It may not generate the buzz and water cooler chatter of fellow drama series like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but Criminal Minds has rode a loyal following to steady, consistent ratings across its 10-year run (so far) on CBS. Strengthened by compelling, pulled-from-the-headlines cases and a likable, well-defined cast of characters (who fans of the show are willing to fight for), the show has cruised along through over 200 episodes, numerous cast changes and even two spin-offs.
Yet, the force at the core of what drives Criminal Minds remains the same today as it did a decade ago when the show first debuted. The UnSub(s), or "unknown subject(s)", are the often-complex baddies who commit the dastardly crimes that put the agents of the Behavioral Analysis Unit to work and spur the episode's action.
Although no two UnSubs are quite the same, they all possess their own fascinating quirks, motivations, story arcs and personality traits. Some have been ruthless, some have been brilliant, some have been deranged psychopaths and some, like delusion US soldier Roy Woodbridge from season two's "Distress", aren't even bad guys at all.
Not these guys, though. This list looks back at the UnSubs who made you cringe and squirm and got your hair standing on edge, even as you realized that they were a hell of a lot of fun to watch. These are the cream of the creepy crop over 10 years of Criminal Minds:
10 Adam Rain (Brad Dourif)
9 Roger and Anita Roycewood (Bud Cort and Beth Grant)
8 Henry Grace (Jason Alexander)
7 Dr. Stanley Howard (Michael O'Keefe)
6 Rhett Walden (Robert Knepper)
5 John "The Replicator" Curtis (Mark Hamill)
4 Frank Breitkopf (Keith Carradine)
3 Floyd Feylinn Ferell (Jamie Kennedy)
2 George "The Reaper" Foyet (C. Thomas Howell)
1 Billy "The Prince of Darkness" Flynn (Tim Curry)
The Prince of Darkness, as he was known for his preference to attack during blackouts, earns the No. 1 spot for a number of reasons, not the least of which is his 200+ victims and his psychological torture of Morgan, the Spicer family and many of his other victims (he forces one young boy to watch as he rapes and kills the boy's mother). And yet, Flynn is made significantly more objectionable through Curry's portrayal as a slovenly and unrepentantly smug serial killer. He seems to have a sliver of good to him in his unwillingness to kill children, but he certainly takes great pleasure in destroying their innocence. Still, Curry is skilled enough in the role to actually make you sympathetic for him as he opens up to Morgan moments before committing suicide-by-cop.
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