DiMeo Crime Family
- Artifact Title: The family is named after Eckley DiMeo, but, from the premiere onward, nobody named "DiMeo" is running this family. This is a case of Truth in Television, as the FBI tends to name a family after its contemporary head whenever they start investigating it, and they rarely change the name even when its namesake has been gone for decades, likely out of convenience.
- 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 two high ranking members dead and a vegetable, and only survives because of a truce.
- Deconstruction: Of The Mafia in the modern-day. The Mafia here is nowhere near as powerful as they were in movies like GoodFellas and Casino thanks to a combination of rats revealing their crimes, modern forensics and technology making it more difficult to steal or murder, government crackdowns, RICO law, hostility from other families, and drugs. Not helping matters is that the older generation has been dying off and the younger members lack their intelligence and restraint. Basically, they are no longer the criminal organization of the old days, making them less of a goverment target and more of a group of violent street thugs living in the past and escaping the police.
- 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 look 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 incredibly powerful and intimidating mobsters from movies like GoodFellas or Casino (justified, as these movies take place during the mob heyday and pre-RICO era), the Family shows that The Mafia today is in decline as a result of rats, the government, RICO laws, hostility from other families, and drugs. It certainly doesn't help the fact that most of the smartest members are old and most of the younger ones (with a few exceptions) are ignorant, inexperienced thugs.
- 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 to be 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.
- Running Gag: The most idiotic, ignorant and inexperienced 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 Chris receives the worst Trauma Conga Line of anyone in the series.
- 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.
- White-Collar Crime: While the family is no stranger to street violence, drug trafficking, contract killing, and traditional crimes committed by The Mafia, they are heavily involved in money laundering. In many ways, this has allowed them to survive in a time where they are constantly embattled by the feds, the RICO law, and their own internal problems.
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 more than a decade, 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 acting 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 aforementioned cancer, Tony and the other capos within the DiMeo crime family speak fondly of his fair and charismatic leadership.
- Benevolent Boss: Seemed to genuinely care about his men as shown when he offers to lend some money to Pussy.
- 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.
- King on His Deathbed: He might just be the acting boss, but the effects of his gradually failing health from cancer are the same. When finally he succumbs to his illness, it results in an all war between all the players in the family.
- 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 DiMeo family, with Episode 2 ret-conning Jackie in as Acting Boss and Tony as Street Boss.
- 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.
- Several of his blood relatives go onto become significant characters in 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 won't hesitate to pimp slap one of his strippers and carry out gruesome murders. Just ask Adrianna.
- In fact, most of the hits against rats (and suspected rats) are carried out by Silvio. In "The Blue Comet", Burt Gervasi contacts Silvio and lets him know that he's been playing both sides of the New Jersey-New York conflict and had switched sides to join the Lupertazzi family (with the intention of getting Sil to join him). Silvio calmly agrees to meet him before brutally strangling Burt to death in his own home and updating Tony about it later.Tony: He thought you'd be a part of it?Silvio: And he got an answer.
- In fact, most of the hits against rats (and suspected rats) are carried out by Silvio. In "The Blue Comet", Burt Gervasi contacts Silvio and lets him know that he's been playing both sides of the New Jersey-New York conflict and had switched sides to join the Lupertazzi family (with the intention of getting Sil to join him). Silvio calmly agrees to meet him before brutally strangling Burt to death in his own home and updating Tony about it later.
- 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 official role in the crime family; he's Tony's right-hand man and his primary confidant. He generally agrees with Tony's decision-making and sees to it that his orders are carried out, but he's not afraid to argue a contrary position or ask a hard question Tony would rather avoid.
- 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?
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. Compared to Paulie, whose role and importance gradually increase, Silvio gets less and less focus as the show goes on. Nonetheless, he is still one of the most important characters in the show by the time it ends.
- The Dragon: To Tony.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares deeply for his daughter and genuinely loves his wife despite being an adulterer.
- 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.
- 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 senses that Tony is obfuscating what really happens but he doesn't say anything.
- Minor Major 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.
- 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 DiMeo 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.
- Nerdy Inhaler: Suddenly finds himself needing one for the first time in years after stepping up as acting boss. The added stress of the position causes an asthma attack which puts him in the hospital.
- 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.
- The Peter Principle: "Mayham" demonstrates that he's correct to stay in his position as number two in the organization; he is vastly unsuited to the sudden promotion that Tony's injury forces him into.
- 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 his 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.
- Undying Loyalty: Arguably the only member of the family that Tony relies on and trusts 100% from beginning to end.
- Villainous Friendship: With Tony. They go back a long way.
- Undying Loyalty: He is one of the very few who always stands by Tony. He refuses to take part in New York's conspiracy against him and is a pretty good friend outside of mafia matters. He's very supportive when Tony confesses he's been in therapy and is quite happy to advise Tony about his crush on Melfi.
- 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: Paulie is often cracking jokes and usually has an upbeat, chipper personality, but he's quick to switch to threats and murderous rage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Commuting on a Bus: He's incarcerated during season 4, as the actor needed some time for a back surgery.
- Cultural Posturing: Laments that the "medigan" (a corruption of "Americani" which refers to white, non-Italian-Americans in general) have taken over traditional Italian things such as the capuccino, pizza, calzone, buffalo, mozzarella, and olive oil. This is turned on its head when he visits Italy and finds himself treated as a boorish American by native Italians.
- Don't Explain the Joke: He has the bad habit of explaining his jokes or repeating the exact same joke to someone who just heard him tell it to someone else.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is deeply saddened by the passing of his "aunt" Dottie.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His relationship with his mother is one of his few redeeming features.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Paulie is upset by the sight of Furio attacking a child.
- He is appalled by Tony's gleeful attitude regarding Phil's heart attack
- 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.
- 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: Several.
- Murders Minnie Matrone after being caught robbing her (depending on the viewer though, this might by a case of Kick the Son of a Bitch).
- When Chris complains to Tony about having to pay for Paulie's dinner tab, Paulie retaliates by inflating the bill the next night.
- After Chris throws a brick at a waiter for complaining about his lack of tips, the man suffers a seizure, and Paulie murders him instead of getting him help so that he and Chris will avoid implication.
- Paulie is complete dick to Valery, simply because he's in a bad mood for having to do Silvio's collections. It leads to a lot of trouble.
- He beats and extorts a completely innocent business associate for no other reason than the guy has a loving birth mother and he doesn't.
- Laughably Evil: A ridiculously rapacious and cheap bastard. Comically absurd like many of his shenanigans.
- Malaproper: Like virtually every mobster, he's not as smart as he thinks he is.
- 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 nuts" 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.
- Old Soldier: He helps clear a room of some Colombian drug dealers who could be his grandchildren, among other examples.
- 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 of a second-story window.
- Pet the Dog: While he's rarely nice or polite being a massive jerkass, he has demonstrated 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villainous BSoD: When he discovers that Carmine Lupertazzi has barely any idea of who he is or the information he has provided his family, Paulie is completely stunned.
- 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 remorse over it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Christopher.
- Would Hit a Girl: Smothers Minnie Matrone to death after she catches him trying to rob her.
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.
- Ascended Extra: He's just a minor member of Junior's crew at the start of the show, but his importance and screen time increase as the seasons progress.
- 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.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bobby is a fairly nice guy, but he will push back when he feels offended or slighted. when pushed far enough, he'll respond with violence, even when the victim is Tony himself.
- 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.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The one trait that consistently contrasts with Bobby's Gentle Giant personality is his complaining. He complains about being Junior's lackey, the service at restaurants, not getting enough responsibility, not being treated with respect, and so on. He might not have the backbone to seize what he wants, but he does let everyone know when he's not happy.
