History Series / LawAndOrderCriminalIntent

23rd May '17 9:01:26 AM Rebu
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** In "The Saint", Stephen Colbert plays James Bennett, a man [[spoiler:who spent ''thirty years'' setting up the religious group that "took advantage" of his mentally unwell mother. He's smart enough to fool historical experts, and could've succeeded in pretty much any intellectual field. Goren says that if the foundation hadn't screwed over Bennett's mother, he would not have been so determined, which he seems to accept.]]
14th May '17 8:03:48 PM RoseAndHeather
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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Eames is without question the best detective not named Robert Goren that Major Case has, but she is frequently overshadowed by the supernova brilliance of her partner. Perhaps not surprisingly, she often uses this to her (and his) advantage.
10th May '17 9:28:21 AM Erin582
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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: What allowed the suspect in "Legion" to manipulate his followers into doing his bidding: he told them that he was the lone survivor of a group of people sailing for America on a tiny, ramshackle boat in shark-infested waters.

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: What allowed Jojo Rios, the main suspect in "Legion" "Legion", to manipulate his young followers into doing his bidding: he told them that he was the lone survivor of a group of people sailing for America on a tiny, ramshackle boat in shark-infested waters.from Cuba. In reality, he came to the country after [[spoiler: he had aged out of foster care, where he had been placed years earlier after his father went to prison.]]



* DeathByDespair: Discussed by the missing little girl's great-Aunt in "Folie a Deux". She said that the little girl was the only thing keeping her alive and she knew that she,was dead [[spoiler: and that her nephew and his wife had killed her.]]

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* DeathByDespair: Discussed by the missing little girl's great-Aunt in "Folie a Deux". She said that the little girl was the only thing keeping her alive and she knew that she,was she was dead [[spoiler: and that her nephew and his wife had killed her.]]



** EvilFormerFriend: Deakins encounters one in "On Fire", which culminated in him [[spoiler: resigning from the force.]]

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** * EvilFormerFriend: Deakins encounters one in "On Fire", which culminated in him [[spoiler: resigning from the force.]]



* HollywoodAtheist: A suspect in "Brother's Keeper" was seen as this. He had long since given up his faith in God and turned virulently against religion because [[CynicismCatalyst his son was born mentally disabled.]] [[spoiler: Turns out, he had killed the victim because she had told her televangelist husband about this and he used this as a platform to explain God's "ultimate plan".]]



* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: A particularly prominent example. After the original showrunner, Rene Balcer, stepped down after season five, the series went from being "a series that showcases crimes from the criminals' perspectives and was solved by a brilliant detective that had the ability to read people" to something between a composite of ''Series/{{CSI}}, ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]'' and your average PoliceProcedural.

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: A particularly prominent example. After the original showrunner, Rene Balcer, stepped down after season five, the series went from being [[UniquenessDecay "a series that showcases crimes from the criminals' perspectives and was solved by a brilliant detective that had the ability to read people" people"]] to something between a composite of ''Series/{{CSI}}, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]'' and your average PoliceProcedural.



* ManipulativeBastard: The husband from "Magnificat". He ignored his wife's post-partum depression and refused to allow her to seek professional help or medication to the point of thinking that if she did, she would be weak and felt that the only "therapy" she required was being a good parent who was [[GoMadFromTheIsolation cut off from the rest of the world.]] After she [[spoiler: killed three of their four sons]], he still saw that as a sign that she was a bad parent. In the end, while he hadn't done anything illegal, he is likely to lose custody of his surviving son.
* ManipulativeBitch: The therapist from "Scared Crazy". She methodically drove a patient of hers crazy by forcing him to stay up all night in the dark while listening to techno music as a part of her medical studies, which led him to kill someone. After tricking her into thinking they were torturing him the same way she did interrogation, the detectives got her to confess and then arrested her for obstruction and accessory after the fact.



* MsFanservice: Both victims from "Beast" were very beautiful women both involved with the same man. Even a happily married friend of Lisa's said that she was a "level 10 stud magnet."

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* MsFanservice: Both victims from "Beast" were very beautiful women both involved with the same man. Even a happily married friend of Lisa's one of the victims, Lisa, said that she was a "level 10 stud magnet."



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: How the killer from "Identity Crisis" ended up feeling. [[spoiler: He had killed his younger brother, who had just been released from prison for killing their mother twenty years prior when they were children and him fearing that he would screw up his new life and have him sent to prison, since he was older and more culpable in her death. Turns out, the brother was reaching out to him because he missed him and he was terminally ill. Furthermore, the brother ''never'' wanted to implicate him in their mother's death.]] When Goren explained this to him, [[TearsOfRemorse it reduced him to tears.]]



