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Tony Soprano

Played by: James Gandolfini

"Whatever happened to Gary Cooper: the strong, silent type?"

"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."

The central character of the series. Capo (and later Acting Boss) of the DiMeo Crime Family, Tony Soprano has to juggle between the mounting pressure of running a crime organization and everyday problems with his family. After suffering a panic attack and collapsing on his son's birthday, Tony has no choice but to see a psychiatrist.

  • Abusive Parents: In flashbacks, both of his parents are portrayed as highly manipulative and callous narcissists who regularly prioritized their own needs at their children's expense. Whereas Tony's father is portrayed as a corrupting influence who was alarmingly indifferent to his children's emotional well-being, his mother, Livia, is revealed to have regularly subjected Tony and his siblings to physical and emotional abuse that has left them psychologically scarred as adults.
  • Affably Evil: Zig-zagged, oscilates between this and Faux Affably Evil, but is often cancelled by his jerkness.
  • Anti-Hero: A Type IV-V in the first two seasons. Despite being a particularly violent and narcissistic mobster, he nonetheless demonstrates an altruistic commitment to containing the destructive excesses of more dangerous members of his crime family such as his conniving Uncle Junior and the sociopathic Richie Aprile. However, in Season 3, he begins to compromise what little principles he has by assenting to the rise of Ralph Cifaretto, a depraved mobster whose wanton cruelty completely disgusts him. Ultimately, by the end of the series, he possesses hardly any redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Badass: Large and in Charge, while he rarely has to get physical he's quite capable and acrofatic when he does.
  • Bad Boss: He's abusive towards his underlings. Cites I'm Not Here to Make Friends and Machiavelli was right sometimes.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Most of the time, crime does not pay... or not enough.
  • Being Good Sucks: He often makes little effort to change his ways though as it is easier to stay as a jerk. When he does some sort of favor for Artie, a Morality Pet of sorts, Tony ends up rationalizing that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Charmingly summed up by his motto "I don't shit where I eat".
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Two instead of one. He tries to unscrew'em, often with backfiring results as in one way or another he is one of the main problems.
  • Born in the Wrong Century
  • Broken Ace: Top of the line in his profession, wealthy, charismatic, powerful, ruthless, a keen business acumen, a beautiful family and drop-dead goomahs. Underneath it all, he suffers from some serious Parental Issues and other mental problems, which cause him to have panic attacks.
  • Broken Pedestal: Many old-school mobsters and his father don't live up to his memories. He is one for Christopher.
  • Cain and Abel: The close relative variety with Tony B and Christopher.
  • Carpet of Virility: A manly raw trait prominently seen in his private life.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The hardships of being a boss is a central part of his character. In-universe he fluctuates between Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster and Blessed with Suck.
  • Character Tics: Tends to facepalm, touch his face or run his hand over his head a lot when he's agitated or unamused by something.
  • Chick Magnet/Kavorka Man: Despite growing increasingly bald and fat with age, his notorious reputation as the powerful Don of a Mafia family and his charismatic personality work almost unfailingly in his favor when seducing women. He often cheats on his wife who became attracted to him for similar reasons while in high school (coupled with the fact that he was considerably more attractive then as evidenced by a flashback in the episode, "In Camelot.)"
  • Childhood Friends: With Artie Bucco.
  • Cigar Chomper
  • Consummate Liar
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: A given for a criminal who manages to stay on the top for years:
    • He's usually seen watching movies or docummentaries at home and drawing conclusions from them.
    • He also carries over knowledge gathered during therapy, allowing him to make increasingly accurate psychological assessments of his friends and foes. Needless to say, this provides a tremendous advantage in Mafia power plays.
    • An avid and utilitarian reader of Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
    • Quickly realizes that Feech is showing the exact same signs of Richie Aprile regarding unhappiness and unloyalty.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments. Tends to mix sarcasm and plain bluntness.
  • The Don: A relatively rustic one, as the Jersey mob plays in a minor league compared to the families of New York.
  • The Dutiful Son: The one who took care of his mother after his sisters had moved on with their lives.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Zigzagged, sometimes the therapy leads him to be somehow gentler, but most of the time it is a tool to hone his managerial (read criminal) skills.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Although the Mafia is of course restricted to ethnic Italians—and it seems the Jersey family is fairly strict with that rule—Tony is more than happy to do business with anyone who won't snitch. And although he professes to be disgusted by homosexuality, it's clear when Vito is outed that he hates the idea of giving up a big earner much, much more than he's interested in enforcing traditional Mafia norms.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A very complex issue. Straight example at first, he has many reasons for contempt and as befits a depressive individual, he goes through phases of love, hate, denial, anger, and acceptance. By the end of the series he seems willing to apply a nostalgia filter over his sociopathic mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A major part of his character. Despite his profession, he does all that he can to prevent innocent people getting hurt in the process and was horrified at Ralph's brutal murder of the stripper he impregnated and tried to abandon. Similarly, he grows increasingly disgusted with his late father after learning of the extent to which he disregarded his family's needs and silently vows to never become like him.
  • Evil Is Petty: He never forgets to take time to treat people under him terribly.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids
  • Expy: Of Michael Corleone from The Godfather. While lacking Michael's level-headedness and sophistication, Tony is nonetheless strikingly similar given that both characters feel irrevocably tied to a career in organized crime due to their heritage and struggle to balance their lifestyles as crime bosses and family men while failing miserably.
  • Fat Bastard: Gets fatter as the series goes on, in fact.
  • Foot Dragging Divorcee: A very savvy one, he invokes a Loop Hole Abuse by tainting every potential attorney with a conflict of interests.
  • Freudian Excuse/Tragic Villain: He hates the mere concept of the excuse yet he's diagnosed with a very powerful one; Tony was literally born into the mob and his abusive parents wrote the proverbial book about how not to rise a model citizen.
  • The Gambling Addict: Gets progressively worse towards the end of the series. At one point he tries to get Carmela to use the profits off a house sale to bet on the Jets.
  • Genius Bruiser: Undoubtedly a smart guy, although without much formal education. What book learning he has he only really has a vague grasp of, although that's enough to set him apart from the others. He's particularly in tune with Sun Tzu's The Art of War. And of course, he's a tough guy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hypocrite: He believes all men should be "The strong, silent type like Gary Cooper". He repeatedly proves himself to be neither, easily losing his temper.
    • Throughout the series he ridicules the stereotypical psychiatric patient whining about his mother. In the series finale, Tony delivers a self-pitying monologue about his hard childhood to AJ's therapist.
  • Iconic Outfit: The white bathrobe, A-shirt and slippers, which are inherited by his Cleaver expy.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: He briefly went to college, was an athlete and sometimes remarks his life could have been very different under other circumstances, as he remembers that his mother frustated the more legit dreams of his father.
  • It's All About Me: At first, he's self-involved. By the end of the series, its warped to the point that he sees everyone (aside from his immediate family) as a tool for his own gratification or self-advancement and increasingly devotes all his time jealously guarding the power he spent his whole criminal career accumulating.
  • Jerkass: Seemed to have improved after being shot by Junior, however he eventually sinks back into Jerkass mode by the end of the series.
  • Jerk Jock: In high school as a star athlete for the Varsity football team. Nevertheless, even as a middle-aged mobster, he frequently displays a lingering fondness for locker-room humor much to the annoyance of his wife and children.
  • Has a Type: Brunettes with strong personality and independence. It's explictly addressed there is a resemblance to his mother.
  • Heroic BSOD / Villainous BSOD: His panic attacks.
  • Kick the Dog: A central part of his characterization. Often his non-evil actions are followed by malignant and purely spiteful actions towards someone. The Bada Bing's waiter is one of the frequent dogs.
  • Large and in Charge
  • Loan Shark
  • Lonely at the Top: Lacks genuine friends, the closest ones he has are Jackie Aprile Sr., Pussy Bonpensiero, as well as Artie Bucco with whom he has been friends since childhood. Jackie and Pussy die early on (the latter by Tony's own hand) and he increasingly alienates Artie as the title of "Boss" goes to his head.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: After James Gandolfini passed away, many pointed out that in real life he was nothing like the character he played. He was a very thoughtful, soft spoken and all around nice person.
  • Mentor: For Christopher
  • Mommy Issues: One of his major malfunctions, he's full of love and hate towards her unpleasable mother and constantly struggles with his "Well Done, Son" Guy nature.
    This is gonna sound stupid, but I saw at one point that 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.
  • Narcissist: Despite displaying redeeming qualities such as a heartfelt concern for his family's well-being along with a childlike fondness for animals, he is portrayed throughout the series as an exceedingly vain and ruthless mobster who considers himself entitled to unquestioned respect or obedience from those around him. However, unlike most narcissists, he is self-conscious of the harmful consequences his actions have on others and feels all the more unhappy because of it. Nevertheless, he is too consumed by his own selfish desires to meaningfully change his ways.
  • Necessarily Evil: He believes many of his evil actions are a lesser evil, and sometimes the show portrays him in this light—particularly considering that most alternatives for head of the Jersey crew are shown to be too violent, too cruel, too stupid, or unable to handle the pressure.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent
  • Never My Fault: Everything is always someone else's fault, be it Chris, Paulie or his mother. His refusal to take responsibility all but destroys most of his relationships by the end.
  • Noble Bigot: From his point of view anyway.
  • Papa Wolf: Tony pistol whips and curbstomps New York mobster Coco after he finds out that he made some drunken vile sexual insults towards his daughter.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Shows more morals than his colleagues, but sometimes has to do the wrong thing because it's what is expected of a ruling mob boss.
  • Pet the Dog: A number of moments with his children as well as his love of animals and a genuine concern for his closed ones. Deconstructed in that this care and considerations usually are the cause of more evil deeds.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: A ruthless boss who knows when to avoid a given action for the sake of the business, not out of moral qualms.
  • Properly Paranoid: He knows RICO and the government are out there stalking him time and again.
  • Raised Catholic: Pays little regard to religion but has a vague adherence towards Roman Catholicism.
  • Really Gets Around: Has plenty of mistresses and one-night stands in spite of the fact that he's not exactly catwalk material.
  • Redemption Rejection: Took a Level in Kindness after his Adventures In Coma Land, but Took a Level in Jerkass hit him once more.
  • Sad Clown: He even refers to himself in this manner, in the Stepford Smiler sense
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A given when one is a rich and powerful mobster. He also serves as the invoked connection for other characters.
  • Secret Identity: A paper thin one, he is a "waste management consultant" for Barone Sanitation and usually goes by the name of Mr. Spears in the civilian world.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Zig-zagged, tends to favor casual and sportswear but suits up when the occassion calls for it.
  • The Sociopath: Played with but ultimately subverted. While he displays some trademarks of sociopathy including a grandiose sense of entitlement and poor impulse control, he is nevertheless revealed to be capable of experiencing genuine remorse for his crimes as well as making sincere (albeit largely ineffectual) attempts to perform acts of kindness for those outside his immediate family. However, his self-absorbed and covetous nature is entirely consistent with narcissistic personality disorder.
  • Sophisticated as Hell
  • The Stoic: What he would like to be, but to his chagrin the opposite of what he is. He points out there are too many therapists, disfunctions and excuses for everything.
  • Tantrum Throwing: T. really loves to hurl things against the wall when he is enraged.
  • Tragic Hero: Tries to do right by his friends and family but his narcissistic tendencies put a damper on this.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Zig-zagged. Sometimes his racism is used to show what a Jerk Ass he is, but others it's shown that he mainly resents other races out of a genuine sense of loss for the world he once knew as the changing demographics of his city and America in general have resulted in the loss of much of the places and culture he grew up with.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Gradually.
  • Vader Breath: Wild boar-like breath when he's agitated and/or violent.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the first episode he has a severe panic attack and collapses in the middle of a family barbeque, after the departure of the ducks which were the one consistently good thing in his life.
  • Villain Protagonist: While having his fair share of Pet the Dog moments, he effectively discards nearly all of his virtues from Seasons 3-6 in favor of becoming an individual who is just as ruthless and destructive as his adversaries.
  • Wicked Cultured: Played with, a refined ruffian with some college background who likes to insert learned words, but often mangles them with malapropisms. In another life, from another background, he could have been an intellectual; as he is, not so much.
  • Would Hit a Girl
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: When someone calls him "Anthony", its a sign of something serious. Most of his underlings simply call him T. or Ton.
  • Your Cheating Heart: A serial adulterer with quite a reputation. Having a goomah is an ancient tradition in the Mafia.

