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** The ending of the episode, where Xena makes it very clear to Gabrielle, this is NOT something that she will just forgive and forget - Hope, Gabrielle's daughter, killed Solan, because Xena had tried to kill her. Their relationship has been the cornerstone of the entire show, and in that moment, it's easy to believe that it's been irreparably shattered.


--> '''Xena:''' [[PleaseWakeUp Come on, Gabrielle, wake up]]. Come on, wake up! Come on, wake up! Your scaring me! Wake up! Wake up! Gabrielle, breathe. ''Breathe''!

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--> '''Xena:''' [[PleaseWakeUp Come on, Gabrielle, wake up]]. Come on, wake up! Come on, wake up! Your You're scaring me! Wake up! Wake up! Gabrielle, breathe. ''Breathe''!

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* Xena's moment of lucidity in 'The Furies,' after Gabrielle finds her, naked and screaming about how the women and children of a village have been crucified - when the only people in the village ARE women and children.


** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Callisto has Xena go to a small village and publicly declare her crimes against Cirra, Callisto's home village. The whole scene is one huge tearjerker - we can see Xena's discomfort and remorse for what she did when she was her former evil self, and gradually Callisto's face goes from satisfaction at Xena's discomfort to looking as though she's about to burst into tears. Even after Xena has dismissed her and she Gabrielle have walked away, Callisto stands for an extra moment, still with that look of anguish on her face.

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** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Callisto has Xena go to a small village and publicly declare her crimes against Cirra, Callisto's home village. The whole scene is one huge tearjerker - we can see Xena's discomfort and remorse for what she did when she was her former evil self, and gradually Callisto's face goes from satisfaction at Xena's discomfort to looking as though she's about to burst into tears. When Xena comes up to her, Callisto gives her a look that's sad and almost pleading, which Xena cuts short by saying, "Let's go." Even after Xena has dismissed her and she Gabrielle the others have walked away, Callisto stands there for an extra moment, still with that look of anguish on her face.


** From "Return of Callisto", when she's about to burn Gabrielle at the stake, she says with a tone of longing: "I envy her in a way. She gets to leave this world so pure. I wonder if I could have been her?" And a few seconds later, as Xena struggles against the bonds of Callisto's former prison chair: "Oh don't struggle, Xena. Be thankful for that beautiful throne! ''[softly]'' It'll give you peace if you let it."
** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Callisto has Xena go to a small village and publicly declare her crimes against Cirra, Callisto's home village. The whole scene is one huge tearjerker - we can see Xena's discomfort and remorse for what she did when she was her former evil self, and gradually Callisto's face goes from satisfaction at Xena's discomfort to looking as though she's about to burst into tears. Even after Xena and Gabrielle have walked away, she stands for an extra moment, still with that look of anguish on her face.

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** From "Return of Callisto", when she's about to burn Gabrielle at the stake, she says with a tone of longing: "I envy her in a way. She gets to leave this world so pure. I wonder if I could have been her?" And a A few seconds later, as Xena struggles against the bonds of Callisto's former prison chair: chair in a vain attempt to save Gabrielle, and Callisto turns to her with a look of exasperation: "Oh don't struggle, Xena. Be thankful for that beautiful throne! ''[softly]'' It'll give you peace if you let it."
" The way her tone lowers as she says the last part, with no taunting or malice... It's as if she's talking about pain, loss, just simply giving into the prison of it, can give peace.
** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Callisto has Xena go to a small village and publicly declare her crimes against Cirra, Callisto's home village. The whole scene is one huge tearjerker - we can see Xena's discomfort and remorse for what she did when she was her former evil self, and gradually Callisto's face goes from satisfaction at Xena's discomfort to looking as though she's about to burst into tears. Even after Xena has dismissed her and she Gabrielle have walked away, she Callisto stands for an extra moment, still with that look of anguish on her face.face.
*** Specifically, Callisto's face looks the same as it did when she was a child, which is an interesting callback. Two short episodes ago, in "Destiny", Xena visited Cirra as a way of facing her guilt for her past crimes. Among other flashbacks of the burning village, she saw the face of a tear-stained child Callisto, asking "Why?" The look Callisto gives Xena when she confesses her crime mirrors her child self's look exactly, except now she's too broken to cry or ask "Why?"


