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->''"I'm in the waste management business. Everybody immediately assumes you're mobbed up. It's a stereotype, and it's offensive."''
-->-- '''Tony Soprano'''

''The Sopranos'' is a deconstructive CriminalProcedural series centered around [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey North Jersey]] [[TheMafia Mob]] [[TheDon Boss]] Tony Soprano, who after a panic attack secretly begins seeing a therapist. Hilarious RealityEnsues as his therapy coincides with him sending his troublesome, sociopathic mother Livia into a nursing home when it becomes apparent that she's no longer able to take care of herself.

The show focuses on Tony's problematic dual families: his biological family -- long-suffering wife Carmela, his straight-A student daughter Meadow, underachiever son A.J., and his equally morally bankrupt sister Janice -- and the organized crime family he is involved in, who include his bitter uncle Junior, his 'nephew' (actually his wife's cousin) Christopher, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and more.]]

The series ultimately ended with one of the most infamous cases of NoEnding ever to air on an American TV show. See [[{{WMG/TheSopranos}} the WMG page]] for various interpretations.

Created by David Chase, the PilotEpisode was shot in 1997, the show premiered on the premium cable network {{HBO}} in the United States on January 10, 1999, and ended its original run of six seasons and 86 episodes on June 10, 2007.

The series is noted for its high level of quality in every aspect of production and is particularly recognized for its writing, cinematic style, and the performances of its lead actors. [[GenreTurningPoint The show is credited with bringing a greater level of artistry to the television medium and paving the way for many successful drama series]] that {{follow|TheLeader}}ed and ultimately launching what many consider a new golden age of dramatic television. It also won a multitude of awards, including twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes. Whenever serious critics and TV fans get together to determine the greatest TV drama of all time, the final showdown is almost invariably between ''The Sopranos'', ''TheWire'' and ''Series/BreakingBad''.

Now has a [[Characters/TheSopranos Character Sheet]] under construction. Due to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters any and all contributions would be greatly appreciated.
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* AbusiveParents: Tony is emotionally manipulated and terrorized by his difficult mother throughout his childhood and well into his adult life. One notable incident featured his mother threatening to stick a fork in his eye when he was only ten years old. Tony's father was outwardly friendly, but also a manipulative sociopath who indoctrinated his son into violent crime and the mob. It's implied that the various degrees of emotional manipulation and terror Tony suffered under his parents is what turned him into the violent sociopath that heads the New Jersey crime families. Oddly enough, Tony manages to become a better father to his kids than his parents ever were to him (despite being an aforementioned violent sociopath), and his children turn out relatively nice and normal, even if they have a few issues of their own.
* ActingForTwo: Dan Grimaldi played [[AlwaysIdenticalTwins twin brothers]] Philly and Patsy Parisi.
* AintTooProudToBeg:
** Christopher in Season 1 when he suffers a [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets mock execution]]. [[DefiantToTheEnd Reversed]] later in Season 5 when Tony is about to kill him and Chris doesn't back down from an accusation.
** Lorraine Calluzzo offers to blow the Leotardo brothers during what turns out to be a mock execution.
* AlasPoorYorick: Christopher holds a skull this way when he is relocating the bones of an old murder.
* AlasPoorVillain: In a rare occurrence, [[spoiler:Johnny Sack]] is given a touching and empathic death scene, dying after a long illness and surrounded by his anguished family. The show makes a point about a broken mobster dying [[spoiler:of cancer]] is still a human being, a father and a husband. In-universe, even the mobsters who felt betrayed by the man mourn his loss and honor his memory.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight for almost all the female characters. Played with Melfi, who feels an unhealthy attraction to Tony but is able to fight it off.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Played with. Tony Soprano cites SigmundFreud (whom he learned about in his "semester and a half" of college) to explain to Melfi that he understands therapy "as a concept", but the show deals with psychology a lot, and it really isn't here. Often called the most accurate fictional depiction of what ''actually'' happens in therapy. Tony however is diagnosed with a compelling FreudianExcuse and Freud is also the TropeCodifier for OedipusComplex, one of the MommyIssues mentioned often by Melfi despite Tony's repulsion.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: In-universe; Christopher thinks the Cuban Missile Crisis was a fictional event made up for the film ''Film/ThirteenDays.''
* AmericanDream: One of many aspects of American life and culture that is critically examined in the show. Like most of the show's themes, it's dealt with in a manner complex and nuanced enough to defy a black-and-white answer.
* AmoralAttorney: Neil Mink and Harold Melvoin, traditional and very expensive mob-lawyers who reinforce the genre-savviness of the bosses and their ability to commit crime or get away with it.
* AndADietCoke: Vito orders a Grande Nacho and a Diet Coke at Crazy Horse in "Pie-O-My".
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Patsy Parisi.
* AnimalMotifs: Several used as symbolism throughout the series, e.g felines represent Adriana or Chris and migratory ducks the fragile family of Tony. A more concrete example is the parting gift Tony gives to his goomahs, a horseshoe-shaped jewel.
* AntiHero or AntiVillain: Depending on your viewpoint.
* AnyoneCanDie: Too recent to call it ''the'' codifier, but was probably the first series a lot of people thought of when they think of this trope, until [[Series/GameOfThrones another HBO series]] usurped that title. Many deaths are out of the blue, making {{wham episode}}s frequent.
* ArcadeSounds: Bobby Baccalieri's son plays a computer full of generic laser blasts, beeps, doots, and other such game noises. The game he's playing is ''Videogame/MaxPayne''...
** 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).
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Meadow catches Tony off-guard when she asks him "Are you in the Mafia?". Tony replies there is no Mafia and [[ConfessToALesserCrime discloses that he's indeed into some illegal activities]] such as gambling.
** 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?"
** Carmela to Tony after he says he was attracted to the one-legged Russian because he could converse with her: "what about the thousand other fucking pigs you had your dick in over the years, the strippers, the cocktail waitresses. Were you best friends with all of them too?"
* ArtifactTitle: In-universe: the [=DiMeo=] Crime Family, of which the Soprano crew is a part, still bears Ercole "Ecky" [=DiMeo's=] name, even though he's been in prison for decades, and no one named "[=DiMeo=]" has any part in running the family.
* AscendedExtra: Many characters start out with minor roles and grow more prominent as the series goes on. Johnny Sack and Vito Spatafore are both barely seen in Seasons 1 and 2, but are major players later on; Bobby Bacala is another notable example. Adriana was promoted to main character and Chris' girlfriend only after the pilot.
* AsHimself:
** Creator/JonFavreau plays a manipulative version of himself who screws Chris out of his ideas.
** Creator/JaneaneGarofalo in a movie directed by Favreau.
** BenKingsley and Creator/LaurenBacall make a cameo when Christopher is pitching his own movie. The role finally goes to Danny Baldwin.
** Invoked in "The Test Dream". Annette Benning is playing Finn's mother in Tony's dinner dream. He recognizes her, and later in Tony's episode-long dream she appears as herself.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: While Tony recovers from a severe gunshot wound, he notices that his old lieutenants don't follow his orders as readily as they used to, and he suspects that they now see him as weak. Tony responds by goading his hotheaded, musclebound bodyguard into fighting him. He kicks the everloving shit out of the much younger man in front of his entire crew, to their visible shock, then calmly walks into the bathroom and coughs up blood into the sink. No one questions his orders after that.
* 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.
* AutomobileOpening: Tony driving from New York to his home in New Jersey. His route is deliberately inefficient to provide more interesting visuals.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: All of the capos and bosses in the mob are either capable fighters and killers, or they used to be in their younger days before they rose so high that they no longer need to get their hands dirty.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Corrado Soprano (Junior) is the official boss of the family, but not the one calling the shots. Invoked by Tony in season 1 when he sets up Junior as a fall guy to shield himself. The FBI tries to use it as wedge against them, but Junior denies it.
-->'''Junior:''' My nephew running things? Not that strunz. Not in this life.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Zig-zagged. The mobsters like to wear plain sportswear, but they dress up according to their fancy businessmen status when the occasion requires it. Members of the Lupertazzi crew can usually be seen in suits, befitting their more successful and refined nature when compared to the Jersey crew. Carmine Lupertazzi also stated to Tony that "a Don doesn't wear shorts".
* 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.
* BadGuyBar: The Bing.
* BadGuysPlayPool: The Bing's back room.
* {{Bambification}}: A minor character has a quiet moment with a deer. Then it runs away and Tony brutally garrotes him.
* 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.
* BeingEvilSucks: The Mafia is shown to be an insecure life of violence, threats, paranoia, betrayal, relentless police investigations, and often ends in a sudden and violent death. It is also suggested, particularly by Dr. Melfi, that Tony's business is the cause of his health problems. The show is also a DoNotDoThisCoolThing, showcasing what makes the Mafia lifestyle attractive to its members in spite of the risks.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: One notable concept that Tony never neglects. Particular examples include [[spoiler: David Scatino, Tony B, Vito and Christopher]].
* BerserkButton:
** Junior literally goes to war when his sexual tendency to go "south of the border" and "down to the muff" is mocked by Tony.
** Tony's love of animals, while (theoretically) his big humanizing feature, loses a bit of its luster when [[spoiler: he snaps and kills Ralphie Cifaretto over the ''possibility'' that he might have been responsible for the death of their race horse]]. A reaction that seems even more extreme in light of the fact that Ralphie had previously beaten his girlfriend to death for no reason in a public parking lot, and Tony let it slide. Arguably the horse was the straw that broke the camel's back, but still. It's been theorized that the way Tony is talking about the horse as [[spoiler:he's beating Ralph to death]] is actually his reaction to the death of Tracee.
