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->'''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.\\
'''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?
-->-- ''Film/TheGodfather''

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 [[TheDon Don]], rather than the cops, when you have trouble with a fellow Italian). Classically known as ''Cosa Nostra'' ("[[BuffySpeak 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 [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster carriers of a romantic ideal]].

While the Italian mafia has [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia obvious basis in fact]], it has remained a staple of entertainment even as the {{Yakuza}}, former [[TheMafiya Soviet-bloc mafias]] and [[TheCartel Latin American drug cartels]] lapped it for sheer scare value in the real world. For the [[TheThemeParkVersion laughably inept, PG-rated version]], see TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily. If present as a global player, TheMafia may evolve into TheSyndicate. See also MafiaPrincess and TheDon. [[SarcasmMode Obviously]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not connected]] with LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub at all.

Compare TheMafiya, TheCartel, TheTriadsAndTheTongs, {{Yakuza}}, TheIrishMob, LondonGangster, The KosherNostra (which the Mafia sometimes employs), and GenericEthnicCrimeGang. For more information about the real organizations, see the UsefulNotes page, UsefulNotes/TheMafia.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello joined the mafia after leaving Wammy's House.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' takes place during the American prohibition era. It prominently featured a Neapolitan Camorra organization. In RealLife, 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. [[spoiler:Or an EldritchAbomination. 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 ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' ending songs for the anime series, there are about a dozen maskless [[EvilIsSexy arrancar]] dressed up in black-colored suits, ''reminiscent'' of the Mafia, maybe even a ShoutOut or parody, with three of the '''only''' female Arrancar introduced (Menoly, [[ClingyJealousGirl Loly]] and [[DarkActionGirl Cirucci]] [[ElegantGothicLolita Sanderwicci]]) are wearing Chinese-style or Western-inspired dresses, leaning seductively on the old, wrinkled and fat "Godfather", [[AGodAmI Baraggan]] [[BadassGrandpa Luisenbarn]]. The "mobsters" surrounding Baraggan are [[FunnyAfro Gantenbainne]] [[PowerFist Mosqueda]], [[StupidSexyFlanders Ggio]] [[ViewerGenderConfusion Vega]], [[BoisterousBruiser Avirama]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene Redder]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Choe Neng Poww]], [[TheBrute Nirgge]] [[DumbMuscle Parduoc]], [[DragQueen Charlotte]] [[LargeHam Cuuhlhourne]], Findor [[GratuitousSpanish Carias]], and three unnamed background stand-ins.
* The ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/BlackLagoon''; in a reversal of the common portrayals, they come off as more brutal and overall worse people than [[TheMafiya Balalaika's]] or [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chang's]] gangs.
* [[PsychoLesbian Goldie Musou]], the nemesis of Rally Vincent from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', and her people. She's from Sicily.
* Interestingly, given that it's set in Italy, ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' 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
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Although not obvious at first glance, Team Rocket, especially in the games (see below), may be based off of the Mafia with {{yakuza}} elements. It's masked by the fact that the [[GoldfishPoopGang 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 ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo''.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. A series about a mafia boss who gets shot in the head. A lot. Him and his {{Harem}} of {{Bishonen}} 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.
** We later meet the Millefiore Family, which is possibly even worse than any instance of the mafia around ''today'', mainly because they control the world, and their leader seems [[CloudCuckoolander wacky enough]], [[CuteAndPsycho but]] [[EvilOverlord he's quite unpleasant…]] [[white: Or used to be…]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', 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 ''Anime/{{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 RealLife 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 ''Manga/JapanInc'' when the Japanese have to do business in Italy.
* The mafia is all over the place in ''Manga/AcidTown''. 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.
* ''Anime/NinetyOneDays'' takes place in TheRoaringTwenties 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.
* ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'':
** Capone Bege, who dresses, looks, and (even in the Italian dub) ''sounds'' like a typical Sicilian gangster, even though the rest of the setting is a sort of pseudo-Japanese/Age of Piracy hodgepodge. It's confirmed that the West Blue, where he comes from, is ruled almost entirely by five Mafia families.
