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The Corinthos (also known as Corinthos-Morgan and Morgan-Corinthos) mob family is a fictional mob and vigilante organization on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

In Port Charles, there are five main mob families, with the Corinthos organization holding the most power in the city. Many law enforcement officials have come to Port Charles to try and shut this organization down and many enemies have tried to move in on their territory, but they always manage to fend off whoever is coming after them, whether it's the law or other enemies.

The Corinthos organization is also the city's main vigilante organization as they have been known to diffuse many dangerous crises and situations.

History

Sonny Corinthos arrived in Port Charles in 1993, and owned and operated a strip club before becoming Port Charles' most powerful mobster in the power struggles that followed Frank Smith's death. Sonny has become known for his relative benevolence compared to other mafia gangs and his donation of several million dollars was instrumental in setting up the Stone Cates Memorial Wing at General Hospital.

As of the late 2000s, Sonny Corinthos, now a crime mob kingpin, is known by all from the East Coast, including everyone in Port Charles, and most recently, Llanview, Pennsylvania and New Haven, Connecticut. He's been known for numerous crimes for a couple of decades and was never found guilty for any (due to his high level, successful attorneys, Jason Morgan covering up his crimes, and his bodyguards getting rid of evidence) as cops try harder to take him down but never succeeded.

Everybody in Port Charles knows who Jason Morgan is. He was born into wealth as Jason Quartermaine, the son of Dr. Alan Quartermaine and his mistress Susan Moore. He was later adopted by Monica Quartermaine. He was well liked, smart, and basically one of the only sane people ever to be born into the Quartermaine family. He was a medical student, planning to follow in the footsteps of his parents, but one fateful night changed all of that.

One night when he was trying to stop his brother A.J. Quartermaine from driving drunk he got in the car with him and they crashed leaving Jason permanently brain damaged with no memory of his life. He broke away from his family, changed his last name to Morgan (in honor of his paternal grandmother Lila Morgan Quartermaine), and started working for mobster Sonny Corinthos. Jason and Sonny became very close and they were almost as close as "brothers." However, over the years there have been times when they occasionally became enemies.

Over time Jason has gotten closer to his family, especially his adopted-sister Emily Quartermaine and his adopted mother Monica Quartermaine. Sonny's youngest son Morgan was named after Jason.

In 1997 when Jason was dating Robin Scorpio, she worried about how the mob was affecting Jason's life after he was injured and put in the hospital. She asks Sonny to fire Jason as she is afraid he will be killed if he continues on in Sonny's organization. Because Robin asks, Sonny does so and fires Jason from his organization.

Jason is unhappy at the news and demands a reason for why he was fired. Sonny tries to deflect but Jason demands an answer from him. Jason manages to correctly guess that Sonny was firing him because of Robin, but Sonny lies and denies Robin's involvement. Jason confronts Robin about the issue and the two fight over it and even break up for a little while but reconcile and get back together until they went their separate ways when Robin left Port Charles in 1999 to go to school in Paris.

In 2003, Jason gets caught up in a forbidden romance with Sonny's paternal half-sister Courtney Matthews. Sonny forbids them to see each other so they start seeing each other behind Sonny's back. When Sonny found out he was furious and made Jason choose between Courtney or his job. When he chose to continue seeing Courtney, Sonny fired him and angrily kicks him out. Time passes and Sonny eventually comes to terms with their relationship. He gives Jason his job back and is present when Jason and Courtney marry in France. However months later Jason and Courtney's relationship fell apart and they got divorced.

In early 2006, Sonny and Jason got into a conflict when Sonny started dating Jason's sister Emily. Jason was not only worried about how their dangerous business would affect Emily, but he was also worried that Sonny's mob drama and bipolar disorder may cause him to accidentally hurt Emily. In retaliation to Sonny and Emily seeing each other behind his back, Jason gave Sonny an ultimatum, Emily or the business.

Sonny refused to stop seeing Emily and as a result, Jason took the business from him. For the next couple of months there was conflict and tension between Sonny and Jason. Things got so bad that Sonny put a hit out on Jason, but called it off at the last second. However there was another sniper there that night and when Jason's girlfriend Sam McCall got shot in the back while in Jason's arms, he blamed Sonny and was going after him for revenge until Sonny was able to prove his innocence. This started the turning point for the two as they started to reconcile and months later Jason gave the business back to Sonny.

A Corinthos-Morgan Coffee building on the skyline of Port Charles.

In April 2008, Sonny signed over the entire Corinthos-Morgan Crime family willingly to Jason after his son Michael was shot. Sonny was trying to escape the dangerous life for his son Morgan Corinthos and his daughter Kristina Corinthos-Davis and his then fiance, Kate Howard. But even when he got out of the business, Sonny's longing for the life never went away and he aligned himself with the Zacchara crime family.

Sonny went to Jason to request the business back, but Sonny was in a volatile state (as a result of his fiancee Kate Howard getting shot on their wedding day) so Jason refused to give him the business back, not wanting to put their families or employees at risk. Sonny gained control of the Zacchara organization by marrying Anthony's daughter, Claudia Zacchara and this act put Sonny and Jason as enemies once again. The conflict between Sonny and Jason rose over the months and the tension almost took both organizations to a full scale mob war, but they were eventually able to compromise and come to a truce. In March 2009, Sonny was in a better place and Jason was tired of being the boss, so he gave the business back to Sonny.

In late 2012, Shawn Butler takes over many of Jason's duties in the organization as second-in-command, when Jason is presumed dead after being shot and kicked into the Port Charles harbor, by Cesar Faison disguised as Duke Lavery.

In 2013 a man named Derek Wells comes to town as Connie Falconeri's new boss. It is later revealed that this was all a disguise and Derek Wells is actually Julian Jerome, who wanted to take over Sonny's territory. It is also revealed that Ava Jerome is his sister who arrived in Port Charles a few months earlier. When Connie found out their true identities, she tried to call and warn Sonny, but before she could Ava shot her in cold blood and framed A.J. Quartermaine, because he was in Connie's office drunk at the time of the murder. A.J. took a gun to Connie's office and berated her for writing an article that cost him ELQ, but in the end he dropped the gun and left. This gave Ava the perfect opportunity to frame him.

Ava did this to keep her and Julian's identity a secret so they would have time to set up their operation. Later on that year it's revealed that Ava and Julian are responsible for getting Sonny's son Morgan hooked on gambling and that's how he met Ava's daughter Kiki Jerome. Julian and Ava then get Morgan to turn on Sonny because he feels Sonny loves his brother Michael more than him. Morgan goes to work for the Jeromes and this puts a strain on his relationship with his father.

They soon reconnect after Morgan accidentally shoots Max Giambetti at Sonny's warehouse, when Julian and Morgan went to save Julian's enforcer Carlos Rivera. Carlos was holding TJ Ashford hostage to keep himself from being executed by Shawn on Sonny's orders to send a message to Julian. Morgan soon realizes mob life isn't for him and goes home to his father.

Sonny has since been unable to kill Julian because he is a bone marrow match for Jason's son Danny, who recently recovered from a battle with leukemia. Therefore Sonny has to put up with Julian but there is still much animosity between the two men till this day.

In November 2014, Sonny asked Duke to run the organization while he (Sonny) was in prison. On December 30, (New Years Eve on the show), Jordan Ashford asked Duke for a job but he said that he would have to test her loyalty.

On May 2, 2015, Duke passed away after being shot in the stomach by Carlos under Julian's orders. Sonny assumed that Jake Doe killed him and as a result, he sent Shawn to take him out. Shawn arrived at the warehouse and tried to shoot Jake, but Jordan arrived and disarmed him. While being disarmed, Shawn fired a shot into the warehouse as Nikolas Cassadine's hit man shot Hayden Barnes in the head. Jake then emerged form the warehouse and attacked Shawn, but Jordan was able to stop Jake and revealed her true loyalty to Shawn. On May 27, Shawn was sent to prison for Hayden's shooting committed by Nikolas' hit man.

