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"When you love something, you protect it. It is the most natural thing in the world."
―Thena to Sersi[src]

Thena is a member of the genetically-engineered Eternals. Created by the Celestials in the World Forge, Thena was sent to Earth in 5000 BC alongside others nine Eternals to help progress the planet's societal development, and protect it from the Deviants, with the time becoming in a legendary warrior and even in a greek legend. However, in 1521, while fighting the last Deviants in Tenochtitlan, Thena's Mahd Wy'ry causes her to momentarily turn on her allies, only to be stopped by Gilgamesh. The Prime Eternal, Ajak, offers to cure Thena's affliction at the cost of her memories, but Gilgamesh volunteers to look over her, becoming her de-facto partner in the exile.

In 2023, Thena was living with Gilgamesh in exile in Australia, when their fellow Eternals arrived to reform the team to stop the Emergence. Thena continued to suffer from her Mahd Wy'ry, and it was soon revealed it was caused by her previous memories from other worlds, as she subconsciously knew Earth was doomed. Thena agreed to help the others stop the Emergence. After Gilgamesh was killed by him, she developed a hatred for the Deviant Kro and sought to take revenge. During the battle against the traitorous Ikaris, Thena faced off against and killed Kro, avenging Gilgamesh. After they prevented the Emergence, Thena, alongside Druig and Makkari, journeyed into space on the Domo in search of other Eternals. In space, they encountered the Eternal Starfox.

Biography

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Protecting Humans

Arriving on Earth

"We're Eternals. We came here from Olympia seven thousand years ago, to protect humans from the Deviants."
Sersi

The Eternals arrive on Earth in 5,000 BC

After being built and programmed by Arishem the Judge, Thena and the rest of the Eternals were sent to Earth on the Domo. Once awoken, the Eternals were provided with suits to wear before arriving at the planet. Thena, being one of the Eternal's main fighters, landed on Earth first to fight the Deviants. Thena fought alongside Gilgamesh, using their powers together to defeat one of the creatures. When the Deviants attacking the humans were defeated, the Eternals presented themselves to the race they were assigned to protect.[1]

Becoming Greek Legend

"You're Athena!"
"It's just Thena. Drop the A."
Jack Stoss and Thena[src]

The Eternals eventually relocated to Athens, Greece to continue fighting the Deviants. During this period, Sprite created a story about a Goddess of War named Athena, a fictionalized version of Thena. As a result of Sprite sharing her story to the Ancient Greeks, Thena, as Athena, became one of their historical legends and was incorporated into Ancient Greek mythology.[1]

Defeating the Deviants

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Exile with Gilgamesh

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Emergence

Reunited with the Eternals

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Ambush at Druig's Compound

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Returning to the Domo

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Ikaris' Betrayal

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Stopping Tiamut

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Finding Other Eternals

Meeting Starfox

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Personality

"There were more Deviants than you said."
"Well, I'm sure that was a lot of fun for you."
"It was."
―Thena and Phastos[src]

