ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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Kristin Lai

After months of waiting, American Horror Story finally returns to FX! Though the theme for Season 6 is still a mystery, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating on what kind of nefarious characters we can expect from the series this year.

To celebrate AHS Season 6, I've listed the show's best characters, ranked from the least to the most evil. From Bloody Face to Twisty the Clown, we've seen our fair share of frightening foes, so this was no easy task.

Full disclosure, the order of this list is only my opinion, so please feel free to share your own lists in the comments section below!

55. Pepper

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Naomi Grossman
  • Seasons: Asylum, Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "Play with me!"

In a show filled with deplorable characters, Pepper is undoubtedly the most innocent. If her storyline on Freak Show didn't make you tear up, you have a heart of stone.

54. Addie Langdon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jamie Brewer
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "I wanna be a pretty girl!"

Addie came from a family filled with bad blood, but Tate's little sister had a heart of gold.

53. Misty Day

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Lily Rabe
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "I can't bring someone back once they're gator shit."

Misty Day may not have been the most social witch in the coven, but can you really blame her, after being burned at the stake? Her greatest curse was caring too much, and sadly she got stuck in her personal Hell where she'll have to dissect frogs for all eternity.

52. Ethel Darling

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Kathy Bates
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "You know what, Doc? I ain't crying 'cause you told me I'm gonna die. I'm crying 'cause you're the first doctor ever treat me with respect. I just can't help thinking my whole life might have gone different if I'd met you sooner."

Despite being dealt a difficult card in life, Ethel never let that become an excuse to feel sorry for herself. She not only protected her son Jimmy, but also looked after all of those who found themselves at the Freak Show.

51. Moira O'Hara

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Frances Conroy
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "I'm not naive to the ways of men. Their need to objectify, conquer. They see what they want to see. Women, however, see into the soul of a person."

Poor Moira. Her only real fault in life was being employed at the Murder House. After an attempted rape by Mr. Langdon, she's murdered by Constance and forced to roam those haunted halls forever. Although distrusting of men, she genuinely cares for Vivian and offers sage advice for the new tenants.

50. Vivien Harmon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Connie Britton
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "I'm finding it really hard to look at your face. 'Cause I really, really, really want to bash it in."

Vivian definitely isn't evil, but her naivety is enough to drive fans mad. Why didn't she leave that horrible house earlier is beyond me.

49. Violet Harmon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Taissa Farmiga
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "I'm a teenage girl. Not exactly a cakewalk."

Even with her overwhelming teenage angst, Violet is innocent. You really can't blame her for being young, in love, and emotional.

48. Kit Walker

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Evan Peters
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "There is no God. Not a God who would create the things I saw."

Kit Walker was a hero from Asylum's very first episode. He might harbor a bit of rage, but for a guy who was wrongly accused of and institutionalized for the murder of his wife, he handled life's obstacles better than anyone could imagine.

47. Queenie

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Gabourey Sidibe
  • Seasons: Coven, Hotel
  • Memorable quote: " I dragged my ass all the way here from Detroit to be with my, quote, "sister witches." And instead I'm sitting in a fast-food parking lot at 3 in the morning with an immortal racist."

Queenie's sass, confidence and loyally to her friends are all awesome traits. Not to mention she was willing to try to help help reform an old racist murderer. She can't be all bad.

46. Will Drake

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Cheyenne Jackson
  • Seasons: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "I walk through New York streets and I don't hear the music anymore ... This place is far enough away that it speaks to me-- it sings, even."

Will Drake was kind of a nothing character in Hotel. He wasn't a bad guy at all, but his passing didn't make me shed any tears.

45. Nan

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jamie Brewer
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "Eat my shit."

Nan brings us to kind of a grey area. Overall, she was a total sweetheart and a but of a badass. But the fact that she murdered someone — warranted as it was — suggests she's also a little dark.

44. Kyle Spencer

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Evan Peters
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "Kyle? No Kyle."

Admittedly, Kyle didn't choose the best group of friends. And in death he murdered a couple of people. But all in all, Kyle is a decent guy who hit on the wrong witch, which ultimately led him to become the coven's undead butler.

43. Cordelia Foxx

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Sarah Paulson
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "Feel the fear and the pain, let it all in, and then let it all go."

Cordelia hated her mother, but she loved her girls. And if protecting her coven meant stabbing her own eyes out, she was game. That's pretty badass.

42. Jimmy Darling

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Evan Peters
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "I tell you, sometimes I can't take it. The way they look at us. The way they treat us. It ain't right."

