Character page for the video game Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven.
Salieri Crime Family
Thomas "Tommy" Angelo
The main protagonist. A taxi driver during The Great Depression, Tommy came to work for Don Salieri's gang after Paulie and Sam bumped into him during a chase. He would become Salieri's top enforcer and driver, but his morality compass would still catch up with him.
- Anti-Villain: Tommy clearly isn't bloodlusted, yet he still commits a pretty considerable number of murders. Some victims deserve it, some are just in the way of Salieri's plans. He does show mercy on several occasions though, and he truly cares for his friends and family, which in the end is the reason he leaves the Mafia and testifies against his former partners. However, this is also the reason he gets killed in the end.
- Badass Driver: A very good driver, who even wins a race without any sort of qualification past "borrowing" a race car the night before.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's usually dressed in a black suit, when he is not wearing trenchcoats or his taxi driver garb.
- Bodyguard Crush: One mission has him escorting Sarah back to her home and beating up street thugs who harass her. He ends up falling in love with her.
- Cool Car: He builds himself quite an impressive collection of 1930s cars in the backyard of Salieri's restaurant, especially some luxury or advanced cars he steals with the help of Lucas Bertone, who tips him on them as a reward for helpful services.
- Cutscene Boss: In Mafia II, since he's caught completely unprepared and defenseless and is at least 20 years past his prime.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: He didn't start questioning his gangster lifestyle until he had to kill a woman that he previously met.
- The Driver: His first job was as a taxi driver, and the Salieri gang come to appreciate and need his driving talents, to the point of having to drive Don Salieri himself at one point.
- The Hero Dies: The game ends with Tommy getting killed for testifying against Salieri. To make matters worse, Mafia II shows that its protagonist, Vito Scaletta, and his best friend, Joe Barbaro, are the ones who did the deed.
- Hero of Another Story: In Mafia II. He has a whole game's worth of adventures he's participated in and motivations for his eventual turn away from his life of crime. Of course, none of that matters to Vito and Joe; to them, he's just some old guy they need to bump off for a quick buck.
- Instant Expert: He has never driven a race car before, yet he finds himself forced to win a race, and pulls it off.
- It Gets Easier: Played straight and deconstructed. Tommy gets used to gunning down enemy scum and defying the law for profit, but finds himself reluctant to kill people he feels empathy for. This signs his death warrant in the end.
- Ironic Echo: Before joining the mob: "Better to be poor and alive than rich and dead." After joining the mob: "Better to die young and loaded."
- Meaningful Name: Thomas Angelo from the city of Lost Heaven.
- The Narrator: He tells his story to Norman throughout the game.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His testimony against Salieri eventually catches up with him and costs him his life.
- Oh, Crap!: He has a massive one at the end of the first mission when he brings Sam and Paulie to Salieri's bar. Sam exits the bar, ominous music begins playing, Sam sticks his hand in his coat pocket, and Tommy prepares to gun it... only for Sam to pay him a hefty sum for his trouble.
- Player Character: The only playable character in the whole game.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: He briefly shows up in Mafia II where you discover that game's protagonist Vito and his best friend Joe are his killers.
- The Protagonist: The story is told from his point of view, and he is the game's only Player Character.
- Reformed Criminal: The whole game is basically flashbacks as he tells his story to Norman in 1938 before testifying against Salieri's gang.
- The Reliable One: Tommy becomes this for the Salieri gang, thanks to his driving skills and gunfighting capability.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: On two occasions, he doesn't obey Don Salieri's orders and spares the life of people who broke the omertà (the Mafia's so-called "Law of Silence"). This will come to bite him in the ass later on.
- The Taxi: He was a taxi driver before joining the Salieri gang.
- Walking Spoiler: Not in this game, but you can't talk about his appearance in Mafia II without revealing Vito and Joe are his killers.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He is tasked by Frank to eliminate a prostitute who has been leaking information to Don Morello which have cost Don Salieri money and men. Upon confronting her, he finds out it's Michelle, a friend of Sarah he met at Salieri's bar. Tommy spares her life and tells her to go away and never come back. It's the very first time he disobeys an order from Don Salieri.
Don Ennio Salieri
The Sicilian-born chief of the Salieri gang, based in the Italian-American district of Lost Heaven, Little Italy. He is at war with Don Morello's gang during the Prohibition.
