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    Karl Arnold 
Played by: Neal Jones
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"Wives wither... children perish... but me? I'm an excellent father."

A family psychiatrist and Villain of the Week serial killer who would use his small size to sneak into the homes of his patients, forcing them to treat him as their father before killing the entire family, due to issues he had with his own family (his wife had divorced him and got full custody of the children). The BAU consult him in prison regarding another family annihilator UnSub with a similar M.O. as his, only to discover it's a ploy by the Reaper to taunt Hotchner and announce his endgame.


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     Randall Garner 
Played by: Charles Haid, Charley Rossman
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"Ask the question, Sir Percival."

The villain of the Season 1 finale. A wealthy, deformed psychotic with a flare for the dramatic, Garner learned of and became inspired by the BAU's exploits and, styling himself as "the Fisher King", set up a high-stakes life-or-death quest for them based on Arthurian legend.


    Carl Buford/Mohammed Alam 
Played by: Julius Tennon
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"You were always special, Derek."

A football coach and pillar of the community who was secretly a child molester. Most notable for having molested BAU team member Derek Morgan as a child. Like Karl Arnold, he is interviewed in prison in a later episode to gain insight into a new series of crimes seemingly connected to his own original crimes.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: Morgan is arguably guilty of this when he talks about Buford's crimes on live television, which is what leads to Buford getting murdered by his gang as they didn't know he targeted children.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Derek as he molested as a child and he's the main reason why Derek became a cop.
  • Asshole Victim: An unrepentant child-molester and child-killer. Therefore, nobody misses him when a bunch of displeased inmates decide to shank him after learning the truth about him from Morgan's televised press conference.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's a friendly and approachable pillar of his community. Which served as the perfect front for his crimes.
  • Catchphrase: "Look up to the sky." In "Restoration" Morgan revealed that this was what he used to say to him as he molested him and possibly many of his other victims too.
  • Fat Bastard: A bit on the hefty side
  • Faith–Heel Turn: Subverted. In his second appearance he is in prison for his crimes and has converted to Islam, changing his name to Muhammed Alam, but this is mainly because he has joined an Islamic prison gang and not because he is in any way repentant. He told them that he was locked up for a different crime, knowing that Even Evil Has Standards and they wouldn't take kindly to knowing what he was really guilty of. He's right to fear this, as his fellow Muslim cons murder him when they find out.
  • It's Personal: With Derek, who is afraid of and disgusted by his even as an adult, to the point that he feels violated just by Buford shaking his hand.
  • Karmic Death: After the other inmates discover what he really did, they murder him.
  • Never My Fault: He never takes blame for his crimes or even shows a bit of remorse. He even tells Derek that he "could have just said no."
  • Serial Killer: Killed three children
  • Serial Rapist: Molested 54 children.
  • Smug Snake: Highly smug in his second appearance, "Restoration" to the point it backfires in his face.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: To Derek Morgan.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Profiler, Profiled".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Known for coaching a football team of troubled youths.
  • Villainous Legacy: In "Restoration". Remember his list of victims? One of them eventually snapped from the trauma and grew up to become the UnSub.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He raped 54 children and killed 3 of'em.

    Frank Breitkopf 
Played by: Keith Carradine
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"Beauty can cover a multitude of sins. But underneath, we all look exactly the same."

The show's original recurring villain, Frank was a psychopathic serial killer who traveled from state to state, abducting victims at random and killing them by dissecting them alive. With no specific preference in victim type (and thus no pattern for law enforcement to notice), he was able to stay off the radar and continue killing for decades, becoming the most prolific serial killer ever encountered by the BAU (until their discovery of Billy Flynn, the Prince of Darkness, a few years later). He had an intelligent, eerily calm demeanor as well as a fondness for elaborate Xanatos Gambit schemes, as discovered by Gideon and the BAU when they finally try to confront him.


  • And I Must Scream: Puts his victims in this state via drug that leaves them paralyzed, but fully conscious as he slowly vivisects them... in a room with a mirrored ceiling so that they can see what is he doing to them.
  • Archenemy: Fixates on Gideon as one. It quickly becomes mutual.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2.
  • Breaking Speech: Loves giving these to Gideon.
  • Calling Card: Taking a right rib bone and making wind chimes out of them.
  • Complexity Addiction: While he's undoubtedly a Crazy-Prepared Chessmaster, he can't seem to bring himself to kill anyone without using his overly elaborate And I Must Scream method — which he can't seem to follow through with anyway if he doesn't see their fear.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Downplayed. He drives sexual pleasure from the torture he inflicts on his victims and he doesn't care what gender his victims are and seems to have or at least really want to be in love with Jane. He also thinks Morgan's pretty:
    Frank: If I had your looks, do you know how much easier my life would be? Beauty can cover a multitude of sins, but underneath we all look exactly the same.
  • Driven to Suicide: In No Way Out II: The Evolution of Frank, he and Jane jump in front of a train when he is cornered by the FBI.
  • Emotion Eater: Like the Reaper after him, Frank requires his victim's fear to feed off of. He spared Jane's life because she wasn't afraid of him when he captured her (due to her believing he was an extraterrestrial who wanted to study her), and claims to have fallen in love with her due to this.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. While he kept his mother's body in a pristine apartment, and surrounded it with flowers, it's heavily implied that she was his first victim.
  • Evil Genius: Though he probably never received any formal education, he's very intelligent and sets up an elaborate plan to outsmart the FBI in order to get what he wants. He also has a compulsive need to memorize facts, and recites them when engaging in his Criminal Mind Games.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's polite and soft-spoken, but he's not a nice person at all.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 2.
  • First-Name Basis: He always calls Gideon by his first name and introduces himself by his.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother was a prostitute, who he witnessed perform and have performed on her every indignity imaginable.
  • In Love with Love: He believes that he is in love with Jane based on how he felt when he attempted to kill her. Since he's a sociopathic serial killer, there's no way that what he was feeling was love.
  • It's Personal: Killed Gideon's old flame, then started targeting people he had saved in the past.
  • Karma Houdini: Dies how he wants, is Together in Death with Jane, and posthumously sends Gideon over the Despair Event Horizon and out of the BAU forever.
  • Knife Nut: Uses knives on his victims.
  • Lack of Empathy: Comes with the territory of being a classic sociopath.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Boy, is he ever. The last part of his first appearance involved him somehow sneaking a bus full of kids into the desert. In order to rescue the kids, Gideon is forced to escort Frank with Jane to the desert without any police following them until he finds the kids.
  • Meaningful Name: Points out that his name is derived from a type of spear and Gideon shares his with a Greek Hero and a biblical figure.
  • Morality Pet: Jane.
  • Not So Different: Implies that he and Gideon are this.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • The ever so brief look he gives when Gideon mentions they've learned who his mother is, and what his childhood was really like.
    • Lividly yells at a cop who seemingly subdues Jane too hard.
  • The Plan: Pulled off successfully in "No Way Out", but he's Out-Gambitted in "No Way Out II".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He Wouldn't Hurt a Child because it "does nothing for" him.
  • Recurring Character: In Season 2.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: real-life torturer David Parker Ray filled his trailer with medical implements and a mirrored ceiling and drugged his victims to cause amnesia.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank", the team discovers his mother's corpse in his apartment and it's implied that he killed her.
  • Serial Killer: That goes without saying but Frank took it to a whole new level. He's killed at least 176 people all over the United States for at least thirty years, though it should be noted he's nothing compared to Billy Flynn and a few Real Life serial killers.
  • Smug Smiler: The poster boy. He manages to make sitting in a diner drinking a strawberry milkshake look arrogant.
  • Smug Snake: Sees himself as better than everyone else.
  • The Sociopath: He feels no remorse for the people he kills and is incapable of empathy and loving.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was a prostitute.
  • Start of Darkness: "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank".
  • Stalker with a Crush: He developed an unhealthy obsession with Jane when he was about to torture her. "Fortunately" for him, she developed a form of Stockholm Syndrome and returned his obsessive feelings.
  • That One Case: For Gideon, apparently even before "No Way Out".
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Espouses a belief akin to this before killing himself and Jane.
  • Torture Technician: Tortures his victims with knives.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Enjoys Strawberry Milkshake every time he stops in Golconda. He comments that he only takes one because:
    Frank: One is perfection, two is decadent.
  • Turn to Religion: In season 2, he is introduced as the director of the local community center director who secretly preyed on the vulnerable boys he was supposed to be mentoring, including now FBI profiler Derek Morgan. In season 8, the BAU is forced to interview Buford, who is in prison for murdering one of the boys, after they realize that one of his unnamed victims is killing men the victim suspects of being child molesters. When Morgan and Hotch arrive at the prison, they find that Buford has converted to Islam and now goes by Mohammed Alam. Despite his claims of devout piousness, he still shows hints of his predatory nature. At the conclusion of the episode, his following inmates discover Buford's history as a child predator and he is found murdered in his cell.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Can't feel it, but wants to.
  • Wicked Cultured: Enjoys classical music, ornithology, literature, names and has an interest in mythology. He'd be interesting to spend time with if you could get past the whole "Cuts people open" aspect of his personality.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Well, not directly...
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Gideon as one of the few people who deserves to catch him.
  • Yandere: He won't stop until he has Jane back.

    Tobias Hankel 
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"Shoot him! I don't want to! I said shoot him, you weakling. He's a Satan! He didn't do anything. I won't tell you another time, boy. ...Shoot him!"

The villain of the two-part episode "The Big Game" and "Revelations" early in Season 2. A telephone computer tech support worker suffering from multiple personalities involved in the murder of several people perceived as engaging in the 7 deadly sins. Most notable for his kidnapping and torture of Spencer Reid.


  • Abusive Dad: His father is a contender for worst parent in the entire series. The Charles personality is modeled after him, and compulsively abuses anyone who comes into his power. So bad in fact, that when the BAU informs Tobias' sponsor they believe Tobias killed his father, he replies "Good for him."
  • Archangel Raphael: The Raphael personality believes himself to be the angel in question.
  • Archenemy: Fans tend to see him as Reid's and not without reason. While he doesn't have the arc that Frank, The Boston Reaper, or Ian Doyle recieve, no other UnSub has ever had this sort of impact on Reid. Between traumatizing him, getting him addicted to dilaudid, and making DID his personal Berserk Button, Tobias is still with Reid seasons later. That being said, Reid clearly empathizes with Tobias. The Charles and Raphael personalities, not so much.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is quite evil in his Raphael and Father personas.
  • Black and White Insanity: His alternate personalities have adopted an incredibly strict religious code which drives them to kill those they feel have committed cardinal sins.
  • Buried Alive: Charles' plan for Reid, whom he forces to dig his own grave.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Charles beats Reid's soles with a club.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Of Reid.
  • Creepy Monotone: Raphael.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Raphael feeds an adulterous woman to a pack of ravenous dogs, while under the impression that she is Jezebel.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Charles is modeled on Tobias' dead father.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Raphael, who sounds eerily calm as he sentences people to death.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Tobias suffers from a bad case of dilaudid addiction, which he then inflicts on Reid.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Charles. He also has the strongest accent of the three.
  • Extreme Doormat: Tobias who is an unwilling, but spineless accomplice to Charles and Raphael
  • Foil: To Reid. A bright, tortured young man, he's allowed life to break him, instead of overcoming it the way Reid has.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tobias to Reid.
  • The Fundamentalist: Tobias and his father, Charles both, though Charles is an Old Testament/Revelations type, while Tobias prefers the Gospels.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Tobias to Charles and Raphael.
  • Holier Than Thou: Charles and Raphael.
  • It's Personal: Tobias wants to befriend Reid, Charles wants him to confess, and Raphael wants him to join their crusade.
  • Knife Nut: Slits the throats, arms, and legs of most of his victims with a hunting knife.
  • Knight Templar: Raphael, who honestly believes he's an avenging archangel, and murders people he classifies as "sinners".
  • The Mentally Ill: Tobias is a very, very sick young man.
  • Mercy Kill: Tobias' father forced him to kill him after he became ill. It broke Tobias.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe; the viewers who watched the murder videos Tobias uploaded were excited by them, thinking that they were promotional videos for a horror film, but Tobias is horrified by the positive reactions it gets.
  • Missing Mom: His mother ran off with another man. This caused Charles to spiral into fundamentalism.
  • Monster Sob Story: Poor Tobias.
  • Patricide: Tobias shot his father, at his father's request. It messed him up pretty badly.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: What he believes he is doing.
  • Russian Roulette: Raphael plays it with Reid.
  • Sadistic Choice: Raphael repeatedly tries to make Reid choose which of his victims should die.
  • Split Personality: More accurately Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Tobias.
  • That One Case: For Reid.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "The Big Game" and "Revelations"

    Floyd Feylinn Ferell 
Played by: Jamie Kennedy
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"I'm not smart. But I have a smart friend who tells me things..."

  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed. Though he was clearly deranged due to his obsession with cannibalism and Satanism (not to mention feeding one of his victims to her own search party), he was sane enough to fool mental health officials into believing he was completely insane for ten years.
  • Book-Ends: A surprisingly positive example for this case. Floyd's role in "Lucky" ended with Father Marks having to be held back while yelling "You son of a bitch!" to him after Floyd's Wham Line, while Floyd himself just sat there laughing. Ten years later, in "Lucky Strikes", it is Floyd himself who's being held back and yelling the same line, this time at Rossi, who was the only BAU agent to see through his Obfuscating Stupidity ruse in "Lucky" but couldn't present any proof of that...until now. Laser-Guided Karma at its finest.
  • Born Lucky: He is the beneficiary of lucky breaks so implausibly often that even Reid wonders if he might have someone downstairs looking out for him.
  • Calling Card: He carved inverted Satanic pentagrams into his victims' chests. He also force-fed the fingers of previous victims to another victim before killing her, cutting off her own fingers, and dumping her body in a public location.
  • Cute and Psycho: Part of his background. He was institutionalized when he was only seven years old, after taking a bite out of his nine-month-old sister.
  • Demonic Possession: Part of his delusion is that he believes he is possessed by a flesh-eating demon. Subverted in "Lucky Strikes", when it's revealed that it's all just a ruse.
  • The Dragon: Had one in the form of a man named Marcus Manning, who too was obsessed with cannibalism but was also easy to manipulate. Manning served as Floyd's patsy for the murders he himself committed, and it nearly worked.
  • Eat the Rich: Started out by targeting prostitutes and junkies, but moved up to more well-off women because his first targets "tasted funny".
  • Eats Babies: His first victim was his infant sister. Fortunately, she survived her attack.
  • Evil Chef: He cooks people and even served one victim to unknowing customers.
  • Failed a Spot Check: As mentioned several times, he nearly got away with killing more women by making Marcus Manning his protege and patsy. However, he unfortunately chose to possibly share consumption of one of the women with Marcus (that is, Floyd had one set of fingers, Marcus had the other), which was noticed by Rossi at the church circle and elaborated upon by the other BAU members. This is ultimately what puts him down; since the mental hospital had declared him mentally sane, this meant that he was also privy to a trial for every last one of his ten-year murders, the first test being if Floyd did have the other set of fingers in his stomach. Given his Villainous Breakdown as he's taken away, he probably did, and he had it coming to him big time.
  • Fat Bastard: As a teenager at the mental hospital, due to the harsh side-effects of the anti-psychotics he was on.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Lucky Strikes", the BAU were able to prove his sanity and culpability after realizing that he had eaten the fingers of a victim killed by his accomplice, who personally delivered these fingers to him at his own instruction.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: His homemade cookbook includes recipes with such charming names as "Kobe Girl Steak" and "Skewered She".
  • Karma Houdini: In major spades. It was even lampshaded by a mental hospital guard, who cynically joked he should be nicknamed Lucky.
    • He killed and butchered eleven women without attracting the attention of the authorities, and he definitely would've continued killing undetected if he hadn't announced his presence in a grand fashion in the form of another victim.
    • Also, in one scene in "Lucky", he was pulled over by a police officer, which could've been his undoing because he had a kidnapped woman in the trunk of his car. However, the cop was called away before he could even approach the car, all because of they needed all officers on the search for the very same kidnapped woman. Floyd just got off with a warning.
    • It was taken even further in "Lucky Strikes": despite finally being arrested, he was judged incompetent to stand trial and put in the same mental hospital he was in as a child. Naturally, he was able to get hospital administrators to believe he was no longer a danger to himself or others, to the point where he was allowed to go out in public under supervised watch. Even more shocking, history was almost about to repeat itself when the hospital administrators were starting to believe he was fit for release again, especially after it was initially assumed two copycat murders were the work of the original killer (Floyd actually arranged for the new murders to happen for his own benefit). Fortunately, the BAU managed to prevent this after turning his own cannibalism against him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Floyd really had it coming to him. See Book-Ends above.
  • Laughing Mad: After Father Marks tries to attack him in a fit of rage.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He had mental health experts, the very sister he nearly killed, and the BAU fooled on the degree of his insanity for ten years. In "Lucky Strikes", he was also able to manipulate a man into committing more murders for him and taking the fall as the original killer when the time came. This ruse nearly worked too.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He convinced a man named Marcus Manning to commit copycat murders for him so it would look like the original killer was still on the loose, while Floyd was wrongly locked up and therefore should be released. This fails gloriously, however.
  • Meaningful Name: Each of his three names starts with 'F', the sixth letter of the alphabet. Additionally, his names have an average of six letters each. Gee, doesn't all of that sound familiar?
  • Obfuscating Insanity: It is revealed that while he is definitely deranged, he wasn't full-on insane as previously thought, and it was just a ruse by Floyd.
  • Religion of Evil: His belief system is based on Satanism, but it's all part of his delusion. The BAU classify Ferell as an "Adaptive Satanist", a serial killer who rationalizes his murderous urges by blaming them on outside forces. To quote Rossi, "He doesn't kill because he believes in Satan, he believes in Satan because he kills."
  • Ripped from the Headlines: His case is eerily similar, detail by detail, to that of Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, a suspected serial killer and cannibal. His ploy to get released from a mental hospital also seems to be inspired by Peter Sutcliffe.
  • The Secret of Long Pork Pies: His day job is running a BBQ restaurant, and considering the "secret ingredient" in the chili he served to the search party, it's a good bet that some of his customers got a lot more than they paid for...
  • Serial Killer: Of women.
  • Slasher Smile: Gives one to Father Marks when he reveals what kind of meat was in the chili he served to the search party.
  • The Sociopath: Revealed to be this in "Lucky Strikes", rather than a pure psycho as previously believed in "Lucky".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: His favorite song is "Sittin' in the Dark" by Louie Armstrong.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: Except the "Chick" part of his "Chick 'n' Chili" has nothing to do with chicken...
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: "The skinny ones take drugs. They taste funny."
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Lucky". Returns ten seasons later with "Lucky Strikes".
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one after realizing that his ploy to get released with a clean bill of health has not only failed, but backfired on him.
  • Wham Line: When Father Marks tells him, "God is in all of us," Floyd responds, "So is Tracey Lambert."
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    Deputy Jason Clark Battle 
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Played by: Bailey Chase
"The best minds in the FBI, and you can't even stop me."

