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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })The literary canon of Sherlock Holmes consists of the fifty-six short stories and four novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle. See Franchise.Sherlock Holmes for more information about the character and the various adaptations of Sherlock Holmes.For tropes found in the novels, visit their work pages. For tropes found in the short stories and general tropes regarding the character, see below.
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The Wicked Stage
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The Wicked Stage: In the story A Scandal in Bohemia, the titular detective is hired by a foreign king to find and steal the evidence of the king's scandalous love affair in case it gets used for blackmail. What makes the affair scandalous is, of course, that it was with an opera singer - a profession only one step at most above actress (Watson's first line calls her "of questionable repute")). Amusingly, in order to retain the scandalous feel of the affair in a more modern setting, the modernised adaptation in Sherlock had to change her from an opera singer to a lesbian dominatrix.
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Dying Clue
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Dying Clue: In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", the last words of a woman who died under mysterious circumstances (an apparently nonsensical rant about the titular speckled band) is the first clue revealed in that case. The last words of the murdered secretary in "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" are also a clue, though what they mean is only discovered at the very end.
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The Unsolved Mystery
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The Unsolved Mystery: In "The Problem of Thor Bridge" Watson mentions at least three cases even Holmes could not solve. He even justifies not publishing them because: "A problem without a solution may interest the student, but can hardly fail to annoy the casual reader." Holmes mentions a few that were unsolved at a time, but that he proceeds to resolve in the current story.
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Dirty Coward
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Dirty Coward: The true criminal in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is scared enough of the consequences of his theft that when an innocent man is accused of the crime he's willing to let the man go to prison. Holmes later exploits this by letting the man go, noting that the case against the innocent man will collapse now that the carbuncle has been found and the true thief is too frightened to ever commit a crime again.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Charles Augustus Milverton is based off of a real life (alleged) blackmailer, Charles Augustus Howell.
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Mistaken for Own Murderer
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Mistaken for Own Murderer: the Twist Ending of "The Man With the Twisted Lip."
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Escort Distraction
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Escort Distraction: In "The Retired Colourman", Holmes takes on a retired painter's case, who wants to know where his wife has gone. A telegram comes from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, so Holmes dispatches Watson and the painter there. However, when they arrive it turns out the message was faked, forcing them to stay the night before returning to London. At the denouement it turns out Holmes was the one who sent the telegram, so as to ensure the painter wouldn't be at home for a full day, allowing Holmes to discover the painter had murdered his wife and her lover by locking them inside a gas chamber.
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Inspector Lestrade
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Inspector Lestrade: The Trope Namer, if not the Trope Maker.
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Ripped from the Headlines
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Ripped from the Headlines: A few stories were based on actual crimes, such as "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"
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On One Condition
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On One Condition: In "The Three Garridebs", a will stipulates that a man with the extremely rare surname Garrideb will inherit a property provided that he can find two other people with the same surname. The property will be split between the three of them. However, just two Garridebs would get nothing. The trope turns out to have been purposefully invoked by the villain, who made the whole thing up for his own purposes.
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Unreliable Narrator
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Unreliable Narrator: Holmes accuses Watson of being one to some extent. Specifically, how Watson ramps up the suspense element instead of the logic, which probably means Holmes' infuriating habit of making Watson wait until the end of the case to hear the solution (and Watson's own cluelessness up to that point) are both narrative inventions of Watson's. Holmes also criticises the general portrayal of himself as an infallible supergenius. Considering Watson openly admits to having mixed up narratives in ordinary conversation at a tense moment (e.g. firing a tiger cub at a double-barreled shotgun rather than vice versa), it could be argued that he accuses himself of being one, too. Many Holmes scholars have noted that people and places Watson gives in his accounts - villages, street names, British nobility, etc simply don't exist. We can only assume that Watson created false names for the sake of client confidentiality, which makes sense since Holmes wouldn't be in demand if all the world knew of his clients' personal problems. The King of Bohemia as described in "A Scandal in Bohemia" is from an entirely fictitious Royal House (The real life king of Bohemia was also king of Hungary, Croatia, and Emperor of Austria) and therefore has to be a stand in for some other European monarch a subject rife for fan speculation, but King Edward VII is the most popular choice. Said King is about to be married to the second Princess of Scandinavia - when Scandinavia was not (and, in fact, has never beennote the famous Kalmar Union united all three crowns of Scandinavia under a common monarch, but the three countries maintained separate administrations, nobility and parliaments, and by the time that began to change Sweden had broken away under a new dynasty) a single country.
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Master Forger
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Master Forger: The crux of events in The Adventures the Three Garridebs is the antagonist, dangerous gunman 'Killer' Evans was in a partnership five years before the story, with one called Prescot, which ended when Evans shot him. Released from prison he attempts to get hold of the fortune in Counterfeit notes Prescot had already made. When caught he even claims he should have received a medal, as even the Bank of England couldn't tell Prescot's notes were fakes.
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Gone Horribly Right
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His experiment with the powder in "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", which quickly becomes a case of Gone Horribly Right. After Watson barely escapes with Holmes in tow, Holmes even lampshades it:
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Actually Not a Vampire
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Actually Not a Vampire: "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire."
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Heterosexual Life-Partners
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Watson and Holmes are ostensibly the ultimate example, though the exact sexualities of both are the topic of much academic debate.
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Framing Device
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Framing Device: Holmes doing his thing is sometimes this to what basically amounts to a Watson-written drama/romance.
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Fingore
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Fingore: "The Engineer's Thumb" begins with an engineer asking Watson for help because his thumb was severed.
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Curtain Camouflage
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Curtain Camouflage: In the adventure "Charles Augustus Milverton", Holmes and Watson break into a blackmailer's house and duck under a curtain when they hear Milverton coming in.
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The Profiler
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The Profiler: Both Holmes and Watson often fancy themselves to be this, sometimes correct and sometimes not.
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Good Is Not Nice
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Good Is Not Nice: Holmes isn't a bad guy, but boy he can be an ass. Made particularly clear in most adaptations.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs", as noted by Watson himself in the introduction.
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Arcadia
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Arcadia: Deconstructed in "The Copper Beeches". On a trip into the countryside, Watson comments on the beauty of the country farmhouses, to which Holmes responds by pointing out that isolation enables criminals and abusers to get away with it much more easily than they could in the crowded city.
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Post-Victory Collapse
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Post-Victory Collapse: Holmes at the beginning of "The Reigate Puzzle".
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Sherlock Holmes quotes Flaubert in the original French in "The Red-Headed League".
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Secret Relationship
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Secret Relationship: This turns out to be at the bottom of "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter"; the missing man is secretly married to a woman of a lower social class, and can't reveal it or his uncle will disinherit him. When she becomes fatally ill, he simply disappears so he can go to her without having to explain.
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Watsonian vs. Doylist
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Watsonian vs. Doylist: Another Trope Namer.
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Suicide, Not Murder
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Suicide, Not Murder: In "The Problem of Thor Bridge", a woman is suspected of murdering her employer's wife; it turns out that the wife committed suicide after planting evidence pointing to the woman she considered her rival, and having devised a method for the murder weapon to be removed from the scene after it had done its work.
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We Help the Helpless
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We Help the Helpless: Holmes sells his services to anyone and everyone, from the poorest pawnbrokers to the wealthiest kings. Helping some of his university classmates with their dilemmas inspired Holmes to do it for a living.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: In "A Case of Identity", this happens because of Holmes' sexism. He thinks it's better not to tell his client that her disappeared fiancé was actually her step-father in disguise, because (according to Holmes) "there is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman". Holmes even agrees with the culprit that—loathsome though Holmes personally finds him—nothing he's done is legally actionable, despite the fact that breach of promise was a serious thing and she would certainly have won a civil suit against him. Holmes does grab a horsewhip to give him a thrashing, though. He only escapes that by running out of the office.
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Defective Detective
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Defective Detective: Holmes' eccentricities are portrayed very differently from more modern depictions of the detective. While the modern Defective Detective can credit much of their forensic skills to their eccentricities, they also at times hinder the detective.
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Insufferable Genius
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Insufferable Genius: While rarely outwardly rude, Holmes wasn't exactly big on humility. He even says at one point: "I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers." (from "The Greek Interpreter")
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: "Killer" Evans, the villain in "The Three Garridebs", claims that he never killed a man who wasn't ready and able to fight back, which is why he went to the trouble of an elaborate con to get what he wants instead of just killing the target and taking it.
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Shipper on Deck
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Shipper on Deck: ("The Adventure of the Copper Beeches") Watson has brief hopes for his friend and Violet Hunter, an independent-minded governess with a remarkable knack for observation. He's disappointed when Holmes loses all interest in the woman after the case is solved.
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Geek Physiques
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Geek Physiques: Holmes is thin as a rake. Mycroft Holmes is the other extreme to his brother, being very fat with hands like flippers.
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Arch-Enemy
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"The Adventure of the Final Problem" (Watson reports the death of Holmes; Professor Moriarty is introduced)
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Shotgun Wedding
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Shotgun Wedding: A literal one in "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist".
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The Edwardian Era
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The Edwardian Era: Some of the late mysteries happened in the early 20th century.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: In "The Abbey Grange" the Asshole Victim is said to have once set his wife's dog on fire.
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Brilliant, but Lazy
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Brilliant, but Lazy: Mycroft is not only an Aloof Big Brother to Sherlock, he's even better at the science of deduction. Subverted in that, while Mycroft is physically lazy, he's actually an extremely hard-working civil servant whose encyclopedic knowledge frequently decides British national policy. Mycroft could easily have been a detective himself, but as he explains in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" he loathes the idea of doing the legwork needed to actually gather the facts he'd need to make his deductions. Some qualification: Mycroft is better at observation and reasoning, but stinks as a detective. His manner of handling the Greek Interpreter case tips off the bad guys big time, who then come back and try to torture the client to death. The point of the story seemed to be that figuring out someone's profession by their left pinky is a cute trick, but it does not a detective make. This might also tie in Sherlock's refusal to learn anything he deems unimportant to his work, like the Earth turning around the Sun or cultural history not related to crime. Meanwhile Mycroft needs to exactly know these little things for his line of work. Sherlock himself may sometimes qualify as this, although his "periods of lethargy" as described by Watson often come closer to full-on manic depression than simple laziness.
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Good Hair, Evil Hair
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Good Hair, Evil Hair: A rather vividly described evil pencil mustache belonging to Baron Gruner, the villain of "The Illustrious Client".
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Hastily Hidden MacGuffin
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Hastily Hidden MacGuffin: In "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons", a stolen pearl is hastily hidden in a plaster bust of Napoleon — one of a set of six, which are then sold to various customers, forcing the thief to seek out and smash them all. In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", a stolen gem is hidden by being force-fed to a live goose.
