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->''"You really don't know anything about us! Ha! It's so amusing, because we're on the other side thinking 'Oh, the [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]], the {{CIA}}, they're looking over our shoulders, they're listening to our conversations', and the truth is ''you don't even know we exist!''"''
-->-- '''Mr. White''', ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''

Appearing most often in less realistic spy/action fiction, the Nebulous Evil Organisation is the natural enemy of HeroesRUs.

Often led by a DiabolicalMastermind, and sometimes developed enough to have [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness its own bureaucracy,]] It is a vast, deep-pocketed ''machine'' with one apparent goal: The proliferation of evil across the globe, maybe with some personal profit on the side.

Like TheSyndicate, it has a hand in every conceivable kind of nefarious dealing, from murder to grand robbery to bad traffic. However, its criminal activities have some grand goal, almost always WorldDomination or TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - which is, by sheer coincidence, nebulous enough that nearly any anti-good act can be shoehorned into it. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Price-fixing]] of consumer goods? Fits. Killing political leaders? Fits. [[TerroristsWithoutACause Blowing up buildings?]] Fits. Stealing the gold from Fort Knox? Fits. Attacking the heroes for no stated reason at all? ''Definitely'' fits. Expect vast armies of {{mooks}}, a [[ElaborateUndergroundBase secret underground lair]], immense amounts of advanced technology and [[FunWithAcronyms a clever name]].

See also NebulousCriminalConspiracy, which the operations extend beyond one single organization.
!! Examples:


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Team Rocket in the anime. Though some of its individual members ''do'' have concrete goals in mind (usually some sort of money-making scheme), but the organization as a whole, particularly its management, falls under this.
** Team Magma/Aqua and Team Galactic also can be classified as this, but those organizations have shifted from the more [[TheSyndicate Syndicate-like]] criminal organization that Team Rocket was to outright {{Well Intentioned Extremis|t}}m.
** The views of Team Galactic might fit more as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans with the leadership sometimes bordering on OmnicidalManiac.
** Team Plasma are a band of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s whose leader, N, seeks to separate Pokémon from humans, but the true mastermind [[TheManBehindTheMan Ghetsis]], plans on using the organization so that he can take control of the region.
* ''Manga/GiantRobo'''s Big Fire, an evil organisation who's only goal is absolute world domination! "Together, allegiance or death! Big Fire!"
** [[spoiler:Amusingly enough they actually end up helping the Heroes when [[OmnicidalManiac someone]] [[EnemyMine even worse comes along.]]]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Kosmo Entelecha, enemies of [[spoiler: Nagi's group in the past]]. It wouldn't be quite so nebulous if it weren't [[BoisterousBruiser Jack Rakan]] doing all of the explaining. Whenever he goes into the backstory of anything roughly half of it consists of "and then other stuff happened."
* ''Manga/LiarGame'''s Liar Game Tournament Office. A shady organization out to make a profit, they manage to secure 100 million yen (about US$1.5 million) for each of the participants in the first round...that's ''US$1.9 trillion''.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': The Organization. Yes, yes; they are the ones sending out hunters to kill the Yoma, [[spoiler: but they also are the ones behind the Yoma]].
** And the whole reason for it all is [[spoiler: to create Awakened Beings to use as weapons in a giant, unseen war far away from the island the story takes place on. The entire island is just one big laboratory and testing ground.]]
* The ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' franchise has Panther Claw, with innumerable [[{{Mooks}} guys in spiffy cat masks and cool hats]] and all manner of typically-female monsters. The original series gave us their goal early on as "the rest of the world doesn't deserve cool stuff, only us!" Different incarnations are different, though: In ''CuteyHoneyTheLive,'' Panther Claw was about making lots and lots of money through outlandishly evil means (sometimes CrazyAwesome, sometimes NightmareFuel, but ''always'' with a way to directly profit from the plot of the week.
* ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' features Florsheim, an evil organization of monsters bent on world domination. Step 1: Take out local hero Sunred. Dozens if not hundreds of fights later, Florsheim remains winless. At one point another such group, the Devil Eye Army, tries to take over Florsheim's turf. Cue CurbStompBattle; Florsheim isn't weak, Sunred is just too damn strong.
