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The characters of ''Film/TheGodfather'' trilogy and any associated works.

[[folder: The Corleone Family]]
!!Don Vito Corleone

[[caption-width-right:350:Left: Vito in ''Part II'' -- Right: Vito in ''The Godfather'']]
[[caption-width-right:350:"''A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.''"]]

--> "''I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse''."

--> '''Portrayed By''': MarlonBrando (''The Godfather''), RobertDeNiro (''Part II'')

Born Vito Andolini, he is the founder of the Corleone crime family.

!!!Collectively, this character exhibits examples of:
* AntiVillain: Vito behaves like — and, in some ways, is — a family-oriented leader of his community, doing favors for the weak and punishing the wicked (so long as it doesn't interfere with business). In some ways this is an enforced InvokedTrope.
* TheDon: The original Godfather, the Don of a New York crime family.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Vito firmly believes and teaches that blood is ThickerThanWater.
* GoodParents: He genuinely and deeply loves his children, and his children love him unconditionaly.
* PapaWolf: He shows hints of this towards his own children, especially for his youngest son, Michael. When arranging Michael's safe return from exile with the other heads of the crime families, he makes it clear that anyone who messes with his son will regret it.

!!!In ''Part I'', this character exhibits examples of:
* AFatherToHisMen: Treats everybody that works for him with sincere respect.
* {{Acrofatic}}: A minor case, but his surprising quickness for his size saves his life during Sollozzo's ambush.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: The TropeNamer. Coined by Michael to illustrate how Vito reached an agreement with a band leader to release Johnny Fontane from a contract.
%%* BadassGrandpa
* BadassMoustache: He sports a badass moustache, and he only begins wearing it after he gains power as a Mafia kingpin.
* BenevolentBoss: Compared to Michael and Vinnie, Vito is extremely forgiving. He even publicly admits to other Dons that he will not seek revenge for Sonny's death. Although this can be interpreted as more of a case of [[spoiler:ExactWords]].
* TheChessmaster: Especially in the book where it is more obvious that Michael's purge of the five families was orchestrated by Vito years before, at his negotiations to bring Michael home from Sicily.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He and Michael are aware of many of the trades and tropes of his profession, invoke some of them and make plans and gambits accordingly, hence their success.
* DecoyProtagonist: Marlon Brando had star billing and a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather'', but he was [[spoiler:gunned down]] less than forty minutes in and spent a good deal of the rest of the film [[spoiler:lying in a hospital bed before dying of a heart attack]]. His son Michael was the "[[VillainProtagonist hero]]" of the film.
* EveryOneHasStandards: He believes that his political connections, which regard gambling as "a harmless vice", will abandon the Family if they learn that hard drugs like heroin are being sold. Even after they agree to the trade, the Dons refuse to allow the drugs into schools or to be sold to children.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: To Michael. Vito figures on Sonny following his path, and Fredo... [[SpannerInTheWorks well]]... He wanted [[ParentalFavoritism something better with Michael]]. The expression on his face when he's told that Michael killed Sollozzo and [=McCluskey=] is one of pure heartbreak.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: When he dies, he dies playing with his grandson.]]
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Wanted to turn the family legit and go into politics.
* ManlyTears: When he learns of Sonny's death, and then later when he takes the corpse to the undertaker. Also at the hospital when he realizes [[spoiler:Michael is taking his side in the family business.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Towards Michael, meant for a higher purpose. The original novel tries to explain why Sonny is the heir exempt from EvilParentsWantGoodKids because Sonny choose a criminal life after witnessing Vito killing Fanucci. (Part II disregards this)
%%* ThePatriarch
* PetTheDog: Considering how insular, xenophobic and racist the Sicilian Mafia is, Vito's acceptance of Tom (who is German-Irish) as a son, even if it's not in name, is an exceptionally magnaminous gesture of kindness.
* PragmaticVillainy: Don Vito does not oppose the drug trade because of any moral opposition to drugs, but because he fears that it will destroy their political connections [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation (though its possible to read this as just an excuse he gives to the other families, who for the most part have no opposition whatsoever)]].

!!!In ''Part II'', this character exhibits examples of:
* {{Foil}}: To Michael. Vito believes above all in family and in loyalty, but unlike Michael and Sonny he doesn't take it personally when he gets betrayed or otherwise messed around with. For example, when his boss Genco' father has to fire him because the local Don wants his nephew to have Vito's job, Vito politely turns down the offer of compensation and assures him that he bears him no grudge. [[spoiler: He then fixes the problem by cold-bloodedly killing the Don, thereby removing the problem.]] He then makes Genco his consigliere, and Genco is forever loyal.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Started out as a poor Italian immigrant.
* TheGhost: Marlon Brando was supposed to reprise his role as "old" Vito for the 1941 flashback at the end of ''Part II'', but when he [[AbsenteeActor failed to turn up for the shoot]], the scene was rewritten to keep him offscreen.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ran away from a crime lord, only to become himself.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: After running away to America alone as a child, he builds up his reputations on the streets.
* ParentalAbandonment: Both of them were killed in Sicily by the local mafia. His older brother Paolo got himself killed trying to avenge their father.
* PosthumousCharacter: His story is told throughout a flashback since he already [[spoiler:passed away in the first film]].
* {{Revenge}}: Against Francesco Ciccio for killing his parents.
* TranquilFury: Probably the reason why the other guys in the neighbourhood recognise Vito as a leader.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: His parents' deaths is what turns him into a Don like he was today.
* YouKilledMyFather: The beginning of Part II' tells or shows that Vito's father, mother (and brother) are murdered by a Sicilian mafia boss, Don Ciccio, when Vito is a child. He escapes to the U.S., becomes an influential crime boss there, and eventually returns to Sicily to meet Don Ciccio.
!!Michael Corleone

[[caption-width-right:350:"''Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement.''"]]

