Beware of Spoilers! Several characters are inherently spoilers for after the first few episodes, so scroll at your own risk.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Outpost 3 was the site of Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men prior to the apocalypse.
- The Illuminati: The Cooperative is a rebranded Illuminati.
- Purple Is Powerful: The elite inhabitants of the bunkers have to wear purple clothes at all times.
- Social Darwinist: A central part of their agenda and the reason Timothy and Emily got selected to live inside the bunker.
The person in charge of the Cooperative. She runs the shelter with an iron fist, and doesn't hesitate to hand out cruel punishments to rule-breakers.
- Bad Boss: Very cruel to a PA who brings her a package and tells her that she can't report her because, in Venable's words, "I am HR, bitch."
- The Baroness: She's the dominant, sadistic, and sharp-dressed mistress of Outpost 3.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Before the bombs fell, she used to work as a secretary under two robotics scientists with the personalities of chaotic frat boys and she makes it clear that she deserves better then having to clean up after them.
- Big Bad Wannabe: The first few episodes made it seem that she would be a crucial character involved in the world of the apocalypse. She's unfortunately killed off by Miriam after trying to overthrow Langdon. Once she's gone, Cordelia and her entourage appear thus setting the Supreme as the new main protagonist to face off against Langdon.
- Boomerang Bigot: It has been made clear that The Cooperative does not consider her a part of the elite Purple class, but that doesn't stop her from speaking disdainfully about non-Purples. While she officially stands beyond the Purple-Grey-dichotomy, she still gets visibly upset when others point this out to her and secretly dons purple garments in her private quarters.
- Classy Cane: Always is shown with a fancy looking cane in her hand.
- Does Not Like Men: She outright states that men are responsible for the apocalypse and has disdain for them. She is also shown to be visibly uncomfortable when Michael begins to undress her.
- Evil Counterpart: Also thanks to being played by the same actress, she is clearly one for Cordelia Goode as while both have the task of preserving and keeping alive what is left of their species after the nuclear disaster, Wilhemina is a sadistic individual who thinks only to satisfying her perversion and brutal's desires, inventing rigid rules from nothing in order to make the lives of survivors more and more miserable (otherwise death penalty) or killing the inhabitants of the bunker just for the sake of it and potentially serving the remains of their corpse as edible food as a form of psychological torture to the remaining survivors.
- Evil Cripple: A low-key example. She has a slight walking impairment and scoliosis which she is very self-conscious about.
- Evil Redhead: She has auburn hair and is easily the least moral of all of Paulson's characters on the show.
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied that her sadistic reign of the outpost was due to her frustration and powerlessness as a secretary to Jeff and Mutt. Thus leading her to lash out and humiliate anyone under her power. Ex. The temp woman she fired in Episode 8.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Coco becomes upset with how things are run in the outpost, Venable slaps her across the face without breaking a sweat and tells her and the survivors to control themselves.
- Horned Hairdo: Her hair is kept in an eccentric french twist that is teased on both sides of the middle part, giving it a demonic look.
- Karma Houdini: Her death is undone at the end of the season. Although, its assumed that shes still working for Jeff and Mutt, which is arguably a punishment in and of itself.
- Kick the Dog: Enjoys tormenting the inhabitants of Outpost 3, possibly to the point of a sexual thrill.
- Rank Up: Her superiors Jeff and Mutt are the ones who promoted her to administrator of Outpost 3.
- The Starscream: She places her own sadistic tendencies above her loyalty to The Cooperative.
- The Stoic: Is always in a serious mood and rarely shows emotions.
Wilhelmina Venable's second in command at The Cooperative, and the one she most confides in.
She is actually an android created to serve Michael. She was created in the design of a Satanist old woman who cared for Michael during some of his early years.
- Arm Cannon: She comes equipped with a machine gun in her right hand and uses it to slaughter the witches.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: She has no issue with shooting two horses on an implied order by Michael and she hacks a snake's head with glee. The real Mead used dead animals for Satanic rituals.
- Black Widow: The woman she was based on admitted to having poisoned her husbands.
- Burn the Witch!: Sentenced to death by Cordelia for killing John Henry, prior to becoming an android. John Henry lights the fire.
- The Dragon: To Wilhemina. And then to Michael.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the finale, Cordelia casts a spell that causes the robotic Mead to explode before she can even attack.
- Fake Memories: Mead was never in the Mossad. It was programmed into her.
- Go Out with a Smile: Human!Mead sports a huge Slasher Smile as she's being burned alive.
- Hollywood Satanism: Before the apocalypse, Miriam's human precursor was a staunch Satanist.
