->''"Well, I suppose the first thing you should know about us is that we have people everywhere."''
-->-- '''Mr. White''', ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. [[spoiler:[[BodyguardBetrayal He's not exaggerating.]]]]

The Syndicate is TheEmpire of the criminal world. It maintains an iron grip on the BlackMarket, commands battalions of armed guards and controls large sectors of land (from districts to cities or whole planets). Its influence might extend towards law enforcement, labor unions, politicians and corporations, whether through blackmail, bribery, coercion or simple business. Its many activities include racketeering, extortion, kidnapping, gambling, smuggling and trafficking.

In addition to standard {{Mooks}}, its security apparatus may consist of a MurderInc, {{Bounty Hunter}}s, ProfessionalKillers and the CorporateSamurai. You know you're in trouble when the Syndicate somehow boasts {{Pinkerton Detective}}s and/or PrivateMilitaryContractors. Often times, The Syndicate can be a bonafide NGOSuperpower.

There are several ways to structure the culture and chain of authority within The Syndicate, but the most common would be for it to carry a distinctly corporate flavor. In this sense, the Syndicate operates its enterprise by setting up illegal monopolies or illicit criminal networks, all the while conducting themselves almost like a business clique.

On a semantic note, a "syndicate" is nothing illegal per definition, as it is simply a group of companies working together for mutual profit (the most immediate example would be television syndication). However, "the Syndicate" only has one meaning in modern Western popular culture. In this sense, it may have gotten its name from the so-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Crime_Syndicate National Crime Syndicate]]" of ethnic gangs and the similarly-vague "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Commission_(mafia) Commission]]," the RealLife governing body of the American [[TheMafia Mafia]]. Both were organized by the Italian gangster Lucky Luciano and the Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in the early [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]].

Not to be confused with a short-lived Creator/{{BBC}}1 GameShow hosted by Nick Ross, [[Series/TheSyndicate a longer lived drama of that name]] or the companies which distribute NewspaperComics to the papers themselves or the [[VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} video game of the same name]]. Compare the NebulousCriminalConspiracy and NebulousEvilOrganisation. Funnily enough, in Spanish "Sindicato" means both "Syndicate" and "Trade Union" (the same goes for the French "syndicat"). [[MilkmanConspiracy Make of that what you will]].

See also TheMafia (and its Russian cousin TheMafiya), TheIrishMob, TheTriadsAndTheTongs, TheCartel, {{Yakuza}}, and MafiaPrincess.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Red Dragon in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. The whole reason Spike was almost killed the first place was because they wanted to [[HeKnowsTooMuch silence him after he tried to leave.]]
* Demon Card in ''Anime/RaveMaster''.
* Enfant in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is an international NebulousCriminalConspiracy with fingers in every criminal enterprise from weapon smuggling to political corruption to fueling a WarForFunAndProfit.
* Les Soldats in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', although they also venture quite far into the AncientConspiracy territory. Indeed, the main conflict in the organization revolves between those who emphasize the AncientConspiracy angle, and those who just perceive themselves as The Syndicate - that is, the idealists and the pragmatists.
* The all-encompassing, running the entire world behind the scenes group in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is one of these and actually called "The Syndicate", but most the viewer ever sees of it is the cell Hei is in and the occasional one-shot agent they have to contact. Up until TheReveal of the conspiracy (which isn't all that ancient), there's not a high ranking Syndicate member to be seen -- not even [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness an Omniscient Council of Vagueness]]. [[spoiler: It falls apart after Hei blows the lid of The {{Masquerade}} at the end of the first season.]]
** [[spoiler: End of season 2 sees the creation of a New Syndicate, of which [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Mao]] and [[HeroAntagonist Kirihara]] are members.]]
* ''Manga/{{Gungrave}}'' is a series 100% based off of a syndicate and with its fair share of conspiracies. And zombies.
* Meiousei aka Pluto in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has The Black Organization.
* From ''Manga/OnePiece'', there's Baroque Works, a secretive but extensive criminal organization led by a pirate-turned-privateer-turned back to a life of crime. Said leader used the entire organization as a means to overthrow the government of the kingdom of Alabasta, all so he could comb the country for a legendary ancient weapon of mass destruction. [[spoiler: The whole shebang collapsed at the end of its story arc, all of its major players sent to Impel Down]].


