Di Meo Crime Family
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Zig-Zagged. The mobsters like to wear plain sportswear, but they dress up according to their fancy businessmen status when the occasion requires it. Members of the Lupertazzi crew can usually be seen in suits, befitting their more successful and refined nature when compared to the Jersey crew. Carmine Lupertazzi also stated to Tony that "a Don doesn't wear shorts".
- Cool Car: Most of them drive luxury cars.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Family gives these to street gangs and petty drug dealers, for example the time Paulie and a family associate bust in and kill some mexican drug dealers and the leave unscathed only receiving a nasty Groin Attack having stolen many bricks of cocaine and drug money, but when they went up against someone their own league, The Lupertazzi Family, they lose badly, with 2 high ranking members dead and a vegetable, and only survives because of a truce.
- The Don: Tony Soprano, and Uncle Junior before him, and Jackie Aprile, Sr. before him. Technically, all three were Acting Boss for Ercole "Eckley" Di Meo, who was convicted and sent to federal prison in Missouri in 1995.
- Evil Is Petty: The mobsters all do horrible things at various points but still find time to be complete dicks too.
- Evil vs. Evil: The DiMeos vs. whomever they face: The Cartel, street gangs, the Lupertazzis in the final season, among others. They are just as bad, if not worse than them.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: By the end of the series, most of Tony's key guys are either dead or otherwise incapacitated, making the future of the Di Meo Crime Family pretty bad. The last scene of the series implies Tony might have been killed in front of his family... or not. Everybody loses... except Paulie.
- The Mafia: A rare modern variant, instead of the glorification of the mafia like other movies, the family shows that the mafia today is at a downfall from rats, the government, hostility from other families, and drugs.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters / Villain with Good Publicity: Generally averted, since the predatory nature of the mob is not hidden and the local business suffer regularly, but the Jersey mobsters throw a traditional Santa Claus party and occasionally organize activities for the community.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: The DiMeos were based on the real-life DeCavalcante crime family, which primarily controls Central Jersey (South Jersey is part of the Philly Mob's turf, while North Jersey is split: the Jersey family controls Elizabeth, while the Five Families, especially the Genovese and Lucchese families, control Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties; they divide Essex County).
- Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo, the crime family's namesake, was based on Simone "Samuel" DeCavalcante, who was nicknamed "Sam the Plumber" because he owned and operated from a heating and plumbing company in Kenilworth. But he hated that nickname, and preferred to be called "the Count" because he often claimed of being Blue Blooded.
- Tony Soprano was based on real-life New Jersey mobster Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, who later became the DeCavalcante crime family's acting boss (acting on behalf of Giovanni Riggi) before becoming an FBI informant in 2003. Elements of Sam DeCavalcante were also added to Tony Soprano.
- Corrado "Junior" Soprano was based on Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi, who became boss of the DeCavalcante crime family after Sam DeCavalcante stepped down in 1982 and retired to Florida.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Given that Tony left a few loose ends and the show ended without a conclusion, it's safe to say that the fate of the organization looks grim.
- Undying Loyalty: Deconstructed. Easily one of the biggest deconstructions. Instead of portraying The Mafia as a synonym of loyalty (like The Godfather), here is the opposite. Very few members are really loyal (it's telling something that Silvio was the single most loyal member of the mob) and most of them are more than willing to betray their partners for vengeance, resentment or greed.
- Running Gag: Younger members are usually the Butt-Monkey in some episodes, Benny gets beaten up by the weak Artie and thrown onto a coffee table by Chris, Little Paulie gets a bottle thrown over his head, beaten up and thrown out a window, Donny K. gets beaten up by Johnny Sack and pissed on, Matthew and Sean gets shot and killed, Perry gets beaten up by Tony for something he didn't do and poor Chris receives the worst Trauma Conga Line of anyone in the series.
Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo
Longtime head of the DiMeo crime family.
- Artifact Title: In-universe: the DiMeo Crime Family, of which the Soprano crew is a major part, still bears Ercole DiMeo's name, even though he's been in prison for decades, and no one named "DiMeo" has any part in running the family.
- The Don: Founder and hierarchical boss of the DiMeo family.
- The Ghost: Never seen, he's a "guest of the government" for life in Springfield, Missouri. After Junior becomes the official boss of the family, he's completely forgotten about and never even mentioned again.
- In Series Nick Name: The Old Man.
- Mentor: For the old Mustache Petes.
Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile, Sr.
The boss of the DiMeo family at the start of the series.
- The Ace: From what little we see of him, it's clear Jackie was the perfect leader for the family. Able to keep Tony's fierce temper in check and a pro at diplomatically resolving troubles.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a ruthless mob boss, he is depicted as being very friendly and diplomatic in his dealings with others, even while suffering from terminal cancer. Additionally, even after being confined to the hospital and dying from the aforementioned cancer, Tony and the other capos within the DiMeo crime family speak fondly of his fair and charismatic leadership.
- The Don: Boss of the Jersey crew at the start of the series
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Wanted to keep his son away from the criminal life. Tony goes out of his way to try to honor this desire.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His demise leads to an early Succession Crisis and a Mob War.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Insofar as any mob boss can be one, he seems to be remembered as a fair leader.
- Remember the New Guy?: The first episode's Early Installment Weirdness says that Tony is the boss of Di Meo family with episode 2 retconning Jackie in.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Affable and easygoing, unlike Richie, his ruthless and sociopathic brother.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His four episode long death arc basically sets Tony on course to become the Don of the crime family and indirectly every mob-related arc over the run of the series.
- Villainous Friendship: A very close friend of Tony.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies of cancer in the fourth episode.
- "I genuinely don't think there's anything to gain by keeping him around."
Tony's most trusted advisor and right-hand man.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a ruthless mobster, he is a good person to hang out with.
- Berserk Button: Gambling - specifically, when lady luck turns against him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Silvio can be pretty goofy with his Pacino impersonations and is one of the more level headed mobsters but he still wont hesitate to pimp slap one of his strippers and carry out gruesome murders. Just ask Adrianna.
- Blue Oni: To Tony's red moments, but Silvio also shows his temper occasionally.
- The Chains of Commanding: He can't bear them during a brief stint at the helm.
- The Consigliere: His role in the crime family. He's Tony's right-hand-man and his primary confidant, but in a downplayed take on the position: he usually completely concurs with his boss' reasoning and follows his orders with little ado.
- The Creon: Has reached the top levels of his ambition, and is severely stressed out by the possibility he might have to take over for Tony.
- Cultural Posturing: His Italian heritage is Serious Business for him, and collides with Tony over it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can even snark off to Tony and get away with it.[re Vito, who was just outed as homosexual] Silvio: Let me just ask you, Ton'. Sake of argument. Let's say he shows up.You gonna kiss this guy on both cheeks?
- The Dragon: To Tony.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't tolerate pedophiles. Sil is elated when Tony tells him to personally deal with Coach Hauser, and is visibly pissed when Tony later calls it off.
- Flat Character: Doesn't get an episode about himself other than a Cultural Posturing subplot in "Columbus".
- "Mayham" (where Sil becomes acting Boss while Tony is in a coma) borders on being A Day in the Limelight episode for Silvio, except that despite Tony's incapacitation, his dream state still ensures the majority of the episode features Tony.
- Happily Married: Despite his prodigious sexual appetite, Sil and his wife Gabriella are shown to be close and loving.
- Hidden Depths: In season 6, he's shown to have a lot of anxiety about taking over the family from Tony if he ever needed to and mentions in season 1 that he once saw a therapist.
- Honest Advisor: Never lies to Tony, and does something behind his back once, stealing floor plates for construction, and at the end of the day pays Tony all the money he got from selling it.
- It's Personal: Upon finding out that Meadow's soccer coach had sex with one of Meadow's friends (with Silvio's daughter part of that same team and circle of friends), Sil asks Tony who he wants to take the guy out. When Tony cites this trope, it turns out that that's just what Silvio wanted to hear."I'll give him a real after-school special!"
- Kick the Dog: An infamous example in the fifth season. He coldly insults and executes Adriana as she begs him for her life. The worst thing is that she hardly gave the Feds anything and the Feds weren't exactly kind to Adriana either.
