History Literature / PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians

16th Nov '16 7:31:20 AM Iris
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** The series never outright calls any of the demigods illegitimate, though at one point Hera calls Percy "one of Poseidon's...children," and Percy knows she ''definitely'' implied something else, like "mistakes".

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** The series never outright calls any of the demigods illegitimate, though at one point Hera calls Percy "one of Poseidon's...children," and Percy knows she ''definitely'' implied something else, like "mistakes"."[[NarrativeProfanityFilter mistakes]]". Older readers might thing of [[HeroicBastard another term that applies to Percy]].



** The majority of the main cast qualifies as well, though it isn't as physically obvious in their case. It's right there in their name; they're the half-blooded offspring of one mortal parent and one divine parent.



* HopeSpot: ''Literally'' in ''The Last Olympian'' when Percy gives [[spoiler:PandorasBox]] to Hestia, and the warmth of her hearth fires inspires him to keep fighting. And despite more bad developments which happen after this, [[SubvertedTrope it isn't dashed]] since they do win.

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* HopeSpot: ''Literally'' HornyDevils: The empousai are a toned-down version, true to their role in ''The Last Olympian'' UsefulNotes/GreekMythology-they were one of the earliest forms of succubus. They're literal maneaters who use a combination of flirtation, illusory beauty, and some sort of mind-scrambling lust magic to disarm their opponents. Their first appearance is in ''Battle'', when they attack Percy gives [[spoiler:PandorasBox]] to Hestia, and the warmth of her hearth fires inspires him to keep fighting. And despite more bad developments which happen after this, [[SubvertedTrope it isn't dashed]] since they do win.at his freshman orientation [[AllGuysLoveCheerleaders disguised as cheerleading upperclassmen.]]
23rd Oct '16 8:37:17 AM DrNoPuma
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* MonstrousSeal: The Telekhines are literal monsters that are often compared to seals in appearance.
4th Oct '16 9:09:38 PM Iris
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** [[spoiler: This either solidifies Sally as a BadAss MamaWolf, or a KarmaHoudini - she never really gets called out on sentencing [[FateWorseThanDeath a sentient being to becoming a statue]] [[AndIMustScream that probably remains conscious and thinking until it's broken.]]]]
*** [[spoiler: Actually, in the last book, there's a scene where the Titan army is at Medusa's "garden gnome" shop and it describes how some of the statues (including one that used to be Grover's Uncle Ferdinand) are broken, but there's no indication that the break did anything to "release" the person or creature from the stone prison, so it would appear that once they've been turned to stone, there's no coming back and - for all intents and purposes - they are dead.]]



* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler: Thalia]] in ''The Titan's Curse''.

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* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler: Thalia]] in ''The Titan's Curse''. In a similar vein, Percy himself.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Luke betrays his friends, humanity and the gods just to get back at his dad.



** Rachel appears [[OneSceneWonder briefly but memorably]] in ''The Titan's Curse'' by way of helping Percy hide from Atlas' zombie warriors, then demanding an explanation. Percy is shocked InUniverse when she shows up again at his high school in the next book, and ''[[OhCrap recognizes him]]''.



* EngineeredPublicConfession: Percy needling Luke into admitting he poisoned Thalia's tree in front of an Iris message directly to the camp head's office.
-->'''Percy:''' You poisoned the tree, you betrayed Thalia, you set us all up-all to help Kronos destroy the gods.
-->'''Luke:''' You know that! Why do you keep asking me?
-->'''Percy:''' [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfFunny Because I want everybody]] [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the audience to hear you.]]



** Grover himself is established pretty well in the above scene-he's [[ShrinkingViolet glumly taking the bullying from someone he could probably get to shove off if he really wanted]], and practically holding Percy in his seat to keep him from getting in trouble.



%%* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Luke, other half-bloods, etc.]].

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%%* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Luke, other half-bloods, etc.]].[[spoiler: Most of Kronos' army, but most prominently Luke. He even has the LouisCypher allusion in his name to solidify the fallen angel vibes.]]



** Interviews confirm Luke's fatal flaw is {{Wrath}}. He's blinded by anger at the gods and lashes out against them, and [[spoiler: that same anger and recklessness keeps him from realizing how badly he's screwed up until it's too late to stop the ball rolling. In true Greek tragedy fashion, it ends up killing him.]]



** ''Perseus'' Jackson, people! His mother named him after Perseus, despite being a son of Poseidon, because Perseus was the only mythic hero to get a happy ending.

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** ''Perseus'' Jackson, people! His Percy, twice over. InUniverse, his mother named him after Perseus, despite being a son of Poseidon, because Perseus in the hopes that it would be good luck-he was one of the only mythic hero Greek heroes to get a happy ending.ending. And from a Doylist perspective, that name taken from the Greek roughly translates to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "the destroyer"]]. Highly appropriate for an ApocalypseMaiden AntiHero with major destructive power.
** Luke's another layered one. The name means "light/light-bringer", but in a LightIsNotGood fashion, as it's taken from ''Lucifer'', fitting for a paragonic rebel who tries to destroy the gods themselves. [[spoiler: The nicer connotations foreshadow his ultimate redemption and role in saving Olympus.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Kronos is called "the crooked one" in the first book in reference to his tendency to lie and manipulate. Percy himself, in a way(see his entry under MeaningfulName).



* TroubledButCute: Nico di Angelo, [[spoiler: after his sister Bianca dies]].

