Michael Corleone: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man who's responsible for a lot of people, like a senator or a president.Scary Italian (especially Sicilian) dudes with guns. Part tight-knit community, part protection racket, these paesani live by a code — which just happens to include vendetta (killing anyone who wrongs la famiglia) and omertà (going to your Don, rather than the cops, when you have trouble with a fellow Italian). Classically known as Cosa Nostra ("our thing"), and also called "wiseguys". Although the power of the mafia (at least, the American mafia) has diminished sharply in recent years thanks to most of its bigger players either getting stuffed into prison or simply becoming too old to participate in the game, the mystique surrounding these organizations is so strong that they have almost replaced other established historical figures such as knights as carriers of a romantic ideal. While the Italian mafia has obvious basis in fact, it has remained a staple of entertainment even as the Yakuza, former Soviet-bloc mafias and Latin American drug cartels lapped it for sheer scare value in the real world. For the laughably inept, PG-rated version, see The Family for the Whole Family. If present as a global player, The Mafia may evolve into The Syndicate. See also Mafia Princess and The Don. Obviously not connected with Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club at all. Compare The Mafiya, The Cartel, The Triads and the Tongs, Yakuza, The Irish Mob, London Gangster, The Kosher Nostra (which the Mafia sometimes employs), and Generic Ethnic Crime Gang. For more information about the real organizations, see the Useful Notes page, The Mafia.
Kay Adams: Do you know how naïve you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed!
Michael Corleone: Oh? Who's being naïve, Kay?
Kay Adams: Do you know how naïve you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed!
Michael Corleone: Oh? Who's being naïve, Kay?
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- In Death Note, Mello joined the mafia after leaving Wammy's House.
- Baccano!! takes place during the American prohibition era. It prominently featured a Neapolitan Camorra organization. In Real Life, by that time all the Camorra groups in the United States had merged with the Mafia. Of course, real life Camorra groups didn't have an immortal working for them. Or an Eldritch Abomination. And later on, a whole bunch of immortals, including the head of the Martillo family and all three (official) Gandor brothers.
- In one of the Bleach ending songs for the anime series, there are about a dozen maskless arrancar dressed up in black-colored suits, reminiscent of the Mafia, maybe even a Shout-Out or parody, with three of the only female Arrancar introduced (Menoly, Loly and Cirucci Sanderwicci) are wearing Chinese-style or Western-inspired dresses, leaning seductively on the old, wrinkled and fat "Godfather", Baraggan Luisenbarn. The "mobsters" surrounding Baraggan are Gantenbainne Mosqueda, Ggio Vega, Avirama Redder, Choe Neng Poww, Nirgge Parduoc, Charlotte Cuuhlhourne, Findor Carias, and three unnamed background stand-ins.
- The Golgo 13 story "Wiseguys" has Duke Togo called in by a Mafia don over a matter of a blood feud. It opens with an FBI presentation that attempts to strip away most of the romantic myths surrounding the Mafia, and does a decent job at presenting organized crime as just prettied-up hooliganism. In fact, organized crime members are probably the most common mooks Golgo takes out, and any member whose loyalty to their boss extends to trying to take out Golgo is universally depicted as an idiot.
- Verrocchio's gang in Black Lagoon; in a reversal of the common portrayals, they come off as more brutal and overall worse people than Balalaika's or Chang's gangs.
- Goldie Musou, the nemesis of Rally Vincent from Gunsmith Cats, and her people. She's from Sicily.
- Interestingly, given that it's set in Italy, Gunslinger Girl has never shown any genuine Mafiosi. Mostly, this is because almost all of the stories happen on the boot. The Camorra do show up quite often and are either called by their proper name or The Naples/Napoli Mafia depending on whether exact accuracy or quick description is called for. The Five Republics separatists tend to act a bit like this trope (including having "cleaners"), but seem to make most of their money more-or-less legitimately.
