* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/JeremyIrons playing a [[Literature/{{Lolita}} a sex-addict who slept with his daughter]] [[spoiler: it was actually her similar-looking best friend (he was drunk, she consented)]].
** Creator/AlexKingston of Main/DoctorWho fame playing a defense attorney in Season 10 named [[spoiler: Miranda Pond]]. May also double as HilariousInHindsight depending on when she was cast.
** When Tutuola joined the show, his previous background was in Narcotics, which was the job of [[Music/{{IceT}} Ice-T's]] character in ''Film/NewJackCity''.
** And when Lee Tergesen guest-starred as a suspect in the episode "Savior," he and Elliot got very touchy-feely in the interrogation room as they prayed together, undoubtedly a reference to their intimate times [[Series/{{Oz}} in prison together.]]
** Harold Perrineau recently played a wheelchair-using ex-con [[spoiler:who is now going back to prison for several rapes committed before he became a paraplegic]], much as he did on [[Series/{{Oz}} Oz]] (though sadly this was after Chris Meloni's departure)
** The ColdOpening for "Loophole" had [[Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} Bill Goldberg]] as a perp hopped up on PCP. Elliot clocks him in the back of the head with a fire extinguisher and gets trashed for his efforts. What finally stops the rage? Fin with a chair to the head.
** "Ballerina": A roommate [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} seeing his friend in the kitchen with a knife]] and an ''[[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow ear print]]'' being discovered at the first crime scene.
** Amaro at one point visits a ColdCase unit. Also, "Secrets Exhumed" begins the same way most ColdCase episodes did, with one character (in this case, Munch) saying that they'd gotten a break in an old case. Munch hands the case file to Amaro.
** In another episode, Cassidy mockingly refers to Amaro as [[ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Danny Pino portrayed Desi Arnaz in the 2003 TV movie ''Lucy.''
** Anyone old enough to remember Donal Logue's Jimmy the Cab Driver sketches on MTV should smile at Lt. Murphy's perp disguise in "Spring Awakening."
** Pablo Schreiber who plays William Lewis, the raging psychopath (and briefly prisoner) on this series was also moonlighting as a slightly less psychopathic prison guard on the Netflix series [[OrangeIsTheNewBlack]].
*** It's also ironic that while Schreiber was playing a criminal on this series and a C.O. on another series, he actually portrayed a completely sane, crime-fighting detective on the short-lived cop drama [[Ironside]], (which coincidentally aired right after SVU during the Wednesday night line-up).
* ActorSharedBackground:
** Richard Belzer has openly stated that JustForFun/JohnMunch is basically "me as a cop."
** Fin was in the Army, just as Ice-T was.
** Both Amaro and Barba are Cuban-Americans who speak fluent Spanish, reflecting that Danny Pino and Raśl Esparza are as well.
** Kelli Giddish is from Georgia, as is Rollins.
* TheDanza: In the episode "Friending Emily," Taylor Spreitler guest stars as the victim's sister, Taylor Culphers.
* FakeAmerican: Adam Beach, who played Chester Lake, is from Manitoba.
* FandomNod: in 11x13, "P.C.", [[spoiler:Kathy Griffin's lesbian character [[HoYay coming onto Liv]]. The reasons she gives for her mistake are pretty much the same ones fans have been using for their SlashFic since, oh, the start of the show.]]
** The best part being when Olivia asks, "Why does everyone think I'm a lesbian?"
*** No, the best part has to be Olivia fooling the suspect into confessing by ''pretending'' to be a lesbian, [[FetishFuel swaggering into the interrogation room in a leather jacket.]]
* FanNickname: After one too many uses of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, Elliot became widely known as "[=UnStabler=]."
* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a Character of the Day tells Fin he looks like a pimp. [[Music/{{IceT}} Ice-T]] was a pimp before getting into rap ''and'' later played a pimp in the [[Series/LawAndOrder Mothership's]] TV movie.
** Film/{{RoboCop|3}} ([[TheOtherDarrin the second one]]) is now a Lieutenant at the Internal Affairs Bureau.
** [[Series/LoisAndClark Superman]] is a serial rapist who promptly marries his girlfriend to prevent her from testifying against him.
** Speaking of Franchise/{{Superman}}, [[Film/{{Superman}} Lois Lane]] engages in an incestuous relationship with her son [[PrettyLittleLiars Byron Montgomery]].
