The Spinsters: Clothos, Lachesis, and Atropos


Elizabeth Pendergrast Atropos Rember Nothing, Sacrifice (I&II), God Fearing Child, Looking Death in the Eye, Soul Possession, When Fates Collide Played Atropos in "Judgement Day" - HTLJ / also was Gladys in episode 36 of THE SEEKER
Michaela Daniel Lachesis Remember Nothing, Sacrifice (I&II)
Chloe Jordan Lachesis God Fearing Child, Looking Death In the Eye, When Fates Collide, Soul Possession played a nurse in the film "The Whole of the Moon" in 1997
Rebecca Kopacka Clotho Remember Nothing was Clotho in "Judgement Day" - HTLJ / played the young Callisto in HTLJ and XWP "Destiny"
Leah Mizrahi Clotho When Fates Collide, Soul Possession
Samantha Adriaanse Clotho Sacrifice I&II, God Fearing Child, Looking Death in the Eye

In ancient Greece, the Moirai (Fates) were usually depicted as unattractive old women, sometimes crippled.

At the time of a person's birth, the Fates spun out the thread of that life, and directed the consequences of actions that person might take according to the wishes of the Gods. The Fates always gave humans a choice of outcomes that depended on an individual's actions. Zeus could change the fate of anyone, but rarely did so.

Clothos spun the thread of life; Lachesis measured it; and Atropos was responsible for cutting it. They directed the actions of the Furies.

The Fates were involved in seven episodes of Xena, and were played by six different actors. Only Atropos was played by the same actor throughout the series.

The Fates - (left to right)  Leah Miizrahi, Chloe Jordan, and Elizabeth Pendergrast Elizabeth Pendergrast as Atropos Rebecca Kopacka as Clotho Samantha Adriaanse as Clotho Chloe Jordan as Lachesis Michaela Daniel as Lachesis


Season 2 Episode 22 - Remember Nothing

7 October 1996 / Written by Chris Manheim and Steven L. Sears
Directed by Anson Williams

Guest cast: Mark Ferguson, Robert Harte, Steven Tozer, Aaron Dewitt, Chris Graham

Because she defended their temple, the fates offer Xena a deal. They will erase her past and her brother's death, but in exchnge she must completely renounce violence.

Season 3 Episode 21 - Sacrifice (Part I)

16 May 1998 / Written by Steven L. Sears
Directed by David Warry-Smith

Guest cast: Hudson Leick, Jodie Rimmer, Steven Ure, Bret Rudnick, Jeremy Curry

Ares takes Gabrielle to see the Fates to settle a debt. Callisto returns and resurrects Hope. Xena and Gabrielle try to save Seraphim from being sacrificed.

Season 3 Episode 22 - Sacrifice (Part II)

23 May 1998 / Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by Rick Jackobson

Guest cast: Hudson Leick, Jodie Rimmer, Jeremy James Wood, Russell Gowers, Brett Rudnick

Season 5 Episode 12 - God Fearing Child

7 February 2000 / Story by Chris Manheim - Teleplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Directed by Phillip Sgriccia

Guest cast: Niko Vella, Kevin Sorbo, Meg Foster, Charles Keating, Stephen Lovatt

When Zeus learns from the Fates that the unborn child of Xena will destroy Olympus, he goes on the attack. Hercules arrives to help Xena.

Season 5 Episode 19 - Looking Death in the Eye

1 May 2000 / Written by Carl Ellsworth
Directed by Garth Maxwell

Guest cast: Stephen Lovatt, Paris Jefferson, Jason Hoyte, Theresa Healey, Mark Warren, Jed Brody, Kate Smeda, Michael Langley, Renee Kelly

The Fates tell Xena she must die in order that Eve may cause the destruction of the Gods. Ares helps Xena and Gabrielle fake their deaths to outwit the rest of the Olympians.

Season 6 Episode 18 - When Fates Collide

12 May 2001 / Written by Katherine Fugate
Directed by John Fawcett

Guest cast: Claire Stansfield, David Franklin, Karl Urban

Caesar escapes from the underworld and takes control of the Fates' Loom of Life, turning Gabrielle into a playwright in Rome and Xena into a Roman Empress.

Season 6 Episode 20 - Soul Possession

9 June 2001 / Written by Melissa Blake
Directed by Josh Becker

Guest cast: Michael Saccente, Lucy Briant, Anne Nordhaus, Jennifer Rucker, Campbell Cooley

Reincarnated Xena gang finds a scroll proving Xena and Ares were married in front of the Fates.