Just is the case with most movies and TV shows about the mob, much value is placed on family in The Sopranos. For this reason, everyone in Tony’s nuclear family serves as one of the main characters. The DiMeo Crime Family’s Don also has plenty of relatives. Some are simply mentioned, while others make appearances as main or supporting characters.
Being related to Tony is beneficial to anyone, as it means total respect from everyone. The mobster is also very generous to everyone he considers family. A good number of his relatives are fan-favorite characters, but others are hard to root for. Yet, despite triggering repugnance among viewers, they are entertaining characters, nevertheless.
Tony’s cousin, Tony Blundetto, aka Tony B, is a member of the “Class of 04,” a group of old-time mobsters that are granted parole in 2004. He swears never to break the law again upon his release but soon finds himself back in the underworld. His trigger-happy ways lead him to kill Bill, the brother of Lupertazzi boss, Phil Leotardo. This causes a deadly war between New York and New Jersey.
Tony B is not only one of the best street soldiers in The Sopranos, but he is also portrayed by one of Hollywood’s best talents in Steve Buscemi. This should qualify him as a fan favorite, but he isn’t, thanks to his streak of irritating moments. His decision to gamble the $12,000 he comes across instead of investing it in his massage business is what makes him dive back into the underworld. Killing Bill is also a bad move. As someone who is well versed with the workings of organized crime, he ought to have known the kind of consequences that would result from such actions. Sadly, he ignores all that and suffers because of it.
Carmela’s mother has been married to her husband Hugh for over 40 years. She is extremely protective of her daughter. And despite her lengthy marriage, she is disgusted by everything Hugh does.
Mary’s feelings of disdain towards Tony almost mirror those seen in Livia. The only reason she doesn’t like Tony is that he is in the Cosa Nostra. Seeing the two together gives her migraines and it’s revealed she never approved of their marriage. Her greatest moment of joy comes when Carmela separates from Tony after she finds out about his list of mistresses. Mary even bars Tony from family gatherings, but the New Jersey mob boss isn’t one to be told what to do, so he ignores her directives.
Carmela’s cousin serves as a financial advisor to the Soprano family. He is fond of Tony too, but that’s because the DiMeo boss made deliberate efforts to impress him.
Brian is instrumental in helping Tony get his fiances in order. He even agrees to purchase the spec house that Carmela builds. Nonetheless, he is too much of a marionette to Tony. Everything the mob boss wants him to do, he does, even if it affects Carmela negatively. His excessive interactions with the New Jersey Don eventually get him on the FBI’s radar.
Corrado “Junior” Soprano
Undoubtedly one of the most intelligent members of the DiMeo Crime Family, Junior engages Tony in a power struggle early in the series. The war results in a few casualties, but Tony wins. Later in the series, the two appear cordial, but Junior tops his previous efforts to harm his nephew by accidentally shooting him.
Junior’s likability keeps fluctuating. He triggers disgust when he plans a hit on Tony, but he is also deserving of a thumbs up when he warns Tony that Richie Aprille is engineering a regime change. His major problem with Tony is that he has achieved much more than himself. Whenever he refuses to let hatred rule him, he makes great choices.
Quintina Pollio Blundetto
Livia’s sister and Tony Blundetto’s mother is the stereotypical nice elderly woman. After his son gets paroled from prison, he lives with her for a short while before getting his own place.
Quintina is tolerant and accommodating of everyone. Most people can’t stand Livia, but Quintina accepts her the way she is. She is also very forgiving, as she pardons her sister for giving her stolen plane tickets, causing her to get arrested. She believes in living a righteous life too, hence she tries to persuade her son not to get back into the world of crime. Sadly, he doesn’t listen to her and this gets him killed.
Carmela’s father is a US Navy veteran and a member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to that, Hugh is a contractor. It’s revealed that it’s he that built Tony and Carmela’s house. He helps Carmela build her spec house too.
Unlike his wife Mary, Hugh likes Tony so much that he throws tantrums when the Don is left out of the Christmas celebration during his breakup with Carmela. Since he highly values the traditional idea of a strong family unit, he is deeply disappointed when Tony and Carmela separated. He is ever calm too, never firing back at Mary when she speaks to him rudely.
Bobby Baccala becomes Tony’s brother-in-law later in the series when he marries Janice. He and Tony get along really well, so much that by the time he gets killed, Bobby has been promoted to Underboss.
For a mobster, Bobby is a bit too nice, but that’s what makes him adorable. He definitely doesn’t count among The Sopranos characters with the highest kill counts since he is “only” responsible for one homicide his entire life. Bobby is respectful at times and demands the same of others. When Tony insults Janice in front of him, Bobby doesn’t hesitate to launch himself at the mob boss and engage in fisticuffs, in which he emerges the victor.
Tony’s uncle is a retired street soldier from the DiMeo Crime Family. During his prime, he was famed for carrying out executions using a sniper rifle, thus preventing him from being spotted in crime scenes. He was also great a burying dead bodies, so much that his Kinderhook farm has become something close to a graveyard.
Pat’s caution has enabled him to retire without ever having been jailed or targeted for a whacking, something that’s rare in the mob. His skills aside, he is shown to be an extremely nice person when Tony, Christopher, and Tony B head over to his farm to get rid of the dead bodies so as to sell the land. He values honesty, best demonstrated by how he reports Janice for trying to con and ailing Junior. He is also one of the few people that keep visiting Junior at the retirement home.
Though Tony refers to him as his nephew (due to the vast age difference), Christopher is his cousin. After becoming a made guy, Christopher quickly grows from a street soldier to one of the best capos in The Sopranos.
Unlike other mobsters, Christopher isn’t only focused on organized crime. He pursues a career as a Hollywood producer, managing to make the horror mob film, Cleaver. He is also very apologetic compared to his fellow mobsters such that his catchphrase becomes “I’m sorry, T.” Though his death robs him of the opportunity to fully recover, Christopher’s journey with addiction is heartwarming since he keeps making efforts to be better only to be yanked back down the staircase of progress by unforeseen circumstances.