Ares/Xena

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Pairing
Pairing: Ares/Xena
Alternative name(s):
Gender category: Het
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
Prevalence: popular
Archives: Born For War, Illyandria's Xena and Ares Page, Shipper Seasons, Xena/Ares Fan Fiction Library
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Ares/Xena shippers have a long, wonderful history that should not be lost.

Ares/Xena is the het pairing of Ares and Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess fandom.

The character of Ares has been positioned romantically with Xena since his introduction in episode six ("The Reckoning") of the series.

History

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Many additional things need to be included, e.g., forum history (Studios USA NetForum days, Illyandria's forums, Shipper Heaven, Shipper Talk), schisms within the ship (petitions, homophobia, etc.), reactions to canon, pivotal writings, etc.

1998

  • 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.

1999

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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.

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