The sopranos is an innovative television series. In many important ways, it helped shape the television landscape of the 2000s, a landscape that included tons of shows focused on a morally ambiguous antihero. That’s because Tony Soprano is perhaps the most morally ambiguous of all, and his writing and characterization proved so popular and interesting that they helped influence countless other shows that followed.
Tony may be a nice lead, but he’s certainly not a good person. That becomes very clear throughout the series, as Tony has done some truly depraved and questionable things.
10 Your extramarital affairs
Tony Soprano is a bit of a womanizer, and that comes at the expense of his marriage to poor Carmela. It’s an open secret within the mafia (or at least within the world of The sopranos) that members engage in numerous extramarital affairs with women they call “goomahs.”
Tony has certainly been involved in his fair share of extramarital affairs, and each time that makes him increasingly unpleasant. It eventually culminates in his (brief) divorce from Carmela, as she falls ill and tires of his adulterous behavior.
9 Gets a demoted police officer
In “Another Toothpick” from season three, we see a rather vengeful Tony getting fired by a police officer for a speeding ticket. After he is arrested, Tony tries to bribe the police officer. This, of course, only makes things worse, and Tony gets the ticket.
He calls an assemblyman from New Jersey to complain, and the police officer is demoted to the property room. He is then forced to take a job at a local garden store as a means of supplementing his low income. This is Tony at his most spiteful.
8 Takes Johnny’s house
By seasons five and six, Tony has become a hideously spiteful person who will do anything to anyone, as long as it is to his advantage. Case in point: robbing Johnny Sac’s house.
Johnny’s assets are seized after he is convicted and sent to prison, and he manages to sell his house for a very low price to Tony’s sister, Janice. Janice happily moves in, and Johnny’s wife, Ginny Sac, is effectively evicted and left homeless.
7 Drive away Noah with his racism
The sopranos He was never afraid to portray Tony as a bastard, even if it meant turning him into an overt racist. Meadow meets a mixed-race man in Columbia named Noah Tannenbaum, and she takes him home to see a movie.
While there, he meets the evil and disapproving Tony. Tony almost throws him out of his house and tells him to stay away from Meadow, due to his mixed race heritage. It drives a huge gap between Tony and Meadow, and Tony and the viewer as well.
6 Ruin Davey’s life
Tony is certainly at his worst during seasons five and six, but he was always a troublesome character who ruined the lives of those around him. While it only appeared in three episodes, the subplot about Davey Scatino is one of the most tragic on the show.
Davey goes into debt with the mob after losing at high-stakes poker. Unable to pay the debt, Davey is beaten up by Tony, his son’s truck is repossessed, he is separated from his wife, and his sporting goods store is eventually taken over by the mob, resulting in bankruptcy and suicidal thoughts. He is later admitted to a mental institution, probably due to stress caused by Tony and the mob.
5 He gets Bobby killed
The sixth season episode, “Soprano Home Movies,” is often considered one of the best in the series. At the heart of the episode is Tony’s childish insecurity, as Bobby beats him up after insulting Janice.
Feeling insecure after losing the fight, Tony orders the innocent and playful Bobby to “pop his cherry” and murder the brother-in-law of one of his business partners. Bobby goes ahead with the hit, but it comes at the expense of his soul. He returns to his beloved daughter as a different man, having been ripped apart by none other than Tony Soprano.
4 He defeats Georgie
Poor Georgie Santorelli is always the one most affected by Tony’s wrath. Serving as Bada Bing’s goofy waiter, Georgie often annoys Tony with his stupidity and incompetence.
This usually results in a brutal beating from Tony, with Tony hitting Georgie with phones, ice trays, cash registers, and even a Big Mouth Billy Bass. In one case, Georgie even threatens to quit the Bing after Tony causes permanent damage to her ear.
3 Commits his first on-screen murder
The “University” of the first season served as a great turning point for both. The sopranos and Tony Soprano as a character. While Tony wasn’t portrayed as a good man, it was “College” that portrayed him as a cold-blooded killer.
While touring colleges with Meadow, Tony runs into an old acquaintance, who is now in the Witness Protection Program. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, Tony stalks the man and finally beats him with a piece of wire.
two Has killed Adriana
A major turning point in Tony’s character occurs in the fifth season episode, “Long Term Parking.” It is in this episode that Christopher learns that Adriana is working with the feds. Instead of running away with her (as she suggests), Chris goes to Tony and informs him about his girlfriend.
Tony, in turn, has Adriana murdered by Silvio. It hurt to do so (as is evident at the end of the episode), but it is still one of his most ruthless actions.
1 He kills Christopher
Despite Christopher’s undying loyalty to Tony, Tony eventually murders him after he makes too many mistakes. In the sixth season episode, “Kennedy & Heidi”, Christopher crashes the truck after taking the wrong lane.
Seeing the baby seat destroyed in the back seat, Tony strangles the incompetent Christopher by holding his nose and causing him to choke on his own blood. Tony never shows remorse for his actions, and even goes to Las Vegas and is apparently “rewarded” for his actions.
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