History Series / LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit

23rd May '16 10:29:28 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: In "Branded", said very seriously by Stabler to a perp when he's finally been caught and is going to jail. It seems completely irrelevant if you weren't paying attention, but the line is a BrickJoke: the first victim was found with game pieces inserted in his rectum, the reason the unit was called in the first place.
20th May '16 1:28:31 PM Josef5678
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* InsaneTrollLogic: Used in a ''very'' twisted way by a VillainOfTheWeek who kidnaps and rapes virgins, and then says he had to because his wife wasn't a virgin when they tried to consummate their marriage.
17th May '16 5:08:16 PM StFan
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* DeggansRule: Passed when Fin, Huang, Warner, and Lake were variously [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted to the regular cast]]; in later seasons, the combination of Fin, Amaro and Barba also cause the show to pass.
14th May '16 3:10:37 PM Dravencour
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* Stabler: pedophilia, incest (due to the many male offender-young female victim cases he has worked; it doesn't help that he has kids)

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* Stabler: pedophilia, incest (due to the many male offender-young female victim cases he has worked; it doesn't help that he has kids)kids himself)
12th May '16 3:15:32 PM Peridonyx
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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: In "Execution", Matthew Brodus [[spoiler:deliberately attacks Stabler and Huang mid-interrogation in order to provoke the guards into beating him into a coma and inadvertently delaying his execution (as the law states that an injured inmate can't be executed). While the episode treats this as him getting some sort of last laugh over his victims' families, the fact remains that he's indefinitely unconscious, having to breathe via life support, and still eligible for execution when/if he ever wakes up, so it's exceedingly difficult to see him as a KarmaHoudini or anything.]]

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: In "Execution", Matthew Brodus [[spoiler:deliberately attacks Stabler and Huang mid-interrogation in order to provoke the guards into beating him into a coma and inadvertently delaying his execution (as him, as he knows about the law states stating that an injured inmate can't be executed). While executed. But while the episode treats this as him getting some sort of last laugh over his victims' families, the fact remains that he's indefinitely unconscious, now in an indefinite coma, having to breathe via life support, life-support, and still eligible for execution when/if he ever wakes up, up -- so it's exceedingly difficult to see him as a KarmaHoudini or anything.]]
8th May '16 5:41:30 AM theLibrarian
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* JerkAss: Elliot Stabler, at times. He beats up innocent men, verbally abuses others, ruins one innocent man's life after accusing him of pedophilia on a flawed report, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking commits at least several counts of police misconduct.]]

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* JerkAss: Elliot Stabler, at times. He beats up innocent men, verbally abuses others, ruins one innocent man's life after accusing him of pedophilia on a flawed report, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking commits at least several counts of police misconduct.]]]] It actually got bad enough at one point that he was temporarily assigned another partner that was just like him in order to see how frustrating it was for the rest of the team to work with him.
4th May '16 5:19:08 PM MarkLungo
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4th May '16 5:17:17 PM MarkLungo
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* ADayInTheLimelight: Munch and/or Fin, occasionally. Munch got to shine when his uncle Andy (played by none other than Jerry Lewis) got involved in a crime; the same happened with Fin and the episodes involving his gay son Ken, his ex-wife Theresa, and [[spoiler:his evil stepson]] Darius.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: Munch and/or Fin, occasionally. Munch got to shine when his uncle Andy (played by none other than Jerry Lewis) Creator/JerryLewis) got involved in a crime; the same happened with Fin and the episodes involving his gay son Ken, his ex-wife Theresa, and [[spoiler:his evil stepson]] Darius.
21st Apr '16 7:28:16 AM Eievie
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The SVU detectives investigate sex crimes - usually rapes, rape-homicides, and various forms of child abuse. The voiceover at the beginning identifies such crimes as "especially heinous," and the show often focuses on the characters' struggle to deal with unspeakable crimes and living victims.

