The show freely borrowed names and themes from various mythologies around the world, but adapted them to suit the demands of the storyline. Many of the series' devoted followers, nevertheless, thought they were witnessing recreations of genuine stories from Greek mythology, a tribute to the compelling melodrama of the storylines.
The show was a mixture of styles, ranging from high melodrama in one episode to slapstick comedy in another. It was also hinted that Xena and Gabrielle were lovers. This was left deliberately ambiguous, leading to much heated debate over what became known as the "Subtext".
The show also featured a wide assortment of recurring characters, including enemies Ares, the God of War (Kevin Smith) and Callisto (Hudson Leick) and trusted friends like Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) and Joxer (Ted Raimi).
See also: List of Xena episodes