Top 10 Best Characters from the Percy Jackson Series

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The Top Ten
1 Percy Jackson Perseus "Percy" Jackson is a fictional character, the title character and narrator of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

He's actually a really good protagonist. He's funny and good at fighting, and the series is pretty good with him in it. Compared to this guy, Harry Potter is nothing. He loves his mum so much he'd do anything to get her back. And then he managed to somehow not get eaten by Cerberus. I mean, how?

You can't go wrong with the main character. Wonderfully portrayed and has such a unique and daredevilish personality, topped with the suitable name "Perseus".

Obviously, he's the main character. Even in other series written by Rick, he's always had some form of a crossover (except for Daughter of the Deep and Riordan presents books or whatever they're called. I haven't read those).

2 Nico di Angelo

I love Nico. He is my favorite character in the Percy Jackson series. He is the most interesting character, brave, and he went through the most out of all the characters in the series. He is also very mysterious, strong, and brave. Nico is also homosexual, which made it harder for him to fit in with other demigods and is always alone, which made him very relatable. He also had character development at the end. He decided to stay at Camp Half-Blood and live a better life with Will, which makes me feel happy for him. Overall, Nico is my favorite character in the series, such a well-written character.

Nico is THE most powerful demigod in the series. He survived Tartarus alone, then AGAIN while looking after Will. He can summon skeletons and shadow travel (which is one of the fastest ways of travel in the series). The battle against Gaea is literally lost without him. He did much more than even the Seven.

3 Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase is a daughter of Athena and one of the main characters of both the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series. She's also Percy Jackson's girlfriend and has no particular powers aside from her brains and tactics.

It bothers me so much when people say Annabeth is abusive towards Percy. This doesn't make sense at all. Apparently, "Seaweed Brain" is degrading towards his intelligence. Percy is smart, and Annabeth definitely knows that. Also, why is Annabeth only getting the blame? You have Thalia, who calls him "Seaweed Brain and Kelp Head." You have Clarisse, who insults him on a daily basis. Leo called him stupid in Blood of Olympus, and Reyna said Percy wouldn't be able to even get out of a paper bag. That's also insulting his intelligence.

Annabeth is an amazing girl. She is not possessive, maybe a bit clingy. But that is definitely something many people can relate to. That being said, all of these characters are great!

Annabeth is the classic! She's smart, sarcastic, and she can be incredibly funny, intentionally or unintentionally. People like her, but she's still underrated.

Even though many people portray her as egotistical and prideful, she is a very good character for several reasons. First, she's smart. Being a daughter of Athena, she is exceptionally intelligent, not only academically but also in battle strategies and warfare.

Second, she recognizes her fatal flaw. Hubris, her fatal flaw, is common among demigods and is present in figures such as Atalanta and Bellerophon. Unlike them, she actively tries to combat her pride and strives to be humble.

Third, she's skilled in battle. As a daughter of the war goddess, she naturally excels in fighting. Fourth, she can endure emotional turmoil. Her first crush, Luke, who was seven years older, did not reciprocate her feelings. However, she managed to set aside these feelings and maintain a good relationship with Percy.

In the end of The Last Olympian, where Luke dies and confesses his feelings, and where she and Percy start dating, things work out relatively smoothly for her, and she is instrumental in these changes. Not to mention the love rectangle with Rachel and others. Overall, she is an outstanding character who deserves to be in the top three.

4 Leo Valdez Leo Valdez is a major character from the book series Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. He is one of the seven heroes in the Prophecy of Seven. He is a Greek demigod and is the son of Hephaestus / Vulcan, and has the ability to create and manipulate fire (pyrokinesis).

I feel bad for him. If you pay attention, everyone looks at him as a funny dude. Then you go into his chapters, and it's just full of self-loathing dialogue. I wish I could give him a hug and comfort him, but I can't, sadly. He's one of my top five for sure!

Oh, my poor tragic Leo. I don't know if sweet guys with tragic backstories automatically become my favorite characters or what, but Leo is so deserving. He does not deserve to be the third wheel all the time. At least he found Calypso.

