History Series / TheSopranos

23rd May '16 4:50:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* NearDeathExperience: After Tony is shot in the season 5 finale by a senile Uncle Junior, he goes into a coma where he dreams about being in another city when his wallet and ticket back home get stolen. Before he wakes up he's standing in front of a house party where a person he had killed offers to take his bag and tells him to come inside, but he's distracted from moving on by voices in the wind calling for him (his family in the hospital).
23rd May '16 4:41:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* EroticDream: Tony Soprano has had more than a few erotic dreams throughout the series, including one with his psychiatrist Dr. Melfi in her office, and another one with his friend Artie Buco's wife as he's cheering them on. Interestingly, Dr. Melfi [[UnresolvedSexualTension also dreams about]] having sex with her patient at one point.
18th May '16 6:05:09 PM Lionic
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* Retirony: [[spoiler:Detective Barry Haydu]] is killed just a few hours after his retirement party, and [[spoiler:Angelo Garepe]] is killed because he wouldn't retire.

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* Retirony: {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:Detective Barry Haydu]] is killed just a few hours after his retirement party, and [[spoiler:Angelo Garepe]] is killed because he wouldn't retire.
18th May '16 6:01:03 PM Lionic
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* Retirony: [[spoiler:Detective Barry Haydu]] is killed just a few hours after his retirement party, and [[spoiler:Angelo Garepe]] is killed because he wouldn't retire.
18th May '16 11:43:39 AM kyeo
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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Tony tries this with Uncle Junior when the latter is in the grips of Alzheimer's, but he's only able to get the slightest bit of recognition when he says a talismanic Mafia phrase: "This thing of ours."
12th Feb '16 8:25:58 PM Luigifan
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* AxCrazy: Several mobsters shown traits of this, especially Richie, Ralph, Feech, Johnny Boy and Phil Leotardo.

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* AxCrazy: Several mobsters shown traits of this, especially Richie, Ralph, Feech, Johnny Boy Boy, and Phil Leotardo.



* BadBoss: Tony is a successful manager but he verbally shreds his underlings on a regular basis. He is entitled by the hierarchical level of the Mafia but crosses the line once and gets called on it when he physically assaults Ralph, as beating another made-man is a violation of Mafia protocol. He later [[spoiler:kills Ralph]], which is also against the rules. Christopher is another victim of this kind of abuse.
** Ironically, while Tony was out of line when he beat the piss out of Ralphie Ciffaretto, he could have had the man killed at any time that he wanted, for any reaason[[spoiler: Which is more or less why no one asked any questions about Ralphie's death; that, and ''no one'' was sad to see him go]]. The world of the Mafia, folks.

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* BadBoss: Tony is a successful manager manager, but he verbally shreds his underlings on a regular basis. He is entitled by the hierarchical level of the Mafia Mafia, but crosses the line once and gets called on it when he physically assaults Ralph, as beating another made-man is a violation of Mafia protocol. He later [[spoiler:kills Ralph]], which is also against the rules. Christopher is another victim of this kind of abuse.
** Ironically, while Tony was out of line when he beat the piss out of Ralphie Ciffaretto, he could have had the man killed at any time that he wanted, for any reaason[[spoiler: Which reason. [[spoiler:Which is more or less why no one asked any questions about Ralphie's death; that, and ''no one'' was sad to see him go]]. The world of the Mafia, folks.



* BearsAreBadNews: In season five, a marauding bear drops by the Sopranos' compound a number of times, alarming Carmela and panicking A.J. At that moment Tony isn't living there, so he posts some of his underlings as guardians. Eventually he defends the fort himself, posted through the night with weapon in hand, emphasizing the necessity of a strong male family leader.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In Season 1, Chris is upset that he is too unestablished for the FBI to bother targeting him. In later seasons, the FBI actually ''does'' make Chris a major target...and it ultimately ruins his life.
* BeingEvilSucks: Though the series has a DoNotDoThisCoolThing element, it does also show the Mafia to be an insecure life of murder, violence, threats, paranoia, betrayal and relentless police investigations, that often ends in a sudden and violent death. It is suggested, particularly by Dr. Melfi, that Tony's business is actually the cause of his health problems.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: One notable concept that Tony never neglects. Particular examples include [[spoiler: David Scatino, Tony B, Vito and Christopher]].

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* BearsAreBadNews: In season five, a marauding bear drops by the Sopranos' compound a number of times, alarming Carmela and panicking A.J. At that moment moment, Tony isn't living there, so he posts some of his underlings as guardians. Eventually he defends the fort himself, posted through the night with weapon in hand, emphasizing the necessity of a strong male family leader.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In Season 1, Chris is upset that he is too unestablished for the FBI to bother targeting him. In later seasons, the FBI actually ''does'' make Chris a major target... and it ultimately ruins his life.
* BeingEvilSucks: Though the series has a DoNotDoThisCoolThing element, it does also show the Mafia to be an insecure life of murder, violence, threats, paranoia, betrayal betrayal, and relentless police investigations, that often ends in a sudden and violent death. It is suggested, particularly by Dr. Melfi, that Tony's business is actually the cause of his health problems.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: One notable concept that Tony never neglects. Particular examples include [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David Scatino, Tony B, Vito Vito, and Christopher]].



** At one point Tony thinks Janice is acting way too nice and out of character so he deliberately invokes Janice's [[RelativeButton button by asking questions about her strayed son]]. Janice being Janice, it's [[KickTheDog malignant]] and amusing at the same time.

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** At one point point, Tony thinks Janice is acting way too nice and out of character character, so he deliberately invokes Janice's [[RelativeButton button by asking questions about her strayed son]]. Janice being Janice, it's [[KickTheDog malignant]] and amusing at the same time.



* BrokenAce: Tony. Top of the line in his profession, wealthy, charismatic, powerful, ruthless, has keen business acumen, a beautiful family and [[KavorkaMan drop-dead goomahs]]. Underneath it all, he suffers from some serious ParentalIssues and other mental problems, which cause him to have panic attacks.
* BrokenPedestal: Chris and Tony, Tony with his father, uncle and other old-schoolers. Zig-zagged most of the time as things are never black or white and character's internal struggle is one of the dynamics of the show.

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* BrokenAce: Tony. Top of the line in his profession, wealthy, charismatic, powerful, ruthless, has keen business acumen, a beautiful family family, and [[KavorkaMan drop-dead goomahs]]. Underneath it all, he suffers from some serious ParentalIssues and other mental problems, which cause him to have panic attacks.
* BrokenPedestal: Chris and Tony, Tony with his father, uncle uncle, and other old-schoolers. Zig-zagged most of the time as things are never black or white and the character's internal struggle is one of the dynamics of the show.



* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Tony angrily mocks this when Janice asks hims what was done with [[spoiler: Richie's remains.]] "We buried him on a hill overlooking a little river, with pine cones all around. C'mon Janice, what the fuck? [[YouDoNotWantToKnow You want to know?]]"

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* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Tony angrily mocks this when Janice asks hims him what was done with [[spoiler: Richie's [[spoiler:Richie's remains.]] "We buried him on a hill overlooking a little river, with pine cones all around. C'mon Janice, what the fuck? [[YouDoNotWantToKnow You want to know?]]"



** A recurring gardener keeps running afoul of the Mafia, getting his hand stomped by Feech and then arrested by the FBI when they take down Johnny Sacks.

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** A recurring gardener keeps running afoul of the Mafia, getting his hand stomped by Feech Feech, and then arrested by the FBI when they take down Johnny Sacks.



** "Always with the drama!", recurringly used by Johnny Boy, Tony and AJ Soprano.

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** "Always with the drama!", recurringly used by Johnny Boy, Tony Tony, and AJ Soprano.



** ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''. It's mentioned quite a few times in the series, even though ''half of the major cast are in it'', including but not limited to Michael Imperioli (Christopher), Vincent Pastore (Pussy), Tony Sirico (Paulie), Frank Vincent (Phil) and Creator/LorraineBracco (Dr. Melfi), who played a major supporting role in the film as the main character's wife.

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** ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''. It's mentioned quite a few times in the series, even though ''half of the major cast are in it'', including but not limited to Michael Imperioli (Christopher), Vincent Pastore (Pussy), Tony Sirico (Paulie), Frank Vincent (Phil) (Phil), and Creator/LorraineBracco (Dr. Melfi), who played a major supporting role in the film as the main character's wife.



** In season 6 [[spoiler: Silvio]] doesn't last more than a few days as regent because the responsibility quickly takes a toll on his health.

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** In season 6 [[spoiler: Silvio]] [[spoiler:Silvio]] doesn't last more than a few days as regent because the responsibility quickly takes a toll on his health.



** Bobby Baccala is hateful, cynical and outspoken in private towards Tony in his first appearances, in contrast with his GentleGiant[=/=]ExtremeDoormat usual behavior.
* {{Chiaroscuro}} : Used frequently in the lighting setup, to show the moral ambiguity of all the characters.
* ChronicVillainy: Played for tragedy in the case of [[spoiler: Cousin Tony]].
* CliffHanger: Notably averted. Creator David Chase considered them a cheap narrative device and the sequences are never split between episodes. One very rare cliffhanger is used at the end of Season 6 opener [[spoiler: -- Tony laying on the ground with a bullet wound --]] and the end of the second to last episode could be interpreted as one.

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** Bobby Baccala is hateful, cynical cynical, and outspoken in private towards Tony in his first appearances, in contrast with his GentleGiant[=/=]ExtremeDoormat usual behavior.
* {{Chiaroscuro}} : {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used frequently in the lighting setup, to show the moral ambiguity of all the characters.
* ChronicVillainy: Played for tragedy in the case of [[spoiler: Cousin [[spoiler:Cousin Tony]].
* CliffHanger: Notably averted. Creator David Chase considered them a cheap narrative device and the sequences are never split between episodes. One very rare cliffhanger is used at the end of Season 6 opener [[spoiler: -- [[spoiler:-- Tony laying on the ground with a bullet wound --]] and the end of the second to last episode could be interpreted as one.
3rd Feb '16 7:32:00 PM Luigifan
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** Matthew Bevilaqua's last action was to [[UndignifiedDeath pitifully beg for his life]].[[MakeAnExampleOfThem Tony wasn't moved.]]

