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[[caption-width-right:317:Xena and her [[HomoeroticSubtext li'l buddy]] Gabrielle]]
->''"[[InAWorld In a time]] of ancient Gods, Warlords, and Kings,\\
A land in turmoil cried out for a hero.\\
She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle.\\
The power.\\
The passion.\\
The danger.\\
Her courage will change the world."''
-->-- The '''OpeningNarration''', read by Creator/DonLaFontaine.

'''''Xena: Warrior Princess''''' starred Music/LucyLawless as an amazonian leather-clad [[ActionGirl warrior-woman]] fighting monsters while battling inner demons based on [[TheAtoner sins from her warlord past]]. Xena originated on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' as a WorthyOpponent to the title character, and became so popular with fans that [[{{Spinoff}} she got her own show]].

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.

Xena had many things in common with ''Hercules'', even sharing certain plot lines between the two series. The one main difference was that while Hercules was a bit [[TechnicalPacifist hesitant to kill]], Xena had no such qualms and would regularly kill enemies. The show was equal parts satire, dark drama and lowbrow comedy, often in completely nonsensical combinations. {{Anachronism|Stew}} was par for the course.

The series ran from 1995-2001, and at one point was the most popular show in the world, surpassing ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' for the title. Now has an [[Recap/XenaWarriorPrincess Episode Guide]] currently under construction.

The series also had several 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 an AlternateContinuity and a FixFic, [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring many of Season Five's plot developments and discarding the series finale entirely]].

Produced by Renaissance Pictures.

!!Additional Pages:
* [[Recap/XenaWarriorPrincess Episode Guide]]
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!!''Xena: Warrior Princess'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Xena calling Gabrielle "Mavis" in "The Furies".
* ActionDressRip
** In "The Xena Scrolls" in Season 2, which has Xena's identical descendant and Gabrielle's identical descendant in the nineteen forties, the reincarnated Xena does this, signaling the moment that she's being possessed by her ancestor and is about to kick serious ass.
** She also did this in episode 2, "Chariots of War".
** She also does it in "Warrior... Princess", when she is posing as Diana at the latter's wedding.
* ActingForTwo
** Three Xena look-alikes -- Princess Diana, barmaid Meg, and Virgin Priestess Leah -- show up through out the series.
** Gabrielle got one: [[spoiler:her grown-up FetusTerrible, Hope]].
** Also, Ted Raimi played Joxer ''and'' his two identical triplet brothers: assassin Jett and CampGay musician Jace).
** Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer also have multiple identical descendants, reincarnations and clones.
** Not to mention one episode that featured identical reincarnations of all three... but with Xena and Joxer switched (to enable Xena and Gabrielle to ''finally'' get a HappilyEverAfter).
*** A later episode also [[spoiler: switches Xena and Joxer back so Xena and Gabrielle are in love in their own bodies.]]
* ActionGirl: Lots of them in this series, though Xena is easily the iconic example.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Gabrielle's haircut in Season 4.
* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Aliens Speaking Greek]]: Xena travels the world, but never has any problems communicating with people. While one might initially assume that she's merely multilingual (she has many skills, after all), the fact that Gabrielle and even Joxer don't have language problems imply that everyone is actually speaking Greek.\\\
Semi-averted in that during classical period throughout much of the Mediterranean world, Greek was the common tongue. So much so that one variant, ''Koine'', is the Greek word for common. Of course once Xena and Gabrielle travel to Asia all bets are off.
* AerithAndBob: In a world full of traditional Greek names, we had the distinctly French and relatively normal-sounding Gabrielle (though it was originally a Hebrew name, derived from the masculine Gabriel).
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Averted? Parodied? Amazons have crushes on Joxer in ''Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire'' and ''Kindred Spirits'', and Joxer ain't Hercules. In fact, even when Hercules is around, so is his friend Iolaus who gets more female attention than Herc does.
** Say not so. Herc gets more women flirting with him. He's just not as eager to jump into a fling as Iolaus is. He's much too classy to have a babe of the week.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Or at least, according to Ares, every time he tries to seduce Xena.
* AlternateContinuity: The ''Xena'' comic series by Dynamite Entertainment [[CanonDiscontinuity takes place as if the series finale and the "Twilight of the Gods" arc never happened]].
* AlternateRealityEpisode: "Remember Nothing" (Xena never becomes a warlord) and "When Fates Collide" (Caesar & Xena rule Rome).
%%* AmbiguouslyGay: Xena and Gabrielle.
* AnachronismStew: Anteas (Abraham) almost-sacrifice of Ikiss (Isaac), the siege of Troy, the reign of Julius Caesar, and the birth of Christ all happening during the same three years. The Stew gets thicker in later seasons with such events as Octavius' rule of Rome, Cleopatra and Antony's affair, Katanas and the events depicted in the poem Beowulf.
** It even happens in-universe, as just a year after the aforementioned siege of Troy, Xena helps Odyssius get home, with reference even being made to how he's been trying to get there for ten years.
* AncientGreece / AncientRome: Yes, [[AnachronismStew at the same time]].
* AncientGrome: One episode was devoted to ''Theatre/{{Bacchae}}'', and thus featured Bacchus in a major role. As opposed to, say, Dionysus and his Maenads.
* AndThenThereWereNone: The plot of "Ten Little Warlords".
* AnnoyingArrows
** Callisto becomes a godly pin-cushion in "Maternal Instincts".
** [[spoiler:Xena]] also provides an example of this in the finale.
* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of the series, the only recurring supporting character who ''hadn't'' died was [[Creator/BruceCampbell Autolycus]]. Even the Olympian Gods... The ones confirmed to be killed by Xena and Hercules are [[spoiler:Zeus, Discord, Posiedon, Hades, Hephestus, Artemis, Athena and Deimos. The Furies and even ''[[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate the Fates]]'' were also killed.]]
** Salmoneus and Aphrodite didn't die either.
* ArchEnemy: For Callisto and Xena, ItsPersonal.
* ArchangelMichael: Recurring character in Season 5 and Season 6.
* ArrowCatch
** Commonly done by Xena, occasionally preformed by other characters.
** Gabrielle never caught an arrow during the show, but she did block one or two with her staff.
* AsLethalAsItNeedsToBe: Xena's chakram is the TropeCodifier. It killed enemies or knocked them out, according to RuleOfDrama. (Though it was always lethal if she used it as a melee weapon.) It's usually used as a non-lethal PrecisionGuidedBoomerang, but on occasion, we've seen it cut through rope, wood and human body parts. Callisto managed to throw it hard enough to ''go through Xena's sheathed sword and into her back.'' Many fans simply figure that there's a button, somewhere on the chakram, that turns it sharp.
%%* TheAtoner
%%** Xena
%%** Also [[spoiler:Xena's daughter Eve]] in the final season.
%%** And, of course, Najara.
* AxCrazy: Callisto. Xena when she was a Warlord. [[spoiler:Najara]].
* AnAxeToGrind: The Horde loves throwing axes. [[spoiler:And Xena's mother killed Xena's father with one to protect Xena from him when she was a child.]]
* BadassCape: Xena sported one when she was a warlord. Other characters, such as Hades, also sported capes from time to time.
* BadassLongcoat: Xena and Gabrielle wear these in season 5.
* BadassNormal: Xena, who has gone toe-to-toe with ''Ares'' at times (although, rampant speculation about her ancestry casts doubt on the 'normal' part of the title). Gabrielle becomes this [[TookALevelInBadass as the series progresses.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Averted mostly. Many, many bad guys with long, flowing hair in the Ancient Greek tradition.
* TheBard: For a while Gabrielle wants to be a traveling bard. She also meets {{Homer}}, who it turns out is called "blind" because he closes his eyes when he recites.
* BareYourMidriff
** Gabrielle's green halter top and burgundy skirt; later, she switched to a red top that was barely more than a bra and a shorter matching skirt. [[{{Fanservice}} Not that anyone complained.]]
** Callisto's outfit also shows a decent amount of midriff.
** Xena's [[http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/Lucy%20Lawless%20Xena%20samurai.jpg Japanese armor]] in the finale.
** Also fairly standard for female guest stars and recurring characters. This show '''really''' liked its {{Fanservice}}.
*** It even lampshaded it. One episode involved Gabrielle losing her memory. Joxer tries to fill her in, and one of the things she learns is how her clothes have covered progressively less of her over the years.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Done by Xena on more than one occasion -- for example, in the episode "Cradle of Hope".
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: Arms dealer Mezentius says this in "The Path Not Taken", instructing his guards to have a female captive "bathed and perfumed and brought to my chamber".
* BattleBallgown: Xena wears one of these in "Soul Possession". To her [[spoiler:wedding]]. It's actually [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/Xena%20wedding%20dress%20soul%20possession/Gabbyfan/Xena/soulpossession-wedding.jpg pretty nice.]] Also, the dress [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/xena81re0.jpg/ that she wears]] in "Return of The Valkyrie" could be taken as this.
* BattleCouple: Xena and Ares, Xena and Gabrielle, Darnell and Glyphera.
%%* BattleCry: Xena's ululation.
* BeachEpisode: "Here She Comes, Ms. Amhipolis" starts with Xena and Gabrielle admiring the New Zealand coast then they see a bunch of scantily clad women running on the beach [[Series/{{Baywatch}} in slow motion]].
* BeardOfEvil: Ares, plus many guest characters.
%%* BelligerentSexualTension: Xena and Ares.
* BeyondTheImpossible
** Xena's utter disregard for the laws of the setting. Such as [[spoiler: ''killing Gods'']].
** how Callisto's soul managed to [[spoiler:impregnate Xena]].
* BiTheWay: Xena and Gabrielle start out having a few male romantic/sexual interests, but end up getting more and more subtext-y until it is openly WordOfGod that they are Common Law married. Not that Word Of God didn't [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flop]] on it.
** This was really in season 6... although it helped that one of the writers was a PromotedFangirl slash-ficer of Xena and Gabrielle.
* BigBad: Callisto. Ares. Caesar. Alti. Dahak. Hope. Athena.
** Although Ares and Callisto were less {{Big Bad}}s and more just obsessed with Xena (Ares was more a victim of his godhood of War, which quite literally defined who he was, and just a JerkAss, and Callisto was insane), and Athena wasn't evil at all, just trying to stop the destruction of herself and her entire family (at most she was a WellIntentionedExtremist, but not willing to let the birth of one human destroy everyone she loved). However, Alti, Dahak and Hope ''were'' actually to-the-core evil, and Caesar was an egotistical maniac cross psychopath drowning in his own narcissism.