- Karma Houdini: As the timeline is reset at the end of the season, her death is undone and is looking to raise the next Anti Christ.
- Military Brat: She mentions that her father used to serve in the Vietnam War, which is how she developed her loyalty to order. Eventually subverted since it turns out that all her childhood and youth memories were fabricated.
- Replacement Goldfish: Michael had her looks and personality modeled on a Satan worshipper who took him in as a teenager.
- Robotic Reveal: The end of episode 2 reveals that Miriam is an android.
- Sadist: She really enjoys her job of terrorizing the survivors into obedience.
- Undying Loyalty: To Michael, as she was programmed to be.
- The Brute: Has no issue using brute force against the other survivors.
- Flat Character: She doesn't have a definitive personality compared to her colleagues.
- Hidden Depths: Before the bombs fell, she used to run a food blog.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's the tallest staff member in the outpost.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed from behind by Brock and is left for dead outside the Outpost.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He, Emily, and others are killed off fairly early in the show, with the both of them poised to be someone special. When they are killed off, they are left largely forgotten... until the season finale. When the timeline is reset, they are still alive and Meet Cute and have a son together... only for their son to turn out to be the next Anti-Christ.
- Expy: He's the Adam of the show's Adam and Eve Plot.
- Teen Genius: Or young adult genius. His first scene involved him being accepted into an accredited university.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Him and Emily end up becoming the parents of the next Antichrist at the end of the season in the Distant Finale.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She, Timothy, and others are killed off fairly early in the show, with the both of them poised to be someone special. When they are killed off, they are left largely forgotten... until the season finale. When the timeline is reset, they are still alive and Meet Cute and have a son together... only for their son to turn out to be the next Anti-Christ.
- Expy: She's the Eve to Timothy's Adam. To drive the point home, they look for secret knowledge on Michael Langdon's Apple Mac.
- Rebellious Spirit: She was introduced as an activist in her first scene and openly questions/calls out Venable on how she runs the Outpost. This is how she meets Timothy the second time, protesting against a coffee chain.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She and Timothy end up becoming the parents of the next Antichrist in the new timelines Distant Finale.
Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
- Back from the Dead: After being killed by Brock, she is found by Cordelia, Madison and Myrtle who bring her back to life through Vitalum Vitalis.
- Decoy Protagonist:
- A lot of the opening minutes of the first episode makes it apparently clear she will be the main character of the season. However, after when she and her group get to Outpost 3, the focus shifts from her to everyone else.
- This is played with during the season finale. Cordelia's Batman Gambit involves having Coco use her wealth and influence to gain a spot in the Outpost along with Mallory, who is the designated savior of the world.
- Expy: She's set up to be a ditzier version of Madison from Coven. It's later revealed that her mind-wiped personality is heavily based on Madison's bitchiness as a way of keeping Mallory's powers suppressed until the opportune moment.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mallory. which is also one of the reasons why she didn't want to have an Alpha Bitch identity because it means that she has to be mean to her as she was always respectful towards Mallory and they were supportive towards each other.
- It's All About Me: She doesn't care for anything if it doesn't relate to her and will go to great strides to show why she's more important compared to everyone else.
- Jumped at the Call: Despite having little understanding over the situation and being considered the 'weakest' witch, Coco instantly decides to help Cordelia and her entourage fight the Antichrist.
- Neck Snap: In the finale, she gets this courtesy of Langdon after trying to stab him in the back.
- Preppy Name: Each part of her name would easily qualify for this trope by itself. The full name takes it Up to Eleven.
- Rich Bitch: She fills this role to a T.
- Royal Inbreeding: A snide comment from Venable to Michael makes it apparent that Coco's family had been inbreeding in past generations, and that Coco wouldn't be fair to be part of the Outpost, or the new world, that Michael was collecting people for.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She openly expresses her disdain for living in the harsh conditions of the outpost and would rather take her chances outside. Venable has none of that.
- Spoiled Sweet: Her actual personality. When not under the influence of an identity spell, she's still a bit valley, but very nice to the rest of the coven, especially her best friend Mallory, and she cares deeply about her family.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The Coco we meet in flashbacks prior to having a memory and identity spell placed on her by the Coven is significantly kinder and less full of herself, if still a bit vapid. This is because her persona under the spell was modeled on Madison.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After successfully pleading with Mallory to stay and take care of her (instead of meeting up with or saying goodbye to her family), Coco immediately continues treating Mallory like garbage, even snidely dismissing her as a candidate to leave with Michael to the safer outpost behind her back. Though she only acts this way because of the identity spell put on her.
