|“|| Promise me one thing. Whatever happens, when you get back to Olympus, when you're a god again- remember. Remember what It's like to be human.
–Jason to Apollo in The Burning Maze
Apollo, also known as Lester Papadopolous  in his human form, is the Greek god of the sun, light, healing, disease, music, art, poetry, archery, reason, knowledge and prophecy. He is the twin brother of the goddess Artemis and, together, they are known as the Twin Archers. He is depicted as the god who drives the sun around in his chariot - a job he received when Helios, the original sun god, faded due to being downsized by the Romans.
He serves as the narrator and protagonist of The Trials of Apollo, where he is stripped of his godhood and becomes a human for a third time. He goes on a quest to secure the Oracles and keep them out of the hands of Triumvirate Holdings in order to become a god again.
Birth and Fight with Python
When Leto was pregnant, Hera was furious with Zeus' unfaithfulness and forbade the Titan 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 Eileithyia (who's also her daughter) 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 his mother, Leto. After his defeat of Python, Apollo established the Oracle of Delphi as recompense, for 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 great foe.
One afternoon, Apollo came across Eros, who was in the form of a child and "playing" with his bow and arrows. He found the sight so humorous that he burst into laughter and mocked the young god of love, who decided to teach Apollo a lesson.
The next afternoon, when Apollo was walking by the riverside in Thessaly, Eros shot an arrow of love straight into his heart, causing him to fall instantly and hopelessly in love with a beautiful naiad who was bathing nearby named Daphne. He approached her and begged for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately for Apollo, Daphne had sworn off men due to the numerous tales of how being beloved by the gods had led many females to tragic endings, and therefore spurned his advances.
A chase erupted, with some banter on Apollo's side. When Daphne started to tire, she cried to Gaea for help, and the goddess took pity on her and transformed her into a laurel tree just as Apollo was about to embrace her. Heartbroken by his loss of her, the god of the sun declared that though she now could not be his wife, he would still honor her: henceforth, the laurel tree would be a symbol of victory, and he would wear a crown of her leaves.
To this day, Apollo had never moved on from her memory, swearing never to marry (though he claims it is because he cannot decide between the Nine Muses.)
Losing his Cows
When Hermes was born, he stole Apollo's sacred cows. 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. As soon as Apollo saw the lyre, he was enchanted by it and instantly forgot about the cows. After that, Hermes and Apollo became the best 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.
First Olympic Games
Apollo was believed to have won the first Olympic Games, established to honor Zeus' victory over Kronos and was originally a game for the gods, and he is recorded as to have defeated Ares at boxing 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.
At some points , Apollo fell in love with the handsome mortal man Hyacinthus. One day, Zephyros, the god of the west wind, who was also smitten by Hyacinthus, came across him and Apollo playing a game of quoits. Jealous that Hyacinthus preferred the radiant archery god to him, Zephyros shifted the wind and sent a heavy metal ring flung by Apollo right at Hyacinthus’s head, instantly killing the youth. The devastated Apollo would turn his lover's deceased body into a flower, the hyacinth. In order to avoid Apollo's wrath, Zephyros would seek protection from Cupid who had mercy on him because he was driven crazy by love, who forced the guilt-ridden wind god to work for him forever as a result. As mentioned in The Hidden Oracle, Hyacinthus would forever remain one of Apollo's two all-time favorite lovers (on par with Daphne).
When Niobe insulted his mother Leto, saying her children were more numerous, and better overall, Apollo shot arrows at Niobe's seven sons, while Artemis shot arrows at Niobe's seven daughters. However, Artemis spared one of her daughters.
Olympian Riot and Apollo's Punishment
Hera, enraged at her husband's infidelity, decided to start the first (and last) Olympian riot against Zeus. Hera managed to gain the support of Poseidon, Athena and Apollo himself. That evening three hid themselves in the hall adjacent to Zeus' royal chambers, awaiting Hera's signal. As soon as Zeus had fallen asleep, all four of them quickly tightly bound the King of Olympus with unbreakable and tightening golden chains. Even chained up and completely immobilized, an infuriated Zeus looked very intimidating. Finally, Poseidon attempted to reason with his brother and demanded that Zeus be a better ruler. Zeus refused, which prompted Hera to advocate leaving him chained up in his chambers until he agrees. Shortly thereafter, the four Olympians departed for the Throne Room for the first (and last) democratic meeting of the Olympian Council, which proved to be a very cumbersome task.
Fortunately, the violently thrashing and bellowing King of Olympus was found by the Nereid, Thetis. After convincing Zeus to be merciful towards the rioting Olympians, Thetis managed to find the Hekatonkheire, Briares, by the sea shore. He was more than happy to save Zeus, recalling that he owes his own freedom from Tartarus and Kampê to him. Briares quickly unchained Zeus, after which the latter seized his Master Bolt, and barged into the Throne Room, violently ending the meeting. Zeus remained true to his word and was merciful towards the rioters, but he still punished them all accordingly.
Apollo and Poseidon were temporarily stripped of their godly powers and immortality, and forced to work as laborers on Earth for years. Hera was tied up and suspended on a rope across the abyss of Chaos, and subjected to Zeus' daily threatening of blasting the rope to let her fall into the nothingness and be dissolved. Fortunately for Athena, she managed to completely evade punishment by talking herself out of it.
Asclepius and Punishment
Apollo is also the god who found Chiron and raised him, attributing Chiron's skills and wisdom to Apollo's tutelage. Thus, after Asclepius, the demigod son of Apollo was born, he was raised by Chiron. The centaur taught the demigod in medicine and would drive him to become the greatest of healers. Asclepius is said to have been Apollo's favorite demigod child.
Asclepius became even more skilled in medicine than his father Apollo, most likely because he devoted all of his time to it. With the help of Gorgon Blood (given to him by Athena), Asclepius could cure any illness, heal any injury, and even bring back the dead with The Physician's Cure. He most notably resurrected Hippolytos at his aunt Artemis' request. Furious, Hades forced Zeus to strike Asclepius dead with lightning as punishment for violating the natural laws.
Apollo was angered and devastated by his favorite son's death but couldn't take out his anger on Zeus himself as the king of gods was way too powerful, so he subsequently killed one of the Cyclopes (who forged Zeus' thunderbolts) in retaliation which caused Apollo to be suspended for a year. To prevent a feud, after Zeus resurrected his cyclopes, Asclepius was resurrected and made into a god, but was forbidden by Hades from ever resurrecting the dead ever again.
For his murder of the Cyclopes, Apollo was forced by Zeus to live on Earth for a year again, stripped of his divinity and godly powers, and forced to serve the mortal King Admetus of Thessaly as a shepherd for a year. Fortunately for Apollo, Admetus was very hospitable, and treated the banished god with great respect. As a reward for his hospitality, Apollo even persuaded the Fates to reprieve Admetus of his fated day of death, as long as Admetus could find someone willing to die in his place.
During the Trojan War, Apollo was the chief patron and protector of the Trojans, Hector in particular. Apollo shot arrows of horrible 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, as Agamemnon took Achilles' concubine, Briseis, as compensation. Apollo 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 the invulnerable Achilles by guiding the arrow of his bow into his vulnerable (Achilles') heel.
When Apollo's sister, Artemis, decides to hunt the Ophiotaurus, a powerful monster 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 to Camp Half-Blood because this mission is too dangerous for them, although Zoë Nightshade 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." Everyone believes his haikus are terrible.
Apollo gives Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, Nico and Bianca di Angelo, 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 (by crashing into the lake) where Apollo sees them off, and leaves.
After Artemis is kidnapped, Percy, Thalia, Zoë, Bianca, and Grover Underwood leave to rescue her and Annabeth Chase. 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. He also offers Percy the chance to drive his chariot and archery lessons though Percy rejects the latter as he's bad with a bow.
Apollo is mentioned when Percy is attempting to shoot Geryon through his three hearts, and he prays to Artemis and Apollo to ask them to guide his arrow.
