Recap / Xena S 03 E 21 Sacrifice Part I

Xena reluctantly agrees to join forces with Callisto to kill Gabrielle's evil daughter Hope.


  • Berserk Button: Seraphin talking about the greatness of Hope is this to Xena for obvious reasons.
    "Your goddess killed my child."
  • Continuity Nod: Callisto is seen emerging from the gateway—referencing her appearance in the "Armageddon Now" two-parter on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena remarks she heard about that story, including how Strife died.
  • Death Seeker: Callisto agrees to help Hope in exchange for her own death—no Tartarus, no afterlife, just oblivion.
  • The Dreaded: When Ares demands every soldier be summoned for the coming fight, the warlord meekly says, "But this is Dahak and his daughter!"
  • From Bad to Worse: "This isn't about Callisto. It's about something else. The goddess of Dahak... it's about Hope."
  • It's Personal: Ares wants to settle the score with Callisto for what happened to Strife.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Ares tells one of his warlords to: "Summon every warlord, every soldier, all who ever professed allegiance to me. I am Ares God of War." Then Dahak promptly appears and Ares immediately surrenders.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ares when he lays eyes on Dahak's flame.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Seraphin is basically Gabrielle at the start of the series—doing what she thinks needs to be done and completely idealistic.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Crossed with Demonization. According to Seraphin, Hope's mother is known in their religion as "the Betrayer."
    "We were never told her name because it was said that to speak it was obscene blasphemy."
  • Villain Team-Up: Ares sides with Dahak, Hope, and (by extension) Callisto.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Hope's followers sincerely believe she would bring happiness and peace to the world.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Xena, Gabrielle, and Ares initially believe the cultists are worshiping Callisto, only to learn it's Hope.