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|“||This ends now. Confess your sins.||„|
|~ Hankel while torturing Spencer Reid|
Tobias Hankel is the main antagonist of the Criminal Minds episodes "The Big Game" and "Revelations". He is a mentally ill serial killer who murders people according to a warped view of Christianity, and at the behest of his other personalities, "Charles" and "Raphael".
Hankel is a religious zealot who kills people who offend his extremist reading of the Bible, believing that he is cleansing the world of sin. He also suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, and commits his crimes while under the influence of his two alternate personalities, those being "Charles", who takes the form of his abusive, fanatically religious father, whom Tobias himself murdered with said murder being his stressor, and "Raphael", an all-powerful Archangel sent by God to destroy sinners. "Tobias" functions as a superego, trying (and usually failing) to keep the others from hurting people and in the case of Reid, trying to lessen his victim's suffering.
Hankel is also a recovering drug addict who suffered brain damage as a result of years of substance abuse.
In his daily life, he works as a software technician, and installs secret webcams in the houses of his victims so he can record their deaths and relive the experience later.
Hankel begins his murder spree shortly after killing his father, choosing a wealthy couple as his first victims because he felt they were guilty of the sin of greed. He then witnesses a woman on his webcam cheating on her husband, kidnaps her and kills her lover, and calls 9-11 to tell the police what he has done. He takes her to his family's farm, intending to torture and kill her and broadcast it over the Internet. The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team are called to the crime scene and discover Hankel's streaming site, but too late to save the woman; they watch helplessly while Hankel feeds her to a pack of dogs while she is still alive.
Hankel's personalities get into an argument following this murder, with "Charles" slapping "Tobias" and ordering him to kill again. BAU agents Spencer Reid and Jennifer Jareau surprise him and try to arrest him, but Hankel takes Reid hostage and flees.
As "Charles", Hankel tortures Reid by beating the soles of his feet, intent on forcing him to confess his sins. When Reid refuses, "Charles" dry-fires a pistol at him to frighten him into submission, and tries to force him to choose someone for "Raphael" to kill. Hankel murders another couple as Reid watches, helpless. When he returns to the barn, however, he finds that the BAU team have destroyed his website with a computer virus. Enraged, Hankel orders Reid to choose which one of his coworkers is to die. Knowing that his fellow agents are watching, Reid chooses Unit Manager Aaron Hotchner and misquotes a passage from Genesis to give them a clue as to where he is.
Under Hankel's torture, Reid reveals that he had his mother committed to a mental hospital, which Hankel calls a sinful failure to honor one's parents. He drags Reid to a nearby cemetery and forces him to dig his own grave, even considering burying him alive so he can "think about what he did.". Reid manages to distract him long enough to get his gun and shoot him. The "Charles" and "Raphael" personalities are "killed", leaving only "Tobias", who thanks Reid for setting him free as he dies.