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Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies
Played By: Jessica Lange & Riley Voelkel
"You girls need to learn to fight. When witches don't fight, we burn."As Supreme Witch of the Salem descendants, the glamorous Fiona Goode lives a life of style and luxury, traveling the world and hobnobbing with celebrities. Now, she returns home to Miss Robichaux's Academy in New Orleans with plans to rule her coven again and maybe repair her estranged relationship with her daughter Cordelia.
- Abusive Parents: She's physically abusive and neglectful toward Cordelia.
- The Archmage: The Supreme of the current generation, and was willing to kill the Supreme of her generation and the one she thought was of the next generation.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Her full name is Fiona Borgia Vandenheuvel Goode.
- Bad Boss: Self-involved and utterly deceitful, she is a terrible leader. She eventually plans to murder everyone in the coven, including her daughter, so she can continue being the Supreme. And it's implied she'd do the same thing to the next generation of witches.
- Bait the Dog: Fiona appeared to be someone who is a major Jerkass but at least somewhat cared. It isn't until "The Replacements" when you could see the real Fiona and how ruthless she can be in order to preserve herself.
- Big Bad Friend: Though Marie was originally built up to take the role of Big Bad, it is the actions of Fiona that are ultimately the most damaging to the coven. Reaches its apex when she plots to murder ever single one of the witches in order to retain her vitality and position as Supreme.
- Bullying a Dragon: Decides to double-cross and break the heart of a psychopathic ax-murderer. End well, it does not.
- It did end well, but then Hell happened.
- Deadpan Snarker: This being a Jessica Lange role, she tends to get some of the better lines.
- Driven to Suicide: Attempted. Spalding's ghost talks her out of it.
- Dramatically Missing the Point / Dude, Where's My Respect?: Absolutely demands respect and appreciation as the Supreme, ignoring the fact that she regularly belittles, abuses, betrays, and plots to murder the witches in her coven.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even she's appalled by the things LaLaurie did. In "Head," as much of a bitch she can be, she's in awe by witnessing LaLaurie's beheaded (but live and kicking) corpse by the hands of Laveau.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She actually cares deeply for Cordelia, although in a rather twisted way.
- Face Death with Dignity: Came back to say goodbye to Cordelia before she died.
- Faking the Dead: She implanted her memories of her death into the Axeman so that Cordelia could perform the Seven Wonders.
- Fantastic Racism: Zigzagged. At one point, she insists that even the weakest witches are better than the best normal humans. However, she's disgusted by LaLaurie's ignorance and has explicitly stated that there's nothing she hates more than a racist.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Spending eternity with the Axeman in Hell.
- Frameup: Used Queenie's ability to frame Myrtle.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Even by her own admission, she was a horrible Supreme.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: She is, after all, played by Jessica Lange.
- Heel Realization: Part of the other witches' plot to kill and replace her is to have her confront the people she killed and achieve this. It works, although she doesn't end up killing herself.
- Healing Hands: Brings a stillborn baby back to life.
- Immortality Seeker: Wants immortality and youth.
- Ironic Name: Her last name is Goode; she's anything but. However, she fully lives up to the Borgia part of her name.
- Her surname is most likely an allusion to her being a descendant of Sarah Goode, one of the accused during the Salem trials.
- Jerkass: She's rude, arrogant, and seems to care only about herself.
- Killed Off for Real: The Axeman hacked her to death and fed her to gators, guaranteeing she won't be coming back.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Starts an anecdote about a calico cat just before being axed in the back.
- Klingon Promotion: She killed the last Supreme to become the current one. She later killed Madison to remain in her position, thinking that she was her successor.
- Life Drinker: Willing to steal youth from others if she can't get it any other way, as one unfortunate researcher learned.
- Manipulative Bastard: Fiona is doing practically everything she can to make war break out between the witches and the Voodoo practitioners, including trying to make Bastien's attack look unprovoked rather than an attempt at Delphine. Even before she officially became the current Supreme, she tried to pin her murder of the last on Marie.
- Mind Manipulation: Can mentally manipulate people into doing things or forgetting. Stronger individuals can resist, but she'll turn their minds into mush for the effort.
- Mind over Matter: She tends to use her telekinesis to a great effect, pinning people to walls or tossing them away, complete with Sylar hand flair.
- Narcissist: Fiona loves herself more than anyone else.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her callous disrespect of Marie is the main reason why Marie refuses to use her voodoo to help Cordelia get around her infertility.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Not only does she share many characteristics with Hillary Clinton, she is directly compared to her at one point. (Could also be considered a Take That!.)
- Offing the Offspring: Despite regretting what a horrible mother she was, she would still willingly murder Cordelia if she had to.
- Pet the Dog:
- While wandering through the hospital after Cordelia's blinding, she comes across a grieving mother whose baby was stillborn and brings it back to life.
- She shows kindness to Marie after Hank kills all of Marie's allies.
- She also restores Kyle's mental state after Zoe and Madison's shoddy resurrection, although she had pragmatic reasons for that one.
- Playing with Fire: Starts one in Laveau's shop.
- Properly Paranoid: She doesn't like Cordelia's husband Hank. We learn of this right after we find out that he's both cheating on Cordelia and murdering his mistresses. Not only are they his mistresses, but they are actually witches. AND he's been working for Marie the entire time.
- She's Back: For whatever reasons, she had been away for many years before returning back home.
- The Sociopath: She only cares for herself, and will murder friends and family to stay alive.
- The Soulless: When she tries selling her soul for immortality, Papa Legba tells her she doesn't have one to sell.
- Strong as They Need to Be: One moment, she's on the verge of death and can barely rattle a door. Next moment, she's murdering powerful witches effortlessly and bringing down an entire corporation with her curses. Exactly how drained of her power she is is...inconsistent, to say the least.
- During the aforementioned bringing down of the company, she collapses and Marie has to take care of her, so it shows that she at least had some trouble with it.
- Superpower Lottery: Given she is the Supreme of the current generation, she possesses a quite wide array of powers.
- Vain Sorceress: She's all about trying to get her youth back.
- Would Hurt a Child: She kills teenagers Madison and Nan, and she is more than willing to sacrifice children or loved ones to Papa Legba in exchange for immortality. Though, he calls off that deal.
Cordelia Foxx, née Goode
Played By: Sarah PaulsonThe idealistic headmistress of Miss Robichaux's Academy, Cordelia Foxx is fiercely protective of the girls entrusted to her care. In the face of her larger-than-life mother Fiona, she struggles to maintain order amid the dark forces of chaos gathering within the school. She succeeds her mother as Supreme.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Is good with potions and herbs.
- Blind Seer: After going blind, she sees things from being in contact with others and ghosts. She loses this power after Myrtle restores her sight, and regains it after she put her replacement eyes out with gardening shears.
- Broken Masquerade: She went on television and revealed the Coven.
- Butt-Monkey: Since the series began, she's been humiliated time and again, be it by her mother doing whatever she wants, by her repeated failures to have children, by her spell to have children failing, by being laughed out of Marie's salon when she asked for her spell to have children. Later, we find out her husband is not only cheating on her, but kills the woman (a witch) he's sleeping with, and that he's The Mole for the witch hunter cooperation, and at the end of episode four, she gets a jar of acid thrown right in her eyes. This poor woman can't get a break!
- It's also explained that her mother has been putting her down for years growing up, which lead to her low sense of self-worth and stifling her powers.
- The Chosen One: She's the next Supreme. And it comes a huge shock to her.
- Disability Superpower: Going blind after taking some sulfuric acid to the face seems to have given her a degree of empathy.
- In "Head," Myrtle restores Cordelia's sight and she loses her second sight powers as a result. Cordelia blinds herself in "Protect the Coven" to get them back.
- The Dog Bites Back: After having suffered through enough crap for a lifetime over six episodes, upon learning that Fiona killed Madison, Cordelia immediately decides she is fed up and enlists Zoe to help kill Fiona.
- Eye Scream: Gets what appears to be a jar of acid thrown in her face at the end of "Fearful Pranks Ensue."
- The Generic Girl: Or at least, according to her mother. Of course, when she gains and then loses her second sight, her mother still treats the way she was before, believing her to be nothing.
- The Good Queen: In contrast to her mother, in the season finale, she shows every sign of becoming one of, and possibly the, best Supremes the coven has ever had.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What her stabbing out her replacement eyes to regain her second sight is viewed as.
- Hot Teacher: She's the headmistress of the Academy, and quite a looker at that.
- I See Dead People: Part of her new powers.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: She desperately wants to have a baby with Hank, but it turns out she's infertile.
- Master Poisoner: Tried to give her mother a "health infusion" that would have put her in a coma for a few days (or weeks, or years, who's counting).
- Mismatched Eyes: Gets them replaced by the left and right ones from the two remaining members of the Council.
- Stabs those out with gardening shears in a successful attempt to regain her second sight.
- Her eyes are restored completely upon her ascension as Supreme.
