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Xena and Gabrielle must have sneakily been at the ambrosia at some point...

They'd have to be immortal in order to be present at events in history that happened up to thousands of years apart. Despite the fact that Xena gets killed off in the end, so it must eventually wear off...

The episode Bitter Suite takes place entirely in The Black Lodge

Well, it explains the strange reality-warping nature of the place, the strange distortion of various characters, and the spontaneous musical numbers. However, this is an older version of the Black Lodge before it was owned by the Little Man from Another Place, which is why he doesn't appear.

Callisto's entire motivation is that Xena will fix Callisto's life again.

Xena ruined Callisto's life and Xena can fix it again! Well, at least that is what Callisto feels. So she torments Xena all the show until it works! at one of the final episodes, Xena really fix her and makes her an angel and send her to heaven!

The double standard of The Twilight of the Gods was intentional
As pointed out in the main page the One True God having Xena kill the Pagan Gods was kind of hypocritical. But the God of the Old Testament was petty, jealous, and angry. Just because Eli and The One True God are supposedly good, doesn't mean they are. Xena never intentionally sets out to kill the Gods they go after her.

Play's the Thing is a Lampshade and The Prophecy
  • 'the Play's the Thing' applied Mel Brooks' "The Producers": promote a good opera and the sponsors earn a share of the profits; promote a bad opera, sponsors invest, the show fails, take the money and run.
  • It is explicitly stated over and over that "Gabrielle's" story of Elijianity is boring, preachy and NOT entertaining at all.
  • Classical Gabrielle was good at barding. She only lost the barding contest to Homer who is the super dooperest bard evah. Actually, she won that contest, making Homer the 2nd most super dooperest bard evah.

  • Prophecy is Confirmed: season 5 was indeed boring, preachy and NOT entertaining.

Gabrielle's emotionless state was from Bleach fumes.
  • Gabrielle had zero emotions in season 5 and had some emotions in season 6.
  • Eli commanded Gabrielle to have a severe hair-cut and use industrial strength hair Bleach.
  • By season 6, Gabrielle hair regime was less severe and she was capable of emotions.
  • More bleach = less emotions; less bleach = more emotions.

Xena is secretly a demigoddess.
The Other Wiki at least hints that Ares may or may not be Xena's actual biological father and the man claimed to be her dad by implication adopted her, so there may be some canoncity to this (even if the implications of Ares' apparent infatuation for Xena might seem a bit creepy... not that that ever bothered the gods of Greek myth, of course).

But that aside, the fact she manages to leap through the air in ways which probably would outdo some Olympic high-jumpers and aim her chakram in almost reality-defying ways (you know how she makes it fly off 5 different walls, precisely hit numerous bad guys and still is able to catch it), seem to hint as pretty much superhuman powers.

Xena was a slayer.
Well, the show version of Bacchus was a vampire-like creature and Xena was his enemy even when she was evil. Also, like the above theory, this would explain Xena superhuman capabilities. Lao Ma probably recognized this which is why she decided to take a dangerous sociopath under her wing. Warrior princess is probably the ancient Chinese term for slayer

Xena's father is a half-God (like Hercules) or some other human/God combination and father of the lookalikes
As mentioned above in the Xena is a demigoddess WMG, Xena does have some abilities which seem more than human. "The Furies" specifically addressed this with the claim that Xena's father supposedly fathered her when he was away at battle, when it was in fact one of Ares' favoured tricks to assume the form of his soldiers and sleep with their wives while they were off fighting. Ares denied that it was him but Xena claimed that it must be true by showing how she could hold her own in a battle against Area, which the furies accepted as proof she must be half-God. In the end, her exact parentage was up for debate.

It does seem likely Xena has some divine blood in her but given at different points in the show Ares may have had good reason to tell Xena the truth but never did, I'd suggest it wasn't him. Further, I'd suggest it was just probably just some half-God (there have to be plenty considering the fondness of Zeus in particular for human women). In terms of what that means in terms of power level, it's unclear. Hercules was half human but could take on full Gods in a fair fight and win. I've read it suggested that this is because he inherited his physical abilities from his father (a very powerful God) which meant he could match or beat other Gods on a physical level, just not on a mystical level. So it's theoretically possible that even if someone were only a quarter-God, they would still have comparable physical abilities to their half-God parent who has comparable physical abilities to a full-God so Xena would be able to take on Ares.

The reasons I favour a half-God over a full-God are two-fold. First, in raw physical terms Xena doesn't have the same abilities as Hercules. Second, there are a lot of Xena lookalikes in the world.

There's Princess Diana, Meg, Priestess Leah, Lyla (a Hercules character), Lysia (from Hercules and the Amazon Women), Melinda (1940s) and Annie (1990s). Of all of these, Melinda maybe could be justified as having a resemblance.

So I would posit that there's a half-God character wandering around the Xena-verse, living for centuries, impregnating women throughout time. Hence all these Xena look-alikes are in fact half-sisters, explaining the resemblance (there may be a lot of other women who are also Xena's half-sister but we only notice the ones with a striking resemblance). Since their father isn't a full-God, many of the lookalikes simply didn't inherit any trace of the powers (or didn't tap into them, as Xena quite possibly didn't until dedicated herself to becoming a warrior).

Some episodes follow earlier incarnations of Xena and Gabrielle.
They are destined to meet in every lifetime. Perhaps the ones we follow through most of the series are not their first incarnation. This would account for how they manage to be present for events which should have taken place thousands of years apart: the Xena and Gabrielle who met David and Goliath are an incarnation from two or three thousand years before the main series; the ones who met Anteus and Ikus (read: Abraham and Isaac) are from earlier still. They also meet some of the same people (e.g. Minya) in multiple incarnations.