History YMMV / LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit

24th Apr '16 4:33:05 PM Rebu
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** ''Way'' back in the beginning of the series, the detectives were searching for someone who was killing men who were getting "serviced" in their cars while the women were left unharmed. While discussing possible motives, Stabler suggested the killer was a loser who wasn't getting any himself. In 2014, Elliot Rodger [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings went on a killing spree in Isla Vista]], after recording a manifesto that, among other things, included a rant about his outrage that no woman would have sex with him. The shooting eventually became the topic of the "Holden's Manifesto" episode.

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** ''Way'' back in the beginning of the series, the detectives were searching for someone who was killing men who were getting "serviced" in their cars while the women were left unharmed. While discussing possible motives, Stabler suggested the killer was a loser who wasn't getting any himself. In 2014, Elliot Rodger [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings went on a killing spree in Isla Vista]], after recording a manifesto that, among other things, included a rant about his outrage that no woman would have sex with him. The shooting eventually became the topic of the "Holden's Manifesto" episode. [[note]]Ironically, the media played up Rodger's hatred of women and downplayed his hatred of men, even though he killed and injured more of the latter.[[/note]]


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** One episode involved a woman being raped during a hotel's opening and accusing an employee, which turned out to be a scam to sue the hotel. Brian Banks was sent to jail after a teenage girl said he raped her...and then sued the school for a fortune. Both stories have BittersweetEnding[=s=]; the woman in the show went to jail when the guy she accused was killed in prison, making her responsible under felony murder laws, while Banks got his accuser on tape admitting that she lied after he was released, and has been cleared of all charges and given a shot at getting his interrupted football career back. [[note]]Oh, and his accuser was successfully sued by the school for the money back. Which she already spent and has no feasible way of earning, so millions in taxpayer money have been flushed down the drain.[[/note]]
9th Apr '16 1:14:47 PM needlessexposition
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** The most famous Scrappy has to be Dani Beck who becomes Stabler's partner when Olivia is given an assignment for the FBI. She's more prone to action which leads to almost being knifed by a perp, acts unprofessional to the point where Stabler actually lectures her, her temper is even shorter than Stabler's, [[spoiler: her negative words against a perp drove John Munch's unstable uncle to push him into an oncoming train]], and she never had a really powerful way to be written out unlike Chester Lake. She also got to kiss Stabler which really set off the Elliot/Olivia fans' BerserkButton since their relationship never got passed LikeBrotherLikeSister until Stabler left.

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** The most famous Scrappy has to be Dani Beck who becomes Stabler's partner when Olivia is given an assignment for the FBI. She's more prone to action which leads to almost being knifed by a perp, acts unprofessional to the point where Stabler actually lectures her, her temper is even shorter than Stabler's, [[spoiler: her negative words against a perp drove John Munch's unstable uncle to push him into an oncoming train]], and she never had a really powerful way to be written out unlike Chester Lake. She also got to kiss Stabler which really set off the Elliot/Olivia fans' BerserkButton since their relationship never got passed LikeBrotherLikeSister until Stabler left.past the platonic stage.
9th Apr '16 1:13:56 PM needlessexposition
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** The most famous Scrappy has to be Dani Beck who becomes Stabler's partner when Olivia is given an assignment for the FBI. She's more prone to action which leads to almost being knifed by a perp, acts unprofessional to the point where Stabler actually lectures her, her temper is even shorter than Stabler's, [[spoiler: her negative words against a perp drove John Munch's unstable uncle to push him into an oncoming train]], and she never had a really powerful way to be written out unlike Chester Lake. She also got to kiss Stabler which really set off the Elliot/Olivia fans' BerserkButton since their relationship never got passed LikeBrotherLikeSister until Stabler left.
9th Apr '16 12:52:40 PM needlessexposition
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Surprisingly, Mike Jergens in "Starved" has a sympathetic moment. He was responsible for raping several women but when his wife Cora ends up in a vegetative state due to her alcoholism and bulimia making a deadly combination. She's essentially brain dead and Mike wants to stop the life support to let her die in dignity while her mother wants her to live. The detectives immediately side with the mother since they think that Mike just wants to get his hands on the money from the insurance policy. [[spoiler: It turns out that Mike was right all along since he and Cora witnessed a terrible accident years ago where a young woman ended up in a vegetative state. Cora told Mike that she would never want to live this way if it ever happened to her and her mother sadly agrees that ending life support was for the best. Mike and Virginia form a bit of a truce and he lets her be with her daughter when she's taken off life support.]] As reprehensible as his actions were and as much doubt everyone had in how much he cared for his wife, he still loved her enough to honor her decision.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Surprisingly, Mike Jergens in "Starved" has a sympathetic moment. He was responsible for raping several women but when his wife Cora ends up in a vegetative state due to her alcoholism and bulimia making a deadly combination.combination, everything changes. She's essentially brain dead and Mike wants to stop the life support to let her die in dignity while her mother wants her to live. The detectives immediately side with the mother since they think that Mike just wants to get his hands on the money from the insurance policy. [[spoiler: It turns out that Mike was right all along since he and Cora witnessed a terrible accident years ago where a young woman ended up in a vegetative state. Cora told Mike that she would never want to live this way if it ever happened to her and her mother sadly agrees that ending life support was for the best. Mike and Virginia form a bit of a truce and he lets her be with her daughter when she's taken off life support.]] As reprehensible as his actions were and as much doubt everyone had in how much he cared for his wife, he still loved her enough to honor her decision.
8th Apr '16 2:38:09 PM needlessexposition
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Yeah, nice job sharing your personal opinions about a perp within earshot of a man with mental issues, Beck.


