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[[folder:Connor [=MacLeod=]]]
!!Connor [=MacLeod=] / Russell Nash

->'''Played by:''' Creator/ChristopherLambert (1986-2000)

->''"Hey, it's a kind of magic."''

* BadassLongcoat: Wears one to conceal his sword.
* BraveScot: As the titular Highlander. Eager to go into battle with his Clan in the first flashback, and not shying away from duels with other Immortals after being trained by Ramirez.
* 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}}: He's one of the last four immortals at the start of the film, having a ''four hundred and fifty year winning streak.''
* MrFanservice: Dresses sharply as an antiques dealer.
%%* GutturalGrowler
* HappilyMarried: To Heather, who stayed with him until her death of old age.
* IAmXSonOfY: "I am Connor Macleod of the clan Macleod."
* KatanasAreJustBetter: His primary weapon in modern day is a nifty katana.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: A career at this tragically cut short by The Kurgan killing him ([[FinalDeath and almost killing him]]), causing him to be exiled from his Clan. Still, he carries the attitude when a fight is upon him.
* 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 Russell Nash) and a suspicious cop:
-->"You talk funny, Nash. Where you from?"
-->"Lots of different places."

[[folder:Juan Ramírez]]
!!Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez
->'''Played by:''' Creator/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."''

* CoolOldGuy: Certainly quite the ladies man.
* DashingHispanic: [[SubvertedTrope "I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian!"]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: His is a genuine Masamune piece, custom made by the master himself after he married the smith's daughter. Its superior quality is handwaved away by stating that his genius allowed him to conceive of forging techniques centuries ahead of his time.
* TheMentor: Wise old mentor who trains TheHero in the use of his powers.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Poor Ramirez.
* NiceHat: it has a nice feather too.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: To be entirely fair to him, he'd lived for donkey's years. In-universe, he'd probably just lost it.
* OldMaster: Clearly became an immortal when he was quite old, moreso than Connor or the Kurgan at least.
* OverlyLongName: Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez
* PimpedOutCape: It even has peacock feathers.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Is a major character in ''The Animated Series''.

[[folder:The Kurgan]]
!!The Kurgan / Victor Krueger
->'''Played by:''' Creator/ClancyBrown (1986)

->''"I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away!"''

* AllThereInTheManual: Kurgan's background is fleshed out in the novelization, including the fact that his first death occurred when [[AbusiveParents his drunken father crushed his skull with a log.]]
* ArchEnemy: To [=MacLeod=], of course.
* AxCrazy: The Kurgan loves to inflict violence on a whim, and does so with gleeful abandon.
* BadassBoast: He's very sure of himself, and with good reason.
-->''"Tonight you sleep in hell."''
-->''"You cannot win, Ramirez! I am the strongest!"''
* BaldOfEvil: While he's, "in disguissssssse".
* BigBad: Of the original ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
* BlackKnight: When he first appears, he's dressed clad in dark, bone-like armour. His appearance from then on echoes this original impression.
* BloodKnight: The Kurgan relishes combat and is usually wearing a massive grin when slaughtering people.
* {{Catchphrase}}: He has two.
-->''"Hello, pretty..."''
-->''"Another time, [=MacLeod=]!"''
* DrivesLikeCrazy: When he [[spoiler:kidnaps Brenda]], he drives across New York with all the skill and restraint of an ape on heroin. Of course, he can't exactly die without the head coming off, so he's unconcerned with the path of carnage he leaves behind.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As brutal and remorseless and [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] as the Kurgan is, he still obeys the law against fighting on HolyGround without question. He even has the audacity to admonish Connor for nearly breaking it.
-->''"Holy GROUND, Highlander! Remember what Ramirez taught you!"''
** This may be more PragmaticVillainy though.
* EvilLaugh: The undisputed master of this trope.
* EvilSoundsDeep: It was pretty deep to begin with, but after Ramirez wounds his throat it goes to Music/TomWaits levels of roughness.
* ForTheEvulz: And the Prize, but the Kurgan doesn't seem to be in much of a rush. He's having way too much fun.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Moments before his head falls off, the Kurgan gives Connor one last big grin.]]
* IKEAWeaponry: The sword used by the Kurgan in modern times.
* HuskyRusskie: Well sort of, as he's a huge guy whose native tribe existed in what would come to be known as Russia, but wasn't Russia ''yet''.
** BilingualBonus: His name, Kurgan, means "burial mound" in Russian. Doubles as a MeaningfulName.
* LargeHam: A huge ham. He's an entire roast pig. The Kurgan shouts every other word, laughs and yells during combat and basically makes a massive show of himself at every opportunity.
* LaughablyEvil: The Kurgan is extremely entertaining, having lots of fun (especially when committing evil acts).
* TheNameless: The Kurgan has no name, and after [[GenocideFromTheInside slaughtering the rest of the Kurgan tribe]] (of which he was a member), he became simply ''the'' Kurgan. He uses the alias of 'Victor Krueger' in modern times.
* PeltsOfTheBarbarian: When we first see him he's wearing an outfit of black animal furs and animal skulls.
* PostRapeTaunt: [[spoiler:Centuries after he rapes her, he taunts [=MacLeod=] that this is the reason his wife never told him about it.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: By his appearance, it would be easy to dismiss the Kurgan as a [[StupidEvil mindless brute]] who kills indiscriminately, but this is not the case. He kills other immortals as soon as possible to claim the prize, but mortal humans are never really targets for execution by him. The prostitute Candy goes away saying he was merely "kinky", and the Kurgan may have raped Heather but he still left her alive. He doesn't even care to finish off the crazy survivalist who shoots him. It's likely that mortal humans mean so little to him that killing them is functionally no different from letting them live out their lives and die of old age.
* PsychopathicManchild: For an experienced immortal, The Kurgan always acts like a silly teenager, even if he's in the middle of a battle.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: As he tears people apart, the Kurgan cannot stop grinning and laughing like it's the funniest thing in the world.
* RapePillageAndBurn: His general modus operandi.
* 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: Subverted. He is consistently called "The Kurgan", but neither "Kurgan" nor "The Kurgan" is his name. Rather, it is the name of his (now extinct) tribe.
* TheUnfettered: The Kurgan cares about one thing only: claiming the prize. He attacks any immortal anytime, and very nearly anywhere. The law of not fighting on holy ground is the only one he respects.
* VillainSong: While he doesn't sing it, they use the Music/{{Queen}} song "Gimme The Prize (The Kurgan's Theme)" in the film. Despite being pretty badass, the band themselves didn't like it.

