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Join me!
~ Kai Anderson
There is nothing more dangerous in this world, than a humiliated man!
~ Kai to Thom Chang
The Revolution has begun.
~ Kai Anderson

Kai Anderson is the main antagonist of American Horror Story: Cult.

He was portrayed by Evan Peters, who also portrayed seven other characters throughout the series including Tate Langdon and James Patrick March. In-costume stunts as the Bowler Clown were portrayed by Casey Adams.


Kai is a racist and misogynistic social misfit who dreams of a world in which white men rule supreme and women "know their place". As a teenager, he witnessed his mother kill his abusive father and then herself. With the help and complicity of his older brother, Rudy, and his younger sister, Winter, he preserved their bodies with lye and kept them in their bedroom, treating it as a shrine.  

Inspired by Donald Trump's election, he starts an extremist movement in which he and his underlings, dressed as clowns, brutalize and kill people in the community they dislike - mostly minorities and feminists. Kai's ultimate plan is to kill 100 pregnant women in a single act of violence. Winter and Rudy are his reluctant accomplices. At one point, he tries to impregnate his own sister to create a "chosen one", but she rebuffs his advances.  

One day, Kai spills a latte over lesbian couple Ally and Ivy Mayfair-Richards, and taunts them with homophobic insults. He becomes obsessed with Ally, and plans to make her his "bride" by taking away everything in her life so that he is all she has. To that end, he manipulates Ivy into joining the cult by sending Winter to seduce Ally, and orchestrates events so that Ally ends up being institutionalized and losing custody of Oz, her son with Ivy. 

Kai taunts several Mexican emigrants by singing a racist version of "La Cucaracha" and then urinating into a condom and throwing it at them, provoking them to beat him up. Kai uses his injuries to portray himself as a victim of "multiculturalism" and "liberal bias", drumming up enough public support to unseat City Councilman Thom Chang, whom he and his gang later murder.

Kai uses his new position to spread messages of misogyny and racism, and plans to rise up the political ladder until he is elected president. He gathers other, likeminded social misfits into his cult, including reporter Beverly Hope, who shares Kai's dream of bringing society to its knees. With her help, he sets his sights on running for U.S. Senate.  

As Kai becomes increasingly ruthless and paranoid, he begins to suspect his inner circle of conspiring against him. He makes them demonstrate their allegiance to him by killing a "disloyal" cult member with a nailgun, but even that isn't enough. He eventually turns on his own family, killing Rudy and Winter because he believes they are plotting against him. He then seemingly convinces Ally that Oz was conceived with his sperm, and she joins the cult. 

Unbeknownst to him, however, she only joined to she could spy on him, and is planning to report him to the FBI. With her help, the FBI raids Kai's compound and arrests him. Kai goes to prison, where he gathers another following amongst dissident members of the Aryan Brotherhood, and engineers an escape. Once he is free, he goes after Ally, who is now running for U.S. Senate.

Kai sneaks into one of Ally's campaign events, and holds her hostage, telling her that woman can't lead or win. He gets ready to shoot her, only to find out that the gun isn't loaded. Beverly, who is working as Ally's campaign manager, then shoots him in the head, killing him.



  • Kai's character was inspired by infamous American cult leaders like Charles Manson and Jim Jones - whom Peters also played in the season.
  • He can be described as representing pure anarchy.
  • He is the only main antagonist to not share his role with another villain. All other seasons of the series have had at least two major villains competing or collaborating for the role.


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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 & Imposters) | The Devil | Dr. Arthur Arden | Sister Jude | Timothy Howard | Leigh Emerson | Jenny Reynolds

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 | Bette and Dot Tattler | Maggie Esmerelda | Twisty the Clown | Chester Creb | Dell Toledo | Edward Mordrake | Rita Gayheart | Larry Gayheart | Dr. Arthur Arden | Penny's Father

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

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

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

Cooperative (Michael Langdon, Miriam Mead, Jeff Pfister, Mutt Nutter & Wilhelmina 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

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

Double Feature
Part 1: Red Tide
The Chemist | Belle Noir | Austin Sommers | Alma Gardener | Lark Feldman | Ursula Khan | Flesh Phantom

Part 2: Death Valley
Theta | Valiant Thor

American Horror Stories
Season 1
Rubber (Wo)man: Scarlett Winslow | Ruby McDaniel | Maya | Adam | Tony Peterson | Infantata
Drive In: Verna | Larry Bitterman
The Naughty List: Santa
Ba'al: Ba'al| Matt Webb| Bernadette
Feral: Ferals
Game Over: Scarlett Winslow | Ruby McDaniel