Ares (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess) - Wikipedia
There was Ares [Kevin Smith], God of War, who we loved. a interview with The Independent, Smith said of Ares' relationship with Xena. You may say that Ares was not one of Xena lovers, but I contend he is/was certainly familiar with her body. Callisto killed Theodorus, but as. Much of Ares' relationship with Xena remains ambiguous, including whether he is at least partly redeemed by his love for Xena, or to what extent Xena.
Over the series, including the "Xena Trilogy" in the first season Herculeswe learned that there are many lovers in the Warrior Princess' past, although few of her relationships could be termed "deep and meaningful". Xena has not had a good track record with men. In fact, her best relationships have been with women. The stories of Xena's love life went something like this: Hercules and Iolaus are among the lucky few to survive this seemingly unavoidable fate.
Please note most of these men date from before Xena's reformation. She seems less inclined to have casual affairs now. Some have speculated that this is because her relationship with Gabrielle is of the romantic variety.
He, of course, got what he wanted, and once he had that, he abandoned her. He later realized what he had lost and was full of regret for his past actions. Xena was bitter and mistrustful of Petracles, but he managed to redeem himself by saving Gabrielle, but, of course, he wound up dead at the end of the episode.
Certainly he was one of her first relationships, and because it went sour, she may have resolved not to get emotionally entangled again. Whether M'Lila was more than a friend is unknown. Certainly, Xena had grown to respect her and wondered why M'Lila would lay down her life to save her.
There was no love, just barbaric animal passion got to love those barbarians though.
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However, Borias was to betray Xena not once, but twice! The first time, it was to Ming Tzu, who hunted Xena down.
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Xena was not a great student, however. She failed to fully grasp Lao Ma's teachings. Xena was dressed in silks, but was, nonetheless, still a Barbarian at heart. They waged war, looted, pillaged, and did the Barbarian thing. It was not a desired baby, but perhaps Xena thought having a son would bind Borias to her. Whatever the reason, Xena had the child. The Ixion stone represented that power.
It was then that Borias betrayed Xena again! He turned to good and hid the stone. Borias was, of course, killed, not by Xena, but by one of her men.
Xena's army was unable to defeat the Centaurs or she decided not to press the attack depending on which episode you watch: Solan would only find out much later, when he was dead, that Xena was his mother! Subsequent travels and hardships[ edit ] Gabrielle and Xena become best friends, soulmates and indeed constant companions over the many adventures that follow.
Each of the women learns from the other; Gabrielle becomes a warrior on behalf of good not evilwhile Xena develops a softer and more loving personality to balance her warrior's heart. Xena's subsequent life is marred by many tragedies. Her son Solan, who never came to know her as his mother, is killed by HopeGabrielle's demonic child,  with the help of Callisto ; and Xena nearly loses Gabrielle more than once.
The instances where Xena and Gabrielle almost part ways tend to result from the outside manipulations of others. The most serious of these is, of course, the death of Xena's son at the hands of Gabrielle's demonic child, Hope.
After this, Gabrielle, consumed with grief, journeys to stay with the Amazons. Xena, in turn, locates her and tries to take Gabrielle's life by throwing her over a cliff while she is in a weakened state. Xena fails in doing this, and subsequently, both women reconcile with the help of the spirit of Xena's son Solan.
Specifically, Solan creates the land of Illusia wherein, through music, both women express their grief and anger, not so much with each other, but with the traumas they have each endured.
It is here that Xena confesses that she did indeed kill Ming Tien, and she admits to Solan that she is his mother and sings to him, asking forgiveness. After this, they travel together again. Soon after the start of her journeys with Gabrielle, Xena runs into Areswho has evidently known her since her warlord days and he tries to seduce her into joining him as his Warrior Queen, efforts that she repeatedly thwarts.
He and Xena spend a night together before Marcus has to return to the other side. She sets out without delay to help her dear friend but insists that she must deal with this alone and that Gabrielle stay behind. In spite of her best efforts, she is too late to save her mentor and friend Lao Ma from being tortured to death by her own son, the emperor Ming T'ien and is crushed with the loss. Caesar, himself, is betrayed and killed by Brutus.
This event would have long-lasting effects for all involved. Essentially speaking, Callisto, now a good angel, implants her soul in Xena's unborn baby with Xena's tacit acceptance, destined to be born and fulfill her new destiny.
