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Murder and Violence
Otherwise known as the meat and potatoes of American Horror Story.
Whether through force, drugs or deception the real-life horror of non-consensual sex is an often-recurring theme.
- Moira is nearly raped by Hugo when Constance interrupts and murders them both. 
- Believing him to be Ben in the rubber suit, Vivien succumbs to Tate.
- Arden unsuccessfully attempts to rape both a prostitute and Shelley. 
- Leigh Emerson is gang raped in prison.
- Lana is raped by Thredson under the watchful eye of Shachath.
- Sister Demon Eunice "rapes" the only netherly willing Monsignor.
- Madison is gang-raped by a fraternity. 
- Zoe satisfies both desire and murderous vengeance on the comatose Brennan. 
- Gabriel is violently raped by the Addiction Demon.
On American Horror Story, the progeny of unwanted coitus tend to be a bit touched.
- After being given up for adoption by Lana, Johnny Morgan grew to favor his father Oliver Thredson AKA Bloody Face.
Copycats, Re-Creationists, and Tours (Oh My!)
The American fascination with transcendent violence and just plain weirdness was an inspiration to show creators Murphy and Falchuk while developing the series". It has been reflected in every season so far.
- The Eternal Darkness Tour is a disruption to the Harmons' lives, but also a path to understanding the strange events in their home.
- The Harmon's home is invaded by fans of R. Franklin, a multiple murderer.
- Leo and Teresa Morrison spend their honeymoon touring "the twelve most haunted places in America and screwing their brains out in every single one".
- Devon leads his brothers in the dark lark of roaming the ruins of Briarcliff Manor, each dressed as Bloody Face, and things get really fun when they discover the Morrisons.
- Johnny Morgan takes up his father's mantle as the true Bloody Face copycat of his era.
- Visitors and residents of New Orleans can tour the LaLaurie Estate, once home to a very violent and evil woman.
- The American Morbidity Museum exhibits (deceased) human oddities procured with few questions.
- Dandy Mott, while developing his own MO, pays homage to his inspiration by wearing the clown's prosthetic fright mask during kills.
- John Lowe takes up his mentor's mantle as the Ten Commandments Killer to finish his works in the present day.
Nothing creates mystery like a hidden face.
- Two generations of men and a couple of impostors terrorize a community as Bloody Face.
- Who is the hooded figure that threw acid in Cordelia's face?
- The Zodiac Killer makes an appearance on Devil's Night.
- Some sort of man with a pig head (or a man wearing a pig's head) appears on the home movie footage.
- All the members of the cult dress up clown clothes.
- Violet intentionally overdoses on sleeping pills, not without previously having thought about slitting her throat.
- Nora Montgomery follows the murder of husband and son with a bullet through her own head.
- Tate's "suicide by cop".
- Lorraine Harvey's suicide/infanticide by fire.
- The deaths of Chad and Patrick were incorrectly deemed a murder/suicide.
- Hayden and cohorts make Ben's death appear as a suicide by hanging.
- The Monsignor falsely claims that Sister Jude committed suicide.
- Arden joins Sister Mary Eunice in the incinerator.
- John Lowe attempts to hang himself due to his regret from murdering Martin Gamboa but is cut down by James March.
Let's Talk About Sex
It's not all "death death devil devil evil evil" on American Horror Story. OK, actually it is, but often it is specifically directed at those doing the nasty.
On American Horror Story, it is rare for any relationship to reach the post-coital cuddling stage.
- Constance makes both Hugo and Moira pay dearly for her husband's infidelity.
- Hayden practices her after-sex stabby stab on the already dead Hugo before using it to deadly effect on Travis.
- What started with a nice BJ ended badly for Joe Escandarian.
- Does it count if they're already dead? Ask most sexual partners of Oliver Thredson.
- Zoe Benson has an uncontrollable ability to kill whomever she has sex with. RIP Charlie. RIP Brennan.
- Kaylee is the second Alexandra Breckenridge character to catch a bullet after a sexual encounter.