** [[Franchise/StarWars Jango Fett]] is a cop in one episode. Unfortunately there weren't thousands of him.
** [[Series/DoctorWho River Song]] is a defense attorney in a couple of episodes, with the last name POND. And she's ''awesome''.
** [[Series/PushingDaisies Lily Charles]] is a corrupt-as-all-hell judge.
** And [[Series/PushingDaisies Ned the Piemaker]] a.k.a. [[Film/TheHobbit Thranduil]] briefly stopped by as an imprisoned perp in season three's "Guilt"
** What, you're telling me [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] is a TARU Technician now? (So is [[SpaceAboveAndBeyond Lt. Paul Wang]].)
** [[Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll Clarissa Darling]] a.k.a. [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina Spellman]] graduated to become a teacher who was raped by [[Series/VeronicaMars Cassidy Casablancas]]. She also marries a religious Roman Catholic man. Too bad magic couldn't save her.
** Being raped and [[spoiler: brow-beaten into falsely-accusing her coach]] may have influenced how [[Series/ICarly Sam Puckett]] became the person she is today.
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Kim]] did porno before going to work at Sacred Heart, as did her husband [[Series/SavedByTheBell Zach Morris]], who is first found shot and sexually assaulted in an alley outside of a gay bar.
** Film/MrsDoubtfire?! When did you become an anti-authoritarian sociopath?
** Well, [[Series/{{Hustle}} Albert]], I'd like to see you con your way out of this one.
** [[Series/{{Heroes}} Peter Petrelli]] framed his stepfather [[Film/{{Avatar}} Col. James Quaritch]] on a rape charge.
** [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Debbie Jellinsky]] is a foster parent whose daughter goes missing.
** [[Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle Peyton Flanders]] is a wheelchair-bound woman whose husband [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Gambit]] had an affair with a stripper, who worked for him.
** [[Series/{{Glee}} Sandy Ryerson]] is a sex offender... again... although it's rather more serious this time.
** [[Creator/RLeeErmey Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]] as a SmugSnake serial rapist and murderer in "Trophy":
--> '''"[[ChewingTheScenery LAWYER, BITCH!]]"'''
** [[Series/{{Lost}} Boone]] a.k.a. [[Series/TheVampireDiaries Damon Salvatore]] beats his father [[Film/FrostNixon Richard Nixon]], rapes his brother [[Series/JoanOfArcadia Kevin Girardi]], and forces people (even those of the same gender) to have sex before killing and robbing them.
** And his brother [[Series/TheVampireDiaries Stefan Salvatore]] was molested in season one and then turns up as the son of Stabler's old partner, [[Series/TheWalkingDead Dr. Jenner]]
** Wallace Shawn was on ''SVU'' too. The fact that you don't know him by name is [[Film/ThePrincessBride INCONCEIVABLE]]!
*** In an episode also featuring [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire The Commodore]] and [[Film/{{Rocky}} Paulie]], no less.
** The most ironic of them all: [[Series/{{Oz}} Chris Keller]] [[YourHeadAsplode on a crusade against sexual offenders]].
*** With [[Series/{{Oz}} Father Ray and Vern Schillinger]] helping him out as psychiatrists!
*** While [[Series/{{Oz}} Adam Guenzel]] lends a hand too as a SCU technician. Unfortunately [[spoiler: his character suffers the same fate as O'Halloran]].[[note]]KilledOffForReal[[/note]]
*** And JustForFun/JohnMunch's first partner on the show is [[Series/{{Oz}} Ryan O'Reilly]].[[note]]And if you've got a cut-rate car insurance, you could be paying for the mayhem he causes yourself.[[/note]]
** Hey look! [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] is a psychologist! His client? Why, it's none other than a meek piano teacher accused of murder, [[Series/{{Lost}} Juliet]].
*** That was her second appearance on the show. In the first, she's charged with killing her ill infant daughter, and the child's pediatrician is none other than [[Series/{{Taxi}} Alex Reiger]]!
** So I heard through the grapevine that [[Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman Michaela Quinn]] killed her husband when she discovered he was having an affair...oh, and apparently her son is [[Film/ThePrincessDiaries Jeremiah]].
** The detectives seek the help of former agent [[Series/TheNanny Sylvia Fine]] after a woman is murdered. She has them interview the various girlfriends of a former 'Mattress Maestro', which include [[SearchForTomorrow Jennifer Pace]], [[Theatre/ByeByeBirdie Kim McAfee]], and [[Film/{{Hairspray}} Velma Von Tussle]]. [[Series/CharliesAngels Kelly Garrett]] gets involved as well, but she's no ''angel''.