--> "''Keep your friends close; but your enemies closer''."

--> '''Portrayed By''': AlPacino

The youngest child of the family. He doesn't want to join the family business. When Sollozzo and [=McCluskey=] make another attempt on his father's life, he is forced to join the family business and kills them. He becomes the new Don at the end of the movie. By the second movie, Michael becomes a full-fledged ruthless Don. In the third movie, he strives to stay legitimate, but his past finally catches up. [[spoiler:He ultimately fails, with tragic consequences]].

!!!Collectively, this character exhibits examples of:
* BeingEvilSucks: He justifies his descent into mob villainy as being done for the well-being of his family, but by the end of the second movie he starts to realize that it has destroyed his family. By the end of the third movie almost all the people he cared for are dead or driven away as a result of his choices.
* BerserkButton: Michael believes in two things; Family and Loyalty to the family. Going after or betraying the family sets him off.
%%* ByronicHero
* TheChessmaster: He proves himself to be this at least twice during Part I, and continuously throughout Part II, using devious and brutal schemes to keep the Corleone Family strong, despite their (numerous) ups and downs.
* TheDon: After Vito died in 1955 Michael officially became Don.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In the first two movies, he's polite, icy and ruthless. He sweet-talks Kay to make her believe he's not going to be a criminal while his revenge plans are already in motion. He invokes a false veneer of amicability by keeping his friends close but his enemies closer.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Sonny and Fredo's Foolish.
* GoodCopBadCop: Michael plays both roles to get information from people who betray him. He will act polite, friendly, like all is forgiven if they just tell him the truth. Then as soon as he gets the information he needs, he becomes Bad Cop.
* MeaningfulName: Michael is an angel and its supposed to symbolize that the youngest Corleone son will turn out different than his brothers. But he didn't.
* TheProtagonist: Is the main character of ''The Godfather'' film series.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The entire series is all about Michael Corleone's transformation from WhiteSheep of a crime family to its ruthless leader, and subsequent doomed attempts to [[TheAtoner atone]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The cold hearted Blue Oni to Sonny's Red.
* TragicVillain: He starts as an independent minded WarHero, but he is gradually dragged into mob life to protect his father and his family. He fought his perceived enemies with cold ruthlessness for years while he struggles to achieve legitimacy, and by the time he gets there, he admits that it's too late and that he is too tired and past redemption, and passes the torch to a new Don.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Despite his early attempts to avoid it, he ends up in the exact same role as his father.
* YoungConqueror: Is Don by default after Vito's passing.

!!!In ''Part I'', this character exhibits examples of:
* AntiHero: Initially a heroic character, but by the end of the movie he becomes something of this status.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: At the start of the movie, Michael was completely uninterested in the Family Business. [[BerserkButton Then rival families went after his family.]]
* {{Badass}}: He was a soldier in World War II.
* BadassBookworm: And an Ivy League graduate.
* BlackSheep: He deliberately distances himself from his families crimes at the beginning of the movie.
%%* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* TheDutifulSon: It's the reason why Michael gets involved in the family business. [[spoiler: After the death of Sonny, Michael takes even more of an active role of leading.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: He goes from being the one person in his family that could possibly go legit into a cold-blooded Mafioso who can lie to his wife's face and feel no remorse.
* GoodHairEvilHair: A subtle example. At the wedding, his hair is shorter and parted at the side, emphasizing his innocence. After [[spoiler:[[StartOfDarkness shooting Sollozzo]]]], he never has his hair like this again. When he returns to America, he has his hair slicked back, like the stereotypical mafia don image.
* HappilyMarried:
** With Apollonia [[spoiler: until her death.]]
** [[spoiler: He later marries Kay but their marriage is a total disaster.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The reason he got into the Corleone family business in the first place was to do his part in protecting his family. But he ends up just as monstrous as his enemies.
* IJustWantToBeNormal
-->'''Michael''': "That's my family, Kaye. That's not me."
* [[KnightTemplarParent Knight Templar Patriarch]]: Don't you ever go against the family. It gets even worse in the second movie.
* LoveAtFirstSight: When he meets Apollonia.
* NecessarilyEvil: Tries to justify himself as this, at least to Kay.
* NonActionGuy: His brothers and the ''caporegimes'' see him as this in the first film, even though he was in the Army, because he never wanted to get involved with the family business. When he offers to shoot Sollozzo and [=McCluskey=], they all laugh at him.
-->'''Sonny:''' What are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the family business. Now you want to gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped you in the face a little? What, do you think this like the Army where you can shoot 'em from a mile away? No, you gotta get up like this and, badda-''bing'', you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit!
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He was chosen to negotiate with The Turk because he had no known connections to his family's criminal empire. Michael kills The Turk and the mediating police captain, and he just gets worse from there.
* StartOfDarkness: Apollonia's death is the ultimate trigger.
* SympatheticMurderer: He has killed and ordered others to kill in his name, but after Sonny's brutal murder and [[spoiler:accidentally killing Apollonia]], it's not hard to feel like those victims had it coming.
%%* TheUnfettered
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He claims, and to an extent believes, that he is doing what he does for the sake of his family, and only against those who deserve it. [[MotiveDecay This justification gradually erodes]] over the course of the movie.
* WhatTheHellHero: Not even Vito would have gone as far as he did to secure the power of his empire. He gets called out on this twice, by his sister and later by Kay.
* WhiteSheep: He was raised to be the white sheep; he was supposed to begin the family's shift into respectability. Vito expresses regret shortly before his death that he ended up being the one to succeed his father, since he'd wanted him to be "Senator Corleone" or "Governor Corleone," and Michael reassures him that "we'll get there."
* YoungestChildWins: He manages to subdue all of the family's enemies and secures his position as Don... of course, [[AvertedTrope was it really worth it?]]

