|Bringer of Fire|
|Creator of Mankind|
|Titan of Forethought|
|Family||Iapetus (father) |
Atlas, Epimetheus, and Menoetius (brothers)
|Affiliation|| Gods |
|Appearances|| The Sea of Monsters (mentioned) |
The Last Olympian
|“||Percy, I'm the Titan of forethought. I know what's going to happen.||”|
Prometheus sided with the gods in the first Titan War because he knew that the Titans would lose. As a result, he was not imprisoned. However, because of his meddling nature, he stole fire for humans, which boosted their progress as a species. He had already deceived Zeus prior to then by making him choose the worst part of an ox and giving the best one to humanity. These two actions, (more the fire than the ox) made Zeus angry and as a punishment, Zeus had Prometheus chained up on a mountain and an eagle peck out his liver every day, and as Prometheus' liver regrew every night, the cycle could continue. This could only be evaded if someone broke the chains or if Prometheus told Zeus which of his fellow gods would overthrow him. Prometheus was later freed by Hercules who also slew the eagle, with the permission of his father Zeus.
Prometheus is first mentioned by Hermes, when he meets Percy Jackson in the middle of the night. He is interrupted from his chat with Percy by a phone call, describing Prometheus's state, as he had been chained to a rock with vultures pecking at his liver, only to have it grow back again. Hermes says to the person on the other line, "Yes, I know that he is chained to a rock with vultures pecking at his liver, but we can't possibly locate his package without a tracking number."
In the Second Olympian War, Prometheus joins Kronos in the battle against the gods, and is sent as a messenger by the Titans in an effort to persuade the demigod forces into surrendering. Claiming to have always been an ally of humanity, he tells Percy Jackson that he has foreseen their defeat, and asks them to give up their fight. He claims that the gods are just as petty, if not worse, than the Titans and that humanity would benefit from the victory of Kronos. To tempt Percy, he claims he has a new revelation that would carry humanity as far from its current point as fire brought them, but that under Zeus mankind would never be allowed to advanced that far. Percy declines, but Prometheus leaves behind Pandora's Jar, saying that should he change his mind, Percy would only need release Elpis, the spirit of hope who resided within the jar, to symbolically "give up hope" and show their surrender.
In battle, he fights for Kronos. Otherwise, he was neutral and works with the winning side. He is a part of the truce party when they confront Luke. When the Titans lost, Prometheus claims he is merely pretending to be on Kronos' side so as to minimize bloodshed. This possibly shows that Percy and Luke Castellan were able to defy his thinking, or alternatively, the indignity of being tied up and having his regrowing liver eaten by a vulture every day impaired his judgement of the gods. It is even possible he did what he did as part of a grander scheme, possibly involving the future. More likely is that he rather calculated, then perceived the future (as he is the Titan of forethought but not necessarily foresight) so he probably joined the Titans because they had a higher chance of winning. Nevertheless, he goes into hiding and has sent a list of excuses for helping Kronos to the Big Three. Hermes states that if Prometheus knows what's good for him, he won't show his face for a few centuries.
He wears a tuxedo, is over two meters tall, wraps his hair around in a ponytail, and has strange marks on his face that looked like some small animal scratched it (most likely talon marks from the vultures or a really, really mad hamster, according to what Percy thinks).
- A moon of Saturn is named after Prometheus.
- The element Promethium in the periodic table is named after Prometheus.
- A minor plot hole in The Sea of Monsters is that when Hermes mentioned someone "chained to a rock with his liver being torn out" and "a gift for mankind", referencing Prometheus, despite the fact that he was rescued by Hercules centuries ago.
- Prometheus has an apparent phobia of vultures. When Percy mentioned them, Prometheus flinched and said to Percy that he would rather Percy not to mention the vultures. This may have occurred because of Prometheus' Curse.
- Percy refers to him as "Tux-Dude" in The Last Olympian.
- Even though he is the Titan of forethought, he was unable to see Kronos lose, so it is possible he just joined Kronos for revenge.