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Harmony & Horror is an Analog Horror YouTube series made by Battington. Similar to channels like Squimpus McGrimpus and The Walten Files, it's inspired by Five Nights at Freddy's, however it narrates a completely original story that revolves around a toy company called M&A Harmony Toys and the murders committed by one of its founders, Martin Greywhinder.

The first season ended on October 23, 2020 with a Grand Finale that wraps some of the plot points of the season and hints for a second one. A non-serial Christmas Special called "My Two Front Teeth" was released on December 22, 2020, showing us an In-Universe TV special made by M&A Harmony Toys.

On February 1st, 2021, during the "100,000 Special", alongside the revelation that he opened an official Teespring shop, the trailer for the second season was shown. Three days later, the trailer was released separately.

Currently, Battington is also helping with the production of a Five Nights At Freddy's fangame codenamed Little Kid and Snake, producing a series of six animated teasers, the first of which can be seen here.

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Harmony And Horror contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Even before Martin Jumped Off The Slippery Slope, he was incredibly abusive towards his children, especially his son, both emotionally and physically. According to the video L0cal_13, he was already reported for domestic and child abuse before the beginning of the series.

  • Anachronism Stew: "L0cal_13", a news broadcast implied to have been made in the 1980’s, uses the song "Goodbye to a World" which was released in 2014.
  • And I Must Scream: Those whose souls and flesh are trapped in the toys are still conscious, but unable to move, see, or speak. To make matters worse, the process slowly corrupts those that are victim of it, turning them into monsters fit to haunt any sane person's nightmares.
  • Big Good : Detective Stewart, the detective that is secretly investigating the crimes of Martin Greywhinder, is shaping to be this for the second season, if not the entire series; with his first on-screen appearance, in "THE_PERFECT_PET", firmly solidifying this by having him shoot a Fuzzybuddy in the head mid-pounce to save the camera holder, apparently a child, then consoling them while promising to take them someplace safe.
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  • Brown Note: Whatever the "song" is that played during "The Harmony Broadcast Incident" and is implied to be of demonic origin, considering Martin's Deal with the Devil. It's so terrible a sound that in the tape "Ar3_Y0u_HappY?", which contains part of the cartoon at the center of the incident, the segment containing it is replaced with a warning stating that if any of the original audio is present to cover your ears and close your eyes, and pray to god as a last resort. It's never outright stated what it is, and what it does if you hear it, but if some material that is believed as attributed to it is indeed the case, it can outright kill you. Later videos reveal that at least the Henry dolls can sing it too, and apparently will do it as soon as they're alone with someone. And then there's the fact that the first 10 Fuzzybuddies sold were bundled with a Harmony Toys Sing-A-Long cassette tape...
  • Christmas Special: My Two Front Teeth, a Non-Serial Movie released to celebrate the first anniversary of the series. It is just as dark as the rest of the series, if not more so.
  • Control Freak: Martin really wants to keep people under control, to the point that he installed lots of cameras all over his house and many of his toys are made to keep kids under control.
  • Deal with the Devil: Martin decided to make one in order to make his toys more life-like and successful in exchange for the souls of the victims. Unfortunately for him, his attempts to satisfy his part of the deal failed miserably, and the Devil got angry...
  • Demonic Dummy: Henry the Dummy. At first a more technologically advanced version of a ventriloquist dummy, but after Martin infused them with the soul of his son, they became murderous. To make matters worse, the ritual gave the dummies innards and made them part of a Hive Mind abomination. On the plus side, they still can be killed by shooting at their head, albeit doing that is very hard.
  • Driven to Madness: Implied to be the case with Martin from ReSt_As5ure.mp4.
  • Expy: Due to being based on the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise there's a few characters here that are quite similar to the inspiration.
    • Downplayed. Martin is an expy of William Afton, but not only he is a complete Jerkass instead of being Affably Evil, he also lacks any of William's very few redeeming traits and isn't very good at hiding the proofs of his crimes, leading to his arrest.
    • Sofia the Singing Marionette is one of Circus Baby. Both are dolls (or doll-like in Circus Baby's case) that are possessed by the souls of the killer's daughters.
    • In a way, Banzo is also this to Bonnie. Despite being a dog he has bunny-like ears, they share a similar color-scheme, Banzo's second form almost looks like an animatronic, and both of their names start with a B.
