Oct. 05, 2011
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60 min.
FX TV Network

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Violet Harmon

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Taissa FarmigaTaissa Farmiga
Taissa Farmiga (/təˈiːsə fɑrˈmiːɡə/; born August 17, 1994) is an American actress. She made ...

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Murder House-"I hate it here. I hate everyone. All their bourgeois designer bullshit, the east coast was much cooler. At least we had weather"

Violet is a pretty, clever and highly sardonic teenager. She is described by her mother as "fearless". She possesses a strong intellect and a sharp, witty demeanor. Violet is portrayed as suffering from major clinical depression and is seen in several instances engaging in acts of self-mutilation such as cutting herself. In interviews it's examined that Violet is attracted to the darker elements of the house and of life. She is fearless however, after being pushed too far when encountering all of the ghosts in the house, she breaks down and tries overdosing on sleeping pills given to her by Leah.

Violet is a bit of a loner, and while she often seems to enjoy her individual lifestyle, she becomes increasingly isolated. She seems to have little to no respect for her father due to his affair. She has displayed some resentment toward her mother at times, but remains close with her. Violet has a petite build. Her wardrobe usually consists of long dresses, cardigans, and hats. She has long light brown hair that she wears down and parted in the middle.

Violet, 17, is the oldest child of the Harmon family. After her mother has a stillbirth, her father is caught having an affair with his psychology student Hayden. As an attempt to keep the family together, Violet is forced to move to Los Angeles in order for her parent's to have a fresh start. At first, she doesn't like the house that her father Ben wants them to live in, but upon learning about the murder-suicide committed there by and against the previous owners, she has a change of heart. It was her vocal opinion that persuaded her mother and father to buy the house.

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Violet reluctantly moves from Boston to the west coast after her father, Ben Harmon, cheats on her mother Vivien Harmon. Her family bought the house with her approval even after learning there was a murder-suicide by the previous owners. She starts school, and clashes with a popular girl named Leah. After a therapy session with her father, Tate Langdon stopped by the bathroom and saw Violet cutting herself. They instantly bonded over their issues with their family, and how they feel like outsiders to the rest of the world. She confides in Tate about her father's affair, and how her mother had a stillbirth sometime before that. She later finds out about the murders Tate committed and is confused with her feelings for him, as she was falling in love with him at the time she made the revelation.

She learned a bit about his emotional instability from his mother, and is forced to keep the secret of his sister's death from him. Violet knows that Tate is a ghost. She goes to Westfield High, Tate's old school, where she later learns he committed a mass shooting. Violet can control the ghosts in the house. Tate says that she has this ability now, since she has "evolved". Violet died when she overdosed on sleeping pills following the revelation that Tate was a dead murderer. Tate had hidden Violet's body in a crawl space beneath the house, where it was discovered by a bug exterminator, who Tate subsequently killed.

Violet finds out that Tate killed both Chad and Patrick and raped her mother. Following Vivien's death, Violet runs to her room and confronts him. She tells him that despite her love for him she can't be with him anymore because of what he's done. After the tearful breakup of the couple, we see Vivien as a ghost comforting her daughter. After Violet's father dies, Violet along with both of her parents and her baby brother continue as ghosts, "living" happily in the Murder House and preventing any further deaths. Violet, along with her parents, Jeffery, and Moira, are seen happily celebrating Christmas when Violet sees Tate watching her, and her smile falters. Tate then goes on to tell Hayden, who was also banished by the Harmons, that he will wait for Violet to forgive him for forever if he has to.

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