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** Matthew Bevilaqua's last action was to [[UndignifiedDeath pitifully beg for his life]]. [[MakeAnExampleOfThem Tony wasn't moved.]]



** Actually, he just watches the game's intro. Funnily enough, ''Videogame/MaxPayne'' is about a guy who wipes out New York mob (among other people).

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** Actually, he just watches the game's intro. Funnily enough, ''Videogame/MaxPayne'' is about a guy who wipes out the New York mob (among other people).



** Tony asking "Don't you love me?" to Junior who is going through early stages of dementia and has behaved badly to Tony. Junior is left shaken, speechless and showing a SingleTear.
** "Hey Pussy...did she even really exist?"

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** Tony asking "Don't you love me?" to Junior who is going through early stages of dementia and has behaved badly to Tony. Junior is left shaken, speechless speechless, and showing a SingleTear.
** "Hey Pussy..."Hey, Pussy... did she even really exist?"



* AssShove: It's mentioned off-handedly that [[spoiler: Vito Spatafore]] was sodomized with a broomstick while they were murdering him.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Despite their dubious morals, the mafia members all appear to be Catholic, which is TruthInTelevision, and make occasional references to Literature/TheBible. Religion is also used as a plot point on occasion; for example, when [[spoiler: Christopher recovers from his shooting]] he mentions he had a vision of going to hell (or possibly purgatory), and in another episode, Tony tries to persuade A.J. that God exists when he loses faith.

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* AssShove: It's mentioned off-handedly that [[spoiler: Vito [[spoiler:Vito Spatafore]] was sodomized with a broomstick while they were murdering him.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Despite their dubious morals, the mafia members all appear to be Catholic, which is TruthInTelevision, and make occasional references to Literature/TheBible. Religion is also used as a plot point on occasion; for example, when [[spoiler: Christopher [[spoiler:Christopher recovers from his shooting]] shooting]], he mentions he had a vision of going to hell (or possibly purgatory), and in another episode, Tony tries to persuade A.J. that God exists when he loses faith.
21st Jan '16 7:23:08 PM Luigifan
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* DeadlyBath: [[spoiler: Brendan Filone is in his bathtub when he is shot by Mikey Palmice.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: After his son is shot in the chest with an arrow, Ralphie starts to regret the bad things he's done; soon after he is killed by Tony during a fight over Ralphie's "possible" involvement with killing Pie-O-My.]] Tony even had a dream about him that showed a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next, all while perched on his bald head.

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* DeadlyBath: [[spoiler: Brendan [[spoiler:Brendan Filone is in his bathtub when he is shot by Mikey Palmice.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After his son is shot in the chest with an arrow, Ralphie starts to regret the bad things he's done; soon after after, he is killed by Tony during a fight over Ralphie's "possible" involvement with killing Pie-O-My.]] Tony even had a dream about him that showed a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next, all while perched on his bald head.



* DecapitatedArmy: Invoked by Phil in season six. [[spoiler: Killing Jersey's leadership would make its crew assimilable or at least easier and cheaper to deal with.]]

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* DecapitatedArmy: Invoked by Phil in season six. [[spoiler: Killing [[spoiler:Killing Jersey's leadership would make its crew assimilable or at least easier and cheaper to deal with.]]



* DirtyBusiness / NecessarilyEvil: [[spoiler: Tony killing Tony B. to prevent a war with New York]] in the season 5 finale.
* DisposingOfABody: One of the 'professional challenges' that pop-up from time to time. CementShoes / BurialAtSea (after some body hacking) is the standard method of choice but straight ground burial is also used. It tends to generate problems in the long-term as the threat of unburial and discovery is always a possibility.

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* DirtyBusiness / NecessarilyEvil: [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony killing Tony B. to prevent a war with New York]] in the season 5 finale.
* DisposingOfABody: One of the 'professional challenges' that pop-up from time to time. CementShoes / BurialAtSea (after some body hacking) is the standard method of choice choice, but straight ground burial is also used. It tends to generate problems in the long-term long-term, as the threat of unburial and discovery is always a possibility.



** Ralphie makes a joke about Ginny Sack's weight. Johnny Sack's reaction? [[spoiler: He attempts to place a hit on him.]]

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** Ralphie makes a joke about Ginny Sack's weight. Johnny Sack's reaction? [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He attempts to place a hit on him.]]



* DontAsk / YouDoNotWantToKnow: A rare instance where Tony slips some true information about whackings to Carmela, when she asks about [[spoiler: the Janice and Richie situation.]]
-->'''Tony''' He's gone [...] Carmela, after 18 years of marriage don't make me make you an accessory after the fact. [...] Stop asking. I took care of it.

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* DontAsk / YouDoNotWantToKnow: A rare instance where Tony slips some true information about whackings to Carmela, when she asks about [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Janice and Richie situation.]]
-->'''Tony''' He's gone [...] Carmela, after 18 years of marriage marriage, don't make me make you an accessory after the fact. [...] Stop asking. I took care of it.



* DownerEnding: Nothing upbeat about the finale: [[spoiler: even though Phil Leotardo is killed, ending the mob war between New Jersey and New York crews, most of Tony's key guys are either dead or otherwise incapacitated, making the future of the Soprano crime family pretty grim. Even worse, Carlo, one of the last trusted members of the organization, decides to testify against Tony and others. Meanwhile, while AJ finally gets his life back on track, Meadow essentially becomes her mother, with prospects of marrying a mob lawyer. Uncle Junior completely loses himself and is left to die in a mental hospital and Bobby's kids are stuck with Janice, who starts resembling her and Tony's mother Livia. Tony himself stops visiting Dr. Melfi as she realizes he cannot be saved and abruptly ends Tony's therapy, with no real conclusion. And, finally, the last scene of the series implies Tony might have been killed in front of his family... or not. Everybody loses. ''Paulie'' may be the dark horse winner, [[KarmaHoudini make of it what you will]].]]

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* DownerEnding: Nothing upbeat about the finale: [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even though Phil Leotardo is killed, ending the mob war between New Jersey and New York crews, most of Tony's key guys are either dead or otherwise incapacitated, making the future of the Soprano crime family pretty grim. Even worse, Carlo, one of the last trusted members of the organization, decides to testify against Tony and others. Meanwhile, while AJ finally gets his life back on track, Meadow essentially becomes her mother, with prospects of marrying a mob lawyer. Uncle Junior completely loses himself and is left to die in a mental hospital hospital, and Bobby's kids are stuck with Janice, who starts resembling her and Tony's mother Livia. Tony himself stops visiting Dr. Melfi as she realizes he cannot be saved and abruptly ends Tony's therapy, with no real conclusion. And, finally, the last scene of the series implies Tony might have been killed in front of his family... or not. Everybody loses. ''Paulie'' may be the dark horse winner, [[KarmaHoudini make of it what you will]].]]



** Meadow drops the phone after she's informed of [[spoiler: Jackie Jr.'s death.]]
** The same situation happens again when [[spoiler: Kelli]] is told the news about [[spoiler: Christopher's death]].

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** Meadow drops the phone after she's informed of [[spoiler: Jackie [[spoiler:Jackie Jr.'s death.]]
** The same situation happens again when [[spoiler: Kelli]] [[spoiler:Kelli]] is told the news about [[spoiler: Christopher's [[spoiler:Christopher's death]].



* DrivenToSuicide: Vin Makazian, [[spoiler: Gloria Trillo]], and [[spoiler: Eugene Pontecorvo]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: A.J..]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Vin Makazian, [[spoiler: Gloria [[spoiler:Gloria Trillo]], and [[spoiler: Eugene [[spoiler:Eugene Pontecorvo]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: A.[[spoiler: .J..]]



** Chris struggles with heroin and cocaine addictions, and is berated and judged hopeless and unworthy by Tony and the gang. Paulie particularly. They resent more the weak nature of Christopher than the ''badness'' of drugs since the mobsters casually indulge in the habit too and selling'em is a regular source of income.
** TruthInTelevision, as Mafia members are supposed to be banned from dealing in drugs. Not due to any moral objections, but [[PragmaticVillainy because the prison sentences associated with drug trafficking are so severe that those who are caught inevitably turn on their associates and become government informants to save themselves]]. This is exactly what happens with Pussy, Eugene Pontecorvo and Carlo (to save his son).
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A major issue for Christopher. He spends the entire show carving a status for himself, [[spoiler: yet after deep personal sacrifices and a rank of Captain he gets and feels disrespected. Near the end of the show, after a long struggle he seems redeemed and happy, he is a captain, has a new and stable family and his long-awaited movie project is a reality. Then comes an ugly feud with Paulie, some disrespectful jokes and a general lack of empathy with Tony, which when combined make him snap and relapse into his drug habits, with fatal consequences.]]

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** Chris struggles with heroin and cocaine addictions, and is berated and judged hopeless and unworthy by Tony and the gang. Paulie particularly. They resent more the weak nature of Christopher than the ''badness'' of drugs drugs, since the mobsters casually indulge in the habit too and selling'em selling them is a regular source of income.
** TruthInTelevision, as Mafia members are supposed to be banned from dealing in drugs. Not due to any moral objections, but [[PragmaticVillainy because the prison sentences associated with drug trafficking are so severe that those who are caught inevitably turn on their associates and become government informants to save themselves]]. This is exactly what happens with Pussy, Eugene Pontecorvo Pontecorvo, and Carlo (to save his son).
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A major issue for Christopher. He spends the entire show carving a status for himself, [[spoiler: yet [[spoiler:yet after deep personal sacrifices and a rank of Captain Captain, he gets and feels disrespected. Near the end of the show, after a long struggle struggle, he seems redeemed and happy, happy; he is a captain, has a new and stable family family, and his long-awaited movie project is a reality. Then comes an ugly feud with Paulie, some disrespectful jokes jokes, and a general lack of empathy with Tony, which which, when combined combined, make him snap and relapse into his drug habits, with fatal consequences.]]



