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Angela: God, you people work just like the mob! There’s no difference!
FBI Agent: Oh, there’s a big difference, Mrs. de Marco. The mob is run by murdering, thieving, lying, cheating psychopaths. We work for the President of the United States.

An agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or one of its fictional counterparts. The FBI is the investigative branch of the United States of America's Department of Justice. See American Law Enforcement for information about the agency. This is about the agents in fiction.

From the late 1920s through the 1950s; "G-Men" (Government Men) were seen in fiction as incorruptible forces for law and order and American values, with very rare exceptions. However, J. Edgar Hoover's suspicion of the politics and motivations of prominent civil rights activists, and growing paranoia about the social changes in America, caused the FBI's activities to become increasingly out of step with the times (serious legal violations occurred in spying on activists). Mishandled cases and other scandals, some decades old, were talked about more publicly. After Hoover died in 1972, a law previously passed to limit the tenure of FBI directors came into effect. Scurrilous rumors of J. Edgar's sexual peccadillos or connection to organized crime figures got a lot more play once he couldn't sic his agents on those reporting them.

Media portrayals of the FBI since then have generally depicted a flawed but usually well-meaning organization, some of whose agents may have friction with other law enforcement agencies. More rarely, some may be corrupt or evil. Works of fiction will often use a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of the FBI and Hoover. They have a better public image than the CIA, of course, Hoover's machinations notwithstanding.

FBI agents during the majority of the Hoover period were Always Male (there had been female agents before he took office, but he felt that women were unsuited for the work) and agents of color were rare to non-existent, which made working in certain communities, especially infiltration of them, difficult. Indeed, during the Hoover years the FBI rarely had its agents infiltrate the organizations they investigated, preferring to recruit paid informants who were already on the inside. Special agents must have a 4-year ("bachelor's") college degree, with a preference given to Law and Accounting.

Sometimes overlaps with The Men in Black. If the FBI isn't the only law enforcement agency involved, there may be Jurisdiction Friction. For agents of other government agencies without their own entry, including fictional ones, see Government Agency of Fiction.

Works that feature the FBI or its agents include:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baccano!'s Victor Talbot is part of the FBI, head of a special division dealing with immortal affairs.
  • Case Closed: The FBI is one of the major forces that investigate the Black Organization. The most prominent agents are Shuichi Akai, Jodie Starling, Andre Camel and James Black. Akai is notably one of the few characters to be on par with Shinichi himself.
  • Appears in Death Note, where they are trying to find Kira. The FBI were brought in because the Japanese police were having no luck in tracking Kira down, plus L correctly susses that Kira was related to one of the investigating officers and thus the investigation itself may have been compromised (which it was, since Light was spying on his dad, the leader of said investigation). Besides that, L was hired by the United Nations because Kira was killing on a global scale and the only reason the Japanese were assigned to the case was that L just figured out that Kira was based in Japan.
  • Asuna Kisaki from Occultic;Nine is a high school student and an FBI agent.

    Comic Books 
  • Flashbacks to her training in Batwoman: Elegy show Kate Kane taking part in (and presumably completing) the FBI's New Agent Training program.
  • The second Mister America, Trey Thompson, was an FBI agent. After his murder, his partner, Agent Jeffrey Graves, took up the mantle.

