!Highlander the Series

[[folder: Duncan [=MacLeod=]]]
!!Duncan [=Macleod=]
* BadassLongcoat: Usually a black one. It's used to {{Handwave}} where he keeps his sword.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Duncan seems to appear everywhere important in the past four hundred years knowing Lord Byron, having fought in the civil war, and numerous other historical events.
* BigBrotherMentor to Richie
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: It doesn't matter if they're a complete stranger he's never met, Duncan will attempt to help them.
* CulturedBadass: He runs an antique store, can speak multiple languages, has excellent taste in wine and art, and is an expert swordsman.
* DatingCatwoman: He's the Batman to Amanda's Catwoman, but they do get along fairly well nonetheless.
* DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler: in Endgame]]
* HairDecorations: He occasionally wears a engraved metal hair clip , and is fond of wearing a decorative button of some kind on his hair tie.
* {{Hammerspace}}: There were times in the show when he pulled his sword out between cuts when he had no place to conceal it anywhere.
* HappilyAdopted: Duncan didn't even know he was a foundling until his first death. After he was banished from the clan, his mother still insisted "It matters not who bore you, you ARE my son!" Even 400 years later, Duncan's recollections of his parents are loving and respectful. He even still wears his clan name as a badge of honor and saves the modern members of his clan from a evil immortal out of a sense of duty, despite them banishing him as a demon.
* HonorBeforeReason: Duncan has such a strong code of honour that he's walked into things he knows are traps rather than violate it.
* IAmXSonOfY
--> I am Duncan [=McLeod=] of the Clan [=McLeod=].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Played with, it's not outwardly stated, but his sword has broken at least two other blades and chopped a desk in half with no signs of damage. The swords first owner even makes a comment stating how much better it is than his European steel(it cut the blade right off it like a piece of bamboo) and Duncan is pretty amazed by it even though he grew up a warrior and probably handled all kinds of swords up to that point.
* MrFanservice: He fights shirtless several times, and gives a full view of his backside at least once(twice if you count Endgame)
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He never let go of his Scottish heritage and has fought for his homeland at different times in history.
* NiceGuy
* NotHimself: The Dark Quickening.
* PermaStubble
* RealMenLoveJesus: Like Connor, is still astoundingly a devout Catholic in spite of being banished by the xenophobia of his Catholic kin.
* SlipknotPonytail
* TheCoatsAreOff
* TheStoic
* StraightMan
* WarriorPoet: Much like Connor, he is a patron for music, poetry, fine arts, not to mention wine and fine cooking.

