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  • Abandon Shipping: Quite a bit after the last two books. Nico coming out as gay and his Ship Tease with Will caused most fans to abandon the popular Nico/Rachel and Nico/Thalia pairings. (Ironically them being eternal maidens didn't deter shippers.) Leo and Calypso becoming an Official Couple also killed off a lot of Leo/Reyna, Leo/Piper and Leo/Thalia fans, though there are still some out there.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Hera/Juno. Her characterization in this series as The Chessmaster differs quite a bit from in the previous one. Though this is actually literal, considering that the gods change to suit their culture. Juno is LITERALLY Rome's Alternative Character Interpretation of Hera.
    • Zeus/Jupiter. For the first four books of the series he's portrayed as having his head up his ass regarding the Gigantomachy. In Blood of Olympus he makes a reasonable claim that he was trying to avoid locking the demigods into undesirable fates by holding off the Prophecy of Seven. Of course, this doesn't stop him from misappropriating blame when it comes down to it.
      • Like most things with this version of Zeus the excuses sound good until you really look at it. Several of the giants had already risen before Zeus closed off Olympus and Apollo has no control over when prophecies are spoken making the war inevitable. Zeus is using this to try and avoid the fact his pride was hurt that mortals saved the gods from the Titans and he was trying to say the gods did not need mortals. If they had followed Zeus' "do-nothing plan," the gods would have made no preparations and been destroyed.
      • Of course, this is totally in-character for Zeus, both of the original mythology and the series.
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    • It's arguable how much of Nico's observations about his social standing are accurate, and how much were him projecting. While we do have evidence of him unnerving people, we also have many periods where no visible distrust to him overall was present. He may have also been unnerved by dealing with Camp Jupiter, which has a more open, and visible, distrust of children of Pluto/Hades and that may have colored his perception.
    • Due to Percy developing a lot of self-loathing views on himself while in Tartarus and how good of a friend or oath keeping he was, some theorize that being in Tartarus caused him to be overly critical and harsh towards himself. Tartarus is a place of torture after all, and Percy values loyalty and being a good friend more than anything. This would also explain the change in personality observed by Orion in the Blood of Olympus and Helios in the Burning Maze in the sequel series.
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    • Just how much the Gods differ between their Greek and Roman forms in personality and memories is up to the reader, and in turn affects just how much Jerkass Gods they are to the reader, particularly in regards to Dionysus/Bacchus (the later who acts far worse and more jerkass than his greek self ever did) and Ares/Mars (in the opposite direction).
    • Achelous: Is he a Dogged Nice Guy that Deianira reject in favour for Jerkass Hercules, as he portrays to Jason and Piper? Or is he an Abhorrent Admirer still pining over a woman who appeared to have absolutely no interest in him in the first place, thousands of years after the fact? Adding to the second interpretation, Deianira and Hercules' eldest son, Hyllus, would be marriable age by the time Hercules died, meaning that the two had a relationship lasting at least 15 years.
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    • The final book's scene where the gods react to the question of why they need heroes. Is that how they really feel and Dionysus was just lying in the Last Olympian, or is that how they are 'supposed' to feel publicly and privately they have their own thoughts on the matter? Was it just the phrasing of the question, or would they react the same way even in a better-phrased context?
  • Anti-Climax Boss: All of the giants, every single time. Despite the claims of being a greater threat than the Titans they lack the divine forms or magical powers of the Titans or Gods save for a few special abilities. Each one tends to be defeated by one or two demigods with only a god needed to finish them off. In the last book, despite being together and at full power, the seven demigods would have stood as strong of a chance of winning if not for the giants brand of immortality and the whole fight turns into a Curb-Stomp Battle once the gods show up.
    • In a weird way, Greek-versus-Roman rivalry amongst the Seven. While having to work together in spite of the history between the Greeks and the Romans is played up to be a pretty big deal, it doesn't come into play much. Most of their divisions seem to stem from interpersonal conflict rather than camp rivalry.
  • Anvilicious: Aphrodite kids aren't useless! Look at all the cool powers they have!!
  • Author's Saving Throw: From the previous series, no less. Nico's actions toward Percy in The Battle of the Labyrinth seem much less like a hastily Subverted Create Your Own Villain subplot and much more representative of his romantic feelings after reading The House of Hades.
    • The House of Hades itself, which irons out some inconsistencies in the previous books, gives the new characters some much-needed development and includes a vast number of references to the previous series.