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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Surprisingly, Mike Jergens in "Starved" has a sympathetic moment. He was responsible for raping several women but when his wife Cora ends up in a vegetative state due to her alcoholism and bulimia making a deadly combination. She's essentially brain dead and Mike wants to stop the life support to let her die in dignity while her mother wants her to live. The detectives immediately side with the mother since they think that Mike just wants to get his hands on the money from the insurance policy. [[spoiler: It turns out that Mike was right all along since he and Cora witnessed a terrible accident years ago where a young woman ended up in a vegetative state. Cora told Mike that she would never want to live this way if it ever happened to her and her mother sadly agrees that ending life support was for the best. Mike and Virginia form a bit of a truce and he lets her be with her daughter when she's taken off life support.]] As reprehensible as his actions were and as much doubt everyone had in how much he cared for his wife, he still loved her enough to honor her decision.
4th Apr '16 9:07:13 AM VeryMelon
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** The infamous Gamergate-inspired episode "Intimidation Game" had scenes where we're shown a point of view from one of the attackers done up in a style similar to First-Person Shooters. People who mocked this episode certainly found the irony when, in August 26th, 2015, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Alison_Parker_and_Adam_Ward disgruntled ex-reporter Vester Flanagan murdered his two ex-co-workers Alison Parker and Adam Ward]] and posted a video he shot in a first person view online.

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** The infamous Gamergate-inspired episode "Intimidation Game" had scenes where we're shown a point of view from one of the attackers done up in a style similar to First-Person Shooters. People who mocked this episode certainly found the irony when, in August 26th, 2015, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Alison_Parker_and_Adam_Ward disgruntled ex-reporter Vester Flanagan murdered his two ex-co-workers Alison Parker and Adam Ward]] and posted a video he shot in a first person view online.
3rd Apr '16 9:51:55 AM Peridonyx
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** The killer in "Perverted". We're supposed to sympathize with him because he was {{Prison Rape}}d. However, unlike the aforementioned killer in "Wrath" (see JerkassWoobie), this guy actually was guilty of serial rape, so he was rightfully arrested by Benson -- and he flat-out admits to having had no remorse on top of it. The only real point in his favor is that his AssholeVictim -- the gang-leader who gave him said Prison Rape -- was even worse.

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** The killer in "Perverted". We're supposed to sympathize with him because he was {{Prison Rape}}d. abused in prison. However, unlike the aforementioned killer in "Wrath" (see JerkassWoobie), this guy actually was guilty of a serial rape, rapist, so he was rightfully arrested by Benson -- and he flat-out admits to having had no remorse on top of it. The only real point in his favor is that his AssholeVictim -- the gang-leader who gave him said Prison Rape his main tormentor behind bars -- was even far worse.
30th Mar '16 9:22:07 AM Peridonyx
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** The killer in "Perverted". We're supposed to sympathize with him because he was {{Prison Rape}}d. However, unlike the aforementioned killer in "Wrath" (see JerkassWoobie), this guy actually was guilty of serial rape, so he was rightfully arrested by Benson -- and flat-out admits to having had no remorse on top of it. The only real point in his favor is that his AssholeVictim -- the gang-leader who gave him said Prison Rape -- was even worse.

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** The killer in "Perverted". We're supposed to sympathize with him because he was {{Prison Rape}}d. However, unlike the aforementioned killer in "Wrath" (see JerkassWoobie), this guy actually was guilty of serial rape, so he was rightfully arrested by Benson -- and he flat-out admits to having had no remorse on top of it. The only real point in his favor is that his AssholeVictim -- the gang-leader who gave him said Prison Rape -- was even worse.
30th Mar '16 9:19:44 AM Peridonyx
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** The killer in "Perverted". We're supposed to sympathize with him because he was {{Prison Rape}}d. However, unlike the aforementioned killer in "Wrath" (see JerkassWoobie), this guy actually was guilty of serial rape, so he was rightfully arrested by Benson -- and flat-out admits to having had no remorse on top of it. The only real point in his favor is that his AssholeVictim -- the gang-leader who gave him said Prison Rape -- was even worse.
29th Mar '16 6:58:30 PM HamburgerTime
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** Elliot's frequent application of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique was always pretty hard to watch, but in TheNewTens, after the character was written off the show, many American police departments became marred by [[DirtyCop corruption]] and [[PoliceBrutality brutality]] scandals in quick succession, so nowadays it's hard to see him as any better than the crooks.


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** In "Secrets Exhumed," it's revealed that [[spoiler: fan favorite RecurringCharacter Dana Lewis was EvilAllAlong]].
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