|Fandom:||Xena: Warrior Princess|
|Canonical?:||aspects of the relationship are canonical; it is considered mostly one-sided, with Ares being canonically in love with Xena|
|Archives:||Born For War, Illyandria's Xena and Ares Page, Shipper Seasons, Xena/Ares Fan Fiction Library|
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- Silk publishes "Ares' Curse," followed by its sequel/companion piece "Ares' Chosen." This begins the fanon theme of Xena being referred to as Ares' Chosen.
- AdmralCleo's Xena and Ares Page, reputedly the second ever website dedicated to the Ares/Xena pairing, is created.
- The aresandxenashippers Yahoo! Group is created by Melanie Knight.
- Illyandria's Xena and Ares Page is created. It is the first large-scale archive specifically dedicated to the Ares/Xena pairing.
- The first episode of the Shipper Seasons is posted.
Terms used in the fandom
- Shipper: a person who ships Ares/Xena. While the show was airing, the use of "shipper" in the Xena fandom was almost exclusively used for the Ares/Xena ship. This history is still evidenced today by the Shipper Heaven forum, part of the AUSXIP Talking Xena message board that is dedicated exclusively to the Ares/Xena pairing, as well as the Shipper Seasons, a site dedicated to writing seasons beyond the end of Xena: Warrior Princess with a focus on the Ares/Xena relationship.
- Subber: a person who ships Gabrielle/Xena.
Influential Ares/Xena fans
- Arianwen P.F. Everett, author of early fic for the pairing.
- Aurora, prolific author and producer of the Shipper Seasons.
- Delenn, prolific author and archivist of Born For War.
- Illyandria, prolific author and archivist of Illyandria's Xena and Ares Page.
- LadyKate, prolific author and producer of the Shipper Seasons.
- Larissa, author of early fic for the pairing.
- Nancy Lorenz, author of epic fic for the pairing.
- Silk, author of Ares' Curse and Ares' Chosen, some of the first Ares/Xena stories on the internet (1998).
- Skkye Blue, author of epic fic for the pairing.
- Something Royal, author of epic fic for the pairing: Dark Revelations.