* EpiphanyTherapy: Subverted to hell and back; Tony mostly uses what he learns in therapy to be a more efficient mob boss. [[spoiler: Dr. Melfi eventually realizes this and terminates the sessions for good.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Deconstructed. While the values of mafia and home life nominally require the men of the series to show respect and affection towards their mothers, the show also shows how mothers end up receiving the brunt of their sons' scorn. Tony Soprano, while having good reason to resent his mother for his emotionally abusive upbringing, generally idealizes his father at the expense of his mother, blaming her for most of his childhood issues. However, in the Season 5 episode "In Camelot," it's shown that Johnny Soprano was a very neglectful father and husband, failing to visit Livia when she was in the hospital after having had a miscarriage. To a lesser extent, A.J. Soprano is much colder towards his mother than his father [[spoiler: during their separation in Season 5]].

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* EpiphanyTherapy: Subverted to hell and back; Tony mostly uses what he learns in therapy to be a more efficient mob boss. [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Melfi eventually realizes this and terminates the sessions for good.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Deconstructed. While the values of mafia and home life nominally require the men of the series to show respect and affection towards their mothers, the show also shows how mothers end up receiving the brunt of their sons' scorn. Tony Soprano, while having good reason to resent his mother for his emotionally abusive upbringing, generally idealizes his father at the expense of his mother, blaming her for most of his childhood issues. However, in the Season 5 episode "In Camelot," it's shown that Johnny Soprano was a very neglectful father and husband, failing to visit Livia when she was in the hospital after having had a miscarriage. To a lesser extent, A.J. Soprano is much colder towards his mother than his father [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during their separation in Season 5]].



** Paulie Walnuts. And how. His love is fickle, though, as seen in "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh": [[spoiler: turns out he only loves his mama as long as she really is his ''biological'' mama.]] He gets over it eventually.

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** Paulie Walnuts. And how. His love is fickle, though, as seen in "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh": [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns out he only loves his mama as long as she really is his ''biological'' mama.]] He gets over it eventually.



** Done in-universe. The nasty boss from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Cleaver]]'' is modeled almost verbatim after Tony, who fails to realize this at first. [[spoiler: It becomes a major wedge between him and Chris.]] Chris, terrified by the implications, strong-arms the nominal writer into taking credit for the character. He claims that [[SincerestFormOfFlattery he stole the character from another movie]], but Tony (who's on the fence about the thing) easily sees past the lie, checks the original movie [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and takes serious offense to the whole issue]].
** Steven van Zandt takes Silvio on the road wholesale for the show ''{{Lilyhammer}}''

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** Done in-universe. The nasty boss from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Cleaver]]'' is modeled almost verbatim after Tony, who fails to realize this at first. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It becomes a major wedge between him and Chris.]] Chris, terrified by the implications, strong-arms the nominal writer into taking credit for the character. He claims that [[SincerestFormOfFlattery he stole the character from another movie]], but Tony (who's on the fence about the thing) easily sees past the lie, checks the original movie movie, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero and takes serious offense to the whole issue]].
** Steven van Zandt takes Silvio on the road wholesale for the show ''{{Lilyhammer}}''''{{Lilyhammer}}''.



** Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Big Pussy]], who requests not to be shot in the face so he can keep his eyes.

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** Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Big [[spoiler:Big Pussy]], who requests not to be shot in the face so he can keep his eyes.



** EvilGenius: Brian Cammarata. Though he's technically a civillian. Silvio Dante also counts

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** EvilGenius: Brian Cammarata. Though he's technically a civillian. Silvio Dante also countscounts.



* FoodPorn : They're eating elaborate meals in almost every scene.

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* FoodPorn : FoodPorn: They're eating elaborate meals in almost every scene.



** As discussed above, this show opened the door for a lot of shows that tried to show "gritty" depictions of crime families. Most of those shows only copied the shocking violence, and not the great dialogue, wicked sense of humor, complex themes and excellent acting that made this show a success, which is why they're all gone. The show itself isn't subtle in its attempts to pick up where ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' left off in its demythologizing of the Mafia. A truly impressive amount of the cast of this show had parts of varying significance in that film. In case it wasn't obvious enough, their first choice to play Tony Soprano was Ray Liotta.
** An in-universe RealLife emulation. Jackie Jr. learns that Tony and co. had their major breakthrough in the criminal world when they robbed a poker game organized by a big shot mobster so Jackie decides to follow the example. [[spoiler: It ends badly, a made-man is killed and Jackie gets whacked for it.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After [[spoiler: Johnny Sack confesses in court his involvement in the mafia]] and is sent to prison, a disgusted and infuriated Tony tells Silvio:

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** As discussed above, this show opened the door for a lot of shows that tried to show "gritty" depictions of crime families. Most of those shows only copied the shocking violence, and not the great dialogue, wicked sense of humor, complex themes themes, and excellent acting that made this show a success, which is why they're all gone. The show itself isn't subtle in its attempts to pick up where ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' left off in its demythologizing of the Mafia. A truly impressive amount of the cast of this show had parts of varying significance in that film. In case it wasn't obvious enough, their first choice to play Tony Soprano was Ray Liotta.
** An in-universe RealLife emulation. Jackie Jr. learns that Tony and co. had their major breakthrough in the criminal world when they robbed a poker game organized by a big shot mobster mobster, so Jackie decides to follow the example. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It ends badly, a made-man is killed killed, and Jackie gets whacked for it.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny Sack confesses in court his involvement in the mafia]] and is sent to prison, a disgusted and infuriated Tony tells Silvio:



* ForWantOfANail: Ralphie's cruel joke about Ginny Sacrimoni resulted in a lot of headaches for everyone. A war nearly started when John found out, and Ralphie, Paulie and even John himself came very close to being killed over the fallout.

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* ForWantOfANail: Ralphie's cruel joke about Ginny Sacrimoni resulted in a lot of headaches for everyone. A war nearly started when John found out, and Ralphie, Paulie Paulie, and even John himself came very close to being killed over the fallout.



* FreudianExcuse: Constantly explored. He hates the mere concept of the excuse yet he's diagnosed with a very powerful one; Tony was literally born into the mob and his abusive parents wrote the proverbial book about how not to rise a model citizen. His mommy issues are one of his major malfunctions. He still goes out of his way to please his miserable mother, a manipulative, self-pitying control freak who resents her children for being happier than her. The MoralEventHorizon comes when she tries to put a hit out on him. Despite this, Tony seems to be a much better parent. Janice, on the other hand, inherited her narcissism, self-pity and lack of empathy.
* FreudianSlip: Tony has one about [[spoiler: Vito]] in the season six episode "Live Free Or Die."

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* FreudianExcuse: Constantly explored. He hates the mere concept of the excuse excuse, yet he's diagnosed with a very powerful one; Tony was literally born into the mob mob, and his abusive parents wrote the proverbial book about how not to rise raise a model citizen. His mommy issues are one of his major malfunctions. He still goes out of his way to please his miserable mother, a manipulative, self-pitying control freak who resents her children for being happier than her. The MoralEventHorizon comes when she tries to put a hit out on him. Despite this, Tony seems to be a much better parent. Janice, on the other hand, inherited her narcissism, self-pity self-pity, and lack of empathy.
* FreudianSlip: Tony has one about [[spoiler: Vito]] [[spoiler:Vito]] in the season six episode "Live Free Or Die."



* {{Gayngster}}: [[spoiler:Vito Spatafore]] is a straight deconstruction; the other gangsters find it disgusting, Tony, his only defender, is given a hard time, the guy has to flee [[spoiler: and is eventually killed for being gay. Vito essentially commits suicide by returning to the fold despite having found a new life and an attractive boyfriend.]]

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* {{Gayngster}}: [[spoiler:Vito Spatafore]] is a straight deconstruction; the other gangsters find it disgusting, Tony, his only defender, is given a hard time, the guy has to flee [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and is eventually killed for being gay. Vito essentially commits suicide by returning to the fold despite having found a new life and an attractive boyfriend.]]



* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe example: Chris groused about the Feds not investigating him like they were the senior Mafiosi, and he even bought a stack of newspapers which referred to him as a "local mobster". One has to wonder if he ruefully reflected on this in later seasons, when the FBI spent what must have been thousands of taxpayer dollars to specifically bring him down—oh, and it indirectly/directly resulted in Adriana's death, too.

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* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe example: Chris groused about the Feds not investigating him like they were the senior Mafiosi, and he even bought a stack of newspapers which referred to him as a "local mobster". One has to wonder if he ruefully reflected on this in later seasons, when the FBI spent what must have been thousands of taxpayer dollars to specifically bring him down—oh, down — oh, and it indirectly/directly resulted in Adriana's death, too.



* HeroAntagonist: The FBI agents who oppose the mobsters provide anti-hero, manipulative and callous versions. Agent Harris in particular, is a FriendlyEnemy of Tony's and eventually [[spoiler:EnemyMine against Phil]] because some developments about the WarOnTerror.

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* HeroAntagonist: The FBI agents who oppose the mobsters provide anti-hero, manipulative manipulative, and callous versions. Agent Harris in particular, particular is a FriendlyEnemy of Tony's and eventually [[spoiler:EnemyMine [[spoiler:forms an EnemyMine against Phil]] because of some developments about the WarOnTerror.



* HopeSpot: After her fallout with Christopher regarding [[spoiler:The FBI]], Adriana is seen driving alone with a suitcase and possibly leaving everything behind to start a new life. [[spoiler: Turns out it's just a daydream and she's a passenger with Silvio at the wheel, taking her on the last car ride of her tragic life.]]

