This page is about the character. If you're looking for the second spin-off of Power, see Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

Kanan Stark was a fellow drug dealer and Ghost's former mentor turned rival. He was set up by Ghost and Tasha to go to prison for ten years.


He has been a hustler for years and had once taken both Tommy and Ghost under his wing years ago and taught both of them of how to live on the streets. Even though he served as a mentor to him, Ghost was secretly plotting against him and make his own plans to run the hustling game.

At some point, he had a son named Shawn Stark but very soon Kanan was arrested being put in jail by an anonymous tip who he later recognized as James and his wife Tasha St. Patrick.

Season 1 Edit

Kanan first appears when his son Shawn comes to visit him in prison and the two catch up on everything that's been going on. During this time, Kanan hires a beautiful but deadly assassin known as Pink Sneakers to kill Ghost and his associates. While Ghost is looking for the person that is killing off his connection, Kanan contacts him from prison and informs him that the gang leader Rolla, who was a friend is behind it, framing the leader to have Ghost with no allies.

Afterwards, Pink sneakers pays Kanan a visit telling him Rolla is dead as he laughs that his plan worked and he tells her that he wants Ghost dead before he gets out and that she needs to get a new pair of sneakers.

Season 2 Edit

Kanan is released from prison being picked up by his son. During this time, Kanan discovers Ghost was still alive and is angry with this development but decides to make due with it. He starts looking for Pink Sneakers, who failed to kill Ghost, and has one of her contacts attempt to find her but fails. He kills him and later learns that Pink Sneakers is in hiding in Miami.

He orders his right hand man Dre go to Miami and kill her before Ghost does. Kanan and Tommy meet up with the RSK gang and their new leader QDubs, which ends in Kanan killing him as the latter refused to work with him, Tommy, or Ruiz and his Soldado gang. Afterwards, Kanan furthers his plot to take over the drug business and kill Ghost. After a meeting with Tommy, Dre and his crew, Kanan has Dre kill one the latter's men, Brock as he disliked him and thought he would be disloyal. Later, He meets up with all the drug lords and gangs , including Serbian gang leader, Vladimir, Haitian gang leader Drifty, and Ruiz in order to meet up with Felipe Lobos and set up a new drug business with Kanan in charge and Lobos as their distributor once Ghost is dead. However, things change as Tommy and Lobos are arrested.

Tommy is released while Lobos is still locked up and the drug lords agree to have Ghost killed. During this time, Kanan uses his son Shawn to kill Ghost. However, Shawn fails and Ghost sends him away. Kanan is later confronted by his son, to whom he admits to using him and then shoots, killing him. Kanan has Dre get rid of Shawn's body. When Tommy meets up with Kanan, having him believed that James betrayed him. That is when Kanan reveals to Tommy that Ghost and Tasha send him to Jail. When Kanan had Shawn in his car with drugs, Ghost took one of the tail lights out of his car so that he can be pulled over.

Also that Tasha send the anonymous tip. Then Kanan has a confrontation with Ghost at a warehouse and the two fight and have a bloody, fiery showdown. Ghost stabs Kanan and then burns the house down, thinking he's dead. However, it is likely that Kanan survives and it is discovered that someone broke out of the warehouse during the fire.

Season 3 Edit

Kanan survives the fight with Ghost and goes into hiding in Washington D.C. at his cousin's house, but he is severely burnt and injured. After recovering, he helps her rob a jewelry store and kills Dirt, who's in on the heist after he opens the store's safe. He later plans revenge on Ghost once again and his cousin advises him to use Ghost to his advantage and then kill him.

He returns to New York City and goes to Dre's apartment and watches his daughter. When Dre returns from work at the club, he is shocked that Kanan is there and still alive. Kanan is angry that he is working with Ghost and blackmails him into working with him once again by threatening to kill his daughter. He is later seen spying on Ghost and Tommy. He meets up with Dre, who promised to get him more information on what is going on with Ghost. Later after being updated by Dre on Ghost's current event, he helps a old lady to her apartment (which was one of Breeze's old apartment where Ghost killed him) and kills her by smothering her to death.

While Kanan continues to get updates on Ghost's actions from Dre, he meets Ghost's son Tariq and later picks the boy up from school and the two bond. Kanan tries to secretly kill Tariq but after he learned Tariq resented his own father, he decides to use this to his own advantage. He develops a soft spot for Tariq, thinking that he would be like a father to him just as Ghost was to Shawn.

