->'''INS Agent:''' You ever heard of Division 6?\\
'''Police Officer:''' There is no Division 6. This is bullshit.\\
'''INS Agent:''' Yeah.
-->-- ''Film/MenInBlack''

This trope covers two kinds of [[TheGovernment government agency]], those that are entirely fictional, and current genuine agencies described in a fictional way.

They are often shown in the same way, either as [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obstructive bureaucrats]], or the GovernmentConspiracy. Many of these will only be seen as the [[HeroesRUs organisation behind our heroes]], paying their wages and HeroInsurance and assigning them missions (such as the first few on this list), providing occasional [[TheCavalry back-up]] (such as ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse), or hunting for our unusual heroes (because they're aliens secretly operating on Earth, say). Sometimes, they'll just be inventing [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus silly walks]].

This organization may employ TheMenInBlack, or barring that, the CovertGroupWithMundaneFront.

Compare HeroesRUs, LawEnforcementInc. Government Agencies of Fiction sometimes have FunWithAcronyms.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Worlds Welfare Work Association (3WA), with ''troublesome'' agents Kei and Yuri (''LightNovel/DirtyPair'').
* The Royal Enforcement Division from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', a group that is supposed to take out enemies of TheKingdom of Zahard, especially [[RebelliousPrincess rogue]] [[AmazonBrigade princesses]] and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Rankers]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters FUG]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist members]] and [[TheDreaded Irregulars]]. [[SecretPolice Nasty bunch]], those guys.
* Public Security Section 9 in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', as well as the Cabinet Intelligence Agency in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]] 2nd GIG''.
** They were intended to be more like fictional branches of the very real (although less than widely publicised) Japanese intelligence establishment. It isn't a monolithic entity, but is more like an umbrella organisation coordinating various semi-independent sections, so a couple of fictional ones would fit the structure just fine.
* Hypnos and DATS in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', MIB agencies.
* The RAPD in ''Anime/BurstAngel''.
* NERV, SEELE and GEHIRN from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', although NERV is the one that gets 95% of the screen time.
* The Social Welfare Agency in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
* The Organization from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' probably counts too.
* Then, there are the BRAVE HEROES of the Gutsy Galaxy Guard of ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' fame. 3G BANZAI!!!
** And their American and Chinese branches and French sister organization, Chasseur, all with their own contingent of Brave Robots.
* The Time-Space Administration Bureau of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Granted, it serves an ''alien'' government, but...
** 'course, in [=StrikerS=] the focus is on the Bureau's homeworld, so it isn't quite so alien anymore.
* The {{hentai}} ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness'' has the Special Security Services Cabinet, which gives the spies of Q-section their marching orders.
* The Sakura Kikan in ''Anime/SenkoNoNightRaid''.
* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' includes the NIA (National Intelligence Agency), a domestic surveillance/law enforcement (?) agency that works closely with the military and seems to take its orders directly from the President.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', the FBI (or rather its pre-1935 incarnation, the Division of Investigation) has a branch dedicated to affairs regarding immortals and alchemy headed by Victor Talbot, an immortal himself.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has various United Nations agencies: ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division/Strategic, Hazard Intervention, Espionage Logistics Directorate.), [=SWORD=] (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), and [=ARMOR=] (Altered-Reality Monitoring and Operational Response). An ''evil'' multinational agency called Operation Zero Tolerance briefly existed to stomp on mutants, and Weapon Plus does the same thing.
** The United States has [[Comicbook/{{Nextwave}} [=HATE=]]] (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort) [[CanonDiscontinuity sometimes]], the [=CSA=] (Commission of Superhuman Activities), and [=O*N*E=] (Office of National Emergency). During the Dark Reign story, SHIELD was replaced by dodgy organisation [=HAMMER=].
** The United Kingdom has [[ComicBook/{{Excalibur}} [=MI13=]]], the metahuman/supernatural/extra terrestrial branch of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (the designation is not used in reality). Previous British agencies were *deep breath*: [=STRIKE=] (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies, a UK SHIELD), WHO (the Weird Happenings Organisation, a ShoutOut to UNIT), Black Air, RCX (the Resource Contol eXecutive) and DUCK (Yes, really. Department of Unknown and Covert Knowledge). Some of these organisations turned out to be evil, and the exact juristiction boundaries (or even which ones, if any, existed at the same time) were never clearly established. An [=MI13=] story {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this by having an [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] officer remark none of these agencies will ever last.
** Canada has Department H in the ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' comics.
* The 13th Bureau of the Yellow Empire on ''BlakeAndMortimer'' Comics.
* Franchise/TheDCU also had a fictional version of the [=OSS=]; in the modern era, it has ComicBook/{{Checkmate}} (later handed over to the United Nations), Project Cadmus, the [=DEO=] (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), the DMA (Department of Metahuman Affairs), SHADE (Super Human Advanced Defense Executive), and the Global Peace Agency.
