Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Continuity Sherlock Holmes
Age ?
Species Human
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
District Southern District
Journal uknowmymethods
Player GentleJester (GJ)
Theme Song Baker Street Reunion by Patrick Gowers

"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."


Okay, let's face it: To sum up Holmes' extensive history is pretty much a Herculean task for a casual writer. We all know about Sherlock Holmes. He is chief in everyone's minds as one of the most written about fictional characters in recent history. I will be taking mainly from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writings only as his source canon, while adopting a little from the movie. I will be leaving the point at which he comes from source canon vague because, again, out of 56 short stories and 4 novels… it would be difficult to pick a suitable point at which Holmes 'wakes up' without losing something valuable in the character relationship and development between himself and Dr. Watson.

A brief history of their meeting, however, is very important and found in A Study in Scarlet.

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes first met out of necessity — they each needed a roommate to share the cost of living in the city of London and each had particular quirks or needs that would be difficult to help them find a suitable match. Dr. Watson had to rest from his injuries sustained in the war with Afghanistan and Sherlock Holmes was a bohemian with a love of strong tobacco and a tendency towards disruptive experiments at all hours of the night.

Neither seemed to have a problem with the arrangement, and they moved in together.

Eventually, his strange habits piqued Dr. Watson's curiosity and the question as to why Sherlock required the use of their shared sitting room to meet strange clients at all hours. Which led to their first case together.

Since then, Dr. Watson had played chronicler and storyteller to Sherlock Holmes' adventures, as well as his close companion and trusted ally. While he often doesn't show it with his cold demeanor, he cares very deeply for his good friend and values the insight that he provides. Dr. Watson provides him with that much needed 'human element' and extensive medical knowledge. Also, he's an excellent shot with the revolver.


His genius may not be quite called Einsteinian, but instead it is of a different variety. His focus is not on the philosophy of mathematics, but instead on the science of crime. His mind, hard and piercing like light focused through a lens, seeks only to burn through to the truth. He is satisfied not with fame or fortune, recognition or reward, but only in the discovery of the truth. Cracking the case is all that really matters to the detective.

Sherlock Holmes is as clever as he is conceited. As calculating as a machine and just as warm in personality, he is often brutally honest with his opinions and rarely candies over any criticisms he might have on others. It is Dr. Watson who excels in bedside manner, while Sherlock is as steadfast and cool as a marble statue in winter.

Furthermore, Sherlock Holmes is a dismal failure when it comes to relationships with women, purely by choice. He has a difficult time relating to or trusting the fairer sex, and is dead set on believing them to be nothing more than sometimes pleasant distractions that fail to become worthy pursuits of his time once they have no longer become relevant to his immediate interests, such as a particularly difficult case. All, except, for the woman. Irene Adler.

Sherlock Holmes has a natural charisma and is, in fact, very gentlemanly in his interactions with women, taking care to treat them with special (and practically unheard of for the detective) consideration and care. But still, it remains somewhat distant. He fails to grasp an understanding of women, or doesn't seem to want to, and thus refuses to pursue deep relationships with them simply because he feels it would be impossible to establish a solid foundation. Despite his failings and Dr. Watson's knack for charming ladies, he still seems to keep up with his friend as a worthy rival for romantic interests. Perhaps it's his own disinterest in women that attracts them? Either way, he seems to be incapable of falling in love. Or, at least, unwilling to.

While he is a harsh judge of character, he seems to believe the rules simply don't apply to him all the time. In fact, he often disregards the law completely, resorting to deceiving the police, hiding evidence and breaking the law (stealing, breaking and entering, assault, etc.) purely because he feels justified morally to do so. The ends justify the means. But despite his arrogance and tendencies toward fits of distant and brooding inactivity, he is also known for his passionate love of the arts. He has a flair for the dramatic, a love for showing off his brilliance and intense pleasure with compliments on his deductions. Just as easily as he can slip into cold and dispassionate states of solitary meditation (or moodiness), he can spark to life with seemingly boundless (and sometimes infectious) energy.

When Sherlock is bored, not stimulated by an interesting case or puzzle to obsess over, he is known to wile away his free time in the pursuit of more bohemian entertainment. Which is basically anything having to do with the arts or, much to Dr. Watson's concern, turning to the recreational use of addictive substances… with tobacco and alcohol not considered one of them.




Update to come.

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