Apollo joins forces with the other gods of Olympus against Typhon in his golden chariot. Apollo also cures Annabeth and he presides over the initiation of Rachel Elizabeth Dare 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.
Due to his archery skills, Frank had initially assumed that he was a son of Apollo, and frequently prayed to the god to claim him and he was rather dismayed after Mars claimed him. Even though Apollo wanted him to be.
Apollo, along with most of the other Olympians, was incapacitated (with his personality split between him and his Roman form) after Leo was manipulated by Gaea into shooting upon Camp Jupiter from the Argo II.
When Percy sees Apollo's grandfather, the Titan Koios, he notes that he has Apollo's bright smile.
When the Argo II docks at Delos, Leo, Frank and Hazel find the Twins, saying how only on Delos are they not incapacitated with pain by the Greek-Roman schism. Apollo expresses his strong disapproval of his legacy Octavian, and then reveals that he has lost his sight of prophecy, as Python blocks the cave on Delphi once more. Leo talks to Apollo alone, asking for advice on his plan to defeat Gaea, as well as the physician's cure. Apollo remarks that the plan could work, similar to how the Titans once defeated Ouranos, by destroying his physical manifestation while he was at his weakest, as far as possible for his own realm. Apollo, however, warns Leo that any mortal close by would be destroyed if Gaea were to be defeated in such a way. Apollo tells Leo of the curse of Delos, the final ingredient for the physician's cure. When Leto was ready to give birth to Apollo and Artemis, Hera made all the nature spirits swear to reject Leto so she couldn't give birth. However, Delos was a floating island then, so Leto gave birth to the twins, causing the island to bloom yellow flowers out of happiness, but Delos became rooted then, so flowers picked by Apollo or Artemis on Delos are the curse of Delos. Leo trades Apollo a Valdezinator , a musical contraption that translates feelings into music in exchange for his help.
When Reyna, with the help of six pegasi finally manages to place the Athena Parthenos on Half-Blood Hill, golden light ripples across the ground, seeping warmth into the bones of both Greek and Roman demigods, and curing all of the Olympians (including Apollo) of their split personalities. As a result, Apollo and Artemis promptly leave Delos to participate in the final battle with the Giants in Athens. The twins help slay quite a few Giants with their arrows, after which Hades sends their bodes back to Tartarus, by opening up abysses after each Giant is killed.
After the battle, Zeus punishes Apollo for not only encouraging Octavian to follow his dangerous path, but also for revealing the prophecy much too soon. He sends Apollo back to Mount Olympus, even though Apollo told Leo that prophecy doesn't work that way, just that Zeus wants someone to blame.
Later, when Will Solace confronts Octavian, he claims that Apollo would strongly disapprove of the latter's actions. It can be assumed that Apollo wasn't at all saddened by his legacy's horrific fiery demise.
Between the Series
Apollo, due to his current mortal mind, doesn't recall what transpired during the six months between The Blood of Olympus and The Hidden Oracle, and it is only known that his father Zeus went through with his threat to severely punish Apollo, and decides to do so by making Apollo mortal for the third time, but this time without any powers whatsoever.
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Apollo crash lands in a dumpster as a human with vague memories of what happened to him. Two thugs see him with his wallet and attempt to rob him. Eventually, Apollo is rescued by a girl, Meg McCaffrey, and goes to Percy Jackson's house to seek his help on how to get to Camp Half-Blood. While there he is shocked to learn that the battle with Gaea was six months ago. He asks Percy for help in regaining his godhood, but Percy says that he is busy with school work but agrees to drive him and Meg to camp.
Along the way, they are attacked by three Nosoi, who infect him and the son of Poseidon. When Meg summons a Karpoi, who she names Peaches, devours the plague spirits. They head to camp through the woods while Percy stays behind to deal with a police officer who arrived at the crash. While wandering through the forest Apollo hears voices calling out to him. Meg pulls him out of the woods and to camp. They make it to the amphitheater and he passes out. He dreams he is driving his sun chariot and a familiar looking woman sits next to him. He then sees a man in a mauve suit telling him to find the gates and lead him to the oracle.
He wakes up in a cot in his children's cabin being tended to by Will Solace. Two more of his children arrive wondering if his being human will cause them to lose their powers and disappear, Apollo assures them that it would not happen. He is then brought to the big house to talk to Chiron, who fills him in on what has been happening at camp and hoping that he can solve the disappearances. They then go to dinner were Meg is claimed by her mother.
The next day he had physical training with Sherman Yang, which greatly tires him. He then has a music class and plays a beautiful melody that makes everyone present weep, but the former god immediately received the fatiguing consequences of playing in such a way. He has archery next and gets one bulls-eye and hit the white of the target with his other shots much to his dismay. His daughter Kayla tells him to practice, but out of frustration, he swears on the Styx to not play music or practice archery until he is a god again. He then sees Sherman going towards the forest calling his brother's and girlfriend's names. He snaps out of it and remembers nothing. The horn sounds for the three-legged death race and they head out.
For the race, he is paired with Meg and they search the Labyrinth for three golden apples. Then, they wind up under Delphi and hear Python talking with the Beast. After they find all three apples, their binds are undone and they run for camp. They make it to camp to learn that Kayla and Austin have vanished.
Rachel Elizabeth Dare arrives at camp and tells them about a company called Triumvirate Holdings, a company run by three of Rome's worst emperors. He then brings up the other Oracles he has, much to Rachel's annoyance.
The next day, he and Meg head into the woods and find a Palikos named Pete. He says his businesses partner Paulie has vanished. They are then attacked by three Myrmeke. Apollo breaks his oath and plays his combat ukulele and saves himself, but Meg is captured. He passes out from a head injury and is spoken to by Rhea. She says the Beast plans to burn the Grove of Dodona. He wakes up in Cabin Seven and goes to rescue Meg, but is stopped by Will, who wants him to rest.
After resting, he goes to the armory and grabs a bow and stuffs a quiver full of arrows. He goes to the Myrmekes' nest and sings about his faults to distract the giant ants. He rescues Meg but they are surrounded by three ants and he only has one arrow left. He shoots the ceiling of the cavern but nothing happens. In desperation, he waves Paolo's bandana, and the cave collapses. The two then face the queen ant and after Apollo sings to her she lets them pass.
They make it to the grove's antechamber and see the missing campers and the palikos Paulie. As they are about to free them, Nero shows up and reveals Meg as his step-daughter. Apollo is shocked. After trying to get Meg to see through him, she orders Apollo to open the gate so no one has to die by the Beast. After the gate is opened, Nero tries to set Austin on fire, but Peaches snatches the matches away. A fight ensues and Apollo temporally regains his divine strength and manages to defeat Nero's two gemini guards, after which Nero sets the grove on fire and leaves. Apollo pulls his son off the stake and cuts him free, telling him to free the others.
He goes into the grove to find Meg. He sees Meg struggling with the oracular voices of the grove, and he tells her to hang a wind chime. When they put the wind chimes on a tree, the voices stop and he hears a prophecy. Meg tries to set him free then leaves. When he returns, all the captives are free. He then summons the myrmeke queen and the six fly to camp as it's getting attacked by Nero's automation. They land on a beach. Apollo comes up with a plan to strike the automaton with a plague arrow but needs a chariot. Nico gets him one and Apollo, Austin, and Kayla flies into battle. Apollo grabs an arrow from the automaton's armpit and succeeds in enchanting a plague arrow, but they crash to the ground. Luckily, Percy shows up and helps distract the automation while Apollo aims. He misses but the wind (Zephyros) blows it into the automaton's ear. It then sneezes its head off, but most of the camp gets hay fever by nightfall.
The next morning, Apollo decides to head out to find the oracles on his own, but he is visited by Percy and Rachel. They try to talk him into getting some help, but he declines. He tells them the prophecy and Percy says his companions will be at camp soon. Leo and Calypso arrive seconds later. After the two are filled in, they agree to company him. He is shocked to learn that they are dating and that Calypso has lost her powers as well. They agree to leave in the morning before they go for s'mores at the sing-along. The story ends with Apollo and Calypso convincing Leo to join the sing-along.
