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In The Sopranos S6E3, when Christopher calls the Wiseguy in their film idea "The Butcher", Silvio goes "need I remind you of a certain Butcher out of A.C.?"

Who is Silvio referring to here?

  • Why would we need to know? The only relevance is that they already know a mafia guy nicknamed "The Butcher", and that it would be unwise to use this nickname. – BCdotWEB Sep 1 '18 at 15:07
  • @BCdotWEB sure, I just thought that, this being a show full of references, this might be more than just a fleeting comment. – jingx Sep 1 '18 at 17:58
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The only important thing to take away here is that Christopher and Silvio know who "a certain Butcher out of AC" is.

The viewer doesn't need to know the specifics. All they need to know is that there is someone nicknamed "Butcher" who clearly would infer that Christopher's movie is referencing him (and would take offense to that).

Secondly, it makes sense that Silvio doesn't reveal personal details of "the Butcher from AC". He's in the process of pointing out to Christopher that "the Butcher from AC" wouldn't take kindly to being publicized; so it'd be counterproductive for Silvio to publicize his personal information while explaining this to Christopher.

Thirdly, who says they know more about this person other than his nickname? Maybe they simply don't know any personal details.

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He's most likely referencing the real-life mobster Tommy "The Butcher" Pitera. Tommy was a pretty savage associate of the Gambino and Bonnano crime families who enjoyed dismembering his victims.

There was no known character in the Soprano's universe that was ever introduced as "The Butcher", but the Sopranos show was loosely based on a real life crime family so it makes sense they would reference other real life mobsters..

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