!!!In ''Part II'', this character exhibits examples of:
* BrokenAce: Especially towards the end. He is the most powerful Mafia Don in the country, has secured the Corleone Family's power and prosperity, and eliminated all his enemies, but he has alienated those who love him and relinquished his own happiness in the process.
* CainAndAbel: With Fredo. As the film goes on they swap roles -- Fredo becomes less Cain and more Abel, and Michael less Abel and more Cain, [[spoiler:then even more Cain still by having Fredo killed.]]
* EtTuBrute: Naturally his reaction when he discovers that his brother had been talking to Johnny Ola about his plans to kill him.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Specifically delays his revenge on [[spoiler:Fredo until after his mother passes away, because he knew she would be devastated if anything happened to him.]]
* KissOfDeath: After he finds out that [[spoiler:Fredo]] betrayed him.
* MotiveDecay: It's become less about the welfare of his family and more about the welfare of the family business; and by the end of the film, the greatest enemy of Michael's family is clearly Michael himself.
** TheParanoiac: Michael likely doesn't see a difference. In his mind, all the problems the family faced in the first movie came down to them not being respected or feared enough, which is why he is so ruthless and why he ''can't'' make the family go legit, as their enemies would see that as weakness; he probably hoped Kay would just one day accept that. He thinks protecting her and the kids is the main reason he is doing this, which is why he goes ''ballistic'' when she turns on him too.
* VillainProtagonist: Started out pretty heroic in ''Part I'', but he's solidly villainous in ''Part II''.

!!!In ''Part III'', this character exhibits examples of:
* AmicablyDivorced: With Kay.
* AntiVillain: He desperately tries to do good, going so far as to assure the protection of Pope John Paul I, [[spoiler:only to fail.]]
* TheAtoner: He even confesses in church for his crimes; this is how badly he wants to become good.
* ChronicVillainy
-->''Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.''
* DyingAlone: In stark contrast to Vito.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Michael refuses to have her daughter Mary involved in the business and does whatever he can to keep her out of the loop.
* HeartbrokenBadass: He starts crying when his son sings a Sicilian ballad that reminds me him of Apollonia.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Michael tries to push Tony to complete Law School so that he could become a family lawyer and gets upset when Tony chooses pursuing a dream to become a singer. Michael himself was resistant against becoming a politician despite being pushed by his family and choose to enlist.
* LonelyAtTheTop: It becomes the focal point for the final movie in the trilogy. Michael Corleone tries to repair the relationship with his wife and children now that he's legit in the eyes of the public (which was his ultimate goal for the family). [[spoiler:He goes to a Catholic Priest and confesses his ultimate sin of having his older brother Fredo killed. He finds a worthy successor to take over the business when he's gone. And just when things are looking up, his daughter gets killed by his enemies, breaking him for good.]]
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:To Vincent]].
!!Sonny Corleone

[[caption-width-right:310:"''Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.''"]]

--> "''I want Sollozzo, if not, it's all out war, we go to the mattresses!''"

--> '''Portrayed By''': JamesCaan

The eldest child of the family and the hothead.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* BerserkButton: Hurting his younger sister will earn you a free trip to the emergency room.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He launches into one of the most epic NoHoldsBarred eatdowns in film history against his brother-in-law after he finds his sister with a black eye. [[spoiler:The enemy family Barzini later uses this instinct against Sonny by paying Carlo to deliver a savage beating to his wife in order to easily set up an ambush for Sonny.]]
* BrooklynRage / UnstoppableRage: Somebody that messed with Sonny's sister caused him to pummel that man well into submission.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: In Part I, Sonny is the most violent and hotheaded of the brothers, but most of his violence is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge directed at those who hurt his family]]. It's clear that he is very protective of them and hurting them is his BerserkButton. Like Vito, his acceptance of Tom as a brother also shows that he is not as racist as most Sicilian mafioso.
%%* TheCasanova: Downplayed
%%* ChickMagnet
* DragonInChief: Became acting Don after Vito was shot and wounded.
* FatalFlaw: Sonny's [[spoiler:{{Hot Blooded}}ness combined with an overzealous BigBrotherInstinct allowed Carlo to lure him to his death]].
* GagPenis: Actually a minor plot point in the book.
* GenerationXerox: Like his grandfather, Antonio, Sonny was proud, hot-tempered, and stubborn. [[spoiler:Both of them ended up dead because of those traits.]]
* HotBlooded: The most impulsive, aggressive and violent of Vito's sons.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: What he did to Carlo after beating up Connie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's a violent thug who [[YourCheatingHeart openly cheats on his wife]] but also a genuinely loving husband, father and brother.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Beating up Carlo for abusing Connie.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: [[spoiler: This trait ends up being his downfall.]]
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: [[spoiler:After being riddled with bullets by hitmen, Sonny is given an extra few rounds once he falls to the ground, and kicked in the head for good measure.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The Hotblooded Red Oni to Michael's Blue.
* WifeBasherBasher: "You touch my sister again and I'll kill ya."
* YourCheatingHeart: However his infidelities did not trouble his wife.
!!Fredo Corleone

[[caption-width-right:350:"''I can handle things! I'm smart, not like everybody says, like, dumb! I'm smart, and I want respect!''"]]

