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Historical spymasters 
- Cardinal Richelieu (Kingdom of France)
- Dai Li (Republic of China)
- David Kimche (Israel)
- Francis Walsingham (Elizabethan era England)
- Hamid Gul (Pakistan)
- James Jesus Angleton (United States)
- J. Edgar Hoover Longtime head of America's FBI (United States).
- Joseph Peters (Soviet Union)
- George Washington and the Culper Ring (United States)
- Mansfield Smith-Cumming (United Kingdom)
- Markus Wolf, known as "Spymaster's Spymaster" (East Germany)
- Michael Collins (Ireland)
- Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev (Russian Empire)
- R. N. Kao (India)
- Isser Harel (Israel)
- Semyon Semyonov (Soviet Union)
- Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sengoku era Japan)
- William Stephenson, one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond (Canada, United Kingdom)
- William Wickham (England)
Fictional spymasters 
- M, the head of MI6 in Ian Fleming's James Bond series.
- Arvin Sloane, a character in the American TV series Alias
- The fan community of the anime/manga Naruto places Jiraiya as the spymaster for the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
- Lord Varys, the Master of Whisperers, is a spymaster of the King's Small Council in Westeros, from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice And Fire.
- Hiram Burrows is the Empire Spymaster in the game "Dishonored", who later becomes the first Lord Regent, the main antagonist in the game.
- Colonel Nick Fury is the Marvel spymaster and leading agent of the fictional espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D.
- George Smiley (Britain) and Karla (Soviet Union) in John le Carrée novels.
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