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!Highlander the Series
!Main Characters

[[folder: Duncan [=MacLeod=]]]
* BadassLongcoat: Usually a black one. It's used to {{Handwave}} where he keeps his sword.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: 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.
* BigBrotherMentor to Richie
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: It doesn't matter if they're a complete stranger he's never met, Duncan will attempt to help them.
* CulturedBadass: He runs an antique store, can speak multiple languages, has excellent taste in wine and art, and is an expert swordsman.
* DatingCatwoman: He's the Batman to Amanda's Catwoman, but they do get along fairly well nonetheless.
* DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler: in Endgame]]
* HairDecorations: 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.
* HappilyAdopted: 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: Duncan has such a strong code of honour that he's walked into things he knows are traps rather than violate it.
* IAmXSonOfY
--> I am Duncan [=MacLeod=] of the Clan [=MacLeod=].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: 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.
* MrFanservice: He fights shirtless several times, and gives a full view of his backside at least once(twice if you count Endgame)
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He never let go of his Scottish heritage and has fought for his homeland at different times in history.
* NiceGuy
* NotHimself: The Dark Quickening.
* PermaStubble
* RealMenLoveJesus: Like Connor, is still astoundingly a devout Catholic in spite of being banished by the xenophobia of his Catholic kin.
* SlipknotPonytail
* TheCoatsAreOff
* TheStoic
* StraightMan
* WarriorPoet: Much like Connor, he is a patron for music, poetry, fine arts, not to mention wine and fine cooking.
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[[folder: Methos]]
* TheAtoner: Downplayed. Claims not to feel guilt for [[spoiler: his time as one of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse 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.]]
* BadassBookworm: 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 [[spoiler:[[RapePillageAndBurn doing nothing but killing people and smashing things.]]]]
* BiTheWay: 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 [[TheAtoner was no longer]] [[RetiredMonster that kind of man.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: To Duncan, when Duncan will actually listen.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:When Duncan found out the atrocities he committed as one of the Four Horsemen]]
-->'''Methos''': [[spoiler: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!''''']]
* CombatPragmatist[=/=]FightingDirty: Including tactics such as [[MoreExpendableThanYou shooting Duncan in the back]] when Duncan is being a little too brash due to HonorBeforeReason, or [[GroinAttack stabbing an opponent in the groin]] with a concealed dagger.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: see BrokenPedestal above]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when someone implies his age should make him a wise man.
* FeelingTheirAge: 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 [[TheAgeless 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?
* TheFogOfAges[=/=]TimeAbyss: 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."
* GoodIsNotNice: 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
* GuileHero: One of the main reasons he's survived so long is because he's good at [[TheStrategist judging his opponents]] and [[BatmanGambit outsmarting them]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation[=/=]CowardlyLion: 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.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Under the alias of [[MeaningfulName Adam]], he joins the Watchers, and gets himself assigned to tracking down... himself.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: manages to pull of false FaceHeelTurn and plane the fall of the Horsemen from the inside]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Alexa, who only had a year to live when they met.
-->'''Methos:''' I know she's dying, okay? You are all dying. Twenty years. Six months. What's the difference?
* MinoredInAsskicking: Prefers not to fight at all in the present day, and will avoid challenges if he can, but [[CurbStompBattle 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''."
* TheOlderImmortal: The oldest living man on earth at 5000+ years, even other immortals thought him a myth.
* ReluctantWarrior: He would prefer to stay out of the Game, but see UnderestimatingBadassery for what happens when someone tries to force the issue.
* RetiredBadass: Or wants to be, anyway.
* RetiredMonster: [[spoiler:Even has one of the page quotes. However unlike the classic RetiredMonster he ''is'' sorry and wants to atone by destroying his comrades.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: Even among immortals he's considered a urban legend.
* TimeAbyss: Can't remember much before his first quickening.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: cheap beer.
* TricksterMentor: To everyone. He never teaches a lesson straight out if he can help it.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: 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 [[spoiler:Joe's daughter]] as bait. Said immortal thinks Methos is a weakling and a coward, and expects to easily beat him. Instead Methos [[CurbStompBattle 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 [[spoiler:[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse the Four Horsemen]]]], took the moniker of [[spoiler:Death]].
** Also, in the bad timeline shown in the last episodes where [[ItsAWonderfulPlot Duncan was never born]], Methos went on one ''hell'' of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge 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 [[TheMafiya the Russian Mafia]] look like choir boys."
* WouldHitAGirl: He was alive for thousands of years before the idea of chivalry. He might have done this for fun when he was [[spoiler: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.
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[[folder: Amanda]]
* BattleCouple: 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.