- Living Lie Detector: Silvio is this when it comes to Tony, they are about as close to best friends as you can get in the Mafia and it's subtle but throughout the series you can see Silvio reading Tony like a book. For an example of this take a look at Silvio's face during the scene where a bedridden Tony tells the guys that "Chris didn't have his seatbelt on his chest filled up and he suffocated on his own blood...seems like that's the cause of death", Silvio clearly sees right through the lie but doesn't mention it
- Morality Chain: Sil, as Tony's consigliere, unofficially serves as this, with "morality" being a VERY relative term. He often acts to reign in Tony's more destructive and rash impulses, especially those that would negatively impact the Di Meo crime family's standing, earning power or morale. It's Silvio who consuls Tony to hand over Tony Blundetto when he goes rogue and nearly causes a mob war with the Lupertazzi family, and later strongly recommends Tony reject Vito's bid to return to the fold when he's outed as gay, as it would not only hurt their relationship with New York, but cause tremendous internal strife.
- Papa Wolf: Shows this side of himself in "Boca", when he hears that his daughter Heather (whom he lovingly calls "The Principessa")'s soccer coach is having an affair with one of the girls on the team. Sil lies in wait to murder the bastard before Tony calls off the hit.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He seems to get very little personal enjoyment out of being a mobster; it's just what he does.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's usually the most sensible mobster in the show, except when he temporarily becomes boss, he gets a nervous breakdown and the family doesn't like his decisions.
- Self-Made Man: He's the owner of the Bada Bing, strip club and Jersey Mafia headquarters, but all in all, a serious business.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The sharpest of the Jersey crew.
- Shout-Out: In "Mayham", when he and wife Gabriella are discussing his stewardship of the Soprano crew while Tony is in a coma, Silvio states "With great power, comes great responsibility", Spider-Man's old adage.
- Sore Loser: Normally one of the more even-tempered mobsters...unless a card game's not going his way, even in his daughter's soccer game he kicks insults and kicks dirt onto a referee for a red card.
- Uncertain Doom: His ultimate fate is vague. Near-fatally shot in a hit, he narrowly survives, but will likely never regain consciousness.
- Villainous Friendship: With Tony. They go back a long way.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the most polite way possible calls out Tony over his pride as if he didn't want to hurt his feelings.
- Would Hit a Girl: Goes with the territory as a strip club owner and sort of pimp. Sil had no problem going upside Tracee's head when she played hooky from work and had the nerve to give him lip. And of course he was the guy who killed Adriana for being a rat.
Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri
- "I'm here to tell you one thing. You ever go whining to the big man again about shit between you and me, we'll have a problem, my friend."
A long-time soldier of the Soprano crew, later caporegime, and finally underboss in the DiMeo Crime Family.
- Affably Evil: It's hard to tell given the fact that he's a massive jerkass, but it's still there. He acts like this to Tony, and showing a lot of respect towards his mother. He has a soft side with children as well.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In the U.S. Army Signal Corps, he was discharged because of psychiatric reasons.
- Ax-Crazy: Paulie is highly impulsive and homicidal. And, just check out some of his psychotic facial expressions.
- Badass Grandpa: While he's unmarried and never had children, he beats the crap out of some Colombian drug dealers who could be his grandchildren, among other examples.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being childish, superstitious, and absurdly hilarious, he's still a brutal, murderous mobster.
- Cloudcuckoolander: There's no telling what really goes on inside Paulie's head. He's extremely superstitious, multi-phobic (mainly mysophobic), and tends to believe in paranormal things.
- Cultural Posturing: Laments that the "medigan" have taken over traditional Italian things such as the capuccino, pizza, calzone, buffalo, mozzarella, and olive oil.
- In one episode, he also laments non-Italians adopting the gangster lifestyle, again calling them "mulignans".
- "Mulignan" is a term specifically used as a slur against African-Americans, as opposed to "Medigan," a corruption of "Americani," which refers to non-Italian-Americans in general.
- In one episode, he also laments non-Italians adopting the gangster lifestyle, again calling them "mulignans".
- Commuting on a Bus: He's incarcerated during season 4, as the actor needed some time for a back surgery.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Repeating or explaining his jokes is one of his quirks, funnier on its own.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His relationship with his mother is one of his few redeeming features.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Which Christopher manages to set off half the time.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: After learning that his actual mother was knocked up by an unidentified sailor, Paulie realizes that in all likelihood he is not full Italian. It doesn't sit well.
- Hate Sink: He has zero regard for human life, shows a toxic personality, says many racist and misogynistic things, murdered a waiter in cold blood, murdered Nucci's friend (an old woman) after he attempted to steal her money and she caught him in the act, and most of his crimes are nothing to do with the business of the mob. Despite his Pet the Dog moments and how funny he can be, Paulie is one of the most unlikable characters.
- The Heavy: On multiple occasions, due to Paulie's combination of a big mouth and poor common sense about where he opens it. For example, he causes a major spat between Tony and Christopher over Adriana's injuries in a car accident, as he mishears "blow to [Adriana's] head" as "Adriana blowing Tony".
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Zig-Zagged. In the first half of the series, this trope is played straight with regards to his character due to the fact that most of his victims are either criminals like himself or otherwise incredibly obnoxious and cruel. However, while his odd quirks continue to be a source of humor, this trope is gradually subverted as his crimes become increasingly heinous in later episodes.
- I Am Not Your Father: Nucci is really his aunt.
- In-Series Nickname: "Paulie Walnuts"
- Jerkass: He's petty, stubborn, vindictive, hot-headed, and self-centered.
- Karma Houdini: Paulie never really gets any kind of comeuppance for his crimes. Especially when you consider how many of his mob friends have been killed or jailed, or have suffered other terrible fates.
- Kick the Dog: Gets one in "Funhouse". When they are about to kill Pussy he shows no emotion or remorse (despite being friends for many years) and then proceeds to casually loot Pussy's corpse for his jewelry. Tony even asks Paulie later on if he thinks about Pussy and he says never, I'd wack him again if I could.
- Laughably Evil: A ridiculously rapacious and cheap bastard. Comically absurd like many of his shenanigans.
- Malaproper: The prince of mangled words.
- Married to the Job: Literally, he doesn't have a life. An early episode showed him waking up in his girlfriend's bed, but this character was dropped after only one appearance.
- The Mentor: For Christopher, unwillingly so but they start to develop an actual friendship.
- The Mole: Feeds Johnny Sack with information for a while. Tony gets suspicious and contemplates killing him for it, but Paulie is wise enough to deny it.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters / Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted. Paulie is appointed manager of an amusement fair. He is such a cheapskate that he cuts corners and security budget to the point one ride becomes hazardous and an accident ensues.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Maybe there's a better term for it but despite his apparent lack of intelligence he is pretty cunning and smart when it comes to how the mafia works and how to stay alive, he tells Silvio he "survived the 70s by the skin of his balls" and in the final episode he's essentially the last man standing.
- Examples of his cunning include him being one of the only people who actively despises Richie, Ralph, Vito, Feech, and Chris who he foresees (correctly) as major troublemakers and his life saving refusal in "Remember When" to admit to Tony that he told Johnny Sack the Ralph Cifaretto weight joke despite the fact that 6 years have passed and both Johnny Sack and Ralph Cifaretto are dead.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: A variant, his full nickname is "Paulie Walnuts" but is univerally refered to as "Paulie"
- Papa Wolf: With the use of his car and in the presence of Kelli, he left her and Christopher's garden in ruins after his nephew, Little Paulie, was beaten by the latter and thrown out a second-story window.
- Pet the Dog: While he's rarely nice or polite being a massive jerkass, he has demonstrates a capacity to empathize with those around him:
- His relationship with his mother. Deconstructed in that it leads to more crime in order to provide for her.
- A straightforward example in From Where To Eternity, which shows him comforting his goomah's children after they are awakened by his night terror.
- Shows some genuine concern for Beansie Gaeta after his run in with Richie Aprile, with whom Paulie is none too happy. This is despite Beansie being a civilian as well.
- After Finn tells the mobsters about him witnessing Vito giving a man a blowjob, Paulie assures Finn that they will make sure he faces no retribution from Vito.
- Upon discovering that Nucci is not his mother, he first reacts by disowning her. However, over time, he gradually finds it within his heart to forgive her and make amends with her before she dies. This is clearly demonstrated by his visible grief over her death during the course of her funeral.
- Moreover, he is also seen grieving (albeit restrainedly) over the death of Christopher Moltisanti and even expressing regret over his cruelty towards him during the course of their time together.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Tends to make vulgar, sexist, racist, or homophobic comments.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: A servile brown-noser who shows his real "allegiance" the minute Tony gets indisposed.I live but to serve you, my liege.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a mama's boy, and he has not one iota of concern for human life.