[[folder: Methos]]
* TheAtoner: Downplayed. Claims not to feel guilt for [[spoiler: his time as one of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]], but still turns on his former brothers-in-arms when they want to spread a plague that would most likely kill thousands of mortals.]]
* BadassBookworm: Works at a university when we first meet him, and claims to have been writing almost since writing began, which, considering how uncommon a skill it was in the ancient world, is saying something, especially since he seemed to spend many of his early years [[spoiler:[[RapePillageAndBurn doing nothing but killing people and smashing things.]]]]
* BiTheWay: Seemed to be tempted by Byron's offer to have a threesome with Mary Shelley, but turned him down when he seemed to remind himself that she was too out of it to refuse them, and that he [[TheAtoner was no longer]] [[RetiredMonster that kind of man.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: To Duncan, when Duncan will actually listen.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:When Duncan found out the atrocities he committed as one of the Four Horsemen]]
-->'''Methos''': [[spoiler:I killed. But I didn't just kill fifty. I didn't kill a hundred. I killed a ''thousand''. I killed ''TEN THOUSAND!'' And I was good at it. And it wasn't for vengeance. It wasn't for greed. It was because... I liked it. Heh. I ''liked'' it. Do you know who I was? I was '''''Death!''''']]
* CombatPragmatist[=/=]FightingDirty: Including tactics such as [[MoreExpendableThanYou shooting Duncan in the back]] when Duncan is being a little too brash due to HonorBeforeReason, or [[GroinAttack stabbing an opponent in the groin]] with a concealed dagger.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: see BrokenPedestal above]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when someone implies his age should make him a wise man.
* FeelingTheirAge: Methos says "I'm too old for this" in the episode "Deliverance" after Duncan throws him over a wall to land several feet below. Double subverted example, since he's an [[TheAgeless ageless immortal]] who will always be in his physical prime, but at the same time he actually is 5000 years old. If he can't feel too old for this, who can?
* TheFogOfAges[=/=]TimeAbyss: Methos isn't even sure how old he is. His memory goes back five thousand years and "before that, it all starts to blur." Joe Dawson describes him as "An Immortal who's so old, he can't remember the time of his birth."
* GoodIsNotNice: Fights even dirtier then some of the villains, and even kills a evil female immortal when Duncan's sense of chivalry won't let him finish the job
* GuileHero: One of the main reasons he's survived so long is because he's good at [[TheStrategist judging his opponents]] and [[BatmanGambit outsmarting them]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation[=/=]CowardlyLion: Whenever Macleod seeks his advice on matters of honour, Methos always advises him to run away, insisting that he himself wouldn't risk his life for anybody. Yet at the same time he is risking his life to bring Mac back from the Dark Quickening, and duelling immortals on his behalf. Methos talks like a coward, but he doesn't act like one.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Under the alias of [[MeaningfulName Adam]], he joins the Watchers, and gets himself assigned to tracking down... himself.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: manages to pull of false FaceHeelTurn and plane the fall of the Horsemen from the inside]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Alexa, who only had a year to live when they met.
* MinoredInAsskicking: Prefers not to fight at all in the present day, and will avoid challenges if he can, but [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] a couple of the opponents he ''couldn't'' avoid fighting, nonetheless.
--> Methos: "Just because someone doesn't ''like'' to fight doesn't mean they ''can't''."
* TheOlderImmortal: The oldest living man on earth at 5000+ years, even other immortals thought him a myth.
* ReluctantWarrior: He would prefer to stay out of the Game, but see UnderestimatingBadassery for what happens when someone tries to force the issue.
* RetiredBadass: Or wants to be, anyway.
* RetiredMonster: [[spoiler:Even has one of the page quotes. However unlike the classic RetiredMonster he ''is'' sorry and wants to atone by destroying his comrades.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: Even among immortals he's considered a urban legend.
* TimeAbyss: Can't remember much before his first quickening.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: cheap beer.
* TricksterMentor: To everyone. He never teaches a lesson straight out if he can help it.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Several people have underestimated him because he usually avoids conflict. In one case, a possessive immortal who hates that Methos slept with his slave tracks him down in the present day, using both Joe Dawson and [[spoiler:Joe's daughter]] as bait. Said immortal thinks Methos is a weakling and a coward, and expects to easily beat him. Instead Methos [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps him]], and the last words the other immortal hears is Methos saying "Just because someone doesn't ''like'' to fight doesn't mean they ''can't''." You've also got to remember that this is the man who, as a member of [[spoiler:[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse the Four Horsemen]]]], took the moniker of [[spoiler:Death]].
** Also, in the bad timeline shown in the last episodes where [[ItsAWonderfulPlot Duncan was never born]], Methos went on one ''hell'' of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when the Watchers are taken over by Horton, who begins slaughtering immortals and kills Methos' mortal lover in an attempt to get to him. Methos promptly teams back up with his old partner Kronos and begins leading the war against the Watchers. Their actions are described thusly: "They made [[TheMafiya the Russian Mafia]] look like choir boys."
* WouldHitAGirl: He was alive for thousands of years before the idea of chivalry. He might have done this for fun when he was [[spoiler:Death of the Horsemen]], but in the present? They're gonna need to deserve it a lot.
-->'''Kristin Gilles''': Who the hell are you?!\\
'''Methos''': A man born long before the age of chivalry.

