History Series / XenaWarriorPrincess

6th Dec '16 11:16:21 AM voliol
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Immediately after her split from ''Hercules'', she gained a friend and traveling companion in Gabrielle. Gabrielle was an aspiring bard who [[TagalongChronicler wanted to chronicle Xena's adventures]], and the pair became a major source of HoYay in the nineties. WordOfGod goes back and forth on whether they were simply HeterosexualLifePartners, with conflicting accounts from all sides. Suffice to say, the show offered enough winks and nudges to satisfy the shippers, while keeping under the radar to avoid tempting [[MoralGuardians the wrath]] of network affiliates.

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Immediately after her split from ''Hercules'', she gained a friend and traveling companion in Gabrielle. Gabrielle was an aspiring bard who [[TagalongChronicler wanted to chronicle Xena's adventures]], and the pair became a major source of HoYay LesYay in the nineties. WordOfGod goes back and forth on whether they were simply HeterosexualLifePartners, with conflicting accounts from all sides. Suffice to say, the show offered enough winks and nudges to satisfy the shippers, while keeping under the radar to avoid tempting [[MoralGuardians the wrath]] of network affiliates.
30th Nov '16 7:19:12 AM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The New Zealand variant standing in for ancient Greece and other parts of the world.



* YouLookFamiliar: Many examples, but Mael, Cupid and Julius Caesar, all played by Karl Urban, stand out. Lucy Lawless & Renee O'Connor both played different characters in the ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' preseries {{Made For TV Movie}}s.
21st Nov '16 3:12:13 AM Boba_Fett88
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The series also had several [[ComicBook/XenaWarriorPrincess comic book]] spin-offs by Topps Comics and Dark Horse Comics (including two [[{{Crossover}} crossovers]] with ''Franchise/EvilDead''), which ended following the show's end. However, in 2007, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights to the comics and published two story arcs (''Contest of Pantheons'' and ''Dark Xena''), which essentially act as a FixFic, [[CanonDiscontinuity reversing many of Season Five's plot developments as well as undoing the season finale]].

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The series also had several [[ComicBook/XenaWarriorPrincess comic book]] spin-offs by Topps Comics and Dark Horse Comics (including two [[{{Crossover}} crossovers]] with ''Franchise/EvilDead''), which ended following the show's end. However, in 2007, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights to the comics and published two story arcs (''Contest of Pantheons'' and ''Dark Xena''), which essentially act as a FixFic, [[CanonDiscontinuity reversing many of Season Five's plot developments as well as undoing the season finale]].
finale]]. [[http://comicbook.com/2015/08/13/xena-reboot-confirmed-to-be-in-development/ In August 2015]], a reboot series was announced.
10th Nov '16 12:42:11 PM Geoduck
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** In "In Sickness and in Hell" Argo has a falling-out with Xena and lets the villain of the piece use her as a mount. When Xena finds out how the guy accomplished this..
--->'''Xena:''' Apples?! You left me for apples?!
1st Nov '16 7:51:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning. Almost everybody's style of handling any weapon, but primarily Xena's mighty physics-defying Chakram and Gabrielle's Sais.
** If you can jump and do a flip in the air, that's how the viewers know you're a {{Badass}}.

