History YMMV / ColdCase

19th Jun '17 11:09:48 AM Peridonyx
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Not that it is very important, but [[Film/BackToTheFuture Thomas F. Wilson]] plays a person of interest in an episode about the 1973 murder of a college student... who was already 'old' in 1973, and died before the investigation was reopened in the mid-2000s.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch Hathaway finally gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and of course, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual, PaedoHunt hate (instead, he just calmly makes [[spoiler:Cliff]] confess and tries to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:Cliff]] ends up NotWorthKilling and just arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making said postman's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.

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Not that it is very important, but [[Film/BackToTheFuture Thomas F. Wilson]] plays a person of interest in an episode about the 1973 murder of a college student... who was already 'old' in 1973, and died before the investigation was reopened in the mid-2000s.
** The killer in "It Takes a Village," rather than targeting innocent children for MisplacedRetribution, could've easily been a sort of VigilanteMan targeting abusers for RevengeByProxy regarding the guy actually responsible for the killer's own abuse -- which would've certainly helped with the UnintentionallyUnsympathetic-ism.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch Hathaway finally gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and of course, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual, PaedoHunt hate usual PaedoHunt-ism (instead, he just calmly makes [[spoiler:Cliff]] confess and tries to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:Cliff]] ends up NotWorthKilling and just arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making said postman's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.
19th Jun '17 11:03:23 AM Peridonyx
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and, you know, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual PaedoHunt hate for the [[spoiler:guy]] (instead just calmly making [[spoiler:him]] confess and trying to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:he]] ends up NotWorthKilling and simply arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making the former's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch by comparison.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch Hathaway finally gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and, you know, (and of course, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual usual, PaedoHunt hate for the [[spoiler:guy]] (instead (instead, he just calmly making [[spoiler:him]] makes [[spoiler:Cliff]] confess and trying tries to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:he]] [[spoiler:Cliff]] ends up NotWorthKilling and simply just arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making the former's said postman's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch by comparison.Mitch.
17th Jun '17 4:31:01 AM Erin582
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* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Some episodes such as "Churchgoing People" and "That Woman" depict Christians rather negatively. Unfortunately, even in episodes where religion wasn't even the main plot point have a rather dismissive view of Christianity/God. One of the victims from "The Road" was a young woman who was devout Christian that gave her life to the Lord, which the killer was more than willing to exploit; [[ArmorPiercingQuestion ("If God loved you so much, why won't he do anything to rescue you?")]] Sadly, this broke the girl so badly, [[DeathByDespair it killed her in a short amount of time.]]

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* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Some episodes such as "Churchgoing People" and "That Woman" depict Christians rather negatively. Unfortunately, even in episodes where religion wasn't even the main plot point have a rather dismissive view of Christianity/God. One of the victims from "The Road" was a young woman who was devout Christian that gave her life to the Lord, which the killer was more than willing to exploit; i.e., [[ArmorPiercingQuestion ("If "If God loved you so much, why won't he do anything to rescue you?")]] you?"]] Sadly, this broke the girl so badly, [[DeathByDespair it killed her in a short amount of time.]]



** The best friend from "Soul" can be seen as this. Granted, everything probably could have been avoided if [[spoiler: she had just [[CannotSpitItOut confessed that she was in love with her friend much earlier]], but she still comes off as sympathetic since even though she was talented enough to be a singer, she]] was insulted in a room full of music producers on how [[HollywoodHomely fat and unattractive]] they viewed [[spoiler: her and how they won't even consider her for a career (all while her friend said and did ''nothing'' to defend her to them then or later) and he ends up impregnating one of the producers' sexy secretary ''[[WhatAnIdiot and then telling his friend about it.]]'' In spite of his ObliviousToLove status (as well as other things) and she still killed him in the heat of the moment and left his body on the street, she was genuinely sorry for killing him,]] even paying for his tombstone in the end and it shows that women don't like being "friend-zoned" any more than men do.

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** The best friend from "Soul" can be seen as this."Soul". Granted, everything probably could have been avoided if [[spoiler: she had just [[CannotSpitItOut confessed that she was in love with her friend much earlier]], but she still comes off as sympathetic since even though she was talented enough to be a singer, she]] was insulted in a room full of music producers on how [[HollywoodHomely fat and unattractive]] they viewed [[spoiler: her and how they won't even consider her for a career (all while her friend said and did ''nothing'' to defend her to them then or later) and he ends up impregnating one of the producers' sexy secretary ''[[WhatAnIdiot and then telling his friend about it.]]'' In spite of his ObliviousToLove status (as well as other things) and that she still killed him in the heat of the moment and left his body on the street, she was genuinely sorry for killing him,]] even paying for his tombstone in the end and it shows that women don't like being "friend-zoned" any more than men do.