** The aforementioned Ralphie has a lot of them, some of which make too little sense to even try to explain here. Ditto for Richie Aprile.
** Bobby Baccalieri. When Tony made a crack about Janice (Bobby's wife at the time) and her high school promiscuity, Bobby was offended enough to initiate a room-wrecking fist fight with the Boss.
** Johnny Sack is usually calm and collected, unless someone makes a remark about his wife.
** Tony doesn't take it well when he is reminded he never had the makings of a varsity athlete.
** [[spoiler: After a certain dream and resulting boat ride in "Funhouse",]] singing fish are this for Tony. "Take me to the river, drop me in the water."
** An affair with a one legged woman is the ultimate humiliation for Carmela; the woman was Livia's [[TheCaretaker nurse]] and [[WomanScorned the cousin of said woman and former lover of Tony calls the house]], with A.J. present.
** At one point Tony thinks Janice is acting way too nice and out of character so he deliberately invokes Janice's button by asking questions about her strayed son. Janice being Janice, it's [[KickTheDog malignant]] and amusing at the same time.
* BigApplesauce: The much larger NY families become major players in the final seasons.
* BigBad: Not in the typical OnceASeason fashion of many shows; season 2 has Richie Aprile and the final season has Phil Leotardo. Partial examples in Junior in season 1, in tandem with Livia, and Johnny Sack in season 5, as they stay agreeable for the most part and while there is some build-up or major conflict, it gets resolved or defused very quickly before becoming an arc.
** Alternatively, the show has three successive Big Bads, each lasting two seasons: Livia Soprano, Ralph Cifaretto, and Phil Leotardo.
* BigFancyHouse: The Soprano [=McMansion=]. It turns out, it's only a modest estate compared to the houses of other rich, legitimate people of the state.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Sopranos, the two families (the criminal one also called [=DiMeo=] sometimes). Tony tries his best to avert it. The mere basis of the show.
* BilingualBonus: Too many to mention if you know Italian.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BlackComedy: A gritty portrayal of the mob life where the hypocritical nature and sociopathic deeds of the characters [[RefugeInAudacity generate humour, sometimes bordering on the absurd]] while keeping the realistic feel. The show places such an emphasis on humor that David Chase is quoted as once having said that sometimes he and the writers weren't sure whether they were making a drama or a comedy.
* [[BornInTheWrongCentury Born in the Wrong Decade]]: A constant source of drama. Tony and his pals are well aware that the mob's heyday is long over with, but they have a hard time coming to terms with it. Tony says it explicitly at one point.
-->'''Meadow''': It's the 90s, parents are supposed to talk about sex with their kids.
-->'''Tony''': No, you got it wrong. Out there, it's the 90s. In this house, it's 1954. 90s... ''(points to the open front door)'' ...1954 ''(points to the floor)''. Got it?
* BreakTheCutie: Tracee gets no respect from anyone she tries to impress and is beaten to death [[{{Jerkass}} by Ralphie]].
* BrokenAce: Tony. Top of the line in his profession, wealthy, charismatic, powerful, ruthless, a 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.
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Anthony Jr.]] in "The Second Coming".
* BurialAtSea: [[spoiler:After Tony Soprano and his gang kill Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero (a long-time friend who betrays them to the FBI), they wrap up his body, and with heavy hearts, give it a decent burial at sea.]] Overlaps with CementShoes, a common way of body disposal during the series. Chains and actual concrete blocks are used as an anchor.
* 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?]]"
* ButtMonkey:
** Artie Bucco and Georgie, who is often beaten up brutally for... well, no reason at all.
** A.J. too, though this is only in the later seasons. He's one of the dumbest characters on the show, but lacks the ruthless spirit that a mobster needs, so he has no real place in the world.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Meadow calls Tony out a number of times on his {{hypocri|te}}sy and line of work. Tony calls her back, pointing out he is the one who puts food on the table and that [[MafiaPrincess everything she enjoys]] is based on that. She gradually becomes less [[IAmNotMyFather rebellious]] and more assimilated by the masquerade.
* CarFu: Tony and Richie viciously rely on the pedal to enforce their wills ''over'' hirkers.
* TheCastShowOff: Dominic Chianese (Junior) is a talented tenor (having released at least two albums of Italian and American songs), and it's his voice we here when Junior sings Salvatore Cardillo's "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart") at the end of "Army of One."
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Tony has "You've gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me" and "End of story".
** "Fuhgeddaboutit" and an overuse of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkE_Gv6ALM OH!]] for everybody.
** "Always with the drama!", recurringly used by Johnny Boy, Tony and AJ Soprano.
** Silvio's impersonation of Michael Corleone in the first seasons invokes "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in."
* CelebrityParadox:
** In one episode, Tony watches ''Film/TheFugitive'' -- oddly, he doesn't notice that Ralphie has a minor role in it.
** ''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.
** Similarly, ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' is referenced a number of times, in which Dominick Chianese (Uncle Junior) has a supporting role as Johnny Ola.
** Christopher mentions ''Film/Scarface'' as a film in the first season. In season 5 Robert Loggia, who played Frank Lopez in the film, appears as Feech La Manna.
** [[Music/TheFourSeasons Frankie Valli]] is mentioned several times, is an acquaintance of Tony's and the names of some of his songs are used in a few episode titles. He appears in later seasons playing the New York underboss Rusty Millio.
** Chris references Music/BruceSpringsteen in one episode, even though Steven Van Zandt (Silvio) is guitar player in the E Street Band.
** Noah Tannenbaum's father, a Hollywood attorney who frequently represents celebrities, claims to have met the actor Creator/TimDaly before. Tim Daly would later go on to play the recurring character J.T. Dolan.
** The similarities between Tony's life and ''AnalyzeThis'' don't go unnoticed, but no one seems to note that Benny Fazio (Max Casella) has a small role in it.
* TheChainsOfCommanding:
** Most of Tony's angst derives from his position of boss. He mentions the trope often, argues that his greedy underlings have no idea how hard it is to be a boss, and [[IWarnedYou warns his friend]] Johnny Sack about it several times.
** 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.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Poor telecommunication service is the source of problems in "Pine Barrens", where [[HilarityEnsues Paulie and Chris get lost in a frozen forest]]. Tony gets gradually more and more agitated and has to give them orders [[NoIndoorVoice very loudly and full of profanity]] while his parents-in-law are in his house. Justified to no small degree; if any part of New Jersey would have patchy/poor/nonexistent cell phone coverage in 2001, it would be the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Barrens_(New_Jersey) Pine Barrens]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn[=/=]EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Carmela in the first season is a more of a gun moll than in later seasons. In ThePilot, after hearing a noise in the night, she expertly locks and loads an assault rifle, ready to throw down. In later seasons she's more of a sheltered suburban housewife. A later episode has her again looking for a possible intruder in the house, and she's much less prepared.
** In the pilot, shot a year before the dubious greenlight, Tony is already a peerless boss, not a mere capo and provides a voiceover. Some [[TheOtherDarrin later recasts]] and several physical changes are noticeable.
** Bobby Baccala is hateful, cynical and outspoken in private towards Tony in his first appearances, in contrast with his GentleGiant[=/=]ExtremeDoormat usual behavior.
* 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.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://vimeo.com/2998698 This video]] shows the nearly ''[[OverlyLongGag thirty minutes]]'' of ClusterFBomb employed throughout the series.
* ComedicSociopathy: While the series on the whole is aimed at creating disgust with the mob's brutality, the violence ''is'' often played for laughs. Paulie is particularly a bit of a Comedic Sociopath.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Christopher is the major offender, seconded by Paulie.
** Tony debriefs Paulie and Chris over the phone about a guy they have to deal with:
---> '''Tony''': "He is an ex-commando! He killed sixteen Chechen rebels single-handed! He was with the Interior Ministry. Guy's like a Russian green beret. He can not come back and tell this story. You understand?"
---> '''Paulie''': "You're not gonna believe this. He killed sixteen Czechoslovakians. Guy was an interior decorator.
---> '''Chris''': "His house looked like shit."
** Silvio and Chris get Tony exasperated when he argues about his strong, silent type role model:
---> '''Christopher''': "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U5SABvU5A He was gay, Gary Cooper?]]"
** Paulie during a dinner, trying to appear cultivated:
---> '''Paulie''': "That's why dinosaurs don't exist no more."
---> '''Goomar''': "Wasn't it a meteor?"
---> '''Paulie''': "They’re all meat-eaters."
---> '''Christopher''': "METEOR! METEOR!"
---> '''Paulie''': "Take it easy."
** Christopher, discussing Johnny Sack's daughter's name:
---> '''Christopher''': "Allegra? Ain't that a cold medicine?"
---> '''Paulie''': "It means happiness in Italian."
---> '''Christopher''': "...What the fuck's that got to do with cold medicine?"
** Subverted by Christopher when he punctures through a Young Earth Creationist theory.
--->'''Christopher''': "What's he saying? There were Dinosaurs back with Adam and Eve?"
---> '''Tony:''' "I guess."
---> '''Christopher''' : "No way. T-Rex in the Garden of Eden? Adam and Eve would be running all the time, scared shitless, but the Bible says it was paradise."
* ConfessInConfidence:
** Discussed early in the show. In theory, everything said during therapy falls under doctor-patient privilege and is out of reach from the law, but there are instances where this doesn't apply so Tony remains cryptic in many conversations, hindering the effectiveness of his treatment and frustating his doctor.
