History Series / CriminalMinds

27th Apr '16 7:00:55 PM Cakeman
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* The serial killer who killed Tatiana in "Awake" manages to get away with his crimes, as the BAU aren't even aware of his existence. The ending of the episode implies he's found another victim.
20th Apr '16 7:33:50 PM Blueeyedrat
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* BreakTheHaughty: Rossi gets broken in "Limelight", "Damaged","Zoe's Reprise", "From Childhood's Hour", and "Epilogue".

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Rossi gets broken in "Limelight", "Damaged","Zoe's "Damaged", "Zoe's Reprise", "From Childhood's Hour", and "Epilogue"."Epilogue".
* Morgan is subjected to ColdBloodedTorture in "Derek".



* BrotherSisterIncest: The episode "House on Fire" touches on this. [[spoiler: After losing his parents as a small boy, the [=UnSub=] became fixated on his sister. When they were teenagers, rumors spread about his attachment to her being on the verge of this trope; the rumors led to his being beaten, then sent away to boarding school for his own protection. As an adult he returns, kills several townspeople (including his sister's new husband), and freaks out when she rejects his overtures.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: BrotherSisterIncest:
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The episode "House on Fire" touches on this. [[spoiler: this: After losing his parents as a small boy, the [=UnSub=] became fixated on his sister. When they were teenagers, rumors spread about his attachment to her being on the verge of this trope; the rumors led to his being beaten, then sent away to boarding school for his own protection. As an adult he returns, kills several townspeople (including his sister's new husband), and freaks out when she rejects his overtures.]] overtures.
** Two members of the FeudingFamilies in "Blood Relations" are revealed to be brother and sister, who secretly had a child together.



*** [[spoiler: Nelson's Sparrow]]

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*** [[spoiler: Nelson's Sparrow]][[spoiler:"Nelson's Sparrow"]]



*** "Derek"
*** "A Beautiful Disaster"



*** "Tribute"



** Antonia Slade in "Devil's Backbone".



* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Morgan]] goes through hell in the episodes leading up to his departure, but comes out intact by the end, [[spoiler:along with his wife and newborn son]].



* MadDoctor: John Nelson in "God Complex."

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* MadDoctor: John Nelson in "God Complex."Complex", Bobby Boles in "Future Perfect".
12th Apr '16 3:35:35 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:350:The BAU Team, as of Season 8.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[caption-width-right:350: The BAU Team, as of Season 8.]]



-->-- '''Aaron Hotchner'''

These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase'', it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}}'', it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic]]. For ''Series/{{Bones}}'', it's…well, bones. (And magic.)

And for ''Criminal Minds'' (2005-), it's ''crazy serial killers''. ([[RunningGag And magic]].)

''Criminal Minds'' centers around a team of FBI profilers who use their knowledge of the human mind to get into the heads of the worst criminals--and catch them. The offenders who on other shows would merit a special event or multi-parter--serial killers who taunt the cops, school shooters, child abductors-- are just [[MonsterOfTheWeek this week's]] "[=UnSub=]" ('''Un'''known '''Sub'''ject) to this team.

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-->-- '''Aaron -->--'''Aaron Hotchner'''

These days, every PoliceProcedural needs a clever gimmick. Something that separates it from the pack. For ''Series/ColdCase'', ''Series/ColdCase,'' it's the pursuit of old, unsolved cases. For ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit,'' it's sex crimes. For ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{CSI}},'' it's solving crimes with [[FingerprintingAir magic]]. magic.]] For ''Series/{{Bones}}'', it's…well, ''Series/{{Bones}},'' it's... Well, bones. (And magic.)

And for ''Criminal Minds'' (2005-), it's ''crazy serial killers''. killers.'' ([[RunningGag And magic]].)