--> "''Fredo has a good heart, but he's weak... and stupid.''"
-->-- '''Michael Corleone'''

--> '''Portrayed By''': John Cazale

The middle child of the family. He is the stupid one, but has a warm heart. "Fredo" has now become shorthand for "weak link".

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* AdaptationalWimp: In the book the reader is [[InformedAbility informed]] that Fredo was a tough guy who just took his eye off the ball during the attempted assassination of Vito and then suffered from being corrupted by the inevitable HookersAndBlow that went with running the Family business in Vegas. None of this shows up in the movies, where he comes across as an incompetent boob. Given that any toughness or competence on Fredo's part was certainly an informed ability, [[PragmaticAdaptation perhaps that was for the best]].
* BadLiar: He [[spoiler:reveals himself as TheMole]] by pretending in front of Michael that he's never met Johnny Ola and then, hours later at most, blithely shouting that it was Johnny Ola who told him about the sex show. If he ever figures out how he gave it away, we don't see when. An almost comical example happens earlier: in bed with his wife, he answers the phone to have a whispered conversation full of lines like "You guys lied to me!" and then, when she asks who it was, just says, "Wrong number."
%%* ButtMonkey
* CainAndAbel: with Michael. Ironically, after [[spoiler:Michael has Fredo killed]], Michael remembers how Fredo was the only one who spoke up for Michael's decision to drop out of college and join the Marines.
* CoolUncle: Ironically he is this to Tony and Mary, Michael's kids.
* HeelFaceTurn: He knows he screwed up [[spoiler:in betraying Michael to Hyman Roth]], and tries to earn forgiveness during the later half of ''Part II''. He's even seen being genuinely kind to his nephew Anthony as the two work on fishing in Lake Tahoe. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Michael is NOT in the mood to forgive ''anyone'' this time...]]
* HenpeckedHusband: To Deanna in ''Part II''.
* KavorkaMan: Nowhere near as {{Badass}} as Sonny, and definitely not as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as Michael, but Moe Green complains that he's "banging cocktail waitresses, two at a time". In the novel, it's stated that this fact greatly displeased Don Vito, as the Don was always very straitlaced about sex.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Fredo has this in spades. Sonny has the brawn, Michael has the brains, and Tom Hagen plays the traditional middle child role of mediating between them. While introducing Kay to his family during the novel's opening sections, Michael acknowledges that Fredo serves almost no purpose in the Corleone family.
* MommasBoy: Described in the first novel as the son every Italian mother longs for.
* TheResenter: Though he never showed any real aptitude for the family business, he gets sick of being treated as a gofer and an errand boy, while his younger brother becomes the Don. This leads him to his ill-fated deal with [[spoiler:Hyman Roth]].
---> "Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo take care of some Mickey-Mouse nightclub somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, ''and I was stepped over''!"
* UglyGuyHotWife: Ugly Guy to Deanna's Hot Wife in ''Part II''.
* TheUnfavorite: By the second movie, he's developed a complex over this.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tries everything he can to please Michael, but it just doesn't work out.

!!Contanza "Connie" Corleone

-->'''Connie:''' Michael. Now they'll fear you.
-->'''Michael:''' Maybe they should fear YOU!

--> '''Portrayed By''': Talia Shire

The youngest of Vito Corleone's children and his only daughter.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* DaddysGirl: Vito loves her very dearly.
* DomesticAbuse: Experiences this at the hands of Carlo
* MafiaPrincess: The archetypal example of this. By the end of the first film however, when her abusive husband is murdered by her brother Michael for his role in setting up the murder of the oldest sibling Sonny, Connie finds herself quite jaded and goes into a downward spiral of debauchery and drinking to punish her brother Michael. It takes the death of her mother Carmela to get her to clean her act up, at which point she convinces Michael to reconcile with turncoat brother Fredo. By the third film, she's been upgraded to full-blown Godmother and has taken the role of adviser/Corleone Family mentor to Sonny's illegitimate son Vinnie, who has followed his father's footsteps into organized crime.
* OlderAndWiser: She is practically a load in her younger years since the business is not female-friendly, but she evolves and by Part III she is LadyMacbeth.
* OutnumberedSibling: She's the only daughter of the Corleone family with three older brothers (Sonny, Fredo and Michael) and another adopted brother Tom Hagen.
* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Part III'', becomes Michael's de facto consigliere, ordering hits without his permission. [[spoiler:She even assists in killing Altobello, who is her godfather, with poisoned cannoli during the final parts of Part III]].

!!Kay Adams-Corleone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Diane Keaton

Michael's long-time girlfriend that he met at college. She is somewhat of an outsider from the beginning and symbolizes Michael's initial desire to live a more Americanized life - viewing her as a way of breaking away from the family business. He eventually falls out of love with her but proposes to her years later in order to start a family. She becomes his second wife and they have two children but their relationship is not a happy one. [[spoiler: Michael continuously mistreats Kay and it ends bitterly with a divorce in Part II after Kay tells Michael that she has aborted their third child to spite him. In Part III, Michael has mellowed out and they attempt to reconcile their relationship but then their daughter, Mary dies.]]

