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The Murder House
Dr. Benjamin ‘Ben’ Harmon
Played By: Dylan McDermottA psychiatrist, married to Vivien Harmon and the father of Violet Harmon. Ben has an affair with one of his psychiatry students, Hayden, after his wife Vivien has a stillbirth. As a result, he and Vivien decided to move the family from Boston to Los Angeles in an attempt to start anew.
- Agent Scully: Ben is a firm skeptic, and it takes him a very long time to get even close to admitting that there's something odd going on with the house.
- Character Development: He goes from being fairly self-involved to seeing 'things how they really are'.
- Chick Magnet: Bordering on Even the Guys Want Him. Ghosts in particular seem turned on by him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He mentions having a difficult childhood and being on a 'path to destruction'. It isn't elaborated on.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: After he walks in on Young!Moira having her own date.
- Death Equals Redemption: Only after his death is he able to unite the family.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Frequently, especially with young!Moira deliberately trying to invoke this.
- Driven to Suicide: Almost. Though he didn't actually commit suicide, Marcy uses this to explain his death to potential buyers.
- Dr. Jerk: His bedside manner isn't exactly an inspiration. He even daydreams and ignores a patient whose problem was that everyone was ignoring her even though he was (unwittingly) drugged at the time.
- Final Boy: By "Birth", he's the last of the original Harmon family left alive. His status as Final Boy is quickly revoked partway through "Afterbirth", as Hayden and several other ghosts hang him from a chandelier.
- Has a Type: He's married to a strawberry-blonde wife, who he cheated on with a redhead student, and is constantly Distracted by the Sexy, who in this case is his redhead maid. Notice a trend here?
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Almost always seen in a black leather jacket, which matches his black shirt, black pants, and black hair. It's sinister looking.
- Subverted post-mortem, as he wears the latex gimp outfit to chase people away.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Hot Teacher: He was Hayden's teacher, after all.
- Interrupted Suicide: After losing Vivien and Violet, Ben puts a gun to his head with every intent of pulling the trigger. At the last second, Vivien's ghost stepped in to stop him so that he could raise the baby.
- It's All About Me: Prior to his character development. His entire arc on the show is about him getting over this, and seeing the world around him as it really is.
- Jerkass: He quickly resorts to getting aggressive and rude to others when things don't go his way.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold as well, as he seems to really care for his family, but handles himself poorly.
- Mr. Fanservice: Has quite a few shots of his naked ass, as well as a shower scene.
- Papa Wolf: To Violet. He gets extremely upset when Tate taunts him about her.
- Sleepwalking: The effect that the house has on him.
- Supernatural-Proof Father: When Hayden shows up in episodes 4 and 5 after Larry killed her the episode before, Ben jumps to the conclusion that they are working together to get money out of him, despite the fact he held her dead body in his arms and built a friggin' gazebo over her burial place.
- When Vivien starts seeing the ghosts, he thinks she's gone crazy.
- He only believes Vivien's story about the Rubber Man after speaking to Luke. And even then they both think it's someone who broke in!
- Doesn't even notice that Violet is dead, believing that she's only depressed.
- It's only after he dies that he believes. He then uses that knowledge to help prevent the same thing from happening again.
- Or when Violet keyed him in on everything the episode prior.
- Teacher/Student Romance: He was the teacher to Hayden's student.
- Together in Death: With Vivien and Violet.
- Took a Level in Badass: At first Ben is somewhat ineffectual, but does manage to take control of his Larry/Hayden situation by breaking into Larry's home and threatening him.
- Your Cheating Heart: His infidelity is what causes the family to try and get a new start.
Played By: Connie BrittonA housewife and a former cellist. She had a stillbirth that caused her to withdraw from her husband Ben, who then had an affair with Hayden, one of his college students. In the process of dealing with the issues of her husband and the loss of their baby, she somewhat neglects her daughter Violet, but they seem to have a loving relationship. Vivien had been repulsed at the idea of any sexual contact with Ben, yet seemed committed to keeping the family together and to patching things up to go on with their lives.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Brain Food: Fed to her by Constance.
- Broken Bird
- Butt-Monkey: A cheating husband? A miscarriage? A home invasion? Raped by her daughter's boyfriend? Considered utterly crazy? Giving birth to some kind of demon child? Yep, it's all happened to our Viv.
- Child by Rape: Her son with Tate.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Fantasizes about Luke.
- Death by Childbirth: Along with one of her twins.
- Happily Married: With Ben prior to his affair. Also, after their deaths, they remain happily Together in Death.
- Mama Bear: First noticeable in episode 2, when she bashes a dude's head in with an ashtray.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Young Moira, but she has a few moments.
- Only Sane Woman: At least, until she connects the dots and starts seeing the ghosts as they really are.
- Properly Paranoid: Her suspicions about the house.
- Rape as Drama: Much grief is caused her rape at the hands of the Rubber Man Tate.
- Shrinking Violet: While she's in the asylum. She soon returns to her former self though.
- Together in Death: With Violet and Ben.
- Who's Your Daddy?: She had sex with Ben in the afternoon and in the evening Tate raped her by fraud, dressed as the Rubber man who she thought was Ben. She gets pregnant with twins, one of which is Ben's and the other is Tate's.
Played By: Taissa Farmiga
"I'm not gonna off myself. So you can go back to your policy of benign neglect."The teenaged daughter of Vivien and Ben Harmon. She was upset at her family moving, as well as with her father's infidelity and mother's stillbirth.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her relationship with Tate. But she swiftly loses interest when she discovers just how "bad" he really is.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She has her moments.
- Broken Bird: After she realizes she's dead.
