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"Lyoko? Franz? Aelita?"

–Anthea's shock upon discovering that her long-lost daughter is, in fact, alive in "Espionage."

Anthea Hopper-Schaeffer was the wife of Waldo Franz Schaeffer, and Aelita 's long-lost mother. She is now the wife of Lowel Tyron in Switzerland.

Appearance

In Aelita's suppressed memories in The Key, she is/was depicted as a pretty young woman with tan skin, black eyes, and waist-length bright pink hair, which Aelita had clearly inherited. 

However, in Season 5, her hair is shown to be blonde.

Biography

Anthea Hopper was a lovely young female scientist who eventually fell for the computer genius and scientist Waldo Franz Schaeffer and later married him. The couple had lived in a cabin on a snowy mountain somewhere in France, where she became pregnant with her only child and daughter, Aelita. Both of them were involved in a enigmatic program known as Project Carthage, which the two seemed to abandon for unknown reasons. As a consequence of this, Anthea was kidnapped by an unknown organization, and was never heard from again.

Season Two

In the final episode, she was first seen in flashbacks of Aelita's long-lost memories of her life on Earth. She had stood side by side with her husband and looked on lovingly as her young daughter made a snowman, and warned her not to go out too far. At Christmastime, she watched Aelita open her present of Mister Puck and asked if she liked her elf and hugged her daughter. She was last seen sitting on a white armchair in the living room, but then mysteriously disappeared.

Season Four

After being kidnapped (as shown in Distant Memory) by the mysterious Men In Black on Mountain Cabin, Aelita and Franz Hopper had moved to The Hermitage and later virtualized themselves onto the virtual world of Lyoko. As for Anthea, she was taken away to an unknown place; presumably Tyron's laboratory in Switzerland, and was never seen or heard from again for years. 

Her maiden name is Hopper. Waldo Schaeffer had changed his name to Franz Hopper by taking her maiden name (Hopper) in order to remain hidden from his enemies. The Project Carthage folder also includes a photo of her skiing while pregnant with Aelita. This gives an idea of Project Carthage's length.

Season Five: Evolution

In the eleventh episode, Rendezvous, X.A.N.A's polymorphic specter had taken on Anthea's form and sent Aelita an e-mail, telling her to meet up with her in the chapel. Aelita was so relieved to see her mother again that she suspected nothing at all. "Anthea" gave Aelita a warm, motherly hug and started draining source codes from her. A horrified Jeremie soon appeared and imminently realized that she was hugging a specter. He quickly pulled Aelita away from her and tried to convince her that her mother was a specter, but Aelita refused to believe it and ran back to the spectre and hugged it again, allowing it to drain even more codes. Jeremie tried to save her again, but this time the spectre preventing him from coming closer by attacking. When the tower is deactivated, the spectre blows up and Aelita thinks that Jeremie did something to her mother, but this time Jeremie manages to convince her that it was not her mother. The specter had acted just like the real Anthea would with her daughter; such as caressing her hair, bringing up childhood memories, and holding her close in a warm, motherly hug.

In Obstinacy, it is shown that the real Anthea is still alive and is working alongside Tyron in his own laboratory.

In The Trap, Aelita was in Sector Five and talked with her father about seeing her mother in the Cortex's core, promising that she would do everything she could to find her mother and his wife. In Aelita's room, Anthea was seen in a photograph with her arms around a five-year old Aelita. Later, Jeremie had returned to see that Aelita had received many replies and that a virtual chain was currently being created to help find her long-lost mother. Jeremie assured Aelita that he was sure they would find her no matter what.

In Espionage, Aelita had opted to stay in the Cortex's core in the hope of communicating with her mother. She later had a nightmare that her mother never wanted to see her again. With Jeremie's aid, Aelita desperately tried to convince Anthea that she is her long-lost daughter and that she is alive. At first, Anthea thought it was a trick, saying that her daughter had died years ago. Aelita then mentioned that her late father had saved her by virtualizing her on Lyoko, where Anthea had realized that she was indeed her long-lost daughter, Aelita. Unfortunately, the conversation was cut off by Tyron before she could react further.

In the cliffhanger, Ultimate Mission, it is revealed that Anthea and Tyron had been legally married for four years, and Tyron went to Kadic to bring Aelita to Switzerland; claiming that Anthea had sent him personally. To coerce Aelita to come with him willingly, he gave her a heart shaped locket with a picture of Aelita and Anthea and showed Aelita a video of her mother in his tablet, saying that she is happy to know that she is alive and she can trust Tyron, and Tyron reveals to Aelita that he only married Anthea to get his hands on Franz Hopper's archives and gave Aelita a ultimatum: To see her mother again or launch a virus in Cortex and never see her mother again. To Tyron's surprise, Aelita chooses to launch the virus but Tyron later shut down his supercomputer, destroying the Cortex and rendering X.A.N.A. dormant once again.

Novels

Anthea plays a more direct role in the four novels set in an alternate continuity of the original series. In this continuity, Anthea's kidnapping came about due to the efforts of a man named Mark James Hollenback, who would later take on the name of Hannibal Mago. This was done in an attempt to blackmail and force Waldo to return to a still incomplete Project Carthage. While in Mago's captivity, Anthea was constantly beaten and mistreated, only keeping up hope due to a Sailor's Knot pendant she designed that could serve as a indicator of her family's status. Anthea's memories were eventually erased by Mago due to his acquisition of the Memory-Snatching Glove, a device that had been created to instantly synthesis computer data via brainwaves.

In the present-day, Anthea has been reduced to Hannibal's secretary, now having the rather ironic name of 'Memory'. She accompanies Hannibal to Boulogne Billancourt so that he can obtain Lyoko's supercomputer and gain access to the virtual world's 'Dark Zone', an area of Lyoko that holds all of the functions of Project Carthage's original virtual world, the First City. During this time, she encounters Jeremie Belpois, who is able to deduct that Memory is in fact, Anthea. When Hannibal takes Jeremie into captivity, Anthea is slowly informed of her past and allies herself with the Lyoko Warriors, helping to bring Hannibal and the Green Phoenix down. Anthea is finally reunited with her daughter, and manages to recover the majority of her memories.

Appearances

Season Two

Season Four

Season Five

Trivia

  • Just like her former husband, she is a recurring character but minor in the show.
  • In the fifth season, Anthea is shown to have blonde hair instead of bright pink, though this seems to be more of a production-related choice regarding both Aelita and Anthea's hair.
  • Her first name is revealed in Episode 90, Wrong Exposure. However, her middle name remains unknown.
  • In the French dub, in seasons 1-4 she was played by either Nathalie Stas or Alexandra Correa. This is disputed. She is played by Sandrine Rigaux in the fifth season.
  • In the third adult novel, The Nameless City, Anthea is shown in a dream of Aelita's before she awakens, saying that she had dreamed of her mother.
  • Anthea's name comes from the 1982 comedy film Tootsie, which tells the story of a volatile male actor who has to adopt a new identity as a woman. The name was chosen due to Sophie Decroisette personally enjoying the film.

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