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[[folder:Xena and her friends]]
!!Xena (Creator/LucyLawless)
[[caption-width-right:321:The warrior princess.]]
->''"It's easy to talk like that when you're in Heaven. Where I come from, you fight for what you believe in."''

Former warlord turned wandering hero.

* NinetiesAntiHero: It's all there; stripperiffic costume, [[TheAtoner a dark, violent past]], [[XtremeKoolLetterz a name that is spelt with an "X"]], a distinct lack of compunction about killing her enemies, frequent brooding, sarcasm and extreme badassery.
* TheAce: Xena has many skills that she acquired during her extensive travels to many parts of the ancient world over a period of many years. In particular, she has shown remarkable skill and prowess in hand-to-hand combat, displaying numerous acrobatic tricks and the ability to disable and/or otherwise kill multiple opponents at one time. Along with her sword and chakram, she has also shown great proficiency with other weapons such as batons, daggers, and whips. She is also a formidable tactician, inspirational leader, and strategic thinker.
* ActionHeroine: Xena goes beyond mere ActionGirl status and ascends to this. She's ''the'' woman who set the standard for all TV heroines, even [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].
* AnnoyingArrows: Xena takes almost as many arrows as Callisto did in the featured picture, pulling only some out, in the finale. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for her, she wasn't a god]] at the time.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The reason why Xena was leader of her army of old, and often how she manages to help redeem fellow lost souls now.
* TheAtoner: Xena spends the entire series atoning for her misdeeds, and [[spoiler: dies to achieve redemption]].
* BadassNormal: Xena can outfight anyone she comes up against, even when she's sick (or crazy), and the fact that she can outsmart gods makes her a bigger GuileHeroine than Gabrielle.
* BatmanGambit: Xena is fond of using these against her enemies, and even toward her friends upon occasion.
--> ''After Xena successfully tricks everyone into believing Ares is her father, with a little unwitting help from Gabrielle and Cyrene...''
--> '''Gabrielle''': Xena, you knew what your mom would say about the night of your conception. And you knew exactly what I would say. Well, I don't know if I like being that predictable.
--> '''Xena''': I knew you were gonna say that.
* BattleCouple: With Gabrielle.
* BattleCry: Xena often utilized a signature war cry, "Alalaes." Her cry was an alternate writing for "Alale" (or "Alala"), who in Greek mythology was the female personification of the war cry. Lawless herself stated that she based it on a traditional ululation of Middle Eastern women.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Ares.
* BloodKnight: Although she has always enjoyed battle and thrives in the midst of it, after Caesar screwed her over, she became this in a very bad - and indiscriminate - way. Even after her HeelFaceTurn in ''Hercules'', she still contains elements of this.
* BoozeFlamethrower: One of Xena's favorite moves.
* CharacterTitle
* ChoiceOfTwoWeapons: Her sword and her chakram.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Xena's voice is much deeper than Gabrielle's, since between the two, Xena is a seasoned fighter, while Gabrielle is a bard.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Without her dark past, she wouldn't be the hero she became, and that, in the end, it was all worth it.
* DatingCatwoman: With Ares.
* {{Determinator}}: ''So'' much. The woman has a will of steel.
* DivineParentage: While it is never outright stated during the show, it is ''heavily'' implied that Ares took the form of Xena's father and then impregnated her mother, leading to her birth, which would make her a demigod and thus explain how she's capable of fighting at a level comparable to Hercules and standing toe-to-toe with other divine beings even before being expressly granted divine powers.
** It's likely that it was never outright stated due to Ares' ongoing lust and sexual involvement with Xena. While the true mythical Greek pantheon was hardly a stranger to incestuous relations, that sort of thing is heavily frowned upon on network television, and a show where Xena is constantly pursued, hit on, and lusted after by her own father would quickly get the studio into a lot of hot water.
* FatalFlaw: Her willingness to sacrifice herself to save others.
* GuileHeroine: Is notorious for her cunning.
* TheHeroine: Obviously, see the title.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the finale. Xena's quest for redemption ends when she sacrifices herself to kill the Japanese demon Yodoshi, which is holding the souls of the dead. Xena fights a Japanese army by herself and they kill her. Xena, now a spirit, fights and kills Yodoshi. Xena decides to stay dead so the souls of the 40,000 she (accidentally) killed years ago can be released into a state of peace.]]
* HellBentForLeather: This ''is'' Lucy Lawless of course...
* InvincibleHero: Xena, while supposedly a regular mortal (questions about her true father aside), is pretty much unbeatable. She has defeated entire armies on her own along with war gods, archangels, and demons in direct battle despite their vastly superior strength. Any time she meets an enemy she cannot directly defeat she either acquires [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new powers, skills, or weapons]] that allow her to triumph or her enemies [[ForgotAboutHisPowers conveniently forget about the powers]] that would let them easily defeat a mortal.
* {{Kiai}}: Xena never leaps into battle without letting out a piercing cry of "LILILILILILIIIIIII!".
* LadyLegionnaireWear: Tends to have these in her outfits.
* LadyOfWar: ''Warrior Princess.''
* LoveRedeems: Her falling for Hercules led to her starting a new life.
* MamaBear: Very protective of [[spoiler: of her son Solan. Not to mention she fought and killed GODS to protect Eve.]]
* MsFanservice: She's an athletic and stunning woman who [[SleevesAreForWimps never wear sleeves]] and her clothes very often have her [[SheSGotLegs legs revealed]]. And, of course, Lucy Lawless is not bad...
* NotSoDifferent: From Zeus, of all beings. An immaculate conception pregnancy with a child prophesied to herald the One God of Light that is supposed to destroy the current world order in favor of a new one. A baby that people attempt to murder to prevent the destruction it is supposed to bring about. This description matches the circumstances around both the births of Gabrielle's child in season 3 and Gabrielle's child in season 5. Xena tried to kill the baby in season 3 and Zeus tries to kill Xena's baby for the same reasons.
* OurHeroIsDead: A few times...
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Her chakram.
* RousseauWasRight: Though once a brutal warlord, she only raised an army in the first place to protect her home village from raiders. The death of her younger brother and then Caesar's betrayal helped push her over the edge.
* ShamuFu: Many times. Including that one time she defeated a whole army with it...
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: How Xena first became a warlord.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her on-and-off romance with Hercules. You would think it's because AllAmazonsWantHercules, but it's because he helped her see the error of her ways of got her to start her path to redemption.
* StatuesqueStunner: Xena, of course, is a tall bit of sexy.
* StealthHiBye: She's like the female version of Batman!
* TheStrategist: She is an honestly ''brilliant'' military commander and strategist. There is a ''very'' good reason why she got the title "Destroyer Of Nations" and why in just ten years she became one of the most formidable warlords of all time.
* TragicHero: [[spoiler:She dies because she couldn't overcome her FatalFlaw.]]
* WhipItGood: Just one of the many weapons wielded by her.

!!Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor)
[[caption-width-right:308:''"You've got to take me with you! Teach me everything you know"''.]]
->''"The world belongs to men, only because we let them."''

Xena's best friend, sidekick and chronicler.

