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14th Jan '16 8:36:00 PM damus2300
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* ChekhovsSkill

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* ChekhovsSkillRapeAsBackstory: Michael is implied to have been molested by his stepfather.
26th Dec '15 6:26:41 PM nombretomado
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-->''You know what the trouble is, Brucey? [[AmericanDream We used to make shit in this country, build shit.]] [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Now we just put our hand]] [[TheEighties in the next guy's pocket.]]''
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-->''You know what the trouble is, Brucey? [[AmericanDream [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream We used to make shit in this country, build shit.]] [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Now we just put our hand]] [[TheEighties in the next guy's pocket.]]''
23rd Dec '15 5:19:43 AM damus2300
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* TragicVillain: Randy is the poster child for the inability of police to defend citizens.

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* ICouldaBeenAContender: Michael showed early promise as a boxer.
16th Dec '15 7:32:37 AM TheWanderer
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* HistoryRepeats: He comes from a family noted for their connection with the drug trade and it's assumed that he will take up that mantle as well despite having no heart for the game. Sounds like D'Angelo, but he gets a rare happy ending because Wee-Bey realizes the drug trade isn't right for him and allows Namond to be adopted by Colvin instead.
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* HistoryRepeats: He Namond takes elements from two figures. First, he comes from a family noted for their connection with the drug trade and it's assumed that he will take up that mantle as well despite having no heart for the game. Sounds like D'Angelo, but he gets a rare happy ending because Wee-Bey realizes the drug trade isn't right for him and allows Namond to be adopted by Colvin instead. On the other hand, he uses the exact same line as Clay Davis "I'll take any motherfucker's money if he's giving it away!" and shows an interest in politics and debate after being adopted by Colvin.
16th Dec '15 2:35:17 AM Morgenthaler
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Cut natter.
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Alternatively]], Namond is a clever opportunist who says that "I'll take any motherfucker's money if he's giving it away" and shows an interest in politics. He could wind up as the next Clay Davis.
14th Dec '15 7:40:53 PM damus2300
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[[folder: Homeless people and Addicts]] -->'''Poot''': ''"He punked himself. He's a goddamn drug addict."'' -->'''D'Angelo''': ''"And you're a goddamn drug dealer."'' -->'''Bodie''': ''"So? So, what, the customer is always right?"'' The drug trade would, of course, be nothing without the people who actually buy drugs. The various homeless characters of ''The Wire'' are the show's way of exploring these often-ignored individuals. The main homeless character is Bubbles, a drug addict who, whilst prepared to go pretty damn low for his fix, is nevertheless one of the more human and morally upright characters on the show. The show charts his struggles with addiction and the world around him, especially the desperation and fear of the day-to-day life of one of the War on Drugs' refugees. !Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins ->'''Played by''': Andre Royo [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/reginaldbubbles_2640.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:''"You equivocating like a motherfucker!"'']] --> ''How y'all do what y'all do every day and not wanna get high?'' A homeless heroin addict. He mentors Johnny Weeks from seasons 1-3, and Sherrod in season 4, teaching them the life of scheming and scrounging that's necessary to support a life on the streets. When Weeks is attacked by members of the Barksdale crew, Bubbles renews his duties a police informant, providing critical information to Greggs and [=McNulty=]. In season 4, Bubbs is repeatedly beaten and robbed by another drug addict, but as :Kima and [=McNulty=] are no longer working drugs, Bubbs must settle for snitching for the considerably less reliable Herc, who twice fails to come to Bubbles's aid. Bubbles pays Herc back for his incompetence by feeding him bad information that gets him in some trouble with his superiors, but his plan for dealing with the robber backfires, resulting in Sherrod's death. He attempts to turn himself in, and attempts suicide, but is the recipient of an uncharacteristic bit of mercy from Jay Landsman. By the fifth season, he has moved into his sister's basement, weaned himself off drugs, gotten a job selling papers, and begun attending Narcotics Anonymous. In the final montage of the series, he is finally allowed up into the house to have dinner with his family. * AntiHero: Of the original, hero without heroic characteristics type. * BlueOni: To Johnny Weeks', and later Sherrod's, RedOni. It keeps him alive while both of them end up dead. * ButtMonkey: Played for drama. * EarnYourHappyEnding: Over the course of the series he endures as much hardship as any other character, and he's one of only a few "street" characters who doesn't die, go to prison, or appear to be headed for one of those two fates in the end. * GuileHero: He manages to inform on various drug dealers for the better part of five seasons without ever being suspected of being a snitch, mostly because he's very clever in his information-gathering. * TheInformant: Partially earns his living working as one for the [=BPD=]. * InterruptedSuicide: After Sherrod's death. * TheMentor: Does his best to school his green protégés. * MobileKiosk: Starts telling t-shirts and other items from a shopping cart to support himself in season 3. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Sherrod takes the "hot shot" Bubbles had prepared for his tormentor and dies. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is revealed only through incidental references to legal documents and the like; he's almost always called "Bubbles" or "Bubbs" in conversation. * ThePunishmentIsTheCrime: The reason Landsman drops his prosecution. Bubbles has to live with the guilt over Sherrod's death, but eventually he overcomes the grief and is able to move on. * StreetSmart * ThoseTwoGuys: With Johnny Weeks. * TraumaCongaLine: Until his happy ending. * TropaholicsAnonymous: Bubbles drifts in and out of various recovery programs and addiction support groups until he finally sobers up for good in season 5. !Johnny Weeks ->'''Played by''': Leo Fitzpatrick --> ''I'm brown.'' A homeless addict, taken under the wing of Bubbles. A counterfeiting operation brings down the wrath of Bodie and Poot, leaving him in the hospital, where he learns he has HIV. Bubbles' informing the police produces a rift between the two, and Weeks leaves and goes to Hamsterdam. He is found dead by overdose some time later. * BusCrash: Dies off-screen. * ConMan: Participates in several with Bubbles. But he's much less successful when he tries to run them on his own. * TheDitz: In the most self-destructive way. * {{Expy}}: Johnny is an extension of Leo Fitzpatrick's character from ''Film/{{Kids}}''. * FamousLastWords: Last thing we hear Johnny say is when he told Carver "Shit, I already got my blast right here!". "Blast" meaning the drugs that killed him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Suffers one after he gets caught trying to scam the Barksdale crew in the Pit. * NothingPersonal: His attitude about getting beat by Bodie and company, accepting it as part of the game. He's shocked and even somewhat disturbed when Bubbles reveals that he has been informing on the Barksdales in revenge for Johnny's beating. * RedOni: Unlike Bubbles, who is [[BlueOni more restrained and cautious in his drug use]], he uses impulsively and recklessly. It leads to his death by overdose. * WhiteGangbangers: Comes off as one at times. !Sherrod -> '''Played by''': Rashad Orange A young dealer who is taken in by Bubbles. Bubbles tries to get him to go back to school, but Sherrod does not, and starts using. When they are attacked by another junkie, Bubbles puts poison in a dose of heroin, in the hopes that the junkie would rob them, use, and die. Sherrod takes the dose by accident. * BookDumb: As a result of having dropped out of school as a kid. * SacrificialLion: Dies from a poisoned heroin dose meant for another junkie. * StreetUrchin !Walon ->'''Played by''': Music/SteveEarle -->''... and when it was almost over for me, when I was out there on them corners with not a pot to piss in, with anyone who ever knew me or loved me cussin' my name, do you know what I told myself? I said 'Walon, you're doing good!' I surely did. I thought I was God's own drug addict. If God hadn't meant for me to get high, he wouldn't have made being high so much like perfect. '' An HIV-positive recovering drug addict and drug rehabilitation counselor. * AllLovingHero: Towards addicts, at least. He knows that mot addicts have a lot of messing up and backsliding to do before they get clean, (he's been there himself) so he has a lot of patience and care for them, regardless of how many times they seem to screw up. * IgnoredEpiphany: He inspires one in Bubs, as he's a big factor in Bubs deciding to get clean in Season 1, but by the end of the season Bubs is back to using, and it's not until after Sherrod's death in Season 4 and his own attempted suicide that Bubs is able to stay clean. * TheMentor: An unofficial ReasonableAuthorityFigure who helps people walk the clean path. * PutOnABus: Shows up for two scenes in Season 1, then disappears all the way [[TheBusCameBack until the last episode of Season 4]]. * TheSponsor: Gives advice on keeping clean. He becomes Bubbles' sponsor in Season 5. * TheStoryteller: Holds a degree of fame in his NA circles for the great stories he can spin about having been an addict and trying to get clean. !Dee-Dee A drug addict. First seen buying an eight-ball of cocaine in Hamsterdam from a car, a year later she is living in West Baltimore and working as a prostitute. Fifteen months later again she is seen at a narcotics anonymous meeting. * BreakTheCutie: A nice girl who gets trapped by her own drug addiction. * WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: Middle class white American. Her character arc shows how drugs not only destroy the lives of forsaken poor blacks. !Larry A homeless, mentally ill man abducted by [=McNulty=] and taken to a homeless shelter in Virginia. * LossOfIdentity: [=McNulty=] passes him off as Donald from Cleveland. The poor man tries to say otherwise, but he can't help himself due to a disability. * MoralityPet: Zigzagged for [=McNulty=], who abducts him, takes him to an unfamiliar place and deprieves him of his idendity and medication. On the other hand Jimmy feels bad about his scheme and is clearly torn apart when he sees the guy unable to feed himself. And then again, it's implied in the final scene of the story that Jimmy is going to get the guy help. * UnwittingPawn: A central piece of the "serial killer" scheme. The man has no idea what is going on. [[/folder]]

