History Franchise / Highlander

26th May '18 1:04:53 AM portaljumper339
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* FilkSong: [[https://youtu.be/OffF0e2h4TU Highlander (The One) by Lost Horizon]], notable for having one of ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the most face-melting power metal screams ever.]]''
16th May '18 5:48:03 PM N1KF
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* ImmortalityInfertility: Immortals cannot have children. According to Joe Dawson in the series, even if their Immortality hadn't been "activated" by dying yet, they still can't have children, though the series itself leaves this a bit nebulous.

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* ImmortalityInfertility: ImmortalProcreationClause: Immortals cannot have children. According to Joe Dawson in the series, even if their Immortality hadn't been "activated" by dying yet, they still can't have children, though the series itself leaves this a bit nebulous.
14th May '18 5:09:49 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]'' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), an Immortal who happens to be a kinsman of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=]. The series was originally intended to be a {{prequel}} to the first movie (resolving the continuity issues the screen was plagued with), being about the larger body of Immortals in the time of the Gathering coming together and doing combat in the large scale ladder match that would ultimately lead up to Connor [=MacLeod=] versus the Kurgan. After the first season it became clear that the Series was doing quite well in its own right. This made the canonicity of the original film, and the inevitable necessity of Duncan's death, problematic. The first film as straight canon began to fade from the Series continuity; Currently in the Series' fandom, the original film is considered to be canon apart from Connor winning The Prize. Naturally, The Game is still ongoing. (Events suggest it may ''never'' end, due to millions of people harboring the 'potential' to become immortal.) The series introduces the Watchers, a [[AncientConspiracy mysterious group]] which has observed and chronicled Immortal activities throughout history. It also coined the term "The Game", which refers to the Immortals' ongoing battle. For the most part it was well-received and internally consistent.

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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]'' (1992-1998) follows the life of Duncan [=MacLeod=] (Adrian Paul), (Creator/AdrianPaul), an Immortal who happens to be a kinsman of the movies' Connor [=MacLeod=]. The series was originally intended to be a {{prequel}} to the first movie (resolving the continuity issues the screen was plagued with), being about the larger body of Immortals in the time of the Gathering coming together and doing combat in the large scale ladder match that would ultimately lead up to Connor [=MacLeod=] versus the Kurgan. After the first season it became clear that the Series was doing quite well in its own right. This made the canonicity of the original film, and the inevitable necessity of Duncan's death, problematic. The first film as straight canon began to fade from the Series continuity; Currently in the Series' fandom, the original film is considered to be canon apart from Connor winning The Prize. Naturally, The Game is still ongoing. (Events suggest it may ''never'' end, due to millions of people harboring the 'potential' to become immortal.) The series introduces the Watchers, a [[AncientConspiracy mysterious group]] which has observed and chronicled Immortal activities throughout history. It also coined the term "The Game", which refers to the Immortals' ongoing battle. For the most part it was well-received and internally consistent.
19th Apr '18 3:24:13 PM ErikModi
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* MegaManning: Downplayed. The Quickening is described (especially in the series) as gaining "all the knowledge and power" of the Immortal you killed, though this rarely comes up as an actual increase in ability, strength, or knowledge. However, there are two very notable instances of this being explicit. In the variously-titled Highlander 3, Kane kills The Sorcerer Nakano to gain his powers of illusion, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero after Connor refused to strike down his mentor to gain the same power.]] In the series, the Immortal Coltec, who specifically hunts down and absorbs the Quickenings of truly evil Immortals, suffers a Dark Quickening, in which he not only turns bad but embraces the crimes the evil Immortals he hunted down were known for. Duncan is forced to kill him and suffers the same fate (temporarily).


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** It's usually downplayed, but there are two notable explicit invocations. In the variously-titled Highlander 3, Kane gets the illusion powers of The Sorcerer Nakano after taking his head, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero after Nakano offered his Quickening to Connor, who refused to strike down his friend and mentor.]] In the series, the Immortal Coltec, who makes it his mission to take the heads of truly evil Immortals, takes one too many and suffers a Dark Quickening, not only turning evil but embracing the same crimes the various evil Immortals he'd killed indulged in. [[spoiler:Duncan is forced to kill him and suffers the same fate, temporarily.]]
18th Apr '18 4:36:34 PM ErikModi
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%%* ImmortalityInfertility

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%%* ImmortalityInfertility* ImmortalityInfertility: Immortals cannot have children. According to Joe Dawson in the series, even if their Immortality hadn't been "activated" by dying yet, they still can't have children, though the series itself leaves this a bit nebulous.



