Characters: Xena: Warrior Princess
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Xena and her friends
"It's easy to talk like that when you're in Heaven. Where I come from, you fight for what you believe in."
Former warlord turned wandering hero.
- The Ace: Xena can outfight anyone she comes up against, even when she's sick (or crazy), and the fact that she can outsmart gods makes her a bigger Guile Heroine than Gabrielle.
- Action Heroine: Xena goes beyond mere Action Girl status and ascends to this. She's the woman who set the standard for all TV heroines, even Buffy.
- Annoying Arrows: Xena takes almost as many arrows as Callisto did in the featured picture, (pulling only some out), in the finale. Unfortunately for her, she wasn't a god at the time.
- The Atoner: Xena spends the entire series atoning for her misdeeds, and dies to achieve redemption.
- Badass: She is probably the queen of television badasses!
- Battle Couple: With Ares.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ares.
- Blood Knight: Although she has always enjoyed battle and thrives in the midst of it, after Caesar screwed her over, she became this in a very bad - and indiscriminate - way. Even after her Heel-Face Turn in Hercules, she still contains elements of this.
- Booze Flamethrower: One of Xena's favorite moves.
- Character Title
- Choice of Two Weapons: Her sword and her chakram.
- Contralto of Danger: Xena's voice is much deeper than Gabrielle's, since between the two, Xena is a seasoned fighter, while Gaby is a bard.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Without her dark past, she wouldn't be the hero she became, and that, in the end, it was all worth it.
- Dating Catwoman: With Ares.
- Determinator: So much. The woman has a will of steel.
- Fatal Flaw: Her willingness to sacrifice herself to save others.
Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor)
"The world belongs to men, only because we let them."
Xena's best friend, sidekick and chronicler.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: While serving as Joxer's sidekick.
- The Lancer: In later seasons.
- Morality Pet: She plays this role for Xena.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Gabrielle does this once per episode early on. Of course, her biggest example in this regard is letting Hope live and lying to Xena about killing her. Lots of consequences there.
- Promoted To Opening Credits: Season 2.
- Sai Gal: Seasons Five and Six.
- Technical Pacifist: Gabrielle has no problem whacking people with her staff, but refuses to kill. For the first few seasons anyway.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Not until the end of season 4 that she learned she always can't stick to this rule. And then she just threw the rule away altogether and started killing people left and right. (There's not really a good justification for this other than that she found pacifism too hard.)
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- Wandering Minstrel: Gabrielle becomes a wandering Bard for a while, before becoming Action Girl Jr.
- Weapon of Choice: Her staff, and (in later seasons) her Sais.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her naivete combined with an unbending righteousness leads her to rash though well-intentioned action.
Joxer the Mighty (Ted Raimi)
"Joxer the Mighty, He wanders through the countryside...
"Oh, that song again! I can't get it out of my head! The meter is awful!Harmless Villain
turned Heroic Wannabe
, Joxer is one of Xena and Gabrielle's best and most trusted friends.
The King of Thieves.
- Everyone Has Standards: Never steals from anyone that can't afford to lose it. He once demanded that a poor community pay a large amount for his services, but then he secretly gave it back to them when the mission was done.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Iolaus
- Freudian Excuse: In his first appearance, he explains to Hercules why he's a thief.
"A bloated merchant from Cyros tricked my brother, Malachis, out of his land. And when Malachis protested, the merchant had him killed. And the-powers-that-be did nothing about it. So, I delivered my own justice. I robbed that merchant, and I gave every dinar he had to the sick, the hungry, the poor. The merchant became a pauper. And, well, I became an outlaw... but not just any outlaw, either."
- Jerkass Façade: Constantly. Nicely summed up by Xena during "The Quest":
"You often don't let people see who you really are. I was in there. I know. For all your bluster, Autolycus, you're a nice person."
- Loveable Rogue: Made more loveable by being played by Bruce Campbell himself.
- Parental Abandonment: His father died before he was born and his mother while he was a child, leaving his older brother to raise him.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Autolycus prides himself on being the King of Thieves, but...
Autolycus: Ah, then you've heard of me.
Hercules: Not until today.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joxer and Salmoneus.
Ephiny (Danielle Cormack)
Amazon Queen. Married the centaur Phantes, and is the mother of Xenon.
Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings)
"Don't believe everything you hear about blondes.
- Valley Girl: Seems to be the inspiration for her voice and speech patterns.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She falls for Hephaestus, the supposedly ugly god, because he sees her as more than a sex object.
M'Lila (Ebonie Smith)
A runaway slave from Gaul who ends up on Xena's pirate ship at the same time as [[Creator/lGaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]]. She becomes the first of several of Xena's mentors.
