IMDb is a magical place for those who love listing and voting. The Wire, meanwhile, is 60 hours of fabulous storytelling with hundreds of fascinating characters and performers.
So it is no surprise that some of these IMDb-using Wire-maniacs have begun voting on the best characters in the show’s history. Of course, there must be loads of polls like this floating around, but this one stands apart in two important ways:
1. The thread launcher ‘Everyday-Struggler’ asked for a top 3, significant on a show with a million-bajillion memorable characters.
2. I have taken the time to total up the results.
I awarded each character three points for a 1st place vote, two points for 2nd place, and one point for third place. In the event that a voter did not specify an order, all three characters received a point and a half. And since many users were compelled to include honorable mentions, any HM vote, or any ordered vote past #3 was given a point.
Finally, a small number of users also included dislikes. Any character to receive a dislike vote had a point subtracted from his or her total.
Most 1st place votes: Omar, 33–Stringer, 9–Bodie, 7–McNulty, 6–Bunk and D’Angelo, 4
Most 2nd place votes: Omar, 14–McNulty, 10–Bubbles and Lester, 8–Bodie, 7–Bunk, 6
Most 3rd place votes: Bunk, 11–Omar, 10–Bodie, 8–Michael, 6–Bubbles, Carver, Lester, 4
MOST INDIVIDUAL VOTES, including negatives
OMAR, 64–BUNK, 34–BODIE, 33–McNULTY and STRINGER, 30–LESTER, 25–BUBBLES, 23–MICHAEL, 21–SOBOTKA, 17–D’ANGELO, 16–SNOOP, 15–CHRIS and BUNNY COLVIN, 13–AVON, CARVER, CUTTY, DUKIE, RAWLS, 11–DANIELS and HERC, 10
OMAR, 146–BODIE and BUNK, 55–McNULTY, 52.5–STRINGER, 50–LESTER, 39–BUBBLES, 34–D’ANGELO, 27–SOBOTKA, 25.5–MICHAEL, 24
FEWEST VOTES for opening credits characters
PEARLMAN and MAYOR ROYCE, 0–BURRELL, 1–GUS, 2–BEADIE and SYDNOR, 3–KIMA, 4–NORMAN WILSON, 5–PREZ, 6–CARCETTI and MARLO, 7
MOST DISLIKE VOTES
DE’LONDA BRICE, 6–RAWLS, 5–MARLO, 4–CLAY DAVIS, HERC, JOHNNY, 3
***UPDATE, December 9, 2009***
A blog called “The Wire: Fight for the Crown” has set out to determine the greatest Wire character all-time, NCAA bracket style. As an enormous enthusiast for The Wire, brackets, and lists, I strongly recommend keeping an eye on this site.
My predictions, based on their brackets:
McNulty v. Colvin…Bunk v. Lester…Bubbs v. Omar…Bodie v. Stringer
McNulty, Bunk, Omar, Stringer
Bunk vs. Omar
Not necessarily my picks; just my prediction based on the brackets. Of course, the real winner is us, the Wire fans of the world.