* The mother and the killer from "Time to Crime", but particularly the mother. The former cheats on her hard-working husband out of "loneliness" with a slimy, serial cheating arms dealer and [[WhatAnIdiot still tried to get him back even after learning that he cheated on her,]] causing the murder in the first place. The latter ended up killing [[spoiler: his younger sister in a drive-by shooting when he tried to shoot the dealer ''instead of shooting him the moment he received the gun from him.'']]

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* ** The mother and the killer from "Time to Crime", but particularly the mother. The former cheats on her hard-working husband out of "loneliness" with a slimy, serial cheating arms dealer and [[WhatAnIdiot still tried to get him back even after learning that he cheated on her,]] causing the murder in the first place. The latter ended up killing [[spoiler: his younger sister in a drive-by shooting when he tried to shoot the dealer ''instead of shooting him the moment he received the gun from him.'']]



** Both of the parents in "Baby Blues" who were too wrapped up in their own lives (her job for her and his affair for him) to care adequately for their daughter and him leaving the family after said daughter's death.
** The best friend from "Detention". Even with an AlcoholicParent [[spoiler: him knowing that the death he caused was an accident,]] he still went on to become an addict to "honor" his friend and tell everyone under the sun that he committed suicide.

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** Both of the parents in "Baby Blues" who were too wrapped up in their own lives (her job for her and his affair for him) affair) to care adequately for their daughter daughter, tried to blame their son for the murder (who was only ''seven'' at the time of her death) and him leaving the family after said daughter's death.
** The best friend from "Detention". Even with an AlcoholicParent [[spoiler: and him knowing that the death he caused was an accident,]] he still went on to become an addict to "honor" his friend and tell everyone under the sun that he committed suicide.
6th Jun '17 9:20:50 PM HamburgerTime
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* EvilIsSexy: A decent amount of both killers and {{Asshole Victim}}s are quite seductive and alluring, including [[GoldDigger Sherry Fox-Stephens]] in "Sherry Darlin," [[BlackWidow Caroline Hargreave]] in "The Runaway Bunny," [[AlphaBitch Becca Abrams]] in "Stand Up And Holler," [[MrsRobinson Lauren Williams]] in "Blackout," and [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Mike Delaney]] in "Justice."
22nd May '17 7:36:02 AM Erin582
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* AcceptableLifestyleTargets: Jocks tend to be depicted as little more than sociopaths.

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* AcceptableLifestyleTargets: Jocks tend to be depicted as little more than sociopaths.sociopathic [[{{Manchild}} manchildren.]]



** The killer from "Soul" can be seen as this. Granted, everything probably could have been avoided if [[spoiler: she had just [[CannotSpitItOut confessed that she was in love with her friend much earlier]], but she still comes off as sympathetic since even though she was talented enough to be a singer, she]] was insulted in a room full of music producers on how [[HollywoodHomely fat and unattractive]] they viewed [[spoiler: her and how they won't even consider her for a career (all while her friend did ''nothing'' to defend her to them then or later) and he ends up impregnating one of the producers' sexy secretary ''[[WhatAnIdiot and then telling his friend about it.]]'' In spite of his ObliviousToLove status (as well as other things) and she still killed him in the heat of the moment and left his body on the street, she was genuinely sorry for killing him,]] even paying for his tombstone in the end and it shows that women don't like being "friend-zoned" any more than men do.

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** The killer best friend from "Soul" can be seen as this. Granted, everything probably could have been avoided if [[spoiler: she had just [[CannotSpitItOut confessed that she was in love with her friend much earlier]], but she still comes off as sympathetic since even though she was talented enough to be a singer, she]] was insulted in a room full of music producers on how [[HollywoodHomely fat and unattractive]] they viewed [[spoiler: her and how they won't even consider her for a career (all while her friend said and did ''nothing'' to defend her to them then or later) and he ends up impregnating one of the producers' sexy secretary ''[[WhatAnIdiot and then telling his friend about it.]]'' In spite of his ObliviousToLove status (as well as other things) and she still killed him in the heat of the moment and left his body on the street, she was genuinely sorry for killing him,]] even paying for his tombstone in the end and it shows that women don't like being "friend-zoned" any more than men do.



** The girlfriend from ''Family''.

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** The girlfriend from ''Family''.''Family'' who even as a BrokenBird status still dumped her baby ''in a garbage can.''


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* The mother and the killer from "Time to Crime", but particularly the mother. The former cheats on her hard-working husband out of "loneliness" with a slimy, serial cheating arms dealer and [[WhatAnIdiot still tried to get him back even after learning that he cheated on her,]] causing the murder in the first place. The latter ended up killing [[spoiler: his younger sister in a drive-by shooting when he tried to shoot the dealer ''instead of shooting him the moment he received the gun from him.'']]


