Characters: Highlander: The Series
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Highlander the Series
- 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 YI 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.
- The Atoner: Downplayed. Claims not to feel guilt for his time as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but still turns on his former brothers-in-arms when they want to spread a plague that would most likely kill thousands of mortals.
- Badass Bookworm: Works at a university when we first meet him, and claims to have been writing almost since writing began, which, considering how uncommon a skill it was in the ancient world, is saying something, especially since he seemed to spend many of his early years doing nothing but killing people and smashing things.
- Bi the Way: Seemed to be tempted by Byron's offer to have a threesome with Mary Shelley, but turned him down when he seemed to remind himself that she was too out of it to refuse them, and that he was no longer that kind of man.
- 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 HorsemenMethos: 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.
- Feeling Their Age: Methos says "I'm too old for this" in the episode "Deliverance" after Duncan throws him over a wall to land several feet below. Double subverted example, since he's an ageless immortal who will always be in his physical prime, but at the same time he actually is 5000 years old. If he can't feel too old for this, who can?
- 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
- Guile Hero: One of the main reasons he's survived so long is because he's good at judging his opponents and outsmarting them.
- 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.
- Minored in Asskicking: Prefers not to fight at all in the present day, and will avoid challenges if he can, but curb stomped a couple of the opponents he couldn't avoid fighting, nonetheless.Methos: "Just because someone doesn't like to fight doesn't mean they can't."
- 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.
- Betty and Veronica: While Amanda is the much older, far more dangerous and glamorous thief, Tessa is sweet, stable and devoted.
- Damsel in Distress: Several villains kidnapped her to get to Duncan, preying on his desire to Always Save the Girl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's sweet, artistic, non-violent, and feminine except when she threatens to burn off your face with a welding torch.
- Killed Off for Real: She's killed in the second season in the same mugging that makes Richie Immortal, thus highlighting the contrast between muggles that die permanently and immortals that come back stronger.
- The Lost Lenore: With her early death, she has more impact on Duncan's motivations dead than alive.
- 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.
- Naïve 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.
- Badass Normal: Even more impressive than usual as he manages to be this trope while a double amputee.
- Cool Old Guy: Joe Dawson is epitome of coolness.
- Defiant to the End: Granted that he winds up not dying.Charles: On your kneesJoe: (laughs) Not in this lifetime.
- Face Death with Dignity: Joe knows the rules of being a Watcher and the penalties for breaking them. When the Watcher's tribunal sentences him to death, he accepts it and evens turns down MacLeod's rescue.
- Gangsta Style
- Handicapped Badass: Joe Dawson has no legs and can still kick your ass all day long.
- Honor Before Reason: In 'Judgment Day'.
- Mr. Exposition
- Perma Stubble
- Semper Fi: Honorably discharged after losing his legs to a landmine in Vietnam.
- The Bartender: Owns his own blues bar.
- The Watcher: Well, one of them.
- Actual Pacifist: Darius no longer carried a sword and never left holy ground. He was effectively out of the Game and never fought.
- The Atoner: He used to be a warlord. He was atoning for his sins.
- Badass Preacher: A pious preacher with fighting skills.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Werner Stoker, the actor who played him died during the filming.
- Retired Badass: He used to be a Badass warlord. He lived a peaceful life in retirement.
- The Older Immortal: Grayson is referred to as one of the few remaining ancient Immortals, and Darius is implied to have some years on him.
- 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. Word of God says he became this way after being The Kurgan's watcher and forced to document his atrocities.
- Final Solution: Thinks that he needs to kill all Immortals in order to prevent them from ruling or killing mortals.
- Knight Templar: Wants to save humanity by eliminating all Immortals.
- 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.
- Moral Myopia: When he and his renagage Watchers kill people for absolutely no good reason, it's okay, but when Immortals do it...
- 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.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Duncan was the only one to suspect Kalas' true nature during his stay at the monastery.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Macleod got him kicked out of a monastery and ruined his singing voice, which causes him to go after anyone Macleod is close to.
- Evil All Along: Was using the safety of holy ground to get desperate immortals to drop their guards so he could kill them more easily when they left the refuge.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Macleod cut him with a piece of glass during their duel, ruining his beautiful tenor voice.
- Guttural Growler: Had his throat slashed by Mac in the '20s. He survived; his singing career did not.