There are no words. Leo is simply amazing. He's funny and impossible to hate. He doesn't like to "burden" others with his problems and never thinks of himself first. It's heartbreaking that he thinks of himself as the seventh wheel, the one that would never fit in or have a girlfriend. The only reason Leo fell for Calypso is that she was the first girl to ever show any kind of attraction towards him, and that is so unfair. Calypso would probably fall in love with the next guy she saw, and he deserves so much better than a girl who can't help but fall in love with every guy she meets.

Though I feel I'm being unfair to her, even Calypso hated Leo when he first showed up. He's always smiling and can crack a joke in any situation, not to mention how selfless he is. Leo Valdez is and will always be just as much of a hero, if not more, than Percy Jackson or Jason Grace.

5 Thalia Grace

Thalia is a main character, right along with the seven. She never disappeared. She appeared in the majority of the books, and when she didn't, she was at least mentioned once or twice. The buildup to her arrival was incredible, and she had a major impact on the story. She even replaced Annabeth as Percy's main female companion for a book and a short story. She defeated a major villain, and she and Percy are shown to develop a strong friendship and team.

She was proclaimed by Grover and Atlas to be, along with Percy, the greatest hero of the age, and the most powerful demigod. Here's to the original Team Percy Jackson: Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Thalia, Nico, Tyson, and Rachel!

Thalia is one of the best female characters in the story. Her personality is strong and independent. She is brave enough to sacrifice her life to save her friends. The buildup to her arrival in the story is incredible, and she had a major impact on the story. Along with Percy Jackson, she is described as the greatest demigod of the age. She defeats a major villain and shows great friendship and team cooperation. She is headstrong but loyal to her friends. By becoming a Hunter, Thalia gave up her chance to be an adult and have a normal life. This selfless action kept Olympus safe for a while, and she showed just as much loyalty to Olympus as Bianca did.

6 Grover Underwood

So underrated! I wish he got more moments, and I know he'll be in the Percy Jackson Chalice of the Gods book (I think that's what it's called) when it releases in September! I'm so excited to read it and hope we see more of his character!

He's just so lovable, a fantastic satyr who puts himself to the limits for nature and Percy. Extremely underrated in my opinion.

Where the heck did Grover go in HOO? Like, the only person Percy remembered was Annabeth, not his best friend Grover? He and Grover knew each other a year longer than Percy knew Annabeth. Grover is kind, sweet, awkward, and insecure. He also has cool nature powers. He is Percy's best friend, not Frank or Jason. It's Grover. You can't convince me otherwise.

7 Tyson

Another son of Poseidon, although his Cyclops appearance is kind of terrifying, he's still a pretty brave guy whom Percy grew up with.

Tyson and Black Jack are the best. They both make me laugh any time they're in the book. ALSO, Rainbow is third. Tyson is the best, nothing will change that!

Tyson is my favorite character. There is no character that can make me laugh as quickly or as much as Tyson can. He is sweet and innocent and awesome despite his tough childhood.

8 Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano

Reyna is a queen. Period. She is one of the strongest, fiercest warriors of the series. She's a fighter, and I love her. Reyna and Nico both have an aura that I love. She is such a fearsome, brave leader and has gone through a lot. She is so underrated. Reyna deserves better.

Ok, RARA is totally my favourite character. I love her so much. Oh my gosh, I loved it when she joined the Hunters. She is such a strong female character, while Piper was so incredibly awful to her. Well, Piper, go to hell for all I care. But I'm not going to waste words on you.

Getting back to wonderful, beautiful, and incredible Reyna, she was so brave. When will she realize she does not need boys for anything? They'll just slow you down! Reyna was betrayed by Jason, refused by Percy, teased by Orion... Nico is the only boy whom I consider worthy of her friendship. Not that I don't like Percy, I love him, but still... RARA forever!

Reyna has a really good character, but why the heck did she join the Hunters? Run around with prepubescent girls all day? She should've stayed Praetor or retired and lived in New Rome. Anything but joining the misandrist hunters who swear off men. Why?

