A few thoughts: The Kurgan I would drop the "The" from his name and just call him "Kurgan". Make it his name, not his title. Also give him a background that's more grounded in history. Like maybe he was one of the 300 Spartans who died at the battle of Thermopalae. Or maybe he was one of the million Persians who were invading Sparta. Maybe he was Atilla The Hun's second in command. Or a Roman Gladiator. Something historically accurate without creating a Barbarian clan out of whole cloth. Connor MacLeod Have Connor's first death happen at an actual historical battle. Like the Battle of Sterling, the Battle of Falkirk, the Scottish sacking of York, or the battle when King Robert The Bruce led Scotland to freedom (in other words all of the major battles depicted in Braveheart). Maybe Edward The Longshanks hired Kurgan as a mercenary to help in defeating the Scots. And that was how they first met. Ramirez I wouldn't change too much about Ramirez, except for casting an actual Spaniard in the role (again, my vote goes to Antonio Banderas). I liked how in the original Ramirez had a katana that was crafted for him by his father-in-law, hundreds of years before the samurai ever existed.