"There's gotta be something wrong with you! I know. You got a boyfriend."
Kyle to Zoe[src]

Kyle Spencer is a character on American Horror Story. He first appears in the first episode of the story Coven. He is portrayed by starring cast member Evan Peters.



In a tattoo parlor, prior to the end of many of their lives, Kyle argues the merits of the band Toto while his frat brothers get tattoos. When they pressure him to get one as well, he explains his future plans to be an engineer (inspired by the Hurricane Katrina levee failures), and that he doesn't want to ruin his reputation with a tattoo that could repulse government officials.[2]

Kyle is a promising university student on a scholarship. He and his fraternity attend a party, coincidentally attended by Madison and Zoe. He is instantly smitten by Zoe even if she cryptically tells him that she likes him but cannot be with him (since her Black Widow powers would kill him if she tried having intercourse with him). He helps Zoe look for Madison and finds her  gang raped by his frat brothers. Stumbling onto the scene, Kyle angrily pulls them away from Madison and chases them onto their bus before being knocked unconscious by one of the guilty frat brothers when he attempts to make them stay. Madison, angry and distraught, telekinetically causes the bus to flip over and crash. Her actions result in the death of Kyle and six other members of the Kappa Lambda Gamma chapter.[1]


After finding out that Zoe killed the guy who drugged her and survived the crash, Madison takes Zoe to the morgue to resurrect Kyle. They find him literally in parts and to Zoe's horror Madison begins to pick the best "bits" of all the dead guys to build Zoe the perfect boyfriend. The resurrection ritual seems to fail and Madison ditches Zoe at the morgue, driving away. But then Kyle wakes up and he violently kills the guard who found Zoe. Zoe then takes the security guard's car with Kyle in tow, and as she drives along, Kyle seems to become more aware.  Instantly, he begins banging his head against the window whilst screaming and wildly thrashing about, nearly causing Zoe to swerve off the highway overpass they're driving over. At this point, Misty suddenly appears on the backseat, startling both Zoe and Kyle, directing the girl to "turn left" -- presumably back to her home. Zoe and Misty take "Franken-Kyle" to Misty's bayou shack where she begins treating his nasty looking stitches with a homemade poultice of moss and alligator dung. She promises Zoe that she will look after him and nurse him back to health. Kyle clings to Zoe, not wanting her to go, but she really has no choice but to leave him there in Misty's care. Kyle and Misty have been in each other's company while Kyle is still recovering and gaining some sense of clarity. Zoe arrives and opts to take Kyle home back to his grieving and suicidal mother, as she believes it will not only comfort her but also give Kyle a slice of his old life back. Misty however demonstrates intense reluctance at Kyle's departure, making it quite clear she wants him to stay with her. Zoe manages to convince Misty to let her take Kyle back to his home, assuring her that it is better off this way, for not only Kyle's mother but for Kyle as well. [3] 

Upon being reunited with her son, Kyle's mother is very emotional at the sight of him, seeing as she had been in the midst of grieving his death. But as she attempts to settle him back into their home, she begins to notice significant physical differences, stating that this is not him. While Kyle is in bed trying to sleep, she visits him and lies down next to him, saying that she has seen the scars and the obvious dissimilarity to his previous body, despite his face contradicting such a fact. She then proceeds to place a light kiss on his lips which then intensifies and trails her hand down to his crotch while Kyle cries, revealing that she has been sexually abusing him. Later on, an anxious looking Kyle is sitting cross-legged on his bedroom floor, rocking back and forth. His mother visits him once more, demanding to know why he won't talk to her (at this point Kyle cannot speak or communicate with anyone). She then gives a speech trying to justify her abuse (which visibly angers Kyle) and begins to makes sexual advances towards him. An enraged and overwhelmed Kyle shoves his mother away from him and manages to say his first word since being resurrected. He grabs a trophy from his shelf, repeatedly screaming "NO!" as he bludgeons her to death with it. Later that evening, Zoe visits the Spencer's house having been previously invited to dinner. She enters the house after knocking and having nobody answer and it is then that she stumbles upon the mutilated and bloody body. She screams in horror and spins around to reveal a blood-caked and wide-eyed Kyle.[4]

