Professor Minerva

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Real Identity: Thena Minerva
Appearances (Graphic Novels): Summer Olympus
Appearances (Webisodes): Truth of the Lasso Part 2
Powers/Skills: Archaeology
Voiced By: Lauren Tom

Professor Minerva is an archaeologist and the mother of Barbara Ann Minerva, later known as Cheetah. Hippolyta hired the highly recommended Professor Minerva to locate the three missing relics known as the Amulet of Harmonia, Lasso of Truth, and Claw of Deceit. Hippolyta called her "Mrs." to which Minerva sharply clarified "Professor" then asked about the artifacts. Hippolyta opened a scroll and introduced Minerva to her query but her daughter, Barbara Ann, interrupted. Hippolyta promised Diana would keep her safe but Minerva stated her daughter was her assistant on the dig. Hippolyta continued and warned Minerva the relics were protected by magic and only she could touch them. Eventually, Minerva found them in a cavern near the shore. She left to alert Hippolyta and told Barbara Ann not to touch anything.

Barbara Ann Minerva picked up the Lasso of Truth and Claw of Deceit, which activated the magic curse. An illusion of Cerberus manifested and attacked her. Princess Diana came to her rescue and used the Lasso of Truth. Unable to withstand its power, the illusion disappeared. Minerva lied to her mother about touching anything while Diana confessed to touching the Lasso. Hippolyta declared her honesty and true heart proved she was meant to use the Lasso of Truth. Diana promised to honor it and use it for good. Barbara Ann walked into the jungle alone and touched the Claw, gaining to power to transform into Cheetah. The Amulet ended up in Hippolyta's private collection on Themyscira and Minerva was credited with its discovery. A few years later, Hawkgirl came across Minerva's log while researching the Shield of Ares.