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"I was ashes but no more... I have risen from the ashes, the one true Phoenix!"
- Stefano DiMera elaborating on his "return from the grave" in 1984.

Stefano DiMera
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Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera
Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Joseph Mascolo
(1982–85, 1988, 1993–2001, 2007–16)
Frank Fata (1991)
Davide Shiavone (2007 flashbacks as Young Stefano)
Duration 1982–1983, 1984–1985, 1988, 1991, 1993–2001, 2006—2016
First appearance January 18, 1982
Last appearance July 7, 2016
Cause/reason Appeared to Chad DiMera
Created by Pat Falken Smith
Nickname(s) The Stefmeister (by Bart)

The Devil (by All of Salem)

Alias(es) The Phoenix
The Most Evil Man In Salem
Rudolpho Meradi

Serge Anatol (as conductor)
Mrs Lafferty (disguised)
Joseph M. Wagner (as disguised doctor)
Elvis Presley (posed as)
"The Greatest Villain Of All Time"
(by Daytime Fans)
Gender Male
Occupation Crime Lord
Former CEO of DiMera Enterprises
Owns 49% of Titan Industries
Title He considers himself as The King or Phoenix
Residence DiMera Mansion
(430 Lakeview Drive)
Salem, U.S.A. 06649
Young Stefano
David Schiavone as Young Stefano DiMera
Parents Santo DiMera
Siblings Six older brothers
Ryan † (paternal half)
Spouses Daphne DiMera † (common-law)
Vivian Alamain (1998–99)
Kate Roberts (2009—2014)
Romances Daphne DiMera
Lee DuMonde
Celeste Perrault
Gina Von Amberg
Mai Chin
Ellen Hawk †
Kate Roberts
Susan Banks
Madeline Peterson-Woods
Children Andre DiMera
Tony DiMera (legal) †
Renee DuMonde
Megan Hathaway
Lexie Perrault Brooks
Benjy Hawk
EJ DiMera
Chad DiMera
Kristen DiMera † (adoptive)
Peter Blake (adoptive)
Grandchildren Theo Carver
Steven Hawk
Johnny DiMera
Sydney DiMera
Grace McCormick DiMera
Thomas Deveraux

Stefano DiMera also known as The Phoenix is a fictional character, played by Joseph Mascolo (1982-85, 1988, 1993-2001, 2007-16). He was also portrayed by Frank Fata for a few episodes in December 1991. He is the patriarch of the DiMera family. He is the most dangerous and most evil villain to ever grace the screen of Daytime TV.

Stefano DiMera is the father of Renee DuMonde, Megan Hathaway, Benjy Hawk, Lexie Carver (neé Brooks), EJ DiMera and Chad DiMera and the stepfather of Tony DiMera; he also raised Peter Blake and Kristen DiMera and for a while the Gemini twins Rex and Cassie Brady. He had a nephew (later retconned to be his son), Andre DiMera, who through plastic surgery became identical in appearance to Anthony. In 2010, it was revealed that he has a son named Chad DiMera. He was the father-in-law to Anna DiMera, Sonja Hawk and Sami Brady. Now he is the father-in-law to Abigail Deveraux DiMera. Stefano was most recently married to, and divorced from, Kate Roberts. He is also the ex-husband of Vivian Alamain. He has five grandsons; Theo Carver via Lexie Carver, Johnny DiMera via EJ DiMera, Steven Hawk via Benjy Hawk, Thomas Jack Deveraux DiMera via Chad DiMera. He has two granddaughters, one is still alive and the other died months after she was born; Sydney DiMera via EJ DiMera, Grace McCormick DiMera via Chad DiMera, she passed away months after she was born in 2009.

Stefano first entered the show as an organised crime kingpin. Throughout the years, he has become more gothic, especially through his firm belief that he will never die. According to Stefano, he is like a Phoenix, and he will always rise from the ashes to his former glory and power. He is the seventh son of the seventh son; as a 300 year-old DiMera family legend dictates, such a son will never die. He certainly has proven this time and time again. Stefano has "died" eleven times, coming back stronger than ever each time. Because of this, he holds the record in Salem for the most faked deaths.

In 2016, Stefano was thought to have been killed off for good due to the actor's failing health. Stefano succumbed to gunshot wounds, inflicted by Hope Brady, because she thought he was responsible for the kidnapping, and death of her longtime love, Bo Brady. Afterward, many of Stefano's "victims" got together to celebrate his death, and remember all of the pain he inflicted on the residents of Salem, especially to the Bradys, Blacks, and Hortons!