- Affably Evil: He is quite affable with the people he likes, those who are loyal to him or those who live under his "protection". That said, he still is a crime boss, and he can be very ruthless.
- Badass Grandpa: He packs a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 27 revolver just in case, and knows how to use it. It turns out to be useful against Morello's men, who suddenly show up to ambush and kill him in at Pepe's restaurant the "Bon Appétit" mission. He also fires it at Tommy if he is attacked inside his restaurant after the mission briefings.
- Benevolent Boss: He always makes sure the men who work well for him get rewarded. Although by the late 1930s Paulie grows tired of not being able to get very rich with the pay Salieri gives him, and upon finding out Salieri secretely wanted diamonds hidden in the cigar boxes Tommy risked his life to steal, convinces Tommy to rob a bank together. Things rapidly get uglier from there.
- Cool Car: His green and black Lassiter V16 Roadster (based on the real life Cadillac V-16 Model 70 Roadster).
- The Don: One out of the two major Italian-American crime lords of Lost Heaven, the other being Morello.
- I Did What I Had to Do: What he says after ordering Frank's death, even though he misses having conversations with him.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He is a mafia Don who orders to kill some people, intimidates others and heads illegal businesses. However, he's far from the Morello brothers' sadistic, cruel and Hair-Trigger Temper tendencies.
- Pet the Dog: If ordering the death of someone who betrayed him results in a widow and an orphan, he will provide financial help to them. He also wants to pay for the damage Morello's men caused to Pepe's restaurant.
- The Rival: There is a Mob War between him and Morello for supremacy in Lost Heaven.
- We Used to Be Friends: He was Don Peppone's caporegime originally, and the other caporegime was none other than Morello himself, as Tommy finds out when looking at an old photo. The Peppone family split up between Salieri's followers and Morello's followers after its Don's death, degenerating into a Mob War.
- You Have Failed Me: If anyone in his gang breaks the Law of Silence or betrays him in any way, he will have said person killed.
One of Don Salieri's top enforcers, with Sam.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a grey suit most of the time.
- Bank Robbery: He grows tired of not being paid satisfyingly by Don Salieri and masterminds a bank heist towards the climax of the game, and brings Tommy along. It ends up causing his demise, as he told Sam about it, not knowing Sam's true nature.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The most brash mafiosi of Salieri's gang, and he is the most prone to jokingly pick on Tommy at times.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He had a rough youth in the streets until he started to work for the Salieri gang.
- Didn't Think This Through: Talking about his Bank Robbery plan to Sam was not a good idea.
- Hot-Blooded: He's quite an energetic, brash and hot-tempered guy.
- Killed Offscreen: He's murdered by Sam right before the final mission, and Tommy arrives on the scene to discover his dead body.
- Limited Wardrobe: He always wears the same grey suit.
- Mood-Swinger: As a result of growing up on the streets.
- Only Known By His Nickname: His only known name is "Paulie".
- Rebellious Spirit: Especially after finding out Salieri sent him and Tommy on a very dangerous mission to steal diamonds hidden in cigar boxes and not just cigars. He wants to change his boring post-Prohibition routine by committing a Bank Robbery with Tommy, which is against the gang's rules.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Tommy finds him dead in his apartment at the start of "The Death Of Art".
- True Companions: His friendship with Tommy can be considered as this, while Sam is more distant.
The other top enforcer of Don Salieri, with Paulie.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The most well-dressed mafiosi of Salieri's gang. For some reason, he always wears a black tuxedo with a light blue shirt and a dark blue bowtie.
- Butt-Monkey: He often gets captured and beaten / tortured, and often ends up in need of medical care when he's involved in a mission.
- False Friend: Doesn't hesitate to kill Paulie and lure Tommy into a trap to do the same, all out of his Undying Loyalty to Don Salieri. His Last Words are "Friendship ain't worth shit...", appropriately.
- Final Boss: The last mission is Tommy surviving Sam and Salieri's betrayal, climaxing in a gunfight with Sam.
- Grumpy Bear: He's much less affable and personable than Paulie.
- Limited Wardrobe: He always wears a black tuxedo, a blue shirt and a blue bowtie.
