|God of Music, Art, Poetry, and Oracles|
|God of Archery, Plague, Medicine, Sun, and Light|
|God of Knowledge and Civic order|
|Family||Koios (grandfather) |
Asclepius (immortal son)
Lee Fletcher, Micheal Yew and Will Solace (mortal sons)
Apollo's Cabin members (children)
|Greek/Roman form||Apollo (Roman)|
|Appearances|| The Lightning Thief (mentioned) |
The Lightning Thief Film
The Titan's Curse
The Last Olympian
The Demigod Diaries (mentioned)
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo
The House of Hades (mentioned)
A Quest from Apollo
|“|| Green grass breaks through snow, |
Artemis pleads for my help,
I am so cool.
–Apollo, reciting a haiku in The Titan's Curse
Apollo is the Greek god of the sun, light, healing, music, poetry, archery, reason and prophecy. He is the twin brother of the goddess Artemis. He is depicted as the god who drives the sun around in his chariot, a job he received when the original sun god, Helios, faded due to him being downsized by the Romans. He and his sister, Artemis, are known as the Twin Archers. He is also believed to have taught humans music and the healing arts. Apollo was considered by the Athenians as Apollo Patroos, or Fatherly Apollo, because his son Ion was believed to be the ancestor of the Ionians, of whom the Athenians were a part of. Ionian means 'Devotees of Apollo'. Apollo is portrayed by Dimitri Lekkos in The Lightning Thief.
Birth and Fight with Python
When Leto was pregnant, Hera was furious with Zeus' unfaithfulness and forbade the Titaness from giving birth on either the islands or mainlands. Fortunately, the floating isle of Delos gave sanctuary to Leto, and through the help of all the goddesses, who begged Hera to allow Eilethyia, the goddess of childbirth, to come to Leto, she finally gave birth to the goddess Artemis and, nine days later, Apollo. A four day-old Apollo petitioned Hephaestus for a golden bow and a set of arrows which he used to kill Python, a dragon that was previously sent by Hera to chase Leto. After his defeat of Python, Apollo established the Oracle of Delphi as recompense, for the Python was the child of Gaea, and Gaea complained to Zeus about Apollo's act. He also established the Pythian games and named his Oracle the Pythia, to honor his great foe.
Losing his Cattle
When Hermes was born, he stole Apollo's sacred cattle. Outraged, Apollo demanded something to be done to him as punishment. Instead, to make up for it, Hermes made a lyre, a musical instrument, and gave it to Apollo as a peace offering. After that, Hermes and Apollo became the closest of friends, so much so that Apollo said to him that he was the most beloved of the gods to him, and Hermes became an Olympian. Soon after, Hermes crafted the reed pipes. Apollo begged for them, so Hermes made a deal with him: he would give him the reed pipes in exchange for the caduceus. Apollo agreed, and then became the god of music.
First Olympic Games
Apollo was believed to have won the first Olympic games, established to honor Zeus' victory over Kronos and was originally a game for the gods, and is recorded as defeating Ares at boxing and Hermes at racing. So the Ancient Greeks gave laurel branches as rewards to victors in honor of this, as the laurel was the holy tree of Apollo.
Apollo is also the god who found Chiron and raised him, attributing Chiron's skills and wisdom to Apollo's tutelage. Thus, after Asclepius, the demigod son of Apollo was born, and was raised by Chiron. The centaur taught the demigod in medicine and would drive him to become the greatest of healers. Asclepius is said to have been Apollo's favorite demigod child.
Asclepius became even more skilled in medicine than his father Apollo, most likely because he devoted all of his time to it. With the help of Gorgon Blood (given to him by Athena), Asclepius could cure any ilness, heal any injury, and even bring back the dead. Furious, Hades forced Zeus to strike Asclepius dead with his thunderbolt for his transgression against the natural laws.
Apollo was angered and devastated by his son's death, and he killed one of the Cyclopes (who forged Zeus's thunderbolts) in retaliation. To prevent a feud, Asclepius was resurrected and made into a god, but was forbidden from ever resurrecting the dead ever again.
For his murder of the Cyclopes, Apollo was temporarily stripped of his divinity and godly powers by Zeus, and forced to serve the mortal King Admetus of Thessaly as a shepherd for a year. Fortunately for Apollo, Admetus was very hopitable, and treated the banished god with great respect. As a reward for his hospitality, Apollo even persuaded the Fates to reprieve Admetus of his fated day of death, as long as Admetus could find someone willing to die in his place.