*** Also in that episode, [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Walter Peck]], still a New York City official [[spoiler: and former serial killer]], tries to put the moves on an undercover Olivia.
** [[Series/TheNanny Maxwell Sheffield]] raped his mother's best friend {{Gigi}} when he was a teen.
** [[Series/{{Charmed}} Paige Halliwell]], in addition to seducing a married man and [[{{Twincest}} having sex with her twin brother]], is a con artist who also goes by the aliases of [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} Tatum Riley]], [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Cherry Darling]], and [[Film/{{Jawbreaker}} Courtney Shayne]].
** [[Series/WillAndGrace Grace Adler]] is a television journalist who is receiving death threats, so she decides to assist the detectives on a case that ignites a cold case in her past.
** In turn, [[Series/WillAndGrace Will Truman]] is an owner of an online dating website who takes the fall for a murder [[spoiler: his daughter]] had committed.
** [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Dr. Kavita Rao]] is a detective who may have had some involvement in the murder of an ADA.
** [[Series/TrueBlood Arlene Fowler's]] a woman who ''might'' have cancer. But that's probably nothing compared to her mentally unfit sister...
** [[Series/CriminalMinds Emily Prentiss's]] father was a wanted criminal whose partner-in-crime took care of her, after her biological father wanted to kill her.
*** [[Series/CriminalMinds Emily Prentiss]] herself shows up as the public integrity unit's chief.[[spoiler: She's dirty and paid to frame Cragen]]
** [[Series/FullHouse Uncle Jesse]] managed to get around 20 women pregnant by deception. And that's ''just in New York''
** [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles April O'Neil]] is a defense attorney who assaulted a male stripper. And a decade later, she played the Maria Shriver to [[Series/TwinPeaks Special Agent Dale Cooper's]] Arnold Schwarzenegger.
** Not to mention that some years earlier, [[Series/TwinPeaks Agent Cooper]] murdered a sociopathic boy who had killed his son.
** Related to the above, it was a bit jarring for those that watched Novak as the ADA for a few seasons to finally catch a rerun of "Ridicule"... in which Novak (with a different name and hair color) was convicted of raping a male stripper.
** [[Series/PhilOfTheFuture Phil Diffy]] raped TV star [[Series/{{Lost}} Shannon Rutherford]] and bragged about it on [[Film/{{Accepted}} Ben Lewis's]] radio show. Only for his MoralGuardian mom, [[Literature/ExitToEden Mistress Lisa]], to shoot Lewis to make herself a martyr for her cause.
** Abandoning the love of her life, Valerie left the old town of Daggerhorn for the bustling city of New York. She donned the name "Tandi" and ends up being raped. I guess you can't escape [[Film/RedRidingHood The Big Bad Wolf]].
** [[Film/SpiderMan Aunt May]] is quite the evil bitchy grandmother, isn't she? And to think, it all started over mushrooms.
** In a rather odd allusion to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana]] accuses Italian diplomat [[Theatre/{{Camelot}} Lancelot]] of raping her. The case is brought to court, and the diplomat's attorney? Why, it's none other than [[Series/{{Alias}} Arvin Sloane]]!
** Speaking of defense attorneys, [[Series/TheShield Detective Claudette Wyms]] appears as one often. [[Film/TheHelp Aibileen Clark]], [[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Ellen Griswold]], [[Series/DesigningWomen Mary Jo Shively]], [[Film/AnimalHouse Boon Schoenstein]] and [[Film/TheNotebook John Hamilton]] pop up from time to time.
** [[Series/SpinCity Randall Winston]] and [[Series/SpinCity Carter Heywood]] have both left the Mayor's Office in favor of the New York State Bar.
** There was that one time [[Film/SteelMagnolias Clairee Belcher]] showed up to defend [[Series/DesperateHousewives Angie Bolen's]] son, who stood accused of murdering his father.
** [[Series/TheFortyFourHundred Jordan Collier]] a.k.a. Film/TheRocketeer is an art professor accused of raping his student. [[NoEnding He may or may not be in prison for it.]]
** "Torch" has [[Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest Billy Bibbitt]] as a fire expert.
** In "Name", [[Film/TheGodfather Al Neri]] is a terminally-ill killer and [[Series/{{Castle}} Captain Roy Montgomery]] is his accomplice.
** In terms of judges: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Professor Maggie Walsh]] presides over several of the cases.