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** Then there's the episode when [[spoiler: Callisto dies, again. After Xena stabs her, she doesn't flop over, nor does she try to get vengeance on Xena with her dying breath. No, instead she caresses Xena's face as she falls, as if she's saying 'thank you' for finally ending her suffering and putting her next to her family in death.]]
** Then later this continues to be heartbreaking when, [[spoiler: as an arch-demon]], Callisto screams at [[spoiler: Angel!]]Xena: "I will never stop hating you, Xena! Do you hear me? Never! You killed my family, my soul, my reason to love!" And then to make it more tear-jerking, [[spoiler: Angel!]]Xena whispers, "No..." [[spoiler: and gives Callisto her light, thus forever curing her from her agony.]]


** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Gabrielle asks her if she felt anything when Xena apologized for her crimes. Very solemnly, Callisto answers that she feels bits and pieces of emotions, but nothing solid. Then she says this: "Think back to when you were a little girl, and all you knew was your mother and your sister, and all your faith revolved around them. [[BreakTheCutie Now kill them]]." Gabrielle is in tears as her words sink in.

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** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Callisto has Xena go to a small village and publicly declare her crimes against Cirra, Callisto's home village. The whole scene is one huge tearjerker - we can see Xena's discomfort and remorse for what she did when she was her former evil self, and gradually Callisto's face goes from satisfaction at Xena's discomfort to looking as though she's about to burst into tears. Even after Xena and Gabrielle have walked away, she stands for an extra moment, still with that look of anguish on her face.
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Gabrielle asks her if she felt anything when Xena apologized for her crimes. Very solemnly, Callisto answers that she feels bits and pieces of emotions, but nothing solid. Then she says this: "Think back to when you were a little girl, and all you knew was your mother and your sister, and all your faith revolved around them. [[BreakTheCutie Now kill them]]." Gabrielle is in tears as her words sink in.


** From "Return of Callisto", when she's about to burn Gabrielle at the stake, she says with a tone of longing: "I envy her in a way. She gets to leave this world so pure. I wonder if I could have been her?"

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** From "Return of Callisto", when she's about to burn Gabrielle at the stake, she says with a tone of longing: "I envy her in a way. She gets to leave this world so pure. I wonder if I could have been her?"her?" And a few seconds later, as Xena struggles against the bonds of Callisto's former prison chair: "Oh don't struggle, Xena. Be thankful for that beautiful throne! ''[softly]'' It'll give you peace if you let it."


* She denied it at first and then cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in. You could see it coming, so you'd think it wouldn't be that sad. But then this line comes up:

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* ** She denied it at first and then cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in. You could see it coming, so you'd think it wouldn't be that sad. But then this line comes up:


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* Strangely for a villain, Callisto has a fair number. The moments when she isn't cackling with malicious glee, where she gives a glimpse of the damaged child she is underneath her malice, can be genuinely jarring and sad.
** From "Return of Callisto", when she's about to burn Gabrielle at the stake, she says with a tone of longing: "I envy her in a way. She gets to leave this world so pure. I wonder if I could have been her?"
** During the events of "A Necessary Evil", Gabrielle asks her if she felt anything when Xena apologized for her crimes. Very solemnly, Callisto answers that she feels bits and pieces of emotions, but nothing solid. Then she says this: "Think back to when you were a little girl, and all you knew was your mother and your sister, and all your faith revolved around them. [[BreakTheCutie Now kill them]]." Gabrielle is in tears as her words sink in.


** And before that, Hera's death. Her husband, who caused her so much pain over the years by cheating on her and betraying her, is the one who kills her, with a kiss no less. He kills her for helping Hercules, one of the many children who came from his affairs, whom Hera has hated for most of his life. The final conversation between Hera and Hercules is a tearjerker in itself:

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** And before that, Hera's death.death at Zeus's hands. Her husband, who caused her so much pain over the years by cheating on her and betraying her, is the one who kills her, with a kiss no less. He kills her for helping Hercules, one of the many children who came from his affairs, whom Hera has hated for most of his life. The final conversation between Hera and Hercules is a tearjerker in itself:


* Zeus's death in God Fearing Child. Even as Hercules kills him he acknowledges his fate and even tells him that he's always been proud of him. Even when Hercules kills him he expresses pride.