- Made of Iron: He is severely wounded several times throughout the game but always manages to survive. As the game's Final Boss, he can sustain a whole Thompson gun magazine (50 bullets) unloaded into him before the end cinematic, and he's still alive until Tommy delivers him the Coup de Grâce with his Colt M1911. It usually takes less than 10 Thompson bullets to kill anyone else.
- No Sense of Humor: Unlike Paulie, he never jokes or even smiles.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Like Paulie, he has only one known name, "Sam".
- Undying Loyalty: To Don Salieri. He ends up choosing his loyalty to the Don over his friendship with Paulie and Tommy, killing the former and trapping the latter to do the same.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Tommy saves his life more than once, yet he shows no remorse when he lures Tommy into a trap to kill him on Salieri's orders.
- Walking Spoiler: He is the game's Final Boss.
Don Salieri's old friend and consigliere.
- The Consigliere: Don Salieri's trusted advisor, at least until the day he found himself forced to betray the gang.
- He Knows Too Much: Tommy is tasked by Salieri to kill Frank before he can testify against the gang.
- Number Two: His position in the hierarchy of Don Salieri's gang, until his betrayal.
- Old Friend: He and Salieri know each other for 20 years at least. Sam even says Frank is the only true friend Salieri ever had.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Salieri got him in the end.
- Witness Protection: Tommy has to tear through a number of federal police mooks before he can reach Frank as he was going to take a plane for Europe.
The Salieri gang's armourer.
- Batter Up!: He gives a baseball bat to Tommy on several occasions, including one with a fake MLB champion's autograph belonging to his nephew.
- Demolitions Expert: He gives Tommy a bomb to put under Sergio Morello's car in "You lucky bastard!".
- The Enemy Weapons Are Better: For some reason, he rarely gives Tommy more than a M1911 Colt and a baseball bat, with a horribly imprecise Lupara on two instances, and actually keeps giving the Thompson submachine guns to Paulie and Sam. Paulie himself asks Vincenzo to give just a M1911 Colt to Tommy in "You lucky bastard!". He also has pump-action shotguns in his workshop, which he is never seen giving to anyone. The M1911 is a fairly decent weapon but most late game enemies carry Thompsons and pump-action shotguns, outgunning it badly.
- Gun Nut: He found his greatest love in guns and became the Salieri family's arsenal.
- Old Friend: According to Paulie, Vincenzo and Don Salieri know each other since they were kids.
- Only One Name: He's only known by his first name.
The Salieri family's resident car provider and mechanic. Tommy can learn how to steal mundane cars thanks to him, and he also can talk to him to remove cars from his collection in Salieri's restaurant's backyard garage.
- The Alleged Car: The first car he provides to Tommy in the game is downright crappy.
- Cool Cars: He provides Tommy with a few really good cars late in the game, such as the Lassiter V16 Fordor.
- Grease Monkey: He is always seen wearing his work dungarees.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: He's out of his league with anything beyond the Salieri family's backyard garage, but he's quite a Nice Guy.
- Master of Unlocking: He teaches Tommy how to lockpick mundane cars to steal them.
- Speech Impediment: He stutters a lot.
The bartender and Chef of Salieri's bar-restaurant, and the father of Sarah.
- The Bartender: He is always seen behind the bar of Salieri's restaurant.
- The Eeyore: He never smiles.
- Old Friend: He is an old friend of Don Salieri.
- Only One Name: Like many other characters in the game, he's only known by his first name.
- Papa Wolf: He wants to protect his daughter from harassment and hires Tommy for that reason.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: He packs a sawed-off double-barreled hunting shotgun and uses it in case he is attacked.
- Two Shots from Behind the Bar: If Tommy attacks him or anyone else in the bar during gear up phases that follow Salieri's mission briefings, he will shoot back with his sawed-off shotgun.
Sarah (later, Sarah Angelo)
Luigi's daughter. Tommy protected her against street thugs one night, and they fell in love and married as a result.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She tells Tommy she thinks he is a "very good bad man" before they kiss for the first time.
- Bodyguard Crush: Luigi asks Tommy to escort Sarah on her way home. It just takes Tommy protecting her from a street gang and a night of sex for both of them to fall in love.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: She falls in love with Tommy after healing the minor wounds he got defending her.
- The Ghost: She appears for a grand total of one mission in the game. She is mentioned several times later on, as well as the fact that Tommy and her married, had a daughter and changed their identities and residence location after Tommy testified against the Salieri family, and that's about it.
- Love Interest: She is the love of Tommy's life.
- Nice Girl: Probably the closest the game has to an innocent person, with Frank's wife and daughter.
- Only One Name: Her maiden name (Luigi's family name) is not known. She most likely took Tommy's name, Angelo, after marrying him.
Morello Crime Family
The chief of the Salieri gang's rival family, and the most powerful crime lord of Lost Heaven at the beginning of Tommy's story. He is based in New Ark.
- Black and Gray Morality: His crime family leans more towards the "black" side, being generally much more cruel and sadistic than Salieri's.
- Cool Car: His Silver Fletcher.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The game builds up to Tommy finally dealing with Don Morello, whose thugs are the ones who ran Tommy out of the taxi driver business in the first place. The Salieri family finally manages to get rid of him about 3/4ths of the way through the game actually, with the remainder of the game dealing with the gradual collapse of Tommy's Mafioso lifestyle.
- Disney Villain Death: One of the possible scenarios for his death has Tommy ramming his car to make him fall from an unfinished road bridge.
- The Don: The most powerful Italian-American crime lord in Lost Heaven at the beginning of the story. He is so powerful that he managed to buy the most influent politicians and magistrates, and corrupted the whole Police Department of Lost Heaven.
- Establishing Character Moment: When a driver unvoluntarily hits the back of his car after a rough braking, Morello bloodily bashes the man's head against his car, with a cop watching and doing nothing.
- Evil Is Petty/Jerkass: In contrast with Don Salieri being Affably Evil, Morello shows no sympathy toward anyone but his brother, and can beat minor offenders to a pulp in a fit of rage.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: A minor scratch on his car is enough for him to lose his temper and brutally kill the offender.
- Man in White: He always dresses in white.
- Nice Hat: He always wears a white fedora.
- Only One Name: His first name is not known, he is just referred to as "Don Morello" or simply "Morello".
- The Rival: To Don Salieri's gang in their power struggle for the control of Lost Heaven.
- Siblings in Crime: His brother is his Number Two at the head of his gang.
- We Have Reserves: His gang is much bigger than Salieri's, which allows him to send plenty of Cannon Fodder to get rid of the Salieris.
- Wicked Cultured: He rarely shows up in public, but in the mission where he has to be assassinated, he goes to the opera.
Don Morello's younger brother, and the Morello gang's underboss. He is in charge of several assets on behalf of his brother, including port activities through control of the Docker's Union, which basically allows the Morello family to illegally benefit from all importations and exportations in Lost Heaven.
- Bad Boss: His methods are not appreciated in Lost Heaven, as shown when he has a Dockers' Union representative beaten to death.
- Born Lucky: As the title of the mission he appears in suggests, he is one very lucky bastard, escaping no less than four assassination attempts by Salieri's men in a row. It takes a Car Chase and an improvised and nigh-suicidal assault on his heavily defended port hideout by Tommy to get rid of him.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He has a Dockers' Union representative tied and bloodily beaten for objecting his brutal methods against said unions.
- Cool Car: Like Salieri, he has a green and black Lassiter V16 Roadster.
- The Dragon: He is his brother's Number Two, and Tommy has to kill him first so the Morello family's empire will start to collapse, allowing them to get rid of Don Morello later on.
- Jerkass: He's no better than his older brother in this regard.
- Karmic Death: Tommy kills him in the very warehouse where he had someone tortured to death for objecting his authoritary methods.
- Number Two: The second highest-ranking member in the Morello crime family behind his brother.
- Sadist: As Salieri puts it if you talk to him in "You Lucky Bastard!":Salieri: I heard he's not right in the head. He likes seeing people suffer... So as soon as somebody gets in his way he has them knocked off, he likes to take his time and always be present. I certainly don't call his working methods good... Maniac.
- Siblings in Crime: His brother made him the Number Two of his gang.
- We Have Reserves: Hides behind a number of Mooks when Tommy comes to kill him.
Lucas Bertone is the Sicilian-born owner of Bertone's Auto Service, he is a car mechanic for the rich people of Lost Heaven. Bertone became a friend for Tommy, and frequently asks services to him, which are rewarded by teaching him how to lockpick luxury cars and indicating him their location so he can steal them.
- Collection Sidequest: Tommy can visit him after completing missions. Lucas will give him a mission, and once completed will teach him how to steal luxury cars and where to find them.