[[folder: Amanda]]
* BattleCouple: Her and Duncan become this later in the series after the season 3 finale brings the pair the closest they've been in their 300 year long relationship.
* BettyAndVeronica: with Tessa
* BoyishShortHair: Her most consistent hairstyle, although its not matched by a boyish personality.
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CryIntoChest: Did this with Duncan after she discovered her teacher Rebecca had been killed. Its one of the very rare occasions she breaks down.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Kalas captures her in the season 3 finale in order to bait Duncan. To bad her guards didn't know 1,000 years of being a FemmeFatale gave her plenty of time to become an exceptional escape artist.
* FemmeFatale
* KillSteal: In her first appearance she decapitates a disarmed immortal seconds before Duncan would have killed him.
* MamaBear: To Kenny, at least until she finds out what he really is.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Amanda hangs around and is friends with Immortals like [[TheHero Duncan]] and [[TheOlderImmortal Methos]]. She obviously lived 1,000 years by putting up a good fight, but she rarely gets to show off and is often outclassed since the villains have to match the heroes, all of whom are better than her at fighting.

[[folder: Tessa Noel]]
!!Tessa NoŽl
* BettyAndVeronica: While Amanda is the much older, far more dangerous and glamorous thief, Tessa is sweet, stable and devoted.
* DamselInDistress: Several villains kidnapped her to get to Duncan, preying on his desire to AlwaysSaveTheGirl.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's sweet, artistic, non-violent, and feminine [[BewareTheNiceOnes except when she threatens to burn off your face with a welding torch.]]
* KilledOffForReal: She's killed in the second season in the same mugging that makes Richie Immortal, thus highlighting the contrast between muggles that die permanently and immortals that [[CameBackStrong come back stronger]].
* TheLostLenore: With her early death, she has more impact on Duncan's motivations dead than alive.

[[folder: Richie Ryan]]
!!Richie Ryan
* AxCrazy: After Duncan is afflicted by the Dark Quickening and [[spoiler: tries to kill him]], Richie decides to devote himself to The Game, and goes on a nationwide Immortal killing spree.
* BadassAdorable: He didn't take many heads on-screen, but the Immortals he ''did'' defeat included [[BountyHunter Mako]] (~700 years), [[TheMafiya Ivan Kristov]] (~400 years), and [[HoYay Carter Wellan]] (~1000 years). And he [[http://swordforum.com/fall99/ssw-stan-kirsch.jpg looks like this]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Richie stumbles across Duncan while the latter is under the influence of Ahriman's hallucinations. Thinking that Richie is an enemy, Duncan decapitates him.]]
* FosterKid: As immortals are all foundlings, Richie wound up in the foster system.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Inverted. [[spoiler: It's Richie who dies. Not Duncan.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: When Duncan takes Richie in, he has no idea that he's a pre-immortal or that immortals even exist.
* {{Sidekick}}: He serves as a sidekick to Duncan giving him another set of hands and someone to bounce ideas off of.
* StreetUrchin: Starts out this way before Duncan and Tessa take him in after they catch him breaking into the antique shop.
* TrainingMontage: There are a number of these with Duncan teaching him how to wield a sword.

[[folder: Joe Dawson]]
!!Joe Dawson
* BadassNormal: Even more impressive than usual as he manages to be this trope while a [[HandicappedBadass double amputee]].
* CoolOldGuy: Joe Dawson is epitome of coolness.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Granted that he winds up not dying.]]
-->'''Charles''': On your knees
-->'''Joe''': ''(laughs)'' Not in this lifetime.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Joe knows the rules of being a Watcher and the penalties for breaking them. [[spoiler: When the Watcher's tribunal sentences him to death, he accepts it and evens turns down [=MacLeod's=] rescue.]]
* GangstaStyle
* HandicappedBadass: Joe Dawson has no legs and can still kick your ass all day long.
* HonorBeforeReason: In 'Judgment Day'.
* MrExposition
* {{Muggles}}
* PermaStubble
* SemperFi: Honorably discharged after losing his legs to a landmine in Vietnam.
* TheBartender: Owns his own blues bar.
* TheWatcher: Well, one of them.

[[folder: Darius]]
* ActualPacifist: Darius no longer carried a sword and never left holy ground. He was effectively out of the Game and never fought.
* TheAtoner: He used to be a warlord. He was atoning for his sins.
* BadassPreacher: A pious preacher with fighting skills.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Werner Stoker, the actor who played him died during the filming.]]
* RetiredBadass: He used to be a Badass warlord. He lived a peaceful life in retirement.
* TheOlderImmortal: Grayson is referred to as one of the few remaining ancient Immortals, and Darius is implied to have some years on him.

