Leo Valdez

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Leo Valdez
The Heroes of Olympus character
LeoValdez.jpg
First appearanceThe Lost Hero
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GenderMale
SpeciesDemigod
Immortal ParentHephaestus
AbilitiesPyrokinesis
Technopathy
Weapon(s)Magical tool belt/fire
 
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Leo Valdez
The Heroes of Olympus character
LeoValdez.jpg
First appearanceThe Lost Hero
Information
GenderMale
SpeciesDemigod
Immortal ParentHephaestus
AbilitiesPyrokinesis
Technopathy
Weapon(s)Magical tool belt/fire

Leo Valdez is a fictional character and one of the main protagonist of Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series. He first appears in The Lost Hero where he is a fifteen year-old demigod of indeterminate parentage who attends the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids".

After an attack by a group of storm spirits, Leo learns that he and his friends, Jason Grace and Piper McLean, are demigods. The three of them are then escorted to the demigod sanctuary of Camp Half-Blood. He is soon claimed by Hephaestus upon arriving.[1]

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Background

In the novels Leo is the demigod son of the god, Hephaestus, and Esperanza Valdez. He grew up in Houston with Tia Callida as his baby-sitter, whom he later discovers to be Hera. The novel The Lost Hero explains how Hera tried to 'train' Leo many times whilst babysitting him, such as when she lets Leo play with knives.

When Leo was eight he encountered a sleeping woman dressed in earthen robes, who he will later learn to be Gaia. She locked his mother inside the machine shop while Leo was in another room. After Gaia approaches him, she causes fire to engulf the building, murdering his mother in the process, so that he will remember this when Hera asks him to face her. However, this just imparts a fierce desire for revenge in him. Leo's relatives would not take him in after his mother's death and he was sent to several foster homes which he always ran away from.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

Leo makes his first appearance in the novel The Lost Hero as a student at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for troublemakers, on his way to the Grand Canyon with his friends, Jason Grace and Piper McLean. Leo believes Jason to be his best friend, but later discovers that this was a fake memory manipulated by a mind altering substance called the Mist.

After getting attacked by a group of storm spirits, Leo, Jason, and Piper are escorted to Camp Half-Blood, where Leo is claimed as the son of the Greek god Hephaestus. He embarks on a quest to save Hera with Jason and Piper after Rachel Elizabeth Dare, the current Oracle of Delphi, gives Jason a prophecy that advises him to choose Leo and Piper as his companions.[1]

The Son of Neptune

He is seen during Percy's dreams of the construction of Argo II, and also briefly seen towards the end of The Son of Neptune when he sends a video message to Percy on a piece of parchment. In The Son of Neptune, at the very end of the story Leo shows up on a parchment video delivered by the Harpy Ella and Percy`s Brother Tyson,a Cyclops.Hazel points out he looks almost the same as Sammy Valdez,her old boyfriend from the 40s`.Also with the same last name it points out that he is most likely Sammy`s grandson.It also shows why Hazel was brought back so late.

The Mark of Athena

In the first chapter, as read by Rick Riordan during his tour for The Serpents Shadow, Leo is mentioned. He is at the helm of the ship, which uses a variety of controls, including a Wii controller. In later part of the book Leo is controlled by Gaea(Mother Earth)'s Eiodolon and tries to destroy the Roman camp. Later Leo and Hazel go to the Great Salt Lake and meet Echo, an nymph who was cursed be Hera. Him and Hazel go in a 'Flashback' together and learn that he is the great grandson of Sammy Valdez. At the end of the book when Annabeth and Percy fall into Tatarus, he blames himself because he opened the fortune cookie Nemissis gave him.

Physical appearance

In the novel Leo is described as looking like a "Latino Santa's elf" with curly black hair, dark "wild" brown eyes, pointy ears, a cheerful babyish face, and a mischievous smile. He is described as being of normal height with a slim build. He also appears to look exactly like Sammy Valdez, Hazel's past boyfriend, implying he may be Sammy's descendant. Its revealed in Mark of Athena, that Leo is Sammy's great-grandson, thus Sammy is Leo's great-grandfather.

Personality

The novel describes Valdez as appearing to be impatient, often seen fiddling with mechanical bits and pieces when he is nervous or bored, quickly constructing various objects and disassembling them just as fast. Leo is normally seen as a cheerful person, who enjoys playing pranks on others and provides comic relief during serious moments in the book. Despite his normally happy appearance, Leo is emotionally scarred by the loss of his mother, whose death he inadvertently caused. [1]

Powers and abilities

As the son of Hephaestus, the god of flames and blacksmiths, Leo has a gift for repairing and building almost anything. Other than Charles Beckendorf, who first appeared in the Percy Jackson series, he is the only camper at Camp Half-Blood who is able to control Festus, a life-size bronze dragon. He is able to control any kind of mechanical device without previous knowledge of the subject, such as flying a helicopter. Leo is also the only living son of Hephaestus who is able to control and manipulate fire. When Leo exhibits extreme feelings, his body temperature rises. This almost caused him to fall off a mountain when he melted the bridge to Aeolus' palace.[1]

Tool belt

In the novels, Leo has a special tool belt, which appears to be quite ordinary. Whenever needed, Leo has the power to pull out any average tool that comes to his mind. His tool belt is limited to everyday objects and breath mints, as the belt is incapable of producing magic items. A lack of concentration can cause the belt to produce weak tools for the holder. When he asks for larger items the belt needs resting time.

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Riordan, Rick (12 October 2010). The Lost Hero. The Heroes of Olympus. Disney Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4231-1339-3. OCLC 526057827.