*** Judge Mary Clark was once a young actress from Brewster, New York. In other words, "[[Series/ThatGirl THAT GIRL!]]"
*** D.A. (then Judge) Barry Moredock used to be [[Series/NorthernExposure an Alaskan bar & grill owner named Holling Vincoeur]].
*** [[Series/WhosTheBoss Angela Bower]] has left the advertising world for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
*** Judge Lois Preston was once [[Film/DirtyHarry an abrasive madam named Ray Parkins]].
*** Judge Karen Taten was one of the ''Sisters'', and before that one of the ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}''s.
** [[StandAndDeliver Angel Guzman]] ended up as a serial killer who slashes Olivia's throat (she [[ItGotBetter got better]]).
** Before he [[spoiler: terrorized Woodsboro as [[Film/{{Scream 4}} one of the Ghostface Killers]]]], [[Film/{{Scream 4}} Charlie Walker]] shot two classmates when he was on unsolicited medication.
** In "Demons", Elliot goes undercover to gain the trust of the recently-paroled [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T-1000]].
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Kathryn Janeway]] is now a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
** [[Series/MurderSheWrote Jessica Fletcher]] is a socialite trying to shield her son [[Series/LawAndOrderLA Ricardo Morales]] from prosecution. ''[[HilariousInHindsight Awkward]]''.
** [[Series/SexAndTheCity Miranda Hobbes]] is a woman who seemingly has Dissociative Identity Disorder.
** And [[Series/SexAndTheCity Steve]] is a doctor with an [[FetishFuel obsession with amputee women]] and [[Series/MadMen Jimmy Barrett]] as a brother.
** [[Series/BostonLegal Brad Chase]] is once again involved in a paternity dispute, though he [[PayEvilUntoEvil deals with it rather differently...]]
** [[BeverlyHills90210 Dylan McKay]] is a foster father who's revealed to be a serial rapist, having married one of his victims, [[ModernFamily Claire Dunphy]]
** [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Leon Carp]] is a doctor who denies that HIV leads to AIDS.
** [[Series/PrisonBreak Michael Scofield]] is a cop who's forced to work with Elliot ([[MeaningfulName in an episode titled "Unstable", no less!]]).
** [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]] is a con man who orchestrates the attempted murder of his wife and steals her money.
** [[Series/TheOfficeUS Dwight Schrute]] is a janitor at a hospital where a comatose woman is raped.
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture Lorraine Baines-McFly]] became a surrogate mother who kidnaps her biological daughter in "Birthright".
** [[Film/TheWarriors Luther]] survived his pummeling from the Gramercy Riffs to become both a child molestor and a lawyer who defends them in "Possessed".
** [[TheTroop Felix Garcia]] is a gay teen who is supected of killing the boyfriend of an NFL hot shot that's in the "[[MeaningfulName Closet]]".
** [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Eunice]] [[Series/MamasFamily Higgins]] raised [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} Stu Macher]] [[WifeHusbandry from childhood]] and ''[[{{Squick}} started having sex with him]]'' when he was 18. Not ''[[PortmanteauCoupleName Stunice]]''! ''NOT STUNICE!''
*** Also, her husband is [[Series/TheSopranos Johnny Sack]]. Unfortunately, [[YourCheatingHeart he is not so faithfully devoted to his wife]].
** Series/WonderWoman and her daughter [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Daena]] are a pair of con-artists. Try not to let your babies around them...
** [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Kairi]] (a.k.a. [[Series/{{Heroes}} Claire Bennet]]) is the daughter of two famous pop stars who wants to be adopted by Olivia, on account of how she regularly hurts herself for parental neglect reasons (that's Kairi, not Olivia).
** Four years later, Kairi [[YouLookFamiliar returns]] as a schoolgirl who's prone to lying and, well, doing things like giving blowjobs for clothes. [[spoiler: Oh, and when a sleazebag doctor records the two of them and her soon-to-be-deceased[[note]] not by his hand[[/note]] friend having sex and won't give her the tape, she kills him to get it back.]]
** [[Series/MadMen Lane Pryce]] is a serial killer with an appreciation for art. Or perhaps [[Film/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]] was reincarnated with [[WickedCultured his]] [[SoftSpokenSadist winning]] [[ManipulativeBastard personality]] intact.
** [[Series/TheWire Mr. Prez]]! What are you doing with those [[PaedoHunt photos]]?
** You'll never look at [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment GOB]] the same way again when you see what travel agency he's running...