%%* AbsenteeActor
* ActionGirl: In later seasons.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Gabrielle goes from a mousy wannabe bard to a [[SaiGuy sai wielding]] ActionGirl over the course of the series, inciting a [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9hf7fzhxn1qbg38lo1_500.jpg very]] [[http://www.xena.nu/gabrielle35.JPG dramatic]] change in retrospect.
* BadassBookworm: Gabrielle is a bard by profession, always writing stories. As the series progresses, she goes from innocent non-combatant to a highly skilled fighter in her own right who earns the FanNickname "The Battling Bard of Potidaea".
* BoyishShortHair: Seasons 4, 5 and 6. She is a perfect example, with her [[AdrenalineMakeover impromptu haircut]] being a symbolic conclusion to her ComingOfAgeStory, and of her maturing from being Xena's young sidekick and protege, to a mature, independent, ''strong'' woman, and fighter, with skills on par with Xena's own.
* BreakTheCutie: Gabrielle gets quite jaded at various points, thanks to all the plots that revolve around her life going terribly.
* CartwrightCurse: Gabrielle has the ''worst'' luck with men. All her male love interests end up either dead or disappeared by the end of the episode.
%%* TheChick
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: "Sacrifice 2"]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: While serving as Joxer's sidekick.
* TheLancer: In later seasons.
* MoralityPet: She plays this role for Xena.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gabrielle does this once per episode early on. Of course, her biggest example in this regard is [[spoiler: letting Hope live and lying to Xena about killing her.]] Lots of consequences there.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: Season 2.
* [[SaiGuy Sai Gal]]: Seasons Five and Six.
* TechnicalPacifist: Gabrielle has no problem whacking people with her staff, [[ThouShaltNotKill but refuses to kill]]. For the first few seasons, anyway. Becomes an ActualPacifist briefly after she and Xena travel to India in the fourth season.
* ThouShallNotKill: Not until the end of season 4 that she learned she always can't stick to this rule. And then she just threw the rule away altogether and started killing people left and right. (There's not really a good justification for this other than that she found pacifism too hard.)
* TookALevelInBadass: Her earliest costume was a very modest dress while later episodes had her with a green midriff revealing top and a skirt with her fighting staff. And later a more revealing costume, shorter hair, and a pair of sais. Ares himself tells her when she tries to hunt him that when she first met she couldn't even pick up a blade.
* WanderingMinstrel: Gabrielle becomes a wandering bard for a while, before becoming ActionGirl Jr.
%%* WarriorPoet
* WeaponOfChoice: Her staff, and (in later seasons) her sais.
* WideEyedIdealist: Her naivete combined with an unbending righteousness leads her to rash though well-intentioned action.

!!Joxer the Mighty (Ted Raimi)
->''"Joxer the Mighty, he roams through the countryside...''
->''"Oh, that song again! I can't get it out of my head! The meter is awful!''

HarmlessVillain turned HeroicWannabe, Joxer is one of Xena and Gabrielle's best and most trusted friends.

* AccidentalMurder: "The Convert" sees him score his first kill ever. It was a complete fluke and against a notorious warlord, but he still feels disgusted with himself.
* ButtMonkey: Exhibit A: In a SpotTheImposter episode his friends identified him because he was hanging from a wall by his underpants.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Gabrielle.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Meg after the time skip]]
%%* HeroicWannabe
* IJustWantToBeBadass: He really wants to be a mighty warrior like Xena. Aphrodite even grants his wish in one episode.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: killed by Eve/Livia]].
* LethalChef: Referenced in several episodes, especially "Takes One to Know One," when trying to solve a murder of a bounty hunter [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Xena, Gabrielle, their friends and family]] thinks that Gabrielle may have killed her with Joxer's gravy recipe. [[spoiler:She didn't.]]
%%* MilesGloriosus
* PluckyComicRelief: No matter how hard or how often he tries to be TheLancer, the AntiHero, or the VillainProtagonist, poor man.
-->'''Joxer''': Now listen, I'm fierce, and I have a lust for blood. As a matter of fact, if a couple of days go by and I haven't shed some blood, I get ''very depressed.'' Blood and me go together like a horse and chariot! [[BloodBath I once bathed in a tub of blood]]! My nickname is Bloody Joxer!
-->'''Xena''': If you like blood so much? Keep talking.
* UndyingLoyalty: His defining trait. People routinely mock him for his bluster and sometimes idiocy, but he goes above and beyond for his friends. Most notably in "Forget Me Not" where he tried to help Gabrielle after she gave her memories.
* TheUnfavorite: Implied to be this in his family, since his father was a warlord and his brother is a skilled assassin, while Joxer himself isn't much of a warrior. Even his CampGay other brother who works as a singer got more respect (although at least he's good at his chosen profession...).
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Autolycus, though the insults largely only come from the King of Thieves.

!!Autolycus (Creator/BruceCampbell)

The King of Thieves.

* AdaptationDistillation: In the original myth, Autolycus was the son of Hermes, messenger of the gods, which would grant him a degree of [[DivineParentage Divine Parentage]]. This is never touched upon in the show, though it would explain his speed and agility if it were the basis of his character. Amusingly, in one ''Hercules'' episode, Autolycus disguises himself as a statue of Hermes.
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}: He's played by Creator/BruceCampbell. So, snark is inevitable.
* EscapeArtist: Autolycus can wiggle his way out of any form of restraints and pick virtually any lock. He takes a lot of pride in this. He even admits that he lets himself be caught sometimes just so he can break free later and enhance this reputation. The closest anyone came to actually capturing him was Hercules, and Autolycus still managed to repeatedly undo the restraints.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Never steals from anyone that can't afford to lose it. He once demanded that a poor community pay a large amount for his services, but then he secretly gave it back to them when the mission was done.
* FireForgedFriends: With Iolaus. Their first meeting was Autolycus leaving Iolaus to deal with the fallout of a robbery, which nearly got him executed. They're not pleased to run into each other a couple years later, but they develop an understanding after overcoming adventures involving [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a vicious hunter, Ares, and a giant chicken]].
-->'''Autolycus:''' ''[thinking he's soon to die]'' Iolaus, we've always been the best of friends.\\
'''Iolaus:''' [[LampshadeHanging No, we haven't.]]
* FreudianExcuse: In his first appearance, he explains to Hercules why he's a thief.
-->"A bloated merchant from Cyros tricked my brother, Malachis, out of his land. And when Malachis protested, the merchant had him killed. And the-powers-that-be did nothing about it. So, I delivered my own justice. I robbed that merchant, and I gave every dinar he had to the sick, the hungry, the poor. The merchant became a pauper. And, well, I became an outlaw...but not just any outlaw, either."
%%* GentlemanThief
* GoldFever: Zig-Zagged. He's a thief that loves dinars, gold, jewels, and anything else of value. There are times when he knows to avoid robbing people like warlords, but his compulsion has also caused him to steal from gods or cursed objects under the belief it wouldn't come back to bite him.
-->'''Hercules:''' You didn't have to steal it in the first place.\\
'''Autolycus:''' Don't ya see, man?! I've got a problem! It's a sickness. If I were the last man on Earth, I'd steal from myself.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* JerkassFacade: Constantly. Nicely summed up by Xena during "The Quest":
-->"You often don't let people see who you really are. I was in there. I know. For all your bluster, Autolycus, you're a nice person."
* LoveableRogue: Made more lovable by being played by Creator/BruceCampbell himself.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In "Tsunami," he allowed himself to be captured and sentenced to hard labor, so he could rob a diamond mine. Gabrielle saw him boarding the prison ship and tried to help him, which in turn brought Xena aboard. The ship is soon capsized by a tsunami and sinking, leaving Autolycus feeling very guilty about endangering his friends.
* ParentalAbandonment: His father died before he was born and his mother while he was a child, leaving his older brother to raise him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Autolycus prides himself on being the King of Thieves, but...
-->'''Autolycus:''' Ah, then you've heard of me.\\
'''Hercules:''' Not until today.
* UndyingLoyalty: For all his snarking and posturing, he's completely devoted to his friends.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Joxer and Salmoneus.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Mentioned by Xena under JerkassFacade, but also in "Tsunami":
-->'''Autolycus:''' Spare me, Xena. We both know what I am.\\
'''Gabrielle:''' What's that?\\
'''Autolycus:''' Someone who can let a friend walk straight into trouble all for the chance to steal a few lousy stones.\\
'''Xena:''' Well, excuse me, I must've mistaken you for a man who once risked his life to save mine.

