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This page covers both Athena from the original and her descendant, Athena Asamiya of Psycho Soldier and KOF fame.

Athena Asamiya
Her first design (KOF '94)
(Art from Valkyrie Connect)

Click here to see her in Psycho Soldier 

Click here to see her in KOF XIII 

Click here to see her in KOV XIV and SNK Heroines 

"Sorry about that! Are you hurt? I guess I got a bit carried away!"
Voiced by: Reiko Fukai ('94), Moe Nagasaki ('95), Tamao Satou ('96), Yukina Kurisu ('97, The King of Fighters: KYO), Haruna Ikezawa ('98 onward, The King of Fighters: Destiny), Robyn Gryphe (Maximum Impact, English), Lily Kong (Maximum Impact 2, English), Miwa Gardner (XII, English)

The star of Psycho Soldier and one of SNK’s mascots (a spot shared with Goddess Athena); Athena Asamiya is a bright and cheerful young girl who was born with Psychic Powers, dubbed in-verse as Psycho Powers, for she is a descendant of Goddess Athena and possibly her Reincarnation due no other member of the Asamiya Family ever possessing special powers before Athena.

For being a special girl Athena was taken in by Chin Gentsai as one of his disciples, initiating a team of fighters who are gifted with psychic powers, molding them to be prepared for any threat the world may face, to be defenders of justice; Athena has a strong sense of righteousness, so she fits right in.

Athena’s trademark characteristic, that is being a Japanese Idol Singer, has its origin in ’97; Athena and Kensou’s charisma and notable prowess in martial arts has been earning them fans since ’94, but this rise in popularity made Chin become worried about his disciples losing their humble spirit and lose focus on being heroes, with that he tried to talk them off participating in the ’97 tournament, meanwhile Athena has received a letter from a fan, an ill-girl who wrote a heartwarming letter to the Psycho Soliders, saying they are her source of inspiration to overcome her illness, she hoped to see them again in action for the ’97 tournament.

Athena felt she had to answer such a devoted fan, she shows the letter to Chin, convincing him to follow his disciples and see how they take being popular and also being defenders of justice; Athena, Kensou and Chin didn’t win that tournament but still did great nevertheless, at the end the team is surprised by the visit of a wheelchair bound girl, she is Kaoru Watanabe the ill-girl who sent that letter prior the tournament, Kaoru introduces herself and congratulates Athena in doing well again at KOF, she says the team gave her strength to also fight hard, Kaoru gets up from the wheelchair trying to show her progress by walking, she stumbles but before falling Athena hurries to her side and supports Kaoru, with that Kaoru asks Athena if she could be their friend, Athena and the team gladly become friends with Kaoru.

Showing that at the end of ’97 made Chin reevaluate his students, thinking he was wrong about them, now feeling Athena and Kensou have their hearts in the right place; Athena tells her master that being popular and a good source of inspiration also is one way of helping others, with this Chin loses all his worries about his disciples losing their way. This eventually develops into Athena becoming an Idol, extremely popular and inspiring all, but still being a hero of course.

The other part of Athena’s character is being on the receiving end of Kensou’s long lasting romantic feelings, he tried to confess to Athena multiple times, sometimes succeeding in expressing himself (many) other times not, Athena’s reaction is mostly always the same, that is getting embarrassed and dodging an answer; while what she really feels about Kensou may not be love, she does think well of him as a great friend, always sticking with him.

In XIII during a conversation with the Women Fighters Team, upon seeing that Mai, Yuri and King all have a special someone in waiting, Athena hopes one day she will find her other half as well, Kensou immediately tries to say she already has him, Athena gets embarrassed and scolds Kensou, telling him not to say it in front of so many people.

In the CD Dramas from ’96 to ’99, it is shown that Athena has one-sided feelings for Kyo goes to great lengths to move to a place near the Kusanagi household. In other SNK media, Athena’s feelings for Kyo have never been shown, not even hinted in the games proper, raising a case towards its actual place in canon.