Jimmy had a temper and a bit of a drinking problem, but he took after his mother when it came to being responsible and protecting those he loved, which is admirable.

41. Zoe Benson

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Taissa Farmiga
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "Be in your nature."

Like Violet, Zoe's greatest curse is being an emotional teenager. Oh, and the fact that she can kill a man by having sex with him. But that's not her fault!

40. Grace Bertrand

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Lizzie Brocheré
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "I was so young when it started. My father would come into my room at night and do things. Sometimes I felt like I was in a dream, watching him do it to a stranger, or a corpse. I finally got the courage to tell my stepmother. She gave me candy to keep quiet."

I don't blame Grace for murdering a father who molested her and a stepmother who stood idly by. But I do think it makes her morality somewhat questionable.

39. Dr. Alex Lowe

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Chloë Sevigny
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "Suffice it to say, mine was not a happy childhood. Then Holden showed up. It was a tectonic shift where everything I thought I knew about myself got rearranged. It was like I finally fell in love for real. "

All Alex wanted was to be back with her young son. But along the way she did create a murderous gang of kids. Granted, she was trying to save the boy, but a lapse in judgement on her part.

38. Desiree Dupree

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Angela Bassett
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "[L]et me tell you this, pretty boy. You may look like a motion picture dreamboat, but you are the biggest freak of them all."

Overall, Desiree is an alright character. Not bad, and not good. Though her decision to marry Dell and stands by as he murders three men she sleeps with tells me she has a questionable taste in character.

37. Liz Taylor

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Denis O'Hare
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "If you want to feel the magic of cause and effect you have to have a purpose."

On the one hand, Liz Taylor is The Countess's accomplice. But on the other hand, she's far too fabulous to be mad at.

36. Bette and Dot Tattler

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Sarah Paulson
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "We're good people, good girls, and we've seen so much suffering. We deserve a chance."

With two heads and two completely different personalities, their good and bad deeds end us evening out and keeping them somewhere towards the middle.

35. Iris

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Kathy Bates
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "I want nothing more than the dark silence of death itself."

Iris's cold demeanor and penchant for helping the Countess kill all of those innocent victims means she's far from innocent. But her unwavering love for her son and her friendship with Liz Taylor suggests there's a good heart in there somewhere.

34. Lana Winters

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Sarah Paulson
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "You don't have any idea of what I'm capable of."

Lana might be calculating and conniving, but she's also sharp, spirited and determined. Had it not been for the deceitful lengths that she took to get her story, she might rank in a somewhat more moral spot.

33. Myrtle Snow

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Frances Conroy
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "BALENCIAGAAA!"

If this was a list for the best fashion, Myrtle would obviously be in first place. (With the Countess at a close second.) In ranking evilness, however, she's placed somewhat in the middle. Myrtle acted as a surrogate mother to Cordelia and loved her as her own, but she was willing to scoop out the eyeballs of her colleagues with a melon baller so...

32. Maggie Esmerelda

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Emma Roberts
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "Go to Hell, triple tits."

Should Maggie have entered into the business of killing "Freaks"? Probably not. Did she deserve to get sawed in half alive? Also, probably not.

31. Tristan Duffy

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Finn Wittrock
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "I Googled you."

The handsome, drug-addicted model wasn't a good guy by any stretch of the imagination, but he wasn't exactly evil either. Though I will admit, his shocking love story with Liz Taylor was almost redemption for his douchey attitude.

30. Sister Jude Martin

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jessica Lange
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "You throw me in the madhouse, you strip away everything I have, everything I know, you treat me like a rabid dog, like a madwoman. And you know what happens? ... I am more sane now as a madwoman than I ever was as the head of Briarcliff."

Initially, Sister Jude was set up to be the villain of Asylum. In the end, she was more condescending, strict, and misguided than actually evil.

29. Monsignor Timothy Howard

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Joseph Fiennes
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "Why didn't I listen to you? Why was I so stubborn? She's destroyed you. And now she's destroyed me."

I'm conflicted about the Monsignor. He knew about Dr. Arden's experiments, which was definitely bad. To his credit, though, he did feel pretty bad once he realized how dangerous, horrifying and totally disgusting the experiments were.

28. Ben Harmon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Dylan McDermott
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "Yep, and the worst kind. You're charismatic and compelling and a pathological liar. But don't listen to me. I'm a total fraud. And by the way, therapy doesn't work."

If being a deceptive philanderer wasn't enough, helping bury his ex-mistress and keeping his family in the Murder House definitely inched him a little closer to the number one spot.

