Introduced to the world via an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena was an instant fan favorite and a prized character for creators on the show, so when the question "Who would be the most suitable character for a spin-off?" was raised, the answer quickly became clear: She... was Xena.
Besides the obvious success of the series, though, Xena: Warrior Princess had a great deal of impact on queer and feminist audiences. During its heyday, Xena was one of its kind, showcasing a subtextual and complicated relationship between the title character and Gabrielle and elaborate fight scenes alongside the overarching themes of forgiveness and redemption.
All the while, the focal point of the show, Xena, parlayed feminist messages for a highly diverse fandom and influenced pop culture going forward in some significant ways.