Xenites - The devoted fans of the hour-long
action-adventure series XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS/SYN/1995-2001, a spin-off of
HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS.
What is a Xenite? Well, according to the Alt.Tv.Xena News Group "If you love
and watch the show, you are a Xenite.
When the fans were debating what to call themselves, 'Xenite' had some close
competition from 'Xenaphile', but Xenite won out." Reportedly, Lucy Lawless
(a.k.a. "Xena") actually used the term for the first time in an interview and it
In the Xenaverse, Xena and her sidekick/soulmate Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor)
travel a mythological landscape (mainly Greek and Roman) and routinely engage in
rough and tumble martial arts-ladden battle sequences.
According to the Official MCA web site Xena is "Surrounded by enemies,
barbaric tribes, slave traders, and a host of other evils, Xena is on a mission
to help people free themselves from tyranny and injustice."
Throughout their quest for justice, the bond of friendship is very strong
between Xena and Gabreille. So strong, in fact, that many viewers believe that
the two are lovers. Their alleged lesbian lifestyle is derived from their many
intimate conversations and the close quarters they kept during their journeys.
One might point out, however, that since both Xena and Gabrielle had
relationships with men in the series, the subtext of lesbianism is more
rightfully interpreted as bisexualism. I'll leave it up to loyal Xenites
everywhere to come to their own conclusions.
Nonetheless, the Xena character has become an icon of strength and
beauty to both the straight and lesbian communities worldwide. And hey, guys
like her, too. Battle on, Xena!
"In a time of ancient Gods, Warlords and Kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero.
She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The
passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."
Xena Protecting Gabrielle
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