** The doctor-patient privilege is also used to have meetings with Junior in his doctor's office when he's on trial, as the government can't wiretap the doctor's office.[[spoiler: The feds get around this by having a female agent pose as a nurse and listen in on Junior's conversations, as well as detail the people present in their meetings.]]
** Junior also uses his lawyer's office for the same purpose, as the same rules apply.
* {{Confessional}}: Carmela requires it during one of her crises of conscience.
* TheConsigliere: Silvio Dante, and he calls himself that sometimes.
* ConsummateLiar: Lying and deceiving is a second nature to most of the characters. Tony is so adept at it that [[LivingLieDetector he can smell most lies a mile away]].
* ContinuityNod: Many episodes reference very minute details from several seasons ago. Unemphatic ContinuityPorn. Some examples:
** In an early episode, Tony tells A.J., "There's an old Italian saying: you screw up once, you lose two teeth." Much later on, in season five, Tony has a lengthy dream and during it, he loses two of his teeth.
** Pussy Malanga, the enemy that Junior wants dead in the pilot episode, shows up again in Junior's mind in the first episode of the last season.
** In the season one finale, in a restaurant, Tony advises his children to "try to remember the times that were good". A.J. brings the phrase back in another restaurant in the series finale, but Tony doesn't remember his own counsel.
** Carmine Sr. dismissively calls the Jersey Family "a glorified crew" in Season 4. Phil Leotardo cites his words near the end of the show.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Paulie Walnuts drops Valery's universal remote and gives a sarcastic ''oops'' after Valery tells him sternly, in his thick Russian accent, that "remote goes on docking station". Unsurprisingly, the conflict escalates from there.
* ConversationCasualty: Christopher shoots Emil Kolar in the back of the head after a polite discussion.
* CoolBoat: Tony's yacht, ''The Stugots''. Envied and praised by some characters, and a common place for Tony's escapades. The name is a derivative of ''stu cazzo'', the Napolitan term for "testicles", and an insult.
* CoolCar: Lots of them, as befits the lavish lifestyle of the mobsters. One of the primary ConspicuousConsumption objects. Examples with plot relevancy include:
** The Jersey crew steals high-end vehicles which are later sold to the Camorra in Napoli (yes, like in Italy), which then sells them in Eastern Europe.
** Gloria Trillo is a saleswoman for Mercedes.
** Johnny Sack buys a striking Maserati during his happy days. The car has to be sold later unofficially to Christopher and is finally impounded.
* CoolHorse: Pie-O-My, Ralph Cifaretto's racehorse. Tony grows immensely fond of the horse, referring to it as "our girl," in direct contrast to Ralph, who brusquely instructs the trainer to whip it good. Tony's growing expectation of an increasing share of the winnings creates tension between the two. The poor animal dies in a mysterious fire which ends up ruining a few lives and sending ripples through the entire criminal underworld.
* CorruptPolitician: Several examples, most notably State Assemblyman Zellman, who is Tony's equal partner in a major scam.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** Tony's reflections about the struggle with his uncle.
--->'''Tony''': "Uncle Junior and I, we had our problems with the business but I never should have razzed him about eating pussy. This whole war could have been averted. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbDL4rI4zu8 Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this.]]"
** Little Carmine slides from pompous to pragmatist in late seasons and mentions the trope identifying phrase sometimes. Other New York bosses do the opposite.
* CountryMatters: Regularly. It's generally not treated as a big deal nor used for shock value, with some exceptions.
** Season two has a scene where Tony applies the word to Big Pussy's wife, causing Carmella to stop him mid-sentence and shut him up.
** [[NotGoodWithRejection Tony insults]] Melphi with the term when she carefully refuses his advances. He gets called on it when he later apologizes.
** Silvio's PreMortemOneLiner delivered to [[spoiler: Adriana]]: "Come on, come on! Fuckin' cunt!"
** Paulie refers to the old lady who is mean to his mother as a "malignant cunt."
* CrazyJealousGuy: Christopher could be this way with Adriana.
* CreatorCameo:
** David Chase is the Italian man who ignores Paulie in "Commendatori". He also appears as an extra in "Luxury Lounge" and is the voice on the phone in "The Test Dream".
** Matthew Weiner plays TV-pundit and mafia expert Manny Safier in "Two Tonys" and in "Stage 5".
* CriminalProcedural: Organized crime variety. A relatively "blue collar" gangster family overshadowed by New York. The focus is set on how the professional and personal issues tend to overlap and conflict.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: In the first few seasons, Dr. Melfi gradually gets distraught by her therapy sessions with Tony Soprano, leading to weight gain, {{dr|owningMySorrows}}inking, and needing therapy herself. In season 6, Dr. Melfi learns of a psychological study which discourages the use of traditional psychoanalysis with career criminals, as it too often validates the use of hypocrisy and deception for them; this is apparently a significant factor in her decision to end Tony's therapy.
* CrypticConversation:
** The mobsters actively avoid using incriminating words and have colorful euphemisms and TroubleEntendre for their illegal enterprises.
** Tony tells a guy that a job might involve "getting messy, real wet work". The FBI agents listening prick up their ears, only to realize a few seconds later he's asking a plumber to fix his burst water heater.
** Parodied in the last season when Johnny Sack's 'civilian' brother-in-law gives a shot at the SpySpeak, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZbd0xpP1Z8 his efforts]] comically complicate the conversations.
* CureYourGays: When Finn asks what is going to happen with Vito, Chris tries to ease his mind by telling him that they'll make Vito pay for some therapy. A classic mix of BlatantLies with amusingly ignorant comments so prevalent in the show. Vito also tries to discuss it with Tony, to no avail.
-->'''Vito: ''' It was the medication I was on. For my blood pressure. It fucked with my head, but I'm over that now. I could probably get a letter from my doctor\\
'''Tony:''' A note from your doctor saying you don't like to suck cock?
* CutHimselfShaving: After the "intervention" for Chris' drug addiction (where he gets the crap beaten out of him), he is taken to the ER. Tony explains to the nurse that he sustained his injuries "slipping off the kitchen counter while spraying for ants". At her skeptical look, Tony elaborates, "Well, he was wearing socks."
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: The main focus of the show is a thorough deconstruction of this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tony, Paulie and Tony B., among others.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Larry Barese, an important captain in season one, who only makes punctual appearances later.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: A.J.'s eyebrows.
* 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.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Ralphie makes a joke about Ginny Sack's weight. Johnny Sack's reaction? [[spoiler: He attempts to place a hit on him.]]
** "Doc" Santoro takes a piece of food off Phil Leotardo's plate during a very private meeting. Phil's reaction? He orders a few hitmen to shoot him and his bodyguard multiple times.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: One of Carmela's main traits. For Tony, the standard way out of a marital problem is to bury it under gifts or loads of money.
* DivorceIsTemporary: The Buccos and The Sopranos. Tony basically bribes his way out.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** A small comedic subplot involved Tony meeting a gangsta rapper in the next hospital bed over during his recuperation. One of the guys' entourage is a fledgling rapper who realizes that surviving a shooting is key to getting famous, to which he hires Bobby Baccala to do it. Bobby shoots him in the ass. If the connection wasn't apparent enough, they dress [[Music/FiftyCent the character]] in [[IconicOutfit white pants, a white tank top, and a white hat at the time.]]
** This is done more seriously in an early subplot involving Carmella's "affair" with [[HotForPreacher Father Intintola]], her priest.
* TheDon:
** Tony, who is nominally the acting boss for [[AuthorityInNameOnly Junior]] and for the now jailed Don, Ercole [=DiMeo=].
** Carmine Lupertazzi in New York. He scolds Tony for doing un-Don-like things like wearing shorts, and disregards the Jersey Family as "a glorified crew".
* 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.
* DontExplainTheJoke:
** Johnny Sack describing the joke Ralphie made about his wife. "He said she was having a 90 pound mole removed from her ass. The implication was that her ass is so big she could have a mole that size removed from it."
** Paulie has a habit of repeating the setup and punchline to his jokes.
* DoubleStandard: The writers didn't really have any. The characters, on the other hand...
* 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]].]]
* DramaticDrop:
** 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]].
* DreamSequence: Done several times over the course of the show, but {{exaggerated|Trope}} in "The Test Dream", in which the titular dream lasts a full 20 minutes. It's [[SerialEscalation taken even further]] in "Join the Club" and "Mayham", where Tony [[AdventuresInComaLand falls into a coma after getting shot and has a long dream that extends over ''two episodes'']].
* DreamingTheTruth: How Tony finally realizes that Big Pussy has been turned.
* TheDragon: Abundant. Paulie, Sil, and even Christopher serve in this role for Tony. Johnny Sack was Carmine Lupertazzi's, and later on Phil Leotardo was Johnny's.
* DragonAscendant: Phil Leotardo in the second part of season six.
* DrivenToSuicide: Vin Makazian, [[spoiler: Gloria Trillo]], and [[spoiler: Eugene Pontecorvo]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: A.J..]]
* DrugsAreBad: 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.
* 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.]]
* 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:
** 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.
** Tony. He literally goes berserk when Dr. Melfi diagnoses Livia with borderline personality disorder and reads the symptoms to him. It's zig-zagged many times, as Tony is full of [[MommyIssues love and hate.]]
** Christopher has also a soft spot for his mother, and Phil Leotardo harassing her comes out as one of the nastier KickTheDog moments for Phil.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Tony and the crew are appropriately horrified and disgusted when Ralph beats a stripper, pregnant with his own child, to death.
** [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Phil Leotardo]] is disgusted that Tony would screw over his own uncle to become Don.
