Best Characters From Criminal Minds

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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

He is the natural first choice after only 10 episodes

my husband

I love Sencer and two other men and 2 woman

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2 Emily Prentiss

Ok, picking my favorite criminal minds character is SO HARD! I love them all so much for different reasons! The only character that I didn't love as much was Elle, I'm not hating, I just loved the other characters more.

Emily - I think Emily is my favorite. I go back and forth between characters, but I always come back to her, I still love the other characters SO MUCH! I liked her character and she was really smart. The chemistry and relationship she had with the other characters was lovable and she had faith in a lot of people, like Jordan, the girl who took over for JJ on maternity leave. She can speak 8 languages! Not to mention she has great interrogating skills and she's very observant of behavior. Even though everyone else is too, I just like the things she notices.

JJ - I love JJ. She's sweet, kind, and intelligent. She never really lets her emotions get the best of her and she's an amazing mom as well as an amazing friend to everyone in the bureau. She's so ...more

I 100% agree with the person whose comment started with "Ok, picking my favorite criminal minds character is SO HARD! I love them all for different reasons! " That person is so right.

She is hands down the most underrated character. Best of the lot.

Favourite character 10/10.

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3 Jennifer Jareau (J.J.)

I think JJ is kind and compassionate and yet can still do a badass take down.

Jennifer was the eye candy. Blonde, slender. nice body. Surprised they didn't have her stripped down to bikini, braless in several episodes - boce

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!

Overrated - RobertWisdom

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4 Penelope Garcia

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

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.

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5 Derek Morgan

Derek is the muscle of the show, yet very intelligent at the same time. Great actor.

The best

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.

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..

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6 Jason Gideon

Is it weird that I kinda had a crush on him?

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

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

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7 Aaron Hotchner

Makes the show perfect

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.

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.

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

That's not Ross, lol.

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

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

so smart

12 Luke Alvez
13 Erin Strauss

They killed her off once I started to like her. - RobertWisdom

14 Tara Lewis

Amazing

15 Cat Adams

Best Unsub

16 George Foyet

Brutal

17 Stephen Walker

Boring

18 Kate Callahan

Funny and underrated. Not the best but a good character.

19 Peter Lewis

Genius

20 Jordan Todd

She's Gorgeous - RobertWisdom

21 Izzy Rogers

One of the strongest women ever

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