    Athena Asamiya Tropes 
  • Action Fashionista: Every single game gives Athena a completely different outfit. The only exception is XIII, which is justified because the game is reusing the sprites from XII.
    • XIII is something of an in-between. She's wearing her XII clothes but bears the default color scheme of her XI attire. Not a new outfit in any one aspect but together comes together to create something different.
    • Lampshaded in '98, where her intro involves her changing between her previous four outfits before settling down on her current attire.
    • Lampshaded again with her Psychic 8 HSDM/LDM, where Athena changes her outfit (progressing from '94 to the current costume at the time (in 2002), and sometimes adding her Princess Athena bikini) with each hit.
    • Overkilled in XIII with her Neo MAX version of the above attack, Psycho Medley 13 (also known as Psychic 12), where she uses all twelve of her previous outfits and is then aided by what appears to be Princess Athena's royal guard.
    • Almost averted in '95, where she wears a slightly modified version of her '94 outfit.
    • Lampshaded in-game by Maxima in their single-player intro in XIII.
    Maxima: "You're wearing something new every time I see you. Do you know what a pain it is to keep my data updated?"
  • Action Girl: One of the leading ladies of the KOF series, and The Hero of Psycho Soldier.
  • All Asians Know Kung Fu: She studies kung fu under Chin that resembles Wing Chun, while her stance is more similar to Liuhebafa.
  • All-Loving Hero: Especially in newer titles where her Nice Girl tendencies are played up more. The worst she ever really shows to anyone is pity, like towards Iori and Saiki, or justified anger, like towards Maxima who she thinks is storing photos of her. Her empathic abilities allow her to see the root of people's struggles, which lets her better sympathize with them and allow her to try and help them.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Downplayed. In the official art for the original Psycho Soldier, Athena's skin was a very pale pink, which was more obvious next to Kensou's human skin tones. When she transferred over to KOF, she lost any pink skin to be a normal-looking human girl.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Athena has successfully managed to avoid answering Kensou's Anguished Declaration of Love since KOF 2000, either clumsily or obliviously. That said, she has by definition yet to answer in the negative, and her remaining particularly friendly to Kensou has gotten the notice of at least a couple of other girls. Luong even calls her out on it in SNK Heroines.
    Athena (XIII): You're like a friend, or an ally, or something.
  • Animal Motifs: The Phoenix. Most likely a Shout-Out to her ability to become one in Psycho Soldier. Her LDM in XI (Super Phoenix Infinity) also alludes to this.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Some of her win quotes have her apologizing for roughing up an opponent too much.
    "Sorry about that, are you hurt? I guess I got carried away, a bit."
  • Art Shift: Her design in the Tales of Ash Saga is noticeably more chibi-like compared to past games, evoking her original game's art style.
  • Ascended Extra: Ryo Takamisaki's The King of Fighters G has Athena as the main character, teaming up with Kyo and Iori and pretty much stealing Chizuru's place in the story — despite starting as a borderline Faux Action Girl.
  • Ass Kicks You: One of her aerial command attacks.
  • Attack Reflector: Her Psycho Reflector, which has two variations.
  • Badass Adorable: Super cute and sweet-looking, but plucky as Hell and more than able to back-up her fame as an Action Girl.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her '99, 2002, and 2003 outfits.
  • Battle Aura: Her attacks emit a sparkly purple aura, indicating her psychic prowess.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She's livid when she sees that a girl like Kula is participating in the tournament, given her young age, and is mad at K' and Maxima for thinking only of themselves. (...That said, she's expressed no objection to Bao, who is younger than Kula, participating and ignored the point when Kula brought it up, and later she personally recruited Momoko, a teenager with the physical appearance and emotional maturity of an elementary schooler, and beat Kensou up for objecting).
    • She may be a popular Idol Singer with many fans, but don't underestimate her fighting skill because of it. It only makes her more determined to wipe the floor with you.
  • Boyish Short Hair: For 2001 and XV.
  • Break The Fourth Wall: One of her win quote in the original Japanese release of '94 has her mention SNK by name.
"I am the original heroine of SNK. I'm sorry..."
  • Breakout Character: Had her own game back in the 80s, but only after debuting in the fight scene did Athena's popularity start to pick up again. A notable game is the 3-disc RPG game for the PlayStation, Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life, with its gameplay sharing many similarities with Parasite Eve. The less known one is Athena On Stage, a mobile game centered around rising Athena's career as a successful pop idol, pretty much a simulation game.
  • Break the Cutie:
  • Breaking Old Trends: KOF XV has her joining Team Heroine instead of sticking with the classic Team Psycho Soldier composition.
  • Call-Back: Athena being a good cook and Kensou loving her meals is finally referenced in the games proper; in XIV Athena mistakes Kensou’s self-encouragement to confess his feelings to him being worked over her eating his meat bun earlier that day, she then promises to cook a full serving of meat buns just for Kensou to make up, this makes Kensou so happy he completely forgets about confessing.
  • Cheery Pink: Her design always incorporates a lot of pink/purple hues, reflecting her optimistic Nice Girl personality.
  • Cleavage Window: Her 2003 attire sports a heart-shaped one.
  • Commonality Connection: Somehow she and King have both had to deal with drunk teammates (though it makes sense given the kind of teacher Chin is).