* BettyAndVeronica: with Tessa
* BoyishShortHair: Her most consistent hairstyle, although its not matched by a boyish personality.
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CryIntoChest: Did this with Duncan after she discovered her teacher Rebecca had been killed. Its one of the very rare occasions she breaks down.
* DamselOutOfDistress: 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 FemmeFatale gave her plenty of time to become an exceptional escape artist.
* FemmeFatale
* KillSteal: In her first appearance she decapitates a disarmed immortal seconds before Duncan would have killed him.
* MamaBear: To Kenny, at least until she finds out what he really is.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Amanda hangs around and is friends with Immortals like [[TheHero Duncan]] and [[TheOlderImmortal 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.
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[[folder: Tessa Noel]]
* BettyAndVeronica: While Amanda is the much older, far more dangerous and glamorous thief, Tessa is sweet, stable and devoted.
* DamselInDistress: Several villains kidnapped her to get to Duncan, preying on his desire to AlwaysSaveTheGirl.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's sweet, artistic, non-violent, and feminine [[BewareTheNiceOnes except when she threatens to burn off your face with a welding torch.]]
* KilledOffForReal: 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 [[CameBackStrong come back stronger]].
* TheLostLenore: With her early death, she has more impact on Duncan's motivations dead than alive.
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[[folder: Richie Ryan]]
* AxCrazy: After Duncan is afflicted by the Dark Quickening and [[spoiler: tries to kill him]], Richie decides to devote himself to The Game, and goes on a nationwide Immortal killing spree.
* BadassAdorable: He didn't take many heads on-screen, but the Immortals he ''did'' defeat included [[BountyHunter Mako]] (~700 years), [[TheMafiya Ivan Kristov]] (~400 years), and [[HoYay Carter Wellan]] (~1000 years). And he [[http://swordforum.com/fall99/ssw-stan-kirsch.jpg looks like this]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Richie stumbles across Duncan while the latter is under the influence of Ahriman's hallucinations. Thinking that Richie is an enemy, Duncan decapitates him.]]
* FosterKid: As immortals are all foundlings, Richie wound up in the foster system.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Inverted. [[spoiler: It's Richie who dies. Not Duncan.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: 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.
* StreetUrchin: Starts out this way before Duncan and Tessa take him in after they catch him breaking into the antique shop.
* TrainingMontage: There are a number of these with Duncan teaching him how to wield a sword.
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[[folder: Joe Dawson]]
* BadassNormal: Even more impressive than usual as he manages to be this trope while a [[HandicappedBadass double amputee]].
* CoolOldGuy: Joe Dawson is epitome of coolness.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Granted that he winds up not dying.]]
-->'''Charles''': On your knees
-->'''Joe''': ''(laughs)'' Not in this lifetime.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Joe knows the rules of being a Watcher and the penalties for breaking them. [[spoiler: When the Watcher's tribunal sentences him to death, he accepts it and evens turns down [=MacLeod's=] rescue.]]
* GangstaStyle
* HandicappedBadass: Joe Dawson has no legs and can still kick your ass all day long.
* HonorBeforeReason: In 'Judgment Day'.
* MrExposition
* {{Muggles}}
* PermaStubble
* SemperFi: Honorably discharged after losing his legs to a landmine in Vietnam.
* TheBartender: Owns his own blues bar.
* TheWatcher: Well, one of them.
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!Friends and Allies of the Main Characters

[[folder: Darius]]
* ActualPacifist: Darius no longer carried a sword and never left holy ground. He was effectively out of the Game and never fought.
* TheAtoner: He used to be a warlord. He was atoning for his sins.
* BadassPreacher: A pious preacher with fighting skills.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Werner Stoker, the actor who played him died during the filming.]]
* RetiredBadass: He used to be a Badass warlord. He lived a peaceful life in retirement.
* TheOlderImmortal: Grayson is referred to as one of the few remaining ancient Immortals. Darius is implied to have been Grayson's teacher, and thus would almost certainly have some years on him. One of the ExpandedUniverse novels makes this explicit.
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[[folder: Hugh Fitzcairn]]
* TheCasanova: Hugh was a womanizer for centuries. When married in the 1920s, he cheated on his mortal wife frequently.
* FriendlyTarget: He was targeted and killed by Kalas because of being Duncan's friend.
* LadyKillerInLove: Believed himself to be this with Naomi. Whether this romance would have gone differently is impossible to know, but he takes the loss of their life together extremely hard.
* RichesToRags: In the 1920s, Hugh was a wealthy man. He lost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
* SupremeChef: He'd have to be to hold his own at Le Cordon Bleu.
* UndeadTaxExemption: Averted. Hugh has not acclimated to changes in technology, especially computers, all that well. He needs Duncan to help him forge documents and certifications, otherwise he wouldn't be able to keep up the act for long.
