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Apollo
Apollo of the sun
Title
God of Light and the Sun
God of Music and Prophecy
God of Archery and Poetry
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Family Koios (grandfather)
Phoebe (grandmother)
Zeus (father)
Leto (mother)
Artemis (twin)
Asclepius (immortal son)
Apollo's Cabin members (children)
Status Immortal
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Height Any height
Other
Affiliation Olympians
Weapons Golden Bow
Species God
Home Olympus
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)
Actor Dimitri Lekkos
Quests None
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, 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, are known as the Twin Archers. He is also believed to have taught humans music and the healing arts. Apollo is portrayed by Dimitri Lekkos in The Lightning Thief.

History

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 foe.

Apollo is also the god who found Chiron and raised him, attributing Chiron's skills and wisdom to Apollo's tutelage.

He 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'.

When Niobe insulted his mother, saying her children were better, Apollo shot all of Niobe's sons and killed them.

Apollo was believed to have won the first Olympic games, established to honor Zeus' victory over Kronos and was originally a games for the gods, and is recorded as defeating Ares at wrestling 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.

During the Trojan War, Apollo was the chief patron and protector of the Trojans and Hector in particular. Apollo shot arrows of 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. He 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. After the war, Apollo and Poseidon destroyed the Walls of Troy, believed to be the greatest of walls and built by the two gods during their exile from Olympus.

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.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

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 ( PercyThaliaNicoBianca) 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." His haikus are terrible.

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Artemis, his twin
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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, 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.

The Last Olympian

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.

Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

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.

The House of Hades

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. 

Personality

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.

Appearance

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.

Abilities

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.

  • 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 and wrestling in 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.
  • Swordsmanship: He is also an expert swordsman, as Homer describes him as 'Apollo of the Golden Sword'.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Family

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)

Immortal Children

Partner

Children
Unknown Janus (Roman)
Coronis Asclepius
Cyrene Aristeus

Mortal Children

Partner

Children
Unknown Austin
Unknown Kayla
Celaeno Delphus
Ms. Fletcher Lee Fletcher
Manto Mopsus
Mary Shakespeare William Shakespeare
Ms. Solace Will Solace
Ms. Yew Michael Yew
Caterina Da Vinc Leonardo da Vinci
Calliope Ialemus, Orpheus
Creusa Ion
Ms. Green Halcyon Green

Video Game

Partner

Children
Unknown Victoria

Apollo's Chariot

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.

Film

The Lightning Thief

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.

Trivia

  • 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 Olympian that is described as having blond hair.
  • 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"

Gallery

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Minor Characters: Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Sally Jackson | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Michael Yew | Ethan Nakamura
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | The Sea of Monster (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus
The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge | Reyna | Octavian | Fleecy | Dakota | Ella | Tyson | Mrs. O'Leary | Arion | Hylla | Echo | Bob | Calypso
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Hades | Ares | Demeter | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus
Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Boreas | Calais | Keto | Khione | Zethes | Thanatos | Iris | Hypnos | Hecate | Nemesis | Notus | Triptolemus | Mithras | Serapis
Roman Gods: Jupiter | Juno | Neptune | Pluto | Mars | Minerva | Ceres | Lupa | Bellona | Fortuna | Janus | Terminus | Vulcan | Mercury | Pomona | Hercules | Cupid | Auster | Aquilon | Favonius | Letus
Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Polybotes | Alcyoneus | Ephialtes | Otis | Clytius
Undead: Echo | Gray | Lityerses | Medea | Midas | Narcissus | Otrera | Phineas | Sciron
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Phorcys | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Erebos | Hemera | Geras | Spes
Related Content: Rick Riordan | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Demigod Files | The Demigod Diaries | The Son of Sobek | The Singer of Apollo | The Staff of Serapis | Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

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  • Why don't we use his picture from the graphic novel?

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    • But I think the vote was to not use his image because we agreed it's ugly and because he is a god we can just use a statue forever.
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