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* TroubledButCute: Nico di Angelo, [[spoiler: after his sister Bianca dies]]. Percy himself. On the very first page of ''The Lightning Thief'' he tells the reader he goes to Yancy Academy, a boarding school for "troubled kids", then "Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that."



* VillainHasAPoint: Luke, Prometheus and most of the minor gods and demigods that side with the Titans do so because [[JerkAssGods the Olympians are jerks]], [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]], and all around no better than the Titans. They side with Cronus either for revenge or hoping that by supporting him he will grant them a better deal.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Luke, Prometheus and most of the minor gods and demigods that side with the Titans do so because [[JerkAssGods the Olympians are jerks]], [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]], and all around no better than the Titans. They side with Cronus Kronos either for revenge or hoping that by supporting him he will grant them a better deal.



** In ''Last Olympian'', the line that foreshadows [[spoiler: that Luke is not entirely gone inside Kronos]] is this both InUniverse and out.
-->'''Luke/Kronos:''' You lied! You said [[JerkassGods they]] cared about me!
-->'''Chiron:''' Me. You said me.



* YouCanSeeMe: Percy is shocked when Rachael can see both his sword and the skeletons chasing him.

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* YouCanSeeMe: Percy is shocked when Rachael Rachel can see both his sword and the skeletons chasing him.
28th Sep '16 1:26:34 PM Malady
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* AbductionIsLove: In Percy's retelling of the stories of the Gods, he has Hades actually going to Zeus for advice on how to court Persephone. Hades has the idea to talk to Demeter and ask permission or declare his feelings to Persephone, but Zeus goes for one of his favored methods, "I suggest kidnapping." And the rest is history.


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* GoFetch: Attempted in ''The Lightning Thief'' against Cerberus who ignores it. Then they pull out a ball and play it completely straight. He actually whines and looks disappointed when they leave.
19th Sep '16 1:12:59 PM Edlart
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* ToHellAndBack: Percy has been to hell. Twice.

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* ToHellAndBack: Percy has been to hell. Twice.Three times at least.
29th Aug '16 6:00:05 PM Moonstreak
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->''If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened. But if you recognize yourself in these pages-if you feel something stirring inside- stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.''

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->''If you're a normal kid, reading this because you think it's fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened. But if you recognize yourself in these pages-if pages - if you feel something stirring inside- inside - stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.''
28th Aug '16 8:25:08 PM AbsolXGuardian
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** In the Appollo Trails series, Appollo mentions that that the Aztec god of the sun can help keep the sun spining in this absence.



** ''The Lightning Thief'' has a scene where Percy jumps from the top of the Gateway Arch straight into the Mississippi River. Considering that the Arch is a hundred yards or more from the river under ordinary circumstances, with some wide concrete walkways, a huge 64-step grand staircase, and a road in between, he'd need a hang glider to achieve this. (See [[http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/St-Louis-Riverfront-and-Arch-10-17-2004_5604.jpg this photo]] for reference.) Even during flood season, the closest the river has ever been to the Arch is halfway up the staircase

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** ''The Lightning Thief'' has a scene where Percy jumps from the top of the Gateway Arch straight into the Mississippi River. Considering that the Arch is a hundred yards or more from the river under ordinary circumstances, with some wide concrete walkways, a huge 64-step grand staircase, and a road in between, he'd need a hang glider to achieve this. (See [[http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/St-Louis-Riverfront-and-Arch-10-17-2004_5604.jpg this photo]] for reference.) Even during flood season, the closest the river has ever been to the Arch is halfway up the staircasestaircase. However, this is explained away with Percy's water powers.
19th Jul '16 9:09:14 PM GranChi
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** In the first book, Percy's stepfather, "Smelly" Gabe, treats both Percy and his mom like dirt. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Sally Jackson uses the Medusa head from Percy on Gabe, sells the statue, and gains enough money from it to go into writing]].

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** In the first book, Percy's stepfather, "Smelly" Gabe, treats both Percy and his mom like dirt. Thankfully, [[spoiler: At the end, Sally Jackson uses the Medusa head from Percy on Gabe, sells the statue, and gains enough money from it to go turn Gabe into writing]].a stone statue]].



* EmbarrassingLastName: Gabe ''Ugliano''? Keeping a rebellious streak aside, there's absolutely no way Percy's mom would have sacrificed her maiden name for that surname. Good thing he gets what's coming to him at the end.

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* EmbarrassingLastName: Gabe ''Ugliano''? Keeping a rebellious streak aside, there's absolutely no way Percy's mom would have sacrificed her maiden name for that surname. Good thing he gets what's coming to him at the end.



* {{Jerkass}}: Gabe Ugliano. Good thing [[spoiler:it's implied Sally turned him into a statue with Medusa's head]]. He deserved the comeuppance.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Gabe Ugliano. Good thing [[spoiler:it's implied Sally turned him into a statue with Medusa's head]]. He deserved the comeuppance.
13th Jun '16 8:45:33 AM Revaryk
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'''''Percy Jackson and the Olympians''''' is childrens UrbanFantasy series by Creator/RickRiordan based on [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. The SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' and ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' have their own pages. The first two [[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians book movies]], ''Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'', and ''Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'' have been released.

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'''''Percy Jackson and the Olympians''''' is childrens a children's UrbanFantasy series by Creator/RickRiordan based on [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]]. The SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' and ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' have their own pages. The first two [[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians book movies]], ''Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'', and ''Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'' have been released.
12th May '16 9:38:29 PM Nicoaln
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* BrickJoke: There were a few throwaway lines about lost pizza deliverymen in this series. In the second [[Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo sequel series]], Apollo reveals this was his fault.
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