature/JohnWells''
* ''CharlesCumming''
* ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness''
* ''The Company'' (2007 mini-series)
** Robert Littell's novels in general (including this one) are Stale Beer.
* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' -- The film was largely responsible for making Stale Beer popular again (and possibly revitalizing Spy Fiction in general at the time). No heroes, no flashy technology (there is some high-technology monitoring involved, mostly during a car ambush, but that's it) the two main protagonists are easily approaching retirement age, tons of moral ambiguity.
* ''TheOstermanWeekend'' -- A messy stale beer with something floating in it.
* ''{{Spooks}}''

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* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/TheAgency''
''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Creator/CharlesBronson has to stop a RenegadeRussian from activating the {{Manchurian Agent}}s in the United States!
* The ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series works of video games are stale beer spy fiction, and every installment gets progressively darker and grittier as time goes on. It should be no surprise it's a Creator/TomClancy property.
* ''Literature/JohnWells''
* ''CharlesCumming''
* ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness''
* ''The Company'' (2007 mini-series)
** Robert Littell's novels in general (including this one) are
tend more towards Stale Beer.
* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' -- The film was largely responsible for making Stale Beer popular again (and possibly revitalizing Spy Fiction
Beer; it's even taught in general at his version of the time). No heroes, no flashy technology (there CIA.
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' -- thriller with Creator/RobertRedford as a CIA analyst
** It tends to get considerably less stale as time goes on. Later works are a nice fresh [[/index]][[{{Eagleland}} American Lager]][[index]]. Or maybe a Bourbon?
** In ''Clear and Present Danger'' CIA Operative John Clark even lampshades the fact that he's not in martini-flavored spy fiction by saying to another CIA agent "Larson, if this were a movie, you'd be a blonde with big tits and a loose blouse."
* ''Series/{{Turn}}''
is some high-technology monitoring involved, mostly set during a car ambush, but that's it) the two main protagonists are easily approaching retirement age, tons of moral ambiguity.
* ''TheOstermanWeekend'' -- A messy stale beer with something floating
UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution and focuses on the Culper Spy Ring in it.
* ''{{Spooks}}''
New York City.



* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' a gritty and dramatic take on [[TheWarOnTerror post 9/11]] intelligence.
* ''VideoGame/{{KGB}}'' aka ''Conspiracy'' - extremely stale beer produced in state-owned Soviet brewery struggling with constant shortages of raw materials.
* ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' The hardships of the spy life are well explored (derision from friends and confidants, inability to discuss work, torture, living on the run), and while Stephen is a capable assassin, his biggest successes are always the result of paperwork and manipulation (the best example being a "dropped" notebook, which contained "evidence" that a number of key assets in the French intelligence service had gone rogue).
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' focuses on the dangers and stresses of living a double life as KGB agents in 1980s USA and how far one can go for one's country.
* ''Film/TheKremlinLetter'' focuses on espionage, cloak and dagger, and the other darker parts of the job including drugging retired spies to recruit them back, assassination orders for innocent civilians, and betrayal.
* ''Series/{{Turn}}'' is set during the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution and focuses on the Culper Spy Ring in New York City.
* ''Series/TheAssets'' is a BasedOnATrueStory miniseries about Aldrich Ames.
* "Our Man in Havana" - homebrew beer that's gone off. The other books by Graham Greene that involve intelligence and espionage are similarly serving beer that's been brewed based on half-remembered recipes and substituting missing ingredients by whatever is available locally. Most of the times, the first sips even taste pretty much like real beer.
* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' stories feature a strange variant of the Stale Beer variety. While the stories feature magic, monsters, and paranormal beings, the actual spy work being done more closely conforms with reality. One of the stories is even called "Dead Drop."
* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Creator/CharlesBronson has to stop a RenegadeRussian from activating the {{Manchurian Agent}}s in the United States!
* Peter Rutherford, the British agent in the ''Ghosts of Manhattan'' novels, is definitely Stale Beer. Well, apart from fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s by the side of [[TheCowl a masked vigilante]].
-->The dingy run-down apartment block was not at all the sort of place where anyone would expect a foreign spy to set up his bolthole. Rutherford knew that back home most people's idea of the secret service was swanky dinners in posh restaurants, Monte Carlo and fast living. They thought the danger was romantic, exciting, sophisticated. He knew better. There was nothing glamorous about poking around in other people's filth, in murdering people in alleyways and trying to scrub away the bloodstains afterwards. It was dirty work, and it left a dark impression on one's psyche.
* ''Film/JackStrong''
* ''Series/{{Deutschland83}}''



* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' takes the action, gadgets, explosions and sexy women of the Martini genre, but mixes in the moral ambiguity, power politics, betrayal, and some of the gritty combat of the Stale Beer genre. In particular, it starts out more Stale Beer-flavored (with Saudi Arabia being the kind of mission you might expect MI6 or Delta Force to be sent on in the real world) and adopts more Martini characteristics later on. Oh, and Steven Heck [[RealityIsOutToLunch is spiking the drink with something really weird]].
* ''Roleplay/AlphaTeamMissionDeepFreezeRPG'' is based upon ''Franchise/LEGOAlphaTeam'', listed above under Martini, so naturally it shares many of its Martini characteristics. However, compared its source material, the RPG is considerably DarkerAndEdgier, tackling more serious themes such as CharacterDeath (a subject avoided entirely by the LEGO toyline) which causes it to dip into Stale Beer on occasion.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a number of episodes involving intrigue, notably feuding between rival Centauri clans. It is often high class martini level but some events take place in the Down Below section.
* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' comes closer to stale beer than martini as Jamie Sommers eschews glamor for working in her non-spy hours as a schoolteacher and living in a loft above a farmhouse. But when she is sent on missions the stakes are often of the "save the world" level, and she does get to put on fancy clothes when the mission calls for it.
* Film/BurnAfterReading - Every character seems to think they're in a different type of spy movie. They are all wrong; they are in fact in a really, really [[BlackComedy dark]] {{farce}}.



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', oddly for a ''Call of Duty'' game, took a Stale Beer approach, as it had a plot about secret, morally nasty operations done in secret by both the US and Russia. Much of the game really took place in a dingy torture room, along with a ''very'' gritty atmosphere and secret story underlying the game. The game did have some martini flavoring, in the vein of a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque attempt at destroying the US and some gadgets - but due to just how dark the plot is, it dives right back into stale beer.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' is, for the most part, significantly less gritty, focusing more on a Bond-esque hi-tech plot to destroy the superpowers of the world, and done with gadgets and a super-villain that's very reminiscent of a Bond villain, but the flashbacks still contain much of the grittiness and moral grayness of the first game.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' plays up the Stale Beer approach, complete with morally gray conspiracies, a government agency that may have sinister agendas, and a hero who is forced to confront his idealism against the cynical world he has found himself in. Being a superhero film, it naturally also comes with some Martini flavorings, especially in regards to the tech.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows Choosers of the Slain]]'', between Mike and an MI6 agent killing some time during a lull in the action, particularly how the TuxedoAndMartini variety is incredibly unrealistic, with the [[TrenchcoatBrigade Stale Beer]] that's actual intelligence work is rather boring. Later in the series the actual spycraft by Katya is of the Stale Beer variety, although with some high-tech enhancement thanks to the US government in ''Choosers''.
* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' -- Dirty Martini. It looks like regular Martini, but a lot of emphasis is placed on how hard the job is and the stresses it places on the agent's personal life.
* ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' takes place in a lush tropical setting with a flirtatious and highborn protagonist, but with a lot of grit and technical stuff, like crawling through disgustingly polluted harbors and human ugliness that she has to deal with (and occasionally exploit).
* Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/MrsPollifax'' books defy both conventions with their lead character -- a little old lady from suburban New Jersey who volunteered at the CIA in order to get some excitement into her life in between meetings of her garden club.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII - [[DownloadableContent Mark of the Assassin]]'': [[FantasticDrug Wyvern poison]]. Hawke and co. ''think'' they're taking part in TheCaper, until it turns out the "thief" they're helping is Qunari (the local super-determinist religion). She's there to stop a defector from giving the Orlesian Empire military secrets that could hurt her people and get plenty of civilians killed in the crossfire. The result: a Cold War story with wyverns, giants and elves.