In November 2015, everyone including Sonny found out that Jake Doe is really Jason Morgan, but he doesn't remember his life. Jason also refused to return to the mob. On December 4, Diane told Jason that he owns 40% of Corinthos Coffee, which means that Sonny owns 60%. On May 9, 2016, Jason got his memories back but still want's nothing to do with the mob.

Later in the year, Sonny finally figured out that Julian was the one who had Duke killed. He sought revenge by ordering his men to put a bomb in Julian's car and then had another mob family framed. But then he changed his mind by his wife's wishes. Unfortunately, his son, Morgan, was killed in the bomb instead. Initially everyone suspected Sonny, including himself, that his ordered hit cause the death. It was then revealed that Julian's older sister, Liv (Olivia Jerome), ordered the hit and made Sonny look like the guilty one as a bonus.

During most of 2017, with his marriage in trouble...to the point almost leading to divorce and losing his assets, his family breaking apart, Jason refusing to work for him, and with the death of his son, Sonny began the process of retiring from the organization. It was then he was a big target and almost gets killed by Garvey, Julian's old associate, for putting him in prison. After recovering from being shot in the leg and left to die in the pit and after his nephew was kidnapped as plot against him, he ultimately decides to continue leading his organization.

In fall of 2017, it's revealed that the man everyone thought was Jason was actually Jason's long lost identical twin Drew Cain, who was conditioned into having all of Jason's memories by Dr. Andre Maddox under orders by Cesar Faison so he may take his brother's place since Jason was brain damaged and could not be brainwashed.

But after 5 years of being held prisoner in a clinic in Russia by Dr. Klein, under orders from Faison's son, Henrik, the real Jason escaped and returned to Port Charles and he is shown to be resuming his duties as Sonny's enforcer and right-hand man while Drew remained civil with Sonny.

In early 2018, with the mob activities in the city has nearly ceased and Sonny's mob family being all that's left, the mob life had died down. Once in a while, his threat of their reputation were occasionally used towards their advantage.

Mob activity resurfaced beginning of 2020 when shots were fired at three locations at the same time...Pier 55 (intended for his son Michael), Coffee Warehouse (intended for his employee, with Carly as collateral) and The Pub in Brooklyn, New York (intended for Sonny while he was visiting the city with his father Mike along with Jason for support).

It is revealed that Cyrus Renault (a drug kingpin who has a large reputation of trafficking illegal supplies from other countries to Pacific) is after Sonny and what the agenda was regarding territory, revenge, or rivalry purposes is still unknown til this day.

In December 2020 after Sonny goes missing and is presumed dead from the bridge collapse following his altercation with Julian, Jason becomes the acting boss of the organization. Sonny would later turn up alive in Pennsylvania with amnesia and called himself "Mike" working as a bartender from January to September 2021. Jason is falsely accused of the murder of Franco Baldwin and forced to go on the run. In Jason's absence, Carly attends the meeting of the Five Families and becomes the acting boss of the organization until Jason's charges were dropped. Later on the Five Families began to grow less tolerable with both Carly and Jason being heads of the Corinthos Organization and forces one of them to kill the other. Jason and Carly decided to make the decision to marry as a way to put a united front. After the "wedding", Sonny returns after regaining his memory from his accident in the burning building in Nixon Falls, Pennsylvania.

As of late September, it would appear that Sonny is back in charge with Jason back to being his right-hand man.

On November 4, Cyrus tells Sonny that Joey's older brother Paulie had an accident where his brakes didn't work and he was killed. Joey is taking over for the Novaks. Joey returns from Poland and threatens Carly at The Savoy. He is thrown out and later severely beaten by "Marshall". Sonny threatens Joey in the hospital and he agrees to step down as head of the Novaks and gives Sonny his territory. Joey will have to deal with the Novaks himself.