27. Gloria Mott

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Frances Conroy
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "These mental perversions are an affliction of the extremely affluent ... Becomes a right of passage to have a psychotic or two in the line."

While not particularly evil herself, she is the mother of someone who broke the top five. And who spoils her kid like that? Despicable.

26. Hypodermic Sally

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Sarah Paulson
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "Getting high used to be like how you imagine heaven. Pure light. The perfection of it all. Even in me. Then I got lost."

Being a drug pusher doesn't necessarily make you evil, but hanging out with an addiction demon and egging on your murderous lover doesn't help. However, in the grand scheme of AHS villains, Hypodermic Sally is the least of our worries.

25. Sister Mary Eunice McKee

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Lily Rabe
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "I know everything. I'm the Devil."

This one is a little tricky. Sister Mary Eunice was about as far from evil as you can get, but the devil that possessed her is basically 100% evil. In this case, I'm going to split the difference and put her on the high side of the middle.

24. Ramona Royale

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Angela Bassett
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "What she couldn't have was one of her creations creating something else. There could only be one queen."

Ramona might be a cold-blooded killer, but I get the feeling that if the Countess hadn't murdered her lover she might have gotten out of the killing game entirely.

23. Larry Harvey

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Denis O'Hare
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "The one thing about the dead is they've got nothing left to lose."

I guess Larry is more sad than evil, but it doesn't change how deplorable he acted while leaving his wife and children. Between his affair with Constance, killing Beauregard and Hayden and helping dispose of multiple bodies, he's obviously not a good guy.

22. Donovan

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Matt Bomer
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "She's gonna mourn over that pretty face. You're not so pretty now, are you?"

Donavan does feed off the blood of the innocent, but I'm willing to overlook that considering his impressive jawline.

21. Spalding

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Denis O'Hare
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "These are my last words, Miss Fiona. I have always loved you."

Faithful a butler as he may be, I draw the line at cutting out your own tongue to avoid ratting your unrequited love. Also, hiding the dead body of a student in your bedroom to dress up as a doll is morally questionable.

20. Hazel Evers

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Mare Winningham
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "It's surprising how delicious a little cruelty can taste."

I get it. Hazel Evers had been through a lot after the murder of her son. Still, she served Mr. March far too dutifully and helped him cover up countless deaths. Maybe he would have killed fewer people had she not been so skilled at getting out those bloodstains.

19. Madison Montgomery

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Emma Roberts
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me."

There's really nothing else to say about Madison other than that she plain sucks. She's not the most evil person on this list by a long shot, but she's still a bitch.

18. Dell Toledo

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Michael Chiklis
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "I got a heart, you know? I do feel things ... Most people can't take the pain. But not me. The pain don't define me. But I still feel it."

I will never forgive Dell for what he did to poor, innocent Ma Petite. If this show wasn't filled with so many awesome villains he'd definitely be closer to the top.

17. Elsa Mars

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jessica Lange
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "Your descent into madness can cross over my corpse, but you will not kill my children. They are innocents."

Elsa Mars is another complicated character. She cares for the ones she loves, but her true fault is that she just cares for herself more. Plus, killing your oldest friend is no way to solve an argument.

16. Johnny Morgan

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Dylan McDermott
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "You see, my name isn't Morgan. It's Thredson. I'm the son of Bloody Face."

Johnny Morgan took following in his father's footsteps a little too close to heart. He got his just desserts in the end, but I still can't forgive him for cutting off Adam Levine's arm!

15. Twisty the Clown

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: John Carroll Lynch
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "I'm a good clown."

Twisty is, in my opinion, AHS's scariest villain, but he's also the most sympathetic. Once you come to learn his tragic background story, it's hard to totally hate him.

14. Tate Langdon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Evan Peters
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: ""Hi, I'm Tate. I'm dead. Want to hook up?" "I don't think so."

Learning that Violet's dreamy crush was actually a murderer who raped and impregnated her mom was definitely the biggest shock in Season 1. But I have to wonder, was it Tate that was really insane, or the house that drove him to murder? That question alone is what kept him from earning a higher spot.

13. Stanley

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Denis O'Hare
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "Nobody cares what happens to a freak. The only proper question is how we display the body: under formaldehyde or vacuum-sealed?"

Stanley's character just goes to show that you don't need to have supernatural powers to be a terrifying villain.

12. The Axeman

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Danny Huston
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "I am not a human being, but a spirit. A foul demon from hottest Hell."

No question, the Axeman's murderous ways mean he's totally and completley evil — he's just slightly less evil than some of the show's absolute worst (or best?) characters.