9 Hazel Levesque

She's such a cinnamon roll! I love her, but she'd also scare me to death if I ever met her in real life. Like, how are you so sweet but so powerful? You're my age! I love her so much, honestly top 5 favorite characters!

Hazel is a sweetheart and is, logically, the most powerful out of the seven. Think about it. She can control the mist and create illusions like the maze with Pasiphae. She can technically raise, speak to, and control the dead, summon and control precious gems and metal (including weapons and armor, since they are technically precious metal), and use her mist powers to meddle with people's minds, including giving them fake memories, etc. However, Riordan made her the sweet one and made her appear as the weakest, which was unfortunate. But I loved her past and her personality. She should've gotten more POVs.

Hazel really showed how brave she is, and she is a severely underrated character. She has been through so much, like her mother's death. Let's not forget that SHE DELAYED GAEA THE FIRST TIME. Who knows what would have happened if she hadn't done that? Being Nico's little sister also helped Nico become a better person again after Bianca's death. She is a brave fighter, kind, loving, caring, and all around one of the best characters. She doesn't deserve only #27.

10 Luke Castellan

I felt so different about Luke throughout the series. At first, he seemed like a nice guy, but then we found out that he was a traitor. That really hit me even though I already knew he was one. Luke wasn't a very lovable guy, especially when he was working for Kronos. But when you think about it, you'll probably remember how he seemed different to Percy than the bad guy he thought he knew.

Luke tried to go back and admit to Annabeth how he wanted a fresh start, but she refused. Then, when they were on Olympus fighting Luke/Kronos, he pulled through and was a hero in the end. That's only a few reasons I love Luke so much.

Personally, I've always loved Luke, even when he betrayed them. I understand why people disagree. He's portrayed as the typical villain from book one. But put yourself in his situation. He learned that the gods aren't meant to be trusted, and his friend Hal died because he wanted to help a little girl from being killed. He lost his best friend at a young age, and his other best friend, the one he himself trained and valued, Annabeth, was becoming more and more distant as the years passed.

He fails a mission, and suddenly, he finds out he can stop other demigods like him from feeling the same pain. He can defeat the gods, and stop them from having any more children suffer. And remember, most of the time, it wasn't even him doing all this. It was Kronos.

And, of course, he died. He died for us. He sacrificed himself for us, something Percy's never done. Also, many say that Luke is the hero in the prophecy, and it's not even a theory. It's the truth. It says that a cursed blade shall reap upon the true hero, and the cursed blade was the one Luke had killed himself with. If that's not an act of heroism, then what is?

The Contenders
11 Rachel Elizabeth Dare

As her first name suggests, she is an absolute daredevil. Like, riding a helicopter into Manhattan during a full-on wartime? You can't go wrong with her.

She is so awesome! I seriously cannot understand why or how people hate her so much. Okay, she was getting ahead of Percy and Annabeth (don't expect me to start fusing their names together, I kind of hate that), but still! She is one of my favourite characters ever. Also, she is so pretty in the drawing, and she is a completely underrated character! Oh, I loved the scene where she went with Grover (also one of my favourite characters, but I didn't vote for him because I kind of hate boys. Only Percy and Nico are an exception) to talk to the Romans. But I wished she had thrown the hairpin into Octavian's eyes. Anyone disagree with that last affirmation?

I loved Rachel from the start. "Do you always try to kill people when they blow their nose?" I mean, seriously! I love her sarcastic, brutally honest nature, and I just have a thing for redheads.

12 Chiron

Fantastic centaur. We should honestly throw Dionysus out of the window and hail Chiron.

Chiron is so cool, especially in the Battle of the Labyrinth.

How can you not like this guy and his classical music?

13 Blackjack

Percy: Why do you need to gallop while you fly?
Blackjack: Why do humans have to sway their arms while they walk?

I love this Pegasus's personality: loyal, with a big ego and a love for sugar cubes and donuts!

I really want to ride Blackjack, as he is a very good friend and he is always there and has your back!

A horse who has humor and loves eating doughnuts. What's not to like?

