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Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
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Other names Freak (by Sally Donovan)[1]
The Virgin (by Irene Adler)[2]
Shezza (by Bill Wiggins)[3]
Sherl (by Janine)[3]
Occupation Consulting detective
Family Mr. Holmes (father)
Mrs. Holmes (mother)
Mycroft Holmes (brother)
Eurus Holmes (sister)
Appearances All episodes
Main actor Benedict Cumberbatch
Louis Oliver (young)

William Sherlock Scott Holmes[4] is the world's only "consulting detective", a profession of his own creation. He lives in London at 221B Baker Street, is the younger brother of Mycroft Holmes and Eurus Holmes, and best friend and former flatmate of Dr John Watson.

Though consultation with New Scotland Yard and a range of private clients, Sherlock has caused the capture or death of many criminals, particularly in and around the London area. These criminals include the serial killer Jeff Hope, the Black Lotus leader General Shan and the scientist Bob Frankland. However none of these compared to the consulting criminal Jim Moriarty, who Sherlock considered to be his arch nemesis.

Sherlock and John's relationship climaxed when Sherlock dramatically faked his death by falling from the St Bartholomew's Hospital rooftop. In the consequent two years, Sherlock spent his time destroying Moriarty's network across Asia and Europe.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Young Sherlock

A young Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock was born to Mr. and Mrs. Holmes with an elder brother Mycroft Holmes. For a long time during his childhood, Sherlock and his brother did not socialise with other children. Sherlock was always called unintelligent by his elder brother, who knew no other children with which to compare him. At a young age, Sherlock wanted to be a pirate as an adult.[5] He also had a dog called Redbeard. Sherlock grew greatly attached to this dog and was very upset when Redbeard was put down.[6]

Sherlock attended university and graduated as a chemist.[7] According to Sebastian Wilkes, while at university Sherlock had the annoying habit of walking into the formal hall for breakfast and deducing who had been sleeping with whom the previous night.[8]

In 2007, Sherlock was involved in a case about a run of vicious triple murders. He was able to convince DI Greg Lestrade that restaurateur Angelo was not the murderer, as at the time the crime occurred he was housebreaking elsewhere.[1]

Life at 221B Baker StreetEdit

Sherlock moved into 221B Baker Street with future romantic partner John Watson in early 2010, after being offered a discounted rent from the landlady Mrs. Hudson for ensuring her husband was executed in Florida.

The Study in Pink caseEdit

Sherlock holmes brixton

Sherlock Holmes at Lauriston Gardens.

After moving in, Sherlock was approached by DI Greg Lestrade about the linked suicides. Sherlock brought John along the the crime scene at Lauriston Gardens, Brixton, containing Jennifer Wilson's body. He was able to deduce much about the victim, leaving the scene hurriedly to locate her missing pink case.

Once he found the case in a nearby dumpster he brought it to 221B Baker Street. When John returned from a meeting with Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock had him text a message to Jennifer Wilson's phone which he deduced would be with the killer. He arranged a meeting at Northumberland Street, waiting for the killer at Angelo's nearby restaurant. When a cab paused outside the chosen spot the pair pursued it. However, the cab's passenger was a recently arrived American.

When Sherlock and John arrived back at 221B Baker Street, they found many police officers, including Greg Lestrade, Philip Anderson, and Sally Donovan, there on a drugs bust. However the real reason was the suspicion that Sherlock was withholding evidence. Greg told Sherlock that Rachel was not still alive, instead she was Jennifer's stillborn daughter from fourteen years earlier. Sherlock worked out that Rachel was the password for Jennifer's phone. Using this and the GPS in the phone, the phone was found to be at 221B Baker Street. Mrs. Hudson announced there was a cab for Sherlock which he then went outside to catch. He finds the cab driver Jeff Hope who drives him to Roland Kerr Further Education College.

