-> ''Hard bony limbs covered in leathered skin
->Behind his eyes with the rage of ten warped men
->Without a sound he steals right through the night
->The sign of death to him brings grim delight
->Those marked for death can feel him coming near
->Some stand in fight and some just cry in fear
->On a horse black, the dark lord takes to flight
->But no one forgets the Highlander rode tonight''
--> -- '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3dzrUrnQ9Y "Highlander"]],''' ''[[SloughFeg The Lord Weird Slough Feg]]'' [[note]]Their first three albums are basically Sláine concept albums.[[/note]]


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''Sláine'' is one of the titles published in ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'', focused on the fantastical adventures of Sláine mac Roth, an Irish Celt who can best be described as as a cross between ConanTheBarbarian and Cúchulainn, the mythological Irish hero from the Ulster Cycle.

Initially an outcast exile for his seduction and impregnation of the intended future bride of the Sessair tribe's king, the strong-willed Niahm, Sláine roamed the Land of the Young with only his axe to defend him and the perverse dwarf Ukko for company. Rescuing a maiden doomed to sacrifice in a Wicker Man earned him her eternal enmity, for she was the witch Medb, disciple of the Lord Weird Slough Fegh, and devotee of Crom Cruach. When he returned to his tribe, Sláine became their king and the High King of the Tuatha de Danaan, leading wars against the demonic Formorians and Golahms, and traveling through time at the behest of Danu to interfere with the prehuman alien gods known as the Cythrons.

