Highlander: The Source

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The Source is the fifth Highlander film. It was released in 2007, first in Russia on DVD and later on Syfy.

Duncan MacLeod joins a band of immortals, who seek The Source, the place where their immortality comes from. Their quest is hindered by The Guardian, protector of The Source, who seeks to stop them.

The film was met with negative reactions from both critics and fans alike.

Tropes used in Highlander: The Source include:


  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Cardinal Giovanni reacts to the Elder's revelations about the titular Source by exclaiming that "This is blasphemy!" The Elder's response? ""IT... IS... TRUUUUUEEEE!!"
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: The Guardian decapitation-proof neck armour, which vanishes after he receives his quickening from defeating Zai Jie.
  • New Old Flame: Anna.
  • Off with His Head: You bet.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: The Prize is revealed to be claimable by virtue. Being virtuous also grants the needed strenght to best The Guardian.
  • Remember the New Guy?: We are introduced to Anna, a love interest who has apparently been Duncan's true love for many centuries, and has never been mentioned before, even with the presence of another immortal lover.
  • Royal Rapier: Reggie's weapon of choice.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: In the end, Duncan refuses to kill The Guardian, which is the correct way to defeat him.
  • Signature Line: The Guardian's "This is the end of time!"
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Happens to Joe. Methos's fate is lef uncertain.
  • Super Speed: The Guardian. Duncan also develops it when gets near The Source.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The Guardian sings "Who Wants to Live Forever" to mock Reggie at the graveyard.
    • A cover version of the song appears after the protagonists defeat a gang of maniacs.
  • When the Planets Align: The Source will reveal itself when this happens.
  • Wrecked Weapon: After stabbing Joe Dawson through the chest with Duncan's katana, The Guardian pours salt in the wound by snapping the blade in two.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Whoever decapitates The Guardian will take his place.