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I hope Mrs. Kerr whipped your butt.

–Nancy to Percy after he returns from being scolded for ‘pushing’ her into the fountain in The Lighting Thief.

Nancy Bobofit is a kleptomaniac mortal girl who attended Yancy Academy, Percy Jackson's sixth grade school.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief

Nancy was the first known victim of Percy Jackson's demigod powers. According to the book, the water from a nearby fountain "reached out and grabbed her" on a school field trip in Manhattan when she dumped her half-eaten lunch in Grover's lap which angered Percy. However, she simply claimed Percy "pushed" her, knowing he would get into trouble for it. That was when Alecto's (who was posing as Mrs. Dodds) suspicions were confirmed that Percy was a half-blood or (more specifically) the demigod son of the sea god, Poseidon.

She is later mentioned by Percy remembering all the persons that ridiculized him in all his life, also including Clarisse La Rue and other classmates of the schools that Jackson attended.


Nancy is described as a girl with curly red hair, orange freckles, which Percy describes "looks like they were sprayed on with liquid Cheetos" and crooked teeth. Percy said that Clarisse La Rue reminded him of Nancy, but Clarisse was stronger looking and much bigger.


She is described as being a kleptomaniac (someone who has an addiction to stealing). Percy hated her because she was always teasing Grover Underwood such as throwing pieces of food at him (like her peanut butter and ketchup sandwich). Percy couldn't resist trying to "fix her up," but was blamed in the graphic novel that he pushed her in a fountain of water. She was Mrs. Dodds' teacher's pet, allowing her to get away with anything, including her bullying and pick pocketing.


  • The part of her name "Bobo" is probably based on the same word in Portuguese which means "stupid" to fit her personality.
  • In the film adaptation of The Lightning Thief, she is Asian and doesn't bully Percy. The closest she comes to bullying is calling Grover a perv for taking pictures of Aphrodite's bust (this is a deleted scene, however). She is played by Valerie Tian (credited as Cute Girl).
    • However, in the original screenplay, a character named Drew Bobofit appears, but the part was cut. Though another bully named Drew Tanaka appears in the follow-up book series The Heroes of Olympus.
  • Percy was originally supposed to stumble upon Nancy Bobofit in The Last Olympian but the part was cut because the book was getting too long. The scene would have involved Annabeth, Grover, and Percy finding her and the rest of his class from Yancy asleep in the middle of the New York park. They would move them to a safe spot.[1]


Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Secondary Characters: Sally Jackson | Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Ethan Nakamura
Minor Characters: Gabe Ugliano | Tantalus | Frederick Chase | Michael Yew | May Castellan | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Maria di Angelo | Will Solace
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Mythical Creatures: Minotaur | Centaur | Furies | Satyr | Cyclops | Manticore | Ophiotaurus | Nemean Lion | Empousa
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | Sea of Monsters (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus | The Trials of Apollo | Percy Jackson Demigod Collection | Disney+ Series