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Bodie - The Wire's Toughest Hopper

By Edited Nov 15, 2013 0 0

Character's Role: Bodie (formally Preston Broadus) is a drug dealer in HBO's The Wire who is initially in Avon Barksdale's drug organization. Bodie was the #2 in the Pit under D'Angelo Barksdale and subsequently goes independent.

Bodie was raised by his grandmother and entered the game as a young hopper at thirteen years old when he started working for Barksdale.

He lives his life strictly by the code of a hopper in the game and that is where he gets his sense of honor. He obeys commands from Stringer and Avon (even the hard ones directed at his friends), he doesn't talk to the police, and he is a hard worker trying to slowly climb up the ranks.

He's sharp - managing to claim entrapment to evade time in prison at the end of the first season, and he's got plenty of pride and spirit - refusing to leave his corner even when Chris Partlow and Snoop (the hardest murderers in the game) are baring down on him. As Jimmy McNulty says, he is a "true soldier."

Actor: J.D. Williams

Seasons: In The Wire Complete Series (except season 5).

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Best Scene: In season 1, Bodie and Wallace are trying to play checkers using the pieces from a chess set and D teaches them how to play chess. He portrays the various pieces of the set as players in the drug game, and Bodie, seeming to understand how the game works, says to D, "A'ight, so if I make it to the other end, I win.", referencing the ability of each pawn to turn into a powerful queen (or for Bodie to turn into Stringer). It is apparent that Bodie is very driven, but unfortunately for him, the game is far more like how D'Angelo paints it, "the pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick."

Best Quote: "I feel old. I been out there since I was 13. I ain't never bleeped up a count, never stole off a package, never did some *expletive* that I wasn't told to do. But what come back? - This game is rigged man - be like them little b****** on the chess board." This is the real Bodie. He is a soldier, faithful to his organization, and willing to do what's necessary; but sadly, it is as D'Angelo says - the pawns do not make it very far without getting capped.

Best Foil or Enemy: Bodie's friend and young hopper Wallace. Bodie's tougher persona, his older spirit (and you could even call it his maturity), and his ready to do what is necessary attitude are foiled by the youth of Wallace, his young face, his moral dilemmas with the game, and his lack of devotion to the game.

Critical Analysis: (see above)
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