Best The Wire Characters

Who's your favorite character in the 5-season long, critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire? This list is just about that. There were no other lists dedicated to the Wire-heads, so this may be the first one.

The Top Ten

1 Omar Little

Ruthless in the game, not looking sideways at "taxpayers". All in the game meant killing and beating on people, and the streets of Baltimore rang with "Omar's coming" and the closing of doors before his arrival

The stick-up-boy that had his very own moral code. This man would not even smile weirdly at the regular taxpayer, but he would be the most ruthless thing ever captured on television when it came to cleaning up the streets of Baltimore. He had a lot of heart, and mostly attacked because of personal reasons. Nobody knew, everybody just wanted to get away from him, well, except his boyfriends. No one could be anywhere near the game and not know this man's name.

2 James "Jimmy" McNulty

Jimmy is probably the actual main character of the whole show. He goes his own way and is, as credited in the show, natural police and a very proud man. Sometimes too proud to even properly see what's around him.

3 Bunk Moreland
4 Russell "Stringer" Bell

He was the best character and shouldn't of died of in the 3rd season in my opinion :'(

5 Preston "Bodie" Broadus

Bodie, one of the fan-favorites of the whole show. He never slipped, always kept his personal business aside the game and never even ed up a count. He was in the game since 13, and a loyal soldier though every sad, rainy step. He didn't care for reputation. He wanted to work, make money and bark the intruders away.

6 Bubbles

Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins. Or Bubs.

7 Lester Freamon
8 Thomas "Herc" Hauk
9 Kima Greggs
10 Avon Barksdale

Just a gangsta, I suppose

The major player from the beginning. He was the king, and stayed the king... all things considered.

The Contenders

11 Clay Davis
12 Slim Charles
13 Cedric Daniels
14 Marlow "Black" Stanfield
15 Michael Lee
16 D'Angelo Barksdale

Made me cry during his "Y'all don't get it" speech.

17 Duquan "Dukie" Weems

Probably the most interesting one out of the lads and sad ending for him. Underrated character in season 4 & 5

18 Dennis "Cutty" Wise
19 Ellis Carver
20 Chris Partlow

The most ruthless man on the whole show. He did hurt mayn, many people and was very quiet and a major part in the later-shown Stanfield-organization. But, there was one scene where Chris actually lost his cool in a major way. Nobody ever gave Chris anything and there is only one scene where he shows some humanly emotion. I think everybody that saw the show know, what that scene was.

21 Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski
22 Kenard
23 The Greek
24 Howard "Bunny" Colvin
25 Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
26 Namond Brice
27 Randy Wagstaff
28 Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti
29 Marla Daniels
30 Malik "Poot" Carr
31 Wallace
32 William "Bill" Rawls
33 Jay Landsman
34 Proposition Joe
35 Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos
36 Wee-Bey Brice
37 Dee-Dee
38 Walon
39 Ervin Burrell

One corrupt bastard

40 Norman Wilson

Love that deep voice

41 Nerese Campbell
42 Scott Templeton
43 Cheese Wagstaff
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Top Remixes

1. James "Jimmy" McNulty
2. Russell "Stringer" Bell
3. Omar Little
1. James "Jimmy" McNulty
2. Bunk Moreland
3. Omar Little


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