History Characters / Goodfellas

19th Jun '17 4:36:09 PM erik6767
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* HairTriggerTemper: He shot a guy in the foot for getting him the wrong drink, and later killed the guy by shooting him again. He also killed a made man just for insulting him at his birthday party.

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* HairTriggerTemper: He shot a guy in the foot for getting him the wrong drink, and later killed the guy by shooting him again. He also killed a made man just for insulting him at in front of his birthday party.date.
6th Jun '17 11:20:42 AM CosmicFerret
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->Portrayed by: Ray Liotta

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->Portrayed by: Ray Liotta
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18th May '17 4:30:12 PM NightShade96
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[[folder:Tommy Devito]]

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[[folder:Tommy Devito]]DeVito]]



* AdaptationNameChange: He was Tommy [[De Simone]] in real life.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: The real Tommy was 6"2", had long hair and a moustache, was built like a boxer and was described as very good looking.
* AdaptationNameChange: He was Tommy [[De Simone]] [=DeSimone=] in real life.
16th May '17 5:29:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BeingGoodSucks: He notes that at the age of 11 he was making more money as a crook than most honest people in his neighborhood. This is the main reason why Henry Hill resents his final fate as a "schnook," where he has to wait in line like all the others he felt contempt towards for most of his life.



* IJustWantToBeBadass: His opening narration:
-->As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me being a gangster was better than being President of the United States.



* NiceToTheWaiter: He provides a straight example at the Copacabana, handing out $20 bills and being friendly with the service.



* PetTheDog:
** During his teenage segment, he helps a random guy who shows up with a bullet wound. He provides some aprons for the bandages and tellingly, he's called out by his boss: "You wasted eight fucking aprons on this guy."
** He's genuinely worried about Morrie and does his best to calm him down, because Henry knows that Jimmy -at the very least- is going to beat the guy senseless if he keeps complaining. [[BaitTheDog Played with]] in that Henry enjoys watching Jimmy kicking Morrie afterwards.



* SanitySlippage: His coke-fueled paranoia later in the film.
* TaughtByExperience: His knowledge of the underworld allows him to navigate it safely for decades. He's particularly good at reading Jimmy and anticipates his actions often, having seing him in action so many times. This is the reason why Henry outlives most of his fellows.
* ThouShaltNotKill: He does not kill anyone. Not a soul. He buries bodies, steals things, beats people to a pulp, but he doesn't kill anyone. Justified in that, not being Italian on his father's side, he had no chance of becoming a "made man," and thus was more useful without having committed murders. In reality Henry did commit three murders for the mob.



* VillainousBreakdown: The scene after he gets busted when Henry finds out that Karen flushed cocaine worth $60,000 down the toilet so the cops wouldn't have found it. This breakdown in particular happened in 2 stages: he was first angry at her for throwing it away, [[DespairEventHorizon then he breaks down crying realizing that his life as a mobster is over]].



->Portrayed by: RobertDeNiro

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->Portrayed by: RobertDeNiro
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* AdaptationNameChange: He was Jimmy Burke in real life. The filmmakers decided to use his mother's maiden name of Conway, which he sometimes used as an alias, after his sister threatened to sue them.



* KarmaHoudini: He's sent to jail due to an unrelated charge (presumably the point shaving done at Boston College). He never pays for killing a made man alongside Tommy. (The real life Burke died of cancer in prison in 1996.)



* ManlyTears: When he finds out Tommy's been killed.



* {{Sadist}}: not as much as Tommy, but still a big one.

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* {{Sadist}}: not Not as much as Tommy, but still a big one.one.
* SanitySlippage: He takes a level in sociopathy. This is what leads him to eliminate any links between Luftansa and himself.



* AdaptationNameChange: He was Tommy [[De Simone]] in real life.



* KilledMidSentence: "[[OhCrap Oh n--]]"



->Portrayed by: Lorraine Bracco

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->Portrayed by: Lorraine Bracco
Creator/LorraineBracco


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* AdaptationNameChange: He was Paul Vario in real life.


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* TheDon: He's the top-ranking mafioso of the movie, so powerful that he's a Don in all but name, with hundreds of people depending on him. Despite the perspective and scope, technically he's just a captain for the Lucchese family.


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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: He's depicted as AffablyEvil and a likable capo. Henry Hill explains him away as "protection for wiseguys among themselves." Mobster Paul Vario - his RealLife counterpart - had more direct involvement in the nastier (and bloodier) crimes committed by his crew. In ''Wiseguy'' (the book the film was based on), Hill recalled seeing Vario attack a barmaid with a baseball bat after she informed his wife they were having an affair. ''Wiseguy'' author Nicholas Pileggi writes, "He abhorred unnecessary violence (the kind he hadn't ordered), [[PragmaticVillainy mainly because it was bad for business]]."
* HonoraryUncle: 'Uncle' Paulie and the offspring of the wiseguys have a very avuncular relationship.


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* TaughtByExperience: He's very aware that drugs can bring the whole thing down because he knows of a fellow old wiseguy who was arrested just for greeting some drug dealer, or so Paulie says. He also has an aversion to telephones and personal meetings, hinting he knows about wiretapping and criminal conspiracy cases.
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.
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