Xena

related topics
{god, call, give}
{film, series, show}
{son, year, death}
{war, force, army}
{woman, child, man}
{line, north, south}
{@card@, make, design}
{village, small, smallsup}
{town, population, incorporate}

Xena, clad in leather armour accented and decorated in bronze detailing, standing in the middle of a battlefield, flames behind her as she holds her chakram in readiness for battle.

Xena is a fictional character from Robert Tapert's Xena: Warrior Princess franchise. She commonly wore a tight brown, skirted, leather outfit. She first appeared in the 1995–1999 television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, before going on to appear in Xena: Warrior Princess TV show and subsequent comic book of the same name. The character has also appeared in the spin-off animated movie The Battle for Mount Olympus, as well as numerous non-canon expanded universe material, such as books and video games. Xena was played by New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless.

Xena is the protagonist of the story, and the series depicts her quest to seek redemption for her past sins as a ruthless warlord by using her formidable fighting skills to help people. Xena was raised as the daughter of Cyrene and Atrius, though the episode The Furies raised the possibility that Ares, might be Xena's biological father. In Hercules, during her two first episodes, Xena was an outlaw, but in the third (and last), she joins Hercules to defeat Darphus, who had taken her army. Aware that the character of Xena had been very successful among the public, the producers of the series decided to create a spin-off series based on her adventures. The character Gabrielle, introduced in the first episode, becomes Xena's greatest ally; her initial naïveté helps to balance Xena and assists her in recognizing and pursuing the "greater good". Lauren Chapluk and Zoe Bell would stunt-double for the actress in heavily demanding scenes that required extensive acrobatics and physical skill.

Contents

Appearances

Hercules

Xena originally appears as an outlaw in the Hercules episode "The Warrior Princess" (Season 1 Ep. 9); about ten years into her career of pillaging and marauding, Xena meets Hercules. Initially, she sets out to kill him. In "The Gauntlet" (S.1 Ep.12), her army turns against her because of warlord Darphus' lust for power and believing Xena has become weak after she stops her lieutenant Darphus from killing a child in a sacked village. She runs a gauntlet, and survives, becoming the only person ever to survive the gauntlet. She then fights Hercules, in the hope that she will regain her army if she can bring back his head. Xena seems to be getting the upper hand until Hercules' cousin intervenes, making no real difference himself but inadvertently giving Hercules his sword, allowing him to fight Xena on equal ground and defeat her. However, Hercules refuses to kill Xena, telling her, "Killing isn't the only way of proving you're a warrior." Touched and inspired by Hercules' integrity, and by the fact that he too suffered the loss of blood kin as she did and yet chooses to fight in honor of them, she decides to join him and defeat her old army. In "Unchained Heart" (S.1 Ep.13), Hercules tells Xena that there is goodness in her heart, and the two of them share a brief romantic relationship, before Xena decides to leave and start making amends for her past.

Full article ▸

related documents
Bilbo Baggins
The Decameron
Shannara
Elric of Melniboné
Gwydion
Puck (mythology)
Oh My Goddess!
Ravenloft
Earthdawn
Croesus
Balarama
Agastya
Skaði
Pindar
Durin
Valinor
Jeremiah
Sisyphus
Ishtar
Lapith
Unseen University
Trophonius
Cretan Bull
Völuspá
Patroclus
Seid
Guaraní mythology
Xibalba
Marsyas
Lonely Mountain