- Raised Catholic: A criminal with a peculiar view on the afterlife and purgatory.You add up all your mortal sins and multiply that number by 50. Then you add up all your venial sins and multiply that by 25. You add that together and that's your sentence. I figure I'm gonna have to do 6,000 years before I get accepted into heaven and 6,000 years is nothin' in eternity terms. I can do that standing on my head. It's like a couple of days here.
- Skunk Stripe: His "wings" are among his signature traits.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He tries hard to emulate Tony's Wicked Cultured nature, but fails, hard.
- That Came Out Wrong: In the sixth season, he calls "Beansie" Gaeta, who is in a wheelchair, a "stand-up guy" before hastily apologizing.
- The Sociopath: Played for Laughs in the first half of the series but then played straight in later seasons.
- Subverted by the fact that he has shown empathy towards certain people, especially towards his mother.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The job of a top enforcer is examined through Paulie, first in tandem with Pussy and later with Christopher.
- Turncoat: Tries to defect to New York, but his scheme ends in Epic Fail when he discovers that Carmine Sr. doesn't even know him. Paulie was just cajoled and exploited by Johnny Sack.
- Verbal Tic: His "Heh-Heh" laugh. Lampshaded at one point when Tony wonders if he has Tourette's.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Deconstructed, this guy is such a cheapskate that any activity organized by him may go dangerously awry.
- Villainous Friendship: A flimsy one with Tony, Paulie was more like a mentor back in the day, and a friend of Tony's father.
- Villain Protagonist: At his heart. He appears to be a grandpa type, and he's really funny...but he still executed Pussy in cold blood and showed zero emotion about it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Christopher.
Bobby "Baccala" Baccalieri
A rising member of the Soprano crew, who later on marries Janice Soprano.
- Affably Evil: Bobby is nice and friendly most of the time, and he's not very aggressive compared to his friends. But he's still a Mafia goon.
- Anti-Villain: The most sympathetic and most innocent mobster in the series by a wide margin.
- Anyone Can Die: He's married to Janice and a large part of the show, then dies extremely suddenly later.
- Berserk Button: Harm or otherwise mess with Bobby's wife or kids and that teddy bear of a man becomes a grizzly. He beats the shit out of a ride attendant, as his shitty maintenance lead to Janice's injury and the near-injury of his kids, and has to be held back by like three guys from assaulting Paulie Walnuts, who was ultimately responsible for the ride failing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Honestly, Bobby was probably the nicest guy you could ever meet, and only did non-violent work for the most part. You constantly push his buttons, though, and it's not pleasant, as Tony can attest.
- Early on, Bobby is the butt of many of Tony's jokes. Tony nearly falls over laughing at Bobby when he shows up in full hunting gear to help him rescue Christopher and Paulie.
- More so to Junior, who never stops disrespecting him and abusing him.
- The Caretaker: He's assigned to take care of old Uncle Junior.
- Gentle Giant: With shades of Extreme Doormat
- Good Parents: He's very close to his kids.
- Happily Married: With Karen. With Janice, not so much.
- It should be noted that Bobby beat the crap out of a guy whose amusement park ride cutbacks led to Janice getting hurt, and his kicking Tony's ass when he insulted Janice.
- Manchild: He plays with toy trains.
- Mook Promotion: From Junior's flunky to the #3 of the family.
- Nepotism: Being the brother-in-law of the boss is a great boost for his career.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Bobby becomes one after Tony orders him to kill a French-Canadian criminal. He's shocked by it at first, but soon he accepts his new role.
- Rail Enthusiast: He has a big interest in trains, and can be seen building and playing with model trains in his garage, sometimes while dressed like a conductor, which gives him some mockery from his peers.
- He is also seen buying a model train at a hobby shop in his last scene, before the Lupertazzi hitmen kill him.
- Token Good Teammate: At first. He gradually grows more ruthless as the series progresses.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from being one of the biggest teddy bears in the family to marrying Tony's sister and skyrocketing up to #3 in the pecking order by the end. Can be seen as a deconstruction. His "#3" pecking order is what gets him targeted and killed by Phil Leotardo's crew. Paulie Gualtieri was considered before him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As he committed his first murder and ascended to Tony's inner circle in the final nine episodes, he adopted a solidly Darwinist mentality, looking out only for himself and his boss.
- Trauma Conga Line: His father and his wife die within months, and then Janice takes an interest in him, leading to a verbally abusive relationship. Then a ride breaks down with Janice and his kids on it. Then he suffers a near-death experience in which some street kids shoot him in the face, temporarily blinding him in one eye. Then he gets into a drunken brawl with Tony and beats him, causing him to fear for his life. Tony deliberately intimidates Bobby after this, then arranges for Bobby to make his first kill, which is a messy and brutal one.
- Villains Out Shopping: Has a toy train hobby whenever he's not doing things for the family.
- Your Cheating Heart: Notably averted; other than Johnny Sack, Bobby is the only mobster on the show to not take a mistress.
Michele "Feech" LaManna
An old Mustache Pete released from prison in Season 5.
- Ax-Crazy: When he's in a bad mood, his Hair-Trigger Temper and violent nature are genuinely terrifying.
- Badass Grandpa: Can still deliver a nasty beat down and is older than Corrado.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Season 5. Tony sees him from a mile away before he can do anything seriously damaging.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he comes across as charismatic and grandfatherly in his early appearances, it quickly becomes apparent that he's a violent sociopath who resents Tony's rapid ascent, much like Richie Aprile before him.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's an old school mobster who certainly seems to live in the past.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: And how. He beats up a gardener for daring to mow lawns in Feech's old neighborhood.
- Lack of Empathy: Yes, as usual in ruthless mobsters.
- Living Legend: Famed mobster.
- The Munchausen: Is full of tall tales and anecdotes from the time before he was arrested.
- Remember the New Guy?: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show, but he is one of the few aversions because he's mentioned in season 3 as the man whose poker game was robbed by Tony and his pals.
- Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: Part of his backstory is that he was an original gangster who was made in Italy, before immigrating to New Jersey in the 1950s.
- The Sociopath: Feels no remorse for his actions and is perfectly comfortable with crippling innocent bystanders, as well as murder.
- The Starscream: Tony perceives some hints about his disloyalty and gets rid of him before he can do any harm.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: To the shock of absolutely no one, a character portrayed by Robert Loggia is sometimes prone to this.
- Traitor Shot: Gets several from Tony's point of view, in slow motion. He's the only minion who doesn't suck up to Tony's jokes.
- In-Series Nickname:"Feech"
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Tony schemes his return to prison after four episodes.
- When I Was Your Age...: Loves to go down memory lane time and again and struggles to acknowledge that Tony is not a kid anymore.
Richard "Richie" Aprile, Sr.
A DiMeo crime family member released from prison at the start of Season 2.
- Anyone Can Die: Unexpectedly shot to death by his fiancee in a domestic dispute.
- Ax-Crazy: He is incredibly volatile, sadistic, and tends to explode in violent outbursts.
- Bait-and-Switch: It looks like his growing conflict with Tony will come to a head by the end of Season 2. Instead, he is abruptly taken out of the picture when his fiancee, Tony's sister Janice, shoots him dead after a domestic argument.
- The Bermuda Triangle: Tony jokes that he's here the episode after he dies.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Big Pussy in Season 2. Upon being released from prison, Richie actively undermines Tony's authority as boss of the DiMeo crime family and ultimately moves to have him killed towards the end of the story arc. However, he is killed by Janice in the season's penultimate episode before his plans come to fruition.
- Bondage Is Bad: Holds a gun to Janice's head during sex, and he's clearly one of the most villainous gangsters.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After doing his jail time, he's content with Tony's financial treatment, but then Janice meddles in and informs Richie that the amount of money he is given was only fair several decades ago.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. While meeting with Tony after being released from prison, he angrily dresses down Christopher for abusing his niece, Adriana. However, this is largely revealed to be a calculated ploy to reaffirm his credentials as an "old-school" wiseguy in order to curry Tony's favor when he callously admits to having no concern for what Chris does to Adriana "after he puts a ring on her finger".
- Faux Affably Evil: He's probably the most evil and psychotic antagonist to ever appear on The Sopranos, and this goes against his thin and unconvincing friendly demeanor he has with Junior and Albert Barese.
- Foreshadowing: After his release from prison, one of the first things Richie does is threaten Chris Moltisanti for hitting his girlfriend Adriana, who is Richie's niece. Richie specifically tells him to wait until they're married to put his hands on her. Richie eventually punches his fiancé Janice in the mouth, which causes her to lose her temper and shoot him; he probably should have listened to his own advice.