Carmela Soprano

Played by: Edie Falco

"You really don't hear me, do you? You think for me it's all about things."

Wife of Tony Soprano. Enjoys the lifestyle that Tony's money brings in but struggles with his infidelity and the dirtier aspects to his profession.

Meadow Soprano

Played by: Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Are you in the Mafia?

Daughter of Tony and Carmela.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Initially, leading to several You Are Grounded instances.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls Tony out on his hypocrisy and line of work time and again, Tony "calls" her back however.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Starts as a principled girl who has contempt for the Mafia, she is gradually dragged into the masquerade. By the end she is engaged to the son of one of Tony's henchmen, and it is implied she will become another mob lawyer.
  • Foreshadowing: As early as the first season, she comments on how cool Sharon Stone looks in Casino, a remark one can expect from Carmela.
  • Fake Ethnicity: Jamie Lynn-Sigler is of Cuban descent and has a noticeably darker skintone than the rest of the family. Lampshade in-universe by Carmela's mother being disappointed about her not looking as caucasian of the rest of the family.
  • Freudian Excuse: She applies it to a whole collective, reasoning that the poverty and dire conditions of the Italian mezzogiorno bred crime. In-story, being born into the Mafia gradually catches up to her too.
  • I Am Not My Father: Gradually subverted.
  • Ivy League: Columbia, she's unaware this was somehow invoked by her mother.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In this case, like mother like daughter. Meadow becomes just like her mother by the end of the series.
  • Mafia Princess
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Sigler, despite playing a pretty snotty and self-absorbed teenager/20-something, is actually known to be a very kind and friendly person in real life.
  • Mouthy Kid: Is often mouthing off in the earlier seasons, even when she's caught having a debauched party at her grandmother's empty house.
  • Never My Fault: Tony remarks that if he had a quarter everyone time she's said that, he'd be able to own a private jet on 24 hour stand by.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Has a job as a social worker for the poor.
  • Not so Above It All
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The distinguised one.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • White Sheep: Gradually subverted.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Let's be perfectly honest: Meadow's pretty good-looking, while her dad? Not so much. Lampshaded; when Janice mentions Tony's "good-looking kids", Tony jokes, "even with our genes."
  • You Are What You Hate: During most of the series, Meadow rebels against her father and his lifestyle. But by the end of the series, she ends up defending her father's lifestyle, chastises other mob kids for speaking frankly in front of "outsiders" and even embraces the role of crime family wife, being engaged to a Mafia family attorney.

Anthony "AJ" Soprano Jr.

Played by: Robert Iler

Son of Tony and Carmela.

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Played by: Dominic Chianese

"Keep thinking you know everything. Some people are so far behind in a race that they actually believe they're leading."

"You may run North Jersey but you don't run your Uncle Junior! How many fuckin' hours did I spend playing catch with you?"

Tony's uncle and de jure Boss of the Soprano crime family.

  • Authority in Name Only: Junior is made de jure boss of the Di Meo family, and actually keeps the title for a few seasons despite Tony's role as de facto boss
  • Bad Boss: Junior starts abusing his new power as boss almost immediately, taxing Tony's friend Hesh at the suggestion of Livia.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In Season 1 with Tony's mother, Livia.
  • Butt Monkey: Always suffering mishaps and embarrassments, whether getting his hand stuck down the plughole of his kitchen sink for 6 hours, to discovering his capos have been working behind his back. After season 1 he spends the whole time either going stir-crazy under house arrest or suffering illnesses, finally developing dementia.
  • The Cast Showoff: The season three finale gives us a nice sample of Dominic Chianese's singing.
  • Dirty Old Man: Junior is a shameless flirt and it has gotten him into trouble a few times. A nurse he regularly flirted with turned out to be an FBI plant and his downfall into senility starts when he turns around to greet an attractive reporter and hits his head on a boom mike.
  • Due to the Dead: He seeks to attend the funerals of old acquaintances, but only because this frees him from his house arrest for a while.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Grumpy Old Man: A fairly obvious example. In an early episode Tony jokes about giving him his DVD player so he watch Grumpy Old Men. This just annoys him further.
  • Hidden Depths: Is an extraordinary singer. He literally brings a room full of mobsters to tears.
  • Humiliation Conga: After failing as a Big Bad in Season 1, he suffers increasing emasculation, and eventual senility. It's equal parts hilarious and depressing.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved
  • Married to the Job: Never married and his one stable relation was ruined by the business and related gossip.
  • Nerd Glasses: Dominic Chianese has said the trademark oversized glasses are the character and he would even wear them in all the rehearsals.
  • Nice Hat: A staple of his wardrobe.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's very abrasive towards Bobby, his loyal and resignated assistant.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempted twice with Tony, the offspring of his brother but a son-figure nevertheless.
    Vito: He Marvin Gayed his own nephew
  • Parental Substitute: In flashbacks, he is revealed to have been more of a father figure to his nephew than Tony's actual father, "Johnny Boy" Soprano, who largely neglected his family in favor of pursuing his own appetites and ambitions.
  • Passed Over Promotion: He is the heir apparent of the family, but Tony steps in and up.
  • Pet the Dog: During the first season, he genuinely seems to love his nephew, Tony, like a son despite growing increasingly resentful of his widespread influence within the Di Meo crime family. This is evidenced by his apparent unease over ordering Tony's assassination even while firmly believing that he poses an imminent threat to his position as Boss. However, after Tony effectively strips him of all his power and influence by the beginning of Season 2, nearly all his feelings of affection towards his nephew are tainted by a deep-rooted contempt that endures throughout the remainder of the series.
  • Playing Sick: Straight example to dodge criminal prosecution, and then ironically twisted as he is really going senile.
  • Sanity Slippage: Senile dementia. Showcased in two episodes of note; First in "Where's Johnny?" when a disoriented Junior wanders off in search of his (deceased) brother, "Johnny Boy," forcing Tony, Janice and Bobby into a day-long search that ends when he's finally returned home by the police. Then again at the end of "Members Only," when he confuses Tony's late-night presence in his home for his (also deceased) rival "Little Pussy" Malanganote  and shoots Tony in the stomach. Season 6 sees him ostracized by the family following this incident, dooming Junior to increasingly shabby state care and finally a Loss of Identity.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone in the cast (save for Livia) is a potty mouth but Junior swears more than all of them.
  • Tap on the Head: A news crew's boom mike hitting his head prompts a Staircase Tumble down some steps outside a courthouse following one of his trials. It's later theorized this incident might've triggered his onset of dementia.
  • Thicker Than Water: Subverted when he backs Tony against Richie, he invokes Pragmatic Villainy as he's better off with his nephew.

Livia Soprano

Played by: Nancy Marchand

"I gave my life to my children on a silver platter!"

"Who says everything has a purpose? The world's a jungle....In the end, you die in your own arms......It's all a big nothing. What makes you think you're so special?"

Tony's hateful and abusive mother.

Janice Soprano Baccalieri

Played by: Aida Turturro

Sister of Tony Soprano who lives in Seattle at the start of the series.

  • Abusive Parents: Much like Tony, she was the victim of this in the form of her spiteful mother, Livia, who relentless criticized her appearance as well as her failed string of romantic relationships.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Played with but subverted. In Season 1, Tony speaks of her this way to Dr. Melfi when describing how she left him and his younger sister to endure the brunt of their tyrannical mother's abuse in order to pursue a hedonistic lifestyle. Similarly, Tony all but admits in the same therapy session that he was perpetually anxious of the possibility that she was his father's favorite child. In Season 2, she returns to New Jersey and quickly reopens old wounds by ingratiating herself with their mother, Livia, in order to become the prime beneficiary of the estate. However, it is later revealed that she is just as much a victim of Livia's abusive parenting as her younger brother.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: While in high school, she dated the brutal Richie Aprile whom she is later revealed to remain attracted towards despite the abusive nature of their prior relationship . While they briefly resume their relationship in Season 2, she ultimately decides to cut her ties with Richie permanently by shooting him after realizing that she will never be safe from his violent disposition.. In Season 4, she attempts to replace Richie with the violently unstable mobster, Ralph Cifaretto, but quickly tires of him. By the end of the series, she seems to have shifted her attention from hot-headed and often Ax-Crazy hoodlums to more manipulable men by marrying the sweet and humble, Bobby Baccalieri.
  • Black Sheep: A west-coast hippy in her backstory, later the not really-welcome-prodigal sister.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Constantly pestering and bickering with his brother, the head of the family.
  • Consummate Liar: When she has something to gain, she is second to none in feigning sentimentality and manipulating those around her with gossip and half-truths.
  • Cool Aunt: Her seemingly laid-back and free-spirited personality along with her liberal outlook charms even Meadow who is largely distrustful and contemptuous towards adult figures in her family. This is subverted when she reveals her narcissistic and vindictive nature by angrily calling upon Meadow and her friends to be punished for wrecking Livia's house where she plans on living.
  • Foil: For Tony, despite having many of the same traits.
  • Freudian Excuse: Same as Tony's, less than stellar parents and upbringing.
  • Granola Girl
  • It's All About Me: Big time.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In high school, she was lusted after by many of the boys Tony knew growing up much to his chagrin.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Season 2 when she notes Carmela's untapped potential and dependency on Tony, then in Season 4 when she tells Bobby his prolonged grief over his wife is unhealthy.
  • Lady Macbeth: For Richie and Bobby.
  • Like Mother Like Daughter.
  • The Load: Has a parasitic life that only generates problems for the actual money earners.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Narcissist: An "amorous" example given that she also exhibits traits of histrionic personality disorder (See Theodore Millon's "Personality Subtypes") as evidenced by how she actively seeks to make herself the center of attention regardless of the circumstances while making such events as dramatic (i.e: theatrical) as possible much to the chagrin of Tony and Carmella. However, unlike Tony, Janice also exhibits traits typically seen in "unprincipled" narcissists given that she pursues a highly parasitic lifestyle with hardly any shame whatsoever and seems almost completely incapable of forming any genuine attachments to those around her.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Diagnosed with a condition that grants her social benefits, it's hinted and discussed that it may be a fabricated phony excuse.
  • Parental Favoritism/The Unfavorite: She has envy of Tony for the attention her mother Livia gave to him. In turn, Tony thinks Janice was Daddy's Girl.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally at the end of season 2, but Tony's solace is short lived as she comes back for good the next season.
  • Really Gets Around: In her youth, she was notorious for her rampant promiscuity. Upon returning to New Jersey, she continues her promiscuous ways to a slightly lesser extent as a Gold Digger who hops from one rising mobster to another.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Given a pretty severe one by Tony in "Where's Johnny?", where he calls her out on leaving him to take Livia's abuse.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Apparently after she hooks up with Bobby, although Tony sees right through it.
  • The Vamp: Mild example towards Bobby.
  • You Are What You Hate: She becomes Livia by the end of the series.

Christopher Moltisanti

Played by: Michael Imperioli

"I'm sorry, T."

"That’s the guy....My uncle Tony. The guy I’m going to hell for."

Tony's nephew/cousin and protege.

