James Aubrey is a junior FBI agent working under Booth and the newest main character on Bones, he replaced Lance Sweets after his death.

Aubrey: Another job well done by Agent James.

-- The Carpals in the Coy-Wolves


His father, Philip Aubrey, was a high-profile stock trader, but was arrested when James was 13 for running a Ponzi scheme. When released on bail, he ran away to Croatia while leaving James and his mother broke and on their own. He revealed that he had a hand in arresting his father in The Next in the Last.

Aubrey: My father is Philip Aubrey. Maybe you've heard of him. He stole billions from his clients, so I know how this works. So you say that you don't have an account worth 4.6, because today the value might be 4.63 or 4.8. So, in your twisted little mind, you've told the truth. And if the account's in the name of some holding company, then you can honestly report that you don't have anything that belongs to Christopher Pelant and Associates. Now, you should know that I actually helped bring down my own father, Mr. Dunlop. So bringing you down will be a piece of cake. And as my friends here can attest, I love cake.

-- The Next In The Last

Physical Appearance Edit

Despite eating his weight in food, he maintains a fine physique. In The Lost Love in the Foreign Land, he told Booth that he has a blood sugar issue. Caroline refers to him as 'scrawny.' Jessica tried to motivate him to go on a "junk food cleanse" in The New Tricks in the Old Dogs, but he fell off the wagon after a day describing it as a sacrifice that a man should not have to make.

Aubrey: Huh?! Come on! I'm, like, a Forensic Food-ologist!

-- The Flaw in the Saw


Aubrey is witty, smart, and clever, although he can break down. He can be arrogant at times. He also gets easily excited and can be described as eccentric; for example, he finds it easier to remember a specific fact when he is distracted about something completely unrelated. Early in his career, he tended to focus more on the implications of certain cases before recognising the human element, such as when he was enthusiastic about the potential of nailing a human trafficking ring before he saw the victims of the ring and realized the human element of the case. He likes children and is shown to be good with them as well.

Aubrey: (Looks at Christine sleeping on the couch) Aww. That is adorable. I gotta get one of those.

-- The Conspiracy in the Corpse

Season 10 Edit

In Season 10 Aubrey shows up as someone who Sweets trusts within the FBI. The deputy director of the FBI has Aubrey follow Booth around and make sure he stays out of trouble. Sweets immediately accepts him as a part of the investigation team, as do the rest following the death of the former as the season goes on. He is concerned of Booth, especially in relation to his gambling addiction. During the season he serves as a comic relief character of sorts.

Season 11Edit

In Season 11 Aubrey becomes more or less a full member of the team. Like in the previous season, the duration of the season consists of the Junior Agent being used as comic relief. But the mid-season finale starts with a body being examined in the field by Hodgins, Cam, and a few other policemen when a bomb goes off from inside the corpse. The blast kills 4 police officers. Aubrey grabs Hodgins and pulls him out of the way, shielding him with his own body. The shot ends with Aubrey on top of Hodgins, a pool of blood growing underneath them. Hodgins is 'fine', and is released as soon as they reach the hospital. Hodgins said he saw them wheeling in his partner and that it didn't look good. He was in surgery for three hours, getting seven pieces of shrapnel taken from his upper torso. Bones was very worried he would die, voicing her concerns to Booth. Aubrey wakes up to find that Jessica Warren had already visited him 2 times. He later sneaks out of the hospital to get in on the case, and earns a lot of concerned shouting from Booth.

In The Doom in the Boom, when a booby-trapped body explodes, Aubrey saves Hodgins' life, pulling him out of the way and using his own body to shield Hodgins. Four other cops are killed in the blast, leaving Hodgins and Aubrey the only survivors besides Cam who had stepped away before the explosion. Though Aubrey is seriously wounded, he survives and uses himself as bait to help catch the teenage killers. Thanks to Aubrey, Hodgins survives, but later suffers complications that leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

In The Last Shot at a Second Chance, Jessica Warren was almost hit by a car, but Aubrey pulls her away at the last second. Afterwards, they share a very passionate kiss on the sidewalk.

