Characters: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Detective Robert Goren

  • Berserk Button: Hurting Alex in any way or harassing his mother.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Of the family members we see, Goren is the most normal and well-adjusted. That should tell you a lot.
  • Freudian Excuse: Practically every member of his family has a disorder of some kind.
  • The Unfavorite: Despite being a highly decorated detective, Goren was always in the shadow of his dysfunctional older brother whom his mother always treated better. Because Goren is the product of a man his mother had an affair with, and said man turned out to be a serial killer.

Detective Alexandra Eames

  • Badass Adorable: Alexandra Eames is five-foot-two, adorable, and blonde. And she is just as terrifying as Goren when she gets going, if not more so.
  • Best Friend Manual: To Robert Goren.
  • Broken Bird: Her husband was a cop who was killed in the line of duty.
  • The Cameo: Has made two guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with more possibly to come.
  • Catchphrase: "No, see." She not only says it at least once an episode, but says it more times than any other character in the Law & Order universe.
  • Written-In Absence: In Season 3, due to Kathryn Erbe's pregnancy; Eames was said to be acting as a surrogate for her sister.

Nicole Wallace

Robert Goren's Archenemy and Worthy Opponent

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Gwen Chapel, the cancer-ridden daughter of her ex-fiancÚ, is about the only person she shows any genuine affection for.
  • Evil Brit: Technically she's Australian.

Detective Mike Logan

For tropes relating to Logan's character in the original series, please see the Law & Order character sheet.

  • Hot-Blooded: Still shows signs of this from time to time, but it's way toned down from the original series. His temporary partner in Season 7, Nola Falacci, comments on this, saying that she'd heard he was a hothead; Logan responds to this by handing her a newspaper article about the incident in the original Law & Order in which he punched a homophobic councilman.
  • Transplant: From Law & Order to Criminal Intent.

Detective Megan Wheeler

  • Broken Bird: Her fiancee's lies about his criminal activities are revealed when he gets arrested by the FBI right in front of her. And then, once he's locked up in federal prison for twelve years, she finds out she's pregnant with his child.
  • Put on a Bus: After her character gives birth at the end of Season Eight.
  • Written-In Absence: In the seventh season, she goes on a special assignment in Europe for six months due to Julianne Nicholson's pregnancy. An episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit establishes that she later retired.
  • Written-In Infirmity: For Nicholson's second pregnancy.

Detective Nola Falacci

Megan Wheeler's temporary replacement while she was on a special assignment in Europe.