Species: Human

Appearances: XWP: S1: Sins of the Past; S4: A Family Affair; S6: Who's Gurkhan? (mentioned)

Family: wife, Hecuba; daughters, Gabrielle and Lila; sons-in-law, Perdicas and Lecter; granddaughters, Hope and Sarah; great-grandson, The Destroyer

Bio: Herodotus had been a farmer in Potidea, and father of the legendary bard Gabrielle. After Xena the Warrior Princess had saved their village from the warlord Draco, Herodotus, while grateful, had asked her to move on quickly, having heard of her by her evil reputation and not wanting any trouble. Understanding, Xena had complied, though unbeknown to either of them, his oldest daughter Gabrielle had run away from home to travel Xena in the hopes of becoming a warrior like her. Three years later, when Gabrielle had returned home, or so her family had thought, Xena and their friend Joxer had come looking for her. While his wife Hecuba had welcomed Joxer with open arms, Herodotus had treated Xena with anger and mistrust, believing Xena had seduced Gabrielle away from her family all those years ago with her heroics. His opinion of Xena had only gotten lower when, after Gabrielle's evil daughter Hope had tried to kill Lila while posing as Gabrielle, Hope had returned to Herodotus's farm covered in bruises and had blamed Xena for them. Enraged, Herodotus and his wife had told Xena to leave and never come back. Presumably, once Hope and her monstrous offspring had been defeated, Gabrielle's family had been filled in on her evil doppelganger. Regardless, though, about eighteen years later, Herodotus's granddaughter Sarah had been kidnapped by a raider named Gurkhan. From a merchant, Herodotus and his family had learned that Sarah had been taken to the walled city of Mogador in North Africa, where Gurkhan had made Sarah part of his harem. Herodotus, Hecuba, and Lila's husband Lecter had sought to buy her back, only for Gurkhan to behead all three of them. About eight years after that, twenty-five years after Gabrrielle and Xena had seemingly gone missing, Gabrielle had shown up on Lila's doorstep, only to learn the fate of her parents and niece. Distraught, she, Xena, and their friend Virgil had then set off for North Africa, and had done what Gabrielle's parents and brother-in-law had failed to do: rescued Sarah.

Played By: Geoff Snell