History Film / SherlockHolmes

3rd Feb '16 9:29:48 PM dvorak
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** Blackwood's death involves having his ankle tangled in a rope tied to a heavy board that for ''some reason'' decides to fall at that precise moment. When Holmes cuts him loose, a crane randomly breaks away and tangles his ''neck'', hanging him as he was supposed to be hanged.
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** Blackwood's death involves having his ankle tangled in a rope tied to a heavy board that for ''some reason'' decides to fall at that precise moment. When Holmes cuts him loose, a crane randomly breaks away and tangles his ''neck'', hanging him as he was supposed to be hanged. The raven flies away and is never seen again...
21st Jan '16 6:31:37 AM Cieloazul
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** Holmes's showy martial arts are actually all from the period, even if they look too stylized (see Fantastic Fighting Style below).
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** Holmes's showy martial arts are actually all from the period, time, even if they look too stylized (see Fantastic Fighting Style below).

** Simza interrupts Holmes' usual calculated combat style by just throwing a knife into the guy.
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** Simza interrupts Holmes' usual calculated combat style by just throwing a knife into the guy. [[spoiler:Which ironically allows the Cossack to play possum and escape, as he was wearing a knife-proof vest.]]

* FantasticFightingStyle: Half averted. What Holmes uses is an embellished form of "Bartitsu"[[note]]Conan Doyle actually wrote Holmes as knowing "Baritsu", but it is not known whether it was perhaps due to a typo or a copyright trouble.[[/note]], a real life British martial art based on Japan's jujitsu and taught by one Lord Barry. However, its application onscreen is liberally mixed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu (added by director Guy Ritchie, who is a BJJ brown belt, but whose basics Bartitsu actually contained thanks to its jujitsu origins) and Wing-Chun kung fu (Robert Downey, Jr.'s primary style of martial arts, which was speculated in-universe by the choreographer of the film as due to Holmes having a book of Chinese boxing which he tested in his bareknuckle fights), as well as some serious ImprovFu. The final duel at the sequel even more closely resembles historical Bartitsu.
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* FantasticFightingStyle: Half averted. What Holmes uses is an embellished form of "Bartitsu"[[note]]Conan Doyle actually wrote Holmes as knowing "Baritsu", but it is not known whether it was perhaps due to a typo or a copyright trouble.[[/note]], a real life British martial art based on Japan's jujitsu and taught by one Lord Barry. However, its application onscreen is liberally mixed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu (added by director Guy Ritchie, who is a BJJ brown belt, belt - but whose this being basics Bartitsu actually contained thanks to its jujitsu origins) and Wing-Chun kung fu (Robert Downey, Jr.'s primary style of martial arts, which was speculated in-universe by the choreographer of the film as due to Holmes having a book of Chinese boxing which he tested in his bareknuckle fights), as well as some serious ImprovFu. The final duel at the sequel even more closely resembles historical Bartitsu.

** Double played in the sequel when Moriarty reveals he knows some Bartitsu as well aside from his boxing expertise. This allows him to turn the tide of the fight to his favor by armlocking [[spoiler:Holmes's injuried shoulder]] and hit it.
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** Double played in the sequel when Moriarty reveals he knows some Bartitsu as well aside from his boxing expertise. This allows him to turn the tide of the fight to his favor by armlocking [[spoiler:Holmes's injuried shoulder]] and hit hitting it.