He later threatens Dre about warning Tariq about him, reminding him that he chose him. While Kanan is hanging out with Tariq, Jukebox later shows up to help. They tested his loyalty and Jukebox has him arrested and tried to force him to give up Kanan but he stays silent, which meant he passed. Kanan gets in the car and is impressed with Tariq who realizes what this act meant.

While they are all hanging out his apartment and plan to take out Ghost, Kanan talks with his cousin and she advises him to kill Tariq, which he holds off on. They later drug Tariq and then send a text from his phone to Tasha, showing a picture of her son and demanding a ransom.

Season 4Edit

Kanan still stays in hiding as he and Jukebox wait for Tasha to respond to their ransom demand for Tariq. Unfortunately for them, their meeting is interrupted by Dre who was looking for Tariq. Dre breaks the news to Kanan that due to Ghost being arrested, they won't be seeing any money from the St. Patricks that night. Dre also promises to pay Kanan with the money he gets from running the club since Ghost was incarcerated and left him in charge.

Satisfied with his enemy's suffering, and no longer intending on holding Tariq hostage, Kanan wakes up Riq from his lean coma and tells him that his dad has been arrested.

After Tariq wakes up, he is shocked at the news of his father's arrest and asks Kanan what his father did. Kanan tells him whatever he did, “he did that shit” and the young gullible Tariq believes him.

Tariq goes back home to his worried family as Kanan takes joy on Ghost experiencing what he experienced in prison. Days past, with Kanan and Ray Ray turning Tariq to his side and using the teenager to rob some of the latter's wealthy friends. Kanan's reasons for this was to turn Tariq against his father just Ghost did with his own son Shawn.

Dre continues to pay Kanan but warns him to stay away from the teenager as Tommy and Tasha were getting suspicious and think of coming for him if they learn he was alive.

When Ghost is released from jail, Jukebox (realizing Ghost could access his money) seizes the opportunity and kidnaps Tariq to continues to carry on with their ransom plans to get money and kill both of them. Jukebox has Kanan track Ghost down and Kanan finally makes his move against Ghost, surprising him with his survival. He then forces St. Patrick into his car at gunpoint telling him to hand over cash or Tariq will die. When Ghost protests that he just got out of jail and is a little short, Kanan is unimpressed. “Not having no money never stopped you from getting money before,” he reminds him. Ghost then decides to rob Tommy’s stash house with Kanan laughing that he'd rob his own friend and needs him as backup and an armed robbery in which one of Tommy's men dies.

As they drive to where Jukebox is holding Tariq, Ghost and Kanan have a heart-to-heart, or as close to one as these two men are capable of. Ghost stated “I loved you like a brother. I wasn’t going to kill you,” when explaining his choice to take Kanan out of the game by sending him to prison. Kanan replied “So you just made a bad choice,” stating bluntly if he was dead then this wouldn't be happening. Kanan then tells Ghost that Jukebox has his son, which worries him. After a drive, Kanan starts to have second thoughts and hands Ghost a gun and gives him a choice: Kill him now, or use the weapon to go in and they’ll get Tariq out together.

When the men get to the house, Jukebox quickly figures out she’s getting crossed, and she doesn’t like it. She pulls a gun on Tariq, who’s tied to a chair, and starts spilling secrets. She commands Kanan to tell Tariq who he really is, as he complies confessing that he’s a “no-good motherf–ker” who wanted to hurt Ghost, “so I used you.” Then, if poor Tariq isn’t traumatized enough, Kanan admits to killing Shawn, his own son and admits he'd do it again.

Juke is done with the truth-telling, so she goes to shoot Tariq, but Kanan takes her out with a round of bullets to the chest, killing his cousin. Ghost grabs his freaked-out son and hugs him, swaying back and forth. Kanan says he’ll see Tariq around, grabs the cash, and leaves.

Kanan texts Dre twice a few weeks after Tariq's kidnapping to talk business but Dre doesn't respond to Kanan's two text messages. Dre and Cristobal later send two assassins to kill Kanan. Later, while Kanan is at his apartment, the assassins attack and try to kill him, but Kanan effortlessly overpowers and kills them. It is later revealed that the two assassins were members of the Hermanos Tianos, Cristobal's gang.

Kanan tracks down and confronts Tommy some time after killing the assassins. Kanan asks if he or Ghost sent the assassins and shows Tommy the assassins' dead bodies in his car trunk. Tommy denies it and tells Kanan the assassins were Hermanos Tianos because of their gang tattoos. Tommy tells Kanan Cristobal is the leader of the Hermanos Tianos and he is friends with Dre. They call a truce due to Kanan saving Tariq and Kanan leaves. Kanan forms a crew with the intention to get revenge on Dre.

