Tear Jerker / Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  • Tyson appearing to die in The Sea of Monsters.
  • It's angering as much as it is sad, but the lingering effects of Gabe's Domestic Abuse on Percy gave this troper pause. Of note is a moment in the second book when he spies on Clarisse communicating with Ares. His holographic image raises a hand to Clarisse, doesn't even hit her, and Percy flinches back. When Annabeth finds him, she says he looks like he's seen a ghost, and the moment marks when Percy and Clarisse's relationship begins the change from schoolyard enemies to grudging allies. Especially considering that it's Truth in Television. Abuse doesn't disappear just because the abuser did.
    • Related to Gaby, Percy's homecoming from Yancy in The Lightning Thief (Gaby's first words being demanding money from Percy and pointing out he has to have some if he came with a taxi, and ending with Gaby yelling after Percy that his report card arrived and he should watch his mouth, before Percy goes into his room, which was completely trashed by Gaby, having beer and all littered inside), his angry thoughts about how his mom would deserve a millionaire not someone like Gaby, and then later the revelation of why she put up with him.
  • Annabeth falling and Bianca di Angelo dying, especially when we find out she died to get a toy to give to her little brother, who she had left behind when she joined the Hunters of Artemis
  • Zoe Nightshade's Heroic Sacrifice, which is made twice as tragic by the fact that it was unnecessary. She died throwing herself in front of Atlas to save Artemis, who she thought was injured too badly to keep fighting. It turns out that Artemis was faking her injury to trick Atlas.
    • Also, Artemis is an immortal goddess; Atlas couldn't have killed her anyway, but in that moment, to Zoe, it just didn't matter. Her goddess, her best friend, was in danger.
  • "Let the world honor you, my Huntress. Live forever in the stars."
  • "Where's my sister?"
  • The entire chapter with Calypso, really. The poor girl just seems so lonely. It makes it worse that Percy clearly returns her feelings and badly wants to stay. Her chaste kiss on the forehead in lieu of a goodbye brings home the tears every time.
    • A blink-or-you'll-miss-it moment earlier in the chapter: Percy learns how much damage his desperate measures caused, helping free Typhon and hurting innocent mortal bystanders, and for the first time, seriously considers staying on Ogygia. He outright thinks maybe the world would be better off without him.
  • Daedalus dying to save everyone else, even if he was a jerk in Battle of the Labyrinth.
  • Beckendorf dying (you know it's going to happen when he pulls out the photo, but that only makes it worse) and then his girlfriend, who had been completely devastated by his death, dying while posing as her best friend, especially when she reveals that she was the spy the whole time.
  • Annabeth, who had finally given up on Luke, gave him a knife and had him stab himself to save the world. Luke gets a few more moments of life, then dies, and the villain throughout the whole thing is a hero in the end and his insane mother is waiting for him to come home and... dear God... in The Last Olympian. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, really. And the flashbacks. Even Percy, who has hated and resented Luke for years, seems shaken and upset, and makes sure Luke is honored with the traditional Greek funeral rites.
    Percy: "We need a shroud... a shroud for a child of Hermes."
  • And Ethan Nakamura's death. He was a Jerkass, true, but in the end, he made a Heel–Face Turn and joined Percy's side by stabbing Kronos in an attempt to kill him. It didn't work, but it bought them a little time. Kronos then stomps his foot so hard a giant crevice opens up in Mount Olympus right under Ethan. Since Olympus is in a different plane than Earth, Ethan is falling forever. He likely starves to death or died of something along those lines, because after all, there is no ground for him to land on.
    "If they just- had... thrones..."