!!This series contains examples of
* ActionGirl: Quite a few, Niamh being the most prominent. The fact that celtic people didn't have quite as many hang-ups about assertive warrior-women as most others is milked for all it's worth.
* AlienSpaceBats / BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: a TimeTravel arc has Danu using Sláine to champion her cause through the ages, which has him helping out Boudicca and William Wallace (an amusingly closer to history version than the one from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'') and [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy being the actual Robin Goodfellow]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Sláine's primary weapon is his massive stone-headed axe. [[ICallItVera He calls it]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brainbiter]].
* AntiHero: Sláine on a bad day [[SociopathicHero he's the "good guy" pretty much only because he kills even worse people stone dead]].
* BadAss: He regularly takes on whole armies and {{eldritch abomination}}s (even [[UpToEleven whole armies of eldritch abominations]] at times) and comes out on top, mostly through raw brutality - or supernatural powers that push that raw brutality UpToEleven.
* BladeOnAStick: When the axe is not available or not suitable, Sláine wields a massive spear called a Gáe Bolga, noted for its wickedly barbed tip and intended to be driven deep into an opponent's gut. There is also one of the Four Treasures of Danu, the Sun Spear, which never misses and always returns when thrown, and constantly thirsts for blood.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The villains in the series are monstrous, but the morality of the "heroes" is pretty twisted sometimes, adhering as it does to [[ValuesDissonance primeval]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Celtic codes]]. For example, to celebrate the victorious conclusion of the first war against the Formorians, King Gann mac Dela's own tribe sacrifice and eat him.
* CatchPhrase: "He/I didn't think it too many." after either Ukko or Sláine recounts some tale in which he slaughters people in large quantities.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Usually [[OnceAnEpisode once per story arc]], sometimes more.
* TheDitz / TooDumbToLive: Avaggdu. So terminally stupid that when tricked into biting his hands, he doesn't notice they're his and starts devouring himself ''until there's literally '''nothing left.'''''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Sláine is almost unrecognisable in his first few appearences, being a more straightfoward Conan expy with a simpler character design to match; his personality is similar but distinct, being less intelligent and more willing to cooperate with Ukko. The world the stories take place in is a more traditional 2000AD CrapsackWorld instead of a fantastical iron age Ireland, and though some elements of the world, such as Sky Chariots, Sea Demons and Slough Feg would remain, others like Time Monsters and the Macrocosm disappeared.
* EldritchAbomination: Avaggdu, Crom Cruach, Cythrons, [[DemonicInvaders Fomorians]], [[PuppeteerParasite Golahms]], and [[TheFairFolk Els]] all count to differing degrees.
* TheFairFolk: The Els, mostly. Sláine's people have bit of this going on as well, despite being human, seeing as they're the Tuatha de Danaan of Irish myth.
* FanService: Appart form the [[{{Gorn}} copious bloodshed]], there's also the fact that many if not most female characters are [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily-clad über-babes]]. And for those who prefer beefcake to cheesecake, ripped and [[WalkingShirtlessScene bare-chested]] Sláine almost certainly counts.
* FatBastard: Sláine's father Roth.
* FoeYay: Sláine and Medb have this sort of vibe - and Elfric later on, though in this case Sláine most definitely does ''not'' reciprocate.
* FrazettaMan: The Avanc from the Horned God arc, though he turns out to be a LastOfHisKind {{Woobie}}.
* FullFrontalAssault: Protagonists and antagonists both do this on a regular basis.
* FunnyForeigner: It's implied that Ukko is Finnish.
* GladiatorRevolt: Sláine orchestrated a revolt amongst the Cythrons' human gladiators.
* {{Gorn}}: Lots and lots of people and things are splattered all over the place.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Not a good thing here, as they tend to take after their more monstrous parent - Elfric, the most prominent, is a thoroughly depraved HumanoidAbomination.
* HumanSacrifice: Used by both protagonists and antagonists alike.
* ICallItVera: Sláine's axe goes by the charmingly apt name of "Brainbiter".
* JerkAss: Ukko manages to be a little bastard by both modern and in-story moral standards. He tends to remain mostly loyal to Slaine throughout, probably due to having a good sense of self-preservation.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ukko starts to cry when Sláine refers to him as "my friend".
* LovecraftianSuperpower[=/=]OneWingedAngel: Sláine's "warp-spasm" causes him to mutate into grotesquely ugly forms while gaining incredible strength, resilience and bloodlust.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Invoked by the "good" guys with the cauldron-born undead, who are used for the greatest battles (mostly against the Fomorians).
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Averted. Dwarves in ''Sláine'' are ugly, rude, mostly hairless, lecherous, greedy, goblin-like creatures. They're thieves and scavengers, not warriors.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They're alien beings from the "Els-Where", dimensions that exist at right angles to our own. Malevolent ones are called [[OurDemonsAreDifferent "Dev-Els"]], while relatively neutral ones are called [[OurAngelsAreDifferent "Ang-Els"]].
* PathOfInspiration: It's strongly implied most monotheistic religions as we know them are fronts for CosmicHorror gods.
* RatedMForManly: Sometimes verging into TestosteronePoisoning. And it is '''''[[TropesAreNotBad awesome.]]'''''
* ReligionOfEvil: The cult of the Drunes estabished by the Lord Weird Slough Feg; any religion that has anything to do with the Cythrons.
* {{Sidekick}}: Ukko the dwarf to Sláine, mostly a mix of SarcasticDevotee, PoisonousFriend, ServileSnarker and (not so) LovableTraitor. So yeah, he's pretty much a jerk 24/7.
* TimeTravel: The Mother Goddess sent Sláine on several cross-time adventures (to the future, from his point of view) [[AlienSpaceBats so he could influence events in favor of Celtic ways]] -- he ended up helping Boudicca's rebellion against the Romans, being the inspiration for Robin Goodfellow and ensuring Celtic traditions wouldn't be completely wiped out by Christianity, even lending a hand to William Wallace (who is amusingly enough portrayed in a more historically accurate way than in ''{{Braveheart}}'').
* TooKinkyToTorture: When Slaine travels back to post-Arthurian times, Sir Lancelot has taken refuge in a monastery. Slaine's rival and his mooks take the place over and proceed to torture Lancelot to discover the location of a magical chessboard. Problem is, Lancelot feels he should be punished for his affair with Guinevere and even offers the mooks ''his own equipment'' to torture him with.
* TheVamp: Medb really enjoys using her feminine charms to get her way.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Sláine usually dresses that way. Sometimes [[FullFrontalAssault he doesn't bother dressing, period]].
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