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Certamente. We will stay together. Zeus is un imbecile.

–Maria di Angelo, talking to Hades about Zeus' orders in The Last Olympian.

Maria di Angelo was the mother of Bianca and Nico di Angelo. She was an Italian mortal who could see through the Mist.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Demigod Files

The Sword of Hades

While searching for Ethan Nakamura in the Underworld, Melinoe, the goddess of ghosts, appears before Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, and Nico di Angelo to torment them with visions of people they had lost. While she appeared to Thalia as her mother, she showed herself to Nico as Maria di Angelo.

The Last Olympian

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Hades, her lover

When trying to summon Maria, Nico instead finds out much information about his mother through the ghost of his sister, Bianca di Angelo.

During the time Maria and Hades were together, the Great Prophecy had been spoken, and World War II was beginning, with some of his other demigod children involved on the side of the Axis Powers. Hades wanted to hide Maria and the children in the Underworld so that Zeus would not be able to find out about them. However, Maria refused to raise her children there.

While she was in a hotel, Zeus destroyed it, killing Maria. Hades was only quick enough to shield their two children, Bianca and Nico. Hades had wished to revive her in his loss, but Alecto, the Fury, reminded him that as an immortal, he had to respect the forces of life and death. A devastated Hades then told Alecto to bring Nico and Bianca to the Lotus Hotel and Casino, where time stands still. Hades had his children taken to Lethe to have their memories wiped.

It is evident that Hades had loved Maria dearly; gods rarely revealed their true nature to a mortal, even if it was one he or she loved and had children with. However, Hades not only did so with Maria, but also fathered two children through her (unlike having twins) and continued to see Maria until Bianca and Nico were about 5 and 3 years old, respectively. Hades was even prepared to disregard Persephone (his own wife) by promising to build Maria and their children a palace of gold to live in if she would agree to go to the Underworld with him. 

Maria was one of those rare few who always saw Hades' kind and generous side, and even speculated that if the other Olympians saw it as well, they would not spurn and fear him nearly as much. 

Maria's tragic death caused Hades a lot of devastation and pain, as well as bitterness towards his family, which in turn lead him to the curse the Oracle. Nico was able to partially use the memory of his mother to convince Hades to fight with the other Gods. Nico also told Hades that Maria was right about families sticking together, and his father should prove himself to be more than what his siblings thought of him.

It was revealed that the Oracle had foreseen Zeus' wrath and warned Hades to hide his family sooner, but Maria had refused to raise their children in the Underworld.

Appearance

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Nico di Angelo, her son

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Bianca di Angelo, her daughter

Maria was described by Percy to be a very beautiful woman, whom both of her children resemble.

In The Sword of Hades, Percy describes Maria as a woman in an old-fashioned black velvet dress with a matching hat. She wore a string of pearls and white gloves, and her dark hair was tied back.

In The Last Olympian, Maria was described as having Bianca's smile and Nico's dark brown eyes, wearing a black dress, gloves, and a black veiled hat like a star from an old 1940s movie.

Relationships

Love Interests

Hades 

Maria di Angelo was the sweetheart of Hades. Hades had loved Maria dearly. He was even prepared to disregard Persephone (his own wife) by promising to build Maria and their children a palace of gold to live in if she would agree to go to the Underworld with him. Unfortunately , while she was in a hotel, Zeus destroyed it, killing Maria . Hades was only quick enough to shield Bianca and Nico. Hades was left devastated and shattered while witnessing Maria's death. 

Hades had wished to revive her in his loss, but Alecto, the Fury, reminded him that as an immortal, he had to respect the forces of life and death. A devastated Hades then told Alecto to bring Nico and Bianca to the Lotus Hotel and Casino where time stands still. Hades had them taken to Lethe to have their memories wiped . 

Maria's tragic death caused Hades a lot of devastation and pain, as well as bitterness towards his family, which in turn, lead him to the curse the Oracle. Nico was able to partially use the memory of his mother to convince Hades to fight with the others . Nico also telling Hades that she was right about families sticking together and that Hades should prove himself to be more than what his siblings thought of him.

Children

Nico lost all of his memories about Maria because Hades had Nico and his sister taken to the Lethe to have their memory wiped. He is so eager to discover more information from Hades, who uses this to his advantage at times. He even went as far as attempts to summon Maria despite Bianca warning him that he should not do that 

In his attempt to summon his mother, he has presented a memory which discusses the terms of the agreement after World War II and how Hades defied it. Nico watches as Hades and Maria discuss how Hades can bring her to safety, though his offer of building a palace for Maria to lived is declined. He then sees Zeus destroy the hotel they were staying in an attempt to kill him and Bianca. Hades was only quick enough to protect Nico and Bianca but Maria did not survive. 

Bianca's relationship with Maria is unknown as her mother died when she and Nico were very young, and Hades had them taken to the Lethe to have their memories wiped.

Trivia

  • Maria was one of those rare few who always saw Hades's kind and generous side, and even speculated that if the other Olympians saw it as well, they would not spurn and fear him nearly as much.
  • Maria di Angelo and Marie Levesque, the mother of Hazel Levesque, have a lot in common:
    • Both were both at one point lovers of Hades/Pluto.
    • Maria and Marie were both killed by an immortal ( Zeus and Gaia respectively
    • Their daughters were both killed ( Bianca was killed by one of Hephaestus' defective automatons, Talos and Hazel, in order to stop Alcyoneus' rise, sacrifices herself . ) 
    • Their daughter's time was reserved and then brought back to life or for example, Bianca being stuck in the Lotus Hotel and Casino and hadn't even noticed seventy years passed by.
    • Both women have a connection with the Mist (Marie's ability to manipulate it and Maria's ability to see through it).
    • Their first names are similar.
  • Di Angelo means "From the angel."[1][2]

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