Gabrielle is a fictional character in Xena: Warrior Princess, played by Renée O'Connor. She is referred to, by fans, as the Battling Bard of Potidaea. Her trademark weapons are the Amazon fighting staff and, later, the sais.
In the two musical episodes, Gabrielle's singing voice was mainly provided by Susan Wood. In the episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire", Renée sang the chorus in "War" and the rap lead in "Gettin' Ready".
Gabrielle has several meanings. As a French given name, it has a grammatically correct Greek feminine ending, compatible with the Greek setting. It is also the feminine form of Gabriel, the name of the chief Christian Archangel, from the Hebrew for "messenger of God". The true Greek translation of "Gabrielle" would be Γαβριήλα, (Gavrila), but this is not used.
When Gabrielle first meets the Warrior Princess, Xena, she is a farm girl living in the village of Potidaea. She and her sister Lila, along with several other village girls, have been kidnapped by the men of the warlord, Draco, to be sold as slaves. Xena intervenes and rescues them. Awed by her fighting skills, Gabrielle decides that she wants to become a warrior too. She also wants to avoid the marriage that her parents, Herodotus and Hecuba, have arranged for her with her childhood friend Perdicas. Gabrielle insists on following an initially reluctant Xena on the road. The two women soon develop a strong bond of love and friendship. Over the six years of the series, Gabrielle evolves from a naive, idealistic teenager into a fully fledged, but deeply conflicted warrior fighting alongside Xena.
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Links: Gabrielle's wikipedia page Joxer & Gabby VS Wonder Twins Gabrielle: Xena's Sidekick