Top 10 Worst Percy Jackson Character Deaths

Which was the saddest character death, whether they came back or not?
The Top Ten
1 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... read more

He had been through so much. Probably not as much as Nico or Hazel or some of the other characters, but a lot. He was not my favorite character, but his death was depressing. He still had so much to live for: to get to know his sister, his friends, to know that Leo was still alive, to have a proper chance at a normal life. But that got taken away from him.

Piper and Jason had just broken up, and he had just gotten a prophecy from Sibyl that broke him. And that's only what had happened recently. He was loyal and was a great friend to many. He didn't deserve to die at such a young age, but what he does deserve is Elysium.

2 Zoe Nightshade

"One shall perish by a parent's hand." Ugh! Zoe is in the stars now. Her death was just sad. She served Artemis well. The hunters will forever honor her. Rest in peace, Zoe.

I love Zoe. She is an amazing character, and her death made me so incredibly sad. The way she refuses Artemis's attempt to heal her, telling Percy he wasn't so bad after all, apologizing to Thalia... It just makes me so happy that she got turned into a constellation. Bob says hello, Zoe.

She died fighting for what she believed in and for people she found worthy to save. She stopped directing her bitterness about Hercules onto other male heroes, and in her final moments, let go of her anger and grief and forgave. Need I say more?

3 Bianca di Angelo

When Bianca died, I felt so depressed. Nico was so sad and angry. Nico is one of my favorite characters. She didn't deserve to die. "One shall be lost in the land without rain." The fact that Zoe was crying... Rest in peace, Bianca.

I remember the panic I felt when I first read this. The god statue, telling Percy to tell Nico she was sorry, sacrificing herself. She was an amazing sister, and I wish she were still alive to love Nico. I absolutely adore Bianca. I know it was kind of selfish to join the hunters and leave Nico, but as a big sister, I can see it from her view.

When I first read the part where she died, and they were searching for her, the line of the prophecy was echoing in my head before they said anything. "One shall be lost in the land without rain." And for a long time, like a year, whenever I re-read that part I would still cry.

4 Bob

He died so Percy and Annabeth could get out of Tartarus and continue the quest. He told Percy to say hello to the stars for him. That broke me. I really hoped he could come back from Tartarus. Poor Bob.

"Bob says hello."
That line ruined me, and I tear up whenever I think about it. He and Damasen were the only ones who gave their lives so that Percy specifically could keep his. Wrecks me every time I read The House of Hades.

Poor Bob. Still, in the final Trials of Apollo book, Nico hinted at someone from Tartarus calling for help, so Bob could still be alive.

5 Luke Castellan

Luke, you were my third favorite character in the Percy Jackson Series. You should have lived. I was crying so much because of your death. Annabeth still needed you. We all love you.

Luke, I still have a bit of a grudge against you, but especially after reading Demigod Diaries, I understand more. You felt unloved and unwanted. Unimportant. So, you did something about it. You did the wrong thing for the right reasons. You didn't like how the Olympians stole the attention from the other gods, and you were a child of one of them! Not even a son of a minor god! But you still acted, and even though you kinda went all evil, it is a tad admirable. Whenever I hear your name, I shout or type, "WE FORGIVE LUKE!"

6 Charles Beckendorf

I felt really sad but also proud for Charles. He was the excellent metal forger who found Festus the dragon in the forest and rebuilt him. He also built the dog collar for Mrs. O'Leary and, last but obviously not the least, he gave up his life for a greater cause to buy the demigods some time and saved Percy Jackson's life. Also, being a good boyfriend to Silena. Three cheers to that guy.

His death made me so sad. Percy and Silena's reactions broke my already shattered heart into more pieces (I guess my heart wasn't dead yet, though). I don't have much more to say other than stating how incredibly brave he was, but of course, I don't even need to point that out.

7 Silena Beauregard

Silena was a great character, but I'm glad she died. Don't think I'm a monster or something because I say that. I'm glad she died because Beckendorf also died, so they were reunited in Elysium, and I find that super cute.

She didn't live all the way up to her mother's name, and she fought in book three against the hunters and in book four the battles against Luke's men.

All these other deaths were heart-wrenching and well-written. But this character should have survived! She was what a real strong Aphrodite girl is, not Piper. Silena owns the beauty and girliness, and that's part of what makes her such a wonderful, feminist character.

Imagine if she was one of the seven! How interesting that would have been! A sweet daughter of Aphrodite who was a former spy (and people would probably still be whispering about it) who wants redemption. And she lost her boyfriend. Though this death was well-written and served as great development for Clarisse, it was a waste of potential.

8 Ethan Nakamura

Ethan, where to start? Ethan made the wrong choices, yes, but I understand that all he wanted was to knock the Olympians down a peg. I don't believe that he wanted things to go the way they were going. All he wanted was respect for his mother, his mother who had told him his destiny in trade for an eye. And his destiny came true, just not in the way he thought. RIP, Ethan. Have a good time in Elysium.

He chose the wrong side because he wanted his mother's approval. In the end, he died hoping that Percy would inspire change (for the better) for the unclaimed half-bloods and the minor gods.