* Yami from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. As explained over various chapters (including [[http://www.mangareader.net/337-23660-6/historys-strongest-disciple-kenichi/chapter-154.html here]]), they have their hands in everything from weapon sales to the military to governmental influence, and enough funds to potentially be a self-sustaining nation. Their intention is to preserve and promote the "Satsu-jinken" (killing fist) style of martial arts, a goal they've pursued since their initial formation after World War II because several martial arts masters died during that war. Additionally, [[WeAreEverywhere the group is known by several names worldwide]], including "L'Obscurite" in France, with "Yami" being its Japanese name (both words mean "darkness" in their respective languages). The organization is divided into two factions, one side consisting of weapons specialists and the other side focusing on empty-hand martial arts. At the very top of Yami's structure is the "[[BigBadDuumvirate One Shadow Nine Fists]]" group, which consists of Yami's ten strongest empty-hand martial artists; the eponymous "One Shadow" is ''the'' most powerful being in the entire organization.
** While Yami as a whole espouses the killing-fist philosophy (with their members serving chiefly as assassins-for-hire), the One Shadow Nine Fists leadership core is made up of members who are the most skilled at teaching disciples, as opposed to simply being the best at fighting; in fact, on one occasion it's noted that if the latter condition was the only criterion for membership into the Nine Fists, there would be too much infighting and Yami would destroy itself.
*** Interestingly, very few characters in Yami are actually amoral persons: because the "good-teacher" attribute is mandatory to qualify for the One Shadow Nine Fists, several of the ten martial artists in the group come across as being not so much evil as simply being dedicated to their philosophy--once the reader gets to know their personalities--and in fact a number of them [[EvenEvilHasStandards still have certain moral guidelines that they will not violate]], chief among them the silent agreement with Ryozanpaku that a master should never interfere with his/her student's battles with another student and should never interrupt or intervene in a fight between two masters.
* Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket has "Scorpian" from [[Recap/LupinIIIS1E1 "Is Lupin Burning... ?!"]]. The Scorpian Clan doesn't have any specific goals aside from the death of Lupin. On the other hand, all the characters aside from Zenigata seem to know they should be stopped.
* Medical Mechanica in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' are the BiggerBad of the series, and the viewer is only given tiny scraps of information about them. Their front is a business creating "medical machines" (which also double as {{Killer Robot}}s,) but they also apparently plan to iron out all free thought on Earth with a giant clothing iron, and they've captured legendary {{Space Pirate|s}} Atomsk for some unknown reason.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': The Jahana Group[[note]]lead by [[BigBad Miranda]], which isn't to be confused with the Jahana Corporation, which sponsors the VG tournament and is lead by her daughter, Reimi[[/note]] [[NotJustATournament pulls strings and steers events at the VG tournament from behind-the-scenes.]] They lure unsuspecting entrants to become unwitting test subjects, and manipulate Satomi by having [[TheDragon Damian]] offer to cover her brother's medical expenses in exchange for her participation at the tournament. Then subjects her to the cyber drive project and field test her abilities in unsanctioned matches [[spoiler: - all for the sake of creating [[GrandTheftMe the ideal host body for Miranda.]]]]

* Creator/MarvelComics has several: ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}, AIM, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., S.I.L.E.N.T., R.A.I.D., the Secret Empire, Black Spectre, Agence Byzantine, and the Hand being only a few. Many of these began as branches of HYDRA: Advanced Idea Mechanics, for example, was their original research & development team before they decided to become independent. Apparently HYDRA's motto ("cut off one head and two will take its place") applies to their branches. It gets so bad that one issue of ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'' reveals that [[spoiler:''even ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}'' was a HYDRA splinter organ, something ''not even Comicbook/NickFury himself'' found out until it was too late]] (to wit, this was early in ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' when they had been shut down). Mark Waid's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' depicts HYDRA, AIM, the Secret Empire, Black Spectre, and Agence Byzantine as the five cartels that essentially control the global criminal underworld -- and are constantly fighting each other for dominance. For a supernatural flavor, the comic series [[OccultDetective Nightstalkers]] had Hydra's Department of Occult Armaments [[FunWIthAcronyms (DOA)]].
* Franchise/TheDCU, in turn, has the H.I.V.E, SKULL, Scorpio, Shadowspire, KOBRA, and the 100 (later the 1000). The most recent version of the Society (formerly the Secret Society of Super Villains) qualifies; the original was a LegionOfDoom.
* ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' has Pyramid, a recurring worldwide organization with an Egyptian theme.
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'' has the Colonel's Guild which mostly trains/supplies assassins but is also revealed to have Black Market offerings and be in league with mob-boss Herr Walenquist.
* Parodied with [[FunWithAcronyms S.O.N.I.C.X]] from Archie's ''ComicBook/SonicX'' comic. They try to come off as a scheming, evil organisation but they're really just some guys who don't like Sonic. As things go on they come off as complete idiots.
* ''Comicbook/JetDream'' has CIPHER, whose symbol is a zero, making it perhaps the most generic organization of its kind.
* Goodwin and Simonson's "Manhunter" arc that appeared in Detective Comics during 1973-1974 had The Council, whose goals were "take over the world" and "develop immortality so that we're around to enjoy it for a long, long time".

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], according to the LemonyNarrator, there is a secret organization known as the Echelon, which [[TheConspiracy controls all of Equestria behind the scenes, and was created by Celestia herself.]] Of course, at this point, it's been established that most of her theories were made through InsaneTrollLogic and blatant disregards for common sense, so this claim is questionable.
** According to her, the organization is responsible for [[spoiler: creating a parade out of nowhere to distract a young Rainbow Dash from anti-Celestia public speeches and deliberately setting up the friendship problems of the show's episodes through their socioeconomic power to build the mane six's friendship]], which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the organization's existence.

* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** SPECTRE - the '''SP'''ecial '''E'''xecutive for '''C'''ounter-Intelligence, '''T'''errorism, '''R'''evenge and '''E'''xtortion. In the novels, this role was mostly filled by the real-life Soviet organization SMERSH [[note]]Even then, SMERSH was something of this trope, as the real-life SMERSH had been long since disbanded, having only been active as an anti-deserter unit of the NKVD during the war[[/note]], but SPECTRE showed up late in the series. Probably the ur-example.
*** Slated to appear in the upcoming Bond film, if the title -- ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' -- is anything to go by.
** QUANTUM has this role in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. Though, they're supposed to be SMERSH from the books.
* ''Film/{{Spies}}'', a silent film that that comes off like someone took a time machine to 1928 to make a James Bond flick, has the Haghi Bank. Haghi has a big bank right in the middle of town, but it's really an evil spy group, which appears to be spying for profit.
* M.A.R.S. from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. And Cobra itself in the sequel.
* ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'': The Red Skull's secret cabal of {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, {{General Ripper}}s, and leaders of TheSyndicate. It has secretly run the world since TheFifties, and bumps off anyone who gets in its way (including both Kennedys and King).
* The Umbrella Corporation from the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies seem to do little more than make SuperSoldier zombies for no apparent reason... even AfterTheEnd.
* The Ten Rings in ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'' is an evil organization whose exact goals and workings are never really explained. According to how they are described, their business is just, well, about anything evil that allows them to harness power or money. ''Film/IronMan3'' reveals they're [[spoiler:a front for AIM, who is trying to control both sides of the TheWarOnTerror]], but the ''[[Film/MarvelOneShots All Hail The King]]'' short film claims that [[spoiler:they stole the name from an AncientConspiracy, and unknown to everyone it's still active]].
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' reveals that [[spoiler:HYDRA, thought to be disbanded in WWII, has been hiding within SHIELD and manipulating world events for decades, with the intention of getting people to hand over power and give up free will ''voluntarily'']].

* Theseus's company, Spencer Industries, exists as this in Adam R. Brown's science fiction series, ''{{Literature/Alterien}}''.
** Oberon's company, NGT (New Genesis Technologies), starts looking like this after it becomes a global corporation.
** Sol 3 United later fills this role. It is the corporation of the Alteriens Oberon and Helena created.
* In the 1990s, ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' introduced "The Assassins," a group of TerroristsWithoutACause with hundreds of {{mooks}} and elaborate bases and cloning technology, whose activities tend to enter Bond territory - for instance, the plot to use nuclear bombs to blow up the Ring of Fire volcanoes, reshaping the layout of the Earth's crust.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The Black Council. So far very little is known about it, but it's certainly organised, evil, and particularly nebulous since there's little direct evidence of its existence yet.
