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Played by: Christopher Lambert (1986-2000)
"Hey, it's a kind of magic."
"We must fight until only one remains. You are safe only on Holy Ground. None of us will violate that rule. It's tradition."
"I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away!"
- Bald of Evil - "I am in disguissssssse."
- Big Bad: Of the first movie.
- Black Knight
- Blood Knight
- Chaotic Stupid / Stupid Evil
- Drives Like Crazy: "New York... New York...."
- Evil Laugh: The undisputed master of this trope.
- Evil Sounds Deep: It was pretty deep to begin with, but after Ramirez wounds his throat it goes to Tom Waits levels of roughness.
- For the Evulz
- Go Out with a Smile
- 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.
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil: New York...New York...
- Mean Character, Nice Actor - Clancy Brown is a soft spoken, warm, sensitive and kind-hearted off-camera.
- The Nameless: The Kurgan has no name, and after slaughtering the rest of the Kurgan tribe (of which he was a member), he became simply the Kurgan.
- Post Rape Taunt: Centuries after he rapes her, he taunts MacLeod that this is the reason his wife never told him about it.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn
- 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.
- Star-Making Role - For Clancy Brown.
- 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.
Played by: Mario Van Peebles (1994)
Played by: Bruce Payne (2000)
Played by: Christian Solimeno (2007)