Xena enlists the help of four notorious criminals to go up against Ares and his ambitious young protégé Agathon.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Glaphyra's daggers manage to pierce a sheer stone wall so that Xena can use them to climb up.
- Arrow Catch: Xena in saving Darnelle's life.
- Berserk Button:Gabrielle: I'm not a little girl, and I have met some good men. I married one.
Glaphyra: Yeah? And how long was he good? I notice he's not with you now! Maybe he lost interest. Or maybe he decided to find another conquest!
Gabrielle: [shoving her] Maybe he was murdered!
- Does Not Like Men: Glaphyra
- Fake Defector: Darnelle
- I Gave My Word: Agathon knows about Ares's fascination with Xena, so he gets him to vow not to interfere whatsoever. Ares, of course, reminds Agathon of his choice when it's time to face Xena alone.
- It's All My Fault: Xena blames herself for the way the four criminals turned out in life.
- Mexican Standoff: Xena's protégées are so suspicious of one another that they end up pointing weapons at each other all night.
- Nature vs. Nurture: Xena feels she had a direct hand in making the four criminals who they are now. Gabrielle wonders if the same thing would've happened to her if they had met before the HeelFace Turn; she also wonders if Xena still shaped who she is today.
- Surfer Dude: Agathon
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork
- Whole Plot Reference: To The Dirty Dozen.