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Mayer / Delfino / Bremmer family
Michael "Mike" Delfino
Introduced as the new neighbor in the series' pilot, Mike moved to Wisteria Lane from Los Angeles shortly before Mary Alice's suicide and one year after the death of his wife, Amy. Mike rents the Simms' house, and works as a plumber, and is also hired by the father of his missing ex-fiancée Deirdre, Noah Taylor, to investigate the lane and its neighbors hoping to find out what happened to her.
He soon meets Susan Mayer and they subsequently fall in love. They later get married and have a son, MJ.
- Back for the Finale
- Divorce Is Temporary: He ended up remarrying Susan.
- Hot Men At Work: A bit downplayed since he doesn't work shirtless, but still present since he has the build and attracts Female Gaze.
- Mr. Fanservice: Undoubtedly one of the most attractive men in the series.
- Only Sane Man: Not counting Bob Hunter and Lee McDermott, he's the most well-balanced psychologically out of all the men in Wisteria Lane, despite his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Papa Wolf: Especially in season 5 when MJ is threatened.
- Second Love: He is the second love of Susan's life and her second husband.
Maynard James "MJ" Delfino
The son of Susan and Mike Delfino.
Sophie Bremmer, born Flickman
Susan's ex-husband and the father of Julie.
- Amoral Attorney: Going against the law is not out of his realm of possibilities, such as when he helps Bree against Orson in season 5.
- Back for the Finale
- Handsome Lech
- Death of the Hypotenuse
- Dropped a Bridge on Him
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More in the first seasons.
- Mr. Fanservice: By far the most likely husband to strut around shirtless or in a loosely-tied robe.
- Papa Wolf: He can definitely be protective of his daughter Julie and a very smooth negotiator when it comes to helping Evan (His second son) socialize.
- Really Gets Around
Thomas "Tom" Scavo
Lynette's husband. Like Lynette, he once gave up his job to raise the kids. Unlike her, he can be quite immature and take irrational decisions.
- Flanderization: Both he and his wife suffered this a lot in season 5, going from a couple that had their problems but could still work through them together, to a couple that argued every other episode over the smallest most insignificant problems (well, insignificant compared to a tornado, a psychopathic child from a previous relationship, and cancer). He also became even more irrational and childish.
- Henpecked Husband: He's never been really happy about Lynette being the one who's really in charge in the household, although his immature tendencies prevented a better alternative from rising.
- Manchild: He often lacks common sense and is carefree to the point of being irresponsible after giving up his advertising job. He constantly concocts harebrained moneymaking schemes without thinking them through. And he whines to Lynette about how emasculated he feels when she becomes the breadwinner by getting a sensible job.
- Mr. Fanservice: In one memorable scene, Tom wears nothing but a leopard-print thong, and while Doug Savant does a good job of making the situation quite awkward, one cannot deny that he is one hell of a hunk.
- Papa Wolf: He won't hesitate to step up against anything looking like a threat to his children alongside Lynette.
- Promoted to Opening Credits: In season 2.
Porter and Preston Scavo
The twin firstborns of Lynette and Tom.
- Hes All Grown Up: They grow up from mildly podgy little boys to quite attractive young men. So attractive that one of them ends up in an affair with a much older woman.
- Identical Twin Mistake: Their parents know how to differentiate them, but most people don't.
- Likes Older Women: A 18 year old Porter has an affair with Anne Schilling (who's over 40) in season 5.
- Not Helping Your Case: In season 5, Porter is suspected of setting Warren Schilling's club on fire. The fact that, mere minutes before the fire, Porter has basically threatened to kill Warren after learning of the latter's Domestic Abuse on Anne then fled from Wisteria Lane really doesn't help matters...
- The Scapegoat: In season 5, Dave Williams sets Warren Schilling's club on fire to cover up the murder of Dr. Heller, and makes sure Porter is suspected of it.
- Twin Switch: In season 5, Porter manages to convince Preston to replace him at his trial as he's been (wrongfully) accused of setting Warren Schilling's club on fire. Lynette and Tom figure the switcheroo out too late, but Bob Hunter is able to secure them 48 more hours so they can find Porter.
Stella Kaminsky, formerly Lindquist and Wingfield
The inappropriate, drug-taking mother of Lynette and her sisters.
- Abusive Parents: She was abusive towards her daughters, hence Lynette's beef with her.
- Cool Old Lady: A bit too cool. She's quite liberal about recreational drugs and even bakes a space cake to Lynette.
- Hidden Depths: She was awful to her children, but she comes back at a cancerous Lynette to help her in her fight against the illness, telling her that she can fight either her mother or the cancer, but she won't have the strength to fight both.
- Lady Drunk: She used to be constantly inebriated.
- The Atoner: In season 2.
- Deadpan Snarker: What else would you expect with Gaby's husband?
- Domestic Abuser: At one point, he tampers with his wife's birth control pills in order to get her pregnant, despite her clearly expressing her aversion at the idea of becoming a mother. It works and Gaby becomes pregnant, but she is understandably furious at this betrayal and breach of trust. This is something that real-life abusers do, in order to either keep their partners by their side or simply because they do not have any respect for their wishes.
- Gaby gives as much as she takes though, she constantly hits him (It's often Played for Laughs, but at one point it got so bad she actually pushed him out of a second-floor window), she's very manipulative and emotionally abusive towards him (Especially on matters concerning money and his mother) and spent the majority of the first two seasons cheating on him with their 17 year-old gardener; eventually they more or less decide they're even and their relationship gets considerably better.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: It turns out when the doctor said he was permanently blind, what he really meant was only for half of a season.
