History Series / LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit

28th Sep '16 9:09:59 PM Fireblood
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* CategorismAsAPhobia: In "Anchor," the villain of the week had killed a lot of immigrant children. The killer was overtly racist with his serial killing being an obvious hate-crime. But the defender somehow managed to convince the jury that the man couldn't help it - that his racism should be regarded as a mental problem. [[spoiler:The defense lawyer took the case because he had seen his father "swept by evil forces" (his father was a Klansman) and believed the same thing happened to his client, but he murdered the client after learning that he fully intended to kill again.]]

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* CategorismAsAPhobia: In "Anchor," the villain of the week had killed a lot of immigrant children. The killer was overtly racist with his serial killing being an obvious hate-crime. But the defender defense lawyer somehow managed to convince the jury that the man couldn't help it - that his racism should be regarded as a mental problem.illness. [[spoiler:The defense lawyer took the case because he had seen his father "swept by evil forces" (his father was a Klansman) and believed the same thing happened to his client, but he murdered the client after learning that he fully intended to kill again.]]



* * Detective Olivia Benson in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' was conceived by rape. There was a moment when it seemed like it was not the case, but then it was made clear that her father raped her mother and her mother was not lying about it.
** A more villainous example is [[spoiler:Darius Parker, whose mother (Fin's ex-wife) was [[ParentalIncest raped by her father]].]] While [[spoiler:he]] may not have known at the time, the fact that this is the reason [[spoiler:[[TheUnfavorite why his mother hated him so much that it's implied that she threatened him]]]] [[FreudianExcuse could explain]] [[SympatheticMurderer what]] [[spoiler:[[FateWorseThanDeath he]]]] [[OffingTheOffspring became]]. Darius refused to believe her.
** Also, a good few cases deal with children conceived by rape.
** One memorable episode featured a guy conceived through rape who started committing crimes similar to his father's. His lawyer used this as evidence for an InsanityDefense, arguing he became a rapist because of some inherited genetic defect.
** Another episode involved the team trailing a rapist some thirty years after his attacks. When Olivia talks to the daughter of one of the victims, the daughter -- who previously had ''no idea'' -- realizes she was the product of her mother's rape. As she and Olivia continuing talking and the investigation continues, Olivia realizes that the rapist they're tailing has similar patterns to her own mother's rapist, leading her to believe that the woman she's been talking to may be her half-sister. [[spoiler:She's not, which disappoints Olivia a little bit.]]
** Benson eventually adopts another child who was conceived by rape. Noah Benson's biological mother was raped by the sex trafficker who was holding her hostage at the time.



** In one episode, a homosexual suspect named Lincoln Haver gets his football career destroyed because he was surrounded by Normative Sex Haters and Olivia accidentally outed him [[spoiler: although it turns out Olivia's accidental reveal of the suspect's orientation wasn't the problem; the person who outed Haver was the real murderer, the manager of the football team, who had caught Haver kissing his boyfriend a while before. And Haver's career ended up ruined partly because the investigation revealed he had permanent brain damage as a result of the many concussions he suffered on the field]].

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** In one episode, a homosexual suspect named Lincoln Haver gets his football career destroyed because he was surrounded by Normative Sex Haters homophobes and Olivia accidentally outed him [[spoiler: although it turns out Olivia's accidental reveal of the suspect's orientation wasn't the problem; the person who outed Haver was the real murderer, the manager of the football team, who had caught Haver kissing his boyfriend a while before. And Haver's career ended up ruined partly because the investigation revealed he had permanent brain damage as a result of the many concussions he suffered on the field]].



* HideYourPregnancy: Why Olivia disappeared for part of season 8.
** Averted in season 17 with Kelli Giddish's pregnancy. There's almost a [[RunningGag Running Gag]] of the characters telling Rollins to stop pushing herself so hard when she's pregnant. The gag becomes much less funny when she has to be put on bed rest.