!!Ephiny (Danielle Cormack)
Amazon Queen. Married the centaur Phantes, and is the mother of Xenon.

* ActionGirl: As you would expect of an Amazon.
%%* TheComicallySerious
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Averted. She dies quickly into "Endgame," but much of the episode revolves around the fallout of and reaction to her death.
* FantasticRacism: Like many Amazons, she positively despised Centaurs, but she learned to work past it.
-->"Phantes was once my sworn enemy. Then I learned forgiveness, and from that I learned love. I just hope my child grows up to live in a world free from your blind hatred."
* InterspeciesRomance: With Phantes.
* KilledOffForReal: Killed in battle by Brutus.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Danielle Cormack, a native Kiwi, chose to use her own accent for a show that largely employed New Zealand actors but had them use American accents (with varying success). It works well for her character.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In Season 2, Gabrielle places her in command of the tribe while she's away, but she still actively participates in fights. She actually dies while personally leading a patrol.
* WorthyOpponent: After killing her, Brutus refers to her as one of the best sword fighters he's ever come across.

!!Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings)
->''"Don't believe everything you hear about blondes.''

* AbsoluteCleavage: All of her "outfit".
* AscendedExtra: When Aphrodite first appeared, it was alongside Athena and Artemis. While those two made some scattered appearances in the different shows, Aphrodite was the real breakout. She is the second most frequently recurring character in the Xenaverse, after Ares. She appears in ten seasons across two shows; only Ares has appeared in more seasons.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CharacterDevelopment: In her first appearance in ''Hercules'', she's shown to be quite amoral, willing to start a war between two kingdoms so she could gain possession of the gold there. She was also willing to use her spells to age her own son's love interest because of how jealous she was that mortals considered Psyche more beautiful than her. However, by the episode "Reign of Terror", she eventually learns to start genuinely caring for others and even sheds tears over one mortal who was on the brink of death.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: She does quite well against Discord.
* DrivenByEnvy: Whenever she's an antagonist, it's purely for this reason.
** "The Green-Eyed Monster:" She plots against Psyche because everyone keeps saying how much more attractive the moral woman is than her.
** "For Him the Bell Tolls": She tries to break up an impending marriage because it would unite two kingdoms and cause some of her temples on the shared border to be torn down.
** "The Quill Is Mightier": Ares is able to manipulate her into taking action against Gabrielle by demonstrating that the bard's scrolls have made Xena more popular than her.
** "Fins, Femmes and Gems": She orchestrates the theft of the Mystic Diamond simply because she believes she alone should have such a prized object.
* DumbBlonde: Subverted. She's not into books, but whether on ''Hercules'' and ''Xena'', she is much smarter and conniving than she lets on.
-->'''Aphrodite:''' [[LampshadeHanging Hey, don't believe everything you hear about blondes.]]
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: In "Hercules" she manages to stop a huge brawl dead in its tracks simply by taking her top off. Herc thinks she's losing her touch if she has to get naked to do it.
* JerkassGods: Though she became more lovable after her first appearance.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: She and Ares becomes the only survivors of the "Twilight of the Olympian Gods", organized by Xena when the deities, under Athena's flag, join together to kill Eve. Aphrodite remains unconvinced that Eve will willingly destroy the deities, to the point where she sneaks Xena and Gabrielle into Olympus itself. After the Twilight of the Gods, Aphrodite becomes mentally unbalanced due to Ares losing his powers: Love must be balanced by War.]]
* LoveGoddess: Share this role with her son Cupid.
* MsFanservice: Invoked InUniverse (just watch her outfit). A beautiful blonde HotGoddess who wear always revealing outfit.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: While she acts ditzy and at times even clueless, she has demonstrated on several occasions that she's far more aware and calculating than she lets on. Hercules even calls her out on it at one point.
--> '''Hercules:''' I know you. You're smarter than you let on.
* OddFriendship: With Iolaus and Gabrielle.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:During her time with Caligula in "The God You Know."]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In "The Power," Hercules encounters Deon and learns he's the product of a one night stand Aphrodite had with a fisherman. According to Deon's father, Aphrodite disappeared the next day and returned months later to give him the child.
* ParentsAsPeople: From what we see of it, her relationship with Cupid is pretty strained. They love each other, but Aphrodite wasn't big on "the parenting thing" when Cupid was a child, and he grew up a tad resentful over being neglected. They also sometimes butt heads in regards to their jobs; Cupid being a true romantic, and Aphrodite being more cynical.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her main outfit is pink (a transparent pink) and, as the Goddess of Love, she is femininity personified.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Aphrodite often appears in a low-cut, short dress (see picture).
* TookALevelInKindness: Though she is originally introduced as a scheming goddess, devious and almost as uncaring as Ares, she quickly evolves into a more benevolent fun-loving character, though still prone to mood swings.
%%* TotallyRadical
* ValleyGirl: Seems to be the inspiration for her voice and speech patterns.
* UglyGuyHotWife: She falls for Hephaestus, the supposedly ugly god, because he sees her as more than a sex object.

!!M'Lila (Ebonie Smith)
A runaway slave from Gaul who ends up on Xena's pirate ship at the same time as UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. She becomes the first of several of Xena's mentors.

* {{Foreshadowing}}: The little girl at the beginning of "Destiny" has a necklace like M'Lila's, and appears to speak the same language as M'Lila.
* LanguageBarrier: She only speaks Gaelic, which Xena can't understand, and communicates largely with gestures. They become friends nonetheless [[spoiler:and M'Lila takes an arrow for Xena, unwittingly fueling her vengeance.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Although she isn't older than Xena, she is still the first of several characters from Xena's past who helped shape the Warrior Princess we know today, and her death at the hands of Roman soldiers sent to apprehend them is the final straw that sets Xena on the path of darkness.
--> Xena: “You’ll be dead in thirty seconds. But know this - you won’t be the last. Tell Hades to prepare himself. A new Xena is born tonight - with a new purpose in life - death.”
%%* PosthumousCharacter
* PressurePoint: M'Lila teaches Xena "the pinch," her signature move which cuts off the flow of blood to a victim's brain, leaving them thirty seconds to live.

!!Borias (Creator/MartonCsokas)
Warlord with whom Xena rode prior to her first appearance in ''Hercules''. [[spoiler:Father of their son Solan]]

* DisappearedDad: He died the night Solan was born.[[spoiler:He also left his wife and son for Xena back when he first met her.]]
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Warlords Have Standards]]: Prevented Xena from killing a young Amazon, Otere.
%%* NobleDemon
* PosthumousCharacter: He's been dead for ten years by the time we first hear his name.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He is remembered as a hero by every Centaur on earth after allying with them [[spoiler: against Xena]].