A charming stranger at the coffee shop who asks Garcia out on a date after she helps him fix his broken laptop in the episode "Lucky". The date goes well up until he suddenly pulls out a revolver and shoots Garcia in the chest at the end of the episode. In "Penelope", he's revealed to be a local sheriff's deputy who would secretly shoot random bystanders then step in as the first responder in order to be a hero. He stalked Garcia with the intention of killing her due to the (mistaken) belief that she was about to discover his criminal activities due to her coincidentally examining several of the cases he was involved in.


  • Beauty Is Bad: A charming, classically good-looking hunk who's also a malignant narcissist with a hero homicide complex.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he dies.
  • Cop Killer: Kills a police officer guarding Garcia's apartment while trying to kill her again.
  • Create Your Own Villain: As it turns out, Garcia has been overstepping her authority by flagging the unsolved murders of loved ones in her bereavement support group. Three of those murders happened to be Battle, who assumed the FBI was onto him and went after Garcia. He was a killer before, but he probably would have stayed hidden and left Garcia alone if she hadn't drawn attention to herself.
  • Heroism Addict: His motivation for his original crimes. He quickly escalates while trying to cover them up.
  • Killer Cop: Of the hero homicide variety.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Attempts to give this impression.
  • Narcissist: Due to his Heroism Addict personality.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Uses a large-caliber revolver. When Morgan notes the unusual nature of it, Reid muses that it's because it ensures he won't leave bullet casings at a crime scene. A gun shop owner comments that revolvers don't hold many bullets, but he counters that's irrelevant if you don't miss.
  • Taking You with Me: Once he realizes his number's up, the only thing he wants to do is take as many FBI agents down with him as possible. The only casualty is him, as he didn't count on JJ gunning him down from behind.
  • That One Case: For Garcia.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Penelope". He also had an appearance in the prior episode "Lucky", but he never acted in a villainous role until the end.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: On paper, he's a hero cop with a number of citations for outstanding bravery in the line of duty. However, his career is still stuck at a relatively low position because, in private, his superiors can sense there's something off about him.

    George Foyet (The Boston Reaper) 
Played by: C Thomas Howell
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"Are you scared? You should be."

The first major Arc Villain of the show. An infamous serial killer driven by power, control, and manipulation who terrorized the Boston area 10 years ago, and who was the subject of Hotchner's first case as team leader of the BAU. Similar to the Zodiac Killer (who he was based off of), the case was never solved. The BAU finally uncover his identity in "Omnivore", only for him to pull off a daring escape at the end of the episode. He personally assaults Hotchner in his home at the end of Season 4, and continues to stalk Hotchner and his family for the duration of Season 5 until a final confrontation in the show's 100th episode.


  • Abusive Parents: His father was abusive and his mother was neglectful. It's implied, or at least believed by Hotch, that he sabotaged their car, leading to the accident that killed them.
  • Archenemy: To Hotch, whom he fixates on as his "nemesis."
  • Arc Villain: First appears in Season 4, personally attacks Hotchner in the final episode, then menaces him and his family for most of Season 5 until Hotchner finally confronts him in "100".
  • Asshole Victim: In "100", after finally pushing Hotch too far, Hotch finally puts an end to his reign of terror by violently beating him to death.
  • Back from the Dead: For an appearance in Season 9, when Hotch collapses and hallucinates a trip to the movies with Foyet and his wife.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black trench coat while dressed up as the Reaper.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Done in a subtle way. When he's questioned as "innocent victim" George Foyet, he can't resist making his Reaper persona look like an invincible, unstoppable villain.
    Hotchner: He's just a man. Nothing more
    Foyet: Then why can't you catch him?
  • Calling Card: The Eye of Providence and/or the word FATE; also had a habit of taking something from his victims and leaving the object at the scene of the next murder.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulated people for years as art of his sadistic "deal" to stop killing. He gave his identity to one of the detectives on the case, with the rule that as long as the detective told no one else the killings would stop. Meanwhile he pretended to be one of his own victims the entire time, allowing him to still be a part of the story of the Reaper while being utterly beneath suspicion.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Hotch and Marshal Kassmeyer.
  • Control Freak: Gets off on controlling and domineering others.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He spent the decade he was on hiatus obsessively prepping for the possibility he would be caught. He created fake identities, stockpiled weapons, and memorized the blueprints of every police station, jail, and courthouse in Massachusetts in preparation for an escape.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: An inverted, evil version. His activities as the Reaper were helped considerably by the inheritance he received from his wealthy adoptive parents. While his actual killings didn't require that much in the way of money, his wealth helped him establish a large number of safe houses, alternate identities, and weapon stockpiles in preparation for the day when he would need to disappear from the grid after his identity is revealed, giving him the resources to stalk Hotch from the shadows throughout Season 5.
  • Criminal Mind Games: He likes to send taunting messages to the press and the cops.
    • Eventually blows up in his face when his narcissistic obsession with using pseudonyms related to the case allows Reid to track him.
  • Dark Is Evil: Always dresses all in black when he's in his Reaper persona.
  • Deal with the Devil: A huge part of his introduction is the "deal" he made as the Reaper with a detective on the case: he gives the detective his real identity, and then in exchange for that detective's silence he stops killing. The detective lives tormented by knowing who the Reaper really is, that it's someone everyone thinks was just a lucky surviving victim, and Foyet gets his freedom and to be a legend. The deal breaks down when the detective dies, and the entire episode "Omnivore" is essentially him trying to set up a similar deal with Hotch. When he returns to assault Hotch after his escape, his first words are that Hotch should have taken the deal.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Despite being a major recurring villain, he is not the Final Boss of either season he is in.
    • Despite breaking out of prison at the end of his debut episode, he never shows up until after the BAU deals with season 4 finale villain Mason Turner.
    • In season five he is killed midway through and the final villain is Billy Flynn.
  • Emotion Eater: The BAU profiles him as feeding off his victims' fear. He doesn't kill Morgan after knocking him out due to being unable to intimidate him while he's unconscious, and Hotch makes a point of never showing him fear when confronting him later.
  • Ephebophile: Rossi profiles him as one, due to the disproportionate amount of time he spends with his younger female victims (knifed anywhere from ten to sixty-seven times), as opposed to his male and older female victims (all simply shot, except for Hotch).
  • Evil Cripple: To a degree. The damage he inflicted on himself requires a massive cocktail of drugs to be administered daily if he doesn't want his organs to start shutting down.
  • Evil Gloating: When he has Hotch against the ropes after a long bout of extremely physical fighting from one end of the house to the other, Foyet doesn't immediately kill Hotch. He instead takes time to describe to Hotch how he plans to find, torture, and murder Hotch's five year old son, giving Hotch the motivation he needs to keep fighting.
  • Evil Is Petty: Considering that he had already killed plenty of people and achieved the fame that he desired, and he even could've gotten away if he wanted, it was entirely unnecessary for him to actually kill Hotch's wife; even more so with his plan to murder Jack.
  • Evil Orphan: Adopted by a wealthy family after his parents died. It didn't improve him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice gets deeper anytime he wears his iconic mask.
  • False Reassurance:
    The Reaper: Shhh. I'm not going to shoot you. Shhh.
    Nina Hale: Thank you.
    The Reaper: You're welcome. (Takes out a knife and slits her throat.)
  • Faux Affably Evil: He often gains people's trust by pretending to be polite and friendly and even tells Hotch how he's going to kill his family in the same tone.
  • Fingore: Takes delight in cutting off a man's fingers.
  • The Glasses Come Off: He ditches his Nerd Glasses at the end of "Omnivore" after he's revealed as The Reaper. He also shaved his head in his later appearances.
  • Guttural Growler: Used in his debut to disguise his identity. He stops bothering after The Reveal.
  • Handicapped Badass: In spite of having severe damage to his organs and requires numerous medication to stay alive, he was one of the biggest threats that the BAU has faced.
  • The Heavy: For much of Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • In "Omnivore" he just can't resist making things as dramatic as possible. During his original string of murders he killed a girl he was with before faking an attack on himself, making his "civilian" identity George Foyet look like the only one who survived the Reaper. When the Reaper returns ten years later he leaves things at his murders which indicate that he's targeting "the one who got away". Meanwhile, Foyet in his "civilian" persona tells the BAU he was going to propose to the girl he was with before she was murdered. The Reaper's apparent fixation on Foyet leads the BAU to suspect there might be a connection beyond Foyet being the only survivor of the Reaper. They look into the dead girl and find she only knew Foyet for four weeks, making his claims of wanting to propose to her seem farfetched. In addition she was much younger than Foyet, which causes the BAU to realize Foyet fits the Reaper's profile.
    • In "100" Hotch was originally going to stab him to death with his own knife, but they decided to change the cause of death to Extreme Mêlée Revenge. In a sense, it still counts. He could have easily gotten away from the BAU if he hadn't stayed to see Hotch suffer or threaten his family.
  • In the Hood: Combos a mask and hood in his Reaper costume.
  • It's All About Me: Believes that Hotch has no right to hunt him down (despite his being a Serial Killer) and goes out of his way to blame Hotch for his problems.
  • It's Personal: With Hotch.
  • Karmic Death: Literally at the hands of Hotch by way of Extreme Mêlée Revenge.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    Reaper: Okay okay, you got me... I surrender. I surre- (Hotch brutally punches his face repeatedly and bashes his head into the floor until he kills him, then continues the beatdown)
  • Knife Nut: But also known to use firearms.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has none for anyone.
  • Large Ham: Even by UnSub standards. He's over-the-top to the point where he's like a comic book super-villain. Due to his desire for twisted fame, he wants to make everything as dramatic as possible. He overacts his role even when pretending to be his own victim.
  • Little "No": In 100, utters this after Hotch ignores his surrender plea by repeatedly punching his face in until he breaks his head open.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He preys on people's emotions and fear as a means of controlling them. One only need look at his actions with the detective investigating the original case.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He's loosely based on the Zodiac Killer.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: His young female victims were stabbed an excessive number of times (one had somewhere in the range of sixty stab wounds). The entire bus massacre scene in "Omnivore". Then he himself is subjected to it by Hotch, who breaks the bastard's head open.
  • Recurring Character: Shows up in "Omnivore", "...And Back", "Nameless/Faceless", "Outfoxed", and "100".
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His .44 Magnum.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: In "Omnivore," he's blatantly based on the Zodiac Killer: a serial killer who gives himself an eye-catching alias and a distinctive logo, wears a Coat, Hat, Mask costume, wields both a gun and a knife, targets couples in their cars, sends taunting letters to the cops and the press, uses ciphers, targets a busload of people (although the Zodiac only threatened to do that and never actually followed through), and simply disappeared after killing for years with impunity.
  • Self-Harm: Cut himself up in order to make himself look innocent.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Hotch accuses him of having murdered his parents in a fake car accident (at the age of nine, no less). He denies it, albeit rather flippantly.
  • Serial Killer: A serial spree killer to be exact.
  • The Sociopath: Blatantly.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's very calm and relaxed when torturing people.
  • That One Case: For Hotch.
  • The Unfettered: All Foyet wants is fame. Nothing stops him, regardless of how vile his actions are.
  • Villains Want Mercy: In "100", after Hotch breaks Foyet's leg and pins him down with a fist to his face, he had the gall to get him to stop by saying he surrenders. Considering he just murdered Haley and seconds before started gloating about how he plans to hunt down Jack to psycologically torture him and kill him, Hotch brutally breaks his head open in the most painful way possible then breaks it open more to ensure he stays Deader Than Dead. A brutal way to tell him that he can take his surrender and shove it up his ass.
  • Wham Line: "You should have made the deal..."
  • Would Hurt a Child: If Hotch hadn't stopped him, he would have probably tortured and then killed Jack.

    The Turner Brothers 

The villains of the Season 4 finale. A pair of Canadian brothers who own a farm just across the border from Detroit. Lucas, a mentally handicapped giant of a man, captures and kills homeless people from Detroit under the orders of his quadriplegic brother, Mason, to provide raw material for Mason's stem cell experiments in search of a cure for his condition.


  • Brains and Brawn: Mason is the brains, Lucas the brawn.
  • Expy: The Turner Brothers as a unit also have some similarities with Charles Holcombe, and his right-hand man, Steven, from Season 2. Both are serial killer teams who prey on the poor, perform surgical experiments on their victims, and believe that the homeless have no value to society. In each case one partner is also manipulating the other.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 4.
  • Kill the Poor: They prey on homeless people, prostitutes and junkies on the premise that they're useless, and no one will miss them.
  • Mercy Kill: Mason's take on Lucas' death.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Along with the "useless to society" thing, Mason presumably had Lucas target the homeless because he believed no one would really care or notice.
  • Serial Killers: They've murdered 89 people in just a few years, with Kelly, whom the FBI save, as number 90.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Lucas is a six and a half foot tall, three hundred pound Dumb Muscle Brute and Psychopathic Manchild with severe retardation and autistic tendencies, who dresses in overalls, loves the farm, and doesn't seem to understand that he's killing actual people. Mason is a short, cold-blooded Evil Cripple and Evil Genius who attended med school, wanted to move away from home, and is fully aware of what they're doing, but just doesn't care.
  • Siblings in Crime: Mason as the brain, and Lucas as the brawn.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Loosely based on Robert Pickton, Canadian pig farmer and serial killer.
  • Villain of the Week: Of the "To Hell and Back" two parter.

Mason

Played by: Garret Dillahunt
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"They [Lucas's victims] were transients and drug users and prostitutes. They were useless to society. I gave them the chance to be part of a cure. To be of use. That's science."

  • Expy: Is based heavily on Mason Verger from Hannibal. Both are sexual sadists (though the latter is a pedophile) who were crippled by a Serial Killer (albeit in very, very different circumstances, and unlike the Evil Genius Lecter the Manchild Lucas wasn't a killer at the time) and seek humiliating revenge on them (of very different sorts though). Both have farms with man-eating pigs, and are verbally and emotionally abusive to their carers- in the novel, Verger's carer is his sister, which only adds to the similarities. Most obviously, both are named Mason.
  • Evil Cripple: A quadriplegic barely kept alive by a ton a of machinery, he's also a murderer who is motivated entirely by rage over his condition.
  • Evil Genius: Is very, very bright.
  • Fate Worse than Death: How he views his condition.
  • For Science!: How he tries rationalizing manipulating his mentally handicapped brother into killing the homeless for his experiments, saying that he is searching for a cure for his condition. Earns him a Shut Up, Hannibal! from Rossi, who calls him out as just another sadistic bastard since his farm and equipment are no where near adequate for such a task, and he's arranged mirrors around the house in a way that lets him see his victims suffer from his bed.
  • Genius Cripple: A quadriplegic who also was a promising doctor before his accident. His scheme to abduct victims for his experiments was also quite elaborate and well thought out, though he had no back-up in the event he was discovered and is essentially helpless once the BAU show up at his doorstep. Reid also points out his equipment is far too crude for his experiments to have had any chance of success.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Lies back and smiles before he is shot.
  • It's All About Me: Doesn't give a good goddamn about anyone but himself, even willing to let the FBI kill Lucas, whom he sees as expendable.
  • Karma Houdini: Lampshaded by Rossi, who says that selling the idea that a bed-ridden former doctor is really a manipulative homicidal maniac to a jury is going to be an uphill struggle, especially since Lucas actually did all the killings. One victim's brother solves the problem with a Vigilante Execution.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has no empathy for those they've killed, saying that they should be grateful that they can become a part of something greater than themselves.
  • Mad Doctor: With Lucas acting as his hands. He's conducting extremely primitive stem cell experiments.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mason, who convinces Lucas to do the murders, and later tries to manipulate the FBI into killing Lucas and letting him go.
  • Motive Rant: Once his scheme has been fully revealed and there's no point in him trying to play innocent, Mason declares that he was disposing of "useless" people to create a medical breakthrough.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Gloats that he'll never be convicted, even with all the circumstantial evidence against him, because no one would believe that a quadriplegic was able to mastermind the torture and murder of almost 90 people from his adjustable bed.
  • Shout-Out: An Evil Cripple named Mason who lives in a pig farm. Subtle.
  • Smug Snake: His low opinion of his victims is matched by his high opinion of himself.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Thanks to damage to his neck, can't raise his voice.
  • Vigilante Execution: Mason's death, at the hands of one of his victims' brother.

