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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: He dies about two-thirds in season 8, and he is among the ghosts who appear on the lane and watch Susan as she leaves it forever in the final episode.
- Divorce Is Temporary: He ended up remarrying Susan.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is abruptly shot dead by Donny the Loan Shark in season 8.
- Hot Men at Work: A bit downplayed since he doesn't work shirtless, but still present since he is a plumber and has the build.
- Hunk: Definitely fits the stereotype.
- 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 psychologically well-balanced out of all the men in Wisteria Lane, despite his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Papa Wolf: Especially in season 5 when MJ is threatened by Dave Williams, and to a lesser extent when Katherine Mayfair tries to use MJ to be with him again.
- Second Love: He is the second love of Susan's life and her second husband.
The daughter of Susan and Karl Mayer.
- Little Miss Snarker
- MayDecember Romance: She had an affair with Nick Bolen, who's over twice her age.
- Odd Friendship: Inexplicably was friends with the vapid, skanky, selfish Danielle.
- Only Sane Woman: On several occasions.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Susan being wacky, and Julie being serious.
Maynard James "MJ" Delfino
The son of Susan and Mike Delfino.
Sophie Flickman, born Bremmer
Susan's promiscuous 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 setting up a fake robbery against Orson in season 5.
- Back for the Finale: He is among the ghosts who appear on the lane and watch Susan as she leaves it forever in the final episode.
- Handsome Lech: He's irresistible and he knows it, and piles up affairs with women.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Just as he and Orson are fighting over Bree in a Christmas hut, the small plane Karl hired to make a surprise to Bree crash-lands in Wisteria Lane, and destroys the hut, killing 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: The list of women he slept with is... pretty long, both during and out of his married life.
- Alliterative Family: All of the children of Lynette and Tom have names starting with the letter "P".
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, and had some really childish angsts at times.
- 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: His name didn't appear in the credits in season 1. It did starting with season 2.
- Stoners Are Funny: Drugs himself with medical weed in early season 7, until Lynette makes him stop.
- Teeny Weenie: Has some issues on that subject with Lynette in season 7.
Porter and Preston Scavo
The twin firstborns of Lynette and Tom.
- He Is 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 (usually) 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...
- Pornstache: Preston grew a rather ridiculous one in Europe and comes back proudly sporting it in season 6. Lynette hates it, of course.
- 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.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: By season 7, they're just over 18 and Lynette really wants them to go, but they're clearly not ready or even intending to do so. They do briefly quit the Scavo home... by renting Karen McCluskey's upper floor rooms, on the other side of the street, which prompts Lynette to scheme to have them go away from there.
- 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.
The third son of Lynette and Tom.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: At age 16 in season 6, he goes as far as offering money to Robin Gallagher to have sex with him so he won't be mocked by his schoolmates.
- The Peeping Tom: From his bedroom, he has a nice view on the window of the bathroom in which Robin Gallagher takes her shower, and takes advantage of this with his school buddies.
Penelope Lynn "Penny" Scavo
The eldest daughter of Lynette and Tom.
- Forgotten Birthday: Both Lynette and Tom forget about Penny's eleventh birthday, much to her dismay.
- Only Sane Woman: Her older brothers go through a number of dumb young boys/dumb teenagers antics. Compared to them, she behaves more reasonably and more wisely.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Until the end of season 6, she was the only daughter of Lynette and Tom, having three brothers.
- The Runaway: She briefly runs away from home in season 6 out of jealousy for the incoming baby. Lynette finds Penny in a hotel, and the two reconcile there.
The youngest child of Lynette and Tom.
- Adult Fear: She's been endangered minutes before her birth and upon her birth.
- Getting the Baby to Sleep: Sometimes she cries and doesn't want to sleep.
- Three-Month-Old Newborn: The baby actor who portrayed her when she was born was not a newborn.
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 weed brownie to Lynette so she will feel better while fighting cancer.
- Gold Digger: Even at her age, believe it or not. She marries Frank Kaminsky so she can inherit his fortune, although she provides him real affection beforehand. He probably knows it and he doesn't mind, as he adores her. And his death happens pretty quickly, luckily for her.
- 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.
Rodney Scavo's ex-wife and the mother of Tom.
- Housewife: She enjoys housework and cooking much more than Lynette and doesn't understand why modern women need to be so active outside of home.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Definitely Played for Drama. The fact that she doesn't remember who Penny is at some point is the first indicator that she has Alzheimer's disease, and it gets worse as the seventh season unfolds.
- 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 Dad:
- He's overprotective of Juanita.
- He's also an 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.
- Book Dumb: She has a learning lag with reading and spelling initially. She gets much better by the end of season 6.
- The Bully: She bullied MJ Delfino initially, but they eventually became friends.
- Daddy's Girl: Carlos loves her and spoils her as a result, bordering on overprotection.
- 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.
- Adult Fear: She finds herself straight in the path of the small plane that crash-lands in Wisteria Lane during the Christmas party in season 6. Had Lynette Scavo not saved her, she would have died.
- Alternate Timeline: Following the plane crash, Gaby stays at the hospital with Celia. She falls asleep and dreams of a crappy future in which she's old, single, poor and obsessed with getting acting auditions for a 30-year-old Celia.
- Fat Girl: Like her older sister, she's obese.
- Flat Character: She has very few characterization and no Establishing Character Moment. Especially blatant when compared to Juanita.
- The Voiceless: In her early childhood.
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 has never liked Gabrielle, and makes her life a hell.
