* 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=]."
* HarsherInHindsight: Stephen Collins (of ''SeventhHeaven'' fame) guest-starred as a suspect in the ninth season episode "Trade." In 2014, Collins confessed to having [[http://www.people.com/article/stephen-collins-sexual-abuse-confession-exclusive sexually abused underaged girls]] earlier in his career.
* 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 [[Series/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/SpiderManTrilogy 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.
*** 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; [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Nelson Van Alden]] shows up as a man who knows more than he first admits about his childhood friend's murder; [[Series/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 [[Film/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.
** [[Series/IDidntDoIt Jasmine Kang]] was raped by [[Film/{{Joshua}} Joshua Cairn]].
* 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.
** Originally, upon ''Homicide'''s cancellation and after hearing that Benjamin Bratt was leaving the [[Series/LawAndOrder original series]], Belzer suggested to Dick Wolf that Munch become Lennie Briscoe's new partner, since they had originally teamed in three ''Homicide'' crossovers. Wolf loved the idea, but had already cast Jesse L. Martin as Det. Ed Green.
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