14 Jason Grace Jason Grace was the Roman demigod son of Jupiter (Roman God of the Sky) and the late actress Beryl Grace, the younger brother of Thalia Grace (whom Beryl had with Jupiter's Greek form Zeus), the former co-praetor of Camp Jupiter, the Counsellor of Cabin 1 at Camp Half-Blood, the former boyfriend of Piper McLean and one of the protagonists of the 2010-2014 Greco-Roman mythology book series The Heroes... read more

Jason Grace... He's Jason Grace, for crying out loud! I don't know why people keep comparing Jason to Percy and say that he's just a knock-off of Jackson. Jason is Jason, and Percy is Percy! They are two separate people with different personalities! Sure, Jason is perfect, but he was brought up that way in Camp Jupiter. Romans are like that and are all about discipline. People just don't understand that, and it gets really annoying, to be honest.

I cried so hard at his death, and I don't understand why people think he's a copy of Percy. Just because they are sons of the big three? They literally have opposite personalities. Also, why do people hate him because he's serious? We don't need another demigod like Leo or Percy, always cracking jokes. Having at least some serious demigods evens it out.

Also, if you were in Jason's place, would you be joking around? He was raised by Lupa when he was two. He grew up most of his life at a Roman camp for demigods, Camp Jupiter, which is like a military camp. And people hate him because he is serious? He isn't bland at all, and he should be in the top ten.

15 Charles Beckendorf

Beckendorf is that cool person who isn't one of the main characters, doesn't have an important role, and practically contributes to nothing, but is the one that everyone secretly loves.

He was always so cool, and I really loved how he was nice to Tyson and taught him how to make things.

He's a good-natured, calm, and caring guy. Plus, he never gets mad.

16 Frank Zhang

Frank is one of my top 3 favorite characters. His backstory is sad, but somewhat realistic. His character evolves wonderfully, and he is tragically played. He is an outcast, but at the same time, people love him. He is a redeemed character that has amazing powers. His past is similar yet different from Leo's.

While Leo's backstory slowly plays out during his childhood, Frank's story, powers, weaknesses, secrets, and deaths all hit him at once. He is insecure, which explains him being a little bit rude to Leo. His relationship with Hazel is sweet, and a wonderful break from the drama of everything. Frank is really nice, sweet, and kind, with deep character flaws and misjudgments, which makes him awesome. Also, his powers are so cool, but you wish he didn't have them. It's sad to see the fact that this awesome and wonderful character's life depends on a stick. Thanks, Rick, for this awesome character.

17 Silena Beauregard

Rick had so much potential with this character. Either Thalia or her should have been in the seven instead of Piper. I mean, think about how interesting it would have been if Silena had survived. She lost the love of her life, she owns her sweet girly-girl personality, and is still a warrior. Furthermore, some campers would still be calling her a traitor for being Luke's former spy. This is one of Rick's few mistakes with these AMAZING books that pretty much define me. Silena Beauregard should have survived.

People say, "Piper was the first strong Aphrodite kid." And I'm like, "Excuse me, Silena was definitely stronger than Piper, and she didn't even have charmspeak!" Silena was a hero. No one can convince me otherwise. The reason she betrayed the camp was because Luke charmed her, and when she wanted to back out, he threatened her lover's life. Luke tricked her, and Beckendorf's death wasn't her fault.

18 Zoe Nightshade

Zoe is one of my favorite characters. Zoe, the Hunter, sets out on a quest that permits her to save Artemis, her leader and the goddess of the Hunt. This act shows the danger and adventure she is willing to embrace to save Lady Artemis, even knowing it could mean her death. She has portrayed loyalty to extreme standards. Zoe is a character for whom we seem to root in the book. She takes the story through twists and turns and amazes the reader with her past. Zoe can also be thought of as the bravest among her sisters.

Zoe Nightshade was one of the bravest characters in the series. She went on the quest knowing she would die. She was strict, kind, and learned to like men despite being betrayed by one thousands of years ago, leading to her becoming a hunter. She was a loyal hunter and a fearless warrior. Her last words were heart-breaking, and she should get more recognition from the fandom.