* MegaManning: Downplayed. The Quickening is described (especially in the series) as gaining "all the knowledge and power" of the Immortal you killed, though this rarely comes up as an actual increase in ability, strength, or knowledge. However, there are two very notable instances of this being explicit. In the variously-titled Highlander 3, Kane kills The Sorcerer Nakano to gain his powers of illusion, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero after Connor refused to strike down his mentor to gain the same power.]] In the series, the Immortal Coltec, who specifically hunts down and absorbs the Quickenings of truly evil Immortals, suffers a Dark Quickening, in which he not only turns bad but embraces the crimes the evil Immortals he hunted down were known for. Duncan is forced to kill him and suffers the same fate (temporarily).



%%* NotGrowingUpSucks: Kenny.
%%* NotQuiteSavedEnough
10th Apr '18 4:25:08 AM ErikModi
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%%* CartwrightCurse

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%%* CartwrightCurse* CartwrightCurse: Technically all Immortals, because of the, you know, Immortal thing, but Duncan especially. It's even written on his palm that he will love many women, but marry none (for reasons usually related to death).



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%%* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: As might be expected from the franchise name, bagpipes appear. They're used sparingly, though.
10th Apr '18 4:20:46 AM ErikModi
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* {{Flynning}}: Almost all the swordfights, although this may be justified as the Immortal style of swordplay is very different from the mortal's idea of "find a vital place and stab it." To an Immortal, there's only one vital place, and merely poking it isn't enough; you need a good, firm, unimpeded swing. Furthermore, the ''really'' old Immortals have an incredibly high tolerance for pain and stabbing or slashing barely slow them down. In fact Duncan himself seems very fond of disarming his enemy first before deciding to take their head or not. Conversely, Connor was only able to beat the Kurgan by wearing him out and inflicting enough minor wounds on him quickly enough that it slowed him down at the final moment.

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* {{Flynning}}: Almost all the swordfights, although this may be justified as the Immortal style of swordplay is very different from the mortal's idea of "find a vital place and stab it." To an Immortal, there's only one vital place, and merely poking it isn't enough; you need a good, firm, unimpeded swing. Furthermore, the ''really'' old Immortals have an incredibly high tolerance for pain and stabbing or slashing barely slow them down. In fact Duncan himself seems very fond of disarming his enemy first before deciding to take their head or not. Conversely, Connor was only able to beat the Kurgan by wearing him out and inflicting enough minor wounds on him quickly enough that it slowed him down at the final moment. Also justified because, after a few hundred years of practice, most Immortals would be ''ludicrously'' skilled swordsmen and women.
10th Apr '18 4:12:45 AM ErikModi
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* BlessedWithSuck: Immortality is presented as this more than a few times, especially when it comes to having mortal lovers and friends who will eventually either die of old age or get killed from hanging around with Connor or Duncan. [[spoiler:Starting with Connor's wife Heather, to the tune of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever?"]]
%%* BraveScot / ManInAKilt

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* BlessedWithSuck: Immortality is presented as this more than a few times, especially when it comes to having mortal lovers and friends who will eventually either die of old age or get killed from hanging around with Connor or Duncan. [[spoiler:Starting with Connor's wife Heather, to the tune of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever?"]]
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Forever?"]] Also, that the only friends you can have who can truly understand and share in your Immortal experience are other Immortals, and by the nature of The Game, even they are transitory (if you don't end up forced to face off with and kill them yourself).
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BraveScot / ManInAKiltManInAKilt: The Clan [=MacLeod=], which provides all the franchise's main characters.
26th Feb '18 2:10:56 PM cdrood
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** The concept of a "first death" triggering immortality is absent in the first film. The Kurgan is clearly after Connor's head in the battle between the Macleod's and the Frazers. Connor also could already sense The Kurgan. The "pre-immortals" of later installments cannot do this and taking their heads is of no value to another immmortal, although a full immortal CAN sense a pre-immortal.
25th Feb '18 2:03:53 PM nombretomado
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* They also announced a videogame for the 360 / PS4 generation, and after numerous release pushbacks, it was set to be released but was cancelled in late 2010.[[/index]]

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* They also announced a videogame for the 360 / PS4 [=PS4=] generation, and after numerous release pushbacks, it was set to be released but was cancelled in late 2010.[[/index]]
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