!!Lao Ma (Jacqueline Kim)
One of Xena's mentors, and the first person to attempt to turn her back to good during her warlord days. She is the wife of Creator/{{Laozi}} and according to the Xenaverse, she is the real author of the Daodejing.

%%* ActionGirl
* CursedWithAwesome / BlessedWithSuck: Lao Ma herself says this, "I have been blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see into the souls of others. You don't know it yet, Xena, but you're a remarkable woman, capable of greatness."
* CulturedBadass: She acts humbly and properly, but she can take you down if necessary.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: At a meeting with Borias and Xena, it seems like Lao Ma is flirting with Borias. Then, as she reaches for a dish on the table, Xena throws a knife at her hand.
--> '''Xena''': That's ''my'' piece of meat you're reaching for.
--> '''Lao Ma''': You're wrong. I don't eat meat. (Reaches for vegetarian dish.)
%%* DragonLady:
* MamaBear: Even when he's going to kill her, she won't attack her son. He uses this to his advantage. She also sends her young daughters away so they will be safe from their brother.
* MissingMom: Is this to Ming T'ien, and K'ao Hsin and Pao Ssu.
%%* MentorOccupationalHazard
* OpposedMentors: With Alti, though Xena only meets Alti after she's left Lao Ma.
%%* PosthumousCharacter
* PrettyInMink: Has a red gown with dark fur trim and fur hat.
* SilkHidingSteel
-->Soft as water, hard as the raging flood.
* ThanatosGambit: Before her death she sends a cryptic message to Xena, knowing Xena would return to Qin to make things right.
* UnderwaterKiss: With Xena, when Xena was hiding from Ming Tzu in Lao Ma's bathtub, to give her enough air to stay hidden.

!!Eli ([[Series/{{Psych}} Timothy Omundson]])
Former street magician turned miracle worker.

* TheChosenOne: As a Devi, and an Avatar.
* LooksLikeJesus: He is the Jesus version of Xena universe.
* DespairEventHorizon: When Xena and Gabrielle [[spoiler:are crucified.]]
* HealingHands: He brings [[spoiler:Gabrielle and Xena]] back from the dead with them.
* {{Pacifist}}: ActualPacifist after he becomes the messenger of the One God.
%%* RefusalOfTheCall
%%* ThanatosGambit

!!Amarice ([[Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}} Jennifer Sky]])
A plucky young Amazon introduced near the end of season 4.

* CatchPhrase: "In my tribe..."
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Amarice, who had been Xena and Gabrielle's companion for a good run of episodes earlier that season, was unceremoniously [[spoiler: killed offscreen during the teaser for the episode "Lifeblood"]].
%%* DualWielding: Fights with a sword and dagger
%%* FieryRedhead
* {{Foil}}: She was originally created to be one to Gabrielle. Both meet Xena while being young and in awe of her, but whereas Gabrielle couldn't fight and relied on her wits, Amarice is a hothead who's seen combat and is always eager to kick some butt.
%%* HotBlooded
* PutOnABus: "Them Bones, Them Bones" ends with her staying with the northern tribe of Amazons from the "Adventures in the Sin Trade" two-parter. [[spoiler: She didn’t come back]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Amarice was reportedly going to stick around longer in at least five more episodes, but then ''Cleopatra 2525'' got going, so she had to be written out.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Towards Arman.

!!Meg (Creator/LucyLawless)
Barmaid and Xena lookalike. Hijinks ensue when Meg impersonates Xena or [[{{Doppelganger}} their other lookalikes Princess Diana and Leah the Hestian Virgin]].

* ADayInTheLimelight: "Key To The Kingdom." Instead of just being a pawn in someone else's plot, she instigates the story and reveals a lot about what she wants out of life.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Meg and the girls in her brothel are portrayed as such.
* [[{{Fangirl}} Fangirls]]: To Joxer the Mighty, of all people.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Joxer after the time skip.]]
* HiddenDepths: A BookDumb tramp who actually longs for a healthy relationship and a family.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* IWasQuiteALooker: She aged badly.
-->'''Gabrielle:''' (to Xena) I'd lay off the beans, if I were you.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Does so for Ares' [[spoiler:bachelor party]], dressed only in whipped cream. He is amused until he learns she's not actually Xena.
* {{Malaproper}}: Refers to Xena's chakram as a "shamrock."
* [[MissingMom Missing Dad]]: He died in childbirth. Well, he got drunk and fell off the roof while she was being born.
* MistakenIdentity: Every episode in which she features.
* PutOnABus: After Joxer [[spoiler:dies]].
* SlobsVersusSnobs: When disguised as Princess Diana, or as Leah, the High Priestess of Hestia, Meg doesn't always put on a good show as a lady of good breeding.

!!Minya (Alison Wall)
An ordinary woman who dreams of being a warrior like Xena.

%%* BigBeautifulWoman
* {{Fangirl}}: To Xena.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Particularly horses. She was suspected of killing Ravenica in "Takes One to Know One" because of the bounty hunter's notorious treatment of horses.
* HellBentForLeather: She tries to pull it off, but can't quite match Xena for {{Fanservice}}. Not that her boyfriend Hower was complaining once he saw Minya in her leather.
* HideYourLesbians: Possibly. She says at the end of "The Play's The Thing" that she's a "''thespian,''" but it's a bit hard to hear, and she might be saying something else entirely. It certainly sounds like a confession of a different sort, especially as she says fellow female cast member Pollina helped her to come to this realization.
--> '''Minya''': "The two of you made me realise something deep down inside myself that I guess I always knew but I didn’t dare admit. I’m a ''thespian''."
** Lampshaded by Gabrielle wanting to make sure Minya said "thespian" and not something else.
* PluckyComicRelief: If Minya's there, it's probably a light-hearted episode.
* PutOnABus: Never seen or heard from again after Season 4.
* ShoutOut: Her character is a shout out to the fans themselves.

!!Cyrene (Darien Takle)
Xena's Mother, who runs a tavern in Amphipolis.

* ActionMom: She takes on Athena to protect Xena and her granddaughter.
* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarrassing Mother]]: Xena certainly thinks so when Cyrene places an ad around town for a husband for Xena when she finds out [[spoiler:Xena is pregnant.]]
* BurnTheWitch: [[spoiler:Cyrene is burned at the stake when the villagers think she is a witch.]]
* MamaBear: Killed her own husband to protect Xena when she was young.
* ParentalFavoritism: Spent years estranged from Xena after the death of Lyceus because Cyrene blamed Xena for his death. She never mentions Toris, Xena's other brother. Then again, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome no one else does either.]]

Caesar's nephew and future Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}. He was just a boy when Xena met him. He adopted Eve when her mother was presumed dead [[{{Squick}} and later tries to marry her.]]

* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: His regal toga is [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld an American flag]].
* TheEmperor: What he is fated to become for Rome.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He is a real-life figure, though better known by his name Augustus.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Despite his very infamous nature as a manipulative chessmaster, he is portrayed in a very positive light in this series becoming a surrogate father for Xena's daughter.

