These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Ensemble Darkhorse: The Rubber Suit Man seems to be the character that everyone's talking about.
Adelaide has a large fanbase as well.
Misaimed Marketing: For whatever reason, F/X decided to promote this show as being from "the creator of Glee". Sure, that's probably Ryan Murphy's most well-known show, but that's not an ideal way to get fans who might be interested in something like American Horror Story hooked.
Narm: All over the place, but one thing stands out. The line about Ben burying his sorrow "in some twenty one-year-old's pussy" was clearly intended to be dramatic; it is listed on the Funny subpage.
Narm Charm: The show seems to intentionally play up its similarities to old horror movies and indulge in some of the soap-opera-esque ridiculousness that was present in Dark Shadows (the series upon which it is presumably based).
So Bad, It's Good: Even the shows critics admit that even when it's bad it's still immensely entertaining.
The Scrappy: Hayden for some. Putting aside the fact she Constantly tormented Vivian to get her baby and insulted Tate at every chance she got, she was just unpleasant to watch, with her loud screaming and flat out Jerk Ass attitude. She makes Constance look like a saint compared to her. While you could sympathize with her due to Ben getting her pregnant before the events of the season, that isn't an excuse for her entire characterization, especially when you feel more sorry for half of the other Jerk Ass characters.
Squick: After explaining that her mother had always recommended it during the first trimester of pregnancy, Constance instructs Moira to feed Vivien pig organs. She later drops off a brain, which looks disturbingly human. Vivien devours it raw. Even Vivien seems squicked by how readily she ate it.
The Untwist: The origin of the rubber suit. We're told early on that it belonged to Chad and Patrick. Then we get a whole story explaining its backstory. And it turns out that... Chad bought it. And not even in a strange way, he just went to a store.
The Woobie: Moira, who who was almost raped by Constance's husband, only to be shot when found in that position and is trapped in the house/verbally tortured by Constance, who considers Moira to be a "whore". When her body is found only to be promptly covered with concrete, Constance cruelly taunts Moira by telling her that since her body can never be moved now, that she'll be trapped in the house for all eternity.
Poor little Addie, who wanted nothing more than to be a pretty girl for Halloween, and gets run over by a car while trick-or-treating.
Yes, and the person directly responsible for that? Constance. Constance was hiding her from the world for her own selfish reasons and didn't watch her that night and even made her wear the mask that made it hard for Addie to see clearly. She'd been hiding her appearance on purpose for years.
Tate. Yes, he shot up his school, but he's clearly a seriously disturbed man. And one only has to look at his I love you speech to Violet in "Piggy, Piggy" or his confrontation with the dead teens in "Halloween Part II" to see the extent of his suffering.
More like Monster Sob Story since he doesn't seem that perturbed by a lot of his more questionable actions, dead or not. He still knowingly got his lover's mother pregnant, remember. To be fair, he and Violet weren't lovers at the time. Also to be fair, he has a compulsive need to please the ladies of the house. Nora wanted her baby, he wanted to help her. All downhill from there. He killed Chad and Patrick for the same reason. They weren't going to have a kid.
It has now been revealed that Tate knew he was dead and what he did all the time and was only lying for convenience.
Nora. Yes, she starts out as a Rich Bitch who belittles her husband and only cares about her status, but having her baby kidnapped, mailed back to her in jars, and having her husband transform their child into some sort of abomination, leading her to kill husband and herself? You can't help but feel a bit sorry for her.
Violet. Not only is she surrounded by unexplainable craziness and dangerous ghosts, but she's also dead and now has to spend eternity with someone who she may not love, judging by her faces in episode 10.
And then there's Ben who as of episode 11 is the only member of the Harmon family currently still alive. The scene where he desperately tells Vivien to live on so they can continue their life together followed by the him sitting alone with her dead body was a real Tearjerker.
Plus how often he gets shit on by those around him— especially Vivien's guilt trips and Moira's sexual harassment. And he still keeps on apologizing for what he's done wrong (hilariously highlighted when Vivien accuses him of never owning up to his mistakes).