19 Poseidon

He is definitely the kind of dad you would want, even if you wouldn't be able to spend a lot of time with him. He is nicer than all of the other gods and goddesses that I read about in the story and stayed in Percy's life, even though he couldn't be more like a real father figure, as Percy wanted when he was younger. Zeus is my father after I took the test to see who your father or mother would be, but I still love Poseidon.

Well, probably the coolest god. His head is a thousand degrees cooler than the rest of the hot-headed Gods (Example: Zeus, Aries, and Hades). Also, the dad of Percy Jackson.

God of the sea, father of Percy Jackson. I would be more proud to be the father of Percy Jackson, because he is better than everything put together!

20 Hades

He is the only one of the Big Three to keep his promise. He found a way to outsmart it, making him smarter than Zeus and Poseidon. He actually loved Persephone, even if he kidnapped her. He cared about his children, saving Nico and Bianca and showing Hazel his powers, instead of being like Zeus, who just popped up at their deaths to turn them into trees, or like Poseidon, who just wanted his name cleared. He got the short end of the stick with everything when it came to his brothers. He then somehow became the villain in everything.

Let's be honest. He is the best godly parent in the book series. He lets Nico live with him, takes his advice, gave him a zombie, and actually cares for Nico. Even though he always thinks Percy and Jason are annoying, he still helps them.

He's Nico's dad. Basically what everybody is saying: he's the father of my favorite character. YES. And come on, you have to feel bad for him that he was excluded from Olympus.

21 Artemis

You gotta love the man-hating goddess who, ironically, only respects one man, the main character, which proves my point: the main character can do anything...

She's the best goddess of them all, the smartest, bravest, and most awesome one. Come on, the gods would fall apart if not for her. Totally kick-butt and man-hating, which so proves my point. Plus, she's a huntress and hangs out with immortal girls.

I love Artemis so much because she is so kind. She loved Zoe so much. She didn't want Annabeth to bear the burden of the sky.

22 Will Solace

I wish we got more from Will, because he's such a great character. He and Nico are so perfect it's illegal, he has no right being such a good brother, and he's so happy and calm in the total chaos that is the entire Percy Jackson series. Honestly, Will does not get enough credit and is severely underrated.

I vote for Will Solace because he not only helped Nico out of his shell and saved him from pushing himself to the brink of suicide many times, but also saved Annabeth's life in The Last Olympian. He is also one of the only people who can calm down Clarisse. He is the head of the Apollo cabin, an amazing healer and archer. He has a big heart, works hard, and lights up everyone's day. Plus, he's Nico's doctor and boyfriend. What's not to love about the Significant Annoyance!

He's so happy, sunshiny, positive, and calm. He's just a lovable character, and for a while, he was my favorite fictional character ever. People always think he's my favorite since he's dating Nico, or because of Solangelo, but I don't really care much about Will's love life or that he's dating Nico, since I don't really care that much about Nico (do not murder me). I liked him way before they started dating.

23 Sally Jackson

She purposely chose to stay with the nastiest, most horrible human on the face of the earth. She remained with Gabe, who abused her, all to protect her son. She deserves to be on this list, and you know what? She also deserves to be on the top ten best fictional moms list.

When she found love for the second time, I was so pleased. She deserves to have a good man treat her right. And Percy deserves a proper father figure... no offense, Poseidon... you're awesome, but you don't get much time for your children.

The best book mom ever! They're always either not in their kids' lives or helicopter parents who are all in their kids' business. But Sally is one of the only book moms I've ever read who is a good mom.

Absolutely incredible. This woman lives through anything. She loves her children and her husband and is just a superwoman. Top ten best fictional mothers.

24 Coach Hedge

Come on, cupcakes! Vote for Coach Hedge.

"Pokémon, gotta kill 'em all!"

He makes me laugh a lot.

25 Hermes

Oh my gosh. He is an awesome god. And he actually cares about Luke.

Hermes is definitely my favorite god in the series.

He should be up there.

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