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9th Mar '17 12:35:52 PM ZeroHeart10
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** It is implied that Percy bouncing between schools and ending up forced into various private schools is why they remain poor, the costs being too high to handle other expenses as well.
26th Feb '17 3:39:20 AM NightShade96
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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Anyone who dies goes out with a [[DyingMomentOfAwesome really, really loud bang]]. [[spoiler: In Charles Beckendorf's case, quite literally.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler: Hestia]]. Pay attention to that little girl at Camp Half-Blood in "The Lightning Thief".

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Anyone who dies goes out with a [[DyingMomentOfAwesome really, really loud bang]].bang. [[spoiler: In Charles Beckendorf's case, quite literally.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: EarlyBirdCameo:
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[[spoiler: Hestia]]. Pay attention to that little girl at Camp Half-Blood in "The Lightning Thief".



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Percy is [[{{BullyHunter}} introduced trying to defend Grover from a bully]], [[{{HotBlooded}} even though getting into another fight could get him expelled.]]

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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Percy is [[{{BullyHunter}} introduced [[BullyHunter trying to defend Grover from a bully]], [[{{HotBlooded}} [[HotBlooded even though getting into another fight could get him expelled.]]



* FireballEyeballs: Two examples:

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* FireballEyeballs: Two examples: FireballEyeballs:



* GenreBlindness: Percy has an absolutely terrible track record in terms of recognizing the various mythic monsters and traps he stumbles across, even though most of them are obvious variations on well-known episodes from things like ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. Occassionally, he is GenreSavvy - In ''The Sea of Monsters'' knows Tantalus's background upon first meeting him at Camp Half-Blood. He knows about the Sirens when he and Annabeth encounter them, and the dangers they pose. And in the first book, he knows Procrustes' background.
** Actually averted, Percy has a functioning knowledge of Greek mythology that he uses to his advantage constantly, and actually, he directly explains most myths to the reader. For some reason [[http://ehlihr.tumblr.com/post/136920395842/why-do-people-think-percy-is-so-dumb-because Why do people think Percy is dumb?]] most of fandom thinks hes clueless [[spoiler: Annabeth's fault, actually]].

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* GenreBlindness: Percy has an absolutely terrible track record in terms of recognizing the various mythic monsters and traps he stumbles across, even though most of them are obvious variations on well-known episodes from things like ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. Occassionally, he is GenreSavvy - In ''The Sea of Monsters'' knows Tantalus's background upon first meeting him at Camp Half-Blood. He knows about the Sirens when he and Annabeth encounter them, and the dangers they pose. And pose, and in the first book, he knows Procrustes' background.
** Actually averted, as Percy has a functioning knowledge of Greek mythology that he uses to his advantage constantly, and actually, he actually directly explains most myths to the reader. For some reason [[http://ehlihr.tumblr.com/post/136920395842/why-do-people-think-percy-is-so-dumb-because Why do people think Percy is dumb?]] most of the fandom thinks hes clueless [[spoiler: Annabeth's fault, actually]].



** In TheKaneChronicles, the Egyptian gods of the same universe state that humans ceased worshipping them because, while they are primordial forces, they are still created beings. That poses some ''interesting'' questions in light of Chiron's statement on the matter. Of course, being dangerous jerks who used mortals as pawns tended to destroy respect for them as well.
** To make things even more bizarre, Gods of Asgard mention that Thor once challenged Jesus to a fight.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Played with, they do not need prayers to exist since the Titans or almost unheard of gods like Khione are still alive and powerful after thousands of years. However, they are tied to their realms of influence and Western Civilization. The weakening of either in an unspecified way can weaken the god. Being remembered and worship can give the gods a reason to live to prevent them from fading. The most direct case is of [[spoiler: Pan. The belief of the Satyrs, Dryads, and other nature spirits are what have kept him from fading away.]]

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** In TheKaneChronicles, ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', the Egyptian gods of the same universe state that humans ceased worshipping them because, while they are primordial forces, they are still created beings. That poses some ''interesting'' questions in light of Chiron's statement on the matter. Of course, being dangerous jerks who used mortals as pawns tended to destroy respect for them as well.
** To make things even more bizarre, Gods ''Gods of Asgard Asgard'' mention that Thor once challenged Jesus to a fight.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Played with, they do not need prayers to exist since the Titans or almost unheard of gods like Khione are still alive and powerful after thousands of years. However, they are tied to their realms of influence and Western Civilization.civilization. The weakening of either in an unspecified way can weaken the god. Being remembered and worship can give the gods a reason to live to prevent them from fading. The most direct case is of [[spoiler: Pan. The belief of the Satyrs, Dryads, and other nature spirits are what have kept him from fading away.]]