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* HopeSpot: After her fallout with Christopher regarding [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the FBI]], Adriana is seen driving alone with a suitcase and possibly leaving everything behind to start a new life. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out it's just a daydream and she's a passenger with Silvio at the wheel, taking her on the last car ride of her tragic life.]]



* HumiliationConga: Season six includes a neutral one with [[spoiler: Johnny Sack going through hell once he's the big boss; arrested, incarcerated, embargoed and humiliated in front of his family and friends on the day of his daughter's wedding. He shames himself by breaking the ''Omertà'' code of silence to lower his sentence, only to die of cancer not much later]].

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* HumiliationConga: Season six includes a neutral one with [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny Sack going through hell once he's the big boss; arrested, incarcerated, embargoed embargoed, and humiliated in front of his family and friends on the day of his daughter's wedding. He shames himself by breaking the ''Omertà'' code of silence to lower his sentence, only to die of cancer not much later]].



** Many of the mobsters consider themselves to be observant Catholics and the mobwives, who live on blood-money, are very devout and self-righteous.
** There is also season 4's "Christopher" where many characters associate protests against Columbus day as a slight against Italian-Americans and complain how the media portrays them as violent, uneducated mobsters. It becomes humorous when you realize that almost every character on the series falls into at least one of those categories.

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** Many of the mobsters consider themselves to be observant Catholics Catholics, and the mobwives, who live on blood-money, are very devout and self-righteous.
** There is also season 4's "Christopher" "Christopher", where many characters associate protests against Columbus day as a slight against Italian-Americans and complain how the media portrays them as violent, uneducated mobsters. It becomes humorous when you realize that almost every character on the series falls into at least one of those categories.



* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Mentioned often by Tony. "I'm running a fuckin' business, not a popularity contest!" Besides his close family and business associates [[LonelyAtTheTop he has no real friends]]; he manages to alienate Artie, David Scatino, Hesh Rabkin and Zellman among others.

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* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Mentioned often by Tony. "I'm running a fuckin' business, not a popularity contest!" Besides his close family and business associates associates, [[LonelyAtTheTop he has no real friends]]; he manages to alienate Artie, David Scatino, Hesh Rabkin Rabkin, and Zellman among others.



* InsistentTerminology: Tony has an issue with a "retiring community" being called a "nursing home" and corrects the term every time. In later seasons when his mother is no longer in one he does the opposite correction.

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* InsistentTerminology: Tony has an issue with a "retiring community" being called a "nursing home" and corrects the term every time. In later seasons when his mother is no longer in one one, he does the opposite correction.



* {{Jerkass}}: The show doesn't shy away from portraying the Mafia as full of people with anti-social behavior or outright sociopathy, and while lot of guys do qualify, ''nobody'' matches up to the level of sheer obnoxiousness that is Ralph Cifaretto, who... well. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPKzzh1A0so Just watch the man in action, why don't you.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: The show doesn't shy away from portraying the Mafia as full of people with anti-social behavior or outright sociopathy, and while a lot of guys do qualify, ''nobody'' matches up to the level of sheer obnoxiousness that is Ralph Cifaretto, who... well. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPKzzh1A0so Just watch the man in action, why don't you.]]



** Phil killing [[spoiler: Vito on merely homophobic grounds and extending his scorn to Vito's strayed son.]]
** Paulie and his cronies pointlessly bully Christopher and disrespect his daughter. In turn, the evoked sympathy is lost when Chris [[spoiler: kills Dolan, his sponsor and [[HeKnowsTooMuch only friend]]]] as a consequence of said disrespect.
** Tony making contemptuous remarks against Kelli for being too melodramatic [[spoiler: during the funeral of her late husband]], like "Jackie Kennedy".

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** Phil killing [[spoiler: Vito [[spoiler:Vito on merely homophobic grounds and extending his scorn to Vito's strayed son.]]
** Paulie and his cronies pointlessly bully Christopher and disrespect his daughter. In turn, the evoked sympathy is lost when Chris [[spoiler: kills [[spoiler:kills Dolan, his sponsor and [[HeKnowsTooMuch only friend]]]] as a consequence of said disrespect.
** Tony making contemptuous remarks against Kelli for being too melodramatic [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the funeral of her late husband]], like "Jackie Kennedy".



* KillEmAll: The last few episodes "take care of" [[spoiler:Christopher, Bobby Bacala and Phil Leotardo]] while [[spoiler:Silvio]] is in a coma he may never wake up from, and [[spoiler:Tony himself]] may have been shot in the final scene.

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* KillEmAll: The last few episodes "take care of" [[spoiler:Christopher, Bobby Bacala Bacala, and Phil Leotardo]] while [[spoiler:Silvio]] is in a coma he may never wake up from, and [[spoiler:Tony himself]] may have been shot in the final scene.



* LampshadeHanging[=/=]LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the season 6 opener, Tony tells Dr. Melfi when they're discussing [[spoiler: Vito's secret homosexuality that it bothers him how every other show on TV tends to rub the gay agenda or lifestyle in your nose.]]

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* LampshadeHanging[=/=]LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the season 6 opener, Tony tells Dr. Melfi when they're discussing [[spoiler: Vito's [[spoiler:Vito's secret homosexuality that it bothers him how every other show on TV tends to rub the gay agenda or lifestyle in your nose.]]



* TheLostWoods: The Pine Barrens Chris and Paulie visit in, um, "Pine Barrens." Yes, they're real, and yes, the can be that creepy.

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* TheLostWoods: The Pine Barrens Chris and Paulie visit in, um, "Pine Barrens." Yes, they're real, and yes, the they can be that creepy.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A twisted version near the end of the show: [[spoiler: Tony suffocates Christopher when they have an accident, killing him. The doctors think Christopher might have made it but they have no way to determine the actual fact.]]

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A twisted version near the end of the show: [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony suffocates Christopher when they have an accident, killing him. The doctors think Christopher might have made it it, but they have no way to determine the actual fact.]]



** Against Tony's opinion, Janice tries to forcefully do one for [[spoiler: Livia]] but it totally backfires. A stoned Christopher delivers a [[TheFunInFuneral bizarre eulogy]], the relatives don't have anything good to say about the deceased, Carmela and her father explode against [[spoiler: Livia]] and their rant is shared by others.
** Season 3 ends with [[spoiler: Jackie Jr's wake]] and half the cast bawling to Uncle Junior's Italian song.
** Subverted with Junior as he doesn't actually care about some deceased individuals and he just wants to attend to any planned funeral to dodge his house arrest for a while.

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** Against Tony's opinion, Janice tries to forcefully do one for [[spoiler: Livia]] [[spoiler:Livia]], but it totally backfires. A stoned Christopher delivers a [[TheFunInFuneral bizarre eulogy]], the relatives don't have anything good to say about the deceased, Carmela and her father explode against [[spoiler: Livia]] [[spoiler:Livia]], and their rant is shared by others.
** Season 3 ends with [[spoiler: Jackie Jr's [[spoiler:Jackie Jr.'s wake]] and half the cast bawling to Uncle Junior's Italian song.
** Subverted with Junior Junior, as he doesn't actually care about some deceased individuals and he just wants to attend to any planned funeral to dodge his house arrest for a while.



* MobWar: Avoiding it is a major concern as [[PragmaticVillainy blood is expensive]] but several times it just happens:

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* MobWar: Avoiding it is a major concern concern, as [[PragmaticVillainy blood is expensive]] expensive]], but several times it just happens:



** In season 5, [[spoiler: Johnny Sack vs Little Carmine.]]
** In the last episodes, [[spoiler: Phil Leotardo vs Tony Soprano.]]

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** In season 5, [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny Sack vs Little Carmine.]]
** In the last episodes, [[spoiler: Phil [[spoiler:Phil Leotardo vs Tony Soprano.]]



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Big Pussy, Adriana la Cerva, and Raymond Curto]] are the three most notable ones.

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Big [[spoiler:Big Pussy, Adriana la Cerva, and Raymond Curto]] are the three most notable ones.



* NaiveNewcomer: The FBI sends a younger agent to "turn" Adrianna because they think she'll respond better to a young woman. When [[spoiler: Adrianna is discovered and murdered by Silvio, Chris plants her car at the airport long-term parking to suggest that she ran away. Only the new FBI agent believes it, and the other agents' laughter at her gullibility is a serious TearJerker.]]

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* NaiveNewcomer: The FBI sends a younger agent to "turn" Adrianna because they think she'll respond better to a young woman. When [[spoiler: Adrianna [[spoiler:Adrianna is discovered and murdered by Silvio, Chris plants her car at the airport long-term parking to suggest that she ran away. Only the new FBI agent believes it, and the other agents' laughter at her gullibility is a serious TearJerker.]]



* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: Generally averted since the predatory nature of the mob is not hidden and the local business suffer regularly, but the Jersey mobsters throw a traditional Santa Claus party and occasionally organize activities for the community. Deconstructed examples:
** Junior liquidates a drug dealer for selling drugs to children. This is viewed as old fashioned and the other capos resent him, as it was a bad business decision.

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* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: Generally averted averted, since the predatory nature of the mob is not hidden and the local business suffer regularly, but the Jersey mobsters throw a traditional Santa Claus party and occasionally organize activities for the community. Deconstructed examples:
** Junior liquidates a drug dealer for selling drugs to children. This is viewed as old fashioned old-fashioned and the other capos resent him, as it was a bad business decision.



** Paulie and Chris kill a waiter who confronts them over a very low tip. They guy has a sudden seizure and Paulie, to resolve the issue simply [[MurderIsTheBestSolution shoots the poor bastard on the spot]].

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** Paulie and Chris kill a waiter who confronts them over a very low tip. They guy has a sudden seizure and Paulie, to resolve the issue issue, simply [[MurderIsTheBestSolution shoots the poor bastard on the spot]].



