A series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Beauchamp Randall is taken back in time from 1946 to 1743, where she marries and begins a passionate love affair with Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Highlander. They face many dangers and political intrigues as they attempt to prevent the tragic battle of Culloden from happening. And that's more or less just the first two books. The later books span more than twenty years, expanding the focus of the novels beyond just the main couple to their families, their close friends, and the historical situation in general. Depending on whom you ask, they're [[RomanceNovel romance novels]] or HistoricalFiction -- or a bit of both. Absolutely nothing to do with [[Film/{{Outlander}} that film.]] Also not to be confused with Johji Manabe's manga series from the '80s (and the subsequent anime adaptation) titled ''Manga/{{Outlanders}}''.

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* ''Outlander'' (published as ''Cross Stitch'' in the UK)
* ''Dragonfly in Amber''
* ''Voyager''
* ''Drums of Autumn''
* ''The Fiery Cross''
* ''A Breath of Snow and Ashes''
* ''An Echo in the Bone''
* ''Written in My Own Heart's Blood''

The main series has a spinoff of sorts, the Lord John series, focusing on the life of a secondary character featured in later books, OfficerAndAGentleman (and StraightGay) Lord John Grey.

In 2013, Starz announced a TV adaptation with Ronald D. Moore at the helm. The series premiered on August 9, 2014. The works page for the television series is [[Series/{{Outlander}} here.]]
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!!Tropes Used:
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted and subverted. Jamie is indeed a virgin before his wedding night, and Claire is the one who shares her experiences with him.
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: In their twenty years apart, neither Jamie nor Claire is exactly celibate (Jamie has one-night stands with a local woman and the daughter of his master, and later ill-advisedly [[spoiler: marries Laoghaire at Jenny's prompting]], and Claire stays married to Frank). But their hearts never truly stray (Aww.)
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution: The later books begin to overlap with this time period. The Battle of Saratoga and the occupation of Philidelphia are covered in some detail.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: James Alexander Malcolm [=McKenzie=] Fraser.
* BabiesEverAfter: Later books have elements of this, paired with BadassFamily.
* BadassPreacher: Roger.
* TheBaroness: Geilis Duncan (or Mrs. Abernathy, or whatever she's calling herself in this decade) has some traits of this trope: fervent militarism, strange sexual habits.
* BetaCouple: Bree and Roger. Marsali and [[spoiler:Fergus]], Lizzie and [[spoiler: the Kedzie twins]], Denzell Hunter and [[spoiler: Dorothea Grey]], Ian and [[spoiler: Rachel Hunter]]. Everyone and everyone else. There's a lot of marrying.
* BigDamnHeroes: There are quite a few of these, with at least one in each book. A particularly vicious one occurs in ''Breath'' when Jamie and company rescue Claire from a kidnapping; when he realizes that she was raped, Jamie calmly orders his men to kill all the survivors of their attack.
* {{Bishonen}}: Lord John. Mention is made on how pretty and petite he is (being blonde and around five foot six).
* BlackWidow: Geilis Duncan.
* CircleOfStandingStones: Claire uses stone circles to travel between the 20th and 18th centuries.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison, Jamie's shattered hand. Claire is somewhat upset, in later books, with [[spoiler: Jamie's manipulative interrogation of a sixteen-year-old John Grey; she's inclined to take pity on John due to his age and innocence, despite him having made a credible attempt to kill her husband.]] Jamie, however, does not see this as anything but fair play during wartime.
* ConvertingForLove: Dottie decides to convert to the Quakers in order to marry Denzell Hunter; on the other end of the spectrum, Rachel decides to marry Ian without either of them converting to the others religion.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Overlapping with ContemptibleCover in some printings.
* ChekhovsGun: The body in the beginning of ''Voyager'', among others.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted. While several characters, including Jaime and Claire, are Catholic there are also significant characters who are Anglican (like the Greys), Presbyterian or Quaker. In fact the tensions and interactions between the various sects are an important sub-theme throughout the series.
* CliffHanger: Too many to count. The most egregious ones are at the end of ''Echo'': [[spoiler: Jem is kidnapped, Roger mistakenly went back in time to get him(he was really hidden in a tunnel where Brianna works), William just found out he's Jamie's bastard and is off to do something rash, Jamie has 'kidnapped' Lord John(to get back to the Continental Army lines) and John just confessed he slept with Claire]].
* CulturedWarrior: Lord John. Very intelligent and well-read, speaks several languages, and an extremely competent soldier.
* CurbStompBattle: Due to a truly epic series of miscommunications about who Roger is, he and Jamie get into a fight when they first meet in ''Drums''. Roger initially reasons that he'd have the upper hand, being fitter and quite a bit younger. He quickly realizes, however, that while Jamie is a good fifteen years older, Jamie is used to fighting to ''kill'', not to win.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Period attitudes are captured quite fairly. Even the {{time travel}}lers aren't magically enlightened. As Claire herself says at one point, all she has is "a bit of knowledge".
