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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.
  • 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: Calls out Tony on the dirtier aspects of his profession but has no problem with the luxury benefits from his Loan Shark practices.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: As early as the first season, she comments on how cool Sharon Stone looks in Casino, a remark one can expect from Carmela.
  • Fake Nationality: Jamie-Lynn Sigler is of Cuban descent and has a noticeably darker skintone than the rest of the family. Lampshade in-universe by Carmela's mother being disappointed about her not looking as Caucasian of the rest of the family.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling.
  • 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.
  • White Sheep: Gradually subverted as being born under a Mafia boss of a father catches up to her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: He once did it in the dark in Season 1.
  • 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: AJ has a phase towards the end where he is obsessed with the government's involvement in Iraq, among other things.
  • 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.
  • Fake Nationality: Like Jamie-Lynn Sigler who plays his In-Universe sister, Robert Iler is not of Italian descent (he's Irish-American).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: By the time AJ reaches young adulthood, he's still acting like a lazy and spoiled teenager.
  • Nice Guy: When he cares enough, he can be a very kind and respectful individual, such as when he is in a relationship.
  • 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. was 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).
  • 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."
  • Too Dumb to Live: And how.
  • The Unfavorite: Meadow was definitely the more talented of the two.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to a courtroom artist whose rendition of him was not entirely flattering.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Says a witty, often dirty line every other episode.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He doesn't stand for anyone ridiculing his institutionalized deceased brother, Ercole "Eckley" Soprano.
    Junior: That's my nephew you're talking about! How dare you in my own home!
  • 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 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.
  • Married to the Job: Never married, and his one stable relation was ruined by the business and related gossip.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mom: 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. Eventhough 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.
  • 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?"
  • 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!"
  • Evil Matriarch: An evil mother who takes pleasure in tormenting people around her, especially her son Tony.
  • Family Values Villain: Hilariously, the only Soprano who doesn't swear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Nancy Marchand's death caused the writers to have to kill off Livia and restructure the third season and many of David Chase's plans for future seasons considerably.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: A toxic, annoying, manipulative, contemptible woman.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just like Tony, she tends to explode in violent outbursts.
  • 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

Played by: Michael Imperioli

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 traumatised by his visions of Hell/Purgatory after being shot and was terrified of going back there. It didn't stick though.
  • Catchphrase:"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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 two wannabe gangstas 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.
  • 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: Interweaved 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 nephews 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted, tries to retire but the criminal life catches up with 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and violently snaps against him when Blundetto gets exhausted of combining his normal workday hours with setting up shop.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Lampshaded when Bobby Jr. mentions that he's never heard of Tony B.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Sister of Tony and Janice.

  • Aloof Older Sister: Younger actually, she is more quiet and withdrawn than her loud-mouthed and dramatic older siblings.
  • Catchphrase: "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.
  • The Other Darrin: The actress gets recast. Hardly noticeable given her sporadic appearances.
  • The Runt at the End: She is the youngest, quieter, and even physically smaller than her more larger and physically imposing siblings.
  • 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)

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.

    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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Averted. 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.
  • The Ghost: Never seen. Only mentioned in dialogue.
  • 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.

    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

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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