[[folder: Hugh Fitzcairn]]
!!Hugh Fitzcairn
* FriendlyTarget: He was targeted and killed by Kalas because of being Duncan's friend.
* LadyKillerInLove: Believed himself to be this with Naomi. Whether she would have proved to be the love of his life is impossible to know, but he takes the loss of their life together extremely hard.
* RichesToRags: In the 1920s, Hugh was a wealthy man. He lost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
* SupremeChef: He'd have to be to hold his own at Le Cordon Bleu.
* TheCasanova: Hugh was a womanizer for centuries. When married in the 1920s, he cheated on his mortal wife frequently.
* YourCheatingHeart: He was an unfaithful husband.



[[folder: James Horton]]
!!James Horton
* BigBad: In Season 2.
* FantasticRacism: He believed immortals were a crime against God, and that the prize for being the last was the domination of humanity. So he sought to hunt down and kill every last one. WordOfGod says he became this way after being The Kurgan's watcher and forced to document his atrocities.
* FinalSolution: Thinks that he needs to kill all Immortals in order to prevent them from ruling or killing mortals.
* KnightTemplar: Wants to save humanity by [[FinalSolution eliminating all Immortals]].
* ManipulativeBastard: The whole time he was hunting immortals, he and his men lead double lives as part of the watchers(who took a vow to only observe immortals and never interfere with them) and used the watchers resources to assist in his mission.
* MoralMyopia: When he and his renagage Watchers kill people for absolutely no good reason, it's okay, but when Immortals do it...
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Several times.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He retreats the moment he learns that [=MacLeod=] has tracked Xavier and himself to the stables.
* TheWatcher: The renegade one.

[[folder: Kalas]]
* {{Badass}}: He actually ''beats'' Macleod in their first fight. In present day, Dawson warns [=MacLeod=] that Kalas is as good as he is, maybe better.
* BeardOfEvil
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Implied in the '20s when he mentions that fellow opera star Enrico Caruso is dying in New York. "People say he was poisoned."
* BigBad: In Season 3.
* DevilInPlainSight: Duncan was the only one to suspect Kalas' true nature during his stay at the monastery.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Macleod got him kicked out of a monastery and ruined his singing voice, which causes him to go after anyone Macleod is close to.
* EvilAllAlong: Was using the safety of holy ground to get desperate immortals to drop their guards so he could kill them more easily when they left the refuge.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Macleod cut him [[IndyPloy with a piece of glass during their duel]], ruining his beautiful tenor voice.
* GutturalGrowler: Had his throat slashed by Mac in the '20s. He survived; his singing career did not.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Seems to value his singing voice much more highly than the lives of other people.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kept the head of the monastery, Paul, in the dark about his nature for hundreds of years, all the while murdering the immortals that left their 'refuge'. Also near-successfully framed both Richie and Anne in order to get back at Duncan and keep him off-balance.
* {{Narcissist}}: He wants to destroy Duncan for getting him kicked out of the monastery where he felt his vocal talents were most appreciated and destroying his world-class singing voice. He doesn't seem to care that Macleod only did these things because [[NeverMyFault he was either killing people or trying to kill him at the time]]. He is also implied to have poisoned Caruso, presumably out of jealous spite.
* RevengeByProxy: He would kill or frame anyone who is somehow related to Macleod.
* SadisticChoice: Tells Macleod during the last episode of season three that if he doesn't [[spoiler: put down his sword and let Kalas kill him, the Watcher database would be emailed to newspapers around the world, possibly destroying the lives of immortals and watchers alike.]]
* [[SinisterMinister Sinister Monk]] He lived in a monastery where immortals took refuge when weary of the game, and killed out of practice immortals as they left holy ground. The head priest banished him when Duncan caught him in the act.
* WickedCultured: Even after his singing career is brought to an end, he still listens to opera and is briefly seen operating a jazz club in Paris.