- Morality Pet: For Fiona, to some degree.
- Parental Abandonment: Fiona was a neglectful and absent parent; she was more concerned with herself than Cordelia.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: The finale reveals that her apparent powerlessness stems from crippling suppression and self-doubt. Once she begins to believe in herself, she's able to complete the Seven Wonders with ease. Myrtle implies that the reason the other witches had all been manifesting such unexpected powers was because Cordelia's dormant magic needed to let itself out somewhere.
- Shed the Family Name: A variation, as she drops her husband's name upon becoming Supreme. Justified, as 1) he was The Mole; not someone whose name she would want to keep and 2) it wasn't his real name anyway.
- The Smart Girl: When she returns to the school, Fiona finds her daughter inside a botany room, taking notes after smoking and studying a weed-type plant. She also seems to be working on something to make people young again.
- The Stool Pigeon: When the Council shows up at the school, Cordelia instantly blurts out everything that's happened in the past couple weeks without even knowing what the Council wants to talk about (Madison's disappearance). One reviewer referred to it as "pulling a Zoe."
- Took a Level in Badass: Steadily grinds her way up over the course of the series, gaining some self-confidence and a Disability Superpower. Then she power levels up the ranks in the finale when she finds out she's the Supreme.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Her mother complimented her on the attempted murder of her.
Played By: Denis O'HareA mute butler at Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, his family served the coven for ten generations. He handles getting rid of the bodies. Killed by Zoe for his crimes against the Coven (i.e., being accomplice to Fiona for murdering Madison; hiding her body, and trying to kill Zoe when she found out), although he stays around as a ghost.
- Advertised Extra: Has the least screen time of the main cast, and even less than some of the guest stars such as Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jamie Brewer.
- Badass Boast: "I'm the help."
- Creepy Crossdresser: His pastime involves having tea parties with a doll collection while dressed in the clothes of little girls.
- Creepy Housekeeper: At the Academy. His duties seem to encompass everything, from serving food to dead body clean-up.
- Expy: Bares some slight resemblance to Scary Movie 2's Hanson and a stronger one to Pablo from Suspiria.
- Grew a Spine: It took dying for him to get assertive.
- Honest Advisor: His new role to Fiona as a ghost. He berates her for being "buffaloed" by the other coven witches and saves her life.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: To Fiona.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Zoe stabs him in the heart with a big ol' knife.
- I Love the Dead: In "The Axeman Cometh," while Nan was reading his mind, Spalding claimed he defiled Madison's body after death. Ryan Murphy has stated this was true.
- In-Series Nickname: Madison seems to like calling him "Jeeves."
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Subjected to it by the coven girls.
- Killed Off for Real: Zoe kills him after forcing him to admit that Fiona killed Madison. At least until he shows up as a ghost.
- Living Doll Collector: He turned Madison's body into one more of his dolls. He also takes the baby Marie kidnapped in as his own 'doll,' although it looks like he'll be taking a more caring approach with the latter.
- Manipulative Bastard: Begins to show a knack for this after he becomes a ghost.
- Poisonous Friend: To Fiona, as a ghost. In "Protect the Coven," he manipulates Delphine into getting rid of Marie Laveau after Fiona has made peace with her, because he doesn't approve.
- The Speechless: He's a mute. He cut out his tongue in order to prevent himself from confessing that he witnessed Fiona murdering the previous Supreme, as Myrtle had enchanted his tongue so that he could only tell the truth.
- Stalker With a Crush: One towards Fiona, and it wouldn't be the first time either.
- Taking the Heat: When he is found out by the girls that he kept Madison's body after her death by Fiona, he takes the heat for her.
- Undying Loyalty: To Fiona. He even cut out his own tongue to prevent himself from being forced to testify against her.
- He claimed to kill Madison when the rest of the coven girls found her corpse and claimed it was for sex, expecting to die for her.
- Even after he died, he haunted the home to tell Fiona that she was being manipulated into being killed.
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Played By: Kathy Bates
"Hell is real. I've seen it, down in that box."A high-society Creole socialite in 1830s New Orleans. Her love of hosting elegant parties is matched only by her taste for the gruesome torture of her slaves. Though murdered by the New Orleans Voodoo Queen for her sins, LaLaurie's fate is revealed as one worse than death. And one that has not yet ended. Shortly after being awoken in the present day, she's forced into being the coven's personal maid — much to her chagrin. She's killed by Queenie later on and gets set to Hell to watch her daughters suffer for eternity as her own personal one.
- Abusive Parent: She's highly critical of her daughters, eager to marry them off no matter what they want. And when she finds out one of her daughters was seeing a slave, she loses her shit big time. When they planned to kill her, she has one chained, one's leg broken, and said she planned to do worse.
- And I Must Scream / Fate Worse Than Death: She was subjected to Captain Jack Harkness levels of torture, as she was Buried Alive for over a hundred-plus years, unable to die.
- The Atoner: It does not last.
- Berserk Button: When someone in her family sleeps with "the help," it doesn't end well for anyone.
- Black Widow: Freely admits she planned on murdering her husband eventually. The Voodoo witches beat her to it.
- Character Development: After the events of Episode 3, she becomes a lot more humble and agreeable than before. Being saved by an African-American when you used to be one of the most horrible bigots in history will do that to you. She comes to see Queenie as a friend and seeks to become a new and better person.
- However, this all does not last.
- Complete Immortality: Marie seemed to have cursed her with this. This turns out to be bound to Marie's own immortality. When Marie loses hers, so does Delphine.
- Death Seeker: Which is tricky due to her immortality.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Both when she was a bored aristocrat and as a cursed immortal. She finds it in performing horrific surgeries on black people and using their blood as a moisturizer.
- Enfant Terrible: When she was a child, she would kill animals.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's evil to the core, no question. But she loves all her daughters. Even "the ugly one," in her words.I don't care what kind of monster anybody says I am, I loved my girls...in my own way. Even the ugly one. From the moment she came out of my belly, she was a shame to me; she had the face of a damn hippo. But I loved her just the same.
- Fair for Its Day: In-Universe. She tries explaining that she's a "product of her time," only to be told that excuse is a "crock of shit."
- And it is. As stated during the tour of her house, her treatment of her slaves went way beyond anything permitted by the Code Noir, which was pretty harsh in and of itself.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Spending eternity being tortured by Marie LaVeau, along with her daughters.
- Faux Affably Evil: Downplayed to some degree. She is bombastic and The Atoner, but she is still quite an evil woman. When talking to Queenie about her horrible deeds, she mentions about killing a newborn baby and while she does feel regret, she still holds no bounds of what she is capable of doing and could do.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Comes with the territory when you've spent over a century buried underground. She calls a TV a "magic box" and thinks that it's lying when she sees Barack Obama's second inaugural address.
- Historical-Domain Character: Delphine LaLaurie.
- Historical Villain Downgrade: Delphine's crimes were worse than depicted on the show, the riot was her fellow slaveowners turning against her for her ill treatment of the slaves, and she survived the riot.
- Human Resources: She killed slaves for their pancreases to make a youth potion...in addition to her other crimes against humanity.
- She killed a newborn baby born from an affair between her husband and a young pretty slave, using the baby's blood for her youth potion and driving the mother to suicide.
- Ignored Epiphany: Although she has at least made lip service to the idea that the world has moved on since her time, and seems affected by the Negro spiritual at the end of "Head," in "Protect the Coven," she resumes her old ways as she is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
- Irony: Fiona makes her a maid at the school. When she doesn't do her job properly, Fiona makes her Queenie's personal slave.
- Karmic Death: She is finally killed in her own torture room, by the type of person she hated so much. And the only reason she can die in the first place is because she already butchered Marie.
- Large Ham: Kathy Bates is having a lot of fun; LaLaurie is prone to making grandiose statements.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Marie puts her in a cage not unlike the type she kept her poor victims in, and even uses her blood as a beauty treatment in a similar way.
- She also sends her still-living head back to the coven in a box, just like the coven did to Bastien.
- Narcissist: She eventually winds up taking a job showing people around her home, which has been converted in the modern day to a sort of museum/house of horrors dedicated to her.
- Mad Artist: She relates her lust for blood and murder to artistic inspiration.
- Mercy Kill: Had to re-kill one of her daughters after they returned as zombies.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She gradually begins to realize how much of a monster she was.
- Never Found the Body: Because she was Buried Alive.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Even if she wasn't a Serial Killer, the way she behaves towards everyone of color she encounters is reprehensible.
- Up to Eleven after Queenie sells her out to Marie, losing any kind words she had for black people.
- Serial Killer: She has this aspect in common with her historical counterpart. She might even be more brutal.
- Small Name, Big Ego: LaLaurie considers herself "a visionary, ahead of her time."
- Would Hurt a Child: She murdered a newborn baby to use the blood as a beauty treatment. That's above and beyond. Even she considers it the worst thing she did.
Played By: Christine EbersoleThe Supreme before Fiona.
