"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.
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.
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.
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.)"
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.
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.
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.
Freudian Excuse: 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.
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 with a Heart of Gold: He genuinely loves his family and friends and he really does make an effort to change his ways but is too long immersed in violence to do it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and becomes overtly hostile towards those who don't appease 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.
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. e
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.
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.
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.
Vader Breath: Wild boar-like breath when he's agitated and/or violent.
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.
Berserk Button: Implicitly tolerates the infidelities of her husband until one of his goomahs calls their house and speaks to AJ; cue her throwing all his stuff into the living room at (sort of) divorcing him. Being cheated on with a handicapped woman seems to be the specific issue that humiliates her the most.
Mama Bear: In the first episode when she thought someone was breaking into her daughter's window what does she do? She grabs the biggest machine gun and marches outside with Tony in tow. It turned out Meadow was sneaking out of the house, but the thought counted.
Not so Above It All: She likes to act superior but is most certainly not above using her mob connections for her own ends.
Sex for Services: Her affair with AJ's principal is identified as this by the teacher.
Stealing From The Duck Feed Bin: Steals from Tony's cash stash after discovering the nail of one of his goomahs, which Carmela uses to send a message to his husband. Tony gets it and lets it slide, initially.
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.
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 and even embraces the role of crime family wife, being engaged to a Mafia family attorney.
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 series 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.
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.
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 the guy he had killed in the pilot, and the one Tony torched the original Vesuvio to keep Junior from killing him there. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PhilLeotardo. Tony S makes sure to blindside his cousin, and literally bring out the big guns in order to kill him in the finale.
Big Bad Friend: In Season 5 along with Johnny Sack. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony's best friend and member of the Soprano crew.
Affably Evil: Despite being a hardened criminal, he is portrayed as 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 increasingly revealed to be a facade masking his bitterness towards Tony and his crew for whom he harbors few loyalties. Additionally, while being a genuinely loving father to his son, he is revealed to be a cold and at times even abusive husband to his wife, Angie, whom he ultimately drives to the breaking point towards the end of the season.
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.
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.
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
"Tomorrow I can be on time, but you'll be stupid forever."
"Why was I born handsome instead of rich?"
An unstable member of the Soprano crew who returns from an extended stay in Florida in Season 3.
All There in the Manual: Joe Pantoliano has stated 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.
Asshole Victim: Antagonizes Tony (once too many) and is subsequently killed for it. There is some in-universe discussion about it:
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.
Bad Liar: His lies are so transparent that it's ambiguous if Crying Wolf is in play when he's confronted by Tony about what happened to his beloved horse.
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.
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.
Foreshadowing: He is introduced in a scene in which Tony yells at him for unnecessarily setting trucks on fire; Tony eventually kills him for setting another fire (which he may or may not have actually set).
Heel Face Door Slam: Starts to regret some of his horrible deeds after he's struck by a personal tragedy, but his never extinguished feud with Tony brings out the worst of them and his change of heart is quickly smashed.
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 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.
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.
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.
Kubrick Stare: He is notorious for subjecting others to these to the point that Tony dubs his eyes, " Manson Lamps."
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.
Ascended Extra: Briefly seen before the Season 2 finale, he's later a major character in Season 3.
Ambition Is Evil: His efforts to make a name for himself are the driving source of conflict in the third season.
Bait the Dog: Looks like he might be bonding with the young girl living in his safehouse, who wants to teach him chess, but he quickly gives up on this endeavor and goes outside, where he is immediately killed.
Big Bad Wannabe: In Season 3. While he creates tension within the ranks of the DiMeo crime family throughout the story arc, he never musters the resources to directly threaten Tony's leadership and is unceremoniously whacked the moment he shows signs of doing so.
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 Fun fact: in Napoli, the Camorra are the waste-management business. Seriously; their handling of the city's municipal waste has caused serious environmental issues.
Affably Evil: He's very polite and cultured in addition to being a violent thug.
You Look Familiar: Joe Gannascoli appears in season 1 as the random client of a bakery while Christopher waits in the line.
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)
Faux Affably Evil: While he comes across as charismatic and grandfatherly in his early appearances, it quickly becomes apparent that he's a violent sociopath who resents Tony's rapid ascent much like Richie Aprile before him.
