Creatures form a set of diverse supernatural species in the universe of American Horror Story. Some creatures are depicted as humans that have been modified (either while living, or after death) through magic, science, or an unknown alchemical process with elements of each. Others are ancient and/or otherworldly beings, many of which hail from origins that are shrouded in dark mystery.
In "Murder House"
By their very definition, ghosts will exist forever and never die, as they are the spirits of those who are already deceased. Some ghosts remain trapped in an unbreakable chain for all of eternity, repeating themselves over and over again on an endless loop until they find their purpose, sometimes even unaware of their own deaths. This does not mean, however, that upon finding their purpose they will be able to leave the place of their death. On the contrary, after becoming aware of their new status, they are able to act on the physical plane, regaining memorization and cognitive abilities rather than being disoriented shells of the people they once were. Malevolent spirits, such as serial killers and mass murderers, tend to use their deceased status to their advantage, tormenting the lives of their fellow spirits or mortal victims without physical repercussions.
Alternatively, those who were once benevolent or comical in life can return as ghosts as well and, in a heartwarming turn of events, devote themselves to using their undead status to protect those they still cherish from harm; by association, ghosts that were previously malevolent in life can learn the error of their ways by aiding these kindly ghosts in their shared endeavor, and refrain from repeating their past mistakes by only harming bad individuals instead of the innocent.
Although ghosts have no physical mass, they can consciously choose to become tangible or intangible at will, either manifesting in a corporeal form to interact with the living or take on an incorporeal form, during which no human can perceive or touch them and they are invisible. Ghosts do not follow the rules and laws of physics, and are able to move instantaneously from one location to another (within the confines of the place of their death) without physically occupying the space in between.
The Infantata is a bloodthirsty entity created by Dr. Charles Montgomery via the grafting of various animal and human parts to the remains of his murdered son, Thaddeus. It resembles an emaciated, humanoid figure with entirely black eyes, leech-like teeth, and long fingers topped by sharp, yellowed fingernails. Despite appearing elderly, it appears to be incapable of death, as it has been lurking in the basement of the Murder House for over nine decades. The phrase "Go Away" is oddly effective against it, as it will disappear similarly to a ghost.
Billie Dean Howard says that when a new Pope is elected, he must open a box that contains a paper that reveals "the secret of the end of the world". This piece of paper reveals the precise nature of the Anti-Christ. According to prophecy, a child born of human and spirit will usher in the end of times. It is the essence of The Devil, and a perversion of the immaculate conception.
The Anti-Christ appears to have great powers. He doesn't just murder people but also destroys their souls for eternity, utterly erasing them. He can perform the Seven Wonders of the witches perfectly. His connection to Satan helped him save Queenie from eternal damnation in a Hellmouth and Misty Day from her personal Hell.
In Apocalypse, he is said to have aged a decade after one night. After embracing his true self, he caused the rain of blood and hail.
Raspers are human beings horrifically altered by the experiments of Dr. Arthur Arden, a former Nazi scientist who amputated and injected patients with various diseases in an attempt to create humanoids that could survive nuclear fallout. Primarily culled from the inmates of Briarcliff Manor, they dwelled in the surrounding forests and subsisted on a carnivorous diet of raw organs.
Unfortunately, because the Devil can only thrive on Earth via possession, he was unable to escape the kiss of Shachath, the Angel of Death, in 1965 while in the body of Sister Mary Eunice, as failure to escape his host's body in time would result in him being cast back into Hell, making the host both his strength and ultimate weakness. Despite having long since been banished to his eternal domain, his influence remains deeply felt in locations of massive tragedy, allowing him to manipulate the worst qualities of their inhabitants - including siring the Anti-Christ who would bring about the Apocalypse.