* Acclaim Comics had the Domestic Operations Authority, or DOA. Usually the good guys in ''Turok'', not so much in ''Bloodshot''.
* [=GUN=] (Guardian Unit of Nations) and the [=CIA=] (Central ''Information'' Agency) in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series.
* The Culper Ring in ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan''. [[TruthInTelevision In reality]], it was George Washington's spy network. Here they still exist as a "covert arm of the executive branch".
* This is the entire basis for almost all incarnations of ''Franchise/GIJoe''. They go as far as to fake their members' deaths in the latest comic series.
* The Marvel mini-series "Pryde and Wisdom", [[Comicbook/{{Excalibur}} Pete Wisdom and Kitty Pryde]] work for a police agency called Dept F.66, The Department of Unusual Deaths.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics have had a few, starting with the Intelligence and Information Institute (III) that was meant to handle the Transformers for the US government (i.e. give a fake story about where they came from and refuse to notice the Autobots were goodies). The IDW comics had Skywatch.
* ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}'' has Tri-Eye. Its true intentions are pretty vague but they seem to have a hand in everything that happens.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' gives us the Comicbook/{{BPRD}}, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense which is an international agency that, as the name implies, deals with paranormal activities. Unlike most examples, the organization operates out in the open.
* ''ComicBook/PowerAndGlory'' has the National Intelligence Agency, the folks who created the all-American A-Pex hero.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Sector 7, from ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.
--> "Never heard of it."
--> "Never will."
* Subverted by The Agency of the ''Film/MenInBlack'', AKA the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Division 6. They outright state they do not represent any branch of the government (because that would involve "too much paperwork"). As a result, they are 100% privately funded, though that isn't a problem because they own the patents for Velcro and microwave ovens (which were actually invented by aliens).
** In the animated version, they identify themselves to civilians as Division 6 of whatever real governmental agency would sound appropriate. So for episode dealing with alien plants, they'd identify themselves as Department of Agriculture, Division 6, an episode dealing with extraterrestrial drugs would have them calling themselves Drug Enforcement Agency, Division, 6, and so on.
*** Which gets really silly when they are in a cinema and introduce themselves as 'Ushers: Division 6'.
* The Ministry of Information and the Information Retrieval Department from ''Film/{{Brazil}}''.
* The OSS in the ''Film/SpyKids'' trilogy. In {{real|Life}}ity, it was the predecessor of the CIA and is now defunct. In their world, it is still active.
* The Central Security Agency from the Creator/JackieChan film ''Film/TheTuxedo'', which justifies TuxedoAndMartini by manufacturing [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman ultra high-tech spy tuxedos]] that they issue to their field agents.
* The Multiverse Authority from ''Film/TheOne'' is basically an [[AlternateUniverse inter-dimensional]] FBI that hunts down and arrests people who kill their counterparts. (It's not all they do, but everything else is [[AllInTheManual on a now-defunct website]].)
* The House Committee of Racial Identity in ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica''.
* ''Film/{{Push}}'' has the Division, a government agency dedicated to hunting down and training {{psychic|Powers}}s (remote viewers, telekinetics, empaths, etc.) for the purposes of espionage and covert ops. There was, apparently, a Chinese version, which has been disbanded and absorbed by the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. The Division bears many similarities to the Psi Corps from ''Series/BabylonFive'' in that they have a hidden agenda, conduct secret research, and attempt to create an army of super-psychics.
* MI 7 in ''Film/JohnnyEnglish''. Possibly unknown to the filmmakers there really was a British Military Intelligence Section 7: it was in charge of propaganda and was eventually extinguished.
* S.H.I.E.L.D. in the films set in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. There's also the Strategic Scientific Reserve, as seen in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', heavily implied to be the predecessor to the modern-day SHIELD organization.
* As noted above, ''Film/HellBoy'' has the BPRD, which is a secret at least throughout the first movie.
* The Omega Sector in ''Film/TrueLies''.
* The IMF, or Impossible Missions Force, from the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' series.
* ''ThePresidentsAnalyst'' features the Central Enquiries Agency (CEA) and the Federal Board of Regulation (FBR). They're ostensibly on the same side, but it's hardly apparent.
* The Department of Mutant Affairs from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', headed by Hank [=McCoy=] (the mutant formerly known as the Beast.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Any {{Ruritania}} wouldn't be complete without their [[SecretPolice Zekrett Politzs]].
* The Department Of Metahuman Affairs in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''.
* Bureau of Sabotage ([=BuSab=]) from Frank Herbert's ''Literature/ConSentiency'' series.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' has a large number of fictional bureaus that deal with various areas as colonization, technology, correction, forced relocation, and even a anti-tech SecretPolice.
* ARM (originally Amalgamated Regional Militia) of Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', basically the UN police force, consisting entirely of paranoid schizophrenics, and quite possibly led by a psychopathic overprotective superintelligent posthuman.
* The Bureau, the British intelligence agency of the {{Quiller}} novels.
