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.
  • X2, head of the secret service in Ibne 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.


Anime and manga[edit]

  • 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
  • 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. ^