  • Awesome Art: Some of the cover art looks really, really nice. Particularly The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Piper, to a certain extent. Some love how she took several levels in badass, proved that Heart Is an Awesome Power, and showed her worth as both an Action Hero and Guile Hero despite her lack of combat-useful powers. Others feel that she's still obsessed with looks (she finds Percy to be scrawny and unimpressive and falls for Jason, probably the most physically attractive of the Seven) and that she's at least a bit of a Creator's Pet (see below). Her describing Percy as unimpressive also didn't do much to endear her to Percy's fanbase, even though just because the reader knows someone is impressive doesn't mean everyone else will realize that.
    • Leo Valdez is seen as funny and awesome by a part of the fan base while others may seem his as loud and annoying. In addition, his treatment and teasing of Frank and Nico are either seen as comical and harmless or downright bullying. His treatment towards the latter at least is called out by Jason, after learning about Nico's crush on Percy.
  • Broken Base: Rather predictably, the reception of the final book, The Blood of Olympus, has been divisive in the fandom. There are just as many people who enjoy it and see it as a good finale to the series with some points to be wrapped up in later stories as people who hate how it was handled and/or have their expectations let down by it.
    • The general lack of focus on Percy and Annabeth in The Blood of Olympus has caused this reaction. Some think it's Riordan pissing on his two best and most popular characters; others think that the spotlight was better cast on the new characters, Nico and Reyna in particular, especially considering Percy and Annabeth had their own series already.
      • There are also a lot of fans who enjoyed Nico and Reyna's perspectives, but disliked the rest of the focus going to Jason, Piper and Leo at the expense of the rest of the Seven, as Jason and Piper have consistently come under the most criticism and that the 'The Lost Hero' which focused exclusively on the three of them is already considered the weakest of the series. It also doesn't help that the three of them got more of their fair share of point of view time: Piper and Leo had point of view chapters in four out of five books, and Jason in three (and still got major focus in a fourth) while Annabeth, Hazel, and Frank only narrated two books.
    • The way that Nico's feelings for Percy was handled in the final book also had mixed reception. While fans appreciated that his subplot got resolution and he did get a happy ending, as well as Ship Tease with another character, roughly just as many fans thought he and Percy needed more interaction and the way Nico chose to move on from Percy was a particularly poorly done form of Ship Sinking akin to how Percy/Rachel was handled in theprevious series. Then there are those that view Nico's sudden reveal as pandering and coming out of no where
    • While the character Bob from House of Hades is well liked his presence in the book is hotly contested. This is because Bob appeared in a Side Story in the Demigod Files meaning fans who haven't bought the book and read the story were lost on who he was and his relationship with Percy, some fans feel that his inclusion was a cheap way to make the reader buy another book while others would have preferred that Percy and Annabeth go through Tartarus alone.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The karpoi scene in Son of Neptune. "Schist!"
  • Contested Sequel: Many fans of Percy Jackson are polarized about this series some love it while some only like certain moments. The last book definitely caused quite an amount of controversy as explained above. Many fans feel that Riordan took on more than he could handle by adding so many new characters and plot lines and as a result wasn't able to fully develop all of them.
  • Creator's Pet: Arguably, Piper. She gets quite a bit of focus, is beloved by all, inhumanly beautiful, stands as the moral pillar of the team and most of her appearances in the latter books have her whipping out new powers as the plot demands, even when they don't make sense. To recap, she can bring inanimate objects to life, control snake-men through song, hold her own against the most talented swordsmen and her charmspeak becomes so improbably powerful that she can talk a primordial deity into going back to sleep.
    • Leo, to a lesser degree. By the final book, you'd think the other six demigods were just there to make up the numbers, given how Leo manages to solve almost every problem by himself.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Piper and Reyna for some of the Jason/Reyna and Jason/Piper fans respectively.
    • Thalia in Thalia/Reyna. Hoo boy, buckle up, this is a weird one. Thalia/Reyna (Theyna) is a popular ship based around Thalia and Reyna both being characters that end up not in a relationship, and both fitting pretty well into the Lesbian Jock image (though Thalia has a bit of a punk streak as well). Thing is, Thalia is a hunter of Artemis, who are immortal on the condition that they can't enter a relationship (including one-night stands and homosexual relationships, no loopholes). If they do, they age like normal. So fanfics about Theyna has to either ignore that little detail, or have Thalia leave the hunters. Literally dying for our ship on a long-term basis.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Leo in The Lost Hero was shilled as 'the sidekick' and not as important as Piper and Jason. Reviewers described him as the only reason they kept reading.
    • Khione.