- Hate Sink: He's one of the most despised characters on the show for his malicious personality and for having zero redeeming qualities. He's such a loose cannon that Tony has to stop him from killing gamblers. He also beats his fiancée for nothing more than saying she'd accept his son for being gay, wich culminates in her snapping and murdering him herself. Besides that, he has numerous observations by other characters that he cares about no one but himself.
- Hypocrite: He tells Christopher that the only acceptable context in which a man may hit a woman is if she's his wife. He doesn't practice what he preaches, and dies for it.
- Insistent Terminology / Unusual Euphemism: Knowing that he lacks N-Word Privileges, Richie instead uses the term Nigerians to refer to African-Americans.
- Jerkass: Possibly the biggest example in the series. He is extremely rude and unpleasant to anyone who interacts with him.
- Kubrick Stare: He is notorious for subjecting others to these, to the point that Tony dubs his eyes "Manson Lamps."
- Lack of Empathy: One of his defining characteristics. He renders a person paraplegic and feels insulted after he's told to make reparations.
- Literalist Snarking: He's ordered to back off a guy; he does "and then puts it on drive".
- Loan Shark: Makes up part of his income.
- The Napoleon: Despite being more or less average in height, he is nevertheless one of the shorter members of the Soprano Crime Family (particularly when compared to the hulking Tony Soprano). However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer aggressiveness and brutality.Junior: He's got tremendous moxie for a guy his size.
- Old Flame: Resumes an old relation with Janice.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Mostly downplayed. He's a little smaller in size than the other Di Meo family members, but he's quite capable of delivering a nasty beating if he wants to.
- Pet the Dog: He's kind to a young, clearly unnerved employee at the pizzeria that Beansie drags over the coals.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He tends to be a highly homophobic, sexist man.
- Remember the New Guy?: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Richie is covetous and bloodthirsty, while Jackie is benevolent and easygoing.
- The Sociopath: One of the best examples that gave us the series. He is petty, cruel, sadistic, cunning and ruthless.
- The Starscream: He plots to overthrow Tony.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's of pretty short stature, and his fiancee is decidedly larger than him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was only on the show for one season.
Ralph "Ralphie" Cifaretto
The Soprano crew's loose cannon, who returns from an extended stay in Florida in Season 3.
- Alas, Poor Villain: A peculiar example of the grayness of the show. Despite being a despicable excuse for a human being most of the time, the tragic circumstances that surround his demise are meant to evoke some sympathy, what with his son being in a coma and his HeelFace Door-Slam (see below).
- All There in the Manual: Joe Pantoliano says that Ralph was sexually abused as a child. Some manner of childhood abuse was implied in "Mergers and Acquisitons", but never made explicit within the show.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Substance use disorder. He lacks of moral agency, so yeah, he's not a sociopath.
- Anyone Can Die: His status as a big earner makes him less expendable than most in-story. When his demise comes, the when and the why are completely out of the blue.
- Asshole Victim: Virtually every single person Ralphie knows mentions at one point or another that they'd kind of looking forward to the day he dies.Albert Barese: This is bad, my friend. I mean, don't get me wrong. I wouldn't piss on this Ralph if he was on fire. But to whack the guy over a horse? How fucked up is that? If it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us.
- Ax-Crazy: He's very unstable, and tends to commit violent acts spontaneously.
- Bad Liar: His lies are so transparent that it's ambiguous if Crying Wolf is in play when Tony confronts him.
- Bald of Evil: Hence the toupee.
- Big Bad: Subverted. After the departure of Richie Aprile and Pussy Bonspenserio, a scheming, psychotic mobster played by a well-known character actor is introduced at the beginning of Season 3, and starts to butt heads with Tony. Ralph and Tony bury the hatchet before the season finale, at which point it appears Ralph will be kicking around for a while. He continues acting as a series regular until about 2/3 of the way through Season 4, at which point all the resentment between the men comes bubbling up in an argument over a horse, and Tony beats him to death.
- Bondage Is Bad: Subverted in that he's a sub. His kinks include roleplaying as a whore being pimped out by his "mommy" while she holds a vibrator in his ass, having his penis and testicles abused, and something involving a leather mask.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his obnoxiusness, he's the biggest earner in the Soprano family.
- Brutal Honesty: Punctual. Tony gives him some credit for not being a Yes-Man.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses a can of Raid as a weapon during a fist fight.
- Comforting the Widow: Rosalie Aprile. He cheats on her with Janice before long.
- Deadpan Snarker: His big mouth often gets him in trouble, so much so that Johnny Sack tries to have him killed for insulting his wife.
- Disc-One Final Boss: In Season 3. From the moment he first appears, he creates turmoil among the Soprano Crime Family's ranks by encroaching on other gangsters' territory, engaging in random bursts of violence, and spurring Jackie Aprile Jr. to further acts of delinquency. However, after making him a capo in "He Is Risen", Tony brings his recalcitrant behavior to heel and he is largely neutralized as a direct threat to the well-being of Tony's business and family.
- Dodgy Toupee: Tony is unsurprised when Christopher rips off the toupee by accident (he was attempting to grab Ralph's cadaver by the hair). The wig was ordered and designed by Pantoliano himself, who based it on Christopher Nolan. "I always loved Chris Nolan's hair."
- Drugs Are Bad: He blames his coke addiction for his bad behavior.
- Establishing Character Moment: The episode with Tracee becomes his entire defining element, both for the cast and the audience.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts in a very friendly and cheerful way when he's in a good mood. However, his psychotic nature is the opposite.
- Famous Last Words: An inversion. Just before Ralphie dies, Tony shouts to him "she was a beautiful, innocent creature! What'd she ever do to you? You fucking killed her!"
- Fan Boy: Of Gladiator. Eye Scream ensues for Georgie.
- Foreshadowing: He is introduced in a scene in which Tony yells at him for unnecessarily setting trucks on fire. A later fire contributes to his death.
- During an argument with him on the phone, Johnny Sack says "I should have let Tony cut your head off a year ago"; guess what eventually happens.
- Ralph is almost killed on Johnny Sack's orders after making a fat joke about Johnny's wife, eventually Johnny calms down and tells Tony "No more weight remarks...they're hurtful and they're destructive". Ralph doesn't learn this lesson and the last thing he says to an angry Tony Soprano before he is murdered is "What are you a vegetarian? You eat beef and sausage by the fucking car load!"
- Freudian Excuse: Hinted at. It's hard to imagine a character like Ralph not having mommy issues.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He is clearly despised by Tony and Paulie. None of the other mobsters even care when he goes missing and are more concerned with the possibility of Tony whacking a captain over such a trivial issue.
- Hate Sink: Given that he's a toxic, socially repugnant individual willing to kill his own pregnant girlfriend with his bare hands, it's not hard to imagine that Ralph was deliberately written to be unlikable. Heck, most characters In-Universe hate him. He tried to be better after his son's accident, but even that did not stop Tony's bubbly resentment, which culminates with him brutally murdering Ralph.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Begins to show genuine remorse and something resembling human compassion...and then he is written out of the show 20 minutes later thanks to a never-extinguished feud.
- Hidden Depths: Intellectually, Ralph dwarfs most of his criminal associates. However, his obnoxious and unstable personality consistently work to frustrate his ascent within the underworld despite his wide range of talents.
- Hypocrite: Ralphie, along with Jackie Jr., goes to collect money from a client of Middle Eastern descent, goading the man into a fight by making lewd comments about the man's wife. The client responds by calling Ralph a "wop" and swings a bat, and the two beat the man down and take his money. Ralphie of all people scolds the man for making racial slurs, and suggests he take an anger management course. To top it off, when reporting the incident to Tony, he calls the man a "sand monkey".
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Wanted to be an architect, but the death of his mother truncated his dream, as he had to raise his large family. Additionally, he regrets not being part of the big hit against Feech LaManna, the breakthrough for Tony and his pals.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ralphie"
- Jerkass: In a show full of people with anti-social behavior, he's one of the most triumphant examples, which is saying something.
- Karmic Death: Dies the same way he killed Tracee, being beaten to death in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after pissing off the wrong person.
- Literalist Snarking: When Tony orders him to put an end to his arsons, he makes a call back to the line "no more fires" while his crew is beating the crap out of some guys, but in a less flashy way.
- Manipulative Bastard: As evidenced in his interactions with Jackie Aprile Jr. in Season 3. While Jackie has hardly any respect for him, Ralph nonetheless turns him into an unwitting pawn for his own agenda by insidiously playing on the young man's oversized ego and ambitions.
