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You twist words. You lie shamelessly. You think you are better than everyone else... I love you! Give these men drinks!
Bronte to Dutch van der Linde

Angelo Bronte is a major character and a supporting antagonist featured in Red Dead Redemption 2. He serves as the main antagonist of the game's fourth chapter.

History

Background

Angelo Bronte is a wealthy Italian businessman and crimelord, mainly operating in the city of Saint Denis. He has been long time supporter of law enforcement and frequently attends social events with Saint Denis politicians.[1] He seems to have many connections to highly ranked state officials, as seen at the Mayor Lemieux's party. Bronte uses these connections for his own gain. His criminal business consists of bribery and defrauding officials to raise their financing.

Bronte has been accused by some for being involved in a crime syndicate that deals in smuggling and racketeering. Bronte may be responsible for death of Saint Denis policeman Henry Jenkins, who was investigating into Bronte's criminal activities.[2]

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Angelo Bronte's name is first mentioned by Catherine Braithwaite, who revealed under duress that her sons had sold Jack Marston to Bronte after abducting him.

Dutch, Arthur and Jack's father, John, travel to Bronte's mansion in western Saint Denis. Dutch attacks and threatens a guard at the front gate, demanding for them to be let in as they wish to speak to Bronte. The gates are opened and they approach the house, watched like hawks by Bronte's guards while held at gunpoint. Dutch asks Bronte why he kidnapped Jack, resulting in a short argument between the two. Eventually, Bronte stops arguing and exclaims his apparent fondness for how Dutch talks to make the three appear innocent, and Dutch introduces the other two to Bronte. The three ask if they can have Jack, but Bronte makes a deal instead: he asks Arthur and John to travel to the Saint Denis cemetery to rid it of grave robbers, in return for having Jack back. The pair do so, and when they return, Dutch is found outside the house with Jack at his side.

As they return to the camp, Jack informs the group on how kind Bronte was to him, even referring to him as "Papa Bronte". He talks of how he had his own room with a big box of toys, a bath, ate spaghetti and learned the Italian words for horse and slipper.

Bronte also invites Dutch and some of his gang to a party at the Mayor Henri Lemieux's residence. Dutch accepts, bringing Arthur, Bill and Hosea. Bronte tells Dutch about the trolley station, giving him his blessing to rob it. He also subtly mocks Dutch, much to the latter's dismay. Bronte telegraphs Police Chief Lambert and asks him to send policemen to the trolley station.

Despite Bronte claiming the trolley station holds a lot of money, the take turns out to be very low, and the job is revealed to be a trap. Dutch, Arthur and Lenny narrowly manage to escape, and Dutch vows revenge on Bronte for betraying him.

Dutch later exacts revenge on Bronte, assaulting his mansion with Arthur, Bill, John and Lenny. Bronte hides as the Van der Linde gang fights and kills his henchmen. When Arthur and John find him, Bronte attempts to shoot at them, only for his gun to jam. He throws his pistol at John, before frantically trying to negotiate. He is, instead, knocked out by a punch from John and carried downstairs by Arthur. Bronte is carried outside and put on the boat. When he regains consciousness, he insults Dutch, who eventually snaps. Dutch flies into a rage and repeatedly submerges his head underwater, before finally drowning him. Shortly thereafter, he tosses Bronte's body overboard to be consumed by an alligator, shocking the other gang members.

Mission appearances

Trivia

  • Angelo Bronte bears a vague resemblance to former Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi.
  • His name may be a reference to the real life mobster Angelo Bruno, the boss of the Philadelphia crime family.
  • In status and action, Bronte seems to be based primarily on New Orleans crime family founder Charles Matranga. The earliest reports of the Mafia’s presence in New Orleans date to the 1860s. Violence between rival families escalated during the 1880s. Matranga's operations had become a major criminal force in the city by the 1890s and remained so for much of the twentieth century.
  • Arthur can loot his body for $155 and a gold ring. It is also possible to pick up his Mauser pistol.
  • After Bronte's death, his crime syndicate is taken over by Guido Martelli, who was previously one of his henchmen.

Quotes

So, you walk into my city...stinking of shit and looking like this...and you come into my house, before you have a bath...and you tell me how to act?
Angelo Bronte to Dutch van der Linde
You ask me to show compassion? Have I not shown you almost infinite compassion already...by simply allowing you to breathe in my presence?
Angelo Bronte arguing with Dutch van der Linde
(In Italian) I look forward to watching you die!
Angelo Bronte taunting the guests of the Mayor's party
You are nothing. You do nothing. You mean nothing. You stand for nothing. Me? I run a city...and when the law catch up to you, you will die like nothing. I am this country. You...you...you are what people are running from.
Angelo Bronte's last words, to Dutch van der Linde

References

  1. The New Hanover Gazette Issue #29
  2. The New Hanover Gazette Issue #29

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