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The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
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"The Reigate Squire", where thieves broke in a rich landowner's home and made off with "an odd volume of Pope's Homer, two plated candlesticks, an ivory letter-weight, a small oak barometer, and a ball of twine". They actually have nothing to do with the real crime, the burglars were looking for certain legal papers and grabbed random stuff off the desk to make it look like a break-in.
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Born in the Wrong Century: Watson says of Sir Robert Norberton, the antagonist in "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place", that "he is one of those men who have overshot their true generation", being a deplorable scoundrel by modern standards in a way that would have fit right in among the gentry of Regency England.
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Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In "The Crooked Man", a tortured and crippled soldier avoids his old love for fear of her pity.
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Engineered Public Confession: Done twice. Once to get a murder confession in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", once to get the location of a stolen gem in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone".
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: Holmes continually employs these on criminals and clients alike to get what he needs. He's even done it to Watson, counting on the good doctor's sincerity and guileless nature to lure a murderer into a trap in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective". However, since Batman is partly based on Sherlock Holmes, this trope isn't really surprising.
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Deadly Gas
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Curb-Stomp Battle: In "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", the local bully makes the mistake of picking a fight with Holmes while he is gathering information at the pub. Holmes ignores him until the man backhands him. It doesn't end well for the bully.
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Sherlock Scan
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Clothes Make the Legend
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Clothes Make the Legend: Even if the cape and hat were not really in the stories, it's hard to imagine Holmes without them.
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Fainting: When Holmes suddenly reappears after having been thought dead for three years, Watson falls down in a dead faint. "The Naval Treaty" ends with Trevelyan fainting when Holmes presents him with the missing treaty on a silver platter (literally).
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Bittersweet Ending: "A Scandal in Bohemia".
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Mysterious Past: Sherlock Holmes himself. Watson often wondered what set of circumstances could've produced Holmes, and Holmes never gave away anything about his history, larger family (except his brother), or education. We only know he's descended from French artists and British country squires, he went to University for two years, and has a brother, which doesn't even begin to explain all his weirdness. Then again, we actually learn even less about Watson (Father was fairly well off, dead before start of the series, elder brother was a wastrel who wasted his inheritance and drank himself to death) - but of course Holmes has way more strangeness to account for. Explaining Holmes' mysterious past is a common topic in pastiche and fanfiction.
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Overprotective Dad
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Overprotective Dad: Decidedly not Played for Laughs: Several stories feature a father or stepfather forbidding the young lady to go out, usually because she has an independent source of income that goes to the parents while she still lives with them. Steps taken to ensure they remain single include forbidding them to go out, impersonating the daughter to allay suspicion on the fiancé's part, acting the part of fiancé, and outright murder.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Holmes LOVES this trope. Made particulary clear in "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" where he convinces someone to wait for the police (which would take 24 hours to get a warrant) before breaking and entering the house of a conman in search of his kidnapped loved one... only for him and Watson to arrive to the conman's house and hold him at gun point while they search for the kidnapped person.
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Professor Guinea Pig: In "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", Holmes' working hypothesis is that some unusual ashes he discovers become, when burned, a powerful poison. He tests his hypothesis... by burning the ashes while Holmes and Watson sit down and find out if they get poisoned or not. Holmes does take precautions, but even so appears to underestimate the possible potency of the poison, and only quick action by Watson saves both of their lives. The man who introduces Holmes and Watson to each other notes that Holmes would be perfectly willing to inject someone with poison to document its effects... although in fairness, he'd have no problem testing it on himself. Sure enough, at their first meeting Holmes pricks himself without hesitation to have some blood for a forensic test.
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The Strongman
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The Strongman: In "The Veiled Lodger", the wife of a traveling circus had an affair with the circus strongman and conspired with him to murder her abusive husband. He made a club that left wounds similar to a lion's paw, the plan being to crush his skull and blame the lion but it all went wrong, the husband was killed and the lion blamed, but the wife ended up horribly disfigured.
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Worthy Opponent: In The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, we have John Clay in The Red-Headed League, who is so hard to catch that he and Holmes never see each other until the story. This trope kicks in near the end — Clay outright praises Holmes for his arrangements and quick thinking, while Holmes compliments Clay for his excellent scheme and how close it came to succeeding. Furthermore, although Clay is outright rude to Inspector Jones, he bows to Holmes and Watson as he heads off to jail. Irene Adler, the only woman to pwn Holmes to date. She's also succeeded in making him develop feelings for her-he never does so for any of his female clients, and he always refers to her as "The Woman." Also, Professor Moriarty: at their fateful last encounter, gentleman Moriarty lets Holmes write a farewell letter to Watson before starting their fight to the death, and Holmes knows he can trust Moriarty to wait patiently until the letter is finished and not to push him into the nearby falls while his attention is on the paper.
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative: One of the few tidbits Holmes gives about his personal life (in "The Greek Interpreter") is that his grandmother was the sister of a French artist named Vernet (without specifying which of the several French artists with that name it was).
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He keeps it well hidden behind a cold, logical exterior, but Holmes isn't entirely without a heart; it usually expresses itself through his friendship with Watson. "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" presents a particularly striking example.
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Combat Pragmatist
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Combat Pragmatist: An interesting case: Holmes isn't above breaking the law for a good cause, but still averts this trope - the rules of boxing are sacred. Only on one occasion, when dealing with one really nasty scoundrel, does he take out a riding crop and threaten to give him a good thrashing 'round the ears. On the other hand, Watson, who only breaks society's rules in extreme scenarios (which, living with Holmes, has made them not that rare) will just grab a chair or a fire poker and threaten, with complete intent to use it on his opponent. Milverton would also qualify, as he carries a gun around to every negotiation to avoid any physical confrontation. Moriarty is the king of unfair. He doesn't do anything himself, instead dispatching an army of professional killers to pick off his victims in the most sudden, unexpected, and brutal ways. Typically they don't even see it coming. Until, of course, in the final scenes of "The Final Problem" when he's lost everything. He just lunges at Holmes - no weapon, no nothing - with the sole intention of sending Holmes, and probably himself as well, over the Falls.
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Big "WHAT?!": Also a case of Not So Stoic. In "The Man With the Twisted Lip," Holmes has concluded that a young man has most certainly been killed, and arrives to deliver the bad news to his widow, in his most businesslike and sympathetic fashion. Then he learns that she just received a letter from him. His whole reaction is justified (and priceless).
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Compromising Memoirs: A note at the start of one of short stories indicates that there are plenty of people who do NOT want Watson to write these stories. Many others live short lives after Holmes helps them. Conveniently letting Watson tell his tales with impunity.
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Formerly Fit
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Formerly Fit: In "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire", Holmes's client Robert Ferguson. According to Ferguson, Watson himself also qualifies.
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Clueless Mystery
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Clueless Mystery: The series predates the fair play convention. As such, some clues are not announced to the reader at all (e.g. typewriter forensics), or you only receive the act of observation rather than the result of the clue (e.g. tapping something with a stick, but not told the result or what it means). Lampshaded by Holmes in "The Crooked Man".
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Banana Republic
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Banana Republic: A character in "Wisteria Lodge" turns out to be the escaped dictator of a Central American republic named "San Pedro".
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Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook
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Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Mentioned in "The Blue Carbuncle", when Sherlock decides to release the man who stole the title gem: "This fellow will not go wrong again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to jail now, and you make him a jail-bird for life."
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: Quite a few stories end in a situation where every single player in the crime is a victim of another player's gainless vindictiveness; Holmes remarks that it's almost enough to make one lose his faith in God. "The Five Orange Pips": Three people are killed during the story (one shortly after asking Holmes for help). "The Dancing Men": Mr. Cubitt has been murdered by Mr. Slaney, who never got what he wanted and was sentenced to life at labor for it. Mrs. Cubitt lives, but her past has come back to haunt her and she's been widowed. "The Cardboard Box": The culprit, James Browner, killed his wife and her lover and feels that he's going insane from guilt; his wife's sister, who introduced the cheating couple as revenge on Browner for spurning her, comes down with brain fever. "The Final Problem": Holmes is (apparently) Killed Off for Real.
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Wham Line: "The Final Problem" manages to begin with one (or at least, what certainly would have been one for readers at the time of its release):
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I Have This Friend...
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I Have This Friend...: In "Sussex Vampire", the client is an old friend of Watson's who says he's approaching Holmes on behalf of a neighbor with a delicate problem. Holmes isn't fooled for a moment, and is amused when Watson remarks that it's just like his friend to want to help a neighbor.
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Gorgeous Period Dress
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Gorgeous Period Dress The client from "A Scandal In Bohemia" dresses very ostentatiously. In general, Holmes' meticulous observation of clues in people's clothing gave Conan Doyle justified grounds to describe their clothes in detail.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: The stump where the engineer's thumb used to be in the story of that name.
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In "The Solitary Cyclist", a man in love with Holmes's pretty, young client interrupts the story's villain forcing the girl to marry him.
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear: In "The Speckled Band", the villain is killed by his own Animal Assassin after Holmes deflects it from its intended victim. In "Silver Blaze", a man who was apparently murdered with a blunt weapon was actually killed in self-defense by the eponymous racehorse.
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Good Old Fisticuffs
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Good Old Fisticuffs: "The Adventure of Black Peter", "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty", and "The Final Problem".
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No Pronunciation Guide
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No Pronunciation Guide: Adaptations vary in how they pronounce Lestrade's name, it can rhyme with 'hard' or with 'aid'.
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Invincible Hero
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Invincible Hero: Averted, surprisingly. Holmes didn't always win. In "The Five Orange Pips", Holmes freely confesses that he has been beaten four times; three times by men, and once by a woman (which is a Continuity Nod to "A Scandal In Bohemia"). And this was still early in his career. Presumably, those are just the ones where he knew who outsmarted him. In the "Problem of Thor Bridge", Watson mentions his records contain many utter failures. "The Yellow Face" is a whole case about how Holmes nearly screwed the pooch. He ends the case by asking Watson to remind him of this case if it ever seems like he's phoning it in again.
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Affably Evil
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Affably Evil: Professor Moriarty, who is gentlemanly enough to let Sherlock write a farewell note to Watson before their fight in "The Final Problem". Charles Augustus Milverton is another example, as long as he thinks he has the upper hand.
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The Dragon
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The Dragon: Colonel Sebastian Moran to Moriarty, as well as most of his associates.
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Intelligence = Isolation
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Intelligence = Isolation
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Clear Their Name
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Clear Their Name: Ends up happening in roughly a quarter of the stories.
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Moon Logic Puzzle
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Moon Logic Puzzle: While readers may be alerted that some piece of evidence is important, the nature of the evidence might not be known until near the end of the story. Of course, this could be dismissed as an Unreliable Narrator who tells the story from their point of view rather than getting the information from Holmes.
