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Introduced in season 1
Martha Huber, born Tilman
The cruel and nosy neighbor who started blackmailing Mary Alice Young, and the sister of Felicia Tilman. Eventually, Paul Young found out that she was the one responsible for the blackmail, and killed her.
- Asshole Victim: She drove Mary Alice to suicide, was overall a jealous and petty asshole, and Paul Young ends up strangling her to death. No one (except for Edie) was sorry when she went missing and was found dead.
- Back for the Finale: She appears as a ghost when Susan drives away from Wisteria Lane at the end of the final episode.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: To Susan and Mary Alice, driving the latter to suicide.
- Evil Redhead: She has distinctive red hair and is a petty blackmailer and Nosy Neighbor who envies everyone else.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Coupled with Evil Is Petty. Martha was very jealous of Bree's honed gardening skills and when she saw someone collapsing and dying on the street, she dumped them in Bree's garden, ruining her hydrangeas.
- In the Blood: Like her sister Felicia, she's one mean lady.
- Lack of Empathy: The first thing she does after seeing Mary Alice's body is call 911. The second thing? She takes the label with Mary Alice's name from a mixer she had borrowed from her off. Dead women don't need to get their things back.
- Nosy Neighbor: A classic example, and perhaps the worst extent in the entire series.
- Obnoxious Entitled Housewife: Perhaps the dictionary definition of a Karen, she is a bitter, nosy, jealous woman who openly criticizes other women (including her own friend Edie) and uses blackmail as she feels entitled towards the business of others.
- Unfulfilled Purpose Misery: She went her whole life waiting for something exciting to happen to her, only to stay stuck in the suburbs as a housewife and it made her a bitter Drama Queen.Mary Alice: Martha Huber waited her whole life for something to happen to her, something exciting. As a child she hoped to be kidnapped by a band of pirates. As a teenager she dreamt of being discovered by a Hollywood talent scout. As a young woman she fantasized a handsome millionaire would sweep her off her feet. But the years had flown by and still nothing exciting had ever happened to Martha Huber. Until the night she was murdered.
Martha Huber's vengeful sister.
- Abusive Parents: Forcing her daughter Beth to seduce Paul Young in order to enact her revenge is bad enough, but rejecting her once she marries Paul and starts loving him is the icing on the cake.
- Archenemy: To Paul Young, as he killed her sister.
- Cheated Death, Died Anyway: Paul strangles her after she ties him up and tries to poison him in vengeance for Martha's death. Susan convinces him not to do it, then the next day, as she's leaving Wisteria Lane, Beth's ashes blow in her face, blinding her, and she crashes her car and dies.
- Conspicuous Gloves: She wears gloves in most of her scenes once she comes back to Wisteria Lane after serving her time in prison so she won't scare people off with her hand that's missing two fingers. Harriet Sansom Harris also did this to save on the budget of digitally erasing her fingers.
- Death by Irony: Felicia Tillman at the end of season 7, after having used her daughter both alive and dead to get revenge towards Paul Young, is seen driving away towards what appears to be a Karma Houdini conclusion, when her daughter's vase with her ashes is suddenly knocked over in the car, scattering and blinding Felicia's sight. Losing control of the car as a result, Felicia ends up colliding with a truck.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's a seriously creepy person who always speaks in a very soft voice with distinctive dark hair.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted, she cheerily admits her sister was a horrible person and the world is a better place without her - but she's still her sister and she's going to find out who killed her.
- Faking the Dead: She fakes death by cutting off two of her own fingers and disappearing, in order to frame Paul Young. The scam lasts a few years until she's arrested for a minor road traffic offense and recognized.
- Faux Affably Evil: She hides her sinister motivations behind smiles and politeness, and she looks genuinely off and creepy doing so.
- I Lied: To Paul, about stopping their conflict once and for all after Beth's death, so Paul would lower his guard.
- In the Blood: Like her late sister, she's one mean lady.
- It's Personal: She wants to kill Paul Young because he killed her sister. And Beth's death fuels this even further.
- Karmic Death: Just as she drives away from Fairview after attempting to kill Paul Young once more, the urn containing her daughter's ashes opens in her car, and the scattering ashes blind Felicia, which makes her veer way on the highway and crash into an incoming truck.
- Kubrick Stare: Gets a few scary examples.
- Loners Are Freaks: She has no friends at all, and it's not quite surprising given she's quite a nasty piece of work.
- The Woman Behind The Woman: It turns out she's Beth's mother.
- Manipulative Bitch: There are few characters as manipulative as she is.
- Self-Harm: She goes as far as cutting off two of her fingers and leave them as sole evidence of her "murder" to frame Paul Young.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: She's extremely sinister and she hardly ever speaks above a whisper.
The father of Deirdre, and Zach Young's real grandfather. He sent Mike Delfino to Wisteria Lane to investigate Deirdre's whereabouts.
- Inheritance Murder: He is on the receiving end of this when Zach Young turns off his life support machine. Zach then inherits his entire estate and millions of dollars.