* RefugeInAudacity: The detectives have used this with getting suspects to confess. In "Conscience" they used flash cards from the [[spoiler:long-standing semi-comatose wife]] to trick the suspect into confessing and in "Legion", they used a picture of a [[spoiler:now-dead accomplice taken while he was in a coma]] to get his boss to admit to his crimes.

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* RefugeInAudacity: The detectives have used this with getting suspects to confess. In "Conscience" they used flash cards from the [[spoiler:long-standing semi-comatose wife]] to trick the suspect into confessing and in "Legion", they used a picture of a [[spoiler:now-dead accomplice taken while he was in a coma]] coma and claiming that he had survived]] to get his boss to admit to his crimes.



* SympathyForTheDevil: Goren feels this way for the killer in "Want" [[spoiler: who not only murdered but also [[IAmAHumanitiarian ate his victims' calf muscles]] The fact that he both was truly horrified by his crimes and tearfully confessed to them, stating that he only wanted someone to love, resulted in him receiving a life sentence, to Eames and Carver's chagrin. [[spoiler: Some time later, as the detectives, Carver and Deakins are all working on another case, Carver receives notice that he was killed by another inmate in prison. While the men express looks of disappointment and somewhat shock, Eames just quips that now everyone got what they wanted.]]

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* SympathyForTheDevil: Goren feels this way for the killer in "Want" [[spoiler: who not only murdered but also [[IAmAHumanitiarian [[IAmAHumanitarian ate his victims' calf muscles]] The fact that he both was truly horrified by his crimes and tearfully confessed to them, stating that he only wanted someone to love, resulted in him receiving a life sentence, to Eames and Carver's chagrin. [[spoiler: Some time later, as the detectives, Carver and Deakins are all working on another case, Carver receives notice that he was killed by another inmate in prison. While the men express looks of disappointment and somewhat shock, Eames just quips that now everyone got what they wanted.]]
5th May '17 8:25:17 PM RoseAndHeather
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** And though it's not seen nearly as often, hurting Bobby Goren where Alex Eames can get so much as a whiff of it is ''not'' a safe place to stand.

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** And though it's not seen nearly as often, hurting Bobby Goren where Alex Eames can get so much as a whiff of it is ''not'' a safe place to stand.
5th May '17 8:23:28 PM RoseAndHeather
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** And though it's not seen nearly as often, hurting Bobby Goren where Alex Eames can get so much as a whiff of it is ''not'' a safe place to stand.
20th Apr '17 1:05:33 AM Stanislav_J
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* YouRemindMeOfX: When Eames is temporarily partnered with Nichols, she quickly finds herself in familiar territory.
--> '''Nichols''': It could be a native Spanish speaker or a German. Some language where the present perfect is the same as the simple past.
--> '''Eames''': You're starting to remind me of someone.
--> '''Ross''': This one's taller.
9th Apr '17 4:23:15 AM ACW
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* ,LighterAndSofter: As far as the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe goes; while the crimes are no less shocking, it gives perspectives on who the criminals are and what makes them tick and why they resorted to the actions they did. Also, many a criminal end up with a VillainousBreakdown or tearful confession and [[CompleteMonster true monsters]] are rare.

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* ,LighterAndSofter: LighterAndSofter: As far as the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe goes; while the crimes are no less shocking, it gives perspectives on who the criminals are and what makes them tick and why they resorted to the actions they did. Also, many a criminal end up with a VillainousBreakdown or tearful confession and [[CompleteMonster true monsters]] monsters are rare.rare (but [[Monster/LawAndOrder still exist]]).
7th Apr '17 7:29:12 PM Erin582
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* AllThereInTheManual: Although some fans believe it to be of the AssPull variety, Kathryn Erbe revealed in an interview from ''2001'' that Eames [[spoiler: had a husband who was killedin the line of duty]] and even she believed that [[TemptingFate it would never be brought up in the series.]]

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* AccidentalMurder: "Albatross" had the set-up that the obnoxious lout of a husband arranged to be shot in a duel, only for his partner to be killed instead.
* AllThereInTheManual: Although some fans believe it to be of the AssPull variety, Kathryn Erbe revealed in an interview from ''2001'' that Eames [[spoiler: had a husband who was killedin killed in the line of duty]] and even she believed that [[TemptingFate it would never be brought up in the series.]]