* YourCheatingHeart: He was an unfaithful husband.
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[[folder: Cassandra]]
* CompellingVoice: Her biggest talent.
* TheMedic: Shortly before her village was destroyed by the Horsemen and she learned about being Immortal, she showed an unusual skill for healing others.
* [[NonActionGuy Non Action Immortal]]: Despite her longevity, she's not much of a fighter, and seems reliant on her CompellingVoice to do most of the work for her.
* SexyMentor: Is one for Duncan.
* SolitarySorceress: In the past, including when she encountered Duncan as a boy.
* StockholmSyndrome: Developed it towards [[spoiler:Methos]] during his Four Horsemen days, and it is implied that he in turn developed a sort of LimaSyndrome to her eventually. When he agreed to give her to Kronos, however, she was outraged and came to hate him in the many years since. When she sees him again in the present day, she immediately tries to attack him.
* TheOlderImmortal: One of the oldest living Immortals at the start of the show, at almost three thousand.
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[[folder: Charlie De Salvo]]
* BackForTheDead: After returning from being put on a bus, he comes back for one episode to reveal that he and Mara were set up by Immortal ArmsDealer Andrew Cord, who intentionally sold them defective arms, then killed Mara when she confronted him about it. Charlie vowed to kill Cord for this, but not knowing about Immortals, he was doomed from the start.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Charlie grew up as a mixed race kid in a tough neighborhood who had to fight off kids from both sides growing up, then he went into military.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times, Perhaps most notably when Xavier St. Cloud with mock politeness, calls himself an old friend of Duncan's and then has his mercenaries shoot the dojo to pieces.
-->'''Charlie:''' I don't think your "friend" likes you.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: With [=MacLeod=].
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Spent 12 years in the military, during which time he became a Navy SEAL.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Regarding Immortals.He knows something deeply weird is going on with [=MacLeod=], but he doesn't learn about it until he's in his dying moments.
* MixedAncestry: Half African-American, half Italian.
* PutOnABus: After falling for Mara, he leaves Seacouver to aid her with her revolution.
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[[folder: Carl Robinson]]
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[[folder:Anne Lindsey]]
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[[folder:Kol'Tek/Jim Coltec]]
* DemonicPossession: After the Dark Quickening, he starts to cycle through the personalities of the Immortals he has killed over the years, all of whom were extremely bad guys.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Swaps his brown fringed jacket for Kant's black leather.
* EvilIsHammy
* GoodIsNotSoft: Dawson says Coltec is "as close as an Immortal gets to being a saint", and Duncan clearly values his friendship. He's also a stone cold BadAss who makes a point of hunting evil Immortals.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He seems to have [[WanderingTheEarth wandered for a while]], helping others and killing evil Immortals as he encountered them.
* MagicalNativeAmerican
* MoreThanMindControl: He claims this, but it's never confirmed either way.
* NiceGuy
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: His duels with Korland and Kant each last less than a minute, implying that either they're both terrible fighters or Coltec is an excellent one.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness
* RetiredBadass: Unlike Darius, he still lives in the world, but hasn't taken a head in years until he runs into Harry Kant.
* TheOlderImmortal: He's about twice as old as [=MacLeod=].
* TheStoic: Doesn't get riled, even during Immortal duels.
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[[folder: May-Ling Shen]]
* SexyMentor: To Mac.
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[[folder:Sean Burns]]
* TheShrink
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!Minor Recurring Characters

[[folder:Randi Mac Farland]]
* HotScoop
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[[folder:Inspector Raymond Le Brun]]
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[[folder:Maurice Lalonde]]
* HiddenDepths: He's mostly played for goofy comic relief, but Maurice a genuinely well-meaning guy with a history of alcoholism and family problems.
* SupremeChef
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!Major & Recurring Villains

[[folder: Xavier St. Cloud]]
* BadassDecay: [InUniverse] In the past, Xavier was a highly feared Immortal who played the game seriously, seeking out and challenging other Immortals with a reputation as skilled fighters to kill them and take their powers. At this time, a fight against him was considered more or less a death sentence. At some point over the centuries as the Game showed no signs of coming to an end he became disillusioned with it and instead turned his focus to stealing in order to support a lavish and hedonistic lifestyle. As a result either his sword skills suffered or it gave old opponents like [=MacLeod=] a chance to surpass him.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Horton for two episodes.
* CombatPragmatist: One of the biggest in the series. Perfectly happy to use poison gas or mortal gunmen to incapacitate other Immortals.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Extremely polite and rarely raises his voice. He's also a nasty piece of work, and is seen using [[DeadlyGas chemical weapons]] to commit robberies.