    • Nico, too, carrying over from the previous series.
    • Bob/Iapetus.
    • Many felt the Giants were having a tough time filling the shoes of the Titans... Then we met the one good giant, Damasen. He kicks ass.
  • Even Better Sequel: The series falls into this pattern: Mark of Athena is this compared to The Son of Neptune with the seven finally uniting and Percabeth back together. The general consensus has The House of Hades pegged as an improvement on Mark of Athena, due in no small part to excellent character development, a truly insane Chekhov's Armory pulling from pretty much every corner of the story so far (think Bob and Calypso), and the journey through Tartarus everyone had been waiting for.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Leo/Piper and Jason/Reyna have pretty big fanbases.
    • The Reveal that Nico had a crush on Percy in The House of Hades has given Percy/Nico quite a popularity boost.
    • Calypso/Leo has also garnered a lot of fans, thanks to The House of Hades.
    • As of Blood of Olympus, many fans have jumped ship from Percy/Nico to Nico/Will.
  • Flanderization: While Percy has always had his funny moments and is by no means the smartest person, people feel that he was dumbed down in favor of making Jason look better.
    • some fans also like to portray Percy as having the mental capacity of a child who cannot do anything without Annabeth and who is only good for saying sarcastic remarks. Fans often forget that there are many instances were Percy was more than capable of working alone without the help of Annabeth such as in the Titans Curse and Son of Neptune and is more then capable of being serious.
    • the same idea is often seen in fan portrayals of Leo who is often remembered more for his more comedic moments than serious moments
  • Foe Yay: Khione is pretty interested in Jason. Jason, on the other hand, not so much.
    • There's also Leo's even more obvious interest in Khione.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the last book, an exasperated Annabeth tells Piper that her Indy Ploy to help them get into an enemy's territory was the dumbest risk she'd ever seen anyone take, and she dates a dumb risk-taker. Come the next chapter he features in and Percy admits that he's been letting his reckless tendencies get the best of him because his guilt over what he did to Akhlys had been hounding him so much he felt he deserved the punishment he took in battle. Even if it meant his life. Yeah.
  • Genius Bonus: Midas' line about an oracle in Omaha was a sly reference to Warren Buffett.
    • Frank is given a spear tipped with a dragon's tooth. In certain myths, whenever a dragon's tooth was planted, it grew a warrior, so anyone familiar with the myths would have caught the purpose of the spear instantly.
      • Dragons' teeth actually appear in The Titan's Curse. The zombie warriors that grow from them chase Percy in the Hoover Dam. So it's more of a Continuity Nod.
    • When mentally listing off punishments from Camp Jupiter, the last item Hazel lists is tying someone into a sack of weasels and tossing them into the Tiber. This one seems to have her especially distressed. In Real Life, the Romans used this punishment specifically for matricide.
    • The idea of Roman prisoners settling in China is in fact a real thing, and not something Rick Riordan made up (though this is only in folklore, not in anything scientifically provable).
    • There are stories where Orion is born from the Earth, they are just not the most common stories about him.
  • Growing the Beard: It's widely agreed that the series really hit its stride in the The Son of Neptune and continued on from there, but special mention has to be made for The House of Hades, where Character Development comes out in force and the first LGBT character in the Camp Half-Blood verse, Nico, is revealed, a step of maturity no one expected to be ever stated outside of Word of God.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: All the way from the original series. In The Last Olympian, Annabeth nearly falls off the edge of Olympus, and Percy catches her and manages to pull her up with help from the others. This is very hard to read after the events of Mark of Athena where once again, Percy and Annabeth are dangling over an abyss, and no one can help them up. Rather than drop her, Percy lets go and they both fall into the depths of Tartarus!
    • Also hard to read is back in The Lightning Thief when the flying shoes nearly drag Grover down to Tartarus. They realize that the shoes were meant for Percy and share an "I don't want to even think about it" moment when they realize the only thing that saved them was Grover's hooves. Guess they weren't so lucky the second time, huh?
    • Pretty much all of Nico and Percy's interactions after The Reveal that Nico had a crush on him. It sheds a whole new light on Nico's anger.
    • Due to Unfortunate Namesnote , the controversies regarding's treatment of warehouse workers makes the scene with the Amazons seem to be in spectacularly bad taste now.
    • During the battles in the series, Jason has several close calls, with many involving enemy spears. In the third book of the following series, an enemy spear does its job and kills him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A powerful Amnesiac Hero being best friends with a smaller, wisecracking Motor Mouth? Nope, not ringing a bell.