* Film/JamesBond yet again. If you think he shouldn't be in all three categories, just remember that [[LongRunners he's been going on for 50 years]]. Many films have elements of Dirty Martini, paricularly pre-''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' when he was still an UnbuiltTrope to some degree. ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' has no gadgets and a believable (while simultaneously bonkers) plot, and [[spoiler: the Bond girl dies]]. And the first two Moore films had scenes where he uses women in ways tantamount to abuse.
* Played with on ''Series/LasVegas'', in that ex-[=CIA=] agent Ed seems to have had a Stale Beer-flavored first career, but his life ''after'' espionage is Martini-flavored once he retires from spycraft and puts his surveillance skills to alternative uses, busting cheats and thieves for the Montecito.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', which is somewhere in between a spy novel and a metaphysical tract. It's something like a martini glass filled with LSD and a splash of martini. Considered by some the first spy novel.
* ''MrAndMrsSmith'' - Features a ''dueling'' between the types; John is Stale Beer, Jane is Martini.



* ''ComicBook/NickFury'' -- Started out closer to Stale Beer (the character debuted as a WWII SergeantRock then reappeared in Marvel's "modern day" as a CIA operative) but rapidly took a turn towards Martini when Creator/JackKirby got involved and he got a Helicarrier and clones of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler started taking over the world. Then Creator/JimSteranko came on the scene, Nick shaved his scruffy beard and the comic became some kind of radioactive psychic martini/mescaline cocktail.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' -- Martini flavor, but gives a hangover worse then any flavor of beer (stale or otherwise), or (for that matter) any alcoholic beverage period (red wine and tequila included). Also, it feels like someone dropped a tab of LSD into the glass.
* ''Main/{{Spooks}}'' -- Martini, but with major Stale Beer elements.



* Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/MrsPollifax'' books defy both conventions with their lead character -- a little old lady from suburban New Jersey who volunteered at the CIA in order to get some excitement into her life in between meetings of her garden club.



* ''Film/TheThinMan'' (book and movies) -- Nora is from a [[UnclePennybags Martini]] background, but happily follows Nick into the private eye's Stale Beer life.
* ''AlphaProtocol'' takes the action, gadgets, explosions and sexy women of the Martini genre, but mixes in the moral ambiguity, power politics, betrayal, and some of the gritty combat of the Stale Beer genre. In particular, it starts out more Stale Beer-flavored (with Saudi Arabia being the kind of mission you might expect MI6 or Delta Force to be sent on in the real world) and adopts more Martini characteristics later on. Oh, and Steven Heck [[RealityIsOutToLunch is spiking the drink with something really weird]].
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir" has Dr. Julian Bashir in an obvious James Bond parody holoprogram, making it VERY Martini. On the other hand, actual spy organizations (e.g. Section 31 and the Obsidian Order) in the show are Stale Beer. One of these Stale Beer spies is trapped in the program with Bashir, who [[WrongGenreSavvy treats it like the real thing.]]
-->'''Garak''': Kiss the girl, get the key. They never taught us ''that'' in the Obsidian Order.
* Film/JamesBond yet again. If you think he shouldn't be in all three categories, just remember that [[LongRunners he's been going on for 50 years]]. Many films have elements of Dirty Martini, paricularly pre-''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' when he was still an UnbuiltTrope to some degree. ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' has no gadgets and a believable (while simultaneously bonkers) plot, and [[spoiler: the Bond girl dies]]. And the first two Moore films had scenes where he uses women in ways tantamount to abuse.



* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' -- Dirty Martini. It looks like regular Martini, but a lot of emphasis is placed on how hard the job is and the stresses it places one the agents personal life.
* ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'': [[TechnicolorNinjas Technicolor Ninja]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot cyborg spy girls with miniskirts and machinegun breasts]], traveling the world and looking ''great'' doing it... while taking part in stories about betrayal, tragedy, and moral ambiguity, with happy endings virtually nowhere to be found.

