It’s hardly a coincidence that two of television’s most beloved badasses—The Wire’s Omar Little and Boardwalk Empire’s Chalky White—are played by the same actor. Though each character is completely unique within the television landscape, they both benefit from the unique dramatic gifts of Michael Kenneth Williams, who, with just a single glance, can charm or alarm in equal parts. In the hands of a lesser actor, it would be easy to turn either character into a one-dimensional criminal. But Williams isn’t one for taking shortcuts. Here, we offer a side-by-side comparison of these brilliantly layered (albeit deeply flawed) legends of the small screen.