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ENNEAD is a Boys' Love Korean webtoon by Mojito based on Egyptian mythology.

The once peaceful land of Egypt has been stained with blood under the tyrannical rule of Seth, the god of war. Horus, son of the god Isis but not yet one himself, rises to challenge the throne and put an end to the chaos and destruction. Although the confrontation between Seth and Horus began with hatred, in time it becomes blurred by obsession and desire... The ancient mythology of Egypt comes to life as you've never seen it before in this compelling fantasy BL.

The webtoon can be officially found here at Tappytoon.

ENNEAD contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Heroism: By virtue of the main protagonist being Seth, traditionally the villain of the original Osiris myth, who is written sympathetically.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While Seth is still a cruel, murdeous tyrant, he also has deeply sympathetic traits and truly loves his wife and son.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Osiris, full stop.
  • All Myths Are True: Given the presence of an unnamed foreign god, and the Ennead's concerns over war and invasions by outside pantheons, this seems to be in effect(albeit downplayed in the story so far).
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: True to myth, Osiris keeps his dark green skin color.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Seth's desire to keep the throne is what starts the conflict.
  • Animal Motifs: Seth's particular animal is unclear, though he always wears a hood bearing its face over his head. Horus's motif is a falcon and wears a falcon hood over his head as well.
  • Art Shift: Whenever the story describes the mythology of the gods, the art shifts from manga-esque to hieroglyphic styles.
  • Back from the Dead: Osiris, to the shock of Seth and the rest of the Ennead. Technically he's still dead, he's just the ruler of the Duat now.
  • Berserk Button: Seth after finding out Anubis was really Osiris's son, and not his. This leads him to go find Osiris and fly into a rage, believing Nephthys has cheated on him with Osiris and that Osiris had betrayed them by coveting Nephthys. The truth is, of course, far more sinister.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Osiris serves as a major source of conflict for Seth, and while Sekhmet's motives are unclear, they are definitely not benevolent.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The gods are all technically related to each other, with the usual Brother–Sister Incest and Cain and Abel relationships from the source myth.
  • Blaming the Victim: Isis does this hard, to the point where Sekhmet's nightmares pointing out to Isis that she does this isn't enough to convince her that she's been blaming the wrong person for centuries. It's possible she picked up this trick from Osiris, given he's seen doing a much subtler version of it when he rapes Seth.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Every married character is married to their sibling, except for Maat and Thoth.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Every character is incredibly attractive and dressed skimpily. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • Cessation of Existence: Soul-shattering permanently destroys the soul, even preventing them from moving to Duat.
  • Children Are Innocent: Isis is determined to protect Anubis from Seth's actions, and is often seen comforting him to let him know that none of what is happening is his fault.
  • Creepy Uncle: Sekhmet convinces Seth to attempt to humiliate Horus, his nephew, by raping him. This, of course, doesn't exactly go to plan.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Good god, almost everyone. Seth stands out for being cheated on by his beloved wife, learning that his son is biologically his brother's child, getting blackmailed then raped and mentally tortured by his brother, in chronological order.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Several. In chronological order: Seth the night he attempts to assault Horus, Anubis, the second time he encounters Seth after ascending, and Horus, while imploring Seth to see that Horus cares for him.
  • Endurance Duel: The first contest between Horus and Seth tests who can hold their breath underwater longer.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: Egypt was ruled by Seth's tyranny for hundreds of years until Isis and Horus came back to challenge Seth for the throne. The other gods didn't bother to challenge Seth before Isis's return, either.
  • Flashback Arc: Contains one of these, revealing important information as to how exactly Seth got to become the person he is today instead of the benevolent god he had been before.
    • A later one also details on Horus' first encounter with Seth and the reasons of the former's intense loyalty to the latter.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: One of the main premises of the manhwa. Seth is technically Horus' mortal enemy, having killed his father and hunted his mother for centuries, but Horus has feelings for him and would rather serve him instead.
  • Generation Xerox: Both Osiris and Horus are infatuated with Seth, who is repulsed by either.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: It is difficult to peg anyone in the cast as purely good or evil (except, perhaps Osiris). Most of the characters are simply trying to deal with their current situations while dealing badly with the trauma they had inflicted on each other in the past. Another exception would perhaps be Sekhmet, but even she is very unclear in her motives and even seems to be helping him try to shake free from Osiris.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Combined with Big, Screwed-Up Family, it's a messy one with long-lasting consequences. Osiris and Isis are married, as are Seth and Nephthys. However, Osiris is infatuated with Seth, who doesn't return his feelings, while Nephthys conceived a child with Osiris because Seth was sterile. Isis still cares for Osiris. Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, is in love with Seth, and finally, Hathor, Horus' great-great-grandaunt, has a crush on Horus.
  • Mind-Control Device: It's not exactly known what Hathor's mirror does, but Sekhmet brings up the possibility that it overwhelmed Horus with violent lust.
  • Only Sane Man: Maat, who keeps a straight face throughout and seems mainly concerned with doing her job without most of the emotional baggage the rest of the cast has. Ra as well, though from a somewhat more dramatic, Blue-and-Orange Morality angle. Horus comes in as Only Sane by Comparison.
  • Rape as Drama: Seth's rape at the hands of Osiris, and later Horus, are taken absolutely seriously.
  • Really 700 Years Old: All of the gods appear to be in their twenties/thirties, but are thousands of years old. Notably, Anubis appears to be in his teens but is actually several centuries old.
  • Undying Loyalty: Horus, despite the fact that he is literally competing with Seth for the throne, is secretly desiring to be loyal to Seth and even purposely skipped out on chances to corner him during their fights. He even expresses a desire to give up the throne to Seth and serve him without question to Sekhmet, who immediately mocks and chides him for it. In the same conversation, Sekhmet even offers to tell Horus what Seth's weakness is, and Horus isn't interested in hearing it.
  • Villain Has a Point: Ra and Sekhmet play into this hard.
    • Ra explicitly spells out to the gods that most of their problems stem from gods acting like humans instead of beings with very different abilities, responsibilities, and lifespans.
    • Sekhmet, despite being a god of 'destruction,' never goes on any sort of rampage. Her MO is to give her target enough rope to hang themselves with, in the form of Technically True But Misleading information and bad ideas.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Both Seth and Isis, interestingly enough, given their opposition to each other, and both also qualify for Jerkass Woobie as well. On the Apocalypse How scale, Seth pulls a Class 0 through a lot of human sacrifice and gratuitous cruelty. Isis had several plans in motion to exceed Seth, including inviting a foreign army onto Egyptian soil to wage open war, and a backup to just drown all of Egypt with the Nile if that didn't work either.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: None of the main male characters ever put on a shirt.
  • Wham Line: The Osiris reveal
    Isis: The reason why Osiris went mad wasn't because he desired Nephthys, it was because he desired you!
  • Yandere: Osiris is a Rare Male Example; he is sexually and romantically obsessed with Seth to the point of taking away his ability to have a child, blackmailing him with Anubis' soul, and later raping him as part of Seth's plea to keep Anubis alive. Incidentally, Osiris' son Horus has shades of this trope as well, going so far to keep Seth drunk and attempting to kill Anubis, but it's Downplayed in that Horus genuinely does care for Seth's wellbeing.