History Characters / TheGodfather

3rd Aug '17 9:11:22 PM BatmanKalEl
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the time of this movie [[spoiler:it's clear he feels deeply remorseful for having Fredo killed. In fact, when he confesses his sins to Cardinal Lamberto, the future Pope John Paul I, the murder of his brother is the one crime that Michael seems to feel real guilt about, which causes him to break down.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the time of this movie movie, [[spoiler:it's clear he feels deeply remorseful for having Fredo killed. In fact, when he confesses his sins to Cardinal Lamberto, the future Pope John Paul I, the murder of his brother is the one crime that Michael seems to feel real guilt about, which causes him to break down.]]
3rd Aug '17 9:08:47 PM BatmanKalEl
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* AffablyEvil: In [[OlderAndWiser his old age]], Michael has become more genuinely friendly and kind, even if he still is nominally the most powerful Mafia Don in the country.

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* AffablyEvil: In [[OlderAndWiser his old age]], Michael [[TookALevelInKindness has become more genuinely friendly and kind, kind]], even if he still is nominally the most powerful Mafia Don in the country.
3rd Aug '17 7:05:45 AM Farnham
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Him showing interest in Sollozzo's deal, despite his father's opposition to said deal, is what spurs Sollozzo into plotting the attempt on his father's life, and everything that happens as a result of it.
3rd Aug '17 7:00:14 AM Farnham
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* TheBrute: Despite doing his best to fill the roles of caporegime (read: general), and later acting Don, the only thing Sonny is ever really good at is violence (well, outside the bedroom that is...)

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* TheBrute: Despite doing his best to fill the roles of caporegime (read: general), and later acting Don, the only thing Sonny is ever really good at is violence (well, outside the bedroom that is...)). It's during these times that Tom's importance as Sonny's advisor really becomes significant
24th Jul '17 12:29:53 PM Njein
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely based on Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], a capo in the Bonanno family and a trusted friend (and distant relative) of Joe Bonanno. But when Bonanno promoted his son Bill to consigliere, this left hard feelings on [=DiGregorio=], who then plots with rival bosses (who were already incensed with Bonanno's plot to kill them) to orchestrate Bonanno's ouster, splitting the family into two rival factions. Like Tessio, who set up Michael for an assassination in a supposed "sit-down", [=DiGregorio=] arranged an ambush on Bonanno's son, but not a single shot aimed by Di Gregorio's men hit their intended target. Unlike Tessio, who gets a "one-way ride", [=DiGregorio=] was rebuked by the Commission for his incompetence on the ambush against Bill Bonanno and was forced to step down, living in relative obscurity until his death in 1970.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely based on Gaspar [=DiGregorio=], a capo in the Bonanno family and a trusted friend (and distant relative) of Joe Bonanno. But when Bonanno promoted his son Bill to consigliere, this left hard feelings on [=DiGregorio=], who then plots with rival bosses (who were already incensed with Bonanno's plot to kill them) to orchestrate Bonanno's ouster, splitting the family into two rival factions. Like Tessio, who set up Michael for an assassination in a supposed "sit-down", [=DiGregorio=] arranged an ambush on Bonanno's son, but not a single shot aimed by Di Gregorio's [=DiGregorio=]'s men hit their intended target. Unlike Tessio, who gets a "one-way ride", "[[DeadlyEuphemism one-way ride]]", [=DiGregorio=] was rebuked by the Commission for his incompetence on the ambush against Bill Bonanno and was forced to step down, living in relative obscurity until his death in 1970.



* BigBad: The true antagonist of the first film in The Godfather Trilogy.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In a seemingly friendly gesture, he accepts Don Vito Corleone's request to help set up peace summit called to bring an end to the Five Families War. This is ultimately revealed to be a cynical ploy when Barzini uses the summit as an opportunity to subject Vito to a shakedown resulting in the forceful appropriation of much of the latter's power and influence.
* TheChessmaster: Had his plan to take down the Corleone's set up very well. [[spoiler:However, Michael managed to out-gambit him.]]

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* BigBad: The [[spoiler:The true antagonist of the first film in The Godfather Trilogy.
Trilogy.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In a seemingly friendly gesture, he accepts Don Vito Corleone's request to help set up peace summit called to bring an end to the Five Families War. This [[spoiler:This is ultimately revealed to be a cynical ploy when Barzini uses the summit as an opportunity to subject Vito to a shakedown resulting in the forceful appropriation of much of the latter's power and influence.
influence.]]
* TheChessmaster: Had [[spoiler:Had his plan to take down the Corleone's set up very well. [[spoiler:However, However, Michael managed to out-gambit him.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: He exhibits a very diplomatic and pleasant demeanor in his dealings with business partners and other associates. However, in reality, he is a very coldhearted and calculated man who has no scruples about employing brutal and underhanded tactics to increase his power.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He is ultimately revealed to be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to usurp power from the Corleone originally believed to be led by Philip Tattaglia.
* ManipulativeBastard: He secretly conspires with Carlo Rizzi to have Connie Corleone viciously beaten in order to provoke her hot-headed brother, Santino, and lure him to his death.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He exhibits a very diplomatic and pleasant demeanor in his dealings with business partners and other associates. However, [[spoiler:However, in reality, he is a very coldhearted cold-hearted and calculated man who has no scruples about employing brutal and underhanded tactics to increase his power.
power.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: He [[spoiler:He is ultimately revealed to be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to usurp power from the Corleone originally believed to be led by Philip Tattaglia.
Tattaglia.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He [[spoiler:He secretly conspires with Carlo Rizzi to have Connie Corleone viciously beaten in order to provoke her hot-headed brother, Santino, and lure him to his death. death.]]



* OutGambitted: Both Vito and Michael Corleone have outsmarted Barzini by deliberately letting him and the other bosses whittle away the Corleone interests in order to lull them into a false sense of security. Before his death, Vito warns his son that Barzini will try to have Michael eliminated under the guise of a peace meeting, and that whoever approaches Michael about the meeting will be exposed as the traitor within the family. Michael uses this info to his advantage, and silently eliminates the the other Mafia heads (including Barzini). Sal Tessio (who reveals himself to be the traitor at Vito's funeral, albeit unknowingly) and Carlo Rizzi (for conspiring with Barzini to abuse Connie) were later executed for betraying the Corleones.

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* OutGambitted: Both [[spoiler:Both Vito and Michael Corleone have outsmarted Barzini by deliberately letting him and the other bosses whittle away the Corleone interests in order to lull them into a false sense of security. Before his death, Vito warns his son that Barzini will try to have Michael eliminated under the guise of a peace meeting, and that whoever approaches Michael about the meeting will be exposed as the traitor within the family. Michael uses this info to his advantage, and silently eliminates the the other Mafia heads (including Barzini). Sal Tessio (who reveals himself to be the traitor at Vito's funeral, albeit unknowingly) and Carlo Rizzi (for conspiring with Barzini to abuse Connie) were later executed for betraying the Corleones.]]
15th Jul '17 11:33:20 PM KeithM
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* AwesomeByAnalysis: By observing a single Cuban rebel commit murder-suicide, Michael is immediately able to gain a deeper appreciation of the true political situation in Cuba than people who have been operating there for years.
15th Jul '17 11:16:09 PM KeithM
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* CrazyPrepared: After Fanucci's murder Vito smashes apart the revolver he used and disposes of the pieces down different chimneys and vent pipes. Although this was before people even considered things like forensics, he ensured there was no physical connection likely to be found between him and the murder.
19th Jun '17 3:31:03 PM Lawman592
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* AffluentAscetic: He's a captain of an immense criminal empire but chooses to live in a modest house in a Miami suburb.
30th May '17 1:07:35 PM Njein
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely based on Bill Bonanno, the son of Joe Bonanno. Like Corleone himself, Joe wanted his son to go legitimate, but he ended up becoming the Bonanno family's consigliere. Personality wise however, Bill was more like Fredo than Michael, as many of the street guys viewed him as a mob prince who lacked the street cred his father earned years earlier; Bill even lacked the ruthlessness Michael carried. The fact that Bonanno promoted his attention-seeking son to such a high position rankled many in the Bonanno family, triggering an internal war in the 1960s. Also has some elements of Thomas Gambino (son of Carlo Gambino) and Santo Trafficante Jr.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely He was loosely based on Bill Bonanno, the son of Joe Bonanno. Like Corleone himself, Joe wanted his son to go legitimate, but he ended up becoming the Bonanno family's consigliere. Personality wise however, Bill was more like Fredo than Michael, as many of the street guys viewed him as a mob prince who lacked the street cred his father earned years earlier; Bill even lacked the ruthlessness Michael carried. The fact that Bonanno promoted his attention-seeking son to such a high position rankled many in the Bonanno family, triggering an internal war in the 1960s. Also has some elements of Thomas Gambino (son of Carlo Gambino) and Santo Trafficante Jr.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely based on Gaspar Di Gregorio, a capo in the Bonanno family and a trusted friend of Joe Bonanno. But when Bonanno promoted his son Bill to consigliere, this left hard feelings on Di Gregorio, who then plots with rival bosses (who were already incensed with Bonanno's plot to kill them) to orchestrate Bonanno's ouster, splitting the family into two rival factions. Like Tessio, who set up Michael for an assassination in a supposed "sit-down", Di Gregorio arranged an ambush on Bonanno's son, but not a single shot aimed by Di Gregorio's men hit their intended target. Unlike Tessio, who gets a "one-way ride", Di Gregorio was rebuked by the Commission for his incompetence on the ambush against Bill Bonanno and was forced to step down, living in relative obscurity until his death in 1970.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Loosely based on Gaspar Di Gregorio, [=DiGregorio=], a capo in the Bonanno family and a trusted friend (and distant relative) of Joe Bonanno. But when Bonanno promoted his son Bill to consigliere, this left hard feelings on Di Gregorio, [=DiGregorio=], who then plots with rival bosses (who were already incensed with Bonanno's plot to kill them) to orchestrate Bonanno's ouster, splitting the family into two rival factions. Like Tessio, who set up Michael for an assassination in a supposed "sit-down", Di Gregorio [=DiGregorio=] arranged an ambush on Bonanno's son, but not a single shot aimed by Di Gregorio's men hit their intended target. Unlike Tessio, who gets a "one-way ride", Di Gregorio [=DiGregorio=] was rebuked by the Commission for his incompetence on the ambush against Bill Bonanno and was forced to step down, living in relative obscurity until his death in 1970.
19th May '17 7:38:23 AM k410ren
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* BondOneLiner: "Leave the gun. [[ThrowItIn Take the cannoli.]]"


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* DangerTakesABackseat: [[spoiler:While killing Carlo Rizzi.]]


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Personally kills Carlo Rizzi by strangling him in a car. It was probably personal since Sonny, who Carlo lured to his death, was Clemenza's godson.]]
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