- King on His Deathbed: A millionaire who's bedridden and dying of cancer.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He has Zach Young brought to him to announce him that he is his grandfather.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Found out his daughter was killed ten years before he sent Mike to Wisteria Lane. His grandson outlives him however, and even kills him.
- Papa Wolf: Although we learn that he was probably far from an actually good parent, he sends Mike to Wisteria Lane to find Deidre and kill whoever murdered her.
Noah Taylor's drug-addicted daughter, Kendra Taylor's sister, Mike Delfinos deceased ex-fiancée and the mother of his son, Dana, who was given the name "Zach" by Mary Alice and Paul Young when he was secretely adopted by them.
- Addled Addict: She apparently was one, which leaves it ambiguous whether she let Mary Alice and Paul adopt "Dana" or whether they were supposed to be temporarily taking care of him.
- Fallen Princess: The daughter of a multi-millionaire who becomes a drug addict, abandons her son, and gets killed by Angela/Mary-Alice.
- Parental Abandonment: She entrusted Angela Forrest (Mary Alice Young) with her son to care about him while she was in rehab.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Mary-Alice killed her years earlier and Mike has come to find out who did it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in two short flashbacks, but her she is Zach's mother and Mary-Alice killed her.
An oddball pharmacist and obsessive loner who lusts after Bree Van de Kamp.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He becomes this for Bree in stages.
- Back for the Finale: He appears among the ghosts who watch Susan driving away from Wisteria Lane at the end of the final episode.
- Control Freak: Like his mother, he takes it very badly when Bree or anyone else criticizes him, although he maintains his Faux Affably Evil pretence.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After taking a deadly dose of sleeping pills, he doesn't apologize for any of his actions (chiefly the murder of Rex) and even goes as far as stating Bree wanted Rex to die, hoping she would call emergencies, save him and stay with him. It instead convinces Bree to let him die.
- Karmic Death: He killed Rex Van de Kamp by messing with his medicines' prescriptions, and ends up killing himself with an overdose of sleeping pills after Bree rejected him.
- Loners Are Freaks: George is a loner with no friends, and a murderous stalker.
- Mama's Boy: He is extremely close to his mother and seems desperate to impress her through his romance with Bree.
- Medication Tampering: He replaces Rex's medications with potassium pills, and Rex ends up suffering a fatal heart attack as a result.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A pervert pharmacist who will stop at nothing to get Bree, and that includes slowly killing her husband.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He kills Rex Van de Kamp by poisoning him with inappropriate medicines.
- My Beloved Smother: He has one.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He attempts suicide to manipulate Bree into saving his life — but gives her the perfect opportunity to leave him to die in vengeance for Rex's death (which she does).
- Stalker Shrine: He made himself a life-sized doll of Bree at his home.
- Stalker with a Crush: He lusts over Bree through and through, even when she ends up rejecting his advances.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Attempted. He tries to pull one of these by attempting suicide and forcing Bree to save his life...but she lets him die instead.
- Yandere: He is obsessed with Bree and kills her husband to be with her.
The young gardener Gabrielle Solis hired and has an adulterous relation with.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He fell in love with Gabrielle, but she was mostly just using him for sex when Carlos was either not paying her enough attention or she was mad with him.
- Hot Men at Work: Was the Solis' gardener and often did it shirtless.
- Jailbait Taboo: Gabrielle was threatened by John's Mother with legal action once their affair was exposed.
- Likes Older Women: It was said that high-school girls his age bored him. In addition to Gabrielle, he also had a brief fling with an even older woman on the street named Joan.
- Lovable Jock: He wasn't shown in his high-school setting much, but was shown to be a popular soccer player.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Partly causes Carlos to be sent to prison hoping to get him out of the way and begin a real relationship with Gabrielle. She wasn't impressed, and this led to her patching things up with Carlos.
- Mr. Fanservice: His taking-shirt-off moments are a dime a dozen.
- Pretty Boy: Probably what allowed Metcalfe to get away (just) with playing a 17 year old.
- Rags to Riches: Between seasons 2 and 3 he goes from being a neighborhood gardener to starting a successful gardening business.
- Romantic Runner-Up: To Carlos.
- Shirtless Scene: John Rowland got a lot of these.
- Sex God: Gabrielle was surprised when John revealed to her that she was his first, and later bragged about his prowess to Carlos.
- Who's Your Daddy?: It was not known who was the father of Gabrielle's later miscarried first child out of himself and Carlos.
The priest of the Catholic parish of Fairview. As they are Catholic, Carlos and Gabrielle Solis are in most of the scenes he appears in.
- Confessional: Gabrielle Solis confesses to him at times, although it's usually to convince him to do something for her. She tries to bribe him there in season 6 to ensure Juanita is at the top of the waitlist for the local Catholic school.
- Good Shepherd: An archetypal good Catholic priest who tries to moralize Gabrielle, or at least tries to have her change her ways to become a better person.
The reverend at the Presbyterian church of Fairview. As she is Presbyterian, Bree Van de Kamp is in most of the scenes he appears in.
- Cure Your Gays: Bree invites him at her home to try to bring religious answers to the "problem" of Andrew's homosexuality after he comes out of the closet. It works about as well as expected.