* AndStarring: Courtney B. Vance as ADA Carver.



* AwfulWeddedLife: This was the relationship between the Police Commissioner and his wife in "The War at Home". Sadly, they were so distracted by their marital woes that they weren't there for their daughter, who went missing.



* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: What allowed the suspect in "Legion" to manipulate his followers into doing his bidding: he told them that he was the lone survivor of a group of people sailing for America on a tiny, ramshackle boat in shark-infested waters.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The one suspect from "Depths" was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed bombshell that was able to use her looks into misleading the investigation into thinking that her ex-husband and Middle Eastern colleagues were the real criminals.



* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Inverted in "Mad Hops", as the coach had romantic feelings for his one player's mother, only for her to reject him and want only for her son's future.

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* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Inverted in "Mad Hops", as the White coach had romantic feelings for his one player's Black mother, only for her to reject him and want only for her son's future. future.
* {{Blackmail}}: The driving force behind the actions of the killer of "Tuxedo Hill".



** The couple from "Stray", who also killed around seven other people.
* CrimeTimeSoap: Though perhaps not as much as ''Special Victims Unit''.
** Only since Rene Balcer left after season 5.

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** The couple from "Stray", "Stray" who murdered two undercover cops also killed around seven other people.
* CourtroomAntics: Strongly averted, as the series rarely focused on this aspect and Carver himself was more so into seeking confessions and plea bargains versus taking defendants to trial.
* CreepySouvenir: The one suspect from "Semi-Detached" was able to give her ex a keychain with his initials. What was believed to be "shiny black thread" was in actuality [[spoiler: the hair of his favorite DJ, who she had killed because he censored his calls and took his hair when he,was a patient at the hospital that she worked at.]]
* CrimeTimeSoap: Though perhaps not as much as ''Special Victims Unit''.
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Unit'', although many would agree that it became this since Rene Balcer left after season 5.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: "The Healer" (two women asphyxiated in plastic, life-sized cocoons), "Faith" (man set on fire with the accelerant being ''nail polish remover''), "The View From Here" (man attacked with a circular saw), "Shibboleth" (women are hog-tied and if they attempt to free themselves or leave their intricate position, they strangle themselves), "Blasters" (a man is systematically hanged by a group of mafiosos and then left to rot in a park), "Beast" (the victims poisoned with dioxin, which is difficult to come by and make)... the list goes on.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: "The Healer" (two women asphyxiated in plastic, life-sized cocoons), "Faith" (man set on fire with the accelerant being ''nail polish remover''), "The View From Here" (man attacked with a circular saw), "Shibboleth" (women are hog-tied and if they attempt to free themselves or leave their intricate position, they strangle themselves), "Blasters" (a man is systematically hanged by a group of mafiosos and then left to rot in a park), "Beast" (the victims poisoned with dioxin, which is difficult to come by and make)... the list goes on.make), "Great Barrier" (a suspect has their trachea crushed then drowned), amongst others.



* DeathByDespair: Discussed by the missing little girl's great-Aunt in "Folie a Deux". She said that the little girl was the only thing keeping her alive and she knew that she,was dead [[spoiler: and that her nephew and his wife had killed her.]]



* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: This is what got the victim in "Blasters" killed.

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* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: This is what got the victim in "Blasters" killed. [[spoiler:He sold bootleg [=DVDs=] of not yet released movies, which horned in on a similar racket that a foreign mafia was working on, resulting in his murder.]]



* EnhancedInterrogationTechniques: Quite the specialty of Goren when talking to suspects.



** "Dead" has a brutal contract SerialKiller who is [[spoiler:HappilyMarried and a loving father.]]



** Ella Miyazaki, Nicole Wallace's one-time girlfriend, from "Great Barrier" had no problem robbing jewelry stores disguised as different Asian ethnicities and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness helping to dispose of her male accomplice]], but turned on Nicole once she learned that she [[spoiler:murdered her own toddler daughter years earlier because she viewed the girl as competition.]]
** EvilFormerFriend: Deakins encounters one in "On Fire", which culminated in him [[spoiler: resigning from the force.]]



* FinallyFoundTheBody: "Yesterday" had the victim's remains discovered buried underneath a house after being missing for twenty years.
** [[spoiler: "Folie a Deux"]] had the victim's body found in a field months after they died and in even less time after the "disappearance" was reported.



** Bernard Fremont from "Slither" has a thing for beautiful and fit younger blondes and if they weren't already blonde, he would arrange for her hair to be dyed as such.