* NoEnding: Probably the most notorious example. Take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4kgxbTqz_Y this]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZpwnI4z49A&feature=fvwrel this]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjIxMQcNgec&feature=fvwrel this]] to see portions of the ending, as well as details that pop up in it. As for the actual ending itself: [[spoiler: Tony and his family sit and eat in a restaurant, with Tony continually looking up at the door to see who walks in, obviously extremely nervous. Just as another person walks in, the show immediately cuts to black, and after a few seconds the credits roll.]]

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* NoEnding: Probably the most notorious example. Take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4kgxbTqz_Y this]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZpwnI4z49A&feature=fvwrel this]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjIxMQcNgec&feature=fvwrel this]] to see portions of the ending, as well as details that pop up in it. As for the actual ending itself: [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony and his family sit and eat in a restaurant, with Tony continually looking up at the door to see who walks in, obviously extremely nervous. Just as another person walks in, the show immediately cuts to black, and after a few seconds the credits roll.]]



* NotNowKiddo: Chris gets this occasionally, an important one when he - long time Captain by then - brings a serious feud he has with Paulie only to be nagged by Tony for the interruption.

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* NotNowKiddo: Chris gets this occasionally, an important one when he - long time -- long-time Captain by then - -- brings a serious feud he has with Paulie only to be nagged by Tony for the interruption.



* OnceASeason: The first episode of a mid-season shows Tony walking to the front of his house in his bathrobe to pick up the newspaper. In later seasons he doesn't but there is a logical explanation for it.

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* OnceASeason: The first episode of a mid-season shows Tony walking to the front of his house in his bathrobe to pick up the newspaper. In later seasons he doesn't doesn't, but there is a logical explanation for it.



** Completely averted, repeatedly. A lot of strange nicknames made up for it though.
** Even the nicknames start to overlap, though.. In the pilot, there is some consternation when rumors get around that Uncle Junior wants to kill "Big Pussy" - one of Tony's right hand men, and not "Little Pussy" - one of Junior's.

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** Completely averted, repeatedly. A lot of strange nicknames made up for it it, though.
** Even the nicknames start to overlap, though.. In the pilot, there is some consternation when rumors get around that Uncle Junior wants to kill "Big Pussy" - -- one of Tony's right hand men, and not "Little Pussy" - -- one of Junior's.



* ParentsAsPeople: Tony, Silvio and Artie are understandably outraged that their daughters' soccer coach [[spoiler: was having an affair with one of the other girls on the team]].
** Tony and Carmela were incensed that Meadow, threw a party at Livia's house. To be fair, [[spoiler: the house was utterly trashed and to make matters worse, was ecstasy, Ketamine and alcohol were found at the scene]]

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* ParentsAsPeople: Tony, Silvio Silvio, and Artie are understandably outraged that their daughters' soccer coach [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was having an affair with one of the other girls on the team]].
** Tony and Carmela were incensed that Meadow, threw a party at Livia's house. To be fair, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the house was utterly trashed trashed, and to make matters worse, was ecstasy, Ketamine Ketamine, and alcohol were found at the scene]]scene.]]



** Tony does this to Ralph, big earner but erratic, he gives a captaincy to Gigi, more docile.

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** Tony does this to Ralph, big earner but erratic, erratic; he gives a captaincy to Gigi, more docile.



** Tony deciding against his initial feelings during the Blundetto crisis. His crew is uneasy but Tony is a bit shielded as only Silvio manifests the opposition face to face. It's complicated as violent pressure from New York is a major consideration too.
** Tony deciding against his personal criteria during the [[spoiler: Vito situation]] in season 6, his soldiers and captains are openly rebellious about it and he finally gives the go ahead basically because of peer pressure. A [[ShootTheShaggyDog moot dilemma]] in the end because [[spoiler: Phil beats him to the punch.]]

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** Tony deciding against his initial feelings during the Blundetto crisis. His crew is uneasy uneasy, but Tony is a bit shielded shielded, as only Silvio manifests the opposition face to face. It's complicated complicated, as violent pressure from New York is a major consideration too.
** Tony deciding against his personal criteria during the [[spoiler: Vito [[spoiler:Vito situation]] in season 6, 6; his soldiers and captains are openly rebellious about it it, and he finally gives the go ahead basically because of peer pressure. A [[ShootTheShaggyDog moot dilemma]] in the end because [[spoiler: Phil [[spoiler:Phil beats him to the punch.]]



** Christopher is the only one seen regularly earning, but then again he is a rookie while the rest of the characters we mostly see are bosses and spend most of their time hanging around Bada Bing or Satriales. Explained by the hierarchical system; senior mobsters have their own crews and do mostly managerial work or collections, but do perform delicate tasks or street jobs from time to time - Paulie assaults Columbian drug dealers in Season 6.

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** Christopher is the only one seen regularly earning, but then again again, he is a rookie while the rest of the characters we mostly see are bosses and spend most of their time hanging around Bada Bing or Satriales. Explained by the hierarchical system; senior mobsters have their own crews and do mostly managerial work or collections, but do perform delicate tasks or street jobs from time to time - -- Paulie assaults Columbian drug dealers in Season 6.



** Begets major plot points later: When Meadow uses her dad to get Finn an allegedly "No Work" job at a construction site, he's not comfortable spending time with the mobsters so he actually works. And being the young go-getter that he is, he shows up early [[spoiler: to see Vito and another man having sex in the parking lot.]] Later, the man who owns Barone Sanitation dies, and his son (unaware of his father's "arrangements") tries to sell, threatening Paulie's legitimate income cover. Paulie viciously attacks him.
* PlayingSick: Junior, feigning dementia to avoid criminal prosecution. Invoked and then twisted as Junior is really going senile.
* PoliceAreUseless: Apparently there is no law enforcement in the state of New Jersey. Tony and his crew are endlessly worrying about the FBI but there's never a hint of state and local cops investigating them for their various crimes. It's hinted and shown that the Mafia has influence and leverage over the civil servants who can control the local police (e.g. Zellman) and some cops are on the Mafia's payroll; Bobby mentions a local police as one of his sources of information. Season 1 explores this with Vin Makazian, the detective who feeds information to Tony, and yet Tony treats him with contempt and not as a valuable asset.

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** Begets major plot points later: When Meadow uses her dad to get Finn an allegedly "No Work" job at a construction site, he's not comfortable spending time with the mobsters mobsters, so he actually works. And being the young go-getter that he is, he shows up early [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to see Vito and another man having sex in the parking lot.]] Later, the man who owns Barone Sanitation dies, and his son (unaware of his father's "arrangements") tries to sell, threatening Paulie's legitimate income cover. Paulie viciously attacks him.
* PlayingSick: Junior, feigning dementia to avoid criminal prosecution. Invoked and then twisted twisted, as Junior is really going senile.
* PoliceAreUseless: Apparently there is no law enforcement in the state of New Jersey. Tony and his crew are endlessly worrying about the FBI FBI, but there's never a hint of state and local cops investigating them for their various crimes. It's hinted and shown that the Mafia has influence and leverage over the civil servants who can control the local police (e.g. Zellman) and some cops are on the Mafia's payroll; Bobby mentions a local police as one of his sources of information. Season 1 explores this with Vin Makazian, the detective who feeds information to Tony, and yet Tony treats him with contempt and not as a valuable asset.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Well, pretty much all of the male gangster characters are quite politically incorrect and are (obviously) professional criminals. Phil might count in particular, as he is a more homophobic/generally unpleasant person than Tony (although not necessarily much more evil). Nicely illustrated during a conversation about [[spoiler: Vito]]'s strayed son.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Well, pretty much all of the male gangster characters are quite politically incorrect and are (obviously) professional criminals. Phil might count in particular, as he is a more homophobic/generally unpleasant person than Tony (although not necessarily much more evil). Nicely illustrated during a conversation about [[spoiler: Vito]]'s [[spoiler:Vito]]'s strayed son.



--> '''Tony''' (quietly disgusted): That's beautifully put, but you are family right?

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--> '''Tony''' (quietly disgusted): That's beautifully put, but you are family family, right?



* PornStash: When the FBI raids the Sopranos compound the main concern of the Soprano children is the discovery of A.J.'s [[TheInternetIsForPorn computer, full of porn]].

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* PornStash: When the FBI raids the Sopranos compound Sopranos' compound, the main concern of the Soprano children is the discovery of A.J.'s [[TheInternetIsForPorn computer, full of porn]].



* PragmaticVillainy: Displayed numerous times, the level-headed mobsters know when to avoid high-profile crimes because being flashy is bad for business. One specific example has [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tony]] berating Richie for selling drugs in the garbage routes, but only because it will draw the attention of the Federal Government, not out of any moral qualms. An issue explored in [[Film/TheGodfather other]] [[Film/GoodFellas works]] of the genre alluded to in-universe and TruthInTelevision.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Displayed numerous times, times; the level-headed mobsters know when to avoid high-profile crimes crimes, because being flashy is bad for business. One specific example has [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tony]] berating Richie for selling drugs in the garbage routes, but only because it will draw the attention of the Federal Government, not out of any moral qualms. An issue explored in [[Film/TheGodfather other]] [[Film/GoodFellas works]] of the genre alluded to in-universe and TruthInTelevision.



** Finn, who put himself on a bus to San Francisco because [[spoiler: he discovered Vito was gay.]]

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** Finn, who put himself on a bus to San Francisco because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he discovered Vito was gay.]]



** Also Tony puts Janice on a bus to Seattle, after [[spoiler: she shoots her fiance, Richie Aprile.]] Tony's solace is short-lived; [[TheBusCameBack she comes back]] 'for good' on a plane (that Tony has to pay for) the next season... two episodes later.
* RapeAsDrama: Melfi is raped in a rather disturbing sequence and later finds out, due to the police screwing up when they arrested the man, that they can't bring charges against them. And then has the misfortune of finding out that her rapist is "Employee of the Month" at a coffee shop she frequents. [[spoiler: Angry, full of rage and realizing that Tony would easily murder the scumbag rapist, with or without her permission if told about it, Melfi decides to keep what happened to her a secret.]]