!!Eve/Livia (Adrienne Wilkinson)
Xena's daughter chosen to be the new messenger of the god of Love. Her birth heralded the Twilight of the Olympians so Xena faked her and Eve's death. Eve, as Livia, was raised by Octavius to become Rome's most powerful warrior.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Was this to Xena before her HeelFaceTurn.
%%* TheAtoner
* TheButcher: One of her monikers.
* {{Chickification}}: When she embraced the Way of Love.
* [[NoManOfWomanBorn Child Of No Father Born]]: A child born of no father was prophesied by the Fates to bring about the Twilight of the Gods. Eve was conceived by Callisto's spirit to be a vessel of her reincarnation.
%%* TheChosenOne
* DarkActionGirl: Before she became an ActualPacifist she was absolutely ruthless. [[spoiler: Justified given that she's a sort of reincarnation of Callisto.]]
* DeusExMachina: Her HeelFaceTurn was literally an act of divine intervention.
%%* GenerationXerox
* HasTwoMommies: Pointed out in "Motherhood".
-->'''Gabrielle''': We saved your daughter.
-->'''Xena''': No. We saved ''our'' daughter.
** Also in a very literal sense, since [[spoiler: angel Callisto impregnated Xena as a way to atone for killing Solan, resulting in Eve.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: As mentioned above, she becomes a freaking ''angel'.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter - Augustus' empress was named Livia.
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: in the episode "Antony and Cleopatra"
-->'''Gabrielle''': I wish Eve could see this.
-->'''Xena''': She's better off with my mother in Alexandria.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Xena and Gabrielle go to [[HumanPopsicle sleep for thirty years in coffins of ice]] and awake to find Eve has aged to adulthood.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Callisto. Justified in that her reincarnated soul is Callisto's.
* TykeBomb: Thanks to Xena and Gabrielle being in a magical sleep for decades she was functionally raised by [[spoiler: Ares]]
* WifeHusbandry: Augustus tried to marry her but she felt no love because he hardly spent time with her. Plus the squicky factor...

!!Ares (Kevin Tod Smith)
-> ''"Since time began, it has been warriors who have shaped the world."''

%%* BadassBiker: In the 21st century.
%%* BattleCouple: With Xena.
%%* BelligerentSexualTension: With Xena.
* BroughtDownToNormal: But never permanent.
** In-between "Intimate Stranger" and "Ten Little Warlords," his godhood is stolen from him by Sisyphus, and he struggles to get along.
** Gabrielle accidentally does this to him in "The Quill Is Mightier..." (though he handles it much better than Aphrodite).
** Over on ''Hercules'', Dahak entering the world and coming to Greece affects all of the Olympians. Ares demonstrates a little bit of power here and there, but he's severely weakened and slowly loses what little ability he has.
** At the end of Season 5, he sacrifices his godhood to revive Gabrielle and Eve. This one stuck the longest, as it's not until halfway through Season 6 that the god of war makes a comeback.
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** His relationship with Discord is a textbook case of writers trying to avoid discussing this trope. The two have an openly sexual relationship on ''Hercules'', but her relation is never stated onscreen there. On ''Young Hercules'', they are confirmed to be siblings, but due to the younger target audience, their relationship is strictly business and nothing more.
** Amusing averted in "The God You Know" with Aphrodite. She goes nuts and is hitting on various men, including Ares. He is not happy about it.
* TheCorrupter: He often attempts to lure Xena away from her quest with Gabrielle, to join him as his Warrior Queen. He offers her huge armies and historic victories, great wealth and great power, and in later seasons his love -- offers which she consistently rejects despite being sometimes tempted.
* CreateYourOwnHero: In the ''Series/YoungHercules'' PilotMovie, Herc was far more interested in meeting Zeus than performing any heroics. Then Ares attempted a takeover of Corinth and harmed his friends, so Hercules discovered his true purpose.
* DatingCatwoman: With Xena. He often flirts with her, though she always rebuffs him. By Season 5, he found that he sincerely loved her.
* DrivenByEnvy: Noticing his half-brother gaining the love of their father Zeus, Ares has hated Hercules since he was a boy and has tried repeatedly to kill his younger brother. Discord once remarked that he'll spend hours trying to think of ways to kill Hercules, saying "It's his favorite topic."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his first few appearances on Hercules he was more of a general GodOfEvil who liked to build murder cults to himself and usually acted through intermediaries or possessed corpses. The first time he was shown as personally present he looked like a giant animate suit of armor with glowing eyes, and his influence was usually shown by just a skull over the moon. Kevin Tod Smith didn't even get the part until season 3 of Hercules/ season 1 of Xena.
* EvilMentor: Prides himself in making Xena what she is.
* FreudianExcuse: He says that everything he ever learned about evil and greed he learned from Hera. He's appreciative of that.
* GracefulLoser: He often congratulates Xena when she gets the better of him (most notably in "The Reckoning"). This does not extend to others, though, especially Hercules.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Despite treating him as his own personal ButtMonkey, Ares was devastated when his nephew Strife was killed by Callisto.
-->"He wasn't so bad. He-he tried real hard. He was just no good at his job." ''(to Callisto)'' "You didn't have to do this!"
%%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HellBentForLeather: His own attire. He also considers Xena's leather outfit to be sexy.
* IGaveMyWord: If you can get Ares to agree to something unconditionally, he will honor it regardless of the consequences. This was demonstrated in "The Reckoning" and "The Dirty Half Dozen."
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Ares' attraction to Xena during her warlord days and disappointment when she became a hero.
%%* KarmaHoudini
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: At least for when he temporarily sided with Dahak. At the time, the worst he suffered was some lost pride, and he escapes with no consequences. However, when Dahak later manages to enter the world, Ares suffers power failure, finds himself hunted by Dahak's cultists, and has to rely on Hercules of all people to save him.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: He and Aphrodite becomes the only survivors of the "Twilight of the Olympian Gods", organized by Xena when the deities, under Athena's flag, join together to kill Eve.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:He has been in love with Xena for a long time, but instead of confessing to her, he's so terrified of rejection that he constantly invents [[BondVillainStupidity stupid plans]] to try to ''force'' her to be with him. Considering that he was ''born'' to be a war god and that ''that'' is his innate nature, it is understandable that this would be the way he would try to court her, but this is possibly the ''worst'' way to approach Xena. Nevertheless, he does in the end sacrifice his godhood and his own future for her]].
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* PlayingWithFire: Ares has the power to control and manipulate fire by throwing it from his hands as well as creating Fire balls or just by looking at the target he wants to incinerate.
* ReallyGetsAround: As is expected of the gods, Ares has associations with a lot of women, some overt, some implied. Among his count are Xena, Callisto, Nemesis, Hope, Aphrodite (their son together is Cupid), Discord, Eve, the Furies, and he's implied more than once to have a thing for Gabrielle.
* SealedEvilInACan: He made it to the 20th-21st century.
* TheUnfavorite: Out of all of Zeus' children. It generally doesn't bother him, but the idea that Hercules (a half-mortal) is Zeus' favorite angers him to no end.
%%* WarGod
* WeWillMeetAgain: No matter the show, he will do this almost every single time he appears.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers Xena to be one. He often speaks of his regard for her talents, even as she's about to foil his plans.

!!Callisto (Hudson Leick)

Former Xena victim now bent on her destruction. Becomes an angel in season 5 thanks to Xena.