** In "Crush", the DA forces detective Benson to arrest a teenage girl on child porn charges (for "sexting" pictures of herself) in an effort to coerce her into testifying against an attacker. When she does so, the DA attempts to drop the charges, but the judge overrules her and sentences the girl to several years in prison. While the end of the episode reveals that the judge was corrupt, this has two problems. First, the arrest was an obvious case of Malicious Prosecution, which is a felony, and was one of the few cases (it's a notoriously difficult charge to prove in most jurisdictions) in which it would be an open and shut case. Second, even in juvenile court, the judge has no power to do any of that.
*** Alex Cabot commits an awful lot of Malicious Prosecution [[KarmaHoudini and nobody thinks anything of it.]] That's probably because [[MagnificentBastard she's Alex Cabot]].

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** In "Crush", the DA forces detective Benson to arrest a teenage girl on child porn charges (for "sexting" pictures of herself) in an effort to coerce her into testifying against an attacker. When she does so, the DA attempts to drop the charges, but the judge overrules her and sentences the girl to several years in prison. While the end of the episode reveals that the judge was corrupt, this has two problems. First, the arrest was an obvious case of Malicious Prosecution, malicious prosecution, which is a felony, and was one of the few cases (it's a notoriously difficult charge to prove in most jurisdictions) in which it would be an open and shut case. Second, even in juvenile court, the judge has no power to do any of that.
*** Alex Cabot commits an awful lot of Malicious Prosecution malicious prosecution [[KarmaHoudini and nobody thinks anything of it.]] That's probably because [[MagnificentBastard she's Alex Cabot]].
28th Sep '16 9:01:19 PM Fireblood
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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: This was the heart of the episode "Solitary": a criminal Elliot arrested earlier in his career spent the majority of his incarceration in solitary confinement, which ate away at his sanity and, when Elliot went to apologize for suspecting him of murder, caused him to throw Elliot off a roof in fear of being locked back up in the hole. Later, during the trial, when the criminal described the hellish experience he had in solitaire, Elliot decided to see what it was like for himself. After spending just one weekend in the hole, he suffered from a lack of sleep and a loss of his sense of time, gaining him sympathy for the criminal.

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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: This was the heart of the episode "Solitary": a criminal Elliot arrested earlier in his career spent the majority of his incarceration in solitary confinement, which ate away at his sanity and, when Elliot went to apologize for suspecting him of murder, caused him to throw Elliot off a roof in fear of being locked back up in the hole. Later, during the trial, when the criminal described the hellish experience he had in solitaire, Elliot decided to see what it was like for himself. After spending just one weekend in the hole, he suffered from a lack of sleep and a loss of his sense of time, gaining him sympathy for the criminal. Later he insured that the criminal wouldn't be held in solitary again during his sentence.



* GrayAndGreyMorality: Utilized to the hilt in the episode "[[http://lawandorder.wikia.com/wiki/Doubt Doubt]]", which highlighted the main reasons as to ''why'' so many rape cases boil down to "He Said, She Said". The woman claimed her ex-boyfriend (and former Professor) had raped her, while he claimed that it was consensual. Complicating this is the victim's claim that Stabler had sexually assaulted her while escorting her home (he caught her when she'd stumbled), and one of her other ex-boyfriends stating that she was into rough sex, up to and including choking. The episode ends with "We, the jury, find the defendant...", FadeToBlack, leaving viewers to form their own opinions.
* GuiltComplex: "Mask" introduces Captain Jackson, a psychiatrist who is looking for a way to cure sexual addiction. This came about from an unfortunate summer where he believes he may had raped his lesbian daughter, prompting the two to become estranged, but can't remember due to his own struggles with sex and alcohol addiction at the time. [[spoiler:As it turned out, he actually had consensual sex with his daughter's best friend. The estrangement was because his daughter was pissed that he slept with her first love.]]