He made a few '"post-mortem" appearances with his most notable being an "out of character," special vision to his son, Chad, urging him to live his life the way he wants, and not to follow in his footsteps, or the legacy of the DiMera name. It was a celebration of the death of Stefano, but also, a fitting farewell to, Joe Mascolo, the gifted actor who portrayed him for 32 years!! Bravo, Joe Mascolo!!

On December 27, according to Shane Donovan, the ISA located a man who bears a strong resemblance to Stefano's description in Prague, Eastern Europe. The picture that he showed to the Salem P.D. is very vague yet the man in it bears a strong resemblance to Stefano. There are also rumours that he is building a power base in Eastern Europe and is most likely the one who took a lot of assets and money from DiMera Enterprises. It is later revealed that the body that was buried in Stefano's grave isn't him and so it is very likely that the Phoenix has risen from the ashes once again.



Stefano first appears on-screen in January 1982 with his son Tony surveying the citizens of Salem. Stefano travels to Salem shortly after being introduced as the friend of Lee DuMonde and it is soon revealed he is the father of Lee's daughter, Renee DuMonde, which adds complications to her relationship with Tony. Stefano attempts to help Tony win back his wife, Liz Chandler while Stuart Whyland begins blackmailing him and Stefano kills him. In 1983, Stefano is sent to prison thanks to Detective Roman Brady. Before his death, Stefano's wife, Daphne, reveals that Tony isn't his biological son.

Stefano returns in 1984 with his nephew, Andre, who has gotten plastic surgery to look like Tony. Together they plan to frame Roman for a string of murders. Meanwhile, Stefano discovers another daughter, Megan Hathaway. Her adoptive father, Maxwell, had access to the "Three Prisms" that could cure Stefano's brain tumor. In November 1984, in his quest to obtain one of the prisms, Stefano apparently kills Roman after pushing him off a cliff. In February 1985, Hope Brady is framed for Megan's murder and Stefano vows revenge on the entire family. He kidnaps Roman's twins, Sami, and Eric, and Roman's widow Marlena Evans shoots him, apparently killing him.

Stefano resurfaces in 1988 to claim his son Benjy, who is about to be adopted by Kayla Brady her husband Steve Johnson as well as to attempt to "reprogram" Roman, whom he had brainwashed in 1984–85, to serve as one of his assassins (Stefano actually got the idea about brainwashing his "agents" from former daughter-in-law Anna DiMera who had hypnotized her own daughter Carrie into acting out against Roman as part of a plot to discredit him in the eyes of polite society). He traps several of Salem's citizens on his island but his plans for revenge are foiled and he escapes. In this iteration, Stefano is presented as more of an assassin and international terrorist than a simple gangster.[24]

In December 1991, John Black and Roman discover Stefano in a Mayan pyramid in Mexico. The pyramid collapses and Stefano is once again believed to have perished. Though he survives the collapse, his brain tumor is slowly killing him. Stefano returns to Salem in 1993 and he is taken hostage by Curtis Reed in his weakened state; Curtis's attempt to extort money from Stefano's adopted daughter, Kristen DiMera is foiled after Stefano kills him. He then convinces Tony and Kristen to marry but the marriage is ruined when Stefano is revealed as the murderer. In an attempt to avoid capture, Stefano speeds away as John shoots out his tires and Stefano's car explodes.

Stefano retreats to his New Orleans estate, Maison Blanche where he kidnaps Marlena and John. After the mansion burns down, Stefano buys a penthouse in Salem, next door to Marlena. Stefano sneaks into her apartment every night and opens her soul, which leads to Marlena becoming possessed by a demon. Under possession, Marlena pushes Stefano out of a window; after the demon is exorcised, a guilt-ridden Marlena helps Stefano recover.

In December 1995, Tony fakes his death and frames John. Stefano is later struck by lightning and becomes so obsessed with Marlena that he bribes the judge presiding over John's murder trial to issue the death penalty. In August 1996 Stefano's plans to frame John are soon revealed and he skips town with Marlena to Paris, where he is shot by his former lover Rachel Blake. Later, his longtime confidante, Celeste Perrault, reveals that he fathered her daughter, Lexie Carver, the wife of Salem's police commissioner. Stefano brings Kristen's lookalike, Susan Banks, to Salem, impregnates her (dressed as Elvis Presley]]) and plans to pass the baby off as Kristen's baby, which she actually miscarried; Susan gives birth in February 1997 to Elvis flees after discovering Stefano's plan.