* AllForNothing: As said to Xena in "Maternal Instincts":
-->"You don't seem to get it, do you? You've won. All these years I've spent living to destroy you--thinking that only if I could give you the same pain that you gave me, I'd be rid of it and life would go on. And then I do and nothing changes. I don't feel better, just empty. So, you let me go, Xena. You can't win this battle. You've already won the war."
* AndIMustScream: After she [[spoiler: dies the first time]], Callisto's existence boils down to this. She is so consumed with hate for Xena killing her family that she can't find peace even in death. In "Intimate Stranger" (as well as "Surprise" from ''HTLJ'' ), her version of Tartarus is being confronted with her guilt and screaming in agony. It gets worse when she realizes there is nothing she can do to Xena to make her feel the same way.
* AnnoyingArrows: Provides the picture for this trope, from "Maternal Instincts".
* ArchEnemy: To Xena.
* AxCrazy: She's incredibly bloodthirsty, incredibly sadistic, and frequently fights with a manic grin on her face. Just look at her!
* BadassNormal: When first introduced.
* BattleCry: She can let out a rather impressive, guttural one.
* BigBad: One of the most recurring villains on the show, and one of the only ones to pose a serious threat to Xena.
* ChainmailBikini: Her regular outfit.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Xena apparently obliviously did this to her, though this is before Xena's HeelFaceTurn. Callisto believes that until she becomes a goddess and goes back in time to the day her parents were killed. It turns out that the future Callisto was the one who murdered her own parents, but her dazed past self assumed Xena was to blame. Given the chance to undo her past, after an accident she instead made sure it happened, making it clear that one more NeverMyFault villain actually is the way she is by choice. She took her mother and her younger self into a barn to protect them. When he father (thinking that the strange woman is one of Xena's {{Mook}}s) tries to attack her from behind, she throws a dagger at him without looking. Realizing that she can't change the past, she reluctantly incinerates her own mother with a fireball. In a last-ditch effort, she tries to kill her younger self by setting the barn on fire, but the girl is saved, swearing vengeance against Xena. [[spoiler: Although then, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Iolaus manages to save Alcmene, thus foiling Callisto's mission,]] meaning that she never got sent back in time, never accidentally killed her parents, and it's still Xena's army's doing]].
* DarkActionGirl: Obvious since she is the Xena's EvilCounterpart.
* DeathSeeker: Outright stated several times. When Velasca asks her if she has a death wish, she replies, "You know, it's funny, I think I do." Later, in "Sacrifice", she requests that Hope kill her in exchange for her help--saying she wants total oblivion instead of going to an afterlife. It's also implied that she hopes for Xena to kill her almost as much as she wants to make Xena suffer; even though Xena grants her wish [[DeathIsCheap a couple of times]], [[BackFromTheDead it rarely sticks]].
* DemotedToDragon: Defied during those occasions she works with Ares ("Intimate Stranger" and the "Armageddon Now" two-parter). She has no intention of following orders or wants to usurp his position; she just sees him as a means to fulfill her goals of revenge against Xena or easing her own pain.
-->'''Ares:''' This was not my plan.\\
'''Callisto:''' Funny, it was always mine.
* DespairEventHorizon: she reaches this early on and then ''keeps on going.''
* TheDragon: First to Hope, then Mephistopheles.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: She really couldn't care less about the goals of Hope or Mephistopheles; she only sees them as means to getting what she wants (death and revenge, respectively). She even splits from Hope because it's taking too long for her to get her reward.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:After eating ambrosia]]
* TheFaceless: During her first appearance ("The Greater Good").
* TheFool: In "The Bitter Suite" (which was ''bleeding'' Tarot imagery) Callisto dresses up like this.
* FreakyFridayFlip: With Xena during "Intimate Stranger" and "Ten Little Warlords".
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Callisto worked with Xena almost as often as she worked against her. Xena and Gabrielle, however, were never under the impression that Callisto wouldn't betray them. Xena was so sure of it, she once based her entire plan to save Gabrielle's life on Callisto's imminent betrayal.
* HeelFaceTurn: In an unusual twist, she only pulls this during her afterlife.
* HellBentForLeather: Her regular outfit.
* HobbesWasRight: During a ''Hercules'' crossover, Callisto feels that all mortals are wicked and should be punished.
* InNameOnly: Other than both being goddesses, she and the mythological Callisto have nothing in common.
* KnightOfCerebus: Every episode she appears is unlikely to have any campy or light-hearted moments.
* LaughingMad: She is almost always seen with a huge smile on her face, often giggling with evil glee as well.
* LightIsNotGood: She appears in "The Ides of March" as a WomanInWhite in order to contrast her appearance and evil goals.
* MsFanservice: Her regular outfit is more fanservicey than Xena.
* NeverMyFault: While Xena's army did kill her family and ruined her life, she refuses to take responsibility for murdering countless innocent people as part of her quest for revenge. Even her own mother's spirit told her that these people didn't need to die.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Her status in the divine hierarchy changed more often than any other character on the show; she had been a mortal, immortal, goddess, demon, archdemon, ''and'' angel.
* PlayingWithFire: As a [[spoiler: Goddess]].
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: After eating ambrosia]].
* PsychoForHire: Often enemies of Hercules or Xena will try to use her to their ends, and she goes along with it in the hope that causing Xena the same crushing agony that she experiences will stop it.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: Callisto has some very girlish mannerisms, such as her sing-song tone of voice, her giggling almost constantly over her evil plans, her swift mood swings, her screaming battle cry which sounds oddly like a child throwing a temper tantrum, her constant efforts to get Xena's attention, her avoidance of intoxicants, sex, and love... Justified, since her DespairEventHorizon (losing her family to Xena's army) happened when she was a girl.
* PyroManiac: She has a horrible obsession with fire. A very unhealthy [[FreudianExcuse albeit justified]] one.
* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler:The look on Callisto's face after Xena has given her Light and Gabrielle tells her about her horrific crimes is, in itself a BreakTheCutie moment. She looks absolutely heartbroken.]]
%%* ScreamingWarrior
* SlasherSmile: She can pull these quite nicely, befitting her AxCrazy nature.
* SealedEvilInACan: Callisto has been contained and restrained a few times, but always manages to find a way to break free whether on her own or with some asistance:
** After her first death, she is sent to Tartarus and asks Ares to let her invade Xena's dreams and take over her body, but is defeated and returned to her proper body.
** In the first Hercules crossover, she works out a deal with Hera to escape from Tartarus and kill Hercules to get immortality. Callisto does get immortality regardless by manipulating Hercules into taking her to the Tree of Life, where she eats one of its golden apples and gains immortality, but Hercules manages to leave her trapped seemingly forever in The Labyrinth.
** In "A Necessary Evil", Xena is forced to work with Callisto to fight the rogue Amazon Velasca, who has eaten Ambrosia and become a goddess in her own right. Callisto later [[spoiler: eats some Ambrosia herself]] and does battle against Velasca while both stand on a bridge over a pit of lava. Xena promptly cuts down the bridge while both immortals fight and they plunge into the lava. At the end of the episode, the camera shows Callisto and Velasca have both [[TakenForGranite been petrified and encased in an eternal struggle by the lava]]. However, Callisto is eventually freed from this prison by [[AntagonisticOffspring Hope]] in "Maternal Instincts". Xena manages to imprison her yet again in a cave-in at a mine.
** In the second Hercules crossover, Hope releases Callisto from the mine and sends her to the past in order to destroy Hercules. After fixing a BadFuture created by time-travelling affairs, Hercules escapes the inter-dimensional pocket and throws Callisto in. She manages to escape eventually.
* TraumaCongaLine: She went through BreakTheCutie as a little girl and then the hits just kept on coming, with the hate, anger, and pain building to insane heights. She's a rather odd example in that all her attempts to ''stop'' the pain amount to her trying to harm others, and so she unintentionally instigates the events that cause her ''more'' pain. She ''does'' in fact get DrivenToMadness by the sheer agony and her emotional spectrum is so fractured that often she can't feel anything at all.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: With Hercules in the ''Hercules'' crossover.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: After dying the first time and being forced to face her guilt and self-hatred in Tartarus, she makes a deal with Hera to be alive again and gain immortality. Hercules warns her that immortality won't solve her problems, and he's quickly proven right. Callisto spends the better part of being immortal and a goddess as wanting to die.
%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* WouldHurtAChild: Callisto shows that she would right from the get-go, when she starts committing acts of terrorism in Xena's name.
--> '''Xena:''' I ''never'' killed women and children.
--> '''Callisto:''' [[WhamLine Well, you have now]].
** Taken a step further in "Surprise," where she taunts Hercules with this:
--->"If I go back to the Underworld, I won't be suffering alone. I'll find your children. Klonus, Aeson, and little Ilia, is it? And I'll dedicate eternity to making them suffer. After all, I got here, didn't I? I can get to them."

!! UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar (Creator/KarlUrban)
->''"If they are not under my control, then they are my enemies."''

* BackFromTheDead: He's killed off at the end of Season 4, but he escapes Tartarus in Season 6's "When Fates Collide" and alters history so that he never betrayed Xena.
* BigBad: He's the only historical character to pose a threat to Xena for several seasons.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Pointed out in "Endgame".
-->'''Brutus''': He wouldn't betray a friend.
-->'''Xena''': Pompey was a friend. And Crassus, wasn't he a friend, too? I was once a very good friend of his. But maybe you're special.
* TheEmperor: Though the Senate begged to differ.
* EvilVersusEvil: After Crassus was killed in Season 3, Caesar and Pompey spent Season 4 fighting a civil war to eliminate each other.
%%* GlorySeeker
%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: This take on him focuses on him being a power-hungry manipulator bent on elevating himself and eliminating possible threats.
* KilledOffForReal: A ForegoneConclusion, but an example nonetheless. He's killed by the Senate and Brutus before he can install himself as emperor.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Trumpet fanfare can be heard when he appears.
* LimaSyndrome: Xena fell in love with him when he was her captive.
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Ahead of a public execution, Xena managed to sneak Vercinix out and leave Crassus (unable to identify himself) to take his place. Caesar did actually recognize Crassus, but between needing to show off a big accomplishment to the people and Crassus being effortlessly captured by Xena in the first place, he let the execution proceed.

!!Velasca (Melinda Clarke)
->''"Where were you, Artemis, when the name Amazon became a joke told by old men in taverns?!"''

Amazon who battled Gabrielle to become Queen.

%%* DarkActionGirl
* EvilCounterpart: To Ephiny. Neither took Gabrielle's Right of Caste seriously, but Ephiny grew to respect her, while Velasca sees her as an obstacle and then her enemy.
%%* EvilRedhead
* MotiveDecay: Deconstructed through two appearances. She starts out wanting to take over the tribe, seeking to improve the Amazon Nation and bend it to her own vision. However, she grows to personally hate Gabrielle for opposing her and wrecking her standing. When she becomes a full god, she focuses on trying to kill Gabrielle instead of taking over the tribe or killing the Centaurs. Velasca even admits to Gabrielle that the Amazon Nation is dead and that she's going to instead remake the world itself instead of concern herself with Amazon matters.
* PhysicalGod: After eating ambrosia.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Why she destroyed the Temple of Artemis.
* RememberTheNewGuy: She was in exile during season 1.
* SelfMadeOrphan: She was adopted by Melosa, who she eventually killed.
* TheStarscream: Her backstory entails constantly fighting with her adopted mother and eventually killing her.

!!Alti (Claire Stansfield)
Former Amazon turned Shamaness.

* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Alti has the power to prematurely kill people by making them experience their death before it's supposed to happen.
* BigBad: As a villain whose power lies in the use of psychic powers, Alti posed a reasonable threat to Xena.
%%* {{Clairvoyance}}
* TheCorrupter: Manages to corrupt an already evil Xena.
%%* EvilMentor
%%* EvilSorceress
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* MadScientist: Becomes this in 2001.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: During their fight in "Adventures in the Sin Trade II," Alti attempts to break Xena with a vision of her and Gabrielle being crucified by the Romans.
-->'''Alti:''' Your little friend is dying with you, Xena. How does that make you feel?\\
'''Xena:''' Good.\\
'''Alti:''' [[OhCrap Good?]]\\
'''Xena:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner 'Cause if she's dying in my future, that means she's alive in my present!]]
* OpposedMentors:
** With Cyane, Queen of the Amazons. Cyane bests her in a mental showdown[[spoiler:, though Xena ultimately sides with Alti, and kills Cyane and the other Amazon leaders.]]
--->'''Cyane:''' Your choices are simple, Xena. Side with us and find life, or side with Alti and find death.
** Alti is also an opposed mentor to Lao Ma, though Xena only meets her after she leaves Lao Ma.
--->'''Alti:''' Your friend you told me about, Lao Ma, her powers come from denial, from self-sacrifice, from the light. That’s not for people like you and me. I wanna tap into the heart of darkness - the sheer, naked will behind all craving, hatred, and violence. I’ll become the face of death itself - capable of destroying not only a person’s body, but their soul. Help me, and I’ll make you ‘Destroyer of Nations’.
* PastLifeMemories: She uses memories of this life in her next life to fight Xena and Gabrielle in their next lives.
* PrecisionFStrike: B strike.
-->(To Gabrielle)''"Xena's little ''bitch''. Welcome to the doghouse."''

!!Hope (Renee O'Connor)
The evil child of Dahak and Gabrielle.

* AntiChrist: The daughter of a mortal woman and a GodOfEvil.
* TheChosenOne: Dahak's followers see her as his means of remaking the world. She's only too happy to take part.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Hope thought Gabrielle tried to kill her because she was closer to Dahak.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Hope truly loved both Dahak and the Destroyer. She also sincerely forgave Gabrielle for poisoning her, though that led to a swift response on Gabby's part.
* EvilCounterpart: To Hercules--being a powerful half-mortal that serves her full god father.
* EvilTwin: Sort of, since it's her mother she's identical to.
* FetusTerrible: She strangles one of the knights working with Xena and Gabrielle to protect her.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* MommyIssues: Resents Gabrielle for abandoning her, but also offers Gabrielle a chance to be in her life. Gabrielle responds with a pretty serious “Hell-to-the-No”.
-->'''Gabrielle:''' Hope...when I gave you that poison-\\
'''Hope:''' It’s okay, Mother, I forgive y-\\
'''Gabrielle:''' –I'm so sorry it didn't kill you.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: As an adult, Hope looks exactly like her mother, Gabrielle.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Her followers really believed she was good.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Several people try to kill her before she's even born and continue even afterward. Even her mother, Gabby, abandons and then attempts to kill her. Despite this, Hope is willing to forgive her mother and wants to be close with her. Gabby's not interested. To be fair, the reason is because not only did Hope kill someone in cold blood within an ''hour'' of being born, all that she is interested in is to kill and torture people. Yes, she wants Gabrielle to be close with her...so they can both take over the world and kill everyone within it. Her intrinsic nature is geared towards murder and torture, even though she knows that it is wrong and that not only would Gabrielle disapprove of her actions but that they cause great pain and suffering (she lied and manipulated Gabrielle of her own volition when she killed Solan and tried to pretend she was innocent). However, ''HER'' child could be considered the real WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

!!Draco (Jay Laga'aia)
->[[YouCantGoHomeAgain When I tried to go home, my father tried to kill me.]]