  • The Alcoholic
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Christopher has some serious mental issues beyond simply being a drug addict. His symptoms are most consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder given his perpetual anxiety of being betrayed, his emotional neediness towards others (particularly towards Tony whose approval he desperately seeks), and his proneness to depression which he self-medicates through drug abuse. He also exhibits some distinct narcissistic qualities as evidenced by his lust for widespread fame and recognition, his rampant womanizing, as well as his controlling and violently possessive behavior toward Adriana.
  • Apologizes a Lot: "I'm sorry T." is his catchphrase.
  • The Apprentice
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Deadly deconstructed
  • Bad Ass: If there is one thing Chris excels at, it's combat with him shown to be an excellent shot who took down an assailant with a clean headshot when already wounded.
  • Book Dumb: Initially Dumb Muscle, he gradually matures.
  • Broken Pedestal: Idolizes Tony, but their relation is full of up and downs.
  • Butt Monkey: The poor guy gets put through all kinds of shit.
  • Character Development: From ignorant and eager novice to family man, but with important detours.
  • Comically Missing the Point: One of his main quirks.
  • Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: Influenced in-universe by the trope. His ambition in life is to become a made man. Enjoys the life and suffers the drawbacks. Possibly the biggest deconstruction in the series.
  • Death by Irony: His large nose, often the butt of ridicule by the other guys, is ultimately the instrument of his demise, as Tony pinches it shut, causing Christopher to choke on his own blood.
  • Disappeared Dad: Dickie Moltisanti was apparently killed by a cop when Christopher was a child.
  • The Dragon: For Tony
  • The Driver
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even after reaching the rank of capo Paulie and the others treat him like a Butt Monkey and crack disrespectful jokes about his family. This sets up a fatal chain of events.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More or less, they have a complex relation.
  • Foreshadowing: When Tony hears that Chris killed Adriana's dog, Tony flips out and yells "I oughta suffocate you, you little prick!!!"
  • Functional Addict: Tries to be this, but fails miserably.
  • Hypocrite
    "Human frailty. Makes me sick."
  • Insane Troll Logic: Often resorts to this. One example: Tony is concerned that a couple of Arabs they've hired to participate in a credit card scheme might have Al-Qaeda connections. Chris reassures him this couldn't be the case because "Mohammed and his girlfriend have a dog. A springer spaniel."
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Showed a particular talent for channeling his emotions into acting, but his hyper-masculine mafia conditioning led him to abandon this.
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: A more literal though accidental example. Chris manages to kill Adriana's small dog when he sits on it while high on heroin.
    • Has plenty of other instances, as well, including his physical abuse of Adriana and his murder of JT Dolan.
  • Loan Shark
  • Married to the Job: A tragic literal example, when he has to choose between his fiancée and his job, he chooses the job.
  • Most Writers Are Writers
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Nepotism: Played with, being the nephew-cousin of the big man gives him leeway but also exposes him to the fury of his mentor.
  • Number Two: He's groomed as the heir apparent by Tony.
  • Off The Wagon
  • Plot Magnet: So much of the plot revolves around Chris that a new viewer might almost believe the show is about him. His best friend is shot in the eye. He is shot in the spleen. He's one of only two people show being made during the series. His heroin addiction. His girlfriend flips and is murdered. He's even eventually murdered at the hand of Tony himself. Also, throughout the entire series there is an overlying plot involving him wanting to get into showbiz. This even takes up a good chunk of season 6 when he produces Cleaver.
  • Redemption Equals Death interweaved with Redemption Rejection and Reformed, but Rejected in a literal way: He dettaches himself from the dens in order to avoid temptations, but in turn this hinders him professionally and makes the others resent and treat him with contempt, which makes him so miserable he returns to the old escapist drug habits he managed to avoid in the first place.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Paulie accuses him of exploiting this too much.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: His struggle with heroin - it gradually worsens after the trip to Italy, Chris's shooting, and the Pine Barrens incident, finally spiraling out of control just after he helps Tony dispose of Ralph. Chris goes to rehab and joins Narcotics Anonymous, then relapses after hearing a false rumor about Adriana blowing Tony. He seems to pull it together after this, until Adriana's death, at which point he suffers another relapse. He pulls it together again, only to have another relapse while visiting Hollywood. Then another one after he learns his new girlfriend Kelli is pregnant and Tony convinces him to toast to fatherhood. He recovers again with help from his sponsor Murmur, but then relapses after he hooks up with Julianna Skiff. The two of them go to another meeting and recover again. A few episodes later he has a heated feud with Paulie, and after they reconcile Chris decides to drink with Paulie, and goes overboard, relapsing again and shooting JT Dolan. Then he crashes a car while high and driving Tony, and Tony impulsively kills him. However, the use of this trope is immensely tragic and poignant, and with many recovering addicts, especially those leading a life of crime, this is sometimes Truth in Television.
  • Shotgun Wedding/Law of Inverse Fertility: Adriana is sterile and can't give him a much wanted biological son. Kelli quickly gets pregnant, but ironically he doesn't really love her.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Adriana. Acknowledged in-universe
  • Undying Loyalty
    My uncle Tony... the guy I'm going to hell for.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Paulie Walnuts
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Towards Tony, his Parental Substitute
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks he's living in a gangster movie. Which technically he is, but The Sopranos is largely a deconstruction of the tropes Chris lives by.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has affairs on the side, but are not given much importance, for the most part.

Anthony "Tony B" Blundetto

Played by: Steve Buscemi

Cousin of Tony Soprano who is released from jail in season 5.

  • Badass: An accomplished hitman when he's in his element. He apparently arranged a car bombing before his imprisonment, and in the second half of Season 5 he kills Joey Peeps and Billy Leotardo, and wounds Phil Leotardo. Tony S makes sure to blindside his cousin, and literally bring out the big guns in order to kill him in the finale.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Mild example in his bullying of Christopher during his youth, in tandem with Tony.
  • Butt Monkey: Sees himself as one though most of his misfortune is his own fault.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tony B's return and murders of Joey Peeps and Billy Leotardo would end up being the snowball that caused the avalanche of the New York - New Jersey war.
  • Chronic Villainy: A combination of Hard Work Hardly Works, Better Living Through Evil and sheer greed.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His medical knowledge saves the life of Christopher during his feud with Tony.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Threatened with this by Phil Leotardo after killing his brother Billy. Ultimately Tony S finds some middle ground by graphically blowing Blundetto's face off with a shotgun.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Et Tu, Brute?: The last thing that goes through his head, other than a shotgun shell, is the realization and glimpse of his dear cousin poised to kill him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has an informed IQ of 158 and his bruiser qualifications are well remembered by Carmine Jr.'s faction
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Indirectly. Tony feels guilty and wants to overcompensate his cousin because Tony B was arrested at the beginning of his promising criminal career, while Tony, Blundetto's partner, got away that night due to an unrelated panic attack caused by Livia which made him skip the crime scene. Blundetto doesn't seem to mind Tony's better luck.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Starts as Reformed, but Rejected, but it's eventually subverted.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before prison, according to Janice.
  • Nice Guy: At first. This persona gradually falls apart over the course of Season 5.
  • One Steve Limit: To avoid confussion with Soprano he's called Tony B, or Tony uncle Al
  • Outdated Outfit: His Miami Vice suit.
  • Psychopomp: Credited as "Man", he appears in season 6 as a doorman guiding Tony through purgatory.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He feels exploited by his Korean partner/boss and violently snaps against him when Blundetto gets exhausted of combining his normal workday hours with setting up shop.
  • Remember the New Guy: Lampshaded when Bobby Jr. mentions that he's never heard of Tony B.
  • Retirony: Subverted. After getting out of jail, he wants to leave the Mafia and set up a massage parlor. Rather than dying, he realizes he just doesn't have the patience for an honest life and throws these plans down the drain, returning to the fold. Soon afterwards he gets caught up in a minor mob war with the Lupertazzi family and Tony S is forced to kill him.
  • The Runaway: His daughter Kelli ran away from home.
  • Self-Made Man: Subverted, tries to start a respectable business with his Korean boss, but it goes nowhere.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Just Got Out of Jail in season 5, but has trouble fitting in because of his past and his desire for a new life. He's looked down by the hardcore criminals and distrusted by civilians.
  • Tattooed Crook
  • Thicker Than Water: Played straight for a while, but ultimately subverted.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Shortly after being released from prison, his reckless bid to revive his criminal career drags Tony Soprano's entire organization into a bloody civil war engulfing the whole of Carmine Lupertazzi's massive underworld empire.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Goes on the lam after his quarrel with the Leotardos.

John "Johnny Boy" Soprano

Played by: Joseph Siravo

Tony's father.

  • Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male: Averted. Its shown as another example of how horrid a person Livia was.
  • Abusive Parents: He basically made Tony what he is.
  • Broken Pedestal: Increasingly becomes this as Tony learns some unpleasant facts about his father that substantially tarnish the esteem with which he once held him.
  • Butt Monkey: It's mentioned that Livia basically made him one.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Perhaps the most tragic aversion ever.
  • Famed in Story: A remembered gangster.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Henpecked Husband: Tony is awed by this, a powerful mobster dominated by his wife.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Had a chance to go west and live a less criminal life, but Livia ruined it.
  • Narcissist: Even more so than Tony. In addition to being very vain and impulsive, he consistently prioritized his ambitions and appetites over the well-being of his own family.
  • Petthe Dog: Despite being a consummate Narcissist and neglectful father, he is occasionally seen displaying paternal affection towards Tony Soprano in flashbacks. This can be seen when he scolds Janice for mocking Tony and later expresses sincere (albeit unsettling) pride in his son for not fleeing in terror after watching a delinquent gambler get his finger sliced off. Additionally, according to Corrado " Junior" Soprano, he also went out of his way to provide for their mentally handicapped brother, "Eckley", up until the time of his death.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had affairs on the side, like most mobsters.

Barbara Soprano Giglione

Sister of Tony and Janice.

Hugo "Hugh" and Mary De Angelis (née Pellegrino)

Carmela's parents.

  • But Not Too White: Inverted, when Meadow was born, Mary was dissapointed by the dark skin tone of her granddaughter.
  • Butt Monkey: Hugh doesn't get much respect from his family and suffers a series of illnesses and injuries.
  • Cool Old Guy: All things considered, Hugh is a laid back and casual chap.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Hugh's wife and daughter treat him like a lackey, only Tony shows the man some consideration.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Mary is quite obnoxious, but her objection to Tony's presence at Hugh's birthday is ultimately a valid one, considering that Tony is a mobster. Carmela, however, warps it into some form of cultural persecution and gives her mom a Reason You Suck Speech. Hugh, meanwhile, is both good and nice, but adores Tony and is unwilling to confront the evil nature of the man.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mary bosses her husband around and nags him a lot.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Oh so very much subverted at Livia's funeral.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Mary is embarrassed by Tony, whom she regards as a rustic Nouveau Riche.

Harpo "Hal"

The estranged son of Janice

Ercole "Eckley" Soprano

Brother of Corrado Jr. and Johnny Soprano, uncle of Anthony.

Dickie Moltisanti

Christopher's late father, shot by a corrupt cop when he was little.

    Soprano Crime Family Members 

Silvio Dante

Played by: Steve Van Zandt

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

"I genuinely don't think there's anything to gain by keeping him around."

Tony's most trusted advisor and right-hand man.

Paulie Gualtieri

Played by: Tony Sirico

"All the shit we been through, you really think I'd kill ya?"

"I'm here to tell you one thing. You ever go whining to the big man again about shit between you and me, we'll have a problem, my friend."

A long-time soldier of the Soprano crew and later caporegime in the DiMeo Crime Family.