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Six weeks after Nero's attack on Camp Half-Blood, Apollo lands with Leo and Calypso on Festus in Indianapolis. The couple asks Apollo if he sees anything and he tells them no. The fallen god wonders why a member of the Triumvirate Holdings would want to set up their base in Indiana. He also worries about Meg, as he had a vision of Nero telling her to bring Apollo to him dead or alive, which concerned him since as his demigod master she could order him to do anything (like commit suicide). Also, he makes a remark about Hera's licorice. After getting off the roof, they notice the odd behavior of the pedestrians before they are approached by a woman named Nanette who immediately recognized him, grabbed him and called to let others know he was in the state capital. Calypso punched the woman and freed Apollo, only to reveal that she was a Blemmyae working for the Triumvirate Holdings calling for back up. As they are surrounded, the three retreat as more blemmyae arrives on the scene. Calypso sees an alley where they head to and encounter a "headless cheese ghost". Upon leaving the alley, they are soon surrounded by the blemmyae. As they are about to be killed, Leo tells him and Calypso to distract the crowd. Apollo tells his story of how he became mortal while Leo made his way to a bulldozer that the blemmyae had with them. They made their way to the bulldozer and attempted to leave. As Nanette was about to kill the trio, she is shot and killed by an arrow, but not before she mentioned a naming ceremony for slaves in three days. A woman who knew Apollo was revealed to have fired the shot and killed the other blemmyae. She revealed her name is Emmie and she takes them to the Waystation.
When they arrive, Emmie takes Calypso to the infirmary and tells Apollo and Leo to talk with Josephine. They see an abandoned bedroom for a young girl along the way. They arrive in the main area and meet up with Josephine, who tells them of the Waystation's function as a safe house for wandering demigods, satyrs and hunters. She explains that Emmie's real name is Hemithea, to which Apollo realizes that she was a princess from Ancient Greece that he made immortal before she became a hunter. Josephine then leaves the two to make themselves at home. After Leo heads over to Josephine, Apollo has a flashback of the day he made Emmie and her sister into minor goddesses and a vision of Nero telling Meg to catch him dead or alive. He then sees Emmie, Josephine, Leo and Calypso standing over him saying that he has been out for hours. They tell him that Agamethus, the headless ghost from before, wants to talk with him, the group theorizes that the headless ghost wants to tell them something. Josephine gets a Magic 8 Ball so he can communicate. Agamethus tosses it to Apollo who read aloud 'Apollo will find her'. Emmie and Josephine then reveal their adoptive daughter, Georgie, has been missing for two weeks. Emmie explains how she and Josephine left the hunters to be with each other, to Apollo's annoyance as he felt she wasted immortality. Apollo then realized that Agamethus was decapitated by his brother Trophonius, the dark oracle, he then asks about the emperor. The five make lunch and discuss matters. Apollo tells Emmie and Josephine the limerick the Grove of Dodona told him and they tell him the Cave of Trophonius was south on them in the Bluespring Caverns, but they are heavily guarded by enemy forces. They also say that the emperor has been abducting the Waystation's inhabitants and Georgie. They hear banging coming from the roof and Emmie and Josephine arm themselves before going to investigate. The three talk about Trophonius while doing the dishes, much to Apollo's annoyance. He explains that to prepare for the Oracle, one must drink from two springs representing forgetfulness and memory. Then they must head into the cave where they see a prophecy in the form of horrific visions. Then the priest sits them on the Throne of Memory to speak the prophecy for them to write down. He theorizes that Georgina might have gone through the ritual but had not sat on the throne. Then she went back a second time to sit but was captured. After Leo and Calypso fight, he hears their hostesses voices and heads into the main area where he is trapped in a net by Britomartis, the goddess of nets. After she freed him, Apollo concludes that she in charge of the Waystation. She asks Emmie and Josephine to leave while she talks with the trio. She tells them that the emperor is planning to rename Indianapolis in three days, and she wants them to use that time to save her griffin's from the city's zoo. She says that if they do this then she will tell them where Georgina and the Throne of Memory are. He also realizes that the emperor plans to kill him and Georgia during the ceremony. Britomartis sends him and Calypso to liberate her griffins while Leo works on their defenses. After they tell Emile and Josephine what Britomartis told them, the ex-hunters had them do chores with Apollo scrubbing toilets and sending him and Leo to sleep in separate quarters from Calypso. He and Leo talk about his relationship with the formerly immortal sorceress. He feels that sometimes she hates him for taking her from Ogygia and sometimes she loves him for it. Apollo dreams of his son, Trophonius, decapitating his half brother, Agamethus, after a failed robbery attempt. His dream then shifts to the emperor and his former lover, Commodus, having three people executed for failing him and losing the daughter of Demeter. He then orders a new agent, Lityerses, the son of Midas, to capture her and Apollo alive and move the griffins to him for safekeeping. Calypso wakes him up and the set out to free the griffins.
Apollo and Calypso make their way to the Indianapolis Zoo. At Calypso's request, he consulted with his talking arrow. The arrow told him the griffins were being held by a train and to bring tatters tots. He and Calypso argue about their mortal states, with Apollo revealing his hatred for Emmie giving up hers, though he offended Calypso too on that matter. They make their way to the zoo and find where the train is, unfortunately, Lityerses and five Germani are almost by them. They duck into a nearby cafe for cover, he keeps a lookout while Calypso picks the lock. They find a package of griffin tatters and combat ostrich cubes which reminds Apollo of a time he was with Commodus the day his father was killed. Calypso brings him back to the present and tells him that she found the train ride on a map, but hear Lityerses order one of his men to stay in the cafe. The duo makes a break for it but is cornered by the reptile house. He manages to shoot one Germanus in the foot before Calypso scares the man off with fake magic. They make it to the train but run into Lityerses who calls for backup. Apollo notices the vegetation aboveboard Lityerses's head moving but pulls Calypso out of the way as it falls on the swordsman, thinking this is Meg's doing. He then offers to drive the train. The train starts off slowly but they manage to accelerate. Apollo sees the sign for the monster enclosure and they switch to head for it. He notches an arrow and hits the lever. They wind up in the enclosure and find the griffins and others locked behind plexiglass partitions. They find the button to open the griffin enclosure and enter. Apollo realizes that the female griffin, Heloise, is about to lay an egg. He and Calypso sing an ancient song Zeus and Leto sang to him and Artemis when they were younger, this brought tears to the former god's eyes. He feeds the male griffin, Abelard, while Calypso feeds Heloise. Lityerses then appears behind them, as he is about to kill the two of them, Meg McCaffrey arrived and blocked his attack then orders him to leave. He mounts the Abelard and takes off, but not before firing an arrow at the control box releasing the other monsters. He pulled Meg onto Abelard and Calypso forced the net above them out of the way. The two former immortals were astonished by this act and he embraces his demigod master as they fly back toward the Waystation.
The three arrive at the Waystation. While Leo and Josephine take Calypso to the infirmity, Apollo and Meg talk with each other before Emmie informs them that the net goddess wants to speak with them. She informs them that Calypso's magic is her doing, much to the anger of Apollo and the recently returning Leo. Britomatris then tells them that Apollo will either succeed in his quest for Trophonius or be executed. She tells them where the entrance to Commodus' palace is and to avoid it. She tells Apollo to take Leo and Meg and go along the waterway to get into the palace. The goddess then leaves and Meg shouts Commodus' name at the top of her lungs, sparking Apollo to remember a time when he killed Commodus. He reminisces of the time he drowned and betrayed Commodus when he was disguised as his personal trainer, Narcissus, that flashback forces him to throw up in the toilet. Josephine comes in and talks with him about making past mistakes and moving on from them, as well as using life to benefit others. He spent the afternoon aiding Heloise in laying her egg.
