|“||Hello, Perseus Jackson. Come to help at last?||”|
–Triton, The Last Olympian
Like his father, Triton carries a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was so terrible, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a mighty wild beast. Triton dwelt with his parents in a golden palace in the depths of the sea.
Triton was the father of Pallas and foster parent to the goddess Athena. Pallas was accidentally killed by Athena during a sparring match between the two goddesses. Triton is also sometimes cited as the father of Scylla by Lamia. Triton might be multiplied into a host of Tritones, daimones of the sea.
Triton was adopted by the Romans as the son of Neptune and Salacia. In the Aeneid, Misenus, the trumpeter of Aeneas, challenged Triton to a contest of trumpeting. The god flung him into the sea for his arrogance.
Triton is somewhat cold and arrogant to Percy Jackson, talking down to him and acting as if his half-brother was lazy for not appearing sooner, after Percy jumped off the now blown up Princess Andromeda. This is probably understandable, however, as Percy is the son of his father's affair with Sally Jackson, a mortal. Triton makes fun of Percy, smiling at one of his comments. It is also possible that he is jealous of Percy, as his father declared that Percy was his favorite son instead of him, despite being only a demigod. However, he shows respect to Tyson by nodding respectively. He is seen only briefly however, so his actual attitude in general is unknown. He also seems to be proud of being Poseidon's son, saying "Your son and heir," after Poseidon introduces them, saying "Yes, well ... and this is my son Triton. Er, my other son."
Percy mentions Triton when saying how sea gods are very possessive of their magic items, saying his immortal half-brother practically sleeps with his conch.
In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, Triton was described to have the appearance of a merman with two fish tails instead of one.
In The Last Olympian, Triton was also described as a merman with two fish tails instead of one, but he looked young, had green skin and black hair tied in a ponytail, and he wore armor studded with pearls.
As the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, as well as an actual embodiment of the sea itself, Triton is far more powerful than a demigod, but less than an Olympian. He is considered a minor god.
- Hydrokinesis: As a divine embodiment of the sea, Triton has absolute control and divine authority over water and the sea. He has the same hydrokinetic powers as Percy's, only to a more advanced level. Examples of other abilities he derived from this province are:
- Tidal Wave Manipulation: Triton has the ability to manipulate tidal waves, which he channeled through his conch shell - when he played it as a trumpet, the sea waves would either calm down or rise up in accordance to his will.
- Aquatic Telepathy: Triton is able to communicate telepathically with equestrians and sea creatures.
- Speed Swimming: As the Messenger God of the Sea, Triton has the ability to swim at incredible speeds as Hermes and Iris (and Arke too in some myths) do in land and skies.
- Fear Inducement: Triton has the ability to evoke extreme fear and horror in others, which he also channeled through his conch shell - when the Giants attempted to invade his father's kingdom, he produced "such a cacophony" through blowing his conch shell that he frightened them away, for they "imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast".
- Aerokinesis: Triton can manipulate the sea breezes.
- Shapeshifting: Triton can alter his physical form to resemble that of any sea creature he wishes.
- Superhuman Strength: Triton possesses enhanced strength.
- Superhuman Speed: Triton can move at superhuman speeds.
- Triton, a moon of Neptune, is named after this deity.
- Triton's Trumpet or Triton Snail is the common name given to members of a genus of sea snail.
- Triton was called The Son of Neptune by the Romans.
- The relationship between Triton and Percy may be seen as sibling rivalry, as they both attempt to out do each other to prove their worth to their father.
- Ironically, in the The Mark of Athena, Camp Fish-Blood (as Leo Valdez calls it) say they do not allow children of Poseidon, despite Triton being a son of Poseidon.
- According to Percy Jackson in The Ship of the Dead, all sea gods are vainer and more possessive than other deities where their magical items are concerned - Triton sleeps with his conch-shell trumpet.