After recovering from a heart attack, Stefano marries Vivian Alamain in December 16, 1998, and plots to kill her to get back all of his belongings left to Vivian by her late husband–who was also Stefano's employee–Steven "Jonesy" Jones.[25] In 1999, Stefano brainwashes Hope Brady into thinking she is Princess Gina Von Ambergand Gina, now in love with John, kidnaps him; feeling betrayed, Stefano exiles her to Paris.

In early 2000, the Bradys rescue Hope from Paris. Hope learns she is pregnant and Stefano believes he is the father. Stefano convinces Lexie to adopt a child, and then switches Hope's son with another, leaving the child with Lexie and Abe. In 2001, the truth about the baby switch is revealed and Stefano skips town in June 2001. When Tony returns in 2003, he claims Stefano died in a car accident, but is seen talking to him on the phone many times. Tony later claimed he killed Stefano to cure his own blood disease.


DiMera Family

Stefano with sons EJ and Andre

In 2006, an ill Stefano sends his son Elvis, now known as EJ to impregnate Sami Brady, so they can use the fetus's stem cells to improve Stefano's health. EJ shoots John, and they steal his kidney, so Stefano has enough strength to make a full return. It is also during this time that Tony is revealed to be Andre, and the real Tony is brought back to Salem. Stefano learns EJ is not the father of Sami's child, but Sami later gives birth to twins; one is Lucas Horton's, and the other is EJ's. Stefano's favouritism toward EJ leads Andre to go rogue, and he eventually ends up dying after falling off a roof and turning off his life support. Stefano proposes that Sami and EJ marry and raise the child together so they can end the feud between the families.

In 2008, the origins of the feud are known and it is revealed that Stefano's father, Santo DiMera, had an affair, and fathered a child with Colleen Brady. That child was thought to be John Black, but has since been confirmed not to be. Stefano had once again erased John's memory in an attempt to turn him to the Pawn again. Stefano is arrested, and Marlena places Stefano in a catatonic state. This only lasts a few months, and Stefano returns to Salem in August 2008. He reestablishes himself as head of the DiMera family, and forms a bond with his grandchildren.

In 2009, Tony dies during a fight with Philip Kiriakis, and Stefano has Philip shot in retaliation. Stefano is diagnosed with diabetes, and Victor kidnaps him, and tries to force EJ to hand over the DiMera empire. EJ has Philip's fiancée, Stephanie Johnson kidnapped, and both are eventually returned safety. Stefano reveals to EJ's second wife, Nicole, he knows she switched another baby with Sami's at birth, but agreed to help her keep it a secret. EJ is furious when he learns the truth and he kidnaps his daughter, Sydney, and fakes her death, leaving everyone devastated, including Stefano. Stefano learns from Tony's widow, Anna DiMera, that EJ paid her to care for Sydney while everyone believed she was dead; he uses the information to rebuild his relationship with EJ. In September 2009, Stefano blackmails [Kate Roberts]] into marrying him after helping her get out from under attempted murder charges.

In 2010, Madeline Peterson Woods returns to Salem and after she dies, it is revealed that her son, Chad, was fathered by Stefano, and Madeline convinced Kate to keep the secret. In 2011, Stefano helps EJ kidnap Sami's husband, Rafe Hernandez, and imprison him in a DiMera controlled mental institution, while putting a lookalike in his place. In 2012, the DiMera empire begins to crumble when Stefano learns EJ isn't really his son and Lexie is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor caused by exposure to toxic gasses when Stefano had André kidnap her. Meanwhile, Kate has an affair with Ian McAllister, a past lover, and Stefano files for divorce, taking everything from her. Stefano also turns John and Hope back into the Pawn and Princess Gina after revealing they are married; he forces them to retrieve a precious coin from Almania for him. Several other schemes continue to backfire on Stefano, including his attempt to sabotage EJ's mayoral campaign and him blackmailing Will Horton.

