List of Fictional Spymasters
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List of Fictional Spymasters

This is a list of fictional spymasters, deputy directors, director generals, and executive directors of Intelligence agencies.


  • Maxim Isaev, a Soviet spy operating in Nazi Germany under the name Max Otto von Stierlitz, tasked with disrupting the secret negotiations aimed at forging a separate peace between Germany and the Western Allies and bringing Nazi personnel under the US aegis. Introduced in the "Isaev - Stierlitz" series of novels by Yulian Semyonov.
  • Control (Britain), George Smiley (Britain) and Karla (Soviet Union) in John le Carré novels.
  • M, the head of MI6 in Ian Fleming's James Bond series.
  • Lord Varys, known as the Master of Whisperers, is a spymaster of the King's Small Council in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels.
  • Simon Illyan, head of ImpSec (Barrayaran Imperial Security) in the Vorkosigan Saga series.
  • X2, head of the secret service in Ibn-e-Safi's Imran Series novels. X2 is strict leader whose identity remains hidden from his team members and he makes contact with them on telephone or transmitter and at the same time he does all the field work along with his team mates being Ali Imran, a charming young man who looks like a moron and idiot by face. Due to his perfection in maintaining this dual personality, neither from his teammates, nor from his enemies could conclude that this Idiot Ali Imran could be the chief of secret service whose voice on a phone call could make his subordinate nervous.
  • Airen Cracken is the first director of New Republic Intelligence (NRI) within the Star Wars Legends continuity.
    • Garik "Face" Loran, previously one of the lead characters in the X-wing series, was the last known director of Galactic Alliance Intelligence, the NRI's successor.
  • Ysanne Isard (Iceheart) was a prominent director of Imperial Intelligence and the main antagonist in the first half of the X-wing series. Throughout her time in the series, she commanded a series of brainwashed sleeper agents with the New Republic's armed forces.


DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Anime and manga

  • Jiraiya (Naruto), the spymaster for the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki(Joker Game), A lieutenant colonel to the Imperial Japanese Army, and also a spymaster. He is the founder of D-Agency. He once worked as a spy and given the nickname "Demon Lord"



  • Arvin Sloane, a character in the American TV series Alias
  • Harry Pearce, head of MI5's Counter-Terrorism department in Spooks
  • William Walden and David Estes, the former/deceased Director of the CIA and Director of the Counter-terrorism Center, respectively, during seasons 1-2 of Homeland (TV series); throughout seasons 3, Saul Berenson was the acting-Director of the CIA.
  • Phillip "Phil" Coulson, after announcing his plan to go undercover for a while, General Fury hands Coulson the 'toolbox', a small cube containing coordinates and a few other things, and appoints Coulson acting Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., with a mandate to rebuild the organization from the ground up.
  • Malory Archer was the head of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) in the television series Archer.

Video games

Radio dramas

Parodies of spy masters

See also


  1. ^ Dutter, Barry (w), Wyman, M.C. (p), Adams, Greg, Chris Ivy (i). "Fury" Fury 1 (May 1994), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ X-Force #1 (August 1991)
  3. ^ Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
  4. ^ Secret War #5 (December 2005)
  5. ^ Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
  6. ^ Secret Invasion #8 (December 2008)
  7. ^ Siege #4 (May 2010)
  8. ^ "Morrowind:Caius Cosades - The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP)".

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