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''Highlander: The Search for Vengeance'' is a 2007 animated adaptation of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series.

Set in an AlternateContinuity from the films, the anime follows the story of the immortal Colin [=MacLeod=] as he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin searches for Revenge]] against his rival immortal Marcus Octavius, the WellIntentionedExtremist who killed Colin's wife.

Set in the distant future, Colin meets up with a resistance group, partially held by the prostitute Dahlia, that is being oppressed by Marcus and plagued by a disease only Marcus has the vaccine to. Throughout the story we get flashbacks of Colin's failed attempts to kill Marcus. Marcus seems to be perpetually attempting to rebuild the glory of his beloved [[RomanEmpire Rome]] whereas Colin, blinded by his hatred, joins whatever cause is opposed to him in the hope of taking his head.

!!Tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Colin cuts the head off Malike and it takes a very long time for him to notice.
%%* ActionGirl: Dahlia.
* AfterTheEnd: One of the biggest draws of doing an Anime adaptation was the ability to show audiences the distant future.
* AntiHero: Colin is very much a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, although it does take time before the "Heart of Gold" bit actually reveals itself. And while he initially doesn't care much about heroics or other people in general, neither does he shed blood needlessly.
* BadassInDistress: Colin after falling from an impossibly tall skyscraper.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Averted when it comes to Moya.
* BadassLongcoat: Colin [=MacLeod=] wears one.
* BerserkButton: The mere ''sight'' of Marcus Octavius puts Colin into a killing rage.
* BraveScot: Although Colin could be English... It doesn't matter really matter, as Scotland wasn't even a country when Colin was born. However, this is played straight with the Scots in one of the flashbacks.
** Colin is actually depicted as being a chieftain of a Celtic tribe resisting Roman occupation. This would make him an ancestor of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh.
%%* BigApplesauce
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:By the end, New York is saved, Marcus is finally killed and Colin rediscovers his humanity. Unfortunately, Dahlia doesn't make it out alive...although it's implied that they'll see each other once more in another time.]]
%%* BurnTheWitch: After Colin is killed in battle.
* ChainsawGood: A rival immortal Malike has a '''Chainsaw-Sword!'''
* CrapsackWorld: Global warming, civil wars and world wars, genetically-engineered super-plagues and countless other catastrophes have lead to the collapse of civilization, as seen in the movie. The survivors live scattered throughout the world, nomadic or dwelling in the city-states that arose from the ashes of the dead world. Mutants run rampant and cybernetics are commonplace. One of the predominant city-states, which was created from the ruins of New York City; is a sterile dystopia in which the rich, wealthy and chosen; live in relative security and safety, under the control of an Immortal tyrant of great power and influence; who has a massive army of robots and war machines, and is secretly creating a new plague to wipe out the dredges of the world. Said dregs live in constant misery, doing what they can to scrape by, subsisting on rats, lizards and whatever else they can get a hold of. Oh, and there's big fucking mutant crocodiles down in the damn sewers.
* CyberPunk: Used for the future segments.
* CycleOfRevenge: Invoked. At one point, the BigBad has the hero helpless (again) and at his mercy... and points out the vendetta's centuries old. Maybe it's time to get a hobby?
%%* DarkActionGirl: Kyalia.
* DecapitationRequired: It's shown that it doesn't necessarily have to involve blades to get the job done, so long as the head's gone. [[spoiler:Such as a grenade shoved into an immortal's mouth.]]
* DelayedCausality: Malike after he gets his head chopped off and [[spoiler: Marcus at the end.]]
* TheDeterminator: Colin, who has spent ''two thousand years'' trying to kill Marcus. Despite multiple failures he never considers abandoning his quest. Amergan and Marcus both comment on Colin's persistence. This level of determination lets him will through some pretty gruesome injuries, Healing Factor nonwithstanding.
* DissonantSerenity: For most of the film, Marcus is shown as so unsettingly calm and nonchalant about everything around him, sliding into a bit of bored annoyance every now and then. [[spoiler:It's only towards the end, just before Colin finally decapitates him that it actually breaks.]]
* DoomedHometown: Colin's original home in Britain. In the future, it's the home of the Resistance down in the subways of New York City.
%%* TheDragon: Kyalia, a rare female example.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Viewers get a glimpse of Colin's JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality at the beginning of the movie. While he is shown to be brooding and single-minded in his search for Marcus, it's telling that he doesn't want to kill anyone needlessly.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Marcus is very adamant about his refusal to shed blood on any form of holy ground.
** This might not be a case of standards as simple self-preservation; when an immortal tries to wield a weapon on holy ground it results in them being struck by lightning (something that Colin learned the hard way).
* ExpositionOfImmortality: The film lives off the memories sub-category.
* FaithHeelTurn: The film makes it clear on no uncertain terms that it's Colin's lack of faith in ''anything'' after Moya's murder that made him waste 2000 years for ''nothing'' but vengeance against Marcus.
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: Having been split up into city states in the future.
