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** Prez's stepfather creates a detail to investigate Frank Sabotka just as a murder case crops up at Sabotka's harbor that attracts the interest of [=McNulty=].

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** Prez's stepfather creates a detail to investigate Frank Sabotka just as a murder case crops up at Sabotka's harbor that attracts the interest of [=McNulty=].[=McNulty=]'s interest.



** Near the end of season 1, Wee-Bey and Little Man carry out a hit on Orlando, who they suspect of snitching to the police. They kill Orlando, but in the process, Little Man also ends up shooting the undercover Kima Greggs (who is posing as one of Orlando's girls). Kima survives, but the entire Baltimore police department cracks down hard on the Barksdales, who themselves acknowledge the utter stupidity of Little Man's improvised actions. Wee-Bey kills Little Man shortly after the fact.
** In season 3, the undercover officer Kenneth Dozerman is trying to buy drugs when the dealers he's talking to simply rob and shoot him instead. Dozerman survives, but once again it triggers a massive police reaction. When the shooter is found, he does confess after the patrol wagon takes an "unscheduled stop", and the officers "[[PoliceBrutality mistake him for a pinata]]". Bunk finds himself getting tasked with finding Dozerman's gun, while the shooting itself is also the final straw that leads to Major colvin's creation of Hamsterdam.
** Roland Pryzbylewski quits the force in season 3, when, responding to a distress call, he fails to properly identify himself as an officer and ends up fatally shooting a plain clothes officer, Derrick Waggoner, in a case of night-time mistaken identity. He is brought up on administrative charges and suspended because the officer was African-American, and the shooting is seen as being potentially racially motivated. Prez vehemently denies being a racist but due to the press and Baltimore's majority African American population, the story leaks out and prompts a hearing from both the courts and the Vanguard (Baltimore's African American police officer union). Prez is horrified at having killed another officer and quits the force despite Daniels, Caroline Massey and Lester Freamon (all of whom are African-American) agreeing to testify that they do not believe Prez to be a racist.
** The first part of painting the Stanfield Organization as more dangerous than any previous criminal empire is the fact that they're perfectly willing to use violence against the police. Major Colvin sends Herc and Carver to tell Marlo Stanfield to show up at a parley that Colvin is doing with various drug gangs in the Western District. When Marlo refuses, Herc gets up in his face over this disrespect....and then Carver notices that Marlo's men are all starting to reach for weapons, obviously with the intent of killing both Herc and Carver if they don't back off. Carver gets Herc to back off, but the fact that the Stanfield gang has absolutely no compunction about killing cops proves to be an early hint about just how ruthless and bloodthirsty the group will turn out to be.

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** Near the end of season 1, Savino Bratton, Wee-Bey Brice, and Little Man carry out a hit on Orlando, Orlando Blocker, who they suspect of snitching to the police. They kill Orlando, but in the process, Little Man also ends up shooting shoots the woman accompanying Orlando. What they don't know is that the woman in question is the undercover Kima Greggs (who is posing as one of Orlando's girls). Greggs. Kima survives, but the entire Baltimore police department cracks down hard on the Barksdales, who themselves Barksdales. The Barksdales acknowledge the utter stupidity of Little Man's improvised actions. Savino Bratton is forced to turn himself in, while Wee-Bey kills Little Man shortly after the fact.
on Stringer's orders for his foolishness.
** In season 3, the undercover officer Kenneth Dozerman is trying to buy drugs when the dealers he's talking to simply rob and shoot him instead. Dozerman survives, but once again it triggers a massive police reaction. When the shooter is found, he does confess after the patrol wagon takes an "unscheduled stop", and the officers "[[PoliceBrutality mistake him for a pinata]]". Bunk finds himself getting tasked being saddled with finding the task of recovering Dozerman's gun, while the shooting itself is also the final straw that leads to Major colvin's Colvin's creation of Hamsterdam.
** Roland Pryzbylewski quits the force in season 3, when, responding to a distress call, he fails to properly identify himself as an officer and [[FriendlyFire ends up fatally shooting a plain clothes officer, plainclothes officer]], Derrick Waggoner, in a case of night-time mistaken identity. He is brought up on administrative charges and suspended because the officer was African-American, and the shooting is seen as being potentially racially motivated. Prez vehemently denies being a racist but due to the press and Baltimore's majority African American African-American population, the story leaks out and prompts calls for a hearing from both the courts and the Vanguard (Baltimore's African American police officer union). Prez is horrified at having killed another officer and quits the force despite Daniels, Caroline Massey and Lester Freamon (all of whom are African-American) agreeing to testify that they do not believe Prez to be a racist.
** The first part of painting the Marlo Stanfield Organization as more dangerous than any previous criminal empire the Barksdales is the fact that they're perfectly willing to use violence against the police. Major Colvin sends Herc and Carver to tell Marlo Stanfield to show up at a parley that Colvin is doing with various drug gangs in the Western District. When Marlo refuses, Herc gets up in his face over this disrespect....and then Carver notices that Marlo's men are all starting to reach for weapons, obviously with the intent of killing both Herc and Carver if they don't back off. Carver gets Herc to back off, but the fact that the Stanfield gang has absolutely no compunction about killing cops proves to be an early hint about just how ruthless and bloodthirsty the group will turn out to be.