** The gang is downright appalled when they hear about Coach Don Hauser's affair with one of Meadow's high-school friends.
** The mobsters all express disapproval at Christopher's drug habits.
** Richie Aprile, who condones the beating of a woman if, and only if, the man is her husband.
** During the uproar within the gang after [[{{Gayngster}} Vito]] gets outed, Tony is (or at least tries to be) the lone voice of tolerance, suggesting that perhaps Vito's sexuality is his own business and not sufficient reason to have him whacked.
*** The gangsters seem themselves as this as well, one even goes so far as to claim that Vito's actions go against their principles and is "a sin". Tony doesn't hesitate to call him out on this.
* EverythingIsRacist:
** The Coalition of Italian-American Associations issued a joint statement in 2002 condemning the show for perpetuating negative Italian-American stereotypes.
** Done in-universe as well, with Sil viewing Anti-Columbus Day protestors as racist against Italians.
* EvilIsPetty: The mobsters all do horrible things at various points but still find time to be complete dicks too. Brought to new levels when Tony forces the kind, gentle Bobby to murder someone over something trivial as he feels Bobby offended his pride by beating him in a fight. After Tony was antagonizing Janice and refused to stop when Bobby asked.
* EvilMatriarch: [[MeaningfulName Livia]]. '''[[Series/IClaudius LIVIA.]]'''
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids:
** Tony is adamant that A.J. doesn't go into the life like him, partly because he's simply not cut out for it.
** Jackie Aprile also felt this way towards his own son, and [[GiveHimANormalLife arranged with Tony]] to make sure this wouldn't happen before he himself died in the fourth episode. [[spoiler:Tony doesn't succeed and [[TurnOutLikeHisFather Jackie Jr.]] ends up dead later on, further strengthening his decision to keep A.J. out of it]].
* EvilVersusEvil[=/=]ALighterShadeOfBlack: Tony and his friends ain't no saints, but the other mobsters who are against them are much worse.
* ExiledToTheCouch: ''Self''-exile in "Army of One": In the midst of their fight about sending A.J. to MilitarySchool, Carmela starts picking up blankets and pillows; then Tony grabs them, and says, "leave it to me!"
* {{Expy}}:
** 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}}''
* EyeScream:
** Mikey, before executing [[spoiler:Brendan Filone]]:
---> '''Mikey''': "Hijack, bye, Jack."
** Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Big Pussy]], who requests not to be shot in the face so he can keep his eyes.
** [[ButtMonkey Georgie]] is whacked in the eye by a ball-and-chain-like weapon by Ralphie.
** Bobby gets mugged and beaten up by a gang of kids in season 6. They don't kill him, but one of them shoots the pavement next to his face, which causes asphalt to shoot in his eye.
** Happens to minor season 6 character Faustino "Doc" Santoro during a power struggle over the next New York boss.
* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]HazyFeelTurn: From Phil's point of view, "The Leotardo family has been taking shit from everybody the minute they got off the boat from Italy."
-->'''Phil''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLrlIpoQfQg No more Butchie, no more of this.]]
* FaceOfAThug: Silvio always has a trademark, weird face expression.
* FamilyBusiness: The lack of an appropriate heir is a source of concern for Tony; since A.J. is not cut out for it, Christopher is groomed as one.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Phil Leotardo.
* FanDisservice: Tony in his robe and underwear. Especially his sex scenes.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** The Bada Bing!
** [[DreaDeMatteo Adriana, Adriana, ADRIANA!!]]
** [[SheIsAllGrownUp Grown up Meadow]] sexy-dancing in her underwear for Finn in the season 6 opener.
** Not to mention most of Tony's goomahs over the course of the show.
* FatGirl: Ginny Sack, an [[AcceptableTargets acceptable target]] for the Jersey Crew and a BerserkButton for the husband and New York underboss Johnny Sack.
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: Or, just stole the whole thing.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Alluded to from time to time. One season 1 episode is titled "Denial, Anger, Acceptance".
* FishOutOfWater:
** Chris and Paulie in "Pine Barrens", with some elements of ThoseTwoBadGuys.
** The visit to the Mother Country in "Commendatori".
* FiveBadBand: Tony's crew in the first season.
** The BigBad: Tony Soprano
** TheDragon: Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
** TheBrute: Joseph Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri
** The EvilGenius: Silvio Dante
** The DarkChick: Christopher Moltisanti
* {{Flashback}}: Used occasionally to recall significant events of Tony's life.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Discussed. Tony quickly develops feelings towards his therapist, which are unrequited for pragmatic reasons.
* FoeCooties: Tony was more than happy to have sex with his rival Ralphie's girlfriend, Valentina, but refused to make her his permanent mistress until he found out she never had sex with Ralph (due to sexual tastes being for [[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} S&M]] rather than conventional sex).
* FoodSlap:
** Carmela is about to throw a glass at Tony's face when he is making a confession. Subverted as soon as she hears the topic is the start of his therapy.
** Junior breaks up with his talkative girlfriend with a dramatic PieInTheFace. A shoutout to ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.
** An enraged Gloria Trillo [[TantrumThrowing throws a steak]] against Tony.
* FollowTheLeader:
** 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 demythologising 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:
--> "To think that piece of shit was my friend once. [[{{Foreshadowing}} I hope he does in there!]]"
* FrenchJerk: The man who embarks Artie in a very bad business deal, if not an outright con.
* FreudianSlip: Tony has one about [[spoiler: Vito]] in the season six episode "Live Free Or Die."
--> '''Tony:''' This guy that got outed, look. The guys that work for me are asking for head. His head. What the fuck?!
* GainaxEnding: A subtler example than most, but ''damn''.
* TheGamblingAddict:
** Tony's friend David Scatino, who tragically gets TrappedByGamblingDebts.
** Chris's friend and [[TheSponsor sponsor]] J.T Dolan, in a very reminiscent way, but he manages to stay afloat.
** Tony himself ends up 'chasing it' after a bad luck streak. Being rich and powerful, he can afford it, but goes through it in a very unpleasant mood and insults his friend and moneylender Hesh with the AllJewsAreCheapskates trope.
* {{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.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Tony Blundetto's IQ was revealed to be 158. Given his line of work, he almost certainly qualifies for the bruiser aspect as well.
* GenreSavvy: In season 5, Tony gets [[spoiler: Feech La Manna]] sent back to jail after realizing he shows the exact same signs of wanting to [[TheStarscream usurp his power]] as [[spoiler: Richie Aprile]] did in season 2.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: In one episode, several of the wiseguys are sitting around their no-work jobs, "breaking balls" about each other's girlfriends. One teases another, saying his girl had a moustache so bad it must have been like kissing a fireman.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Once the FBI agent tasked to Tony's crew is re-assigned to anti-terrorism, he starts frequenting Satriale's, Tony's hangout, because the sandwiches are so good.
* GoodIsNotNice: The FBI are portrayed as manipulative, condescending jerks, but still [[BlackAndGrayMorality unambiguously better than the mob]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: Most of the mob executions are shown in their bloody entirety... except [[spoiler:Adriana's]].
* GossipEvolution: Tony gets in a car accident with Adriana as a passenger. Rumors circulate into Tony crashing the car while Adriana was giving him a blowjob and go from there; the rumors aren't true, but the two did share a lot of UnresolvedSexualTension that they most likely would have ''resolved'' (if you follow) had they made it to their destination.
* GroinAttack: Mobsters fight dirty.
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* HairTriggerTemper: Anyone would want to watch their step around pretty much anyone in the cast. While there are a few exceptions that are a little more level-headed, they all have their BerserkButton.
* HandsOnApproach: Done by a lesbian tennis coach showing blatant favoritism towards Adriana when she and Carmella take up tennis. The reason why is all but spelled out, but Adriana herself doesn't get it.
* 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.
* HenpeckedHusband
** Tony's father.
--->'''Tony''': Now that my father's dead, he's a saint. When he was alive, nothing. And my dad was tough. He ran his own crew. A guy like that, and my mother wore him down to a little nub. He was a squeaking little gerbil when he died.
** Secondary characters like Artie and Tony's father-in-law.
* 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.
* HonoraryUncle: The mob guys are all honorary uncles towards their associates' respective children.
* HookersAndBlow: The Bada-Bing is a magnet for this.
* HospitalHottie:
** Jack Aprile is pranked with a HelloNurse who turns out to be an striper/prostitute from the Bing.
** Junior is fooled by an attractive nurse who is revealed to be a mole planted by the FBI.
* HotLibrarian: Dr. Melfi.
* HowWeGotHere: Done at the beginning of an episode when Tony suffers a panick attack, the action is literally rewinded to the moment he meets Meadow's black-Jewish new boyfriend.
* HumiliationConga: Season six includes a neutral one with [[spoiler: Johnny Sack going through hell once he's the big boss; arrested, incarcerated, embargoed and humilliated 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]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: If you ask most characters, being a mafioso or abetting family member of one doesn't go in the way of being a good Christian or upstanding citizen.
* HypocriticalHumor: The characters' numerous hypocrisies are frequently showcased for laughs and irony:
** 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.
* IdiotBall: LoanShark Tony takes a [=SUV=] used by David Scatino's son as collateral from the busted-out Scatino, and then gives it to Meadow, who is a close friend of said son. Not surprisingly, a fight emerges between father and daughter.
* ImagineSpot: Adriana has a particularly sad one in "Long Term Parking".
* 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.
* IndulgentFantasySegue: Tony has several sex fantasies, including one where we see him [[FanDisservice with a woman while wearing a Centurion uniform.]] Melfi even has one about Tony!
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Dr. Melfi takes a shot of vodka upon noticing the next appointment is Tony in "House Arrest."
