Mr. Fanservice: He fights shirtless several times, and gives a full view of his backside at least once(twice if you count 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.
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 peice 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.
My Country, Right or Wrong: He never let go of his Scottish heritage and has fought for his homeland at different times in history.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.