Lucas

Played by: Paul Rae
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"Mas... Mason always says I get mad too hard."

  • Animal Motifs: Pigs.
  • Anti-Villain: He's a Serial Killer but only because he's manipulated by his evil brother. He doesn't show sadism towards his victims and he probably doesn't fully understand what he's doing.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Tends to forget just how big he is. This is how Mason got crippled.
  • The Dragon: To Mason.
  • Drop the Hammer: He draws an "X" on the back of his victims' necks with a marker, than smacks it with a claw hammer until they die.
  • Dumb Muscle: The severely handicapped Lucas.
  • Extreme Doormat: His low IQ, poor social skills, and the guilt he feels over his brother's injuries makes him one wherever Mason is concerned.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted. He's hefty, but he's far from a bastard.
  • Gentle Giant: Would be this if not for his bastard brother and his own inability to handle anger well.
  • Lack of Empathy: Subverted, as he starts empathizing with the last victim after the police show up to the farm and he's forced to spend time with her in his old childhood hideaway.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Doesn't really seem to mind eating pigs that he's fed a ton of people to.
  • Manchild: Reid profiles him as either being autistic or mentally handicapped.
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: Lucas' mental handicap leaves him highly vulnerable to manipulation by his brother, who uses him to do his killings.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Is only doing what his brother tells him out of guilt for destroying his spine. Reid speculates he might not even be capable of understanding that he's killing people.
  • No Social Skills: Twitches, easily gets confused, and can barely carry on a conversation.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Implied to be extremely volatile even before Mason manipulated him into killing.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Manchild Lucas, very much so.
  • Tragic Villain: Given the fact that he has been used by Mason to carry out his horrible experiments and never had social skills outside his brother he's still considered one of the saddest Un-Subs the team met.

    Billy Flynn 
Played by: Tim Curry
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"You think they'll remember me now?"

The villain of the Season 5 finale. Sloven and uneducated but incredibly cunning and ruthless, Flynn is a transient serial killer who travels across the country in his RV, breaking into homes at night during city-wide blackouts and robbing and killing the families inside. His M.O. of only attacking at night during blackouts earns him the nickname "The Prince of Darkness" from the media once his killings finally become public knowledge. Having attacked over 200 families in the course of 26 years across all 48 continental States, with a body count likely over 400, he's by far the worst serial killer ever faced by the BAU.


  • All There in the Manual: His name was revealed prior to "The Longest Night", on the "Our Darkest Hour" cast pages of sites like imdb or TV.com.
  • Archenemy: The fandom tends to see him as Morgan's, for obvious reasons. Between his prominence in the show, his humiliation of Morgan in their first encounter, and the way that his murder of Detective Spicer and kidnapping of Ellie turn the entire thing personal there really isn't a better candidate for the title. Morgan himself describes him this way - toward the end of "The Longest Night", when arguing with Hotch about going in to the house Flynn had just broken into, Morgan reasons with Hotch by telling him, "you had Foyet, this one's mine!"
  • Book Dumb: Billy's uneducated and can't spell, but he's smart enough to leave no evidence at his crime scenes, and has been getting away with home invasion, serial rape and murder since 1984.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How most of his victims are killed.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In contrast to Frank and the Reaper, who were Evil Genius villains in love with their own cleverness (though not without reason) and who had a taste for the theatrical, Flynn is an uneducated slob who's in it mostly to enjoy the violence, with no particular interest in playing Criminal Mind Games with the police. This is a similar contrast as that between the highly theatrical Zodiac Killer and the more straightforwardly brutal Richard "the Nightstalker" Ramirez, the real life killers on which the Reaper and Billy Flynn were based off of.
  • The Corrupter: Wants to raise Ellie to follow in his footsteps.
  • Cruel Mercy: Often leaves behind a survivor of his attacks, so there will be someone to remember him. He gets off on having this power to decide who lives and who dies.
  • Dark Is Evil: Works during a planned blackout.
  • Darkness = Death: Kills at night.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Rapes (and murders) men and women alike. Given that he himself was repeatedly raped by his mother's clients, it's likely his ideas of what constitute proper sexuality are entirely shattered.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Meth to be exact. It's what lets him stay up all night.
  • Enfant Terrible: Killed his mother and one of her clients when he was thirteen, apparently forcing the latter to beg for his life before shooting him.
  • Evil Brit: Curry can't quite suppress his British accent.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He fails to understand why Ellie would turn on him. You know, after he killed her grandparents, beat and raped her aunt and shot her father in front of her.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He is played by Tim Curry after all.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Between the drug abuse, the late nights, the high-risk lifestyle, the bad food, and constantly being on the run from the cops, Billy's a wreck, with bad posture, terrible teeth and breath, a distinctly unhealthy looking body, and baggy, bloodshot eyes.
  • Evil Mentor: To Ellie Spicer, teaching her how to lie, steal, and kill with the best of them.
  • Evil Old Folks: Chronologically he's only in his mid-fifties, but looks a lot older thanks to two decades of smoking meth and not sleeping.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Due to being played by Tim Curry.
  • Expy: Of Frank. Both are prolific serial killers, who travel from location to location, have been active for decades, have killed more victims than anyone else appearing in the show, serve as That One Case for one of the agents (and the Final Boss of a season), have one person they can empathise with, and got their start because of their prostitute mothers. Since their modus operandi, appearance, and presentation are radically different, with Frank being a smarter-than-thou Smug Snake with a professorial air, and Billy an uneducated, meth-addicted thug this is harder to notice than you'd think.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Since Detective Spicer only had a kid because he allowed him to live years earlier, Flynn developed a kind of "grandfather delusion" towards Spicer's daughter, who he tries to make his sidekick.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 5.
  • Forced to Watch: If he's in the mood for some rape, he'll force someone (usually the victim's children) to watch. His own mother would force him to watch her have sex.
  • Freudian Excuse: His early life was truly horrible: his mother was a hooker; she made him watch, and later pimped him out to paedophilic clients. This is however defied by JJ. She refuses to empathize with him, and says that as horrible as his upbringing was it doesn't justify what he's doing. In fact it makes it worse, since he of all people knows how bad it is.
  • A God Am I: "I decide who dies, but mostly, I decide who lives. I'm like... God."
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He chain smokes cigarettes when he's not smoking meth. Both contribute to his bad teeth and are signs of his ultimately self-destructive nature.
  • Heel Realisation: Which prompts his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Large Ham: He has some moments. Being played by Tim Curry surely helps.
  • Mercy Kill: Over the years he eventually came to rationalize his mother's murder as this. However, he's fully aware that this version is a post-rationalization, and actually questions whether he made it up to make himself feel better, showing a level of self-reflectiveness which is really unusual for the murderers on the show.
  • Narcissist: His final crime spree is motivated by a desire to take credit for Detective Spicer's career and he is obsessed with listening to news reports about himself (to the extent that he stops in mid-rape to listen to a news flash on the radio).
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He owes a lot to Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, who was mentioned repeatedly in both episodes.
  • Not So Different: From Ellie, as invoked by JJ. It works.
  • Parental Substitute: Wants to be a grandparental substitute for Ellie. She's not interested.
  • Pet the Dog: His release of Ellie. Even before that, his treatment of her is surprisingly gentle, given who and what he is. As Billy himself notes, "I was nice to you."
  • Red Right Hand: His teeth. It's noted in the episode that Billy has a physical flaw that he's very ashamed of and this drives his violence. The teeth, scarred by meth, and malnutrition, are it, and highlight his villainy for the audience and his difference to himself.
  • Scary Teeth: Courtesy of smoking lots of meth.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his mother.
  • Serial Killer: Up to Eleven, in all likelihood having in the neighborhood of four hundred victims. For the curious, this likely makes him (within the context of the show, of course) either the most- or second-most prolific murderer in human history.
  • Serial Rapist: He rapes the men and women alike.
  • Slasher Smile: It's Tim Curry. Were you expecting any other kind?
  • Smug Snake: Despite being an uneducated slob, he still has a grandiose, scenery-chewing smugness befitting a Time Curry character.
  • Son of a Whore: Part of what caused his issues.
  • Suicide by Cop: Forces Morgan to kill him.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: J.J. contacts him through the national emergency broadcasting system and convinces him to release Ellie with a moving speech from a mother to a broken son. He then confronts Morgan with the express purpose of dying by Suicide by Cop.
  • That One Case: For Morgan.
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: The word "slovenly" comes to mind.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Has some elements of Richard Ramirez, better known as the Night Stalker.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Our Darkest Hour" and "The Longest Night".
  • Villainous Breakdown: After hearing JJ's radio address.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Doesn't initially act like it, being a sadist who's ended and/or ruined over 400 lives, but when his Freudian Excuse finally gets out, he gets more sympathetic and self-reflective — even invoking Suicide by Cop to let Morgan avenge said lives (and end Flynn's own mental pain).
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Played with. If his victims have children, he'll leave them alive, but witnessing their parents' murders will inevitably traumatize them.

    Ian Doyle 
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"Hello, Lauren."

An Arc Villain whose presence is felt throughout Season 6 of the show. A breakaway IRA terrorist and international criminal mastermind with a connection to Emily Prentiss' past. Escaping from prison early in Season 6, he begins hunting down Emily and all of her former team members from Interpol.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Spends his last moments apologizing to his son.
  • Anti-Villain: Becomes one in "It Takes A Village", helping the BAU stop a rival terrorist to save his son.
  • Archenemy: Doyle is to Prentiss as The Reaper is to Hotch.
  • Arc Villain: Of Season Six.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How most of his victims are disposed of, though he's not adverse to knives and poison.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He's an international terrorist and criminal mastermind rather than a typical pathological serial killer.
  • The Dragon: A mook named Liam appears to fill this role.
  • Has a Type: Brunettes, possibly with a ruthless streak considering Emily in her Lauren Reynold's persona and Chole Donaghy.
  • It's Personal: Has quite the grudge against Emily, more so than anyone else he's after. And with good reason, too. She went undercover as a fellow arms dealer, Doyle fell in love with her, proposed what amounted to marriage to her, and expressed a desire for children with her. After his arrest, he found out that she'd been a spy, and believed she was responsible for the death of his son, Declan.
    • And she was, though his death was actually faked. While trying to tell him this she accidentally makes it seem like she actually murdered the boy, which takes this trope Up to Eleven for about 5 seconds, when she explains he's still alive and she had him in hiding.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: A wealthy international terrorist/criminal mastermind, Prentiss notes Interpol can track him by his money trail, as he will be unable to resist living extravagantly even when on the run from every major government on Earth.
  • Monster Sob Story: Doyle was led to believe that his painfully adorable son had been executed, as a ploy to help the North Koreans break him.
  • Never Found the Body: A big question fans are all asking—what happened to Doyle and where did he disappear to? Is he dead, or did he escape? As of "It Takes A Village," he's gone. Permanently.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: It's never really elaborated how a breakaway IRA terrorist can afford a huge mansion and enough firepower and equipment to run a small army, though given how much heat he was getting from Interpol he was probably involved in some very lucrative international criminal activity.
  • Really Gets Around: The list of his exes is pretty long.
  • Recurring Character: Appeared in several episodes
  • Revenge Before Reason: Doyle keeps threatening to kill Emily but takes so long to do it, he is thwarted—despite all outward appearances...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Killing everyone responsible for putting him away, Emily included.
  • Serial Killer: Technically he is one, as one by one he tracks down and murders all the Interpol agents who were responsible for his capture ( and who he holds responsible for the supposed death of his son). Though his motives are straightforward revenge rather than the more pathological motivations typically attributed to serial killers.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Liam does this several times.
  • Tattooed Crook: A four-leaf clover on the wrists of him and his followers.
  • That One Case: For Prentiss.
  • Western Terrorists: Headed an offshoot of the IRA.
  • White Mask of Doom: Worn by him and his Mooks.
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    Thomas Yates (The Womb Raider) 
Played by: Adam Nelson
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"Agent Rossi... Nice to meet you after all these years..."

  • Abusive Parents: His grandmother abused him.
  • And I Must Scream: Removed the reproductive systems of some of his later victims while they were alive and after starving them for days.
  • Cute and Psycho: When he was 15 years old. He snapped after a bully tormented him and stabbed him to death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ever since the day he was born, it was all downhill from there.
  • Disappeared Dad: Naturally, since he was the product of a stranger rape.
  • Evil Laugh: In a flashback sequence, after he's done cutting up one of his victims and turns the TV on to see a news broadcast of Rossi being interviewed about him at one of his dump sites.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Justified, considering the abuse he got from his grandmother. "Profiling 202" also explains that it partially comes from the abandonment he felt because his mother died giving birth to him.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In "Profiling 202", because of his terminal cancer.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: One reason why he commits Suicide by Cop.
  • Obfuscating Disability: While he is dying of lung cancer, he specifically fakes a coughing fit to put a victim off guard.
  • Pyromaniac: Started a few fires when he was a teenager.
  • Punny Name: Or nickname, in this case. Yates is nicknamed "The Womb Raider" by the media, and while this is in reference to his tendency of removing the reproductive systems of his later victims, it also seems to be a reference to the Tomb Raider series.
  • Sadistic Choice: While holding a hostage, he gives Rossi a choice: if he shoots him, he will not get to know where his undiscovered victims are buried; and if he doesn't shoot him, he will kill his hostage.
  • Serial Killer: With a whopping 101 victims (and he remembers all of them).
  • Smug Snake: His demeanor is actually pretty similar to Frank Breitkopf.
  • Suicide by Cop: How he dies in "Profiling 202", at the hands of none other than Rossi.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Sure, he's a monster with a body count of over 100 victims. But with his backstory? It's not hard to see why he's a monster.
  • That One Case: For Rossi.
  • Tragic Monster: Though he doesn't act like in a way that will make you feel sorry for him it still counts.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Profiling 101". Returns five seasons later in "Profiling 202", when he escapes from prison.

    Matthew Downs and the Face Cards 
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Top Left:Izzy Rogers, Top Right:Matthew Downs, Bottom Left:Chris Stratton, Bottom Right:Oliver "Ollie" Stratton
Played by: Evan Jones, Seth Laird, Tricia Helfer, and Josh Randall

The villains of the Season 7 finale, a gang of ultra-violent bank robbers who are unaware that their two leaders are secretly domestic terrorists planning a major strike against the United States.


  • Abusive Parents: Implied for Izzy. His name was Henry and he had blond hair, so Izzy takes her rage at him out on JJ's son.
  • Bald of Evil: Oliver, and Chris has a buzz-cut, as well.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Chris.
  • Designated Girl Fight: JJ vs. Izzy, probably surpassed only by Hotch vs. Foyet as the most epic fight the series has had so far. Also justified in that It's Personal: Izzy abducted Will and went after JJ's son.
  • The Dragon: Izzy to Matthew. As The Queen she also plays Dragon-in-Chief to Chris.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Izzy, when she's talking to Will and Henry.
  • Femme Fatale: Izzy is an archetypical one. She even wears black leather.
  • Final Boss: Of season 7.
  • For the Evulz: The only reason Matthew and Izzy do all the terrible things they do is that it gets them high, essentially.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Queen is easily the most evil member of the group.
  • Harmful to Minors: Izzy does not seem to like children; she shot one at one of her previous robberies, shot a father in front of his daughter in the robbery the episode focuses on, and psychologically screws with poor little Henry LaMontagne.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: All things considered, the Strattons are kind of pathetic, and their caring for each other makes it difficult to properly hate them.
  • It's All About Me: Matthew, whose entire motivation is that he was kicked out of the Marines for being a jackass and feels like the world owes him somehow.
  • Lack of Empathy: Izzy; it's implied all the empathy was beaten, or possibly even molested, out of her by her grandfather. Matthew too, with no known Freudian Excuse.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: And, as Izzy would probably be quick to remind you, one woman.
  • Mauve Shirt: Oliver, who dies less than halfway into the first episode of the two-parter.
  • Morality Pet: The Stratton brothers to each other.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: While Chris Stratton could still be considered a serious threat, Izzy is by far portrayed as the most dangerous member of the team. Somewhat downplayed when Matthew arrives.
  • Outlaw Couple: Matthew and Izzy.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Matthew
  • The Sociopath: Matthew, who does and orders others to do terrible things while smugly grinning all the while. Izzy has shades of this, too; her favorite method of killing people is shooting them in the stomach, as that's the slowest and most painful place to bleed out from. In-show, Izzy is one of the few characters to actually be profiled as a straight-up psychopath, possessing no empathy, extreme rage, and poor impulse control, beneath a facade of intelligence and charm.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Izzy and Matthew are both disgraced ex-military.
  • Theme Naming: They're the Face Cards: Chris the King, Izzy the Queen, and Oliver the Jack, plus mastermind Matthew, who doesn't take part in the robberies.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It's mentioned that Izzy already killed one in the past. And then she comes after JJ's son.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Matthew pretends to be a hostage.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Izzy does this to Chris. It's not entirely clear whether this killed him, but she shot him three times in the stomach and then abandoned him, while he was still alive, in a place where he'd have no medical care, so it seems likely.

    The Replicator (John Curtis) 
Played by: Mark Hamill
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"You never appreciated me, none of you. I gave you my life, and you rejected me."

The Arc Villain of Season 8, the Replicator stalks the BAU team throughout the entire season, killing victims using M.O.s copied from the various UnSubs encountered by the BAU during the season.