Played By: Evan PetersThe charismatic leader of his school's Kappa Lambda Gamma chapter. A native of New Orleans' Ninth Ward, Kyle has spend the years since Katrina supporting his single mother.
- Advertised Extra: Next to Spalding, Kyle had the least essential arc.
- And Call Him "George"!: The reason why Fiona made him the coven's replacement guard dog.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: He rejects Madison's advances, he pushes her away, announces his love for Zoe, and runs to her.
- Battle Butler: At the end of the season, he takes this role at the Academy.
- The Big Guy: The role he plays for the coven, acting as their "guard dog."
- Came Back Wrong: Madison's idea was to piece him together (using parts of his fraternity brothers) and resurrect him after she killed him by accident.
- Zoe's been educating him in order to help him re-integrate back into society. Fiona seems to have improved his mental state in "Head," enough to speak clearly and play Gin.
- Dead Star Walking: Evan Peters is a very popular returning actor on AHS, but he's killed in the first episode. After that, however, he becomes a literal dead star walking.
- Nice Guy: He's a good-hearted fellow who tries to help Madison and stop his "brothers."
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He's killed when trying to stop his frat brothers who raped Madison.
- Lovable Jock: He's the only member of the fraternity who's a decent human being.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Very different. Actually, he's better described as "FrankenKyle."
- Parental Incest: His mother was...inappropriate with him.
- Passing the Torch: Last seen wearing Spalding's old butler threads, indicating that he's become his replacement.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Delivered to Madison as he strangles her to death when she tells him she loves him.Kyle: You're not that good of an actress.
- The Quiet One: Because he is barely able to speak, he is normally quiet after being bought back to life.
- Rape as Backstory: Who knows how long his mother made him serve as replacement "man of the house"...
- Satellite Character: He's basically been Zoe's pet boyfriend all season, largely due to his reduced mental state. We get more about his wants and goals in flashbacks, before his death.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Spends most of the finale in a snappy butler outfit.
- Super Strength: Just like Frankenstein's creature, too.
- Three-Way Sex: With Madison and Zoe.
- Tragic Monster: Sure, he Came Back Wrong in that he has lots of scars, can barely talk and is prone to violent fits, but he seems more overwhelmed at his situation than angry or belligerent at others. It's also implied he still has his memories (or is starting to regain them). Like the ones about his mother molesting him that causes him to lash out.
Played By: Taissa Farmiga
"Witch up!"Girl Next Door Zoe Benson has her life turned upside down in an instant when her true lineage is violently revealed. Ripped from her family and the only life she has ever known, Zoe must all-too-quickly learn to navigate her strange and uncontrollable gifts. She dies during the Seven Wonders, but is brought back by Cordelia. At the end of the series, she aids Cordelia as a member of the new Council.
- Action Survivor: Ultimately averted.
- Action Girl: Eventually.
- Anti-Hero : Zoe is a Type IV. She tries to do the right thing, but is not averse to killing evildoers.
- Back from the Dead: Revived by Cordelia after dying via accidental impalement.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Madison's Veronica. While Madison is very lust-driven in her relationship with Kyle, Zoe is more focused on rehabilitating and educating him.
- Big Damn Heroes: She saves Nan and Luke from zombies.
- Blessed with Suck: Her main power is a vagina that kills people she has sex with. Except for Kyle and Madison, who have already died once.
- Break the Cutie: We're just getting warmed up.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Because she's Blessed with Suck. Except with Kyle and Madison.
- Chainsaw Good: Goes to town with one when the school is attacked by zombies.
- The Cutie: Definitely the most adorable witch in the coven.
- Decoy Protagonist: It looked like she was going to be the lead. She had a lot of screen time, was shown to be very powerful, and was setting herself up to be a great leader. But no, she is not the Supreme and loses focus near the end. However, she is at the very least the Supporting Protagonist.
- Fake Cutie: As adorable and naive as she is, she's not above murder and deception.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Again, chainsaw.
- Healing Hands: Seems to have a more narrow form of it. She helps Misty bring Madison back from the dead, presumably due to her affinity with the dead.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Out of the coven, she's got the least practical gifts, mostly being about the undead and interacting with spirits. It also happens that a certain Voodoo Queen is very susceptible to them.
- The Hero: The most heroically aligned out of the coven. Not that it's saying much, as she is often quick to resort to murder, though this often has her as the voice of reason.
- Hypocrite: Despite murdering people when she feels it is necessary, Zoe is quick to criticize others for doing the exact same thing.
- She seems to justify killing for the sake of the coven only, so it's a case of Protagonist-Centered Morality she's all too aware of.
- I Lied: In regards to giving Axeman release. She only promised him release, she would never go through with it.
- Ironic Name: Zoe is Greek for "life."
- Last of Their Kind: Zoe rightfully points that she, Madison, Nan and Queenie are what's left of the Salem descendants.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever things get very dangerous, she's always the first to take action.
- Lovable Coward: Averted. Zoe seemed to be leaning this way in the latest episode, but ultimately struck down when she came to Nan and Luke's rescue against zombies.
- Mercy Kill: She was going to attempt this on Kyle, but he ran away before she got the chance.
- Necromancer: Seemingly developing powers related to spirits and the undead as the season goes on.
- Only Sane Man: She tends to be the voice of reason in the conflicts of the others.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Zoe killed the frat boy who led the gang rape of Madison by herself, raping him while he was in a coma. She also killed Spalding.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Kyle.
- Seer: When it comes to the undead and spirits, she is incredibly adept at dealing with them, despite having no knowledge about them. When trying to move Axeman on, she is able to pick out an exact book in a foreign language containing a spell that will get rid of him.
- The Stool Pigeon: The moment the police came investigating a murder, she sold out everyone. This happens in a moment of panic, however.
- Teleporters and Transporters: In "The Seven Wonders."
- Tele-Frag: She impaled herself in a game of Teleportation Tag with the others.
- Three-Way Sex: With Madison and Kyle.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Burn, Witch! Burn!" and after, she's setting herself up to be the leader. This involves beheading several zombies and using her influence over the undead to overpower Marie La Veau.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She is quick to resort to killing in the face of injustice, as seen at the end of "Bitchcraft."
- Vagina Dentata: Subverted, but the same basic principle. Having sex with her will result in a fatal stroke.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She isn't good at planning things. A good example is her spectacular failure at attempting to revive Kyle and re-integrate him into society. She takes a brain that hasn't had oxygen for days and places it on top of a pile of badly sewn body parts, resurrects it, attempts to pass it for human, and then sends it back to its sexually abusive mother. Needless to say, this was not a good move.
Played By: Emma Roberts
"As the next Supreme, I'm going to drag this coven out of the dark ages. Crotch-less panties for everyone!"A student witch at Miss Robichaux's Academy, with the power of telekinesis. A former teen actress, she's a total party girl and something of an Alpha Bitch who bonds with Zoe due to her tensions with Queenie and Nan. Murdered by Fiona in episode 3 out of fear that she would become the next Supreme, but it is revealed she has a heart murmur that the Supreme would not have. Resurrected by Misty.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother was a Stage Mom who pushed her into a career she didn't want.
- Alpha Bitch: She tries to be, anyway. Queenie, in particular, has no problem putting her in her place.
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Misty and Zoe. The first time anyway.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Zoe's Betty.
- Break the Haughty: First, she gets in a fight with Queenie and loses, then she gets telekinetically bitch-slapped by Fiona (whom Madison later learns is the Supreme) and, lastly, she's gang-raped by frat boys at a party. And that's just the first episode!
- The moment Misty gets back from being entombed, she kicks her ass.
- Broken Bird: After she's gang-raped by a bunch of frat boys. Later, after spending several days being dead, the once brash and confident girl is left timid, uncertain and even more broken. Although she bounces back somewhat.
- She seemed to be nicer post-revival, but it should be noted that she turned for the worse when Kyle and Zoe got together without her.
- Came Back Wrong: She claims to be unable to feel anything upon resurrection.
- Can't Take Criticism: When her director criticized her performance in a music video, her response was to kill him.
- Date Rape: The victim of it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Marks herself as such by calling Zoe "Sabrina" and tossing around insulting, cynical quips from there on.
- Dead Guy on Display: Her body ends up residing inside Spaulding's room.
- Depraved Bisexual
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "The Sacred Taking," she's visibly shocked by Queenie killing and gutting a man before taking his heart out. Granted, the man was a rapist who had assaulted three or more according to Queenie, but oddly Madison, who had murdered her own rapist(s), is taken aback by this.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: After being brought back from the dead.
- Forgot About Her Powers: She's the direct victim of the same one twice, without even a token attempt at handwaving to explain why: When a furious Misty Day decides to kick her ass, Madison somehow forgets that she has magical powers. So instead of throwing her attacker through a wall, or setting her on fire, or controlling her mind, or teleporting away, she instead simply allows the much larger and stronger woman to thrash her. The exact same thing happens again in the finale, when Kyle attacks her, though this time with fatal results. The latter could be justified by the fact that she was an emotional wreck by that time; the former was probably just cathartic for the fans and Misty.
