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* [[TheDreaded Hoyt Volker]] from ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' certainly qualifies as an unusually [[AxCrazy chilling and psychopathic]] example of this trope. He is the most powerful criminal on the island and the brains behind the slave trafficking and drugs.
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* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is an odd example. He runs an extensive criminal empire dedicated to contract killing and slavery, has extended his reach to other the galaxies to increase his wealth and power over resources and the masses, and employs a lot of [[TheMafia mobsters]], enforcers, EliteMooks, thugs, minions, [[BountyHunter bounty hunters]], assassins, dictators and interplanetary gangsters at his disponsal.
30th Jul '17 1:41:05 PM grammy
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* Rene Benoit of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Tony Soprano of ''Series/TheSopranos'', and Uncle Junior before him, and Jackie Aprile, Sr. before him. Technically, all three were Acting Boss for Ercole "Eckley" [=DiMeo=], who was convicted and sent to federal prison in Missouri in 1995 (four years before the series begins) until Tony formally takes the title of Boss for himself in Season 6 (Eckley was ancient--over 80--incarcerated, and quite probably senile). In the premiere the remaining Capos do discuss the possibility of establishing a forum, but reject it because the old hierarchy is much more efficient at settling disputes. The rival New York family has Carmine Lupertazzi, a classic old-school Don. He is replaced by Johnny Sack and Phil Leotardo.

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* Rene Benoit The Guatrau, leader of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
the Ha'la'tha, on ''Series/{{Caprica}}''.
* Tony Soprano Datak Tarr is one in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. Naturally, he prefers the world see him as an entrepreneur. In the pilot, his bodyguard nearly breaks the arm of ''Series/TheSopranos'', a man who runs up to him on the street with his weekly protection payment, as the regular pick-up guy didn't show up. Datak quietly (but angrily) tells the man to go home and Uncle Junior before him, wait for someone to come, but ''never'' to approach him like that on the street. His wife Stahma, meanwhile, distracts the man's children by offering them sweets.
** True to this trope, Datak strives to maintain the culture of his lost homeworld, despite the fact that he was the lowest of the low there. His son Alak was born on Earth
and Jackie Aprile, Sr. before him. Technically, all three were Acting Boss for Ercole "Eckley" [=DiMeo=], who was convicted and sent wants nothing to federal prison in Missouri in 1995 (four years before the series begins) until Tony formally takes the title of Boss for do with his father's "business", preferring to immerse himself in Season 6 (Eckley was ancient--over 80--incarcerated, human culture (i.e. a typical second-generation immigrant), working as the titular town's radio DJ and quite probably senile). In the premiere the remaining Capos do discuss the possibility of establishing a forum, but reject it because the nearly squealing with delight when he gets his hands on some old hierarchy is much more efficient at settling disputes. The rival New York family has Carmine Lupertazzi, a classic old-school Don. He is replaced by Johnny Sack and Phil Leotardo.records.



* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', the original: The Vachon patriarch, played somewhat against type by Harold Gould, who was usually seen in comedy series. The "V for Vachon" arc ran about 5 episodes spaced over a season.
* Jimmy Reardon of ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}'' has most of the qualities associated with the Don.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has Bo Crowder, head of the Crowder family and former criminal kingpin of Harlan County. During his heyday there wasn't an illegal transaction that took place in the county without him receiving a cut of it. During his five-year stint in prison his empire collapses; Season 1's main arc is driven by his attempt at reclaiming it.
%%* Ryuubee Sonozaki of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had the Intergang head Bill Church Sr., after he and his son Bill Church Jr. end up in prison the family business is taken over by Mindy Church... Bill Sr.'s till that point thought to be airheaded TrophyWife who set him up and who had been ObfuscatingStupidity.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Mr. Paik, Sun's father and Jin's employer.



* In season 2 of ''Series/TheWire'', "The Greek", unnamed patriarch of the Greek crime syndicate. He's very soft spoken, has a calm civility of another age, masking an icy ruthlessness.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Mr. Paik, Sun's father and Jin's employer.
* The Guatrau, leader of the Ha'la'tha, on ''Series/{{Caprica}}''.

