Jim Moriarty
Jim moriarty
Vital statistics
Died 2011
Occupation Consulting criminal
Appearances 7 episodes
Main actor Andrew Scott
"Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain."
—Jim Moriarty to Sherlock Holmes.[src]

James "Jim" Moriarty is a "consulting criminal". He became obsessed with taking down his archnemesis Sherlock Holmes.


Early lifeEdit

Jim was born in Ireland.[1]

When he was young, Jim met Carl Powers. Carl was not nice to him, laughing at him regularly. In 1989 Jim carefully caused his death by poisoning his eczema medicine.[2]

Later lifeEdit

In late 2009 he approached the cab driver Jeff Hope. He promised Jeff that for every life he took, money would go to his children.[3]

Jim became involved with the Black Lotus Tong, a Chinese smuggling syndicate. He aided their passage to England to locate the Empress pin, though when General Shan was unsuccessful he ordered her assassination.[4]

Death Edit

On top of a building, Sherlock knows that if he's still alive, Moriarty's gunners will not kill any of his friends, but instead of staying alive and seeing himself losing, Moriarty pulls out a handgun and shoots himself in the head to finish his story (forcing Sherlock to jump off the roof).


Jim Moriarty appeared in the Sherlock episodes:

He was mentioned in the Sherlock episodes:

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. From a newspaper in the episode The Reichenbach Fall.
  2. From the episode The Great Game.
  3. From the episode A Study in Pink.
  4. From the Sherlock episode The Blind Banker.