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    Anthony John "Tony" Soprano 

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    Carmela Soprano 

Carmela Soprano

Played by: Edie Falco

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"You really don't hear me, do you? You think for me it's all about things."

Wife of Tony Soprano. Enjoys the lifestyle that Tony's money brings in, but struggles with his infidelity and the dirtier aspects to his profession.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Says that Tony being a gangster made their courtship more exciting, and later on she lusts for the ruthless enforcer Furio.
  • All for Nothing: She desperately wants her daughter Meadow to be able to escape the life. Not for lack of trying, it fails.
  • Consummate Liar: Downplayed, but she's better at this than even Tony. She never gets caught in her deceptions:
    • She never admits to having stolen $40,000.00 from Tony's birdfeeder, no matter how often it comes up.
    • Long after Meadow Soprano has figured out that her father is a member of the Mafia, Carmela continues to uphold the deception that Tony and his ilk are unfairly persecuted by the government for being Italian-Americans.
    • She has had three affairs of varying intimacy while she and Tony are married. The only one Tony finds out about is the one she goes out of her way to tell him about in a fit of anger, and it's her most chaste affair.
    • She throws Meadow's acceptance letter to Berkeley in the trash in order to prevent Meadow from jumping at the chance to move to California, then plays innocent when Meadow finds it stained from the trash later on in the same episode, after Meadow has received other compelling acceptances.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: Her main trait; creator David Chase informally defines her character as an ascended Gold Digger because of it.
  • Hot for Preacher: Close, but no cigar.
  • Housewife: Her role throughout most of the series.
  • The Hypocrite: The hypocrite:
    • Calls out Tony on the dirtier aspects of his profession but has no problem with the luxury benefits from his Loan Shark practices, and later calls upon his corrupt influence to get her spec house approved for construction.
    • Encourages Meadow to seek options in her life, but has no prospects or aspirations for her own life after planning to divorce Tony beyond seeking a significant alimony.
    • Implicitly blames Tony for AJ believing that "the world owes him a fucking living," in Tony's words from 3x13, "The Army of One", but explicitly feels entitled to Tony's illicit earnings, as she states to Tony in 5x09, "Unidentified Black Males."
    • Criticizes Tony's depressive and moody habits, blaming him for passing those habits onto AJ, but acts basically the same way when she feels unfulfilled or isn't getting what she wants, bundling herself up in the couch in 3x07, "Second Opinion," after having her moral complicity in Tony's lifestyle underscored by Dr. Melfi's referral, and suffering from ill health in 4x13, "Whitecaps," when she is heartbroken once Furio flees America. These events mirror Tony's own bedridden states in 1x12, "Isabella" and 2x13, "Funhouse." She is about as prone to depression as Tony, and copes in similar manners, but never admits it.
    • There's also the basic hypocrisy of adopting the persona of a faithful Catholic housewife when she is fully aware that her husband is a first-hand murderer. 2x09, "From Where To Eternity," implies this, and 2x12, "The Knight In White Satin Armor," shows that she knows Tony covers up murders where needed, when Tony tells her that Janice killed Richie Aprile, and Tony took care of it. 6x08, "The Blue Comet," also indicates that she is also fully aware of Tony's ongoing involvement in violence, as she is unfazed about the family needing to go into hiding due to the gang war between New Jersey and the Lupertazzi family, beyond being dismayed that it's something that still needs to happen at their age.
    • In 5x06, "Live Free or Die," she argues that "there must have been some reason" when Meadow explains how she met an Afghani family at her law internship has been persecuted under the Patriot Act. This, coming from a woman who constantly derides the federal government for persecuting her husband and family purely based on their Italian-American heritage.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Talks occasionally about her past chances of a different life outside the Mafia, but she ultimately loves the life of luxury.
  • Mafia Princess: Fits this trope to a T.
  • Male Gaze: "Sentimental Education" treats viewers to a lingering shot of Carmela's nude, shapely rear after she's just had sex with AJ's guidance counselor.
  • Masochism Tango: With Tony. They have a bad relationship, both mistreat each other, Carmela is in serious denial, Tony is a serial cheater (and everything else)...but they find it impossible to break up.
  • Mama Bear: In the first episode, when she thought someone was breaking into her daughter's window, what does she do? She grabs the biggest machine gun and marches outside with Tony in tow. It turned out Meadow was sneaking out of the house, but the thought counted. She has a similar reaction when she spots a bear near the house while she's alone with AJ.
  • Narcissist: A variation from Tony, more entwined with her Mama Bear tendencies described above.
    • Carmela's tendency to capitalize on the power and associations of her romantic partners is not limited to Tony. She does the same thing with Mr. Wiegler in 5x06, "Sentimental Education", when trying to improve Anthony Jr.'s prospects of college acceptance. Earlier in the show, in 2x08, "Full Leather Jacket," she exploits her pseudo-friendship with Jeanie Cusamano to get a recommendation letter written for Meadow.
    • Throughout the show, she shows the same tendencies as Tony regarding being unable to seriously interrogate her own character and failings. In 5x06, "Sentimental Education," she deflects critiques of her character as an exploiter to being entirely due to her association with Tony, mirroring Tony's usual defense that he is a product of how he grew up and the people around him.
    • Like Tony, she is fiercely proud of not only her Italian heritage, but her position of relative power within the mafia families. She admits to Father Intintola that she saw herself as intrinsically better than Tony's goomars in Season 1, and reacts fiercely to her mother in 5x08, "Marco Polo," when she believes that her mom looks down upon Tony and his ilk...for being a vulgar mob boss.
  • Not So Above It All: She likes to act superior, but is most certainly not above using her mob connections for her own ends.
  • Pretty in Mink: Tony buys her some furs. One is a sable coat, but he asks they make love with her wearing nothing by the coat.
  • Raised Catholic: The most religious main character in the series, which serves to underscore her hypocrisy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Invokes the nefarious power of the Soprano surname from time to time.
  • Sex for Services: Her affair with AJ's principal is identified as this by the teacher.
  • Stealing From The Duck Feed Bin: Steals from Tony's cash stash after discovering the nail of one of his goomahs, which Carmela uses to send a message to her husband. Tony gets it and lets it slide, initially.
  • Stepford Smiler: Works hard to maintain an image of domestic bliss and dignity despite her own serious misgivings about the family.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With several men. Except for one time, she doesn't take the next step out of fear of being discovered by her husband.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Tony goes ballistic over the possibility.

    Meadow Soprano 

Meadow Soprano

Played by: Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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Are you in the Mafia?

Daughter of Tony and Carmela.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: She delivers one to AJ, who at that point was still ignorant of what Tony does for a living.
    Do you know any other garbagemen who live in a house like this?
  • Brainy Brunette: Unlike her dumbass brother AJ, Meadow is bright enough to be a paediatrician or a lawyer.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Initially (especially in The Pilot), leading to several You Are Grounded instances.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calls Tony out on his hypocrisy and line of work time and again; Tony "calls" her back, however.
  • Character Development: In the early seasons, she's shown as a smart, spoiled, party-goer, over-dramatic, in-denial, and in some ways, a troubled kid. In the later seasons, she would later learn the consequences and reality of life, money, education, politics, and relationships.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She starts as a principled girl who has contempt for the Mafia, but she is gradually dragged into the masquerade. By the end, she is engaged to the son of one of Tony's henchmen, and it is implied she will become another mob lawyer.
  • Daddy's Girl: Played straight at first before being defied, as Tony seems to grow more annoyed with her disapproval.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Reconstructed. Carmela desperately wants to avert this trope, which is why she tries to force Meadow into medicine, and Meadow, for the most part, seems like the Only Sane Man who won't be dragged in. However, she is eventually corrupted through association with the mob and is well on her way to becoming an Amoral Attorney, to Carmela's disappointment and sadness.
  • Foreshadowing: As early as the first season, she comments on how cool Sharon Stone looks in Casino, a remark one can expect from Carmela.
  • Foil: To AJ and Carmela. While she comes off as a spoiled mafia princess, her unique position as Tony Soprano's daughter complicates her identity in relation to her mother and brother. Meadow believes (perhaps not incorrectly) that she will always be less important than her brother due to her family's cultural beliefs prioritizing AJ's success and safety, as he is the male heir to the family. Further complicating this is Carmela's tendency to position herself in competition with her daughter, and Tony's inability to meaningfully relate to his daughter's experiences as a young woman (and total lack of interest in doing so, to the point where he is content to let her run off to Europe at first solely because he doesn't feel like participating in the discussion). Consequentially, Meadow more often has to fend for herself, and becomes far more independent as a result than either AJ or Carmela (even if she remains financially dependent on Tony for most of the show). AJ's needs are taken care of well into his adulthood, whereas Carmela is content to indulge her materialism through Tony's financial support indefinitely. Meadow thus becomes a more modern woman than her mother and a more successful adult than her brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The "responsible" to AJ's "foolish".
  • Freudian Excuse: She applies it to a whole collective, reasoning that the poverty and dire conditions of the Italian mezzogiorno breed crime. In-story, being born into the Mafia gradually catches up to her too.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Meadow is noticeably darker than anyone else in her family due to the actress being Cuban and Sephardic Jew rather than Italian. In the show, Carmela recalls her mother lamenting how dark Meadow's skin was as a baby.
  • Hypocrite: Like father, like mother, like daughter, but a subtler example.
    • Meadow presents herself as fairly liberal, having gone to an Ivy League school, becoming engaged with political and anti-racism discourse, and having a more critical, modern attitude towards her Italian-American heritage. However, when it comes down to it, she doesn't blink at adopting the mafia byline in 5x09, "Unidentified Black Males," that "African-Americans" killed Jackie Aprile, when defending the wiseguys from Finn's accusations of violence. She also, surprisingly easily, turns a blind eye to her family's homophobia when Vito is outed, also to Finn's dismay.
    • Prides herself on her adulthood and independence, but is completely financially dependent on her family. Carmela calls her out on this, and Meadow has no real defense.
    • Reaches its apex in Season 6 when she accepts a job as a lawyer specializing in white-collar crimes. She is fully aware that her father is complicit in financial crimes (and has been as early as Season 1, in 1x05, "College").
  • I Am Not My Father: Gradually subverted.
  • Insufferable Genius: To Meadow's credit, she's quite smart for her age. Unfortunately, by the end of the series, she's decided to use her intellect for evil in helping the mob, making her a more active participant in their amoral behavior than Carmella.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Columbia; she's unaware this was somehow invoked by her mother.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In this case, like mother like daughter. Meadow becomes just like her mother by the end of the series.
  • Mafia Princess: Shares this attribute with her mother.
  • Mouthy Kid: Is often mouthing off in the earlier seasons, even when she's caught having a debauched party at her grandmother's empty house.
  • Never My Fault: Tony remarks that if he had a quarter for every time she's said something wasn't her fault, he'd be able to own a private jet on 24 hour stand by.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Has a job as a social worker for the poor.
  • Not So Above It All: Starts off naive and rebellious but later relents and accepts her father's criminal activities, even going so far as to defend him against strangers.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The distinguished one.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Once she starts college. Turns Up to Eleven when she feuds with Tony over her black boyfriend.
  • Spoiled Brat: She trashed her grandmother's house and her only punishment was taking away her credit card.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Let's be perfectly honest: Meadow's pretty good-looking, while her dad? Not so much. Lampshaded; when Janice mentions Tony's "good-looking kids", Tony jokes, "even with our genes."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Vito was already taking heat for his alleged homosexuality, but it was still in the realm of hearsay (the mobster who levied the charge was considered an untrustworthy "Irish drunk" by Tony) until Meadow admitted to her parents that Finn saw him going down on a guy; Tony has Finn recount his story to the crew and Vito is marked for death.
  • White Sheep: Gradually subverted as being born under a Mafia boss of a father catches up to her.
  • You Are What You Hate: During most of the series, Meadow rebels against her father and his lifestyle. But by the end of the series, she ends up defending her father's lifestyle, chastises other mob kids for speaking frankly in front of "outsiders", and even embraces the role of crime family wife, being engaged to a Mafia family attorney.

    Anthony "AJ" Soprano Jr. 

Anthony "AJ" Soprano Jr.

Played by: Robert Iler

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Son of Tony and Carmela.
  • AM/FM Characterization: In all seasons, he's portrayed as a fan of heavy metal, via product placements (shirts, coats, posters and stickers) of bands like Music/{{Pantera}, Nevermore, Mudvayne (whose concert he attends in "All Happy Families"), Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Stuck Mojo, Machine Head, and Fear Factory. By the end of the series, having grown more worldly and introspective, he discovers and begins analyzing the early work of Bob Dylan.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one during his breakup with Bianca and suicide attempt.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Moves with his father for a while because Carmela disciplines him, but it doesn't work as Tony is not a fun pushover.
  • Book Dumb: His academic record is mediocre at best. One of his high school teachers even refers to him as "Fredo Corleone." Eventually, he flunks out of junior college and gives up on education all together.
  • Bungled Suicide: Late in Season 6, AJ attempts to drown himself in the backyard pool. But he can't even do this correctly, and his father has to rescue him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things seem to conspire against him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Openly critical towards his mother. His confrontations with Tony are more rare, since his father is a fearsome guy.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He has a phase towards the end where he is obsessed with the government's involvement in Iraq, among other things.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: He once did it in the dark in Season 1.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He isn't exactly wrong when he calls out Tony or Carmela for their hypocrisy, or points out social injustice and crises towards the end.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: He's lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright overall.
  • Dumb Jock: He's a good football player at least.
  • Dumb Muscle: Very briefly in the last season and a half-assed one at that.
  • Foil: To Tony and Livia both. He inherits their depressive worldviews, narcissistic tendencies, and amoral nature. However, he completely lacks their intelligence, independence, charisma, and grit, making him extremely ineffective as a student, adult, romantic partner, or criminal. Indirectly serves as an example of the negative outcomes of the American experiment and the consequences of tireless positive reinforcement and self-affirmation (through Carmela's protectiveness, schooling and psychiatry) without authoritative parenting, moral guidance, and personal struggle. Livia, who had none of those benefits, is perfectly capable of sustaining a self-directed life, even if she was a depressed narcissist, emotional abuser, and filicidal parent—she still survived The Great Depression and life as a housewife to an exceptionally violent and neglectful husband. Tony, who grew up in a bad neighborhood, suffered under Livia's thumb, but has access to some of the benefits of the American environment, may still be a depressive, cold-blooded criminal who uses therapy as a crutch to justify his behavior, but has a better relationship with his family and remains an effective and charismatic leader capable of effecting results upon his surroundings. AJ has all of their faults, but absolutely no impetus to develop their strengths, and his resulting ineffectiveness is the primary reason he is unable to become an effective criminal like his father. He is thus a counter to Tony's belief that all he needed in his own childhood was a loving mother - AJ has this, but lacks everything else required to become a successful and independent adult.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Defied by Tony, who is more than aware that AJ is not capable of joining the Mafia. So we never ever see AJ at the Bing or Satriale's.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish one.
  • Formerly Fat: Loses quite a bit of weight over the course of the show (particularly around Season 4), and grows enough that he's practically lanky compared to what he was as a child.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tony really has no idea what he's doing as a father to AJ.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Starts off looking not too far off from his father, as far as weight is concerned, but sheds the pounds and grows in height enough to become a fairly attractive man.
  • Hollywood Genetics: The showrunners clearly expected Iler to look more like James Gandolfini as he aged. As an adult, AJ is half the size of his father Tony and looks nothing like him. Tony finally acknowledges it in the final season, handwaving it by saying that he takes after his wife's family.
  • It Runs in the Family: The panic attacks and depression come from his dad.
  • Lazy Bum: Tony notes that A.J. shrinks away from anything that involves work.
  • The Load: While under duress, Carmela once told him to his face that he is "a cross that the rest of his family has to bear."
  • Manchild: By the time AJ reaches young adulthood, he's still acting like a lazy and spoiled teenager.
  • Narcissist: Surpasses Tony and Carmela, achieving Livia-levels of narcissism. He is almost entirely unempathetic to others, highly prone to depression, exploits his status and connections as thoroughly as possible without limit, never once internalizes any form of criticism of his own behavior, and becomes particularly vain as he grows older.
  • Never My Fault: He struggles to accept any responsibility for what he's done.
  • Nice Guy: When he cares enough, he can be a very kind and respectful individual, such as when he is in a relationship.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Iler slimmed out over the course of the show, so the show added dialogue in which AJ complains about the healthiness of the food his parents are serving, and Tony gripes about his "obsession" over his weight.
  • The Slacker: Definitely the lazier of the two siblings; doesn't once look like he's interested in anything involving actually working towards his goals.
  • Spoiled Brat: Deconstructed. On the surface, A.J. is basically the living embodiment of the rudderless spoiled rich kid. Upon closer inspection, it's clear that his arc is one of the most realistic examples of a kid developing juvenile depression. For those who have lived through it, he checks literally every symptom ("laziness", nihilism, low self esteem, and finally "broken heart" trigger).
  • Too Dumb to Live: And how.
    • Try Too Dumb To Die. He attempts suicide by drowning himself in his family's pool, but he somehow manages to bungle it.
    • Apparently severely injured himself by walking through a plate glass door in his childhood, according to an off-hand comment by Tony in 6x11, "Cold Stones." Jury's still out on whether he beats out Jackie Jr.'s feat of nearly drowning in three inches of water.
  • The Unfavorite: AJ claims that the overachiever Meadow is the family favorite over him, the screw-up, but she counters that, as Italian-Americans, their parents will always favor their son.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was through him that Livia found out that Tony was seeing a psychiatrist.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wants to live up to his father's perceived expectations, but fails. A tragic example has him trying to emulate Michael Corleone's rise by attempting to kill Junior.

    Corrado "Junior" Soprano 

Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Played by: Dominic Chianese

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"Keep thinking you know everything. Some people are so far behind in a race that they actually believe they're leading."

"You may run North Jersey, but you don't run your Uncle Junior! How many fuckin' hours did I spend playing catch with you?"

Tony's uncle and de jure Boss of the Soprano crime family.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: His last appearance in Season 6's episode "Made in America". It is clear that his Alzheimer's has deepened.
  • Authority in Name Only: Junior is made de jure boss of the Di Meo family, and actually keeps the title for a few seasons despite Tony's role as de facto boss.
  • Bad Ass Baritone: Has a deep, commanding voice, as befits the one-time Boss of a crime family. Clearly apparent in his beautiful singing voice.
  • Bad Boss: Junior starts abusing his new power as boss almost immediately, taxing Tony's friend Hesh at the suggestion of Livia.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In Season 1 with Tony's mother, Livia. Their "kinship" ends after Junior realizes she was not only using him as a pawn to have her son murdered, but was willing to let him take full blame for it if the feds found out what happened.
  • Butt-Monkey: Always suffering mishaps and embarrassments, whether getting his hand stuck down the plughole of his kitchen sink for 6 hours, to discovering his capos have been working behind his back. After season 1, he spends the whole time either going stir-crazy under house arrest or suffering illnesses, finally developing dementia.
  • Call-Back: In the first episode of the series, Junior complains to Tony about the many hours he spent playing catch with him as a kid. In the last episode of the series, when Tony asks if he knows him, all Junior can recall is that he used to play catch with him.
  • Cassandra Truth: He warns Tony early on that Christopher is a loose cannon. Tony comes to know this very, very well by the final season.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to a courtroom artist whose rendition of him was not entirely flattering.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: A number of events outside of his control conspire to oust Junior from the position of boss early on:
    • His preemptive hit on Tony goes belly-up because the hitmen Mikey Palmice hires decide that guns are close-range weapons.
    • Green Grove gets bugged in no small part because Tony decides to begin hosting his clanedestine meetings with capos there behind Junior's back, leading to significant mafia traffic observed by the feds in the retirement home. As a result, Junior's conversation with Livia about whacking Tony is recorded and used as evidence to have him arraigned.
    • The fastest handing down of federal indictments in the series sees him and his key players incarcerated and arraigned for grand jury within only a couple of months of his tenure.
  • Dirty Old Man: Junior is a shameless flirt and it has gotten him into trouble a few times. A nurse he regularly flirted with turned out to be an FBI plant and his downfall into senility starts when he turns around to greet an attractive reporter and hits his head on a boom mike.
  • The Don: Only in name, though.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Says a witty, often dirty line every other episode.
  • Due to the Dead: He seeks to attend the funerals of old acquaintances, but only because this frees him from his house arrest for a while.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
  • Evil Old Folks: In the first episode, he is plotting to kill a rival at his favorite restaurant. He becomes boss of the North Jersey Mob shortly thereafter, and conspires with Livia to kill Tony.
  • Evil Uncle: He conspired to have Tony killed on several occasions in the first two seasons.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: In contrast with Tony. Might have something to do with the big glasses. Tends to see people for exactly who they are, and, although he is susceptible to flattery, is very difficult to actually fool (unless you're a pretty woman returning his flirtations):
    • Sees Christopher for the liability he is very early on, and encourages Tony to have Christopher taken out more than once.
    • Although he collaborates with Livia, at her urging, to have Tony whacked, he is under no illusions about how conniving Livia can be, and immediately sees through her attempt to play senile following the failed hit. While Tony accuses Junior of having been played for a fool, there is truth to Junior's argument that he would have acted the same way without her influence, once he found out that Tony had been making moves behind his back to run the family, as this is a pretty standard no-no in the mafia. Furthermore, while Junior denies that Livia knew she was setting Tony up to be whacked, his earlier interactions with Livia, as well as Dr. Melfi's postulation that Corrado loves Tony, and wouldn't want to tell him information that would only hurt him, imply that he is being deliberately obtuse for Tony's, his own, and the family's benefit.
    • Warns anyone who comes into any kind of contact with Janice about how dangerous she is (including Janice herself, when he is suffering from dementia and can't actually recognize her in Season 6). No one listens, to their detriment. Janice is also generally unable to manipulate Corrado anywhere near as well as she can push Tony's buttons, as Corrado is fairly indifferent to her usual games (such as when she comes to see him about Bobby). In fact, Janice actually ends up helping Junior achieve his own ends instead (such as when she encourages Bobby to shake down a jointfitter's union rep on Junior's behalf).
    • Correctly surmises that no one likes Richie Aprile, and that throwing in with Richie is a bad idea. He turns out to be right, as Janice, Richie's then-lover, ends up killing him out of disdain before Tony's crew gets a chance to.
    • On a subtler note, he promoted Bobby Baccalieri to one of the highest positions in his own crew. Bobby turns out to be one of the most reliable, loyal, and levelheaded wiseguys around, in spite of his initial appearance to others as a coddled oaf.
  • Grumpy Old Man: A fairly obvious example. In an early episode, Tony jokes about giving him his DVD player so he can watch Grumpy Old Men. This just annoys him further.
  • Hidden Depths: Is an extraordinary singer. He literally brings a room full of mobsters to tears.
  • Humiliation Conga: After failing as a Big Bad in Season 1, he suffers increasing emasculation, and eventual senility. It's equal parts hilarious and depressing.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He hedges his bets well in the conflict between Richie and Tony, eventually siding with the latter when the former fails to garner adequate support for his coup.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Displays shades of this; he is often surrounded by people who try to care for him (Bobby, Janice, and to an extent Tony) but his bitter personality and dementia eventually drive them away. Note that he himself ended a relationship with his girlfriend Bobbi for gossiping about his skill at performing cunnilingus, and started a relationship with Catherine Romano in Season 2.
  • Irony: Towards the end of Season 1 when his mind is still fully intact, upon learning that Tony may be leaking mafia secrets to his therapist and is forced to live up to his title of Boss, Junior makes the conscious decision of ordering a hit on his nephew. After the hit fails and most of Junior's crew is killed off, Tony and mostly everyone sans Carmela seem to forgive him for the deliberate attempt on his nephew's life. Fast forward five seasons when Junior's mind is clearly in the early stages of dementia and senility, he mistakenly confuses Tony with his long dead nemesis and almost fatally shoots him. Despite not being in his right mind and having no memory of the incident, Junior finds himself shunned and ostracized from both his blood family and crime family for his actions.
  • Jerkass: He's ruthless, egotistical and often very emotionally stoic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But, deep down, he does love his nephew. And, throughout the series, he makes several attempts at healthy female relationships. Which, unfortunately, go sour once his ego and/or business acumen come into play.
    • He also genuinely loves AJ and Meadow, his grand-nephew/niece, respectively.
  • Married to the Job: Never married, and his one stable relation was ruined by the business and related gossip.
  • Narcissist: To essentially the same extent as Tony, although he has more explicit Kick the Dog moments to exhibit his own narcissism, such as expecting Bobby to quickly overcome his grief from the death of his wife in order to threaten a jointfitter union official. Although whether this is due to genuine narcissism or his status as a curmudgeonly old man is subjective.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters / Villain with Good Publicity: Junior liquidates a drug dealer for selling drugs to children. This is viewed as old-fashioned and the other capos resent him, as it was a bad business decision.
  • Nerd Glasses: Dominic Chianese has said the trademark oversized glasses are the character, and he would even wear them in all the rehearsals.
  • Nice Hat: A staple of his wardrobe.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's very abrasive towards Bobby, his loyal and resigned assistant.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's in his 70s by the time the series begins and he is never seen killing anyone. He does order a few murders and beatings, but he gets his minions to carry them out.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Junior adopts this tactic in Season 4, feigning dementia to beat the competency hearings for his RICO trial. Later, it turns out that he is actually developing the condition.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempted twice with Tony, the offspring of his brother but a son-figure nevertheless.
    Vito: He Marvin Gayed his own nephew.
  • Parental Substitute: In flashbacks, he is revealed to have been more of a father figure to his nephew than Tony's actual father, "Johnny Boy" Soprano, who largely neglected his family in favor of pursuing his own appetites and ambitions.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: He is the heir apparent of the family, but Tony steps in and up.
  • Pet the Dog: During the first season, he genuinely seems to love his nephew, Tony, like a son despite growing increasingly resentful of his widespread influence within the DiMeo crime family. This is evidenced by his apparent unease over ordering Tony's assassination even while firmly believing that he poses an imminent threat to his position as Boss. However, after Tony effectively strips him of all his power and influence by the beginning of Season 2, nearly all his feelings of affection towards his nephew are tainted by a deep-rooted contempt that endures throughout the remainder of the series.
    • In the second season, he tells Richie that he plans to give a pair of new sneakers to the impoverished kid who washes his car.
  • Playing Sick: Straight example to dodge criminal prosecution, and then ironically twisted as he is really going senile.
  • Puppet King: Tony sets him up as one in the aftermath of Jackie Aprile's death. Following Dr. Melfi's advice, Tony's plan is to allow Junior to be nominally in charge while Tony and his crew make the real decisions from behind the scenes. Unfortunately it doesn't play out that way. Junior eventually catches on to the true nature of the arrangement and tries to have Tony killed. Later Junior's arrest puts an end to what little power he actually had.
  • Sanity Slippage: Senile dementia. Showcased in two episodes of note; First in "Where's Johnny?" when a disoriented Junior wanders off in search of his (deceased) brother, "Johnny Boy," forcing Tony, Janice, and Bobby into a day-long search that ends when he's finally returned home by the police. Then again at the end of "Members Only," when he confuses Tony's late-night presence in his home for his (also deceased) rival "Little Pussy" Malanganote  and shoots Tony in the stomach. Season 6 sees him ostracized by the family following this incident, dooming Junior to increasingly shabby state care and finally a Loss of Identity.
  • Sibling Team: With his younger brother, Johnny Boy.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Everyone in the cast (save for Livia) is a potty mouth, but Junior swears more than all of them.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Shortly after Jackie Jr.'s death, Uncle Junior idly comments that the kid was always a "dumb fuck" who nearly drowned in a couple inches of water once. Inappropriate, sure, but Corrado's appraisal was pretty accurate...
  • Tap on the Head: A news crew's boom mic hitting his head prompts a Staircase Tumble down some steps outside a courthouse following one of his trials. It's later theorized this incident might've triggered his onset of dementia.
  • Thicker Than Water: Subverted when he backs Tony against Richie, he invokes Pragmatic Villainy as he's better off with his nephew, then again he's still mad at Richie for suggesting a hit against him.

    Livia Soprano 

Livia Soprano

Played by: Nancy Marchand

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"Oh, poor you!"

"Oh, Mr. Sensitive now. Well, if it bothers you, maybe you better talk to a psychiatrist."

Tony's hateful and abusive mother.

  • Abusive Parents: A real piece of work who threatened to stick a fork in Tony's eye when he was 10 years old, among many other examples.
  • Accentuate the Negative: Livia's favorite pastime. She never has a good word to say about anything or anyone. Or, as put by her own granddaughter:
    Janice: You know Grandma pretty well, don't you?
    Meadow: I guess...
    Janice: What is she in to?
    Meadow: *smiling wryly* I dunno...Negativity?
    • A discussion where Tony brings up Dr. Melfi's theories with Janice mentions that Livia is incapable of happiness.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: As noted by Dr. Melfi, she exhibits symptoms of borderline personality disorder given her tendency to engage in splitting as well as her proneness to extended periods of paranoia and depression over the most insignificant events. However, she also exhibits several traits of narcissistic personality disorder, as evidenced by how she consciously uses her children's fear of her emotional volatility to dominate their lives.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed. Even though she failed to have her son murdered and ends up dead in Season 3, her negative influence still lingers on her family until the end of the series. Basically, she's a large part of why Tony's (and Janice's) capacity for empathy is so underdeveloped, and her shadow looms over all their toxic family interactions. In short, she succeeded in negatively influencing the psychological profile of Tony and Janice. Ultimately, it was her who actually destroyed her own family.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Junior Soprano in Season 1. Their "kinship" ends after Junior realizes she was not only using him as a pawn to have her son murdered, but was willing to let him take full blame for it if the feds found out what happened. By the end of season two, Junior basically wants nothing to do with her.
  • The Consigliere: An unofficial one to Junior, who often seeks her counsel on mob matters. Given a darker spin when it becomes apparent that Livia manipulated him too.
  • The Cynic: An evil, abusive mother with a very negative viewpoint of life.
    Livia to A.J.: "Who says everything has a purpose? The world's a jungle....In the end, you die in your own arms......It's all a big nothing. What makes you think you're so special?"
  • Doting Grandparent: About the only people she shows affection towards are her grandchildren. She was overjoyed when Anthony Jr. came to visit her in hospital, and gave Meadow money as a reward for getting into good colleges.
  • Drama Queen: She's a phrasecatcher for "Always with the drama".
  • Due to the Dead: Even at her funeral, she is the source of frictions. Nobody has anything genuinely good to say about her.
    "His brother was worse!"
  • The Eeyore: A miserable, selfish, cagey pessimist, who became worse with age.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She seems genuinely fond of her grandchildren and uses her influence with Junior to keep Chris from being killed. She also softens up a little towards Janice during their "bonding" at the beginning of Season Twonote . Unfortunately, this is as far as her redeeming qualities go in the series.
  • Evil Matriarch: An evil mother who takes pleasure in tormenting people around her, especially her son Tony.
  • Evil Old Folks: Extraordinarily manipulative, and not above putting a hit on her own son if it gets her what she wants.
  • Family Values Villain: Strangely, despite being surrounded by mobster-figures like Tony and Junior, she hated swearing and cursing, and also disliked other people swearing in front of her.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to a conversation between Tony and Janice, their maternal grandfather Vito "was no prize" when they were discussing Dr. Melfi's theories about Livia. Also, according to her bio on HBO's website, she grew up poor and miserable, marrying Johnny Soprano to get out of her immigrant family's rut - only to find life as a housewife to be equally miserable and unfulfilling. All of this would make her a Jerkass Woobie, except that instead of seeking therapy or any kind of counseling for her childhood baggage (dismissing psychiatry as a racket for the Jews), she simply took her misery out on everybody around her. Especially her children and husband.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As evidenced in flashbacks, she used to be an incredibly explosive and violent woman.
  • Hate Sink: Easily one of the most despicable characters. Livia derives little pleasure save to hurt and makes others miserable. She psychologically tortures Tony as much as she can and has a hit put out on him in revenge for trying to put her in a nursing home. Her abuse of Tony has been there for years.
  • Hypocrite: She plays the part of lonely widow and proclaims her late husband was a saint, yet she treated him very badly and Tony states that he can't remember her ever visiting his grave.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the flashbacks to Tony's childhood, Livia was portrayed by the very attractive and petite Laila Robins who appeared as a pretty and picture perfect 1960s Housewife with eyeliner and a bouffant; in the present day, she appears to be a frumpy elderly woman with a sour disposition. A bit meta given that Marchand in her younger years looked similar to Dr. Melfi.
  • It's All About Me / The Narcissist: Even when hearing that Jackie Aprile Sr. is dying of cancer, she can't veer the discussion away from her own misery.
  • Jerkass: Up to Eleven. She's ruthless, cruel, abusive, evil, manipulative, toxic and narcissistic.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's absolutely correct about Janice "bonding" with her just so that she can have her old house.
  • Joisey: Speaks with a stereotypical New Jersey accent (despite technically being from Rhode Island).
  • Lack of Empathy: She never proved to be compassionate with Tony.
  • Lady Macbeth: For Junior; she manipulates him into trying to kill Tony.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Livia is essentially this, as she manages to influence Junior, Artie, and Janice to turn against Tony in two short seasons.
  • Meaningful Name: Not for nothing does she share a name with a Roman ancestor.
  • My Beloved Smother: Despite the fact that she attempts infanticide, she is most definitely this with the best example being in the series' pilot.
  • Never My Fault: She spends all her time complaining about her kids' abandoning her and ignores the fact that she was a lousy parental figure.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though definitely somewhat senile, she also tends to play it up as a cover for her more unforgivable deeds.
  • Offing the Offspring: Narrowly thwarted, as is the ensuing Vorpal Pillow from Tony.
  • Pet the Dog: Some of her interactions with A.J. are surprisingly pleasant; she's pleased that he takes the time to ride his bike down to see her and disapproves of his parents sending him to a psychiatrist, believing there's nothing wrong with him. Her counsel also saves Christopher's life (he put up some storm windows for her one time) when Junior is out for blood.
  • Resentful Guardian: She was simply not cut out to be a mother, saying that children were like dogs to her.
  • Sanity Slippage: Senile dementia.
  • The Sociopath: Attempting to have her own son murdered is the obvious example, but she has plenty of others: she shows zero concern or sympathy when Tony mentions that Jackie Aprile Sr. is dying, she callously closes the curtain on the woman in the hospital bed next to hers after she mentions that she has cancer, etc.
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    Janice Soprano 

Janice Soprano Baccalieri

Played by: Aida Turturro

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Sister of Tony Soprano who lives in Seattle at the start of the series.

  • Abusive Parents: Much like Tony, she was the victim of this in the form of her spiteful mother, Livia, who relentlessly criticized her appearance as well as her failed string of romantic relationships.
    • She later becomes a pretty bad parent to Bobby Baccala’s kids, as they see through her charades easily, and after his death the kids are stuck with her alone.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Played with but subverted. In Season 1, Tony speaks of her this way to Dr. Melfi when describing how she left him and his younger sister to endure the brunt of their tyrannical mother's abuse in order to pursue a hedonistic lifestyle. Similarly, Tony all but admits in the same therapy session that he was perpetually anxious of the possibility that she was his father's favorite child. In Season 2, she returns to New Jersey and quickly reopens old wounds by ingratiating herself with their mother, Livia, in order to become the prime beneficiary of the estate. However, it is later revealed that she is just as much a victim of Livia's abusive parenting as her younger brother.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: While in high school, she dated the brutal Richie Aprile, whom she is later revealed to remain attracted towards despite the abusive nature of their prior relationship. While they briefly resume their relationship in Season 2, she ultimately decides to cut her ties with Richie permanently by shooting him after realizing that she will never be safe from his violent disposition. In Season 4, she attempts to replace Richie with the violently unstable mobster, Ralph Cifaretto, but quickly tires of him.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Shitty personality aside, Janice is quite the vivacious, buxom woman and has attracted the attention of many men throughout the series.
  • Black Sheep: A west-coast hippy in her backstory, later the not-really-welcome prodigal sister.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Constantly pestering and bickering with her brother, the head of the family.
  • Consummate Liar: When she has something to gain, she is second to none in feigning sentimentality and manipulating those around her with gossip and half-truths.
  • Cool Aunt: Her seemingly laid-back and free-spirited personality along with her liberal outlook charms even Meadow, who is largely distrustful and contemptuous towards adult figures in her family. This is subverted when she reveals her narcissistic and vindictive nature by angrily calling upon Meadow and her friends to be punished for wrecking Livia's house where she plans on living.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She didn't do her late mother any justice by conducting a remembrance in the great room of Tony's room. Just ask Carmela.
  • Foil: For Tony, despite having many of the same traits.
  • Freudian Excuse: Same as Tony's, less than stellar parents and upbringing.
  • Granola Girl: At first. It fades as she gets settled in to Jersey.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just like Tony, she tends to explode in violent outbursts.
  • Hate Sink: A toxic, annoying, manipulative, contemptible woman.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: At one point during an argument with Carmela, she tells her that Richie's stay in prison has made him more sympathetic towards the plight of women. Carmela rightfully scoffs at how she could ever say that with a straight face.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In high school, she was lusted after by many of the boys Tony knew growing up, much to his chagrin.
  • Jerkass: She's an incredibly obnoxious, narcissistic woman with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Season 2 when she notes Carmela's untapped potential and dependency on Tony, then in Season 4 when she tells Bobby his prolonged grief over his wife is unhealthy.
  • Lady Macbeth: For Richie and Bobby. Janice is always pulling their strings and eventually controls the both of them.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Janice serves as a sort of stand-in for Livia at times. Lampshaded by Tony in "All Happy Families" when he notes that Janice has taken on many of their mother's traits and has started to excuse Livia's behavior and abuse.
  • The Load: Has a parasitic life that only generates problems for the actual money earners.

    Christopher Moltisanti 

Christopher Moltisanti

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"I'm sorry, T."

"That’s the guy... My uncle Tony. The guy I’m going to hell for."

Tony's nephew/cousin and protege.

  • The Alcoholic: He has a clear taste for alcohol.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all the horrible things Christopher does over the course of the series, his spurs into self-destruction and abuse brought about by his insecurities and the lack of genuine respect from Tony and other mob guys is hard to watch. And his pathetic fate, for which Tony feels no remorse, is particularly heart-wrenching.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Christopher has some serious mental issues beyond simply being a drug addict. His symptoms are most consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder, given his perpetual anxiety of being betrayed, his emotional neediness towards others (particularly towards Tony, whose approval he desperately seeks), and his proneness to depression, which he self-medicates through drug abuse. He also exhibits some distinct narcissistic, sociopathic qualities, as evidenced by his callousness, his lust for widespread fame and recognition, his rampant womanizing, as well as his controlling and violently possessive behavior toward Adriana.
  • Apologizes a Lot: "I'm sorry T." is his catchphrase.
  • The Apprentice: In Season 1 and 2. He's this for Tony and Sal.
  • Avenging the Villain: When his best friend and partner-in-crime Brendan Filone is whacked by Junior's second, Mikey Palmice, Christopher goes on the warpath. When he finally does have Mikey cornered, he invokes And This Is for... before executing him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He has his moments. Ambiguous Disorder aside, he's the living embodiment of this trope when he kills his friend JT Dolan.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Deadly deconstructed. Chris, after having a child with his wife, gets into a horrible car accident in which the baby seat he had in his car is completely destroyed. Had his daughter been in that seat, she would have surely been killed; this allows Tony to justify asphyxiating Chris before calling an ambulance.
  • Book Dumb: Initially Dumb Muscle, he gradually matures.
  • Broken Pedestal: Idolizes Tony, but their relation is full of ups and downs.
  • Butt-Monkey: The poor guy gets put through all kinds of shit.
  • Came Back Wrong: Was traumatized by his visions of Hell/Purgatory after being shot and was terrified of going back there. It didn't stick though.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm sorry T." Due to his habitual fuck ups. It's even the first words he speaks when he awakens from a coma!
  • Character Development: From ignorant and eager novice to family man, but with important detours. As an aspiring writer, he actually discusses the concept of a character arc and worries that he doesn't believe himself to have had one in life; he is arguably the Sopranos character with the most significant arc.
  • Comically Missing the Point: One of his main quirks.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tony makes him to choke to death on his own blood, after a severe car crash ruptures his internal organs.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Influenced in-universe by the trope. His ambition in life is to become a made man. Enjoys the life and suffers the drawbacks. Possibly the biggest deconstruction in the series.
  • Death by Irony: His large nose, often the butt of ridicule by the other guys, is ultimately the instrument of his demise, as Tony pinches it shut, causing Christopher to choke on his own blood.
  • Disappeared Dad: Dickie Moltisanti was apparently killed by a cop when Christopher was a child.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even after reaching the rank of capo, Paulie and the others treat him like a Butt-Monkey and crack disrespectful jokes about his family. This sets up a fatal chain of events.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More or less, they have a complex relationship.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Their relationship was a toxic and abusive one, but it's clear in the end that Christopher really did love Adriana. For contrast, he feels nothing for the woman he goes on to marry.
    • He has Undying Loyalty for Tony and really does care for him as a father figure.
    • It's mentioned that he used to have a close relationship with Meadow and regularly bought her happy meals.
    • He genuinely loves Brendan and tries to get Tony to be nicer to him. He also avenges his death.
    • Shows some affection for Carmela.
  • Fearless Fool: He shows fear exactly one time in the series, and it's when Junior sets him up for a mock execution in Season 1. All later episodes in the series have him staring down the barrel of anything from a pistol to a shotgun without even so much as flinching, and he's willing to fight absolutely anyone regardless of how many enemies he's facing down and how much more powerful they are than he is. It causes him some trouble when:
    • He mouths off to a group of drug dealers who have him at gunpoint and are hijacking his Land Rover.
    • He absolutely refuses to show any hint of fear or remorse when Tony and the other capos bring Chris out for an actual execution after Christopher draws down on Tony in the Bing in a fit of drunken rage. The only reason Christopher doesn't end up killed is that Tony B. offers an alternative solution.
  • Foreshadowing: When Tony hears that Chris killed Adriana's dog, Tony flips out and yells "I oughta suffocate you, you little prick!!!"
  • Gag Nose: His prominent schnoz is the butt of frequent jokes by his fellow gangsters, most notably Richie Aprile who likens it to that of a camel.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like many characters in the series, Christopher tends to explode in violent outbursts when he is truly upset.
  • Hate Sink: More and more as the series progresses. Not only was he an abusive boyfriend to Adriana, often beating and strangling her to point of near death, there were many instances where he was egotistical, impulsive and unnecessarily cruel; often hurting or killing people for very petty reasons. By the time of his death Tony had realized that Christopher was The Load to him and everyone else.
  • Hypocrite
    "Human frailty. Makes me sick."
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Showed a particular talent for channeling his emotions into acting, but his hyper-masculine mafia conditioning led him to abandon this.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Despite having just been shot twice, he quickly gets off a head-shot on Sean. Also shoots Carlo between the eyes as he's trying to help rob Christopher's card game.
  • Jerkass: When he has the opportunity to be unpleasant, he is an outright asshole towards nearly everyone around him, as well as an abusive boyfriend towards Adriana.
  • Kick the Dog: A more literal though accidental example. Chris manages to kill Adriana's small dog when he sits on it while high on heroin.
    • Has plenty of other instances, as well, including his physical abuse of Adriana and his murder of JT Dolan.
    • Of special note is him terrorizing and then shooting a donut shop employee in the foot just because the guy made him wait a while. This earns him a severe reprimand (as well as a punch to the head) from Tony.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Adriana is sterile and can't give him a much-wanted biological son. Kelli quickly gets pregnant, but ironically, he doesn't really love her.
  • Married to the Job: A tragic literal example, when he has to choose between his fiancée and his job, he chooses the job.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He's both this when it comes to the Mafia and Hollywood.
  • Nepotism: Played with, being the nephew-cousin of the big man gives him leeway but also exposes him to the fury of his mentor. This does him no great favours in the long-run: Christopher is a good shot and can follow orders, making him a good soldier, but his poor impulse control, terrible judgement, and craving for fame and respect make him ill-suited for the high positions he rapidly ascends to by the grace of this trope.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-Universe. He's extremely excited the first time his name shows up in the newspaper in connection with organized crime.
  • Number Two: He's groomed as the heir apparent by Tony.
  • Off the Wagon: Relapses several times, most often than not due to traumatic and life-changing incidents.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being a surrogate son to Tony, he's actually only about 9-10 years younger than him, but it would be easy to assume he's much younger than that.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Or, as Silvio likes to put it, "Always with the scenarios." He's also a master of firearms as shown when he takes out a wannabe gangster with one head-shot despite being wounded himself. (In general, Chris probably has the biggest onscreen bodycount in the show)
  • Plot Magnet: So much of the plot revolves around Chris that a new viewer might almost believe the show is about him. His best friend is shot in the eye. He is shot in the spleen. He's one of only two people shown being made during the series. His heroin addiction. His girlfriend flips and is murdered. He's even eventually murdered at the hand of Tony himself. Also, throughout the entire series, there is an overlying plot involving him wanting to get into showbiz. This even takes up a good chunk of season 6 when he produces Cleaver.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Par the course for the mobsters, he's shown to have low opinions of minorities, women, and gays. When it's discovered Vito is gay, he volunteers to murder the guy himself, saying it would be an honor.
  • Portent of Doom: When Christopher is made, he notices a crow perched on the window outside. Superstitious as he is, he frets about the significance of this for a while. He ends up dead at the hands – the literal hand, actually – of the man who made him.
  • Properly Paranoid: He comes to suspect that something is going on between Tony and Ade; both parties object to it but Christopher remains unconvinced. He's right to be suspicious: Tony admits to his shrink that he's deeply attracted to Adriana, and it's circumstantial interruptions (getting walked in on during an intimate moment, crashing their car on the way to get high together) rather than any protestation from Ade herself that prevents them having sex.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Inter-weaved with Redemption Rejection and Reformed, but Rejected in a literal way; he detaches himself from the dens in order to avoid temptations, but in turn this hinders him professionally and makes the others resent and treat him with contempt, which makes him so miserable he returns to the old escapist drug habits he managed to avoid in the first place.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Paulie accuses him of exploiting this too much.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: His struggle with heroin — it gradually worsens after the trip to Italy, Chris's shooting, and the Pine Barrens incident, finally spiraling out of control just after he helps Tony dispose of Ralph. Chris goes to rehab and joins Narcotics Anonymous, then relapses after hearing a false rumor about Adriana blowing Tony. He seems to pull it together after this, until Adriana's death, at which point he suffers another relapse. He pulls it together again, only to have another relapse while visiting Hollywood. Then another one after he learns his new girlfriend Kelli is pregnant and Tony convinces him to toast to fatherhood. He recovers again with help from his sponsor Murmur, but then relapses after he hooks up with Julianna Skiff. The two of them go to another meeting and recover again. A few episodes later he has a heated feud with Paulie, and after they reconcile, Chris decides to drink with Paulie, and goes overboard, relapsing again and shooting JT Dolan. Then he crashes a car while high and driving Tony, and Tony impulsively kills him. However, the use of this trope is immensely tragic and poignant, and with many recovering addicts, especially those leading a life of crime, this is sometimes Truth in Television.
  • The Sociopath: As indicated above, Christopher is a more traditional example. Excepting some anxiety related to his first murder, Christopher is a completely remorseless killer, adulterer, and liar, has virtually no moral compass, is constantly confounded that he is not being paid the respect he deserves (regardless of his current status in the family), is constantly seeking his next fix, and, according to Adriana, has only two emotional states: "screaming [his] head off or fucking dead." Even his ostensible affection for Tony, essentially his only lasting relationship based on any sense of mutual respect, is called into question by Season 6, when the film he produces, Cleaver, indicates that he has, at minimum, suppressed patricidal tendencies, and he demonstrates multiple times that he can turn on Adriana at the slightest inconvenience. The reasons he has for considering leaving the mafia life have absolutely nothing to do with morality, but rather a deeply-embedded self-importance that leads him to believe he would be a rich and famous celebrity but not for the so-called sacrifices he makes to serve Tony.
  • Sweet Tooth: Downplayed. While characters didn't discuss it, observant viewers noticed that after he got out of rehab, he was often seen drinking Coke. It's fairly common for recovering addicts to crave sweets after coming off drugs.
  • Tragic Villain: Christopher can be very relatable at times. To wit, he's the only member of the Di Meo family other than Tony who explicitly articulates an awareness of how empty the mob life is and clearly aspires to more, but his own loyalty to Tony and inability to distance himself from his upbringing traps him into his profession. And that's not even getting into how Tony occasionally undercuts his attempts at self-improvement.
  • The Load: By the time of his death, Tony had realized that Christopher was this to him and everyone else. Tony reveals to Melfi that now that Christopher is dead he feels immensely relieved that he doesn't have to worry about his nephew's fuck-ups ever again.
  • Those Two Guys: Gets lumped into this with Paulie, which pisses both of them off.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: He is seen many times attending Alcoholics Anonymous sessions.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Adriana. Acknowledged in-universe.
  • Undying Loyalty
    My uncle Tony... the guy I'm going to hell for.
  • Vague Age: He's a young guy and seen as the crime family's heir apparent, but they never explicitly attach an age to Christopher. Cleared up at last on the Talking Sopranos podcast: Michael Imperioli confirmed that Christopher is 25 is the pilot; Imperioli was 31.
  • Villain Protagonist: While not the protagonist of the series, much of the subplots in the episodes are focused on him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Paulie Walnuts. The two can't stand each other most of the time, but by the time Chris dies it is shown that they both truly cared for another.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He hits and almost kills Adrianna a number of times in the series, and that's on top of all the other abuse he puts her through like disregarding her opinions, disrespecting her, and generally being an ungrateful asshole.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Towards Tony, his Parental Substitute.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks he's living in a gangster movie. Which technically he is, but The Sopranos is largely a deconstruction of the tropes Chris lives by.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has affairs on the side, but are not given much importance, for the most part.

    Anthony "Tony B" Blundetto 

Anthony "Tony B" Blundetto

Played by: Steve Buscemi

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Cousin of Tony Soprano who is released from jail in season 5.

  • Affably Evil: Gets along well with most of the mobsters and is generally a fairly likable sort. He's still a violent thug and a hitman, however.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: On the face of it he comes across as quite affable (by the standards of this series). However, he proves himself to be quite willing to murder people without a hint of emotion, and without any regard for the consequences of such actions. Some have speculated that he may be suffering from a brain tumour or some other illness.
  • Berserk Button: Their murder of Angelo Garepe (Tony B's best friend from prison) gets the Leotardo brothers gunned down by a vengeful Tony B. Billy dies while Phil lives, prompting a Roaring Rampage of Revenge from the latter that drives Tony B on the run and sours the Lupertazzi's relationship with the DiMeo's.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is usually pleasant with most people, but he has a vengeful streak.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tony S looked up to Tony B when they were younger, and he continued to idolize him once he got released from prison. Tony B's impulsive attack on the Leotardo brothers sours Tony S's perception immensely.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Is probably the only person who can insult Tony Soprano to his face and get away with it (though, Tony S does lose a little patience over it).
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Mild example in his bullying of Christopher during his youth, in tandem with Tony.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sees himself as one, though most of his misfortune is his own fault.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tony B's return and murders of Joey Peeps and Billy Leotardo would end up being the snowball that caused the avalanche of the New York - New Jersey war.
  • Chronic Villainy: A combination of Hard Work Hardly Works, Better Living Through Evil and sheer greed.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His medical knowledge saves the life of Christopher during his feud with Tony.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Threatened with this by Phil Leotardo after killing his brother Billy. Ultimately, Tony S finds some middle ground by graphically blowing Blundetto's face off with a shotgun.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's a wise-ass, which causes minor drama after his release when he makes cracks about Tony.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: The last thing that goes through his head, other than a shotgun shell, is the realization and glimpse of his dear cousin poised to kill him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has an informed IQ of 158, and his bruiser qualifications are well remembered by Carmine Jr.'s faction.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Indirectly. Tony feels guilty and wants to overcompensate his cousin because Tony B was arrested at the beginning of his promising criminal career, while Tony, Blundetto's partner, got away that night due to an unrelated panic attack caused by Livia which made him skip the crime scene. Blundetto doesn't seem to mind Tony's better luck.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Starts as Reformed, but Rejected, but it's eventually subverted.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Janice claims Tony B was “a fox” in his younger days, and that the photos on the news don’t do him justice.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before prison, according to Janice.
  • Nice Guy: At first. This persona gradually falls apart over the course of Season 5.
  • One Steve Limit: To avoid confusion with Soprano, he's called Tony B, or Tony uncle Al.
  • Only Sane Man: He resolves Tony S and Christopher's dispute in a non-violent way.
  • Outdated Outfit: His Miami Vice suit.
  • Psychopomp: Credited as "Man", he appears in season 6 as a doorman guiding Tony through purgatory.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He feels exploited by his Korean partner/boss Kim due to having combined his normal workday hours with setting up shop, and is also sleep-deprived due to his social life. When Kim walks in to the new parlor and watches him at work, Tony B violently snaps and beats him.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Lampshaded when Bobby Jr. mentions that he's never heard of Tony B.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted: tries to retire but the criminal life catches up with him.
  • Retirony: Subverted: After getting out of jail, he wants to leave the Mafia and set up a massage parlor. Rather than dying, he realizes he just doesn't have the patience for an honest life and throws these plans down the drain, returning to the fold. Soon afterwards, he gets caught up in a minor mob war with the Lupertazzi family and Tony S is forced to kill him.
  • The Runaway: His daughter Kelli ran away from home.
  • Self-Made Man: Subverted: he tries to start a respectable business with his Korean boss, but it goes nowhere.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Smoothly fires back at any remark sent his way.
  • Spanner in the Works: An outsider in the Lupertazzi civil war who is brought in and escalates the conflict.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Just Got Out of Jail in season 5, but has trouble fitting in because of his past and his desire for a new life. He's looked down on by the hardcore criminals and distrusted by civilians.
  • Tattooed Crook: His tattoos play up his ex-con status and his dubious morality.
  • Thicker Than Water: Played straight for a while, but ultimately subverted.
  • Tragic Villain: Sort of, with a definite emphasis on the "villain" aspect. He genuinely wants to go straight, but his criminal tendancies, greed and sheer bad luck thwart his plans, leading to his death. In a more straight example, despite his genius-level IQ, his upbringing prevented him from really taking advantage of it. If he hadn't been brought up in a life of crime, he could have gone very far in life.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Shortly after being released from prison, his reckless bid to revive his criminal career drags Tony Soprano's entire organization into a bloody civil war engulfing the whole of Carmine Lupertazzi's massive underworld empire.
  • Visual Pun: The subject of a couple in 5x06, "Sentimental Education:"
    • Throughout the episode, Tony regularly slips or struggles to walk while working at the laundromat for Pak. He's having trouble getting back on his feet.
    • When Tony B. has finally had it, and assaults Pak in the unfinished massage parlor, throwing him into the koi pond, there's a shot of a koi fish splashing helplessly on the floor. Tony B. is a fish out of water since coming out of prison and trying to go straight, and is floundering.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Goes on the lam after his quarrel with the Leotardos.

    Johnny Boy Soprano 

Giovanni Francis "Johnny Boy" Soprano

Played by: Joseph Siravo

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Tony's deceased father, the former captain of the Soprano crew.

  • Ax-Crazy: He was frighteningly brutal and straightforward in running his business. Notice his maniacal behavior when he cut off Mr. Satriale's finger with a butcher knife for failing to pay a gambling debt.
  • Broken Pedestal: Increasingly becomes this as Tony learns some unpleasant facts about his father that substantially tarnish the esteem with which he once held him.
  • Butt-Monkey: It's mentioned that Livia basically made him one.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Johnny cut the pinky finger off of Mr. Satriale while Junior held him in place.
  • The Corrupter: He basically made Tony what he is.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted. It's shown as another example of how horrid a person Livia was.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Perhaps the most tragic aversion ever.
  • Famed in Story: A remembered gangster.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even more than Tony. Johnny's temper was genuinely animalistic.
  • Hate Sink: Given that he was a psychopathic mobster who preyed on honest working people and made Tony what he is, it's not hard to imagine that Johnny Boy was written to be unlikable.
  • Henpecked Husband: Tony is awed by this, a powerful mobster dominated by his wife.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Had a chance to go west and live a less criminal life, but Livia ruined it.
  • Narcissist: Even more so than Tony. In addition to being very vain and impulsive, he consistently prioritized his ambitions and appetites over the well-being of his own family.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being a consummate narcissist and neglectful father, he is occasionally seen displaying paternal affection towards Tony Soprano in flashbacks. This can be seen when he scolds Janice for mocking Tony and later expresses sincere (albeit unsettling) pride in his son for not fleeing in terror after watching a delinquent gambler get his finger sliced off. Additionally, according to Corrado " Junior" Soprano, he also went out of his way to provide for their mentally handicapped brother, "Eckley", up until the time of his death.
  • Posthumous Character: He only appears in flashbacks.
  • Sadist: He took sadistic joy in intimidation.
  • The Sociopath: He meets all the criteria of a classic sociopath. He was a cruel, brutal, manipulative, ruthless, narcissistic, sadistic thug who ruled his business under fear and intimidation.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had affairs on the side, like most mobsters.

    Barbara Soprano-Giglione 

Barbara Soprano Giglione

Played by: Nicole Burdette and Danielle Di Vecchio

Sister of Tony and Janice.

  • Aloof Big Sister: Younger actually, she is more quiet and withdrawn than her loud-mouthed and dramatic older siblings.
  • Catch Phrase: "Will someone tell me what's going on?"
  • Emotionless Girl: Displays little emotion.
  • Happily Married: Appears to be in a normal marriage.
  • Hufflepuff House: The most inconsequential member of the Soprano family. After season 2, she tends to only show up at funerals.
  • Only Sane Man: She's this to Tony and Janice.
  • White Sheep: The one Soprano with a life outside the mob.
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    Hugo "Hugh" and Mary De Angelis 

Hugo "Hugh" and Mary De Angelis (née Pellegrino)

Played by: Tom Aldredge and Suzanne Shepherd
Carmela's parents.

  • But Not Too White: Inverted, when Meadow was born, Mary was disappointed by the dark skin tone of her granddaughter.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hugh doesn't get much respect from his family and suffers a series of illnesses and injuries.
  • Cool Old Guy: All things considered, Hugh is a laid-back and casual chap.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Hugh's wife and daughter treat him like a lackey; only Tony shows the man some consideration.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Mary is quite obnoxious, but her objection to Tony's presence at Hugh's birthday is ultimately a valid one, considering that Tony is a mobster. Carmela, however, warps it into some form of cultural persecution and gives her mom a Reason You Suck Speech. Hugh, meanwhile, is both good and nice, but adores Tony and is unwilling to confront the evil nature of the man.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mary bosses her husband around and nags him a lot.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Oh so very much subverted at Livia's funeral.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Mary is embarrassed by Tony, whom she regards as a rustic Nouveau Riche. Averted with Hugh, who gets along famously with Tony and is one of the few civilians with whom Tony is entirely affectionate and personable.

    Harpo "Hal" Soprano 

Harpo "Hal" Soprano

The estranged son of Janice.

  • Butt-Monkey: The poor guy can finally say which would be worse: Having Janice as a parent or being abandoned by her and left to live on the streets.
  • The Ghost: Never seen. Only mentioned in dialogue. On other shows, a never seen, not important to the plot child of one of the main characters seems like perfect fodder for being mentioned once and then never again but from Janice's first season all the way to her final scene in the series, Hal is referenced, making him a definitive part of Janice's character.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He’s not mentioned often, except when Tony wants to piss off Janice, and Janice appears to have totally lost track of him over the years. Tragically, the family as a whole seems to ignore his existence and never make attempts to reach him, despite Tony claiming he’s “the boy’s uncle.”
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Discussed/mocked. He's not named after Harpo Marx but after the song "Harpo's Blues."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His surname is never mentioned.
  • Parental Abandonment: What Janice did to him or "lost custody" as she likes to put it.
  • Street Urchin: He's living on the streets, according to Janice.
    • Conversely, she also claims his father took him back to Canada.
  • White Sheep: As bad as he has it, growing up far away from his family means he’s probably not as morally bankrupt.

    Ercole "Eckley" Soprano 

Ercole "Eckley" Soprano

Brother of Corrado Jr. and Johnny Soprano, uncle of Anthony.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is described only as "retarded" or "feeble-minded", since little was known about such things during his time.
  • Dumb Muscle: Junior says he was strong like a bull.
  • The Ghost: He's never seen.
  • One Steve Limit: Shares a name and nickname with the jailed boss of the DiMeo crime family, another off-screen character.
  • Morality Pet: Could be seen to have been this for his brothers Corrado Jr and Johnny Boy given Junior's obvious affection for him and Johnny Boy made sure he was provided for until his death.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Junior snaps at Tony for calling Eckley "retarded", this hints at the love he held for his mentally disabled brother.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The way Junior speaks of him suggests that due to his condition, Eckley had a childlike innocence and thus was the only uncorrupted of the three Soprano brothers.
  • Long-Lost Relative: To Tony, he learns of Eckley's existence years after his death and is geniunely shocked he had another uncle. Given the attitudes in the 1930's through to the 1960's towards people with conditions like Eckley's this is not surprising.

    Richard "Dickie" Moltisanti 

Richard "Dickie" Moltisanti

Played by: Alessandro Nivola

Christopher's late father (and Carmela's first cousin), shot by a corrupt cop when he was little.

  • Broken Pedestal: Christopher eventually reconciles the fact that his previously idolized father was little more than a violent junkie.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Christopher's perception of his father is funneled entirely through Tony's rose-tinted recollection of the man.

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