- Gentle Giant: Bobby is one of the largest members of the mob, but has a mild personality and doesn't partake in the mean-spirited sniping and ball-busting of the other mob goons. He enjoys model trains in his spare time, something that others think makes him seem like a Manchild. He still objects to disrespect, but is slower to anger than other mobsters.
- Good Parents: He's very close to his kids.
- Happily Married: With Karen. With Janice, not so much.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Despite being one of the more prolific characters, Bobby was not introduced into the show until Season 2's "Do Not Resuscitate". He has the greatest number of appearances of any character not featured in the show's first season.
- 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. Unlike Christopher, he turns out to be much more competent and reliable than he initially appears to be. To Bobby's credit, he's a dutiful and trustworthy aide to Junior throughout the series, so his ascension is at least somewhat merited.
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: Subverted. While Bobby is angry about the fact that his children were endangered by a faulty carnival ride, Janice criticizes him for not beating up those responsible. It's only after her prodding that he does so.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Bobby may be the nicest of the crew members, but he still shares a few of their prejudices. Notably, while he didn't want Vito killed after the latter was outed for being gay, he was still all for banning him from their hangout spots.
- 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.
- Rank Up: There's a bit of nepotism there — his father was a mob legend and he marries the boss' sister — but dependable and competent Bobby certainly takes well to the high position he ascends to.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: As revealed in "Sopranos Home Movies", Bobby has the rare distinction of being a made man who has never committed a murder. Tragically averted in the same episode, when Tony spitefully forces him to commit one after losing a fight to Bobby.
- 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: Once he becomes Tony's #3, Bobby clearly lets his new authority go to his head. When Chris barges in with a grievance, Bobby is just as curt and dismissive as Tony.
- 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. His entire personality darkens as a direct result of this and by the end, he's rendered a casualty in the war between New York and New Jersey in one of the series' biggest cases of No Kill Like Overkill.
- Villains Out Shopping: Has a toy train hobby whenever he's not doing things for the family.
Michele "Feech" LaManna
An old Mustache Pete released from prison in Season 5.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His final scene is a bus ride back to prison, and it's fairly somber in spite of Feech's actions.
- Ax-Crazy: When he's in a bad mood, his Hair-Trigger Temper and violent nature are genuinely terrifying.
- 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 initially comes across as charismatic and grandfatherly, it soon becomes apparent 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.
- In-Series Nickname:"Feech"
- Lack of Empathy: Yes, as usual in ruthless mobsters.
- Living Legend: Famed mobster.
- The Münchausen: Is full of tall tales and anecdotes from the time before he was arrested.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His vicious assault on Sal Vitro, which consists of him kicking him in the balls, punching his face in, dragging him by the crotch, and breaking Sal's arm by stomping on it.
- Old Soldier: He's one of the oldest, longest-serving members of the Sopranos crew, having worked for years under Tony's dad. Despite his old age and goofy demeanor, he's a lot more dangerous and combat-ready than appearances would suggest even if he's not as spry as he used to be. After all, he's an old man in a field where men die young.
- Put on a Bus: Is last scene on a bus to prison, never to be seen again.
- 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 a few times before his return: Tony and Richie talk about how Tony and his pals robbed Feech's poker game, and he again comes up in season 3 when Ralph tells the same story.
- The Resenter: It's apparent that Feech is still bitter about Tony robbing his card game when it comes up in conversation at one point.
- Running Gag: Telling a story to others and then being interrupted by Tony entering the room. Becomes a source of resentment for Feech, however.
- 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.
- Uncertain Doom: Tony spares his life and simply sends him back to prison. However, given his age and the severity of his crime (hording unlicensed firearms while on parole), it's effectively a death sentence for him.
- 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.
- Asshole Victim: One of the most loathsome characters in the show who most definitely got what he deserved.
- Ax-Crazy: He is incredibly volatile, sadistic, and tends to explode in violent outbursts.
- Badass Boast: He brags at Satriale's that Rocco DiMeo used to be the toughest mobster in Essex County, but didn't come back after Richie "was through with him." It might also suggest that Richie's gift of Rocco's leather jacket also doubles as a Creepy Souvenir. Tony's not impressed.
- 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.
- Big Bad: 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.
- Creepy Uncle: Tony sees him as one when he has his arm around Meadow's shoulder, triggering Papa Wolf thoughts on Tony's part.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He writhes in agony after the first gunshot from Janice hits him in the chest. She takes her time to finish him off with the head shot. It doesn't help that he'll forever after be remembered as a pathetic pretender by Tony and his crew.
- Deadly Euphemism: Tony jokes that he's in the Bermuda Triangle after he dies.
- The Dreaded: Most other wise guys are clearly uncomfortable whenever he shows up, and for good reason: He paralyzes an old associate by the name of "Beansie" almost immediately after his release from prison.
- 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.
- Entitled Bastard: Due to his belligerent narcissism, he automatically felt he was entitled to inherit everything he wanted for paying his dues in prison. Tony recognized that Richie's absence was due to his imprisonment and promised to work to give him his due, to which Richie immediately rebuffed that offer by saying that what is his is not Tony's to give.
- Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced swearing after seeing what happened to the old pizzeria, then berating and beating Beansie after the latter makes the mistake of not taking him seriously.
- 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." This is further reinforced when he later hits Janice before marrying her.
- Despite his low opinion of David, he prevents him from getting buried in debt at his own poker games and cuts him off when the latter is $7,000 down. Once Richie sees David playing in the Executive game, though, he snaps at Tony for allowing his friend to get involved in the first place.
- Evil Mentor: He acted as a mentor to his nephew, Jackie Aprile, Jr. for a short time before his death; he brought him along to meetings to discuss Mafia business.
- Evil Virtues: Loyalty... to a point, at least. For all his dissatisfaction with Tony, it takes being pushed to his absolute limit for him to seriously try to engineer a coup. He seems aware that loyalty is the essential component in the Mafia, puts himself entirely at Junior's service, and resists Janice's attempts to entice him into rebellion prematurely.Richie: I've gotta be loyal. Without that we crumble.
- False Friend: He shows up at Tony's, combining a willingness to build the ramp for Beansie with a gift of Di Meo's leather jacket for Tony. He wears a Stepford Smile the whole way through, and at the subsequent family dinner. Anybody who's watched the previous episodes, including Tony's and Richie's prior interactions, will have little trouble figuring out that Richie is starting a long game against Tony.
- 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.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: How the other mobsters view him when he visits the hospital. Also has shades of Convicted by Public Opinion as they also to one degree or another suspect Richie of having something to do with Chris' shooting.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Will go psychotic at the drop of a hat, though he was apparently worse before his stint in prison (by his own admission). Because his temper is bad for business, Tony forces into a perpetual state of Tranquil Fury throughout Season 2.
- Hate Sink: Among a cast of mobsters, he's one of the most caustic and ruthless, so it's easy to side with our protagonist Tony against him. He even beats his fiancée for nothing more than saying she'd accept his son for being gay. Besides that, he has numerous observations by other characters that he cares about no one but himself, and his presence is rarely welcome.Big Pussy: "He's full of negative energies."
- 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: Has a tendency to drastically darken a scene's tone at the drop of a hat.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Submits to Tony's authority after a brief conflict. At first.
- 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.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While it takes Tony the better part of a season to finally decide to put a stop to his insubordination, Janice reacts to his first moment of physical abuse more or less instantaneously and kills him.
- Literalist Snarking: He's ordered to back off a guy; he does "and then puts it in 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.
- Papa Wolf: Shows some genuine affection for Adriana and anger at Christopher for abusing her. This only goes so far, though; he believes anything that might happen between them after they're married is nobody's business.