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** Also Tony puts Janice on a bus to Seattle, after [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she shoots her fiance, Richie Aprile.]] Tony's solace is short-lived; [[TheBusCameBack she comes back]] 'for good' on a plane (that Tony has to pay for) the next season... two episodes later.
* RapeAsDrama: Melfi is raped in a rather disturbing sequence and later finds out, due to the police screwing up when they arrested the man, that they can't bring charges against them. And then has the misfortune of finding out that her rapist is "Employee of the Month" at a coffee shop she frequents. [[spoiler: Angry, [[spoiler:Angry, full of rage rage, and realizing that Tony would easily murder the scumbag rapist, with or without her permission if told about it, Melfi decides to keep what happened to her a secret.]]



* RealityIsUnrealistic: In contrast to typical Hollywood portrayals, the experience of being shot in the head at close range would in fact be very much like "cutting to black" - the bullet would pierce the brain before it could process the sound of the gunshot.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: In contrast to typical Hollywood portrayals, the experience of being shot in the head at close range would in fact be very much like "cutting to black" - -- the bullet would pierce the brain before it could process the sound of the gunshot.



** Nancy Marchand (Livia Soprano) died between seasons. The writers gave her a final scene with Tony, cut from her previous work with him. It was terrible. Most jarring was that Livia's lines are pretty generic with Tony's dialogue made to fit. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Tony probably wouldn't have visited his mother or even talked to her at that point.]]

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** Nancy Marchand (Livia Soprano) died between seasons. The writers gave her a final scene with Tony, cut from her previous work with him. It was terrible. Most jarring was that Livia's lines are pretty generic with Tony's dialogue made to fit. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony probably wouldn't have visited his mother or even talked to her at that point.]]



* ARealManIsAKiller: Implied by an spiteful Tony when he assigns Bobby a mission to ''pop his cherry''.

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* ARealManIsAKiller: Implied by an a spiteful Tony when he assigns Bobby a mission to ''pop his cherry''.



* RealSongThemeTune: "Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)" by Alabama 3. A ThematicThemeTune almost expository. [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thesopranoshboseries/wokeupthismorning%5Bchosenonemix%5D.htm#.T9y9ItUvCxs Lyrics]]. Initially David Chase wanted a different opening music for every episode but the final theme changed his mind.

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* RealSongThemeTune: "Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)" by Alabama 3. A ThematicThemeTune almost expository. [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thesopranoshboseries/wokeupthismorning%5Bchosenonemix%5D.htm#.T9y9ItUvCxs Lyrics]]. Initially Initially, David Chase wanted a different opening music for every episode episode, but the final theme changed his mind.



** This is one of the reasons why [[spoiler: Tony killed Christopher. Despite going to rehab and getting his act together, Christopher [[OffTheWagon still did drugs from time to time]], which resulted in the car crash with him and Tony.]]
** Tony takes a [[TookALevelInKindness gentler approach to life]] after a near-death experience, [[TookALevelInJerkass this niceness doesn't last long]].
* ReformedButRejected: Chris's sobriety makes him drift apart from his pals, as the Bada Bing and other work places are a source of temptation. The others resent him for this. He carefully explains in an A.A. meeting how his sobriety hinders him professionally. Very sad how his almost unbearable struggle and related problems, combined with some disrespectful jokes Paulie cracks about him and his daughter [[spoiler: make him relapse, eventually leading to his fatal car crash with Tony.]]

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** This is one of the reasons why [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony killed Christopher. Despite going to rehab and getting his act together, Christopher [[OffTheWagon still did drugs from time to time]], which resulted in the car crash with him and Tony.]]
** Tony takes a [[TookALevelInKindness gentler approach to life]] after a near-death experience, experience; [[TookALevelInJerkass this niceness doesn't last long]].
* ReformedButRejected: Chris's sobriety makes him drift apart from his pals, as the Bada Bing and other work places are a source of temptation. The others resent him for this. He carefully explains in an A.A. meeting how his sobriety hinders him professionally. Very sad how his almost unbearable struggle and related problems, combined with some disrespectful jokes Paulie cracks about him and his daughter [[spoiler: make daughter, [[spoiler:make him relapse, eventually leading to his fatal car crash with Tony.]]



** Richie Aprile, Tony B and Phil Leotardo, who were in jail since '83. The Jersey crew avoiding their pinched guys (Paulie in season 4) is internally coherent; the big boss Ecole [=DiMeo=] is "a guest of the government" and he is rarely alluded to, if ever, after the first episodes. Lampshaded when Bobby Jr. mentions that he's never heard of Tony B.

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** Richie Aprile, Tony B B, and Phil Leotardo, who were in jail since '83. The Jersey crew avoiding their pinched guys (Paulie in season 4) is internally coherent; the big boss Ecole [=DiMeo=] is "a guest of the government" and he is rarely alluded to, if ever, after the first episodes. Lampshaded when Bobby Jr. mentions that he's never heard of Tony B.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The dynamics between Tony, Phil and agent Harris in the last episode are identical to the [=DeVecchio=] FBI case. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Harris link]]

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The dynamics between Tony, Phil Phil, and agent Harris in the last episode are identical to the [=DeVecchio=] FBI case. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Harris link]]link]].



** Tony describes himself as one, in the StepfordSmiler sense; putting on a happy, joking face to his family and friends while keeping his pain locked away. His claims -contested by Dr. Melfi - come across more as self-pitying than anything else, given his behavior throughout the series.
** Reversed with [[spoiler: Christopher's death; for Tony a big liability is 'gone' and he is very happy about that, but has to put on a sad grimace in front of the families. Eventually he suddenly just goes to UsefulNotes/LasVegas to enjoy himsef.]]

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** Tony describes himself as one, in the StepfordSmiler sense; putting on a happy, joking face to his family and friends while keeping his pain locked away. His claims -contested -- contested by Dr. Melfi - -- come across more as self-pitying than anything else, given his behavior throughout the series.
** Reversed with [[spoiler: Christopher's [[spoiler:Christopher's death; for Tony Tony, a big liability is 'gone' and he is very happy about that, but he has to put on a sad grimace in front of the families. Eventually Eventually, he suddenly just goes to UsefulNotes/LasVegas to enjoy himsef.]]



* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Fat Dom's voice noticeably goes up an octave or so after [[spoiler: Carlo stabs him with a cooking knife]].

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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Fat Dom's voice noticeably goes up an octave or so after [[spoiler: Carlo [[spoiler:Carlo stabs him with a cooking knife]].



** Paulie resents Chris for playing [[{{Nepotism}} the blood relation card]] too many times, but he is not above enforcing the trope shamelessly; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3d_mqQzsxE his attitude towards Finn takes a radical turn once he learns he is Meadow's boyfriend.]]

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** Paulie resents Chris for playing [[{{Nepotism}} the blood relation card]] too many times, but he is not above enforcing the trope shamelessly; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3d_mqQzsxE his attitude towards Finn takes a radical turn once he learns he is Meadow's boyfriend.]]boyfriend]].



* SecretIdentity: Tony often conceals his real name to 'civilian' clerks and receptionists. This backfires soundly when he tries to use one of his usual aliases (Mr. Spears) with a new psychiatrist - aware of Tony's identity and line of work - who is GenreSavvy as he had seen ''Film/AnalyzeThis''. Tony tries to argue that he is WrongGenreSavvy as "Analyze This" is a comedy, but gets rejected anyway.

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* SecretIdentity: Tony often conceals his real name to 'civilian' clerks and receptionists. This backfires soundly when he tries to use one of his usual aliases (Mr. Spears) with a new psychiatrist - -- aware of Tony's identity and line of work - -- who is GenreSavvy GenreSavvy, as he had seen ''Film/AnalyzeThis''. Tony tries to argue that he is WrongGenreSavvy as "Analyze This" is a comedy, but gets rejected anyway.



** In the first season Christopher is WrongGenreSavvy and thinks any business-related problem is resolved with violence, bazooka in hand and MoreDakka à la ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''

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** In the first season season, Christopher is WrongGenreSavvy and thinks any business-related problem is resolved with violence, bazooka in hand and MoreDakka à la ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''1983}}''.



** A playful one when Johnny Sack, on the day of his daughter's wedding, asks Tony for a professional favour. Christopher casually points out that Tony can't refuse as the whole thing is identical to the one from ''Film/TheGodfather''; Tony corrects him telling it's the other way around, the father of the bride is the one who cannot refuse.
** Ralphie is a {{fanboy}} of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' who disregards ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' -- a recommendation from Chris- - as unrealistic, and who reenacts one scene on [[EyeScream Georgie's head]].

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** A playful one when Johnny Sack, on the day of his daughter's wedding, asks Tony for a professional favour. Christopher casually points out that Tony can't refuse refuse, as the whole thing is identical to the one from ''Film/TheGodfather''; Tony corrects him telling it's the other way around, the father of the bride is the one who cannot refuse.
** Ralphie is a {{fanboy}} of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' who disregards ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' -- a recommendation from Chris- - Chris -- as unrealistic, and who reenacts one scene on [[EyeScream Georgie's head]].



** Tony praises ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', ranks it way above ''Literature/ThePrince'' and gives practical use to the teachings that Sun-Tzu provides in it. Later on, Paulie tries to emulate Tony and reads it in audiobook form. On one occasion he tries to boast about it, but can't even say the author's name properly [[{{Malaproper}} (he utters something like Soon-Tizoong)]] and gets mocked for being an obnoxious brown-noser.