- Good Shepherd: A reverend who cares about the salvation and good morals of his parishioners, and he's sensitive to the plague of the poor as well. He tries his best to be a moral compass to Bree, such as when he tells her to give support to Beth Young, makes her realize she drove poor people away from Ben Faulkner's soup kitchen or points out how her newfound promiscuity is damaging for herself and some others.
- Nice Guy: He is always very nice to all his parishioners.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He's very fond of Bree's muffins and scones, and notices that the more troubled she is, the better they are.
A corrupt local detective who investigates Martha Hubers murder, and later becomes one of Noah Taylors henchmen.
Introduced in season 2
A woman who Tom Scavo had a one-night stand with years ago. As a result of it, she became pregnant with their daughter, Kayla.
- Affectionate Nickname: She calls Kayla "piglet".
- Back for the Finale: She appears as a ghost when Susan drives away from Wisteria Lane at the end of the final episode.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She gets killed by Carolyn Bigsby in season 3 during the hostage crisis.
- Deadpan Snarker:Lynette: I hear his family has money.Nora: Well maybe they could all chip in and buy his some deodorant.
- Death Equals Redemption: A Bitch in Sheep's Clothing whom Tom had a one-night stand with many years ago, resulting in a daughter, Kayla, whose existence was kept from Tom for almost eleven years. Since her introduction in the second series finale, Remember, she attempted to ruin Tom and Lynette's marriage (and, particularly, Lynette's life). In S 03 E 07, Bang, she is shot in the chest by Carolyn Bigsby during a hostage situation. While dying from the wound, she confesses to Lynette that her daughter Kayla was "the only good thing I ever did in my life." She then asks Lynette to take care of Kayla for her before she dies.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Abrasive she may be, but Nora's right that as she's his child, Tom is obligated to support Kayla and pay child support Nora desperately needs.
- She's also not wrong when she points out how nagging and critical Lynette is and how Lynette hasn't even made an effort to get along with her.
- Lower-Class Lout: A female version. She's very loud, crude, and a constant thorn in Lynette's side.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nora, when trying to seduce Tom by supporting his idea of enterprise, from Lynette, who was critical about it.
- Manipulative Bitch: Nonstop to Tom, probably to downplay the Jerkass Has a Point elements of Tom not being in his daughter's life.
- Ms. Fanservice: Constantly dresses provocatively and shows as much skin as possible.
- Struggling Single Mother: She had to raise Kayla alone, and struggled financially.
- Played by: Rachel Fox
- Characterisation Marches On: When she was introduced with Nora, she seemed like a normal little girl. Then when Nora was killed and she moved in with the Scavo family, she suddenly starts exhibiting psychotic tendencies. To be fair, it's made clear neither Lynette, Tom or anybody else thought to put Kayla in therapy after discovering she had a father and half-siblings she never knew about, or after her mother was violently killed, so perhaps her lashing out had to do with that.
- Enfant Terrible: Revealed to be one in Season Three, complete with persuading Porter and Preston to burn down Rick's restaurant, tricking Preston into jumping off the roof, threatening Penny and pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to try and get rid of Lynette.
- Freudian Excuse: Her hatred towards Lynette is because she heard from Nora that Lynette was trying to get rid of them and blames Lynette for Nora's death.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: She seemed to get better for a while after her first Enfant Terrible arc, even running to Lynette's arms and calling her "mom" when she was rescued from the ruins of Mrs. McCluskey's house. When she's given real focus again, Kayla is shown to be the same nasty piece of work she was before.
- In the Blood: She's just as manipulative as Nora was, which Lynette suspects is because her mom "was a bit of a psycho."
- Jerkass Has a Point: It's unclear as to whether Kayla was being sincere, but her therapist comes away from their sessions with the impression that Kayla feels unloved by Lynette. Lynette makes it clear that as good as she's tried to be to Kayla, the manner in which she joined their family has always prevented her from loving the girl.
- Please Don't Leave Me: As she's being driven away, she tearfully begs Tom not to get rid of her and apologises hysterically until the car disappears from sight, leaving Tom in tears.
- Put on a Bus: After being revealed to be an Enfant Terrible, Tom manages to trick her into confessing her lies and she promptly gets shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents, never to be seen again.
- Rejected Apology: When Kayla is about to leave, Lynette tells her she's sorry this ended up this way. Kayla merely responds with, "No, you're not."
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Lynette floats the idea of sending the troubled girl to a therapist, considering all the trauma surrounding her mother and the sociopathic behaviour she'd begun to exhibit. Kayla resists it at first.
- The Sociopath: Possibly. She displays a disturbing lack of emotion when confronted about persuading the twins to start the fire, is incredibly manipulative and is a Consummate Liar. Lynette refers to her as a "psycho", but she's never officially diagnosed with anything and it's unclear if she was meant to be this trope or just a Jerkass like Nora was.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Gender flipped. To the sorrow of the Scavo clan, she takes less after her goofy father and more after her manipulative, troubled mother.
