There was no shortage of options for the title of most tormented “American Horror Story” villain, but going by Redditors’ votes, “Freak Show” antagonist Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) takes the cake.
Originally a beloved clown at a freak show in 1943, Twisty was framed as a child molester by fellow circus members who were jealous of his popularity, forcing him to run away in disgrace. Upon returning to his hometown, he learned that his mother had died, and was unable to make a living by selling homemade whirligigs to a local toy store. Desperate, he attempted suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun. His attempt failed, and he was left with a severely disfigured face. The accumulated trauma and sense of abandonment drove him insane, prompting him to commit the series of murders and child abductions that mark the front half of “Freak Show.”
Unsurprisingly, Twisty dominated the Reddit poll with 335 (47%) out of the 710 total votes. The runner-up was another downtrodden John Carroll Lynch framing victim and subsequent villain, Mr. Jingles of “1984,” with 229 (32%), while Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) of the original “Murder House” season was a comparatively distant third with 82 (12%) votes.