Created By: MaxwellDaring on April 25, 2013 Last Edited By: zarpaulus on November 2, 2015

Weird Mafia

A Mafia or Mafia-like organization made up of an unusual group.

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So you have your Urban Fantasy, or your Planet Eris, or something else. Your story needs some kind of Mafia-like organization. You could easily make a normal human Mafia, but that would be boring! What you need is something that fits the overall weirdness of the setting. A Weird Mafia.

Basically, this is a Mafia that is made up of a group one doesn't usually encounter in real life, especially in a nice suit. They may put their victims in Cement Shoes, and then throw them out the airlock, or they may literally make you An Offer You Can't Refuse. Penguins, ninjas, robots, leprechauns, anything goes.

Compare Generic Ethnic Crime Gang, which covers all the Real Life human variations of this.

Sister Trope to Weird Trade Union.

Examples:

Film
  • Dr. Dolittle II has a woodland mammals mafia led by a beaver. They insist they've never heard of any mafia but they act out the stereotype.

Literature
  • In the Discworld novels, the Breccia is a Mafia-style organization of troll gangsters. Their prominent members are known as tons.
  • Myth Adventures has a multi-dimensional mob led by a fairy godfather and including a number of trolls, Pervects, and ordinary Klahds.
  • The Artemis Fowl series has the Bwa Kell Triad, an organised crime syndicate run by goblins.
  • The House of the Jhereg from Dragaera is a criminal organization staffed by Dragaearans (effectively Elves).

Live Action TV

Newspaper Comics
  • Get Fuzzy: In one brief story arc, Bucky mentions to Rob about getting himself into trouble with the "Chipmunk Mafia", which one can only assume was a mob made up of tough-talkin' chipmunks.
  • The Far Side gives us the Sandwich Mafia, who send traitors to "sleep with the fourth-graders".

Tabletop Games
  • Vampire: The Masquerade has Clan Giovanni, a vampire mob of Italian decent.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse many mafia families are actually led by Glass Walkers and their kinfolk, particularly of the "Wise Guys" faction. Glass Walker alphas are even called Dons. This tends to put them into conflict with vampires more often than the other werewolf tribes.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Rusty and Co. has one with illithid members.
  • Sam and Fuzzy had the Ninja Mafia. However, they broke off into various mercenary groups when their emperor and ruling counsel were slain.

Western Animation
  • In American Dad! there's the Handicapped Mafia. They own a strip club where all the strippers are also handicapped.
  • In Futurama, there is a robot mafia. It only has three members.
Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • April 26, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • Dr Dolittle II has a woodland mammals mafia led by a beaver. They insist they've never heard of any mafia but they act out the stereotype.
  • April 26, 2013
    HappyMan
    • In American Dad there's the Handicapped Mafia. They own a strip club where all the strippers are also handicapped.
  • April 26, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Would the GoodFeathers from Animaniacs count? Aside from that, let's see...

    Newspaper Comics
    • Get Fuzzy: In one brief story arc, Bucky mentions to Rob about getting himself into trouble with the "Chipmunk Mafia", which one can only assume was a mob made up of tough-talkin' chipmunks.
  • April 26, 2013
    Chabal2
    The Far Side gives us the Sandwich Mafia, who send traitors to "sleep with the fourth-graders".
  • April 26, 2013
    arromdee
    I think this is covered in Weird Trade Union.
  • April 26, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Doesn't look like it. Definitely a Sister Trope, though.
  • April 26, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    I added the Sister Trope and your examples. I'll patch the rest of it up when I get the chance.
  • April 26, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In the Discworld novels, the Breccia is a Mafia-style organization of troll gangsters. Their prominent members are known as tons.
  • April 27, 2013
    Arivne
    Compare Generic Ethnic Crime Gang, which covers all the Real Life human variations of this.
  • April 27, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    I don't know about the Generic Ethnic Crime Gang. Any opinions on it?
  • April 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Well, Generic Ethnic Crime Gang is the Super Trope to The Irish Mob, Yakuza, The Mafiya and the like, so I'd say what Arivne stated is accurate.
  • April 27, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Myth Adventures has a multi-dimensional mob led by a fairy godfather and including a number of trolls, Pervects, and ordinary Klahds.
  • April 30, 2013
    Duncan
    Not sure if this would go here or under Generic Ethnic Crime Gang, but the "Gay Mafia" (not just a single Gayngster in a regular mafia, but the whole crew); often rumored to be the power brokers of Hollywood. AKA "Velvet Mafia" and "Lavender Mafia"

