Study Guide

The Lightning Thief Characters

By Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson is perhaps the best chapter-titler known to man. He is our narrator and the hero of...

Annabeth Chase

Annabeth is Percy's friend and sometimes competitor. Her mom is Athena, so you can imagine that...

Grover Underwood

The G-man. Percy's best and only friend in the world. Grover has stuck by Percy throughout sixth...

Chiron

Mr. Brunner is Percy's favorite teacher, and teaches Latin. Later, Percy realizes that Mr....

Sally Jackson

Sally Jackson is Percy's mom. She works at a candy shop in Manhattan and lives in an apartment in...

Gabe Ugliano

Gabe is Percy's stepdad, and, as his last name indicates, he is ugly in body, mind, and soul....

Luke

"Luke's the best swordsman in the last three hundred years" (8.15). He is the counselor in Hermes...

Clarisse

Clarisse lives in cabin #5. Ares, God of War, is her dad. She is the resident bully at Camp...

Thalia

Thalia is a demi-goddess who died trying to protect Annabeth, Luke, and Grover from the Furies on...

The Olympians

The Olympians are all of the major Greek gods and goddesses who rule on Mount Olympus. Zeus is...

Poseidon

Percy's father rules the sea. He is a member of the Big Three, the three sons of Kronos, along...

Zeus

Zeus is the god of the sky and the leader of the Olympians. He has an awful temper, so don't get...

Hades

He was the third god I'd met, but the first who really struck me as godlike" (19.86). Hades is a...

Kronos

Though we never actually see Kronos, he definitely has a presence in Percy's story. He talks to...

Ares

Ares is the God of War, and he is Zeus's son. We first meet him in Denver when he rolls up in a...

Mr. D (Dionysus)

Mr. D is the irritable director of Camp Half-Blood and the God of Wine. His father, Zeus, has...

Athena

Annabeth's mom is really cool. She is the Goddess of Wisdom and is Zeus's daughter. We know that...

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, Hephaestus's wife, and Ares's girlfriend. We don't see her at...

Hera

Hera is Zeus's wife and the Goddess of Marriage. Grover explains why her cabin (cabin #2) is...

Demeter

Demeter is Zeus's sister and the Goddess of Agriculture. She makes sure things grow and that...

Hermes

Hermes is Luke's dad, the messenger of the gods, and the god of thieves and travelers. Hermes is...

Artemis

Artemis is Zeus's daughter, Hermes's sister, and the goddess of the hunt. Grover tells us, "she...

Hephaestus

We never meet Hephaestus officially, but we see his handiwork when Percy and Annabeth get trapped...

Charon

Charon is the dude who ferries dead spirits into the Underworld, across the River Styx. He is...

The Monsters

Though we mortals don't notice them, the world is full of monster. Percy and his demi-god friends...

The Minotaur

This huge, horned dude attacks Percy, Grover, and Sally Jackson as they try to get Percy safely...

Medusa

Medusa disguises herself as Aunty Em, who owns a roadside curio-shop ("Auntie Em's Garden Gnome...

Mrs. Dodds and Her Sisters (The Furies)

The Furies are just some of the monsters that hang out in the Underworld and that guard Hades,...

Chimera

Chimera is Echidna's son. He is part fire-breathing lion and part goat, with a diamond back...

Echidna

We don't hear much about Echidna in this story, except that she is Chimera's mommy. She disguises...

Crusty

Crusty owns a water bed store in West Hollywood, about a block away from the gates to the...

Cerberus

Such a cute little puppy. Cerberus guards the entrance to the underworld. He's a ginormous doggy...

Other Ancient Greek Beings

The Percy finds himself in isn't just full of gods, goddesses, and monsters, there are plenty of...

The Oracle

The Oracle can see into the future and can offer prophecies, or predictions. She lives in the...

Naiads

Annabeth calls them "terrible flirts" when Percy's sees them in the lake (7.13). They are part of...

Centaurs

Chiron is a centaur, or half-man, half-horse. They tend to be really wild and even violent, and...

Satyrs

Grover is a satyr. Satyrs are half-man, half-other creature (not always half-goat). They serve...

Wood Nymphs

Beautiful lady creatures who live in the woods. Literally, they live in the trees. They come out...

The Cyclopes

The Cyclopes are giants who are really good at building and making stuff. They live under the...