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** As for other actors starring in future HBO shows, there's [[Creator/EdieFalco Carmela]] [[Series/TheSopranos Soprano]] as a prison guard, and [[Creator/BobbyCannavale Gyp]] [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Rosetti]] as a gay nightclub owner/prisoner.


** The show features several actors who were later cast on ''Series/TheWire'', some in quite different roles. [[Creator/SethGilliam Sergeant Carver]] even ends up shanking [[Creator/LanceReddick Lieutenant Daniels]]! And there's [[Creator/WoodHarris Avon Barksdale]] as a Correctional Officer!

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** The show features several actors who were later cast on ''Series/TheWire'', some in quite different roles. [[Creator/SethGilliam Sergeant Carver]] even ends up shanking [[Creator/LanceReddick Lieutenant Daniels]]! And there's [[Creator/WoodHarris Avon Barksdale]] as a Correctional Officer!Officer! And [[Creator/JohnDoman Commander Rawls]] gets killed in an elevator shaft!


** Malcolm "Snake" Coyle from season 3, a member of [[Characters/OzHomeboys the Homeboys]], is a sociopathic murderer with no regard for human life. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he sadistically admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered an Italian-American family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. First, as we see in flashbacks, he slit the mother's throat, proceeded to rape her dying corpse, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when the cries of fear started to get on his nerves. After Hill snitches on Warden Leo Glynn about Coyle's crimes, the other gangs, including the Aryans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to protect Hill from the Homeboys. Coyle's eventual death is mourned by none and he stands out as one of the few inmates in the series with no redeeming qualities.

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** "[[Recap/OzS3E1TheTruthAndNothingBut The Truth and Nothing But...]]" [[Recap/OzS3E2NapoleonsBoneyParts through]] "[[Recap/OzS3E3Legs Legs]]": Malcolm "Snake" Coyle from season 3, Coyle, a member of [[Characters/OzHomeboys the Homeboys]], is a sociopathic murderer with no regard for human life. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he sadistically admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered an Italian-American family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. First, as we see in flashbacks, he slit the mother's throat, proceeded to rape her dying corpse, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when the cries of fear started to get on his nerves. After Hill snitches on Warden Leo Glynn about Coyle's crimes, the other gangs, including the Aryans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to protect Hill from the Homeboys. Coyle's eventual death is mourned by none and he stands out as one of the few inmates in the series with no redeeming qualities.


** The show features several actors who were later cast on ''Series/TheWire'', some in quite different roles. Sergeant Carver even ends up shanking [[Creator/LanceReddick Lieutenant Daniels]]!

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** The show features several actors who were later cast on ''Series/TheWire'', some in quite different roles. [[Creator/SethGilliam Sergeant Carver Carver]] even ends up shanking [[Creator/LanceReddick Lieutenant Daniels]]!Daniels]]! And there's [[Creator/WoodHarris Avon Barksdale]] as a Correctional Officer!


** Fans of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' and/or ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' will find it funny (if not downright jarring) to see that at least one of the actors who would go on to star as a lead detective (Creator/ChristopherMeloni for the former, Creator/KathrynErbe for the latter) on both shows had portrayed a vicious killer here, particularly if they viewed/heard of ''SVU'' or ''Criminal Intent'' prior to ''Oz''. [[note]]Especially in Meloni's case, as he initially played both parts ''simultaneously.''[[/note]]

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** Fans of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' and/or ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' will find it funny (if not downright jarring) to see that at least one of the actors who would go on to star as a lead detective (Creator/ChristopherMeloni for the former, Creator/KathrynErbe for the latter) on both shows had portrayed a vicious killer here, particularly if they viewed/heard of ''SVU'' or ''Criminal Intent'' prior to ''Oz''. [[note]]Especially in Meloni's case, as he initially played both parts ''simultaneously.''[[/note]]''[[/note]] Not to mention [[Series/LawAndOrder Dr. Skoda]] as the vicious Aryan leader Schillinger. TheBadGuysAreCops, indeed.

