Athena is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. She is a young Overlander girl who was adopted into the Wolf Pack along with her twin sister Aerial. She is mute, unlike her sister who usually has enough to say for the both of them
Athena is a small girl with long, thick red hair. She wears short overalls over a t-shirt and typically goes barefoot. Like many of the Wolf Pack, she has been colored somewhat inconsistently; her eyes alternate between blue and purple, but her overalls are usually purple, the shirt alternating between white and blue. Living with the Wolf Pack, she later sported braids in her hair and gold and blue wrist bands. She is wearing purple and white shoes. At one point she and her sister were both colored with brown hair, darker skin and blue/green eyes; aside from different color schemes, the sisters' appearances are identical.
Adopted by the pack
While on their journey home, the Wolf Pack came across a destroyed, abandoned city during the start of a storm. Investigating noises from within one of the buildings, Lupe found a small Overlander girl; Lupe showed concern, but another Pack member, Reynard, thought it likely that other Overlanders were nearby, lying in wait. Fearing attack, Reynard said they should simply "get rid of the brat" and soon found himself being attacked by a second child, who feared for her sister's safety. Lupe insisted Reynard leave the children to her and promised the two that they would not be harmed before asking their names. The second girl gave her name as Aerial and introduced her sister Athena, as the latter was unable to talk. When Lupe asked Aerial what had happened to the people of the city, Aerial simply replied that they were "Gone! All gone!" As the storm continued for the next ten days, the wolves were forced to stay within the shelter of the ruined city while Lupe attempted to decide what to do with the two girls. During this time, Athena and her sister became fond of Lupe and started to see her as a sort of mother figure. Eventually, Lupe decided that Aerial and Athena belonged with the Pack, announcing that the two would be taught their ways and treated as their own kind.
The Pack eventually made its way to its former home, only to find that city in ruin as well. While looking for signs of or messages left by survivors, the entire group was suddenly knocked unconscious with gas, later waking up in a cell. Finding themselves captured by the roboticized Sir Charles Hedgehog and a group of Shadowbots, the Pack was forced to watch Lupe allowed herself to be roboticized so she could be with her family, who had also been found roboticized and under the command of Charles. However, with her last ounce of free will, Lupe enabled Athena and the others to escape, leaving the Overlander sisters in the care of the other Wolf Pack members.
Life with Lupe's family
Eventually, though, Lupe and the other Robians had their free will restored, and were reunited with the Wolf Pack, making Athena and Aerial very happy to have her back in their lives. The Pack then left Knothole Village and resumed traveling. While in the woods, they suddenly found themselves in the path of A.D.A.M.'s spreading Nanites; too small to run quickly enough, Athena was carried by Lobo. They eventually made their way to safety and resumed their journey.
When the Wolf Pack finally settled in their ancestral homeland on the southern continent to form the new Wolf Pack Nation, Athena and the other children finally had a chance to experience a more stable family life. Though hostilities arose between the wolves and the Felidae, who apparently kidnapped Athena and her siblings before they came back home. At the time Sonic the Hedgehog and Sally Acorn had been invited for an indoctrination ceremony, she had been playing a ball game with her siblings until Marcos, Lupe and Lobo's biological son, decided to keep it for himself. Athena and her sisters tore after him and burst into the room where their parents were entertaining their guests. Maria demanded that he give it back, but he refused, insisting that Athena told him he could have it. Aerial angrily pointed out that Athena, as he well knew, was mute, but Marcos simply replied it was only because Aerial talked more than enough for both of them. The girls lunged at Marcos, throwing them all through another door while Lupe sighed, saying that her children were harder to govern than the country.
Being mute, Athena lets her sister do the talking and therefore comes off as somewhat more subdued, though is still prone to a typical range of emotions. She and her sister regard Lupe as their real mother and due to her youthful mentality, often gets into fights with her siblings. She loves her sister and her adopted family and they do care about each other, their people, and their home.
- Aerial and Athena are parallel symbolism to the Roman story of Romulus and Remus.
- Despite being an Overlander, Athena has five fingers. Humans have five fingers, while Overlanders have four.