* GentlemanThief: Played with. Sure, he's classy, suave, and has great taste, but his M.O. tends to involve murdering everyone in the store he's robbing.
* HandicappedBadass: 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.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: 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.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: 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.
* RetCon: In his first appearance, he was just a thief and the only backstory or past association with [=MacLeod=] was when Duncan was a random victim of Xavier's gas during a WWI theft. Further backstory and his past was added when he appeared in additional episodes.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: In past centuries he was considered one of the most dangerous Immortals in the world, but he's not anymore.
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[[folder: James Horton]]
* BigBad: In Season 2.
* CrazyPrepared: During his second encounter with [=MacLeod=] we see he has an escape boat prepared and wears a bulletproof vest.
* FantasticRacism: 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. WordOfGod says he became this way after being The Kurgan's watcher and forced to document his atrocities.
* FinalSolution: Thinks that he needs to kill all Immortals in order to prevent them from ruling or killing mortals.
* KnightTemplar: Wants to save humanity by [[FinalSolution eliminating all Immortals]].
* ManipulativeBastard: 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.
* MoralMyopia: When he and his Watchers kill people for absolutely no good reason, it's okay, but when Immortals do it...
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Several times.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He retreats the moment he learns that [=MacLeod=] has tracked Xavier and himself to the stables.
* TheWatcher: The renegade one.
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[[folder: Kalas]]
* {{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.
* BeardOfEvil
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Implied in the '20s when he mentions that fellow opera star Enrico Caruso is dying in New York. "People say he was poisoned."
* BigBad: In Season 3.
* DevilInPlainSight: Duncan was the only one to suspect Kalas' true nature during his stay at the monastery.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [=MacLeod=] got him kicked out of a monastery and ruined his singing voice, which causes him to go after anyone [=MacLeod=] is close to.
* EvilAllAlong: 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.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: [=MacLeod=] cut him [[IndyPloy with a piece of glass during their duel]], ruining his beautiful tenor voice.
* GutturalGrowler: Had his throat slashed by Mac in the '20s. He survived; his singing career did not.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Seems to value his singing voice much more highly than the lives of other people.
* ManipulativeBastard: 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 [[NeverMyFault 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.
* RevengeByProxy: He would kill or frame anyone who is somehow related to [=MacLeod=], and he does kill several Immortals who are friendly with [=MacLeod=], including [[spoiler:Hugh Fitzcairn]].
* SadisticChoice: Tells [=MacLeod=] during the last episode of season three that if he doesn't [[spoiler: 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.]]
* [[SinisterMinister 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.
* WickedCultured: 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.
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[[folder: Kenny]]
* CombatPragmatist: Out of necessity. His targets are unsuspecting, and he attacks from behind.
* CreepyChild: He looks 8, but he's really closer to ''800''. As a result he has some completely unchildlike motivation hiding below the surface.
* KarmaHoudini: He has exploited and murdered numerous mortals and Immortals over the years and puts [=MacLeod=] in serious danger. His only punishment is having Amanda sever their relationship.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: It's his specialty. He pretends to be a new Immortal, gets another Immortal to take him in and shelter the helpless child, then kills them when he has a chance.
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[[folder: Kronos]]
* {{Badass}}: Was the leader of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse]], whose reign of terror was implied to have lasted for at least a millennium.
* BashBrothers: Used to be this thousands of years ago with his fellow Horsemen, and briefly was again in the modern day.
* BeardOfEvil: Back in TheWildWest.
* BloodBrothers: Implied to have this relationship with [[spoiler: Methos]] and the other Horsemen.
* BloodKnight: Seems to have an excessive love for combat, death and destruction, fittingly for someone who's the historical basis for one of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Four Horsemen]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt of the Apocalypse.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has an impressive one on the right side of his face.
* HellbentForLeather: Favors a leather jacket in the modern day. The production crew gifted it to actor Valentine Pelka after shooting.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Was the leader of the group that inspired the Horsemen of the Bible.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[TheCorrupter Skillfully manipulates]] [[GuileHero Methos]] of all people, at least for a while, though reminding Methos how much he [[spoiler: [[RetiredMonster sometimes still missed being Death]]]] [[MasterActor didn't work]] [[TheAtoner the way he wanted it to]].
* TheOlderImmortal: Was making trouble during the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia, so at least over two thousand years old, and probably over three thousand.
* TheSociopath: 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 [[spoiler: losing a battle to Macleod)]]: "I am the end of time!"
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[[folder: Caspian]]
* BashBrothers: Downplayed, as he seems to be the troublemaker of the Horsemen, but he's still this with the group.
