Top Ten Percy Jackson Heroes of Olympus Characters With the Saddest Pasts

Who do you think had the saddest past BEFORE THE SERIES?
The Top Ten
1 Nico di Angelo Nico di Angelo is a fictional character created by Rick Riordan. He appears in Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Hero of Olympus, and parts of Trials of Apollo. As a son of Hades, the boy is a demigod. He befriended Percy and had many roles in his long time appearance including stopping Minos, fighting Titans, traveling back and forth camps and during the war with Gaea he had to transport the Athena... read more

It's known that Nico has had a very sad past.
Plus, I don't think most people talk about it but, did you read that when Frank and Jason needed to go with Nico on a quest, they both did like it and wanted someone else to come with them?

He has such a terrible past. And his past, unlike a lot of the others, is actually what shaped him and created him.
Let's face it - Nico wouldn't have been as popular as he was today if Bianca had lived. If his past was happy, we wouldn't have liked Nico that much. He wouldn't have become the sad, tortured, lovable, emo boy we know today.
What makes it heartbreaking is how much people stereotype and insult him. Even on the Argo 2, people were making jokes behind his back, and insulting him like it was nothing. Leo and Jason even considered letting him die in MoA. Letting him suffocate in a bronze jar.
Yes, Nico isn't perfect. But that's what draws people to him. That's what's most important and crucial to his character. Nico has had the saddest past out of all of the characters, and no one can ever change my mind.

2 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 agree with the top three.
Nico--Yes, I cried for him. Everybody was definitely used to seeing Nico dark, gloomy, lonely... but nice in the inside. Just today, I searched some Nico pictures, and all of them had a gloomy face. Then suddenly I recalled the times when Nico was still an optimistic person, wanting to help his friends, and was almost like Leo... every picture seemed like he was saying: "Since Bianca died, I never got to see her again." Gosh I'm gonna cry for him again...
Leo--Leo's past was too painful for everybody to bear. It was impossible for me to not feel bad for him... it was hard to mask your pain with a smiley face everyday. Hera was so evil! Leo was blamed for everything, and even the gods treat him like garbage at first. Nemesis's words stung, and I know how Leo felt. It was just devastating,
Hazel--If a person was bullied at a young age for a long time, they would never understand the true meaning of the joy of youth. Hazel was bullied for a long time because of her gemstone powers, but that was also a curse. If it wasn't' for Sammy, Hazel wouldn't be able to ever enjoy her childhood. She must stay home everyday and avoid her parents, and her mother constantly shouts at her...
If you ask me to do a top 3 saddest past people, number one would be Leo, number two Nico, and number 3 Hazel.

3 Hazel Levesque

Nuh Hazel is no. 1 imo. Hazel went through harsh RACISM, she was bullied at her school among people LIKE HER, and imagine hearing your mom getting called a witch countless times? Even her own mother maltreated her ffs. She was exploited and used in order to create another war, she dealt with guilt every day because of her gems, she left the only one who ever cared about her (EVER), and she died trying to save the world. Oh wait, she should've gone to heaven but she chose to go in some field instead, just because she didn't want her cruel mother to suffer. Nico played video games for like 70 years straight, while Hazel was listening to tortured souls man.

In my opinion, Hazel had the absolute saddest backstory. It started when her mother made the horrible decision to wish for wealth, AGAINST her husband Hades' advice. The curse happened to fall on poor Hazel, and when Mrs. Levesque figured out what was going on, she blamed Hazel! What a nasty mother. But, of course, it gets much worse. Because then she gets in deep with Gaea, leaves New Orleans with Hazel, dragging her away from the last thread of happiness she could hang onto in life. She practically goes insane, gets possessed by Gaea, and forces Hazel to unearth Alcyoneus, and then when he's finally about to rise, it's not Mrs. Levesque but HAZEL who makes the selfless decision to bury herself alive rather than release the giant. Then she spends years and years in the fields of Asphodel, when she should have gone to Elysium.

4 Luke Castellan

His mom constantly fell in trance and predicted horrible things about future while green mist was around her while he was a little kid. Little kids are supposed to rely on their moms but Like was afraid of his, do afraid he hid in the closet. When he was nine he run off and he later felt guilty about it. His dad was also no help at all. He talked to him only once and never did anything to help his mom. But still he found his new family in Thalia and Annabeth and got happy. But then Thalia got turned into a tree and his friendship with Annabeth weakened. And let's face it, god's weren't good, Luke saw that right he only didn't see that titans are worse. He also was going through some dilemma about his cause. Then his body got possessed by Kronos which surely isn't a great feeling. And then he sacrificed himself for the world and died young. His whole life was a tragedy, Ancient Greeks would love him.

