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* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: The younger villain to practically everyone else's older hero. His enemies on the street often slur him as "boy" on account of his youth compared to his more established rivals and predecessors.

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A young enforcer of the gang

* FallGuy: He takes the firearm charges of Chris and Snoop, as he is expendable and has a broken leg.
* {{Mook}}: A lowly soldier. He kills Bodie nonetheless while Chris and Snoop keep Bodie busy.


-->'''Bodie:''' This motherfucker be killing niggas just to do it. You see? Nigga kills motherfuckers just cause he can. Not cause they snitching, not cause it’s business, but just because this shit comes natural to him. Man, Little Kevin is gone! This nigga don’t feel nothing! And all them motherfuckers in the row houses… nobody means a fucking thing to him!

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-->'''Bodie:''' -->'''[[TheRemnant Bodie]]:''' [[TheSociopath This motherfucker motherfucker]] be killing niggas just to [[VillainBall do it. it]]. You see? Nigga kills motherfuckers just cause [[ForTheEvulz 'cause he can. can]]. Not cause they snitching, [[TheStoolPigeon they]] [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves snitching]], not cause it’s business, [[NothingPersonal it’s]] [[DirtyBusiness business]], but just because this shit comes [[LackOfEmpathy natural to him. him]]. Man, Little Kevin is gone! This nigga don’t feel nothing! And all them motherfuckers in the row houses… houses...[[TheUnfettered nobody means a fucking thing to him!him!]]


* VillainousEthicsDecay: While this is a central theme in ''The Wire'', the Stanfield Gang are the poster boys for it. Everything about them, from their willingness to kill civilians not directly involved in the drug game, to their DisproportionateRetribution for extremely minor offenses, shows that they are a more ruthless gang than any that have come before, with virtually no moral qualms about ''anything''. Basically, the Stanfield gang amps up every unsavory, ruthless, or cruel quality seen in the Barksdales, with absolutely none of the [[EvenEviHasStandards standards]] or PetTheDog moments.

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* VillainousEthicsDecay: While this is a central theme in ''The Wire'', the Stanfield Gang are the poster boys for it. Everything about them, from their willingness to kill civilians not directly involved in the drug game, to their DisproportionateRetribution for extremely minor offenses, shows that they are a more ruthless gang than any that have come before, with virtually no moral qualms about ''anything''. Basically, the Stanfield gang amps up every unsavory, ruthless, or cruel quality seen in the Barksdales, with absolutely none of the [[EvenEviHasStandards [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]] or PetTheDog moments.

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* VillainousEthicsDecay: While this is a central theme in ''The Wire'', the Stanfield Gang are the poster boys for it. Everything about them, from their willingness to kill civilians not directly involved in the drug game, to their DisproportionateRetribution for extremely minor offenses, shows that they are a more ruthless gang than any that have come before, with virtually no moral qualms about ''anything''. Basically, the Stanfield gang amps up every unsavory, ruthless, or cruel quality seen in the Barksdales, with absolutely none of the [[EvenEviHasStandards standards]] or PetTheDog moments.














A crucial soldier under Marlo Stanfield. She and Chris are the organizations most skilled and fear assassins, and throughout Marlo's reign the two operate as a team, eliminating rivals and serving as a death squad for anyone that crosses the Stanfield gang. Notably, she and Chris are the ones who kill people inside vacant houses, pour quicklime on their bodies, and seal the homes back up to prevent their discovery. She also serves as a teacher alongside Chris for Michael, tutoring the young man in how to be a soldier for the Stanfield gang.

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A crucial soldier under Marlo Stanfield. She and Chris are the organizations most skilled and fear assassins, feared assassins of the organization, and throughout Marlo's reign the two operate as a team, eliminating rivals and serving as a death squad for anyone that crosses the Stanfield gang. Notably, she and Chris are the ones who kill people inside vacant houses, pour quicklime on their bodies, and seal the homes back up to prevent their discovery. She also serves as a teacher alongside Chris for Michael, tutoring the young man in how to be a soldier for the Stanfield gang.


Up-and-coming west-side drug kingpin, head of the eponymous Stanfield Organization. He starts out small-time, operating in the vacuum left by the Barksdale Organization, and fights his way to supplant them and merge with Proposition Joe's New Day Co-Op. He works to eliminate his enemies and anyone who would betray him. A repeated theme in Marlo's characterization is his demand for respect, which trumps all other concerns. He frequently kills those who show him disrespect, or undermine his name on the streets however unwittingly. Marlo's obsession with respect ultimately proves to be his downfall.

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Up-and-coming He starts the as an up-and-coming west-side drug kingpin, the head of the eponymous Stanfield Organization. He starts out small-time, At first he is operating in the vacuum left by shadow of the Barksdale Organization, and fights his way to supplant them and merge throughout the third season.
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In Season 4 after the downfall of the Barksdale Empire, Marlo runs the West Side
with Proposition Joe's an iron fist, complete with a high body count that makes him absolutely dreaded by other drug dealers and the average people living in that part of Baltimore. However, for a long time police fail to find the bodies of Marlo's victims, as his enforcers like Chris and Snoop hide the bodies in abandoned buildings, of which the city has a multitude. Although Marlo initially resists cooperating with other gangs and the New Day Co-Op. He Co-op, Prop Joe slowly manages to impart a few lessons and start bringing Marlo into alliance with the Co-op, especially when it comes to repelling the encroachment of syndicates from New York into the Baltimore drug game. The end of Season 4 means big changes, however, as the police finally discover Marlo's many victims and Omar's robbery of The Greek's drug shipment makes Marlo begin considering taking over the Co-op and replacing Joe as the contact for the Greeks.
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At the beginning of Season 5 Marlo waits out a police investigation until the cash strapped department finally gives up and pulls the plug on the investigation. With attention off him, Marlo is quick to fulfill his ambitions, as he once again begins leaving a trail of bodies in West Baltimore, gets the Greeks to accept him as a replacement for Joe, kills Joe, then forcibly takes over the New Day Co-Op and turns it into an extension of his own gang. All along the way he repeatedly
works to eliminate not only his enemies and anyone who would betray him. A repeated theme in Marlo's characterization is his demand for respect, which trumps all other concerns. He frequently kills those him, but also anyone who show shows him disrespect, or undermine undermines his name on the streets however unwittingly. Marlo's unwittingly.
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Unfortunately for Marlo, that
obsession with respect ultimately proves to be his downfall.name and his readiness to kill over it earns him enemies in the police department, as several cops (including [=McNulty=], Freamon, and Sydnor) become willing to run an illegal operation to arrest him. Mere weeks after Marlo takes over the Co-op and becomes the undisputed king of the Baltimore streets, he and his operation are brought down. Although Marlo manages to escape justice because of the illegal means used to pursue him, his organization is left in ruins and Marlo is forced to go legit, leaving him free but unable to participate in Baltimore's criminal underworld anymore, which is the only thing he knows. Worst of all, it's shown that Marlo's name and reputation, the things he valued most in the world (by far) are quickly forgotten.