* BiggerBad: Dahak, who is once referred to as "The blind force behind every evil deed".
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* BillBillJunkBill: A variation occurs in the GroundhogDayLoop episode "Been There Done That", as Xena is explaining her predicament to Gabrielle and Joxer, answering the questions she know that they'll ask in advance:
--> '''Gabrielle:''' We've repeated the same day that many times.\\
'''Xena:''' Yes.\\
'''Gabrielle:''' But I--\\
'''Xena:''' No, No, Yes, No, I tried that, yes both ways, no, I don't know, no again, are there any more questions? Good.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
** Xena, moreso while she was on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
** Gabrielle in Season Five.
*** The way she bullied and guilt-tripped an entire town into fighting for her best friend's child that none of them knew or had any attachment to ''after half the town was slaughtered in battle'' is a nice example. Basically she stopped caring about anyone who she didn't have an invested interest in and cared very little if they all died for her cause. And this persisted throughout the ''whole season'' at least.
*** It really seemed that the more selfless and caring Xena became, the more selfish and bitchy Gabrielle became (and this really started back in season 4)
** Also Varia, Velasca and (occasionally) Amarice.
** Ephiny inverts this, by being unfriendly toward Xena and Gabrielle originally, before becoming one of their best and most trusted friends.
** Callisto for the first ten minutes of "Surprise", on ''Hercules''.
* BlackSheep: Joxer is a HeroicWannabe in a family where his father is a warlord and his brother Jett is an infamous assassin. On the other hand, due to Joxer and Jett's reluctance to talk about him, third brother Jace may qualify for this trope even more so.
* BloodKnight: Xena was this before she reformed (and she certainly still loves a good fight afterwards).
* BlondesAreEvil: Callisto, Mavican, Najara, Krafstar and Hope.
* BoozeFlamethrower: One of Xena's signature moves.
%%* BoyishShortHair: Gabrielle provides the picture for this trope.
* BrokenAesop: a few, but not as many as ''Hercules''. Usually in the earlier seasons, although he ''Twilight Of the Gods'' arc breaks quite a few of its presented aesops in short succession - which unfortunately only adds to the {{hypocrisy}} of the thing.
** Spilling blood for the first time, even in self-defence, makes you DefiledForever. (This gets played up a few times with some ''very'' uncomfortable UnfortunateImplications, although a couple of very well written episodes after the introduction of Daehak manage to subvert this at the very last minute).
** The finale breaks the Aesop of the entire show, by trying to enforce [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]] on Xena. One of many reasons it was written away by the comics.
* BuffySpeak: A few examples:
** Gabrielle describing how to survive a battle when you have no fight experience:
-->'''Gabrielle:''' See the pointy bits on the ends of those swordy things? Stay away from them.
** And in "Warrior... Princess":
--> '''Diana:''' ''(impersonating Xena)'' Oh, this? This is... my round killing thing.\\
'''Gabrielle:''' Chakram.\\
'''Diana:''' [[{{Gesundheit}} Bless you]].
** Then there's the "loud-speaking-thing" (it's a primitive type of megaphone) in "Altared States".
* BulletDancing: In "The Xena Scrolls", Dr Janice Covington (Gabrielle) does this to the bandit who attempts to steal Mel (Xena)'s briefcase.
* BuryYourGays: It's complicated. As aired, future versions / reincarnations were still happily together, but [[spoiler: the core couple was broken up by Xena's death.]] The comics continuity removes that last bit.
** Elias (spelling?) and Athena are canon. When Ares taunts her with "Worried about your girlfriend" Athena turns away from him in the middle of a fight to see how she's doing. Any guesses as to how they ended up?
* BusCrash: Phantes, Ephiny's centaur husband, dies off-screen between her first and second appearance on the show.
** As does Melosa, Queen of the Amazons.
** Amarice's final appearance (after which the actress left the show for ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}'') ends with her happy in a new group of Amazons, so they could have simply ended the story there. Later, it was casually mentioned that she'd died.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: {{Deconstructed}}. The Xena-led raid that killed Callisto's family was a source of mild regret for Xena at the time (it involved an accidental fire that killed women and children), but she never gave it much thought afterwards. It's not until Callisto returns AllGrownUp and with a massive thirst for vengeance upon the woman responsible for the deaths of her parents and sister that Xena realizes the full consequences of her actions and the fact that she's [[CreateYourOwnVillain unknowingly created her worst enemy]].
%%* ButtMonkey: Joxer.
%%* CainAndAbel: Pao Ssu and K'ao Hsin.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The New Zealand variant standing in for ancient Greece and other parts of the world.
%%* TheCaligula: Caligula himself.
%%* {{Camp}}: Apparently you can have lesbian camp.
* 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!
** There's also the fact that ''"Hercules"'' had already established that in the future [[spoiler:Zeus was still alive]], and if we take it that ''Xena'' is based on the Xena Scrolls that Gabrielle wrote, and yet the Greek Gods are alive at the time of the show's production, that basically indicates that either A) [[spoiler:For a god, "Death" is a temporary thing and they come back after a while]], or B) Gabrielle was lying her ass off about the entire ''Twilight of the Gods'' arc. Unless the episode ''Yes, Virginia, There is Hercules'' of ''Hercules'' season 4 hasn't been retconned, those are the only two explanations that make sense.[[note]]Although Strife is alive in that episode so either the plot point of his death was an elaboration the writers cooked up (in-universe) or A is correct. However, there is precedent for Gabrielle elaborating and/or lying in her scrolls, and she has lied and manipulated people in true BitchInSheepsClothing style before, so either wouldn't be surprising[[/note]].
** 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.
* CarpetRolledCorpse: Emulating Plutarch's accounts, Xena is smuggled inside a carpet when she poses as Cleopatra.
* CatchPhrase
** "I have ''many'' skills."
** "I just cut off the flow of blood into your brain. You'll be dead in 30 seconds".
* TheCatfish: In "Fins, Femmes and Gems", Xena is exposed to Aphrodite's magical perfume Obsession while holding a fish, and becomes obsessed with catching Solaris; a giant, wily fish in a lake that always eluded her as a child. She eventually hooks it, but has to abndon her line to save Gabrielle.
* CelebrityParadox: According to "Soul Possession", Creator/BruceCampbell does exist... and has a sizable fee for appearing at conventions.
* CerebusSyndrome: The first two seasons were heavy on camp and occasionally had a serious episode. Then, in Season 3, [[spoiler:Gabrielle got pregnant with her FetusTerrible daughter, Hope]], setting off a season-long storyline meant to put Xena and Gabrielle through emotional hell. Also, the Season 3 finale ended on a cliffhanger featuring [[spoiler:Gabrielle and Hope dying in a firey pit.]] Subsequent seasons had even less comedy.
* ChainmailBikini: Not Xena herself, but almost every minor female character on the show. Also Gabrielle in later seasons.
** Xena considers switching to chainmail at one point (due to a particularly annoying fanboy with a leather fetish), but decides against it due to the risk of just attracting a kinkier class of fanboys.
* 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.
* ChekhovsBoomerang
** The "Hinds Blood Dagger", which originated on ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'', but later appeared on Xena in "Sacrifice 2".
** Surprisingly, NOT the Chakram.
** The "cleavage dagger" which Gabrielle picked up in season 1 and which kept popping up throughout the show.
* ChristmasEpisode: "A Solstice Carol". (Possibly the only ChristmasEpisode in which the C-word is never spoken, [[CaptainObvious for obvious reasons]].)
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In a season one episode Xena's older brother Taris turns up. He hadn't been mentioned before, and never is again.
* ClassicalMythology: Not the way you were taught.
%%* ClearMyName
* ClipShow: Several.
** Season 1: ''Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards''. Gabrielle goes to bard school and takes part in a storytelling contest, with her stories naturally relating to Xena. Besides reusing old episodes, there are also clips from the Steve Reeves movie (Stallonus' story), ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' (Homer's) and two ''HTLJ'' episodes ("The Warrior Princess" and "The Gauntlet").
** Season 2: ''The Xena Scrolls''. Arguably the most well-known of the bunch, as it marked the franchise's start of casting familiar actors as their characters' descendents. Set during the WWII-era, a timid professor (Xena), a tough archeologist (Gabrielle) and a supposed French soldier (Joxer) explore a temple containing the imprisoned Ares.
** Season 3: ''Forget Me Not''. Feeling guilty and anguished by the Dahak/Hope storyline, Gabrielle goes to the temple of Mnemosyne. Over the course of the episode, she faces up to different actions and events that put a strain on her friendship with Xena, as well as placing a new spin on the events of a pivotal two-parter. It also uses cut footage to good effect AND serves to close a PlotHole that had been hanging (namely, how did Gabby get to China before Xena?).
** Season 4: ''Deja Vu All Over Again''. A geeky fan thinks she's Xena reincarnated so her boyfriend takes her to a past life specialist - only to find they are the characters' descendants (but with Xena and Joxer switched around).
** Season 5: ''Punch Lines'' where [[FramingDevice Gabrielle recalls to Aphrodite]] an incident with the god of despair.
** Season 6: ''You Are There''. A reporter and his crew from the 20th century are in ancient Greece, interviewing everyone they come across about Xena. Viewers were also treated this season to "Send in the Clones," which saw Xena and Gabrielle resurrected as clones in the present-day. Also, "Soul Possession," which brought back the geek trio from Season 4 and saw them faced with a deal made with Ares long ago.
* ClusterBleepBomb: Eve, surprisingly, during "You Are There". Also counts as a BerserkButton, as her swearing was caused by his badmouthing Xena.
-->'''Reporter:''' Who would have expected to hear such words from the messenger of Eli?\\
'''Eve:''' F*** off!
* CombatPragmatist: Xena will use quite literally ''anything'' as a weapon, and is pretty much lethal with everything she uses (if she chooses to be). Of course, mid-way through season 5 and in season 6 when the intelligence of all the fights started to slip, she stopped doing this, but this was much less a character choice and more a writing one.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Lampshaded at the end of "One against an army" when after beating the Persian cavalry almost single-handed Xena says they must have had an off-day.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Xena's voice is much deeper than Gabrielle's, since between the two, Xena is a seasoned fighter, while Gaby is a bard.
* ContrivedCoincidence: the entire ''Twilight of the Gods'' arc. The number of improbable and ridiculous plot, character ''and setting'' contrivances that were required to pull off everything ''from the very beginning when Zeus dies'' to the end of this trainwreck are just one of the reasons this arc was so badly received and universally panned. Although deciding to get rid of the underlying premise of three different series with the writers who wrote "Married with Fishsticks" sounds like the pilot of a SadistShow sit-com that didn't make it to air.
