For the TV series, see [[Characters/HighlanderTheSeries here]].

!!Connor [=MacLeod=]
->Played by: Christopher Lambert (1986-2000)
->''"Hey, it's a kind of magic."''

* BadassLongcoat
* BraveScot
* DeathByAdaptation: In ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries'' the BigBad Lord Kortan kills him about 700 years before the show takes place.
* DeathGlare: He's got an impressive one when he's pissed.
* {{Determinator}}
* MrFanservice
* GutturalGrowler
* IAmXSonOfY
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RealMenLoveJesus: Astoundingly still a devout Catholic in spite of the xenophobia of his Catholic breathren causing him to be exiled.
* TrophyRoom: Connor has one in his apartment. Given his nature, no surprise it's also a WallOfWeapons.
* WarriorPoet: He does not waste his immortality, but rather enrichens his soul by becoming a patron of fine arts, poetry and music.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Christopher Lambert went to a lot of trouble to develop a mixed non-specific accent appropriate for an immortal who'd lived everywhere over the course of his centuries-long life. Many people just assumed he was trying to do a specific accent and failing badly, even though the intention is underlined by an early dialogue exchange between [=MacLeod=] (operating under the alias Russel Nash) and a suspicious cop:
-->"You talk funny, Nash. Where you from?"
-->"Lots of different places."

!!Juan Ramirez
->Played by: SeanConnery (1986-1991)
->''"We must fight until only one remains. You are safe only on Holy Ground. None of us will violate that rule. It's tradition."''

* BadassGrandpa
* CoolOldGuy
* DashingHispanic: [[SubvertedTrope "I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian!"]]
* FakeNationality: SeanConnery plays an Egyptian playing a Spaniard, which is really weird considering that the hero is Scottish.
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Poor Ramirez.
* NiceHat
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: To be entirely fair to him, he'd lived for donkey's years. In-universe, he'd probably just lost it.
* TheObiWan
* OverlyLongName: Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez
* PimpedOutCape
* SeanConnery
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Is a major character in ''The Animated Series''.

!!The Kurgan
->Played by: Creator/ClancyBrown (1986)
->''"I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away!"''

* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfEvil - "I am in disguissssssse."
* BigBad: Of the first movie.
* BlackKnight
* BloodKnight
* ChaoticStupid / StupidEvil
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "New York... New York...."]]
* EvilLaugh: The undisputed master of this trope.
* EvilSoundsDeep: It was pretty deep to begin with, but after Ramirez wounds his throat it goes to TomWaits levels of roughness.
* ForTheEvulz
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]
* IKEAWeaponry: The sword used by the Kurgan in modern times.
* HuskyRusskie: Well sort of, as [[spoiler:he's a huge guy whose native tribe existed in what would come to be known as Russia, but wasn't Russia ''yet''.]]
* LargeHam
* LaughablyEvil: New York...New York...
* MeanCharacterNiceActor - Clancy Brown is a soft spoken, warm, sensitive and kind-hearted off-camera.
* TheNameless: The Kurgan has no name, and after slaughtering the rest of the Kurgan tribe (of which he was a member), he became simply ''the'' Kurgan.
* PostRapeTaunt: [[spoiler:Centuries after he rapes her, he taunts [=MacLeod=] that this is the reason his wife never told him about it.]]
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
* RapePillageAndBurn
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: During the bad ol' days of 1536. Although it's not like he ''needs'' practical armour, seeing as he can shrug off any non-decapitating blows.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe
* StarMakingRole - For Creator/ClancyBrown.
* VillainSong: While he doesn't sing it, they use the {{Queen}} song "Gimme The Prize (The Kurgan's Theme)" in the film. Despite being pretty badass, the band themselves didn't like it.

!!General Katana
->Played by: MichaelIronside (1991)

* BigBad: Of ''[[Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening The Quickening]]''.
* ChaoticStupid: For no reason, the first thing that Katana does when he gets to Earth is to enter a New York subway train to go over 400 mph which ends with him plowing the train through a wall onto the street.
* EvilOverlord: Of Planet Zeist / the past.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* ItAmusedMe: ''Why'' he crashed a train full of people on his first scene on Earth? Because.
* LargeHam
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name combines both K and weapon name.
* NonindicativeName: At no point does he use a Katana.

!!Kane
->Played by: Mario Van Peebles (1994)

* BeardOfEvil
* BritishTeeth
* CoolShades: The round specs he steals from a street hustler.
* DrivesLikeCrazy
* {{Expy}}: Of the Kurgan, as he shares many elements with him (killing a mentor, terrorizing a loved one in a car, etc.).
* FingerlessGloves: Part of his modern outfit.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He takes a liking to cigars.
* GutturalGrowler
* InTheHood: When walking the streets of New York.
* MasterOfIllusion
* NameOfCain
* RapePillageAndBurn

!!Jacob Kell
->Played by: Bruce Payne (2000)

* ArchEnemy: To Connor.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder
* IconicItem: Kell is always shown wearing a type of footwear with crucifixes on them (sandals in the 16th century, black shoes in the present).
* ItsAllAboutMe
* ItsPersonal
* KickTheDog: Murders Rachel in his first scene, purely to hurt Connor. It is strongly implied he has been doing similar stuff throughout Connor's life for the same reason.
* LargeHam
* ManipulativeBastard
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
--> A woman is a temple built on a sewer.
* PragmaticVillainy: Completely ignores the rules of The Game by gathering a bunch of followers who help him slay immortals in unfair fights, and murders others on Holy Ground. He suffers no consequences for this other than becoming one of the strongest immortals ever.
* {{Revenge}}
* YouKilledMyFather: His main motivation for going after Connor.

!!The Guardian
->Played by: Christian Solimeno (2007)

* BigBad: Of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''.
* LargeHam
** IncomingHam: "'''''THIS IS THE END OF TIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!!!'''''"
* OddNameOut: Currently the only live-action film BigBad who doesn't have a name starting with K.
* SuperSpeed

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