Properties

Some of the following locations have been used as fronts and offices for the Corinthos organization. Others have operated as legitimate businesses.

The organization maintains at least five safehouses.

  • The primary one is often used by Jason in 2019-2021, and was used to hide oft-enemy and momentary ally Marcus Taggert after he was shot while in Witness Protection on August 26-27, 2020.
  • A second was used to hide Sonny's daughter Kristina while she was deprogrammed from a cult, between April 4 - May 7, 2019.
  • A third was used by Nelle Benson-Jerome to hide when she kidnapped her and Michael's son Wiley from August 26-27, 2020.
  • The fourth was used to hold Florence Grey hostage in 2020-21.
  • A Neighboring house is the only one located in the city limits, and temporarily housed Marcus Taggert while he was supposedly dead from Nov 6-Dec 17, 2020.

Relationships

  • Olivia Falconeri -  close longtime friend/ex-girlfriend of Sonny's and mother of his eldest son, Dante
  • Connie Falconeri - Sonny's ex-girlfriend/ex-fiancée (deceased)
  • Sasha Gilmore - Michael's ex-girlfriend who gave up her happiness to help his custody case for Wiley, and with whom he's still in love
  • Alexis Davis - mother of Sonny's daughter, Kristina and Ric's daughter and Sonny's niece, Molly
  • Robin Scorpio-Drake - Jason's ex-girlfriend and longtime friend of Sonny and Jason
  • Luke Spencer - longtime friend of Sonny and Jason (except for the time he was Evil Luke), Dante’s ex-father-in-law, Rocco’s maternal grandfather, father of Lucky, Ethan, and Lulu (deceased)
  • Lulu Spencer - daughter of longtime friends Luke and Laura, Dante’s ex-wife, Rocco’s mother, Sonny’s ex-daughter-in-law, Carly’s cousin.
  • Stone Cates - close friend of Sonny and Jason (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Webber - Jason's friend/ex-fiancée and mother of his son, Jake, Ric's ex-wife, Sonny's ex-sister-in-law
  • Damian Spinelli - friends with Sam, Jason, and Sonny
  • Maxie Jones - friends with Sam and Jason and acquaintance to Sonny; Spinelli's ex-girlfriend/ex-fiancée and the mother of his daughter, Georgie
  • Max Giambetti - Sonny and Jason's longtime loyal friend and employee
  • Shawn Butler - Sonny's good friend and former enforcer
  • T.J. Ashford - Shawn's biological son with Jordan Ashford and Molly's boyfriend

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    References

    1. Duke and Anna's marriage has legally dissolved
    2. "Griffin Is Duke's Son!". News. ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 20 (13): 2-3. March 28, 2016. 
    3. Confirmed onscreen March 15, 2016.
    4. His character moved back to town and is working with them again
    5. Defunct from Olivia's arrest while Julian and Ava want no part of mob anymore
    6. Scully and Joe Jr. are deceased; Sonny took over Scully's assets
    7. Anthony and Claudia are deceased and Johnny is in prison
    8. At the time he was known as "Jake Doe" and had no memories about anyone
    9. During the time his alternate personality took over as "Evil Luke"

    See also

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    Families

    Main families
    Alcazar · Baldwin · Brewer · Cassadine · Corinthos · Drake · Hardy · Jacks · Jerome · Jones · Quartermaine · Scorpio · Spencer · Taylor · Ward · Webber · Zacchara
    Minor families
    Ashford · Barrett · Barrington · Bauer · Benson · Campbell · Chase · Cerullo · Clay · Collins · Davis · Devane · Eckert · Faison · Falconeri · Giambetti · Juarez · Lansing · McCall · Moore · Morgan · Ramirez · Rivera/Santiago · Romanov · Westbourne
    Mob families
    Five Families
    Alcazar · Balkan · Corinthos · Jerome · Lavery/McKay · Novak · Rosco · Ruiz · Scully · Smith · Trujillo · Wu · Zacchara
    Outside Port Charles
    Chandler · Cramer · Lord · Manning
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