''Criminal Minds'' centers around a team of FBI profilers who use their knowledge of the human mind to get into the heads of the worst criminals--and criminals -- and catch them. The offenders who on other shows would merit a special event or multi-parter--serial multi-parter -- serial killers who taunt the cops, school shooters, child abductors-- abductors -- are just [[MonsterOfTheWeek this week's]] "[=UnSub=]" "[=Un=]Sub" ('''Un'''known '''Sub'''ject) to this team.



In 2011 it got an unexpected DarkerAndEdgier spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior]]''. It was poorly received by the fanbase because it coincided with budget cuts to the original series, and only lasted one season.

In 2016 it got another spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders]]'', focusing on [[SequelGoesForeign international incidents]].

Has [[Characters/CriminalMinds a character page]].

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In 2011 it got an unexpected DarkerAndEdgier spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior]]''. ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior.'' It was poorly received by the fanbase because it coincided with budget cuts to the original series, and only lasted one season.

In 2016 it got another spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders]]'', ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders,'' focusing on [[SequelGoesForeign international incidents]].

incidents.]]

Has [[Characters/CriminalMinds a character page]].
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!!This show provides examples of:

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* AbusiveParents: Show up often, and aren't limited only to [=UnSubs=].

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* AbusiveParents: Show up often, and aren't limited only to [=UnSubs=].[=Un=]Subs.



* AccidentalAimingSkills: Invoked in "L.D.S.K." when Reid claims, after shooting an [=UnSub=] in the head, that he was "aiming for his leg." Reid recently failed his gun test, so it would be easy to believe this explanation...except that Reid was lying just a few feet away from the [=UnSub=] at the time, and it had been previously established that anything less than a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] would probably result in the deaths of half the people in the room. Reid was making his first joke of the series, and fittingly, it was a morbid and obscure one.

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* AccidentalAimingSkills: Invoked in "L.D.S.K." when Reid claims, after shooting an [=UnSub=] [=Un=]Sub in the head, that he was "aiming for his leg." Reid recently failed his gun test, so it would be easy to believe this explanation...except Except that Reid was lying just a few feet away from the [=UnSub=] [=Un=]Sub at the time, and it had been previously established that anything less than a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] would probably result in the deaths of half the people in the room. Reid was making his first joke of the series, and fittingly, it was a morbid and obscure one.



*** Potentially a ShoutOut as well, since Reid is a sci-fi fan. ''Criminal Minds'' began three years after ''Firefly'' first aired.

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*** Potentially a ShoutOut as well, since Reid is a sci-fi fan. ''Criminal Minds'' began three years after ''Firefly'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' first aired.



* AdultFear: Let's just add "take a shot every time a child is abducted/abused/assaulted/threatened" to the Criminal Minds drinking games.
** Notable episodes include "Risky Business", "Cradle to Grave", "Seven Seconds", and others.
** Taken UpToEleven in "Gabby" where we not only have child abduction, but [[spoiler: the person trusted to watch the child engineered it because she was abused as a child by Gabby's mother's father, and there was fear of the child's drug addict father having taken her, and fear of another drug addict as the abductor, and finally we get a look at underground "adoptions" where people, often bad people, acquire children from those who don't want them - including people taking kids after having lost custody of their own.]]

