Persephone (The Matrix)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2012)|
|The Matrix character|
|First appearance||The Matrix Reloaded|
|Created by||Wachowski Brothers|
|Portrayed by||Monica Bellucci|
Persephone is a fictional character in The Matrix franchise. She is portrayed by Monica Bellucci. In the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Persephone is the wife of the Merovingian. She seems bored with her existence in the Matrix, and is disaffected by her husband (possibly because of his adultery).
In The Matrix Reloaded, Persephone is attracted to Neo and offers to help him if he kisses her with the same passion with which he has kissed Trinity. Reluctantly, he complies and she helps him free the Keymaker. Later, she kills one of her husband's employees.
In The Matrix Revolutions, Persephone warns the Merovingian that Trinity would indeed kill everyone in Club Hel to free Neo from the Train Station, simply because she is in love. This suggests that Persephone perceives and understands love, and may be disheartened by the cynicism of her husband, who seems to be driven solely by greed and lust.
Enter the Matrix
In the video game Enter The Matrix, Persephone encounters and takes a kiss from either Niobe or Ghost (depending on whose story the player follows). She seems to be able to deduce the feelings and emotions of those she kisses, noting Niobe's love for Morpheus, or Ghost's unrequited love for Trinity. She apparently takes deep pleasure in sampling the emotions of others.
The Matrix Online
The character's name is taken from that of Persephone in Greek mythology, who is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter (Ceres), and whom Hades took to the underworld to be his queen. There are allusions throughout the movies that The Merovingian works in the Matrix as an analogue to Hades, including his presence in Club Hel, his unhappy marriage to Persephone, and his existence as one of the oldest beings in the Matrix universe, specifically as the one in charge of "lost souls."
Before shooting her husband's employee in The Matrix Reloaded, Persephone wonders aloud, "How many people keep silver bullets in their gun?", implying that the employee is a werewolf. In behind-the-scenes footage, Persephone herself is described as a "vampire that seeks after emotions."
- Persephone's gun in The Matrix Reloaded is a COP 357 Derringer, the same gun used by replicant Leon Kowalski in Blade Runner.