** Donquixote Doflamingo used to dress the part when he started his criminal career (with the unique addition of the nifty pink feather mantle). Even though he doesn't anymore, he still acts it.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/ThePunisher'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 [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX comic]] ''The Cell'' has [[spoiler:an attempted coup go bad with both the hitman and the target's bodyguards killing the Castle family in the crossfire]].
** Frank actually was part of a Mafia family for a while under the alias Johnny Tower, where he put his experience of killing mafiosi to good use (fortunately for him, they only used him against rival mobs) and even sleeping with a don's daughter (she was ''not'' happy when she found out).
* Many of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s non-Cape villains. Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, Salvatore "Boss" Maroni, Rupert Thorne and Carl Grissom qualify.
** The ComicBook/{{Huntress}}' main target when she was reintroduced ComicBook/PostCrisis. She was a MafiaPrincess growing up, until the Mafia had [[OrphansOrdeal her family]] [[YouKilledMyFather killed]] [[HarmfulToMinors in front of]] [[DistaffCounterpart her]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} eyes]].
* In Creator/MarvelComics, organized crime has traditionally been represented by a CaptainErsatz syndicate called "The Maggia."
** The Kingpin, head of New York City's criminal empire, though he's not Italian.
* In both the original comics [[VideoGame/TheDarkness and game]] of ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', the main character begins as a mafia hitman. [[spoiler: 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 ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', 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 ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is a part of one mafia organization or another.
* ''ComicBook/RoadToPerdition'' 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Al Trapone's gang, and others.
* ''ComicBook/{{Family}}'': The Odysseus Family are a Sicilian crime family with [[SuperpowerfulGenetics superpowers because of their bloodline]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* AlternateUniverseFic where characters are members of organized crime (often called Mafia fic or Mafia AU) is quite popular in fanfiction circles.
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' has the Steel Crescent Syndicate.
* ''Fanfic/TheHeadhunt'' 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, [[HalfHumanHybrid half-Orion]] capo). They're powerful enough that they can stand up to Starfleet directly on a limited basis, including [[spoiler:stealing the decommissioned USS ''Enterprise''-A from the breaker yards over a century ago]], and orchestrating the break-in at [[TheAlcatraz Facility 4028]] that sets off the plot.
* In ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' fanfic ''Fanfic/IProopedMyPants'', a major plot arc involves the Mafia kidnapping [[spoiler:Tiffany Zharjek]]. [[spoiler:Her]] ransom is eventually paid off by a [[spoiler:Go Fund Me campaign]].
* In the ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' universe, this is what the human version of the Changelings are. They specialize in creating fake identities and profit off of them so they can pull off crimes. Sunset admits she paid them off with gems she brought from Equestria when she ran away so she could get documents to register at Canterlot High and so nobody would question her origins. The group is the BigBad of the sequel ''Integration'', as they're interested in [[TheMagicComesBack the growing Equestrian Magic]] because they can harvest it to dominate the criminal underworld. It's heavily implied that they've been spying on the Rainbooms for a quite a while, and they're not above committing [[spoiler: kidnapping, forced experimentation, and murder ([[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade even with their own people]])]] to get what they want.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' -- the otherwise entirely stereotypical mobsters are actually French, and obsessed with cycling.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' casts [[MirrorUniverse the Crime Syndicate]] as a supervillain mafia. The core members refer to themselves as 'family heads', and their most trusted lieutenants are given superpowers to become 'made men.' Ultraman is the most blatant example, as he's basically a Tony Soprano knockoff in a cape.
-->'''Ultraman:''' You think you can come to my place of business, an' call me out?

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' trilogy is the TropeCodifier. The genesis of the modern media portrayal, though the actual word 'mafia' was [[NotUsingTheZWord notably absent]] from the first film. (Ironically, it would go on to influence real-life mafia culture, particularly the [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster 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 TheMafia an UnbuiltTrope, as it depicts the inherent weakness of the Mafia, leading up to its downfall. It also unbuilds some mafia-related tropes, such as NothingPersonal and ShameIfSomethingHappened.