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* AdultFear: Let's just add "take a shot every time a child is abducted/abused/assaulted/threatened" abducted / abused / assaulted / threatened" to the Criminal Minds ''Criminal Minds'' drinking games.
** Notable episodes include "Risky Business", Business," "Cradle to Grave", Grave," "Seven Seconds", Seconds," and others.
** Taken UpToEleven in "Gabby" where we not only have child abduction, but [[spoiler: the person trusted to watch the child engineered it because she was abused as a child by Gabby's mother's father, and there was fear of the child's drug addict father having taken her, and fear of another drug addict as the abductor, and finally we get a look at underground "adoptions" where people, often bad people, acquire children from those who don't want them - -- including people taking kids after having lost custody of their own.]]]]
* AdultsAreUseless: A number of [=Un=]Subs have the FreudianExcuse of being subjected to horrifying abuse or bullying as kids/teenagers that the authorities were well aware of and did nothing about.
** One of the most violent [=Un=]Subs was a former bullied teen who spent years learning MMA and bodybuilding to take revenge on the bullies who tormented him and his only friend, which led to his friend committing suicide. He beat them all to death with his bare hands, but he reserved his worst beating for the principal, who never punished the bullies any further than making them give a blatantly insincere apology and shake the victim's hand every single time:
--> "Shake their hand!? Did you actually think that would work?!" ''(hits him again)''
** Owen Savage is the poster boy for this trope: Abusive father, bullied due to being in special ed classes, beloved mentally handicapped girlfriend was raped by a boy who got off Scot-free, tricked into making a video of himself masturbating which other kids put up on the internet and escaped without consequences, all under the eye of an apathetic police force and school staff. When Reid reviews his life, he is truly enraged at all the opportunities the authorities had to intervene and probably prevent Owen's spree but chose not to, under the assumption that bullying is part of growing up:
--> '''Detective:''' Look, boys have ways of taking care of these things.
--> '''Reid:''' Yes, and now Owen is out there taking care of things ''with an assault rifle!''



** After [[spoiler: Elle]] is shot by the SerialKiller of the week she is left unconscious and bleeding to death. Throughout the remainder of the episode while emergency workers attempt to resuscitate her, she is in [[spoiler: a dream version of the BAU jet, where she is visited by her police officer father who died when she was a child. During their conversation, Elle's father tells her that the decisions she makes in the plane will make the difference as to whether she lives or dies in real life]].
** When [[spoiler: Hotchner]] is critically ill after the scars from [[spoiler:George Foyet's attack]] cause problems. He dreams he is a a theater with his [[spoiler: late wife Haley and Foyet, who killed Haley. Haley sends him back to raise their son Jack and gives him her blessing for his romance with Beth.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: A number of [=UnSubs=] have the FreudianExcuse of being subjected to horrifying abuse or bullying as kids/teenagers that the authorities were well aware of and did nothing about.
** One of the most violent [=UnSubs=] was a former bullied teen who spent years learning MMA and bodybuilding to take revenge on the bullies who tormented him and his only friend, which led to his friend committing suicide. He beat them all to death with his bare hands, but he reserved his worst beating for the principal, who never punished the bullies any further than making them give a blatantly insincere apology and shake the victim's hand every single time.
--> "Shake their hand!? Did you actually think that would work?!" ''(hits him again)''
** Owen Savage is the poster boy for this trope: abusive father, bullied due to being in special ed classes, beloved mentally handicapped girlfriend was raped by a boy who got off Scot-free, tricked into making a video of himself masturbating which other kids put up on the internet and escaped without consequences, all under the eye of an apathetic police force and school staff. When Reid reviews his life, he is truly enraged at all the opportunities the authorities had to intervene and probably prevent Owen's spree but chose not to, under the assumption that bullying is part of growing up.
-->'''Detective:''' Look, boys have ways of taking care of these things
--> '''Reid:''' Yes, and now Owen is out there taking care of things ''with an assault rifle!''
* AesopAmnesia: No matter how many times they encounter one, the team is always shocked to discover that the [=UnSub=] is a woman and exposit to each other about how rare it is for a SerialKiller to be female.