- The five republics are actually based on the most radical and independentist elements of the Lega Nord party
- Pokémon - Although not obvious at first glance, Team Rocket, especially in the games (see below), may be based off of the Mafia. It's masked by the fact that the three you see in the anime so often are the bottom rung of the team and none of the higher-ups really give a damn about them (in fact, in one episode another member tells them their memberships have all expired), though this is no longer applicable in the Best Wishes series. In the games, you break into their bases and disrupt or (more commonly) shut down several major operations, among them two hostage situations and a (quite popular) casino. Even in the anime, the protagonists occasionally stumble across a full-scale operation. Also, you know, Giovanni (although this name was deliberately given to him in the English version).
- The premise of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Vento Aureo.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. A series about a mafia boss who gets shot in the head. A lot. Him and his Harem of Bishōnen Although they're the Girlscout Mafia. The good guys, at least (I'm looking at you, Yamamoto Takeshi!). The antagonists have plans like possessing the body of the thirteen year old wimp and using him to cause World War III.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, when S. Italy was rushing to save Spain, he ran into the mafia, who demanded that he gave them Spain's imports. S. Italy just beat them up and continued on his way. He also blames his cold (which is an in universe representation of a recession) on the mafia.
- In Noir, the Sicilian Mafia is the enemy of the eponymous assassin duo in the "Intoccabile" arc. Also, one of the protagonists, Mireille, is the sole survivor of a massacred Corsican Mafia family. In Real Life the Corsican Mafia does exist and is actually quite powerful and influential in France and even in other countries (though it is divided into several gangs and families). "Bouquet" isn't a Corsican name though.
- Appears in Japan, Inc. when the Japanese have to do business in Italy.
- The mafia is all over the place in Acid Town. Roughly half of them appear to be decent as far as mafia go (we're not talking Reborn here) while the other half are creep scumbags.
- 91 Days takes place in The Roaring '20s middle America and focuses on three mafia families: the Vanettis, the Orcos, and the Galassias, and protagonist Avilio Bruno's quest for vengeance against the Vanettis.
- In Illuminati!, the Mafia is one of the most powerful groups in the game.
- Mafia. Where the mafia are the informed minority versus an uninformed majority.
- Sentinels of the Multiverse has Graham Pike, also known as the The Chairman. He is the undisputed kingpin of the Rook City crime circles. Gameplay wise, his deck features many Underboss and Thug minions to attack and disrupt the heroes while he and his right hand assassin The Operative penalize the heroes for fighting back.
- The Punisher's first of many victims. The original version has his family being gunned down by gangsters for stumbling onto a gangland execution, while the version told on the one-shot MAX comic The Cell has an attempted coup go bad with both the hitman and the target's bodyguards killing the Castle family in the crossfire.
- Many of Batman's non-Cape villains. Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, Salvatore "Boss" Maroni, Rupert Thorne and Carl Grissom qualify.
- In Marvel Comics, organized crime has traditionally been represented by a Captain Ersatz syndicate called "The Maggia."
- The Kingpin, head of New York City's criminal empire, though he's not Italian.
- In both the original comics and game of The Darkness, the main character begins as a mafia hitman. And in the comics has had a time as both an informant gone straight, and the Don. A good portion of the supporting cast and villains are connected as well.
- In Astro City, the main crime syndicate is run by The Deacon. The "Dark Ages" story arc included a gang war between groups led by The Deuce, Bamboo, and Josef "The Platypus" Platapopulous.
- Almost every bad guy in Sin City is a part of one mafia organization or another.
- Road to Perdition deals with the Looney mob, the Capone mob, and one soldier who seeks revenge against his former bosses for betraying him and murdering his family.
- Superlópez: Al Trapone's gang, and others.
- Family: The Odysseus Family are a Sicilian crime family with superpowers because of their bloodline.
- Alternate Universe Fic where characters are members of organized crime (often called Mafia fic or Mafia AU) is quite popular in fanfiction circles.
- Mega Man Recut has the Steel Crescent Syndicate.
- The Headhunt features the (fictional) Famiglia Motta, a member of La Cosa Nostra that branched out into space after humanity went FTL. They've reportedly formed alliances with alien organized crime such as the Orion Syndicate, and seemed to have dropped the male domination used in present day settings (Dul'krah interrogates a female, half-Orion capo). They're powerful enough that they can stand up to Starfleet directly on a limited basis, including stealing the decommissioned USS Enterprise-A from the breaker yards over a century ago, and orchestrating the break-in at Facility 4028 that sets off the plot.