* GoodIsNotNice: Let's be honest, [[JerkAss the gods are complete assholes]]. Their pettiness and vanity often ends up nearly getting the heroes killed, even when they're trying to save the day. Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Calypso]] when she questions Percy on his loyalty to the gods.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Let's be honest, [[JerkAss [[JerkassGods the gods are complete assholes]]. Their pettiness and vanity often ends up nearly getting the heroes killed, even when they're trying to save the day. Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Calypso]] when she questions Percy on his loyalty to the gods.



* HalfHumanHybrid: The Minotaur is just one of the first examples. There are numerous others that number so many we would be tracked down if their names were posted here.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: HalfHumanHybrid:
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The Minotaur is just one of the first examples. There are numerous others that number so many we would be tracked down if their names were posted here.



* HistoricalInJoke: Just think about it.

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* HistoricalInJoke: Just think about it. it:



* HornyDevils: The empousai are a toned-down version, true to their role in Myth/ClassicalMythology-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 at his freshman orientation [[AllGuysLoveCheerleaders disguised as cheerleading upperclassmen.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Grover and the other satyrs believe this, given their belief that humans [[GreenAesop mistreated the earth]].

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* HornyDevils: The empousai are a toned-down version, true to their role in Myth/ClassicalMythology-they Myth/ClassicalMythology -- they were one of the earliest forms of succubus. succubi. They're literal maneaters man-eaters 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 at his freshman orientation while [[AllGuysLoveCheerleaders disguised as cheerleading upperclassmen.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: HumansAreTheRealMonsters:
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Grover and the other satyrs believe this, given their belief that humans [[GreenAesop mistreated the earth]].



** Percy also shows shades of this at first, given that he's dealt with nothing but bullies and his abusive step-father for his whole life. He grows out of this over the course of the first book however, growing to care for the safety of an innocent family and seeing his step-father as one of the worst examples of humanity rather than being par for the course.

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** Percy also shows shades of this at first, given that he's dealt with nothing but bullies and his abusive step-father for his whole life. He grows out of this over the course of the first book book, however, growing to care for the safety of an innocent family and seeing his step-father as one of the worst examples of humanity rather than being par for the course.



* IconicSequelCharacter: Thalia Grace does not appear until the very end of ''The Sea of Monsters'' and doesn't do anything until ''The Titan's Curse'', but became extremely popular with the fanbase. Her connection with one of the primary characters of the Sequel Series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' solidified her importance.

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* IconicSequelCharacter: IconicSequelCharacter:
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Thalia Grace does not appear until the very end of ''The Sea of Monsters'' and doesn't do anything until ''The Titan's Curse'', but became extremely popular with the fanbase. Her connection with one of the primary characters of the Sequel Series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' solidified her importance.



* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Annabeth to Luke in ''The Last Olympian''.

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* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Annabeth to Luke [[spoiler:Luke]] in ''The Last Olympian''.



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

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



* JustTrainWrong: There are a couple of glaring instances when it comes to railroads being used in the stories.

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* JustTrainWrong: There are a couple of glaring instances when it comes to railroads being used in the stories. stories:



* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: Mount Olympus is reachable via a special elevator to the 600th floor of the Empire State Building.

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* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: LandmarkingTheHiddenBase:
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Mount Olympus is reachable via a special elevator to the 600th floor of the Empire State Building.



%%* LeeroyJenkins: Percy.

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%%* * LeeroyJenkins: Percy.Percy. He has a tendency to recklessly charge into battle without a proper strategy.



* LoveableRogue: Hermes, as in mythology--and by extension, most of his demigod children. [[spoiler:Luke is a subversion]].

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* LoveableRogue: Hermes, as in mythology--and mythology -- and by extension, most of his demigod children. [[spoiler:Luke is a subversion]].



* MeaningfulName: Most of the more minor half-bloods have names which reflect their divine parent. Hephaestus has a kid whose last name is Mason, Apollo has sons whose last names are Yew and Fletcher...