- Pet the Dog: He's kind to a young, clearly unnerved employee at the pizzeria that Beansie drags over the coals. He later helps Uncle Junior pull his hand out of the sink after he had gotten it stuck.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Mostly downplayed. He's a little smaller in size than the other DiMeo family members, but he's quite capable of delivering a nasty beating if he wants to.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He tends to be a highly homophobic, sexist man.
- Posthumous Character: One of the many characters to appear in Season 5's "The Test Dream." He's also discussed and referenced occasionally, directly and indirectly.
- Real Men Cook: Showing a tender side of his character, he cooks a dish of tripe Italian-style, and takes it to Carmela as a thank-you gift.
- Remember the New Guy?: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The fate that Tony and Silvio plan for him. Janice beats them to the punch though.
- 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. Out of all the sociopaths on the show, he may be one of the few who actually qualifies as a psychopath, for he almost never demonstrates attachment, empathy, or real moral standards. The only possible exceptions could be his two Pet the Dog moments mentioned before, but this was likely him trying to keep a civilian out of his business in the first case, and to ingratiate himself with Junior in the second. Even highly sociopathic characters like Phil Leotardo and Ralph Cifaretto have demonstrated genuine grief or remorse over others (Phil to his brother; Ralphie to his son). Furthermore, he has no apparent Freudian Excuse for his behavior, unlike others on the show. He is also lacking (relative to other prominent sociopaths such as Ralph, Paulie and Phil) in personal charisma, thus perhaps making him the most unlikeable to the audience of any major character.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: That he was going to die somehow probably wasn't too surprising, as much of Season 2 had been steadily building up to an eventual violent confrontation between him and Tony. But what will likely catch the first-time viewer completely off-guard, however, is probably that he doesn't go down in a some sort of epic showdown between him and Tony and his lieutenants, but rather is killed out of the blue in a domestic setting as he is eating dinner because he both pushed Janice too far and completely underestimated her capacity for violence at the same time.
- 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, and didn't even make it to the finale of that season.
- Would Hit a Girl: Despite what he claims, he apparently has no qualms over this.
Ralph "Ralphie" Cifaretto
The Soprano crew's loose cannon, who returns from an extended stay in Florida in Season 3.
- A Death in the Limelight: Despite many episodes focusing on Ralph, his death episode focuses on new sides of Ralph before he departs permanently.
- Affably Evil: He has a lighthearted demeanor and is always cracking jokes, but he's frequently tone-deaf and can't read the room, so most people find him obnoxious.
- 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 moral agency, remorse, and cares for almost no one, yet is clearly broken up by his son's near-fatal accident. Plus, when he stops doing drugs, he becomes a lot less Ax-Crazy. At the very least, he's not a psychopath.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never explicitly confirmed he set the fire that killed Pie-O-My. When asked about Ralph's murder, Joe Pantoliano said he played the scene as if he was innocent.
- 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 been 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?Patsy Parisi: 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, 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.
- Blatant Lies: Claiming the prostitute he beat to death with his bare hands "slipped" or "fell", or that he was simply not thirsty when he looked Tony dead in the eye and spurned a reconciliatory drink are two good examples of the thought and effort he puts into covering his bullshit.
- Bondage Is Bad: 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 obnoxiousness, he's the biggest earner in the Soprano family.
- Brutal Honesty: Punctual. Tony gives him some credit for not being a Yes-Man.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: For all his flaws, he's a fantastic earner and his efficacy shields him from the potentially lethal repercussions of his shitty behaviour. His number is up when it gets personal between him and Tony.
- 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 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his son and is devastated when he's injured in an accident, becoming remorseful about his many sins.
- 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!"
- Fanboy: 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.
- Gold Digger: He openly admits to Vito that he sees his relationship with Janice as a way to enhance his own career.
- The Gadfly: Loves provoking and harassing people, with almost fatal consequences for him.
- 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.
- It's a relatively downplayed example but he seems to have a genuine enthusiasm for cooking, as evidenced by him showing Jackie Jr. how to properly prepare a pasta, and by his disclosing to Tony the secret to making good scrambled eggs.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He conveys it in the cruellest and most unconscionable way, but he's not exactly wrong in telling Tracee that she's insane to want to have his child. Even putting aside how grim the kid's future might be with a sociopathic mobster and his 20-year-old stripper mistress for parents, Tracee herself is already an unfit mother to her son and is in no position, professionally or emotionally, to have another child.
- He points out the hypocrisy of the crew grandstanding about Ginny when they were all guilty of mocking her weight as well. He also rails against Johnny for raising such an issue on the topic when it's Ralph, personally, whose blood money is paying for Ginny's lifestyle anyway.
- 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.
- Lack of Empathy: Is incapable of empathizing with anybody or seeing why his actions have upset people. This winds up getting him killed after Tony accuses him of killing Pie-Oh-My. Instead of simply denying it, Ralphie downplays the tragedy of the horse's death and callously disregards Tony's genuine grief.
- Subverted somewhat, to everyone's surprise, after his son Justin is nearly killed. He even apologizes to Rosalie about the callous way he treated her after Jackie Jr.'s death, having now gone through a similar situation himself.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: It's well known that Joe Pantaliano is bald, so the revelation that Ralph wears a toupee and that Tony "knew all along" seems to be sideways addressing the audience's perceptions.
- Literalist Snarking: When Tony orders him to put an end to his arson, 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.
- Mid-Season Twist: One of the few central antagonistic characters on the show who dies in the middle of a season. Others, such as Mikey, Richie, Pussy, Adriana and Phil are killed off in either a season's penultimate episode or in its finale.
- 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 of Justin, his son.
- He also seems to genuinely like Rosalie Aprile and tries to be a good father figure to Jackie. His encouragement of Jackie Jr.s criminal activities is more from trying to impress Jackie and come off as a good step-dad type than any real desire to see Jackie hurt others or use him as a pawn.
- Posthumous Character: Appears in several dreams after his demise, including "The Strong, Silent Type" and "The Test Dream". Melfi interprets a Kafkaesque one as a confirmation of Redemption Equals Death.
- Pyromaniac: Arsonist, which falls in line with his Freudian sexual oddities.
- Remember the New Guy?: He is based in Miami during the first two seasons. The trope is perhaps even more noticeable in Ralph's case than with most other characters since it's later established in episodes like "Amour Fou" and "Remember When" that Ralph and Tony had known each other since they were young and formed an early crew with Jackie Aprile Sr. and Silvio. Ralph claims that he apparently just narrowly missed out on the card game heist that Tony and Jackie pulled on Feech, kicking off their ascensions. Additionally, Paulie mentions that he, Ralph, and Big Pussy took Tony out to dinner shortly after the latter committed his first murder on Willie Overall, an event that Tony and Pussy briefly allude to in "From Where to Eternity" (which aired before Ralph was introduced) without mentioning Paulie or Ralph.
- Reverse Psychology: When they meet to discuss Jackie Junior's fate, Tony suggests Ralphie show leniency to him. He also makes crystal clear that it's entirely Ralphie's problem, and he expects as a captain for him to show leadership on the issue. Ralphie immediately has Jackie executed.
- Sadist: Is seen cackling behind the window after Silvio punches Tracee.
- Smug Snake/Smug Smiler: Ralphie is usually too pleased with himself and smirking◊ for some reason or another.
- The Sociopath: Most characters are this to some degree, but Ralph is one of the more disturbing examples in the series.
- Stealing from the Till: Raises suspicions about him pocketing money from the esplanade project, as he seems to be living beyond his supposed means.
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: Had an abusive mother which led him to become the scumbag that shows up in the third season.
- Would Hit a Girl: He would beat her to death, in fact.
Capo in the family as of Season 4.
- Ascended Extra: Barely seen in the first few seasons, he becomes very important by Season 6.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Initially a very soft-spoken background character with few lines, he reveals himself in Season 6 to be a very vicious individual with a high capacity for violence concerning homosexuality.
- The Butcher: Invoked in the imagery of him killing Fat Dom Gamiello.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his son, Jason, and rats on Tony to save him from prison.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Easily the most homophobic member the crew, jumping at the opportunity to take out Vito. He also takes serious offense to Fat Dom calling the Jersey guys gay.
- Irony: He's all for killing Vito, but ends up unknowingly helping to avenge him when he kills Fat Dom.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Tony rather severely disrespects him in the months leading up to his betrayal, but it's left ambiguous as to how much this rift plays into his decision to turn state witness.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog:
- He is genuinely concerned for Bobby when he is put in hospital.
- His relationship with Tony is mostly negative but he still tries to comfort him after AJ's attempted suicide.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite having relatively few lines in the entire series, it's implied that him turning government witness may be 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 Birthday, Not a Break: He barely starts thanking everyone for coming to his birthday dinner before Tony comes in and hogs the attention.
- 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.
- Beneath Notice: He seems to prefer it this way as it deflects attention from being an FBI informant.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is one of the best-liked and most unassuming gangsters in the show. He's also a rat who's been feeding the FBI for years.
- Cool Old Guy: Very popular with the DiMeo family, everyone mourns his death while no one suspects him of being a rat (except for Eugene).
- Deadpan Snarker: Is fond of these.
- His Name Is...: Has a fatal aneurysm right before he can finish imparting some information to the FBI.
- The Mole: The longest-lasting confirmed mole of the series.
- Non-Action Guy: Given his age and his son's health issues, both of which are mainly why he rejected the role of Boss.
- Sole Survivor: Other than Tony and Junior, he's the only capo left alive or not in jail after Season 1.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: Quips that Rusty Irish's death (being thrown off a bridge into a river) was the first time he had ever taken a bath.
A rising member from the Cifaretto crew. Closet gay.
- Affably Evil: Vito is one of the most affable and even-tempered mobsters in the show. He rarely gets angry and generally has a mild personality. However, he occasionally displays duplicity and a driving ambition beneath his smiles. He makes loaded statements about Tony "not being around forever" to Eugene, covertly suggesting that Eugene murder Tony to receive preferential treatment when Vito takes his place. Vito also conspires to screw Tony and his family out of a large percentage of his recent earnings. After Finn witnesses him blowing a guy, Vito begins subjecting Finn to some overbearingly friendly conversations as a means of passive-aggressively threatening him into silence.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Vito definitely isn't a good person but he dies in such a brutal and undignified manner that it's hard not to feel bad for him. It doesn't help he was killed merely for being gay rather than any of the actual misdeeds he committed in his career as a mobster.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not exactly clear whether Vito was planning to murder Finn after taking him to the ball game. The episode strongly implies that Vito wants to ensure his silence in any way possible, but when Vito gets stood up, he still goes in to watch the game, implying that the game wasn't just an excuse to get Finn alone. We don't see Vito make any overt attempts to harm Finn thereafter, so it's possible Vito really was just going to take Finn aside and ask him to remain silent about what he saw.
- 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: Living your life in the hyper-homophobic mafia has made him this. Even after going on the run due to his homosexuality and falling in love with Johnny Cakes, he still punches the guy after their first kiss out of reflexive panic. Johny Cakes calls him a "Closet Queen" and has obviously dealt with this before.
- Ascended Extra: Gannascoli himself was originally cast in a bit part in season one before being cast as Vito, who 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.
- Asshole Victim: He is a mobster that kills innocent civilians in cold blood after all.
- 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 Cifaretto.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- He clearly cares about his wife Marie and his children.While in new hampshire He calls Marie and tells her the location of some hidden money so she can use it to supoort the family.Upon returning he tells his children he works for the C.I.A in order to spare their feelings.
- He genuinely loves Johnny Cakes.
- He is enraged when his brother Bryan is rendered comatose by Mustang Sally.
- Falsely Reformed Villain: Has a shot at a civilian life, but decides that it's just too much work.
- 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.
- After Eugene Pontecorvo's suicide, Vito randomly speculates that it was brought on from him having to stay in the closet. It turns out that Vito was projecting quite a bit when he said that.
- 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: When some mobsters discover him at a gay bar, his outfit is the reason he can't claim he was there on business. The witnesses make special mention of his outfit and hat as proof.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Drops the N-word on one occasion.
- Red Herring: It looks like he's about to be The Starscream in Season 6. He does become a thorn in Tony's side, but for a completely different reason.
- Secret Identity: Flees from Jersey and starts a new life in New England, at first posing as a writer.
- Shame If Something Happened: Vito uses his weight loss as a pretext to say that, with Tony's unhealthy lifestyle, he might not be around forever, and Vito himself might be next in line.
- The Starscream: When Eugene is distraught over Tony's refusal to allow him to retire, Vito tells him that it would be a shame if Tony died prematurely and that he, Vito, might be next in line for the throne.
- Straight Gay: Even for a mobster. At one point there is a conversation about how Vito would have been the last one suspected of being gay.
- Too Dumb to Live: No one would have learned about his proclivities if he had simply been more discreet. Even worse, he actually thought it would be a good idea to return to Jersey after they found out, thinking they would turn the other cheek.
James "Jimmy" Altieri
One of the original five captains at the start of the series.
- Ambiguous Situation: As sketchy as his behaviour was, Jimmy, unlike every other notable rat in the series, is never explicitly shown cooperating with the FBI, nor do they discuss him or his fate other than to reassure Big Pussy that Jimmy's death has freed him of suspicion. His reaction to his impending death has also been interpreted a number of ways by fans, some of whom believe his despair after Silvio shows up was brought on more by knowing he was a dead man no matter what than any real admission of guilt.
- Boxed Crook: Implied to have turned state's witness after being arrested during an FBI raid on a pool hall he owns.
- Cigar Chomper: Almost never seen without one.
- 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. Even his occasional ball-busting comes off as friendly and endearing rather than malicious.
- Bearer of Bad News: Breaks the news to all of the capos during his daughter's wedding in "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti" that the the FBI is preparing to hand out federal indictments. This ends up ruining the wedding after all of the attending mafiosi abruptly leave out of paranoia. Ironically, he is only one of three DiMeo mafiosi to receive an indictment.
- Cigar Chomper: Frequently seen with one.
- 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 maintains his captaincy throughout the series.
- Oh, Crap!: When an FBI agent catches him red-handed while violating his parole.
- Out of Focus: Despite running the largest crew in New Jersey, he and Ally Boy are the only members to make an appearance. Even when he was out of prison, Larry only made rare appearances.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He's a lot more professional than other characters and avoids unnecessary drama whenever he can. Despite not going his way, he doesn't take Tony's decision on the garbage route dispute personally, unlike Richie. He gets upset at Junior undermining his business in Season 1 and at Tony for putting his life at risk by protecting Tony B in Season 5, which are all reasonable grievances. But even then, he doesn't raise a big fuss beyond a couple of complaints. In any case, starting petty drama is bad for business to him; there's a reason why he and his crew are never involved in any serious conflicts within the show.
- Sole Survivor: By the end of the series, other than Tony and Junior, he's the only Season 1 capo still alive.
- Tempting Fate: He violates his parole several times by socializing in restaurants and events, despite being under house arrest. He's finally caught in the act during the premier of Cleaver, getting him sent back to prison.
- 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.
- Uncertain Doom: Following his second arrest over a parole violation, Larry is reportedly due for a retrial; it's never stated what the outcome is before the series ends.
- Undying Loyalty: Refuses to rat Tony out to the FBI when pressed to reveal information on his first murder, claiming the deceased Jackie Sr. committed the murder instead.
Albert "Ally Boy" Barese
Acting capo of the Barese crew.
- Department of Redundancy Department: His Verbal Tic below, and this line:(Referring to Larry): He's in no position to go into the unknown not knowing.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Like a lot of capos he sees Tony's murder of Ralphie as out of line and frivolous since it was over a horse and think Tony will soon kill people over wearing the wrong shoes. Apparently not understanding the cumulative effect of Ralphie's toxic behavior and gratuitous murder of Tracee would have made this the last straw.
- Hufflepuff House: The most inconspicuous captain in Tony's gang.
- Hidden Depths: He not only stays under the radar, but he's also a high earner, surpassing Paulie at one point.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In spite of his little quirk, Ally Boy is a fairly savvy mobster: not only is he good at handling conflict and avoiding trouble, but he also correctly deduces that Tony killed Ralph over Pie-Oh-My. Whether or not his parroting is genuine or an act to make himself look simple is unknown.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Despite getting shafted on the garbage trucking issue, he recognizes along with Larry Boy that it was expected and that they're better off sticking with Tony instead of revolting with Richie over the decision. Furthermore, he admits that even though he "wouldn't piss on this guy Ralph is he was on fire," Tony's likely role in his death was unwarranted and sets a bad precedent.
- 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. However, out of personal concern, his loyalty wavers when he suspects that Tony murdered Ralph.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During Jackie Jr.'s big robbery Albert steps out of the bathroom, which startles Carlo Renzi into firing his shotgun, which scares away Jackie's getaway driver and puts the drug addled gunmen on edge, which leads to a shootout in which Sunshine, Carlo, and Dino are killed and Furio is shot.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to repeat whatever you just said.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears in Season 5 after Larry Boy returns, and he is never mentioned again.note
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.
- Posthumous Character: One of the many characters to appear in Season 5's "The Test Dream."
- 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. He also served as AJ's sponsor for his confirmation, offering some adult advice. However, though a loving father, he's a ruthless heroin trafficker and at times an abusive husband.
- Anyone Can Die: He's a major character who dies in season two.
- 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: Initially set up to be this with Richie Aprile in Season 2 as the FBI's innermost informant in the DiMeo crime family. This is ultimately subverted as he proves to be an unreliable asset to his handlers and is abruptly whacked in the season finale after having little impact on the course of the plot.
- Boxed Crook: Revealed to be one in Season 2 after being implied of this in Season 1.
- The Brute: He's employed personally by Tony to deliver beatdowns and intimidations.
- Burial at Sea: His ultimate fate, complete with a body bag and weights.
- Disc-One Final Boss: In the opening episodes of season 2, he's initially set up to be the main antagonist upon being confirmed to be the FBI's paramount informant within Tony Soprano's crime network. However, as the threat he poses is increasingly compromised by his unstable domestic situation and fluctuating commitment to betraying his longtime best friend, he is relegated to the season's B-plot before being unceremoniously whacked in its finale.
- Embarrassing Nickname: No one in the mob ever seems to acknowledge it, but being called "Big Pussy" and sometimes just "Pussy" can sure be taken the wrong way. When people outside of the mob bubble hear it, it does give them pause.
- Enigmatic Minion: It's never made entirely clear what was in Pussy's heart and what his plan really was. He spits on Tony's name to his FBI handler, but seems to enjoy spending time with Tony, and covers for him. He taps the mobs' private conversations but wheeps in the bathroom about doing it. He gets it into his head that he could be an FBI agent himself one episode. Tony only works out he's a rat during a fever dream. An enigmatic figure, it's unsurprising he almost literally haunts later seasons.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- He's a loving father, after all. It's also his weak point, and what gets him to flip.
- He seems to feel this way about his deceased sister as her death obviously pained him deeply.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: Again, near the end of "D Girl".
- Hidden Wire: Was suspected of wearing one in season one confirmed in season 2.
- In-Series Nickname: His nickname is a reference to his early career as a cat burglar.
- I See Dead People: His death figuratively haunts each of his three murderers (even Paulie, who claimed to feel entirely justified in what he did to Pussy), but Tony is hit the hardest by it. At Livia's wake, an apparition of a sombre-looking Sal appears in a cabinet mirror Tony opens.
- Kick the Dog: When he can't take the pressure anymore, his wife gets the brunt of it.
- 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: He took on Johnny Boy's tradition of dressing as Santa Claus and giving out presents to local children at Satriale's Meat Market at Christmas time.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: At least as far as his fellow mobsters are concerned. This makes certain lines quite amusing if taken out of context, such as Tony's "I can't find Pussy anywhere!".
- Passed-Over Promotion: He lists this as a reason why he stops feeling guilty over his betrayal of Tony. For his part, Tony seems to figure it out, judging by his 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 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: He's the most physically formidable member of Tony's crew.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's essentially just a violent thug with a romantic and cultured side.
- The Brute: In spite of being a cultured Neapolitan, his role is almost exclusively limited to busting heads.
- Culture Clash: A native Italian, his habits and worldview often differ from his second and third generation Italian-American associates. In "Christopher", while Silvio and several of the others are furious at the protests surrounding Columbus Day, Furio tells them that, due to the historical friction between Northern and Southern Italy, he (a southerner) doesn't view Christopher Columbus (a northerner) as a hero like the rest of them.
- The Driver: Serves as this for Tony.
- The Dragon: For Tony
- Hidden Depths: His feelings for Carmela.
- In Love with the Gangster's Girl: He has a sort of platonic affair with Carmela.
- Laser-Guided Karma: During a shakedown, he shoots a man in the leg to brutalize him. Later, when Jackie Jr attempts to rob a card game with him there, one of Jackie's accomplices shoots Furio...in the leg.
- Meaningful Name: Characters comment on how his name is emblematic of his danger.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Sounds like "Fury-o."
- 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 (he seems to have no problem putting his bare hands in the very hot water needed to turn curds into mozzarella).note
- 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 is when Tony claims he called a few people in Italy and Furio will be killed lest the wrong person sees him.
- Wicked Cultured: He's a crook, but has more continental class than the greaseball American mobsters.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Gay: Implied on several occasions by other characters.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's a stone-cold killer and a violent thug. And yet, there's something tragic about his suicide.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The last thing he does before hanging himself is to reminisce through a photo-book of his family.
- Faux Affably Evil: According to Meadow, he's a "really sweet guy," and is sometimes shown to be rather pleasant. He then threatens a child, brutally beats Little Paulie over a joke, and carries out a hit later on.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His beating of Little Paulie is an example.
- The Mole: Turns out to be an FBI informant.
- Mook Promotion: Shares his made man initiation with Christopher.
- No Dead Body Poops: Subverted; He pisses himself after he expires.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He attacks Little Paulie only because he (jokingly) implied Eugene was gay.
- Resignations Not Accepted: He's reminded verbatim by Silvio of this when he tries to quit the Jersey crew.
- Would Hurt a Child: He forces a juror to deadlock Junior's trial by implicitly threatening his son.
A young enforcer and friend of Chris Moltisanti.
- The Ace: Benny gets trusted with a lot of tasks and, aside from maybe his fighting prowess, is one of the more competent young gangsters in the DiMeo family.
- Affably Evil: One of the nicest guys in the Soprano crew, but he's brutal when he needs to be.
