Ares sets a trap for Xena aimed at returning her to her former life as a ruthless warrior.
Deal with the Devil: Ares offers to get Xena out of the situation he created—promising her anything she wants in exchange for her loyalty and return to evil.
Exact Words: Xena tells Ares she'll need a new army if she goes back to him. She gets him to agree to anyone of her choosing should the court find her guilty.
Frame-Up: Ares murders a group of innocent men and leaves Xena to be blamed by the locals.
Graceful Loser: Ares takes his loss very well and praises Xena on her manipulation.
Loophole Abuse: When she is found guilty, Xena tells Ares who she wants her new army to be: the men he murdered at the start of the episode. Their appearance and speaking of how Xena tried to help them gets her exonerated.
Visionary Villain: Ares doesn't intend for Xena to be some mere warlord. He wants her to be the architect of a new world.