The "Gabdrag" and Gabrielle's "kevlar toga" are both fantasy themes initiated in response to a particularly brutal scene in "The Bitter Suite" at the height of the "Rift" between Xena and Gabrielle, where Xena, in her madness at losing her son, drags Gabrielle from behind her horse over firepits, boulders and streams, so that it is difficult to imagine Gabrielle surviving the experience. Through it all, Gabrielle's seemingly "kevlar toga" does not come off. TPTB have admitted in interviews that this scene lasted several minutes longer than it should have, and that the brutality was a bit too intense.