* PlotParallel: Season 3 portrays two attempts to [[InternalReformist reform the game]] from opposite sides of the law, with mirrored outcomes : [[spoiler: "Get on with it, motherfu---"]]

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* PlotParallel: Season 3 portrays two In season 3, Major Colvin and Stringer Bell are seen as simultaneous attempts to [[InternalReformist reform the game]] from opposite sides of the law, with mirrored outcomes : [[spoiler: when they fail: "Get on with it, motherfu---"]]motherfucker", which is said by Stringer when Omar and Brother Mouzone kill him, while Colvin says it when Burrell is relieving him of duty at COMSTAT.



-->'''Carver''': (yelling out to find a hiding suspect) ''So I'm only gonna say this one time: If you march your ass out here right now, and put the bracelets on, we will not '''kick the living shit out of you!''' But if you make us go into them reeds for you, or come back out here tomorrow night, catch you on a corner, then I swear to fucking Christ we will beat you longer and harder than you beat your own dick!''
* PoliceBrutalityGambit: When Bird is arrested, a Polaroid is taken of his existing injuries so he can't claim they were inflicted in custody. This does not stop Daniels, Landsman and Kima from beating him after he launches too many vulgar insults at them. While he is handcuffed to a table, no less, and Daniels ceremoniously tears up the Polaroid before they do it, just so Bird knows what's about to happen.

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-->'''Carver''': -->'''Ellis Carver''': (yelling out to find a hiding suspect) ''So I'm only gonna say this one time: If you march your ass out here right now, and put the bracelets on, we will not '''kick the living shit out of you!''' But if you make us go into them reeds for you, or come back out here tomorrow night, catch you on a corner, then I swear to fucking Christ we will beat you longer and harder than you beat your own dick!''
**Of course, brutality is only acceptable when it's against criminals in the game. It's not acceptable when it's inflicted on an innocent civilian, like Herc's roughing up of a black church minister due to bad information, or Colicchio attacking a school teacher who just asked him to move his car.
* PoliceBrutalityGambit: When Bird is arrested, Jay Landsman snaps a Polaroid is taken of his existing injuries so he can't claim they were inflicted in custody. This does not stop Daniels, Landsman and Kima from beating him after he launches too many vulgar insults at them. While he is handcuffed to a table, no less, and Daniels ceremoniously tears up the Polaroid before they do it, just so Bird knows what's about to happen.



* WateringDown: Due to its heavy focus on drug gangs, ''The Wire'' features the drug version of this trope in spades. Numbers are thrown around between the gangs to talk about the strength of their product; 'Take it to ten' or 'This stuff is ninety', referring to what percentage of the product is actually the drug, and in hard times, they weaken their product by cutting it with whatever similar-looking substance comes to hand to make more profit. In season two, [[spoiler:there are five deaths and eight hospitalizations in the Correctional Facility because the supply of heroin has been cut with rat poison.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: The four boys introduced in season 4 go their separate ways and are unrecognizable by the end. Nay iss adopted and gets free of the game, Michael becomes a stickup man, Randy becomes a thug and Dukie becomes a drug addict.
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: Averted: On the eve of the election, Mayor Royce distributes flyers near polling places that show Carcetti with a notorious slumlord. Even though they immediately determine them to be fake, Carcetti doesn't have the time to properly debunk them.

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* WateringDown: Due to its heavy focus on drug gangs, ''The Wire'' features the drug version of this trope in spades. Numbers are thrown around between the gangs to talk about the strength of their product; 'Take it to ten' or 'This stuff is ninety', referring to what percentage of the product is actually the drug, and in hard times, they weaken their product by cutting it with whatever similar-looking substance comes to hand to make more profit. In season two, [[spoiler:there are five deaths and eight hospitalizations in at the Correctional Facility because prison due to Avon and Stringer conspiring to have the supply of heroin has been cut drugs Tilghman smuggles into the prison be tainted with rat poison.poison, as part of a plot to get early parole for Avon.]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: The four boys introduced in season 4 go their separate ways and are unrecognizable by the end. Nay iss Namond gets adopted by Colvin and gets free of the game, Michael becomes a stickup man, Randy becomes a thug and Dukie becomes a drug addict.
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: Averted: On the eve of the election, Mayor Royce distributes flyers near polling places that show Carcetti with a notorious slumlord. Even though they immediately determine them to be fake, Carcetti doesn't have the time to properly debunk them.