* DeceptiveDisciple: A mix with BastardUnderstudy. Technically speaking, Joe is teaching Marlo criminal ways so Stanfield can become ''less'' evil and violent. When Marlo learns -by his own- how to import the drug from the Greeks, he decides to retire Joe from his tenure, with a bullet to the head.

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* DeceptiveDisciple: A mix with BastardUnderstudy. Technically speaking, Joe is teaching Marlo criminal ways so Stanfield can become ''less'' evil and violent. When Marlo learns -by his own- how to import the drug drugs from the Greeks, he decides to retire Joe from his tenure, with a bullet to the head.



* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} – any insult to his name, even ones that exist only in rumour, are met with [[MurderIsTheBestSolution savage reprisals]]. Interestingly, his underlings pick up on this later in the series and keep it from putting Marlo in danger by choosing not to report certain insults spoken against their leader, such as Omar's slanderous public challenges. Marlo, of course, doesn't see it this way.
* {{Foil}}: To [[PragmaticVillainy Stringer Bell]], Marlo keeps his cards close to his chest but is insanely ruthless whilst Stringer arrogantly brags about his business acumen in the hopes of 'spreading his knowledge'; but wants to avoid violence for business reasons. Stringer goes out of his way to avoid contact with the police and even orders Wee-Bey to take out Little Man for [[spoiler:Kima's shooting]] whilst Marlo is willing to pick a fight with Herc and his {{Pride}} is more important to him than not going to prison. Stringer is killed and unable to reach his utopian whilst Marlo gets the straight and narrow utopia String always wanted and considers it his personal hell.

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* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} – any insult to his name, even ones that exist only in rumour, are met with [[MurderIsTheBestSolution savage reprisals]]. Interestingly, his underlings pick up on this later in the series and keep it from putting Marlo in danger by choosing not to report certain insults spoken against their leader, such as Omar's slanderous public challenges. Marlo, of course, doesn't see it this way.
way and is absolutely furious for perhaps the first time in the show when he learns the truth.
* {{Foil}}: To [[PragmaticVillainy Stringer Bell]], Marlo keeps his cards close to his chest but is insanely ruthless whilst Stringer arrogantly brags about his business acumen in the hopes of 'spreading his knowledge'; but wants to avoid violence for business reasons. Stringer goes out of his way to avoid contact with the police and even orders Wee-Bey to take out Little Man for [[spoiler:Kima's shooting]] whilst Marlo is willing to pick a fight with Herc and his {{Pride}} is more important to him than not going to prison. Stringer is killed and unable to reach his utopian utopia whilst Marlo gets the straight and narrow utopia chance at a legitimate life that String always wanted and considers it his personal hell.



* InSeriesNickname: Also known as "Black".

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* InSeriesNickname: Also known as "Black"."Black", although he's never actually called it on the street.



* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Has a whole immediate family murdered just because the child [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain apparently called Marlo a cocksucker]].
* JustAGangster: In his final scene, Marlo leaves a high society party to run off a couple of corner boys because that's all he knows.

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* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Has a whole entire immediate family murdered just because the child father [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain apparently supposedly called Marlo a cocksucker]].
* JustAGangster: In his final scene, Marlo leaves a high society party to run off fight with a couple of corner boys because that's all he knows.



** It's also implied that he'll be slowly bled dry of his money by scheming types like Andy Krawczyk and Clay Davis.

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** It's also implied that if he does stay legit he'll be slowly bled dry of his money by scheming types like Andy Krawczyk and Clay Davis.



Marlo Stanfield's NumberTwo and chief enforcer. It's hinted that they are long time allies, as the enormously paranoid Marlo trusts Chris completely and Chris is the only one who seems to be able to question Marlo's orders and decisions without repercussions, although he only does so rarely. Although he is much less bloodthirsty than his boss, under orders he murders many, many people for Marlo, and is a major reason why the Stanfield gang is so feared on the streets.

Chris takes the lead in Marlo's attempts to recruit the young Michael Lee into the Stanfield gang, and Michael winds up coming to Chris to slay his abusive stepfather. After that he and Snoop are responsible for tutoring Michael in the ways of the Game and turning him into muscle for the Stanfield gang. He is eventually sentenced to life without parole, and quickly makes friends with Wee-Bey Brice in prison.

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Marlo Stanfield's NumberTwo and chief enforcer. It's hinted that they are long time allies, as the enormously paranoid Marlo trusts Chris completely and Chris is the only one who seems to be able to question Marlo's orders and decisions without repercussions, although he only does so rarely. Although he is much less bloodthirsty than his boss, under orders he murders many, many people for Marlo, and as such he is a major reason why the Stanfield gang is so feared on the streets.

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Chris takes the lead in Marlo's attempts to recruit the young Michael Lee into the Stanfield gang, and Michael winds up coming to Chris to slay his abusive stepfather. After that he and Snoop are responsible for tutoring Michael in the ways of the Game and turning him into muscle for the Stanfield gang. He Chris is eventually also the leader of the gang's war agaist Omar, setting multiple attempts to kill or ambush Omar.
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Eventually his murder of Michael's stepfather is what does him in, as DNA evidence from the scene becomes the only thing that ties him to the killing. Chris is
sentenced to life without parole, and quickly makes friends with Wee-Bey Brice in prison.



Soldier under Marlo Stanfield. She devises a plan along with Chris Partlow to have people killed inside vacant houses, pour quicklime on their bodies, and seal them back up. When Marlo suspects Michael may be an informant, she is dispatched to assassinate him. Instead, Michael kills her.

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Soldier A crucial soldier under Marlo Stanfield. She devises a plan along with and Chris Partlow to have are the organizations most skilled and fear assassins, and throughout Marlo's reign the two operate as a team, eliminating rivals and serving as a death squad for anyone that crosses the Stanfield gang. Notably, she and Chris are the ones who kill people killed inside vacant houses, pour quicklime on their bodies, and seal them the homes back up. up to prevent their discovery. She also serves as a teacher alongside Chris for Michael, tutoring the young man in how to be a soldier for the Stanfield gang.
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When Marlo suspects is arrested, Snoop is a key enforcer still on the street. When Marlo comes to suspect Michael may be an a police informant, she is dispatched to assassinate him. Instead, Michael kills her.suspects that something is up and uses the very skills she taught him to get the drop on her and kill her instead.



* BloodKnight: Almost always suggests murder as a solution to the crew's problems.

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* BloodKnight: Almost always suggests murder as a solution to the crew's problems.problems, and in Season 3 Chris notes how eager she is to get involved in the gang war and carry out hits on targets.



* ButchLesbian: in both personality and looks. She confirms it to Bunk when [[spoiler: she is arrested]] and he tells her he's thinking about pussy. "Yeah, me too."

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* ButchLesbian: in In both personality and looks. She confirms it to Bunk when [[spoiler: she is arrested]] and he tells her he's thinking about pussy. "Yeah, me too."