- A more minor example, but she is shown several times to carry a lighter with which to light her cigarettes, seemingly forgetting her pyrokinesis. There's little danger involved in lighting them with magic, given that she lit Fiona's cigarette effortlessly from one room over in the third episode.
- Hot Witch: Hot damn, is she ever! And she knows how to use it, although her rockin' bod doesn't work on Luke.
- Informed Flaw: Her acting ability is apparently terrible.
- Jerkass: She's generally dismissive of others. Even after death, she still is a Jerkass.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted. Fiona, convinced that Madison was destined to be the next Supreme, tries to get her to off her the same way she did the previous Supreme. Madison refuses and her throat winds up slit in the struggle. Turns out she was wrong. Her body is then kept around by Spaulding for several episodes until she is brought back to life.
- Later, she was strangled to death by Kyle for letting Zoe die.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: She has used her powers to kill a director by making a light fall onto his head, landing her in the school. She later uses her powers to flip an entire moving bus over, causing it to crash and blow up.
- Mind Control: Picks it up after about thirty seconds of tutoring from Fiona.
- Mind over Matter: And that's "mind over a lot of matter." Although her control over her telekinesis is sometimes a bit lacking, she has plenty of raw power.
- Minidress of Power: Wears a very sexy blue one, but Luke is sadly immune.
- Must Have Nicotine: Upon rising from the dead, her first words are "I need a cigarette."
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially in her awesome blue dress, and even when she turns up in red to shock Fiona.
- Narcissist: A malignant example given that she displays sociopathic and sadistic character traits. Like Fiona, she craves to be the center of everyone's attention and exhibits no concern for others' well-being aside from the extent that doing so reinforces her bloated ego. However, unlike Fiona, she seems almost completely incapable of experiencing shame and harbors no attachments to anyone or anything. Following her resurrection, her sociopathic qualities become even more pronounced as she wantonly gratifies herself through reckless thrill-seeking behavior and sadistically exercising power over others.Madison: They call us the global generation. We are known for our entitlement and narcissism. But it seems our one defining trait is a numbness to the world. An indifference to suffering. And that's the rub of all this, isn't it? I can't feel shit....How could anything be worse than this eternal silence inside of me.
- Necromancer: Brings a man back from the dead effortlessly, just to demonstrate to Misty how powerful she's become. Though this may have been a trick of some sort.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She flips the gang rapists' bus in order to get revenge, but not only does she end up not killing her main rapist, she kills the only one of them that had tried to stop her rape. And then when she tries to bring Kyle back, he comes back wrong.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She has been called "Lindsay Lohan with magic powers."
- Playing with Fire: She develops the ability to set things on fire with her mind in episode 3.
- Rape and Revenge: Promptly flipped over a limo bus of the frat boys who raped her and killed seven of them, but not the one who started it.
- Red Herring: Being brought back from the dead cured her heart murmur, which seems to put her back in the running for being the Supreme. Except it doesn't.
- Scars Are Forever: At first, her Slashed Throat wound never healed after she was brought back to life and wears a scarf to conceal it. Later episodes show that her neck is just fine, albeit looking like a normal scar.
- Sex for Solace: Has sex with Kyle since it's the only time she can feel anything.
- Shower of Angst: After being raped.
- Slashed Throat: How she ends up being killed by Fiona after the latter begged her to kill her only to slash her throat with a knife.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: Her smoking is in the style of a movie star (or more specifically, a child star grown into a sexy bad girl), and she carries her cigarettes in an elegant, old-fashioned cigarette case.
- Smug Super: If there's one common trait about Miss Madison Montgomery, it was that she is very smug and having powers just added more to her favor.
- Sore Loser: She reacts poorly when she fails the divination test in the finale.
- Stage Mom: Her mother was like this.She snorted most of my coke and let me get busted by the cops!
- Story-Breaker Power: Starts with immensely powerful telekinesis, then develops pyrokinesis, then (apparently) makes a start on learning telepathic compulsion. One wonders if the reason for her abrupt death was because otherwise she would have effortlessly destroyed the army of zombies by squashing them all into little cubes, then turning them into charcoal briquettes. Only becomes more apparent upon her return, when she develops Transmutation, Vitalum Vitalis, and Descensum, surpassing most of her fellow witches by developing a total of six out of the Seven Wonders. Even though she was not fated to become the Supreme, it's clear that she was on her way to becoming a very powerful witch.
- Superpower Lottery: See above. She's incredibly powerful and has developed a lot of abilities over the course of the show.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: To near Jesse Pinkman levels.
- Three-Way Sex: With Zoe and Kyle.
- Tranquil Fury: After her gang rape, just watch, as she calmly walks over to where Zoe was in the street and with a wave of her hand, she flips over an entire bus which then explodes, all without a scream or anything. Just a silent rage.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Misty brings her back from the dead. A few episodes later, Madison knocks Misty out and buries her when she starts overshadowing her.
- She let Zoe remain dead despite the fact that she brought her back to life as well.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she fails the Divination portion of the Seven Wonders, she completely loses it.
- Walking Spoiler: Not as horrible as Dr. Thredson from the season before, but she is a vital and spoilerish character.
- Woman Scorned: After Kyle makes it clear that he only loves Zoe, Madison vowed to take him apart.
Played By: Lily Rabe
"That's the thing. You can't be your best self until you find your tribe. I'm still looking for mine."A young woman from a backwoods Pentecostal community in the bayou of Louisiana, Misty Day is misunderstood and even feared by those in her own community. Without a coven to call her own, Misty spends her days meandering the swamps and listening to Stevie Nicks. She loves animals and was thought to be the next Supreme. She died performing the Seven Wonders as her soul did not return to her body by sunrise. In Hell, her greatest fear was that she was forced to dissect a frog, only to heal it and do it again.
- Asexual: According to Ryan Murphy, Misty is asexual.
- And I Must Scream: Her ultimate fate, as she is forced to relive dissecting a frog against her will in a loop.
- Animal Motif: She's first seen resurrecting a dead dove, and her many shawls give the impression of wings.
- Berserk Button: Animal poachers. Or breaking her radio.
- Buried Alive: Madison had her entombed after knocking her out. She gets out.
- Burn the Witch!: Was burned at the stake.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She is initially presumed dead and used as a cautionary tale to the Academy witches. Then it turns out she managed to save herself. Then it turns out she has a talent for bringing main characters back from the dead, and may be the next Supreme.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Living in isolation after being unsuccessfully burnt at the stake has made Misty desperate for human company and more than a little strange.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: How she meets Zoe after she and Madison had brought Kyle back to life.
- Fangirl: She absolutely loves Stevie Nicks.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Locked in an endless loop dissecting/reviving frogs in Hell.
- Fights Like a Normal: Explicitly states she doesn't need magic to fight.
- Friend to All Living Things: Very much so, to the point where her biggest Berserk Button are poachers. With emphasis on the "living" part. Unfortunately for her, this is also the reason why she is trapped in Hell, as she just can't bring herself to let that frog die.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: The girl can fight. She beat the hell out of Madison for entombing her.
- Healing Hands: She has the power to bring the dead back to life, any type. She raised alligators who were killed and used them to kill the poachers. She's also raised Myrtle, Madison, and Joan from the dead.
- Healing Herb: She's also good at preparing these.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She's overjoyed to have Zoe around, making sure she'll come back. Averted when she chooses not to join the Academy, not liking the bad vibes of the place.
- Innocent Cohabitation: She sleeps in the same bed as Kyle, but doesn't appear to have done anything inappropriate as he was completely calm. Seeing as he killed his mother for abusing him, at the very least, this is significant. And this proves to have some importance because, after the Halloween incident, Kyle runs back to Misty's cabin.
- Killed Off for Real: Her soul descended to Hell and didn't return after sunrise. Her body turned to dust.
- Nice Girl: From what we've seen, so long as you don't go around poaching animals or, you know, trying to burn her at the stake, or even entombing her, she's a very nice girl.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Unfortunately, her well-intentioned resurrection of Joan means that Joan is alive and able to kill Luke. And, in fact, her resurrection of Madison comes back to bite her personally.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She is not pleased when Madison tries to kill her.
- Not Quite Dead: Survived by using herbs she found in the swamps.
- The Ophelia: Wild hair, in tune with nature, more than a little out there... all she needs to do is kick off her boots and she would be a spitting image.
- Pet the Dog: After she finds Myrtle's burnt corpse, she brings her back to life and starts to heal her. While Myrtle didn't come back perfectly, it's certainly an improvement upon the charred pile of flesh and bones she was before. While it's unknown whether Misty was aware of how Myrtle was innocent of the crimes she was burnt at the stake for, the fact remains that she gave an innocent woman a second chance at life.