Sister Mary Bernard
A blonde Catholic nun who helped getting Carlos released from prison without doing full-time.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's a nun, and she doesn't just limit herself to her job, that is making sure Carlos is on a righteous path for the rest of his life. She's also very mean to Gabrielle and openly tries to break their marriage.
- Cat Fight: She ends up fighting with Gabrielle. Inside a church.
- Escalating War: Gets in one with Gabrielle over Carlos. It culminates with a Cat Fight between the two of them.
- Hollywood Nuns: Fits some of the traits like being named "Sister Mary-something" and perhaps "nurturing with overtones of forbidden sexuality" given how very caring she is towards Carlos.
- Nun Too Holy: She openly tries to break the marriage between Gabrielle and Carlos (who are both Catholic, even though Gabrielle doesn't care about religion), which is something nuns normally wouldn't do.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Gabrielle eventually manages to get rid of her once and for all by having her reassigned to a Catholic mission in Fairbanks, Alaska.
A former convict Carlos Solis befriended in prison. He's tasked by him to help Gabrielle with her grief after her miscarriage.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He was in prison, but helps Gabrielle to get over her grief.
- Reformed Criminal: He is a former convict, and helps Gabrielle to "let go" after her miscarriage, by giving her a balloon that symbolizes the baby she lost. She then releases into the air.
- Stalker Without a Crush: In a completely benevolent way. He follows Gabrielle because he feels he has to protect her, in addition to his mission to help her with her grief.
- Tattooed Crook: He's a former criminal, and sports tattoos.
A hitman who's hired by the family of Melanie Foster to kill Caleb Applewhite.
- Bald of Evil: A hitman who is noticeably balding.
- Beard of Evil: He sports a goatee, and is a ruthless hitman.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He accidentally kills himself with his own gun when falling through the stairs to Caleb's room.
- Professional Killer: He's a hitman by trade.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He accidentally shoots himself when falling through the stairs to Caleb's room, and dies. He only appeared in two episodes.
Introduced in season 3
Orson Hodge's first wife.
- Back for the Finale: She appears as a ghost when Susan drives away from Wisteria Lane at the end of the final episode.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: She seems to be unaware that Orson might not be very happy that she got pregnant via rape.
- The Ditz: She is completely empty-headed, and speaks in a very high-pitched, silly voice.
- The Dragon: To Gloria.
- Faking the Dead: To lure Orson in a trap so that she could rape him.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: She falls from the roof and dies while trying to warn Danielle.
- Manipulative Bitch: She tricked Orson into marrying her by getting pregnant. Of course, she's overshadowed by Gloria.
- Never Found the Body: Because Orson didn't murder her.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's not clear how much she pretends to be an airhead and how much she actually is.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Ex-wife, to Orson. And they're only exes because she faked her own death in hopes of manipulating Orson back to her.
- Redemption Equals Death: When she realizes that Orson won't ever love her, she gives up the plan, but Gloria doesn't. So she tries to escape and warn Bree (the only decent act she ever does on-screen), but accidentally dies in the process.
- Smug Snake: She thinks to be really smart, but she's just Gloria's pawn.
- Yandere: To Orson. She seems to genuinely want him back and free from Monique, although she picks the scariest way to do so.
Orson Hodge's mother.
- Abusive Parents: She's emotionally abusive to Orson, blames and guilt-trips him for everything, and killed his father.
- And I Must Scream: After she suffers a brain stroke, she's left with a locked-in syndrome.
- Arc Villain: She's the villain of season 3.
- Ax-Crazy: When Orson foils her plan to kill Bree, she abandons her scheme and simply tries to kill him too.
- Best Friends-in-Law: With Alma. Subverted when Gloria locks Alma in the attic, not caring about the fact that the latter could be pregnant.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Looks like a sweet old lady. Isn't.
- Black Widow: She murdered her husband and blamed Orson for it.
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates Orson, Alma, and Bree nonstop.
- Evil Cripple: A lesser example, since she has to walk with a cane after injuring her hip while burying Monique's corpse.
- Evil Matriarch: One particularly evil mother.
- Evil Old Folks: Middle-aged Orson's mother and a premeditated murderer without justification.
- Evil Wears Black: Combined with Bright Is Not Good, as she often wears a black dress with a bright-colored sweater on her shoulders.
- Faux Affably Evil: She feigns weakness and kindness to cover her psychotic nature.
- The Fundamentalist: She killed Monique and attempted to kill Bree because she thought Orson was still married to Alma before God's eyes.
- Holier Than Thou: The main way she torments Orson but it's clearly a common thread.
- Hypocrite: For being so stern about other people's sins, she doesn't mind indulging in alcohol.
- Knight Templar: About religion, especially about separating Orson from Monique.
- Lack of Empathy: She views other people as mere tools.
- Manipulative Bitch
- My Beloved Smother: The "beloved" part fades away very quickly.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Easily the pinnacle in the series. Unless you're Alma, of course.
- The Sociopath: Manipulative, callous and completely self-serving. Even her strong faith is just a way to rationalize her desire to control other people.
