Fans Say These Are the Best Characters on ‘Criminal Minds’

There are a lot of great characters that have come and gone and some that have remained on Criminal Minds. Now that the series is getting ready to come to a close, it’s time to look at who fans think are the best main characters on the show. Read on to learn more.

Dr. Spencer Reid

Matthew Gray Gubler
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Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) has been a fan favorite since the very beginning of the series. He’s a unique character unlike any other and it’s easy to see why fans love him so much. “Reid. The first episode I ever truly watched was Revelations a while back, and it was the character of Reid that intrigued me enough to start watching,” a Reddit user wrote. “I looked him up on wiki and not the show, lol.”

“With Reid, though, I actually don’t enjoy any of his lengthy plotlines (drugs, Maeve, his mother, and prison). I just like him when he’s being Reid,” someone else wrote.

“I have a huge nerd crush on Reid, so for that alone he’s in my top three favorites,” a Reddit user said. “I’ve always held the nerdy characters as my favorite.”

Derek Morgan

Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) was a huge hit with fans when he was on the show. His dynamic with the rest of the team was interesting to watch. When he departed, fans were understandably inconsolable.

“Morgan was always my fave and I cried like a baby when he left the show,” a Reddit user said. “I loved that he always seemed to know what to do, he rarely lost his cool, he treated everyone on the team like equals, and just seemed to be the big brother of the group. If I were in a bad situation, I’d want Morgan on my side.”

“I really loved watching Derek Morgan develop from some stereotypical ‘meat head/jockey/alpha male’ character into a real character who overcame such an incredible amount of adversity,” a Reddit user wrote. “He had romantic relationship struggles, interpersonal conflicts on the show, etc. I really liked watching him grow from Season 1 and I think that’s why I was so upset that he left. He started as a trope but grew into a fantastic character.”

Aaron Hotchner

Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) was a fan favorite until his abrupt departure from the series. Gibson was fired from the show after serving a two week long suspension due to an alleged physical altercation on the set. Fans really seem to miss Hotch on Criminal Minds. “Hotch was also up there too. I really love me some brooding characters,” a Reddit user said.

“Hotch hands down. Not sure what happened behind the scenes but the show will not be the same without him,” someone else wrote. “He was emotionless but at the same time cared for everyone. He is what I imagine actual BAU agents maybe being like. Show won’t last long without him.”

These are just a few of the favorite characters fans have on the hit CBS series. Criminal Minds will premiere season 15 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 9 p.m. E.S.T.