History Franchise / Highlander

12th Feb '18 7:13:09 PM Angelus25
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*EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the films, Immortals truly are immortals and can take gunshots and avoid drowning. In ''The Series'' and the series' sequel films, however, Immortals are killed by regular means and then [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back to life]] minutes later.
4th Feb '18 12:42:25 PM nighttrainfm
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* HolyGround: Immortals will not - or possibly ''cannot'' - fight each other on holy ground. In the TV series, it's mentioned that the last time they did so, it triggered ''the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.''

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* HolyGround: Immortals will not - or possibly ''cannot'' - fight each other on holy ground. In the TV series, it's mentioned there's a legend that the last time they did so, it breaking this rule triggered ''the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.''



** We were born to be Music/{{Queen}}s of the universe.

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** ** We were born to be Music/{{Queen}}s of the universe.
4th Feb '18 12:41:51 PM nighttrainfm
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* PopStarComposer: We were born to be Music/{{Queen}}s of the universe.

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* PopStarComposer: PlaceOfProtection: Any consecrated site, in theory.
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We were born to be Music/{{Queen}}s of the universe.
4th Feb '18 12:39:33 PM nighttrainfm
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* EvilAlbino: The Guardian.

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* EvilAlbino: EvilAlbino:
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* {{Flynning}}: Almost all of the sword fights.
** 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 of the sword fights.
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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.



* HolyGround: Immortals will not - or possibly ''cannot'' - fight each other on holy ground. In the TV series, it's mentioned that the last time they did so, it triggered ''the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.''



* ScarsAreForever: Subverted. None of the immortals' severe wounds appear to leave scars, except neck wounds (the Kurgan's slashed throat in the movie, and Kalas' slashed vocal cords in the series), probably due to the connection between decapitation and death for them.

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* ScarsAreForever: ScarsAreForever:
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Subverted. None of the immortals' severe wounds appear to leave scars, except neck wounds (the Kurgan's slashed throat in the movie, and Kalas' slashed vocal cords in the series), probably due to the connection between decapitation and death for them.


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* SeekingSanctuary: Any holy site (of any religion) is considered a TruceZone between Immortals. Some creators have interpreted this as an honor system, others as an actual cosmic law - with dire consequences for breaking it.
11th Nov '17 9:32:20 AM Medinoc
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** Watchers are not supposed to interfere in Immortal conflicts. Joe Dawson spends a lot of time bending, breaking, or just plain ignoring this rule (which almost gets him executed).

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** Watchers are not supposed to interfere in Immortal conflicts. Joe Dawson spends a lot of time bending, breaking, or just plain ignoring this rule (which almost gets him executed).executed by his peers).
11th Nov '17 9:31:57 AM Medinoc
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** Watchers are not supposed to interfere in Immortal conflicts. Joe Dawson spends a lot of time bending, breaking, or just plain ignoring this rule.

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** Watchers are not supposed to interfere in Immortal conflicts. Joe Dawson spends a lot of time bending, breaking, or just plain ignoring this rule.rule (which almost gets him executed).
12th Sep '17 6:50:27 PM Malady
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* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles alternatively titled]] ''Highlander: The Final Dimension'' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]

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* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (1994) -- [[LousyAlternativeTitles [[JustForFun/LousyAlternateTitles alternatively titled]] ''Highlander: The Final Dimension'' -- ignores the second film and the TV series, making it a direct sequel to the original film. It turns out that The Kurgan was ''not'' the only [[BloodKnight savage]] Immortal out to claim Connor's head, as Kane (Mario Van Peebles) and two {{Mooks}} were trapped in a cave for 400 years and so didn't quite make it to The Gathering. The Gathering did happen anyways, though, as Kane and company were considered by whatever governs Immortals to be "dead" as they were trapped [[RocksFallEverybodyDies in a cave under a rock slide with no air,]] allowing them to be resurrected as if the universe were saving them for a sequel. Despite following a similar formula to the first film, ''Highlander 3'' was better received than ''The Quickening''.[[/index]]
12th Aug '17 11:22:32 AM nombretomado
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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project. [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]] was cast as The Kurgan in early 2015 and ''Film/JohnWick'' co-director Chad Stahelski signed on to direct in late 2016.

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* A ContinuityReboot was announced in 2008, but has been in DevelopmentHell for years. RyanReynolds Creator/RyanReynolds was attached to play Connor, but has since dropped from the project. [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]] was cast as The Kurgan in early 2015 and ''Film/JohnWick'' co-director Chad Stahelski signed on to direct in late 2016.
27th Jul '17 8:44:09 PM TargetOnMyBack
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** If the fight's going against him, Methos is not above feigning helplessness (such as pretending to slip) and then, when his opponent moves in for the kill, drawing a hidden dagger and stabbing him.