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Call to Agriculture
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Call to Agriculture: Holmes retires to keep bees on the Sussex Downs. In "The Lion's Mane" he writes of "the soothing life of Nature for which [he] had so often yearned", a rather hypocritical statement given Holmes used to describe the countryside as the birthplace of the most horrible crimes.
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TheUriahGambit
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The Uriah Gambit: "The Crooked Man", with the Trope Namer being discussed at the end.
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Animal Assassin
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In "The Speckled Band", the villain is killed by his own Animal Assassin after Holmes deflects it from its intended victim.
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Genius Slob
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Genius Slob: Holmes could very well be the Trope Codifier. While always personally well-kept, Holmes's concept of organisation amounted to keeping his tobacco in the toe of his Persian slipper, his cigars in the coal-scuttle, and his unanswered letters jack-knifed to the mantelpiece, all the while conducting foul-smelling chemical experiments in his study, and even using his sitting-room walls for target practice.
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White and Grey Morality
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Domestic Abuse: The Asshole Victim of "The Abbey Grange" physically and verbally abused his wife regularly, which is why he was killed. The titular character of "The Veiled Lodger" is a woman who was abused by her husband.
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Police are Useless
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Police are Useless: In the early stories, the men of Scotland Yard were a collection of incompetent dullards who'd have trouble catching a cold, much less a criminal. Holmes' dim view of the police was actually Truth in Television at the time, such as fouling up the investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders, and as the real-life police took steps to improve their investigative techniques, their depictions in the stories also improved to the point where Inspector Gregson was praised for his courage and Inspector Lestrade was a more thorough investigator who simply lacked Holmes' Hyper-Awareness. The police were also generally portrayed as having their own merits and being capable of solving the everyday cases that were beneath Holmes' notice. However, in "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge", the country detective Baynes is nearly up to Holmes' standard for observation (finding and analyzing the crumpled note in the fireplace) and tactical cleverness (the false arrest). Holmes handsomely congratulates him, saying "You will rise high in your profession."
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Talk About the Weather
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Talk About the Weather: Lestrade resorts to this once, where the case is very odd and he's not sure he should tell Holmes.
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Kangaroo Court
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Kangaroo Court: Unusually for the trope, The Abbey Grange features a version cooked up in order to release the defendant. Watson-as-jury finds the culprit not guilty (probably by virtue of his acting in immediate self-defence and the defence of an abused woman) and Holmes-as-judge lets him go. He likely would have been found not guilty by a real jury, but none of the three men wanted to see a lady's name dragged into public scandal.
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The Casanova
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The Casanova: Baron Gruner, the villain of "The Illustrious Client" is described as “extraordinarily handsome, with a most fascinating manner, a gentle voice, and that air of romance and mystery which means so much to a woman. He is said to have the whole sex at his mercy and to have made ample use of the fact.”
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Only Friend
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Only Friend: Holmes's idiosyncracies and general lack of interest in other humans except as puzzles ensures that Watson is his entire social circle. In later stories he acquires other contacts that he gets along with, but none so well as Watson.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: The "Great Hiatus" between "The Final Problem" (set in 1891) and "The Empty House" (set in 1894). Canonically, Holmes spent this period traveling the world.
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Combat Medic
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Combat Medic: Watson literally was this before the start of the series; he encounters Holmes after being invalided home from a tour as an army doctor in Afghanistan. He subsequently acts as both doctor and combat support for Holmes.
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" features Joseph Harrison, the brother of Percy Phelps' fiancee stealing an important treaty. He hides it under the floorboards in his bedroom, intending to sell it to the French or Russian Embassies later, but before he can Percy comes home after suffering a nervous breakdown over the treaty's theft. Joseph ends up kicked out of his own room, where Percy goes to rest, and the treaty remains hidden under the floorboards where Joseph can't reach it. This prevents the treaty from being sold long enough for Percy to recover from his fever and enlist the help of Holmes.
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Celibate Eccentric Genius: Holmes one of the most famous examples in English-language media. Mycroft as well (probably).
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "The Lion's Mane", a man dies horribly on the day he was planning to elope with his fiancée. One of the suspects is a friend of the victim's who was in love with the same woman and is assumed to harbor some ill feeling toward his rival. After he is cleared, he explains that, once he was sure she would be happier with his friend he was content to stand aside, and even helped them arrange the elopement.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Holmes is a fairly messed up genius and in early stories was Book Dumb in an odd way - knowing minute details about criminal history and the topics of his monographs but barely knowing how to read a map and uninformed about a variety of other topics. He actually has a logical (even if said logic does hail from the moon) explanation for this - he considers the mind to be like an attic, possessed of a limited amount of space and therefore useless if you throw just any old shit in there. So interesting-but-functionally-useless facts like "the Earth revolves around the sun" have no place in the mind of a consulting detective, but some of the more eclectic applications of chemistry with little practical day-to-day use may well occupy the forefront of his mind for weeks at a time if he thinks it'll solve a case.
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Repulsive Ringmaster
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Repulsive Ringmaster: In "The Veiled Lodger", ringmaster Mr. Ronder was a drinker and a fiend, whom his battered wife and the circus strongman killed and made it look like the circus lion had attacked. The scheme worked too well and Mrs. Ronder barely survived the lion's attack and was disfigured for life.
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Facial Horror
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Facial Horror: The villain of "The Illustrious Client" gets sulfuric acid tossed in his face. Watson provides a garish description of the damage. In "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger", the lodger takes off her veil to show Holmes and Watson. Averted in "The Man With the Twisted Lip"; the "beggar" 's scar was just stage makeup.
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Loser Friend Puzzles Outsiders: The Boscombe Valley Mystery subverts this. Two former Australians, John Turner and Charles McCarthy, are apparently such good friends that John is letting Charles live on his land for half-rent, and there is even talk of their children marrying. McCarthy is actually blackmailing Turner due to a robbery he committed in the past, and the marriage, while mutually agreeable to both children, would have allowed McCarthy to control Turner's money. Similarly, The Gloria Scott has an Old Friend of Trevor Sr. show up as The Thing That Would Not Leave, abusing his position every day until Trevor's son tries to kick him out. It turns out Trevor Sr. was an ex-criminal being blackmailed by the so-called friend.
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A Storm Is Coming
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A Storm Is Coming: "His Last Bow", which was written in 1917 and set in August 1914 just a few days before Britain's entry into World War I, ends with Holmes anticipating what is to come.
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Wilson Kemp's high-pitched giggle that he punctuates every other sentence with in "The Greek Interpreter" fits the bill.
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Purple Prose
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Purple Prose: Holmes accuses Watson's writing style of being this. He's forced to admit that writing it in a decidedly more clinical style does in fact make for a less interesting read.
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Jerkass Has a Point: At the end of "The Noble Bachelor", after explaining to Lord St. Simon that his bride-to-be was already married to a man she truly loved but had believed until recently was dead, hence why she abandoned him at the altar, he invites all the parties to the affair to join him in dinner, hoping that it might aid with reconciling the hard feelings. Lord St. Simon coldly declines and leaves. While Watson has some hard comments about his Lordship's lack of grace, Holmes does acknowledge that he does have a point about not personally finding much to celebrate about recent events, especially as they also mean that he is now denied access to a fortune.
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Techno Babble
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Techno Babble: In "The Missing Three-Quarter", the captain of a rugby team rattles off a massive speech of rugby terms that explains why his team is screwed if Holmes doesn't find his missing three-quarter.
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Inner Monologue Conversation: Holmes does the C. Auguste Dupin version (deducing someone's inner monologue through observing their body language) once just to prove that he's as good as Dupin, though he describes it as "showy and superficial".
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Spicy Latina
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Spicy Latina: Isadora Klein in "The Three Gables" (Spanish), Mrs. Ferguson in "The Sussex Vampire" (Peruvian), and Mrs. Gibson in "Thor Bridge" (Brazilian), are all noted for great beauty and Hot-Blooded personality.
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Dead Person Impersonation
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Dead Person Impersonation: In "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place", Holmes is called to investigate the strange behavior of Lady Beatrice Falder and her brother, Sir Robert Norberton. He discovers that Lady Beatrice had died and Sir Robert had arranged for an impostor to take her place temporarily so that he could secure the family fortunes before her death became known.
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Vehicle-Roof Body Disposal
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Vehicle-Roof Body Disposal: The Ur-Example and Trope Maker is "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans". The killer deposited the corpse on top of a train that was stopped outside the window of the flat where the murder was committed. The body later fell off in the Underground.
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My Greatest Failure
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My Greatest Failure: "The Yellow Face", in which Holmes forms a plausible theory for the solution that turns out to be utterly wrong. Downplayed in that not much actual harm is done as a result, but Holmes still comes out looking humbled (to his credit, he asks Watson to remind him of this if ever he looks to be half-assing a case in the future).
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Christmas Episode
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Christmas Episode: "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle".
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A Foggy Day in London Town
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A Foggy Day in London Town: Foggy weather in London is a trademark of many stories set in late 19th century or early 20th century England, thus Sherlock Holmes' stories as well.
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Understatement
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Holmes occasionally refers to an absorbing case as "not entirely devoid of interest".
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Rodents of Unusual Size
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Several cases are referred to by name, but never explained. For example, "the shocking affair of the Dutch steamship Friesland, which so nearly cost us both our lives", and "the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared."
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Idiot Ball
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In "The Five Orange Pips", Holmes know that the bad guys have killed John Openshaw's uncle and father, and that Openshaw is their next target. But he still tells Openshaw to go back home, unescorted. Unsurprisingly, the bad guys meet him on the way home and kill him. Holmes must've been carrying the Idiot Ball that day, because there is only one other short story besides this where a person who has sought his help gets subsequently killed.
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Recursive Canon
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Recursive Canon: Watson and Holmes are both aware in-universe that Watson is writing and publishing stories about Holmes's career. Holmes disapproves of the sensationalistic tone of Watson's stories.
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The Watson
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The Watson: The Trope Namer. Watson virtually never guesses what is going on or makes a correct deduction of his own, but instead serves to ask the reader's questions and make Holmes look good. Lampshaded by Holmes in "The Blanched Soldier". It's possible Watson even writes things down differently from what actually happened in order to make a better story, something Holmes always reproaches him, but when he finally does it himself realizes Watson had a point.
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Total Party Kill
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Total Party Kill: The fate of all the honest crew on the Gloria Scott and then a second time shortly afterwards, with the mutineers, as well as the entire ship.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Poor Mary throughout most of The Memoirs. Then, in "The Empty House", we're given an indirect indication that the bus crashed.
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Mandatory Unretirement: In "His Last Bow", Holmes, who had retired to the country to raise bees, is revealed to have come out of retirement at the behest of the Prime Minister to catch a German spy. (Doyle wrote one more short story collection later, but in universe, "His Last Bow", set in 1914, is the last Sherlock Holmes story chronologically.)