!!!This character exhibits examples of:

* BettyAndVeronica: Looks like the Betty but is the Veronica while Apollonia is the Betty who looks like the Veronica.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Subverted. Kay Corleone apparently suffers this trope, only to be revealed later that she aborted the child out of hatred towards her Catholic husband and because she can't stand the idea of another child being raised into his criminal family.
* FirstLove: To Michael. He ends up marrying her after his first relationship didn't pan out.
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: She is this to provide a contrast between a "normal" American in TheForties and the Corleones.

!!Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Simonetta Stefanelli

Shortly after Michael arrives in Sicily following his escape from New York, he meets a local woman named Apollonia. Michael falls deeply and passionately in love with her (which is described as being "struck by the thunderbolt"). After a brief period of courtship, Michael marries her and she becomes his first wife. His relationship with her is what helps him re-connect with his Sicilian roots and find out where he truly belongs. [[spoiler: The pregnant Apollonia dies in a car bomb set by Fabrizio (one of Michael's bodyguards) that was intended to kill him. Her death makes Michael a man with an uncontrollable thirst for revenge, which would eventually lead him to betray his family.]]

!!!This character exhibits examples of:

* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Subverted. Michael and Apollonia expected this kind of life (especially since they had sex ''every'' night) but Apollonia was murdered during her pregnancy and thus their unborn child died as well.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Kay. Apollonia represents traditions and Italian life whereas Kay represents modernity and American life.
* HappilyMarried: With Michael. Their marriage brings Michael back to his Sicilian roots.
* LanguageBarrier: Has trouble communicating with Michael as she only speaks Italian and he primarily speaks English with only a little Italian, they end up having a loving relationship despite this obstacle.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is derived from the Greek god, Apollo (god of light and the sun). This symbolises that Apollonia is the light - the happiness and innocence of Michael's life. [[spoiler: Thus her death is also the loss of this innocence and Michael's StartOfDarkness.]]
%%* NatureAdoresAVirgin
* OneTrueLove: What Michael sees her as.
* SecondLove: To Michael, and also his greatest love.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[spoiler:Despite her small role, her death sets Michael's ruthlessness rise to Don in motion.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:She does not appear much and we know little about her but her death is what leads to his FaceHeelTurn.]]

!!Vincent "Vinnie" Mancini-Corleone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Andy Garcia

Sonny's illegitimate son and Michael's nephew. He is a hothead like his father.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* {{Badass}}: Comfortably kills two guys sent to kill him.
* CanonForeigner: He wasn't in the book at all. In fact Sonny's mistress was explicitly stated to have not gotten pregnant by him.
* GenerationXerox: Although from all indications, he would probably be a better Don than Sonny could have been.
%%* HeroicBastard
* HotBlooded: Must run in the family.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's impulsive and hotheaded, but loves his family deeply and is very protective of them.
* KissingCousins: With Mary, but it doesn't last.
* ShooTheDog: [[spoiler: At Michael's request, he tells Mary that he cannot be with her since his business is too dangerous for them to be together.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Michael and the Corleone family.
%%* UnstoppableRage

!!Mary Corleone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Creator/SofiaCoppola

The youngest of Michael's children. Sofia's being cast as her was a ''very'' controversial decision, though in truth she was just a last-minute replacement for Winona Ryder, and only took the part reluctantly.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* DaddysGirl: [[spoiler:No good comes of it to her]].
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:She is shot with a bullet meant for Michael near the end of ''Part III'']].
* KissingCousins: With Vincent, but it doesn't last.
* MafiaPrincess: She is legitimately oblivious to her father's corrupt ways, also striking a romance with [[KissingCousins her cousin]] Vinnie. [[spoiler: The poor kid ends up shot to death as a result of her father's crimes coming back to bite him on the ass, since an assassin sent to snipe Michael after her brother's opera debut shoots her instead by mistake; she dies in Michael's arms, and he's pushed to the DespairEventHorizon.]]
* NaiveEverygirl: Has no knowledge of what her father has done as Don.
%%* ParentalMarriageVeto

!!Anthony "Tony" Corleone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Franc D'Ambrosio

Michael's oldest child and his initial heir apparent. Anthony, however, has different ideas and by ''Part III'', is openly refusing to become a part of his father's criminal empire, instead opting to become an opera singer.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* CallingTheOldManOut: He delivers a particularly devastating one to Michael at the beginning of ''Part III''.
* HeelFaceTurn: Initially in ''Part II'', right after his parents' separation, the young Anthony is portrayed as being cold and distant towards his mother, seemingly blaming her for the breakup. By the third film, however, it is Michael that he resents, mostly because he discovered the truth that [[spoiler:Michael ordered the murder of Fredo, his favorite uncle]].
* NiceGuy: Wants nothing to do with the criminal empire and is sweet, polite and loves his family.
* PleaseWakeUp: A mild example, but the baby Anthony is the only other person present during [[spoiler:Vito's death]].

!!Tom Hagen

[[caption-width-right:350:"''I have a special practice. I handle one client.''"]]

--> "''A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns''."
-->-- '''Vito Corleone'''

--> '''Portrayed By''': Robert Duvall

An orphaned childhood friend of Sonny´s, Tom was unofficially adopted by Don Vito. He´s the family´s lawyer and Consigliere.