* Creator/StephenKing's Department of Scientific Intelligence ("The Shop") in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' and other stories.
* The Uncle Ira Group and Special Forces Warrant Agency from ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' -- in a future United States which has been demilitarised by force, they serve as the country's (illegal) intelligence and black ops units.
* CURE, a secret U.S. government agency in ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' book series. It was created by President John F. Kennedy to destroy threats to United States by working outside the U.S. Constitution.
* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' Casefiles series has the Network, employing the boys' occasional ally Mr. Grey.
* The [[BigBrotherIsWatching Thought Police]] in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. Also the Ministries of Truth, Peace, Love, and Plenty.
* Literature/{{The Laundry|Series}}, the UK's EldritchAbomination response team in Creator/CharlesStross novels. Also their American counterparts, the Black Chamber (In ''The Apocalypse Codex'', they're jokingly referred to as the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Nazgūl]], and ''perhaps'' officially known as the Operational Phenomenology Agency), and their German counterparts, the Geheime Sicherheit Abteilung (Secret Security Department, also known as the "Faust Force").
** The Black Chamber, for history nerds, is the original version of the NSA.
* In Christopher Anvil's ''Colonization'' future, the Federation of Humanity has lots of agencies which keep tripping over each other, including the Space Force, the Planetary Development Authority and the Space Scouts. The Interstellar Patrol is a contrasting picture of efficiency -- because they [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight don't bother following the rules]].
* The Council of Science in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/LuckyStarr'' series of stories. It started out as an advisory body, but:
-->"More and more it had become a crime-fighting agency, a counterespionage system. Into its own hands it was drawing more and more of the threads of government."
* [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfFoxTayle BioCon]] corporation worked under the government creating genetic experiments, but one escaped and now the FBI has to chase him.
* All governments in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are obviously fictional, but the only one organised enough to have actual ''agencies'' (beyond "a bunch of soldiers hired by the feudal ruler") is Ankh-Morpork. The Dark Clerks seem to be the organisation that deals with situations Vetinari feels might be dangerous, but which it would be inappropriate for the Watch to deal with. They're Assassins' Guild graduates, often scholarship boys (ie. they entered the Guild because they were ''already'' really good at killing, not because their family had money).
** The former Patricians had a SecretPolice called the Cable Street Particulars, now reinvented as the Watch's investigative and undercover arm.
** The Kingdom of Lancre has several governmental agencies, departments and bodies. It's just that [[OddlySmallOrganisation they're all run entirely by Shawn Ogg]].
** The FantasyCounterpartCulture of...Asia...on the Counterweight Continent also has all the formal trappings of imperial China, cradle of bureaucracy, and so presumably has massive numbers of intricately named departments. We just don't meet them, because Rincewind spends all his time running and Cohen spends all his time stabbing people.
* Of course, in JasperFforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, there is an actual Government Agency of Fiction, the [=SO27 LiteraTec=] division...
* Creator/KimNewman is one of several writers who've taken SherlockHolmes's statement that, on occasion, brother Mycroft ''is'' the British Government to portray the Literature/DiogenesClub as a secret government agency under his control.
* Michael Gilbert wrote a number of short stories about two middle-aged spies, Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens, who after twenty-some years each in [=MI6=] joined another agency, the Joint Services Standing Intelligence Committee's External Branch. "If there's a job which is so disreputable that none of the departments will handle it, we give it to the 'E' Branch."
* The Silean Seekers from ''Literature/FieldsOfForeboding''.
* In ''Literature/UltimaThule'' and sequels, Mack Reynolds gives us Section G of the Department of Interplanetary Justice, Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs. Spying, covert destabilization of stagnant cultures, and pushing human advancement are among their less 'official' activities. Officially, they're about peace and interplanetary relations.
* ''Literature/ForWantOfANail'' is an AlternateHistory where the American Revolution was quelled by the British, and in place of the United States is the Confederacy of North America (CNA), which features the Confederation Bureau of Investigation as a counterpart to the original timeline's Federal Bureau of Investigation.
* In Literature/TheNexusSeries, much of the plot involves the actions of the Emerging Risks Directorate (ERD), an agency created to fight all forms of transhuman technology and those who would exploit it. The agency came into being after Neo-Nazi cloned children tried to kill an entire town with an engineered virus, only failing in killing millions because they released it too early. For reference, neither the DHS or the CIA trust the ERD.
* Matt Helm belonged to a fictional, unnamed organization that specialized in "Counterassassination." This meant that they specialized in killing enemy agents other organizations could not deal with.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Intelligence| 2014}}'' uses the U.S. Cyber Command which is a real agency, in a fictional way. For all intents and purposes, the real CYBERCOM seems to be more of a D.O.D function through the Armed Forces. CYBERCOM on Intelligence seems to be more of a technology focused sort of CIA, despite the Armed Forces pictures located in the main hall of the fictional CYBERCOM. It seems like it's just a tick more advanced than the real thing - even using a modified version of the actual CYBERCOM's emblem.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had various government organizations that fit more of an [[FunWithAcronyms Alphabet Soup]] role, such as the NID (National Intelligence Department), later replaced with the IOA (International Oversight Advisory).