- Also, has a rather sweet moment where she takes the time to thank Cordelia, the mistreated Butt-Monkey of the school, for teaching her potions, saying what a great leader she thinks Cordelia is.
- Punny Name: "Misty Day" is pretty self-explanatory as far as puns go.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Averted. She serves this purpose to bring Fiona back to the Academy and serve as a cautionary tale, but she actually survived and disappeared from public view.
- Story-Breaker Power: To the point where characters had to become smart enough to get around this.
- Her power to bring back the dead would totally ruin Cordelia's realization of being the Supreme, thus she's killed off permanently before Zoe's death.
- Sweet Home Alabama: Has a strong Southern accent, raves about the healing properties of the bayou, and is a very sweet girl. She only loses her Nice Girl attitude when Kyle breaks her CD player.
Played By: Jamie BrewerA student witch at the academy. In addition to having Down Syndrome, she is a clairvoyant and empath who knows more than she lets on.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The nicest, sweetest girl at the academy. Then she finds out Luke's mom killed him. And forces her to drink a bottle of bleach.
- Blessed with Suck: Her abilities can be helpful, but also open her up to more negative emotions such as her trip to Madame LaLaurie's home. It gets to the point of she having to release Delphine in order for the emotions she was sensing from her to stop. She is also the only witch shown whose powers have no immediate combat use.
- Break the Cutie: Upon discovering that Joan murdered Luke, Nan forces her to drink bleach with her newfound Mind Control powers.
- Camp: Dressed as a Puritan when Fiona told the girls to wear something black for a class trip. However, her clothing style is by far the most conservative of the four students, barring the occasional high heel.
- The Empath: She doesn't just see the past; she can feel the emotions of other people.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Zoe finds out, through a spell, that Fiona and Marie killed her, and Queenie is seen trying to contact her in the beginning of "The Seven Wonders".
- Killed Off for Real: Fiona and Marie drown her and give her soul to Papa Legba.
- Kill the Cutie: Drowned by Fiona and Marie, both as an offering to the Voodoo Spirit and to eliminate her as a threat.
- Knight Templar: Downplayed. Nan insists she will still use her powers for good even after forcing someone to drink bleach, even if it was deserved.
- Mind Control: Is revealed to have gained then by episode 10.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Her power, demonstrated when she senses Zoe's past within a few minutes of meeting her.
- Mundane Utility: She has used her powers to learn boys' favorite foods and woo them.
- She also uses headphones to listen to music to block out most of her power troubles.
- Nice Girl: Assures Zoe she will find love again and convinces an aggressive Queenie to stop hurting Madison.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not knowing who she was, she lets Delphine go because she was "thinking too loud" and Nan couldn't stand it. Delphine then knocks Queenie out with a candlestick.
- Power Incontinence: Can't shut off her power. She can, however, wear earphones.
- Really Gets Around: She reveals this when Madison calls her and Queenie virgins. Makes sense, since her power means she can tell when a guy is into her.
- The Snark Knight: She becomes this somewhat towards the end of her arc, exerting her power over Madison and telling Marie Laveau to eat her shit.
- The Stool Pigeon: Called the Council of Witches when she couldn't sense Madison.
- Support Party Member: Mostly benefits the coven through her telepathy and clairvoyance, as her powers - like Zoe's - have little application in combat.
- Supreme Chef: Did you see the cake she made for Luke?
- Token Good Teammate: Nan is thus far the most gentle and perceptive of all the girls, despite her participation in the student hazing. This may have something to do with her Blessed with Suck empathy powers, or she was just having childish fun with the others.
Played By: Gabourey SidibeShe fails the Seven Wonders, but happily supports Cordelia's rise to power. At the end of the series, she and Zoe form the new Council.
- Anti-Hero: Is the only character on the show, aside from Zoe, that thoroughly enjoys employing the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique and Pay Evil unto Evil a little too much.
- Ate His Gun: To kill Hank using her voodoo powers.
- Back for the Dead: Queenie makes a return appearence in the penultimate episode of American Horror Story: Hotel ... only for her throat to get slashed by one of the Cortez's ghosts, rendering her "human voodoo doll" powers ineffective.
- Big Eater: She's an over-eater and aware of it.
- Brawn Hilda: She's very aggressive and has the size to back it up.
- Burger Fool: What she was before joining the coven. She considers it the worst period of her life.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Even the most love hungry people would usually think of better options than a Minotaur on a search-and-destroy mission, but Queenie has an interesting definition of "the right guy" to wait for.
- When offered affection from Marie in exchange for Delphine, she sells her out (though only after having Delphine confess her worst crime).
- Disproportionate Retribution: A customer at her old fast food job was harassing her so she used her powers to deep fry his hand. It's how she was found.
- Feels No Pain: She says it verbally after stabbing herself with a fork to torment Madison.
- Though it only seems to work when she activates her powers, as Delphine cracked her good with a candlestick holder.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Delphine have saved each other, and the two have grown closer because of it. Then subverted when Queenie assists Marie in capturing Delphine.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Non-villainous variant.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She can go from calmly reasonable to "Bitch I will eat you!" rather quickly.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Shoots herself in the head so she can remotely kill Hank and save Marie. She survives, but the intent is still the same.
- Informed Ability: Supposedly very good at math. It doesn't really play into anything.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Rather gleefully uses it on Spalding.
- Never Found the Body: Zoe mentions that they never found the body and the police have yet to release the names of the dead from the hair salon massacre, leaving her fate during "The Magical Delights Of Stevie Nicks" ambiguous.
- She lived, due to the discovery of an 11th Hour Superpower. But even then, it was established that even if she did die, the witches planned to bring her back anyway.
- No-Sell: Averted. Her powers only work if she does it to herself. She can still be attacked and injured normally. Played straight when she makes a return in Hotel, when Ramona Royale attacks her, but takes the damage herself. Perhaps she expanded her abilities in between Coven and Hotel.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Like many of the witches and doesn't seem to question the morality of it much.
- Sassy Black Woman: Queenie lives to deflate Madison's pretenses with a few sharp words.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abandons the coven in order to join Marie Laveau. Doesn't seem all that happy to go back when Marie switches sides.
- Slashed Throat: On the receiving end, courtesy of James Patrick March. Because March is a ghost, her human voodoo doll power doesn't work on him.
- There Is No Higher Court: While arguing with the customer at her old job:Customer: Let me speak to your manager!Queenie: I am the manager!
- Token Minority: Not only is she currently the only black witch at the Academy, but she's also the descendant of Tituba, the Token Minority of the Salem Witches.
- Voodoo Doll: She describes herself as a human voodoo doll; whatever she inflicts on her body appears on anyone she chooses, while causing no pain or injury to herself. Unfortunately for her, this power doesn't work on ghosts...
Played By: Angela BassettThe Voodoo Queen who is well-known throughout New Orleans. Her status in the Voodoo practice is equivalent to that of the Supreme Witch Fiona Goode. She runs a hair salon as a front to live normally in modern society. She once made a truce between the witches and the voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, until Fiona's actions put it under strain. She gets killed off permanently and sent to Hell working for Papa Legba later on.
- The Ageless: Marie was born in 1794. She looks damn good for 220!
- In Episode 11, we find out she's actually some 90-120 years older than even that.
- Anti-Villain: While she can be terrifying, the only people she openly and directly attacks are people who really had it coming (though she's less than concerned about collateral damage) and she also gives free haircuts to her nicer customers at the salon.
- Big Bad: Upon being introduced at the beginning of the series, she quickly establishes herself as the most imminent threat to the series' protagonist. However, she ultimately proves to be just a Disc-One Final Boss when it is revealed that she is being manipulated by the Delphi Trust to facilitate their goal of annihilating all witches.
- Subverted. After Hank attacks her hair salon, she allies herself with the witches against the witch hunters.
- Crusading Widow: Her lover Bastien was one of Madame LaLaurie's victims. Only except her lover is alive still.
- Deal with the Devil: Her immortal life comes at the price of one innocent soul (a baby) per year, starting with her firstborn.
- Enemy Mine: With the Salem witches against the witch hunters.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Zigzagged. She sacrifices babies to maintain her immortality, but balks at the prospect of torturing Delphine's daughter, saying that the girl did nothing to deserve it.
- Evil Laugh: When Cordelia asks for a spell to have a baby, Marie lets loose some cackling worthy of a witch.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Torturing Delphine and her daughters.
- The Fashionista: Appropriately for an immortal witch who moonlights as a hairdresser, Marie is always shown to be on top of the contemporary fashions over the years.
- Historical-Domain Character: Marie LaVeau was a voodoo priestess by night and hairdresser by day in real life.
- Hypocrite: The way she calls Fiona a witch almost makes it sound like a derogatory term. This is odd, considering that her practice is witchcraft by definition and how she claims that the Salem witches got their powers from voodoo practitioners like her.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She makes it a thing to ensure that horrible people unlucky enough to have hurt the people she cares for wind up getting hit with this trope hard.