- Mentor: For Jackie Jr.
- Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any responsibility for Tracee's brutal and undeserved death, protesting to Johnny Sack that she had it coming because she hit him.
- Not Me This Time: Possibly. It is never made clear whether he was truly behind the horse arson or not.
- Parents as People: His son, Justin, was inadvertently shot in the chest by an arrow while playing an unsupervised game of mock The Lord of the Rings with a bow and arrows, leaving Ralph guilt- and grief-stricken.
- Passed-Over Promotion: By Gigi, as Tony deems Ralph is too volatile for a captaincy.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment to Justin, his son.
- Posthumous Character: Appears in several dreams after his demise. Melfi interprets a Kafkaesque one as a confirmation of Redemption Equals Death.
- Pyro Maniac: Arsonist, which falls in line with his freudian sexual oddities.
- Remember the New Guy?: He is based in Miami during the first two seasons.
- Smug Snake/Smug Smiler: Ralphie is usually too pleased with himself and smirking◊ for some reason or another.
- Stealing from the Till: Raises suspicions about him pocketing money from the esplanade project, as he seems to be living beyond his supposed means.
- Tragic Villain: Had an abusive mother which led him to become the scumbag that shows up in the third season.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Richie, who is absent from the third season for obvious reasons. Both are unpleasant, sadistic jerks with a Lack of Empathy. Similarly, both are Tony Soprano's major headache, and become involved in sadomasochistic relationships with Janice. However, unlike Richie, Ralph had more Character Development.
- Would Hit a Girl: He would beat her to death, in fact.
Capo in the family as of Season 4.
- The Butcher: Invoked in the imagery when he kills Fat Dom Gamiello.
- Irony: He's all for killing Vito, but ends up unknowingly helping to avenge him when he kills Fat Dom.
- The Peter Principle: Presumably a good soldier, he gets to be a captain thanks to seniority, but his managerial skills suck:Tony: Maybe you should start sucking cock instead of watching TV Land, 'cause Vito brought in three times what you do on construction! Yeah! And I didn't have this fuckin' problem!
- Politically Incorrect Villain: While all of the mobsters, save Patsy, are homophobic, Carlo stands out. After Phil murders Vito for being gay, Carlo praises him, despite the fact that by doing so, Phil broke a major rule in the Mafia by killing a made man not in his own family.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having relatively few lines in the entire series, it's implied that him turning government witness may end up being the thing that will eventually bury Tony. If Tony's still alive, of course.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Played with in "Chasing It"; he compares Tony's luck with an episode of The Twilight Zone. Tony, never a big fan of sci-fi, immediately chides him for it, but when Tony goes to Las Vegas on a weird trip, Carlo's comparison gets vindicated.
Raymond "Ray" Curto
A long-running capo in the family.
- A Day in the Limelight: An important scene of the Season 5 finale takes place at his birthday dinner, but Tony quickly arrives and steals the spotlight.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is fond of these.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Has an aneurysm while imparting some information to the FBI.
- The Mole: The longest-lasting confirmed mole of the series.
- Out of Focus: He seems to prefer it this way.
A rising member from the Cifaretto crew. Closet gay.
- Ambition Is Evil: An interesting The Starscream variation; he begins to postulate himself slowly as big boss candidate, in a particularly greedy way during a delicate moment when Tony is indisposed.
- Armored Closet Gay: Shows signs of this a couple times.
- Ascended Extra: Began as a very minor soldier, then rose up through the ranks to the point of becoming capo and a member of Tony's inner circle.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he kills Jackie Aprile, Jr. and some guy in New Hampshire whose car he hit.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tony regards him as this. His "quirk" is somehow forgivable because like Ralph before him, he's a big earner, unlike Gervasi:Tony (to Gervasi): Maybe you should start sucking cock instead of watching TV Land 'cause Vito brought in three times what you do on construction! Yeah! And I didn't have this fuckin' problem!
- Bury Your Gays: He's murdered by the Luppertazzi family on Phil Leotardo's orders because of his homosexuality.
- The Dragon: To Ralph Ciffareto.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted; after going on the run once he's discovered to be gay, the camera focuses on him and his gun many times, but he never kills himself.
- Falsely Reformed Villain: Has a shot at a civilian life, but decides that crime pays better.
- Formerly Fat: He's imbued with new ambition and drive after a massive loss of weight.
- Foreshadowing: Vito is present when the guys are sitting around "breaking balls" at a construction site and Eugene says Little Paulie's girlfriend's mustache is so thick "...it must have been like kissing a fireman". When Vito is eventually outed he runs off to New Hampshire and dates a volunteer fireman with one hell of a mustache.
- A subtle one, but in "Mayham", Phil Leotardo and his wife is having dinner with Vito and his. Phil comments that when Vito married his sister, "he looked like John Travolta". John Travolta has been the subject of homosexual rumors for several years.
- Gayngster: Vito is a capo and an "ass muncher". A straight deconstruction of the trope, as this is not a tolerable mix in the underworld, and he learns it the hard way; being gay and a mobster is very incompatible with being alive.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Finn witnesses his interest in men, and is called to "testify" later by the mobsters.
- Leather Man: The visible reason why he's outed.
- Meet Cute: Finds a handsome short order cook/fireman boyfriend in New England.
- Mook Promotion: Starts as a regular made man in the Aprile crew and becomes a prominent DiMeo capo in a few years due to the High Turnover Rate of the position.
- Secret Identity: Flees from Jersey and starts a new life in New England, at first posing as a writer.
- You Look Familiar: Joe Gannascoli appears in season 1 as the random client of a bakery while Christopher waits in the line.
James "Jimmy" Altieri
One of the original five captains at the start of the series.
- Boxed Crook: Implied to have turned state's witness after being arrested during an FBI raid on a pool hall he owns.
- Death by Sex: Lured to his death by Christopher's promises to get him "acquainted" with a beautiful Russian woman.
- Due to the Dead: To drive the point home about snitching, he's also punished post-mortem; a rat is stuffed into his mouth and Christopher calls in a bomb threat to his wake.
- Fat Bastard: His weight is pointed out by several characters and Tony theorizes that it's the reason Makazian mistook him for Pussy. Of course, Makazian was probably right in his initial identification, and Jimmy only turned informant later on.
- The Mole: The first FBI informant discovered. Like all the subsequent moles in a strict sense, he's an inversion, as the villain protagonist point of view reverses some concepts.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction once he realizes he's been exposed and Christopher takes away his emergency sidearm.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gives away his nature as an informant through his shifty behavior after he's released and seals his fate by calling a meeting solely to get the other members of the family to incriminate themselves.
Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese
One of the original five captains at the start of the series.
- Affably Evil: Possibly the nicest and most soft spoken out of any of the capos.
- Commuting on a Bus/Demoted to Extra: After he is sent to jail in the season 1 finale, he only appears from time to time, but mantains his captaincy throughout the series.
- The Stool Pigeon: Discussed as the source behind the unburial of Tony's first murder, with the suggestion that he gave false information not to incriminate Tony and Paulie. It later turns out he gives them false information, blaming the murder on Jackie Aprile, Sr.
Albert "Ally Boy" Barese
Acting capo of the Barese crew.
- Hufflepuff House: The most inconspicuous captain in Tony's gang.
- Hidden Depths: He not only stays under the radar but he's a high earner, at one point surpassing Paulie.
- Red Oni,Blue Oni: Blue to Ralph's Red, they show up right around the same time and immediately have a conflict with each other. Albert is told to shut up and solve the conflict and is rarely seen, meanwhile Ralphie becomes one of the biggest troublemakers on the show.
- Undying Loyalty: He shows a lot of loyalty to Tony Soprano, siding with Tony against Richie when Richie wanted Tony dead.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to repeat whatever you just said.
An enforcer introduced in Season 2.
- Affably Evil: He can be polite and calm, but he has been shown to brutally murder other made men and wanted to (understandably) do so to Ralphie Cifaretto.
- The Chains of Commanding: After he is made captain, the stress of containing Ralphie adds a new toll to his health.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Bites it halfway through Season 3 in a pretty undignified way.Tony (in the series finale): Gigi died takin' a shit!
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Ralph constantly breaks his balls.
- Mauve Shirt: Receives little unique characterization but is still important in the storyline involving Ralph in Season 3.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting Philly Parisi, Gigi must regularly interact with Philly's identical twin brother Patsy. This is another contributing factor to his mounting stress.