- Ascended Extra: Is a background character in Season 3 and 4, and then rises in importance around Season 5 and 6 once he gets made.
- Blatant Lies: When confronted by Artie over conducting credit card fraud in his restaurant, he gives this halfhearted excuse as justification for his actions: "I was gonna cut you in, but now you're acting stupid!"
- Boisterous Weakling: He joins Silvio and Paulie in beating Christopher by kicking him when he's already down, but Christopher quickly gets up and easily tackles Benny through a table. He later loses a fight to Artie Bucco, of all people.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets his ass kicked on several occasions.
- The Charmer: One of the younger and better looking mobsters, and charms the pants off Artie's hostess (and Lust Object) Martina.
- The Dragon: To Christopher for Seasons 3-5.
- The Driver: Originally for Christopher and Tony, before earning his button.
- Jerkass: He disguises his selfish, exploitative behavior with his glib charm.
- Kick the Dog: Even though Benny was very much in the wrong for ripping off Artie and not telling him about it, Benny indigently burns Artie's hand in retaliation.
- The Napoleon: One of the shorter gangsters on the show, but is rather violent all the same. Played with in that he's not at all self-conscious about his height and jokes about it himself.
- Mook Promotion: Is made between Season 5 and 6, partly as compensation for being beaten by Leotardo.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's brutally beaten and sent to the hospital by Phil Leotardo. He then suffers another (less severe) beating at the hands of Artie.
- Oh, Crap!: While at a club, he spots Leotardo on the prowl, prompting him to get the hell out of there. Unfortunately for him, he only gets as far as his car.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: While interrogating a guy, he punctuates every word with a crowbar to the man's knees.
- Rage Breaking Point: Because Tony won't allow Benny to clip him, he resignedly accepts Artie's earlier beating of him and allows Artie to serve him. But then Artie pushes his luck by referencing Benny's affair with Martina, right in front of Benny's wife. In response, Benny burns Artie's hand in a boiling pot of tomato sauce, getting some sort of retribution for the beating.
- Smug Snake: Given his status as a made man, he thinks he can jeopardize Artie's business and get away with it.
Peter "Bissell" LaRosa
A would-be soldier in Paulie's crew.
Junior's right hand man.
- Affably Evil: Downplayed, but he seems to lionise "old school" mafiosos like Junior and the result is a slightly more refined class of gangster. He seems like an okay guy to be around in general, provided you don't hassle him constantly (Tony) and he doesn't have orders to kill you (an occasion he'll dip into full-blown Faux Affably Evil for). He's also a bit over-enthusiastic when he gets going on a topic and unthinkingly lays on the gory details too thick and fast for some.Jackie Sr.: Thank God he left. He's a nice guy but he's like the grim fucking reaper.
- 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.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Trades insults and barbs with his wife in every scene they have together, but there's a definite flirtatious element to it.
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: Dispatches of his victims while giving them no chance to save themselves. When he finally winds up in the same situation, he unashamedly begs for his life.
- 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.
- Evil Virtues: Loyalty; he backs Junior against all of his rivals even when Tony's faction holds the stronger position. Cast off at the very end, where he futilely tries to put Brendan's murder on Junior rather than himself (a lie).
- 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.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Inverted. His enemies in Tony's crew recall him plenty of times after his death, but Junior never mentions him again.
- Ghostly Goals: The show's understated supernatural element has some fun with Mikey.
- When Christopher is shot and clinically dead for a short while, he claims to have seen Mikey playing dice in hell with Brendan Filone, and that the two former enemies have become friends after death. He then says that Mikey has a message for Tony and Paulie: "three o'clock."
- Paulie dismisses this, but is rattled enough to see a psychic about it, who identifies Paulie's first murder by name and claims to be seeing many other ghosts around him, suggesting that Mikey (who still remembers Paulie being stung by poison ivy during their showdown) is the ringleader of the ghouls haunting him.
- The significance of this, particularly Mikey's three o'clock comment and the eerie recurrence of that time, has been endlessly pored over by fans, some of whom believe it holds the key to unlocking the most lingering mystery of the series.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: He at least tries to convince Junior that Donny is alright and shouldn't be killed.
- Posthumous Character: One of the many characters to appear in Season 5's "The Test Dream."
- 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.
- Sadist: Toys with Rusty Irish by giving him a Hope Spot and then quickly taking it away before killing him.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant and overconfident despite his rather limited competence.
- Stepford Smiler: Projects a smiling, affable persona which thinly disguises a murderous, rapacious core.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: For the sake of his working relationship, he remains amiable to Tony in spite of his insults and beatings. Best demonstrated when he awkwardly shakes hands with Tony as he's insulting him and then quickly switches from a smile to a grimace once Tony exits.
- Undying Loyalty: To Junior, although he does attempt to pin his murder of Brendan on him to save his own skin when he's about to be whacked.
- Unholy Matrimony: For all their problems, he's frank with his wife about his criminal activity and she is enthusiastically supportive of him climbing the ladder.
- Yes-Man: He follows Junior's every order, supports him over the other, more powerful faction in the family, and speaks reverently of his boss to his wife.
Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi
An enforcer introduced in Season 2.
- Affably Evil: One of the more pleasant gangsters, and, aside from a beating and intimidation, is rarely involved with violence. Even when he's threatening to kill someone (like Gloria) he delivers his threats in a calm, friendly tone of voice.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He's one of the more restrained and sensible members of the Soprano crew.
- 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.
- Big Brother Instinct: Was older than Philly by about a few minutes. His death almost convinces him to murder the boss of the family.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: His wife, again.
- Deadpan Snarker: In most scenes, he's usually bantering with other characters.
- 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 his habits because he's a good earner and a loyal capo.
- The Generic Guy: The accountant of the organization. Appears in many scenes but has very little characterization, although he gets fleshed out a bit in the later seasons.
- In-Series Nickname: Two- "Patsy" or "Pat".
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Intimidating Gloria Trillo.
- Mauve Shirt: He's not exactly a main character, but he becomes a bit more prominent as the series goes along. He even ends up being one of the few surviving members of the Soprano crew after it's decimated by the events of season six.
- Mook Promotion: The fact that his son is courting Meadow ingratiates him with Tony.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Attacks a construction worker with a metal bar for trying to interfere with a mob altercation.
- Non-Action Guy: He serves a valuable role as the Soprano crew's accountant but he doesn't have much of a knack for fighting. When him and Silvio are ambushed in the final season, he misses all of the shots he takes and only barely manages to escape with his life.
- Passed-Over Promotion: By Christopher when Paulie is sent to jail.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Ends up being one of the few aversions in the series when he says he doesn't care Vito is gay.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He's indifferent to Vito's homosexuality and doesn't see the point of killing him for it when he's consistently been a worthwhile team member.
- The Reliable One: Although he contemplates shooting Tony at one point for his twin's murder, Patsy is consistently reliable and trustworthy despite the constant backstabbing and defections that plague the Soprano crew.
- 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 (and well-deserved) ill-will towards Christopher, as Tony grants his "nephew" a promotion that Patsy's seniority, dependability, and superior intelligence should have entitled him to.
- The Smart Guy: Implied by his role as an accountant.
- The Stoic: He's a lot more reserved and quiet than his boisterous compatriots.
- Stoic Spectacles: He's a very serious guy (usually).
- Wicked Cultured: References Ralph Busch once, of all people.
Robert "Baccala" Baccalieri, Sr.
- Played by: Burt Young
An aging but brutal DiMeo 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.
- A Death in the Limelight: His only episode focused heavily on him and the conflict over whether he should be the one to kill Mustang Sally, considering his health. He passes away during the course of the episode.
