YMMV / Highlander

Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

The franchise as a whole:

  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • There were times when the Immortals as a whole were called "Highlanders" by viewers new to the franchise. "Highlander" is not the name of the Immortals' race, but a reference to Connor's Scottish origins.
    • The name of Clancy Brown's character is not Kurgan. In fact, he has no name. Kurgan refers to the part of the world he came from, and characters refer to him as the Kurgan.
  • Memetic Mutation: "There should have been only one" / "There can be only one... good movie", mentioned in the context of the series' Sequelitis.
  • 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 Okay, It's Average: The best entries to many.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Most of the sequels.

The original 1986 film:

The series:

  • 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.
    • Was Simon Killian a bloodthirsty maniac who ignored the WWI Armistice because he wanted one more gigantic battle? Or did he honestly believe that anything less than a total defeat would leave the door open for further bloodshed and was trying to prevent another war?
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The series contains repeated instances of this, particularly in the early seasons, including appearances by Jason Isaacs, Ron Perlman, and Marion Cotillard.
  • Squick: At one point, to escape the titular characters of "Mountain Men" who have him at gunpoint, Duncan decides to leap off of a high cliff. The men assume that he's dead until a conversation their leader has with Tessa asserts otherwise. We then see Duncan recovering at the bottom of the ravine, with his bones gradually (and audibly) snapping back into place as his Healing Factor kicks in.