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* EstablishingSeriesMoment: His death sets up the dynamic of''The Wire's'' universe.

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* EstablishingSeriesMoment: His death sets up the dynamic of''The of ''The Wire's'' universe.


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[[folder: The Governor of Maryland]]
The unnamed Governor of the state of Maryland.
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* NoNameGiven: He's just the Governor.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Snubs his meetings wth Carcetti to get a rise out of him.
* SmugSnake: Does whatever he can to humiliate Carcetti.
* TheGhost: Never seen.
* TheRival: Knows Carcetti is gunning for his job. Eventually he loses.
22nd Jul '16 10:32:20 PM Racso
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* ObstructiveBeauracrat: She plays the numbers game well to keep the school's funding. Prez is discouraged from deviating from the core curriculum and Cutty is told he's only supposed to grab certain kids once a month rather than go through the effort of bringing them to school every day.

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* ObstructiveBeauracrat: ObstructiveBureaucrat: She plays the numbers game well to keep the school's funding. Prez is discouraged from deviating from the core curriculum and Cutty is told he's only supposed to grab certain kids once a month rather than go through the effort of bringing them to school every day.
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[[folder:Grace Sampson]]
->'''Played by:''' Dravon James

Cutty's girlfriend before he was sentenced to prison. Having managed to escape the life of the streets for a teaching position, she's disinterested in reviving the relationship, but helps him move forward with his life. As the head teacher for eight graders at Edward Tilghman Middle School, she easily grabs the respect and fear of the students. She's a valuable mentor to an overwhelmed Pryzblewski as he tries to gain his bearings as a teacher.

* AmicableExes: Initially one-sided, but when Cutty runs into again at Tilghman he's much happier about how they split ways.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Much more supportive of Colvin's experiment than Donnelly and she comes in handy when Prez is in over his head.
* SternTeacher: Students behave ''quick'' when she enters a room.
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[[folder:Marcia Donnelly]]
->'''Played by:''' Tootsie Duvall

The Assistant Principal of Edward J. Tilghman Middle School, Donnelly's job is to keep the chaos of the school to a minimum and protect Principal Withers while he focuses on dealing with the school board and parents.

* ApatheticTeacher: More world-weary than uncaring, but she's got traces of it.
* CuttingCorners: Frequently, to save the budget. Without a truant officer in a decade, she keeps custodian positions open so they can round up absentee students.
* ObstructiveBeauracrat: She plays the numbers game well to keep the school's funding. Prez is discouraged from deviating from the core curriculum and Cutty is told he's only supposed to grab certain kids once a month rather than go through the effort of bringing them to school every day.
* TheStoic: Barely raises an eyebrow when a student gets slashed in the face...
** NotSoStoic: But even she's alarmed when Randy tells her about Lex's murder.

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[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3 and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do the study of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part in during season 4.

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[[folder:The Deacon]]

[[folder:Dennis "Cutty" Wise]]
->'''Played by''': Creator/ChadLColeman
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"The Game ain't in me no more. None of it"'']]

-->''Whatever it
is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.you that let you flow like you flow, and do your thing? It ain't in me no more.''

A well connected West Side church figure Introduced during his last days in prison, Cutty was a notorious soldier and enforcer in the drug game who served 14 years for murder. Although he is reluctant to get involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over with The Game again, Avon attempts to recruit him before he leaves jail, and when he has difficulty adjusting to life outside prison he agrees to soldier for the course of seasons 3 Barksdale organization. However he soon finds that he doesn't have the killer instinct and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his urge needed in him any more, and leaves. With funding help from Avon, he opens up a boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve keep youth away from drug dealing. Although he ultimately cannot keep his favorite pupil Michael Lee from the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do streets, (despite the study of inner city school kids fact that Colvin he takes part in during season 4.a bullet to the leg trying) he keeps doing what he can for others.



* TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been conceived as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of the inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.

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* TheConscience: Gives Colvin BadassDecay: Discussed in-universe after quitting the game.
-->'''Slim:''' B, he was
a WhatTheHellHero man in his time, you know?\\
'''Avon:''' He a man today, he a man.
* BoxingBattler: Although it's downplayed, he has a few scenes where he shows how much damage a guy with his size and physique could do in a fist fight once it's combined with his in depth boxing knowledge.
* ChickMagnet: Many of the women can't get over how handsome he is.
* DemotedToExtra: He's a fairly major character in the third and fourth seasons but his role in the final season is reduced to one short scene in which he gives Dukie some advice.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Manages to navigate through a minefield of temptations and situations that would land him back in jail (or worse) to run a successful boxing academy.
* ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge: He learns RevolversAreJustBetter no longer applies; now sheer firepower is more important than a reliable weapon.
* {{Foil}}: Dennis' story paralleled that of String. String got conned by politicians and contractors. Dennis was helped by legitimate and good people.
* HandsomeLech: For a while. Eventually he grows into more of a ChivalrousPervert
because Hamsterdam his dalliances (usually with their single mothers) are hurting his reputation with the boys he teaches; after being called out on it by Michael, he soon settles down with a real girlfriend.
* HeelFaceTurn: "The game ain't in me no more".
* {{Mentor}}: He becomes a boxing coach once he detaches himself from the game.
* MistakenForPedophile: Specifically by Michael. "He just too friendly, you know? That shit creep me out, man, like he some type of faggot or something." This
has been conceived more to do with Michael than with Cutty. It's very strongly implied he was molested by his stepfather, and since Cutty serves as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures father figure to him, he doesn't know what else to think about his kindness.
* ParentalSubstitute: Acts as a father figure to the boys who come to his boxing gym.
* PragmaticVillainy: Objects to Sapper
and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams,
Gerard beating a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is guy to death... because then he won't be able to pay them the money he owes. This also becomes one of the inspirations many reasons he doesn't fit in with the drug game anymore: before he went to jail the whole thing ran on pragmatic villainy, now everyone is just out to screw each other over without a thought for the long term.
* ReformedButRejected: Subverted. Initially it looks like his efforts to go straight will be thwarted by bureaucracy and lack
of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar
means, but with the aid of the community.Deacon and Avon he manages to start up a successful boxing gym.
** ReformedCriminal
* RetiredBadass: Dennis stared down a known drug dealer.
* ThatManIsDead: After going straight, he preferred being called Dennis instead if Cutty.
* WouldHitAGirl: If that's the only way to get her to talk about her dealer boyfriend who's stealing money from the Barksdales.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: A large part of his story arc after being released from prison is about this. He's ambivalent about going back into the Game, but can't find much outside of it. His old friends and girlfriend have all moved on, are dead, or destroyed their lives. When he goes back to the Game, he finds he doesn't fit in there, as there's no longer even a semblance of good faith in transactions, and the ranks are staffed either with guys like Bodie (who Cutty can literally remember in diapers) or incompetents. Even when he decides to leave the Game for good, his old girlfriend makes it clear that while she wishes him the best, she's not interested in him anymore. He literally has to start a new life from square one.



[[folder:David Parenti]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him that they should focus on younger teenagers.

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[[folder:David Parenti]]
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[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor
Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3
and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and enlists Howard running, helping Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do the study of inner city school kids that they should focus on younger teenagers.Colvin takes part in during season 4.



* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.

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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality.
TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been conceived as a wild zone that needs to give him some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams,
a reality check former gangster arrested by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for Ed Burns, is one of the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor
inspirations of sociology at Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of
the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.
community.



[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.

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[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed
[[folder:David Parenti]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology
at the start University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the series.university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him that they should focus on younger teenagers.


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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.
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[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.
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!Other Characters

[[folder:Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh]]
->'''Played by''': Doug Olear
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-->''[[FBIAgent We]] may be assholes, but on the upside, there's an awful lot of us.''

A special agent with the FBI, friend and major ally of Jimmy [=McNulty=]. He inspires [=McNulty=] to use modern electronic surveillance against the Barksdale organization by showing live surveillance during the bust of a drug production ring. He tells Jimmy it would be the last major bureau drug investigation in Baltimore because they are shifting resources to counter-terrorism.

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!Other Characters

[[folder:Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh]]
!Family Members of Police Officers

[[folder:Cheryl]]
->'''Played by''': Doug Olear
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by:''' Melanie Nicholls-King
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-->''[[FBIAgent We]] may be assholes, but on -->''Police in this town ain't shit!''

Kima's live-in lover at
the upside, there's an awful lot start of us.''

A special agent with
the FBI, friend series, it's implied that the two have been happily together for some time. Their relationship is not without friction, however, as Cheryl frequently worries about the danger of Kima's job and major ally of Jimmy [=McNulty=]. He inspires [=McNulty=] tries to use modern electronic surveillance against the Barksdale organization by showing live surveillance push Kima towards getting a law degree, or at least working a desk job in safety, especially after Kima is nearly killed during a bust. Between Kima's return to investigative duties, a growing distance between them when Cheryl pushes ahead with having a child despite Kima's obvious but unvoiced doubts about being a parent, and Kima's infidelity, the bust of a drug production ring. He tells Jimmy it would be the last major bureau drug investigation in Baltimore because they are shifting resources to counter-terrorism.two break up.



* ButtMonkey: His lack of familiarity about how two cars should be placed during an unofficial meeting in the middle of nowhere - with adjacent driver's windows - is turned into a RunningGag at his expense by Jimmy and Lester, who joins in the joke eventually.
* CowboyCop: His extracurricular, personal assistance is not sanctioned or known by the bosses most of the time. In season 3, he expedites a wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed". He fears that he will end in "[[ReassignedToAntarctica fucking Montana]]" if he's ever found out.
* FBIAgent: FBI agent working from the Baltimore field office.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jimmy usually goes to him for assistance because the overwhelming resources and prowess of the Bureau make him a real law enforcer working for a real agency, unlike the guys from the Baltimore Police Department.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's not very happy with the TheWarOnTerror monopolizing the resources of the FBI and is bitter about it. Still finds the time and need to help [=McNulty=] with the so called war on drugs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Regularly goes out of his way to help the struggling BPD. He even apologizes to Daniels as he reveals that a greater success in the Sobotka case was prevented by [[TheMole a mole inside the FBI]], and later makes up for it.