* Mark Walden's ''Literature/HIVESeries'': "G.L.O.V.E."' from books 9-15. A council of the leading supervillains controlled by the sinister 'Number One'.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' : Though nothing is ''explicitly'' stated, heavily implies that the [[ArcWords mysterious letters]] "VFD" refer to the name of an organization that split down the middle into a HeroSecretService of firefighters and one of these, dedicated in particular to arson. [[ArchNemesis Count Olaf]] appears to be the group's enforcer, and later on, we meet the leaders...
* In the ''Literature/{{Replica}}'' series, the evil organization known as "The Organization" is constantly trying to capture Amy so they can breed a master race.
* The Shop in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' seems to fall under this category. One of their goals is to create a drug that will turn humans into weapons, and when two of their test subjects have a child together, they are willing to chase them to the ends of the earth to capture her and use her for their own ends. They are so widespread that they have spies in ''every single town'' the protagonists flee to. It seems that they have infiltrated every branch of government and they are completely above the law.
* Scorpia in the ''AlexRider'' series (standing for '''S'''abotage, '''Cor'''ru'''p'''tion, '''I'''ntelligence and '''A'''ssassination) has secret bases and employees from all over the world, allowing them to operate almost everywhere, from anywhere.
* "The Organisation Which I Represent" is... ''probably'' this is the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. They're ''so'' [[HiddenAgendaVillain nebulous]] it's hard to tell.
* [[spoiler:Nightrise]] from ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive''.
* In Creartor/RALafferty's "About a Secret Crocodile", the Secret Crocodile and its many subordinate organizations control, well, just about everything, in a conspiratorial hierarchy which takes all the allegations of Secret Masters UpToEleven. The only likely threat to it is another secret society which has no name except "Good Guys and Good Gals", which comprises all the good guys and good gals of the world.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is fairly thick with conspiracies, with the result that several HighFantasy versions of this exist therein, including the Diagram, the Sons of Honor, the Skybreakers, and the Ghostbloods. The first three all have a fairly KnightTemplar-ish slant, to various degrees (the Diagram's leader [[spoiler: Taravangian]] follows a convoluted plot to become ruler of the world because he believes it's the only way to save humanity; the Sons of Honor want to bring about the apocalypse so that the Heralds of [[{{God}} the Almighty]] will come back, and the Skybreakers seek to brutally enforce their own idiosyncratic ideas of justice, including executing all [[FunctionalMagic Surgebinders]]), and it's still uncertain what the Ghostbloods want, except that they have agents all over the world and are more than willing to lie, cheat, steal, extort, and kill in service to their goals.

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* KAOS of ''Series/GetSmart''.
* THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity), from ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''.
* The Syndicate on ''Series/TheXFiles'' meet in various rooms in New York City (and London in the movie) instead of a central base (though they have a lot of secret sinister research labs).
* Chrysalis from ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' TV series. They were so nebulous that one of the Agency's main goals towards them was figuring out exactly what their goal ''was''.
* Series/{{Chuck}} semi-regularly faces off against the mysterious organization known as FULCRUM. It turns out that FULCRUM is only part of The Ring, whoever they are. Season 4's Big Bad, this time called Volkoff Industries. At least this time it seems to be a private rather than governmental actor.
* This trope appears, sometimes to the point of stretching credulity, on two of the latter J.J. Abrams shows:
** The Alliance of Twelve (which includes SD-6) from ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Also the Covenant, Prophet Five, K-Directorate, the Triad, The Man, and probably several others.
** ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': The Pattern (or rather, [[spoiler:ZFT (Zerstörung durch Fortschritte der Technologie, which translates to Destruction through Technological Progress), massing civilian collateral damage in an effort to wage war with a parallel universe]]).
* The Company from ''Series/PrisonBreak''.
* Wolfram and Hart from ''Series/{{Angel}}''. While at first they just appeared to be an [[AmoralAttorney evil lawyers]] company with ties to the demonic underworld, it was soon revealed the company was the personification of evil on Earth. Oh, and possibly every other dimension (in slightly different forms) as well. In a twist, Wolfram and Hart doesn't just ''cause'' evil---they actually [[spoiler:get their power from it, specifically "man's inhumanity to man."]]
* Every Showa Era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series had a massive organization with worldwide influence and little evidence of what they really wanted to accomplish (other than the fact that it required a lot of death and destruction.) Namely:
** Shocker from ''Series/KamenRider''. In ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'', the organization's name is short for the [[FunWithAcronyms Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm]]. After their first major defeat at the hand of the Double Riders, the organization was reformed into Gel-Shocker.