9 Festus

Festus's death made me cry. He risked his life to get Leo to safety. Leo is one of my favorite characters, and him breaking down was just so sad. I love you, Festus. I'm glad he was reused as the masthead of the Argo II.

He kind of died because he broke. That's really not my best description, though.

Festus was the best pet ever! He didn't deserve to die.

10 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 cried dozens of times for Leo's death even when I knew from the beginning he was going to revive. How he sacrificed himself to avenge his mom just broke me! I just can't stop breaking down when reading the part where he exploded!

I was sadder than ever, even more so when Jason died because Leo was always my favorite character. We are so much alike! Anyway, just so sad.

Leo, of all people. I didn't read Trials of Apollo until a little while later, so his death stayed.

His life was so sad, and it's a great thing that he got to live with his lover, Calypso.

The Contenders
11 Pan

Alright, kids, let me teach you something. As it states throughout multiple series by Rick Riordan, if people start not worshiping/believing in a god, the god will "fade away" or die. This is exactly what happened to Pan.

Have I educated you? Good, now goodbye.

Seriously, Grover spent almost all his life looking for Pan, and when he finds him, Pan's all like, "Oh, hey Grover. If you don't mind, I'm going to die right now. Go tell the others."

You can't just die. You are a god. You do not die if you're a god. It's unfair to Grover to find you and be excited, then you just die and break his heart. You're a god.

12 Thalia Grace

Thalia's bravery still blinds me now, and it was so kind for her to die for her friends. Though a vicious fighter, she is still one of my favorite characters, as she supported Percy a lot and helped out a lot on their quest too. When she was made leader of the Hunt, I was sort of sad that she won't be in the stories with Percy so often now that she's sworn to be a maiden.

She died so Annabeth, Grover, and Luke could get back to Camp Half-Blood safely. Thalia didn't have the saddest death, but it is forgotten. Thalia was thrown by a cyclops. Zeus saved her by making her a tree. She came back to life by the Golden Fleece.

13 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.

Annabeth is my favorite character in the Percy Jackson series. She is always strategic and wise, and I was really upset when she died (although she didn't).

That moment where Percy thought Annabeth was dead is just heartbreaking.

She is my absolute favorite character. Good thing she didn't die!

14 Hazel Levesque

Hazel's life must have been hard, coming back from the underworld and not knowing anything that happened after your death. Hazel, we love you!

Sad since it's written in Hazel's perspective.

What makes Hazel's death disturbing is the fact that we read it from her perspective.

15 Damasen

I loved Damasen! He was a good character and was super caring too.

"I changed my mind, Annabeth Chase. I would fend them off. Your quest must succeed."

16 Crest

Crest was my favourite character in all the Rick Riordan books. If he doesn't become a music god, I will personally boot Riordan to Mexico!

Poor Crest. He just wanted to play the ukulele and be a music god. Make him a music god!

He saved the day. Hopefully, Apollo will make him a Music God too.

17 Grandma Zhang
18 Esperanza Valdez

One of my widgets on my iPhone is a picture of Leo and Esperanza, slowly burning at the hands of Dirt Face.

I am sad now.

I think Leo sacrificed himself to save face in order to avenge his mom.

It's so sad! Leo's mother... died at the hands of dirt face. Poor Leo. When I read the part about Leo thinking about his childhood, I cried. My tears were shed majorly.

19 Michael Yew

Michael Yew did not deserve to die. I don't know why Rick decides to kill off everyone, but apparently he just must.

I am so sad about this one because think about Will at such a young age.

He died to save mortal lives. A ferret-faced hero.

20 Castor

I have siblings that I am really close to, and they can be really obnoxious sometimes, but to have to practically watch your twin die... I wouldn't be able to stand it. We don't appreciate a character enough until they are gone, and that's the same about people. Love your family and your siblings, no matter how hard it may be, because you never know when you might not be able to anymore.

Castor was one of the twins. Imagine losing a friend who hasn't been separated from you since you were born. Just imagine how hard it would be for his twin, Pollux. Losing a twin was unimaginable, unbearable. I was stunned when Castor was killed.

Remember that they were named after the constellation, Gemini. In mythology, Castor died, and Pollux, being the son of Zeus, was heartbroken and asked his father to turn them into constellations, which he did. But, sadly, in real life, their father, Dionysus, was not able to do that. Pollux was forced to accept the disturbing fact of his twin's death. I just wished that Castor could go to Elysium.

21 Daedalus/Quintus

He died as a hero, sacrificing himself to save Camp Half-Blood, destroying the labyrinth and the monsters with it.

Was a little bad, but still very sad.

22 Lee Fletcher

Lee Fletcher... poor Lee Fletcher. Imagine being crushed to death by a giant in a battle you never wanted. It's so sad watching good characters die. He could have been so happy.

Why does nobody care about him? He was crushed by a giant for gods' sake.

23 Frank Zhang


So sad when Frank dies (kind of dies, anyway). He sacrificed his firewood that tied him to life to kill Caligula and save Apollo and his home. But by using the firewood as an asset, he comes back to life!

Even though he didn't die for good, I still cried when I was reading that part.

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

Leo should have cursed him so that he has to live in Tartarus. When he dies, he should just come back to Tartarus and die again.

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