History Characters / LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit

30th Jul '17 5:34:07 AM makarovak47
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When the show started, she was the resident psycho on the squad, and on more than one occasion had to have Elliot step in and tell her to cool her jets.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When the show started, she was the resident psycho loose cannon on the squad, and on more than one occasion had to have Elliot step in and tell her to cool her jets.



* YouAreInCommandNow: Following Cragen's retirement, Benson is forced to officially grab the precinct's leadership.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until the very end of the Season 2 premiere.



* TheLancer: As the main character with the second longest tenure on the show, it makes sense. Liv names him as her #2 when higher-ups ask her.

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* TheLancer: As the main character with the second longest tenure on the show, show by Season 15, it makes sense. Liv names him as her #2 when higher-ups ask her.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until the Season 13 premiere.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until Season 14.






* TallDarkAndSnarky: Richard Belzer had dark brown hair in his youth and is the tallest main cast member to date at 6'1. Suffice to say, Munch's snarkiness is unparalleled.



* MistakenForMurderer: Cragen's main arc in the Season 14 premiere is him being used as TheScapegoat by making it look like he murdered an escort.



* EightiesHair: She occasionally had her hair in a perm.



* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Her hair is notably dyed.
* DatingCatwoman: Deconstructed. Sleeping with a former suspect got her kicked out of the department.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until the Season 13 premiere.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until the Season 2 premiere.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.



* NinetiesHair: Her hairstyle in her first appearances were notably outdated for a decade.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Doesn't make an appearance until Season 5.



A detective formerly employed by the Special Victims Unit. He started out as a naive newcomer to the squad, but he couldn't take the graphic nature of the crimes and transferred to narcotics. Flashforward to the Season 13 finale, and we find him undercover and far less naive. He is now a recurring character, and stuck working at IAB. Oh, and he's [[spoiler:dating and living with Benson.]]

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A detective formerly employed by the Special Victims Unit. He started out as a naive newcomer NaiveNewcomer to the squad, but he couldn't take the graphic nature of the crimes and transferred to narcotics. Flashforward to the Season 13 finale, and we find him undercover and far less naive. He is now a recurring character, RecurringCharacter, and stuck working at IAB. Oh, and he's [[spoiler:dating and living with Benson.]]



* FakeGuestStar: He's practically part of the main cast during the first half of Season 1, yet is only credited as a guest star.



->'''Played By''': Connie Nielson

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->'''Played By''': Connie Nielson
Creator/ConnieNielsen



* FairCop: A StatuesqueStunner (see below) police detective.



* {{Plucky Girl}}: Until she realizes that she can't handle the cases with children.

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* {{Plucky Girl}}: PluckyGirl: Until she realizes that she can't handle the cases with children.children.
* StatuesqueStunner: A FairCop clocking at 5'10 1/2.



[[folder: Medical Examiner Taylor]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/LanceReddick

* BlackAndNerdy: He is a medical examiner.
* OnlyOneName: Hence, we don't know if he's addressed in {{First Name|Basis}} or LastNameBasis.
* PutOnABus: Disappears after Season 3, though Lance Reddick has appeared in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' TV shows four more times as [[YouAllLookFamiliar different characters]].
[[/folder]]



->'''Played By''': Andre Braugher

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->'''Played By''': Andre Braugher
Creator/AndreBraugher



* IdenticalStranger: Her certainly looks like [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Frank Pembleton]].



-> Played by Pablo Schreiber

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-> Played by Pablo Schreiber
Creator/PabloSchreiber






Played by Dallas Roberts

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-> Played by Dallas Roberts






Played by Jefferson Mays

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-> Played by Jefferson Mays



Played by Sarah Bisman

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-> Played by Sarah Bisman
29th Jul '17 5:21:41 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Rank Up: Promoted to Sergeant in season 18

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* Rank Up: RankUp: Promoted to Sergeant in season 18


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* TheGamblingAddict: Her mounting gambling debts get her into a lot of trouble with some very dodgy people.


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* UnlimitedWardrobe: He rarely wears the same suit for an entire episode.
29th Jul '17 5:13:47 AM CynicalBastardo
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* MistakenForGay: It's running gag throughout the series, presumably because she fits the stereotype: a tough girl in a leather jacket with BoyishShortHair.

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* MistakenForGay: It's running gag throughout the series, presumably because she fits the stereotype: a tough girl in a leather jacket with BoyishShortHair. At one point, she uses this to her advantage when interrogating a lesbian-hating serial rapist.
17th Jul '17 9:11:16 PM infernape612
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--> '''Finn''': "That's the same old crap he says every day, only louder."

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--> '''Finn''': "That's That's the same old crap he says every day, only louder."



--> '''Munch''': "You gotta play to win."

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--> '''Munch''': "You You gotta play to win."
12th Jul '17 8:46:25 PM infernape612
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* NaiveNewcomer: An interesting example. Fin's definitely been around the block a few times, both before and after his run as a narc, but he's woefully out of his depth when it comes to sex crimes. The show gets a good deal of[[LetMeGetThisStraight exposition]] of it.

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* MrExposition: In "Intimidation Game", he explains gaming terms to the audience through Benson, who doesn't play video games.
* NaiveNewcomer: An interesting example. Fin's definitely been around the block a few times, both before and after his run as a narc, but he's woefully out of his depth when it comes to sex crimes. The show gets a good deal of[[LetMeGetThisStraight of [[LetMeGetThisStraight exposition]] of it.