* FaceDeathWithDignity: "How my hair look?"

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: When held at gun point by Michael she remains defiant and doesn't even attempt to talk her way out. When they both realize the time has come for him to kill her, all she does is turn her back and ask him "How my hair look?"



* MeanBoss: He ''really'' doesn't like Michael. He's probably jealous over the esteem Marlo and Chris had for him [[spoiler:until Marlo suspected Michael of being snitch anyway.]]

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* MeanBoss: He ''really'' doesn't like Michael. He's probably jealous over the esteem Marlo and Chris had for him [[spoiler:until him. At least until Marlo suspected Michael of being snitch anyway.]]



A West side convenience store owner whose store serves as a stash house for Marlo Stanfield. After Marlo is robbed, Andre is included in a plan to get revenge on Omar. Chris Partlow murders a delivery woman in Andre's shop and Andre has to tell the police that Omar did it.

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A West side convenience store owner whose store serves as a stash house for Marlo Stanfield. After Marlo is robbed, Andre is included in a plan to get revenge on Omar. Chris Partlow murders a delivery woman in Andre's shop and Andre has to tell the police that Omar did it. The ruse works at first, mostly because the detectives investigating the killing ''want'' to be able to put Omar away and either consciously or unconsciously turn a blind eye to the holes in the story. Once Bunk sees through Andre, however, and he officially becomes a liability for the Stanfield gang, he tries to get Prop Joe to protect and relocate him. Joe, who can get far better returns out of being an ally to the Stanfield group, promptly turns Andre back over to them.



* ButtMonkey: The poor guy is pinballed around between Omar, Marlo, the police and Proposition Joe in a tragic game afer Omar robs his stash.

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* ButtMonkey: The poor guy is pinballed around between Omar, Marlo, the police and Proposition Joe in a tragic game afer after Omar robs his stash.



* NeverFoundTheBody: The guy is mortified by this prospect. His anguised voice and denied plea not to be killed in a vacant, where his people won't find him, makes his demise rather poignant.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: The guy is mortified by this prospect. His anguised anguished voice and denied plea not to be killed in a vacant, where his people won't find him, makes his demise rather poignant.



A young hopper working for Bodie and his independent operation, later absorbed by the Stanfield gang.

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A young hopper working for Bodie and his independent operation, later which is absorbed by the Stanfield gang.gang early in Season 4.



* EliteMook: Marlo thinks his death is important enough to retaliate against Lex.



* MookLieutenant: He's in charge of a group of Marlo's dealers, and his death is important enough thata group of Marlo's lieutenants want to respond by wiping out Bodie's entire crew as revenge. Marlo chooses the less extreme option of retaliating only against Lex.



* ButtMonkey: A fairly minor case, but he is called "the runt of the litter" when it comes to Barksdale's muscle in season 1 to the point of Stringer and Wee-Bey delegating him as the FallGuy, then he gets out of jail just in time to join the Stanfield crew when Omar is pursuing vengeance against them...

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* ButtMonkey: A fairly minor case, but he is called "the runt of the litter" when it comes to Barksdale's muscle in season Season 1 to the point of Stringer and Wee-Bey delegating him as the FallGuy, then he gets out of jail just in time to join the Stanfield crew when Omar is pursuing vengeance against them...


* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} – any insult to his name, even ones that exist only in rumour, are met with [[MurderIsTheBestSolution savage reprisals]]. Interestingly, his underlings [[GenreSavvy pick up on this]] later in the series and keep it from putting Marlo in danger by choosing not to report certain insults spoken against their leader, such as Omar's slanderous public challenges. Marlo, of course, doesn't see it this way.

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* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} – any insult to his name, even ones that exist only in rumour, are met with [[MurderIsTheBestSolution savage reprisals]]. Interestingly, his underlings [[GenreSavvy pick up on this]] this later in the series and keep it from putting Marlo in danger by choosing not to report certain insults spoken against their leader, such as Omar's slanderous public challenges. Marlo, of course, doesn't see it this way.


rget Savino because he was not directly involved in the murder of Omar's boyfriend Brandon. In Season 5, Savino tries to invoke it again, pointing out he had no part in Butchie's demise, but Omar is out for blood.

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-->'''Vinson''': ''"The prisons and the graveyards are full of boys who wore the crown."''
-->'''Marlo Stanfield''': ''"[[{{Power}} Point is: they wore it.]]"''

An up-and-coming gang of drug dealers who are dealt a mighty hand when the Barksdale Organization's prime real estate is demolished by the City, leaving them with all the new best territory. Led by the ambitious and utterly ruthless Marlo Stanfield, the Stanfield Gang gradually work their way through the West Baltimore drug hierarchy. When Avon is locked up and Stringer is murdered at the close of season 3, they end up the new masters of West Baltimore, controlling nearly the whole district. Prop Joe's scheming manages to convince Marlo to join the Co-op, a decision which backfires spectacularly when Marlo murders him and takes over the Greek drug connect. By season 5, the Stanfield Gang are the center of the entire Baltimore drug trade... at least until [=McNulty=] and Freamon get on their case.

* ChildSoldiers: While the Barksdale Crew had no problem using adolescents and teens for various duties, it was rare for them to be given a gun and told to execute someone. The Stanfield Organization almost reverses this: they ''actively recruit'' children as young as twelve and thirteen, getting them to put in work before molding them into killers. Michael Lee and O-Dog are prime examples, both not even sixteen and cold-blooded murderers.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The generational shift in Season 3 is represented this way, with Marlo representing a darker and edgier amalgamation of Stringer's conservative and calculating nature, and Avon's brutality and pride. Similarly, Chris Partlow is a darker and edgier version of Wee Bey Brice with just a few parallels to Stringer Bell as well, while the Stanfield bit players also seem to be a little rougher around the edges than their Barksdale counterparts. Wee-Bey explicitly points out that back in the day, Marlo's show-offy tactics would have gotten him killed quickly. That he's able to operate at all is a sure sign that things are getting worse for Baltimore.
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[[folder:Marlo Stanfield]]
->'''Played by''': Jamie Hector
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"You want it to be one way... but it's the other way."'']]

-->''I wasn't made to play the son.''