    • In House of Hades, Frank jokes that if they find Octavian they should load him into a catapult and launch it. Guess what happens to Octavian in The Blood of Olympus.
    • In the Grand Finale, a teenaged hero manages to successfully capture and restrain the main villain with the assistance of a powerful creature, but is unable to land and instead speeds off into the distance to an unknown fate as his friends watch. Are we talking about Leo Valdez or Ezra Bridger?
  • Ho Yay: The scene in The Blood of Olympus where Piper cups Annabeth's face and leans their foreheads together to calm her down.
    • It's pretty much confirmed that Nico has a crush on Will. It's never explicitly stated, but the implications are not subtle. They have become an Official Couple by Trials of Apollo.
    • How affectionate Reyna is to Annabeth, while also only saying that she could have had feelings for fellow co-praetors because it was expected and not because of personal feelings that she had. Also the use of the word straddle in reference to Thalia.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nico. He's of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variety and has gone through one heck of a Trauma Conga Line of a life, but it must be said he still is extremely icy and pushes people away rather emphatically, often treating the people who try to understand him with hostility.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: For being 'the seventh wheel', Leo sure gets around a lot in the fandom. Leo/Piper, Leo/Reyna, Leo/Thalia, Leo/Hazel... And those are only the well known examples.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Following Nico's outing.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Annabeth. What do you do when you have a broken ankle, no backup and no special powers, and nothing to defend yourself but a knife, while trapped miles underground and facing an enormous monster that hates you and everyone you love? Trick it into making a Chinese Handcuff and then trick it into trapping itself inside. Bravo, Annabeth.
  • Moe: One could argue that Ella at least somewhat fits this trope.
  • Moment of Awesome: Has its own page.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For many fans, Octavian seemed like a power-hungry jerk who would not do much harm. Then he killed Gwen by stabbing her in the back — and it was just luck that she managed to come back.
  • Never Live It Down: Despite all of his development since the Percy Jackson series the first thing most people usually bring up about Nico is that he is gay.
    • Piper saying that Percy looks unimpressive. This along either her obsession over Jason made her even more unpopular amongst fans who see her as shallow and only caring about appearance.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tartarus. Not the location, the primordial god himself. His description and abilities just scream Eldritch Abomination, from having a swirling vortex for a face to being able to suck souls, be they mortal, god, giant, or Titan, into said vortex face.
  • One True Threesome: Pretty much unavoidable with a movie featuring 7 main characters. Piper/Percy/Annabeth is pretty popular. Especially after Piper and Jason broke up.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Many. Percabeth, Percico, Reynabeth, Jeyna, Jasico, Jasper, Liper, Valgrace, Valdangelo, Frazel, Pipazel, Caleo, Solangelo...
  • Romantic Plot Tumour: Jason and Piper's relationship in The Lost Hero can fall into this, as they spend a lot of time wangsting about their feelings for each other. As the readers have never met either of them before but know Piper's memories of Jason are fake it's tough to empathize with their feelings, note  The romantic focus comes at the expense of their much-needed characterization and is probably one of the reasons why Leo was so well-received - he's the only narrator not obsessing with a Love Interest from the get-go.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Piper's chapters were some of the harder-to-read parts of The Lost Hero, for both her Wangsty inner monologues and being an unfortunate subversion of the typical female treatment in the series. Fortunately, she Takes Several Levels in Badass and becomes considerably more capable and self-assured as the series progresses, to the point where she defeats Zethes, Cal, and freakin' Khione with nothing but her wits, Katoptris, and an awesome application of Charmspeak. She also gets her moment fighting the giant Mimas, trying to unleash the heartbeat of the chained god. Annabeth is freaking out as her plans fall apart, but Piper is the one that keeps her head cool and outsmarts the anti-Hephaestus. And let's not forget that her charmspeak became so powerful, she made freaking GAEA fall asleep for Leo to make the killing blow.
    Piper: (to Khione) Still underestimating me. You really need to work on that. *Stab*
    Piper: (to Gaea) "One word. You want permission to close your eyes and forget your troubles. You—want—SLEEP."