THE GOD WHO LOVED HER: THE XENA-ARES STORYLINE ON XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, p.1 (April - #67)
Unfortunately, mother and daughter would have little time together, as the gods were bent on destroying the child to save themselves, as she is prophesied to bring about the Twilight of the Olympian gods and the birth of "Christianity". In order to save her child, as well as herself and Gabrielle, they fake their deaths,  but their plan goes awry when Ares buries them in an ice cave, where they sleep for 25 years.
During that time, Eve is adopted by the Roman nobleman Octavius who provides for her every need and makes certain that she receives the best of everything. She grows up to become Livia, the Champion of Rome, and a ruthless persecutor of Eli's followers. Eve's ruthless behavior may be due to the influence of Callisto's soul, but this is unclear, particularly since Callisto was purged of all the evil within her when she became an angel.
Xena fights a Japanese army by herself and they kill her. Xena, now a spirit, fights and kills Yodoshi. Xena decides to stay dead so the souls of the 40, she accidentally killed years ago can be released into a state of peace. The series ends with Gabrielle on a ship, holding Xena's ashes, and speaking with Xena's spirit. One such life is that of Arminestra, an Indian holy mother who leads a movement that preaches peace, and yet another is a woman named Melinda who, during World War II, uncovers the tomb of Ares and is possessed by the spirit of Xena to stop the God of War.
In many of those lives, she will walk a path together with her soulmate Gabrielle, furthering the cause of good against evil. Skills and abilities[ edit ] Xena has many skills that she acquired during her extensive travels to many parts of the ancient world over a period of many years. In particular, she has shown remarkable skill and prowess in hand-to-hand combat, displaying numerous acrobatic tricks and the ability to disable or otherwise kill multiple opponents at one time.
Xena has an extensive knowledge of first aid and herbal remedies that rivals that of any professional healer. Xena's signature weapon is the chakrama razor-edged throwing weapon which she often uses for ranged combat. She is usually able to deflect the chakram back towards her, allowing her to catch it. Besides being a formidable weapon, the chakram has other uses such as distracting enemies or quickly cutting distant targets such as ropes.
After breaking in half, Xena reforged her chakram as a design-variation with diameter "handles", called the " Yin-Yang " chakram. Along with her sword and chakram, she has also shown great proficiency with other weapons such as batons, daggers, and whips. Throughout the series, Xena often utilized a signature war cry, "Alalaes". Her cry was an alternate pronunciation for "Alale" or " Alala "who in Greek mythology was the female personification of the war cry.
She has the ability to analyze her enemy's tactics and effectively formulate a response.
In responding to her enemies's attacks, she shows a great deal of creativity and ingenuity; at times, she has worked with little or no resources and limited time. Xena is well versed in military tactics such as forming a defensive perimeter, building defensive fortifications, organizing and leading troops, and cutting an enemy's supply lines. She also repeatedly demonstrates a talent for disguises, infiltration, and cryptography. Although the majority of her skills are martial and mental, Xena does have some supernatural abilities.
Love/Hate Relationship With Xena & Ares
On three occasions, she used telekinesis and energy projection thanks to Lao Ma's teachings. Xena also once possessed the power to kill gods through her daughter, Eve.
Outside of these specific powers, Xena knows the rudiments of most other forms of magic, enough that she can effectively battle or outwit magic-wielding opponents. In other media[ edit ] Xena has appeared in all of the series spin-offs, usually as the lead character. The animated movie Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus marks the first appearance of Xena outside of the television series.
Warrior Princessoriginally released by Topp and Dark Horse Comicsand inDynamite Entertainment acquired the rights to the book upon its discovery that the show still had many fans.
This resulted in Dynamite Entertainment's spin-off comic book series Xena: Contest of the Pantheons and Dark Xena. This last takes place after the television series ended. Warrior Princessand a selectable character in The Talisman of Fate. Xena has enjoyed a particular cult status in the lesbian community. Some of the lesbian fanbase see Xena and Gabrielle as a couple and have embraced them as role models and lesbian icons.
Jokes, innuendo, and other subtle evidence of a romantic relationship between Xena and Gabrielle are referred to as "lesbian subtext" or simply " subtext " by fans. 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.
She was ranked No. Warrior Princess in popular culture Xena: Warrior Princess has been referred to as a pop cultural phenomenon and feminist and lesbian icon.