->''"There's a man who leads a life of danger\\
To everyone he meets he stays a stranger\\
With every move he makes another chance he takes\\
Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow"''
-->-- '''Johnny Rivers''', "[[Series/DangerMan Secret Agent Man]]"

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Related to the Main/ActionSeries, although not necessarily a series, and not necessarily even action-heavy, it's any work in which the main character or characters are spies, secret agents, [[Main/DoubleAgent double agents]], or some other form of espionage professional. Main/SpyFiction tends to come in two flavors: "Martini" and "Stale Beer".

'''[[TuxedoAndMartini Martini Flavored]]''' (shaken, not stirred) Main/SpyFiction is what you might call the [[TuxedoAndMartini Tuxedo]] Approach. This involves glamorous parties, fast cars, hot women, high-risk casino games, cool gadgets, brutal fights involving guns and fists and big explosions (swap those adjectives around as you wish). Despite the glamor, spying is not for the faint heart and is fraught with danger and the stakes are massive. A Main/DeathTrap is par for the course. The main example here is of course ''Franchise/JamesBond'' (the movies in particular). This is the HotterAndSexier spy game, with {{Spy Catsuit}}s and {{Sex Face Turn}}s by the dozen. The Tuxedo Approach as a whole is more glamorized and idealistic with clearly defined "good guys" and "bad guys", they often have a bit of an "action movie" feel.

'''[[TrenchcoatBrigade Stale Beer Flavored]]''' Main/SpyFiction could also be called the [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat Trenchcoat]] Approach. It is "more realistic" in that it does not romanticize the profession. It pre-dates the other approach. It involves dead-drops, brush-pasts, blackmail and [[BlackAndGrayMorality morally iffy things]]. Spying is stressful and you may end up an alcoholic or worse. This is the approach taken by Creator/LenDeighton and the Bourne series (the [[Literature/TheBourneSeries books]] and [[Film/TheBourneSeries films]] alike), Creator/JohnLeCarre, and by ''Series/{{Callan}}'', the classic counterpoint to James Bond. This is the DarkerAndEdgier spy game. Ironically, the original ''James Bond'' novels are like this and both Creator/TimothyDalton and Creator/DanielCraig played the character this way. The Stale Beer approach as a whole is more gritty and morally ambiguous, spying reflects power politics between whichever nations or organizations are involved and other nations and people are caught in the crossfire.

In other words, the Tuxedo Approach would have a Soviet defector be a [[SensualSlavs gorgeous, aloof Slavic beauty]] with whom the hero will probably elope at some point; the Stale Beer Approach would have a Soviet defector be a shaken, morally gray individual looking more for personal profit than for any virtues of right or wrong.

'''Dirty Martini''' Main/SpyFiction (also referred to as "Stale Beer Served in a Martini Glass") is the gritty style of espionage taking place in glamorous international or domestic locations, such as Tokyo, Italy, Spain, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Hawaii, etc. ''Series/{{I Spy}}'' and the Daniel Craig ''James Bond'' films exemplify this trope.

'''Bathtub Gin Flavored''' Main/SpyFiction applies to civilians drawn knowingly or unwittingly into the world of espionage that is either "martini flavored," "stale beer flavored," or a "dirty martini." They may have or not have transferable skills to help them survive, and they may or may not become realized agents at some point. Examples include: Mrs. Peel (''Series/TheAvengers'', in the opening voiceover intro, she is introduced as a "talented amateur"), Chuck (''Series/{{Chuck}}''); Amanda King (''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing''); the show ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masquerade_%28TV_series%29 Masquerade]]'' (where civilians with special occupational or avocational expertise are drafted to help the government on one-off missions; and Tom Hank's character in ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe.'' Creator/AlfredHitchcock also exemplified this to a tee in his earlier films, especially in such stories as ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', and ''Literature/The39Steps''.

'''Multi-Layered Drink Flavored''' Main/SpyFiction applies to a Byzantine-style of espionage full of intrigue, twists, misdirection, etc. Example: The novels of ''Creator/JohnLeCarre'', such as: ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', ''Film/TheRussiaHouse'', and The Tailor of ''Film/TheTailorOfPanama'' to name a few.