* DepravedBisexual: Jack Randall is an equal opportunity rapist and sadist.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Mostly averted. Gabaldon ''did''. And then some. However, only after the first couple of books did she acquire the help of a Gaelic speaker, so there were some early problems in that area, as noted by her in ''The Outlandish Companion''.\\
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Some of her French sentences have some problems as well, eg. "Reste d'retour! Oui, le tout!" in ''A Breath of Snow and Ashes'', chapter 56, which doesn't mean "Stay back, all of you!" as Gabaldon mentions (but rather something like "Rest back! Yes, all!" which makes little sense) in French.
* DistressBall: Claire's attempt to escape to Craigh na Dun and the 20th century, Brianna's ill-advised visit to Stephen Bonnet's boat.
* [[DisposableFiance Disposable Husband]]: Played straight and averted. Claire chooses to remain with Jamie initially, but later returns to her own time and spends 20 years with her husband Frank.
* DomesticAbuse: Jamie whips Claire in a memorable scene in the first book. Their different values concerning this issue cause several subsequent arguments. Since Claire's a doctor, cases of severe {{domestic abuse}} occasionally come to her attention elsewhere, and she usually does her best to stop it, with Jamie's backing. (An in-universe example of ValuesDissonance occurs with this - when Claire speaks of beating one's wife, as it's used in her time, Jamie sees nothing unusual with it, but the thought of a man using his fists on his wife is disturbing and alien to him.)
* DoorStopper: Don't drop any of the hardcover copies on your foot. Especially not ''Breath''.
* DownerEnding: ''Dragonfly'', as well as ''Breath'', do not have especially happy endings. Neither does ''Echo'' for several characters.
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: Stephen Bonnet is this for Brianna; not only did he rape her and get away with it(and this is after he repaid her father's kindness by robbing and beating him), but he is possibly the father of her son]] and has a tendency to show up out of the blue at the absolute ''worst'' possible times, and threatens to kidnap Jem. [[spoiler: He does eventually get captured, and Brianna doles out a MercyKill(saving him from his worst nightmare, death by drowning),]] with a [[PrettyLittleHeadshots gunshot to the head]] in ''Breath''. [[spoiler: Arch Bug becomes this to Ian after Ian mistakenly kills Murdina;]] he refuses to admit that Ian acted to save Jamie's life and says that he will wait until Ian has "something worth taking", and he shows up to menace Ian several times. He finally learns about Rachel Hunter and tries to kill her, [[spoiler: but Ian and Rollo put up enough of a delaying struggle that William Ransom arrives to save the day with a pistol shot.]]
* EveryoneIsRelated: Even across centuries.
* {{Expy}}: WordOfGod has it that the author based Jamie Fraser on Jamie [=McCrimmon=] from ''DoctorWho'', a character played by ''Frazer'' Hines.
* EyeScream: ''Breath'' has someone getting a needle jabbed in their eye to remove pressure from built-up fluid. Fun times. Also, in ''Voyager'', Claire ... assists a young man with a parasite that keeps moving back and forth between his eyes.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Jamie's ''hand'' post-Randall.]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* FutureSlang: Played with, in that the one doing the swearing is Claire, a 20th century woman. She manages to baffle those around her with her anachronistic, and so confusing, use of "fucking", "sadist" and in what becomes a plot point at least once, "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!")
* GoingCommando: TruthInTelevision, as what we call "underwear" didn't really exist in the 1700's. Given a saucy twist when Roger and Brianna go back to the 1970's and she tells him that, having gotten out of the habit during their sojourn in the past, she now only wears underwear if she's planning to seduce him, i.e. for him to take off.
* GoingNative: Inverted and then played straight across the generations. Claire never loses her twentieth-century British way of talking, despite spending years in the past. But when Brianna joins her, within a few months the younger woman is learning Gaelic and peppering her speech with talk of "stramashes" and "skellochs".
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Do they ever.
** And sometimes, they have less-than-good sex, though Jamie does usually feel bad about it.
* HappilyMarried: Jamie and Claire seem to be settling down into this, despite a ''lot'' of conflict going on around them.
* HealingHands: A couple of minor characters have these.
* HollywoodVoodoo
* HookHand: Fergus.
* IdenticalGrandson: Roger's eyes and Geilis Duncan, his great-great-great-great grandmother. Also, hello, Frank Randall and ... all of the ancestral Randalls, it would seem. Jack Randall's physical resemblance to her spouse makes Claire very disturbed at multiple points. [[spoiler:Even though the biological father of Frank's ancestor was actually Jack's brother Alexander]]. Several characters also note how much Brianna resembles her paternal grandmother, Ellen Fraser. [[spoiler:When Brianna accidentally jumps back a bit too far in ''Written in My Own Heart's Blood'', her grandfather, Brian Fraser, mistakes her for his wife.]]