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* ''Series/CovertAffairs'' ''ComicBook/NickFury'' -- Dirty Martini. It looks like regular Started out closer to Stale Beer (the character debuted as a WWII SergeantRock then reappeared in Marvel's "modern day" as a CIA operative) but rapidly took a turn towards Martini when Creator/JackKirby got involved and he got a Helicarrier and clones of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler started taking over the world. Then Creator/JimSteranko came on the scene, Nick shaved his scruffy beard and the comic became some kind of radioactive psychic martini/mescaline cocktail.
* ''Series/NightRaid1931'': The first half (most especially the first episode) started out as Martini due to the protagonists using their PsychicPowers (in place of tech and gadgets) and the setting being in Shanghai which in RealLife is the CityOfSpies. Then the second half went to Stale Beer, particularly the episodes detailing historical events such as the Mukden Incident which leads to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Emperor Puyi's coronation. The epilogue episode deals with the February 26 incident which paves way to the SecondSinoJapaneseWar.
* ''Film/{{Red}}''. Beer, Beer,
Martini, Beer, Beer, Martini, Martini ... Frank, Sarah and Marvin are definitely beer. Cooper, the Fed after them, is so martini his eyes should be pimento stuffed olives. Victoria and Ivan are the champagne.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' -- Martini flavor,
but gives a lot hangover worse then any flavor of emphasis is placed on how hard beer (stale or otherwise), or (for that matter) any alcoholic beverage period (red wine and tequila included). Also, it feels like someone dropped a tab of LSD into the job is glass.
* The urban fantasy ''Literature/RedRoom'' series has Derek Hawthorne as its protagonist: a depressed SnarkKnight who has outlived three partners, a marriage,
and the stresses it places one the agents personal life.
* ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'': [[TechnicolorNinjas Technicolor Ninja]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot cyborg spy girls
is stricken with miniskirts and machinegun breasts]], traveling the guilt over his actions in a world and looking ''great'' doing it... while taking part in stories about betrayal, tragedy, and moral ambiguity, with happy endings virtually nowhere to be found.where everyone else is a SociopathicHero enjoying the benefits of a magically-rich AncientConspiracy.



* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' comes closer to stale beer than martini as Jamie Sommers eschews glamor for working in her non-spy hours as a schoolteacher and living in a loft above a farmhouse. But when she is sent on missions the stakes are often of the "save the world" level, and she does get to put on fancy clothes when the mission calls for it.
* Played with on ''Series/LasVegas'', in that ex-[=CIA=] agent Ed seems to have had a Stale Beer-flavored first career, but his life ''after'' espionage is Martini-flavored once he retires from spycraft and puts his surveillance skills to alternative uses, busting cheats and thieves for the Montecito.
* Film/BurnAfterReading - Every character seems to think they're in a different type of spy movie. They are all wrong; they are in fact in a really, really [[BlackComedy dark]] {{farce}}.
* ''MrAndMrsSmith'' - Features a ''dueling'' between the types; John is Stale Beer, Jane is Martini.
* ''Film/{{Red}}''. Beer, Beer, Martini, Beer, Beer, Martini, Martini ... Frank, Sarah and Marvin are definitely beer. Cooper, the Fed after them, is so martini his eyes should be pimento stuffed olives. Victoria and Ivan are the champagne.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a number of episodes involving intrigue, notably feuding between rival Centauri clans. It is often high class martini level but some events take place in the Down Below section.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows Choosers of the Slain]]'', between Mike and an MI6 agent killing some time during a lull in the action, particularly how the TuxedoAndMartini variety is incredibly unrealistic, with the [[TrenchcoatBrigade Stale Beer]] that's actual intelligence work is rather boring. Later in the series the actual spycraft by Katya is of the Stale Beer variety, although with some high-tech enhancement thanks to the US government in ''Choosers''.