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 adult daughter Cordelia.
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 FriendNobody Likes: 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.
Blondes are Evil: While she doesn't seem to be openly sadistic, Fiona is incredibly callous and can kill decent people who have families without a second thought simply for knowing too much or having been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Bullying a Dragon: Decides to double-cross and break the heart of a psychopathic axe-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.
Faking the Dead: She implanted her memories of her death into the Axe-Man 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.
Faking the Dead: Planned her 'death' by the Ax Man to try to get out of the deal she'd made with him.
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.
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.
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.
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 the girls' shoddy resurrection.
Properly Paranoid: She doesn't like Cordelia's husband. 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. 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.
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
" I have half a mind to enchant the locks after you leave."
Played By: Sarah Paulson
The 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 succeeded her mother as Supreme.
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.
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, 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.
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."
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
The Generic Girl: Or at least, according to her mother. Of course, when she gains and then loses 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 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.
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 she finds out that it wasn't his real name.
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."
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Did we just marry the devil, because I donï¿½t know if Im down with that?"
Played By: Taissa Farmiga
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.
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: Subversion. It looked like she was going to be the lead. She had a lot of screentime, 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.
Hypocrite: Despite murdering people when she feels it is necessary, Zoe is quick to criticize others for doing the exact same thing.
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.
"I have a book of matches in my pocket and I'm just dying to light this fire."
Played By: Frances Conroy & Michelle Page
A 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.
Burn the Witch!: She's burned at the stake by the Council for blinding Cordelia.
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!"
Dangerously Genre Savvy: After killing Pembroke and Quentin, she makes sure to dismember their bodies and drop the pieces in a barrel of acid so they can't be resurrected.
Defiant to the End: She does this twice, once when she originally died and the other time when truthfully died.
Nerd Glasses: Of the cat-eye brand; Myrtle has apparently favored the style since The Seventies when she was especially bookish (and, in Fiona's words, hadn't yet developed any style).
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.
"As the next Supreme, I'm going to drag this Coven out of the dark ages. Crotchless 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 one common trait about Miss Madison Montgomery, it was that she was very smug and having powers just added more to her favor.
"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. 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 abilities over the course of the show.
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.
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.
Playing with Fire: She develops the ability to set things on fire with her mind in episode 3.
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 entirebus which then explodes, all without a scream or anything. Just a silent rage.
Ungrateful Bitch: Misty Day 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.
"Power of resurgence. I like the sound of that."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"300 years my family has been a clan of watchers... and now, I see everything."
Played By: Denis O'Hare
A 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 (ie, 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.
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.
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.
The Voiceless: 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.
Miss Robichaux's Academy
Played By: Christine Ebersole
The Supreme before Fiona.
Posthumous Character: Since there's only one Supreme for each generation, she's dead by the time the events of the series begin.
"You just wanted love and they called you a beast. They called me that too."
Played By: Gabourey Sidibe
An inner-city math prodigy from Detroit, Queenie never identified with the mostly-white witches on television until she became one herself. Having grown up in foster care, she may have finally found a true family at the Academy... if she can survive the experience. She 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.
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.
Genre Savvy: When the girls are about to use a Ouija board, she's the only one who seems hesitant, citing an incident in her past where her grandma used one and conjured a malevolent spirit that burned her house down.
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.
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 Eleventh Hour Superpower. But even then, it was established that even if she did die, the witches planned to bring her back anyway.
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.
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.
No Sell: Averted. Her powers only work if she does it to herself. She can still be attacked and injured normally.
"If I was the Supreme, I would only do good."
Played By: Jamie Brewer
A 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.
Kill the Cutie: Drowned by Fiona and Marie, both as an offering to the Voodoo Spirit and to eliminate her as a threat.
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.
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".
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: Robin Bartlett
A member of the Witches' Council that visited the Academy. She serves as the stenographer and keeps an official record of the meeting.
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.
A 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.
Eye Scream: Has one eye scooped out with a melon baller by Myrtle.
The 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.
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.
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: While not poor per se, she's over 200 years old and lives a relatively humble lifestyle as the owner of a local hair salon. She is most likely keeping a low profile to maintain the Masquerade.
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 in 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's been sacrificing babies to Papa Legba for centuries in order to maintain her youth and vitality.
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.
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 Gourrier
A 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.
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".
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.
Hank Foxx AKA Henry Renard
Played By: Josh Hamilton & Toby Nichols
Cordelia'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.
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 Starscream: He was always planning on betraying Marie and rampages through her hair salon at the end of "Head."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Undoubtedly, you Orleanians think of me as a most horrible murderer, which I am, but I could be much worse if I wanted to."
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
Marie Borgia Delphine Lopez ("Borquita")
Played By: Jennifer Lyn Warren
The 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.
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
Played By: Raeden Greer
The 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.
Name's the Same: Shares the same name as her mother's hated arch-rival Marie LaVeau.
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.
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.
Yandere: For her son. She had planned to kill herself after his death.
Played By: Grey Damon
One 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 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: He planned and participated in Madison's gang rape, even videoing it on camera phones. He probably deserved worse.