|Gender||Male (Female in The Sea of Monsters)|
|Home|| Princess Andromeda (formerly) |
|Appearances|| The Sea of Monsters |
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian
The Lost Hero (mentioned)
The Son of Neptune (mentioned)
The Mark of Athena
|“||No way could he — holy horse feed!||”|
–Blackjack in The Last Olympian
Blackjack is a friendly, pure black pegasus, who assists Percy Jackson when he needs transportation and can also communicate with Percy in his mind. Blackjack and other Pegasi often go to Percy, who helps them with their, or other creatures' problems.
|“||Gotcha, boss. Man, I hate seeing that boat!||”|
–Blackjack in The Last Olympian
Blackjack was once a prisoner on the Titan Kronos' army ship, Princess Andromeda, until Percy released him indirectly. Percy said someone really needed to wash his mouth out with soap because of the names he was calling Luke Castellan. Percy mistook him as a mare in The Sea of Monsters. Blackjack promised assistance when in need as a gratitude for rescuing him.
Blackjack, introduced as a mare, manages to escape from Kronos' army ship where Luke had been keeping him prisoner. After Percy saves him from what Blackjack claims to be certain death, he devotes his eternal assistance to Percy. Blackjack resides in the pegasi stables in Camp Half-Blood.
At camp, before Percy goes off on his quest, Blackjack woke Percy up, telling him that there is a little sea friend that needs his help. Later on, he gives Percy a ride from Camp Half-Blood all the way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. trying to catch up with Thalia, Grover, Bianca di Angelo, and Zoë Nightshade. He leaves Percy there and flies back due to his exhaustion of constant flying for such a long distance, though he doesn't like to admit it.
Later, Blackjack and his friends Guido and Porkpie appear to carry Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia from a plane field near Mount Tamalpais to Olympus in order to attend the Winter Solstice meeting. Leaving them on a cheerful note, he asks Percy if he could use Percy's cabin as his stable if Percy does not come back alive. At Percy's incredulous expression, he quickly answers that it was "just a thought," before apologizing.
Blackjack speaks to Percy at the beginning of the novel about the Labyrinth. He warns Percy about the dangers of the underground maze. Due to Percy's call, Blackjack, along with other pegasi, comes and carries Percy and his friends back to Camp Half-Blood after escaping the Labyrinth, but the pegasus does not go with Percy.
Blackjack lands on Paul Blofis' car while Percy was out with Rachel Elizabeth Dare. He had Charles Beckendorf with him. Beckendorf and Percy, after an awkward farewell to Rachel, was carried by Blackjack to the Princess Andromeda, where he leaves on Percy's command.
During The Battle of Manhattan, he carries Percy and Annabeth as reinforcements to the Apollo cabin who were defending the Williamsburg Bridge against Kronos' army. When Annabeth suffers a serious injury, Blackjack manages to carry her back to the camp's headquarters at the Plaza Hotel opposite Central Park. When the Clazmonian Sow appeared, Blackjack and Percy pursued it, and with the help of some Lion automatons made by Daedalus, they managed to defeat it. Finally Blackjack was forced by Rachel to bring her to Camp Half-Blood so she could become the Oracle, much to the irritation of Percy.
Annabeth mentions that Blackjack is being used to search for Percy.
When Percy, Piper, and Jason are standing on a deserted highway trying to get to a mile marker called Topeka 32, Jason claims that he has a friend that could help them out. Percy claims the same thing and they both call their horses at the same time. Blackjack soon flies from out of the sky and Piper said that she had never seen a pegasus like that one before. When he lands, he asked Percy if he could have any donuts, to which Percy says they can later. When Jason's horse Tempest arrives moments later, it makes Blackjack a little nervous, but Percy calms him down.