* Intergang from the ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' comics falls into this, and is a credible threat even to powerful superheroes because they get their weapons and technology from Franchise/TheDCU's ultimate BigBad and EvilOverlord, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. (They also make a few appearances in the Superman and WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague cartoons, but as a lesser threat).
** More recently, reinvented as the [[ReligionOfEvil Church of Crime]]. Same deal, only with fewer Apokaliptan superweapons, and more [[MultipleReferencePun Apocalyptic revelations]].
* The 100 (a.k.a. The 1000) is another example from Franchise/TheDCU.
* The Maggia in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'', the Foot are supposed to be this, although they're not terribly effective at it. The Shredder and his men, it is eventually revealed, are pretty much a rogue faction of the main group (which mostly remains unseen outside the no-longer-canon Vol. 3), and the fact that Karai needs the turtles in order to stop the warring between factions does not bode well for the group as a whole. In the current story arc, it is revealed that most of the clan the world over had been killed by a group of mysterious warriors. So yeah...
* The Singh Brotherhood of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' is a powerful criminal organisation which traces its origin back to the Viking Age.
* Herr Wallenquist runs one of these in ''ComicBook/SinCity'', where he is the prime benefactor of an assassins' guild that also specializes in the BlackMarket and indirectly controls the corrupt police precinct. In past stories, he has shown to have connections with other crime families such as the Lords and the Roarks.
* Vulture, in the 1950s ComicBook/MartianManhunter strips, was a shadowy criminal group led by the enigmatic [[DiabolicalMastermind Mr. V]]. They flummoxed both J'onn and the police with their zany schemes, and every time that J'onn thought he'd finally caught Mr. V, it would turn out to be just another one of his {{Body Double}}s.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The LOVE organization in ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'' serves as this. It is stated to have operatives in [[WeAreEverywhere every facet of society]] (including positions close to judiciary and [[DirtyCop law enforcement]]), and its top-ranking members, who make up LOVE's [[BadassCrew Council of the Dawn]] are individually the leaders of their own crime syndicates, all of which are incorporated into LOVE's activities. The crimes LOVE facilitates center around the production, smuggling and distribution of a narcotic called Gold Sand, and they are also involved in racketeering, counterfeiting of cash, smuggling, gambling on underground fights, kidnapping, and provision of weapons for smaller-tier criminals.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', after [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Jade]] is transformed back into the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Queen of the Shadowkhan]], she recruits the former leadership of the Dark Hand and rebuilds the organization as the Shadow Hand. While this gets eclipsed plot-wise by the later hunts for the Oni masks and the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Teachings]] tablets, it's implied that they're doing quite well for themselves on this front.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''/''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'' establishes that the Dark Hand seen in canon was actually just the North American branch of a worldwide organization. Due to [[EvilPowerVacuum Valmont's arrest]], the North American branch was devastated by [[EnemyCivilWar infighting between officers trying to take over]]; by the start of the story, the Asian branch leader, Chang, has come to fill the void and rebuild, and seems to be doing a great job at it. [[spoiler: Later, it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that the Dark Hand's ''true'' purpose is to manipulate the world's governments into accepting the existence of the supernatural and weaponizing it, in order to [[WellIntentionedExtremist protect Earth from other worlds]]. Oh, and they've [[RunningBothSides secretly controlled Section 13]] all along.]]

* Pick a [[HeroicBloodshed Hong Kong triad film]]. Any triad film.
* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' pits AntiHero Porter against a syndicate. Just a slight bit of [[PlayingWithATrope playing]] and LampshadeHanging goes on as it's discussed at several points that the movie's syndicate actually used to be called The Syndicate, but changed its name to The Outfit while Porter was recovering from his wounds.
* In ''Film/PointBlank'', Lee Marvin battled a remarkably organised organised crime organisation which was explicitly referred to as "The Syndicate". ''Film/TheOutfitOutfit'' was a loose sequel to ''Point Blank'', and ''Film/CharleyVarrick'' inhabited a similar world
* The Umbrella Corporation in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies.
* The [[FunWithAcronyms SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion]] aka SPECTRE, in the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.
** The SpiritualSuccessor of SPECTRE is Quantum in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. Bonus points for having one of its members actually say, "[[WeAreEverywhere We have people everywhere]]" about five seconds before being proven right.
*** And two films later, we have ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' itself, which make Mr White, the BigBad of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' to hide away. [[spoiler:Turns out Quantum was a subsidiary of SPECTRE.]]
* The Organization in the Virgil Tibbs adventure ''The Organization''.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' sees such a group actually called "The Syndicate", made up of discredited former agents from intelligence services from around the world. Their origin was not entirely criminal... The use of the name is a nod to the more conventional mob-like Syndicate from the TV series (mentioned below).
* ''Filme/GameOfDeath'': In the 1978 version, Dr. Land's group even calls itself the syndicate, resides in the Red Pepper restaurant, controls the whole martial arts industry and takes its fair share out of bets.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'' has the High Table, a council of crime lords from all around the world, including [[TheMafia Italians]], [[TheMafiya Russians]], the {{Yakuza}} and even African warlords.