    • On the flip side, Jason was maligned for not enough characterization beyond "Regain my memories, sort out my feelings for Piper, and save the day", being looked down upon as a rather bland Standardized Leader. In The House of Hades, he silenced many of his detractors when he underwent some serious Character Development, became Nico's Secret Keeper, and was forced to make a choice between the Two Roads Before Him.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Leo/Reyna and Leo/Nico are surprisingly popular for pairings involving characters that don't have much overall interaction. Partially this is a case of Pair the Spares.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While not a terrible read The Lost Hero was a rather lackluster opening to the series, with the neglect of previous heroes, Piper and Jason's characterization and the focus on their relationship getting the most criticism. The Son of Neptune however saw the return of the beloved Percy, brought back Ensemble Dark Horse Nico, introduced the badass Roman Camp and new characters Frank, Hazel and Reyna were much better-received.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Invoked in-universe by Hera, as she implants poor Piper with fake memories of a relationship with Jason, even though they've never met in reality. Unfortunately this ended up up becoming an out-of-universe example too, as Piper and an amnesiac Jason are gushing about each other from the first chapter, without giving the readers a chance to get to know them - let alone how they work together. Then they get together off-page sometime before the Mark of Athena. However, subsequent books do develop their relationship better.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Percy calls home for the first time in months and gets the answering machine.
    • The later part of Hazel's childhood, particularly her death.
    • Pretty much everything to do with Nico in The House of Hades.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After the previous series ended in the incredibly high note of The Last Olympian, some of this is to be expected. In-universe, Jason gets this to Percy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: You'd think it would be a big deal for Hercules to show up in-story. Possibly as a Guest-Star Party Member or Sixth Ranger, right? He is one of the most iconic figures of Classical Mythology after all. Nope. He's functionally just another Monster of the Week who Jason and Piper have to get around.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Embodied in the form of Aeolus, master of the wind. It's explicitly stated that minor gods (Boreas, etc.) are subservient to him. The Aeolian wind spirits mentioned in The Last Olympian are fast and powerful enough to prevent Titans from entering Olympus, at least by air. Everything appears to be setting up for a confrontation with what is arguably the most powerful god that doesn't have a seat on Olympus. When the heroes meet him ... he's a celestial TV weatherman. That's all he does. He tells the weather to a camera that goes to Olympus and then prepares to do it again in less than a minute. What's more, he has been driven insane by this incredible responsibility that a literal god couldn't possibly handle, especially since gods can be in more than one place at the same time.
    • The minor gods in general. Take Morpheus, the god of dreams. A camper could pull Inception-style dream entries, or perhaps have supernatural powers of illusion. The possibilities are endless with minor gods like Deimos, god of fear; Hebe, goddess of youth; Lyssa, goddess of rage; Panacaea, goddess of healing; even Plutus, god of wealth; but the only minor gods even given a named child are Hypnos, god of sleep, whose children are narcoleptic, and Iris, goddess of the rainbow, who doesn't even appear to give any powers to her son (although we never see him do much, so this is debatable).
    • What about the mermaid camp? For everything in Camp Half Blood, there is an aquatic equivalent, with Merpeople being taught by Chiron's aquatic brother, quests, and various heroes, such as Triton and Bill. Perhaps they decided not to do this because Atlantis Is Boring, but it would probably be averted considering the number of monsters and creatures that are shown to live underwater in the Percy Jackson series.
      • In fairness, there's only so much room in the series.
    • Were you hoping for an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny between Percy and Jason, the two main leads? Well too bad, because you only get one chapter in The Mark of Athena, they're both possessed, Piper keeps interfering with the fight so it's not fair, and it is never properly resolved anyway.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Any Roman Camper who isn't a P.O.V character, and Camp Jupiter/New Rome in general. A side effect of the Romans not coming up in the first series means that in-universe the only side openly showing disdain for the other are the Romans towards the Greeks. Calling someone 'Greek' is an insult in Camp Jupiter, while you have Greek Demigods liking the concept of Rome in both series. That, and the fact it is the Romans who declare war and make hostile actions, while the Greek Demigods do not attack them of their own will, makes the conflict seem entirely on the Romans end and little to anything on the Greeks. While Rick does introduce the factor of Athena into the mix in the third book, the issue still remains that one side has a single cabin whose normally chill parent is harassing or pushing them on a quest for something the Romans themselves stole, while the other side has clear casual racism that isn't been propelled by a god with a vendetta the reader can at least trace the origin of. It doesn't help that the Roman legions are shown looking down on their own (in the process making even the non P.O.V 5th Cohort less of this trope than the rest of the Legion), playing politics in serious situations to a point clearly psychopathic campers get off easily, and otherwise making you wonder why Hazel and Frank were so willing to go back to it instead of leaving it as Jason did in the end, and wondering if Percy would be so enamored with living in New Rome if it wasn't a place where he could get a loaf of bread without a risk of monster attack.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Nico. He creeps out most of the Seven (Hazel is the major exception; he still puts Jason on edge, but Jason is willing to cut him gallons of slack after gaining a better understanding of why he is the way he is) with his whole "son of Hades" thing and generally brooding demeanor. This is not the case with the fandom, where he's well-loved and a main target of fangirls.