* InherentlyFunnyWords: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capicola Gabagool]].
* InSeriesNickname:
** "Big Pussy" gets a second one, much to his chagrin, Tony keeps calling him "beached whale".
** Phil gets called "The Shah of Iran". He resents it [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and brings it up]] when he summarizes the reason why the [=DiMeo=] family sucks.
* 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.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Livia Soprano. She's always complaining about how everyone's mistreating her and how her son does not appreciate her.
** Janice, although in a much sneakier way.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Furio's old country wine, according to Junior.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Meadow is an undergraduate student at Columbia. Carmela implicitly uses [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections the nefarious power of her surname]] to grant her admission.
* JammedSeatbelts: How Sean Gismonte ends up getting killed.
* {{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.]]
* {{Joisey}}: Most of the series takes place in Essex County, and much of the rest is in Hudson County.
** Tony was born in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark; like any true Newarker of his age he calls the neighborhood "Down Neck." Livia's house (later Janice's and then Tony's during his separation) is here, as is Uncle Junior's. Uncle Junior's trial also takes place in Newark, at the federal courthouse. Additionally, "the Esplanade", one of the most important plot points in the series, is an urban redevelopment project in Newark.
** The Soprano [=McMansion=] is in North Caldwell.
** The series makes the occasional foray into Montclair.
** Furio's house is in Nutley.
** It's not quite clear where Bada Bing and Satriale's Pork Store are supposed to be (there are some indications that Satriale's is supposed to be in or very near Newark, as there's a sign with directions to the [[UsefulNotes/PortAuthorityTransHudson PATH]] right next to it); the place that doubled for Satriale's is in Kearny and the place that doubled for the Bing is in Lodi
* JuryAndWitnessTampering: Corrado Soprano Jr. persuades a juror not to deliver a guilty verdict against him by hiring someone to threaten the safety of the juror's family.
* KarmaHoudini: DoubleSubversion for Jesus Rossi. First, he rapes Dr. Melfi, but is caught by the police not even a day later... then is released a day after that due to a computer error. Melfi even has the chance to tell Tony about what happened to her (which would inevitably lead to Rossi being mutilated or killed) but chooses not to.
* KavorkaMan: Despite being a criminal prone to violent outbursts and not being particularly attractive in terms of appearance (he's middle aged, balding, and noticeably overweight), Tony finds himself in relationships with several women throughout the show in addition to his wife, Carmela. EvilIsSexy and AllGirlsWantBadBoys working in his favor, no doubt.
* KickTheDog:
** Georgie gets gratuitously [[NiceToTheWaiter beaten up]] on a regular basis.
** Ralph beating Tracee to death.
** Corrado's constant mistreatment of Bobby is precisely written to balance the sympathy/empathy attached to his increasing emasculation and senility.
** When Chris is torn apart after [[spoiler:ratting on Adriana]], Tony [[NoSympathy gets annoyed]] by his nephew's plight and brutally beats him instead of giving any kind of humane support.
** Phil killing [[spoiler: Vito on merely homophobic grounds and extending his scorn to Vito's strayed son.]]
** Paulie and his chronies 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".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Towards the end of Season 4, Paulie suffocates an elderly woman to death while trying to steal her money. However, she was a snobby bitch who was mean to Paulie's mother for picayune reasons, and Paulie (at first) had no intentions of killing her. [[AssholeVictim No one even rose an eyebrow after she died]].
* 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.
* {{Kneecapping}}: Paulie threatens a sports teacher who inherits the garbage business with this. Later on, Paulie obliges.
* 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.]]
* TheLastDance: Baccala Sr. has a pretty awesome/brutal one, while in the terminal stages of lung cancer.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Tony tells Junior the story of how Octavian became Augustus and ruler of TheRomanEmpire. The aesop about greed and generosity is unclear and it's lost on Junior, so Tony switches to a more mundane story about two bulls mating with as many cows as possible.
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2005, and covers the first five seasons. [[Pinball/TheSopranos Click here for details.]]
* LiteralistSnarking: Richie Aprile, who runs over a man with his car.
-->'''Tony''': I thought I told you to back off Beansie!
-->'''Richie''': [[CarFu I did]]. Then I put it in drive.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Some of them only show up every few years, and are, in the case of Tony's other sister and Flashback Livia, [[TheOtherDarrin recast without notice.]]
* LoanShark: The mobsters, naturally. One of their usual sources of revenue.
* LongRunners: Eight years is a long time for an HBO show (they tend to run for six seasons, which The Sopranos did, but spread over only six years).
* TheLostWoods: The Pine Barrens Chris and Paulie visit in, um, "Pine Barrens." Yes, they're real, and yes, the can be that creepy.
* LoudOfWar: Tony resorts to this against a man who refuses to return him the entrance fee of a house that Tony no longer wants. The man lives by the sea, so Tony's men play invasive crooner music day and night from a [[GunboatDiplomacy boat with almost sheer impunity]] until the man finally caves in.
* LoveMartyr: Adriana.
* TheMafia: Obviously.
* TheMafiya: Makes a rare appearance, most notably in "Pine Barrens", in which a Russian mobster proves surprisingly difficult to kill. Slava, the head of the Jersey branch and [[VillainousFriendship close friend of said mobster]], is Tony's main money launderer.
* MafiaPrincess: Meadow and Adriana.
* 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.]]
* {{Malaproper}}: About half the characters, and supposedly a major reason for the show's popularity in its midlife. Little Carmine Lupertazzi is one of the most frequent offenders, to the point where other characters refer to him as "Brainless the Second" and exchange confused looks during one of his malapropism-riddled speeches. Some examples:
-->'''Little Carmine:'''
--->A pint of blood is worth more than a gallon of gold.
--->We're in a fucking stagmire.
--->You're very observant: the sacred and the propane.
--->I give him his present, this mellifluous box.
--->There's no stigmata connected with going to a shrink.
--->You're at the precipice of an enormous crossroad.
-->'''Tony:'''
--->You'd think I was [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecture]] before or something.
--->I was prostate with grief.
--->[[BestServedCold Revenge is like serving cold cuts]].
--->A guy like that is going out with a woman, he could technically not have penissary contact with her Volvo.
--->I agree with that Senator [[RickSantorum Sanatorium]], says if we let this stuff go too far, pretty soon we'll be fuckin' dogs.
-->'''Christopher'''
--->Create a little dysentery among the ranks.
--->He is the hair apparent.
-->'''Bobby:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi22suEHQfs Quasimodo predicted all of this.]]
-->'''Paulie:'''
--->Sun-Tuh-Zoo. He's the Chinese [[Literature/ThePrince Prince]] Matchabelli.
--->They release these fucks from the can. Obviously, he wasn't rea-bull-ated.
* {{Masquerade}}: Tony tries to shield his children from the truth and denies the existence of TheMafia, but Meadow is too smart for that. She gradually embarks in the same masquerade in front of outsiders, a thing noted by her parents.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The FBI approaching Johnny Sack from behind when he is talking with Tony, who reacts in time.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Frequent for violent and natural reasons; [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters big families have a lot of relatives]].
** 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.
* MeaningfulName:
** [[MagnificentBastard Li]][[Series/IClaudius via]].
** A "soprano" is a woman with a high-pitched singing voice. In times past, choirboys would be castrated before puberty in order to retain their soprano voice. At the beginning of the series, Tony Soprano is a man who's afraid that he's losing hold of his masculinity.
** The musical term "soprano" is derived from the Italian word "sopra", which means "above". This could be a reference to Tony's status as the head of the Jersey family.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Christopher's trip to hell and Paulie's hauntings might have been legit or just the result of troubled minds and mafioso superstitions. But we never get a definite answer either way.
* MilitarySchool: One of the contested options for A.J.. in the episode "Army of One"
* MindScrew: Several.
* MistakenForCheating: Happens to Adriana in "Irregular Around The Margins". Aggravated by GossipEvolution.
* MisterSandmanSequence: "To Save Us All From Satan's Power." The brief 1995 sequences include multiple references to O.J. Simpson and Valujet, and features Jackie Sr. and Big Pussy prominently smoking in a restaurant. (It also mentions Pussy's wife booking a cruise on the ''Dawn Princess'', which actually set sail two years later, but that's neither here nor there).
* MobWar: Avoiding it is a major concern as [[PragmaticVillainy blood is expensive]] but several times it just happens:
** Junior vs Tony in season 1.
** In season 5, [[spoiler: Johnny Sack vs Little Carmine.]]
** In the last episodes, [[spoiler: Phil Leotardo vs Tony Soprano.]]
* MoeGreeneSpecial: Big Pussy uses that exact name and cites the [[Film/TheGodfather source of the term]] after Brendan gets whacked.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Big Pussy, Adriana la Cerva, and Raymond Curto]] are the three most notable ones.
* MommyIssues: And how. Tony 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.
* MoodWhiplash: Often masterfully done. Scenes of deep introspection or lighthearted comedy will sometimes, without warning, erupt into frantic violence.
* MoralMyopia: The mobsters' extreme case of it is a frequent source of both HypocriticalHumor and drama.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong:
** One-legged and determined Svetlana remarks that Americans don't know what a real problem is and live an easy existence compared to the average miserable life in Russia/USSR, yet they are wimpy complainers.
** Valery, a [[TheMafiya Mafiya]] member and former Spetsnaz who boasts in a frozen forest about harsh weather being warm to him, and gets away from Chris and Paulie when he was suppressed and about to be executed. He seemingly gets his throat crushed and his head shot, but manages to escape into the pine barrens. His uncertain fate lead to a [[WMG/TheSopranos WMG]] that David Chase deliberately {{HandWave}}d in the season 5 opener.
