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    Chanel Oberlin / Chanel # 1 

Chanel Oberlin / Chanel #1

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Played By: Emma Roberts

The president and self-styled queen of Kappa Kappa Tau.


  • Abusive Parents: As revealed in "Mommie Dearest" her mother is a terrible woman, who raised Chanel to be the cold, cruel woman she is today. She even refused to let her go to her high school graduation because she had a zit and claimed that it would be an embarrassment to the family.
  • Accidental Murder: She claims she didn't know that the fryer was on when she pushed Mrs Bean's face into it. Other characters doubt this.
  • Action Girl: When the Red Devil makes his move on her from behind, she elbows him in the abdomen and face before whacking him with a dress drawer. In "Seven Minutes In Hell", she knocks him unconscious in her effort to save Zayday.
  • Alpha Bitch: Rich, beautiful, entitled, and a raging bitch of epic proportions, she rules KKT with a pink-gloved iron fist.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Though not in a position that should require it, Chanel is the strongest, toughest, meanest and most capable of all the Kappa's. Something the other Chanels are well aware of, and part of the reason they are all so terrified of her.
  • Brainless Beauty: She is very hot but deeply stupid, showing a profound lack of understanding of how the real world works.
    • She tries to file an injunction on Dean Munsch for closing the campus on Halloween. Her father tells her that they don't have enough time to file one, and that Chanel clearly doesn't know what an injunction is if she's asking for one in this situation.
  • The Brute: A non-traditional example. Sometimes, she is certain the most physical character in the series, except the Red Devil.
  • The Bully: To anyone she can get away with acting like this towards.
  • Child Hater:
    Chanel: Halloween is the most important day of the year. It's the one day on the Gregorian calendar where you're allowed to go around terrifying children, and not be branded a psychopath.
  • Condescending Compassion: How she treats her Instagram followers. All her positive comments about them are how much she pities them and their lives, at one point calling them "precious donkeys."
  • Conspicuous Consumption: She lives a life of ridiculous decadence. She buys $100 candles, then throws them away after lighting them once because they're used.
  • Elder Abuse: She funds her Chanel-o-Ween gifts using her comatose grandmother's money.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Although it is during an Ordered Apology, she admits to Grace that badmouthing Grace's mother was a pretty horrible thing to do, even by her standards.
    • In "Thanksgiving," even she is appalled by how the Radwells treat Hester.
  • Expy: She is basically a near-reincarnation of her actress' role as Jill Roberts, in a What If? scenario if either Jill either survived her gunshot wound or undergo Karma Houdini if her conspiracy plan went well and she attended college under a different alias to start a new life with her newly attained wealth from her fame she strived to get. Also, when a serial killer is on the loose, she is not the killer this time.
  • The Face: In "Lovin' the D." The hospital staff are supposed to perform an operation on live TV. But after the host's Accidental Murder, the crew are left scrambling to save the show. Chanel manages to save the show by taking control of the program and wowing the cast and crew with her great stage presence and direction. Her charisma ends up netting Chanel her very own talk show in the Grand Finale.
  • Final Girl: By the end of season two, she considers herself a subversion of this, believing that her aggressive misanthropy and vapidity are the reasons she's survived two groups of killers.
  • Freudian Excuse: She herself admits that her behavior comes (at least in part) from her boyfriend constantly cheating on her, her only friends being employed by her, and her own parents not even caring enough about her to call her on her birthday. However, she refuses to take any steps to break this cycle or not take it out on others.
    • Its likewise implied, that at least some of her behaviour comes from the previous heads of Kappa, bullying and belittling her during the years she's been in the sorority.
    • Furthered with the reveal in "Mommie Dearest" about just how horrible her mother was.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Scarily so, she can go from cheerful to murderously angry in the blink of an eye.
  • Hidden Depths: "Haunted House" stays to suggest that she may not be as stupid as it seems; it's just that her massive ego tends to get in the way. She's still far from smart, though.
    • "Pumpkin Patch" shows she's surprisingly knowledgeable in US history.
  • Hot-Blooded: She can be very passionate and easy to anger.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In season two, she completely disregards her Jerkass Realization from the end of season one and is right back to being a massive bitch.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In episode 11, when the girls are going to investigate a scream, she chooses to grab a water pitcher instead of one of the many knives in the kitchen.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Frequently indulges in this, usually to make herself look better or to blame Chanel #5 for something.
  • It's All About Me: Chanel approaches every situation or problem based on how it will affect her and her future.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Everyone knows Chanel is an Alpha Bitch, but at no point in the first seven episodes has she ever hinted at being a decent person. In fact, she's only gotten more narcissistic and evil as the show has gone on, repeatedly trying to place others in harms way in hopes they die either as a means to protect herself, or to get rid of some minor nuisance. There's nothing redemptive about this girl.
  • Jerkass Realization: Ironically, being sentenced to an insane asylum made her realize that yes, she really is a sociopathic bitch.
  • Karma Houdini: BIG TIME. In "Pumpkin Patch", she actually gets arrested for murdering Ms. Bean when Hester, Chanel #5, and a convinced Jennifer sell her out, but she leaves on bail with the assistance of Chanel #3 and Sam. Subverted come the finale, where Chanel Oberlin gets an extreme dose of Laser-Guided Karma (see more below). Until she's released some time before season two.
    • Interestingly, her status as this becomes a Plot Point in season two, as Nurse Hoffel is Mrs. Bean's sister and is out for revenge and justice on the Chanels for killing Mrs. Bean and getting away with it.
    • Parodied in season 2's finale, where she assumes her constant survival is because she's been a horrible, mean person who thinks only for herself, and should never change because her attitude makes her stronger.
  • Lack of Empathy: To everyone, and she hasn't had a single scene suggesting otherwise. Chanel has rejoiced at the deaths of others multiple times purely because it made her life easier, including her so called "friends."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hester Ulrich successfully blames Chanel Oberlin and her minions for the killings. The most karmic part being... the jury didn't fall for it. They had a unanimous not guilty verdict..... up until Chanel Oberlin went on a massive tirade against them before they could even ''deliver'' the verdict, prompting them to change it to guilty out of pure spite. The three Chanels are convicted and sentenced to life in an asylum as punishment.
  • Lean and Mean: She's a good example of this, despite her small stature.
  • Lightis Not Good: She looks sweet and innocent with light-colored clothes, but has a very mean streak that everyone should avoid.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She isn't a very sympathetic example, but it's clear that, underneath it all, she is honestly lonely and miserable.
  • Mood-Swinger: Prone to this.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: See Pint-Sized Powerhouse, Chanel is tiny, and thin. But she is impressively strong, more so than any of the other Kappa's.
  • The Napoleon: Chanel is barely 5'2", but she has a massive ego and a volcanic temper that makes her go off on people at the slightest provocation. This is lampshaded by her immediate predecessor as KKT President in her speech towards her, when she explicitly compares her to Napoleon.
  • The Nicknamer: She can't be bothered to remember most people's names, so she comes up with nicknames for them. And even when she does know someone's name, she often uses nicknames to belittle people.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: inspired by Rebecca Martinson of the University of Maryland chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority and her deranged E-mail. Michael Shannon did a dramatic reading of it.
  • Not So Different: When apologizing to Grace for the horrible things she said about her mother she says that they both have horrible mothers in an attempt to say they're similar.
  • Obviously Evil: She's of the pastel-clad, flawless-looking ice-cold sorority princess variant.
  • Only Sane Man: Played with, Chanel is not that bright, and has little understanding of how the real world works. However she is smarter than that other Chanels, and will often aggressively shoot down their ridiculous suggestions or point out the logical flaws in their plans.
  • Ordered Apology: Played with. While she had to be blackmailed into apologizing to Grace for insulting her mother, she doesn't come off as completely insincere, even citing her issues with her own mother and calling Even Evil Has Standards on her prior behavior.
  • Parental Abandonment: Alluded to in "Thanksgiving"
    • Made clear in the finale when her parents legally disown Chanel and even file a motion with the prosecution in her trial to just do whatever they want to her.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Seven Minutes In Hell", she saved Zayday from the Red Devil. Although she states that it was to benefit herself in the future, she states that she's come to somewhat like Zayday, suggesting it wasn't entirely out of selfishness.
    • Her being willing to forgive the other Chanel's for plotting to murder her, probably also would qualify.
    • Hearing Chad's family hurl abuse at Hester pushes Chanel to lash out at them in her defense.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: For such a small and thin girl, she's incredibly strong.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: While many other characters are less than PC, Chanel takes it Up to Eleven. She's shown to be racist, classist, homophobic, and prejudiced to the fat, the deaf, the ugly...and that's just in the first episode.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She has the emotional maturity of a spoiled child and lives in a near-constant state of temper tantrum. This leads to her killing Ms. Bean.
  • Rich Bitch: She has absolute contempt for anyone who isn't wealthy and considers servants as the next best thing to slaves.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When Dean Munsch threatens to close down KKT, Chanel immediately brings up the fact that her father is the biggest contributor to the university's endowment.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When Scotland Yard uncovers a solid motivation for Chanel #5 to be the killer, Chanel dismisses it out of hand, as she is convinced that Grace and Zayday are the killers, even though there is no evidence to suggest that they are the killers. She ends up convinced of Grace's guilt due to Grace's mother's police file.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Her Chanel-o-ween video makes sure to mention her exact numbers, as if to make her seem impressive. However, she doesn't have that many in comparison to minor celebrities; she hasn't even broken 1000 followers.
    • Highlighted by the magazines thrown in towards the end of the bit. One says "Chanel-o-ween delights tens".
  • The Sociopath: Not confirmed, but she does display a disturbingly high number of signs. Confirmed in the season finale. The judge calls her a sociopath before sentencing her and her minions to life in an insane asylum.
  • Spoiled Brat: She's a perfect fit.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: She and Chanel #2 apparently thought there would be dinosaurs in hell. Given it was unclear whether Chanel #2 was a ghost or a hallucination this is debatable.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Chanel is 5’ 2” and full of entitlement and snark.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Towards everyone, but taken Up to Eleven with regards to Dean Munsch in season two.
    Chanel: I hate Dean Munsch. I hated her when she made us take those gross pledges into Kappa House that all got murdered, which basically prevented us from getting murdered. I hated her when she plucked us out of abject poverty and let us come to her medical school, no questions asked, when then led us to fulfilling our lifelong dream of becoming TV doctors... I mean, the list goes on.
  • Uriah Gambit: When she learns that Chanel #5 was the one who sold her out to the police, she has her sent to the Pumpkin Patch past curfew (in hopes that the Red Devil attacks and kills her). The plan nearly works.
  • Villainous Friendship: She and Chanel #3, aka Sadie, have this. See Chanel #3's folder for more details.
  • Villain Protagonist: Is the focus of the majority of the show, and really isn't a nice person.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She has hundreds of Instagram followers who practically worship her, even when she insults them.
    • In the end of season two, she's now a beloved host for a popular show.
  • With Friends Like These...: Chanel is bossy, demeaning, and at times outright abusive towards The Chanels- even blatantly trying to get them killed to spare herself. The Chanels are not much better friends to her, as they have all slept with Chanel’s boyfriend and have all attempted or contemplated murdering Chanel.
  • Yandere: Pushing Hester down the stairs. Whether she meant to actually kill her or just seriously hurt her is unclear, but she clearly embraces it in the following episode, where previews show her affectionally telling Chad how she "killed for love."
    • She also tries to murder Munsch in season two when Brock marries Munsch.
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    Sonya Herfmann / Chanel # 2 