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: [[spoiler: Jo and Kezzie with Lizzie, Phaedre with Duncan, and Jamie himself with Lord John.]] Only in the last example does nothing [[IncrediblyLamePun come of it]].
* IOweYouMyLife: Slight (and serious) example of this between Lord John and Jamie, and later between William and Ian.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much every single one of the main characters acts like a Jerkass at one point or another, so singling any out seems counterproductive.
* JungleDrums: When Claire is kidnapped in ''Breath'', her captors panic when they hear what they think are Indian drums from the darkness surrounding them. Claire has to fight back relieved laughter because she can tell it's really the sound of a bodhran (Scottish-Irish hand drum) and further recognizes that only Roger is a good enough player to make those particular beats.
* LongDistanceRelationship: Brianna and Roger, for a while, both before and after they go to the past. Jamie and Claire kind of redefine the trope too. Two centuries is quite a long distance indeed.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: An old woman who acts as a not-quite mentor to Claire.
* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Geilis Duncan]] learns too late that threatening Brianna is ''not'' a smart thing to do in front of Claire.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: When they meet up in 1769, Brianna and Roger 'handfast' (a traditional old Scottish common-law marriage rite) and have sex. Two days later, Brianna's attempt to get Claire's wedding ring back hits a snag and she is raped by Stephen Bonnet. When she later realizes that she's pregnant, she assumes that the baby is Stephen's, since she and Roger had practiced ''coitus interruptus''. When Brianna tells Claire this, Claire rather dryly remarks that there is a term for people who use that form of birth control: parents.
* TheMedic: Claire, WorldWarII nurse who became an MD in [[TheFifties the 1950s]] and took some modern medical instruments (including a supply of penicillin) back to 1765 with her.
* MrFanservice: Uh, [[RedheadedHero Jamie.]] And [[DeadpanSnarker Lord John.]] And [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench Fergus.]]
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Gabaldon mentions several times on her podcast that this is the case - she used to be able to pitch the book to absolutely anyone she encountered at promotional appearances. It's a romance novel. No, it's a straight-up historical. No, it's {{time travel}}, and therefore {{science fiction}}! No, the subtle supernatural elements make it MagicalRealism! It's military history! (It apparently has some following among people actually in the military - in no small part due to the fact that the books are very, very long and very, very detailed, which can be convenient for those deployed and bored.)
* MultipleNarrativeModes: When the focus is on Claire, the narrative is in first-person. On the rare occasion when it isn't, it shifts to third-person.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Claire sometimes does this, especially with Gaelic curses, although she more frequently reports curses (and says them herself) without any filter.
* NatureAdoresAVirgin:
** Jamie was a virgin on his wedding night. Claire wasn't. Not that either of them really seemed to mind.
** Subverted in ''Voyager'' when Jamie beds a young girl, [[SexualExtortion under coercion]]. She resists and cries out in pain, and Jamie wonders aloud why anyone would ever want to sleep with a virgin.
** Brianna was a virgin when she and Roger married.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: The entire cast is getting quite old, so Lord John may still avert this. Of course, there's the Duke of Sandringham, but his age is unstated.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. There's everything from Lizzie's menarche(first period) to Claire's menopause(last). Several times during the books, it's shown that Jamie has a habit of unconciously keeping track of Claire's cycle, which she finds odd as it isn't something a man from her time would usually do. There's also little of any man being shown as uncomfortable with these events; Jamie, as noted; and Ian, who after all had several older sisters.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Jamie after Culloden. Randall, after the first book. Geilis, after her supposed burning.]] This happens so often, it's best to assume nobody is dead until Claire has examined the corpse.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Claire in the past, especially her second sojourn, into the 1760's. She's 49 at that point and with the benefits of modern nutrition and health care, looks younger than many women of that time who are in their twenties or thirties.
* OntologicalInertia: The reason Claire and Jamie can neither prevent the Battle of Culloden from happening, nor help the Scots to win. Fear of this not being true is part of why Claire attempts to keep Jamie from killing Jack Randall outright - he's an ancestor of her husband from her own century, and she fears all kind of disturbing time paradoxes (though in this case, it turns out that Frank was actually descended from Jack's younger brother Alexander; Jack married Alexander's beloved as a last request so that she and the child would be provided for).
* OverprotectiveDad: Jamie [[spoiler: beats up Roger and sends him to be Indians' slave because he thinks he raped Brianna. (He's mistaken, but his reaction is sort of justified because Brianna had really been raped.)]] Lord John as well, in some regards in ''Echo''.
* {{Polyamory}}: [[spoiler: Lizzie and both Beardsley twins.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: Roughly 50% of the problems that the core characters experience could have been avoided if they would just ''talk to each other''.
