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Characters: Xena: Warrior Princess
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    Xena and her friends 

Xena (Lucy Lawless)

"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.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: A few times...
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her chakram.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Though once a brutal warlord, she only raised an army in the first place to protect her home village from raiders. The death of her brother and then Caesar's betrayal helped push her over the edge.
  • Shamu Fu: Many times. Including that one when the defeated a whole army with it...
  • She Who Fights Monsters: How Xena first became a warlord.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Xena, of course, is a tall bit of sexy.
  • The Strategist: she is an honestly brilliant military commander and strategist. There is a very good reason why she got the title "Destroyer Of Nations" and why in just ten years she became one of the most formidable warlords of all time.
  • Tragic Hero: She dies because she couldn't overcome her Fatal Flaw.

Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor)

"The world belongs to men, only because we let them."

Xena's best friend, sidekick and chronicler.

  • Badass Bookworm: Gabrielle is a bard by profession, always writing stories. As the series progresses, she goes from innocent non-combatant to a highly skilled fighter in her own right who earns the Fan Nickname "The Battling Bard of Potidaea".
  • Boyish Short Hair: Seasons 4, 5 and 6.
  • Break the Cutie: Gabrielle gets quite jaded at various points, thanks to all the plots that revolve around her life going terribly.
  • Cartwright Curse: Gabrielle has the worst luck with men.
  • 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.)
  • 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 Unfavorite: Implied to be this in his family, since his father was a warlord and his brother is a skilled assassin, while Joxer himself isn't much of a warrior. Even his Camp Gay other brother who works as a singer got more respect (although at least he's good at his chosen profession...).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Autolycus, though the insults largely only come from the King of Thieves.

Autolycus (Bruce Campbell)

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."
  • 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.

  • The Ophelia: During her time with Caligula in "The God You Know."

M'Lila (Ebonie Smith)

A runaway slave from Gaul who ends up on Xena's pirate ship at the same time as Julius Caesar. She becomes the first of several of Xena's mentors.

  • Foreshadowing: The little girl at the beginning of "Destiny" has a necklace like M'Lila's, and appears to speak the same language as M'Lila.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Although she isn't older than Xena, she is still the first of several characters from Xena's past who helped shape the Warrior Princess we know today, and her death at the hands of Roman soldiers sent to apprehend them is the final straw that sets Xena on the path of darkness.
    Xena: “You’ll be dead in thirty seconds. But know this - you won’t be the last. Tell Hades to prepare himself. A new Xena is born tonight - with a new purpose in life - death.”
  • 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.

  • Cultured Badass: She acts humbly and properly, but she can take you down if necessary.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: At a meeting with Borias and Xena, it seems like Lao Ma is flirting with Borias. Then, as she reaches for a dish on the table, Xena throws a knife at her hand.
    Xena: That's my piece of meat you're reaching for.
    Lao Ma: You're wrong. I don't eat meat. (Reaches for vegetarian dish.)
  • 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.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has a red gown with dark fur trim and fur hat.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
    Soft as water, hard as the raging flood.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Before her death she sends a cryptic message to Xena, knowing Xena would return to Qin to make things right.
  • Underwater Kiss: With Xena, when Xena was hiding from Ming Tzu in Lao Ma's bathtub, to give her enough air to stay hidden.

Eli (Timothy Omundson)

Former street magician turned miracle worker.

Amarice (Jennifer Sky)

A plucky young Amazon introduced near the end of season 4.

Meg (Lucy Lawless)

Barmaid and Xena lookalike. Hijinks ensue when Meg impersonates Xena or their other lookalikes Princess Diana and Leah the Hestian Virgin.

  • I Was Quite a Looker: She aged badly.
    Gabrielle: (to Xena) I'd lay off the beans, if I were you.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: Does so for Ares' bachelor party, dressed only in whipped cream. He is amused until he learns she's not actually Xena.
  • Malaproper: Refers to Xena's chakram as a "shamrock."
  • Missing Dad: He died in childbirth. Well, he got drunk and fell off the roof while she was being born.
  • Mistaken Identity: Every episode in which she features.
  • Put on a Bus: After Joxer dies.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: When disguised as Princess Diana, or as Leah, the High Priestess of Hestia, Meg doesn't always put on a good show as a lady of good breeding.

Minya (Alison Wall)

An ordinary woman who dreams of being a warrior like Xena.

  • Fangirl: To Xena.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She tries to pull it off, but can't quite match Xena for Fanservice. Not that her boyfriend Hower was complaining once he saw Minya in her leather.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Possibly. She says at the end of "The Play's The Thing" that she's a "thespian," but it's a bit hard to hear, and she might be saying something else entirely. It certainly sounds like a confession of a different sort, especially as she says fellow female cast member Pollina helped her to come to this realization.
    Minya: "The two of you made me realise something deep down inside myself that I guess I always knew but I didn’t dare admit. I’m a thespian."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: If Minya's there, it's probably a light-hearted episode.
  • Put on a Bus: Never seen or heard from again after Season 4.
  • Shout-Out: Her character is a shout out to the fans themselves.

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.

Octavian

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.
  • Has Two Mommies: Pointed out in "Motherhood".
    Gabrielle: We saved your daughter.
    Xena: No. We saved our daughter.
  • Historical-Domain Character - Augustus' empress was named Livia.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Callisto. Justified in that her reincarnated soul is Callisto's.
  • Tyke Bomb: Thanks to Xena and Gabrielle being in a magical sleep for decades she was functionally raised by Ares
  • Wife Husbandry: Augustus tried to marry her but she felt no love because he hardly spent time with her. Plus the squicky factor...

    Villains 

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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Despite treating him as his own personal Butt Monkey, Ares was devastated when his nephew Strife was killed by Callisto.
    "He wasn't so bad. He-he tried real hard. He was just no good at his job." (to Callisto) "You didn't have to do this!"
  • 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".
  • Big Bad: One of the most recurring villains on the show, and one of the only ones to pose a serious threat to Xena.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Callisto shows that she would right from the get-go, when she starts committing acts of terrorism in Xena's name.
    Xena: I never killed women and children.
    Callisto: You do now.

Julius Caesar (Karl Urban)

"If they are not under my control, then they are my enemies."

  • Back from the Dead: He's killed off at the end of Season 4, but he escapes Tartarus in Season 6's "When Fates Collide" and alters history so that he never betrayed Xena.
  • Big Bad: He's the only historical character to pose a threat to Xena for several seasons.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Pointed out in "Endgame".
    Brutus: He wouldn't betray a friend.
    Xena: Pompey was a friend. And Crassus. Crassus was a friend too. I was once a very good friend of his. But maybe you're different.
  • The Emperor: Though the Senate begged to differ.
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist: Becomes this in 2001.
  • Opposed Mentors:
    • With Cyane, Queen of the Amazons. Cyane bests her in a mental showdown, though Xena ultimately sides with Alti, and kills Cyane and the other Amazon leaders.
      Cyane: Your choices are simple, Xena. Side with us and find life, or side with Alti and find death.
    • Alti is also an opposed mentor to Lao Ma, though Xena only meets her after she leaves Lao Ma.
      Alti: Your friend you told me about, Lao Ma, her powers come from denial, from self-sacrifice, from the light. That’s not for people like you and me. I wanna tap into the heart of darkness - the sheer, naked will behind all craving, hatred, and violence. I’ll become the face of death itself - capable of destroying not only a person’s body, but their soul. Help me, and I’ll make you ‘Destroyer of Nations’.
  • Past Life Memories: She uses memories of this life in her next life to fight Xena and Gabrielle in their next lives.
  • Precision F-Strike: B strike.
    (To Gabrielle)"Xena's little bitch. Welcome to the doghouse."

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.
  • Mommy Issues: Resents Gabrielle for abandoning her, but also offers Gabrielle a chance to be in her life. Gabrielle responds with a pretty serious “Hell-to-the-No”.
    Gabrielle: Hope... when I gave you that poison-
    Hope: It’s okay, Mother, I forgive y-
    Gabrielle: –I'm so sorry it didn't kill you.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: As an adult, Hope looks exactly like her mother, Gabrielle.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Her followers really believed she was good.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Several people try to kill her before she's even born and continue even afterward. Even her mother, Gabby, abandons and then attempts to kill her. Despite this, Hope is willing to forgive her mother and wants to be close with her. Gabby's not interested. To be fair, the reason why this is, is because not only did Hope kill someone in cold blood within an hour of being born, all that she is interested in is to kill and torture people. Yes, she wants Gabby to be close with her... so they can both take over the world and kill everyone within it. Her intrinsic nature is geared towards murder and torture, even though she knows that it is wrong and that not only would Gabrielle disapprove of her actions but that they cause great pain and suffering (she lied and manipulated Gabrielle of her own volition when she killed Solan and tried to pretend she was innocent). However, HER child could be considered the real Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.

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.

Najara (Kathryn Morris)

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.

Ming Tien

  • 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.

Pao Ssu

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

Brutus

Caesar's right hand man

Ilainus of Mycenea

Athena's champion.

  • Evil Counterpart: She is loyal to Athena as much as Xena used to be loyal to Ares.

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