* CompleteMonster
** [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Roger Stimple]] from season 3's "Ruby" is a [[WouldHurtAChild child molesting]] landscaper who lures prepubescent black girls into his van to [[SerialRapist rape]] and [[SerialKiller kill]], before burying them in the park he works at.
** Judd Whaley from season 3's "The Round File" was a manager of the Summerview Senior Living Center. He had a Medicaid occupant die on him, and received a bonus for having a low occupancy rate as well as for having a paying resident replace him. [[{{greed}} Realizing the profit potential]], Whaley would poison Medicaid Residents with no friends and visitors, and [[FrameUp tries to frame a resident]] who gets suspicious. He expressed nothing but contempt for his victims with his "Who cares" speech, and even has the gall to try to bribe the police to drop the charges and let the witness investigating him stay at Summerview free of charge.
** Phillip Stroh is a truly AmoralAttorney who defends sex offenders, but who also happens to be a SerialRapist. In season 4's "Power of Attorney," he has his client Chris Dunlap find him victims to rape; one of them fights back and is killed. Upon returning in season 7's "Hostile Witness," he goes on to become even more brutal, [[SerialKiller strangling his victims]] with a chain, and trying to kill a man who witnessed the crimes. When arrested in the same seasonís "The Last Word," he offers his services to a fellow inmate in exchange for sending letters, ordering several murders and threatening the witness.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Nobody expected Raydor to be popular, let alone popular enough to helm the spinoff series ''Major Crimes''.
* HilariousInHindsight: Actor and politician Eric Garcetti, who portrayed Los Angeles Mayor Ramon Quintero on the show, would go on to be elected Mayor of LA in RealLife in 2013.
* LesYay: Now that they've (reluctantly) admitted admiration for each other, Brenda and Captain Raydor have been having moments. Especially in "Last Woman Standing", with Raydor giving Brenda pep talks and fashion hints (ItMakesSenseInContext). This only gets turned UpToEleven during the seventh season, as Brenda and Raydor go from {{Worthy Opponent}}s to unlikely but extremely effective allies - and, possibly, even friends. Suffice it to say the 2011 summer finale "Fresh Pursuit" left Brenda/Sharon fans hoarse from the {{squee}}.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Brenda's adulterous affair with Pope. Even though she has since married Fritz, he's not above mentioning her affair with Pope when he feels that she is putting her ex-lover before their marriage or her own career.
** Frit Howard's drinking problem; besides nearly destroying his career, Fritz (prior to the start of the series) regularly drove while shitfaced drunk, to the point that he wake up in strange places with no memory of driving there.
* TearJerker: "Maternal Instincts."
** Brenda's mom's [[spoiler: death, oh god.]]
-->Brenda: [[spoiler: Momma? Momma? ''MOMMA!'' FRITZ! FRITZ! ''FRITZ!'']]
* GrowingTheBeard / JumpingTheShark: Depending on if you think Brenda having to take responsibility for her less-than-professional actions was a good thing or if you think [[StatusQuoIsGod she should have kept getting away with it]]/they deserved it (and also whether or not you like overreaching arcs), you might think the show either grew the beard or jumped the shark with the lawsuit and the hunt for the leak within Major Crimes.