'''[[DeadlyGas Bleach and Ammonia Flavored]]''' A common variant of this genre full of GovernmentConspiracy plots in which AnyoneCanDie, often filled with disposable henchmen - a situation in which even the protagonist may even find himself/herself. Naturally DarkerAndEdgier than other versions of this genre. Examples include films such as ''Film/SafeHouse'' and ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''.

The Martini Flavored and Stale Beer Flavored tropes as well as the various trope permutations (Dirty Martini and Bathtub Gin) may involve a CloakAndDagger agency, AgentsDating, or any of the full gamut of EspionageTropes.

See SpyLiterature for an index of {{literature}} in the SpyFiction category. If you're looking for the SWERY 65 game called ''Spy Fiction,'' [[VideoGame/SpyFiction look here.]]
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A note: the examples do not have to fit EXCLUSIVELY into their category, but they must fit most of the category's criteria. - Something that is "Martini with hints of stale beer" will fit into Martini, but something that is "Martini with strong elements of Stale Beer" will fit into Dirty Martini. Of course, as always, this is a wiki, feel free to correct/edit.

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[[folder: Martini]]
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* ''ComicBook/ActionMan'' -- Martini
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' -- Martini
* ''Film/AgentForHARM'' -- Martini
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' -- Martini
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' -- Martini, or rather Champagne.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' is a lighthearted take on the genre, with ace gymnasts foiling a cat burglar's plot as spies.
* ''Series/BurkesLaw'' -- In its incarnation as ''Amos Burke, Secret Agent''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' -- Martini, though the first film wasn't even a spy film at all.
* ''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.
* ''Film/DarlingLili'' -- Martini made with Bathtub Gin, as the main character was not a professional spy before [[WorldWarI the war.]]
* ''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.
* ''Series/FortuneHunter'' -- Martini
* ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE'' -- Martini
* Film/JamesBond -- [[TropeCodifier Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred.]] In the newer Creator/DanielCraig movies, it isn't shaken quite as much, and some Stale Beer has found its way in, but there is still no doubt it is Martini.
** ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr''
** ''Literature/YoungBond''
* ''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.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' -- Martini with hints of stale beer
* ''Toys/LEGOAgents'' -- Martini
* ''Toys/LEGOAlphaTeam'' -- Martini
* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' -- Martini, mixed with Bathtub Gin in that civilians often get mixed up in the heroes' adventures.
** ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'' is an interesting example. As a Reconstruction of 60s spy-fi, it presents the Cold War, CIA-KGB conflict as very Stale Beer, but the agents tasked with the biggest cases are Martini flavored. Think of a bar where everyone orders beer, and one patron comes in and gets a perfect martini.
* ''Film/MataHari'' -- A VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory film about the famous dancer/spy, here played by Creator/GretaGarbo
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' -- ''Definitely'' martini
* ''Film/MissMend''
* ''Anime/NajicaBlitzTactics'' -- Martini, complete with a soundtrack straight out of a '60s spy TV series.
* ''NecessaryMonsters'' -- Martini, though you '''really''' [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow don't want to know]] [[CosmicHorrorStory what the hell they put in instead of an olive]].
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' -- Martini with hints of stale beer.
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' -- as Martini as the 70s TV series budget allowed.
* ''VideoGame/SlySpy'' -- Blatant Americanization of ''Franhchise/JamesBond''.
* ''Film/{{Spies}}'' -- silent film directed by Creator/FritzLang
* ''Film/{{Spy}}'' -- Martini.
* ''VideoGame/SpyFiction'' -- Martini; otherwise, well, where would the game be?
* ''Film/SpyKids'' -- Martini, [[DefangedHorrors non-alcoholic]] of course (let's call it Kool-Aid or fruit punch).
* ''Series/TheChampions'' -- Spies with PsychicPowers.
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' -- Has Harry Tipper, a Martini that's served in the disco, man!
* ''Film/TrueLies'' -- Martini all the way, by way of AffectionateParody.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' -- Martini all the way. Don't let the setting fool you.
* ''Literature/TheManFromCAMP'' -- Martini, with one of those absolutely ''fabulous'' little umbrellas, darling...
* ''Film/OperationDouble007'' -- The PoorMansSubstitute for SeanConnery as Film/JamesBond.
* ''Film/OurManFlint'' -- Martini, almost to the point of parody
