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Mayer / Delfino / Bremmer family

    Susan 
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    Mike 

Michael "Mike" Delfino

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Played by: James Denton

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.


  • Absent Animal Companion: His dog Bongo is his Morality Pet throughout Season 1, but has disappeared in Season 2 and onwards.
  • 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.
  • Everybody Wants Him: Nobody can resist Mike.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He was initially working for Noah to avenge Deidre's death, but he opted not to punish Paul for it since he realized Paul had been a generally good father to Mike's own son Zach and Mary-Alice herself was dead.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Partway through Season 8.
  • Love Triangle: With Susan and Katherine in Season 6, and Susan and Edie in Season 1. Naturally, he and Susan get together every time.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Zach's father.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Undoubtedly one of the most attractive men in the series.
  • Mysterious Parent: He is this to Zach.
  • 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. And he's this in the couple of course, with the unstable Susan.
  • 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.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much or very descriptively. Overlaps with Beware the Quiet Ones.
  • Second Love: He is the second love of Susan's life and her second husband.
  • The Stoic: Although he does get several moments of being Not So Stoic.

    Julie 

Julie Mayer

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Played by: Andrea Bowen

The daughter of Susan and Karl Mayer.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Zach in Season 1, though it doesn't last.
    • Edie's nephew in Season 3.
    • Nick Bolen in Season 6.
  • Broken Ace: Goes from being a perfect straight-A daughter to a pregnant Jaded Washout that drops out of school and has an affair with a married man.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Noticeable in that, when she has an affair with Nick Bowen and gets strangled, she has dark hair.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: She goes to Princeton.
  • Jaded Washout: She became one of these in Season 6, where she had an affair with a married man after dropping out of med school, getting pregnant, and being left as a single mother. She got back on track come the Season 8 finale, though.
  • Little Miss Snarker: When she was younger.
  • May–December Romance: She had an affair with Nick Bolen, who's over twice her age.
  • Promotion to Parent: Kind of, especially pre-Season 1 when Susan was still devastated by her and Karl's divorce, but she still plays this role from time to time.
  • 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.

    MJ 

Maynard James "MJ" Delfino

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"Boy, the stuff I do for macaroons..."
Played by: Mason Vale Cotton

The son of Susan and Mike Delfino.


  • Children Are Innocent: He becomes the primary target of Dave Williams' vengeance in season 5, despite having absolutely nothing to do with the accident that cost the lives of Dave's wife and daughter.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He is named after Mike's deceased grandfather, Maynard.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Aside from the drama over him being called Maynard, he's always called M.J. by everyone.

    Sophie 

Sophie Flickman, born Bremmer

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Played by: Lesley Ann Warren

Susan's mother.


    Karl 

Karl Mayer

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Played by: Richard Burgi

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.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is one of few characters to really die over the series, being hit by the small plane that he hired for Bree.
  • 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.
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Scavo family

    As a whole 
  • Alliterative Family: All of the children of Lynette and Tom have names starting with the letter "P".
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Only Penny and Paige are not screwed up in some manner (the latter because she's, well, still a baby). Everyone else is, grandparents, parents and boys included.

    Lynette 

    Tom 

Thomas "Tom" Scavo

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Played by: Doug Savant

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.


  • Aesop Amnesia: How many times does Tom need to learn that he has a purpose in his life and to choose his family over his more selfish impulses?
  • A Day in Her Apron: He is frequently subject to this, and nearly always fails.
  • Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: His main problem, which gets him and Lynette into trouble many times. He's constantly changing what he wants to do and expects her to go along with it.
  • 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.
  • Lazy Husband: This is Lynette's main problem with him, or specifically, that he's lazier than she is.
  • 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.
  • Mama's Boy: His spoiled relationship with his mother affects his and Lynette's relationship, especially when she visits.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Although he actually does look after their kids in a couple of storylines when Lynette goes back to work, she is constantly irritated by how little he cleans the house.
  • 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 

Porter and Preston Scavo

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Played by: Brent and Shane Kinsman (season 1 to 4), Charlie and Max Carver (season 5 to 8)

The twin firstborns of Lynette and Tom.