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** After [[spoiler: Elle]] is shot by the SerialKiller of the week she is left unconscious and bleeding to death. Throughout the remainder of the episode while emergency workers attempt to resuscitate her, she is in [[spoiler: a dream version of the BAU jet, where she is visited by her police officer father who died when she was a child. During their conversation, Elle's father tells her that the decisions she makes in the plane will make the difference as to whether she lives or dies in real life]].
life.]]
** When [[spoiler: Hotchner]] is critically ill after the scars from [[spoiler:George [[spoiler: George Foyet's attack]] cause problems. He dreams he is a a theater with his [[spoiler: late wife Haley and Foyet, who killed Haley. Haley sends him back to raise their son Jack and gives him her blessing for his romance with Beth.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: A number of [=UnSubs=] have the FreudianExcuse of being subjected to horrifying abuse or bullying as kids/teenagers that the authorities were well aware of and did nothing about.
** One of the most violent [=UnSubs=] was a former bullied teen who spent years learning MMA and bodybuilding to take revenge on the bullies who tormented him and his only friend, which led to his friend committing suicide. He beat them all to death with his bare hands, but he reserved his worst beating for the principal, who never punished the bullies any further than making them give a blatantly insincere apology and shake the victim's hand every single time.
--> "Shake their hand!? Did you actually think that would work?!" ''(hits him again)''
** Owen Savage is the poster boy for this trope: abusive father, bullied due to being in special ed classes, beloved mentally handicapped girlfriend was raped by a boy who got off Scot-free, tricked into making a video of himself masturbating which other kids put up on the internet and escaped without consequences, all under the eye of an apathetic police force and school staff. When Reid reviews his life, he is truly enraged at all the opportunities the authorities had to intervene and probably prevent Owen's spree but chose not to, under the assumption that bullying is part of growing up.
-->'''Detective:''' Look, boys have ways of taking care of these things
--> '''Reid:''' Yes, and now Owen is out there taking care of things ''with an assault rifle!''
* AesopAmnesia: No matter how many times they encounter one, the team is always shocked to discover that the [=UnSub=] [=Un=]Sub is a woman and exposit to each other about how rare it is for a SerialKiller to be female.



* AllWomenLoveShoes: In "From Childhood's Hour", Morgan cites that a woman is definitely depressed because she only has ''four'' pairs of shoes. Reid doesn't get it. At the end of episode, Reid is talking to JJ, Prentiss, and Garcia about it. JJ comments that even 10 pairs isn't enough, and Prentiss says that reminds her... she needs new boots.

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* AllWomenLoveShoes: In "From Childhood's Hour", Hour," Morgan cites that a woman is definitely depressed because she only has ''four'' pairs of shoes. Reid doesn't get it. At the end of episode, Reid is talking to JJ, Prentiss, and Garcia about it. JJ comments that even 10 pairs isn't enough, and Prentiss says that reminds her... she She needs new boots.



** Hotchner, at the end of season 4 and beginning of Season 5. However, [[spoiler: Hotchner, stabbed multiple times, is not rescued by his teammates, but rather by the SerialKiller (called the Reaper) who ambushed him. The Reaper even takes Hotchner to the hospital to make sure that Hotchner survives to suffer more]].
** Reid and JJ at the end of "The Big Game"
** Reid's entire plot during "Revelations"
** The entire Hotch and Reid subplot of "Damaged"
** And the Hotch and Prentiss subplot of "Outfoxed"
** Reid and Lila Archer during "Somebody's Watching"

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** Hotchner, at the end of season Season 4 and beginning of Season 5. However, [[spoiler: Hotchner, stabbed multiple times, is not rescued by his teammates, but rather by the SerialKiller (called the Reaper) who ambushed him. The Reaper even takes Hotchner to the hospital to make sure that Hotchner survives to suffer more]].
more.]]
** Reid and JJ at the end of "The Big Game"
Game."
** Reid's entire plot during "Revelations"
"Revelations."
** The entire Hotch and Reid subplot of "Damaged"
"Damaged."
** And the Hotch and Prentiss subplot of "Outfoxed"
"Outfoxed."
** Reid and Lila Archer during "Somebody's Watching"Watching."