* ''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.
* ''Literature/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'': Martini through and through, playing with the "Bathtub Gin" variety by the means of a ''serious'' case of MistakenIdentity.
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[[folder: Stale Beer]]
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' -- Stale Beer
* ''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/{{Atomsk}}'' by Creator/CordwainerSmith -- Stale Beer
* ''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).
* ''BrotherhoodOfTheRose'' -- Stale Beer
* The ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries Bourne]]'' series (and anything else by Creator/RobertLudlum) -- Stale Beer.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' -- Stale beer.
* ''Series/{{Callan}}'' -- Extremely bitter Stale Beer.
* ''Literature/CatherineLing'' -- Dark and gritty, dealing with the modern CIA and organized crime such as TheTriadsAndTheTongs.
* ''CharlesCumming''
* ''The Company'' (2007 mini-series)
* ''Series/DangerMan'' aka ''Secret Agent'' -- Mostly Stale Beer, at the insistence of star and co-producer Patrick [=McGoohan=]; he found the Martini style both unrealistic and ethically questionable.
* ''Film/TheDebt'' --Focuses on the mental challenges of operating undercover, and the emotional scars left by making the morally ambiguous decisions spy work demands.
* ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by Creator/TimPowers is Stale Beer spy fiction -- with a secret occult war.
* ''Series/{{Deutschland 83}}''
* ''Series/DiplomatKurodaKousaku'' - Stale Beer. This involves a career diplomat who uses his diplomat status and his foreign affairs ministry reputation to get things done by using his language skills, his wits and knowledge on political matters. He has help from a friend of his in the CIA and a female Dojikko detective.
* ''Series/{{Fauda}}''
* ''Series/TheGameUKTV'': Realistic spy drama set in 1970's Britain.
* ''Literature/JamesBond'' -- The novels lean more towards Stale Beer, while the movies tend to glamorize or parody the novels. However, the film series periodically swings back towards Stale Beer (usually in reaction to a ''very'' Martini-flavoured movie) The first two Sean Connery Bond films, ''Film/DrNo'' and ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' could probably also be considered Stale Beer, being more mundane and down-to-earth than later movies - Bond is not above executing enemy agents and roughing up women to get information. ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' and ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' were also, to varying extents, returns to the Stale Beer end of the scale.[[note]] Pretty much in reaction to the overt wackiness of ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', ''Film/AViewToAKill'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' respectively.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' -- Stale Beer with occasional Martini flavoring. Specifically, the spy character enjoys stale beer while the thief he's after drinks his martinis from diamond glasses.
* ''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]].
* ''Film/TheGoodShepherd'' -- Stale Beer. It chronicles the life and career of an UsefulNotes/{{OSS}} and {{CIA}} agent, with his work depicted as particularely unglamorous and the main character being downright apathetic in general.
* ''Literature/HaltingState'' -- Stale Scottish Beer.
* ''Film/{{Hanna}}''-- Stale Beer in the way of Literature/TheBourneSeries, but with a teenage girl as the protagonist. (Hey, if she's old enough to fight, she's old enough to have a beer.)
* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' a gritty and dramatic take on [[TheWarOnTerror post 9/11]] intelligence.
* ''Hopscotch''-- Stale Beer. The writer wanted to take a James Bond story and take out all the sex, gadgets and over the top action.
* ''The Ipcress File'' -- Probably the [[/index]]UrExample[[index]] for Stale Beer, but it's significantly less stale than the beer served by Le Carre. Later works by Deighton (e.g. ''Film/FuneralInBerlin'') aren't so much Stale Beer as rather What Gets Wrung Out Of The Bar Mat (which has occasionally been used as well to wipe the boots of this or the other spy coming in from the cold).
* ''Series/ISpy'' -- Stale Beer Served In a Martini Glass. The "Stale Beer" element comes from the grittiness of espionage work coupled with the main characters often discussing and wrestling with their consciences regarding the moral ambiguity and the ethics of their profession. The "Served In a Martini Glass" element is that the assignments occur in glamorous international and domestic locations: Tokyo, Italy, Spain, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, etc.
* ''Film/JackStrong''
* ''Series/JeanClaudeVanJohnson'' - Mixed up with Dirty Martini.
* The work of Creator/JohnLeCarre (who like some others here, actually ''was'' a spy). ''Film/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold'' could be one of the Trope Codifiers, along with his ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla'' series starring his most famous character, the unassuming spymaster George Smiley.
* ''Literature/JohnWells''
** Robert Littell's novels in general (including this one) are Stale Beer.
* ''VideoGame/{{KGB}}'' aka ''Conspiracy'' - extremely stale beer produced in state-owned Soviet brewery struggling with 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.
* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' by Creator/CharlesStross involve spies as they exist in the real world. Most of your time is spent doing paperwork and what jobs you have are generally very boring and mundane. Kind of stale beer, but more "generic bar beer".
** Except for the bit with the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s -- that doesn't generally happen to real-world spies. Ergo, generic bar beer spiked with a liberal helping of LSD.
** Subverted in the second book, ''The Jennifer Morgue'', where the main character starts exhibiting all of the Bond martini tropes [[spoiler:because the BigBad is employing an EvilPlan which involves using a spell to make our hero a Bond hero right up until the moment where the plans would usually be foiled]].
* 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.
* "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/{{Quiller}}'' novels by Adam Hall.
* ''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 Joseph Conrad -- Stale Beer
* 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.
** The ''Literature/SplinterCell'' book series is a largely-successful spin off of the video game.
* ''Anime/SpyOfDarkness''
* ''Film/SpyGame'' -- Scotch, and never less than 12 years old.
* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Creator/CharlesBronson has to stop a RenegadeRussian from activating the {{Manchurian Agent}}s in the United States!
* The works of Creator/TomClancy tend more towards Stale Beer; it's even taught in his version of the 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 set during the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution and focuses on the Culper Spy Ring in New York City.
* Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Literature/WolfishNature'' duology is of the stale beer variety with a twist: the events take place in an alternate world where humans have evolved from dogs not apes.
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[[folder: Dirty Martini]]
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* ''Series/AgentCarter'' -- Largely Martini, but Stale Beer seeps in since Peggy regularly has to deal with institutionalized sexism.
* ''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.
* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series purposefully uses many of the unrealistic, martini-flavored elements of typical Bond films (car chases, huge explosions, hero gets a hot girl, etc.) but takes great care not to gloss over the gritty realism of being a spy - the death, the danger, and the fact that TheHero's whole life is essentially a TraumaCongaLine the moment he accepts the position as a spy. See also...
** ''Film/{{Stormbreaker}}'': A [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of the first novel.
* ''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}}.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' -- Michael Westen's fashion sense and the Miami setting suggest the former, but the work he gets is more or less stale beer (Westen emphasizes the boredom a ''lot'' in his voiceover narration) with a few flashy scenes/explosions per episode. A good description might be "Stale Beer in a Martini Glass." On the other hand, the work Michael was doing before he was burned was distinctly Stale Beer, and (patriot that he is), he wants to go back to ''that'' life.
** ''Film/BurnNoticeTheFallOfSamAxe''
* ''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/{{Firefox}}'' -- Stale Beer until the plane takes off, when it becomes Martini very quickly.
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/MariaHill'', like Nick Fury below, started as Stale Beer (she was first brought in to be the interim Executive Director of a government agency because she was established as serious enough to follow the agenda), but the Martini was already there, as she had to supervise superheroes and she inherited Helicarriers as part of the job. It didn't take long to take a turn towards full Martini (shapeshifting RubberForeheadAliens invading the Earth) and the comic became some kind of martini/beer cocktail.
* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'' features a ''dueling'' between the types; John is Stale Beer, Jane is Martini.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' episodes featuring Michael Haggerty of MI6 are Stale Beer in a Martini Glass, or as stale as you can get while also being a [[MysteryFiction Cozy Mystery]]. (Stale beer with a pot of tea?) The episodes where Jessica gets involved are also Bathtub Gin.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' varies in its depiction of spying. Sometimes it's the martini approach - Ziva described it as "It's not all fast cars and sex...Well, there was a lot of sex." One of her flashbacks is shooting someone from the back of a motorbike. Later, the series seems to favor the stale-beer approach a ''lot'' more, with plenty of extremely boring stakeouts featuring.
