Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
Whacked By: Tony Soprano, Silvio Dante and Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri
For: Being an FBI informant.
Method: Far more gunshots than necessary to the chest.
Why It's Memorable: The closest thing Tony had to a best friend, Big Pussy's death on a boat and subsequent dumping in the ocean still haunts the big guy, and even caused him to have a long dream about fish talking to him with Pussy's voice. Yes, there's certainly a joke in there somewhere about Pussy smelling like fish, but I'll let you work that out for yourself.
"I was prostate with grief."
Whacked By: A stroke
For: Being old and mean and horrible.
Method: The stroke sneaked up on Livia while she was asleep and bonked her on the head.
Why It's Memorable: Because it put a capstone on what had been essentially the driving force behind the show's first two seasons: Tony's domineering mother. After her death, the show had to focus on other things, like how no one pronounces the "r" in Christopher's name and how loudly Tony breathes.
Johnny Soprano malaprops:
"She's an albacore around my neck."
Whacked By: Tony Soprano
For: Admitting to burning down the stable in which Tony housed his racehorse, Pie-oh-My.
Method: First brutally beaten, then strangled, then decapitated, Ralph holds the distinction of the only Sopranos character to be triple-whacked.
Why It's Memorable: For one thing, it was over a horse. For another, the fight scene between Ralph and Tony is kind of hilarious. Ralph and Tony talk things out over breakfast before things get heated, one thing leads to another, and they're slinging pans full of eggs and cereal bowls at each other. Then Ralph sprays Tony in the eyes with some Raid, a product placement that doubles as one of the most cartoonish moments in the whole series. You half expect Tony's eyes to bug out and for him to have to pop them back into his head. But then Tony slams Ralph's head on the floor several times, and it's not so cartoony anymore.
"A guy like that is going out with a woman, he could technically not have penissary contact with her Volvo."