* MsFanservice: Adriana. If she's not parading around in her undies for Chris, she's bending over a trash can wearing very tight pants. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the third season opener when the FBI agent keeping tabs on her prays to God that he not be reassigned.
* MultipleReferencePun: Used occasionally in episode names, e.g. "Rat Pack" refers to FrankSinatra and co. but also to the multiple FBI moles.
* MuggingTheMonster: Bobby goes to make his pickups from an inner-city Newark "client" late at night, and winds up getting robbed by some street kids. Because he didn't bring any backup, they get away with it, and the rest of Tony's crew mock Bobby for quite some time.
* MusicVideoSyndrome: Averted. Almost all music has a {{Source|Music}} or reason.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[EvilMentor Villainous variety.]] [[spoiler:Tony Soprano]] eventually gets to evaluate [[spoiler:Christopher]] as this.
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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 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.]]
* NakedInMink: Some ladies would wear a fur with nothing underneath.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Furio," lampshaded in his introduction.
* NativeAmericanCasino: Tony makes a deal with the owner of such an establishment (and even visits his casino) in an attempt to use backdoor politics to stop a Native American protest of a Christopher Columbus parade.
* 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.
** Paulie is appointed manager of an amusement fair. He is such a cheapskate that he cuts corners and security budget to the point one ride becomes hazardous and an accident ensues.
* NiceToTheWaiter:
** 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]].
** Tony and Ralph's mistreatment of Bada Bing's bartender Georgie reaches absurd levels. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29OD2jWWI3Y Compilation]]
** Junor's behavior towards his devoted and kind hearted assistant Bobby Baccala is unpleasantly harsh.
* NobleBigot: Tony is more tolerant than many of his friends and colleagues, but even he freaks out when he discovers Meadow is dating a [[TwoferTokenMinority half-black, half-Jewish]] classmate from a wealthy New York family.
** He also spews a lot of homophobic slurs after finding out Vito is gay, but when Dr. Melfi points out that he doesn't sound like he means it, he admits that his true feelings are closer to "Who gives a shit?"
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted during the suicide of [[spoiler:Eugene Pontecorvo]], who also gets ADeathInTheLimelight.
* 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.
* NonActorVehicle: As mentioned above, Steve Van Zandt is primarily a musician. Silvio was his first acting role (it gets [[{{Expy}} somewhat resumed]] in ''{{Lilyhammer}}''). Van Zandt also served as music consultor for the show and picked songs for the soundtrack from time to time.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: The last season in particular. [[spoiler:The finale, if one interpretation is to be believed.]]
* NotInTheFace: [[spoiler: Pussy]] resorts to this before being killed.
* 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.
* OffingTheOffspring: Tony's mother tried to do this.
* 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.
** The unlucky barkeep at the Bada Bing will once a season, without fail, be beaten up by another character for no good reason.
* OneSteveLimit:
** 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.
** The two Tonys, Soprano and Blundetto, were referred to as "Tony uncle Johnny" and "Tony uncle Al" as children, later simplified as Tony A. and Tony B.
** Also subverted. Tony and his son have the same first name, but the latter is always called A.J. to prevent confusion.
*** This is actually a three-person case: Tony and A.J. are Anthony John Soprano, Sr., and Anthony John Soprano, Jr., respectively, so the natural choice of nickname for the latter would be "Junior;" however, "Junior" is already Corrado Soprano, Jr., Tony's "Uncle Jun."
** The name "Jason" has to take the cake for most common among satellite characters. You have Jason La Penna, Jason Blundetto, Jason Barone, the "two Jasons" Gervasi and Parisi, and Lorraine Calluzo's younger boyfriend Jason.
** Tony worries Uncle Jun might be going senile when Jun mentions meeting a long-dead friend earlier that day, and Jun has to angrily clarify that he meant Jr., not Sr.
* OverlyLongGag: Paulie's habit of repeating his jokes is a funnier quirk on its own.
* PapaWolf: Never EVER [[BerserkButton threaten Tony's daughter]].
* PassedOverPromotion:
** One of the factors that triggers a [[MobWar power struggle]] between Tony and Junior, acting boss and [[AuthorityInNameOnly nominal boss]] respectively.
** Tony does this to Ralph, big earner but erratic, he gives a captaincy to Gigi, more docile.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Played with.
** 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.]]
** Averted by A.J., who befriends some gangster wannabes who idolize him for being the son of the big man and make him accessory to some violent extortions, but he is unaffected.
* PetTheDog: Literally. One of Tony's few virtues is a love of animals. It was was used against him via Melfi's fellow shrink friends, who point out that Tony's empathy for animals is also a sign of being a cold-blooded monster, since animals often mean more to such people than humans.
* PhonyPsychic: Averted (apparently) by the one Paulie visits. Paulie freaks out when the psychic appears to be communicating with some of his victims.
-->'''Psychic:''' Charles Pagano.
-->'''Paulie:''' How the fuck do you know that?
-->'''Psychic:''' He says he was your first, but I feel many more.
-->'''Paulie:''' Hey!
-->'''Psychic:''' This one's laughing. Poison ivy? He wants to know if it still itches?
-->'''Paulie:''' Don't fuck with me! Who you been talkin' to?
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** The mobsters all have "legitimate" jobs, which they never show up for, and don't actually work when they do. Getting such "no-show" jobs is an important point during negotiations.
** 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.
** Subverted during an episode after Tony believes the FBI is about to pinch him for executing one of the {{mooks}} who shot Christopher. While he doesn't get pinched, Tony's lawyer suggests he clock in at his trash collection company just to create the mask of "respectable businessman." The job bores Tony to tears and he even develops a rash from the change in routine. So he goes back to hanging out at his restaurant with his crew and [[StatusQuoIsGod everything goes back to normal]].
** 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.
** This makes sense to anyone who knows New Jersey; the state gives local government a lot of power and has a very town-centric mindset; areas that might be one municipality elsewhere often form several in NJ.[[note]]Example: Hudson County and Essex County together have a population of about 1.4 million; their land area is roughly equivalent to Queens plus Manhattan (i.e. smaller than NYC) and only a bit larger than Philadelphia, with a population of 1.5 million, and Philly is geographically small (of the top 20 largest cities in the US, only San Francisco has a smaller land area). To put it another way: One of the nation's largest and densest cities is in New Jersey; it's just that it's divided into 34 municipalities in two counties.[[/note]] Consequently, police forces are weakened by division: the areas with the most crime tend to be the poorest and most underfunded (and therefore most likely to be corrupt), while the areas with the cash to fund a good police force tend to be low-crime anyway, with cops mostly focusing on traffic violations and adolescent shenanigans rather than Mob business. More generally, organized crime had, thanks to RICO, really become a main focus for the Feds by the 90s, more or less preempting the local law-enforcement efforts.
* 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.
--> '''Phil''': I guess the turd doesn't fall far from the faggot ass.
--> '''Tony''' (quietly disgusted): That's beautifully put, but you are 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]].
* PostModernism: Very often, almost OncePerEpisode the show features some classic movies and songs relevant to the plot and references to other fictional works are common. Tony himself is a movie buff with a great VHS and DVD collection and at one point the roots of gangster cinema are discussed, including the ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'', the film cited by Creator David Chase as one of his major influences building the main characters.
* 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.
* PrettyInMink: Several ladies wear furs.
* PsychopathicManchild: Several characters are debatable examples, but Paulie in particular exemplifies this trope. He has the petty self-centeredness and impulsivity of a spoiled child, and the callous disregard for human life of a stone-cold murderer.
* PutOnABus:
** Finn, who put himself on a bus to San Francisco because [[spoiler: he discovered Vito was gay.]]
** Also Furio, because of the UnresolvedSexualTension between him and Carmela.
** 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 horrific 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.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Jesus Rossi, Melfi's rapist, may be one of the least-sympathetic characters in the whole series.
* RasputinianDeath: The Russian mobster from "Pine Barrens". After seemingly getting his throat crushed, he turns out to still be alive. After seemingly getting shot in the head, he simply ''disappears'' into the Pine Barrens. Paulie even compares him to Rasputin, and we never find out what happened to him or if he even died of his injuries.
* RatedMForManly: Sex, drugs, violence, male bonding, fatherhood, and diatribes about the emasculated state of contemporary Western society abound. The show is a deconstruction and frequently subverts itself, though, by reminding viewers that most of the "manly men" in question are in fact morally bankrupt human beings whose inability to express themselves in any way other than aggression makes both them and their families miserable.
* RealEstateScam: Tony and [[CorruptPolitician his associates]] scheme a very profitable one, whose boundaries cause some friction with New York.
* 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.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** 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.]]
** Tony Sirico (Paulie Gualtieri) underwent back surgery around season 4 and was [[CommutingOnABus thrown in a jail]] to reduce his appearances. His role was fully restored once the actor recovered.
** Vito's weight loss was written into the plot due to actor Joseph R. Gannascoli's actual weight loss. It's made surprisingly tragic.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Implied by an spiteful Tony when he assigns Bobby a mission to ''pop his cherry''.
* RealMenWearPink:
** Bobby Baccala and his love of toy trains, though it goes toward characterizing him as something of a ManChild who happens to also be a mobster.
** Furio's Eurotrashy silk shirts, due to being a mobster raised in Italy.
* 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.
* RedemptionRejection:
** Phil Leotardo. After nearly dying from a heart attack and [[ManlyTears crying in front of Tony when he gave him advice]] at the end of Part 1 of season 6, it seemed like he was finally going to change his ways. And then Part 2 came out.