Up-and-coming west-side drug kingpin, head of the eponymous Stanfield Organization. He starts out small-time, operating in the vacuum left by the Barksdale Organization, and fights his way to supplant them and merge with Proposition Joe's New Day Co-Op. He works to eliminate his enemies and anyone who would betray him. A repeated theme in Marlo's characterization is his demand for respect, which trumps all other concerns. He frequently kills those who show him disrespect, or undermine his name on the streets however unwittingly. Marlo's obsession with respect ultimately proves to be his downfall.
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* AmbiguousSituation: Marlo's story ends inconclusively, being forced to retire from drug trafficking and power brawls, which is all that Stanfield craves. Clearly Marlo still has what it takes to rise again from obscurity, but will he risk police investigation and possible prison time if it means wearing the crown again?
* AmbitionIsEvil: Marlo is practically obsessed with the crown and is nothing but a cold tyrant who enforces his will with an iron fist during his rise and rule.
-->The crown ain't worth much if the nigga wearin' it always gettin' his shit took.
* ArchEnemy:
** Freamon's. Lester is usually content with doing quality police work and chases whoever Daniels tells him to chase, until the bosses take the MCU off Marlo. Lester takes personal and professional offense from it.
--->'''Lester:''' The motherfucker who put 22 bodies on us!
** Marlo has a special place in the heart of Herc, who clashes ineffectively with Marlo numerous times until the fiasco of a stolen hidden camera costs him the job. Herc gets back at Marlo (sort of) by leaking his cell number to Carver.
** During Season 3, to Avon.
** During Season 5, to Omar.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: His backstory has him rising his way up after murdering a witness and other people. On screen, most of his killings are by proxy and he gains the crown via KlingonPromotion after [[MobWar outlasting his competition]]. While he doesn't look very menacing and never has to get physical, it's demonstrated during a target practice that he's a hitter who knows how to shoot. He shows his badassery in the finale when he easily bests two young punks during a petty street brawl.
* AxCrazy: [[BewareTheQuietOnes A very stoic and disturbing one]]. He has shades of SerialKiller and orders people killed for even the slightest offenses towards him.
* BadassInANiceSuit: His one personal [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome moment of awesome]] happens when he, dressed in a handsome suit, abandons a high class party to screw with a pair of dealers who don't recognize who he is.
* TheBadGuyWins: Subverted in a very interesting way. Marlo essentially gets away scot free for everything he's done and ends up inadvertently achieving Stringer Bell's dream of going legit. However, Marlo doesn't want this at all, as it means that he can never go back to being a feared and ruthless drug kingpin, which is all he ever wanted to do. In the end, despite having escaped justice, Marlo's victory is a hollow one as his empire is gone and barely anybody will remember him down the line.
* BerserkButton: Though generally an [[DissonantSerenity eerily]] [[TheStoic calm]] personality, Marlo does ''not'' take kindly to anyone questioning his street cred.
-->[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCaBYEEFTKE MY NAME IS MY NAME!]]
* BewareTheQuietOnes: He's robotic, emotionless, and a murderous sociopath.
* BigBad: In seasons 4 and 5. The X in XMustNotWin, as Bodie, Freamon and [=McNulty=] take a personal risk and put their own careers on the line to avoid his victory.
-->'''Bodie:''' But Marlo, this nigga and his kind, man... They gotta fall. They gotta.
-->'''Jimmy:''' Marlo is an asshole. He doesn't get to win. WE get to win.
* BornLucky: Through Seasons 3, 4, and partway through Season 5 Marlo has a way of always getting things to break just right for him. He comes along right as the Barksdale Empire moves almost entirely away from Avon's methods of controlling the street by force, leaving them unprepared to deal with him. The MobWar between Marlo's gang and the Barksdales ramps up as the Barksdale Organization is crumbling under the pressure of being AHouseDivided, and the investigation that Jimmy and Kima forced onto the BPD saves him from being crushed by Avon after Stringer's death. In Season 4 the MCU has wiretaps up on the Stanfield gang and is getting close to being able to bring them down when the MCU is gutted by Rawls and Burrell due to making politically sensitive investigations, giving Marlo a free hand to rule West Baltimore unimpeded by the police. In the first episodes of Season 5, he is able to outwait a police investigation because of the city's huge budget hole, and only gets investigated because a number of police detectives effectively go rogue. Played with in his final fate, as Marlo's luck even extends to allowing him to walk away from prison time and the criminal underworld as a rich man, but Marlo utterly hates that fact and would rather have the option to [[JustAGangster just be a gangster]].
* CorruptionOfAMinor: He's impressed by Michael's refusal to accept his money and has him groomed into his model young soldier – loyal, capable, beholden, [[spoiler:and ultimately expendable.]]
* CreepyMonotone: He's the scariest drug dealer in the city, and his voice is almost always flat and unemotive.
* DeathGlare: Seemingly his default facial expression.
* DeceptiveDisciple: A mix with BastardUnderstudy. Technically speaking, Joe is teaching Marlo criminal ways so Stanfield can become ''less'' evil and violent. When Marlo learns -by his own- how to import the drug from the Greeks, he decides to retire Joe from his tenure, with a bullet to the head.
* DissonantSerenity: Goes with his emotionless calm but ruthless personality.
* TheDreaded: By Season 4, just about everyone in his sphere of influence fears getting on his bad side, lest they end up getting a visit from Chris and Snoop.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His reptilian, barely humane nature is made evident in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0vgw-PeSFc his first scene]]. When Bubbles and co. accidentally run afoul of one of Marlo's mooks, Johnny Weeks is held at gunpoint in front of Marlo's door. Stanfield walks by indifferently and just tells the mook - his ride - : "Do it or don't, but I have someplace to be."
* EvilPowerVacuum: The decay of the Barksdale organization and some luck are big factors in his rising; under normal circumstances he'd have [[MobWar been killed by Slim Charles]]. Wee-bey points out that back in the day, Marlo wouldn't have lasted long.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} – any insult to his name, even ones that exist only in rumour, are met with [[MurderIsTheBestSolution savage reprisals]]. Interestingly, his underlings [[GenreSavvy pick up on this]] later in the series and keep it from putting Marlo in danger by choosing not to report certain insults spoken against their leader, such as Omar's slanderous public challenges. Marlo, of course, doesn't see it this way.
* {{Foil}}: To [[PragmaticVillainy Stringer Bell]], Marlo keeps his cards close to his chest but is insanely ruthless whilst Stringer arrogantly brags about his business acumen in the hopes of 'spreading his knowledge'; but wants to avoid violence for business reasons. Stringer goes out of his way to avoid contact with the police and even orders Wee-Bey to take out Little Man for [[spoiler:Kima's shooting]] whilst Marlo is willing to pick a fight with Herc and his {{Pride}} is more important to him than not going to prison. Stringer is killed and unable to reach his utopian whilst Marlo gets the straight and narrow utopia String always wanted and considers it his personal hell.
** Also to Omar. Omar is a street-level, independent warrior who lives by his own code, handles things personally and avoids [[PragmaticVillainy killing people unnecessarily]], while Marlo is the king of the pack, has no morals whatsoever, and [[DisproportionateRetribution orders the deaths of random people for no reason]]. Even their names are similar. Their final fates are basically exact opposites: Omar gets abruptly [[DroppedABridgeOnHim shot in the head by some nobody kid]] but his deeds are so famous that his name [[LivingLegend enters the halls of legend]], while Marlo [[KarmaHoudini gets off scot-free]] and becomes a legitimate businessman, but craves the criminal lifestyle and his [[TheDreaded former reputation]] so desperately that he [[PyrrhicVictory can find no happiness]] in his newly attained freedom. And despite the sheer breathtaking brutality of Marlo's rule, in his final scene he confronts two dealers who have no idea who he is, indicating that unlike Omar, Marlo's name will quickly die and be forgotten.
* ForTheEvulz: Prone to small acts of petty cruelty, such as when he goads a security guard into confronting him just so he can order Chris to murder him later.
* FishOutOfWater: Marlo is a corner boy who lives and breathes for the street game. When he's put in some other social situations such as talking with a bank clerk, laundering money or interacting with white-collar businessman, he's way out of his element and needs teachers like Proposition Joe and Levy to walk him through.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Starts as another small-time dealer, by the end of the story he is responsible for over 30 murders.
* GlorySeeker: All Marlo wants is to be feared and respected, even if it means his eventual death.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: His ascendancy steers ''The Wire'' towards BlackAndGrayMorality, he's a greater evil than Bell & Barksdale.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has a large scar on his left cheek, which adds to his intimidating appearance.
* HateSink: Given that the series previously operated under GreyAndGrayMorality, it became abundantly clear that Marlo was intended to be hated. This makes sense, as Marlo is cold, ruthless, self-centered and unsophisticated.
* HiddenDepths: He loves and takes care of pidgeons. About the ONLY other living things he shows any sort of affection towards.
* HistoryRepeats: Being the "king" of the Westside, he faces some of the same problems and issues encountered by the Barksdales, such as Omar being a force of nature, potential weak links inside his crew, a prideful need for respect and the police threat. His response is not much different in principle, just much harsher and meaner in execution. Levy's criminal counsel is another element that connects Avon and Marlo. When Marlo is introduced to Andy Krawczyk, he has little interest in the real estate business being proposed and leaves the conversation, just like Avon did during his homecoming party.
* InSeriesNickname: Also known as "Black".
* {{Irony}}: Marlo actually wins the game and can retire with Stringer's utopia at hand; become a legitimate businessman who has risen above the street pettiness, but for Stanfield, this is a personal hell.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Has a whole immediate family murdered just because the child [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain apparently called Marlo a cocksucker]].
* JustAGangster: In his final scene, Marlo leaves a high society party to run off a couple of corner boys because that's all he knows.
* KarmaHoudini: Ambiguously. He manages to avoid going to jail in the end, and keeps his money, but he's not allowed to go back to drug dealing. Which is all he wants to do.
** It's also implied that he'll be slowly bled dry of his money by scheming types like Andy Krawczyk and Clay Davis.
* KickTheDog: Many, many times.
-->'''Bodie:''' This motherfucker be killing niggas just to do it. You see? Nigga kills motherfuckers just cause he can. Not cause they snitching, not cause it’s business, but just because this shit comes natural to him. Man, Little Kevin is gone! This nigga don’t feel nothing! And all them motherfuckers in the row houses… nobody means a fucking thing to him!
* KlingonPromotion: Personally attends to the execution of Joe, done by Chris in Joe's own house, which marks the moment that Stanfield usurps the crown from the Co-Op. Although it's clear he's enjoying it and in ecstasy, nobody unfamiliar with him could tell, given [[TheStoic his strange expression]].
* LackOfEmpathy: Immensely cold and aloof. Criminal sociopathy aside, one prominent example has Marlo shooting down the anguished 9/11 analogy of Old Andre, who works for him guarding a stash, but gets no sympathy anyway.
-->Omar ain't no terrorist. He's just another nigga with a gun. And you ain't no Delta Airlines neither. You just a nigga who got his shit took.
* LaserGuidedKarma: A really weird variation mixed with KarmaHoudini. At the end of the series, Marlo basically gets OffOnATechnicality and suffers no legal repercussions whatsoever, but he's lost almost everything that he actually ''[[PyrrhicVictory cared]]'' about - namely, the chance to make a criminal empire enforced violently through fear and respect. He goes from TheDreaded whose name everyone knows to such a nobody that two random dudes pull their guns on him, and when they run away, Marlo doesn't even bother chasing them down. He ends the series right where he began - just some thug on the street corner, who nobody knows or cares about.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Unlike most of the other drug lords, Marlo is unamicable, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes doesn't really have loved ones]], and although he does get laid from time to time, he's not very interested in women. The closest thing to a companion he has is Chris, a complex example as Chris is always on the clock guarding Stanfield.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Marlo is a killer who displays some cunning beyond immediate violence during his ascension (after Chris counsels against it, Marlo refuses to wipe out Lex's crew [[PragmaticVillainy because he has nothing to gain from that poor corner]]), but time and again he prefers to take the deadliest route when dealing with perceived problems. Only Chris raises some minor objections to that.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Downplayed. Marlo gets to wear the crown, which is a moment of awesome from his point of view, but his reign is so short-lived that he doesn't even distribute his first shipment from The Greeks. Marlo has so many enemies among the police that he makes his own bed and is forced to retire.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: His surname and habits came from Timmirror Stanfield, a Baltimore drug kingpin in the 1980s whose 50-member gang controlled large sections of West Baltimore and committed a string of murders in their quest to maintain power. His name also comes from another Baltimore dealer, Marlow Bates.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When he first came on the scene in early season 3, he was viewed by many as a glorified punk and a wannabe. After he identifies Stringer's peaceful strategy as a sign of weakness he proves his detractors ''very'' wrong. Meanwhile, the cops almost universally viewed him as a two-bit nuisance, until the bodies start showing up.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Marlo rarely directly participates in the murders his gang commits, letting Chris and Snoop handle all the action on the street. However, we see him to be a pretty accurate shot and in his final scene he runs off a couple of corner boys in a fist fight very easily.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Marlo knows what he knows, but he knows it well and has good counselors. He doesn't show off and likes to downplay his deep knowledge of the street game to hide his cards or bide his time.