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', which is somewhere in between a spy novel and a metaphysical tract. It's something like a martini glass filled with LSD and a splash of martini. Considered by some the first spy novel.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', oddly for a ''Call of Duty'' game, took a Stale Beer approach, as it had a plot about secret, morally nasty operations done in secret by both the US and Russia. Much of the game really took place in a dingy torture room, along with a ''very'' gritty atmosphere and secret story underlying the game. The game did have some martini flavoring, in the vein of a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque attempt at destroying the US and some gadgets - but due to just how dark the plot is, it dives right back into stale beer.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' is, for the most part, significantly less gritty, focusing more on a Bond-esque hi-tech plot to destroy the superpowers of the world, and done with gadgets and a super-villain that's very reminiscent of a Bond villain, but the flashbacks still contain much of the grittiness and moral grayness of the first game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII - [[DownloadableContent Mark of the Assassin]]'': [[FantasticDrug Wyvern poison]]. Hawke and co. ''think'' they're taking part in TheCaper, until it turns out the "thief" they're helping is Qunari (the local super-determinist religion). She's there to stop a defector from giving the Orlesian Empire military secrets that could hurt her people and get plenty of civilians killed in the crossfire. The result: a Cold War story with wyverns, giants and elves.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' plays up the Stale Beer approach, complete with morally gray conspiracies, a government agency that may have sinister agendas, and a hero who is forced to confront his idealism against the cynical world he has found himself in. Being a superhero film, it naturally also comes with some Martini flavorings, especially in regards to the tech.
* ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' takes place in a lush tropical setting with a flirtatious and highborn protagonist, but with a lot of grit and technical stuff, like crawling through disgustingly polluted harbors and human ugliness that she has to deal with (and occasionally exploit).
* ''Series/NightRaid1931'': The first half (most especially the first episode) started out as Martini due to the protagonists using their PsychicPowers (in place of tech and gadgets) and the setting being in Shanghai which in RealLife is the CityOfSpies. Then the second half went to Stale Beer, particularly the episodes detailing historical events such as the Mukden Incident which leads to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Emperor Puyi's coronation. The epilogue episode deals with the February 26 incident which paves way to the SecondSinoJapaneseWar.
* ''Roleplay/AlphaTeamMissionDeepFreezeRPG'' is based upon ''Franchise/LEGOAlphaTeam'', listed above under Martini, so naturally it shares many of its Martini characteristics. However, compared its source material, the RPG is considerably DarkerAndEdgier, tackling more serious themes such as CharacterDeath (a subject avoided entirely by the LEGO toyline) which causes it to dip into Stale Beer on occasion.
* The urban fantasy ''Literature/RedRoom'' series has Derek Hawthorne as its protagonist: a depressed SnarkKnight who has outlived three partners, a marriage, and is stricken with guilt over his actions in a world where everyone else is a SociopathicHero enjoying the benefits of a magically-rich AncientConspiracy.
* ''Film/TheManFromUncle2015'' is dirtier than its TV show. The CIA and KGB, and the entire Cold War, are painted in a rather Stale Beer manner. But Solo and Kuryakin, from their background to the fact that, as top agents, they have numerous skills are more Martini. The villains, being Old Money in '60s Rome, count as well. Perhaps it's like ordering a beer, but after a sip going for a Martini.

