History Characters / Goodfellas

17th Apr '17 4:07:12 PM AdamC
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Moreso than the other gangsters. Jimmy can't stand rats or people who are disloyal, and gives a young Henry the lesson to remember who his friends are and keep his mouth shut at all times. But despite preaching otherwise, Jimmy is almost the poster child for NoHonorAmongThieves; keeping the lion's share of mutual thefts, treating his so-called "friends" like garbage, and killing anyone who might be a liability.
12th Apr '17 2:07:04 PM AdamC
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* BerserkButton: Has two.
** Jimmy is much, much more obsessed with money than the other gangsters in the movie, and his friendly demeanor drops if someone owes him money but won't pay. On the opposite side, if Jimmy owes ''you'' money, bringing it up is a good way to infuriate him. He'd rather murder his benefactors and keep the cash than have to pay them back.
** Jimmy has no patience for people who are sloppy and could pose as a liability to his operations. This particular paranoia becomes more and more apparent as the film progresses, and anyone who leaves too many clues or in any way slips up will find themselves getting whacked.



* {{Greed}}: Is much more driven by Greed than the other members of the crew, and one of the Berserk Buttons that breaks his FauxAffablyEvil persona is people not paying him money they owe him. When he murders most of the other people responsible for the Lufthansa heist, it's partially because he's afraid they'll be a liability, and partially just because he'd rather keep their share of the money for himself.



* NiceToTheWaiter: He ''is'' quite generous with his tips.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Zig-zagged. He ''is'' quite generous with his tips.tips, but it's in no way an indicator that he's a nice guy. Handing out hundreds casually to servants is just him flaunting his wealth and showing off his high-class mafia lifestyle; in actuality he doesn't care about people who serve him at all.
27th Feb '17 4:18:24 AM WillBGood
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* {{Jerkass}}: Starts acting a lot more hostile after [[spoiler: Tommy's death.]] Dropping most of his FauxAffablyEvil traits and acts irritated all the time.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Starts acting a lot more hostile after [[spoiler: Tommy's death.]] Dropping death]], dropping most of his FauxAffablyEvil traits and acts acting irritated all the time.
27th Feb '17 4:17:38 AM WillBGood
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* FatalFlaw: As mentioned above, his solution for any problem is to KillEmAll. Forcing Henry to turn against him when he realizes that he's become a liability.

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* FatalFlaw: As mentioned above, his solution for any problem is to KillEmAll. Forcing KillEmAll, forcing Henry to turn against him when he realizes that he's become a liability.
27th Feb '17 4:15:43 AM WillBGood
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* AbusiveParents: Subverted, though Henry resents his father for beating him, to the audience it comes across more as tough love since the only time we see it happen is because Henry was cutting school to work at a place his father knew to be a hangout for hardened criminals.

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* AbusiveParents: Subverted, Subverted; though Henry resents his father for beating him, to the audience it comes across more as tough love since the only time we see it happen is because Henry was cutting school to work at a place his father knew to be a hangout for hardened criminals.
17th Feb '17 2:37:13 PM Taskmaster123
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** Pesci had trouble playing the role because he could not understand a character who reacted violently to ''everything.'' This was particularly true of the scene where Tommy kills Spider. From Pesci's perspective (or any other sane person for that matter), having someone that you've been ragging on telling you to go fuck yourself was simply no big deal. He finally decided that Tommy would simply not be able to understand that Jimmy rewarding Spider and asking Tommy if he was going to let Spider get away with it was all meant in jest, instead choosing to see it as a insult.

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** Pesci had trouble playing the role because he could not understand a character who reacted violently to ''everything.'' This was particularly true of the scene where Tommy kills Spider. From Pesci's perspective (or any other sane person for that matter), having someone that you've been ragging on telling you to go fuck yourself was simply no big deal. He finally decided that Tommy would simply not be able to understand that Jimmy rewarding Spider and asking Tommy if he was going to let Spider get away with it was all meant in jest, instead choosing to see it as a insult.
17th Feb '17 2:35:49 PM Taskmaster123
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** Pesci had trouble playing the role because he could not understand a character who reacted violently to ''everything.'' This was particularly true of the scene where Tommy kills Spider. From Pesci's perspective (or any other sane person for that matter), having someone that you've been ragging on telling you to go fuck yourself was simply no big deal. He finally decided that Tommy would simply not be able to understand that Jimmy rewarding Spider and asking Tommy if he was going to let Spider get away with it was all meant in jest, instead choosing to see it as a insult.
17th Feb '17 2:20:42 PM Taskmaster123
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* TooDumbToLive: After killing Billy, spending decades demonstrating that he simply could not muster any form of self-control, and showing everyone that he could never be trusted to simply stop and take a moment and think, the stupid son-of-a-bitch ''actually'' thought he was going to get made.
3rd Feb '17 7:42:21 AM TrollBrutal
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* AbusiveParents: Subverted, though Harry resents his father for beating him, to the audience it comes across more as tough love since the only time we see it happen is because Henry was cutting school to work at a place his father knew to be a hangout for hardened criminals.

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* AbusiveParents: Subverted, though Harry Henry resents his father for beating him, to the audience it comes across more as tough love since the only time we see it happen is because Henry was cutting school to work at a place his father knew to be a hangout for hardened criminals.
3rd Feb '17 5:44:51 AM Asdeker
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Is overjoyed to hear that Tommy is being made since having a made man in their crew guarantees them the protection and influence of the mafia, essentially allowing them to steal from and kill anyone who isn't made without consequence. [[spoiler: But then he and Harry find out the whole thing was a setup to kill Tommy in retaliation for the murder of Billy Batts. And because Batts was a made man and they weren't, there's nothing they can do in retaliation.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Is overjoyed to hear that Tommy is being made since having a made man in their crew guarantees them the protection and influence of the mafia, essentially allowing them to steal from and kill anyone who isn't made without consequence. [[spoiler: But then he and Harry Henry find out the whole thing was a setup to kill Tommy in retaliation for the murder of Billy Batts. And because Batts was a made man and they weren't, there's nothing they can do in retaliation.]]
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