  • Adorkable: Was this before becoming a Fallen Hero, Blake described him as intelligent and socially isolated.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sees himself as one for the entire BAU. He isn't wrong.
  • Arc Villain: Of season 8. More prominently than the Reaper or Ian Doyle, as he's introduced in the first episode of the season and lasts right up until the final episode.
  • Ax-Crazy: His end game involved blowing the entire team up in a rigged explosion.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: While Hidden in Plain Sight he wears the traditional FBI suit and tie.
  • Bad Boss: Whatever he said to his dragon Donnie Bidwell over the phone, it made him kill himself.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Blake described him as socially isolated, little did she know that one small push could cause him to become a full blown sociopath, and the greatest enemy the BAU has ever faced.
  • Big Bad: Of season 8.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Adam Worth/Diane Turner.
  • Bigger Bad: Of "Carbon Copy".
  • Breaking Speech: Gave one to Strauss while painfully killing her.
  • Calling Card: He leaves pictures of the team at his crime scenes.
  • Catchphrase: "Zugzwang."
  • The Chessmaster: Has a chess theme going on with his love of the word "Zugzwang"; manipulated the Unsub of Carbon Copy to kill and implicate himself as the Replicator to throw the BAU off his trail.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: To Strauss.
  • Cold Ham: His stoic personality does nothing to mask his arrogance.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents died in a car accident when he was 18.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Is basically having a fit at his demotion.
  • The Dragon: Had one in the form of a broken man named Donnie Bidwell. Unfortunately for Bidwell, when he was caught by the BAU, he called Curtis to try get advise on what to do, only to get manipulated into suicide.
  • The Dreaded: By the end of the season, the team is horrified when they learn his endgame is coming.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears throughout the season, stalking and taking pictures of the team.
  • Evil Genius: He's described as a genius in multiple fields, including computer hacking and biochemistry. His FBI employment dossier lists him as having an I.Q. of 178, compared to Reid's stated I.Q. of 187.
  • Evil Is Petty: See Disproportionate Retribution above.
  • Evil Plan: To kill the entire team in a rigged explosion after killing Strauss, he tragically succeeds in the latter.
  • Fallen Hero: Was an extremely skilled and successful FBI agent (Garcia describes him as a rockstar), but then Strauss mishandled the Amerithrax case. Strauss managed to pin the blame on him (and Alex Blake), saving herself. Strauss was fine, Blake recovered, but Curtis was transferred to Kansas. His career never fully recovered, and now he wants revenge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He always speaks calmly and politely, even while taunting Hotch about his ex-Arch-Enemy George Foyet, and torturing Strauss to death.
  • Final Boss: Of season 8.
  • Freudian Excuse: For all his sadism, Strauss DID unfairly let him take the rap for her screw up, which ruined him.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In the Season 8 finale, he hides from a massive FBI task force sent to capture him by standing around pretending to be an anonymous member of the task force. This occurs after the FBI already know his identity and appearance. It works because it's night, he knows how to blend in, and the FBI expect him to be barricaded in his compound and not standing around right in their midst.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He tries to kill the BAU team by trapping them with him after playing with them for a year, but in the end, Rossi manages to trick him and leaves him trapped in his own trap.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Blake describes him as having been brilliant but socially isolated during the time the two of them served together in the same FBI unit.
  • Jack the Ripoff: His MO is to kill his victims in the exact same way as UnSubs the BAU dealt with earlier, copying specifically the victims in Season Eight as well as an unnamed serial killer in Seattle that was active before the events of "The Silencer".
  • Jerkass: Despite his Affably Evil nature, he is still an egotistical ass.
  • Karmic Death: Tries a Taking You with Me on Rossi, but Rossi is able to escape by prying of the door with the sober medallion from the late Strauss and left to die alone.
    Rossi: Zugzwang.
  • Kick the Dog: His Cold-Blooded Torture of Strauss who dies painfully because of this torture.
  • Killer Cop: Is still very much a member of the F.B.I when he begins his rampage.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While seemingly a minor player compared to many of the much more potentially dangerous and destructive villains, Curtis is truly one of the darkest villains ever featured on this show. He is one of the few antagonist to be dreaded by the entire team, and tortured and killed a major character in probably one of the cruelest ways possible. To make it short, the series was always dark, but his arrival in season 8 is when everything went to hell.
  • Lack of Empathy: Displayed no empathy for anyone.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The BAU originally thought Donnie Bidwell was the Replicator, at least until Bidwell was Driven to Suicide.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates both the BAU and Bidwell extremely well.
  • No Social Skills: Blake described him as this, before he became something worse.
  • The Resenter: To Strauss, who cost him his job.
  • Revenge: Mostly on Strauss.
  • Sadist: It is clear he enjoyed torturing Strauss to death.
  • Serial Killer: Is one, he also manipulated a man named Donnie Bidwell to become one as well.
  • Shout-Out: He likes using Adam Worth as his alias, who as Reid points out, was the inspiration for Moriarty.
  • Smug Snake: Views himself as the greatest enemy of the BAU.
  • The Sociopath: Curtis manipulates others, treated his dragon like an object, and cares for no one but himself.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Comes with being a Cold Ham.
  • Taking You with Me: At the end he triggers his deathtrap himself to try and take Rossi with him ("We'll go out as heroes"), but Rossi outwits him and leaves him to die to his own trap.
  • That One Case: For the entire team.
  • Villain Has a Point: He may be a sociopath, but he wasn't wrong when he said what Strauss did to him and Blake was screwed up.
  • Western Terrorist: Became one in his final appearance.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: But only for Strauss and Blake.
  • Wicked Cultured: He is apparently a fan of Tony Bennett.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees the entire BAU as this.

     The Human Trafficking Ring 

  • Arc Villain: Of Season 10, providing victims to several of the UnSubs faced by the BAU, as well as stalking Kate Callahan's adopted daughter Meg. However, they don't interact directly with the BAU in any way until the season finale, when they final kidnap Meg.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Their greatest strength was their secrecy. Once the BAU become aware of their existence, they fold remarkably quickly.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After stalking her for the entire season, they finally kidnap Meg in the season finale, under the rather stupid assumption that such a brazen attack against an FBI agent will discourage the FBI from investigating them. Up until that point the BAU weren't even aware of their existence. Within a few hours of getting the BAU's attention, the entire ring is completely wiped out by them.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Alex Zorgen kidnaps and brainwashed Donna Mangold, and had a son with her. The three of them run a human trafficking ring.
  • Foil: For Lucy's trafficking ring back season six's "Supply and Demand". Lucy's ring has many members, a large isolated location, and the members only communicate with payphones. This ring has only three members, and they sell their victims over the internet.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Donna Mangold who was kidnapped and brainwashed. The BAU exonerates her when she testifies.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Steven Parkett the UnSub of the Season 10 premiere was one of their clients.
  • Offing the Offspring: Alex and Kyle Zorgen get into an argument, resulting in Alex killing Kyle. The BAU uses this to get Donna to turn on the ring.
  • Serial Killer: The don't kill people themselves, but sell people to their clients so they wont have to hunt victims.

     Darknet Hitmen 

  • All There in the Manual: Though the real names of only two of the hitman group's five members are mentioned in the series, the others' real names could be seen a couple of times in a spreadsheet the BAU made of them, if one has a good enough eye.
  • Arc Villain: Of Season 11, although the hitmen themselves are all dealt with about 1/3rd of the way through the season.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How the Sniper dispatched the Assistant DEA Director.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: If you look closely at the aforementioned spreadsheet (see All There in the Manual above), a horrible and even traumatic event has happened in the past of every member of the hitman group.
  • Decomposite Character: Cat Adams and the Bomber both borrow elements from Izzy Rogers, the Final Boss of season 7. Cat inherited Izzy's psychopathic, manipulative traits and the fact that she is a female serial killer with a high body count, while the Bomber inherited Izzy's affinity for explosives. Notably, both also carried out a standoff that closely mirrored the Face Cards' hostage situation in the season 7 two-part finale.
  • Disappeared Dad: Giuseppe's father abandoned him early on in his life to start a criminal empire.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The hitmen themselves are all dealt with about a third of the way through the season, while Chazz Montolo confronts Derek (and is eventually captured by him) a few episodes before the end of the season, leaving Eric Rawdon's Anarchist Militia to serve as the Final Boss of the season.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The hitmen whose names were never verbally revealed only went by their monikers.
  • Evil Counterpart: Arguably is this to the whole BAU team.
    • Giuseppe is this to Morgan, since both have had complicated relationships with their missing fathers, and eventually followed their footsteps as adults.
    • The Sniper is this to Hotch, since both are extremely masculine and have mad sniping skills.
    • The Chemist is this to Rossi, since both are the oldest members of the group who lost their sons at a young age.
    • The Bomber is this to JJ, since both lost a relative to suicide and had some sort of military experience overseas.
    • Ms. .45 (Cat Adams) is this to Reid. See her individual entry below.
  • Foil: Barry Winslow, the group's computer expert, is this to Garcia, since both are hackers who give the rest of their respective teams "jobs" to do. Unlike Garcia, though, Winslow works for a criminal enterprise and his efforts contribute to the deaths of people, rather than their rescues. However, because he's actually a hostage and not a bona fide member of the group, Winslow is not an Evil Counterpart to Garcia in the same vein as the above entry.
  • Karmic Death: The Chemist commits suicide by injecting himself with his own poison.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as both the Chemist and the captive webmaster are named Barry.
  • Perfect Poison: The Chemist uses poisons/toxins that can kill a target by its very touch and doesn't leave a trace.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: Each of the hitmen has a particular specialty, which they use as their Darknet moniker; Giuseppe Montolo specialized in making hits look like accidents, the Sniper was an expert sniper, the Chemist was a poisoner, the Bomber was a bomber, and Ms. .45 was a black widow who would get close to her targets under false pretenses, eventually either killing them or driving them to suicide.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Giuseppe began seeking out his former clients and killing them, searching for one who ordered a hit on him that ultimately failed.
  • Rugged Scar: Doubly subverted. Giuseppe has a fresh, gory wound in "The Job" (the result of a recently failed hit on him), but by his next and final appearance in "Target Rich", it has healed enough to resemble a full-fledged scar.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Cat Adams appears to be the only female member. Subverted when the Bomber turns out to be female too.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Giuseppe kept tabs on one of his clients, which he found out about and got worried over, resulting in a failed hit on Giuseppe.

     Chazz Montolo and the Ragtag Operatives 
Chazz Montolo played by Lance Henriksen
Edgar Solomon played by Charles Mesure
John Bradley played by Jonathan Cake
Griffin played by Charles S. Frank
Haji played by Khalid Ghajji
Bobbe and Inigo played by an uncredited actors

A crime lord and the father of Giuseppe Montolo. He hires a group of mercenaries to torture Morgan. After this fails he goes after Morgan himself.


  • Arc Villain: Chazz Montolo acts against Derek Morgan for the remainder of Season 11 to get revenge for his son.
  • Avenging the Villain: After Giuseppe Montolo and the other hitmen are all dealt with, Giuseppe's father Chazz Montolo shows up to avenge his son and serve as the Final Boss of the Darknet story arc as well as Derek Morgan's story arc and tenure on the show.
  • Cleanup Crew: John Bradley's role in the squad. Even when Morgan kills everyone in the cabin, he has to contact the BAU and hope they arrive before Bradley does.
  • Disappeared Dad: Chazz abandoned Giuseppe early on in his life to start a criminal empire.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: All of the Ragtag Operators were once involved in various military special forces.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of being a psychopath who had devoted himself to running his criminal empire, Chazz certainly had it in him to fake his own death and go out of his way to avenge his son Giuseppe (who he initially abandoned).
  • Evil Brit: John Bradley and Bobbe were Royal Marines, and Edgar Solomon was from the SAS.
  • Revenge by Proxy: After realizing how tough Morgan was and wanting him to suffer loss of a family member, Chazz shoots Morgan's pregnant fiance Savannah. Subverted when he reveals he deliberately shoot her while she was near a hospital so she could recover, and Morgan would go and confront him personally.
  • Torture Technician: Edgar Solomon tortures Morgan with baton beatings, and lighting white phosphorous on his chest.

     Eric Rawdon and the Anarchist Militia 
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: They attempt a terrorist attack, but they are stopped by the BAU in the nick of time.
  • The Charmer: Rawdon has his followers convinced that he's one of them. He's not.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During the prison break, Rawdon's followers killed all of the security guards and used their outfits as disguises. Then, once the inmate population took over the prison, they allowed themselves to become hostages in the confined control room. Once a SWAT team gunned down their captors and had their guard lowered, believing they had just saved hostages, that was when the followers surprised them and killed all of the officers. Then, Rawdon and his followers took the SWAT officers' clothing and intended to leave the prison disguised as them.
  • Cop Killer: Multiple law enforcement officers were killed by them during the attempted prison break.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Rawdon or the anarchist group were not mentioned in any way before "The Storm", nor was his backstory elaborated on. The moment their scheme begins to unravel, all hell breaks loose.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rawdon had his followers devise a complex scheme to frame Hotch for conspiracy, all because he wrote a profile on him that exposed his sociopathic nature.
  • Evil Gloating: Even when he's pinned to the ground by Hotch, Rawdon has this to say in regards to his bomb:
    "You'll never stop it in time. Boom."
  • Final Boss: Of season 11.
  • For the Evulz: Rawdon's followers may have political motivations for their crimes, but to Rawdon, it's never been about the politics. It was always about destruction for the sake of destruction.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Part of Rawdon's escape plan is to dress his members as prison guards and then SWAT team members.
  • Lost in a Crowd: Apparently how Rawdon and his followers intended to leave the prison.
  • Mad Bomber: Rawdon.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Rawdon and his followers kill prison guards and then an entire SWAT team for their uniforms.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Had the BAU arrived at the headquarters a minute late, the group would have already been transporting a bomb to their target.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The group broke off from the larger anarchist community and rallied under Rawdon's violent extremist rhetoric.
  • Sadist: Rawdon just wants to see a city burn.
  • The Sociopath: Rawdon, without a doubt.
  • The Stinger: The group was alluded to in a cryptic warning, by serial killer Antonia Slade, to Hotch.
  • The Stoic: For most of the prison break, Rawdon remains calm and composed as he coordinates his escape with his followers. This breaks the moment Hotch figures out his group's headquarters.
  • Terrorist Without A Cause: Rawdon, though he pretends his beliefs are aligned with those of his followers.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Rawdon realizes the BAU knows where the group's headquarters is at, he loses his cool.
  • Western Terrorist