- Bungled Suicide: It is later revealed that she did, in fact, die, as Tate wasn't able to save her in time.
- Cry Cute: Has her moments.
- Daddy's Girl: It's hinted that she was this when she was younger.
- Dawson Casting: Averted. Taissa Farmiga was actually 16 during filming.
- Dead All Along: Did not survive her overdose.
- Deadpan Snarker: Before the Harmon family went to hell.
- Driven to Madness: And eventually...
- Driven to Suicide: Cuts herself, and tried to kill herself with pills. And it worked.
- Emo Teen: In demeanor and behavior, if not dress.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She becomes friends with Leah after their experience in the Murder House.
- Genre Blind: Takes forever to figure out that living in a haunted murder house is not a good idea, even after figuring out it is haunted.
- Informed Ability: She apparently has good enough grades that getting into Harvard is a possibility. Nothing she does on the show supports that.
- Morality Pet: Becomes this for Tate after he falls for her.
- Must Have Nicotine: She smokes a lot, and not always to look cool.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She certainly loves the darker side of things.
- Never Found the Body: Because Tate hid it.
- Self-Harm: She cuts her wrists and often wears long sleeves to cover the scars.
- Smoking Is Cool: Violet has a significant smoking habit, which, in a reversal of the usual pattern, is not shared by the clique of attractive girls she encounters on her first day at her new school. Instead, they first bully, then physically attack her, under the pretext of defending themselves from secondhand smoke. Even after this she refuses to quit, though over time her smoking becomes more an indication of unease or anxiety than a symbol of being edgy or cool.
- Together in Death: Initially with Tate, but rejects him in favor of her also dead family.
- Weirdness Magnet: Even though every character encounters the supernatural, Violet seems to experience the strangest of them, particularly Tate's love for her and being bombarded with a flurry of ghosts.
Played By: Jessica Lange
"Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was destined for great things. I was going to be somebody. Person of significance."The next door neighbor to the Harmons, and a former resident of the house. Constance had four children: Tate, Adelaide, Beauregard, and one other unnamed child. Constance originally moved from Virginia to California in order to become a movie star, but did not want to do nudity, so her career never got off the ground. She was soon pregnant with her first child, Adelaide. At some point in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Constance and her family moved into the house.
- Abusive Parent: Constance locks Adelaide in a closet full of mirrors after she interrupts Constance's "business meeting". She also chains her son Beau up in the attic because of a genetic deformity. In general, she's emotionally abusive to all her kids.
- The Beautiful Elite: Strongly believes that "there isn't a door in the world that beauty cannot open."
- Born Unlucky: All of her children have died, Tate killed 15 people as well as burning her husband at the time, her first husband cheated on her, her most current lover, Travis, was killed by Hayden, and her grandson is a sociopath who may very well be the Anti-Christ. Though she deserves all of her pain.Moira: You need to pay for what you've done.Constance: I do... every goddamn day.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Everyone Has Standards: She's disturbed when she learn that her son raped Vivien and when Chad announces he intents to kill Vivien's babies.
- Evil Chef: Bakes an syrup of ipecac tainted cupcake for Violet in Home Invasion.
- Evil Matriarch
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Calls Patrick and Chad's homosexuality an abomination, and even phones in a medium in an attempt to exorcise them in the penultimate episode of season one.
- Final Girl: She's the only member of the main cast to remain alive by the end (except for Larry, who was sent to jail and likely did not survive much longer there either).
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Likes to tell anyone who'll listen how she could have been a major Hollywood star on the silver screen, but she had been too moral to let them put her "green pastures" up there for all to see, so it never came about.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Also something she often likes to remind people.
- Gold Digger: Hooked up with Larry Harvey, not out of love, but so she could get back into the house.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Double subverted, since she comments to Vivien that had they had the tests for Down's back then she would have had Adelaide aborted. This pretty clearly sets up how she sees her children.
- Haunted House Historian: Knows a great deal about the Murder House. She should, since she lived there longer than perhaps anyone else and is directly responsible for at least several ghosts that reside there.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: And eventually, she does take Vivien's son out of the house.
- Karma Houdini: An interesting version of this, while she escapes criminal punishment for her deeds, she suffers greatly through the death of all her children, and anyone she loves.
- Large Ham
- Mama Bear: Nobody is allowed to hurt Addy except for her.
- Applies to Tate and her second son, Beau, who she had Larry kill to prevent him from being taken by the state, as well. She will kill to keep her family together, even going so far as to ally with Moira and Larry to off an unpleasant possible buyer who was going to tear the house down.
- May–December Romance: With Travis.
- Must Have Nicotine: She’s almost always seen smoking.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She outlived her three children.
- Pet the Dog: Largely in regard to her daughter, Addie. Despite her being constantly passive aggressive, belittling her, regarding her with disgust and going so far as to lock her in a room full of mirrors, she still seems to love her and is distraught when Addie is killed. It's a...complex relationship. Also her bringing Vivien flowers in the asylum.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Somewhat racist and very homophobic.
- Racist Grandma
- Southern Belle: Of the aging, Blanche Dubois variety. Fitting, as Jessica Lange portrayed Blanche Dubois in several Streetcar Named Desire adaptations.
- Sticky Fingers: Constance has no qualms about stealing from Vivien, does so every time she enters their house, and does so to other people's houses as well.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: An odd example. She wanted to break into movies and certainly has both the ego and dramatic flair, but never succeeded in the first place, which she says was due to her unwillingness to do nudity. She stills acts like a faded Hollywood star, though.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tried to feed Violet cupcakes that would give her painful stomach aches and internal bleeding.
