Things I do or say instinctively because of Xena...
Say “By the Gods” or “Thank the Gods” as if the Olympian Pantheon was not all but wiped out by Xena aside from Love and War.
Say “I have many skills” instead of I have a lot of skills or I am skilful.
Spell the word “bitter-sweet” as bitter-suite and not even realize it.
Pretend to throw a chakram when I am majorly pissed off or attempt to do ‘The Pinch’ on an inanimate object. No joke. I actually do this.
Attempted the Xena battle cry more times than I can count just to look cool and badass when in reality I just looked like a psychopath.
Any time there is mention of medical skills, charades, pinnochio, kites, C-Sections or other random stuff Xena and Gabrielle invented, I make it known to everybody I’m interacting with on that topic of conversation that they invented or coined them.
Refer to or mention Xena in everything I talk about as if that’s the only way to talk about it because that’s just how obsessed I am.
Giggle uncontrollably every time someone talks about fish or fishing. That actually happens more than you would think. It’s like they know 👀
Firmly believe that Xena and Gabrielle are historical figures and you can’t convince me otherwise.
How about you? What do you do or say because of Xena?
Sometimes I’m like “man, I really want a tv show with two girls in love where it’s not just queer bait but an actual cannon relationship.”
And then I remember…. Xena was all that and so much more.
Honestly we’re so blessed to have this tv show and y'all should go watch it right now.
Why Xena is an amazing superhero: She dignifies what patriarchy belittles
People have pointed out before that Xena does not shame other women or shame men for being feminine. Zero percent fem-shaming. She values feminine characters and traits instead and actually learns from them.
You know how much slut-shaming Xena did? None. Not even her past and highly evil self got shamed for having sex.
You know how many emo feelings Xena had despite her capacity for extremely instrumental, strategic military action? All of them. All of the feelings.
You know how much having a woman as a life partner damaged Xena’s self-identity? None. It actually just made it more awesome.
You know how many seconds it took Xena to deal with her cisgender privilege and act in pragmatic solidarity with a trans woman? Less than ten seconds.
Xena had more respect for her horse than most action heroes have for their own lives.
She offered more and more dignity to herself and other people throughout the show. It was part of her character’s development, part of her heroism.
And that is another way of articulating why Xena is so awesome.
I used to do this thing when I would find myself so far gone into a ship that it was probably unhealthy so I would basically decide that I will read every piece of fanfic that exists and look at every piece of fanart and rewatch every scene 29384792019 times
“It was like I was in a dream too. I forgot everything. But even though I didn’t remember you—I felt your presence… and I knew that I would never be complete unless those shadows were brought into the light.”