- Averted in-universe, since he actually spent 6 years blind (There was a 5 year time-skip between seasons 4 and 5) and this very much affected his and Gabrielle's dynamic permanently despite being later cured.
- Latin Lover: Comes with being a Mr. Fanservice of Mexican origins.
- Mistaken For Homophobic: Beats up two separate men he suspects Gabrielle is cheating on him with. Both of these guys happened to be gay.
- Mr. Fanservice: In between his stints as a businessman, Carlos' wardrobe often consists of sleeveless shirts.
- Overprotective Uncle: To Ana.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm AngryGabrielle: Go on, go all cholo on his ass!
The biological daughter of Hector and Carmen Sanchez and the legal daughter of Carlos and Gabrielle Solis.
- Big Eater: She's always hungry.
- The Bully: She bullied MJ Delfino initially, but they eventually became friends.
- Daddy's Girl: Carlos loves her and spoils her as a result.
- Dead Girl Junior: She's named after Carlos' late mother, Juanita "Mama" Solis.
- Fat Girl: She's obese and it bothers her mother to no end. The fact that she's mocked at school and being the daughter of a former model only makes things worse.
- Spoiled Brat: She's spoiled by her father and makes her mother's life a hell.
- Switched at Birth: She was switched at birth with Grace Sanchez by nurse Teresa Pruitt.
The second daughter of Carlos and Gabrielle Solis.
- Flat Character: Compared to Juanita, she barely has any characterization.
Juanita "Mama" Solis
The mother of Carlos.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Just as she finds out about Gabrielle's affair with John Rowland, she's run over by Andrew Van de Kamp.
- My Beloved Smother: She's very protective of Carlos. She goes as far as spying on Gabrielle, having always accused her of being a Gold Digger.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: She never liked Gabrielle.
Van de Kamp / Hodge family
Rex Van de Kamp
Bree's first husband and the father of Andrew and Danielle.
- Back for the Finale
- Deadpan Snarker
- Guest Host: After his death, he gets to narrate one episode, which focuses on the men in the series.
- Henpecked Husband: Has shades of this. When Mary Alice first meets the Van de Kamps, Rex appears tired and resigned to his fate.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He's the victim in this case.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Bree with Maisy Gibbons, because he was too reluctant to ask his wife to fulfill his sexual desires.
Andrew Van de Kamp
- Calling The Old Lady Out: Blames the majority of his problems on his mother.
- Coming-Out Story
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gayngst: Initially, though by the beginning of season 3 he seemed to become much more well adjusted.
- Jerkass: With varying levels. In the first season he seemed to be just a teenager with attitude problems, until he ran over Carlos' mother while drunk-driving, and his only reaction was "She's already lived enough, I'm young and might go to jail for this, and that'll ruin my life". It went downhill from there until Season 3, where, after spending a long time living in the streets, he mellowed down quite a bit.
- Mr. Fanservice: Spends a fair amount of time in speedos in the first couple of seasons, and then turns into the most handsome and well-groomed businessman ever.
- Straight Gay
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: During season 6, when it seemed Bree was replacing Andrew with the son she always wanted.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: During season 8, he comes back to his mother's house... And then nothing. He completly disappears from the radar, and isn't even present during the season finale. Please note that he should be living with his mother at this point, in her house, while she's put on trial. But he doesn't show up at all, not even for the trial. It seems that the scenarists completly forgot his existence.
Danielle Van de Kamp
- Brainless Beauty: As summed up by her own mother:Bree: When I was young, my stepmother told me that I was very lucky. I possessed beauty, wit, cunning, and insight. These were weapons all women needed to survive in the world.Danielle: So?Bree: So take good care of your looks, Danielle. You dont have any other weapons at your disposal.
Danielle: Benjamin's already reading at a third grade level.Bree: So what are you going to do next year when he overtakes you?
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: And how.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She is known as Little Miss Van de Tramp. Apparently, she made it up herself, but only because it was nicer than the other things they were calling her.
- Hot for Teacher: For two episodes in season three, done out of spite more than anything else.
- Jerkass: Blackmailed Julie's boyfriend into continuing to sleep with her.
- And if she hadn't, she wouldn't have gotten pregnant. (Assuming she wasn't already pregnant at the time, that is).
- Popular Is Dumb
- Spoiled Brat"I don't care as long as I have my own bathroom..."
- Teen Pregnancy: Seasons three and four.
- Affably Evil: The "evil" part is subverted once it turns out that he didn't kill his wife. However, in season 8 he's clearly this.
- Butt-Monkey: His mother made him think he had led his father to suicide, he was institutionalized after falling into depression, he got his mistress killed by his mother and managed to save his wife from a similar death at the last moment. Not to mention that his first ex-wife drugged and raped him. Once things seemed to be settled, he went into prison and lost his job as a dentist, his wife cheated on him and he ended up paralyzed in a plane crash.
- The Chessmaster: In season 8.
- Death Seeker: Briefly during season 6.
- Gentleman Snarker
- Henpecked Husband: During season 5.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks
- Mommy Issues
- Mr. Fanservice: While living with Susan Orson has a bout of nude sleepwalking, which shows that, beneath the old man sweaters and polo shirts, Orson has a fairly muscular body.
- Neat Freak
- Prison Rape: Referenced to, and (luckily) subverted.
- Promoted to Opening Credits: From season 3 to 6.
- Stepford Smiler: Second only to Bree.
- Sticky Fingers: He becomes kleptomaniac mid-season 5, to piss Bree off because of her lack of attention to him.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: When he was married to Alma.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never know what happened to him after he mailed the evidences against Bree to the police.
- Unwanted Spouse: Although initially a perfect husband for Bree, he becomes this towards the end.
Mary Alice's husband and the father of Zach.