I love the idea that Taako was always bizarre weird looking kinda ugly hot, like when you’re looking at someone and you’re like “I can’t believe I…find this person…attractive,” and when he sacrifices some of his looks in The Suffering Game, he becomes conventional hot. People are no longer weirded out by being attracted to him, they just think he looks nice, and this disgusts Taako who has been many things over his long long life but he’s never been Generically Hot before, and there’s not an aesthetic more opposite to Taako’s very soul than normcore
Maybe Dark!Annabeth fighting a child of the big three and she knows that defeating them with physical, raw power isn't possible, so she attacks mentally. She defeats them with words, something Annabeth constantly does throughout the books to her enemies. Making them so angry, distracted, and/or sad that they lose focus and she easily takes the victory.