List of American Horror Story characters
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- A grey cell indicates the actor was not in the season or is not confirmed to return to a future season.
- Characters that appear in boldface are the main characters in the respective season
|Jessica Lange||Constance Langdon||Sister Jude Martin||Fiona Goode||TBD|
|Evan Peters||Tate Langdon||Kit Walker||Kyle Spencer||TBD|
|Sarah Paulson||Billie Dean Howard||Lana Winters||Cordelia Foxx||TBD|
|Frances Conroy||Moira O'Hara||Shachath: The Angel of Death||Myrtle Snow||TBD|
|Lily Rabe||Nora Montgomery||Sister Mary Eunice McKee||Misty Day|
|Dylan McDermott||Dr. Ben Harmon||Johnny Morgan|
|Zachary Quinto||Chad Warwick||Dr. Oliver Thredson|
|Taissa Farmiga||Violet Harmon||Zoe Benson|
|Denis O'Hare||Larry Harvey||Spalding||TBD|
|Connie Britton||Vivien Harmon|
|Joseph Fiennes||Monsignor Timothy Howard|
|Lizzie Brocheré||Grace Bertrand|
|James Cromwell||Dr. Arthur Arden|
|Emma Roberts||Madison Montgomery||TBD|
|Kathy Bates||Delphine LaLaurie||TBD|
- Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) is a psychiatrist, married to Vivien Harmon and the father of Violet Harmon. At the series' start, Ben had an affair with one of his psychiatry students, Hayden, after his wife Vivien had a stillbirth. As a result, he and Vivien decide to move the family from Boston to Los Angeles in an attempt to start anew. Months after Vivien had discovered the affair, Hayden falls pregnant to Ben. Ben returns to Boston to be with Hayden and support her through an abortion. He leaves while Hayden is in the operating theatre after discovering multiple missed calls from Vivien. Hayden later shows up in Los Angeles and reveals to Ben that she had not received an abortion and plans on moving to Los Angeles so they can raise the baby together. Holding psychiatric sessions inside the house, most of Ben's patients end up being killed. He has one recurring patient, Tate, who likes Ben's method of pushing his boundaries. Once Tate oversteps his patient boundaries and begins to date Ben's daughter, Violet, Ben discontinues his sessions with Tate. Ben and Vivien's married life becomes strained, due to her difficulty forgiving him for his infidelity. After a heated argument he and Vivien make love. Some time later, a figure in a black latex suit the Harmons discovered in the attic (called "the Rubber Man") appears in the bedroom door. Vivien believes it to be Ben, wishing to continue the lovemaking, but Ben is seen sleepwalking downstairs. Vivien becomes pregnant with twins. Ben learns that the babies have two different fathers—him and the Rubber Man, whom he learns had raped Vivien. During a scuffle, Ben is able to pull the mask off the Rubber Man, discovering that he is Tate. In "Afterbirth", the season one finale, after his wife and daughter die in the house, Ben attempts to escape with his newborn son. He is murdered by Hayden's ghost, when she and the ghosts of the home invaders forcibly hang him from a light fixture. He is presumed by the living to have committed suicide after his wife's death. As a ghost in the house, he and Vivien take it upon themselves to scare away new tenants and avoid allowing any more tragedy or deaths. For his performance, McDermott was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television.
- Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) is a housewife and a former cellist. Prior to the series' beginning, she had a stillbirth that caused her to withdraw from her husband Ben, who then had an affair with Hayden, one of his college students. Vivien was horrified when her doctor suggests a hormone therapy to help her heal after the miscarriage. The Harmons agree to move to Los Angeles to start a fresh life and move on from previous events. In the process of dealing with the issues of her husband and the loss of their baby, she somewhat neglects her daughter Violet, but they seem to have a loving relationship. Vivien is initially repulsed at the idea of any sexual contact with Ben, yet seems committed to keeping the family together and to patching things up to go on with their lives. She slowly warms to her husband enough to participate in what she then thinks is a kinky sexual encounter with Ben in a rubber bondage suit. Vivien soon discovers she is pregnant with twins, but later learns that due to heteropaternal superfecundation, only one of the babies is Ben's, and the other is Tate's, who was the man in the rubber suit. When Ben's now-pregnant college student, Hayden, shows up in Los Angeles to lure him away from Vivien and is subsequently killed, her ghost and others plot to drive Vivien insane, in order to get her out of the house and to have Ben raise the children. In the "Birth" episode, Ben and Vivien learn one of twins has grown rapidly, draining the other of nutrients, and may arrive at any time. Vivien gives birth to both — one of which is stillborn, the other healthy. She dies in the house during the birth, and becomes a ghost in the house. In death, Vivien is able to forgive Ben. She and Ben together, with the help of other ghosts, resolve to scare away any new tenants in order to avoid further death in the house. For her performance, Britton was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012.
- Tate Langdon (Evan Peters as older Tate, Paul Butler as younger Tate) was the son of Constance Langdon and brother of Adelaide, Beauregard, and at least one other sibling. His ghost befriends and becomes the boyfriend of Violet Harmon. He first appears in the pilot as one of Ben's new patients. While in session, he describes an ongoing dream in which he kills other people at his high school. It is then revealed in "Halloween: Part 2" that Tate was allegedly responsible for a school shooting that took the lives of twelve of his classmates. During Halloween night (the first time he had left the house since his death as ghosts are only able to leave the house during Halloween) he and Violet are visited by the ghosts of his last five victims. He was killed at home when SWAT-team members shot him 17 times for attempting to pull out a gun. It is implied by Constance that Tate's violent and unstable behavior is the result of the house's influence, but he is also shown using meth the morning of the shooting. This is further supported by a teacher at the school, who said it seemed out of character for him. As a ghost, he has murdered numerous people in the house, often while dressed in a latex fetish suit. He also rapes and impregnates Vivien. Tate claims to know nothing about the murders he committed, both while being alive and after his death, but it is revealed in the season one finale that Tate has known all along and is simply in denial/unable to take responsibility for his actions. Upon finding out that Tate had raped her mother, and was therefore responsible for her death, Violet breaks up with him, and banishes him from contact with her. Tate promises to wait for her to forgive him, even if it means waiting forever.
- Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga as a teenager, Carmen Blanchard as a child) is the teenaged daughter of Vivien and Ben Harmon. She is upset at her family moving, and after her father's infidelity and mother's stillbirth. Violet had been shown to self-harm from the start of the series. She befriends one of her father's patients, Tate Langdon, and eventually falls in love with him. However, she discovers that he is in fact a ghost who murdered his classmates in a school shooting. Overcome with both fear and shock, she attempts to commit suicide by ingesting a bottle of pills, and is seemingly saved by Tate. However, in "Smoldering Children", Tate reveals to her that her suicide attempt was successful and that she is now a ghost, too. Neither she nor her parents are aware of this at first, because she remains in the house and Tate hides her body in the house's crawl space. Violet later discovers that Tate was the man who raped her mother and murdered the previous tenants of the house. As a result, she banishes him from seeing her. In the season one finale, Tate tries to murder the teenage boy who is currently living in the house in an attempt to give Violet someone to love for eternity. She tells Tate that she wants him, and kisses him goodbye, although she only does this to save the boy's life. Tate later tells Hayden that he will "wait forever" for Violet to speak to him again.
- Larry Harvey (Denis O'Hare), a.k.a. the "Burned Man", is a former owner of the Harmons' house; he is heavily scarred, and walks with a limp. He originally claims, in the "Pilot" episode, to acquiring these injuries after he burned his wife and children alive while being possessed by the house. He also claims to have been imprisoned for the crime, only being let out due to a fatal illness. Later in the series, it is revealed that Larry had actually been placed into a mental institution after his wife Lorraine killed herself and their daughters Margaret and Angie. Upon learning of Larry's affair and intention to divorce Lorraine and move Constance back into the house, Lorraine sets herself and the children on fire. In that same episode, it is revealed that Tate had actually set fire to Larry as revenge for killing his brother Beau, thus scarring him for life. Larry is directly responsible for the death of Ben's mistress Hayden, whom he kills with a shovel, as well as the death of at least one of Constance's children, Beau (short for Beauregard), whom he smothered with a pillow per Constance's request. He disposes of Travis' body after Hayden's ghost kills him and, in the "Smoldering Children" episode, implicates himself in the murder as a means of penance for what he had done to his wife and children. He subsequently is arrested and jailed for the murder, and is not seen again. For his performance, O'Hare was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
- Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) is the next door neighbor to the Harmons, and a former resident of the house. Constance had four children: Tate, Adelaide, Beauregard, and one other unnamed child. She tells Vivien that her womb is "cursed" because three of her four children were born with some sort of deformity (down syndrome), and they have all died aside from Adelaide. Constance originally moved from Virginia to California in order to become a movie star, but was not comfortable with doing nudity, so her career never got off the ground. She was soon pregnant with her first child, Adelaide. At some point in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Constance and her family moved into the house. In 1983, she caught her husband, Hugo, attempting to force sex on the maid, Moira, who apparently had allowed him to have sex with her once, and she shot and killed them both. She buried Moira's body in the backyard and grounded Hugo in a meat grinder and fed him to her dogs. At an unknown time, and possibly due to financial hardship as evidenced by the unpaid bills in the beginning of the Birth episode, Constance and her family moved out. The Harvey family moved in next, and Constance began to take advantage of Larry in order to move back into the house. In 1994, Larry told his wife Lorraine of his intentions to divorce her and move the Langdon family back in with him; Lorraine then killed herself and their children in a fire. Not long after, Constance asked Larry to kill her son Beauregard, who was going to be taken away by child services due to Constance's neglectful and abusive parenting method of chaining him in the attic. Larry smothered Beau with a pillow, and Beau still haunts the attic where his mother had kept him chained. Later that year, her son Tate set Larry Harvey on fire for murdering his brother, Beau. Afterwards, Tate went on a shooting spree in which he killed 15 people. A SWAT team later shot Tate in his bedroom, killing him. Constance's last living child, Adelaide, was struck by a car on Halloween and died before Constance could get her to the "Murder House" property so that she could come back as a ghost. Constance's much younger boyfriend, Travis, is murdered in the basement by the ghost of Hayden and is still in the house, in addition to Beau and Tate. In the season one finale, after the Harmon family die, Constance abducts her grandson and raises him in secrecy. Three years later, Constance claims to her hairdresser that, after all the tragedy she's been through, the baby is giving a chance to be the mother of someone destined for "greatness". The last moments show that her now three-year-old grandson, Michael, has inherited his father Tate's murderous tendencies and lack of remorse; he has brutally murdered his nanny, and is gleefully sitting next to her corpse. Constance does not react in fear or disgust, but says in the final seconds with some pride, "What am I going to do with you?" For her performance, Lange won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress, as well as receiving a 2011 Satellite Special Achievement Award.
- Moira O'Hara (Frances Conroy as older Moira, Alexandra Breckenridge as younger Moira) was a maid for Constance and her husband when she was alive, and her ghost continues services for the current occupants of the house. Moira has been shown to appear as an old woman to women and a young, attractive woman to men. She was shot in the eye by Constance after she was caught having sex, although against her will, with Constance's husband Hugo. Constance buried her in the back yard of the house. In the "Halloween" episode of the first season, Moira's ghost performs a mercy killing on her mother in a nursing home/hospital. Out of all the ghosts in the house, Moira is the only one that genuinely cares for Vivien's well-being, and she talks to her frequently to comfort her. Moira appears to display a mistrust towards men, frequently using her younger form to taunt them. In her younger form, she repeatedly flirts with Ben, and though he continually rebuffs her advances, he does fantasize about her on multiple occasions. Once Ben realizes things in the house are not what they seem, Moira finally allows Ben to see her in her older, "true" form. In the season finale, Moira, in both forms, assists the Harmon ghosts to prevent any future deaths in the house by scaring away new tenants. For her performance, Conroy was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.
- Hayden McClaine (Kate Mara) is the former, emotionally unstable lover and student of Ben Harmon. In the "Home Invasion" episode, she calls Ben to request that he return to Boston to support her in getting an abortion as she is pregnant with his baby. In the next episode ("Murder House") it is revealed that she had not gone through with the abortion. She informs Ben that she plans on moving to Los Angeles and expects Ben to divorce Vivien, pay for all of her expenses, and help her raise the child. Hayden is murdered by Larry Harvey. She is buried in the back yard, alongside Moira's body, and Ben builds a gazebo on top of the grave. Since that episode, Hayden appears several times as a ghost to harass the Harmons, particularly in an attempt to drive Vivien crazy enough for her to be admitted for psychiatric treatment, and to stake her claim on one of the unborn babies. After the birth of the babies and Vivien's death, Ben is convinced by Vivien's ghost to leave the house with their only surviving child, before being met at the stairs by Hayden's ghost and the ghosts of the home invaders, Fiona and Dallas. The ghosts forcefully hang Ben from the chandelier, strangling him to death. Constance finds Ben's body, and immediately goes looking for her grandson. She finds him in the basement with Hayden's ghost cradling the living twin in her arms, intent on not allowing anyone to take him. Travis slices her throat (simply a momentary distraction, since both were already ghosts), takes the baby, and gives him to Constance. Later, Hayden tries to convince Tate's ghost that Violet will never acknowledge him again. He tells her that he is willing to "wait forever" for that to happen.
- Adelaide "Addie" Langdon (Jamie Brewer as an adult, Katelyn Reed as a child) is the daughter of Constance Langdon and Hugo Langdon and sister to Tate, Beauregard, and one other unnamed sibling. Addie would frequently appear inside of or near the house, often giving ominous warnings of death or to play with some of the ghosts on the property. Constance appears to be somewhat abusive towards Addie, such as locking her in a closet full of mirrors if she misbehaves, but is very protective of her and appears to love her regardless. In the "Halloween" episode, Addie is killed in a hit and run accident. Her mother unsuccessfully tries to bring Addie's body onto the Harmon property in order to keep her ghost near. After her death, Constance communicates with Addie with the help of a psychic medium, Billie Dean Howard, and Addie's spirit tells her that she forgives her for her abuse and is glad she died before she could become a ghost on the property after finding out of Tate's psychopathy so she would not have to be near him. Addie is one of the few characters who dies on the show but does not come back as a ghost, other examples being Bianca Forest, Joe Escandarian, and Derek.
- Marcy (Christine Estabrook) is the Harmons' real estate agent. When the Harmons first view the house, Marcy gives them "full disclosure" of the house's history, but in fact only tells them about the previous tenants being found in the basement as victims of what was believed to be a murder-suicide. The house's past history has caused its price to drop by half of its worth. The Harmons become the new owners. Once strange things happen to the Harmons, including a home invasion, Vivien forces Marcy into putting the house back onto the market as the Harmons intend to move out. Several of the new prospects are heard from again; and one, Larry, comes across as creepy, causing Marcy to pull a handgun on him. When Vivien starts to think the house may be haunted, Marcy believes Vivien is delusional. After the Harmon family dies, she sells the house to a new family, again withholding the history of the house. However, the new tenants don't stay in the house for very long. Marcy adopts the Harmon family's dog, Hallie, after their deaths.
- Chad Warwick (Zachary Quinto) was the house's previous co-owner with Patrick. Chad is shown to be a control-freak, which eventually drove away Patrick who regularly cheated on him. He bought the latex suit in order to accommodate what he believed were Patrick's sexual fantasies, but Patrick laughed at him and mocked him, devastating Chad and driving them further apart than ever. On Halloween, he was murdered, along with Patrick, by a man wearing the latex suit. The Rubber Man (Tate's ghost) began to drown Chad in a tub, but ultimately broke his neck. Both Chad and Patrick were brought into the basement, and their bodies were staged to appear as a murder-suicide. It is later revealed that Tate's ghost had previously made a deal with the ghost of Nora to bring a child into the house, by any means necessary. Chad and Patrick were murdered because it appeared their relationship would not last long enough to raise children. After their deaths, Chad and Patrick appear to grow closer, intending to take one of Vivien's twins to raise themselves, but this comes to an end when Chad overhears Patrick telling Tate that he doesn't love him. For his performance, Quinto was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television.
- Patrick (Teddy Sears) was Chad's partner and house co-owner with Chad. He was eventually turned-off by Chad's controlling manner and lack of "manliness", which caused him to regularly cheat with other men. Patrick was murdered, along with Chad, by the man in the latex suit (Tate's ghost) because it appeared his relationship with Chad would not last long enough to raise children. After walking in on the Rubber Man killing Chad, Patrick was beaten and sodomized with a fire poker. After he died, Tate's ghost dragged Patrick and Chad into the basement, and staged their bodies to look like a murder-suicide. In death, Patrick and Chad seem to be attempting to reconcile and intend to raise one of Vivien's twins, but this ends after Patrick confesses to Tate that he is doomed to spend eternity with someone he doesn't love.
- Leah (Shelby Young) is Violet's bully-turned-companion. On Violet's first day of school, she is seen smoking inside the school's common area by Leah and her friends. Leah confronts the new student to the point of threatening Violet with physical force. Eventually, threats become reality and the two scuffle. Violet plots with Tate to lure Leah to the house's basement with the promise of a drug deal, which is a ruse to merely scare Leah enough to get her to leave Violet alone. The plan gets out of hand and Leah is attacked by the Infantada in the basement, causing deep facial scars. The stress from scare also causes streaks of grey to later appear in her hair. The experience brings the two together as friends, leading Leah to give Violet pills to help her sleep. However, numerous events cause Violet to attempt to commit suicide by overdose on the pills, prompting Tate to attempt unsuccessfully to save her. However, Violet remains unaware that she has actually been dead for several weeks, her body hidden in a crawlspace by Tate.
- Dr. Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross) was a surgeon to the stars in 1922 when he had the house built. He was a very successful doctor until he became addicted to ether and his reputation faltered. He soon developed a Frankenstein complex, and experimented using animal parts in the basement. Once the family finances grew thin, he began performing illegal abortions in his basement on showgirl clients provided by his wife Nora. After finding out about a secret abortion, an angry boyfriend of one of their clients sought revenge on the Montgomerys by kidnapping and murdering their infant child, Thaddeus. The baby had been dismembered and the remains preserved in jars. Devastated by grief and still high on ether, Dr. Montgomery reassembled their son using his remains, animal parts, and the heart of an abortion client. Upon seeing the monster Charles had resurrected, Nora killed her husband before killing herself. Dr. Montgomery later appears when he is shown to have mutilated the body of Elizabeth Short, who also died in the house, so she could be transported with more ease. He is the reason for Short's dismemberment and Glasgow smile. He also mutilates Travis' body in the same way after his death. When the time comes for Vivien to have her baby, Constance seeks help with the birth in the form of Dr. Montgomery.
- Nora Montgomery (Lily Rabe) was Dr. Montgomery's wife and Thaddeus Montgomery's mother. She was a society debutante before she moved to the new home that her husband built for her; the Tiffany glass fixtures were specifically chosen to match the color of her eyes. Nora was used to a wealthy and privileged lifestyle, and became verbally abusive to her husband when their finances began to suffer. To supplement their dwindling income caused by the lack of work due to his ether addiction, she and her husband provided illegal abortions in the basement of their home; Nora found the clients and anesthetized them, and Charles performed the procedures. After finding out his girlfriend had secretly gotten an abortion behind his back, an angry boyfriend of one of their clients sought revenge on the Montgomerys by kidnapping and murdering their infant child, Thaddeus. The baby had been dismembered and the remains preserved in jars. Dr. Montgomery had developed a Frankenstein complex and reassembled their son from his remains, animal parts, and the heart of an abortion-seeking client. The result was what is referred to as the "Infantata" by the show creators; the creature was deformed and had razor sharp teeth and claws. Nora attempted to breastfeed the creature which resulted in her being bitten on the breast, as the monster desired blood and not milk. She then attempted to kill it with a letter opener, but failed. Upon realizing what her son, husband, and she had become, Nora shot her husband in the head, before turning the gun on herself. When she appears as a ghost, there is an exit wound in the back of her head from the bullet; this seems to cause some memory problems for her since she continuously cries for her son, and intermittently appears to be unaware of what has happened to him. Tate's ghost promises Nora's ghost to provide a child for her, under any circumstances, which leads to the deaths of Chad and Patrick after Tate kills them for not proceeding with acquiring a child soon enough. After Vivien gives birth to the twins, Nora takes one of them to look after herself. Soon after, however, she decides she no longer wants to raise a child and instead gives him back to Vivien.
- Luke (Morris Chestnut) is the Harmons' security patrol officer, whom the Harmons hire after the home invasion. Luke provides them with a button which, when pressed, alerts him to the house. Luke develops romantic feelings for Vivien, which she secretly returns. Ben picks up on the attraction and initially believes that Luke may be the father of the other one of Vivien's twins. Luke then reveals that he is infertile.
- Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) is a medium. She is introduced, in the "Piggy Piggy" episode, to Violet, after Violet learns of Tate's murderous past. After noticing Violet's confusion, Billie Dean tells Violet about how she herself was "chosen", and how some confused spirits linger on the earth after their deaths. Constance explained that she had wanted Ben to treat Tate, to get him to accept his "condition". Constance wants Violet to help Tate move on. Violet still doubts Billie Dean's validity as a medium, thinking the ladies were setting her up. Billie Dean then asks about a woman named Mary, presumably Violet's dead grandmother, whom Billie "sees" formerly telling Violet that people didn't "understand" the girl. Violet no longer doubts Billie Dean's integrity. Violet later understands that Tate is indeed dead and appears in his current state as a ghost. Billie Dean asks Constance to "talk" to Addie, which she does. When Constance learns that Tate's ghost had sex with Vivien, she asks Billie Dean what happens when a human copulates with a spirit and there is a conception. Billie Dean tells her about the Pope's Box, a locked box to which a new Pope is given a key. Inside is the ultimate secret of the end of the world, foretelling how the anti-Christ, born of human and spirit, will usher in the End of Times.
- Travis Wanderley (Michael Graziadei) first appears as Constance's "business associate", as he is described by her to Addie when she interrupts them in the "Home Invasion" episode. He is a struggling actor, employed at a call center. He becomes close enough to Addie to read her stories and hear her secrets, which comes across to Constance as Addie trying to take him away from her. After Addie's death, his relationship with Constance becomes strained. They frequently argue, leading him to become intimate with Hayden's ghost. In the "Spooky Little Girl" episode, he is murdered by her ghost, and becomes one of the ghosts in the house. His body is mutilated by Charles Montgomery, in the same way that he mutilated Elizabeth Short's, and he is disposed of by Larry. When his body is discovered, Travis is referred to by the media as the "Boy Dahlia", in contrast to Elizabeth Short, who was referred to as the "Black Dahlia". When Travis learns of his media coverage, he is delighted that he has finally become famous. Travis' ghost assists Constance in the season one finale; when Hayden tries to prevent Constance from taking the living twin out of the house, Travis slices her throat and hands the baby to Constance.
- Stephanie Boggs (Alessandra Torresani) was a victim of the 1994 Westfield High shooting, and the first to die in the library. She was dressed in gothic clothing, and died after Tate shot her in the head.
- Kevin Gedman (Jordan David) was a victim of the 1994 Westfield High shooting, and the second to die in the library. Once the shooting began, he ran into the library and barricaded the door. He was wearing a black leather jacket, and is shown as a ghost covered in the blood of one of his classmates. He died while begging Tate for his life.
- Amir Stanley (Alexander Nimetz) was a victim of the 1994 Westfield High shooting, and the third to die in the library. He was editor of the yearbook. His ghost cannot speak because Tate shot Amir's jaw off when he tried to dial the phone for help.
- Kyle Greenwell (Brando Eaton) was the fourth library victim of the 1994 Westfield High shooting. Kyle wore a letterman's jacket, and was an football player who had recently earned a scholarship to Georgia Tech. He died after Tate shot him in the head.
- Chloe Stapleton (Ashley Rickards) was the final victim of the 1994 Westfield High shooting. She was a varsity cheerleader, and was shot in the chest by Tate in the library.
- Bryan and Troy (Kai and Bodhi Schulz) were two destructive red-haired preadolescent twins who are shown to have been victims of the house in the "Pilot" episode. They were exploring the then-abandoned house, before being killed by the Infantata in the basement in 1978. Their ghosts can be seen throughout the first season, usually causing trouble, breaking things and throwing bang snaps.
- Elizabeth Short – The Black Dahlia (Mena Suvari) was given an accidental overdose of nitrous oxide by Dr. Curran, the dentist living in the house in 1947. Unable to pay for the procedure, Elizabeth offered to pay Dr. Curan with sex instead. She was killed after Dr. Curran accidentally left her on nitrous oxide while having sex with her, causing her to overdose. The ghost of Dr. Montgomery helped Dr. Curran dispose of the body by dissecting her, making her body easier to transport. Her body was found by a mother and toddler, cut in half and displaying a Glasgow smile. Her ghost assisted the Harmons in scaring off the Ramos family in the season one finale. Elizabeth Short's character is based on the real-life woman of the same name, who was found mutilated in the same scenario as displayed in the show.
- Dr. Curran (Joshua Malina) was a dentist and former owner of the house, living in it in 1947. The house acted as his dental practice. When Elizabeth Short came to his practice for an appointment, he had sex with her, acting as payment for the procedure. When he unknowingly gave Elizabeth too much anaesthesia, she overdosed. Panicking, Dr. Curran dragged Elizabeth to the basement where he was met by the ghost of Dr. Montgomery who promised he would take care of it. Dr. Montgomery mutilated her body, cutting it in half, before giving it to Dr. Curran to dispose of.
- Maria (Rosa Salazar) was a student nurse murdered in the house in 1968. She was tied up and stabbed in the back repeatedly by murderer R. Franklin. Her ghost assists the ghost of Dr. Montgomery in delivering Vivien's twins in the "Birth" episode.
- Gladys (Celia Finkelstein) was a student nurse murdered in the house in 1968. She was drowned in a bathtub by murderer R. Franklin. Her ghost has appeared several times from a filled bathtub, as well as assisting the ghost of Dr. Montgomery in delivering Vivien's twins in the "Birth" episode.
- R. Franklin (Jamie Harris) is a serial killer who murdered Maria and Gladys in the house in 1968. He visits the house, pretending to be injured and needing help. He is let inside and knocks out Maria using an ashtray. He then forces Gladys upstairs and drowns her in a bathtub. He forces Maria to wear a nurses uniform, and ties her up on the couch. He walks away, leading Maria to believe he is feeling merciful, before stabbing her in the back repeatedly.
- Bianca Forest (Mageina Tovah) is a copycat killer who poses as a patient of Ben Harmon's. She tells him during a session that she regularly dreams of being cut in half while trying to escape from a falling elevator. She claims to have gotten lost in the house after the session. Later, she comes back to the house to re-enact R. Franklin's murders, along with Fiona and Dallas. She eats an ipecac-spiked cupcake which Constance had actually made for Violet out of spite after she began dating her son, Tate. Violently vomiting, Bianca is killed by Tate who hits her with an axe. She is found dead six blocks away from the house. Bianca, unlike Fiona and Dallas, doesn't come back as a ghost because she did not actually die on the property.
- Fiona (Azura Skye) is one of the home invaders, who try to re-enact the R. Franklin murders as a copycat crime. Fiona uses the same ploy R. Franklin used to gain access to the house, posing as injured. Vivien initially refuses to let her in, but she takes charge and gains access herself. Fiona brings out an ashtray, which she claims is the same one R. Franklin used to knock out Maria. Fiona is deeply concerned with the recreation being absolutely accurate. Violet informs her that the original bathtub was moved downstairs in a remodel, which infuriates Fiona and ruins her idea of the perfect recreation. Fiona then comes face-to-face with the ghosts of Tate and Gladys, and is found dripping wet (presumably drowned) with her throat slit. Fiona becomes a ghost on the property and she and Dallas help Hayden to murder Ben in the "Afterbirth" episode.
- Dallas (Kyle Davis) is one of the home invaders, who try to re-enact the R. Franklin murders as a copycat crime. Dallas holds Vivien hostage, and when he unties Vivien to force her to wear the nurses uniform, Vivien tries to distract him. She eventually grabs the ashtray the re-enactors had planned to use in the re-enactment and uses it to knock him out. Maria's ghost leads Dallas to the basement, where he is killed by her and Gladys. His throat is slit and there appear to be stab wounds. Dallas becomes a ghost on the property and he, along with Fiona, helps Hayden to murder Ben in the "Afterbirth" episode.
- Thaddeus Montgomery - The Infantata (Ben Woolf) is the kidnapped, murdered, then dismembered son of Dr. Charles and Nora Montgomery, who was reconstructed and brought back to life by Charles. He is first seen in the "Pilot" episode, charging toward one of the twins after apparently attacking the other. He also takes part in Tate and Violet's basement attempt to scare Leah into ceasing her bullying of Violet by attacking her, leaving her with deep facial wounds. In the "Birth" episode, a young Tate loses his toy in the basement's shadows and goes to retrieve it. Tate is grabbed by the Infantata, but saved by Nora's ghost, who still refers to the monster as "Thaddeus", the name given to her son before his death.
- Stan (David Anthony Higgins) is the tour guide that often shows up around the murder house with various tourists explaining the house's history and is one of the causes for the house to decline in price.
- Hugo Langdon (Eric Close) was Constance's cheating husband, who was shot to death by Constance after she found him trying to have sexual relationships with Moira back in 1983. His body was chopped off and fed to the dogs. His ghost resides in the house, and is seen once having sexual relations with Hayden.
- Miguel Ramos (Anthony Ruivivar), along with wife Stacy and son Gabe, moves into the house after the Harmons die, in the "Afterbirth" episode. While unpacking their belongings, Stacy and her husband discuss the idea of having another baby. This causes the Harmons, with the help of other ghosts, to scare the family away, so that they won't suffer like they did. After only one night, the Ramoses move out of the house.
- Stacy Ramos (Lisa Vidal) along with husband Miguel and son Gabe, moves into the house, after the Harmons die, in the "Afterbirth" episode. While unpacking their belongings, Stacy and her husband talk about wanting to get pregnant again. This causes the Harmons, with the help of other ghosts, to scare the family away, so that they won't suffer like they did. That night, Ben dresses himself as the rubberman, and pretends to rape Stacy, scaring her and her family away.
- Gabriel "Gabe" Ramos (Brennan Mejia) is the son of Miguel and Stacy Ramos. He develops a connection with Violet after he finds her in his new bedroom, looking through his music. Tate then tries to kill him so that Violet can have someone else to spend eternity with. Violet enters just in time to distract Tate, so that Gabe can escape. After one night, Gabe and his parents move out of the house.
- Michael Langdon (Asher Gian Starita as three-year-old Michael) is the surviving infant from the birth of twins that killed his mother Vivien. His father is the ghost of Tate Langdon, and Michael is the end result of his mother's rape. According to Billie Dean, he is the living Antichrist, due to being the product of a ghost impregnating a human. After his entire family is murdered in the house, he is abducted by his grandmother Constance and raised in secrecy. At the age of three, he brutally murders his nanny. When discovered by Constance, he is smiling with glee and pride after his actions.
- Jeffrey Harmon is the son of Viven and Ben and half-brother of Michael. He dies after birth, taking only one breath before dying seconds later, making him a spirit in the house. His ghost is taken by Nora Montgomery, who after some time decides she no longer wants to take care of him and gives him back to Vivien. Jeffrey is shown with the Harmons during Christmas time, with Vivien and Ben looking after him.
- Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) is an ambitious journalist committed to the asylum after she attempts to expose Briarcliff’s darkest secrets. Lana is in a committed relationship with her girlfriend, Wendy, and they keep their relationship a secret from most people in their life. She first comes to Briarcliff to allegedly write an article about the asylum's bakery, but her true intentions are to interview the killer "Bloody Face", whom she believes is Kit Walker. Sister Jude, suspicious of her intentions, takes an immediate disliking to her, and commits her for her homosexuality after she is caught in the asylum after hours. Lana is appalled and feels betrayed when she discovers that Wendy allowed her to be institutionalized, but unbeknownst to her Sister Jude actually blackmailed Wendy into committing Lana into the asylum. Whilst in the asylum Lana is subjected to a barbaric form of aversion therapy. In the episode "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)", Dr. Thredson helps Lana escape Briarcliff and holds her captive after revealing himself to be "Bloody Face". He explains that he intends to keep her alive to be the mother he never had as a child and later rapes her. Lana escapes Thredson's lair, only to end up back at the asylum after a car accident. Thredson finds her there, now intent on killing her, but Kit is able to knock him out. Lana wishes to kill him, but Kit needs him to stay alive in order to prove that he is not the killer. Lana learns that she is pregnant from the rape and uses this to get Thredson to confess to being the serial killer, while Kit secretly records him. She attempts to abort the baby, but is unsuccessful. She is able take the tape and escapes the asylum with the help of the Mother Superior, from the urging of Sister Jude. She promises Jude she will someday return the favor by getting Jude released and shutting down the asylum. Lana waits with a gun at Thredson's house, telling him she has turned the tape over to the police, before killing him herself. She later gives birth to the baby and puts him up for adoption. In 1968, she publishes a book about Thredson and her experiences in the asylum, Maniac: One Woman's Story of Survival, which thrusts her into the spotlight and tops the New York Times bestseller list. Kit, who has since been freed from the asylum after Thredson's conviction and death, reminds her of the promise made to Jude that she would get the asylum shut down. Lana initially refuses to help. However, three years later, in 1971, she decides to use her status as a well known journalist to bring attention to and shut down the asylum. She sneaks through the tunnel with a film crew and produces a documentary called Briarcliff Exposed which documents the mistreatment of the patients at the asylum. In 2013, Lana is 75 years old and publicly open about her sexuality, and has a new girlfriend. She takes part in an interview, retelling her experiences, and reveals that she had lied about her son dying during birth and that he is still alive. After the interview, she is confronted by her murderous son Johnny, who had posed as a member of the TV crew, although Lana had known he was there the entire time and had been aware that he was the modern-day "Bloody Face". Johnny attempts to kill Lana, in revenge for her attempting to abort him, abandoning him at birth and for not loving his father, whom Johnny idolizes. She ultimately convinces him that he is not like his murderous father and then uses his own gun to kill him, blaming herself for the murders he had committed. For her performance, Paulson won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress, the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013.
- Sister Jude Martin (Jessica Lange) informally referred to as "Judy Martin", is a stern nun with a dark past, who oversees the doctors and patients at the Briarcliff Institute. Though she initially appears to be strict with the patients at Briarcliff, she is later shown to be caring and vulnerable. She harbors sexual feelings towards Monsignor Timothy Howard, and has fantasies that they will one day be together, whilst despising Dr. Arden for his power over the asylum and his lack of faith in Christianity. In the episode "Tricks and Treats", it is revealed that she was once a philandering nightclub singer who unintentionally killed a young girl in a drunk driving accident in 1949. It is later revealed that Sister Jude became a nun because of the car accident. She later discovers, however, that the girl she thought she killed is actually alive and survived the accident. Sister Jude then believes that God has had a plan for her all along, and she decides that it is her duty to put an end to all the inhumane treatments and evil methods being used at Briarcliff. She returns to the asylum to right all the wrongs she's made, but quickly finds herself committed to Briarcliff after being framed for murdering Frank, the security guard. When Mother Superior Claudia visits her in the common room, Jude requests for her to help Lana get out of the asylum as she realizes that she doesn't belong there, and regrets admitting her in the first place. When Lana successfully escapes, she promises Jude that she will return the favor and get Jude released as well. However, when Lana returns less than a year later, she is told by Monsignor Howard that Jude had committed suicide, even though she is shown in solitary confinement. Some years later, Kit Walker sees Jude and visits Lana to insist that she keep her word about getting Jude out, but Lana believes that Jude deserves to be kept in the asylum after all the suffering she's caused. Jude is given the alias "Betty Drake" in order to hide her identity to ensure she is not freed from the asylum. The Monsignor reveals to Jude that he is being promoted to the position of Cardinal of New York, and promises to release Jude as soon as possible, however he never comes back for her. Jude gradually falls deeper into insanity, not realizing it has been almost two years since the Monsignor left the asylum and handed it over to the state of Massachusetts. In Lana's interview in 2013, she reveals that she tried to find Jude during the filming of her documentary, Briarcliff Exposed, but that she was already gone. It is revealed that Jude had been released from the asylum and taken into the care of Kit, who frequently visited her following Alma's death. Kit helped Jude through the detox of medication given to her while she was at Briarcliff. She seemed to get better, before having a violent episode of insanity. Thomas and Julia took Jude into the woods, where she came back inexplicably healed. Jude taught swing dancing to Kit and the children, while giving the latter life lessons. Lana reveals that six months later, Jude died, succumbing to Shachath's kiss. For her performance, Lange was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013.
- Sister Mary Eunice McKee (Lily Rabe) is a young nun who works at Briarcliff Institute under Sister Jude who favors her, believing her naivety to be an indication of her "purity". She seeks to please everyone, which proves to be a difficult task in the Briarcliff setting. Mary Eunice puts much trust in Dr. Arden, who regularly asks her to deliver buckets of meat to the creatures in the woods, which Arden tells her little about. However, after Jed's exorcism she becomes possessed by the Devil, and her innocent personality quickly disintegrates as the spirit takes control of her, causing her to become sly and manipulative. Mary Eunice kills a patient, feeding her corpse to Arden's creatures. She begins to formulate a plan to gain control of the Vatican. When Jude is removed as head of the asylum, Mary Eunice quickly takes her place. When speaking to the Shachath, the real Mary Eunice manages to break free from the Devil's reign and begs for death, before the Devil quickly regains control and silences her. After Jude hires a Nazi inspector to find out whether Dr. Arden is a former Nazi scientist, she kills the inspector and keeps some of the evidence to blackmail Arden with. Jude, realising that Mary Eunice has been possessed, intends to kill her, before Mary Eunice locks her in a cell with Leigh Emerson. She frames Jude for the murder of Frank, and admits her into the asylum as a result. Knowing that he is "Bloody Face", she hires Dr. Thredson as a full-time psychologist at the asylum. After Monsignor Timothy is crucified by Leigh, he is visited by the Shachath who warns him that the Devil is living at the asylum in one of the nuns. Mary Eunice nurses the Monsignor back to health, and he attempts an exorcism, which does not work. She then rapes him, before trying to convince him to work with her to gain control of the Vatican, with him as Pope, to which he declines. Mary Eunice corners the Monsignor on the stairway, before the real, innocent Mary Eunice breaks through from the Devil's reign and releases him, begging for death. The Monsignor immediately pushes her off the stairway, before the Devil can regain control of her body. The visiting Angel of Death comes to claim both her and the evil spirit. For her performance, Rabe was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress.
- Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto) is a psychiatrist at Briarcliff Institute whose approach to treatment creates conflict with that of Sister Jude's. He is first brought in to examine Kit to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial, and convinces him to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. Thredson quickly becomes appalled at the dated treatments practiced at the asylum. Sister Jude, having already taken a disliking to him, demands him to leave within two weeks after he accidentally implies that he had planted an old newspaper article on the young girl Jude believes she killed, despite the fact that it had actually been planted by the possessed Mary Eunice. Lana begins to trust Thredson, and asks him to deliver a letter to her girlfriend Wendy. Thredson tells her that when he visited Wendy to deliver the letter, he found her house empty. He decides to help treat Lana's homosexuality through the use of aversion therapy, but abandons the treatment when he concludes that she is sane. Thredson records Kit confessing to the murders, even though he doesn't believe nor remember that he ever committed them. After resigning, Thredson sneaks Lana out of the asylum, leading her to believe that he intends to help her reveal the horrors committed there. After the two arrive at his house, Thredson reveals himself to be "Bloody Face", and informs Lana that he has killed her girlfriend Wendy. Thredson tells her that he was abandoned by his mother as a child and yearns for a "replacement", believing that she is "The One." He keeps her locked up in his basement where he rapes her. After a failed escape lands Lana back at Briarcliff, Thredson reappears to thwart her plans of exposing his true identity. He explains that no one would believe her due to her mental history, and that he has destroyed all the evidence that could link him to the murders. Lana wants to kill him, but Kit says they have to wait until they can prove that he is the killer, so that Kit can be cleared. They put him in an abandoned storage space where Lana visits him in "The Coat Hanger". She informs Thredson of her pregnancy, but threatens to abort it if he doesn't admit to killing the three women. After finishing his confession, Thredson discovers that Kit had taped the whole conversation. Lana later escapes with the tape. Mary Eunice frees Thredson, and she offers him a permanent position at the asylum. Thredson reveals that he intends to murder Lana after she has given birth, only keeping her alive until after she has breastfed the baby. Thredson makes a deal with Kit to help get him out in exchange for the tape. After arriving home, he finds Lana in his house with a gun and she tells him that the police have in fact been given the tape. He seems relieved that his "secret" is out. She mentions that he will now be put to death for his crimes and he scoffs at her, saying that no court will give him the death penalty as he is certifiably insane. He tells her that he will spend the rest of his life in prison and she shoots him through the neck, saying prison is too good for him. For his performance, Quinto won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013.
- Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes) is Sister Jude’s superior and the object of her affections. The Monsignor and Jude set up the asylum together, and he intends to keep her by his side even when he achieves his aspirations of becoming a bishop of the diocese. He is aware of Dr. Arden's human experiments, having been told by Arden that they will aid humanity. However, he doesn't realize the extent of the experiments until, in the episode "The Origins of Monstrosity", he visits the severely mutated Shelley in a hospital. In order to put her out of her misery and preserve the asylum's secrets, he performs a mercy killing, strangling Shelley with his rosary while performing last rites. When Monsignor Timothy confronts Arden, Arden silences him by reminding him that he has allowed the mutations to happen and if he goes to the police, he will be held accountable as an accomplice. When Mary Eunice frames Jude for Frank's murder, the Monsignor admits her as a patient in the asylum. He baptizes Leigh Emerson, in order to redeem his crimes. In the baptismal pool, Leigh grabs the Monsignor's head and forces it underwater until he loses consciousness, before typing him to a crucifix. As he is close to death, the Shachath appears to the Monsignor and informs him that the Devil is residing at the asylum and that it is his duty to cast it out. Sister Mary Eunice nurses him back to health, only to rape him when he attempts to exorcize her. The Monsignor visits Jude to ask for advice, and she tells him to kill Mary Eunice. Mary Eunice tries to convince the Monsignor to work with her to gain control of the Vatican and offers him the position of Pope, to which he declines. She then corners the Monsignor on the stairway, before the real Mary Eunice breaks through and lets go of him, begging him for death. The Monsignor quickly pushes her off the stairway, before the Devil can regain control of her body, killing her. After Lana's release from the asylum, he lies to her and the police, telling them that Jude has committed suicide when in reality she is still alive. Monsignor Timothy is later promoted to the position of Cardinal of New York and promises Jude that he will bring her with him, but never comes back for her. In "Madness Ends", it is revealed that during his days as Cardinal, Lana conducted an exposé which documented Arden's human experiments and the Cardinal's awareness of them. Lana approached Timothy with a camera crew, asking him about his awareness of the experiments. On camera, he denied the allegations before speeding off in his car. It is revealed that he committed suicide later that day by slitting his wrists in a bathtub.
- Kit Walker (Evan Peters) is an inmate at Briarcliff Institute who is believed to be the serial killer, "Bloody Face", accused of killing several women, including his wife Alma. Kit and Alma keep their interracial marriage a secret, in fear that someone might hurt their families. In the first episode, "Welcome to Briarcliff", Kit hears noises from outside and goes to investigate. When he enters the house, he is pinned against the ceiling by grey humanoids. When Alma goes missing, Kit is accused of her murder as well as the murder of several other women, committed by the serial killer "Bloody Face." At the asylum, Kit is subjected to sadistic experiments from Dr. Arden, including one that leads Arden to discover a microchip implanted in his neck. He develops a relationship with fellow inmate Grace, and the two have sex. In the episode "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)" he is tricked by Dr. Thredson into a taped confession of the murders, after which it is revealed that Thredson himself is the killer. Kit is arrested after Thredson hands the tape to the police. Kit escapes custody and returns to the asylum to save Grace, who is accidentally shot by Frank after she jumps in front of a bullet to save him. Grace dies from the shot, but unbeknownst to Kit her body is abducted by the aliens. Kit keeps Thredson alive in order to clear his name. Grace is returned by the aliens, almost in labor with Kit's baby. Arden revives Kit, and it is later shown that Grace has had his baby. Grace claims to have seen his presumed-dead wife Alma, telling him that she believes Alma has died while with the aliens. Kit proposes to Grace, who accepts. He, Grace, and the baby are separated, and, when he is released, he convinces the Monsignor to let Grace and his baby come with him as Grace is thought to have been killed. Kit threatens to tell of the asylum's mistreatments if Grace and the baby are not allowed to come with him, after which the Monsignor lets her go. He and his new family return home, only to find Alma there with her own baby, of which Kit is the father. By 1967, Kit, Grace and Alma are living in a polyamorous relationship. Alma kills Grace with an axe in an insane rage and is sent to the asylum before dying there shortly after. During Kit's visits to the asylum to see Alma, he connects with Jude. Kit tells Lana that she needs to help Jude get out, to which she declines. Jude is later released from the asylum and into the care of Kit, who sees her through her detox of pain medication. Jude relapses back into insanity, but Thomas and Julia take her into the woods, after which she comes back inexplicably healed. Jude bonds with Kit and the children, before dying six months later, leaving the family devastated. In "Madness Ends", Lana reveals in the interview that Thomas and Julia grew up to be successful, and Kit married a woman named Allison who became the godmother of his children. At age 40, Kit developed pancreatic cancer and seemingly disappeared without a trace. In reality, Kit was re-abducted by the aliens, leaving his fate unknown. For his performance, Peters was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
- Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré) is an inmate at Briarcliff Institute who is accused of murdering her family. She is assumed to be an immigrant from France due to her accent and knowledge of the French language. Grace quickly befriends the supposed serial killer, Kit Walker, and the two unsuccessfully attempt to escape together on numerous occasions. Grace tells Kit that she was framed of murdering her father and step-mother after she saw a man kill them. Frank catches Grace and Kit having sex, and they are punished by Sister Jude, who canes Kit forty times and orders for the two of them to be sterilized. Kit reads Grace's file and accuses her of lying about killing her father and step-mother, after which Grace admits that she killed them after years of molestation from her father, which her step-mother did nothing about. Mary Eunice informs them that Sister Jude changed her mind and that Kit is no longer to be sterilized, but Grace still has to go through with the procedure. Grace is taken by the aliens, who impregnate her before she is sterilized. After she is returned, Kit sees Grace bleeding and assumes she has been sterilized, but Grace is too weak to call out to him. She is shot and killed by Frank after jumping in front of a bullet to save Kit, who has escaped from police custody to return for her. Dr. Arden takes her body outside to be fed to the Raspers and she is abducted by the aliens. She is not seen again until they bring her back, alive and ready to give birth. Grace gives birth to the baby, whom she names Thomas, and is able to briefly visit Kit, telling him that she has seen his presumed-dead wife Alma with the aliens. She tells him that she believes Alma has died while with the aliens and Kit proposes to her. She, Kit and the baby are separated, and, when Kit is released after being cleared of the murders, he convinces the Monsignor to let Grace and the baby come with him as Grace is listed as being dead from the shooting. Grace and the new family go to Kit's home, only to find Alma there with her own baby. Grace welcomes the idea of the aliens returning for them one day and intends to tell their children, while Alma is fearful of it. Alma kills Grace with an axe in a moment of madness.
- Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell) is the chief physician at Briarcliff Institute and a former Nazi war criminal whose sadistic experiments have produced "Raspers", mutated former patients who lurk in the woods surrounding the institution. Arden had been working as a physician at Briarcliff since it had been a tuberculosis ward, and he would regularly take away patients with no remaining family members to experiment on. Arden insists that the patients all died of natural causes, which Sister Jude finds suspicious. In actuality, he severely mutilates them before throwing them into the forest surrounding the asylum, feeding them raw meat which Sister Mary Eunice usually delivers. Arden becomes infatuated with Mary Eunice, and remains loyal to her even during her possession. He appears to have a history of violence towards women; when Arden hires a prostitute, she comes across a stash of Third Reich medals and photographs of women in bondage. He and Sister Jude often clash, as he is regularly fighting for the power she has over the asylum and dismisses her faith. Arden takes a particular interest in Kit after finding a microchip implanted in his body. He attempts to rape Shelley, who laughs at the size of his penis, and in anger he amputates her legs. A patient who believes she is Anne Frank is admitted to the asylum, and she publicly identifies Arden as a Nazi doctor called Hans Grüper. Although it is revealed that "Anne" is actually a woman called Charlotte Brown, Sister Jude begins to suspect that Arden could in fact be a Nazi war criminal and hires an investigator. It is revealed that the Monsignor has been aware of Arden's experiments, but after he sees the severely mutilated Shelley in the hospital he understands the full extent of them and is disgusted. Arden insists that they are beneficial to the human race, revealing that through his experiments he has developed humans that can survive a nuclear attack. Sam Goodman, the investigator Sister Jude had hired, discovers that Arden was in fact a Nazi criminal by the name of Hans Grüper. Mary Eunice kills the inspector but keeps some of the evidence to use to blackmail Arden. Together, Arden, Mary Eunice and Leigh frame Jude for the murder of Frank. He performs an experiment with Kit after he believes aliens have taken Grace's body, killing Kit temporarily in order to make the aliens return to save him. The experiment succeeds, and the aliens return with a now-pregnant Grace and Pepper, the latter of which has been given significantly more intelligence. Pepper tells Arden he and his scientific experiments are a joke to the aliens. He later walks with Mary Eunice to feed the Raspers and shoots them all, before attempting suicide by turning the gun on himself. Mary Eunice is unmoved, describing him as "pitiful". When the Monsignor later kills her, Arden insists that she should be cremated. Alone with her body at the furnace, he starts the fire inside, climbs on top of her body, and starts the conveyor to immolate himself. For his performance, Cromwell was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013.
- Shelley (Chloë Sevigny) is one of the inmates at Briarcliff, who has been diagnosed as a nymphomaniac. It is revealed that she married a bass player, who expected her to be a doting housewife while he openly cheated on her with multiple women. In revenge, Shelley had sex with two Navy sailors, and when her husband found out he had her admitted to the asylum for alleged nymphomania. Shelley is despised by Arden, who deems her a "whore", In the episode "Nor'easter", Dr. Arden tries to rape Shelley in his office, but she laughs when he ejaculates too early and pokes fun at the size of his penis, but soon finds herself unconscious when Dr. Arden knocks her out. When she wakes up, she realizes that both of her legs have been amputated. Dr. Arden continues his experiments on her over the course of several weeks while everyone believes that she has escaped. In the episode "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)", she is discovered by "Anne Frank", prompting the possessed Sister Mary Eunice to take her out of the asylum and dump her in a playground. She is discovered by a group of frightened school children. Believing that her deformed appearance is the result of tuberculosis, she is confined to a hospital bed. Monsignor Howard chokes her with a rosary after performing last rites, both to end her suffering and preserve the asylum's secrets.
- Frank McCann (Fredric Lehne) is the Head of Security at Briarcliff Manor. He is a calm middle-aged man who is fond of Sister Jude and distrusts both Dr. Arden and Monsignor Howard. Frank tries to shoot Kit when he appears to attack, but accidentally shoots Grace when she jumps in front of the bullet. He is pushed off a ladder and attacked by Leigh, but Frank manages to subdue him. After locking him up in a cell, Mary Eunice asks if Leigh has given him any trouble, before slitting his throat. Mary Eunice then frames Jude for his death.
- Spivey (Mark Consuelos) is one of the inmates at Briarcliff, who is considered to have aggression issues and inappropriate feelings toward young girls, possibly being a pedophile. He attacks Kit Walker on his first day in the asylum. Dr. Arden catches him spying on Sister Mary Eunice bathing while masturbating, although Spivey insists Mary Eunice invited him to watch her. Arden takes him away, and uses him to experiment on, showing him to the Monsignor as an example of "the next step in evolution". After Arden is told by Pepper that his experiments are laughable, he shoots Spivey and the other Raspers, putting an end to his work.
- Leo Morrison (Adam Levine) is the newlywed husband of Teresa and a photographer. As part of their honeymoon, set in the present day, the couple take a tour around various haunted locations in the country, with their final destination being the abandoned Briarcliff Manor. The couple have sex in various locations on the property, but then hear noises and go to investigate. Leo puts his iPhone through the slot of a door to investigate what's on the other side, but ends up having his arm hacked off. "Bloody Face" then stabs him several times. When "Bloody Face" tries to kill Teresa, Leo attempts to save her by stabbing "Bloody Face" in the chest, and Teresa finishes killing him. The pair attempt to escape, only to find two more "Bloody Faces" chasing them. Devon, one of the impostors, shoots them both, killing Leo. It is revealed that the "Bloody Face" Leo and Teresa killed was also an impostor named Joey. In the season finale, it is revealed that Johnny Morgan was responsible for severing his arm.
- Teresa Morrison (Jenna Dewan Tatum) is the newlywed wife of Leo. In the present day, she and Leo celebrate their honeymoon by visiting multiple reportedly haunted locations. After they hear noises and go to investigate, Teresa persuades Leo to put his phone through the slot on the door to take a photo of whats on the other side, resulting in his arm being severed. She runs through an underground tunnel, only to run into "Bloody Face". She escapes but is shot by two teenagers dressed as "Bloody Face". Police later arrive at the asylum to find her missing, as she is seen being restrained by the real "Bloody Face", Johnny Thredson. She was skinned alive by him, which he reveals to a therapist when talking about skinning animals and women.
- Pepper (Naomi Grossman) is microcephalic and one of the inmates at Briarcliff. She gives Lana a rose which pricks her when she arrives at the asylum for the first time, and Mary Eunice reveals to Lana that Pepper drowned her sister's baby and cut off its ears. She goes to the bathroom during the movie night in "Nor'easter", causing Sister Jude to suspect her to be one of the escapees. In the episode "The Coat Hanger", she and a recovered Grace are found by Dr. Arthur Arden, with Pepper having been given a newfound intelligence, after his attempt of summoning extraterrestrials. She tells Arden that she will take care of Grace and her baby, which she is pregnant with. She reveals that her sister's husband had actually killed the baby, and that she was used as a scapegoat due to her mental condition. Pepper tells Arden that his experiments are considered a joke by the aliens, which leads him into a depression. After Jude's admission into the asylum, she and Pepper become allies and close friends. Pepper is said to have died in 1966, but lives on in Sister Jude's hallucinations.
- Alma Walker (Britne Oldford) is Kit's wife. They are secretly married as he is white and she is black. She is believed to have been killed by Kit when she tires of hiding their marriage, but Kit staunchly affirms that she has been abducted by aliens. After Grace is abducted, she sees Alma with the aliens. However, when Grace returns after being abducted, she tells Kit that she believes Alma has been accidentally killed by the aliens. When they are released, they discover that Alma is alive, and has a newborn girl. Alma is frightened of the idea of the aliens returning to re-abduct them, while Grace welcomes it. Alma kills Grace with an axe in a moment of madness and she is committed to the asylum. Kit is later told she died from heart failure.
- Wendy Peyser (Clea Duvall) is Lana's girlfriend, and a third grade school teacher. Wendy encourages Lana to pursue her idea of getting into the asylum to interview "Bloody Face". After taking a disliking to Lana, Sister Jude threatens to expose their relationship and blackmails Wendy into signing Lana into custody. She quickly regrets her decision, and encounters "Bloody Face" when he breaks into her apartment the night before she plans to take Lana out of the asylum. She pleads for her life, saying that the children she teaches will be traumatized by her death. In the episode "I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)", it's confirmed that she was in fact killed by "Bloody Face" when Dr. Thredson shows Lana her preserved body. When Lana later asks Thredson what he did with her remains, he explains that he had sexual intercourse with her corpse, before scattering her body parts in several places. After her release, Lana is able to find some of Wendy's remains to be put into a mortuary crypt. She appears in Lana's hallucination at her book reading of Maniac, angered at her for lying about their relationship and only referring to her as a "roommate".
- Mother Superior Claudia (Barbara Tarbuck) is Sister Jude's superior, and possibly the abbess of Briarcliff Institute, who serves as her friend and mentor. In the episode "Unholy Night", she promises to do her best to help Sister Jude return to Briarcliff Manor and informs her that Dr. Arden is waiting for her in the chapel. She testifies on Sister Jude's mental health in "The Coat Hanger". After a prompt from a delirious Sister Jude, she later attempts to help Lana escape from the asylum and expose the asylum's mistreatments by giving her some files, wishing the place be destroyed. She sets up an escape for Lana, calling a taxi to the asylum to pick her up.
- Charlotte Brown (Franka Potente) is a woman who claims to be Holocaust victim and diarist Anne Frank. She claims to hold a secret about Dr. Arden's past, insisting that he is a cruel Auschwitz doctor named Hans Grüper. She corners Arden, holding a gun stolen from a visiting homicide detective, and shoots him in the thigh before opening a door to discover the legless and severely mutilated Shelley. She holds Arden at gunpoint and demands to speak with Sister Jude but is subdued by Frank the security guard. Her husband later visits the asylum, telling Jude of her descent into madness, her obsession with the Holocaust and her delusion of believing she is Anne Frank. Sister Jude, in order to protect her from Arden's retaliation, arranges to discharge her into her husband's care. However, after she attempts to suffocate their infant son, her husband returns her to the asylum where Dr. Arden recommends a transorbital lobotomy. She is again sent home to her family and appears to be doing well. On her wall, with various other Holocaust photos and clippings, is a picture of Adolf Hitler and a young Nazi with an incredible likeness to Arden.
- Sam Goodwin (Mark Margolis) is an Israeli hunter of Nazi war criminals whom Sister Jude contacts when she begins to believe that asylum doctor Arthur Arden is a former concentration camp doctor. He later contacts her to confirm her suspicions, but needs Arden's fingerprints as proof. Once Jude has successfully got a copy of Arden's fingerprints, she goes to deliver them only to discover that he has been killed. In his dying moments, he tells her that he was killed by one of her nuns.
- Shachath: The Angel of Death (Frances Conroy) is the personification of death, similar to the Grim Reaper. She is clothed completely in black 1940s style clothing, including a veil. She appears to those on the verge of death, and if they accept death she kisses them on the lips to end their life; this is referred to as "the kiss of death". She appears over the course of episode seven; being summoned by Miles, and appearing to an inmate who has attempted suicide, as well as Sam Goodwin. Later in the episode she appears to Lana and Sister Jude, who refuse to accept death. Finally, she appears to Grace who accepts her. When she encounters the possessed Sister Mary Eunice, it is apparent that she has some sort of relationship with the spirit that is possessing her. After Monsignor Timothy is crucified by Leigh, Shachath appears to him to warn him of the Devil's presence in the asylum. When the Monsignor kills Mary Eunice, she appears to take the spirits of both the real Mary Eunice and the evil spirit. After the asylum is sold to the state of Massachusetts and used to house prisoners, Jude suffers from a longtime hallucination that the Angel of Death's human form is her cellmate. In the season finale, Shachath appears to Jude to finally give her the kiss of death, six months after being taken into the care of Kit Walker.
- Missy Stone (Chelsey Valentine as a child, Kristin Slaysman as an adult) is a child, struck by Sister Jude's car in her secular past, whom she presumes to be dead. She appears to Jude during the exorcism of Jed Potter and accuses her of never getting out of the car. She is reported in a 1949 newspaper article which is delivered to Jude by the possessed Mary Eunice as "missing". During the storm she again plagues Jude with accusations, this time by phone and her shattered glasses are discovered upon the nun's desk, although this is possibly a delusion as a result of Jude's guilt. When Jude goes to the Stone household to confess to the hit-and-run, she learns, to her shock, that Missy is alive and well with a child of her own. Missy survived the hit-and-run with a few broken bones, and her father vowed to get revenge, before her parents agreed it would be best to let the culprit deal with the torment for the rest of their life.
- Leigh Emerson (Ian McShane) is an inmate at Briarcliff; he was originally a petty criminal who was arrested and jailed for stealing a loaf of bread. Around Christmas one year, he was raped and attacked by five inmates. He left jail in 1962 and proceeded to go on a rampage and kill eighteen people while dressed as Santa Claus. He was sent to Briarcliff in December 1963, and he attacks one of the orderlies by biting him. He was then put into solitary confinement, and remained there until released in December 1964 by a possessed Mary Eunice, who sends him after Jude in her office. He attempts to attack and rape Jude, but she stabs him with a letter opener. He survives the attack and then, when in front of Monsignor Howard, he pretends to have a desire to turn his life around, "forgiving" Jude and then asking for a baptism from the Monsignor. During the baptism, Leigh grabs the Monsignor's head and holds it under the water in the font, until he is unconscious, before nailing him to a crucifix. Leigh manages to escape the asylum after the struggle. Lana later mentions to Kit that she heard that Leigh killed seven nuns after his asylum escape and was a wanted criminal in five states. Lana reveals that she pondered writing a book about him, called Santa and the Seven Nuns. His fate is largely unknown.
- Johnny Morgan (Dylan McDermott) is the biological son of Lana Winters and Dr. Oliver Thredson. He was conceived when Thredson raped Lana multiple times while she was being held captive in his basement. Once Lana is informed that she is pregnant, she tries to abort the baby using a coat hanger. She later finds out from Sister Mary Eunice that her attempt was unsuccessful, and that the child will be a boy. Johnny first appears in the episode "The Coat Hanger", where he explains to a therapist why he has homicidal tendencies. Johnny grew up in foster homes, and began to skin dead animals as a child. He developed a desire to hurt and skin women as an adolescent and was sent to prison for armed robbery; while there he tracked down his family heritage through the internet. He identifies with his father, and decides to carry out his legacy by killing multiple women, including Teresa, as "Bloody Face". He discovers that Lana, his supposed biological mother, had written a book about his father and seeks out a copy. He reads that she was pregnant, although she claimed the baby died at birth. He plans on proving to her that he is alive by killing her as revenge for attempting to abort him and never loving his father. Johnny tracks her down and poses as a member of the crew during an interview with Lana in the year 2013. After the interview, when the real crew have left, Lana calls him out of hiding, aware of his presence and who he was after seeing pictures of him in a police investigation. Johnny tells her that his hatred for her began when he purchased Thredson's taped confession to her online, and heard the part in which Lana threatens to abort the baby, to which Thredson is devastated. He puts a gun to her head, but she manages to convince him that he is not evil like his father. He lowers the gun, which she takes from him before shooting him in the head herself.
- Billy (Joe Egender) is a friend of Kit Walker who threatened Kit in the beginning. Kit thought the alien abduction was actually Billy taunting him.
- Carl (Mark Englehardt) is an orderly. He fought in Korea. He is fond of sexual favors from Shelley.
- Jed Potter (Devon Graye) is a 17 year-old boy admitted to Briarcliff Institute by his parents after he is found in the family barn having disemboweled their best cow and muttering an unknown language. He is believed to be possessed by the Devil. The spirit taunts the staff at Briarcliff, and uses Jed's innocence to manipulate them. He dies during the exorcism.
- Father Malachi (John Aylward) is a paraplegic priest who comes to Briarcliff Institute to aid in the exorcism of Jed Potter.
- The Prostitute (Jenny Wade) is invited to Dr. Arden's home for dinner, music and wine (she refuses the latter) followed by some nun-inspired roleplay. Arden is disgusted by her vulgar language, and forces her to try on a nun's habit. She discovers his collection of Third Reich medals and photographs of women in bondage. Arden walks in on her snooping and attempts to rape her, but she manages to escape and reports Arden to the police.
- Devon (Parker Croft) and Cooper (Blake Sheldon) are twin brothers who pretend to be a modern day "Bloody Face". They are killed by the real "Bloody Face", Johnny Morgan.
- The Mexican (Gloria Laino) is an elderly Hispanic inmate at Briarcliff who is likely suffering from some form of dementia. She spends her free time at the asylum dancing to the song, "Dominique", that is constantly played in the common room. She is the first to realize that Sister Mary Eunice is possessed, and begins to harass her, calling her Satan. Mary Eunice then visits the Mexican's cell and corners her, forcing her to kneel in prayer before killing her in "Nor'easter" and giving her body to the Raspers.
- Daniel (Casey Wyman) is a deaf and mute patient in Briarcliff. He is brought to Lana by Dr. Thredson in an attempt to "cure" her lesbianism.
- Rudy (John Lee Ames) is a patient at Briarcliff Institute. He suffers from compulsive masturbation, which Sister Jude's caning only intensifies.
- Martha is a patient at Briarcliff who spends most of her time banging her head against the wall.
- Jim Brown (David Chisum) is the husband of Charlotte Brown. He originally wants Charlotte back home in order to take care of their son, David. However, he soon realizes that Charlotte is more obsessed with the Holocaust than he initially thought. He later gives Dr. Arden permission to perform a lobotomy on Charlotte.
- Jenny Reynolds (Nikki Hahn) is a young girl who's mother, suspecting her daughter murdered her playmate, abandons her to the care of the asylum. When questioned by the police, she gives a description of a man in a brown coat. After being given advice from the possessed Sister Mary Eunice, she presumably kills her entire family when her mother comes back to pick her up. She is questioned again for the murders of her family members, and gives the same description as she did when her friend was murdered. Jenny's fate is unknown.
- Miles (Tongayi Chirisa) is an alcoholic and patient at Briarcliff Institute who suffers from auditory hallucinations. The voices in his head taunt him, mostly telling him to kill himself. He eventually succumbs to the voices by cutting open his wrists with a bread slicer and summoning the Angel of Death, who takes his soul.
- The Lancasters (Chris McGarry, Lara Harris, and Tehya Scarth) are Mr. Lancaster, Rhonda Lancaster and Susie Lancaster, whose house Leigh Emerson, disguised as Santa Claus, broke into before he was committed into Briarcliff. The family were tied up, before being murdered by Leigh some nights before Christmas.
- Dr. Gardener (Brooke Smith) is a psychiatrist to whom Johnny Morgan goes to seek treatment. She is murdered by Johnny after he reveals to her that he is the son of "Bloody Face".
- Pandora (Jill Marie Jones) is a prostitute who has just given birth to a baby, and hence is lactating. Johnny Morgan hires her in order to suckle on her breasts. When he begins to talk about his mother, Lana, he becomes extremely angry and attacks her, presumably killing her.
- Dr. Miranda Crump (Robin Bartlett) is the new head of Briarcliff after it is acquired by the state of Massachusetts when Monsignor Howard is promoted to the position of Cardinal. Jude goes to her office after attacking her roommate, whom she hallucinates to be the Angel of Death. Jude is shocked when Dr. Crump informs her that the Monsignor was promoted over two and a half years ago and that Pepper is dead. Dr. Crump orders for an increase in her medication.
- April (Camille Chen) is a reporter who interviews Lana Winters in the year 2013, as Lana is being honored in the Kennedy Center. Lana recalls her story at Briarcliff to April, and reveals to her that she lied about her son dying after birth.
- Marion (Joan Severance) is Lana's girlfriend in 2013. The two are in an openly lesbian relationship.
- Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange as old Fiona, Riley Voelkel as young Fiona) is the Supreme witch of her generation, the leader of the Salem witch descendants. She lives a glamorous life of luxury in Los Angeles. She returns to Miss Robichaux's Academy upon the murder of Misty Day with the intention of teaching the young witches to fight, and reconciling with her estranged daughter, Cordelia. She yearns for eternal life and looks for any way to get it. Fiona, being the Supreme witch, embodies countless magical abilities including, but not limited to, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, vitalum vitalis, clairvoyance, concilium, descensum, resurgence, divination, and transmutation. As the Supreme, Fiona has mastered "The Seven Wonders", seven magical abilities that signify a witch as the Supreme. Fiona grows terribly ill and develops terminal cancer due to a new Supreme rising within the Coven. She tries at all cost to regain her youth. At first, she attempts to obtain immortality by seeking it from an immortal voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau. After failing miserably, she believes the only way to stay alive is to kill the emerging Supreme. She murders several of the students, but still continues to grow weaker. Fiona conspires with The Axeman and fakes her own death by implanting a false vision inside him, revealing that he murdered her. Fiona returns to the Academy to kill the new Supreme. However, after realizing her daughter has taken her position, Fiona renounces her self-serving, murderous intentions and dies of her cancer. In her own personal Hell, Fiona is bound to live in a shack with The Axeman for all eternity. For her performance, Lange was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and won the Dorian Award for Best TV Performance of the Year – Actress.
- Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) is the practical headmistress of Miss Robichaux's Academy. She is protective of her students and prefers to settle conflict in a peaceful manner, opposing her mother's beliefs. In "The Replacements" it is revealed she is infertile; she goes to see Marie Laveau hoping to find a spell to help her with fertility, but she mocks her and refuses to help her. In "Fearful Pranks Ensue", an unknown assailant throws sulphuric acid on her face when she is in a restaurant bathroom. Later at the hospital, Fiona is told that Cordelia is blind as a result of the attack. Due to her new found ailment, Cordelia is given the gift of second sight, which enables her to receive visions of the past and future. This new power leads her to discover Hank's infidelity. Feeling betrayed she kicks him out of her life and later files for divorce. When Madison is revived, Cordelia touches her arm while looking for Delphine in the Academy and has visions of Madison's murder at the hands of Fiona. She meets with Zoe and informs her that she is well aware of Zoe's growing magical potential since she unleashed The Axeman into the world, and that because of this, she will now be a target of Fiona. She tells Zoe that Fiona killed Madison so that she could steal her life force and remain the Supreme. Now they must albandnd together to kill Fiona. Cordelia has proficiency in magical plants and botany, developing potions and magical concoctions. and also is shown using telekinesis to open and close doors, and later to hurl Kyle across the room. In the season finale, Cordelia becomes the new Supreme of the Coven, and assigns Zoe and Queenie the position of Council members.
- Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) is a socialite from the 1830s, infamous for the killing and torturing of her slaves. To punish her, the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, tricked her into drinking a potion of eternal life and buried her alive. She was discovered by Nan and Fiona, who has her dug up and houses her in order to discover how she obtained eternal life. Because of her racist attitude towards Queenie, she is forced to work as the maid and Queenie's personal servant at the Academy. She is immortal because of Marie's potion, and as a result cannot die. However, once the deal between Legba and Marie is void, Delphine is once again mortal and is killed when Queenie stabs her in the chest after she refuses to atone for her actions for her treatment towards African-Americans, sent to her personal Hell where she is forced to torture her own daughters in the gruesome ways she used to experiment on her own slaves. For her performance, Bates was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television and the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
- Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy as old Myrtle, Michelle Page as young Myrtle) is the eccentric head of the Witches Council. She has a grudge against Fiona, though she is familiar with her daughter, Cordelia, who refers to her as "Auntie Myrtle". She is a graduate of Miss Robichaux's Academy. She is the one who discovers Zoe's power and brings her to New Orleans. She and the rest of the members of the council return to the Academy when Nan alerts them to Madison's disappearance and possible murder. She is framed by Fiona who convinces the council that Myrtle has been plotting to take over the Coven due to jealousy. As a result, Myrtle is burned at the stake. Her charred corpse is found by Misty Day and she is revived by her necromancy, and is recovered in Misty's swamp lands. She kills the rest of the Council and steal their eyes in order to revive Cordelia's sight. Myrtle has the ability to know when the truth is being told and can detect lies. She can enchant others so they will utter nothing but the truth, and she is also seen using telekinesis, which is her favorite power that she possesses. Myrtle also has the power of transmutation (teleportation) and uses it frequently, disappearing and reappearing throughout the Academy. Myrtle is burned at the stake when she volunteers for her own execution for the murders of fellow council members Quentin and Cecily Pembroke, which Cordelia reluctantly obliges to.
- Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) is a shy, young girl who discovers she is a witch. In "Bitchcraft" she accidentally kills her boyfriend Charlie by causing him to have a severe brain aneurysm when they have sex for the first time. She is then sent Miss Robichaux's Academy to help her deal with her genetic affliction and stay safe from the outside world. Upon entering the school she is subjected to a hazing by Madison, Nan, and Queenie. Afterwards, Zoe accompanies Madison to a college party where she meets Kyle Spencer, a university student. While Zoe converses with Kyle, Madison is drugged and gang raped by Kyle's frat brothers. The two manage to rescue Madison, resulting in both Zoe and Kyle taking off after the frat brothers as they try to escape on the bus. Kyle makes it onto the bus but is knocked unconscious by his frat brothers when he protests about them raping Madison. They drive away leaving Zoe to chase after the bus. She is followed by a distraught Madison who vengefully uses her telekenisis to destroy the bus. The next day, after hearing on the news that there are two anonymous survivors, Zoe visits the hospital in hopes that one may be Kyle. She is disappointed to find the rapists instead, including the ringleader, on whom she uses her power to kill. She later revives Kyle using a spell and eventually brings him back to the Coven. Zoe has the ability to cause a magically induced brain aneurysm to whoever she has sex with. Unlike the other students, she is also very proficient at casting spells. In "Burn, Witch. Burn!", she demonstrates her power, when she breaks a curse placed on the undead. She has also developed undefined intuitive abilities, as well as telekinesis and transmutation(teleportation). Zoe initially dies in the season finale after she accidentally teleports through the iron gate of the Academy, impaling herself, during the test of transmutation, but is revived by Cordelia. She is appointed a Council member (along with Queenie) by Cordelia.
- Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) is a spoiled, young Hollywood star who discovers she is a witch and is sent to the Academy. She is the most powerful telekinetic in the coven and proves this after she is gang raped in "Bitchcraft", resulting to her flipping over a bus her rapists were in along with Kyle Spencer, killing most of them on board. However, to return a favor to Zoe, they both bring Kyle back to life. Due to the severe accident of the bus flip, his body parts were scattered and all that was left was his head. Madison decides to put him back together by picking the best parts out of his fraternity brothers. In "The Replacements", Fiona believes her to be the next supreme after she demonstrates pyrokinesis and later concilium (mind control). After a night of heavy drinking, Fiona begs Madison to put her out of her misery, but she refuses and Fiona overpowers her and cuts her throat, leaving her to die on the ground. In "Fearful Pranks Ensue" it is revealed that her body has been added to Spalding's doll collection. Zoe finds her rotting body and Misty helps bring her back to life, but as a result, she cannot feel anything, other than the passion when she is having sex with undead Kyle. This forms a love-triangle with Kyle and Zoe. Madison's main power is telekinesis, but she later develops the powers of pyrokinesis and with the help of Fiona, concilium. She later develops the power to revive the dead (resurgence) and transmutation. Madison is killed by Kyle, who chokes her to death after she refuses to revive the then-deceased Zoe.
- Misty Day (Lily Rabe) is a young witch who is not associated with a coven of her own. She is ostracized by her Pentecostal community, and burned alive, but mysteriously revives and spends her time alone walking through the swamps. She is a necromancer with the power of resurgence - allowing her to revive the dead. She is obsessed with Stevie Nicks and believes her to be a white witch. She helps heals Kyle's body after Zoe and Madison end up reviving him. She later ends up using her necromancy on Myrtle Snow after she is burned at the stake. She revives a bird in "Bitchcraft", then later on revives herself after being burnt at the stake. Her powers seem limited based on the amount of time the body has been dead, as observed in "The Axeman Cometh", when she struggles to revive Madison, who had been dead for weeks. She has also shown minor abilities controlling animals, such as making the crocodiles attack the poachers and also calling the fawn away from Myrtle's charred body. Misty has also demonstrated telekinetic abilities and has also been observed manifesting in other areas at will, potentially demonstrating teleportation ability. Misty dies during The Test of the Seven Wonders in the act of Descensum when she is unable to awaken from the netherrealm. After the test was over her body turned to ash and her spirit remained trapped in her own personal Hell, forced to dissect a living frog and then bring it back to life to begin again, over and over again as her classmates laugh at her.
- Kyle Spencer (Evan Peters) is a college student and leader of his fraternity, and Zoe's love interest. He and his single mother were victims of Hurricane Katrina. He is killed at the beginning of the season, when Madison flips over a bus he is riding in. He is later revived in the morgue using a spell cast by Zoe and Madison after his severed head is attached to various body parts from other victims of the crash. However, he suffers severe drawbacks- such as rarely being able to speak, and often being confused, as a child would be. He is then brought back home, where it is revealed that his mother has been sexually abusing him. In a fit of rage he bludgeons her to death with a trophy after she tries to assault him again. Zoe finds Kyle covered in blood, and before she can poison him and end his suffering, he runs away from the house. He reappears in Misty's house deep in the swamp. Misty attempts to bathe Kyle, but he becomes agitated and violent having flashbacks of his mother molesting him. Zoe returns and Misty tells Zoe to take Kyle away from the swamp. Zoe attempts to kill Kyle but cannot bring herself to do it and instead unshackles him. Kyle later kills Madison (whom he and Zoe had been involved in a sick love triangle with) due to her refusal to bring Zoe back to life, and becomes the new butler of the Academy.
- Spalding (Denis O'Hare) is the butler of the academy. He has been mute since 1971 when he cut off his own tongue to prevent the witch council's inquisition from finding out the truth about Anna-Lee's murder. He has been in love with Fiona for a long time. Spalding is fond of tea parties and has an extensive doll collection that he plays with while dressing in a woman's night-gown. He adds Madison's body to his collection. He later is interrogated by Queenie, Nan and Zoe about Madison's murder claiming he was responsible though Zoe is skeptical. Later, Zoe recites an incantation, enchanting Spalding's tongue and returning it to his mouth. He admits that Fiona was responsible for murdering Madison due to his tongue being enchanted to tell the truth, and Zoe stabs Spalding in the chest, killing him. After his death, he remains in the house as a ghost, and, along with LaLaurie, is responsible for the death of Marie Laveau. He then acts as a mentor to Kyle's newly-minted manservant, saying that they are "the Help."
- Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) is the mighty high priestess of Voodoo magic. The Voodoo witches are one of the main adversaries of the Salem witches. She is unforgiving to those who wish to hurt her people. She is centuries old and alive in the present, owning a hairdressing salon called Cornrow City in the Ninth Ward. She claims that the American Salem witches and their descendants were given their powers as a gift from the slave woman, Tituba, before the Salem Witch Trials. She previously signed a truce with then-Supreme Anna-Lee Leighton in the 1970s, but considers Fiona Goode to be her sworn enemy. She later considers the truce to have been broken upon the killing of her lover, Bastien. She sends Bastien to attack the Academy and then her undead army. It is revealed in the fifth episode that she had broken the truce many years ago, hiring the witch hunter Hank to rid the world of Salem descendants. Marie is a powerful Voodoo witch, able to cast rituals of fertility, create potions granting eternal life, and raise the dead. Marie is also the only Voodoo witch to survive Hank's massacre and subsequently seeks sanctuary amongst the witches of the coven. She later reveals her longevity is the result of selling her soul to Papa Legba, a spiritual entity who serves as gatekeeper of sorts between worlds. After forming an unlikely alliance with Fiona Goode, the two witches launch a devastating attack on the witch hunter organisation, ridding themselves of the threat once and for all. She is later attacked and dismembered by Delphine LaLaurie and her body parts are scattered across New Orleans. Unable to fulfil her repayments to Papa Legba, their contract is rendered void and the centuries old voodoo priestess finally dies. She comes to her senses in a hellish afterlife, where is instructed to torture the recently deceased Madame LaLaurie for all of eternity. For her performance, Bassett was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
- Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) is a young inner-city witch who grew up in the foster system in Detroit, where she worked at a fast food restaurant. She is a student at the academy and is described as a human voodoo doll. In the third episode she is attacked by Bastien, and later on dies from her internal injuries. Luckily, Fiona revives her. After Fiona forces Madame LaLaurie to be her personal slave, they form an unlikely friendship despite her racist tendencies. However, after LaLaurie tells Queenie that the other witches do not truly see her as their friend, she turns on the Salem witches, and turns over LaLaurie to Marie Laveau. After, she works at Cornrow City as a receptionist and voodoo assistant, helping Marie with various rituals. Queenie has the ability to transfer pain and injuries inflicted on herself onto anyone else without actual harm coming to herself. She describes herself as "a living voodoo doll." Queenie proves a special case as it is speculated that she has Voodoo and Salem blood running through her, and she is as much a Salem witch as well as a Voodoo Priestess. She is shot by Hank during the voodoo massacre, however she survives and manages to kill Hank by shooting herself in the mouth. It is later revealed that Queenie survived her wounds, demonstrating a complete resilience to the witch hunter's silver bullets. Her powers have subsequently flourished, and she is seen to have reassembled the dismembered Delphine with relative ease and no scarring. Later still, she demonstrates the ability to descent spiritually into the afterlife and return again and deploys potent telekinetic abilities in saving Misty Day from her entombment and later again during the coven's assault of the Axeman. In the season finale, Queenie (along with Zoe) is appointed the position of Council member by the new Supreme, Cordelia. For her performance, Sidibe was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
- Nan (Jamie Brewer) is a young witch who is a student at the academy and is often underestimated and dismissed by her peers. She has the ability of clairvoyance. She has a crush on Luke. She found, or "heard" Delphine's thoughts from underneath her old estate. She assists in Zoe's interrogation with Spaulding, considering she is the only one who can actually hear him since his tongue has been cut off. Nan is telepathic witch. She can read the minds of others and also see various details of their lives, and has hinted to possess precognitive and retrocognitive abilities. She refers to her mind reading as "hearing", as when the undead army invaded she couldn't hear them. She gives details that she is quite promiscuous and has had a lot of sexual relations with many boys. Nan falls for the neighbour, Luke Ramsey, but her chances of happiness are routinely dashed by the interferences of her fellow witches and Luke's unstable mother, Joan. When Luke is near-fatally shot in an attack by Hank, Nan uses her telepathic abilities to allow Luke and his mother to communicate, but at the same time uncovers Joan's murderous past. Joan later smothers a comatose Luke to keep her secrets buried and cremates his remains. When Nan finds out that Luke is dead and there is no chance of a resurrection, she demonstrates previously unseen telekinetic and mind control abilities, forcing Joan to consume a fatal quantity of bleach and leaves her dead on the kitchen floor. Nan later approaches Marie Laveau after finding a planned child sacrifice crying in a cupboard and exchanges heated words with both the voodoo priestess and Fiona Goode. Later that evening, Nan is drowned by Marie and Fiona in a bathtub as an offering for Papa Legba. The sacrifice is grudgingly accepted and Nan's spirit happily goes into the afterlife with Legba, having had enough of the mortal coil.
- Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone) is a fundamentalist Christian, who moves next door to the academy with her son, Luke. In (The Replacements), Madison and Nan visit her home in an attempt to seduce Luke. Joan then forces them to leave after Madison uses her telekinesis to send a knife flying at her, after which Madison sets her curtains on fire. Later that night she confronts Fiona in which she warns Fiona of the consequences if they are ever to set foot on her property again. She is shot multiple times by witch hunters, but is revived by Misty. It is later revealed that she murdered her husband after he cheated on her. Joan is later killed by Nan, who uses the power of Concilium to make Joan drink bleach.
- Luke Ramsey (Alexander Dreymon) is the son of Joan, who moves next door to the witches academy. He quickly attracts the young witches and is conflicted due to his religious background. In (Burn, Witch. Burn!) he comes to the Academy to gift Nan some cookies in return for the cake, but is later locked in when Marie's undead attack. He thinks it as a prank so he goes out to coerce them to leave but one manages to stab him in the back with a pickaxe and Nan comes outside to help him. The next day, it is mentioned that he is in Nan's room recovering. He is shot in the head by witch hunters, but survives and is hospitalised with a coma. During his coma, he is able to talk to both God and Nan. Joan later suffocates him with a pillow after he discovers she murdered his father.
- Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton) born Henry Renard, is Cordelia's supporting husband. He is a contractor and has opposing beliefs to Fiona on his wife's best interests. In reality, he is a witch hunter hired by Marie Laveau, who has killed over nine Salem descendants in the last 3 years, including the pyrokinetic witch Kaylee. Marie later threatens to kill Hank as he hasn't managed to clear the Academy of all it's students and staff. He works under a witch hunting company known as Delphi, with his father being the CEO, though he has a constrained relationship with his father and is only delegated the task of gathering intelligence. He turns on the voodoo witches and conducts a shooting at Cornrow City, however, he is killed when Queenie shoots herself in the mouth, transferring her injuries on to him.
- The Axeman (Danny Huston) is a serial killer. He was given the moniker due to his weapon of choice. In 1919, he was lured into Madame Robichaux's Academy and killed by the coven to stop his reign of terror. His spirit is discovered and brought between worlds by Zoe in the present day when she uses a Ouija board to locate Madison. After threatening Cordelia, his spirit is released from the Academy by Zoe, and he locates Fiona in a bar. Fiona conspires to fake her own death with The Axeman by implanting him with a vision that he killed her. The Axeman is later killed by Zoe, Queenie, Madison and Misty who stab him to death in the same manner that he died in 1919. He appears in Fiona's personal Hell for all eternity. For his performance Huston was nominated for Best Guest Star in a Television Series
- Papa Legba (Lance Reddick) is a god of lore from the Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo traditions. He is the gatekeeper of the spirit world as well as the god of travel, opportunity and luck.
- Chantal (Dana Gourrier) is a young salon stylist for Marie at Cornrow City and is also a voodoo practitioner, assisting Marie in her various voodoo rituals and spells. She attempts to stop Marie from reigniting the conflict between the Voodoo witches and Salem witches, but ultimately agrees on helping her. Marie mentions that she's quite young, saying that she wasn't even born when the Voodoo Practitioners and Salem witches were at war. She is shown working as a receptionist for the salon, and hair stylist. Chantal's voodoo capability is unknown but she is shown overseeing and helping in the rituals such as the voodoo fertility spell and assisting in Marie's necromancy spell to raise her undead army. She is the second member of Marie's tribe to be shot in Hank's massacre, presumably to death.
- Cecily Pembroke (Robin Bartlett) is the secretary of the Witches' Council. She is seen as very reserved and old fashioned, using a typewriter. Quentin mentions she has no charisma. It is unknown what Salem abilities she possesses as a witch. She and Quentin agree on burning Myrtle at the stake for the alleged blinding of Cordelia. After being resurrected, Myrtle murders her as revenge, claiming Pembroke had merely used the blinding as an excuse and had always wanted her gone in order to take control of the council, and uses her eyes to give Cordelia her sight back.
- Quentin Fleming (Leslie Jordan) is a member of the Witches' Council, Fiona helped make him a best-selling author. He is very flamboyant and sassy, making him a polar opposite of his fellow Council member Cecily. Myrtle murders him, along with Pembroke, as revenge and his eyes are used to give Cordelia her sight back.
- Alicia Spencer (Mare Winningham) is Kyle's sexually-abusive single mother. She is seen as "district nine white trash" and is observed as a drug user. Kyle kills her after she tries to molest him.
- Anna-Lee Leighton (Christine Ebersole) is the previous generation's Supreme witch. She was killed by Fiona in 1971, and her body was never found, though Myrtle suspects that Fiona murdered her. It is unknown what specific abilities Anna-Lee had but she mentioned that she could perform all Seven Wonders so it is speculated she was a very powerful witch.
- Archie (Grey Damon) is one of Kyle's frat brothers. He along with some of his other friends gang rape Madison at a party, and then is later heavily injured when she flipped their bus. Zoe comes to the hospital to see if Kyle is still alive but see it is Archie who survived, not Kyle. In turn, Zoe begins to fondle him and then raping him, killing him with her abilities of Black Widow.
- Bastien/Minotaur (Ameer Baraka) is one of Madame LaLaurie's slaves. He was tortured in 1834 for allegedly attempting to seduce LaLaurie's daughter, Pauline, and had a bull's head sewn onto his body. He was also Marie Laveau's lover. He survived to the present day using her magic and was sent by Laveau to attack the academy, injuring Queenie. He was stopped by Fiona, who sent his head back to Laveau in a box. As a minotaur, Bastien possessed enhanced strength.
- Dr. Morrison (James DuMont) is Cordelia's general physician, he tells Cordelia that the fertility drugs he has prescribed her have not worked. In "The Replacements", he reveals that Cordelia is completely infertile.
- Dr. David Zhong (Ian Anthony Dale) is a top of the line biochemist who has developed a youth serum over the years. In "Bitchcraft", after he refuses to give Fiona an unlimited supply of the serum she sucks the life out of him and kills him.
- Harrison Renard (Michael Cristofer) is Hank's father and head of the Delphi Trust, a brotherhood organisation created centuries ago to rid the world of witchcraft and voodoo. He took Hank out witch hunting when Hank was young, and he flinched when he was supposed to shoot her. In turn, the witch took the opportunity to send a fiery column at Hank, his father saves him but burns his hands doing so. He is killed by Fiona, who slices his neck with an axe.
- Helen (Lyndsay Kimball) was a student at the Academy a few years older than Fiona. She bullied many of the younger witches, particularly Fiona. In a flashback, it shows the Axeman forced the bookcase to collapse on her after forcing Fiona to spill milk on herself. She is shown to display basic telekinetic abilities.
- Cora (Tonea Stewart) is a salon hairdresser who works at Cornrow City. Although she was optimistic about the civil rights movement, her son was unfortunately lynched for being registered to an integrated white school in 1961. In the present time, she is seen again being pampered by Marie Laveau for the Mayor's Annual Halloween Ball. It is unknown if she was killed or present at the voodoo massacre.
- Chinwe (Philip Fornah) is one of Marie's cohorts. He is always seen close to Marie, possibly a bodyguard as when Fiona sets her wigs on fire he and another man set them out. He breaks into Hank's hotel room in the midseason finale to give Hank Marie's warning. Later on, he is the first person shot down by Hank in his massacre against Marie's voodoo tribe.
- Gummy (Darcel Moreno) is one of Marie's cohorts and also salon stylists. She regularly takes over Marie whilst she tends to other matters. In the mid-season finale, after Hank shoots down Chinwe and Chantal she attempts to attack Hank with a small machete but is shot down violently.
- Kaylee (Alexandra Breckenridge) is a woman whom Hank Foxx seduced, targeted, and killed after learning that she was a witch. She previously rejected Cordelia's offer to stay at the academy, opting to repress her abilities and live a normal life with a family. Kaylee was observed to have the ability of Pyrokinesis, as Cordelia mentions she was involved in two arson incidents, and is shown setting fire to her fiance in (The Axeman Cometh).
- Pauline LaLaurie (Ashlynn Ross) is Delphine's youngest daughter. In Bitchcraft, she had sexual relations with Bastien, which in turn caused her to be severely punished by her mother. She is lynched along with her sisters and father.
- Marie Jeanne LaLaurie (Raeden Greer) pleads to her mother after being locked up in the basement.
- Borquita LaLaurie (Jennifer Lynn Warren) is Delphine's eldest daughter. After her mother caused one of her suitors to run away in fear of her "Chamber Of Horrors", she rounds up her sisters to kill their mother. Unfortunately, she overhears and locks them up in the basement with the other tortured slaves. It is mentioned that they would be locked down there for 1 year and that Borquita, for being the ringleader, would have her mouth stuffed with feces on Christmas Day.
- Louis LaLaurie (Scott Jefferson) is Madame LaLaurie's husband. He constantly had affairs with the slaves which in turn was the reason for the slaves torture. In The Dead it is revealed that he fathered an illegitimate child to one of the slaves, and was lynched along with his daughters after Marie captured Delphine.
- Millie (Grace Gummer) is a witch who attended the Academy in 1919 and organized the attack on the Axeman. She is observed as the leader of the girls. She reads out an excerpt letter that was infamously written by him in real life. She gives her fellow fearful sisters a speech about being not only powerful Salem descendants, but also suffragettes and that they will not be afraid of him in their own home. Millie has the power of teleportation and with the usage of Tarot cards, stabs the Axeman with her fellow coven sisters.
- Nora Benson (Arabella Field) is Zoe's mother who knew of her family's genetic affliction to Salem, as her grandmother was also a witch.
- Winnifred (Molly Conarro) is a witch who attended the Academy in 1919. She wears glasses and is well spoken. She asks Millie in relation to the Axeman's future attack if playing the Victrola would suffice. She also mentions that a jazz band would be more precious than the Hope Diamond on the night of his threatened attack on Tuesday night. She helps in killing the Axeman after he enters the Academy.
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