- On the receiving end of it when she's hacked into pieces by Madame LaLaurie, effectively ending her immortality, and is sent to Hell to torture the LaLaurie family in the same fashion Delphine tortured her slaves, becoming the very thing she loathes.
- Moral Myopia: Atrocities against blacks? Unforgivable. Atrocities against whites? Hilarious.
- Never My Fault: When she winds up in Voodoo Hell and claims to be innocent, she conveniently forgets that she murdered Delphine's relatively-innocent family and has been sacrificing babies to Papa Legba for almost two centuries. Legba is all too happy to remind her.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: She's a fan of the practice.
- This is how she deals with Madame LaLaurie, torturing and hanging her family before burying her alive. In episode 4, she then raised LaLaurie's daughters as zombie slaves.
- Sending a zombie horde to tear apart some racists who lynched a little boy.
- Perpetual Poverty: Invoked. While not necessarily poor, she's over 300 years old and lives a relatively humble lifestyle as the owner of a local hair salon. Marie Laveau in real life was a hairdresser; within the show, it makes sense that she'd continue the practice over the years.
- Properly Paranoid: In the 60s, she was very wary of what would happen when schools were first integrated. Anyone with a basic understanding of the Civil Rights movement in America knows why. When you've lived for three centuries and have only seen unrelenting hatred and bigotry towards your race for that entire time...it's easy to understand why'd you be wary about how this "Civil Rights Movement thing" was going to turn out.
- Sassy Black Woman: She's adopted this persona in order to live a normal life in the modern day, but can abandon it at the drop of the hat when she realizes she's around someone who knows how powerful she is.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Her targets may be the monstrous Madame LaLaurie and the ruthless Fiona, but Marie descends to the same depths as they do to get what she wants. Showcased most brutally when she imprisons LaLaurie in a similar cage to the one LaLaurie kept her victims in, and uses the same "beauty treatment." Except Marie applies it like war paint.
- Sole Survivor: After Hank's attack on her salon, she appears to be the only survivor. Subverted when it's discovered that Queenie lived.
- Undying Loyalty: Her lover Bastien? The slave who was forced to live with a dead bull's head on top of his? Not only did she deliver some serious revenge, but he's still with her, and she still seems to care for him. However, it seems that he might also be there to do her dirty work for her.
- Would Hurt a Child: She sacrificed 178 babies to Papa Legba between 1834-2012 in order to maintain her youth and vitality.
Bastien / The Minotaur
Played By: Ameer Baraka
Delphine LaLaurie: "My great literacy began with Greek mythology. I used to sit in Daddy's lap and he would read me those histories full of their vengeful gods and wondrous miraculous creatures. But the Minotaur was always my favorite. Half man, half bull. And now, I have one of my very own."A slave working for Delphine LaLaurie, who was unlucky enough to have both caught the attention of one of her daughters and to be caught seeing her one night. As punishment, he's sent to LaLaurie's attic, where he was trotted and forced to wear a dead bull's head over his own. He was freed by his lover, the voodoo queen Marie LaVeau, but only after having gone through immense torment. He's still with Marie in the modern day, and apparently serves as her personal muscle.
- And I Must Scream: Tortured, mutilated for blood, forced to wear a bull's head and spent over a century like that, apparently also made immortal by Laveau. This was on top of being a slave!
- Killed Off for Real: After living as an inhuman monster for decades, he's finally killed for good by Fiona.
- A Load of Bull: What LaLaurie makes him into.
- Losing Your Head: Fiona rips it off to send to Marie.
- Questionable Consent: No one will ever know if he really wanted to have sex with LaLaurie's daughter or was just too afraid of her wrath to refuse.
- Tragic Monster: Imprisoned and brutally tortured by Delphine LaLaurie just to cover up her daughter's indiscretion with him.
- Your Cheating Heart: He may have been married to Marie Laveau, but he was having what seemed to be a consensual fling with one of LaLaurie's daughters. He clearly knew that LaLaurie was torturing her slaves, and might have chosen to consent in order to avoid LaLaurie's daughter accusing him of something that would have gotten him sent to the attic. Sadly, he wound up there anyway.
Played By: Dana GourrierA hairdresser at Cornrow City who assists Marie with spells.
- The Dragon: More accurately, she's a hounsi, a devoted follower of a voodoo priest who helps with rituals.
- Killed Off for Real: She's among Hank's victims when he bursts into Cornrow City, Guns Akimbo.
- Noble Top Enforcer: She's visibly uncomfortable with Marie raising the dead to attack the Academy and has to be convinced to go along with it.
Played By: Lance ReddickA voodoo loa with a sinister connection to Marie LaVeau.
- Affably Evil: Papa Legba is charming, laid-back and reasonable, with no qualms about doing cocaine with Fiona or having tea with Queenie. Also, he demands innocent souls (i.e. babies) in exchange for immortality.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Just before he consigns Madame LaLaurie to hell, he makes a list of her sins as "crimes of murder, torture, passion, fashion and being an all-round no-good, miserable bitch."
- Dark Is Evil: He certainly takes a lot of pleasure in his work.
- Deal with the Devil: He made one with Marie LaVeau for immortality, which she regrets to some degree. Fiona attempts to make the same deal, though he turns her down, claiming that she has no soul.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: He and Nan were on good terms when he took her soul away, and he implies that she'll be well taken care of.
- Nice Hat: A rather creepy top hat.
- Public-Domain Character: Papa Legba is an actual Voodoo deity.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has bright red eyes, and he's bad news indeed.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Papa Legba in the actual voodoo religion is nothing like on the show. While he does control the gateway between the worlds of the living and the dead, his appearance and dark demeanor have more in common with Baron Samedi, compared to the humble, kindly old man Legba is depicted as in real Vodou.
- Scary Black Man: He's a voodoo loa who takes souls as payments, of course he's scary.
The Witches' Council
Played By: Frances Conroy & Michelle PageA graduate of Miss Robichaux's Academy, the eccentric Myrtle Snow serves as head of the Witches Council. Despite her complicated past with Fiona, Myrtle has a very close relationship with Fiona's daughter Cordelia. She also hates Fiona, knowing she killed the previous Supreme but is unable to prove it. She is burned at the stake by Fiona, but resurrected by Misty. In the finale, she is burned at the stake for murdering the old Council, but dies on her own terms.
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Misty after being burned at the stake.
- At the end of the series, she lets herself be burned at the stake again so that Cordelia will not be a hypocrite.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Much friendlier than Fiona, and generally one of the most moral witches in the series. But as a few people have found out the hard way, she has a stomach for violence that far outstrips Fiona. When the Council wrongly condemns her to death, she get revenge by paralyzing them, scooping their eyes out with a melon baller while they're still alive, slowly dismembering them, and dissolving their mutilated corpses in acid.
- Burn the Witch!: She's burned at the stake by the Council for blinding Cordelia.
- Came Back Strong: She mentions that her powers have increased substantially after being resurrected by Misty.
- Cassandra Truth: Her power (or at least what she chooses to do with it) is "Guardian of Veracity in the Vernacular," and she's dead right about Fiona murdering the previous Supreme and Madison, and getting Spaulding to cover for her in both cases, but for one reason or another, she always ends up looking jealous and paranoid when bringing this to the attention of others.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She's more than a little odd, complimenting Zoe's mother on her drapes as her men drag away her daughter.I'm just mad for tartan!I do love a key lime pie, even more than an île flottante! Call me a Philistine!
- Defiant to the End: She does this twice, once when she originally died and the other time when truthfully died.
- Face Death with Dignity: Again, twice.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: BALENCIAGAAAA!
- The Fashionista
- Foil: Can be succinctly described as "the Anti-Fiona". She's a homely redhead to Fiona's traditionally beautiful blonde, a flamboyant eccentric to Fiona's subdued Ice Queen, the aging former beauty to Fiona's voracious Mrs. Robinson, and a surrogate mother to Cordelia where Fiona was her mother In-Name-Only. While Fiona is adept at quietly manipulating people, and will always lie to further her own agenda, Myrtle forces people to tell the truth in her capacity as "Guardian of Veracity in the Vernacular", and she can be mercilessly violent to people who don't share her reverence for the Truth. While Fiona is motivated entirely by self-interest, Myrtle is shown to be unafraid of self-sacrifice, and ultimately demands to be burned at the stake for her past misdeeds.
- Frameup: How Fiona deals with her.
- Go Out with a Smile: When she died at the end.
- Hero Antagonist: Fiona did kill the last Supreme and Madison; Myrtle is exactly right to try to bring her to justice, but the universe seems stacked against her.
- Honorary Aunt: Cordelia refers to her as "Auntie Myrtle."
- I Was Quite The Looker: A flashback shows she was rather pretty as a teenager. She just hasn't aged as well as Fiona.
- Large HamCan you imagine these poor Salem witches traveling all the way down here in covered wagons, without a proper charcuterie platter or a bidet! Absolutely savage!