** He's usually not into roughing up suspects(that's more Stablers thing) during a case involving children being sold as slaves, the man behind the slave ring attempts to run. Finn chases him down and gives him a well deserved NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.

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** He's usually not into roughing up suspects(that's suspects (that's more Stablers thing) Stabler's thing), but during a case involving children being sold as slaves, the man behind the slave ring attempts to run. Finn chases him down and gives him a well deserved NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
11th Jul '17 6:56:27 PM Snowsky
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* SmugSnake: When she has an arrest warrant out for her for the murder of her ex-boyfriend and Amanda is about to take her down to the precinct, she just walks away smiling and laughing, asking Amanda if she's going to arrest a member of her own family in public.

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* SmugSnake: When she has an arrest warrant out in her name for her for the [[spoiler:the murder of her ex-boyfriend ex-boyfriend]] and Amanda is about to take her down to the precinct, she just walks away smiling and laughing, asking Amanda if she's going to arrest a member of her own family in public.
11th Jul '17 6:53:05 PM Snowsky
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* LeeroyJenkins: She has seemingly no impulse control whatsoever, doing and saying whatever she wants, whenever she wants, not caring about the consequences that will result or the effects her actions have on others, even her sister. Her appearance in Season 18 suggests that this could possibly be due to a case of bipolar disorder.



* ThickerThanWater: Averted, as she has '''no''' qualms about throwing Amanda under the bus for her own selfish gain.

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* SmugSnake: When she has an arrest warrant out for her for the murder of her ex-boyfriend and Amanda is about to take her down to the precinct, she just walks away smiling and laughing, asking Amanda if she's going to arrest a member of her own family in public.
* ThickerThanWater: Averted, as she has '''no''' qualms about throwing Amanda under the bus for her own selfish gain. Later, she tries to [[EntitledBastard invoke it herself]] by claiming that Amanda wouldn't arrest her even when she has a warrant out on her, because they're family.


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* VillainousCheekbones: She has a fairly prominent pair, made more obvious by the fact that she's [[LeanAndMean extremely thin and bony.]]
10th Jul '17 3:13:51 PM infernape612
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: In the first episode of the second season, after the season one finale reveals that he fantasizes about killing perpetrators, he talks to a shrink about it and the current case, where he admits to doing it again, but the suspect is a 16 year old kid who had sent half his life being raped by his foster dad, and was an honor student who also helped mentally handicapped children play soccer. This troubled Elliot deeply. Later, he also had a case where he spent most of the day trying to get a guy to admit he raped and killed a woman. He was in the middle of berating him for also stabbing women with pins, when Oliva comes in and tells Elliot that the suspect was molested by his mother for years. He then switches to comforting him.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: In the first episode of the second season, after the season one finale reveals that he fantasizes about killing perpetrators, he talks to a shrink about it and the current case, where he admits to doing it again, but the suspect is a 16 year old kid who had sent spent half his life being raped by his foster dad, and was an honor student who also helped mentally handicapped children play soccer. This troubled Elliot deeply. Later, he also had a case where he spent most of the day trying to get a guy to admit he raped and killed a woman. He was in the middle of berating him for also stabbing women with pins, when Oliva comes in and tells Elliot that the suspect was molested by his mother for years. He then switches to comforting him.
10th Jul '17 3:12:17 PM infernape612
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* FriendlyEnemy: When there are extenuating circumstances (ex. a defendant who's a victim of a larger crime), SVU's willing to work with the Defense.

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* FriendlyEnemy: When there are extenuating circumstances (ex. a defendant who's a victim of a larger crime), SVU's willing to work with the Defense.defense.



* JerkAss: Nothing nice ever seems to come out of her mouth whenever she's in the same room with the detectives.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Nothing nice ever seems to come out of her mouth whenever she's in the same room with the detectives.



* AmoralAttorney: Granger once let his client, a mentally-challenged teenager whom he knew could not properly testify, on the stand. He was almost disbarred by (now Judge) Barry Moredock. Oh yeah, he also represented his client's molester, before victim killed said molester for which he was now on trial for. [[SarcasmMode Great guy.]]

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* AmoralAttorney: Granger once let his client, a mentally-challenged teenager whom he knew could not properly testify, on take the stand. He was almost disbarred by (now Judge) Barry Moredock. Oh yeah, he also represented his client's molester, before victim killed said molester for which he was now on trial for. [[SarcasmMode Great guy.]]



--> '''Purcell''': I was just trying to show her how much I loved her.
--> '''Calhoun''': By spying on her, menacing her, and humiliating her publicly? Ever heard of flowers?

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--> '''Purcell''': -->'''Purcell''': I was just trying to show her how much I loved her.
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her.\\
'''Calhoun''': By spying on her, menacing her, and humiliating her publicly? Ever heard of flowers?



-->'''Calhoun''': A public defender could [[negotiate for that much of a plea bargain]]. This man is paying for more.
-->'''Barba''': ...I hope here's enough money in the world, Rita, I really do.

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-->'''Calhoun''': A public defender could [[negotiate [negotiate for that much of a plea bargain]]. bargain]. This man is paying for more.
-->'''Barba''': ...
more.\\
'''Barba''': ...
I hope here's enough money in the world, Rita, I really do.
1st Jul '17 4:06:10 PM Alexaxle
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* ShipTease: Plenty of it with Benson, to the point that they are the FanPreferredCouple over Benson and Cassidy (and later, Benson and Tucker).
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