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The SVU detectives investigate sex crimes - usually crimes--usually rapes, rape-homicides, and various forms of child abuse. The voiceover at the beginning identifies such crimes as "especially heinous," and the show often focuses on the characters' struggle to deal with unspeakable crimes and living victims.



The show is known for its dual-action ItsPersonal / IdiotBall trope, in which each episode will usually feature one of the main detectives developing an extremely personal, unprofessional attachment or aversion to a victim or criminal, due to their personal history. This may sometimes cause them to follow false leads, or fall under suspicion and need to [[ClearMyName clear their name]]. These will manifest themselves in just about any episode that deals with crimes of a certain nature. Characters with "hot-button" issues are:

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The show is known for its dual-action ItsPersonal / IdiotBall ItsPersonal[=/=]IdiotBall trope, in which each episode will usually feature one of the main detectives developing an extremely personal, unprofessional attachment or aversion to a victim or criminal, due to their personal history. This may sometimes cause them to follow false leads, or fall under suspicion and need to [[ClearMyName clear their name]]. These will manifest themselves in just about any episode that deals with crimes of a certain nature. Characters with "hot-button" issues are:



* Huang: Pseudo-psychology (deceives people that need treatment and insults his intelligence), doctors abusing their power, gay-bashing.

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* Huang: Pseudo-psychology (deceives people that need treatment and insults his intelligence), doctors abusing their power, gay-bashing.gay-bashing



* Amaro: Cheating and deception; also violence against women, being the child of a domestically abusive relationship. And he doesn't tolerate corruption of children, having two kids of his own.

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* Amaro: Cheating and deception; also violence against women, being women (being the child of a domestically abusive relationship.relationship). And he doesn't tolerate corruption of children, having two kids of his own.



This trope works backwards too; we learn more about the detectives by noticing what kinds of people they empathize with. When the usually cool attorney Casey Novak is uncharacteristically lenient to a young girl who committed vehicular manslaughter while off prescription medicine (thanks to following the advice of a popular artist who was against them, after his own tragic story), you later find out that, quite predictably, she has a [[BrokenBird personal history]] with mental illness - her ex-fiancé (who she abandoned and later found in the streets) suffered from schizophrenia.

''Series/SesameStreet'' did a spot-on parody with muppets called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5121VjLwqZM ''Law and Order: Special Letters Unit'']]. [[ParentalBonus The primary audience probably don't watch the original]] (we hope).

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This trope works backwards too; we learn more about the detectives by noticing what kinds of people they empathize with. When the usually cool attorney Casey Novak is uncharacteristically lenient to a young girl who committed vehicular manslaughter while off prescription medicine (thanks to following the advice of a popular artist who was against them, after his own tragic story), you later find out that, quite predictably, she has a [[BrokenBird personal history]] with mental illness - her illness--her ex-fiancé (who she abandoned and later found in the streets) suffered from schizophrenia.

''Series/SesameStreet'' did a spot-on parody with muppets called [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5121VjLwqZM ''Law Law and Order: Special Letters Unit'']].Unit]]''. [[ParentalBonus The primary audience probably don't watch the original]] (we hope).



* AbusiveParents: Several victims have these but the worst was probably in "Sick" -- the [[spoiler: woman who was poisoning her granddaughter to make it appear she had cancer. She used the child's "illness" to bilk charities, and then convinced her to say she was molested by a celebrity so they can get money from him, ''telling her she would die if they didn't''.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Several victims have these but the worst was probably in "Sick" -- the "Sick"--the [[spoiler: woman who was poisoning her granddaughter to make it appear she had cancer. She used the child's "illness" to bilk charities, and then convinced her to say she was molested by a celebrity so they can get money from him, ''telling her she would die if they didn't''.]]
11th Apr '16 9:51:15 PM superkeijikun
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Insanity defenses are used very liberally by defense lawyers, and sentences of "not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect" are treated like "Get Out Of Jail Free" cards. In truth, Insanity defenses are rarely used, and on the rare occasion that they succeed, the defendant often ends up in a mental hospital for longer than if they were convicted.
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