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* AmoralAttorney: A dignified mob lawyer.
* BadassBookworm: A lawyer by profession and undoubtedly one of the most intelligent members of the Corleone family, he also killed two people in ''The Godfather Returns'' strangling one with his belt and shooting another. Then, in the same book, there's his ease in putting Fredo on the ground when attacked in a fit of anger. (Fredo later compliments him on his reflexes. Tom's response: "lots of coffee".)
* BaldOfAwesome: By the second movie, he's going bald.
* TheConsigliere: TropeCodifier. Close to a UnbuiltTrope in that Tom, though well-meaning, isn't a particularly good Consigliere during wartime. He admits it to himself in the book after Sonny dies. Michael replaces him with his father, although he still listens to him until he grows unhappy with Tom in Part II.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Despite his integral role in the first two films, his death is only briefly mentioned in passing at the beginning of Part III]].
%%* TheGoodChancellor
* HappilyAdopted: Although the Don never formally adopted him, Hagen thought of Vito Corleone as his true father.
* HeroicBSOD: In the original novel, he suffers a very minor breakdown when he learns that [[spoiler:Sonny has just been murdered]], and needs a stiff drink before plucking up the courage to tell Vito. Vito lampshades this to Tom, but permits him to finish his drink before saying what he's afraid to say.
* NonActionGuy: In the movies, anyway. This fact is lampshaded by Virgil Sollozzo:
---> "I know you're not in the muscle-end of the family, Tom, so I don't want you to be scared."
* OnlySaneMan: Finds himself playing this part when Sonny or Michael start getting too bloodthirsty.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Tom's a very serious guy at heart, but he can be surprisingly warm-hearted towards friends and family.
* UndyingLoyalty: To the Corleone family.
* YourCheatingHeart: Implied by Michael.

[[folder: Corleone Family Associates]]
!!Capo Peter Clemenza

--> "''[[MemeticMutation Leave the gun]]. [[ThrowItIn Take the cannoli]]''."

--> '''Portrayed By''': Richard Castellano (''The Godfather''), Bruno Kirby (''Part II'')

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* {{Acrofatic}}: Both the book and the film show him as a surprisingly agile dancer at the Corleone wedding.
* AffablyEvil: To his friends and associates, Clemenza's regarded as a friendly, jovial kind of guy, always happy to talk and always happy to share his tales of the good old days.
* BigFun: Seems to provide a comedic scene or two, the quote above being the top example on how funny he can get.
* TheBigGuy: As a Capo of the family, he takes a direct role in controlling the movements of the family soldiers; for good measure, he's occasionally called upon to act as a hitman.
%%* BoisterousBruiser
* CoolUncle: To Vito's children, even if not by blood.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Dialogue in the second film implies that he died of a heart attack between movies.]]
** [[spoiler:Considering his looks and lifestyle this surprises no one. He's introduced in the first movie trying to catch a breath after dancing looking like he's about to have a heart attack then.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Vito and Tessio.
* HonoraryUncle: To Vito's children.
* FatBastard: Has a reputation for violent, ruthless tactics in gang wars.
* HiddenDepths: An excellent cook, even showing Michael how to make spaghetti sauce, and a history buff who compares Solozzo's actions to Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch.
* TheMentor: According to the book, he taught Sonny how to fight and kill, though he was a bit disappointed that Sonny never showed any particular liking for the garotte. In both the film and the book, he also advises Michael on carrying out the killing of Solozzo and [=McCluskey=].
* RealMenDontCry: Averted in ''The Godfather Returns'', he will not watch Tessio's execution because "there are some things a guy doesn't want to see."
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Tessio's blue.

!!Capo Salvatore Tessio

--> "''[[spoiler:[[NothingPersonal Tell Mike it was only business]]]]. I always liked him''."

--> '''Portrayed By''': Abe Vigoda

!!!This character exhibits examples of:

* BeenThereShapedHistory: The novel narrates that he killed Salvatore Maranzano in a Brooklyn restaurant.
* TheCameo: Briefly appears in ''Part II''.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Once it's clear that he can't talk his way out of his execution, he calmly and willingly steps into the car without another word of protest.]]
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Vito and Clemenza.
%%* LeanAndMean
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Secretly works for Barzini.]]
* NothingPersonal: [[spoiler:After being discovered as Don Barzini's mole in the Corleone family, he explains that nothing about his betrayal was personal.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Clemenza's red.
* TheSmartGuy: Considered the smarter of the two Caporegimes, and usually makes the tactical decisions of the Family soldiers.

!!Luca Brasi

--> '''Portrayed By''': Lenny Montoya

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* AxCrazy: Implied to be one in the book.
* {{Badass}}: He had to be the best bodyguard for a reason.
* BowelExistenceFailure: [[spoiler:Happens in the book when he's strangled.]]
* TheDragon: He is the Corelone's most trusted bodyguard.
* TheDreaded: In the novel even Vito Corleone is afraid of him, to the point of being apprehensive when he has to receive Brazzi's congratulations on his daugter's wedding day despite Brazzi being the only one of these visitors not to incude the request of a favour with the congratulations. [[spoiler: When Solozzo's men make it clear to the Corleones that they have killed Brazzi, the Corleones are relieved to know that Sollozo had not turned him and that he isn't coming after them.]]
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: Clearly seen struggling with English during his introduction at the wedding, but has no problems using colloquial Italian later.
* HiddenDepths: The movie doesn't make him look particularly intelligent, but the book explains how part of what made him so dangerous was his ability to commit murders all by himself; most enforcers need backup on a hit. And when you commit a murder by yourself, there's no one to tell the police what happened.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Went on one after an attempt on Vito's life in the Olive Oil War. It took Vito recovering and personally calling him off to avoid Luca dropping enough bodies to make peace impossible. [[spoiler: The Turk has him killed before they attempt to kill Vito to avoid this happening to him.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: To extreme levels.
%%* TheSociopath
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Established as Don Corleone's most fearsome right-hand man at the beginning of the first film, but then is quickly taken out by the Tattaglia family to show the grave danger the Corleones are facing.]]