[[folder: Homeless people and Addicts]] -->'''Poot''': ''"He punked himself. He's a goddamn drug addict."'' -->'''D'Angelo''': ''"And you're a goddamn drug dealer."'' -->'''Bodie''': ''"So? So, what, the customer is always right?"'' The drug trade would, of course, be nothing without the people who actually buy drugs. The various homeless characters of ''The Wire'' are the show's way of exploring these often-ignored individuals. The main homeless character is Bubbles, a drug addict who, whilst prepared to go pretty damn low for his fix, is nevertheless one of the more human and morally upright characters on the show. The show charts his struggles with addiction and the world around him, especially the desperation and fear of the day-to-day life of one of the War on Drugs' refugees. !Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins ->'''Played by''': Andre Royo [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/reginaldbubbles_2640.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:''"You equivocating like a motherfucker!"'']] --> ''How y'all do what y'all do every day and not wanna get high?'' A homeless heroin addict. He mentors Johnny Weeks from seasons 1-3, and Sherrod in season 4, teaching them the life of scheming and scrounging that's necessary to support a life on the streets. When Weeks is attacked by members of the Barksdale crew, Bubbles renews his duties a police informant, providing critical information to Greggs and [=McNulty=]. In season 4, Bubbs is repeatedly beaten and robbed by another drug addict, but as :Kima and [=McNulty=] are no longer working drugs, Bubbs must settle for snitching for the considerably less reliable Herc, who twice fails to come to Bubbles's aid. Bubbles pays Herc back for his incompetence by feeding him bad information that gets him in some trouble with his superiors, but his plan for dealing with the robber backfires, resulting in Sherrod's death. He attempts to turn himself in, and attempts suicide, but is the recipient of an uncharacteristic bit of mercy from Jay Landsman. By the fifth season, he has moved into his sister's basement, weaned himself off drugs, gotten a job selling papers, and begun attending Narcotics Anonymous. In the final montage of the series, he is finally allowed up into the house to have dinner with his family. * AntiHero: Of the original, hero without heroic characteristics type. * BlueOni: To Johnny Weeks', and later Sherrod's, RedOni. It keeps him alive while both of them end up dead. * ButtMonkey: Played for drama. * EarnYourHappyEnding: Over the course of the series he endures as much hardship as any other character, and he's one of only a few "street" characters who doesn't die, go to prison, or appear to be headed for one of those two fates in the end. * GuileHero: He manages to inform on various drug dealers for the better part of five seasons without ever being suspected of being a snitch, mostly because he's very clever in his information-gathering. * TheInformant: Partially earns his living working as one for the [=BPD=]. * InterruptedSuicide: After Sherrod's death. * TheMentor: Does his best to school his green protégés. * MobileKiosk: Starts telling t-shirts and other items from a shopping cart to support himself in season 3. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Sherrod takes the "hot shot" Bubbles had prepared for his tormentor and dies. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is revealed only through incidental references to legal documents and the like; he's almost always called "Bubbles" or "Bubbs" in conversation. * ThePunishmentIsTheCrime: The reason Landsman drops his prosecution. Bubbles has to live with the guilt over Sherrod's death, but eventually he overcomes the grief and is able to move on. * StreetSmart * ThoseTwoGuys: With Johnny Weeks. * TraumaCongaLine: Until his happy ending. * TropaholicsAnonymous: Bubbles drifts in and out of various recovery programs and addiction support groups until he finally sobers up for good in season 5. !Johnny Weeks ->'''Played by''': Leo Fitzpatrick --> ''I'm brown.'' A homeless addict, taken under the wing of Bubbles. A counterfeiting operation brings down the wrath of Bodie and Poot, leaving him in the hospital, where he learns he has HIV. Bubbles' informing the police produces a rift between the two, and Weeks leaves and goes to Hamsterdam. He is found dead by overdose some time later. * BusCrash: Dies off-screen. * ConMan: Participates in several with Bubbles. But he's much less successful when he tries to run them on his own. * TheDitz: In the most self-destructive way. * {{Expy}}: Johnny is an extension of Leo Fitzpatrick's character from ''Film/{{Kids}}''. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Suffers one after he gets caught trying to scam the Barksdale crew in the Pit. * NothingPersonal: His attitude about getting beat by Bodie and company, accepting it as part of the game. He's shocked and even somewhat disturbed when Bubbles reveals that he has been informing on the Barksdales in revenge for Johnny's beating. * RedOni: Unlike Bubbles, who is [[BlueOni more restrained and cautious in his drug use]], he uses impulsively and recklessly. It leads to his death by overdose. * WhiteGangbangers: Comes off as one at times. !Sherrod -> '''Played by''': Rashad Orange A young dealer who is taken in by Bubbles. Bubbles tries to get him to go back to school, but Sherrod does not, and starts using. When they are attacked by another junkie, Bubbles puts poison in a dose of heroin, in the hopes that the junkie would rob them, use, and die. Sherrod takes the dose by accident. * BookDumb: As a result of having dropped out of school as a kid. * SacrificialLion: Dies from a poisoned heroin dose meant for another junkie. * StreetUrchin !Walon ->'''Played by''': Music/SteveEarle -->''... and when it was almost over for me, when I was out there on them corners with not a pot to piss in, with anyone who ever knew me or loved me cussin' my name, do you know what I told myself? I said 'Walon, you're doing good!' I surely did. I thought I was God's own drug addict. If God hadn't meant for me to get high, he wouldn't have made being high so much like perfect. '' An HIV-positive recovering drug addict and drug rehabilitation counselor. * AllLovingHero: Towards addicts, at least. He knows that mot addicts have a lot of messing up and backsliding to do before they get clean, (he's been there himself) so he has a lot of patience and care for them, regardless of how many times they seem to screw up. * IgnoredEpiphany: He inspires one in Bubs, as he's a big factor in Bubs deciding to get clean in Season 1, but by the end of the season Bubs is back to using, and it's not until after Sherrod's death in Season 4 and his own attempted suicide that Bubs is able to stay clean. * TheMentor: An unofficial ReasonableAuthorityFigure who helps people walk the clean path. * PutOnABus: Shows up for two scenes in Season 1, then disappears all the way [[TheBusCameBack until the last episode of Season 4]]. * TheSponsor: Gives advice on keeping clean. He becomes Bubbles' sponsor in Season 5. * TheStoryteller: Holds a degree of fame in his NA circles for the great stories he can spin about having been an addict and trying to get clean. !Dee-Dee A drug addict. First seen buying an eight-ball of cocaine in Hamsterdam from a car, a year later she is living in West Baltimore and working as a prostitute. Fifteen months later again she is seen at a narcotics anonymous meeting. * BreakTheCutie: A nice girl who gets trapped by her own drug addiction. * WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: Middle class white American. Her character arc shows how drugs not only destroy the lives of forsaken poor blacks. !Larry A homeless, mentally ill man abducted by [=McNulty=] and taken to a homeless shelter in Virginia. * LossOfIdentity: [=McNulty=] passes him off as Donald from Cleveland. The poor man tries to say otherwise, but he can't help himself due to a disability. * MoralityPet: Zigzagged for [=McNulty=], who abducts him, takes him to an unfamiliar place and deprieves him of his idendity and medication. On the other hand Jimmy feels bad about his scheme and is clearly torn apart when he sees the guy unable to feed himself. And then again, it's implied in the final scene of the story that Jimmy is going to get the guy help. * UnwittingPawn: A central piece of the "serial killer" scheme. The man has no idea what is going on. [[/folder]]
6th Dec '15 11:19:46 PM damus2300
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* {{Foil}}: Louis is straight and softspoken, has been retired for some time and spends his days calmly, while Frank is crooked and remains very active and agitated. When Frank tries to use the NotSoDifferent angle, Louis dodges it easily. -->'''Frank:''' The only difference between me and you is you picked the wrong union...\\ '''Louis: ''' That's not the only difference.

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* {{Foil}}: SiblingYinYang: Louis is straight and softspoken, has been retired for some time and spends his days calmly, while Frank is crooked and remains very active and agitated. When Frank tries to use the NotSoDifferent angle, Louis dodges it easily. -->'''Frank:''' The only difference between me and you is you picked the wrong union...\\ '''Louis: ''' That's not the only difference.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Deconstructed. He will do anything for his fellow dock workers. Turned out his own son was jealous off the attention he gave them. Frank left such an impression that the workers took the HonorBeforeReason path and refused to elect new officials even though they found out Frank is dirty and thus costs all of them their livelihood.
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* CreateYourOwnVillain: Randy turns into a thug after being failed by BD.
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Ziggy's actions bring down his family and the whole stevedores union.
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