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* TooCoolToLive: Due to the nature of AnyoneCanDie, this is to be expected with despicable, but still enjoyable characters, some include: Simon Adebisi, Enrique Morales, Kareem Saïd, to name a few.


** The person Chico Guerra [[spoiler:hurls off a building in his crime flashback]] is none other than Creator/PeterDinklage.

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** The person Chico Guerra [[spoiler:hurls off a building in his crime flashback]] is none other than Creator/PeterDinklage.Creator/PeterDinklage in his first TV role.


* BizarroEpisode: One season 4 episode has Hill's narration segments replaced with various characters singing classic numbers.

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* BizarroEpisode: One season 4 The Season 5 episode "Variety" has Hill's narration segments replaced with various characters singing classic numbers.


* EarWorm: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaTYqBQEsoE opening theme]] will stay with you.


* CompleteMonster: Even in this CrapsackWorld, a few characters stand out, for example:
** [[BaldOfEvil Malcolm "Snake" Coyle]] from season 3. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered a family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. He [[SlashedThroat slit the mother's throat]], proceeded to rape her while she died, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when its cries started to get on his nerves. After Hill tells Warden Glynn about the murders, the other gangs (including the Aryans), [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to take the extraordinary step of protecting Hill from the Homeboys.
** [[EvilRedhead Timmy Kirk]] is a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] murderer who gets by in Oz due to his sheer ruthlessness and treachery. He was incarcerated for homicide after [[WouldHurtAChild putting a baby]] (implied to be his own) in a rat-infested dumpster, over the desperate protests of its mother. He seals Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier in a wall to die a slow and painful death in response to the latter casting Kirk out of his Church. After Father Mukada refuses to accept Kirk's reversion to Catholicism, Kirk responds by paying an outsider to burn Mukada's church in hopes of killing him. When Mukada survives the attack, Kirk continues to hound him with absurd allegations of sexual molestation. Kirk, by now facing execution, is simply happy that he might die knowing that the allegations could see Mukada permanently stripped of his priesthood.

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* CompleteMonster: Even in this CrapsackWorld, CrapsackWorld inside a HellholePrison, a few characters stand out, for example:
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** [[BaldOfEvil Malcolm "Snake" Coyle]] from season 3. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered a family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. He [[SlashedThroat slit the mother's throat]], proceeded to rape her while she died, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when its cries started to get on his nerves. After Hill tells Warden Glynn about the murders, the other gangs (including the Aryans), [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to take the extraordinary step of protecting Hill from the Homeboys.
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Timmy Kirk]] Kirk is a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] sociopathic murderer who gets by in Oz despite his mediocre intellect and physical strength, due to his sheer ruthlessness and treachery. He A flashback shows that he was incarcerated for homicide after [[WouldHurtAChild putting a baby]] (implied baby]], implied to [[OffingTheOffspring be his own) own]], in a rat-infested dumpster, over the desperate protests of its mother. Initially a low-ranking member of [[Characters/OzIrish the Irish gang]], he makes a name for himself in prison by [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder routinely betraying one gang for another]]. He seals Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier in a wall to die a slow and painful death in response to the latter casting Kirk out of his Church. gang for his erratic behavior. After Father Mukada refuses to accept Kirk's reversion to Catholicism, Kirk responds by paying an outsider to burn burning down Mukada's church in hopes of killing him. When Mukada survives the attack, Kirk continues to hound him with absurd allegations of sexual molestation. Kirk, by now facing execution, is simply happy that he might die knowing that the allegations could see Mukada permanently stripped of his priesthood.priesthood.
** Malcolm "Snake" Coyle from season 3, a member of [[Characters/OzHomeboys the Homeboys]], is a sociopathic murderer with no regard for human life. Originally imprisoned for armed robbery, Coyle's [[HiddenDepths dark secret]] was revealed when he sadistically admitted to Augustus Hill that he murdered an Italian-American family one night [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], while his friend recorded it on a videotape. First, as we see in flashbacks, he slit the mother's throat, proceeded to rape her dying corpse, then [[WouldHurtAChild murdered the baby]] when the cries of fear started to get on his nerves. After Hill snitches on Warden Leo Glynn about Coyle's crimes, the other gangs, including the Aryans, [[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusted by Coyle's crimes]], unanimously agree to protect Hill from the Homeboys. Coyle's eventual death is mourned by none and he stands out as one of the few inmates in the series with no redeeming qualities.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: Paidraig Connelly fears he will be hanged if deported back to Britain. Capital punishment was abolished in the '60s with the last executions taking place in 1964.


