Best Characters From Criminal Minds


The Top Ten

1 Spencer Reid

He's a great agent who understands his duty and is unlikely to snap. And when he does... you've got to admit - it's hilarious.

' "...a very special message that your mother is a- " '

He's loyal to his friends and though in some respects started off being emotionally frail, he's not let anyone break him. He's gone through a lot and yet is able to sympathise with people - especially females and children. Sure, there are times when his silence hint on an inablity to express his feelings, or they may make him seem cold - especially when he's quoting statistics on crime and when talking to some people - but there are others when he is anything but cold. And this constant change in his behaviour is actually likeable.

His child-like love for Halloween is always sweet to watch and he tends to say the most innocent of things to say.

' "I didn't even get to say goodbye." '

Sure, there are times when he over-thinks things and relies too much on his intelligent ...more

Love Spencer Reid! Despite the fact that he is awkward and nerdy (which is still adorable), he is also the strongest and most emotional character on the show. He is beautiful inside and out! I love every side of him, the genius, the nerd, the loving son, the strong FBI agent, the optimistic Halloween-lover, and every other adorable part of him!

He is my favorite character BY FAR! He is a super genius who is very socially awkward. His past is interesting in so many aspects. The prison storyline. His mother. He is so sympathetic and yet he is very love able. He is amazing.

He is just a genius with eidetic memory and IQ of 187. one of the best character

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2 Jennifer Jareau (J.J.)

In the first seasons, I was confused why she was even there. She had very little to contribute to the investigations and her chemistry with the other members of the team. - hellother

J.J. is the kindest, sweetest and the most human character of the show, but it does not prevent her from being intelligent, strong and talented. She has many facets and it's really interesting!

She is strong, compassionate, kind, smart, there for all of the agents, and is beautiful. What's not to love?

She is the most "human" character on this inhuman show.

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3 Emily Prentiss

Criminal Minds became the greatest after she joined the show. Her chemistry between other characters had improved the quality of the show. Love her the most

Emily is the best without a doubt. Her chemistry with the team is amazing, plus she is a great agent. She will always be my favorite profiler.

Emily is the best character in my opinion.
She is amazing at expressing her emotion and just being amazing.

Is the best

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4 Derek Morgan

Sex for the eyes. That's why he's my number two. The only reason he's not above Reid is because lord knows I love myself some adorable nerd..

When I first started watching criminal minds I couldn't stop. I mostly stop when Morgan and hotch left

He's the best even better than Reid because he's brave, strong, smart, funny, kind, and he's good looking!

Okay Obviously number 1 is Reid and number 2 is JJ but come on Derek is a 1000 times better than Emily she's overly serious at times and then overly emotional at times pick a role for goodness sakes.

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5 Jason Gideon

He was definitely the most complex and layered character on the show. The way he got so involved and connected to every single case was very effective for his character growth. It is unfortunate that he left and there has been a Gideon shaped hole in the show ever since.

Gideon was the best character in this show hands down

Best and most interesting character out of them all. Such a shame that he left so early on...would have been the star of the show

Gideon. Is by far the number ONE He is the most intense character ever. The best

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6 Penelope Garcia

One of the funniest and arguably most important members on the team (name one case that wasn't solved using her computer skills) Penelope is just plain awesome! Her relationship with Morgan is also, by far, my favourite on the show.

In a show like Criminal Minds it is import to have someone like Garcia, or else the show would be more depressing then it already is.

She is the glue and comic relief. I love drama, but she brings the right amount of levity/humor to the show.

What Garcia is so funny and her relationship with Morgan makes my stomach turn

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7 Aaron Hotchner

He Was The Best Agent According to me had he been their he would have gotten reid out quite quickly...

Subtle and complex -- I find him to be the most fascinating member of the team.

He is the smartest and most constant character on the show

Far and away the best character.

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8 David Rossi David Rossi David Wade Ross is an American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball.

That's not Ross, lol.

When hotch is about to quit like shaunnesy and gideon did. Rossi tells him what he's feeling is ego n it's not about him it's about the bad guys... he basically says gideon is a chump for giving up the job because of the bad guys n rossi is right 100%. Rossi is #1

I love Rossi the way he looks about for all of his teammates and is always having them over to his house you can tell he truely cares for his team

9 Elle Greenaway

Are you guys for real Elle good she One of the original female profilers before Emily came long Elle should be number one Elle easily the best the way she left the show was sad but again she snapped it was really good to have her on the show not only did she take down unsub by her self but she would be the first female to take down a unsub by just one kick she should be close to jj and Emily and again jj is pretty much the best but Elle wouldn still have the moves Emily she lied about her past and being undermission jj or Elle didn't pull that but I will give her this I like bangs Emily she goodprofiler but Elle dose not get half the Credit that jj or Emily gets and again she would be the first female on the team that took law into her own hands people need realize that

10 Ashley Seaver

She's just really unique and interesting and unlike most characters on the show she actually has character

Rachel Nichols is the Queen.

The Contenders

11 Alex Blake

so smart

Alex Blake is one of the best because she was a good fit and she is very smart And nice she has a
good Friend Ship with Dr.reid

12 Luke Alvez
13 Tara Lewis


14 Erin Strauss
15 Cat Adams

Best Unsub

16 George Foyet


17 Stephen Walker


18 Peter Lewis


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1. Jennifer Jareau (J.J.)
2. Derek Morgan
3. Emily Prentiss
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2. Penelope Garcia
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