Fanfic Recs / Criminal Minds

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Take Seven by Hagar
  • Recommended by: genisgone
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Seven oneshots in Five Things format about the daily lives of the BAU and the team as a family. All of these can be read as stand alone stories, but together form a larger narrative illustrating the team's developing closeness and the changes they go through. It's probably set at some point between seasons three and five or season seven, given the characters involved.
  • Pairing(s): None.

Born to be Mild by tfm
  • Recommended by: genisgone, Sandy87
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A truly hilarious collection of oneshots devoted to our favorite geeky FBI agents. Morgan makes the mistake of engaging Reid and Garcia in a conversation about apocalypses of the undead variety, and it all goes downhill from there. Certain to make you laugh, though some of the jokes are more obscure than others... This seems to be current through to about midway through season seven, though the last piece goes off canon after that.
  • Pairing(s): mild Kevin/Garcia, but it's rarely in focus

Chaos Theory by Chloe Winchester
  • Recommended by: sedna
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set in season 2 of the series, Reid has been missing for two years when the BAU finally find him again, broken and terrified. The team must manage to keep their heads as they hunt the monster who tormented Reid and try to help the young profiler get back on his feet as best they can. Well written, albeit very dark and for a mature audience (some parts get pretty graphic). The characters are well grasped and they feel like their originals from Criminal Minds.
  • Pairings: None.

Voices Of The Forgotten by b-mystique
  • Recommended by Zadia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A brilliant examination of three characters who departed and left no traces behind them, and why exactly this came about.
  • Pairings: None

TLC by Cat Jenkins
  • Recommended by: Ansela
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hotch falls seriously ill, and the fallout leads to some long-needed mental healing for the BAU's leader, with a little help from his friends. Hotch-centric with a lot of input from Rossi, Morgan and a well-crafted OC. There's angst, hurt/comfort and even some humour mixed in.
  • Pairings: None

After The Tone by Marauder In Disguise
  • Recommended by: hpfan4ever
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thirteen messages left over five years. Garcia attempts to reach Gideon and inform him of the tragedies that befall the team as they occur. For anyone who can't quite accept that the team will never see Gideon again, that he could just leave them.
  • Warnings: Goes AU at the end(written mid-season seven.)
  • Pairing: Garcia/Kevin but not a major part of the story.

Dumb and Ditzy by TimelessTears
  • Recommended by: Furor Nocturna
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. Years of being bullied for his smarts left him dreading when people figured out he was a genius. What better way to throw them off then by acting stupid? Enter: Dumb Blond Spencer Reid.
  • Pairings: None
  • Comments: This is bar none one of the funniest AU stories and CM fanfiction a this troper has ever had the pleasure of reading. The premise is every bit as hilarious as it sounds, and it's executed brilliantly not only in its laugh out loud humor, but heart as well. This is a must-read, especially for Reid fans.

Is This Your Card? by Merry Arwen
  • Recommended by: genisgone
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story is told in fragments that detail the moments in Reid's life as he develops a relationship with Austin, the barkeeper from 52 Pickup. The fic snippets are mostly fluffy vignettes that flesh out a one-shot character incredibly and give the two of them a realistic, believable relationship. It's set during the latter half of season four and ambiguously throughout season five, and there are incidental but major spoilers for early season five as well.
  • Pairing: Reid/Austin (the barkeeper from 52 Pickup)

"Morally Indefensible" by blythechild
  • Recommended by: thebootyprincess
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In this alternate version of present day, Reid is a disgraced, former FBI agent from the White Collar Crime division who has been wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of his partner, Elle Greenaway. Sent to a federal penitentiary and thrown in amongst other killers, he doesn't expect to survive too long until he catches the attention of a mercurial thief and gang leader named Hotch. Hotch offers Reid protection but he expects much in return, and ropes Reid into a paranoid plan to oust the prison warden. The more Reid sees of Hotch, the less he trusts him, and the more he realizes that his life is no longer his to control. Who do you trust when everyone is out for themselves, and how far will you go to ensure your own survival?
  • Pairing: Reid/Hotch

For Laughs by Slinky-and-the-Bloody Wands (Batman Crossover)
  • Recommended by: Tempus Corvus, feral, Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None
  • Synopsis: Set after The Dark Knight. The BAU comes to Gotham to help catch The Joker after he escapes from Arkham. But if they want to catch The Joker, they'll need to profile The Batman.
  • Comment: I'd never seen an episode of Criminal Minds the first time I read this. So after watching some of the show, I went back. It's amazing how well Slinky writes the characters from both TDK and CM. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. Just read it.
    • I like the fic, though the narration and dialogue can be a bit awkward at times. No problem otherwise. —Jonn

Resonations of What's Left of Us by Deejaymil
  • Recommended by: tafferling
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "She never expected to fall in love. He never expected to be taken from her. Neither of them expected to change the world. " This series is about Emily Prentiss and Spencer Reid being more than they've been made to be, and then a little bit more still. Built from two finished parts, Endling and Darkling, and brings the BAU alive in a vivid, beautifully crafted urban fantasy setting complete with magic, fantasticial creatures, and shattered dreams. Heavy AU, focused around the events beginning and not quite ending with Foyet, with the Criminal Minds written true to their source material, and OCs blending in naturally.
  • Pairings: Reid/Prentiss
  • Comment: I'd forgotten all about Criminal Minds until I read "Endling", which reminded me of how amazing the characters of the show were and had me binge watch all available episodes. The mix of original urban fantasy and CM is intoxicating!