Bellerophon was a character on Xena: Warrior Princess. He was the demi-god son of Artemis, goddess of the hunt and leader of the Amazons.

Bellerophon felt resent towards the Amazons for abandoning his mother and subsequently plotted revenge against them. During a ceremony that would reunite the scattered Amazon nation, Bellerophon's men interrupted the gathering, killed and wounded many Amazons and kidnapped Varia, who was the queen of the tribe which was hosting the event. He took her to his fort on the island of Helicon, where he laid numerous traps for the Amazons that would come to her rescue. However, he released Varia and promised that he would ensure that she and her Amazons would return home safely - if she killed Gabrielle, who was currently leading them. However, Xena saw through his plan and prevented Varia from killing Gabrielle, as well as continued the attack on Bellerophon and his men. A large battle broke out between the two sides and Xena fought with Bellerephon, of whom he resented for killing his mother. However, he seemed to believe himself to be invincible due to being a half-god, but Xena still managed to kill his half-mortal self after giving him a chance to walk away.

Mythological Basis Edit

  • Bellerophon was a contemporary of Oedipus and Perseus, as well as thus a predecessor of Heracles and Jason.
  • In Greek myths, Bellerophon was sometimes depicted simply as a great hero, with no divine parentage as the son of the mortal Glaucus (the son of Sisyphus) and his wife. However, other accounts reveal him to be the son of the sea god Poseidon.
  • Bellerophon was most famous for taming the winged horse Pegasus, whom he rode during his epic defeat of the Chimera. He is also included on some lists of the Argonauts.
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