-->Oh, I know you would, Joe. You smart like that... Me?
* PetTheDog: Keeps a roof coop for pigeons and even hires a guy to take care of them. In his case, his unique affection for animals is an indicator of sociopathy.
* ProperlyParanoid: Very good at counter-vigilance, Stanfield has a network of spotters in place that promptly tips him if a camera has been planted in the park where he holds court or if the police have climbed up to a rooftop to do surveillance. Marlo makes sure Chris is on top of these kind of things, and in a broader sense, his murderous nature also prevents the appearance of potential [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses or leaks]]. Proposition Joe schools him to be even more careful, and while late in the series he goes back to using a cellphone - provided by The Greeks - he doesn't become sloppy despite Lester's expectations.
-->'''Sydnor:''' Marlo's been the hardest to follow. Too paranoid, too much counter-surveillance.
* PyrrhicVillainy: At the end of the show, Marlo is one of the few people to arguably "win" the game. His crimes have been stricken from the record, he's able to retire from the game and live a comfortable life as a wealthy, legitimate businessman. Too bad this fate had to befall [[LaserGuidedKarma the one guy]] in Baltimore who's such a total psychopath that a ''criminal'' lifestyle is the only kind [[JustAGangster he can ever enjoy.]]
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: He's on the lookout for local talent and recruits Michael for this reason.
* ReluctantRetiree: Marlo seems at first glad to get out of the game, but then goes back to the corner...
* SerialKiller: Repeatedly called this by Jimmy and Lester, after ordering dozens of murders. Problem is, ghetto victims are dead where it doesn't count.
* SignatureMove: Apparently had one he used to employ on people who testified, we see him use it on Devon: Two shots to the chest and one in the mouth.
* TheSociopath: A remorseless, power-hungry tyrant with ego issues.
-->[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id8My4ib6dM You want it to be one way, but it's the other way]].
* SoftSpokenSadist: Barely ever raises his voice above a CreepyMonotone, but remains intimidating regardless.
* TheStarscream: He is entirely outside the established power structure, and ultimately succeeds in killing Prop Joe and taking his place as head of the co-op after learning everything he needed under his tutelage.
* TheStoic: Robotic and emotionally dead.
** NotSoStoic: Goes absolutely ballistic when he finds out about Omar bad-mouthing him on the street.
* StraightEdgeEvil: Marlo doesn't smoke, do drugs of any kind, or even drink that much. The one time he's in a pub, his glass contains a transparent beverage and remains full. He seems to prefer bottled water, as seen when he plays poker or when dissolving the co-op.
* TranquilFury: Actor Jamie Hector comments on striving for a performance of "power and economy" using "minimalist movement and speech". Its said he can talk a whole sentence whilst barely moving his lips and relies on the silent, deadly power.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Deposes the old order with violence and some luck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT7TxMaZ4eM dismantles the Co-Op]] and its assembly, assuming an autocratic rule over the drug trade and mirroring the classic takeover executed by many tyrants in the history of mankind.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: When he first comes on the scene this is done to Marlo constantly. In the 3rd season he is mostly referred to as "The Boy Marlo", due to being considerably younger and newer at the game than Stringer Bell and Prop Joe, dismissed as a wannabe and even the MCU for a long time thinks he's nothing but a lieutenant for the Barksdales, and even later think it's inevitable that he'll be crushed as he challenges Barksdale to a bloody war for control of West Baltimore. Because Marlo has a ruthlessness and complete lack of compassion that belie his years, everyone comes to learn just how wrong they were about him.
* TheUnfettered: Stops at nothing to gain respect and maintain his power. Marlo doesn't rely on heart and emotion like Avon, and doesn't share Prop Joe's desire for partnership and coexistence. When Herc tries to take him to Colvin's meeting, Marlo simply refuses saying "ain't gonna happen" and faces Herc down until Sgt. Carver withdraws the task force upon noticing the Stanfield gang is ready to use violence against ''the police''. Marlo is the only character who stands up to the police in a face-to-face confrontation. While most of the underworld knows the danger of hurting or killing a cop, Stanfield is too proud to back down from a challenge.
-->Let them know Marlo step to any motherfucker... Omar, Barksdale, whoever!
* TheUnsmile: On the rare occasion he smiles, it's more of a sneer.
* VictoryIsBoring. Despite getting away with facing charges and keeping his millions, Marlo quickly finds out that the straight-and-narrow life isn't for him.
* VillainousFriendship: Cold as he is, he has a rare but somewhat affectionate relationship with Chris.
* VillainRespect: Marlo esteems Slim Charles and treats him almost as an equal, despite the difference in status. Marlo, due to his corner mentality, has respect for quality muscle and competent street enforcers like Slim, whom he calls "tall man" in praise. This is contrasted by Marlo's real, low opinion of Proposition Joe, who is often called "fat man" derisively behind his back.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Marlo went from the most feared man in Baltimore to a nobody in the span of a month.
* WorthyAdversary: Eventually gains some praise from Avon and Lester, after being underestimated too often. He never gets any from [=McNulty=], who came to respect Stringer greatly, and thus/just considers Stanfield an asshole.
* YoungConqueror: He's in his mid-to-late twenties throughout the show and enjoys a stint as drug overlord of Baltimore. His youth in comparison to his predecessors (and opponents) is frequently commented upon, sometimes in praise, sometimes in derision, and in the end he outdoes or outlives them all. [[spoiler:By the time he "passes the crown," he's in a position to rub shoulders with the wealthy and enjoy a legit, comfortable retirement from crime – [[AddictedToEvil which isn't what he wants at all.]]]]
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[[folder:Chris Partlow]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Don't fret boss, I got you covered."'']]
->'''Played by''': Gbenga Akinnabwe

