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Tyson (Percy Jackson)

Tyson is a fictional character in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series. He first appears in The Sea of Monsters, the second novel of the series. He is a Cyclops, a son of Poseidon, and is Percy Jackson's half brother. His mother is an unknown nature spirit.

In the books

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

The Sea of Monsters

Main article: The Sea of Monsters

Thalia's tree, which serves as the magical border of Camp Half-Blood, is mysteriously poisoned. Chiron the centaur is blamed for poisoning the tree and dismissed from his position as camp activities director; Tantalus takes his job. The only thing able to cure the tree is the Golden Fleece, which has healing powers. It is located on Polyphemus's island in the Sea of Monsters (the Bermuda Triangle).

Clarisse La Rue, the daughter of Ares and Percy's longtime rival, is given the quest to go into the Sea of Monsters to find the Golden Fleece. Percy and Annabeth decide to go also, not just for the Golden Fleece, but for their friend, satyr Grover, who is trapped in Polyphemus's cave. Tyson, Percy, and Annabeth, after saving Camp Half-Blood from fire-breathing bulls, set out to find Polyphemus, who believes that Grover is a female cyclops and not a satyr.

As they enter the Sea of Monsters, they have to get past Scylla and Charybdis. Instead of trying to sail in between, Clarisse goes for Charybidis. Clarisse's ship is destroyed. Tyson, who did not escape the ship in time, is presumed dead until it is learned that he was saved by a hippocamp named Rainbow. They all meet up on Polyphemus's Island and ultimately leave with the Golden Fleece.

When they return to the mortal world, Clarisse returns to camp on a plane. Percy, Annabeth and Tyson are kidnapped by Luke. He almost kills Percy in a duel, but Percy reveals that Chiron is innocent. Chiron rescues them with his relatives, the Party Ponies. When they return to camp, the Fleece is put on the tree, reviving both it and Thalia. After this Tyson leaves by going into the sea in answer to his Father telling him to work at his underwater forges.[1]

The Titan's Curse

Main article: The Titan's Curse

Tyson plays a minor role in The Titan's Curse. Once, while he is in Poseidon's underwater court making various items at the forge, he appears in two Iris-messages (a form of communication facilitated by the goddess Iris through the use of rainbows) between him and Percy.[2]

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy goes back to Camp Half-Blood to find Tyson already there cleaning their room for inspection. Tyson also fixes Percy's shield, which is broken by the manticore, Dr. Thorn in the third book. Tyson is fond of Mrs. O' Leary, Percy's hellhound. Tyson also reveals he is afraid of and allergic to Grover Underwood.[3]

Annabeth leads a quest into Daedalus' Labyrinth. She breaks the rule of having only two companions on a quest by choosing Percy, Grover, and Tyson. Tyson finds Briares, a Hundred-Handed One ( who fought in the Titanomachy from the Olympian's side), but is disappointed to find out he is afraid of Kampe and refuses to fight. Tyson is also sad that the other two hundred handed ones faded, and are no more. The group splits up, and to protect him Tyson follows Grover, who goes a different direction in search of Pan. They all reunite and flee the Labyrinth after the help of Daedalus (Quintus).[3]

The Last Olympian

Main article: The Last Olympian

After jumping off the exploding cruise ship Princess Andromeda, Percy finds himself in Poseidon's palace where Tyson is waiting. Percy is in a grim state, so Tyson takes him to Poseidon. Poseidon looks aged due to the stress from the war going on. Poseidon does not let Tyson fight for fear of losing him. To Tyson's disappointment, Poseidon sends him back to the armory to make weapons. The next time he is seen is through the mist of the hearth on Mount Olympus. Tyson's battle cry was, "PEANUT BUTTER!" however, Percy thought he said something like, "FOR POSEIDON!" instead. Percy is later told by his dad (Poseidon) that the battle cry was indeed, "PEANUT BUTTER!".Percy gives Poseidon the idea to send Tyson and all the other Cyclopes to take down Typhon. They do, and Typhon lands in the Hudson River. Tyson is last seen on Mount Olympus where he is awarded a new club (his preferred weapon, that he calls a stick); he is also given the role of general of Olympus' army.[4]

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

Tyson is not seen but it is mentioned that he is searching for the missing Percy.[5]

The Son of Neptune

Tyson is revealed to be searching for Percy along with Percy's hellhound, Mrs. O' Leary, whom he is fond of. It appears that Tyson is the most successful at tracking Percy down and is nearly at Camp Jupiter before Percy leaves for his quest. He continues to track Percy and his friends north, but is always too late to reach them. Shortly after the attack on the Zhang mansion, Percy contacts him via a dream, telling him to go find Ella the harpy and escort her back to Camp Jupiter. Tyson, Ella and Mrs. O' Leary meet Percy just outside of camp and it is implied that Tyson and Ella are in love with each other. Ella later chooses to follow Tyson rather than fly to safety, and Tyson does not hesitate to go to the Romans' aid.

Power and abilities

  • Immensely strong
  • Works well with metal (skilled craftsman and smith)
  • Cannot be killed/harmed by fire.
  • Superhuman hearing and smelling abilities (allowing him to smell monsters)
  • Gets along extremely well with hippocampi (or fish ponies, as he calls them), especially the hippocampus Rainbow, first introduced in The Sea of Monsters[1]
  • Can communicate with Percy (or any other son of Poseidon) underwater mentally
  • As with all other[1] and Kampe's voice in The Battle of the Labyrinth[3]).
  • Can change his voice to sound like someone else's voice

Physical description

Tyson is very tall, very broad shouldered, and has messy brown hair. He has one calf-brown eye, but when he is not at Camp Half-Blood, it is hard to notice, and it looks like he has two because of the Mist. He is known for not brushing his teeth. He has scars on his back that were caused by a sphinx attack.


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