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They always lie.
~ Marvin Doyle
They killed my parents.
~ Marvin Doyle

Marvin Doyle, also known as The Vigilante, is a major antagonist in the crime-drama TV series Criminal Minds. He is a vigilante serial killer who appears as the main antagonist of the Season 1 episode A Real Rain.

He is portrayed by Ethan Phillips.

Biography

Marvin Doyle worked as a court stenographer, often having to witness guilty people get acquitted of their crimes. In 2004, Marvin's parents were murdered in an attempted robbery. This triggered him and made him start constantly hearing the voices of the guilty people he had seen declared innocent. Wanting to make the voices stop, Doyle began murdering controversial defendants whose cases he had to transcribe. He started by killing a man acquitted of vehicular manslaughter and a woman acquitted of homicide.

A Real Rain

Doyle's third kill was a cab driver who was charged with domestic abuse, but was acquitted. He took a ride in the cab to a desolate part of Manhattan, then when he got there, he shot the cab driver. The BAU were called in to help investigate the murders and deduced from the crime scene that the unsub was an insecure, but organized male who won't stop killing until he's caught. That night, Doyle waits for a priest who was charged with pedophilia, but was found not guilty. While waiting, an old woman starts speaking to him, asking if he's okay, but Doyle doesn't hear her. She leaves and Doyle gets into the confessional booth, opens the window and shoots the priest.

The BAU respond to the scene and interview the witness who tells them that the unsub's behavior was strange, like he was in his own head, and his hands were constantly acting like they were playing the piano. The witness also tells them about the pedophilia charge that the priest was acquitted of. After learning that, Hotch asks Garcia to look into the other victims' pasts for criminal records. Sure enough, each victim had a criminal charge that they were acquitted of. The first victim, Rachel Holman, accidentally killed her boyfriend with a heroin overdose. The second victim, Kaveh Surrani, was drunk-driving when he crashed his car into another and killed somebody. With this new information, the BAU profile the unsub as a vigilante.

While the BAU are having dinner at a Chinese restaurant, Doyle murders a man named Shawn Cooley who killed two cops, but was let off because the only witness to the crime was murdered. The next night, Doyle's crimes inspire a narcissistic security guard named Will Sykes to go out in the park looking for a criminal to murder. However, he kills an undercover cop and tries to take credit for Doyle's murders. Gideon is aware that it's not him and tricks him by asking him if the pedophilia charge was why he stabbed the priest in the groin. Sykes agrees saying the priest deserved it, unintentionally revealing that he's not the vigilante.

While looking in the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, Morgan talks to a clerk and finds out that court transcripts are usually three months late, meaning that the vigilante shouldn't have known about Derbin's trial, unless he was apart of it. This eventually leads to Hotch asking Garcia to look up the court stenographer for each of the cases, which turns out to be Marvin Doyle. Hotch asks her to look and see if Doyle was ever apart of a violent crime which leads to them finding out about Doyle's parents. Now sure that they have their man, they go to the court house to find him, but he's called in sick.

The BAU go to his house, meanwhile Doyle stalks a man who murdered his parents because he claimed they were abusing him. The BAU dig through Doyle's transcripts and find the one he's targeting. Doyle follows Ted into his apartment and shoots him. He holds him at gunpoint, when the BAU arrive and point their guns at him. Gideon tries to reason with Doyle, and it seems like Doyle is surrendering, but Hotch shoots Doyle for unexplained reasons. The episode ends with the press interviewing people; with some people claiming Doyle was a hero, some claiming he wasn't.

List of Victims

  • 1: Rachel Holman - Shot in the chest, stabbed in the ear with a flint knife.
  • 2: Kaveh Surrani - Shot, stabbed in the ear with a flint knife.
  • 3: Walter Derbin - Shot, stabbed in the ear with a flint knife.
  • 4: Father Breeman - Shot, stabbed in the ear with a flint knife.
  • 5: Shawn Cooley - Shot, stabbed in the ear with a flint knife.

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Trivia

  • Hotch shooting Doyle might've been something to do with the story Gideon told about their first case in Iowa when a child serial killer, Gideon talked into surrendering, went on to kill another kid after being released.
  • Hotch shooting Doyle is sort of a What the Hell, Hero moment, because Doyle wasn't a bad person, just mentally ill.
    • Though, it might've been because Doyle looked like he was about to shoot Gideon.
  • Marvin Doyle's case is compared to and was likely inspired by the 1984 NY Subway Shooting

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Adrian Bale | Bruno Hawks | Clara Hayes | Cory Bridges | David Walker | Donald Curtis | Eddie Mays | Edward Hill | Hassan Nadir | Jackson Cally & His Tribe | Jacob Dawes | L.D.S.K. | Maggie Lowe | Mark Gregory | Mary Mays | Pablo Vargas | Richard Slessman | Ted Bryar | The Fisher King | The Footpath Killer | The Fox | The Keystone Killer | The Seattle Strangler | The Tommy Killer | The Vigilante | Vincent Perotta | Vincent Shyer


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Ben Foster | Bill Thomas | Blake Wells | Drew Jacobs | Greg Phinney | Hollis Walker Jr. | Ian Doyle | James Barrett | James Stanworth | James Thomas | Jane Gould | Jeremy Sayer | Johnson County Brotherhood | Kaman Scott | Lucy | Prince of Darkness | Ray Donovan | Rhett Walden | Robert Bremmer | Shane Wyland | Shelley Chamberlain | Steve | Sydney Manning | The Butcher


