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.
Powers and Stats
Name: Lao Ma, Ruler of the Lao Dynasty
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
Lifting Strength: Superhuman
Striking Strength: Building Class
Durability: Wall level
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.