‘Percy Jackson’: Who Is Procrustes & Did He Know That Percy Was His Half-Brother?

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Episode 7 of ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ just aired, and we’ve seen the trio finally partially figuring out what was going on regarding the theft of Zeus’ Master Bolt and Hades. But before the trio could reach the Underworld, they had to go through Crusty’s Water Bed Palace, which seemed like an unusual place for the entryway to be found. At Crusty’s Water Bed Palace, there was Procrustes, who presented himself as a funny but harmless mattress salesman, although by the end of their meeting, it turned out to be completely opposite. Let’s see who Procrustes is and how he and Percy are connected.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Procrustes is the son of Poseidon and Percy’s half-brother, with a penchant for torturing tired travelers.
  • Procrustes was aware that he was Percy’s half-brother even before he came to his store.
  • In the show, Procrustes is trapped by the bed, but in the books, Percy kills him with Riptide.

Procrustes is one of the most famous figures from Greek mythology

The vast majority of characters that appear in The Percy Jackson franchise are either directly borrowed or inspired by figures from Greek mythology, and Procrustes is no exception.

Procrustes is the cursed son of Poseidon; he had a stronghold on Mount Korydallos and invited travelers to spend the night in his bed. He manipulated the guests’ sizes using a smith’s hammer, either stretching or amputating to make them fit. Theseus eventually captured Procrustes and subjected him to his own bed, putting an end to his reign of terror. This marked Theseus’s final adventure on his journey from Troezen to Athens. This is where the saying Procrustean bed comes from, as well as the inspiration behind the saying, “You made your bed, now lie in it.” The fact that Procrustes sells beds in the show now makes so much more sense, doesn’t it?

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Procrustes and Percy are technically half-brothers

Procrustes’ mother is unknown, but we do know that his father is Poseidon, which makes him Percy’s half-brother. Procrustes was aware that Percy was his brother as soon as he walked into the store. This is why he paused when he laid his eyes on him, and this is why he mentioned Percy missing his “mummy.” It was to tease him.

Procrustes was also, as a guardian of the gates to the Underworld, tasked to make the passage for Percy, Annabeth, and Grover as difficult as possible, and he had no qualms regarding killing Percy and his friends and would most likely proceed with his plan if Annabeth and Percy didn’t trap him in his bed.

What happened to Procrustes in the books?

In the show, we’ve seen that Percy, Annabeth, and Grover simply left Procrustes in his purple water bed, with Annabeth telling him that he is lucky that he managed to keep his head; in the books, things went drastically different for Procrustes. In their quest for the gate to the Underworld, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover encounter the seemingly kind but frightening Procrustes.

He invites them into his store to hide from gang members. However, Procrustes traps Annabeth and Grover on special mattresses. Percy, avoiding the trap, persuades Procrustes to lie down, triggering the snares. Percy then frees his friends and ultimately defeats Procrustes by cutting him down to size with Riptide and killing him in the process.

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