When Niobe insulted his mother Leto, saying her children were more numerous, and better overall, Apollo shot arrows at all of Niobe's sons, while Artemis shot arrows at all of Niobe's daughters.
Olympian Riot, and Apollo's Punishment
Hera, enraged at her husband's infidelity, decided to start the first (and last) Olympian riot against Zeus. Hera managed to gain the support of Poseidon (who secretly desired to become King of the Olympian Gods), as well as Apollo himself, and Athena. That evening, Apollo, Poseidon, and Athena hid themselves in the hall adjacent to Zeus' royal chambers, awaiting Hera's signal. As soon as Zeus had fallen asleep, all four of them quickly tightly bound the King of Olympus with unbreakable and tightening golden chains. Even chained up and completely immobilized, an infuriated Zeus looked very intimidating. Finally, Poseidon attempted to reason with his brother, and demanded that Zeus relinquish the throne. Zeus refused, which prompted Hera to advocate leaving him chained up in his chambers until he agrees. Shortly thereafter, the four Olympians departed for the Throne Room for the first (and last) democratic meeting of the Olympian Council, which proved to be a very cumbersome task.
Fortunately, the violently trashing and bellowing King of Olympus was found by the Nereid Thetis. After convincing Zeus to be merciful towards the rioting Olympians, Thetis managed to find the Hekatonkheire Briares by the sea shore. He was more than happy to save Zeus, recalling that he owes his own freedom from Tartarus and Kampê to him. Briares quickly unchained Zeus, after which the latter seized his Master Bolt, and barged into the Throne Room, violently ending the meeting. Zeus remained true to his word, and was merciful towards the rioters, but he still punished them all accordingly.
Apollo was once again temporarily stripped of his divinity and godly powers, and forced to serve Laomedon, the mortal King of Troy. Laomedon ordered Apollo to become his shepherd, and tend to his royal herds.
During the Trojan War, Apollo was the chief patron and protector of the Trojans and Hector in particular. Apollo shot arrows of horrible plague into the Greek encampment as retribution for Agamemnon's insult to his priest, whose daughter had been captured by them. He demanded her return and the Greeks complied, indirectly causing the anger of Achilles. Apollo also taunted Achilles so that he would chase him, giving the Trojans time to escape back to Troy.
When Diomedes injured Aeneas during a battle, Apollo rescued him after Aphrodite was wounded by Diomedes as well, trying to save her son. He transported the Trojan to Pergamos where his wound was tended by his mother and sister. Throughout the war, he constantly drove on Hector and almost destroyed the Greeks. At the behest of Zeus, Apollo used Zeus' aegis to force the Greeks back to their ships. He also destroyed the great wall the Greeks built, as easily as a child breaks a sandcastle, according to Homer. Apollo also aided Paris in slaying Achilles by guiding the arrow of his bow into Achilles' heel.
Apollo's sister, Artemis, decides to hunt a powerful monster, one that has the power to bring down the gods and Olympus itself. Before Artemis leaves, she asks Apollo to take her Hunters and various demigods ( Percy, Thalia, Nico, Bianca) to Camp Half-Blood because this mission is too dangerous for them, although Zoe wanted to come with her.
He agrees and makes a haiku about their meeting, but he and Artemis get into a tiny argument about "I am so cool," only being four syllables, he then changes it to, "I am so awesome." Everyone believes his haikus are terrible.
Apollo gives Percy, Thalia, Nico, Bianca, and the Hunters a ride, and he allows Thalia to drive his chariot, as she is the daughter of Zeus, lord of the sky, saying that he won't zap her out of the sky. However, Thalia is terrified during the ride because of her fear of heights, and ends up accidentally scorching New England. Apollo appears to be scared during the drive too, though he did say a few reassuring words during the ride.
The combination results in a gut-retching experience for the group. But at last, they arrive at Camp Half-Blood (by crashing into the lake) where Apollo sees them off, and leaves.
After Artemis is kidnapped, Percy, Thalia, Zoë, Bianca, and Grover leave to rescue her and Annabeth. Apollo is worried about his sister, and when he tries to use his supernatural sight to find her, he discovers she has been clouded from him, so he breaks the Ancient Laws, and helps the questers by getting on a train headed west. Apollo is in disguise as a homeless man named Fred, however he tells Percy a haiku, which reveals himself (as Percy has never met anyone else who could tell such a horrible haiku). He warns Percy not to let anyone know he spoke to him, and advises him to seek out Nereus, the Old Man of the Sea.
