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My Deepest Secret is a drama Webtoon created by Hanza. It follows Emma, an ordinary college student who works part time at a coffee shop, and her relationship with her seemingly perfect boyfriend, Elios. Elios is attentive, attractive, and utterly devoted to Emma. He works at the coffee shop with her, walks her home, and is extremely protective of Emma, confronting anyone who mistreats her. You'd think this would be a perfect set-up.

You'd be wrong.

Things get more complicated when Yohan, a young detective enters the fray, and Emma's own past comes into question. What will happen when Elios and Emma's secrets are uncovered?

You can read it here. It updates every Tuesday.

Beware of unmarked spoilers!


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My Deepest Secret contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Heavily implied to be the case with Emma's father.
  • Adorkable: Emma, especially regarding Elios. Elios as well...although it’s unknown how much of this he really is.
  • Affably Evil: Sweet, nurturing, affectionate, not only willing but glad to take his girlfriend out on old-fashioned dates and bring her soup when she's sick... Really, if it weren't for the "murderous psycho" part, Elios would be the perfect boyfriend.
  • All-Loving Hero: Emma has been nothing but a sweetheart since the first episode. Although even she has her limits.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Played with. Emma has been targeted by two such men so far. However, neither Elios or Yohan fit this, although in Elios' case, he’s got different problems...
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Elios is all but stated to be a sociopath, the only thing making it unambiguous is that it hasn't been stated.
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  • Asshole Victim: Brian and Emma's professor both totally had it coming (though the former doesn't actually die). Many readers have commented/joked that if it weren't for the fact that he killed a defenseless cat, they'd actually be on Elios' side.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Yohan is a self proclaimed detective, and his first appearance certainly justifies it, as he deduces a viable suspect for a club theft in only a few sentences.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Murdering an innocent, defenseless kitten is our first glimpse into Elios' real personality.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Think this is just a cute, wholesome romance? Wait until the end of the first chapter, where Elios kills a cat for peeing on Emma’s shoe.
  • Beneath the Mask: A major theme. Elios appears to be the ideal, loving boyfriend, which he would be if he weren’t an overprotective yandere. This could count for the entire series as well, since it looks so cute, only to be in the thriller genre.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone doing anything slightly bad to Emma seems to be Elios’.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Elios’ response to a cat peeing on Emma’s shoes? Kill it. His response to Brian attempting to rape her? Beat the tar out of him as a warning, but keep him alive.
  • Cast Full of Crazy: Well, we have a yandere boyfriend, an attempted rapist, a perverted teacher, a bunch of classmates that are... not the best to say the least, and an amateur detective. Even Emma has a Mysterious Past. So far, Nura seems to be the most sane character.
  • Cliffhanger: Plenty episodes end with one.
  • Covers Always Lie: Played with. The thumbnail for the series displays its cute art and the romance theme with Elios and Emma hugging...but her nervous expression should tip people off…
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Surprisingly, downplayed with Elios. While he is concerned that Emma may be seeing Brian behind his back, he’s not overly suspicious, and the only reason he attacks Brian is because he tried to rape Emma.
  • Cry Cute: Even when she's sobbing her eyes out, Emma is beautiful.
  • Cute and Psycho: There is no denying Elios is a looker, and his interactions with Emma are usually sweet.. but he’s also a yandere with a growing body count.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Emma's heavily implied to be an abuse survivor. We're shown flashbacks of someone (implied to be her father) beating her up and screaming profanity at her, and she's since changed her name and moved. Bringing any of this up around her is not a good idea.
  • Death Glare: Elios has a frightening one.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Emma just about flatlines when she sees Elios shirtless for the first time.
  • Doom Magnet: Emma has a tendency to attract the worst kind of people, from a senior who’s an attempted rapist to a perverted teacher. Also, bad things always happen to people who hurt her in any way, courtesy of Elios.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Elios is a yandere.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We never actually see Elios kill the cat. We only see him giving it a dark look, and later it lying in a pool of blood.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Emma has blonde hair and is nothing but a sweetheart.