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Vehicular Kidnapping: In "The Red Circle", the client's husband is kidnapped by a group of toughs who ambush him in the street and drag him into a horse-drawn cab. He's later released when the kidnappers realize they've got the wrong man, but the strange event is what draws Holmes into the mystery.
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Remember the New Guy?: Professor Moriarty is introduced in "The Final Problem", written after two novels and two prior short story collections, as the archnemesis Holmes has been hunting for years.
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Sounding It Out
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Sounding It Out: Inverted: Watson will ask Holmes what a letter says, and rather than tell him, Holmes will hand it over so the full text can appear in Watson's narration.
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Later Installment Weirdness: The last book of stories (which were previously always written in first person from Watson's POV) feature two stories narrated by Sherlock Holmes himself (though still presented as his memoirs), one that was basically a play, and one in third-person narration.
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Horsing Around: The Reveal in "Silver Blaze".
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Breakout Villain
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Breakout Villain: Professor Moriarty is a classic.
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The Alcoholic
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When Sir Eustace, a drunken wife beater is killed by his wife's former sweetheart, few tears are shed.
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Functional Addict
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Functional Addict: Holmes uses cocaine when bored between cases. In a later story Watson implies that he eventually started becoming less functional, which prompted him to finally give the drug up. Watson himself has a mild gambling addiction.
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Wall of Weapons: The decor at Hurlstone from "The Musgrave Ritual" is mostly old wall-mounted trophy weapons. "The Crooked Man"'s death takes place in a former Indian colonel's home, so the presumed murder weapon is believed to have come from there.
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Chairman of the Brawl: Watson has his moment in "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton."
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Year Zero
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Year Zero: Holmes is revealed to be 60 years old during 1914 which effectively gave him a birth year (1854) and an age (27) during A Study in Scarlet (March 4, 1881). Similarly, Watson's date of graduation from medical school (1878) gives him a birth year of either 1852 or 1853 and an age (probably 28, possibly 29) in A Study In Scarlet, assuming he did not take time off during his education.
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Small Role, Big Impact
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Small Role, Big Impact: Ronald Adair in “The Adventure of the Empty House”. It’s heavily implied that he caught his card partner Colonel Moran cheating and threatened to expose him unless he resigned his membership. Since Moran relied on his cheating as income, he murdered Adair. The unique circumstances (such as the bullets) tip off Holmes, creating a situation where he could put Moran away for good and return to London, starting off the third set of short stories: The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
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Rail Enthusiast
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Rail Enthusiast: Watson can recite the rail schedules off the top of his head.
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Police Procedural
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Police Procedural: Sherlock Holmes, a private detective, is seldom described doing the same procedure exactly the same way. He is also wildly inconsistent on whether or not he does detailed interviews of witnesses. The police, who do follow a set procedure, generally don't get the job done.
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Plucky Girl
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Plucky Girl: Violet Hunter from "Copper Beeches", whose own inquisitiveness uncovers all the clues needed to solve the mystery, and who single-handedly locks Mrs. Toller in the cellar to give Holmes and Watson the opportunity to search the house.
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Psycho Serum: In "The Adventure of the Creeping Man", the title character is revealed to be taking a rejuvenating serum derived from monkeys, which as a side effect causes him to take on the attributes of a monkey.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: The Baker Street Irregulars are called on in the first two novels, and are never seen again. The authorized pastiche The House of Silk endeavors to explain this. Toby, the tracking dog who Holmes claimed to be more useful than all of Scotland Yard, was introduced in "The Sign of Four" and was never mentioned again. Another dog was unsed in "The Missing Three Quarter".
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Badass Boast: Moriarty to Sherlock in The Final Problem. To which Holmes counters that he would gladly accept the latter in order to bring about the former.
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Females Are More Innocent: This could be the Trope Codifier, as Sherlock Holmes never brought any woman to justice. He would always either allow them to escape or make sure no charges were filed against them. (Though in one case, letting a female culprit escape meant leaving her to the mercies of her dime-store sociopath of a boyfriend.) This courtesy was sometimes extended to men, if they were sufficiently Justified Criminals (or if they had a female accomplice, or on one occasion because the culprit was repentant and it was Christmastime).
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Inside Job: In "Silver Blaze", two of Holmes' hints are "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" (it was completely silent) and the fact that powdered opium was put in a dish spicy enough to hide its taste. A dog would not have kept silent had it sensed an intruder, nor could an outsider have arranged for a spicy dish to be served on that particular night, so the trope must be in effect.
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Truth in Television
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Truth In Literature: Doyle himself would go on to investigate, Sherlock Holmes style, the cases of two men who had been wrongly imprisoned and found the evidence to set them free. The examination of a victim's clothes for clues and the use of plaster to make impressions of marks on the ground was first done in the stories and later became real-life procedure.
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Couldn't Find a Lighter: In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", Holmes uses a hot coal from the fireplace to light his pipe.
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Sharp-Dressed Man: Holmes liked to dress well and, as noted above, in the books would never wear countrywear in the city.
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Villain with Good Publicity: No one could believe Moriarty was a master criminal even when "The Final Problem" was published. According to Watson he only published an account of his dear friend's death because, thanks to Moriarty's brother, people still didn't believe he was guilty. Moriarty was described by an Inspector as being "a very respectable, learned, and talented sort of man" and even went as far as saying that "When he put his hand on my shoulder as we were parting, it was like a father's blessing before you go out into the cold, cruel world." Holmes couldn't help but chuckle at the irony.
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Your Cheating Heart
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Your Cheating Heart: Provides the motive for murder in "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box". James Browner kills his wife and her lover.
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Took a Level in Jerkass
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Took a Level in Jerkass: Sherlock Holmes pretty famously became a bigger asshole than he ever was before from "The Empty House" and onward. Given that Doyle hadn't wanted to resurrect the character, it's hard not to see this change as a result of his bitterness.
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Overshadowed by Awesome: Watson, who is intelligent and capable in his own right; he just pales in comparison to Holmes.
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Finger in the Mail: "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" has a pair of ears placed in a box but delivered to the wrong person.
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Private Detective
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Private Detective: One of the first to popularize the genre. However, Holmes describes himself as a Consulting Detective, which he claims is different than an ordinary Private Eye— he takes the cases that are too hard for the Police Detectives and Private Investigators.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: Several times; see the Asshole Victim entry above.
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GPS Evidence
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GPS Evidence: Hey, Holmes wrote that monograph on the many types of tobacco ash for a reason. He put that special sort of attention to detail to use, too; he could tell exactly where mud on someone's shoes came from, and used the info.
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Femme Fatale: The King of Bohemia tries to give the impression that Irene Adler is one, helped along by her profession as an opera singer in a time when "actress" was frequently synonymous with "prostitute," and Watson refers to her as "of dubious and questionable memory." However, she has none of the usual earmarks of the trope, particularly not regarding using sexuality to manipulate men.
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Karmic Death
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Karmic Death: Many throughout the stories, but notably the murder of the blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton. Both Holmes and Watson saw it happen and decided to protect the murderer, who was one of Milverton's victims (the fact that Holmes and Watson were burglarizing Milverton's home at the time would also complicate matters).
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Pinkerton Detective
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Pinkerton Detective: In "The Red Circle" one has come from America to catch an Italian criminal.
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Forehead of Doom
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Forehead of Doom: Moriarty has one, and given the contemporary belief in phrenology he mocks Holmes for not measuring up.
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Detective Patsy
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Detective Patsy: In "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman", the title character hires Holmes to determine what became of his runaway wife, only for Holmes to prove that he murdered her himself. Mentioned as a possibility in "The Problem of Thor Bridge". A man hires Holmes to prove that the woman he loves is innocent of a murder she has been accused of, and more than one person expresses the belief that he's so confident she didn't do it because he did it himself. This turns out not to be the case, however.
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Bluff the Impostor: In "The Three Garridebs", Holmes tests John Garrideb by asking after a supposed old friend who used to be mayor in the town Garrideb claims as his home. Garrideb replies that the man is still honored back home, instead of calling Holmes out for making the man up, showing that he's lying about his background.
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Victorian London
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Victorian London: The setting for most of the original mysteries.
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Busman's Holiday
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Busman's Holiday: In both "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire" and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot," Holmes takes a country holiday with express orders to relax, then ends up solving crimes anyway.
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Leeroy Jenkins
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Leeroy Jenkins: In "The Gloria Scott", Hudson was fairly certain that the first mate didn't set off the gunpowder that wrecked the ship, but one of the mutineers with bad aim.
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Bus Crash
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Bus Crash: Mary Watson's death is only hinted at, by Watson's oblique reference in "The Empty House" to "my own sad bereavement", and Holmes' advice that "Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson," although it's fairly clear that she must be in some way absent given that Watson moves back in with Holmes in the next story.
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Faux Affably Evil: Baron Gruner of "The Illustrious Client", whose manner is described as "most affable... a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea with all the cruelty of the grave behind it." Holmes clarifies that Gruner's affability is that of "a purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice." Wilson Kemp in "The Greek Interpreter" has a nervous giggle that is presumably an attempt to put the person he's speaking to at ease but instead just makes him seem even slimier, creepier and more threatening. His confederate Harold Latimer is also constantly making barely-veiled threats in a softly-spoken, seemingly polite manner.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Though he only appears in one story, Professor Moriarty is stated to have been behind many of the other cases that Holmes solved prior to their encounter in "The Final Problem," including the plot of The Valley of Fear (in which Holmes attempts to prevent Moriarty's agents from committing a murder).
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Uncertified Expert: The criminal of The Dying Detective is stated by Holmes to be an expert in tropical diseases, not because he's a doctor, but because his plantations in southeast Asia put him in daily contact with them. This allows him to kill his victims with diseases the average London doctor (including Watson) has never heard of.
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In the Blood
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In the Blood: Holmes states that his amazing deductive skills and genius is hereditary, he and his brother both possessing them. He theorized it might have been because they were descended from the famous Vernet line of French painters. Interestingly, Vernet really did have a sister, who did have a few children, one of which would've had to have been a Holmes parent, legitimately or otherwise. Holmes also believes that Moriarty turned out evil because of "hereditary tendencies of the darkest kind" magnified by his incredible natural genius.
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Cane Fu
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Cane Fu: Holmes is an expert singlestick player.
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Throw the Dog a Bone
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Throw the Dog a Bone: Very occasionally, Watson is allowed to figure things out for himself. For instance, in "The Norwood Builder" Holmes performs a Sherlock Scan on their client, and Watson knows how Holmes reached his conclusions before Holmes tells him.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Swiss messenger who lures Watson away in "The Final Problem" was formerly the trope namer.
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The Family That Slays Together
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The Family That Slays Together: In "The Abbey Grange", it's mentioned that there's a gang called the Randalls, who are a father and two sons and are thought to have committed the murder of Sir Eustace Brackenstall. They turn out to be a Red Herring.