* CourtroomEpisode: "The Execution"
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Reviving Gabrielle with hysterical screaming and poundi--er, ancient Greek medical techniques.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: "Paradise Found"
* CrapsackWorld: There is war ''everywhere''. Bandits prowl the roads and warlords battle for territory. Kind rulers are scarce and the gods, much like in ''Hercules,'' don't care about the plight of mortals -- and when the gods do show up, they tend to make things worse.
* CreditsGag: The "NoAnimalsWereHarmed..." disclaimer in the ending credits.
-->The musical genre was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. In fact, the Producers sincerely hope you were [[IncrediblyLamePun A-MUSE-D]] by this episode.
* CrossOver
** Though it shared recurring characters with its parent series, there were only two guest appearances by Hercules and Iolaus. Both appear in Season 1's "Prometheus". Iolaus appears in Season 2's "The Quest" and Hercules in Season 5's "God Fearing Child".
** Xena, Gabrielle, [[spoiler:Ephiny, Joxer ''and'' Callisto]] have all made appearances on ''Hercules''.
* CrossoverCosmology / AllMythsAreTrue: The later seasons establish that, along with the Greek Underworld, the Judeo-Christian Heaven and Hell also exists. Xena and Gabrielle were also introduced to the idea of reincarnation after visiting India. Also, the AlternateContinuity comic series by Dynamite Entertainment features [[CoolVersusAwesome an all-out war between the Greek and Egyptian Gods]].
* CurseCutShort
** In Season 3 episode "Fins, Femmes and Gems", Xena does this to Gabrielle when Gabrielle's singing a song about herself (ItMakesSenseInContext).
-->'''Gabrielle:''' Well, listen to my story about Gabrielle, cute little gal that's looking really swell, perfect hair, such a lovely lass, nice round breasts and a firm young -- ''([[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth Xena covers her mouth]])''\\
'''Xena:''' Are you out of your ''mind''?\\
'''Gabrielle:''' Too loud?
** Amarice after Joxer and Arman laughs at her after slipping in "Animal Attraction".
-->'''Amarice:''' You wanna know where my sense of humor is? I'll tell you, you mother--!
* DarkActionGirl: Callisto, Xena herself prior to the show's beginning.
* DarkIsNotEvil
** As mentioned on the ''HTLJ'' page, Hades. He rules the Underworld and tends to dress in all-black, but is a fairly pleasant guy.
** Not to mention Xena's revelation that without her dark past, she wouldn't be the hero she became, and that, in the end, it was all worth it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Started out slightly darker and edgier than ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and got progressively more so as the series continued.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Alluded to in "Warrior... Priestess... Tramp":
-->'''Leah:''' Life as a priestess to the virgin goddess Hestia isn't all that hard, the most important rule is to know who you are.\\
'''Gabrielle:''' Believe me, if I have to go the rest of my life without companionship, knowing myself won't be a problem.
* DatingCatwoman: Xena and Ares.
* DaydreamSurprise: In "Paradise Found", Xena imagines breaking Gabrielle's arm.
* DeathByChildbirth: Meg's father.
-->'''Meg:''' My father died in childbirth!\\
'''Gabrielle:''' Your father died in childbirth?\\
'''Meg:''' Yeah. He got drunk and fell off the roof while I was being born.
* DeathIsCheap
** Xena and Gabrielle have died and come back so many times that Hades probably has a revolving door installed. [[spoiler:Which didn't stop Xena from being KilledOffForReal in the finale.]]
** It is also worth noting that every time either Xena or Gabrielle visited a new culture or place, [[AllMythsAreTrue that particular afterlife was incorporated into the show's mythology]]. We saw the Greek Elysian Fields and Tartarus, the Amazon land of the dead (which is apparently some place different from the traditional Greek afterlives), Judeo-Christian Heaven ''and'' Hell, Xena and Gabrielle were introduced to the idea of reincarnation after visiting India, and of course the finale.
** This is also supported in ''Hercules'', which basically introduces the idea that the Underworld for all humans basically has as many countries as the world above it, but that those who are inherently good are drawn into the Light (based on the basic Creative Force (opposite of Daehak)) (e.g. Heaven, the Elysian Fields, Vallhalah etc.) and those who are evil are drawn into the Dark (e.g. Hell, Tartarus etc.). There's also places where you can travel into Eternity as well, and be reincarnated. And apparently there are many spiritual levels to reality as well (which humans cannot see).
* DeathOfTheOldGods: The show plays fast and loose with this trope. [[spoiler:Early on, Xena runs into a monotheistic cult that seems to be analogue of early Christians, but later turns out to worship evil.]] Later on still, [[spoiler:she is sent forwards in time a few centuries and sent on a quest by the The prophet Eli to wipe out all the remaining pagan gods.]]
* DeathTakesAHoliday: Done twice in the first season:
** In "Death in Chains", Celesta (a.k.a. Death) is captured by Sisyphus when he fears his own death, intending to let her eternal flame burn out (an event that would kill Celesta and result in there being no death, ''ever''). During her imprisonment, no-one can die, either, resulting in an army of undead bandits coming after Xena and several terminally ill people [[AFateWorseThanDeath being stuck in constant suffering]]. [[spoiler:Obviously, Celesta is [[UnexplainedRecovery eventually freed]].]]
** In "Mortal Beloved", the psychotic [[AxCrazy Atyminius]] usurps Hades' power by stealing his Helmet of Invisibility, confining him to his palace. Atyminius then uses his newfound powers to completely turn the order of the Underworld upside down, sending innocents to Tartarus and allowing the wicked into the Elysian Fields. [[spoiler:It all gets put right in the end, of course.]]
* DeconstructiveParody: "A Day in the Life" pokes fun at little things usually overlooked like how do Xena and Gabrielle know which direction to go, how do they get food, how do they pass the time, hygiene, the call of nature, etc. Through the characters of Hower and Minya, the show also pokes fun at the fandom.
* DefeatByModesty: Averted by Xena, who grabs her weapons before her clothes if she is attacked while naked. This provides a handy distraction.
* DescriptionCut
** In "The Titans":
-->'''Thea:''' She may appear sweet, but who knows what destructive powers she may possess?\\
''(cut to Gabrielle fruitlessly trying to break a nut with her fist)''
** Done twice in "Animal Attraction" first when Gabrielle said Xena hates flowers (Xena is sniffing flowers and looking at a teddy bear at the market) then when Arman and Amarice say Xena always has things together (Xena is vomiting).
* {{Determinator}}: Xena, hands down. She has a force of will that no-one can match. ''No-one.'' This is part of what makes her one of the greatest warriors ''of all time'' (at the very least).
* DeusExMachina: The MusicalEpisode "The Bitter Suite" is often accused of being this. Xena and Gabrielle--now enemies after the death of Xena's son Solan--are transported to the dreamworld of Illusia and have to work out their problems through song and dance to get out alive. The nature of Illusia--how they got there, how they managed to leave, etc.--is never fully explained, so the episode is often considered an AssPull to get Xena and Gabs on the same side again since their relationship had reach its breaking point.
* DeusExitMachina: In "The Quill is Mightier...", Gabrielle has one of her scrolls (upon which she is writing a story) enchanted by Aphrodite, causing anything written upon it to come true. The first thing Gabrielle writes on it? "Xena had gone fishing". HilarityEnsues, including the depowering of ''both'' Ares and Aphrodite. When the characters realise that they need Xena later, and write that she has returned, she does so pulling a giant cartload piled high with fish, after spending several days fishing with no idea why.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Lots. Xena killed [[spoiler:most of the Olympian Gods, a couple non-Olympian Gods, Mephistopheles the King of Hell, the demon Yodoshi, a super-powered Alti, the archangel Michael and stopped the ultimate evil Dahak numerous times]]. And then some.
* DiscountLesbians: Done a ''lot'':
** Xena and Gabrielle's first kiss was when Xena was inhabiting Autolycus' body.
** In the finale, Gabrielle helps Xena drink from the Fountain of Strength by kissing her.
** In "The Debt 1", Lao Ma hid Xena from her pursuers in a bath tub. When Xena was underwater for too long, Lao Ma gives her an UnderwaterKiss to give her air, but given all the SubText between them, there may have been more to that.
** The episode where Xena had to walk through a wall of fire and [[Literature/SleepingBeauty wake up Gabrielle by kissing her.]]
** Aphrodite kissing Gabrielle while being not quite herself because of Caligula.
** Arguably, cross-dresser beauty contest winner kissing Xena.
* DistaffCounterpart: Xena is pretty much this for [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]], by the time she gets her own series.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens every now and then, such as in "The Prodigal", in which Gabrielle and some of Potidaea's female residents dance sexily to distract Damon's soldiers.
* DocumentaryEpisode: "You Are There"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Kindred Spirits", Xena and Gabrielle act like a couple whose marriage is being tested by career vs. family obligations.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Joxer towards Gabrielle.
* DomesticAbuse: Gab Drag, anyone?
* DoubleStandard: Eli wants to kill all the Greek Gods to stop their 'oppression and tyranny' of the people, saying that the people should bow to no God, and that all that is needed is love and compassion, espousing the Way of Love and devotion to...the God of Love?... [[FlatWhat What.]]
** The God of Love wants the Gods destroyed so man will be his own master and no subject to the oppression and dictates of any God... well, except Him, of course. Despite His commandments and dictates being far more oppressive and determinative than any of that of the Greek Gods, but ''They'' are the oppressive tyrants!
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Ares thinks that Callisto will follow his orders in "Intimate Stranger". She has other plans.
%%* DressHitsFloor
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
** When Xena, prophesied to spell the end of the Greek Gods' reign, gains the power to kill gods, a group of them led by Athena attacks, and the whole group (except Athena herself, given a decent battle), some of whom were recurring allies or villains throughout ''years'' of the show as well as its parent series ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' gets taken out more casually and anticlimactically than any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' RedShirt, one after another after another.
** And who could forget the episode "Endgame," which killed off the (much beloved) Amazon regent [[spoiler:Ephiny]] two minutes into the opening teaser. Still at least [[spoiler:Ephiny]] died on screen; the following season [[spoiler:Amarice]], who had been Xena and Gabrielle's companion for a good run of episodes earlier that season, was unceremoniously killed offscreen during the teaser for the episode "Lifeblood" (by then the actress, Jennifer Sky, was starring in ''Cleopatra 2525'', but Amarice's character arc ended with her being happily left with a tribe of Amazons, so mentioning her again [[BusCrash just to say she was dead]] seemed, well, kind of mean and pointless).