    Athena: "I'm usually teamed up with my teacher, so I always kind of envy you, King! It must be so much fun to put together a team with a different group of girls. Just like in school!"
    King: "Well, if you'd like, I'd gladly exchange one of my teammates for you!"
    Athena: "W-Why, Miss King? Did something happen?"
    King: "Well, nothing serious, it's just... Mai and Yuri just can't hold their liquor very well... And you're still a minor so I couldn't possibly ask you to take care of two drunkards, could I?"
    Athena: "Oh, I don't mind. I'm used to being around people when they get hammered! Whenever Master gets drunk, he goes out and fights pandas!"
    King: "R-Really!? Is that what your teacher does when he gets drunk?"
    Athena: "Oh yeah, it happens all the time! Grandma always gets really angry with him though!
    King: "Wow... Alcohol is the great equalizer, huh?"
  • Crystal Ball: During her Shining Crystal Bit attack, she's surrounded by 2 circling crystal balls that guard her from enemy attacks. She can also add a followup by firing said balls forward.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes and her hair are both purple.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic:
    • Her '95 incarnation; anytime she yells "Saikou Baaru!"
    • Also happened in KOF '98 when Haruna Ikezawa took over her voice for the rest of the series.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In-universe, she's the only character who does distract people. Ironically, she's one of the most clothed characters in the cast.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: It happened when SNK started to use the Goddess Athena again in their merchandise in modern times; prior to that many people assumed Idol Singer Athena and Goddess Athena had the same personality, or even were the same person, which isn't entirely unfounded since the original Athena had little to no canon characterization all. Now both Athenas are polar opposites to each other:
  • Dull Surprise: In the team story for XI, Athena responds quite blandly to Kensou's return from a year of training, being more interested in finding Momoko with him.
  • The Empath: Canon isn't very clear how skilled she is at it, though. In XIII Athena can sense people's emotions (like in Ash Crimson's case) but there's no evidence about her being able to unlock their biggest secrets, whereas in KOF: KYO she could clearly see Iori's memories of his Dark and Troubled Past once her and Iori's clashed by accident.
  • Energy Ball: Her "Psycho Ball" attack, born from her purple Battle Aura.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her stance in XIII has her start out surrounded by sparkles. Her win pose also produces some as she winks. Not to mention most of her attacks.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Athena's hair was cut for KOF '99, apparently as a reaction to Kensou's loss of powers. It lasted until (and including) 2001. It's short again in XV, though the reason why isn't known, yet.
  • Famed in Story: Athena is extremely popular in the world of KOF, not just for being a tournament fighter, but also an incredibly successful Idol Singer.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Shown in KOF: Kyo related media and then in XIV, Athena is a good cook and Kensou loves eating anything she makes, meat buns in particular.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A staple of her outfits. No matter how much it changes, she always wear fingerless gloves.
  • Flung Clothing: She changed/disposed of almost complete attires. Was often used to dispose of her school uniform and reveal her fighting outfit.
  • Foreshadowing: Her win quote against the Women Fighters' Team in XIV has her saying she'd be interested in joining. In XV, she is teamed with Yuri and Mai as "Team Super Heroine".
  • Genki Girl: Always cheerful and optimistic.
  • Girly Bruiser: Super girly looking but completely unafraid of fighting her way in KOF and anything else.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak:
  • Grapple Move: Her Super Psychic Throw special.
  • Healing Hands: Rarely used, though. It's seen in Athena: Awakening From the Ordinary Life (heals her muggle friend Rika), in KOF:G (attempts to heal Chizuru but is interrupted by Goenitz), in the XII manhua (heals Kyo), as a Striker in '99 and 2000 (heals the playing character when called upon), or as an optional part of her Psychic 10 Desperation Move (heals herself).
  • Hero of Another Story: She and Kensou made their debuts in Psycho Soldier.
  • Hidden Depths: According to her bio, she enjoys designing web pages, astrology, and fortune telling.
  • Hypocrite: As point out above, she get's angered at the sight of 14-year old Kula participating in the KOF tournament, but Kula is quick to point out that she allowed Bao, who's even younger, to participate.
  • Iconic Item: No matter how much she changes her clothes, one piece is constant in Athena: the star tiara. XIV adds a bow to it.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Sky Stage, the Kula and Athena common ending says that Athena lied to Kula and told her that her friends (K', Maxima, Whip, etc.) had been caught in the space-time rift to recruit her into their cause. When Kula is contacted by said friends (who have actually been searching for her all over), Athena explains everything and apologizes; Kula doesn't mind, however, as the adventure was fun and she's happy to have been able to fly, even if just temporarily.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship:
    • She is definitely aware of Kensou’s feelings towards her, evidenced by her embarrassment when Kensou blows a kiss in 97, when Kensou declares he is her knight in 2000, when Kensou flat out screams his love in 2001; Athena’s reaction is always to get fidgety and try to dodge the matter as quickly as possible.
    • This is also the reason why she doesn't openly admit her feelings to Kyo; not only she's friends with him, but with his girlfriend.
