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The Piggy Man is a disturbing ghost that haunts the Roanoke House and the tertiary antagonist of the sixth season. He is a character in Roanoke primarily portrayed by Marti Matulis.

Background

The so-called Piggy Man was once a deserter of the colony who stole provisions from the colony's storehouse. After being scalped by Scáthach, he was found at the edge of the wood by the colonists and brought back to the Butcher for punishment.

As "penance for his betrayal", the Butcher forced the thieving deserter to wear a pig's head, nailed a pig's tail to his own tailbone, hogtied him to a spick, and roasted him like a pig. His death was for sacrifice to the Old Gods, and he is now a ghost that can kill. His ghost haunts the grounds of the Roanoke House.[2]

Personality and Appearance

The Piggy Man is a half-naked man covered in burns and soot wearing a mask obtained from the severed head of a pig. He is often heard grunting like a swine and screaming like a corrupted pig. His mask is bleeding, has slight burns on it, and has small eye holes for him to see out of the pig mask.

He is an aggressive ghost, attacking the residents and anyone who stays in the Roanoke House.

Story

Piggy Man spends most of his time terrorizing the residents of Roanoke House. In a video recording, Piggy Man almost killed Elias. When the blood moon hasn't started yet, he is seen playing with other ghosts and Flora. During the blood moon, though, he is seen attempting to kill Shelby and Matt. Elias injures Piggy Man but Elias says he will come back soon. In a flashback, he is seen harassing the Chens. 

When Return to Roanoke starts, Piggy Man is seen killing people. He appears in the back of Diana's car, making her crash. He almost kills Shelby and Dominic, and he later successfully kills Dominic. When the Spirit Chasers come, Piggy Man kills Ashley Gilbert.

Notes

  • The Piggy Man of urban legend mentioned by Derrick in "Piggy Piggy", the sixth episode of Murder House, was based off of the in-universe Kincaid Polk, an ancestor of the Polk family seen in Roanoke. Due to having grown up in the forests of North Carolina, where his family offered up human sacrifices to The Butcher in exchange for centuries of living in peace, Kincaid was inspired by the ghost of the Piggy Man to wear a pig mask of his own making. At some point, he moved to Chicago, where he took hogs for slaughter. At the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, Kincaid Polk put on his pig mask and massacred people, until an accident left him to be consumed alive by his own hogs. Jether Polk claims that he is the only member of the Polk family to gain any fame, and looks up to him as his role model.


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References

  1. Mentioned by Derrick as an urban legend. Kincaid Polk drew inspiration from the Piggy Man ghost and became known as the Piggy Man in Chicago until his death in 1893
  2. Episode: Chapter 2
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