YMMV / Highlander
Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
The franchise as a whole:
The original 1986 film:
- Awesome Music:
- Queen's song, "Princes of the Universe" as well as their cover of "New York, New York", which has apparently never been released in its complete form anywhere. As well as "Who Wants To Live Forever?"
- Michael Kamen's score for the first movie, especially for the Training Montage .
- Complete Monster: The Kurgan, a terrifying, Ax-Crazy, combat-loving Black Knight with Rape, Pillage, and Burn as his way of life, is introduced as a brutal warrior who kills Connor MacLeod in battle. When he hunts down the now-immortal Connor, the Kurgan takes the head of Connor's mentor Ramirez and, believing Connor's wife Heather is Ramirez's lover, rapes her to cement his victory over Ramirez. Centuries later, the Kurgan, now going by "Victor Krueger," as brutal as ever, has no compunction killing innocents in his drive to be the last Immortal standing in The Game and mocks Connor about the possibility that Heather enjoyed the rape when he learns she was Connor's wife.
- Cult Classic: The film was a box office flop during its theatrical run (5-some million vs. a $16 million budget), but has gained this status.
- First Installment Wins: None of the following films could get out of original's shadow.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Memetic Mutation:
- "There can be only one!"
- "You have the manners of a goat."
- Narm Charm: The movie is very silly.
- Special Effect Failure: When Connor receives the prize in the first movie, the wire holding him up is visible in multiple shots.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some feel that the concepts of The Gathering and The Prize were poorly developed and unexplained, seeing as how the only immortals who seem to know or care about it as it happens are MacLeod, the Kurgan, Sunda, and possibly Fasil. It would've been better to save it for a sequel, which could feature more immortals, more fights, and more world building.
- Tough Act to Follow: Was this to all subsequent films in the franchise.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Connor MacLeod vs. FREDDIE FREAKING MERCURY in the video for "Princes of the Universe".
- Freddie uses his iconic mic stand, and battles Connor to a draw. What does that tell you?
- WTH, Casting Agency?: A Frenchman playing a Scot and a Scot playing an Egyptian passing for Spanish yet still sounding Scottish.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In The Complete Watchers Guide, Peter Wingfield points out that it is entirely possible that everything Methos has ever done on the series has been a manipulation to get Duncan into a position where he can kill him. Wingfield maintains that, while he did not personally believe this to be the case, such a revelation would not contradict anything that we know about the character, and he would have no difficulty playing it.
- In a separate interview, he also debates Methos' sincerity about offering Duncan his head, saying that he played the scene as sincere at the time, but that the next few years worth of character development potentially cast this into doubt. As a Watcher, Methos would know a great deal about other Immortals, and he would know that MacLeod would be very unlikely to accept the offer, turning his apparent Heroic Sacrifice into a high risk bit of manipulation.
- It's mentioned in the commentary for Through A Glass Darkly that the episode's very premise questions the accuracy of every flashback we see in the series.
- The Cast Showoff: Jim Byrnes was showcased numerous times playing guitar and singing blues music.
- Complete Monster: See Highlander
- Designated Villain: While there are plenty that don't fall into this category, its very easy to make a case that alot of Highlander villains are exactly this. Offscreen, other immortals are almost certainly coming for them, so they come for other immortals. If they can get an extra quickening, their odds of survival go up. A particularly notable case was Tyler King who Attempted to take the head of an idiot savant immortal, knowing that he had absolutely no chance in the game whatsoever, and was thus doomed anyway. To underscore this point after killing King, Duncan and Richie came to the same conclusion anyway.
- Ensemble Darkhorse, thy name is Methos.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Even the production team hates William Culbraith's outfit. Though not precisely a villain, Steven Keane's matching red suit and fur-trimmed overcoat are certainly an eyesore.
- Genius Bonus: A fair amount of thought was put into what sort of sword each Immortal would use.
- Kronos' broadsword was clearly decorated for maximum intimidation, with spikes on the handguard and pommel for additional damage during infighting.
- Steven Keane, a proudly English Immortal, used a British army saber.
- Otavio Consone used a flamberge-blade rapier. This would result in cuts that were more painful and, assuming one survived the duel, more difficult to close and heal properly. This sums Consone up perfectly.
- Damon Case's thirteenth century broadsword is the right vintage to have been used in The Crusades . . . of which Case is a veteran.
- Ho Yay:
- Riche has it Something fierce with Pete Wilder in Counterfeit.
- You can almost hear fangirls around the world squee when he hugs Duncan goodbye at the airport, even more so after the crack about kissing him.
- Duncan/Methos, Within ten minutes of meeting the man, Duncan declares he'll protect Methos, just a few hours later Methos tries to sacrifice himself for Duncan. At that point their reasons aren't personal. It's Duncan being the good guy he is and Methos putting the greater good ahead of himself. Pretty soon they start to really care about each other and the chemistry becomes plain as day.
- Lord Byron, who came across as being constantly out for threesomes with Methos and whatever poetry groupie crossed his radar.
- Fans seemed to think there was something between Methos and Kronos as well, to the point where they asked Kronos' actor about it in a panel.
- And before all that was Duncan/Darius. Duncan's reaction to his death in "The Hunters" (once he stop screaming, that is) comes off less like a close friend dying, and more like a girlfriend breaking up with him.
- Haresh Clay and Carter Wellan.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Methos again.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Nefetiri in "The Pharaoh's Daughter": She carried a 2000 year grudge against a former Roman General, who was also an immortal, named Constantine. Blaming him for events out of his control (the peace between Egypt and Rome failing and Cleopatra's eventual suicide) she killed his current lover in cold blood since she was his 'entire world'. Infuriated, Duncan kicks her out and she goes to confront Constantine on Holy Ground, forcing Duncan to fight her away from it. When Duncan managed to get the upper hand, offering her one last chance for a new future based on love instead of manipulation? She stabbed him through the heart, literally. Duncan was forced to cut off her head to stop her. If she wasn't stopped, she was well on her way to Complete Monsterdom.
- Mako in "Under Color of Authority": A 800 year old lawman, he pursues anyone, no matter of guilt, innocence, or intent with deadly force for the bounty they have. Before the 20th century, this was an acceptable but regrettable practice. In the 20th Century, especially the late 20th century? He comes off as a man who has no real morals and even Duncan calls him out when he says "I am the law!" To get the bounty for a girl who fled Texas after she killed her abusive husband in self defense, he ran her over, and showed absolutely no remorse.
- Retroactive Recognition: The series contains repeated instances of this, particularly in the early seasons, including appearances by Jason Isaacs, Ron Perlman, and Marion Cotillard.
- The Scrappy: Richie.
- Richie does get better over the course of the series. And the fans tend to agree that killing off Richie was the show's Jump the Shark moment.