Queenie is a member of the Witches' Council and a former ward at Miss Robichaux's Academy who shares blood with both the Salem witches and the voodoo tribe. She is a character in American Horror Story portrayed by Gabourey Sidibe. She is a self-proclaimed "human voodoo doll", able to transfer self-inflicted wounds and the pain associated with them to another person.


Growing up in the foster care system, 17-year-old Queenie spent her whole life longing for a place to call home. Now, a star student with unlimited potential at Miss Robichaux's Academy, this inner-city math prodigy may have finally found a true family – if she can survive the experience.[3]

Queenie worked in a fast-food restaurant before she enrolled in Miss Robichaux's Academy. During a shift at work, Queenie was confronted by an irate customer, who insisted that she did not give him the proper amount of food. Queenie, being gifted in math, firmly told the customer that his true intention was to get extra food for free and that she would not tolerate it. Angered, the customer insulted her weight. She retaliated by dipping her arm into boiling oil and transferred the resulting pain and physical damage to the customer's arm. Despite no evidence to incriminate Queenie, she was let go from her job. It was at this time that Cordelia Foxx found Queenie and took her in. There, she learned that she was the descendant of the witch, Tituba, who sparked the Salem witch trials.[4]

Personality and Appearance

Queenie is an obese girl, a trait that Madison ridicules. Despite this, Queenie showed no signs of a defeated attitude and carried herself with confidence and pride. She had short curly hair and a tough disposition. Queenie made it a point to knock Madison off her pedestal when given the opportunity. As the only member of the Coven to possess a Voodoo-like power and as the Coven's only black member,  she often felt isolated and different from the other witches. Queenie's hell showed that she hates not receiving respect. Through her experiences as part of the coven, she developed new abilities beyond her primary power, enough to become part of the Witch's Council. Beyond her capabilities as a witch, Queenie is a math prodigy and was even clever enough to have Papa Legba strip Madame LaLaurie's immortality after claiming Marie Laveau's contract was breached. Frequently, she attempted to redeem Delphine, despite her racism of which she was often a target of.



Queenie, with the help of Nan and Madison, pulled a rather scary prank on the new student, Zoe Benson. At dinner, Queenie had a fiery exchange with Madison, showcasing her unique ability to direct her wounds and pain onto whoever she targets by stabbing herself with a fork and laughing as Madison screams from the blood leaking from her own hand. [5]

During a meeting with the students and the headmistress, Queenie discloses her origins. She used to work at a fast-food restaurant, but was fired because of an incident with an irate customer on whom she had used her powers to burn his hand.

Later that day, she noticed how visibly frustrated Nan was and followed the clairvoyant girl upstairs, who released Fiona Goode's hidden captive, Delphine LaLaurie. Delphine encountered Queenie in the hallway and the two had a heated exchange. Delphine eventually knocked Queenie unconscious with an unexpected blow to the head with a candlestick. [4]

Delphine (posing as the new maid under Fiona's orders) refuses to serve Queenie lunch because of her race. Fiona then forces Delphine to be Queenie's personal slave because she hates racism. While forcing Delphine to make dessert for her, they both see Bastien outside. Queenie manages to draw him away with a sample of Delphine's blood, but rather than kill him, she tries to talk to him, stating that they are both creatures who just want love. She offers herself sexually and he takes her from behind, clasping a semi-hoof hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. The encounter leaves her at the brink of death until being discovered by Fiona, who breathes new life into her. She is later questioned by the council about Madison's disappearance.

During Halloween night, Queenie is told by Nan to rest, but she refuses. Eventually, she is forced upstairs by Zoe in order to be safe. When Delphine does not return with ice for her wounds, she orders Spalding to investigate, only to hear him cry out in pain from being struck by one of Delphine's daughters, now brought back as a zombie. Delphine's daughter sees Queenie and attempts to kill her. Queenie's powers prove useless against it. She is then saved by LaLaurie.

Zoe, Queenie, and Nan decide to come together as a coven and use a spirit board to locate Madison, during which they encounter the Axeman of New Orleans, who yearns for release.

Delphine and Queenie bond over hamburgers, but Delphine tells Queenie that the other witches will never truly accept her because of her race. Queenie visits Marie, who offers her a home in exchange for Delphine. On a tip from Marie, Queenie asks Delphine about her past, who confesses that she murdered a child her husband fathered with a slave and used its blood as a night mask. A disgusted Queenie willingly turns Delphine over to Marie.

