|First appearance||The Godfather: The Game|
|Last appearance||The Godfather II|
|Nickname(s)||Kid, The Player|
|Spouse(s)||Frances Malone (girlfriend, deceased)|
|Relatives||Johnny Trapani (father, deceased)
Serafina Trapani (mother)
Aldo Trapani is the protagonist and player character of the video game The Godfather: The Game, based on the film The Godfather. He also briefly appears in the sequel, The Godfather II, which is based on The Godfather Part II.
Aldo Trapani is the son of Serafina and Johnny Trapani. In the game, Aldo seeks revenge against Don Emilio Barzini for killing his father in the game's introduction. Aldo makes his way as an associate of the Don of the Corleone family in New York throughout the game, by taking over businesses, rackets, and acting as an assassin.
The character is not featured in Mario Puzo's novel, as he is the author of many crimes and missions attributed to other, separate characters from both the novel and the film.
In the first game, he is voiced by Andrew Pifko. His first name is, by default, Aldo, although this may be changed by the player during the character's creation. His surname is revealed on a newspaper clipping gathered by the FBI in the game. The sequel confirmed that Aldo Trapani is the canon name.
The game starts with a cut scene that shows the main character, Aldo Trapani, as a child witnessing his father gunned down in an alley by Emilio Barzini's men, who are the Corleone family's rivals in 1936 New York. Don Vito Corleone, head of the Corleone family, comforts the child, telling him that when he is old enough and the time is right, he will take his revenge. This prompts Trapani's involvement with the family and their business.
The story then fast forwards to 1945, with Connie Corleone's wedding scene from the film The Godfather, where Trapani's mother, Serafina, asks Don Corleone to look after her son, who she claims has fallen with the wrong crowd. Don Corleone sends his enforcer Luca Brasi to find Trapani and teach him the ways of the Mafia. When Brasi finds Trapani, he is being beaten by his fellow gang members, from which Brasi saves him by killing the gang leader with a lead pipe. Brasi then teaches Trapani how to defend himself, and later how to extort businesses.
Mirroring the film, Luca Brasi is later garroted at the meeting with Bruno Tattaglia and Virgil Solozzo, which Trapani witnesses. Trapani kills the assassin but flees to his safehouse, where he attempts to reach Corleone associate Marty "Monk" Malone. After going to a local barber shop, Trapani and Malone witness the shooting of Don Corleone, where Monk is shot and his sister, Frankie Malone, is nearly caught in the crossfire. This is the first meeting between Trapani and Frankie Malone, which starts their relationship. Following this, Trapani helps Fredo Corleone drive Vito to the hospital.
As in the film, Michael Corleone heads to the hospital to protect his father, obtaining the help of Trapani, who had been visiting Monk. The two eventually succeed but are stopped by Captain McCluskey, as in the film. Later, on New Year's Eve, Trapani attends a party where he assassinates police sergeant Joe Galtosino. From this point onward, the player utilizes Trapani to extort businesses, buy out rackets, take over warehouses, complete favors, and operate as a hitman.
Aldo Trapani eventually participates in various film events, which were slightly altered to fit the story. These include planting the gun in the bathroom that Michael Corleone uses to assassinate Sollozzo and McCluskey; helping Rocco Lampone intimidate Jack Woltz at his home in California; witnessing the assassination of Sonny Corleone; and assassinating Salvatore Tessio, Moe Greene, and the heads of the other Five Families during the climactic scene. During this time, Trapani also works personally for and alongside of Peter Clemenza, Al Neri, and Willie Cicci.
Aldo Trapani makes his way from an enforcer, to associate, to soldier, to caporegime, to underboss, and lastly, to Don. Trapani becomes the head of the Corleone family operations in New York City, while Michael Corleone remains the head of the family while operating in Nevada.
In the video game The Godfather II, based on the film The Godfather Part II, Trapani is killed by a sniper during Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, while the Corleone family attempts to escape. In the sequel, the player character named Dominic is based in New York and eventually replaces Trapani as Don of New York.
Throughout The Godfather: The Game, numerous types of weapons are available for Trapani to use, and the firearms are available for upgrade. Each firearm may reach a third level if purchased, and a fourth level was available exclusively through Xbox Live.
Melee weapons available in purchase safehouses include baseball bats, lead pipes and golf clubs. In acquired warehouses, weapons available were tire irons. Near warehouses and alleyways were flaming 2-by-4, and pool cues were available in bars or clubs with pool tables. Near graveyards, shovels were available. Police batons were acquirable from dead police officers, although only if the player defeated them in hand-to-hand combat. A unique weapon acquired only after Trapani killed Luca Brasi's assassin or after the Fireworks mission was a garrote wire. Other weapons available were explosives, which came in the form of Molotov cocktails, dynamite, and bombs. Aldo has also shown to be very dominant in hand-to-hand combat, being able to perform various attacks and ultimately kill his opponents.
Firearms were available in five basic forms; snubnosed revolvers, pistols, magnums, Tommy Guns, and shotguns. Each weapon had three levels available by purchase through Black Market merchants, and each also had a fourth level available only through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The price range for the weapons ranged from nothing to $400,000, the most expensive being the Dillinger Tommy Gun. Level four weapons were more expensive, ranging from $400,000 to $750,000.
Notes and references
- The Godfather: The Game
- Langfield Entertainment
- The Godfather II
- César A. Berardini (2006-08-24). "EA Releases Downloadable Content for The Godfather". Retrieved 2009-02-17.