5 Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano

I came here expecting to say Leo instantly and I didn't because Reyna has been shunned and tossed around so much.
-No family (other than her sister who doesn't live near her)
-No love (turned down and left behind by everyone she may have liked)
-Carries a ton of stress (as Praetor, she is singlehandedly responsible for all of New Rome for most of the book series)
Yes, Leo and Frank lost their families. Annabeth ran from her's and has (literally) been through hell with Percy. Nico lost his mother and sister, but the seven + Nico all have friends and love and people to help them and commiserate with. Reyna has to deal with all of that on her own with no one else to even talk to and be responsible for New Rome.

Reyna is such an amazing independent character with such a horrific past. She never knew her father at his better state but Julian her father was told by bellona that when their families bloodline ends rome will be destroyed. Julian took this as if it were a warning from bellona that his families bloodline would end. Soon he saw enemies everywhere and at sometimes thought Reyna and her sister hylla were spy's. He started collecting weapons turning his house into a fortress. Reyna and hylla would try to get away from him leaving the house at times, though one night they came home so late Julian lost it. He ripped the floor tiles and tore the couch apart. He threw a chair at hylla and it hit her in the head. Reyna was terrified as she thought her sister was dead. Hylla spent most of her life trying to shield her from her fathers madness and rage. Reyna could barley control her fear and anger that she just lost it. She took the nearest weapon she could find. A family heirloom, and she stroke it at her father. The heirloom was made out of imperial gold and she killed her father. Ghosts of her relatives appeared screaming accusations. Murderer. Criminal. When hylla woke they fled their home leaving San Juan behind them. So much more happens in her life that Reyna should be in first or second place, or at least in a higher ranking. Reyna is an amazing and essential character to the hoo series's and her past made her who she was in hoo. A strong independent woman. Her past shaped her into the strongest character, the praetor of the twelfth legion fulminata.

6 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.

Rejected by her father when she was born... Blamed by her stepmother for the bad luck... Forbidden by her stepmother to even speak to her brothers, let alone have an emotional bonding... Shunned by her stepmother from letting her daddy save her from her nightmares and protect her from her fears, making her leave the place she tried so hard to make her home... Living alone on the streets, fighting monsters with a hammer with her mother (athena)'s blessings till she found luke and thalia, a family she could call her own, only to save them single-handedly from a cyclops and lose thalia, her best friend, who, in a last stand battle, and sacrificed her life to save her, luke and grover... Protected percy and put her life on the line to keep him safe and never gave up on him or left his side, even if she almost lost him to calypso and rachel... even when he disappeared after he finally became hers, she never gave up on him and searched the world to get him back... Found her lost mother inspite of being called a failure by her... Fell into tarturus with percy and closed the doors of death...

A tough life she lived, yet a tough heroine she emerged!

7 Zoe Nightshade

1) she helps a guy for no reason
2) her family kicked her out
3) and in that guy's story, she doesn't get mentioned ONCE
4) Then she went on a quest to save Artemis even though she knew she would be one of the two to die.
5) oh yeah, and it was her own dad that killed her.

Bob is technically saying hello to his granddaughter...excuse me, I'm going over there to cry now.

1. She was the daughter of a titan 2. She helped Hercules for her own good 3. She was kicked out of the hesperdes 4. She died

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

People often underestimate Percy's past. They think he must have had an easy life, being so well-liked. But...Imagine waking up everyday of your life, knowing you were going to be abused. Imagine one day, your world just comes crashing down. Your mother is taken (probably dead), your best friend's unconcious and is not who he said he was, the car crashed and an ancient and powerful monster after your blood and you're there, defenseless. Finally finding a place to be safe, but the first few people you meet try to dunk you in the toilet bowl. Imagine being claimed by your birth father; only because he wanted you to do something for him. Imagine completing the task but when you arrive to inform your father, he acts like you're not there and tells his brother that you were simply a MISTAKE. He doesn't even acknowledge you! And people often forget that Percy was BULLIED at school, just because he stood up for other people. And I'm pretty sure you would not be happy if someone kept on taking all your money. And also, the gods decide not to kill you just so that you could do more petty jobs for them, that may possibly kill you. But they don't care. They discuss your life like it is a toy they can throw around. And his fatal flaw was loyalty. Imagine how much it must have hurt him when Luke or a fellow demigod betrayed him. And think of all the deaths of fellow demigods, for example, Bianca. Percy blamed himself for their deaths and it hurt even more for him since his fatal flaw is loyalty. Imagine how guilty he feels everyday. Oh and don't forget how he was kicked out of more schools than most demigods, despite most of it not being his fault. Imagine how upset he must feel whenever that happens. I don't want to bore you anymore so... This is why I feel Percy has the saddest pasts.