* ''{{Film/Goodfellas}}'', a drama [[BasedOnATrueStory inspired by the real-life tale]] of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hill Henry Hill]], an associate of the Lucchese crime family. 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" as full members.
%%* ''Film/{{Hoodlum}}''
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Tony Pazzo is TheDon who orchestrated the horse-doping that launched the whole story into motion in the first place. This being a comedy film, TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily are, to quote Tony, "those two numbskulls, Binky and Turnip."
* The Yakavetta family in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''.
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' has the eponymous cop going after Mafia hit men.
* The main antagonists of ''Film/TheCandyTangerineMan'' are a group of Mafiosi trying to ruin the protagonist's pimping business.
* Mafia boss Tony T and his henchmen act as the main antagonists of ''[[Film/CarlitosWay Carlito's Way]]'', opposite [[GenericEthnicCrimeGang Puerto Rican]] Charlie Brigante.
* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' concerns the mob's relationship with UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': A mafia guy steals drugs and drug money from TheCartel, starting a MobWar.
* They don't get a lot of screen-time but, along with TheMafiya, they're a major driving force in the plot of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Mostly because they were unwise enough to [[EnemyMine attempt to collaborate against Batman]] with ''The Joker.'' [[EvilIsNotAToy That turned out about how you'd expect.]]
%%* ''Film/DonnieBrasco.'' VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger talks to a Mafia boss when he needs allies to stop a weapons deal. The Mafia boss initially thinks that [[BystanderSyndrome it's somebody else's problem]], but [[spoiler: changes his tune when he finds out that [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters the deal is going down on]] ''[[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters his]]'' [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters dock]]]].
* ''Film/{{Gomorrah}}'' 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.
%%* ''Film/KingOfNewYork''
* ''Film/TheMafiaKillsOnlyInTheSummer''. [[CaptainObvious 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.
* The book of ''Film/ManOnFire'' 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.
* In ''Film/MarriedToTheMob'', a mafia wife tries to escape the life after her husband is bumped off.
* ''Film/{{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.
%%* ''Film/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''
* The Prizzi faily of ''Film/PrizzisHonor'', although they sometimes hire a non-Italian for hits they don't want traced back to them.
* The original ''Film/{{Scarface|1932}}'' (1932) was about Tony Camonte, an Italian, and based off the life of Al Capone.
%%* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' (1987)
* ''Film/TheValachiPapers'' was created from interviews and testimony of Joe Valachi, the first major mob informant.
* In the John Wick universe, various Mafia factions form a large power bloc within the "High Table", a loose underworld governing organization. ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'''s plot is launched because John owes a blood debt to a high-ranking member of the Camorra and he is forced to intervene in an internal power struggle.

* Creator/MarioPuzo's novels mostly feature the mafia.
* The Mafia was the major villain in the early stories of ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' starring Mack Bolan. Bolan would be a major inspiration for ThePunisher above.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has 'Gentleman' Johnny Marcone, Kingpin of Chicago, especially after Dresden incinerates Bianca and her fellow vampires. A cold, calm, savvy and ruthless BadassNormal, he rises to become (with Dresden's help) the Accorded Baron of Chicago under the Unseelie Accords, the first pure mortal Freeholding Lord, meaning that he's effectively its acknowledged ruler under supernatural law. He arguably rules the mundane side of things as well. He doesn't fall into any of the clichés, save for presenting a front as a legitimate businessman - and it's suggested that he does own significant legitimate business holdings as well - and a cold sense of honour, manifesting as a [[IGaveMyWord strict adherence to his given word]], a protectiveness of children which was sparked by [[spoiler: a little girl getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting in which a young Marcone was involved - the consequences of which, incidentally, are directly responsible for the events of the first, fifth and tenth books, and indirectly responsible for part of the ninth]]. He responded by swiftly ascending to the top of the Chicago underworld [[spoiler: (disposing of the shooter, the son of the previous Kingpin, in the process)]], "putting the 'civil' back in 'civil offender'", and personally executing any drug dealer or pimp who tries to exploit children in Chicago. This determination, ruthlessness, as well as a willingness to accept the supernatural and employ people to counter it (he tries to buy Dresden several times in the first two books, before moving on), makes him by far one of the most dangerous characters in the series, despite being entirely human (probably). Dresden can't pigeonhole him as 'scum, criminal' (to his immense irritation) and they frequently pull an EnemyMine, with the constant awareness that they are eventually going to go head to head and only one of them will walk away. As of the end of ''Literature/SkinGame'', it seems that all bets are off.
