History Series / TheWire

17th Jan '17 6:54:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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Co-created by former BPD cop Ed Burns and former ''Sun'' journalist David Simon, ''The Wire'' premiered on {{Creator/HBO}} on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes. A widescreen remasterization was made in late 2014 .

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Co-created by former BPD cop Ed Burns and former ''Sun'' journalist David Simon, Creator/DavidSimon, ''The Wire'' premiered on {{Creator/HBO}} on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes. A widescreen remasterization was made in late 2014 .
22nd Dec '16 11:28:27 AM MrMonad
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* ReassignmentBackfire: In the first season, the beginnings of what will become the Major Crimes Unit is formed largely from [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the dregs and castoffs]] of the Baltimore Police Department, to send a message from Burrell that Daniels needs to find a charge against Barksdale and close it down fast. Some of them (such as Polk and Mahon) live up the reputation, but two of the detectives so dismissed are Lester Freamon and Roland Pryzbylewski, both of whom prove instrumental in turning the case into both a major threat to the Barksdale organization and a major headache for Burrell. Notably, even as he thinks he's hamstringing the investigation, Burrell remains clueless that this trope is in play.
--> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
-->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
-->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
-->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
--> ''Daniels smiles quietly''


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** Daniels is initially assigned "humps" to send a message from Burrell that Daniels needs to find a charge against Barksdale and close it down fast. Some of them (such as Polk and Mahon) live up the reputation, but two of the detectives so dismissed are Lester Freamon and Roland Pryzbylewski, both of whom prove instrumental in turning the case into both a major threat to the Barksdale organization and a major headache for Burrell. Notably, even as he thinks he's hamstringing the investigation, Burrell remains clueless that this trope is in play.
---> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
--->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
--->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
--->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
---> ''Daniels smiles quietly''
22nd Dec '16 9:33:22 AM TrollBrutal
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* WhamLine: A few, often in a WhamEpisode.
** Perhaps none is so memorable as the one where Carcetti learns that all his high-flying plans to rebuild Baltimore, and particularly its police department, are about to go to shit, not least because it came during a ''finance meeting'':
--->'''Carcetti''': Finance, of course, doesn't deal with the dirt-under-the-nails tangibles--unless you consider the money itself to be dirty ''*chuckling softly*''--so what's on your agenda today?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': School audit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*scribbling on a pad with a pencil*'' Well, how bad could that be?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': The system is running a 54-million-dollar deficit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' $54 ''million''?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Yes, Mr. Mayor.
--->'''Carcetti''': Jesus Christ! Did Royce know this?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': ''*shakes his head slightly*''
--->'''Carcetti''': How the fuck do we deal with that?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Frankly, I'm not sure just yet.
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* WhamLine: A few, often in a WhamEpisode.
** Perhaps none is so memorable as the one where
Carcetti learns that all his high-flying plans to rebuild Baltimore, and particularly its police department, are about to go to shit, not least because it came during a ''finance meeting'':
--->'''Carcetti''': Finance, of course, doesn't deal with the dirt-under-the-nails tangibles--unless you consider the money itself to be dirty ''*chuckling softly*''--so what's on your agenda today?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': School audit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*scribbling on a pad with a pencil*'' Well, how bad could that be?
--->'''Finance
shit.
-->'''Finance
Advisor''': The system is running a 54-million-dollar deficit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' $54 ''million''?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Yes, Mr. Mayor.
--->'''Carcetti''': Jesus Christ! Did Royce know this?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': ''*shakes his head slightly*''
--->'''Carcetti''': How the fuck do we deal with that?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Frankly, I'm not sure just yet.
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20th Dec '16 7:14:37 PM MrMonad
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---> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
--->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
--->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
--->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
---> ''Daniels smiles quietly''

