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: Have the bad things been outweighing the good things all these years and I just ever noticed?
McGee: What do you mean?
Abby: All I ever wanted was to help people with the truth. And I've done that, but then bad still won sometimes. And I just want to file it away, like it never happened so I can go back to being happy.
McGee: There's nothing wrong with that.
Abby: Yes there is McGee because sometimes the Cutwrights and the Dunns, they just keep fighting no matter what the truth is. And sometimes Ricki never gets to see her grandpa again. If the bad outweighs the good then that means that I'm not enough.
McGee: Abby listen to me...
Abby: And if I'm not enough, McGee, then why even try?

Abby: It's okay. Breena's fine. Breathe. Good. Now hurry up and get to the hospital because Breena is in labor.
McGee: Jimmy? Did you hear what she said? She just said Breena's having a baby. I think you broke him.

NCIS Quotes

Abby: Have the bad things been outweighing the good things all these years and I just ever noticed?
McGee: What do you mean?
Abby: All I ever wanted was to help people with the truth. And I've done that, but then bad still won sometimes. And I just want to file it away, like it never happened so I can go back to being happy.
McGee: There's nothing wrong with that.
Abby: Yes there is McGee because sometimes the Cutwrights and the Dunns, they just keep fighting no matter what the truth is. And sometimes Ricki never gets to see her grandpa again. If the bad outweighs the good then that means that I'm not enough.
McGee: Abby listen to me...
Abby: And if I'm not enough, McGee, then why even try?

Abby: It's okay. Breena's fine. Breathe. Good. Now hurry up and get to the hospital because Breena is in labor.
McGee: Jimmy? Did you hear what she said? She just said Breena's having a baby. I think you broke him.