11. Constance Langdon

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jessica Lange
  • Season: Murder House
  • Memorable quote: "I was being prepared. Now I know for what. This child... a remarkable boy. Destined for greatness. In need of a remarkable mother. Someone forged in the fires of adversity, who can guide him. With... with firmness. With love."

Not only is Constance a rude, deceitful and patronizing woman, but she also killed her husband and maid. Oh, and she is the literal grandmother of the antichrist. Needless to say she's earned her spot just outside of the top 10.

10. Papa Legba

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Lance Reddick
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "I don’t give a donkey shit about title. I want only one thing: your soul."

Papa Legba is a gatekeeper between our world and the spiritual world. I wouldn't think he was so bad if it wasn't for the fact that he grants Marie Laveau immortality in exchange for the life of an innocent human. Creepy.

9. Marie Laveau

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Angela Bassett
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "She done messed with the wrong witch and she knows it. Now, you know it."

Given the good she has done for people, it's hard to put Marie Laveau at the very top of the list. But, as previously mentioned, she had killed a baby every year for centuries in order to maintain her immortality. That's exceedingly selfish, and a lot of dead babies!

8. Detective John Lowe

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Wes Bentley
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "What we have is an Addict's High. In the moment it seems like it's never-ending, but it always ends."

John Lowe didn't seem all that bad at first. That is, until you learn he's actually the Ten Commandments Killer! Even if he wasn't in a sound state of mind while committing the murders, there's really no denying his evilness.

7. Elizabeth Johnson "The Countess"

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Lady Gaga
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "I think everyone in the world thinks they're either blessed or cursed. I've come to realize I'm neither. I am a curse."

Fashion icon? Yes. Terrifying and evil murderer? Also yes. The Countess's only saving grace is the kindness and understanding she showed Liz Taylor during her transition.

6. Fiona Goode

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Jessica Lange
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "You girls need to learn to fight. When witches don't fight, we burn."

Fiona was willing to do anything to achieve her ends. Even if it meant killing every witch in her coven, including her own daughter. She met a just end, however, after finally meeting Papa Legba.

5. Dr. Arthur Arden

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: James Cromwell
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "My aim was to give these wasted lives purpose, meaning, and I've succeeded beyond my wildest imagination. My experiments with a combination of syphilis and tuberculosis have produced results unseen in the history of medical science. When they arrived here, these patients were less than men. Now, because of me, they're more than human."

Arthur Arden was a murderer, a rapist and a Nazi doctor. Need I say more?

4. Dandy Mott

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Finn Wittrock
  • Season: Freak Show
  • Memorable quote: "I was never destined to feel love. The desert knows no mercy. Anything you try to plant out there dies. I must accept this emptiness as a blessing, not a curse. I know why I was put here, Mother. My purpose is to bring death."

AHS offered a huge surprise when fans suddenly realized that Dandy was the true villain of Freak Show, not Twisty. Dandy is the poster child for the perils of inbreeding and spoiling your children.

3. Dr. Oliver Thredson

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Zachary Quinto
  • Season: Asylum
  • Memorable quote: "Normally, by now, I would've removed the skin and head. No, we need to keep her around a little longer for our purposes. We're going to continue our therapy now, Lana. You can begin by kissing her cold lips. Don't worry. She won't bite. I took her teeth."

"Bloody Face" earned his name — and his human skin mask — for a reason. The scene where he tells Lana he wants her to be a "replacement" for the mother than abandoned him is easily one of the most disgusting in the whole series.

2. Marie Delphine LaLaurie

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Kathy Bates
  • Season: Coven
  • Memorable quote: "She had a monster for a mother. Her death was the only kindness I ever did for her."

I could put Delphine LaLaure here based on the single act of killing a baby and using its blood as a face mask. But then there's also her torturing hundreds of slaves and her racist mindset, which are far more than just cherries on top of her wicked little cake.

1. James Patrick March

AHS / FX
AHS / FX
  • Played by: Evan Peters
  • Season: Hotel
  • Memorable quote: "I guess I'm just going to have to kill God. That is my message to the world."

Of all of AHS's vile characters, James Patrick March from Hotel easily cinched the number one spot. Who could compare to the man who built a hotel specifically for murder, formed a ghost club for history's greatest killers and took it upon himself to kill God? Answer: No one.

After thinking about all of American Horror Story's most sinister characters, I can't wait to see what Season 6 has in store for us tonight.

American Horror Story Season 6 premieres tonight on FX.

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