* {{Flashback}}: Parts of Colin's past are told in flashbacks.
%%* FlashbackStares
* TheFuture: The story is set in the 22nd century.
* HealingFactor: One of the many benefits of being an Immortal. With the exception of wounds they sustained from dying, Immortals heal and recover from all wounds, and they do have levels of regeneration. Colin was able to recover from the massive injuries he had sustained from falling thousands of feet up from up in Marcus' penthouse, along with everything else Marcus had inflicted upon him, including a fall from an exploding transport plane during WW2. How quickly an Immortal heals and regenerates is dependent of the severity of the wounds. Marcus was able to recover from a stab wound to the heart that temporarily killed him in a matter of minutes. Colin recovered from most of his fatal injuries in hours, due to the extent of the damage.
** It may be due to the number of Quickenings the immortal has undergone. The first time Marcus killed Colin by slashing his head it took him an unspecified amount of time to heal and left a scar, but it is implied to have been months by how the scenery around him changes in accordance with the seasons. 2000 years later he can awaken from a fall that crushed most of his bones within minutes and heal fully within hours.
%%* HeartbrokenBadass: Colin again.
* HeelFaithTurn: After 2000 years of atheism, mortally wounded, Colin is about to witness Marcus murder an entire city of innocents with a super-virus, hears the dying voice of his resurrected love calling to him from Heaven...
--> ''[Picks up his [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]]'' God... please give me the strength... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for them]]... [[LoveRedeems for her....]]
* HollywoodAtheist: Colin is a particularly mean-spirited and ''thoroughly'' unlikable example of this trope. On top of being a {{Jerkass}}, he has managed to have faith in ''absolutely nothing'' for '''two thousand years.''' This ''does'' have a rather [[JerkassWoobie tragic justification]], however, and is eventually subverted towards the end.
* HonorBeforeReason: Why Moya went off in the first place.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Dahlia.
* HopeSpot: The only time it seems in Colin's long immortal life when he actually tries to settle down and move on happens to be his time in Scotland with Deborah. Until Marcus comes into the picture and "kills" for the nth time, revealing his identity to the [=MacLeod=] clan. [[spoiler:At the very least, he's spared by them and allowed to retain the [=MacLeod=] name even after being banished.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Marcus to a degree. For all his talk of having moved on with the times and chastising Colin for getting stuck up over what happened generations ago, he himself remains obsessed with recreating the Roman Empire by any means necessary.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Marcus is all about reviving the Roman Empire, with a few bits of Nazi Germany to boot. Preferably under ''his'' version of it.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Colin's weapon of choice. Not just ''any'' katana, mind you, but the ''very'' katana of UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Say what you like about Marcus but you never find him moaning about the past, his goal is always towards creating a better tomorrow. A better tomorrow for himself granted but still...
%%* LoveHurts
%%* LoveRedeems
* MasterSwordsman: Colin is very impressive but Marcus manages to outshine him almost every time.
%%* MrExposition: Amergan
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Although at first it's more like a scream.
* MythologyGag:
** Colin wears the exact style and color of trenchcoat that Connor wears in the first Highlander movie and in the TV series.
** A Macleod obtains a masterwork katana as their primary weapon; and ''his'' happens to belong to the deposed Daimyo of the Toyotomi Dynasty of Japan. It must be a tradition for all of the Macleods who are Immortals to have one.
** Immortals who have survived the Game for a very long time, are very cultured and refined. Colin being the exception, as He's spent most of his Immortal life pursuing Marcus, possibly only picking up enough of the local languages in cultures he's fought along side with; to get by and follow orders.
** Marcus Octavius is the first Immortal BigBad in the movies who doesn't have a K in his name, breaking the tradition of having Immortal BigBad with a K in the name (Kurgan, Katana, Kane, Kell). Subverted in that the 'c' in Marcus's name would have sounded like 'k' anyway.
** Even though he's the ghost of a druid, Amergan fills the niche of mentor for the Immortal, Colin. Most Immortals in the franchise have a noticeable mentor. Amergan is unconventional because He's a ghost.
** Once again, a [=MacLeod=] has made their presence known in New York City.
** "There can be, only ONE!"
** After killing the BigBad, there is an accompanying Quickening of massive proportions. This by far has to be the biggest Quickening in the entire franchise, since not only did it purge a synthetic plague from the atmosphere and destroy it outright, but it also leveled a massive mile-plus high skyscraper and its supporting structures and utterly decimated an entire army of robots and war machines. Talk about an extremely tough act to follow.
* ThePerfectionist: Marcus desires perfection above all else.
* PinnedDown: Dahlia when she's trying to escape with the vaccine.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Kyala gets one. Naturally she gets over it.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Marcus clearly got more than a few hints from the Nazis in setting up his future empire.
* ReCut: The Japanese version of the film was later distributed as the Director's Cut edition, with about 10 more minutes' worth of scenes which were cut out of the American version.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Currently providing the image for the trope.