** Destron in ''Series/KamenRiderV3''.
** Government Of Darkness, often shortened to simply GOD, from ''Series/KamenRiderX''.
** Geddon and later the Garanda Empire from ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon''.
** Black Satan, later replaced by Delza Army, from ''Series/KamenRiderStronger''.
** Shocker is once again reformed in the form of Neo-Shocker in ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider''.
** Dogma Kingdom in the first half of ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'', later replaced by Jin Dogma for the second half.
** Gorgom in ''Series/KamenRiderBlack''.
** Shocker reformed twice more as [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]] and then [[TheRemnant Super Shocker]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', and returns in ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen''.
** Because of time travel hijinks, Shocker (established as the very same one from the original series) exists well into the next century in the 40th anniversary film ''Let's Go Kamen Riders''. Shocker's the worst due to the HijackedByGanon factor. Evidently the Great Leader - one guy with many forms - is behind all those organizations, despite the differing and sometimes incompatible goals of the organizations that actually had goals.
** The latest one has to be Foundation X. This group seems to have an over-arching influence over the subsequent series, being the mysterious backers behind ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Museum and the [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Zodiarts]], while researching [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Core Medals]]. We also don't know what they're after so far, because their largest appearance, Movie Wars Megamax, has the leader of the plot of the day turn out to be a rogue element; what Kannagi wants isn't necessarily what X wants.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney Stinson works for the [=AltruCell=] Corporation, and later, Goliath National Bank. Throughout the series he makes references to the shady activities his employers are engaged in.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': The Americon Initiative, the domestic terrorist group who the Graysons laundered money for (which they then framed David Clarke for). It seems to be trying to become the new BigBad of the series.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has HR (a ring of corrupt cops), Northern Lights (WellIntentionedExtremist group who use the Machine to stop terrorist attacks) and now, Decima Technologies.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': the rogue NID, and their bosses the Committee, both of whom eventually morph into the Trust. They want control of the Stargate program, but what they want to do with it is somewhat less clear; goals range from "protecting the Earth" to "exploiting alien technology for financial gain."
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has "Project Centipede", the main villains of the first season. Not much is known about them, except they're widespread, have access to technology beyond even SHIELD's reach, and are attempting to create {{Super Soldier}}s for their own benefit. They're eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:a branch of HYDRA]].
* ''{{Series/Nikita}}'':
** Division, the villains of the first two seasons. They're supposed to be a U.S. government intelligence agency, but in practice they're in the business of carrying out assassinations and terrorist attacks for money, with a side of arms dealing, drug trafficking, and money laundering. In Season 2, their leader goes full Blofeld and hijacks a KillSat to blackmail the President.
** They're eventually replaced as the series' chief antagonists by the Invisible Hand, a particularly shadowy and mysterious group that's even more stereotypically TuxedoAndMartini: they use sci-fi gadgetry like {{Nanomachines}} and LatexPerfection masks and plot to replace world leaders with brainwashed body doubles.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had quite a few of these:
** Pentex, from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', was a faceless multinational holding company whose goals were to perpetuate chaos, spread pollution and devastation, and ultimately prepare the charred remains of the earth for their CosmicHorror overlords.
** The Technocracy, from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', was a conglomerate of {{Mad Scientist}}s, TheMenInBlack, and {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who actually ''were'' the secret world government in charge of everything. A bit of a variation in that they already feel they control everything, their main goals are to finally crush all remaining pockets of resistance to their control and to completely quash any lingering belief in the supernatural.
*** Slightly subverted in own sourcebook, which had rules for Technocratic Player Characters, implied most of the conflict would come from their own superiors instead of their [[{{Pun}} "Traditional"]] enemies. It also broke the trend by laying out goals, motivations, and concrete plans that were reasonable *if* you accepted their world view as valid.
** Also from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'': the Nephandi, a group of corrupt and evil mages united mainly in their servitude to demonic beings. If it involves corruption, seduction or destruction, the Nephandi want a piece of it.