When Apollo, Leo, and Meg headed for Canal Walk, Josephine gave him a tracking device to wearing so he can send reinforcements when they find Georgie. They take a peddle boat to find the secret entrance where Apollo tells them he killed Commodus. They see it as something he had to do and Meg tells them she met him and the western emperor, who, along with Nero, is keeping him in check in the center of the country. They soon spot a monster under the surf and proceed with caution. A little further down they find the entrance but are attacked by the Carthaginian Serpent and abandon ship. Meg manages to blind it in one eye before it is about to crunch her as it did to their pedal boat. Apollo notices bricks from a nearby condominium coming to lose and shouted to collapse it on the serpent, killing it and freeing Meg before the gate Leo opened closed again. They wade through the water until they find an alcove to get out and dry off. Meg thanks Apollo for saving her and theorized that his powers return temporarily to help others in life or death situations. They continue and wind up in the throne room, just behind Commodus. He orders Lityerses to destroy the Waystation by tomorrow morning. After the swordsman and others leave for the entrance he tells a guard, Alaric, to have Lit killed when he returned and puts him in charge of destroying the Waystation by tomorrow afternoon. The three exit and devise a plan of action. They wander around until they find where the prisoners are kept. After Meg and Leo take out the guard and open the door, Apollo is appalled by this and the three free the slaves. They find Georgie and free her before she comes running up to Apollo. He tells Leo to take the prisoners and head for the Waystation while he and Meg search for Throne of Memory. They eventually find the throne behind metal doors, which he unlocks with sulfuric acid, water, and baking soda. He straps the throne to his back and they head out of the compound. Meg synced a familiar presence and headed towards an empty chamber, which was revealed to be the stadium for the Indianapolis Colts. Commodus then revealed that this was only the rehearsal for the naming ceremony. After unleashing monsters, animals, and mercenaries onto the field, Meg jumped on a combat ostrich and rid for the god emperor while Apollo took his place on an elephant named Livia. Commodus ordered the fighting to stop before revealing a bound Peaches suspended in the air. As Commodus prepares to kill Peaches by setting him on fire, Apollo rides Livia onto the track to block Commodus' car. He cut off the helmet Livia was wearing and the elephant flung it at the god emperor, causing him to swerve off the track and roll and crash on the field while Meg freed Peaches. The god emperor reveals that he killed Livia's mate so that she would fight. Lityerses returned to inform Commodus that the Hunters of Artemis have attacked the gate and took out ten guards before retreating. Commodus orders Apollo, Meg, and Peaches to be locked up until the real naming ceremony tomorrow and was about to kill Lityerses before the roof exploded. Leo, Festus, and the Hunters of Artemis arrive and fend of Triumvirate's forces. He saves Lityerses and tells Leo to get him out, Thalia Grace rode with him on Livia. When they stopped to free the elephant from her armor Thalia told him that their father had forbidden Artemis from assisting him, but they were close by on other business and decided to help. Apollo wondered what else his sister was keeping from him, the three headed for the Waystation.
The three returned to the Waystation with habitat for Livia. They head to the main hall where they find everyone taking care of the released prisoners. As Emmie and Josephine sit Georgie on the throne she relays a message from Trophonius telling Apollo and Meg to go to his cave at first light so that his or Commodus' prophecy will come true. Georgie then becomes faint and passes out, but not before saying she was his daughter. Emmie was enraged by this and demanded Apollo to fix her daughter. He says he can not but she might be okay. After wondering what the part about the emperor meant, Literyses says that Commodus knows where the Waystation is and will attack in the morning. After Emmie stops the residents from killing Lit, she gives a speech with Apollo chiming in occasionally. As the Waystation prep airs for battle, Apollo is concerned for everyone's safety during the battle. After dinner, Emmie asks him if he sent Georgie to punish her, which he denies. After struggling to get to sleep he had a conversation with Olujime, one of the freed prisoners. He then wandered around until he found the library and spoke with the arrow of Dodona on transportation, it told him he can drive to the Oracle's cave in almost two hours. He is told by Leo and Calypso that they have decided to stay at the Waystation to have a normal life, he understands and is going to miss them.
After Leo got them a Mercedes they went south stopping only when they were pulled over by a police officer. When dawn was approaching he asked the Arrow of Dodona for directions. It told him to drive west until they found the emperor's sign and to find the two rivers and defeat the beasts that cannot be killed. They arrive and sit their car to find the unkillable guardians, Yales, which are an endangered species and they will be cursed if they kill them. After he and Meg are chased up a tree the daughter of Demeter encases the beasts in grass bindings before they find and make a break for the cave's entrance. He drinks a handful from the two streams at once, causing his mind to go somewhat blank and childlike before Meg tackled him down the entrance. After falling into the water he forgets who he is. Apollo sees a vision of Leto and Zeus in Florida, the former begging the latter to make him immortal again. He then sees the goddess Styx, who swears vengeance on the god for breaking his oath about not using instruments or a bow. Meg then snaps him back to reality and they head deeper into the cave. He asks Meg for honey cakes to appease the snakes, which she had no idea about. They reached the location where they would receive the prophecy, an island in the middle of a snake-infested lake. As he went into the water Meg demanded that he sing to detract the snakes, when that failed she sang her self, showing her memories of the father and his murder. He reaches the island in the heart of the lake and begs Meg to stop. The Oracle appears and berates his father for failing to save his brother. Apollo apologizes and offers himself in Meg's place, as she involuntarily invoked Trophonius. He agrees if Apollo grants him a wish, but then claims the daughter of Demeter anyway. Apollo tries frantically to help Meg to no success. Apollo begs his son for assistance but he does nothing, so he performs CPR on Meg to ease the girl's suffering. He takes on her negative emotions and memories, as well as parts of a prophecy. He finishes, but Trophiounus says she may be permanently insane. He then requests Apollo destroy his cave and warns him that Commodus' forces will be waiting for him with his explosives, he agrees. After surfacing, he sees Nanette and two other blemmyae. He notices they have trouble arming the bomb and theorized that they are colorblind. They notice him and an unconscious Meg and are about to kill them until he requests he pulls them assure politely. He makes a plan to trick them into destroying the oracle and themselves with the explosive device while and Meg escape. Nanette volunteers to go while the other two will kill both of them if anything happens to the female blemmyae. After Nanette was killed in the explosion, he told the other two to wait and look away while he kicked one of the blemmyae into the water only for him to be crushed by a rock. The other blemmyae took hold of him and broke his arm. Just the Peaches and two other Karpoi assaulted and killed the last blemmyae before checking if Meg was okay. Apollo told him they had to get her to Indianapolis fast before passing out.
Peaches and his friends drove Apollo and Meg back to Indianapolis halfway through the battle. He saw smoke coming from the Waystation and went as fast as his wounded body could take him after asking the fruit spirits to guard Meg. After taking out a badly wounded demigod working for the emperors, he made his way towards to Waystation to find battle and carnage. He found Heloise dead in the library and was worried for Abelard and their egg. When he reached the kitchen he saw Commodus with two Germani holding Emmie, Georgie and Leo hostage while Josephine, Calypso, Lit, and Thalia stood on the opposite end at a stalemate. Commodus demands the throne for the hostages, but Apollo tells his friends to stand down and he tells the emperor to leave before he sees the fear in Commodus' eyes. The mortal god miraculously unleashes his Divine Form and blinds the emperor and his troops. They take out the Germani and throw Commodus out of the Waystation. As they looked out, Commodus had vanished, not even those fighting outside saw him. As they saw the Karpoi carrying Meg, he told them to bring out the throne of memory, Meg revealed a long unnerving prophecy. They then cleaned up the Waystation and searched for Commodus. Then they had a funeral for Heliose, after which Apollo told Emmie she did the right thing in giving up her immortality.
