American Horror Story Splits

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Over the course of seven installments, American Horror Story has introduced the world to all manner of crazy characters, from witches to vampires to insane cult leaders and everything else in between. And we do mean, everything.

Now that American Horror Story: Cult has come to its conclusion (with nary a supernatural being in sight, to boot!), the time is right to revisit our roundup of all the main actors in Ryan Murphy's troupe who've performed multiple characters over the years and update our ranking. Yes, that means Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy and, of course, Jessica Lange—as well as newbies to the list, Adina Porter and Chaz Bono—and their characters from Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, Roanoke and Cult.

Which Paulson character reigns supreme? And which among Peters' leads the pack? Read on to find out!

American Horror Story Characters Split

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Each year, the American Horror Story characters are dealt a new hand to play. They'll go from angel of death to campy witch and murderer to coked out model as AHS reboots for another chapter. But let's face it: some characters pop more than others. In honor of the AHS: Cult finale, we ranked each actor's characters from best to worst. Click through to find out each actor's best character now!

American Horror Story: Roanoke, Adina Porter

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Lee wasn't the most likable person, but she was the last one standing when all was said and done.

American Horror Story: Cult, AHS: Cult

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Was there a more powerful woman in Cult than Beverly? Sure, she may have fallen under Kai's sway, but she woke up when it mattered most. 

American Horror Story: Roanoke, Chaz Bono

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Bono didn't have a ton to do but look menacing as the reenactment's version of the cannibalistic Polk.

American Horror Story: Cult, AHS: Cult

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As Kai's most loyal servant, Gary never had too much to do, but he sure was willing to promote the cause no matter the cost. (Hint: His life.)

Lily Rabe, American Horror Story Murder house

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A sad ghost with a penchant for baby taking, Nora is the weaker of Lily Rabe's AHS characters.

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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She was an adulterer, a murderer, and a Yogi. But worst of all about Shelby? She was a whiner.

Lily Rabe, American Horror Story Hotel

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Yes, Rabe played real-life serial killer (and inspiration for the movie Monster) Aileen Wuornos in an over-the-top performance in Hotel for one episode. Eat your heart out, Charlize Theron!

Lily Rabe, American Horror Story

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Sister Mary Eunice was Rabe's most developed character. She was sweet and innocent...until she was possessed. Lots of opportunity for Rabe to do a variety of emotions here.

Lily Rabe, American Horror Story Coven

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The shawls, the Stevie Nicks obsession...Misty was fun!

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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Not as much a character than a plot device, the fact that the most exciting thing about Scathach (the fact that she was the original Supreme in Coven) was revealed in a Ryan Murphy interview rather than onscreen isn't good.

Lady Gaga, Chloe Sevigny, American Horror Story: Hotel

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Glam, sensuous, and with a pressing thirst for blood? That's how we like our Gaga.

American Horror Story: Freak Show, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock

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Sure Matt Bomer showed some skin, but his gay rent boy character was offed straight away. No development there.

American Horror Story: Hotel, Matt Bomer

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He's showing skin, his killer hair and an actual story arc? We're sold.

American Horror Story: Cult, AHS: Cult

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Nice twist revealing that Rudy was Kai and Winter's older brother, but the character never really felt all that developed.

American Horror Story: Hotel, AHS

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Will was gay, but then he fell in love with the Countess? We love Gaga as much as everyone else, but that was wildly unbelievable—which is saying something, considering this franchise.

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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Was Sidney a total sociopath? Sure. But was his unwavering devotion to keeping his reality show alive, blood moon and murderous ghosts, absolutely hysterical? You betcha.

American Horror Story: Cult, Emma Roberts

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She was nasty to Beverly and she paid dearly for it. 

American Horror Story, Freak Show, Emma Roberts

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A con artist who really didn't do much to endear herself to viewers, compared to Emma Roberts' Coven character, this is very easy to call.

Emma Roberts, American Horror Story Coven

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The unapologetic attitude, the magic powers, the "Surprise, bitch" meme ... need we go on as to why Madison Montgomery is Roberts' tops AHS character?

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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If he'd only supported his mother, Tomasin would've never turned into the Butcher and no one in Roanoke would've been in the miserable mess they were in. Way to go, Ambrose.

