* 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.
* ActorAllusion
** "The Play's The Thing" features a Centaur actor played by Peter Muller, who played Deric the Centaur on ''[[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]]''. (And his name is [[Creator/DustinHoffman Dustinus]] [[PunnyName Hoofmanus]].)
** "Here She Comes, Miss Amphipolis" sees Xena go undercover at a beauty pageant. Lucy Lawless is no stranger to beauty pageants.
** Autolycus being made to punch himself in the face by Xena while she's inhabiting his body brings to mind a certain [[Franchise/EvilDead other role]] that Bruce Campbell has had.
** Done pretty often with Ted Raimi (Joxer the Mighty), usually to poke fun at him for being the [[Creator/SamRaimi Executive Producer's brother]].
** With Creator/BruceCampbell (Autolycus) this is usually done alongside Ted Raimi, referencing his (Campell's) work on the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies, and his longstanding friendship with Raimi's [[Creator/SamRaimi older brother]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: The New Zealand variant standing in for ancient Greece and other parts of the world.
* CreatorBacklash: Rob Tapert has admitted the fifth season wasn't all it could have been.
* DirectedByCastMember
** Creator/BruceCampbell did "The Key to the Kingdom".
** Renee O'Connor did "Déjà Vu All Over Again" and "Dangerous Prey".
** Michael Hurst, who starred on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and made several guest appearances on Xena directed quite a few of the better done episodes. In fact, he was such a recurrent director, that the cast and crew, (all the way up to the executive producers) started to call him "Cup-Of-Blood-Michael" due to his love of using fake blood, and penchant to want more and more. You can thank him for the episode "To Helicon and Back"; one of the most gruesome and violent episodes in both the show's history, and that of television.
* DisownedAdaptation: Rob Tapert openly hates the Dynamite Comics arcs, which act as a FixFic to developments that Tapert supported and continually defends to this day. [[http://talkingxena.yuku.com/topic/754/t/20-ANSWERS-FROM-ROB-TAPERT.html One interview]] also suggests he's annoyed that Dynamite simply procured the licensing rights and didn't request any consultation (as he makes a point of criticizing them for doing that with their ''Comicbook/ArmyOfDarkness'' comics).
* DyeHard: Lawless and O'Connor are both natural blondes; Lawless dyed her hair black (on ''Hercules'') then brown, while O'Connor dyed hers red for most of the show's first two seasons.
* FlipFlopOfGod: Ongoing after the show ended. Mostly regarding the nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship. Of note, around the time of the finale, Lucy Lawless felt it was "more than friends" due to a particular scene. By the time of recording DVD commentaries, this opinion was reversed.
* NonSingingVoice: Both Gabrielle and Callisto in "The Bitter Suite," and Gabrielle again in "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire" (although the latter counts as a subversion - Renee O'Connor is one of ''three'' performers who do Gabby's singing here, according to the soundtrack album credits!). Averted with Xena and Joxer in both episodes, Ares in the former, and Draco (and Amoria) in the latter.
* TheOtherDarrin
** Hades was portrayed by Erik Thomson (who was also initially TheOtherDarrin on ''Hercules'') until he was replaced by Stephen Lovatt for Season 5.
** Cleopatra was originally played by [[Series/{{Firefly}} Gina Torres]]. The other Cleopatra was played by Josephine Davidson (who also played Athena) in the episode "Antony and Cleopatra".
** Brutus was played by Grant Triplow in "Destiny" and "When In Rome," then played by Darren Young in "A Good Day" and then by [[Series/{{Farscape}} David Franklin]] for all remaining appearances.
* ProductionPosse: Both Hercules and Xena were Executive Produced by Creator/SamRaimi and both feature RecurringCharacter, Autolycus the King of Thieves (Played by Creator/BruceCampbell), Xena herself (Iolaus being the one to help her HeelFaceTurn) and Joxer the Mighty (played by younger brother, Theodore Raimi).
* PromotedFangirl: In a move unprecedented in television history, popular Xena fan fiction writer Melissa Good was hired specifically ''because'' she was a popular fan fic writer (of the [[TransplantedCharacterFic uberfic]] ''Tropical Storm'' and its sequels, among others). She wrote the sixth season episodes "Coming Home" and "Legacy", as well as a third musical episode that was supposed to involve Sappho as a Gabrielle lookalike, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which never went past the outline stage]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The writers really wanted to bring back Velasca, but Melinda Clarke's schedule was consistently too busy.
* RunningTheAsylum: Several episodes of the sixth season of were actually written by a (critically acclaimed) FanFic writer who was approached by the creators of the show and asked to write a bunch of episodes.
* ViralMarketing: In a very early example, in 1995 the show's website (itself unusual for a show at the time) featured an archive of e-mails between researchers working on [[http://whoosh.org/xenascrolls/xenascrolls.html "The Xena Scrolls"]].
* TakeThat: Charon's entire rant in ''You Are There'' where he bashes Hercules for never paying his tolls while comparing Xena more favorably against Herc was more than likely a giant TakeThat directed against Kevin Sorbo. By the time this episode had aired, Hercules had already ended and Kevin Sorbo himself had ended his Hercules stint on a very sour note with Rob Tapert. Tapert had wanted to continue Hercules for three more seasons while Sorbo himself was tired of playing Hercules and wanted to move on to ''{{Series/Andromeda}}'', in addition to already disliking Tapert, claiming that Rob had taken away money, production value, and his favorite writers away from Hercules to benefit Xena. Sorbo himself admitted that things didn't end well with Rob Tapert in his autobiography and all the things Charon said about Hercules was more than likely a case of WriterOnBoard where Rob Tapert was venting and expressing his exact thoughts on how ungrateful he considered Kevin Sorbo to be.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** A version of the script for "The Furies" would have revealed that Ares was indeed Xena's father (this was changed due to 1) not wanting Xena to be a half-god like Hercules, and 2) the {{Squick}} factor that would result from Ares' physical attraction to Xena and even sleeping with her when Callisto was using her body). The final version is ambiguous enough that some people assume this to be the case anyway.
** The episode "Intimate Stranger" was suppose to end with Xena getting her body back from Callisto but when Lucy Lawless had injured herself the ending was changed to have her still trapped in Callisto's body so that Callisto's actress could fill in for Xena for the following up.
* WrittenInInfirmity Multiple times:
** When Lucy Lawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/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.
** While not technically an infirmity, the entire fifth season was written to accommodate Lucy Lawless's pregnancy, sidelining her and giving most of the action to Gabrielle and various supporting characters.
* YouLookFamiliar: Many examples, but Mael, Cupid and Julius Caesar, all played by Karl Urban, stand out. Lucy Lawless & Renee O'Connor both played different characters in the ''Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' preseries {{Made For TV Movie}}s.

!!This series has [[TropeNamers named the following tropes]]:

* {{Xenafication}}: But is not itself an example.
* AWizardDidIt: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Sorta.]]

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* AnnoyingArrows
* FeministFantasy
* HollywoodMedievalJapan

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