** New ADA Rafael Barba is Broadway's best-loved [[Theatre/{{Company}} Bobby]], theatre legend Raul Esparza.
** [[Film/MyGirl Vada Sultenfuss]] is all grown-up and writing S&M romances (and, unfortunately, being raped by [[Film/TheProducers Carmen Ghia]], who was also [[Series/FamilyTies Ellen Reed's]] boyfriend in an early episode).
** [[Series/QueerAsFolk Brian Kinney]] is a physician who specializes in reproduction therapy and [[spoiler: is impregnating runaway teenage girls with his sperm under the guise of having the girls give birth to "cloned babies" of couples who had last their children]]. [[Film/{{Halloweentown}} Marnie Piper]] is one of those girls, and he was assisted by [[Series/SuddenlySusan Susan's Nana]].
** [[Series/TheFortyFourHundred Shawn Farrell]] sleeps with his sister [[spoiler: without realizing it]] in "Families."
** [[Series/ModernFamily Haley Dunphy]], like Kairi, makes two appearances years apart; first as one of three sisters whose father ([[Series/BJAndTheBear Sheriff Lobo's more competent deputy Birdie]]) is accused of molesting the oldest one. [[spoiler: She wasn't molested by him or anyone, but that doesn't stop the middle child from accidentally killing him.]]
** Eight years later, Haley returns as a girl who'll do anything to impress her mother... [[spoiler: including, again like Kairi, going from innocent to killer by offing a rival student.]]
** Basketball coach [[Series/TheWonderYears Mr. Arnold]] molested both [[Series/TrueBlood Eggs]] and [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Enjolras]], because the world is a terrible place
** [[Series/TheWonderYears Kevin Arnold]] too was a serial rapist and even defended himself in court against one of his victims [[spoiler: before being murdered himself]].
** Rock star [[Series/TheWalkingDead Daryl Dixon]] a.k.a. [[TheBoondockSaints Murphy McManus]] convinced [[AmericanDreams Meg Pryor]] to go off her bipolar meds, leading her to mow down a dozen people with her car, killing one.
** [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]] a.k.a. [[Series/PersonOfInterest Harold Finch]] bought a boy for sex and then killed him and staged a Santeria ritual to cover it up. At least he still wears glasses and has a delightfully [[SarcasmMode dry wit]], though.
--> '''Elliot:''' You really expect us to believe [your complicated and made-up alibi]?
--> '''Allan Shaye:''' Yes. Because...''that's what happened.''
** [[Film/ThePrincessBride Wesley]] believed that his daughter [[Series/{{Revenge}} Emily Thorne]] (a.k.a. [[Series/{{Everwood}} Amy Abbott]]) killed her abusive mother, [[spoiler:but it was really her boyfriend]].
** Amy's [[Series/{{Everwood}} boyfriend's father Andy Brown]], however, did in fact solicit the services of an underage prostitute, [[spoiler:eventually committing suicide when he realized how much his football injury-induced brain damage had ruined his life]].
** [[Series/TheWire Omar]] (a.k.a. [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Chalky White]]) was a pimp who killed several of his girls when they misbehaved; [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Jimmy Darmody]] is a creepy but brilliant teen who obsesses over famous murderers and [[MoralEventHorizon kills animals for fun]], but actually [[EvenEvilHasStandards helps the detectives solve a rape/murder case]]; [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Lucy Danziger]] is nearly unrecognizable in a season one episode, in which she falsely cried rape to hide her relationship with her boyfriend from her controlling mother; [[BoardwalkEmpire Nelson Van Alden]] shows up as a man who knows more than he first admits about his childhood friend's murder; [[BoardwalkEmpire Gyp Rosetti]], a.k.a. [[Series/WillAndGrace Will's boyfriend Vince]] was having an affair with [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper's]] wife, causing Jack [[spoiler:to murder her ''and cut out her unborn child,'' whom he also murdered, without knowing it was actually his child]]; and even [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Mickey Doyle]] shows up briefly in an early episode as the sidekick of a serial rapist and murderer [[spoiler:by whom he himself is then murdered]]
** [[Series/DowntonAbbey Cora Crawley]] is a doctor who helps to create--efficient (and sometimes fatal) methods of torture?!
