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I hope that was a monster I just killed. I was a Shakespearean actor in college! Picked up a little swordplay!

–Paul Blofis to Percy during the Battle of Manhattan, in The Last Olympian.

Paul Blofis is the step-father of Percy Jackson and an English teacher at Goode High School. He is currently married to Sally Jackson, with whom he had a daughter, Estelle Blofis.


Paul met Sally Jackson at a college which Sally was attending after she petrified Gabe Ugliano using Medusa's Head at the end of The Lightning Thief. They were in the same writing seminar and started studying together and became friends.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

When Percy sends his mother an Iris Message, he sees her sitting at a table with Paul laughing. She gets up to go to the bathroom, and tells Percy about Paul, and that they are in the writing seminar together at her college. Percy sees that his mother truly likes Paul, and remembers how miserable and unhappy she was with Gabe, and how he treated her horribly. Percy then gives his mother his blessing, as long as she is okay and promises her to go for it.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Paul meets Percy formally, and the two become friends. Paul tries to get him into Goode High School, the school where he works as an English teacher, treating him as if he were his own son. Percy appreciates Paul's efforts, and manages to stay in the school for two years.

Paul asks Percy if they could talk man to man, asking if he could marry Sally. Percy says yes because his mother is really happy with Paul and she was never that happy before.

Paul meets Poseidon at Percy's 15th Birthday party, and is very formal and very polite with him, although he doesn't seem pleased with his arrival. He is surprised when Tyson also calls Poseidon "Daddy", but Sally quickly assures him that Tyson is not her child. When Paul learns of Poseidon's name he asks, "like the god of the sea?"

Sometime between The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian, Paul and Sally were married.

The Last Olympian

When Paul finds out that Percy is a demigod, he is shocked and excited, but not scared or angry at all, like many mortals would be. He also doesn't believe Percy until Mrs. O'Leary and Nico appear in Percy's apartment. Over time he accepts it, and worries about Percy when he is not around.

When the Battle of Manhattan begins, Paul and Sally think something is wrong and go looking for Percy, but they get caught in Morpheus's spell and are put to sleep. When Percy finds them, he becomes angry and annoyed and slices through their car window like plastic wrap to move the car away from the battle and into safety. When Sally wakes him up, Paul takes a sword and kills a Dracaenae, using skills he learned doing Shakespeare in college, and Sally uses a shotgun she found in a police car against a Laistrygonian giant. They hold on to their own, and they both survive the fight.

Percy later goes home with them after spending the rest of the summer at camp, happy to have a family at last.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Paul is mentioned when Percy makes a call to him and Sally. He uses a pay phone to call home, but gets the answering machine. Paul's voice can be heard on it and Percy leaves them a short message saying that he is alive and on a quest.

The House of Hades

Percy mentions his stepfather while in Tartarus.

The Blood of Olympus

Percy mentions Paul and his mother before he goes to fight the Giants.

The Trials of Apollo

The Hidden Oracle

Sally mentions that Paul might finish the cookies before Percy gets back home from Camp Half-Blood. Apollo wears Paul's jacket out of the house. Percy reveals that Paul and Sally are expecting a baby girl together.

The Tower of Nero

A few days after Percy graduates high school and heads west, he and his family are visited by Apollo, Meg McCaffrey, and Luguselwa looking for Percy. He tells them he just left and invites them for dinner. As he helps Apollo with clothing, he expresses his pride in his step-son graduating high school, despite a few mishaps. During dinner as his guests tell him about their quest so far and what they still have to do with Nero, he hopes it doesn’t turn into a second Battle of Manhattan. He is intrigued by Meg being a daughter of Demeter and questions Lu’s actions as Meg’s legal guardian. In the morning he sees his guests off.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Ship of the Dead

Paul is mentioned by his step son when telling Magnus Chase and Alex Fierro about Estelle Blofis.


Paul is a very honest and just man who is very genuine and polite to everybody. He loves Sally and believes Percy is special, but doesn't know how special he really is until Sally reveals that Percy is actually a demigod. When Paul finds out that Percy is a demigod, he doesn't freak out like Percy expects, he's just shocked and initially doesn't believe him, though he eventually comes to think that it's very exciting. He is a nice and supporting man, and Percy appreciates him being there for him — he is also on fairly good terms with Poseidon, despite having only met him once, and is polite to him because of Percy. Paul is quite heroic and brave, with something of a swashbuckling daring streak about him. This can be seen during the Battle of Manhattan when Paul began killing monsters left and right with a sword, channeling his sword fighting skills from his days as an actor in college. This shows that when faced with the supernatural, Paul is quite light on his feet, adapting to mortal peril with a grin on his face. It also showcases his bravery and willingness to put himself in danger to protect the ones that he cares for. In many ways, he is much like his step-son.