Orson Hodge's nosy ex-neighbor who, after realizing her husband was cheating on her, took shoppers in the Fairview Supermarket hostage.
- Hostage Situation: She holds several people at gunpoint inside her husband's supermarket and ends up killing Nora Huntington.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She tried to do this, until discovering her husband's mistress was dead. She does kill Nora when Lynette reveals she tried to take Tom away from her, much to Lynette's horror.
- Woman Scorned: An extreme and dramatic case.
A politician who campaigns to be the mayor of Fairview. He marries Gabrielle after her divorce with Carlos.
- Arc Villain: The villain for the Solis couple's arc in season 4.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Just as he's out to kill Carlos during the storm that devastates Wisteria Lane, he gets impaled in the chest by a sharp fence picket the strong wind threw in him.
- It's All About Me: He considers Gabrielle simply as a Trophy Wife and nothing more, and worries that her past affairs might hurt him politically.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He ends up grabbing a gun and wanting to kill Carlos.
- Running Gag: He gets knocked over from his boat by Gabrielle twice.
- Sleazy Politician: He is self-centered and only thinks about his career.
Introduced in season 4
Robert "Bob" Hunter
A lawyer and the husband of Lee McDermott.
- Amoral Attorney: Subverted. Bob legitimately cares about his clients.
- Gay Best Friend: After their arrival in Wisteria Lane, the four housewives always invite him and Lee over when they need some gay friends, much to their frustration. That being said, Bob and Lee genuinely befriend them over time, and Bob is always willing to help them whenever they need a lawyer.
- Good Lawyers, Good Clients: Bob is the replacement lawyer for Karl on the Lane, and he's also moral, which means that he's most likely the choice to represent all of the protagonists.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is the most conventionally attractive compared to Lee.
- Only Sane Man: There are exactly two men in this show that are sane and normal and without any serious drama in their personal lives. And they are married to each other.
- Straight Gay: He is a tad more "hunkish" than Lee (taller, more muscular) and Lee has some Camp Gay moments but they both act like your average middle aged man. In fact, Gabrielle was surprised to find that Bob enjoyed watching football while drinking some beer, and had no idea about fashion.
A real estate agent and the husband of Bob Hunter.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: According to Bob, Lee would "sleep with anyone with a pulse and facial hair" if he's drunk. Women who fit the description are not immune.
- Camp Gay: Not a defining trait of him, but he does have such moments, like when he shows up at a Halloween party disguised as Marilyn Monroe or talks about Cher like a fawning fangirl. And then there's this:Lee: As the gayest person at this brunch, I feel it is my duty to say: fabulous!
- Deadpan Snarker: He is much more snarky than Bob.
- Faux Yay: Reversed. Lee pretends to be straight in one episode in Gabrielle's scheme to catch her housemate in the act of soliciting sex.
- Gay Best Friend: After their arrival in Wisteria Lane, the four housewives always invite him and Bob over when they need some gay friends, much to their frustration. That being said, Bob and Lee genuinely befriend them over time.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Lee isn't a particularly pleasant person, but his dislike towards Susan is perfectly justified when she made it clear she was trying to befriend them so she could be their Fag Hag and then kidnapped their dog in order to stage a rescue to make them like her.
- Only Sane Man: There are exactly two men in this show that are sane and normal and without any serious drama in their personal lives. And they are married to each other.
- Straight Gay: Bob is a tad more "hunkish" than him and he has some Camp Gay moments, but they both act like your average middle aged man.
An art teacher and painter, and Susan's new boyfriend after her divorce with Mike Delfino.
- Marriage of Convenience: What he proposes to Susan (although he does love her). He is actually Canadian, and his student visa card expired, so marrying Susan would allow him to stay in the USA. Susan doesn't take it well, of course, especially after her passionate declaration of love to him.
- Nice Guy: He tries his best to make Susan happy. Unfortunately, she is constantly in doubt about whether she should fall fully in love again or keep the Friends with Benefits status going.
- Put on a Bus: He is deported to Canada towards the end of season 5 and never heard of again.
Introduced in season 5
David "Dave" Williams (real name David Dash)
Edie Britt's new husband. He was actually the husband of Lila Dash and the father of their daughter Paige. Both died in a car accident, and it drove him mad.
- Affably Evil: Despite what he's trying to do, he does come across as a genuinely nice guy.
- Arc Villain: He is the main threat in season 5.
- Ax-Crazy: The death of his wife and daughter drove him mad, with bouts of rage murderous enough to be interned in a psychiatric hospital. Once he got out of it, he disobeyed his psychiatrist's orders and came back to Fairview to seek vengeance. Then he killed his psychiatrist by strangulation and almost did the same to Edie.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He does his best to integrate in the neighborhood of Wisteria Lane, acting like a Nice Guy and all, and hides sinister motivations.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Dave has many chances to hurt Mike and those closest to him, he just never does because he apparently only wants to do what could be "worst", rather than just taking the chance when he gets it.
- Dead Person Impersonation: After killing Dr. Heller, Dave uses his cellphone to send messages to his secretary so she won't find out he has disappeared.
