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Misty Day is a witch with extraordinary gifts who lived alone in a swamp before being brought into Miss Robichaux's Academy. She is a character in American Horror Story portrayed by Lily Rabe. She possesses the gift of resurgence: the magical ability to bring souls back from the dead.


An earthy young asexual woman from a backwoods Pentecostal community in the bayous of Louisiana, Misty Day was misunderstood due to her ability to bring souls back from the dead. Although some saw her gift as a blessing from God, others in the community saw her as a necromancer and a threat to the community. Since her resurrection from being burned at the stake, Misty spends her days wandering the swamps and listening to Stevie Nicks, insisting that the lead singer from Fleetwood Mac is a witch, which she interprets through the lyrics of Rhiannon.[4]

Personality and Appearance

Misty Day is a young witch with blonde hair and ethereal looks. She is a lonely, eccentric woman, who meanders the swamps of New Orleans, looking for a group to call her own. In tune with nature, she takes great offense to those who disrespect it and will punish them severely. This is shown when she uses her gift to bring two alligators back to life so they can kill the two poachers. Misty also seems to have a fear of abandonment, showing panic when Zoe Benson said she had to leave both times (the second time with Kyle Spencer).

She spends most of her time meditating, tending to her gardens, and listening to Stevie Nicks. She may also be a Christian and a very spiritual woman, as she was seen attending a church group[5] and she was deeply focusing on the cross in Joan Ramsey's house.[6] Before killing two poachers, she asked why they think God would let them destroy his creations.



Misty Day wandered into a church seminar one fateful day and stumbled upon a dead bird. As a lover of nature and all its creatures, she gently picks it up and, using her gift of resurgence, resurrects it. This draws the attention of the churchgoers who assume her powers are the work of the Devil.

That evening, she is dragged through a field and burned at the stake by the religious extremists. However, before her death she screamed out that they would be the ones to end in flames, cursing the churchgoers. She was reported as missing, but the witches of the Salem descendants knew what actually happened, so she was presumed dead. However, with the help of her powers and mastery of swamp healing, she manages to recover from her "death" by resurrecting herself.[5]

Shortly after, she is found by two alligator poachers solemnly mourning the hunted animals. Misty openly confronts them on their actions, saying that it was wrong and asking them why the did it. When she refuses to back off, the men threaten her with a gun. Misty then resurrects the deceased alligators and allow them to devour and kill the two poachers.

Because of her assumed death at the stake, witches in New Orleans are rocked and divided about whether they should live life in hiding, or fight. When witches Zoe Benson and Madison Montgomery resurrect Kyle Spencer, she appears to help Zoe by treating Kyle with her gift and home-made healing mud. In a kind gesture to a new friend, she decides to look after the newly resurrected Kyle for Zoe, promising to get him back on his feet the best she can.[7]

Misty spends the day laying in bed with Kyle, listening and singing along to Stevie Nicks. Misty talks to Kyle about finding her own coven, saying that without a tribe she can call her own, she cannot be at her best. Zoe arrives and Misty shows her Kyle's healed scars. Zoe then attempts to leave with Kyle, so as to return him to his mother, who is suicidal without her son. Misty, however, tries to convince Kyle to stay. Kyle violently refuses and leaves with Zoe, who promises to return for Misty; a promise Misty knows she will break.[8]

Sometime later, she comes across the recently burnt corpse of Myrtle Snow, now being eaten by dogs, and she resurrects her.[9] To help with the recovery, Misty buries Myrtle beneath swamp dirt; at which point, a blood-stained Kyle emerges. She bathes him, which elicits violent behavior on his part, due to the sexual abuse he has suffered at his mother's hands. Misty is devastated when he breaks her boom box, saying he broke her "Stevie".

Not long after, Zoe returns and asks Misty to resurrect Madison. At first, Misty declines, offering to bury a now rotting Madison instead. But Zoe convinces her and, with Zoe's help, succeeds in bringing Madison back. Though offered refuge at the academy, Misty refuses, disturbed by the foul energy present in the house.[10]

Realizing someone was after her, Misty, along with the newly resurrected Myrtle, show up at the academy, seeking protection. There, Myrtle claims that only someone with as much power as Misty would be the new Supreme. Although initially anxious of bearing this new title, she takes part in the Sacred Taking, a ritual intended to have Fiona kill herself; thus, letting the new Supreme flourish. However, the scheme is ruined by the ghost of the recently murdered Spalding, who manages to convince a drugged Fiona to continue fighting. Misty is later seen sitting amongst the other witches, eager to learn the new Supreme's identity when she learns of Joan Ramsey's shooting. At the scene of the crime, she is then approached by Fiona, who asks the young witch to demonstrate her powers by resurrecting the newly dead Joan. Misty complies, only to collapse shortly after resurrecting her.[6]