** In order to incapacitate the first mook of the film, Sherlock manually sweeps his leg and punches the side of his kneecap to blow his leg. While this is not terribly away from a real life fight injury, a ''punch'' to the side of a knee would be difficult to pull out and would not do as much damage as, say, a kick, to the point that it would need a freakingly good striker as Sherlock is supposed to be in the film. Not to say that you better don't attemp to punch the knee of an aggressor in a real life.
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** In order to incapacitate the first mook of the film, Sherlock manually sweeps his leg and punches the side of his kneecap to blow his leg. the limb. While this is not terribly away from a real life fight injury, unrealistic, a ''punch'' to the side of a knee would be difficult to pull out and would not do as much damage as, say, a kick, to the point that it would need a freakingly good striker as (as Sherlock is supposed to be in the film. Not film, anyways). Needless to say that you better don't attemp to punch the an aggressor's knee of an aggressor in a real life.
11th Jan '16 5:59:55 AM NanoMoose
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* XanatosGambit[=/=[KansasCityShuffle: The second is part of the first. [[spoiler:Everyone assumes that Irene's employer wants the gas, and indeed, her mission is to steal it for him. But it ultimately doesn't matter at all to Moriarty whether the gas is used against Parliament or not, or whether Adler succeeds in stealing the canister. [[KansasCityShuffle He's really after the first-of-its-kind radio transmitter, a far rarer artifact (yet more versatile) than poison gas, something that would be quite easy to come by in industrial London]]. Everything she does serves only to distract Holmes and Blackwood.]]
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* XanatosGambit[=/=[KansasCityShuffle: XanatosGambit[=/=]KansasCityShuffle: The second is part of the first. [[spoiler:Everyone assumes that Irene's employer wants the gas, and indeed, her mission is to steal it for him. But it ultimately doesn't matter at all to Moriarty whether the gas is used against Parliament or not, or whether Adler succeeds in stealing the canister. [[KansasCityShuffle He's really after the first-of-its-kind radio transmitter, a far rarer artifact (yet more versatile) than poison gas, something that would be quite easy to come by in industrial London]]. Everything she does serves only to distract Holmes and Blackwood.]]
11th Jan '16 5:47:25 AM NanoMoose
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** Technically Mary as well, if only for brief moment of awesome. -->''*While holding a gun on an assassin*'' I think it's time for you to leave (the train).
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** Technically Mary as well, if only for brief moment of awesome. -->''*While holding Generally Mary's not a person inclined to use force, but she's still not to be underestimated. -->''(holding a gun on an assassin*'' assassin)'' I think it's time for you to leave (the train).[the train].

* AmbiguousDisorder: Jr.'s portrayal is more socially challenged than our usual Holmes, had some weird eye contact moments, and was implied to have issues with sensory integration. Guy Ritchie explains in the Blu Ray special features that part of Holmes' social short-comings is that he can't filter out the many clues he picks up in social situations, for example his disastrous dinner in the Royale. In the second film he mentions that seeing "everything" is his [[CursedWithAwesome curse]], as a scene similar to that at the Royale is repeated at the [[spoiler: peace conference.]]
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Jr.'s portrayal is more socially challenged than our usual Holmes, had some weird eye contact moments, and was implied to have issues with sensory integration. Guy Ritchie explains in the Blu Ray Blu-Ray special features that part of Holmes' social short-comings is that he can't filter out the many clues he picks up in social situations, for example his disastrous dinner in the Royale. In the second film he mentions that seeing "everything" is his [[CursedWithAwesome curse]], as a scene similar to that at the Royale is repeated at the [[spoiler: peace conference.]]

* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The scene in the restaurant, Holmes' forgetfulness (even though that's [[LeftYourLifesaverBehind often a ploy to get Watson to follow after him]]), and the way he seems more hyper than other incarnations, though not all. Downey's Holmes is just as frenetic as the Jeremy Brett incarnation, who would often crawl across the floor or fling papers in the air.
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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The scene in the restaurant, Holmes' forgetfulness (even though that's [[LeftYourLifesaverBehind often a ploy to get Watson to follow after him]]), and the way he seems more hyper hyperactive than other incarnations, though not all. Downey's Holmes is just as frenetic as the Jeremy Brett incarnation, who would often crawl across the floor or fling papers in the air.

* ClockPunk / SteamPunk: Both Blackwood and Moriarty employ such devices, Blackwood building [[spoiler:a cyanide gas spewing machine]] and Moriarty building [[spoiler:time bombs]].
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* ClockPunk / SteamPunk: ClockPunk[=/=]SteamPunk: Both Blackwood and Moriarty employ such devices, Blackwood building [[spoiler:a cyanide gas spewing machine]] and Moriarty building [[spoiler:time bombs]].

