The 15 Best ‘American Horror Story’ Characters

best american horror story characters

American Horror Story: Cult is currently underway, and the season is a remarkable return to form for the anthology series, which is semi-infamous for its great but occasionally hollow concepts. Still, even when the show flounders in plot, it’s an always-great showcase for actors looking to sink their teeth into meaty roles. Cult sees the return of AHS veterans like Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, who are turning in career-best performances as the trauma and phobia-afflicted Ally Mayfair-Richards and the maniacal Kai Anderson.

To celebrate Cult’s excellent first streak of episodes, we’re looking back at the memorable characters of seasons past. Here are 15 American Horror Story characters who left a cutting impression on the fabric of the show, and who – given its interconnected nature – might just pop up again in the future.

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American Horror Story Cult Review: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

In its second episode, American Horror Story: Cult expands upon its paranoid landscape while diving deeper into the unraveling psyche of Ally Mayfair Richards (Sarah Paulson). Not only does “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” push Ally over the psychological precipice, separating herself even further from reality and her loved ones, it brings her closer to the inevitable face-off against Evan Peters’ Kai Anderson.

Distancing itself from the premiere’s election-inspired craziness, episode two of American Horror Story: Cult gives a better understanding of Winter’s (Billie Lourd) plan while introducing Ally and Ivy (Alison Pill) to the creepy new neighbors that moved in right across the street.

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American Horror Story Cult Season Premiere Review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

In its seventh installment, American Horror Story switches things up a bit in both story and tone – focusing more on psychological and human terror than anything supernatural. That’s a welcome choice for a series that has gotten a bit mired down in genre tropes over the past few seasons. After Roanoke’s balls-to-the-wall insanity, it feels like the perfect time for the series to look inward and examine the human psyche for a change. What better way to do it than focusing on emotional fallout that has followed the 2016 presidential election?

While the season 7 premiere is mostly a game of setup, introducing the characters and conflicts that will grow in the coming episodes, a few villains have already made their presence known.

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american horror story season 7 trailer

The new season of American Horror Story takes place in present day, so the anthology show will now deal with some modern horrors like last year’s presidential election. Yesterday we saw the new credits sequence for the upcoming season featuring an unsettling Donald Trump mask and Hilary Clinton. As for how much the series actually has to say about the election, we’ll find out next month when the hit FX series returns.

Below, watch the American Horror Story season 7 trailer.

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American Horror Story Cult opening credits

Producer Ryan Murphy has never been one to shy away from controversial topics in the television shows and films he’s worked on, whether in Nip/Tuck, Glee, Feud, or American Crime Story. And that streak continues with American Horror Story: Cult, the newest season of his long-running anthology series, which dropped its opening credits sequence online earlier today.

As promised, 2016 United States presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both factor in to the creepy footage. Find out how they’re involved by watching the credits below.
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American Horror Story Season 7 Title

Here it is, the news you’ve been waiting for since Ryan Murphy announced that the next season of American Horror Story would be inspired by the 2016 presidential election. The American Horror Story Season 7 title is…Cult.

Which raises a lot of questions about what 2016 election Murphy was watching. But at least he’ll have the newly-announced cast member and number one Hillary Clinton fan Lena Dunham to help him with the newest season of the FX anthology series.

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TV Bits John Cho

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Star Trek’s John Cho and Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand join season 2 of Fox’s The Exorcist series
  • Netflix’s BoJack Horseman gets a season 4 premiere date
  • A former Smallville star makes her way to Supergirl
  • South Park‘s creators talk about how the show will move beyond the presidential antics of last season
  • American Horror Story season 7 teases the return of a familiar (painted) face
  • New Game of Thrones images from this weekend’s premiere
  • And much more!

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Preacher season 2 banner

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Ryan Murphy’s terrifying tease of American Horror Story season 7
  • Bold new Preacher posters point to a different direction for season 2
  • A slew of new shows are on the way from the BBC
  • The CW cancels Frequency and No Tomorrow
  • Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette are joining Ben Stiller’s Showtime series
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american horror story election

Last month, showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed that American Horror Story season 7 would “be about the election that we just went through.” That was an American horror story indeed, but it turns out that the American Horror Story election season will not feature characters inspired by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Learn the details, after the jump.

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Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Presidential Debate Election 2016

If there’s one thing 2016 taught us, it’s this: be careful what you joke about on Twitter, because it just might end up coming true. You might actually see serious politicians arguing on the debate stage about the size of their junk. You might actually end up with a president whose main hobby is going on Twitter rants. And Ryan Murphy might actually turn the 2016 presidential election into his next American Horror StoryYup, that’s the newly revealed theme for the seventh season FX’s horror anthology series, which premieres this fall.  Read More »