    Peter Lewis (Mr. Scratch) 
Played by: Bodhi Elfman

  • Affably Evil: He talks in an eerily calm tone, willingly surrenders rather than fight, and barely loses his cool.
  • Arc Villain: Of Season 12.
  • Arch-Enemy: Subverted. From Season 10 to the start of Season 12, he seemed to be gearing up as Foyet 2.0 for Hotch. His actions ultimately cause Hotch to leave the BAU and go into witness protection, leaving him to play Criminal Mind Games with the rest of the team.
    • Double subverted when he tries to figure out where Hotch is by torturing the information out of Prentiss in "Wheels Up". Prentiss invokes that Lewis wants to finish what he started with Hotch in "Mr. Scratch".
  • Ascended Extra: In a way. While Lewis was the Villain of the Week of "Mr. Scratch", he was never seen in person for most of the episode, and his identity and motives weren't deduced until near the end. Then, he's caught surprisingly easy. For the rest of Season 10 and throughout most of Season 11, Lewis was mentioned only once (offhandedly during a conversation), the series focused on more serial killers and story arcs, and it seemed the events of "Mr. Scratch" (which seemed major for Hotch in particular) were never going to be addressed again. Then comes "The Storm", where Lewis returns in a cameo and has escaped by the end of the episode. The entirety of Season 12 and the beginning of Season 13 is focused on recapturing him and his continuing effect on Hotch.
  • Big "NO!": His last word.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he ambushed the BAU with a car crash, he capitalized on the team's expectation that there would be traps at the address they tracked him down at, not on the way there.
  • Composite Character: See his Expy entry below.
  • The Corrupter: Planned to be this to Jack Hotchner, but he died before he could enact that plan.
  • Disney Villain Death: At the end of "Wheels Up", he falls from a building.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He's so calm and passive despite the torture he inflicts upon his victims.
  • Expy: Of several past UnSubs.
    • Edward Hill of season 1. Both created sophisticated drug cocktails that triggered psychotic breaks in otherwise mentally healthy people (in one case, a victim attacked his son while in the midst of a psychotic break, nearly killing him).
    • Frank Breitkopf of season 2, since both are Dissonant Serene Torture Technicians who ultimately cause their respective Rivals (Gideon for Frank; Hotch for Lewis) to retire permanently.
    • George Foyet of season 4 and 5, since both served as That One Case towards Hotch because he ambushed him in a residence and tortured him, and because both also escaped from prison and forced the Hotchner family to go into witness protection.
    • Blake Wells of season 6. Both used drugs to control their victims' minds and were motivated in some way by their fathers.
    • John Curtis of season 8, since both were motivated by Revenge against multiple people, operated in multiple cities, and successfully hacked into Garcia's system. Most notably, both also set up traps for the BAU, in which they restrained a hostage to a chair rigged with a booby-trap that would be set off with any movement that said hostage made. This was taken even further in "Wheels Up", where both have now killed members of the BAU, caused two vehicles carrying the BAU to crash, and abducted team members from the crash sites, only for those team members to be rescued, resulting in their deaths.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was hypnotized to recall his dad being a child-rapist and help convict him, then snapped when the therapist responsible was discredited — meaning he (maybe) helped invoke Miscarriage of Justice on fake memories. So he sought a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the therapist and the other witnesses for ruining his family for (maybe) nothing.
  • The Heavy: Of season 12 and the first few episodes of season 13.
  • Hero Killer: Was responsible for killing team member Stephen Walker.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Though not directly, and only in "The Crimson King". He hypnotizes a man into believing he is a serial killer named Daniel Cullen, then has him commit crimes using Cullen's M.O.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always seems to be wearing black clothing with a red sweater underneath.
  • Mad Scientist: A realistic example. Using drugs, he performs unethical experiments on people with dissociative identity disorder so he could create completely new alternate personalities for them.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Usually operates behind the scenes, getting others to commit murders and other crimes for him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His M.O. involves drugging his victims and convincing them to either kill their loved ones or themselves. He was also able to convince the U.S. government that Hotch might be a terrorist plotting an attack against the BAU.
  • Mind Rape: Part of his M.O.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When he successfully Mind Rapes Hotch.
  • Not So Different: Seems to think Jack Hotchner, Hotch's son, is this to him. As a result, he wants to kill Hotch and see if that will turn Jack into Scratch Jr.
  • One Steve Limit: Happens to share the same last name as Agent Tara Lewis of the BAU team, though the two aren't related in any way.
  • Psycho Serum: What he uses to "create" his proxies.
  • Recurring Character: Has appeared in one episode each for Seasons 10, 11, and 13, and three episodes for Season 12. Though not a remarkable number compared to someone like the Replicator, he did appear in more seasons than any other UnSub featured on the show.
  • Red Herring: Halfway through Season 12, Reid appears to be Scratch's latest hypnosuggestion victim. It's actually Lindsey Vaughn impersonating Scratch's methods of psychosomatic drugging.
  • Slasher Smile: Flashes a rather disconcerting one at Hotch as he is taken into custody. This is carried over to Season 12.
  • Smug Snake: While he's being taken away, he looks at Hotch and taps his forehead, mockingly telling him that he was able to get inside his head.
  • The Sociopath: Though the BAU didn't profile him as one, it's hard to deny it considering all the pain and terror he put so many people, including the BAU themselves, through, with no empathy from him whatsoever.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Always talks in an eerily calm tone.
  • The Strategist: As a mathematical genius, it's one of his major characteristics. Subverted, however, in "Wheels Up", when he didn't set up traps for the BAU at the building he was keeping Prentiss in for good measure, which is odd considering he had always been so Crazy-Prepared before. In his defense, however, he possibly thought the rest of the team would be incapacitated and/or dead from the car crash, and simply did not account for Reid not being in the SUVs, as well as Alvez suffering only minor injuries and Matthew Simmons joining the BAU fold.
  • That One Case: For the entire team, arguably on par with the Replicator because he forced Hotch to leave the BAU and go into witness protection, and also because he killed Stephen Walker.
  • The Cameo: Has a small physical reappearance in "The Storm", though it turns out to be significant given his Sixth Ranger role in the episode's events and the fact that he has ultimately escaped.
  • Torture Technician: It's his specialty.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Mr. Scratch". It is later subverted, when he unexpectedly becomes a more prominent recurring villain from the end of Season 11 to the beginning of Season 13.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Nearly had one in "Mr. Scratch", when Hotch reminds him that he was manipulated into putting his innocent father away in jail. But finally, he has one right before his death.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After all that he's done to the BAU in the past couple of years, he begs Alvez to help him when he's hanging off a ledge. Not unexpectedly, that doesn't go well for him.

    Lindsey Vaughn 
Played by: Gia Mantegna

  • Ascended Extra: Went from one of two abduction victims in the third season to a manipulative hitwoman in the twelfth season.
  • Bitch Understudy: To Cat Adams.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: She loved Cat dearly and was her very cunning partner-in-crime, but the moment she realized the love was not truly reciprocated, she pulled the plug on her whole plan.
  • Daddy's Girl: She was very supportive of her father.
  • Damsel in Distress: Her role in "3rd Life".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. She was raised by a hitman, and though her father never abused her in any way, his job kept putting her in danger and it eventually resulted in the loss of her mother.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Her father turned against the mob because he wanted to spare her from the violent life he led. It didn't work.
  • Expy: Of Lachlan McDermott, an accomplice of Chloe Donaghy in the season 7 premiere, in several key ways.
    • Both were members of three-person groups that were motivated by vendettas against an individual (Ian Doyle for McDermott, Reid for Lindsey), with the abduction of a family member playing a key role in the plan (in McDermott's case, it was the abduction of Declan, Doyle's son; while in Lindsey's case, it was the abduction of Diana, Reid's mother).
    • Both of their vendettas began when the individual in question interacted with a close family member of theirs (Doyle killed McDermott's brother, while Reid tried to talk Lindsey's father Jack out of one last contract killing).
    • Both turned against their leaders during standoffs with the BAU, due to an action taken by Reid. In McDermott's case, it was Reid's idea to exchange Doyle for Declan, which led to McDermott double-crossing Chloe. In Cat's case, Reid got her to confess the truth about who truly fathered her baby, which led to Lindsey's surrender and subsequent arrest.
  • If You Kill Him She Will Be Just Like You: Reid pleaded with her father not to kill one of her abductors in front of her in part because it might corrupt her and lead her to violence later down the line. As it happens, Reid was far more right than he could have imagined.
  • Like Father Like Daughter: Lindsey's father was a ruthless mob hitman who went on a rampage to save her after she was kidnapped by some random lowlifes who had no idea whose kid they were messing with. She proves plenty tough while captive and even tells her captors to their face that they're going to die. Nine years after her ordeal, she's turned into a ruthless killer just like her dad, even using his Weapon of Choice to perform her kills.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Revealed to have a relationship with Cat Adams in the season 12 finale.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Downplayed. She is of average stature but is perfectly capable of wielding an IMI Desert Eagle, one of the larger and stronger handguns currently in the market. Lewis actually invokes this.
  • Recurring Character: Has appeared in six episodes, two of them through flashbacks.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Initially, and by proxy. After she was Forced to Watch the "3rd Life" Big Bad and his cronies kill her best friend and then attempt to do the same to her, you really can't blame her for wanting Revenge and begging dear old dad to turn the guy's head into cherry pie. Even if it does end up affecting her in exactly the way Reid feared — in which case, she subverts this in her later appearances.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Given that the BAU helped to save her life from dangerous kidnappers in season 3, her actions against the team in general and Reid in particular can come across as this given that Reid was one of the agents who rescued her, though to be "fair" to her, she may have resented him for pleading for the lives of one of those kidnappers before her dad shot him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Discovering that Cat really wanted Reid left her pissed, and she immediately cut herself loose from Cat's plan to kill Diana.
  • Walking Spoiler: Many of her tropes are marked as spoilers.
  • Weapon of Choice: Inherited the gun her father used in his contract kills.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As soon as Lionel Wilkins, Cat's other accomplice, finishes helping her imprison Diane Reid, she shoots him dead.

    Catherine "Cat" Adams (Miss .45) 
Played by: Aubrey Plaza

  • Alas, Poor Villain: You can't help but feel sympathy for her when she thinks she's about to get some closure regarding her Disappeared Dad, only to find an empty police truck.
  • Arch-Nemesis: For Reid.
  • Ax-Crazy: She was quite vicious in her first appearance, but her time in solitary confinement rendered her a total psychopath.
  • The Baby Trap: She played this card on Reid rather deviously. She became pregnant with the baby of Lionel Wilkins after having sex with him just to make Spencer think it was their baby. She apparently had Lindsey off Lionel after he was no longer needed for her overarching revenge plot, and it was implied that she strung him along from the beginning with the promise of rewarding him with sexual favors. And since she was only three months pregnant at the time, it was impossible to tell that she was going to have a mixed-race baby.
  • Batman Gambit: She used the fact that Reid lied about her dad and their complicated relationships with their fathers as a shared platform to exact revenge on him, since he brought her down in a similar manner. Likewise, she does this to use Reid's best weapons of psychological warfare against him by matching them with her own.
  • Bi the Way: She was in a relationship with Lindsey Vaughn but also had a love child through Lionel Wilkins. But the one attraction that supersedes all of them is the one towards Reid.
  • Beneath the Mask: Reid manages to break her down over the course of "Entropy", to the point where she seems to empathize with him over the revelation of his mother's Alzheimer's.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: She and Lindsey Vaughan are the reason why Reid is in prison during the second half of Season 12.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Interrupts the pursuit of Peter Lewis when Reid realizes Lindsey's role in his drugging, and then the BAU realizes they're chasing after the wrong enemy.
  • Bored with Insanity: Reid notes that she's in this camp.
    Reid: Psychopaths get bored very easily.
  • Black Widow: Her favorite targets are married men who hire her to kill their wives, only to turn the tables and kill them instead.
  • The Chessmaster: Used Lindsey as a proxy to exact revenge on Reid.
  • Composite Character: See her Expy entry below.
  • Cry Cute: Actually cries a little bit when Spencer brings up what he did to get her imprisoned. This seems to show she's hurt deep down by what he did.
  • Daddy Issues: The motivation for her killings — her unfaithful and abusive father was responsible for the death of her mother, went to prison, and was then released scot-free, now she kills any man who reminds her of him.
    Reid: You'd be surprised how many criminals do what they do because of their parents.
  • Death Glare: Stares daggers into Reid several times, most notably after being duped into boarding a police armored car.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Subverted. One of the most prolific criminals the team has ever encountered and Reid's Arch-Enemy in Season 11, returns in Season 12 as nothing more than an accomplice to another female contract killer who appears to be The Chessmaster of the duo, but little did she know that it is the other way around.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tried to track down her father for a long time. Reid lied to her about finding him to get lure her into her arrest, triggering her vicious descent into outright villainy.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: She has some really big and unhealthy looking bags her eyes from many sleepless nights in imprisonment.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the cases where one of their clients turned out to be a husband with children who wanted his wife killed, Cat would take the contract but then kill the client rather than the wife, due to her childhood trauma stemming from her father's murder of her mother.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Reid. She has had a troubled relationship with one of her parents, and a file on her says she is a genius and a master at problem-solving. Unlike Reid, however, she is a psychopathic Serial Killer who uses her intellect in Criminal Mind Games.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She develops a banter with Reid but is still a ruthless, psychopathic Serial Killer.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: BIG TIME. Solitary confinement turned her a total lunatic.
  • Hannibal Lecture: She accuses Reid of taking pleasure out of poisoning the contraband narcotics several prisoners were taking. It backfires.
    Cat: You enjoyed hurting those people, didn't you...? Once you cross that line, you can never come back.
    Reid: Watch me.
  • Hidden Villain: During the second half of season 12.
    • Hidden Agenda Villain: Once her identity is uncovered, she flips to this, and Spencer has to meticulously probe her damaged psyche to uncover the real reason why she went to all the trouble to torment him and his mother.
  • Honor Before Reason: She follows her own set of rules and does not resort to dirty tricks even when they would give her an advantage.
  • Imagine Spot: This was how she survived prison life, by daydreaming, or as she put it so eloquently, making her mind go to other places. She has Reid enter one with her in the Season 12 finale, by having him imagine she's the first woman he's met after getting out of prison where she looks a lot more dolled up and groomed than her disheveled post-solitary confinement look.
  • It's All About Me: She is admittedly a completely selfish villain in it for her own gain, not caring who she hurts or uses along the way.
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: Her imprisonment turned her into a monstrous sadist who wants to make Reid see they are Not So Different in return for the dirty trick he pulled on her to defeat her the first time around.
  • Kick the Dog: Every thing she does over the course of Season 12 is designed to break Reid. When they meet face-to-face, she reveals her inside knowledge of Reid's past and taunts him over the deaths of his former mentor, as well as his girlfriend, even claiming his girlfriend's death helped result in her rise as a criminal. When Cat starts mimicking her, Reid lunges at Cat and nearly strangles her to death, even after learning she was pregnant, forcing JJ to put him in the cooler.
  • Lack of Empathy: Reid even mentions this as the reason she is not cut out for motherhood. It's simply not in her nature to care for another human being. Briefly subverted in "Entropy", when Reid tells her about his mother's Alzheimer's, though it doesn't last.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Specializes in inflicting psychological torture to kill her victims. According to her, if she does it right, sometimes her targets will even pull the trigger themselves. This is especially applicable to Lindsey. When Lindsey realized her place in Cat's grand scheme, she immediately called her out on it and really called her a bitch.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: The member of the Hitman Network with the highest body count.
  • Not So Different: Her end goal is to reduce Reid to admitting this by chipping away at his morality and molding him into an Anti-Hero, and he does. However, Reid then resolves to bounce back to being in the clean once more.
  • Put on a Bus: She is arrested at the end of "Entropy", with the strong implication she'll be returning in the future.
  • Serial Killer: Described as the member of the Hitman Network with the highest body count. As fellow hitwoman Sharon Mayford was said to be responsible for 173 deaths in one event, Cat's death toll may be well over 200.
  • The Sociopath: She's manipulative, charming, and perfectly willing to blow up an entire street of innocent people to spite Reid.
  • Tranquil Fury: She never loses her composure. She simply radiates a quiet and looming malice.
  • The Vamp: Specializes in seduction and learns everything — physical, psychological, and emotional — about the men she kills.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A subtle one, but after Reid delivers his final Shut Up, Hannibal! to her when he finds out his mother is safe and her accomplice has ditched her, you can see her openly weeping as Reid leaves the room.
  • Weapon of Choice: Silences her victims using a .45-caliber handgun, hence her nickname.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Well, they're both women, but it still counts: She's Lindsey Vaughn's villainy coordinator.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Reid as her equal.
  • Yandere: What she's become by season 12. She even openly hits on Reid with the highly creepy pet nickname "Spencie".
  • Xanatos Gambit: Set in motion a plan to utterly crush Reid by making sure Diana would die no matter what. Too bad Lindsey objected to being the second banana instead of her object of affection.

Other Notable UnSubs

    Vincent Perotta 
Played by: Patrick Kilpatrick

Vincent "Vinny" Perotta was a mafia hitman who operated as a misandrist serial killer on the side, with a bodycount of over a hundred. After murdering his first female victim, Vinny become highly agitated, and left behind evidence for the first time in his career, leading to his arrest at the hands of the BAU. Profiled as possessing co-morbid antisocial and paranoid personality disorders, Vinny is a sadistic thug and an emotionally stunted man whose ability to interact with the world around him has been virtually destroyed by his abusive father.


  • Abusive Dad: He and his mother were the victims of his violently abusive father.
  • Axe-Crazy: Violently and dangerously unhinged, with diagnoses of both antisocial and paranoid personality disorders.
  • The Brute: His position in Michael Russo's mafia. He's not trusted with any real authority, but no one other than Michael can give him orders, and he's brought in when they need someone horrifically killed.
  • Cop Killer: There are several police officers on the wall of photos displaying his victims. He also tries to kill Jimmy, an undercover FBI agent, though he's prevented from doing so just in time.
  • Creepy Monotone: Most of his dialogue is issued in the same flat monotone.
  • Does Not Like Men: A rare male example. Vinny sees his father in most other adult men, and tries to kill him again and again.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in his mafia gang, including his own boss, are scared of this guy, and even the BAU seem intimidated as they start investigating the case and start piecing together what they are up against.
  • Eaten Alive: His favorite torture involves leaving the poor victim to suffer this from a swarm of rats.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Loved his mother and becomes extremely distressed when Hotch begins talking about her.
  • Evil Counterpart: Invoked by Hotch when he brings up their mutual abuse at the hands of their fathers. Vinny seems to recognize it as well, though he doesn't vocalize it.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's a victim of his father, whose relentless abuse of both Vinny and his mother reinforced and exaggerated the boy's antisocial tendencies and gave him paranoid personality disorder on top of it, as he could never know when the next blow was coming. Killing his father was the final moment in Perotta's development into the dead-eyed killing machine he is in the present day, and it's made clear, though never outright stated, that he continues to see his father's face over-top of those of the men he kills.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He's modeled on Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski, a Mafia hitman who moonlighted as a serial killer and whose fractured psyche was very much a product of his abusive father.
  • Hitman with a Heart: It's well-hidden, but when he's put in a position where he has to break his unspoken rules and kill a woman, he kills her painlessly. This then triggers his devolution, as he fails to cope with what he's done and starts screwing up.
  • Hunting "Accident": How he likely killed his father.
  • Knife Nut: His weapons of choice are knives, both for murder and torture.
  • Lack of Empathy: Outside of his mother, Vinny's incapable of empathy for anyone.
  • The Mafia: Works for Baltimore Mafia boss Michael Russo.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted. There are ten other Vincent's in Russo's mob.
  • The Paranoiac: Profiled as possessing paranoid personality disorder, Vinny sees the entire world as being out to get him, and distrusts everyone in his life.
  • Patricide: Heavily suggested to have killed his father in the "hunting accident" that claimed Frank Perotta's life.
  • Professional Killer: Vinny's a professional hitman with a permanent mob contract. Not that this stops him from killing on the side.
  • Psycho for Hire: An unusually literal example. Vinny's a sadistic psychopath who has found employment as a mob hitman.
  • Sadist: One of the few non-sexual sadists on the show, Vinny derives emotional, but not sexual, release from torturing and killing men.
  • The Sociopath: The first "pure psychopath" to appear on the show.
  • The Stoic: Vincent has almost no facial expression and rarely raises his voice. Only Hotch mentioning his mother is able to break through.
  • Torture Technician: A highly effective torturer with saw-toothed knives and fire alike. His crime scenes are identifiable from the marks his torture leaves on the bones.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Natural Born Killer"
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Vinny targets men both as an assassin and as a serial killer. The first time he violates this rule, it sends him into a nervous breakdown.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Feeds his victims to rats while they are alive.