  • Hot for Student: Emma’s creepy teacher. It's implied he's done this to others before Emma.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Even though she asked him out, Emma still has trouble grasping that Elios really loves her.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Usually Elios has Innocent Blue Eyes, but whenever his yandere side is triggered…
  • Insecure Love Interest: In a twist, Emma, the main character, is this to Elios. Months after they start dating, she’s still shocked that he agreed to go out with her.
  • Kill the Cutie: The poor cat in the first episode.
  • Love Makes You Crazy/ Love Makes You Evil: It’s unknown what he was like before meeting Emma, but Elios’ love for her drives him to kill a cat, attack her senior, and kill her professor. It’s not likely he’s going to stop anytime soon.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The very first episode starts out almost saccharine, with Emma gushing about her amazing, perfect boyfriend, and him seeming to live up to that description. Then he kills a cat.
    • The date episodes between Emma and Elios have one each. In the first part, Elios takes Emma into the middle of a lake by boat. It's sweet until he comments that nobody can escape like that, and then asks her how much she loves him. The following episode ends with Emma narrating how wrong she was to think she was lucky to have Elios...accompanied by a picture of two skulls and a white moth.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Yohan brings up Emma's Dark and Troubled Past, driving the poor girl to tears in the process, he's genuinely remorseful and realizes how badly he screwed up.
  • Mysterious Past: Emma has one. In flashbacks, she’s shown to be abused, but it’s unknown by whom.
  • Never Suicide: Emma’s perverted professor is suspiciously found hanged the day after making creepy advances on her. Yohan isn’t fooled.
  • Nice Girl:
    • Emma is kind, considerate, and a loving girlfriend.
    • Nura is quite possibly Emma's only true friend. She's got a temper, but it often flares up when people mistreat Emma, and she's nothing but supportive.
  • No Sense of Direction: Yohan manages to get lost very easily. It's usually played for laughs, but ends up played for drama when he notices he's being followed and means to go to a crowded area...but ends up at an abandoned house instead. This leads to him pulling a Xanatos Speed Chess.
  • Not So Different: Emma, like Elios, can be rather clingy and doesn't want to share him with anyone else. The difference being, Emma realizes this is a flaw of hers, and she'd never hurt anyone to keep them away from Elios.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never see Elios kill the cat, only it lying in a pool of blood. We also don’t see all of what he did to Brian, and none of what he did to the professor.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Emma considers herself to be nothing special, but everyone else considers her to be quite beautiful.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to the cute art style, everyone. All the main characters are college age. Especially Emma, who looks like a teenager but is twenty.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Emma" is actually a nickname for "Emmeline."
  • Only One Name: Elios’ last name hasn’t been revealed yet. Emma’s last name is Wilson, as revealed on the author’s instagram.
  • Sick Episode: "My Fever" shows Emma in bed with the flu.
  • Sleep Cute: While Emma and Elios are working on her paper all night, she falls asleep on his shoulder, and eventually rests her head on the table. It goes from cute to creepy when Elios begins to check the time, obviously plotting something.
  • Stepford Smiler: Emma keeps her worries and stresses inside, which leads to her eventually breaking down in front of Elios.
  • Shout-Out: Emma was named after the main character from The Promised Neverland.
  • Surprise Creepy: The entire series. It looks cute, but the art only bellies the disturbing aspects.
  • Truth in Television:
    • Elios may be intelligent and able to keep up a facade, but even he has cracks, such as telling Emma that he loves her so much he’s willing to kill for her with a crazed look in his eyes.
    • Even Emma’s not picking up such red flags and instead justifying them as hyperbole is this. Especially since it's implied she was abused as a child. Sadly, abused children often grow up to either become abusers themselves, or enter relationships with abusive people. It takes a lot of work to break the cycle, usually requiring a stable support system and professional help — neither of which Emma has.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The three main characters: Emma, Elios, and Yohan. Played with, since Emma and Elios are dating and aren't friends with Yohan.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Elios may love Emma, but that doesn't excuse his actions.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Yohan ends up having to make an impromptu plan when he notices that he's being followed by somebody, whom the readers know is Elios. He at first means to go into a crowded area, but due to his bad sense of direction, ends up at a creepy abandoned house. Realizing that this means the person following him will likely assume that he led him there, Yohan devises a quick plan to try to distract Elios while his uncle arrives.
  • Yandere: Guess who? If the above tropes haven't given it away, Elios.
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