Van de Kamp / Hodge family
Dr. Rex Van de Kamp
Bree's first husband and the father of Andrew and Danielle.
- Back for the Finale
- Brains and Bondage: He is a doctor, and he is secretely into BDSM.
- 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 special sexual desires.
- 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.
- Death Seeker: Briefly during season 6 in his first days as a handicapped man.
- Gentleman Snarker: He's cultured, gentlemanly and very snarky. Quite a match for Bree.
- 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.
- Mysterious Protector: It's him who drove the car that ran over and killed Detective Chuck Vance, who was investigating the disappearance of Ramòn Sanchez (Alejandro Perez) and had high suspicions over Bree.
- Neat Freak: He's just as obsessed as Bree in regards to cleanliness.
- 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. Might well be Karma Houdini.
- Unwanted Spouse: Although initially a perfect husband for Bree, he becomes this towards the end.
Andrew Van de Kamp
The firstborn son of Bree and Rex 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 screenwriters completly forgot his existence.
Danielle Van de Kamp
The daughter of Bree and Rex 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.
- The Ghost: Joy Lauren didn't play in season 6, but it is still told that Danielle participated in the dinner Bree organized for Sam, the bastard son of Rex. And she made him some confessions that he uses to blackmail Bree.
- 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.
Mary Alice's widowed husband.
- Blackmail: He blackmails Susan into selling him her house in season 7, knowing that she works on a porn cam site.
- The Bus Came Back: He came back to Wisteria Lane just as season 6 was closing.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His life took a pretty ugly turn when his wife killed the mother of Zach.
- Faux Affably Evil: None of the Wisteria Lane neighbors who knew him before the time he spent in prison is duped by his Nice Guy demeanor upon his return.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: He had to cover his wife and her Dark Secret for years, and it all went downhill from there.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets several shirtless scenes in Season 7.
- Papa Wolf: He did quite horrible things to protect his family.
- Revenge: The reason behind his return to Wisteria Lane in season 7. That revenge consists in disturbing the street's tranquility and making real estate prices drop like stones by turning his house into a center for reintegration of former convicts. He buys as much houses of the street as possible so he will have the right to build the center, and the neighbors soon turn against each other as a result of his offer.
Zach Young (born Dana Taylor)
Bolen / de Luca family
Dominic "Nick" Bolen
The husband of Angie.
Daniel "Danny" Bolen (born Tyler de Luca)
The son of Angie Bolen. Revealed to be the son she's had with Patrick Logan.
Edward "Eddie" Orlofsky
A young mechanic with a troubled childhood and an alcoholic mother.
- Arc Villain: He is the mysterious strangler of Fairview girls in season 6.
- Ax-Crazy: He's profundly deranged and prone to strangle girls more or less randomly.
- Berserk Button: Don't laugh at him. Also, don't be mean to Lynette in front of him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He can be nice and snap the next second for something as unsignificant as a disparaging remark to a woman he considers as his Parental Substitute.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: He tries stand up comedy earlier in season 6. Unsuccessfully.
- Delivery Guy: Bonus points for the "Fairview Strangler" having to save Lynette's baby from being strangled by her umbilical cord!
- Freudian Excuse: His mother's abuse (from lack of love to having sex with a man and not caring that he would show up and see it) shaped his twisted psyche.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The lack of love from his mother contributed to make him the monster that he is. So much so that Lynette's kindness briefly makes her a Parental Substitute for him.
- Insane Equals Violent: He is not sane, and strangles girls.
- Matricide: He ends up killing his own mother.
- Mommy Issues: Oh, where to begin...
- No Social Skills: Behind his seemingly affable demeanor, he has no clue about many social conventions, such as genuiney believing he could marry Susan after befriending her over a common interest in drawing or offering flowers to a prostitute.
- Serial Killer: The strangler of Fairview is revealed to be him.
- Start of Darkness: The entire "Epiphany" episode is about his miserable childhood, when his mother abused him and neglected him, which contributed a great deal in making him the monster he is.
- Sympathetic Murderer: He's had a truly miserable childhood, and considering that two of his four victims (his mother and Irina) were complete assholes. He also helps Lynette giving birth to her baby even after she's figured out the truth about his nature.
- Tragic Villain: Let's just say his backstory is one big Tear Jerker.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's had a miserable childhood, and became a Serial Killer.
The biological father of Juanita Solis, the husband of Carmen Sanchez and the legal father of Grace Sanchez.
- The Illegal: He is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. And he gets arrested thanks to an ill-advised driving maneuver by Gabrielle, then gets deported to Mexico by the I.C.E.
The biological mother of Juanita Solis, the wife of Hector Sanchez and the legal mother of Grace Sanchez.
- The Illegal: Like her husband, she is an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Gabrielle Solis as Gabrielle offers to keep Grace at her home while Carmen would flee as the I.C.E. is looking for her. Carmen refuses, citing the fact that Juanita is a Spoiled Brat and that Grace would avoid becoming this when living a harsh life with illegal immigrant parents.
The biological daughter of Carlos and Gabrielle Solis and the legal daughter of Hector and Carmen Sanchez.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter:
- The first time Carlos and Gabrielle meet her, she behaves like a Spoiled Brat. Which is very much a character trait of Gabrielle, her biological mother.
- Likewise, Gaby is proud to tell the other housewives that Grace found out her handbag was expensive just by touching it, implying she could grow to be as materialistic as she is.
- Switched at Birth: Grace and Juanita Solis were switched at birth by nurse Teresa Pruitt.