A warlord and old friend of Xena’s.

%%* AffablyEvil
* BadBoss: He kills a minion for failing him, though gives him a chance to fight.
%%* ChronicVillainy
* EvilCounterpart: He is Xena as a failed [[TheAtoner atoner]].
%%* IfICantHaveYou
* NiceHat: His feathered mohawk hat.
* YouWontFeelAThing: Speaking about Jokser: "I'll cut off his head so quickly, he won't feel a thing."
* VillainousCrush: On Gabrielle because of a love spell.
%%* WalkingShirtlessScene

!!Najara ([[Series/ColdCase Kathryn Morris]])
A “UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc”-esque character, and warrior zealot. She claims to hear the voices of "Jinn" and believes in reforming her enemies through "The Light".

%%* ApologeticAttacker
* DefeatMeansFriendship: She gives anyone she beats 3 days to turn to the Light, or she kills them.
* EvilCounterpart: She is like a reformed Xena minus a [[MoralityPet Gabrielle]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted. She claims to have changed after learning the teachings of Eli, but she didn't.
%%* KnightTemplar
%%* LightIsNotGood
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Whether the voices she hears are real or not.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* {{Yandere}}: To Gabrielle.

!!Athena (Paris Jefferson)
->''"I've poisoned your water supply. What will you give them when they're dying of thirst, love?"''

Goddess of wisdom and war. She took over leadership of the Olympians after [[spoiler: Zeus' death]].

* AdaptationalVillainy: While Athena could have been a [[GoodIsNotNice mean bitch]] in the myths, she was characterized as a mentor figure for several heroes. Here though, she becomes a FallenHeroine and ultimately turns into the BigBad after taking control of Olympus.
* AmbiguouslyGay: She is implied to be in a romantic relationship with her [[TheDragon favorite warrior Illanius]].
* AscendedExtra: She appeared once on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and once on ''Series/YoungHercules'', both times having fairly minor roles. However, in Season 5, she gets upgraded to a major villain.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She's every bit as vicious as Ares when necessary such as to protect her family.
* BlingOfWar: Her armor is solid gold, and her warriors dress in silver.
* ChainmailBikini: Her regular outfit.
* FaceHeelTurn: Before she took over the Olympians and started pursuing Xena, Athena was the only Olympian Xena admired.
-->"''[[VillainousBreakdown I will not be dictated to by a mortal!]]''"
* FallenHeroine: Originally beloved by mortals for her wisdow, after hearing about the Twilight of the Gods prophecy she went fullblown evil.
* HotLibrarian: In "The Apple" episode, she manifests herself in [[http://hercules-xena.wikia.com/wiki/File:Athena_apple.jpg this form]] to win a BeautyContest with her sisters Aphrodite and Artemis.
%%* LadyOfWar
* LightIsNotGood: Wears golden armor after her FaceHeelTurn.
* MsFanservice: Wears a Stripperific ChainmailBikini and during a BeautyContest she dresses like a HotLibrarian to gain the golden apple.
* NecessarilyEvil: Tried to kill Xena because of the prophecy that Xena's child would destroy the Olympians.
* NotSoAboveItAll:
** "The Apple": She really wants to beat her sisters in that beauty contest, so she offers to make Iolaus (who was the judge) the smartest man in the world.
** "Ares on Trial": Though a fair judge, she clearly delights at the chance to condemn Ares to Tartarus, and he calls her on it. Also, when it's revealed Strife and Discord framed Ares, she grants the war god's request that they be turned over to him for punishment.
* PetTheDog: The backstory to "Lost Mariner" features this. When Cecrops declared she won the contest for Athens, Poseidon cursed him with never being allowed on the land again. Athena granted Cecrops immortality to give him the time to figure out how to break the curse and gave him a clue.

!!Ming Tien
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Unknown to Xena, Ming Tien looked to her as his mentor. He saw his father, who was a pretty bad guy, as weak because of his concern for him.
%%* YellowPeril

!!Pao Ssu

One of Lao Ma's estranged daughters.

* CainAndAbel: with Khao Hsien
%%* DragonLady
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Once her identity is known, she switches from her qipao to the regalia of an empress
%%* EvilSorcerer
* PureIsNotGood: She masters Lao Ma's power because of her purity of hate.

->''[[ShutUpHannibal "Girl, I have seen death more times than I care to. You are either a fool or you don't know what you are talking about.]]''

Caesar's right hand man

* BlingOfWar: Wore silver armor
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Averted. He was unfailingly loyal to Caesar.
* HeroKiller: He killed Ephiny in battle.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The same Brutus from real life.
* KilledOffForReal: At the battle of Actium, at that.
* WideEyedIdealist: He sincerely believed Caesar was his friend and had Rome's best interests at heart.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After Pompey was killed, Caesar was poised to have complete control. He was going to give Brutus control of Gaul--not as a reward for his service, but because it'd be easier to have him killed if he was far away from Rome.

!!Bacchus (Anthony Ray Parker / Kevin Smith)
The Greek God of Debauchery.
* AdaptationalUgliness: A very exaggerated example since Bacchus (or Dionysius as he is better known among Greeks) tends to be either depicted as a PrettyBoy or as an middle-aged fat man. This version of him, on the other hand, is outright demonic.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While Bacchus could be quite the petty JerkAss in the Greek myths, he wasn't a diabolic monster like the one in this show who aimed to conquer the land with an army of vampires. Hell, he is in fact so hated by his own family that his servants are (initially) BarredFromTheAfterlife.
* AncientGrome: He is referred to by his Roman name rather than Dionysius, and his female servants are called Bacchae instead of Maenads.
* ArchEnemy: To the hero Orpheus, whom dedicated himself to destroy Bacchus and his minions.
* BackFromTheDead: Hercules was able to kill him during his teenage years in ''Series/YoungHercules'', but Bacchus returned to life sometime afterwards due to the fact only another Bacchae could kill him.
* BigRedDevil: Bacchus has blood-red skin and large curved horns.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Though not a big deal is made out of it, he is actually the first god ever killed in the series by Xena.
* TheEndOrIsIt: Every time he is killed, its unclear whether he will return or not next time. Even in his last appearance (chronologically the first one), its hinted that he may have survive but he never appeared alive again except on prequels.
* EvilerThanThou: Hades denounces him as "the biggest worm in the family."
* TheExile: He is effectively an outcast among the gods and his servants are barred from entering the Elysium fields.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Towards Eurydice in ''Young Hercules'', whom he tried to force to be his bride.
* TheHedonist: He is the God of Debauchery and just pure evil.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The only thing capable of permanently destroying him are his own servants, the Bacchae. So Xena allows Gabrielle to turn her into a Bacchae so she can deliver Bacchus the killing blow with a dryad bone.
* NoodleIncident: The battle between his cult and Xena's army.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: He is able to turn people into Bacchae - who are pretty much evil vampires.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: A retroactive example; Bacchus first appeared as a Xena enemy and died in his first episode, but its revealed in ''Series/YoungHercules'' that he used to fight regularly against Hercules in his early heroic career.
* TakeOverTheWorld: On ''Series/YoungHercules'', his ultimate goal is to gain enough followers to take over the mortal world.

!!Ilainus of Mycenea

Athena's champion.

%%* BlingOfWar
* EvilCounterpart: She is loyal to Athena as much as Xena used to be loyal to Ares.
%%* EvilRedhead
%%* SmugSNake