  • Kronos and the Titans were jerks, but the gods were just as bad. A Tearjerker in sheer fury happens when Athena said something like, "Percy is right. We should not have left our children unclaimed. It proved a strategic mistake and almost brought about our downfall. " Really? Really Athena? Do you actually find it okay to have a random kid and not take the time to get to know and love them? Do you think about how this would affect the kid, or is all you think about how the little demigod child can be used to your advantage?? Argh!!! *Sob*
    • I think this might be a YMMV because 1) Athena is the goddess of battle strategy, 2) Athena is literally a child born from logic, she is the embodiment of logic, so she wouldn't be all emotional about this, and 3) the gods in general are immortal, and probably have seen thousands of their children born and dead. This is either a coping mechanism or just purely not caring, because honestly, if a person cared for every single one of their children, knowing they'd outlive them, they'd go mad.
      • While definitely a YMMV calling Athena a being of logic is stretching it. She was born of Zeus' head, but that's about it. A logical being wouldn't create a monster, spiders, and betray a patron city. But her stating it was a strategic mistake wasn't wrong, cold and a little sad, but not wrong.
  • Related to the above, the situation of most of the demigods. It's easy to forget when seeing the worst members of cabin Ares or the worst of cabin Aphrodite, but they have all only one parent in their lives (if that- there could be demigods around whose mortal parent died either early on or a bit later), have troubles fitting in thanks to their ADHD and dyslexia (even bookworm Annabeth is dyslexic and has to carry books in Ancient Greek to be able to read them without frustration), are implied to have each gone through several schools (when Percy snaps at Annabeth in early book one that she knows nothing about her, this is one of the first things she brings up), may or may not be threatened by monsters on a somewhat regular basis in the outside world depending on their parent, and are painfully aware of the odds stacked against them, especially since at the only place they can be free, happy and among comrades who understand them, they all get a pearl for their necklace each year to celebrate they survived one more year.
  • Bianca's death, which involved just getting a certain collectible which was missing in her brother's collection, Silena's death and reveal as The Mole, Luke's sacrifice in The Last Olympian, and May Castellan's fate. Percy wonders at the end of the book about her, saying that she will be baking cookies for her son who would never come home. These are just a few examples.
  • In the film, when Percy and Annabeth arrive at Olympus. Annabeth sees Athena and meekly says "hi, mom" - looking like she's trying not to cry.
  • Related-one of the only times Percy openly cries is in the beginning of The Lightning Thief, after Sally is taken. The description of the aftermath-Percy hauling Grover up Half-Blood Hill, sobbing and calling for his mother, is heartbreaking. It really drives it home that despite the massive conflict he's pulled into, Percy is just a lost boy who wanted his mother back.
    • A bit later, after getting the talk about gods and all, as they are on the tour of the camp, Percy asks Chiron whether, if the gods are real, the underworld is real too. When he gets a yes for an answer, he starts to think of ways he could go there and bring his mother back and in fact this is the only/main reason why he accepts the quest for fetching the master bolt from the Underworld.
  • Earlier from The Lightning Thief, when they are at the beach in Montauk (the place where Sally and Poseidon met and spent a month together), Percy asks his mom what his dad was like. She sadly replies he had a big heart, was tall, strong but also kind, that Percy has his black hair and green eyes, and that she wishes he could see Percy now because he would be so proud. To this, Percy wonders to himself what on Earth would there be for his father to be proud of in him, an ADHD and dyslexic kid who keeps on getting into trouble and has been kicked out of six schools in six years.
  • The Lightning Thief, after killing Medusa and shipping her head to Olympus, Grover and Percy have a talk. Grover says he might not be as brave as Percy or as smart as Annabeth but as a guardian satyr, he is good at reading feelings, and says that Percy does care about what his father thinks of him, this is why he came on this quest and shipped the head to the gods, so that Poseidon will have no choice but notice what he did. Percy angrily denies it.
  • Pan's death in the Battle of the Labyrinth is probably one of the few Green Aesops that can make you cry. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Tyson, Rachel and Nico all arrive at a beautiful underground paradise where extinct animals like mammoths and dodos. Pan isn't dead yet, as most believe, but he's close to dying, because the thing he stands for- the Wilderness of Earth- is almost entirely gone. He fades away into nothingness in front of all of them, along with all the extinct animals, and there's nothing any of them can do.

  • Most of the stories in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes have several of these, as do many of the stories in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods.