TITLES OF XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
 What follows is a listing of the origins, homages, puns, and references to many of the Xena: Warrior Princess episode titles. It comes from general research. You could say common knowledge. I saw that some titles were inspired in other features, so I started looking up the ones I did not know.
ABYSS, THE (118/606)
Film by James Cameron, The Abyss (1989)
ADVENTURES IN THE SIN TRADE (69-70/401-402)
Book by Dylan Thomas, Adventures in the Skin Trade (1955)
ALTARED STATES (19/119)
Corruption of "altered states" in order to include the word altar.
Film by Ken Russell, Altered States (1980)
AMPHIPOLIS UNDER SIEGE (104/514)
Film by Andrew Davis, Under Siege (1992)
ANIMAL ATTRACTION (94/504)
Common expression. Also, perhaps inspired by:
Marx Brothers film by Victor Heerman, Animal Crackers (1930)
Film by Adrian Lyne, Fatal Attraction (1987)
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (108/518)
Play by William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
ATHENS ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING BARDS (13/113)
Film by Alan Parker, Fame! (1980)
BACK IN THE BOTTLE (97/507)
Refers to Aladdin trying to put his genie back into the bottle.
BEEN THERE DONE THAT (48/302)
Old saying. Also, based on a film by Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day (1993)
BETWEEN THE LINES (83/415)
Refers to the old saying about reading between the lines.
BEWARE GREEKS BEARING GIFTS (12/112)
Epic tale by Homer, The Iliad, with the expression "Beware Greeks bearing gifts," referring to the Greek trick of the Trojan horse.
BITTER SUITE, THE (58/312)
Pun on the word "bittersweet," that means something is unpleasant but ultimately good.
CHARIOTS OF WAR (02/102)
Film by Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire (1981). In addition, this is a euphemism for tanks.
COMEDY OF EROS, A (46/222)
Play by William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
CRADLE OF HOPE (04/104)
Homage to Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
DAUGHTER OF POMIRA (79/411)
Opera by Gaetano Donizetti, Daughter of Regiment (1840)
DAY IN THE LIFE, A (39/215)
Song of The Beatles, A Day In The Life (1967)
DEATH IN CHAINS (09/109)
Film by William P. Burt, Women in Chains (1923)
Film by Pietro Francisci, Hercules Unchained (1959)
DEATH MASK (23/123)
Ancient custom of making death masks.
Film by Chia Tang, Shaolin Chuan Ren [Death Mask of the Ninja] (1983)
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN (90/422)
Saying by Yogi Berra.
DIRTY HALF DOZEN, THE (49/303)
War film by Robert Aldrich, The Dirty Dozen (1963)
Terminology meaning the last critical moments of a game.
First woman, according to the book of Genesis from the Bible.
FALLEN ANGEL (91/501)
What the Archangel Lucifer became, according to Judeo-Christian tradition.
FAMILY AFFAIR (71/403)
TV show, Family Affair (1966-1971)
Popular song by Sly Stone, A Family Affair (1971)
FINS, FEMME AND GEMS (64/318)
Steven Soderbergh, Sex, Lies and Videotapes (1989)
A FISTFUL OF DINARS (14/114)
Western film with Clint Eastwood by Sergio Leone, Per un pugno di dollari [A Fistful of Dollars] (1964)
FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (40/216)
Novel by Ernest Hemmingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls (1957)
FORGET ME NOT (63/317)
From traditional game of "He loves me/He loves me not"
Film by Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven (1992)
FRIEND IN NEED (133-134/621-622)
From the traditional saying, "A friend in need is a friend indeed"
GABRIELLE'S HOPE (51/305)
Film by Martin Ritt, The Great White Hope (1970)
GIANT KILLER (27/203)
Another name for Jack from the folk tale "Jack and the Beanstalk."
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (28/204)
Popular song by Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (1985)
THE GOD YOU KNOW (124/612)
Corruption of the phrase "better the devil you know"
A GOOD DAY (73/405)
Part the saying of a Roman soldier, "Today is a good day to die"
THE HAUNTING OF AMHIPOLIS (114/602)
Probably inspired by The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
HEART OF DARKNESS (115/603)
Novel written by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1901)
HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (35/211)
Popular phrase for the beauty contest: "Here she comes… Miss America!"
IDES OF MARCH (89/421)
The day Julius Caesar was murdered.
IF THE SHOE FITS (80/412)
Popular saying "If the shoe fits, wear it." And the plot is clearly inspired by the popular tale "Cinderella."