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---> --> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
--->'''Burrell''': -->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
--->'''Daniels''': -->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
--->'''Burrell''': -->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
---> --> ''Daniels smiles quietly''
20th Dec '16 7:13:38 PM MrMonad
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* ReassignmentBackfire: In the first season, the beginnings of what will become the Major Crimes Unit is formed largely from [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the dregs and castoffs]] of the Baltimore Police Department, to send a message from Burrell that Daniels needs to find a charge against Barksdale and close it down fast. Some of them (such as Polk and Mahon) live up the reputation, but two of the detectives so dismissed are Lester Freamon and Roland Pryzbylewski, both of whom prove instrumental in turning the case into both a major threat to the Barksdale organization and a major headache for Burrell. Notably, even as he thinks he's hamstringing the investigation, Burrell remains clueless that this trope is in play.
---> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
--->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
--->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
--->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
---> ''Daniels smiles quietly''
18th Dec '16 12:38:35 PM MrMonad
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* GilliganCut: An incredibly drunk [=McNulty=] in "Duck and Cover":

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** Jimmy [=McNulty=] and Rhonda Pearlman in Season 1, Ep 3.
-->'''Rhonda''': Let me understand. You're married and a date is a room at the Best Western with the blinds closed. Now you're single and a date is you coming over unannounced to learn the legal requisites for a pager intercept.
-->'''[=McNulty=]''': Pretty much.
-->'''Rhonda''': No.
-->'''[=McNulty=]''': Okay. I hear you.
-->''(cut to [=McNulty=] and Rhonda enthusiastically rutting in bed)''
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incredibly drunk [=McNulty=] in "Duck and Cover":
12th Dec '16 6:38:10 PM dmcreif
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-->"Fuck you, fat man." Bird in the first season and Kima in the fourth, both times said to Jay Landsman in the same exact tone.

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-->"Fuck you, fat man." Bird in the first season and Kima in the fourth, both times said to Jay Landsman in the same exact tone. Jay clearly recalls the first instance the second time around.



** Valchek brings the FBI into the investigation when he realizes ''his'' case is no longer focused on ''his'' target, who's inadvertently gotten into bed with an international racket dealing in drugs, women trafficked for purposes of prostitution, and stolen goods (especially cars and high-end electronics). The unit are actually glad to have them, although it means they have to re-prioritize their targets, and the feds withdraw their support as soon as the union corruption charges have been made.

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** Valchek brings the FBI into the investigation when he realizes ''his'' case is no longer focused on ''his'' target, Frank Sobtoka, who's inadvertently gotten into bed with an international racket dealing in drugs, women trafficked for purposes of prostitution, and stolen goods (especially cars and high-end electronics). The unit are actually glad to have them, although it means they have to re-prioritize their targets, and the feds withdraw their support as soon as the union corruption charges have been made.



** Marlo, at least once in the fourth season (for example, flagrantly shoplifting ''lollipops'' just to intimidate the security guard). This being ''The Wire'', though, it's played as much [[DeconstructedTrope to explore his ego issues]] as to establish that he's [[CardCarryingVillain just plain evil]]. The payoff of this KickTheDog moment comes when [[spoiler:he has that same security guard killed by Chris Partlow and Snoop for daring to ask him to stop.]]

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** Marlo, at least once in the fourth season (for example, season, when he flagrantly shoplifting shoplifts ''lollipops'' just to intimidate the convenience store security guard).guard. This being ''The Wire'', though, it's played as much [[DeconstructedTrope to explore his ego issues]] as to establish that he's [[CardCarryingVillain just plain evil]]. The payoff of this KickTheDog moment comes when [[spoiler:he he has that same security guard killed by Chris Partlow and Snoop for daring to ask him to stop.]]



** In the last episodes, [[spoiler: Levy realizes something is fishy in the Stanfield case, as Jimmy and Lester tainted the due process, but he can't really PullTheThread as he has his own skeletons in the closet]]

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** In the last episodes, [[spoiler: Levy realizes something is fishy in the Stanfield case, as Jimmy [=McNulty=] and Lester tainted the due process, but he can't really PullTheThread as he has his own skeletons in the closet]]



** Rawls to Burrell. They're thick as thieves in the first few seasons, but when Burrell becomes threatened, Rawls immediately moves in to get him fired and take his place.