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** If the fight's going against him, Methos is not above feigning helplessness (such as pretending to slip) and then, and, when his opponent moves in for the kill, drawing a hidden dagger and stabbing him.



** The series has quite a few. The biggest is probably Xavier St. Cloud, who in his first appearance tried to use poisonous gas against his opponents and later had hired mercenaries shoot his opponents and took their heads while they were recovering and helpless, but he was far from the only one. Just a few of the other examples seen in the series included an Immortal trapped forever in the body of a young boy who would get other Immortals to take him in and then kill them after they lowered their guard around him, a guy who used a pack of huge attack dogs to injure and wear down his enemies, one Immortal who got his Watcher to fall in love with him and used her knowledge of Immortals to strike at times when they would be unarmed and helpless, an Immortal who led his enemies into a booby trapped base, bad guys with hypnotic powers, two Immortals attacking one target at the same time and planning to kill their enemy while he's receiving a Quickening if he does manage to defeat one of them, a guy who [[ColdSniper snipes]] his targets and takes their head before they can recover, and so on.

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** The series has quite a few. The biggest is probably Xavier St. Cloud, who in his first appearance tried to use poisonous gas against his opponents and later had hired mercenaries shoot his opponents and took their heads while they were recovering and helpless, but he was far from the only one. Just a few of the other examples seen in the series included an Immortal trapped forever in the body of a young boy who would get other Immortals to take him in and then kill them after they lowered their guard around him, a guy who used a pack of huge attack dogs to injure and wear down his enemies, one Immortal who got his Watcher to fall in love with him and used her knowledge of Immortals to strike at times when they would be unarmed and helpless, an Immortal who led his enemies into a booby trapped base, bad guys with hypnotic powers, two Immortals attacking one target at the same time and planning to kill their enemy while he's receiving a Quickening if he does manage to defeat one of them, a guy who [[ColdSniper snipes]] his targets and takes their head before they can recover, and so on.



* ResurrectiveImmortality: Immortals can die just like anyone else, but their bodies then heal and they revive. And it can turn into a cycle if conditions are bad, which can lead to an insane immortal or at least an immortal with a huge desire for revenge.

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* ResurrectiveImmortality: Immortals can die just like anyone else, but their bodies then heal and they revive. And it can turn into a cycle if conditions are bad, which can lead to an insane immortal or at least an immortal with a huge desire for revenge.



* SuperStrength: While they don't display it as consistently as they should, the Immortals in ''Highlander'' are more then just Humans with the ability to regenerate and recover from fatal injuries and potentially live forever. Immortals are stronger, faster and tougher then Humans, and this grows as they age, train and acquire more Quickenings. Being able to cut off the heads of other Immortals, much less any Human being requires a great deal of physical strength, seeing as how hard it is to do consistently. The Kurgan himself displays this when He's able to chop down a huge chunk of the tower that Connor lives in, and when He manages to stab a man and lift him up into the air with his sword. It's much more obvious how much more stronger and more powerful Immortals are, in ''The Search for Vengeance''; when you're not constrained by a special effects budget like they would in live-action films.

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* SuperStrength: While they don't display it as consistently as they should, the Immortals in ''Highlander'' are more then than just Humans with the ability to regenerate and recover from fatal injuries and potentially live forever. Immortals are stronger, faster and tougher then than Humans, and this grows as they age, train and acquire more Quickenings. Being able to cut off the heads of other Immortals, much less any Human being requires a great deal of physical strength, seeing as how hard it is to do consistently. The Kurgan himself displays this when He's able to chop down a huge chunk of the tower that Connor lives in, and when He manages to stab a man and lift him up into the air with his sword. It's much more obvious how much more stronger and more powerful Immortals are, in ''The Search for Vengeance''; when you're not constrained by a special effects budget like they would in live-action films.
27th Jul '17 7:02:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* It all started with a single film: ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (Creator/SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.

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* It all started with a single film: ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (1986) introduces Connor [=MacLeod=] (Christopher Lambert), (Creator/ChristopherLambert), an Immortal born in the [[TitleDrop Scottish Highlands]]. In a series of flashbacks, Connor is mentored by Juan Ramírez (Creator/SeanConnery), a wise Immortal who teaches him the basics before being beheaded by Connor's sworn enemy, [[BigBad the Kurgan]] (Creator/ClancyBrown). The film's other half takes place in [[TheEighties Eighties]]-era [[BigApplesauce New York City]], where all the world's Immortals, whose numbers are now growing thin, are drawn together to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battle to the last man]] [[DuelToTheDeath in a final showdown]] dubbed "The Gathering". By the end of the film, Connor and the Kurgan are the only Immortals left. Connor kills him in a FinalBattle, [[DistressedDamsel saves the girl]] (Roxanne Hart), and gains The Prize.
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