    Mark Gregory 
Played by: Andy Comeau

  • Captive Date: He stages romantic dinners with his victims, then tortures and drowns them.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother cheated on his father, and his father was too spineless to call her out on it.
  • Making a Splash: He kills his victims by drowning.
  • Master of Disguise: He's the only UnSub whose identity is know by the BAU in advance, but the local authorities need help catching them because he keeps changing his appearance.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed : Gregory was clearly based on infamously successful real life serial killer Ted Bundy. Their MO is practically identical, charming and convincing attractive young women into following them to secluded areas and then killing them. Gregory's use of the "cripple carrying groceries " disguise was directly lifted from Bundy. Also, much like Bundy, he devolves from using elaborate plans to plain snatching women, which made it possible to catch him. While Gregory devolves after a couple of days, Bundy took years to devolve).
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Charm and Harm"
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts out luring his victims with a ruse and staging romantic dinners with them, but eventually devolves to simply abducting and killing them immediately as the BAU closes in on him.
  • Wicked Cultured: As seen when he discusses the qualities of fine Scotch whiskey over a gourmet steak dinner with one of his victims.

    Paul and John Mulford 
Played by: Jim Parrack and Jake Richardson

  • Alas, Poor Villain: The conclusion of "Open Season" sees Paul getting shot fatally for refusing to let the target who wounded his brother go and mumbling Johnny's name as he dies; Johnny, who has Gideon staying with him and gently trying to keep him calm, hears the gunshots and breaks down crying just before dying himself.
  • The Archer: The compound bow is their Weapon of Choice - requires precision for an efficient kill.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: A hunting supply shopkeeper casually reflects that their late uncle, who taught them to hunt humans, was "a quiet man". She also claims that Johnny is a Shrinking Violet, and that she thought it was kind of endearing.
  • Death by Irony/Hoist by His Own Petard: Paul's the better hunter of the two of them and insists that they shouldn't go for easy kills either of two occasions during the episode that they have their victims cornered. They end up keeping them alive long enough for their main target to turn the tables on them and hunt them back.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Profiled as having an "us against them" mentality, and were practically each other's only company growing up. They're obviously close, and behavior by each of them when the other is in danger is what gets them caught.
  • The Family That Slays Together: They were raised by and picked up human-hunting from their uncle, and kept on as Siblings in Crime after he passed away.
  • Giggling Villain: Mostly Johnny. Murder clearly tickles them pink.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Their modus operandi.
  • Ironic Echo: "He's all I have." First said to the B.A.U. by the father of one of their victims; later said by Johnny while he's begging the team not to kill his brother.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A wounded Johnny clings to Paul and tells him "no" before Paul leaves him by a campfire to try finishing off their target regardless.
  • Suicide by Cop: The team surround Paul with their guns pointed when he finally has Bobbi cornered, ordering him to drop his bow. He pauses for just a moment - and then tries to take the shot anyway. Since they would've opened fire on him even if he'd hit her, it comes off as this with a side of Taking You with Me.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Open Season".

    Charles Holcombe 
Played by: Tahmus Rounds

An obsessive "housecleaner" who views himself as clearing the streets of the homeless, Charles Holcombe uses his old meatpacking plant as a maze and killing centre, running the victims through his labyrinth before killing and dismembering them.


  • The Butcher: He has inherited a meatpacking plant from his late father and uses it to torture and eventually dismember his victims.
  • Death Course: The way he has modified the meatpacking plant his family owned. His maze includes such disturbing features as gas vents and vicious dogs to keep victims moving, identical rooms and dead ends to keep victims confused, a room with the floor covered with broken glass, and a room with parts of his previous victims suspended by chains from the ceiling.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Jigsaw-esque vigilante. His maze is designed to be inescapable, meaning that he has no intention to "redeem" his victims, not that he cares if they have committed crimes or are just social outcasts. Holcombe is just a classist, sociopathic sadist who rationalizes his urges as an improvement to society.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Detective McGee. Both suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, have lost their own fathers and focus on street people.
  • The Faceless: His face is always hidden behind a surgical mask, and isn't shown until after the police guns him down to stop him from killing his latest victim.
  • Famous Last Words: "Just let me do my job!"
  • Hope Spot: He offered his victims a way out, only to knock them down with gas if they managed to reach the exit.
  • Jerkass: Is profiled as one and it helps turn his Only Friend against him.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner
    Maggie: I don't have any diseases. I just went to the clinic. I'm clean.
    Charles: You don't even know the meaning of the word. You've been judged and sentenced to death.
  • Kill the Poor: His victims are homeless people, prostitutes and junkies.
  • Knife Nut: Dismembers his victims with surgical knives.
  • Knight Templar: Believes he's doing the world a favor by eliminating "undesirables".
  • Light Is Not Good: He wears a white uniform that makes one of his victims briefly mistake him for a doctor before realizing that they are in a slaughterhouse.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He hides behind protective glasses and a surgical mask for most of the episode.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Nobody seems to notice his kidnappings since nobody notices his victims in the first place. Lampshaded by Hotch, as these exchanges illustrate:
    Hotch: What do you think happened to them, Captain?
    Capt. Wright: I told you, I don't think anything happened to them.
    Hotch: Oh, that's right. You think they all got houses and jobs.
    Hotch: What if they were cheerleaders?
    Capt. Wright: Excuse me?
    Hotch: Or teachers, or mothers? How did you put it, "Can bums even be missing?" Well, sir, they can. They can be hurt, they can be scared, and they can be killed.
  • Narcissist: To the point of sending a letter to Detective McGee accusing him of stealing credit for Charles' work.
  • No Social Skills: A very negative variation. Charles' social skills are profiled as having declined as he devolves to the point where he can no longer interact with society in any meaningful way.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His "favor" to the world is just a rationalization for his sadism.
  • Sadist: He prolongs his victims' physical and psychological suffering as much as he can.
  • Serial Killer: Of the homeless.
  • Shout-Out: In the opening scene, he's whistling "Johanna". Also, there are a lot of references to the Saw saga.
  • Smug Snake: His voice always drips with contempt.
    Charles: But you will beg, whore. They all do.
  • Super OCD: The BAU profiles him as obsessive-compulsive.
  • Torture Technician: Via his maze.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Inspired by H. H. Holmes, a serial killer in 1890s Chicago who built a fake hotel riddled with booby traps to torture and kill unwitting guests and staff.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Legacy".

    Stanley Howard 
Played by: Michael O'Keefe

  • Abusive Parents: His mother.
  • Affably Evil: He's very calm, collected and charming when he mercilessly kills his patients.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Believe it or not, he manages to profile Hotch the first time he sees him. Being a professional psychologist probably helped.
    Stanley Howard: I think your greatest fear is that you can't save everyone.
  • Catchphrase: "Is it worse than you thought?"
  • Control Freak: He likes to use his patients' fears as a form of torture.
  • Driven to Suicide: Rather than be arrested, he falls to his death in front of Hotch and Morgan. He may have also been trying to play off Hotch's fear of not saving everyone to mess with his head.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. He didn't even attend his mother's funeral. He had his own motivations, however.
  • Foreshadowing: He noticed Hotch's Samaritan Syndrome, which became prominent during the Reaper story arc.
  • For Science!: How he tries to rationalize his murders when facing Hotch.
  • Freudian Excuse: He had an abusive mother who used his fear of the dark to terrorize him.
  • I Know What You Fear: Since he specializes in patients suffering from an anxiety, he knows how to kill his patients by using that fear. He attempts to pull this on Hotch by getting inside his head.
  • Ironic Echo: He repeats his Catchphrase (this time in an affirmative way, referring to himself) before facing his worst fear, which is the loss of control.
  • Mind Rape: His modus operandi.
  • Psycho Psychologist: He's a therapist.
  • Serial Killer: Of his patients, via their fears.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Scared to Death".

     Jonny Mc Hale (True Night) 
Played by: Frankie Muniz

  • Dual Wielding: Is seen dual wielding katanas, but he's actually dual wielding machetes.
  • Ironic Echo: "You're not gonna wanna miss this".
  • Kick the Dog: He attacked a man who had nothing to do with the gang he was targeting. Luckily, the man didn't die.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Played with. He has a backstory that wouldn't be out of place in a superhero comic, and in his delusions he sees himself as a badass figure brutally slaying monsters. However, when he's not in his delusions the UnSub is portrayed as a broken, pathetic man who is barely in touch with reality. He even forgets his own murders.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: His victims were hacked to bits. In particular, Glen Hill was gutted, dismembered and then beheaded.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Pretty much his MO when it comes to dealing with the people who nearly killed him and murdered his girlfriend For the Evulz.
  • Power Born of Madness: His unexpected strength and extremely high tolerance to pain come from a severe psychotic break.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What motivates his killings.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: All his victims were gang criminals who had raped and killed his pregnant girlfriend and gutted him.
  • Vigilante Man: Goes after gang members.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "True Night".
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even the team feel sorry for him.

    Jeremy Andrus 
Played by: Christopher Allen Nelson

  • Break the Haughty: His preferred victims are women with influential, high-paying jobs, but since he's a misogynist who expects women to be submissive, he's the only one who sees these women as "haughty", and is trying to break them for that reason. Otherwise, no evidence is given that any of his victims were any more stuck up than their male counterparts. The only one who comes close is Agent Morris, who is egotistical and trying to use his case to gain personal fame, but he gets arrested before he can follow through on her.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Acts out "rehearsal fantasies", wherein he wears the clothes of his victims while listening to recordings of their torture and pleasuring himself, so he can relive their pain while preparing to take his next victim.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: During his rehearsal fantasies.
  • Electric Torture: The method he eventually chose when he started killing.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Agent Morris. Both of them are using his crimes to make names for themselves and become famous.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Is motivated by his hatred of women.
  • Narcissist: He intentionally stopped paying the rent on his storage unit so the authorities would find his writings because he not only wanted them to know he existed (he'd been killing for six years straight without anyone noticing), he wanted them to be able to chart his entire killing spree from beginning to end. The attention his case attracts feeds his ego and allows him to relive his murders in a new way.
  • Serial Killer: of women.
  • Torture Technician: Wrote extensively about the various torture methods he fantasized about using.

     Owen Savage 
Played by: Cody Kasch

  • Abusive Parents: His father resented him since he had had to leave the Marines to take care of his son.
  • Adults Are Useless: Given everything that he went through in his life, Owen was basically a time bomb. As Reid pointed out, if the police or school authorities had actually taken advantage of the many chance they had to intervene, he probably wouldn't have gone on his spree. The cop he angrily yells this to tries to disagree but he clearly knows Reid is right.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Reid realizes Owen has a un-diagnosed learning disability but is otherwise pretty smart while looking through his schoolwork and grades.

    Joe & Landon 

A mentally handicapped man who believes himself to be a small child, Joe followed a little girl home from a carnival one night and, during a confrontation with her parents, murdered them with an axe. Joe's father, Landon, upon discovering what his son had done, cleaned up after him and got rid of the evidence, before hustling Joe, and the carnival they both work at, out of town. The case, one of Rossi's earliest, haunts him to the modern day, and is the cause of his return to the BAU.


  • Accidental Murder: Joe had no intention of committing murder, or even of breaking and entering. When Richard Galen hit him with an axe though, Joe defended himself and killed both Richard and his wife, Diana.
  • The Atoner: Every year, when the carnival passes through Indianapolis, Joe, at his father's insistence, purchases presents for the children of the couple he murdered, in an effort to make up for his actions.
  • An Axe to Grind: Joe is a literal axe murderer, who killed a couple with a fireaxe after the father struck him with it.
  • The Berserker: Joe's normally placid, but if struck, can respond with sudden and extreme violence, as he did with the Galens.
  • Circus of Fear: Downplayed. There's nothing malicious about Landon's carnival as a whole, but it does serve as a hiding place for Joe, who is guilty of two counts of murder and a host of other lesser crimes.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Joe doesn't realize he isn't a little boy, and has a history of accidentally hurting people because of his size.
  • Family Business: Landon owns a carnival which he employs Joe at.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Joe's incapable of following the law, and Landon can't bear the thought of his son going to prison. Over the last two decades Joe has committed numerous crimes, ranging from petty thefts, vandalism, and break-ins to double homicide, and Landon has always covered for him as an accomplice after the fact.
  • Fat Bastard: Joe's an overweight axe murderer.
  • Friend to All Children: Played for tragedy. Joe's desire to play with "other children" is what repeatedly gets him into trouble with the law and results in a horrific double homicide.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Landon, who cleans up after Joe's various petty crimes and break-ins, and who on the night he killed the Galens, destroyed all the evidence. While willing to do anything to protect his son, Landon is eaten up with guilt about it, and forces Joe to give the Galens' children a present every year.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: Landon has a laundry list of excuses for why he's done nothing about Joe's behaviour. Most of them come back to the (admittedly correct) notion that his son didn't mean any harm.
  • Insanity Defense: It's made clear Joe will not be going to prison, but will likely plead to some combination of diminished capacity and/or unfitness to stand trial. Given his severe mental impairment this is the entirely correct thing for him to do, and it's expected he will be institutionalized.
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: Joe is intellectually disabled and has no real concept of right and wrong and can easily turn violent when enraged.
  • Monster Clown: Joe likes to dress as a clown and is the only one employed at the carnival.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Joe just wants to play with the "other kids" but since he's a huge adult, he often ends up causing trouble, which in one case, escalated to murder.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Joe's not malicious, but he reacts to things like a four year old, and given his enormous size, it makes him very dangerous.
  • Stout Strength: Joe's heftily built and strong enough to cut two people to ribbons with an axe in a matter of minutes.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Joe had no intention of harming anyone; indeed, courtesy of his mental state, he likely cannot form the requisite intent to harm anyone ever.
  • That One Case: The original one for Rossi, who is still investigating it twenty-one years later. In a more realistic take on the trope than many, the reason Rossi's been unable to capture Joe and Landon is that they aren't from the area and had no intention of hurting anyone in the first place.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Damaged".

    Henry Grace 
Played by: Jason Alexander

  • Awesome by Analysis: Deliberately plays on this, hoping that the team will figure out his pattern without him giving too obvious hints or clues, so that they will walk into his trap and, further, so that he can get Off on a Technicality when Rossi doesn't have any evidence that doesn't sound like a Bat Deduction.
  • Batman Gambit: Draws attention to his own crimes and goads Rossi into staying behind to interview him in order to trick the rest of the team into walking into his Death Trap, while only giving very vague clues to this end so that they have to get themselves killed by their own work and he can reasonably plead coincidence and lack of evidence. He's Out-Gambitted by Rossi who realizes what's going on and pulls one of his own to get an Engineered Public Confession.
  • Breaking Speech: A whole episode of these, mostly directed at either Rossi or Reid.
  • Dirty Coward: Always attacks his victims from behind, both because he's a pretty small guy and because women intimidate him. Rossi calls him out on it after he attacks him too; Rossi knew he would do it and knew he would wait for Rossi's back to be turned.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Murders several women just because they reminded him of the fiancee` who dumped him years ago. And plans on killing the entire team to get back at Rossi... for exposing his brother as a Serial Killer.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Rossi makes him think that he killed the BAU team so that he would confess doing it, with Garcia recording it.
  • Exact Words: Kidnaps a teacher and four students, and then tells the BAU that in 9 hours 5 people will be dead. The exact wording is used twice. First when he claimss that the traps will kill someone every 2 hours, pointing out that he didn't say they'd all die at once at the ninth hour mark. The second is when it's revealed the 5 man BAU team are the targets, as he never said the 5 hostages would die.
  • First-Name Basis: With Rossi.
  • The Fettered: The team realizes he didn't kill the teacher and kids, even when it looked like he actually started to, because that would have messed up his "perfect" murder pattern.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's clearly smart and incredibly full of himself. But he isn't quite as smart as he thinks.
  • In the Blood: Firmly believes this. Rossi calls it "junk science" and thinks he's just looking for excuses.
  • It's Personal: Blames Rossi for ruining his life...for capturing his Serial Killer older brother.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Mentioned as being a non-teaching professor, to the point where nobody on campus seems to know who he is. Justified in that everyone who he had been on normal terms with didn't want to know him after his brother was exposed as a homicidal maniac.
  • Off on a Technicality: Subverted. When he realizes he has lost he tries to pull this off, since he disposed of all his bodies with sulphuric acid and, despite drawing attention to his own killings, the BAU had to simply guesstimate who they thought he might have killed by themselves, while the family he kidnapped never saw him and the team only saved them thanks to highly esoteric and very well hidden clues he left, that border on a Bat Deduction enough that he could plead lack of evidence. But circumstantial evidence along with his Engineered Public Confession are enough to put him away.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Wants to kill the rest of the team in order to hurt Rossi.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: He would be if not such a bastard.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After his Trauma Conga Line below, he snapped and decided that if society wanted to treat him like a Serial Killer, then that's exactly what he'd become. And he'd make them regret it.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His brother turned out to be a notorious Serial Killer, leading to his fiancee`dumping him and everyone he knows distancing themselves from him and his family, nearly ruining his career in the process, while the man who caught said brother went on to become a wealthy and bestselling non-fiction writer and he had nothing.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Masterpiece".