- Death Seeker: He plans to kill himself at the same time as Mike and MJ, in order to join his wife and daughter in death.
- Devil in Plain Sight: The audience knows from the beginning that Dave is bad and exactly why.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Seeks revenge against Mike Delfino then Susan because his wife and daughter were killed regardless of the fact that it was an accident with no one having any intention to kill.
- Fate Worse than Death: He survives with brain damage after trying to kill himself, Mike and MJ by provoking a car accident at the very same place where his wife and daughter died. He is last seen interned in a psychiatric hospital, with a blank stare and imagining that he's still with his lost loved ones.
- Hunting "Accident": He initially intends to kill Mike by inviting him and Katherine on a weekend in a forest and shooting him from afar, then blame it on non-existent poachers.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Combined with his icy blonde hair, they help him look more unsettling.
- Insane = Violent: Following the deaths of his wife and daughter, he has visions of his wife and daughter and explosive fits of rage.
- I See Dead People: Towards the end of season 5, he sees (or imagines, since Edie agrees with his plan) the ghosts of, in order, Dr. Heller, his wife Lila and daughter Paige, and Edie.
- The Lost Lenore: His actions are driven by the pain of losing his wife and daughter.
- Mask of Sanity: Despite being very unstable, he manages to keep up his good reputation and composure in public.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's quite stressed when his fire results in the deaths of several people.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Lost his daughter Paige to a car accident.
- Revenge: He's after Mike Delfino and Susan for the death of his wife and daughter.
- Stepford Smiler: He tries his best to appear charming on the outside. What's on the inside however...
- Vengeful Widow: He seeks to avenge the death of his wife and daughter.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Despite not being that old, he has white hair and is a manipulative plotter.
Dr. Samuel Heller
A psychiatrist from Boston. He works with the criminally insane, and Dave Williams (David Dash) is one of his patients.
- Finally Found the Body: His disappearance is eventually noticed, and his charred body is eventually identified in the last episode of season 5.
- He Knows Too Much: Dave kills him in the storehouse of Warren Schilling's club so he won't reveal his true nature to the neighborhood and ruin Dave's revenge plans.
- Identification by Dental Records: His charred body is identified this way.
- Too Dumb to Live: His patient is Ax-Crazy and much stronger than him, he knows it, and yet he goes to Fairview to confront him alone, without even contacting the police beforehand.
Karen McCluskey's sister.
- Amateur Sleuth: She does a pretty good amateur detective job when finding out about Dave Williams' true origins and intentions.
- Thicker Than Water: She helps her sister against a pretty dangerous individual who nearly had her put into a home for senile elders, without a trace of fear of what they could come across.
The handyman for many residents of Wisteria Lane. His death brings important memories back to Susan, Lynette, Bree, Gabrielle and Edie.
- Handy Man: There's nothing he can't fix in Wisteria Lane, and he fits everything in the trope bar "good looking" and "in good physical shape". The latter two don't prevent Edie Britt from wanting to have sex with him.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest folks in the whole series.
- Retirony: He planned to retire after one last job. Then he gets a heart attack and dies while he's on said job.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He left a big positive impact on Gabrielle, Susan, Bree, Lynette and Edie despite appearing in only one episode. Perhaps most importantly, it was his lecture that persuaded Gabrielle to be more humble after the fiasco of her first meeting with the neighboring housewives following her arrival in Wisteria Lane when she still behaved like a Spoiled Brat. It allowed her to become friends with Bree, Susan and Lynette.
- Special Guest: A one-episode character who's played by a renowned actor who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A schoolteacher at MJ Delfino's school and Susan's superior. Susan tries to bribe her so she will ensure she gets a good result for the evaluation of her teaching, and this plus some of Susan's goofups are interpreted as lesbian seduction by Jessie.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She's never heard of again after the episode she appears in despite gladly accepting Susan's friendship.
- Double Entendre: She makes quite a few to Susan the day after their party. While Susan is teaching to her class, no less.
- Silver Vixen: Susan compliments her on her beauty while being drunk.
Introduced in season 6
A former stripper who wants to build herself a new life in Wisteria Lane.
- Closet Key: She is this to Katherine Mayfair.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Let's just say a very attractive former stripper like her won't go unnoticed by the local men (and teen boys) in Wisteria Lane.
- Lipstick Lesbian: And how! She's even lipsticky for straight woman standards.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has a blonde hair and is a saintly stripper.
- Stripper With A Heart Of Gold: She's a former stripper, and an all-around Nice Girl.
- Ms. Fanservice: Well, there's no real need to mention her former profession again.
- Nice Girl: An all-around nice, helpful and friendly woman.
- Put on a Bus: Both Robin and Katherin left for Paris in late season 6.
An eco-terrorist, Angie Bolen's ex-boyfriend and the real father of Danny.
- Arc Villain: The villain for the Bolen family's arc in season 6.
- Best Served Cold: He's been waiting to get revenge on Angie for twenty years.
- Eco-Terrorist: He planned a bombing attack against a polluter, and it killed that man.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Quite literally, although the bomb was made by Angie. He forced her to manufacture a bomb. She did... and put it in his detonator, and left him to blow himself up with it.
