|“||“I want to let it go…I really, really do…but I don’t know how….”||”|
— Steve Jinks
Steve's father, whose status is unknown (but he is presumably deceased) was a chainsmoker. This instilled Steve with a hatred for smoking.
When he was younger, Steve was bullied on at least one occasion, and Olivia protected him.
At some point, Olivia was shot and killed by a young man who attempted to rob their home. Steve's mother, Emma, prevented him from being sentenced to death, which created a rift between her and Steve, who was overwhelmed with grief and wished to see him punished.
Steve attended a college in which he joined a fraternity. While there, he is implied to have participated in book club and yuletide a capella.
Olivia's death motivated Steve to become an ATF agent, which he would accomplish sometime after turning 21. At some point, presumably because of his conflict with his mother, he moved into his own apartment in Jersey City. It is unknown if this was before or after starting or finishing college, and/or before or after becoming an ATF agent.
While an ATF agent, he gained much experience working undercover.
Assignment to Warehouse 13
Jinks was intended to be Agent Bering's replacement, but after she returned to the Warehouse Agent Bering and Agent Lattimer resumed working as a team out in the field while he does any fieldwork with Claudia Donovan if multiple artifacts need to be retrieved at one time. Agent Jinks also has the perfect ability to tell when someone is lying; even if the person lying is a master of deception, he would still be able to tell. However, certain artifacts, such as Richard Nixon's shoes, could nullify the ability. This power has other limitations: Steve seems to be unable to sense general deception, only baldfaced lies; in some ways this makes his power more limited and easier to bypass than Pete Lattimer's vibes or Leena's aura-reading ability. Someone aware of this limitation can use it against him, as Sally Stukowski did. Steve's power seems to need some concentration in order to work, it is active rather than passive.
As revealed in The New Guy, Steve is a Buddhist. The centeredness this gives him apparently makes it possible for him to work the Feng Shui Spiral as Leena did; it is unknown whether any other current Warehouse employee can also successfully do this.
In Trials, Steve revealed to Claudia that he is gay after Claudia thought he was hitting on her.
In Love Sick, Steve revealed to Pete and Myka that he is gay, while Pete & Myka were in a state of drunkenness brought about by contact with W.C. Fields' juggling balls, they inadvertently lured Steve into the bronzing chamber, and temporarily bronzed him. After recovering from their drunkenness, they retraced their movements in the Warehouse and ultimately de-Bronzed Steve.
In Queen For A Day, it was revealed that Steve had an older sister named Olivia Jinks, who was "known for her energy, enthusiasm, kindness and generous personality". As a child, Steve's older sister got him out of a lot of trouble. Olivia was killed at the age of twenty by a young man in a "robbery gone bad." She is the reason Steve joined ATF. Claudia reminds Steve of his older sister.
In The 40th Floor, Pete, Myka, and Steve were sent to apprehend Sally Stukowski. After successfully capturing Stukowski, Stukowski was interrogated first by Artie and then by Mrs. Frederic. During the interrogation, Mrs. Frederic employed a dark artifact to extract information. Steve protested the use of torture on Stukowski and attempted to dissuade Mrs. Frederic from continuing to use the artifact. When she refused, Steve drew his service pistol, and in the ensuing confrontation Stukowski managed to escape from custody. As result of his insubordination, Mrs. Frederic fired Agent Jinks.
In Insatiable, Steve is shown in a bar, where he attempts to purchase a drink but is refused due to his credit card being burned out. Marcus Diamond shows up and offers to pay off Steve's bar tab. He then proceeds to try and get Jinks to join A to Z Technologies. Although reluctant at first, Steve eventually acquiesces.
In Emily Lake, it was revealed that Jinks was working undercover for the Warehouse all the time, his "firing" and "defection" being part of a plan conceived by Jane Lattimer and Mrs. Frederic, but he ended up dead at the airport due to an "undetected heart defect" in the end, presumably caused by the same lethal injection that was used to kill Sally Stukowski.
In An Evil Within, Steve was brought back to life using Johann Maelzel's Metronome, with the help of Claudia and Jane. He had no recollection of being dead and was unaware of his death until he notices the metronome. Angry and confused, he heads towards the patio where he sits and talks with Claudia about how he has trouble dealing with what just happened. Later on in the episode, it is decided that since the side-effects of the metronome are currently unknown, Steve is to be placed under constant supervision. He is last seen going to dinner with the rest of the agents.
In Personal Effects, he discovers the side effect of using the metronome is that injuries he sustains will impact Claudia rather than himself.
In There's Always a Downside, Steve reveals to Myka his potentially dangerous connection with Claudia and the metronome, and how he hasn't yet told Claudia about it. Myka urges him to start looking for a solution that doesn't involve him taking himself off of the metronome - advice which he takes, suggesting to Artie at the end of the episode that he would like to take some time away from missions, processing information about the metronome.
In Fractures, Steve finally reveals to Claudia the connection that the metronome has given them, after Claudia feels the pain of a stab wound that Steve received protecting Artie. Claudia doesn't seemed surprised to receive the news, but says that Steve should've told her. Claudia gets upset when Steve says that he wanted to disconnect himself from the metronome before telling her, and says that now that she knows, they can work as a team to figure out what to do about the connection.
In Second Chance, Steve and Claudia travel to Steve's hometown to visit his mother and see about getting him off the metronome. It is revealed that Steve and his mother have a complicated relationship, but the only way to get him off the metronome is for him to have a complete act of love towards her. He ends up throwing the metronome against the fireplace, shattering it in a burst of light, and miraculously, starts breathing on his own.