Sonya Herfmann / Chanel #2

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Played By: Ariana Grande

A Kappa Kappa Tau sister, and one of Chanel #1's minions.


  • The Alcoholic: According to her parents, she had problems with this. Though its implied to run in the family.
  • Ambiguously Brown:
    Chanel #5: "It's too bad you had to die...before we found out what ethnicity you were."
  • Beta Bitch: Along with the other Chanels, she implements Chanel #1's commands.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Chanel has one with her, in her dream. Its ambiguous if she really did return to talk, or if it was just a dream, though the fact that she answered questions on the Ouija board and told Chanel about the murder plot suggests it was real.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even by Chanel standards, none of the others really care that she's dead, though given we only have Chanel's word on this and the fact the characters spend so little time grieving anyone's death this may or may not be the case.
    • Despite bashing #2 in her eulogy, Chanel still saw to it that her elaborate funeral wishes were honored, and did seem to show some grief once she was alone.
  • Hidden Depths: Her funeral episode reveals that she was less submissive than the first episode implied. Flashbacks show her pushing Chanel down the stairs, and she states that she was sent to Hell when she died.
  • Irony: For being one of the few characters smart enough to see trouble coming she dies mainly because of her own stupidity.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: The Red Devil poses and photographs her dead body in various positions and places, in order to maintain the illusion that she's alive by posting the pictures in her Instagram.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Until the appointment of Chanel #6, the only one of the Chanels that doesn't have very pale skin and blonde hair,
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Known only as "Chanel #2" because Chanel Oberlin couldn't be bothered to learn her real name. Grace and Zayday later find out that her real name is Sonya.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: For such a small girl, she seems surprisingly strong, managing to knock the Red Devil back and wind him for a short while with a single kick.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She dies before the pilot episode even ends, and is the first known victim of the Red Devil.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to jump ship after the girls cover up Ms. Bean's death. Unfortunately, the Red Devil had other plans in store for her.
  • Social Media Before Reason: Played for laughs; when alone with the Red Devil she rushes to tweet for help instead of a more rational response. She's promptly killed.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: She and Chanel apparently thought there would be dinosaurs in hell. Given it was unclear whether Chanel #2 was a ghost or a hallucination this is debatable.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After the Red Devil texts her that he intends to kill her, all she does is text him back. After he stabs her and she kicks him into the wall, leaving him out for a moment, rather than running or calling for help or continuing to fight or anything remotely useful, she texts him again ("Stop!!! Please stop!!!") and goes to her computer to ask for help via Twitter.
  • The Un-Favourite: Her parents hated her guts so much that they went on a cruise to celebrate when she died and left all the funeral arrangements on KKT's hands.