Kanan then tells his men who to look out for and is soon told about Raina's death. Kanan figures out that it was Ray Ray because Tariq had called him earlier asking him where he could find Ray Ray. He calls Tommy to let him know it was Ray-Ray who was responsible for it.

After Tariq kills Ray Ray, Kanan calls Tommy to tell him to let him speak with Ghost and they form an alliance to take out Dre. Kanan sits in the back seat of Tommy's car as the three men spot Dre with his new affiliation, they realize it was too risky to kill him since he was protected by the Jimenez Cartel. The three then drive off with the intention of getting reinforcement to carry out their plan for revenge another day.

Season 5Edit

When Tommy's connect Jason Micic appears, he is angry at Tommy for causing a loss of money and takes note of Kanan who is forced along with James to work for him to repay him the millions.

Kanan tells his gang they're working with Tommy/Ghost but doesn't mind, since he just has to make himself look good enough to work for Jimmy.

Kanan goes to Tommy, who asks how to handle a mobster being released. Kanan soon learns it's Tommy's father and is surprised, now understanding Tommy's new mob friends. Kanan then tells Tommy to give it a chance, since he didn't have a father. With that advice, Tommy decides to give his father the benefit of the doubt.

Later in the season, Kanan is pulled over by the police. It's revealed that Angela and Tasha planted the murder weapon that killed Ray Ray in his car. It's also revealed that Tariq was in on the plan to frame Kanan so that he can take the fall for Ray Ray's murder. Kanan is shot by the police, but manages to kill all of them. He approaches the police car with Tariq in it, locking eyes with him before killing the last surviiving officer. Tariq, paralyzed with terror, watches as Kanan smiles gets in another squad car to drive away. However, Kanan succumbs to his shot, and loses control causing the car to slowly crash into a pole.

Murders committed by KananEdit

  • Chabo: Shot in the head for failing to find Pink Sneakers.
  • Quarter "QDubs" Water: Shot in the head for refusing to work with him.
  • Shawn Stark: Shot twice for not killing Ghost after Shawn confronted him and also for insulting him.
  • Dirt: Shot in the head with a sub machine uzi.
  • Unknown old woman: Smothered.
  • Marcus: Shot in the head.
  • LaVerne "Jukebox" Ganner: Shot 3 times.
  • Two Hermanos Tianos Assassins: The first one was stabbed to death and the second one got his throat slit.
  • Scotty: Shot to death.
  • Trigger: Shot in the head.
  • Two Hermanos Tianos Members: The first one was shot in the chest and the second one was shot in the head.
  • Diego Jimenez's Bodyguard: Shot in the head by Kanan in order to kill Diego Jimenez on Ghost's orders.
  • Diego Jimenez: Shot in the shoulder and then in the head by Kanan on Ghost's orders.
  • Four NYPD Officers: All shot in the head.

Murders connected to KananEdit

  • Anibal Santalises: Neck slit from behind by Pink Sneakers to weaken Ghost's drug operation on his orders.
  • Rolla: Shot three times in the chest in his apartment by Ghost, after Kanan told him it was Rolla who sent Pink Sneakers after him.
  • Two RSK members: Shot to death by Tommy after Kanan shot QDubs.
  • Pink Sneakers: Stabbed to death by Dre on his orders, after failing to kill Ghost as he wanted Ghost dead before he gets out of prison and to also make sure she is not the one to tell Ghost it was him who sent her to kill him.
  • Broc: Kidnapped by him and shot by Dre on his orders because Kanan didn't like him and considered him as disloyal.
  • Raymond "Ray Ray" Jones: Indirectly caused. Kanan taught Tariq how to open a locked door with a card. Tariq later used this skill to break into Ray Ray's apartment and kill him.


  • Kanan was one of the overarching villains of the series, as he appeared in all seasons, and has more history with Ghost and Tommy than anyone else.
  • Kanan was the first character on Power to kill a main character when he killed Shawn Stark.
  • He murdered two members of his family: his son Shawn Stark and cousin LaVerne Ganner.
  • In Murderers,Tommy smokes some of Kanan's ashes out of respect. This is a reference to the belief that 2Pac's ashes were smoked by The Outlawz.
  • Kanan never appears in all episodes of a particular season.


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