Kyle is sitting in the bathroom of his house, rocking back and forth as he repetitively bangs his head against the bathtub. Zoe appears and tells him to stop. Kyle then very quietly whispers his own name, repeating what Zoe had said "No, Kyle." Zoe is close to tears and Kyle reaches out to touch her cheek, but Zoe pulls away, saying he must be hungry. She goes to the kitchen to make him food and notices rat poison in the cabinet. She reaches for it, but whether she actually puts it in the food is left ambiguous. She returns to the bathroom with the food to find Kyle missing.[5]

Kyle is back in the swamp where Misty is tending to a burnt Myrtle Snow in her garden. Surprised to see him again, she asks him where he has been, and taking in his ragged appearance, tells him he needs a bath. Kyle is sat in a metal wash basin as Misty attempts to bathe him, but as she washes him he has flashbacks of his mother's molestation and becomes extremely agitated. He starts grunting and crying, clearly in distress and Misty shushes him, quickly finishing up, and holds a towel to remove him from the tub and dry him off. At this point Kyle throws a violent tantrum, smashing Misty's things and finally her radio, which causes her to cry as well. Before the issue can progress, they are interrupted by Zoe, who Kyle immediately runs to, clinging to her like a scared child. Misty tells Zoe to take Kyle out of there, upset because "he broke Stevie". Zoe says she needs both of them to come with her. Back in the greenhouse, Zoe chains Kyle to the wall by the wrist. This upsets him, but Zoe has a calming affect on him. Zoe convinces Misty to bring a rotting Madison back to life, though Misty is reluctant to do so. Later, Zoe offers for Misty to stay and she refuses, also telling Zoe that she won't take Kyle back.[6]

In the greenhouse Kyle discovers that his limbs and body are not his own by the tattoos he knew belonged to his friends which worsens his trauma. Zoe later brings Madison's handgun to the greenhouse in an attempt to end Kyle's life. Kyle is aware of what is about to happen and snatches the handgun from Zoe, but then puts it in his mouth to attempt suicide with it. He fails to take his own life due to interference from Zoe who can't bear to loose him and they cry in each others arms. Zoe brings Kyle into the school building, and to her and Madison's bedroom. Using flashcards, she tries to teach him how to communicate but he interrupts the lesson with bursts of violence. Madison cuts their lesson, delivering the message that Cordelia's asking for Zoe. Madison offers to look after Kyle while Zoe leaves the room. In the short time Zoe is gone, Madison and Kyle connect on the fact that they are both undead. She cries, and Kyle lets her pull him into a heartfelt embrace. Zoe returns after talking with Cordelia to find Kyle having sex with Madison up against the girl's chifferobe. Madison confronts Zoe while she is in the shower about what she saw and Madison states that Zoe obviously likes Kyle and that they should be together as Kyle would now be immune to her "Black Widow" power. Zoe considers this, though Madison makes it clear that she doesn't plan on giving Kyle up, explaining to Zoe that having sex with him was the first and only time she's felt anything since her resurrection. Zoe offers to take turns, but Madison proposes they share. Taking Zoe by the hand, Madison leads her to their bedroom where Kyle is sitting expectantly on the edge of Zoe's bed. Zoe drops her towel and the trio engage in a threesome.[2]

Zoe and Kyle are next seen in the girls' bedroom, a laptop held between them. She is again attempting to teach Kyle how to talk with a "Speak 'n' Spell" app on her computer. Though Madison would prefer to merely use Kyle as a sex toy, Zoe is determined to get him functioning again "so he can communicate and maybe even rejoin society". Seeing as they will be busy all night, Zoe leaves a contented Kyle with some preschool computer games to keep him occupied. Later that night, the coven discover that they are under attack. Zoe tries to take Kyle away from the danger, but he refuses and says his first turn of  phrase: "This road goes two ways", which he'd learned and repeated from the computer game. He then confesses he loves her, which she reciprocates. Madison, who overhears the confession, is visibly hurt.[7]

Becoming Part of the CovenEdit

Kyle is discovered in Zoe and Madison's bedroom by Fiona, her new guard dog having sniffed him out. Kyle says another new word, "dog", as the animal approaches him. Kyle happily pets it as it licks his face. Fiona is upset by the presence of this outsider and demands Kyle to leave. She turns to leave the room, and Kyle, whether out of anger or just simply playing, roughly nuzzles the dog, wrapping his arms around it in a tight embrace. The dog lets out a whimper and a startled Fiona turns back around at the sound of its neck being snapped. Later on in the day, the girls return from the hospital to find Fiona and Kyle sat at the kitchen table playing a card game. Kyle and Fiona go back and forth in game-related banter. Zoe and Madison watch on in awe. They are amazed that Kyle is actually speaking in full sentences, seemingly back to his old self. Fiona does not say exactly what she has done to Kyle, only stating that the Coven needs a new guard dog; one that can attack on command.[8]

