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S05E14 – Athena
Athena in "Amphipolis Under Siege"
Portrayed By Amanda Lister
Jane Fullerton-Smith
Paris Jefferson
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Xena: Warrior Princess
Young Hercules
First Appearance "The Apple" (HTLJ)
"Amphipolis Under Siege" (XWP)
"Ares on Trial" (YH)
Last Appearance "Motherhood" (XWP)
Gender Female
Status Alive (HTLJ)/Deceased (XWP)
Residence Oylmpus
Race Olympian, Greek God
Also Known As Goddes of Wisdom and Warfare
Goddess of Weaving and arts
Cause of Death stabbed
Killed By Xena
Affiliations Ilainus of Mycenae, Xena, Eve, Amphipolis, Cecrops, Athens
Mother Metis
Father Zeus
Brother(s) Ares, Hephaestus, Hermes, Apollo, Bacchus, Hercules, others
Sister(s) Artemis, Aphrodite, Discord, Persephone others

Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, Warfare, and Weaving is a reccuring character on Young Hercules, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Athena is more understanding and caring member of the Olympians and in return she's gained much respect from them.


Athena is Heracles's guide and patron in most versions of the myth - it is Athena who petitions Zeus and Hera for him to join the Olympians at the end of his life.

Athena as the default successor of Zeus is a popular idea in modern retellings of Greek mythology, where Athena has retained much of her ancient popularity. Athena has a close relationship with humanity and in the Iliad is the only one of Zeus's daughters to also be his confidante. By modern standards, she also comes across as the most level-headed Olympian.


The Trial of AresEdit

In the Young Hercules episode, Ares on Trial, Athena headed the Tribunal which would decide whether or not Ares was guilty of breaking Zeus' protection order by attempting to murder their half-brother, Hercules. It is obvious that Athena holds great disdain for Ares and is a fair and just goddess. A teenage Hercules seemed to already be familiar with Athena at this time.

The Beauty ContestEdit

Athena once offered Iolaus the chance to be the smartest man in the world if he voted for her in a beauty contest against Artemis and Aphrodite. Instead, Iolaus chose Aphrodite as winner (HTLJ "The Apple").


Athena is proud of her powers, but thinks it a sacred duty to use them for the benefit of her mortal worshipers. She prefers to teach them how to improve conditions for themselves, rather than micro-managing their every step. But she won’t hesitate to intervene directly if truly necessary. As long as she is accorded due respect from mortals, she will work tirelessly to improve their living conditions.

Athena’s manners are dignified and precise. Though not tall, she instantly becomes the focus of attention, even in a crowd of deities. She expects frailty and stupidity in mortals, but can be annoyed with deities behaving in a less than thoughtful manner, Ares in particular. And while he might be her equal in military strategy, she always considers the aspects of war he overlooks and thus usually prevails in the long run. Ares has of late tired of Athena's victories against him and has begun taking a greater interest in the lands outside Greece.


It appears that Athena is one of the most powerful of all the Olympian Gods since she took control of Olympus after Zeus's & Hera's Deaths not Hades nor Poseidon took that authority it appears that she is equally as powerful as Hades and Poseidon themselves who are the most powerful of all Gods after Zeus and Equally as powerful as Hera,so Athena's Powers are but not limited to :

Immortality: since she is a Goddess Athena has the ability to live infinite life span as well as immunity to all sorts of diseases.

Invincibility: Athena is invincible to all sorts of weapons (swords,axes,crossbows) as well as all magical powers from the Gods although these powers can hurt her but not kill her.

Atmokinesis: All Olympians has the power to control and manipulate the weather bring out storms , tornadoes ,rains and Lightning.

Healing: She is the only Olympian apart from Zeus, Hercules and Hera who has the ability to heal wounds but she can't heal mortal wounds , the rest of the Gods has to blessed by her blessings to do so.

Pyrokinesis: Athena has the power to control and manipulate fire by throwing it from her hands and sword.

Teleportation: Athena has the ability to teleport to any place whatever she sees fit either on earth or Olympus.

Superhuman Strength: Athena's super strength can send people flying as well as gods she bested even Ares in battle.

Energy Blasts: Athena has the power to shoot powerful blue Energy blast capable of killing mortals and hurting Gods.

Telekinesis: Athena has the ability to move objects & mortals with her mind.

lightning: All Gods has the ability to shoot lightning capable of killing mortal to hurting other Gods

Time Manipulation: All Gods has the power to manipulate time but they need Zeus's consent first.

Invisibility: All Gods have the power to make themselves invisible to all mortals they can't be seen or heard by them.

Conjuration: Athena has the powers to conjure anything or any being she wants.

Portal creation: Athena has the power to create portals to other Dimensions as well as controlling the worlds she create.

Shapeshifting: Athena has the ability alter his appearance to take whatever form he likes whether mortals or monsters or Gods.

Divine Powers: Since Athena took control of Olympus due to her High status and Authority as well as one of the most powerful of all Olympian Gods Equally as powerful as Hades & Poseidon themselves it is Possible that Athena has Divine powers Like :

  • Reality Warping: Athena have the power to manipulate Reality like Ares , Aphrodite , Hades as well as Poseidon.
  • Conjuration: Athena has the powers to conjure anything or any being she wants.
  • Bestow skills on Mortal: Athena told Iolaus the she will make him have the Greatest Mind ever to exist if he chooses her to be the most beautiful Goddess on Olympus.




Hercules: The Legendary JourneysEdit

  1. "The Apple"

Xena: Warrior PrincessEdit

  1. "The Price" (Mentioned)
  2. "The Lost Mariner" (Mentioned)
  3. "The Key to the Kingdom" (Mentioned)
  4. "Amphipolis Under Siege"
  5. "Looking Death in the Eye"
  6. "Motherhood"

Young HerculesEdit

  1. "Ares on Trial"

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