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When we think of Xena, there are a few key things that come to mind. That high-pitched battle cry, a bunch of cool weapons, an amazing sense of style, and, oh right, the fact that she was undeniably in love with Gabrielle and the whole series was basically just a slow-burn (but highly epic) romance between them. Xena: Warrior Princess was a show that fully ignited the world of early internet fanfiction, and looking back, it’s pretty easy to see why.
Xena and Gabrielle are remembered for their subtext more than just about anything else these days, and that’s fair because it is substantial. In a time of censorship and sparse queer representation, it’s kind of wild how much the creators of this show got away with, and not a day goes by that we don’t thank them for that.
Yet it wasn’t all subtext. Major parts of their incredible love story are just in-your-face, on-the-screen text. Xena and Gabrielle are one of the great love stories of all time, and these are some of their greatest (queerest) moments.