Carmen Sandiego
Carmen Sandiego is a media franchise
Media franchise
A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting and trademarks of an original work of media , such as a film, a work of literature, a television program or a video game. Generally, a whole series is made in a particular medium, along with merchandising and endorsements...

 of educational computer and video games
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, television programs, books and other media featuring a thieving villain of the same name. The basic premise of the franchise lets the user or protagonists become agents of the ACME Detective Agency, who attempts to thwart and capture V.I.L.E. ringleader and former ACME agent Carmen Sandiego. The franchise initially focused on teaching geography and history, though it later branched out into mathematics, English, and other subjects.

Originally distributed in the United States and Canada, most of the computer games are now available to international audiences.