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* CasualKink: Sara asks Grissom to restrain her with duct tape (as part of testing a theory about a crime); before joining her in the lab, Grissom cheerfully asides, "I ''love'' my job!"

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* CasualKink: Sara asks Grissom to restrain her with duct tape (as part of testing a theory about a crime); before joining her in the lab, Grissom cheerfully asides, "I ''love'' my job!"job!" His close but platonic friendship with [[{{Dominatrix}} Lady Heather]] doesn't make things any better.


* AgeGapRomance: With Grissom; the actors are 16 years apart in real life. Not that it matters to Sara, who as mentioned above, has a thing for silver foxes.

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* AgeGapRomance: With Grissom; the actors are 16 years apart in real life. Not that it matters to Sara, who as mentioned above, has openly admitted to having a thing for silver foxes.


* AgeGapRomance: With Sara.



* AgeGapRomance: With Grissom; the actors are 16 years apart in real life. Not that it matters to Sara, who as mentioned above, has a thing for silver foxes.



* MayDecemberRomance: With Grissom; the actors are 16 years apart in real life. Not that it matters to Sara, who as mentioned above, has a thing for silver foxes.

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[[folder:Michael Keppler]]
-> Played By: Creator/LievSchreiber

* BrokenAce: He has promotion after promotion and enough commendations to fill the Marina Trench... and has an utterly screwed up life to go with it.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He served as a temporary replacement for Grissom both In-Universe and out, since Creator/WilliamPetersen needed time off to star in a play.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:He dies doing this to save a hooker from Frank [=McCarthy=].]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Only around for four episodes before being shot and killed.]]
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[[folder:Holly Gribbs]]
->Played By: Chandra West

* DecoyProtagonist: The pilot of the show focuses on her, but she gets shot at the end of the episode and dies on the operating table in the next episode.
* NaiveNewcomer[=/=]NewMeat: The Pilot shows her first day on the job... and her last.
* SacrificialLamb: The first of the CSI to die.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: She literally does in the second episode.
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* DemotedToExtra: After being a major recurring character throughout the first season, he only appeared once in the second season before disappearing from the show entirely.
* WhatTheHellHero[=/=]RealityEnsues: He gave Grissom a major tongue lashing for turning his friend into a murder suspect for an apparent suicide, and wrongly, as it turned out, and forced him to issue a public apology.


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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler:He has an adult baby fetish.]]


* LargeHam: Has his moments, but the "Astro Quest" episode (and the dream sequences that had Hodges as TheCaptain of the ShowWithinAShow) were pretty much a chance for Langham to unleash his inner Creator/WilliamShatner in a homage to "''The Gamesters Of Triskelion"''.

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* LargeHam: Has his moments, but the "Astro Quest" episode (and the dream sequences that had Hodges as TheCaptain of the ShowWithinAShow) were pretty much a chance for Langham to unleash his inner Creator/WilliamShatner in a homage to "''The Gamesters Of Triskelion"''.Triskelion."''



* TheLabRat: although she wants to become a "field mouse".

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* TheLabRat: although she wants to become a "field mouse".mouse."



* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Officers?]]: In the episode, "A Bullet Runs Through It", he felt this way when one by one, all of the other officers walk away from him at the dead officer's funeral.

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* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Officers?]]: In the episode, "A Bullet Runs Through It", It," he felt this way when one by one, all of the other officers walk away from him at the dead officer's funeral.



* HeroicBSOD: In the episode "A Bullet Runs Through It", when she believes she shot a fellow cop.

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* HeroicBSOD: In the episode "A Bullet Runs Through It", It," when she believes she shot a fellow cop.



* CharacterDevelopment: A fairly significant example of this. He's almost a completely different person now than he was in season 1. He makes a pretty seamless transition from {{Jerkass}} to JerkWithAHeartOfGold. After 13 seasons he's still can be a bit nasty at times, but he has the respect of the team and the department as a whole, and he's absolutely a ReasonableAuthorityFigure now. (He's aware of it, too: when he talks to Morgan about being offered the sheriff position, he admits that part of the reason he isn't sure about it is because he's afraid he'll revert to the manipulative asshole he used to be.)

