Created By: AviatorFan on January 31, 2013 Last Edited By: AviatorFan on February 7, 2013

Different Nationality Mob Wife

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Tropes teach us that in civilian life the Nice Jewish Boy wants a Shiksa Goddess. An Asian Guy thinks blondes are better. And the black dude is infatuated with the white girl. Apparently these tropes apply heavily to the world of organized crime. It may be a latent desire to in some way escape the culture in which their criminality was bred. Maybe the girl is just hot. But the tendency in film and television for the wife or girlfriend of a character to be of an ethnic group different from their husband and/or his organization is quite prevalent.

Examples:

Film
  • In The Godfather- Italian-American Michael Corleone, Kay Adams
  • In Goodfellas- Irish-Italian Henry Hill, Jewish-American Karen Hill [1]
  • In Scarface- Cuban Tony Montana, WASP Elvira Hancock
  • In Carlito's Way- Puerto-Rican American Carlito Brigante, WASP Gail
  • In American Gangster- black Frank Lucas, Puerto Rican Eva
  • In Public Enemies- American Southerner John Dilinger, half-French half Indian Billie Frechette.
  • In Pulp Fiction: black Marsellus Wallace, white Mia Wallace.

Live Action TV
  • In the series Boardwalk Empire- Irish-American James Darmody is married to Italian-American Angela, while friend Al Capone is married to an Irish woman.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • February 1, 2013
    Frank75
    There may be something behind it, but I can't name any examples.
  • February 1, 2013
    Larkmarn
    So for the sake of this trope, are we considering Italian and white separate ethnicities?
  • February 1, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I think perhaps "nationality" is a better term.
  • February 1, 2013
    elwoz
    ^ This is a bit of Racism Marches On; in the USA, at the time a lot of mob movies are set (the 1930s), Italians, Irish, and Catholics in general were considered distinct ethnicities and suffered pretty severe discrimination (never as bad as what black people got, though). This is in fact part of why the Italians and the Irish were so prominent in Organized Crime: they organized themselves to resist discrimination, and then being shut out of many legitimate businesses (no pun intended), turned to crime to support themselves.

    That said, for clarity's sake I like using "nationality" in the title.
  • February 1, 2013
    Nithael
    In Pulp Fiction: black Marsellus Wallace, white Mia Wallace.
  • February 1, 2013
    Waterlily
    "An Asian Guy thinks blondes are better"

    Is this true? I've never heard it.

    I know it's a generalization either way but I've never even heard of it as a stereotype.
  • February 1, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Probably just an example he pulled out of his hat.
  • February 1, 2013
    Surenity
    • In The Last Gangster- American Joe Krozac and "European" Tayla (her nationality isn't explicitly stated, though her actress is Austrian and has the accent)
  • February 1, 2013
    AviatorFan
    ^In the same way that you'll have asian gal whie guy there is something of a distaff counterpart to that. I didn't mean to imply that he'd be explicitly and disproportionally attracted to blondes. Hee hee sorry if it seemed like that's what I meant..
  • February 3, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
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