* BeardOfEvil
* CombatPragmatist: Happily uses multiple weapons. His sword has been heavily customized to feature a harpoon-like barb on the blade and a sharpened hand guard. He'd have no problem killing [=MacLeod=] while he was recovering from a Quickening.
* DualWielding: Gleefully attacks [=MacLeod=] with a sword and knife.
* ImAHumanitarian: "They found parts in his basement, in his garden, in his freezer."
* SerialKiller: "Nobody knows how many people he killed."
* TattooedCrook: Tattooed asylum inmate
* WildHair
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[[folder: Silas]]
* AnAxeToGrind
* BashBrothers: With the other Horsemen, particularly [[spoiler:Methos]].
* CombatPragmatist: "You kill one of us, the other takes your head while you're down."
* DumbIsGood: Well, he's both the dumbest and ''least'' evil of the Horsemen. Although that's DamningWithFaintPraise.
* DumbMuscle
* EvilSoundsDeep
* RetiredMonster: He seems to have given up marauding by present day, but jumps at the chance once Kronos starts getting the band back together.
* StoutStrength
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[[folder: Ahriman]]
* OutOfContextVillain
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! Single episode villains

[[folder: Slan Quince]]
* BadassLongcoat: The first of many.
* {{BFS}}
* BeardOfEvil
* CoolCar
* EvilSoundsDeep
* FingerlessGloves
* LargeHam
* RageHelm: Wears a nasty-looking mask during duels.
* SuperWindowJump: The first villain of the series enters through a skylight.
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[[folder: Kiem Sun]]
* KarmaHoudini
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[[folder: Howard Crowley]]
* {{BFS}}: His sword of choice is a claymore.
* CorruptHick: He's the local sheriff, has a thick southern accent, and has zero qualms about framing an innocent man for a murder he committed.
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[[folder: Felicia Martins/Felice Martin]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: A villain played by Joan Jett, so it's a given.
* FemmeFatale
* KarmaHoudini
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[[folder: Caleb Cole]]
* AnAxeToGrind
* MountainMan
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[[folder: Alexi Voshin]]
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[[folder: Walter Reinhardt]]
* BeardOfEvil
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[[folder: Marcus Korolus]]
* BeardOfEvil: A goatee
* FamousLastWords: "Lenora . . ."
* KnifeNut
* MasterActor: We never see him perform, but seems to have this reputation InUniverse.
* MonsterSobStory: Three hundred years ago, Korolus revealed his immortality to his lover, Lenora, who had him burned at the stake. The betrayal (and perhaps the pain of being burned alive) caused a break with reality. He's since become a serial killer, fixating on slender blonde women and believing that they are the long-dead Lenora.
* SerialKiller
* SharpDressedMan
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[[folder: Andrew Ballin]]
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[[folder: Grayson]]
* ArmsDealer
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Some fans take Grayson's speech about gunpowder ("It took someone with vision") to mean that he invented the stuff, or at least realized/began working on the military applications of it, but it's never stated either way.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* BriefAccentImitation: Momentarily affects a broad Scots accent while talking to Mac.
* CoolSword: A Kris broadsword.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: "I know. These things will kill me."
* TheDreaded: The first Immortal that actually frightens Duncan. Several seasons later, we find that the Watchers regard [=MacLeod=]'s victory as a huge (albeit pleasant) surprise.
* TheOlderImmortal: When speaking to Richie, Duncan explicitly refers to him as "one of the few ancient immortals left".
* RevengeByProxy
* WarForFunAndProfit: Part and parcel of being an arms dealer.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Tells Duncan they should work together. "Not long, a century or two. We could really do so much."
* WorthyOpponent: "Worthy" may be an overstatement, but he does hold Duncan in a certain regard and seems to respect his fighting abilities.
* YearsTooEarly: Claims that Duncan needs another century or so of practice and taking heads to have a chance to beat him. While he comes close to defeating Duncan, he turns out to be wrong about that.
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[[folder: Christoph Kuyler]]
* AffablyEvil
* BadassBoast: "I don't want you to think I'm bragging, but I'm the greatest assassin in all of history. Of course, there have been men responsible for more deaths, but, ah, none of them killed so many, so close."
* {{Camp}}
* CombatPragmatist: Kuyler tries to gain an advantage on Duncan by luring Duncan to a hideout with a mannequin for each victim of his assassinations. He dresses and wears makeup so he will blend right in with those mannequins, and then turns the encounter with Duncan into a cat and mouse game.
* EnemyMime
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Kuyler's hideout has a large room filled with mannequins, and he blends into them very well when wearing his makeup. We first see him use this camouflage to scare one of his informants. "I'm sorry, I think it's very funny."
