There is a reason she's made it all the way to season 25.
As much as viewers love and cherish Dick Wolf's original Law & Order series, there is one spin-off that has proven to be far more successful. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit touches the hearts of viewers in a way that no other procedural show can, dealing with the most sensitive topics of harassment and sexual assault.
The show wouldn't be the same without Olivia Benson. Love her or hate her, she is what makes SVU so special and what has kept not only the unit but the entire show together for over two decades.
Here are 5 lines from Olivia Benson that will make you fall back in love with the character if you feel like the spark is gone.
"That's not love. That's not mothering. That's narcissism."
There is a special place that the audience will always hold in their hearts for Benson being intimidating. And talking to the rapist's mother you wouldn't expect her to be anything less than that.
"Do you think there was a reason why the killer sodomized your husband with a banana?"
In a show that deals with what can sometimes be the most bizarre cases of assault, it's very important to learn how to keep a straight face. However, as the audience, we can only imagine how hard it must've been for Mariska Hargitay to deliver this line without even the slightest smirk.
"And I'd like your balls in a blender, but ain't life a b#tch?"
Randolph Morrow should've known better that when you are suspected of enslavement, it's not a safe place to stand in Olivia Benson's way at all. Instead of keeping it quiet, he decided to play a jerk, and she was very quick to get a perfect comeback.
"I'm not the one who stabbed the captain with the pickle!"
Another line that only Mariska Hargitay could deliver so well without ruining it completely bu laughing every time. Not only did she keep a straight face, but also carried out a needed emotion throughout the scene. But if we were to guess how many takes this one has taken, we'd go to double digits.
"It's detective, not Miss"
If there is one thing you better learn about Olivia Benson is that she won't tolerate any disrespect. Especially none coming from the defense counsel during her interrogation. This line alone could hook anyone on Benson's character specifically and Special Victims Unit as a whole.