One evening, a man assaults Queenie in the desolate part of New Orleans. She picks up a board with nails in it and drives it into her own hand, making him bleed, then whacks him with it for good measure. Madison and Zoe find her and ask her to come back. Queenie says Marie Laveau set her straight about them not being her true friends and that she is working with the Voodoo faction now. Madison taunts her, pointing out that even if Fiona slit her throat, Madison still stays for the Coven while Queenie left just because she was feeling left out. Zoe says that a new Supreme is rising, and Queenie mocks her, asking if Zoe thinks it's her since Fiona had also lied and told Queenie it could be her. Queenie proceeds to take the beating heart of the man, explaining to the witches that Marie needs a dark heart to make a potion to give Queenie more powers, and the man had raped three schoolgirls already. She tells them that witchcraft and voodoo are too big to both fit in New Orleans, and they are both on the losing side of the upcoming war. [6] Queenie is shot in the gut by Hank in an assault on Cornrow City, but she has the presence of mind to stop the attack by focusing her power on Hank and shooting herself in the mouth. Whether or not she survived her wounds, both of which were inflicted by blessed bullets, is yet to be determined. [7]

Queenie, having survived the gutshot, arrives unceremoniously at Nan's funeral. She has also reattached Delphine's severed head and hand back on her body (without any scars as Kyle remarks). Cordelia goes to talk to Queenie, who tells Cordelia her belief that she is the next Supreme as she was not killed by the blessed bullet that she was shot with.

Queenie competed with the other candidates for supremacy. She passed Telekinesis, Concilium, Descensum, and Transmutation. She has shown Vitalum Vitalis as well, but couldn't perform it for the test. She became, after Cordelia's rise to Supremacy, a member of the Witches' Council alongside Zoe.


In 2016, Cordelia enchants Queenie's ticket for the Price is Right, magically ensuring that she will win big. While in Los Angeles, Queenie checks into the Hotel Cortez and is unhappy with her room, describing an intense feeling of "bad juju", which deeply unsettles her. She asks the hotel manager, Iris, if she can change her room, but is informed that there are no refunds. While freshening up in the restroom, Ramona Royale jumps out from behind the shower curtain, hungering for the witch's blood. Just as Queenie is about to use her power to finish Ramona off, James March appears and stabs Queenie with a knife, as her magic is unable to have any effect on ghosts. Ramona then drinks a wounded Queenie's blood to rejuvenate herself, killing the latter.


Not long after Queenie went missing, Cordelia went to the Hotel Cortez in order to save her and found her ghost playing cards with her killer, James March. March tells Queenie that he is very glad he killed her, as she's the only one in the hotel who's worth playing. Unable to extract Queenie's ghost past the doors of the haunted hotel after countless attempts, Cordelia realized that the Cortez was truly a demonic portal that was connected directly to Hell, and she was unable to overcome it as her powers were suppressed by demonic influences. Cordelia regrets the failed rescue of Queenie as her greatest failure as Supreme. Michael Langdon, who overhears Cordelia narrating this story to the Warlock Council of the Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men, gets inspired by a scrying vision of the Cortez. He travels to the location and is able to emerge with Queenie intact, to the lament (but not surprise) of March. After Langdon also saves Madison from her personal hell, Queenie asks him why he rescued them, and he says he needs the two to prove a point.

Following the meeting, Cordelia, Myrtle, and Zoe get ready to return to New Orleans. As they exit the building, in the distance, they see Michael, accompanied by resurrected witches Queenie and Madison. Upon seeing them, Cordelia is shocked and collapses to the ground and as all her fellow witches rush towards her, Langdon rejoices. [8]

Cordelia, unconscious at the Hawthorne School, envisions a terrible future of the post-apocalyptic Miss Robichaux's Academy in ruins and when she awakes, she reunites with Queenie and Madison, hugging them. Later, Cordelia reveals the vision to the warlocks and allows Michael Langdon to participate in the Test of the Seven Wonders. Queenie and Madison settle at the Academy, once again. Later, they are both present during Michael's Test of the Seven Wonders and Misty's resurrection. After Misty is brought back from Hell by Michael, Queenie welcomes her as well as an overjoyed Cordelia. Queenie is among the audience while Stevie Nicks serenades to Misty to help her heal. [9]

After Madison and Behold's trip to the Murder House, the Coven finds out about Michael's origins. At Miss Robichaux's Academy, Queenie, Mallory and Zoe are sitting around a table. Mallory asks when the new Supreme will rise and Zoe explains that a new Supreme rises only when the old one dies. Coco comes running down the stairs in excitement because she's discovered a new power: Calorie Detection. Zoe congratulates her because her powers are growing. They make her name the calories for all sorts of foods, which she successfully does, and Queenie brings out a half-eaten Sno Ball. Once Coco correctly tells her the calorie count, she eats the 80-calorie sno ball and starts to choke, freaking both Queenie and Zoe out. Coco collapses onto the floor and dies. Mallory calmly kneels next to her and uses her magic to open her throat and remove the sno ball, then brings her back. Zoe is shocked because she's never seen this kind of magic done by a witch before.