- In Whose Line Is It Anyway? fanfic I Prooped My Pants, a major plot arc involves the Mafia kidnapping Tiffany Zharjek. Her ransom is eventually paid off by a Go Fund Me campaign.
Films — Animated
- Spoofed in The Triplets of Belleville — the otherwise entirely stereotypical mobsters are actually French, and obsessed with cycling.
Films — Live-Action
- The Godfather is the Trope Codifier. The genesis of the modern media portrayal, though the actual word 'mafia' was notably absent from the film versions. (Ironically, it would go on to influence real-life mafia culture, particularly the glamorous self-image that would be aspired to, and the word "godfather" itself.) The producers of The Godfather worked with the Italian-American Civil Rights League (which was known to have Mafia connections) to ensure that the movie was acceptable to the Mafia; they gave their blessing, with some conditions, notably that the script not use the terms "Mafia" (only used twice in the original script) or "la Cosa Nostra" (not used in the original script, although the novel credits the fictional Don Corleone with coining the term). The Godfather franchise made The Mafia an Unbuilt Trope, as it depicts the inherent weakness of the Mafia, leading up to its downfall. It also unbuilds some mafia-related tropes, such as Nothing Personal and Shame If Something Happened.
- Goodfellas. Unlike The Godfather, it concerns itself more with the "working-class" mob, rather than the bosses, with several of the protagonists aspiring to get "made".
- Casino concerns the mob's relationship with Las Vegas.
- Mobsters follows Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel from childhood to their rise to power and famous reforms of the Mafia structure into the organization known today.
- King of New York
- The original Scarface (1932) was about Tony Camonte, an Italian, and based off the life of Al Capone.
- The book of Man on Fire and the first film had the Mafia being behind the kidnapping that Creasy seeks vengeance for, but the 2004 film with Denzel Washington removed them from the picture.
- Bullitt has the eponymous cop going after Mafia hit men.
- Gomorra (2008) takes a rather more realistic view of the Camorra clans in Naples and Caserta, showing how they create a climate of fear, murder and corruption that infects all levels of society.
- The Valachi Papers was created from interviews and testimony of Joe Valachi, the first major mob informant.
- Mafia boss Tony T and his henchmen act as the main antagonists of Carlito's Way, opposite Puerto Rican Charlie Brigante.
- The Untouchables (1987)
- Donnie Brasco. Very Loosely Based on a True Story.
- In Married to the Mob, a mafia wife tries to escape the life after her husband is bumped off.
- In Eraser, Arnold Schwarzenegger talks to a Mafia boss when he needs allies to stop a weapons deal. The Mafia boss initially thinks that it's somebody else's problem, but changes his tune when he finds out that the deal is going down on his dock.
- The Yakavetta family in The Boondock Saints.
- A Fine Mess. Tony Pazzo is The Don who orchestrated the horse-doping that launched the whole story into motion in the first place. This being a comedy film, The Family for the Whole Family are, to quote Tony, "those two numbskulls, Binky and Turnip."
- They don't get a lot of screen-time but, along with The Mafiya, they're a major driving force in the plot of The Dark Knight. Mostly because they were unwise enough to attempt to collaborate against Batman with The Joker. That turned out about how you'd expect.
- The North Avenue Irregulars
- The Mafia Kills Only In The Summer. It's in the title! The film is a dramedy about the life of a Sicilian guy whose entire life, from birth to adulthood, is influenced both by the mafia and the men who bravely fought (and often lost) against it.
- Code of Silence: A mafia guy steals drugs and drug money from The Cartel, starting a Mob War.
- The main antagonists of The Candy Tangerine Man are a group of Mafiosi trying to ruin the protagonist's pimping business.
- Mario Puzo's novels mostly feature the mafia.
- The Mafia was the major villain in the early stories of The Executioner starring Mack Bolan. Bolan would be a major inspiration for The Punisher above.
- In John Grisham's book The Client, mafia members play a large part.
