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[[folder:Detective Robert Goren]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/VincentDOnofrio

Robert "Bobby" Goren is a quirky, extraordinarily intelligent investigator and criminal profiler, known as much for his instinct and insight as for his [[CloudCuckoolander odd mannerisms]]. His partner, best friend, and MostImportantPerson is Alexandra Eames.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He seems to have trouble connecting with others, has a hard time accepting changes in routine (most notably displayed any time Eames is absent), gets obsessive about things easily, latches on to small details... a lot of signs for something on the autism spectrum.[[note]]This may be TruthInTelevision as Vincent D'Onofrio himself is autistic and dyslexic.[[/note]]
* BadassBeard: As seen in the later seasons (even within a single episode, where one scene could have him sporting a full grey beard and the next could have him clean-shaven or vice-versa.) Vincent D'Onofrio could grow one like nobody's business.
* BadassPacifist: Goren almost always manages to get a criminal arrested simply by getting them emotionally riled up to confess their crime(s) or having their accomplice and/or alibi do that.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Of the family members we see, Goren is the most normal and well-adjusted. That should tell you a lot.
* BrokenAce: An amazing detective with an impressive case success rate. He also grew up in a dysfunctional family, many of his peers (sans Eames) think of him as crazy, and he has a hard time functioning without his partner.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He can come across this way, as illustrated by a lot of the details listed under AmbiguousDisorder.
* CreepyGood: His disturbing mannerisms really offset his legitimately noble intentions.
* DeadpanSnarker: His very dry sense of humour often provides some levity in serious situations.
* DefectiveDetective: During the series, Goren's history, coupled with his unorthodox style, became a source of trouble within the NYPD, spawning rumors and accusations that he was mentally unstable.
* DisappearedDad: His father walked out on the family when he was unable to take his wife's mental illness any longer. [[spoiler: His biological father, Mark Ford Brady, was briefly in his life when he was a child and was known to him as "Uncle Mark," but disappeared as well once things went sour with his mother.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible (a decorated cop with a good case close record) to his older brother, Frank's Foolsih (a drug addict with a gambling problem).
* FreudianExcuse: Practically every member of his family has a disorder of some kind.
* GeniusBruiser: His primary ''modus operandi'' is to break suspects with mental gymnastics but he's shown several times that he is a formidable fighter as well. Only [[Series/LawAndOrderSVU Elliot Stabler]] is more likely than Goren to rough up a suspect.
* GentleGiant: He's really a very kind person and tries to avoid physical confrontation as much as possible -- until he loses his temper.
%%* GuileHero
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The 6'4" Goren is best friends with the 5'2" Eames.
* LanternJawOfJustice: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed.]] Goren has a rather manly chin, but unlike [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Stabler]], he rarely waggles it around.
* {{Manchild}}: Until SanitySlippage started to set in, at any rate.
-->[''Goren is '''thoroughly''' enjoying his time behind the wheel of a suspect's cherry red 1962 Ferrari GTO'']
-->'''Eames''': [''amused''] You have to come out now.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He generally comes off as an unassuming {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, which makes him even ''more'' terrifying to the perps -- most of whom begin spilling their guts just to get the mind games and terrifyingly accurate psychological profiling to ''stop''.
* PapaWolf:
** Inverted. Goren became enraged over the corrupt judge he and his colleagues were investigating sent an officer to the mental ward his mother was staying in to harass her.
** Played straight with his nephew, Donnie -- The whole reason the plot of "Untethered" kick-started was because Donnie revealed there being abuse in the mental ward he was staying in.
%%* {{Permastubble}}
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Eames; in his own words, they are LikeBrotherAndSister, not that this deters the shippers at all.
%%* TheProfiler
* SanitySlippage: Starting around the end of Season Six, he starts getting every known misery in the universe piled on him. [[spoiler: His mother dies. His partner is kidnapped. His nephew goes insane and then goes missing. His brother screws him over repeatedly, and just when they've reconciled, he turns up murdered. His mentor reveals himself to have been the one who murdered his brother, as well as his arch-enemy, as a way to "help" Goren be free. His captain is murdered. He gets fired from Major Case.]] Finally, in Season Ten, he starts seeing a therapist and there seems to be some hope that he can get a break from the world constantly being unkind to him.
* TheSouthpaw: Is shown on occasion to be left-handed, as is D'Onofrio in real life.
%%* TheSpock
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* UndyingLoyalty: To Eames. He's noticeably off balance when she isn't around. And if someone decides to harm so much as a hair on her head, ''God help them''. The episode "Blind Spot" in particular shows just ''how'' far Goren will go to save his partner.
* TheUnfavorite: Despite being a highly decorated detective, Goren was always in the shadow of his dysfunctional older brother whom his mother always treated better. [[spoiler: This is because Goren is the product of his mother's affair with a man who turned out to be a serial killer.]]

[[folder:Detective Alexandra Eames]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Kathryn Erbe

Alexandra "Alex" Eames is Goren's quiet, snarky, practical partner, who generally seems to mesh well with him despite the noticeable personality differences between the two.
* ActionGirl: Despite her small stature, Eames is more than capable of holding her own in physical combat.
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* BestFriendManual: To Robert Goren.
* BrokenBird: Her husband was a cop who was killed in the line of duty.
* TheCameo: Has made two guest appearances on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', with more possibly to come.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "No, see..." How she starts a sentence when she's about to demolish a suspect's lie with evidence. She not only says it at least once an episode, but says it more times than any other character in the [=L&O=] ''universe''.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Deconstructed; while she and Goren make a fantastic team, their partnership is implied multiple times to limit Eames' potential for upward career movement (although she isn't actually bothered by it and, in fact, refuses to keep a promotion that comes with the condition of firing Goren), and if Eames is away from Goren, he goes downhill ''fast''. It's most notably seen in the episodes in Season Three in which Eames is absent and Goren is temporarily paired with Detective Bishop; he and Bishop get along very poorly because she isn't used to his antics and he can't stop comparing her to Eames. In addition, some of the later seasons show that despite her deep affection for and loyalty to Goren, on some level, Eames is resentful of being considered nothing more than the sidekick to her brilliant partner.
* DamselOutOfDistress: In "Blind Spot", Eames is kidnapped by the serial killer, Sebastian. For some reason, the killer doesn't kill her like the other victims. With a combination of strength, scientific knowledge, and remaining level-headed, she is able to escape her imprisonment without help from the police.
* DeadpanSnarker: In so, so many spades. If there is a snarky comment to be made about a situation, Eames will make it. Interestingly, her snark is frequently much more cutting than her partner's.
* FairCop: Kathryn Erbe is the epitome of the no-fuss, practical beauty, and her big brown eyes only help matters.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The 5'2" Tiny Girl to Goren's 6'4" Huge Guy.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Comes from a family of cops.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: If Eames isn't with Goren, he doesn't function properly. Perhaps best illustrated in the episode which ends with her giving birth; while ruminating on the motive of the killer, Goren looks at her empty desk and immediately understands what's in the guy's mind: "He misses his partner."
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She kept her maiden name, Eames, after she married Joe. She uses this to her advantage in "Amends" by pointing out to Ross that no one will immediately connect her to Joe when his murder has to be reopened.
* MissingMom: In ten seasons, Eames mentions her mother exactly once, to say that she was a stroke victim. In an episode where she and Goren visit Eames senior, her mother is neither seen nor mentioned.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Eames is extremely intelligent and one of the very best detectives in the entire NYPD -- but her partner happens to be the downright ''brilliant'' Robert Goren. Watching Goren work, it's easy to forget just how ''good'' Alexandra Eames is at her job... which she naturally uses for her own and her partner's benefit at every opportunity. Frequently she will deliberately let suspects think she isn't a threat until, quite suddenly, she ''is''.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: She is five feet and two inches of concentrated asskicking.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Goren; in Goren's own words, they are LikeBrotherAndSister, not that this deters the shippers at all.
* {{Transplant}}: She has started making occasional guest appearances on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Goren. [[spoiler: In Season Nine, she is offered the position of captain of Major Case on the condition that she fire Goren; she takes the position long enough to fire him so that no one else will do so, and then quits herself, unwilling to continue without him.]]
* WaifFu: Eames is five feet and two inches of pure badass. And ''she's'' the senior detective in her partnership with Goren.
* TheWatson: To Goren. Much like the good doctor, she provides an interface between her partner and the rest of the world.
* WidowWoman: As noted above, her cop husband was killed in the line of duty some years prior to the start of the show. She's never remarried; one or two episodes mention that she dates, but in ten seasons there's no mention of a serious boyfriend.
* WrittenInAbsence: In Season 3, due to Kathryn Erbe's pregnancy; Eames was said to be acting as a surrogate for her sister.