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** Both of the parents in "Baby Blues" who were too wrapped up in their own lives (her job for her and his affair for him) to care adequately for their daughter and him leaving the family after said daughter's death.
** The best friend from "Detention". Even with an AlcoholicParent [[spoiler: him knowing that the death he caused was an accident,]] he still went on to become an addict to "honor" his friend and tell everyone under the sun that he committed suicide.
16th May '17 6:59:33 PM nombretomado
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** 5 years after ''Thrill Kill'', an episode about a man who went crazy and killed three kids because of a harmless prank, UglyAmericans produced a season finale involving someone going crazy over a harmless prank and killing everyone involved.

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** 5 years after ''Thrill Kill'', "Thrill Kill", an episode about a man who went crazy and killed three kids because of a harmless prank, UglyAmericans ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' produced a season finale involving someone going crazy over a harmless prank and killing everyone involved.
12th May '17 6:39:33 PM juniperlove15
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** ''Cargo'', an episode with a [[NiceGuy genuinely]] kind and [[IronWoobie sympathetic victim]] gives us a [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds tragic killer]] in the form of [[spoiler: Kateryna]]. True she did knowingly destroy her best friends chance at a happy life to gain her own freedom and then when that didn't work, ''she killed a man'', but ''Good Lord'' this girl has been through absolute hell! Its also worth mentioning that she had later tried to [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]] showing that she certainly ''wasn't'' feeling guilt free. Her arrest at the end definitely feels like a KickTheDog moment.
10th May '17 6:45:26 AM Erin582
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* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Some episodes such as "Churchgoing People" and "That Woman" depict Christians rather negatively.

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* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Some episodes such as "Churchgoing People" and "That Woman" depict Christians rather negatively. Unfortunately, even in episodes where religion wasn't even the main plot point have a rather dismissive view of Christianity/God. One of the victims from "The Road" was a young woman who was devout Christian that gave her life to the Lord, which the killer was more than willing to exploit; [[ArmorPiercingQuestion ("If God loved you so much, why won't he do anything to rescue you?")]] Sadly, this broke the girl so badly, [[DeathByDespair it killed her in a short amount of time.]]


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** The killer from "Soul" can be seen as this. Granted, everything probably could have been avoided if [[spoiler: she had just [[CannotSpitItOut confessed that she was in love with her friend much earlier]], but she still comes off as sympathetic since even though she was talented enough to be a singer, she]] was insulted in a room full of music producers on how [[HollywoodHomely fat and unattractive]] they viewed [[spoiler: her and how they won't even consider her for a career (all while her friend did ''nothing'' to defend her to them then or later) and he ends up impregnating one of the producers' sexy secretary ''[[WhatAnIdiot and then telling his friend about it.]]'' In spite of his ObliviousToLove status (as well as other things) and she still killed him in the heat of the moment and left his body on the street, she was genuinely sorry for killing him,]] even paying for his tombstone in the end and it shows that women don't like being "friend-zoned" any more than men do.
2nd May '17 9:33:08 AM Peridonyx
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out he's become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over his actions (and, you know, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual PaedoHunt hate for the guy (instead just calmly making him confess and trying to talk Mitch down) -- so he ends up NotWorthKilling and simply arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making his eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out he's [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over his [[spoiler:his]] actions (and, you know, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual PaedoHunt hate for the guy [[spoiler:guy]] (instead just calmly making him [[spoiler:him]] confess and trying to talk Mitch down) -- so he [[spoiler:he]] ends up NotWorthKilling and simply arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making his the former's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.Mitch by comparison.
2nd May '17 8:19:56 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** Also, in ''Love Conquers Al'' (which is based off of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Zamora the real-life 1995 Texas Cadet murders]]), the victim based off of the murdered girl, Adrianne Jones, could be seen as unsympathetic because she cheated on a guy with a girlfriend, although her knowledge of if he had a girlfriend ''when'' they got together is left ambiguous. As it was revealed in the real-life trial of one of the killers, David Graham, ''he never slept with her'' and on top of that, didn't even get a ride home with him that night. He only said that [[ManipulativeBastard to screw around with his girlfriend's head since she was so paranoid about him cheating on her.]]

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** Also, in ''Love Conquers Al'' All'' (which is based off of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Zamora the real-life 1995 Texas Cadet murders]]), the victim based off of the murdered girl, Adrianne Jones, could be seen as unsympathetic because she cheated on a guy with a girlfriend, although her knowledge of if he had a girlfriend ''when'' they got together is left ambiguous. As it was revealed in the real-life trial of one of the killers, David Graham, ''he never slept with her'' and on top of that, didn't even get a ride home with him that night. He only said that [[ManipulativeBastard to screw around with his girlfriend's head since she was so paranoid about him cheating on her.]]]]
*** Graham later admitted that he did have sex with Jones; the only reason he lied about it was on his defense lawyer's advice.
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