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* In season 2 %%* Rene Benoit of ''Series/TheWire'', "The Greek", unnamed patriarch ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Thomas Shelby, don
of the Greek crime syndicate. Shelby clan and their gang, the Peaky Blinders, in the thusly-named ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. An unique example, in that he's not the father of the family, not even the eldest son. After him and his siblings father became a DisappearedDad, Thomas surpassed his elder brother, and took control of the family business, simply because he's much ''better'' at it than his brother.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has several Mafia dons, most of whom look the part, and prioritise their families and territories. The most important don, though, is Elias, who looks so nebbish and unassuming that he's able to work undercover in his enemies' territory for three years.
He's very soft spoken, has a calm civility the bastard son of another age, masking an icy ruthlessness.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Mr. Paik, Sun's
a Don who murdered his mother and attempted to have Elias himself garotted, which drives Elias to have his father killed and Jin's employer.
take over all the territories of New York. He does highly value oath-keeping and personal loyalty, to the point that he maintains a truce with the protagonists.
* Tony Soprano of ''Series/TheSopranos'', and Uncle Junior before him, and Jackie Aprile, Sr. before him. Technically, all three were Acting Boss for Ercole "Eckley" [=DiMeo=], who was convicted and sent to federal prison in Missouri in 1995 (four years before the series begins) until Tony formally takes the title of Boss for himself in Season 6 (Eckley was ancient--over 80--incarcerated, and quite probably senile). In the premiere the remaining Capos do discuss the possibility of establishing a forum, but reject it because the old hierarchy is much more efficient at settling disputes. The Guatrau, leader of the Ha'la'tha, on ''Series/{{Caprica}}''.rival New York family has Carmine Lupertazzi, a classic old-school Don. He is replaced by Johnny Sack and Phil Leotardo.



* Jimmy Reardon of ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}'' has most of the qualities associated with the Don.
* Ryuubee Sonozaki of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* Harry Montebello on ''Series/TheStraits''.
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', the original: The Vachon patriarch, played somewhat against type by Harold Gould, who was usually seen in comedy series. The "V for Vachon" arc ran about 5 episodes spaced over a season.
* Datak Tarr is one in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. Naturally, he prefers the world see him as an entrepreneur. In the pilot, his bodyguard nearly breaks the arm of a man who runs up to him on the street with his weekly protection payment, as the regular pick-up guy didn't show up. Datak quietly (but angrily) tells the man to go home and wait for someone to come, but ''never'' to approach him like that on the street. His wife Stahma, meanwhile, distracts the man's children by offering them sweets.
** True to this trope, Datak strives to maintain the culture of his lost homeworld, despite the fact that he was the lowest of the low there. His son Alak was born on Earth and wants nothing to do with his father's "business", preferring to immerse himself in human culture (i.e. a typical second-generation immigrant), working as the titular town's radio DJ and nearly squealing with delight when he gets his hands on some old records.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has Bo Crowder, head of the Crowder family and former criminal kingpin of Harlan County. During his heyday there wasn't an illegal transaction that took place in the county without him receiving a cut of it. During his five-year stint in prison his empire collapses; Season 1's main arc is driven by his attempt at reclaiming it.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has several Mafia dons, most of whom look the part, and prioritise their families and territories. The most important don, though, is Elias, who looks so nebbish and unassuming that he's able to work undercover in his enemies' territory for three years. He's the bastard son of a Don who murdered his mother and attempted to have Elias himself garotted, which drives Elias to have his father killed and take over all the territories of New York. He does highly value oath-keeping and personal loyalty, to the point that he maintains a truce with the protagonists.
* Thomas Shelby, don of the Shelby clan and their gang, the Peaky Blinders, in the thusly-named ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. An unique example, in that he's not the father of the family, not even the eldest son. After him and his siblings father became a DisappearedDad, Thomas surpassed his elder brother, and took control of the family business, simply because he's much ''better'' at it than his brother.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had the Intergang head Bill Church Sr., after he and his son Bill Church Jr. end up in prison the family business is taken over by Mindy Church... Bill Sr.'s till that point thought to be airheaded TrophyWife who set him up and who had been ObfuscatingStupidity.