- Mad Bomber: He forces Angie to make bombs for him, and uses them in his eco-terrorist schemes.
- Revenge: Angie's return to New York City didn't go unnoticed to a Nosy Neighbor of Angie's mother, who tipped him off and led him to Fairview for revenge.
A manager Bree hires as her catering business' new vice-president. He is actually the illegitimate son of Rex van de Kamp, who made his mother pregnant before meeting Bree.
- Bastard Bastard: He enjoys taking Andrew's place in Bree's business and drinking in his mug, he's a Consummate Liar, and he ends up blackmailing Bree and walks away with her business in his possession.
- Blackmail: Threatens to reveal the fact that Andrew killed Mama Solis if Bree doesn't transfer him full control of her business.
- Consummate Liar: He forged his degree, and lied to Bree about his mother being dead.
- Karma Houdini: He exits the series taking Bree's business with him after blackmailing her and suffers no comeuppance whatsoever.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother didn't want Rex to have sole custody of him and he grew up without a father.
- Phony Degree: Andrew uncovers the fact that Sam forged a degree to get employed by Bree.
- The Rival: To Andrew, both within Bree's business and for her affection.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As part of his pretence.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He's dead set on not leaving Bree's house, feeling the Van de Kamp family owes him something since Rex abandoned him. He eventually accepts to leave, but not before blackmailing Bree into surrendering him her business.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: Visit by separated dad, that is. Rex used to visit him, until his mother wanted no more because he wanted full custody.
Preston's Scavo's Russian girlfriend.
- Asshole Victim: She's an unrepentant Gold Digger, and ends up killed by Wisteria Lane's resident serial strangler.
- Disposing of a Body: Eddie Orlofsky buries her in a forest after killing her.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She is abruptly strangled by Eddie Orlofsky.
- Gold Digger: Lynette dug up Irina's ICE files, and found out she's been married twice. And she emptied the second husband's bank account.
- Ms. Fanservice: There's no denying she's very attractive, cleavage and all, which makes Lynette very worried of her being a Gold Digger. It turns out Lynette is right.
- Sensual Slavs: She's a gorgeous Russian girl. Need we say more?
- Smarter Than You Look: She's far from being a Dumb Blonde, figuring out the ring Preston gives her is not his grandmother's but a fake.
Introduced in season 7
A contractor Bree hired to redecorate her house after her divorce with Orson Hodge and became attracted to.
- Berserk Button: Threatens anyone who bothers or flirts with his girlfriends. He ended up in jail for beating up one such person.
- Extreme Libido: He has sex with Bree several times per day, and she has troubles keeping up over time.
- Hot Men at Work: He has a Shirtless Scene while working, and Bree tries resisting Eating the Eye Candy. Mrs. McCluskey on the other hand doesn't even shy away from commenting on all that eye candy.
- Hunk: Oh boy yes.
- Mr. Fanservice: There's no wonder Bree and Renee fight over getting him once his girlfriend breaks up with him.
- Opposites Attract: He's a man with simple tastes who sports tattoos and he's a manual worker and a Black Eyed Peas fan. Bree is an old fashioned housewife and Proper Lady who married doctors and listens to operas and classical music. And yet they end up together.
- Tattoo as Character Type: He's got tattoos, which serves in the Opposites Attract characterization compared to Bree, who wouldn't even have been attracted to such a man in previous seasons.
Detective Charles "Chuck" Vance
A celebrated police detective, as well as Bree's short-lived boyfriend. He spearheads the search for Ramón Sanchez (Alejandro Perez), and the investigation also gives him an opportunity at revenge against Bree for dumping him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Just as he's about to find significant evidence to incriminate Bree, he's run over on purpose by a car. Much later, Orson Hodge confesses having driven that car to Bree.
- Lead Police Detective: He is the chief investigator of the Ramón Sanchez disappearance case.
- Mistaken for Gay: For some time, Bree thinks he is homosexual. It turns out he isn't.
- Revenge: He badly wants to take revenge on Bree after she dumped him — she did so because she and the other main housewives buried Alejandro Perez (Ramón Sanchez) in the forest and went to great lengths to hide the truth about his death, having a cop as boyfriend in such a situation is not a good idea — and the investigation of Ramón Sanchez's disappearance is all he needs since it leads him to her.
Ramón Sanchez (real name Alejandro Perez)
The stepfather of Gabrielle Solis, who used to abuse her.
- Disposing of a Body: After Carlos killed him by hitting him on the head with a candelabra, Bree decides to not tell the authorities (as Alejandro was unarmed, making the rape attempt on Gabrielle difficult to prove) and to dispose of the body in the forest, and the other housewives follow. The real troubles start when Finagle's Law kicks in, with each housewife involved experiencing guilt to varying degrees leading to dangerous goofups and when it turns out the burial site will be used for a construction supervised by Ben Faulkner.
- Karmic Death: He is killed by Carlos, the love of Gabrielle's life, after tormenting Gabrielle for so long even when she was far from him.
