History Series / Highlander

13th Jun '17 8:13:39 AM tropower
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* ContentWarnings: Despite being a syndicated series where censorship is less strict compared to the networks, each episode began with one of these indicating that the show is (slightly) more violent compared to other shows.[[note]]It is based on a series of R-rated movies, after all, so what was seen in the show was as much as they could get away with.[[/note]].


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* TitleTheAdaptation: Was initially called "Highlander: The Series", but later dropped "The Series" part of the name when the show proved to be more popular than the movies.[[note]]Which have since become [[CultClassic cult classics]].[[/note]]
3rd Jun '17 7:46:20 PM TheWanderer
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* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: Being famous for your fighting skills or your age winds up drawing the attention of headhunters, Immortals who are serious about winning the game and purposefully seek out old or powerful Immortals in order to defeat them and take their power. This results in most older Immortals, (aside from AxCrazy psychos in the mold of The Kurgan) to learn how to keep a low profile. Some specific examples include:
** Duncan's former friend and MasterSwordsman Brian Cullen, who was once famous for being the greatest swordsman in all Europe. He was challenged so much by both mortal and Immortal foes looking to take the title of greatest swordsman that all the deaths he caused took a frightful toll on him. Eventually he fled the continent to try to get away from his own reputation, but when he was still challenged after moving to America he descended into deep paranoia and an intense opium addiction which continues into the present.
** Methos used to relish combat, fighting and getting stronger, but he came to loathe The Game and has deliberately done what he can not just to avoid combat but to make sure no one believes in the "legend" of Methos, up to creating spurious legends and stories that contradict his history and appearance, all so no one can blow his cover ID or track him down.
** One of Duncan's mentors as a new Immortal was a famous swordsman called Graham Ashe. Ashe had since lost all taste for battle and swordsmanship, and become much more passionate about art and learning. When Ashe is confronted by a headhunter in Duncan's flashback, it's clear that he's been through so much over the years that he has no heart left for combat, even to save his life.

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* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: Being An Immortal famous for your either their fighting skills or your age winds up drawing the attention of headhunters, Immortals who are serious about winning the game and purposefully seek out old or powerful Immortals in order to defeat them and take their power. This results in causes most older Immortals, (aside from AxCrazy psychos in the mold of The Kurgan) to learn how to keep a low profile. Some specific examples include:
** Duncan's former friend and MasterSwordsman Brian Cullen, who was once famous for being the greatest swordsman in all Europe. He was challenged so much by both mortal and Immortal foes looking to take the title of greatest swordsman that all the deaths he caused took a frightful toll on him. his psychological well being. Eventually he fled the continent to try to get away from his own reputation, but when he was still challenged after moving to America he descended into deep paranoia and an intense opium addiction which continues into the show's present.
** Methos used to relish combat, fighting fighting, and getting stronger, but he came to loathe tired of The Game and now loathes getting involved in it at all. He has deliberately done what spent centuries doing everything he can not just to avoid combat but combat, and also done his best to make sure no one believes in the "legend" of Methos, up to creating spurious legends and stories that contradict his true history and appearance, all so no one can blow his cover ID or track him down.
** One of Duncan's mentors as a new Immortal was a famous swordsman called Graham Ashe. Ashe had since lost almost all taste for battle and swordsmanship, and become much fighting other Immortals, viewing it more passionate about art as a chore than anything, and learning. had made appreciating the finer things in life his true passion. When Ashe is confronted by a [[TheDreaded the infamous headhunter Haresh Clay]] in Duncan's flashback, he tries to flee before the fight, and after being forced into a confrontation, it's clear that he's been through so much over no longer up to the years that he has no heart left for combat, sort of intense combat of facing another Immortal MasterSwordsman, even to save though his life.life depends on the fight.
1st May '17 11:21:50 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Duncan has this ''bad'' and several people [[GenreSavvy use this against him,]] [[WhatAnIdiot repeatedly.]]

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Duncan has this ''bad'' and several people [[GenreSavvy use this against him,]] him, [[WhatAnIdiot repeatedly.]]



