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23rd Nov '16 10:55:58 AM Narsil
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* ''Film/TheGodfather'' is the TropeCodifier. The genesis of the modern media portrayal, though the actual word 'mafia' was [[NotUsingTheZWord notably absent]] from the film versions. (Ironically, it would go on to influence real-life mafia culture, particularly the [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster glamorous self-image]] that would be aspired to, and the word "godfather" itself.) The producers of ''The Godfather'' were able to speak to Joe Colombo, a Mafia boss (who would go on to forge a 2nd career organizing the Italian-American Anti-Defamation and Equal Rights campaign) who provided some of his 'boys' for crowd-control on-set. In exchange, he made several requests, one of which was that the word 'mafia' be removed from the script (the director agreed, which was easy enough to do -- considering that it wasn't in the script in the first place). The ''Godfather'' franchise made TheMafia an UnbuiltTrope, as it depicts the inherent weakness of the Mafia, leading up to its downfall. It also unbuilds some mafia-related tropes, such as NothingPersonal and ShameIfSomethingHappened.

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* ''Film/TheGodfather'' is the TropeCodifier. The genesis of the modern media portrayal, though the actual word 'mafia' was [[NotUsingTheZWord notably absent]] from the film versions. (Ironically, it would go on to influence real-life mafia culture, particularly the [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster glamorous self-image]] that would be aspired to, and the word "godfather" itself.) The producers of ''The Godfather'' were able to speak to Joe Colombo, a Mafia boss (who would go on to forge a 2nd career organizing worked with the Italian-American Anti-Defamation and Equal Civil Rights campaign) who provided some of his 'boys' for crowd-control on-set. In exchange, he made several requests, one of which League (which was known to have Mafia connections) to ensure that the word 'mafia' be removed from movie was acceptable to the Mafia; they gave their blessing, with some conditions, notably that the script (the director agreed, which was easy enough to do -- considering that it wasn't not use the terms "Mafia" (only used twice in the script original script) or "la Cosa Nostra" (not used in the first place).original script, although the novel credits the fictional Don Corleone with coining the term). The ''Godfather'' franchise made TheMafia an UnbuiltTrope, as it depicts the inherent weakness of the Mafia, leading up to its downfall. It also unbuilds some mafia-related tropes, such as NothingPersonal and ShameIfSomethingHappened.
13th Nov '16 5:28:19 PM Njein
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* Ironically, Mafia godfather Joe Colombo forged a second career organizing the Italian-American Anti-Defamation and Equal Rights campaign, to highlight and argue against this very point -- while all the time siphoning off the charitable donations to fund his ongoing Mafia activities. Incredibly, many American politicians, activists and TV opinion-formers supported Colombo to a T, while not stopping to reflect on the coincidence that the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League was headed by a man known to be a mobster. Despite repeated warnings to stop this, Colombo continued to do this, and as a result, the other Mafia bosses became enraged and marked him for death. On June 8, 1971, Colombo arrived at his second annual “Italian-American Unity Day” rally, with thousands in attendance along with several congressmen and entertainers. As Colombo made his way to the stage, he was shot several times by an African-American man named Jerome Johnson, who was wearing journalist credentials. He held a camera in one hand, and a pistol in the other. Several men, including Colombo’s son, jumped on Johnson; at that point, one of Colombo's bodyguards quickly reached Johnson and shot him in the stomach several times. The shooting did not kill Colombo instantly but it permanently incapacitated him for the last seven years of his life; he later died of natural causes on May 22, 1978.

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* Ironically, Mafia godfather Joe Colombo forged a second career organizing the Italian-American Anti-Defamation and Equal Rights campaign, to highlight and argue against this very point -- while all the time siphoning off the charitable donations to fund his ongoing Mafia activities. Incredibly, many American politicians, activists and TV opinion-formers supported Colombo to a T, while not stopping to reflect on the coincidence that the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League was headed by a man known to be a powerful mobster. Despite repeated warnings to stop this, Colombo continued to do this, and as a result, the other Mafia bosses became enraged and marked him for death. On June 8, 1971, Colombo arrived at his second annual “Italian-American Unity Day” rally, with thousands in attendance along with several congressmen and entertainers. As Colombo made his way to the stage, he was shot several times by an African-American man named Jerome Johnson, who was wearing journalist credentials. He held a camera in one hand, and a pistol in the other. Several men, including Colombo’s son, jumped on Johnson; at that point, one of Colombo's bodyguards quickly reached Johnson and shot him in the stomach several times. The Though the shooting did not kill Colombo instantly but instantly, it permanently incapacitated him for the last seven years of his life; he later died of natural causes on May 22, 1978.
31st Oct '16 1:06:16 PM Njein
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23rd Oct '16 3:26:31 PM Odacon_Spy
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** In IV, by contrast, TheMafia doesn't really show up until the latter parts of the game and is comparatively weak and racked by infighting, and who are ultimately played for fools by [[BigBad Dimitri]]. In ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', they are secondary antagonists who effectively fade into the background when Luis offs the [[TheMafiya main antagonists]] in spectacular fashion.