  • Actor-Shared Background: Tony Sirico really did have mob connections at one time. This is referenced in the show when he mentions his association with the Gambinos during the 70s.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed. However, Paulie is highly impulsive, paranoid, and homicidal. And, just check out some of his psychotic expressions.
  • Badass Grandpa: While he's unmarried and never had children, he beats the crap out of some Colombian drug dealers who could be his grandchildren, among other examples.]]
  • Blue and Orange Morality: There's no telling what really goes on inside Paulie's head.
  • Breakout Character: He is arguably the most famed character in the series.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Cultural Posturing: Laments that the "mulignan" have taken over traditional Italian things such as the capuccino, pizza, calzone, buffalo moozarella and olive oil.
  • Commuting on a Bus: He's incarcerated during season 4, as the actor needed some time for a back surgery.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Don't Explain the Joke/Overly-Long Gag: Repeating or explaining his jokes is one of his quirks, funnier on its own.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Greed: A ridiculously rapacious and cheap bastard. Comically absurd like many of his shenanigans.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: After learning that his actual mother was knocked up by an unidentified sailor, Paulie realizes that in all likelihood he is not full Italian. It doesn't sit well.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Zig-Zagged. In the first half of the series, this trope is played straight with regards to his character due to the fact that most of his victims are either criminals like himself or otherwise incredibly obnoxious and cruel. However, while his odd quirks continue to be a source of humor, this trope is gradually subverted as his crimes become increasingly heinous in later episodes.
  • I Am Not Your Father: Nucci.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Walnuts"
  • Jerkass: He's petty, vindictive, self-centered, and superstitious.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Pet the Dog: His relation with his mother. Deconstructed in that it leads to more crime in order to provide for her. A straightforward example in From Where To Eternity, which shows him comforting his goomah's children after they are awakened by his night terror.
  • Karma Houdini: He has committed many murders, but he never really gets any kind of comeuppance.
  • Laughably Evil: Of course.
  • Malaproper: The prince of mangled words.
  • Married to the Job: Literally, he doesn't have a life.
  • The Mentor: For Christopher.
  • The Mole: Feeds Johnny Sack with information for a while. Tony gets suspicious and contemplates killing him for it, but Paulie is wise enough to deny it.
  • Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: Deconstructed, this guy is such a cheapskate that any activity organized by him may go dangerously awry.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: A servile brown-noser who shows his real "allegiance" the minute Tony gets indisposed.
    I live but to serve you, my liege.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's a mama's boy; and he has not one iota of concern for human life.
  • Raised Catholic: A criminal with a peculiar view on the afterlife and the purgatory.
    You add up all your mortal sins and multiply that number by 50. Then you add up all your venial sins and multiply that by 25. You add that together and that's your sentence. I figure I'm gonna have to do 6,000 years before I get accepted into heaven and 6,000 years is nothin' in eternity terms. I can do that standing on my head. It's like a couple of days here.
  • Skunk Stripe: One of his signature traits.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tries hard to emulate Tony's Wicked Cultured nature, but fails, hard.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In the sixth season, he calls "Beansie" Gaeta, who is in a wheelchair, a "stand-up guy" before hastily apologizing.
  • The Sociopath: Played for Laughs in the first half of the series but then played straight in later seasons.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: The job of a top enforcer is examined through Paulie, first in tandem with Pussy and later with Christopher.
  • Turncoat: Tries to defect to New York, but his scheme ends in Epic Fail when he discovers that Carmine Sr. doesn't even know him. Paulie was just cajoled and exploited by Johnny Sack.
  • Verbal Tic: His "Heh-Heh" laugh.
  • Villainous Friendship: A flimsy one with Tony, Paulie was more like a mentor back in the day, and a friend of Tony's father.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Christopher.

Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero

Played by: Vincent Pastore

Tony's best friend and member of the Soprano crew.

  • Affably Evil: Despite being a hardened criminal, he's a benevolent mentor to the hotheaded Christopher Moltisanti whose easygoing personality belies his unwaveringly loyal to Tony Soprano. This is largely subverted in Season 2 when his likable persona is revealed as a facade masking his bitterness towards Tony and his crew for whom he harbors few loyalties. Though loving father, he's a cold and at times even abusive husband.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • The Big Guy
  • Boxed Crook
  • Face Death with Dignity: Tries to do this, asking that the shooters leave his face alone, but he visibly starts to panic in the moments before he is shot.
  • Heroic BSOD: At the end of "D Girl" at AJ's Communion party.
  • Hidden Depths: Again, near the end of "D Girl".
  • Kick the Dog: When he can't take the pressure anymore, his wife gets the brunt of it.
    • And then there's that time he crushes an Elvis impersonator's skull with a hammer. Don't ask.
  • Mentor: To Chris and in a lesser way to his godson AJ.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The primary reason why he's been able to stay under his fellow mobsters' radar for years while working as an FBI informant.
  • Mistaken Identity: For a while Tony thinks the authorities confused Pussy and Jimmy Altieri, since the two fat crooks look alike.
  • The Mole
  • Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: A great Santa Claus during the christmas parties organized by the mob.
  • Passed Over Promotion: Says so to Tony during one of Sopranos's dreams.
  • Pet the Dog: He has a heart-to-heart with AJ at his communion party. Notably occurs at the end of "D Girl", the same episode as his aforementioned Kick the Dog.
  • Sanity Slippage: Played for laughs. After being alienated from his friends and family, Pussy actually seems to think that he can join the FBI.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Paulie or Christopher in the first season.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Tony and Christopher.

Bobby "Baccala" Baccalieri

Played by: Steve Schirripa

A rising member of the Soprano crew, who later on marries Janice Soprano.

  • Ascended Extra
  • Anti-Villain: The most sympathetic and most innocent mobster in the series by a wide margin.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Honestly, Bobby was probably the nicest guy you could ever meet, and only did non-violent work for the most part. You constantly push his buttons though, and it's not pleasant, as Tony can attest.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Early on, Bobby is the butt of many of Tony's jokes. Tony nearly falls over laughing at Bobby when he shows up in full hunting gear to help him rescue Christopher and Paulie.
    • More so to Junior, who never stops disrespecting him and abusing him.
  • The Caretaker: For Junior.
  • Gentle Giant: With shades of Extreme Doormat
  • Good Parents: To his kids.
  • Happily Married: With Karen. With Janice, not so much.
  • Man Child: His toy trains.
  • Mook Promotion
  • Nepotism: Being the brother-in-law of the boss is a great boost for his career.
  • Token Good Teammate: At first. He gradually grows more ruthless as the series progresses.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from being one of the biggest teddy bears in the family to marrying Tony's sister and skyrocketing up to #3 in the pecking order by the end.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As he committed his first murder and ascended to Tony's inner circle in the final nine episodes, he adopted a solidly Darwinist mentality, looking out only for himself and his boss.
  • Trauma Conga Line: His father and his wife die within months, and then Janice takes an interest in him, leading to a verbally abusive relationship. Then a ride breaks down with Janice and his kids on it. Then he suffers a near-death experience in which some street kids shoot him in the face, temporarily blinding him in one eye. Then he gets into a drunken brawl with Tony and beats him, causing him to fear for his life. Tony deliberately intimidates Bobby after this, then arranges for Bobby to make his first kill, which is a messy and brutal one.
  • Villains Out Shopping/Real Men Wear Pink: Has a toy train hobby whenever he's not doing things for the family.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Notably averted, other than Johnny Sack, Bobby is the only mobster on the show to not take a mistress.

Giacome "Jackie" Aprile, Sr.

The boss of the DiMeo family at the start of the series.

  • Affably Evil: Despite being a ruthless mob boss, he is depicted as being very friendly and diplomatic in his dealings with others even while suffering from terminal cancer. Additionally, even after being confined to the hospital, Tony and the other capos within the DiMeo crime family speak fondly of his fair and charismatic leadership.
  • The Don: Boss of the Jersey crew at the start of the series
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Wanted to keep his son away from the criminal life. Tony tries to honor this desire.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His demise leads to an early Succession Crisis and a Mob War.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Affable and easygoing, unlike Richie, his ruthless and sociopathic brother.
  • Villainous Friendship: A very close friend of Tony.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies of cancer in the fourth episode.

Ralph Cifaretto

Played by: Joe Pantoliano

"Tomorrow I can be on time, but you'll be stupid forever."

"Why was I born handsome instead of rich?"

The the Soprano crew's loose cannon, who returns from an extended stay in Florida in Season 3.

  • All There in the Manual: Joe Pantoliano says that Ralph was sexually abused as a child. Some manner of childhood abuse was implied in "Mergers and Acquisitons", but never made explicit within the show.
  • Anyone Can Die: His status as a big earner makes him less expendable than most in-story. When his demise comes, the when and the why are completely out of the blue.
  • Asshole Victim: Virtually every single person Ralphie knows mentions at one point or another that they'd kind of looking forward to the day he dies.
    Albert Barese: This is bad, my friend. I mean, don't get me wrong. I wouldn't piss on this Ralph if he was on fire. But to whack the guy over a horse? How fucked up is that? If it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us.
  • Ax-Crazy: Possibly the biggest example throughout the series. He has extreme outbursts and it shows every time he kills (or attempts to kill) someone.
  • Bad Liar: His lies are so transparent that it's ambiguous if Crying Wolf is in play.
  • Bald of Evil: Despite his ugly toupee.
  • Big Bad: During the seasons 3 and 4.
  • BDSM: Heavily into bondage and masochism. His kinks include roleplaying as a whore being pimped out by his "mommy" while she holds a vibrator in his ass, having his penis and testicles abused, and something involving a leather mask.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his obnoxiusness, he's the biggest earner in the Soprano family.
  • Brutal Honesty: Punctual. Tony gives him some credit for not being a Yes-Man.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses a can or Raid as a weapon during a fist fight.
  • Comforting the Widow/Romancing the Widow: Rosalie Aprile. He cheats on her with Janice before long.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His big mouth often gets him in trouble, so much that Johnny Sack tries to have him killed for insulting his wife.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Suggested.
  • Disc One Final Boss: In Season 3. From the moment he first appears, he creates turmoil among the Soprano Crime Family's ranks by encroaching on other gangsters' territory, engaging in random bursts of violence, and spurring Jackie Aprile Jr. to further acts of delinquency. However, after making him a capo in "He Is Risen", Tony brings his recalcitrant behavior to heel and he is largely neutralized as a direct threat to the well-being of Tony's business and family.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He blames his coke addiction for his bad behavior.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The episode with Tracee becomes his entire defining element, both for the cast and the audience.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Fan Boy: Of Gladiator. Eye Scream ensues for Georgie.
  • Foreshadowing: He is introduced in a scene in which Tony yells at him for unnecessarily setting trucks on fire. A later fire contributes to his death.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Begins to show genuine remorse and something resembling human compassion...and then he is written out of the show 20 minutes later thanks to a never extinguished feud.
  • Hidden Depths: Intellectually, Ralph dwarfs most of his criminal associates However, his obnoxious and unstable personality consistently work to frustrate his ascent within the underworld despite his wide range of talents.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Wanted to be an architect but the death of his mother truncated his dream as he had to raise his numerous family. Additionally he regrets not being part of the big hit against Feech LaManna, the breakthrough for Tony and his pals.
  • Jerkass: In a show full of people with anti-social behavior he's one of the most triumphant example, which is saying something.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As evidenced in his interactions with Jackie Aprile Jr. in Season 3. While Jackie has hardly any respect for him, Ralph nonetheless turns him into an unwitting pawn for his own agenda by insidiously playing on the young man's oversized ego and ambitions.
  • Mentor: For Jackie Jr.
  • Mommy Issues: Hinted at. Considering the show's adherence to Freud Was Right, it's hard to imagine a character like Ralph not having mommy issues.
  • Passed Over Promotion: By Gigi, as Tony deems Ralph is too voluble for a captaincy.
  • Posthumous Character: Appears in several dreams after his demise. Melfi interprets a Kafkaesque one as a confirmation of Redemption Equals Death.
  • Pyro Maniac: Arsonist, which falls in line with his freudian sexual oddities.
  • Redemption Equals Death: To a certain degree. He starts to become a better person when his son is injured but is killed by Tony before it can really go anywhere.
  • Remember the New Guy: He is based in Miami during the first two seasons.
  • Smug Snake/Smug Smiler: Ralphie is usually too pleased with himself and smirking for some reason or another.
  • The Sociopath
  • Stealing from the Till: Raises suspicions about him pocketing money from the esplanade project, as he seems to be living beyond his supposed means.
  • Tragic Villain
  • Uncertain Doom: In-universe, Tony uses his disappearance as an implicit Motivational Lie for his crew against Johnny Sack.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He would beat her to death, in fact.

Richie Aprile

Played by: David Proval

"Threatenin'? I got a hard-on for you already. C'mon, gimme a reason...."

"What's mine is not yours to give me."

A DiMeo crime family member released from prison at the start of Season 2.

  • Anyone Can Die
  • Ax-Crazy: By far, one of the most crazy mobsters in the show.
  • Bait and Switch: It looks like his growing conflict with Tony will come to a head by the end of Season 2. Instead, he is abruptly taken out of the picture when his wife, Tony's sister Janice, shoots him dead after a domestic argument.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2. Upon being released from prison, Richie actively undermines Tony's authority as boss of the DiMeo crime family and ultimately moves to have him killed towards the end of the story arc. However, he is killed by Janice in the season's penultimate episode before his plans come to fruition. Three seasons later, Tony notes that his experience with Richie has taught him to always nip this kind of thing in the bud, leading him to arrange Feech's return to prison.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After doing his jail time he's content with Tony's financial treatment but then Janice meddles in and informs Richie that the amount of money he is given was only fair several decades ago.
  • Jerkass: Possibly the biggest example in the series. He is extremely rude and unpleasant to anyone who interacts with him.
  • Kubrick Stare: He is notorious for subjecting others to these to the point that Tony dubs his eyes, " Manson Lamps."
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Loan Shark
  • The Napoleon: Despite being more or less average in height, he is nevertheless one of the shorter members of the Soprano Crime Family (particularly when compared to the hulking Tony Soprano). However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer aggressiveness and brutality.
    Junior: He's got tremendous moxie for a guy his size.
  • Old Flame: Resumes an old relation with Janice.
  • Papa Wolf: While meeting with Tony after being released from prison, he angrily dresses down Christopher for abusing his niece, Adriana. However, this is largely revealed to be a calculated ploy to reaffirm his credentials as an "old-school" wiseguy in order to curry Tony's favor when he callously admits to having no concern for what Chris does to Adriana "after he puts a ring on her finger".
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
  • Remember the New Guy: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Richie is covetous and bloodthirsty, while Jackie is benevolent and easygoing.
  • The Sociopath: Again, possibly the biggest example in the entire series.
  • The Starscream
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

Jackie Aprile Jr.