* HarmlessVillain: He's a prolific assassin, but the only time he's a threat to [=MacLeod=] is during a sneak attack while Duncan is unarmed. When he shows up again, years later, Mac is completely unconcerned.
* HellbentForLeather: A studded overcoat that he usually pairs with a white scarf.
* MasterOfNone: Claims to be this with regards to everything aside from killing. He claims to have some small skill and natural talents in a variety of fields, (acrobatics, singing, etc.) but the only thing he was truly good at was being an assassin.
* ProfessionalKiller: Has spent centuries as a highly effective assassin, and has personally killed 2,760 people.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: A flashback reveals that it was his surprise attack on [=MacLeod=] that led to [[MeetCute Duncan and Tessa meeting.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The man loves his absinthe.
* WouldHurtAChild: To keep [=MacLeod=] in line, he threatens to have one of his men unload an automatic into into a nearby crowd, half of whom are kids.
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[[folder: Carlo Seandaro]]
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[[folder: Zachary Blaine]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Alfred Cahill]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Gabriel Piton]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Bellian]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Gregor/Greg Powers]]
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[[folder: Quentin Barnes/[[spoiler:Michael Moore]]]]
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Subverted. Moore does his best, and takes control long enough to urge Duncan to do what's necessary, but the Barnes personality is clearly on display when Mac takes his swing.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep
* EvilSoundsRaspy
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonality]]
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[[folder: Annie Devlin]]
* FieryRedhead
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[[folder: Anthony Galen]]
* ProfessionalKiller
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[[folder: Tommy Sullivan]]
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[[folder: Mako]]
* BadassBeard
* BountyHunter
* IAmTheNoun: "I am the law."
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[[folder: Nicholas Ward]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* FamousLastWords: "Everyone's a critic".
* HellbentForLeather: In present day.
* ManInWhite: In his final scene, he's wearing a white three piece suit and an off-white overcoat.
* SwordCane: In 1840. By 1993 he has switched to a small broadsword.
* TheOlderImmortal: "How many years have you been doing this?" "For longer than you've been alive."
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[[folder: Drakov/Arthur Drake]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Nefertiri]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Luther]]
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil
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[[folder: Martin Hyde]]
* BadassLonghair: In 1630. It's much shorter (though not short) in present day.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* NotWorthKilling: "You're not worth the time . . . I've hunted and killed worse than you for exercise." He's more than capable of killing both Duncan and Ritchie during their initial meetings, but Hyde's after bigger game. He literally has his sword to [=MacLeod=]'s throat at one point and lets him go.
* PermaStubble
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[[folder: Michael Kent]]
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[[folder: Kern]]
* DualWielding: Saber and Bowie knife.
* ItsPersonal: Killed a mortal wife of Duncan's, so for Duncan it's ''very'' personal with Kern.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
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[[folder: Paul Karros]]
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[[folder: John Durgan/Armand Thorne]]
* {{Greed}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Axel Whittaker]]
* EvilMentor
* ManipulativeBastard
* SexyMentor: Pretends to be one.
* SkunkStripe
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[[folder: Brian Cullen]]
* AddledAddict
* CoolCar
* EvilCounterpart: With his classic convertible, long hair, and formidable swordsmanship, he comes across as a paranoid, destructive version of [=MacLeod=].
* FallenHero
* MasterSwordsman: The best in Europe during the early 1800s.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: David Keogh]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: John Garrick]]
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[[folder: Lymon Kurlow]]
* NotWorthKilling: His first duel with Duncan has shades of this. Kurlow, who is clearly unconcerned throughout the fight, leads him into a hedge maze and simply walks away.
* SkunkStripe
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Matlin
* VillainousFriendship
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[[folder: Peter Matlin]]
* BaldOfEvil
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Kurlow
* VillainousFriendship
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[[folder: Michael Christian]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* CombatPragmatist: Pragmatic in that he tends to attack other Immortals when they're unarmed. The Watchers all agree that he wouldn't have lasted a minute against someone like May-Ling Shen if the encounter had been remotely fair.
* ManInWhite: White pants, shirt, and boots topped with a gray overcoat.
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[[folder: Kage/John Kirin]]
* TheAtoner
* RetiredMonster
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[[folder: Ivan Kristov]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Ernst Daimler]]
* AndIMustScream: Spent several decades at the bottom of the Seine.
* ThoseWackyNazis
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[[folder: Lucas Kagan]]
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[[folder: Tarsis]]
* SharpDressedMan
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[[folder: Kanwulf]]
* AnAxeToGrind
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* DeadPersonImpersonation
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: He points out that, whether [=MacLeod=] believes or not, he performed the ritual sacrifices and the one man who had what he wanted showed up at his doorstep.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Kanwulf the Destroyer.