Witches are human beings that have been born with a unique genetic heredity that allows them to practice magic, or the power to affect change by supernatural or paranormal means, also known as "witchcraft". Witches are generally female, though there are also a few male witches, referred to as "warlocks". Because of their unnatural abilities and supposed connections with dark forces, witches have historically been feared, persecuted, and hunted. Many escaped the Salem Witch Trials and sought refuge in New Orleans, at Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, where they have since rivaled the native Voodoo practitioners. Among the population of witches, there is always one witch per generation who possesses a class of seven powers considered to be advanced acts of magic (referred to as The Seven Wonders), who holds a sacred duty to protect and lead her coven as Supreme.
Voodooists are practitioners of Voodoo, a magical-religious practice of West African origin. Unlike Salem descendants, humans can become Voodooists through practice and training. In the 16th century, Voodoo spread throughout the Caribbean and United States by the slave trade, and became particularly relevant in Louisiana. According to Marie Laveau, Voodoo is far older than witchcraft, hailing from shamanistic practices thousands of years old. She claims that the slave girl Tituba is responsible for granting magic to the girls of Salem, thereby creating the first witches, though it is unknown if these claims are true. The status of Voodoo Queen is equivalent to the status of Supreme.
Because they are rotting corpses, they are immune to the magical power of injury transference, as they have no working nerve-endings or consciousness of their wounds, and their minds are immune to the ability of clairvoyance.
Note that this is different from those who have been restored to life by the resurgence ability, Vitalum Vitalis ability and Resurrection Spell. Those affected by resurgence are no longer dead and are alive, not undead.
In "Freak Show"
The carnies have a superstition that any performance on Halloween, even trivial ones, risk summoning Mordrake. Once he appears, an ominous thunderstorm brews on the night horizon, casting streaks of unnatural lightning in the sky, while a thick, bright green fog swirls wherever he treads. The whisperings of his second face can be vaguely heard telling him what it desires: the life of one of the carnies.
They seem to look exactly like regular humans, oftentimes known for being "beautiful" due to one attractive afflicted spreading the virus to another attractive person, though they can also appear average. Upon being turned, a human inflicted with the virus dies before returning to life as one of the afflicted, stripped of their mortality; a person who is already dead can also be brought back to life via the virus's effects. As a result, the afflicted have very pale skin and low body temperature, at 75.5 degrees.
They cannot age or grow old since they stop aging once turned; Ramona Royale compares this to being "frozen in amber". The virus causes biological changes in the hosts, endowing them with heightened senses and greatly increased physical abilities such as a supercharged immune system, granting them immunity from illnesses, diseases, viruses and other infections. They also possess a variety of superhuman physical abilities, including enhanced strength, speed, agility, reflexes, senses, endurance, durability and accelerated healing, as well as the power hold sway over their chosen victims' minds, enthralling them in order to feed on their blood. They are able to eat normal food as well, though it does not sustain their life or provide nutrition in the same way as blood.
They have increased sensitivity to light, especially sunlight, which momentarily weakens their supernatural abilities. They cannot appear in photographs, as still images of them appear blurry and unidentifiable, mistaken for technological problem by the unwary. They don't die from starvation and suffocation, but can be killed via severe physical trauma or firearms, due to hemorrhages and bleeding. Their blood virus cannot heal mental illnesses, such as dementia or Alzheimer's, and merely halts these illnesses from progressing opposed to healing the neurons.
NOTE: The term "afflicted" is used as a placeholder here until a term is given inside the show's universe.
The Addiction Demon
The Old Gods are a pantheon of dark and bloodthirsty deities which belong to ancient beliefs predating Christianity, presumably dating as far back to before the fall of Rome; Scáthach, a descendant of the Druids and their Roman conquerers, worshipped them long before the existence of the English Colonies in the New World and the United States of America. The old gods possess great and terrible powers, and imbue their followers with dark magic and immortality. In exchange for the blood sacrifices of humans and animals, they grant or enhance the fertility of the earth, turning barren plains into fertile fields, and encourage orchards to bare fruit and flowers to bloom, bringing good harvest and mild weather. The Dying Grass Moon in the month of October, also known as the Blood Moon, can be considered both a corporeal and symbolic representation of the old gods' presence.
