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This is a listing for antagonists in Outlander (1991), Dragonfly in Amber (1992), and Voyager (1993) in Outlander.

For the main character index, see here.

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     Jonathan Wolverton Randall 

Jack Randall

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only person Randall has ever loved is his younger brother Alex. He will do anything for him, even report information about the English army to the Jacobites in exchange for Alex receiving treatment for his terminal illness at the hands of Claire.
  • Sadist: He takes pleasure in tormenting his prisoners.
  • Sex Is Violence: He enjoys violent sex a lot, as seen by his torture/sex sessions with prisoners who catch his fancy. As Claire finds out, he can't experience arousal during sexual intercourse with a woman unless he hears her scream.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He bears a strong resemblance to his brother Alex and his supposed descendant Frank.

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     Dougal Mac Kenzie 

Dougal MacKenzie

Colum's brother, and extremely devoted to him, Dougal is just as ruthless and cunning as Colum, though much more unpredictable and hot-headed. He is a patriot, meaning a Jacobite, and is determined to help the Stuarts return to Scotland and raises funds from fellow Jacobites to enable them to do so.
  • Action Dad: He is the father of four daughters, and he is the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie. He can certainly handle himself in a duel.
    • He leads the clan into the Rising after Colum's death, and marches with them into battle.
  • Afraid of Blood: Dougal tells Claire in Outlander that while he's fine with shedding the blood of other men, he can't stand the sight of his own blood.
  • Badass in Charge: He is war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie and in charge of any official business outside of Castle Leoch.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He leads the men in rescuing Claire from Fort William in Outlander.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Colum's brain. Dougal is war chief of the MacKenzies, and meant to aid Colum in times of war.
  • The Confidant: To his brother Colum.
  • Fiery Redhead: He is red-headed like Jamie, and has one heck of a temper.
  • Hot-Blooded: A prime reason why Colum was acknowledged as the MacKenzie Chief over him. His reaction to his sister Ellen's elopement with Brian Fraser didn't win him any points, either.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he appears to be a jerkass most of the time, he shows shades of a better side of himself when he shows his love for his brother Colum and looks out for his clansmen and Jamie.
  • Jumped at the Call: Immediately sent Clan MacKenzie to war for Charles Stuart after Colum's death, despite Colum having privately been against it.
  • Large and in Charge: Dougal is definitely this.
  • Master Swordsman: He is one of the strongest fighters in the series.
  • The Mentor: He taught Jamie how to wield a sword left-handed.

     Father Bain 

Father Bain

The local priest in Inverness.

     Laoghaire Mac Kenzie 

Laoghaire MacKenzie

A girl of the MacKenzie clan who falls in love with Jamie Fraser, and feels that she must have him at any cost. She is Mrs Fitz's granddaughter.
  • Always Someone Better: Claire is this to her. Specially when she becomes Jamie's second wife, she feels as if Claire's ghost lies in the middle of their marriage bed and causes Jamie to cry out her name in his sleep.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Jamie suspects that she may have been abused by one of her previous husbands, which is why she shrinks away when Jamie tries to be gentle and intimate with her during their marriage.
  • Babies Ever After: Has two daughters in her second marriage, Joan and Marsali.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is very attractive (at least when she is young) but is very vindictive and jealous.
  • Domestic Abuse: Is thought to have been abused by one (or both) of her husbands.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the TV series, Laoghaire towards Claire after she marries Jaime.
  • Woman Scorned: After Claire's return in Voyager, Laoghaire shoots Jamie in a fit of anger.

     Geillis Duncan 

Geillis Duncan

A Scottish woman who Claire meets in 18th century Inverness. Geillis is red-haired with extraordinary green eyes, and a slim figure. She is very attractive, so much so that Claire thinks that she could find a husband/lover in Inverness quite easily if she wished for it. However, she has a calculating, practical and cunning mind, seen when she chooses for a husband the fat and old Arthur Duncan, for his position and wealth, and later takes Dougal MacKenzie as a lover, for his political and social influence and charismatic personality. Geillis is a patriot at heart, and this motivates many of her actions. She is determined to help Charles Stuart regain the throne of Scotland.
  • Ax-Crazy: As she grows older, Geillis seems to become more and more mentally unstable—on the island of Jamaica it is clear to Claire that Geillis Duncan Abernathy is mad as anything and dangerous to boot. When Roger reads her grimoire in Drums of Autumn, he is chilled by it and later tells Brianna that it shows that she is completely crazy.
  • Been There, Shaped History: While in Paris, Geillis was approached by the mother of revolutionary Marat, who asked if she should name her child 'Rudolph'. Geillis immediately told her that it was a bad idea. Later she wonders to Claire what would have happened if she had given the woman a different answer.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is described as very beautiful, at least when she is younger, but deep inside she is not a nice person, callous and unfeeling, ready to do anything to get what she wants (even committing murder).
  • Black Widow: She killed two of her husbands—Edgars as a sacrifice so she could travel through the stones and Arthur Duncan to prevent her pregnancy and affair with Dougal MacKenzie from being discovered.
  • Burn the Witch!: Claire and Geillie are accused of witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
  • The Cynic: Has a very cynical view of the world, which is seen through her actions and her Deadpan Snarker trait.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her first husband was abusive towards her, and she did not seem to have much of a social life outside of the SNP. It's not surprising that her husband became the person she used as a sacrifice to travel through the stones.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and can have a fiery temper at times.
  • I Have Many Names: Geillis Duncan, Gillian Edgars, Geillis Abernathy, Melisande Robisceux.
  • Rebellious Spirit: She hates Scotland's dependence on England and is determined to make Scotland independent by any means necessary.
  • Secret Identity: In the past, no one (except Kenneth and later Claire and Jamie) knows that she is a time traveller from the future. After her faked death she masquerades as a fortune-teller in Paris, Melisande Robisceux, hiding in plain sight.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has quite a mouth on her.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: She gradually poisons her husband with his tonic, and kills him for good by placing cyanide in his food during the grand feast for the Duke of Sandringham. In The Exile it is revealed that she also poisoned Colum, though he recovered from it.
  • The Unfettered: Will do anything to see Scotland become independent of England and its rightful monarchy restored.

     Le Comte Saint-Germain 

A French noble who becomes an enemy of Claire after she inadvertently causes his ship (and the shipments that are on it) to be fired due to there being a case of the pox on-board. He is involved in dark magic circles.


  • Jerkass: Claire does her medical duty and it invites his wrath.
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     Prince Charles Edward Stuart 

Prince Charles Edward Stuart

AKA Charlie, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Son of James Stuart (the Old Pretender to the English throne), and keen to see his dad become king. As such, the instigator (historically speaking, anyway) of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

  • Catchphrase: "Mark me."
  • It's All About Me: Charles thinks that the world revolves around him and his ambitions, and that it's everyone else's job to serve him. An example can be seen in his characteristic gesture whenever his glass is empty: he just holds it up in the expectation that someone will fill it. Justified because he's been raised in a family that believes it has a divine right to the English throne.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The historical Charlie was this for the Highlanders in general, and his series counterpart is shaping up to follow suit.
  • Upper-Class Twit: It's never entirely clear whether Charlie is this or whether he's using Obfuscating Stupidity, but he does give a very strong impression of not having all the lights on upstairs.
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