Vivian Blackadder
Gender: Female   Female
Status: Unknown.
  Occupation Affiliation Rank / Title
 ●   Federal Agent   NCIS   Special Agent
            ●     NCIS: MCRT
 ●   Federal Agent   FBI   Special Agent
Portrayed by: Robyn Lively
 First Appearance
  ●   JAG: Ice Queen (episode).
 Last Appearance
  ●   JAG: Meltdown (episode).
List of Appearances

Vivian "Viv" Blackadder is a former FBI agent who for a time was an NCIS Special Agent and also a member of the main NCIS Major Case Response Team as well as the first ever female partner of NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Pre-Series[edit | edit source]

Born to an unnamed mother and father in an unknown State of America, Viv also had an younger or older brother named Rex Blackadder and lived a relatively happy or content childhood of some sort.

As an adult, she joined the FBI and worked for them as a Special Agent, presumably participating in field work.

However in October 2000, Rex was one of the fatalities in the U.S.S. Cole tragedy which ultimately prompted Viv to quit working for the FBI for good.

Left greatly devastated by Rex's death while also swearing revenge against the terrorists responsible, Viv later applied to join NCIS and after passing the necessary checks and receiving the necessary training at FLETC, was eventually assigned to the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. where she subsequently joined the NCIS Major Case Response Team led by NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Viv presumably also becoming the third member of the main NCIS team and also the partner of fellow NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, DiNozzo having joined the team presumably a few months earlier after resigning from the Baltimore Police Department.

JAG Season 8[edit | edit source]

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Reading Deer Tracks[edit | edit source]

Relationships with Family[edit | edit source]

Rex Blackadder[edit | edit source]

Relationships with Fellow NCIS Colleagues[edit | edit source]

Leroy Jethro Gibbs[edit | edit source]

Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo[edit | edit source]

Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard[edit | edit source]

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto[edit | edit source]

Caitlin "Kate" Todd

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

Viv Blackadder was played by American actress Robyn Lively.

Unfortunately, the character of Blackadder didn't go down with the test audiences who watched "Ice Queen" and Meltdown".

As such, Viv was written out of the series altogether with Lively being dropped from her contract while JAG creator/Executive Donald P. Bellisario remarked in an interview that he thought Lively was too "soft".

When NCIS Season 1 officially began, the position left by Viv's departure went to the newly created character Caitlin Todd played by American actress Sasha Alexander.

Following Kate's death in the NCIS Season 2 finale, "Twilight two years later, Ziva David played by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo took up the position and after Ziva's departure in the Season 11 episode, Past, Present, and Future (episode), Eleanor Bishop played by American actress Emily Wickersham later took over the role and has maintained it to this day.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Viv and her successor, Kate Todd are the only two members of the main NCIS team who do not know anything about Gibbs's first family due to the fact that by the time that the NCIS Season 3 finale episode, Hiatus Part 1 (episode) and Hiatus Part 2 (episode) had aired, Viv had long since left the team and Kate had been killed in the Season 2 finale, Twilight (episode).
  • Along with fellow NCIS Special Agent Don Dobbs, Viv is the only female character whose fate after Meltdown (episode) is not known. In addition, both she and Dobbs are the only two characters from the backdoor pilot have not appeared in any of the episodes of the main NCIS series nor have they been mentioned since then so their respective fates are currently unknown. Given that Vivian blew a sensitive operation and Gibbs has a notoriously low tolerance for such mistakes, it's likely that Vivian resigned or was fired by Gibbs.
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