Olivia Benson is one of the most well-known female detectives on the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She's a tough, yet tenderhearted cop who often takes risks to ensure justice is served. She's a character fans love to see on the show week after week.
Olivia's grit and firm set of principles stand out against the other characters on the show, and she remains a favorite among fans. Mariska Hargitay plays the role with such finesse that she is the only lead actress in a police procedural to win an Emmy.
She's also an incredibly strong leader, with a solid commanding officer's style that inspires confidence in subordinates. She also has a great sense of humor, which helps her overcome the sometimes-brutal situations that come her way.
Her personality is a big part of why she's so beloved by fans, and she often gets laughs out of her jokes. In season 11, she finds herself framed for the murder of a biker gang member. She claims she's suffering from post-traumatic stress, but she's really been framed by a former rapist who's still on the run.
Benson's grit and leadership are also what earn her respect within the SVU. She's willing to listen to her superiors, but she also has her own way of doing things. She likes to be in control of her own decisions, and she's never afraid to tell her boss that she's not getting the job done as she deems it best.