Son of the late boss.

Furio Giunta

Played by: Federico Castelluccio

An enforcer from Italy who joins the DiMeo family in Season 2, brought in as part of a "men-for-cars" deal with the Neapolitan Camorra.note 

Vito Spatafore

Played by: Joseph R. Gannascoli

A rising member from the Cifaretto crew. Closet gay.

  • Ambition Is Evil: An interesting The Starscream variation; he begins to postulate himself slowly as big boss candidate, in a particularly greedy way during a delicate moment when Tony is indisposed.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Shows signs of this a couple times.
  • Ascended Extra
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tony regards him as this. His "quirk" is somehow forgivable because like Ralph before him, he's a big earner, unlike Gervasi:
    Tony (to Gervasi): Maybe you should start sucking cock instead of watching TV Land 'cause Vito brought in three times what you do on construction! Yeah! And I didn't have this fuckin' problem!
  • Bury Your Gays
  • Civilian Villain: Has a shot at a civilian life, but decides that crime pays better.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted, after going on the run once he's discovered to be gay the camera focuses on him and his gun many times but he never kills himself.
  • Formerly Fat: He's imbued with new ambition and drive after a masive loss of weight.
  • Gayngster: A straight deconstruction.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Finn witnesses his interest in men, and is called to "testify" later by the mobsters.
  • Leather Man: The visible reason why he's outed.
  • Meet Cute: Finds a handsome barman/fireman boyfriend in New England.
  • Mook Promotion
  • Secret Identity: Flees from Jersey and starts a new life in New England, at first posing as a writer.
  • You Look Familiar: Joe Gannascoli appears in season 1 as the random client of a bakery while Christopher waits in the line.

Eugene Pontecorvo

Played by: Robert Funaro

An enforcer in the Cifaretto crew.

  • Ascended Extra: Until he gets his own episode in series 6, his biggest scene is when he smashes a bottle on Little Paulie's face. Though for some reason Robert Funaro is often billed in the opening credits before series 6, despite having smaller roles than other characters (maybe he had a good agent)
  • A Death in the Limelight
  • Despair Event Horizon: His realization in "Member's Only" that he'll never be able to leave the mob and move with his family down to Florida.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • The Mole
  • Mook Promotion: Shares his made man initiation with Christopher.
  • Out of Focus: Listed in the main cast of season 3 but mostly amounts to being a background character until the premiere of season 6 and then he dies.
  • Resignations Not Accepted

Feech LaManna

Played by: Robert Loggia

An old Mustache Pete released from prison in Season 5.

Carlo Gervasi

Played by: Arthur J. Nascarella

A captain in the family as of Season 4.

  • The Butcher: Invoked in the imagery when he kills Fat Dom Gamiello.
  • The Peter Principle: Presumably a good soldier, he gets to be a captain thanks to seniority, but his managerial skills suck:
    Tony: Maybe you should start sucking cock instead of watching TV Land 'cause Vito brought in three times what you do on construction! Yeah! And I didn't have this fuckin' problem!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having relatively few lines in the entire series, it's implied that him turning government witness may end being the thing that will eventually bury Tony. If Tony's still alive, of course.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy/Meta Guy: Played with in "Chasing It"; he compares Tony's luck with an episode of The Twilight Zone. Tony, never a big fan of sci-fi, immediately chides him for it, but when Tony goes to las Las Vegas on a weird trip, Carlo's comparison gets vindicated.

Ray Curto

A long-running captain in the family.

Gigi Cestone

Played by: John Fiore

An enforcer introduced in Season 2.

  • Affably Evil
  • The Chains of Commanding: After he is made captain, the stress of containing Ralphie adds a new toll to his health.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Bites it halfway through Season 3 in a pretty undignified way.
    Tony (in the series finale): Gigi died takin' a shit!
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Ralph constantly breaks his balls.
  • Mauve Shirt
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Philly Parisi, Gigi must regularly interact with Philly's identical twin brother Patsy. This is another contributing factor to his mounting stress.
  • Undignified Death: Suffers a heart attack while constipated on the toilet of the Bada Bing, and surrounded by porn magazines, though Tony does his best to paint it in a more dignified light by comparing him to Elvis.

Benny Fazio

Played by: Max Casella

A young enforcer and friend of Chris Moltisanti.

Little Paulie Germani

Played by: Carl Capotorto

Nephew of Paulie Gualtieri.
  • Butt Monkey: Besides Georgie the bartender, he is one of the most abused characters on the show. He gets hit with a bottle on 2 separate occasions and eventually gets pushed out of a window.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Was actually pretty scary in a scene where he had to intimidate and beat up JT Dolan.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: In a subtle scene he cheats during a pool game against his uncle (who got distracted by a phone call) by putting a few balls in his pockets.
  • Skunk Stripe: Develops a little one, less prominent than his uncle's.

Peter "Bissell" LaRosa

A would-be soldier in Paulie's crew.

  • The Apprentice: A rising hitman who makes his bones during the show and doubles as doorman.

Mikey Palmice

Junior's right hand man.

  • Butt Monkey: For Tony, who dislikes and abuses Mikey with impunity.
  • The Consigliere: After Junior becomes boss, the FBI have him as this on their wall chart. Although he's half Junior's age and is more of a sychophant than a real advisor.
  • The Dragon: Doubles as Junior's main enforcer.
  • The Driver: Initially for Junior.
  • Joggers Find Death: He's killed by Paulie and Chris in the middle of his outdoors routine.
  • Psycho for Hire: Clearly relishes his job as Junior's hitman and enforcer.
  • Smug Snake

Jimmy Altieri

Played by: Joe Badalucco

A captain in Season 1.

  • Boxed Crook
  • Due to the Dead: To drive the point home about snitching he's also punished post-mortem; a rat is stuffed into his mouth and Christopher calls in a bomb threat to his wake.
  • The Mole: The first FBI informant discovered. Like all the subsequent moles in a strict sense he's an inversion, as the villain protagonist point of view reverses some concepts.

Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi

Played by: Dan Grimaldi

An enforcer introduced in Season 2.

Robert "Baccala" Baccalieri, Sr.

An aging but brutal Di Meo hitman and father of Bobby Baccala.

Walden Belfiore

Played by: Frank John Hughes

A Soprano hitman notable for committing the final murder of the series.

Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese

One of the original five captains at the start of the series.

  • Affably Evil
  • Commuting on a Bus/Demoted to Extra: After he is sent to jail in the season 1 finale he only appears from time to time, but mantains his captaincy throughout the series.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Discussed as the source behind the unburial of Tony's first murder, with the suggestion that he gave false information not to incriminate Tony and Paulie.

Albert "Ally Boy" Barese

Acting capo of the Barese crew

  • Verbal Tic: Tends to repeat whatever you just said.

Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo

Longtime head of the DiMeo crime family.

  • Artifact Title: In-universe: the DiMeo Crime Family, of which the Soprano crew is a major part, still bears Ercole DiMeo's name, even though he's been in prison for decades, and no one named "DiMeo" has any part in running the family.
  • The Don: Founder and hierarchical boss of the DiMeo family.
  • The Ghost: Never seen, he's a "guest of the government" for life in Springfield, Missouri. After Junior becomes the official boss of the family, he's completely forgotten about and never even mentioned again.
  • In Series Nick Name: The Old Man.
  • Mentor: For the old Mustache Petes.

     Lupertazzi Crime Family Members 

Carmine Lupertazzi Sr.

Played by: Tony Lip

"A don doesn't wear shorts."

"Our family's been doin' our Jersey business a long time with the Sopranos in a peaceful and profitable way, and I want to keep it like that."

Longtime don of the Lupertazzi crime family.

  • Affably Evil: Despite being utterly ruthless in his business dealings, Carmine is nonetheless a doting father to his son, Little Carmine, and prefers to resolve tensions with the Sopranos through diplomacy rather than conflict.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Asks his middle-aged son Carmine Jr. if he's put his sun block on, in front of Johnny Sack.
  • Bigger Bad: In Seasons 1-3. After he and his empire are referred to merely as "New York" in the first two seasons, he finally appears in-person during Season 3. Despite being a longtime ally of the DiMeo crime family, Carmine's organization is almost universally viewed by Tony and his associates with wariness and suspicion (not least because the former regularly uses its vastly greater size and resources to coerce the New Jersey mobsters into "sharing" their profits on local business ventures). After the relationship between the two families deteriorates in Season 4, the Lupertazzi crime family ultimately becomes the story's preeminent antagonist and remains so until the end of the series.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Johnny Sack in Season 4.
  • The Don: A classic one, disregards the DiMeo family as a glorified crew.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: According to Johnny Sack, he once refused to sanction a hit on a high-earning "made man" within his Family requested by another mobster whose honor had been violated. However, when the earning capacity of the aforementioned "made man" became diminished, Carmine had him murdered.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Scolds Tony for using casualwear.
  • Succession Crisis: His death ultimately starts a civil war within the Lupertazzi Crime family due to widespread lack of confidence in his sole heir, "Little" Carmine.

"Little" Carmine Luppertazzi Jr.

Played by: Ray Abruzzo

"A pint of blood is worth more than a gallon of gold."

Carmine Lupertazzi's son and heir apparent.

  • Affably Evil: Arguably one of the nicest guys in the show.
  • Happily Married: Prefers to enjoy the good life with his wife rather than wearing The Chains of Commanding.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Heel less heel turn. At some point he decides he's had enough of the Mafia powerplay and retires to a civilian life, serving as a neutral mediator in mob conflicts
  • Hidden Depths: Reveals a certain level of wisdom late in the series.
  • Malaproper: The king of this, to the point where other characters refer to him as "Brainless the Second" and exchange confused looks during one of his malapropism-riddled speeches.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe, he's the producer of Cleaver and has some creative control. In league with Christopher, Wag the Director is fully enforced.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While he's considered to be a goofy buffoon by diehard mafiosi, he reveals himself to have inherited at least some of his father's talent for diplomacy and is capable of giving wise (albeit terribly worded) advice from an objective standpoint. Tony himself calls upon his talents to assist him in making peace with Phil Leotardo and his right-hand man, Butch De Concini.
  • Team Switzerland: Mediates between Tony and Phil, but he bungles it completely when he pointlessly brings up the death of Billy Leotardo.
  • Took a Level in Kindness
  • Villainous Friendship: With Lorraine Calluzo. He's very angered when Phil Leotardo kills her.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Despite being the legitimate heir of Carmine Sr., a sizable faction of the Lupertazzi Family led by Johnny Sack contests his succession not least because he is glaringly lacking in his father's cunning and ruthless decisiveness.

John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni

Played by: Vincent Curatola

" What's this, the fucking U.N. now?!"

" Don't talk crazy!!....You want to commit suicide? Pills are a lot easier!"

Underboss of the Lupertazzi crime family, and old friend of Tony Soprano.

Phil Leotardo

Played by: Frank Vincent

"No more, Butchie... No more of this."

"You want compromise, how's this? Twenty years in the can I wanted manicott', but I compromised. I ate grilled cheese off the radiator instead. I wanted to fuck a woman, but I compromised. I jacked off into a tissue. You see where I'm goin'?"