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart: Moriarty to Holmes. In fact, Moriarty is probably one of the most well-known examples of this archetype.
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Public Secret Message
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Public Secret Message: Multiple examples. Conan Doyle seemed to like this one. In "The Adventure of the Red Circle", someone places ads in the London Daily Gazette' "agony column" to send secret messages. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" also features messages in an agony column as a clue, this time in the Daily Telegraph. In "The Adventure of the Dancing Men", a series of dancing stick figures appeared in several locations visible to anyone who passed by. Holmes decides the figures represent letters and decodes the message.
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Whole Episode Flashback
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Whole Episode Flashback: "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" and "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott" have Holmes recounting cases from before he met Watson.
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Glowing Gem
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Glowing Gem: "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle".
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Death by Woman Scorned
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Eduardo Lucas maintains one in France. This proves to be his undoing.
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You Make Me Sick
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You Make Me Sick: Oddly, in Holmes' brief Take That! review of Monsieur Lecoq, the 1868 detective novel by Émile Gaboriau: "That book made me positively ill."
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The Summation
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Watson's friend Percy ejaculates every third paragraph in The Summation of "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty".
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Bewildering Punishment
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Bewildering Punishment: Watson thinks one man guilty because he does not profess this at being arrested; Holmes points out that he must have realized that the evidence was against him, and his behavior before the murder had been unfilial.
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Too Clever by Half
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Too Clever by Half: Brunton, the butler from "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual".
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Genius Thriller
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Genius Thriller: One of the Ur Examples, probably the Trope Codifier.
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Rule of Drama
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Rule of Drama: Lampshaded — Holmes mildly disapproves of the way Watson relates the cases so as to prioritise their suspense rather than coolly laying out the logic by which they were solved, but they agree to disagree. Once Holmes takes to narrating his own adventures, he's confronted with the same problem.
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Wife-Basher Basher
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Wife-Basher Basher: The true killer in The Abbey Grange, which leads Holmes to let him go after he confesses privately and offers to face arrest if it would protect the woman he had been defending.
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Not So Stoic
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Not So Stoic: Holmes in "The Three Garridebs", after Watson gets hurt. There are a few minor examples of Holmes' unshockable demeanour being cracked by a sufficiently out-of-the-blue revelation: "The Adventure if the Noble Bachelor," when Watson reads that the bride went missing; "The Second Stain," when Watson tells him he won't be able to talk to one of his suspects, because he's dead; and "The Man with the Twisted Lip," when the wife of a man thought to be dead announces she's just had a letter from him. Holmes's initial exclamation after Watson saves his life after the near-disastrous experiment with the powder in "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" is specifically noted as a case of this by Watson.
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Separated by a Common Language
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Separated by a Common Language "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" uses this for a plot point. Holmes is able to divine from the spelling of the word "plow" (in British English, "plough") and a couple of vocabulary choices that an advertisement purportedly from an Englishman is actually from an American. Used for humor in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" In "His Last Bow", Holmes, who has disguised himself as an Irish-American, expresses his contempt for American vocabulary (according to von Bork, "he seems to have declared war on the King's English as well as the English King").
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I Should Write a Book About This
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I Should Write a Book About This: And Holmes berates Watson for doing so.
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Real Fake Wedding
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Real Fake Wedding: Inverted in "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", where the groom claims the pastor (and therefore the wedding) was legitimate. Holmes replies that even if the pastor was real (doubtful at best) the forced wedding won't hold up in court.
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My Card
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My Card: Common due to the Victorian setting.
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Sherlock Can Read
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Sherlock Can Read: The Trope Namer - In "The Adventure of the Yellow Face", Sherlock Holmes stuns the client of the day by giving his name before he'd introduced himself.
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Scare 'em Straight
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Scare 'em Straight: This trope is Lampshaded by Holmes when he lets James Ryder go in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". Holmes notes that Ryder is already a nervous wreck after everything he's been through, and that he's too scared to ever commit a crime again. Putting Ryder in jail would only making him a jailbird for life, but letting him go after very nearly being ruined will keep him from ever doing wrong again. In any event, the greater good would be served since Holmes would be able to ensure the man Ryder framed would be found innocent of the crime.
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Detectives Follow Footprints
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Detectives Follow Footprints: In fact, Holmes has perfected it to a science and claims to have published several papers on the subject.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the "Red-Headed League", if John Clay had kept the League running for two more weeks as a cover, Jabez Wilson would not have gotten suspicious and gone to Holmes, who in turn would not have able to foil his heist. Similarly, in "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", Jonas Oldacre's plan to frame Mc Farlane for killing him was so good that even Holmes believed Mc Farlane might have done it; he only realized the truth when Oldacre tried to plant additional evidence against Mc Farlane, in the form of a bloody thumbprint on the wall of Oldacre's main hall, when Holmes knew for a fact there hadn't been such a mark there the day before.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: In "The Illustrious Client", Watson has this reaction when he sees the headline "Murderous Attack upon Sherlock Holmes". He's so shocked and horrified he forgets to pay the newspaper vendor.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Sherlock Holmes himself, a trait that has proved popular in the many, many adaptations.
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You Do Not Have to Say Anything
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You Do Not Have to Say Anything: In "The Norwood Builder" Lestrade tells a suspect that “I am bound to warn him that anything he may say will appear in evidence against him.” In "The Dancing Men" another policeman reads the same warning to a suspect.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: "It is simplicity itself." and "You know my methods." Holmes occasionally refers to an absorbing case as "not entirely devoid of interest".
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Pinned to the Wall
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Pinned to the Wall: In "The Adventure of Black Peter", the eponymous Black Peter is found pinned to the wall of a shed by a harpoon.
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Retcon
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Retcon: Remember that for seven years after "The Final Problem" was published, Holmes was dead, then Arthur Conan Doyle's publishers offered him enough money that he wrote "The Empty House". It is implied that Watson does this all the time to avoid lawsuits. "The Adventure Of The Second Stain" is first mentioned in "The Adventure Of The Naval Treaty". Watson recounts how it involved so many of Britain's highest noble families, and involved Holmes explaining the true solution to the French detective M. Dubuque and the German detective Fritz Von Waldbaum. The version of "The Adventure Of The Second Stain" that is actually published is a completely different story (while French and German characters are named, they're foreign agents living in London and have no bearing on the case).
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Obfuscating Insanity
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Obfuscating Insanity: Holmes himself, in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective".
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Noodle Implements
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Noodle Implements: "The Reigate Squire", where thieves broke in a rich landowner's home and made off with "an odd volume of Pope's Homer, two plated candlesticks, an ivory letter-weight, a small oak barometer, and a ball of twine". They actually have nothing to do with the real crime, the burglars were looking for certain legal papers and grabbed random stuff off the desk to make it look like a break-in. "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger" opens with a threat to whoever has been attempting to steal Watson's papers that if the attempts continue, he'll publicise the full details regarding "the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant". Occasional references are made to Noodle Clues from unpublished cases, such as one Holmes solved by winding a dead man's watch, or another solution based on how far some parsley had sunken into the butter on a hot daynote This could plausibly provide information as to how long ago the parsley landed on the butter, which could help construct a timeline of events, but there weren't enough other pieces of information to say why this was so important.
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High-Heel–Face Turn
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High-Heel–Face Turn: In "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" there is a female character involved with the villain who ends up helping the heroes.
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Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training
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Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: In the first story, it's revealed that Holmes has no literary knowledge beyond modern crime literature, and when Watson explains the makeup of the solar system to him, he is interested, but immediately comments that he will "do his best to forget it." Why? Because Holmes reasons that there is only so much you can hold in your head, and he needs only what is required for his profession. This was later ignored by Doyle. Despite apparently having nil knowledge of literature, Holmes is able to quote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the original and is familiar with Thomas Carlyle. Perhaps Holmes just had one of those "famous quote each day" novelty calendars? Then again, he's explicitly said once that he will read some Petrarch; and he's known to have discussed some strictly linguistical problems with no possible bearing on any crime whatsoever.
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"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", Watson tells us that Mr. Rucastle was an invalid for the rest of his life and that Violet Hunter got a successful start elsewhere. Other stories also have one or two paragraphs about what happened to key figures in them (others have a throwaway line at the beginning saying said figures are dead, so their story can now be made available to the public).
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Victoria's Secret Compartment
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Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Mrs. Trelawney Hope keeps the second key to her husband's dispatch case in "The Second Stain", and Milverton's visitor kept her gun in his self-titled story.
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: Holmes, while being a practiced marksman, swordsman and fist-fighter (but also a few other combat sports, such as Singlestick), also does not lack good old brute strength either. On one occasion, a client's relative threatens Holmes and Watson to back off an assignment. To intimidate them, he grabs an iron poker from beside the fireplace, and bends it with his bare hands. After he left, Holmes takes the same poker and bends it back into shape!
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Don't compare Holmes to any other detective, even a fictional one. Holmes also appears to really, really despise blackmailers; most of the Asshole Victim characters whose murderers he refused to expose unless he needed to save an innocent were blackmailers, the remainder mostly being abusive drunks.
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In Love with the Mark
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In "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", the young lady who seeks Holmes' help was hired by Mr. Carruthers, a rich widower, to be a live-in music teacher for his daughter. Carruthers turns out to have been part of a scam to inherit Violet's fortune, but he fell In Love with the Mark and comes to her rescue near the end. Of course, the lady in question was already engaged at the time (to a character who does not actually appear in the case) and had no interest in acquiring another suitor.
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Unexpected Inheritance
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Unexpected Inheritance: A major part of "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist". A fake one is used in "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" and "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder".
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: The stories can be read in any order (with a very few notable exceptions like The Final Problem and The Empty House). And after the first few stories, they aren't all set in the order they were written in, anyway. Conan Doyle deliberately wrote them like this so that readers would not quit following the series just because they had missed a story or two.
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Subverted Trope
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Interestingly subverted in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery." Charles McCarthy was actually the victim of an Australian stagecoach robbery, and then decades later the victim of murder, both by the same man. In the intervening time, however, he'd been blackmailing his eventual murderer to such a degree and with such cruelty that this trope easily applies.
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Chaste Hero
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Chaste Hero or Celibate Hero: Holmes. He views romance and sex as a distraction, though it is implied he develops feelings for a couple of the women he encounters. And then there's his relationship with Watson...
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Generic Doomsday Villain
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Generic Doomsday Villain: Professor James Moriarty was pretty much created solely to kill off Holmes in "The Final Problem."
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Holmes is not only a brilliant detective, but also an innovative forensic scientist, good violinist, and a formidable martial artist who is strong enough to bend an iron poker with his bare hands — and unbend it again afterwards, the harder task. In "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet", he actually mentions that he has exceptional strength in his fingers.