* A few of these exist in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' as well:
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has both Belial's Brood and VII. The Brood are demon-worshippers and anarchists who believe [[EnemyWithin the Beast]] is a fragment of divine consciousness imprisoned by Humanity. The best way to get close to the Beast is to do awful, awful things -- which often makes them a pain in the ass for other Kindred, as those awful things will draw attention to them. VII is even more nebulous -- all anyone knows about them is they kill other vampires for some reason. Even attempts to crack into their heads via telepathy only turn up "VII" branded into their minds. There's even a whole book devoted to VII that offers up ''three'' different solutions for their origins, and several others are peppered throughout the line.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the Seers of the Throne, mages who follow/worship [[AGodAmI the Exarchs]], all-powerful mages who ascended to the Supernal Realms and screwed things up for everyone else in the Fallen World in the process. They believe that magic should only belong in the hands of the worthy ("worthy" meaning "those whose goals align with the Exarchs"), and work to encourage a generally crappy atmosphere in order to discourage uncontrolled Awakenings, mainly through anti-intellectualism, dogmatism, and paranoia.
* T.A.R.O.T. (replacing SPECTRE for legal reasons) in ''James Bond 007: Role-Playing In Her Majesty's Secret''.
* [=VIPER=] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' universe.
* One of the characteristic themes of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign setting ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'':
** The Aurum, a secret society that attempts to run Khorvaire.
** House Tarkanan, a [[ThievesGuild thief and assassin's guild]] organized in parody of the dragonmarked houses consisting of people with [[BadPowersBadPeople aberrant dragonmarks]].
** The Lords of Dust, Rakshasa seeking to free their [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned masters]].
** Etc.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Coupled with a large touch of AncientConspiracy, the Knights Templar in the ''[[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Assassin's Creed]]'' series. In the modern age, they are behind World War II and the Cold War in an effort to prevent global cooperation, and the owners of several Fortune 500 companies (including Abstergo Industries, which the games revolve around). In the past, they've had at least one Pope operating under their banner, and they've hidden in plain sight from everyone but the Assassins for thousands of years.
* The imaginatively-named Himitsu Kessha (lit. "secret society") from the ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden'' series.
* H.A.R.M. from ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever''. There's also Danger Danger. There are a few more organizations named in the various intel items that can be gathered. It's hinted they have a friendly rivalry and take part in various contests against each other.
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'': The Tylon Corporation is the main source of antagonism throughout the series, though they're never actually seen at any point. All that's known about them is, that they're responsible for conducting inhumane experiments on zoanthropes for the purpose of creating the ultimate man-beast. And they've also created clones with stolen zoanthrope DNA - with the successful ones becoming part of their private army (the ZLF[[note]]the Zoanthrope Liberation Front[[/note]]).
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': Shadowloo has a hand in every major form of crime and has its agents scattered across the globe. [[BigBad M. Bison]] sits at the head of the organization and is the main villain from the ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha]]'' series, to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. [[SupportingLeader Chun Li and Guile]] lead a joint investigation between Interpol and the US Air Force to shut Shadowloo down and bring Bison to justice.
* ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' alludes to this kind of organisation with the company mentioned as owned by Count Cannoli, ''International Evil Concerns Inc''. Although the only thing it's shown to do is build robots to try and kill Wario.
* Cerberus from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games. Their stated goal is to protect humanity "at all costs," which is so vague as to allow for anything. And it backfires on them when their boss goes into the deep end and gets some pretty horrific ideas about what exactly best for humanity is.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''
** Arachnos, which is also the government and standing army of a Caribbean island nation, and has every kind of {{mook|s}} and villain you can imagine. (and it employs all player-created villains) The Council too. (which has a rivalry with Arachnos)
** The Malta group and the Council. The Malta group has defined goals, though (draconian restrictions on superpowered individuals, or just eliminating them entirely), so they may not count. The Council, on the other hand, is a pretty generic neo-fascist group with no particular goals beyond "be evil".
* The ''VideoGame/SpyFox'' adventure games has the Society for Meaningless Evil Larceny Lying and Yelling. Or, S.M.E.L.L.Y. This causes a bit of confusion when an important item of theirs is found in a trash can.
* V.I.L.E. of the ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' series. As explained in [[AllThereInTheManual many a game manual]], the letters stand for '''V'''illains' '''I'''nternational '''L'''eague of '''E'''vil. There's subtlety for ya.