- In Snow Crash, the Mafia has become a public company and is one of many organizations competing in the marketplace of a corporate-run America. One of their most successful enterprises is Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Pizza, which uses The Don as their mascot. The company guarantees delivery in 30 minutes, or you get your pizza free. Uncle Enzo flies down to your house, apologizes, and gives you a free trip to Italy. It's implied that the failed deliveryman suffers fatal consequences.
- Key figures in the Stephanie Plum books, along with possibly all of the other organized crime outfits mentioned above.
- James Bond
- In Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever the mafia was the "bad guy" and Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are ruthless mob assassins, not at all like the camp fools in the movie.
- Bond comes across the Tempestas in COLD, an old Mafia family that has ties to the eponymous Nebulous Evil Organization and which plans to usurp the organized crime in the United States with its help.
- The Mafia forms a part of the setting of Time Scout. They never explicitly show up, but their control of the construction industry is how they became so powerful after The Accident and helped make the present a Crapsack World.
- Jackson's Whole in Vorkosigan Saga is The Mafia Recycled IN SPACE!.
- In Dorothy Gilman's The Clairvoyant Countess, Madame Karitska finds some things that lead Lt. Prudens and the police to realize that the Syndicate is moving in, which nearly causes them to miss that there is a significant change in tactics.
- Older Than Television, as the Mafia are the bad guys in the Sherlock Holmes story "The Six Napoleons". Arthur Conan Doyle describes the Mafia as "a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder".
- As in Real Life, The Mafia has a major presence in Mick Oberon's 1930s Chicago. The series also has an Unseelie equivalent operating in the Elphame version of Chigago.
- There are three books called Malavita — Italian both for "underworld" and "pest/annoyance". The first, by Tonino Benacquista, was made into film Malavita which stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and how the family deals with everyday annoyances. The second, by Wendy Newman, follows Sarah who moves to Florida to escape her Mafia ex. The third is a prequel to the Blood and Honor series, showing how Enrico's family was killed by Mafia associates and his rise to being the next Don.
- The North Avenue Irregulars
- Several of the antagonists in Masquerade of the Red Death are vampire members of the Mafia.
- Nick Velvet: Nick (who is Italian-American) gets involved with the Mafia in "The Theft of the Mafia Cat". He notes that a number of guys from his old neighborhood ended up joining the Mafia.
- The Silerian Trilogy: The Honored Society is a fantasy version, where water wizards extort tribute from people by controlling their water supplies, cutting it off if they refuse. Additionally, they have assassins who kill whoever displeases them, but can also be hired to get revenge on others' behalf, though it's extremely costly.
- The Italian Mafia are featured as one of several prison gangs in Oz.
- The Sopranos finally put an end to the popular cliche of mobsters acting like 1940s era gangsters from The Godfather.
- Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues features Indy investigating a murder that was apparently conspired by Chicago Outfit gangsters Johnny Torrio and Al Capone.
- In Everybody Loves Raymond there is an episode (Mia Famiglia) where a relative from Italy visits New York, the extended Barone family are speaking Italian around the dinner table. Debra Barone is excluded as she speaks no Italian at all. But she understands the word Mafia when it is spokennote and jumps to exactly the wrong conclusion.
Why am I not surprised?
- The exact status of Stefania's father is left ambiguous in the show, but he is portrayed as an unsmiling impeccably dressed guy who is treated with great respect in New York's Italian community. He is certainly able to make Nemo an offer he cannot refuse, and take over his pizzeria.
- A British comedy show (KYTV) ran a parody of the cross-European general knowledge quiz Going for Gold,note where the premis was that English-speaking Europeans competed against each other, nominally for national pride, but mainly for points and prizes. The chauvinistic British compere (Angus Deayton) subjects contestants of various nationalities to patronising abuse and jokes based on ethnic stereotyping. Until he asks the Italian contestant questions about the Mafia. She obligingly reveals she knows a lot about the Mafia, largely gleaned from her uncle, who loves her very much and is sitting in the audience remembering what your face looks like. Unsurprisingly, she ends up winning the show.