to:

* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' comes closer to stale beer than martini as Jamie Sommers eschews glamor for working in her non-spy hours as a schoolteacher and living in a loft above a farmhouse. But when she is sent on missions the stakes are often of the "save the world" level, and she does get to put on fancy clothes when the mission calls for it.
* Played with on ''Series/LasVegas'', in that ex-[=CIA=] agent Ed seems to have had a Stale Beer-flavored first career, but his life ''after'' espionage is Martini-flavored once he retires from spycraft and puts his surveillance skills to alternative uses, busting cheats and thieves for the Montecito.
* Film/BurnAfterReading - Every character seems to think they're in a different type of spy movie. They are all wrong; they are in fact in a really, really [[BlackComedy dark]] {{farce}}.
* ''MrAndMrsSmith'' - Features a ''dueling'' between the types; John is Stale Beer, Jane is Martini.
* ''Film/{{Red}}''. Beer, Beer,
''Series/{{Spooks}}'' -- Martini, Beer, Beer, Martini, Martini ... Frank, Sarah and Marvin are definitely beer. Cooper, the Fed after them, is so martini his eyes should be pimento stuffed olives. Victoria and Ivan are the champagne.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a number of episodes involving intrigue, notably feuding between rival Centauri clans. It is often high class martini level
but some events take place in the Down Below section.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows Choosers of the Slain]]'', between Mike and an MI6 agent killing some time during a lull in the action, particularly how the TuxedoAndMartini variety is incredibly unrealistic,
with the [[TrenchcoatBrigade Stale Beer]] that's actual intelligence work is rather boring. Later in the series the actual spycraft by Katya is of the major Stale Beer variety, although with some high-tech enhancement thanks to elements.
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir" has Dr. Julian Bashir in an obvious James Bond parody holoprogram, making it VERY Martini. On
the US government in ''Choosers''.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', which is somewhere in between a
other hand, actual spy novel organizations (e.g. Section 31 and a metaphysical tract. It's something like a martini glass filled with LSD and a splash of martini. Considered by some the first spy novel.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', oddly for a ''Call
Obsidian Order) in the show are Stale Beer. One of Duty'' game, took a these Stale Beer approach, as it had a plot about secret, morally nasty operations done in secret by both the US and Russia. Much of the game really took place in a dingy torture room, along with a ''very'' gritty atmosphere and secret story underlying the game. The game did have some martini flavoring, spies is trapped in the vein of a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque attempt at destroying program with Bashir, who [[WrongGenreSavvy treats it like the US real thing.]]
-->'''Garak''': Kiss the girl, get the key. They never taught us ''that'' in the Obsidian Order.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'' (book
and some gadgets - movies) -- Nora is from a [[UnclePennybags Martini]] background, but due to just how dark the plot is, it dives right back happily follows Nick into stale beer.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' is, for
the most part, significantly less gritty, focusing more on a Bond-esque hi-tech plot to destroy the superpowers of the world, and done private eye's Stale Beer life.
* ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'': [[TechnicolorNinjas Technicolor Ninja]] [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot cyborg spy girls
with gadgets miniskirts and a super-villain that's very reminiscent of a Bond villain, but machinegun breasts]], traveling the flashbacks still contain much of the grittiness world and moral grayness of the first game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII - [[DownloadableContent Mark of the Assassin]]'': [[FantasticDrug Wyvern poison]]. Hawke and co. ''think'' they're
looking ''great'' doing it... while taking part in TheCaper, until it turns out the "thief" they're helping is Qunari (the local super-determinist religion). She's there to stop a defector from giving the Orlesian Empire military secrets that could hurt her people stories about betrayal, tragedy, and get plenty of civilians killed in the crossfire. The result: a Cold War story moral ambiguity, with wyverns, giants and elves.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' plays up the Stale Beer approach, complete with morally gray conspiracies, a government agency that may have sinister agendas, and a hero who is forced
happy endings virtually nowhere to confront his idealism against the cynical world he has found himself in. Being a superhero film, it naturally also comes with some Martini flavorings, especially in regards to the tech.
* ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' takes place in a lush tropical setting with a flirtatious and highborn protagonist, but with a lot of grit and technical stuff, like crawling through disgustingly polluted harbors and human ugliness that she has to deal with (and occasionally exploit).
* ''Series/NightRaid1931'': The first half (most especially the first episode) started out as Martini due to the protagonists using their PsychicPowers (in place of tech and gadgets) and the setting being in Shanghai which in RealLife is the CityOfSpies. Then the second half went to Stale Beer, particularly the episodes detailing historical events such as the Mukden Incident which leads to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and Emperor Puyi's coronation. The epilogue episode deals with the February 26 incident which paves way to the SecondSinoJapaneseWar.
* ''Roleplay/AlphaTeamMissionDeepFreezeRPG'' is based upon ''Franchise/LEGOAlphaTeam'', listed above under Martini, so naturally it shares many of its Martini characteristics. However, compared its source material, the RPG is considerably DarkerAndEdgier, tackling more serious themes such as CharacterDeath (a subject avoided entirely by the LEGO toyline) which causes it to dip into Stale Beer on occasion.
* The urban fantasy ''Literature/RedRoom'' series has Derek Hawthorne as its protagonist: a depressed SnarkKnight who has outlived three partners, a marriage, and is stricken with guilt over his actions in a world where everyone else is a SociopathicHero enjoying the benefits of a magically-rich AncientConspiracy.
* ''Film/TheManFromUncle2015'' is dirtier than its TV show. The CIA and KGB, and the entire Cold War, are painted in a rather Stale Beer manner. But Solo and Kuryakin, from their background to the fact that, as top agents, they have numerous skills are more Martini. The villains, being Old Money in '60s Rome, count as well. Perhaps it's like ordering a beer, but after a sip going for a Martini.
be found.



