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Animal is a major antagonist in the crime drama TV series Criminal Minds. He is a narcissistic serial killer who appears as the main antagonist of the Season 4 episode "Brothers in Arms".
He was portrayed by David St. Pierre.
Very little is known about Animal, other than he was a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, and was beat up both by his father and big brother in childhood. As an adult, he constantly tried to prove his superiority, and eventually joined an underground fight club. Because of his size and lack of strength, Animal was beat in every fight and was defeated easily. After being beaten in a fight by a bouncer named Boom, Animal snapped and killed him with a gun outside of the club he worked for. Feeling powerful and superior from the murder, Animal decided to kill again, this time targeting a gang member named Bobby Q. The police thought the murder was gang-related and didn't investigate the murder further. A while later, Animal started targeting cops, first shooting an officer when he approached his window at a traffic stop.
The next victims are two cops that he lures with a fake 911 call. With a third officer murdered and the Phoenix Police Commander believing that he's dealing with a serial killer, the Behavioral Analysis Unit are put on the case. The rest of the police force aren't too happy with the FBI being called in and still believe that the shootings are gang-related. Two more officers respond to another fake 911 call and spot Animal standing next to a body. They believe it's two bums, until Animal lights the body on fire and runs away into an alley. The officers try to put out the fire, but one of them goes after Animal. The other officer puts out the fire and realizes the body's just a mannequin and that it's a trap. Before he can warn his buddy, Animal shoots him. While Animal tries to perform his ritual, he has a shootout with the other officer.
Still believing that the murderer is a gang-banger named Playboy, the police arrest him. Agent Derek Morgan interrogates him and finds out about the murder of Playboy's lieutenant Bobby Q. After looking into the murder, they're able to connect it with the officer murders, along with the murder of a nightclub bouncer. By talking to the bartender at the nightclub about the bouncer, the BAU find the underground fighting club and ask the guy who runs it, Beanie, if he remembers a weakling who lost every fight. The leader recalls a guy named "Animal" and is taken to the station to describe the man to a sketch artist.
With pressure rising, the BAU set a trap for the killer, by having Agent Aaron Hotchner do a public speech telling everyone that the FBI is taking over the investigation, effectively making himself a target. After a fake tip to the police, Animal attempts to kill Hotch, but falls right into the trap and is apprehended by Agent Derek Morgan. While he is being lead into the station by police, Playboy shoots him as revenge for killing Bobby Q.
List of Victims
- 1: Mickey "Boom" Reese
- 2: Robert "Bobby Q" Quinones
- 3: Officer Jason Kessinger
- 4: Sergeant Manuel Rodriguez
- 5: Officer Thomas Kayser
- 6: Officer Mark Cunningham
- Along with taking a trophy, Animal's ritual was to put his hand around the victim's neck. He learned this from the fight club, where it was to demonstrate that the opponent had the other's life in their hands, and therefore was superior.