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Highlander the Series

Duncan Macleod

  • Badass Longcoat: Usually a black one. It's used to Handwave where he keeps his sword.
  • Been There, Shaped History: 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor to Richie
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: It doesn't matter if they're a complete stranger he's never met, Duncan will attempt to help them.
  • Cultured Badass: He runs an antique store, can speak multiple languages, has excellent taste in wine and art, and is an expert swordsman.
  • Dating Catwoman: He's the Batman to Amanda's Catwoman, but they do get along fairly well nonetheless.
  • Devour the Dragon: in Endgame
  • Hair Decorations: 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.
  • Happily Adopted: 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: Duncan has such a strong code of honour that he's walked into things he knows are traps rather than violate it.
  • I Am X, Son of Y
    I am Duncan McLeod of the Clan McLeod.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He fights shirtless several times, and gives a full view of his backside at least once(twice if you count Endgame)
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He never let go of his Scottish heritage and has fought for his homeland at different times in history.
  • Nice Guy
  • Not Himself: The Dark Quickening.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Like Connor, is still astoundingly a devout Catholic in spite of being banished by the xenophobia of his Catholic kin.
  • Slipknot Ponytail
  • The Coats Are Off
  • The Stoic
  • Straight Man
  • Warrior Poet: Much like Connor, he is a patron for music, poetry, fine arts, not to mention wine and fine cooking.


  • Big Brother Mentor: To Duncan, when Duncan will actually listen.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Duncan found out the atrocities he committed as one of the Four Horsemen
    Methos: 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!
  • Combat Pragmatist/Fighting Dirty: Including tactics such as shooting Duncan in the back when Duncan is being a little too brash due to Honor Before Reason, or stabbing an opponent in the groin with a concealed dagger.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: see Broken Pedestal above
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when someone implies his age should make him a wise man.
  • The Fog of Ages/Time Abyss: 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."
  • Good Is Not Nice: 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
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation/Cowardly Lion: 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.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Under the alias of Adam, he joins the Watchers, and gets himself assigned to tracking down... himself.
  • Manipulative Bastard: manages to pull of false Face-Heel Turn and plane the fall of the Horsemen from the inside
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Alexa, who only had a year to live when they met.
  • The Older Immortal: The oldest living man on earth at 5000+ years, even other immortals thought him a myth.
  • Reluctant Warrior: He would prefer to stay out of the Game, but see Underestimating Badassery for what happens when someone tries to force the issue.
  • Retired Badass: Or wants to be, anyway.
  • Retired Monster: Even has one of the page quotes. However unlike the classic Retired Monster he is sorry and wants to atone by destroying his comrades.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Even among immortals he's considered a urban legend.
  • Time Abyss: Can't remember much before his first quickening.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: cheap beer.
  • Trickster Mentor: To everyone. He never teaches a lesson straight out if he can help it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: 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 Joe's daughter as bait. Said immortal thinks Methos is a weakling and a coward, and expects to easily beat him. Instead Methos 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 the Four Horsemen, took the moniker of Death.
    • Also, in the bad timeline shown in the last episodes where Duncan was never born, Methos went on one hell of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge 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 the Russian Mafia look like choir boys."
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was alive for thousands of years before the idea of chivalry. He might have done this for fun when he was 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.


  • Battle Couple: 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: with Tessa
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her most consistent hairstyle, although its not matched by a boyish personality.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar
  • Cry into Chest: Did this with Duncan after she discovered her teacher Rebecca had been killed. Its one of the very rare occasions she breaks down.
  • Damsel out of Distress: 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 Femme Fatale gave her plenty of time to become an exceptional escape artist.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Kill Steal: In her first appearance she decapitates a disarmed immortal seconds before Duncan would have killed him.
  • Mama Bear: To Kenny, at least until she finds out what he really is.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Amanda hangs around and is friends with Immortals like Duncan and 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.



  • Ax-Crazy: After Duncan is afflicted by the Dark Quickening and tries to kill him, Richie decides to devote himself to The Game, and goes on a nationwide Immortal killing spree.
  • Badass Adorable: He didn't take many heads on-screen, but the Immortals he did defeat included Mako (~700 years), Ivan Kristov (~400 years), and Carter Wellan (~1000 years). And he looks like this.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Richie stumbles across Duncan while the latter is under the influence of Ahriman's hallucinations. Thinking that Richie is an enemy, Duncan decapitates him.
  • Foster Kid: As immortals are all foundlings, Richie wound up in the foster system.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Inverted. It's Richie who dies. Not Duncan.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: 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.
  • Street Urchin: Starts out this way before Duncan and Tessa take him in after they catch him breaking into the antique shop.
  • Training Montage: There are a number of these with Duncan teaching him how to wield a sword.

Joe Dawson


James Horton

  • Big Bad: In Season 2.
  • Fantastic Racism: 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard: 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.
  • Not Quite Dead: Several times.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He retreats the moment he learns that MacLeod has tracked Xavier and himself to the stables.
  • The Watcher: The renegade one.


  • 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.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Been There, Shaped History: Implied in the '20s when he mentions that fellow opera star Enrico Caruso is dying in New York. "People say he was poisoned."
  • Big Bad: In Season 3.
  • Guttural Growler: Had his throat slashed by Mac in the '20s. He survived; his singing career did not.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He would kill or frame anyone who is somehow related to Macleod.
  • Sinister Monk He lived in a monistary 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.
  • Wicked Cultured: 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.

Xavier St. Cloud

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Horton for two episodes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One of the biggest in the series. Perfectly happy to use poison gas or mortal gunmen to incapacitate other Immortals.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Extremely polite and rarely raises his voice. He's also a nasty piece of work, and is seen using chemical weapons to commit robberies.
  • Gentleman Thief: He's classy, suave, and has great taste, but his M.O. tends to involve murdering everyone in the store he's robbing.
  • Handicapped Badass: 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.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: 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.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: 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.


Hugh Fitzcairn

George Gordon Byron