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** Rawls to Burrell. They're **Rawls and Burrell are thick as thieves in the first few seasons, once Rawls is promoted to Deputy Ops, but when Burrell becomes threatened, Rawls immediately moves in to get him fired and take his place.



** Baltimore kingpins do not get high and prohibit their employees from using drugs as well. When a few flunkies show up high at Avon's welcome home party, Avon has them thrown out.

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** Baltimore kingpins do not get high and prohibit their employees from using drugs as well. When a few flunkies show up high at Avon's welcome home party, Avon has them thrown out. Bird gets caught because he violates this rule and he uses the same gun from kill to kill.



* StupidCrooks: Many of the low-level street criminals are ignorant kids with little education and little knowledge outside of their bubble. Their crimes are often poorly conceived and sloppily conducted. Cops take advantage of it any way they can, such as passing off a copier as a lie detector to get a suspect to confess.

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* StupidCrooks: Many of the low-level street criminals are ignorant kids with little education and little knowledge outside of their bubble. Their crimes are often poorly conceived and sloppily conducted. Cops And the police love to take advantage of it them any way they can, such as passing off a copier as a lie detector to get a suspect to confess.detector.



** [=McNulty's=] intentionally horrible British accent. Dominic West is British himself.

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** [=McNulty's=] **To go undercover in a brotherl, [=McNulty=] [[HowsYourBritishAccent puts on an intentionally horrible British accent. Dominic West is British himself.accent]].



** Valchek, who is protrayed in a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat villainous]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws light]], vocally complains that the first Sobotka detail under Lieutenant Grayson is full of "humps", [[JerkassHasAPoint and he's right]].

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** Valchek, who is protrayed at first portrayed in a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat villainous]] [[ObnoxiousInLaws light]], vocally complains that the first Sobotka detail under Lieutenant Grayson is full of "humps", [[JerkassHasAPoint and he's right]].



** In Season 3, Avon is unable to recruit any quality muscle for a while--with Slim being an honorable exception- and is burdened with a bunch of morons at first, until he hires some soldiers from the Eastside. On rare occasions, Avon has to call Stringer out on [[IdiotBall his mistakes]].
* SuspectIsHatless: The (real life) Baltimore Homicide Unit equivalent for a generic useless description given by witness to a murder is "Big Negro, Big Gun" or "BNBG." The term is used by Bunk [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toZsLQZDDME in the Season 3 finale]] when Andy Krawczyck fails to describe Omar--who on top of being FamedInStory [[IconicOutfit doesn't go anywhere without]] his BadassLongcoat and has a distinctive scar right across his face and stands in front of him long enough for the witness to take a good look at his face.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Subverted with the music that plays as Ziggy gets his ass handed to him in season two. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHybA8n2b8A Love child]]. The prank prompts an ActuallyPrettyFunny smirk from Nick.

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** In Season 3, Avon is unable to recruit any quality muscle for a while--with Slim Charles being an honorable exception- and is burdened with a bunch of morons at first, until he hires some soldiers from the Eastside. On rare occasions, Avon has to call Stringer out on [[IdiotBall his mistakes]].
* SuspectIsHatless: The (real life) Baltimore Homicide Unit equivalent for a generic useless description given by witness to a murder is "Big Negro, Big Gun" or "BNBG." The term is used by Bunk [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toZsLQZDDME in the Season 3 finale]] when Andy Krawczyck fails to describe Omar--who on top of being FamedInStory [[IconicOutfit doesn't go anywhere without]] his BadassLongcoat and has a distinctive scar right across in the center of his face and stands in front of him long enough for the witness to take a good look at his face.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Subverted with the music that plays as Ziggy gets his ass handed to him in season two. two: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHybA8n2b8A Love child]]. The prank prompts an ActuallyPrettyFunny smirk from Nick.