  • The Un-Twist: The fact that Gaea is the new Big Bad is pretty apparent before you're even halfway through the first story as long as you have a decent understanding of Greek Mythology. By the time you reach the point where it is "revealed" to the characters in the story, you kind of feel that Riordan was suffering from a pretty severe case of Cannot Spit It Out.
  • Values Dissonance: An in-universe example from The Mark of Athena: At Camp Half-Blood, being a child of Athena is nothing out of the ordinary. At Camp Jupiter, however, Minerva is revered as a virgin goddess, so when Annabeth goes there, the Romans are extremely shocked that a child of Athena/Minerva even exists — and that she's leading the quest, since if a child of Minerva did exist, they wouldn't be heading up any quests, they'd be advisers at the most.
    • Also in-universe, Hazel has some time-displacement related attitudes toward a lot of things. She gets more used to modern times as she goes, one of her friends noting in the last book that she openly and casually holds hands with her boyfriend in public when a few months ago it would have made her blush like mad and possibly pull away.
    • Another in-universe example. Being from the past has some influence on Nico's attitude towards his sexuality. He says later on that he would have accepted it in his own time, but having had a crush on the guy he blamed for his sister's death made him feel more guilty about his feelings than he might have otherwise. His angst about his sexuality seems to be only slightly influenced by the time he's from, but it is something he and Jason discuss in House of Hades.
    • Camp Jupiter has its own values and very strict laws, many of which involve capital punishment. In particular, in Blood of Olympus, Reyna has to explain to Nico exactly how serious it is that she technically killed her father, because patricide is amongst the biggest and most horrible crimes in Roman society and automatically condemnable with Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • The Woobie:
    • Annabeth. She finally got together with Percy, he disappears four months later, and then she finds out he probably doesn't even remember her. He does, but still.
    • Leo was tricked by Gaea into killing his own mother and then spent the next six or so years of his life trying to outrun the pain.
    • Hazel she was forced by her possessed mother to move to Alaska and raise Alcyoneus, where she made the decision to kill herself and her mother to delay Gaea's plan. Even before she was possessed, Queen Marie was emotionally abusive, blaming Hazel for being cursed. Plus, because of her curse, she is indirectly responsible for a number of human deaths which she feels incredibly guilty for.
    • Frank. His mother was killed fighting overseas, his grandmother died not long after and his whole life is bound to a stick.
    • Ella. Her treatment at the hands of the other harpies and Phineas is heartwrenching.
    • At this rate, Percy and Annabeth definitely qualify.
    • Stoic Woobie: Reyna. Just... Reyna. She was born to an abusive father who one day knocked out Reyna's sister, Hylla, causing Reyna to panic and stab his manic spirit into oblivion. The two sisters flee to Circe's island where they worked hard to become Circe's favorite attendants, only for Percy to release Blackbeard the pirate from captivity, effectively destroying the haven that Reyna found there. Ultimately, Reyna separated from her sister to go to Camp Jupiter, where her skills presumably led her to become preator to the legion -but she has to fearfully protect the secret of her killing her father because Romans punish this crime with death.
    • Nico. Freaking. di Angelo. Adding to his baggage from the first series, he escaped Tartarus (only to be imprisoned in a bronze jar by twin Giants), which was traumatizing for even Percy and Annabeth (who are some of the most badass characters in the series), and then watched Percy fall with Annabeth into Tartarus. Okay, that's pretty bad, but then it's revealed that Nico is gay/bi and he had a crush on Percy! His reaction to having to admit it to Cupid in front of Jason is heartbreaking, made worse when Jason realizes that Nico was born in the 1930's, when that would have been completely unacceptable and also illegal. At this rate, the fans are desperate for him to be happy.
    • Calypso, who's basically a deconstruction of the Unrequited Tragic Maiden. It's not enough that she lives in complete isolation, but the gods make a point of her by turning her into a "Leave Your Quest" Test. Men are sent to her, all of whom will leave her eventually, but only once she's fallen in love with them, and once they leave they can never return. This has happened countless times over millennia. Luckily, she's thrown a bone by the end of the series, when Leo falls in love with her and uses a loophole to get her off Ogygia.


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