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The mortal characters of The Camp Half-Blood Series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Trials of Apollo). For the full list of characters, click here.


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    Sally Jackson 
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Played by: Catherine Keener

Percy's mother, who can see through the Mist. A staple in his life, she's selfless, funny, and hardworking, and Percy's first and best mentor.


  • Action Mom: As of book five when something happens and she unloads on a monster with a shotgun (In Chapter 18, which is aptly named "My Parents Go Commando")
    Percy: Mom! When did you learn to fire a shotgun?
    Sally: About two seconds ago,
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Only in the beginning of the third book, and lovingly so. She tells stories about how cute Percy was as a baby, especially naked in the bathtub, in front of his crush.
  • Badass Normal: Though she lacks divine origins, she's a Mama Bear par excellence who will attack anyone who tries to hurt her son.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A trait she shares with her son. Uses a shotgun to fend off a monster in The Last Olympian. This stretches back as far as The Lightning Thief, where it's heavily implied that she used Medusa's head to turn Gabe to stone once his unwitting protection for Percy was no longer applicable..
  • Damsel in Distress: In the first book, where she is kidnapped by the Minotaur and taken to the Underworld.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she is never made to be important to begin with, she always makes at least an appearance in every book of the first series. In the second series, however, she is completely absent, aside from a few mentions in The Son of Neptune and The Mark of Athena. She finally makes a direct appearance in The Hidden Oracle.
  • Foil: To Beryl. Both were the mortal woman Zeus and Poseidon broke their oaths with, but Sally was shown to be a lot more stable and loving than Beryl. This is most notable in what they name their sons: Sally named Percy after a hero who had a happy ending, while Beryl named her son after Hera's favorite hero so she wouldn't kill them.
  • Good Parents: To note, the only living demigod's parent who is never shown or described in a negative light. She genuinely cares about her son's well-being, and shows it a lot.
  • Happily Married: To Paul, after getting rid of Gabe.
  • I See Them, Too: Can see through the Mist.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Described as being blue, but they change color in the light.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She kept her name when she married Gabe Ugliano. Can you blame her? It's not specifically brought up with her second husband.
  • Mama Bear: She might be just a mortal woman, but she never lets this get in the way of her and Percy. She married Gabe Ugliano specifically because he smelled so strongly that it camouflaged Percy from monsters who would have otherwise smelled him.
  • Not So Different: Percy notes near the end of the first book that she has a rebellious streak in her too, mellowed by years and circumstance.
  • Parents as People: Her marriage problems are given extensive focus.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died in a plane crash when she was young.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses a shotgun to send a monster flying in the fifth book.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Not the type, but rather the color; she likes to dye her food blue (such as blue muffins), because that's her favorite color. A trait she passed to her son.

    Gabe Ugliano 

Played by: Joe Pantoliano

Percy's abusive stepfather at the beginning of the series. He isn't the nicest of guys.
  • Abusive Parents: He's a downright crappy stepfather to Percy.
  • Asshole Victim: Turning someone into stone from cold blood would have ordinary been a rather morally ambiguous act, but by the point it happens, he has proven himself such an asshole that you will at worst not care, at best cheer.
  • Domestic Abuser: Implied to be one towards Sally.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Percy describes him as such.
  • Fat Bastard: Very fat, and very mean.
  • Jerkass: Especially to Percy.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name should have plenty of hints as to his personality.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by Medusa's head. Sally later sells this statue for quite a lot of money.

    Paul Blofis 
Sally's boyfriend and eventually second husband, Paul is Percy's English teacher. He finds this arrangement slightly awkward.


  • Action Dad: In the fifth book, where he picks up a sword and promptly kills a dracaena with it. After which he says a memorable quote:
    "I hope that was a monster I just killed. I was a Shakespearian actor in college! Picked up a little swordplay!"
  • Badass Normal: Is a normal human, with no powers, who can't see the monsters attacking his stepson. This does not stop him picking up a sword and killing them anyway.
  • Good Stepmother: Or good stepfather, in any case, to Percy Jackson. See in contrast 'Smelly Gabe'.
  • Happily Married: Marries Sally in Battle of the Labyrinth.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Percy is initially averse to the idea of his mom marrying another man, calling Paul, "Paul Blowfish" out of annoyance.
  • Punny Name: Percy initially calls him Paul Blowfish behind his back, but stops doing it after he gets to know him better.
  • Second Love: To Sally, after Poseidon.

    Frederick and Mrs. Chase 
Annabeth's estranged father and stepmother, the former of whom is fascinated by historical warfare.


    Beryl Grace 
Jason and Thalia's mother, a beautiful Hollywood starlet.