Remember the New Guy: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show, but he is one of the few aversions because he's mentioned in season 3 as the man whose poker game was robbed by Tony and his pals.
The Starscream: Tony perceives some hints about his unloyalty and gets rid of him before he can do any harm.
Traitor Shot: Gets several from Tony's point of view, in slow motion. He's the only minion who doesn't suck up to Tony's jokes.
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.
A long-running captain in the family.
A Day in the Limelight: An important scene of the Season 5 finale takes place at his birthday dinner, but Tony quickly arrives and steals the spotlight.
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.
Equal-Opportunity Evil: When Vito is outed as a homosexual, Patsy is the only mobster to explicitly state he doesn't give a fuck. (As noted above, Tony gives a fuck, but it's a much smaller one than the fuck he gives about Vito being a big earner.)
The Generic Guy: The accountant of the organization. Appears in the background in many scenes but has very little characterization.
Dying Moment of Awesome: On the way home from a brutal murder of two goons, he succumbs to a coughing fit and crashes into a billboard, accompanied by "Sister Golden Hair" by America. One of the few deaths that averts Soundtrack Dissonance - The panning shot of the aftermath of his crash to the song's guitar solo is quite cinematic.
Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Implied. Baccala Sr. is one of the most vicious and efficient killers in the syndicate, but his middle aged son has never killed anyone.
Small Role, Big Impact: Introduced midway through the second half of Season 6, is in the background of a few scenes, has maybe half a dozen lines, and carries out the spectacular final hit of The Sopranos.
Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese
One of the original five captains at the start of 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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alas, Poor Villain: He's given a rare empathic death, dying after a long illness and surrounded by his anguished family, underscoring that a broken mobster is still a human being. In-universe even the gangsters who felt deeply betrayed by him are saddened by his passing and honor his memory
Drunk with Power: He becomes less pragmatic and more ruthless after Carmine Sr. dies. Discussed by the Jersey crew.
Faux Affably Evil: Despite being genuinely devoted to his wife and children, he acts friendly and charming towards others only to the extent that doing so advances his own interests.
Happily Married: Except for a minor incident, one of the best/rare examples.
Hidden Depths: A genuinely loving husband and father as well a mob boss.
Honor Before Reason: Usually inverted, as he's a very pragmatic businessman, but when he uses the honor angle during the conflict with Ralph over the weight of his wife, Carmine disagrees and Johnny almost pays with his life for it.
Odd Friendship: In Stage 5 he befriends fellow inmate and custodian Warren Feldman, a former oncologist and convicted spree murderer.
The Starscream: Puts a hit on Carmine Sr. during the Frelinghuysen Avenue crisis. Inverted earlier when Carmine Sr. wants to get rid of Johnny due to his ruinous feud with Ralph. Both events are outsourced to Tony but settled down and defused before it's too late.
Villain Decay: His donship is abruptly thwarted when he's incarcerated and reduced to a life of subsistence.
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreshadowing: In "D-Girl", Livia tells A.J. about a group of teenagers who crashed their car and burned alive because they couldn't escape their seatbelts. One episode later, after committing a drive-by shooting on Christopher, Sean's seatbelt gets stuck and Chris shoots him in the head as he struggles with it.
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.
Ambiguous Situation: There's no way to tell if Tony is saying the truth about his past or it's just part of his scheme to bond with Christopher, his intended successor. Hence, most of his tropes are "according to Tony".
Played by:Edoardo BalleriniA 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Foe Cooties: Played with, initially Tony appears unnafected by his dating of Irina and gives his blessing, but eventually Zellman gets viciously beaten up for having a relationship with the former comare of Tony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lima Syndrome: A non-villanous example. His boss fears that he's become too friendly with Pussy, reality checks notwithstanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ascended Extra: Quite literally, in the very first episode she appears for a few seconds as a hostess at Artie's restaurant before getting a name in episode 2 and finally getting storylines in the seasons after that.
Law of Inverse Fertility: Chris feels no genuine love for Kelli. In her first scene she declares that she's pregnant, and he marries her on a whim. This is in sharp contrast to Adriana, who was barren and loved by Chris.
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.
Wife of Johnny Sack.
BBW: YMMV in general, but John describes her as "Rubenesque".
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.
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.
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.
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.