- Lecherous Stepparent: He has the habit of raping his step-daughters, starting way back in Gabrielle's childhood and up to this day.
- Posthumous Character: Even in death, he's not done tormenting Gabrielle, and Carlos and the other main housewives and their husbands while he's at it, as the inevitable investigation of his disappearance and several guilt-induced goofups by the housewives after disposing of his body show.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He raped Gabrielle when she was a teen, and did the same to his new stepdaughter Marisa Sanchez.
- Secret Identity: He changed identity after Gabrielle left home to pursue a model career, calling himself "Ramón Sanchez".
- Serial Rapist: He has the habit of raping his defenseless stepchildren.
- Stalker with a Crush: He still wants to rape Gabrielle after so many years and comes to Fairview to stalk her.
- Too Dumb to Live: Coming back at Gabrielle while it's pretty obvious that she's not so defenseless anymore (what with having a home, a husband and now being an adult who can denounce him) wasn't such a good idea.
- Wicked Stepfather: The worst kind, as in sexually abusive. Both to Gabrielle and his new step-daughter.
The landlady of the apartment where Susan and Mike Delfino live while they are deeply in debt. She's also the owner of Va-Va-Va-Broom.com, an adult entertainment streaming site, and offers Susan to exhibit herself on it for money.
- Dirty Old Woman: Upon meeting Mike, she tells him she wishes she was 15 years younger.
- The Internet Is for Porn: She runs an adult entertainment website. The safest parts feature women doing housework in lingerie (the job she offers to Susan for a while). The least safe parts are basically about cam porn.
- Miss Kitty: She doesn't employ prostitutes per se, but she still has the demeanor of a madam, and she's an entrepreneur in the adult entertainment.
Stella Wingfield's third husband, a curmudgeonly old millionaire.
- DecemberDecember Romance: He has a romance that quickly turns into marriage project with Stella, who herself is pretty old.
- Jerkass: He's a pretty obnoxious fellow, and a racist one at that. The prospect of having him as stepfather doesn't please Lynette one bit.
- Special Guest: A two-episode character with short appearances who's played by one of television's biggest stars ever, Larry Hagman, aka J.R. Ewing of Dallas fame.
Introduced in season 8
Benjamin "Ben" Faulkner
A new neighbor from Australia. He ends up becoming Renee Perry's boyfriend and eventually husband.
- Determinator: He wants his real estate project to be completed, and he doesn't let the discovery of a body on the construction site or a lack of funds get in the way.
- Fatal Flaw: He wants to get his construction site going at any cost, and makes the mistake of borrowing money from a Loan Shark.
- Happily Ever After: The last time he is seen in the series' finale, he marries Renee Perry.
- Hunk: There's a reason Renee is attracted to him.
- Last Episode, New Character: Last Season New Character here. He is among the last prominent characters to be introduced in the series.
- Rags to Riches: As a child, he was brought up in a poor family, and he grew up as a Self-Made Man. It's the reason he's a part-time charity worker, running a kitchen soup.
A successful lawyer who defends Bree when she is accused of having killed Ramón Sanchez (Alejandro Perez). He ends up marrying her.
- The Ace: Said to be ridiculously good at winning the cases he defends.
- Happily Married: He is Bree's final husband, and by the look of it, both are happily married in Mary Alice's final narration.
- Last Episode, New Character: He is the very last important character and Love Interest of a housewife to be introduced in the series, in episode #19 of season 8 (out of 23).
- Plausible Deniability: The clothes worn by Alejandro when he was buried have Bree's fingerprints on them? Trip advises her to say it's just clothes she donated.
A famous and egotistical artist and art teacher. Susan wants to take lessons from him, but she proves too superficial and devoid of a true artist's qualities to him, at least initially.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: As close an art teacher can get to the trope.
- Insufferable Genius: He is a famous artist and has authority on the matter, but he's also a massive jerk.
- Stern Teacher: Following his lessons can be a nightmare for those whose works he deems unworthy of being called "art", but his methods have some surprising results on Susan.
- True Art Is Angsty: He considers that true art comes from the artist's guts and nowhere else. It's particularly highlighted when he urges Susan to go down her own psyche and find her deepest traumas as inspiration. Which has the unfortunate consequence of making Susan paint herself and the other housewives burying Ramón Sanchez/Alejandro Perez in the forest. And that painting catches the attention of detective Chuck Vance...
A loan shark-turned extortionist whom Ben Faulkner turned to when he needed money to support his real estate development site.
- Blackmail: Turns to this against Renee after she offers to pay for Ben Faulkner's debt.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He is extremely willing to take revenge, even for the smallest inconveniences given to him by others, hence the murder of Mike Delfino.
- Evil Debt Collector: Comes to seek Ben's debt by himself.
- Gangland Drive-By: He kills Mike by shooting him with his revolver from a car, then drives away.
- Karma Houdini: Maybe. He is not seen again after murdering Mike. In the next episode, the police officer who takes Bree down to the station does say they have "made an arrest in [the Delfino murder] case", but who they arrested is left unanswered.
- Loan Shark: Ben Faulkner made the mistake of borrowing him money.