The story of Hercules is a well known trope: Demi-god, cast to earth, must make good to his father. Simple, effective.
Xena has always puzzled me, as I assumed she had a similar back story to Hercules, but I associated her with Athena (because of the similar sounding name, and warrior connotations). But looking at her wikipedia page doesn't seem to hold up to that.
It looks like she was a warlord of some sort, who has repented for her past sins. I've not managed to watch the entire series but that fact that had always eluded me. I still have to ask though, who is she? Where is she from?
Is she based on a mythical character, like Hercules, or is she just a made-for-TV character?