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* ButtMonkey: His lack AllLesbiansWantKids: Played straight, unlike Kima.
* ArmorPiercingResponse: When she and Kima finally fight over Kima's increased drinking, distance, and not acting like a parent to the baby, Kima says that she never voiced how much she truly objected to having the baby due to not wanting to disappoint Cheryl. Cheryl's response is ''devastating'', and pretty much the signal that their relationship is over.
-->'''Cheryl:''' [Looks at Kima, who's more than half drunk, angry, and confused] [[DisappointedInYou I don't think I could be more disappointed than I am now]].
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Averted, although it's largely Kima's fault as she went along with Cheryl's pregnancy plans despite not really wanting to be a parent without voicing that until after the kid was born.
* DemotedToExtra: She has a fair amount
of familiarity prominence in season 1, but her role gets smaller and smaller as distance grows between her and Kima. She only appears in 2 episodes in season 3, and 1 each in seasons 4 and 5.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Late in season 1 she and Kima are out with some friends, and Cheryl drinks everyone present (except for Kima, who opts out with the excuse that she has to work in the morning) into submission without putting much effort into it. She credits journalism school as the source of her alcohol tolerance.
* IntrepidReporter: At one point Kima teases Cheryl
about how two cars should be placed during an unofficial meeting she tries to act like this despite working backstage at a TV news channel.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's not exceptionally girly by any means, but
in comparison to Kima she certainly is the middle girlier of nowhere - with adjacent driver's windows - is turned into the two. She's also the one who's interested in having a RunningGag at his expense by Jimmy kid and Lester, who joins in the joke eventually.
* CowboyCop: His extracurricular, personal assistance is not sanctioned or known by the bosses
appears to do most of the time. In season 3, he expedites a wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed". He fears that he will end in "[[ReassignedToAntarctica fucking Montana]]" if he's ever found out.
* FBIAgent: FBI agent working from the Baltimore field office.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jimmy usually goes to him for assistance because the overwhelming resources
cooking and prowess of the Bureau make him a real law enforcer working for a real agency, unlike the guys from the Baltimore Police Department.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's not very happy with the TheWarOnTerror monopolizing the resources of the FBI
cleaning when she and is bitter about it. Still finds the time and need to help [=McNulty=] with the so called war on drugs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Regularly goes out of his way to help the struggling BPD. He even apologizes to Daniels as he reveals that a greater success in the Sobotka case was prevented by [[TheMole a mole inside the FBI]], and later makes up for it.
Kima are together.



[[folder:Brother Mouzone]]
->'''Played by''': Michael Potts
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Good day to you sir."'']]

-->''Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.''

A hitman from New York hired by Avon Barksdale in season 2 to intimidate rival dealers working for Proposition Joe into leaving Barksdale turf, due to Avon not knowing that Stringer has secretly cut a deal with Prop Joe that makes the two organizations unlikely allies. After he is all too successful at driving off Prop Joe's dealers and puts the alliance and emerging Co-op in trouble, Stringer Bell sets him up by telling Omar that it was Brother Mouzone who tortured Brandon and where to find him. Omar seriously wounds Brother, but as the two men talk he realizes Stringer lied to him and gets medical attention for the wounded Mouzone.

In the hospital, Mouzone soon realizes that it had to be Stringer who set him up with Omar, but says nothing and leaves Baltimore after recovering from his wound. In season 3 he comes back to town, and forms an alliance with Omar to kill Stringer Bell as packback for the earlier set up. After they succeed, he leaves Baltimore for good.

While not stated outright, his manner and dress suggests that he is a member of the Nation Of Islam.

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[[folder:Brother Mouzone]]
->'''Played by''': Michael Potts
[[folder:Marla Daniels]]
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-->''The game is rigged. But
you sir."'']]

-->''Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.
cannot lose if you do not play.''

A hitman from New York hired by Avon Barksdale in season 2 The wife of Cedric Daniels, she is an ambitious woman with a keen political eye. She spent years trying to intimidate rival dealers working for Proposition Joe into leaving Barksdale turf, due support the career of Daniels and help guide him to Avon not knowing the top of police hierarchy, but that Stringer has secretly cut a deal fizzles out as Daniels increasingly comes to terms with Prop Joe the fact that makes he doesn't have the stomach for ladder climbing and political games and would rather dedicate himself to the job of what a policeman should be: a guardian of the city. As Cedric's ambition dies down so does their marriage, and Marla decides to live out her ambitions for herself by running in a city election when the two organizations unlikely allies. After he is all too successful at driving off Prop Joe's dealers and puts the alliance and emerging Co-op in trouble, Stringer Bell sets him up by telling Omar that it was Brother Mouzone who tortured Brandon and where to find him. Omar seriously wounds Brother, but as the two men talk he realizes Stringer lied to him and gets medical attention for the wounded Mouzone.

In the hospital, Mouzone soon realizes that it had to be Stringer who set him up with Omar, but says nothing and leaves Baltimore after recovering from his wound. In season 3 he comes back to town, and forms an alliance with Omar to kill Stringer Bell as packback for the earlier set up. After they succeed, he leaves Baltimore for good.

While not stated outright, his manner and dress suggests that he is a member of the Nation Of Islam.
separate.



* AffablyEvil: Very much, saying "Good day to you sir" after kicking Mister Cheese's ass is a must.
* {{Badass Bookworm}}:
-->'''Puddin:''' All damn day, he just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches don't stay away.
-->'''Bodie:''' That's real muscle, right there.
-->'''Puddin:''' True that.
* BadassInANiceSuit
** BowTiesAreCool
* BigApplesauce
* CulturedWarrior: When he's not working as a ruthless killer-for-hire, he's reading [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers intellectual magazines]] like ''The Nation'' and ''Harper's''.
* DissonantSerenity
* TheDreaded: To anyone who does their research like Prop Joe. To the extent that Joe not only refuses to let his nephew try and take revenge for Brother shooting him (knowing that whoever he sends won't be coming back) but also refuses to set a bounty on his head for fear of Brother hearing about it and hunting Joe down.
* EnemyMine: He eventually teams up with Omar to kill Stringer Bell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5VxvF7DaCw first scene as enforcer]]; he politely debriefs ''Mister'' Cheese, emphatically asks him to move his ass where it belongs, calmly gives him a bullet for his troubles, says goodbye and then continues about his reading business.
* {{Foil}}: Lamar, his DumbMuscle and affably patronized sidekick.
* HolyHitman: Implied to be a member of the Nation of Islam, but the stance on drugs of this collective casts some doubts about his official membership.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* MalcolmXerox: To the point that Cheese initially thinks he's a recruiter from the Nation of Islam until he gets a ''very'' rude surprise in the form of a bullet to the shoulder.
* MeaningfulName: His name is fairly clearly a variation on the Arabic ''mawzūn'', meaning "balanced; judicious; careful." The man is nothing if not these things. He also shares his surname with a real life Baltimore hitman mentioned in David Simon's early book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets''. The real Mouzone, however, was eventually imprisoned.
* ProfessionalKiller
-->'''Prop Joe:''' You think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother?! Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.
* PutOnABus: Twice, first after being shot by Omar and then he finally disappears after helping Omar murder Stringer and is never seen again; presumably he returns to New York.
* ShroudedInMyth: Has a reputation that makes even drug kingpins [[TheDreaded fearful]] of crossing him. When Cheese demands they try to kill him, Prop Joe launches into a tale of a whole group of hardened heavy hitters that failed to kill him.
** Also, he may or may not be the the man who killed Music/TheNotoriousBIG (his strange manner of dress is apparently based on eyewitness accounts of Biggie's shooter).
* SophisticatedAsHell
* StrangeBedfellows
* WickedCultured

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* AffablyEvil: Very much, saying "Good day AmbitionIsEvil: Not necessarily evil per se, more amoral, but ambition is her defining trait and to you sir" satisfy it she recommends practical, if amoral choices. She also cites ambition as being the chief trait that first attracted her to Daniels, but his ambition has since given way to his conscience.
* AmicableExes: With Cedric,
after kicking Mister Cheese's ass their separation. He's still willing to put his own private life on hold to support her political aspirations, and she's still willing to give him honest advice on difficult matters.
* BrutalHonesty: Surprisingly enough for someone as deeply into politics and ladder climbing, she seems to be a fan of this. At a debate with her opponent Eunetta Perkins it's Marla who flat out tells the voters what
is a must.
* {{Badass Bookworm}}:
-->'''Puddin:''' All damn day, he just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches
true but they don't stay away.
-->'''Bodie:''' That's real muscle, right there.
-->'''Puddin:''' True that.
* BadassInANiceSuit
** BowTiesAreCool
* BigApplesauce
* CulturedWarrior: When he's not working as a ruthless killer-for-hire, he's reading [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers intellectual magazines]] like ''The Nation''
want to hear, despite the potential for losing votes, while Eunetta plays to the crowd and ''Harper's''.
* DissonantSerenity
* TheDreaded: To anyone who does their research like Prop Joe. To the extent that Joe not only refuses to let his nephew try and take revenge for Brother shooting him (knowing that whoever he sends won't be coming back) but
promises them anything. She also refuses seems to set a bounty on his head for fear approve of Brother hearing Colvin being honest in a town hall meeting rather than talking about it matters in a politically smart and hunting Joe down.
safe manner.
* EnemyMine: He eventually teams up DeadSparks: Her relationship with Omar to kill Stringer Bell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5VxvF7DaCw first scene as enforcer]]; he politely debriefs ''Mister'' Cheese, emphatically asks him to move his ass where it belongs, calmly gives him a bullet for his troubles, says goodbye and then continues about his reading business.
* {{Foil}}: Lamar, his DumbMuscle and affably patronized sidekick.
* HolyHitman: Implied to be a member
Cedric has become this by the start of the Nation of Islam, show, and it doesn't take too much for them to drift apart for good. She does actually suggest giving their relationship another try at one point, but the stance on drugs of this collective casts some doubts about his official membership.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* MalcolmXerox: To the point that Cheese initially thinks he's a recruiter from the Nation of Islam until
he gets a ''very'' rude surprise in the form of a bullet gently says it's just not going to work.
* HonestAdvisor: Played rather cynically, as her honest advice is tailored
to the shoulder.
* MeaningfulName: His name is fairly clearly a variation on the Arabic ''mawzūn'', meaning "balanced; judicious; careful." The man is nothing if not these things. He also shares his surname with a real life
dirty and corrupt world of Baltimore hitman mentioned in David Simon's early book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets''. The real Mouzone, however, was eventually imprisoned.
* ProfessionalKiller
-->'''Prop Joe:''' You think I'm gonna send any
politics, and thus often consists of my advising people up against Brother?! Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.
to make compromises with their integrity or do what they have to to get ahead.
* PutOnABus: Twice, IronLady
* SocialClimber
* VicariouslyAmbitious: At
first after being shot by Omar and then he finally disappears after she seems dedicated to helping Omar murder Stringer Cedric advance himself, and is never seen again; presumably he returns only looks to New York.
* ShroudedInMyth: Has a reputation that makes even drug kingpins [[TheDreaded fearful]] of crossing him. When Cheese demands they try to kill him, Prop Joe launches into a tale of a whole group of hardened heavy hitters that failed to kill him.
** Also, he may or may not be
do the the man who killed Music/TheNotoriousBIG (his strange manner work of dress is apparently based on eyewitness accounts of Biggie's shooter).
* SophisticatedAsHell
* StrangeBedfellows
* WickedCultured
social climbing for herself when he announces he has come to care more about good casework than trying to become top dog in a horrifically dysfunctional and broken police department.