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: Utilized to the hilt in the episode "[[http://lawandorder.wikia.com/wiki/Doubt Doubt]]", which highlighted the main reasons as to ''why'' so many rape cases boil down to "He Said, She Said". The woman claimed her ex-boyfriend (and former Professor) professor) had raped her, while he claimed that it was consensual. Complicating this is the victim's claim that Stabler had sexually assaulted her while escorting her home (he caught her when she'd stumbled), and one of her other ex-boyfriends stating that she was into rough sex, up to and including choking. The episode ends with "We, the jury, find the defendant...", FadeToBlack, leaving viewers to form their own opinions.
* GuiltComplex: "Mask" introduces Captain Jackson, a psychiatrist who is looking for a way to cure sexual addiction. This came about from an unfortunate summer where he believes he may had have raped his lesbian daughter, prompting the two to become estranged, but can't remember due to his own struggles with sex and alcohol addiction at the time. [[spoiler:As it turned out, he actually had consensual sex with his daughter's best friend. The estrangement was because his daughter was pissed that he slept with her first love.]]
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: This is the message of the episode "Making A Rapist". A man wrongly convicted of rape is released after serving sixteen years in prison. After making friends with the woman formerly believed to be his victim, he's accused of her daughter's rape and murder. [[spoiler: It turns out he did do it, after years of rape and beatings by fellow prisoners. He became attracted to her daughter, and when she laughed him off after he'd told her, he then (while drunk) flew into a rage.
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* HarmfulToMinors: the unit has to deal with cases like this quite regularly.

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* HarmfulToMinors: the The unit has to deal with cases like this quite regularly.
24th Sep '16 6:58:26 AM shamblingdead2
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** Every member of the team, but especially Benson and Rollins, replies with "Okay," when someone delivers some horrible news. You could almost make it a DrinkingGame.
11th Sep '16 7:49:14 AM rafi
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* BornLucky: William Lewis, the villain of Season 14's finale and part of Season 15, is this. Almost his entire criminal career hinges on this (that and a large number of [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]]). He's got shades of MagnificentBastard to him, but he seems to rely more on the fact that everything (usually) seems to go wrong for the police and the DA while they're after him. For example, in the Season 14 finale and Season 15 premiere, [[spoiler: he refuses to take a plea for indecent exposure and the charges end up dropped when the witnesses go back to their home country. He then tortures and rapes an old woman, but before she can testify against him, she dies. What little evidence they have turns out to possibly be contaminated by the lab tech, which results in a mistrial. He then somehow finds Olivia's address, catches her when no one expects to hear from her for two days, breaks in without leaving any signs of a break-in, catches a seasoned detective off-guard and causes her to freeze instead of reaching for her gun like she had every other time someone broke into her home, manages to subdue her and drag her down the fire escape without anyone noticing, and doesn't get caught for days.]] It dips into ContrivedCoincidence.
** Lewis' lucky streak is extended later on in the Season 15 premiere "Surrender Benson": [[spoiler: After kidnapping Olivia Benson, he brings her to a (seemly abandoned) beach house, where he handcuffs her to an old-fashioned iron-framed bed with the intent of continuing to torture her, rape her and finally kill her. After his first attempt at raping her is interrupted by the house maid knocking on the front door, Olivia is able to break the bedpost that she is handcuffed to and is able to subdue Lewis long enough to handcuff him to the bed while he's unconscious. After he wakes up, he proceeds to verbally taunt Olivia; she wants to kill him but he knows she won't go through with it because she "doesn't have the balls". Olivia is finally pushed over the edge and she picks up the broken bedpost and proceeds to beat William Lewis almost to death. Lewis is lucky in that despite the fact that he receives permanent physical damage, he is still alive. (He is even more lucky when it is explained later on in the season that during the ride to the hospital, he literally died and came back to life a total of 4 times in the ambulance.)]]