** There's also Ephiny's Centaur husband, Phantes. Offscreen, he is brutally ripped apart by war dogs sometime prior to the events of "Is There a Doctor in the House?"
* DumbBlonde: As mentioned on the ''HTLJ'' page, this is completely subverted with Aphrodite. She's extremely vapid and shallow ([[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]]), but very cunning.
* EmergencyImpersonation
** Xena stands in for a look-alike princess (Diana) whose life is in danger. Later on, another look-alike, who turns out to be a sassy barmaid (Meg), is added into the mix, and they all swap lives for a while.
** And after that, a Hestial Virgin look-alike (Leah) appears.
** And in season 1, Gabrielle pretended to be Xena who was poisoned.
** Season 5, Xena pretended to be the assassinated Cleopatra and manipulated Brutus and Marc Antony against each other.
* TheEmperor: Ming T'ien and Augustus.
%%* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
** See the show title.
** Gabrielle is an Amazon princess.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning. Almost everybody's style of handling any weapon, but primarily Xena's mighty physics-defying Chakram and Gabrielle's Sais.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Pao Ssu switched from her chipao to the regalia of an empress.
* EvilCounterpart: Draco, Callisto and Najara and Ilainus all to Xena.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil-Detecting Horse]]: Argo can tell something is wrong with Xena when [[GrandTheftMe Callisto's spirit takes control of her body]].
** In "Takes One to Know One," Xena mentions Argo has an instinct for danger.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Xena's reason for giving up Solan, she didn't want him turning out like her.
* EvilSorcerer: Alti and Pao Ssu.
* EvilTwin: Hope for Gabrielle and Jett for Joxer.
* ExpressDelivery: Gabrielle carries and gives birth to [[FetusTerrible Hope]] within one day. This was likely intentional to highlight the supernatural quality -- in the first season finale, Ephiny was in labor for at least an entire day.
%%* FanBoy: Hower and Minya.
* FantasticRacism: During the 'twilight of the Gods' arc, Gabrielle and Xena come to pretty much despise all immortals, wanting to wipe out all the gods (including those who have never done them or humans any harm), saying that none of them can feel any loss - because they are immortal (??) - and considering all the Gods actions as evil and selfish... despite the fact that both Xena and Gabrielle are willing to wipe out an entire race of beings for one child (the fact that the Olympians are not only just fighting for survival but fighting ''to protect their own family and loved ones'' seems to escape Xena). This can also stretch to MoralDissonance - considering Xena's view on things ''before'' the Twilight of the Gods arc - and a DoubleStandard (for obvious reasons).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Pomira and the Amazons are Native Americans in Greece.
%%* FantasyKitchenSink
%%* FeministFantasy
* FiveManBand: When they were traveling together in the first 2 season 5 episodes.
** TheHero -- Xena
** TheLancer -- Gabrielle
** SmartGuy -- Eli
** BigGuy -- Amarice
** TheChick -- Joxer
* ForgedByTheGods
** The Chakram, Xena's primary weapon.
** The Dagger of Helios can kill gods.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: "Animal Attraction" to allow Lucy Lawless more rest due to her pregnancy.
* FreakyFridayFlip
** In "Intimate Stranger" and "Ten Little Warlords", Xena and Callisto switched bodies (due to a RealLifeWritesThePlot incident in which Lucy Lawless broke her pelvis in an equestrian stunt -- see WrittenInInfirmity below).
** Xena also shared bodies with at least two other characters over the course of the series: Autolycus, in a spirit possession (also cross-referenced with NotQuiteDead and AlmostKiss), and a young girl.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Used in "A Day in the Life". Unfortunately, it was the only one Gabrielle had.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar: Played by Karl Urban, Caesar was one of Xena's most reccuring (and hated) foes.
* GatlingGood: Used in "The Xena Scrolls".
* GenderRarityValue: Joxer and the Amazon Rhea in "Kindred Spirits". She wants to have a baby, and he's the only male around. [[spoiler:They don't have sex, because StatusQuoIsGod.]]
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* GirlsBehindBars / PrisonEpisode
** "Locked Up and Tied Down"
** "The Black Wolf"
* GiveHimANormalLife: Solan, [[spoiler:Xena's son.]]
%%* GodOfEvil: Dahak
%%* GoodHairEvilHair
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: The Twilight of the Gods.
* GrandTheftMe: Callisto switches bodies with Xena in "Intimate Stranger".
* GroinAttack: Xena has inflicted this on many a hapless {{Mook}}. Gabrielle too.
* GroundhogDayLoop: The episode "Been There, Done That".
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Xena battles harpies when she journeys to the underworld in "Mortal Beloved".
* HasTwoMommies
** In the episode "Cradle of Hope", Gabrielle finds a baby abandoned in the bushes and takes care of him with Xena for a while. In the end, the local king adopts the child and asks if there's any way he can repay Xena -- and she asks only that he name the baby Gabriel. The entire episode was probably the first example of blatant HomoeroticSubtext in the series.
** Eve has roughly three mommies. [[spoiler: Xena was basically impregnated by the dead Callisto, and started to raise the baby with Gabrielle as "father" [sic]. Then Xena and Gabrielle disappeared before Eve turned one, and Eve was raised by Augustus... and no mother whatsoever.]]
** During Xena's pregnancy, Ares demands to know who the father is. Xena cheekily responds that Gabrielle was. Ares' response? [[GirlOnGirlIsHot "That I would have paid to see."]]
* HatDamage: In "The Xena Scrolls", Dr Covington's hat is shot off her head during the opening shoot-out.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: In "The Path Not Taken", Xena, after encountering some of her former warriors back from her days as a warlord, convinces one of them, Marcus (who also happens to be her one true love) that her commitment to reform is genuine. Later on, Marcus [[spoiler:sacrifices his life by taking an arrow meant for DistressedDamsel Jana.]] Fast forward to "Mortal Beloved", where Xena is contacted by Marcus' ghost to go to the Underworld -- no thanks to Atyminius usurping Hades' power, all the blessed people who used to play in the Elysium Fields have been sent to Tartarus, and all the evil folks condemned to Tartarus are partying it up in Elysium. When she gets there, she finds Marcus, and realizes that if he's in Elysium now, he must have been in Tartarus before. He confirms it - one good deed wasn't enough to make up for a lifetime of crime. Eventually however, he's allowed to stay in Elysium for good after helping Xena give Hades back his powers and thus putting things right in the Underworld.
* HeelFaceTurn
** Xena prior to the start of the series.
** Joxer. Granted, [[HarmlessVillain he wasn't good at being bad]], but by the end of his first appearance, he realizes being a hero (or in his case, trying to be) suits him better.
** Callisto is the ultimate example. She becomes a freaking ''angel''.
* HellBentForLeather: A good chunk of characters. We have Xena, Ares, Callisto, Hades, Draco, Jett, Alti, pretty much any warlord featured on the show ever...
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: "The Quill is Mightier..."
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Xena and Marcus.
* HeroesGoneFishing: Xena literally goes fishing a few times. One notable occasion ends with her returning with a cart full of fish for the end of the episode fight. Another memorable case has her use the MacGuffin of the week as fish bait.
* HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath
* HeroicFantasy
* HeroicSacrifice
** [[spoiler: Joxer, among others.]]
** [[spoiler: Gabrielle]] in the aptly named episode "Sacrifice 2".
* HideYourLesbians: The show features one of the best known and longest running examples of this trope in the implied relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. Though the subtext becomes more and more explicit throughout the series, particularly during the final season, they're never officially confirmed to be anything more than HeterosexualLifePartners, and both characters are seen engaged in serious relationships (in one case, even a short-lived marriage) with male characters at various points throughout the series. It should be noted, though, that in later seasons, they stopped having Temporary Love Interests.\\\
One episode set in the modern day, with the Xena TV show existing had Xena reincarnated in one of Joxer's identical descendants, marrying Gabrielle reincarnated in one of Gabrielle's identical descendants. Their friend was Joxer reincarnated in one of Xena's identical descendants. Then, a later episode showed Ares appearing to switch them back into the bodies that look like they used to look, with the result being that Gabrielle and Xena were alive in the modern era and were about to get married as wife and wife. And they were cloned, with heavy implications that their modern day clones were a couple. And then their identical descendents met up in the 1940's which ended up with the pretty explicit implication that these two people would become life partners (although neither were actual reincarnations of Xena and Gabrielle, even if Xena's spirit hijacked her descendent's body for a while), even though at the time same sex marriage was illegal. So really, Gabrielle and Xena's relationship is confirmed, it just doesn't appear to happen until their various reincarnations.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: It was Hercules who inspired Xena to turn a new leaf.
* HijackedByJesus: Although most of the gods being jerks was inherent in the premise, the universe of both ''Xena'' and ''Hercules'' is strange about this depending on the situation, especially Ares, who tends to waver between being a {{Jerkass}} and being an evil bastard, depending on the needs of the plot. Hades is usually treated as just a dark but very overworked and unappreciated ruler of the Underworld. Although the producers seemed intent on making up for lost time in the last two seasons of ''Xena''. The prophet Eli was an exceedingly thinly disguised CrystalDragonJesus and Xena was put on a quest [[spoiler:to kill all the Pagan gods]].
** The fact that the reasoning behind Xena's quest was that "the pagan Gods are oppressing humanity and we must free humanity from them" when although humans ''did'' fear the Gods, the Gods were really just personifications of their different aspects and very rarely interfered with human affairs on the whole (even Ares influence on real world events was limited), did ''not'' make this hijacking any easier to swallow. The contrived reasoning to kill the pagan Gods basically ended up sounding like the twisted paranoid propaganda of a tyrant trying to eradicate his rivals. It didn't make the 'God of Love' look very good when he was urging wholesale war and slaughter. (Not that after this reasoning was introduced, the writers didn't hurry and try to justify it, derailing the characters of more than one God in their attempt to justify "tyranny that must be destroyed")
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Cleopatra and EmperorAugustus.
* HistoricalInJoke: Oh so many.
* HolierThanThou: Hestian Priestess Leah
* HonestJohnsDealership: Salmoneus
* HonorBeforeReason: In "Tsunami", Xena goes out of her way to rescue Macon, an unapologetic and convicted murderer.
-->'''Macon:''' Why? I'm a killer. Why'd you come back? What'd you expect?\\
'''Xena:''' From you? Nothing. From me? Nothing less.