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** In IV, by contrast, TheMafia doesn't really show up until the latter parts of the game and is comparatively weak and racked by infighting, and who are ultimately being played for fools by [[BigBad Dimitri]]. In ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', they are secondary antagonists who effectively fade into the background when Luis offs the [[TheMafiya main antagonists]] in spectacular fashion.
21st Oct '16 9:48:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Bud Bundy]] borrows money from a man named Capone (who operates a bank from his car) to produce a workout video.

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* [[Series/MarriedWithChildren ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Bud Bundy]] Bundy borrows money from a man named Capone (who operates a bank from his car) to produce a workout video.
21st Oct '16 9:40:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' -- the otherwise entirely stereotypical mobsters are actually French, and obsessed with cycling.
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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' -- the otherwise entirely stereotypical mobsters are actually French, and obsessed with cycling.
21st Oct '16 9:39:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Mafia makes several appearances in ''Series/{{CSI}}'', unsurprisingly considering [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas the location]]. ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' also dealt with a New York branch, and particularly, The Tanglewood Boys, a gang of Mafioso youth. Early on, any Mafia episode usually contains a [[BlatantLies "…but the Mafia haven't been active in Las Vegas since the 80s"]] line. Don't want to [[TheMasquerade scare away the tourists]], after all.

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* The Mafia makes several appearances in ''Series/{{CSI}}'', unsurprisingly considering [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas the location]]. ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' also dealt with a New York branch, and particularly, The Tanglewood Boys, a gang of Mafioso youth. Early on, any Mafia episode usually contains a [[BlatantLies "…but "...but the Mafia haven't been active in Las Vegas since the 80s"]] line. Don't want to [[TheMasquerade scare away the tourists]], after all.



* The intimidating, [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub social club-dwelling]] recipients of a huge roulette wheel cake on ''CakeBoss'' (filmed in New Jersey) are ''heavily'' implied to be the Mafia.

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* The intimidating, [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub social club-dwelling]] recipients of a huge roulette wheel cake on ''CakeBoss'' ''Series/CakeBoss'' (filmed in New Jersey) are ''heavily'' implied to be the Mafia.
24th Sep '16 8:12:59 AM Rmpdc
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* ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' is all about La Cosa Nostra. [[VideoGame/MafiaII And it's got a sequel]].

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* ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' is all about La Cosa Nostra. [[VideoGame/MafiaII And it's got a sequel]].got]] [[VideoGame/MafiaIII two sequels]].
22nd Sep '16 10:33:37 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' has an Italian gang (a literal crime family composed of brothers and cousins) trying to move in on the rackets in Atlantic City. Important Mafia figures like 'Lucky' Luciano, Johnny Torrio, UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Joe Masseria also feature prominently. The main Gang boss, Enoch Thompson and many of his allies are Irish-American whilst the often forgotten but very powerful [[KosherNostra Jewish Mafia]] are represented by New York Boss Arnold Rothstein and his protegé, Meyer Lansky.

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' has the D'Alessio Brothers, an Italian gang (a (and a literal crime family composed of brothers and cousins) trying to move in on the rackets in Atlantic City. Important Mafia figures like 'Lucky' Luciano, Johnny Torrio, UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Joe Masseria also feature prominently. The main Gang boss, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and many of his allies are Irish-American whilst the often forgotten but very powerful [[KosherNostra Jewish Mafia]] are represented by New York Boss Arnold Rothstein and his protegé, Meyer Lansky.
18th Sep '16 1:56:58 PM kazokuhouou
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* ''Town of Salem'', a flash based web browser game, has Mafia as one of the random alignments to play as. The members of all alignments are chosen at random from a pre-selected list by the server or by the room's host.

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* ''Town of Salem'', ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', a flash based web browser game, has Mafia as one of the random alignments to play as. The There are three members in Classic Mode (the Godfather, the Mafioso, and the Framer), Custom, Rapid and All Any mode can have up to five members (role selection being the previous three, Blackmailer, Janitor, Consigliere, Consort, Disguiser, and Forger) and Rainbow Mode can have a max of all alignments are chosen at three (the Godfather, the Mafioso, and possibly a third random from a pre-selected list by role if it's the server or by 'Any' role). Amnesiacs can also remember that they were in the room's host.mafia and join in.
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