** NID and IOA, in particular, were created as antagonists. the USAF's Stargate Command, of course, are the protagonists.
** If Stargate Command doesn't count for this, then it's expanded version in ''[[Series/StargateUniverse Universe]]'', Homeworld Command certainly does.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' creates several of these. Occasionally mentioned are the Bajoran, Vulcan and Klingon intelligence agencies. However, three do get a more significant exploration:
** Section 31 (Federation), a black ops agency so secret it doesn't even have a headquarters. Most of the Federation doesn't know exists. Those that do turn a blind eye to its existence. Its status as an actual government ''agency'' (rather than a secret society operating within the government) is a bit vague, as is its relation to the publicly acknowledged and sometimes-mentioned Starfleet Intelligence.
** The Tal Shiar (Romulan), as a reputation for being one of the most efficient organisations in the entire Alpha/Beta Quadrants. Not many organisations have a better reputation. It's considered dangerous enough for the Dominion to target for being wiped out as a prelude to invading the Alpha Quadrant.
** The Obsidian Order (Cardassian), the only organisation with a better reputation for efficiency and success than the Tal Shiar. Like the Tal Shiar, the Dominion views it as such a big threat that it wipes out the Order as a prelude to invading the Alpha Quadrant. The Obsidian Order is eventually replaced by the Cardassian Bureau of Intelligence which also very quickly gains a reputation for skill and efficiency at what it does.
* UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, later the [=UNified=] Intelligence Taskforce) and the Series/{{Torchwood}} Institute in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}.
* The Science Patrol in ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''.
* CTU (Counter-Terrorist Unit) in ''Series/TwentyFour''.
** The original DVD release of Day One did refer to it on the back of the box as the CIA's Counter Terrorist Unit. Apparently it got retconned once the show got picked up for a second season.
* CONTROL in ''Series/GetSmart''.
** And in one episode ABC, 'The Third Spy Network'.
* The Initiative from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Operation Lightspeed]], a demon-fighting rescue organization; [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]], TimePolice from the year 3000; and TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture it will have a SpacePolice group called [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Space Patrol Delta]]. In an undefined place continuity-wise is the sinister [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Alphabet Soup]], a scientific think-tank.
* The Agency in the Sci-Fi Channel ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' series. Arguably a parody, as it seems to have [[OddlySmallOrganization only two field agents (three in the second season),]] [[DaChief one boss]] [[OddlySmallOrganization with one personal assistant, and one]] HotScientist, and suffers from frequently being transferred to branches of TheGovernment that have ''nothing'' to do with intelligence (Dept. of Fish and Game, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept. of Health and Human Services, the US Postal Service...)
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Robert [=McCall's=] former employer is only referred to as "The Agency" or "The Company", both well-known nicknames for the CIA. Not actually ''calling'' it the CIA gets around the issue of how the mysterious Agency can legally operate inside the United States, which it does in quite a few episodes.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The Ministry of Silly Walks.
* The United Network Command for Law and Enforcement--U.N.C.L.E.--of the 60s spy series ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' U.N.C.L.E. is more of a multi-national, supra-governmental agency than an agency of one government, though (U.N.C.L.E. operatives are drawn from many of the nations of the world, even the (then) Soviet Bloc as well as the Free World, and it seems assumed without explicitly stating that U.N.C.L.E. is funded by various national governments and operates with their blessing and cooperation).
* The DXS (Department of External Services) in ''Series/MacGyver''.
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' has NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command), a division of Homeland Security.
* The A.R.C. (Anomaly Research Centre) [[Series/{{Primeval}} They investigate anomalies and fight dinosaurs, when necessary]]. And generally cover stuff up with BlatantLies.
* M.I. 9 from ''MIHigh''.
* The NIA (a combination of every scare story about the CIA and NSA) in ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', ''CodenameFoxfire'', and ''Series/LoisAndClark''.
* The [[SchoolForScheming Academy]] in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a government agency that appears to conduct experiments on children to turn them in psychic {{Super Soldier}}s.
** The Hands of Blue, or whoever they work for.
* [=CI5=], the organised crime, terrorism and spy fighting agency that employs ''Series/TheProfessionals''.
* ''Series/DempseyAndMakepeace'' has [=SI10=], which fulfils a similar role to [=CI5=], though it has a more rigid hierarchy and appears to be an actual police unit.
* The Creator/{{AMC}} series ''Series/{{Rubicon}}'' has the American Policy Institute, a government think tank that seems to do most of the intelligence gathering for other agencies.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' has Division, a black-ops program that doesn't officially exist, and originally reported to a secret group of government officials known as Oversight. However, its leader, [[BigBad Percy]], has since gone rogue, and Division now works for the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney highest bidder]]. And unfortunately, Percy has [[TreacheryCoverUp taken steps]] to insure that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he can never be removed from power]] without bringing the ''entire US government'' down with him.