** 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.]]
* RedHerringTwist: During a food poisoning-induced dream sequence, Tony encounters a talking RedHerring that lays down some pretty hard truths Tony does not want to admit.
* RelationshipReveal: Chris tells Tony he doesn't bring around his new girlfriend, Kaisha, to spare her from the racist mafiosi. When he goes off to meet her, we see his real girlfriend is Julianna, who Tony has been unsuccessfully trying to get with for several episodes.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Ralph is in Miami during the first two seasons before he shows up in Jersey.
** 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.
** Avoided with "Feech" [=LaManna=], released together with Tony B and Phil Leotardo at the beginning of season 5, but who was frequently mentioned and referred to in season 3, with Ralph recounting how "Feech's" card game was hit and inspiring his stepson to attempt to reenact it. The same anecdote is replayed once "Feech" is released.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Silvio literally recites this to Eugene Pontecorvo.
* RevealingHug: Chris and Tony during Caitlin's baptism. Without any words, their chilling stares powerfully convey a primal fear and a bitter disappointment.
* RiddleForTheAges: What makes "Pine Barrens" such a well-known episode. What the hell ''did'' happen to that Russian mobster?
* 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]]
* RogueJuror: A man is successfully threatened by Bobby to be this in Junior's trial.
* RuleOfThree: Alluded to by Tony regarding his close encounters with death, after the second one.
* RunningGag: Silvio's Al Pacino impression.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: While the New Jersey ''home team'' is not made of NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters, Furio from the old country is introduced as a fiercer type of enforcer and the antagonist mobsters from New York have an even nastier vibe, especially Phil Leotardo. Several strategic hits are ''outsourced'' to ProfessionalKillers from Italy or to black GangBangers to maintain PlausibleDeniability.
* SadClown:
** 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 [[VivaLasVegas goes to Las Vegas]] to enjoy himsef.]]
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: GangstaRap exec Massive Genius expresses (in "A Hit Is a Hit") his admiration for the ''Cosa Nostra'' by saying he had watched ''Film/TheGodfather'' "like 200 times."
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Fat Dom's voice noticeably goes up an octave or so after [[spoiler: Carlo stabs him with a cooking knife]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections:
** 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.]]
** Carmela implictly uses the nefarious power of her surname to grant Meadow admission to Columbia.
** Tony and his pals were given a free pass after robbing the cards game of Feech [=LaManna=] because his father Johnny Boy Soprano was an influential capo.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Only implied. Given the [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted realistic approach of the show]], Tony making unilateral life and death decisions is a departure from the Mafia code, as a high-level sit-down is required before the liquidation of a made-man gets approved.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Matush when he hears a gunshot during Jackie Jr.'s card game heist. And then later, Jackie himself, who steals a car and leaves his friend Dino to get slaughtered.
* 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.
* SexyPriest: Father Intintola, who also develops feelings for Carmela and needs to beat a hasty retreat out of town.
* ShownTheirWork: In true ''[[Film/TheGodfather Godfather]]'' style, Ralph gives pasta-cooking advice to his stepson Jackie. Writer Michael "Christopher Moltisanti" Imperioli learned it from a chef/fellow castmember, and advised people (on the commentary track) to try it. It works.
* ShoutOut: A staple of the show. [[http://davidlavery.net/Sopranos/intertexts_&_allusions.htm Loads and loads of them, and then more]]. Examples include:
** Tony rates ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' above the original and is not very fond of ''Part III''. The gang starts to watch the movie after they steal some [=DVDs=].
** 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}}''
** Junior comes across an episode of HBO's ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' and thinks it's a cheap MadeForTVMovie about his trial. The resemblance is certainly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUdZhMsSZcA there]].
** 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]].
** Tony is a fanboy of ''Creator/GaryCooper'', "The strong, silent type". Tony seems to blur the lines between reality and fiction with ''Film/HighNoon'' and the film appears in his dreams. Funnily enough, he also loves its SpiritualAntithesis ''Film/RioBravo'', specially the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ssbgThljU My rifle, my pony and me]]."
** Silvio and Tony have a FriendshipMoment in which they mimic [[Film/RagingBull boxing moves while Cavalleria Rusticana plays]].
** Numerous little nods and subtle references here and there to ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', a film defined by David Chase as "My [[Literature/TheQuran Koran]]".
** 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.
* SiblingYinYang:
** Distingished Meadow and [[LazyBum lazy airhead]] A.J..
** Richie Aprile is covetous and bloodthirsty, while Jackie is benevolent and easygoing.
* SilentCredits: After the infamous finale. ExecutiveMeddling vetoed an intended FadeToBlack with no credits at all.
* SkunkStripe: Paulie's trademark. It gets discussed and parodied.
-->'''Tony B''': [[Series/TheMunsters Grandpa Munster]] over here.
* SliceOfLife: The show is a character study rather than a thesis-oriented work.
* 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.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Non-diegetic music is relatively rare on the show, and when it does appear it's often incongruous.
* SourGrapes: Many times when a character gets a rejection, he twists the facts around out of hubris and tells a fantasized version to his peers in order not to lose face.
--> '''Chris''': "Fuck Ben Kingsley. Danny Baldwin took him to fucking acting school."
* SpeechCentricWork: Most episodes feature dialogue heavily, and Tony's sessions with his therapist are nothing but.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** To ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
** ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has been [[WordOfGod described by a series producer as]] ''The Sopranos [[StandardFantasySetting in Middle-Earth]]".
** The also duality-themed ''Series/MadMen'' and ''BoardwalkEmpire'' created by show's writers Matthew Weiner and Terence Winter have inherited many concepts from ''The Sopranos''.
* TheStarscream: Just about everyone. One of the episodes lampshades this ''completely''.
* StealthPun: Phil coming out of the closet when he is handling the resolution of Vito's situation.
* StiffUpperLip:
** 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.
** Kingsley gets to express some [[PrecisionFStrike restrained disdain and profanity]] when he finds himself sharing a flight with the gangsters. It's implied he knows they are the ones behind his friend Bacall's incident.
* StockSoundEffect: When Tony gets food poisoning, the noises coming from his bathroom are obvious generic farting sound effects.
* 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.
* StolenGoodReturnedBetter: Dr. Melfi is having trouble with her car, and with the mechanics who are fixing it. When Tony learns this during one of his therapy sessions, he has her car stolen, fixed, and returned that night. She's grateful, but not happy about it.
* 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]].
* SurroundedByIdiots: Tony, near the end of the show's run, because all of his smart, capable underlings had died, fled, or turned witness.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands:
** The FBI bugs the nursing home where Livia is Junior's LadyMacBeth and plots against Tony.
** 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.
** An overall subversion is also justified.
--->'''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]]
* SympathyForTheHero: Tony eventually comes to feel this for Officer Leon Wilmore after seeing the damage he's done to Wilmore's life.
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[[folder:T-Z]]
* TakeAThirdOption:
** 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).
* TakingTheKids: Done in a consensual manner; A.J. moves quite happily with his father for a while, but it doesn't work as [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Tony is not exactly a pushover]].
* TakeThat: When J.T. attempts to pawn his Emmy in order to pay Chris what he owes him, the dealer only offers him $15. "Maybe if it was an Oscar, you know, an Academy Award... but TV?"
* TantrumThrowing: Tony is prone to this, a trait later recreated by the boss in ''Cleaver''. Tony is also at the receiving end of a [[FoodSlap steak]] when he infuriates Gloria Trillo.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Used in-universe to deconstruct several tropes:
** 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"]]
** DisposingOfABody can't be done butchery-style inside Satriale's anymore because of DNA forensics.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: A recurring, discussed theme. Tony considers that therapy is for the meek and has to keep his a secret, because if a guy in his [[TheMafia line of work]] is known to be talkative, he may very well end up dead.
-->'''Tony:''' Let me tell ya something. Nowadays, everybody's gotta go to shrinks, and counselors, and go on "Sally Jessy Raphael" and talk about their problems. What happened to Gary Cooper? [[TheStoic The strong, silent type]]. That was an American. He wasn't in touch with his feelings. He just did what he had to do. See, what they didn't know was once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings that they wouldn't be able to shut him up! And then it's dysfunction this, and dysfunction that, and dysfunction vaffancul!

* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** In retribution for an attempt on Christopher's life, Matthew Bevilaqua is shot over ''twenty times'' by Tony and Big Pussy.
** 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.
** A capo who disrespected Phil Leotardo is whacked by a few hitmen. One of them [[EyeScream shoots him in the eye]], and then riddles his abdomen with bullets.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Christopher and Paulie often fit this trope, especially in the "Pine Barrens" episode.
* TooDumbToLive: Some of the minor characters are positively suicidal. For example:
** 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.]]
* TragicHero / TragicVillain: Tony does try to be a good person for his family and friends. The fact he's a [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] does kind of hinder that, though.
* TragicKeepsake: Tony actively defies it with an artistic picture of Pie-O-My. He gets rid of it because it brings painful memories and gets very angry when he discovers that Paulie rescued it from the garbage and restored it. The picture is finally disposed of for good.
* TroubleEntendre: In the first episode, Tony is about to tell Melfi what he did to a guy who owed him money, when she interrupts by telling him that knowing the details of his crimes would put her in a very precarious legal situation. So Tony tells her that he took the guy out to coffee. The scene then cuts to a flashback of Tony running the guy over and beating him up. Tony slips some [[FromACertainPointOfView feeble truth]] in the story, as he was finishing a coffee in the meantime.
