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Webcomic / Punderworld

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Punderworld is a webcomic by Croatian comics artist Linda Luksic Sejic of Blood Stain fame. Set in the era of Antiquity, it tells the tale of how Hades met Persephone and they fell in love.

Can be read on Tapas Media here, Webtoons here, DeviantArt here and on Sigeel's Tumblr here.

This webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Demeter's portrayal in this comic moves her from overprotective to downright abusive. She refuses to listen to any of Persephone's woes, and when she actually does listen for once, she acts like the victim.
  • Adaptational Consent: In some retellings of the myth, Hades kidnapped Persephone and essentially forced her to marry him against her will. Here it is pretty clear that the relationship is way more consensual, Persephone finding every reason to return to the Underworld or stall for time leaving it.
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  • Ambiguously Gay: Persephone seems to think the vow of chastity that Artemis took and which her mortal priestesses follow is because she's only interested in girls.
  • Animal Motif: Hera to peacocks. Her clothes are done to evoke peacock imagery and she rides a chariot driven by two giant peacocks.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Zeus is portrayed as a wannabe wingman who is a little too interested that his brother Hades is finally pursuing a relationship.
  • Berserk Button: Charon does not like being compared to mortals.
  • Cool Big Bro: Zeus certainly acts the part, even though he's Hades' younger brother.
  • Cool Crown: Those aren't horns on Hades' head. That's his crown that grants him the power of Invisibility.
  • Daddy's Girl: When Artemis is officially inducted into the pantheon with her first temple, the party Zeus throws was done with the idea that she would be treated like a queen for a day.
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hades is a Chthonian god who stands out among the rest of his godly kin because he dresses in black and has a crown that looks like horns coming out of his head, but Hades takes his job in sorting through mortal souls very seriously and respects Zeus's authority.
  • Gender Bender: When we first see Charon, he is an older man with a thick beard. After he returns to his human-esq shape after scolding Oedipus, he is noticeably more feminine. Charon then threatens Oedipus if he tells anyone about their alternate forms.
  • The Glomp: Persephone does this to Hades in "Impatient".
  • Good Stepmother: While Hera was obviously pissed when she found out about Artemis, it is implied that the two eventually reconciled in some manner, even allowing Artemis to join the Olympians without complaint. Then again, it was Zeus who explained it, so it probably isn't so simple.
  • Invisibility: Hades is shown to have this ability, becoming invisible when Zeus because too pushy about his crush for his liking.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "death by paperwork", Persephone recommends dumping Theseus and Pirithous in Tartarus for trying to kidnap her. Since there are protocols for admissions to Tartarus, Hades has them fill out a mountain of paperwork instead. Persephone could not help but be impressed.
    Hades: If you want to avoid Tartarus and instead get back to your mortal life outside you will have to fill these forms correctly. I have found about 30 typos specifically in the sections Alpha 437 to Delta 304. Your name was signed incorrectly twice, oh and... did I mention this? Ancient Greek 2.0 is no longer a valid language in this domain. You will have to take a course to learn the version 3, as there are quite a few terms that changed.
    Persephone: Wow... some punishments truly are worse than Tartarus.
    Hades: Thank you, dear. I do my best.
  • My Beloved Smother: A given when Demeter is in your story. She is portrayed as a Control Freak who believes that she and Persephone, as Earth goddesses, are above attending parties with "lesser gods" and should not waste their valuable time on "idle frivolities." Since the only festival they ever go to (Thesmophoria) is for women only, it is implied that she does this to keep her away from boys.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Implied in Persephone's case in "first date". Since lush meadows and waterfalls are already her domain, she is less than impressed when Hades tries to show her Elysium, instead finding interest in the more lava-cave areas of the underworld.
  • Not So Similar: When Oedipus asks why humans are socially and divinely penalized for incest when the Gods do it all the time, Charon rather angrily points out that humans are nothing more than meager flesh-creatures while the gods are "pure energy given form" that are "beyond [his] narrow-minded comprehension."
  • Sacred Hospitality: Zeus invokes the Rules of Xenia - the idea that a host will offer food and care to a guest if the guest does not act like a burden - to get Hades to stop bothering him with work in the middle of the party.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To Lore Olympus. Both are comics featured Webtoons that retell the Taking of Persephone myth as a fully consensual romance between a Hades who is depicted as an awkward and somewhat dorky nice guy and a Persephone who chafes to be free of her overprotective mother's restrictive control. However, Lore Olympus updates the realm of the gods into a modern-day setting and freely reinterprets the personalities of various mythological figures, while Punderworld maintains the classical setting and mostly depicts the gods and other major figures more in line with popular interpretations.
  • Workaholic: Zeus implies that Hades barely ever leaves the Underworld, and when he does it is purely for work reasons. Zeus has to invoke the Rules of Xenia to make him stop and jumps at the chance to talk about girls.


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