[[folder:Captain James Deakins]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JameySheridan

The captain of the Major Case Squad in Seasons One through Five.
* DeadpanSnarker: He probably picks it up from his detectives.
-->'''Eames:''' She also tested positive for lithium.
-->'''Goren:''' Might have been for depression.
-->'''Capt. Deakins:''' What's so depressing about being a crack whore?
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: His career ended when a former friend of his framed him for corruption charges; he resigned rather than tarnish his reputation further or bring danger to the detectives trying to help him.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: His actor had Bell's Palsy during the filming of Season Four, so the illness was written in for Deakins.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Has been working with Goren long enough to know that his tactics, while unusual, get the job done, and is willing to give him and Eames a lot more latitude than most. That said, he also knows when to draw the line.
* TeamDad: Is more than willing to go to bat for his detectives, and gets Logan reinstated as a detective.

[[folder:Detective Mike Logan]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ChrisNoth

Logan is a troubled detective who formerly worked in the detective squad of Manhattan's 27th precinct.

For tropes relating to Logan's character in the original series, please see [[Characters/LawAndOrder the Law & Order character sheet]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Subtle, but Mike has better control over his temper than he did back in ''Law and Order''. It makes for interesting contrast when he's temporarily paired with Nola Falacci, whose own temper control is...shall we say, not as refined.
* DeadpanSnarker: A trait he retains from the original series.
* HotBlooded: 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 ''Series/LawAndOrder'' in which he punched a homophobic councilman.
* OnlySaneMan: In his temporary partnership with Falacci, something he finds amusing.
* PutOnABus: Leaves the force at the end of Season 7 after a particularly difficult case nearly gets him fired.
* {{Transplant}}: From ''Series/LawAndOrder'' to ''Criminal Intent''.
* TwoFirstNames: Either "Mike" or "Logan" can be used as a first name.

[[folder:Detective Carolyn Barek]]
-->'''Portrayed by:''' Annabella Sciorra

Logan's original partner as seen in season five and six.
* DistaffCounterpart: She is essentially a female version of Goren.
* HiddenDepths: Well...
-->'''Eames:''' The girls don't remember anything about the place except that it's down a flight of stairs and it has a red bar.
-->'''Barek:''' Oh. Ah...The Shock and Awe club. It's on Harrison between Greenwich and Hudson.
-->''Goren, Eames, and Logan all stare at her.''
-->'''Barek:''' There's this DJ there that I know.
* IWorkAlone: Was known to work without a partner, hence her own idiosyncrasies, such as a habit of talking to herself.
* {{Omniglot}}: To quote her, she speaks "Spanish, Yiddish, Italian, Polish, some Creole, some Russian, some Cantonese from working in Chinatown".
* RaisedCatholic: And unlike her partner, she is not a lasped Catholic.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappears after Season Five; no reason was ever given.