Having angered many of his enemies, Stefano is shot and presumably killed in early June 2012. Suspicion for the murder quickly falls upon EJ once it is discovered he knew he wasn't Stefano's son. EJ continuously professes his innocence, but no one, save for Will or Sami, seems to believe him. After a series of explosions rock Salem in early August 2012, EJ flees with Sami in tow, and is subsequently abducted by Ian McAllister, who professes that he framed EJ for Stefano's murder. Ian then pulls back a curtain, revealing a very much alive Stefano, who is unconscious, bound in a chair and wearing a mask. Ian also confesses to falsifying Alice's letter, as well as the blood test that stated EJ wasn't Stefano's son. EJ gets free, knocks Ian out, and leaves Stefano for the police to rescue. Stefano is hospitalized, but soon disappears. Stefano suddenly resurfaces in Europe and convinces his daughter Kristen come home and bring the family back together.

Stefano remained absent from Salem for a few months, and was often seen talking to Kristen on the phone. He also wished all his children a Merry Christmas, though a webcam message. When Stefano finally returned to Salem, he was annoyed that Rafe had slept with Kate and ordered Joseph Bernardi, a corrupt cop that worked for him at the Salem PD, to cut off Rafe's privates. Bernardi was shot in the back by Sami, and the razor he was going to use went missing. Sami was arrested, and EJ made his big move on Stefano, ousting him from DiMera Enterprises and the DiMera mansion, but he is soon forced to relinquish everything back to Stefano when finds out Stefano can clear Sami's name.

After Chad is shot by Marge Bernardi, Joe's widow, Stefano resolved to be a better man. He and Chad leave town, so Chad can get surgery. While he is gone, Sami and Kate team up to take the DiMera empire away from Stefano and EJ. Stefano and EJ Are furious, but EJ reconciles with Sami, so Stefano sends Chad back to Salem. EJ is killed in 2014, and Kristen is presumed dead after falling out of a window during a fight with Marlena in 2016. Stefano tries to have Marlena killed, but Chad emotionally blackmails him into not going through with it.

Stefano's final death

Stefano "dies" at Hope's hands

EJ and Kristen gone, Stefano has continued to bond with his son Chad. Stefano knows Chad loves Abigail Deveraux, and wants Chad to be with her. Chad is suspicious of Stefano's motives because his father is really pushing him to be with her. He reveals a plot to obtain Abigail's Irish inheritance through Chad but it is quickly foiled by Chad out of love for Abigail. Stefano soon suffers a crippling stroke and is left wheelchair bound which ushers the return of Andre DiMera, who is revealed to be alive and his biological son not nephew. Andre takes over the running of the family (and all their ongoing schemes) while Stefano advises him. On January 11, 2016, Hope kills Stefano, shooting him three times after he taunts her about Bo's death. Hope and Rafe remove all evidence implicating her in Stefano's murder, dispose of Stefano's body in an old abandoned building, and set up Andre as Stefano's killer. Andre found Stefano's body, and took his ring to proof he was dead.

On March 1, 2016, Stefano's spirit appears to Chad at the DiMera mansion. Chad laments about his tumultuous relationship with Stefano and admits that Stefano was the most terrifying person he has ever met but that EJ and Andre were a close second. Both admit that Lexie was the best of all the DiMeras. Chad admits that although he rejected the type of man Stefano was, he always wanted to make Stefano proud and feels like a pale imitation of Stefano. Chad asks what happened to Stefano explaining he doesn't know who to be or how to move on. Stefano tells Chad he thought his crimes and schemes were all a game but now he is paying for it in ways he never thought possible and he will continue to pay for all eternity. Stefano tells Chad he is a good boy and to be the man he wants to be because nothing is stopping him now. Chad cries and hugs Stefano good-bye.

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Stefano haunts Hope

On March 2, 2016, Stefano's spirit appears to Hope at the Brady pub with an evil laugh. On May 20, Chad has a dream that Stefano is at the mansion. Stefano advises him to let go of Abby to protect his son, but Chad refuses. On June 8, Stefano appears to Hope and told her she is no better than he is. Hope said Stefano was a monster, but she admitted she had no right to take his life. Hope tells Stefano she can promise she will look out for Chad, and Stefano says he will hold her to that, before vanishing.

On October 31, Andre exposed Hope publicly for killing Stefano. Hope plead guilty and was sentenced to twenty five years in prison in November 2016. Rafe and Shawn worked to find a way to get Hope out of prison. They asked Chad for access to Stefano's personal computer, and found an email from Stefano's doctor that revealed he was already dying of a terminal illness when Hope killed him, and likely forged the evidence that pointed to him as the one who held Bo captive and tortured him, so Hope would be motivated to kill him. When that wasn't enough, Stefano intentionally mocked her and Bo, until she killed him.

