* AcceptableTargets: In one episode called "Urban Hellraisers", gamers. An entire episode was dedicated to trying to catch a group of bank robbers/murderers who took the GTA expy they were playing far too seriously, but the episode was written like something Jack Thompson would come up with and failed to so much as whisper the fact that 99% of gamers know the difference between fantasy and reality.
** Not to mention the game in question [[PacManFever looked like it was created for the Sega CD]] except it's apparently a bestseller in the modern day.
* {{Anvilicious}}: The beginning of 9x09 "Blood Sugar". Its images of workers hacking away at sugarcane, the lyrics of the background music, and even the [[http://web.utk.edu/~gerard/romanticpolitics/bloodsugar.html title]] appear to be trying to lay a guilt trip on the audience for...''using sugar''. No accident that the presumably rich people in the gazebo are white while almost everyone else is Hispanic, either. Would you like a little implied racism/reverse racism with your anvil?
** TruthInTelevision, the ''vast'' majority of sugarcane workers are Hispanic, and all of them are poor.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Technically there's one every episode if you ''really'' like Music/TheWho's song. ''20 to 1'', a program where celebrities discuss the top twenty...anything, in this case best TV themes, addressed this. ''Who Are You'' brought the band back into the spotlight, by the time New York came around they were set for life and '''''YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!''''' makes you wanna go...well, '''''[[BigYes YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]'''''
** The utterly nonchalant music playing during the climax of "All In" that captures both the utter confusion of the bad guy as to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcgXrbdkPxc what the hell]] just happened and how badly the team outclasses him in the end.
* BrokenBase:
** The Eric/Calleigh romance: the best thing that's ever happened to the show? Or a 'nomance' that's been dragging the show to its grave for years?
** This show itself for the CSI fandom in general. It was either a great show or made unwatchable by David Caruso.
%% * BaseBreakingCharacter: Horatio.
* CargoShip: Horatio and the sunglasses.
* CompleteMonster: Stewart Otis, first appearing in season 1's "Broken", is a [[WouldHurtAChild pedophilic]] SerialKiller[=/=]SerialRapist who targeted [[WouldHitAGirl little girls]] around the ages of five to eight years. [[WolfInSheepsClothing While acting as an authority figure]], he would kidnap the girls to take to his home for him to rape and strangle to death before burying the bodies in is backyard. He has done this to eight little girls and [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk only lamenting on his latest victim, Ruthie, because she died too quickly before he got a chance to "play" with her]]. He later appears in the season's finale "Body Count", where he escaped prison with the help of two fellow inmates, Hank Kerner and Randall Kaye. He then [[UngratefulBastard returns the latter's favor]] by kidnapping his daughter, Emma, taking her to a cabin where he not only raped her, but force her to partake in a [[SnuffFilm film]] taunting Horatio Caine, the person who arrested him. He then tries to kill her [[note]]She survives[[/note]] before trying to find her cousin, Robyn, hoping to do the same thing to her.
* CrazyAwesome: Once you get over the fact that it's not even trying to be serious business, the show is this.
** The difficulty in that line of thought is that everything that happens in the show seems to suggest it takes itself [[SeriousBusiness VERY SERIOUSLY]]. Not to mention the marketing...dear god, the marketing...
* CriticalResearchFailure: The "killer gamers" episode mentioned above. Yes, the ''entire episode.''
** An example: Once the team determines that the crooks are basing their crimes on the plot of a video game, they obviously need to determine what happens next in the game's plot. They go to the developer (conveniently located in Miami) who refuses to tell them the game's plot, saying that they will "just have to play the game." Not only is his reasoning that an already-released game's plot is some sort of trade secret patently ridiculous, the writers have clearly never set foot in a video game store, where there is generally an entire wall of [[StrategyGuide Official Strategy Guides]] proclaiming "All Secrets Revealed!" on the front covers. And apparently CSI Miami-verse has no such thing as online walkthroughs, story guides, or Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Julia Winston, who appeared in all of ''seven'' episodes, yet keeps popping up in the fandom.
** Same goes for Rick Stetler and Ron Saris.
** Alexx, as detailed below for being the only person that has something that resembles human emotion.
* EvilIsSexy: Julia, Horatio's secret baby-mama, who [[VaporWear doesn't wear a bra]] and had a neckline steadily lower over the course of a two-parter.
** Well, she ''was'' a Film/{{Showgirl|s}}...
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The cast does their best [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul8gZIGZbdc Horatio imitations]].
** David Caruso was also pretty good at taking the mickey out of himself. In this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXrUNXtPboA video]], he makes jokes about his young daughter not liking the Halloween costume he picked out and the immortal line (while he's having his hair brushed) "In the second half of the day, we turn the wig around." Caruso also loved [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJSqkwyL1Zo Jim Carrey's imitation]] of Horatio.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Horatio Caine + child(ren) results in this trope.
** His dealing with the mentally disabled Eugene in "Witness To Murder" is this.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt:
** Season six finale: Horatio goes to an airport to send his ex-wife and son into hiding, gets shot in the stomach, appears to die on the shiniest tarmac in history. Wolfe gets text: "It's done". Might've been marginally believable if it weren't the [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucking]] God-Mode Sue of the show! And there's the whole thing about the similar moment on CSI:Vegas that was forced to stick by extenuating circumstances. Sure enough, season seven reveals Horatio to have faked his death, Wolfe to be in on it, and it all to be part of a gambit to lure Ron Saris out of hiding...in the space between the first and second commercial breaks.
** Season nine finale: Horatio appears to get shot in the head, Natalia gets locked in a car trunk and pushed into the harbor. Season ten premiere: Horatio jumps into the harbor out of nowhere, gets Natalia out of the trunk, incapacitates bad guy...in the space of TheTeaser. Again, no one will EVER believe you to have killed a BlackHoleSue on the order of Horatio. They don't even try to HandWave the headshot...
*** Because he got shot in the ''stomach/side'', not the head. And he clearly suffers from the wound throughout the episode.
* MemeticMutation: Looks like it's time for...(puts on sunglasses) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_sarYH0z948 the opening sequence]].
** '''''[[Music/TheWho Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh!]]'''''
* NarmCharm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d54Ok6Uz_A Horatio Caine Parks His Car.]] So Narmy it's ''TOTALLY AWESOME.''
** The most recent episodes have Horatio easing up on the [[QuipToBlack one-liners]], lowering the NarmCharm somewhat.
*** '''''YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!'''''
* SeasonalRot: Seems to kick in near the end of season six, when Alexx left the team to "save lives" at a local ER. Taking the emotional core out of the team badly damaged the show as it became [[UpToEleven EVEN MORE OF A RIDICULOUS SUPEREGO-FUELED MIND TRIP]] by losing the one character grounded in anything resembling human emotion. Pulling an absurd LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt for that same season's finale did not help.
* ShipToShipCombat: Between Calleigh/Horatio, Calleigh/Delko and Calleigh/Eric fans, mostly, although there was also a smaller one between fans of Natalia/Eric and Natalia/Ryan.
* SoBadItsGood: Everything ridiculous about the original ''CSI'', distilled to pure form.
* TearJerker: The death of [[spoiler:Marisol]]. With prior knowledge of this event, the viewer may begin crying four episodes before the actual death.
* TheWoobie: Even fans that don't like him admit that when Ryan puts on the PuppyDogEyes they have the intense urge to just hug him and reassure him everything will be okay. ''Especially'' given how the show liked to beat him up - throwing him into a hurricane and getting him shot with a nail gun, among other instances.