They discussed the prophecy over dinner. It told that he and Meg would have to warn Camp Jupiter of an attack in five days. He theorizes that he and Meg can use the Labyrinth to get to the third emperor in the southwest. He talks with Thalia and tells to give his sister his best before she left. After breakfast, he spoke with Agamethus, apologized for his death, and told him he would do what he could to get him into Elysium when he was a god again. Meg brought him onto the roof where she summoned a satyr, Grover Underwood, to guide them through the Labyrinth as the prophecy said.
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For the past two days Apollo, Meg and Grover have been wandering the Labyrinth. He is worried that the longer it takes to find the Oracles, the harder it will be to become a god again. They stop just as a wave of fire comes before them and head to wear it came from. They hear a sound and run. They make it to a room and he tells Meg and Grover to block the entrance with tomato plants. They do, but a Strix comes in and scratches him, leaving the former god paralyzed. He tells them not to kill it or they will be cursed. Meg defends Apollo and slices off the strix’s wing sending to die by hitting a wall, which he scolds her for. He is taped to Grover’s back and he asks the Arrow of Dodona how to defeat strip with out killing them. The arrow says they need pig entrails, which they do not have. However they could also use abrutus. Just then then more strip break through their barrier. Meg catches up with them and she gives Apollo one of her scimitar. They reach the top and it is sealed. After they realize that a Brutus is a plant similar to strawberries, me plays his combat ukulele as Meg and Grover grow the plants at rapid speed. With the dome over their heads destroyed and the strip disintegrated in the sunlight that shined through the cracks. They have made it to their destination.
After they exit the labyrinth, Apollo passes out. He dreams of a woman shackled over a pit of lava, apologizing and telling Apollo it is a trap. It the shifts to a Roman villa near Pompeii where a praetorian guard informs a young man of a man’s passing. He wakes up in a tent with a sleeping Meg grasping his wrist and Grover standing watch. Grover tells him that they are at his base in Palm Springs. He also tells the fallen god that there has been nature spirit deaths from numerous natural disasters that do not feel natural. He also says Meg was nervous about being here. Just as the daughter of Demeter woke up, Grover invites them to speak with his other companions. He takes them to a green house and introduces them to a group of Dryads. After telling them that they are the only scouting party to return, they disband and he and Grover carry an unconscious Meg to a well and meet up with Mellie and her infant satyr son. She says her husband has not returned and asks the two to look for him at a near by military surplus store.
As they walk Grover tells him that the part of the labyrinth beneath Southern California is ‘infected’ by the third emperor referred to as Neos Helios. He also tells Apollo that he misses Pan and that preserving the wild is hard as most humans, demigods, and even some gods do not care about it. They arrive at Macro’s Military Madness and find Coach Hedge’s car in the almost empty parking lot. They go inside and find coach Hedge in the fire arms isle. As they are about to leave the the manager who asks if he is Apollo. When he wanders aft being flattered, he tells the employees, both automatons, to take Apollo alive and kill the satyrs. Apollo recognizes him as the killer of Tiberius from his dream and tells Grover and Hedge to run after hearing the emperor's full name. He is carried away by Hedge after the satyr causes an explosion to distract Macro and his employees. They make it to the front door but are locked in, just as Macro surrounds them, Grover crushes the manager with a canoe and the three flee. They make it to they back room and barricade the doors. He opens more employee automatons and has them surrounded Macro by shouting Plan Twenty-Three. They obey but confuse their order with another and start to self destruct the three open the cargo doors and get out just in time.
They land in a dumpster and hear the voice of a follower of the emperor. He leaves as police arrive and minutes later Apollo and the satyrs head back to base camp and discuss what they learned, mostly the emperor’s name, to the Dryads. Everyone is shocked by this knowledge and asks what to do. Apollo says they need to go into the burning maze and find the The Oracle of Erythaea before confronting Caligula. He is very upset that he is the third emperor, he was hoping it was kindly old Marcus Aurelius, noble Hadrian or bumbling Claudius. He is told by Coach and Mellie that Jason Grace and Piper McLean might know where the oracle is being held. He also tells the dryads their home might be destroyed. When he says this, Meg reveals her father built Aeithales. She leaves and Apollo goes after her. When he catches up with her she shows him her memories of her old home and hopes Jason and Piper have the answers they need.
He, Meg and Grover take Coach Hedge’s car and drive to Malibu. He thinks of the oracles and wonders if he was meant to liberate his forgotten oracles. They arrive at the McLean house and find movers emptying the house and Tristan McLean pacing the driveway. He tells them Piper is inside. They meet up with the daughter of Aphrodite and talk to her about their current events. Piper informs them that several associates of her father worked with Caligula to ruin her father. Apollo mentions that he did something similar to Meg and that they need to find the Oracle of Erythaea. Piper agrees to join them and they set out. After they wait for Piper to get her weapons, they head to downtown Los Angeles in a car Piper borrows from her neighbor. He drives and they get out at a metal gate, the entrance to the labyrinth, and stand by as Piper shoots the guard with a blow dart. After the guard is knocked out the four take a service elevator bellow ground. After turning a few corners, they run into two of Grover’s allies, Agave and Money Maker. After Grover and Meg do what they could, Grover takes them above ground to heal properly. He and the girls continue on until they reach an abandoned parking garage and run into Medea. She requests Meg and Apollo come with her. Apollo realizes her plan is to merge the last of his immortal essences with that of Helios to turn Caligula into the new sun god. He stands his ground and she sticks her dragons on them. The dragons are quickly slain by Piper and Meg. However the sorceress soon knocks Meg unconscious and traps Apollo in a swarm of venti. She tells them the only way to reach the oracle is to be allowed to go to the center of the maze by her. Medea agrees to a duel with Piper, however the sorceress uses Helios as a weapon. He takes Meg and hides behind a column. The daughter of Demeter regains consciousnesses and goes to help Piper. Apollo asks the arrow for help and it tells him to fire a dart at the sorceress. Apollo tells this to Piper and the daughter of Aphrodite shoots Medea in the shoulder. After the sorceress passes out, the fire of the titan goes out of control and the three retreat.
The three managed to get back to the service elevator and to the surface before passing out. Apollo dreams of a brief meeting he had with Caligula that kept him away from from Rome for decades. He awakes back in Aeithales and is relaxed that Meg and Piper are going to be fine, however he is upset that Money Maker died. He tells Grover to call a meeting. They discuss what their next move should be and decide it is to ask Jason about what the oracle of Erythethea told him and to find Caligula’s boots to guard them through the maze. That night he dreams of Nero speaking to Python about their plans. He wakes up and helps Meg plant the seeds her father showed her years ago before they head out to talk with Jason in Pasadena with Piper and Meg. They reach his school and head to the son of Jupiter’s dorm room to talk. He tells them of his plan to honor all the gods before telling them what he knew. He agrees to go with them and Apollo stays while Piper and Meg go to the office. He asks the son of Jupiter what he was really told. He speaks with Jason about the prophecy the oracle gave him and said that if they faced Caligula, either he or Piper will die. Apollo tells he he can not hide a prophecy for long. He tells Apollo that he tried to stand up for the fallen god when Zeus sent him to Olympus. Jason asks Apollo to remember what it was like to be human and, in case the son of Jupiter dies, to take his plans for temples to Camp Jupiter. Apollo agrees and they leave to meet up with the girls.
