List of fictional spymasters

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


  • 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.
  • Control (Britain), George Smiley (Britain) and Karla (Soviet Union) in John le Carré novels.
  • Simon Illyan, head of ImpSec(Barrayaran Imperial Security) in the Vorkosigan Saga series.


Anime and manga[edit]

  • Jiraiya (Naruto), the spymaster for the Village Hidden in the Leaves.



  • Arvin Sloane, a character in the American TV series Alias
  • 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.

Video games[edit]

  • Hiram Burrows is the Empire Spymaster in the game Dishonored, who later becomes the first Lord Regent, the main antagonist in the game.
  • Caius Cosades is the Imperial Grand-Spymaster of the Blades (who are an order of the Emperor's secret agents and protectors) in Morrowind, who acts as a guide, mentor and supervisor of the player character.[8]
  • Sam Fisher, in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
  • Jurah (The Master of Whispers) is a spymaster for the Order of Whispers in Guild Wars.
  • Daniel Carrington, head of the Carrington Institute in the Perfect Dark series
  • Leliana is the spymaster for the Inquisition in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Radio Dramas[edit]

Parodies of spy masters[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^