** Gogol is initially presented as the Russian version of Division but Nikita quickly points out that while they employ many former government agents, they have always been just a mercenary organization. They are later revealed to be part of a Russian MegaCorp.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' had Section 1, which was one of the many Sections under the control of Oversight, which in turn was under the control of Center.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had IASA (International Aeronautics and Space Administration), an International Agency of Fiction.
* The Ministry of Administrative Affairs in ''Series/YesMinister''. The ultimate government bureaucracy, it's in charge of organising all the other government bureaucracies.
* Similarly, the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship ([=DoSAC=]) in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', created on account of the Prime Minister's preference for "joined-up government" (a sly reference to some of the weirder departments cooked up by TonyBlair and PeterMandelson).
* The agents of ''Series/{{InSecurity}}'' work for NISA, a fictional Canadian agency based partly on the real CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.) It's also mostly based on spy agencies as seen on TV.
* Colonel Steve Austin, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', was employed by the O.S.I. (Office of Scientific Intelligence).
* In the 1960's spy show ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968'', Alexander Mundy was [[BoxedCrook released from jail to perform missions for]] the U.S. SIA (Secret Intelligence Agency).
* The Fringe Division in, well, ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
* The warehouses in the show ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' are an interesting example, because they aren't really a real part of the government.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', in addition to ComicBook/{{Checkmate}} from the comics, had a [[BlandNameProduct thinly-disguised]] DHS called the Department of Domestic Security.
* Defense Security Division (DSD) in ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Was abolished in season 4 and many of its former agents went rogue.
* The Department in ''Series/{{K9}}'', who seem to have started out as a Torchwood/UNIT type organisation, and extended their mandate until they were in charge of ''everything''.
* In the series ''{{Eerie Indiana}}'' (and the book series based upon it) had the Bureau of Lost whose job was to make sure that certain items are "lost" so that people would buy to items and support the economy.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has three -- Task Force: VALKYRIE, TheMenInBlack who came together after [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy hiring an actor to cover up the fact that some]] ''[[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy thing]]'' [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy had eaten President Lincoln]]; the Barrett Commission, a political coalition that works to keep vampiric influence out of the halls of power; and the Vanguard Serial Crimes Unit, a branch of the FBI trained in PsychicPowers and specializing in the pursuit of [[SlasherMovie slashers]].
** Division Six ''thinks'' it's this, but it's really just a well-supplied pawn of [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening the Seers of the Throne]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace'' mostly uses existing agencies, but the US has the National Technical Intelligence Bureau (futuristic NSA) and the Space Intelligence Agency; the EU has the Genetic Regulatory Agency; and Indonesia (one of the main players in the Transpacific Socialist Alliance) has BAKORSTAPAS. There's even a ''fictional'' fictional government agency; S.P.I.D.E.R., who fight the eco-terrorists of K.H.A.O.S. in a series of popular kids' shows.
* Department 7, the all-purpose government agency tasked with investigating whatever the Gamemaster wants them to, from ''TabletopGame/D20Modern''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_13 Bureau 13]] in Tri Tac Games' ''Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic''. They're a top secret U.S. government agency dedicated to defending the world against supernatural threats.
* The secret, unofficial (and illegal) Delta Green from ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', which is dedicated to stopping CthulhuMythos threats. Its British counterpart is PISCES (Paranormal Intelligence Section for Counter-intelligence, Espionage and Sabotage).
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'' had C.H.E.S.S. (Central Headquarters of Espionage for the Secret Service), a U.S. government agency that fought super menaces.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' the Computer had a number of organizations carrying out its orders, such as Armed Forces, CPU and Internal Security.
* ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse'':
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'', one of the psi orders is China's Ministry of Psionic Affairs, which specializes in the practice of telepathy; as such, the Ministry has a number of functions in the Chinese government. Its relationship with its home country, and with the rest of the world, is understandably complex.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}'' has the U.S. Branch 9, and its international counterparts, which exist to deal with situations beyond the scope of other intelligence agencies, and answer to their respective heads of state.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The VSSE from ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''.
* The Regular Army from ''VideoGame/MetalSlug''.
* The AMS in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead''. Also in the film version.
* The Agency, employing cyborgs to bring peace to Pacific City today and ''[[TakeOverTheWorld the world]]'' later, in the [=XBox's=] ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''.
* The five nation alliances in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': [[FunWithAcronyms P.A.T.R.I.O.T., S.A.B.E.R., S.M.A.S.H., H.A.M.M.E.R., and A.N.V.I.L.]]
* The Agency and its [[ConspiracyRedemption more benign]] successor, the International Presidential Consulting Agency, from ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter''.
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' has the ''Majestic''
* The Ministry Of Occultism in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''.