Paul is 'thirty-something,' with longish salt-and-pepper hair, and wears a brown jacket over a black T-shirt. He reminds Percy of a television actor, and it is stated that he is very good-looking.


Love Interests

Sally Jackson

Sally Jackson, his wife.

Sally and Paul first meet while attending the same seminar at college. Soon after they start studying together and they soon become romantically involved. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, Paul pulls Percy aside and asks for his permission to propose to Sally.

Sometime between The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian they get married. About a year later he and Sally welcomed their daughter, Estelle, into the world.

He and Sally are a healthy couple. Paul cares greatly for both their daughter and Sally's son.


Percy Jackson, Paul's step-son.

When the son of Poseidon first found out about him dating his mother, Percy was a little unsure of Paul when finding out about his relationship with Sally. But unlike Percy's first step-father, Paul shows that he cares for Percy and his mother. He even vouched for Percy, helping enroll the teen into Goode High School, despite Percy's poor record with getting kicked out of his previous schools. When Paul planned to propose to Sally he told Percy, hoping to get the boy's blessing, which the son of Poseidon granted him, as Percy knew Paul made Sally happy.

After finding out about Percy's identity as a demigod, he did not truly believe it at first. When he finally did see it as the truth when Percy shadow traveled to their apartment with Mrs. O'Leary and Nico di Angelo one night, Paul was accepting to Percy, and even helped him fight during the Battle of Manhattan.

Paul has one biological child, Estelle. She has his salt-and-pepper hair and green eyes like Percy's. She's described as being a very happy and very adorable baby.



Poseidon, Greek god of the seas and the birth father of his step-son.

When Paul attended Percy's 15th Birthday, Poseidon also visited. Sally, Percy's mom, was a bit off guard when she saw Poseidon, but Paul quickly acted and greeted Poseidon politely. Poseidon also called him 'Blowfish' rather than "Blofis", and seemed to be slightly disappointed when Paul says his surname isn't Blowfish.

Their first meeting was a bit awkward, it was seen that it was their only meeting. Poseidon leaves by magically disappearing. Paul thought that he must have left using the fire escape, as Percy tells him this.


  • Swordsmanship: Paul learned how to use a sword while performing in Shakespearean plays in college. This would later come in handy during the Battle of Manhattan.


  • Paul is a common male name coming from Christian background. It derives from the Roman family name "Paulus," it means "small" or "humble." This could tie with his personality as he is a very humble man.

Known Students


  • Both Percy and his father, Poseidon, called him Blowfish instead of Blofis when they first met him, as blowfish have a connection to Poseidon, being one of his sea creatures.
    • In the Brazilian translation the pun is made with the word "balofice" (fatness), which also sounds like Blofis in Portuguese. In the same translation, Percy casually mentions that Blofis has a sort of pot-belly, further aiding to the joke.
    • In the German translation, the pun is made with the word "Blaufisch" (bluefish), which also sounds like Blofis in German.
    • In the Polish translation, the pun is made with the word "popis" (show-off), with Poseidon stating that he likes to occasionally show-off.
  • Paul was mentioned to be a Shakespearean actor in college. This explains his sword work in the Battle of Manhattan.
  • He is not mentioned at all in The Lost Hero, even though Sally Jackson was mentioned. It is unknown whether Paul Blofis knew about Percy's disappearance, though it is assumed he does due to being Percy's step-father and caring for him.
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
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Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
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The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase | Iapetus/Bob | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge
Secondary Characters: Hylla Ramírez-Arellano | Dakota | Tyson | Ella | Octavian | Halcyon Green | Dr. Howard Claymore | Alabaster C. Torrington | Lamia
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Grover Underwood | Thalia Grace | Clarisse La Rue | Fleecy | Mrs. O'Leary | Kinzie | Arion | Calypso | Lou Ellen Blackstone | Chiron | Will Solace | Tristan McLean | Don | Julia | Jacob | Michael Varus | Burly Black | Medea | Midas | Lityerses | Phineas | Otrera | Echo | Narcissus | Sciron | Pasiphaë
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Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Asclepius | Boreas | Eurus | Hecate | Iris | Hypnos | Keto | Khione | Kymopoleia | Mithras | Nemesis | Nike | Notus | Phorcys | Serapis | Thanatos | Triptolemus | Zephyros
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Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Alcyoneus | Polybotes | Ephialtes | Otis | Damasen | Clytius | Mimas | Orion | Hippolytos | Thoon | Periboia
Undead: Gray | Zombie
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Hemera | Elpis | Spes
Monsters and Magical Creatures: Cynocephali | Gorgon | Gryphon | Harpy | Basilisk | Lycanthrope | Gegeines | Cyclops | Katobleps | Unicorn | Giant Eagle | Ichthyocentaur | Satyr/Faun | Storm Spirit | Laistrygonian Giant | Lares
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