* GenreSavvy: You don't survive for centuries being hunted by decapitating lunatics, some with a penchant for dramatic flare, without noticing some recurring themes.
31st Jan '17 5:49:22 AM foxfireman
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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Need a problem solver? Being harassed by lowlifes? Got an immortal psycho on your case? Want your fence painted? Just call Duncan [=MacLeod=]!

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Need a problem solver? Being harassed by lowlifes? Got an immortal psycho on your case? Want your fence painted? painted?! Just call Duncan [=MacLeod=]!
19th Dec '16 7:02:55 AM LarryMullen
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* {{Squick}}: At one point, to escape the titular characters of "Mountain Men" who have him at gunpoint, Duncan decides to leap off of a high cliff. The men assume that he's dead until a conversation their leader has with Tessa asserts otherwise. We then see Duncan recovering at the bottom of the ravine, with his bones gradually (and audibly) snapping back into place as his HealingFactor kicks in.
14th Dec '16 12:13:48 PM Xtifr
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'''''Highlander: The Series''''' was the 1992-1997 series that was inspired by the popular ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' film franchise. It starred British actor Adrian Paul as Duncan [=MacLeod=], the younger kinsman of the film's central character, Connor [=MacLeod=]. Initially, there was uncertainty as to whether the film character would be recast or a new character created; even Adrian Paul wasn't certain who he would be playing for a time. But the decision was made to develop a whole new character for the series.

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'''''Highlander: ''Highlander: The Series''''' Series'' was the 1992-1997 series that was inspired by the popular ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' film franchise. It starred British actor Adrian Paul as Duncan [=MacLeod=], the younger kinsman of the film's central character, Connor [=MacLeod=]. Initially, there was uncertainty as to whether the film character would be recast or a new character created; even Adrian Paul wasn't certain who he would be playing for a time. But the decision was made to develop a whole new character for the series.
12th Dec '16 2:12:39 PM MikeW
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** Two hundred years later, the Earl's friend, Immortal Steven Keane, comes looking for payback on Duncan. Duncan realizes that Keane is doing pretty much the same thing Duncan has done several times, settling a score from long ago and they're not that different.

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** Two hundred and fifty years later, the Earl's friend, Immortal Steven Keane, comes looking for payback on Duncan. Duncan realizes that Keane is doing pretty much the same thing Duncan has done several times, settling a score from long ago and they're not that different.


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** In the 18th century, Duncan was tutored by a Japanese warrior who was forced to take his own life for honor. Duncan swore that the man's family would always know that if they ever needed help, they could come to Duncan Macleod. 200 years later, the samurai's female descendant comes to Duncan for help and surprised Duncan knows of the "family legend." She even says she doesn't expect Duncan to honor a commitment from his "ancestor" but of course, he insists on helping.
5th Dec '16 10:34:07 PM DwayneHicks
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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Subverted. The katana is Duncan's weapon of choice, but it is never presented as inherently better than any other sword. Also, Duncan has used a wide variety of other swords, including claymore, an arming sword and a rapier/dagger combo.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Subverted.Averted. The katana is Duncan's weapon of choice, but it is never presented as inherently better than any other sword. Also, Duncan has used a wide variety of other swords, including claymore, an arming sword and a rapier/dagger combo.
14th Aug '16 9:01:47 PM MikeW
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* MoralMyopia: Used twice in "Forgive Us Our Tresspasses." First, in 1746, Duncan, still reeling after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Culdoon, discovers the Earl of Rosemont has sent his troops to crush villages in order to put down any more rebellion. A furious Duncan goes to the Earl's home and grabs his son.
-->'''Earl''': Please, don't hurt my son!
-->'''Duncan''': That is what a thousand Scottish mothers cried out before your soldiers murdered their children.
** Two hundred years later, the Earl's friend, Immortal Steven Keane, comes looking for payback on Duncan. Duncan realizes that Keane is doing pretty much the same thing Duncan has done several times, settling a score from long ago and they're not that different.
21st Jun '16 6:50:36 PM gewunomox
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** The Watcher Chronicles CD-Rom lists several other aliases Byron has used over the years. Among them is [[TheDoors James Douglas Morrison.]]

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** The Watcher Chronicles CD-Rom lists several other aliases Byron has used over the years. Among them is [[TheDoors [[Music/TheDoors James Douglas Morrison.]]
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