Carmen Sandiego
Carmen Sandiego
Title Carmen Sandiego
Gender Female
Affiliation V.I.L.E
Voice Actors Rita Moreno
First Appearance Unknown
Last Appearance Unknown

Carmen Isabella Sandiego is the beautiful star, namesake, and main villain of the Carmen Sandiego franchise. A master thief, she leads V.I.L.E. (Villainous International League of Evil) with the ACME Detective Agency at her heels. Her crimes are spectacular with most of the objects she steals being improbable or impossible to steal in real life.


Carmen Sandiego's history has changed throughout the course of the franchise. No one has made one back story official and no official canon yet exists.

Early GamesEdit

In the early games, not much is said about Carmen's background. In the original game, she is said to have been a former spy for the Intelligence Service of Monaco.

Television ShowEdit

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? changed and expanded on her backstory. In their version, Carmen was raised at the Golden Gate Girls' School in San Francisco. The Chief took her in and gave her a home at ACME, and when she was old enough, she became a detective. Trained by Suhara, she was one of the best ACME gumshoes, taking down Dr. Gunnar Maelstrom and by the age of 17, solving more cases than any previous detective ever. As with every other incarnation, Carmen's reasons for leaving ACME are not stated. Starting in 1996, the computer games borrowed from the back story of Earth. It was stated that Carmen had once been an ACME detective. However, this time her partner had been Chase Devineaux.

Later GamesEdit

The latest version of Carmen's backstory was put forth in Carmen Sandiego: Secret of the Stolen Drums. In this one, Carmen wins a large amount of money on a game show at age 10. She uses her winnings to travel the world. At 20, she was recruited by ACME with Jules Argent as her partner. When Carmen turned 30, she left ACME for a life of crime. In the game Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time, it was revealed by the Chief that Carmen used to be the best agent in the ACME agency but felt that catching crooks was too easy a challenge for her. To make things more challenging, Carmen left ACME and became a villain herself.




  • Favorite animal: hedgehogs, dogs, and cats.
  • Favorite Astronomer: Nicolas Copernicus
  • Favorite Athlete: Peggy Fleming and Messi
  • Favorite Authors: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ursula Le Guin, Jane Austen, and Kazu Kibuishi
  • Favorite Sports: Basketball, Tennis
  • Favorite Genre of Book: Adventure
  • Favorite Genre of Movie: Musical
  • Favorite Genre of Music: 80's
  • Favorite Types of food: Sushi
  • Hobby: Writing stories
  • Preferred Car: Convertible
  • Birthday: March 1st

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