  • Tsui Hark plays a minor character in Aces Go Places 2 who pretends to be an FBI agent, and he loves to claim that a siren soon to be heard belongs to the police. People tend to believe him—that is, until it turns out that the siren actually belongs to the men in white who come to take him back to the asylum he keeps breaking out of. Hilarious in Hindsight because Tsui Hark directed Aces Go Places 3.
  • Alto: Two of them, a man and woman, are investigating the Mafia family in the film, but they never get anywhere.
  • The Boondock Saints: Willem Dafoe plays the FBI agent investigating the titular vigilantes.
  • Brooklyn Tide: Special Agent Jonathan Corbin and Agent Samantha Vera are sent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the death of another Federal Agent, as well as the disappearance of a supposed cyber weapon.
  • Catch Me If You Can features Tom Hanks as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, who spends the movie trying to track down and arrest serial imposter Frank Abegnale, Jr.
  • Die Hard. Two FBI agents take over the law enforcement response to the takeover and, as Al Powell says, "They've got the universal terrorist playbook and they're running it step by step." This plays right into the hands of Hans Gruber, who takes advantage of their tactics to break into the vault. The agents then try to slaughter the terrorists while risking the hostages' lives and get blown up by a terrorist trap.
  • Donnie Brasco is based on the Real Life infiltration of The Mafia by FBI agent Joe Pistone, who posed as the titular wannabe Italian mafioso seeking information about the mob's inner workings. Prior to this, the FBI relied on mob informants to get leads, but the intel was generally unreliable as the FBI knew that the informants could be providing them with hearsay or false info.
  • Dog Day Afternoon. FBI Agent Sheldon is portrayed as being tough, unflappable and in charge, and the bank robber Sonny clearly respects him.
  • Sean Archer, The Hero of Face/Off, is an FBI agent who is looking to get revenge on a notorious terrorist named Castor Troy, who was responsible for the death of his son years ago. The two eventually switch faces when Castor and his brother Pollux refuse to give the location of the bomb.
  • The FBI Story, a 1959 movie starring James Stewart that depicts the history of the organisation from the mid 20's until the late 50's through the life of FBI Agent Chip Hardesty. As Hoover had approval over every shot and had a pair of special agents stick with the director during filming the movie shows the FBI in a rather idealised light.
  • The James Cagney movie G Men, was released in 1935, and was the first movie about the renamed FBI.
  • Home Alone 3: Christopher Curry plays FBI Agent Stuckey, who is on the trail of four internationally wanted spies working for a North Korean terrorist organization who stole a top-secret missile cloaking microchip from a defense department contractor. The spies hide out in the Chicagoland area due to the chip having been misplaced due to a baggage mixup and search the neighborhood of eight-year-old Alex Pruitt for it, but the eight-year-old, bedridden with the chickenpox, knows what they're up to and has tipped off the Air Force about the chip, who in turn, tip off Stuckey of the spies' current location, not to mention he has loaded his house with painful booby traps should the spies target his home next.
  • J. Edgar, the biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, naturally. Portrayal of Hoover's influence on the kind of people who are accepted into the F.B.I. over the years is shown.
  • In Judas Kiss, Emma Thompson plays FBI Agent Sadie Hawkins, the lead agent in charge of investigating the abduction of tech entrepreneur Ben Dyson. Various lesser agents buzz around her doing her bidding. In an aversion of Jurisdiction Friction, she actually gets on well and collaborates with Detective David Friedman (Alan Rickman), the New Orleans police detective in charge of investigating the homicide that occurred at the same time as the kidnapping.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe features Randall Park as Jimmy Woo, a former SHIELD agent who joined the FBI. He first debuts in Ant-Man and the Wasp where he assigned to oversee Scott Lang's house arrest in the aftermath of Scott's actions in Captain America: Civil War. He then appears in WandaVision, where the whole discovery that Wanda Maximoff has encompassed Westview in a sitcom reality happens because a witness in one of Jimmy's cases happened to be in Westview when she created the Hex. He spends most of the show acting as a voice of reason, collaborating with Darcy Lewis and Monica Rambeau to figure out the truth of what's going on, and ultimately gets to arrest SWORD Director Tyler Hayward for trying to revive Vision for use as a living weapon (in violation of the Sokovia Accords) and trying to kill Wanda to cover up his abuses of power.
  • Mississippi Burning is all about two (Played by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) FBI agents investigating the murder of several civil rights workers in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the 60s.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico features Jorge Ramirez, a retired FBI agent living in Mexico. After being recruited by Agent Sands, he ends up dusting off his old skills and tools to find out what Barillo is up to.
  • The protagonist of The Rock, Dr. Stanley Goodspeed, is an FBI scientist who, along with a former Alcatraz inmate John Mason (played by Sean Connery) must infiltrate Alcatraz to defeat a group of rogue Marines, defuse missiles loaded with VX gas, and rescue the hostages.
  • Rush Hour has FBI agents and Detective Carter (Chris Tucker) apparently wants to join the FBI early in the film. He decides to stick with the LAPD in the end.
  • Saw: From Saw IV to Saw VI, there are various FBI agents and personnel involved in the Jigsaw case.
  • Switchback: Frank LaCrosse, who has been hunting the serial killer and headed the taskforce formed to catch him. However, the FBI has suspended him as he's gone rogue to keep up the hunt after they ruled the case is closed. A higher FBI official is trying to arrest him during the film for this.
  • Tower Heist: Téa Leoni plays FBI Special Agent Claire Denham, who was assigned to the case of Wall Street kingpin Arthur Shaw, who is an Expy of Bernard Madoff.
  • Zeke Kelso and assorted other agents in That Darn Cat!.