** The suspect from "Blink" is a professional gambler and thrill-seeker who constantly risks his own life to the point that it shocks his heartbroken wife into thinking that he could be killed any day ultimately decides that it would be best to get police protection from the dangerous people he has been involved with, not for his wife and their son, but for himself.



* JoggersFindDeath: Happens from time to time. A subversion happened in "Want"; a couple was out walking their dog, only for said dog to run off and find the victim's body.



* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: A particularly prominent example. After the original showrunner, Rene Balcer, stepped down after season five, the series went from being "a series that showcases crimes from the criminals' perspectives and was solved by a brilliant detective that had the ability to read people" to something between a composite of ''Series/{{CSI}}, ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]'' and your average PoliceProcedural.



*,LighterAndSofter: As far as the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe goes; while the crimes are no less shocking, it gives perspectives on who the criminals are and what makes them tick and why they resorted to the actions they did. Also, many a criminal end up with a VillainousBreakdown or tearful confession and [[CompleteMonster true monsters]] are rare.



* MsFanservice: Both victims from "Beast" were very beautiful women both involved with the same man. Even a happily married friend of Lisa's said that she was a "level 10 stud magnet."
* MultipartEpisode: "Zoonotic"/"A Person of Interest", "In The Wee Small Hours", "Loyalty".



** The philandering wife from "The Good Doctor" was never found, in spite of a ploy by the police that she was at one point.
** The son-in-law from "Death Roe" is a subversion. [[spoiler:He was murdered and butchered by his father-in-law and had his remains disposed of through cooking utensils, including a meat grinder, which were then thrown away and replaced. All that remained were [[NotEnoughToBury some surgical screws from his leg.]]]]
* NeverMyFault: As seen in "Playing Dead" where the CorruptPolitician tries to blame his stepdaughter for "seducing" him (at the age of ''twelve'') into raping her [[spoiler:and impregnating her with her younger sister/daughter.]]



* OffWithHisHead: "Maledictus" and "Slither."

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* OffWithHisHead: "Maledictus" "Maledictus", "Slither" and "Slither.""Neighborhood Watch".



* PaedoHunt: Used in "Neighborhood Watch", where the victim ends up being labeled as such for being with a fifteen-year-old when he was nineteen, he spends a few years in prison, has to register as a sex offender only to then be harassed and vilified by his neighbors after getting out and then brutally murdered.



* QuipToBlack: During the Rene Balcer-era of the show, either Goren, Eames or Carver would end the episode with one of these.



* RefugeInAudacity: The detectives have used this with getting suspects to confess. In "Conscience" they used flash cards from the [[spoiler:long-standing semi-comatose wife]] to trick the suspect into confessing and in "Legion", they used a picture of a [[spoiler:now-dead accomplice taken while he was in a coma]] to get his boss to admit to his crimes.



** "Monster" is based on both the so-called "Preppie Murder" case of Robert Chambers which coincided with his release for manslaughter in 2003 [[note]]only to be sent back to prison for twenty more years on drug charges[[/note]] and the Central Park Jogger rape case.



* SelfHarm: The daughter from "Playing Dead." Considering [[ParentalIncest what she's been through]], you can't blame her from wanting to escape through this and drug usage.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney [=/=][[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections Connections]][=/=][[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem I Make Them]]: Used by the suspect and his father in "In The Wee Small Hours", being able to continously impede the investigation because of these tropes. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it comes out in spite of what total assholes they both are, it was the mother and wife who did the killing.]]
* SelfHarm: The daughter from "Playing Dead." Dead" cut and tried to kill herself on a routine basis. Considering [[ParentalIncest what she's been through]], you can't blame her from wanting to escape through this and drug usage.



* SerialKiller: "A Murderer Among Us", "Stray", "Poison", "Legion", "Dead", "Shibboleth", "To The Bone", "Loyalty", Nicole Wallace.

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* SerialKiller: "A Murderer Among Us", "Stray", "Poison", "Legion", "Dead", "Shibboleth", "To The Bone", "Loyalty", "Probability", "In The Dark", "The Posthumous Collection", Nicole Wallace.



* SympathyForTheDevil: Goren feels this way for the killer in "Want" [[spoiler: who not only murdered but also [[IAmAHumanitiarian ate his victims' calf muscles]] The fact that he both was truly horrified by his crimes and tearfully confessed to them, stating that he only wanted someone to love, resulted in him receiving a life sentence, to Eames and Carver's chagrin. [[spoiler: Some time later, as the detectives, Carver and Deakins are all working on another case, Carver receives notice that he was killed by another inmate in prison. While the men express looks of disappointment and somewhat shock, Eames just quips that now everyone got what they wanted.]]



* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Heartbreakingly subverted in "Siren Call". [[spoiler: After Goren convinces a fellow officer not to kill himself out of shame due to killing his [[AssholeVictim manipulating parties of a daughter]], he is cuffed and taken outside, only for him to shoot himself as he's being led away in front of his dying wife and their younger daughter.]]



* TeensAreMonsters: "Sound Bodies" and "Legacy".

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* TeamDad: Captain Deakins.
* TeensAreMonsters: "Sound Bodies" and "Legacy".


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* TrophyWife: As seen in "Cuba Libre" and "Enemy Within".
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** Nicole Wallace. Repeatedly. And loving to brag about it to Goren. [[spoiler:The day her KarmaHoudiniWarranty ([[NeverFoundThebody apparently]]) expired would have been cheered more if not for the fact that Declan Cage (the guy who did it) was acting out of some really twisted version of "TheyWereHoldingYouBack" aimed towards Goren... and that this meant Frank also had to go.]]
2nd Apr '17 4:09:00 PM Erin582
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** [[ManipulativeBastard Psychological abuse]]: "The Saint," "Sibboleth," "Magnificat."

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** [[ManipulativeBastard Psychological abuse]]: "The Saint," "Sibboleth," "Shibboleth," "Magnificat."



* AllThereInTheManual: Although some fans believe it to be of the AssPull variety, Kathryn Erbe revealed in an interview from ''2001'' that Eames [[spoiler: had a husband who was killedin the line of duty]] and even she believed that [[TemptingFate it would never be brought up in the series.]]



* TheAtoner: A suspect from "Acts of Contrition", a nun who saves prostitutes from their pimps, is atoning for her youth for being a delinquent who slept around and hung out with racists.



** The wife in "Ill-Bred", whose husband was having an affair with his wealthy boss's wife, had set him up to get her pregnant by unknowingly poking holes in his condoms so they could blackmail her over the child's paternity so they could own their own horse ranch.



* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Inverted in "Mad Hops", as the coach had romantic feelings for his one player's mother, only for her to reject him and want only for her son's future.



* ChristmasCake: The main suspect in "Betrayed".



** The couple from "Stray", who also killed around seven other people.



* CrocodileTears: Lampshaded in "The Unblinking Eye", by a suspect who held a press conference to show the world that he was "grieving" his slain fiancée.
-->'''Eames''': There's nothing like watching a crocodile cry.



* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Used in "Eosphoros" when the lone survivor of a killing spree confronted the killer who used her for grandmother's money and said he'd never be with her because she was obese.



* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: This is what got the victim in "Blasters" killed.
* DirtyCop: Aplenty: "Badge", "Monster", "Untethered" and "Purgatory" has their fair share.



* DownerEnding: From time to time, but "Untethered" is a good example. [[spoiler:After going undercover without authorization to rescue his nephew, Donny, from a corrupt prison after being manipulated into doing it by Frank, Goren not only almost starves himself to death by the guards, but ends up being suspended from the force and gets Eames and Ross in trouble in the aftermath. Then after learning that Donny managed to escape from prison himself by faking a burst appendix, Goren angrily confronts his brother, [[{{Jerkass}} who not only couldn't care less about his brother's suspension or his missing son, but also suggests that he should sleep with Eames to get out his aggressions.]] And to top it off, [[AllForNothing he never did locate his nephew.]]]]



* DrugsAreBad: Seen a lot, but especially in the case of Frank Goren. Had he not been busy getting high, he would have noticed [[spoiler: Declan Gage stalking and then killing him by throwing him out a window.]]

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* DrugsAreBad: Seen a lot, but especially in the case of Frank Goren. Had he not been busy getting high, he would have noticed [[spoiler: Declan Gage and Nicole Wallace stalking and then killing him by throwing him out a window.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: One suspect from "Badge" may have [[spoiler: savagely murdered a family of four, including two children]], but she genuinely loved her daughters and elderly mother.



* FatAndSkinny: The murderers from "Yesterday" by chance; one a skinny self-made millionaire, the other a fat, aimless addict.

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* FatAndSkinny: The murderers from "Yesterday" by chance; one a skinny skinny, self-made millionaire, the other a fat, aimless addict.