Percy and Blackjack fly to the sign and meet Bacchus, who tells them he is there to meet Ceres. After Bacchus leaves because he senses a trap, Percy rides down the street on Blackjack and turns to face Jason, both of which had been possessed by Eidolons, on the orders of Gaea and they start fighting. While Percy managed to knock Jason off of Tempest, Percy was knocked off Blackjack with a bolt of lightning and Blackjack fell into the field below. As Percy and Jason fought some more until Jason was knocked out and Percy went in for the kill. Piper managed to slow him down with charmspeak, but not completely stop him. She held his attention until Blackjack walked up quietly behind Percy. Piper used her charmspeak to tell Blackjack to knock him out, resulting in Blackjack hitting Percy in the back of his head with his hoof. He then carried the unconscious boys back to the ship and spent some time on the deck with Gleeson Hedge before flying off.
Blackjack has a highly informal personality. Although he is willing to serve Percy, he calls Percy "boss" rather than "Lord," as well as once calling Dionysus "the wine dude." Blackjack has two best friends, Guido and Porkpie, who are also pegasi. Blackjack is extremely loyal to Percy, and shows a personality as being able to be loyal to anyone who proves their worth. He is seen as a friend for Percy when Annabeth is lost in The Titan's Curse, and is said to, "probably run himself into the ground before saying he's tired" when he's carrying Percy.
- Percy mentions that he doesn't let anyone ride Blackjack except himself. However, Rachel didn't care what Percy thought and she thought her needs were more important; Beckendorf had permission from Percy.
- Ever since Percy indirectly freed him, he thought of Percy as a hero. So much so, that he woke Percy up to help any creatures that he couldn't help himself (like the Ophiotaurus caught in a fishing net).
- He appears on the cover of The Titan's Curse caught in Dionysus' grape vines on top of the Chrysler Building and on the cover of The Last Olympian, with Percy wielding Riptide. He also appears on The Mark of Athena with Percy riding on him. As such, Blackjack is the only character so far (aside from Percy and Jason) to appear on more than one book cover. In fact, Blackjack appears on the second most covers of any character, behind Percy.
- Blackjack only addresses Percy as "Boss," which Percy finds annoying.
- In The Last Olympian, Percy figures that Blackjack would rather have his mane braided like "My Little Pony" rather than go back to the Princess Andromeda.
- His gender is somewhat inconsistent as in The Sea of Monsters he is referred to as a mare and a "she," but from The Titan's Curse onward, Percy refers to him as a male. The problem was asked by a fan at a Rick Riordan book talk. He replied "Either Percy's mixed up, or it's a mistake by the author, which, of course, could never happen".
- Bellerophon, in ancient Greek mythology is also known to have been given a pegasus by the goddess Athena. Whether this creature was black or not is unknown but he has been portrayed as such in several cases.
- In The Kane Chronicles, The Throne of Fire, Carter thinks he sees a flying horse. It could possibly be Blackjack during The Titan's Curse or The Last Olympian.
- When asked if Rick Riordan would rather have Blackjack or Festus, he replied: "At the risk of hurting Blackjack's feelings, Festus for sure".
- In the film, Clash of the Titans, the main hero Perseus has a black pegasus, very similar to that of Percy having the real name of Perseus and having Blackjack.
- Coincidentally, Blackjack appeared in every third book cover, The Titan's Curse and The Mark of Athena.
- Blackjack is blue on the cover of The Mark of Athena.
|Species:||Centaur | Cyclopes | Dragon | Drakon | Empousa | Giants | Harpy | Hyperborean Giant | Ichthyocentaur | Karpoi | Laistrygonian Giant | Pegasus | Skolopendra | Stymphalian Birds | Telekhine|
|Friendly Monsters:||Argus | Blackjack | Briares | Chiron | Don | Ella | Festus | Gleeson Hedge | Grover Underwood | Hippocampus | Mellie | Mrs. O'Leary | Ophiotaurus | Peleus | Scipio | Tyson | Tempest|
|Enemy Monsters:||Agrius and Oreius | Arachne | Basilisk | Charybdis and Scylla | Chimera | Chrysaor | Clazmonian Sow | Colchis Bull | Echidna | Euryale | Geryon | Joe Bob | Kampê | Manticore | Medusa | Minotaur | Nemean Lion | Polyphemus | Sphinx | Stheno | Typhon ||
|Neutral Monsters:||Cerberus | Erymanthian Boar | Gray Sisters | Gorgons | Furies | Flesh-Eating Horse | Gryphon | Hippocampus | Siren|