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Characters: Highlander
For the TV series, see here.

Connor MacLeod

Played by: Christopher Lambert (1986-2000)

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

  • Real Men Love Jesus: Astoundingly still a devout Catholic in spite of the xenophobia of his Catholic breathren causing him to be exiled.
  • Trophy Room: Connor has one in his apartment. Given his nature, no surprise it's also a Wall of Weapons.
  • Warrior Poet: He does not waste his immortality, but rather enrichens his soul by becoming a patron of fine arts, poetry and music.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: 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: Sean Connery (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."

The Kurgan

Played by: Clancy Brown (1986)

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

  • IKEA Weaponry: The sword used by the Kurgan in modern times.
  • Husky Russkie: 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.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: 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.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": 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.
  • Villain Song: 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: Michael Ironside (1991)

  • Chaotic Stupid: 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.
  • Evil Overlord: Of Planet Zeist / the past.
  • It Amused Me: Why he crashed a train full of people on his first scene on Earth? Because.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His name combines both K and weapon name.
  • Nonindicative Name: At no point does he use a Katana.
  • Stupid Evil: 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).


Played by: Mario Van Peebles (1994)

  • Cool Shades: The round specs he steals from a street hustler.

Jacob Kell

Played by: Bruce Payne (2000)

  • Iconic Item: Kell is always shown wearing a type of footwear with crucifixes on them (sandals in the 16th century, black shoes in the present).
  • Kick the Dog: 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    A woman is a temple built on a sewer.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: 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.

The Guardian

Played by: Christian Solimeno (2007)

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