Best Omar Little quotes: most iconic sayings of The Wire stick-up man played by late actor Michael K Williams

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Actor Michael K Williams, who played Omar Little on The Wire, has passed away at age 54

The Wire is often cited as one of the greatest television shows of all time. It was created and primarily written by David Simon, a former police reporter, and it premiered in June 2002 and ended in March 2008.

Set in Baltimore, The Wire features a wide cast of characters, and one of the most memorable and beloved is that of Omar Little, played by Michael K Williams who has died aged 54.

These are some of his best quotes from the show.

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“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

After his boyfriend is killed by Avon’s crew, and attempt to murder him too, Omar goes out for blood.

After taking out one of Avon’s top guys and shooting at his right-hand man, Wee-Bey, he utters the iconic line from the shadows that reminds everyone that he is not someone to be messed with.

“A man gotta have a code.”

Omar is a character that lives by a series of codes and morals - for him, this includes only hurting and robbing from drug dealers, never from innocent people.

He also does not swear, which is very rare for characters on the show.

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“All in the game yo, all in the game.”

Throughout the show, Omar makes a number of references to “the game”, which refers to the drug trade and the roles that everyone in it plays.

As previously mentioned, Omar lives by a code that means his part of the game is robbing from drug dealers and criminals - never from the innocent.

He delivers this iconic line whilst robbing a drug dealer in the South Bronx after having been chased out of Baltimore for trying to get revenge on the Barksdale Organisation for killing his boyfriend.

“Omar don’t scare.”

After his boyfriend was murdered by Avon Barksdale’s people, Omar decided to testify about a recent murder in order to get his revenge.

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After being reminded how extremely dangerous this is for him, all Omar does is laugh and explain that he “don’t scare”.


“Man, money ain’t got no owners, only spenders.”

This line came during one of Omar’s most dangerous moments - robbing Marlo Stanfield in the middle of a poker game.

Omar said that quote after Marlo claimed he was taking his money.

“I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. It’s all in the game though, right?”

After being called a parasite for robbing drug dealers by a lawyer, Omar said these words in response - saying that the lawyer is also a parasite in equal measure.

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The single line explains how they both profit from the drug trade and violence in Baltimore - the only difference being that Omar profits using a shotgun while Maurice Levy, the lawyer, does with a suitcase.


For fans of The Wire, this singular word is most synonymous with Omar than anything else. He says it a number of times throughout the show, and is his go to choice of words in order to ensure he has control over every situation.

“It ain’t what you takin’, it’s who you takin’ from, ya feel me? How you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with puppies?”

Omar says this quote to his boyfriend after a frightened drug dealer dropped his stash for Omar, despite him only leaving the house to pick up some cereal.

He explains that he doesn’t want the drugs because he put no effort into getting them, and that he could go soft if he robs easy targets.

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“But the game is out there, and it’s either play or be played.”

With this quote, Omar sums up life in the Baltimore drug scene - either you’re playing the game or you’ll end up getting taken advantage of, or even killed.

He says this line after being brought in by police for questioning after a wiretap implicates him in the murder of Stinkum.

“Spread the word, darlin’. Omar back!”

If Omar is in town, then the drug dealers know they’re in for trouble - and when they thought Omar was gone, they all could breathe a little easier.

However, that didn’t last for long as Omar returned to Baltimore with his new boyfriend Dante. After staking out a house to rob, he’s beaten to it by some thieves, so he follows them back to their hideout where he makes his dramatic announcement.

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“I suppose we could. Or settle this once and forever.”

Omar says this line during a tense standoff with Brother Mouzone - however, the two manage to find some common ground and decide to pursue a shared goal: taking down Stringer Bell.

“And I keeps one in the chamber in case you pondering.”

With Brother Mouzone pointing a gun at Omar, he takes his own gun out and lets him know that he always has a round ready to fire - that he’s always ready to fight.


“Boy, you got me confused with a man who repeats himself.”

In the first robbery the audience get to see Omar run, he proves himself to be organised, professional and dangerous.

After he asks where the stash is and is told that there isn’t any, Omar delivers this line letting everyone know he is not someone to try it on with.

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