Season 7
Bill Rogers | Caleb Rossmore | Chase Whitaker | Chloe Donaghy | Chris Shelton | Clark Preston | Colonel Ron Massey | Curtis Banks | Cy Bradstone | Donald and Linda Collins | Dylan Kohler | George Kelling Harvey Morell | Herman Scobie | Ian Doyle | Izzy Rogers | James Heathridge | J.B. Allen | Jeffrey Collins | Jimmy Hall | Lachlan McDermott | Lieutenant Tawes | Luke Dolan | Malcolm Ford | Margaret Hallman | Matthew Downs | Mike Janeczko | Richard Gerace | Robert Adams | Rodney Garrett | The Face Cards | The Piano Man | Thomas Yates | Travis James | Trevor Mills


Season 8
Adam Rain | Arthur Rykov | Bryan Hughes | Carl Buford | Carl Finster | Chad Mills | Darlene Beckett | David Roy Turner | Diane Turner | Donnie Bidwell | Ellen Russell | Emma Kerrigan | Jason Nelson | John Nelson | Jonathan Ray Covey | Larry Feretich | Mark Jackson | Matt and Josh Moore | Paul Westin | Peter Harper | Phillip Connor | Raoul Whalen | Rodney Harris | Sera Morrison | Tess Mynock | The Replicator | The Silencer | Toby Whitewood | Tory Chapman | Willie Kestler


Season 9
Alan and Judith Anderson | Anton Harris | Carla Hines | Charles Johnson | Clifford Walsh | Colin Bramwell Daniel Milworth | Daria Samsen | David Wade Cunningham | Eddie Lee Wilcox | Eric Carcani | Ian Little | Jesse Gentry | Joe Bachner | John Nichols | Justin Mills | Leland Duncan | Mecklinburg Rapists | Nicole Jones | Owen McGregor | Owen McGregor's Partners | Ronald Underwood | Sheila Harrison | Sue Walsh | Tanner Johnson | The Doctor | Wallace Hines | Wayne Gulino | William Harding | Woodsman Killer


Season 10
Alex Zorgen | Allen Archer | Andrew Ford | Benton Farland | Brian Stiller | Chad Griffith | Claire Dunbar | Colin Dupley | Dale Shavers | Danny Stokes | Dinah Troy | Don Black | Donna Mangold | Donnie Mallick | Ellen Connell | Frank Cosgrove | Hayman Vasher | Jack Westbrook | James Burke | Jerry Tidwell | John David Bidwell | Jon Kanak | Justin Leu | Kyle Zorgen | Leo Jenkins | Marc Clifford | Miles Hendrick | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Butler | Patrick Jon Murphy | Peter Folkmore | Randall Jefferson Jones | Steven Parkett | The Mirror Man | Weeks


Season 11
Andrew Meeks | Antonia Slade | Chazz Montolo | Claude Barlow | Dana Seavers | Eric Rawdon | Flora Martin Giuseppe Montolo | Jacob DuFour | John Bradley | Johnson | Joseph Berzon | Lester Turner | Matthew Franks | Michael Thompson | Michael Peterson | Miss .45 | Mitchell Crossford | Mr. Scratch | Patrick Sorenson | Randy Jacobs | Robert Boles | Sam Burnett | Skull Tattoo Man | The Beantown Beheader | The Bomber | The Chemist | The Sniper | Tommy Larson | William Cochran | William Duke Mason | William Taylor


Season 12
Alan Crawford | Ben Davis | Bryce Jarvis | Cormac Burton | John David Bates | John Malone | Jonathan Rhodes | Kevin Decker | Kyle Ecklund | Lindsey Vaughn | Lionel Wilkins | Mark Tolson | Miss .45 | Mr. Scratch | Sara McLean | Stuart Barker | The Bone Crusher | The Crimson King | The Henson Twins | Thomas Yates | Trey Gordon | Zeke's Gang


Season 13
Asclepius | Caleb Sands | Cheryl Kaline | Desi Gutierrez | Gabriel Merza | Irene Jacobs | Jake Logan | Jess Carney | Josh Martin | Josh's Partners | Justin Franco | Kevin Peck | Kevon Winters | Lawrence Coleman | Lucky | Marcus Manning | Mark Henshaw | Mary Meadows | Melissa Miller | Michelle Gorman | Mr. Scratch | Mr. X | Sal Capilano | The Believers | The Central Park Ripper | The Messiah | The Neon Terror | Tony Capilano | William Lynch


Season 14
Arthur Brodie | Casey Allen Pinkner | Douglas Knight | Dustin Eisworth | Edward Addison | Elgin Family | Emmanuel Rask | Grace Lynch | Jacob Wallace | James and Marcus Wells | Jeremy Grant | Jordan Halloran | Mary Meadows | Roberta Lynch | Stephanie Carter | The Believers | The Chameleon | The Messiah | The Tall Man | Varnville Unsub | Wayne Hollis


Season 15
Beaumont Unsub | Miss .45 | George Kyle Peters | Grace Lynch | Hayes Cullinan | Juliette Weaver | Louie's Gang | Louis Chaycon | Sebastian Hurst | Shelby Mattson | The Chameleon


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