--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' 54 ''million''?

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--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' 54 $54 ''million''?



** Subverted when Bunk brings Lester into the loop to talk some sense into Jimmy "Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?". But what Lester means is [[DoWrongRight the lie needs more wings to fly]] and ends up encouraging [=McNulty=] to sensationalize the story.

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** Subverted when Bunk brings Lester into the loop to talk some sense into Jimmy [=McNulty=]. "Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?". But what Lester means is [[DoWrongRight the lie needs more wings to fly]] and ends up encouraging [=McNulty=] to sensationalize the story.



** The hoppers in white neighborhoods are generally portrayed as posturing wannabes. Herc visits Kima just to joke about how incompetent they are and suggests there should be Affirmative Action for white gangbangers. Herc and Nick Sobotka both deliver a "You know you're white, right?" line to a white gangbanger.

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** The hoppers in white neighborhoods are generally portrayed as posturing wannabes. Herc visits Kima just to joke about how incompetent they are and suggests there should be Affirmative Action for white gangbangers. Herc and Nick Sobotka both deliver a "You know you're white, right?" line to a white gangbanger.Frog.



-->'''Rawls:''' If we had the population of New York, we'd be clocking over ''four-thousand'' murders at this pace.

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-->'''Rawls:''' -->'''Bill Rawls:''' Here's a fun fact for you, people: If we Baltimore had the population of New York, York's population, we'd be clocking over ''four-thousand'' 4,000 murders at this pace.rate.


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* YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost: Rawls does a double-take that's the silent version of this trope when [=McNulty=] pays a visit to Homicide in season 2 and salutes him.
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** This is Poot's defining feature. He's quite popular with the ladies and has many girlfriends. Bodie makes fun of how often he has to go to the VD clinic.

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** This Poot is Poot's defining feature. He's quite popular with the ladies and has many girlfriends. Bodie makes fun of how often he has to go to the VD clinic.



* DemotedToExtra: The fifth and final season gives this treatment to various (fairly) major characters from previous seasons such as: [[spoiler: Roland Pryzbylewski, Randy Wagstaff, Namond Brice, and Dennis 'Cutty' Wise]], among others.

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* DemotedToExtra: The Given the number of plotlines going on in each season, it's not uncommon to see characters get this treatment once their storylines are completed.
**Wee-Bey Brice is a pretty defining case, after season 1. With the exception of season 4, where he has slightly more prominence because of the storyline surrounding his son Namond, in seasons 2, 3, and 5 he gets only one or two appearances per season.
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fifth and final season gives this treatment to various (fairly) major characters from previous seasons such as: [[spoiler: Roland Pryzbylewski, Randy Wagstaff, Namond Brice, and Dennis 'Cutty' Wise]], among others.



** In the 5th season, Marlo gets wind of someone spreading rumors that he's gay. His reaction? [[spoiler:Order the guy who started the rumor murdered, ''along with his wife and kids.'']]

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** In the 5th season, Marlo gets wind of someone that Junebug is spreading rumors that he's gay. His reaction? [[spoiler:Order the guy who started the rumor murdered, ''along a hit on Junebug, along with his Junebug's wife and kids.'']]entire family.]]
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** While all of the police department characters hold ranks that did exist in the Baltimore Police Department at the time of the show's production*, the show's chain of command [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_Police_Department#Rank_structure_and_insignia skips over a few ranks]]. In the real chain of command, from the Commissioner downwards is Deputy Commissioner, then Chief, then Colonel, then Lieutenant Colonel, then Major, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and lastly, Detective/Officer. In ''The Wire'', any mention of the ranks of Chief, Lieutenant Colonel, and Captain are omitted. Presumably this is to avoid confusion and make the relationships between different members of the hierarchy clearer to the viewer.[[labelnote:*]]The rank of Colonel, as held by Raymond Foerester, and later Cedric Daniels, was retired in July of 2016, along with Lieutenant Colonel, in an effort to streamline operations and give all divisions within the department an equal degree of priority. All personnel holding the former ranks being appointed to the rank of Chief, a title formerly used only by certain civilian employees within the department[[/labelnote]]
16th Sep '16 3:40:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Producer Robert F. Colesberry died from surgery complications and his character, Detective Ray Cole, passes away while working out in the gym in Season 3. Richard [=DeAngelis=] who played relatively unimportant Major Raymond Foerster, died of cancer during Season 4. Both receive an InMemoriam wake at Kavanaugh's Pub. Cole's one is the first of the series.
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16th Sep '16 12:53:29 AM TrollBrutal
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*** Subverted with Lester Freamon. Dumped from the dull pawnshop unit, he remains uninvolved at first, preferring to work on his dollhose furniture, giving the impression he's ''hump'' and being called "a cuddly house cat" by Daniels. However, the Avon Barksdale case piques his interest and he's quick to provide a photo of the elusive Avon after several unsuccessful attempts by other detectives. From there, he consistently shows he's one of the smartest police out there. A few years later, Daniels acknowledges that Lester ''is'' the MCU.