It is interesting to note that Madame Delphine LaLaurie mentions she had read many stories about "vengeful gods and wondrous, miraculous creatures" as a child, and Fiona Goode is later seen invoking the Greek goddess Hecate while performing a ritual to make Delphi Trust go bankrupt. Whether or not both women were referring to the Old Gods or other unrelated deities is unclear.
Crafted from "the most brilliant minds in the world" - a shadowy organization known as "The Cooperative" - androids are robotic beings that are able to masquerade as human beings, complete with false memories and their own individual senses of identity. These identities previously belonged to human beings that are now deceased, whose consciousness have been replicated and placed in synthetic human likenesses of themselves, which emulate the aforementioned dead both physically and emotionally. Due to the realisticity of these likenesses, androids are unable to distinguish themselves from those they have been based off of, and will become confused and disoriented if given evidence that they are robots. They seem programmed solely to protect agents within The Cooperative from being harmed by outside influences and to follow through on what is commanded of them, though it is possible for them to malfunction and turn against those they are charged with looking after. Miriam Mead, whose likeness was based off of the real human of the same name, was originally loyal to fellow Cooperative agent Wilhemina Venable until the presence of Michael Langdon, a leading figure of the organization and Venable's superior, who convinced Mead to shoot Venable under his orders; due to Mead's transplanted memories of having raised Michael, she was reconfigured into joining his side. Interestingly, androids have a viscous greenish-yellow liquid in place of blood, and where internal organs would be there are wires and pumps.
Warlocks are the male counterparts of witches. They went underground after Cordelia Goode made her public appearance about her Coven of witches. They live waiting for a Level 4 warlock, known as The Alpha, the first ever male Supreme to rise up and proclaim their rightful place in the magic community. Their school and safe haven is the Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men, which later converted to Outpost 3 in the erased timeline.
Warlocks first appear in Fearful Pranks Ensue as Quentin Fleming and Bartholomew, two members of the Witches' Council, the latter being shown in a flashback. Their existence remains a mystery until Season 8. Warlocks are perceived to be weaker than Witches and no male has ever reached the level of Supremacy.
In Apocalypse, Warlocks appears to be classified in 4 levels. The Level 4, also known as the Alpha warlock is known to have the power equal to that of the Supreme Witch. According to Cordelia, there have been no Level 4 warlocks in history until 2017 when the Warlock Council recruited Michael Langdon and after passing all the prerequisite tests, believes that Michael Langdon is the one, and after convening with the Witches' Council, he successfully passes all the tests of the Seven Wonders giving great emphasis on his powers. But Langdon's powers draw upon darkness (found out by Madison and Behold Chablis after they discovered about Langdon's origins in the Murder House), extinguished from the witches' magic, which draws upon light. Therefore he can neither be the Supreme nor the Alpha warlock. Furthermore, this is confirmed by Vivien Harmon who informs the witches that Michael Langdon is indeed the Anti-Christ himself.
It is worth-noting that most warlocks and witches have this sense of rivalry. The witches view themselves to be more powerful and accomplished than the warlocks, due to this the warlocks harbor hatred to all the witches for looking down on them. According to Behold, warlocks have always been second-class citizens.
- ↑ Episode: Halloween: Part 1
- ↑ Episode: Devil's Night
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Episode: The Axeman Cometh
- ↑ Episode: Room 33
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Episode: Bitchcraft
- ↑ Episode: The Replacements
- ↑ Episode: Fearful Pranks Ensue
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Episode: Burn, Witch. Burn!
- ↑ Episode: Head
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Episode: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks
- ↑ Episode: Boy Parts
- ↑ Ryan Murphy Confirms Lady Gaga’s Character Is The Original ‘American Horror Story’ Supreme.
- ↑ Episode: Forbidden Fruit
- ↑ Episode: The Morning After
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