* The National Security Executive in ''VideoGame/SecondSight''. PretentiousLatinMotto: ''Silent Leges Inter Arma''[[note]]lit. "Laws fall silent in times of arms" or more accurately "The laws are meaningless in times of war".[[/note]].
* HECU (Hazardous Environment Combat Unit) in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''.
* The Civil Emergency and Defense Agency (CEDA) in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
* ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' has The Trust.
* And there's AlphaProtocol in the game of the same name.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', as UNATCO appears to be a legitimate world law-enforcement body [[spoiler: but is just an arm of a more shadowy organization that has been manipulating member nations' laws to stage legal coups in every country.]]
* Task Force 141 in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', a multinational anti-terrorist special operations group that was formed in response to the detonation of a rouge nuclear weapon during the first game (helmed under the command of US General Hershel Shepherd). [[spoiler:By the third game they are all but eradicated and the remaining members are disavowed as terrorists themselves.]]
* Mike Toreno's "government agency" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Plus at least one (probably two) rival agencies.
* JP's in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' leaps between this and AncientConspiracy.
* The eponymous XCOM, which is actually unaffiliated with ''any'' government, existing as an autonomous agency that nevertheless ''answers'' to the Council of Nations. There's also EXALT in Enemy Within[[note]]which is not a ''government'' agency, but has in fact infiltrated and attempts to control ''a'' government in the Council of Nations. It's up to XCOM to determine which government it is[[/note]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/CodeNameHunter'' gives us the '''R'''oyal '''C'''enter for '''S'''pecial '''I'''nvestigations.
* The Templar from ''Webcomic/ParallelDementia.''
* The Quad from ''Webcomic/{{Spy6teen}}''
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' has a secret spy agency referred to as UGA, which is short for... ''Undisclosed Government Agency.''
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' centers around the activities of Project Skin Horse, a US government agency dedicated to handling the affairs of "nonhuman sapients," several of whom (including a Frankensteinian construct and a bureaucratic talking dog) serve on its staff. Other fictional government agencies make appearances. [[IWantMyJetPack Stupid Department of Jetpack Suppression...]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The dreaded Mutant Commission Office in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Mutants often call it the 'Mutant ''Control'' Office'.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation features the Unusual Incidents Unit of the FBI, their world's equivalent of "The X-Files". However, also considered a dead end job for the FBI, and they only find actual SCP items very rarely.
* [[TheEmpire Avelia's]] Office of Strategic Services and [[ThoseWackyNazis Sirene's]] Reichsnachrichten from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''.
* The ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' operated under the Department of Superheroics.
* Franchise/TheFearMythos features the SMSC and Sgt. Peppers, two organizations dedicated to fighting the Fears.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Section 13 - ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' Office of Secret Intelligence. The main branch operates much like SHIELD, but apparently a splinter group is a CaptainErsatz for ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* The Dai Li from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* Global Justice, an international crimefighting agency who sometimes call on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has [[TheMenInBlack The Guys in White]], a governmental agency dedicated to ghostly research/hunts.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), which employs [[AnimalSuperheroes Animal Secret Agents]] to fight {{Mad Scientist}}s.
* ISIS and ODIN in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. In the original series Race Bannon worked for a U.S. Government organization called Intelligence One and Dr. Quest sometimes helped them out. It only appeared in two episodes, "The Mystery of the Lizard Men" and "Riddle of the Gold".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. Mansley mentions that he "works for the government" when he flashes his badge for the "BUP."
* The Super Secret Government Agency of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', headed by The General, and staffed by incompetent [[TheMenInBlack men in black]] [[SaltAndPepper Black and White.]]
* The Earth Protection Force in [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 series of Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles]], which existed since the 1800s.

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[[folder: Real Agencies In Fiction ]]


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The FBI is a consistent presence in ''Manga/DeathNote'', although why they are suddenly investigating international cases instead of the CIA is never explained.
* Interpol of ''Franchise/LupinIII'' does ''not'' operate the way [[InterpolSpecialAgent Inspector Zenigata]] makes use of it. Real Life has the International Police agency as a multinational information-sharing operation. Zenigata uses it as his authority to travel and arrest Lupin in ''any'' nation.
* The NPA is mentioned at least once in ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', being the coordinating agency for police forces.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ComicBook/QueenAndCountry started out referring to British domestic intelligence as "Five" (like TheSandbaggers does,) but Creator/GregRucka was embarrassed to discover that most people nowadays [[ShownTheirWork refer to the agency as "Box"]], a nickname derived from the agency's official address, a [=PO=] Box. He promptly corrected the error in the rest of the series.
* William {{Gravel}} (think [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}John Constantine]] meets [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]), protagonist of various Warren Ellis' comics, is a Sergeant Major in the SAS (Special Air Service).
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the FBI operated the Orsintos Labs project that studied various paranormal phenomena, including Oasis. It's explained that they did this because they were jealous the CIA hogging all the alien cases.