- Living Lie Detector: One of her abilities is that she's a "vernacular in the truth" and can tell when a lie is being spoken. Which does not stop Fiona from getting over on her numerous times.
- Meganekko: In her younger days.
- Nerd Glasses: Of the cat-eye brand; Myrtle has apparently favored the style since The '70s when she was especially bookish (and, in Fiona's words, hadn't yet developed any style).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bares a striking resemblance to Grace Coddington in personality and appearance.
- Offscreen Teleportation: After arriving with Zoe on her first day, Zoe turns and sees that she had already vanished.
- Revenge Before Reason: So driven by her hatred of Fiona that the Council members had no trouble believing that she planned out the attack on Cordelia, whom she treated like a daughter. Fiona seems to genuinely believe Myrtle did it.
- Subverted, because she's innocent. Hank's father Harrison claims responsibility for the attack in "Head."
- Sanity Slippage: After she is burned to death and resurrected, evident by her gruesome murder of the Council members. Not that she was ever all there to begin with.
- Shipper on Deck: For Kyle/Zoe.
Played By: Robin BartlettA member of the Witches' Council that visited the Academy. She serves as the stenographer and keeps an official record of the meeting.
- Butt-Monkey: Relentlessly mocked by Fiona, Myrtle and Quentin for her boring personality.
- Dirty Coward: She becomes a shameless ass-kisser when Myrtle, whom she condemned to death, turns up alive.
- Eye Scream: Has one eye scooped out with a melon baller by Myrtle.
- The Generic Guy: And mocked because of it.
- Killed Off for Real: Myrtle disposes of hers and Quentin's bodies in acid to ensure this trope.
- The Starscream: Implied to be part of the reason she so quickly condemned Myrtle.
- The Stoic: She's much more reserved than the camp Quentin and hammy Myrtle.
Played By: Leslie JordanA warlock, or male witch, as well as a member of the Witches' Council. He is a famous author, whose books are on the bestseller list. It was mentioned that it was Fiona's magic that made his books successful.
- Camp Gay: He's very similar to his actor, Leslie Jordan.
- Deal with the Devil: Well, not the Devil per se, but he did make one with Fiona to make him a very successful author.
- Dirty Coward: He becomes a shameless ass-kisser when Myrtle, whom he condemned to death, turns up alive.
- Expy: Of Quentin Crisp, a noted gay writer whose witticisms and appearance closely match this character's. If not for his surname, the audience could be forgiven for assuming he's meant to be Crisp.
- Eye Scream: Has one eye scooped out with a melon baller by Myrtle.
- Killed Off for Real: Myrtle disposes of his and Cecily's bodies in acid to ensure this trope.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a Camp Gay author, and his speech pattern and clothing style is very similar to Truman Capote's.
- The Starscream: Implied to be part of the reason he so quickly condemned Myrtle.
Hank Foxx AKA Henry Renard
Played By: Josh Hamilton & Toby NicholsCordelia's husband. In actuality, he comes from a long line of witch hunters. Marie hired him to kill the descendants of all the Salem witches, thinking that she'd be able to handle him in the event he came after her. She was wrong.
- Ate His Gun: Actually, Queenie ate the gun; Hank just took the damage.
- Beard of Evil: He has a scruffy beard, but it's unclear how outright evil he is and how much is his Punch-Clock Villain routine.
- Becoming the Mask: Marie accuses him of this, and it seems to be partly accurate judging from his reaction to getting kicked out by Cordelia. His father also picks up on this.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's supportive of Cordelia and wants to have a baby with her. On the surface. He's a witch hunter in reality, and has only gotten close to the witches so he can kill them.
- Deadpan Snarker:Fiona: You know why I got a female attack dog?Hank: Because bitches stick together?
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: He's a witch hunter mole inside the Academy whose marriage to Cordelia is a front. At first it's revealed that he's working for Marie LaVeau. Then it turns out that he's really working for an Ancient Conspiracy of witch hunters and that his alliance with Marie is an unauthorized action he did on his own initiative to take down both the Coven and Marie. And a part of him genuinely loves Cordelia and doesn't want her to get hurt in all of this.
- The Dragon: A reluctant one, to Marie.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being raised to hate witches and being tasked to kill them, Hank grows to truly love Cordelia, to the point that he chooses to attack the voodoo witches as a last effort to protect her. He succeeds in taking down all of them but Marie, at the cost of his life.
- Guns Akimbo: He knows that most voodoo magic is very ritualistic and requires time to work, so he resorts to this in order to catch Marie and her followers off-guard. It would have worked if he'd made sure to finish off Queenie.
- The Heavy: In "Head," he ultimately is revealed to have been this for the first half of the series after he explains to his father that he has been secretly working behind the scenes to exacerbate tensions between the Salem and Voodoo witches so that they will be driven toward annihilating one another.
- Hero Antagonist: He's a witch hunter sent to wipe out witches to protect humankind and the protagonists are witches, so this is expected.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Despite being a skilled gunman and fairly competent double agent, his father considers him to be this due to his inability to meet the standards of discretion and ruthlessness required of the witch hunter profession.
- Killed Off for Real: When he shoots up Marie's salon, Queenie uses her voodoo powers and a gun he dropped to blow his brains out.
- The Starscream: He was always planning on betraying Marie and rampages through her hair salon at the end of "Head."
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He used to be a nice kid who loved his father, but also had huge conflicting feelings about being raised to kill people. His father's conditioning eventually got rid of what guilt he had—until he fell in love with Cordelia.
- Walking Spoiler: Though he is a minor yet recurring character, it's very hard to describe whom Hank actually is, other than stating he is Cordelia's husband—which barely touches the surface.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his father Harrison Renard.
- The Witch Hunter: He's a witch hunter hired by Marie the Voodoo Queen to kill the witches, having done it to nine so far. He's actually from a long line of witch hunters and was ready to go after Marie once he was done with the Salem witches, but is killed when he chooses to go after her in a last-ditch effort to protect Cordelia.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Cordelia by sleeping with a pyrokinetic witch, Kaylee. However, shortly after being revealing to be a witch-hunter, it is implied he did so merely to lull her into a false sense of security before shooting her in the head. Given that his father constantly accuses him of being too compassionate to their targets, it is also implied that he has an affair for the purpose of weakening his personal attachment to Cordelia.
Played By: Michael CristoferThe CEO of Delphi Trust and Hank's father.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Seems to have become this by the time of the story's present.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite their difficult relationship, Harrison does love his son and is distraught after Queenie kills Hank.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he realizes there's no way to avoid what's coming, he just calmly pours himself some tea and sits down after congratulating Fiona and Marie on how well they played the game.
- Fallen Hero: In his past, he was a courageous (albeit zealous) soldier for the cause of protecting humanity against the evils of witchcraft. By the story's present, he has become a ruthless and manipulative corporate kingpin who is all but consumed by his lust for more power.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In order to accumulate the resources necessary to combat witches on a global scale, he played an active role in transforming the secret order to which he belongs into a massive multinational corporation with ties to banking, arms dealing, and politics. By the time of the series' present, he and his inner circle have been engaged in the affairs of the "corporation" for so long that they seem to have lost sight of their order's relatively altruistic origins in favor of accumulating wealth and power at all costs.
- Hero Antagonist: Acts as this to the Villain Protagonist witches.
- Knight Templar: He genuinely believes that his organization has the world's best interests at heart...even while taking the lives of innocents to cover their tracks.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Hank and by extension, Marie LaVeau (for the first half of the story, at least).
- Meaningful Name: Renard is French for "fox(x)."
- Papa Wolf: In a flashback, he rescues his son Hank from a witch by knocking him out of the way to take the full brunt of a fire spell before gunning her down. Similarly, after Hank is killed by Queenie, he is later shown grieving over his photo and later uses the organization's declining stock to seek vengeance against New Orleans' covens.
- Red Right Hand: His hand is permanently scarred from an encounter with a witch who had the power of pyrokinesis.
- Slashed Throat: Dies from an ax to the throat, though not outright beheaded.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Sees all witches as monsters, regardless of the morality of the individual witch.
Played By: Mike ColterTrusted confidante of Harrison Renard and the number two man at Delphi, which Hank seems to have some resentment about. He's present with Renard and the rest of the board at the ill-fated meeting to negotiate with Fiona and Marie.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Black, shaved head, and he's the leader to all of the company's employees except for his own boss, Renard.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As with his boss, it's all about the bottom line and dodging regulators with him.
- Instant Death Bullet: Unceremoniously shot by the Axeman.
- Yes-Man: Most of his lines consist of agreeing with/magnifying whatever Renard just said.
Marie Borgia Delphine Lopez
Marie Borgia Delphine Lopez ("Borquita")
Played By: Jennifer Lyn WarrenThe oldest daughter of Delphine LaLaurie.
- Abusive Parents: Delphine had no qualms locking up her daughters with the slaves in the attic (and all the attendant horrors) to discipline them.
- Posthumous Character: She's long-dead by the time the present events of the series begin.
