In reality, the International Criminal Police Organization -- the ICPO or Interpol -- acts as liaison among the national police forces of member countries, maintains a database on international criminals, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and writes (along with the FBI) those "pirating this movie is illegal" messages/PSAs]] that get removed in the pirated versions of films anyway. In other words, they don't do any direct investigation or prosecution themselves; they simply facilitate communication between agencies in different countries.

In ''fiction'', Interpol acts more like [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE U.N.C.L.E.]] and sends agents (normally solo), who somehow have full power over local police, out to track down and capture international criminals. One reason for this trope is that [[SmallReferencePools everyone knows Interpol is "international police"]] and it avoids the need to create a group wholesale, even if that means fudging what they actually do.

Compare UnitedNationsIsASuperpower for details on the OneWorldGovernment that presumably gives the World Police their orders. Not to be confused with [[Music/{{Interpol}} the band]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* [[HeroAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]] of ''Characters/LupinIII'' is an Interpol agent; [[MultipleChoicePast one]] [[Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact version of the gang's]] [[OriginsEpisode origins]] explicitly has another character suggest that he join to pursue Lupin across the globe more easily. The local cops vary in their response to his commands: sometimes he's an unwanted distraction from their duties, other times he has their full collaboration, and [[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro in one particular occasion]] he goes around the world with a small army of Japanese policemen directly under his command.
* In ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'', Reika Sanjo is an ex-Interpol agent.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Tomo is a big fan of ''Franchise/LupinIII'', and her dream is to be an Interpol agent. Given that Tomo is a moron, it's more like she believes this trope than that show itself does.
* ''[[Anime/GiantRoboTheDayTheEarthStoodStill Giant Robo: The Animation]]'' had the superpowered "Experts of Justice" as ICPO agents. Yes, Interpol basically had the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} on its payroll here.
* Portrayed more accurately in ''Manga/DeathNote'': Interpol are seen near the beginning as a group of police representatives from various different nations discussing the recent spate of deaths of renowned criminals and forming a consensus of whether or not they should contact L, and once L demonstrates that the perpetrator is based out of Japan the case is entirely within the jurisdiction of the N.P.A. (albeit with L calling on resources from the F.B.I. at one point).
* Possibly justified in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Hillshire [[spoiler:Hartman]] met Triela during his job as an investigator for Europol, the localized version of Interpol. He was acting outside his jurisdiction though and got fired, ending up as Triela's [[TheHandler handler]] in the SWA.
* In ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', we learn that Racer X [[spoiler: aka Rex Racer]] is an secret agent for Interpol.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Bernard Prince'', a [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] whose title character is a retired Interpol Special Agent; some stories feature flashbacks to his time as one.
* ''Darkholders'' from Marvel Comics stars one of these, agent Sam Buchannan. Partly justified in that in the comics, Interpol has degenerated to little more then a devil cult.
* ''Manhunter'', the DC 1970s trip, stars Christine St. Clair.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'''s Banshee was once an Interpol agent. Then he was [[FaceHeelTurn a criminal]]. And then [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor a superhero]].