** Sobotka gives one to Valcheck that roots their feud deep into [[ItsPersonal personal territory]].

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** Sobotka gives one to Valcheck Valchek that roots their feud deep into [[ItsPersonal personal territory]].



'''Bunk''': Bullshit, boy. No victim? I just came from Tosha's people, remember? All this death, you don't think it ripples out? You don't even know what the fuck I'm talking about. I was a few years ahead of you at Edmondson, but I know you remember the neighborhood, how it was. We had some bad boys, for real. Wasn't about guns so much as knowing what to do with your hands. Those boys could really rack. My father had me on the straight, but like any young man, I wanted to be hard too, so I'd turn up at all the house parties where the tough boys hung. Shit, they knew I wasn't one of them. Them hard cases would come up to me and say, "Go home, schoolboy, you don't belong here." Didn't realize at the time what they were doing for me. As rough as that neighborhood could be, we had us a community. Nobody, no victim, who didn't matter. And now all we got is bodies, and predatory motherfuckers like you. And out where that girl fell, I saw kids acting like Omar, calling you by name, glorifying your ass. Makes me sick, motherfucker, how far we done fell.
** Carver gets a rare lenient one from Colvin on how he isn't much of a police officer.

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'''Bunk''': Bullshit, boy. No victim? victim?! I just came from Tosha's people, remember? All this death, you don't think it ripples out? You don't even know what the fuck I'm talking about. I was a few years ahead of you at Edmondson, but I know you remember the neighborhood, how it was. We had some bad boys, for real. Wasn't about guns so much as knowing what to do with your hands. Those boys could really rack. My father had me on the straight, but like any young man, I wanted to be hard too, so I'd turn up at all the house parties where the tough boys hung. Shit, they knew I wasn't one of them. Them hard cases would come up to me and say, "Go home, schoolboy, you don't belong here." Didn't realize at the time what they were doing for me. As rough as that neighborhood could be, we had us a community. Nobody, no victim, who didn't matter. And now all we got is bodies, and predatory motherfuckers like you. And out where that girl fell, I saw kids acting like Omar, calling you by name, glorifying your ass. Makes me sick, motherfucker, how far we done fell.
** Carver gets a rare lenient one from Major Colvin on how he isn't much of a police officer.officer. It inspires him to clean up his act and become more community-minded.



--->'''Odell Watkins:''' Whose dollars? Those sons of bitches you got around your card table ever month, feeding your kitty? Oh yeah, I know about that too. You... the trouble with you- (Gives up and turns to leave) FUCK YOU, Clarence!

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--->'''Odell Watkins:''' Whose dollars? Those sons of bitches you got around your card table ever month, feeding your kitty? Oh yeah, I know about that too. You... the trouble with you- you. (Gives up and turns to leave) FUCK YOU, Clarence!



--->'''Stringer:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGo5bxWy21g Nigga, is you takin' notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy?]]''

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--->'''Stringer:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGo5bxWy21g Nigga, is you takin' notes NOTES on a criminal fucking conspiracy?]]''



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Chris and Snoop in season 4.

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Chris and Snoop in season 4. Avon and Stringer have some level of dynamics here.



* ThreeWaySex: Jimmy has a threesome with two prostitutes while he is undercover during a bust; he ends up justifying it as, "I was outnumbered." and has to write a report on why he did it, as obviously he wasn't meant to "close the deal" before the other police arrived to arrest everyone. It becomes such a legend in the Baltimore PD that other characters are [[NeverLiveItDown still talking about it]] several seasons later.

