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To our surprise, and surly to his own, Ares' love for Xena is more than just lust or an egocentric desire to possess the world's greatest warrior. Although he fights a losing battle to preserve his own self interests in the face of this love, Ares finally gives it all up to save Xena and, as a mortal, cherishes hopes that he might still win her. Unrequited? Well, maybe not completely. In the last moments of 'Coming Home', Xena admits, 'You always got to me.'

K Stoddard Hayes, Titan Xena Magazine Issue #17


Xena is ready to tango (or pretend to!) whenever making love to the God of War serves her goals. Still, could that kiss to the battered mortal Ares be something more like the real thing?

K Stoddard Hayes, Titan Xena Magazine Issue #17


In the most stunning and selfless act of his long, self-serving life, Ares gives up his immortality to save the lives of Xena and those she loves. And when she thanks him, he asks for nothing in return. It is the greatest act of romantic love this series has ever seen.

K Stoddard Hayes, Titan Xena Magazine Issue #11


As bad as Ares has been in this show, I've always felt a touch of Cary Grant about him-devious but charming. I think that's one of the things that makes him so appealing, at least for me.

Sharon Delaney, Chakram Newsletter #15


That pose the two of them were in [in the field in Path of Vengeance] harkened back to The Reckoning, the first episode in which Kevin Smith played Ares. Lucy plays that so well-she falls under his spell and then reminds herself, "No, I'm not that kind of girl anymore." I feel a touch of regret though. As if Xena wishes she could have her Ares and still be a good girl.

Sharon Delaney, Chakram Newsletter #15