  • Always Identical Twins: They're identical twins.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: To Lynette and Tom. Poor life choices, slow on the uptake, they've got it all.
  • 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.
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    Parker 

Parker Scavo

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Played by: Zane Huett (season 1 to 4), Joshua Logan Moore (season 5 to 8)

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.
  • Out of Focus: In comparison to his brothers.
  • 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.
  • The Runt at the End: gets this treatment from his brothers.

    Penny 

Penelope Lynn "Penny" Scavo

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Played by: Dylan and Jordan Cline (season 1), Darien and Kerstin Pinkerton (season 2 to 4), Kendall Applegate (season 5 to 6), Darcy Rose Byrnes (season 7 to 8)

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.
  • Red Herring: She's not the baby that got switched.
  • 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.

    Paige 

Paige Scavo

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Played by: Emmett, Hudson and Noah Greenberg (season 6 and 7), Isabel and Samantha Kahle (season 8)

The youngest child of Lynette and Tom.


  • Adult Fear: She's been endangered minutes before her birth and upon her birth.
    • Just minutes before her waters broke, Lynette found herself alone with Eddie Orlofsky at his home, knowing that he was a Serial Killer. Fortunately, he couldn't bring himself to hurt Lynette and helped her giving birth to Paige instead.
    • When Paige was born, Eddie saw that she was being strangled by the umbilical cord and saved her from it.
  • 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 

Stella Kaminsky, formerly Lindquist and Wingfield

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Played by: Polly Bergen

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 after their wedding, 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.

    Allison 

Allison Scavo

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Played by: Lois Smith

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.
  • My Beloved Smother: This attitude towards Tom being a major point of contention between her and Lynette.
  • 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.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: She thinks all women should.

Solis family

    Gaby 

    Carlos 

Carlos Solis

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"Carlos Solis was used to sitting in a position of power. Whether it was behind the wheel of a powerful car, at the head of a power-lunch, or at the helm of a powerful company."
Played by: Ricardo Antonio Chavira

Gabrielle's husband.


  • The Atoner: In season 2.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Although every couple are prone to this, Gaby and Carlos get it more so because they're extremely fiery.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He occasionally needs to do this for Gaby. Notably, he fights off Victor in Season 4 when Victor is threatening him with a gun, and he kills Alejandro when he's assaulting Gaby.
  • Dashing Hispanic: An updated version.
  • Deadpan Snarker: What else would you expect with Gaby's husband?
  • Divorce Is Temporary: After he and Gaby split in Season 3, they start having an affair soon after and get back together for good in Season 4.
  • Domestic Abuse: 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.
  • Good Parents: He genuinely adores Juanita and Celia and raises them largely with a better attitude than Gabrielle.
  • Hot-Blooded: Just see how many of these tropes relate to his temper.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Season 1, then downplayed heavily until it returns more in Season 7. He has softer moments when he shows how much he loves his mother, but he becomes much nicer and more relaxed with time, except when he returns to his old ways with Lynette working for him in Season 6.
  • Latin Lover: Comes with being a Mr. Fanservice of Mexican origins.
  • Mama's Boy: Towards his mother, Juanita, for whom he names his daughter and over whose death he nearly kills Andrew.
  • Marriage Before Romance: He married Gaby because of her beauty, but they grow to have the most solid and happy marriage on the Lane after a lot of hardship.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Mistaken For Homophobic. At one point he beats up two separate men he suspects Gabrielle is cheating on him with. Unfortunately, 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: At leant until Season 5, when they lost a lot of their money, this was his and Gaby's attitude to whatever problem they had.
  • Spicy Latina: A male version.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 6, he is ridiculously aggressive, with his behavior deeply discriminatory and illegal, towards Lynette. However, the writers dial it right back in Seasons 7 and 8.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After appearing to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in Season 1 (which never fully goes away), he becomes much nicer and more mellowed in following seasons.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry
    Gabrielle: Go on, go all cholo on his ass!

