Aaron Hotchner

Aaron Hotchner

    Criminal Minds
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… with his mother, father, and younger brother. His father was a lawyer, and Aaron became a prosecuting attorney for a while to follow in his father’s footsteps. He wanted his younger brother to become a lawyer as well, but both boys ended up following different career paths.

Living… with his wife and his son in the Washington D.C. area. He works in nearby Quantico, Virginia, at the FBI base there.

Profession… unit chief of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. The BAU is responsible for using psychological profiles to catch criminals such as serial killers, serial arsonists, and terrorists. Aaron, known as "Hotch" to his team, is the supervisor of all the agents, and also gets into the field himself.

Interests… not many. Hotch is completely dedicated to his work, and that doesn’t leave him a lot of time to spend with his wife and son or do much of anything else.

Relationship Status… married. He first met his wife, Haley, in high school, and even joined a theatre group just to get close to her.  Their marriage was happy. But lately Haley hasn’t been too happy with how much time Hotch spends at work – especially because his work is so dangerous.

Challenge… keeping his family together, and catching the bad guys. Hotch struggles to get away from his work to spend time with his family, but at the same time he’s a workaholic and doesn’t really want to take time off. After all, the BAU goes after some of the worst criminals in the country, so can he really justify focusing on anything else?

Personality… serious, disciplined, and determined. Hotch does things by-the-book, and rarely lets the cases ruffle his feathers. He keeps his cool and doesn’t allow anyone to provoke him into losing his temper. He does have a bone-dry sense of a humor, but he keeps it well-hidden, unless he’s around his family. Only then does a more carefree side emerge.


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