[[folder:Detective Megan Wheeler]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Julianne Nicholson

Megan A. Wheeler is Mike Logan's second partner in the Major Case Squad.
* BoyishShortHair: One of her defining characteristics.
* BrokenBird: Her fiancé'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. There's also a subplot in a later episode involving the disappearance of her father, who was implied to be involved in mob activity; the episode ends with her at a mass gravesite waiting to see if they've uncovered his body.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not quite to Eames' level, but she gets plenty of moments.
* DisappearedDad: Her father disappeared when she was younger; it's implied that he was up to some kind of criminal or mob activity. A later episode has her investigating, which ends with his body possibly being uncovered in a mass gravesite, though it isn't confirmed.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Is noted by a number of characters to look very young. Logan, upon meeting her, makes a snarky comment about her freckles. Ross counters this by complimenting her time working undercover, saying that no one ever made her as an officer.
* PutOnABus: After her character gives birth at the end of Season Eight. An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' establishes that she later retired.
* WrittenInAbsence: In the seventh season, she goes on a special assignment in Europe for six months due to Julianne Nicholson's pregnancy.

[[folder:Detective Nola Falacci]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/AliciaWitt

Megan Wheeler's temporary replacement while she was on a special assignment in Europe.
* CharacterDevelopment: She does learn to keep her temper in check better thanks to Logan, albeit slowly. In her last episode, she's actually the one to get Logan and Ross to stop fighting.
* FieryRedhead: Noted in-universe to be more hot-headed than Logan; if you know anything about Logan's time on the original show, you'll know that this is quite impressive. It's discussed in one episode when Falacci asks Logan why he's so level-headed when she'd previously heard that he was a hot-head himself; Logan responds by handing her a copy of the newspaper article telling the story of how he got demoted. Over time she seems to absorb his advice; in her last episode, she's the one to intervene in a fight between Logan and Ross and tell them to calm down.
* HotBlooded: To the point that she makes Logan the OnlySaneMan in their partnership, amazingly enough. She does gradually start mellowing out, though.
* HumanShield: In "Senseless", a perp grabs her and holds her at knifepoint; while she comes out of it with a cut arm, it thankfully isn't too serious.
* PutOnABus: Once Wheeler comes back, Falacci is mentioned to have gone to Quantico for FBI training.
* TemporarySubstitute: In the first half of Season 7 while Wheeler's actress was on maternity leave.

[[folder:Captain Danny Ross]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Eric Bogosian

The captain of the Major Case Squad in Seasons Six through Eight.
* AmicableExes: Downplayed; he shares parenting duties with his ex-wife and they're on good enough terms to have a family dinner together, but he doesn't seem to think much of her new partner.
* PapaWolf: Has two sons with his ex-wife and would break anyone in two for threatening them.
* ShipTease: With Rodgers; they're seen dressed for a theater date in one episode, and in "Frame" Goren angrily confronts Ross about asking Rodgers for information on him by saying, "Did your girlfriend tell you that?"

[[folder:Detective Zack Nichols]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JeffGoldblum

Logan's replacement, who's a pretty quirky detective with a dry sense of wit.
* HiddenDepths: He is a brilliant pianist.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: As to be expected by someone played by Jeff Goldblum.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He came from a family of psychiatrists, and his father was very disappointed that he did not follow in his footsteps, causing a lot of strife between the two.


[[folder:M.E. Elizabeth Rodgers]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Leslie Hendrix

The wise-cracking medical examiner.
* DeadpanSnarker: A trait carried over from the original series.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: She was originally seen with short red hair and hidden in lab coats. Over time, her hair was dyed blonde and grown out and she was seen more outside work in more feminine clothing. "Untethered" even had her wearing a beautiful, sparkly dress as she was about to head to the opera with Ross.
* ShipTease: With Captain Ross; it's never officially mentioned on screen, but they're seen dressed for a theater date in one episode, and in "Frame" Goren angrily confronts Ross about asking Rodgers for information on him by saying, "Did your girlfriend tell you that?"
** There's also a bit with Briscoe from the original series; she mentions that he took her out to the opera once.
* {{Transplant}}: From the original series.