After that, Misty decides to stay in the academy, she and Cordelia are seen using a ritual on plants from the greenhouse, and it demonstrates her great affection for working with (or lead by) Cordelia.[11]

Misty is attempted by the visit of her idol Stevie Nicks, and after listening to her music, she goes along with Madison for a festival in a graveyard. Already at the cemetery, she is challenged by Madison to demonstrate her powers, when approaching an open coffin, she is struck with a brick in the head by Madison, she is then put in the coffin and buried.[12]

Cordelia manages to figure out Misty's location by touching an article of her clothing, and Queenie and Cordelia head to the cemetery, where Queenie uses her powers to deconstruct the mausoleum, as well as to revive the unconscious Misty. When the three return to the Academy, Misty punches Madison in revenge and a fight ensues between the two witches with Misty gaining the upper hand before Kyle intervenes and breaks them up. Misty also joins Zoe, Madison, and Queenie when they murder The Axeman.[13]

Misty, Queenie, Zoe, and Madison begin the Seven Wonders where Misty (like the other 3 witches) passes the tests of Telekinesis and Concilium. Once they begin the test of Descensum, Misty is the only witch unable to bring herself back from the nether realm and is stuck reliving a horrific childhood memory of a science class frog dissection on a loop. Misty's body disintegrates into ash as Cordelia holds her and sobs.[14]


In 2017, Cordelia, the reigning Supreme since 2014, allows an assumed warlock, Michael Langdon to attempt the Seven Wonders in order to prove himself as the Male Supreme. During his final test, Descensum, Cordelia asks Michael to retrieve Misty Day who had lost her own battle with this test. At first, the warlocks are furious because they feel that Cordelia is changing the rules of the test, but later Michael agrees to bring back Misty. Langdon descends into the netherworld where Misty is stuck reliving her dissection memory over and over. He kills the teacher, negotiates with the souls in the hell and returns to the surface with Misty. Misty awakes and Cordelia is overjoyed to see her. Misty reunites with her sister witches who are also happy to see her. Cordelia ends up getting a nosebleed and almost faints as Michael returns to his consciousness after traveling to hell and back. Langdon tells Cordelia that he did everything she asked and Cordelia finally confirms that he is the next Supreme.

Later, Misty brings some tea for the ailing Cordelia. Cordelia tells Misty that she knew her for such a short time yet missed her forever. Misty replies that she was safer where she was, in Hell. She tells Cordelia and Myrtle that there is something wrong with Langdon, and she trusts her instincts because she has sensed evilness ever since she was a child. Cordelia tells them that Langdon will never be the Supreme, and that she only gave him the test because she had to know how strong he was. She tells them that she can feel something is coming but they already have an advantage as all of her girls have been brought back for the battle head. Misty says she cannot fight because she has been in Hell for too long and has lost her capacity. Cordelia tells Misty that she has done enough and she just needs to heal. She calls Stevie Nicks to come over and sing for Misty. As Stevie sings Gypsy, she dances with Misty who cries of happiness. [15]

Misty then leaves to travel the country with Stevie in order to heal from her time in Hell. She gives the other witches her swamp shack as a shelter after the attack on Robichaux Academy. Due to Mallory's use of Tempus Infinituum to avert the Apocalypse, her resurrection by Michael is reversed and Misty is returned to her personal Hell. However, to thank Mallory for killing the Anti-Christ, Papa Legba has Nan lead Misty back to the world of the living where she is joyfully reunited with Cordelia. 


Misty is a powerful natural born witch who is shown to have mastered four of the Seven Wonders.