- Valley Girl: She's clueless, superficial, born into a lavishly wealthy family and an aspiring social media influencer. The fact that she's roughly twice as old as the average Instagram celebrity makes this behavior seem rather outlandish.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Played with. Her innate power is the ability to detect gluten, which Coco doesn't believe qualifies her to be a witch, but Cordelia stresses that she has the ability to detect danger, which can be developed, and her ability can be interpreted as Divination, which is one of the Seven Wonders. Eventually, she expands it to giving exact Calorie counts, and later she is able to track down Ms. Mead, a source of threat to the Coven.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In "The Morning After", after developing an attraction to Michael Langdon.
- Camp Gay: He openly states that he's gay and he worked as a hairdresser.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Pre-war he was part of the leather subculture. Partially because it is his actual personal kink, partially to provoke his grandmother.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Michael outright states that Gallant has a hole in his heart that yearns to be filled with love.
- No Name Given: His first name has yet to be revealed.
- The Resenter: Towards his grandmother, because she had never accepted him for who he is.
- Too Kinky to Torture: He rather enjoys his whipping at the hands of Venable and Mead.
- Blatant Lies: She wants her fellow Purples to believe she's 52, despite the fact that she has a thirty-year-old grandson. Her actress is a youthful 85, but not that youthful.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: She doesn't seem bothered by the fact that she ate one of her fellow survivors in a stew and praises the food for how it good it tasted.
- Fag Hag: Zig-zagged. She has accepted her grandson into her home when his parents kicked him out and regularly hosted soirees to set him up with potential husbands. However, she only did so to try and press him into a mold of a very clichéd suburban non-threatening brand of homosexuality which she deemed acceptable. Naturally this caused a rift between them.
- It's All About Me: Is perfectly willing to try and sell out her own grandson for a chance at going with Langdon to the Sanctuary.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Averted. Even though she only survives for two episodes, she has already delivered a dozen of meme-worthy one-liners.
- Back from the Dead: She is revived by Cordelia together with Mallory and Coco.
- Broken Pedestal: In the finale, she calls Marie a fool for her willingness to work with the Coven.
- Deal with the Devil: In Episode 9, Dinah helped Langdon take revenge against the Coven by removing their shield spell in exchange for getting a talk show.
- Everyone Has Standards: Dinah refuses Papa Legba's deal for immortality as it is more costly on account of the innocent babies she'd have to bring him to sustain the deal.
- Foil: She's one to Marie Laveau, her predecessor. While Marie was the Voodoo Queen for more than 100 years with a decent group of followers, Dinah has only been queen for a few years and works alone (only because she has no people to lead). While Marie had a great disdain for white people and refuses to offer her services to them unless necessary, Dinah's disdain is manageable and she is willing to help any white person who can afford her expensive prices. While Marie willingly gave her soul to Papa Legba and brings him innocent babies yearly to secure her immortality, Dinah consistently refuses his deal saying that sacrificing babies is going too far. And in the finale, Marie is shown to have more morality compared to Dinah who is considered to have the darkest and most corrupted soul between the two Voodoo queens.
- Grande Dame: She carries herself with lots of grace and sangfroid, through red alerts and intimidating interrogations alike.
- It's All About Me: According to her son Andre, he even states "it's all about HER, nothing in this world even exists unless it relates to her".
- Karma Houdini: Possibly. While she gets killed by Marie Laveau in the original timeline, it can be assumed that shes still around in the alternate timeline created at the end.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her role as a cultured black woman with a positive attitude and successful TV show makes her similar to Oprah Winfrey, whom she's established to have been competing with in daytime television.
- Only in It for the Money: She lends her voodoo services to anyone who is willing to pay top dollar.
- Proverbial Wisdom: Often speaks in this style to motivate herself and her fellow survivors to endure their situation.
- Refusal of the Call: In Episode 4, Dinah refuses to help Cordelia and the other witches defeat Michael, saying she'd survived so far by not taking sides.
- The Resenter: She blames the Coven for killing Marie Laveau, whom she had a deep respect for, while also unintentionally leaving her without "a court to rule over" as the preceding Voodoo Queen.
- Unexpected Successor: Before she became a celebrity, she was the new Voodoo Queen after Marie Laveau's death.
- What's in It for Me?: Based on her line when she was a Voodoo witch, she doesn't do favors for free.
- The Ace: In the flashbacks of her previous life as a student at the academy of witches of Cordelia, she is seen by both Zoe and Myrtle as an extremely gifted witch and demonstrates magical abilities superior to those of other witches.
- Arch-Enemy: After her witch identity begins to reveal itself from episode 3, the series explicitly suggests to us several times that she this could be this for Michael.