[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3 and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do the study of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part in during season 4.

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[[folder:The Deacon]]
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[[folder:Elena [=McNulty=]]]
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3
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-> '''Played by:''' Callie Thorne

-->''I don't trust you. I can care about you,
and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later I can want us to be able friends, and if you give me enough time Jimmy I can actually want you to do be happy. But how the study hell am I supposed to trust you?''

A real estate agent and the ex-wife
of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part Jimmy [=McNulty=]. They met in during college, and her becoming pregnant was what prompted Jimmy to drop out of college and join the BPD. They separated before the start of the show, and season 4.1 finds them in the midst of a sometimes bitter divorce and child custody battle. This becomes less bitter over time, and as Jimmy gradually realizes that his efforts aren't going to result in them getting back together. In later seasons, she and Jimmy even become somewhat friendly again.



* TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been conceived as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of the inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.

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* TheConscience: Gives Colvin AmicableExes: Very much averted in the first season, but in late seasons the interactions between Jimmy and Elena become much less charged and more affable. When she encounters him when he's gotten himself together with Beadie and has his drinking and other bad habits under control, you can see a WhatTheHellHero look in Elena's eyes that seems to all but say "Now ''that's'' the man I first fell in love with."
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Her line to Jimmy about how she's ever supposed to trust him, as seen in her quote above. It finally destroys Jimmy's stubborn hope of them getting back together, and helps instigate one of Jimmy's most impressive and self-destructive drinking binges. (The one where he crashes his car twice in the same place.)
* DemotedToExtra: Much like Cheryl, starting in season 3 her screentime goes way downhill, resulting in her being in only 1 or 2 episodes per season.
* GoodParents: She's much better at being a parent than Jimmy is and much more considerate of the boys.
* SexWithTheEx: Does this once with Jimmy, but
because Hamsterdam has been conceived as she feels she cannot trust him and his vices are always about to get the better of him, she decides not to go any further towards a wild zone reunion.
* WomenAreWiser: Not
that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of the inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.
it's hard to be wiser than Jimmy...



[[folder:David Parenti]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him that they should focus on younger teenagers.

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[[folder:David Parenti]]
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[[folder:Shardene Innes]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor
by:''' Wendy Grantham

-->''He seemed like he was different.''

A stripper working at Orlando's, the "gentleman's club" that operates as a front for the Barksdales. She's more or less completely uninvolved in The Game,
and professor of sociology only works at the University of Maryland bar, spending time with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds men who sit there drinking... as long as they keep buying drinks and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him tipping, that is. She begins a relationship with D'Angelo and even moves in with him, but is infuriated when Kima and Lester reveal that a group of the Barksdale lieutenants let a friend and co-worker of hers die unattended of an overdose at a party they should focus on younger teenagers.had, and promptly moves back out and helps the MCU get some badly needed info to help put Avon away. During the investigation she grows close to Lester and remains in a relationship with him throughout the rest of the series.



* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.

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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is
ArmorPiercingQuestion: Shardene poses one to Dee after finding out her friend was found in a dumpster.
-->"Do I look like trash to you? Do I look like the kind
of touch girl you wrap in a carpet and [[DisposableSexWorker throw in the trash]]?"
* BirdsOfAFeather: This is part of what first draws her toward D'Angelo, both of them are more empathetic and sensitive souls than the people they work with and find themselves surrounded by, and both of them long to escape the world they live in. A similar sort of kindness and bonding over Lester's dolls and dollhouse furniture is the first sign that relationship will bud between those two.
* DemotedToExtra: Appears again all of twice after the end of the first season, once in the second season and then not again until almost the very end of the very last episode.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Is nearshigted and wears huge granny glasses, likely received for free or nearly so from some charity. She gets a "corrected vision" (either surgery or contact lenses) courtesy of the BPD.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Well, she's not exactly a hooker, but the trope is close enough in spirit.
* InnocentBystander: Despite working mere feet away from the heart and command center of Baltimore's most powerful and deadly drug empire, she's completely uninvolved in the game and while she realizes that the true owners of Orlando's aren't exactly legit, she didn't know just how deep into the Game they were.
* MayDecemberRomance: Lester is at least old enough to be her father, but the two forge a long lasting and successful relationship together.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The fates of Avon, Stringer, and everyone within the Barksdale empire might have been very different if Wee-bey, Stinkum, and the others had just treated a stripper with a little more respect and tried to help her when she started having an OD...
* NeutralNoLonger: Goes from being a bystander unaffiliated with either criminals or the cops, (aside from a relationship with D'Angelo where they both discuss leaving their current lives behind them) to being willing to risk her life to help the cops get information on the Barksdale empire in the wake of her friend's death.
* NiceGirl: Discussed in universe, as Kima and Lester say that there's something about her, some quality that shows up in her picture that makes them think she'll be the best person from Orlando's to talk to.
* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: Says something like this when Kima and Lester ask her to come with them. This is a sign of her innocence and relative naivety, as pretty much everyone else knows better than to deal
with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him police without a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for lawyer present.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan:
** The reason why she liked D'Angelo was because he was empathetic and sensitive as she is.
** Sardene gets together with Lester because of his kind nature.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Not only does she play a key role in
the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor
first season investigation, but because of sociology at her help the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target
group is able to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.put away Avon but not Stringer, leading to the gulf that grows between those two, planting the seeds that eventually leads to their final falling out, the death of Stringer and the final collapse of the Barksdale empire. ''Damn''.



[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.

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[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start
[[folder:Michael and Sean [=McNulty=]]]
->'''Played by:''' Antonio Cordova and Eric G. Ryan

The two young sons
of the series.Jimmy and Elena.


Added DiffLines:

* {{Morality Pet}}s: For Jimmy, not that he does everything he can or should to take good care of them.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. It's a bit shocking when, after not having seen them for quite awhile, they appear in later seasons and the little boys we knew are gone and they're now in their early teens.
* SiblingRivalry: There's a mild and realistic older brother tends to lord over the younger brother vibe between them.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Not as bad as many cases of this, but two little kids who apparently often employ police procedures to tail a target and find out information about them will give a normal person pause. Bunk does a downplayed WhatTheHellHero when he finds out about Jimmy using them to spy on Stringer, but Jimmy is oblivious as he so often is.
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!Other Characters

[[folder:Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh]]
->'''Played by''': Doug Olear
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-->''[[FBIAgent We]] may be assholes, but on the upside, there's an awful lot of us.''

A special agent with the FBI, friend and major ally of Jimmy [=McNulty=]. He inspires [=McNulty=] to use modern electronic surveillance against the Barksdale organization by showing live surveillance during the bust of a drug production ring. He tells Jimmy it would be the last major bureau drug investigation in Baltimore because they are shifting resources to counter-terrorism.
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* ButtMonkey: His lack of familiarity about how two cars should be placed during an unofficial meeting in the middle of nowhere - with adjacent driver's windows - is turned into a RunningGag at his expense by Jimmy and Lester, who joins in the joke eventually.
* CowboyCop: His extracurricular, personal assistance is not sanctioned or known by the bosses most of the time. In season 3, he expedites a wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed". He fears that he will end in "[[ReassignedToAntarctica fucking Montana]]" if he's ever found out.
* FBIAgent: FBI agent working from the Baltimore field office.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jimmy usually goes to him for assistance because the overwhelming resources and prowess of the Bureau make him a real law enforcer working for a real agency, unlike the guys from the Baltimore Police Department.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's not very happy with the TheWarOnTerror monopolizing the resources of the FBI and is bitter about it. Still finds the time and need to help [=McNulty=] with the so called war on drugs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Regularly goes out of his way to help the struggling BPD. He even apologizes to Daniels as he reveals that a greater success in the Sobotka case was prevented by [[TheMole a mole inside the FBI]], and later makes up for it.
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[[folder:Brother Mouzone]]
->'''Played by''': Michael Potts
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Good day to you sir."'']]

-->''Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.''

A hitman from New York hired by Avon Barksdale in season 2 to intimidate rival dealers working for Proposition Joe into leaving Barksdale turf, due to Avon not knowing that Stringer has secretly cut a deal with Prop Joe that makes the two organizations unlikely allies. After he is all too successful at driving off Prop Joe's dealers and puts the alliance and emerging Co-op in trouble, Stringer Bell sets him up by telling Omar that it was Brother Mouzone who tortured Brandon and where to find him. Omar seriously wounds Brother, but as the two men talk he realizes Stringer lied to him and gets medical attention for the wounded Mouzone.

In the hospital, Mouzone soon realizes that it had to be Stringer who set him up with Omar, but says nothing and leaves Baltimore after recovering from his wound. In season 3 he comes back to town, and forms an alliance with Omar to kill Stringer Bell as packback for the earlier set up. After they succeed, he leaves Baltimore for good.

While not stated outright, his manner and dress suggests that he is a member of the Nation Of Islam.
----
* AffablyEvil: Very much, saying "Good day to you sir" after kicking Mister Cheese's ass is a must.
* {{Badass Bookworm}}:
-->'''Puddin:''' All damn day, he just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches don't stay away.
-->'''Bodie:''' That's real muscle, right there.
-->'''Puddin:''' True that.
* BadassInANiceSuit
** BowTiesAreCool
* BigApplesauce
* CulturedWarrior: When he's not working as a ruthless killer-for-hire, he's reading [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers intellectual magazines]] like ''The Nation'' and ''Harper's''.
* DissonantSerenity
* TheDreaded: To anyone who does their research like Prop Joe. To the extent that Joe not only refuses to let his nephew try and take revenge for Brother shooting him (knowing that whoever he sends won't be coming back) but also refuses to set a bounty on his head for fear of Brother hearing about it and hunting Joe down.
* EnemyMine: He eventually teams up with Omar to kill Stringer Bell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5VxvF7DaCw first scene as enforcer]]; he politely debriefs ''Mister'' Cheese, emphatically asks him to move his ass where it belongs, calmly gives him a bullet for his troubles, says goodbye and then continues about his reading business.
* {{Foil}}: Lamar, his DumbMuscle and affably patronized sidekick.
* HolyHitman: Implied to be a member of the Nation of Islam, but the stance on drugs of this collective casts some doubts about his official membership.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* MalcolmXerox: To the point that Cheese initially thinks he's a recruiter from the Nation of Islam until he gets a ''very'' rude surprise in the form of a bullet to the shoulder.
* MeaningfulName: His name is fairly clearly a variation on the Arabic ''mawzūn'', meaning "balanced; judicious; careful." The man is nothing if not these things. He also shares his surname with a real life Baltimore hitman mentioned in David Simon's early book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets''. The real Mouzone, however, was eventually imprisoned.
* ProfessionalKiller
-->'''Prop Joe:''' You think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother?! Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.
* PutOnABus: Twice, first after being shot by Omar and then he finally disappears after helping Omar murder Stringer and is never seen again; presumably he returns to New York.
* ShroudedInMyth: Has a reputation that makes even drug kingpins [[TheDreaded fearful]] of crossing him. When Cheese demands they try to kill him, Prop Joe launches into a tale of a whole group of hardened heavy hitters that failed to kill him.
** Also, he may or may not be the the man who killed Music/TheNotoriousBIG (his strange manner of dress is apparently based on eyewitness accounts of Biggie's shooter).
* SophisticatedAsHell
* StrangeBedfellows
* WickedCultured
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3 and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do the study of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part in during season 4.
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* TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been conceived as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of the inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:David Parenti]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him that they should focus on younger teenagers.
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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.
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-->'''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.