** Its mother series, ''Series/{{JAG}}'' also swung in its depiction of the espionage business. While {{CIA}} officer Clayton Webb often is portrayed as a martini spy on the superficial level, there's also a whole lot of morally ambigious stale beer stuff in his line of work as well, and often used story-wise as a stark contrast to the morally superior JAG officers (and the U.S. military in general). Other than Webb and a couple of other exceptions, people in the spy business tends not to be trustworthy at all. Webb himself is morally ambiguous being something of a [[/index]]WellIntentionedExtremist[[index]]. His main saving graces are that he is not personally corrupt, is devoted to his country and is usually loyal to his friends at least at the end of the episode.
* ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'' -- Swings between Martini and Stale Beer every episode. For example, the missions JANUS performs (protecting a foreign political candidate from assasination, thwarting a bomb plot, [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogating targets]], retrieving a government employee from [[RedChina enemy hands]]) fall under Stale Beer, their [[ElaborateUndergroundBase workplace]] and [[OmniscientDatabase its]] [[ViewerFriendlyInterface equipment]] are clearly Martini; in addition to [[BadassInANiceSuit all of]] [[CoolCar Edward's]] [[WallofWeapons stuff.]]
* ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'', the early works smell very much of stale beer, but get steadily classier as the series progresses.
* ''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/TheNightManager'': The spying takes place in glamorous locations (Switzerland, Majorca, Cairo) among [[TheBeautifulElite people of wealth and taste]], but back in London, the spymaster works out of a distinctly unglamorous warehouse office and constantly has to deal with bureaucracy and politics. Made with Bathtub Gin because the hero Jonathan Pine is a civilian hotel manager who is recruited to the spy trade.
* ''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.
* ''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/ThePrisoner1967'' -- 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.
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'' - '''Black''' Martini. Takes all the tropes of Martini (flying cars, cool gadgets, alien technology, superpowers) and runs them through a blender full of Chambord.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' -- Martini, but with major Stale Beer 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 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/TheThinMan'' (book and movies) -- Nora is from a [[UnclePennybags Martini]] background, but happily follows Nick into the private eye's Stale Beer 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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* ''Film/AmericanUltra''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' -- Martini (parodied).
* ''Film/AustinPowers'' -- Martini (parodied)
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''[[index]] has a parody of this in "[[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS5E7POV POV]]", though it quickly devolves into[[/index]] DerangedAnimation.
* ''Film/CarryOnSpying'' -- Martini (parodied)
* "[[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates The Case of the City Clerk]]" by Creator/AgathaChristie -- Meek clerk seeking a spot of excitement gets sent on an adventure that mixes staged Martini elements (which he thinks are real) and ''real'' Stale Beer elements (which he completely fails to recognise).
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'': Parody Martini with a sugarcube laced with LSD substituting for the olive. And maybe a pot-brownie chaser.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' -- Martini (AffectionateParody)
* ''WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool'' -- Martini meets SuperHero
* ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' -- Parody of sixties Martini-flavoured thrillers.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''
* ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' -- Malt, in 1950s SweetheartSipping style, perfect for the romance that eventually develops [[DatingCatwoman between the heroine and her supposed archnemesis]]. (In fact, they do exactly that in one scene.)
* ''Fanfic/{{Flutterspy}}'' -- A comic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that uses the Bathtub Gin approach, as gentle, timid Fluttershy is dragged into a LighterAndSofter version of a Martini story.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' -- spoof of Martini. Arguably [[AmbiguouslyJewish celery soda. Or an egg cream.]] Mmm, egg cream.
* The "Music/GenghisKhan" video by Miike Snow -- Martini with a tiny [[YaoiGuys rainbow]] [[{{Camp}} paper umbrella]] in it.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' -- Martini, parodied.
