We know him, and we love him. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians has lived in the hearts of readers of all ages for several years. He’s funny, he’s sweet, he’s a bit of a dork sometimes, and he fiercely protects those he cares about. We’ve put together some of his funniest and densest moments, as well as some of his greatest comebacks and quips. Come read our choices!
“You hit the Lord of the Titans in the eye with a blue plastic hairbrush.”
This quote is top-tier comedy. Percy never fails to time a joke in the best possible way, and this one is no different. The context of this quote is relatively self-explanatory, but Rachel, Percy’s friend, hit the Lord of all the Titans in the eye with a blue plastic hairbrush. Personally, I think it’s a pretty great weapon of choice, up there with Percy’s pen.
“We need music,” Nico said. “How’s your singing?”
“Um, no. Can’t you just, like, tell it to open? You’re the son of Hades and all.”
“It’s not so easy. We need music.”
I was pretty sure if I tried to sing, all I would cause was an avalanche.
Percy is super relatable in this one. He’s not afraid to be himself, even if it means singing terribly. Plus, his inner monologues are so fun to read. He isn’t even trying to be funny, and yet he’s one of the funniest book characters out there.
“Keep climbing,” he told himself.
“Cheeseburgers,” his stomach replied.
“Shut up,” he thought.
“With fries,” his stomach complained.
This scene is also super relatable. If we’re being realistic, most of us love food. Percy’s no different. When we want to think about something else, sometimes food is all we end up thinking about. I could go for some fries while writing this.
“What if we promoted, like, Adidas shoes?” Percy wondered. “Would that make Nike mad enough to show up?”
Once again, Percy’s jokes come in at the right time. Only he could make a joke about the goddess Nike involving Adidas shoes. This is comedy gold, and we know you agree.
Grover murmured, “Well, Percy, what have we learned today?”
“That three-headed dogs prefer red rubber balls over sticks?”
“No,” Grover told me. “We’ve learned that your plans really, really bite!”
This is one of those moments where Percy just has the perfect comeback. It’s also a situation in which one of his plans goes very wrong. Those perfect comebacks and terribly dumb plans are why we love him, though. He’s sassy, and we’re here for it.
“My fatal flaw. That’s what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaw is hubris.”
“The brown stuff they spread on veggie sandwiches?
“No, Seaweed Brain. That’s HUMMUS. Hubris is worse.”
“What could be worse than hummus?
I have to agree with Percy here. I think hummus is quite gross and possibly worse than hubris, but Annabeth seems to disagree. This is just one of those moments though that Percy’s ignorance and lack of knowledge make for hilarious scenes and dialogue.
Different elevator music was playing since my last visit-that old disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” A terrifying image flashed through my mind of Apollo in bell-bottom pants and a slinky silk shirt.
Percy’s ADHD also makes for very interesting and comedic scenes, like this one, where the elevator music to Olympus reminds him of Apollo. Sometimes it can be freaky, but it’s also quite funny.
Piper and Hazel were ready to go, but first Annabeth turned to Percy, who was leaning on the starboard rail, gazing over the bay.
Annabeth took his hand. “What are you going to do while we’re gone?”
“Jump in the harbor,” he said casually, like another kid might say, I’m going to get a snack.
Percy’s deadpans are some of the greatest comebacks in all of literature. He never fails to make the reader laugh, and he’s just super relatable.
Percy has some great moments throughout the books, but these were some of our favorites. He’s also the king of comebacks. Did we pick any of your favorite moments?
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