  • FBI agent Lemmy Caution appeared in Peter Chaney's novels This Man Is Dangerous (1936) and Can Ladies Kill? (1938).
  • The Naturals is centered around a group of teens who were recruited by the FBI for their natural talents at investigating crime.
  • Will Graham and Clarice Starling of The Silence of the Lambs are both FBI agents.
  • The FBI is an important part of the plot in the Nero Wolfe novel The Doorbell Rang. Rex Stout (the author) really hated J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, so the novel is pretty much entirely a Take That! against them.
  • The FBI are all over the place in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. Several FBI agents are major characters, including one who saves the life of Ryan's daughter during a terrorist attack in Executive Orders.
  • In Kim Newman's Diogenes Club stories, the heroes' American counterparts are FBI agents. "Moon Moon Moon" explains that they're agents of a federal bureau of investigation, which is not the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • In the Dresden Files book Fool Moon, the FBI shows up to investigate a series of killings with a wolf element. One of Murphy's exes is also an FBI agent.
  • John Ringo's Special Circumstances group is a secret group of agents within the FBI that deal in crimes involving the supernatural/paranormal, and are often paired up with "mundane" agents to assist with the non-supernatural tasks.
  • FBI agents frequently appear in the Leaphorn & Chee series by Tony Hillerman, which is about the Navajo Tribal Police. Homicides committed on Indian Reservations are FBI jurisdiction, so expect Jurisdiction Friction whenever a murder occurs.
  • The plot of Elmore Leonard's Pronto starts off because an FBI agent wants to build a racketeering case against a Miami mobster. He tries to pressure a local bookie into testifying against the mobster by making it seem like the bookie was stealing from the mob. However, by the time people start getting killed because of this scheme, the FBI agent had decided that the mobster is too small-time and abandons the investigation. It is up to US Marshal Raylan Givens to clean up the mess the FBI has created.
  • In The Leonard Regime, the Department of Economic Regulation and Social Order is the result of the FBI's merge with the IRS. This makes every DERSO agent an FBI agent as well.
  • In Relic (Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child) Margo Green teams up with S.A. Pendergast, the only one with knowledge of the mysterious being killing people in the NY Museum of Natural History.
  • In The Genesis Code, FBI agent Tom Drabowski is brought in to investigate a carjacking linked to a murderer and help the murderer escape.
  • Cut and Run follows the FBI partners Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. A number of the books follow their work on various cases and/or working around the various professional constraints that force them to hide their relationship. The rest of their FBI team, their boss, and the Assistant Director of the FBI are recurring characters as well.
  • Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River: Susan Williams is a FBI agent sent to investigate the bombing at Davis Dam.
  • Lock In: Since a Haden's physical body and threep/integrator could easily be in different states, the FBI has been assigned responsibility for Haden-connected crime as an extrapolation of their responsibility for interstate crime. Chris Shayne, the narrator and main character, is a newbie FBI agent assigned to the Haden section.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks: FBI Agents appear at the end of "Postage Due".
  • The F.B.I., a television show with fictionalized versions of real FBI cases, starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
  • Twin Peaks featured FBI agent Dale Cooper.
  • The X-Files has a fictitious two-person "department" of the FBI that investigates possibly paranormal connections to federal cases.
  • The final season of Charmed featured FBI Agent Murphy.
