Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – In the Borderlands Universe, Does Athena love Janey?

Submitted by Anonymous In the Borderlands Universe, Does Athena love Janey?

Can I just start by saying that I absolutely love this question. Two reasons before I give my answer. One because Athena is my all time favorite Borderlands character. The tattoo dedicated to her on my left arm proves it and two because I am a huge Athena/Janey shipper. Now onto the question.

Minor Spoilers – There will be some minor spoilers for Borderlands the Pre-Sequel and Tales from the Borderlands so you’ve been warned.

In the Borderlands series, Athena has always come off as kind of a robot. She does what she’s told and she does so with perfection not letting emotions and other things get in the way. Her backstory is a hard one and she was trained to be this way. It’s a defense mechanism really and I think she’s one of the least understood characters in the Borderlands universe. That’s what I love so much about her though. For me, she’s an easy character to relate to because of this. Janey is the complete opposite. She always says what’s on her mind and her banter with Athena in the Pre-Sequel throws Athena off guard at times. Although there are some indications to a relationship between the two in the Holodome Onslaught DLC, this really doesn’t get fleshed out until Tales from the Borderlands.

Tales from the Borderlands officially confirms that yes Athena and Janey are a couple, but like every couple they have their struggles. Athena is supposed to be giving up the life that she’s lived for so long in order for something simpler to be with Janey, but she’s having a hard time doing so. Since Tales from the Borderlands is all about choice, as the player you can push for them to be together and make them work through their problems. This will result in them planning their wedding by the end of the game.

Now back to the question at hand, does Athena love Janey. I like to believe that she does. With them being different, Janey will of course be more open and willing to admit her feelings while Athena on the other hand is a little more closed off. Saying that, that doesn’t mean that Athena doesn’t love Janey just because she’s a private person. Athena just has a different way of showing her love for Janey.

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