|Alias|| The Black Queen|
The Dirty Dozen
|Family|| Unnamed mother (deceased)|
Unnamed stepfather (deceased)
Four unnamed brothers (statuses unknown)
Henry LaMontagne (godson)
Hank Spencer Morgan (godson)
|Occupation|| BAU Special Agent|
|Portrayed By||Kirsten Vangsness|
Penelope Garcia is the BAU's Technical Analyst and also the team's Media Liaison Officer.
Garcia's parents died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver when she was eighteen. They were out looking for her, as she still hadn't gone home by her curfew. She has stated that after her parents died, she dropped out of the California Institute of Technology, went "underground" but continued to teach herself computer coding, and became a Goth. She had been placed on one of the FBI's lists that concerned a small handful of extremely talented yet dangerous hackers in the world, and the FBI recruited her from there. Prior to her recruitment, she was a vigilante hacker mentored by Shane Wyeth, who would hack into companies and other businesses whom she felt were engaged in criminal activities, which attracted the attention of the FBI. Her hacker nickname was "The Black Queen", likely due to her habit of dressing in black, Gothic clothing and makeup. She was arrested by the BAU in 2004 while they were investigating a case, and she was given a choice to either work for them as their Technical Analyst (as Hotch deduced a kind and loving nature from her cyber-protests) or serve jail time; she decided to accept the job. At some point, she struck a friendship with fellow hacker Monty.
On Beyond BordersEdit
Garcia briefly appeared in Denial, in which she went to Monty's office in search of her coffee mug. However, he convinces her that he doesn't have it, as he doesn't drink coffee. She leaves, but not before reminding him of a party that is about to occur at her house. Once Garcia is gone, Monty reveals that he does have the cup, but was using it to drink tea.
Garcia reappeared in Lost Souls, where she was called in by the IRT to assist Monty in interrogating and placating some of the families of a church group that went missing in Tanzania. She later watches with Monty when the victims are reunited with their families.