Lupertazzi Crime Family Members
Carmine Lupertazzi Sr.
- "Our family's been doin' our Jersey business a long time with the Sopranos in a peaceful and profitable way, and I want to keep it like that."
Longtime don of the Lupertazzi crime family.
- Affably Evil: Despite being utterly ruthless in his business dealings, Carmine is nonetheless a doting father to his son, Little Carmine, and prefers to resolve tensions with the Sopranos through diplomacy rather than conflict.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Asks his middle-aged son Carmine Jr. if he's put his sun block on, in front of Johnny Sack.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Johnny Sack in Season 4.
- Blank Stare: When Johnny Sack repeats Ralph's joke to him.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: When Johnny Sack scoffed his way of sanctioning Ralphie for his joke about Ginny Sack.Carmine (about Ralph): I'll crack him good. I'll ask for 200 grand.Johnny Sack: 200 grand for insulting my wife. What's next, Carmine, he gets to FUCK HER FOR A MILLION!?Carmine: He wants to fuck her?Johnny Sack: I'm making a point, I'm talking about my wife's honor here! My honor!
- The Don: A classic one; disregards the DiMeo family as a glorified crew.
- From Bad to Worse: Things start to get out of hand after he dies, with each boss being worse than the former. Carmine is by far the most pragmatic Lupertazzi Don. Johnny Sack balances between pragmatism and ego, while Phil is completely unhinged.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In Seasons 1-3. After he and his empire are referred to merely as "New York" in the first two seasons, he finally appears in-person during Season 3. Despite being a longtime ally of the DiMeo crime family, Carmine's organization is almost universally viewed by Tony and his associates with wariness and suspicion (not least because the former regularly uses its vastly greater size and resources to coerce the New Jersey mobsters into "sharing" their profits on local business ventures). After the relationship between the two families deteriorates in Season 4, the Lupertazzi crime family ultimately becomes the story's preeminent antagonist and remains so until the end of the series.
- Pragmatic Villainy: According to Johnny Sack, he once refused to sanction a hit on a high-earning "made man" within his Family requested by another mobster whose honor had been violated. However, when the earning capacity of the aforementioned "made man" became diminished, Carmine had him murdered.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A mob boss can only be so reasonable, but Carmine is generally a level-headed and thoughtful leader; certainly more so than Phil.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Scolds Tony for using casual wear.
- The Stoic: For the most part, he talks mostly in a deadpan and maintains a stony expression. He will sometimes raise his voice in anger though, and smiles at least once (when he talks about his health in the Season 4 finale).
- Succession Crisis: His death ultimately starts a civil war within the Lupertazzi Crime family due to widespread lack of confidence in his sole heir, "Little" Carmine.
"Little" Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.
Carmine Lupertazzi's son and heir apparent.
- Affably Evil: Arguably one of the nicest guys in the show.
- Always Someone Better: Carmine is a wealthy Mafia prince, but he realizes that he's just a small fry compared to Hollywood elite.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Carmine is seen as a foolish coward for simply giving up in his war with Johnny Sack over leadership of the family. However, his position is sympathetic to the normal viewer, most of whom would presumably rather retire wealthy than risk their lives in a protracted mob war.
- Delusions of Eloquence: He usually fails miserably when trying to speak with gravitas.
- Department of Redundancy Department:Little Carmine: "The fundamental question is: Will I be as effective as a boss like my dad was? And I will be. Even more so — but until I am, it's gonna be hard to verify that I think I'll be more effective."
- The Ditz: Whatever respect and success he's earned has been purely through nepotism. He's ultimately a soft, cowardly and not particularly bright Mafiosi who's led a sheltered existence. Tony has a habit of calling him "Brainless the Second."
- Happily Married: Prefers to enjoy the good life with his wife rather than wearing The Chains of Commanding.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Several, but his character quote arguably takes the cake.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He's notably the only mobster who has the self-awareness to do this. After taking some harsh losses, he decides he's had enough of the Mafia power play and retires to a civilian life, serving as a neutral mediator in mob conflicts. In doing so, he's one of the very few mobsters to make it out of the show intact.
- Malaproper: Like most mobsters, he mangles common idioms and vocabulary, but his Delusions of Eloquence due to his unearned success in the mob leads him to these far more often in comparison. Even the other mobsters are visibly dumbfounded whenever it happens.
- Metaphorgotten: At the premiere of Cleaver, he compares movies to children during his speech and quickly gets lost in the analogy.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He tries to use complicated words and sentences, only to get lost quicky under them.
- Team Switzerland: Mediates between Tony and Phil, but he bungles it completely when he pointlessly brings up the death of Billy Leotardo.
- Villainous Friendship: With Lorraine Calluzo. He's very angered when Phil Leotardo kills her.
- The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Despite being the legitimate heir of Carmine Sr., a sizable faction of the Lupertazzi Family led by Johnny Sack contests his succession, not least because he lacks his father's cunning and ruthless decisiveness. Carmine ultimately decides that he doesn't want to fight for the top spot anyway and relinquishes his claim.
John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni
- " Don't talk crazy!!....You want to commit suicide? Pills are a lot easier!"
Underboss of the Lupertazzi crime family, and old friend of Tony Soprano.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's given a rare emphatic death, dying after a long illness and surrounded by his anguished family, underscoring that a broken mobster is still a human being. In-universe, even the gangsters who are disappointed in him breaking the omerta are saddened by his passing and honor his memory.
- All for Nothing: Johnny spent his life at the tops of the mafia hierarchy and wins a mob war to become boss of New York, yet only a few years later, he's in prison and has almost all of his earnings seized. On top of that, he breaks the Omerta in his trial (and therefore ruining his reputation) for the sake of reducing his sentence only to die long before he could even serve it.
- Ascended Extra: In the first couple of seasons he appears rarely (usually at gatherings), but becomes a key character from season four onwards.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He's a New York underboss eager to be Number One, but once he gets there, everything starts to go awry.
- Big Bad: In Season 5. Upon learning that Tony Soprano's cousin has joined forces against him with Little Carmine, he and his brutal right-hand man, Phil Leotardo, effectively declare war on the entire Soprano Crime Family.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Carmine Lupertazzi in Season 4.
- Big Girl: His beloved wife.
- Butt-Monkey: His whole arc in Season 6, when he falls from grace and suffers from a declining health.
- The Chains of Commanding: Soon learns that Tony's warnings about it were true.
- The Chessmaster: He often chose not to show his feelings but rather acted behind the scenes to take his revenge or undermine people. This would mean he was invisibly pulling strings in certain situations to sabotage people or deals.
- Chubby Chaser: He doesn't mind at all about how his wife is morbidly obese.
- The Consigliere: To Carmine Sr.
- Cool Car: As he gets closer to becoming Boss in Season 5, he splashes out on a new Maserati (which later ends up being sold to Christopher Moltisanti after he goes to prison).
- Deadpan Snarker
- A Death in the Limelight: Stage 5.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Tries to have Ralph killed for the crime of taking a jab at his wife's weight. Johnny claims that this is perfectly valid and that he wouldn't have needed to ask permission to avenge his wife's honour in the mob's heyday, but mobsters far more senior than Johnny find the entire thing ridiculous and demand that he settle it amicably.
- The Dragon: To Carmine Lupertazzi, Sr..
- Dragon Ascendant: A brief stint as The Don after Carmine's death and a mob war.
- Drunk with Power: He becomes less pragmatic and more ruthless after Carmine Sr. dies. Discussed by the Jersey crew.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He truly loves his family. He's allowed out of prison to attend his daughter's wedding, although it ends in disaster.
- Fatal Flaw: The man is deeply insecure. He buys a mansion in New Jersey, knowing that it will just draw attention from the police. When he becomes the boss he has to constantly show that he is the one with power, even if it creates tensions in his family and problems with Tony. If anybody makes a tasteless remark about his wife, he takes his punishments too far. Ultimately when it comes down to pragmatism or ego, his ego will always win out.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite being genuinely devoted to his wife and children, he acts friendly and charming towards others only to the extent that doing so advances his own interests.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For Seasons 1-3 as the foremost representative of the massive Lupertazzi Crime Family.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Several ultimately minor issues in the series are blown up by his resentfulness, pride, and rigid sense of honour.
- Happily Married: Except for a minor incident, one of the best/rare examples. Unlike almost every other mobster in the series (with the exception of Bobby), he is never shown or even mentioned cheating on his wife.
- Hidden Depths: A genuinely loving husband and father in spite of being a mob boss.
- Honor Before Reason: Usually inverted, as he's a very pragmatic businessman, but when he uses the honor angle during the conflict with Ralph over the weight of his wife, Carmine disagrees and Johnny almost pays with his life for it.
- Irrational Hatred: He quickly develops a strong dislike for Christopher over very minor issues, such as offering unwanted advice. John makes it clear that as far as he's concerned, Chris is an upjumped brat who should still be waiting outside in the car; he even floats the idea of Chris being murdered during the Tony B incident. His relentless crusade against Ralph for allegedly insulting his wife could also fall into this: even Johnny's own traditionalist, by-the-book don thinks that trying to put a hit on the guy over it is completely insane.Carmine Sr.: It's settled, John. So either name a price or get the fuck over it.
- Manipulative Bastard: Around the middle of Season 3, Johnny listens to Ralph Cifaretto complain about Tony Soprano's treatment of him, and how Ralph was passed over for promotion. Johnny acts sympathetic, even acting as mediator between the two, but lies to both parties about what he told the other and his advice ultimately proves useless. Sack does basically the same with Paulie Walnuts towards the end of Season 3, who also gripes about being overlooked by Tony and expresses discontent with his position, and feeds intimate family information to John in the hopes of joining the Lupertazzi family, all of which also leading to nothing when Paulie realizes that Johnny never even mentioned him to Carmine Lupertazzi, and that Carmine doesn't even know who he is. Johnny artfully manipulates both high-ranking members of the Soprano family into feeding him sensitive information, and gets off scot free. All of this after Johnny promises Tony upon moving to New Jersey that he wouldn't "stick his beak in" (interfere in Soprano family business).
- Odd Friendship: In Stage 5, he befriends fellow inmate and custodian Warren Feldman, a former oncologist and convicted spree murderer.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As underboss. As Boss, not so much.
- The Resenter: You're in trouble if Johnny sours on you, and this can happen with disturbing ease. A little faux pas from Christopher leaves him walking on eggshells around John from that day on, to say nothing of Johnny's all-consuming vendetta against Ralph for the crime of implying his wife had a fat ass.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Pleads guilty and admits to the existence of the Mafia to lower his sentence, but dies not long after he shames himself in the eyes of the other mobsters by breaking the Omertà.
- The Starscream: Puts a hit on Carmine Sr. during the Frelinghuysen Avenue crisis. Inverted earlier when Carmine Sr. wants to get rid of Johnny due to his ruinous feud with Ralph. Both events are outsourced to Tony, but settled down and defused before it's too late.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!!: Prone to instances of this, such as when he's lobbying to have Ralp Cifaretto killed over the insult to his wife, when he plotted to have Carmine Sr. whacked, and the issues with Tony Blundetto.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Feels like this from time to time. Having a large pool of minions means that some aren't sharpest knife in the drawer, while others like Phil are simply hard to restrain.
- Villain Decay: His donship is abruptly thwarted when he's incarcerated and reduced to a life of subsistence.
- Villainous Friendship: Interstate friendship with Tony.
- His friendship with Warren Feldman may also count, considering Feldman's backstory.
- Also, with Joey Peeps, who is, apparently, his younger protege. John is genuinely angry at Little Carmine when Joey is killed by Tony Blundetto, sincerely tries to comfort his mother at the funeral and orders a hit on Angelo Garepe in revenge. Considering that prior to this both sides of the civil war only targeted associates, taking out Garepe, who was family's long-time consigliere and one of the main supporters of Little Carmine, escalated things and only Carmine's surrender prevented further bloodshed. It shows just how much Johnny was pissed off by the murder of Joey Peeps, that after his death, Sacrimoni was determined to take out Carmine's faction.
- We Used to Be Friends: His relation with Tony during Johnny's rising. Once all is said and done, and John dies of cancer, it is clear Tony still cared about him.
- "You want compromise, how's this? Twenty years in the can I wanted manicott', but I compromised: I ate grilled cheese off the radiator instead. I wanted to fuck a woman, but I compromised: I jacked off into a tissue. You see where I'm goin'?"
A hot-headed capo in the Lupertazzi family, released from prison in Season 5.
- Aesop Amnesia: Shortly after Tony makes an impassioned plea for peace to him following a near-death experience, Phil begins contemplating thoughts of retirement as well as adopting a more pacifist approach to life in general. However, his old ruthless, bloodthirsty personality resurfaces after his protége, Gerry Torciano, is murdered by "Doc" Santoro and he blames this turn of events on his own "weakness."
- Ascended Extra: After he is mentioned on TV, he mostly shows up in the background at the beginning of Season 5, and then plays only a minor role midway through. It isn't until Billy is killed that he is shot-gunned into being the main antagonist.
- Ax-Crazy: He is arguably one of the most brutal characters of the entire series. Not to mention that every time he kills, tortures, or intimidates anyone, he has a huge Slasher Smile.
- Berserk Button: The murder of his brother Billy is a constant source of anger for him, even long after that event passes. He's also enraged by his cousin-in-law Vito's homosexuality.
- Big Bad: During the final season. With all the resources of the Lupertazzi Crime Family at his disposal combined with a vicious streak comparable to that of Richie Aprile, he is by far the most dangerous adversary Tony encounters throughout the entire series.
- Blood Knight: More violent than his predecessors, Phil will find any excuse he can for war.
- Brutal Honesty: Combined with Deadpan Snarker for additional injuries.
- Catchphrase: The guy is ever-vocal about his twenty years in the can.
- Cigar Chomper: He favors cigars, often in a way that shows his despective indifference towards someone or something.
- Conflict Killer: Tony had more than a few disagreements with Johnny Sack, but that was nothing compared to when Phil took over.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first seen in a photo in the episode "Two Tonys" during the news broadcast about the Class of 2004. He later becomes the Big Bad of Season 6.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: A mix, while Asshole Victim is in play, he's executed in front of his wife and his baby grandchildren, and then gets his head crushed with his own van, offscreen. It's left unsaid if Tony gets a retribution for this gory method/outcome, as a death in front of your family is a big no-no by many members of The Mafia.
- Decapitated Army: His final strategy in season 6.
- The Don: Acting Boss after Johnny Sack is arrested, official Boss after Johnny pleads guilty and subsequently dies of cancer.
- Doting Grandparent: His final scene shows this.
- Dragon Ascendant: Becomes boss after Johnny Sack's death.
- The Dreaded: Has a reputation in New York and Jersey alike for his ferocity, and even the bosses fear him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Eventually rationalizes that he spent twenty years in jail to protect a bunch of people that he despises. Phil thinks that he should be the one commanding respect and not giving it to others who deserve or earn none, like Doc Santoro.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He views Tony as The Starscream towards his uncle Corrado, and is disgusted by the unceremonious initiation rituals of the Jersey crew and its overall laxitude.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is genuinely grief-stricken and enraged when Tony Blundetto kills his brother, Billy. Similarly, he is later revealed to have a close relationship with his henchman and protégé, Gerry Torciano, as evidenced when he has "Doc" Santoro assassinated in order to avenge the former's death. Right before his death, he also has a cute exchange with his grandchildren.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tony Soprano on a scale of Black-and-Grey Morality. In addition to being hot-headed yet decisive as leaders, both characters actively cultivate alpha-male personas for which they are widely respected and/or feared by their associates. Moreover, both view the current generation of wiseguys with disgust while looking back nostalgically on a bygone era when members of La Cosa Nostra strictly observed principles of ''Omertà'' and held those within their ranks to high standards of masculinity.
- Evil Old Folks: He is old, especially compared to Tony, and is one of the cruelest, most despicable characters in the series.
- FaceHeel Turn: From his point of view, as "the Leotardo family has been taking shit from everybody the minute they got off the boat from Italy."
- Fatal Flaw: Despite being one of the most ruthless characters in the series, he considers himself too agreeable in nature and willing to compromise for his own good. In reality, it is his obsession with preserving his alpha male persona at all costs that proves to be his downfall.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sometimes keeps an old-school demeanor and civility above his icy mercilessness.
- Final Boss: He is the final antagonist of the entire series.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Just as the back wheel of a van starts to roll onto Phil's head, we cut to a shot of his grandchildren in the backseat of the vehicle, accompanied by the Sickening "Crunch!" of his skull.
- Hate Sink: He was openly sadistic, volatile, brutal and confrontational, utilizes bullying and fear to his victims, sets Vito up to be tortured and killed, ordered his henchmen to kill Bobby and Silvio, and before that, he threatened Blundetto to the cruelest possible death for him. His brutality makes Tony Soprano himself look like a sane boss in comparison. Even the usually stoic FBI agent Harris openly despises him: he cites Leotardo trying to set up a female agent for a rape and beating as proof of his monstrous nature, and why Harris helps the Soprano crew locate him. If it wasn't for his loved ones, he would have arguably been a total Monster.
- Ignored Epiphany: While Phil is recovering in the hospital, Tony comes to visit him and pleads for them to bury the hatchet so they can be around to see their grandchildren. He seems to get through to him, as Phil is moved to tears, but a few episodes later, Phil thinks about the indignities the Leotardos have suffered and decides he can't let them go.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Shah of Iran". He resents it.
- Irony: Literally comes out of a closet in order to beat Vito to death for being gay.
- It's Personal: Partially, in the end the death of his brother is just one of many reasons for him.
- Jerkass: Probably the most unpleasant and unapologetic guy of the show; unlike other mobsters, he's not restrained by friendship or loyalty ties, and can back his bark with his bite without being put upon by anybody. It comes with the Ruthless Foreign Gangsters baggage.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For a while at least, as made men can't be killed by rival families with impunity.
- Kick the Dog: "Comforts" Vito's widow (after murdering him) by telling her that it's for the best that her kids don't "have that kind of role model around."
- Lack of Empathy: Leotardo personally carries out the murder of his cousin's husband without giving any thought to how this would affect her or her children. This is further shown when he attempts a "pep talk" with her son, choosing to shame him for his behavior as though he has no good reason to act out.
- Lawful Stupid: He is obsessed with the laws and old-school codes of conduct of La Cosa Nostra. As a result he makes stupid decisions that are the absolute opposite of pragmatic.
- Made of Iron: Despite suffering a car accident and later getting shot in Season 5, Phil recovers quickly enough to commit some more murders and beatings in the season. Later, while it forces him to refrain from physical exertion, a major coronary doesn't stop him from running the family in Season 6 Part II. All of this, and he's in his sixties.
- Men Don't Cry: He loses all respect for Johnny Sack for crying when the police tear him away from his daughter's wedding. Ironically, Tony brings him to tears later on.
- Moral Myopia: He's butchered more people in horrible ways than you'd care to count. This doesn't give him any perspective when Tony Blundetto kills his brother.
- Nice to the Waiter: You wouldn't know he's a ruthless mobster from the polite, charming way he tends to interact with civilians. The one time he breaks this, crudely insulting and threatening Christopher's mother in his grief over Billy's death, is played as a major Kick the Dog moment for him.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He puts Benny into the hospital after beating him with a cane.
- Non-Action Guy: Is forced into this role by the end of Season 6 due to his age and mounting health issues.
- Old Soldier: Despite pushing seventy, he still carries out hits and can lay out pretty brutal beatings on others. His coronary later on prevents him from engaging in any more action however.
- Pet the Dog: Downplayed since he is the one responsible for Vito's death but He makes the funeral arranagements in order to spare Marie the stress.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Views homosexuality as an infamous disgrace and orders Vito Spatafore killed for being gay.
- Pragmatic Villainy: For a while, he's talked out of his vendetta because it's bad for business. Eventually, he argues for the opposite and evaluates there are too many middle-men.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Prone to temper tantrums, and claims that his family name was changed from Leonardo to Leotardo because the Ellis Island bureaucrats were "stupid and jealous".
- He's also shown to be prone to theatrics to an absurd degree. He literally makes a dramatic exit out of a closet after waiting there an extended period of time when he and his men whack Vito, and yells taunts at Tony and Little Carmine from his house when the two attempt to broker a peace with him.
- Redemption Rejection: Took a Level in Kindness after his close encounter with death, but his ruthless ways make a comeback.
- Remember the New Guy?: One of the several convicts released from the can during the show.
- Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: New York mob boss whose conflict with Jersey steers the events towards The Good, the Bad, and the Evil from the point of view of the FBI.
- Shadow Archetype: Phil represents the darkest aspects of Tony Soprano's personality cranked Up to Eleven — whereas Tony is a deeply flawed Jerkass but is still sympathetic, Phil is unlikable, unpleasant, depraved, and a massive Hate Sink.
- Sickening "Crunch!": His final death, by means of his own van rolling over his head after being gunned down.
- Silver Fox: Frank Vincent's iconic, good looking hair.
- The Sociopath: He's up there with the likes of Mustang Sally, Richie and Ralphie.
- The Starscream: He kills the head of his family to become Don, and in turn he's betrayed by Butch after his consigliere estimates that the war is pointless and no longer good for the business.
- Undignified Death: His wife's minivan rolls over his skull post-mortem, with their infant grandchildren inside, at a gas station with a number of onlookers. The legendary Lupertazzi hitman will most likely be remembered by candid cellphone pictures of his squashed head on the internet.
- Unfortunate Names: Openly complains that his legal family name used to be "Leonardo," like the painter. But an Ellis Island bureaucrat goofed it up, and now he's saddled with a name for a ballet outfit.
- Wham Line:
- Would Hit a Girl: Brutally slaps Lorraine Calluzzo before subjecting her to a mock execution. He later heads her actual killing. Then, in the course of trying to hunt down Christopher Moltisanti to use him as a sacrificial lamb in retaliation for his brother Billy's murder, Phil savagely and crudely threatens Chris' mother. And in the final episode of the series, FBI special agent Harris cites Leotardo's attempt to have a female agent raped and murdered as his reason for helping Tony find and kill the on-the-run Phil.
Butch "Butchie" DeConcini
Phil's right hand man after Gerry Torciano gets "retired."
- Blood Knight: Even when Phil is willing to cease hostilities, Butchie continues to antagonize Tony further.
- The Consigliere: Phil's. Surprisingly, he's more confrontational and bloodthirsty than his boss, at first.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Butchie encourages Phil to engage with Tony.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Backs down from Tony as he assaults Coco, and then later calls for a truce between Jersey and New York.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: It's implied that Phil's unhappiness about his lack of zeal in the war with Jersey is gonna cost him dearly.
- The Napoleon: He is significantly shorter than his peers, yet proves to be cunning, ruthless, and even beats up a guy with help of his friend, Coco.
- Red Herring: The S6 mid-season finale heavily implies that Butchie will become the largest threat now that Phil seems to be relatively benign. This situation reverses itself two episodes later.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Phil's Blue. This gets reversed during the war.
- Remember the New Guy?: Just before Season 6 Part I ends, Butch simply shows up as one of Phil's right-hand men.
- The Starscream: Implicitly approves the removal of Phil after the war with Jersey starts to drag on pointless.You do what you have to do.
A captain in the Lupertazzi family who guides Carmine Jr. during his war with Johnny Sack.
- Boom, Headshot!: The way he's retired.
- Celebrity Paradox: Frankie Valli is an acquaintance of Tony's and has to be contacted by Silvio after a casino manager wants a favour returned.
- Mister Big: Rusty is referred to as the Mayor of Munchkin Land as a joke about his height, yet he briefly held a spot as one of the most influential and powerful figures in the Lupertazzi crime family.
- The Evil Genius: Nefarious and ambitious, Rusty coolly plots Joey Peeps' murder and Little Carmine's attempted rise to power.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride; Was fully confident that Little Carmine's side would "steam-roll" right over Johnny Sack's side. This fails, and his earlier plotting is why he is later whacked in Season 6.
- The Man Behind the Man: Behind Little Carmine, Rusty largely pulled his strings during the Lupertazzi civil war. It's what motivates Johnny Sack to have him whacked.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Angelo's blue, being the one who pushes Little Carmine to retaliate over Lorraine.
- Remember the New Guy?: Rusty doesn't appear until after Lorraine is killed, yet he is a high-ranking Lupertazzi capo that is heavily involved in Little Carmine's side during the civil war within the family.
Former consigliere for Carmine Lupertazzi. Released from prison at the beginning of Season 5 as one of the "Class of '04", and seeks to retire.
- Affably Evil: Hardly even counts as "evil" anymore; even as he's drawn back into the Lupertazzi syndicate, he remains fairly benign, outside of conspiring to have Joey Peeps murdered.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads with Phil just before he is shot.
- Anti-Villain: The fella just wanted a civilian life after prison, shame Tony Soprano forgot the memo.
- The Consigliere: To Carmine Lupertazzi, and later to his son, though Little Carmine generally favors Rusty Millio's advice over Angelo's.
- Doting Grandparent: Angelo is this to his grandson, and speaks fondly of bonding with him after he got out of prison.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: His son Charlie is legit.
- The Mentor: To Tony Blundetto in prison.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Angelo's murder leads Tony B to go off the reservation, kicking off the conflict between NY and Jersey.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Rusty Millio's Red, providing a much-needed voice of caution to Little Carmine's side of the civil war.
- Retirony: Subverted, in similar fashion to his old friend Tony Blundetto. Angelo is coerced back into the business by Tony Soprano and Rusty Millio, and gets involved in an escalating civil war in New York, which he is eventually a casualty of. Phil Leotardo references this in his final words before killing Angelo.Phil: You couldn't fuckin' retire?!
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Angelo just wanted to retire after prison, but winds up murdered after trying to mediate the civil war and instead being tempted by Tony into getting directly involved on Little Carmine's side, making him a target for Johnny Sack.
- The Smart Guy: As befits a consligieri.
Robert "Billy" Leotardo
Younger brother of Phil Leotardo.
- The Apprentice: Phil grooms him into becoming an enforcer and a made man.
- Cynicism Catalyst: While Billy was alive, Phil was a restrainable soldier, almost amiable by Phil's own standards. After Billy dies, Phil never gets over it and is helplessly embittered, which eventually drives him to stop compromising and to break the status quo.
- The Dragon: For Phil.
- The Generic Guy: Billy was apparently written to have as little personality as humanly possible.
- In-Series Nickname: Billy
- Small Role, Big Impact: His death snowballs into the Jersey-New York war and many of the unprecedented events from the final season.
- Would Hit a Girl: Whips Lorraine with a towel and then shoots her.
Joey "Peeps" Pepperelli
Protege of Johnny Sack.
- Accidental Misnaming: His headstone is carved with his nickname "Peeps", to general dismay, in particular Johnny's.
- Affably Evil: Aside from beating intimidating Lorraine and murdering Jason, he's a very genial guy.
- The Apprentice: For Johnny Sack. Phil more directly mentors him as an enforcer, however.
- Ascended Extra: To an extent. He was first seen in two Season 4 episodes as an aide-de-camp to Johnny Sack and Carmine Lupertazzi. His death in Season 5 is one of the major plot points of the season.
- Bullying a Dragon: As Phil ridiculously complains about his car seat, Joey catches an aside glance from Tony B, prompting a not-so-subtle aside glance and grin from Joey. Phil spots this, but fortunately lets him off with just a tongue-lashing.
- Death by Sex: Killed by Tony B. outside a brothel, also resulting in the collateral death of a prostitute he was taking home off the books.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Though the murder of mob wives is strictly forbidden, and the murder of goomahs is frowned upon, when a prostitute is killed along with Joe, nobody makes a peep.Little Paulie: I heard the hooker he was with got it in the chest, must have been silicone everywhere.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His gravestone is accidentally engraved "Joey Peeps".
- We Hardly Knew Ye
James "Jimmy" Petrille
Johnny Sack's right hand man.
Faustino "Doc" Santoro
The much-reviled successor to Phil Leotardo as head of the Lupertazzi family.
- 0% Approval Rating: Despite having enough pull to become boss, a good chunk of the Lupertazzi's captains can't stand him. Once he becomes boss, he gets whacked very quickly by Butch and other members of the family by Phil's orders.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Severely offends Phil Leotardo by literally eating the food off his plate.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Subverted. He requests permission to eat Leotardo's food, which he grants. However, while this normally solidifies one's power over another, it is quickly demonstrated that Santoro has none, as Leotardo quickly dispatches him afterwards.
- Moe Greene Special: The way he's executed.
- Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the second half of Season 6, at which point he is apparently next in line to lead the Lupertazzi crime family.
- Smug Snake: Passive-aggressively lords his self-perceived supremacy over Leotardo.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Phil's second and would-be successor.
- Affably Evil: Seems to keep Phil's unending rage in check, to a degree. Phil really starts to go downhill after Gerry is killed.
- Characterization Marches On: He's a blond in Season 6A. In Season 6B, he has black hair, a very confusing change that nobody points out.
- The Dragon
- Dragon Ascendant is averted, thanks to Doc Santoro, who has Torciano killed in order to cement his own position.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Hairdo."
- Kick the Dog: Participates in the unnecessarily brutal hate crime murder of Vito Spatafore.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: See above example.
- The Starscream: Displays hints of disloyalty in his final scene, musing to Silvio that Phil's heart gave out just as he positioned himself to become boss, which Gerry took as an indicator that his mentor doesn't have the balls for the job.
Dominic "Fat Dom" Gamiello
A heavy subordinate of Phil Leotardo.
- Bloody Hilarious: His death is really something to behold.
- The Brute: Dom participates in the sadistic murder of Vito Spatafore.
- Bullying a Dragon: See Tempting Fate below.
- Disposing of a Body: He can't be dispatched butchery-style inside Satriale's anymore because of DNA forensics, so they bury him at a construction site.
- Fat Bastard: His nickname is "Fat Dom" after all!
- Jerkass: Outside of being well....fat, this is his only real character trait.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Is homophobic like the rest of the mob, and he then helps murder Vito over his homosexuality.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: Makes sarcastic remarks about Vito. This results in Carlo gutting him like the pig he is.
- Tempting Fate: Making gay jokes about Carlo Gervasi in the Soprano HQ, when only Carlo and Silvio are present? Bad move, Dom.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's rewarded with a knife to the belly after he repeatedly insults Carlo Gervasi.
- Uncertain Doom: In-universe. He's referred to as the guy who went to Jersey and never came back. Phil Leotardo is savvy enough to know that Dom has been whacked.Phil Leotardo: Well, as coincidence would have it, he was last seen in New Jersey.Tony Soprano: So was the Hindenburg, maybe you wanna look into that too?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Basically a One-Shot Character who dies rather nastily at the hand (or more aptly, the knife) of Carlo, purely to ampt up the conflict between the New York and Jersey mobs.
A subordinate of Phil and restaurant owner.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Meadow mentions he reeked of Sambuca when he harassed her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Literally.
- Dirty Old Man: Which leads to an epic Curb-Stomp Battle delivered by Tony.
- Facial Horror: It's probably for the best that the aftermath of his injury wasn't shown.
- Gory Discretion Shot: All that is shown when Tony stomps his head in are his teeth rattling all over the ground.
- Incest Subtext: Brings this into play between Tony and Meadow while hitting on her. This is implied to be a huge part of what unsettled Meadow about their encounter - if he had left this out, then he might have even gotten away with it.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Assists Butchie in beating a dockworker who was bought off by Tony. He then suffers one at the hands (and feet) of Tony later in the episode (for an unrelated reason).
- Tempting Fate: Seriously, how could he think it was a good idea to hit on Tony Soprano's daughter?
- Small Role, Big Impact: His curb-stomping is essentially the straw that broke the camel's back, with regards to the brewing Soprano/Lupertazzi conflict.
- Too Dumb to Live: And you thought Fat Dom was a moron. It's amazing that Coco even DID live after hitting on Meadow.
Other Criminals and Antagonists
A corrupt cop on Tony's payroll.
- Abusive Parents: His father.
- Butt-Monkey: He and Hal Soprano could share some tales.
- Dirty Cop: A corrupt but deeply troubled cop.
- Driven to Suicide: His main arc which is very well done.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: A very valuable informant who is treated poorly and ungratefully by Tony.
- Freudian Excuse: Had a turbulent childhood. It's hinted that this was a major part of the motivation behind his suicide.
- Posthumous Character: Appears in "The Test Dream", occupying the role of Finn DeTrolio's father.
- Villainous Breakdown: The core of his story arc.
A veteran New Jersey policeman.
- Ambiguous Situation: There's no way to tell if Tony is saying the truth about his past or it's just part of his scheme to bond with Christopher, his intended successor. Hence, most of his tropes are "according to Tony".
- Dirty Cop: In bed with the mob due to his gambling addiction, he carried out a series of contract killings to Work Off the Debt.
- The Gambling Addict: Led to Trapped by Gambling Debts.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Chris kills him and then plants a gun on the man to make the crime scene look like a suicide. This is not the brightest move, as Chris had fired multiple rounds into Haydu.
- One-Shot Character: Appears in a single scene when Tony grooms Chris as his heir.
- Retirony: Killed by Christopher right after the guy comes home from his retirement party.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After his retirement, Tony sells him down the river, as he is no longer useful to the mob.
- You Killed My Father: Dickie Moltisanti, according to Tony.
A rare female loan shark and associate of the Lupertazzi crime syndicate.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs for her life by offering to blow the Leotardo brothers. It turns out to be a mock execution, however. Phil makes fun of the situation and warns her that "Next time there won't be a next time".
- Bring My Brown Pants: Pisses herself when confronted by the Leotardo brothers.
- Foreshadowing: Her death visually mirrors Adriana's later that season.
- Kissing Cousins: Little Carmine's second cousin and one-time lover. Johnny Sack expresses his disgust at their incest as one of many reasons to have Lorraine whacked.
- Loan Shark: She is known as Lady Shylock.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: According to Johnny Sack, the body count was never high enough with Lorraine. Another of his justifications for having her killed.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Appears in a total of three episodes and maybe four or five scenes before her death, which has major repercussions throughout the season, and ultimately the series.
- Undignified Death: Ambushed by Billy Leotardo and Joey Peeps while emerging from the shower, at which point Billy tears off her towel, slaps her with it as he chases her across the room, then shoots her dead while she crawls away, naked, on her hands and knees. With classic Sopranos Soundtrack Dissonance to boot.
- Villainous Friendship: With Little Carmine.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
A Persian drug dealer who frequents Adriana's club, the Crazy Horse.
- The Aggressive Drug Dealer
- Chekhov's Gunman: His efforts to sell drugs in the Crazy Horse are seemingly just a one-episode side plot to further Jackie Jr.'s story arc. However, he reappears two seasons later, now having solid roots for his operation in Crazy Horse, and ends up killing a guy in Adriana's office. This, in turn, leads to Adriana's death when she tries to cover it up.
- Karma Houdini: Sure, he gets his ass kicked for dealing drugs at one point, but in the larger picture, he is extremely lucky. First he acts as the getaway driver for Jackie Jr. when he and some friends rob Eugene's card game. When shots ring out, Giamona drives off, leaving his buddies behind, and everyone is eventually killed but him. Then a few seasons later, he murders someone in the back of Adriana's club, the FBI targets her thanks to her connection to Christopher and she is eventually killed for being an informant; meanwhile, Matush literally gets away with murder and faces no repercussions from the FBI or Christopher.
- However, it should be noted that when Adriana recounts the details the incident at the club, the FBI agents become visibly intrigued by Adriana relating Matush's "strong religious beliefs", as well as the fact that he regularly sends money back to Pakistan, and that Matush's brother runs a "prep school" of some type. And towards the end of the episode, even when by all appearances their gambit to use Adriana to make Christopher flip has failed utterly, the agents are still fixated on the Nieves murder by Matush and resolve to take over the investigation from the Long Branch police department, as it may be terrorist related. So with all that, it is not unreasonable to presume that the FBI will eventually nail Giamona, ultimately making this a case of Karma Houdini Warranty. Moths later, Agent Harris brings up Matush in a conversation about possible terrorist activity with Christopher in "Join The Club", revealing his last name "Giamona" for the first time, suggesting that the FBI investigated him at the very least.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves Jackie Jr., Dino, and Carlo behind at the sound of gunfire.
- Small Role, Big Impact
- Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, he's a small-fry dealer who gets his ass kicked by mobsters for trying to deal outside their club, and later chickens out while acting as a getaway driver. In Season 5, he commits an extremely brutal murder without hesitation.
- Played by: Sydney Pollack.
A convict and former oncologist who befriends the ailing Johnny Sack late in the series.
- Affably Evil: Having kicked his cocaine habit and spent some time in prison, he appears to be genuinely rehabilitated.
- Almighty Janitor
- Cool Old Guy: He's a pretty charismatic individual and his conversations with Johnny seem to be the closest thing the latter gets to a respite in his dying days.
- Functional Addict: Had a nasty cocaine habit back when he was a practicing oncologist.
- Odd Friendship: With Johnny Sack.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Used to be well-regarded in the medical field until he murdered four people, including his wife, in a fit of cocaine-induced rage. For all his charm, that is obviously a permanent stain on his reputation, and the real doctors in the prison hospital are wary of his advice, as well-meaning as it may be.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He murdered his wife, her lover, her aunt, and the mailman.Warren: At that point, I had to fully commit.
"Black" Jack Massarone
Owner of Massarone Construction.
- Bad Liar: Massarone is extremely shifty and anxious in his later appearances with Tony. This serves to indicate his position as a mole for the FBI.
- The Con: Victim of a semi-classic protection racket; goes to Tony for protection against a picket organized by Tony.
- Due to the Dead: A golf club cover is stuffed in his mouth when he is retired, in order to deliver a message about rats and snitching.
- The Mole