* ReincarnationRomance: Near the end of the film, [[spoiler:Amergan reveals to Colin that Moya, Deborah, and Dahlia are the same woman. After Dahlia's death, Amergan assures Colin that he will meet his love again.]]
* ResurrectiveImmortality
* RousingSpeech: Two; one by Colin and the other from Doc. However Colin's is rather bleak in retrospect.
* {{Revenge}}: Kinda the point of the film.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Over the course of two thousand years, there are several instances where Colin hot-headedly charges into battle against Marcus. The end result is usually Colin ''barely'' avoiding being decapitated.
* RuinsOfTheModernAge: A stark juxtaposition against Marcus' tower.
%%* RuleOfCool
* SarcasticDevotee: Amergan for Colin.
* ScarsAreForever: Mostly averted but Colin's facial scar that took months to heal is permanent.
* ShutUpHannibal: Inverted. After about a thousand years of butting horns, Marcus Octavius admonishes Colin [=MacLeod=] to stop feeling sorry for himself and do something constructive with his immortality.
* SkywardScream: "'''[[SayMyName MAAAARCUUUUSS!!!]]'''", which is a repeating occurrence.
%%* SmugSnake: Marcus.
* SpiritAdvisor: Amergan, much to Colin's chagrin.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Both Dahlia and Kyalia wear outfits that are sexy, but impractical for combat. Somewhat justified since Dahlia works as a prostitute and Kyalia is Marcus' concubine in addition to being his chief enforcer.
* SuperStrength and SuperSpeed: Unlike the movies and TV series, Search for Vengeance is able to show how strong and fast the Immortals are as they age, gain more Quickenings, and train without having the limits of a special effects budget. Colin rips out a parking meter and throws it hundreds of feet into the air to destroy an outdoor television screen. Both Colin and Marcus trade blows that resonate with superhuman power and both are able to move incredibly fast and leap great distances into the air to do combat. Colin attacks many of his enemies with such blinding speed, you do not see the cuts. For all intents and purposes, Colin is the Immortal equivalent of a high-speed blender.
** In the UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 flashback, Colin is seen ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leaping out of an exploding Spitfire]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome without even flinching]].
** When Marcus stabs Colin through the heart, pinning him to the ground, the force of the stab cracks the floor around them.
* SwordAndSorcery: More so than others in the franchise thanks to the SpiritAdvisor.
* SwordDrag: Inverted by Malike. He ends up riding his damn chainsword sword to attack Colin.
* SwordSparks: As an animated series with sword fights, this is inevitable.
* SyntheticPlague: Marcus has released a virus over New York to wipe out all of people who haven't conformed to his ancient Roman ideals. The virus only had an 80% kill rate but by the end of the movie he's managed to make a 100% version.
* TakeAThirdOption: On a meta level, this is the only Highlander adaptation where NONE of the main immortals have any interest in gaining The Prize, or earning Quickenings. Or on the other side of the spectrum, hiding from The Game or trying to live peacefully. Any Quickenings that happen in the movie are the result of a bounty contract being fulfilled (in the form of Malike) or the beheading of an Immortal to conclude a battle (Marcus).
* ThatsGottaHurt: "Oh. That'll hurt," as the resident ObiWan observes as [=MacLeod=] falls off a skyscraper.
* ThoseWackyNazis: In World War II, Marcus served as a Nazi SS Officer.
* UnstoppableRage: Averted. Colin's rage causes him to fight sloppy, allowing Marcus to easily defeat him time and time again. [[spoiler:It isn't until Colin calms down and starts fighting with a clear head that he's able to finally kill Marcus.]]
* UsedFuture: With the exception of Marcus' Neo-Rome City-state, Most of everything in the world is worn out and used. Totally appropriate, considering that its a post-apocalyptic future and not many places have an intact infrastructure that supports the development of newer technologies and products.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Marcus's final solution.
* VillainRespect: During the WWII flashback, Marcus seems genuinely impressed when Colin leaps from an exploding spitfire and lands on the wing of his plane.
-->'''Marcus:''' Well, you definitely get an A for effort.
* WeaponTombstone: Moya's grave. However since Moya didn't use a sword because at this point Colin has become a DEVOUT athiest and didn't care how she rests because as far as he's concerned, she no longer even ''exists'' to be bothered by it anymore.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Marcus wants to create a world of order.
* WhatTheHellHero: Given by Marcus who calls out Colin for not doing anything else with his life for centuries on end. He comes off as sincere which underlines the tone of the movie: even the ''villain'' is disappointed in Colin.
* WickedCultured: Marcus Octavius, a villain who is fond of literature, art, music, and philosophy. In his own words when He meets Colin again in Nazi Germany, He can write poetry in 3 dozen languages, can paint like Rembrandt, and can play piano like Liszt.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Marcus orders the execution of a scientist who did not meet his project deadline.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:A dying Dahlia kills Kyalia by shoving a hand grenade into her open mouth and pulling the pin.]]
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