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/LordOfWar'', Interpol agent Jack Valentine pursues the illegal ArmsDealer main character. They're so powerful that his team is shown bossing ex-Soviet soldiers around, which in reality would just get them all shot. Oddly, late in the film the VillainProtagonist refers to US President as being the Valentine's boss, and uses contacts in the US military to get himself released when Valentine has arrested him, so one wonders if Agent Valentine switched jobs at some point.
* ''Film/TheCassandraCrossing'': O.J. Simpson plays an Interpol officer. Talk about a FunnyAneurysmMoment...
* TheMovie of ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' had two Interpol agents.
* Lorna Campbell from ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' is an Interpol officer.
* Both ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' have Interpol agents as main characters. However, worth noting is they act somewhat realistically as their mission was to investigate the alien invasion presently going on and intervene if needed instead of taking full control. Still doesn't stop them from directly fighting said alien invasion though.
* ''Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse'' has an undercover Interpol agent investigating international crime at a German hotel.
* ''Film/TheInternational'' features a somewhat realistic version of the agency but [[CowboyCop the protagonist]] still largely fulfills the trope anyway.
* Jean-Pierre Napoleon in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', who chases the villains all over Europe.
* In ''Film/{{Hitman}}'', HeroAntagonist Mike Whittier and his partner are Interpol agents. Particularly notable in that a recurring plot point is their JurisdictionFriction with agents of the FSB, despite the fact that they are investigating [[spoiler:the attempted assassination of the Russian President - ''[[ArtisticLicenseLaw in Russia!]]'']]
* ''{{Film/Assassins}}'' portrays Interpol as having armed field agents conducting sting operations.
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' has Alma Dray as a more realistic portrayal, having previously worked exclusively at a desk and only tagging along with the FBI in order to catch the Four Horsemen because of their Teleporting Bank Robbery trick.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* There's a friendly Interpol officer whom Literature/TomSwift Jr. summons from time to time to arrest international bad guys; apparently they're out of the local cops' jurisdiction [[HandWave somehow]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Interpol has enough prestige that a fairly senior insurance executive can become an agent and consider it a step up in his career. WordOfGod (aka show runner Creatorn/JohnRogers) [[ says]], "Interpol in the Leverage-verse is not this world's Interpol. It is, basically, ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. Or maybe [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE U.N.C.L.E.]]. It's the law-enforcement all-star team."
* 1970s ITC Entertainment series ''Series/{{Department S}}'' featured three Interpol agents (and their jet-setting diplomat boss) who solved "impossible" crimes.
* One episode of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' guest-starred Creator/TomBaker (of ''Series/DoctorWho'' fame) as an Interpol agent whose investigations intersected Remington Steele's Case of the Week.
* Special Agent Emily Prentiss of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is a former Interpol undercover operative.
* The show ''Series/CrossingLines'' goes one further by having an elite force of cops from the International Criminal Court investigating cross-border crime in Europe. The International Criminal Court deals with crimes against international law (in other words serious war crimes and genocides committed by governments and quasi-governments), has no police force of its own, and even if it had, would not get involved with ordinary crime, no matter how serious or high-profile.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar''
** The sixth episode had Meilin, an undercover Interpol Agent that was working undercover as the right-hand of Chinatown mobster Lao Shen.
** In the sixth season episode "Uncontrolled Variables", Keller's handler Luc Renault is also an Interpol special agent.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In the game ''Artifact'', the players are Interpol agents trying to recover [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stolen artworks and ancient artifacts.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'' features a variation. The game is set on Creaturia, a WorldOfFunnyAnimals, and the titular heroes (a special unit of CIPO, the Creaturian International Police Organization) are the local equivalent of this trope.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', an Interpol agent is the victim of the third case.
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' puts this trope to work, as a series of domestic incidents Edgeworth is investigating turn out to be connected to an international smuggling ring, justifying Interpol's involvement. Agent Shi-Long Lang, his assistant Shih-na, and his hand-picked team of one hundred [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] feature heavily in the resolution of the story, and established character Franziska von Karma is also involved as an Interpol consultant.
* Carmelita Fox of ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' is an Interpol agent.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:'' a minor NPC on the ''SS Anne'' in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue;'' Looker, a recurring NPC debuting in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', and a couple of other [=NPCs=] from ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', work for the [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not-Interpol]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo "International Police"]] and both are going after the game's evil team. As the only other cops in this series do nothing but attack kids up past 6 p.m., though, it's a huge step up. The International Police remains a pretty impressive police force no matter how you look at it, given the only other police who actually fight crime happen to be the [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Ranger Corps]]. Still makes you wonder why there's no word of their involvement in [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum another region, however...]]
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': Chun-Li is an Interpol agent who fights crime by personally kicking the crap out of crime lords.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' Adam Jensen joins Task Force 29, a counter terrorism division of Interpol created to deal with the drastic rise in terrorist activities thanks to the events of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. Justified in universe somewhat by being a division made by and with the consent of the participating countries specifically to combat augmented terrorism in those countries, which despite the game admitting it wields and unprecedented amount of jurisdictional authority, it still have to butt heads with local police and goverments. So the innaccuracies with real life Interpol is somewhat addmited.

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Interpol's purview has been expanded to include international supercrime, and they have been given an investigation and enforcement arm.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/GadgetBoyAndHeather'' work for Interpol.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Captain Black says that he laid the groundwork for Section 13, his group of secret agents that fights organized crime, during his stint with Interpol.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a U.S. Senator called for Interpol to take over the investigation.