** Sci-fi author and postmodern literature professor Ursula Kent in "Empty Planet"
** Prentiss at the end of "In Name and Blood".
** Prentiss and Reid (although Prentiss more so) in "Minimal Loss".
** JJ in "The Performer".
** Morgan and Det. Spicer ([[spoiler:and, after Spicer is killed, just Morgan]]) in "Our Darkest Hour".
** Prentiss in "Lauren".
** Reid in "Derailed" (much to the team's dismay)
** Will in "Hit and Run", the two part season seven finale.
** Reid in "Zugzwang"

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** Sci-fi author and postmodern literature professor Ursula Kent in "Empty Planet"
Planet."
** Prentiss at the end of "In Name and Blood".
Blood."
** Prentiss and Reid (although Prentiss more so) in "Minimal Loss".
Loss."
** JJ in "The Performer".
Performer."
** Morgan and Det. Spicer ([[spoiler:and, ([[spoiler: and, after Spicer is killed, just Morgan]]) in "Our Darkest Hour".
Hour."
** Prentiss in "Lauren".
"Lauren."
** Reid in "Derailed" (much to the team's dismay)
dismay).
** Will in "Hit and Run", Run," the two part season seven finale.
** Reid in "Zugzwang""Zugzwang."
8th Apr '16 7:46:57 AM Andreus
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* RecycledSet: Some of the local police stations of entirely different cities have suspiciously similar design choices and layouts.
** Bizarrely averted with Season 8's "Restoration," which features several returning characters from Season 2's "Profiler, Profiled," but not the same police station.
** Season 10's "Lockdown" has a prison that may seem strangely familiar to anyone who watched Season 6's "25 to Life," complete with the "No Profanity" warning on the wall.
22nd Mar '16 8:33:42 PM Fireblood
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* MercyKill: Some unsubs believe they're performing these on their victims. They assume that the people they target want to die and unable to do so without "assistance" or are dying inside and need to be set free.
** In ''Childhood's Finest Hour'', the Unsub targets depressed and suicidal mothers, kidnapping their children and killing the mothers with their child's "permission". [[spoiler:When he was younger, he was in the same situation, living with a depressed and suicidal mother. He followed her one day where she was sitting on the bridge, possibly considering jumping off. To "help" her, he pushed her off into the water. It's unknown if she wanted to die or if she just wanted to be alone on those days.]]
17th Mar '16 10:38:55 AM Naram-Sin
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In 2016 it will get another spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders]]'', focusing on [[SequelGoesForeign international incidents]].

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In 2016 it will get got another spinoff, ''[[Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders]]'', focusing on [[SequelGoesForeign international incidents]].
13th Mar '16 10:00:08 AM Naram-Sin
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Abou half of the offenders are modeled after criminals from the 1980s, give or take a decade. It is sometimes jarring to watch that the local LE has seemingly never heard of high profile serial killers like Ted Bundy and Richard Chase, and cannot see the parallels with their current case before they are told them by the BAU.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: Abou About half of the offenders are modeled after criminals from the 1980s, give or take a decade. It is sometimes jarring to watch that the local LE has seemingly never heard of high profile serial killers like Ted Bundy and or Richard Chase, and cannot see the parallels with their current case before they are told them by the BAU.
13th Mar '16 9:55:40 AM Naram-Sin
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Abou half of the offenders are modeled after criminals from the 1980s, give or take a decade. It is sometimes jarring to watch that the local LE has seemingly never heard of high profile serial killers like Ted Bundy and Richard Chase, and cannot see the parallels with their current case before they are told them by the BAU.
3rd Mar '16 10:44:47 AM Peridonyx
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** Much like in the aforementioned "Route 66", is Morgan just "dissociating" to [[spoiler:survive his torture and escape his abductors]] in "Derek", or is he actually being guided by the spirit of [[spoiler:his dead father (played by Creator/DannyGlover, no less)]]?
2nd Mar '16 8:17:31 AM KneadToKnow
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** In the episode "Blood Relations," the team pulls up to an old barn and the guy inside starts shooting at them. He claims he thought they were his hillbilly-feud rivals. Pulling up in a fleet of brand-new black SUVs? Really?

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** In the episode "Blood Relations," the team pulls up to an old barn and the guy inside starts shooting at them. He claims he thought they were his hillbilly-feud rivals. Pulling up in a fleet of brand-new black SUVs? [=SUVs=]? Really?
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