* The Literature/LordDarcy story ''The Ipswich Phial'' -- A parody of ''all'' spy fiction tropes; the spy's name is a spoof of ''Franchise/JamesBond'', and the title is a spoof on Creator/LenDeighton. While the story is martini-flavoured, it's implied that Sir James's usual missions are on the stale beer side.
* Issue #21 of ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'' - the fifth of NeilGaiman's run - is a rare pastiche that stays more on the stale beer side. It's even ''titled'' "Spy Story".
* The 'Agent Suave' sketch in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' -- Martini parody (or possibly 'dirty martini', since it's taking off ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'').
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' -- Lemonade
* ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing'' - AffectionateParody of 80s Cold War Martini-flavoured, and its clash with suburbia. A spiritual predecessor of ''Chuck'' in many ways.
* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/SecretService'' pinball zigzags between playing it straight and doing a lighthearted parody of the Martini genre.
-->"Parking for KGB Agents Only"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' -- Martini to the point of utter parody
* ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'' -- TeenSuperspy does Film/JamesBond at its most high tech, combined with puns and a lot of flat out weirdness.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpyGroove''[[/index]]
* ''Smirkey's Game'', in ''[[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue Stovold's Mornington Crescent Almanac]]'', is a rare Stale Beer parody, in which [[ParkingGarage rundown disused car parks]] have been ''specially built'' to meet double agents in, and TheMole is secretly an agent for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Car_Parks NCP]]. ''Everyone'' is a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent, and Smirkey himself responds to any attempt to "turn" him with "What's the money like?"
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[[folder: Other Intoxicants]]
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* ''{{Agent}}'' - subverting the Martini line.
* ''Series/AgentX'' - Mixture of Stale, Bathtub Gin and Bleach.
* ''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''
* ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968''- Whatever's in the fridge.
* ''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.
* ''Series/LondonSpy'' - Bleach and Ammonia Variety with a dash of Bathtub Gin, as the main character is a civilian who falls in love with a programmer who workes for MI6. When the MI6 programmer is ruthlessly murdered by his own handlers in an effort to destroy the technology he created, his civilian lover gets pursued by the ruthless and unscrupless agents of these various shadowy organisations who all seem intent on ruining his life.
* The ''Franchise/MattHelm'' series varies depending on medium. The original book were Stale Beer with Helm being a ruthless ProfessionalKiller working for an intelligence agency that seemed to specialize in the morally dubious. The movies with Dean Martin are a martini-flavored parody of James Bond. The little seen television show made Helm a PrivateDetective.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' -- [[MindScrew friggin']] '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Absinthe]]'''. To elaborate -- ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is pure Stale Beer, with a few fantastic elements. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' amped up the fantastic elements to MagicRealism levels, while pushing the Stale Beer elements to breaking point. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' was far more straightforward, deliberately using Martini tropes in the style of Stale Beer. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' is much more solidly Stale Beer than the others, and it rejects most of the fantastical elements in favor of amping up the science-fiction elements, becoming more of a techno-thriller (albeit a ''very'' mind-screwy one).
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever''
* ''Film/TheNumbersStation''
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''
* ''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''
* ''Franchise/{{Kingsman}}''
** ''ComicBook/TheSecretService'', a comic written by Creator/MarkMillar and co-created by Millar and Creator/MatthewVaughn.
** ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', a film adaptation of the comic directed by Vaughn.
** ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'', a sequel film.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/SPYFox''
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter''
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' -- Bane Venom or Reach. It's covert superheroics
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' - Four [[ChildProdigy prodigious children]] with [[ParentalAbandonment no]] [[TheRunaway parents]] pass a SecretTestOfCharacter and are tasked to infiltrate a SchoolForScheming to save the world. They don't have prior training besides being taught morse code so it leans on Bathtub Gin.
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