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* ThreeWaySex: Jimmy [=McNulty= has a threesome with two prostitutes while he is undercover during a bust; he ends up justifying it as, "I was outnumbered." outnumbered" and has to write a report on why he did it, as obviously he wasn't meant to "close the deal" before he gave the other police arrived to arrest everyone. It becomes such signal. Bunk warns him that his perverted report will make him a legend in the Baltimore PD that other characters are legend. Several seasons later, [[NeverLiveItDown still talking about it]] several seasons later.Dozerman brings it up]] and [=McNulty=] only halfway denies it.



** Jimmy "I'm the smartest asshole in three districts" [=McNulty=] is mostly propulsed by his intellectual vanity and this [[MarriedToTheJob consumes his life]] (when he is not philandering). He's even professionally trounced once by Freamon and Bunk when they have already figured out one case before he is able to smugly expose it. Finally his shenanigans lead to no good.

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** Jimmy "I'm the smartest asshole in three districts" [=McNulty=] is mostly propulsed by his intellectual vanity and this [[MarriedToTheJob consumes his life]] (when he is not philandering). He's even professionally trounced once by Freamon and Bunk when they have already figured out one case before he is able to smugly expose it. Finally his shenanigans acts lead to no good.



* TownWithADarkSecret: The WretchedHive called Hamsterdam becomes Baltimore's in season 3.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: The WretchedHive called Major Colvin's Hamsterdam becomes Baltimore's project in season 3.



** When Rawls is frustrated by the Major Crimes Unit, he sends in Lieutenant Marimow to [[TyrantTakesTheHelm take over command]] and disrupt the unit from within. Marimow forces the unit to focus on "street rips," which is the exact thing the unit was created to get away from, rendering the MCU useless. Rawls even calls him "Marimow, my Trojan Horse."

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** When Rawls is frustrated by the Major Crimes Unit, Unit serving subpoenas to high-ranking city officials, he sends in Lieutenant Charles Marimow to [[TyrantTakesTheHelm take over command]] and disrupt the unit from within. Marimow forces the unit to focus on "street rips," which is the exact thing the unit was created to get away from, rendering the MCU useless. Rawls even calls him "Marimow, my Trojan Horse."



** When Freamon slickly sells the entire drug ring pre-tapped cell phones.

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** When Freamon slickly sells -->'''Omar:''' Do tell.
**Bernard is
the entire drug ring pre-tapped Barksdale Organization's burner phone runner, dispatched weekly to pick up burner phones. His girlfriend Squeak gets annoyed at how he drives long distances to only get two phones at each store. The MCU use this to their advantage. Bubbles, who knows Squeak, approaches them and claims he knows a guy who can bulk-sell them burner phones at a good price. What he doesn't tell them is that said black market cell phones.phone salesman is actually an undercover Lester Freamon, and these phones have been pre-tapped.



* TwoTeacherSchool: Averted in the fourth season. Multiple scenes show teachers at an inner-city Baltimore school debating issues such as curriculums, test preparations, and overall teaching structures; we also see shots of teachers giving lectures to their classes. Played straight when it comes to actual class focus, however.

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* TwoTeacherSchool: Averted in the fourth season. Multiple scenes show teachers at an inner-city Baltimore school debating issues such as curriculums, test preparations, and overall teaching structures; we also see shots of teachers giving lectures to their classes. Played straight when it comes to actual class focus, however.however, focusing primarily on Prez's courses, plus the experimental learning environment that Colvin is involved in.



** Lt. Marimow, with a well known unit-killer reputation in the fourth season. Invoked by Rawls, who sends him to the unit to specifically [[TrojanHorse disrupt the unit from inside]]. The previous laid-back [[BenevolentBoss mild boss]] returns once the political tide changes.
** Marlo dismantling the Co-Op and assuming an autocratic rule over the drug trade mirrors the classic takeover executed by many tyrants in the history of mankind.

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** Lt. Charles Marimow, with a well known unit-killer reputation in the fourth season. Invoked by Rawls, who sends him to the unit to specifically [[TrojanHorse disrupt the unit from inside]]. The previous laid-back [[BenevolentBoss mild boss]] returns once the political tide changes.
** Marlo Stanfield dismantling the Co-Op and assuming an autocratic rule over the drug trade mirrors the classic takeover executed by many tyrants in the history of mankind.



