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Were Xena and Gabrielle lovers?

by Marine Lamiaux

Xena: Warrior Princess featured a budding romantic relationship between Xena and her companion Gabrielle, but the show never officially made them a couple due to network politics and character dynamics.

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Sandra Bullock

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Did Xena kiss Gabrielle?

When Xena puts on the ring, she defeats the beast, but she loses all memory of Gabrielle. Meanwhile, the Valkyrie Brunnhilde confesses to Gabrielle that she’s in love with her, while Gabrielle has to decline her advances in favor of her love for Xena. Gabrielle finds herself trapped in a ring of fire, and only her true soulmate can brave the flames to free her. Even without her memories, Xena gravitates towards Gabrielle and awakens her with a kiss.

In « Many Happy Returns », Xena buys tickets for Gabrielle’s birthday to go and see Sappho. And she even gets Sappho to write a poem for Gabrielle, which she then gives to her. Furthermore, at the end of the episode, Xena pops on the helmet of Hermes and flies around holding Gabrielle in her arms.

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Children

Eve

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Eve is the daughter Xena had when the Goddess Callisto impregnated her. While Xena was pregnant, she would present Gabrielle as the father of her child as soon as people started to wonder who the father was. Gabrielle became a warrior to protect and defend Xena when she had lost her sense-of-self in ‘Chakram’, and she fought for Xena and the baby’s life while she was pregnant in « Them Bones, Them Bones », as well as in ‘Motherhood’, where Gabrielle is constantly battling against The Furies in her head to try to stop herself from killing Eve, as they were trying to coerce her to.

Throughout all of this, Gabrielle showed immense love, support, loyalty and dedication towards Xena, in making sure her and her baby made it through the ‘twilight of the Gods’. Season 5 showcased her ability to put others first. Fighting against injustice and evil for them. It also showcased her insistence in fighting for the baby’s life. Including sacrificing her own life to bring the baby’s soul back when Alti stole it from Xena in ‘Them Bones, Them Bones’.

After defeating the Olympian Gods, saving Eve and Gabrielle’s life, Xena goes to hide with the two of them on a farm. As Xena and Gabrielle observe Eve from a distance, seeing her peacefully playing with a spider, the two share a conversation that cements the fact that Eve is their daughter.

Gabrielle – “Looks like you have your daughter back.” Xena – “No, we got our daughter back.” Fanon[]

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Xena/Gabrielle was on of the earliest major femslash ships. As Xena was airing during the early days of internet fandom. On AO3, Xena/Gabrielle is the most written ship for both Xena and Gabrielle.

Who did Xena have a baby with?

Fictional character from the TV series « Xena: Warrior Princess »

Fictional character

Xena
First appearance « The Warrior Princess » (1995)
Last appearance « A Friend in Need, Part 2 » (2001)
Created by Robert Tapert John Schulian
Portrayed by Lucy Lawless
Species Human
Occupation Warrior for good, formerly Warlord and Destroyer of Nations
Affiliation Ares, Hercules, Borias, Caesar, Alti, Lao Ma, Ephiny, Joxer, Eve, the Amazons
Weapon Sword, chakram, whip, breast dagger
Family Cyrene (mother)Nelo (father; deceased)Lyceus (brother; deceased)Toris (brother)
Significant other Gabrielle, Marcus, Ares, Caesar
Children Solan (son, with Borias; deceased)Eve (daughter; reincarnation of Callisto)
Relatives Unnamed maternal grandmotherMel Pappas (descendant)Melinda Pappas (descendant)Melinda Pappas II (descendant) Jonah (grandson)
Nationality Thracian

Xena is a fictional character from Robert Tapert’s Xena: Warrior Princess franchise, portrayed by New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and co-created by Tapert and John Schulian. She first appeared as a villain in the 1995–1999 television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys before joining forces with Hercules. Xena was popular with fans, so the producers decided to create a spin-off with the character in the starring role. She later appeared in the subsequent comic book of the same name, as well as the spin-off animated film The Battle for Mount Olympus, and non-canon expanded universe material, such as books and video games.

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Xena is the protagonist of the story, and the series depicts her on a quest to redeem herself from her dark past by using her formidable fighting skills to help people. She is joined by the bard Gabrielle, and together they go up against ruthless warlords and gods in the ancient mythological world. Xena was raised as the daughter of Cyrene and Atrius in Amphipolis; though the episode « The Furies » raises the possibility that Ares might be Xena’s biological father, it is never pursued further. She has two brothers, the younger of whom is dead.