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[[folder: Andrew Cord]]
* ArmsDealer: And in some cases, he will intentionally sell defective weapons to people.
* CombatPragmatist: Lures enemies into a base with tons of booby traps and other surprises. This also makes up for the fact that he's a soldier from the era where guns are the WeaponOfChoice rather than swords.
* EvilCounterpart: To Duncan's friend Carl Robinson, (who is also a black man that was nearly as embittered as Cord by the racism of America, but was eventually able to let that go without JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope or crossing the MoralEventHorizon) and to Charlie [=DeSalvo=]. (Both minorities in America who pursued a life in the military and proved to be unable to leave combat behind them.)
* EvilFormerFriend: To Joe Dawson.
* FallenHero: Cord served with distinction in numerous wars, and saved Joe's life in Vietnam, but he became jaded, bitter, and nihilistic over the years. Now all he cares about is money and himself.
* ILied: Promises not to kill Charlie for the sake of Joe... and then kills Charlie in a knife fight anyway.
* TheNicknamer: Joe is "boy scout".
* IOweYouMyLife: Dawson feels this way toward Cord, as Cord went to extraordinary lengths to save Joe in Vietnam.
* SemperFi
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Cord is a black man born in 1830s America. He fought in the American Civil War hoping for freedom and equality for all of his people. He was bitterly disappointed by the aftermath of the war, and the continued racism towards blacks and being doomed to be second class citizens. By the time the Civil Rights Movement began gathering steam he was completely jaded about real equality ever coming about, and had adopted a philosophy of "All that matters is getting ahead".
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tyler King]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* VillainHasAPoint: King is a complete bastard, but he's not wrong when he says that Mikey stands no chance in The Game and will be killed eventually. Duncan and Richie privately come to the same conclusion.
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[[folder: Peter Kanis]]
* CanineCompanion: Three Rottweilers.
* CombatPragmatist: Uses his dogs to attack other Immortals, wearing them down for an easy kill.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kanis is a thoroughly nasty guy, but he genuinely loves his dogs. (Well, the males, at least. As the breeder points out, life isn't very great for his female dogs, who are simply used repeatedly as brood mothers.)
* EvilSoundsRaspy
* FlunkyBoss: Attacks other Immortals while his dogs are distracting them.
* HellbentForLeather: One of the biggest examples in the series.
* MeaningfulName: Kanis/canine.
* WouldHurtAChild
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[[folder: Terence Kincaid]]
* AFateWorseThanDeath: When his sailors mutinied, Ducan saved his life by getting them to maroon Kincaid on a deserted island without food or water. Kincaid was trapped on that island, dying constantly of starvation and thirst until another ship passed by... nearly 100 years later.
* {{Greed}}: In his own words "I will not lose 100,000 pounds for the sake of a few lives".
* TheNeidermeyer: Was the captain of a merchant ship during the Sailing Age, but only cared about profits and keeping to schedule, which eventually drove his starving crew to the brink of mutiny. Kincaid pushed them over the brink by shooting the most vocal of his critics.
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[[folder: Col. Simon Killian]]
* ColonelKilgore: He ordered an attack to go forward after being informed of the WWI Armistice because he didn't believe that anything but a military victory could bring peace.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: Spent seventy years in a mental asylum thanks to Duncan
* {{Revenge}}: Plans to keep Duncan locked in a cell for the next seventy years.
* SanitySlippage: He's more than a little... off... when he finally gets out of the asylum. And he wasn't wrapped particularly tightly to begin with.
* VillainHasAPoint: During his court martial rant, the obviously unstable Killian correctly predicts that unless Germany suffers a crushing military defeat, there will be another [[WorldWarII war.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Paul Kinman]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
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[[folder: Kamir]]
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[[folder: Kristin]]
* {{Yandere}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Horvan/Harry Kant]]
* FingerlessGloves
* HellbentForLeather
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Mocks the Asian man he's robbing, and [[BullyingADragon refers]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes to]] [[BadAss Coltec]] as "Tonto" when he intervenes.
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[[folder: Bryce Korland]]
* {{Beatnik}}
* PyroManiac
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[[folder: Kassim]]
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[[folder: Damon Case]]
* WarriorMonk
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[[folder: Danny Cimoli]]
* NaiveNewcomer: To The Game.
* UngratefulBastard: Believing that [=MacLeod=] wouldn't stop Case from taking Danny's head, Danny planned to betray Duncan and take his his head to give himself a chance against Immortals who would challenge him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Morgan D'Estaing]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jacob Galati]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roland Kantos]]
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Was a pupil of Cassandra, who he used to learn her CompellingVoice skill. Afterwards he betrayed her and tried to kill her.
