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So in that second week, I pulled myself together, pushed those self-destructive thoughts away and turned my energy towards freeing myself from the fears that paralyzed me. And it was... desperately hard. But then, I realized that those fears were filling a hole I had inside me, and you can't take those fears away without filling that hole with something else! So I chose revenge... on you.
~ Ally to Ivy Mayfair-Richards before killing her with poison
You were wrong. There is something more dangerous in this world than a humiliated man. A nasty woman.
~ Ally to Kai before Beverly kills him.

Ally Mayfair-Richrds is the protagonist villain of American Horror Story: Cult.

She is portrayed by Sarah Paulson, who also portrayed by Sally McKenna in American Horror Story: HotelMary Epps in 12 Years a Slave and Dr. Ellie Staple in Glass.


While at first Ally is a strict protagonist, during the middle of the season she transitions into a protagonist villain, making the choice to join the Cult as the Pentagram clown. Ally has multiple phobias, which Kai Anderson used to taunt and torment her, along with his cult, which Ally's wife Ivy had joined, out of hatred to Ally for being the one to carry their son during birth.

In "Winter of Our Discontent", Ally joins the evil cult, becoming the Pentagram clown, a role previously filled by Beverly.

In the following episode, Ally tries to escape the cult with Ivy to keep themselves and Oz safe. However, Kai convinces Oz that he is his father and Oz stays with Kai, foiling Ally and Ivy's plan. Ally and Ivy go home to have dinner and Ally poisons their wine and pasta sauce, revealing to Ivy that she never actually trusted her and only wanted two things in her life: To watch Ivy die and get Oz all to herself. Ivy dies from the poison, as Ally watches in delight. Ally goes to the fertility clinic and begs for and receives proof that Kai is not the father of Oz. Ally then begs for another favor from the receptionist.

Later, Kai arrives for dinner and they discuss Kai as a role model, and Oz's behavior. Kai asks for Ivy and Ally reveals to him that she poisoned her, and that she's in the trunk of her car. Kai asks how it felt to watch her die and Ally produces Kai's donor file from the clinic. She calls it divine intervention and Kai says he spoke the concept into existence. She says that their son is destined for greatness, like his father. Together, they take Ivy to the room where Kai's deceased father and more lay and leave her on the floor. Kai, Ally and Oz embrace, now a "real family".

In the penultimate episode, Ally becomes the right-hand woman to Kai and when she catches Bebe trying to kill him, she shoots her in the head with no hesitation. She then lies to Kai, stating that Winter is the mole. However, after Kai kills Winter, she discovers that Speedwagon is the real mole and kills him.

In the finale, it is revealed that she is actually a mole herself for the FBI and was sent to infiltrate the Cult. She was granted immunity, thus leading her to perform her villainous deeds. She has Kai captured and goes on to run for State Senate. However, Kai escapes and attempts to kill her, only for her to trick him, while Beverly shoots him dead. Ally wins the election, but is revealed to secretly be operating as a member of a womens cult, seemingly a new version of SCUM.



  • Ally is the second villain role from Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story. It is also the third main protagonist role, however, it is only the only one in which she is the sole protagonist.
  • Ally takes over the role of the Pentagram clown from Beverly Hope.
  • It is unclear if she was the Pentagram clown who assisted in killing Gary or if Beverly had reclaimed her role.


           Ecran Titre d'American Horror Story Villains

Murder House
Rubber Man | Constance Langdon | Hayden McClaine | Larry Harvey | Moira O'Hara | Charles Montgomery | Infantata | Bianca Forest | R. Franklin | Michael Langdon | Langdon Family | Fiona | The Devil

Bloody Face (Dr. Oliver Thredson | Johnny Morgan) | The Devil | Dr. Arthur Arden | Sister Jude | Leigh Emerson

Fiona Goode | Marie Laveau | The Axeman | Delphine LaLaurie | Madison Montgomery | Hank Foxx | Spalding | Papa Legba | Minotaur | Joan Ramsey | Archie Brener

Freak Show
Dandy Mott | Stanley | Maggie Esmerelda | Elsa Mars | Twisty the Clown | Chester Creb | Dell Toledo | Edward Mordrake | Rita Gayheart | Larry Gayheart | Hans Gruper | Penny's Father

James Patrick March | Countess Elizabeth Johnson | Ten Commandments Killer | Sally McKenna | Addiction Demon | Ramona Royale | Richard Ramirez | Hazel Evers | Charles Montgomery

Scáthach | Tomasyn White | Polk Family | Agnes Mary Winstead | Shelby Miller

Kai Anderson | Ally Mayfair-Richards | Ivy Mayfair-Richards | Beverly Hope | Twisty the Clown

Michael Langdon | The Devil | Cooperative | Miriam Mead | Wilhelmina Venable | Dinah Stevens | Ariel Augustus | Tate Langdon | Constance Langdon | Madison Montgomery | James Patrick March | Moira O'Hara | Langdon Family | Papa Legba | Delphine LaLaurie | Marie Laveau

Margaret Booth | Mr. Jingles | Nurse Rita | Montana Duke | Richard Ramirez | Ray Powell | The Devil | Xavier Plympton

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