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''The Bride of the Water God'' (하백의 신부) is an ongoing sunjeong {{manhwa}} by Yun Mi-Kyung, detailing the story of So-ah, a girl unfortunate enough to be beautiful, she is sacrificed to the river god so that the long drought plaguing her village will end. But instead of drowning, Soah finds herself inexplicably alive and brought to the palace of the child-like river god Habaek as his bride. As So-ah adjusts to living among gods, she struggles to learn more about the aloof Habaek and finds it increasingly hard to find somebody to trust in her new world. During all of this, she finds herself falling in love with Habaek's handsome and mysterious 'cousin' Mui, while uncovering the truth behind the yearly sacrifice.

The English version is published by Creator/DarkHorseComics.
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!!Examples:
* AbusiveParents: So-ah's father. He gets better.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Yang-hee was feared for her nature as a goddess of death. Also the emperor for his MindReading powers.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Habaek to Soah even if it means losing his friends, family, and status as a god.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse:
** Hunwon to Nakbin. [[spoiler: He will help her save Hoo-ye from dying in exchange of becoming his instrument to get Habaek.]]
** Hoo-yee to Wang Mo. [[spoiler:He will give her the last peach of the divine tree to save Mui's life in return of Wang Mo letting Nak-bin resurrect as a normal human again.]] After she refused, saying such a thing was impossible, Hoo-yee let her have the mental load of her guilt for being she [[spoiler:the one that hurt her own son.]]
* ArrangedMarriage
* AwesomeArt: The above picture is just one example of how stunning the artwork is.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Nak-bin, except not really.]]
* TheBeautifulElite
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Habaek; though he still has InvoluntaryShapeshifting]].
* CainAndAbel: The sub-plot is about a war between gods; specifically between the emperor and his brother Shin-Nong.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Habaek's father, Dong Wang Kong; since he has being on the moon palace for 7.000 years, he has forgotten what a human looks like, even asking So-ah if she was a man or a woman.
* CostumePorn: Everybody, from peasant to god seems to have impossible cool Korean clothes.
* CountryMouse: So-ah.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The head spins and the nose bleeds trying to determine the wheels within wheels of both Habaek's court and the Emperor's court.
* DevotedToYou: [[spoiler: Habaek to Nakbin, even when he knew she is long dead and even if it meant being away from Soah. Also, Hoo-ye to Nakbin, which eventually led him to have an agreement with Wang Mo to let Nakbin be resurrected in the human world.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Nakbin died twice in Habaek's embrace. Also Mura with Bi Ryeom.
* DivineDate: So-ah and Nakbin are the human brides of water god Habaek. [[spoiler:Though Nakbin is half god herself.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Nak-bin commanded Habaek not to look at other women with both his eyes which Habaek agreed.]]
* FacialMarkings: It seems "evil" gods have them.
** Wang Mo has a little on her forehead. Maybe to show though she's a death goddess, she isn't bad.
** Mura has a large one over her left eye.
** [[spoiler:The emperor]] has a large one on his forehead.
* [[spoiler:FakeRealTurn: So-ah was actually a fake bride. Another girl was selected by the shaman to be sacrificed as Habaek's bride but So-ah's father sold her out to be the bride in replacement. But after time, Habaek did really fall in love with So-ah and she earned her right to be Habaek's bride all on her own.]]
* {{Seers}}: Yo-hee.
** TheFatalist
* FirstLove: Habaek and Nakbin.
* FreudianExcuse: The emperor. He felt like his mother [[spoiler:Yo-hee]] preferred his brother Shin-Nong over him and that [[spoiler:Yang-hee chose Dong Wang Kong]] over him.
* GenerationXerox:[[spoiler: Hoo-yee and Habaek's LoveTriangle for So-ah and her ultimate choice for Habaek resembles the emperor (Hoo-yee's father) and Dong Wang Kong's Love Triangle for Wang Mo.]]
* HumanSacrifice: Soah being sacrificed to Habaek triggers the whole story.
* IHaveManyNames: Gods have their god name, their given name and their real name who nobody but them knows.
** IKnowYourTrueName: And it's implied that knowing the real name of a god gives you control over him.
* IntimateHealing: Somewhat. [[spoiler:Wang Mo give to So-ah a medicine made with the divine peach to save his life]] and So-ah give it to him mouth-to-mouth.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: Habaek is a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld child]] under the sunlight and an adult (his true form) at night.]]
** [[spoiler:Recently now the shapeshift is: Adult when he's away from So-ah, child when she's close]].
* IWillWaitForYou: Habaek promised to wait for the reincarnated Nakbin and return to her no matter what form she may appear, [[spoiler:though it's doubtful if this will be fulfilled considering his marriage to So-ah now that Nakbin is actually reincarnated without a memory somewhere in the human world.]]
* KnightTemplarParent: Wang Mo, Habaek's mother, will do ''anything'' to protect him.[[spoiler: This comes to bite her when she tried to take So-ah's life to "protect" him, but he decided to take the bullet.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: So-ah, when she is sent back to the human world, cannot remember her time in the Water Kingdom. [[spoiler:Habaek]] appears to have this after [[spoiler:being drugged]], but as it turns out, [[spoiler: he]] is only pretending to have lost his memories [[spoiler:of So-ah]].
* LivingMacGuffin: Habaek is an important piece to either side to win the war; since he decided to be TrueNeutral, the emperor use any chance to trying to convince him to join him.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:Mura is this for the Chung Yo mountains.]]
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler: EVERYONE but Soah knows Habaek has two forms]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: Habaek foolishly fell for the child Nakbin and promised himself to have her.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Mura takes this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:So does the Emperor.]]
* MamaBear: Wang Mo.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Yeohwa and Woo-hui]].
