Abby Sciuto is the forensic specialist on NCIS.

She is, in the words of NCIS agent Tony DiNozzo, "a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms."

Sciuto's gothic style of dress and her interest in death and the supernatural enigmatically contrast with a generally positive, hyperactive demeanor.

Abby is depicted as fiercely loyal to her team and even considers them family, which frequently leaves her distressed when danger arises on the show.

Abby has at least 11 tattoos on her neck, arms, back, ankle and other places. She is often seen with her stuffed hippo named "Bert" that makes farting noises when squeezed.

Born to deaf parents, she likes her music loud. Like boss Gibbs, with whom she is close, Abby enjoys caffeine, primarily in the form of a fictional drink called "Caf-Pow."

Sciuto graduated with full honors from LSU with a triple major in sociology, criminology and psychology.

She has her master's degree from Georgia State University in criminology and forensic science.

Abby's unusual outlook on life comes into play often in the series - always luckily for us!

Abby Sciuto Quotes

Abby: I only take orders from one person: Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Unless he asks me to do it, it doesn't get done!

Gibbs: No costume this year?
Abby: After last year's Jonas Brothers debacle, Vance banned costumes. McGee? Skinny jeans? Didn't work.

NCIS Quotes

‘You think you’re alone in the dark. Close your eyes. Remember everything good.’ My mom said that to me just before she died. Smart lady.

Gibbs

Morrow: There's a connection between the death of that Navy Seal and what's happening with your team.
Vance: What kind of connection?
Morrow: The murder of Eli David opened a political can of worms that was much bigger than anyone expected.
Vance: Eli and Arash Kazmi wanted to forget a peace. But Bodnar killing them opened the door.
Morrow: Homeland and the CIA wait for chances like this, to stir the pot. Distract governments so that all sorts of recon can happen. The CIA needed Iran to believe Mossad was responsible.
Vance: Are you telling me that Bodnar didn't kill Kazmi?
Morrow: I'm telling you we did it, Leon. The CIA took out Kazmi that night so that Bodnar would end up being the fall guy. Iran and Israel could duke it out while we focused on the real threat. We're all so damned worried about Iran and North Korea when the real threat is here, on home soil.
Vance: It's a shell game isn't it? Keep people distracted.
Morrow: Leon you see why I wanted you to keep your distance?