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Opium Den: Watson goes to one in "The Man With the Twisted Lip" to retrieve a friend who has become an opium addict. He there finds Holmes, who is there on a different case.
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Let's See YOU Do Better!
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Lets See You Do Better: combined with an invoked dose of Surprise Difficulty for Holmes at the beginning of "The Blanched Soldier", one of the few stories in the canon narrated from the perspective of Holmes himself. After challenged by Watson to try it himself after one-too-many derisive comments and dismissive put-downs about Watson's writing, Holmes is forced to concede that turning one of his investigations into a narrative that people actually want to read is a lot harder than he gave Watson credit for.
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: Originated in Sidney Paget's illustrations, and has become a fixture of the character's pop-cultural image, even if he only wore it once.
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Brain Fever
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Brain Fever: Used in several Sherlock Holmes stories, including "The Copper Beeches" in which a girl's stepfather pesters her about her inheritance until she gets brain-fever; "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" in which a man is ill for nine weeks after a treaty is stolen from under his nose; and "The Crooked Man", where the dead man's wife is conveniently rendered insensible after witnessing her husband's sudden death.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Holmes often tosses off a pithy quotation at the end of the early stories. Goethe is a favorite source. In "the Cardboard Box" Holmes mentions a "sketch by Poe" about a detective executing a particularly impressive Sherlock Scan to read the train of thought of his companion by his body language, and goes on to show that he's capable of doing it too. This is a reference to The Murders in the Rue Morgue, often considered the Trope Maker of the detective genre (and, evidently, of the Sherlock Scan).
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Setting up culprits to incriminate themselves, Holmes never lets Watson or the police in on what he's planning. Often, they (and readers) don't even have any idea which culprit he's expecting will show up. Note that "A Scandal in Bohemia", Holmes' most well-known failure to catch a culprit, involves Holmes telling Watson and his client his plan in exact detail, only for it to be foiled. Similarly, "The Yellow Face" has Holmes give Watson his conclusion regarding the mysterious masked man's identity before the end of the story, and later proven wrong (it's not the woman's dead husband but their daughter). This being the case that Holmes asks Watson to remind him of if ever he starts taking things too lightly.
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I Will Wait for You: Deliberately invoked in "A Case of Identity".
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In "Black Peter", the victim, an old sea captain, is harpooned through the chest with such force that he is pinned against the wall.
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Self-Deprecation: "How Watson Learned the Trick" an original short story (very short, 503 words) written by Conan Doyle himself but not generally considered part of the Sherlock Holmes canon. In it, Watson decides to uses Holmes's own methods of deductive reasoning against him, employing his own Sherlock Scan to deduce what Holmes is up to based on a single glance while at breakfast. After congratulating him, Holmes ends the story by explaining how Watson is totally wrong.
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Series Continuity Error: Sometimes Watson's war wound is in his shoulder, and sometimes it's in his leg. In "The Adventure of the Twisted Lip", Mary Watson calls her husband "James". In "The Final Problem", Watson doesn't know who Moriarty is, so Holmes has to explain it to him. However, in "The Valley of Fear", which was written after "The Final Problem" but takes place before it, Holmes already informs him about Moriarty and his terrible deeds, so Watson should've known about him in "The Final Problem". Of course, since "The Final Problem" is an account by Watson and he knows it will be the reader's first encounter with Moriarty, so there's no reason he couldn't insert a "fictitious" section introducing Moriarty for our benefit. In the "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty", Watson refers to another case he hasn't yet written about, "The Adventure of the Second Stain". He mentions some interesting facts about the case, specifically that the case "implicates so many of the first families in the kingdom that for many years it will be impossible to make it public", and that it involved "Monsieur Dubuque of the Paris police, and Fritz von Waldbaum, the well-known specialist of Dantzig, both of whom had wasted their energies upon what proved to be side-issue". "The Adventure of the Second Stain" was finally published 11 years later, but it turns out that only one "first family" was implicated in the case, and there's no mention of Dubuque or Waldbaum in the story, nor does it seem very likely that anyone in Paris or Dantzig was ever involved in investigating the case.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: ...or maybe just karma. Either way, the murderers of "The Five Orange Pips" meet a sudden end, shortly after Holmes vows revenge.
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Blindfolded Trip
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Blindfolded Trip: In both "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" and "The Greek Interpreter", Holmes' client was bundled into a carriage that they could not see out of and driven to an unknown destination.
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"The Final Problem": Holmes is (apparently) Killed Off for Real.
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Of the Spontaneous Eloquent Monologue type. Watson notes that several passages have been edited for clarity to avoid repetitions and hesitations by clients.
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Muscles Are Meaningless: Not entirely, but Holmes is very thin yet surprisingly strong. For example in "The Speckled Band", he laments that Dr. Grimsby Roylett left before Holmes could show him that he could bend the fireplace poker (which Roylett bent into a curve) back into its original form.
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Forensic Drama
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Forensic Drama: Holmes simply explains all of his forensic analysis at the end, with the reader seldom privy to intermediate steps.
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Treasure Map
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Treasure Map: "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual". However, given that the map's directions gave the starting point derived from the shadow of one tree when the sun was above a second tree as they were nearly two and a half centuries before the map was used (They would have grown, changing both the angle of the sun and the length of the object casting the shadow - given that they weren't the same kind of tree, they might not have grown at the same rate, further complicating the issue), and the directions were given in the highly inaccurate paces (Holmes has noted that the length of a man's pace is directly related to his height many times, and the idea that Holmes' legs are the same length as the legs of the man who made the map is a bit of a stretch, even if it was noted the man who followed the map was rather tall), the fact that they actually found the treasure is rather surprising.
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Bad People Abuse Animals: In "Copper Beeches", the Rucastle's child has a fondness for trapping and torturing small birds and mammals, and his father is particularly proud of his son's skill in squashing cockroaches. Holmes takes this as evidence of Rucastle Sr's malicious nature, noting that streaks of cruelty are often passed from parent to child.
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Hyper-Awareness: One of the ways Holmes takes after C. Auguste Dupin is his belief in the powers of real observation, and as such, typically nothing gets past him.
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Hoist by His Own Petard: In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", Dr. Grimesby Roylott is bitten by the poisonous snake he intended to use to murder his stepdaughter Helen. Holmes plays an indirect role in Dr. Roylott's death by attacking the snake with his cane and driving it back through the vent with Roylott on the other side, but notes that he's unlikely to feel much remorse over it. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", when Jephro Rucastle is maimed by the starved mastiff he releases to kill his imprisoned daughter. Particularly appropriate, as he was the one who ordered the dog starved and imprisoned the girl. In "Silver Blaze", the killer is revealed at the end to be the titular horse, whom the victim intended to make lame after betting against it.
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There Should Be a Law: Holmes' reaction to the perpetrator, who has technically broken no law, in "A Case of Identity."
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Absence of Evidence
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Absence of Evidence: In the story "Silver Blaze", Sherlock Holmes points out the vital non-clue of a dog failing to react to a mysterious visitor... when a guard dog doesn't bark at an intruder it generally means it's someone he doesn't think is an intruder at all. The scene where Holmes points this out serves as the page quote for the trope. The absence of certain valuable deeds is a vital clue in "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder."
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: Moriarty and Sherlock.
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Inconveniently Vanishing Exonerating Evidence: In "The Problem of Thor Bridge", a woman commits suicide using an elaborate method that disposes of the weapon, having already planted evidence that will frame the woman she considered a rival.
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Ensemble Dark Horse
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Irene Adler's claim to fame, canonically, is that she actually noticed Holmes' ploy, saw through his disguise, deduced who he was - and then, just to be sure, disguised herself as a man, sped to his address in time to watch him laughing his way up the steps into 221B Baker Street, still in the disguise he'd just used on her. She then walks past, wishing him good night and using his name. Holmes himself, still drunk on how smart he is, fails to realize he's in disguise and a stranger on the street just called him by name. A fandom was born.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: Recurring characters Mycroft Holmes, Irene Adler and Lestrade all have their own authorized series of non canonical books, with varying degrees of success.
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Breakout Character: Mycroft Holmes and Irene Adler come up more times in adaptations than they ever do in the actual stories: Mycroft only appears in three ("The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans") whereas Irene only appears in "A Scandal in Bohemia" and is referenced indirectly in a Continuity Nod in "The Five Orange Pips".
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Acid Attack
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Acid Attack: In "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client", Watson describes in detail what happened to a particularly nasty Asshole Victim after one of his former lovers threw vitriol in his face. The court, after learning the circumstances, had decided to give her as light a slap on the wrist as was legally possible.
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Thanatos Gambit: In "The Problem of Thor Bridge", the wife, jealous of the governess that her husband has fallen in love with, rigs up an elaborate suicide that is intended to frame the governess for murder.
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Orgy of Evidence: In "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", there is already considerable evidence incriminating the suspect in the eyes of the police, but the clincher is a bloody thumbprint of the suspect on the wall. Holmes finds this suspicious, especially as he had carefully searched that hall the day before, and there had been no bloody thumbprint there, making the clue in his eyes proof that it was a setup.
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Contrived Coincidence: Holmes refuses to believe this trope in "The Second Stain" when he is investigating the disappearance of a politician's document and the murder of a Knowledge Broker is reported. The murder took place not far from the house where the paper was stolen, during a period of time when the theft could have taken place. It turns out that the Knowledge Broker blackmailed the politician's wife into stealing it for him, and she left his house just before the murder, passing the murderer as they entered.
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Locked Room Mystery: "The Speckled Band", in which the victim is killed while locked inside her room.
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Old Friend: After being essentially absent for 6 books, Tobias Gregson treats Holmes like one when they meet up in "The Adventure of the Red Circle".
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The Von Trope Family
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The Von Trope Family: Von Bork, the German spy in His Last Bow.
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Cat Scare
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Cat Scare: A cat scares the crap out of Watson as he and Holmes are sneaking through the house of "Charles Augustus Milverton".
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Sentenced to Down Under
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Sentenced to Down Under: This is what happened to a character in "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott". However, he and his fellow convicts rebel and seize control of the ship before they reach Australia.
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Extremely Cold Case
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Extremely Cold Case: "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual". In the course of investigating a present-day disappearance, Holmes solves a mystery dating back to the English Civil War.
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Slave to PR
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Slave to PR: The Duke of Holdernesse in "The Adventure of the Priory School", who would rather leave his young son in the hands of kidnappers than allow his family unhappiness become public.
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Famous-Named Foreigner
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Famous-Named Foreigner: In "The Adventure of the Creeping Man", there is a Czech character named Dvorak. A. Dvorak.
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Giggling Villain
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Giggling Villain: The bad guy that has kidnapped and tortured a victim in "The Greek Interpreter" has an unsettling giggling laugh.
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Last-Name Basis: Sherlock and Dr. Watson even after living with and knowing each other for decades only address each other by their surnames. Men of their social class would be expected to do so in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The only person who calls Sherlock by his first name is his brother Mycroft.