  • The FBI is highly prominent in the seventh season of 24, at least the Washington D.C. branch. Agents include Love Interest Renee Walker and her boss Larry Moss. Eventually, the D.C. branch is overrun by the events of the day (not to mention the nationwide inteligence infiltration by African militia no less) and has to be saved by merging with "CTU Lite" (ie.: Chloe O'Brian).
  • Earth: Final Conflict: Before he started working with the Taleons, Agent Sandoval was with the FBI. He still maintains connections with the agency. Agent Tate also works for the FBI and Sandoval often has Tate carry out operations for him.
  • Agents of the FBI appear regularly on all of the NCIS series.
    • On the original NCIS, FBI agents appear often, with Agent Tobias Fornell being a semi-regular; he shows up at least a couple of times a season. Sometimes the FBI agents are friendly, sometimes not. They even play Internal Affairs on the NCIS Main Yard in one episode.
    • On NCIS: New Orleans, FBI agents are sometimes hostile and sometimes allies. Tammy Gregorio, who was an NCIS agent for a couple of seasons, came to NCIS from the FBI. Her ex-boss, Assistant Director Raymond Isler, is enerally friendly to the NCIS team but always remembers he has his own job to do.
    • On NCIS: Los Angeles, FBI agents are rare. When they do appear, they tend to be hostile.
  • Veronica Mars:
    • In "Donut Run", Two FBI agents come to Neptune to investigate Duncan's disappearance, but they spend most of their time snarking about backwater Neptune and belittling Sheriff Lamb.
    • The Season Four teaser showed that, had the series continued, it would have portrayed Veronica's FBI Academy career.
    • Also Deputy Director Cullen, Director Hacker, and for a while, Anget Sullivan. A guy named Agent Kenton was a corrupt one in one episode.
  • In Castle, Beckett has an ex in the FBI who she occasionally hits up for favors.
  • Fitz from The Wire. He's friendly with McNulty; as a rule, he genuinely wants to help the Baltimore police department with whatever problem they have that needs federal resources, but is constrained by the department's post-9/11 focus on counterterrorism.
  • Leverage has FBI Special Agents Taggart and McSweeten as recurring characters. They believe that Parker and Hardison are also FBI agents specializing in secret undercover assignments and thus more than willing to help them out. In exchange they get all the credit for catching the bad guys at the end of an episode. They're portrayed as well-meaning but incompetent; it's a Running Gag that the scams in all their episodes have the side effect of giving them a gift-wrapped high-profile arrest (in one case literally — Parker tapes a bow on the guy before locking him in McSweeten's trunk).
  • The Inside: The FBI allows Special Agent Virgil Webster to operate an elite team out of the Los Angeles field office, called the VCU.
  • NUMB3RS focuses on the cases handled by the FBI's Los Angeles office. Lead agent Don Epps brings in his brother, genius mathematician Charlie Epps, as a consultant, and sees his success rate go way up.
  • Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye: Based on a real deaf FBI employee.
  • Fringe focuses on the fictional Fringe Division of the FBI, which is tasked with investigating paranormal criminal cases.
  • Dollhouse has Paul Ballard who gets kicked out and ends up working for the company he was investigating.
  • Bones:
    • Special Agent In Charge Seeley Booth is the FBI agent assigned to the Jeffersonian.
    • And in one episode, Adam Baldwin plays a fellow FBI agent who helps Booth investigate a gruesome murder and agrees to protect Bones when Booth is injured. He is secretly working for the Mafia and nearly tortures Brennan to death before Booth’s Big Damn Heroes rescue.
    • Special Agent James Aubrey joined the cast after Sweets died.
    • Agent Flynn, Agent Tim “Sully” Sullivan and Agent Perotta were short term recurring special agents.
  • Burn Notice: In the first season, Sam informs on Michael to the FBI (though Michael knows he's doing it), who are curious as to why a known spook has washed up in Miami. In later seasons, Agents Lane and Harris pop up from time to time to reluctantly help Team Westen.