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Possible Photo of Stefano in Prague

On December 27, according to Shane Donovan, the ISA located a man who bears a strong resemblance to Stefano's description in Prague, Eastern Europe. The picture that he showed to the Salem P.D. is very vague yet the man in it bears a strong resemblance to Stefano. There are also rumours that he is building a power base in Eastern Europe and is most likely the one who took a lot of assets and money from DiMera Enterprises. It is later revealed that the body that was buried in Stefano's grave isn't him and so it is very likely that the Phoenix has risen from the ashes once again.


On January 5 2017; Rafe, Steve, Marlena, Paul have set out to locate Stefano, if he's still alive, and to exonerate Hope and get her out of prison. Steve met with Agent Reznik, who speculated that Stefano was in the middle of an arms deal. and set up a meeting. Marlena and Paul tracked down who they thought was Stefano, but Anna was also in Prague and she tried to shoot at "Stefano", who fled. Later on, Carrie and Austin arrive to get Anna and Marlena out of trouble after they were arrested, while the rest of the gang arranged an arms deal meeting with Stefano, they believe they got the upper hand on him for they think he spent all his money on the arms deal he has set up.


Paul Using Stefano's Picture To Identify Him


Paul and Rafe Find Deeds To Two Local Properties

The gang arrived at the location of the meeting, and Stefano arrived in a limo and he was about to come out till Anna started took a shot and hit Steve. Stefano fled but in the process he dropped a key to a safety deposit box. Rafe recovered it and the rest of the gang believe they have the upper hand on Stefano. He and Paul track down the bank where the box is, and an employee identifies Stefano as the owner, but says he used a different name: Serge Anatol. It's one of Stefano's aliases. They open the safety deposit box and inside they find bank statements and a chess piece - the Queen. Rafe begins to think Stefano's playing with them. They find property deeds to two local properties for a Rudolpho Meradi. Another alias.

When the homes turn out to be a dead end, the ISA threatens to pull the plug on the manhunt.

Abilities Edit

  • Genius-level intellect: Stefano is considered to be the most brilliant and most dangerous villain ever to have appeared on "Days". His intellect has surpassed all Days' Villains that have appeared since the conception of the show, no one was ever truly able to reach his level. He took over the DiMera business from his father, in which he made it into one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world. Throughout the years, Stefano has been able to mask the family's criminal affairs, that the ISA and other government agencies are still to this day unable of proving the organizations crimes. Thanks to Stefano, the organization has ties to traditional Italian organized crime and at times, various terrorist elements like some political assassinations in such places as Thailand, Israel, and Iraq. Also some of the organization's activity reaches into the Far East. Stefano was able to make significant legitimate business holdings, criminal activities, and even political control throughout Latin America as well as the United States. Throughout the years, he was able to expand his business vastly that it has become involved in real estate business and in telecommunications division. In the Salem area, the DiMeras control all "territory north of the water". The DiMeras are also involved in land development.
  • Intimidation: Stefano possesses an intimidating presence and all of Salem fear him. This can be due to his unimaginable and outstanding ruthlessness combined with his superior intelligence. Even Kate Roberts, the Bradys', the Hortons, the Kiriakis', and the rest of the DiMera family as well as most of Salem were terrified of him, of what he would do to them. He and the rest of his children in the DiMera family have the reputation of being unimaginably cruel, twisted and ruthless in achieving their goals and the name "DiMera" consistently strikes fear into the hearts of other criminals in the underworld.
  • Master strategist, tactician, and manipulator: Stefano is an extraordinary strategist and tactician due to his many years of experience in expanding his criminal empire across the globe, as well as practicing his intellect through Chess which helped him learn patience in achieving his goals. Whenever Stefano felt he had the upper hand, he would mirror his moves with chess pieces. Stefano would often refer to the people he would use as "pawns", and for the longest time the "Queen" symbolised Marlena Evans, but Stefano would also use the "Queen" to symbolise any women that were important to his enemies. He helped in some political assassinations in various cities across the globe and was able to cover his tracks perfectly. Whenever John Black and the rest of the Salem P.D. think they have bested Stefano, he was able to outsmart them once more. Throughout the years many have tried into bringing him down but with no success. He knows his enemies and all those around him too well, and he knows what move they will make and through this he was able to beat them constantly. He's a brilliant manipulator, and he manipulated many of his enemies including his own children, who refuse to aid him, into doing what he wants. He had John and Hope brainwashed into becoming his servants; The Pawn and Princess Gina. He also brainwashed Steve Johnson into becoming his soldier for more than a decade after his presumed demise with no suspicion from his enemies. He has been able to fake his death countless time against impossible odds through his precision in planning his "demise", to avoid capture from the police. Also he was able to fake the deaths of many of his enemies in the past; Roman, Hope, John, Steve and Marlena.
  • Pain Tolerance: Despite his old age, Stefano has been able to survive against the most fatal injuries and diseases. In 2012, he was kidnapped and tortured by Ian McCallister so he may give up the DiMera fortune to him, but he gave him nothing. Even when he had a stroke in 2015 that had him confined into a wheelchair he has proven himself to be far from helpless.