- The Mafia makes several appearances in CSI, unsurprisingly considering the location. CSI: NY also dealt with a New York branch, and particularly, The Tanglewood Boys, a gang of Mafioso youth. Early on, any Mafia episode usually contains a "...but the Mafia haven't been active in Las Vegas since the 80s" line. Don't want to scare away the tourists, after all.
- The Mafia battles the Yakuza on the fifth episode of Deadliest Warrior. Al Capone's gang battles the James-Younger gang in the third episode of the second season.
- On Caprica, the Tauron Ha'la'tha is an example of this, with elements of The Cartel. Oh, and they speak Ancient Greek.
- The intimidating, social club-dwelling recipients of a huge roulette wheel cake on Cake Boss (filmed in New Jersey) are heavily implied to be the Mafia.
- Mary's first husband in Soap was a mobster and, after his death, his son, Danny, joins. The boss, Lefkowitz, is Italian and so are a number of the other higher-ups and Danny starts believing he is too. After Danny refuses to kill his father's murderer (his step-father, Burt), Danny goes into hiding (aka. remaining where he is but changing into a series of ridiculous outfits) and Lefkowitz eventually lets him live and leave The Mafia if he agrees to marry his daughter, Elaine.
- Parodied in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch where the Vercotti brothers visit an Army base and try to intimidate the colonel by threatening to set fire to his troops. Luigi Vercotti made a few subsequent appearances.
- A few legitimate businessmen have appeared in episodes of White Collar.
- In "Book of Hours," a mob boss asks for the FBI's aid in recovering a stolen bible.
- In "Copycat Caffrey," Peter poses as an enforcer for the Detroit mob.
- The Untouchables
- Boardwalk Empire has the D'Alessio Brothers, an Italian gang (and a literal crime family composed of brothers and cousins) trying to move in on the rackets in Atlantic City. Important Mafia figures like 'Lucky' Luciano, Johnny Torrio, Al Capone and Joe Masseria also feature prominently. The main Gang boss, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and many of his allies are Irish-American whilst the often forgotten but very powerful Jewish Mafia are represented by New York Boss Arnold Rothstein and his protegé, Meyer Lansky.
- The Law & Order universe includes the Masuccis.
- The Sonozaki Family from Kamen Rider Double act as this. Just replace drugs with Gaia Memories.
- Married... with Children: Bud Bundy borrows money from a man named Capone (who operates a bank from his car) to produce a workout video.
- In Community episode "Contemporary American Poultry" the study group becomes the community-college-chicken-finger-running equivalent thereof.
- The long-running Italian drama La Piovra (The Octopus) deals with organized crime in Italy. The title is a metaphor, comparing the Mafia to an octopus whose tentacles are in everything. Interestingly, the show gives equal time to the heroes affected by its dealings, including Detective Carrado Cattani who is killed in a hail of gunfire at the end of Series Four.
- Tracker had 'A Made Guy', where the alien Zin uses the Earth Mafia to reach some of his goals, and Cole goes undercover as a mobster.
- While they certainly feature, Italian novel-based crime drama Romanzo Criminale ("Crime Novel") is about a group of non-Mafia criminals.
- Ellery Queen: "The Adventure of the Wary Witness" concerns the murder of the son in a prominent crime family. Mobsters also figure prominently in the plots of "The Adventure of the Sunday Punch" and "The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep". In both cases, it's a red herring, as said mobsters have no involvement in the deaths of either victim.
- On Person of Interest Elias is the illegitimate son of a Mafia Don and plans to unite the New York City Mafia families under his leadership so he can defeat the competing Russian mob and and make the Italian Mafia as influential and powerful as in the 'old days'. His adherence to old school Mafia values gets him a loyal following among both old traditional mobsters and new up-and-comers who detest the current Mafia leadership, and the heroes consider him something of a Noble Demon: he's a bad man, but there's actually been less violence in the city since he took over. In season 4 he gets into a bloody gang war with the Brotherhood, a multiracial alliance of rival organized crime and run-of-the-mill gangbangers, and some of his subordinates defect.