* In Marvel Comics, the real-life MI-5, [=MI6=] and the Joint Intelligence Committee have all appeared in [=MI13=] stories written by Paul Cornell. [=MI6=] previously ran superhero operations in ''Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu''.
* Comicbook/TheBoys are backed by the {{CIA}}.
* The [=MI5=] and [=MI6=] in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', where not only works every British spy and agent from fiction (from [[Series/DangerMan John Drake]], Franchise/JamesBond, [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] and more), but it was also used as [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour The Ministry Of Love]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* [=INS=] (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Division 6, one of J's cover stories in ''Film/MenInBlack''. After its absorption into Department of Homeland Security, however, it was reorganized into Customs and Border Protection on border control, and US Citizenship and Immigration Service for immigration.
* [=MI6=] and the CIA, as seen in ''Film/JamesBond''.
** Referred as simply the British Secret Service in the Fleming novels.
** Ditto SMERSH, before their role was usurped by the completely-fictional [[NebulousEvilOrganisation S.P.E.C.T.R.E.]], barring that one mention in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' features the PLA Military Intelligence.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' also includes the NSA.
* Department of Defense in ''Film/EagleEye''.
* The '''N'''uclear '''E'''mergency '''S'''upport '''T'''eam appears in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' as... [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/NEST#Notes let's just let the TFWiki try to explain it.]]
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense is a pain in Buckaroo's neck. He badmouths Buckarooo to other people and tries to convince the President to confiscate Buckaroo's Jet Car.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' the NSA is behind the project to develop the little black box and ends up hunting the protagonists after they steal it.
* The NSA started a program to recruit ''Film/XXx''.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' portrays the United States Air Force launching a covert mission through the [[CoolGate Stargate]] to investigate the alien world of Abydos [[spoiler:and to destroy the Gate on the other side if Abydos proves to be a threat.]] The [[Series/StargateSG1 spinoff series]] would go on to portray the Stargate being operated by various Department of Defense agencies under the fictional Stargate Command.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [=MI6=] was also seen in Creator/JohnLeCarre's works. It's nicknamed "The Circus" thanks to its headquarters being on Cambridge Circus (in-universe; in real life [=MI6=] headquarters overlooks the Thames).
** It is called the Circus until sometime between the end of Smiley's People and the start of The Russia House, when the main part of the Service, as it then becomes known, moves to an unpleasant office building on the south bank of the Thames, which is stated more clearly in The Secret Pilgrim. This is explained as being partly because of a desire to get rid of everything which reminds them of TheMole from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, especially because they know he bugged the Circus before he was caught.
* [=NUMA=], the ''National Underwater and Marine Agency'', a federal institution out of the [[NUMASeries Dirk Pitt]] novels by Clive Cussler led to the founding of a private organization of the same name which is headed by the author.
* The Beeks in ''Literature/ChildOfTheHive'' are a government organisation officially known as DPNI: Department for the Protection of National Intellect.
* The FBI is after [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfFoxTayle Fox Tayle]] because he escaped from the fictional governmental [=BioCon=] corporation.
* SMERSH figured heavily in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels by Creator/IanFleming (at least till use of the organization was phased out around the time of ''Literature/{{Thunderball}})''. However, the organization was never the super spy organization depicted, and may not have been in existence by the time that the Bond novels debuted. SMERSH (from ''SMER''t ''SH''pionam, or "death to spies") was in reality a sub-branch of the NKVD/MGB that was tasked during ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII The Great Patriotic War]]) with ferreting out ant-communist partisans, Nazi sympathizers and other enemies of the Soviet regime behind Soviet lines. They were also put in charge of the short manhunt for AdolfHitler in Berlin at the end of the war. SMERSH was officially closed down in March 1946.
* The real [=MI7=] was the propaganda and censorship division of the War Office, currently defunct. In the ''Literature/WildCards'' series, [=MI7=] is the branch of British Intelligence that employs the superpowered spies and assassins codenamed Silver Helix.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/{{Chuck}} is pressganged into working for both the [=CIA=] and [=NSA=].
* The British Security Service ([=MI5=]) is depicted in ''{{Spooks}}''.
* NCIS, CGIS and Mossad from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', though an incredible amount of people in the show haven't heard of it... which is justified because most people only know about the organisation because of the show.
** The fact that NCIS is relatively unknown to the general public is regularly lampshaded in the show.
-->'''Tony:''' Relax, quickdraw, we're Feds.
-->'''Security officer:''' Yeah? What agency?
-->'''Tony/Ziva:''' NCIS.
-->'''Security officer:''' Never heard of it.
-->'''Ziva:''' Naval Criminal Investigative Service...
-->'''Security officer:''' Never-heard-of-it.
-->'''Tony (sighs):''' You never actually get used to it. You think you will, but you never do.
* More realistic takes on [=MI6=] (although referred to as [=SIS=], its real name) and [=MI5=] can be found in ''Series/TheSandbaggers'' and ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'' (although both depict [=SIS=] using a structure reportedly closer to the real [=CIA=].)