Thena is very calm and collected, dedicated to her role as warrior of the Eternals. During her time in Babylon, she was hesitant to bond or interact with humans, telling Ikaris she refuses to hide behind walls in her fight against the Deviants. She did not partake in the festivities, instead remaining aloof and spending time on her own. Despite this, she is very committed to protecting humans against the deviants. Thena comes across as stoic, speaking in a calm, soothing voice, rarely showing signs of distress, upset or anger. However, during her struggles with Mahd Wy'ry she would often appear vulnerable. When confronted with the possibility of losing her memories she was visibly distraught and scared. Despite her stoic nature, she is at heart someone who cares deeply, developing a special bond with fellow Eternal Gilgamesh and ultimately the human race. True to her warrior nature, she is also fearless and relentless, relishing her skills in combat against the deviants.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Eternal Physiology: By design from the Celestials, Thena is an Eternal possessing superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, and healing, numerous times superior than any normal human being, as well as immortality and being able to manipulate cosmic energy to a certain degree.
    • Superhuman Strength: Like all Eternals, Thena possesses great superhuman strength, numerous times stronger than any normal human being. Thena is the third strongest Eternal of her time, surpassed only by Ikaris and Gilgamesh, and with their deaths, she is now the strongest Eternal alive. She was able to easily kill dozens of Deviants over the centuries, including the mighty Kro, even managing to block his strikes powered by a cosmic energy exoskeleton and also shattering rocks with her weapons while attempting to hit him. Even though she was no match for Ikaris in terms of brute force, Thena was still able to fight evenly against her mighty teammate on her own for a while before being subdued, and later with the help of Makkari and Phastos. During these fights, her blows have proven to be strong enough to stumble and knock down Ikaris, as well as sending him flying several feet with a kick, causing him to crash backward into a rock, destroying it in the process.
    • Superhuman Durability: Thena's body is numerous times more resistant to physical and energy damage than any normal human being. When she began to lose control of her mind and attack her teammates, Gilgamesh was able to use his power to knock Thena unconscious. Despite being knocked out, she suffered no harm from being hit with such incredible strength, though Gilgamesh was holding back as he did not want to hurt her rather to stop her. During her battle with Kro, who at the time had absorbed Gilgamesh's powers, she was able to withstand this superhuman force with no visible injuries even though she was flung across the cave. Thena was also unharmed and had no visible injuries after the Domo fall when it was destroyed by Ikaris.
    • Superhuman Speed: Thena can run and move at great superhuman speed, much faster than any normal human being. She was fast enough to slay a Deviant with her swords before he could react. She also quick to block Ikaris' optic beams with her shield and keep up with the equally fast Ikaris and General Kro throughout their fights. During the fight against Ikaris, while Makkari was distracting him, Thena was fast enough to get to him twice and hit him without Ikaris being able to react in time to her hits and kicks.
    • Superhuman Agility: Thena naturally possesses far greater agility, equilibrium, flexibility, dexterity, balance, and body coordination than any normal human being. This allows her to jump great heights and come down in elaborate somersaults, as well as leaping or lunging great distances with extreme accuracy. She was able to swiftly and easily take down several Deviants, while dodging and weaving around their attacks.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Thena's advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than any normal human being. As a result, her muscles virtually do not produce fatigue toxins during physical activity. Her endurance allows her to exercise her maximum capacity for an extremely long period of time without tiring at all.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Thena can react and dodge objects traveling at high speeds, much quicker than any normal human being. Her reflexes were sharp and fast enough to deflect and block the blows of her opponents with her shield, like Ikaris' optic beams as well as Kro's sneak attack, even though he was attacking behind her.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Thena's metabolism enables her to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with far greater speed and efficiency than any normal human being.
    • Immortality: As an Eternal, Thena is genetically able to live forever, without dying due to old age or illnesses. However, she suffers from Mahd Wy'ry due to the vast amount of memories she has made throughout her incredibly long lifespan.
    • Cosmic Energy Manipulation: By design of the Celestials, all Eternals are genetically capable of using cosmic energy. Each Eternal possesses a unique ability, all derived from the same cosmic power source. The Eternals can also harness their comic powers together to create the Uni-Mind, which amplifies their powers. Thena is able to use her cosmic energy to form any handheld weapon she can think of.
      • Weapon Manifestation: Thena wields the power to manifest any handheld weapon she can imagine with pure cosmic energy. This includes, but is not limited to, spears, swords, shields, knives, axes, and staffs. Once manifested, Thena can also change the form of a weapon, like shifting a shield into a sword instantaneously. These weapons generated by Thena with cosmic energy are strong enough to pierce the skin of Eternals and Deviants, as well as slay Kro easily.

Abilities

  • Master Combatant: Thena is an extremely skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant, with thousands of years of training and combat experience, making her one of the most powerful and best fighters in the universe. During the fight against the Deviants, Thena became the Eternals' warrior and used her epic fighting skills to take on threats over the centuries.
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  • Spear Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using a spear in combat.
  • Staff Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using a staff in combat.
  • Sword Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using a sword in combat.
  • Shield Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using a shield in combat.
  • Knife Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using a knife in combat.
  • Axe Mastery: Thena is extremely skilled at using an axe in combat.
  • Master Acrobat: To be added
  • Gifted Intellect: To be added
  • Multilingualism: To be added

Equipment

Weapons

Thena can form handheld weapons with cosmic energy. These weapons include:

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  • Spear: To be added
  • Sword: To be added
  • Shield: To be added
  • Knife: To be added
  • Axe: To be added
  • Staff: To be added
  • Excalibur: To be added

Vehicles

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Facilities

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Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Trivia

  • In the comics, Thena was born Azura, but her name was changed to resemble more the Greek goddess of Strategy and War, Athena. She mothered a son, Joey, with a human, Thomas Eliot. She is also the daughter of Zuras, and cousin of Thanos.
  • In the comics, Thena had a long relationship with General Kro and had two sons with him, Donald Ritter and Deborah Ritter.

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