Now lucid, but still traumatized, Kyle and Zoe grow closer, and comfort each other at Nan's funeral. When Zoe discovers that Nan was murdered and Madison shows no concern Zoe calls her out on her behavior and remarks, “we should have just let you rot." Madison begins sexual advances on Kyle to spite Zoe to which she acts nonchalant but Kyle angrily denies her and proclaims his love for Zoe. Madison becomes enraged and uses her telekinesis to attack them, hitting Zoe in the back of the head with a lamp and the scuffle is broken up by Myrtle Snow. Madison threatens the three of them when she becomes the next Supreme and that she will undo Kyle. Later that night, Zoe and Myrtle talk in Cordelia's greenhouse. Myrtle tells Zoe to escape with Kyle while she still can; giving her a unique and expensive piece of jewelry to use for money, but Zoe will not leave due to her commitment to the Coven and her belief that she is the next Supreme. Myrtle reminds her that she has enemies everywhere, specifically Madison and Fiona, and must leave. Zoe decides to run away with Kyle and asks him to pack, but Kyle is afraid of leaving because of his rages and tells her that his leaving is not her decision to make. Zoe lovingly assures him that she is not afraid of him and they gleefully flee to the bus terminal headed to Orlando.[9]

At Orlando, a homeless man verbally accosts them for stealing his spot under a tree and Kyle kills him, Zoe then revives him with Vitalum Vitalis and concluding she must be the next Supreme. They return to the Coven in the middle of a conflict between Misty and Madison. Kyle stops the fight between Misty and Madison and separates the two right before the attempted attack of The Axeman. The witches disable the Axeman and discover he had killed Fiona, Kyle decides to do his duties and kill him, while dragging him away kicking, the witches object that they "don’t need a man to protect them" and kill the Axeman themselves. Kyle begins doing tasks Spalding would do, like hanging up Fiona’s portrait, lighting candles and serving drinks.[10]

Kyle attends the “Trial of the Seven Wonders” as a servant, first at the “Trial of Telekinesis” but at the “Trial of Concilium” Madison uses him to show her power by controlling his mind and antagonize Zoe by forcibly control him to kiss her and lick her boot, but Zoe retaliates by having Kyle passionately kiss her to which he does not fight, Madison then has Kyle choke Zoe but Cordelia Foxx telekinetically throws him aside and ends it. At the “Trial of Descensum”, Zoe’s experience of hell is an endless loop of Kyle saying he doesn't love her and them breaking up. When she returns she is distressed, and is consoled by Kyle. Zoe, Queenie and Madison turn the “Trial of Transmutation” into a game of “tag” to unwind but Zoe accidentally transmutes to the top of the iron gate outside the house and is impaled, a distraught Kyle attempts to save her as she dies. In the greenhouse Queenie attempts to resurrect her to no avail (thus failing the test), and a crying Kyle is consoled and taken into the house by her. Cordelia and Myrtle request Madison to resurrect Zoe but she refuses. In the Greenhouse Kyle cries over Zoe’s body saying, “You said you’d never leave me." In a rage, he strangles Madison for refusing to save Zoe. She states that she did it for them and that she loves him. Kyle dismisses this by saying that she's "not that good an actress," and kills her. The ghost of Spalding appears on the scene to help Kyle stating that he’s “the Help” and telling Kyle to bury the body and pretend Madison had just left and that no one would wonder what happened to her as she had already said she was leaving and started packing. Zoe however is resurrected by Cordelia and becomes a member of the "Witches Council" and Kyle stays with her at the Coven as the Butler, replacing Spalding.[11]


Character NotesEdit

  • Kyle is immune to Zoe's black widow power because he already died once, which apparently negates it.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Production NotesEdit

  • Evan Peters said that playing Kyle was fun but tricky because he had to figure out how Kyle will react on having to learn how to speak and move like a normal person once again, but with rage and frustration reflected in his actions.