  • Telekinesis - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to move objects and persons with her mind. Misty demonstrated this power during the fight between the witches and the Axeman[13] and during the trials in the Test of the Seven Wonders.[14]
  • Concilium - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to control other people's minds and actions, including animals. She proved this ability when she controlled the minds of the dogs who were about eat Myrtle's burnt corpse and an alligator to attack two poachers, men at a cemetery, and Queenie during The Tests of the Seven Wonders.[14]
  • Transmutation - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to move instantaneously from one place to another without physically occupying the space in between.[6]
  • Divination - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to obtain information through magical intuition.
    • Magic Sensing - The magical ability to sense another witch's magic. Misty Day sensed Zoe's magic calling to her after Zoe Benson and Madison resurrected Kyle. She also sensed Stevie Nicks's magic through the lyrics of Rhiannon.
    • Evil Sensing - The magical ability to sense evil like a perfume. Misty claimed that she can sense evil ever since she was a child, smelling it like a perfume. She once told Cordelia about this ability when she came back from hell, fetched by Michael Langdon. She also mentioned earlier that she got really bad vibes from the Academy to Zoe and that it is something foul in the house, referring to the Axeman.
  • Descensum (incomplete) - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to project into the nether worlds of the afterlife. Similarly to her power of resurgence, Misty was able to descend into the Afterlife. However, Misty was unable to distinguish reality from hellish vision, and became trapped in her personal hell.[14]
  • Resurgence - The magical ability to bring the dead back to full life. Misty is able to revive the dead with a simple touch by reaching "the place between life and death and draw the soul back to life."[5] Often, the strain of this ability would cause her to faint, but over time, her talent progressed to allow her to retain consciousness after resurrecting someone.
    • Death Reversal - Misty used this ability to reverse her own death after being burned at the stake by churchgoers.[6] She also stated to Fiona that even if the Supreme did put her down, she would know a way to bring herself back.[12]
  • Chlorokinesis - The magical ability to control plant life. Misty used this power to speed up a plant growth, after cut it out, during her preparation to Seven Wonders Test.[14]
  • Potioncraft - Affinity for an extensive knowledge of "Green Magic," including conventional herbalism as well as more sophisticated botanical science and potion brewing.
    • Louisiana Swamp Mud - Misty healed her wounded flesh as well as Kyle, Madison, and Myrtle after they sustained several degrees of damage to their bodies, in juncture to her primary power.
  • Spellcraft - Misty Day has an affinity for performing rituals.
    • White Spirit Light - Misty is able to surround herself with the "white spirit light" that protects her from malevolent and dark spirits.
    • Plant Revival Spell - A spell to make plants grow faster.


The Swamp Mud is a metaphor, her metaphor. She's a sophisticated witch with extraordinary gifts. Hiding out as a hippie swamp rat. From humble hillbilly stock, she's been a witch since birth. Her power and humanity separating her from everyone around her. In fact, those around her tried endlessly to destroy her in order to mask their own evil purposes. Yet she rose from the ashes stronger than ever, more fully realized. A living testament to the greater ideals of our coven. Power, compassion, and uniqueness. We are lucky to have found her and she us.
Myrtle Snow about Misty Day
  • To Fiona Goode: "I've surrounded myself with the white spirit light to protect me. And even if you do put me down, I've already made plans on how to bring myself back."
  • To poachers: "Why would you kill God's innocent creatures?"
  • To Zoe: "This stuff is the shit, literally!"
  • To Zoe: "Power of resurgence... I like the sound of that."
  • To religious zealots: "It's you that will end in flames. I swear it!"
  • To Kyle: "You can't be your best self until you find your tribe. I'm still looking for mine."
  • To Cordelia: "Can I say something? I don't wanna be the Supreme."
  • To Madison: "I don't wanna waste my magic on you. I can do you with my hands!"
  • To Madison: "No, I know what you're trying to do. Mess me up, make me doubt myself. You think I'm stupid because of where I came from. Well, I'm not so easily bought, and I ain't that easily fooled."
  • To Michael Langdon: "Are you here to save me?"
  • To Cordelia about Michael Langdon: "I've sensed evil ever since I was a child. I could smell the sweet rot of a decaying soul, but I've never smelled anything quite like him. I don't know how to describe it. To me, he wore the perfume of death."
  • To Cordelia: "I never thought I'd escape my personal hell. I was ever so lost, in that darkness."


  • She is the fourth character to be portrayed by Lily Rabe. For a complete list of her characters, see Cast.
  • She is one of two characters portrayed by Lily Rabe to be still alive.
  • Misty Day has been absent in three episodes overall throughout the season. Those episodes are: "Fearful Pranks Ensue", "The Dead" and "Protect the Coven."
  • Misty was killed three times (burned at the stake, by asphyxiation and her inability to return from Hell) in Coven. She resurrected four characters (herself, MyrtleMadisonJoan), two alligators and a bird. She also resurrected several frogs when she was stuck in Hell, so it can be assumed that that happened to her in the past. Strictly speaking, she died more than three times, as she self-resurrected and died over and over again in the coffin.
  • She alleges to be able to surround herself with spiritual white light to protect herself from evil beings. Something that Billie Dean and Cricket also do.
  • It is unknown what happened to her after the events of Apocalypse, as it remains unclear if she survived or not to the bomb. However, as she can self-resurrect, she couldn't have died of radiation.
    • Given she was not recruited by Cordelia along last survivers witches in the mission to travel to Outpost 3 is more likely she had not endured the Bomb.
  • Misty is Lily Rabe's second character to reappear in another season, the first being Sister Mary Eunice in Freak Show.
  • Misty was thought by Fiona Goode[12] and Myrtle Snow to be the next Supreme.[6][14]
  • Despite being said that witches lose their abilities in Hell, Misty seems to have retained Divination, as she revealed had sensed evil speaking with Michael Langdon in Underworld, and how she perceived his "perfume of death".[15]
  • In an interview Ryan Murphy revealed that Misty Day is an asexual character.[16]