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\n-->'''Poot''': ''"He punked himself. He's a goddamn drug addict."''\n-->'''D'Angelo''': ''"And you're a goddamn drug dealer."''\n-->'''Bodie''': ''"So? So, what, See the customer is always right?"''

[[Characters/TheWireHomelessPeopleAndAddicts Homeless People And Addicts]] page.

!The Docks

See the [[Characters/TheWireBaltimoreDocks Baltimore Docks]] page.

!The Next Generation
See the [[Characters/TheWireTheNextGeneration
The drug trade would, of course, Next Generation]] page.

!Other Characters

[[folder:Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh]]
->'''Played by''': Doug Olear
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-->''[[FBIAgent We]] may
be nothing without assholes, but on the people who actually buy drugs. The various homeless characters upside, there's an awful lot of ''The Wire'' are us.''

A special agent with
the show's way FBI, friend and major ally of exploring these often-ignored individuals. The main homeless character is Bubbles, Jimmy [=McNulty=]. He inspires [=McNulty=] to use modern electronic surveillance against the Barksdale organization by showing live surveillance during the bust of a drug addict who, whilst prepared to go pretty damn low for his fix, is nevertheless one of production ring. He tells Jimmy it would be 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.last major bureau drug investigation in Baltimore because they are shifting resources to counter-terrorism.



[[folder: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.

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[[folder:Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins]]
* ButtMonkey: His lack of familiarity about how two cars should be placed during an unofficial meeting in the middle of nowhere - with adjacent driver's windows - is turned into a RunningGag at his expense by Jimmy and Lester, who joins in the joke eventually.
* CowboyCop: His extracurricular, personal assistance is not sanctioned or known by the bosses most of the time. In season 3, he expedites a wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed". He fears that he will end in "[[ReassignedToAntarctica fucking Montana]]" if he's ever found out.
* FBIAgent: FBI agent working from the Baltimore field office.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jimmy usually goes to him for assistance because the overwhelming resources and prowess of the Bureau make him a real law enforcer working for a real agency, unlike the guys from the Baltimore Police Department.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's not very happy with the TheWarOnTerror monopolizing the resources of the FBI and is bitter about it. Still finds the time and need to help [=McNulty=] with the so called war on drugs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Regularly goes out of his way to help the struggling BPD. He even apologizes to Daniels as he reveals that a greater success in the Sobotka case was prevented by [[TheMole a mole inside the FBI]], and later makes up for it.
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[[folder:Brother Mouzone]]
->'''Played by''': Andre Royo
Michael Potts
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"You equivocating like a motherfucker!"'']]

--> ''How y'all do what y'all do every
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Good day and not wanna get high?''

to you sir."'']]

-->''Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.''

A homeless heroin addict. He mentors Johnny Weeks hitman from seasons 1-3, and Sherrod New York hired by Avon Barksdale in season 4, teaching them the life of scheming and scrounging that's necessary 2 to support a life on the streets. When Weeks is attacked by members of the intimidate rival dealers working for Proposition Joe into leaving Barksdale crew, Bubbles renews turf, due to Avon not knowing that Stringer has secretly cut a deal with Prop Joe that makes the two organizations unlikely allies. After he is all too successful at driving off Prop Joe's dealers and puts the alliance and emerging Co-op in trouble, Stringer Bell sets him up by telling Omar that it was Brother Mouzone who tortured Brandon and where to find him. Omar seriously wounds Brother, but as the two men talk he realizes Stringer lied to him and gets medical attention for the wounded Mouzone.

In the hospital, Mouzone soon realizes that it had to be Stringer who set him up with Omar, but says nothing and leaves Baltimore after recovering from
his duties a police informant, providing critical information to Greggs and [=McNulty=]. wound. In season 4, Bubbs is repeatedly beaten 3 he comes back to town, and robbed by another drug addict, but forms an alliance with Omar to kill Stringer Bell as :Kima and [=McNulty=] are no longer working drugs, Bubbs must settle for snitching packback for the considerably less reliable Herc, who twice fails to come to Bubbles's aid. Bubbles pays Herc back earlier set up. After they succeed, he leaves Baltimore for good.

While not stated outright,
his incompetence by feeding him bad information manner and dress suggests 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 he 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 member of the series, he is finally allowed up into the house to have dinner with his family.Nation Of Islam.



* 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. His evolution from a vagrant heroin addict to a sober, well-adjusted individual is one of the few stories of redemption in the Wire's otherwise brutal, pitch-black universe. His monologue where he finally comes to terms with Sherrod's death is certainly one of the most emotional and compelling scenes in the entire show.
* 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.
** Walon, despite having been Bubbles' sponsor for over a year only finds out his first name because Fletch says it in front of him.
* 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.

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* AntiHero: Of the original, hero without heroic characteristics type.
AffablyEvil: Very much, saying "Good day to you sir" after kicking Mister Cheese's ass is a must.
* 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
{{Badass Bookworm}}:
-->'''Puddin:''' All damn day,
he endures as much hardship as any other character, and just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches don't stay away.
-->'''Bodie:''' That's real muscle, right there.
-->'''Puddin:''' True that.
* BadassInANiceSuit
** BowTiesAreCool
* BigApplesauce
* CulturedWarrior: When
he's one of not working as a ruthless killer-for-hire, he's reading [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers intellectual magazines]] like ''The Nation'' and ''Harper's''.
* DissonantSerenity
* TheDreaded: To anyone who does their research like Prop Joe. To the extent that Joe not
only a few "street" characters who doesn't die, go refuses to prison, or appear let his nephew try and take revenge for Brother shooting him (knowing that whoever he sends won't be coming back) but also refuses to set a bounty on his head for fear of Brother hearing about it and hunting Joe down.
* EnemyMine: He eventually teams up with Omar to kill Stringer Bell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5VxvF7DaCw first scene as enforcer]]; he politely debriefs ''Mister'' Cheese, emphatically asks him to move his ass where it belongs, calmly gives him a bullet for his troubles, says goodbye and then continues about his reading business.
* {{Foil}}: Lamar, his DumbMuscle and affably patronized sidekick.
* HolyHitman: Implied
to be headed for one a member of those two fates the Nation of Islam, but the stance on drugs of this collective casts some doubts about his official membership.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* MalcolmXerox: To the point that Cheese initially thinks he's a recruiter from the Nation of Islam until he gets a ''very'' rude surprise
in the end. form of a bullet to the shoulder.
* MeaningfulName:
His evolution from a vagrant heroin addict to a sober, well-adjusted individual name is one of fairly clearly a variation on the few stories of redemption Arabic ''mawzūn'', meaning "balanced; judicious; careful." The man is nothing if not these things. He also shares his surname with a real life Baltimore hitman mentioned in David Simon's early book ''Homicide: A Year on the Wire's otherwise brutal, pitch-black universe. His monologue where Killing Streets''. The real Mouzone, however, was eventually imprisoned.
* ProfessionalKiller
-->'''Prop Joe:''' You think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother?! Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.
* PutOnABus: Twice, first after being shot by Omar and then
he finally comes to terms with Sherrod's death is certainly one of the most emotional and compelling scenes in the entire show.
* 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.
** Walon, despite having been Bubbles' sponsor for over a year only finds out his first name because Fletch says it in front of him.
* ThePunishmentIsTheCrime: The reason Landsman drops his prosecution. Bubbles has to live with the guilt over Sherrod's death, but eventually he overcomes the grief
disappears after helping Omar murder Stringer and is able never seen again; presumably he returns to move on.
New York.
* StreetSmart
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Johnny Weeks.
* TraumaCongaLine: Until his happy ending.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: Bubbles drifts in and out
ShroudedInMyth: Has a reputation that makes even drug kingpins [[TheDreaded fearful]] of various recovery programs and addiction support groups until crossing him. When Cheese demands they try to kill him, Prop Joe launches into a tale of a whole group of hardened heavy hitters that failed to kill him.
** Also,
he finally sobers up for good in season 5.may or may not be the the man who killed Music/TheNotoriousBIG (his strange manner of dress is apparently based on eyewitness accounts of Biggie's shooter).
* SophisticatedAsHell
* StrangeBedfellows
* WickedCultured



[[folder:Johnny Weeks]]
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->'''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.

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[[folder:Johnny Weeks]]
[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Leo Fitzpatrick

--> ''I'm brown.
Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.
''

A homeless addict, taken under well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the wing course of Bubbles. A counterfeiting operation brings down seasons 3 and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the wrath atrocious state of Bodie Hamsterdam and Poot, leaving him in later to be able to do 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.study of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part in during season 4.



* 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.

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* 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
TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been informing on conceived as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of
the Barksdales in revenge for Johnny's beating.
inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* 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.
ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.



[[folder:Sherrod]]
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-> '''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.

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[[folder:Sherrod]]
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[[folder:David Parenti]]
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-> '''Played ->'''Played by''': Rashad Orange

A young dealer who is taken
Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest
in by Bubbles. Bubbles tries repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to get target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him to go back to school, but Sherrod does not, and starts using. When that 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.should focus on younger teenagers.



* 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

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* BookDumb: As a result AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of having dropped fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is
out of school as touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a kid.
reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* SacrificialLion: Dies TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]]
from a poisoned heroin dose meant the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking
for another junkie.
* StreetUrchin
a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.



[[folder:Walon]]
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->'''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.

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[[folder:Walon]]
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->'''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.
[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.



* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dee-Dee]]
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->'''Played by:''' Genevieve Hudson-Price

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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: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]]

!The Docks

-->''"We're here through [[UsefulNotes/RobertFKennedy Bobby Kennedy]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Tricky Dick Nixon]], [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie "The Unionbuster" Reagan]] and half a dozen other sons-a-bitches. [[BadassBoast We'll be here through your weak bullshit, no problem!]]"''
-->--'''Frank Sobotka'''

OnceUponATime, Baltimore was a thriving port-city, and served as one of the main hubs for commerce on the Eastern Seaboard. Sadly, those days are over. Amid the wreckage of old industrial America, the local stevedores union under their Treasurer, Frank Sobotka, tries to eke out a living protecting what's left of Baltimore's docks from "urban renewal", for which we can read "ending poor peoples' jobs to build condos for rich people", and fighting a rearguard action against the encroaching death of America's industrial working class. Desperate, Frank and the union turn to smuggling to try and drum up the money to lobby for a new grain pier and for their canal to be dredged. It all goes to hell in a handbasket, kicking off the events of season 2.
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[[folder:Beatrice "Beadie" Russell]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"There are different kinds of wrong."'']]

->'''Played by''': Amy Ryan

-->''What they need is a union.''

Officer for the Port Authority and single mother of two. She discovers thirteen dead women in a shipping container, kicking off the events of Season 2. While at first she treats the job as little more than a paycheck, as the investigation progresses she develops a knack for policework and becomes invested in the case. She reappears late in season 3, when she and [=McNulty=] begin a romance, though his behavior in season 5 tests Beadie's patience.
----
* ActionMom: Eventually.
* DemotedToExtra: After season 2.
* HeroesWantRedheads: She's a redhead and the primary love interest for [=McNulty=] (the nominal protagonist) in Seasons 2-5.
* LoveInterest: She's [=McNulty's=] main love interest throughout the series.
* MoralityPet: To Frank Sobotka, Maui and later [=McNulty=].
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: She initially views working as a port cop as a good gig because the pay is decent and it doesn't involve much actual policework, though she proves pretty good at the latter when major criminal activity ''does'' start happening at the port.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She gets together with [=McNulty=] after he stops drinking and gets his act together, but their relationship is strained when he falls off the wagon in season 5. [[spoiler:The finale heavily implies that they patch things up and get back together.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: When she's introduced at the beginning of season 2, she doesn't take her job very seriously. By the end of the season she's developed into "real police".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Frank Sobotka]]
->'''Played by''': Chris Bauer
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I know I was wrong. But in my head, I thought I was wrong for the right reasons."'']]

-->''You know what the trouble is, Brucey? [[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.]]''

Polish-American treasurer for the stevedore's union in Baltimore. Needing to keep his workers paid in the face of declining port traffic and the juggernaut of gentrification, he arranges to lobby and bribe local politicians in exchange for projects to keep the docks alive. He gets the money by an arrangement with The Greek, who uses the port for smuggling. He runs afoul of Major Valchek, who starts investigating into his finances. Things start unraveling when thirteen dead prostitutes are found in a shipping container, and he has to deal with both the police and The Greek. When his son, Ziggy, murders the Greek's fence, and the plans for expanding the docks collapse, he agrees to inform on The Greek to the police. The Greek gets word of this, and has him killed.
----
* AmbitionIsEvil: Some other prominent union members insist they should settle for the more modest goal of the grain pier, but Sobotka aims higher with the dredging of the canal (not for personal gains but for the well-being of the workers). This requires a closer criminal collaboration with The Greek.
* AntiVillain: A smuggler out of necessity, and with probably one of the most SympatheticPOV in the whole story. It's easy for the corruption of his family to come off as a greater sin than his involvement in criminal activities.
-->Help my union? For 25 years, we've been dying slow down there. Dry docks rusting, piers standing empty. My friends and their kids, like we got the cancer. No lifeline got thrown all that time. Nothing from nobody. And now you wanna help us?
* ArmorPiercingResponse: He's on the wrong end of this when Nick brings him the news about Ziggy being arrested. A shocked and furious Frank begins demanding to know why Nicky wasn't there to protect Ziggy from himself, basically shouting "You're his cousin, how could you not know what was happening?" to which Nick responds "You're his father." All of Frank's defenses collapse in an instant.
* DartboardOfHate: Has one on his wall with the face of Bob Irsay, the owner of the Colts who moved them from Baltimore to Indianapolis.
* DealWithTheDevil: He's in league with The Greek to get the funds needed to lobby for the expansion of the ailing docks.
* FatalFlaw: Being too proud to compromise with Valchek. (Following that by telling Valchek off just [[ItsPersonal makes it worse]].)
* AFatherToHisMen: Takes good care of his workers and all of his schemes are for their benefit. Turns into a deconstruction, as it turns out he was so busy being a father to the union guys that he was never properly a dad to his own son. It also turns out that the union guys are willing to make a doomed moral gesture after his death and declare their loyalty to him despite the government warning that the union would be closed down unless they selected new leadership. The government follows through on the threat and shuts down the union.
* HonorBeforeReason: He starts an EscalatingWar with Valchek, an influential police officer. A lot of drama could've been [[KnowWhenToFoldEm averted]] with a compromise over a stained-glass window.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo[=/=]WellIntentionedExtremist: Frank does everything he can to save the docks, but essentially sells his soul to do so.
* TheInformant: Decides to become one, and is killed for it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jaded, rough, brash and gruff, but deep down a very decent man.
* JobStealingRobot: He is horrified by the upcoming trend of mechanical automatization rendering stevedore manual labor obsolete.
* KilledOffScreen: As he drives to meet the Greeks, the FBI mole informs them just when Frank arrives that Sobotka has a proffer scheduled with the authorities. The moment he exits the car, he's walking to his death. Fade to black, end of the episode. The next one opens with the discovery of Frank's corpse.
* ParentalNeglect: consistently shows little affection or consideration towards his (admittedly irritating) son Ziggy, and Ziggy claims that his childhood was full of WhenYouComingHomeDad.
* PerpWalk: Invoked by Valchek, whose sole purpose in the case is to ruin Sobotka. The agents who arrest Sobotka are told to wait until he's at the union office, and once they've gone in they wait until a suitably sizeable press gang has assembled before Valchek personally walks him out to the car.
* RaisedCatholic: Frank is a regular churchgoer who pays more than lip service to the Church, but when Father Lewandoski suggests a confession, Sobotka scoffs at the idea.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His story is a heavy-hitting tragedy. In the end he's killed by the Greeks, the work of his life goes down the drain, the union gets busted, the docks are mortally wounded and his family is damaged beyond repair. All for naught.
-->I flushed my fucking family, for what?
* SiblingYinYang: He's crooked and active in the union while his brother Louis is straight and retired.
* SlaveToPR: His well-paid political backers run for cover as soon as Frank's shady deals get exposed.
* StarterVillain: Valchek designates Sobotka as a target and wants a detail to dig up his dirt. As the case progresses, real criminals are discovered and Frank's importance is diminished, even graphically, as his picture ends trimmed down and put in a corner of the corkboard. In the end his villainy is so mild that even the FBI (who were specifically brought into the case by Valchek to bust Sobotka and his union) thinks he's just a small fish and want to go after bigger targets.
* SuspiciousSpending: While he repeatedly warns Ziggy and Nick about this and seems to generally avoid it (until you look closely at it, his union seems to have constant financial issues, he generally pays his personal bills late, etc.) he initially attracts Valchek's suspicion by making an extravagant donation for a church window which he shouldn't be able to afford.
* TragicHero: In another time and place in American life, Frank Sobotka would've been a giant; a community figure with real power and influence instead of a worn out man desperately trying to hold on to what little place he and his kind still have in the world.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: His commitment to protecting the union came at the cost of time with his family.
-->'''Ziggy:''' You were always too busy dredging up the canal, making sure the right bum got elected, buying another round for the house. I always used to think you were working, all them hours you spent away.
-->'''Frank:''' It was all work, Zig. Even when it wasn't.
* WorkingClassHero: He has a discussion with his fancy lobbyist about this, but the lobbyist points out his once humble family just climbed the social ladder. Sobotka also delivers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-j5XWo1fPI a poignant analysis]] on America's industrial decay.
-->We used to make shit in this country, build shit. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nick Sobotka]]
->'''Played by''': Pablo Schreiber
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Seniority sucks."'']]

-->''I don't know how to tell you this without hurting you deeply, but first of all, you happen to be white. I'm talking raised on Rapolla Street white, where your mama used to drag you down to St. Kasmir's, just like all the other little pisspants on the block. Second, I'm also white. Not "[[GangBangers hang on the corner, don't give a fuck]]" white, but [[WorkingClassHero Locust Point, IBS Local 47]] white. I don't work without no fucking contract, and I don't stand around listening to horseshit excuses, unlike my cousin Ziggy, who, by the way, is still owed money by you and your street wise whiggers.''

Nephew of Frank Sobotka and cousin of Ziggy. He acts as a go-between for his uncle towards Vondas, often being forced to bring Ziggy along. Seeking a steady income so he can support his girlfriend and their daughter, he makes an arrangement with The Greek to obtain chemicals used for drug processing. He is paid in heroin, which he sells to local dealers in lieu of Ziggy. The police catch on and send out a warrant for his arrest, and he turns himself in after Frank's murder. In exchange for identifying The Greek, he is sent into the witness protection program.

He is seen briefly in Season 5, jeering the opening of the Granary condominiums.
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* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Begins turning to crime to make ends meet because he can't get enough honest work.
* BigBrotherMentor: Tries to be this to his cousin Ziggy, but Ziggy is too ChaoticStupid to take his (or anyone's) advice.
* {{Foil}}: To D'Angelo Barksdale. Both come into life of crime thanks to their uncles, both try to break away from it, both are young fathers. The differences in class and race form the contrast between them.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The Greeks end up deciding this about him, but are unable to do anything about it because of the police tail sitting outside his house around the clock, so they eventually let him just be a loose end.
* HeroicBSOD: He goes through a few of these most notably when he gets the news about Ziggy shooting Glekas and when Frank's body is found.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's generally well meaning, but he's very rough around the edges, kind of abrasive, doesn't have the greatest manners in the world, and is too blunt to try smoothing things over or softening the blow of his words.
* LetMeAtHim: When he snaps out of the BSOD following Frank's death, he abruptly decides to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Greeks. It takes a number of the union guys to hold him back and talk sense into him before he calms down.
* PutOnABus: Despite supposedly [[WitnessProtection being sent away from Baltimore for his own protection]], he reappears in season 5 as a heckler at Carcetti's harborside photo-op.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to Frog, a white drug dealer, as seen in his quote, where he pushes back against Frog's attempt to cheat him and completely rips apart Frog's attempt to act like a stereotypical ghetto criminal.
* SiblingYinYang: With his cousin Ziggy. (Despite being cousins, the two are more like brothers.)
* TheSmartGuy: Of the Sobotka family.
* TraumaCongaLine: Finds out his cousin has killed a guy and turned himself in. [[DrowningMySorrows Goes drinking with cousin's old girlfriend. Wakes up in bed with her]]. Does the walk of shame to his own place and finds out the cops raided it and are running him up on drug charges, to his family's surprise. Oh, and his uncle's murdered the next day.
* UnableToSupportAWife: His desire to afford a place for himself and his girlfriend/baby mama Aimee is one of the reasons he becomes entrenched in a life of crime.
* WitnessProtection: Where he ends up, but according to [[WordOfGod David Simon]], he opted out of it after a while.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chester Karol "Ziggy" Sobotka]]
->'''Played by''': James Ransone
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[[caption-width-right:350:μαλάκας]]

-->''Let me show you old gents some bulk cargo that none of you could ever handle. Who says they don't make 'em like they used to?''