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Habaek is fully aware of this, but he only takes human brides for the sake of waiting Nakbin's reincarnation.
* MacGuffin: The last peach of a magical tree that can give immortality.
* NaiveNewcomer: So-ah
* NoodlePeople
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: Seriously, anytime it seems the relationship between So-ah and Hbaek is going farther, the universe brings some new challenge to their love.
* OppositesAttract: Hyunwon, [[spoiler:The emperor]] and Yang-hee were BirdsOfAFeather, and didn't take it well when she preferred Dong Wang Kong, her complete opposite, over him.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Also an AuthorAvatar. On the moon!
* PerpetualMolt: The feathers fly when the Emperor shows up with black wings.
* PhysicalGod: Everyone's one!
* PoorCommunicationKills: It advances the plot!!
** Entire volumes' worth of content could have been cut entirely if a god with the power of Proper Communication had shown up.
* Really700YearsOld: Habaek [[spoiler:because of a curse]] looks like a child . Also Yo-hee; she has the looks of a 12 year old [[spoiler:...but actually she could be even older than Wang Mo and the emperor is her son.]]
* RedStringOfFate: So-ah received two of these as a child from a fortune teller.
* SadisticChoice: The emperor loves to put everybody in one of this.
** To Habaek: Choose Nak-bin, the love he continued to long for or So-ah, his current love.
** To Wang Mo: The freedom of her child or the life of [[MurderTheHypotenuse her husband]].
** To Dong Wang Kong: The life of Shin Nong, his best friend or being able to be with his wife and son after [[DisappearedDad 7.000 years of absence]].
** Yo-hee had one of this in her past, [[spoiler:she had to kill one of her sons]] and since she decided TakeAThirdOption instead, she unleashed a war.
* {{Reincarnation}}:[[spoiler: So-ah is thought to be Nak-bin's reincarnation at first, since she was the first girl who survived passing the barrier only Nak-bin's reincarnation could pass.]]
* SecondLove: Habaek and Soah.
* SelectiveObliviousness: So-ah, about [[spoiler: Mui being Habaek.]] Semi-justified by the fact that [[spoiler: Habaek's identifying tattoo disappears when he's a child.]]
** Also justified by the fact [[PoorCommunicationKills he never bothers speaking up about it.]]
* SenselessSacrifice:
** Nakbin: [[spoiler: killed herself by putting a curse on Habaek so he can escape from the emperor's grasp but things took turn for the worst and Habaek is still caught up in the war between gods.]]
** Habaek: [[spoiler:gave up his status as a god to experience human love with Soah only to be meddled with some troublesome plots created by the fortune goddess and Woo-hui and was forced to regain his godly status.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Yo-hee, for So-ah and Mui.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Woo-hui, Dong-young's sister. She falls in love with [[spoiler:adult]] Mui at first sight and it's very determinated to make him love her. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that she was the real selected bride and she actually believes Habaek must be hers]].
* StarCrossedLovers:
** Wang Mo and Dong Wang Kong: [[OppositesAttract a goddess of death and a god of life]] respectively. They managed to made things work until the war started, now they are on opposed sides.
** Habaek and Nakbin: who according to Wang Mo are destined only as passing friends but fell deeply in love with each other that after Nakbin's death, both made drastic decisions in order to meet again [[spoiler: with Habaek requiring human girls as sacrifice, and Nakbin escaping the world of the dead by deceiving the god governing it.]] In the end, their efforts are futile as circumstances always lead to Nakbin choosing death for Habaek's sake.
* TheStoic: Dong Wang Kong. Justified because of the myths about him describing him with a solemn and imperturbable expression. Mui could also qualify, but he's more like NotSoStoic.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Habaek and his father, Dong Wang Kong. They look very alike, even if [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Wang Dong denies it]] and compares him to his mother. [[spoiler: And later on, So-ah and Mui's daughter, Yuhwa; she looks like a younger version of So-ah compared to her younger sisters.]]
* TakingTheBullet:
** Mui [[spoiler:took Wang Mo's tiger's attack aimed to So-ah, even though he's now a human child and the attack was fatal.]]
** Hoo-ye [[spoiler:took the dagger meant for Nakbin which can kill even a god and almost cost him his life.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Mui, definitely
* [[spoiler:TheyDo]]: So-ah and Habaek. On the moon!
* TheLostLenore: Nakbin.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Yeomha, who doesn't realize that she is a doll with Nakbin's memories.
* {{Tsundere}}: Habaek quickly grows fond of So-ah. Doesn't stop him from messing with her head mercilessly.
** This causes hilarious [[http://www.mangareader.net/110-46205-21/the-bride-of-the-water-god/chapter-73.html reactions]] on him and people who hear him talking about his feelings.
* TriangRelations: Su Wang Mo, Habaek, and So-ah found themselves in one of these.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Mura to Habaek, Dong-young to Soah, Bi Ryeom to Mura. [[spoiler:The emperor to Wang Mo]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Habaek to Nakbin: [[spoiler:It was revealed that Habaek knew Nakbin was under the emperor's orders but loved her just the same, even giving Nakbin the right to order his death instead of just putting a curse. He also initially planned on dying with her had it not for Hoo-ye's interference. Even after falling in love with So-ah, he chose to remain with Nakbin in the imperial palace and promised to never send her away even if she's not his soul mate bound by the red string. Finally, Habaek honored Nakbin's command not to look at some other woman the same way he used to look at her by telling So-ah that he will look only at her with his one eye (metaphorically though since his damaged eye is completely healed, signifying that while he loves So-ah, he will never love someone the same way with Nakbin.]]
* WingedHumanoid: Wang Mo, Bi Ryeom and Wang Kong.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: To avoid the eye of evil spirits, Mui in his early years was dressed to look like a girl.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Resurrected Nakbin.]]
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