Adelaide "Addie" Langdon
Played By: Jamie Brewer & Katelyn ReedThe daughter of Constance Langdon and sister to Tate, Beauregard, and one other unnamed sibling. Addie would frequently appear inside of or near the house, often giving ominous warnings of death.
- Creepy Child: When she was physically still a kid, hanging out at the Murder House, playing with ghosts no one else could see, and ominously (and gleefully!) warning anyone who sets foot in the house that, "You're going to die in t/here."
- Haunted House Historian: From the very first scene in the series, when she warns off the twins not to enter the house.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: This doesn't end well for her.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted. She is not that nice or innocent; she is every bit as messed up and creepy as the other characters on the show. Despite this she is one of the nicer people on the show, which helps demonstrate how much of a Dysfunction Junction the rest of the cast is.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Down Syndrome aside, Constance treats her like she's still five, and often pushes little kiddie things on Addie that she isn't even interested in, like watching Dora the Explorer and dressing up as Snoopy for Halloween.
- Odd Friendship: With Violet. She is initially creeped out by Addie, but later they manage to get along and Violet even gave her a makeover for Halloween so that she looked "like a pretty girl".
- Sacrificial Lamb: She dies in episode 4
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies early in, as stated above.
- Manchild: Constance forces her to do things that only a child would like like dressing up as Snoopy, and watching Go Diego Go! It’s not her fault though.
Played By: Evan Peters & Paul Butler
"I think I have mommy issues. You know a good therapist?"An unsettling new patient of Ben's, later revealed to be the ghost of Constance's murderous son.
- Ambiguously Bi: Agrees with Violet that gay porn is hot, though he says it somewhat facetiously. He also offered to have sex with Patrick, although this was to get his wedding ring. Whether or not he is actually bisexual is unknown.
- Interestingly enough, the reason given for killing Chad and Patrick wasn't that as a gay couple, they couldn't come up with a baby for Nora, but rather that as they were on the verge of breaking up, there wouldn't be a baby for Nora to take because they were no longer going to adopt. Then again, the egregious scene involving an Ass Shove with the poker, is disturbingly reminiscent of a hate crime. It might have been a shoddy Plan A attempt to paint the murder as an external hate crime, before Moira pointed out the flaw in this reasoning and turned it into a murder-suicide instead.
- An Axe to Grind: He uses an axe to kill Bianca.
- The Atoner: It almost seems like it, and he probably thinks he is, but he never stops doing monstrous things, but still can’t quite bring himself to kill Gabriel Ramos by the end of the season.
- Ax-Crazy: Murders a lot of people for no good reason.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he killed Stephanie, Amir and Kevin in the Westfield High Massacre.
- Crocodile Tears: In the beginning, maybe towards Ben; arguably throughout the series.
- Cry Cute: Perhaps the ultimate male example of this.
- Dead All Along: Was gunned down by SWAT in 1994.
- Dead to Begin With: ...nearly two decades before the start of the show.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments of this.
- Dressed All in Rubber: After the identity of the rubber man is revealed.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a murderous, callous and troubled young man, he appears to genuinely love his siblings as seen in a picture where he's smiling happily with Addie, and he even considers her smart, and also likes to play with is brother Beau. Not to mention his entire relationship with Violet. He's still willing to lie to her, but his love for her is pretty sincere.
- Expy: Tate is a (literally) Axe-Crazy, lying, young man who has obsession with a younger girl and a mentally challenged sibling, and is first introduced with the Kill Bill whistle tune playing; he is clearly based on the lead character from the 1969 movie Twisted Nerve.
- He also bears some similarities to JD from Heathers especially in his relationship with Violet.
- Freudian Excuse: For a lot of things. YMMV on how much they actually matter.
- Haunted House Historian: It helps that he's one of the ghosts.
- Inelegant Blubbering: In the last episode, after Violet leaves him after finding out the truth about his past actions, Tate is shown sobbing hysterically, a long string of snot dripping from his nose.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even if it means killing any guy Violet takes even a remote liking to, so that the guy can join her as a ghost in the house.
- Jerkass: Pre-death, he murders 15 classmates and disfigures his mother's boyfriend. Post-death, he kills more innocents and rapes Vivien, fathering a potential Antichrist in the process.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Violet.
- Love Redeems: His love for Violet is something he has never felt before, which is weird at the beginning he was acting as a sociopath. It’s arguable as to whether his love is genuine.
- He says he does, but it's possible he doesn't.
- Ultimately this is averted. He's in love with her, but that doesn't stop him being a monster, albeit a regretful one.
- Moral Myopia: Like any sociopath, he has no concept of good and evil. He looks down on some acts while defends his own inherent evil.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Cut himself while alive and shot up a school for fucks sake.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: His rape of Vivien.
- Reformed, but Rejected: At the end of the season, Tate apologizes to Violet and Ben for everything, but neither (understandably) wants anything to do with him. Interestingly, while part of Violet still loves him, she can't forgive him, and Ben flat-out thinks Tate's a psychopath who's incapable of feeling remorse and only pretends to to get back in people's good graces.
- Slasher Smile: When terrorising Leah.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Violet.
- The Sociopath: At the end of the series, he takes responsibility for the heinous crimes he has committed, directly contradicting the denial-riddled nature of a sociopath. This suggests his character may have actually developed from the first episode to the last.
- Teens Are Monsters: If the high school shooting didn't give you a hint...
- This Is Unforgivable!: Tate is considered to have crossed the moral event horizon by Violet and Ben when they learn he raped Vivien. While they had spent all season seeing his darker side and trying to help him anyway, once they learned that they threw up their hands and told him to get out.