The car they borrowed from Mr. Bedrossian had been towed, so Piper gets them a school van and they drive to Santa Barbara. They search Stearns Wharf but find nothing, Apollo mentions that this looks like Baiae. During a dinner break they see a small fleet of yachts form a blockade around the harbor, with police, The coastguard and mercenaries going out to help with security. Apollo suggests they start with the middle yacht. Piper manages to lure a dinghy of mercenaries to the shore and take their boat and head for the central yacht. Jason and Piper go on board first and he talks with Meg about her recent violent thoughts. Just then they are captured by two Pandai and taken prisoner. The two are taken aboard and, along with Jason and Piper, to an interrogation room after Meg tells the pandai she wants to kill Caligula. After they reveal the pandas inadvertently reveal the location of the shoes and the location of Caligula to be boats forty-three and twelve respectively, Meg breaks free. While he and the demigods take care of most of the pandai, he takes out a cyclops with the Arrow of Dodonna, with the exception for Crest who Apollo said to spare. They split into two groups, Piper and Apollo find the shoes and Jason and Meg find Caligula. He dresses Piper’s head wound and they set off to find the shoes. They go a few boats without being noticed until they are and Piper asks Apollo to help her while she sings. During the song he learns of her conflicting emotions. They stop in Caligula’s wardrobe boat so Piper can rest. He asks her about her strong emotions during song. The daughter of Aphrodite tells the former god she broke up with Jason because she felt their relationship was forced onto them by Hera and forced to continue by her mother. She says she wants time to define herself without anyone else and Apollo agrees. They make it to the shoe boat and get the location of the shoes. They make it to the room and find the shoes, adult versions of the legionnaire sandals that gave Caligula his nickname, when Crest finds them and tells them Meg and Jason have been captured. Just then Incitatus arrives and knocks out Piper and Crest, subdues Apollo, and takes them to Caligula. Apollo starts to fear for his life. They arrive in the emperor’s throne room and he greets them. Caligula taunts the fallen god and orders Medea to kill Meg and Jason, however Apollo takes the arrow of Dodonna and, knowing Caligula needs him alive, threatens suicide if they die. He performs a standoff until an a pandos came in and told Caligula their attack on Camp Jupiter failed. After the emperor kills the messenger Apollo stabs him self, but the arrow moves away from his heart. Caligula and Medea rush to perform the ritual, just as Apollo hoped so the tornado prisons weaken. He watches as Jason breaks free and takes out the pandai with his lightning and fights Caligula. Piper helps him up and they watch as Caligula kills Jason. They flee on the back of Tempest.
They are taken to Piper’s house and see Crest and Meg. Tempest arrives with Jason’s body, Meg orders Apollo to heal him but can not as he can not cure death. Tristan arrives soon after and tells Apollo to call 911 on the landline in the house. The daughter of Aphrodite tells him to leave. After having Crest call an ambulance, he, Meg and the pandos take Coach Hedge’s pinto to Palm Springs. Meg tells him the son of Jupiter’s death was not his fault. They tell everyone about Jason’s sacrifice and decide to go to find the Oracle in the morning. He is told by Crest of another entrance to the Burning Maze. Meg gets Grover to join them.
He wakes up at three in the afternoon and, after eating an enchilada, overhears Meg and Joshua and goes over to them. The seeds they planted the day before had grown into ash tree saplings. Apollo realizes them as Meliai, the original dryads, and praises the daughter of Demeter and her father for their work and research. Grover gets a car and, with Crest, the head for the old Las Angeles zoo. They find a sealed entrance in an old bear exhibit and have trouble opening it until Grover plays a song. He, Meg and Grover go in while Crest keeps watch. Once they enter he puts on the sandals and, a few moments later, word puzzles start to appear. They go down the path with the same number of glowing tiles their are letter in the answer. After the the third puzzle, the fallen god realizes it reads APOLLO FACES DEATH, much to his horror. They continue with the next two answers being TARQUIN, the last king of the Rome (he brought back some bad memories to Apollo even though the Roman Kingdom was like a backwater and the period was a little hazy, the gods were still based in Greece then), and TOMB. They then receive a puzzle referring to both his long deceased boyfriend Hyacinthus and the plant named after him, Hyacinth. Apollo becomes frustrated and gets the answer wrong, the right one being UNLESS, causing the floor to vanish and the three to fall. He and Meg are caught by Grover before falling into the fires of Helios. He has an idea and tells Grover to release him. He falls into the fire and speaks with his predecessor, learning he wants Apollo to kill Medea so the titan can be free. Apollo agrees and the fire vanishes. The three proceed. They reach the room holding Herophile and continue the prophecy to get across, which states DOORWAY SOUNDLESS GOD OPENED YO BY. Before they can get more Medea arrives with Crest and more pandai. Meg cuts the oracle free, but her molten chains ensnare Apollo as soon as they are cut off. Medea sends two pandai to guard Apollo and, after Meg and Grover try to help Apollo, are trapped in a vortex over the lave of burning Ichor. The sorceress proceeds to take Apollo’s essence and her starts to forget and lose himself. At Herophile’s urging, the fallen god recites a prophecy. He is saddened when a Medea kills Crest when he finishes. The sorceress proceeds to kill Apollo. At that moment, Piper arrives with the Meliai and stabs Medea in the back before pushing her into her grandfather’s flames. Apollo runs over to Crest and comforts him until he dies. He examines the prophecy he recited and with Meg’s help, notices the first letter of each line spells BELLONAS DAUGHTER. Piper tells him they will need the help of Reyna Ramírez-Arellano. As the room is collapsing, he convinces Helios to leave. The group exits the labyrinth, but are cornered by Incitatus and dozen pandai. However Meg quickly orders the Meliai to kill their enemies and they head back to Palm Springs.
They drive back to Aeithales in a daze of sorrow. When they arrive he tells Herophile she should live their, which she accepts. Grover tells them he is heading back to Camp Half-Blood and wishes him and Meg luck. That night Apollo dreams of Styx, she tells him their will be more death. The next morning he wakes up and Meg tells him to come with her. The house had been regrow by the dryads to an almost identical copy of the original. He gets concerned when they ask Meg to stay, but she chooses to go with Apollo. They head to an airfield in Santa Monica Beach and meet up with Piper, who gives them the plane to take themselves and Jason to Camp Jupiter while her father and the Hedges drive to Oklahoma. The daughter of Aphrodite give Apollo Jason’s planes and he hears his promise to remember being human. Just then Leo Valdez arrives on Festus, the son of Hephaestus tells them that the Twelfth Legion Fulminata had managed to ward the attack, however many lives were lost and the camp was almost destroyed, but Frank, Reyna, and Hazel Levesque are all okay. Apollo and Meg take the plan to the Bay Area, promising that he would not let these deaths be in vain.
As Apollo and Meg McCaffrey land in Oakland Airport, Jason Grace's coffin is loaded onto a hearse ordered for them by the McLeans. They two put their things on in the backseat and drive to Camp Jupiter. He thinks about Caligula's upcoming attack and worries about facing off against Python as a human. However, they are attacked by an Eurynomos and Meg orders him to swerve. He drives off the freeway and into a grove of tress that the daughter of Demeter uses to break their fall. The Eurynomos informs them that Caligula is not his master and they try to stop it from eating Jason. Luckily, they are saved by a girl in Roman armor who manages to kill it. She introduces herself as Lavinia and they inform her of Jason's death. She is saddened and escorts them to camp.
Apollo is described as arrogant, self-centered, and cocky, as is typical among the gods, however in The Trials of Apollo his personality progressively changes as he starts to feel guilt and sorrow, becoming more empathetic and kind. This is especially shown in Chapter 27 of The Hidden Oracle when he sings about Daphne and Hyancithus, the most famous of his lovers, taking the responsibility for their deaths.
He 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. 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, though she has forbidden it, and they refuse to be charmed by him due to their oath. He was also shown to have good relations with his demigod relatives, such as Percy, as demonstrated by how he illegally helped him during one of his quests (though a prominent reason for his help would be because Artemis was in grave danger), and offering to teach him archery.
However, Apollo also has a dark cruel side: he placed a terrible curse on his son, Halcyon Green, for trying to defy fate to help another in need. As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, one of the factors that fueled Apollo's dark side was his protectiveness of his mother, Leto - after Niobe insulted Leto, Apollo ruthlessly killed all seven of her sons. Later on, he personally asked Hades to eternally torture Tityos for harassing his mother. He even went as far as to flay alive the satyr Marsyas after winning their musical contest, although he later denied having flayed him alive, implying that while he can be quite cruel when angered, he is not so cruel as to painfully kill others.