** Shortly after that, our heroes are trading gunfire with Moriarty's men while [[spoiler:racing away from them through the forest. The bad guys decide turnabout is fair play, and the commander decides to deploy "Little Hansel". It's not clear what kind of gun it is, but individual shots fired out of it are powerful enough to rip apart trees.]]
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** Shortly after that, our heroes are trading gunfire with Moriarty's men while [[spoiler:racing away from them through the forest. The bad guys decide turnabout is fair play, and the commander decides to deploy "Little Hansel". It's not clear what kind of gun it is, but individual shots fired out of it are powerful enough to rip apart trees.trees apart.]]

* CrazyPrepared: Anytime Holmes looks like he's in trouble he's already planned a way out of it.
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* CrazyPrepared: Anytime Holmes looks like he's in trouble trouble, he's already planned a way out of it.

* CulturedBadass: Holmes is quite cultured; he just refuses to live up to the image and prefers the drunk/wasted/stoned eccentric genius style. Watson too, helps that he is a war veteran.
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* CulturedBadass: Holmes is quite cultured; he just refuses to live up to the image and prefers the drunk/wasted/stoned bohemian eccentric genius style. lifestyle. Watson too, too; helps that he is a war veteran.

'''Holmes:''' I see... ''[looks at the constables, all of whom are firmly rooted to the ground]'' Hmm... Right. At what stage of the process? Contemplative?
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'''Holmes:''' I see... ''[looks ''(looks at the constables, all of whom are firmly rooted to the ground]'' ground)'' Hmm... Right. At what stage of the process? Contemplative?

-->'''Watson:''' ''[when Irene opens fire on Blackwood's henchmen]'' [[spoiler: She loves an entrance, your muse]].
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-->'''Watson:''' ''[when ''(when Irene opens fire on Blackwood's henchmen]'' henchmen)'' [[spoiler: She loves an entrance, your muse]].

* GoSeduceMyArchNemesis: Again, Irene Adler (see FemmeFatale above). Hired by Professor Moriarty to, among other things, seduce Holmes. Subverted, as it's implied that Adler and Holmes were already involved in some fashion, and Moriarty just used Adler's pre-existing relationship with Holmes to further his own goals. He also makes it clear at one point that it's more a case of GoSeduceMyArchNemesis (Who You're Already Kind Of In Love With, Or I'll Kill Him If You Don't).
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* GoSeduceMyArchNemesis: Again, Irene Adler (see FemmeFatale above). Hired by Professor Moriarty to, among other things, seduce Holmes. Subverted, as it's implied that Adler and Holmes were already involved in some fashion, and Moriarty just used Adler's pre-existing relationship with Holmes to further his own goals. He also makes it clear at one point that it's more a case of GoSeduceMyArchNemesis (Who You're Already Kind Of In Love With, Or I'll Kill Him If You Don't).Him).

* HandicappedBadass: Watson is a very proficient and agile fighter with a war wound that gives him a limp. The limp seems to conveniently vanish in every action scene, however. (Not necessarily a error; people with limps are often able to run without the limp being apparent, depending on the nature of their leg injury/disability. Also, given the tongue-in-cheek nature of the films this may indicate Watson's limp is psychosomatic, or maybe even [[ObfuscatingDisability exaggerated]].) Plus even if it hurts to walk or run normally, that probably goes out the window when you're in a fight for your life.
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* HandicappedBadass: Watson is a very proficient and agile fighter with a war wound that gives him a limp. The limp seems to conveniently vanish in every action scene, however. (Not necessarily a an error; people with limps are often able to run without the limp being apparent, depending on the nature of their leg injury/disability. Also, given the tongue-in-cheek nature of the films films, this may indicate Watson's limp is psychosomatic, or maybe even [[ObfuscatingDisability exaggerated]].) Plus Plus, even if it hurts to walk or run normally, that probably goes out the window when you're in a fight for your life.life you may find yourself willing to ignore a little pain.