A hot-headed capo in the Lupertazzi family, released from prison in Season 5.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Shortly after Tony makes an impassioned plea for peace to him following a near-death experience, Phil begins contemplating thoughts of retirement as well as adopting a more pacifist approach to life in general. However, his old ruthless, bloodthirsty personality resurfaces after his protége, Gerry Torcio, is murdered by "Doc" Santoro and he blames this turn of events on his own "weakness."
  • Ax-Crazy: He is arguably one of the most brutal characters of the entire series. Not to mention that every time he kills, tortures, or intimidates anyone, he has a huge Slasher Smile.
  • Badass Grandpa: A dreaded hitman well into his sixties.
  • Big Bad: During the final season. With all the resources of the Lupertazzi Crime Family at his disposal combined with a vicious streak comparable to that of Richie Aprile, he is by far the most dangerous adversary Tony encounters throughout the entire series.
  • Brutal Honesty: Combined with Deadpan Snarker for additional injuries.
  • Conflict Killer: Tony had more than a few disagreements with Johnny Sack, but that was nothing compared to when Phil took over.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A mix, while Asshole Victim is in play, he's executed in front of his wife and his baby grandchildren, and then run over by his car, offscreen. It's left unsaid if Tony gets a retribution for this gory method/outcome, as a death in front or your family is a big no-no by many members of The Mafia.
  • Decapitated Army: His final strategy in season 6.
  • The Don: Acting Boss after Johnny Sack is arrested, official Boss after Johnny pleads guilty and subsequently dies of cancer
  • Dragon Ascendant
  • The Dreaded: Has a reputation in New York and Jersey alike for his ferocity, and even the bosses fear him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Eventually rationalizes that he has been 20 years in jail to protect a bunch of people that he despises. Phil thinks that he should be the one commanding respect and not giving it to others who deserve or earn none, like Doc Santoro.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He views Tony as The Starscream towards his uncle Corrado, is disgusted by the unceremonious initiation rituals of the Jersey crew and its overall laxitude.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is genuinely grief-stricken and enraged when Tony Blundetto kills his brother, Billy. Similarly, he is later revealed to have a close relationship with his henchman and protégé, Gerry Torciano, as evidenced when he has "Doc" Santoro assassinated in order to avenge the former's death.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tony Soprano on a scale of Blackand Grey Morality. In addition to being hot-headed yet decisive as leaders, both characters actively cultivate alpha-male personas for which they are widely respected and/or feared by their associates. Moreover, both view the current generation of wiseguys with disgust while looking back nostalgically on a bygone era when members of La Cosa Nostra strictly observed principles of ''Omertà'' and held those within their ranks to high standards of masculinity.
  • Face-Heel Turn: From his point of view, as "the Leotardo family has been taking shit from everybody the minute they got off the boat from Italy."
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite being one of the most ruthless characters in the series, he considers himself too agreeable in nature and willing to compromise for his own good. In reality, it is his obsession with preserving his alpha male persona at all costs that proves to be his downfall.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sometimes keeps an old-school demeanor and civility above his icy mercilessness.
  • Final Boss: He is the ultimate enemy of the series.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Just as the back wheel of a van starts to roll onto Phil's head, we cut to a shot of his grandchildren in the backseat of the vehicle, accompanied by the Sickening Crunch of his skull.
  • Ignored Epiphany: While Phil is recovering in the hospital, Tony comes to visit him and pleads for them to bury the hatchet so they can be around to see their grandchildren. He seems to get through to him, as Phil is moved to tears, but a few episodes later, Phil thinks about the indignities the Leotardos have suffered and decides he can't let them go.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Shah of Iran". He resents it.
  • It's Personal: Partially, in the end the death of his brother is just one of many reasons for him.
  • Jerkass: Probably the most unpleasant and unapologetic guy of the show, unlike other mobsters he's not restrained by friendship or loyalty ties and can back his bark with his bite without being put upon by anybody. It comes with the Ruthless Foreign Gangsters baggage.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For a while at least, as made men can't be killed by rival families with impunity.
  • Kick the Dog: "Comforts" Vito's widow (after murdering him) by telling her that it's for the best that her kids don't "have that kind of role model around."
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Views homosexuality as an infamous disgrace and orders Vito Spatafore killed for being gay.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: For a while, he's talked out of his vendetta because it's bad for business. Eventually he argues for the oppossite and evaluates there are too many middle-men.
  • Redemption Rejection: Took a Level in Kindness after his close encounter with death, but his ruthless ways make a comeback.
  • Remember the New Guy: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: New York boss whose conflict with Jersey steers the events towards The Good, the Bad, and the Evil from the point of view of the FBI.
  • Sickening Crunch
  • Silver Fox: Frank Vincent's iconic, good looking hair.
  • The Sociopath
  • The Starscream: Kills the head of his family to become Don, and in turn he's betrayed by Butch after his consigliere estimates that the war is pointless and no longer good for the business.
  • Undignified Death: His wife's minivan rolls over his skull post-mortem, with their infant grandchildren inside, at a gas station with a number of onlookers. The legendary Lupertazzi hitman will most likely be remembered by candid cellphone pictures of his squashed head on the internet.
  • Unfortunate Names: 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.
  • Wham Line:

Butch "Butchie" DeConcini

Played by: Greg Antonacci

Phil's right hand man after Gerry Torciano gets retired.

  • The Consigliere: Phil's. Surprisingly he's more confrontational and bloodthirsty than his boss. At first
  • Dragon with an Agenda
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: It's implied that Phil's unhappines about his lack of zeal in the war with Jersey is gonna cost him dearly.
  • The Starscream: Implicitly approves the removal of Phil after the war with Jersey starts to drag on pointless.
    You do what you have to do
  • Red Herring: The S6 mid-season finale heavily implies that Butchie will become the largest threat now that Phil seems to be relatively benign. This situation reverses itself two episodes later.

Rusty Millio

Played by: Frankie Valli

A captain in the Lupertazzi family who guides Carmine Jr. during his war with Johnny Sack.

Angelo Garepe

Former consigliere for Carmine Lupertazzi. Released from prison at the beginning of Season 5 as one of the "Class of '04", and seeks to retire.

  • Affably Evil: Hardly even counts as "evil" anymore, even as he's drawn back into the Lupertazzi syndicate he remains fairly benign, outside of conspiring to have Joey Peeps murdered.
  • Anti-Villain
  • The Consigliere: To Carmine Lupertazzi, and later to his son, though Little Carmine generally favors Rusty Millio's advice over Angelo's.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: His son Charlie is legit.
  • The Mentor: To Tony Blundetto in prison.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Angelo's murder leads Tony B to go off the reservation, kicking off the conflict between NY and Jersey.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Rusty Millio's Red, providing a much-needed voice of caution to Little Carmine's side of the civil war.
  • Retirony: Subverted, in similar fashion to his old friend Tony Blundetto. Angelo is coerced back into the business by Tony Soprano and Rusty Millio, and gets involved in an escalating civil war in New York, which he is eventually a casualty of. Phil Leotardo references this in his final words before killing Angelo.
    Phil: You couldn't fuckin' retire!?
  • The Smart Guy

Robert "Billy" Leotardo

Younger brother of Phil Leotardo.

  • Cynicism Catalyst: While Billy was alive, Phil was a restrainable soldier, almost amiable by Phil's standards. After Billy dies, Phil never gets over it and is helplessly embittered, which eventually drives him to stop compromising and to break the status quo.
  • The Generic Guy: Billy was apparently written to have as little personality as humanly possible.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His death snowballs into the Jersey-New York war and many of the unprecedented events of the final season.

Joey "Peeps" Pepperelli

Protege of Johnny Sack.

  • Affably Evil
  • Death by Sex: Killed by Tony B outside a brothel, also resulting in the collateral death of a prostitute he was taking home off the books.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Though the murder of mob wives is strictly forbidden, and the murder of goomahs is frowned upon, when a prostitute is killed along with Joe, nobody makes a peep.
    Little Paulie: I heard the hooker he was with got it in the chest, must have been silicone everywhere.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His gravestone is accidentally engraved "Joey Peeps".
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

James "Jimmy" Petrille

Johnny Sack's right hand man.

Faustino "Doc" Santoro

Played by: Daniel Conte

The much-reviled successor to Phil Leotardo as head of the Lupertazzi family.

Gerry Torciano

Played by: John Bianco

Phil's second and would-be successor.

Dominic "Fat Dom" Gamiello

A heavy subordinate of Phil Leotardo.


A subordinate of Phil and restaurant owner.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Literally.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Incest Subtext: Brings this into play between Tony and Meadow while hitting on her. This is implied to be a huge part of what unsettled Meadow about their encounter - if he had left this out then he might have even gotten away with it.
  • Tempting Fate: Seriously, how could he think it was a good idea to hit on Tony Soprano's daughter?
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His curb stomping is essentially the straw that broke the camel's back, with regards to the brewing Soprano/Lupertazzi conflict.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's amazing that he even DID live.

    Other Criminals and Antagonists 

Slava Malevsky

A Russian mobster and business partner of Tony.


"Cocksuckers, I'll kill you both!"

A memorable one-episode-wonder Russian mook who proves to be too much for Christopher and Paulie in "Pine Barrens".

Peter "Beansie" Gaeta

A former associate of Richie Aprile involved in his drug operations.

Matthew Bevilaqua

A young associate of Chris Moltisanti.

Sean Gismonte

Associate of Chris Moltisanti and best friend of Matt Bevilaqua.

Fabian "Febby" Petrulio

Former soldier in the DiMeo family who turned federal informant.

  • Mood Whiplash: A quiet moment with a deer is followed by Tony appearing out of the blue and ferociously murdering him. Finally a band of birds/ducks crosses the sky.
  • Properly Paranoid: Carries a Hand Cannon and is Genre Savvy enough to recognize he's being stalked, but misses his chance to kill Tony.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: It catches up to him with a 10 years delay.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Became an informant, leading to a lot of convictions of DiMeo crime family members.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Found by Tony when the mobster and Meadow are touring Maine examining colleges. The character serves to show early on, in first person, the murderous, almost casual nature of what Tony does for a living and how good he is at lying to his family.
  • Witness Protection: Eventually kicked out of the program. He later went by the name of Frederick 'Fred' Peters.

Vin Makazian

Played by:John Heard

A corrupt cop on Tony's payroll.

Barry Haydu

A veteran New Jersey policeman.

Corky Caporale

Played by:Edoardo Ballerini

A first-generation Italian heroin junkie, friend and associate of Christopher. His fluency in the Italian language means he is generally the bottom level go-between with friends from the other side.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Briefly mentions that he was born in Italy, and is shown to be wary of native Italian mobsters, for unspecified reasons.
  • Functional Addict: Though something of a bottom-feeder.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the penultimate episode, Corky acts as a go-between with the Italian assassins in the hit on Phil. After the hitmen mistakenly murder Phil's goomah's father instead, they briefly mention to Corky that she referred to the target as "Daddy" in Ukrainian. Corky, in a porn store at the time, thinks nothing of this. His mistake results in Bobby's death and Silvio's coma.
  • The Stoner

Lorraine Calluzzo

A rare female loan shark and associate of the Lupertazzi crime syndicate.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs for her life by offering to blow the Leotardo brothers. It turns out to be a mock execution, Phil makes fun of the situation and warns her that "Next time there won't be a next time".
  • Butt Monkey
  • Foreshadowing: Her death visually mirrors Adriana's, later that season.
  • Kissing Cousins: Little Carmine's second cousin and one-time lover. Johnny Sack expresses his disgust at their incest as one of many reasons to have Lorraine whacked.
  • Loan Shark: She is known as Lady Shylock.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: According to Johnny Sack, the body count was never high enough with Lorraine. Another of his justifications for having her killed.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Appears in a total of three episodes and maybe four or five scenes before her death, which has major repercussions throughout the season, and ultimately the series.
  • Undignified Death: Ambushed by Billy Leotardo and Joey Peeps while emerging from the shower, at which point Billy tears off her towel, slaps her with it as he chases her across the room, then shoots her dead while she crawls away, naked, on her hands and knees. With classic Sopranos Soundtrack Dissonance to boot.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Little Carmine.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

William "Petite" Clayborn and Rasheen Ray

Two small-time criminals commissioned by Junior Soprano to kill Tony in the first season.

Jasons Gervasi and Parisi

Best friends and sons of Carlo Gervasi and Patsy Parisi, both named Jason.

