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Nico di Angelo


The Character
Nico di Angelo is the son of Hades and brother to Bianca. His sister died in The Titan's Curse from a defective Talos. He can tell if someone he loves is in the Underworld and if they are being judged. He also know when a mortal or half-blood is dead, from a buzzing in his ears. He can also call spirits from the dead and/or communicate with them. He was angry with Percy Jackson for letting his sister die and tries to get back at him, but at the end of The Battle of the Labyrinth he seems to come up with his own mutual agreement. Nico has discovered a way to defeat the titans, but the book ends before this is told. In The Titan's Curse, it is said that Nico and Bianca are more than 70 years old due to the Lotus
Casino, which means Hades was the only god among the Big Three that kept his promise not to have children after World War II.

Appearance

He is said to have shaggy and messy black hair,olive like skin, dark eyes, and wears all black, and by the end of the battle of the Labyrinth, a skull ring. He is also mentioned on several occasions wearing an aviator's jacket. Towards the end of the fourth book he becomes more sullen than he used to be.

Personality

In The Titan's Curse, Nico was a happy demigod who loved playing with his MythoMagic Cards. However since his sister, Bianca, died, he has had a hateful resentment toward Percy. He now thinks MythoMagic is a stupid game, and burns his cards in a fire. He becomes more sullen, and solitary, saying that "only the dead respect him... and only out of fear". He believes that he will never be accepted with the living, but forgives Percy after Bianca tells him that it wasn't Percy's fault that she died and seems to resume interest in MythoMagic. He also accepts the small figurine of Hades Bianca wanted him to have before she died in The Titan's Curse.

In the books


The Titan's Curse

Nico first appears with his sister, in a military school called Westover Hall. They are sought out by Grover Underwood, the satyr, who believes them to be two very powerful unknown half-bloods. Nico is about ten, and seems to be very interested in MythoMagic, a game about Greek mythology. But when Bianca accepts Artemis's proposal to become a Hunter, Nico gets angry at her for abandoning him. Percy finds Nico eavesdropping on Bianca and Zöe, and Nico successfully convinces Percy to promise to keep his sister safe. He doesn't appear again until the end of the book, where Percy explains to him that Bianca died to save the others on the quest. He immediately turns on Percy, telling him he hates him, and reminding him of the oath he took to keep his Bianca safe. Nico is last seen running into the woods at night, after screaming at Percy. He also created a large crack in the ground to swallow up the skeletons that were chasing Percy.

Battle of The Labyrinth

When Percy is sent a collect Iris Message, (sent by Bianca) he sees Nico talking with an unknown ghost (King Minos) who is trying to tell Nico how to resurrect his sister's dead body. It is revealed in this book that Nico can summon the dead. Nico is then seen when Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson visit Triple G Ranch, where Percy then saves Nico from being sent to the Titans. Nico, still angry at Percy, finally learns from his sister that it was not Percy that killed her, and he shouldn't be mad at him. The others leave Nico at the Ranch, where he supposedly meets King Minos (in ghost form) again, who convinces him to go back into the Labyrinth. Then, he is seen being dragged into Daedalus's workshop by one empousa and two Laistrygonians, in chains, after being tricked by King Minos. He escapes with Percy, Annabeth, and Rachel Elizabeth Dare, who have to go back into the Labyrinth to find Grover and Tyson. Along the way, they see Kronos (in the form of Luke), and Nico, in a desperate attempt to save everyone, shows his true powers, and makes it known to Kronos that he is a son of Hades. They meet Pan, who gives everyone except for Nico a cryptic future reading and then vanishes. After they get out of the Labyrinth, a full-fledged battle erupts between the Titans and Camp Half-Blood, in which Nico summons a dozen undead soldiers to fight the dracanae. He is then revived with nectar, and he states that summoning that many required a lot of energy. After the campfire, he is seen talking with the ghost form of Bianca di Angelo, his sister. He then tells Percy, who came out to see what was going on, that he did not belong at camp, and would train in the Underworld, where he belonged.He also goes to search on who his mother is, who paid for him and Bianca to stay at the school in the beginning of the Titan's Curse. He is last seen, on Percy's apartment fire escape, giving Percy news on Daedalus, and a way to beat Luke for good. But before mentioning it, Nico gets sidetracked by the blue birthday cake (assuming he's most likely never had a birthday party in his life), and Percy invites him in to talk. Nico is 11 years old in this book.

Fatal Flaw

Nico di Angelo's fatal flaw is holding grudges, as Bianca tells him - which, in his case, can lead to not wanting help or asking to be saved in deadly situations because he doesn't like someone. Examples are his not wanting to be helped by Percy, even when Geryon was going to sell him to the Titans and not wanting to go back in the Labyrinth with them. Bianca shares this with him, as she also had the same fatal flaw in life, although this didn't lead to her death. Bianca also says that holding grudges is the demigods of Hades' fatal flaw.

Weapon

A Stygian iron sword that channels his powers to control and summon the dead.

Powers/Abilities

  • Nico has dominion over the dead, allowing him the title the ghost king.
  • Nico can summon and communicate with the dead
  • Nico can kill undead skeletons
  • He can sense when a mortal or half-blood has died through the buzzing in his ear
  • Nico can create flaming fissures of hellfire that then closes, swallowing up living or dead creatures and immediately trapping them in the Underworld
  • Nico has been trained in the Underworld
  • Nico can call forth Stygian iron from the Underworld
  • He can manipulate rocks, making them deadly


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