* The Global Liberation Army in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is some kind of bland Al Qaeda expy with violent and criminal methods and largely undefined goals and objectives. Although being a playable faction, the only sure things about them are that they are violent, extremist, populist, and power-hungry.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' had the infamous Umbrella Corporation. It took ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation fifteen games]]'', some comics, and a complete novelization before we finally learned the goal of their leader was ''not'' to be [[ForTheEvulz as evil as possible]] but to [[AGodAmI become a God and rule over all of humanity in a new world order]]. NEO Umbrella from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' are even worse. They gleefully (and ''intentionally'') do all the evil stuff Umbrella pulled, with only the objective of turning the world into one where anarchy and chaos reign supreme.
* ''StrikeForceHeroes'' gives us Globex. Its nebulous global-ness is lampshaded in both games, and is apparently its defining trait.
--> '''Bull''': "Globex? I don't like the sound of that. It sounds... [[ShapedLikeItself global]]."
-->'''Dex''': "You don't get it do you? [=GlobeX=] isn't just out for us, they're GLOBAL."

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' has the [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2011/05/faction-introduction-lancers.html Lancers]]
* [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/33 This]] organization from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''. Nothing nebulous about them. That's Sony, hence the {{P|layStation2}}S2 thing.
* Hereti Corp from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' lives and breathes this trope. They've been around for most of the strip's run, and we still have very little idea ''how'' they plan to take over the world, other than that it involves Oasis, a Dimensional Flux Agitator, and a chain of fast food restaurants.
** The Minion Master arc introduced an international collection of these organizations, the most significantly featured are [=NoFun=] Corporation and Crushtro. The Minion Master is as yet still too nebulous (and perhaps too incompetent) to be identified as evil.
* Winston Rowntree details the typical organisation's structure [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18374_evil-crime-syndicate-lower-rungs-you-never-see-5Bchart5D.html here]], including such positions as "evil publicist" and "evil laundry service" as well as the FiveBadBand.
* FINIS in ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}''. All we really know so far is that its leader is called Absinthe, because he once killed a bunch of people just to get a case of a really good one.
* ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}'' has B.E.N.T., a mysterious organization supposedly created for good but being used for nefarious purposes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Evil League of Evil in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', ruled by supposed HellishHorse Bad Horse.
* TAROT, from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. It also qualifies as an AncientConspiracy.
* An unknown number in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, including The Brotherhood of the Bell, and the Thule Gemeinschaft.
* Cauldron from ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', which has some vague, grand scheme to prevent the end of the world. Maybe. Regardless, said scheme involves manipulating politicians and government bureaus, kidnapping, assassinations, alternate universes, and supporting criminals whether they know it or not.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* MAD, from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* F.E.A.R., of the 1960's ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' cartoons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' Guild of Calamitous intent, in addition to being a WeirdTradeUnion. Also the original incarnation of S.P.H.I.N.X before they were destroyed by the [[HeroesRUs OSI]] during the Pyramid Wars of 1987.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'''s Cobra and splinter group The Coil.
* V.E.N.O.M. from ''{{WesternAnimation/MASK}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'''s F.O.W.L. Which stands for "Fiendish Organization for World Larceny," which is about as subtle as the Carmen Sandiego entry.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' with [[FunWithAcronyms E.V.I.L.]] a.k.a. "Every Villain is Lemons."
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The Worldwide Evil Empire from one episode, implied to be involved in all sorts of evil from {{supervillain}}y to stealing candy from babies.
* Both the HIVE (which includes a supervillain training center, HIVE Academy) and the Brotherhood of Evil on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' count.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': The Foot Clan.
* S.C.U.M from ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr''.
* M.A.V.O. (Monsters And Villains Organization) from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' portrays Black Entertainment Television (or Black EVIL Television, as its board of directors calls it) as an evil organisation dedicated to destroying all African American people through their crappy programming, with a chief executive who maniacally demands that all shows be EVIL, and brutally executes any executives and producers who offer less.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has the League of Villainous Evildoers Maniacally United For Frightening Investments In Naughtiness. aka [[FunWithAcronyms L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.]]
* S.N.A.F.U. (Society of Nefarious and Felonious Undertakings) from ''WesternAnimation/TheXs''.

* {{Hell}} is often depicted as one of these. Anything that causes human suffering, TheDevil is more than happy to throw his weight behind.
* To some, [[JustForFun/SecretOrganizationCravingIntelligentEnigmaticTropersYonder The SOCIETY.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ODESSA ODESSA]], organization of ex-SS members.