American Horror Story: Hotel, 10 Commandments Killer

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Ugh, there was nothing redeeming for Wes Bentley to do with him.

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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Dylan might've been the most sensible person on Roanoke. Naturally, he only lasted an episode. But his calm use of his Army skills to at least try and get the remaining survivors to safety was admirable. RIP Dylan.

Wes Bentley, American Horror Story, Freak Show

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Dude had a little head on the back of his own! He was creepy and helped usher Jessica Lange out of her last AHS.

American Horror Story: Roanoke

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1. You don't hire Finn Wittrock and hide his pretty face under all that inbred aesthetic. 2. If you do, you make him stick around for more than an episode.

American Horror Story: Hotel, AHS

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Sure we got to see Finn Wittrock shirtless (a lot) and make out with, well, everybody. But Tristan was just pretty annoying.

American Horror Story, Freak Show

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His first American Horror Story role and best American Horror Story role. Dandy was a sociopath and you could tell Wittrock had a great time sinking his teeth into the gig.

Mare Winningham, American Horror Story Coven

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Mare Winningham has played a lot of pretty awful people on AHS, but her worst one yet has got to be Kyle's sexually abusive mom.

Mare Winningham, American Horror Story Freak Show

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Is Alicia worse than Pepper's sister Rita? They're both pretty awful.

American Horror Story: Cult, Mare Winningham

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We would've loved to have spent five more episodes with Winningham's badass alt-right fighting, joint rolling Sally. Alas, Kai and his goons made sure that would never happen.

American Horror Story: Hotel, AHS

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Sure she had her problems, but with Ms. Evers, Winningham finally got more to do than be terrible.

Jamie Brewer, American Horror Story Freak Show

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Can we pretend the all that Neil Patrick Harris stuff didn't happen on Freak Show? Silver lining: We got Jamie Brewer back into the mix.

Jamie Brewer, American Horror Story Coven

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Admit it, you were so pissed when Nan was killed on Coven.

Jamie Brewer, American Horror Story Murder House

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Addie was one of the few characters you can actually really feel for on AHS, despite her warnings of death and what not.

Gabourey Sidibe, American Horror Story, Freak Show

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Gabourey Sidibe had so little to do besides get killed by Dandy.

Gabourey Sidibe, American Horror Story Coven

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Yas, Queenie! So brash and so sassy, Queenie was the best. Who could forget her friendship with Kathy Bates' LaLaurie?

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story Murder House

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Zachary Quinto's controlling former owner of the Murder House wasn't anything to write home about.

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story Asylum

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Creepy with a capitol C!

American Horror Story Roanoke

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When we heard that Taissa Farmiga was returning to AHS in her third role, we were thrilled. When she showed up as a truly stupid moderator of a My Roanoke Nightmare fan site, just to be brutally impaled and burned alive—well, we were considerably less thrilled.

Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story Coven

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A little on the annoying side, Zoe's power of the killer vagina was the only thing that made her interesting.

Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story Murder House

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Spunky and ghostly is just the way we like Taissa Farmiga.

Alexandra Breckenridge, American Horror Story Coven

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A pyrotechnic witch, she was easily duped by and then killed by Hank. Meh.

Alexandra Breckenridge, American Horror Story Murder House

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Alexandra Breckenridge played the younger Frances Conroy who used this form to tempt and taunt men.

Lady Gaga, Chloe Sevigny, American Horror Story: Hotel

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Chloe Sevigny's character willingly became vampire(y) to be with her beloved son. Other than that, she was pretty boring.

Chloe Sevigny, American Horror Story Asylum

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Sure this was a way smaller role, but you could tell she had one heck of a time playing the nymphomaniac who got experimented on by Dr. Arden

Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story Asylum

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Talk about mommy and daddy issues!

Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story Murder House

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We went from loving to hating and wanting to do everything in between to Dylan McDermott's first character.

American Horror Story, Freak Show

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The smarmiest character ever, his claim to fame was ... his big penis.

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Did the right Sarah Paulson character come out on top? How about our choice for top Evan Peters role? Sound off in the comments below!

American Horror Story will return for its eighth installment on FX in 2018.

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