Weaknesses Edit

  • Confinement to a wheelchair: After 2015, he had a stroke which confined him to a wheelchair and he was unable to walk which was a very great disadvantage to him.


Name Storyline Missions Status
Gina Von Amberg Hope's past/art/Gina and John affair copied famous paintings and helped Stefano replace the originals with fakes Died of lung cancer and gunshot wound in Salem.
John Black various worked with Princess Gina on Stefano's schemes Still in Salem.
May Chin Salem Slasher Storyline
Andre DiMera various Impersonated Tony
Framed Roman Brady as the Salem Slasher
Alive and back in Salem.
Tony DiMera Stefano's arrival Spied on the Brady family for Stefano Died in 2009.
Delia Abernathy 1982-84 Stefano DiMera's maid and henchwoman
helped Andre DiMera escape to London.
Silvan Hodak 1983 Attempted to kill Roman Brady at his wedding to Marlena in 1983 (he was a tailor at the tuxedo shop).
Ilya Petrov Ridgecrest (1983)
The Three Prisms (1984-1985)
helped keep Marlena Evans and Liz Chandler hostage at Ridgecrest
held Gene Bradford, Tony DiMera, and Anna DiMera hostage
Shot Bo Brady
Left Shane Donovan to die with a bomb nearby
Brought the Pawn (John Black) to Salem.
Still In Salem As Of 2016.
Alex Marshall 1982-83 Killed Tim Casey, a police officer, in an effort to scare Roman
Plotted to kill Alice Horton
Sent to prison after burning down the Salem Inn to collect the insurance money in 1987.
Nurse Honeycutt The Three Prisms (1984-85) Took care of Sami and Eric Brady when Stefano had them kidnapped
Lied in court about Marlena, seeking revenge, when she was on trial for the death of Stefano in 1985
Kept Daphne DiMera under control.
Jimmy Porterfield The Three Prisms (1984-85) Helped Stefano kidnap Marlena and the twins after befriending Marlena
Lied in court about Marlena, seeking revenge, when she was on trial for the death of Stefano in 1985
Tried to kill Bo Brady.
Mackenzie The Three Prisms (1984-85) Posed as Marlena's bodyguard, while actually infiltrating her house and allowing the twins to be kidnapped.
Maxwell Hathaway The Three Prisms (1984-85) Killed by Andre DiMera.
Sonia Romanov The Three Prisms (1984-1985) Helped Stefano find the third prism Killed by the Dragon.
Anna DiMera Left Salem for parts unknown in 1986.
Drew Donovan (lago) Stefano's Return/The Island (1988) Laid false clues for Stefano about Marlena being alive to play with Roman and Diana's minds Escaped Salem in early 1989.
Milo Stefano's Return/The Island (1988) Captured Roman Brady and Diana Colville on Stefano's island Last seen on Stefano's island.
Jeremiah Brown Stefano's Return/The Island (1988) Assassin for Stefano who was trained along with Roman Brady (John Black) and Drew Donovan... planned to kill many of those on the island Was killed by Drew.
Orion Hawk Stefano's Return/The Island (1988) Trained Roman Brady/John Black in martial arts years earlier Left Salem with Benjy to Europe in 1990.
Domingo Salazar The Tale of Two Romans (1991) Guided John and Marlena through San Christabel
Held Roman and John at gunpoint in Mexico
Was taken to the ISA headquarter and later sent to prison.
Curtis Reed (Brown) Hired by Peter Blake to kill John Black, but failed and blackmailed Kristen Blake for money Killed by Stefano.
Celeste Perrault Maison Blanche (1994) Held John prisoner at Maison Blanche
helped keep Hope at Maison Blanche
Left Town
Peter Blake Temporary "Insanity": Peter poisons Laura into insanity (1994) Arranged to medicate Laura Horton to make her think she was going insan

