Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:
- Highlander II: The Quickening
- Highlander III: The Sorcerer
- Highlander: Endgame
- Highlander: The Source
- Highlander: The Animated Series
- Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
The franchise as a whole:
- Complete Monster: Highlander
- I Am Not Shazam: There are times when the Immortals as a whole were called "Highlanders" by viewers new to the franchise.
- Romantic Plot Tumor: None of the films have particularly well developed romantic subplots, not even the first one. The sex scenes on the other hand...
- Sequelitis: One of the most infamous instances of it.
- So Cool It's Awesome: The original Highlander.
The original 1986 film:
- Awesome Music:
- 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 Mac Leod, 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.