In Runaway, Steve's (presumably most recent) ex-boyfriend is revealed to be Liam Napier, a U.S. Marshal who assists the team in covering up the involvement of an artifact in an Arkansas jailbreak. During Claudia's birthday party, he admits that he said a really good goodbye to Liam. Claudia, Pete and Myka eventually find out that he slept with Liam and congratulate him happily.
In Endless, Steve's defining moment is when he and Claudia are shrunk down using H.G. Well's time machine to save Artie. Steve goes inside of Artie's heart, and neutralizes the artifact at the last moment, and ends with him looking at the memory in awe. He then reveals that the moment was Nirvana, but he didn't realize it at the time. He then goes a step further to say that the time capsule is not just the agents gift to the warehouse, but the Warehouse's gift to the agents.
Jinks' status in the Warehouse computer is currently listed as "Un-Deceased." The QR code shown in 'Personal Effects' reads verbatim: "Steven Jinks (W13 Agent NXN43772632-30032). Murdered by Walter Sykes. Revived."
- Lie Detection
- Undercover Experience
- His surname "Jinks" is an alteration of "jinx", a Latin word that means "magic charm". This could be a reference to his ability to tell when others are lying. Additionally, the term "jinxed" is commonly used to refer to being afflicted with bad luck, which could be a reference to both his career and the fact that he was murdered.
- Although his exact age is unknown, ATF agents can only be between 21 and 37 years of age (with exceptions made for military veterans).
- When she learns he was in a fraternity at college, Claudia teases Jinksy by comparing him to Robert Hoover, the straight-laced, by the book House president of Delta Tau Chi, the eponymous Animal House (1978).
- Steve's sister Olivia was originally stated to have been the only casualty of a drive-by gang war, as seen in her obituary at the end of "Queen For A Day". This was later retconned in "Second Chance", where Steve's mother says she was killed by a young man in a robbery gone bad.
- He had a lot of experience going undercover while working as an ATF agent.
- Ironically, he described as a terrible liar in later seasons despite both his experience and ability to detect lies.
- He hates musicals.
- Ironically, his college fraternity had yuletide a capella, which he is implied to have participated in.
- He has the letters 'GMA' tattooed on his left wrist.
- The initials stand for "Good Man Ashmore"; his actor, Aaron Ashmore, got the tattoo to honor his grandfather, who had a similar tattoo of his own.
- It is unknown what these initials stand for in-universe.
- Steve does not appear in:
- Either iteration of the show's opening sequence.
- Showrunner Jack Kenny claims this is because it would have been too expensive to re-shoot the second opening sequence with Steve included
- Either Christmas special ("Secret Santa" and "The Greatest Gift").
- Steve is mentioned in "The Greatest Gift".
- Either webseries ("Of Monsters and Men" and "Grand Designs").
- Either A Touch of Fever or the comic series.
- The front covers for the DVD sets of Seasons Three or Four.
- Either iteration of the show's opening sequence.
|1. "Pilot":||Absent||7. "Implosion":||Absent|
|2. "Resonance":||Absent||8. "Duped":||Absent|
|3. "Magnetism":||Absent||9. "Regrets":||Absent|
|4. "Claudia":||Absent||10. "Breakdown":||Absent|
|5. "Elements":||Absent||11. "Nevermore":||Absent|
|6. "Burnout":||Absent||12. "MacPherson":||Absent|
|1. "Time Will Tell":||Absent||7. "For The Team":||Absent|
|2. "Mild Mannered":||Absent||8. "Merge With Caution":||Absent|
|3. "Beyond Our Control":||Absent||9. "Vendetta":||Absent|
|4. "Age Before Beauty":||Absent||10. "Where and When":||Absent|
|5. "13.1":||Absent||11. "Buried":||Absent|
|6. "Around the Bend":||Absent||12. "Reset":||Absent|
|13. "Secret Santa":||Absent|
|1. "The New Guy":||Debut||7. "Past Imperfect":||Appears|
|2. "Trials":||Appears||8. "The 40th Floor":||Appears|
|3. "Love Sick":||Appears||9. "Shadows":||Mentioned|
|4. "Queen For A Day":||Appears||10. "Insatiable":||Appears|
|5. "3... 2... 1":||Mentioned||11. "Emily Lake":||Appears|
|6. "Don't Hate The Player":||Appears||12. "Stand":||Appears|
|13. "The Greatest Gift":||Mentioned|
|1. "A New Hope":||Appears||11. "The Living and the Dead":||Appears|
|2. "An Evil Within":||Appears||12. "Parks and Rehabilitation":||Appears|
|3. "Personal Effects":||Appears||13. "The Big Snag":||Appears|
|4. "There's Always a Downside":||Appears||14. "The Sky's the Limit":||Appears|
|5. "No Pain, No Gain":||Appears||15. "Instinct":||Appears|
|6. "Fractures":||Appears||16. "Runaway":||Appears|
|7. "Endless Wonder":||Appears||17. "What Matters Most":||Appears|
|8. "Second Chance":||Appears||18. "Lost & Found":||Appears|
|9. "The Ones You Love":||Appears||19. "All the Time in the World":||Appears|
|10. "We All Fall Down":||Appears||20. "The Truth Hurts":||Appears|
|1. "Endless Terror":||Appears||4. "Savage Seduction":||Appears|
|2. "Secret Services":||Appears||5. "Cangku Shisi":||Appears|
|3. "A Faire to Remember":||Appears||6. "Endless":||Appears|
Interactive Web Comic
- By Season Three, most characters were given ages that more closely or exactly matched that of their actors. Steve's actor, Aaron Ashmore, was born in 1979 and was 32 by 2011 (the year his debut season takes place).
- Second Chance
- Queen For A Day
- Savage Seduction
- The New Guy
- Emily Lake
- Queen For A Day (see this image)
- Parks and Rehabilitation (see this image)