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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning. Almost everybody's style of handling any weapon, but primarily Xena's mighty physics-defying Chakram and Gabrielle's Sais.
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Sais. If you can jump and do a flip in the air, that's how the viewers know you're a {{Badass}}.badass.
30th Oct '16 4:03:44 PM nombretomado
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Not necessarily applying to the series itself but Xena's character in HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys is a bit different than the character we would come to know. Evil Xena in her debut episode "The Warrior Princess" shows no signs of morals and is willing to sleep with and kill her soldiers to get what she wants a far cry from the warrior with honor even in her warlord days. The second episode "The Gauntlet" was more in line with the Xena we would know, establishing her as having a code of honor and getting rid of the implication that she slept with her soldiers to gain their loyalty. However the third episode "Unchained Heart" turns Xena into a DistaffCounterpart of Hercules. Thankfully the series goes with the honorable warrior interpretation rather than the Formerly evil now good Girl Scout version.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Not necessarily applying to the series itself but Xena's character in HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys is a bit different than the character we would come to know. Evil Xena in her debut episode "The Warrior Princess" shows no signs of morals and is willing to sleep with and kill her soldiers to get what she wants a far cry from the warrior with honor even in her warlord days. The second episode "The Gauntlet" was more in line with the Xena we would know, establishing her as having a code of honor and getting rid of the implication that she slept with her soldiers to gain their loyalty. However the third episode "Unchained Heart" turns Xena into a DistaffCounterpart of Hercules. Thankfully the series goes with the honorable warrior interpretation rather than the Formerly evil now good Girl Scout version.
22nd Oct '16 6:54:35 AM MarcoPolo250
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* CanonDiscontinuity: Coming up to the 'Twilight of the Gods' arc, many things that were very integral parts of the setting were ignored so it could come to pass. Firstly, killing a real god (not just an ambrosia upgrade) has been shown in past seasons and in ''Hercules'' to rock the foundations of reality. The Olympus gods embody (or are personifications of, even) different aspects of humanity, and when a god loses his powers or dies, the control they had over that aspect goes insane and humanity is deeply affected (as is shown in 'Ten Warriors' when Ares loses his godhood and everyone goes crazy with uncontrolled anger and violence). When [[spoiler:Strife died, Hercules felt it all the way in another dimensions and even says that "something terrible has happened]], indicating that the death of a God was an unnatural phenomena. Always, the Olympus Gods were insanely powerful and usually quite intelligent, being {{Jerk Ass}}es a lot of the time and bullying a few humans, but are never shown actually oppressing humanity (i.e. they are not evil). There was a reason only Hercules dealt with the problems of the Gods and not Xena: a mortal just can't compete with the power of the Gods (even though Xena was on par with Ares in terms of one-on-one combat). For 'Twilight', the Gods' powers were brought down insanely, they all became evil idiots - with the characters of ''every single God except Aphrodite'' ignored, with their actions in this Arc making no sense as far as many characters were concerned (including Athena, who is supposed to be the BigBad of this Arc) - and were basically mortals with pyrotechnics (with none of the inventive and intrinsic use of their powers that had been shone previously), and Xena got a literal DeusExMachina upgrade that [[spoiler:anything she does hurts the Gods]]. [[spoiler:Killing the Gods]] had no impact on humans or the universe at large. Oh, and Eli's [[spoiler:sacrifice to prove to people that the Way of Love meant that they no longer needed to worship the Gods and that they would be gotten rid of by the people turning away from them, unafraid, and them being down-powered to just supernatural beings]]? Completely forgotten and pointless. The writers basically hacked into the foundations of the universe of Xena and Hercules with an axe so they could put into place a poorly written character arc that even the most devoted fans found it hard to swallow. Nice work, guys!