Later, at Olympus, Apollo votes for Percy not to be killed, and gives him a thumbs-up from his throne. He was listening to his iPod at the time, so it is unknown how much of the debate he actually heard.
Apollo joins forces with the other gods of Olympus against Typhon in his golden chariot. Apollo also cures Annabeth Chase and he presides over the initiation of Rachel as the new Oracle of Delphi at Camp Half-Blood while also healing Chiron. When Poseidon defeats Typhon, Apollo joins the rest of the gods on Olympus, and is there when Percy,
Annabeth, and Grover are all thanked for their efforts. When Annabeth is made the official architect of Olympus, Apollo and Ares agree with Aphrodite's suggestion for lots of statues of the gods.
Frank Zhang wishes to be claimed by Apollo due to his amazing skill in archery. He doesn't think he fits anywhere else. He knows he's not good at poetry, prophecy, or healing, but he thought the archery would be good enough.
When Percy sees his grandfather, the Titan Koios, he notes that he has Apollo's bright smile. Also, Zephyr mentions to Jason and Nico how both he and Apollo has once been in love with the mortal Hyacinth, and how the West Wind killed the youth out of spite.
Apollo has been obsessed with haikus ever since he visited Japan and also appears to obsess over other kinds of poems, depending on where he visits. Although he considers himself a great poet, he is actually really terrible at it. In The Titan's Curse, Zoë Nightshade briefly mentions that after Apollo visited Ireland, he obsessed over limericks for a time. He loves his 'little' sister Artemis, even though they often clash, as he is the more laid back, less serious twin; he is always hitting on her Hunters as well. He is also shown to have good relations with his demigod relatives, such as Percy, illegally helping him during his quest, and offering to teach him archery. Apollo is described as arrogant, self-centered, and cocky. Apollo is also a major flirt, as he often flirts with Artemis' hunters, even though she has forbidden it. Despite his flirting however, the Hunters refuse to be charmed by Apollo, due to their oath. However, there is also a darker side to Apollo, and he is shown to be capable of cruelty, shown when he placed a terrible curse on his son Halcyon Green, just because the latter tried to go against fate. Apollo is also very protective of his mother Leto, shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, when he killed all seven of Nioba's sons, after she insulted Leto.
Apollo normally appears as a handsome young man in his late teens (when Thalia first met Apollo, she said "Whoa. Apollo is hot." And Percy replied, "He's the sun god." She replied, "That's not what I meant."), around seventeen or eighteen, sandy hair, a bright cocky smile, and outdoorsy good looks. When Percy meets him for the first time, he was wearing a white, sleeveless T-shirt, blue jeans, and loafers. Percy describes Apollo as looking like Luke, but being taller, without the jagged scar on the cheek and with a much brighter smile that is blinding enough without the sun car as Percy says. However, he can appear as anyone, as he is a god. While helping Percy on his quest, he shows himself as an unkempt, dirty and toothless homeless man named "Fred" (he's incognito, although his haiku gave him away). He is often seen driving the Sun Chariot.
Apollo is known to be Zeus's most powerful son, since Zeus trusted Apollo with more significant powers than any of his other children. Therefore, Apollo is an extremely powerful god, surpassed only by the Big Three and the Elder Olympian goddesses.
- Fighting Prowess: Apollo has great superhuman strength and fighting skills, as the Homeric hymns describe that no ropes can bind him. He also wrestled and nearly killed Hercules before Zeus threw his thunderbolt between the two when Hercules tried to steal his Oracle's tripod. Apollo also defeated Ares in boxing during the very first Olympic games, which were for the gods.
- Archery: As the god of archery, he excels in archery as well as other target-shooting-based activities, such as basketball. According to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo's arrows can invisibly strike a person, no matter how far away he is.
- Swordsmanship: Apollo is also an expert swordsman, as Homer describes him as 'Apollo of the Golden Sword'. In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it is revealed that Apollo once had an extremely sharp sword made of adamantium and Imperial Gold, but rarely used it, and later gave it to his younger brother Hermes in exchange for the flute.
- Musical Ability: As the god of music, he is an expert musician, and can play any musical instrument perfectly, though he is most often seen with his lyre. Apollo also has four golden celedons accompanying him in his musical performances, as well as being the leader of the Muses.
- Photokinesis: As the god of light, he has absolute control and divine authority over light.
- Create illusions/hallucinations.
- Create light shields/force fields.
- Project healing energies (different from Vitakinesis).
- Blast of light to impale or blind enemies for some time or maybe forever.