- Troy, Bonnie's boyfriend, didn't even make it to third base before he was murdered by Twisty.
- Averted by Elsa Mars survival of a snuff film.
- Ditto the spooning scene between Jimmy and Maggie.
- Donovan and The Countess engage in occasional deadly sex with other people for their nourishment.
- Tristan Duffy has a scene with another man and the Countess almost after he is turned.
This may not be peculiar to American Horror Story, but a standard trope for any drama.
- Ben's affair with Hayden is the impetus that brings the Harmons to California and the Murder House.
- Hugo's affair with Moira spells death and a ghostly eternity for them both.
- Patrick's infidelities lead Chad to attempt spicing things up with a certain rubber suit.
- Larry's dalliance with Constance leads his wife to take her life and that of their children.
- With so much temptation in the house (Moira, Hayden and Elizabeth), Ben must constantly resist straying again from his vows.
- Vivien restricts her cheating to fantasies of Luke (unless you count her "willing" coupling with Tate).
- Regardless, Ben is convinced by Hayden to believe that Vivien's relationship with Luke is more than just a wet dream.
- Shelley's constant affairs lead her husband to have her committed to Briarcliff Manor for nymphomania.
- His belief that Alma is still alive with the ETs doesn't stop Kit from planting his seed in Grace.
- Even if unmarried, Carl's trysts with Shelley break a trust not dissimilar to infidelity.
- Though not in control of her body, Sister Mary Eunice's rape of Timothy Howard was cheating on her marriage to Jesus.
- It is unknown whether Pope Paul VI would have pardoned the Monsignor's tumescence, without which the rape wouldn't have been possible, or if it would have been considered a violation of the priest's own vow of celibacy.
- Josephine LaLaurie forces Bastien to cheat on his beloved Marie.
- Hank cheats on Cordelia with Kaylee before putting a bullet through her head.
- Paul has a secret affair with Elsa and a secret-secret affair with Penny.
- It is unlikely that Desiree is the first wife on whom Dell has cheated or that Andy is the first man with whom.
- Desiree is no stranger to cheating either.
- The Ten Commandments Killer strikes on an extramarital couple in another hotel. He deliberately kills the wife by impaling her, and chops off the man's eyes and tongue alive.
- John Lowe kills his ex-partner after finding out he had sex with his wife Alex.
American Horror Story doesn't have anything against showing this common but rarely-seen-on-TV activity.
- Ben witnesses Moira masturbating and retreats to his bedroom to do the same. 
- Vivien's masturbatory fantasy of security guard Luke is interrupted by thoughts of Ben and Rubber Man. 
- Rudy, a chronic masturbator, can be seen engaging in his favorite activity throughout the season.
- Shelley steals a cucumber from the kitchens, and later hints it is not because she is hungry.
- Thredson encourages Lana to masturbate in front of Daniel as part of her aversion therapy. 
On most shows, pregnancy usually means a cute new cast member to boost ratings. On American Horror Story it always portends trouble.
- When your husband cheats on you with one of his students, a miscarriage is not so strange to happen. Vivien Harmon knows.
- During Vivien's heteropaternal pregnancy, Michael "murders" his twin antepartum.
- Constance's cursed uterus produces at least three "abnormal" children.
- Pregnancy for both Alma and Grace results in an unscheduled visit to the extraterrestrial gynecologist.
- Fearing what may come of the product of her rape by Thredson, Lana attempts a "home abortion" with a wire coat hanger. 
- Cordelia's infertility leads to her dabbling in forbidden magics.
- Desiree Dupree suffers a miscarriage that leads to the discovery that she is all-woman.
- As if being attacked by a street gang was not enough, Shelby Miller suffers a miscarriage shortly after.
Either as a one-time thing or as an actual romantic polygamous relationship, three-way relationships are featured in all three seasons of American Horror Story.
- After arriving back home with Grace Bertrand and their son Thomas, Kit finds out his presumably dead wife Alma is still alive, and so is their newly born baby. And they all end up living together in an apparently happy polygamous marriage.