  • White Collar: All but two major characters are based in the White-Collar Crime division of the FBI's New York office.
  • Criminal Minds
    • Criminal Minds: The main characters are Special Agents from the FBI Behavorial Analysis Unit.
    • Its spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, also involves characters from the FBI, but with a slight twist- they're a rogue unit that operates covertly as a "quick response" unit, answering directly to the Director of the FBI.
  • In Justified the US Marshals are shown to be getting along fine with the FBI until season 3 when a serious case of Jurisdiction Friction occurs when Raylan interferes in their investigation into the Theo Tonin mob family. The FBI agent in charge goes as far as trying to have Raylan arrested on corruption charges. Season 4 reveals that the FBI agent was actually working for Theo Tonin all along.
  • Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire introduces the Bureau of Investigation (the "Federal" part would be added a decade later) with J. Edgar Hoover just beginning his tenure as director. It takes over investigations of bootleggers from the corrupt Bureau of Internal Revenue and quickly poses a significant threat to Nucky Thompson and the other gangsters. However, Hoover decides to instead refocus the BoI's resources into investigating and prosecuting civil rights advocates and prominent socialists since he sees them as a bigger threat to America.
  • The Blacklist centres around a wanted criminal turning himself in to the FBI in order to help them track down other criminals that the FBI wasn't even aware of.
  • Person of Interest had Nicholas Donnelly, an FBI agent investigating the vigilante actions of the "man in the suit" (Reese). He eventually caught Reese, only to be killed by one of the show's other antagonists before anything could come of it.
  • Blindspot focuses on an FBI team led by Special Agent Kurt Weller, who is brought in on the case of a woman with Identity Amnesia known as Jane Doe; for unknown reasons, his name has been tattooed on her back. As the team tries to solve the mystery of her identity, they realize that her other tattoos provide clues to terrorist plots and other such cases.
  • On Graceland the titular mansion serves as home to agents from three different agencies who work and liaise together, (the agencies in question being the Drug Enforcement Agency, Customs, and the FBI) but the FBI absolutely dominate the roster, with four of the six agents being FBI, including the ones who get the most focus.
  • The Defenders (2017): The FBI and DHS take involvement in the NYPD investigation of the Hand after Jessica Jones uncovers explosives that John Raymond had stolen from the Hand for blowing up Midland Circle.
  • The Punisher (2017): Dinah Madani and Sam Stein are from the Department of Homeland Security, but they fill this trope in spirit. Madani is trying to get justice for the death of her partner in Afghanistan, who was killed by Frank Castle on the orders of William Rawlins after discovering that fellow members of Frank's unit were smuggling heroin in the corpses of KIAs.
  • Daredevil (2015): In season 3, Wilson Fisk manipulates his way out of prison by turning informant for the FBI on an Albanian gang. After paying Jasper Evans to shank him and make it seem like he's being targeted for snitching, Fisk gets the FBI to move him to a Manhattan penthouse that he's bought through a series of shell companies. He's able to pull this all off because he's bribed/manipulated/blackmail almost every agent on the detail into working for him. This allows him to use the FBI agents as his glorified enforcers in a new racket where he strongarms other major gangs into paying him a protection tax, as well as harass and hound his enemies who trying to investigate him. Three of the agents in particular become major pawns in Fisk's schemes during the season:
