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

McGee: You know something I don't? Working tonight and tomorrow night?
Tony: No, Tim. It's just that Zoe's parents are in town and they want to have dinner. I'm not ready for that.
Abby: So you deceived her.
Tony: I was put on the spot. I was not prepared.
McGee: Whoa. Hey. What are you afraid of?
Tony: I don't know.
Abby: They're probably really nice.
Tony: I'm sure they are. I've just never had dinner with the parents of a woman I'm seriously involved with.
McGee: That's not true. What about Jon Benois?
Tony: No, technically that wasn't me because I was undercover as Tony DiNardo, professor of film studies. I wasn't myself back then. Meeting the parents for dinner could trigger a whole chain of events.
Abby: It's just dinner, Tony.
Tony: You have dinner yet with Ranger Burt's parents? I didn't think so. Then put down the gavel, take off the robe and stop judging, both of you.
Abby: Okay.

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!

NCIS Quotes

Cabot: As you know, the Navy is trying harder than ever to eradicate sexual assault in their ranks.
Gibbs: Was Ensign Tate a rape suspect?
Cabot: Right to the point, as always. No Gibbs, Tate was a second-party complainant. He reported an assault on behalf of a friend.

McGee: I should have been here when you woke up.
Delilah: You're here now.