  • May 3, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    That may not be the best idea. Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgement and all.
  • May 3, 2013
    arbiter099
    Futurama has the robot mafia
  • May 3, 2013
    StarSword
  • May 3, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    By the way, how is the current Futurama example? Expansions, anyone?
  • May 4, 2013
    Superscythe
    {{Katekyo Hitman Reborn!}}, the entirety of the show is about weird mafia...
  • May 4, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    I'm not disagreeing that it's weird, but it isn't the type of weird that quite fits the trope.
  • May 30, 2013
    MaxwellDaring
    Okay, final push. Hat and edit now, or forever hold your peace.
  • May 23, 2014
    zarpaulus
    • In Werewolf The Apocalypse many mafia families are actually Glass Walkers and their kinfolk, particularly of the "Wise Guys" faction. Glass Walker alphas are even called Dons. This tends to put them into conflict with vampires more often than the other werewolf tribes.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    There's a mafia of Lemon cars in Cars2, but I can't elaborate further. Can someone help me?
  • May 24, 2014
    zarpaulus
    ^ From what I saw before I couldn't stand how bad that movie was any longer they seemed more like "Bond Villains" than the mafia.

    Revised Werewolf example.
  • May 24, 2014
    Astaroth
    • The Artemis Fowl series has the Bwa Kell Triad, an organised crime syndicate run by goblins.
  • May 24, 2014
    Dalillama
    • The House of the Jhereg from Literature/Dragaera is a criminal organization staffed by Dragaearans (effectively Elves).
  • May 24, 2014
    partner555
    In Codename Kids Next Door there was a mafia made up of clowns. They terrorised Numbuh 2 into not telling jokes but he just can't stop telling jokes, leading them to take more and more drastic actions.
  • January 10, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • January 10, 2015
    jormis29

  • January 11, 2015
    zarpaulus
    Needs updates.
  • January 11, 2015
    BKelly95
    Video Games
    • Season one, episode three ("The Mob, the Mole, and the Meatball") of Sam And Max Freelance Police features the Toy Mafia who run Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Casino. They all wear bear head masks, but follow all the well-known mafia stereotypes.
  • January 11, 2015
    justanotherrandomlurker
    I'm surprised no one's mentioned this yet:

    Western Animation
    • Animaniacs has The Goodfeathers, a send up of Good Fellas, with pigeons; the segments mostly focused on the trio of Bobby (who shares Robert De Niro's mannerisms), Pesto (who shares Joe Pesci's short fuse), and Pesto (who is a relatively new and idealistic recruit, ala Ray Liotta). Their mob boss is the Godpigeon, whom they greet by kissing his toes, and although he speaks only in raspy gibberish, the Goodfeathers completely understand everything he says.

    There's also this:

    Newspaper Comics
    • Get Fuzzy. On more than one occasion, Bucky has gotten himself in hot water with a group known as the Chipmunkfia: a group that is refered to, but never seen, though it can be assumed that they're a mafia comprised of chipmunks.
  • January 11, 2015
    eroock
    Film:
  • January 11, 2015
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Woops, I didn't realize this was an old thread, I just saw the post I made two years ago and forgot I had made it. My bad.
  • January 11, 2015
    StarSword
    This is currently an Internal Subtrope of Generic Ethnic Crime Gang. Non-human organized crime is covered specifically.
  • January 11, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ maybe this can be repurposed into "mafia with weird gimmicks"? It's not "generic" anymore.
  • January 11, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ maybe this can be repurposed into "mafia with weird gimmicks"? It's not "generic" anymore.
  • April 15, 2015
    Ominae
    Is this to be discarded?
  • April 16, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
    • In Spongebob Squarepants, the episode "Whobob Whatpants" gives us "the Bubble Poppin' Boys" - a gang who have scared the New Kelp City into never blowing bubbles because the members of this gang always end up blinded by the bubbles whenever they pop. Yes, really.
  • April 17, 2015
    Chabal2
    The Far Side also has the fish mafia (they use styrofoam shoes) and lizard mafia (a lizard puts his tail in his bed to fool the goons).

  • November 2, 2015
    zarpaulus
    Web Original
    • One of the more powerful criminal organizations in Metamor City is the Vampire Syndicate. And somehow despite the police, the nobility, and the Lightbringers all knowing that Malcolm ard'Valos is Prince of the Syndicate they can't find enough evidence of his crimes to justify staking him, and it doesn't even seem common knowledge that he's a vampire.
  • November 2, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    I definitely think a weird mafia is a viable subtrope that deserves it's own page, especially since it's inherently not generic.

    • In Baccano, The Martillo Family is a perfectly normal group of gangsters, with the exception of Maiza, who is actually an immortal who has been alive since colonial times, and Ronnie Schiatto, who is actually the demon who game Maiza and his colleague the means to become immortals. However through a series of events, the entire Martillo Family of gangsters all end up as Immortals at the end of the Anime.
  • November 2, 2015
    KaiYves
    • Shark Tale has sharks as the Mafiosi of the underwater world.
    • The children's book The Sign of the Starfish, like Shark Tale, is set in a world of intelligent underwater animals, but it Mafia-equivalent is composed of groupers rather than sharks.
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