* PortalToThePast: The rocks at Craigh na Dun, Ocracoke Island, and implicitly at least one similar place in the Caribbean.
* PsychicChildren: Both of Brianna's kids have a psychic link to their family members and can track them by it. Mandy is especially strong in this.
* RapeAsDrama: There's quite a lot of rape, mostly threatened for female characters but executed fairly even-handedly among the genders. [[spoiler:Jamie, Fergus, an attempt on Jenny, [[ScarpiaUltimatum Brianna]], Claire herself, and in backstory, Lord John, come to mind.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Being from the 20th century, Claire feels this way and is quick to let Jamie know it when he tries to assert his "husbandly privileges"; she loses it and tells him that if he forced her he'd be no better than Randall, causing Jamie to back off in horror. While he tries to talk her into sex quite a bit after this, he never attempts to force her again.
* RedheadedHero: Jamie.
* RedheadedStepchild: Literally. The redheaded Brianna is raised lovingly by Frank, who was 200 years too late to the party to be her biological father, [[spoiler:(not to mention infertile)]]. Also Brianna's son Jemmy, whose paternity was questionable [[spoiler: due to her rape by Stephen Bonnet]], although Roger raises him as his own and it is eventually proven that Jemmy is his.
* RunningGag: Jaime's inability to blink, everyone's astonished reactions to the news that Lord John is going to be/was married.
* SaintlyChurch: They pop up, here and there, at a contrast with some of the truly rabid and unkind believers Claire encounters.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: This one happens at least twice, allowing Jamie and Claire each to make the SadisticChoice. When Jamie is held captive in Wentworth Prison by Jack Randall, Claire tries to rescue him and is caught by Randall. Jamie offers to let Randall torture him in whatever way he wants - including rape/coerced sex--for Claire's freedom. Later in the story, when Jamie is in a French prison for dueling (with Randall of course), Claire makes a bargain with the king, exchanging sex for her husband's release. (A third, variant version occurs with Bree and Stephen Bonnet -- for the sake of a plot-important wedding ring.)
* ScarsAreForever: Notably, Jamie's whipping, but injuries and their repercussions are played out in glorious full. Roger's scar from being hanged also never goes away, and his larynx and voice are permanently damaged.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: This drives the plots of several of the books.
* SettlingTheFrontier: The Ridge
* ShoutOut: Jamie is named after [[Series/DoctorWho Jamie McCrimmon]], who was played by ''Frazer'' Hines.
* ShownTheirWork: It's a very well-researched series, and it shows. There are several details that seem to have been added simply because Gabaldon discovered them and thought they were cool.
* ShotgunWedding: Mostly in the parts of the novels set in rural America.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Claire leaves Jamie at the end of ''Dragonfly'', and goes back to the 20th century pregnant with Brianna. Of course, once she figures out he's still alive, she comes back.
* SpySpeak: Or rather, {{time travel}}ler speak. Whistling the tune to ''Yellow Submarine'', at one point, and the name "Ringo Starr" at another.
* StockNessMonster: The plesiosaur version, encountered by Claire.
* StreetUrchin: Young Fergus.
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: After all the fighting and death in ''Written In My Own Heart's Blood'', the end sees Jamie, Claire and family(Jenny, Ian, Rachel, Germain and new addition Fanny) ensconced contentedly back at Fraser's Ridge, with the assorted families left behind(the Higgenses, the Beardsleys, and the Weymess') all doing quite well. Then as a literal last scene, Jamie and Claire are sitting outside and down the road come [[spoiler: Brianna, Roger, Jem and Mandy]].
* ThatOldTimePrescription: Claire Beauchamp demonstrates even more knowledge when she comments that willow bark tea can make bleeding take longer to stop while discussing the healing properties of herbs with the keeper of Castle Leoch's herb garden.
* TimeTravellersAreSpies: one of the main sources of conflict in the first book. It turns up in the second book too, when [[spoiler: the Duke of Sandringham]] is unclear on her alliance because of her future knowledge based behaviour.
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Occasionally. Used in a way when Claire describes her marriage to Frank:
** "He is not alive"
* TrappedInThePast: Donner believes he is.
* TriangRelations: Jamie, Claire, and Laoghaire form a type 4 triangle, with Laoghaire as Alice and Jamie as Bob. [[spoiler: Later, Lord John takes up the mantle as a much less bitchy Alice.]]
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: The 18th century isn't treated as a more innocent time, but there are a few young and exceptionally sheltered female characters.
* WarriorPoet: Jamie shows a tendency towards this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Eight books in, there's one question that hasn't been answered. Who was the traditionally clad Highlander that Frank noticed near the beginning of ''Outlander''?
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Setting of ''Voyager''.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The Frasers seem to have particularly strong genes. Randells too.
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