|TV Show||Xena: Warrior Princess|
Eli is a recurring character in the TV Show Xena: Warrior Princess. Eli is the Avatar of the God of the Ultimate Way. His Cult of Eli worships the One God of Love.
BackgroundEli was a magician performing in the streets of India when Xena and Gabrielle first meet him. He is performing a rope trick while they spectate. His assistant is abruptly possessed by an evil demon during the performance. Gabrielle rushes to help her and the demon apparently flees. It is mistakenly thought that Gabrielle is a Devi (a healing Deity in Indian culture). But in reality it is Eli that has the ability. It is discovered that he is the Avatar (a Deity in human form usually put on Earth to be the saviour of mankind). He has a great ability to heal others but it breaks his heart to see people suffering. A cult is established around his teachings of peace and love. He encourages people, including Gabrielle, to follow "The Way of Love". The people that adopt his beliefs are known as the Followers of Eli. He doesn't know it yet but he is destined for great things and will aid Xena and Gabrielle enormously in their heroic efforts.