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The book series provides examples of:

  • Angst? What Angst?: The pre-teen main characters are very casual about potentially traumatizing and life-threatening events happening to them.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Every big threat in The Last Olympian. The Drakon dies in six pages, and Kronos barely fights enough to look strong. Even in the last fight it didn't take too long to bring him down. Even Typhon.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The Last Olympian revealed that gods have no DNA, getting rid of the Kissing Cousins implications.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The incident with the Sphinx in the Labyrinth was either this, or an Author Filibuster. Of course, it's entirely possible that it was included because Riordan got frustrated and needed to vent some steam about an event in his personal life.
  • Crack Pairing: Tons. Rachel/Nico, Thalia/Nico, Percy/Clarisse, Rachel/Luke, Apollo/Hermes, etc.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Party Ponies.
  • Die for Our Ship: Rachel is frequently treated to this by Percy/Annabeth fans. Got better when she became the new oracle in The Last Olympian.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Luke.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Charles Beckendorf for being such a genuinely Nice Guy.
    • All the Olympians to one extent or another but Artemis is a stand out.
  • Even Better Sequel: It's generally agreed that each book is a step up from its predecessor.
  • Fandom Heresy: Despite Percy being the Launcher of a Thousand Ships, it is a bad idea to bash Percy/Annabeth.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Has a light one with Harry Potter. Usually owing to the PJO fanbase insisting that the demigods could easily defeat the wizards.
  • Fandom Specific Plot:
    • A new girl comes to Camp Half-Blood and she's revealed to be the daughter of a Titan.
    • Percy becomes a god. Annabeth may or may not become a goddess.
    • For a crossover, someone from the other property is a demigod.
  • First Installment Wins: As a whole, the series is viewed as Riordan's best.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
  • Foe Yay: Luke and pretty much everyone. Particularly Percy, Thalia, Annabeth, and (if you squint) Grover.
  • Fridge Logic: Prometheus' claim that the battle is a reenactment of the Trojan War is true, in a way - but as the Achilles in His Tent situation with Clarisse indicates, he was wrong about which side was which.
  • Growing the Beard: The Titan's Curse is considered to be when the series really starts to pick up steam.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Luke and Percy particularly in the first book. Keep in mind that the books often speak of Luke's stunning handsomeness and that they're all told from Percy's perspective.
    • Percy and Nico share a bit of this in The Last Olympian. It's later confirmed that he was crushing on Percy.
    • Silena and Clarisse, Annabeth and Thalia, Zoë and Bianca.
    • Zoë and Artemis, one-sided on Zoë's part, arguably.
    • Clarisse and Silena in particularly considering they play out the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus to its tragic conclusion. And we all know about them.
  • Genius Bonus: It might or might not be intentional, but the mention of a statue of Susan B. Anthony strangling Frederick Douglass in The Last Olympian might be a roundabout reference to how the two civil rights leaders, formerly steadfast allies, became divided over the issue of the Fourteenth Amendment allowing Black males to vote, but not women of any race (and to add insult to injury, it was the first Amendment that explicitly mentioned male and only male citizens).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "She made blue waffles and blue eggs for breakfast."
  • It Was His Sled: Tyson is a cyclops and Poseidon's son.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Percy Jackson has been shipped with just about everyone.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Kronos.
  • Periphery Demographic: Because of Riordan's attention to detail, some people who are outside the target demographic of young adults find enjoyment in these works.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Canonically, the Olympian/Titan war is an example of Black and Gray Morality but it's not uncommon to find fans who really exaggerate the failings of the Olympians.
  • Tear Jerker: Bianca's death, which involved just getting a certain collectible which was missing in her brother's collection, Silena's death and reveal as The Mole, Luke's sacrifice in The Last Olympian, and May Castellan's fate. Percy wonders at the end of the book about her, saying that she will be baking cookies for her son who would never come home. These are just a few examples.
  • The Untwist: Percy's origins. Anyone who knows anything about Greek myth could see the title of the series, the cover of the first book, and then put two and two together. It's really not that hard.
    • The fulfilling of the prophecy in The Titan's Curse It says "One will be lost" and everybody assumes it means someone will die But it never outright states dying, so with the usual Prophecy Twist you could expect Bianca to be lost and later found. It turns out she gets Killed Off for Real.
  • What an Idiot!: It's actually hard to piece together how everyone didn't instantly know who Percy's godly parent was given his love of the sea.
  • The Woobie: Everyone not named Ares, Kronos, or Dionysus. And Your Mileage May Vary on Dionysus.
    • Luke's mother, May Castellan, also deserves a special mention here.
    • In The Last Olympian, the narration actually says that Hermes "looked like he needed a hug." If that's not baiting woobiedom, nothing is.

Tropes which only apply to the films:

  • Author's Saving Throw: Sally outright murdering Gabe through Medusa's head in the book wasn't very well received. Here, it's Gabe's own stupidity that does him in as he opens the fridge containing Medusa's head. Even Rick Riordan, who wasn't a fan of the movies, had to admit that it was Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Badass Decay: Annabeth in The Sea of Monsters.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • While Uma Thurman and Steve Coogan are only briefly in the film, they do manage to make their respective scenes awesome.
    • Nathan Fillion as Hermes.
  • So Okay It's Average: The general view on the films. They weren't great but they weren't terrible.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Grover. His characterization in the film was such a nonstop barrage of black stereotypes that it lead one person to liken it to a minstrel show.
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