The Legend of the Phoenix/Fake Deaths Timeline Edit

The following list is a timeline of Stefano's fake "deaths"; he either faked them himself, was presumed dead, or was reported dead by others.

  1. A stroke in 1983. It was later revealed a fake heart attack, and dates is mentioned as March 8.
  2. His car plunged into the icy waters of Salem's harbor during a police chase in 1984
  3. Marlena shot him, and he fell from a catwalk as the building caught fire in 1985 (he also had a brain tumor)
  4. In 1991, he was presumed to have died in another fire and cave collapse.
  5. In 1994, his car erupted into a fireball after being shot at by John.
  6. Also in 1994, he drowned near Maison Blanche.
  7. In 1996, he died in a plane explosion.
  8. Also in 1996, he was blown up and buried under collapsing tunnel during a confrontation with Rachel Blake. This was his last depicted "death" until 2007.
  9. In 2002, André DiMera (posing as Tony) claimed that his uncle had died from injuries sustained from a car crash in Monte Carlo.
  10. In 2004, when Marlena and the presumed-dead Salem Stalker victims found a blackened, unrecognizable corpse on Melaswen, André (posing as Tony) claimed it was Stefano. André said he had killed Stefano by draining his blood so André could cure his own blood disease.
  11. In 2007, his death was faked once again. As a setup by the Salem P.D., Steven "Patch" Johnson appeared to stab Stefano to death, but he was drugged and a fake funeral was set up to lure André.
  12. In 2012, Stefano DiMera was shot dead from behind after several characters confronted him about his crimes. On August 16, Ian McAllister claimed to have killed Stefano and on August 20, Ian admitted to EJ that he killed Stefano and planned to frame EJ for the murder. On August 21, it was revealed that Stefano was not killed. Ian used an impostor that looked like him named Paolo. He faked the letter that said EJ was not Stefano's son and faked their blood types in the hospital.
  13. In 2016, Stefano was shot three times by Hope because of his alleged involvement in Bo's death.

Crimes and MisdeedsEdit


  • Art theft and forgery
  • Drug dealing


  • Had an assassin try to kill Roman Brady at his wedding to Marlena
  • Forced Andre DiMera to commit murders as the Salem Slasher and frame Roman Brady for them
  • Threatened to kill Andre when he found out he murdered Renee
  • Attempted Murder - Pushed Roman Brady off a cliff
  • Faked Roman's death and held him captive (1985-1991)
  • Complicit in Andre DiMera escaping to London
  • Had Marlena Evans kidnapped and held
  • Had Liz Chandler kidnapped and held hostage
  • Had Tony DiMera, Gene Bradford and Anna DiMera held captive
  • Ordered the shooting of Bo Brady
  • Ordered the assassination on Shane Donovan
  • Ordered the assassination of Tim Casey
  • Plotted to kill Alice Horton
  • Had Alex Marshall burn down the Salem Inn so he could get insurance money
  • Had twins Eric and Sami Brady kidnapped
  • kidnapped Marlena Evans
  • Stole the Baka
  • Gaslit Eugene Bradford


  • Conspired to switch Hope Brady's baby with Marlo's baby and give Hope's baby to Lexie to raise
  • Blackmailing
  • Murder: Killed Marlo to keep her quiet about the baby swap
  • Drug dealing
  • Brainwashing: Held Steve Johnson captive and brainwashed him to serve as an assassin
  • Kidnapping
  • Organ theft: Had Steve Johnson kidnap John Black and forced Kayla Brady to remove one of John's kidneys and give it to Stefano
  • Filled the hospital with poisonous gas and trapped various citizens of Salem inside
  • Ordered the assassination of Mayor Marino (October 2008)
  • Illegal diamond trafficking (December 2008)
  • Accessory to Philip Kiriakis' attempted murder: Philip was shot (April 2009)
  • Accessory to Philip Kiriakis' attempted murder: Philip was drugged (May 2009)
  • Ordered the hit on Dr. Richard Baker (August 2009)
  • Covered up for Kate when she held Daniel's hostage (September 2009)