- Cool Cars: Luxury cars and advanced car models can be obtained by Tommy in the campaign through him, which makes them available in the Free Ride mode.
- Grease Monkey: He is always busy fixing cars when Tommy visits him, and never seen wearing anything else than his work dungarees
- Lovable Rogue: He is very big-hearted even though, in view of the services he provides to the Mafia and car-stealing tips he gives to Tommy, he is no saint.
- The Medic: Starting mid-way through the game, he has a medical pack in his garage that Tommy can use.
- Master of Unlocking: Luxury cars have no secrets for him, and he teaches Tommy how to lockpick them.
- Mr. Fixit: He doesn't appear in the Free Ride Mode but his garage can be used to repair cars in said mode.
A locksmith based in Lost Heaven, who also happens to be the best safecracking specialist in the country.
- Bring My Brown Pants: He admits he "almost crapped his pants" as Tommy brings him back home after they successfully stole the documents and escaped the Prosecutor's house, which was heavily guarded.
- Escort Mission: Tommy has to infiltrate the Prosecutor's heavily guarded house and get Salvatore to the Prosecutor's safe to steal incriminating documents.
- Family Business: His family specializes in locksmithing at least since his grandpa... and in safecracking too.
- Master of Unlocking: He is the best safecracker around so common locks are just small potatoes to him. He can also unlock the Silver Fletcher luxury car for Tommy to steal.
- Only One Name: His only known name is "Salvatore".
- Safecracking: He is the best safecracking 'artisan' in America, making him highly sought after by people such as Don Salieri. Notably, he tells Tommy he has to keep up with the evolution of safe securities.
A Sicilian-born restaurant owner and Chef, the most renowned Italian cuisine guy in Lost Heaven.
- Innocent Bystander: Don Salieri and Tommy get ambushed by Morello's men inside his restaurant. Fortunately, he manages to hide behind his bar while Morello's men gun down everyone in the restaurant bar Salieri and Tommy.
- Italians Talk with Hands: He makes some gestures while talking to Salieri and Tommy.
- Only Known By His Nickname: "Pepe" is the short form of "Giuseppe". No family name is given otherwise.
- Supreme Chef: Don Salieri loves the meals he cooks, and admits he cooks better than Luigi, who's already a good Chef to begin with. Salieri also jokes with Tommy, telling him Sarah will be jealous of Pepe's cooking talents if he plans to bring her there.
An old weapons dealer based in Hoboken and acquaintance of Paulie and Don Salieri.
- An Arm and a Leg: He is one-armed.
- Arms Dealer: Unlike Vincenzo who rarely gives Tommy more than a baseball bat and a M1911 Colt, Yellow Pete can provide him all the weapons he wants in the game's last two missions — except the Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tommy and Paulie note that he's rather eccentric, but the quality of his guns is top notch.
- Cool Old Guy: He's rather friendly, and can provide Tommy with a large choice of weapons. He also encourages Tommy to avenge Paulie in "The Death of Art", if Tommy comes to him to get weapons before going to the museum.
- Meaningful Name: According to Paulie, he has "the yellowest teeth in town".
- The Pig Pen: Paulie and Tommy both agree on the fact that his teeth stink.
A Lost Heaven Police Department detective Tommy arranges a meeting with to tell his story about his years in the Salieri gang in order to sell them out and, as such, protect himself.
- Audience Surrogate: As he listens to Tommy, the player discovers Tommy's story.
- Deadpan Snarker: He never runs out of sarcasms as Tommy recalls his years in a criminal gang, holding all of this in high contempt.
- Framing Device: The entire game is basically Tommy acting as this guy's stool pigeon in exchange for protection.
- Irish Accents: He has an Irish accent in the English language version of the game.
- Jerkass: He acts like he hates everybody around him, and gangsters especially.
- Lead Police Detective: He becomes the lead investigator of the Salieri gang case after Tommy has told him everything he needs to know about their activities.
- Officer O'Hara: In the English dub at least.
- Perma-Stubble: He hasn't shaved for quite some time before Tommy meets him, as his scruffy face shows.
- The Watson: Tommy tells his story in part through answers to Norman's questions.
- Witness Protection: Once Tommy has told him everything about his story, Norman promises him protection if he testifies to have the Salieri gang arrested.