- As neither Zoe nor Madison are willing to give up on their reincarnated lover, the girls decide to "share" him.
- As Penny can attest, the denizens of Fraulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities take it well beyond a cozy trio.
- The Countess is infamous for having multiple partners at a time.
- Natacha Rambova no steps aside, rather seduces the female lover of her husband Rudolph Valentino.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
Striving for acceptance and harmony while the body count rises.
It is practically a mission of co-creator Ryan Murphy to challenge the homophobic worldview and its predecessor in ignorance, racism.
- Marcy's comments reveal a touch of both racism and homophobia.
- Comments from Tate and Joe Escandarian regarding gay ghosts (ghaysts?) Chad and Patrick aren't exactly politically correct either.
- Lana and her girlfriend Wendy suffer much for their homosexual love.
- Kit's interracial marriage to Alma suffers its own indignities.
- Cruel slave-owner Delphine has trouble reconciling her centuries-old worldview with a black president and serving as Queenie's personal maid.
- Cora's young son is lynched in objection to President Kennedy's integration of "blacks" into schools.
- It is perhaps the goal to work against the trope this season, as its' gays have little to redeem them.
- Andy seems pretty cool for a detached gigolo, but he is either dead or residing limbless in the Magic Bus.
- Liz Taylor receives transphobic/homophobic comments from her former friends when they discover she is transgender.
- Matt Miller believes the raids and unreliability of the local police result of racism towards a interracial marriage.
The New Abnormal
Another "mission" of Ryan Murphy and Co. is to redefine our perspective of those with birth defects or disabilities, both through their creation of characters and their hiring of actors.
- Jamie Brewer and Katelyn Reed are actors with Down Syndrome who respectively play the adult and child Addie.
- The monstrous Beauregard is actually a gentle and loving boy.
- Jamie Brewer returns as Nan; a vibrant and sexually active clairvoyant.
- Acceptance of those with physical defects, both congenital and environmental, is a central theme of the season, which featured many actors with no need for special makeup effects.
- Our favorite pinhead returns with a husband.
- Jamie Brewer makes another appearance as the living embodiment of Chester Creb's ventriloquist dummy.
- Murder House
- Ben and Vivien are too tied up with their own issues to notice Violet's suicidal depression.
- Though extremely protective, Constance lacks compassion and competence in dealing with the physical and mental disabilities of her children. She is despised by Tate, she is emotionally abusive to Addy, and she allows Larry to kill the disfigured Beau
- Nothing may have swayed Oliver Thredson and Johnny Morgan from a life of murder, but abandonment by their mothers certainly didn't help.
- Fiona and Cordelia had a love-hate relationship. Mostly hate.
- Kyle Spencer's mother was a little too hands-on.
- Freak Show
- An infant Jimmy Darling was nearly killed by his father and spent his formative years with an alcoholic mother and a bunch of hedonistic human oddities.
- Penny's combative relationship with her strict father leads to a horrific punishment.
- Donovan hates his mother, Iris, as much as she loves him.
- The pain of a lost child has brought John and Alex Lowe to the brink of divorce.
- Lee Miller addiction to painkillers and alcohol is not an easy pass to "mother of the year" award.
Occult is one of the most common elements in the American Horror Story universe. There are numerous portrayals of occultism on the show.
- Witchcraft is the main plot of this season surrounding the endless war between the Salem witches and Voodooist witches.
- TV Tropes: American Horror Story
- The Tropes of Ryan Murphy: 22 Hallmarks of Every Show He Makes
- The Mystical Pregnancy (Tropes vs. Women)
- ↑ Episode: Murder House (episode)
- ↑ Episode: Tricks and Treats
- ↑ Episode: Nor'easter
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Episode: Bitchcraft
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (September 22, 2011). American Horror Story: 10 Things To Know. Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ Episode: Pilot
- ↑ Episode: Open House
- ↑ Episode: I Am Anne Frank: Part 1
- ↑ Episode: The Replacements
- ↑ Episode: The Coat Hanger