- Running Gag: Writer Brian Juergens, who reviews the show for The Backlot, couldn't make out Borquita's name at first, so he called her something different in every episode synopsis before settling on "Bon Qui Qui."
Marie Pauline LaLaurie
Marie Pauline LaLaurie
Played By: Raeden GreerThe youngest of Delphine LaLaurie's three marriageable daughters. Despite her social standing in New Orleans society as a LaLaurie and youth advantage over her sister and half-sister (her mother believes her to be the ugly one and with no main talent), she only had eyes for the black servant Bastien.
- Abusive Parents: She had it slightly worse than her sisters, since Delphine considered her the least of the three.
- Hollywood Homely: She may have been talent-less, but when we see her in a flashback, she's actually fairly attractive.
- Posthumous Character: She's long-dead by the time the present events of the series begin.
- The Unfavorite: Delphine considered her the talent-less "ugly one."
Played By: Mare WinninghamKyle's mother. Kyle's death brings her to the brink of suicide from which Zoe pulls her back by returning her son.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She appears to be a grieving, if trashy, mother. Behind closed doors, she sexually abuses her son and has been for a while.
- Drugs Are Bad: Smokes weed openly in front of Zoe, and she certainly isn't the most put-together person.
- Parental Incest: Forced, with Kyle.
- Yandere: For her son. She had planned to kill herself after his death.
Played By: Alexandra BreckenridgeA young witch with the power of making things burn, who was approached by Cordelia to join the Academy. Murdered by Hank Foxx.
- Advertised Extra: She was included in the official poster yet barely last two episodes.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The fact that she's a redhead, considering her power.
- Boom, Headshot: Hank kills her this way with a silenced pistol.
- Death by Sex: Sadly, she is a victim of this after being murdered by Hank via a Boom, Headshot.
- Death by Woman Scorned: She unintentionally set her boyfriend on fire when he broke up with her.
- Hot Witch: She was pretty attractive.
- I Just Want to Be Normal / Nice Girl: As she puts it, she just wanted to play Fantasy Football, and also to just settle down and have three kids.
- Mauve Shirt: Given some characterization before being murdered.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the most attractive characters this season. She also has a sex scene with Hank.
- Playing with Fire: The power that brought her to Cordelia's attention.
- Shrinking Violet: She's a sweet, shy girl who's worried about getting her heart broken.
Played By: Grey DamonOne of Kyle's frat brothers. Along with some of his other friends, Archie gang-rapes Madison at a party and then is later heavily injured when she telekinetically flips their bus. Zoe comes to the hospital to see if Kyle is still alive but sees it is Archie who survived, not Kyle. In turn, Zoe begins to fondle him and then rapes him, killing him with her deadly vagina.
- Asshole Victim: With major emphasis'' on asshole, he planned and participated in Madison's gang rape, even videoing it on a camera phone. He probably deserved worse.
- Death by Sex: A literal case.
- Hate Sink: Desipte being a minor villain, he's easily the most repulsive character this season.
- Jerk Jock: Averted, actually. He got along well with Kyle and his fellow frat brothers. His dark, rapist side is hidden enough that Kyle is shocked to see what he gets up to.
- Karmic Death: Zoe rapes him to death, a repayment for his rape of Madison.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He planned and participated in Madison's gang rape, even videoing it on a camera phone.
Played By: Danny Huston
"They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman."A murderer who met his end in 1919. He has been watching over Fiona for all her life at the coven and was in love with her. When he finds out she was going to leave him, he kills her and feeds her to the alligators, then attacks the rest of the Coven, meeting the same fate as he did in 1919. However, in actuality, Fiona faked her death, and when she passes on, she finds herself in her personal hell, coupled with the Axeman for all eternity.
- Advertised Extra: Played by a very well-known actor, is set up to be a major Big Bad, and yet is given nothing much to do, aside from dating Fiona and slaughtering the Delphi Trust before dying for real.
- An Axe to Grind: Obviously.
- Back from the Dead: Zoe brings him back as part of a deal to show her Madison's body.
- Brought Down to Normal: Went from a frightening Poltergeist, and then back to being human once Zoe brings him back from the dead.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He freely and happily admits to being a horrible murderer.
- As noted above, he refers to himself as a "demon from the hottest hell." That's a quote from the real Axeman, by the way.
- The Charmer: As part of his Faux Affably Evil persona.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Got turned into a human pincushion by the Academy girls of 1919.
- The same goes for the second time.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a remarkably suave and jovial gentleman quick with a witty comment and quicker with a smile... even when he's butchering people with an ax.
- Historical-Domain Character: Based on The Axeman of New Orleans.
- If I Can't Have You...: He killed Fiona off in the end when she was going to leave him, cutting her to pieces and feeding her to the alligators so Misty can't bring her back.
- Only he didn't, because Fiona tricked him. But he would have probably done it.
- Karma Houdini: He did die, but it was to help Fiona. And his eternity with Fiona is his Heaven. Probably because his Heaven is her Hell.
- The Axeman of Fiona's Hell probably wasn't the real one, but a duplicate.
- Nice Hat: A nifty fedora, as was popular in his era.
- One-Man Army: As seen in "Protect the Coven," he massacres the entire Delphi Trust board members within a matter of seconds.
- Poltergeist: Capable of interacting with the real world despite being dead, pre-resurrection.
- Serial Killer: Like his historical counterpart.
- Senseless Violins: Hides his ax inside his saxophone case.
- Stalker With a Crush: He's been watching Fiona all her life. The first thing he does after leaving the Academy is find and seduce her.
- Underestimating Badassery: Twice he makes the mistake of angering the Coven, and twice he dies for his foolishness.
Played By: Alexander DreymonThe son of Joan Ramsey.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Done to him by his mother, and holy shit is it terrible.
- Innocent Fanservice Boy: Before we even know his name, he has his shirt off and is obliviously eyed up by Queenie, Nan, and Madison.
- Killed Off for Real: He was cremated, eliminating any chance of revival.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to his mother, Luke is a good-natured fellow who treats others kindly without judgment. Only Madison seems to rub him the wrong way, and that's because Madison wants to rub him all kinds of ways.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Tries to get rid of the zombies, gets an ax to the back. Then he took a bullet for Nan. And having Nan confront his mom about murdering her husband ends with her smothering him.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: When Madison and Nan first visit, the former is wearing an extremely form-fitting dress with the express intention of making him her "Fall fling." She continues to drop hints (and pretty blatant ones at that), but Luke is more interested in Nan's kind nature and the delicious cake she made for him. It's promptly lampshaded when Madison outright states "Are you seriously ignoring me for dessert?"
- Ship Tease: While he didn't seem to like Madison, Nan made a very good first impression on him, and he clearly views her fondly.
- Sickbed Slaying: His mother suffocates him while he lies weakened on a hospital bed.
- Taking the Bullet: For Nan.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the, if not the, only truly nice, innocent characters in the entire season. He acts kind toward everyone, shows genuine interest in Nan as a potential partner, lists sweets as his only vice, and takes a bullet to protect Nan. His mother ends up killing him while he's stuck in a hospital bed.
Played By: Patti LuPoneA fundamentalist Christian woman who moves in next door to the Academy with her son Luke. She strives to protect herself and her son from all that is dark and ungodly.
- Abusive Parents: Whereas most super-religious parents force their kids to pray or read the Bible all night, Joan gives Luke a bleach enema.
- Asshole Victim: To quote Fiona: "She [Nan] killed the neighbor, but the bitch had it coming."
- Back from the Dead: Forced back to life by Misty on Fiona's orders not thirty minutes later.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's the worst kind of religious fundamentalist, but she does genuinely love her son. Later subverted when she decides that she should smother him with a pillow after he finds out that she murdered his father.
- The Fundamentalist: She's deeply religious, to the point of attending church several times a week and giving a Bible to any new home she visits.
- Holier Than Thou: Brings a copy of the Bible every time she visits a new home and slut-shames Madison by saying her dress was so scandalous that she was concerned about the long-term effects it would have on her son. Madison, of course, finds this hilarious.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She's correct that she and Luke would not have been in any danger if the girls hadn't taken a liking to him. Granted, she turned out to be abusive, so this isn't exactly a bad thing. Also, while slut shaming Madison might not be a very Christian thing to do, Madison tries to seduce her son the day after Madison meets him.
- Karmic Death: Joan would give her son a forced bleach enema. Nan later uses her Mind Control to force Joan to drink the bottle of bleach.
- Offing the Offspring: She suffocates Luke when he finds out she killed his father.
- Sickbed Slaying: While Luke is semi-comatose and weak, she murders him.
- Too Dumb to Live: After killing and cremating her son to cover up the murder of her husband, Joan thinks it's a good idea to invite Zoe and Nan into her home, the latter of whom she knows can read minds, is aware of the first murder, and loved Luke. Smart thinking.
- Yandere: Murdered her husband when he planned on leaving her for another woman.