* The ArchEnemy of SherlockHolmes, Professor Moriarty, is the head of a mighty criminal organization filled with "a hundred broken fighting men, pickpockets, blackmailers, and card sharpers at the other, with every sort of crime in between." Holmes deduces that it is responsible for nearly all the undetected crimes in London, even powerful enough to threaten entire nations.
* The Syndicate in the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy plays this trope to the tee.
* Umbra Corporation from ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse}}'' by Eric Nylund.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** As mentioned under Film, SPECTRE. Creator/IanFleming was worried that Cold War villains would get outdated and invented the organization as a politically neutral replacement for SMERSH. Their membership apparently consists of big names in the Mafia, the Unione Corse, various SecretPolice forces, and, well, SMERSH. Apparently all those disparate groups can reconcile vastly different ideologies under the [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily common banner of world domination.]]
** To hear James Bond tell it, SMERSH itself was one of these. They have no compunction against working with gangsters like Mr. Big, career criminals like Goldfinger, or serial killers like Red Grant (not as unlikely as it sounds- the US, at least, has historically used crime lords as intelligence agents).
* The Shadow Fist Society from ''Literature/WildCards''. They're a rag tag bunch of street gangs united by DiabolicalMastermind Kien Phuc, and they easily rival, if not exceed, the influence of the local Mafia family. Part of it is that they willingly accept and employ [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Jokers and Aces.]]
* OlderThanRadio: ''Les Habits Noirs'' (''Literature/TheBlackCoats'') novels by Creator/PaulFeval, written from 1863 to 1875.
** And he had an earlier prototype in the Literature/GentlemenOfTheNight
* The House of the Jhereg in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels.
* Milo's syndicate in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''.
* ''[[Literature/TheExecutioner Phoenix Force]]'' sometimes battles MERGE (a criminal alliance of TheMafia, the Unione Corse, the Colombian cartels and the Mexican Mafia) and its Oriental equivalent TRIO -- a union of the {{Yakuza}}, the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]], and the fictional New Horde (a Mongolian crime group). Its members don't always get along.
* Literature/TimeScout's criminal empire is composed of TheMafia, TheMafiya, the {{Yakuza}}, and many {{Corrupt Politician}}s
* Donald Westlake's Parker novels featured one of these, run along 60s corporate lines. Parker had some trouble with them in the first few novels, but arranged a détente of sorts after helping a new leader ascend to power. Parker even did a couple of jobs for them thereafter on a strictly cash basis.
* The StarWars novels have Black Sun, the most powerful criminal organization of the galaxy. It's an Empire within an Empire (though predating it by centuries) and has a cozy arrangement with Palpatine (for example, providing logistical support to the construction of the Death Star) who considers it valuable enough that its leader, Xizor, is a respected member of the Imperial Court, the third most powerful man in the galaxy, and a rival to Darth Vader himself. Its upper rank members are all rich and powerful in their own right - Xizor is the CEO of the galaxy's largest transportation company, one of his underlings Durga leads a Hutt crime family that rivals Jabba's, etc. Later novels reveal that Black Sun accumulated most of its power not by bribery or intimidation, but by gathering information to blackmail high-level officials into cooperating, making it as much a private intelligence agency as a crime syndicate, and one the Bothans alone can outdo.
** The other main criminal element in Star Wars novels are the Hutt syndicates, called "kajidics." Those are family-based clans that have a loose governing body but fiercely compete with each other for control of the underworld. They are closer to traditional gangsters than Black Sun, mostly concentrating on control of the slave trade or the spice (drug) trade rather than Xizor's high-stakes games in galactic politics. The two most powerful kadjidics in the original trilogy era were Desilijic (Jabba's organization) and its main enemy Besadii (Durga's organization, which eventually ends up being absorbed by Black Sun, at least until Xizor's death).
* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial, the Broken Wheel Company disposes of goods for the various bandit bands in the Iron Teeth mountains. They are also rumored to be involved in assassination and other illegal activities.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Pick a CriminalProcedural. If it doesn't have The Syndicate, pick the next one: it's bound to be in.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Several shows in the franchise, including ''Deep Space 9'', have the Orion Syndicate, although since most of the major characters were (essentially) military personnel it tended to be more of an around-the-edges nuisance than a direct threat.
** "A Piece of the Action" in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has Kirk arrange for the formation of a syndicate of mobs. It's all for a good cause, of course: the planet in question is run ''by'' mobs straight out of 1920 Chicago, so The Syndicate is the closest equivalent to TheFederation for the moment, and it helps to keep the Iotians working together.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness is actually called "the Syndicate" (among other things). They are [[spoiler:an international conspiracy of politicians and businessmen who discovered the existence of aliens after the RoswellIncident, and a few years later managed to negotiate a temporary truce with the homicidal aliens, buying themselves a few decades in return for assisting the alien colonization]].
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' had the Alliance, K-Directorate, the Covenant, etc.
* The infamous Shocker of the long running children's TV show ''Franchise/KamenRider'' definitely fits into this one considering that it spawned a lot of evil organizations after.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is known for its evil organizations like [[NebulousEvilOrganisation FULCRUM]], Fulcrum's parent company The Ring, and the current incarnation of the Syndicate: Volkoff Industries.
* The [[Series/MissionImpossible Impossible Missions Force]] faces off against The Syndicate several times.
* The criminal organisation Niska represents in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was never given an official name, but is usually referred to simply as 'the Syndicate'.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse has the Lucian Alliance, a network of drug smugglers and black market dealers that developed into a consistent secondary threat to the Tau'ri after the Goa'uld Empire collapsed.
* In Lolly's flashback episode of Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack, the voices in her head tell her that a couple of bike cops work for the Syndicate, who in turn work for Starbucks who don't want her selling her own homemade coffee.
* The ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "Shadow" has the Terra Nostra ([[TheMafia Cosa Nostra]] InSpace) whose main revenue is the illegal drug Shadow. Our anti-heroes attempt (unsuccessfully) to [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilised buy their help in their struggle]] against the Terran Federation. [[spoiler:TheReveal is that Shadow is being harvested on a planet directly controlled by the President of the Federation, and Terra Nostra is just another means of controlling the populace, this time via its criminal underbelly.]]

* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has the unnamed mob of the Big City, which works like TheMafia but without the familial intimacy of that trope.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A few such syndicates exist in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', and from time to time you'll be asked to infiltrate their corporate headquarters during your missions.
* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', The Syndicate is the economic arm of the [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Technocracy]].
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Your typical Thief's Guild in a big city will be one of these. Depending on the setting, a variety of other guids, like an Assassin's Guild or Mage's Guild, might be involved in nefarious criminal schemes.
** The Shadow Thieves in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''. They double as a ReligionOfEvil, since they are the devoted worshipers of Mask, the god of thieves. Also the Zhentarim, who are thinking really big and have their hands deeply in politics, effectively even controlling their own small country.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' brings us the Guild, a syndicate so wealthy and influential that it qualifies as an NGOSuperpower, despite being a mortal-run organization in a world ruled by {{Physical God}}s.
* The [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Orzhov Syndicate]]. Officially, they're a church. [[BlatantLies Officially]]. Everybody on [[CityPlanet Ravnica]] knows that they're in charge of big business as well as organised crime... and if you owe the Orzhov a debt, you're going to pay it off, even after death.
* The Free Enterprise secret society in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}.''
* Pretty much how [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] society is organised in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. They live in an impossibly vast inter-dimensional city called [[MeaningfulName Commorragh]], and it is ruled and enforced by the Kabals, which are basically like a mix between crime syndicates, pirate fleets, and the old medieval Italian city state families. They constantly battle for dominance through political and military means, with the Kabalite Warriors being made-men, and Archons are basically Godfathers. A warrior can climb the ranks of a Kabal [[KlingonPromotion by killing those ranked above him]].
* A subversion appears in a ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' book of NPC villains. The villain is a homeless schizophrenic who was more or less literally raised by a television. He sincerely believes that there is an interstellar (he's in a science-fiction universe) crime syndicate, that he's a member of it, and that it sends him messages and instructions in mysterious ways(he interprets random happenings and the voices in his head as such). He's completely deluded, but has managed to convince a number of the local lowlifes that he's for real, and as such has a surprising degree of influence in his local area.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'': Tommy Vercetti's criminal organization ([[http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Vercetti_Gang Vercetti crime family]]) operates as a powerful organization based in and around Vice City.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Trevor Philips Enterprises (or TP Inc.) is a powerful conglomerate dedicated in the production of methamphetamine. It is run by one of the three protagonists, Trevor Philips which is a company that deals with arms and drug dealings syndicate. They have connections with some [[TheCartel Mexican Cartels]] and some rednecks are usually hired as muscle, guards or operatives. Trevor can also buy a lot of business in San Andreas.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': Hoyt's criminal organization is an inmensely powerful organization dedicated in drug trade and human trafficking. And as if that was not enough, he has an army of bloodthirsty mercenaries at his disponsal.
-->'''Hoyt:''' "I'm a hunter myself. The noblest of professions. But you know, I like to hunt real game. I can offer you travel to slave markets in Rio, Hong Kong, New York. This is a global enterprise. Globalisation is the future, bringing things from far away to me."
* Classic PC hit ''Videogame/{{Syndicate}}'' featured... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you guessed it]], a Syndicate.
** And the player plays a team of its agents, no less.
** A little subverted though as while they're no strangers to playing dirty, the implication is that most of their income is from at least semi-legitimate sources.
*** ''Playing dirty'' might be putting it a little lightly. The game's story and setting are a pretty shamelessly obvious example of BlackAndBlackMorality.
* The unnamed crime syndicate run by Mr. X in the ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' trilogy.
* ''Creator/JohnWoo Presents VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}'', being the sequel to classic Hong Kong film ''Film/HardBoiled'', has three of them: the Golden Kane headed by Yung Gi, the Zakarov syndicate headed by Damon and Vladimir Zakarov, and Dragon Claw headed by Mr. Wong.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** The Black Sun criminal syndicate, which exists in some form or another during every period of the GFFA. Though dissolved after the Vong War, it makes a comeback during the Legacy era.
** The Zann Consortium from ''[[VideoGame/EmpireatWar Empire at War: Forces of Corruption]]'' essentially evolves into a galaxy-wide syndicate by the end of the campaign.
** The Exchange in the ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights of the Old Republic]]'' games.
* The Guild in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire.''
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' has two of these - one in the main Front Mission universe and another in the Gun Hazard universe.
** In the main Front Mission universe, the "Grimnir" led by Morgan Bernard (who also functions as the series BigBad).
** In the Gun Hazard universe, "The Society" led by Henry Sherwood.
* The Black Dragon to which Kano belonged and their rival parent group the Red Dragon from ''MortalKombat''. Likewise, Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei and their rivals, the Shira Ryu, to which Scorpion once belonged. The White Lotus Society, to which both Liu Kang and Kung Lao belonged, is the "good guy" variant of this trope.
