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  • Acting for Two
    • Three Xena look-alikes — Princess Diana, barmaid Meg, and Virgin Priestess Leah — show up throughout the series.
    • Gabrielle got one: her grown-up Fetus Terrible, Hope.
    • Also, Ted Raimi played Joxer and his two identical triplet brothers: assassin Jett and Camp Gay musician Jace).
    • Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer also have multiple identical descendants, reincarnations and clones.
  • California Doubling: The New Zealand variant standing in for ancient Greece and other parts of the world.
  • Creator Backlash: Robert Tapert has admitted the fifth season wasn't all it could have been.
  • Directed by Cast Member
    • Bruce Campbell did "The Key to the Kingdom".
    • Renee O'Connor did "Déjà Vu All Over Again" and "Dangerous Prey".
    • Michael Hurst, who starred on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and made several guest appearances on Xena directed quite a few of the better done episodes. In fact, he was such a recurrent director, that the cast and crew, (all the way up to the executive producers) started to call him "Cup-Of-Blood-Michael" due to his love of using fake blood, and penchant to want more and more. You can thank him for the episode "To Helicon and Back"; one of the most gruesome and violent episodes in both the show's history, and that of television.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Rob Tapert openly hates the Dynamite Comics arcs, which act as a Fix Fic to developments that Tapert supported and continually defends to this day. One interview also suggests he's annoyed that Dynamite simply procured the licensing rights and didn't request any consultation (as he makes a point of criticizing them for doing that with their Army of Darkness comics).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Lawless and O'Connor are both natural blondes; Lawless dyed her hair black (on Hercules) then brown, while O'Connor dyed hers red for most of the show's first two seasons.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Ongoing after the show ended. Mostly regarding the nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship. Of note, around the time of the finale, Lucy Lawless felt it was "more than friends" due to a particular scene. By the time of recording DVD commentaries, this opinion was reversed.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Both Gabrielle and Callisto in "The Bitter Suite," and Gabrielle again in "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire" (although the latter counts as a subversion - Renee O'Connor is one of three performers who do Gabby's singing here, according to the soundtrack album credits!). Averted with Xena and Joxer in both episodes, Ares in the former, and Draco (and Amoria) in the latter.
  • The Other Darrin
    • Hades was portrayed by Erik Thomson (who was also initially The Other Darrin on Hercules) until he was replaced by Stephen Lovatt for Season 5.
    • Cleopatra was originally played by Gina Torres. The other Cleopatra was played by Josephine Davidson (who also played Athena) in the episode "Antony and Cleopatra".
    • Brutus was played by Grant Triplow in "Destiny" and "When In Rome," then played by Darren Young in "A Good Day" and then by David Franklin for all remaining appearances.
  • The Other Marty: Vanessa Angel was the first choice for Xena, but she fell ill right before shooting the pilot. Lucy Lawless was given the part and the rest was history. Sunny Deoch was also the first choice for Gabrielle, but didn't want to leave America for filming.
  • Production Posse: Both Hercules and Xena were Executive Produced by Sam Raimi and both feature Recurring Character, Autolycus the King of Thieves (Played by Bruce Campbell), Xena herself (Iolaus being the one to help her HeelĖFace Turn) and Joxer the Mighty (played by younger brother, Theodore Raimi).
  • Promoted Fanboy: In a move unprecedented in television history, popular Xena fan fiction writer Melissa Good was hired specifically because she was a popular fan fic writer (of the uberfic Tropical Storm and its sequels, among others). She wrote the sixth season episodes "Coming Home" and "Legacy", as well as a third musical episode that was supposed to involve Sappho as a Gabrielle lookalike, which never went past the outline stage.
  • Running the Asylum: Several episodes of the sixth season of were actually written by a (critically acclaimed) Fan Fic writer who was approached by the creators of the show and asked to write a bunch of episodes.
  • Stunt Double: ZoŽ Bell was Lucy Lawless' stunt double. She fractured vertebrae in her back doing wire work stunts on the show, but continued working for a week until another stunt, in which a breakaway chair was smashed on her back, incapacitated her.
  • Viral Marketing: In a very early example, in 1995 the show's website (itself unusual for a show at the time) featured an archive of e-mails between researchers working on "The Xena Scrolls".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A version of the script for "The Furies" would have revealed that Ares was indeed Xena's father (this was changed due to 1) not wanting Xena to be a half-god like Hercules, and 2) the Squick factor that would result from Ares' physical attraction to Xena and even sleeping with her when Callisto was using her body). The final version is ambiguous enough that some people assume this to be the case anyway.
    • The episode "Intimate Stranger" was suppose to end with Xena getting her body back from Callisto but when Lucy Lawless had injured herself the ending was changed to have her still trapped in Callisto's body so that Callisto's actress could fill in for Xena for the following up.
    • The studio's idea for a spin-off to the parent series had been one about Jason and the Argonauts. It was Rob Tapert who suggested that Xena be the protagonist of the spin-off instead.
    • One of the planned episodes for the last season was called "Last Chance". It was set to be a musical episode that would've ended with the Xena and Gabrielle having a passionate kiss. Production apparently fell through before filming with it suggested that the team didn't want to move the subtext into plain old text. The episode "Many Happy Returns" was filmed as a replacement.
    • The final episode, "A Friend in Need Part II" was supposed to end with Gabrielle burying Xena's ashes near her brother Lyceus' grave. Eve, Ares, Aphrodite, and Varia would have attended the funeral. They changed it to Gabrielle and Xena's ghost on a boat for an And the Adventure Continues style ending. Another planned ending would have both Xena and Gabrielle die, then Varia would pick up the Chakram and step up as the new hero.
  • Word of Gay: In a 2003 interview with Lesbian News magazine, Lawless stated that after the series finale, she had come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle's relationship was "Gay. Definitely... There was always a 'Well, she might be or she might not be,' but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me. Now it wasn't just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was 'Nope, they're married, man.'"
  • Written-In Infirmity: Multiple times.
    • When Lucy Lawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on The Tonight Show, it triggered a story arc where Xena was in a death-like trance and her soul had to be carried in the bodies of other characters on the show. Thus, "Xena" could still appear on the show while Lucy Lawless was recuperating. Two of the soul-carriers were Xena's enemy Callisto and Autolycus, the King of Thieves.
    • Gabrielle spraining her ankle in "One Against an Army" was written because Renee O'Connor really did sprain her ankle during production. It's even acknowledged in the credits.
    • While not technically an infirmity, the entire fifth season was written to accommodate Lucy Lawless' pregnancy, sidelining her and giving most of the action to Gabrielle and various supporting characters.
  • You Look Familiar: Many examples, but Mael, Cupid and Julius Caesar, all played by Karl Urban, stand out. Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor both played different characters in the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys preseries Made For TV Movies.

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