  • '80s Hair: Her description in the previous series includes that she had a "poofy hairdo".
  • Abusive Parents: Attracting the king of the gods (twice) had a negative effect on her ego, and eventually she turned to alcohol. This led to many arguments with Thalia. She's not above offering her son as a peace offering for an angry goddess, either.
  • The Alcoholic: She turned to drink later in life, which caused her rift with her daughter.
  • Foil:
    • To Sally. Both were the mortal woman Zeus and Poseidon broke their oaths with, but Sally was shown to be a lot more stable and loving than Beryl. This is most notable in what they name their sons: Sally named Percy after a hero who had a happy ending, while Beryl named her son after Hera's favorite hero so she wouldn't kill them.
    • Also to Esperanza, Leo's mom. Like Esperanza, she wanted her lover back, but for her son, while Beryl wanted Zeus for herself. Both died, but while Esperanza was killed by Gaea's manipulation, Beryl's death was her own making.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her inability to get over Zeus and her own pride turned her into a mania, a spirit of insanity, who haunts her son in the last book.
  • Missing Mom: To Thalia and Jason.
  • No Name Given: The only one of the Seven's mortal parents to not be named. She's finally named by the last book.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead by the story proper.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Described in the previous series to be an "eighties starlet with a poofy hairdo."
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    Maria di Angelo 
Nico and Bianca's mother, the daughter of an Italian diplomat.


  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: "Zeus is un imbecille."
  • Gratuitous Italian: Her most memorable phrase, as described above.
  • Little Black Dress: She wore one on the day of her death, complete with a pearl necklace and white gloves. Percy describes her as looking like a 1940s movie star.
  • The Lost Lenore: Hades took her death very hard, to the point that he cursed the entire succession of the Oracles of Delphi for ensuring her death.
  • Missing Mom: Died when Nico was 10 and Bianca was 12.
  • Posthumous Character: Killed by Zeus during World War II. Frankly, even if she had lived, her chances of still living in the present weren't very high to begin with.

    May Castellan 
Luke's mother, who is described as kind-hearted and multitalented. Until she tried to become the Oracle of Delphi despite Hades's curse, and paid the price for it.


    Esperanza Valdez 
Leo's deceased mother.


  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: When Leo's not angsting about killing her with his fire powers, he remembers her fondly.
  • Doting Parent: As much as she could, when she was alive.
  • Foil: To Beryl Grace, Jason's mother. As Leo notes, while Esperanza truly loved Hephaestus with all her heart, her only wish was for Leo to meet him. Meanwhile Beryl wanted Zeus/Jupiter for herself and not her kids.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "hope".
  • Missing Mom: To Leo.
  • Plucky Girl: Described as such in the backstory. Despite the discrimination and hardships she faced she was always determined, optimistic, and kind, as well as a doting parent to Leo.
  • Posthumous Character: Deceased by the story proper.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted. She was described as being very warm and friendly, as well as satisfied with her living conditions as long as she had Leo.
  • Wrench Wench: Very talented with machines, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, attracted the attention of Hephaestus.

    Sammy 
Hazel's almost-boyfriend from her time in New Orleans. His surname just happens to be Valdez, and he's Leo's great-grandfather.


  • The One That Got Away: To Hazel. According to Gaea, had she lived Hazel would have grown up to marry him.
  • Only Friend: To Hazel.
  • Only One Name: He's only known as Sammy, nothing more. Until The Mark of Athena, where it turns out his surname is "Valdez", same as Leo's.
  • Posthumous Character: Died around 15 years before the events of The Heroes of Olympus series.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Not much is known about him as a character other than being Hazel's First Love and Leo's great-grandfather.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Mexican-American, so he jokes that the St. Agnes School for Colored Children and Indians should have given him a double scholarship.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe: If Hazel had stayed in New Orleans, she would have grown up to marry Sammy. Or at least that's what Gaea says.

    Tristan McLean 
Piper's father, who works as a movie star.


  • Fake Nationality: In-universe, he never plays a Native American in any movie he's in, despite being Cherokee. In fact he refuses to, saying they're too close to home.
  • Hostage Situation: Gaea kidnaps him so that Piper will do what she wants. It doesn't work.
  • Mind Wipe: Piper gives him a drink that erases his memory of the whole ordeal, even if it helped the two of them grow closer.
  • Parental Neglect: While he's presented positively, he tends to leave a bad taste in the mouth once one remembers that Piper rarely gets to spend time with him, and that time is usually under a minute.
  • Parents as People: His difficulties juggling his job and his daughter, as well as his relative weak will compared to other characters, are given extensive focus.
  • Parents in Distress: He's held hostage in The Lost Hero to blackmail his daughter.
  • Plays Great Ethnics: Has played (at least) Greek, Latino, Israeli, and Syrian characters.
  • Riches to Rags: The Triumvirate ruins his reputation and finances, driving him into bankruptcy and forcing him and Piper to return to their reservation lands in Oklahoma after all his property was seized.
  • Window Love: With Piper, after he loses his memory.
  • Weak-Willed: Somewhat. He can't handle the existence of the Mist, which Aphrodite cites as her reason for staying away.