- Back from the Dead: Cordelia brings her back to life with Vitalum Vitalis after she was poisoned by Mead and Venable and again, after Brock stabs her. However, the Vitalum Vitalis was too weak so Cordelia had to sacrifice her own life in-order for her to live, as Mallory was fated to be the next Supreme.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She was Coco's personal assistant before the bombs fell and now lives as a servant while still being forced to perform demeaning tasks for Coco.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mallory is friendly and kind to all living beings, going out of her way to save their lives many times. After Michael slaughters her entire Coven and starts the Apocalypse, however, Mallory has no qualms about traveling back in time and driving over Michael, who at that point essentially had the mind of a child, multiple times in order to murder him and does so with absolutely no regrets or hesitation.
- Big Good: The Supreme meant to succeed Cordelia, and the one who kills Michael.
- Creating Life: One of the reasons why she is considered a special witch to the point of astounding even The Supreme Cordelia is when, during a magic lesson that consisted in making the rose colour change in her hand, she did not just make her white rose change in a blue color but she came to make the petals fall so as to transform them briefly into some beautiful butterflies.
- Expy: Her identity as a witch who was able to heal and bring creatures back to life along with having a "flower girl" fashion style makes her akin to Misty Day but significantly stronger.
- Flat Character: We know nothing of her before she joins the Coven, other than faint references to having a family. We have no special insight into her motives, other than she seems genuinely nice.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Since her mission to kill Langdon by travelling back in time was a success, the events of the season are completely erased leaving Mallory as the only one who remembers what happened in the original timeline.
- I Am Who?: When cornered by Langdon, she suddenly displays a powerful and violent burst of magical powers that terrifies both of them. Eventually she finds out that she used to be a talented student at Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies who got her memories erased for her own protection.
- Made a Slave: She goes from personal assistant to personal slave thanks to the Fantastic Caste System of the Outpost. And she isn't a big fan of the idea of being a personal slave.
- Nerd Glasses: They're not exactly the hot type. Plus she's quite smart and is pushed around like a nerd.
- Nice Girl: She's extremely polite and supportive towards her fellow witches, especially Coco, is always respectful to Cordelia and very helpful as she was more than willing to save Coco from choking and bringing John Henry back to life.
- Replacement Goldfish: Much of the subtext in her relationship with Cordelia suggests that Cordelia sees her as a replacement for Misty Day.
- Superpower Lottery: As the Supreme meant to follow Cordelia, Mallory can perform the Seven Wonders in addition to her Time Master powers.
- Time Master: What makes her stand out among the other witches is her unique and astoundingly rare possession of the power tempus infinitum, a power which allows the user to manipulate the flow of time and, in more experienced instances, traverse through time.
- Gayngst: Most of his screentime is spent angsting over his boyfriend Stu who was killed and fed to the other survivors.
- Satellite Character: He is Dinah Stevens's son and Stu's boyfriend. He doesn't have much more character than that. In-fact, he is so non-existent he is Out of Focus in the flashbacks with his mom.
Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Apparently a requirement for members of the warlocks' council.
- Killed Offscreen: In Episode 9, the main heads along with all of their students are massacre by Langdon and Mead. Subverted in the finale as Mallory's assassination of Langdon via time travel was a success thus erasing the off-screen massacre.
- Spear Counterpart: To Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
- The Atoner: Behold officially confirms that he now sides with the Coven after learning that he helped Langdon secure a position of power among the warlocks and witches.
- Enemy Mine: Behold isn't exactly on friendly terms with the witch's coven, but he ends up wanting to team up with them and go with Madison in order to see if his own doubts about Michael are true.
- Jive Turkey: He has a sharp tongue with a touch of sass.
- Making a Splash: Can control water.
- Mind over Matter: Telekinetic.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He regrets helping the warlocks vouch for Langdon as Supreme when he learns that he was The Antichrist all along.
- Sixth Ranger: Is now working with Cordelia and the Witches to uncover information about Michael, replacing John Henry Moore as the Only Sane Man of his Coven.
- Alliterative Name: Ariel Augustus.
- Bad Boss: Is in charge of Hawthorne school, and assists in getting his colleague John Henry killed when he tries to interfere with Michael taking the test to become Supreme.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Ariel almost has a decent plan going, but he's pretty easily dealt with once his treachery is exposed.
- Burn the Witch!: Sentenced to death by Cordelia for having John Henry killed, and conspiring to murder the entire coven. John Henry lights the fire.
- Karma Houdini: With the timeline getting reset at the end of the season, it can be inferred that Ariel and Baldwin are still alive.
- Mind over Matter: Telekinetic.