[[folder:Brenda Wyatt]]
!!Brenda Wyatt
->'''Played By:''' Roxanne Hart

[[folder:Heather [=MacLeod=]]]
!!Heather [=MacLeod=]]]
->'''Played By:''' Beatie Edney

[[folder:Rachel Ellenstein]]
!!Rachel Ellenstein
->'''Played By:''' Sheila Gish

[[folder:Sunda Kastagir]]
!!Sunda Kastagir
->'''Played By:''' Hugh Quarshie

-> ''"Boom boom."''

* CoolSword: A Manchu broadsword.
* NiceGuy: Drinking and reminiscing with [=MacLeod=], he seems like a pretty cool dude.
* QuickNip: Shares one with Conner. This seems to be a thing they do from time to time.
* SacrificialLamb: While obviously overmatched, he goes down swinging. His death means that Conner [=MacLeod=] and The Kurgan are the only two Immortals that remain.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He has two brief scenes.


[[folder:Iman Fasil]]
!!Iman Fasil
->'''Played By:''' Peter Diamond


* BadassLongcoat: He conceals his sword in what looks to be an overcoat. We never see him wear it; he throws it at [=MacLeod=] as a distraction at the beginning of their duel.
* CoolSword: A Toledo Salamanca broadsword, worth about a million bucks.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He very obviously doesn't want to, but once [=MacLeod=] disarms him, he doesn't beg or try to run.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He wears a pair of mirrored sunglasses for most of the fight.
* SharpDressedMan: Particularly compared to the scruffy Conner; Fasil appears wearing a three piece suit, tie, and gloves.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He's only onscreen for a few minutes, but his death [[IncrediblyLamePun cuts]] the number of Immortals from four to three and brings Conner to the attention of the police, which leads to him and Brenda meeting.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His first name is alternately spelled Iman or Aman.
* SwordSparks: Via the parked cars and [=MacLeod=]'s katana.
* TheVoiceless: Says one word his entire time on screen.


!''Highlander II: The Quickening''

[[folder:General Katana]]
!!General Katana
->Played by: Creator/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. It serves purely as a homage to the Kurgan's DrivesLikeCrazy scenes in the original film.
* ChewingTheScenery: Let's face it, Michael Ironside deserves an Oscar for making Highlander II ''watchable'', even ''enjoyable'', by devouring the whole thing and going back for seconds.
* EvilOverlord: Of Planet Zeist / the past.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Amusing, funny, and still completely rotten to the core.
* ItAmusedMe: ''Why'' he crashed a train full of people on his first scene on Earth? Because.
* LargeHam: The most enjoyable thing about Highlander II is the obvious, unmitigated ''glee'' Michael Ironside takes in his role.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name combines both K and weapon name.
* NonindicativeName: At no point does he use a Katana.
* StupidEvil: He had absolutely no reason to go to Earth or send his goons there to kill [=MacLeod=], who, in turn, had seemingly no intentions of returning to Zeist (and even if he did, Katana had already beaten him there once with ease).

!''Highlander III: The Sorcerer''

->Played by: Mario Van Peebles (1994)

%%* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: Of ''[[Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer The Sorcerer]]''.
%%* BritishTeeth
* CoolShades: The round specs he steals from a street hustler.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: One-ups Kurgan in this department with Connor's adopted son as a captive passenger, thanks to his illusion powers.
* {{Expy}}: Of the Kurgan, as he shares many elements with him (being a former warlord, killing the hero's mentor, terrorizing the hero's loved one in a wild car ride, etc.).
* FingerlessGloves: Part of his modern outfit.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: He takes a liking to cigars.
* GutturalGrowler: Emulates the kind of deep, gravely voice of The Kurgan, without the excuse of a neck wound.
* InTheHood: When walking the streets of New York.
* MasterOfIllusion: Using illusions, he can shapeshift into different characters, and even pretend to have been cut in half.
* NameOfCain: His name is Kane.
* RapePillageAndBurn: In reverse order in the film: burns a village, pillages Nakano's illusion powers, and rapes a prostitute. Though it's implied he's been doing these, in any order he damn well pleases, for all his life.

!''Highlander: Endgame''

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

%%* ArchEnemy: To Connor.
* BigBad: Of ''[[Film/HighlanderEndgame Endgame]]''.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Uses a retractable dagger in his sleeve to block an "unbeatable" move Connor showed to Duncan.
* 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.
%%* {{Revenge}}
* YouKilledMyFather: His main motivation for going after Connor.

!''Highlander: The Source''

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

* BigBad: Of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''.
* 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: His closeness to the Source has given him an ability to move super fast, making other immortals unable to keep up (until Duncan manages to develop similar skills for the climax).