[[folder: Xavier St. Cloud]]
!!Xavier St. Cloud
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Horton for two episodes.
* CombatPragmatist: One of the biggest in the series. Perfectly happy to use poison gas or mortal gunmen to incapacitate other Immortals.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Extremely polite and rarely raises his voice. He's also a nasty piece of work, and is seen using [[DeadlyGas chemical weapons]] to commit robberies.
* GentlemanThief: He's classy, suave, and has great taste, but his M.O. tends to involve murdering everyone in the store he's robbing.
* HandicappedBadass: Losing a hand doesn't make him any less dangerous. He's still a skillful fighter and we see him use his prosthetic as an additional weapon in at least one fight.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: When [=MacLeod=] is trying to trace Xavier, his description is basically "elegantly-dressed black man with one hand", because, regardless of the country or time period, the man is dressed to the nines every time we see him. His love of a particular (and particularly expensive) type of caviar is what enables Duncan to finally locate him, whereupon we find that he's living in a huge villa.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Has been both the cause and recipient of this. Murders one of [=MacLeod's=] mentors, and when Mac returns the favor years later, one of Xavier's own students vows revenge.

[[folder: Kronos]]
* {{Badass}}: Was the leader of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]], whose reign of terror was implied to have lasted for at least a millennium.
* BashBrothers: Used to be this thousands of years ago with his fellow Horsemen, and briefly was again in the modern day.
* BeardOfEvil: Back in TheWildWest.
* BloodBrothers: Implied to have this relationship with [[spoiler: Methos]] and the other Horsemen.
* BloodKnight: Seems to have an excessive love for combat, death and destruction, fittingly for someone who's the historical basis for one of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt of the Apocalypse.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has an impressive one on the right side of his face.
* HellbentForLeather: Favors a leather jacket in the modern day. The production crew gifted it to actor Valentine Pelka after shooting.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Was the leader of the group that inspired the Horsemen of the Bible.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[TheCorrupter Skillfully manipulates]] [[GuileHero Methos]] of all people, at least for a while, though reminding Methos how much he [[spoiler: [[RetiredMonster sometimes still missed being Death]]]] [[MasterActor didn't work]] [[TheAtoner the way he wanted it to]].
* TheOlderImmortal: Was making trouble during the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia, so at least over two thousand years old, and probably over three thousand.
* TheSociopath: Lacks empathy, cruelly manipulates even someone he calls a brother, and definitely has the grandiose sense of self-worth necessary for the trope.
--> Kronos (as he's [[spoiler: losing a battle to Macleod)]]: "I am the end of time!"

[[folder: George Gordon Noel Byron]]
!!George Gordon Byron
* BeenThereShapedHistory: By virtue of being Lord Byron. Mary Shelley witnesses him being "resurrected" by a Quickening and is inspired to write ''Frankenstein''. Supplemental materials state he was also [[TheDoors Jim Morrison.]]
* BiTheWay: Tries to arrange a threeway with Methos and a barely conscious Mary Shelley.
* DualWielding: Fond of using multiple swords.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* NothingUpMySleeve: Pulls a derringer on [=MacLeod=] during their fight.
* PrettyBoy: Verging on [[LongHairedPrettyBoy long haired pretty boy.]]
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
* StrawNihilist
* SwordCane

[[folder: Grayson]]
* ArmsDealer
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Some fans take Grayson's speech about gunpowder ("It took someone with vision") to mean that he invented the stuff, but it's never stated either way.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* BriefAccentImitation: Momentarily affects a broad Scots accent while talking to Mac.
* CoolSword: A Kris broadsword.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: "I know. These things will kill me."
* TheDreaded: The first Immortal that actually frightens Duncan. Several seasons later, we find that the Watchers regarded his victory as a huge (albeit pleasant) surprise.
* TheOlderImmortal: When speaking to Richie, Duncan explicitly refers to him as "one of the few ancient immortals left".
* RevengeByProxy
* WarForFunAndProfit: Part and parcel of being an arms dealer.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Tells Duncan they should work together. "Not long, a century or two. We could really do so much."
* WorthyOpponent: "Worthy" may be an overstatment, but he does hold Duncan in a certain regard at first.

[[folder: Otavio Consone]]
!!Otavio Consone
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: An incredible fighter, and arrogant beyond belief.
* DualWielding: Rapier and dagger.
* MasterSwordsman: Indisputably.
* SmugSnake

[[folder: Mako]]


* BountyHunter
* IAmTheNoun: "I am the law."