Mob wives and "Sweethearts"
Adriana La Cerva
Christopher Moltisanti's girlfriend, and later fiancee.
- Animal Motifs: She is associated with deer and, after her death, cats, as a cat stares fixedly at Christopher at one point.
- Ascended Extra: Quite literally, in the very first episode she appears for a few seconds as a hostess at Artie's restaurant before getting a name in episode 2 and finally getting storylines in the seasons after that.
- Break the Cutie: While some of this may cross over with Too Dumb to Live, she undergoes this once she becomes an informant for the FBI. Adriana is just a dim, sweet girl who wants to have children with Christopher. Chris spirals further into drug addiction, it's revealed that she's infertile, Chris becomes increasingly physically violent towards her, the FBI becomes more aggressive towards her pressuring her into giving more and more information, and once she confides in Chris, he betrays her and has her killed.
- Butt-Monkey: She goes through so much drama and trauma because of her toxic relationship with Chris.
- Distracted by the Luxury: A defining characteristic of her up until she becomes an FBI informant.
- Domestic Abuse: She's been on the receiving end of it from Chris a lot of the time, with him hitting and choking her.
- Dumb Blonde: At times very naïve and superficial.
- Even the Girls Want Her: The female tennis pro she and Carmela go to certainly seems keen to get close to her.
- Foil: To Carmela Soprano. Both are romantically involved with mobsters in the inner circle of the Soprano Family (Christopher Moltisanti and Tony Soprano) and struggle to reconcile the temptations offered by their lifestyles with their own moral integrity. Ultimately, Adriana is totally compromised by her involvement with Christopher, leading to her own demise, whereas Carmela manages to achieve a more moderated complicity although a certain interpretation of the series finale leaves her with a harsher end. They also elucidate the differences between Christopher and Tony as romantic partners.
- While both mob wives are continuously tempted by the wealth and possessions afforded to them by their romantic involvement with mobsters, only Carmela Soprano is shown to struggle meaningfully with the moral implications of her materialism. Adriana, on the other hand, is never shown to struggle morally with or deny herself the various contraband and clandestine opportunities Christopher provides to her.
- While Carmela is relatively fortunate to be married to Tony, who takes an active interest in ensuring that Carmela remains somewhat legally safe from his activities, Christopher Moltisanti takes no real steps to separate Adriana from his illicit activities, giving her a stake in the Crazy Horse (a product of illegal gambling and extortion still acting as a site of mob activity), enabling her drug habits, and himself inflicting violence upon her.
- Carmela never becomes personally involved in the criminal lifestyle which supports her lifestyle, whereas Adriana eventually becomes party to a criminal conspiracy in the Crazy Horse because of the lack of separation between Christopher's criminal lifestyle and her own.
- Whereas motherhood is a source of Pet the Dog and personal redemption for Carmela Soprano, an incident in Adriana's past means that she is very unlikely to be able to bear a child. Also noteworthy is that Tony Soprano's children are a source of Pet the Dog for him as well, whereas Christopher has no such familial obligations to Adriana, and thus has nothing restraining him from indulging his substance abuse and abusing her (implying that Tony might not be all that different if not for the fact that he has children with Carmela).
- Adriana holds the other mob wives in contempt, seeing them as lacking willpower and being totally dependent on their husbands. She is unable to form meaningful bonds with any of them and lacks a support system outside of Christopher. By contrast, Carmela Soprano and the other mob wives have their own community, supporting each other and remaining in contact even when they are no longer partnered with their mobster husbands (e.g. Rosalie Aprile through bereavement, Angie Bompensiero after Big Pussy "goes into Witness Protection", and Carmela herself during her separation from Tony).
- Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: To the FBI, she has no desire to help them past a certain point.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Christopher can be abusive to her while also using her to support him.
- Love Martyr: Ultimately dies out of her love for Chris.
- Mafia Princess: She's this and to a much greater extent than Carmela.
- Male Gaze: The curvaceous Adriana is often the subject of this for some reason...
- Meaningful Name: La Cerva means "the deer" in Italian. In her final scene, she gets shot in the woods while crawling on all fours.
- The Mole: After unwittingly befriending an undercover FBI agent named Deborah Ciccerone, she is coerced into becoming an informant. It eventually ends badly, with Tony ordering Silvio to whack Adriana.
- Moral Event Horizon: Is morally and legally compromised once she becomes party to a criminal conspiracy by assisting Matush and his associate in covering up a murder in the Crazy Horse. This is an in-universe, enforced example, as once it occurs, the FBI resorts to more aggressive threats in order to force her to cooperate, as she can no longer claim to be an innocent bystander.
- Laser-Guided Karma: the same episode in which this is revealed is the episode in which she dies, as an indirect consequence.