* [=The FBI=]'s [[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]] Division.
* [=The NSA=] is becoming more and more referenced in fiction, such as ''Series/SevenDays'', ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Until comparatively recently, of course, the government's official stand was that the NSA was itself fictional.[[note]] The NSA was listed in the 1957 edition of the U.S. Government Manual[[/note]] Government employees that knew otherwise actually [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it, dubbing it [[FunWithAcronyms No Such Agency]].
** The NSA is also often shown carrying out activities well outside its real-world mission of communications and cryptography intelligence and counter-intelligence. In the real world, for example, it does not employ James-Bond-style covert agents or snipers, and plays no role in domestic law enforcement.
*** [[ParanoiaFuel That's what they want you to think!]]
* The Organization for Scientific Investigation and Research (OSIR) featured in ''PsiFactor'' is allegedly a genuine international non-governmental organization, though the TV show (presumably) veered off the actual organization by a pretty wide margin.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The British Dental Association is a bit of a subversion. While the show portrays it as one of these, they're quite mundane in real life.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has the eponymous FBI "Fringe Division", which works out of a basement at Harvard and consists of an ActionGirl, a MadScientist, his DeadpanSnarker son, TheChick and the TeamPet reporting to the BaldBlackLeaderGuy.
** In an alternate universe Fringe Division is the main investigative arm of the Department of Defense and reports directly to the Secretary of Defense. The FBI no longer exists and Homeland Security was never created (since 9/11 wasn't as disastrous) in that version of the United States.
* ''Series/ColdSquad'' and ''WakingTheDead'' introduced fictional police Cold Case divisions before such things began to [[DeFictionalization pop up timidly]] in RealLife. ''Series/ColdCase'' itself avoids the trope portraying the characters as regular Homicide detectives, but in season 7, just as the willing suspension of disbelief was being too stretched (and the perspective of cancellation seemed sure) the writers had the two main characters be [[SequelHook offered]] [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot a position]] in a projected Cold Case FBI Unit.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'', which depicts the Ranger Division (state investigation bureau) of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
* Meyers in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' is a secret agent working for the Canadian Department of Militia and Defence (about twenty years before it existed in RealLife).
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' features stars the members of the BAU (an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_Analysis_Unit actual]] division of the FBI). The CIA and Interpol also appear in a few episodes.
* The characters in ''Series/TheMentalist'' work for the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [=The NSA=] is becoming more and more referenced in fiction such as ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'', ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', etc. Until comparatively recently, of course, the government's official stand was that the NSA was itself fictional. Government employees that knew otherwise actually [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it, dubbing it No Such Agency.
** The NSA is also often shown carrying out activities well outside its real-world mission of communications and cryptography intelligence and counter-intelligence. In the real world, for example, it does not employ James-Bond-style covert agents or snipers, and plays no role in domestic law enforcement.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', FEMA is the agency in charge of distributing the Ambrosia vaccine [[spoiler:and the Grey Death]]. [[TheDragon Walton Simons]] is the head of FEMA.
* DeathToSpies is named after the Soviet counterintelligence agency SMERSH (whose name is an [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]] meaning just that); the player takes the role of a counterintelligence agent and spy working for them during WWII.
* VideoGame/{{Gex}}'s father used to work for [=NASA=] when he died in an incident involving eating tapioca pudding in zero gravity. After the family later became [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rich]], Gex's mother bought 51% ownership of it, fired everybody, and turned Mission Control into a SuckECheeses.
* The CIA, KGB, GRU, DARPA, US Department of Defense, and several other real-world agencies play prominent roles in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series.
* VideoGame/{{Nelson Tethers|PuzzleAgent}} works for the FBI, Puzzle Division. In fact, he's the division's only agent. A friend of his works for their Vegetable Division. Not that the game [[RuleOfFunny takes itself very seriously]].
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] is an INTERPOL agent.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Average Joe has a character from ASIO [[http://www.asio.gov.au/ (Australian Security and Intelligence Agency)]]. Although real-life ASIO agents do not carry guns, this character [[http://ajcomic.com/?p=319 uses his]] [[http://ajcomic.com/?p=435 with little provocation]]
* The FBI in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', are involved in dealing with supernatural threats and hiding magic in general. After [[TheUnmasquedWorld the masquerade breaks]] they shift from the latter to suppressing the knowledge of the accessibility of magic from the public.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The main character on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' works at the [=CIA=].
* The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), employers of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Patty and Selma]]. [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2494443066906086178&q=family%20guy%20dmv&hl=en Also seen in]] ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* [[InterpolSpecialAgent INTERPOL]], ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* The DMV in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', which can impressively impound and later boot an 80-foot tall war mecha.
* In a rarer non-spying example, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'', with the '''N'''ational '''I'''nstitute of '''M'''ental '''H'''ealth. (Who probably weren't very happy about the depiction...let alone the sequel)
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