Son of Frank Sobotka. He is stupid and impulsive, failing at both legitimate work in the docks, as well as drug dealing. He convinces his cousin Nick to make a deal with The Greek to sell drugs. Nick's success where he failed sends him into a depression, which drives him to kill one of The Greeks' frontmen when a deal goes sour. He is apprehended and sent to prison. Both the police and the Greek try to use Ziggy's situation to apply leverage to Frank and Nick.
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* BoisterousWeakling: Talks quite a lot about taking down Cheese, Maui, and anyone else he thinks has wronged him, but generally gets punked whenever he actually tries anything.
* BondOneLiner: "Malaka."
* ButtMonkey:
** Played for laughs at first, later not so much.
-->I got tired of being the punchline to every joke.
** A typical example is when his coworkers goad him into attacking the much larger and stronger Maui. Maui doesn't even bother to beat Ziggy up, but just humiliates him by lifting him onto the top of a stack of containers and leaving him there.
* ChaoticStupid: Ziggy makes a mess out of absolutely everything he says and does; Lighting hundred dollar bills on fire in a pub full of poor working men, buying a pet duck and giving it whisky, repeatedly picking fights with bigger and tougher people, whipping out his member in a crowded bar—if it's stupid, and he thinks there's a laugh in it, he'll do it. Although he finally wises up when it's too late to do any good.
* ConspicuousConsumption: $2000 on a new coat. After Nick advises him not to flash too much money around to avert SuspiciousSpending.
* TheDogBitesBack: Snaps and kills Glekas after being humiliated and ripped off one too many times.
* DontYouDarePityMe: He very much resents his cousin helping him.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Among the first things he does is flash his penis at a room full of bar patrons. Which, following the exclamation of the landlady, wasn't the first time.
* FearlessFool: Makes decisions that any moron should see are ''really bad ideas'' because of a combination of shortsightedness, being too brave for his own good, and SmallNameBigEgo.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: His personality is centered around trying to look tougher and more important than he is in reality, probably to hide his low self-esteem.
* {{Irony}}: The only time he ever gets respect is when he doesn't seek it out by doing stupid shit. Unfortunately, he is nowhere near self-aware enough to realize this.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ziggy is obnoxiously annoying to virtually everyone around him. He's not completely unpleasant, but his good parts are few and far between. A JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the rare moments he is not acting up trying to prove something to the world.
* LeeroyJenkins: He easily gets impatient and prefers to go charging in (literally or figuratively) when the prudent course of action would be to wait and prepare.
* TheLoad: Managing to get a better deal on some stolen cameras is about all he manages to help his father or cousin with.
* MaleFrontalNudity: On a couple of occasions.
* MoneyToBurn: In one scene, he demonstratively sets fire to hundred-dollar bill, just to show how little he cares for Nick's and his father's admonitions to avoid SuspiciousSpending.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Has this reaction crossed with a VillainousBSOD after killing Glekas and shooting the kid working in the shop.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known By His Nickname]]: He has other nicknames too. Nick also calls him "Fucknuts" and the Greeks almost exclusively refer to him as "Malaka" (a word rich enough in meaning to have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malakas its own page]] on TheOtherWiki).
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: His Camaro, Princess, which first gets stolen, then ''torched''.
* PuppyDogEyes
* RageBreakingPoint: His entire arc during the season is him inevitably moving to the breaking point at a bad place and time.
* SiblingYinYang: With his cousin Nick.
* SmartBall: While he is an abject failure at ''everything'' else, when it comes to being a thief he has his moments. Interestingly, he seems to pick this up whenever he ''isn't'' trying to be the center of attention - the only time he gets anything close respect or affection is when he isn't acting up for them.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Ziggy's actions bring down his family and the whole stevedores union.
* WhatAnIdiot: [[in universe]]. Just about everyone who interacts with him comes to think this.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Louis Sobotka]]
->'''Played by:''' Robert Hogan

-->''Whatever I got, comes straight.''

Frank Sobotka's elder brother and Nick's father. Forced to retire early many years ago.
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Deconstructs his brother with one about how Frank is responsible for corrupting his son and his nephew.
-->You knew? And once Nicky got used to boosting stuff and seeing a little money... what did you think he was gonna do? Turn straight all of a sudden and give it up? No, Frank. Once you gave him a taste on the house, just [...] Goddamn it, Frank! Don't let that excuse this. Not this. Uncle Frank, with the big shoulders. "If it's broke, give it to my uncle. He can fix it."
* 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.
* WhiteSheep: The one Sobotka who is not into crime and who finds it inexcusable. When Frank confronts him and tries to appoint him for a no-show job, Louis refuses it and doesn't claim to be noble, only right.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Johnny "Fifty" Spamanto]]
->'''Played by:''' Jeffrey Pratt Gordon

-->''I take the Fifth Commandment.''
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* TheAlcoholic: He received his nickname for drinking over fifty beers on his 25th birthday and is often seen drinking in Delores' bar.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He'll engage in the occasional bit of stealing from ships, but he's clearly freaked out when Spiros offers to pay Nick in drugs, (which Nick can turn around and resell for several times what he's supposed to be paid for the job) and tries to argue Nick out of accepting the offer.
* {{Hobo}}: By season 5, he has fallen on hard times and lives with other homeless men under a bridge.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa]]
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->'''Played by:''' Charley Scalies

-->''Don't worry, kid. You're still on the clock.''

A veteran checker on the docks and virtually the right hand man of Frank Sobotka. He's also a major part of helping Frank smuggle goods for the Greeks, as he makes shipping containers disappear from the electronic record, and when the MCU begins tracking the computer activity of the union, they find that a majority of the cans that mysteriously go missing are being checked by Horse. After Frank's death he angrily refuses to cooperate with the Greeks any further, but is arrested and charged for his role in the smuggling ring regardless. He is last seen on trial, although the result of his trial is never revealed.
----
* FallGuy: He winds up being the main (perhaps only) man from the docks to stand trial for his part in the smuggling ring. Granted, aside from Frank he's the one who had by far the most involvement in it.
* NumberTwo: Frank's go to guy.
* RefugeInAudacity: He's the one who steals Valchek's surveillance van, which he does by walking onto police property, strolling up to the van as if nothing is wrong, jimmying the lock within a couple of seconds and then driving away with it without a second look.
* TheReliableOne: For Sobotka, and when the Greeks worry about him cracking under questioning, Nick reassures them that "Horse is a rock. You don't need to worry about him, ever."
* UndyingLoyalty: To Frank. When one of The Greek's cans comes into the dock after Frank's death, Horseface refuses to make it disappear for them.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He is last seen at trial, but whether he was convicted or not is unsure. It's certain that the other union members won't testify against him, (and at one point Nick Sobotka tries to flat out claim that Horseface has nothing to do with the smuggling) but the cops had gathered a lot of evidence on him by then, so those testimonies or lack thereof may be irrelevant.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nat Coxson]]
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->'''Played by:''' Luray Cooper

-->''Frank, where's the money from?''

The union president of the stevedores, he's a hard working, honest foil to Frank Sobotka. He believes that Frank is being overly ambitious in trying to go for having the canal dredged and thinks they should focus on the more modest, but also more likely goal of revitalizing the disused grain pier. Although he disagrees with Frank's insistence on dredging the canal, he nonetheless forms a united front with him in front of the rank and file. Ultimately his worst fears are realized when in the wake of Frank's scandal and death the politicians turn firmly against the union and the real estate developers led by Andy Krawczyk do get ahold of the grain pier and transform it into condominiums.
----
* CassandraTruth: Right from the start he fears that Frank is aiming too high by trying to get the canal dredged, and even before Frank's involvement with The Greek is made public it's fairly clear that the union isn't going to win that battle. And as he predicted, by trying to get too much they wind up losing everything.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has something of a tendency to trade deadpan remarks with Frank Sobotka.
-->'''Sobotka:''' Black, white, what's the difference, Nat? Until we get that fuckin' canal dredged, we're all niggers, pardon my French.\\
'''Nat:''' Or Polacks, pardon mine.
* {{Foil}}: For Frank in almost every way. He's black instead of white, honest instead of corrupt, more cautious and conservative in his goals for the docks as opposed to Frank's grandiose dreams of saving the docks.
* SuspiciousSpending: He catches on more and more throughout the season how Frank always seems to have more more money to give as compensation to injured union members, to bribe guys into not leaving the union, for ever increasing political donations, etc. and becomes ''quite'' suspicious of it.
-->Help from the national office, huh? Timely donations from friends? Watch your ass, Frank.
* WorkingClassHero
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vernon "Ott" Motley]]
->'''Played by:''' Bus Howard

Ott is a stevedore and set to take over from Frank as treasurer when the next election came around, per the Stevedores' arrangement that the position swap between a Polish and African-American after each term. He is supported by Nat Coxson
----
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Twice:
** He leaves Frank's office fuming after learning that he wants to remain as treasurer when it's supposed to be his turn.
** He withdraws from his candidature as Treasurer against Frank [[spoiler:when the latter is found stabbed and floating on the canal]], allowing the Union to go down under federal control.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maui]]
->'''Played by:''' Lance Irwin

-->''Used to be us checkers did everything with paper and a pencil, right? Every move on a ship, we wrote it down. When that ship sails, and there ain't no problems, then that paper gets tossed. That don't happen today, right? Nothin' gets tossed anymore.''

