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: Rule number 70 - keep digging till you hit bottom.
Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.

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

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony