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Michael Corleone: Oh. Who's being naïve, Kay?
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Tropes:Criminal groups (by ethnic/national origin)
- Generic Ethnic Crime Gang: Criminal groups tend to be mostly or entirely comprised of people from the same ethnic background, as you can see below.
- The Cartel: Latin American gangsters and mobsters, who are usually specialized in drug trafficking.
- Gangbangers: At least in the United States, these guys are often (though not always) depicted as being black or (mestizo) Hispanicnote . Unless they're white (see below).
- The Irish Mob: Irish gangsters and mobsters.
- Kosher Nostra: Jewish gangsters and mobsters.
- London Gangster: British gangsters and mobsters.
- The Mafia: Italian gangsters and mobsters.
- The Mafiya: Gangsters and mobsters from Russia (or other nations of the former Soviet Union).
- The Triads and the Tongs: Chinese gangsters and mobsters.
- White Gangbangers: Street gangsters of (non-Hispanic) white European descent, often depicted in contrast to gangbangers of color.
- Yakuza: Japanese gangsters and mobsters.
- The Yardies: Jamaican gangsters and mobsters.
Criminal groups (other types)
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Biker gangs (or outlaw motorcycle clubs) are criminal groups whose preferred mode of transportation are motorcycles.
- Bandit Clan: A rural outlaw gang which specializes in robbing people traveling through remote areas of the countryside.
- Criminal Convention
- The Family for the Whole Family: Humorously incompetent mobsters.
- Gangbangers: Street gangs from poor urban neighborhoods, usually smaller than fully-fledged crime syndicates.
- Gang of Hats: A criminal gang which has a gimmicky motif (like matching uniforms).
- Human Traffickers: These criminals illegally smuggle live human beings (especially undocumented migrants); often selling them into forced labor or even involuntary prostitution.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Many criminal organizations tend to hide behind seemingly legitimate front businesses.
- Murder, Inc.: An entire gang of hitmen.
- Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Mobsters who at least try to come off as being charmingly genial towards (non-criminal) people in their local communities.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: A gang of marauders who rob people traveling by sea, just like historical pirates of the distant past. But as they live in modern times, they also tend to have connections to a more contemporary criminal underworld.
- The Syndicate: A large and powerful criminal organization, definitely bigger and badder than any of the minor street gangs.
- Thieves' Guild: When all illegal activity in a particular area is strictly controlled and regulated by a local criminal organization.
Individual criminals (and other characters)
- Arms Dealer: A black market merchant who sells illegally smuggled weapons to the criminal underworld.
- The Consigliere: The Don's closest advisor and second-in-command.
- The Don: A crime lord, gang leader, or mob boss. This man is the head honcho of any particular criminal organization.
- King of Thieves: A crime lord who's so influential and powerful, that all other local crooks in the area are expected to submit to him.
- The Mob Boss Is Scarier: A crime lord who's very well-feared by other criminals.
- The Queenpin: A female mob boss.
- Super Mob Boss: A crime lord who's (physically) powerful enough to also be described as a supervillain.
- Friend in the Black Market: Someone who has direct connections to the black market, whether as a merchant or deliveryman of illegal goods.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: An ex-military veteran who became a professional criminal. Their combat training or wartime experiences tend to make them very deadly and effective for gang warfare.
- Gayngster: LGBT gangsters and mobsters.
- The Informant: A criminal who feeds confidential information about his accomplices' activities to the authorities.
- Loan Shark: Mob-affiliated moneylenders who charge predatory loans to their clients. Failure to repay one's debts to them will likely result in a very painful punishment.
- Mafia Princess: A mobster's daughter, niece, wife or girlfriend; who's spoiled and pampered thanks to all the ill-gotten wealth she's been gifted with.
- Professional Killer: Hired assassins, contract killers, or hitmen. These guys are often paid by the mob to eliminate specific people whom they really want dead.
- Tattooed Crook: Many criminals have skin tattoos, which often display their membership in a particular gang.
- Venturous Smuggler: Someone who makes a living by covertly transporting various illegal goods for sale on the black market, such as drugs or weapons.
- Black Market: A term referring to various types of illegitimate underground businesses, in which criminals engage in the sale and trade of illegal products or services.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Organized crime is fun and exciting!
- Fell Off the Back of a Truck
- Gang Initiation Fight: A gang requires its new recruits to prove themselves through physical combat.
- Gangsterland: Many major cities in the United States are stereotyped as crime-ridden, gang-infested hellholes.
- Illegal Gambling Den: An underground casino that is owned and operated by the mob.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: If you bet too much money here, then expect bad consequences if you fail to give back however much is owed.
- Just a Gangster
- Mob War: When violent armed conflict erupts between two or more rival criminal factions.
- Assassination Attempt: A specific individual (such as a high-ranking mobster) gets targeted for murder.
- Cement Shoes: A method of murder/body-disposal occasionally used by gangsters, in which a (live or dead) victim gets tied up with concrete so that they'll sink down to the bottom of water.
- External Combustion: Car bombs are occasionally used by gangsters to try and blow up their enemies into smithereens.
- Gangland Drive-By: Gunmen riding in a motor vehicle pull up in front of their target to spray bullets at them.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse
- Protection Racket: A classic extortion method, in which gangsters force local businesses to pay money to "protect" them from thieves (i.e. the racketeers themselves).
- Real Stitches for Fake Snitches: When a criminal gets attacked after being falsely accused of being a dirty little tattletale.
- Robbing the Mob Bank
- Shame If Something Happened
- Thieves' Cant: Code words used by criminals whenever they discuss their business with each other.
- Totalitarian Gangsterism: Life in a gang-controlled neighborhood is harsh and oppressive for law-abiding people who reside there.