- Undignified Death: Suffers a heart attack while constipated on the toilet of the Bada Bing, and surrounded by porn magazines, though Tony does his best to paint it in a more dignified light by comparing him to Elvis.
Enforcers / Soldiers
Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
Tony's best friend and member of the Soprano crew.
- Affably Evil: A zig-zag between this and Faux Affably Evil. Despite being a hardened criminal, he's a benevolent mentor to the hotheaded Christopher Moltisanti, whose easygoing personality belies his unwavering loyalty to Tony Soprano. However, though a loving father, he's a ruthless heroin trafficker and at times an abusive husband. He's also the final Big Bad of Season 2.
- Anyone Can Die: He's a walking example of this trope.
- Alas, Poor Villain:
- Gets one at the end of "D Girl" at AJ's Communion party.
- His last moments by the end of Season 2.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Richie in Season 2. His likable persona is revealed as a facade masking his bitterness towards Tony and his crew, for whom he harbors few loyalties. He's also the true FBI informant.
- The Brute: He's employed personally by Tony to deliver beatdowns and intimidations.
- Boxed Crook: Revealed to be one in Season 2 after being implied of this in Season 1.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a loving father, after all. It's also his weak point, and what gets him to flip.
- Evil Former Friend: Although the "former" part is news to Tony, it's revealed that he has been simmering in repressed rage against Tony for years, and became an FBI agent.
- Face Death with Dignity: Tries to do this, asking that the shooters leave his face alone, but he visibly starts to panic in the moments before he is shot.
- Final Boss: In Season 2.
- Hidden Depths: Again, near the end of "D Girl".
- Hidden Wire: Was suspected of wearing one in season one confirmed in season 2.
- Kick the Dog: When he can't take the pressure anymore, his wife gets the brunt of it.
- And then there's that time he crushes an Elvis impersonator's skull with a hammer. Don't ask.
- Mentor: To Chris and in a lesser way to his godson AJ.
- Manipulative Bastard: The primary reason why he's been able to stay under his fellow mobsters' radar for years while working as an FBI informant.
- Mistaken Identity: For a while, Tony thinks the authorities confused Pussy and Jimmy Altieri, since the two fat crooks look alike.
- The Mole: Serves as this for the FBI, supplying them with information on the inner workings of the DiMeo crime family.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: A great Santa Claus during the christmas parties organized by the mob.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Says so to Tony during one of Sopranos's dreams.
- Pet the Dog: He has a heart-to-heart with AJ at his communion party. Notably occurs at the end of "D Girl", the same episode as his aforementioned Kick the Dog.
- Reformed Criminal: He tried to be one, but he failed.
- Regretful Traitor: At first but he gradually grows more resentful of Tony after being passed over.
- Sanity Slippage: After being alienated from his friends and family, Pussy actually seems to think that he can join the FBI.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Agent Skip Lipari says Pussy must have a severe case as he went from reluctantly wearing a wire to avoid jail to despising Tony and wanting to help the FBI take him down.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Paulie or Christopher in the first season.
- Villainous Friendship: With Tony and Christopher. His relationship with Tony eventually becomes deconstructed, as bitterness drives them apart.
An enforcer from Italy who joins the DiMeo family in Season 2, brought in as part of a "men-for-cars" deal with the Neapolitan Camorra.note
- Affably Evil: He's very polite and cultured in addition to being a violent thug.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: While he acts calm and reserved, he has certain moments of violence throughout the series.
- The Big Guy: The tallest and easily the fittest of Tony's crew.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's essentially just a violent thug with a romantic and cultured side.
- The Driver: Serves as this for Tony.
- Hidden Depths: His feelings for Carmela.
- In Love with the Gangster's Girl: He has a sort of platonic affair with Carmela.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He can go from laid back to vicious as the job demands.
- Put on a Bus: Or rather a plane, back to Italy, when his and Carmela's feelings for each other become too strong to ignore (and before Tony finds out).
- Real Men Wear Pink: His "Euro-trashy" wardrobe. Also, he's officially brought in for visa purposes as a "master cheese maker" for Artie, and seems to at least be competent at it.
- Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: Pure-blooded Italian, hired straight from Napoli, and presented as fiercer than the average enforcer.
- Uncertain Doom: His last mention in the show says that Tony called a few people in Italy and Furio will be killed wrong person sees him.
- Would Hit a Girl: In Italy, there's really no gender discrimination. Suggested to be part of why Tony brought him back to the States. Also punches the female owner of a brothel square in the face in "Big Girls Don't Cry".
- Would Hurt a Child: Furio slaps the piss out of a kid who couldn't be more than fifteen for a small prank intended to get him noticed by the Italian Mafia.
An enforcer in the Cifaretto crew.
- Ascended Extra: Until he gets his own episode in series 6, his biggest scene is when he smashes a bottle on Little Paulie's face. Though for some reason Robert Funaro is often billed in the opening credits before series 6, despite having smaller roles than other characters (maybe he had a good agent).
- A Death in the Limelight: Finally gets some screentime where he looks like he might be the new mole threat to Tony. Kills himself about five minutes after we find this out.
- Despair Event Horizon: His realization in "Member's Only" that he'll never be able to leave the mob and move with his family down to Florida.
- Driven to Suicide: He hangs himself in the basement.
- The Mole: Turns out to be an FBI informant.
- Mook Promotion: Shares his made man initiation with Christopher.
- Out of Focus: Listed in the main cast of season 3, but mostly amounts to being a background character until the premiere of season 6, and then he dies.
- Resignations Not Accepted: He's reminded verbatim by Silvio of this when he tries to quit the Jersey crew.
A young enforcer and friend of Chris Moltisanti.
- Affably Evil: One of the nicest guys in the Soprano crew, but he's brutal when he needs to be.
Peter "Bissell" LaRosa
A would-be soldier in Paulie's crew.
- The Apprentice: A rising hitman who makes his bones during the show and doubles as doorman.
Junior's right hand man.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Spends his last moments yelling "Please!" over and over again and insisting that it was Junior, not him, that murdered Brendan Filone.
- Butt-Monkey: For Tony, who dislikes and abuses Mikey with impunity.
- The Consigliere: After Junior becomes boss, the FBI have him as this on their wall chart. Although he's half Junior's age and is more of a sychophant than a real advisor.
- The Dragon: Doubles as Junior's main enforcer.
- The Driver: Initially for Junior.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Was genuinely shocked at the death of Junior's tailor's grandson, even if he ruined it by being overly descriptive as usual.
- Foreshadowing: When Junior is getting fitted for a new suit, Mikey is with him. They have a discussion about how the young mobsters don't wear suits anymore, instead opting for athletic clothes like tracksuits. Junior says "these guys today they wanna be buried in their jogging outfit"; when Mikey is finally killed, he's wearing jogging clothes.
- Jerkass: Rude and unpleasant to almost everyone apart from Junior, whom he may only be nice to because he's Mikey's immediate superior.
- Joggers Find Death: He's killed by Paulie and Chris in the middle of his outdoors routine.
- Masochism Tango: His relationship with his wife has this in spades. They're almost always shown arguing or insulting each other. Ironically, she's the only person shown to be sad when he disappears.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: His relationship with Junior amounts to little more than sycophant.
- Psycho for Hire: Clearly relishes his job as Junior's hitman and enforcer.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant and overconfident despite his rather limited competence.
Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi
An enforcer introduced in Season 2.
- Alliterative Name: Pasquale " Patsy" Parisi.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: He's devastated after his talkative twin gets killed on Tony's order.
- Awful Wedded Life: He and his wife have one scene together, and it is clear they don't care for each other's company.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: His wife, again.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: When Vito is outed as a homosexual, Patsy is the only mobster to explicitly state he doesn't give a fuck. As noted above, Tony does give a fuck, but he's willing to overlook Vito's habits because he's a good earner and a loyal capo.
- The Generic Guy: The accountant of the organization. Appears in the background in many scenes but has very little characterization.
- In-Series Nickname: Two- "Patsy" or "Pat".
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Intimidating Gloria Trillo.
- Passed-Over Promotion: By Christopher when Paulie is sent to jail.
- The Resenter: Towards Tony over the death of his twin brother. He eventually buries the hatchet, although one interpretation of the finale would argue he hasn't.
- Also bears considerable ill will towards Christopher, as Tony grants his "nephew" a promotion that Patsy's seniority, dependability and superior intelligence should have entitled him to.
- Stoic Spectacles: He's a very serious guy (usually).
Robert "Baccala" Baccalieri, Sr.