  • Image Song:
  • Important Haircut: According to the character stories for '99, Athena cut her hair short as her own way of acknowledging Kensou's unexplained De-Power.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • A side-effect of the Running Gag about Kensou's unrequited love is the fact that not every instance of Athena ignoring him is intentional.
    • In the ending of '98, Athena rushes to catch Kaoru (a wheelchair-bound Meganekko) from falling after trying to stand on her feet for the first time... and completely fails to notice that Kensou, who also rushed to catch Kaoru, was trampled underfoot in the process.
    • In XI, Athena is so taken with Momoko that she barely notices Kensou's return from a year of training.
    • Several times in XIII:
      • While she did more or less deliberately cut Kensou's declaration off in the Story Mode, she's shown to be genuinely unaware of how... sensitive the "school" theme is for Kyonote .
      • In another Story Mode scene, and she also refuses to let Kula explain how come K' and Maxima allow her to fight in their pre-match talk.
  • Instant Costume Change: It would be unwise to turn her costume changes into a drinking game, because nearly every game she's ever been in feature it. Hell, Athena has found a way to weaponize it — she uses it as an instant segue between attacks, creating her Psycho Medley super. As a matter of fact, she may have given this trait to her Goddess Athena incarnation, who started doing it after the Psycho Soldier started.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's on good terms with with Terry Bogard. She likes to casually chat with him before a match and exchange words of encouragement.
    Terry: "I know how to please the crowd pretty good, but you've got me totally beat in that category!"
    Athena: "D-Don't be silly! Your performance always gets the fans fired up!"
    Terry: "I'm glad to hear that coming from you! Well then, let's have a fight that'll keep people buzzin' for years!"
    Athena: "Absolutely! My fans around the globe are counting on it!"
  • Intergenerational Rivalry: She's on the younger side of the KOF cast being a high schooler, so she often faces off against much older opponents like Terry, Ryo, the Ikari Warriors, and the various Big Bads. She has a sporting rivalry with characters like Terry, Andy, Kim, Mai, as well as her own master Chin.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: On the Special Ending for 99 Athena’s leg gets stuck on fallen debris, when the Team was escaping a crumbling NESTS base; Athena and Kensou were lagging behind so only he noticed, Athena tells him to go on without her, to save himself, Kensou gets desperate and awakens his Dragon Spirit, saving Athena and himself.
  • Joshikousei: Athena fights bad guys in a Sailor Fuku in her debut title. Many of her KOF designs evoke this as well.
  • Kawaisa
  • Keigo: Her "Athena, ikimasu!" Catchphrase is actually this. She's a rather polite speaker by Japanese standards, but almost never goes to this extreme.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She really admires King, and even wishes she could be on Team Women's Fighter someday.
    "You’re so strong and pretty, Ms. King! All of us female fighters admire you!"
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Barring her '99-2001 run, that is.
  • Magical Girl: She heavily evokes this; she's a high-schooler with powerful supernatural abilities, battles dark forces, emits a sparkly Battle Aura with all of her attacks, and even transforms from wearing a school uniform into her battle outfit in her intro. It's really not that big of a stretch to say that Athena could have her own anime.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Probably one of the straightest examples.
  • Magic Skirt:
    • Averted up until XII (except for 2003). Athena typically wore loose fitting clothes but it wasn't hiding anything indecent (even in her school uniform during XI, Athena still wore bike shorts under her skirt and SNK had no problem with it fluttering about as she fought). However, following her redesign in XII (and by extension, XIII for using the same sprite pool), it's played straight (and Athena definitely has some high kicks that would normally cause some looky-loos to occur).
    • Thanks to XIV using 3D graphics, where clothing behavior can't 100% be controlled through animation, this had to be averted. Athena now wears gym shorts under her miniskirt instead.
  • Male Band, Female Singer: In the special credits sequence for Team Psycho Soldier, Athena sings with Kensou rocking away on guitar and Master Chin beating on some kind of large hand drums, perhaps congas.
  • Martial Pacifist: Downplayed. While she enjoys fighting and meeting strong opponents, she'd never actively seek to hurt others, and will usually only look for fights out of tournaments if she feels there's a greater threat at large.
  • Mascot: An early one for SNK. It was even believed that she had a grudge against Terry Bogard when he seemingly took the title from her. XIII demonstrates otherwise, as dialogue between the two shows that they have nothing but respect for each other.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: As part of her Magical Girl figure, she wore those in some of her appearances.
  • Mistaken for Romance: In the Special Intro Athena has with Love Heart, she seems to think Athena and Kensou are quite close to each other thus asking if they are a couple, Athena says that it isn't like that, they are just good friends, while being slightly embarrassed; Love Heart finds Kensou similar to Earth, reversing the blushing and embarrassment to herself when Athena asks if Love Heart has someone she likes.
  • Modesty Shorts: Her solution to wearing a school uniform skirt in XI. Likewise in XIV she wears gym shorts, similar to Sakura Kasugano.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She is a high school girl/Idol Singer, who happens to be an incarnation of a goddess, has psychic powers, and knows Kung-Fu!