!!Aldo Trapani

--> "''Everybody loses something''."

--> '''Portrayed By''': Andrew Pifko (''The Godfather'' [game]), Rick Pasqualone (''Part II'' [game])

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
%%* AlmightyJanitor
* BeenThereShapedHistory: He is responsible for helping Rocco in removing Khartoum's head and placing it in Woltz's bed, beating the two kids who tried to rape Bonasera's daughter, assassinating both Paulie Gatto and Salvatore Tessio for betraying the Family, hiding the pistol Michael would use to kill Solozzo and [=McCluskey=], and participating in the assassination of the heads of the Five Families.
%%* CanonName
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He witnessed his father getting killed when he was only 12.
* DeathByCameo / DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:He's shot in the neck after escorting Michael and Fredo to safety in ''Part II'']].
%%* DragonInChief
%%* MagneticHero
* Retcon: It's a goal to become "Don of New York" in the game, with a cinematic showing it is exactly what it sounds like as he oversees Manhattan in a high rise building with Mafia dons as his lackeys. Come to "Part II" and he's a capo with no hints of having rose anywhere above it.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Briefly appears in ''Part II''.
* VillainProtagonist: While he certainly is better than his enemies, and maintains a good relationship with everyone he meets, he still beats and maims shop owners for protection money and dives head-first into the Mafia lifestyle with no hesitation.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:He guns down Barzini at the steps of the City Hall]].

!!Al Neri

--> '''Portrayed By''': Richard Bright

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* AscendedExtra: By the second film, he becomes one of Michael's most trusted subordinates. And by the third, he's next to Connie in terms of power in the Family.
* ''{{Badass}}'': Kills [[spoiler: Barzini, his bodyguard and his drive]] before any of them can draw a gun.
* CoDragons: With Rocco, for Michael.
* CowboyCop: What got him fired from the Force and into the Family.
* TheDragon: For Michael.
* TheDreaded: One assumes this after Tom says of him to Michael "Now you've got your Luca"
* GeniusBruiser: Genius might be an overstatement, but Al is a very intelligent and Michael seeks and trusts his input.
* TheQuietOne: Says nothing in the first two films.

!! Rocco Lampone

--> '''Portrayed By''': Tom Rosqui

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* CoDragons: With Neri, for Michael.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Kills [[spoiler: Roth]] before being gunned down
* RiteOfPassage: Killing [[spoiler: Paulie]] is how Rocco 'makes his bones'

!! Willie Cicci

--> '''Portrayed By''': Joe Spinell

!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* AscendedExtra: While named in the books in the first film his name goes unsaid despite his killing of [[spoiler: Cuneo and Tessio]] however in the second film he gets far more lines.
* MadeOfIron: Dude was shot then struck by a car and ''survived''.
* NumberTwo: Becomes this to Frank Pentangeli in ''Part II''.
* TheStoolPigeon: Along with Pentangeli in ''Part II''.

!!Capo Frankie Pentangeli

--> '''Portrayed by''': Michael V. Gazzo
!!!This character exhibits examples of:
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Slits his wrists after Tom pays him a visit so his family could be looked after.]].
** BathSuicide
* {{Expy}}: Pentangeli was written to replace Clemenza when Castellano didn't return for Part II.
* HiddenDepths: Demonstrates a knowledge of history, when he references the practice of attainted Romans committing suicide so that their families would be spared the Emperor's wrath. This is exactly what he [[BathSuicide does]] to atone for his betrayal.
%%* RememberTheNewGuy
* TheStoolPigeon: With Willie Cicci after he mistakenly assumes Michael put a hit out on him. [[spoiler: Though he recants at the last minute when his brother paid him a visit.]]

[[folder: Other Crime Bosses]]
!!Virgil Sollozzo

--> '''Portrayed By''': Al Lettieri

* BigBadDuumvirate: He seems to be this with Tattaglia.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Takes out [[AxCrazy Luca Brasi]] before attacking the Corleones as anything happening to Vito would have meant Luca going on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge rampage]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Shot halfway through by Michael.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: A ruthless businessman who behaves in a polite and personable manner when he's not murdering people.
* GratuitousItalian: Speaks it fluently like a native despite being known as "The Turk."
* KnifeNut: Sollozzo is said to be very good with a knife, but being a businessman he avoids fighting if he can help it. This shows up briefly in the film when Luca Brasi meets with him in Bruno Tattaglia's nightclub.
* KnightOfCerebus: His arrival marks the steady erosion of the unassailable position held by the Corleone Family at the beginning of the beginning. [[ImpaledPalm He stabs Luca Brasi's right hand]], pinning it to the bar while one of Bruno's men garrotes Luca.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: He had a very elaborate plan with Tattaglia to take down the Corelone's. Judging from Brasi's death, it's a very violent plan too.

!!Philip Tattaglia

--> '''Portrayed By''': Victor Rendina

* BigBadDuumvirate: With Virgil Sollozzo [[spoiler:as a front]].
* DecoyAntagonist: Appears to be the main villain in the early stages. [[spoiler: It's actually Barzini.]]
* DirtyCoward: He's still a dirty pimp that barely lifts a finger for [[spoiler:Barzini's]] plans. He tends to avoid facing danger if the opportunity arises.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: For Barzini.]]
* DisposableSexWorker: [[spoiler: Is riddled with bullets while in bed with a prostitute.]]