** ''The Bravo: A Tale'' (1831) is another example of the genre by Cooper. It deals with intrigues in 18th-century Venice.
* ''ComicBook/{{Casanova}}'' is Martini and Absinthe. Psychic duels, paratime shenanigans, hidden ultra-advanced civilizations and helicasinos for the win.
* ''VideoGame/CovertAction''
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters''
* ''Literature/TheHunchbackAssignments''



* ''Literature/JokerGame'' - A mixture of Bathtub Gin & Stale Beer.
* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' - One of the first spy stories ever written, it is something of an oddball having a formless plot and a protagonist who starts not even knowing which side he is on. The protagonist is too low of rank to go to the [[FancyDinner Fancy Dinners]] that would be expected of a Martini type spy, however his life as a street informer is rather romanticized.



* ''ComicBook/{{Casanova}}'' is Martini and Absinthe. Psychic duels, paratime shenanigans, hidden ultra-advanced civilizations and helicasinos for the win.
* ''Film/XXx'': [[TotallyRadical Four Loko. Or a Jägerbomb.]] The opening scene contains a TakeThat at the "Martini" style, with a Film/JamesBond {{expy}} getting killed at a Music/{{Rammstein}} concert due to how he stuck out in the crowd.
* ''Literature/TheHunchbackAssignments''
* ''Literature/JokerGame'' - A mixture of Bathtub Gin & Stale Beer.
* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' - One of the first spy stories ever written, it is something of an oddball having a formless plot and a protagonist who starts not even knowing which side he is on. The protagonist is too low of rank to go to the [[FancyDinner Fancy Dinners]] that would be expected of a Martini type spy, however his life as a street informer is rather romanticized.
* ''Literature/TheSaint'' - The main character is not a spy for anyone in particular, but has all the workings of one.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories''
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters''



* ''Film/TheNumbersStation''



* ''WebAnimation/PigeonImpossible'' - No actual ''spying'', but a CIA agent's eventful first day on the job.
* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': A Bleach and Ammonia Bathtub Gin Jägerbomb. It's self-consciously [[PunkPunk punk]] as all get-out, with the default [=PCs=] as terrorists cum ravers fighting against The Agency, in a world where AnyoneCanDie, evil conspiracies fight to control the world, and people's heads explode from out-of-control psychic powers. Tradecraft is de-emphasized for the protagonists (who are kids with serious emotional problems and powers that make them living weapons), but highly important to their enemies.
* ''Literature/TheSaint'' - The main character is not a spy for anyone in particular, but has all the workings of one.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories''



* ''The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground'' by Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper - Rotgut. One of the or possibly the earliest spy novel ever (1821). Harvey Birch, a baccy-chewing pedler, helps to foil British and Loyalist intrigues during the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution by pretending to be a spy for the British. He couldn't afford a martini even if it had been invented by 1780, but the story is belongs to literary Romanticism and makes it quite clear who the good guys are, so it does not belong to the stale beer flavour either.



* ''WebAnimation/PigeonImpossible'' - No actual ''spying'', but a CIA agent's eventful first day on the job.

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* ''WebAnimation/PigeonImpossible'' - No actual ''spying'', but ''Film/XXx'': [[TotallyRadical Four Loko. Or a CIA agent's eventful first day on Jägerbomb.]] The opening scene contains a TakeThat at the job."Martini" style, with a Film/JamesBond {{expy}} getting killed at a Music/{{Rammstein}} concert due to how he stuck out in the crowd.



* ''The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground'' by Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper - Rotgut. One of the or possibly the earliest spy novel ever (1821). Harvey Birch, a baccy-chewing pedler, helps to foil British and Loyalist intrigues during the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution by pretending to be a spy for the British. He couldn't afford a martini even if it had been invented by 1780, but the story is belongs to literary Romanticism and makes it quite clear who the good guys are, so it does not belong to the stale beer flavour either.
** ''The Bravo: A Tale'' (1831) is another example of the genre by Cooper. It deals with intrigues in 18th-century Venice.
* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': A Bleach and Ammonia Bathtub Gin Jägerbomb. It's self-consciously [[PunkPunk punk]] as all get-out, with the default [=PCs=] as terrorists cum ravers fighting against The Agency, in a world where AnyoneCanDie, evil conspiracies fight to control the world, and people's heads explode from out-of-control psychic powers. Tradecraft is de-emphasized for the protagonists (who are kids with serious emotional problems and powers that make them living weapons), but highly important to their enemies.
* ''Film/TheNumbersStation''
* ''VideoGame/CovertAction''



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