** The sequel later confirms that, as in the original stories, [[spoiler:Holmes' brother Mycroft is "indispensible" to the British government, which would undoubtedly smooth such things over a bit]].
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** The sequel later confirms that, as in the original stories, [[spoiler:Holmes' brother Mycroft is "indispensible" "indispensable" to the British government, which would undoubtedly smooth such things over a bit]].

** CursedWithAwesome: And it's implied he can't stop. ''Ever'', even when it otherwise drives him semi-insane. No wonder the man spends weeks at a time alone in his bedroom. This has led to fan theories that he is a high-functioning autistic. This actually is a trait of Holmes in both the original and most of adaptations.
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** CursedWithAwesome: And it's implied he can't stop. ''Ever'', even when it otherwise drives him semi-insane.he wants to. No wonder the man spends weeks at a time alone in his bedroom. This has led to fan theories that he is a high-functioning autistic. This actually is a trait of Holmes in both the original and most of adaptations.

-->'''Watson:''' [after Irene breaks cover, guns blasting] She loves an entrance, your muse.
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-->'''Watson:''' [after ''(after Irene breaks cover, guns blasting] blasting)'' She loves an entrance, your muse.

** Holmes drugging the dog.
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** Holmes drugging the Watson's dog.

--->'''Holmes''' ''joining'': "And upon this charge, cry God for Harry, England, and St. George!" **** Of course, the most important part of this quote is the first line: [[ShoutOut "The game's]] [[MythologyGag afoot"...]]
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--->'''Holmes''' ''joining'': --->'''Holmes''': ''(joining)'' "And upon this charge, cry God for Harry, England, and St. George!" **** *** Of course, the most important part of this quote is the first line: [[ShoutOut "The game's]] [[MythologyGag afoot"...]]

** Likewise in the sequel, the BigBad Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes, managing to pull off his schemes without a hitch while distracting and misleading the good detective at every turn. By the end of the film, with minutes left to go, it looks like TheBadGuyWins -- until Holmes reveals [[spoiler:the fruition of his BatmanGambit to get Moriarty's notes ,which allow the police to dismantle his financial empire.]] Even at this stage, [[spoiler:Holmes's AwesomeByAnalysis fighting style (which Moriarty is also capable of) predicts that he will be on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle from Moriarty unless he performs the iconic HeroicSacrifice over Reichenbach Falls.]]
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** Likewise in the sequel, the BigBad Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes, managing to pull off his schemes without a hitch while distracting and misleading the good detective at every turn. By the end of the film, with minutes left to go, it looks like TheBadGuyWins -- until Holmes reveals [[spoiler:the fruition of his BatmanGambit to get Moriarty's notes ,which notes, which allow the police to dismantle his financial empire.]] Even at this stage, [[spoiler:Holmes's AwesomeByAnalysis fighting style (which Moriarty is also capable of) predicts that he will be on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle from Moriarty unless he performs the iconic HeroicSacrifice over Reichenbach Falls.]]

-->'''Holmes''': "(in French) One moment, please." \\ '''Dredger''': "(in French) I'm in no hurry." (and while he advances after saying so, he ''did'' let Holmes climb to his feet and speak)
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-->'''Holmes''': "(in French) ''(in French)'' One moment, please." please. \\ '''Dredger''': "(in French) ''(in French)'' I'm in no hurry." (and hurry. ''(And while he advances after saying so, he ''did'' let Holmes climb to his feet and speak)speak.)''

* TheAntiChrist: Blackwood deliberately invokes all the tropes associated with TheAntiChrist -- witchcraft, raising from the dead after three days, grand plans for WorldDomination, disciples, etc. In one scene, he's reading from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]] about the biblical Beast. Holmes cautions him during their final encounter that [[spoiler:despite Blackwood's lack of genuine dark sorcery, the rituals he performed along the way were done to a tee and thus he had better hope that what he was getting himself into was just superstition]].
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* TheAntiChrist: Blackwood deliberately invokes all the tropes associated with TheAntiChrist -- witchcraft, raising from the dead after three days, grand plans for WorldDomination, disciples, etc. In one scene, he's reading reciting from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Revelation]] about the biblical Beast. Holmes cautions him during their final encounter that [[spoiler:despite Blackwood's lack of genuine dark sorcery, the rituals he performed along the way were ''were'' done to a tee tee, with the exception of the final offering of a soul... and thus he had better hope that what he was getting himself into was just superstition]].