- In Gotham as with Batman's comics, above, Don Falcone basically rules the city, including the cops
- On Daredevil the Mafia used to run Hell's Kitchen but their power has been declining for years. Wilson Fisk has created an alliance between the Russian gangs, the Chinese Triads and the Japanese Yakuza, and they are forcing the Italians out. Most of the old mafioso choose to retire and leave the city while a few holdouts end up killed on Fisk's orders.
- Crossing Lines has Niccolo Conti and his brutal gun thug, Gian Carlo, the latter of whom leaves a trail of human wreckage—including 42 dead—behind him in an afternoon's rampage through Italy and Slovenia.
- Although never explicitly stated, Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" (off Nebraska) clearly involves someone mixed up in Mafia business. The opening line about how "they up the Chicken Man in Philly last night" is a clear reference to the assassination of Boss Philip Testa of the Philadelphia crime family; most interpretations hold that the perspective character is either going to AC for a hit or to distract himself before taking employment as a hitman. (Testa's assassination set off a mob war in Philadelphia; also note well that AC is roughly where the Philadelphia and New York Mob spheres of influence converge, although AC is much closer to Philly, and that Testa was backed by New York—long story.)
- This was the original gimmick of Captain Lou Albano's Tag Team the Sicilians with Tony Altimore, until the real thing got word of it and told them not to do it.
- In December 1999, WCW introduced the tag team the Mamalukes, Big Vito and Johnny the Bull, with their manager Tony Marinara. They had a Mafia gimmick and claimed to have come there because Disco Inferno had owed them money. Vito and Johnny would often say that they were "Paisans", not "Mamalukes."
- Also, WCW jobber Little Jeanne had a mafia gimmick.
- At WrestleMania 22, which was held in Chicago, John Cena had a dramatic Al Capone-themed entrance, with one of the gangsters being played by an uncredited CM Punk, who is from Chicago.
- Even the Old World of Darkness had its share, with a few branches of the Giovanni, a vampire mob with necromantic power. As Gary puts it in Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines: "Spaghetti and corpses, boss."
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse includes the urbane Glass Walkers, who developed strong footholds in Italy (there really is a breed of Italian wolf). And since Werewolf absolutely loves its cultural stereotypes, it played these connections up heavily. Later material (3rd edition and onwards) reversed course on the idea, however, because the idea of Mafia werewolves was, to quote the developer, a bit of a one-note joke.
- The telekinetic Spooks' Guild in Wraith: The Oblivion were based on the Mafia, particularly in how they were organized.
- There was a mortals supplement, too: World of Darkness: Mafia.
- Mage: The Ascension has the Syndicate, which controls all the Technocracy's economic aspects, and is tasked with overseeing the global economy. Their Enforcers branch get involved where commerce and violence flow into one another, which includes organized crime. (The Syndicate in general, however, tends more towards Corrupt Corporate Executive.)
- Mafia, the parlor game.
- The Chandler family has loose ties with a stereotypically Italian mob boss in The Fix.
- Grand Theft Auto 3 revolves around one Mafia family, the Leones, for the first portion of the game, and the group also shows up in important roles in the other parts of the series. In fact, Liberty City Stories has you play as a mobster who's of some importance in 3.
- Tommy Vercetti himself is a former capo for one of the other Liberty City families, the Forellis. They ultimately become the main antagonists and final enemies of the game.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has the Leones, as well as the Sindaccos, as antagonists during the Las Venturas missions, and are the arch-rivals and competitors of The Triads and the Tongs Carl is associates with.
- In IV, by contrast, The Mafia doesn't really show up until the latter parts of the game and is comparatively weak and racked by infighting, ultimately being played for fools by Dimitri. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, they are secondary antagonists who effectively fade into the background when Luis offs the main antagonists in spectacular fashion.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has the 'Pianta Syndicate', a Cultural Translation of the Japanese version's Yakuza Piantas.
- Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven is all about La Cosa Nostra. And it's got two sequels.
- City of Heroes has the Family, who are Italian mobsters in nice suits and bowler hats. City of Villains also has the Mooks, who are just the same, except less well-dressed. Both are hilariously anachronistic as well, even the Mooks wear 20s-style fashion outfits in a 20 Minutes into the Future world, and wield tommy guns equally as effective as modern assault rifles and lasers. Rule of Cool, folks.
- Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police with the Toy Mafia, who all wear colorful grinning teddy bear heads and use a Suck E. Cheese's-style restaurant as a thinly-disguised front for their operations.
- Fallout 2 has 4 different criminal families vying for control over New Reno, with 2 based in family-owned casinos, one in a bar, and the last in an out-of-ways mansion overlooking the old railway station. You can do quests for more than one at a time, so long as they don't involve killing members of the other crime families you work for. Pledging your full allegiance with one by accepting a final quest to test your loyalty will have the others permanently gunning for you. Given that this last quest tends to involve eliminating a rival family wholesale, its not too big of a deal unless you're aiming for 100% Completion.
- Invoked by Mr House in Fallout: New Vegas when he made over a local tribe into the Omerta casino family.
- Mafia Wars lets you play a Mafia don and do all sorts of illicit stuff for cash and prizes.
- Pokémon Red and Blue has Team Rocket. They're more based on the Yakuza in the Japanese version, but were adapted to be more like The Mafia in the international releases, as best evidenced by the name of their boss, Giovanni.
- Urban Rivals has their own Mafia group known as the Montana, who make money by terrorizing the citizens of Clint City.
- Kingdom of Loathing has the Penguin Mafia. The reason they're penguins is probably partly the resemblance between penguins and men in fine black suits, and partly that penguins are inherently funny.
- Mafiosi play a somewhat major role in the first two Max Payne games as Mooks.
- In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Don Weaso and his men.
- The Revache & Co from Zero no Kiseki
- One of the bonus levels in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain has you playing as Gary Stoneman to assassinate a Mafia boss in Pescara, Italy with a one-bullet sniper rifle.
- The Darkness and its sequel, based on the comic series of the same name, stars Jackie Estacado, a mafia hitman who inherits an ancient evil and uses it to help him fend off his crazy Uncle Paulie… who happens to be the Don.
- A Hat In Time has the Mafia of Cooks, a rather goofy example. They still rob people and punch seagulls who eat thir fish, though.
- Gangsters Organized Crime Player leads his own gang that isn't any way Mafia in Prohibition Era
- Omerta: City of Gangsters, like above, places player in a role of a mob boss in Prohibition era.
- Gangland player character comes after is three brothers, all leaders of their own families. While doing so, player establishes his own gang
- For the first time in… ever, the main cast of Final Fantasy XV are all citizens of the Lucis kingdom ruled and defended by the Caelum Mafia family. The main character, Noctis Lucis Caelum, is effectively (and literally) a Mafia Prince.
- Skull Girls features the Medici family, who are a particularly nasty bunch. Cerebella is the only playable character who are a part of the mafia but several characters have histories tied to them. Ms. Fortune and the band of thieves she was in were murdered by Medici assassins, but she survived. Peacock and Marie were captured by slavers funded by the Medici and Squigly was killed by the Medici when they attacked her family due to her mother obtaining the Skull Heart
- Town of Salem, a flash based web browser game, has Mafia as one of the random alignments to play as. There are three members in Classic Mode (the Godfather, the Mafioso, and the Framer), Custom, Rapid and All Any mode can have up to five members (role selection being the previous three, Blackmailer, Janitor, Consigliere, Consort, Disguiser, and Forger) and Rainbow Mode can have a max of three (the Godfather, the Mafioso, and possibly a third random role if it's the 'Any' role). Amnesiacs can also remember that they were in the mafia and join in.
- They're one of your questgivers in OmniBus, see? They ask you to demolish the town bank so they can get the loot, see? And when the heat from that heist gets too bad on Earth, they help you escape to the moon, see? It's a weird kinda' game... see?
- In Lucky Dog 1 the main characters are part of a mafia group called CR-5. The main character, Gian, starts out as a man who is very good at breaking in and out of prison and his first job of the game is to break out himself and the four captains who all got locked away at the same time. He soon learns if he succeeds in breaking them out he gets to become the new boss.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, TV series director Dee Vasquez is known to have connections with the Mafia (Yakuza in the original Japanese version). She uses these connections to make an attempt on Phoenix's and Maya's lives after they confront her with some crucial evidence, and it's only thanks to a Big Damn Heroes moment from Detective Gumshoe that she doesn't get away with it.
