‘Days of Our Lives’ History of The DiMera Children- Good The Bad and The Ugly

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Days of Our Lives fans know that Stefano DiMera  (Joseph Mascolo)has a lot of children. They seem to pop up out of the woodwork every few years. Now that Stefano is presumed to be hiding somewhere in Europe it’s a strong possibility that we may not be seeing any more of his offspring popping up in Salem anytime soon, if ever. Let’s discuss the ones we do know about.

Days of Our Lives: Kristen DiMera

First, on the DiMera family tree, we have Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is not Stefano’s child by blood. He adopted her from an orphanage where she and her brother Peter Blake (Jason Brooke) landed. They were abandoned by their biological parents. Stefano chose to only adopt Kristen leaving Peter to float in the wind. Kristen is the female version of her father.

She has died and come back to life more times than Days viewers can count. Most recently DOOL fans have seen her return after a massive warehouse explosion in Memphis. This time she returned with a Phoenix tattoo on her back to mark her place in the DiMera family.

Days of Our Lives: Andre DiMera

Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) is one of Stefano’s most sinister children. He has shown a violent side. If Kristen is Stefano’s female equivalent, then Andre is Stefano reincarnated. There is nothing he won’t do to get what he wants.

Like both Stefano and Kristen Andre has also come back from the dead a few times. He seemed to have that innate DiMera ability to magically cheat death. That is until he met Abigail DiMera (Kate Mansi). Andre’s sister in law and an urn to the head was one death shot he couldn’t come back from. Andre was married to Kate DiMera (Lauren Koslow).

          Days of Our Lives: Tony DiMera

Tony DiMera ( Thaao Penghlis) wasn’t like the rest of his siblings. While the other males in the family were all jockeying for power Tony just wanted to enjoy life. He was the easygoing, laid back and fun DiMera.

Days fans knew that the easy-going exterior hid a darker side. Tony did have his own fair share of the DiMera temper and you didn’t want to cross Tony on a bad day. Tony was married to Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley).

Tony was supposedly killed on the docks when he was impaled on a piece of wood. Anna took his death really hard. She carried his ashes in an urn. The urn stayed in her purse until it was stolen and used by Abby DiMera to kill Andre.

Days of Our Lives: Alexandra DiMera

Alexandra Lexi Carver (Renée Jones) was Stefano’s only biological daughter. She seemed to be his favorite child. He loved her unabashedly. His only disappointment with Lexi was when she married Abe Carver (James Reynolds). Abe stood on the right side of the law.

The DiMera family had their hands in all kinds of illegal activities and it did not suit their criminal purposes for one of them to be married to the police commissioner. Abe knew the DiMera family had dirty secrets. He tried to protect Lexi and his family from the fall out from DiMera crimes.

Unfortunately, Stefano’s actions ended up costing the ultimate price. He trapped his daughter in the DiMera tunnels to keep her away from Abe and she ended up breathing in toxins which caused her death from cancer. Not only did she leave Abe behind, but her death also left her son Theo (Kyler Pettis) without a mom.

Days of Our Lives: EJ DiMera

DOOL fans really took to EJ DiMera (James Scott). He quickly became the favorite of DiMera sons. He was a bit of a rogue. Stefano saw EJ as the favored son. EJ’s mom Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) took the young man away when he was a child. She didn’t want her son growing up under Stefano’s influence.

EJ returned home to meet his father and the two of them bonded. That is until he fell in love with Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney). The two had a stormy beginning to their relationship. Sami wanted nothing to do with EJ. He was determined to have her and after a lot of wooing and some blackmail, EJ won Sami’s heart.

Unfortunately, their love was ill-fated. EJ was supposedly murdered by Clyde Weston (James Read). Everyone assumed he was dead until he was found alive in Kristen’s warehouse in Memphis.  EJ is now with Sami and their children.

Days of Our Lives: Benji Hawk

Benji Hawk (Jim Lunsford) was born deaf. He struggled to fit in with the rest of the DiMera clan and he definitely wasn’t in the running to take over the family business. 

Benji was more loyal to those the DiMera’s considered sworn enemies like Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) and his wife Kayla Johnson (Mary Beth Evans). The Johnson’s were nice to Benji and wanted to care for him. 

The DiMera’s saw Benji’s connection to Steve and Kayla as a means to their end. They forced Benji to do their bidding. When he refused they kidnapped his family and threatened their lives. Benji felt like he had no choice.

Benji was also forced to put his own life on the line. He was an unwilling liver donor when Stefano needed a transplant. Benji died at the hands of his own brother Andre DiMera who shot him. Benji left behind a wife and child. They have not been seen in Salem since his death. 

Chad DiMera

DOOL fans have absolutely fallen in love with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn). Chad is the youngest of the known DiMera children. Chad had no idea Stefano was his father. Chad grew up thinking he was just a normal guy with a normal family until he learned from Kate DiMera, who was married to Stefano at the time, that he was one of Stefano’s children.

Stefano had no idea about Chad either. He learned about Chad through a letter after Chad’s mom died of a brain aneurysm. The letter let Stefano know that Chad is indeed his son.  Stefano embraced Chad. Chad didn’t exactly return the sentiment at first.  He wasn’t fond of being associated with the DiMera name.

In time Chad grew closer to Stefano and Andre. He still wasn’t fond of DiMera business tactics. Stefano put Chad in charge at DiMera and Chad decided he was going to do things differently. This was especially important to him after marrying Abby and having children.

He lost control of the company. After some trying times in his marriage, he and Abby got back together, took their family and moved to Italy.

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Days of Our Lives: Stefan O. DiMera 

The final member of Stefano’s clan is the child who is truly his namesake. Stefan O. DiMera (Brandon Barash) is the son of Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorrel) and Stefano. Vivian claimed that it was a one night stand between the two.

Stefan grew up in Europe and was raised in foster homes until Vivian found him. When he stepped into Salem he made an immediate splash by taking over DiMera Enterprises, He then decided that he was going to make himself comfortable in his family home after purchasing the bank that held Chad’s mortgage on the house. 

Stefan committed many dastardly deeds at the beginning of his time in Salem. He lost his mother when she was shot by Kate in a struggle for the gun. Now Stefan is trying to reform himself. He is not having an easy time of it though. Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus) is making his life miserable as payback for having her locked up for murder. 

Stefano’s children have had their ups and downs. some of them have passed away and the others have died and come back. Whether they are here or gone, one thing is for sure they have definitely left their mark on the town and people of Salem.

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