** Never, ever, spit on Holmes.
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** Never, ever, ''ever'' spit on Sherlock Holmes.

* BlindfoldedTrip: Holmes has his head covered and is taken to a secret location... however being Sherlock Holmes he easily reconstructs a turn-by-turn account of their route.
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* BlindfoldedTrip: Holmes has his head covered and is taken to a secret location... however however, being Sherlock Holmes Holmes, he easily reconstructs a turn-by-turn account of their route.

** Also, during the ActionPrologue, Watson gets the drop on a {{Mook}} about to strike Holmes and covers his nose to render him unconscious. After a moment or so, Holmes remarks that Watson is a doctor after all. Near the end, Watson [[spoiler:has Dredger in a choke-hold and says "Relax...I'm a doctor" before Dredger finally loses consciousness]].
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** Also, during the ActionPrologue, Watson gets the drop on a {{Mook}} about to strike Holmes and covers his nose to render him unconscious. After a moment or so, Holmes remarks that Watson is a doctor after all. Near the end, Watson [[spoiler:has Dredger in a choke-hold and says "Relax... I'm a doctor" before Dredger finally loses consciousness]].

-->'''Lestrade:''' "That's not Blackwood!" -->''Holmes closes his eyes in exasperation'' -->'''Holmes:''' "Well, now we have a firm grasp of the obvious."
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-->'''Lestrade:''' "That's That's not Blackwood!" -->''Holmes closes his eyes in exasperation'' Blackwood! -->'''Holmes:''' "Well, ''(closing his eyes in exasperation)'' Well, now we have a firm grasp of the obvious."

* CreepyRavens: A raven is seen every time someone is killed or implied to be killed.
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* CreepyRavens: A raven is seen perching nearby every time someone is killed or implied to be killed.

* [[DarkIsEvil Dark is]] / [[DarkIsNotEvil Not Evil]]: Everything connected with Blackwood is always associated with pure darkness. Also, Blackwood is always seen wearing a wicked-looking black leather trenchcoat while his minions wear dark cloaks. However Holmes himself is TallDarkAndSnarky, and also dresses in gloomy black, complete with SinisterShades.
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* [[DarkIsEvil Dark is]] / [[DarkIsNotEvil is]][=/=][[DarkIsNotEvil Not Evil]]: Everything connected with Blackwood is always associated with pure darkness. Also, Blackwood is always seen wearing a wicked-looking black leather trenchcoat while his minions wear dark cloaks. However Holmes himself is TallDarkAndSnarky, and also dresses in gloomy black, complete with SinisterShades.

* DisproportionateRetribution: In the pit-fighting scene, Holmes gives up and walked away...at which point his opponent spits at the back of his head. The following NoHoldsBarredBeatdown / CurbStompBattle is performed ''solely so that the opponent couldn't spit at him again''. The fact that Holmes has spied Irene in the audience a few moments before probably has a lot to do with that. He can't exactly look bad in front of her.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the pit-fighting scene, Holmes gives up and walked away...at which point his opponent spits at the back of his head. The following NoHoldsBarredBeatdown / CurbStompBattle NoHoldsBarredBeatdown[=/=]CurbStompBattle is performed ''solely so that the opponent couldn't spit at him again''. The fact that Holmes has spied Irene in the audience a few moments before probably has a lot to do with that. He can't exactly look bad was almost certainly his inspiration for doing so; he'd never hear the end of getting one-upped like that in front of her.

* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, Holmes beautifully deconstructs Blackwood's every known act of sorcery, explaining exactly how each was done via friends in high places, applied science, and plain old theatrics. He also notes that Blackwood had better hope the occult parts were all baseless superstition, since he did the rituals perfectly.]]
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* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, Holmes beautifully deconstructs Blackwood's every known act of sorcery, explaining exactly how each was done via friends in high places, applied science, and plain old theatrics. He also notes that Blackwood had better hope ''hop''e the occult parts were all baseless superstition, since he did the rituals perfectly.perfectly, save for the last soul he planned to offer...]]

* EvilSorcerer: Lord Blackwood. [[spoiler:Although, he does not actually have any powers, just common sense, sleight of hand, and a well-tuned sense of theatricality]].
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* EvilSorcerer: Lord Blackwood. [[spoiler:Although, [[spoiler:Although he does not actually have any powers, just common sense, sleight of hand, and a well-tuned sense of theatricality]].

* ExploitedImmunity: Blackwood plans an attack on the Houses of Parliament that involves gassing everyone inside with cyanide, leaving his opponents dead and his supporters alive, allowing them to seize power for him while reinforcing his image of being an EvilSorcerer who protects those loyal to him with dark magic. [[spoiler:He secretly immunises his supporters against cyanide poisoning the night before the attack, by making them drink a toast in his honor.]]
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* ExploitedImmunity: Blackwood plans an attack on the Houses of Parliament that involves gassing everyone inside with cyanide, leaving his opponents dead and his supporters alive, allowing them to seize power for him while reinforcing his image of being an EvilSorcerer who protects those loyal to him with dark magic. [[spoiler:He secretly immunises his supporters against cyanide poisoning the night before the attack, attack by making having them drink a toast in his honor.]]

** BigBad--Lord Blackwood. ** TheDragon--[[spoiler: Lord Coward]]. ** EvilGenius--Reordan, a ginger midget who [[spoiler:works for Blackwood.]] ** TheBrute--Dredger. ** DarkChick--[[spoiler: Irene Adler. Working for Moriarty against Blackwood's group.]]
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** BigBad--Lord BigBad: Lord Blackwood. ** TheDragon--[[spoiler: TheDragon: [[spoiler: Lord Coward]]. ** EvilGenius--Reordan, EvilGenius: Reordan, a ginger midget who [[spoiler:works for Blackwood.]] ** TheBrute--Dredger. TheBrute: Dredger. ** DarkChick--[[spoiler: Irene DarkChick: [[spoiler:Irene Adler. Working for Moriarty against Blackwood's group.]]

** Earth:[[spoiler:Reordan is buried in Blackwood's dirt-filled coffin after being killed.]] ** Water:[[spoiler:Sir Thomas is [[DeadlyBath drowned in his bath]] when when Blackwood sneaks a paralytic chemical into it.]] ** Fire:[[spoiler:Standish is [[KillItWithFire burned to death]] when his pistol backfires.]] ** Air:[[spoiler:Everyone in Parliament is nearly [[DeadlyGas killed by poison gas]]. Instead, Blackwood ends up hanging himself.]] ** [[ViewersAreGeniuses This is never mentioned, at all.]] Presumably they wanted to be careful around [[AngelsAndDemons another recent movie that had coincidentally pulled exactly the same trick.]]
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** Earth:[[spoiler:Reordan Earth: [[spoiler:Reordan is buried in Blackwood's dirt-filled coffin after being killed.]] ** Water:[[spoiler:Sir Water: [[spoiler:Sir Thomas is [[DeadlyBath drowned in his bath]] when when Blackwood sneaks a paralytic chemical into it.]] ** Fire:[[spoiler:Standish Fire: [[spoiler:Standish is [[KillItWithFire burned to death]] when his pistol backfires.]] ** Air:[[spoiler:Everyone Air: [[spoiler:Everyone in Parliament is nearly [[DeadlyGas killed by poison gas]]. Instead, Blackwood ends up hanging himself.himself from a very high place.]] ** [[ViewersAreGeniuses This is never mentioned, at all.]] Presumably they wanted to be careful around [[AngelsAndDemons [[Film/AngelsAndDemons another recent movie that had coincidentally pulled exactly the same trick.]]