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* MeaningfulName: Most of the more minor half-bloods have names which reflect their divine parent. parent:
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Hephaestus has a kid whose last name is Mason, Apollo has sons whose last names are Yew and Fletcher...



** A rather tragic example: "Zoe" means "Life". And her last name is "Nightshade." Nightshade is another name for a family of of poisonous plants. [[spoiler: Just how did Zoe die again? Oh yeah, POISON was a part of it!]]
** Also Rachel Elizabeth Dare, in a StevenUlyssesPerhero-ish way. And ''boy'', does Rick Riordan feel proud of ''that'' particular idea. Her initals are RED, and she has red hair. Probably coincidence.

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** A rather tragic example: "Zoe" means "Life". And her last name is "Nightshade." "Nightshade". Nightshade is another name for a family of of poisonous plants. [[spoiler: Just how did Zoe die again? Oh yeah, POISON ''poison'' was a part of it!]]
** Also Rachel Elizabeth Dare, in a StevenUlyssesPerhero-ish way. And ''boy'', does Rick Riordan feel proud of ''that'' particular idea. Her initals are RED, and she has red hair. Probably coincidence.coincidental.



* MegaNeko: The Nemean Lion

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* MegaNeko: The Nemean LionLion.



* MonumentalDamage: Again, the Gateway Arch. The Chimera burns a hole in it.

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* MonumentalDamage: MonumentalDamage:
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Again, the Gateway Arch. The Chimera burns a hole in it.



** Not to mention damage done in the last book.
* MoreHeroThanThou

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** Not to mention the damage done in the last book.
* MoreHeroThanThouMoreHeroThanThou:



* AMythologyIsTrue: The Greek myths are true. Christian myth is in the territory of "Maybe yes, maybe no, let's not talk about it". Other mythologies are either not mentioned or in the same boat as Christianity.

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* AMythologyIsTrue: The Greek myths are true. Christian myth is in the territory of "Maybe yes, maybe no, let's not talk about it". Other mythologies are either not mentioned or are in the same boat as Christianity.



* PetTheDog: Dionysus, who's quite a grouch and always seems happy to put Percy and his friends down, helps out Grover in ''The Battle of the Labyrinth'', supporting him when he [[spoiler: announced that the god Pan was dead]]. He also showed genuine grief for [[spoiler: his son Castor]] when he died, and helped cure half-blood Chris Rodriguez who had previously gone insane. It's also subtly implied that he's a hell of a lot more pleasant when he's around his wife, who he genuinely loves (despite the standard Greek god one night stands applying).

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Dionysus, who's quite a grouch and always seems happy to put Percy and his friends down, helps out Grover in ''The Battle of the Labyrinth'', supporting him when he [[spoiler: announced that the god Pan was dead]]. He also showed genuine grief for [[spoiler: his son Castor]] when he died, and helped cure half-blood Chris Rodriguez who had previously gone insane. It's also subtly implied that he's a hell of a lot more pleasant when he's around his wife, who he genuinely loves (despite the standard Greek god one night stands applying).



** It's even {{Lampshaded}}. During a war, Percy and another half-blood have an exchange about how they need to sleep but ''really'' don't want to. Percy, in narration, explains that demigods' dreams suck, since they're frequently visions and prophecies and other psychic junk which isn't fun at all, and the more tense things are the worse the dreams are. For a while, Percy even had Kronos showing up in his dreams to taunt him (and Kronos is good at it, too.)
* {{Pun}}: Percy is able to sneak these by people who are more familiar with Greek mythology. A shining example from the fourth book... "Red cattle. The cattle of the sun. They're sacred to Apollo." "Holy cows?" "Exactly. But what are they doing--"
* PunnyName: Cassandra Dare (as opposed to CassandraTruth)

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** It's even {{Lampshaded}}.{{lampshade|Hanging}}d. During a war, Percy and another half-blood have an exchange about how they need to sleep but ''really'' don't want to. Percy, in narration, explains that demigods' dreams suck, since they're frequently visions and prophecies and other psychic junk which isn't fun at all, and the more tense things are the worse the dreams are. For a while, Percy even had Kronos showing up in his dreams to taunt him (and Kronos is good at it, too.)
* {{Pun}}: Percy is able to sneak these by people who are more familiar with Greek mythology. A shining example from the fourth book... book: "Red cattle. The cattle of the sun. They're sacred to Apollo." "Holy cows?" "Exactly. But what are they doing--"
doing --"
* PunnyName: Cassandra Dare (as opposed to CassandraTruth)CassandraTruth).