As revealed in The Hidden Oracle, Apollo's sunny and optimistic demeanor actually conceals deep sorrows: he had never truly moved on from the two greatest loves of his life - Daphne (who turned into a tree to escape his advances) and Hyacinthus (who died due to a feud between Apollo and Zephyros ), and was haunted by their memories, to the extent where anything that could be associated with them would almost reduce him to tears if he saw it. Apollo also acknowledged to himself that he secretly harbored a good deal of resentment towards his father, Zeus, and his' killing the Cyclopes who forged Zeus ' lightning bolts had not been a rash decision, as it was easier for him to hate and blame the weapons which his father frequently used to threaten him with, than to hate his father himself.
Apollo was also revealed to have a tendency to brag about his previous accomplishments, particularly his victory over Python , to the point of embellishing it: though he told storytellers that he had vanquished Python with a single arrow the instant he arrived at its cave, the truth of the matter was that he had needed all of his godly strength, his divine powers, and his bow (which he described to be the deadliest bow in the world) to defeat Python, who had been "no pushover". In fact, the battle between Apollo and Python had been such that the former suffered from nightmares about the latter for centuries.
After being turned into a mortal, it was evident that Apollo could be intensely selfish, given how he viewed his need of regaining his divinity as well as his issues of struggling with his newfound mortality as being more important than the troubles or concerns of others - including those of his own demigod children. However, even in the midst of this, Apollo still proved to be an open-minded and even, in a way, affectionate person, especialy to his children: he supported the romantic relationship between his son, Will, and Nico, and when his children made sincere effort to welcome him as one of their own and even promised retaliation on those who dared to target him in his current vulnerable state, he was simultaneously touched by their affection and ashamed of himself for not having done more for them.
Besides this, despite his frequent annoyance with Meg, Apollo grew to truly care for her as a most cherished friend, which eventually led him to acquire the courage and the willingness to admit his own faults, and to stand up to Nero. Later on, even after learning that Meg had been a double agent of sorts, Apollo still cared for her, and worried about her when she ran away. It's noticed too that despite his fearful behavior, Apollo showed being able to have a great sense of courage, risking his life to save his children, Austin and Kayla , and Meg after they were kidnapped.
In The Burning Maze , Apollo seems to understand more about being a human, and started caring more for the "little losses". When fighting with Caligula, he was willing to sacrifice himself, because he knew this would be the best chance to save his allies. Even though he says he probably wouldn't have done this if Medea wasn't going to heal him and doesn't see it as something heroic because of that, Meg says it was heroic especially for a god. After Jason's death, Apollo even cried on the plane the way back for everyone who sacrificed themselves. Apollo still brags about himself and acts like a god, but now he is more sentimental and protective of his friends.
In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo was described to be an extremely handsome god, being as tall and muscular and bronzed as a Baywatch lifeguard, with long golden hair tied back in a "man bun" and eyes that shone like the sun, much like those of Hyperion, though less harsh. His radiance was enhanced by his wearing a Greek robe of gold, and a beautiful golden bow and a quiver of magical arrows over his shoulders. His handsomeness was such that even his stepmother, Hera, who had a deep natural hatred of Zeus' mistresses and illegitimate children, did not dare object to his claiming his place among the Olympian gods. Apollo is often seen driving the Sun Chariot, and almost always has a laurel wreath on his head. The other novels also depict him as handsome and charming (when he chooses to be), though there are some inconsistencies with the description provided by Percy Jackson's Greek Gods.
In Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, when he first approached Cyrene, Apollo wore his best purple robes, and a laurel wreath across his brow. His smile was "blinding", while his eyes "shown like molten gold", and he was surrounded by a flickering aura of honey-colored light.
In The Titan's Curse, Apollo was portrayed as having a resemblance to Luke Castellan, looking about seventeen or eighteen, with the same sandy hair and outdoorsy good looks. However, he was taller than Luke, with no scar on his face, and his smile was brighter and more playful, and he was dressed in jeans, loafers, and a sleeveless T-shirt. When guiding Percy and his friends to help rescue his sister, he was forced to take the form of a homeless, toothless man who looked like a teddy bear that had been run over by a truck, dressed in a ripped coat and worn-out almost-white jeans. After Artemis was rescued and the Olympians gathered to decide how to prepare for Kronos' uprising, he resumed his former attractive appearance.
In The Blood of Olympus, he was depicted as a seventeen-year-old youth, with curly blond hair and a perfect tan. He wore tattered jeans, a black T-shirt and a white linen jacket with glittering rhinestone lapels.
In The Trials of Apollo, as a mortal, Apollo appears as a Caucasian sixteen-year-old of average build with blue eyes and dark curly hair.
The differences in Apollo' physical description throughout the novels could be attributed to the fact that, as a god, he has the ability to assume any shape he desired, though he is always handsome and attractive when he chooses to be. He also commented in The Hidden Oracle that he always had "eight-pack abs".
Apollo is known to be the most powerful son of Zeus, for Zeus trusted him with more significant powers than any of his other children. Hence, Apollo is an extremely powerful god who is surpassed only by the six oldest Olympians (the Big Three, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia)and perhaps rivaled by Zeus's most powerful daughter Athena.
However, as revealed by Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and in The Trials of Apollo, Apollo has been temporarily stripped of his powers thrice, and while he did retain some of his godly powers the other two times, he becomes completely mortal the third time. As revealed in The Dark Prophecy, he can only use small bursts of his godly powers when he is doing selfless acts or protecting other who he feels protective of. As stated in The Burning Maze, Apollo can feel himself becoming more human by the day and fears he will never become a god again.
- Battle Prowess: Apollo has great superhuman strength and combat skills, and the Homeric hymns also described that no ropes could bind him. During the very first Olympic games (which were for the gods), he defeated Ares in boxing and outran Hermes. As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, when Hercules attacked his Oracle, Apollo engaged him in battle, and they were equally matched, only when Zeus threw his thunderbolt between the two of them did the fight stop. In The Last Olympian, Apollo participated in the battle between the Olympians and Typhon, and apart being one of those who were not taken out by the colossal Storm Giant, he set Typhon's loincloth on fire by shooting a "blazing volley of arrows".
- Archery: As the God of Archery, Apollo excelled in archery and other target-shooting-based activities, such as basketball. According to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, his arrows are invisible to mortals, and would always strike its intended target, regardless of the distance. His archery skills can only be rivaled by his sister, Artemis, and the Giant, Orion.
- Swordsmanship: Given Homer's description him as "Apollo of the Golden Sword", Apollo is an expert swordsman. In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it was revealed that he once had an extremely sharp sword made of adamantine and Imperial Gold, but rarely used it, and he later gave it to Hermes in exchange for the flute.
- Musical Ability: As the God of Music, Apollo is the leader of the Nine Muses, as well as an expert musician who could play any musical instrument perfectly, though he is most often seen with his lyre. As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, during his musical contest with Marsyas, Apollo was able to play his lyre flawlessly while holding it behind his back and not looking at the strings. Apollo was also the one who taught Pandora how to sing and play the lyre, making her irresistible to Epimetheus. As of The Blood of Olympus, Apollo is determined to master the newly invented Valdezinator. It was also shown in The Hidden Oracle that, despite being stripped of his godly powers, Apollo had still retained his extraordinary musical talents - his song reduced Meg to tears. An example of an ability he presumably derived from this province is:
- Heliokinesis: As the God of the Sun, Apollo has absolute control and divine authority over sun. His abilities include:
- Photokinesis: As the God of the Sun and Light, Apollo has absolute control over sunlight.
- Sunlight Rays: As his twin sister could create shots of moonlight, it is probable that he can generate rays of sunlight.
- Dazzling Appearance: In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo appeared before Marsyas in "a blaze of golden light", and in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, as he approached Cyrene, Apollo was surrounded by a flickering aura of honey-colored light.
- Pyrokinesis: As the God of the Sun, Apollo has absolute control and divine authority over the flames of his Sun Chariot. However, this power of his is inferior to that of Hephaestus, the God of Fire, and Helios , the original driver of the Sun Chariot and Titan of the Sun. Examples of abilities he derived from this province are:
- Fiery Appearance: In Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, Apollo first appeared next to Cyrene in "a huge ball of fire".