* In Creator/JohnGrisham's book ''Literature/TheClient'', mafia members play a large part.
* In ''Literature/SnowCrash'', 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 TheDon as their mascot. The company guarantees delivery in [[ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree 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 ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books, along with possibly all of the other organized crime outfits mentioned above.
%%* ''Literature/TheUntouchables''
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** In Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/DiamondsAreForever'' the mafia was the "bad guy" and Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are ruthless mob assassins, not at all like the camp fools in [[Film/DiamondsAreForever the movie]].
** Bond comes across the Tempestas in ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', an old Mafia family that has ties to the eponymous NebulousEvilOrganization and which plans to usurp the organized crime in the United States with its help.
* The Mafia forms a part of the setting of ''Literature/TimeScout''. 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 CrapsackWorld.
* Jackson's Whole in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' is TheMafia RecycledInSpace.
* In Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/TheClairvoyantCountess'', 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.
* OlderThanTelevision, as the Mafia are the bad guys in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "The Six Napoleons". Creator/ArthurConanDoyle describes the Mafia as "a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder".
* As in RealLife, The Mafia has a major presence in Literature/MickOberon'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 ''Film/{{Malavita}}'' which stars Creator/RobertDeNiro and Creator/MichellePfeiffer, 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.
* ''Literature/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''
* Several of the antagonists in ''Literature/MasqueradeOfTheRedDeath'' are vampire members of the Mafia.
* ''Literature/NickVelvet'': 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.
* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' revolves around the lives and affairs of the [=DiMeo=] crime family in New Jersey, led by [[TheDon Tony]] [[VillainProtagonist Soprano]]. Due to being set in the 2000s, the show finally put an end to the popular cliche of mobsters acting like 1940s era gangsters from ''Film/TheGodfather'', and took much more influence from ''{{Film/Goodfellas}}''.
* ''{{Series/Oz}}'' featured the Italian Mafia as one of several prison gangs fighting for control of the [[HellholePrison Oswald State Penitentiary]].
* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' 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 spoken[[note]] -- the context is of a Barone ancestor who heroically fought ''against'' the Mafia. but Debra does not know this.[[/note]] 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 (''Series/{{KYTV}}'') ran a parody of the cross-European general knowledge quiz ''Going for Gold'',[[note]]This concept ran for quite a few years in the 1980's as a straight quiz show[[/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 ''Series/{{CSI}}'', unsurprisingly considering [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas the location]]. ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' 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 [[BlatantLies "...but the Mafia haven't been active in Las Vegas since the 80s"]] line. Don't want to [[TheMasquerade scare away the tourists]], after all.
* The Mafia battles the Yakuza on the fifth episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Al Capone's gang battles the James-Younger gang in the third episode of the second season.
* On ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', the Tauron Ha'la'tha is an example of this, with elements of TheCartel. Oh, and they speak Ancient Greek.
* The intimidating, [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub social club-dwelling]] recipients of a huge roulette wheel cake on ''Series/CakeBoss'' (filmed in New Jersey) are ''heavily'' implied to be the Mafia.
* Mary's first husband in ''Series/{{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 [[CloudCuckoolander 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 TheMafia if he agrees to marry his daughter, Elaine.