Queenie, along with the other girls and Behold, is present during the dinner when Cordelia says they are celebrating because this might be the last time that they are all together. Cordelia tells them that now that they are united and prepared; it's time to fire the first shot. They find John Henry's ashes with the help of Zoe and resurrect him with the help of Mallory. Queenie is also present during the execution of Ariel Augustus, Baldwin Pennypacker, and Miriam Mead. They are set on fire by the Albino servants and burn before everyone's eyes. The witches watch as they burn before turning and walking away. [10]


Queenie is a powerful natural born witch and is shown to have mastered five of the The Seven Wonders.

  • Telekinesis - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to move things with only the power of the mind. She used it to tear down the brick wall keeping Misty entombed. She used it again to pull a candle stick in the Test of the Seven Wonders.
  • Concilium - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to bend the will of another individual and force them to do whatever the user desires. This power is more commonly known as Mind Control.
  • Transmutation - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to move from one place to another without physically occupying the space in between. This power is more commonly known Teleportation.
  • Divination - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to gain knowledge through indirect means. Queenie developed this power when she sensed bad energies at Hotel Cortez in the first time she got into her room, just like Behold did in the Murder House. She can also sense life-force or lack of it, such as when Marie Laveau was dismembered by Delphine, Queenie felt that Marie was not at her total capacity.
  • Descensum - One of the Seven Wonders, the magical ability to descend into the netherworlds of the afterlife. This power is also known as Astral Projection. Queenie has practiced this power prominently even as far as traveling to other personal hells like Madison's.
  • Injury Transference - The magical ability to sympathetically transmute one's own injuries onto someone else, whilst not enduring the pain or damage of the injury themselves. This power is also known as "Human voodoo doll" and might be part of the voodoo branch of magic.
  • Silver Bullet Immunity - She survived when Hank Foxx shot her with a blessed silver bullet.
  • Spellcraft - Affinity for casting spells and performing rituals. Given her peculiar heritage, Queenie has come to a point where she practiced both Witchcraft and Voodoo rituals.
    • Restoration spell - She used it on Delphine in order to put her together after she was dismembered. The results were noted to be better than those achieved by Madison, Zoe and later Misty on Kyle's body and scars.


  • She is the first character portrayed by Gabourey Sidibe. For a complete list of her characters, see Cast.
  • Queenie is the sixth character to make a crossover appearance in another season. She books to stay at the Hotel Cortez when she travels to join the studio audience of The Price Is Right.
  • Queenie is the first character to appear in three seasons.
  • Queenie's hell is serving customers in the fast food restaurant forever, similar to Madison's personal hell of endless department retail servitude as shown in Apocalypse. 
  • Out of the Seven Wonders. she was never shown using pyrokinesis. She did attempt to use some sort of divination related spell to attempt to find out what truly happened to Nan.
  • Queenie is one of three ghosts who managed to get out of the place of their death, the other two being The Axeman and Moira O'Hara.
  • Queenie is the first deceased witch to become a ghost.


  • Queenie: "I grew up on white girl shit, like Charmed and Sabrina The Teenage Cracker."
  • To Madison Montgomery: "Stop what? I don't feel nothing! I'm a human voodoo doll!"
  • To Madison Montgomery: "Bitch, I will eat you!"
  • To Delphine LaLaurie: "You best put that food down in front of me before I frisbee this plate at your head."
  • To Delphine LaLaurie: "You think I'm any less perplexed? I dragged my ass all the way here from Detroit to be with my, quote, "sister witches" and, instead, I'm sitting in a fast-food parking lot at 3 in the morning with an immortal racist. How'd that happen?"
  • To the Council: "Madison Montgomery is a stone-cold bitch, who loves hard drinking, big dicks, and trouble. If she's dead, it's probably because she got wasted and offered the Grim Reaper a hand-job or something."
  • To Zoe Benson: "Dude, there's a shit-ton of books in there and not one of them is written in English."
  • To Delphine LaLaurie: "I see you finally got that makeover. Guess you figured you could makeover a little history too."
  • To Ramona Royale: "Bitch, when's the last time you saw a dermatologist?"
  • To Ramona Royale: "That's right, I'm a human voodoo doll, bitch!"
  • To Ramona Royale: "I ain't nobody's protein shake bitch!"
  • To Ramona Royale: "I'm not letting some raggedy-ass, red-dotted, blood-whore freak take up another second of my time. It's my vacation, bitch!"
  • To James March: "Fuck you, March. This is Cordelia. She knows exactly how to get me out of here."
  • To Madison Montgomery: "Damn, a hoe even in the afterlife huh?"


See also: Queenie/Media


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