  • Hive Mind: All of the Henry dolls contain the soul of Martin's son, Thomas. We never see it clearly, but apparently the ritual turned him into a giant shapeless tentacled blob that really wants to get out of the dolls.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: The first episode of the second season reveals that Martin used a new version of Sofia to abduct children and force them to star in his toy commercials, injuring or killing them if they refuse to cooperate or try to escape.
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: Downplayed. Martin wasn't very sane before he decided to make a Deal with the Devil, seeing his brother, dog, and kids as grotesque monsters that existed only to torment him.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The Devil never suffers any repercussion for having caused the events of the series.
    • Subverted with Martin. When he turned his own brother into a horrifying abomination of an animatronic, it's first violent act was immediately directing his wrath to Martin. Then inReSt_As5ure.mp4 it's implied that he has been closed in a mental hospital after being arrested by the police and that the only "punishment" he got was being forced to watch tapes that served to calm him down and make him feel better. Unfortunately for him, the ghosts of his family keep tormenting him for what he did to them (with Gloria turning the tapes into terrifying films), driving him insane.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The first episode of the second season opens with 6 encoded messages in which the Detective Stewart asks to whoever watches the tapes to help him solve the mistery.
  • Monster Clown: Most of the time we see Martin he is disguised as a creepy clown. Even his alter ego in the cartoon, the Toymaker, has a clown motif. When he manages to escape the mental asylum in Season 2, he fully embraces it and some pictures even show him skulking around in a scary clown costume
  • Morality Pet: Depressingly Subverted. Martin's wife Gloria desperately tried to be one to her husband in life, and even after her death, she still tried to convince Martin to change for the better. In both cases it didn't work, thus forcing her to take more extreme measures in order to stop him.
  • My Little Panzer: All the toys made by M&A Harmony Toys can cause the death of those around them indirectly, thanks to a song that kills them painfully, or directly. To make matters worse, the instructions tells the parents to leave the children alone when they play with their new toys...
  • Never My Fault:
    • Martin's inability to accept that he will never be able to make the perfect toy caused him to blame everyone near him for his failures. The same is true for his animated counterpart.
    • On top of that, he refuses to take responsibility for his youngest daughter's death regardless of the option the viewer picks in the _Rebirth_ tape. He either successfully pins the murder on the Banzo animatronic, or he drives himself mad and kills Ava himself when Banzo refuses to follow his orders.
  • Nightmare Face: All over the place.
    • In some tapes, a photo of Martin is altered to appear as a horrifying Monster Clown.
    • The head of Sofia the Singing Doll looks more like a skull that has a jaw that could split a apart.
    • Gloria probably takes the cake with having the most terrifying faces in the series. Even when not contorted into a horrifying smile, it's still haunting.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: On April 8th, 2021, Battington made a community post teasing a screenshot of what he's been working on for season 2. It's just a dark room illuminated from the bottom up, but the inclusion of bubbles makes it seem like the place in question is underwater. The viewer can't see anything else, but that just makes it even worse. Battington himself admitted to being terrified of what he's been researching.
    "I had a mini panic attack when doing research for season two. I might have found a genuine fear of mine."
  • Pun: Why the Toymaker almost never moves his mouth in his first apparition? Because he's lying through his teeth. This also counts as Foreshadowing.
  • Shout-Out: In the "THE_PERFECT_PET", a we get a glimpse of what appears to be a yellow and blue ball that looks similar to the ones that appear often in Pixar's works.
  • Slasher Smile: Martin, to the point that he has one almost every time his face is seen.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Toymaker has two big ones in Wh4t_Went_Wr0ng?. The first has him angrily blame the kids after his experiments to create the "perfect toy" fail once again and the second has him beg for more time to the Devil when he fails for the last time.
  • Villainous Rescue: Downplayed. The Devil, of all people, saves the two kids in the video Wh4t_Went_Wr0ng? but he intervenes only because the Toymaker didn't maintain his part of the deal.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Martin killed his own children, killed several more with his cursed tv show and has abducted and forced at least 3 more to star in his toy commercials before killing them. If that wasn't enough, every soul that is stuffed inside a toy is slowly corrupted into becoming child killers themselves.

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