* TropaholicsAnonymous: Christopher occassionaly goes to a meeting on account of his drug addiction.
* TruthInTelevision: Junior's gradual descent into senile dementia was realistically done, including accurate depictions of the victim's good and bad days, and the eventual separation from reality.
** The depiction of Tony's depression is also excruciatingly realistic, with his condition rising and falling continuously even after he starts therapy and medication.
* 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.
* TVNeverLies: Adriana gets the idea from a TV legal show she's watching that married people [[SpousalPrivilege can't testify against their spouses]], and decides to marry Chris to gain this protection. But a real lawyer tells her [[ThisIsReality it doesn't work that way]], mentioning retroactivity and precedents where the Department of Justice circumvented the privilege.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Tony and Carmela in the episode "Marco Polo".
* 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.
* UnfortunateNames: Phil Leotardo openly complains that his legal family name used to be "Leonardo," like the painter. But an Ellis Island bureaucrat goofed it up, and now he's saddled with a name for a ballet outfit.
* 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.
* TheUnreveal: So did Ralphie really kill Pie-Oh-My? What happened to the Russian? Did Hadyu really kill Christopher's father? Was the psychic really communicating with Paulie's victims? And what about that [[NoEnding ending?]]
* TheUnseen: Janice's son Harpo, who is mentioned repeatedly but never appears.
* VaderBreath: Tony snorts heavily when he gets particularly agitated.
* VerbalTic: Paulie's ''he-he''. Tony gets annoyed by it and asks Paulie if he has ever been checked for [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's Syndrome]].
* 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]].
* VillainsOutShopping: Omnipresent, since the show focuses on both the personal and professional lives of the mobsters.
* VomitDiscretionShot: [[VomitIndiscretionShot Averted.]] [[{{Squick}} Frequently.]] If someone pukes on this show, there's a 95% chance the bile will be shown. One messy example has the FBI guys affected by the splash.
* VorpalPillow:
** Tony grabs a pillow and is going to smother his mother, but he gets interrupted. Melfi makes a CallBack to it much later, but Tony is in denial.
** Paulie smothers an old woman with a pillow when she surprises him breaking and entering.
* WakeUpMakeup: Averted, Tony frequently rocks some impressive bed-head.
* 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.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Tony is this to Christopher, who regards him as a ParentalSubstitute.
** Tony goes out of his way to please his unreasonable and sociopathic mother. Since he's never able to reach some harmony, he's helplessly haunted by this failure long after her death.
--->'''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.
* WhamLine:
** [[WomanScorned "I used to fuck your husband."]]
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext The talking fish lays one on Tony.]] It's no surprise to the viewers however, well, except the fact a fish said it.
** Phil has two when he escalates the conflict to unprecedented levels:
--->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLrlIpoQfQg No more of this Butchie... No more]].
--->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-YlD9UrpA4 There is no scraps in my scrapbook, make it happen]].
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Adriana and Chris. His looks aside, his demeanor in general was extremely creepy, and he certainly did not treat Adriana well. Tony says it himself:
--> '''Tony:''' "Frankly, you scored so far over your head. She's a knockout, a 10, and look at you. You're average at best."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or to the Russian. It gets discussed briefly and handwaved in season 5 as David Chase deemed it unimportant.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: James Gandolfini's signature {{Joisey}} accent drops significantly during his season 6 AdventuresInComaLand.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Melfi gets an awesome one of these in season two. After [[RapeAsDrama getting raped]], she realises that she could tell Tony, and he would ensure that the rapist died screaming... and chooses not to.
* WickedCultured:
** 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.
* WithDueRespect: Done in the episode [[TitleDrop ''All Due Respect'']].
** Silvio pulls this with Tony when Tony seems willing to go to war against New York over the Blundetto-Leotardo situation. Tony gives it right back to him:
--->'''Tony''': All due respect, you got no fuckin' idea what it's like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other fuckin' thing. It's too much to deal with almost. And in the end you're completely alone with it all.
** Tony with Johnny Sack in a heated discussion regarding the Blundetto situation. Tony then gets tired of this formality and delivers an outright insult.
* WitnessProtection:
** A former associate turned informant and relocated via it is found and executed by Tony during a trip with Meadow.
** Chris and Adriana contemplate the option of joining it. [[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.
* WorldOfSnark: While some characters are more sarcastic than others, most characters make at least one memorable sarcastic quip. It's particularly notable in the "meeting of minds" between Tony and Phil, which features these exchanges:
--> '''Little Carmine:''' For whatever reason, certain incidents have expired lately, that, in addition to being dangerous, could have an adverse impact on our respective bottom lines.
--> '''Phil:''' I know [[spoiler:Vito]]'s bottom was impacted if that's what you're referring to.
** Then a few seconds later:
--> '''Phil:''' He's MIA, a lot of people are concerned for his well-being.
--> '''Tony:''' So what the fuck would I know about that?
--> '''Phil:''' Well as coincidence would have it, he was last seen in New Jersey.
--> '''Tony:''' So was the Hindenburg, maybe you wanna look into that too.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** Christopher and Tony. Subverted in the Season 4 finale, when Tony stops himself from hitting Carmela and punches the wall.
** Ralphie takes this to the extreme and not only punches a ''pregnant'' woman, but beats her to death.
** Hot-headed Richie Aprile hits Janice. She hits him back. [[spoiler:With a bullet to the chest.]]
* XMeetsY: Chris summarizes his movie as "{{Saw}} meets Film/TheGodfather".
* YouAlwaysHearTheBullet: Discussed and debunked by Tony, Bobby, Silvio and [[spoiler: physically averted in the final scene, according to the main theory.]]
* YouLookFamiliar: Joseph R. Gannascoli played a random bakery client named Gino in a season 1 scene (the one mentioned in Actor Allusion above) before landing into his Vito Spatafore role in Season 2.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Tony's extramarital affairs are naturally explored and generate a great deal of problems.
** Practically all the mobsters indulge in this, it comes with the job description to have a ''[[TheMistress goomah]]''.
** 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.
* YouWouldntShootMe: Lost in Pine Barrens and fearing for his life, Chris draws a gun on Paulie, who tries to calm him down:
--> '''Paulie:''' All the shit we been through. You think I'd really kill you?
--> '''Chris:''' Yeah, I do.
* 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.]]]]
* YouTalkinToMe:
** Parodied by father Intintola when he is discussing what ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen could have been]] with RobertDeNiro.
** Emulated by Artie -- minus the gun -- when he is rehearsing how he is going to confront a man who owns him money.
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[[folder:''Cleaver'' Tropes]]
''Cleaver'' is a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie-Within-the-Show]] written and produced by Christopher Moltisanti in season 6, but who has been working on and off on the project since season 1. It is about Michael, a Mafia hitman who gets set up and killed by his associates. This is done at the instigation of Michael's boss Salvatore, who is lusting after Michael's fiancée. Michael is then resurrected as the eponymous "Cleaver", an undead zombie who kills off all his former enemies one by one, including his boss and former fiancée.

* AsianHookerStereotype: Michael's Asian-American fiancée is due to marry him in two days and is initially worried when he goes missing, but all it needs to convince her to forget about him and bang his boss is two tacky come-on lines from Sal. Notable primarily for being a RaceLift, since Adriana was white.
* BadBoss: Salvatore is shown to be quite trigger-happy and unwilling to listen to reason while having a discussion with his crew. He probably even set up Michael's death to put the moves on his fiancée.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Christopher's life.
* TheDon: Mob boss Salvatore, played by Daniel Baldwin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Michael as an undead killer.
* ExecutiveMeddling: [[invoked]] Christopher and Carmine Jr. pull the strings of the [[WagTheDirector nominal director]] and J.T. Dolan is ''[[WorkOffTheDebt mildly]]'' [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse strongarmed]] into writing the script.
* FatBastard: Downplayed. Salvatore is not morbidly overweight, but is shown to have quite a gut while talking to his underlings.
* FauxSymbolism: Invoked; for no real reason the movie closes on a close-up shot of a crucifix and a cornicello, to "juxtapose the sacred and the propane (sic)".
* FollowTheLeader: Chris pitches the movie as trying to cash in on the ''Film/{{Saw}}'' craze.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: What Christopher quite blatantly attempts with his film scripts.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Christopher mentions that Michael rises from the grave, but doesn't decide whether it's done through technological or supernatural means.
* {{Mockumentary}}: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWZehc-K2O4 making of]] released by HBO.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Sal arranges to have Michael killed because he wants to sleep with his fiancée.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Said by the Cleaver before killing Sal:
-->'''Michael:''' Well, this is mine too Sal. [holds up meat cleaver] And you can have it!
* ProfessionalKiller: Michael before his demise.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Michael is resurrected so that he can kill the people responsible for his death.
* SelfInsertFic: It's quite obvious that Michael is a stand-in for Christopher, Salvatore for Tony, and Michael’s fiancée for Adriana.
* TantrumThrowing: Salvatore angrily throws a bottle of coins against a cellar wall, shattering it.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In a roundabout way. Christopher consciously or unconsciously based much of the movie on his own life, Tony's behaviour, and his suspicions regarding Tony and Adriana having slept together. Carmela calls it "a revenge fantasy that ends up with the boss's head split open by a meat cleaver".
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted. Sal's first reaction to seeing the undead Michael is to empty his gun into him.
* XMeetsY: The movie is described as "''Film/{{Saw}}'' meets ''Film/TheGodfather''".
* YourCheatingHeart: Michael's fiancée and Sal.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: [[invoked]] Chris took inspiration for the script from parts of his own life.
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