[[folder:ADA Ron Carver]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/CourtneyBVance

The Assistant District Attorney that works with the Major Case Squad from Season One to Season Five.
* BadassBaritone: He speaks in a low, smooth tone of voice.
* ByTheBookCop: Or attorney, rather. Rarely there is a time where he isn't clashing with the detectives, especially Goren.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He was written out at the end of season five without a given reason.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not as severe as the others, but it's still seen. I.e., in "The Unblinking Eye" after the suspect is arrested for the crime and bemoans a failed audition he had and said his "mind went blank", he then quips, "Too bad his mind didn't go blank on that street corner" (where he shot the victim).
* HelloAttorney: He is a very attractive man who is also an [=ADA=].
* OutOfFocus: Even though the District Attorney's office didn't play as large as a part in the series compared to the other series in the franchise, beginning with the latter half of season four, he started to be used less and less. He initially was seen as someone who worked with the detectives and told them what they were allowed to do in the scope of the law, but eventually became someone who showed up once and episode just to block their efforts with little to no compromise.
* SharpDressedMan: As an attorney, he was always seen wearing a collection of nice suits and ties.
* TokenMinority: He is the only main or recurring black character in the show's history.

!!Recurring Characters

[[folder:Nicole Wallace]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Olivia d'Abo

Robert Goren's {{Archenemy}} and WorthyOpponent.
* AffablyEvil: A villain yes, but she's a polite one.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Lacks empathy, superficially charming, an expert liar, and is incapable of forming emotional attachments with others.
* BigBad: The closest thing the show has to this.
* TheChessmaster: A criminal mastermind, she is one of the few people ''[[GuileHero Goren]]'' encounters throughout the series who can get the better of him, particularly by confronting him about his unhappy childhood.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: According to Goren, her father sexually abused her in her childhood.
* DeadpanSnarker: As part of her being Goren's EvilCounterpart.
* DepravedBisexual: Downplayed. She's bisexual and a villain, but her villainy is not correlated to her sexuality.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** [[MoralityPet Gwen Chapel]], the cancer-ridden daughter of her ex-fiancé, is about the only person for whom she shows any genuine affection, and in "Frame" it's implied that Gwen's cancer worsening is what has driven Nicole to kill again.
** She also claims that Goren is the only man she's ever loved, although the sincerity of this claim is questionable.
* EvilBrit: Technically she's Australian.
* EvilCounterpart: To Goren -- Both are brilliant, use a facade to trick others, had a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubling]] childhood that involved an abusive father (emotional/psychological for Goren, sexual for Nicole), are not easily fooled by other {{Manipulative Bastard}}s, have a sole loved one who acts as a form of emotional support (Eames is Goren's LivingEmotionalCrutch, Gwen is Nicole's MoralityPet and MoralityChain), and they both have an AmbiguousDisorder. The key difference is that Goren uses his talents to solve crimes and prevent future ones, Nicole uses hers to commit them.
* {{Foil}}: To Goren, in the way they manipulate others -- Goren is a large man who pretends to be a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and having others thinks of him as an idiot; Nicole is a petite woman who uses her superficial charm to let others believe she's a caring and warm person.
* FreudianExcuse: Goren theorizes that she was molested by her father as a child and that the trauma bred in her a pathological drive to use and destroy anyone who gets close to her; this is frequently implied to be true.
* HotTeacher: In her first appearance.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: If you give credence to her claim that Goren is the only man she's ever loved, it's implied to be this trope; in particular, she apparently is drawn to him because she can't seduce him.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: The only part of her ever found is her heart; while the DNA test says it's hers, Goren refuses to believe it actually is.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Killed her three-year-old daughter before the series began.
* ParentalIncest: She never admits to it, but it's implied that she was molested by her father as a child.
* PetTheDog: The one act of kindness she does for anyone in the show's run is to leave Gwen with her aunt in Arizona to ensure her safety, instead of running away with her or leaving her with the relative who was trying to murder her.
* TwoFirstNames: Either "Nicole" or "Wallace" can be used as a first name.