- Morton's Fork: She is hit with a particularly hard one once the feds catch up to her. She can face up to 25 years in prison for her part in an illegal cocaine ring, or become an informant in an FBI operation to take down Tony. She unsuccessfully and tragically tries to Take a Third Option by attempting to get Christopher to flip on Tony and go into witness protection, which inevitably ends with her being killed.
- Ms. Fanservice: Nary a scene at her place goes by without her being down to her underwear. She's this to the FBI stooges tasked on vigilating her, as well.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Partially defied, she refuses to be the typical Mafia housewife and sets up and manages "The Crazy Horse" club. Bankrolled by the Mafia, the mobsters gradually turn it into a Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club.
- Panty Shot: Adriana gives the FBI surveillance squad (and the viewers) a truly epic one in "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood".
- Trauma Conga Line: Dead dog, junkie/abusive boyfriend, serious intestinal and health problems and criminal charges around the corner.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Christopher. Acknowledged in-universe.
Chris's girlfriend and eventual wife in Season 6.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Chris feels no genuine love for Kelli. In her first scene she declares that she's pregnant, and he marries her on a whim. This is in sharp contrast to Adriana, who was barren and loved by Chris.
- Mafia Princess: Kelli is this much like Adriana before her.
- Shrinking Violet: She comes across as this in her few appearances, especially when dealing with the family she married into.
A stripper at the Bada Bing, and girlfriend to Ralph.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ralph beats her to death in the parking of the Bing, while she is pregnant of Ralph's child, no less. (Ralph would contest that point later)
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Stripper variety.
- Humiliation Conga: Most of her time onscreen. Trauma Conga Line also applies.
- Kill the Cutie: Unfortunately, at the hands of Ralph.
- The Mistress: Ralph's. Technically she is just a sweetheart as Silvio points out, since Ralph is divorced.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her demise.
- Sleeping with the Boss: It's implied that she's trying to segue into this with Tony, who is uninterested in, ah, "being friends" with a woman who's been with Ralph.
Wife of the late Jackie Aprile Sr. A good friend of Carmela's; they seem to have a standing lunch date at Vesuvio, and she shows up whenever Carmela or her family is in trouble. Carm often turns to her for advice.
- Brutal Honesty: Doesn't mince words when doling out needed advice to Carmela about sensitive matters, like troubles with Tony and AJ, not to mention Carm's extramarital romantic entanglements.
- Butt-Monkey: Loses her husband, then her son, then Ralph, who leaves her for Janice — although by all accounts, losing Ralph wasn't much of a loss.
- The Rival: Rosalie unbeknownst fell into this role when Carmela and she were both "wooing" Father Intintola with food.
Wife of Johnny Sack.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's the butt of jokes for most of the mob guys, but John describes her as "Rubenesque".
- Big Girl: This puts her at the center of many jokes.
- Break the Cutie: It's hard not to feel sorry for Ginny Sack by the end of the series.
- Happily Married: She enjoys a good marriage with Johnny, who stays faithful to his wife, unlike all the other mobsters.
- Humiliation Conga: Shared with her husband.
- Morality Chain: Ginny is even the impetus that makes Johnny call off the hit on Ralph.
- Morality Pet: Johnny's refusal to cheat on her and genuine love of her serves to show his much softer side.
Bobby Baccalieri's wife
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to Tony.
- Lady Macbeth: A very mild form. When Tony is in the hospital after being shot by Junior, she encourages Sil to consider taking over after Tony is gone. That said, she never advises him to hurry the process along—merely to throw his hat into the ring when the Succession Crisis hits.
- Real-Life Relative: She is also the wife of Steve Van Zandt in real life.
Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero's wife.
- Domestic Abuse: Her marriage is not a happy one.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Works in a supermarket to make ends meet after Pussy gets retired. This reinforces Carmela's anxiety about what would happen to her with Tony gone.
- Housewife: Initially, she later works at his husband's car repair shop.
- Loan Shark: She stays economically afloat with the car shop and becomes a silent partner to other loan sharks of the family.
- Raised Catholic: Contemplates the ideas of divorce and suicide, but she is talked out of it on religious grounds by the other mob wives.
Vito's wife and cousin of Phil Leotardo.
- The Beard: To Vito, although she doesn't know it.
- Friendly Enemy: Indirectly, as she doesn't know that Phil is an enemy. She's a friend of Phil's wife and is in very good terms with the Leotardos, but to Phil this is irrelevant.
- Real-Life Relative: Played by Elizabeth Bracco, real-life sister of Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi).
Tony's Russian goomah.
- Brainless Beauty: Tony finds her too childlike and simple.
- Bungled Suicide: A mix of pills and vodka, after Tony ends the relation.
- Demoted to Extra: After Tony dumps her.
- Distracted by the Luxury: During the breakup she is given a generous severance pay that successfully appeases her for a while.
- The Mistress: Irina is Tony's girl for most of Seasons 1 and 2.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's almost always skimpily dressed whenever she's on screen during the first few seasons.
- The Other Darrin: Played by a blonde actress in the pilot.
