"American Horror Story" is on the verge of premiering its most buzzed about season yet. While previous iterations of the genre hit have announced their theme ahead of time, the new episodes are shrouded in a mysterious web of conspiracy theories and secrets.
Ahead of the Season 6 premiere -- set for Wednesday (Sept. 14) -- we wanted to revisit some of the best villains the series has offered the fans. Will The Countess take the top spot or does the first prize go to the clown? Without further ado, here's Zap2it's "American Horror Story" power rankings.
5. Rubber Man, 'Murder House'
When the promos first began running for "American Horror Story," it was hard not to get intrigued by the images of a man in a rubber suit reaching for a very pregnant woman. That woman turned out to be Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) and the "Murder House" plot introduced the world to Ryan Murphy's insane vision.
Not only did the show get a bit sadomasochistic with this foreboding Rubber Man monster, when his identity was revealed as the cute and quiet Tate Langdon (Evan Peters), fans everywhere knew this show would leave a mark.
4. Bloody Face, 'Asylum'
Bloody Face's reign of terror was felt in both the '60s and present day throughout the "Asylum" story. Taking a nod from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," this serial killer used a mask made of real skin to help torment his victims.
When it was revealed that Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto) was the man behind the mask, things only got more twisted for his No. 1 victim: Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson).
3. The Countess, 'Hotel'
With Lady Gaga's Countess, Ryan Murphy switched things up a bit in the "AHS" universe by presenting a villain who was desired by all. Using her looks and beguiling (vampiric) ways, the story in "Hotel" pulled heavily from horror classic "The Hunger."
While not flat-out frightening like some of the other villains, The Countess's ego and passion helped to deliver some nasty kills throughout Season 5.
2. Madame Delphine LaLaurie, 'Coven'
If you're not invoking fear from the audience, the second best way of presenting a worthwhile villain is to have said character perform inhumane acts on-screen, and boy, did Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) deliver the horrors in spades.
Inspired by the real-life Marie Delphine LaLaurie (nee Macarty) -- who was known for torturing and killing her house slaves -- Delphine ended up paying a darkly poetic price in the end. Unable to die, she remained locked up in one of her slave cages while she watched Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) torture her kids.
1. Twisty the Clown, 'Freak Show'
You're probably angry that Lady Gaga isn't in the top spot, but when we think "AHS" villains, we yearn to be frightened in some sense.
What better way to terrorize the audience than to present a killer clown -- inspired by the real-life John Wayne Gacy -- with half his face missing and a relentless thirst for murder. Every time we look at Twisty (John Carroll Lynch), we can't help but cringe. "Freak Show" may not have been the best season but this clown is the definite winner.