- Alas, Poor Villain: As awful a man as Baccala is, seeing this reportedly proud man and feared mob enforcer reduced to a walking asthma attack who can barely stand up can be pretty upsetting.
- Ax-Crazy: He clearly enjoys his job.
- 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.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is mostly in the background for his first few appearances, scenes which could easily be forgotten. Ultimately, Walden is the one who wacks Phil.
- 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. They're quite effective at what they do, although they get bad information at one point and mistakenly kill the wrong man.
- 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.
Herman "Hesh" Rabkin
An old Jewish business criminal associate of the Soprano family, and good friend of Tony.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Chasing It." Though it's Hesh's final episode, A Death in the Limelight is thankfully averted.
- Affably Evil: He's charming and amicable despite being involved in some unsavory criminal activities.
- Berserk Button: While Hesh agrees that Native Americans were slaughtered unjustly, when a Cuban friend asserts that Columbus was as bad as Hitler, Hesh bristles and accuses him of trivializing the Holocaust, causing the two men to nearly come to blows.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes several of these throughout the series.
- Cool Old Guy: In an Affably Evil sort of way.
- Greedy Jew: He's a crooked businessman who bilked black musicians of the bulk of their legitimate earnings over the years and cheated Johnny Boy Soprano's mistress out of the money she was supposed to get until Tony calls him on it decades later.
- Has a Type: Hesh is often seen enjoying the company of comely women of African American descent.
- Kosher Nostra: Jewish, criminal and affiliated with the mob.
- The Mentor: Serves as this to Tony and is implied to have been this for Johnny Boy.
- Never Lend to a Friend: Hesh and Tony's friendship disintegrates over a debt. Hesh nags Tony for points payment on a debt, which Tony majorly resents. Tony then repeatedly disrespects Hesh with not so subtle insults about stinginess in front of everyone.Bobby: "Come on, sit down!"Tony: "Yeah, don't be shy, Shylock!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Allegedly based on real-world mob-linked music industry figure Mo Levy.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Sort of. He also helps himeself out forst, but Tony goes to him to help settle disputes or receive helpful advice.
- Stealth Pun: A HESH (High Explosive Squash Head) is a type of military explosive, alluding to the similarly acronymed High Explosive Air Burst round, pronounced not unlike a certain ethnic slur.
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!note "
- Made of Iron: The first clue we get is that by himself he gives Chris and Paulie all they can barely handle, even after Paulie starts things with an attempt at Grievous Bottley Harm. And it later turns out that even what was supposed to be the Boom, Headshot! hasn't brought him down.
- The Mafiya
- Meaningful Name: Valery means "healthy" or "strong" in Russian.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: He's a Russian ex-Spetnaz who seemingly gets his throat crushed and his head shot, yet still manages to escape into the pine barrens, never to be seen again.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.
- Not Quite Dead: Chris and Paulie assume more than once that he has finally bitten it, only for him at every turn to either fight back against them or elude them. It practically becomes a Running Gag over the course of the episode, and the only thing that stops it from becoming a through and through Rasputinian Death is that we never see any final confirmation of Valery's fate one way or the other.
- Rasputinian Death: Maybe, What Happened to the Mouse? ... Never Found the Body.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Slava's Blue.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: He really did not have a good day...and in an episode where Chris and Paulie get run through the wringers, that's saying a lot.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's apparent that him being a full blown alcoholic is at least partly because he suffers Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following years of military service in the troubled former Soviet bloc. Could also become an instance of Harsher in Hindsight as soldiers getting afflicted with PTSD became more well known in conjunction with the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
- 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.
- Evil Old Folks: Aside Chris they are all decrepit elders that according to Junior can still perform hits.
- Informed Ability: With one of them blind and the other needing an oxygen tank it's hard to believe they are still capable of the brutality they describe but Silvio and Christopher would rather get the hell out of their home rather than question it.
- Karma Houdini: As the hit is called off they just keep the up front money and goes on with their life.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: Richie beats him and finally leaves him paraplegic.
- Car Fu: Richie's method of choice consists in running over him with a car.
- Nice Guy: Aside from a brief Bad Boss moment (probably due to nerves, as he was being threatened by Richie Aprile), Beansie is a fairly genial guy who gets along well enough with Tony to earn his favoritism.
- Put on a Bus: Moves to Miami. Reappears briefly again in seasons 4 and 6.
Jackie Aprile Jr.
Son of Jackie Aprile, the late boss of the DiMeo crime family. In pursuit of his ambition to follow in his father's footsteps, he increasingly becomes a nuisance for Tony Soprano after he forms his own gang and sets out to make a name for himself.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Rings Tony to beg him for forgiveness after the card game bloodbath. Tony shows him none.
- The Apprentice: To Richie in Season 2, and to Ralphie in Season 3.
- Ascended Extra: Briefly seen before the Season 2 finale, he's later a major character in Season 3.
- Ambition Is Evil: His desire to rise to the top of the DiMeo crime family while running roughshod over its rules and hierarchy.
- 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: Double subverted in Season 3. Despite aspiring to usurp leadership of the DiMeo crime family from Tony Soprano, it becomes obvious early on that he lacks the cunning and charisma to be little more than a small-time thug. However, even as Jackie shows utter contempt for his authority, Tony cuts him considerable slack due to his close friendship with his father and even lets him date his daughter, Meadow. Ultimately, Tony's permissiveness towards Jackie threatens to ensnare Meadow in the mob life he's always shielded her from and emboldens the delinquent to rob Christopher Moltisanti's card game. Recognizing Jackie as a growing threat he cannot afford to tolerate, Tony has him promptly whacked in the season finale.
- Brainless Beauty: Several characters, especially among the women, cannot help but comment on how handsome he is. Meadow for a time clung to the fantasy that he would be the one for her. But many characters won't even mince words on just how stupid he is. Uncle Junior describes him as a dumb fuck who almost drowned in three inches of water. Caitlin the basketcase of all people outright says it: "I mean he was cute, but he was really boring."
- Bring My Brown Pants: Has to pee while waiting as Christopher and Dino's getaway driver in a robbery, and apparently couldn't hold it in.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: Virtually nothing goes right for him.
- Casanova Wannabe: A Handsome Lech who's trying to be a player is an especially poor idea, given that he's dating Meadow.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He's one of the most disloyal characters in the show, on several levels. He bounces from one "patron" to another with alarming speed, souring on them for petty reasons (such as Ralph telling him to clean the dishes), and cheats on Meadow frequently; he is also a chronic liar in general. After his crowning moment of idiocy, he had burned so many bridges that Chris, Tony, and Ralph sign off on his death, all for different reasons. He even backstabs his best friend and partner-in-crime Dino, leaving him to die to hasten his own escape.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Deconstructed. Jackie clearly idolizes the gangster life, but his attempts to emulate their lifestyle and get involved gradually ruin his life before leading to his death.
- 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.
- Did Not Think This Through: His plan to ingratiate himself with the mob by robbing one of their card games.
- 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.
- Dumb Jock: A former high school football stud who is a fuck-up in just about every other area of life.
- Faux Affably Evil: Seems like a charming and intelligent young man at first glance, but it soon becomes apparent to both Tony and the audience that there's almost no genuine affability, class or decency in him at all.
- Foil: To Christopher. Both are young and impulsive criminals who do well with grunt work, but are ambitious beyond their ability and hunger for infamy and respect. They both cruise by on their name and close link to the dreaded family boss, but with both Jackie Sr. and Richie dead, Jackie is unprotected from the consequences of his fuck ups. In one telling scene, Jackie sneers at Christopher's ascension and claims his rise was purely down to nepotism... while invoking his father's name every time he needs a clout boost or excuse.