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** Tony praises ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', ranks it way above ''Literature/ThePrince'' ''Literature/ThePrince'', and gives practical use to the teachings that Sun-Tzu provides in it. Later on, Paulie tries to emulate Tony and reads it in audiobook form. On one occasion occasion, he tries to boast about it, but can't even say the author's name properly [[{{Malaproper}} (he utters something like Soon-Tizoong)]] and gets mocked for being an obnoxious brown-noser.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very, very cynical. While there's some room for interpretation, by and large the show can be seen as an extended critical examination of human nature, and more often than not the conclusions aren't pretty. What unites people of all races, sexes and socioeconomic backgrounds, as far as ''The Sopranos'' is concerned, is selfishness, myopia and hypocrisy (though also love, family and moral agency).
* SmashToBlack: The infamous NoEnding ending, in the middle of a scene, hell, in the middle of a Music/{{Journey}} lyric.
* SmokingIsCool: Tony's signature cigars. It gets visually lampshaded when UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, another badass CigarChomper shows up in a documentary that Tony is watching.
* SmugSnake: Jackie Aprile Jr., who is all cool persona and zero competence. Varying cases could be made for a lot of the main cast too. His step father Ralphie is probably the worst one in the series.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very, very cynical. While there's some room for interpretation, by and large the show can be seen as an extended critical examination of human nature, and more often than not the conclusions aren't pretty. What unites people of all races, sexes sexes, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as far as ''The Sopranos'' is concerned, is selfishness, myopia myopia, and hypocrisy (though also love, family family, and moral agency).
* SmashToBlack: The infamous NoEnding ending, [[NoEnding ending]], in the middle of a scene, hell, in the middle of a Music/{{Journey}} lyric.
* SmokingIsCool: Tony's signature cigars. It gets visually lampshaded when UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, another badass CigarChomper CigarChomper, shows up in a documentary that Tony is watching.
* SmugSnake: Jackie Aprile Jr., who is all cool persona and zero competence. Varying cases could be made for a lot of the main cast too. His step father stepfather Ralphie is probably the worst one in the series.



** The also duality-themed ''Series/MadMen'' and ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' created by show's writers Matthew Weiner and Terence Winter have inherited many concepts from ''The Sopranos''.

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** The also duality-themed ''Series/MadMen'' and ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' created by the show's writers Matthew Weiner and Terence Winter have inherited many concepts from ''The Sopranos''.



** Ben Kingsley never loses his polite and calm demeanor when he is uncomfortably approached by some mafia men who are in fact deflected by his suave manners and refrain from further pressure. The mobsters however get frustated by it and they [[KickTheDog violently mug an 81-year-old Lauren Bacall]] so they don't leave their trip empty-handed.

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** Ben Kingsley never loses his polite and calm demeanor when he is uncomfortably approached by some mafia men men, who are in fact deflected by his suave manners and refrain from further pressure. The mobsters however mobsters, however, get frustated by it and they [[KickTheDog violently mug an 81-year-old Lauren Bacall]] so they don't leave their trip empty-handed.



* TheStoic: This is what Tony would like to be and sometimes laments that Americans - including himself - have gone soft, always whining, complaining and dominated by their emotions. His role model is GaryCooper; the strong, silent type.

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* TheStoic: This is what Tony would like to be and sometimes laments that Americans - including himself - have gone soft, always whining, complaining complaining, and dominated by their emotions. His role model is GaryCooper; the strong, silent type.



* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: A lot of the released Mafiosi--including members of "the Class of 2004"--who were in the can for 20 years are jolted by the changes since TheEighties, particularly the increasing laxness respecting Mob tradition. Phil Leotardo is a particular example.
* StrawNihilist: Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2. To his parents' dismay he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead. It pops back up again in season 6 after his girlfriend dumps him.
* SuccessionCrisis: Happens in Jersey after the death of Jack Aprile Sr. and in New York after [[spoiler: Carmine Luppertazzi and Johnny Sack pass away]]. It gets settled by the [[MobWar usual and ancestral methods]].

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: A lot of the released Mafiosi--including Mafiosi -- including members of "the Class of 2004"--who 2004" -- who were in the can for 20 years are jolted by the changes since TheEighties, particularly the increasing laxness respecting Mob tradition. Phil Leotardo is a particular example.
* StrawNihilist: Anthony Jr. briefly becomes one in season 2. To his parents' dismay dismay, he suddenly starts espousing a nihilistic worldview, questions the purpose of life, name-checks Nietzsche, and declares that GodIsDead. It pops back up again in season 6 after his girlfriend dumps him.
* SuccessionCrisis: Happens in Jersey after the death of Jack Aprile Sr. and in New York after [[spoiler: Carmine [[spoiler:Carmine Luppertazzi and Johnny Sack pass away]]. It gets settled by the [[MobWar usual and ancestral methods]].



** The FBI has ADayInTheLimeLight episode where the procedure regarding how to plant a surveillance bug in Tony's house is shown in detail. Tony is a ProperlyParanoid boss who regularly sweeps his headquarter for bugs, relies on {{Pay Phone}}s and avoids talking shop inside his house but he is vulnerable in the noisy basement. The bug eventually has a very limited use and the trope is subverted because the judge is adamant and the FBI is only given one shot at this method that is never used again.

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** The FBI has ADayInTheLimeLight episode where the procedure regarding how to plant a surveillance bug in Tony's house is shown in detail. Tony is a ProperlyParanoid boss who regularly sweeps his headquarter headquarters for bugs, relies on {{Pay Phone}}s Phone}}s, and avoids talking shop inside his house house, but he is vulnerable in the noisy basement. The bug eventually has a very limited use and the trope is subverted because the judge is adamant and the FBI is only given one shot at this method that is never used again.



--->'''FBI guy''': We've had every one of Tony Soprano's phones bugged for four years, but the guy says less than [[TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]

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--->'''FBI guy''': We've had every one of Tony Soprano's phones bugged for four years, but the guy says less than [[TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]Marx]].



** In the pilot, Junior wants to kill Pussy Malanga, one of his underlings, and insists on doing it in Artie Bucco's restaurant. Tony, knowing that would destroy his friend's business, tries to stop Junior. When Junior refuses to be swayed, Tony burns the restaurant down so Artie can at least take the insurance and start over. After some time Artie gets suspicious and resents Tony for it, who feels victim of the NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished syndrome.
** During the alleged Tony-Adriana affair the two suffer a car accident that arouses much suspicion and gossip. Chris refuses to believe Tony's innocence plea and Tony feels his only option is to kill the erratic Chris for it. Blundetto meddles and suggest and alternative; they go and ask the E.R. guy who treated the car accident. Blundetto, thanks to [[ChekhovsSkill his medical knowledge]] asks the right questions that debunk the rumours about Adriana and Tony (the driver receiving a blowjob, mind you).

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** In the pilot, Junior wants to kill Pussy Malanga, one of his underlings, and insists on doing it in Artie Bucco's restaurant. Tony, knowing that would destroy his friend's business, tries to stop Junior. When Junior refuses to be swayed, Tony burns the restaurant down so Artie can at least take the insurance and start over. After some time time, Artie gets suspicious and resents Tony for it, who feels victim of the NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished syndrome.
** During the alleged Tony-Adriana affair affair, the two suffer a car accident that arouses much suspicion and gossip. Chris refuses to believe Tony's innocence plea and Tony feels his only option is to kill the erratic Chris for it. Blundetto meddles and suggest and suggests an alternative; they go and ask the E.R. guy who treated the car accident. Blundetto, thanks to [[ChekhovsSkill his medical knowledge]] knowledge]], asks the right questions that debunk the rumours about Adriana and Tony (the driver receiving a blowjob, mind you).



** ShameIfSomethingHappened + StealingFromTheTill can no longer be used in a protection racket because everything is accounted for in the computers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxFQYw_MmAA "It's over for the little guy"]]

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** ShameIfSomethingHappened + StealingFromTheTill can no longer be used in a protection racket because everything is accounted for in the computers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxFQYw_MmAA "It's over for the little guy"]]guy."]]






** Christopher and another mobster shoot Dino Zerilli in the head three times... and then Christopher walks up to his corpse and shoots him in the head two more times. This happens after the Pine Barrens incident and Chris has valid reasons for making sure a dead body stays dead.

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** Christopher and another mobster shoot Dino Zerilli in the head three times... and then Christopher walks up to his corpse and shoots him in the head two more times. This happens after the Pine Barrens incident incident, and Chris has valid reasons for making sure a dead body stays dead.



** In season 2, two small players decide to try and kill Christopher in an attempt to please Richie Aprile, who despises him, with the hopes that they'll get promoted. It doesn't work.
** Then there's also Darwin Award winner Jackie Aprile Jr. who tries the same thing in season 3 by ''robbing Tony's gang''.
** Also, in season 6, after [[spoiler: Vito]] gets brutally murdered because it was discovered he's gay, one of the visiting New York guys openly implies in front of Silvio and Carlo that they had gay sex with him. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8pU4bV2TYA Hilarity ensues.]]

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** In season 2, two small players decide to try and kill Christopher in an attempt to please Richie Aprile, who despises him, with the hopes that they'll get promoted. It doesn't work.
work. One of them is killed during the attack, and the other gets hunted down and butchered by Tony.
** Then there's also Darwin Award winner Jackie Aprile Jr. , who tries the same thing in season 3 by ''robbing Tony's gang''.
** Also, in season 6, after [[spoiler: Vito]] [[spoiler:Vito]] gets brutally murdered because it was discovered he's gay, one of the visiting New York guys openly implies in front of Silvio and Carlo that they had gay sex with him. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8pU4bV2TYA Hilarity ensues.]]



* TurnCoat: A disgruntled Paulie tries to defect to New York so he [[TheMole starts feeding sensitive information]] to a cajoling Johnny Sack. Paulie discovers he has been duped when he learns that the New York big boss practically doesn't know who he is.

