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->''"TheMafia? Hah! I've shit 'em."''
-->-- '''Harold Shand''', ''TheLongGoodFriday''

Since BritainIsOnlyLondon, London Gangsters are the British criminals we know best.

The London Gangster is a hard man in a sharp suit with a fondness for {{Cluster F Bomb}}s and CountryMatters. He'll tend to prefer roughing people up with his bare hands to using guns (gun control being very strict in the UK), but ColdBloodedTorture isn't at all out of the question and the '''really''' nasty ones in fiction have a tendency to be {{Knife Nut}}s. He speaks in a working class East London, Cockney or South London accent, and his dense slang may feature a little [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish]] [[note]]the East End of London traditionally had a large Jewish population, and some London Gangsters, like Jack Spot and the fictional Harry Stark are [[KosherNostra Jews]].[[/note]]

TheDon of a London Gang is usually a ShoutOut to the Kray twins (see page image), a pair of famous British gangsters in the [[TheFifties 50s]] and [[TheSixties 60s]]. He's a SelfMadeMan and/or NouveauRiche who's fiercely proud of having worked his way up from the gutter -- even if that "work" involved scaring other people into giving him money. He's [[AffablyEvil charismatic and generous]] when you're on his good side and a [[AxCrazy terrifying psychopath]] when you aren't.

Occasionally a particularly transparent ShoutOut to the Krays will go as far as featuring tropes from their lives, like BigBadDuumvirate, SiblingsInCrime, CreepyTwins, EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas and {{Gayngster}}. As you might have gathered, the Kray twins are iconic in the UK -- Britain's answer to AlCapone.

We almost never see gangsters from OopNorth, despite [[FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Manchester and Liverpool]] having considerable levels of organised crime in real life. TheYardies, however (Afro-Caribbean gangs, originally from Jamaica) are bound to get a mention.
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!!Examples:

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* Parodied in ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century: 1969'', which features [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover several fictional London gang bosses]], [[spoiler: all of whom were based on Ronnie Kray]].
* WarrenEllis' ''SwitchbladeHoney'' stars a deliberate {{Expy}} of Ray Winstone's London Gangster as ''captain of a [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries starship]]''.
* The Coopers in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The gay brother (Norman) is almost harmless, Harry is the Krays TurnedUpToEleven and the demonically possessed CreepyChild Little Ronnie...Yikes! Their rivals are an Irish gang and a bunch of [[TheYardies yardies]].
** Later on in the series, Terry Greaves.
* Parodied with the AxeCrazy "Big Vern" in ''{{Viz}}'', who ends every strip by massacring everyone around him through a [[HairTriggerTemper paranoid misunderstanding]], and [[PinkMist blowing his own brains out]] so "the bastard cozzers" won't get him.
* Alistair Harper from ''VForVendetta'' fits most of the stereotypes (superficially charming, KnifeNut, has no problem torturing people), despite being [[FunetikAksent audibly]] Scottish.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The works of GuyRitchie are overflowing with London Gangsters. Often they have Kray-clones as the BigBad, such as Brick Top in ''{{Snatch}}'', Hatchet Harry in ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' (which does at least include Scouse burglars and upper-class drug dealers as well), and BaldOfEvil hard man "Miami Vice" in spinoff series ''Series/LockStock''.
* Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand in ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday''. He actually got a letter of congratulations from Ronnie Kray for his portrayal.
* Creator/MichaelCaine in ''Film/GetCarter'' plays a London Gangster who returns home OopNorth for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. The film is slightly atypical for showing English organized crime outside of London, but the locals are clearly no match for Jack Carter.
* Michael Caine in ''Mona Lisa''.
* The real life brothers [[NonActorVehicle Martin and Gary Kemp]] of SpandauBallet portrayed the infamous doppelgangsters in perhaps their most famous biopic, ''The Krays''.
* Creator/RalphFiennes plays a foul-mouthed London Gangster in ''InBruges''. Interestingly, his two subordinates are Irish.
* Many characters in ''Film/LayerCake'', with the notable exception of Creator/DanielCraig's character, who takes a lot of crap for not being as "manly" as the rest of them.
* Creator/GaryOldman (and several others) in ''TheFirm'', about rival football firms (semi-organised gangs of FootballHooligans).
* This character is Creator/RayWinstone's bread and butter:
** In ''TheDeparted'', he plays a London Gangster in Boston.
** In ''[[{{Ripliad}} Ripley's Game]]'', he is presented as an uncouth thug with pretensions to class who is pretty much the ButtMonkey of JohnMalkovich's DiabolicalMastermind take on Tom Ripley.
** In ''Film/SexyBeast'', he plays a ''former'' London Gangster who doesn't want to come back for OneLastJob.
** In ''44 Inch Chest'', he plays a gone-to-seed tough guy clearly going through some kind of crisis of masculinity in reaction to [[YourCheatingHeart his wife's infidelity]]. His crew meanwhile are egging him on to take revenge on her lover, who they've kidnapped and tied up in his living room, and they're watching carefully to see [[ARealManIsAKiller if he's still got what it takes]]. Other variations on the trope include Creator/JohnHurt as a DirtyOldMan and Creator/IanMcShane as a quietly menacing {{Gayngster}}.
* Vic Dakin in ''Villain''.
* Trevor Goddard's portrayal of Kano in ''Film/MortalKombat'' may seem like this until you learn Goddard was Australian.
* Much of the cast of ''Gangster No. 1''.
* The main characters of ''NunsOnTheRun'' want to leave their gang after their new boss turns out to be too much like this.
* Despite being an arty hallucinogenic MindScrew, ''Film/{{Performance}}'' has been praised as a very realistic depiction of the London Gangster at work. Some of the minor parts were allegedly played by [[CastTheExpert the real thing]]. (The main gangster character was played by James Fox, very [[PlayingAgainstType Against Type]].)
* Fanty and Mingo, the twin smugglers from the beginning of ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.

