Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a 2010 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus, loosely adapted from The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books. It stars Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson alongside an ensemble cast that includes Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan.Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was released August 2013.
Tropes which only apply to the film Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief:
In the sequel, Hermes (Nathan Fillion) gives Percy powerful winds in a thermos from a Hercules-themed TV show that he describes as being "the best show ever...which means it's canceled". A good number of people may say the same regarding a show that Fillion became well known for.
Composite Character: Though it has never been stated outright, movie Annabeth has Clarisse' first major scene, personality, and hair color. She's really more Clarisse than she is Annabeth.
Film!Luke takes over Ares' role as the person who duped Percy into taking the Bolt to Hades.
Everybody Hates Hades: Gets off comparatively easy compared to some other adaptations. He makes his first appearance as a fiery demon type thing, but it's pretty clear that that was just for show. Much is made of him being abusive but that's not really much in evidence. He is an asshole though. He offers to let Percy and co. go in exchange for Zeus' lightning bolt, but when he gets it he tries to kill them.
Faux Action Girl: Annabeth. Despite supposedly being the best fighter in the camp, she's easily beaten by Percy once he's told how to use his powers, is completely helpless against Medusa, isn't able to recognise when they've been enticed by the lotus eaters until after they escape (due to Percy), and does nothing during the final battle.
G-Rated Drug: The Lotus Hotel in the film. While in the book, it was the arcade games that kept you there, the film has them literally eat lotus blossoms during their stay. This is treated as them getting high.
Annabeth: I think I figured it out, I know why we're here.
Percy: Why are we here?
Annabeth: To HAVE FUN!
Idiot Ball: The Lightning Thief still holding that lightning bolt while against someone who can wield water. On a quest that consistently involves events from Greek Mythology, Annabeth (who is supposed to be the goddess of wisdom's daughter) enters the Lotus Casino and eats the Lotus blossoms inside, after she is saved she figures out that they are the lotus eaters from the Odyssey.
Informed Ability: We are told that Annabeth is a wise combat schemer, probably a combat pragmatist, but in the movie she offers no actual aid to the heroes and just kind of acts like a tag-along child with specks of damsel in distress. All the combat and ideas on how to solve problems are given by Percy the only exception being the idea to keep Medusa's head for later.
Informed Flaw: Percy's ADHD (apparently severe enough to put him into a special school) doesn't seem to affect his life in any way.
MacGuffin: The three pearls they need to get home.
Missing Trailer Scene: In the trailer, there is one scene with somebody firing a minigun, which was not in the film nor in the deleted scenes. Perhaps Ares was originally supposed to be included?
Product Placement: Apple products. Also, when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover go to see Luke on how to get into the Underworld, he's playing Modern Warfare 2, more specifically the "Favela" map on the OpFor side.
In the sequel, UPS is revealed as being secretly run by Hermes.
Running Gag: Grover getting flirted with by hot girls, from the camp to the underworld counts.
Sadly Mythtaken: The story centers around a summer solstice deadline, but Persephone is shown living in the underworld with Hades—something that's supposed to happen during the fall and winter months. What makes it stand out more is that she does acknowledge that she gets time away from Hades... though exactly when that is is never expanded on.
Art Shift: When the Oracle tells Percy the story of the Titanomachy, animation that resembles stained-glass windows is used.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In a huge departure from the books, Luke manages to resurrect Kronos with the Golden Fleece. Kronos then arises from his tomb, as a demonic giant, complete with horns and fiery eyes.
Bland-Name Product: "Demigoogle," which appears to be a demigod search engine of sorts. As in, one can track a demigod's location by searching for them on it.
Body Horror: Thalia turning into a tree; the trunk GROWS out of her stomach. In present day, the tree roots still vaguely retain her features.
Chickification: Annabeth goes from a skilled, badass warrior (in the novels, not the first film) to a blonde racist who is little more than dead weight.
Decomposite Character: An example of this and Retcon: Annabeth in the first movie appeared to be a Composite Character of Book!Annabeth and Clarisse, who was nowhere in the film. In Sea of Monsters, Clarisse is shown to be attending Camp Half-Blood.
Disney Death: FIVE of them in The Sea of Monsters. Tyson, as he sherlock-falls from the cliff and comes back alive; Grover and Luke, who were eaten alive by Kronos and reappeared unharmed after he's defeated; Annabeth near the climax, revived within a minute by the Golden Fleece; and Thalia in the epilogue.
Idiot Ball: Oh my Zeus, so many characters love it. Luke trying to imprison the son of Poseidon on a boat, Luke not searching Percy for his sword disguised as a pen when he ties him up, Percy and his brother hugging instead of stopping the Golden Fleece from resurrecting Kronos, the group crying over Annabeth's body even though they've just gotten the fleece that can heal anyone or anything. Every bad guy saying that Percy can't stop them because he's destined to destroy Mount Olympus even though the prophecy explicitly states he will have the chance to save it. The plot wouldn't move at all if the goddess of wisdom had been a bit more generous with her gift.
Jesus Was Way Cool: Mr. D thinks so, at least; he's apparently a fan of the wine miracle from the wedding. Interesting, when you consider how the two are usually compared to each other in Real Life.