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*** Subverted with Lester Freamon. Dumped from the dull pawnshop unit, he remains uninvolved at first, preferring to work on his dollhose furniture, giving the impression he's another ''hump'' and being called "a cuddly house cat" by Daniels. However, the Avon Barksdale case piques his interest and he's quick to provide produce a photo of the elusive Avon after several unsuccessful attempts by other detectives. From there, he consistently shows he's one of the smartest police detectives out there. A few years later, Daniels acknowledges that Lester ''is'' the MCU.
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*** Subverted with Lester Freamon. Dumped from the dull pawnshop unit, he remains uninvolved at first, preferring to work on his dollhose furniture, giving the impression he's ''hump'' and being called "a cuddly house cat" by Daniels. However, the Avon Barksdale case piques his interest and he's quick to provide a photo of the elusive Avon after several unsuccessful attempts by other detectives. From there, he consistently shows he's one of the smartest police out there. A few years later, Daniels acknowledges that Lester ''is'' the MCU.
15th Sep '16 6:11:57 PM dmcreif
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** When Carver is first a sergeant under Colvin, despite being the chief of the Drug Enforcement Unit, when Colvin asks about a MobWar, specifically who the gangs are and what they're fighting over, Carver has no idea. Colvin is also able to create and maintain Hamsterdam for a long time due in part to this trope, as both his superiors and peers, even the well meaning ones, are drastically out of touch with life in the city and what is happening where.

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** When Carver is first a sergeant under Colvin, despite being the chief transfers out of the MCU and becomes the head of Major Colvin's Drug Enforcement Unit, he's unable to provide any useful information when Colvin asks about a MobWar, specifically who the gangs are turf war between the Barksdale and what they're fighting over, Stanfield crews. Colvin eventually summons Carver has no idea. to his office to give him a compassionate teardown explaining his need to connect with the street. Carver takes this to heart and greatly cleans up his act by season 4.
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Colvin is also able to create get away with creating and maintain running Hamsterdam for a as long time due as he does is in part to this trope, as both his superiors and peers, even the well meaning ones, are drastically out of touch with life in the city and what is happening where. where.
** Colvin has a hard time getting information on the drug crews so he can set up Hamsterdam, due to the other district commanders being stretched thin and busy focusing on street rips. When Colvin stops by the MCU detail office, he's incredulous seeing that Daniels and his small unit have more information than any of the districts or headquarters.
6th Sep '16 10:52:49 PM jjjj2
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* CopKiller: It's repeatedly driven home that criminals doing anything to incur the ire of the police is a very, very, bad idea, and everyone involved in organized crime is cognizant of this. Only the [[Fearlessfool extremely foolhardy]] or most aggressive criminals try to do such a thing.

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* CopKiller: It's repeatedly driven home that criminals doing anything to incur the ire of the police is a very, very, bad idea, and everyone involved in organized crime is cognizant of this. Only the [[Fearlessfool [[FearlessFool extremely foolhardy]] or most aggressive criminals try to do such a thing.
2nd Sep '16 11:56:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Omar has a pretty distinctive antihero scar running down the left side of his face, which goes a long way towards solidifying him as a {{Badass}}. Interestingly, that scar isn't a prosthetic--Michael K. Williams actually has a scar like that, which he got from a bar fight. Marlo has a less noticiable scar around the left side of his jaw, which is also an actual scar. Nobody seems to notice that Hassan Johnson (Weebey) has a scar on his jaw almost identical to Marlo's.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Omar has a pretty distinctive antihero scar running down the left side of his face, which goes a long way towards solidifying him as a {{Badass}}.badass. Interestingly, that scar isn't a prosthetic--Michael K. Williams actually has a scar like that, which he got from a bar fight. Marlo has a less noticiable scar around the left side of his jaw, which is also an actual scar. Nobody seems to notice that Hassan Johnson (Weebey) has a scar on his jaw almost identical to Marlo's.
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