Recap / Xena S 01 E 17 The Royal Couple Of Thieves

Xena enlists the aid of Autolycus, the cunning "king of thieves," to recover a priceless chest containing a weapon of awesome power from the evil warlord Malthus.

Tropes:

  • I Owe You My Life: Xena feels obligated to her friends for selflessly taking care of her after a nasty battle and defending her from an enemy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Autolycus in spades. He's boastful and obnoxious, but also far sweeter than Xena or Gabrielle expected.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Autolycus takes a hefty reward from Xena's friends in exchange for his services. In the end, when they're not looking, he puts the pouch back in their wagon.
  • Not So Different: Both Xena and Autolycus know what it's like to lose a brother.
  • Parental Abandonment: Autolycus says his father was killed before he was born and that his mother died when he was eight.
  • The Reveal: The chest is the Ark of the Covenant.

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