YMMV: Rizzoli & Isles

  • Adaptation Displacement: To the point where Gerritsen's latest books have "Rizzoli and Isles: Book title here" instead of just the title itself. Also, note that there is no separate section for tropes in the main page that belong solely to the novels, unlike the page for Dexter.
  • Complete Monster: Charles Hoyt was Jane Rizzoli's Arch-Enemy, a necrophiliac Serial Killer known as the Surgeon. Preferring to target couples and loving to foster fear in his victims, Hoyt would rape his female victims, forcing the male to watch, then kill them both. Hoyt managed to kill three couples as well as an entire family. Forming an obsession with Jane, Hoyt murdered Alexander Ghent and kidnapped his wife to lure Jane into a trap to kill them both. He uses his scalpels to leave permanent scars on Janeís hands. Though captured, Hoyt continued to be a menace through his apprentices. Hoyt would go on to temporarily break out of jail and murder one couple with his first apprentice, threaten to rape Maura Isles when she interviewed him while he was in custody, murdered the husband of his second apprentice, had his second apprentice take Jane's brother, Franke, hostage, and used his third apprentice to kill an inmate to lure Jane to him so he could have one last attempt at killing her before he died of pancreatic cancer. Just before his final attempt on Jane's life, he began to slit Maura's throat just so Jane could watch her best friend die before killing her.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In the second episode, an old lady insults the aged detective who comes by to ask about her son, due to their history together. Then she calls Rizzoli a "greaseball dyke cop". Then she uses a sardonic tone when addressing the black Frost as one of those "Affirmative-Action cops. Which island did you come from? Do you speak English?" This all happens in the space of about two minutes. Oh, and she's clearly Irish.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Based on the amount of fanfiction that has quickly accumulated, we have the femslash couple Rizzles.
    • Die for Our Ship: To the point where any man put in the way is ruthlessly run over. Casey is a prime target of this.
  • Genius Bonus: Whenever the Boston skyline is depicted, the weather beacon on top of the Old Hancock Building will match whatever weather might be shown in the following scenes. (It'll blink or shine steadily in either red or blue; the color patterns and their meanings are well known to Boston residents.)
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Season 1 episode "Born to Run" has Jane and Maura competing in the Boston Marathon and getting caught up in a case where two runners are shot dead in the middle of the race. This was two years before brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off a bomb at the Marathon in April of 2013.
  • Jerk Sue: Jane in the books. She's brusque, abrasive, has such an irrational dislike of beautiful women that she spends most of the first book treating a rape victim like crap and is pathologically defensive regarding sexism. But somehow, she received such positive feedback that Gerritsen nixed plans to kill her off and instead kicked off a still-going series of books with her as the lead character (or one of them).
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some fans of Rizzoli & Isles may be attracted to the show because they are fans of the shows on which Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander were. Based on the ratings, it became a case of Come for the X, Stay for the Y (in this case, come for Harmon and Alexander, stay for the Ho Yay, Les Yay, and crazy little subplots).
  • Les Yay: Consciously played Up to Eleven by the producers (who are very aware of their lesbian fanbase) and the actors, even though Word of God is that Maura's and Jane's relationship is and will remain platonic.
    • The series has its own Ho Yay page.
    • There is a series of "Subtext Recaps" on afterellen.com where each episode is analyzed under the assumption that Jane and Maura are closeted lovers, and that their various male love affairs are just attempts to keep up appearances. Not surpisingly, the recaps spend about twice as much time on the Les Yay than on the actual murder cases.
  • Moral Event Horizon: A variation. Paddy Doyle was a ruthless mobster who had standards (no women or children on his hitlist). However, as "Dance with the Devil" reveals, he was personally responsible for the death of Cavanaugh's wife and kid, effectively breaking his personal code of conduct.
  • Narm: The ending to the season 2 finale. The use of Sound Track Dissonance is reminiscent of a certain Meme.
  • Pac Man Fever: Just listening to Frost describe "the point of this game" to Korsak in "Virtual Love" is painful. Even experienced gamers would reply "To win WHAT?"
  • The Scrappy: Casey is easily the most hated character in the fandom. Interestingly, many fans don't cite the fact that he comes between Jane and Maura, or even the lack of chemistry or build-up with Jane, as their primary reason for hating him, and even admit to liking him when he first appeared. That is, before he developed the nasty habits of walking in and out of Jane's life with very little notice twice a season, each time leaving her in a state that, because of viewers' disinterest in any of his plots, borders on Wangst, and of managing to become the main focus of every episode he appears in. No amount of Character Shilling has been able to save him, and most fans were over the moon when Jane decided not to marry him.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Frank sr both him and Angela were shown to be mutually the cause of their marriage falling apart with them fighting every time they were on screen together. Yet the show seemed to go out of its way to make him in the wrong (trying to annul his marriage, marrying a 28 year old, abandoning her upon finding out she was pregnant, his children saying he is despicable) while ignoring Angelaís culpability.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Josh is this while being a product of his motherís selfishness is meant to encourage sympathy he comes across as Too Dumb to Live as he seems to do everything possible to make his situation worse. Refuses to say what happened when he is a suspect in a cops murder as well as choosing a public defender over the lawyer Korshak could get him. The final coffin on the nail was not giving up his friend who sold him out within seconds. Its hard to see how Josh survived for 5 years with this level of stupidity.
    • When Angela is told off we are meant to feel sorry for her however despite being repeatedly told to stop she constantly meddles into the affairs of not only her children but random people even meddling in police matters at some point which would get her arrested in real life. Due to the sheer amount of times she does this (once and episode it seems) she comes across less sympathetic and loving and more annoying especially since it causes a lot of unintentional insult moments
      • It also doesnít help that when someone interferes in her life they are treated as these big tearjerker moments.
    • Her relationship with Korshak started after he wasnít willing to take it to the next step because he was still grieving over his wife and son. Instead of talking it out with him she manipulated him by making him jealous.
    • Lydia sleeps with Tommy only to get engaged with his father soon enough that the paternity of her child was in question. When Frank found out about he dumped her only for her to start mooching off of Angela. The fact she was first seen living in her car and later was forced to move back in with her abusive mother is meant to invoke sympathy yet she just comes across as manipulative and self centered.
  • The Unfair Sex: Angelaís and Frankís divorce was shown to be mutual as the fought tooth and nail every time they were on screen together. Yet the show when out of its way to shift the blame entirely to Frank. He disappears for a season only to comeback wanting an annulment so he can get married to a woman the same age as Tommy only to then leave her when he finds out she is pregnant.
    • Strawman Has a Point in the later instance as he only dumped Lydia after finding out the baby might by his sons. Only for Lydia to instantly go looking for Angela for help.
    • Ultimate we find out that he cheated on his taxes and left Angela holding a 27,000 debt despite him being shown to be incredibly thrifty and understanding during his time on the show.
    • It came across more like he did his taxes and she expected him to do hers as well because she never signed the divorce papers.
    • They couldnít even portray him having cancer sympathetically as they suddenly had him be a verbally abusive drunk.
    • They even went so far as to eliminate one of the most heartwarming moments of the series. Back in season one Jane asked her father why he never pushed them to join the business. He replied that he knew they didnít want to and it wasnít his place to force them. However it turns out Frankie jr couldnít play baseball because his father worked him so hard he threw his arm out.
    • They even started insinuating that he was cheating on Angela by saying that Frankie jr and inherited his wondering eye.
  • X Meets Y: Word of God says its The Rockford Files meets Sex and the City; most fans, however, say its Cagney & Lacey mixed with your Police Procedural du jour, Bones and Castle being the most common.