A huge, physically imposing checker with a fair amount of seniority in the union, despite not being one of the local grey beards. He particularly despises Ziggy (more than most people in the union, even) and once had a relationship with Beadie Russell. As a result of that when she comes looking for a way to catch the smuggling, he clues her into how the computers are used, which gives the MCU its first big break in the case.
----
* AmicableExes: With Beadie. When she shows up at his house he hopes that she's looking to get back together, and while he won't turn informant on the union, he will give her a hint that clues her in about how everything has to go through the computers, and thus a way to track the smuggled cans.
-->'''Maui:''' I ain't no snitch, Beadie. Not even for you am I a snitch.\\
'''Beadie:''' I'm not thinkin' about it like that. I'm thinkin' here's a guy, and we had some times together and even though, you know, it didn't get to where he mighta wanted it, he's still a good guy. Someone I can talk to about this.
* CurbstompBattle: When the stevedores manage to convince Ziggy that Ziggy can take Maui on. Maui doesn't even stop ''chewing his food'' while Ziggy punches him, then he casually ends the fight. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBI4TSbihrE Link]]
* EscalatingWar: With Ziggy. He's responsible for the love child prank among other things.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's probably a good bet that Maui isn't his given name, but it's the only one we hear him called by.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Without him giving Beadie the clue about the computers, it's likely that the MCU would have never closed the case.
[[/folder]]

!The Next Generation

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[[caption-width-right:350: ''Boys of Summer'']]

-->'''Dukie''': ''Remember that day one summer past...?''\\
'''Mike''': ''[[InnocenceLost I don't]].''

A collection of [[TemptingFate adorable children]] from West Baltimore's projects and rowhouses, who the show uses to examine the school system and how it utterly fails in the struggle with "the corners" for the futures of Baltimore's children. Each child follows a different path, and each one ends up at a different conclusion - although, sadly, it is not always the ending they or the audience hope for.
----
[[folder:Duquan "Dukie" Weems]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: ''There ain't no special "dead". Just "dead".'']]
->'''Played by''': Jermaine Crawford

-->''How do you get from here to the rest of the world?''

Eighth-grade student. Living in dire poverty, he is bullied by everyone, including his friends Randy and Namond, and especially Namond's "friend" Kenard. The clothes he is given by the school get stolen and then sold by his parents to feed their drug addictions. He is the one who shows Randy and Michael the bodies in the vacants.

He comes to depend on his teacher, Mr. Pryzbylewski, who does his best to try to help Dukie through his troubles. Eventually he is compelled to graduate by the school bureaucracy even though he is not ready for and incapable of dealing with the abuse he will get at the high school level, so he drops out and starts dealing alongside Michael. When this falls through, he tries to find work, only to end up with a junkie scrap metal thief. We last see him asking Pryzbylewski for money, and then shooting up in the final montage, with heavy implications that he's set down the road that Bubbles is escaping.
----
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic (with Namond, Michael, and Randy).
* HistoryRepeats: A likeable guy victimized by others on the street who winds up a junkie and working by selling aluminum scraps? Sure does sound like Bubbles.
* ICouldaBeenAContender
* ThePigPen: Dirt-poor. Kindly reconstructed by Mr. Prez, who noticing how unkemptness and marginalization go together, takes measures to amend it.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: His relationship with Mr. Prez, his kind mentor, gets terminated when the teacher realizes all too well that Duquan has been deceiving and swindling him for money. A genuine tear jerker both in and out-universe.
* ShrinkingViolet
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Due to a hard life. While Namond, Randy and others come up with elaborate stories of how Chris Partlow is a voodoo master who bewitches people and controls them, Dukie knows the cold truth that Chris simply murders them and leaves their bodies in abandoned buildings.
* WithFriendsLikeThese
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Randy Wagstaff]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/randywagstaff_2764.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350: ''You promise?'']]
->'''Played by''': Maestro Harrell

--> ''You gonna look out for me?''

An eighth-grade student who is an earnest and mostly warmhearted entrepreneur being raised by a tough but fair foster mother. Friends with Namond, Michael, and Dukie. Because he always has his ear to ground about ways to make a buck, he hears about Marlo's fondness for pigeons and traps several so he can sell them to Marlo. The Stanfield gang later use him as a patsy to lure a disobedient dealer to his death. This, combined with the revelation by Dukie that the slain are sealed in abandoned rowhouses, eventually lead to him talking to the police.

Unfortunately when Herc is questioning a suspect he gives away that Randy is his source of information and the Stanfield gang spreads the word that Randy is a snitch, which causes him to be ostracized by his peers and makes him a target for retribution. Carver attempts to give him police protection, which isn't enough to stop his house from being firebombed, hospitalizing his foster mother for the foreseeable future. Carver fights to find him another foster parent, even offering to adopt him himself, but nothing can be done to keep him from a group home. As we see in Season 5, the bullying and abuse break him until he is just another anger filled thug.
----
* BreakTheCutie
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Randy turns into a thug after being failed by BD.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (with Namond, Michael, and Dukie).
* DemotedToExtra
* HighSchoolHustler
* HistoryRepeats: A kid who loses his mother figure early in life, whose talents go mostly overlooked and unappreciated, is repeatedly screwed over by the system, and winds up adopting a thug attitude. Sounds like Bodie, although we don't see if he ends up the same way.
* TookALevelInJerkass: By the time we see him in season 5.
* TragicVillain: Randy is the poster child for the inability of police to defend citizens.
* TraumaCongaLine: Starts off mild. Taken UpToEleven in the WhamEpisode.
* YoungEntrepreneur
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Namond Brice]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: ''"I love the first day, everybody all friendly and shit."'']]
->'''Played by''': Julito [=McCullum=]

--> ''We do the same thing as y'all, 'cept when we do it, it's "oh my God these kids is animals!" Like it's the end of the world coming. Man that's bullshit, alright? That's like, what's it...hypocrit-''hypocritical.

An eighth-grade student and the son of Wee Bey and De'londa Brice. Friends with Randy, Michael, and Dukie. The money given by the Barksdale Organization as a reward for Wee-Bey taking the fall means he is (relatively) well off... until his mother spends it all, because she is sure that there will always be more money coming from the Barksdales. When the Barksdale organization disintegrates, however, Brianna cuts De'londa off and as a result De'londa promptly begins trying to push Namond into the game as a drug runner. When placed in Bunny Colvin's experimental classroom, he is one of the most disruptive students, but is soon recognized to be considerably smarter than he acts.

As De'londa increasingly pushes him into dealing despite the fact that he has no operation to protect him and is surrounded by vicious factions like the Stanfield gang, it becomes understood by all who know him that the game will take his life. Cutty, Carver and Colvin all begin to try to help him, culminating with Colvin going to Wee Bey to plead for another life for Namond. When Wee Bey hears how De'londa turned Namond out of their home, he agrees to allow Colvin to adopt Namond. After this Namond abandons street life entirely and becomes an excellent student.
----
* DemotedToExtra: Is a central character in season 4 but only appears briefly in one episode of season 5.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (with Michael, Randy and Dukie)
* HappilyAdopted: From the end of season 4 onwards.
* HeelFaceTurn: When we see him in season 5 Namond has turned his life around and become a good student, winning an urban debate championship.
* HiddenDepths:
** Colvin notices an intellectual potential below his obnoxiousnesses and overcompensation.
** That he manages to win a statewide debate championship ''as a high school freshman'' indicates he possesses a rather astounding intellect.
* HistoryRepeats: 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.
* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkassFacade: He acts tough due to feeling pressured to live up to the reputation of his father Wee-Bey.
* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Nay can't live up to his father's rep.
-->'''Dennis''': "He got the same blood but not the same heart."
* TheOneWhoMadeItOut: The only kid able to escape the doomed background of a troubled childhood, a dysfunctional family -at best- and the notion that crime is the only way to earn a living. Sadly, it only happens thanks to a remarkable, extremely unusual or non repeateable White Knight named Howard Colvin.
* SignificantHaircut: He is enormously fond of his huge, frizzy ponytail, but is repeatedly encouraged to cut it because it will make him easily identifiable to the police. He tries to make himself do it but ultimately can't, choosing instead to restyle it into cornrows. After being adopted by Colvin, he returns to the frizzy ponytail style.
* TheScrappy: Arguably he is this InUniverse. He's kind of TheLoad of the Barksdale organization; he's not a very good dealer, but Wee-Bey's influence is still strong enough to see him taken care of by Bodie, and his friends put up with him partly (if not entirely) because he seems well off in comparison.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Michael Lee]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: ''"Everything so serious now."'' ]]
->'''Played by''': Tristan Wilds

-->''Yo look, I'm not tryin' stand around and let some chump ass niggas think I'm shook, I ain't.''

Another eighth-grade student. Friends with Dukie, Randy, and Namond. Deeply introverted, he lives with his junkie mother and little brother, who he has to take care of because his mother isn't up to the task. Shortly into season 4 his stepfather gets out of prison and moves back in, and it is strongly implied that his stepfather sexually abused Michael when he was younger.

Michael starts boxing in Cutty's gym where he shows promise, but he is uncomfortable being the target of Cutty's fatherly attentions. It's not long before he starts dealing and focuses less on boxing. Increasingly fearful that his stepfather will abuse his brother Bug the same way he did Michael, Michael contacts Chris Partlow and asks Partlow to kill the stepfather for him. Partlow agrees, on the condition that Michael begin working for the Stanfield gang. Michael agrees, and is taken under the wings of Chris and Snoop, who train him to be a soldier.

Michael works for Marlo as both muscle and the head of his own corner in large part so he can take care of his brother and Dukie. He soon finds himself feeling out of place, as he frequently questions the necessity of the many murders that Marlo orders and finds the street life undermining his attempts to look after Bug and Dukie. When Marlo is arrested Michael's frequent questioning of his boss places him under suspicion of having talked to the police, and Snoop is sent to assassinate him. He recognizes what's going on and kills her first. He is last seen on the run from Marlo's people, having been forced to split from Dukie and his brother permanently, and become a stick-up boy like Omar.
----
* BadassAdorable: A middle school student who stares down ''Marlo Stanfield''. Marlo is suitably impressed and starts looking to recruit Michael afterward.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* CombatPragmatist
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic (with Namond, Randy, and Dukie)
* HatesBeingTouched: A consequence of having been molested by his step-father.
* HistoryRepeats: Becomes a stick up man like Omar. In fact, the last thing we see him do is shoot someone in the knee during a robbery, just like we saw Omar do during Omar's first robbery in Season 1.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Michael showed early promise as a boxer.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: After the Stanfield Organization turns on him, he sends his brother Bug off to their aunt along with all the money he has, (with the promise of more to come) so that Bug will be safe and away from the game.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* KickTheDog: Kenard may be a little shit, but seeing Michael pound on a kid half his size over and over again is still disturbing.
* NervesOfSteel: Despite the many stressful situations he's put under he only shows fear once in the series, when Omar visits his corner for a friendly chat at gunpoint. (He is nervous that Omar will recognize him from being part of a Stanfield ambush and likely is also fearful about forced into close contact with a Gayngster due to his childhood molestation.) Still doesn't break, though.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: On Kenard, when Namond catches Kenard trying to steal Namond's drug package. Namond is so disturbed by the sight that he refuses to take the package from an unconscious Kenard afterward.
* PetTheDog: Diligently takes care of his little brother and Dukie, and he stands up for Randy when a couple of kids accuse Randy of being a snitch.
* PromotionToParent
* RapeAsBackstory: Michael is implied to have been molested by his stepfather.
* StaringDownCthulhu: Stares down Marlo in one of his earliest scenes.
* TheStoic
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Part of his training is facing off with experienced professional killer Chris and Snoop with realistic paintball guns. Despite his complete lack of experience at that point, he wins anyway.
* YoungGun
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kenard]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: ''"Ain't no school can hold me if I wanna leave."'']]
->'''Played by''': Thuliso Dingwall

--> ''It's my turn to be Omar!''