- Handsome Lech: He's a good-looking lad who constantly thinks with his dick. After Tony catches him at the strip club, his main reason for cheating on Meadow is that she's sick and won't have sex with him.
- Hidden Depths: When he's giving AJ advice about anticipating reading cues from the quarterback, he actually sounds pretty intelligent. Too bad it's the one thing he's good at.
- Humiliation Conga: Over the course of Season 3, he flunks out of a decent college, loses his relationship with Meadow, falls out with his dad's best friend, gets disrespected, is beaten uploses all his friends, and is finally driven to hiding out in a slum, where he is quickly shot and left dead on a snowbank. Even though it's all his fault, it's still fairly depressing.Tony: You bottomed out.Promptly knees him in the groin.
- 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.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Jackie Sr. was a well-respected mob figure who rose all the way to being a family boss. Jackie Jr, on the other hand, receives no respect, and is unceremoniously killed off once he tries to get his start.
- 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: Effectively coaching A.J., who looks up to him. He's also pretty sweet to the little girl he plays chess with while in hiding.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Partly because of his dad's reputation (whose name he never fails to invoke), Jackie envisions himself as a wise and influential leader, when he is far from it. One of the most laughable yet cringeworthy examples of this was when he received Matush, listened to his problem, gave his blessing, and ensured he would use his "influence" to fix his problem, all the while mimicking Marlon Brando's posture from The Godfather. He fails to convince Christopher to allow Matush to deal drugs at the Bada Bing and neglects to tell Matush to save face, which leads to Matush suffering a beating. After Jackie visits him in the hospital, Matush bluntly tells him that he doesn't think they like Jackie.
- Too Dumb to Live: One of the prime examples on the show. Lampshaded by Junior, who comments post-mortem about how he almost drowned in three inches of water.
- 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. Subverted however, as his father led a very successful life as a gangster, while Jackie fails spectacularly in his aspirations and dies almost immediately.
- Undignified Death: Clipped without a word in the back of the head by Vito and left face down in a snowdrift.
- 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.
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 looking for Phil even while having to wear a neck brace and crutches.
- Older 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 DeSando
A young associate, friend, and partner in crime of Christopher Moltisanti.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Asks forgiveness from Tony for repeated errors.
- Asshole Victim: He's a total Jerkass who mocks Jackie Aprile's cancer and creepily hits on underage Hunter. It's hard to be mad at Junior for having him killed, epecially as Brendan robbed the truck after Jackie generously gave him a pass the first time.
- Ambition Is Evil: Attempts to climb in the ranks too quickly.
- 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.
- 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.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. (As with most deceased characters in the series.) Christopher mentions him by name when he kills Mikey Palmice. Though Chris does seem more preoccupied and outraged that Brendan is called an soldier/associate on the news.
- Functional Addict: Attempts numerous tasks while taking crystal meth.
- Jailbait Taboo: Brendan openly flirts with both Meadow and Hunter, who are high school seniors at the time, which Christopher and Adriana strangely dont seem to have a problem with. Lampshaded by Carmela, who makes it clear she finds this scummy and inappropriate.
- Moe Greene Special: Shot clean through the eye while in his bathtub by Mikey Palmice.
- Pet the Dog: He defends Chris and makes it clear to Tony he had nothing to do with the second Comley highjacking.
- 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.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Basically all of Brendans actions in the story and the fact that he dies early on means hes hard to talk about.
- Portrayed by: Lillo Brancato Jr.
A young associate of Chris Moltisanti.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Tony not to shoot him.
- Alas, Poor Villain: As unlikeable as Matt was, his pointlessly cruel and drawn out death is hard to watch. Tony, who orchestrated the whole thing, is even shown to be haunted by it later on.
- Butt-Monkey: Along with Sean is treated with total contempt by everyone in the family, despite their desparate will to please.
- 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.
- Dumb Muscle: He's a little smarter than Sean, although that's not saying much.
- Gayngster: Furio thinks he and Sean are.
- Genius Ditz: Both him and Sean have business degrees, which is how they got involved in the stock broking scam in the first place. That they kept going with the mob despite their relentless bad treatment when they could have just gone into regular trading only highlights how dumb they ultimately were.
- Harmless Villain: He and Sean are not even taken seriously by Richie. Eventually leads to them 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.
- Insistent Terminology: Always introduces himself as "Matt 'Drinkwater' Bevilaqua,"note even though nobody else refers to him as such.
- It's Personal: His shooting of Chris Moltisanti, Tony Soprano's nephew, pretty much sealed his horrible fate.
- Jerkass: Matt has little in the way of likable qualities. He's dim, self-absorbed, treacherous, and impulsively violent.
- 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. At first it seems like that's just the standard response if an employee steps out of line, but it turns out it was just Matt being needlessly cruel when Tony gets angry at him for putting a worker of theirs in the hospital. Matt gets the favor karmically returned with his own cruel and drawn out death.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He and Sean enjoy hip-hop music and occasionally pepper in slang terms in their speeches, with the older members disliking how they sound like "mulignans."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sean Gismonte's Red. Even then, both have hot tempers.
- 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.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Can often be found shitting on the floor due to nerves during safe-cracking, while Chris and Matt do the work.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is constantly belittled and basically shit on by everyone else.
- Dumb Muscle: The stupider of the duo.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Gis," pronounced like "jizz."
- 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.
- Genius Ditz
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Matthew Bevilaqua.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Is taken seriously by nobody, but he still manages to put two bullets into Christopher.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Matthew's Blue.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Matt.
- Undignified Death: Shot through the head by the guy he had just gunned down because he didn't think to unbuckle his seat-belt 'before' carrying out the hit.
Fabian "Febby" Petrulio
Former soldier in the DiMeo family who turned federal informant.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Even as he's being garrotted by Tony.
- Asshole Victim: To ensure that we don't feel too bad about Tony killing him, he's seen peddling drugs to teenagers. He also shows no hesitation or scruples when he attempts to snipe Tony in front of his daughter, only cancelling the shot because of the sudden appearence of other motel guest and wanting no witnesses or complications.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He tries to argue that he falls under this to Tony while desperately pleading for his life, telling him that he had the drop on him but didn't shoot while he had the chance, because realized he was with his daughter. The audience, however, knows that Fabian is lying when he says this; he perfectly well saw Meadow, but he didn't hesitate for a second when it came to taking aim at Tony, and would have shot him right there and then, even if it meant killing him in front of his daughter. He only failed to go through with it, because he didn't want any witnesses. And Tony himself doesn't buy it for a second either.
- 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.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: How Tony and the rest of the Jersey mob feels about his fate.
- The Stool Pigeon: Became an informant, leading to a lot of convictions of DiMeo crime family members.
- Terrible Artist: Downplayed. Fabian actually isn't half bad at wood carving, but he never really got hang of how to carve lips, a running joke in the DiMeo Crime Family being the bust he once made of Frank Sinatra with really bad lips as a gift for Jackie (Christopher mentions that he thought said bust was supposed to be Shaquille O'Neal). It comes back around when Tony scopes out a local business owned by "Frederick Peters", and spots a home-made bust of Ronald Reagan with really weird-looking lips, confirming to him that he has indeed found Fabian Petrulio.
- 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.
- Gangbangers: 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 disappears after the failed hit on Tony, and isn't seen again in the series. It is unknown whether he survived the Enemy Civil War, as others in his crew (including Donnie and Clayborn) were killed as a result of the hit.
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.
- Graceful Loser: Notably, Zellman seems to accept his belting at the hands of Tony over Irina in stride, not fighting back or resisting much.
- 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.