* Parodied in a ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' 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 [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub legitimate businessmen]] have appeared in episodes of ''Series/WhiteCollar''.
** In "Book of Hours," a mob boss asks for the FBI's aid in recovering a stolen bible.
** In "Copycat Caffrey," [[spoiler: Peter]] poses as an enforcer for the Detroit mob.
* ''Series/TheUntouchables''
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' 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, UsefulNotes/AlCapone 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 [[KosherNostra Jewish Mafia]] are represented by New York Boss Arnold Rothstein and his protegé, Meyer Lansky.
* The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe includes the Masuccis.
* The Sonozaki Family from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' act as this. Just replace drugs with [[TransformationTrinket Gaia Memories]].
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Bud Bundy borrows money from a man named Capone (who operates a bank from his car) to produce a workout video.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry "Contemporary American Poultry"]] the study group becomes the community-college-chicken-finger-running equivalent thereof.
* The long-running Italian drama ''LaPiovra'' (''TheOctopus'') 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 [[spoiler: who is killed in a hail of gunfire at the end of Series Four]].
* ''Series/{{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 ''Series/RomanzoCriminale'' ("Crime Novel") is about a group of non-Mafia criminals.
* ''Series/ElleryQueen'': "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". [[spoiler:In both cases, it's a red herring, as said mobsters have no involvement in the deaths of either victim.]]
* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' 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 NobleDemon: 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 {{gangbanger}}s, and some of his subordinates defect.
* In ''{{Series/Gotham}}'' as with Batman's comics, above, Don Falcone basically rules the city, including the cops
* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': The Italian Mafia used to run the organized crime rackets in 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 have chosen to retire and skip town, while Fisk kills off the few remaining holdouts.
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/TheDeuce'' is focused on the sleaze and corruption around Times Square in the 1970s, so the mob plays a big part. Rudy, the area's local capo, oversees the mob's interests in bars, porn and sex clubs. Several other characters get taken under his wing to run the mob's various businesses.
* Played for laughs in the ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' episode "Everybody Hates Gambling", in which young Creator/ChrisRock decides to participate in gambling and proves to be very good at predicting probabilities. Unfortunately, he draws some unwanted attention and implied threats from an Italian-American bookkeeper who calls himself "Paulie the Bookie" (played by Steve Schirripa, [[ActorAllusion better known as the gangster Bobby Bacala from]] ''Series/TheSopranos'').
* ''{{Series/Monk}}'':
** The episode "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather" revolves around the Italian Mafia, [[ShoutOut just like the]] [[Film/TheGodfather title would suggest]]. Here, the FBI hires [[DefectiveDetective Adrian Monk]] to infiltrate a local Mafia family, who just happened to request his help with investigating a barbershop shooting where several mobsters were killed by another criminal.
*** It should be noted that in real life, there was indeed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_crime_family a branch of the Mafia in San Francisco]], but now they're very small and powerless (and more-or-less defunct) in the present day.
** In "Mr. Monk is Someone Else", Monk goes on yet another undercover operation, in which he's disguised as a recently-deceased [[ProfessionalKiller Mafia assassin]] named Frank [=DePalma=] ([[EvilDoppelganger who is coincidentally an exact lookalike of him]]). Monk has to find out who [=DePalma=]'s intended target was, and save him from getting killed by the same crime family that hired the hitman in the first place.
* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones and the Mystery of the Blues'' features {{Franchise/Ind|ianaJones}}y and his friends acting as amateur detectives, trying to investigate a murder that was apparently conspired by the Chicago Outfit gangsters UsefulNotes/AlCapone and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Torrio Johnny Torrio]].

* Although never explicitly stated, Music/BruceSpringsteen'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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Testa 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.)
* "Bust Your Kneecaps" by Pomplamoose is about a bride-to-be who has family in the mafia. After her fiancee Johnny runs off, she asks him to come back before her angry family maims or kills him.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This was the original [[TheGimmick gimmick]] of Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano's TagTeam the Sicilians with Tony Altimore, until ''the real thing'' got word of it and told them not to do it.