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Animal Motifs
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Animal Motifs: Lestrade is often described as having bulldog or weasel-like features, usually depending on whether he thinks he's beaten Holmes to the punch. Holmes himself is often compared to a hunting hound when he's hard on the trail of a criminal.
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Insistent Terminology: Private Consulting Detective.
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Flanderization: Inverted in the sense that the official police detectives were often portrayed as inept bunglers in the early stories, but later cases recognized their own merits and otherwise had them contribute to the case in their own ways. Sadly, many adaptations reverse this process, especially on poor Lestrade.
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Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. Doyle (unsurprisingly given that he was a doctor) accurately treats Watson's wound in Afghanistan as highly physically debilitating. Unfortunately, he could rarely remember exactly where the wound was... And then there's the time in "The Three Garridebs" when it was only a flesh wound, giving us a heartwarming moment when we see Holmes really and truly frightened at the thought of Watson being hurt.
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Ambiguous Disorder: Holmes is perhaps the most well known example of this trope, and it could even be considered a staple of the character. He has a knowledge of crime that would put The Other Wiki to shame, and yet is unaware that the earth revolves around the sun, believes that the human memory can only hold a certain amount of information until it's full (though it seems that he later rejects this belief), suffers from "periods of lethargy", and is a casual cocaine user.
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Cramming the Coffin: In "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax", the villains are too squeamish to commit murder outright, so they chloroform Lady Frances and hide her in the coffin containing the body of her old nurse, which is due to be buried the next day.
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Love Martyr: Watson to Holmes, essentially. For every Friendship Moment, there are many more instances of Holmes deliberately making him feel like an idiot or asking him for a favor and then criticizing the way he does it, but Watson is eternally loyal and says that a single sign of affection from Holmes is worth all the grief he puts up with.
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Marry the Nanny: In "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", the young lady who seeks Holmes' help was hired by Mr. Carruthers, a rich widower, to be a live-in music teacher for his daughter. Carruthers turns out to have been part of a scam to inherit Violet's fortune, but he fell In Love with the Mark and comes to her rescue near the end. Of course, the lady in question was already engaged at the time (to a character who does not actually appear in the case) and had no interest in acquiring another suitor. In "Thor Bridge", Holmes makes his contempt for Gibson (who tried to make his children's nanny his mistress, while already married) very clear, and only takes the case for the girl's sake (she was accused of murdering Gibson's wife).
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Til Murder Do Us Part: In "The Retired Colourman", the title character's wife has disappeared and is thought to have run away with her lover; Holmes proves that he murdered her (and the supposed lover).
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You Have Waited Long Enough: In "The Adventure Of the Noble Bachelor", a woman vanished immediately after her wedding. Holmes speaks of recognizing it from comparison with past cases, and tracks down the bride and her first husband, whom she had just learned was still alive.
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Oddball in the Series: Two of the last stories Doyle wrote ("The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane") are narrated by Holmes, and the latter does not feature Watson at all. "The Mazarin Stone", by virtue of being adapted from a stage play, is written in third person. Watson also barely shows up, as the original stage play didn't feature him. "His Last Bow" is also written in the third person, and is written much more as a spy story rather than a mystery. "How Watson Learned The Trick" was a special publication for a national event, only a few paragraphs long, and also in third person.
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Secret Other Family: The expense of maintaining one is the motive in "Silver Blaze". In a rare subversion, this also produces the heartwarming conclusion in "The Yellow Face". Eduardo Lucas maintains one in France. This proves to be his undoing.
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Unbuilt Trope: By now, even ardent fans of the series are used to the classic image of Holmes as the genius "superhero detective" who stands up for justice and battles criminals and evil geniuses. The series shows many tropes that are now familiar in the genre. Asshole Victim: Several times; see the Asshole Victim entry above. Defective Detective: Holmes' eccentricities are portrayed very differently from more modern depictions of the detective. While the modern Defective Detective can credit much of their forensic skills to their eccentricities, they also at times hinder the detective. Forensic Drama: Holmes simply explains all of his forensic analysis at the end, with the reader seldom privy to intermediate steps. Police Procedural: Sherlock Holmes, a private detective, is seldom described doing the same procedure exactly the same way. He is also wildly inconsistent on whether or not he does detailed interviews of witnesses. The police, who do follow a set procedure, generally don't get the job done.
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Let Off by the Detective: Holmes sometime does this, reasoning that his job is simply to find a solution to a crime. Since he's not technically a member of the police or the courts, he doesn't feel obliged to turn someone over if he thinks their motive was noble.
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Never Found the Body: Even though Conan Doyle fully intended to kill Holmes for real in "The Final Problem", he was savvy enough to use this trope, so when he changed his mind and decided to bring Holmes back, his death was easy to retcon away. The trope also applies to Moriarty, but he was never resurrected.
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Disability Alibi: Subverted in the story, "The Man with the Twisted Lip". Watson asks how a crippled beggar could have killed a man in his prime, but Holmes explains the beggar merely had a limp, his arms are strong enough. The ending reveals a more convincing reason why he is innocent, he [[actually is the man he is accused of killing. In the story "The Adventure of Black Peter": The first suspect in Peter's murder is a man who broke into his house. He claims he was looking for information about his missing father. Holmes is quick to point out to the police that such a small guy could hardly have impaled a man with a harpoon. In the story "The Three Students", a university professor is certain that one of his three scholarship students went into his office and started copying down the exam text before being interrupted. Holmes quickly figures out only someone of his height or taller could have seen the papers on the desk from the window.
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Addiction-Powered: Subverted. Sherlock uses cocaine to stimulate his mind only when he has no sufficiently interesting cases to work on. The challenge of solving a mystery is intellectual stimulation enough that he doesn't need drugs while he's on the job.
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Higher Understanding Through Drugs: Sherlock Holmes uses cocaine (legal in Victorian London) when he doesn't have a case, because otherwise his mind will burn out like a powerful engine running without a load (or, as he himself said "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built"). Played straight with tobacco: he famously calls one case "quite a three-pipe problem" and solves another by sitting up all night and smoking an ounce of shag tobacco.
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Faking the Dead: "The Man with the Twisted Lip", "The Norwood Builder", and Retconned in for The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
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Have a Gay Old Time: Watson ejaculates in a couple of the books. Back then it just meant to interject a comment into a conversation. Watson's friend Percy ejaculates every third paragraph in The Summation of "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty". In "The Second Stain", Lestrade warns one of his officers that he would find himself "in Queer Street." This meant he would be in financial trouble back when it was written, but those unfamiliar with hundred year old British euphemisms might take that comment in a whole different direction. "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" does one better. Watson describes a suspect thusly: "a boxer, an athlete, a plunger on the turf, a lover of fair ladies, and, by all account, so far down Queer Street that he may never find his way back again.” For what it's worth, a "plunger on the turf" was a reckless gambler who preferred to bet on the horses. "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she retorted upon me, and I on you." - "The Speckled Band" "She pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff" - "A Case Of Identity" "Thank you," said my patient. "but I have felt another man since the doctor bandaged me." - "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb". (Of course, he means he feels like another man.)
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The Dog Bites Back: The killer in "Silver Blaze" turns out to be the horse, getting spooked when he saw a light being lit for an operation intended to lame him slightly. It's implied in the ending of "The Greek Interpreter" that Sophia Kratides took revenge on the men who tried to extort money from her and her brother and murdered him. Charles Augustus Milverton was murdered by the last person he ruined. The title character of "The Veiled Lodger" had been a battered wife who with the circus strongman conspired to murder her husband.
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Riches to Rags: Dr. Watson's older (deceased) brother, who inherited a good amount of money, but threw it all away and lived in poverty (with short intervals of prosperity) before dying after turning to drink. Holmes deduces all this by simply looking at Watson's watch, which he inherited from his brother.
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Crime-Concealing Hobby: In The Red-Headed League, a pawnbroker's assistant is always taking pictures and running off to the darkened basement to develop them. In fact, he's digging a tunnel to the bank behind the shop.
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Master of Disguise: Holmes often disguises himself for his investigations, and in most instances not even Watson recognizes him. Notably, Watson can't see through Holmes's disguise when he first returns to London after pretending to be dead. Watson faints when Holmes takes off his disguise. Irene Adler's claim to fame, canonically, is that she actually noticed Holmes' ploy, saw through his disguise, deduced who he was - and then, just to be sure, disguised herself as a man, sped to his address in time to watch him laughing his way up the steps into 221B Baker Street, still in the disguise he'd just used on her. She then walks past, wishing him good night and using his name. Holmes himself, still drunk on how smart he is, fails to realize he's in disguise and a stranger on the street just called him by name. A fandom was born. Note that Holmes' ability to see through other people's' disguises wasn't always consistent with his usual perceptiveness. Many fans choose to believe that he did see through disguises, every time: he just didn't let on unless it suited his plans to do so.
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Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Sherlock frequently smokes a pipe.
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With Friends Like These...
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With Friends Like These...: Arguably, Holmes and Watson.
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We Would Have Told You, But...: Holmes has occasionally deceived Watson in order to trick his quarry. One prominent example is "The Dying Detective" — in order to maintain the ruse that he was deathly ill, he forbade Watson from examining him with the excuse that the disease in question was contagious by touch. As he later explained, he had little faith in Watson's ability to deceive others (he wanted Culverton Smith to believe Holmes was truly ill with the disease), but a good deal of respect for Watson's medical skills.
