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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: The majority of predators busted are white men, many of whom are middle class or above. This is in sharp contrast to other reality crime based shows where the majority seems skewed towards low income minorities.
** Average income did notably fall though as the show became well known, which was speculated to be because of GenreSavvy among the more educated.
* FridgeHorror: [[http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2008/may/31/features16.theguide6 Beautifully explained by British journalist Charlie Brooker]]:
-->And that "attractive young actress" who greets them by the door: make no mistake, she's hot. And at 18, she's US legal. Presumably someone at To Catch A Predator HQ sat down with a bunch of audition tapes and spooled through it, trying to find a sexy 18-year-old who could pass for 13. They'll have stared at girl after girl, umming and ahhing over their chest sizes, until they found just the right one. And like I say, she's hot. But if you fancy her, you're a paedophile.
** Brooker is incorrectly using the term "paedophile," as is the case much of the time. Paedophilia is a sexual interest in ''prepubescent'' children -- in other words, 11 years old or younger. The individuals captured on this show might more accurately be described as engaging in hebephilia (sexual interest in children ages 11-14) or ebephilia (interest in children ages 15-17). Some have claimed that since Brooker's incorrect term indicates some slipshod research, nothing he said is to be taken seriously.
* InternetBackdraft, BrokenBase: Although these tropes likely existed as early as the whole "exploding GM cars" thing, they didn't really kick off until the whole "To Catch a Predator" bit got started.
* [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here For To Catch A Predator]]: Alright, this show has been running in some form for at least 20 years. [=TCAP=] lasted as a few standalone segments for 4 years. Now look at how many tropes cover just that segment...
* MemeticBadass: No sex offender is safe from Chris Hansen. ''Ever.''
** Not even [[Franchise/{{Predator}} other kinds of predators]] are safe.
* MemeticMolester: Inverted. Chris Hansen is a memetic molester ''locator''.
* MemeticMutation: "Why don't you have a seat over there?"
* {{Narm}}: The [=NBC=] staffers' readings verbatim from the chat logs between the decoy and predator, with voices ranging from deadpan or disinterested, all the way to overly excited.
* NeverLiveItDown: Their false claims about GM cars.
* ParanoiaFuel: "To Catch A Predator" definitely makes people think twice about soliciting sex online.
** [[NewMediaAreEvil Or letting their kids use online chatrooms.]]
* UnintentionallySympathetic: This is constantly discussed in Dateline, as you will see the predators in a sympathetic light. They may be very genuine. However, Chris Hansen, or the narrator, will remind themselves AND the audience that these are the same men who were soliciting sex from a minor who clearly had perverted intentions in mind (and that is at best. Some had ''much worse'' intentions).
** The saddest part is that there are some genuinely nice guys who talk to them, which would normally earn our sympathy. Until we are reminded, or we learn from factual evidence as to how intent they are as a predator, shattering any sympathy for them.
* WhatAnIdiot: The ToCatchAPredator series make it a point to highlight predators who come to the traps despite having seen the specials before.

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