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  • Actor Shipping: This show has huge amounts of actor shipping, the most notable of these being Parmiga (Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga) and Raulson (Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson). The former has mostly come about due to the pair's portrayal of Season 1's highly popular couple Tate Langdon and Violet Harmon, as well as the fact that they played a couple once again in Season 3. Raulson was about even before American Horror Story started, and was present all throughout the first two seasons, finally coming to a head during Season 3 with their portrayals of Misty Day and Cordelia Foxx, who are an immensely popular ship.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: More of a case of Base-Breaking Recurring Actor. Sarah Paulson's recurring role through the series has divided opinion. Some people like her due to playing The Woobie only to be shown to be as manipulative and controlling as the show's villains, but on the other hand, some people have grown very tired of her often being the heavy focus of the show regardless of the season or character she's playing, and beyond that, for coming up on top almost all the time, to the point where some fans have dropped the show outright because they know Sarah Paulson will have a big role and, after much woobeing, will come up on top, again, once more.
  • Broken Base:
    • The general consensus is that the show suffered from Seasonal Rot. But where the show went wrong, and if it recovered, is up for debate. While Asylum is regarded as the pinnacle of the series, Coven is either the start of the quality drop, or stands up with the first two seasons as the show's best seasons.
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    • Likewise, while almost everyone agrees the show got back on track at some point, almost no one can actually agree when that was, though it's usually considered to be between Hotel and Roanoke for most viewers.
      • For many, Hotel was when things recovered, changing out Jessica Lange and introducing Lady Gaga as well as overhauling the show and the characters the cast played, making things fresh, memorable, and fun again. To others, the loss of Lange was, essentially, the final nail in the coffin of a declining show, combined with the tone alternating between creepy and campy as well as the chaotic feel to the season, meaning the seasonal rot continued.
      • For others, Roanoke was the true return to form, managing to be scary, clever, and innovative as well as having a tighter-focus and clear direction for the plot (something Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel all struggled with), but just as many found it to be tedious, stupid, and unnecessarily weighed down by an unlikable cast. The finale only served to splinter the base more.
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  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The show tends to have this for some people, whether the characters are just unbearable Jerkasses, the constant usage of adultery, the Black-and-Gray Morality the characters have, or even the fact Anyone Can Die ruins any interests some have with the show.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jessica Lange. To the point where she's considered the best actress of the entire series. Fans have shown sadness following her departure from the series following Freakshow, which is considered the lowest season of the series and not a good Swan Song for her.
    • Sarah Paulson is runner up with Lange due to 90% of the time playing The Woobie only to show to be as manipulative and controlling as her counterpart.
    • Evan Peters, for playing roles that tend to either be completely evil or incredibly sympathetic. Bonus points for his ability to be incredibly hammy and yet also utterly terrifying.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With RuPaul's Drag Race, due to numerous Shout Outs in both challenges and on the runway, not to mention AHS's huge queer fanbase in general. Plenty of cast regulars have been guest judges on the show, vice versa season 7 alum Trixie Mattel had a cameo in Roanoke.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The campy aesthetics, the diverse cast (including lots of gay male eye-candy) and the progressive themes made the show a favorite of the queer community.
  • Seasonal Rot: Everyone agrees it stepped in at some point, but no one agrees exactly when this occurred. Coven, Hotel, and Roanoke are all thrown out as being among examples of when this set in (with which season qualifies and which ones work proving divisive). The only thing almost everyone can agree on was that Freak Show was a dull disaster.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Asylum is considered the best season the show produced that the later seasons are pale in comparison to it. Roanoke will sometimes be brought up, but many agree that it ended very unsatisfactory.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: No matter how many ridiculous, frustrating storylines or bad writing the show throws at its actors, many fans agree that they always give their all. The special effects, costumes, sets, cinematography, and music also tend to be rather highly thought of, even if the writing is sometimes lacking.
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