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Everybody pays, everybody suffers.
~ Papa Legba

Papa Legba is the gatekeeper of the spirit world, as well as the god of travel, opportunity and luck. He is a supporting antagonist in American Horror Story: Coven and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

He was portrayed by Lance Reddick.

Role and Powers

Papa Legba's role in American Horror Story is mainly to acquire as many souls as he can. He is based off of the character from Haitian Voodoo, who is also called Papa Legba.

He shows several uses of powers in the show:

  • He can detect whether or not a person has a soul, this is shown when he revokes the deal with Fiona Goode claiming she has no soul.
  • He seems to be able to teleport wherever he wants, shown when he is summoned and in Queenie's hell when he appeared in the restaurant.
  • He is show to control minds when Marie Laveau refuses to torture whilst in Hell, yet she is apparently brainwashed into doing it anyway.

Personality

Being the gatekeeper of the spirit world, Papa Legba seems to be always interested in acquiring souls, regardless of who they're from. He was willing to make a deal with Fiona Goode for her soul despite her being vain and murderous, but revoked the deal when he found that she, 'had no soul'. Yet once he successfully makes a deal for someone's soul, Papa Legba delights in tormenting his victims into sacrificing innocent souls for him.

Despite his often antagonistic and somewhat sadistic personality; Papa Legba is an honest individual. He explained clearly and honestly his terms of granting immortality to Fiona when she asked for details. Furthermore he meticulously explained the dynamics of Marie and Delphine's immortality to Queenie while also praising her for her sharp mind and powerful magic in being able to enter and exit the spirit world successfully.

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Trivia

  • This adaptation of Papa Legba seems to be roughly based on the crossroads demon from popular urban legends:
    • Both request the souls of children.
    • Both grant diabolical favors to the bargainer.
    • Both request their souls in exchange.
    • Both tales end with the bargainer receiving eternal damnation.

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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

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) | Twisty the Clown

Apocaplypse
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

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