Creation and production[edit] Xena co-creator Robert Tapert.

Xena was developed in 1995 by John Schulian as a secondary character for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, although Lawless had already appeared as the character Lyla on the episode « As Darkness Falls », on 20 February 1995.[1] Xena was originally conceived to die at the end of the third episode, « Unchained Heart », but when the studio decided they wanted to do a spin-off from Hercules, the producer Robert Tapert said that Xena was the best choice, since she was largely well received by television critics and fans and had a full story to be explored.[2] The studio wanted to do something about Jason and the Argonauts, but Tapert said that show would have too much of the same feel as Hercules.[2]

The original choice to play Xena was the British actress Vanessa Angel, but she fell ill and was unable to make it to the set.[3] Ultimately the role was given to Lawless as she was already a resident of New Zealand.

Did Xena love ares?

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Ares is a character who is one of the main antagonists on the television shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Young Hercules. He was portrayed by New Zealand actor Kevin Tod Smith. Ares is a significant recurring antagonist during the first three seasons, making a guest appearance in the « coda » episode of season four and was Xena’s main love interest during seasons five and six. He is the primary antagonist of Season 5, wishing to derail the Twilight of the Gods, but changes once he realizes Xena’s life is more important to him.

Contents[] Ares on Xena: Warrior Princess[edit][]

Suave, charming, witty, yet ruthless and amoral, Ares often represents, especially in the early seasons, the seductive power of war and the dark side. He repeatedly attempts to lure Xenaaway from her quest for redemption alongside Gabrielle, and to win her over as his Warrior Queen.[2] He offers her huge armies and historic victories, great wealth and great power, and in later seasons his love,[3] offers which she consistently rejects despite being sometimes tempted.

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 reciprocates his feelings. He says several times that he has « a thing » for Xena, and this seems to prevent him from killing her, even when pitted against her in deadly combat.,[4][5] yet he pursues her sexually and romantically.

Their relationship prior to the show’s timeline is also a mystery. The dialogue in an early episode strongly suggests that this is their first face-to-face meeting;[2] subsequent episodes, however, establish that at some point in the past he trained her and may have been her lover as well. It is also stated that Ares gave Xena her signature weapon, the chakram.[6]

« They had this idea for the God of War, » Kevin Smith remembered. « They wanted a foil for Xena – someone who could beat her in battle, and a former mentor. The weird thing is there’s sympathy for the character, because he’s done terrible, terrible things and yet, at the bottom of it all, the only way this works is if you believe he truly loves Xena. Of course Ares did admit his love for her and Xena never said it but she loved Ares. »[7]

The story[edit][]

During season 1, Ares frames her for murdering three villagers in the hope that she will call on him for help when threatened with execution.[2] He also takes the shape of her long-lost father Atrius and nearly tricks her into attacking a village. However, these plans are thwarted by Xena and Gabrielle.

Did Lucy Lawless on Xena and Gabrielle have a relationship?

Lawless stated that after the series finale, where Gabrielle revives Xena with a mouth-to-mouth water transfer filmed to look like a full kiss, she had come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship was « definitely gay…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’. »[21]

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The Xena fandom also popularized the term Altfic (from « alternative fiction ») to refer to same-sex romantic fan fiction.[22] Many fans felt the term slash fiction carried the connotation of being about male/male couples only and was not a good description for romantic fan fiction about Xena and Gabrielle.

Shipping wars[edit]

The Xena: Warrior Princess fandom often saw nasty « shipping wars » that turned especially intense due to spillover from real-life debates about same-sex sexuality and gay rights.

Shortly after the 1995 debut of the action/fantasy series about a woman warrior seeking redemption for a dark past, fans started discussing the possibility of a relationship between Xena and her sidekick and best friend Gabrielle.[6] Toward the end of the first season, the show’s producers began to play to this perception by deliberately inserting usually humorous lesbian innuendo into some episodes.[6] The show acquired a cult following in the lesbian community.[6] However, Xena had a number of male love interests as well, and from the first season she had an adversarial but sexually charged dynamic with Ares, the God of War, who frequently tried to win her over as his « Warrior Queen. »[6]

In a 10-year retrospective of the show in Salon.com, journalist Cathy Young wrote:[23]

Almost from the start, the fandom was bitterly divided among various factions, particularly subtext fans pitted against those who saw Xena and Gabrielle as friends. Fandom wars over relationships are nothing new: « X-Files » fans clashed vehemently over whether Mulder and Scully should do the deed. In the « Xena » fandom, though, these wars had the added angle of sexual politics. Some of the anti-subtext sentiment was undoubtedly driven by bona fide bigotry. Some lesbian fans, on the other hand, approached the argument as a real-life gay rights struggle and labeled all dissent as homophobic: To them, denying a sexual relationship between Xena and Gabrielle was tantamount to denying the reality of their own lives, and the « Are they or aren’t they » tease was an insulting way to keep the characters in the closet. In a way, knowing that the staff paid attention to fan opinions may have made matters worse: There was an incentive for the rival groups to out-shout one another to make themselves heard.