    "Animal" 
Played by: Uncredited

  • Asshole Victim: The Giant Mook he shot for humiliating him in their underground fight club, as well as the gang member he shot offscreen. Becomes this himself when the leader of said member's gang interferes with his arrest and shoots him in return.
  • David vs. Goliath: Was always an unsuccessful "David" in his fights. So he became a Combat Pragmatist and decided to just shoot his opponents from then on.
  • Cop Killer: Has "graduated" from killing street thugs to this, wanting to become The Dreaded.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": We only learn his fight-club nickname: "Animal".
  • Freudian Excuse: Had Abusive Parents and a Big Brother Bully, then only got humiliated further when trying to take it out on his fellow fight-club members.
  • Silent Antagonist: Doesn't have a single line in the episode for some reason.
  • The Napoleon: Grew up bullied and unable to stop it due to his size, which continued into adulthood, until deciding enough was enough.
  • Villain of the Week: "Brothers in Arms".
  • Weak, but Skilled: Can't win a fistfight to save his life, but is a skilled marksman who can even bypass bulletproof vests.

    Norman Hill 
Played by: Mitch Pileggi

  • Adult Fear: Watched his youngest daughter die violently right in front of him.
  • Dead All Along: His family.
  • Foreshadowing: Throughout the episode it is offhandedly commented how the other workers have not seen his wife in some time despite her being at home. The Reveal shows that they have been dead since he started this persona and has been hallucinating them.
  • Going Postal: Subverted. It looks like he's about to when his much-younger supervisor asks him about some overdue paperwork, but he decides against it when the supervisor says he actually likes him as a person, and is just worried that the higher-ups will look for any excuse to fire him due to cutbacks.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Feeling unappreciated at work and at home led him to create the Road Warrior persona.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The man breaks down when he finally remembers that he killed his family earlier.
  • Pater Familicide: Killed his entire family, and then starts hallucinating that they are still alive.
  • The Reveal: He killed his family before the BAU got the case, and he's been hallucinating that they're still alive ever since.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Especially when they've been sawed off and modified so the action can be cycled against the car door.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: He watched his youngest daughter die while he was fixing a flat tire, fell into depression and became a paranoid schizophrenic, believing that everyone hated him and blamed him for his daughter's death. Early on, he killed his wife and daughters in their sleep and hallucinated that they were still there and were upset with him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After getting arrested and realizing his family has been dead the whole time.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Normal".

    Eric Olson 
Played by: Johnny Lewis

  • Cradling Your Kill: His signature is to gently kiss his victims on the forehead post-mortem.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: His sixth victim was a prostitute who had her throat slashed.
  • Disposable Vagrant: His twelfth and final victim was homeless woman who was strangled with a garrote.
  • Evil Counterpart: For Zoe Hawkes. Both are young criminology students with extreme knowledge of serial killers and avid fans of David Rossi. Unlike Zoe, Eric chose to become a serial killer, rather than catching them.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is calm and polite to Rossi and Zoe Hawkes, before strangling her to death with her own scarf.
  • For the Evulz: "I'll be honest with you if you're honest with me. 'Cause the one thing that you always ask is the one I don't understand: why. I've no idea why."
  • Ill Boy: Eric mentions that he was a very sickly child.
  • It's Personal: Rossi feels responsible for the murder of Zoe Hawkes, Eric's tenth victim, who attended to Rossi's book tour in Cleveland, and was motivated by him to investigate the mysterious and apparently unconnected local murders, It didn't work very well for her.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Of multiple serial killers.
  • Kill the Cutie: Kills young and sweet aspiring criminologist Zoe Hawkes.
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Oh, Crap!: When learning that the bodies of his first four victims were found.
  • Serial Killer
  • That One Case: For Rossi.
  • The Sociopath: Profiled as one.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Zoe's Reprise".
  • Villain Respect: Much like Zoe, Eric admires Rossi and his work.

    Megan Kane 
Played by: Brianna Brown

  • Daddy's Girl: Averted. Her father is an abusive and violent man, who nevertheless tries to use this trope to get what he wants from her. He fails.
  • Dating Catwoman: Her interaction with Hotch implies she sees herself this way. Her reaction to Trent claiming that the FBI was in the pocket of the Execs she was exposing with her murders made her feel like Hotch was no better than the people she was trying to hurt. though her mind changed when Hotch stayed with her when she died.
  • Dominatrix: Some of her clients wanted her to play this role.
  • Go Out with a Smile: More or less. She has finally managed to indirectly destroy her father's career and is relieved to be with Hotch, who she considers "the first man she'd met who didn't let her down".
  • High-Class Call Girl: Though not for money. She wanted to punish the men on her list.
  • Kick the Dog: When she shot Trent Rabner, a childless widower who had always been faithful to his wife until the end. Though it was more due to her disgust at his arrogance that he seemed to believe that they had the FBI under their thumb.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Pleasure is my Business".
  • Worthy Opponent: Has the highest respect for Hotch (though she wishes they weren't opponents), for how he was faithful to his wife and is trying to be present in his son's life. She even wonders "How could your wife have ever left you?".

    Adam Jackson 
Played by: Jackson Rathbone

  • Asshole Victims: His preferred victims were jerkasses who reminded him of his stepfather. At least one cheated on his girlfriend with no remorse and they all tended to treat women badly. One even shoved him to the ground when Adam tried to stand up for a girl he was bothering.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Adam is, on his own, a pretty nice and likable guy. But when he snaps, he goes into full berserker rage.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was abused physically and sexually by his stepfather when he was a boy. The trauma of the abuse spawned a Split Personality who only comes out when Adam is harassed or bullied by dominant men. Unfortunately for him, he has no clue about any of this.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Amanda eventually buried Adam in an attempt to keep him from harm.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: It's Amanda doing the raping and killing, Adam doesn't know anything about it.
  • Pretty Boy: Notice that it plays an important role in his murders.
  • Serial Killer: Of men.
  • Southern Belle: Amanda is a decidedly mauvaise example.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: To protect Adam from any more danger, Amanda suppresses his presence. Chances are that he will never come back and Amanda will be his replacement.

    Danny Murphy 
Played by: Kendall Ryan Sanders

    Vincent Rowlings 
Played by: Alex O'Loughlin

  • Monster Sob Story: His father stabbed his mother to death and he sat by her side for almost an entire day before they were found.
  • Morality Pet: Found one in Stan.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears these and has a camera installed on them.
  • Parental Substitute: Perceived this way by Stan.
    Stanley: I wish you were my dad.
  • Power Born of Madness: While devolving, he has an extremely high tolerance to pain.
  • Quiet Cry for Help: At some point during one of his murders, he writes out a message asking for help. Because of his Super OCD behavior, he might feel like he's stuck in a neverending loop and he wants to stop, but he can't.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His last murders showed hints of remorse, and right before dying he told Stanley that he had helped him "to see".
  • Serial Killer: His MO involves killing blonde women. That's because his mother was a blonde and she was murdered by his father.
  • Super OCD: So far the most accurate display of obsessive compulsive disorder in the series.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: One of the rare cases in which the victims were not assholes.
  • Terrified of Germs: As a result of OCD.
  • Troubled, but Cute: One of his victims describes him as "weird but cute".
  • Villain of the Week: Of "The Big Wheel".

    Boyd Schuller and Tony Mecacci 
Played by: Lawrence Pressman and Tom Ohmer

  • Affably Evil: Mecacci.
  • Anti-Villain: Boyd Schuller.
  • Asshole Victim: Mecacci. And all the victims that had got away before.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tony may be a hit man, but even he is disgusted by his victims's actions.
  • Hanging Judge: Schuller. He could have been it even before his wife's death, if you consider that the victims on his list were supposed to be the worst criminals that had got away when he was in charge.
  • I Lied: Schuller claims that the man who killed his wife was the last person on the list, but during his Perp Walk he admits he lied and is gunned down by Mecacci, revealing himself to be the last person on the list.
  • Karma Houdini: Played with. Schuller dies, but he accomplishes everything he set out to do, and goes out the way he wanted to, making him arguably this — though he himself believes his terminal cancer diagnosis was actually an in-advance punishment. Mecacci, meanwhile, is one of the countable-on-one-hand number of UnSubs to elude the FBI completely... but in literally the last couple seconds of the episode, he's gunned down by the surrogate son of a man he recently murdered.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Mecacci.
  • Knight Templar: Schuller.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mecacci is killed with two gunshots (the same modus operandi he used with his victims).
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The victims are selected for being evil.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: Victims were mutilated and/or tortured in ways that reflected their crimes.
  • Professional Killer: Mecacci.
  • Serial Killer: Mecacci.
  • Start of Darkness: For Schuller, it was his wife's death.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: A rare case (for this series) in which each one of his victims had it coming.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Schuller had been diagnosed with a terminal cancer, and put his own name as the last one on the list.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Schuller's choice.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Reckoner".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Schuller really believes he's acting for justice.
  • Wicked Cultured: Tony Mecacci adopted his alias "Bosola" after a character of the same name in the play The Duchess of Malfi.

    Miranda Jakar 
Played by: Kristina Klebe

A traumatized Bosnian Muslim whose family was killed during the Srebenica massacre, Miranda has become a family annihilator who feels a psychological compulsion to recreate the mental image she has of their mass grave using the bodies of military families.


  • Berserk Button: Any sound that she can associate with combat will send her into a violent psychological break. The sound of military jets overhead has an especially bad effect on her.
  • The Berserker: By the time she encounters Morgan in a fistfight Miranda's a raging lunatic with little ability to control her actions and overwhelming physical strength.
  • Child Soldier: Whether she actually served in one of the Bosnian militias is unclear, but Miranda clearly had to learn to kill in order to survive her teenage years.
  • Dark Action Girl: Physically overpowers Morgan during their fight, forcing him to shoot her with her own gun in order to survive.
  • Expy: Of Season 2's Roy Woodridge. Roy was an American veteran who killed whenever he was reminded of the time he was shot down over Somalia, Miranda a Bosnian veteran who kills every time she's reminded of Srebenica.
  • Freudian Excuse: A shellshocked Bosnian war veteran who is driven to murder every time she flashes back to her days as a victim of genocide.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Unable to shake her off or reach his own gun, Morgan turns her own weapon around and causes her to shoot herself.
  • Language Barrier: Miranda speaks almost no English and spends most of her time gibbering to herself in the Bosnian variant of Serbo-Croatian.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: In addition to her antisocial personality disorder, Miranda suffers from a severely fractured psyche and kills whenever something causes her to flashback to her childhood in Bosnia.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She's not exactly an enormous woman, yet is able to physically manhandle Morgan.
  • Parental Abandonment: Twice over. Her birth family died in the 1980s and her adoptive family were killed in Srebenica.
  • Power Born of Madness: A more mundane example than most. Miranda's immense physical strength and high pain tolerance stem from her fractured psychological state.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In her head Miranda's trapped in Bosnia as a teenage girl trying to survive the genocide.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: As Rossi remarks, a psychopath growing up in the midst of the Yugoslav Civil War was never going to end well.
  • The Sociopath: Referred to as a "psychopath" by the team, though she's got other problems as well.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Miranda may be a psychopath but she's also a survivor of genocide who only kills when she feels threatened or otherwise flashes back to her victimization.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Outfoxed".

    Samantha Malcolm 
Played by: Jennifer Hasty
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"You're so pretty."

  • Abusive Parents: Her father used to molest her as a child. To keep her from telling what he had done, he coached her on what to say, making her get electroshock therapy if she ever got the story wrong, which permanently warped her mind.
  • Accidental Murder: She doesn't want her victims to die. Instead, she does her best to keep them alive, even if the state of paralysis in which they are inevitably leads to their death.
  • And I Must Scream: She uses injections to paralyze her victims so she can dress them up and have tea parties with them.
  • Anti-Villain: She's not even trying to kill her victims, she just wants her dolls back, because they were closest thing she had to friend as a child because of the abuse she suffered from her father.
  • Blonde Brunette Red Head: Her dolls are a blonde, a red head, and an African-American girl.
  • Collector of the Strange: Living dolls.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father sexually abused her when she was young and subjected her to electroshock therapy to keep her from telling anyone about what he did. As a result, she's very childlike and is socially withdrawn.
  • Insanity Defense: It's clear from the episode that she will be sent to an institution rather than prison due to the combination of diminished capacity and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.
  • Living Doll Collector: A more human one than most examples, all things considering.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Samantha doesn't seem to have any friends.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother's death was where her troubles all started.
  • Monster Sob Story: Her life is one of abuse and manipulation. She just wants her friends back.
  • No Social Skills: Part of her profile. She's skilled enough to lure her next victim into her van, but generally she behaves in a clumsy and paranoid way.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: When one of her "dolls" attempts to escape, Samantha begs for her not to leave.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: The way she acts and moves puts you in the mind of a five year old. She even has tea parties with her "dolls". Also, when one of her victims dies, she leaves the body in places crowded by children, like parks or carnivals.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Her human dolls are a replacement for the dolls that she had from a contest years ago.
  • Serial Killer: Subverted. Her intention isn't to kill anyone, but to replace lost possessions. The deaths are a result of her constantly sedating the women and being unaware of any medical conditions they may have.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Because of her father's abuse, she maintains a childlike mindset and is quite troubled. Not only that, but the women she kidnaps aren't Asshole Victims and only die because of the injections she's constantly feeding them.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "The Uncanny valley".

    Anita and Roger Roycewood 
Played by: Beth Grant and Bud Cort

  • Faux Affably Evil: They often pretend to be polite and friendly while actually being cold-hearted monsters.
  • Flat Character: Their motives aren't known, unlike most UnSubs'. Semi-justified, though — this episode focuses more on the victims and their families.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Roger seems to show slight traits of this, but the interpretation is left open and is very debatable.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Anita tries to do this to Charlie. Bad idea. See below.
  • Kill It with Fire: Anita burns the children alive in a crematorium.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Anita
    Anita: Come on, you gotta be kid... BANG!
  • Lady Macbeth: Anita is clearly dominant in their team.
  • Murder by Cremation: When the children they've abducted grow out of control, Anita sedates them and burns them in her family's crematorium.
  • Outlaw Couple: Though Roger just seems to be a passive participant.
  • Serial Killer: Anita, who performs the actual murders. Roger just helps her bury them.
  • The Sociopath: While not profiled as one, Anita sure acts like it. She remorselessly hurts kids (and indirectly their families) for years, dominates her hostages (and implicitly Roger) into submission, acts Faux Affably Evil all along, and fearlessly mocks Charlie when he holds her at gunpoint (unfortunately for her, Charlie's serious).
  • Unholy Matrimony: A married couple that has been kidnapping children for years, possibly decades. They even use their family activity to cover up their crimes.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Mosley Lane".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Probably the worst case so far.

    Lee Mullens and Colby Bachner 
Played by: Daniel J. Travanti and Josh Braaten

  • The Butcher: Lee was referred to this by media and law enforcement.
  • Electric Torture: Lee used a Lexwell on his victims for his pleasure. He also used his job as an electrician for this.
  • Evil Old Folks: Lee still kills people, despite being an elderly man with Alzheimer's.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Colby helps his father kills to help him with his memory.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Colby only helps his father to improve his memory.
  • Knife Nut: How Lee tortured his victims if he wasn't electrocuting them.
  • Torture Technician: Lee using knives and electric shocks. He liked to mentally torture the parents of his victims too, by having his victims call them.

    Jeremy Sayer 
Played by: Sterling Beaumon
  • Knife Nut: Used one to kill fathers.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother hated him since the day he was born for absorbing his twin while he was in the fetal stage.
  • The Sociopath: Or if you prefer a "Budding psychopath".

    Shane Wyland 
Played by: Gill Gayle
  • Abandoned Mine: His hideout, which gives him a secluded place to imprison his victims as well as shelter during the winter.
  • An Axe to Grind: Used one to mark trees near his dump sites.
  • Beard of Evil: Though he shaves it off after he successfully escapes.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Given that the BAU is focusing on getting Robert Brooks, when Shane hands him off to Brandon Stiles, he stops becoming the center of the investigation.
  • Evil Cripple: Has a degenerative joint disease, which gives him a bad limp.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed as he's a bit hefty, but aside from his limp, he's still fit enough to easily navigate the wooded terrain.
  • The Hermit: Abandoned civilization for the woods along the Appalachian Trail to make it easier for him to hunt children (the Trail is a popular family camping destination) and harder for law enforcement to find him (since he knows the terrain better than they do, and nobody expects a child abductor to be operating out in the wilderness).
  • Karma Houdini: One of the only UnSubs to elude the BAU and the only UnSub to get away completely scot-free. However, he has a degenerative disease that is slowly and painfully crippling him, and is no longer able to get the pain medication he needs, so he will likely die a very unpleasant death in the mountains.
  • Serial Killer: Targets young boys in the woods.
  • The Unfettered: Lives out in the woods to avoid the constraints of society.
  • Villain of the Week: "Into the Woods".
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's a predatory pedophile who feels no shame about what he does.

     Raymond Donovan and Sydney Manning 
Played by: Jonathan Tucker and Adrianne Palicki
  • Abusive Parents: Both had sexually abusive fathers.
  • The Alcoholic: Both of them have drinking problems, having been to AA. Ray does try to attend an AA meeting, but Syd does not care and spends the time drinking and cheating on him.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Met via an AlAnon meeting. Ray is later seen attending a meeting which he and Syd promptly shoot up after the organizer irritates Ray.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "The Thirteenth Step".
  • Yandere:
    • Ray was still obsessed with his ex girlfriend after the breakup.
    • Syd murdered the aftermentioned ex to have Ray for herself.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Syd screws a guy in a parking lot for twenty bucks while Ray is in an Al-Anon meeting, then gets Ray to murder him by claiming the guy got fresh with her.