  • Bait the Dog: Introduced as happier counterparts to A.J. Seeing their apparently functional lives, Tony pushes A.J. to befriend them. They genuinely bond with him and things seem to take a turn for the better, but then they start roping him into their violent activities.
  • Boxed Crook: Jason Gervasi gets caught dealing drugs, a charge used to box his mafioso father.
  • Black Sheep: Jason Parisi appears to be this. His brother Patrick is a successful attorney dating Meadow Soprano, while Jason is a budding criminal.
  • Evil Mentor: To A.J.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners
  • Like Father, Like Son: They are both exactly what Tony wants to avoid with his own son.
  • One Steve Limit
  • Pet the Dog: They genuinely seem to care about A.J.'s mental health.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: After knocking over a Somalian cyclist with a car door, Jason G calls him a nigger, then a terrorist. Notably Jason P does not partake in this racism, though he does not hesitate to join in on the beating they give the man.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gervasi is red, Parisi is blue. Definitely consistent with their respective fathers' personalities.

Ronald Zellman

New Jersey assemblyman in bed with the mob.

Annalisa Zucca

Played by: Sofia Milos

The exuberant and de facto boss of the Neapolitan Camorra.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A shrewd businesswoman who has a quirky superstition; she burns her nail clippings to prevent some kind of curse.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is the official boss of the Camorra, but he's senile.
    Paulie: Ton, you give this guy a golf club, he'll probably try to fuck it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Paired with a healthy dosis of Male Gaze.
  • Sex for Services: Immune to flirtation at first, she later tries to soften Tony up with sex during a negotiation, but he sees right through it and refuses.
    Tony: I do want... but I don't shit where I eat.

Italo and Salvatore

Two seasoned hitmen from Naples.


A Persian drug dealer who frequents Adriana's club, the Crazy Horse.

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His efforts to sell drugs in the Crazy Horse are seemingly just a one-episode side plot to further Jackie Jr.'s story arc. However, he reappears two seasons later, now having solid roots for his operation in Crazy Horse, and ends up killing a guy in Adriana's office. This, in turn, leads to Adriana's death when she tries to cover it up.
  • Small Role, Big Impact
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, he's a small-fry dealer who gets his ass kicked by mobsters for trying to deal outside their club, and later chickens out while acting as a getaway driver. In Season 5, he commits an extremely brutal murder without hesitation.
  • The War on Terror: While being interrogated, Adriana mentions that Matush has connections to a "young boy's school" in the Middle East. This visibly piques the interest of the FBI agents.

Warren Feldman

Played by: Sydney Pollack.

A convict and former oncologist who befriends the ailing Johnny Sack late in the series.

  • Affably Evil: Having kicked his cocaine habit and spent some time in prison, he appears to be genuinely rehabilitated.
  • Almighty Janitor
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Functional Addict: Had a nasty cocaine habit back when he was a practicing oncologist.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked Used to be well-regarded in the medical field until he murdered four people, including his wife, in a fit of cocaine-induced rage. For all his charm, that is obviously a permanent stain on his reputation, and the real doctors in the prison hospital are wary of his advice, as well-meaning as it may be.
  • Odd Friendship: With Johnny Sack.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He murdered his wife, her lover, her aunt, and the mailman.
    Warren: At that point, I had to fully commit.

Lou DiMaggio and the Atwell Avenue Boys

An old crew of brutal hitmen recommended to Tony for a whacking by Junior.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Blind Seer: Invoked by Lou, who is blind, when he asks Chris if he's into drugs. Lou was actually just asking if the Soprano family was involved in drug running, something he is fundamentally opposed to.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The youngest member of their crew is unnervingly friendly and enthusiastic. Upon meeting Christopher Moltisanti, he remarks that his name is also Chris. Seeing a picture of Johnny Sack at his birthday, he remarks that it's his birthday as well.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Beat one treacherous mobster and his wife to death with baseball bats, earning Lou's nickname "DiMaggio". They also decapitated a man with a hacksaw while he was still alive. The boys almost certainly intended to subject Johnny Sack to a similar fate.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They hate drug dealers.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The stocky one hooked up to the oxygen tank, whose only line is "quiet as a mouse pissin' on cotton", is Richard Bright, best known as Al Neri.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant

Richard "Dick" Barone

Owner of Barone sanitation, a front business for the Soprano crew.

"Black" Jack Massarone

Owner of Massarone Construction.

  • The Con: Victim of a semi-classic protection racket; goes to Tony for protection against a picket organized by Tony.
  • Due to the Dead: A golf club cover is stuffed in his mouth when he is retired, in order to deliver a message about rats and snitching.
  • The Mole

Neil Mink

Tony's attorney.

Harold "Mel" Melvoin

Junior's attorney.

  • Amoral Attorney: A traditional and very expensive mob lawyer.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Knows "his" jurisprudence and invokes all kinds of loopholes in the benefit of Junior.
  • Speech Impediment: Suffers a stroke that affects his ability to speak. Gets fired afterwards by Junior.

Ahmed and Muhammad

Muslim associates of Christopher.

  • Conflict Killer: Islamic terrorism becomes an important part of the equation in the complex relationship between the FBI/Tony/Phil.
  • The War on Terror: Christopher considers them not to be terrorists at first but some sudden behavior may indicate otherwise. Due to post-9/11 changes of policy, the FBI take a keen interest in them and an investigation ensues.

James "Murmur" Zancone

Friend, AA sponsor and criminal associate of Christopher Moltisanti.

  • Evil Genius: An expert at forging documents
  • Remember the New Guy: Introduced in Season 6, at which point he is best buds with Chris. On the other hand Tony resents the excessive familiarity about the new guy and shoos him away.
  • The Sponsor: Christopher's

    FBI and Law Enforcement 

Special Agent Dwight Harris

Played by: Matt Servitto

"Damn! We're gonna win this thing!"

A senior FBI agent assigned to Tony's investigation.

Frank Cubitoso

Played by: (Frank Pellegrino)

An FBI director in charge of investigations into the Soprano family.

  • Big Good: Technically, what with being the the senior upholder of the law.
  • The Danza
  • FBI Agent: FBI chief of New Jersey division.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Although mostly a calm, soft-spoken man, he scares the relatively innocent (by the standards of this show) Adriana into becoming an informer with the threat of a very long prison sentence for drug dealing, so much that she vomits all over him. In her final episode he berates and threatens her for not giving juicy enough info.
  • Hero Antagonist

Robyn Sanservino

Played by: Karen Young

An FBI agent who notably serves as handler to Adriana La Cerva.

  • Butt Monkey: She handles Federal witnesses Adriana La Cerva, Eugene Pontecorvo and Ray Curto. Adriana is murdered, Eugene commits suicide, and Ray dies of an aneurysm in Robyn's car.
  • Hero Antagonist
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though she is seen mocking Adriana's naivety with her fellow agents, she later warms to Adriana and seems to bond with her.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Develops an emotional attachment to her witness, and later shows signs of denial at her death.

Deborah Ciccerone

Played by: Lola Glaudini

A special FBI agent who goes undercover befriending Adriana.

  • Aborted Arc: Introduced in the Season 3 finale as an undercover agent who will befriend and gradually groom Adriana to be a Federal witness. Her courting process lasts all of two episodes before Christopher tries to fuck her, driving a rift between her and Adriana. At this point the FBI decides to just arrest their mark and intimidate her into compliance. Deborah is summarily replaced as handler by Robyn Sanservino.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: In-universe. The first thing that her FBI boss asks for is a change of hairstyle and color.
  • Fair Cop: Part of why she was chosen to go undercover with the mob wives, despite her lack of experience. Also ends up ruining her cover.
    Harris: You know what the problem was, right? She gave Moltisanti a hard-on.
    Cubitoso: So, what do we do? Hire only schifosas?
  • Hero Antagonist
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: She's married to GOB.
  • Love Triangle: After Moltisanti makes a pass on her, Adriana gets jealous of her and breaks off their relationship.
  • The Mole: A cover agent who poses as a superficial gal and potential trophy girlfriend. Adriana doesn't learn she's FBI until much later.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She doesn't wear much around the house.
  • Villains Out Shopping:
    • Meets Adriana in a fashion boutique, invoking a Commonality Connection.
    • In a rare inversion, she is the only FBI agent with an on-screen personal life note ; she is married and has an infant son.

Agent Frank Grasso

Agent Skip Lipari

The handler of Pussy Bonpensiero.

  • Hero Antagonist
  • Lima Syndrome: A non-villanous example. His boss fears that he's become too friendly with Pussy, reality checks notwithstanding.

Leon Wilmore

Played by: Charles S. Dutton

An incorruptible police officer who comes into conflict with Tony. Played by Charles S. Dutton.

  • Being Good Sucks: He refuses to accept a bribe from Tony Soprano and writes him a ticket. For this, he loses his overtime pay and is forced to work a degrading retail job at a garden store. Here he once again encounters Tony, who feels remorseful for Wilmore's situation and offers him several hundred dollars unconditionally, which Wilmore refuses yet again.
  • Butt Monkey
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • The Fettered
  • Good Is Not Nice: An upright officer of the law, who has the personality of a rock and reportedly suffers from depression and mental illness.
  • Hero Antagonist
  • Honor Before Reason: Refuses two bribes from Tony Soprano, the second of which was essentially charity.
  • Not So Different: Tony seems to empathize somewhat with Wilmore after learning that he too suffers from depression.
  • Punishment Detail
  • The Stoic: Stands by his values and takes the resulting abuse in stride.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Passes.

    Civilian Characters 

Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Played by:Lorraine Bracco

"How are you, Anthony?"

Your mother, believe me, in your childhood she's inflicted serious psychic injuries on you that are still there.

Italian-American psychiatrist and in some ways confidant of Mafia boss Tony Soprano.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: It becomes such a problem, Jennifer ends up seeing her own head doctor to deal with her growing attraction to Tony. Finally, she admits to her problem and is able to strongly refuse Tony's advances by the end of the series.
  • Confess in Confidence: Partially, she's only given vague details for pragmatic and potentially legal reasons (partly this is overcautiousness, but partly—and Dr. Melfi references this—it's because she would have a duty to warn and to notify the authorities if Tony revealed evidence of a future crime).
  • Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: Gradually gets distraught by her therapy sessions with Tony, leading to weight gains, drinking and needing therapy herself.
  • Day in the Limelight: "Employee of the Month"
  • Drowning My Sorrows
  • The Fettered: Has the chance to unleash Tony against her rapist, but decides not to.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Present and discussed.
  • Out of Focus: Starts off as a vital part of the series but gradually becomes less important in the scheme of things despite appearing in every season.
  • She's Got Legs
  • The Shrink
  • The Watson

Hesh Rabkin

Played by:Jerry Adler

An old Jewish business associate of the Soprano family, and good friend of Tony.

Artie Bucco

Played by:John Ventimiglia

Tony's childhood friend, who now owns a restaurant.

Charmaine Bucco

Artie's wife.

  • The Bartender: Hostess at the Vesuvio.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: Separates from Artie and asks for a divorce, but it doesn't take and they reconcile.
  • Fanservice: Lowers her neckline and shows more cleavage to attract male clientele.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Said by her husband, because the glasses work against the fanservice.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Wanting to keep their relation cold, she tells Carmela that she and Tony had a short affair when they were young.
  • Old Flame: Tony would want to resume the affair he had with her.
  • Women Are Wiser: Unlike Artie, she knows well that mobsters should be avoided or at least not befriended under any circumstance, but her livelihood depends on them anyway.

Marianucci Gualtieri

Paulie Walnuts' mother, later revealed to be adoptive.

  • Due to the Dead: Dies off-screen on the same episode as Christopher, whose wake overshadows Nucci's. Paulie sees this as a final insult from beyond the grave by Chris.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
  • I Am Not Your Father: Paulie is actually the son of her sister, knocked up by an unknown sailor. Nucci took responsibility for the boy and raised him as her own. When Paulie finds out, he disowns Nucci and has a major identity crisis. Eventually they reconcile, though.
  • Morality Pet: For Paulie, sort of.
  • Satellite Character: Basically serves as a foil to develop Paulie's character.
  • Shrinking Violet

Father Intintola

A priest who is close to Carmela.

Robert Wegler

Played by: David Strathairn

AJ's high school guidance counselor who begins an affair with Carmela.

George "Georgie" Santorelli.