* CompellingVoice
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[[folder: Carter Wellan]]
* BloodBrothers: With Haresh Clay.
* HellbentForLeather: In present day. Richie mockingly calls him Leather Boy.
* TheOlderImmortal: Over nine hundred at the time of his death.
* VillainousFriendship
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Haresh Clay]]
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* BloodBrothers: With Carter Wellan.
* TheOlderImmortal: Over nine hundred years old.
* VillainousFriendship
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Myron Corman]]
* TheSouthpaw
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[[folder: Johnny Kelly]]
* CombatPragmatist: Prefers to snipe his targets then take their heads while they're dead or weakened.
* HarmlessVillain: He's an incompetent swordsman, and no threat at all in a fair fight. WordOfGod is that his choice of sword and fighting style come from old pirate movies.
* InSeriesNickname: Johnny K
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Terence Coventry]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Cory Raines]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Gerard Kragen]]
* NotMeThisTime: Kragen is a murderer, abusive to women and caused Alec Hill no end of grief, but he didn't take Alec's head. Played with in that Duncan never explains why he's challenging Kragen, and Kragen seems to take as a given that their duel is revenge for his murder of Hill's wife in 1886.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Gavriel Larca]]
* AGodAmI
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Col. William Everett Culbraith]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Ingrid Henning]]
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Was involved with the attempt made by Claus Von Stauffenberg and other conspirators to assassinate Hitler in 1944.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not killing Hitler in 1944. After the bomb fails, she pulls a gun but is unable to bring herself to shoot.
* TookALevelInBadass: In 1944, she was a kindly woman who couldn't bring herself to pull the trigger on Hitler. Now she's a cold blooded assassin, trained in the arts of espionage and assassination by multiple intelligence agencies.
* UndeadTaxExemption: A subversion: she claims that her paperwork not holding is why she's being chased by police when she arrives at Duncan's door, but it's really because of her latest assassination.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: She has decided to kill off anyone who shows potential of becoming a new Hitler type figure before they can ever reach that stage.
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[[folder: Otavio Consone]]
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: An incredible fighter, and arrogant beyond belief.
* DualWielding: Rapier and dagger.
* MasterSwordsman: Indisputably.
* SmugSnake
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Bernie Crimmins]]
* AnAxeToGrind
* MeaningfulName: Crimmins is a criminal.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Steven Keane]]
* AvengingTheVillain: [[GrayAndGreyMorality The term "villain" may be somewhat murky]], but one of the reasons he holds a grudge against Duncan is because in the wake of a failed Scottish rebellion Duncan murdered a mortal friend of Keane's who crushed the Scots.
-->'''Methos:''' Do you remember what happened after [[CurbStompBattle Culloden]]?\\
'''Duncan:''' [Looks away, then back] Yeah. I went after innocent men and slaughtered them.\\
'''Methos:''' No, that's how Keane tells it. I want to know how you remember it. Because they weren't innocent, were they? There were murderers. They were the English bastards who had destroyed your people, and they deserved to die, all of them.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: According to Methos, this is what Keane's worldview is. (And Duncan's too.)
* HeroAntagonist: He's essentially a mirror image of [=MacLeod=], who comes looking to kill Duncan for the exact same sort of reasons Duncan would kill an evil Immortal.
* HonorBeforeReason[=/=]RevengeBeforeReason: Nothing can get him to back off from fighting Duncan, no matter what. Although he ''was'' talked out of it in the past by Sean Burns, but [=MacLeod=] killing Burns under the effects of the Dark Quickening was the final straw for Keane.
* NotSoDifferent: [=MacLeod=] and Methos both talk about the fact that Keane is in some ways a mirror image of Duncan, and Amanda tries to convince Keane of this, but Keane has only seen the worst in Duncan and hotly denies it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: George Gordon Noel Byron]]
* BeenThereShapedHistory: 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 [[TheDoors Jim Morrison.]]
* BiTheWay: Tries to arrange a threeway with Methos and a barely conscious Mary Shelley.
* DualWielding: Fond of using multiple swords.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* NothingUpMySleeve: Pulls a derringer on [=MacLeod=] during their fight.
* PrettyBoy: Verging on [[LongHairedPrettyBoy long haired pretty boy.]]
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
* StrawNihilist
* SwordCane
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Devon Marek]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Morgan Walker]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil
* ManInWhite
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Liam O'Rourke]]
[[/folder]]

!Other Immortals

[[folder: Ursa]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Alan Wells]]
* NiceGuy: He's in a relationship with a mortal woman, and they've been taking care of Mikey for some time. When Tyler King shows up, Alan's instinctive first move is getting the two of them to safety.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mikey]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Dallman Ross]]
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