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!!Detective Robert Goren

%%* AmbiguousDisorder
* BerserkButton: Hurting Alex in any way or harassing his mother.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Of the family members we see, Goren is the most normal and well-adjusted. That should tell you a lot.
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
%%* CreepyGood
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DefectiveDetective
%%* DisappearedDad
* FreudianExcuse: Practically every member of his family has a disorder of some kind.
* GeniusBruiser: His primary ''modus operandi'' is to break suspects with mental gymnastics but he's shown several times that he is a formidable fighter as well. Only [[Series/LawAndOrderSVU Eliot Stabler]] is more likely than Goren to rough up a suspect.
%%* GuileHero
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The 6'4" Goren is with the 5'2" Eames.
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler: Goren's biological father turned out to have been a serial killer.]]
* {{Manchild}}: Until SanitySlippage started to set in, at any rate.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* ObfuscatingStupidity
* TheSouthpaw
%%* {{Permastubble}}
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Platonic Life Partners]]: With Eames.
%%* TheProfiler
%%* SanitySlippage
%%* TheSouthpaw
%%* TheSpock
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TheUnfavorite: Despite being a highly decorated detective, Goren was always in the shadow of his dysfunctional older brother whom his mother always treated better. [[spoiler: Because Goren is the product of a man his mother had an affair with, and said man turned out to be a serial killer.]]

!!Detective Alexandra Eames

* BadassAdorable: Alexandra Eames is five-foot-two, adorable, and blonde. And she is just as terrifying as Goren when she gets going, if not ''more'' so.
* BestFriendManual: To Robert Goren.
* BrokenBird: Her husband was a cop who was killed in the line of duty.
* TheCameo: Has made two guest appearances on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', with more possibly to come.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "No, see." She not only says it at least once an episode, but says it more times than any other character in the Law & Order ''universe''.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Probably the only person in the entire NYPD who can keep Goren from going off the rails.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: In so, so many spades.
%%* FairCop
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Goren.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Goren.
* InTheBlood: Comes from a family of cops.
* MissingMom: In ten seasons, Eames mentions her mother exactly once, to say that she's a stroke victim. In an episode where she and Goren visit Eames senior, her mother is neither seen nor mentioned.
* {{Transplant}}: She has started making occasional guest appearances on ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
%%* UnfazedEveryman
%%* WaifFu
%%* TheWatson
* WrittenInAbsence: In Season 3, due to Kathryn Erbe's pregnancy; Eames was said to be acting as a surrogate for her sister.

!!Nicole Wallace
Robert Goren's {{Archenemy}} and WorthyOpponent

%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AntiVillain
%%* BlondesAreEvil
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DepravedBisexual
%%* DiminishingVillainThreat
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Gwen Chapel, the cancer-ridden daughter of her ex-fiancÚ, is about the only person she shows any genuine affection for.
* EvilBrit: Technically she's Australian.
%%* FreudianExcuse
* OffingTheOffspring: Killed her three year old daughter before the series began.

!!Detective Mike Logan
For tropes relating to Logan's character in the original series, please see [[Characters/LawAndOrder the Law & Order character sheet]].

* HotBlooded: Still shows signs of this from time to time, but it's ''way'' toned down from the original series. His temporary partner in Season 7, Nola Falacci, comments on this, saying that she'd heard he was a hothead; Logan responds to this by handing her a newspaper article about the incident in the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' in which he punched a homophobic councilman.
* {{Transplant}}: From ''Series/LawAndOrder'' to ''Criminal Intent''.

!!Detective Megan Wheeler

* BrokenBird: Her fiancee's lies about his criminal activities are revealed when he gets arrested by the FBI right in front of her. And then, once he's locked up in federal prison for twelve years, she finds out she's pregnant with his child.
* PutOnABus: After her character gives birth at the end of Season Eight.
* WrittenInAbsence: In the seventh season, she goes on a special assignment in Europe for six months due to Julianne Nicholson's pregnancy. An episode of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' establishes that she later retired.

!!Detective Nola Falacci
Megan Wheeler's temporary replacement while she was on a special assignment in Europe.

%%* FieryRedhead
%%* TemporarySubstitute