* AlasPoorScrappy: The death of [[spoiler:Joxer.]]
* BestKnownForTheFanService: ''The Bitter Suite'' is best remembered for Xena getting a ShamefulStrip from Ares and to a lesser extent Gabrielle running around naked.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire" is more of a Big Lipped Alligator Episode. Not that this show was big on historical accuracy, but the episode opens with Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer breaking into a rendition of Edwin Starr's ''War'' and spends the rest of the episode having two warring parties fight it out in a battle of the bands rather than with swords. This episode followed up right after several very serious episodes too.
** Multiple episodes taking place in modern day with the principle actors playing reincarnations/descendants/look a likes of themselves, because...why not?
* BizarroEpisode
** The season 5 episode "Married With Fishsticks", which mostly forgets about the story arc going on at the time to do a pointless filler episode where the feuding Aphrodite and Discord accidentally send Gabrielle into an alternate world where she's a mermaid, and is entirely populated with merpeople. The whole thing is ''incredibly'' weird, and ends with it apparently being AllJustADream as Gabrielle wakes up back with Xena.
*** Given that this was in season 5, it's noted on the DVD special features that everyone was quite wary that this ''not'' be the show's 100th episode.
** Arguably, the season 6 episode "You Are There" also counts. (See ClipShow below.)
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** The intro. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvdMynYtk6M How about the intro on electric lyre]]?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwfaCL-Ox8Q&feature=related He's Joxer! Joxer the Mighty! Joxer! Joxer the Mighty!]]
* CultClassic
* DracoInLeatherPants: This trope's even funnier when you realize there really IS a guy named Draco in Xena, and that he DOES wear leather pants. The show even plays the trope straight after [[spoiler:everyone was suddenly made to love each other by Cupid's playful son, who somehow got a hold of daddy's arrows. The effect was later reversed, except for Draco. Xena suggested Cupid not undo this one to make the warlord a better, less dangerous-to-society person.]] This comes back to haunt them in a later episode.
* EvilIsSexy: Callisto and Ares. Well, ''everyone'' is sexy in this series, but the villains tend to be sexier than the average peasant.
* FoeYay: Xena and Callisto, Xena and Ares, Gabrielle and Ares.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment
** In the early season one episode "Cradle of Hope", Gabrielle scorns the idea of someone sending a baby down a river. Then came the season three episode, "Gabrielle's Hope", in which Gabrielle sends her ([[FetusTerrible evil]]) newborn baby down a river rather than kill her -- an act that comes back to haunt Xena and Gabrielle in a big way.
** The many deaths of Joxer who died permanently in season 5.
** Ares falling out of the sky after Gabrielle accidentally depowered him. Sadly, Kevin Smith died in kind of the same way.
* HarsherInHindsight: Ares giving up his immortality to save Eve. RIP Kevin Smith.
* HeReallyCanAct: Hudson Leick played bit parts in soaps and never really garnered any attention... until she played Callisto. The range and depth of her acting as well as her development of the character was just insane (... [[DontExplainTheJoke as in insanely awesome]]). When she had to play Xena for a couple of episodes (MakesSenseInContext) she was jaw-droppingly good, and she played one of the most complex and heart-rending villains to ever grace the television screen without dropping a beat. It was her acting as a reformed Callisto that justified the entire existence of the [[spoiler:"Xena and Gabrielle die and become angels" plotline]].
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Chariots of War," Cycnus (Jeffrey Thomas) tells Xena they met at the Battle of Corinth. It wasn't that much later when Thomas was cast on ''[[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]]'' as Jason, the king of Corinth.
** "The Athens Academy of Performing Bards" features the story of Spartacus. Lucy Lawless would eventually be featured in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''.
* HoYay: Xena and Gabrielle.
* MorePopularSpinoff: Of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
* {{Narm}}: Livia/Eve's bad acting causes this. When she's angry she sounds less like Rome's champion and more like a Valley girl.
* NeverLiveItDown: Gabrielle's insufferable flirting with complete pacifism. More specifically, her starting it by throwing Ephiny's staff into a river, which comes off as quite callous considering what a big moment her getting it was.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''''Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate'', a 3D FightingGame for the NintendoSixtyFour, is the very definition of "button masher". Characters' standard attacks are performed by rapidly pressing the C buttons repeatedly, and those were the only {{Combo}}s the game offered due to high ending lag on all attacks. Special moves and throws had such a high amount of startup lag, often for a full second (!), that the only way to not get punished for them is to camp. To make matters worse, there was a fairly large amount of HitboxDissonance to go with it. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And the game's villain is an]] OriginalCharacter, a BigRedDevil [[GenericDoomsdayVillain with the fittingly generic name of "Despair"]]. That said, the music and the graphics were well-done.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Joxer
* RunningTheAsylum: Several episodes of the 6th 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.
* ScapegoatCreator: Fans complained loudly and often about Season 5 at the time, usually blaming new show-runners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for everything. Apparently, it wasn't just the fans who felt this way, as Kurtzman and Orci were suspiciously gone about halfway through the season. While being show-runners made them responsible for many creative decisions, they nonetheless still had to answer to Rob Tapert. The series was also hurt by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'''s production, as a number of experienced, local personnel left to work on the big-budget trilogy.
* SeasonalRot: Season 5 is generally regarded by Xena fans as when the show went downhill, season 6 fares even worse.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Some of the CGI and blue-screen effects used in the earlier episodes (such as in "The Titans", "Prometheus" and "Mortal Beloved") have ''not'' aged well. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justifed]], as the budget wasn't exactly high.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: The gods in the "Twilight of the Gods" arc. They are trying to take 1 life in order to save ''their families'' and the beings they love at the very least (putting aside their responsibility to humanity and their godhood). Considering that we already established that if Eve had died as a baby, she would have gone straight to Heaven or the Eleysian Fields, to eventually be reincarnated - something that the Gods know and are very familiar with - from the Gods' perspective you can see exactly why killing her seemed reasonable.
* TheWoobie: Joxer. Usually his ButtMonkey ways are played for laughs, but episodes like "For Him The Bell Tolls" and "A Comedy Of Eros" play his misfortunes in a far more sympathetic light.
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