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Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid Played by Matthew Gray Gubler on Criminal Minds

SupervisorySpecial Agent Dr. Spencer Reid

CHARACTER VITALS
Originally From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Position/Title: Profiler at the FBI, BAU department in Quantico, Virgina.
Expertise: Statistics and Geological Profiling
Family (Siblings, Significant Other, Child(ren), Parents, etc.)
Mother: Diana Reid. She was sent to apsychiatric institutionby Spencer himself when she became too much to handle, as a schizophrenic, on his own.

Father: William Reid. Absent from Spencer's life since Spencer was four. He appeared in the episode "Memoriam."
Weapon(s):
Glock 17 (1x01 - 4x01), silver .38 Smith & Wesson model 65 3' revolver (4x02 - current)



TRAITS
Personality Type:
Smart, Awkward, Childish
Strengths:
Geographical profiling, research, statistics.
Weaknesses:
Fitness, Gun Handling, Anything in the field.
Endearing Traits:
How he spouts off statistics, reads really fast, awkward, knows random facts.
Character Flaws:
Can be a little irrational, was addicted to dilauded at one point.


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Dr. Reid's BACKSTORY

Dr. Reid's Biography:
Reid is a genius with a form of autism called "Asberger's Syndrome" who graduated from a public high school at age twelve and went to Cal Tech (with Yale as his safety school) at thirteen. It was stated in episode 7x04 "Painless" that at some point Reid has also graduated from MIT, and although the writer of the episode (Breen Frazer) acknowledged in atwitter chatthis was a mistake, it has not been corrected onscreen and is therefore still canon. Reid earned three doctorates in Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering before the age of twenty one. He obtained his first doctorate (in Mathematics) at the age of 17. In addition he holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology and is currently working on another degree in Philosophy (4x08 "Masterpiece"). He has an IQ of 187, an eidetic memory, and can read 20,000 words per minute. Even with all of his knowledge though, Reid can't use chopsticks. It has also been stated that while in high school he suffered severe bullying at the hands of his classmates, including an incident when he was tricked into going to meet a girl he liked behind the school field house, where the entire football team was waiting for him. They stripped him naked and tied him to a goal post. When he freed himself (around midnight) he ran home to find his mother, Diana, having a schizophrenic episode. He was humiliated and said nothing until he told Morgan (3x16 "Elephant's Memory"). In his youth, his father left him and his mother, saying that he could no longer deal with the paranoid schizophrenia of Reid's mother, Diana when in reality he couldn't bear the stress of what his mother had witnessed. Reid grew up learning nearly everything he knows from books, with his mother often reading to him. Still, Reid knew the way his mother was living wasn't healthy. When he was eighteen, he had his mother placed in a mental institution, Bennington Sanitarium. She is still there, and Reid has stated that although he sends letters every day hoping to make up for not visiting her more often, he is afraid to visit her up until season four when we see him visit her to learn about his father. Reid is also worried about the fact that his mother's illness can be passed on genetically (He told Garcia); he once told Morgan that "I know what it's like to be afraid of your own mind" (2x11 Sex, Birth, Death). He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and is very adept at all card games; and due to practicing magic in between college courses, he has a sleight of hand and make small items quickly appear and disappear.
Reid also developed a crush on fellow agent, Jennifer (JJ) Jaraue.
Spencer Reid was the youngest member of the B.A.U., having joined at age 22 (4x07). He has had to shoot four UnSubs-- killing three-- during his assignment to the BAU. He has also been held hostage, drugged, and tortured at the hands of an UnSub with Dissociative Identity Disorder(2x15"Revelations"). It is made clear that most of the team are aware of Reid's drug addiction problem that he developed from the forcible drugging during captivity, but he seems to have improved over the following episodes, and he apparently has been clean for ten months at the end of season three ("Elephant's Memory"). In season 4, Reid is investigating the 1984 slaying of a boy, Riley Jenkins. Morgan says "My math says you'd be around four at the time." Currently putting Reid in season six at around 29 or 30. Some members of the team have also alluded to him having a possible crush on Seaver, in episode 6.10 her first appearance Garcia said "oh my gosh you totally think she's pretty!" Reid denies this, and there hasn't been any further discussion about it, but they do seem to have become friends. (The Stranger) And he says that his favorite part in a horror movie is when the innocent person comes home, alone, "Is there someone there in the shadows?". He is afraid of the dark because of the "inherant abscence of light". He often drinks coffee with huge amounts of sugar. In season one, episode 6, L.D.S.K he fails his shooting qualifications. Morgan gives him a whistle on a string and tells him if he needs anything to blow. At the end of the episode he shoots an unsub who is holding him, Hotch and an A&E department hostage right in the middle of the forehead. Hotch tells him as far as he is concerned he is qualified to have a gun. Reid then returns the whistle to Morgan.
SEASON 1 HIGHLIGHTS
  • 1x01"Extreme Aggressor"
  • 1x02"Compulsion"
  • 1x04"Plain Sight"
  • 1x06"L.D.S.K."
  • 1x09"Derailed"
  • 1x10"The Popular Kids"
  • 1x17"A Real Rain"
  • 1x18"Somebody's Watching"
  • 1x22"The Fisher King (Part 1)"
SEASON 2 HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2x01"The Fisher King (Part 2)"
  • 2x06"The Boogeyman"
  • 2x11"Sex, Birth, Death"
  • 2x14"The Big Game"
  • 2x15"Revelations"
  • 2x16 "Fear and Loathing"
  • 2x17"Distress"
  • 2x18"Jones"
  • 2x19"Ashes and Dust"
SEASON 3 HIGHLIGHTS
  • 3x12"3rd Life"
  • 3x14 "Damaged"
  • 3x15"A Higher Power"
  • 3x16"Elephant's Memory"

SEASON 4 HIGHLIGHTS
  • 4x03 "Minimal Loss"
  • 4x06"The Instincts"
  • 4x07"Memoriam"
  • 4x08"Masterpiece"
  • 4x09"52 Pickup"
  • 4x20"Conflicted"
  • 4x24"Amplification"

SEASON 5 HIGHLIGHTS
5x01"Nameless, Faceless"
5x03"Reckoner"
5x12"The Uncanny Valley"
SEASON 6 HIGHLIGHTS
6x09"Into the Woods"
6x12"Corazón"
6x13"The Thirteenth Step"
6x16"Coda"
6x18 "Lauren"
6x19 "With Friends Like These..."
6x21"The Stranger"
SEASON 7 HIGHLIGHTS
  • 7x01"It Takes a Village"
    7x02"Proof"
    7x04"Painless"
    7x06"Epilogue"



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Spencer Reid's Best Quotes

  • "I get shot in the leg and I don't get cookies?!"
  • "I never have any normal fans..."







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