    • The first is Rahul "Ray" Nadeem, a married family man and field agent who has been driven into debt to pay for his sister-in-law's cancer treatments due to Fisk cutting off her insurance, to make him desperate enough for this deal to work. Nadeem's pride and reluctance to see how predatory Fisk is mean that Fisk is able to easily manipulate him into going after Nelson & Murdock for ostensibly doing Fisk's dirty work. While he eventually realizes he's been played after Jasper Evans is killed in Dex's attack on the Bulletin, it's too late for him to back out and he ends up being blackmailed by Hattley into working for Fisk, goes along as Fisk rounds up other gangsters to extort into paying him a protection tax, and serves as Dex's driver when Fisk hires Dex to kill Karen as revenge for her murder of James Wesley. A conversation with Sister Maggie after Dex's failed attack on the church gets Nadeem to grow a spine and stand up to Dex, by arranging with Foggy and Brett Mahoney for Karen to be "apprehended" by the NYPD to get her away from him. Fisk attempts to kill him and his family right away, but Matt and Foggy rescue him and convince him to testify before a grand jury convened by Blake Tower. Fisk foils their efforts by intimidating the grand jury. Nadeem flees back home and makes a video confession to everything he's witnessed, which, after he's murdered by Dex on Vanessa's orders, ends up being what puts Fisk back behind bars thanks to a loophole in the heresy rules.
    • The second is Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter. A SWAT sharpshooter, he saves Fisk from an assassination attempt by the Albanians. Fisk takes interest in his amazing shooting skills, and uses a string of manipulations to make him into Fisk's main assassin. For Dex's first assignment, Fisk puts him in a Daredevil costume and has him attack the Bulletin to kill Karen's coworkers as well as Jasper Evans, so that Evans can't tell the media about being paid to shank Fisk. Later, upon learning from Karen that she killed James Wesley, Fisk tasks Dex with killing her, which he gladly obliges (with a blackmailed Nadeem as his getaway driver). Matt foils this attempt, but Father Lantom is killed in the process. Dex later is the one sent to kill Nadeem on Vanessa's orders after the failed grand jury, and is taken down when Matt manipulates him into turning against Fisk by revealing that Fisk killed Julie, a woman Dex has a crush on. In the subsequent three-way between Matt, Fisk, and Dex, Dex ends up being crippled when Fisk breaks his back.
    • Tammy Hattley is the Special Agent in Charge on the detail. Fisk has blackmailed her into working for him by killing one of her kids in a "hit and run" and threatening the life of her daughter. It's also strongly implied that Hattley had a role in Fisk's attempted jailbreak from custody in the season 1 finale, while he is being transported to jail after Nelson & Murdock get Detective Carl Hoffman to testify that Fisk blackmailed him into killing his own partner Christian Blake. Fisk is arrested and put into the back of armored truck guarded by an FBI SWAT team. Unfortunately, it turns out that one of the FBI agents in the truck is on Fisk's payroll, and kills the other agents in the truck when the convoy is ambushed by mercenaries working for Fisk, tipped off by inside information that most likely came from Hattley.
  • In Mindhunter Holden and Tench are Special Agents who begin interviewing convicted serial killers to learn more about how they think.
  • Without a Trace features the fictional Missing Persons Squad.
  • FBI and its spinoffs, FBI: Most Wanted and FBI: International. The former is centered on agents of the FBI's New York office, while the latter two focuses on the agency's Fugitive Task Force and agency's International Fly Team.
  • CSI: NY:
    • FBI Agents offer their assistance and phone tracing equipment when a billionaire's son is kidnapped in "Brooklyn Til I Die."
    • Jo Danville is a former FBI agent, and her ex-husband, Russ Josephson who is also an agent, appears in two season 7 episodes. He provides intel that helps with cases in both.
  • Class of '09: The whole series is about a large group of them, going from 2009 as trainees in the Academy across twenty five years up to 2034.