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    Emily Zhang 
Frank’s deceased mother, who was a Canadian soldier.


    Marie Levesque 
Hazel's deceased mother, who worked as a fortune teller in New Orleans.


  • Abusive Parents: Became this when possessed by Gaea.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She was very poor and couldn't escape poverty. When the spell she cast summoned Pluto, they dated, and after Hazel was born, Pluto promised her anything she wanted. She asked for all the riches under the earth, and Hazel got the power to summon and control jewels and precious metals... but everything she summons is cursed, unless she or Pluto touches it. Everything Marie sold brought horrible fates to those who bought them, and she ended up just as poor.
  • Demonic Possession: She often gets possessed by Gaea.
  • Dying as Yourself: Only came back to her normal self before dying with Hazel on the sinking island.
  • Expy: Of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, although she lived significantly later (though considering the rumors that Laveau somehow became immortal, one has to wonder...)
  • Famous Last Words: "You were my gift, Hazel. My most precious gift. I was foolish to think I needed anything else."
  • Fortune Teller: She was a con artist, although Hecate says she had magic of her own.
  • Gold Digger: The first thing that she asked when Pluto questioned what she wanted for her future child, she asked for her to be able to sprout rich minerals. Somewhat justifiable considering that she was poor (and black, in 1920s South), but it was kind of excessive.
  • Missing Mom: To Hazel.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Just before Alcyoneus is about to rise, she realizes what her selfishness caused and is willing to give up her life to save Hazel. However, Hazel doesn't let this happen and instead dies with her to delay Alcyoneus's rise.
  • Posthumous Character: Died alongside Hazel while trying to prevent Alcyoneus' rise. Initially given a pass to the Field of Punishment, Hazel traded her entry for Elysium, so the two were sent together to the Ashpodel Fields separately. That was the last time Hazel saw her mother.
  • Ragin' Cajun: A New Orleans native who became very nasty when she was possessed by Gaea.
  • Together in Death: Alongside Hazel, she was buried somewhere in an island off the coast of Alaska. Unlike Hazel, though, she died for good.

    Julian Ramírez-Arellano 
Reyna and Hylla's father, he was an ex-US Army soldier formerly stationed during the Iraq War.


  • Abusive Parents: Sadly, unlike the other demigod parents, he wasn't always like this. Due to a severe case of PTSD, he constantly thought that he's in a war zone and acted as such, at one time locking up his daughters inside a room for days. Eventually, he thought of them as enemies and outright tried to physically hurt them.
  • Amazon Chaser: Well, considering that he followed a relationship with a war goddess long enough to have two daughters...
  • Disappeared Dad: While he's only killed for real shortly before the events of The Sea of Monsters, his daughters realized that he's already a lost cause by the time he returned home from war.
  • Driven to Suicide: Maybe. Nico is sure he became a mania before his final confrontation with Reyna and Hylla. Only manias are a type of undead. Whether he faded into a mania without dying, died from his unhealthy crazed lifestyle, or killed himself is left to the reader.
  • Famous Ancestor: Was descended from notable figures in the history of Puerto Rico, the Ramírez-Arellano family being a Spanish noble house. While Bellona had been the protector of the family for centuries, Julian was the first person she openly had relationship with.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tried this, after he turned into a mania. Hylla put an end to this, for everyone's best interests.
  • Posthumous Character: Died shortly before the events of The Sea of Monsters.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: So, so very much.
  • Spear Counterpart: Basically a male counterpart to Beryl Grace, whose backstory was revealed much earlier. They even shared the same fate.

Other Mortals

    Hyacinthus 
One of Apollo's great two loves.

    Jane 
Tristan McLean's secretary, and the one who minds Piper when he's busy.


    Rachel Elizabeth Dare 
For information on Rachel Elizabeth Dare go to here.

    Rufus 
A classmate of Hazel and Sammy at St. Agnes School for Colored Children and Indians.


  • The Bully: Hazel's primary human tormentor.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Called Hazel names and other nasty things, because she's the daughter of a witch (which is not entirely untrue).
  • Posthumous Character: Considering that Hazel's flashbacks take place in The '40s, he, like Sammy, is probably already long dead.
  • Scary Black Man: A teenage version, but Hazel definitely saw him as this.
    Dr. Howard Claymore 
For information on Dr. Claymore go to here.

    William Dare 
Rachel's father, a very successful businessman.


  • Parents as People: Doesn't interact with his daughter a lot because of his businesses. Heck, he lets her go for weeks without a fuss. Keep in mind that Rachel is only 14 years old in her first appearance.
  • Pet the Dog: After his general indifference, he finally lets his daughter to go as she pleases, even for a while, by boarding a helicopter back in time for the Battle of Manhattan.
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