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* Jimmy Reardon of ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}'' has most of the qualities associated with the Don.
* Ryuubee Sonozaki of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
*
%%* Harry Montebello on ''Series/TheStraits''.
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', the original: The Vachon patriarch, played somewhat against type by Harold Gould, who was usually seen in comedy series. The "V for Vachon" arc ran about 5 episodes spaced over a season.
* Datak Tarr is one in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. Naturally, he prefers the world see him as an entrepreneur.
In the pilot, his bodyguard nearly breaks the arm season 2 of a man who runs up to him on the street with his weekly protection payment, as the regular pick-up guy didn't show up. Datak quietly (but angrily) tells the man to go home and wait for someone to come, but ''never'' to approach him like that on the street. His wife Stahma, meanwhile, distracts the man's children by offering them sweets.
** True to this trope, Datak strives to maintain the culture of his lost homeworld, despite the fact that he was the lowest
''Series/TheWire'', "The Greek", unnamed patriarch of the low there. His son Alak was born on Earth and wants nothing to do with his father's "business", preferring to immerse himself in human culture (i.e. a typical second-generation immigrant), working as the titular town's radio DJ and nearly squealing with delight when he gets his hands on some old records.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has Bo Crowder, head of the Crowder family and former criminal kingpin of Harlan County. During his heyday there wasn't an illegal transaction that took place in the county without him receiving a cut of it. During his five-year stint in prison his empire collapses; Season 1's main arc is driven by his attempt at reclaiming it.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has several Mafia dons, most of whom look the part, and prioritise their families and territories. The most important don, though, is Elias, who looks so nebbish and unassuming that he's able to work undercover in his enemies' territory for three years.
Greek crime syndicate. He's the bastard son very soft spoken, has a calm civility of a Don who murdered his mother and attempted to have Elias himself garotted, which drives Elias to have his father killed and take over all the territories of New York. He does highly value oath-keeping and personal loyalty, to the point that he maintains a truce with the protagonists.
* Thomas Shelby, don of the Shelby clan and their gang, the Peaky Blinders, in the thusly-named ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. An unique example, in that he's not the father of the family, not even the eldest son. After him and his siblings father became a DisappearedDad, Thomas surpassed his elder brother, and took control of the family business, simply because he's much ''better'' at it than his brother.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had the Intergang head Bill Church Sr., after he and his son Bill Church Jr. end up in prison the family business is taken over by Mindy Church... Bill Sr.'s till that point thought to be airheaded TrophyWife who set him up and who had been ObfuscatingStupidity.
another age, masking an icy ruthlessness.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has The Don Bot.
* Peter also has dealings with one in an episode where he gets into debt with the Mob in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Fat Tony. (However, while Fat Tony is the most well-known mobster in Springfield, he isn't the biggest; he answers to a more powerful one named Don Vittorio [=DiMaggio=].)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has Loogie. Despite being an elementary school kid, he's styled after a classic Italian mafioso and runs a racket that steals tooth fairy money from kids around the neighborhood.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a few Dons running around RoaringTwenties Republic City leading the [[ElementalPowers bending]] [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs triads]]. One was PredecessorVillain Yakone, and a more recent one is Lightning Bolt Zolt.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' had a funny example. Harvey defended [[TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]], who was thought to be this, and who certainly ''believed'' himself to be this. Harvey successfully argued that Fred suffered from IdentityAmnesia yet again, causing himself to believe he was this trope. Meanwhile, the episode shows plenty of evidence that Fred was indeed TheDon. [[spoiler: Which is why the TwistEnding showed that Fred never ''was'' TheDon. Barney Rubble was.]]