    James Stanworth 
Played by: Phillip Casnoff

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Runs his companys this way, firing people just to ruin their lives.
  • Evil Is Petty: Ruined Don Sanderson's life out of simple jealousy
  • For the Evulz: Is profiled as often having sadistic urges. He once fired thousands of workers in one of his companies, despite it doing well, just to see their resulting misery.
  • The Sociopath: A petty sadist who doesn't care who he harms, even loving it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Morgan induces him into one to trick him into incriminating himself. Has a second one when Prentiss reveals they found the tape proving that he was the murderer.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Murdered Abbey Sanderson and would have murdered Joshua if Mary Rutka hadn't talked him out of it.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "25 to Life"

    Lucy's Gang 

A gang of human traffickers who operate all across the United States, Lucy's outfit specializes in kidnapping college students to serve the tastes of a rich and exquisitely depraved clientele. Never staying in one place for more than three days, and communicating only by payphone, Lucy and her men have evaded the FBI for years, and racked up a sizeable body count.

Lucy

Played by: Angela Sarafyan

The cold-blooded leader of the human trafficking ring, Lucy is a depraved young woman who befriends college students in order to lure them into the clutches of the rest of the gang. Fond of playing the victim, Lucy often stages her own abduction, and has herself placed in the cages alongside the other captives, in order to better savour their fear. Profiled as an unstable sexual sadist, Lucy maintains her grip on the rest of the outfit through a combination of blackmail, force of personality, and fear.


  • Bad Boss: Doesn't care about her mooks, and throws them all to the dogs when the police arrive.
  • Big Bad Friend: To the various prisoners.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a victim in order to win the trust of the other girls. This both gets her off, and helps her prevent possible escape attempts.
  • Brainy Brunette: Evil Genius variation.
  • Decoy Damsel: Pretends to be one of the prisoners in her human trafficking ring. Is actually the brains of the operation.
  • Evil Genius: Why her men listen to her. With Lucy in charge they've been evading the law for years.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 6.
  • First-Name Basis: And Lucy may not even be her real name.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Lucy frames her right-hand man, claiming he was the one running the ring.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her thug, Leon, is a towering giant who does the actual killing while she gives the orders.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Gets off on the terror her victims feel.
  • It's All About Me: Throws her entire gang, including The Dragon, under the bus in an attempt at making her own getaway.
  • Lack of Empathy: Staggeringly so.
  • The Leader: Of the trafficking ring.
  • Manipulative Bitch: A very convincing actress, who plays on her victims' fears and hopes.
  • Motive Rant: Gives a short one to Renee while tormenting her.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Killing Rossi probably wouldn't have done much for her honestly. Doesn't stop her from trying anyway.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Has one inflicted on Renee by her goons.
  • Only in It for the Money: Lucy gives a speech to Renee wherein she claims this is why she does what she does, but given the obvious pleasure she gets from it, she's either lying or not very self-aware.
  • Only One Name: We never discover her last name.
  • Psycho for Hire: She claims she's Only in It for the Money, but is obviously getting off on it.
  • Quick Draw: She's got a pretty good one, though not quite quick enough.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Prefers one.
  • Russian Roulette: Was going to play a game of it with Renee before the arrival of the agents.
  • Sadist: Gets off on the pain of her victims.
  • Serial Rapist: Facilitates the mass rape of kidnapped women by the members and clients of her ring.
  • Sex Slave: Makes a living out of selling women as them.
  • Smug Snake: Not nearly as smart as she thinks she is.
  • The Sociopath: She even pretends to be a kidnapped victim to enjoy every moment of the actual victims' suffering.
  • Taking You with Me: It's possible that she was trying this when she attempts to shoot Rossi. She was in the middle of an active crime scene, surrounded by federal and local law enforcement agents. There was absolutely no chance of her shooting Rossi and getting away, but she still gave it her best attempt.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: The team were originally expecting the leader of the human trafficking ring to be a very big man and yet she manages to have total control over her employees.
  • Torture Technician: Has the girls tortured as part of breaking them.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Supply and Demand".
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tries it on Rossi; it doesn't work.

Max

Played by: Maximillian Alexander

Lucy's second-in-command who seems to handle most of the gang's administrative work.


  • The Dragon: He heads the ring while Lucy pretends to be a victim, and is killed trying to ram the police with a car in order to facilitate her escape.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Lucy tries to pin all the gang's crimes on him.
  • Number Two: He holds the second position in the ring's hierarchy, giving orders to the others in Lucy's absence.

Leon

Played by: Massi Furlan

An enormous man who does most of the gang's killing, Leon is a taciturn thug entirely loyal to Lucy.


  • Bald of Evil: Has no hair.
  • The Brute: Leon's a huge one and actually manages to curbstomp Morgan. He's subordinate to both Lucy and Max in the ring's hierarchy though.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Crushes Morgan in a fist fight before being forced to surrender at gunpoint.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Lucy's tiny girl, doing the actual killing while she watches.
  • Neck Lift: Leon's big enough that one of his hands can wrap around a normal person's throat, and he often lifts the victims off the ground before throttling them to death.

Kyle

Played by: Matt Baker

A comparatively low-ranking member of Lucy's gang, Kyle acts as their disposal man, getting rid of the bodies of victims after Leon or a client murders them. His death in a car crash and the discovery of the contents of his trunk, is what kick starts the investigation in "Supply & Demand."


  • Asshole Victim: Kyle at first appears to be an innocent car crash victim, until the police see the hair sticking out of his trunk and discover the bodies

    Chloe Donaghy 
Played by: Ursula Brooks
  • Foil: Her desire for revenge on Doyle and the irrationality she displays in trying to get it, more or less mirrors Doyle's desire for revenge on Prentiss.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: A non-humorous example to Doyle
  • Revenge: Wants revenge on Doyle for preventing her from aborting a child she didn't want to have then chaining her to a bed for seven months, forcing her to carry Declan to term and give birth to him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Uses Declan to get to Doyle.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "It Takes a Village"
  • Would Hurt a Child: Poisons an entire elementary school class.

     Ben "Cy" Bradstone 
Played by: Andy Milder

    Randy Slade and Robert Adams 
Played by: Hudson Thames and Eric Jungmann

  • Asshole Victim: Robert Adams's victims were survivors of Randy Slade's massacre who went on to take credit for halting the tragedy. One of them being Jerry who told them Robert's story of looking Randy Slade in the eye.
  • Catchphrase: Randy had "I AM GOD!" and "Look me in the eye!". The latter was adopted by Robert Adams ten years after Randy Slade's massacre
  • Criminal Mind Games: "Look me in the eye." Robert had one of his own too.
    Robert: Guess my name.
    Hostage: Ralph?
    (Warning shot)
    Robert: Guess again.
  • Flashback: The only thing we see of Randy in the show.
  • Foil: Randy Slade and Robert Adams. Randy Slade (the original bomber) was a high functioning, highly social model student and a narcissistic psychopath. While Robert Adams (the copycat) was a socially awkward outcast among outcasts who took revenge on those who stole his story of looking Randy Slade in the eye. Randy Slade and his submissive partner were this too.
  • For the Evulz: There is no logic to why Randy Slade did what he did. The only possible reason was that he clearly thought he was God.
  • A God Am I: Randy Slade himself says it all.
    "I AM GOD!"
  • In the Hood: Robert Adams when he storms the restaurant that Randy's surviving victims were attending for a private gathering. It then strangely seems to disappear.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Robert's first murder wasn't exactly this (Considering that he didn't reenact Randy Slade's massacre) but he used a similar style with a bomb for it. Then he just devolved into savage beatings for his next two murders.
  • Kill 'Em All: Randy wanted the whole school and himself dead. For unknown reasons.
  • Long List: Randy's kill list his submissive partner contributed to it too. The list was separated into a Group A and a Group B. Group A was Randy's social circle and Group B was the submissive partner's social circle.
  • Mad Bomber: Randy Slade most definitely. Robert Adams also but not as much as mad as Randy was.
  • Narcissist: Randy Slade never mentioned his submissive partner because he wanted to take all the credit for the massacre himself.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Robert beat his second victim to death with his bare hands.
  • No-Sell: Sort of. Robert had a condition whereby his brain didn't register pain. When he is initially shot by a member of the team, he says "didn't hurt!" and continues to move threateningly. The next one kills him though.
  • No Social Skills: Implied that Robert Adams suffered from this in contrast to Randy.
  • Revenge: Robert's motivation.
  • Sympathetic Murderer / Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Robert.
  • Taking You with Me: Randy Slade and all the students that happened to be in the cafeteria. Unfortunately for him he wasn't able to take all of them out and probably as many as he wanted to.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Painless".
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Robert Adams.

    Chase Whitaker 
Played by: Sam Murphy

    Colonel Ron Massey, Lieutenant Shockley Tawes & Chris Shelton 
Played by: Rene Auberjonois, George Gerdes, and Don R. Williams

    The Piano Man 
Played by: Jay Karnes

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He tries to pass as an innocent pianist for most of the episode.
  • Isn't It Ironic?: Why did Regina know he was lying when he said that he learned the song so that he could sing it to propose to his wife? Because the song was "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Regina Lampert has recognized him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Rapists in the show are usually the worst and Regina accuses Prentiss of not letting her have her revenge while she killed her personal nemesis.
  • Serial Rapist: Raped over a dozen women. Another man then targeted these women too.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: He plays romantic songs from The '80s when raping his victims.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Unknown Subject".

    The Collins Family 
Played by: Derek Maygar, William Russ, Kathy Baker

    James Heathridge 
Played by: Kyle Gallner

  • Burn the Witch!: Believes he's on a mission to kill the Brides of Satan.
  • Disney Villain Death: Ends up falling down a well while fighting Hotchner. Also doubles as a Karmic Death, since he'd used that same well to torture his victims.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Gets into a fistfight with Hotch right before his death.
  • Incest Is Relative: He has a kind of romantic attraction to his sister. He arranges a "Prom" for her after not allowing her to go to the prom that her school is holding. He also kisses her quite passionately when the BAU team are heading towards his residence.
  • In the Blood: His mother had the same delusions and his sister eventually believes she's one of the devil's wives.
  • Karmic Death: Dies by falling headfirst into the same well he used to torture his victims.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He keeps his sister almost completely isolated from society, believing that she will immediately be judged for her birth defect, and that allowing her to go off on her own will make her vulnerable to Satan's temptations.
  • Momma's Boy: Was indoctrinated by his mother.

    The Silencer (John Myers) 
Played by: Troy Michael Kotsur

    Diane Turner 

  • Attention Whore: All she wanted was some recognition. Her threatening letters to Maeve repeated "Why don't you see me?" a few times. Reid attempts to use this desire to be noticed to get her arrested. It doesn't work.
  • Big Bad: For some of season 8.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With The Replicator/John Curtis.
  • Brainy Brunette: She attempted to pursue her P.h.D. in genetics at the same university that Maeve was at.
  • Freudian Excuse: When she was a little girl, she watched her parents commit double suicide. This led to her unhealthy obsession with suicide and trying to prove a biological cause for suicide.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She may have turned into this after stalking Maeve for ten months.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: No one on the FBI team said Spencer was a doctor. She realizes her mistake and kidnaps Bobby.
  • Murder-Suicide: She shoots herself and Maeve in front of Reid and the other FBI agents.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She started stalking Maeve because her theory on cellular death causing people to commit suicide was rejected.
    • When Reid refuses to return her "Take That!" Kiss, she freaks out and calls him a liar.
  • Samus Is a Girl: For a while, it was assumed that Maeve's stalker was male.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: This was caused by her theory being rejected and trying to figure out what's so great about Maeve.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: To further humiliate Maeve, she kisses Reid in front of her. Unfortunately, he doesn't return it.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Zugzwang".

     Donnie Mallick 
Played by: Arye Gross

  • Crime of Self-Defense: Invoked by Rossi who forces Mallick to pick up a gun and try to shoot him in order to execute him in cold blood, rather than arrest him and have him hailed as a hero in prison for killing a Federal Agent.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jason Gideon. Both are fascinated with birds (in fact working this case is what got Gideon interested in ornithology in the first place), both are very introverted characters who like to live alone (ignoring the women Mallick kept as prisoners), was the first Un-Sub Gideon ever dealt with and one he never caught, and Mallick ultimately ends up murdering Gideon to cover his own tracks. The contrasts are striking as well since Gideon is refined, humanitarian and intellectual while Mallick is a Book Dumb misanthropic recluse who got away with his crimes through sheer luck and keeping his head down; further, while losing a woman in his life caused Gideon to retire, the death of his female prisoner is what brings Mallick out of retirement to find a replacement.
  • He Knows Too Much: His motivation for killing Gideon is that he was worried the latter was putting the pieces together and getting closer to arresting him. Turns out to be a case of Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! since all this does is bring the entire FBI down on his head.
  • It's Personal: To the team as a whole after he kills Gideon off-screen, leading to Rossi more or less murdering him by invoking Crime of Self-Defense and getting away with it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in one episode, he is chronologically the very first Un-Sub Gideon and Rossi ever faced and he killed Gideon himself.

    Tivon Askari 
Played by: Faran Tahir

    Frank Cosgrove 
Played by: Ray Abruzzo

  • Anti-Villain: Only kills to boost his daughter's shot at a new liver, and clearly has regret.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He commits suicide so his daughter can have his liver.

    Danny Lee Stokes 
Played by: Joe Adler
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His mother was murdered by an intruder. With that, combined with his already present schizophrenia, this caused him to kill the family of the man he believed murdered his mother.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Downplayed. Whenever he takes his medication, he is calm and placated. When he doesn't, that's when the violence kicks in.
  • Knight Templar: He mainly kills people he views as bad, such as prostitutes, muggers, and rapists. Due to his schizophrenia, this could be anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He ensures no Innocent Bystanders get caught in the crossfire. Because of this, he is horrified when a woman dies of a heart attack caused by one of his shootings.
  • Serial Killer: Of who he believes to be immoral.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Empties entire magazines on his victims as he shoots them. (His gun carries thirteen rounds, including one already in the chamber.)
  • Vigilante Man: Believes himself as this. In reality, he isn't.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Protection".
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His reason for killing turns out to be his paranoid delusions and schizophrenia.

    Michael Peterson 
Played by: Ryan Caldwell
  • Arch-Enemy: Sees himself as one to Prentiss, and for a good reason. However, he is nothing compared to Ian Doyle
  • Boom Head Shot: How he dies.
  • Cop Killer: Kills Detective Inspector Louise Hulland
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Played straight and inverted.
    • His Jack the Ripper victims were prostitutes, and an undercover cop pretending to be one, who he eviscerated and slashed their throats.
    • Inverted with one of his Son of Sam killings, where he left that prostitute alive, knowing she would not testify out of shame.
  • Expy: Of Eric Olson. Both are serial killers who copy the M.O. of other serial killers and served as a That One Case to an agent by killing a victim acquainted to them, causing the agent to feel responsible for the murder.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is very polite to a boy he met on a bus and a female student, before taking her hostage hours later and even killing one of her friends.
  • It Amused Me: Has a habit of loitering around crime scenes just so he could be spotted by an officer and then escaping them, something which he deeply enjoys.
  • It's Personal: Prentiss absolutely despises him for killing a detective inspector named Louise Hulland, who had been instructed by Prentiss to act as an undercover officer pretending to be a prostitute.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Of multiple serial killers.
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Narcissist: Correctly profiled as this.
  • Serial Killer
  • That One Case: For Prentiss, because he murdered an officer she sent to go undercover.
  • The Corrupter: Arguably this to the boy he met on a bus.
  • The Sociopath: A terrifying example.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Tribute".
  • Would Hurt a Child: His first victim was a Russian child who he raped and mutilated in the style of Andrei Chikatilo.

    Antonia Slade 
Played by: Frances Fisher
  • Abusive Parents: Had a harsh, authoritative minister as a father.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: The BAU interrogate her about evidence related to two missing boys that was sent to her.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Enjoys playing these with the BAU.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was raised by a harsh, authoritative minister. When she was impregnated by her boyfriend, her father abused her as discipline, then killed her boyfriend. Then, she was forced to give birth to her child and give it away.
  • Evil Redhead: During her serial killing days, she had red hair. In "Devil's Backbone", it had grayed considerably.
  • Expy: Of Karl Arnold in "Outfoxed". Both were abused by their fathers, worked as therapists, had a sense of self-loathing, abused their underage victims before killing them, and shot victims in the head. Both were also interrogated by the BAU to see what they knew about another UnSub's crimes, and had messages for Hotch regarding the future crimes of yet another UnSub.
  • Lady Macbeth: She is the dominant one over her old partner Phil Garmon, and her newer partner Claude Barlow.
  • Morality Pet: Her autistic son.
  • Not So Different: She invokes this with Lewis, since nobody really knows them.
  • Psycho Psychologist: A therapist who manipulates a former patient into kidnapping and killing for her.
  • Serial Killer: Of runaway teens.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath: Averted. Though she is certainly manipulative and enjoys playing Criminal Mind Games with the BAU, Hotch eventually reveals that her "sociopathy" a cover to earn respect from the other inmates, and as self-empowerment.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Devil's Backbone". Has a small cameo in the following episode "The Storm".
  • Would Hurt a Child: Her victims were runaway teens who she abused and then killed.

    John Malone 
Played by: Niko Nicotera
  • Affably Evil: Is genuinely friendly to his captives — in fact, all his "kills" were only accidents during attempted escapes.
  • Anti-Villain: Doesn't even want hurt anyone; just wants some of their blood to hopefully cure his disease.
  • Friendly Enemy: After Walker shoots him, he actually makes time for one last polite conversation.
  • Villain of the Week: Of "Hell's Kitchen".
  • Weakened by the Light: His disease, which makes him believe he's a vampire.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Desperately abducts girls to drain their blood and hopefully cure his disease.
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