* LuckyBastard: William Lewis, the villain of Season 14's finale and part of Season 15, is this. Almost his entire criminal career hinges on this (that and a large number of [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]]). He's got shades of MagnificentBastard to him, but he seems to rely more on the fact that everything (usually) seems to go wrong for the police and the DA while they're after him. For example, in the Season 14 finale and Season 15 premiere, [[spoiler: he refuses to take a plea for indecent exposure and the charges end up dropped when the witnesses go back to their home country. He then tortures and rapes an old woman, but before she can testify against him, she dies. What little evidence they have turns out to possibly be contaminated by the lab tech, which results in a mistrial. He then somehow finds Olivia's address, catches her when no one expects to hear from her for two days, breaks in without leaving any signs of a break-in, catches a seasoned detective off-guard and causes her to freeze instead of reaching for her gun like she had every other time someone broke into her home, manages to subdue her and drag her down the fire escape without anyone noticing, and doesn't get caught for days.]] It dips into ContrivedCoincidence.
** Lewis' lucky streak is extended later on in the Season 15 premiere "Surrender Benson": [[spoiler: After kidnapping Olivia Benson, he brings her to a (seemly abandoned) beach house, where he handcuffs her to an old-fashioned iron-framed bed with the intent of continuing to torture her, rape her and finally kill her. After his first attempt at raping her is interrupted by the house maid knocking on the front door, Olivia is able to break the bedpost that she is handcuffed to and is able to subdue Lewis long enough to handcuff him to the bed while he's unconscious. After he wakes up, he proceeds to verbally taunt Olivia; she wants to kill him but he knows she won't go through with it because she "doesn't have the balls". Olivia is finally pushed over the edge and she picks up the broken bedpost and proceeds to beat William Lewis almost to death. Lewis is lucky in that despite the fact that he receives permanent physical damage, he is still alive. (He is even more lucky when it is explained later on in the season that during the ride to the hospital, he literally died and came back to life a total of 4 times in the ambulance.)]][[/folder]]

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* LuckyBastard: William Lewis, the villain of Season 14's finale and part of Season 15, is this. Almost his entire criminal career hinges on this (that and a large number of [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]]). He's got shades of MagnificentBastard to him, but he seems to rely more on the fact that everything (usually) seems to go wrong for the police and the DA while they're after him. For example, in the Season 14 finale and Season 15 premiere, [[spoiler: he refuses to take a plea for indecent exposure and the charges end up dropped when the witnesses go back to their home country. He then tortures and rapes an old woman, but before she can testify against him, she dies. What little evidence they have turns out to possibly be contaminated by the lab tech, which results in a mistrial. He then somehow finds Olivia's address, catches her when no one expects to hear from her for two days, breaks in without leaving any signs of a break-in, catches a seasoned detective off-guard and causes her to freeze instead of reaching for her gun like she had every other time someone broke into her home, manages to subdue her and drag her down the fire escape without anyone noticing, and doesn't get caught for days.]] It dips into ContrivedCoincidence.
** Lewis' lucky streak is extended later on in the Season 15 premiere "Surrender Benson": [[spoiler: After kidnapping Olivia Benson, he brings her to a (seemly abandoned) beach house, where he handcuffs her to an old-fashioned iron-framed bed with the intent of continuing to torture her, rape her and finally kill her. After his first attempt at raping her is interrupted by the house maid knocking on the front door, Olivia is able to break the bedpost that she is handcuffed to and is able to subdue Lewis long enough to handcuff him to the bed while he's unconscious. After he wakes up, he proceeds to verbally taunt Olivia; she wants to kill him but he knows she won't go through with it because she "doesn't have the balls". Olivia is finally pushed over the edge and she picks up the broken bedpost and proceeds to beat William Lewis almost to death. Lewis is lucky in that despite the fact that he receives permanent physical damage, he is still alive. (He is even more lucky when it is explained later on in the season that during the ride to the hospital, he literally died and came back to life a total of 4 times in the ambulance.)]][[/folder]]
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20th Aug '16 11:25:18 AM lapetitesinge
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* OddFriendship: Olivia and a defense attorney (she's pointed several clients including [[spoiler: her half-brother]] his way). Their friendship is especially odd since they first met [[spoiler: when he decimates a rape case and gets the defendant acquitted even though the '''audience saw him do it''']]. It's also rather inconvenient since they both do everything they can for justice, and in the attorney's case that includes threatening to reveal [[spoiler: Olivia's romantic relationship with the ADA]].