- Troubled, but Cute: A-yup.
- Walking Spoiler: He is the rubber suit man, he is dead, he shit up his school and burned Larry, he is Constance’s son.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He raped Vivien because he thought he was helping Nora, the only motherly figure he'd ever received attention and affection from (especially in light of his mommy issues). However, this only applies after his death and after he meets Violet.
- He also tries to kill a potential new resident to give Violet some company.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: When he falls for Violet, he is deeply confused by how strong his feelings are for her, as he apparently never felt this strongly (at least positively) about anyone.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's mentally damaged, neglected by his parents, and clearly depressed... and also a seemingly sweet boyfriend. And he cries so prettily! On the other hand, he's a mass-murdering, stalking ghost.
- Yandere: For Violet.
Played By: Sam Kinsey
"Play! Play!"Constance's son, and brother to Tate, Adelaide, and an unnamed third child. Beau was kept hidden away in the attic due to being born deformed and with Down Syndrome. He was smothered by Larry at Constance's request, to prevent the State from taking him away.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- The Grotesque: Despite looking horrifying, Beau does't have a mean bone in his body.
- Iconic Item: He has a red ball he likes to play with that shows up as often as he does.
- Irony: Probably the most horrifying-looking of Constance's children, yet he's also the sweetest-natured.
- Madwoman in the Attic: He was kept chained in the attic until his death.
- Morality Pet: Perhaps the only person Hayden has been shown to treat nicely without any caveats.
- Tragic Monster: Poor Beau. He can't help looking the way he does, yet on account of his looks he was chained up in the attic by Constance, then smothered with a pillow by Larry on Constance's request, and frightens most people who see him, even though he's completely without malice and just wants to roll his red ball back and forth with people.
Played By: Eric CloseConstance's cheating husband, who was shot to death by Constance after she found him trying to have sexual relations with Moira back in 1983. His body was chopped off and fed to the dogs. His ghost resides in the house, and was seen once having sex with Hayden. He is also the grandfather to the Antichrist.
- Asshole Victim: Very few tears were shed for him.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost, his ghost is only seen in episode 8.
- Death by Sex: He was in the process of raping Moira when Constance shoots him dead. Funnily enough, Hayden tries to do this to him again via his ghost, but of course, it's a No-Sell.
- Jerkass: Cheats on Constance with Moira, then tries to force himself on Moira when she wants to break things off. He also doesn’t even speak to his son Tate because Tate says that he still believes Constance’s lie that his father ran off so he doesn’t even know Hugo is in the house, and it’s safe to assume if he doesn’t talk to Tate he wouldn’t talk to Beau. But he may also not recognise Tate since he was younger when Hugo died and Tate doesn’t recognise Hugo either.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Justified. Being a ghost and all, he can't actually be killed (again) by anything; he's somewhat surprised when Hayden starts stabbing him, but is otherwise completely apathetic and then casually asks her if she wants anything to eat while he visits the kitchen.
- Too Dumb to Live: He says, as a ghost, decades after Constance murdered him, that if Constance catches him and Hayden screwing she’ll be mad. Also the fact that he rapes Moira, who obviously makes noise, when he knew Constance was in the house.
- Your Cheating Heart: With Moira, at least once.
Played By: Asher Gian StaritaOne of Vivien's newborns, fathered by Tate, as a result of his rape of Vivien. Survived the birth, unlike his mother and twin.
Played By: Lily RabeThe wife of Dr. Charles Montgomery. He built the house for her, and they were the first residents of the house along with their baby son Thaddeus. She assisted her husband in performing illegal abortions to maintain themselves financially. Eventually, their son is abducted by the boyfriend of one of their clients, and is later revealed to have been killed by the kidnapper.
- Affably Evil: She's nice to Tate, and sometimes to others. She’s not really evil, just willing to go to extreme lengths to have a child, and extremely mean to her husband and maybe her maid.
- Ate His Gun: How she killed herself.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Body Horror: Her ghost self retains the bloody, gaping hole she blew out the back of her head.
- Break the Haughty: Is shown to be rather cold, selfish, and nasty while she was alive, until her son was kidnapped and murdered. She's shown to be much more timid, humble, and even (at times) kind after that.
- Broken Bird: She was rather nasty and outspoken in life, but very nervous and docile as a ghost. Not to mention insane.
- Dead to Begin With: Seeing as she was one of the first residents in the house in the 1920's (her husband had the house built especially for her), this is a given.
- Despair Event Horizon: After her son Came Back Wrong at the hands of her husband, she tried to kill the baby, then she shot her husband and then herself.
- Haunted House Historian: She warned Tate about the ghosts when he was younger and taught him how to manage his way through the house.
- Mama Bear: Shes this to her son when he’s taken, and to Tate after she’s dead.
- Madness Mantra: "My baby... where is my baby?"
- Pet the Dog: Saving young Tate from Thaddeus, and teaching him how to protect himself from ghosts in the future. Also is polite to anyone other than her housekeeper and Charles and never tries to gaslight Vivien even though Hayden wanted to and it would help her get a baby.
- Sanity Slippage: After the death of her son.
- Stepford Smiler: When she was alive she acted happy to Charles’ abortion clients, even though she hates her new life. After her death, whenever she is talking to someone else besides Tate or Hayden, she acts happy too.
- Reality Ensues: She's introduced as a very cold, distant, inattentive mother to her toddler Thaddeus. Then she's very remorseful after her son is kidnapped and killed, and forever cries, "Where's my baby?" When she finally gets her wish to have a baby by taking the ghost of Vivien's still-born son, she's back to being very cold, distant, and uncaring, and finally has to admit that she's not cut out to be a mother as she gives the baby back to Vivien. As it turns out, being remorseful about her son's death doesn't magically turn her into a nurturing mother figure.
- Rich Bitch: Starts off this way, being a status-obsessed East Coast socialite.
Dr. Charles Montgomery
Played By: Matt RossA surgeon in the 1920s who built the house for his wife Nora. However, they eventually fall apart as he becomes more obsessed with his profession and alcohol. He performed illegal abortions to maintain themselves financially. Eventually, their only son is abducted by the boyfriend of one of their clients, and is later revealed to have been killed by the kidnapper.
- The Alcoholic: Other drugs, too.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- The Cameo: Appears in one episode of Hotel, through a flashback we learn that he did an unsuccessful abortion on the Countess, only to deliver her son instead.
- Deadly Doctor: Interestingly subverted. While rather creepy, drug-addicted, and morbidly obsessed with stitching the body parts of various animals together, all of his Frankenstein-like creatures are already dead. When his wife pushes him to open an illegal abortion clinic to pay the bills, all the girls in their care seem to get safe treatment. Until his son is killed, in which case he tries to bring his son back by stitching his body parts back together, uses animal parts for those missing, and uses the still-beating heart of one of his girls to bring it back to life. Although by “one of (his) girls” he could’ve meant the heart of the unborn aborted baby of the girl.
- Dead to Begin With: Dies in the 20's.
- Driven to Madness: He was pretty cracked to start with, but the murder of his infant son drove him overboard.
- Faux Affably Evil: When he's cutting up Elizabeth Short's body. But he’s not evil, justnit the best person and willing to assist a murderer in covering up a murder so he can do the only thing he still enjoys in the afterlife.
- Functional Addict: A very able surgeon despite his addictions.
- Henpecked Husband: To his wife Nora, before their son is kidnapped.
- Mad Doctor: After he is driven insane by his son's murder.
- Sanity Slippage: After the death of his son.
- Workaholic: Always working down in his basement, even after death.
Thaddeus Montgomery - The Infantata
Played By: Ben Woolf (Infantata)The kidnapped, murdered, then dismembered son of Dr. Charles and Nora Montgomery, who was reconstructed and brought back to life by Charles.
- All There in the Script: Never actually referred to as The Infantata in-universe.
- Back from the Dead: Though as a Frankenstein's monster rather than as the standard ghost.
- Came Back Wrong: Physically grotesque, violently attacks anything that gets too near (although it’s only so he could survive), and has an insatiable craving for fresh blood, among other things.
- Looks Like Orlock: Part of how he Came Back Wrong.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a round mouth with sharp teeth protruding from all sides.
- Undead Child: The ghost of a stitched-together toddler's corpse that was brought back to life with the still-beating heart of one of his father's living (female) patients, to be exact.
- The Unreveal: How has he been alive in the basement since the 20s?Especially since we’ve only seen him eat 2 humans and a possum.
Played By: Frances Conroy & Alexandra Breckenridge
"That's what men do—they make you think you're crazy so that they can have their fun."The maid that comes with the house, she appears as an old woman to everyone but living men, who see her as a sexy young girl. She was Constance's maid when she owned the house with her husband Hugo. When Hugo attempts to rape her, Constance walks in and, believing they were having an affair, shoots Moira right through her eye before killing her husband.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Messes with Ben this way at one point.
- And I Must Scream: Trapped as a ghost in a house she hates, constantly insulted and belittled by the woman who killed her, and unable to pass on even when her mother dies.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Constance murders her
- Bi the Way: Has sex with Elizabeth at one point.
- Cool Old Lady: Towards Vivien and Violet (particularly the former).
- Dead All Along: For episodes 1 and 2, we didn’t know this.
- Dead to Begin With: see Dead All Along
- Death by Sex: She’s being raped by Hugo when Constance walks in and thinks it’s consensual and shoots her in the eye.
- Does Not Like Men: Older Moira is pretty convinced that all men are out to hurt women. She isn't ever impolite to men in general, but when alone with a sympathetic female, she tends to rant a bit. As well as trying to use her young look to make Ben screw up.
- Midseason, it's revealed that this may have came about after she had a brief affair with Hugo Langdon, and when he tried to proposition her again, she refused, saying the first time around was a mistake. Not taking no for an answer, he nearly rapes her but is interrupted by Constance walking in on them...armed with a revolver. Constance kills Moira, then Hugo on the spot. In retrospect, a mild case of misandry might seem pretty sympathetic.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Her unjust murder and unhappy unlife were hell to endure, but her unwavering support to Vivien and towards Ben eventually causes them to accept her as part of the family, so at least she now has company in the house and doesn't have to face an eternity alone.
- Evil Redhead: Appears to be, but this is later subverted.
- Eye Scream: Constance shot her in her eye, and well... it's not pretty.
- French Maid Outfit: For her younger self.
- Groin Attack: Uses this on a potential buyer.
- Haunted House Historian: Being one of the ghosts who lives there, she ought to be.
- Mercy Kill: Does this for her mother.
- Ms. Fanservice: As her younger self complete with an erotic maid outfit.
- Never Found the Body: Her body, to be exact. But she's trying to get it found, bless her soul. Her hopes are dashed when Larry buries a young woman he just killed right beside her and Ben builds a gazebo over it so she'll never be found. She has another Hope Spot when a potential buyer expresses interest in tearing out the gazebo to build a swimming pool, but that's dashed when it's later revealed he just plans to tear the whole house down and pave it over with cheap apartments.
- Ninja Maid: A ghost maid who can alternate between her younger and older version!
- Servile Snarker: Very rarely, as she considers herself too classy and well-bred for such behavior, although she does have her moments.
- The Unreveal: It's never precisely explained why she can appear much older than she was at her death, unique among all the ghosts. It's implied that the elder form is her true nature, and that men only see her younger form if they're blinded by lust.
- Villain Ball: Bites off Joe’s dick, but that was a Necesary Evil so she wouldn’t be stuck in the Murder House for eternity.
Played By: Zachary QuintoOne of the previous owners of the house. He moved in with his boyfriend Patrick to the house with the desire to adopt a child and build a family, but they soon start to fall apart. He and Patrick were killed by Tate on Halloween.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts polite, usually, until something sets him off.
- Camp Gay: Especially compared to Patrick.
- Control Freak: Watch the beginning of Episode 4.
- Dead All Along
- Deadpan Snarker: He’s played by Creator Zachary Quinto.
- Dead to Begin With
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He completely loses his shit over seemingly little things, mostly since he was in a long term relationship that was about to end, with neither party willing to address the actual problems. Little things they fought about on the surface were masks for resentment and other major problems that had built up over the course of their relationship. As his relationship with Patrick will never actually end as they both died in the house, he understandably gets even worse.
- Large Ham:
- The Perfectionist: Halloween parties are damn serious business.
- Would Hurt a Child: Didn't so much plan to raise Vivien's twins as smother them once they were toddler-aged so they'd be 'cute forever'.
Played By: Teddy SearsOne of the previous owners of the house and Chad's boyfriend, Patrick spent more time at the gym that inside the house due to his fights with Chad. When he decides to dress up for Halloween just like Chad wanted to, he finds Tate killing Chad and tries to intervene, but is killed by Tate as well.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: He's a serial adulterer, though he draws the line at doing it with Tate. He whoops his ass instead. Tate was his killer.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Dead to Begin With
- Gym Bunny: Possibly screws his trainer too.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His absolutely awesome and long-deserved beat-down of Tate.
- Manly Gay: Not camp at all, and he's quite ripped.
- Only One Name: He has a wedding ring so it’s clear he’s married to Chad, but it’s not clear if either took the other’s name.
- Straight Gay: If he wasn't in a relationship with Chad, you would never know.
- Your Cheating Heart: Has repeatedly cheated on Chad, even after his death on Halloween.
The Rutger Twins
Troy & Bryan Rutger
Played By: Kai and Bodhi SchulzTwo destructive red-haired preadolescents who are victims of the house. They were killed by the Infantata in 1978. Their ghosts can be seen throughout the first season, usually causing trouble, breaking things and throwing bang snaps.
- Ax-Crazy: They’ve never hurt anyone, but threatened to hurt Addy when she was a little girl.
- Back from the Dead: As ghosts.
- Batter Up!: They threaten to smash young Addy’s face with them.
- Creepy Child: Sometimes they intentionally act creepy after their death.
- Creepy Twins: See above.
- Dead to Begin With
- Evil Redhead: They’re not exactly evil, they just are jerks and possibly intentionally kept Ben from getting Vivien to hospital when she was in labor.
- Fiery Redhead
- Sacrificial Lamb: They only exist to show off the way that the Murder House works.
- Scars Are Forever: Because they’re ghosts.
- Teens Are Monsters: They are either tweens or early teens.
- Weapon of Choice: Their bats.
- Would Hurt a Child: Threatened to beat Addy with their bats when she was a little girl.
Played By: Rebecca Wisocky
- Kill It with Fire: How Larry murdered her and their daughters. Or so he claims, as she actually killed herself. She also tries to do this to Ben, Miguel, Larry, and Patrick so someone besides her feels her pain. She does this because when the living are half-asleep, ghosts can take control of their bodies, so she does this, makes the person walk downstairs, firm on the stove/fireplace, and tries to place their hand on it, but she’s always interrupted. It’s also not clear why she is still doing this even smwhen she’s found the right guy (Travis) and is happier.
- Murder-Suicide: When she discovered that Larry planned to leave her for Constance, she killed herself and their two daughters.
- Offing the Offspring: lights her daughters’ bedroom on fire and locks herself and them in there. It’s because Larry was planning on moving them out of the house and moving the Langdon family in.
Played By: Mena Suvari
- Bi the Way: Has sex with Moira when she turned in her young form for dead women at one point. In real life, she was quite homophobic.
- Glasgow Smile: What she's famous for.
- Historical-Domain Character: She's the infamous Black Dahlia, the unsolved and brutal murder in 1947 Los Angeles.
- Nice Girl: She is pretty sweet here.
- Stock Unsolved Mysteries: Here, she was given an overdose of nitrous oxide by a rapist dentist. Dr Montgomery subsequently butchered her remains for ease of transport, and to give her a nice smile.
Westfield High Shooting Victims
Stephanie Boggs, Kevin Gedman, Amir Stanley, Kyle Greenwell, Chloe Stapleton
Played By: Alessandra Torresani, Jordan David, Alexander Nimetz, Brando Eaton, Ashley RickardsThe victims of Tate's shooting rampage as Westfield High.
- Nerd Glasses: Amir.
Played By: Rosa SalazarA student nurse murdered in the house in 1968.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was a nice girl when she was alive. After her death, she tries to scare Violet and others.
Played By: Celia FinkelsteinA student nurse murdered in the house in 1968.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After her death. Before she was nice, now she tries to scare people like Derek (who is trying desperately to get over a phobia), and Violet. She is still good though, she tries to help the new family with the other good ghosts.
