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For other uses of the term FIB, see FIB (disambiguation)
For the organisation in 3D Universe, see Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"We're corrupt in a good way."
Dave Norton

The Federal Investigation Bureau (FIB) is a law enforcement agency in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing in all of the HD Universe games.

Description

The FIB is based on the real-life Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is suggested that, just like the real-life FBI, the FIB has the role of an internal intelligence agency and a federal criminal investigative body. As seen in Grand Theft Auto V, they also do domestic surveillance and counterterrorism.

The FIB replaces the FBI from previous games and most of their behaviour are rather similar to that of the National Office of Security Enforcement.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes of Liberty City

To Live and Die in Alderney

With the wanted level system in Grand Theft Auto IV changed, FIB officers appear at four stars, unlike their 3D Universe counterparts, who chase the player at five stars. At four stars, small groups of the FIB officers will arrive in FIB Buffalo sedans to assist the LCPD. Their attacks will become more frequent at five and six stars.

Similarly to NOOSE agents, FIB officers are equipped with Body Armor, allowing them to withstand more gunfire before going down. Their appearances may vary from every FIB NPC and they do not use any protective gear during pursuits, aside from the aforementioned body armor.

The agents employed by the FIB are often late middle-aged Caucasian men, unlike the LCPD and NOOSE, who employ young to middle-aged Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic officers. These agents wear different types of uniforms; some wear random clothes with a navy blue jacket with the FIB logo, while others wear black suit pants with a white shirt and a black combat vest and a badge around their neck reading "FIB". All FIB Agents carry their FIB badges on the neck. FIB agents are expert drivers and would doggedly follow the player.

In certain missions in both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the FIB Agents employed are of African-American, Caucasian and Asian descent and wear different apparel, such as suits and ties, overcoats, blue FIB track coats and others who wear a tactical vest with the letters "FIB" printed in yellow on the front and the back.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, after gaining a four-star wanted level, the FIB will be dispatched to the area to assist the LCPD in killing the player.

They will drive black FIB Ranchers and carries Micro SMGs on foot (same weapon as the NOOSE officers). The FIB Agents attack the player similarly to NOOSE officers. Although hard to see, they seem to wear a similar clothing from that of the GTA IV equivalents, wearing grey/blueish jackets with brown pants. In some custscenes, they are also depicted with blue caps with the letters "FIB" in white, as well as blue jackets.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

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The FIB/IAA HQ.

The FIB returns in Grand Theft Auto V, playing a major role in the game storyline. Unlike previous games, the FIB will not pursue the player if they have a four-star wanted level, being replaced by NOOSE units. They are, however, more prominent in missions. The FIB is a prominent antagonistic faction in the game, along with Merryweather Security.

There appears to be different divisions which uses different outfits and behaviour:

  • One is some sort of security division, where the agents wear tuxedos with their FIB ID cards attached to it. They do not have any specialized gear and use basic firearms.
  • Another is a division composed of agents wearing blue jackets with "FIB" decals (which look like the FIB agents in GTA IV), and another with a suit and tie and a blue bulletproof armor with "FIB'"decals. Like the agents in tuxedos, they use basic firearms.
  • A third one is a tactical division, which uses the same model as the NOOSE officers, but with FIB decals on their vests rather than "POLICE" decals, indicating they are independent of the LSPD and are under the FIB's command. It is based on the real-life FBI SWAT. It is suggested that they are dispatched in case of extreme situation (such as hostages, etc.); however, in GTA V, they are seen defending the FIB Headquarters and raiding areas such as the Kortz Center on FIB agents' order. They use almost the same arsenal as NOOSE agents.

Basic Behavior

  • FIB agents are well-protected with Body Armour and do not lose health very quickly. However, unlike the NOOSE, they do not rely on any specialized gear.
  • FIB agents tend to move alone towards the player, like most LCPD officers. This contrasts with NOOSE behavior, where they move together as a unit. However, it also means they can flank the player easily.
  • When pursuing in FIB Buffalos, they prove to be dangerous at higher wanted levels, as they can do drive-bys with their SMGs (or Assault SMGs in The Ballad of Gay Tony). Given the sedan's ample room for drive-bys, that means three attackers attacking at the same time towards a vehicle (especially with the rather powerful SMG).
  • Like NOOSE agents, FIB agents will disappear off camera when the player has no Wanted Level.

Employees and Associates

Employees
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James Smith

Associates
  • Michael De Santa is a successful bank robber who retires from his "job" after Dave Norton offered him a deal: to fake his own death during a set-up heist and allow Norton to take credit to boost his career, in exchange for a state-funded retirement in Los Santos.
  • Trevor Philips is Michael De Santa's partner in crime who gets blackmailed into assisting the Bureau due to his criminal activities.
  • Franklin Clinton is a young gangbanger who aids Michael in several of his jobs involving the Bureau in order to advance his own criminal career.
  • Billy Grey is a former President of the Alderney Chapter of The Lost MC who agrees to testify against his former friends in order to get time off his prison sentence, but is killed before being able to do so.

Image Gallery

Equipment

Vehicles

Grand Theft Auto IV & episodes

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Weapons

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Stations

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • No stations are known in Liberty City; however, they most likely share some offices with the LCPD.

Grand Theft Auto V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

  • The agency's name is a play on words since fib is a synonym of lie, which probably hints towards corruption within the organization. This seems true as almost all of GTA V's story is based on working for a corrupt division of the FIB.
  • On being asked by Niko at their introduction if the United Liberty Paper is actually FIB, the contact replies sarcastically asking if he looks like a homosexual, which might be a reference to the semi-confirmed homosexuality allegations of the FBI's first and longest serving director, J. Edgar Hoover.

3D Universe

  • Although the FBI is the agency's 3D Universe counterpart, the FIB appears in the 10th Anniversary Editions of both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the lettering of the uniform of FBI agents being changed to read FIB. This is strange, because the agents still announce themselves as being part of the FBI when chasing the player, and the name of the FBI Car and FBI Cruiser were left unchanged.
    • This change was not carried over to any of the other mobile versions.

Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes

  • The four stars on the FIB seal is a reference to GTA IV, where the FIB may be dispatched after the player if they have a wanted level of 4 stars or more.
  • Unlike the NOOSE, the FIB does not employ the corresponding helicopters during high wanted levels, being instead occupied by LCPD officers. However, in the TLAD mission Marta Full of Grace, it is the only instance to see an FIB-operated Annihilator, also with gunners wielding Assault Rifles.
  • Although in the mission Blow Your Cover, there are only NOOSE agents, Playboy X will yell "This some serious FIB shit".

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Outside of missions in GTA V, FIB agents in tuxedos (the ones that appear as enemies in The Bureau Raid) are not considered law enforcement. When FIB agents are angered and start shooting at the player at the satellite dishes, no wanted level is obtained. When the police arrive at the dishes and the player gets rid of their wanted level via cheats, the cops and FIB agents will shoot at each other. The agents alone might shoot at each other.
  • The fact that some of the UFOs seen in GTA V have FIB markings is a parody of the conspiracy that the U.S. government is hiding alien life from the public eye, and the conspiracy that the U.S. government has been hiding secret aircraft based on UFO technology from public attention.
  • In GTA V, female FIB agents can be seen in the Comms Floor of the Headquarters if the Fire Crew option has been chosen for The Bureau Raid. They are not seen elsewhere.
  • The FIB tactical agents encountered later in the game will increase the NOOSE killed statistic, since they are technically re-skinned NOOSE agents.
  • The FIB tactical teams in the mission The Wrap Up have a difference in both versions. In the original version, they wear helmets and balaclavas, but in the enhanced version, they only wear balaclavas.
  • It appears that the FIB has a rivalry with the IAA. It mirrors the real-life rivalry between the FBI and the CIA/NSA.
  • The FIB appeared in certain missions in Grand Theft Auto Online often appearing alongside police. Also, in GTA Online, the FIB has seem to have ties with The Professionals, as seen in the mission Rooftop Rumble.

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