Todd Manning

Thomas Todd Manning is a fictional character from the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Created by writer Michael Malone, the role was originated in 1992 by actor Roger Howarth. In 2003, Howarth departed from the series and the role was recast with actor Trevor St. John as Todd, physically altered by plastic surgery. Howarth returned to the role on May 13, 2011, and St. John departed the role in summer 2011. St. John's character was rewritten as Todd's identical twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr., conditioned to believe he was Todd and thereby assume Todd's identity. Upon One Life to Live's cancellation, Howarth agreed to appear in the soap opera General Hospital in March 2012, to help transition his on-screen daughter, Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson), to the series. He later signed a contract to continue his portrayal of Todd there for the foreseeable future.

Originally, the character was conceived as short-term; Howarth is credited with "turning what was a day player role into a compelling, long-term character". Todd is initially designed to be a ruthless, cunning and one-dimensional villain, with significant trouble with the law. This began to change when the popularity of his 1993 gang rape of Marty Saybrooke, noted as one of soap opera's classic, "most remembered and impactful" storylines, compelled the writers to evolve Todd into a complex character, often selfish and acting the villain but also compassionate and devoted to protecting his loved ones. The writers first added these aspects in 1994, while revealing Todd as the illegitimate son of Victor Lord and Irene Manning, making him the brother of their first child together, Tina Lord, and half-brother to Victor's elder heiress daughter and original One Life to Live heroine Victoria Lord.

The character's love life has also been carefully considered by the series. He is seen marrying longtime love Blair Cramer multiple times throughout the years and their union produces two living children, Starr and Jack. In 2009, he is presented with a second daughter, Danielle, conceived with his former wife and love Téa Delgado during a previous reunion.

Todd has been the subject of numerous soap opera articles, feminist studies, and inspired the creation of a doll in his likeness. He has remained a popular and controversial figure since his creation, and is considered one of soap opera's breakout characters.

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Cramer Family - Family Tree
... Todd Manning (1995 annulled first time) m ... Todd Manning (1995–1997 divorced second time) c ... Starr Manning (born 1996) a ...
Lord Family - Enter Sam - Storylines
... Long obsessed with Victor (as Todd Manning) and causing trouble for him and his family, mentally unstable Margaret Cochran appears on his wedding day to ex-wife Blair Cramer ... Wanting a child by Todd, Margaret ultimately rapes him he allows it to happen to keep Margaret from murdering Blair ... Margaret disappears and Todd and Blair are later reunited a pregnant Margaret returns to Llanview but is murdered ...
Lord Family - The Secret Lord Heir
... See also Todd Manning Powell Lord III One Life to Live character Portrayed by Sean Moynihan Duration 1993–94, 2009 First appearance 1993 (1993) Last appearance May 20 ... Viki's son Kevin is also implicated but ultimately exonerated the rape had been led by Todd Manning, and a guilty Powell had participated due to peer pressure ... who herself had seen a softer side in the imprisoned Todd and fell in love with him ...
Todd Manning - Reception and Impact - Controversy - Romancing Rape Victim and Rape Revisited
... John's Todd discovers her alive she is afflicted with amnesia and crippled since the crash ... This interaction unnerved the audience, as they witnessed "Todd" lying to Marty about her identity and her importance to the people she loves, Todd and Marty bonding, and Marty having a positive flashback of ... Howarth was against the idea of romantically pairing Todd and Marty when he was in the role and sensed attempts to follow through with the notion ...
Michael Mc Bain - Storylines
... Michael was told by Rex Balsom that the baby was really the missing son of Todd Manning ... him from revealing the paternity of Tommy to Todd Manning (Spencer had kidnapped Tommy, who was really the child of Todd Manning and Margaret Cochran on the day of his birth) Michael believed ... in order to try to find Marcie, who had left town with Tommy after Todd had been awarded custody of his son, who he called Sam ...

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