* In December 1999, Wrestling/{{WCW}} introduced the tag team [[Characters/WCWFinalYears the Mamalukes]], Big Vito and Johnny the Bull, with their manager [[Characters/WCWManagers Tony Marinara]]. They had a Mafia gimmick and claimed to have come there because [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Disco Inferno]] had owed them money. Vito and Johnny would often say that they were [[InsistentTerminology "Paisans"]], not "Mamalukes."
** Johnny, renamed Johnny Stamboli, would recycle this gimmick in WWE as a member of the ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' version of the Full-Blooded Italians, with [[Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato Nunzio]] and Chuck Palumbo.
* Also, WCW {{jobber}} Little Jeanne had a mafia gimmick.
* At ''Wresting/{{WrestleMania}} 22'', which was held in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, Wrestling/JohnCena had a dramatic Al Capone-themed entrance, with one of the gangsters being played by an uncredited Wrestling/CMPunk, who is from Chicago.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Even the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had its share, with a few branches of the [[http://whitewolf.wikia.com/wiki/Giovanni Giovanni]], a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade vampire]] mob with necromantic power. As Gary puts it in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': "Spaghetti and corpses, boss."
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' 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 ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' were based on the Mafia, particularly in how they were organized.
** There was a mortals supplement, too: ''World of Darkness: Mafia''.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' 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 CorruptCorporateExecutive.)
* ''Mafia'', the [[ParlorGames parlor game]].
* The Mafia is an important group in organized crime in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. The 4th Edition supplement book ''Vice'' covered them in depth and even had rules for a 'Runner who was a Made Man.

* The Chandler family has loose ties with a stereotypically Italian mob boss in ''Theatre/TheFix''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII 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''.
** [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity 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.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has the Leones, as well as the Sindaccos, as antagonists during the Las Venturas missions, and are the arch-rivals and competitors of TheTriadsAndTheTongs Carl is associates with.
** In IV, by contrast, TheMafia doesn't really show up until the latter parts of the game and is comparatively [[BigBadWannabe weak and racked by infighting]], ultimately being played for fools by [[BigBad Dimitri]]. In ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'', they are secondary antagonists who effectively fade into the background when Luis offs the [[TheMafiya main antagonists]] in spectacular fashion.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has the 'Pianta Syndicate', a CulturalTranslation of the Japanese version's {{Yakuza}} Piantas.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' is all about La Cosa Nostra. [[VideoGame/MafiaII And it's got]] [[VideoGame/MafiaIII two sequels]].
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the Family, who are Italian mobsters in nice suits and bowler hats. ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' 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 TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture world, and wield tommy guns equally as effective as modern assault rifles and lasers. RuleOfCool, folks.
* Parodied in ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' with the Toy Mafia, who all wear colorful grinning teddy bear heads and use a SuckECheeses-style restaurant as [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub a thinly-disguised front]] for their operations.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has 4 different criminal families vying for control over [[WretchedHive 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 HundredPercentCompletion.
** Invoked by Mr House in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' when he made over a local tribe into the Omerta casino family.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaWars'' lets you play a Mafia don and do all sorts of illicit stuff for cash and prizes.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' has Team Rocket. They're more based on the {{Yakuza}} in the Japanese version, but were [[CulturalTranslation adapted]] to be more like TheMafia in the international releases, as best evidenced by the name of their boss, Giovanni.
** We also have the [[{{Mons}} Mon]] Honchkrow, a crow that looks like it's dressed like a Mafia Don. Appropriately enough, Giovanni of Team Rocket uses one in his appearance in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]''.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' has their own Mafia group known as the Montana, who make money by terrorizing the citizens of Clint City.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' 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 [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins are inherently funny]].
* [[TheMafia Mafiosi]] play a somewhat major role in the first two ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' games as {{Mooks}}.
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', Don Weaso and his men.