*** Earth:[[spoiler:Reordan is BuriedAlive and dies from a lack of air.]] *** Water:[[spoiler:Sir Thomas dies submerged in water that is heated by fire.]] *** Fire:[[spoiler:Standish is immolated by fire, hastened by the fact that he was soaked in a chemical he took to be water.]] *** Air:[[spoiler:Parliament would have been killed by poison gas pumped in from beneath the earth.]]
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*** Earth:[[spoiler:Reordan Earth: [[spoiler:Reordan is BuriedAlive and dies from a lack of air.]] *** Water:[[spoiler:Sir Water: [[spoiler:Sir Thomas dies submerged in water that is heated by fire.]] *** Fire:[[spoiler:Standish Fire: [[spoiler:Standish is immolated by fire, hastened by the fact that he was soaked in a chemical he took to be water.]] *** Air:[[spoiler:Parliament Air: [[spoiler:Parliament would have been killed by poison gas pumped in from beneath the earth.earth. Blackwood dies from a fall, denied the safety of solid ground.]]

* GambitRoulette: Lord Blackwood's plan to kill Ambassador Standish would have failed if it hadn't been raining that day (since it required that Standish be doused in oil without realizing it). * GenreSavvy: Watson at the very end, who enters his lodgings to find that Holmes has apparently [[spoiler:hanged himself]]. While his fiancee Mary is shocked, Watson just rolls his eyes and snarks a little. By this time, he (and the viewers) knows enough to recognize this as yet another Sherlock Holmes experiment. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See OrphanedPunchline and HoldingTheFloor below and keep in mind that Holmes tells this joke in jail.
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* GambitRoulette: Lord Blackwood's plan to kill Ambassador Standish would have failed if it hadn't been raining that day (since it required that Standish be doused in oil without realizing it). it). However, it ''is'' England, so it's less of a gamble than it might initially seem. * GenreSavvy: Watson at the very end, who enters his lodgings to find that Holmes has apparently [[spoiler:hanged himself]]. While his fiancee fiancée Mary is shocked, Watson just rolls his eyes and snarks a little. By this time, he (and the viewers) knows enough to recognize this as yet another Sherlock Holmes experiment. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See OrphanedPunchline and HoldingTheFloor below below, and keep in mind that Holmes tells this joke in jail.

* HotterAndSexier: Creator/RobertDowneyJr. and especially Creator/JudeLaw, who cuts a very different profile from the typical image of Watson. Of course, when you think about it, he couldn't have been drawing in women on moustache alone.
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* HotterAndSexier: Creator/RobertDowneyJr. and especially Creator/JudeLaw, who cuts a very different profile from the typical image of Watson. Of course, when you think about it, he couldn't have been drawing in women on moustache alone.alone...

* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: It is subtly hinted that Blackwood may have been somehow involved ("Those five girls were not the first to be butchered... no one could prove anything, but we all knew.").
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* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: It is subtly hinted that Blackwood may have been somehow involved involved. ("Those five girls were not the first to be butchered... no one could prove anything, but we all knew.").")

* LocalReference: The villain mentions during his EvilGloating that he has plans to take over America as well as Britain. ** Amazingly, this is actually an in-universe InvokedTrope because [[spoiler:Blackwood really needed to push the BerserkButton of the American ambassador. Whether he meant to follow through on the threat is iffy.]] * MagicFromTechnology: [[spoiler:Blackwood isn't really an EvilSorceror. He's just aware of ClarkesThirdLaw and has a good sense of theatrics.]]
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* LocalReference: The villain mentions during his EvilGloating that he has plans to take over America as well as Britain. ** Britain. Amazingly, this is actually an in-universe InvokedTrope because [[spoiler:Blackwood really needed to push the BerserkButton of the American ambassador. Whether he meant to follow through on the threat is iffy.]] * MagicFromTechnology: [[spoiler:Blackwood isn't really an EvilSorceror. He's just aware of ClarkesThirdLaw and has a good fine sense of theatrics.]]