Played By: Joshua MalinaA dentist and former owner of the house, living in it in 1947. The house acted as his dental practice.
- Accidental Murder: He didn't mean to kill Elizabeth Short... he just took so long raping her while she was under constant, heavy sedation that she died of an overdose by the time he was done. (The dismemberment and blood-draining was also performed by Charles' ghost for easy transport.)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems like a kind, normal, friendly dentist. Secretly rapes beautiful women while they're heavily sedated.
- Depraved Dentist: While he does to Elizabeth while she's heavily sedated as "payment" for her filling should tell you everything.
- Karma Houdini: Is evidently never caught for raping his patients, nor (obviously) the death and dismemberment of Elizabeth Short.
- Serial Rapist: It's implied that Elizabeth isn't the only woman he raped while she's under sedation.
Lawrence "Larry" Harvey
Played By: Denis O'Hare
"The one thing about the dead is they've got nothing left to lose."A former owner of the Harmons' house; he is heavily scarred, and walks with a limp. He originally claimed to acquiring these injuries after he burned his wife and children alive while being possessed by the house.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Constance. Even before he was burned.
- Affably Evil: Every once in a while during his friendly chats with Ben, he says something to remind us how insane he is.
- And then he goes completely off the deep end. He tries to burn the house down, until Chad interrupts.
- The Atoner: He decides to put himself in prison to pay for his crimes. It's partially to protect Constance, though. Ryan Murphy says it’s half for Constance and half to pay.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He acts chummy around Ben even as he tries to extort him.
- Butt-Monkey: Maybe the biggest one in the entire season.
- Consummate Liar: He constantly lies, especially about how he got his scars.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Gimme my treat, you don’t want the trick!
- Evil Cripple: After he goes crazy.
- Haunted House Historian: His first proper conversation with Ben is giving backstory on the house, which turn out to be lies.
- Love Makes You Crazy: And how!
- Love Makes You Evil: But not quite evil enough to murder his family.
- Love Martyr: To Constance.
- Meaningful Name: His actually works on two levels. There's the more obvious (to this crowd, anyway) nod to Harvey Dent, but Larry Harvey is also the name of the founder of Burning Man. Oy.
- Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any personal responsibility for his part in his wife's suicide. Dismisses it as a tragic affair when called out by Tate, and blames Constance when he sees his wife's ghost.
- Put on a Bus: After episode 9, as he's sent to jail and died in jail so he’s not coming back.
- Sanity Slippage: After he was in a burn ward.
- Trauma Conga Line: See Butt-Monkey above.
- Two-Faced: Literally with half his face being burn scars, figuratively when it's revealed he often lies and tries to manipulate the Hammons.
- Shovel Strike: How he takes care of Hayden.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Constance. She has used this to great effect, getting him to kill her second son, Beau, to prevent him being taken by the state, among other things.
- Would Hit a Girl: Just ask Hayden!
- Would Hurt a Child: Beau.
- Your Cheating Heart: With Constance.
Played By: Kate MaraThe emotionally unstable former lover and student of Ben Harmon.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Her fear of being abandoned by Ben and her desperate attempts to keep him close plus her emotional instability could signify Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Ax-Crazy: Once she becomes a ghost.
- The Baby Trap: Attempts this on Ben, after she chooses to not have an abortion, and intends to move out to California to force Ben to provide for her and the baby.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Butt-Monkey: Kind of.
- Cute and Psycho: Oh God, is she ever.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her and Chad are this the most and it makes them some of the funniest characters in the season.
- Evil Redhead: After [[spoiler:her death, she goes crazy and is okay with hurting people, and wants to hurt Vivien.
- Fiery Redhead: Even before her death, she was constantly mood swinging and may have been bipolar.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Subverted when she finds out she's pregnant and sets up an appointment to get an abortion and it's presented as a rational and mature decision. But then she changes her mind, decides to pull The Baby Trap on Ben, and tries to move out to California to force him to stay in her life.
- Kubrick Stare: Look at her picture, please.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She is alone and miserable at the end.
- Love Makes You Evil: Seemed pretty normal prior to sleeping with Ben.
- Manipulative Bitch: Among other things, she pretends to want to get an abortion to get Ben back in her life, then intends to pull a Baby Trap to keep him in her life. She also convinces Nora to help her gaslight Vivien (even though she didn’t help Hayden do it) so she'll be sent to an insane asylum so they can take her babies.
- Mood-Swinger: Can go from blissfully happy to screaming angry to sobbing cutely in the course of a single conversation, and does so in several scenes.
- Never Found the Body: There's a gazebo on top of it now, so yeah, not likely to be found.
- Sanity Slippage: After dying.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Ben, much to his horror.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She was Ben's student during the affair.
- Yandere: Even worse after she dies.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason why she kills Travis.
Played By: Michael GraziadeiTravis is Constance's lover. He dreams of making it big, constantly auditioning and modeling. Unlike Constance, he has no reservations against nudity and is willing to do anything for the fame. After Addie's death, Constance becomes more impatient with him, which caused him to cheat on her with Hayden. Shortly afterwards, he is killed by Hayden.
- Back from the Dead: As a ghost.
- Brainless Beauty: Not that bright, but very handsome. It's why Constance keeps him around.
- Death by Sex: Hayden shanks him after they finish having sex.
- Glasgow Grin
- Friend to All Children: He has this tendency. He gets along with Adelaide way better than Constance, and he seems to genuinely enjoy playing with Larry's daughters and doesn't care about them being horribly burned. Their mother is surprised at how fast they bonded with him. He also might have been in a real relationship with Lorraine.
- May–December Romance: With Constance.