- Fire Immunity: Apollo is completely immune to any amount of fire and heat.
- Photokinesis: As the God of the Sun and Light, Apollo has absolute control over sunlight.
- Supernatural Sight: As the God of the Sun and Light, Apollo is able to see almost anything and anywhere during the day - he remarked in The Titan's Curse that he "saw a lot".
- Vitakinesis: As the God of Healing and Medicine, Apollo could manipulate and modify a person's anatomy, as well as restore the injured to full health. Examples of abilities he derived from this province are:
- Enhanced Healing: As shown in The Last Olympian, Apollo could instantly heal wounds - he healed all of Annabeth's wounds by speaking an incantation, and later did the same with Chiron. His demigod children were able to channel his healing abilities when they hummed a hymn to him in Ancient Greek, but it required a good deal of energy on their part, and in the The Blood of Olympus, his immortal son, Asclepius, was revealed to slightly surpass him in this regard.
- Disease Manipulation: As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo also had power over plagues and epidemics, and he channeled this ability through special arrows that exploded into foul vapors that spread the very disease he wanted inflict his victims with. During the Trojan War, when Agamemnon offended him, Apollo infected the latter's army with a plague. Even as Lester he has this power, only it was considerably weaker and required a hymn about himself, creating an arrow that caused hey fever. It managed to affect not only the Nero Colossus but the entirety of Camp Half-Blood.
- Prophecy: As the God of Prophecy and Foresight, Apollo 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 children known to have inherited it are Idmon and Halcyon Green, as well as his Roman legacy Octavian. Apollo does not have full control over this power either. He does not always know what the prophecies mean, nor can he always control when they are told.
- Madness (limited): In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, it is believed that Apollo drove Orion insane with the urge to hunt every beast on earth.
- Truth Sense: As the god of Truth, Apollo possible know when a people is telling the truth or lying.
- Couplets Curse: As seen in The Last Olympian, Apollo's demigod children can curse others to only speak in rhyming couplets that can take days or even weeks to wear off, so Apollo himself most likely has this same ability as well.
- Flight: As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo has the ability to fly, which was shown when he flew to the island of Delos to slay Python, and when he and Artemis descended on the city of Thebes to punish Queen Niobe for her hubris.
- Invisibility: While first spying on the playing satyr Marsyas in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Apollo floated invisibly above the gathered crowd.
- Hypnokinesis (limited): As shown in The Titan's Curse, Apollo has the power to induce slumber - he put Percy to sleep just by snapping his fingers. However, it is unknown as to what extent his power over sleep is.
- Shapeshifting: Apollo is capable of altering his appearance at will, shown when he transformed into his mortal alter-ego "Fred" in The Titan's Curse. He was later forcibly transformed by Zeus into the mortal teenager, Lester Papadopoulos, in The Hidden Oracle.
- Granting Powers: As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, Apollo had the ability to grant the gifts of longevity and naiad-hood to whomever he desired - he transformed his lover, Cyrene, into a naiad with a very long lifespan. He also, like all gods, has the power to create new gods however this comes at a price. For every god he creates he loses a piece of his own power as seen with Hemithea and her sister. This creates very minor gods bestowed with only a tiny fraction of actual powers. The stronger he makes them, the weaker he becomes.
- Teleportation: Apollo can forcibly teleport others both to his side and away from him, which he did to Chiron in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes.
- Cloud Transformation: As mentioned by Apollo in The Hidden Oracle, Apollo had the ability to turn himself into a cloud.
Apollo's attributes are his golden bow and arrow, his golden lyre (made for him by Hermes), the laurel wreath (in honor of Daphne, his unrequited love), the sacrificial tripod (representing his prophetic powers), and the hyacinth flower (which sprouted out of the blood of Hyacinthus, Apollo's deceased lover). Apollo's sacred animal is the swan.
As revealed in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, the Caduceus, winged sandals and golden Sword of Hermes used to belong to Apollo. However, he admittedly never used them, and readily gave them to his younger brother Hermes in exchange for the latter's lyre and flute. In Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes it was revealed that he eventually gave his original golden lyre to Orpheus, after the latter's skill impressed it, and created another one for himself.
Apollo has several loyal attendants, including the Nine Muses (some of which he fathered children with) and four golden Celedons, all of which accompany Apollo in his musical performances.
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)
|Latricia Lake||Austin Lake|
|Darren Knowles||Kayla Knowles|
|Unnamed woman from Miletus||Branchus|
|Ms. Fletcher||Lee Fletcher|
|Mary Shakespeare||William Shakespeare|
|Naomi Solace||Will Solace|
|Ms. Yew||Michael Yew|
|Caterina Da Vinci||Leonardo da Vinci|
|Calliope||Ialemus, Orpheus and Linus|
|Ms. Green||Halcyon Green|
|“||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 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.
- As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Poseidon and Apollo are the only two major Olympians who have temporarily been stripped of their divinity and godly powers (by Zeus). Apollo, however, is the only one to whom this has happened twice (three times if you count Apollo's Trials).
- Hermes was said to have put his Winged Shoes on Apollo when he was sleeping in Athens but then woke up in Argentina from the The Dark Prophecy.
- Apollo and Thalia Grace flirt with each other, and Thalia told Percy that Apollo is hot. This is odd considering that they are both children of Zeus and thus half-siblings.
- Apollo is hot as stated in The Titan's Curse, considering he is the sun god.
- Apollo is cousins with the Titaness Hecate (his mother's side).
- 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.
- Apollo's epithet of "Phoebus Apollo" is mentioned in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods as being a reference to his Titan grandmother Phoebe, from whom he inherited his prophetic powers and the Oracle of Delphi.
- He slew Marsyas, a satyr musician because he dared to challenge the god of music, but it was Apollo who won. However, in The Hidden Oracle Apollo denies these claims.
- 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, following Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt.
- Apollo is the only male Olympian that is described as having blond hair, the female one being his aunt Demeter.
- Apollo's incognito name 'Fred' may have been taken from the author of The Face of Apollo, by Fred Saberhagen.
- Apollo's name fits into his mortal alias "Lester Papadopoulos" exactly once.
- Apollo told Thalia that "I hate it when pretty girls turn into trees." This is a reference to 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."
- Ironically Apollo lies about being the elder twin (Artemis was born nine days before him) despite also being the god of truth. The latter may simply be him messing with his sister for fun (due to her favored form being a 12 year old and his that of a teenager).
- As of The Hidden Oracle, Apollo is the first god to ever have a point of view in a Rick Riordan book.
- As revealed in The Hidden Oracle, Apollo is four thousand six hundred and twelve years old.
- His Norse equivalent is either Balder or Frey.
- It should be noted that Apollo is the first confirmed bisexual Olympian god in the series as he loved Daphne (who turned into a tree to escape his advances), Hyacinthus (who died due to a feud between Apollo and Zephyros), and Commodus (who was drowned in a hot tub by Apollo himself).
- Apollo's daughter, Kayla Knowles' other parent is Darren Knowles, a Canadian archery instructor. Apollo seems to think it's ordinary for kids to be born from such relationships.
- Louis XIV of France was his son. Because of that, all the descendants of this king are legacies, including the Spanish Royal family.
- Papadoupolos is the most popular Greek surname meaning "son of a priest".
- Apollo being blamed for the Giant War is similar to Germany being blamed for World War I.
- Apollo's least favorite Roman Emperors are Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Domitian, and Commodus. 
- Apollo is also the only confirmed god to have met the Norse Gods as in The Hidden Oracle upon hearing the Arrow of Dodona talk, he says, "in a Stockholm tavern, I met this god who was smoking hot, except his talking sword just would not shut up," which is a reference to Frey and his sword Sumarbrandr .
- Sparta's most important festival, the Hyacinthia , was in honor of Apollo.