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* CharacterDevelopment: A fairly significant example of this. He's almost a completely different person now than he was in season 1. He makes a pretty seamless transition from {{Jerkass}} to JerkWithAHeartOfGold. After 13 seasons he's still can be could a bit nasty at times, but he has the respect of the team and the department as a whole, and he's absolutely a ReasonableAuthorityFigure now. (He's aware of it, too: when he talks to Morgan about being offered the sheriff position, he admits that part of the reason he isn't sure about it is because he's afraid he'll revert to the manipulative asshole he used to be.)



* HangingJudge: In his SecretIdentity

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* HangingJudge: In his SecretIdentitySecretIdentity.



* TheHeavy: Has this on Grissom long after [[spoiler:she's]] in prison, only matched by Millander and later Nate 0Haskell for Ray Langston.

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* TheHeavy: Has this on Grissom long after [[spoiler:she's]] in prison, only matched by Millander and later Nate 0Haskell Nate
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* BigBad: Of Langston's intro episode halfway through Season 9 (this was also Grissom's final regular story arc as a character until the series finale), and of Season 11. [[spoiler: His death is was ends Langston's character arc and his time in C.S.I.; Fishburne was asked to leave at that point and was replaced by Ted Danson.]]

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* BigBad: Of Langston's intro episode halfway through Season 9 (this was also Grissom's final regular story arc as a character until the series finale), and of Season 11. [[spoiler: His death is was what ends Langston's character arc and his time in C.S.I.; Fishburne was asked to leave at that point and was replaced by Ted Danson.]]



* ThatOneCase: Jekyll's odd surgeries (starting with someone who was already dead, but moving on to actual murder thru surgery after the C.S.I. trilogy) stumped Langston and Dr. Robbins throughout the show's 10th anniversary, which Langston taking his work home. They [[DealWithTheDevil eventually had to]] [[EnemyMine enlist Nate Haskell]], the BigBad of Ray's introduction episodes, to finally bullseye Jekyll, but this move [[NiceJobBreakingItHero leads to the Season 11 plotline]] and the events that end in Langston and Catherine's departures from the crime lab.

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* ThatOneCase: Jekyll's odd surgeries (starting with someone who was already dead, but moving on to actual murder thru surgery after the C.S.I. trilogy) stumped Langston and Dr. Robbins throughout the show's 10th anniversary, which with Langston taking his work home. They [[DealWithTheDevil eventually had to]] [[EnemyMine enlist Nate Haskell]], the BigBad of Ray's introduction episodes, to finally bullseye Jekyll, but this move [[NiceJobBreakingItHero leads to the Season 11 plotline]] and the events that end in Langston and Catherine's departures from the crime lab.

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[[folder:Ray O'Riley]]
!!Ray O'Riley
->Played by: Skip O'Brien

* BusCrash: [[spoiler:After disappearing without explanation after Season 4, Season 14 shows he was killed in the line of duty.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared without explanation after Season 4. [[spoiler:Season 14 reveals he died in the line of duty offscreen.]]
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[[folder:Cyrus Lockwood]]
!!Cyrus Lockwood
->Played by: Jeffrey D. Sams

* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Shot by a sniper during a bank robbery at the end of Season 3.]]
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[[folder:Chris Cavaliere]]
!!Chris Cavaliere
->Played by: Jose Zuniga

* NightmareFetishist: He has a habit of taking photos of bizarre murders.
* RabidCop: He is very rough, once going as far as scaring a ''child'' into a confession.
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[[folder:Brian Mobley]]
!!Brian Mobley
->Played by: Creator/GlennMorshower


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[[folder:Rory Atwater]]
!!Rory Atwater
->Played by: Creator/XanderBerkeley

* KillItWithFire: Narrowly averted when he was nearly blown up by a car bomb.
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[[folder:Sherry Liston]]
!!Sherry Liston
->Played by: Barbara Eve Harris

* PutOnABus: Retires at the end of Season 12 out of shame over a corruption scandal.
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* FamousAncestor: He is revealed to be distantly related to William "Buffalo Bill" Cody in the season 12 episode "Genetic Disorder".

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* HollywoodHealing: He didn't wind up with any scars after having had lots of fire ant bites.

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