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Underworld Love Story is a webcomic retelling the myth of Hades and Persephone by Vietnamese artist Gau Meo. Aside from the mythic retelling, it also possesses an expanded universe for several other myths.

As of July 2017, Gau Meo had to take down much of her uploaded main story due to the fact that her story was picked up and is being published by a well-known Vietnamese publishing house.

The expanded universe is currently still being added to. It can be read here, here and here.

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The webcomic provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Hades certainly qualifies. Quite a few of the other characters regularly refer to Hades as being rather nerdy in-universe.
    • Prometheus seems to qualify as well.
    • As does Thanatos.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Played with. Though Hades is definitely not a jerk, Persephone's understandable anger and initial misjudging of his character did rub him the wrong way. The romantic tension during their earlier encounters isn't all that noticeable until you realize that Persephone has a pre-existing crush on him. The tension really kicks in later in the story once the belligerence between them does down. They end up getting married at the end of the story, and expanded comics show that they had three children together.
  • Celibate Hero: Hades was one in-universe prior to meeting Persephone. One of the comics has a moment with Artemis and Athena even stating that there was a rumor going around Olympus that he was still a virgin but he actually lost it to Leuce and had his heart broken when she dumped him immediately afterward, leading to him shunning all forms of romance until he met Persephone.
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  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Persephone is understandably not impressed when her daughters, Makaria and Melinoë, tell her that Minthe had been trying to make sexual advancements on their father.
  • Everyone Hates Hades: Averted big time.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Everyone in the Underworld.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Any audience familiar with Greek Mythology will know that Hades and Persephone end up married at the end of their myth.
  • May–December Romance: Hades is exactly 113 years older than Persephone.
    • Hades and Persephone's daughter Makaria has this type of relationship with Thanatos.
  • Momma's Boy: Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus are mentioned to be close to their mother, Rhea.
  • Mr.Fanservice: Pretty much all of the male gods, but most notably Hades, who has several scenes that show off his muscular physique.
  • Ms.Fanservice: Aphrodite is one in-universe, but Persephone herself has moments that qualify.
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  • My Beloved Smother: A much more mild example with Demeter, but dialogue from the characters show that Demeter disapproves of the constant courting that several of the male Olympians bestow upon her daughter.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Every immortal in the story, but the notable ones are Hades and Persephone themselves, who despite being 200 and 87-years-old respectively, appear to be 25-28 and 17-20 physically.
  • Shipper on Deck: Charon and Arachne, as well as Zeus and Poseidon to a slightly lesser degree, are this to Hades and Persephone.
    • Much to Thanatos and Makaria's surprise, they learn that her parents shipped it from the time that Makaria was still a baby.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Hades and Persephone engage in this during the scene where they have dinner together.
    • On a lesser scale, Hades and Kronos do this before they actually engage in combat during the scene where Hades rescues Persephone from Tartarus.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: It seems that only Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are siblings while the other Olympians who are traditionally children of Kronos aren't related at all.
    • Persephone likewise technically isn't actually related to either Hades or Zeus; she was created by Prometheus and immortalized by Gaia as a gift to Demeter. In other words, her parents are Prometheus and Demeter.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Makaria and Melinoë come across as being this, as they are regularly shown to be frustrated by their parents.
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