- Playing with Fire: Can manipulate fire.
- Straw Misogynist: His fervent desire to have a man become the Supreme appears to be rooted at least partially in misogyny. Later taken to its logical extreme when he conspires to have the entire coven killed.
- Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: Literally, when Cordelia magically removes his and Baldwin's mouths before they're burnt at the stake.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears as the most quiet, reserved warlock of Hawthorne's, but Bubbles' mind-reading powers reveal that he holds a lot of contempt for the witches that he hides behind a polite smile.
- Burn the Witch!: Sentenced to death by Cordelia for conspiring to murder the Coven. John Henry lights the fire.
- Karma Houdini: With the timeline getting reset, it can be assumed that he and Ariel are still alive.
- Master Poisoner: Knows how to create powerful toxins.
- Mind over Matter: Telekinetic.
- Pet the Dog: When Misty is brought back by Michael and Stevie Nicks comes for a visit, he aids her by playing her song "Gypsy" on the piano as a song tribute for Misty and her return to life.
- Straw Misogynist: Not apparent at first, but he's later shown conspiring with Augustus to have the entire coven killed, and with an airborne toxin that only kills women, no less.
- Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: When Cordelia magically removes his and Augustus's mouths before they're burnt at the stake.
John Henry Moore
- Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Mallory in "Traitor".
- Blue-Collar Warlock: His style and attitude is more akin to one of these than a gentleman wizard.
- Dead Star Walking: Zig-zagged. Jackson is listed as a season regular, but John appears in two episodes before getting killed off... until he's resurrected by Mallory a few episodes later.
- Gut Feeling: He has one about Michael's true nature, and it turns out to be right.
- Guyliner: Noticeably wears it on his face.
- Kill It with Fire: Burned alive by Miriam after she slashes his throat. Later gets to return the favor.
- Mind over Matter: He's shown to have telekinesis.
- Only Sane Man: He is initially the only member of his school's administration who maintains the appropriate wariness of Michael Langdon and his powers.
- Playing with Fire: Can perform pyrokinesis. Uses it to light the fire that burns Augustus, Baldwin and Mead to death.
- Properly Paranoid: His above mentioned apprehension of Michael is entirely warranted, being that Michael is the Antichrist.
- Slashed Throat: By Miriam.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Though Jackson is listed in the opening credits as a series regular, he didn't actually appear until the fourth episode of the season, and no info about the character was released prior to his debut.
- Sixth Ranger: Following his revival, he joins Cordelia's Coven.
Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Though it isn't clear if it's a stage name. On the other hand, supernatural characters in the AHS universe tend to have over-the-top given names.
- Identical Stranger: To Joan Collins's other Apocalypse character, Evie Gallant.
- Remember the New Guy?: Introduced as a contemporary of Myrtle Snow's in Apocalypse one whom Madison also seems familiar with but she's never seen or heard of during Coven.
- Telepathy: Not exactly Myrtle defines her ability as reading souls but she may as well be telepathic.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: One who seems to be staging a career comeback.
- Bury Your Gays: A lesbian and dies.
- Deader Than Dead: After she was killed, her soul was incinerated by hellfire.
- Name's the Same: Shares the name with several characters in the show (Elizabeth Short from Season 1 and Countess Elizabeth from Season 5).
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies after 50 seconds of screentime in a flashback.
Billie Dean Howard
- Butt-Monkey: In the first episode, he gets dumped by Coco and left to die in Santa Monica.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: He stabs Coco in the forehead for abandoning him when the bombs fell. It doesn't last, though.
- The Grotesque: He is left horribly disfigured by radioactive fallout.
- Revenge: He was out to kill Coco and anyone else that came across him.
- Spanner in the Works: By stabbing Mallory out of nowhere, he very nearly dooms the Coven's plan to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
Jeff Pfister and Mutt Nutter
- '20s Bob Haircut: They sport a gloriously bad version.
- Beware the Silly Ones: These two nimrods? They're the ones who actually come up with the plan to end the world.
- Bi the Way: They sleep with women, but have sex with Ryan Reynolds on Thursdays.
- Frat Bro: Probably the most extreme example in the show.
- Functional Addict: They manage to do cutting-edge robotics research while snorting ungodly amounts of cocaine.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They manage to build an exact replica of Mrs. Mead just from a photo and what Michael tells them.
- Identical Stranger: Both of them happen to look like doppelgängers of other characters.
- Karma Houdini: Like the other villains sans Michael, they escape punishment in the new timeline.
- Large Ham: Of the comedic variety.
- Those Two Guys: Always onscreen together, at least in their introduction episode.
James Patrick March
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