- It's All About Me: Seems to value his singing voice much more highly than the lives of other people.
- Manipulative Bastard: Kept the head of the monastery, Paul, in the dark about his nature for hundreds of years, all the while murdering the immortals that left their 'refuge'. Also near-successfully framed both Richie and Anne in order to get back at Duncan and keep him off-balance.
- Narcissist: He wants to destroy Duncan for getting him kicked out of the monastery where he felt his vocal talents were most appreciated and destroying his world-class singing voice. He doesn't seem to care that Macleod only did these things because he was either killing people or trying to kill him at the time. He is also implied to have poisoned Caruso, presumably out of jealous spite.
- Revenge by Proxy: He would kill or frame anyone who is somehow related to Macleod.
- Sadistic Choice: Tells Macleod during the last episode of season three that if he doesn't put down his sword and let Kalas kill him, the Watcher database would be emailed to newspapers around the world, possibly destroying the lives of immortals and watchers alike.
- Sinister Monk He lived in a monastery 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
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.
- Badass: Was the leader of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, whose reign of terror was implied to have lasted for at least a millennium.
- Bash Brothers: Used to be this thousands of years ago with his fellow Horsemen, and briefly was again in the modern day.
- Beard of Evil: Back in The Wild West.
- Blood Brothers: Implied to have this relationship with Methos and the other Horsemen.
- Blood Knight: Seems to have an excessive love for combat, death and destruction, fittingly for someone who's the historical basis for one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has an impressive one on the right side of his face.
- Hellbent For Leather: Favors a leather jacket in the modern day. The production crew gifted it to actor Valentine Pelka after shooting.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Was the leader of the group that inspired the Horsemen of the Bible.
- Manipulative Bastard: Skillfully manipulates Methos of all people, at least for a while, though reminding Methos how much he sometimes still missed being Death didn't work the way he wanted it to.
- The Older Immortal: Was making trouble during the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia, so at least over two thousand years old, and probably over three thousand.
- The Sociopath: Lacks empathy, cruelly manipulates even someone he calls a brother, and definitely has the grandiose sense of self-worth necessary for the trope.Kronos (as he's losing a battle to Macleod): "I am the end of time!"
- Friendly Target: He was targeted and killed by Kalas because of being Duncan's friend.
- Lady Killer In Love: Believed himself to be this with Naomi. Whether she would have proved to be the love of his life is impossible to know, but he takes the loss of their life together extremely hard.
- Riches to Rags: In the 1920s, Hugh was a wealthy man. He lost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
- Supreme Chef: He'd have to be to hold his own at Le Cordon Bleu.
- The Casanova: Hugh was a womanizer for centuries. When married in the 1920s, he cheated on his mortal wife frequently.
- Your Cheating Heart: He was an unfaithful husband.
George Gordon Byron
- Been There, Shaped History: By virtue of being Lord Byron. Mary Shelley witnesses him being "resurrected" by a Quickening and is inspired to write Frankenstein. Supplemental materials state he was also Jim Morrison.
- Bi the Way: Tries to arrange a threeway with Methos and a barely conscious Mary Shelley.
- Dual Wielding: Fond of using multiple swords.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: Pulls a derringer on MacLeod during their fight.
- Pretty Boy: Verging on long haired pretty boy.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Straw Nihilist
- Sword Cane
- Arms Dealer
- Been There, Shaped History: Some fans take Grayson's speech about gunpowder ("It took someone with vision") to mean that he invented the stuff, but it's never stated either way.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil
- Brief Accent Imitation: Momentarily affects a broad Scots accent while talking to Mac.
- Cool Sword: A Kris broadsword.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: "I know. These things will kill me."
- The Dreaded: The first Immortal that actually frightens Duncan. Several seasons later, we find that the Watchers regarded his victory as a huge (albeit pleasant) surprise.
- The Older Immortal: When speaking to Richie, Duncan explicitly refers to him as "one of the few ancient immortals left".
- Revenge by Proxy
- War for Fun and Profit: Part and parcel of being an arms dealer.
- We Can Rule Together: Tells Duncan they should work together. "Not long, a century or two. We could really do so much."
- Worthy Opponent: "Worthy" may be an overstatment, but he does hold Duncan in a certain regard at first.