Everyone loves a good villain, and throughout its first six seasons, FX’s “American Horror Story” has delivered a string of indelible baddies. These are the characters that we love to hate, and in some cases, we hate to even think about. So as the sixth season of the Emmy-winning horror anthology comes to a close on November 16, we take a look at the most terrifying villains in the show’s history. Click through our photo gallery above highlighting the Top 10 best villains of all time.
Our list of baddies encompasses a wide range of villainous characteristics. Some (like Kathy Bates‘ Delphine LaLaurie in “American Horror Story: Coven”) are supernatural beings able to wreak havoc and terror on the people they encounter. Others (like Finn Wittrock‘s Dandy Mott in “American Horror Story: Freak Show”) are ordinary people who, for various reasons, have a malevolent and bloodthirsty quality and delight in torture and murder. Occasionally there are even a few with whom we can sympathize.
Playing the villain is usually a good path to awards victories. Jessica Lange won two Emmys for playing less-than-savory characters, first for her supporting role as the murderous next-door neighbor in 2011’s “Murder House,” then again in the lead category as the sinister Supreme in “Coven” (2013). Oscar winner Bates also won an Emmy for “Coven,” playing a racist socialite with sadistic appetites. And playing a psychiatrist who conducts horrific experiments on his patients in “Asylum” (2012) earned veteran character actor James Cromwell his first Emmy win.
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