-->''Don't matter who he is, or what he's done. You can look him in the eye now.''

Marlo Stanfield's NumberTwo and chief enforcer. It's hinted that they are long time allies, as the enormously paranoid Marlo trusts Chris completely and Chris is the only one who seems to be able to question Marlo's orders and decisions without repercussions, although he only does so rarely. Although he is much less bloodthirsty than his boss, under orders he murders many, many people for Marlo, and is a major reason why the Stanfield gang is so feared on the streets.

Chris takes the lead in Marlo's attempts to recruit the young Michael Lee into the Stanfield gang, and Michael winds up coming to Chris to slay his abusive stepfather. After that he and Snoop are responsible for tutoring Michael in the ways of the Game and turning him into muscle for the Stanfield gang. He is eventually sentenced to life without parole, and quickly makes friends with Wee-Bey Brice in prison.
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* AffablyEvil: Chris isn't particularly outgoing or charming, but he's always quite polite and pleasant even when committing a murder, always making an effort to comfort his victims and ease them through the process. Ironically for someone who's killed as much as he has, Chris is probably the most reluctant to commit violence of the higher-ups in Marlo's crew, and takes little pleasure in his work. When Marlo decides to have Bodie and later Michael killed, Chris is the only one to speak against it, albeit only briefly.
-->'''Victim:''' Chris, ''please''!\\
'''Chris:''' Don't fret boss, I got you covered. Clean and quick. (Chris shoots him)
* BadassBeard
* BerserkButton: He ''does not'' like child molesters, as evidenced by his flipping out and beating Michael's stepfather to death. WordOfGod confirms it was because he was molested as a child himself.
* BoomHeadshot: His preferred move, quick and somewhat clean. He also trains his soldiers to shoot either for the head or the groin in order to counter a BulletProofVest.
* ConsummateProfessional: As implied above, Chris prefers to do his killing "quick and clean", ideally with the body disposed of or hidden afterwards. Aside from Devar, he never seems to derive any pleasure from murder, seeing it as just a dirty but essential part of the game, and thus one you do ''well'' or don't do at all.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Though it's never shown in-series, according to WordOfGod, Chris was a victim of child molestation.
* TheDragon[=/=]NumberTwo: Marlo Stanfield's top enforcer and adviser.
** DragonInChief: Played With. Chris is much more active than Marlo, who prefers the role of a NonActionBigBad. Several instances indicate that Chris is the real power of the gang, as Marlo rarely makes a decision without consulting him first and often seems to be seeking a nod of approval or confirmation from Chris rather than his counsel. Despite this, Chris is fiercely loyal to Marlo and always allows him the final word.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Averted wholesale. Unlike what Stringer Bell was for Avon Barksdale, Chris displays UndyingLoyalty to Marlo, always giving him honest advice and executing his orders, however ruthless, to the letter.
* TheDreaded: Just the sight of Chris makes Lex realize he should PrepareToDie. The boys also speculate that Chris might be a "Zombie Master."
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He'll kill innocent people without batting an eyelash, but child molesters absolutely disgust him.
* EvilMentor: With Snoop, teaches Michael and the other "pups" the ways of the game.
* FamilyValuesVillain:
** He takes good care of his family, even after he is arrested and sent away to prison for life.
** Other than the murder of Michael's step-father the only time Chris loses his cool is when he's forced to stay away from his family for an extended period of time due to the war with Omar. We get a short scene where we see him pacing, repeatedly throwing a knife into the floor, and angrily snapping at Snoop. All of this is ''quite'' out of character for him.
* TheGrimReaper: In a series full of deaths, Chris is responsible for more on-screen and off-screen deaths than any other character, which is quite a feat. The fact that he almost always does his killing at night reinforces this trope.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Kick the ''shit'' out of him. When he finds out that Michael's stepfather is a pedophile, Chris beats the man to death with only his fists and [[PistolWhipping the butt of his gun]] right in the middle of the street.
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: He's too feared around the community for this to be in effect for him, but he did try to invoke this at one point for Marlo's benefit. Early in season 4 Marlo's enforcers and dealers approach children before the first day of school, giving them money for clothes and books. We then cut to Marlo and Chris watching the scene, where Marlo looks unhappy at just giving away money while Chris tries to convince Marlo that it'll "make his name ring out".
* OnlyFriend: Seemingly the only person Marlo has any genuine bond with.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: All of his kills are quick, clean and unemotional except for Devar, Michael's pedophile stepfather, who he beats to death.
* PopCulturedBadass: The ruthlessly efficient killer just to happens to love Baltimore club music and is an aficionado of the local music scene.
* PetTheDog: Takes a few minutes in the middle of a brutal gang war with Omar and his associates to visit his girlfriend and his kids, to whom he is warm and affectionate.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Has this dynamic with Snoop.
* ProfessionalKiller: Definitely not his [[NumberTwo only role]] in the organization, but when it comes to eliminating problems, rivals, and potential leaks, Chris is the man dispatched to handle it.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Snoop's Red.
* ScaryBlackMan: Not the only one, but as the most prolific killer in the entire series he deserves special mention. Because he doesn't look like the stereotypical scary black man, he is occasionally able to interact with normal society without anyone being any wiser, most notably the time when he goes into the courthouse and asks Rhonda Pearlman, Rupert Bond, and Cedric Daniels for directions on where to go without them ever realizing who he is.
-->'''Donut:''' Chris, he different. You can tell by them coon-ass country clothes that nigga be wearing.
* SpitefulSpit: To Michael's stepfather. It comes back later as a [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's smoking gun]].
* UndyingLoyalty: The vicious and paranoid Marlo trusts him completely, and when Chris is rounded up by the police Marlo says that Chris will refuse to talk as long as Marlo takes cares of Chris' family.
* VerbalTic: Addressing victims as "boss."
* VillainousFriendship: Treats Marlo with affection and it's clear that they go way back.
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[[folder:Felicia "Snoop" Pearson]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Deserve got nothing to do with it. It's his time, that's all."'']]
->'''Played by''': Felicia Pearson

-->''We will be brief with all you motherfuckers. I think you know.''

Soldier under Marlo Stanfield. She devises a plan along with Chris Partlow to have people killed inside vacant houses, pour quicklime on their bodies, and seal them back up. When Marlo suspects Michael may be an informant, she is dispatched to assassinate him. Instead, Michael kills her.
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* AffablyEvil: Probably the most outgoing, and jovial member of Stanfield's organziation. She likes to crack jokes and seems genuinely friendly. With all that said she wont hesitate to murder ANYONE at the the drop of a hat should Marlo order it.
* BloodKnight: Almost always suggests murder as a solution to the crew's problems.
* TheBrute: Of the Stanfield Organization, despite her small size.
* ButchLesbian: in both personality and looks. She confirms it to Bunk when [[spoiler: she is arrested]] and he tells her he's thinking about pussy. "Yeah, me too."
* TheDanza: Felicia Pearson is both her real name and her actress' name. Pearson also already had the nickname of "Snoop" prior to appearing on the show.
* DissonantSerenity: Part of what makes her such a terrifying villain.
* TheDreaded: Along with Chris.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even Snoop is taken aback by Chris' messy NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Mike's pedophile step-father, mostly because Chris didn't, "even wait to put the motherfucker in the house".
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Her conversation with a hardware store clerk shows she has no comprehension of life outside the drug trade.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Has the same husky voice of the real Snoop Pearson.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: "How my hair look?"
* HairTriggerTemper: As Chris puts it, "Sometimes she get a little hot", she tends to get angry and berate people over minor things.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Mistaken for a man on some occasions.
* PetTheDog: Gives a hardware store worker an extremely generous tip after he advises her about the right nail gun to use.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Has this dynamic with Chris.
* PsychoForHire: Has absolutely no joy except for murder. When Chris devises a way to identify New York dealers - asking them to name Baltimore club tracks and artists - Snoop reveals that she does not listen to music at all, and that her entire life revolves around killing. Chris - ''Chris!'' - is shocked.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Chris's Blue.
* TheSociopath: Absolutely no comprehension of right and wrong; she simply believes that death comes to people at their "time", and it never crosses her mind that it might be immoral to be "time"'s instrument.
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[[folder:Monk Metcalf]]
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->'''Played by: ''' Kwame Patterson

A top lieutenant in the Stanfield organization. Works as an enforcer, coordinates the drug trade, the phone communications and several details unrelated to violence.
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* EvilSoundsDeep: A belligerent, hardened criminal with a deep voice.
* EvilGenius: Downplayed, he's still "a product of Baltimore city schools" after all, but he's apparently the most literate and tech savvy of the gang, and is a key figure in keeping it running and operating smoothly.
* MookLieutenant: The most profilic drug lieutenant under the main three Stanfield leaders.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: He briefly does this after Omar's SuperWindowJump, pretending to be a detective and questioning people around the neighborhood about a non-existant rape case as an excuse to check if anyone has seen Omar. He almost blows his cover due to his {{Jerkass}} attitude, though.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Highly aggressive and rude, even by Baltimore drug dealer standards. Somewhat stands out from his peers, since most of the other Stanfield soldiers are still cold and ruthless, but not particularly vitriolic in everyday conversation. He doesn't need much provocation to put a bullet in Cutty's leg, just for talking back to him ''once''.
** When he disguised himself as a detective to try to find Omar, Monk almost reveals himself because he stops listening to a woman as soon as she indicates she hasn't seen Omar, blowing off her concerns about the rape victim he's supposedly investigating.
* MeanBoss: He ''really'' doesn't like Michael. He's probably jealous over the esteem Marlo and Chris had for him [[spoiler:until Marlo suspected Michael of being snitch anyway.]]
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[[folder:Old Face Andre]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: ''Shoulda gone to New York or Philly...'']]
->'''Played by: ''' Alfonso Christian Lover

-->"Problem with niggas today, they always see the narrow view..."