IN SICKNESS AND IN HELL (72/404)
Words from a Christian wedding ceremony, "…in sickness and in health…"
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (24/124)
Popular phrase, used when someone fell ill in the theater, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
KING CON (61/315)
Film by Merian C. Cooper, King Kong (1933)
LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE (109/519)
Old saying when you do something that could get you killed
LYRE LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)
Taken from the children's taunt, "Liar, liar, pants on fire"
MANY HAPPY RETURNS (131/619)
MARRIED WITH FISHSTICKS (105/515)
From the Fox Network sitcom Married with Children
With a combination of stick ("shtick"), meaning farce and fishsticks, a popular children's meal.
MORTAL BELOVED (16/116)
Play on Beethoven's code for his beloved, "Immortal Beloved."
A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214)
Expression meaning something that is bad that must happen.
OLD ARES HAD A FARM (122/610)
Popular American song "Old McDonald Had A Farm."
ONE AGAINST AN ARMY (59/313) Homage to the Aeschylus play Seven Against Thebes.
PARADISE FOUND (81/413)
Homage to John Milton's book Paradise Found (1663).
PAST IMPERFECT (77/409)
Grammatical mood and tense. Past refers to tense (past, present, future) and imperfect refers to mode or mood (perfect, imperfect, etc.). Past imperfect usually is used to express what was going on when something else happened or a habitual activity in the past.
THE PATH NOT TAKEN (05/105)
Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken."
PATH OF VENGEANCE (126/614)
Film by Stanley Kubrick, Paths of Glory (1957)
THE PLAY'S THE THING (85/417)
Quote from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii, "...the play's the thing, Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king"
Parable from the New Testament of the Bible, "The prodigal son"
God who was punished for giving fire to humankind.
THE QUILL IS MIGHTIER... (56/310)
Pun on the expression "The pen is mightier than the sword"
REMEMBER NOTHING (26/202)
Homage to film by Frank Capra, It's A Wonderful Life (1946).
RETURN OF THE VALKYRIE (121/609)
Part of the Trilogy inspired by the opera cycle of Richard Wagner, Der Ring Des Nibelungen
More information about it:
The Ring of the Niebelung
The Richard Wagner Archive
THE RHINEGOLD (119/607)
See RETURN OF THE VALKYRIE
THE RING (120/608)
See RETURN OF THE VALKYRIE
THE ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (17/117)
Pun on a line from the play by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (between 441-427 B.C.E.): "the royal couple of Thebes", referring to Oedipus' mother and father, King Laius and Queen Jocasta
SEEDS OF FAITH (99/509)
Common Christian expression, "sowing the seeds of faith"
SEND IN THE CLONES (128/616)
Song by Steven Sondheim and made popular by Judy Collins, "Send In The Clowns" (1968)
A SOLSTICE CAROL (33/209)
Novel by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE (87/419)
Another old saying.
A TALE OF TWO MUSES (74/406)
Novel by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (32/208)
Novel by Agatha Christie, Ten Little Indians (1939). Adapted for film by Rene Clair, And Then There Were None (1945).
Also, a popular folk song.
THEM BONES THEM BONES (95/505)
Old American folk song, "Dem Bones."
TO HELICON AND BACK (127/615)
Popular saying, "To hell and back"
Also, a film by Jesse Hibbs (1955) about Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II.
Name is from the big wave, and the plot is similar to a film by Ronald Neame, The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Real story of Ulysses, correcting Homer's Odyssey
VANISHING ACT (66/320)
From magicians' slang, meaning to get away quickly without being detected.
The title is a homage to the show itself Xena: Warrior Princess, and the plot of the episode was probably inspired by novel by Mark Twain, The Prince and The Pauper (1881)
WHEN FATES COLLIDE (130/618)
Film by Rudolph Maté, When Worlds Collide (1951)
WHEN IN ROME (62/313)
Old Italian proverb, Quando a Roma vai, fa come vedrai, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
THE XENA SCROLLS (34/210)
Homage to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
YOU ARE THERE (125/613)
Homage to Walter Cronkite TV show, You Are There (1953-1957)
Laura Egido was born in Barcelona, Spain on April 25, 1984. She still lives there, where she is a student cursing her last year before college, technological studies. She wants to try psychology as a future career. She is a stubborn Taurus, loyal, friendly and a good friend (or so she's been told), but with character and a lot of personality. She loves reading, writing poetry in English, watching TV, drawing and listening to music.
Favorite episode: A FAMILY AFFAIR; CHAKRAM
Favorite line: Gabrielle to Xena: "Xena, life is eternal. It has no beginning and no end. The loving friends we meet on our journey return to us time after time. We never die, because we were never really born." DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
First episode seen: THE RECKONING
Least favorite episode: KEY TO THE KINGDOM