Season 12Edit

In The Tutor in the Tussle, Aubrey has to deal with the return of his father Philip and whether or not to turn him in. Philip claims that he has a new family and needs Aubrey's help. Aubrey chooses to turn Philip in, having him arrested by FBI agents at the Royal Diner. Aubrey tells his father to never take credit for how he turned out as Aubrey became a good man in spite of his father, not because of him. Booth reassures Aubrey that he did the right thing and reveals that he has uncovered that Philip's so-called family was just another con he was trying to pull on Aubrey.

In The Radioactive Panthers in the Party, Booth allows Aubrey to take lead on a case which he is able to get a confession from. At the end, Booth reveals that Aubrey has been offered a job as a Supervisory Special Agent in Los Angeles and the case was a test to see if he could handle it as a result, Jessica Warren breaks up with him in The Day in the Life.

In The End in the End, Aubrey aids Booth and Brennan in finally stopping Mark Kovac. Afterwards, Aubrey reveals to Booth and Caroline Julian that he has decided not to move to LA after all. Instead, the same position has opened up in the Washington, DC office and he has accepted it. Having broken up with Jessica, Aubrey apparently turns his attentions to Karen Delfs who brings him some comfort food that he shares with her.

Notes Edit

  • John Boyd, the actor who portrays Aubrey, was initially supposed to be a secondary character. However, with the departure of John Francis Daley, he was promoted to main character and received opening credits from The Lance to the Heart onward.
  • John Boyd is the real-life son of Guy Boyd, the man who plays Philip Aubrey in "The Tutor in the Tussle," Aubrey's father.


  • Booth regards him as a brotherly figure, and sees him as the only "brother" he has left.
  • Aubrey is revealed to have extensive knowledge of the history of the FBI when he helps the gang terminate Glen Durant's shadow government.
  • Aubrey is shown to have an intense dislike for the rich, even more than Booth. He also seems to have a hatred for the capitalist system at large. This is due to his father, a Wall Street banker and fraudster, building a Ponzi scheme, and then skipping bail after being arrested and leaving Aubrey and his mother alone and destitute. (The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round)
  • He is shown to have a more-than-competent understanding of chemistry, which he took as a subject (perhaps at AP level).
  • John Boyd is, to date, the Bones actor who was promoted the fastest to main character from supporting character, after appearing in only one episode.
  • He minored in religion in college, and he's very well-versed in the Bible.
  • In the episode The Puzzler In The Pit, Aubrey says he had a grandmother with dementia.
  • Towards the beginning of Season 10 in The Geek in the Guck, James starts to take an interest in the "cute squint", Jessica Warren. The two develop a type friendship, and their feelings for each other are hinted to be more than just those of simple friendship on several occasions. James referred to the two as the "Bones and Booth 2.0" (The Woman in the Whirlpool), although their positions as Booth and Brennan's associates makes them more like "Sweets and Daisy 2.0."
  • He can play the guitar quite well, as shown in The Cowboy in the Contest.
  • In The Geek in the Guck, it is revealed that he enjoys playing video games.
  • In The Brother in the Basement, Aubrey revealed that his favorite cheap whiskey is Old Foglesong which, according to Caroline Julian, is the cheapest of the cheap whiskey. It was named after one of the co-producers of Bones, Keith Foglesong.
  • Aubrey stated that his favorite spice is cinnamon. He stated that he has it with his coffee at the FBI office in The Death in the Defense.
  • Aubrey said that his father's name was Phillip Aubrey in The Next in the Last, but Karen Delfs called him Benjamin Aubrey in The Fight in the Fixer.
  • Aubrey is a fan of the Chicago Cubs (The Murder of the Meninist).
  • Aubrey was part of an a cappella group back in college. In the 2001 National Collegiate A Cappella Championship, his team won 11th place for singing "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)."
  • Aubrey called himself a "Forensic Food-ologist" in The Flaw in the Saw. He has been shown in previous episodes, such as in The Price for the Past, that he can discern subtle differences in different foods with similar ingredients just by tasting them as well as determining whether something is all organic or filled with preservatives just by the aftertaste.
  • He dislikes rats.
  • He can easily recognize clothing textiles, such as gabardine pants on a victim.
  • He is knowledgable about the classics, such as Seneca's writings.
  • Despite teasing the squints, he owns a book entitled "Forensics for Knuckleheads."


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