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"If the fates want us to stay together, it will happen. They've taken it this far, and I swear I'll kick their *sses if this is the end."
Batman Gambit: Hecate's plan after Hades falls for Persephone is to convince the other gods that he kidnapped and raped her, so they'll be so angry they'll kill Hades, thus allowing her to take up his position.
Hades later pulls one of his own in the climax... realizing his influence over fire, he allows Hecate's demon-hounds to rip him apart and eat him, so he can regenerate first into fire and then to his normal form, thus killing them.
Beast and Beauty: Beautiful Persephone and Hades, who is a bit scary-looking, though she's very attracted to him. Also their personalities- Hades is gruff, brooding, sarcastic, and has a bad temper. Persephone is very sweet, kind, and gentle.
Body Language: Rhodope, Persephone's water-nymph best friend, can only communicate with squeaks and squeals, but Persephone can understand her by reading her body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice.
Brain Bleach: Hermes needs some after walking (flying?) in on Hades and Persephone being intimate.
Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Subverted in that when Hades finally steeples his fingers, he's doing this before his revelation that he and Persephone are legally married, not because he's lying.
Cruel Mercy: Hades and Persephone decide not to kill Hecate, but instead take away her immortality, demon-servants and most of her magic. They then send her away, telling her she can redeem herself to get it back if she wants to.
Cruel to Be Kind: After being expelled from Kronus' stomach, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus all drew lots to see who'd rule what. Hades points out that originally he'd look a lot more like his brothers and that his time in Kronus had changed his appearance. Persephone posits that Hades ended up absorbing whatever it was that allowed Kronus to control the Underworld while in his belly which meant he would HAVE to rule whether he wanted to or notů and Zeus realized this and so had Rhea make lots so he would at least FEEL as if he had some choice in the matter.
Styx is such a Shipper on Deck for Hades/Persephone that she went on strike to ensure they got together.note And also to get her original job back but mostly to get them together
Dark Is Not Evil: Zigzagged. Hades isn't evil and the Underworld is not necessarily a horrible place (or it wouldn't be if he wasn't neglecting his duties), but creepy-looking Hecate and her Hellhounds are.
Even Evil Has Standards: He's not evil anymore, but Hades says that even when he was, he would never have forced himself on anyone. (It's why he never tried anything with Megara, and part of why he's horrified to hear that the gods think he raped Persephone.)
Everybody Hates Hades: Invoked and gradually inverted; the whole fic is about turning Hades from his demonized Disney self to his more sympathetic classic self.
Played straight with Hecate, although this was intentional on the author's part due to the original story lacking a major antagonist (not to mention the fact that Hecate was a villain in the TV series too).
Explicit Content: Though the sex-scenes aren't written horribly explicitly, they're actually quite tasteful.
Fertile Feet: Persephone, notably when in the Elysian Fields.
Freudian Excuse: considering the especially horrible childhood Hades had, it's not surprise he turned out the way he is.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Leuke is overjoyed that Persephone is pursing Hades and shoots down every argument he has for the contrary. When he brings up age, she reminds him that while her tree had been around for awhile, her active consciousness wasn't.
Manipulative Bastard: The Fates changed one word in their prophecy about Hercules. Instead of If Hercules fights, it should have been WHEN. The entire point was the get Hades to turn him mortal, so he'd grow to adulthood in 18 years instead of...however long it takes for baby gods to grow into adults and be ready to fight Hades on the fated day.
May-December Romance: Hades is physically and mentally 50, Persephone is just shy of 16. (But it's okay, because the gods made the age of consent 14.)
Ms. Exposition: Oh, Leuke, who, for whatever reason, crawls into Hades' lap to exposit her little heart out.
Power Glows: It is notable that unlike the other Gods, Hades doesn't glow. This is because when he was younger and exploring the Underworld, he'd come across Kokytus, a waterfall in his domain. Being curious and being King, he tasted the water. His heavenly glow has been gone ever since. And when his wife died, Hades tried to drown himself in that same waterfall. He eventually gets it back thanks to Persephone.
Values Dissonance: In-universe example; both the fact that Hades has fallen for his neice and their significant age-gap are brushed off by Persephone and Leuke, who say that they're gods, not mortals, therefore the same rules don't apply.
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hades is more creepy-looking than ugly, but Persephone is clearly the more beautiful one.