  • Masterminded an organ trafficking scheme between Statesville and Salem U Hospital (January 2010 [and unknown times prior])
  • Hired a man to impersonate Rafe in attempt to break up Sami and Rafe's marriage (January 2011 - May 2011)
  • Kidnapped Rafe and replaced him with the imposter (January 2011)
  • Drugged Rafe to erase his memories (February 2011)
  • Accessory to rape: The Rafe imposter slept with Sami (January - May 2011)
  • Accessory to murder: The Rafe imposter killed Fay Walker (April 2011)
  • Held John and Hope captive in Alamainia and forced them to agree to be turned back into Princess Gina and The Pawn in order to steal an expensive piece of artwork (March 2012)
  • Had evidence against Will Horton removed from the Salem PD evidence room (May 2013)
  • Attempted assault: Had a DiMera hitman enter Rafe's hospital room with a razor to cut off Rafe's penis (June 2013)
  • Obstruction of justice: With held evidence in Joe Bernardi's murder until E.J. agreed to trade control of the empire for the evidence (August 2013)
  • Stole E.J.'s body from the morgue (October 2014)
  • Tried to have Marlena killed (May 2015)
  • Accessory to murder: Went along with Andre's plan to have Aiden kill Hope for her money (October-November 2016)
  • Forged evidence to make Hope think he was responsible for kidnapping and torturing Bo (Jan 2016)
  • Framed Hope for his "murder" (Jan 2016-onwards)
  • Let three innocent people: Andre DiMera, Mike Monahan, and Hope Brady go to prison for his "murder" (March 2016-onwards)
  • Indirectly responsible for all of Andre's attempt to kill Hope and Rafe (Jan 2016-Aug 2016)

Health and VitalsEdit

  • Suffered from a brain tumor (1984)
  • Suffered from a Tumor (1993)
  • Attacked by John (1993)
  • Suffered from kidney failure and required a kidney transplant (2007)
  • Diagnosed with diabetes (April 2009)
  • Strangled by E.J. (Oct 2009)
  • Passed out during an argument with E.J. (Aug 2011)
  • Kidnapped and tortured by Ian McAllister (June-Aug 2012)
  • Had a heart attack that confined him to a wheelchair (2015-)

Notable Possessions Edit

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    Stefano Wearing The Phoenix Ring

    "Phoenix Ring": The Ring was Stefano's most iconic possession. A gold ring with a black flat square on top. It is embodied with a Phoenix, and said to be the reason why Stefano keeps coming back to life. Andre also wears the ring, and it can apparently bring him back to life as well, since he is the son of the Phoenix. This was briefly contradicted in 2007 when Andre was revealed to be posing as Tony (who was assumed to be Stefano's son), and therefore was Stefano's nephew, this is corrected in 2015 when Andre was revealed to be Stefano's son, and he now wears the ring ever since Stefano's "final death" in 2016.
  • Stefano portrait

    Stefano's Portrait

    Portrait: Stefano's portrait has been hanging on the wall of the foyer of the DiMera mansion since 2007. The portrait is iconic and synonymous with Stefano's ownership of the mansion. Whenever he has lost possession of the mansion, the portrait is usually taken down. A safe is known to be hidden behind the portrait that contains valuable items to the DiMeras.
  • 'The key "to ending the feud: A gold key that Stefano kept around his neck. It was said to contain the secret to ending the Brady-DiMera feud.

"Nobody beats Stefano DiMera in Chess."

- John Black on Stefano's Skills in Chess

  • Chess set: Stefano had a passion for playing chess, and kept a chessboard. It was his favourite game and he was the best Chess player in Salem, no one was ever able to truly beat him, he wouldn't lose a game unless he planned on it. Whenever Stefano felt he had the upper hand, he would mirror his moves with chess pieces. Stefano would often refer to the people he would use as "pawns", and for the longest time the "Queen" symbolised Marlena Evans, but Stefano would also use the "Queen" to symbolise any women that were important to his enemies. Stefano taught his sons Andre, EJ, and Chad and his grandson Theo to play chess and enjoyed playing chess with them. In 2016, when Hope shot Stefano, his hand symbolically knocked over all of the chess pieces as he fell back into his wheelchair.


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