- Create a ball or shape of light to blast.
- Pyrokinesis: As the god of the sun, he has absolute control over the flames of his Sun Chariot.
- Supernatural Sight: As the god of light and the sun, he can see anything and anywhere during the day.
- Vitakinesis: As the god of healing and medicine, he can manipulate and modify a person's anatomy.
- He can instantly heal almost any wounds at a quicker rate than even other Olympians.
- Disease Manipulation: If angered, Apollo can cause several diseases, mainly plague. During the Trojan War, when Agamemnon offended him, Apollo infected the latter's army with plague. As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo uses special arrows for this, which explode and disseminate various horrible diseases.
- Prophecy: As the god of prophecy and foresight, he is able to see into the future. However, he is unable to tell anyone future events, except through his Oracles, as then the information would become meaningless. This is a dangerous ability, and his only child known to have inherited it is Halcyon Green.
- Divine Wisdom: Apollo is the god of knowledge and is extemely intelligent, although Athena and Zeus surpass him.
- Truth: He is also the god of truth and was known to never tell a lie.
Apollo's attributes are his golden bow and arrow, his golden lyre, the laurel wreath, the sacrificial tripod (representing his prophetic powers), and the hyacinth flower (which sprouted out of the blood of Hyacinth, Apollo's friend and lover). Apollo's sacred animal is the swan.
As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, the Caduceus, winged sandals and golden Sword of Hermes used to belong to Apollo. However, he, admittedly never used them, and readily gave them to his younger brother Hermes in exchange for the latter's lyre and flute.
Apollo loves both his mother and twin sister, Artemis, above all other women and will fiercely defend them. Apollo is surpassed only by his father and uncle in his romances. Many of his demigod children have become famed poets, writers and musicians (e.g. William Shakespeare)
|Unnamed woman from Miletus||Branchus|
|Ms. Fletcher||Lee Fletcher|
|Mary Shakespeare||William Shakespeare|
|Ms. Solace||Will Solace|
|Ms. Yew||Michael Yew|
|Caterina Da Vinc||Leonardo da Vinci|
|Calliope||Ialemus, Orpheus and Linus|
|Ms. Green||Halcyon Green|
|“||This chariot is built out of human dreams about the sun, kid. It's as old as Western Civilization. Every day, it drives across the sky from east to west, lighting up all those puny little mortal lives. The chariot is a manifestation of the sun's power, the way mortals perceive it.||”|
–Apollo, talking about his Chariot
Apollo's sun chariot is the one that brings light to the world, making the mortals believe that it is a huge ball of fire-the sun-in outer space (although Apollo infers that the Sun does still exist in space, but its effects and visible appearance on Earth is the Sun Chariot). Apollo's sun chariot can also turn to any other car; as shown in The Titan's Curse, the chariot changed into a Maserati and a bus.
Apollo is played by Dimitri Lekkos. In the movie, Apollo only appears once, during the scene with the whole council, and is not addressed, but is zoomed in on with Artemis at his side.
- Apollo gave Midas donkey ears after he declared Pan the winner in a music contest between the two gods.
- Artemis calls him big-headed and many other names siblings often call one another. In fact, when Nico pointed out that the sun was just a big fiery ball of gas, Apollo said that Artemis had called him a big fiery ball of gas once, which led humans to believe that was indeed what the sun was.
- He slayed Marsyas, a mortal musician because he dared to challenge the god of music, but it was Apollo who won.
- He likes to make Haikus (Japanese poems) which probably mirrors the fact that Japan is referred as the 'Land of the rising sun' and Apollo is the sun god.
- Apollo is the only Olympian to share his name with his Roman aspect because "Perfection can't be improved."
- Apollo was equated with the Egyptian god Horus during the Hellenistic era, which was after Alexander's conquest of Egypt.
- Apollo is the only male Olympian that is described as having blond hair, the female one being his aunt Demeter.
- Apollo's incognito name 'Fred' may have been taken from the author of The Face of Apollo, by Fred Saberhagen.
- Apollo told Thalia that "I hate it when pretty girls turn in to trees." This is a reference Apollo's first love, Daphne. She was a nymph who became a laurel tree to escape him.
- Apollo is the one who informs Thalia of her age, which was previously unknown because of her transformation into a pine tree.
- NASA`s spaceflight program that landed the first human on the moon was called the "Apollo Program"
- As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Poseidon and Apollo are the only two major Olympians who have temporarily lost their divinity and godly powers. Apollo is the only one to whom this has happened twice.