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Bloody Handprint / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Bluffing the Murderer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Brain Fever / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Break-In Threat / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Brilliant, but Lazy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Bullet Hole Spelling / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Bus Crash / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Call to Agriculture / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cane Fu / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Canon Illustrations / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Can't Stop the Signal / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Can't Un-Hear It / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Captured on Purpose / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cardboard Pal / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Career-Ending Injury / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cargo Ship / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cat Scare / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Celibate Eccentric Genius / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Celibate Hero / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Chairman of the Brawl / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Character Exaggeration / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Character Narrator / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Characterization Marches On / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Chekhov's Gunman / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Child of Forbidden Love / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Chocolate Baby / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Christmas Episode / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Chronic Evidence Retention Syndrome / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Church Police / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cigarette of Anxiety / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Clear Their Name / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cloudcuckoolander's Minder / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Colonel Badass / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Combat Medic / int_eef69f10
 Conan
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Confirmation Bias / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Constantly Curious / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Conviction by Counterfactual Clue / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Correction Bait / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Corrupt Church / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Couldn't Find a Lighter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Couldn't Find a Pen / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cowboy Episode / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cramming the Coffin / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Creator Thumbprint / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Creature of Habit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Creepy Housekeeper / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Crime-Concealing Hobby / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Crime Reconstruction / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cry Cute / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cryptic Background Reference / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cultured Badass / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Cunning Linguist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Curtain Camouflage / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Damsel out of Distress / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dashingly Dapper Derby / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dastardly Whiplash / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Daydream Believer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Deadly Doctor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Deadly Gas / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Decoy Getaway / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Defective Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Demoted to Satellite Love Interest / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Denied Food as Punishment / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Derailed for Details / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Descending Ceiling / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Detectives Follow Footprints / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Deus Exit Machina / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Deuteragonist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Devil in Plain Sight / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Devolution Device / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Diabolical Mastermind / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Disability Alibi / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Disguised in Drag / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Disposable Vagrant / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Diverting Power / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Doesn't Trust Those Guys / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Doing It for the Art / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Don't You Dare Pity Me! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Double-Meaning Title / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dowry Dilemma / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dragon Their Feet / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dramatic Gun Cock / int_eef69f10
 Dramatica
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Drugs Are Bad / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dude, Where's My Respect? / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Dying Clue / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Eagle-Eye Detection / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Eagleland / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Egomaniac Hunter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Eloquent in My Native Tongue / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Embarrassing Tattoo / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Encyclopaedic Knowledge / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Engineered Public Confession / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Entertainingly Wrong / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Epilogue Letter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Escape Artist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Escort Distraction / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Even Evil Can Be Loved / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Everybody Smokes / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Everything's Better with Llamas / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Evil Cripple / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Evil Teacher / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Evil Will Fail / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Expy Coexistence / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
External Retcon / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Eyes Are Unbreakable / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Facial Horror / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fair-Play Whodunnit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fake Twin Gambit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Family Eye Resemblance / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Famous Ancestor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Famous-Named Foreigner / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fan Sequel / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fanfic Fuel / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fan Wank / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Feed the Mole / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Financial Abuse / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Finger in the Mail / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Finger-Licking Poison / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Finger-Tenting / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fingore / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
First Law of Resurrection / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
First-Person Peripheral Narrator / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
555 / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fix Fic / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fixing the Game / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Flashback Nightmare / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Forehead of Doom / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Forensic Accounting / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Forgets to Eat / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Formerly Fit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Framing Device / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Franchise Zombie / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Free-Fall Fight / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Friend on the Force / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Friendship Moment / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Full Moon Silhouette / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fun with Foreign Languages / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Functional Addict / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
GPS Evidence / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Garden of Love / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gas Chamber / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Geek Physiques / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gender Flip / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gentleman Adventurer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gentleman and a Scholar / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Ghibli Hills / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Giggling Villain / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Glowing Gem / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
God Was My Copilot / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gold Digger / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Good Old Fisticuffs / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Grand Inquisitor Scene / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Grand Theft Me / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Gratuitous Laboratory Flasks / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Great Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Guile Hero / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Handshake Refusal / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Harmless Lady Disguise / int_eef69f10
 Hat Shop
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Healthy Country Air / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Heir Club for Men / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Hero Antagonist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
He's Just Hiding! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Higher Understanding Through Drugs / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Historical Character's Fictional Relative / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Hollywood Darkness / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Hollywood Personality Disorders / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Holodeck Malfunction / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Honey Trap / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Horsing Around / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Humble Pie / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Hyper-Awareness / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
I Am the Noun / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
I Can Change My Beloved / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
I Have You Now, My Pretty / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
I Never Told You My Name / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
I Should Write a Book About This / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Iconic Character, Forgotten Title / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Iconic Outfit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Idiot Savant / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Immortality Immorality / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Immune to Drugs / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Impersonation Gambit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Impoverished Patrician / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Improbable Taxonomy Skills / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Improbably Predictable / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inadvertent Entrance Cue / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inconveniently Vanishing Exonerating Evidence / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Infant Sibling Jealousy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Informed Flaw / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inheritance Backlash / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inheritance Murder / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Ink-Suit Actor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inner Monologue Conversation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inside Job / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inspector Lestrade / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inspiration Nod / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Insufferable Genius / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Intelligence = Isolation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Interface Spoiler / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Invented Individual / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Irrevocable Message / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
It Can Think / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
It's Been Done / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Keep Reading / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Keep the Reward / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Kid Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Kill and Replace / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Kindly Housekeeper / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
King Incognito / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Knight Fever / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Know-Nothing Know-It-All / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Knowledge Broker / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
LGBT Fanbase / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Lady of Adventure / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Last-Second Word Swap / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Last Villain Stand / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Later Installment Weirdness / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Lean and Mean / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Let Off by the Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Life Imitates Art / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Literalist Snarking / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Literary Agent Hypothesis / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Locked Room Mystery / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Loser Friend Puzzles Outsiders / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Lost Will And Testament / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Lovable Rogue / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Love Martyr / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Loves Secrecy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Magic Franchise Word / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mainstream Obscurity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Make an Example of Them / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Marry the Nanny / int_eef69f10
 Mary Russell
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Master Actor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Master Forger / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mature Animal Story / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Measuring the Marigolds / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Meet Cute / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Men Can't Keep House / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Misplaced Wildlife / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mistaken for Dying / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mistaken for Junkie / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Moment of Lucidity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mondegreen / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mood-Swinger / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Murder the Hypotenuse / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mutual Kill / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mutually Unequal Relation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
My Death Is Just the Beginning / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
My Greatest Failure / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
My Skull Runneth Over / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mysterious Employer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mysterious Middle Initial / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mysterious Veil / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Mystery Writer Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Name and Name / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Named by the Adaptation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Narrative Profanity Filter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Never Accepted in His Hometown / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Never Found the Body / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Never Suicide / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Newbie Boom / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Nice to the Waiter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
No Badass to His Valet / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
No, Except Yes / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Nobility Marries Money / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Non Chess Motif Examples / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Non-P.O.V. Protagonist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not My Driver / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not Quite Dead / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not Right in the Bed / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not So Invincible After All / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not So Stoic / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Not That Kind of Doctor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Notable Non Sequitur / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Odd Couple / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Odd Friendship / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Offscreen Reality Warp / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Offstage Villainy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Oh, No... Not Again! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Omnibus / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Omniscient Database / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
On One Condition / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
One-Hour Work Week / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
One Mario Limit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Only Friend / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Oops! I Forgot I Was Married / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Opium Den / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Our Hero Is Dead / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Outlived Its Creator / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Paranormal Investigation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Parody / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Parody Names / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Passed-Over Inheritance / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Pay Evil unto Evil / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Phone-In Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Pinned to the Wall / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Pistol-Whipping / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Playing Drunk / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Playing the Heart Strings / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Poirot Speak / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Pop-Cultural Osmosis / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Popularity Polynomial / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Post-Victory Collapse / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Poster-Gallery Bedroom / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Pre-Mortem One-Liner / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Prematurely Grey-Haired / int_eef69f10
 Professor Challenger
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Progressively Prettier / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Proto-Superhero / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Public Domain Character / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Putting On My Thinking Cap / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Railroad Baron / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Real Fake Wedding / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Recursive Canon / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Regency England / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Repeating so the Audience Can Hear / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Reptiles Are Abhorrent / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Resigned to the Call / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Retired Badass / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Revealing Cover-Up / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Revenge / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Reverse Mole / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Riddle for the Ages / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Ripped from the Headlines / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Rodents of Unusual Size / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Ron the Death Eater / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Runaway Bride / int_eef69f10
 Russian Relaxing
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Rustproof Blood / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Scarily Competent Tracker / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Science Marches On / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Seadog Peg Leg / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Second-Hand Storytelling / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sentenced to Down Under / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Separated by a Common Language / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Series Fauxnale / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Shadow Archetype / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sherlock Can Read / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Shifting Voice of Madness / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Shoo Out the New Guy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Shot in the Ass / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Shout-Out Theme Naming / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Signature Item Clue / int_eef69f10
 Simon Ark
seeAlso
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Slasher Smile / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sliding Scale of Continuity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Slowly Slipping Into Evil / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Small Role, Big Impact / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Smith of the Yard / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Smoky Gentlemen's Club / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Snakes Are Sinister / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Someday This Will Come in Handy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Speak Ill of the Dead / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Spell My Name with a / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Spoiler Title / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Static Character / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Stomach of Holding / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Street Smart / int_49df953
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Street Urchin / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Strongly Worded Letter / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suck Out the Poison / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sudden Name Change / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suddenly Ethnicity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suddenly Suitable Suitor / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sugar-and-Ice Personality / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suicide, Not Murder / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sundial Waypoint / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Supernatural Fear Inducer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Supporting Protagonist / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suspect Existence Failure / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suspect Is Hatless / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Suspicious Spending / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Sword/Shield Contrast / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Talk About the Weather / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Television Geography / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
That's What I Would Do / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Annotated Edition / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Armorer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Brute / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Bus Came Back / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Butler Did It / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Call Knows Where You Live / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Case Of / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Cassandra / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Cuckoolander Was Right / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Dog Was the Mastermind / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Dulcinea Effect / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Edwardian Era / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Exotic Detective / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Full Name Adventures / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Gambling Addict / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Insomniac / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Irish Mob / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Killer Was Left-Handed / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Klan / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Last Title / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Mourning After / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Muse / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Not-Love Interest / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The One That Got Away / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Perfect Crime / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Profiler / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Strongman / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Summation / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Tunguska Event / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Vicar / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Wicked Stage / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The World Is Not Ready / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The X of Y / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
There Should Be a Law / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
They Do / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
They Fight Crime! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
This Bear Was Framed / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
This Is Unforgivable! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
This Loser Is You / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Too Powerful to Live / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Torch the Franchise and Run / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Tragic Bromance / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Traintop Battle / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Translation with an Agenda / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Traumatic Haircut / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Treasure Map / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Trial Run Crime / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Trick-and-Follow Ploy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Trope Codifier / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Trouble Follows You Home / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card! / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Un-Canceled / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Underling with an F in PR / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Unexpected Character / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Unfazed Everyman / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Uriah Gambit / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Used to Be a Tomboy / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Values Resonance / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Very Punchable Man / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Vetinari Job Security / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Victorian Novel Disease / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Victory Is Boring / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Viewers Are Geniuses / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Viewers in Mourning / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Villain with Good Publicity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Virtuous Bees / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Weird Crossover / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Where Da White Women At? / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
White and Grey Morality / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Who Murdered the Asshole? / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Wife-Basher Basher / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Wig, Dress, Accent / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
With Friends Like These... / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Workaholic / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Works Set In World War I / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Worth It / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Write Who You Know / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Writing Around Trademarks / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
You Don't Want to Catch This / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
You Got Murder / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
You Just Told Me / int_eef69f10
 sherlockholmes
sameAs
Sherlock Holmes
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Appeal to Audacity / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Fictional Document / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Genre Popularizer / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Minored in Ass-Kicking / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
Strange-Syntax Speaker / int_eef69f10
 Sherlock Holmes
hasFeature
The Infiltration / int_eef69f10