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* 'The Firm' in ''{{Eastenders}}'' was based on this, and directly named after the Krays' gang. EastEnders also features Tough Cockney Twins Phil and Grant Mitchell, (although they aren't affiliated with the proper gangsters) as well as the more obviously Kray-namesaked Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell.
* The Piranha brothers from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', who are a deliberate spoof (with surprisingly little exaggeration) of the Kray twins.
** Not to mention their nemesis, Police Inspector Harry "Snapper" Organs -- in turn a spoof of Insp. Leonard "Nipper" Read, who brought the real-life Kray brothers to justice.
** The Piranhas' beloved habit of nailing people to furniture (or vice versa) was the Pythons' [[BlackComedy humorous]] but ''understated'' take on [[BasedOnATrueStory the real exploits of the Richardson brothers and their not-too-merry men]]. Yes, they really did nail people to the floor ([[TortureTechnician as a prelude to what would follow]]), and it was not quite as amusing as in the Pythons' version.
* A regular feature of ''Series/TheSweeney''.
* "[[IronicNickname Genial]]" Harry Grout from ''{{Porridge}}''
* On ''Series/TheBill'', set as it is in an East London police station, you can't throw a truncheon without hitting a London Gangster. One episode from 1995, "Mitigating Circumstances", featured Ray Winstone playing the London Gangster of the episode.
* Most of the characters in ''Macbeth On The Estate'', a modernisation of Macbeth into a gangster story with most of the original script. In particular, Duncan, a gang boss played by Mr Winstone himself.
* The Driscoll Brothers in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' and ''TheGreenGreenGrass''.
** Also Freddie The Frog.
* Comedy Duo Hale and Pace's "Da Management".
* Badger from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a London Gangster [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]! Complete with [[BritishAccents East London accent]], [[NiceHat bowler hat]] and dreadlocky [[TheYardies Yardies]]. More of a cheeky Cockney sparrow than the usual scary psychopath, though.
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', one of Sophie's recurring personae is a London Gangster; admittedly, a female version.
* The second series of ITV drama ''Series/{{Whitechapel}}'' is all about London Gangsters as the apparent sons of Ronnie Kray, Jimmy and Johnny, attempt to take over the criminal underworld.
* ''SaturdayNightLive'': [[http://donyougorouninrountorero.com Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro']] is a can't-miss London gangster film, if you like movies you cannot understand.
* Featured occasionally in ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', they are often portrayed as bumbling, such as Dexter Gold, the crooked gold-merchant who despite being referred to as "one of The Chaps", is utterly unthreatening, incompetent and even sets himself up for a second con. Typically, [[RuthlessForeignGangsters the truly brutal psycho-killers are foreigners]]. The earlier seasons had the more traditional East End villains who despite appearances of being rich and respectable, used brutal violence to get where they are. The cast however do go out of their way to avoid being on the receiving end of even the less threatening gangsters radars.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The 8th [[CherubSeries CHERUB]] book, ''Mad Dogs'' featured this nearly exactly. The [[TheYardies Afro-Caribbean gang]] (primarily from Jamaica) called "The Slasher Boys" fighting a gang war against the titular Mad Dogs ([[FootballHooligans fronted by a Football Club]]).
* Most of the novels of Martina Cole.
* Harry Stark in Jake Arnott's ''Series/TheLongFirm''.
* These show up whenever someone from Literature/TimeScout goes downtime to VictorianLondon.
* Joe Spork, the protagonist of Creator/NickHarkaway's novel ''Literature/{{Angelmaker}}'' is the son of Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, an infamous one of these. Early in the novel, Joe muses about the likelihood of there being makeshift graves and [[FedToPigs pig farms]] that his father had a hand in.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/WarrenZevon's "Werewolves of London".
* Music/TheClash's "The Guns of Brixton"
* Music/{{Madness}}'s "Drip Fed Fred", and more seriously "[=NW5=]".

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* TheBBC Radio 4 serial ''G.F. Newman's The Corrupted'' is set in the 1950s, as control of London gangland is moving from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Hill_%28gangster%29 Billy Hill]] to the Krays and Richardsons. The protagonist's {{Hair-Trigger Temper}}ed uncle moves from failed boxer, to Hill's heavy, to "protecting" his own patch from the Krays.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The stereotypical mob family in ''ProfessorLayton and the Unwound Future'', [[SarcasmMode creatively]] named "The Family". Though, this could be a subversion, since they act more like an Italian mafioso family than a British one.
* ''[[GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]]'' is filled with these types, including Albert and Archie Crisp, a suspiciously familiar BigBadDuumvirate of Cockney twins.
* ''VideoGame/TheGetaway'' series features plenty of these, as well as TheYardies and the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs triads]]. The PSP-exclusive spin-off ''Gangs of London'' along with the traditional London gangsters, also contains some more exotic examples for a London setting, including Italian, Turkish, Russian and Chinese gangs.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the Penguin has been re-imagined as a Guy-Ritchie-ish English gangster with a thick East End accent and brutal means of enforcement. If you read his backstory you will learn that he comes from a prominent American family, but was sent to England for his education. Unfortunately he preferred hanging out with the rough crowd in seedy parts of the town over school.
* Devin Mallory in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', one of the senior members of the Thieves Guild.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Terrence of ''KateModern'', in his earlier 'gangster' persona.
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