** This also comes up in TheKaneChronicles, where the reason gods want mortal hosts is that they can change those patterns.
** The series as a whole could be considered Literature/HarryPotter WITH Greek Mythology.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Daedalus in ''The Battle of the Labyrinth.'' Silena, Ethan, and Luke in ''The Last Olympian.'']]

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** This also comes up in TheKaneChronicles, ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', where the reason gods want mortal hosts is that they can change those patterns.
** The series as a whole could be considered Literature/HarryPotter WITH ''Literature/HarryPotter'' with Greek Mythology.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Daedalus in ''The Battle of the Labyrinth.'' Labyrinth'', and Silena, Ethan, and Luke in ''The Last Olympian.'']]



* RefusalOfTheCall: Played straight and played with in ''The Titan's Curse.
** In the first case, it's played straight when [[spoiler:Thalia joins The Hunters to avoid turning 16. Thus, meaning that The Great Prophecy can't mean her.]]
** It's played with with [[spoiler:Bianca. Who was completely in the running for being TheChosenOne, except she decided to join The Hunters long before anyone knew that she was a daughter of Hades.]]

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* RefusalOfTheCall: Played straight and played with in ''The Titan's Curse.
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** In the first case, it's played straight when [[spoiler:Thalia joins The Hunters to avoid turning 16. Thus, 16, thus meaning that The Great Prophecy can't mean affect her.]]
** It's played with with [[spoiler:Bianca. Who in the case of [[spoiler:Bianca, who was completely in the running for being TheChosenOne, except she decided to join The Hunters long before anyone knew that she was a daughter of Hades.]]



* RhymesOnADime: "Curse me, eh, I'll make you pay/ I don't want to rhyme all day!"

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* RhymesOnADime: In ''The Last Olympian'', "Curse me, eh, I'll make you pay/ pay!/ I don't want to rhyme all day!"



** Rick Riordan lives in San Antonio, Texas, and wrote the scene as a jab at the TAKS, the standardized test of Texas's grade schools at the time of publishing. The Sphinx's instructions being word for word the script teachers have to recite down to the instructions given on properly bubbling in the answers.

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** Rick Riordan lives in San Antonio, Texas, and wrote the scene as a jab [[TakeThat jab]] at the TAKS, the standardized test of Texas's grade schools at the time of publishing. The publishing, with the Sphinx's instructions being word for word what the script teachers have to recite down to the instructions given on properly bubbling in the answers.



* RunningGag: Characters cursing in Ancient Greek, or, "I said something really intelligent like..."

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* RunningGag: Characters cursing in Ancient Greek, or, or "I said something really intelligent like..."



* SequelHook: The prophecy at the end of ''The Last Olympian''.
* SequelSeries: [[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Heroes of Olympus]]

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* SequelHook: The prophecy at the end of ''The Last Olympian''.
Olympian'', which leads to...
* SequelSeries: [[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Heroes of Olympus]]Named ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.



* ShadowWalker: Nico di Angelo is able to "shadow travel" because he's the son of Hades, he claims that every shadow is one and the same, however he can only do it a couple of times per day preferible at night, also it drains him a lot to the point the first time he used it he passed out for a whole week

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* ShadowWalker: ShadowWalker:
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Nico di Angelo is able to "shadow travel" because he's the son of Hades, he claims that every shadow is one and the same, however he can only do it a couple of times per day preferible at night, also it drains him a lot to the point the first time he used it he passed out for a whole week



* ShipTease: Thalia/Luke. Two best friends who ran away together for roughly three years. Then Luke [[spoiler:joining the Titans because one of his reasons was because of her death.]] ''The Titan's Curse'' also has a lot of moments where you find out that Thalia once considered [[spoiler: joining the Hunters, but did not want to because she would be away from Luke.]] Then there was their final battle in ''The Titan's Curse'' which implied quite a bit.

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* ShipTease: ShipTease:
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Thalia/Luke. Two best friends who ran away together for roughly three years. Then Luke [[spoiler:joining the Titans because one of his reasons was because of her death.]] ''The Titan's Curse'' also has a lot of moments where you find out that Thalia once considered [[spoiler: joining the Hunters, but did not want to because she would be away from Luke.]] Then there was their final battle in ''The Titan's Curse'' which implied quite a bit.