    Sadie Swenson / Chanel # 3 

Sadie Swenson / Chanel #3

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Played By: Billie Lourd

A Kappa Kappa Tau sister and another one of Chanel #1's minions.


  • Abusive Parents: As "Thanksgiving" shows, her mother while seemingly friendly ignores her daughter and her father prefers her brother and makes her take the blame for everything. Chanel even calls them out on the fact that none of them cared she could have been killed by a serial killer.
  • Actor Allusion: Not to one of Billie Lourd's previous roles, but rather to one of her mother's. The earmuffs she's frequently seen wearing are meant to evoke Princess Leia's iconic "cinnamon-bun" hairdo. This becomes blatant in the finale, where she adopts the actual hairdo during the Chanels' trial.
  • Beta Bitch: Along with the other Chanels, she implements Chanel #1's commands.
  • Bi the Way: Admits in “Seven Minutes in Hell” she’s realized that gender is irrelevant to her, she just loves love. She mentions dating men and ends up dating a woman in the finale.
    • By season two, Chanel #3 identifies as Pansexual.
  • Birds of a Feather: with Cassidy, her Spear Counterpart in season two.
  • Character Development: Season 2 shows her becoming more open and expressive of her feelings, though she keeps her deadpan delivery at all times. By the end of the season, she's shown to have become a genuinely kinder, more thoughtful person.
  • Character Tic: She touches her ear muffs when anxious.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • She's quick to go along with peoples' weird ideas, and it'll either be because she doesn't care enough to object, or because she sees no problem with it. For example, she thinks that Hester's idea to grind up diamonds to look like sugar, and then give it to Chanel is absolutely genius.
    • She also buys into Hester's accusation of having a split personality named Dirty Helen, who helped the Red Devil, aka Chanel #5.
    • During the Chanels' trials, she is the only one who appears to revel in their infamy.
    • She also states that she likes to stare at empty hospital rooms and imagine the people who died there.
  • Dark Secret: She believes her biological father is Charles Manson.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is this in spades. Sometimes unintentionally so, thanks to her flat emotions, and sometimes out of genuine snide.
  • The Dragon: To Chanel, especially in season two.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She gives a great one to Jane Hollis, pointing out after the justified massacre thirty years ago, she's directing her anger at architecture and geography.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hester Ulrich successfully blames Chanel Oberlin and her minions for the killings. The most karmic part being... the jury didn't fall for it. They had a unanimous not guilty verdict..... up until Chanel Oberlin went on a massive tirade against them before they could even ''deliver'' the verdict, prompting them to change it to guilty out of pure spite. The three Chanels are convicted and sentenced to life in an asylum as punishment.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Or rather, Lipstick Bisexual, she's highly feminine and also into ladies.
  • Love Redeems: Comes to believe that true love can bring out the best in people in season 2. Her major arc in season 2 is to not only bring the humanity back to Cassidy, but to [stop him from killing.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Her interactions with Sam come off as hitting on her, even when she claims the exact opposite.
  • Mellow Fellow: It takes a lot to really upset her.
  • Morality Pet: She's Cassidy's. Especially after she realizes that he's a Green Meanie.
    • She's also arguably one of Chanel's.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite her stoicism and common lack of emotions, she does occasionally break when she's scared. The best example is in "Ghost Stories" when she becomes convinced Boone's ghost is haunting her, and her normal no fazed reactions quickly go out the window.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sam. She offered to light #3's candle during Boone's vigil, and later #3 confessed her dark secret to her. They can be seen in each other's company for the rest of the episode.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Known only as "Chanel #3" because Chanel Oberlin couldn't be bothered to learn her real name. Exaggerated in Season Two, where it appears Chanel #3 has outright replaced her legal name. It is on her diploma when she graduated college and even she refers to herself as “Doctor number three”.
  • The Quiet One: Of all the Chanels, she's by far the less histrionic and the most low-key. She delivers almost all of her lines in the same bored monotone.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "Seven Minutes In Hell", her daring Sam to sleep in the basement bathtub in an angry fit at the latter for telling her Dark Secret in a game of truth or dare (which was established to determine the killer), actually had Sam killed by the Red Devil.
  • The Stoic: Always remains calm and unemotional, even when obviously hurt or angry. She admits in “Seven Minutes in Hell” it’s been speculated that she might lack the part of the brain that grants emotions.
  • Token Good Teammate: Honestly good is stretching it, Chanel #3 is still an accomplice to attempted murder (multiple times, no less) and unrepentant JerkAss, but she is by far the least bitchy of the Chanels.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Played with; while she is noticeably more mean-spirited and aggressive throughout season two, she still cares deeply for Cassidy and also tries to convince him to stop killing people.
  • Villainous Friendship: She and Chanel have a pretty close friendship, despite some slight bitchiness on both sides. Chanel #3 even pleads for one of the Green Meanies to not kill Chanel.
    • It’s worth noting that baring one episode note  Chanel #3 is the only one of her minions who hasn’t activately plotted or tried to murder Chanel.

     Chanel # 4 

Chanel #4

A Kappa Kappa Tau sister and previously one of Chanel #1's minions. She died before the story started.


  • Four Is Death: So it's almost just as well the story starts off with her already dead.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Known only as "Chanel #4" because Chanel Oberlin couldn't be bothered to learn her real name.
  • Posthumous Character: Prior to the events of the show, she got meningitis and went home, where she eventually died.

    Libby Putney / Chanel # 5 

Libby Putney / Chanel #5

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Played By: Abigail Breslin

A Kappa Kappa Tau sister and yet another one of Chanel #1's minions.


  • Abusive Parents: Her parents hate her guts. In "Thanksgiving" her family goes away on a holiday at Thanksgiving, without bothering to tell her. Its implied this has happened before. Then it is Taken Up to Eleven in the first season finale where they willingly collude with Hester to frame her as the Red Devil. In season two, Chanel #5 states that they finally admitted to being her parents,but only on the condition that she never tells anyone.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: According to Chanel #1 in "Pumpkin Patch", she does this to Dora The Explorer, and has surveillance footage to prove it!
  • Beta Bitch: Along with the other Chanels, she implements Chanel #1's commands.
  • Butt-Monkey: Chanel blames her for every little thing that goes wrong, even stuff she clearly wasn't involved in or had no control over. She regularly insults #5, belittles her, calls her crazy, and spreads a rumor that her vagina has/had teeth. Also, the character who is the most attacked in season 2. And season 1, for that matter.
  • Cartwright Curse: Lost both Roger and Dodger to the Red Devil; the former is killed with some rather large hedge shears in "Pumpkin Patch" and the latter is shot several in the face with a nail gun by the killer in the next episode. In season two, her love interest, Tyler, is killed off in his first episode. Chanel #1 even lampshades it.
    Chanel #1: Okay we get it #5. Another one of your boyfriends was murdered. Get over it.
  • Character Development: Compare her character at the start of season one to the end of season one. Even better, from season one to season two.
  • The Chew Toy: In season two, her Butt-Monkey status get turned Up To Eleven, making her this.
  • The Determinator: Bullied by the others Channels before and during the series, chased with hedge shears through a snowy maze and thus one of the main target in season 1, framed for murders and put into an asylum, accused several time of being the killer during season 2 (even by autorithies) and stabbed in the back with a machete. She's still kicking!
  • The Dragon: She's Chanel #1's de facto second-in-command and the most active of all the Chanels. However in the actual official hierarchy, Chanel #3 outranks her. This seems to have been dropped after the first few episodes, as Chanel sees her as useless.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Chanel is endlessly amused by Chanel #5's real name being Libby Putney
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Chanel gives Hester a makeover and promotes her to Chanel #6, she loses her shit and has a temper tantrum.
  • Genius Ditz: While Chanel is very vapid and has a tendency to speak without thinking, she still has quite a bit more common sense than a lot of the other characters. She also seems to know a lot about food-related chemistry and scores a near perfect grade on her MCAT.
    • Indeed, she's truly upset when she discovers the other two Chanels cheated to score high but she did it without even knowing they were cheating and yet they continue to run her down. "I'm a genius and no one cares!"
  • Heteronormative Crusader: She has the biggest reaction when Boone asks to become the first male "sister" in KKT. She jumps out of her seat and threatens him with violence. Subverted in a later episode, where she accepts Chanel #3's love for Sam easily.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Is a lot more insecure than she first appears to be.
    • She is tech savvy enough to create a website in the dark web seeking ideas on how to kill Chanel Oberlin.
    • She possesses detailed knowledge about the chemistry as it relates to meat and allergens.
    • She also implies that she wants to have a better friendship with Chanel and Number Three.
    • She scores a near perfect score on her MCAT.
  • Idiot Savant: Chanel Oberlin considers Chanel #5's medical skills to be an example of this.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hester Ulrich successfully blames Chanel Oberlin and her minions for the killings. The most karmic part being... the jury didn't fall for it. They had a unanimous not guilty verdict..... up until Chanel Oberlin went on a massive tirade against them before they could even ''deliver'' the verdict, prompting them to change it to guilty out of pure spite. The three Chanels are convicted and sentenced to life in an asylum as punishment.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Might be an even worse case than Chanel #2, as Chanel and Chanel #3 are at best tolerating her and are usually verbally abusing her.
    • Also applies to her relationship the hospital staff, barring Zayday and occasionally Munsch.
  • The Napoleon: To a lesser degree than Chanel #1; she's 5'1", but she has a serious temper and doesn't hesitate to threaten Boone with physical violence.
    • She also physically attacks two guys for insulting Tyler, and is said (by Chanel #3) to have gotten into a fight with a couch.
  • Odd Friendship: Starts to form this with Zayday Williams even season two, acting as her "sidekick."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Known only as "Chanel #5" because Chanel Oberlin couldn't be bothered to learn her real name. It's eventually revealed by Scotland Yard to be “Libby Putney”. Exaggerated in Season Two, where it has seemingly become her legal name (it is on her diploma when she graduated college).
  • Only Sane Man: Among Chanel's minions, #5 is more down-to-earth and logical than the others, and she's horrified by the weirdness of the others. She also points out how the idea of Hester's "sugar party" (a party wherein everybody just eats bowls of sugar) is stupid. Unfortunately for her, this makes her the Straight Man to the other two, who see no problems with their ways of thinking.
    • Highlighted in 2x07, where Chanel #5 is the only Chanel (including #1 herself) to be against Chanel continuing to date Brock after he almost killed her.
  • Really Gets Around: She is quite promiscuous and determined not to let something as trivial as a serial killer get in the way of enjoying her sex live. However, she also has trouble finding a boyfriend because of Chanel's 'vagina teeth' rumor-spreading.
  • The Scrappy: In-universe. Even her parents hated her!
  • The Starscream: She has some hints of being this, such as her plotting on the dark web to murder Chanel and her trying to take Chanel's place as Jackie Kennedy.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Season 2 shows her becoming an even bigger Butt-Monkey. But by the end of it, she aces her MCAT and ends the season as a successful doctor.
  • Token Good Teammate: An odd example, considering she started the series as a more aggressively homophobic version of Chanel, but by the last few episodes of season one and (especially) the entirety of season two, she's become more socially awkward and accidentally insulting than bitchy, compared to Chanel and #3. She also objects to Chanel's plot to murder Hester and show concern for Zayday and Munsch.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Season Two she drops the majority of her Jerkass traits; while she can still be insensitive, she no longer intentionally acts unkindly towards anyone.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: She mentions that she had a threesome with Roger and Dodger, apparently several times.
  • Vagina Dentata: Often accused of having this by Chanel #1. Confirmed to be true when she admits to having it in the season 2 finale.
  • Weight Woe: Is very paranoid about her weight, as she is the least skinny of the Chanels. Later episodes have her arguing with clothing stores to replace the tags on her clothes (a "larger size" for a Chanel) with those of a Size 2 (which she definitely isn't)
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: continuously happens to her. After being unpopular and single all throughout high school, she joins Kappa and eventually becomes a Chanel. However, she also becomes Chanel's punching bag and finds it even harder to find a boyfriend, with Chanel spreading rumors about her. When she does get two twin brothers in the sack, they're both killed off by the Red Devil. When Hester is accusing her of being the (orphaned) Red Devil/Baby in the Bathtub, her parents show up........to help Hester frame her and lie about her being adopted. In the asylum, she gets put on medication and Chanel actually becomes a close friend- only to immediately go back to treating her like shit once they're out and Chanel #5 stops taking her Meds (on top of that Chanel #3 is now also more spiteful to #5). She and Tyler fall for each other, Chanel gets Chad to pay for Tyler's surgery - and the Green Meanie kills Tyler off. Girl just can't catch a break.

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Pledges

     Grace Gardner 

Grace Gardner

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Played By: Skyler Samuels

A Kappa Kappa Tau legacy and pledge.


  • Actor-Shared Background: Grace's absence in Season 2 is explained by her being at Stanford, just like her actress Skyler Samuels was at the time. Samuels was at the university, Grace was at the mental institution.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her dad is a little too attached to her, going so far as to become her teacher at the university.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In "Mommie Dearest", she bitchslaps Chanel #1 after the latter goes too far about Grace's deceased mother.
  • Break the Cutie: Episode 8. She learns that her mother is nothing like she imagined her to be, finds out her father has been lying to her for years, Gigi's tearing her and her father apart, and people repeatedly call her out on how desperate she's been. Could also be a case of Break the Haughty if you agree with Munsch's assessment of her.
    • At the end of the first season she seems okay despite her experiences that year, and welcoming the new pledges to the sorority. However, in season 2 Wes reveals that was just a brave front she put up, and her time with the Chanels really changed her.
  • Broken Pedestal: When she learns her mother was an Alpha Bitch and criminal, rather than the kind woman her father claimed she was.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: As a result of episode 8, she gets more dark and cynical throughout the episode.
  • The Determinator: Refuses to give up and leave Wallace University, despite her life being in danger.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She has trouble thinking straight around a half-naked Pete.
  • The Exile: Is kicked out of Kappa after backing out of the plan to kill the dean.
  • Final Girl: She is already being set up as this, sharing many traits with other final girls. In particular, she's a Nice Girl; is enemies with the Alpha Bitch; has a prior connection to the sorority which she's trying to learn more about; and is the Girl Next Door.
    • Becomes prophetic, as she (and Zayday) are the only two to survive the Red Devil's attacks (the Chanels survived as well, only to be blamed for the crimes).
  • Friendship Moment: In "Pumpkin Patch", when she gets so fed up with everyone not being concerned with Zayday's disappearance, she ventures out to look for her herself (before being joined by Pete, Gigi, Denise, and Wes.
  • Girl Next Door: In sharp contrast with the Chanels, Grace's beauty is extremely down-to-earth and understated.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Grace has blonde hair, and hasn't a bad bone in her body.
  • I Choose to Stay: Remains at Kappa in spite of all her dad's exhortations to leave.
  • It's All About Me: Dean Munsch calls her on this claiming that Grace's investigation of what's happening is really about herself and trying to figure out her past.
  • Nerves of Steel: She gets scared, but she manages to stay calm and keep a cool head in a crisis.
  • Nice Girl: She easily qualifies, being kind to everyone she meets and the first to stand up for the other pledges when Chanel #1 attempts to haze them. It's her being kind to Hester when they first met that makes her decide to leave Grace out of her killings.
  • Not So Different: She comes up with the idea to kill Dean Munsch. She and Chanel agree on what way to kill her even speaking at the exact same moment.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Unlike the other pledges, Chanel can't find any physical problems with Grace and, by looks alone, Grace is probably someone who would get into Kappa under normal circumstances.
  • Only Sane Man: After Chanel #1 apparently kills Ms. Bean, Grace is the only one whose first reaction is to call campus police.
  • Put on a Bus: With Skyler Samuels opting to return to college (she deferred to film the first season), Grace did not return for Season 2; Wes explaining that she was at Stanford.. as in the mental institution, not the university.
  • Reality Ensues: Grace is thrown to discover she's flunking all her classes, wondering what could have happened. Her father dryly points out that spending all her time hunting a serial killer and figuring out the identity of the bathtub baby may have affected Grace's studying.
  • Shoot the Dog: Surprisingly, she convinces the Kappa sisters that they should kill Dean Munsch, as she is a killer and likely the Red Devil, and killing her would keep dozens of people safe. She rationalizes this by pointing out it would save many lives, and that she would feel guilty if she did nothing and let more people get killed. Ultimately subverted, though; Pete convinces her not to give up her innocence by becoming a murderer herself.
  • The Stoic: She's not completely emotionless, but still has a cool and collected attitude.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In "Mommie Dearest", she admits that Chanel #1's mother sounds like a genuinely terrible person.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts as a naive girl, but her experiences make her more dark and reactive. She attempts to stab Pete when he confesses his crimes, and absolutely wails on the Red Devil.

     Hester Ulrich 

Hester "Neckbrace" Ulrich / Chanel #6

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Played By: Lea Michele

A Kappa Kappa Tau pledge who wears a neck brace due to her scoliosis.


  • Asshole Victim: While Chanel's plan to murder her is excessive, Hester purposely seduced Chad, tipped off the police about Chanel's murder of Miss Bean, lied about being pregnant to manipulate Chad into marrying her despite him making it beyond clear he wasn't interested, and did everything she could solely to try and take everything Chanel had.
  • Ax-Crazy: Despite claiming to be the more sensible and rational of the two, truthfully Hester is just as violent and unstable as her brother.
  • Back Stabbing The Alpha Bitch: This is her plan throughout the season. However her efforts don't work out so well, as Chanel is smarter than her. Or so it seems...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A flashback in the season finale shows Hester complimenting Zayday and Grace for treating her nice, making it clear that she doesn't kill them for this reason.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In another show, her plot to usurp leadership in Kappa and steal Chanel's life could make her the main antagonist. But here is she is not only outdone by the Red Devil, but by Chanel herself who is a lot more intelligent and ruthless than she is. That is, until it's revealed that she is in fact the true Big Bad of the series.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first seems just another innocent poor girl, who is in awe of Kappa. However once she gets a Mook Promotion, she reveals she's actually ruthless, power hungry and a backstabber. And she's the brains behind the Red Devils.
  • Birds of a Feather: She shares Chad's fetishes and is turned on by the same things.
  • Brains and Brawn: Was the "brains" to Boone's "brawn".
  • Cute and Psycho: Look at that picture. Is a psychotic serial killer the first thing to come to your mind?
  • The Dragon: To the Green Meanie in Season 2. She was also this to Gigi at first, until she kills her and becomes the Big Bad herself.
  • Freudian Excuse: At first, it was assumed that years of being ostracized and bullied because of her neck brace have left her power-hungry, immoral, and traitorous. Double Subverted when it turns out she was never sick... but has a completely different Freudian Excuse for being one of the Red Devils, owing to her growing up in an asylum with her "mom" and her brother.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Admits to Chad that she wants everything Chanel has, :and plans to overthrow her and take her fame and Chad as well.
  • Hypocrite: Agrees that Hoffel should get to kill Chanel on the basis that the way her sister, Miss Bean was murdered was awful, this is despite the fact that Hester herself not only planned out far worse deaths, but actually actively set up Miss Bean's death herself.
  • Idiot Ball: Despite how she was brilliant enough to pull off this whole thing in season 1, she makes a massive mistake when she confess on tape to Denise about being the killer in season 2. Hester assumes that double jeporday applies and she can't be tried for the crime twice. Denise points out that Hester hasn't even been tried once but she insists it still counts because the Chanels were.
  • Ill Girl: Supposedly had scoliosis, forcing her to wear a neck brace all the time. She takes it off once she joins the Chanels, though she notes that, thanks to her illness, it's painful as hell to go without it, and she eventually goes back to wearing it (albeit a very blinged-out version). It's all an act, though. She stole the neck brace from another woman at the asylum, and pretended to be ill in order to get people to underestimate her.
  • It Amused Me: Following being unmasked as a psychopath, this is her motivation in Season Two. Everything she does is seemingly just to entertain herself by whatever interests her the most at that particular moment.
  • Karma Houdini: Possible one of the biggest, along with Dean Munsch. Despite being one of the Red Devil killers, her crime never came into light, ultimately succeeded in her plans for revenge, is living happily in the newly reformed Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, and she even stated that her self-inflicted eye injury will make a full recovery.
    • Averted in season 2 where Denise gets her confession on tape which get Hester thrown in prison and the Chanels released.
      • And immediately played straight again four episodes into season two, where she is allowed to roam freely and even rejoins the Chanels.
  • Mask of Sanity: Initially appears to be a selfish, but underprivileged ambitious brownnoser. But it’s revealed she is in fact highly intelligent and very dangerously insane. In Season Two she outright drops all pretences, displaying her true unstable, unpredictable callous self for all to see.
  • Mook Promotion: Goes from lowly pledge to Chanel #6.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She shows extensive knowledge on how to hide and dispose of dead bodies when the sorority is faced with that very problem. She does, however, seem to be extremely disturbed when she finds the corpses of most of the Red Devil's victims.
    • Later episodes confirm she is one with her love of grisly stories (such as Rasputin's murder), enjoyment scary stories, and all around interest in the murders. Given that she's one of the Red Devils, it makes perfect sense.
  • Not Me This Time: With the announcement that Hester has returned for Season 2, Ryan Murphy has gone so far to announce that Hester will not be the killer of that season. She is, however, working with the killers again.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: After Chanel #1 gives her a makeover, dresses her up in couture, and gets rid of the neck brace, she looks stunning.
  • Sole Survivor: She is the only Red Devil killer left alive by the end of season 1.
  • Staircase Tumble: Chanel nearly kills her in this fashion, by pushing her down the Kappa House stairs. Hester survives, though.
  • The Starscream: Soon after her promotion, she begins plotting the consecutive overthrows of Chanel #1 and Zayday.
  • The Sociopath: Like her brother, Hester has no true conception of empathy, compassion or guilt. She casually lies, murders and kills. She outright refers to herself as a diagnosed sociopath in “Blood Drive”.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Once she receives her makeover from Chanel, she ditches her neck brace. Triple subverted: initially she tells everyone that it's enormously painful not to wear it because all of her neck muscles have atrophied, but afterwards it's never brought up again until "Ghost Stories," in which she takes up wearing her newly bedazzled neck brace again because her spine was about to collapse. Justified in that she was never ill to begin with — her claiming to have scoliosis was all an act to throw off suspicion.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Gigi raised her and her brother since infancy with the single goal of obtaining revenge against KKT.
  • Walking Spoiler: She is one of the many reasons this page has to be spoiler tag free.
  • Wild Card: Is this in Season Two. She claims to know the Green Meanies’ secrets (she at least knows Cassidy is one of the Green Meanie’s) but refuses to slip anything but a few hints along the way. However, apart from this, her behaviour varies considerably depending on what would amuses her the most at that moment, such as going from attempting to murder Chanel to giving her dating advice. Whether or not she has an actual plan or goal, or if she is just going along for the ride, is presently unclear.
  • Yes-Man: Acts like this towards Chanel to win her over.

     Zayday Williams 

Zayday Williams

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Played By: Keke Palmer

A Kappa Kappa Tau pledge with a genius IQ.


  • Action Girl: Easily one of the most proactive and resourceful characters in the show.
  • Black and Nerdy: Zayday is a black girl with a genius IQ.
    • That said, it's worth noting that she is a bit of a ditz. In addition to helping the Chanels in their attempt to murder Dean Munsch, she tried to cure a patient with excessive hair growth by lobotomy. Not to mention her incredibly reckless nature, which has gotten her into trouble on various occasions.
  • Black Best Friend: She quickly becomes Grace's best friend on campus.
    • With Grace gone for the majority of S2, she's really come into her own as a character.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. She survives the entire season along with Grace.
  • Brainy Brunette: Is a smart girl, with long brown hair.
  • Butt-Monkey: A minor case in season 2. She sees the Chanels as her friends, but they barely even acknowledge her outside of Chanel's insults. When she's kidnapped, the remaining cast note her absence, but don't care and never bother to look for her.
  • Chainsaw Good: She keeps one under the bed for protection after her taser got confiscated. Her grandma sent it to her.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As soon as the killings begin, she starts carrying a taser.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's kidnapped by the Red Devil in "Haunted House", and though she escapes when the latter releases her in "Pumpkin Patch", she faces him again in "Seven Minutes In Hell", being cornered by him during a chase before Chanel #1 saves her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Upon her release by the Red Devil to have dinner, she flirts with him before stabbing him in the hand with a fork before bolting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She snarks at all the dumb decisions the sorority makes.
  • Moe: In one of the episodes, her purple pajamas and pigtails absolutely qualified as this.
  • The Determinator: "Seven Minutes In Hell" proves that nothing will convince her to back down from her new presidency, not even the murders.
  • The Leader: She becomes the new Kappa house Co-President as of "Pumpkin Patch".
  • The Ditz: She has her fair share of ditzy moments. She means well though!
  • Odd Friendship: Starts to form one with Chanel #5 in season two.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Subverted. She appears out of nowhere just in time for the elections in "Pumpkin Patch" while nothing is explained about her escape, until it's revealed she stabbed the Red Devil when he let her out for dinner and hauled ass.
  • Only Sane Woman: Along with Grace, as she clearly didn't like the idea of covering up Ms. Bean's death and questions Chanel's decisions often.
  • Straight Man: Even more so than Grace. Really, the only thing unusual about her is that her grandmother sent her a chainsaw.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Grace in season 2. She takes up Grace's role as the Only Sane Man who starts investigating the murders with her Love Interest.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Subverted. Those rolls during her second encounter with the Red Devil actually saved her life.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives almost everyone this when Chanel #1 convinces them to keep shut about her killing Ms. Bean with a trip to Cancun on her father's jet.
    "All of y'all ratchet!"

     Jennifer 

Jennifer

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Played By: Breezy Eslin

A Kappa Kappa Tau pledge and candle vlogger.


  • All There in the Manual: Breezy Eslin talked about the character's candle fixation in an interview, explaining how they came from the audition script:
    Breezy Eslin: "Jennifer is originally from Antarctica and in Antarctica there are, like, solid weeks of darkness each year; it’s very cold and, well, fire is her best friend. So then somehow the Bath & Body Works catalog came to her house and she started reading and she realized she could have the warm, comforting feeling of fire and also these scents of spring and summer and flowers, and all sorts of things without being in those places, but as [a means of escapism] from her barren, icy homeland."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Implied to be the one that came up with the idea of turning in Chanel #1 for the death of Mrs. Bean after she saw Chanel's careless treatment of some expensive candles.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Asides from blogging about them, one promo for the series shows Jennifer eating candle wax.
    • She has an extensive network of tunnels connecting her many ant farms. The way she described the ants' culture shows that ant farming is something she really, really likes.
  • Dead Guy on Display: She's made into a human candelabra by her killer.
  • Death by Irony: Killed while shooting yet another candle vlog.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed. While only the Chanels are actively mean to her, even Grace calls her "Farty." She also confirms that most people in the house ignore her and that Zayday was the only one to reach out to her.
  • Gasshole: Chanel calls her "Farty," and she even tells everyone about her fart in episode 6.
  • Hidden Depths: Not only does she have a complex network of ant farms, she shows a lot of interest in the way they govern their societies.
  • Hollywood Autism: Begrudgingly admits that she is somewhere on the autism spectrum.
  • Serious Business: Misuse or disrespect towards candles are enough to send her into a terrible rage.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: Candles are all she talks about, and as far as she's concerned the world revolves around them.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Tends to be dismissed because of her candle obsession, but she's smart enough to have the political situation in the sorority pegged down to the last detail and can be a cunning enemy when provoked.
    • When Grace and Zayday set up a sleepover so they can play 'Truth or Dare' to find out if any of them know anything about the Red Devil, she's the only one to question why someone wouldn't just lie after picking 'Truth'.
  • Straight Man: Aside from her thing with candles, her farting and her ants, she's very straight-forward and normal. She's the only one to point out flaws in Chad's truth or dare game, causing him to flip out on her for "misunderstanding the game."
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     Sam 

Sam 'Predatory Lez'

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Played By: Jeanna Han

A Kappa Kappa Tau pledge and liberal lesbian.


  • Butch Lesbian: Her establishing moment has her flirting with Zayday while stating that everyone secretly thinks heterosexual sex is disgusting. Lampshaded by Chanel.
    Chanel: Real name? "Mac" or "Butch" or something. Two days ago, I caught her staring at my ass on the quad. All that girl's after is a whole lot of bikini burger.
  • Dirty Coward: Dies offering to help the Red Devil, and kill the others.
  • Feigning Intelligence: Backs up and hides her quite-transparent misandry with name-dropping and meaningless rhetoric.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite decrying men for doing so, she clearly has no problems with sexually objectifying women for her own benefit (between her spying on Channel #3 getting dressed, and hanging a picture of a gorgeous woman posing on a motorcycle in her room). Obviously played for laughs.
  • Mauve Shirt: Munsch even calls her fodder. She does die shortly after getting some character development and exploration on her relationship with Chanel #3 in "Seven Minutes In Hell".
  • Odd Friendship: With Chanel #3. Sam offered to light her candle during Boone's vigil, and later #3 confessed her dark secret to her. They can be seen in each other's company for the rest of the episode.
  • Straw Feminist: She objects to the idea of a male security guard looking after her and states that, while heterosexual sex isn't rape, it is disgusting.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Asian, and very gay.

     Tiffany 

Tiffany 'Deaf Taylor Swift'

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Played By: Whitney Meyer

A Kappa Kappa Tau pledge who is deaf and likes Taylor Swift.


  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Even leaving aside her massive obsession with Taylor Swift, her seemingly complete obliviousness to how much the Chanels look down on her places her in this category.
  • The Cutie: Is dressed just like Taylor Swift.
  • Loony Fan: Her fixation with Taylor Swift is her most easily recognizable trait.
    Tiffany: (is buried up to her neck in dirt) Hey guys, what do you think Taylor Swift is doing right now?
  • Off with Her Head!: Via a lawnmower.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she finally sees the Red Devil-ridden lawnmower heading towards her head.
    Tiffany: (singing to herself) I shake it off, I shake it off— (sees lawnmower) HOLY CRAP!
  • The Pollyanna: She's the only one of the pledges that doesn't lose her optimism and cheerfulness as the hazing continues.

Former Sisters

     Gigi Caldwell 

Gigi Caldwell / Jess Meyer

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Played By: Nasim Pedrad

An official from the Kappa Kappa Tau national organization.


  • Action Survivor: Despite her personality, when she's attacked by the Red Devil in "Chainsaw", she manages to avoid his attacks and even defeat him through a combination of quick thinking, taking advantage of her surroundings, and outright assaulting him. However it later turns out this was staged.
  • Adorkable: Is pretty quirky even when directing the Red Devil.
  • Affably Evil: She may be the mastermind behind the Red Devil attacks, but from what we've seen her cheerful, quirky nature is her genuine personality. When she's not involved in revenge plots she's a pretty sweet person.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She herself lampshades her unclear ethnicity.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1, until she is killed by Hester, who usurps her.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Had a pretty good run as one, but got offed by The Starscream in episode 10.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is the ring leader of the Red Devils. Up until they turn on her.
  • Bullying the Dragon: She attempts to chastise Boone when he goes off the plan too many times and causes them more problems, despite knowing full well how violent, unstable and deranged Boone really is. Sure enough her efforts end with her only realising just how little control she has in this situation after she's finished speaking. If it wasn't for the other Red Devil, Boone would have killed her. And as it turns out, he did.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She clearly has a screw loose somewhere, and it shows in her behavior.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at. She states that she has been told that her sense of style of clothing and mannerisms are the result of a traumatic experience that happened to her in the 90's. The ending to "Haunted House" implies that Gigi is the Hag of Shady Lane, a woman who hid herself in an abandoned house and wailed like a banshee. She may have also taken care of the bathtub baby. "Mommie Dearest" reveals that she spent sometime in the insane asylum.
    • Black Friday gives us most of her story. She was actually the sister of the girl in the bathroom. Her sister committed suicide out of guilt, leaving her both insane, and with two children to care for.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Her head is presented to the Kappas, being switched out with their turkey dinner.
  • Disco Dan: Her fashion sense and personality is permanently stuck in The '90s. Grace at one point takes her shopping for more modern or serious clothes, and she clearly hates all of them.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She appears to be a main character when she's revealed to be the mastermind behind the murders but the Red Devil kills her offscreen three episodes before the finale.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gigi raised Boone and Hester from a young age to be killers, so they could implement her revenge scheme. Her efforts to make them capable of this turned them both into a pair of deranged psychopaths, who had no problems turning on her the moment they felt like it.
  • Hannibal Lecture: When Grace accuses her of being the Red Devil, she not only points out how flimsy the evidence is, but also says that Grace is probably just trying to pin the murders on her because she can't accept that her dad is dating someone again, and that Grace is trying to get rid of two problems at once. There may be some truth to Gigi's assessment, because Grace stammers and is on the verge of tears.
  • It's Personal: By implication. Boone makes it clear she's the one in the Antonin Scalia costume during the attack on Dean Munsch. The fact that it's likely she wasn't directly involved in the other Red Devil killings and seemed to mainly function as the mastermind could indicate that she harbours a special kind of hatred for the dean.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She's the mastermind behind the Red Devil scheme, but is not actually suiting up in the costume herself.
  • Nice Girl: Eccentric and clearly not that bright, Gigi is nevertheless friendly, supportive, and quite sweet. Or is she?
  • Official Couple: As of "Pumpkin Patch" with Wes.
  • Off with Her Head!: The Red Devil decapitates her.
  • The Pollyanna: Tries to remain upbeat and cheerful regardless of the situation. Even if said situation involves a serial killer.
  • Revenge: All the killings are part of her revenge plot, for what went down in 95.
  • Ship Tease: With Wes.
  • Start of Darkness: Her flashbacks and information pieced together present how her fall into darkness came about. It starts with the death of the girl in the bathtub, her sister committing suicide, and her attempts to raise the bathtub babies on her own, ending up in an asylum, and training her adoptive children to seek out revenge.
  • Tragic Villain: Gigi may have been the mastermind behind the Red Devil attacks, but her life hasn't been an easy one. Sophia giving birth back in 1995 ruined her life; it caused her sister Amy to commit suicide, forcing her to take twin babies in at eighteen. Afterwards she was forced to become the Hag of Shady Lane to look after them, had to resort to stealing milk to feed them, and eventually ended up in a mental hospital. She left her real family behind a long time ago, and was only left with the two babies. And to top it all off, both of them turned on her and tried to kill her in their adulthood. It's really summed up best when she's having Thanksgiving with the Red Devil, and thanks them for being there as she literally has little else in her life (except Wes), right before the Red Devil murders her.
  • Token Good Teammate: Is honestly the nicest Kappa to appear. Or so she seems.
  • You Killed My Father: Or more precisely, you drove my sister to suicide. As far as Gigi is concerned KKT is responsible for her sister's death, a belief that drives her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

     Sophia Doyle 

Sophia Doyle

Played By: McKaley Miller.

A Kappa Kappa Tau sister who gave birth to fraternal twins in the house in 1995.


  • Death by Childbirth: She apparently bled out after giving birth.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: All the events of the show are heavily implied to be connected to her death and its cover-up.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: She claims she had no idea she was even pregnant until she started going into labor. She thought she had just gained the "freshmen fifteen."

     Mandy Greenwell 

Mandy Greenwell

Played By: Grace Phipps (young) / Jennifer Aspen (old)

One of the Kappa Kappa Tau sisters who discovered Sophia after she gave birth.


  • Cloudcuckoolander: By the time Grace and Pete find her, twenty years of isolation have made her odd, to say the least.
  • The Hermit: After leaving the university, she went to live in a trailer in the middle of nowhere, living off roadkill.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Keeping the secret of what happened to Sophia has ruined her life.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Well, her adult self, at least. She gets killed by the Red Devil one scene after confessing her involvement.

     Bethany Stevens 

Bethany Stevens / Mary Mulligan

Played By: Anna Grace Barlow

The Kappa Kappa Tau president during the bathtub baby incident in 1995.


  • Abusive Parents: While the abuse was more the result of carelessness and negligence than actual meanness, drunk driving with baby Grace on top of the car definitively qualifies.
  • Alpha Bitch: Was a terrible person at Kappa.
  • Broken Pedestal: She's the mom Grace idolized all throughout her life, unaware of how horrible she really was.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Her life spiraled out of control after leaving college, descending into alcoholism, drug addiction and crime.
  • Meaningful Rename: She changed her name to Mary Mulligan. A mulligan is a golf term that refers to a do-over, or fresh start. She tried to get a fresh start after getting with Wes.
  • Skewed Priorities: She delayed giving Sophia any kind of assistance because she didn't want to miss her favorite song.

     Amy Meyer 

Amy Meyer

Played By: Chelsea Ricketts

The Kappa Kappa Tau sister who first discovered Sophia in the bathtub in 1995.


  • Break the Cutie: The events of 1995 traumatized her so much that she lost her mind and killed herself shortly thereafter.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her suicide was as much responsible for setting in motion the events of the show as Sophia’s.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only person present at the House who had Sophia’s best interests in mind.

     Feather McCarthy 

Feather McCarthy

Played By: Tavi Gevinson

A onetime KKT sister in a relationship with the Dean's ex-husband.


     Melanie Dorkus 

Melanie Dorkus

Played By: Brianne Howey

Chanel Oberlin’s immediate predecessor as president of the sorority, who was scarred by acid in her spray tan.


  • Alpha Bitch: Almost a prerequisite to be the president of Kappa, she was as big a bitch as Chanel Oberlin.
  • The Exile: She went to live in a compound in Alaska after her accident, until her parents forced her to come back.
  • The Grotesque: Even after several surgeries, that damage done by the acid still leaves her hideously scarred.

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     Ms. Bean 

Ms. Bean

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Played By: Jan Hoag

The housekeeper of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Back in 1995, her proposed method to get rid of Sophia's body was to grind it and use the meat to make sausages, which she would then sell at the farmers' market or feed to the KKT sisters.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Chanel burns her face off with fryer oil. She screams for a while before she finally dies.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: Subverted and played with. She's white, but Chanel treats her with contempt and sees her a little more than a slave, hence her nickname for her: "White Mammie."
  • Facial Horror: Chanel kills her by dunking her headfirst into a cooker full of fryer oil. Taken Up to Eleven when she doesn't die immediately and rips off her crisp epidermis before keeling down.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: For putting up with Chanel's crap, she has the patience of a saint.
  • Old Retainer: As the flashbacks show, she has been KKT's housekeeper for over twenty years.

    Denise 

Denise Hemphill

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Played By: Niecy Nash

One of the security guards hired by Gigi to protect the KKT Sorority.


  • Action Girl: Averted. She does not display any inclination to fight, despite being a security guard.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She carries Luminol around with her. Subverted, as it isn't so much for looking for blood as much as it's for looking for horseradish (it reacts to an enzyme).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She veers wildly from utter incompetence and crazy ideas (like Zayday being the killer) to amazingly insightful detective work. She's the one who suggests there is more than one killer and, incredibly, is the only one who realizes that Chanel #2 has been murdered.
    • It is notable that, while her conclusion that Zayday is the killer is nonsensical, the sheer amount of information she's able to get on Zayday in such a short time, with no legal authority to investigate, is still impressive.
  • Freudian Excuse: Zayday concludes that Denise's grudge against her stems from the fact that Denise had tried to pledge Kappa as well, back in 1988, and was immediately rejected because of her race.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite her job, she's more interested in running away from the danger than protecting people from it. But she's still a cheerful person, with most of it being played for humor rather than being a character flaw.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Subverted; she was supposedly killed by the Green Meanie in Season 2. Except it's Zig-Zagged in the next episode when it's revealed she's still alive, but almost brain dead. Munsch and Zayday cryogenically freeze her in order to save her life.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Subverted. She doesn't do much aside from eat burgers in her car, though she does at least seem ready to help those in danger. In "Pumpkin Patch", though begrudgingly, she still assists Grace and the others in the search for Zayday when she goes missing while still convinced she's the killer.
  • Rank Up: Hired as chief of police after the entire Homicide Division is fired. By Season 2 she's an FBI agent.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Third-Person Person: Denise Hemphill seems determined to let everyone know that she is, in fact, Denise Hemphill. (Just holler and she will come a-running!)
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 2 she remains a Cloudcuckoolander, but is much more competent in dealing with serial killers.

     Shondell 

Shondell

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Played By: Deneen Tyler

One of the security guards hired by Gigi to protect the KKT Sorority, and Denise's best friend.



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