9 Thalia Grace

Guys I think Thalia has the worst past in the series. Just think about it;

Her mother turned mad because of her obsession with Zeus/Jupiter. She began to drink. Her drunkness, then later her loss of her son, caused of her end. After she lost Jason, she literally lost her mind too this time. She later died in a car crash.

Thalia had to life in this kind of life. She lost her mother; and she probably blames herself for it too as we saw it in the Underworld when she faced with her mother's ghost. She lost her brother Jason when he was a child. Her life has messed up by the Hera from the very start.

Then she ran away, met with Luke and Annabeth. They became family. Then Thalia, in order to protect her own family that she built, gave her own life. Zeus at the last minute decided to turn Thalia into a tree so Thalia would be alive; but in a tree form. Technically she's living but not really.

When she woke up, she woke up to a nightmare. Learnt that there is a war, and morely; one of her best friends were betrayed their home. She now had to fight with her best friend; and her love interest this time...

She lost Luke in the end. Then she began to spend her life with being a huntress. Then after some time; she met with her brother Jason again. They only spent so little time... and she lost him now. They will never see each other again.

When all of Thalia's friends build some lives for themselves, live and die happily, Thalia will be still alive and fight for the eternity.

So, yeah. There is no character in the series who both lost their mothers, sibling, and a literal best friend/love interest mixed together.

10 Calypso

She just helped her father in a war! Who won't do that?! Won't we help our dad if we are at war? She was forced to fall for every hero she met and left broken hearted.

She never knew the titans were bad, so she just helped them and thought she was on the good side. Then, she was forced to stay on a lonely island forever. Often, heroes would come. She would always love them and they would love her back, but they always left and never came back.

She didn't even believe the Titans were doing the right thing. She was banished to Ogygia to keep finding love but never keeping it only because Atlas was her father. Technically, The gods are children of the Titans, too.

The Contenders
11 Frank Zhang

I would feel so scared if my life was tied to stick, and when it burned I'd die!

His mother died and his life depends on a STICK.

His mom died and he will die if a STICK burns!?

12 Ella

Ella small. Ella weak. Ella useless. Ella sisters hate her. Phineas wants Ella chained and hurt, and tried to be killed. *sniff, sniff*

She was small and pushed around because she was small and weak. Also, Phineas tries to hurt her for being smart and memorizing the books

Ella was forced to be a slave for what's his face and she thought she was useless.

13 Sally Jackson

No one really talks about Sally. Her parents died in a plane crash, her uncle got cancer so she had to drop out of school to take care of him and then he died, Poseidon left her with Percy, she married a horrible abusive man, her son almost died a million times, her son goes missing...yeah, that's a lot of things. Let's not forget that Sally Jackson is a frigging QUEEN. She is so strong, it's just incredible.

She was abused by Gabe, who she didn't even like but only married to keep her son safe. Then she was kidnapped in TLF. And now that Percy was a demigod, she had to fear for his life everyday and see him go on deadly quests. And guess what happens? Her son goes missing for 6 months, and then falls into Tartarus with Annabeth, who she's also close to. She should be higher up!

Nobody pays any attention to her past, but both Sally's parents died at the same time, her uncle didn't really care about her, but then expected her to drop everything and take care of him, which she did anyway.

14 Echo

She deserves to be higher! Poor thing.
Echo: Deserves to be higher! Poor thing.
Right, echo, but you know, Leo was nice to you.
Echo: Leo was nice to you
That's the right attitude!
Echo: Right attitude?
Echo: yup?
Yeah, keep knowing that people don't think you're useless!
Echo: People don't think you're useless!

Echo is forced not to speak what she wants to.

She is so sweet and kind

15 Bob (Iapetus)

The first (and only) time I have ever cried at a book was when he sacrificed himself and said, "Say hello to the sun and stars for me,". It wasn't even dramatic. I was only this sad in Kane Chronicles, when Bes lost his memory, or Charlottes Web, when Charlotte died. Those times I didn't cry. This time I did. This should be the list.

