Xena: Warrior Princes, a fantasy TV show created in 1995 is a spin-off of the show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The series tells the tale of Xena, a Warrior Princess with a dark past, and her travelling companion Gabrielle, a town bard. Xena sets out to redeem herself for the dark deeds she had done in past, using her superior fighting skills to help common people, for the greater good. The character appeared as a dark character initially in Hercules, as a powerful warlord, for the first few episodes. Then Xena joined Hercules to defeat the warlord Darphus.
In her own series, Xena is seen always fighting for the greater good, trying to do the right thing, on mission against cruel Warlords and Gods using the two primary weapons:- a Chakram and a sword. She also fights her own past, resisting the urge to revert to her dark ways, but she prevails the temptation with the help of Gabrielle. Gabrielle was introduced as a fan of Xena initially, but her character, costume and style developed significantly with the progress of the series. From a simple farm girl, Gabrielle emerged as a talented bard, and also a formidable warrior, trained by the tribe of Amazons, and Xena herself. Joxer the Magnificent and Mighty is another recurring character who was mainly a comic relief and a close friend to Xena and Gabrielle, whose goal was to fight for justice.
Xena and Gabrielle had two major enemies: Callisto, a sadistic warrior who wants to exact revenge on Xena; and the Greek God of War, Ares. Callisto is portrayed as Xena’s Arch-rival, because her village was burned to ground by Xena in her childhood, killing her family. Callisto became insane and obsessed with plotting revenge on Xena and her associates. Ares on the other hand, represented the power of war and dark side, who wants to seduce Xena away from her quest, to get her as his Warrior Queen. He tempts Xena with great power and wealth, huge armies and victories, which Xena rejects consistently. Other major antagonists of the show includes Caesar, an arrogant roman patrician, who tricked Xena into captivity, and her crucifixion, subsequently, breaking her legs. Alti, a power hungry evil shamaness from the Amazon tribes of Siberia is another major negative character. She had the power of inflicting pain and suffering from the past and future on her victims, which ultimately backfired against Xena, showing her visions from future which gave her the mental strength to defeat Alti.
Xena and Gabrielle’s children were also introduced in the show. Xena gave her first child, Solan to a group of centaurs, who did not knew Xena as his mother. Gabrielle was impregnated by the dark god Dahak, and gave birth to a girl she names Hope. Hope had dark supernatural powers. Hope killed Solan and was then poisoned by Gabrielle herself, when she knew hope can never have redemption. Callisto, as an angel, revived Xena and Gabrielle, and make Xena conceive a daughter named Eve who was prophesied to bring the Twilight of Olympian Gods. Xena was granted the power to kill gods as long as her daughter lived, and she killed most of the gods on Olympus to save her daughter. Xena herself was mortally wounded but Ares gave up his immortality to heal her.
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