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

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Who do you think had the saddest past BEFORE THE SERIES?

The Top Ten

1 Nico di Angelo 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 ...read more.

Nico lost his sister and mother was embarased from being to weird. Also his own father said he favors bianca over him.

Deppresion is real

Nico only had his sister and then she was taken from him. that's just terrible

"hey son open your wall's play with the dead,
Well be a perfect family"
When you walk away is when we really play
You don't listen to me when I say "dad,
Please answer me, where is my mom
And your Daughter had gotten fried because of him"
No one ever listens
The brimstone glistens
Don't let them see, what goes down in the graveyard
Places places get in your places
Throw on your dress and put one your doll faces
Everyone thinks that were perfect please don't let them look through
The curtains.
(this is a parody of the song dollhouse, it makes more sense if you listen to the song while reading the lyric I made up because Nico should be 1#)

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2 Leo Valdez Leo Valdez Leo Valdez is a 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, 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 ...more

The guy that was blamed for everything, hurt, ignored and treated like the seventh wheel by just about everybody. But despite how Leo's friends treated him, he sacrificed himself for them. And they only realized how much they loved and missed him when he was gone.

At least I'm comforted to know he learnt to laugh again and got a second chance at life.

Leo's mom died when he was super young and he thought it was his fault. He was rejected by the rest of his family, forced to sleep under bridges and whatnot. He was always the seventh wheel, despite his awesomeness. He uses humor to hide his pain inside. He is taken for granted by his friend. He is blamed for everything. He died to save his friends. HE HAS THE SADDEST PAST!

It is definitely Leo. Everyone saying Nico has a tragic past let me say this, yes his past is sad but her makes it that way, he wants no friends, no happiness anything. Leo is the best character too along with Percy and annabeth

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3 Hazel Levesque Hazel Levesque

She literally died, but comes back an amazing character. She is the best!

Hazel has a sad back story and you can not not cry for her

EVERYONE LOVES HAZEL BECAUSE SHE IS BAE YA HATERS

Poor Hazel

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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.

Come on guys, how would you feel if your mom would predict horrible things about your future every day? The one time he met his dad, he felt rejected. He went on a quest to find a... golden apple? Was that really important? And got a scar for it. Is that NOT tragic? He had so much trauma in his life, I’m not surprised he joined Kronos!

I think I understand why he felt that way. He was rejected by Hermes and his mom's creepy oracle thingy caused him trauma and he ran off. He got a scar in his first quest and tired out by everyone's pity, he went to Kronos.

Do NOT judge a book by its (or his) cover.

I agree that Leo Nico and Hazel had it worse, but not Annabeth. Luke had no parental figures in his entire life because basically his mom was insane and it terrified him and I think that's worse than losing your mom. Also, he ran away when he was a kid because of resentment towards his dad who cared for him but he didn't think that, was then tricked away by the bad guy, than got possesed by said bad guy, complete with mind control and forcing him to do things he normally wouldn't do like almost killing ANNABETH which he loves in a brotherely way, than realised he was being evil when he almost killed her, and stabbed himself and died a way more painful death then just normally stabbing yourself because he stabbed himself in his "Achilles heel" and yeah, I think that's about it.

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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 should be above Annabeth I mean come on rejected twice by people she thought she loved and her home was ruined by pirates and partly because of Annabeth her sister left and she had to be the only one to lead a whole legion for 8 months I think

Reyna should definitely be above Annabeth

She sort of killed her own father and it was not her falt

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6 Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase

She was abused by her stepmother and ran away. Then she had two friends, one who died defending them and one who was lost to Kronos. It's so sad! She also had to deal with the whole Calypso & Rachel thing.

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 ...more

At least others got home and someone to help them. She is unwanted since she was born, got hated by her step-mom, ran away from home when she was 5, live in the streets and beat monsters with a hammer (with no powers, unlike almost everone else), met Luke and Thalia, but then Thalia got turned into a tree and Luke 'changed' since his golden apple quest and turn into Kronos, then Luke died by her dagger. Hooray.

She was always stuck with her step mother who didn't't do Squat for Annabeth. Her best friend Thalia was killed by a Cyclops. She has gone through almost as much pain as Leo. She was only 5 when Luke and Thalia found her in an abandoned warehouse.

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7 Zoe Nightshade

I'm not crying you are! *sadly wipes tear from face and continues crying silently*

She followed her heart and it got her kicked out of her family, just for helping someone - Lexiebutter12

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

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8 Percy Jackson 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 ...more

Percy suffered so much. From abuse, to high expectations, to bullying.
And he doesn't complain. He pretends it never happened.
I think Percy, Leo and Nico had the saddest pasts.
Percy pretended he was never in pain.
Leo covered the pain with humour.
Nico shoved the pain in everyone's faces.
(WHY IS ANNABETH ABOVE PERCY? She read the situation wrong! Her family cares about her! Annabeth running away was a 7 year old having a tantrum.)