- Played by: Burt Young
An aging but brutal Di Meo hitman and father of Bobby Baccala.
- Affably Evil: He can engage in banter with his son and friends, then gleefully enjoy sadistically murdering his targets the next moment. He also has a reputation as the "Terminator" for the mob.
- Ax-Crazy / Psycho for Hire: He clearly enjoys his job.
- Badass Grandpa / Dying Moment of Awesome: On the way home from a brutal murder of two goons, he succumbs to a coughing fit and crashes into a billboard, accompanied by "Sister Golden Hair" by America. One of the few deaths that averts Soundtrack Dissonance — the panning shot of the aftermath of his crash to the song's guitar solo is quite cinematic.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Implied. Baccala Sr. is one of the most vicious and efficient killers in the syndicate, but his middle-aged son has never killed anyone.
- Guttural Growler: Due to his terminal lung cancer.
- Incurable Cough of Death: A pretty nasty one.
- The Last Dance: He is more than eager to carry out one final hit, despite — or possibly because of — his deteriorating health.
- Living Legend: Not for long.
A Soprano hitman notable for committing the final murder of the series.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's a member of Tony's inner circle and social circle despite only appearing halfway through the last half of Season 6.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Introduced midway through the second half of Season 6, is in the background of a few scenes, has maybe half a dozen lines, and carries out the spectacular final hit of Phil Leotardo.
Italo and Salvatore
Two seasoned hitmen from Naples.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue
- Genius Bruiser: For both their hits, they use tactics to put their targets off their guard and get their hands away from their guns
- Mistaken Identity: They kill the father of Phil's mistress instead of Phil, because the two grey foxes look very alike.
- Professional Killers: Hired to kill Rusty Millio and Phil Leotardo, with mixed results.
A Russian mobster and business partner of Tony.
- "Cocksuckers, I'll kill you both!"
A memorable Russian mook who proves to be too much for Christopher and Paulie in "Pine Barrens".
- The Alcoholic: He routinely abuses drugs and alcohol.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappears from the show with no explanation.
- The Dragon: Slava's.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The implied reason for his rampant alcoholism and drug abuse according to Slava.
- Husky Russkie: He's a badass ex-soldier and an elite veteran of the Chechen War. Paulie and Chris get their asses handed to them.Paulie: "He killed 16 Czechoslovakians.note Guy was an interior decorator!"
- Made of Iron: He's not the type who gets affected by trivial things like a throat crushed or headshots.
- The Mafiya
- Meaningful Name: Valery means "healthy" or "strong" in Russian.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: And how! He feels at home in a frozen forest.You think the cold bothers me? This is warm, I wash my balls with ice water!
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He only had to pay Silvio's money, but Paulie escalates the conflict to a point of no return.
- Rasputinian Death: Maybe, What Happened to the Mouse? ... Never Found the Body.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Slava's Blue.
- Villainous Friendship: Slava's best comrade, the two are like brothers.
- Worthy Adversary
Lou DiMaggio and the Atwell Avenue Boys
An old crew of brutal hitmen recommended to Tony for a whacking by Junior.
- Ax-Crazy: They are effective but sadistic, completely terrifying mercenaries. One of them beat one treacherous mobster and his wife to death with a baseball bat, earning Lou's nickname "DiMaggio". They also decapitated a man with a hacksaw while he was still alive.
- Blind Seer: Invoked by Lou, who is blind, when he asks Chris if he's into drugs. Lou was actually just asking if the Soprano family was involved in drug running, something he is fundamentally opposed to.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A Darker and Edgier variation. The youngest member of their crew is unnervingly friendly and enthusiastic. Upon meeting Christopher Moltisanti, he remarks that his name is also Chris. Seeing a picture of Johnny Sack at his birthday, he remarks that it's his birthday as well.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Lou certainly has these, although most likely a side-effect of his blindness. Doesn't make them any less creepy.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They hate drug dealers.
- Karma Houdini
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The whole scene involving them is genuinely disturbing.
- Played by: Sofia Milos
The exuberant and de facto boss of the Neapolitan Camorra.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A shrewd businesswoman who has a quirky superstition; she burns her nail clippings to prevent some kind of curse.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is the official boss of the Camorra, but he's senile.Paulie: Ton, you give this guy a golf club, he'll probably try to fuck it.
- Ms. Fanservice: Paired with a healthy dosis of Male Gaze.
- Sex for Services: Immune to flirtation at first, she later tries to soften Tony up with sex during a negotiation, but he sees right through it and refuses.Tony: I do want... but I don't shit where I eat.
Peter "Beansie" Gaeta
A former associate of Richie Aprile involved in his drug operations.
Jackie Aprile Jr.
Son of the late boss.
- Ascended Extra: Briefly seen before the Season 2 finale, he's later a major character in Season 3.
- Ambition Is Evil: His efforts to make a name for himself are the driving source of conflict in the third season.
- Bait the Dog: Looks like he might be bonding with the young girl living in his safehouse, who wants to teach him chess, but he quickly gives up on this endeavor and goes outside, where he is immediately killed.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Season 3. While he creates tension within the ranks of the DiMeo crime family throughout the story arc, he never musters the resources to directly threaten Tony's leadership and is unceremoniously whacked the moment he shows signs of doing so.
- Bullying a Dragon: Wanting to repeat Tony's breakthrough hit, he robs a card game organized by the DiMeo family. It gets messy and deadly.
- Casanova Wannabe: An especially poor idea given that he's dating Meadow.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: A notable inversion during his romance with Meadow. At first, Tony is relieved with a paisan and everybody else is delighted by the prospects of a Soprano-Aprile marriage.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gets arguably the least dramatic death of any major character in the series.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Feels entitled to respect due to his heritage, but earns and receives none. His final human interaction is a little girl laughing at him.Tony: Those who want respect, give respect.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: To Jackie Sr. Jackie doesn't want him getting involved in the life of crime, because he's not cut out for it. When he takes up the mantle, he's bad at it, extremely rude, spiteful, and generally incompetent, in addition to flunking out of Rutgers.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Rutgers, a university considered part of the "Public Ivy". He flunks out, but keeps pretending he is attending college.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Has little to no redeeming qualities whatsoever; he's brash, arrogant, cheats on his girlfriend, and very stupid.
- Manchild: Of the spoiled rotten Jerkass variety.
- Narcissist: An "amorous" and "unprincipled" example. Aside from his uncle and father, who were both arrogant and ruthless individuals, he shows hardly any respect or loyalty towards anyone other than himself. Ultimately, his sheer obnoxiousness and bloated sense of entitlement reaches a point that Tony Soprano, his father's best friend and former right-hand man, finally gets sick of him and has him killed.
- Pet the Dog: Affectively coaching A.J., who looks up to him.
- Turn Out Like His Father: His father wanted him to have a honest life and Tony tries to keep him straight, but the underworld is just too attractive to Jackie. Ralph gives him the final push encouraging Jackie to follow in his father's footsteps.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As shown briefly during a flashback in the Christmas episode.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father's death leaves an immense chip on his shoulder.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Meadow, gets caught red-handed, and becomes an ex-boyfriend.
Little Paulie Germani
Nephew of Paulie Gualtieri.
- Butt-Monkey: Besides Georgie the bartender, he is one of the most abused characters on the show. He gets hit with a bottle on 2 separate occasions and eventually thrown out of window.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Was actually pretty scary in a scene where he had to intimidate and beat up JT Dolan.
- Dumb Muscle: He's basically a dumber version of Chris or Benny. His sense of humor is profoundly simple.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: In a subtle scene, he cheats during a pool game against his uncle (who got distracted by a phone call) by putting a few balls in his pockets.
- Skunk Stripe: Develops a little one, less prominent than his uncle's.
- The Determinator: Keeps working looking for Phil even while having to wear a neck brace and crutches.
- Younger Than They Look: Besides the stripe skunk, he looks pretty young for somebody who's 42 by the time he appears on the show.
- Portrayed by: Anthony De Sando
A young associate, friend, and partner in crime of Christopher Moltisanti.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Asks forgiveness from Tony for repeated errors.
- Boom Head Shot: Gets shot through the head by Mikey Palmice.
- Butt-Monkey: Tossed out and told to be quiet for repeated infractions.
- Deadly Bath: He's in his bathtub, having a smoke, when Mikey Palmice visits him to deliver a Moe Greene Special on Junior's orders.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Attempts to climb in the ranks too quickly.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Played Straight during his death scene, but Averted when Chris and Adriana find his body later.
- It's Personal: Jacking trucks protected by Junior sealed his fate.