Very young "friend" of Namond Brice. Torments Dukie every chance he gets. He joins the Stanfield Organization as a dealer in Season 5, and goes on to assassinate Omar Little. Last seen in the final montage of the series being arrested by the police, presumably for Omar's murder.
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* BoisterousWeakling: Talks a lot of shit and has a lot of attitude, but whenever the show sets him up for a fistfight, he either gets his ass kicked or needs someone else to step in for him. Of course, size doesn't matter if he has a gun in his hand...
* BrattyHalfPint: Rare ''genuinely evil'' variant.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Albeit unintentionally - the actor who plays Kenard, Thuliso Dingwall, first appears as one of the children re-enacting the shootout outside the Barksdale stash house in season 3.
* EnfantTerrible
* HistoryRepeats: He shows the text-book signs of being a sociopath. Has dreams of becoming a great street legend like Omar. Sounds like Marlo Stanfield, who himself, is a sociopath that had dreams of becoming a street legend and saw his chance to act on it, after the Barksdale crew was brought down. Kenard saw his chance by killing Omar Little, knowing the Stanfield crew was looking for him. It's suggested Crutchfield arrests him for Omar's murder, but it's not known if he'll get charged as an adult and convicted. Given that he's very young, there's a chance he might just get sent to a behavior correctional center, which in a way is a KarmaHoudini example, just like Marlo.
* {{Jerkass}}: An irredeemable little shit who deserves every beating he takes.
* KidsAreCruel: His treatment of Dukie, not to mention a scene where he is [[MoralEventHorizon dousing a cat with lighter fluid]] until Omar passing by distracts him and allows the cat to get away.
* SirSwearsALot
* TheSociopath: Strongly hinted to be one.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Donut]]
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->'''Played by:''' Nathan Corbett

A sixth grade student who occasionally hangs out with the group of Namond, Michael, Randy and Dukie. He's both very talented at and obsessed with stealing cars, despite the fact that he doesn't try to make any profit off it and never seems to drive them far before crashing them. This has gotten him into some trouble, most notably when the corrupt Officer Walker broke several of his fingers after crashing into multiple cars during a joyride.
----
* TheArtfulDodger
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What became of Donut is left a mystery.
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:Terrance "Fitz" Fitzhugh]]
->'''Played by''': Doug Olear
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/agentfitz_4167.jpg]]

-->''[[FBIAgent We]] may be assholes, but on the upside, there's an awful lot of us.''

A special agent with the FBI, friend and major ally of Jimmy [=McNulty=]. He inspires [=McNulty=] to use modern electronic surveillance against the Barksdale organization by showing live surveillance during the bust of a drug production ring. He tells Jimmy it would be the last major bureau drug investigation in Baltimore because they are shifting resources to counter-terrorism.
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* ButtMonkey: His lack of familiarity about how two cars should be placed during an unofficial meeting in the middle of nowhere - with adjacent driver's windows - is turned into a RunningGag at his expense by Jimmy and Lester, who joins in the joke eventually.
* CowboyCop: His extracurricular, personal assistance is not sanctioned or known by the bosses most of the time. In season 3, he expedites a wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed". He fears that he will end in "[[ReassignedToAntarctica fucking Montana]]" if he's ever found out.
* FBIAgent: FBI agent working from the Baltimore field office.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jimmy usually goes to him for assistance because the overwhelming resources and prowess of the Bureau make him a real law enforcer working for a real agency, unlike the guys from the Baltimore Police Department.
* KnightInSourArmor: He's not very happy with the TheWarOnTerror monopolizing the resources of the FBI and is bitter about it. Still finds the time and need to help [=McNulty=] with the so called war on drugs.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Regularly goes out of his way to help the struggling BPD. He even apologizes to Daniels as he reveals that a greater success in the Sobotka case was prevented by [[TheMole a mole inside the FBI]], and later makes up for it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Brother Mouzone]]
->'''Played by''': Michael Potts
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brother_mouzone_2902.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Good day to you sir."'']]

-->''Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.''

A hitman from New York hired by Avon Barksdale in season 2 to intimidate rival dealers working for Proposition Joe into leaving Barksdale turf, due to Avon not knowing that Stringer has secretly cut a deal with Prop Joe that makes the two organizations unlikely allies. After he is all too successful at driving off Prop Joe's dealers and puts the alliance and emerging Co-op in trouble, Stringer Bell sets him up by telling Omar that it was Brother Mouzone who tortured Brandon and where to find him. Omar seriously wounds Brother, but as the two men talk he realizes Stringer lied to him and gets medical attention for the wounded Mouzone.

In the hospital, Mouzone soon realizes that it had to be Stringer who set him up with Omar, but says nothing and leaves Baltimore after recovering from his wound. In season 3 he comes back to town, and forms an alliance with Omar to kill Stringer Bell as packback for the earlier set up. After they succeed, he leaves Baltimore for good.

While not stated outright, his manner and dress suggests that he is a member of the Nation Of Islam.
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* AffablyEvil: Very much, saying "Good day to you sir" after kicking Mister Cheese's ass is a must.
* {{Badass Bookworm}}:
-->'''Puddin:''' All damn day, he just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches don't stay away.
-->'''Bodie:''' That's real muscle, right there.
-->'''Puddin:''' True that.
* BadassInANiceSuit
** BowTiesAreCool
* BigApplesauce
* CulturedWarrior: When he's not working as a ruthless killer-for-hire, he's reading [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers intellectual magazines]] like ''The Nation'' and ''Harper's''.
* DissonantSerenity
* TheDreaded: To anyone who does their research like Prop Joe. To the extent that Joe not only refuses to let his nephew try and take revenge for Brother shooting him (knowing that whoever he sends won't be coming back) but also refuses to set a bounty on his head for fear of Brother hearing about it and hunting Joe down.
* EnemyMine: He eventually teams up with Omar to kill Stringer Bell.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5VxvF7DaCw first scene as enforcer]]; he politely debriefs ''Mister'' Cheese, emphatically asks him to move his ass where it belongs, calmly gives him a bullet for his troubles, says goodbye and then continues about his reading business.
* {{Foil}}: Lamar, his DumbMuscle and affably patronized sidekick.
* HolyHitman: Implied to be a member of the Nation of Islam, but the stance on drugs of this collective casts some doubts about his official membership.
* LetsYouAndHimFight
* MalcolmXerox: To the point that Cheese initially thinks he's a recruiter from the Nation of Islam until he gets a ''very'' rude surprise in the form of a bullet to the shoulder.
* MeaningfulName: His name is fairly clearly a variation on the Arabic ''mawzūn'', meaning "balanced; judicious; careful." The man is nothing if not these things. He also shares his surname with a real life Baltimore hitman mentioned in David Simon's early book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets''. The real Mouzone, however, was eventually imprisoned.
* ProfessionalKiller
-->'''Prop Joe:''' You think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother?! Shit, that nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.
* PutOnABus: Twice, first after being shot by Omar and then he finally disappears after helping Omar murder Stringer and is never seen again; presumably he returns to New York.
* ShroudedInMyth: Has a reputation that makes even drug kingpins [[TheDreaded fearful]] of crossing him. When Cheese demands they try to kill him, Prop Joe launches into a tale of a whole group of hardened heavy hitters that failed to kill him.
** Also, he may or may not be the the man who killed Music/TheNotoriousBIG (his strange manner of dress is apparently based on eyewitness accounts of Biggie's shooter).
* SophisticatedAsHell
* StrangeBedfellows
* WickedCultured
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[[folder:The Deacon]]
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->'''Played by''': Melvin Williams

-->''A good church man is always up in everybody's shit. It's how we do.''

A well connected West Side church figure involved in many community projects. He plays a role in helping various figures over the course of seasons 3 and 4, including helping Dennis "Cutty" Wise get his boxing gym up and running, helping Colvin to first improve the atrocious state of Hamsterdam and later to be able to do the study of inner city school kids that Colvin takes part in during season 4.
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* TheConscience: Gives Colvin a WhatTheHellHero because Hamsterdam has been conceived as a wild zone that needs some regulation, safety messures and social assistance.
* MetaCasting: Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by Ed Burns, is one of the inspirations of Avon Barksdale.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A pillar of the community.
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[[folder:David Parenti]]
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->'''Played by''': Dan [=DeLuca=]

Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland with a special interest in repeat violent offenders. After receiving a grant from the university for a pilot study aimed at reducing this behavior, he plans to target 18-21 year olds and enlists Howard Colvin as an assistant. The former cop convinces him that they should focus on younger teenagers.
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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows traces of fascination towards sociopathic specimens.
* {{Bookworm}}: An academic who is out of touch with the street reality. Colvin needs to give him a reality check by showing that 18+ year old boys are literally too feral for the study.
* TheProfessor: Doctor and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Colvin needs [[LaymansTerms translation]] from the Deacon after hearing things such as:
--> We're looking for a specific target group to inoculate, epidemiologically speaking [...] A liaison operating in the, urban environment.
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[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.
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* EstablishingSeriesMoment: His death sets up the dynamic of''The Wire's'' universe.
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[[folder: Snot Boogie]]
Real name Omar Isaiah Betts. He is killed at the start of the series.
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* DiesWideOpen
* DisproportionateRetribution: Killed him for stealing. Usually they'd just kick his ass.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Despite him being a thief, people still let him play dice with them because America is a free country.
* PosthumousCharacter: The first dead person on the series.
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* 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. His evolution from a vagrant heroin addict to a sober, well-adjusted individual is one of the few stories of redemption in the Wire's otherwise brutal, pitch-black universe. His monologue where he finally comes to terms with Sherrod's death is certainly one of the most emotional and compelling scenes in the entire show

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* 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. His evolution from a vagrant heroin addict to a sober, well-adjusted individual is one of the few stories of redemption in the Wire's otherwise brutal, pitch-black universe. His monologue where he finally comes to terms with Sherrod's death is certainly one of the most emotional and compelling scenes in the entire showshow.
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* 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.

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* 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. His evolution from a vagrant heroin addict to a sober, well-adjusted individual is one of the few stories of redemption in the Wire's otherwise brutal, pitch-black universe. His monologue where he finally comes to terms with Sherrod's death is certainly one of the most emotional and compelling scenes in the entire show
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