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* Peter has dealings with one in an episode where he gets into debt with the Mob in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has The Don Bot. That's his function, although it's obviously carried to the point of parody.
--->'''Donbot''': "Their desire to keep living shows me no respect."
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' had a funny example. Harvey defended [[TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]], who was thought to be this, and who certainly ''believed'' himself to be this. Harvey successfully argued that Fred suffered from IdentityAmnesia yet again, causing himself to believe he was this trope. Meanwhile, the episode shows plenty of evidence that Fred was indeed TheDon. [[spoiler: Which is why the TwistEnding showed that Fred never ''was'' TheDon. Barney Rubble was.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a few Dons running around RoaringTwenties Republic City leading the [[ElementalPowers bending]] [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs triads]]. One was PredecessorVillain Yakone, and a more recent one is Lightning Bolt Zolt.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Fat Tony. However, while Fat Tony is the most well-known mobster in Springfield, he isn't the biggest; he answers to a more powerful one named Don Vittorio [=DiMaggio=].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has Loogie. Despite being an elementary school kid, he's styled after a classic Italian mafioso and runs a racket that steals tooth fairy money from kids around the neighborhood.
15th Jul '17 1:20:40 PM nombretomado
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* Hungarian gangster Andrei Gyorgy is an interesting and obscure example of this. His smuggling prowess in WorldWarII made him not merely an important crime lord, but a major player in the espionage game. He was hired for various purposes by many different factions including the British, Americans, Germans, the Hungarians and the Zionists and who knows how many others for getting messages, agents, money or whatever to given places. After the war his syndicate broke up and he retired to become an obscure bartender.

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* Hungarian gangster Andrei Gyorgy is an interesting and obscure example of this. His smuggling prowess in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII made him not merely an important crime lord, but a major player in the espionage game. He was hired for various purposes by many different factions including the British, Americans, Germans, the Hungarians and the Zionists and who knows how many others for getting messages, agents, money or whatever to given places. After the war his syndicate broke up and he retired to become an obscure bartender.
27th Jun '17 8:57:28 AM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, The Gerhardts (Otto Gerhardt followed by Floyd)[[note]]becomes leader due to her husbands stroke alongside their two surviving sons (Bear and Dodd, who tend to act as her [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively), and their lieutenants (who continue to handle the family's various business interests)[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, The Gerhardts (Otto Gerhardt followed by Floyd)[[note]]becomes leader due to Otto Gerhardt, Floyd Gerhardt[[note]]following her husbands stroke stroke, alongside their two surviving sons (Bear and Dodd, who tend to act acting as her [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively), and their lieutenants (who continue to handle the family's various business interests)[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Mafia Management, Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally now [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
24th Jun '17 4:05:54 PM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, The Gerhardts (Otto Gerhardt followed by Floyd)[[note]]becomes leader due to her husbands stroke, with their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd) acting as her [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, The Gerhardts (Otto Gerhardt followed by Floyd)[[note]]becomes leader due to her husbands stroke, with stroke alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd) acting and Dodd, who tend to act as her [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while respectively), and their lieutenants (who continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], interests)[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
24th Jun '17 4:01:44 PM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto Gerhardt up until his stroke, when his wife, Floyd, is forced to take on a more active role within the organisation alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act as their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the The Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto (Otto Gerhardt up until his followed by Floyd)[[note]]becomes leader due to her husbands stroke, when his wife, Floyd, is forced to take on a more active role within the organisation alongside with their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act Dodd) acting as their Mother's her [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
24th Jun '17 1:03:27 PM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto Gerhardt up until his stroke, when his wife, Floyd, is forced to take a more active role within the organisation alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act as their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto Gerhardt up until his stroke, when his wife, Floyd, is forced to take on a more active role within the organisation alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act as their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
24th Jun '17 1:02:26 PM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto until his stroke, wherein his wife, Floyd, begins to take a more active role within the organisation alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act as their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto Gerhardt up until his stroke, wherein when his wife, Floyd, begins is forced to take a more active role within the organisation alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd), who tend to act as their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
24th Jun '17 12:57:26 PM The10thGeek
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto until his stroke, wherein his wife, Floyd, begins to take a more active role within the organisation while their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd) act as the muscle, and their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' has had (in chronological order) Dieter Gerhardt, Kellerman, the Gerhardts (again)[[note]]Otto until his stroke, wherein his wife, Floyd, begins to take a more active role within the organisation while alongside their two surviving sons (Bear & Dodd) Dodd), who tend to act as the muscle, and their Mother's [[{{TheConsigliere}} Consigliere]] & muscle respectively, while their lieutenants continue to handle the family's various business interests[[/note]], Mike Milligan (presumably, on behalf of the Kansas City Mafia), Moses Tripoli[[spoiler:/Hanzee Dent]], and finally [[spoiler:Ruby Goldfarb]][[note]]on behalf of V.M. Varga[[/note]]
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