Villains Wiki
Advertisement
Villains Wiki
Warning.gif
Scarfaceinthefall.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

Hush up or I'll rip your lips open and stuff more sh-t in there!
~ LaLaurie threatening one of her victims

Madame Delphine LaLaurie is a major character in the American Horror Story franchise, appearing as a major antagonist in Coven and a minor character in Apocalypse. She is a wealthy Creole landowner in antebellum New Orleans who takes sadistic pleasure in torturing and murdering her Black slaves. She is a heavily fictionalized version of the actual historical figure who lived in Louisiana and France from 1787 to 1849.

She is portrayed by Kathy Bates, who also portrayed Annie Wilkes in Misery, Tomasyn White in American Horror Story: Roanoke, and Miriam Mead in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Overview

Delphine LaLaurie is a sadistic, racist aristocrat in 1830s New Orleans who creates a face cream made out of the pancreases of her Black slaves, whom she tortures and murders for sport. She sells the cream to make up for her husband's Louis' profligate spending, and tries to restore her family's fading social prominence by marrying her three daughters - Borquita, Jeanne, and Pauline - off to wealthy landowners. At one point, she kills a baby whom Louis sired with a female slave and drains the child's blood.

In "Coven"

When Pauline sleeps with the family's house slave Bastien, LaLaurie inflicts particularly brutal torture upon him until he dies. Bastien's lover, voodoo queen Marie Laveau, retaliates by poisoning LaLaurie, killing her family, and burying her alive. Just before she closes the coffin lid on LaLaurie, Laveau gloats that the poison she gave her makes a person immortal, meaning that LaLaurie will spend eternity buried under six feet of dirt.

In 2012, Supreme Witch Fiona Goode digs LaLaurie up in order to discover the secret of immortality and use her as leverage in her war with Laveau. Fiona is disgusted by LaLaurie's racism - such as weeping with horror upon discovering that Barack Obama is President - and decides to humiliate her by making her a maid for Queenie, a Black member of the coven.

Feeling nostalgic for the "good old days", Lalaurie kidnaps a Black gardener and tortures him to death. House servant Spalding catches her in the act, but promises he will not tell anyone. He then offers to give her a potion she can use to remove Laveau's immortality and kill her, in return for bringing him an ancient baby doll. LaLaurie spikes Laveau's drink with the potion and stabs her in the chest after she falls asleep, but Laveau survives and remains immortal, the "potion" having been nothing but Benadryl. Nevertheless, LaLaurie tortures Laveau and chops her into pieces, which she also survives.

One day, one of the coven members, Nan, attacks LaLaurie, but Queenie saves her and kills Nan. LaLaurie thanks her and , much to her own surprise, grows to care about Queenie and feel remorse for her past crimes. Regardless, Queenie has nothing but contempt for LaLaurie and betrays her to Laveau, who tries, unsuccessfully, to kill her.

LaLaurie escapes and gets a job as a tour guide for what was once her own house, which is now a historical landmark. One day, Queenie shows up at the tour and confronts her with her many terrible crimes, but LaLaurie is unrepentant. Enraged, Queenie stabs LaLaurie, who unexpectedly dies. She wakes up in Hell, which she sees as her own torture chamber, alongside Laveau. Papa Legba informs them that he has taken away their immortality as punishment for breaking the agreement they made with him centuries before, and that they will now pay for their sins by suffering the tortures of the damned for eternity.

In Apocalypse

Years later, LaLaurie remains in Hell, where she is forced to watch Laveau torture her daughters to death over and over again. LaLaurie begs Laveau to stop, and explains that, even though she herself had murdered children, she would never force their mothers to watch. Nan's spirit interrupts them and tells LaLaurie she can leave Hell because Cordelia Goode, Fiona's daughter and successor as Supreme, made a deal with Papa Legba to trade her for Dinah Stevens, who had helped bring about the Apocalypse. By the end of the season, however, Fiona's heir apparent Mallory uses her powers to change the course of history so that the Apocalypse never happened, meaning that Fiona never made a deal with Papa Legba and that LaLaurie remains in Hell.

Navigation

           Ecran Titre d'American Horror Story.png 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

Asylum
Bloody Face (Dr. Oliver Thredson, Johnny Morgan & Imposters) | The Devil | Dr. Arthur Arden | Sister Jude | Timothy Howard | Leigh Emerson | Jenny Reynolds

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

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

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

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

Cult
Ally Mayfair-Richards | FIT (Kai Anderson, Ivy Mayfair-Richards, Beverly Hope, Harrison Wilton, Meadow Wilton, Gary Longstreet, Jack Samuels) | Winter Anderson | Babe Babbitt | Twisty the Clown

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

1984
Margaret Booth | Richard Ramirez | Mr. Jingles | Lavinia Richter | Donna Chambers | Montana Duke | The Devil | Bruce

Double Feature
Part 1: Red Tide: TBA
Part 2: Death Valley: TBA

American Horror Stories
Ruber (Wo)man: Scarlett Winslow | Ruby McDaniel | Maya | Adam | Tony Peterson
Drive In: Verna