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Frank Sobotka, leader of a failing longshoreman's union, strikes up a business arrangement with Greek mobsters in hopes of raising money to lobby his cause.

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Ziggy Sobotka, a legend of the docks.

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Marlo Stanfield, a drug lord who first appears in season 3, is a quieter, less flashy counterpart to Avon.

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Avon Barksdale, a rising drug lord, is the target of an investigation instigated by McNulty.

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Bodie Broadus, a young drug dealer tutored by D'Angelo, faces an important, life-changing decision in the first season.

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D'Angelo Barksdale acts as the viewer's sympathetic window into the underworld.

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Jimmy McNulty, played by Dominic West, is arguably the central character of season 1.

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Stringer Bell, the Wire's resident economics student, is caught between a world of crime and a world of legitimate business.

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Omar, as a gay character, is notable for going against cultural stereotypes.

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Omar, one of the show's most popular characters, is famous for wielding a shotgun.

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