  • The Untouchables' "I Spy For the FBI".
  • Arlo Guthrie's "The Pause of Mr. Claus" opens with a long monologue about FBI agents and how much their job must suck.
    I mean, the job that they have to do is a drag. I mean, they have to follow people around, you know. That's part of their job. Follow me around. I'm out on the highway and I'm drivin' down the road and I run out of gasoline. I pull over to the side of the road. They gotta pull over too - make believe that they ran out, you know. I go to get some gasoline. They have to figure out whether they should stick with the car or follow me.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The quintessential Delta Green agent is a FBI Agent. The group loves to employ FBI agents due their deep training, speciliazed skills, forensics and jurisdiction in not only in the United States but overseas as well.

  • In Dead End, gangster "Baby-Face" Martin is finally caught by three G-Men. Martin shoots one of them, but receives twelve bullets from the other two.

    Video Games 
  • Midway through Alan Wake, FBI Agent Robert Nightingale shows up to detain Wake, assuming him to be responsible for the games events due to the manuscript. He's not entirely wrong, but his personality and methods make him not particularly sympathetic. He also turns out to be a Rogue Agent after Wake for personal reasons, and has no capacity to handle the situation in Bright Falls, meaning he accomplishes very little but leading other cops to their death before he himself is taken by the Dark Presence.
    • In Alan Wake II, FBI Agents Saga Anderson and her partner Alex Casey are main characters, who come to Bright Falls to investigate rumors of a murder cult forming thirteen years after the events of the first game. Saga is one of the Playable Characters, while Casey is The Watson.
  • The FBI are the main Mooks of Alien Hominid. That is, in the original Flash version. In the console game specially, the FBI agents are the threat just through the first “chapter” of levels 1-1 through 1-5. They’re also the ones responsible for shooting down the player’s ship, forcing them down to Earth in the first place.
  • J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau of Investigation (as the game takes place before the name change) show up (and torture the player character) in Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.
  • Introduced as one of the new playable Counter-Terrorist group in Counter-Strike Global Offensive.
  • Francis York Morgan from Deadly Premonition. He's pretty strongly influenced by Dale Cooper.
  • In the low budget SWAT series knockoff FBI: Hostage Rescue, you play as one.
  • The Grand Theft Auto universe has the FIB, who show up once your wanted level reaches 5 stars. One of the antagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, is a crooked FIB agent who wrangles the protagonists into doing various dirty work for him.
  • One of the possible careers you can take in ''Growing Up is an FBI agent, which you get if you get an A or B and specialize in police training.
  • Heavy Rain: Norman Jayden is an FBI profiler who also has access to technology that lets him be a one-man CSI team.
  • Agent Edgar Ross from the "Bureau" in Red Dead Redemption, who uses the protagonist to wipe out a group of outlaws stifling government progress.
  • The main opposing force of the PAYDAY gang in PAYDAY 2, though it's been renamed to the "Federal Bureau of Intervention". Agents can be encountered guarding the various FBI offices and other Bureau-controlled areas in-game, and FBI Heavy Response Units are called in as the main assault force on higher difficulties, replacing normal SWAT teams. Outside of gameplay, the web series focuses on a pair of FBI agents tracking down leads on Crime.NET and the PAYDAY gang, and the ongoing "Commissioner Garrett" story arc focuses on a task force set up by the FBI, headed by the titular Commissioner, on their efforts to do the same. Finally, the FBI Files feature lets players look into Garrett's database of info to view their gameplay stats and information on characters and heists present in the game (as well as Garrett's mail).


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    Western Animation 
  • As the boys from South Park are playing detectives they get trumped by another group of boys playing FBI who take over their "kidnapping" case.
    • Becomes a Brick Joke later in the episode, when, at an actual crime scene, the actual South Park Police Dept. have control of the scene taken over by the actual FBI almost exactly the way the boys' game was taken over, complete with both cops and agents whining like 10-year olds.


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Saga Anderson and Alex Casey

In her first scene, Agent Saga Anderson talks to her family in mutual high spirits on the way to her latest, far from home case, before trading banter with her partner Casey. This establishes her as a loving family woman and close friend above all, even with her dedication to her job as an FBI agent. Alex Casey snarks lightheartedly with Saga about her family and the case, before gracefully delegating the case to Saga. This establishes him as a far gentler, but still snarky version of the sardonic detective his counterparts embody, and a close, loyal friend of Saga, even beyond their partnership.

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