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* Zeus's death in God Fearing Child. Even as Hercules kills him he acknowledges his fate and even tells him that he's always been proud of him. Even when Hercules kills him he expresses pride.pride: "Hercules, you have never disappointed me, especially today." Hercules is in tears as his father dies.
** And before that, Hera's death. Her husband, who caused her so much pain over the years by cheating on her and betraying her, is the one who kills her, with a kiss no less. He kills her for helping Hercules, one of the many children who came from his affairs, whom Hera has hated for most of his life. The final conversation between Hera and Hercules is a tearjerker in itself:
--> '''Hercules''': Why would you side with humanity?
--> '''Hera''': From the moment Zeus and I created mortals, I've spent my time [[WomanScorned hating them]] for [[YourCheatingHeart the infidelities he shared with them]]. But once I forgave him, I realized that humanity is the only creation I am truly proud of.
--> '''Hercules''': I never thought I'd say this. I believe you. But how can I be sure you aren't gonna change your mind?
--> '''Hera''': Because of a lesson I regret teaching you long ago, Hercules. Parents should never outlive their children.


-->[spoiler]''"Solan. Solan, please. I'm here now. Your mom is here now just like you always wanted."''[/spoiler]

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-->[spoiler]''"Solan.-->[[spoiler:''"Solan. Solan, please. I'm here now. Your mom is here now just like you always wanted."''[/spoiler]"'']]


* She denied it at first and then cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in. You could see it coming, so you'd think it wouldn't be that sad. But then this line comes up:
-->[spoiler]''"Solan. Solan, please. I'm here now. Your mom is here now just like you always wanted."''[/spoiler]



* The murder of her son Solan, where she denied it at first and cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in.



* The first example is sad enough, but you could see it coming, so you'd think it wouldn't be that sad. But then this line comes up:
-->''"Solon. Solon, please. I'm here now. Your mom is here now just like you always wanted."''



* "Been There, Done That".



* The end of "Sacrifice pt. 2"



* "Motherhood"



* Gabrielle at the end of "The Deliverer." Forced to kill and used in a horiffic ritual. "Everything's different now."
* So much of it in "Orphan of War." Xena gave up Solon during her warlord days both because he would be a target and because he would turn out like her. Years later, she encounters her son, who believes she murdered his father and is still a monster. Though those opinions are corrected, the episode ends with Xena not telling him the whole truth. It's the right thing to do, but you can see how much it hurts in that last shot.

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* Gabrielle at the end of "The Deliverer." Forced to kill and used in a horiffic horrific ritual. "Everything's different now."
* So much of it in "Orphan of War." Xena gave up Solon Solan during her warlord days both because he would be a target and because he would turn out like her. Years later, she encounters her son, who believes she murdered his father and is still a monster. Though those opinions are corrected, the episode ends with Xena not telling him the whole truth. It's the right thing to do, but you can see how much it hurts in that last shot.



* Zues's death in God Fearing Child. Even as Hercules kills him he acknowledges his fate and even tells him that he's always been proud of him. Even when Hercules kills him he expresses pride.

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* Zues's Zeus's death in God Fearing Child. Even as Hercules kills him he acknowledges his fate and even tells him that he's always been proud of him. Even when Hercules kills him he expresses pride.


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----* Zues's death in God Fearing Child. Even as Hercules kills him he acknowledges his fate and even tells him that he's always been proud of him. Even when Hercules kills him he expresses pride.
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* "One against an Army" where Gabrielle, delirious from poison, tells Xena that she wants to join her adventures just like the first time they met.



* The murder of her son Solan, where she denied it at first and cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in. And when she was forced to kill her undead African lover (long story); she stabs him and kisses him passionately as he slowly dies.

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* The murder of her son Solan, where she denied it at first and cradled the teenager's body like a baby as the truth started to sink in. And when she was forced to kill her undead African lover (long story); she stabs him in.
*"A Good Day" ended with Xena & Gab saving a village from Caesar
and kisses him passionately as he slowly dies.Ponpey's armies but many people died in the process.
-->"The only thing we can take from this is that it's been a good day of fighting".



* "A Comedy of Eros" is indeed a comedy, with lots of romances starting because of misuse of Cupid's arrows. Thing of it is, Joxer didn't need any arrows. He really does love Gabrielle, but she didn't and doesn't know he still does. In the end, she thinks the whole thing is laughable. Cue Joxer uttering a completely defeated "Ha-ha."

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