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her more chibi design in XII and XIII can be somewhat jarring next to the other characters who have a more unified art style.
  • Oblivious to Love: When Athena doesn't find Kensou's out-loud affections embarrassing, it's usually because she failed to notice them. On a few occasions, he's been frustrated with her about where they stand and she's even misinterpreted that; at least twice she thought he was mad because she stole his meat dumplings.
  • Older Than They Look: At age 18, she looks younger than the 14-year-old Kula in XII and XIII. Hilariously, Athena gets pissed when she sees Kula fighting out there... and Kula doesn't even seem to get why.
  • Onee-sama: To Momoko.
  • Out of Focus: Athena’s crush on Kyo stopped being mentioned after SNK’s first death circa 2001... which was the time where they made CD Dramas and related material, aka the works where Athena’s crush was born and given focus. Being reborn at the hands of other companies made SNK stop releasing those expanded universe materials, so this part of Athena’s character wouldn’t move on to be mentioned in the games proper. Their interactions in more modern titles replace this with a more platonic dynamic, often playing on Athena's friendship with both Kyo and Yuki.
  • Plucky Girl: She's always feisty, determined and cheerful.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her KOF '97 outfit, as well as some of her alternate palettes from XIII.
  • Psychic Powers: Which include teleportation, telepathy, energy projection, psychic barriers, and much more.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her outfits in the KOF series have often used red as a primary color, marking her as a heroic character.
  • Reincarnation: Of the Goddess Athena. It's the reason that Athena is the only person in her family to have Psychic Powers.
  • Relationship Upgrade: She starts dating Kensou in the Maximum Impact 2 continuity. For a variety of reasons, she's forced to keep it a secret from the public. Of course this isn't canon to the main timeline, so nothing really comes of it.
  • Rolling Attack: Her Phoenix Arrow special and Phoenix Fang Arrow DM.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: To a degree, with Kaoru in the main games and with Rika Kashiwazaki from Awakening from the Ordinary Life. Naturally, she doesn't take it well when Rika gets scared of Athena's powers, and later when she's shot to almost death few after their reconciliation.
  • Sailor Fuku:
    • At first only in her intro animations, for fear of making her too risqué; fully embraced by XI.
    • Cynically lampshaded by Kyo (of all people) in XIII: "No one wears sailor uniforms at your actual age anymore." Athena isn't happy when he points it out.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Athena has already graduated High School but keeps a Schoolgirl Uniform Theme for promotional purposes, both in-universe: for her image as an Idol, and out-of-universe: Athena in a school uniform rethreads the classic look from her Psycho Soldier days.
  • She's Got Legs: Her redesign in XII and XIII gave her a very prominent pair that her Sailor Fuku costume helps show off.
  • Shoryuken: Her "Psycho Sword", creating a long stretch of sparkly energy as she leaps up.
  • Shotoclone: Sort of. She has a fireball and Shoryuken, but lacks any kind of Hurricane Kick equivalent.
  • Signature Move: Her "Psycho Ball", "Psycho Sword" and "Shining Crystal Bit" have been part of her moveset in most appearances.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Her new DM in KOFXIV has her throw a big Energy Ball from above that creates a large spherical explosion.
  • Spider-Sense: As seen in Another Day and in KOF: KYO, where she senses Orochi's aura in the air and this allows her, Benimaru and Kensou to find Iori and a Kyo who is about to go Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Spirited Competitor: This girls loves a good fight. She's always encouraging herself and her opponents to give it their all, and hates it when people underestimate or try to dissuade her from fighting.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Athena is a KOF regular by popular demand, but SNK has acknowledged that she's had the inadvertent effect of stealing the show from her own teammates. Kensou's redesign in XII and XIII was meant to help him stand out more, in fact.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks very similar to her ancestor, almost looking one-to-one Depending on the Artist.
  • Supreme Chef: Implied to be one in the KOF:KYO manga. She's first seen making fried rice for Kensou, who really likes it; the last manga volume she makes dinner for him, Yuki and Kyo, and the three find the dish she made for them note  to be very good.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Her "Psychic Teleport" which lets her quickly reposition around her opponent.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: She's very uncomfortable fighting Kula, a 14-year old girl, even wondering just why K' and Maxima would let her fight in tournaments in the first place.
    Athena: "What are K' and Maxima thinking!? Don't they care about anyone but themselves?"
    Kula: "What are you so upset about, miss? Did K' do something mean to you?"
    Athena: "Not to me, to you! Always putting you into these dangerous situations! I don't care how strong you are, you're still just a kid! Those men are so inconsiderate!"
    Kula: "Huh? I'm not a kid anymore, you know? That boy with the big hat is much younger than me!"
    Athena: "This isn't about Bao, it's about you! I'm going to tell those guys not to put you in jeopardy and I'll make sure they listen!"
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair in almost all games, except in XII and XIII where her hair color is pink. In XIV it goes back to purple.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In Sky Stage, she's the first mid-boss. She only fights your party because she wants to face the dangers out there alone; once defeated, she apologizes and lets you pass.

