The Vongola Family, commonly known as Vongola and Vongola Famiglia [voŋɡola famiʎa] in Italian, also spelled as Vongole in various merchandise, is the most powerful Mafia family in Italy. The Vongola Famiglia is led by the Vongola Nono, Timoteo, but will soon be succeeded by the Vongola Decimo in training, Tsunayoshi Sawada. Several families, organizations and individuals serve under the Vongola, including several members of the Arcobaleno. Even when there is internal strife, members of the Vongola stand united to repel attack from opposing families, living up to their title as the best and strongest.
The Vongola came into being after Cozarto Simon suggested to Giotto, the Vongola Primo, to create a vigilante group in order to protect the people. From then on, each generation of the Vongola Famiglia has donned formal attire when risking their lives to fulfill this duty. The Vongola originally started as a vigilante organization, but their ways gradually changed during Ricardo's reign, eventually leading to violence and crime.
The Vongola is one of the, if not the, largest Famiglia in existence, having an extremely large following. The Vongola is unique in its structure in that it accepts other Famiglias to become a part of their power, and, as such, has other Famiglias beneath them.
The influence of the Vongola is worldwide, and it was said that no Famiglia can match them in terms of size, tradition, rules, or power. Due to this, the boss of the Vongola is considered by many to be the capo di tutti capi, lit. "boss of all bosses".
The Vongola Bosses are known for having the power to see through all, a trait passed down from Vongola Primo called Hyper Intuition. The Blood of Vongola is said to be required in order for one to become a Boss candidate, meaning that only blood relatives of Giotto are eligible for the position of Vongola boss and adopted members of the Famiglia are not accepted.
There have been 10 generations of bosses thus far:
- Giotto, Vongola Primo
- Ricardo, Vongola Secondo
- Unnamed Vongola Terzo
- Unnamed Vongola Quarto
- Unnamed Vongola Quinto
- Simora, Vongola Sesto
- Fabio, Vongola Settimo
- Daniela, Vongola Ottavo
- Timoteo, Vongola Nono
- Tsunayoshi Sawada, Vongola Decimo in training
The Guardians are the chosen holders of the Vongola Rings, and are represented by each of the Dying Will Flames of the Sky. The Guardians are the main members of the Famiglia and are considered the last line of defense for the Vongola. It is said that whenever the Famiglia runs into trouble, the Guardians would unite to protect them.
There have been 10 generations of Guardians thus far. Some of the known Guardian generations are:
- The First Generation Boss and Guardians
- The Second Generation Boss and Guardians
- The Ninth Generation Boss and Guardians
- The Tenth Generation Boss and Guardians
The Varia is an independent assassination unit directly serving the Vongola Nono. They are a squad of professional assassins currently headed by Xanxus.
The CEDEF is a secret intelligence organization working independently from the Famiglia. Most of the time, they are considered as "outsiders", but in times of emergency, they have command over the Famiglia equal to the Boss. It was founded by the first generation Cloud Guardian Alaude and is currently headed by Iemitsu.
The special agents are a group of information-gathering professionals that serve both the Vongola Boss and the CEDEF leader.
The Cervello is a mysterious organization that is comprised of only females. They were the judges and overseers of the Vongola Ring Conflict of the tenth generation candidates.
Heir and guardian selection
The Vongola boss and the CEDEF External Advisor have equal power when it comes to choosing the next boss of the Famiglia. In the event that they have different opinions as to who the rightful successor should be, Half Vongola Rings are handed to the chosen heirs and guardians. A battle will occur between the candidates and the winner will claim the both rings and the title.
The Vongola Trial is a trial that every Vongola Boss must pass in order to gain a great power. The bosses need to be in a near-death experience in order to take the trial, and must be able to deal with the sins committed by the Famiglia.
The Vongola Inheritance Ceremony is an event that officially names the boss candidate as Vongola Boss. Since the Vongola Famiglia has far-reaching influence worldwide, powerful Famiglias from all over the world will travel to attend the Ceremony and see the next Vongola Boss for themselves. Since the Ceremony is an important tradition for the Vongola Famiglia, it is expected that some Mafia Famiglias will either boycott the ceremony, attempt to assassinate the next Boss, or try to prevent the ceremony from taking place altogether.
Aside from the title of Vongola Boss, the heir will also inherit the Vongola Sin, a small bottle that proves his/her inheritance.
It is unknown whether the traditions Reborn makes Tsuna experience, such as waking people up using a defibrillator, are real or not.
The Vongola Rings are priceless, powerful Vongola treasures, and are part of the Tri-ni-set (7³) policy, together with the Mare Rings and the Arcobaleno Pacifiers. They are held by the Boss of every generation of the Vongola and the six people most suited to be the Guardians. The Boss is always a natural born Sky type, while his guardians have an attribute corresponding to their Ring. The Penalty is a small bottle has the ability to multiply the power of the Vongola Rings.
Vongola Box Weapon
The Vongola Box Weapons is a set of seven boxes specially made for the Vongola Guardians. These boxes not only contain animals, but they also have the ability to transform into weapons. The Vongola Box Weapons were said to be commissioned by Vongola Decimo, and were turned into animal rings once Sawada Tsunayoshi and his guardians went back to the past.
- Vongola means "clam" in Italian, seen in the winged clam in its emblem.
- The Vongola seem to be associated with lions. Both Tsuna and Xanxus have lions for Box Weapons, and Iemitsu was once known as "Young Lion of the Vongola".
- The names of Giotto's Japanese descendants and his own Japanese name are all based on Tokugawa Shoguns, such as Sawada Ieyasu (Tokugawa Ieyasu), Sawada Yoshimune (Tokugawa Yoshimune), Sawada Yoshinobu (Tokugawa Yoshinobu), Sawada Ietsuna (Tokugawa Ietsuna), Sawada Iemitsu (Tokugawa Iemitsu), Sawada Tsunayoshi (Tokugawa Tsunayoshi).
- In Famiglia popularity poll, Vongola Famiglia ranked 1st and 2nd (Vongola Ten Years Later).
- Reborn stated that the Original Vongola had some idiosyncratic members.