In her late teens, Xena's village was raided by the warlord Cortese. She organized a small band of men consisting of simple villagers and her two brothers, Toris and Lyceus, against their mother's wishes. Lyceus was killed in the battle, so Xena was ostracized and forbidden to return. This began her journey to becoming a violent and merciless warlord. She traveled the world with her lover, Borias. Xena gave birth to her and Borias' son, Solan, in the middle of one of the greatest battles of the age: the Battle of Corinth, between Borias, herself, and the centaurs. Xena claimed that giving birth to Solan was one of her turning points, along with meeting Hercules and Gabrielle.
After being set on a path of redemption by Hercules, she traveled with Gabrielle to fight for the Greater Good. Her final demise was deemed necessary to complete her quest for redemption. During her journey to Jappa with Borias, years before meeting Hercules, she unknowingly caused the death of 40,000 residents of a large village. These souls were captured by Yodoshi and were rendered unable to cross over to the other side. Xena had to die to fight Yodoshi, and then stay dead to protect the souls from being condemned once again.
She returned after death as a ghost alongside Gabrielle. She would be later be resurrected thanks to a boon given to Gabrielle by the Old One C'thulon. After her final death, Xena would be reincarnated across the millenia, and her spirit would return to possess the likes of Melinda Pappas, Harry O'Casey, and Annie Day.