Goddess Athena
From Neo Geo Battle Coliseum

Click here to see her in Athena 

Voiced By: Mie Itou

The Hero of the arcade title, Athena. Athena is the rebellious princess of the Kingdom of Victory, residing in the heavens. Bored with her uneventful day-to-day life in the castle, she yearns to go on exciting adventures. One day, she opens the "Door Which Shouldn't Be Opened" in the basement of Castle Victory, and is trapped in another realm called "Fantasy World".

She's a Bonus Boss in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, and later reappears as a playable fighter in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.

    Goddess Athena Tropes 
  • Action Girl: Was one of the few playable female characters with her own solo title in the Neo Geo era.
  • Badass Adorable: A teenaged goddess with a very hyper-stylized, cutesy art-style. Don't forget though that she is still a goddess, and has saved the world in her home series.
  • Badass Princess: The princess of a celestial realm called the Kingdom of Victory. She then goes on to save her world on multiple occasions.
  • Break the Haughty: She begins her game as a somewhat bratty Rebellious Princess. But after unwittingly unleashing an Evil Overlord and having to fend for herself in another world, she becomes much more mature and responsible by the end.
  • The Bus Came Back: Her appearance in Athena Full Throttle marks the end of a twenty year absence.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her default outfit. Somewhat Justified as she unwillingly ended in another world with nothing to defend herself, so she really is just trapped running around in her underwear at the beginning. She can gain more powerful and proper-looking suits of armor later on however.
  • Depending on the Artist: Details like her proportions and coloring have varied throughout her appearances. She's a it pudgier in the original arcade title, while her newer appearances also give her longer hair and slightly tanner skin.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: It happened when SNK started to use the Goddess Athena again in their merchandise in modern times; prior to that many people assumed Idol Singer Athena and Goddess Athena had the same personality, or even were the same person, which isn't entirely unfounded since the original Athena had little to no canon characterization all. Now both Athenas are polar opposites to each other:
  • Expy: Athena greatly resembles Saori Kido / Athena from Saint Seiya.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Some iterations of her design have her reaching all the way down to her waist.
  • Rebellious Princess: What sets off the conflict in her debut game is her trying to escape her life as a princess to go on adventures.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her outfit always has red as the primary color, marking her has The Hero of her games.
  • Stripperific: Her outfit is essentially just a red bikini with some sandals.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks very similar to her descendant, almost looking one-to-one Depending on the Artist.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can transform into a mermaid or an angel to traverse different worlds.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair like her descendant.


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