- Functional Addict: Attempts numerous tasks while taking crystal meth.
- Moe Greene Special: Shot clean through the eye while in his bathtub by Mikey Palmice.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Uses friendship with Christopher to act like a loose cannon and since he's not "made," he gets executed for his freelance crime spree.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Christopher Moltisanti.
- Too Dumb to Live: Repeatedly disrespects and rips off the business of an influential mob boss as an unmade guy, while also disrespecting the memory of Jackie Aprile to the man's best friend.
- Portrayed by: Lillo Brancato Jr.
A young associate of Chris Moltisanti.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Tony not to shoot him.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Pisses his pants as he's shot to death.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Along with Sean, Matthew is never is taken seriously by any member of the Dimeo crime family — not even low-ranking ones — and it's made clear he'll probably never rise up in the ranks for a long time.
- Gayngster: Furio thinks he and Sean are.
- Harmless Villain: The guy is not even taken seriously by Richie. Eventually leads to him trying to kill Christopher in order to gain points with Richie.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sean Gismonte. The "heterosexual" part is debatable, according to Furio.
- Hope Spot: Deliberately used by Tony Soprano as a form of sadistic psychological torture before killing him.
- It's Personal: His shooting of Chris Moltisanti, Tony Soprano's nephew, pretty much sealed his horrible fate.
- Kick the Dog: Puts an employee of the Webistics scam in the hospital for giving a potential mark some alternatives to the bad stock he was supposed to promote. Gets the favor karmically returned with his own cruel and drawn out death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sean Gismonte's Red. Even then, both have a hot temper.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Shot over 50 times by Tony and Big Pussy.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Sean Gismonte.
- Undignified Death: Pisses himself and cries "Mommy" just before he is killed.
- Portrayed by: Chris Tardio
- Boom, Headshot!: Gets killed instantly with a clean shot through the head.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is constantly belittled and basically shit on by everyone else.
- Foreshadowing: In "D-Girl", Livia tells A.J. about a group of teenagers who crashed their car and burned alive because they couldn't escape their seatbelts. One episode later, after committing a drive-by shooting on Christopher, Sean's seatbelt gets stuck and Chris shoots him in the head as he struggles with it.
- Gayngster: Furio thinks that he and Matt suck eachother's dicks.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Matthew Bevilaqua.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Matthew's Blue.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Matt.
Fabian "Febby" Petrulio
Former soldier in the DiMeo family who turned federal informant.
- Blatant Lies: Lies through his teeth in a vain attempt to save his life, saying he left Tony and Meadow alone due to his conscience and not the presence of witnesses.
- Mood Whiplash: A quiet moment with a deer is followed by Tony appearing out of the blue and ferociously murdering him. Finally a band of birds/ducks crosses the sky.
- Properly Paranoid: Carries a Hand Cannon and is smart enough to recognize he's being stalked, but misses his chance to kill Tony.
- Resignations Not Accepted: It catches up to him with a 10 years delay.
- The Stool Pigeon: Became an informant, leading to a lot of convictions of DiMeo crime family members.
- Villains Out Shopping: Found by Tony when the mobster and Meadow are touring Maine examining colleges. The character serves to show early on, in first person, the murderous, almost casual nature of what Tony does for a living and how good he is at lying to his family.
- Witness Protection: Eventually kicked out of the program. He later went by the name of Frederick 'Fred' Peters.
- Would Hurt a Child: Appears to be about to gun down Tony and Meadow but is stopped by the fact that there are witnesses.
William "Petite" Clayborn and Rasheen Ray
Two small-time criminals commissioned by Junior Soprano to kill Tony in the first season.
- Boom, Headshot!: Petite Clayborn's death, in slow motion.
- Car Fu: Their altercation with Tony is comprised mostly of this.
- Gang Bangers: A couple of black street gangsters.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Rasheen accidentally shoots Petite in the head while aiming for Tony in a moving car.
- Mugging the Monster: Attempted to kill Tony Soprano before he had a real reputation, although Tony was by then a reputed mob captain in the DiMeo crime family.
- Scary Black Man: They fit this trope to a T.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen together.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Rasheen Ray apparently survives the shootout, and is never heard from again.
Jasons Gervasi and Parisi
Best friends and sons of Carlo Gervasi and Patsy Parisi, both named Jason.
- Bait the Dog: Introduced as happier counterparts to A.J. Seeing their apparently functional lives, Tony pushes A.J. to befriend them. They genuinely bond with him and things seem to take a turn for the better, but then they start roping him into their violent activities.
- Boxed Crook: Jason Gervasi gets caught dealing drugs, a charge used to box his mafioso father.
- Black Sheep: Jason Parisi appears to be this. His brother Patrick is a successful attorney dating Meadow Soprano, while Jason is a budding criminal.
- Evil Mentor: To A.J.
- Hate Sink: A duo of irresponsible, selfish, lazy, sadistic jerkasses. One of their cruelest acts was in "Walk Like a Man", where they used A.J.'s SUV to take a gambler into the woods and torture him by pouring sulfuric acid on his toes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners
- Like Father, Like Son: They are both exactly what Tony wants to avoid with his own son.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. Both Jasons share the same name with each other and with numerous others on the show.
- Pet the Dog: They genuinely seem to care about A.J.'s mental health.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: After knocking over a Somalian cyclist with a car door, Jason G calls him a nigger, then a terrorist. Notably Jason P does not partake in this racism, though he does not hesitate to join in on the beating they give the man.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gervasi is red, Parisi is blue. Definitely consistent with their respective fathers' personalities.
New Jersey assemblyman in bed with the mob.
- Ascended Extra: Appears briefly in Season 3 before gaining prominence in Season 4.
- Corrupt Politician: Tony's equal partner in a major Real Estate Scam.
- Foe Cooties: Played with; initially Tony appears unaffected by his dating of Irina and gives his blessing, but eventually Zellman gets viciously beaten up for having a relationship with the former comare of Tony.
- Lack of Empathy: Is apathetic towards the fate he gives a cop that gave Tony a bad time.
- The Ghost: Becomes this after Tony humiliates him profoundly. Although he's never seen after Tony belts him in his house, Zellman is still on the mob's payroll as he helps Tony with additional political favors years after the incident.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: He's unable to perform in bed after Tony humiliates him in front of Irina.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Zellman is well-regarded in the community. He's popular enough to get elected to the State Senate.
Richard "Dick" Barone
Owner of Barone sanitation, a front business for the Soprano crew.
- Due to the Dead: His funeral congregates a high number of mafiosos, despite not being a made man or a relative.
- Family Business: Inherited by his son, who is not interested in playing ball with the mob until Paulie renews the arrangement.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: "Waste management consultant for Barone Sanitations" is Tony's official job.
- Ripped from the Headlines: Partly based on Thomas Milo, a garbage hauler cracked down by Giuliani in the 90s.
- Self-Made Man: Garbage hauling is a legitimate and profitable business on its own.
- Amoral Attorney: A traditional mob lawyer.
Harold "Mel" Melvoin
James "Murmur" Zancone
Friend, AA sponsor and criminal associate of Christopher Moltisanti.
- Embarrassing Nickname: The nickname "Murmur" comes from him having a heart murmur as a kid.
- Evil Genius: An expert at forging documents.
- Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in Season 6, at which point he is best buds with Chris. On the other hand Tony resents the excessive familiarity about the new guy and shoos him away.
- The Sponsor: Christopher's.
- Played by: Edoardo Ballerini
A first-generation Italian heroin junkie, friend, and associate of Christopher. His fluency in the Italian language means he is generally the bottom level go-between with friends from the other side.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Briefly mentions that he was born in Italy, and is shown to be wary of native Italian mobsters, for unspecified reasons.
- Functional Addict: Though something of a bottom-feeder.
- Spanner in the Works: In the penultimate episode, Corky acts as a go-between with the Italian assassins in the hit on Phil. After the hitmen mistakenly murder Phil's goomah's father instead, they briefly mention to Corky that she referred to the target as "Daddy" in Ukrainian. Corky, in a porn store at the time, thinks nothing of this. His mistake results in Bobby's death and Silvio's coma.
- The Stoner
Ahmed and Muhammad
Muslim associates of Christopher.
- Conflict Killer: Islamic terrorism becomes an important part of the equation in the complex relationship between the FBI/Tony/Phil.
- The War on Terror: Christopher considers them not to be terrorists at first, but some sudden behavior may indicate otherwise. Due to post-9/11 changes of policy, the FBI take a keen interest in them and an investigation ensues.