!!Emilio Barzini

--> '''Portrayed By''': Richard Conte

* BigBad: The real one of the first film in The Godfather Trilogy.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In a seemingly friendly gesture, he accepts Don Vito Corleone's request to help set up peace summit called to bring an end to the Five Families War. This is ultimately revealed to be a cynical ploy when Barzini uses the summit as an opportunity to subject Vito to a shakedown resulting in the forceful appropriation of much of the latter's power and influence.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He exhibits a very diplomatic and pleasant demeanor in his dealings with business partners and other associates. However, in reality, he is a very coldhearted and calculated man who has no scruples about employing brutal and underhanded tactics to increase his power.
* TheChessmaster: Had his plan to take down the Corleone's set up very well. [[spoiler:However, Michael managed to out-gambit him.]]
* TheDon: Of the Barzini Family.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He is ultimately revealed to be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to usurp power from the Corleone originally believed to be led by Philip Tattaglia.
* ManipulativeBastard: He secretly conspires with Carlo Rizzi to have Connie Corleone viciously beaten in order to provoke her hot-headed brother, Santino, and lure him to his death.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His character is loosely based on Vito Genovese, a ruthless mob boss who sought to become the "Boss of all Bosses" by capitalizing on the sale of narcotics and eliminating all potential rivals within the criminal underworld.

!!Hyman Roth

--> '''Portrayed By''': Lee Strasberg

-->"We're bigger than U.S. Steel."

* AffablyEvil: In most of his scenes, he comes across as a friendly old man who honestly wants to advise Michael and leave behind something worthwhile for his friends.
* BigBad: Of Michael's story in Part II.
* TheChessmaster: Tries to outwit Michael, but like Barzini, he gets out-gambitted by Michael and dies for it.
* EvilCounterpart: To Don Vito.
* KosherNostra: He is Jewish like Moe Greene.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Roth was very heavily based off the notorious and powerful Jewish gangster/adviser to the Mafia Meyer Lansky. Lansky reportedly called Lee Strasberg (the father of Method Acting), the actor playing Roth, and congratulated him on his performance, but added, "You could have made me more sympathetic."
* NonActionBigBad: He is very sick but no less effective as a BigBad.
%%* RememberTheNewGuy
* TranquilFury: Is a lot more angry over his protege Moe Greene's death than he's letting on, and has a very good idea who's responsible.

!!Francesco Ciccio

--> '''Portrayed By''': Giuseppe Sillato

* AssholeVictim: This is the man that killed Vito's parents... it's hard to shed a tear for him when Vito finally gets his sought-out revenge.
* BigBad: Of Vito's story in ''Part II''.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Knows full well that if he lets Vito live he will try to avenge his father, brother, and mother when he grows up. However, Vito managed to escape to America before he could have him murdered.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{Jerkass}}: He was more than willing to kill Vito ''as a child'' to ensure he wouldn't return for revenge.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:When he gets carved by Vito]].
* NonActionBigBad: He has grown too old and almost blind by the time Vito arrives to take his revenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't stop him from delivering it anyway.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Had Vito's older brother Paolo killed for attempting to avenge his father, and tried to have Vito killed since Vito would do the same.

!!Don Fanucci

--> '''Portrayed By''': Gastone Moschin

* BigBadWannabe: Despite his pretentions, his power is weak enough for Vito to exploit.
%%* TheBully
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* SmugSnake

!!Joey Zasa

--> '''Portrayed By''': Joe Mantegna

* BigBadWannabe: As a whole, he's not really as powerful as his boss, Altobello.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Of ''Part III''. In fact, the real BigBad is relieved to see him go!
* EqualOpportunityEvil: He recruits blacks and Latinos into his organization, which shows he "has a good heart".
%%* LargeHam
%%* RememberTheNewGuy
%%* TheSociopath
* TheStarscream: He is hinted as wanting to take over Altobello's plan so he can be Don.

!!Don Altobello

--> '''Portrayed By''': Eli Wallach

* BigBad: Of ''Part III'', secretly being Michael's enemy.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Don Lucchesi.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He managed to fool the Corleones for a long while with a friendly, yet senile disposition; he even managed to become Connie's godfather thanks to his act.
* TheChessmaster: He has an elaborate plan to kill Michael and his pomps so he can take over his operations. However, like the others, Michael manages to catch on to his betrayal and outsmart him.
* EvilOldFolks: Despite his age, he's still the antagonist of Part III for a reason.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Polite, friendly and a bit senile but it's all an act.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the one behind Joey Zasa, among other things.
%%* RememberTheNewGuy
* SympathyForTheDevil: Connie seems to be a bit sad after [[spoiler: poisoning him]] as he was her godfather.
* WickedCultured: He genuinely enjoyed the opera reciting with the performers.

!!Don Licio Lucchesi

--> '''Portrayed By''': Enzo Robutti

* BigBad: Of Part III, secretly being Michael's enemy.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Don Altobello.
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Stabbed to death by his own ''glasses'' in his ''throat''.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Lucchesi is modeled on Giulio Andreotti, who was the prime minister of UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} during ''III'''s release and was convicted (then acquitted) of his links with the RealLife mafia. The line Lucchesi's killer gives before Lucchesi's murder -- "Power wears out those who don't have it" -- is a direct quote from Andreotti.