Recap / Xena S 01 E 06 The Reckoning

Ares sets a trap for Xena aimed at returning her to her former life as a ruthless warrior.

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • We Will Meet Again: "Until next time, Xena. Until next time."
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