* {{Flanderization}}: Both Goren and Logan went through this is different ways. Whereas the former was initially seen as an intelligent and quirky detective who could read people and devolved into someone with an AmbiguousDisorder with inconsistent social skills the latter, who was seen as CowboyCop who lost his cool from time to time in the [[Series/LawAndOrder first series]] to a regular hothead and troublemaker.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Both Goren and Logan went through this is different ways. Whereas the former was initially seen as an intelligent and quirky detective who could read people and who devolved into someone with an AmbiguousDisorder with inconsistent social skills the latter, who was seen as CowboyCop who lost his cool from time to time in the [[Series/LawAndOrder first series]] to series]], denigrated years and a division change later into a regular hothead and troublemaker.



* {{Gaslighting}}: Done to Goren in "Frame", which Eames lampshades.



* GoldDigger: "Phantom" and "Wrongful Life" had two women who ended up being this.



* {{Greed}}: The one suspected [[spoiler: killed his cohorts in crime one by one]], just so the large amount of ransom money wouldn't have to be split up between them.



* HeroicBSOD: Poor Goren suffered from this throughout season seven, eventually coming to a head in the season finale "Frame".



* InsaneTrollLogic: The killer from "A Murderer Among Us" had this, believing that not only that his mother being "raped" by her Jewish boss when he was a kid had destroyed his family and caused his father to become abusive towards them [[note]]or he was told by the father she was raped, although in reality, they had a mutual affair[[/note]], but that her ovarian cancer was the boss' fault, too, due to the affair.



* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Invoked in "Great Barrier" as the [[spoiler: Chinese-American]] jewelry thief disguised [[spoiler:herself as a Japanese woman and a Singaporean woman to avoid detection.]] Goren picked up on the atypical mannerisms in the surveillance system an was able to discover the suspect's true identity.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Many suspects, but "The Unblinking Eye" in particular has the suspect [[spoiler: kill his so-called fiancée, try to pin the blame on a "jealous" ex-girlfriend (on whom he cheated with the victim) and both sabotage his best friend's chance to be famous and manipulate him into doing the actual murder, all so he can be famous.]]

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Many suspects, but "The Unblinking Eye" in particular has the suspect [[spoiler: kill his so-called fiancée, fiancée because she was getting more acting gigs than he was, try to pin the blame on a "jealous" ex-girlfriend (on whom he cheated with the victim) and both sabotage his best friend's chance to be famous and manipulate him into doing the actual murder, all so he can be famous.]]


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* KarmaHoudini: Since one of the sons in "To The Bone" ended up [[spoiler: killing himself after being tricked into doing it by a criminal mastermind of an adopted mother, she ends up walking on at least eight different murders due to lack of evidence.]]


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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "Purgatory" during an argument with Goren, Eames screams at him, "No, you're the great detective and I'm just supposed to carry your water!" While some fans loved her for calling him out on this, others were thinking "Well duh, Eames! What else did you think your role on this show was supposed to be?"


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* {{Manchild}}: One suspect from "Cruise To Nowhere" is this. Unfortunately, it's seen that he was ''intentionally'' kept this way; after his father was murdered as a child, his mother slipped into alcoholism and was paid to give him up to her bookie husband's partner, who trained him to be a talented bookie instead of properly raising him to be an adult.
* ManBitesMan: A suspect ended up painfully biting Goren in the arm before he was taken out by a sniper.


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** The bodies of the husband and his mistress from "Betrayed" are never located in part to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Captain Ross' personal feelings and interference with the investigation.]]


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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Logan, Wheeler and other police officers end up being involved in one with the FDNY in "Maltese Cross".


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* SelfMadeOrphan: "Maledictus" and "Suite Sorrow", though the former is subverted as it was a case of AccidentalMurder.
* SensualSlavs: Mira from "Blasters", a hired slut working with TheMafiya who had attracted the victim, his friend and the her bodses, amongst others.
* SerialKiller: "A Murderer Among Us", "Stray", "Poison", "Legion", "Dead", "Shibboleth", "To The Bone", "Loyalty", Nicole Wallace.


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* SuicideNotMurder: A horrifying case appears in "No Exit". Although four people where in the car parked on the train tracks, only '''three''' knew what was coming.


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** "Albatross" was based off of Geraldine Ferraro, the politician who ran for Vice President in 1984 with Walter Mondale, and her husband, [[CoattailRidingRelative John Zaccaro.]]
* TeensAreMonsters: "Sound Bodies" and "Legacy".


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* UnusualEuphemism: The female accomplice in "Blasters" discussed having "showers" with most of the men in her life and even suggested having one with Logan, as well.
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