* {{Hot God}}s: "Indeed"
* HotSpringsEpisode: "Animal Attraction", which is also a tribute to TheWildWest.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad
** Xenan, son of Ephiny (human) and Phantes (Centaur).
** And, of course, Hope, whose mother is Gabrielle and father is [[GodOfEvil Dahak]].
** Then there's Eve whose mother is Xena and her father is implied to be God.
* HumanPopsicle: Xena and Gabrielle slept for over twenty years and ended up stuck in the future.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "Dangerous Prey"
* HypercompetentSidekick: Gabrielle everytime she was Joxer's "sidekick".
* IAmSpartacus
** The episode "The Black Wolf".
** For bonus points, the TropeNamer itself appears through a tale that {{Homer}} tells in "Athens: School of the Performing Bards".
* IdenticalGrandson: "The Xena Scrolls" deserves special mention for not only featuring Identical Great-whatever-Grandchildren of all the main characters in the 1930s, but going on to claim Joxer's descendent, "Jacques Ser", is actually the grandfather of actor Ted Raimi!
* IdenticalStranger
** For Xena, there was Meg (a harlot), Diana (a princess) and Leah (a priestess), who all happened to look like Xena. In addition to all of them having being confused for Xena at some point, there were also stories in which they were being confused for each other ''before'' Xena arrived on the scene!
** Lucy Lawless also had two ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' roles that were not Xena or the doppelgangers from her own show.
* IdiotBall: combines with VillainBall - suddenly in the ''TwilightOfTheGods'' arc, all the Gods become insanely stupid and evil - ignoring all their prior characterizations, sometimes to the point of being just insulting - because the show needs a good reason to kill them all off. Every single God - except Aphrodite - becomes basically an idiot evil henchmen who can't fight and uses his or her God powers like bad pyrotechnics. This becomes particularly galling when you compare their actions and intelligence in this arc to just a season before and see the stark difference. YMMV whether you consider this Character Derailment or not.
* [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim If You Kill Her You Will Be Just Like Her]]: Gabrielle goes a little AxCrazy after Perdicas is murdered by Callisto and literally ends up one incredibly easy sword thrust away from killing the sleeping Callisto; at the last moment, she drops her sword and states that she can't do it.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Gabrielle loudly fakes sex noises to distract some guards in "The Prodigal".
-->'''Gabrielle:''' Ohhhh! No wonder they call you "the Mighty"!
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: the Greek Gods have absolutely terrible aiming whenever they are opposing Xena. Ridiculously bad (they never hit anything except the scenery). So do basically all the antagonists whenever they are handling projectile weapons.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Combined with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything, Xena's chakram, a handheld stand in for [[CaptainAmerica Captain America's Shield]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Lampshaded in "A Day in the Life" when Xena says she likes getting creative during battle.
* IndyHatRoll: "The Xena Scrolls" -- Gabrielle's umpteenth great grand-daughter is an Franchise/IndianaJones expy.
* InnocentInnuendo: At the beginning of "Altared States", we see Xena and Gabrielle's clothes are strewn on the bushes and we can hear comments such as, "How was that?" "Very nice!". [[spoiler:It turns out that Xena is showing Gabrielle how to catch fish by hand while wading.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Xena's plan in "A Tale of Two Muses".
-->''"You want to teach the children to kill so they won't learn to dance?!"''
** Also when Eli says this: "the Gods have no choice but to give us what is rightfully ours"...despite the fact that the Gods don't ''have'' anything of humanity's and getting rid of them wouldn't change anything...well, except temples would be replaced by Churches (for the 'God of Love'), and the Gods wouldn't be around to do the occasional beneficial or dickish thing to a few humans (and let's face it, the Gods might do a few JerkAss things to a few specific humans, but totalitarian oppressors they are not).
*** Also this:
--> '''Eli''': It's not a war of violence, it's a war of peace.
* InstantDramaJustAddTracheotomy
** This happens to a [[RedShirt bounty hunter]] after Xena gets a dagger through his neck, courtesy of another bounty hunter. Xena cuts him a new breathing hole out of mercy. He still dies, though (though because of AppliedPhlebotinum, not anything Xena did).
** Xena does this in the first season episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?" You never see the guy again, though, so we don't know how it ultimately turned out.
* ItsAllMyFault: Xena gets blamed with an inordinate amount of problems, all of which she quickly takes the guilt of, blaming herself for not only the free will of others, but circumstances out of her control when on the majority of occasions the most she did was set events in motion.
** Most particular of this is Callisto. Xena gets her family killed, and then is blamed for ''making'' Callisto and for all the crimes Callisto made out of her own free will. Yes, Xena is culpable for the death of Callisto's family, but what Callisto did with that background was her own decision (the Franchise/{{Batman}} parallels are very strong).
** Xena kidnaps Ming-Tien for ''two days'', doing absolutely nothing to him except making him sit around in a cave, and ''she'' is to blame for him becoming [[spoiler:a complete and utter tyrant]]? And this despite the fact that he was raised by a father who deliberately taught him to be ruthless and unyielding and already [[spoiler:demonstrably felt no emotional attachment to his own mother]] by the time Xena met him.
** Gabrielle insistently followed Xena, forced her to take her along with her on her journeys, tried to keep her ''out'' of fights and ''forbid'' her to use a sword - while Gabrielle insisted on learning how to use a staff - and ''Xena'' is to blame for who she became? This is a big one when after [[spoiler:Hope killed Solan]] Gabrielle blames Xena for taking her to Brittania - even though Gabrielle insisted on coming with her - and for all the events that followed with Daehak and Hope, and Xena ''accepts the blame.'' There is a lot of really nasty hypocrisy in how Gabrielle tries to throw off all the responsibility for her actions which paints a very ugly side of her character. That, or the episode in which Gabrielle blames Xena like this with just terribly written. Either one.
* InterspeciesRomance: Ephiny marries Phantes, her former Centaur enemy, sometime after the events of "Hooves and Harlots", and they later have [[HalfHumanHybrid a child]] together.
* {{Irony}}: The reason why love (as in "the Way of Love") has power, is because the Creator of All (supposedly 'the God of Love') created a universe, a reality, where love - 'true' love - invokes the power of the God of Love and allows the follower of the Way of Love - through the purity of love and compassion - to be a vessel to channel heavenly forces. Agreed? In the parameters of this show's universe, are we all agreed that this is how Eli's healing spirit and the way of Love works? The following statement is hence the most ironic thing said in the entire show, start to finish:
--> '''Eli''' "If we are united in the spirit of love, no one can stand against us. If we are joined in peace and friendship, ''[[UnfortunateImplications then we have no need of the Gods]]''." [in-universe]
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: In "The King of Assassins" and "Key to the Kingdom", ''Franchise/EvilDead'' veterans and frequent collaborators Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi are reunited on-screen.
* JerkassFacade: Autolycus, who Xena calls on it in "The Quest":
-->'''Xena:''' I was in there. I know. Despite all your bluster, Autolycus, you're a nice person.
* JerkassGods: Very much in keeping with Greek Mythology.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Joxer organized a bachelor party for Ares. The girl who jumped out was Meg, the IdenticalStranger of the woman he's going to marry.
* KarmaHoudini: Satrina, Xena' ex-slave girl partly responsible for Borias' death.
* KillerRabbit: A real one in "In Sickness and in Hell".
* KillItWithFire: How Xena deals with the Harpies in "Mortal Beloved". [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim And Hades]] in "Motherhood", as well a whole Japanese village in the finale.]]
* KillTheGod: Lots.
** Even with a couple of special tools, this is shown to be incredibly difficult, considering the manifold powers of the Gods and their intelligence. Well, at least until the ''Twilight of the Gods'' arc, when they all suddenly become stupid and evil for no reason and Xena [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly has the power to kill them]] (because the God of Love, the force which embodies creation and the will to love and forgive all beings and is abhorent of any destructive impulses by nature suddenly wants Xena to murder the Olympian Gods... wait, what?)
* KissOfDeath: See LastKiss below.
* KnightOfCerebus: Callisto, Hope and Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.
* LadyOfWar: Xena could be the TropeCodifier for this. Eve apparently counts as well.
* LargeHam: ''Many''. Xena herself ventures into this territory on some occasions.
* LastKiss: Xena and Marcus -- twice -- in "Mortal Beloved". The first time, Marcus' second chance at life is just about to end (Hades only gave him 48 hours), [[KissOfDeath so Xena kisses him passionately before stabbing him in the heart]]. Later, when she meets the now-dead Marcus in the Elysian Fields, they kiss again before she has to leave the Underworld.
* LavaPit
** "Sacrifice 2"
** "Soul Possession".
** "A Necessary Evil"
** "Maternal Instincts"
* LaxativePrank: In "Takes One to Know One", Gabrielle attempted to do this to the bounty hunter Ravenica by lacing her water bottle with gravy made to LethalChef Joxor's recipe in order to give her the runs. However, Raveinca was smart enough not to drink it.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "The Play's the Thing", Joxer is once again bearing the brunt of comedic misfortune. As the episode ends and the executive producer credits appear, Joxer whines, "I'm gonna tell [[Creator/SamRaimi my brother]]." The whole episode can be seen as a history of the show itself.
* LickingTheBlade: Callisto licks a dagger at one point. Also, in the episode sharing her name, she kisses Xena's Chakram.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Like ''Hercules'', there was an episode that suggests the series is based on the real life of Xena as found by the "Xena Scrolls" written by Gabrielle.
* LivingMacGuffin: In one episode Xena and her two doubles (Diana and Meg) try to rescue Diana's baby. The baby is ''such'' a plot device that it's not even given a name or gender.
* LoadBearingBoss: A couple, but The Deliverer is a good example.
* LotusEaterMachine: Solan says that people in the Elysian Fields live the best day of their lives without their loved ones. They are made to think they are on a trip and will be back soon. [[spoiler:Which is why Solan chooses to stay in Tartarus so he can watch his former life with Xena]].
* LoveGoddess: Aphrodite and Cupid.
* MadeOfExplodium: The Harpies, oddly enough. Also the Furies.
* MamaBear
** Xena to [[spoiler:Solan and especially Eve, seeing she was a baby being targeted by the Greek Gods]].
** Gabrielle does it with Hope, but it ends poorly, [[spoiler: namely that Hope kills Xena's son. Oh, and she's the spawn of an evil God named Dahak]].
* MeaningfulName
** Khrafstar, who is revealed to be a servant of Dahak. This is rather subtle example of the trope if you're not familiar with Zoroastrianism, from which Dahak was derived. See this definition from the ''Oxford Dictionary Of World Religions'':
-->''Azi Dahaka is the personification of the Lie, often depicted in mythology as a terrible dragon with three heads, six eyes, and three jaws, whose body is full of '''khrafstras (evil spirits or beings)'''.''