    Juanita 

Juanita Solis

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Played by: Madison De La Garza

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.

    Celia 

Celia Solis

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Played by: Daniella Baltodano (4-year-old), Karolinah Villarrea (11-year-old), Gloria Garayua (30-year-old, alternate future)

The second daughter of Carlos and Gabrielle Solis.


    Mama 

Juanita "Mama" Solis

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Played by: Lupe Ontiveros

The mother of Carlos.


  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Just as she finds out about Gabrielle's affair with John Rowland, she's accidentally run over by Andrew Van de Kamp.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not wrong when suspecting Gabrielle of cheating on Carlos.
  • 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.

    Ana 

Ana Solis

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Played by: Maiara Walsh

Carlos' niece.


Van de Kamp / Hodge family

    Bree 

    Rex 

Dr. Rex Van de Kamp

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Played by: Steven Culp

Bree's first husband and the father of Andrew and Danielle.


  • Back for the Finale: As a ghost.
  • Brains and Bondage: He is a doctor, and he is secretely into BDSM.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can keep up very well with Bree and his kids in this way.
  • Guest Host: After his death, instead of Mary-Alice Young, he gets to narrate one episode, which focuses on the men of 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.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Dies from one.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He's the victim in this case, with George Williams lusting after Bree and tampering with his medicines to the point of killing him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He writes a note to his wife forgiving her for poisoning him as he genuinely believed it...but she didn't.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite having some secrets of his own, Rex actually genuinely tries to soften Bree and mediate between her and their kids. This often fails.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Bree with Maisy Gibbons, because he was too reluctant to ask his wife to fulfill his special sexual desires.

    Orson 

Orson Hodge

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Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

The man who's at the center of Season 3's main mystery, and later Bree's second husband.


  • 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.
  • Evil Cripple: Played with. He was evil prior to his handicapping in Season 6, then appears to - briefly - improve after his disability, but then he becomes even more evil and manipulative on return in Season 8.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He's cultured, gentlemanly and very snarky. Quite a match for Bree.
  • Henpecked Husband: During season 5.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His two wives are both red-haired: Alma and Bree.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: His secret that his mother murdered his mistress.
  • Mommy Issues: As a result of his Control Freak mother.
  • 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.
  • Oedipus Complex: His first wife Alma seemed a lot like his mother - a bitter, neurotic Control Freak - while his mother herself was extremely abusive.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 5, where he is extremely jealous of Bree's career and success following his prison sentence. He then takes another level in Jerkass in Season 8, where he blackmailed Bree and drove her to the point of suicide.
  • 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 

Andrew Van de Kamp

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Played by: Shawn Pyfrom

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: His first character arc is about coming out as gay, and Bree being, well, Bree, doesn't take it well at all. Then she mellows down to it and eventually accepts it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's more than a match for Bree in this way.
  • Gayngst: Initially, though by the beginning of Season 3 became 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 some time living in the streets, he mellowed down quite a bit and became a much better person.
  • 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.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: After being a total Enfant Terrible in Seasons 1-2, he is forced into underage prostitution after Bree abandons him following one threat too many. He then becomes a much nicer character, and even agrees that Bree was right to do it.
  • Straight Gay: In comparison to his more Camp Gay boyfriends.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By Season 3 onwards, he's much nicer to Bree after previously being an Enfant Terrible.
  • "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 

Danielle Van de Kamp

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Played by: Joy Lauren

The daughter of Bree and Rex Van de Kamp.


  • Bourgeois Bohemian: She is this trope in full swing during Season 5, where she has married a doctor and gained some views that Bree finds extremely grating.
  • Brainless Beauty: She's attractive, but far from being the sharpest knife in the drawer. This is source of endless snark from her mother.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: And how. She doesn't even really grow out of it.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Danielle apparently doesn't live too far from Bree and Orson but she never visits for that long - which may be justified in that she took her baby back.
  • 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 her schoolmates 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).
  • Odd Friendship: With the smart, sensible Julie.
  • Popular Is Dumb
  • Put on a Bus: And she takes her son away on one, too.
  • Spoiled Brat
    "I don't care as long as I have my own bathroom..."
  • Teen Pregnancy: Seasons three and four.

    Phyllis 

Phyllis Van de Kamp

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Played by: Shirley Knight

The mother of Rex Van de Kamp.


  • Faux Affably Evil: She smiles quite a lot and exhibits a nice facade to the rest of Wisteria Lane, and she never stops being obnoxious to Bree.
  • My Beloved Smother: She's always been overprotective of Rex, as much as she's always hated Bree.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: She's a pretty awful mother-in-law to Bree, to put it plainly.

Young family

    Mary Alice 

    Paul 

Paul Young

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Played by: Mark Moses

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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's certainly delighted by the outcome, he's right when he points out to Lynette that the riot during the Mayor's speech was caused by her people.
    • It's also repeatedly pointed out that, while he wasn't right to kill her, Martha Huber was an asshole.
  • Love Makes You Evil: He helps to cover up Deidre's murder despite being genuinely horrified and more clearly, kills Martha Huber after learning that she blackmailed his wife to suicide.
  • 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 

Zach Young (born Dana Taylor)

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Played by: Cody Kasch

The biological son of Deirdre Taylor and Mike Delfino. Deirdre had Angela Forrest (Mary-Alice Young) raise him when she was unable to do so due to drug rehab. When she came back to reclaim him, Mary-Alice killed Deirdre, and Dana (Zach) remained with Mary-Alice and Paul.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has very violent moods and appears deeply unstable, but it's not wholly clear why. It's implied to be some sort of brain damage from Deirdre's drug use.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Frequently comes to blows with his father, Paul.
  • Gag Penis: According to Carlos, he's very well endowed.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Paul constantly points out how superior to Zach Julie is, and he's apparently very unpopular.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Paul and Mary-Alice are affluent, but he swings fully into this after inheriting his grandfather's money.
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: He's very unstable, possibly as a result of Deirdre's drug abuse, and he lashes out extremely violently.
  • Mysterious Past: As a result of being Mary-Alice and Paul's adopted son.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A variant. He tries to kill Paul several times, and leaves him to rot in prison after leaving his grandfather to die.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He stalks Julie Mayer and, on a lesser note, Gabrielle Solis.

    Beth 

Mayfair family

    Katherine 

    Adam 

Adam Mayfair

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Played by: Nathan Fillion


Bolen / de Luca family

    Angie 

    Nick 

Dominic "Nick" Bolen

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Played by: Jeffrey Nordling

The husband of Angie.


    Danny 

Daniel "Danny" Bolen (born Tyler de Luca)

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Played by: Beau Mirchoff

The son of Angie Bolen. Revealed to be the son she's had with Patrick Logan.


Orlofsky family

    Barbara 

    Eddie 

Edward "Eddie" Orlofsky

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Played by: Josh Zuckerman

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 at the beginning of 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 genuinely believing he could marry Susan after befriending her over a common interest in drawing or offering flowers to a prostitute.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He grew up in Wisteria Lane, but only appeared onscreen in Season 6.
  • 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.

Sanchez family

    Hector 

Hector Sanchez

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Played by: Rolando Molina

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.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: All of the Sanchezes are reluctantly this to the Solises.

    Carmen 

Carmen Sanchez

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Played by: Carla Jimenez

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.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: She apparently shares most of her character traits with Juanita.
  • "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.

    Grace 

Grace Sanchez

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Played by: Cecilia Balagot

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.

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