- Sensual Slavs: Russian and a very notable Ms. Fanservice.
- Statuesque Stunner: Irina is noticeably tall and skinny.
- Wham Line: "I used to fuck your husband" and the reveal about Tony's affair with her cousin nearly sink Tony's marital life.
- Womanchild: She's childish and immature, and is pretty helpless once Tony dumps her.
- Woman Scorned: Snaps and retaliates after Tony humiliates and beats her new boyfriend (an assocciate of Tony's) for dating her.
- You No Take Candle: Including the occasional malapropisms.
A patient of Dr. Melfi who starts a turbulent affair with Tony.
- Bus Crash: She's Driven to Suicide at some point, offscreen. Mentioned in passing.
- Cute and Psycho: Tries to a pull a Fatal Attraction move on Tony, but one of his goons disencourages her.
- Death Is Dramatic: She wants it to be. Gloria seduces then angers Tony in the hopes that he will fulfill this wish. Tony throws cold water on this by having Patsy Parisi intimidate her, and give a very blunt description of how he will murder her if she continues down this path. She later hangs herself from a chandelier, though the show itself manages to avert this trope in that instance as well, by keeping it off-screen.
- Death Seeker: One of her more hidden characteristics.
- Foreshadowing: Patsy threatens her and says that her death "won't be cinematic" she later kills herself offscreen.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A deconstruction or a global subversion. She's actually a very clingy and unstable individual and ends up being a new source of problems. Tony lampshades this trope when he describes her as "too good to be true", one episode before her flaws start to show.
- Meet Cute: Meets Tony while waiting outside Dr. Melfi's office due to a schedule confusion. It's subtly hinted that Gloria might have deliberately showed up at the wrong time to initiate a meet-cute with another of Melfi's patients.
- The Mistress: For Tony in Season 3.
- Self-Made Woman: A successful car seller and a very indepedent-spirited woman, very appealing traits for Tony. When Tony relates this to Dr. Melfi, some of her reactions seem to indicate that Gloria may not be as independent as she seems.
- Suicide by Cop: Antagonizes and provokes Tony into killing her, but he restrains himself. Tony drops the name of the trope during therapy.
- Tsundere: Sweet and spiteful. The latter behavior gradually becomes the dominant one.
- Woman Scorned: Her most defining trait. She chucks a steak at Tony, throws an expensive gift of his into the ocean, and even drives Carmela home as consequence for his transgressions.
- Yandere: Gloria is the most unstable and violent mistress Tony has on the show.
- You Remind Me of X: She is acknowledged as a Livia stand-in. Tony realizes and says it out loud after hearing the familiar jab "Oh, poor you!"
Valentina La Paz
Ralph's, and later Tony's goomah.
- Facial Horror: She's badly burned in a domestic accident.
- Foe Cooties: Tony has his qualms at first, since she's Ralph's comare.
- The Mistress: Ralph's and then Tony's.
- Ms. Fanservice: The character arc with the highest ratio of nude scenes.
- Mixed Ancestry: Cuban and Italian.
- Satellite Love Interest: A satellite character like the other mistresses, but more so as Tony finds her very boring once the initial flame extinguises and wants to dump her as soon as possible.
Johnny Boy Soprano's old goomah, who befriends Tony.
- Gold Digger: Was this for Johnny Boy, and attempts to latch onto his son for a similar relationship.
- The Gump: Claims she slept with JFK at one point.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She is played by Polly Bergen, after all.
- Kick the Dog: Literally, for both Fran and Johnny. Johnny gave Fran his dog Tippi, towards whom Tony had a great deal of affection. Fran then had the dog put to sleep when her son went to college.
- She and Johnny had another mutual Kick the Dog moment when Livia suffered a miscarriage, and Johnny spent the night with Fran rather than deal with his wife's (in this case, quite justified) grief.
- Quick Nip: Offers Tony one (while he's driving) before taking one herself. A mix of Remy Martin and VSOP. Even Tony finds it strong.
- Stepford Smiler: Has a warm and friendly demeanor, yet is petty and materialistic on the inside.
A real estate saleswoman who has an affair with Christopher and a near-affair with Tony.
- The Alcoholic: Drug addiction.
- Brainy Brunette: She's rather smart and cultured, especially when compared to the other women in Tony's life.
- The Danza: She shares her first name with her actress.
- Hello, Attorney!: Real estate broker. Incidentally, Julianna Margulies is the trope image.
- Love Triangle: When Tony changes his mind and resumes his interest in her, she's already dating Chris and refuses Tony's advances.
- Meet Cute: Meets Christopher during an AA meeting.
- The Mistress: For Tony and Chris. A subversion in Tony's case, since after some build-up he unexpectedly refuses to sleep with her.
- Replacement Goldfish: It could be argued that her vague resemblance to Adriana is what attracted Chris so intensely.
- Your Cheating Heart: Refuses Tony -initially- claiming she is engaged.