* The crime syndicate called "The Syndicate" in ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}''.
* In the MMORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' we have Rekember Corporation. When something bad is happening you can be 90% sure that Rekember has it's fingers in it.
* In ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'', there is an entire region of 0.0, lawless, space called [[http://eve.wikia.com/wiki/The_Syndicate The Syndicate]]. It was once described as a good place for a vacation by a Gallente Senator.
** Their allies, [[http://eve.wikia.com/wiki/Serpentis Serpentis Corporation]] and [[http://eve.wikia.com/wiki/Angel_Cartel Angel Cartel]] are little different.
*** All three, however, have had this status dulled as of late by their more grey morality in comparison to the EvilerThanThou Sansha's Nation, which is something like The Syndicate [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ReligionOfEvil.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Syndicate]] in ''[[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak X]]'' that is run by [[VillainousGlutton Krew's]] rival gang leader and practically ''runs'' [[ViceCity Kras City]]. Fixes all the [[BloodSport Combat Races]], [[SeriousBusiness hires mercenary drivers]], [[spoiler: sabotages Jak's vehicle, and kills Blitz's father, though that happened before the game's events.]]
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Shadaloo]] started out as this, but as the series progressed, became more of a NebulousEvilOrganisation.
* The plot of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' centers around an international smuggling syndicate.
* Nile in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''.
* The Z Syndicate from ''VideoGame/CustomRobo''. Strangely, the organization was originally formed for benevolent purposes, before the lieutenants decided to make it a criminal group and ousted their leader.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes: Going Rogue'': has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Syndicate]]. Essentially, after the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Hamidon Wars]], [[EvilCounterpart Emperor Cole]] began cracking down on organized crime. This only caused it to "get more organized," and in the end, every gang in the city had banded under the name of the Syndicate. Players will run across members of the Syndicate, whose [[MirrorUniverse Primal Earth]] counterparts are heads of other gangs.
* The Syndicate (or rather, ''a'' syndicate, because the actual names are randomly generated) attacking the station is one of the possible events to occur on ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13''. Effectiveness varies based on the intelligence of the syndicate members, but usually, being a team of three or more foes armed to the teeth with energy swords and bombs and hell bent on destroying the station, they're near the top of biggest threats to the station.
* The Pizza Bat corporation in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' is in control of a mafia the size of a small army. Needless to say, they pretty much run the city.
* The Syndicate in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' is a consortium of three powerful gangs, firmly in control of the city of Steelport and environs. The Saints themselves run a media empire and essentially run the nation by the next game.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a faction of rogues called the Syndicate. It's a subversion in this case as the Syndicate is a meaningless, almost powerless faction only feared by low level characters.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has Khamja, a shadowy criminal clan so powerful that it basically runs the country the game takes place in.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the Syndicate of [[WretchedHive Ul'dah]] is actually an official part of the city-state's ruling government, alongside the [[RoyalBlood Sultanate]]. Most major decisions are made by vote with the Syndicate members and the Sultana. It's common knowledge that the Syndicate are corrupt and only looking out for themselves, and the Sultana is essentially reduced to a figurehead despite her efforts.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' (what a surprise): This time around, the Templars exert control over London through drug trade and organizing local street thugs (along with a few legal but horrible means, like child labor). Your protagonists have the option of forming their own good-aligned syndicate to combat them.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': At first, it's assumed that the Ganglion the heroes are fighting against are an alien race bent on destroying humanity for some reason. Later in the game we learn that the Ganglion is actually a crime syndicate... and not a particularly powerful one in the grand scheme of things. At least, not compared to the government they operate under, the Samaar Federation, who have control over multiple entire galaxies.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has the Camonna Tong, the native Dunmer [[TheMafia Mafia]]. They're involved with nearly every seedy operation going on in Vvardenfell, particularly smuggling and drugs. They invert the RuthlessForeignGangsters trope, as they are much more ruthless than their Imperial import counterpart, the ThievesGuild, who avoids murder and generally practices HonorAmongThieves. The way they operate is very Mafia-esque, with Orvas Dren as the kingpin of the operation while they conduct business out of [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub legitimate bars and taverns]]. More recently, they've even gotten involved with the [[ReligionOfEvil Sixth House cult]], whose promises of driving the Empire out of Morrowind meshes well with the Tong's utter hatred of outlanders. The Tong has two members of the [[ProudMerchantRace House Hlaalu]] council in their pocket, and also have control over the Fighters Guild [[spoiler:due to controlling the faction leader's gambling debts]]. As if that [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil weren't all bad enough]], they also take it upon themselves to enforce Morrowind's pro-slavery laws, which includes hiring bounty hunters to ruthlessly hunt down escaped slaves while they themselves are known to use slaves as drug mules. Finally, their leader, Orvas Dren, is planning to have his brother, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Duke of Vvardenfell]] Vedam Dren, assassinated.

* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': The Akuma gang in the first chapter. Possibly the Moritomi gang from the second.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's also called "The Syndicate" in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. In this world of mutants with superpowers, The Syndicate is run by shadowy supervillains, and staffed with armies of minions and {{Mooks}}.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', it is revealed in [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 Season 5]] that Aku's regime welcomes outlaws, bandits, gangsters and evil organizations. Interestingly, most of the antagonists have connections to Aku, from lowly thugs to ruthless mobsters, assassins and slave drivers.
* The Dark Hand of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is originally portrayed as this, having connections to nearly every major international crime out there. Because of VillainDecay, however, it is no longer the case.
* Of course, there needs to be a mention of THE number one syndicate in all of western animation... [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget MAD]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Huntik}} Huntik: Secrets & Seekers]]'' has The Organization, which reportedly has agents the world over, has the power to erase bank accounts, and can even take over governments.
* Mentioned in [[WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas A Charlie Brown Christmas]]. Lucy remarks that "We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'': L. Thompson Lincoln's outfit is this (in fact, he's was probably meant to Kingpin, the example listed under Comics). He's the secret identity of The Big Man of Crime in New York, and bit players in the underworld think he's a myth- meanwhile, Lincoln himself is publicly believed to be an odd-looking philanthropist. By season 3, there's a three way straggle over his power base between him, the standard Mafia, and the growing super villain community.