Tobias Fornell
Gender: Male   Male
Status: Alive
Family members: Emily Fornell (daughter) †
Diane Sterling (ex-wife) †
  Occupation Affiliation Rank / Title
 ●   Federal Agent   FBI   Special Agent
Portrayed by: Joe Spano
 First Appearance
  ●   NCIS: Yankee White (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   NCIS: n/a- recurring character.
List of Appearances

Tobias C. Fornell or "T.C. Fornell" is a former FBI Special Agent who occasionally works with the NCIS Major Case Response Team and who is also good friends with the team's leader, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

In addition, Fornell would work alongside the NCIS team if a case crosses over into the jurisdiction of the FBI.

Following a case concerning Gabriel Hicks in November 2017, Fornell resigned from the FBI and now works as a Private Investigator.

Biography

Pre-Series

Much of Fornell's past is unknown but at some point, he met and married Diane Sterling which the two have a daughter named Emily Fornell.

Unfortunately, they later divorced, parting on bitter terms.

At some point, Fornell also joined the FBI and rose up through the ranks from being a Junior Agent to Senior Agent and then finally, a Special Agent.

NCIS Season 1

NCIS Season 2

NCIS Season 3

NCIS Season 4

NCIS Season 5

NCIS Season 6

NCIS Season 7

NCIS Season 8

NCIS Season 9

NCIS Season 10

NCIS Season 11

NCIS Season 12

NCIS: New Orleans Season 1

NCIS Season 13

Personality

Tobias Fornell was an agent who always looked out to find the truth. He is the sort to have both a tough and a soft side. Mostly seen having a close friendship with Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS the two often poke fun at each and have their jokes. Tobias keeps those he loves close to his heart such as late ex wife Diane Sterling where you can see he really opens up. Overall Tobias is a fun loving guy and would protect those he loves any means necessary.

Appearance

Tobias is 5’10 with a thin stature and has dark grey hair occasionally having a beard. He has a tanned complexion and is often seen sporting a black suit and tie.

Abilities

Interrogation

Trivia

  • In the Season 1 premiere episode, "Yankee White", William Baer was heard calling Fornell "Tom" which hinted that it was "Tom Fornell" although the NCIS writers presumably later changed it to "Tobias" to avoid confusion between Fornell and Thomas Morrow who was NCIS Director at the time.
  • At forty episodes, Fornell is the longest-running recurring character associated with the main NCIS series itself to have appeared in various episodes across NCIS Seasons 1 to 16 and 18. In addition to this, Fornell is also the only recurring character to appear in every season of the main NCIS series. NCIS Season 17 is the only season that he doesn't appear, although he is mentioned in Musical Chairs (episode) and Lonely Hearts (episode).

Appearances

For a more detailed list, see Tobias Fornell/List of Appearances.

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Season 3 - X - - - - - X X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 3
Season 4 - X - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - X - - X N/A 4
Season 5 - - - X - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - N/A 2
Season 6 - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - 2
Season 7 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - X - - - - N/A 2
Season 8 - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - N/A 2
Season 9 - - - - - - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - N/A 2
Season 10 X - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X N/A 3
Season 11 X X - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - X X - - - - - N/A 5
Season 12 - - - - - - - - - - - X - - X - - - - - - - - - N/A 2
Season 13 - - - - - - - - - X - - - - X - - - - - X X X X N/A 6
Season 14 X - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 3
Season 15 - - - - - - X - - - - - - X X - - - - - - X - - N/A 4
Season 16 - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X N/A 2
Season 17 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 0
Season 18 X - X - X - - - X - - - - - - - N/A 4
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