* NeverLiveItDown: The show itself is mostly remembered in pop culture as being "that show with prison rape" and not for much else.
* NightmareFuel: Enough to have its [[NightmareFuel/{{Oz}} own page]].
* OneSceneWonder: Eric Roberts' performance as a death row inmate at the end of the fourth episode is simultaneously terrifying and mesmerizing.

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* NeverLiveItDown: The show itself is mostly remembered in pop culture as being "that show with prison rape" PrisonRape" and not for much else.
* NightmareFuel: Enough to have its [[NightmareFuel/{{Oz}} own page]].
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OneSceneWonder: Eric Roberts' Creator/EricRoberts' performance as a death row inmate at the end of the fourth episode is simultaneously terrifying and mesmerizing.



** The person Chico Guerra [[spoiler:hurls off a building in his crime flashback]] is none other than Peter Dinklage.

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** The person Chico Guerra [[spoiler:hurls off a building in his crime flashback]] is none other than Peter Dinklage.Creator/PeterDinklage.



* UnfortunateImplications: Many opportunities, but avoided for the most part. Every inmate and most of the staff are treated as potentially violent individuals, regardless of skin color, religion, sexuality, or other considerations. The show even includes a female sexual predator in Claire Howell.

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* UnfortunateImplications: Many opportunities, but avoided for the most part. Every inmate and most of the staff are treated as potentially violent individuals, regardless of skin color, religion, sexuality, or other considerations. The show even includes a female sexual predator in Claire Howell.----


** Guillaume Tarrant, while only appearing in a couple of episodes, could be considered one of the most tragic characters: Sent to a maximum security prison because of a minor crime (destroying a statue at a museum), he is instantly targeted by the stronger inmates (particularly Wangler). Then, he is manipulated by Adebisi into killing his tormentors (and a CO), and commits suicide immediately afterwards.

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** Guillaume Tarrant, while only appearing in a couple of episodes, could be considered one of the most tragic characters: Sent to a maximum security prison because of a minor crime (destroying a statue at a museum), he is instantly targeted by the stronger inmates (particularly Wangler). Then, he is manipulated by Adebisi into killing his tormentors (and a CO), and commits suicide immediately afterwards.afterwards.
* UnfortunateImplications: Many opportunities, but avoided for the most part. Every inmate and most of the staff are treated as potentially violent individuals, regardless of skin color, religion, sexuality, or other considerations. The show even includes a female sexual predator in Claire Howell.

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* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: This was the first role that showed how much Creator/LukePerry was able to move beyond his "brooding bad boy" role in ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''.


* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Robson. After the gum incident at the end of Season 5, he became a prag. From that point on, Robson TookALevelInKindness (no, really) and was the center of a realistic subplot involving [[RapeAsDrama prison rape]]. Robson alone managed to redeem himself, and made Season 6 much more tolerable compared to Season 5.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Robson. After the gum incident at the end of Season 5, he became a prag. From that point on, Robson TookALevelInKindness (no, really) and was the center of a realistic subplot involving [[RapeAsDrama prison rape]]. Robson alone managed to redeem himself, and made Season 6 much more tolerable compared to Season 5.

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