Once inside Jeff produced two pill bottles and a gun, saying that one pill contained poison while one was completely harmless. Sherlock realised that Jeff was dying from an aneurysm and Jeff told him that his children received money for every life he took. Sherlock also realised his gun was a fake, in fact just a novelty cigarette lighter. Jeff still challenged Sherlock to choose a pill, knowing Sherlock would have to prove his intellectual prowess. However before either could consume their pill, Jeff was shot by John through the opposite window after John tracked the GPS signal of the phone.

Sherlock pressed Jeff for the name of his sponsor which he eventually gave as Moriarty. Sherlock and John left the crime scene after a brief encounter with Mycroft, as their surveillance status was increased by Mycroft.

Life after the fallEdit

Sherlock left London after the fall. His funeral was held and attended by John Watson, though Sherlock's parents did not go due to their knowledge of his survival.[9]

Sherlock spent much time disabling the rest of Jim Moriarty's network. He traveled to the Himalayas to unmask a blonde drug smuggler posing as a monk, to New Delhi to aid Inspector Prakesh find a killer, to Hamburg to work on the jury convicting Trepoff and other cases in Amsterdam and Brussels.[10]

He eventually found himself in Serbia in late 2012, chained up and beaten by a torturer. He got the torturer to leave after revealing his wife's affair and was left alone with a soldier, actually Mycroft Holmes in disguise. Mycroft informed him of an underground terrorist plot in London and asked him to return to London to investigate.

Return to LondonEdit

After arriving in London, Sherlock was taken to Mycroft's office at the Diogenes Club. Mycroft questioned his brother over his activities dismantling Jim Moriarty's network and pressed him to investigate the terrorist threat. After receiving his coat from Anthea, Sherlock asked about John Watson and his upcoming plans.

John and Mary Watson's weddingEdit

John asked Sherlock to be the best man at his wedding. Sherlock found it difficult to write the best man speech, asking Greg Lestrade for assistance. Sherlock was also tasked with writing a song for the wedding, so he wrote a waltz on violin.

Sherlock holmes at the wedding

The guests listening to Sherlock's speech.

At the wedding Sherlock met the chief bridesmaid Janine Hawkins. He also encountered David again, as he joined John and Mary to greet the guests. The speech, despite being initially insulting, proved to be emotional and heartfelt. He recounted the cases of the Bloody Guardsman and the Mayfly Man, highlighting the skills of John.

Sherlock realised that the Mayfly Man was at the wedding, with the intention of murdering someone. Sherlock deduced that the target was James Sholto, John's commander in Afghanistan. Upon Sherlock's instructions, James left the main reception hall. He shut himself in his room, saying he would open the door if Sherlock solved how he would be killed. Sherlock deduced that the photographer had earlier stabbed James with a thin blade, with James' tight belt prevented the wound bleeding.

Sherlock Holmes is later contacted by a highly placed senator. The Senator was being blackmailed by one Charles Augustus Magnussen. Magnussen was using her husbands love letters to another woman to blackmail her into agreeing his demands. Meanwhile John is living the married life with Mary. John is visited by one of his neighbors to fetch her son. John goes to the place where the neighbors son is. He then meets Bill Wiggins who turns out to be as smart as Sherlock.It is later revealed that Sherlock was going out with Mary Watson's brideidesmaid Jaine. But his relationship was a ruse as he was using her to break into Magnussens place of business. Jaine later breaks the relationship. The scene then changes to the Holmes parents residence. John and Mary reconcile, but as the do so, Mary and everyone else passes out. Sherlock had drugged them so he can get the information on his brother Mycroft Holmes's laptop. He then was going to swap the laptop in exchange for the information that Magnussen had on Mary and the Senator. As Sherlock and John arrive at Appledore they are received by Magnussen. But they are met with a shocking truth. There was no such thing as the Appledore vaults. It was all inside Magnussen's Mind Palace. He takes them outside where Mycroft had upon realizing that Sherlock had taken his laptop with England's Secrets on it, was waiting. Sherlock then to the suprise and shock of everyone pulls out John's gun and shoots Magnussen in the head thereby killing him. Mycroft then plans for Sherlock to leave the country and go on a top secret mission for MI6. As the plane is getting ready to depart, every screen in London is hijacked and replaced with Moriarty's face saying "Did you miss me?" implying that Sherlock is needed once again.

