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For the books:

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  • God Never Said That: Most fans are convinced the Stoll brothers are twins, even though both Percy (in The Sea of Monsters) and Rick Riordan (on Twitter) have stated that they aren't.
  • Name's the Same: Sea of Monsters has nothing to do with the other Sea of Monsters
  • Promoted Fanboy: Viktoria "Vika" Ridzel, also known as Viria, is renowned for her fanart of PJO characters to the point where they were considered Better Than Canon, with even Rick Riordan giving her his full support. In 2017, Ridzel was commissioned by Riordan to provide official character art for his website.
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  • The Wiki Rule: Riordan Wiki covers Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
  • Write Who You Know: As part of Written for My Kids, Riordan specifically wrote demigods as being afflicted with ADHD and dyslexia so his son and other similarly affected kids can relate. Specifically the story first originated as something he told his son after said son asked him to make new stories about Greek Gods.
  • Written for My Kids: Rick Riordan wrote the books for his children.

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For the films:

  • Actor Allusion: In the movie version of Sea of Monsters, Hermes, played by Nathan Fillion, gives them a thermos of the fictional series "Hercules Busts Heads" which he called it the "Best TV show ever so, of course, cancelled."
  • All-Star Cast: The pantheon features big names like Sean Bean, Anthony Head, Rosario Dawson, Kevin McKidd, and Nathan Fillion, among others; supporting characters include Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman.
  • Dawson Casting: The titular character's sidekicks fall under this even after bumping their age up from the novels. In the book, Annabeth is 13, while in the movie she's 16, and actress Alexandria Daddario was 24 at the time of filming. Similarly, Brandon T. Jackson was 25 also playing a high schooler. This is even more jarring considering that in their most prominent roles coming into the film, they were already playing adults: Daddario in White Collar and Jackson in Tropic Thunder. This sequel was filmed three years later, with Logan Lerman now in his early 20s as well. Justified in Grover's case, as he is said to look older than the others (he has a goatee in the first book already) and is in fact 24, although since satyrs age half as fast as humans, he is the equivalent of a human 12-year-old.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Rick Riordan does not like the movie adaptations of his books. Upon being told on Twitter that a teacher was planning to show the Percy Jackson movies to her class, Rick Riordan posted a form letter on his blog that students could give their teachers, telling them the movies were awful and a waste of good classroom time.
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    • When he was informed that the Disney+ version of the first movie censored a scene, he stated that it would have been better if they censored the whole movie and it just played two hours of "blank screen."
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Alexandria Daddario colours her hair blonde for the second movie, as does Kristin Stokes for the musical. James Hayden Rodriguez (Luke in the Lortel run, the national tour, and the cast album) briefly did this as well, before returning to his former shaved look.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Riordan himself, none of the people who worked on the movies bothered listening to him. It's one of those cases where the entire movie could count, leading to its In Name Only presentation.
  • Fake Brit: Although it goes hand in hand with The Queen's Latin, we have:
    • Pierce Brosnan (Irish) as Chiron.
    • Kevin McKidd (Scottish) as Poseidon.
    • Uma Thurman (American) as Medusa.
  • Fan Nickname: "Peter Johnson", since the fanbase refuses to associate the movie with the books in any way.
  • Life Imitates Art: Alexandra Daddario found out she was prone to seasickness while filming the yacht scenes, as Annabeth does in the books.
  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin: For Sea of Monsters we have:
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Luis Fernando Orozco voiced Percy Jackson and his father José Luis Orozco voiced Charon.
  • Star-Making Role: Logan Lerman was virtually unknown beforehand. Playing the titular Percy Jackson netted him a much higher profile.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: Alexandra wears layers of shirts to portray a girl in her late teens after her more adult roles in White Collar and True Detective, the latter of which especially had shown her to have grown quite voluptuous.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nina Dobrev auditioned for Annabeth. She would get to play Logan Lerman's sister in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
    • Other monsters created for the second film (but never used) were a Manticore, a Lydian Drakon, Boarman, and Agrius.

For the musical:

  • Acting for Two: A tradition based in pragmatism with the musical, given its shoestring roots. The actors playing Percy and Annabeth are the only ones not acting for two. Doubles (and triples, quadruples, etc.) include:
    • The actor playing Grover also playing Mr. D.
    • The actress playing Clarisse also playing Thalia and Katie Gardner, and voicing various musicians in "DOA".
    • The actor playing Luke also playing Ares, the Minotaur, and Smelly Gabe, making him all of the major antagonists besides Kronos, who doesn't physically appear. This one does double duty, being financially pragmatic and serving the plot. When audiences hear Luke's voice discussing plans for the lightning bolt with Kronos in "The Weirdest Dream (Reprise)", they're likely to go Occam if they recognize him and assume it's just the actor in a different role.
    • The actress playing Sally also playing Silena Beauregard, Charon, and the Oracle.
    • The actor playing Chiron also playing Poseidon and Hades.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: There's a minor one from "Bring On the Monsters", which has Annabeth responds to Percy's assertion that they're "never going to once have it easy" with "feeling stoked". This was put in to honor Kristin Stokes, who had been working with the show for a long time and played Annabeth in the Lortel run, the first national tour, and on the cast recording.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Two. Chris McCarrell and James Hayden Rodriguez, who played Percy and Luke respectively, share traits with their characters.
    • Chris McCarrell really does have ADHD and spent a lot of time in his younger years being underestimated for it before he became a rock star in his field, mirroring Percy's zero to hero arc.
    • James Hayden Rodriguez had a father who wasn't in the picture much, and struggled heavily with resentment and anger because of it.
  • Cut Song: "The Little Minotaur", "Pick A Side", and "Take the Weight" from the musical. "In the Same Boat" was partially cannibalized into "Drive".
  • Approval of God: Rick Riordan has expressed his liking for the musical, particularly when compared with the film adaptation.
  • Dawson Casting: The musical also indulges in this, despite keeping the characters' original ages. Semi-justified given that there's an inherently higher demand on suspension of disbelief in theater productions than in film, and what you can do with special effects, harnesses, and stunt doubles in a movie is often a liability lawsuit waiting to happen in a live production, particularly when underage actors are involved.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: A minor one from the cast recording of the musical. Chris McCarrell, who played Percy, admitted in an interview that he hates the ocean.


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