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Harmony Kendall is a recurring character in the Buffyverse, played by Mercedes McNab.
Being a vampire sucks.
—Harmony, 'The Harsh Light of Day'
Harmony is a rich & pretty Sunnydale schoolgirl who is turned into a vampire at graduation. Subsequently she tries to be both good & evil, finding she sucks at both. She's Cordy's (ex-)friend & Spike's (ex-)girlfriend, and in S5 of Angel, she works as Angel's personal assistant at the law firm Wolfram & Hart. She survives 'Not Fade Away' and appears in the Buffyverse comics. Mainly used for comic relief, Harmony acts as a mirror for Cordelia without the visions & perhaps for Angel without the soul. Oh, and she adores unicorns.
I barely noticed Harmony Kendall when she was simply one of the Cordettes. My interest in her as a character began with The Harsh Light of Day. As a vampire, Harmony had both pathos and likeability that she hadn’t shown as a human. She had vulnerability. She was no longer an undifferentiated member of the Cordettes; she was an individual character in her own right. She was funny, ditsy, yearning, and she tried. She tried so hard. (Spikendru)
Harmony is a bit of a Marmite character. Some fans love her for the way she always tries so hard; others dislike her for being shallow & self-absorbed. Harmony bashing occurred after the character joined Angel.
Harmony-centric fanworks are relatively rare, considering the breadth of her appearances and the fact she has a canonical relationship with Spike. In October 2004 there were only around 12 Harmony-centric stories in the Buffy Fiction Archive. Little (if anything?) was written about her before canon turned her into a vampire, and relatively few later stories explore her human existence. Her appearance as Spike's girlfriend in 'The Harsh Light of Day' sparked BtVS stories both set in Sunnydale and exploring the couple's past history. Angel-centric stories are usually set during her time at W&H, ignoring her earlier appearance in 'Disharmony'.
By far her most common pairing is with Spike, and much gen fanfiction examines why Harmony tolerates abuse & belittling from him. Several other het pairings have also been written. There's a little femslash, with partners including Fred & Cordy.
Fan art depictions of Harmony are relatively rare. Meta often concentrates on why her character changes relatively little when she becomes a vampire (unlike Angel), her loyalty and limited interest in evil, and whether she has the potential for redemption without a soul. There's also discussion of her arguably abusive relationship with Spike, which sometimes compares it with Spike's relationship with Buffy.
- Lesbian Chic by Kate Bolin. Cordy/Harmony ficlet; a rare human-Harmony story (1999)
- In Harm's Way by Yahtzee. A widely recommended early story (2000)
- My So-Called Unlife by HonorH. Harmony comes to LA; written a few months before it happened in canon (2001)
- France is that way? by Harry Lime. Early take on how Spike met Harmony (2001)
- Card Sharp by Caro. Humour; Harmony/Parker Abrams (2003)
- Harmonic Distortion by Irfikos. A relatively early Angel S5 story; humour (~2003)
- Shagging Harmony Kendall by Indri. Poignant Spike/Harmony short (~2004)
- I Can Roar, I'm a Woman by hold_that_thought. Harmony & Lorne (2004)
- Pyromania by Speaker-to-Customers. A rare post-NFA story where Harmony gets to save the day (2004)
- Pandora's Boxer: The Hungry Heart by Speaker-to-Customers. Spike-centric novel with a subplot in which it's Harmony who gets the chip; Harmony/Riley (2004)
- Maturity by Alixtii. Harmony & Xander; a rare human-Harmony short (2004)
- Gore-met by Jennifer-Oksana. Light-hearted character study (2004)
- Her Beauty and Her Terror by ijemanja. Addams Family Same-Actor Crossover; Harmony/Wednesday (2007)
- L.A. Confidential by Selena. Harmony becomes a PI (2014)
- Empty by Barb Cummings. Dark Wesley/Harmony short (2014)
- Harmony Kendall Mercedes McNab Angel / BtVS by TheDoThatGirl. Portrait in coloured pencils (2008)
- Harmony Brushing her Fangs by Dr-Horrible. Pencil portrait in vamp-face (2009)
- Harmony Kendall by ThisBirdTooHasFlown. Chibi-style digital art (2013)
- Young, Hip and Beautiful by Primadonna (2003 or earlier)
- You Don't Bring Me Flowers by SDWolfpup. Spike & Harmony (2004)
- Harmony Ficathon; stories are linked here (2004)
- Harmony works at the Buffy Fiction Archive
- Harmony Kendall works on Ao3
- Harmony works in Buffy section and Harmony works in Angel section on ff.net
- idol-reflection: Harmony Kendall (BtVS/AtS): The Littlest Vampire (accessed 12 September 2015)
- Comment from Karabair in Reviews for Maturity (accessed 12 September 2015)
- buffymeta: 39. (accessed 14 September 2015)
- Angel & Buffy Fanfiction: Harmony Ficathon (accessed 12 September 2015)