Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 1, Episode 23

Death Mask (3 Jun. 1996)

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Xena finally confronts Cortese, the warlord who burned her village and turned her into a warrior.



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Xena finally confronts Cortese, the warlord who burned her village and turned her into a warrior.

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The "new" Xena kills less often than then "old" Xena, but still quite often. In this episode, Xena kills two of Cortese's warriors with her sword when riding into the village, and one in the climactic battle by slashing his abdomen just before dropping her sword. The "new" Xena's body-count after this episode is 37. However, she also tells her brother what's the difference between her new and old self when killing someone (see Quotes). See more »


  • I promise you, Toris, if you murder Cortese, you'll become what I was.

Toris: I've seen you kill, Xena. What's the difference?
Xena: Maybe it's just a difference in my head, but the pure evil of murder's it is premeditated - it is not in the heat of the battle, and it's not for self-defence - you have been planning this for years.
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No messenger doves were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, several are reportedly missing in action and search-and-rescue efforts are under way. See more »

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