- Pressure Point: M'Lila teaches Xena "the pinch," her signature move which cuts off the flow of blood to a victim's brain, leaving them thirty seconds to live.
Borias (Marton Csokas)
Warlord with whom Xena rode prior to her first appearance in Hercules
. Father of their son Solan
- Redemption Equals Death: He is remembered as a hero by every Centaur on earth after allying with them against Xena.
Lao Ma (Jacqueline Kim)
One of Xena's mentors, and the first person to attempt to turn her back to good during her warlord days. She is the wife of Laozi
and according to the Xenaverse, she is the real author of the Daodejing.
- Mama Bear: Even when he's going to kill her, she won't attack her son. He uses this to his advantage. She also sends her young daughters away so they will be safe from their brother.
- Missing Mom: Is this to Ming T'ien, and K'ao Hsin and Pao Ssu.
- Opposed Mentors: With Alti, though Xena only meets Alti after she's left Lao Ma.
Former street magician turned miracle worker.
A plucky young Amazon introduced near the end of season 4.
- Catch Phrase: "In my tribe..."
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: 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".
Barmaid and Xena lookalike. Hijinks ensue when Meg impersonates Xena or their other lookalikes Princess Diana and Leah the Hestian Virgin
Minya (Alison Wall)
An ordinary woman who dreams of being a warrior like Xena.
Cyrene (Darien Takle)
Xena's Mother, who runs a tavern in Amphipolis.
- Action Mom: She takes on Athena to protect Xena and her granddaughter.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Mother: Xena certainly thinks so when Cyrene places an ad around town for a husband for Xena when she finds out Xena is pregnant.
- Burn the Witch!: Cyrene is burned at the stake when the villagers think she is a witch.
- Mama Bear: Killed her own husband to protect Xena when she was young.
- Parental Favoritism: Spent years estranged from Xena after the death of Lyceus because Cyrene blamed Xena for his death. She never mentions Toris, Xena's other brother.Then, no one else does either.
Caesar's nephew and future Emperor Augustus
. He was just a boy when Xena met him. He adopted Eve when her mother was presumed dead.
Eve/Livia (Adrienne Wilkinson)
Xena's daughter chosen to be the new messenger of the god of Love. Her birth heralded the Twilight of the Olympians so Xena faked her and Eve's death. Eve, as Livia, was raised by Octavius to become Rome's most powerful warrior.
- The Butcher: One of her monikers.
- Chickification: When she embraced the Way of Love.
- Child Of No Father Born: A child born of no father was prophesied by the Fates to bring about the Twilight of the Gods. Eve was conceived by Callisto's spirit to be a vessel of her reincarnation.
Ares (Kevin Tod Smith)
"Since time began, it has been warriors who have shaped the world."
- Badass Biker: In the 21st century.
- Battle Couple: With Xena.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Xena.
- Brought Down to Normal: Three times. He always gets better.
- The Corrupter: Attempted. A lot.
- Dating Catwoman: With Xena.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In his first few appearances on Hercules he was more of a general God of Evil who liked to build murder cults to himself and usually acted through intermediaries or possessed corpses. The first time he was shown as personally present he looked like a giant animate suit of armor with glowing eyes, and his influence was usually shown by just a skull over the moon. Kevin Tod Smith didn't even get the part until season 3 of Hercules/ season 1 of Xena.
- Evil Mentor: Prides himself in making Xena what she is.
- Freudian Excuse: He says that everything he ever learned about evil and greed he learned from Hera. He's appreciative of that.
- Graceful Loser: Often with Xena, but never with Hercules.
- Love Redeems: He has been in love with Xena for a long time, but instead of confessing to her, he's so terrified of rejection that he constantly invents stupid plans to try to force her to be with him. Considering that he was born to be a war god and that that is his innate nature, it is understandable that this would be the way he would try to court her, but this is possibly the worst way to approach Xena. Nevertheless, he does in the end sacrifice his godhood and his own future for her.
Callisto (Hudson Leick)
Former Xena victim now bent on her destruction. Becomes an angel in season 5 thanks to Xena.
- And I Must Scream: After she dies the first time, Callisto's existence boils down to this. She is so consumed with hate for Xena killing her family that she can't find peace even in death. (In the HTLJ "Surprise" episode, her version of Tartarus is simply her alone and screaming in agony.) It gets worse when she realizes there is nothing she can do to Xena to make her feel the same way.
- Annoying Arrows: Provides the picture for this trope, from "Maternal Instincts".
- Arch-Enemy: To Xena.
- Big Bad: One of the most recurring villains on the show, and one of the only ones to pose a serious threat to Xena.
- Chainmail Bikini: Her regular outfit.
- Create Your Own Villain: Xena apparently obliviously did this to her, though this is before Xena's Heel-Face Turn. Callisto believes that until she becomes a goddess and goes back in time to the day her parents were killed. It turns out that the future Callisto was the one who murdered her own parents, but her dazed past self assumed Xena was to blame. Given the chance to undo her past, after an accident she instead made sure it happened, making it clear that one more Never My Fault villain actually is the way she is by choice. She took her mother and her younger self into a barn to protect them. When he father (thinking that the strange woman is one of Xena's Mooks) tries to attack her from behind, she throws a dagger at him without looking. Realizing that she can't change the past, she reluctantly incinerates her own mother with a fireball. In a last-ditch effort, she tries to kill her younger self by setting the barn on fire, but the girl is saved, swearing vengeance against Xena.
- Dark Action Girl: Obvious since she is the Xena's Evil Counterpart.
- Despair Event Horizon: she reaches this early on and then keeps on going.
- The Dragon: First to Hope, then Mephistopheles.
- The Faceless: During her first appearance ("The Greater Good").
- The Fool: In "The Bitter Suite" (which was bleeding Tarot imagery) Callisto dresses up like this.
- Heel-Face Turn: In an unusual twist, she only pulls this during her afterlife.
- Hobbes Was Right: During a Hercules crossover, Callisto feels that all mortals are wicked and should be punished.
- Playing with Fire: As a Goddess.
- Physical God: After eating ambrosia.
- Psycho for Hire: often enemies of Hercules or Xena will try to use her to their ends, and she goes along with it in the hope that causing Xena the same crushing agony that she experiences will stop it.
- Pyro Maniac: she has a horrible obsession with fire. A very unhealthy one.
- Reformed, but Rejected: the look on Callisto's face after Xena has given her Light and Gabrielle tells her about her horrific crimes is, in itself a Break the Cutie moment. She looks absolutely heartbroken.
- Trauma Conga Line: she went through Break the Cutie as a little girl and then the hits just kept on coming, with the hate, anger, and pain building to insane heights. She's a rather odd example in that all her attempts to stop the pain amount to her trying to harm others, and so she unintentionally instigates the events that cause her more pain. She does in fact get Driven to Madness by the sheer agony and her emotional spectrum is so fractured that often she can't feel anything at all.
"If they are not under my control, then they are my enemies."
- Leitmotif: Trumpet fanfare can be heard when he appears.
- Lima Syndrome: Xena fell in love with him when he was her captive.
Velasca (Melinda Clarke)
"Where were you Artemis, when the name of the Amazons became a joke?!"
Amazon who battled Gabrielle to become Queen.
Alti (Claire Stansfield)
Former Amazon turned Shamaness.
- Because Destiny Says So: Alti has the power to prematurely kill people by making them experience their death before it's supposed to happen.
- Big Bad: As a villain whose power lies in the use of psychic powers, Alti posed a reasonable threat to Xena.
Hope (Renee O'Connor)
The evil child of Dahak and Gabrielle.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Hope thought Gabrielle tried to kill her because she was closer to Dahak.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She knows that the key to breaking Xena and Gabrielle is to kill Solan. She also recognizes Hercules as a major threat and schemes to eliminate him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hope truly loved both Dahak and the Destroyer. She also sincerely forgave Gabrielle for poisoning her, though that led to a swift response on Gabby's part.
- Evil Twin: Sort of, since it's her mother she's identical to.
Draco (Jay Laga'aia)
A warlord and old friend of Xena’s.
- Bad Boss: He kills a minion for failing him, though gives him a chance to fight.
A “Joan of Arc
”-esque character, and warrior zealot. She claims to hear the voices of "Jinn" and believes in reforming her enemies through "The Light".
Athena (Paris Jefferson)
"I've poisoned your water supply. What will you give them when their dying of thirst, love?"
Goddess of wisdom and war. She took over leadership of the Olympians after Zeus' death
- Necessarily Evil: Tried to kill Xena because of the prophecy that Xena's child would destroy the Olympians.
- Create Your Own Villain: Unknown to Xena, Ming Tien looked to her as his mentor. He saw his father, who was a pretty bad guy, as weak because of his concern for him.
One of Lao Ma's estranged daughters.
- Evil Costume Switch: Once her identity is known, she switches from her qipao to the regalia of an empress
Caesar's right hand man
Ilainus of Mycenea
- Evil Counterpart: She is loyal to Athena as much as Xena used to be loyal to Ares.