* The Revache & Co from ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki''
* One of the bonus levels in ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterTheOmegaStrain'' has you playing as Gary Stoneman to assassinate a Mafia boss in Pescara, Italy with a [[OneBulletLeft one-bullet]] [[SnipingMission sniper rifle]].
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' and its sequel, based on the [[ComicBook/TheDarkness 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.
* ''VideoGame/AHatInTime'' has the Mafia of Cooks, a [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily rather goofy example]]. They still rob people and punch seagulls who eat thir fish, though.
* ''VideoGame/GangstersOrganizedCrime'' Player leads his own gang that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial isn't any way Mafia]] in Prohibition Era
* ''VideoGame/OmertaCityOfGangsters'', like above, places player in a role of a mob boss in Prohibition era.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' 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 [[MafiaPrincess Mafia Prince]].
* ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' features the Medici family, who are a particularly nasty bunch. [[PerkyFemaleMinion 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 [[ImmortalityInducer she survived]]. Peacock and [[spoiler: 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 [[McGuffin Skull Heart]]. And finally, there is [[spoiler: Filia Medici, granddaughter of the current head of the family and the default protagonist of the game.]]
* ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', 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=]'', [[VerbalTic see?]] They ask you to demolish the town bank so they can get the loot, see? [[spoiler: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 one chapter of ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', Nate and Sam infiltrate the Rossi Estate, a mansion in Italy that hosts an annual {{black market}} auction where stolen artifacts are traded. The place seems to be owned by a local crime family, as the premises are patrolled by mob enforcers serving as armed security.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1'' 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 ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', TV series director Dee Vasquez is known to have connections with the Mafia ({{Yakuza}} [[CulturalTranslation in the original Japanese version]]). She uses these connections to [[spoiler: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 BigDamnHeroes moment from Detective Gumshoe that she doesn't get away with it.]]

* ''Webcomic/LaCosaNostra'', unsurprisingly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin given the title]].
* Many of the characters in ''Webcomic/{{Fishbones}}'' are in the mafia, and the protagonist's father is a sort of business partner/associate of theirs.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', run by illithid (mind flayer) -- who else did you expect in illithid activities?
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-10-26 the cartoon mafia]]
* In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'', 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.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* TheMafia shows up from time to time in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', along with other organized crime groups such as the gangs in [[WretchedHive 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 [[BadassBoast and they're welcome to try, because they won't be able to]] ''[[BadassBoast find]]'' [[BadassBoast him, let alone do anything to him.]]
* [[FunWithAcronyms The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association]] appeared in ''WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers''.
* They're the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDNzzhCpqxA food of choice]] for ''WebVideo/TheVelociPastor''.
* They play a significant role in ''Literature/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsday,'' the families effectively turning post-apocalyptic Sicily and Southern Italy in general into their defacto empire.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Springfield Mafia from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is an Italian-American mob family based in [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Springfield]], and run by [[TheConsigliere Fat Tony]] and [[TheDon Vittorio DiMaggio]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' has the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Robot]] Mafia, which is composed of [[TerribleTrio 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 [[ItMakesSenseInContext Bender dates the delivery ship]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Fundraiser", while Riley confronts a [[LondonGangster British crime boss]] who's attempting a hostile takeover of Riley's [[GRatedDrug chocolate]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything trafficking]] business, a bunch of Italian-American mobsters randomly show up [[spoiler:and they get into a deadly shootout with the British gangsters and the {{UsefulNotes/FBI}}.]] There's also this {{shout out}}:
-->'''British mob boss:''' "What is this, a casting call for ''Series/TheSopranos'' reunion?!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMoonAndTheSonAnImaginedConversation'': The narrator's father was a low-level hoodlum who sometimes worked for the Mafia. Back in Italy he trafficked in stolen goods and was briefly imprisoned. In America he sold bootleg Prohibition gin for the mob until he was caught and briefly imprisoned. Later he takes money from Mafia loan sharks to buy a hotel bar, only to conspire with the mob to burn the hotel down for the insurance when he can't repay the loan.
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