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Kimball Cho

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Portrayed by Tim Kang
Name Kimball Cho
First appearance Pilot
Status Alive
Last appearance White Orchids
Profession FBI Supervisory Special Agent (2016-)
FBI Special Agent (2015-16)
CBI Special Agent (?-2013)
U.S. Army Special Forces (Former)
Family Elise Chaye (ex-girlfriend)
Summer Edgecombe (ex-girlfriend)
Kimball Cho is a former member of the CBI team, along with Teresa Lisbon, Patrick Jane, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt. He is a very serious person who always follows cases "by the book" like Teresa Lisbon, as opposed to Jane's unique take on investigations. He mainly acts as the interrogator, because he is very persuasive and an excellent listener. He had a very beautiful girlfriend, who appeared in episode Blood In, Blood Out, where we learn a lot about his past. He has unsuspected skills as a ladies' man which he displays in the episode Crimson Casanova. He's always careful with his money and is a bit superstitious, as we see in the episode Red Rum.

PersonalityEdit

While he is a very serious and stoic, by the book person he is very willing to follow Jane's investigations and he is very behind Lisbon, almost unwilling to follow anyone except Lisbon or Jane. He is also very good at dealing with Jane's collateral damage and is a first class interrogator, as he lays down all the facts and then the possible scenarios that could have played out in a sympathetic way.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

When he was younger, Cho was a member of a gang called the Avon Park Playboys; his nickname in the gang was "the Iceman". After spending some time in juvenile detention, he apparently got on the straight and narrow and joined the U.S. Army where he served in Asia with the 1st Special Forces Group.

SeriesEdit

Season 6Edit

After the death of Red John at Patrick's hands and the shutdown of CBI, Cho joined the FBI after completing the Quantico training. He works alongside Supervising Agent Dennis Abbott, Agent Kim Fischer and Agent Jason Wiley.

Season 7Edit

Cho is promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in "Copper Bullet" after it is revealed that his boss, Abbott, is transferring to Washington.

TriviaEdit

  • According to Van Pelt, Cho hates pineapple (The Thin Red Line).
  • As seen in the episode His Red Right Hand, he avoids drinking most alcohol; in this episode everyone has drinks in memory of their colleagues who have died but while Cho raises the glass, he doesn't drink from it, but drinks water instead. In Red Scare, Cho sniffs the wine offered at the end of the episode, but then sets his glass down on the table.
  • Cho seems to enjoy reading as he is seen reading books in a variety of episodes.
  • He used to work for a Narcotics division. (Devil's Cherry)
  • According to a character list from the Pilot script, Cho was originally named "Kendall Cho", came "from twenty generations of farmers" and had a family.
  • He has unexpected skills as a ladies' man which he displays in the episode Crimson Casanova.
  • He is a bit superstitious as we see in the episode Red Rum.
  • He is the only character, along with Teresa Lisbon and the protagonist Patrick Jane, who appeared in every single episode of the series.
  • As a teen, Cho was involved in a gang called the Avon Park Playboys, in which he committed one or more crimes

AppearancesEdit

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Two M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M N/A 23
Three M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M 24
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Five M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M N/A 22
Six M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M N/A 22
Seven M M M M M M M M M M M M M N/A 13
Total 151


Special Agent in Charge
Virgil Minelli (Retired) • Madeleine Hightower (Retired) • J.J. LaRoche (†) • Luther Wainwright (†) • Gale Bertram (†) • Teresa Lisbon (Resigned)
Lisbon's Team
Teresa LisbonWayne RigsbyKimball ChoGrace Van PeltPatrick Jane (Consultant) • Stephen Hannigan (Transferred)
Bosco's Team
Sam Bosco (†) • Rebecca Anderson (†) • Marlon Hicks (†) • Mark Dyson (†) • Nick Martinez (†)
Haffner's Team
Ray Haffner (†) • Rick TorkAnthony NiskinEd Masterson
Other Members

Brett Partridge (†) • Roy Carmen (Arrested) • Brenda Shettrick (Arrested) • Oscar Ardiles (†) • Tamsin WadeCBI KarlCBI RonVint Molinari


FBI Austin Office

Abbott's Team

Dennis AbbottTeresa LisbonKimball ChoKim Fischer (Transferred) • Jason WylieMichelle Vega (†) • Patrick Jane (Consultant)




Start a Discussion Discussions about Kimball Cho

  • Girlfriend?

    8 messages
    • I think he's had two girlfriends, Elise (who was nice) and Summer (who i didn't like at all) but they both left. Am I the only one who thinks...
    • Yeah but Fischer has a sort of thing for Jane.. but seeing as that is not going to happen I think she will stay relationshipless.. but you ne...

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