- Nice Guy: Probably the nicest character in the whole first season cast. Yes, he cheated on Constance with Hayden, but he genuinely seemed to care about her even though Constance is evil, and wanted to adopt a child with her. He was also one of the few to treat Adelaide with dignity, and after he dies, he even spends time playing with Larry's daughters.
- Even in death, he cares about Constance. He asks Larry about her, and in "Afterbirth" forcibly takes Vivien and Tate's son away from Hayden so that Constance can have him.
- It's notable that along with the Harmon's he's one of the few ghosts capable of creating a You Are Worth Hell type Earn Your Happy Ending by "living" happily with Larry's daughters.
- Your Cheating Heart: Sleeps with Hayden despite being in a relationship with Constance.
- Meaningful Name
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Played By: Christine EstabrookThe Harmons' real estate agent. When the Harmons first viewed the house, Marcy gave them "full disclosure" of the house's history, but in fact only told them about the previous tenants being found in the basement as victims of what was believed to be a murder-suicide.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems rather nice and personable at first, but is revealed to be rather rude and bigoted, doesn't show much sympathy for people who've died in the house, and mostly only cares about how difficult it is for her to try to sell the lemon in this market.
- Here We Go Again!: Back to trying to sell the Murder House after the Hammons die, then again after they successfully scare the next family away.
- Jerk Ass: Is rude, homophobic, racist, ableist and generally bigoted. She also threatens Larry for no good reason.
- Pet the Dog: She actually begins to genuinely care about Liz Taylor as a ghost, and also looks on remorsefully is the first episode when she lies to the Harmons about the house.
- The Cameo: Returns briefly in episode one of 'Hotel', working as the realtor for Will Drake. She also reveals she had to get the Harmon's dog, Hallie, put down due to illness. Several episodes later, she returns again, only to be attacked and killed by Valentino and Natacha. She also returns as a ghost.
- Politically Incorrect Hero
- Stepford Smiler
- Wrong Genre Savvy
Played By: Morris ChestnutA security patroller and installation expert for Heirloom Security, a company hired by Vivien to protect the family.
Billie Dean Howard
Played By: Sarah Paulson
- Back for the Dead: Heavily set up and then Averted - she's the only character to return in Hotel from previous seasons to get out alive (just). Marcy and Queenie don't fare nearly so well.
- Dead Person Conversation: When she speaks with Addie.
- In Hotel she speaks to Tristan and Donovan in the same way. Later, her conversation with John alternates between the style in which she was shown communicating with the other ghosts (i.e. no-one else can see them) and her perspective of him sitting across from her (so more like her conversations with Violet in Murder House).
- Gender-Blender Name: Both her first name and surname.
- I See Dead People: What with being a medium and all.
- Insistent Terminology: She corrects Violet that she's a medium, not a psychic.
- Ms. Exposition: Justified in that Billie is both the only character with a psychic perspective on things and the only character without a reason to not explain what the hell's going on.
- Must Have Nicotine: She's never seen without a cigarette in hand.
- Psychic Powers: She can see and talk to dead people, apparently perceiving them as being literally in the room with her. In Hotel she mentions that she can also sense pain and suffering "in the walls" even when there's no specific ghostly presence around.
- Resigned to the Call: She certainly didn't sound happy about having to accept it, from what she told Violet.
- Rich Bitch: She complains that she had a promising life as a wealthy L.A. socialite before discovering her gift. But she was nicer in Hotel.
Played By: Shelby YoungViolet's bully-turned-companion. On Violet's first day of school, she was seen smoking inside the school's common area by Leah and her friends. Leah confronted the new student to the point of threatening Violet with physical force.
- Alpha Bitch: Leah tries to make Violet eat a cigarette for smoking on campus.
- Break the Haughty: Her being attacked in the basement of Murder House.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Violet. They start as enemies, but the house allows them to bond a little over mutual fear.
- Demoted to Extra: After being a large part of Violet's subplot for the first episode, Leah only makes sporadic appearances for several episodes afterward. She's phased out entirely after Violet dies.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Violet, after the pilot.
- Hypocrite: Smokes crack, but heavily lectures people and even beats them up over the health hazards of smoking. After her ordeal in the Murder House, she then picks up smoking.
- Near-Death Experience: In the pilot, at the hands of Tate and the Infantata.
- Put on a Bus: She's never seen after Violet dies.
- Scars Are Forever: Doesn't look like her scars from the pilot are healing anytime soon...
Played By: Jamie HarrisA serial killer who murdered Maria and Gladys in 1968.
- Freudian Excuse
- Lean and Mean: He's very tall and thin.
- Serial Killer: Who targeted nurses exclusively.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not clear what happened to him. There's apparently public knowledge of him, so he was obviously discovered and presumably imprisoned or sentenced to death or an asylum.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: How he got Maria and Gladys to let him in in the first place, by pretending to be injured and needing medical attention. He drops the charade only after Maria realizes there's no injury for the blood.
The Home Invaders
Bianca Forest, Fiona, Dallas
Played By: Mageina Tovah, Azura Skye, Kyle Davis
- Death by Irony/Laser-Guided Karma: Two of them are killed by the ghosts of the murder victims whose deaths they try to reenact on the current (living) owners of the house. The third one gets chopped in the stomach with an ax and soon bleeds to death, which fits her recurring nightmare of getting chopped in half.
- Serial Killer: A whole gang of them.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Fiona attempts this on Vivien and after her death se says it to taunt Vivien and Violet.
Played By: David Anthony HigginsThe tour guide that often shows up around the murder house with various tourists explaining the house's history and is one of the causes for the house to decline in price.