Fans Say These Are Their Favorite ‘Criminal Minds’ Characters

Criminal Minds has only one season left to go in its epic run and fans have a lot of feelings. Season 15 is right around the corner, and it seems like the right time to look at who fans say are their favorite characters in the series. Read on to learn more.

Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau

Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook) is a major favorite with fans, which is plain to see when she was brought back full time in season 7. She went from media liaison to criminal profiler with ease and fans appreciate her for a number of reasons.

“I think JJ is probably my favorite though,” a Reddit user wrote. “She’s kind of the unsung hero of the group, but I feel like she keeps everything together like a mother hen.”

“JJ is my fav since season 1, I love her development, she went from ‘fighting isn’t for me’ to an a** kicking mama bear,” another Reddit user agreed.

JJ is so much more than a pretty face. “JJ is my favorite her looks, the way the character develops from season one to current day. Her emotional tie to Reid. When she is in a fight she kicks a**,” someone else noted.

“Without a moment’s hesitation I can say my favorite character is JJ Jareau!” a Reddit user wrote. “Not only is she a good mother and an a** kicking FBI agent; she’s tough, smart, and in a way leads the team- finding the right case to work on and going on the field.”

Dr. Spencer Reid

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. He has an enormous following for his brains and his looks as well.

“REID! He’s adorable, yes, but just so d*** interesting. Not just all the s*** he knows, which is awesome, but I’ve loved watching his character develop and come into his own subtle form of bad***ery,” a Reddit user wrote.

“Reid is definitely a favorite, especially in the Uncanny Valley episode,” a Reddit user said. “He had an incredible scene with the doctor towards the end.”

Fans can relate to Reid in a different type of way than with any of the other characters. “Reid. I relate the most to him on multiple levels,” another user wrote.

Derek Morgan

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Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) has a huge fan following throughout his time on the series as a regular. The handsome and brooding Derek Morgan is definitely favorite material. “Morgan was always my fave and I cried like a baby when he left the show,” a Reddit user explained. “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.”

“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,” someone else observed.

Criminal Minds will premiere season 15 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. Hopefully, the final season will be everything fans need it to be.