Co-created by Tapert and John Schulian, she first appeared in the 1995–1999 television series The Legendary Journeys, before going on to appear in Xena: Warrior Princess TV show and subsequent comic book of the same name.
Through their friendship/relationship Xena recognizes the value of the "greater good" and the sacrifices that must be made to accomplish it (a central theme in the series in later seasons). ==Creation and production== Xena was developed in 1995 by John Schulian as a secondary character for The Legendary Journeys, although Lawless had already appeared as the character Lyla on the episode "As Darkness Falls", on 20 February 1995.
In 1996, while rehearsing a sketch for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she broke her [pelvis|hip] when she was thrown clear from her horse.
In 1999, Lucy Lawless also appeared in the animated television show The Simpsons dressed as her Xena character, during the Treehouse of Horror X.
The issue of the true nature of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship caused intense shipping debates in the fandom, which turned especially impassioned due to spillover from real-life debates about same-sex sexuality and gay rights. In a 2003 interview with Lesbian News magazine, Lawless stated that after the series finale, she had come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle's relationship was "Gay.
By helping to pave the way for female action heroes in television and film, "Xena" also strengthened the stunt woman profession. David Eick, one of the co-developers of the Xena series, was also the executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, which also features strong female characters, and Lucy Lawless in a recurring role. In 2005, the team that discovered the dwarf planet nicknamed it "Xena" in honor of the TV character.
On 1 October 2005, the team announced that had a moon, which they had nicknamed "Gabrielle".
The objects were officially named Eris and Dysnomia by the International Astronomical Union on 13 September 2006.
Although the official names have legitimate roots in Greek mythology, "Dysnomia" is also a synonym to the word "anomia", which means "lawlessness" in Greek, perpetuating the link with Lucy Lawless. In 2006, Lucy Lawless donated her personal Xena costume to the Museum of American History.
She also appears in the comics series Xena: Warrior Princess, originally released by Topp and Dark Horse Comics, and in 2007, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights to the book upon its discovery that the show still had many fans.
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