A bartender at the Bada Bing

Elliot Kupferberg

The therapist of Dr.Melfi

  • Admiring the Abomination: He's hardass about sociopathy but at the same time he is fascinated by Soprano and not only in a clinical way, he closely follows the Mafia power play too.
  • Fascinating Eye Brow: So frequent it annoys Dr.Melfi.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Recognition Failure: Has a brief but harsh encounter with Soprano in an underground parking. The doctor doesn't recognize Tony but uses the incident as an example during therapy, in-which Tony is the main subject.
  • Secret Keeper: In a very unprofessional move, he reveals inside a common social circle that Melfi is treating Soprano.
  • The Shrink: The shrink behind the shrink who discusses her Critical Psychoanalysis Failure.
  • The Watson: Examines Soprano's impact on Melfi.

Blanca Selgado

Played by: Dania Ramirez

A Puerto Rican woman who briefly dates AJ in Season 6.

  • Gold Digger: Inverted. AJ attempts to support Blanca independent of his parents, while Blanca frequently spends time at their home and encounters the tremendous wealth that AJ unwittingly deprives her of. This is ultimately a big part of why she leaves him.
  • Latina Gal On White Guy Drama
  • Morality Pet: She and her son Hector inspire a major improvement in A.J.'s attitude.

Svetlana Kirilenko

Cousin of Tony's mistress Irina, and caretaker to Livia.

  • The Caretaker: Livia's nurse.
  • Disabled Love Interest
  • Foil: To Janice. Svetlana is a reliable, down to earth and zero-nonsense character. After a silly dispute their antagonism reaches a point where Tony has to meddle in a professional quality.
    • Also serves as a foil to her cousin Irina, who has a great body but is a childish emotional trainwreck.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Having only one leg is not a handicap to her, and Tony admires her for it.
  • The Mistress: Tony tries to add her to the list after a one-afternoon stand, but she politely rejects him. He takes it graciously for once.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: In tandem with "cushy America makes you weak", she discuss it as the reason behind her firm and stoic spirit.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Defied, one of the reasons why Tony is attracted to her.

Bruce and Jeannie Cusamano

The next door neighbours of the Sopranos.

  • Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: Bruce and his friends are fascinated by the Mafia mythology and are casually curious and funny towards Tony, who resents this kind attraction.
  • Doctor's Orders: From time to time, as Bruce is the Sopranos' family physician and the one who referred Tony to Dr. Melfi.
  • Housewife: Jeannie.

Tom Giglione

Husband of Barbara Soprano.

Brian Cammarata

"Thanks Tony! You're a great guy!"

Carmela's cousin and a financial advisor.

  • Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: He's clearly seduced by the flashy aspects of the criminal life and likes to casually hang around with the professional thugs.
  • Evil Genius: Tony's fiscal advisor and the brains behind the HUD scam.
  • Morality Pet: Initially Tony does Brian favors to earn praise from an upstanding civilian. As Brian gets drawn into Tony's criminal lifestyle this role deteriorates, and Tony loses interest in this friendship.
  • Villainous Friendship: Downplayed in that Brian is not officially part of Tony's organization but still notable because the two have a rare rapport and Brian acts as consigliere in a major scheme.

Anthony Infante

Brother-in-law of John Sacramoni and his spokesperson.

  • Establishing Character Moment: One of his first scenes appears to be a Villains Out Shopping moment, but it turns out to be a professional meeting in his optical shop. He's a mild civilian who is over his head among hardened gangsters and is acting out of loyalty to his family.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Semi-obligatory. Serves as Johny Sack's meek spokesperson.
  • Spy Speak: He's really bad at it. Played for laughs to show the inherent absurdity of the criminal world.

Noah Tannenbaum

Meadow's college boyfriend.

  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Meadow's "un-Italian" boyfriend. Tony falls apart when he meets him.
  • Ivy League: Meets Meadow at Columbia
  • The Movie Buff: Praises Tony for his movie collection and tries to discuss the roots of Gangster cinema with him.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black-Jewish, Tony despises him since he thinks Noah plays the race card by considering himself black. This gets him an In Universe Nickname.
    Tony... Jamaal Ginsburg, the hasidic homeboy.

Finn Detrolio

Meadow's college boyfriend, and later fiance.

  • He Knows Too Much: Fears that Vito is gonna whack him any moment to keep the gayngsterism a secret.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Witnesses Vito going down on a security guard, but keeps his mouth shut and only shares it with Meadow. He's called to testify on this much later by the Jersey crew.
  • Ivy League: Meets Meadow at Columbia.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves the picture after a sudden breakup with Meadow, his longtime fiancee. The exact details are left ambiguous and only mentioned in passing or hinted, at best.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Defied, when the mobsters learn he may be the son-in-law of the big man, he's excluded from doing actual work at a construction site, but he dislikes this favoritism and keeps working honestly anyway.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Panicks and decides to leave town and flee from Vito, but Meadow talks him out of it.

Hunter Scangarelo

Played by: (Michele DeCesare)

Meadow's troubled friend from high school.

David Scatino

Played by: (Robert Patrick)

Old friend of Tony, who now runs a sporting goods store.

J.T. Dolan

Played by:(Tim Daly)

Chris, you are in the Mafia!

A TV writer who meets Chris Moltisanti in Narcotics Anonymous.

Minn Matrone

A grumpy old woman living in the same nursing home as Nucci Gualtieri.

  • Alpha Bitch: The nursing home director describes the place as "high school with wheelchairs".
  • Dies Wide Open: Her glassy eyes in death are downright creepy and almost supernatural looking.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Paulie murders Minn in this fashion after she catches him breaking into her home.

Carter Chong

A patient at a mental hospital who befriends Junior Soprano.

Dr. Krakauer

A psychiatrist and teacher of Dr. Melfi who delivers an ultimatum to Carmela.

Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski

A New England barman and volunteer firefighter who begins an affair with Vito Spatafore.

Robert "Bobby Jr." III and Sophia Baccalieri

The children of Bobby and Karen.

  • Butt Monkey: Bobby is bullied by AJ and this makes him wary of family meetings.
  • One Steve Limit: Bobby is Robert Baccalieri III, but he is simply called Bobby Jr.
  • Parental Substitute: They are not very happy under Janice, despite -and partly because of- her obnoxious, sneaky and manipulative attempts to be loved.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Their mother dies and Janice becomes their stepmother. It only gets worse with the death of their father.

Sal Vitro

A gardener who gets in the middle of a feud between Paulie and Feech.

  • Butt Monkey: The poor guy becomes the official gardener for the mob.
  • Family Business: His son has to drop out of college to lend a hand because of the ensuing money shortages.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: His slave-like workload gets happily reduced when Johnny Sack has to change his residence.

Bryan Spatafore

Brother of Vito and a construction worker.

  • Golf Clubbing: Mustang Sally beats him badly with a golf club.
  • Innocent Bystander: Gets involved in a street incident when the girlfriend of Mustang Sally turns to him for help.
  • Mugging the Monster: The monster's brother. Mustang Sally pays with his life the beating of a made man's brother.
  • Put on a Bus: In a coma after the events of "Another Toothpick". Plays a sporadic minor role again in Season 6.
  • Sibling Team: Serves as Vito's protector when his brother negotiates with Tony.

     Mob wives and "Sweethearts" 

Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo)

Chris Moltisanti's girfriend, and later fiancee.

Kelli Lombardo/Moltisanti (Cara Buono)

Chris's girlfriend and eventual wife in Season 6.


A stripper at the Bada Bing, and girlfriend to Ralph.

Rosalie Aprile.

Wife of the late Jackie Aprile Sr. A good friend of Carmela's; they seem to have a standing lunch date at Vesuvio, and she shows up whenever Carmela or her family is in trouble. Carm often turns to her for advice.

  • Butt Monkey: Loses her husband, then her son, then Ralph, who leaves her for Janice—although by all accounts losing Ralph wasn't much of a loss.

Ginny Sacrimoni

Wife of Johnny Sack.

Karen Baccalieri

Bobby Baccalieri's wife

Gabriella Dante (Maureen Van Zandt)

Silvio's wife.

  • I Was Quite a Looker: According to Tony.
  • Lady Macbeth: A very mild form. When Tony is in the hospital after being shot by Junior, she encourages Sil to consider taking over after Tony is gone. That said, she never advises him to hurry the process along—merely to throw his hat into the ring when the Succession Crisis hits.
  • Real-Life Relative: She is also the wife of Steve Van Zandt in real life.

Angie Bompensiero

Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero's wife.

  • Domestic Abuse: Her marriage is not a happy one.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Works in a supermarket to make ends meet after Pussy gets retired. This reinforces Carmela's anxiety about what would happen to her with Tony gone.
  • Housewife: Initially, she later works at his husband's car repair shop.
  • Loan Shark: She stays economically afloat with the car shop and becomes a silent partner to other loan sharks of the family.
  • Raised Catholic: Contemplates the ideas of divorce and suicide, but she is talked out of it on religious grounds by the other mob wives.

Marie Spatafore

Vito's wife and cousin of Phil Leotardo.

  • The Beard: To Vito, although she doesn't know it.
  • Friendly Enemy: Indirectly, as she doesn't know that Phil is an enemy. She's a friend of Phil's wife and is in very good terms with the Leotardos, but to Phil this is irrelevant.
  • Real-Life Relative: Played by Elizabeth Bracco, real-life sister of Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi).


Irina Peltsin (Oksana Lada)

Tony's Russian goomah.

Gloria Trillo (Anabella Sciorra)

A patient of Dr. Melfi who starts a turbulent affair with Tony.

  • Bus Crash/Dropped A Bridge On Her: She's Driven to Suicide at some point, offscreen. Mentioned in passing.
  • Cute and Psycho: Tries to a pull a Fatal Attraction move on Tony, but one of his goons disencourages her.
  • Death Is Dramatic: She wants it to be. Gloria seduces then angers Tony in the hopes that he will fulfill this wish. Tony throws cold water on this by having Patsy Parisi intimidate her, and give a very blunt description of how he will murder her if she continues down this path. She later hangs herself from a chandelier, though the show itself manages to avert this trope in that instance as well, by keeping it off-screen.
  • Death Seeker
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A deconstruction or a global subversion. She's actually a very clingy and unstable individual and ends up being a new source of problems. Tony lampshades this trope when he describes her as "too good to be true", one episode before her flaws start to show.
  • Meet Cute: Meets Tony while waiting outside Dr. Melfi's office due to a schedule confusion. It's subtly hinted that Gloria might have deliberately showed up at the wrong time to initiate a meet-cute with another of Melfi's patients.
  • The Mistress
  • Self Made Woman: A successful car seller and a very indepedent-spirited woman, very appealing traits for Tony. When Tony relates this to Dr. Melfi, some of her reactions seem to indicate that Gloria may not be as independent as she seems.
  • Suicide by Cop: Antagonizes and provokes Tony into killing her, but he restrains himself. Tony drops the name of the trope during therapy.
  • Tsundere/Mood-Swinger: Sweet and spiteful. The latter behavior gradually becomes the dominant one.
  • Woman Scorned
  • Yandere
  • You Remind Me of X: In another instance of Freud Was Right (in-universe), she is acknowledged as a Livia stand-in. Tony realizes and says it out loud after hearing the familiar jab "Oh, poor you!"

Valentina La Paz (Leslie Bega)

Ralph's, and later Tony's goomah.

  • Facial Horror: She's badly burned in a domestic accident.
  • Foe Cooties: Tony has his qualms at first, since she's Ralph's comare.
  • The Mistress: Ralph's and then Tony's.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The character arc with the highest ratio of nude scenes.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Cuban and Italian.
  • Satellite Love Interest: A satellite character like the other mistresses, but more so as Tony finds her very boring once the initial flame extinguises and wants to dump her as soon as possible.

Fran Felstein

Johnny Boy Soprano's old goomah, who befriends Tony.

  • Christmas Cake
  • Gold Digger: Was this for Johnny Boy, and attempts to latch onto his son for a similar relationship.
  • The Gump: Claims she slept with JFK at one point.
  • I Was Quite a Looker
  • Kick the Dog: Literally, for both Fran and Johnny. Johnny gave Fran his dog Tippi, towards whom Tony had a great deal of affection. Fran then had the dog put to sleep when her son went to college.
    • She and Johnny had another mutual Kick the Dog moment when Livia suffered a miscarriage, and Johnny spent the night with Fran rather than deal with his wife's (in this case, quite justified) grief.
  • Stepford Smiler

Julianna Skiff (Julianna Margulies)

A real estate saleswoman who has an affair with Christopher and a near-affair with Tony.

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