Christopher Moltisanti

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The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Christopher's dominant trait, his preference for making logical rather than emotional decisions. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. He demonstrates this trait in the way he is ruthless with people who don't pay up when he is making collections.

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Christopher's auxiliary trait, Sensing: his realism. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrates this in his down-to-earth manner.

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Tony Soprano calls Christopher his nephew, but he is actually ....

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Christopher Moltisanti:
The Story

Tony Soprano calls Christopher his nephew, but he is actually Tony's wife Carmela's cousin. Almost two seasons pass before he tells Christopher that he will be made:

Tony Soprano: In a few weeks, we're gonna be opening up the books, again. I'm gonna propose you for membership. Congratulations.
Christopher Moltisanti: I earned it, too. Got no spleen, Gene.

The long-awaited-for ceremony finally takes place in season 3:

Tony Soprano: You stay within the family, give me your hand.
[Tony takes a needle from Paulie and pricks a finger from Christopher and Eugene]
Tony Soprano: That's St. Peter, my family's saint as that card burns so may your soul burn in hell if you betray your friends in your family.
[Puts the burning St. Peter card in Christopher and Eugene's hands]
Tony Soprano: Now rub your hands like this and repeat after me: May I burn in hell if I betray my friends.
Christopher Moltisanti: May I burn in hell if I betray my friends.
Eugene Pontecorvo: May I burn in hell if I betray my friends.
Tony Soprano: Congratulations.

Christopher and Paulie Gualitieri frequently work together, but they have a somewhat shakey relationship. This relationship is really put to the test in the episode Pine Barrens — possibly the best episode of the entire series.

They end up lost in the woods in the winter, and hole up in a van, where things quickly go from bad:

[Christopher is urinating outside on Paulie's side of the van]
Paulie Gualtieri: Ohhhh! Do that by your own window! I don't want to smell your piss!
Christopher Moltisanti: Fuck you.
Paulie Gualtieri: What did you say?
Christopher Moltisanti: You heard me.
Paulie Gualtieri: Don't make me pull rank on you, kid!
Christopher Moltisanti: Fuck you, Paulie. Captain or no captain, right now, we're just two assholes lost in the woods.

To worse:

Christopher Moltisanti: [Sees Paulie chewing on small white objects in his mouth] What are those? Tic Tacs?
Paulie Gualtieri: I just found them, I didn't know I had them on me.
Christopher Moltisanti: You had Tic Tacs all along? Give me some.
Paulie Gualtieri: There ain't no more, I ate them.
Christopher Moltisanti: [referring to the fact he didn't eat breakfast] Selfish prick, I'm dying here.
Paulie Gualtieri: [dismissively] Then fuckin' die already.

This scene demonstrates that both characters are pragmatic and realistic, and have little to no sensitivity or sentimentality. Their spiritual portraits use Yellow and Green to represent these traits.

Christopher and Tony have their ups and downs, but they remain close:

Christopher Moltisanti: You think about the shit we've been through? The shit we've done? We're like the three Musketeers.
Tony Soprano: We've got a bond, that's very special.
Christopher Moltisanti: You saved my life: in a lot of ways.
Tony Soprano: I know you've been there for me too, don't think I don't know that.
Christopher Moltisanti: There were times that were hard for the both of us, I didn't understand.
Tony Soprano: You were young and stubborn.
Christopher Moltisanti: You always had my back though. I love you Tony.
Tony Soprano: I love you too.

Almost twenty years after its premier in 1999, The Sopranos ranks number eleven in imdb.com's list of the top 250 TV shows of all time. I've watched each episode at least three times, and am confident I will watch them all again — and am equally sure I will see something new when I do!