Lao Ma

"Nothing is as soft as water, yet who can withstand the raging flood?"


Lao Ma, Ruler of the Lao Dynasty was a recurring character on Xena: Warrior Princess. She was the wife of the Emperor of the Lao Dynasty, Lao Tzu. He was very ill and so he was kept in a coma by her with the use of pressure points. Lao Ma secretly ruled the Dynasty, allowing her incapable husband of taking all the credit.

Despite having only two appearances on the show, she was one of the most pivotal characters and influences on Xena's life. She met with Borias and Xena to make an alliance with them. When she defended herself against an attacking Xena, she left, stating that an alliance was almost impossible. When she later saved Xena from being savaged by Ming Tzu's dogs, she helped her realise her inner potential, dubbing her "The Warrior Princess" for the first time. She taught Xena compassion and revitalized her in a way of life she thought was long dead inside herself. This "new" Xena was short lived, when she and Borias reunited and fought. Events followed and they eventually killed Ming Tzu. A few years later, Lao Ma was sentenced to death by her son, Ming T'ien, so that he could inherit the throne of Chin.

She was played by Jacqueline Kim.

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Tier: 8-C

Name: Lao Ma, Ruler of the Lao Dynasty

Origin: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys & Xena: Warrior Princess

Gender: Female

Age: Unknown

Classification: Ruler of the Kingdom of Lao

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, healing, levitation of herself and others, Precognition, Petrification, can shoot energy blasts, wind manipulation, psychometry, knowledge of pressure points allows her to keep her husband alive and in a coma for many years, Forcefield creation, martial arts expert

Attack Potency: At least Building level via power-scaling

Speed: Subsonic+ reactions via power-scaling (Easily more powerful than Xena and swatted her aside like a fly)

Lifting Strength: Superhuman

Striking Strength: Building Class

Durability: Wall level

Stamina: Superhuman

Range: Several kilometers via power-scaling

Standard Equipment: Nothing notable

Intelligence: Extremely wise, has accumulated many years of wisdom in both the realms of the practical and the arcane

Weaknesses: None notable outside of CIS

Note: Although not explicitly stated, Lao Ma in the Xenaverse is the true founder of Daoism, a major religious and philosophical system that had enormous influence on the cultures of east Asia for over 2,000 years. A number of her lines are in fact paraphrased from the Tao Te Ching, the core Daoist text.


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