** [[Series/GreysAnatomy George O'Malley]] is a rapist--but he also isn't, [[spoiler:because he's actually an identical twin who framed his brother]]
** [[Literature/TheBabysittersClub Kristy Thomas]] [[{{Squick}} knowingly]] [[ParentalIncest had a sexual and romantic relationship with her father]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} Emile Danko]], a.k.a. [[Series/TwentyFour Andre Drazen]], a.k.a. [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Ed Danvers]], a.k.a. [[Series/{{Oz}} Gov. James Devlin]], which resulted in [[spoiler:two babies, one of which she presumably killed and the other she abandoned to die (though he was saved)]]
** [[Series/LawAndOrder Detective Kevin Bernard]] does not appreciate [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander's]] attitude towards fat people
** [[Series/TwentyFour Chase]] a.k.a. [[ThePacific Leckie]] a.k.a. [[Series/{{Rubicon}} Will Travers]] is the mentally-challenged boyfriend of [[Series/LifeGoesOn Amanda Swanson]], who is the daughter of [[Series/TrueBlood Adele Stackhouse]]
** And Will's co-workers [[Series/{{Rubicon}} Miles Fiedler and Grant Test]] played a gay man who raped physically-compromised women and a stalker who murdered a journalist, [[Series/BlueBloods Jackie Curatola]], with a bomb/pedophile who ''buried his victim alive'', respectively.
** [[Series/JustShootMe Jack Gallo]] really can't handle the fact that his son [[Series/TheBlackDonnellys Tommy Donnolly]] is gay, to the point where [[spoiler:he murders his lover and lets his son go down for the crime]]. Bonus: [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Famine]] shows up as a horrible old homophobic preacher!
** [[Series/FullHouse Danny Tanner]] kills [[ThePrincessBride Prince Humperdinck's]] wife and unintentionally almost kills his wife, [[Series/{{JAG}} Sarah MacKenzie]], as a result of a love triangle gone wrong
** [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Ash]] was very upset to learn that his girlfriend [[Series/TheLWord Shane McCutcheon]] [[spoiler:was in fact biologically male]]
** [[Series/ThirtyRock Jenna Maroney]] is [[Theatre/{{Rent}} Mark Cohen's]] twin sister...and also [[spoiler:a serial killer and his eventual murderer]].
** [[WesternAnimation/VentureBros Dr. Venture]]'s toilet camera catches the rape of [[WebVideo/{{Fred}} Kevin]].
** [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Ed Grimley]] was a serial rapist obsessed with virginity who claimed to be a psychic.
** [[Creator/JerryLewis The Nutty Professor]] is Munch's mentally ill uncle Andrew. He pushed a suspected sexual sadist in front of a subway train!
** [[Film/MeanGirls Karen]] ([[AmandaSeyfried who is]] ''[[MemeticMutation so stupid]]'') is a teenage girl who [[spoiler:was raped by her stepfather's boss]] in "Outcry."
** [[ColdCase Scotty Valens]] has moved to New York and started investigating much more recent crimes.
* LifeImitatesArt:
** During the first half of the 2011 season, the episode "Missing Pieces" [[spoiler:in which a mother claims that her car was stolen with her young son still buckled into his car seat]] bore more than a passing resemblance to the still-unfolding [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/sky-metalwala-law-order-svu_n_1086268.html Sky Metalwala]] case.
** "Personal Fouls" [[spoiler: which revolves around a well-respected coach who uses a children's charity to molest young boys]] originally aired a few weeks before the [[http://gothamist.com/2011/11/09/did_law_order_svu_predict_the_joe_p.php Penn State molestation]] story broke. However, according to TheOtherWiki, this one was actually based on a ''[[http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/09/sp-fleury-tell-all.html different]]'' sports abuse case.
** In the episode Imprisoned lives, based on Ariel Castro but written before he was convicted, a scene with not-Castro allocuting about why he took the girls had to be cut when it ended up matching Castro's almost word for word.
** Tragically, [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/28/girl-forced-pregnant-donor-semen?CMP=twt_fd this real life case]] is disturbingly similar to both the season 4 episode "Resilience," in which a father artificially inseminates his teenage daughter, and, to lesser extent, the season 5 episode "Home," where a mother is an extreme control freak over her home-schooled children.
* OldShame: Elizabeth Donnelly. As seen in "Persona," her run-in with the IdiotBall that [[spoiler:resulted in a murderer escaping from jail]] coined the phrase "doing a Donnelly" for several years after.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: It was originally going to be revealed that Olivia's mother lied about being raped. Scrapped to avoid UnfortunateImplications.
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