To be honest, I think Percy does not get enough credit for having a bad past

Everyone thinks that Percy had the best past.
It was never confirmed, but it was insinuated that Percy was abused by Gabe.
So Percy was abused by Gabe. His family didn't have much money. He was expelled from every school he attended. He was bullied at school for being different. He had severe ADHD and severe dyslexia. Most people say that all demigods have ADHD and dyslexia, but that's not true. Most demigods have only minor ADHD or minor dyslexia. Not severe both.
Then he believed his mother was killed. And he finally found a place where he fit in (CHB)! Then his head was stuffed down a toilet.
He was claimed by his father. Only because Poseidon wanted to clear HIS OWN name. When Percy meets his father for the first time, he is told it was a MISTAKE he was born. And that's only the beginning.

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9 Thalia Grace 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 ...more

She turned into a pine tree - Sorreltail

Thalia may not have had it worse than Hazel, but she DEFINITELY had it worse than Annabeth. She basically lived like a hunted animal until her final stand. She had a bad relationship with her mother, Hera stole her little brother, she ran away from home and lived alone avoid monsters until she met Luke, and then she sacrificed herself to save her friends

Why a daughter of Zeus have bad luck

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10 Calypso

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.

Until Leo got her out of the lonely island at the end of Blood of Olympus. - Anonymousxcxc

Why calypso? Yes her past isn't the best but it's a hell a lot better than other people on this list! - WhoareuCanada

Me and Calypso are cousins you guys know that right.

I feel that it is sooo sad that she was imprisoned in Ogygia for like a million years! Soon she finds true love, but before that she gets rejected just because she made the mistake of going on the wrong side! - parkl911

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The Contenders

11 Frank Zhang

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

No one in the above list have life tied to a burning piece of wood

His mother died in war he was blamed for his great grandfather shun lun and his life was tied on a burnt stick

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

Poor, poor, Ella. Sweet little Ella. One who deserved so much better.

Poor Ella

13 Sally Jackson

for sure

Domestic violence, sees her son like once a year, kinda died once, and the love of her life left her forever. Yeah, she had a great past.

She really had such a horrible childhood, and a horrible adulthood too.

So sad. Her parents died and her uncle got cancer(as I remember)She's awesome

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14 Echo

Echo is forced not to speak what she wants to.

15 Bob (Iapetus)

"Bob says hello" he told the stars - CalebPro

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.

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)

* SNIFF-SNIFF *

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16 Piper

People always misjudge her..

I don’t get why piper McLean is on this list

€Look at me I’m piper. I don’t have enough time with my dad.” Well at least you have a parent. How bout you trade with Leo, Nico, Hazel, Frank, or Jason even. - Riverstix5555

17 Jason Grace Jason Grace

Jason never wanted to be a leader. Ok so you say Percy is greater. But that is because while Percy went on these horrifying and great quests Jason chose not to. He was always expected to lead but he never wanted to. He was a pawn of Hera, and just think about a great and powerful goddess messing up your life, making you keave your mom at age 2, never having a normal childhood, never having a group of actual friends until you're 16 or smth. Never experiencing the love of a parent. Yes Percy was a great hero but he had a mom, he was not left on his own at 2, his life was never controlled by a stupid goddess

He grew up with no parents

He was abandoned by him mom at two years. Sure Percy had an abusive step father, but at least he had his mother

He should be ranked higher than Percy. Percy is amazing, but his past is not as sad. - Disneylover

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18 Tyson

Totally. Listening to his childhood almost made me cry

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

19 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. - PercyJacksonfan

"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.

Still making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Kool aid, and burnt cookies for a son she doesn't know isn't come home.

Oh god oh god oh god this woman is beautiful her past is oh god give me a moment I'm sorry oh god oh god
cry cry cry cry need I say more

20 Hades

I like Hades he is one of my favorite Gods. - Nicole%20Gu

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"

Was the loser. Was the outsider. Was the infinitieth wheel. Lost his family. Had no friends. Had to live like that forever.

He made Thalia's life MISERABLE

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21 Bianca di Angelo

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

Are you kidding me Percy was abused. Bianca just had a slightly messed up life. - Riverstix5555

22 Meg McCaffrey

Meg constantly being abused by Nero, how is that not a horrible backstory? - CalebPro

23 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

24 Rachel Elizabeth Dare

People say that Rachel's past isn't horrible but I have to disagree because like Piper she does spend rarely any time with either of her parents but when she does they try to shape her to their expectations instead of actually loving their daughter and she is a mortal so at camp their are people who have amazing powers while the Oracle of Delphi can happen at any time which Rachel doesn't remember that usually leaves her exhausted.

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

She had rich and controlling parents

She was privileged.

25 Damasen

He tried to be good for percy and annabeth but he died in the end


And he also had to fight a drakon everyday for aeons

26 Clarisse

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

Why is she on this list

27 Grover Underwood

He had to stick with Polybetes so he could put the fleece on Thalias pine!

28 Hermes Hermes
29 Julius Kane
30 Hephaestus

Hera never liked him because he was deformed. He was literally thrown off of Olympus! Everyone laughed at him for being crippled. He was practically ignored by the other Olympians. AND his wife has been cheating on him with Ares.

31 Halcyon Green

This person did not have a hard past

Dude's life messed up by Apollo because of he saved a girl's life. His punishment and curse is just so twisted I can not even. I wanted to scream when I've read his story.

32 Tristan McLean
33 Grover
34 Bes

He lost his memory/ren just to give Carter, Bast, and Sadie one hour to free Ra and stop Apophis.

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