Did Xena and Hercules hook up?

As the years progress, Xena and Hercules come to each other’s aid at different times as well as acting as a source of comfort to the other. However, after first meeting Hercules, Xena finds the way to redemption to be more painful than she anticipated.

The meeting with Gabrielle[edit]

Haunted by her past transgressions, she is about to give up on her life as a warrior completely.[10] In the episode « Sins of the Past ». she strips off her armor and weapons and buries them in the dirt. She sees a group of village girls being attacked by a band of warriors. In the group is Gabrielle. Xena saves the young women and Gabrielle is left in awe of the Warrior Princess’ abilities.

Gabrielle follows Xena in a quest to persuade Xena to let her be her traveling companion. During the episode, Xena returns to her home town, Amphipolis, where she eventually reconciles with her mother, Cyrene.[10] She also visits the grave of her brother Lyceus to « speak » with him. When Xena privately confides with Lyceus that it is difficult to be alone, Gabrielle—who is silently standing in the doorway of the crypt—tells her, « You’re not alone. »Soon, Xena agrees to allow Gabrielle to travel with her. Over time, Gabrielle becomes Xena’s dearest friend and soulmate.

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 evil), while 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 Hope, Gabrielle’s demonic child,[11] (with the help of Callisto); and Xena nearly loses Gabrielle more than once.

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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 because he turned evil and killed his mother Lao Ma. Xena admits to Solan that she is his mother and sings to him, asking forgiveness.

How rich is Lucy Lawless?

She later appeared on many TV shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Return to Nim’s Island, Dancing with the Stars and My Babysitter’s a Vampire, among others.

She won the Daytime Emmy Award for « Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series » in 2008, becoming the youngest person to have won the award at 8.

Bindi also made her career in music by releasing her debut album, Bindi Kid Fitness with Steven Irwin and the Crocmen on November 27, 2006. In 2009, she even formed a band called Bindi and The Jungle Girls.

She married Chandler Powell, an American pro wakeboarder from Florida, in March 2020 and became parents to their first child, daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, the following year.

Till date, she supports the charity Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, which her parents founded in 2002.

Lucy Lawless

New Zealand actress and singer, Lucy Lawless’s net worth is $30 million. She is best known for her role in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. Her net worth is a combined worth with her husband Rob Tapert, who co-created and executive produced Xena.

Born in Auckland, Lucy made her first musical appearance at 10-years-old and studied acting throughout high school. The winner of the 1989 Mrs New Zealand title started her acting career in 1988 with the New Zealand show, Funny Business.

Who is Xena in love with?

Sure, Xena became a remorseless killer in part because Caesar betrayed and crucified her, but it’s also because Caesar killed her girlfriend M’Lila.

When Xena teeters on death’s door after being stabbed, she hallucinates, falling into memories of her past. She once met the ruthless Caesar as a captive but she freed him, flirted with him, kissed him many times, and allowed him to return to Rome under the assumption that they would someday conquer the world together. Meanwhile, M’Lila trained with her and the two became close… friends. We’ll go with “friends.” Xena was on cloud nine until Caesar betrayed her, stole her ship, and killed M’Lila, who is easily our favorite person in the whole episode. M’Lila didn’t benefit too much from helping Xena, but she did try to warn her about Caesar, and Xena’s regret over not taking her more seriously haunts her at least until the end of this episode.

Borias and Lao Ma

Say what you will about Xena, our girl was all about the throuple. The Season 3 two-parter « The Debt » begins with Xena in a relationship with the warlord Borias, who would eventually become the father of her son, Solan. That’s a whole thing in and of itself, but what we came here for today is Lao Ma.

When Xena and Borias attempted to negotiate new deals with Lao Ma’s husband, she appeared in his stead and used all of her charms to broker a beneficial deal for them all. Xena is seized by jealousy and attempts to kill Lao Ma, but is easily beaten. Double-crosses abound and Xena nearly dies until Lao Ma accepts her as an… ally. We’ll go with “ally.” Of course, this all ends in tragedy because what episode of Xena doesn’t?

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