* ShoutOut: Too many shout outs to Myth/ClassicalMythology to list. This is in part because author Rick Riordan is also a Greek researcher.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Too many shout outs to Myth/ClassicalMythology to list. This is in part because author Rick Riordan is also a Greek researcher.



** Nico references [[{{SpiderMan}} Spidey]] in ''The Last Olympian'' after taking Percy by shadow-travel on Mrs. O'Leary: [[{{ComesGreatResponsibility}} "With great power...]][[{{SubvertedTrope}} comes great need to take a nap."]]

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** Nico references [[{{SpiderMan}} [[ComicBook/{{SpiderMan}} Spidey]] in ''The Last Olympian'' after taking Percy by shadow-travel on Mrs. O'Leary: [[{{ComesGreatResponsibility}} [[ComesGreatResponsibility "With great power...]][[{{SubvertedTrope}} ]][[SubvertedTrope comes great need to take a nap."]]



* ShownTheirWork: If a monster is named in the books, it exists in Greek Mythology exactly like it does in the books. References to the Illiad and The Odyssey abound. if there's a place described that exists in real life you can recognize it from descriptions. Even epithets are alluded to (grey eyed Athena for instance). Riordan has clearly read the Theogony, the Illiad, The Odyssey, and a number of other minor books including Ovid's Metamorphoses. It shows up with bits like Apollo mentioning he really hates it when girls get turned into trees, or a thermos that perfectly mimics Odysseus' bag of winds.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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If a monster is named in the books, it exists in Greek Mythology exactly like it does in the books. References to the Illiad and The Odyssey abound. if there's a place described that exists in real life you can recognize it from descriptions. Even epithets are alluded to (grey eyed Athena for instance). Riordan has clearly read the Theogony, the Illiad, The Odyssey, and a number of other minor books including Ovid's Metamorphoses. It shows up with bits like Apollo mentioning he really hates it when girls get turned into trees, or a thermos that perfectly mimics Odysseus' bag of winds.



* SoProudOfYou

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* SoProudOfYouSoProudOfYou: Percy gets a lot of this from his father throughout the series.



* TakeThat: The Sphinx scene in ''Battle of the Labyrinth'' appears to be a TakeThat to U.S. education when she tries to administer a standardized test to Annabeth:

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The Sphinx scene in ''Battle of the Labyrinth'' appears to be a TakeThat to jab at U.S. education when she tries to administer a standardized test to Annabeth:



** A much more blatant TakeThat comes from Thalia in ''The Titan's Curse''

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** A much more blatant TakeThat comes from Thalia in ''The Titan's Curse''Curse'':



* ThickerThanWater

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* %%* ThickerThanWater



* TitleDrop: In book 5 Hestia says: "I am here because when all else fails, when all the other mighty gods have gone to war, I am all that's left. Hearth. Home. I am the last Olympian."

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* TitleDrop: This happens in pretty much every book:
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In book 5 Hestia says: "I am here because when all else fails, when all the other mighty gods have gone to war, I am all that's left. Hearth. Home. I am the last Olympian."



** Happens in pretty much every book.



* TooDumbToLive: Nearly everyone at times, but a particularly [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]] example is [[spoiler: when they enter Hephaestus' junkyard and after explicitly being told not to touch or take anything, everyone does exactly that. Bianca's death was likely only because she drew the short straw offscreen.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Nearly everyone at times, but a particularly [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]] example is [[spoiler: when they enter Hephaestus' junkyard and after explicitly being told not to touch or take anything, everyone does exactly that. Bianca's death was likely only because she drew the short straw offscreen.]]



* TotallyRadical: Lots and lots of it, probably because it is told from the first-person narrative of a young teen, but actually written by a 40-something.

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* TotallyRadical: TotallyRadical:
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Lots and lots of it, probably because it is told from the first-person narrative of a young teen, but actually written by a 40-something.
24th Feb '17 4:21:15 PM NightShade96
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'''''Percy Jackson and the Olympians''''' is 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.

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'''''Percy ''Percy Jackson and the Olympians''''' Olympians'' is 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.
24th Feb '17 1:36:28 AM NightShade96
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* ''Percy Jackson's Greek Gods'': Percy retells the stories of the Olympians (also touching on a couple extras, like Hades and Persephone) in his own words-- that is to say, sarcastically, with lots of pointed commentary, bias, and criticism.
* ''Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes'': Released in August 2015, it's the same premise as the previous one, only with the various heroes instead of gods.

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* ''Percy Jackson's Greek Gods'': Percy retells the stories of the Olympians (also touching on a couple extras, like Hades and Persephone) in his own words-- words -- that is to say, sarcastically, with lots of pointed commentary, bias, and criticism.
* ''Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes'': Released in August 2015, it's the same premise as the previous one, only with the various heroes instead of gods.
gods.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Seriously, of all the ways for Mr. D to get Percy's name wrong, his favorite is ''Peter Johnson''? Especially given the reputation of his followers, back in the day...
** In The Last Olympian, Percy mentions that a male and a female camper are not allowed to be alone in a cabin together. There's only one plausible reason for that.
** 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 "[[NarrativeProfanityFilter mistakes]]". Older readers might thing of [[HeroicBastard another term that applies to Percy]].
** In ''The Titan's Curse'', Percy, Thalia, Grover and Zoe Nightshade arrive at Hoover Dam, causing a hurricane of DAM[[DontExplainTheJoke [N]]] jokes:
--> '''Zoë Nightshade''': "Let us find the dam snack bar."
--> '''Grover Underwood''' [smiling]: "The dam snack bar?"
--> '''Zoë Nightshade''': "Yes. What is funny?"
--> '''Grover Underwood''' [trying not to laugh] "Nothing, I could use some dam french fries."
** At the meeting with Hyperion, [[spoiler: Thalia]] tells him "That's a load of Minotaur dung." Given that minotaurs are half bull, and "dung" is another word for "shit"...
** The fact that Chiron and Mr. D are running the camp arguably counts, given that Dionysus was eromenos to Chiron in some stories, and apparently learned "the bacchic rites" from him.
** Ganymede is mentioned in the second book, where he says he always buckles up in a recorded safety spiel in the Gray Sisters' Taxicab. His ''special relationship'' with Zeus isn't.
** The 'Honeymoon Special' waterbed in Crusty's Water Bed Palace has dynamic stabilizers to stop wave motion 'wink,wink,nudge,nudge'.
** There's an awful lot of dancing around the conditions for who can or can't be the Oracle in ''The Last Olympian.'' It's stated that [[spoiler: May Castellan]] had major problems with it because she [[spoiler: already had children.]] When [[spoiler: Rachel becomes the new Oracle]], they note that she won't be dating anyone anytime soon. If you're familiar with Greek mythology, you know that the Oracle had to be a virgin female.
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%%* GiantEnemyCrab: AttackItsWeakPoint ForMassiveDamage! With some bonus SomedayThisWillComeInHandy.
12th Feb '17 8:42:12 AM KelanFarron
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* FatalFamilyPhoto: Whoever Beckendorf is apparently took out a picture of her family or something.

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* FatalFamilyPhoto: Whoever Beckendorf is apparently took out a picture of her his family or something.shortly before going to blow up the Princess Andromeda.
4th Feb '17 9:29:10 AM morenohijazo
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* MultipleChoiceChosen: Initially, there's only one candidate for TheChosenOne specified in the Great Prophecy, Percy Jackson (since it necessitates a demigod child of either Hades, Zeus, or Poseidon to reach their DangerousSixteenthBirthday, and he's the only one they know about). However, more candidates appear in later books -- other demigod kids of those three gods born earlier and have had their aging halted by extraneous circumstances -- and the gods attempt to manipulate which one the chosen one will be to suit their own ends.
14th Jan '17 9:38:01 PM WaterBlap
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* HornyDevils: The empousai are a toned-down version, true to their role in 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 at his freshman orientation [[AllGuysLoveCheerleaders disguised as cheerleading upperclassmen.]]

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* HornyDevils: The empousai are a toned-down version, true to their role in UsefulNotes/GreekMythology-they Myth/ClassicalMythology-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 at his freshman orientation [[AllGuysLoveCheerleaders disguised as cheerleading upperclassmen.]]



* ShoutOut: Too many shout outs to Myth/GreekMythology to list. This is in part because author Rick Riordan is also a Greek researcher.

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* ShoutOut: Too many shout outs to Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology to list. This is in part because author Rick Riordan is also a Greek researcher.
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.
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