- La Cosa Nostra, unsurprisingly given the title.
- Many of the characters in Fishbones are in the mafia, and the protagonist's father is a sort of business partner/associate of theirs.
- In Rusty and Co., run by illithid (mind flayer) — who else did you expect in illithid activities?
- In Sinfest, the cartoon mafia
- In Sonic the Comic – Online!, there is The Family a group of bugs from the Special Zone lead by a spider called Don Long-Legs that control the Casino Night Zone and employ Max Gamble a gangster and an old enemy of the Freedom Fighters as a "legitimate" front man.
- The Mafia shows up from time to time in Survival of the Fittest, along with other organized crime groups such as the gangs in Denton, usually in the background but occasionally directly involved. For example, Antonio Franchini is the son of a Mafia Don, abducted to prove a point after the Don reneged on his part of a deal between him and Danya. In v2, Seth Mattlock's father is an enforcer for a Mafia family based in Denton, and Seth himself is not only friends with some of the mobsters but is considered an honorary member, and the mob family helps his gang when they need it (for example, when an all out gang war starts). In the former's file, Danya notes that the Mafia will probably go after him and they're welcome to try, because they won't be able to find him, let alone do anything to him.
- Recently, The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association appeared in Stupid Mario Brothers.
- They're the food of choice for The Veloci Pastor.
- They play a significant role in 1983: Doomsday, the families effectively turning post-apocalyptic Sicily and Southern Italy in general into their defacto empire.
- In The Gamer's Alliance, the Matheson Crime Family is the oldest and most powerful crime syndicate in Maar Sul and is run by the House of Matheson who double as legitimate businessmen and nobles by day.
- Fat Tony's gang in The Simpsons.
- Futurama has the Robot Mafia, which is composed of only three members. Passing mention is also made of "Sicily 8, the Mob Planet."
- A gangster planet is destroyed by "love radiation" in the episode where Bender dates the delivery ship.
- In The Boondocks episode "The Fundraiser", while Riley confronts a British crime boss who's attempting a hostile takeover of Riley's chocolate trafficking business, a bunch of Italian-American mobsters randomly show up and they get into a deadly shootout with the British gangsters and the FBI. There's also this shout out:
British mob boss: "What is this, a casting call for The Sopranos reunion?!"
- Ironically, Mafia godfather Joe Colombo forged a second career organizing the Italian-American Anti-Defamation and Equal Rights campaign, to highlight and argue against this very point — while all the time siphoning off the charitable donations to fund his ongoing Mafia activities. Incredibly, many American politicians, activists and TV opinion-formers supported Colombo to a T, while not stopping to reflect on the coincidence that the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League was headed by a man known to be a powerful mobster. Despite repeated warnings to stop this, Colombo continued to do this, and as a result, the other Mafia bosses became enraged and marked him for death. On June 8, 1971, Colombo arrived at his second annual “Italian-American Unity Day” rally, with thousands in attendance along with several congressmen and entertainers. As Colombo made his way to the stage, he was shot several times by an African-American man named Jerome Johnson, who was wearing journalist credentials. He held a camera in one hand, and a pistol in the other. Several men, including Colombo’s son, jumped on Johnson; at that point, one of Colombo's bodyguards quickly reached Johnson and shot him in the stomach several times. Though the shooting did not kill Colombo instantly, it permanently incapacitated him for the last seven years of his life; he later died of natural causes on May 22, 1978. The Colombo family immediately blamed this on Joe Gallo, a renegade capo who wanted a greater share of the loot, and he was gunned down the next year. Eventually, the Gallo crew started to fight amongst themselves, and the remaining members were transferred to the Genovese crime family, heading up the family's rackets in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and Red Hook. Carmine Persico, a former Gallo loyalist who later switched sides in the first family war in the 1960s, took over as boss in 1973, and still runs the battered Colombo crime family from behind bars.
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