* UnwinnableByDesign: As remarked by Bodie ("This game is rigged man") and Marla Daniels ("You cannot lose if you do not play.") amongst others. The game is the game; the system in The Wire [[InherentInTheSystem shapes itself and is merely perpetuated]] by those at the top, who are just an instrument to screw over those below them.

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* UnwinnableByDesign: As remarked by Bodie ("This game is rigged man") and Marla Daniels ("You cannot lose if you do not play.") amongst others. The game is the game; the system in The Wire Baltimore [[InherentInTheSystem shapes itself and is merely perpetuated]] by those at the top, who are just an instrument to screw over those below them.



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Bunny Colvin's Hamsterdam project can be considered a mild example. It greatly improved public safety and quality of life for Baltimore citizens, but it involved allowing criminals to peddle drugs unhindered, and ''brutally'' [[DisproportionateRetribution punishing the dealers who refused to move to the free zone]].

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Bunny Major Colvin's Hamsterdam project can be considered a mild example. It greatly improved public safety and quality of life for Baltimore citizens, but it involved involves allowing criminals to peddle drugs unhindered, unhindered in designated areas, and ''brutally'' [[DisproportionateRetribution punishing the dealers who refused to move to the free zone]].



* VandalismBackfire: Major Rawls trashes a desk thinking it belongs to Jimmy [=McNulty=], his soon-to-be former (in)subordinate. He is informed that the stuff actually belongs to another detective. In line with his usual bluntness, Rawls doesn't seem to care much for the mistake.

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* VandalismBackfire: Major Rawls trashes a desk thinking it belongs to Jimmy [=McNulty=], his soon-to-be former (in)subordinate. He is informed that the stuff actually belongs to another detective.Crutchfield, and [=McNulty=] sits at the opposite cubicle. In line with his usual bluntness, Rawls doesn't seem to care much for the mistake.



** Marlo is unvariably cold but has a rare affective relationship with Chris.

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** Marlo is unvariably cold but has a rare affective affectionate relationship with Chris.Chris Partlow.



** In season two, it looks like Beadie's about to throw up after the discovers the 13 dead girls in a shipping container, but she keeps it together. Not bad for a woman whose main work experience up to that point was taking tolls, and a hint that she's a lot tougher than she looks.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Discussed between Lester and Jimmy in the aftermath of the Stanfield case, without a clear answer.

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** In season two, it looks like Beadie's about to throw up after the discovers the 13 dead girls in a shipping container, but she keeps it together. Not bad for a woman port cop, whose main work experience up to that point was taking tolls, and a hint that she's a lot tougher than she looks.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Discussed between Lester and Jimmy [=McNulty=] in the aftermath of the Stanfield case, without a clear answer.



** The local Baltimore police discovers that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore, counter-terrorism is now the focus. The last remaining case, powerfully finished is used as a counterpoint to the miseries faced by BPD. However [[FBIAgent Agent Fitz]] is a dear friend of [=McNulty=]'s, the wiretapping idea originates from him and provides valuable assistance from time to time on a personal level; Agent Fitzhugh [[spoiler: hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed") and ironically they crack the case with the help of equipment granted to the BPD by a Homeland Security grant that was buried on a back shelf for years]]

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** The local Baltimore police discovers that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore, counter-terrorism is now the focus. The last remaining case, powerfully finished is used as a counterpoint to the miseries faced by BPD. However [[FBIAgent Agent Fitz]] is a dear friend of [=McNulty=]'s, the wiretapping idea originates from him and provides valuable assistance from time to time on a personal level; Agent Fitzhugh [[spoiler: hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by registering Stringer Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed") and ironically they crack the case with the help of equipment granted to the BPD Baltimore PD by a Homeland Security grant that was buried on a back shelf for years]]



** The Greek invokes the new anti-terrorist sensibilities against some colombian drug dealers (narcoterrorists) who cheated him. It's implied the FBI mole protects The Greek regularly in exchange for counterterrorism information.

