Emma Roberts' best (and worst) American Horror Story characters

Emma Roberts has been part of the American Horror cast since her debut in AHS: Coven. What are her best and worst characters from the show?
American Horror Story: Delicate -- Pictured: Emma Roberts as Anna Alcott. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX
American Horror Story: Delicate -- Pictured: Emma Roberts as Anna Alcott. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX /

We all love great and well-developed American Horror Story characters, and Emma Roberts has portrayed her share of them fairly. Since her debut as the young and spritely witch Madison Montgomery in AHS: Coven, Roberts has returned to create new personas, raising the narrative's scare factor. Roberts also delivered a sobering presence to the show that cools down some more intense and frightening scenes.

As we are in the middle of AHS: Delicate, where Roberts portrays Anna Alcott, a rising actress who desires a baby, let's take a look at her characters throughout the seasons, from her best and worst.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 -- Pictured: Emma Roberts as Brooke Thompson. CR: Kurt Iswarienko FX /

Best: Brooke Thompson from American Horror Story: 1984 (Season 9)

Brooke Thompson is perhaps the most recognized AHS character Roberts portrayed, as she is the most relatable to the audience. Brooke is described as a troubled young woman who has been pinned for murder that she's innocent of. She's also sweet but naive, and despite her "good girl" image, Brooke unleashes a dark side when she's employed as a counselor at Camp Redwood.

Still, even though Brooke had a breakdown, she refuses to go even deeper when she was asked to accept Satan, thus proving that she still has a conscience and accepted her fate.

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American Horror Story: Delicate -- Pictured: Emma Roberts as Anna Alcott. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX /

Worst: Anna Victoria Alcott from American Horror Story: Delicate (Season 12)

Despite her synchronized onscreen chemistry with Kim Kardashian, who plays her publicist, Siobhan Corbyn, actress Anna Alcott falls flat, greatly weakening her character. It doesn't help when she falls victim to her husband's constant gaslighting and doesn't defend herself from his behaviors. Moreover, despite being adored by her fans, Anna is aloof and feels like she lives in the shadow of her husband's deceased first wife, Adeline.

As for becoming a mother, Anna is exhibiting some odd pregnancy effects that are far from normal, which blurs out the possibility that she might become a good mother for her child. However, she's shown to be protective, so making a judgment might be premature.

Since we're only halfway through Delicate, the outcome of Anna and whether her marriage to Dex will survive has yet to be determined. There's always room for improvement.

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FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" - Los Angeles Premiere Screening / Gregg DeGuire/GettyImages

Best: Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story: Coven (Season 3) and Apocalypse (Season 8)

In Coven and Apocalypse, Roberts portrays the young witch Madison from New Orleans. She possesses telekinesis and uses it to her advantage. Like her Anna counterpart, Madison is also a rising Hollywood starlet who desires the world in her hands and life's finer things. Instead of being grateful for it, she's self-absorbed and entitled, which doesn't sit well with her fellow witches at Miss Robichaux's Academy.

Madison's mean-girl persona costs her the chance of being the next Supreme Witch in the Coven, and she winds up dying. In Apocalypse, she's risen from her Hell by the Antichrist (Cody Fern), but instead of serving him, Madison attempts time travel to stop his evil intentions. Her redemption arc is one of AHS's crafty ways to save a character, making them memorable.

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"American Horror Story: Freak Show" - Los Angeles Premiere / Gregg DeGuire/GettyImages

Worst: Serena Belinda from American Horror Story: Cult (Season 7)

Serena Belinda had the least screen time of all the characters and was designed as a shallow and superficial on-air news reporter who would do anything to be the most dominant in her respective field. This included upscaling herself above her journalistic colleague, Beverly Hope (Adina Porter), and dismissing her. You tend to get competitive in the media spectrum as it's only natural. Still, when you disregard your co-workers to feed your ego, then that causes an uncomfortable aura in the workplace.

Serena covers the historic 2016 presidential campaign, which causes partial reasoning for her wanting to be on top, and gets sucked in its strange and eventually deadly cult. She and her cameraman encountered a brutal, gorey end when they were reporting onsite.

Despite Roberts' smashing performance of Serena, the character was a disappointing miss.

Best: Maggie Esmeralda from American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4)

Maggie Esmeralda cons her way as a fortune teller into Elsa Mars' (Jessica Lange) freak show in 1950s Jupiter, Florida. Initially, she is all about the money, but she changes her heart when she befriends her coworkers, who are sideshow performers, especially Jimmy (Evan Peters), a man with syndactyly. Maggie is torn between her moral compass and being an assistant to the demonic Stanley (Dennis O'Hare), who wants to sell the performers to a medical curiosity museum.

After Maggie reveals the truth about her and Stanley being con artists to a trusted show employee, she later meets her ending, not by her honesty, but by a fluke accident. Unfortunately, due to her deceitful nature, no one mourns for her.

Due to the fashionable and vintage aesthetics, and trying to seek independence in mid-century America as a woman, Maggie earns the top rank of the AHS characters.

You can stream all seasons of American Horror Story on Hulu, with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays on FX.

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