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* OddFriendship: Olivia and a defense attorney (she's pointed several clients including [[spoiler: her half-brother]] his way). Their friendship is especially odd since they first met [[spoiler: when he decimates a rape case and gets the defendant acquitted even though the '''audience saw him do it''']]. It's also rather inconvenient since they both do everything they can for justice, and in the attorney's case that includes threatening to reveal [[spoiler: Olivia's romantic relationship with the ADA]].10



* OnlineAlias: One season 11 episode has a woman who goes by "Master Bater" online (she obscures her face and distorts her voice when she films her videos).
** October Surprise, based on Anthony Weiner's adventures as Carlos Danger, gives us ''Enrique Trouble.''

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* OnlineAlias: One season 11 episode has a woman who goes by "Master Bater" "The Master Baiter" online (she obscures her face and distorts her voice when she films her videos).
** October Surprise, "October Surprise," based on Anthony Weiner's adventures as Carlos Danger, gives us ''Enrique Trouble.''''
** "Avatar" features two women who use "Tawny Coppercuffs" and "Vixy Platinum" as their usernames on the SecondLife {{Expy}} "Another Youniverse."


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** Possibly justified: his character states that his family moved into his current apartment "fresh off the boat" when he was ten years old, implying that he is an immigrant.
21st Jul '16 7:54:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In the pilot, "Payback", one of the two {{Sympathetic Murderer}}s takes enough care to write something with her non-dominant hand in front of the detectives, knowing that they're currently looking for someone of her dexterity. She's still found out, though, as the resulting sloppy handwriting quickly clues them in.
18th Jul '16 8:05:14 PM kundoo
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** They're still doing this in season 14, somehow--in the episode "Criminal Hatred," the detectives go after a man who picks up and then attacks closeted gay men. Once the perp is found, they dismiss his claims of prostituting himself to women as utterly impossible because he himself is gay and attempt an unorthodox gay-on-gay hate crime charge, never once considering that the dude could be bi. Raul Esparza, who plays ADA Barba, has talked openly about his personal struggles with his gray-area sexuality, and yet none of the characters seem to think of it.
17th Jul '16 3:21:08 PM Scriptrix
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* PunnyName: "Babes" featured a Catholic schoolgirl who cheated on her boyfriend named Fidelia.

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* PunnyName: "Babes" featured a Catholic schoolgirl named Fidelia who cheated on her boyfriend named Fidelia.boyfriend.
9th Jun '16 5:50:58 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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** S14:E22 (''Poisoned Motive'') sees this attempted when Fin speaks with his old Narcotics partner concerning multiple sniper attacks connected with them only to be presented with the weapon and a convincing MotiveRant centering on abandonment and betrayal. However it is rapidly made evident that motivation and marksmanship skill would not have let a man with a half-crippled leg escape the scene of the first shooting[[note]](a rooftop across from the precinct during a high profile perp-walk)[[/note]] as swiftly as the shooter did; whereas his twenty five year old daughter who was living with him, washed out of the U. S. Army and NYPD Academy only due to emotional problems, and was still at large was a different matter entirely.
9th Jun '16 3:44:20 PM brichards85
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** In "Friending Emily" they meet an FBI agent who's only job is to monitor child porn. He may or may not be joking that his predecessor {{ate his gun}} at his desk.

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** In "Friending Emily" they meet an FBI agent who's whose only job is to monitor child porn. He may or may not be joking that his predecessor {{ate his gun}} at his desk.



** S14:E7 (''Vanity's Bonfire'') ends with a woman who's terminal brain tumor left her reliant on a cane to walk and too weak to handle a pitcher of water confessing to beating the head of her husband's physically healthy mistress in with a 20 pound hunk of crystal, while also swearing under oath that [[LetOffByTheDetective her 15 year old daughter]] came straight home from school that afternoon and never left the townhouse.

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** S14:E7 (''Vanity's Bonfire'') ends with a woman who's whose terminal brain tumor left her reliant on a cane to walk and too weak to handle a pitcher of water confessing to beating the head of her husband's physically healthy mistress in with a 20 pound hunk of crystal, while also swearing under oath that [[LetOffByTheDetective her 15 year old daughter]] came straight home from school that afternoon and never left the townhouse.
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