** Also Eve, who was destined to bring about the "Twilight of the Gods"; Evening and Twilight both being times of day. This was another incredibly subtle example, even more so in universe, as the person who named her was utterly clueless about her destiny.
*** Eve's name is doubly meaningful in the context of the death of the old pagan gods cleared the way for the in-verse equivalent of the Judeochristian god. Adam & Eve, anyone?
* MediationBackfire: In "Been There, Done That", Joxer attempts to intervene in order to stop the feuding families. He gets a couple dozen arrows to his face for his trouble (but again, this being a Groundhog Day Loop, he gets better).
* MindRape:
** Caligula does this to Aphrodite.
** Alti also does this to Xena many times.
* MinidressOfPower
* MolotovCocktail: Xena invents the Molotov in "Warrior... Princess".
* MoralDissonance: all over the place, although never present in Xena's actions (except in the 'Twilight of the Gods' arc, but everyone's actions are questionable there).
** Gabrielle has this in different times. Firstly, in season 1 and 2 she has a very BlackAndWhiteMorality spectrum, where she treats killing someone when it isn't self-defense as instant evil, despite the long-term consequences (some of which result in FridgeHorror). Then she takes the Path of Love, gets rid of her fighting stick (which she used so she could fight and ''not'' kill people), and then as soon as the Path of Love doesn't work for her, she abandons it and immediately picks up ''fighting knives'' to use in combat, killing people left and right and not even trying to find a fighting stick.
** The "Hord" revere all life... except when they slaughter all those who they consider their enemy, usually unprovoked, and then torture and crucify them. Oh but wait, it was their land and they were trying to get 'white people' to stay off it, which justifies everything...right?
*** Not that the 'white people' were any more moral, what with ''giving money for the freshly-killed bodies of their enemy''
** Eli advocates the destruction of the Gods when not only does he believe that love and compassion are the true Way (and hence destruction is anathema) but ''he is an avatar of a GOD.'' (Note that no Gods have been shown oppressing any people so far (except the Gods of War), and so the whole reason for this tirade falls flat). This is all in the name of he God of Love (i.e. the Christian God), who is ''the only God seen oppressing and forcing his/her people into a specific path of living'' (whether this path of living is beneficial or not).
** The God of Love, the being who is the source of all love and compassion is supposedly the "real" God and creator... but is so threatened by the Greek Gods that he commissions Xena to destroy them? (This all while this God is espousing a message of peace and love, and ''not'' wholesale destruction).
*** And if the God of Love is actually supposed to be the Light - Daehak's opposite force for creation - which is supposed to abhor destruction ''by its very nature'', and in fact loves and has compassion and mercy for all beings, the very ''idea'' that this God ''gives Xena the power to inordinately kill all the Olympian Gods'' is just so ridiculously out-of-character for It that it borders on insulting (the force for all Creation giving someone the ability to kill is by definition hypocritical!). So either this is a case of severe character derailment on the part of the writers, or this God is in fact ''actually'' threatened by the Olympian Gods, their message for love and compassion is false, and hence this God is actually a ManipulativeBastard trying to manipulate people to His will. YMMV on whether you prefer this God to be false, or the writers to just be stupid beyond all reason.
** Athena tells Xena that "the people need their gods, they need something to believe in," and Xena turns around, agrees that people need something to believe in but says that they have the 'Cult of Eli'... which is based in the Way of Love contingent on the ''God'' of Love! So in other words, Athena is right. However Xena goes on sacrificing the lives of people who are not warriors but are willing to fight to get rid of the Gods, ''while espousing Eli's teachings'', i.e. to turn people to ''another'' God (the power to kill Gods ''comes from Heaven itself of all places!''). No one seems to pick up on this mammoth DoubleStandard though.
** Xena and Gabrielle ''kidnap Celestia'' in order to stop death itself, something which they stopped another selfish idiot from doing in the early seasons. Despite the fact the Olympian Gods are basically trying to survive and save the family they love, which is ''the exact same thing that Xena is doing'', ' Her condescension to Celestia about it is appalling. Of course [[spoiler:this was just to get the tears of Death in order to do a Romeo and Juliet on the Gods]].
* MorePopularSpinOff: Sure people for the most part liked HerculesLegendaryJourneys, but Xena is considered a pop culture icon. Xena's popularity over its parent show extends to the point that the Xena Trilogy the original 3 episodes from HerculesLegendaryJourneys that introduces Xena's character and sets up her own show, was released on a separate DVD so that Xena fans could purchase them without having to buy the entire first season of Hercules
* MuggingTheMonster: Happens to Xena very often - some don't realise just who it is they're attacking, others [[TooDumbToLive attack even when they know Xena's reputation]]. Also happens to Ares in season 6 after [[spoiler:he becomes mortal.]]
* MurderByCremation: "Blind Faith". Gabrielle is fed into a crematorium while in a coffin. She's alright though.
* MurderByInaction: This is how Xena originally killed [[ArchEnemy Callisto]]; they tumbled down a hill, Callisto landed in quicksand and Xena simply let her sink. She got better though, [[JokerImmunity multiple times.]]
* MusicalEpisode: Three, if you include "A Tale of 2 Muses" which is a dancing episode.
* TheMusicMeister
** Solan qualifies as this, as he is the driving force behind Xena and Gabrielle's being transported to the musical world of Illusia [[spoiler: after they tried to kill each other]].
** Also Terpsichore's Lyre, from "Lyre, Lyre Hearts on Fire". is an inanimate version of this, as the musical aspects of the episode only begin when the Lyre is unearthed by Draco, and are abruptly ended when the Battle of the Bands is won. [[spoiler: By Xena]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Joxer after his first kill. Even though it was in self-defense (against a warlord, no less), he is completely guilt-ridden over his actions.
* NakedOnArrival
** When Xena and Gabrielle arrive in Illusyia in "The Bitter Suite", both are completely naked, having lost their clothes to the rapids that brought them there.
** When Hope hatches from her cocoon in "Sacrifice, Part I", she is completely naked, with only cocoon skin and [[CoveredInGunge goo]] to save her modesty.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In "The Bitter Suite", Xena and Gabrielle wake up in Illusyia completely naked. Gabrielle notices her own nudity when she is musing over whether or not she is in the Elysian Fields before running away, hands over her chest protectively, to avoid being seen nude by Joxer, who later provides her with clothes. Xena is initially dressed in blue and beige robes by Callisto, but when she confronts Ares, he strips her completely naked with two quick sword slashes, exposing her firm, shapely body before his minions, much to her quiet yet humorous anger.
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod
** The episode "Cradle of Hope" featured a baby prophesied to be the next king. In that case, Xena heads off the infanticide by convincing the king to adopt the child and make him his lawful successor.
** There's also the complete reversal where [[spoiler:Gabrielle]] sends her daughter floating down the river to save her life... from Xena, because the baby is prophesied to bring about DOOM. While it's never entirely clear, there are hints within the narrative that perhaps the ensuing destruction could have been avoided if [[spoiler:Hope]] had been brought up by a loving mother instead of having people try to murder it all the time.
** Not a baby, but the ArchangelMichael says that as long as Xena's daughter is alive, Xena has the power to kill the Greek Gods. What do the Gods do? Attack Eve. What does that cause Xena to do? Kill the Gods. Xena was never particularly fond of the Gods, but would she have gone on a killing spree if they hadn't endangered her daughter?
* NinetiesAntiHero: One of the more well-rounded examples.
* NoBisexuals: Subverted, by the two main characters no less.
* NobodyPoops
** Averted in "A Day in the Life".
-->'''Gabrielle:''' You used my scrolls?!\\
'''Xena:''' Now, take it easy. There were no good leaves in the bush. I used a piece that didn't have much writing on it!
** In "A Tale of Two Muses", Xena uses a ''flushable'' toilet.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: "The Deliverer", which saw Gabrielle commit her first kill (thus losing her blood innocence), the introduction of Dahak and the beginning of the "Rift" arc. A shaken Gabrielle even laments, "Everything's different now."
* NotSoDire: In "The Price" we see Xena and Gabrielle in a struggle with something which turns to just them fishing. Their fun is ruined however when [[MoodWhiplash corpses start floating down the river]].
* OffhandBackhand: Xena, quite often with regular {{mooks}}.
* OfficialCouple: In an odd case of this, the episode "The Xena Scrolls" have the descendants of Xena and Gabrielle find the title scrolls which detail Xena's life and which name [[TemporaryLoveInterest Marcus]] as Xena's "one true love." Obviously, most fans chalk this down to CanonDiscontinuity.
* OffWithHisHead: Pompey and Discord.
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement: The assassin Sinteres is said to be deadly with any weapon. King of Thieves Autolycus, posing as Sinteres, has to demonstrate this by killing a man with a thrown toothpick [[spoiler:although Xena's use of a grappling hook helped]].
* OnlyMostlyDead: In "The Greater Good", Xena temporarily dies after [[spoiler:Callisto]] poisons her -- in her words, she has to fully "go under" to fight the poison. Later, in "Is There a Doctor in the House?" Gabrielle is severely injured and stops breathing for several minutes before being revived. The end of that episode confirms that Gabrielle's soul did indeed make it to the Elysian Fields, so she was technically dead for those few minutes.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Happens ''very'' often, particularly among the minor characters and extras, usually played by New Zealand and Australian actors called on to sport American accents with varying degrees of success. Lucy Lawless was known to do this a few times herself.
* OpeningNarration:
-->''"In a time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle...."''
* OpeningShoutOut: The show made fun of the "the power, the passion" part of the opening narration.
* OurBansheesAreLouder: Xena and Gabrielle encountered a trio of banshees in Britainia. They didn't display any high-pitched screams, and were described as shades that could take solid form at will (the latter making it difficult for Xena to land a punch). These banshees were also shown to be worshipful of Hope and Dahak. Their mannerisms are also reminiscent of [[Franchise/EvilDead Deadites]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[NotUsingTheZedWord "Bacchae"]] appeared on both ''Young Hercules'' and ''Xena'', ultimately destroyed in the latter.
* OutOfGenreExperience:
-->'''Salmoneus [[spoiler:(Ares in disguise)]]:''' One week it's a melodrama, the next it's Film/TheThreeStooges.
* PinballProjectile: The chakram, which bounces off pillars, rocks, and Mooks' heads, is the Trope Inspirer.
* PirateGirl: Nebula
* PlayingWithFire: Callisto as a Goddess. Occasionally Ares, Hades and other Gods too.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Adds much fuel to the LesYay fire when Xena screams, ''"Don't you leave me!"'' while trying to resuscitate a not-breathing Gabrielle.
* PleaseWakeUp: Xena to Gabrielle, word for word, as she is [[OnlyMostlyDead dying]] in ''Is There A Doctor in the House?'' [[spoiler: She does. Does both, that is, dying and then being awoken by Xena.]]
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Season 5's "Lifeblood" showed clips for a new series, ''Amazon High'', that explained the "origin" of the Amazons through a series of vision-quest flashbacks.
* PopularityPower: how Xena beats all the Olympian Gods in the ''Twilight of the Gods'' arc. No, really.
* ThePowerOfLove: subverted in the 'Twilight of the Gods' arc. Firstly, Eli says that love and compassion - the Way of Love - is enough to destroy the Gods, that the population of Greece will turn away from the Gods (well, more 'turn to' the God of Love, but anyway...) and he sacrifices himself to martyr for the cause. Then, in a later episode a prophecy comes along that says that it's Xena's child who will actually destroy the Gods, subverting the entire 'Way of Love' plotline and making Eli's sacrifice completely pointless.[[note]]Seems like the writers thought Love wasn't strong enough after all.[[/note]]
* PowerTattoo: Gabrielle's [[http://images.ados.fr/television/photo/5535277553/dernier-episode/xena-gabrielle-883126441.jpg dragon tattoo]] in the Finale.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The chakram.
* PressurePoint: Xena's favorite interrogation method was a nerve pinch that cut off blood flow to the victim's brain. And she liked to [[ToThePain explain that as it happened.]]
* PrinceAndPauper: Both Xena and Joxer have several identical lookalikes. Xena has the princess Diana, the tramp-turned-cook Meg, and the priestess Leah. Joxer has two identical triplet brothers named Jett and Jayce.
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath
* ProphecyTwist - Xena convinced a king to adopt a baby who was prophesied to take his throne in season 1.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: In the last two seasons, virtually anything Xena does to protect Eve is considered just and anyone that anyway puts Eve in jeopardy is deserves death. This includes people questioning whether one child is worth that of many others, people demanding justice for Eve's crimes against them, or normally benevolent (Athena) gods fighting for their own loved ones. Xena only gets called out on it when she nearly unleashes hell on Earth, corrupts and archangel and tries to murder the Archangel Michael. Even then any criticisms are casually brushed aside.
* PunnyName: Tons -- the most wince-worthy being, perhaps, two soldiers named Thelonius and Monk.
* PureIsNotGood: Pao Hsu was able to harness her powers because of her purity, of hate.
* PyrrhicVictory: The lesson of the season 4 episode "A Good Day".
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Xena as the [[spoiler:Slayer of Gods, killed most of the Olympian gods, and a few non-Olympians]].
* RealAfterAll: "Altared States": Gabrielle never reached the [[BuffySpeak loud-talking-thing]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Xena's pregnancy in Season Five.
* RealityWritingBook: The magic scroll in "The Quill Is Mightier..."
* RecklessSidekick: Gabrielle. Never Joxer -- would the latter lead to YouCanKeepHer?
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Xena herself]].
* RedOniBlueOni
** Xena is usually the Blue Oni. She thinks through her actions more than Gabrielle, has less rage and blood-thirstiness than Callisto, is nowhere near as jittery as Joxer, and even keeps her cool around Ares. Hercules only flips the dynamic by virtue of being in less internal anguish.
** Pompey and Caesar.
* ReincarnationRomance: Between Xena and Gabrielle.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena-in-Callisto's body]], almost word-for-word, in "Ten Little Warlords".
* RingsOfDeath: Xena's Chakram.
* RuleOfSymbolism
** In one episode Xena and Callisto have a teeter-tottering fight on a series of ladders and rails, defying the laws of physics and gravity, and somehow managing to create a see-saw out of the materials around them. It makes little sense, but perfectly depicts how Callisto sees both herself and her bond with Xena.
* SceneryGorn
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the pilot, Draco is instructing new recruits to shoot arrows at him while he stands in front of a target. He spares the one guy who shoots the target and not him. [As memory serves, Draco spares the one guy who actually knicks him with an arrow, even to the point of drawing some blood. Draco moved to intercept the arrow and missed. He caught all the other guys' arrows. So he's impressed with this one guy for strong nerves and good aim. And for not passing out when he knicked Draco, a very dangerous man.]
* SelfDeprecation: "The Plays' the Thing" and "Deja Vu All Over Again".
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The Twilight.
* SequelEpisode: "Warrior... Princess..." and its sequels "Warrior... Princess... Tramp" and "Warrior... Priestess... Tramp".
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: {{Euripides}} was very fond of this.
* SexFaceTurn: ''How'' Hercules got Xena to turn a new leaf.
* ShakyPOVCam: In "A Family Affair", this is used during Xena's first encounter with the Destroyer (In a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/EvilDead'', the sequence includes banging against a closed door.)
* ShamefulStrip: Happens to both Xena and Gabrielle in ''The Bitter Suite'' when they lose their clothes to the river they fall into that brings them into Illusyia. And then it happens to Xena a second time when Ares cuts off the clothes Callisto loaned her ''in front of his men''. Xena herself was not amused.
* ShamuFu: More than once Xena went into combat armed only with fish.
* SheFu: Xena, sometimes taken to the extreme.
* ShesGotLegs: Xena certainly does. Gabrielle (when her outfits got smaller, anyway) and Callisto certainly have nice sets of legs, too...
** The episode "Destiny" pretty much revolves around Xena's legs.
* ShirtlessScene
** Ares got a few. [[{{Fanservice}} Not that anyone complained...]]
** So did Marcus, and this was after he was dead.
-->'''Xena:''' You lost weight.\\
'''Marcus:''' It's hot down here.
* ShoutOut
** At the end of "The Play's the Thing", Joxer is left alone hanging over the stage with a rope around his feet, whining that he is going to tell his brother. Joxer is played by Ted Raimi, whose brother is director Sam Raimi, one of the producers of the show.
** Not to mention the occasional reference to a certain [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffus the Bacchae Slayer]].
** The reworked title for the play "Message of Peace" is ''[[{{Film/FasterPussycatKillKill}} Faster Chakram, Kill, Kill, Kill!]]''
** At the end of "The Xena Scrolls," Ted Kleinman is attempting a pitch to Rob Tapert. What he describes is essentially the climatic scene from ''Franchise/EvilDead II''. Tapert even responds with, "Done it."
** Xena (in Autolycus body) and Gabrielle's kiss in "The Quest" seems straight out of ''Film/{{Ghost}}''.
* SickEpisode: "In Sickness and in Hell" where Xena has lice, Gabrielle has foot rot and later they both get food poisoning.
* {{Sidekick}}: Gabrielle and Joxer.
* SimpleStaff: Gabrielle's WeaponOfChoice.
* SkywardScream: Xena in "The Ring".
--> '''Xena:''' ... who am I... WHO AM I?!?!
* SlapSlapKiss: Amarice and Arman.
* SnowMeansDeath: Xena's vision of her and Gabrielle being crucified on a snowy mountain in season 4. [[spoiler:That came true]].
** It also snowed during [[spoiler: Xena]]'s first trip to [[spoiler: Japan]] with [[spoiler: Akemi]]. Both women would die there, one just a few days after the snow fall, and the other some years later.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent
** Several episode were set in the present time and portrayed the show as being a re-enactment of the "Xena Scrolls" written by Gabrielle.
** "The Bitter Suite", and "Lyre, Lyre Hearts on Fire", the musical episodes.
** "'You Are There" features a modern-day reporter (played by Michael Hurst) following Xena and Gabrielle around. With no explanation.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Callisto manages to swap bodies with Xena, Xena-in-Callisto urges Gabrielle to ask Callisto-in-Xena what Gabrielle has been dreaming about since the death of her husband. When "Xena" says that it's been the moment in which Gabrielle can have her revenge, Gabrielle knows she's lying, not just because it's out of character, but because she had already told Xena that she hadn't had any dreams since Perdicus's death.
* SpontaneousReverb: In the episode where Xena meets the slave girl who teaches her how to fight. At one point the slave girl is on the bow of the boat, singing. She brought her own reverb.
* SpringtimeForHitler: In "The Play's the Thing" (a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TheProducers''), a pair of con artists get a hold of one of Gabrielle's plays and convince her to put it on as a play. As it's overly talky, lacking any action and full of Gabrielle's beliefs, they expect it to fail and to be able to keep all the money (including what was donated by some vicious warlords). Problem is, the cast and producer Joxer make changes (which Gabrielle ultimately agrees with) to transform it into a rousing, violent adventure story.
* SteppingStoneSword: In one episode, Xena is scaling the wall of an enemy stronghold and, when it looks like she is about to fall short, her allies fire arrows into the wall that she uses as rungs to scale the last few feet.
* TheStrategist: Xena is an absolutely brilliant and cunning strategist, and intelligent and humble enough to take on anything and everything her mentors, allies, and enemies show her, using them with the genius of a born military commander. If we find out that she ghost-wrote ''The Art Of War'', it wouldn't be surprising. However, her military brilliance means that she conquered and killed entire nations, which comes back to haunt her later when she atones for it.
* {{Stripperiffic}}
** Some of Xena's outfits.
** Gabrielle, particularly her "incredible shrinking costume" in later seasons.
** The Amazons, the Furies, the Banshees...
** Discord's male henchmen also deserve a mention here, walking around basically in leather underwear and boots.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:Marcus, Xena's true love.]]
* {{Subtext}}
* SuddenlyFluentInGibberish: In "Fins, Femmes and Gems", Joxer thinks he is 'Atis, the Ape Man' and claims to be able to speak to animals. It is unclear if if he actually can or if this is just part of his delusion.
* SuddenlySexuality: For all the talk of subtext, it has to be remembered that when the show began, Xena and her partner Gabrielle were just really good friends and only expressed interest in heterosexual relationships. However, there is not a sudden reversal on this, nor do the characters ever become loudly and openly lesbian. The level of suggestion escalates over time. Later in the series a lesbian relationship between them is strongly implied, though intentionally not made explicit; the one time the question was directly put to Xena and Gabrielle, the episode ended before they could answer. Notably, Melissa Good, a fanfic author known for her tasteful portrayal of a lesbian relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, became a story editor in the show's final season, where the lesbian subtext became the most overt.
** Very true. In fact, in season 5 they were playing the Ares/Xena angle pretty damn hard, with build-up through season 4 particularly - although Gabrielle did seem very unhappy whenever something happened between the two of them. However we will never know where that subplot would have gone if taken to its natural conclusion because it was pretty quickly wiped out in season 6 and things between Xena and Gabrielle shifted from HeterosexualLifePartners with subtext here and there to very full-on LesYay subtext with romantic connotations. The change is not all that subtle.
*** Eli forbade all sub-text throughout season 5, so Xena/Ares was the theme; season 6 was Xena shagging every woman she met ''except'' Gabrielle. 'The Ring' brought back Xena/Gabrielle subtext, so it was squashed next week with 'Old Ares had a Farm' which was Xena sleeping with Ares again. 'FIN': Xena said to Akemi "This is Gabrielle, my soul-mate." So there was a Prophecy that Xena must dump Gabrielle and spend eternity with Akemi in Japanese Hell.
* SuperheroOrigin: subverted. The show tended to avoid Xena's origin story, being more preoccupied with the character development that Xena's crimes after her origin allowed for.
** Not that we don't know what happened; we hear the account of Cortez's raid on Xena's village several different times, and even see (via flashback) Xena's confrontation with her mother after the death of her brother, but we never see the battle itself.
** We also hear the accounts of Xena's other brother, the warlord who led the attack, the villagers and Xena herself numerous times.
** The entire series kind of serves as Gabrielle's origin story.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: Aka "Hercules Stays Away From Wherever Xena Happens to Be." In "A Necessary Evil," Gabrielle actually suggests getting Hercules' help for their current problem (a now-godly Velasca), but Xena states they don't know where to find him. Otherwise, the possibility of getting Hercules' help for major threats (such as against Dahak or Hope) is never even brought up. Justified since the problems they're facing need to be handled immediately, the fastest means of communication would be a pigeon or an unreliable god, the fastest means of travel would probably be a boat or an unreliable god and generally they wouldn't have the faintest idea where Hercules would be even if they did have a god helping them.
** Hercules does, however, deal with a lot of the same threats Xena does, battling Hope, Callisto, Ares, Caesar and even being the one to finally end the Dahak plotline, by [[spoiler: killing the God of evil]].
* SwarmOfRats: In the episode "Death in Chains".
* TakeUpMySword: In "The Greater Good". Could also be seen as a character arc for Gabrielle throughout the entire show, depending on how you take the events in [[spoiler:"A Friend In Need".]]
* TalkingToTheDead: In the very first episode, with Xena at her brother's grave.
* TeamPet: Argo, and later Argo II, Xena's horse(s).
* TemporaryLoveInterest: Xena had a good number of these before switching to LesYay with Gabrielle.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In the pilot, Xena buries her weapons, renouncing her life of violence. It doesn't last.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In "Takes One to Know One", Joxor speculates that Minya's motive for the murder might be that she "loves horses too much". After a pause, and several odd looks from the other characters, he continues "Let me rephrase...".
%%* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThemeTuneCameo: Twice. Xena whistles it in "Fins, Femmes, and Gems" and [[ThePowerOfRock plays it on a lute]] in "Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire".
%%* ThinkOfTheChildren: Ephiny cries this in "Is There A Doctor In The House?" It's played totally straight.
%%* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks
%%* TheTimeOfMyths
%%* TitleDrop: Not just the title of the show but also the title of the episodes.
* ToHellAndBack: Hell. Heaven. Elysium. Tartarus. Valhalla. The Amazon Land of the Dead.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gabrielle. 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 & a pair of Sai. Averted with Joxer, who is the son of a warlord and travels with Xena and Gabrielle for quite a lot of time, passes through many battles, and yet remains a very poor fighter.
%%* TragicDream - Xena and Gabrielle dying in season 4.
%%* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The Amazon founder Cyane is actually from the 20th century. This explains why some of the Amazon's rituals are familiar (the Amazon purification ritual is a sauna, the Amazon royal challenge is pro wrestling).
* TheTrojanWar: back in season 1. It's unique in that Troy is not portrayed as a golden city but a place that's almost in ruins after a decade of war.
%%* TrueLoveIsBoring: Can't have a "Warrior Princess" being happy, now can we, Gabrielle?
* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: One episode featured the search for a large, hidden treasure with a treasure map that had been ripped into several pieces. The different people looking for the map were forced to work together as they had memorized their portions of the map and then destroyed them.
%%* [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll Unnecessary Combat Somersault]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension
** Xena and [[spoiler:Gabrielle]], especially. There's also Xena and [[spoiler:Ares]], Xena and [[spoiler:Hercules]], Xena and [[spoiler:Iolaus]], Xena and [[spoiler:Lao Ma]] and Xena and [[spoiler:Borias]].
** Also Gabrielle and [[spoiler:Joxer]].
%%* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The reporter from "You Are There".
* VillainOfTheWeek: Try Warlord of the Week, especially in season 1.
* VillainousValour: The gods during the "Twilight" arc. The gods are defending their own lives, but also their loved ones, homes and everything they have built over thousands of years. Athena tries reasoning, bargaining, and intimidation before resorting to bloodshed.
* VineSwing: Joxer does this in "Fins, Femmes and Gems", swinging in on a vine to abduct Gabrielle, after he becomes obsessed with the story of "Atis, the Ape Man" as a result of Aphrodite's magical perfume.
* VirginSacrifice: In "Many Happy Returns", Zarat and his band of religious zealots are about to sacrifice the virgin Genia by hurling her off the edge of a cliff. After Xena saves her, Genia mistakes her for a goddess and confesses about how she has always dreamed of being sacrificed.
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: A few episodes but played out as FlashForward setups with the characters in the modern day.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Xena and Gabrielle squabble occasionally, but it's almost always played for laughs. Keeping in mind [[MusicalEpisode what happened]] the ONE time it wasn't played for laughs...
%%* WalkingShirtlessScene: Cupid.
%%* WalkingTheEarth
* WallCrawl: [[spoiler: Gabrielle as a temporary Bacchae (vampire)]] in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
* WarIsHell: It may be a campy show but ''Xena'' refuses to shy away from the terrible effects of war.
** Often results in MoodWhiplash strong enough to give you an [[{{metaphorgotten}} emotional sprain]].
* WasItAllALie: Xena and [[spoiler:Marc Antony]] in "Antony and Cleopatra".
%%* WeaponOfChoice
%%** Xena's Chakram.
%%** Gabrielle's Sais, and (to a lesser extent) her staff.
%%* WeHelpTheHelpless
* WHAMEpisode
%%** "Sacrifice, Part II"
** "The Deliverer" for kickstarting the Dahak/Rift storylines. Immediately followed by another Wham Episode ("Gabrielle's Hope"), where Gabrielle [[spoiler:gives birth to a certain baby.]]
%%** "Looking Death in the Eye". Suddenly, a TimeSkip!
%%** "TheQuest". The HoYay subtext comes true.
%%* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Xena's older brother.
%%* WhipItGood
%%* WhiteSheep
* WholePlotReference: The episode "The Play's the Thing" is based off the plot from ''Film/TheProducers'', with Gabrielle getting caught in the scam. At one point, when Joxer and her actors are trying to offer constructive criticism, someone suggests the name be changed. Gabrielle sarcastically asks "To what? Springtime for Warlords?"
** "Tsunami" is a nod to ''ThePoseidonAdventure''.
** "Takes One to Know One" is this to ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' and other murder mysteries.
* WhatADrag: Xena drags Gabrielle behind a galloping horse in 'Bitter Suite' and gloatingly reprises in a later episode by dragging Cassius in front of Gabrielle.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Callisto eventually got sick of her godhood-induced immortality when she had nothing to live for and wanted Xena to kill her with the Hind's Blood Dagger, but Xena refused to give Callisto what she wanted until she saw Gabrielle perish, realizing that Callisto now had something worth living for. However, Callisto may have just been playing off of Xena's fragmented emotional state in the moment, to achieve her goal.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim : the Greek Gods are amazingly powerful, capable of blowing up entire buildings and even cities, manipulating the weather and are omniscient - when they can be bothered to use that power - and that's just the tip of the iceberg, but none of them every just blow up the building Xena is in or targeting her with a lightning bolt (using their omniscience to be ''accurate'') or even teleporting her 150 feet in the air and then dropping her to her death etc. etc. when they want to kill her[[spoiler:or her baby]] and they never use their amazing powers for anything except fights between other Gods, making it a case of ReedRichardsIsUseless as well. They only ever attack Xena like any other warlord, and never use their thousands of years of experience to their advantage.
* WithCatlikeTread: Bandits trying to kill Xena in her sleep in "A Day in the Life" ruin their own chances by shouting "Now you will die, Xena!"
%%* AWizardDidIt: TropeNamer... [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons sort of]].
%%* WomanInWhite: Celesta
%%* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Destroyer. Unlike his mother, who had knowledge of morality and what is right and wrong, the Destroyer only kills humans because his mother tells him to, only wanting love and affection (which Hope has no interest in giving, only wanting him to be alive so that they can fulfill Daehak's plan). He only attacks Xena because Hope tells him to, and not only completely stops fighting when Gabrielle shows him affection and tells him not to, but is absolutely distraught when he accidentally hurts and kills Hope. This is a creature who, unlike Hope, was actually born innocent, and deserved the same attempts Gabrielle made to redeem Hope much more than Hope herself did.
%%* WorldOfBadass
%%* WorldOfHam
* WrittenInInfirmity Multiple times:
** When Lucy Lawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''TheTonightShow'', it triggered a story arc where Xena was in a death-like trance and her soul had to be carried in the bodies of other characters on the show. Thus, "Xena" could still appear on the show while Lucy Lawless was recuperating. Two of the soul-carriers were Xena's enemy Callisto and Autolycus, the King of Thieves.
** Gabrielle spraining her ankle in "One Against an Army" was written because Renee O'Connor really did sprain her ankle during production. It's even acknowledged in the credits.
%%* XanatosSpeedChess: Xena and Gabrielle are the masters of this.
%%* YellowPeril: Ming Tzu and Khan.
* YouCantFightFate[=/=]SelfFulfillingProphecy: Once decreed by the Fates, The "Twilight of the Gods" is inevitable. Xena's child would eventually become the messenger of Eli and turn people away from the Olympians and Xena would be given the power to kill gods. Ironically, the very attempts by the gods to prevent it both delays it and causes their own deaths. Quite fitting for a show based on Greek Mythology. Fate may also explain their sudden changes in personality and bouts in stupidity.
* YouLookFamiliar: Many examples, but Cupid and Julius Caesar, both 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.
* YouMeanXmas: [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol "A Solstice Carol"]] -- subtle.
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