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Coming up to the 'Twilight of the Gods' arc, many things that were very integral parts of the setting were ignored so it could come to pass. Firstly, killing a real god (not just an ambrosia upgrade) has been shown in past seasons and in ''Hercules'' to rock the foundations of reality. The Olympus gods embody (or are personifications of, even) different aspects of humanity, and when a god loses his powers or dies, the control they had over that aspect goes insane and humanity is deeply affected (as is shown in 'Ten Warriors' when Ares loses his godhood and everyone goes crazy with uncontrolled anger and violence). When [[spoiler:Strife died, Hercules felt it all the way in another dimensions and even says that "something terrible has happened]], indicating that the death of a God was an unnatural phenomena. Always, the Olympus Gods were insanely powerful and usually quite intelligent, being {{Jerk Ass}}es a lot of the time and bullying a few humans, but are never shown actually oppressing humanity (i.e. they are not evil). There was a reason only Hercules dealt with the problems of the Gods and not Xena: a mortal just can't compete with the power of the Gods (even though Xena was on par with Ares in terms of one-on-one combat). For 'Twilight', the Gods' powers were brought down insanely, they all became evil idiots - with the characters of ''every single God except Aphrodite'' ignored, with their actions in this Arc making no sense as far as many characters were concerned (including Athena, who is supposed to be the BigBad of this Arc) - and were basically mortals with pyrotechnics (with none of the inventive and intrinsic use of their powers that had been shone previously), and Xena got a literal DeusExMachina upgrade that [[spoiler:anything she does hurts the Gods]]. [[spoiler:Killing the Gods]] had no impact on humans or the universe at large. Oh, and Eli's [[spoiler:sacrifice to prove to people that the Way of Love meant that they no longer needed to worship the Gods and that they would be gotten rid of by the people turning away from them, unafraid, and them being down-powered to just supernatural beings]]? Completely forgotten and pointless. The writers basically hacked into the foundations of the universe of Xena and Hercules with an axe so they could put into place a poorly written character arc that even the most devoted fans found it hard to swallow. Nice work, guys! forgotten.



** FanonDiscontinuity: [[invoked]]Many fans do not officially consider the two-part "Friend in Need" arc to be the finale, and neither do the writers of the ''Xena'' comics -- thank you, Dynamite Publications! The "Dark Xena" arc is basically a FixFic -- constructing a story to undo the finale and other events (such as the deaths of [[spoiler:the Olympian gods).]] Considering that the comics are technically canon, this is a rare case of FanonDiscontinuity becoming CanonDiscontinuity.

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** FanonDiscontinuity: [[invoked]]Many fans do not officially consider the two-part "Friend in Need" arc to be the finale, and finale and, thankfully, neither do the writers of the ''Xena'' comics -- thank you, comics! Dynamite Publications! The Publications' "Dark Xena" arc is basically a FixFic -- constructing a story to undo the finale and other events (such [[spoiler:(such as the deaths of [[spoiler:the the Olympian gods).]] gods)]]. Considering that the comics are technically canon, this is a rare case of FanonDiscontinuity becoming ''becoming'' CanonDiscontinuity.
19th Oct '16 7:22:16 PM Temmere
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* WireFu: Xena is constantly leaping thirty feet (or even further) and pulling off spectacular aerial maneuvers. A few other characters can also do this, if they're badass enough. The treetop battles in "Adventures in the Sin Trade, Part 2" look like something out of ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
20th Aug '16 3:49:36 PM Jaredwarrensince1991
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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: [[spoiler:Xena By the end of the season virtually every major supporting character has suffered a violent death, Hercules was forced to kill his own father, the nonhuman races like Centaurs are doomed to extinction, the Amazons are doomed setting back women's rights, the ancient pantheons will eventually fade away into nothing with only a few gods surviving with their replacement being better is questionable at best, Ares is one of the few gods left and free to manipulate humanity with no one really around to stop him, and to top it all off is is unknown if Xena ever got the redemption and peace she wanted leaving her dead and Gabrielle is left wondering the world with all those she loved dead.]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: [[spoiler:Xena By [[spoiler:By the end of the season series, virtually every major supporting character has suffered a violent death, Hercules was forced to kill his own father, the nonhuman races like Centaurs are doomed to extinction, the Amazons are doomed setting back women's rights, the ancient pantheons will eventually fade away into nothing with only a few gods surviving with their replacement being better is questionable at best, Ares is one of the few gods left and free to manipulate humanity with no one really around to stop him, and to top it all off is is unknown if Xena ever got the redemption and peace she wanted leaving her dead and Gabrielle is left wondering wandering the world with all those she loved dead.]]
13th Aug '16 2:24:33 PM theatervine
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* PureIsNotGood: Pao Hsu was able to harness her powers because of her purity, of hate.

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* PureIsNotGood: Pao Hsu Ssu was able to harness her powers because of her purity, of hate.
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