A West side convenience store owner whose store serves as a stash house for Marlo Stanfield. After Marlo is robbed, Andre is included in a plan to get revenge on Omar. Chris Partlow murders a delivery woman in Andre's shop and Andre has to tell the police that Omar did it.
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* ButtMonkey: The poor guy is pinballed around between Omar, Marlo, the police and Proposition Joe in a tragic game afer Omar robs his stash.
* FalseReassurance: Joe betrays him, and then Slim delivers him to Chris.
-->'''Andre:''' Prop Joe said you was my escort out.\\
'''Slim: '''[[FromACertainPointOfView In a manner of speaking that be true]].
* MacGuffin: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpKpMtLioUU His ring changes owners]] a lot, but it has no actual relevance in the end.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The guy is mortified by this prospect. His anguised voice and denied plea not to be killed in a vacant, where his people won't find him, makes his demise rather poignant.
* ThePawn: Used and abused by Marlo and Proposition Joe.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Attempts to but makes the mistake of taking refuge in East Baltimore under Proposition Joe, who points out he should have gone to New York or Philadelphia, and then sells Andre down the river to Marlo.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Finally walked down an alley by Chris and Snoop.
-->'''Proposition Joe:''' You know the problem with these here machines? They too cheap to begin with. Some people think for what it's worth to fix it, make the shit work right, you might as well dump 'em and get another.
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[[folder:Vinson]]
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->'''Played by:''' Norris Davis

->''The prisons and the graveyards are full of boys who wore the crown.''

Advisor and fence of Marlo Stanfield. He runs a rim shop used by the Stanfield gang as a meeting place.
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* TheConsigliere: Counsels Marlo during his turf war with the Barksdales.
* EvilMentor: Acts as this to Marlo.
* Foil: Seems to act as one for Butchie, who fulfills much the same role for Omar, Marlo's self-determined nemesis. He gives Marlo sage advice about the game, and the risks of playing it for too long. Difference being, he has no qualms about helping an outright sociopath, despite knowing full well that's what Marlo is, while Butchie had at least some sense of code and honor.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Dismisses [[spoiler: Michael]] as "just a boy" when he sticks him up. [[spoiler: Gets a shotgun shell in the kneecap for his mistake, likely crippling him.]]
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[[folder:Little Kevin]]
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->'''Played by:''' Tyrell Baker

A young hopper working for Bodie and his independent operation, later absorbed by the Stanfield gang.
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* AscendedExtra: A background dealer briefly seen during season 3 and in the pilot, he becomes a regular character in season 4.
* IronicName: The guy is anything but little. His obesity fools Herc when he comes to his corner looking for him.
* TooDumbToLive: Killed in a vacant after he tells Marlo that he used Randy to deliver the message to Lex, instead of telling Lex directly. Introducing needless loose ends is not a good idea with an organization as paranoid and obsessed with secrecy as the Stanfields.
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[[folder:Fruit]]
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->'''Played by:''' Brandon Fobbs

-->''Look: we grind, and y'all try to stop it. That's how we do. Why you gotta go and fuck with the program?''

A mid-level dealer who runs one of Marlo's corners.
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* AssholeVictim: After ripping off Cutty and being an overall unpleasant guy, his death is not exactly tragic.
* BoomHeadshot: Lex kills him with a point-blank shot to the face.
* BringMeMyBrownPants: Seems to have this reaction when Cutty visits some of the hoppers on his corner, and Fruit realizes that ''this'' is the man that came a breath away from putting a bullet in his head.
* EliteMook: Marlo thinks his death is important enough to retaliate against Lex.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rips off Cutty and sleeps with Lex's woman.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Lex kills him because Fruit is dating Patrice, Lex's baby mama.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: A catalyst of Dennis' change of heart about the game, as Cutty spares his life during a hit. In season 4, his murder makes Marlo retaliate against Lex, which is a major event for Randy and ultimately helps lead to the police discovering the 22 bodies in the vacant houses.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Savino Bratton]]
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->'''Played by:''' Chris Clanton

->''I can do the three. Ain't no thing.''

A low ranking enforcer in the Barksdale Organization who was involved in the shooting that nearly killed Kima, his role being to drive Orlanda and Kima to the scene, then get clear for Wee-bey and Little Man to do the shooting. He surrenders himself to police custody afterwards, although thanks to Levy's legal magic he only gets sentenced to several years. After getting out of prison the Barksdales have fallen apart, so he joins the Stanfield crew. Is killed by Omar as part of his feud against Marlo.
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* BoomHeadshot: Executed by Omar for his association with Avon and Marlo and in revenge for the torture-murder of Butchie. While he wasn't present at Butchie's torture and murder, when Omar asks him what he would have done if he was, Savino doesn't answer. (This is in contrast to Slim Charles, who says that if Joe had anything to do with Butchie's death he would have helped Omar avenge it.)
* ButtMonkey: A fairly minor case, but he is called "the runt of the litter" when it comes to Barksdale's muscle in season 1 to the point of Stringer and Wee-Bey delegating him as the FallGuy, then he gets out of jail just in time to join the Stanfield crew when Omar is pursuing vengeance against them...
* FallGuy: He was meant to be the only one in Kima's shooting, since the Barksdales tried to protect Wee-bey and the other shooter, Little Man, was killed for shooting someone who wasn't supposed to be there (Kima) without attempting to identify her or get approval from Wee-bey.
* HonorAmongThieves: Omar doesn't target
Savino because he was not directly involved in the murder of Omar's boyfriend Brandon. In Season 5, Savino tries to invoke it again, pointing out he had no part in Butchie's demise, but Omar is out for blood.

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rget Savino because he was not directly involved in the murder of Omar's boyfriend Brandon. In Season 5, Savino tries to invoke it again, pointing out he had no part in Butchie's demise, but Omar is out for blood.
-->'''Savino:''' When they did the old man like that, I wasn't there.\\
'''Omar: ''' Bein' that you muscle for Marlo, what you was gonna do if you was there, huh? Riddle me that. (Savino says nothing) Yeah. You know what, yo? ''(Omar shoots him in the head)''
* JustFollowingOrders: Savino tacitly admits this would be his response to being told to torture or kill an innocent.
* MamasBoy: Implied. When the police go to his mother's home looking for him, she's utterly shocked by the idea of them being after Savino and calls him "My baby!"
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