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Anthony John "Tony" Soprano is the main character of the HBO drama series The Sopranos. He is a New Jersey Mafia boss who is constantly struggling to manage both his crime family and his actual biological family. Due to all this stress he frequently undergoes psychological therapy (which actually does nothing to deter his criminal habits) and has many strange dreams.

He was portrayed by the late James Gandolfini.


Anthony "Tony" John Soprano was born in the fictional city of Olympus, New Jersey. He is the son of Johnny Soprano and Livia Soprano. Tony is one of the most infamous crime bosses in the State of New Jersey and has murdered many people, even his relative Tony Blundetto. Tony has a short temper and is extremely violent.

Tony is married to Carmela DeAngelis Soprano and is father of Anthony "Soprano", Jr. and Meadow Soprano. He is also the father-in-law to Hugh DeAngelis. He often undergoes therapy due to his severe anxiety attacks (mentioned earlier). He is known for having many mistresses, these causing problems in his marriage.

He is also, at times, remorseful for the various crimes he has committed throughout his life. He has great compassion for animals, even leading him to murder Ralph Cifaretto, one of his captains, due to him killing Tony's horse.


All due respect, you got no f-cking idea what it's like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f-cking thing. It's too much to deal with almost. And in the end you're completely alone with it all.
~ Tony Soprano
(from first episode) It's good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.
~ Tony Soprano
I'm like King Midas in reverse. Everything I touch turns to shit.
~ Tony Soprano
What use is an unloaded gun?
~ Tony Soprano
I wipe my ass with your feelings.
~ Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti.
A wrong decision is better than indecision.
~ Tony Soprano
Those who want respect, give respect.
~ Tony Soprano


  • When the series finale of The Sopranos aired, viewers were widely expecting Tony to be killed in the final episode. However, the series instead ends with the show abruptly cutting to black during a mundane scene of Tony eating onion rings with his family in a restaurant, while the song "Don't Stop Believing" by the band Journey plays. The finale baffled and disappointed thousands of viewers around the world and was widely discussed in the entertainment media, inspiring numerous parodies. It is possible that Tony was in fact killed in the final scene, and the screen cutting to black represents him dying, but it is not confirmed either way and the series creator has stated that the ending was meant to be ambiguous. The infamous "cut to black" was also mentioned by Bobby Baccalieri. He said that when you die, you won't hear it or know it is happening. The man going to the bathroom in this scene was also a refrence to The Godfather.
  • The two assassins that attempt to kill Tony while he is buying orange juice is a refrence to The Godfather.
  • Tony is a huge fan of The Godfather.
  • Tony was ranked #33 on the Wizard Magazine List.

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