PersonalityEdit

"Don't make people into heroes, John. Heroes don't exist and if they did I wouldn't be one of them."
—Sherlock Holmes to John Watson.[src]

Sherlock is a bizarre character, on one hand cold, cunning and heartless but on the other warm and rather flamboyant. He considers himself to be a high-functioning sociopath.

"All emotions and in particular love stand opposed to the pure, cold reason I hold above all things."
—Sherlock about his feelings.[src]

Sherlock is not observant of other people's feelings, especially after deducing facts about them. For example he was surprised when Molly Hooper reacted angrily to Sherlock's reveal of her boyfriend's homosexuality. At the 2010 Christmas gathering at 221B Baker Street, he mercilessly revealed the Greg Lestrade's wife's adultery, Harry Watson's return to alcoholism and the fact he believed Molly Hooper had a small mouth and breasts.[11]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

  • Deductive reasoning: Sherlock has immense powers of deduction and is able to deduce many facts about a person or situation simply by observing. However these deductions are not always perfectly accurate, such as a wrong gender.[12] He also commonly requires silence and no distractions to aid his thinking.[1]
  • Combat skills: Sherlock has displayed skilled moves in combat. He has disabled a group of trained and armed CIA operatives[2] and survived an encounter with the assassin Zhi Zhu.[13]
  • Mind Palace: Sherlock has a mind palace which he uses to aid his thinking. This memory technique works by visualising an area where you can place memories for safe keeping, then retrieving the memories them later. This Mind Palace proved particularly useful when Sherlock was shot by Mary Watson. Sherlock's Mind Palace, which contained Mycroft HolmesMolly HooperPhilip Anderson and Jim Moriarty, aided Sherlock in his survival from the bullet wound.[3]

AppearancesEdit

Sherlock Holmes has appeared in all Sherlock episodes:

He has also been mentioned on John Watson's blog, Molly Hooper's blog, Connie Prince's website and his own website The Science of Deduction.

Sherlock also appeared in the unaired pilot episode.

Behind the scenesEdit

Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Allusions to Conan Doyle storiesEdit

Sherlock Holmes is based on the character of the same name from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. The two characters bear many similarities, such as:

  • Sherlock lives at 221B Baker Street with John Watson, as did the original Holmes.
  • Sherlock enjoys smoking, though finds the habit hard in a modern London, instead often using nicotine patches. The original Holmes also smoked, commonly from a pipe
    • Sherlock once used three nicotine patches at once, due to the case being a "three patch problem." This alludes to the original Holmes' "three pipe problem."

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 From the Sherlock episode A Study in Pink.
  2. 2.0 2.1 From the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 From the Sherlock episode His Last Vow.
  4. From the Sherlock episode His Last Vow, spoken by Sherlock to John Watson at what was believed to by their last meeting.
  5. From the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia, spoken by Mycroft Holmes to John Watson at Speedy's Cafe.
  6. Redbeard was possibly named after Aruj the corsair, who was commonly known as Barbarossa (Italian for Redbeard). Aruj should not be confused with Emperor Barbarossa.
  7. From the Sherlock episode The Sign of Three, spoken by Molly Hooper to Sherlock.
  8. From the episode The Blind Banker, spoken by Sebastian Wilkes to John Watson.
  9. From the Sherlock episode The Empty Hearse.
  10. From the Sherlock episode Many Happy Returns. The cases in Amsterdam and Brussels are not detailed and are only shown on Philip Anderson's map.
  11. From the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia.
  12. In the Sherlock episode A Study in Pink he presumes Harriet Watson is a male from her name Harry. Additionally in the episode The Empty Hearse he presumed the owner of the chullo is male due to the large head.
  13. From the Sherlock episode The Blind Banker.

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