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* TurnCoat: A disgruntled Paulie tries to defect to New York York, so he [[TheMole starts feeding sensitive information]] to a cajoling Johnny Sack. Paulie discovers he has been duped when he learns that the New York big boss practically doesn't know who he is.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Almost every single male character is married or in a relationship with insanely hot women, while usually also cheating on them with other even ''hotter'' women. Subverted with Johnny Sack: due to his high rank in the New York crew, it's assumed that like all the others he has a hot wife with affairs on the side. In season 4 we see however that his wife is a rather large woman who he loves deeply and does not cheat on.
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler: Gigi Cestone]], who suffers a heart attack while constipated on the Bada Bing toilet and surrounded by porn magazines.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Almost every single male character is married or in a relationship with insanely hot women, while usually also cheating on them with other even ''hotter'' women. Subverted with Johnny Sack: due to his high rank in the New York crew, it's assumed that like all the others others, he has a hot wife with affairs on the side. In season 4 4, however, we see however that his wife is a rather large woman who he loves deeply and does not cheat on.
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler: Gigi [[spoiler:Gigi Cestone]], who suffers a heart attack while constipated on the Bada Bing toilet and surrounded by porn magazines.



* TheUnfairSex: Averted. The two female characters who appear on the show are as ruthless as the male gangsters. Theres also EvilMatriarch Livia and immoral Janice. The wives on the show are depicted as hypocritical for claiming to be religious while living off blood money.

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* TheUnfairSex: Averted. The two female characters who appear on the show are as ruthless as the male gangsters. Theres There's also EvilMatriarch Livia and immoral Janice. The wives on the show are depicted as hypocritical for claiming to be religious while living off blood money.



* VillainousBreakdown: Tony's panic attacks are triggered by repressed phobias, thoughts and feelings and some unpleasant situations. He also can't go an episode without breaking down in anger or throwing a temper tantrum.
* VillainProtagonist: Tony himself isn't one of the shows' best protagonists. He is a thug who kills other mobsters, being a womanizer and adulterer who cheats his wife behind her back, have a gambling addiction in the form of horse races, not a nice mafia boss to work for, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and not to mention]], being an asshole who [[ClusterFBomb frequently curses]].

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* VillainousBreakdown: Tony's panic attacks are triggered by repressed phobias, thoughts thoughts, and feelings and some unpleasant situations. He also can't go an episode without breaking down in anger or throwing a temper tantrum.
* VillainProtagonist: Tony himself isn't one of the shows' show's best protagonists. He is a thug who kills other mobsters, being a womanizer and adulterer who cheats on his wife behind her back, have has a gambling addiction in the form of horse races, not a nice mafia boss to work for, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and not to mention]], being an asshole who [[ClusterFBomb frequently curses]].



* VitriolicBestBuds: Chris and Paulie, sometimes. Their relationship varies from [[IntergenerationalFriendship brotherly buddies]] to [[WithFriendsLikeThese hating each others guts.]] They tend to be polar in this regard.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Chris and Paulie, sometimes. Their relationship varies from [[IntergenerationalFriendship brotherly buddies]] to [[WithFriendsLikeThese hating each others other's guts.]] They tend to be polar in this regard.



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Tony bitterly comments this regarding Johnny Sack as the New York boss gets more ruthless and less pragmatic and amiable. Still, [[spoiler: Tony is very sad when Johnny passes away and still loves him despite some of his final actions.]]

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Tony bitterly comments this regarding Johnny Sack as the New York boss gets more ruthless and less pragmatic and amiable. Still, [[spoiler: Tony [[spoiler:Tony is very sad when Johnny passes away and still loves him despite some of his final actions.]]



--->'''Tony''': our mothers are... bus drivers. No, they are the bus. See, they're the vehicle that gets us here. They drop us off and go on their way. They continue on their journey. And the problem is that we keep tryin' to get back on the bus, instead of just lettin' it go.

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--->'''Tony''': our Our mothers are... bus drivers. No, they are the bus. See, they're the vehicle that gets us here. They drop us off and go on their way. They continue on their journey. And the problem is that we keep tryin' to get back on the bus, instead of just lettin' it go.



** [[ItMakesSenseInContext The talking fish lays one on Tony.]] It's no surprise to the viewers however, well, except the fact a fish said it.

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** [[ItMakesSenseInContext The talking fish lays one on Tony.]] It's no surprise to the viewers viewers, however, well, except the fact a fish said it.



--->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLrlIpoQfQg No more of this Butchie... No more]].

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--->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLrlIpoQfQg No more of this this, Butchie... No more]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or to the Russian. It gets discussed briefly and handwaved in season 5 as David Chase deemed it unimportant.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or to the Russian. It gets discussed briefly and handwaved in season 5 5, as David Chase deemed it unimportant.



** Zig-zagged. As mentioned above, depending on the occasion the mobsters dress sharply or casually. They often enjoy luxury items, refined cuisine and Artie's restaurant is one of the usual hangouts. On the other hand, below the surface they are somewhat glorified ruffians.
** While Tony has moments of unsophistication he is not the average goombah, his "semester and a half of college" background really shows up from time to time, he is attracted to sophisticated women and can hold his ground intellectually with Dr. Melfi, understanding many references and complex concepts, e.g. he can cite Freud and Sun-Tzu. This particularly shows in his happiness that Meadow is on the path to a professional career, and his disappointment in A.J.'s...um...''divergent''...trajectory.
** Paulie tries too hard to emulate Tony and appear cultivated (he appropriates a fine painting made for Tony) but he fails many times, he is prone to malapropisms and misconceptions.

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** Zig-zagged. As mentioned above, depending on the occasion occasion, the mobsters dress sharply or casually. They often enjoy luxury items, refined cuisine cuisine, and Artie's restaurant is one of the usual hangouts. On the other hand, below the surface surface, they are somewhat glorified ruffians.
** While Tony has moments of unsophistication unsophistication, he is not the average goombah, his "semester and a half of college" background really shows up from time to time, he is attracted to sophisticated women women, and can hold his ground intellectually with Dr. Melfi, understanding many references and complex concepts, e.g. he can cite Freud and Sun-Tzu. This particularly shows in his happiness that Meadow is on the path to a professional career, and his disappointment in A.J.'s...um...''divergent''... um... ''divergent''... trajectory.
** Paulie tries too hard to emulate Tony and appear cultivated (he appropriates a fine painting made for Tony) Tony), but he fails many times, times; he is prone to malapropisms and misconceptions.



** Chris and Adriana contemplate the option of joining it. [[spoiler: They don't.]]

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** Chris and Adriana contemplate the option of joining it. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They don't.]]



* WomenAreWiser: Played straight more often than not; while there are certainly a few dimwitted or crazy women in the cast the major female characters tend to be wiser or at least more mentally stable than the men.

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* WomenAreWiser: Played straight more often than not; while there are certainly a few dimwitted or crazy women in the cast cast, the major female characters tend to be wiser or at least more mentally stable than the men.



* YouAlwaysHearTheBullet: Discussed and debunked by Tony, Bobby, Silvio and [[spoiler: physically averted in the final scene, according to the main theory.]]

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* YouAlwaysHearTheBullet: Discussed and debunked by Tony, Bobby, Silvio Silvio, and [[spoiler: physically [[spoiler:physically averted in the final scene, according to the main theory.]]



** Practically all the mobsters indulge in this, it comes with the job description to have a ''[[TheMistress goomah]]''. The only exceptions are Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri and Johnny "Sack" Sacrimoni, who both love their wives deeply.
** Carmela initially tolerates and rationalizes Tony's extramarital activities as a meaningless valve of escape and she longs for one herself until season 5, in which she has an affair with A.J.'s principal who identifies it as SexForServices.
* YouRemindMeOfX: As pointed out by his shrink, [[DoppelgangerDating Tony's goomahs bear a resemblance to his unpleasable mother]] - dark hair, contemptuous and with issues - and even to Dr. Melfi herself - interesting, independent and sophisticated women. Tony ask his first and simplest lover to dress more businesslike, with Melfi in mind. Later on Tony makes a explicit mother connection with the troubled Gloria Trillo.

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** Practically all the mobsters indulge in this, this; it comes with the job description to have a ''[[TheMistress goomah]]''. The only exceptions are Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri and Johnny "Sack" Sacrimoni, who both love their wives deeply.
** Carmela initially tolerates and rationalizes Tony's extramarital activities as a meaningless valve of escape escape, and she longs for one herself until season 5, in which she has an affair with A.J.'s principal who identifies it as SexForServices.
* YouRemindMeOfX: As pointed out by his shrink, [[DoppelgangerDating Tony's goomahs bear a resemblance to his unpleasable mother]] - -- dark hair, contemptuous contemptuous, and with issues - -- and even to Dr. Melfi herself - -- interesting, independent independent, and sophisticated women. Tony ask asks his first and simplest lover to dress more businesslike, with Melfi in mind. Later on on, Tony makes a explicit mother connection with the troubled Gloria Trillo.



* YourHeadASplode: In the series finale, [[spoiler: the fate of Phil Leotardo after his head is run over by a tire. [[GoryDiscretionShot Off-screen.]] Given [[AssholeVictim his nature]], that was probably [[{{Gorn}} something the viewers wanted to see.]]]]

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* YourHeadASplode: In the series finale, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the fate of Phil Leotardo after his head is run over by a tire. [[GoryDiscretionShot Off-screen.]] Given [[AssholeVictim his nature]], that was probably [[{{Gorn}} something the viewers wanted to see.]]]]



** Parodied by father Intintola when he is discussing what ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen could have been]] with RobertDeNiro.

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** Parodied by father Father Intintola when he is discussing what ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen could have been]] with RobertDeNiro.
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-->--'''Tony Soprano.'''
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Used occasionally in episode names, e.g. "Rat Pack" refers to FrankSinatra and co. but also to the multiple FBI moles.



* MultipleReferencePun: Used occasionally in episode names, e.g. "Rat Pack" refers to FrankSinatra and co. but also to the multiple FBI moles.
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