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  • Arc Fatigue: Granger and Kensi's mission in Season 5, which just drags on and on and on. Of course, Daniela Ruah's pregnancy meant she would otherwise be written out for most of the season. Part of the problem is that this storyline is relegated to subplot status until Kensi gets captured by the Taliban.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Everything about Anna Kolcheck is divisive with the fanbase. Is she a sympathetic loner who, much like Callen, has problems integrating in society and needs to be coaxed to help others, or is she a manipulative sociopath who goes out of her way to purposefully screw over and manipulate the team? Is she a uninteresting character or an intriguing Anti-Hero? Is the romance between her and Callen believable and genuine or a case of Strangled by the Red String? To say it's very difficult to find a unanimous answer for these questions by the fanbase is an understatement.
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  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Critical Research Failure: Amir's profile in "Unspoken" lists his birthplace as Barangay. The problem that there are a lot of Barangay-designed places (e.g. Barangay 1, Barangay 2) that are widespread, making it hard to designate his birthplace, but the profile assumes that Mindanao is his birthplace.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Deeks' arrival probably prompted the series to Growing the Beard, as he provides much comic relief.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The RED team introduced during a Poorly Disguised Pilot (which was surprisingly not picked up for 2013-2014) in season 4.
  • Foe Yay: Hetty pretended to be Kohl's wife for so long she acknowledges it's the closest she's ever been to actually being married.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Coupled with irony—in one episode, Callen jokes that when Hetty dies, Granger will have her stuffed. Now that actor Miguel Ferrer has preceded everyone else to the Great Beyond...
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • In Portugal, most promotional materials and ads for the show focus near exclusively on Kensi (played by Portuguese actress Daniela Ruah) to the extent that you'd think she was the main character.
    • The above example is at least natural given that her nationality, but there is a weirder one with Henrietta in Spain. The series is popularly known there as "the show with [insert description of Linda Hunt]", and the ads often capitalize on it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Kensi comments to a terrorist suspect in Season Four (Chosen One) and that if she was being held by jihadists, her only right would be to have her head cut off. Come Season Five (Zero Day and Spoils of War), she is indeed captured by the Taliban while on assignment in Afghanistan. As revealed by deleted scenes (Spoils of War) that is exactly what her captors threatened to do.
    • In "Crazy Train", Granger is revealed to be suffering from cancer from Agent Orange - this was less than three months before Granger's actor, Miguel Ferrer died from cancer. It gets worse: Ferrer died four days after Granger is stabbed in the back.
    • "Ninguna Salida" ends with the team ending up in a car accident after the cartel fires a missile below the car. 2 months after the episode aired, Linda Hunt herself ended up in a car accident and got injured. Due to her recovery, she is absent for the most of season 10 so far.
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  • Hate Sink: There is next to no redeeming qualities about Undersecretary of Defense Duggan. Between his Smug Snake attitude, his constant condescending attitude towards Granger and Hetty and actively working to undermine them on every possible occasion (Even after he becomes aware they are not the moles), he spends almost all of his screentime being an unrepentant obstacle to NCIS. Needless to say, not many people were saddened when he was sniped and killed by one of the moles.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Everyone's mockery of the idea of Nate in the field. Considering how awesome he is in the field now ...
    • "Purity" (Season 4, ep 21) establishes that Kensi is....ambivalent at best about children and spends most of the episodes taking crap from her team members about it. Roughly a month later her actress announced she was pregnant.
    • Deeks talking in gratuitous Japanese is funny in a NCIS op to arrest a Japanese national when you realize Eric Christian Olsen did study Japanese while in university.
  • Ho Yay: Of the Buddy Cop variety.
    Hanna: I really look forward to having Dom as a partner.
    Callen: You'd miss me. I complete you.
    • This immediately after Callen asking Hanna if he had a history with their suspect, and Hanna responding with "We weren't dating, if that's what you're asking."
    • Kensi once asked Hanna how long he and Callen had been married. At what point does it stop being subtext?
      • Probably one episode before that when Hetty suggests Callen take out the attractive treasury agent, and then take Sam out the next night so he "doesn't get jealous."
    • Guest characters have also asked how long Callen and Sam have been a couple. When total strangers have them pegged like that...
    • The hoyay between Sam and Callen has just been increasing over the past few seasons... or at least, the implications on Callen's side have, culminating in the 4th season finale, where The Chameleon singles out Sam as his target to hurt Callen with, going so far as to refer to him as Callens "beloved partner".
  • Iron Woobie: Hard not to see Callen as this after everything he's gone through.
  • Moe: Both Kensi and Nell have shades of this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: At the end of "Under Siege", Sullivan prepares to cut off Kensi's legs as revenge for shooting him in the leg, and you hear Kensi screaming for him to stop as he revs up his saw, but nothing is seen.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Often with foreign languages, particularly Chinese Language. For example, in 8x22, Beale pronounces a Chinese word 刺客 (cìkè) found on a motorcycle helmet as "cee-kay" (Assassin). The actual pronunciation of cìkè is "sih-kuh", with two fourth tones.
  • Older Than They Think: The motive and method of the Big Bad in the Hawaii Five-0/NCIS: Los Angeles crossover was to save the planet by killing off much of humanity with an engineered plague. Tom Clancy had the same plot in the book and video game Rainbow Six... and engineered plagues pre-date that by over 20 years.
  • One-Scene Wonder: DEA Agent Panuelos from "Black Budget". He owns his two minutes of screen time.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Henrietta in the earlier seasons was not particularly popular for a variety of reasons, such as purposefully withholding information from the team that could help their case and manipulating the team on multiple counts for her own agenda. However, in the laters seasons showing several of her Badass and Chessmaster abilities while also showing that she truly does care for her team and everything she does is for the greater good, she has gained a lot of love from the fans.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Granger's replacement Mosley, big time. The events of the ninth season finale did not help: She, in an effort to find her son, breaks protocol and tortures a man, implicates the whole team in a host of crimes, fires Deeks for questioning her, and threatens Hetty. This results in Callen, Sam, Kensi and Deeks being trapped in a burning car and Hidoko being killed.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the practical effects of the show are incredibly impressive, the CGI effects leave much to be desired. Justified in that it is a TV show, not a movie and thus only has a small CGI budget.
  • Ship Tease: G and Anna, courtesy of Sam who wants to get together in anything to see Arkady's reaction.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Harley Hidoko. Introduced as the right-hand woman of Shay Mosely, who clearly has an agenda that involves disbanding the OSP. Hidoko seems like she's willing to help Mosely do just that, but then she starts developing a relationship with the team. In particular, Sam, as they're Birds of a Feather who know what it's like to lose a spouse. So, if Mosely were to put her plan into action, would Hidoko still go through with it, or would her newfound bond with the team lead to a change of heart? Also, should the team find out about this, how would they then feel about Hidoko? Would they see her as the enemy, or acknowledge her dilemma? And would she and Sam have a shot at being together? As it turns out, none of the above, as she gets burned to death in Mexico.
  • The Woobie: Deeks in the season 2 premiere.
    • Actually, make that Deeks full stop- he has a tendency to look so utterly broken and exhausted even when he's still going that it's almost like he's got a giant flashing neon sign around his neck that says 'I'm A Woobie'.
    • Then Deeks gets tortured. Jesus.
    • Callen, whenever stuff about his family comes up.
    • Sam, thanks to his wife's death.

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