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** The Greek invokes the new anti-terrorist sensibilities against some colombian Colombian drug dealers (narcoterrorists) who cheated him. It's implied the FBI mole protects The Greek regularly in exchange for counterterrorism information.



** The local cops being trained by the FBI crack jokes about the futility of their counter-terrorist instruction, Baltimore being already a war zone and how the drug-dealers would scare off any potential terrorist. Several Baltimore-Fallujah comparisons are made through the series.
** ''Old Face'' Andre compares being robbed by Omar to a terrorist act where there should be flexibility with the affected business, like with the airlines but Marlo shoots down the analogy and shows no sympathy to his plea.
** In the last episodes there is a plot about an Iraq war story of a marine embellished by a Sun journalist. The creators of the show would go on to truthfully examine the invasion in ''GenerationKill'', which premiered just four months after the end of ''The Wire''
* 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 at the prison due to Avon and Stringer conspiring to have the drugs Tilghman smuggles into the prison be tainted with rat poison, as part of a plot to get early parole for Avon.]]

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** The local cops being trained by the FBI outsider instructors, Santangelo in particular, crack jokes about the futility of their counter-terrorist instruction, Baltimore being already a war zone and how the drug-dealers would scare off any potential terrorist. Several Baltimore-Fallujah comparisons are made through the series.
** ''Old Face'' Andre compares being robbed by Omar to a terrorist act where there should be flexibility with the affected business, like with the airlines but airlines. Marlo shoots down the analogy and shows no sympathy to his plea.
** In the last episodes there is a plot about an Iraq war story of a marine embellished by a Sun journalist.Scott Templeton. The creators of the show would go on to truthfully examine the invasion in ''GenerationKill'', which premiered just four months after the end of ''The Wire''
* 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 there are five deaths and eight hospitalizations at the prison due to Avon and Stringer conspiring to have the drugs Tilghman smuggles into the prison be tainted with rat poison, as part of a plot to get early parole for Avon.]]
28th Nov '16 7:57:59 PM TheWanderer
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** 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 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 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 Marlo Stanfield as more dangerous than 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.

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** 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 plainclothes officer]], Derrick Waggoner, in a case of night-time mistaken identity. He is brought up on administrative charges and suspended suspended, and there's the prospect of even his fellow officers turning on him, because the officer was African-American, and the shooting is seen as being potentially racially motivated. Prez vehemently denies is best known in the BPD for being a racist but due to chronic screw-up [[{{Nepotism}} riding on the press and Baltimore's majority African-American population, coat tails of his influential father-in-law]], while Waggoner was considered an outstanding member of the story leaks out and prompts calls for a hearing from both the courts and the Vanguard (Baltimore's African American police officer union). BPD. Prez is horrified at having killed another officer and quits in full HeroicBSOD mode, so he winds up quitting the force despite Daniels, Caroline Massey and Lester Freamon (all of whom are African-American) agreeing rather than try to testify that they do not believe Prez fight the effort to be a racist.
push him out.
** The first part of painting Marlo Stanfield as more dangerous than the Barksdales is the fact that they're the Stanfield gang is 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, stand down, 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.
5th Nov '16 4:23:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[BullyHunter Michael]] [[BadAss Lee]] gives several:

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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[BullyHunter Michael]] [[BadAss Michael Lee]] gives several:
17th Oct '16 5:17:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* GunsAkimbo: Done briefly by Marlo during a target practice session.

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* GunsAkimbo: GunsAkimbo:
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Done briefly by Marlo during a target practice session.session.
** Omar wields two guns when he robs Marlo's poker game.


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** The addict who assaults and robs Bubbles in Season Four sadly goes unpunished.
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