1. Leo Valdez

2. Bob/Iapetus

3. Nico de Angelo

4. Percy Jackson

5. Annabeth Chase (Why? She was a misfit in HER OWN HOUSE so eventually she ran away. Then she met Luke and Thalia. She then lost Thalia, (at the moment she was gone) and in the final book she SPOILER ALERT lost Luke. Well she had already lost him when he was Kronos)

Oh my god... I cried so hard when Bob said "Say hello to the sun and stars for me" and when Percy said "Bob says hi". It isn't even dramatic! I was never so attched to a character in a book!

Bob's struggle with memory and personal morals was heart breaking and highly relatable. Bob's sacrifice was wonderfully done as was Percy's promise to tell the stars hello for him.

16 Bianca di Angelo

I feel like she should be higher up, higher than Percy at least.

She died in a robot foot.

17 May Castellan

She wanted to help the Oracle and free it and what she got from it? She became mad and started speaking and seeing dark future for her son. Her own son was afraid of her and there was nothing she could do about it, she was cursed. Hermes, whom she dearly loved, never bothered to visit. Then her son ran away from her when he was nine. She must have been really worried especially since she saw dark future ahead of him. But she still makes him sandwiches and Kool-aid for him, not knowing that he is never gonna come back. She also probably didn't have a good family or her family is dead because none of them ever bothered to see her. And I know this is about past, but you know she is probably still alone in kitchen,making sandwiches for Luke not knowing that he is now dead.

"I thought of May Castellan, in her kitchen, happily making sandwiches and Kool-aid for a son that wasn't ever coming back."

--I'm not crying--I'm just--sweating--from my eyes.

18 Hades

Shunned for centuries, let the poor god shine for once. He was forced into the path and was the only one who kept it. He is a man of his word.

Why do people hate him? Literally he's the ruler of the underworld! A place where those who died havw their consequences! Evil gets tortured, and good gets rewarded. Honestly, I think people should stop fearing death! I'm fixing to put 99.99% of the fandom in the "least favorite heroes of olympus characters"

Hades has hate when 1. the world could be poor for he controls the earth 2. he didn't want to steal persephone it was zeus's idea 3. hades doesn't want people to die. it would be a nightmare 4. he could have been king of gods for he was oldest but he let them draw lots and he let his brothers go first 5. He helped fight kronos when no gods did. he is constantly hated and he does not even have a throne on mount olympus

19 Piper McLean Piper McLean is a fictional character created by Rick Riordan in The Heroes of Olympus series. She is one of the Seven of the prophecy and is the daughter of Aphrodite.

Piper was pretty much ignored by her dad, her mom is a goddess so no mom, really and the person who did take care of her, Jane, is a jerk who makes her feel like she doesn't matter and such, she's bullied at school etc. Her backstory may not be as worse as any of the other Seven, but she did have a crappy life.

People always misjudge her..

20 Meg McCaffrey

Nero was a terrible person to do that for her. She went to war against the one person she considered family because he tricked her small mind as a dam ( pun intended ) twelve year old. Even Percy didn't have the battle of manhattan until he was 16

Okay, why the hell is Meg so low. She got used by her stepfather, the person who killed her dad!

Where do I start. Her father died. Nero adopted her and Tried to Use her!

21 Tyson

Tyson lived on the streets and got attacked by monsters and he was like five.

He's an innocent cyclops that is the purest character at heart

22 Damasen
23 Clarisse

I think you guys forget that she is abused by her father, the literal god of war. in the demigod files it is said that he is her worst fear, even though we can see in sea of monsters that she is scared of him and flinches when he raises his hand. she maybe doesn't have a saddest past but I think that y'all should't erase the fact that she also has problems. and I cannot say that she wasn't a bully, just like y'all can't say that she wasn't important, especially in sea of monsters and the last olympian.

All she did was dunk new kids heads in the toilet.

Why is she on this list

24 Silena Beauregard

Let me make it clear, that this is a list about saddest pasts, not saddest presents. She ended up in ELYSIUM with her boyfriend!

She died saving olympus from a draken attack, she was tricked into being a spy for luke because he was nice to her and then she got her boyfriend killed

25 Rachel Elizabeth Dare

How's that worse than anyone else's life?

She was privileged.

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