xena x gabrielle

Dear Supergirl cast

Do you know what happened when Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor found out that Xena and Gabrielle got shipped?

They embraced it.

They didn’t mock it and shout “they are just friends!” while laughing and looking immature…

Do you know what that got them?

A fandom that is still going strong, 16 YEARS AFTER THE LAST EPISODE AIRED.

Sometimes I read a post that’s “your otp could never” and all I can think is: well, you’ve clearly never seen Xena. I mean I’m sure their otp is fine and all, but come back to me when they’ve been crucified side by side, died and bridged the gap between heaven and hell to find each other again, quoted poetry by Sappho to each other and woken each other with a kiss from a magical sleep in a lesbian re-enactment of the Ring Cycle.

SEPTEMBER 4: Xena: Warrior Princess premieres (1995)

On this day in 1995, the very first episode of Xena: Warrior Princess aired on NBC. Although the series had no explicit LGBT characters, the lesbian-coding of its titular character and her gal pal Gabrielle made the show a cult lesbian classic throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

Although dated to today’s audience, Xena: Warrior Princess was a progressive show of storytelling and special effects for its time (x).

Set in a fantasy-eqsue Ancient Greece, Xena: Warrior Princess follows the story of Xena, an Amazon warrior played by Lucy Lawless, as she travels the globe and defends the innocent along with her right-hand woman and farm girl turned fighter, Gabrielle, played by Renee O’Connor. Although the show was a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journey in which the character of Xena was depicted as a villain, Xena: Warrior Princess flipped the script and portrayed Xena as a hero on her path of redemption and eventually surpassed its predecessor in both ratings and popularity. During its second season, it was the top rated syndicated drama series on American television and remained in the top 5 for the rest of the show’s lifespan.

In what would now be deemed as “queerbaiting” of the highest order, lesbian viewers of Xena: Warrior Princess were continually teased by jokes and innuendos in the show about the true nature of Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship. In the media landscape of 2017 where LGBT audiences have somewhat of an array of media to choose from, such obvious disregard for lesbian viewers might have tanked the series, but in 1995, it what was catapulted it to cult classic status. Xena became a culturally significant moment in lesbian history. In a hilarious attempt to slyly target lesbian customers, the car company Subaru even released advertisements in the mid-1990s that showed cars with license plates that read “XENA LVR,” and an LGBT rights group was formed that called themselves The Marching Xenas. 

Originally posted by dougwp

Although the promised reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess in which Xena and Gabrielle were to be canonically a couple was recently cancelled by NBC, nothing can erase the original show’s cultural impact and the lesbian audience that propelled it forward. In 2006, the Xena costume was donated to the National Museum of American History, and perhaps even more satisfying, in 2003, Lucy Lawless herself gave an interview in which she answered speculation about Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship by saying, “They’re married, man.”

-LC

4

“I dreamed you’d come back for me…”

“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.”

now that the whole xena reboot tv show seems to have fallen through, can netflix just give us a proper revival with lucy and renee, a.k.a., what the people want?????

here, i will plan the whole season for them:

  • one devastating plotty episode about xena being brought back from the dead. obvs this would mean that gabrielle has been without her for SIXTEEN YEARS, which kind of makes my soul want to barf with despair. to make up for it, at the end of the episode when they’re properly reconciled they will have the most epic kiss that has ever graced a screen.
  • one emotional episode with eve
  • one odd couple episode where xena and gabrielle have a hard time adjusting to living with each other in a house for a prolonged period of time. xena wins every bickering match with “i was dead!!!” because who wouldn’t, but also i can definitely see gabrielle busting out, “who hasn’t been dead for at least a little while??” when she gets really irritated.
  • one romantic shenanigans episode with aphrodite
  • one episode set in the 90s for some reason
  • ONE EPISODE SET IN SPACE FOR SOME REASON
  • one au episode where xena and gabrielle fall in love all over again
  • one episode where xena meets all her clones again (which i guess would be hard since it’s been 40-ish years since she saw them last due to the pesky season 6 time jump, but if that means lucy lawless in old lady makeup then i am down)
  • one episode where gabrielle’s renown as a bard (because obvs she is famous now) causes some sort of hilarious hijinks
  • one episode where joxer is somehow alive again
  • one musical episode because why not
  • and it can end on, obviously, the xena/gabrielle wedding episode

boom! there you go!

modern xena and gabby would be such an annoying couple like you’d be like hey xena what have you been up to lately and she’d just be like ‘oh not much, gabrielle and I had some free time this weekend so we backpacked across three states, climbed a mountain and jumped off a waterfall, and stopped an armed robbery in a small town on the way back.“

meanwhile gabby is standing behind her in a crop top, her abs are staring at you & you’re just left standing there like “sometimes i walk up and down the stairs to the basement to do my laundry and I went to the gym once two weeks ago.”

My favourite thing in all of Xena is when Gabrielle’s spent a whole season being a pacifist. And she’s met sort-of Jesus and he’s very much endorsed the whole not-killing-people thing and she’s really feeling pretty good about the new non-violent her.

And then the instant Xena’s in serious danger Gab picks up a sword and just fucking LAYS INTO the motherfuckers who hurt her. It’s BRUTAL. Because there’s literally nothing in the world that matters to Gabrielle more than Xena.

It’s seriously the most romantic moment in anything I’ve ever seen.