* ManipulativeBastard: Blackwood's entire plan is more or less to MindRape all of London so he can use their fear of him to control them. * AManIsNotAVirgin: Partly played straight and partly averted. While there's much flirtation and some hint of a sexual history between Holmes and Irene Adler, their de rigueur sex scene in the original script (complete with literal Slap-Slap-Kiss foreplay) was mercifully cut from the finished film. Except for a kiss forced on him while drugged, Holmes never sees any action during the movie. Neither does Watson, though he does have a fiancée.
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* ManipulativeBastard: Blackwood's entire plan is more or less to MindRape inspire terror in all of London so he can use their fear of him to control them. * AManIsNotAVirgin: Partly played straight and partly averted. While there's much flirtation and some hint of a sexual history between Holmes and Irene Adler, their de rigueur ''de rigueur'' sex scene in the original script (complete with literal Slap-Slap-Kiss foreplay) was mercifully cut from the finished film. Except for a kiss forced on him while drugged, Holmes never sees any action during the movie. Neither does Watson, though he does have a fiancée.

* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler:Blackwood's [[ContrivedCoincidence death]]. "You had best hope it's not real, because you performed the ritual perfectly. The devil's due a soul, I think." The raven - normal bird, that [[RedHerring coincidentally keeps appearing]] or ''[[{{Satan}} something]]'' keeping an eye on Blackwood?]] ** Blackwood's death involves having his ankle tangled in a rope tied to a heavy board, that for some reason decides to fall at that exact moment. When Holmes cuts him loose, a crane randomly breaks away and tangles his ''neck'', hanging him.
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler:Blackwood's [[ContrivedCoincidence death]]. "You had best hope it's not real, because you performed the ritual perfectly. The devil's due a soul, I think." The raven - normal bird, bird that [[RedHerring coincidentally keeps appearing]] appearing]], or ''[[{{Satan}} something]]'' keeping an eye on Blackwood?]] ** Blackwood's death involves having his ankle tangled in a rope tied to a heavy board, board that for some reason ''some reason'' decides to fall at that exact precise moment. When Holmes cuts him loose, a crane randomly breaks away and tangles his ''neck'', hanging him.him as he was supposed to be hanged.

* MenCantKeepHouse: The first time we see Holmes' apartment, it is a darkened disheveled mess, complete with bullet holes in the walls. This trope is indirectly discussed when Mrs. Hudson enters and Holmes teases her for not making her rounds more frequently.
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* MenCantKeepHouse: The first time we see Holmes' apartment, it is a darkened disheveled dishevelled mess, complete with bullet holes in the walls. This trope is indirectly discussed when Mrs. Hudson enters and Holmes teases her for not making her rounds more frequently.

* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Lord Blackwood before his execution. [[spoiler: His death was faked, of course. His real death actually is the beginning, shortly after he dies we get a SequelHook featuring Holmes true nemesis Moriarty.]]
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* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Lord Blackwood before his execution. [[spoiler: His death was faked, of course. His real death actually is the ''is'' a beginning, just not the one he planned for - shortly after he dies we get a SequelHook featuring Holmes true nemesis Moriarty.]]

-->'''Holmes:''' Madam, I need you to remain calm. And trust me, I'm a professional. [[AccidentalInnuendo Beneath this pillow, lies the key to my release.]]
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-->'''Holmes:''' Madam, I need you to remain calm. And trust me, I'm a professional. [[AccidentalInnuendo Beneath this pillow, pillow lies the key to my release.release...]]

* NonFatalExplosions: The film features three leading characters all caught smack in the middle of a cluster of fiery debris-scattering explosions. Some minor skin loss and smudges are suffered, but everyone keeps their pretty faces, hair, eyes, ears, and bones intact, and soon shake it off.
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* NonFatalExplosions: The film features three leading characters all caught smack in the middle of a cluster of fiery debris-scattering explosions. Some minor skin loss and smudges are suffered, but everyone keeps their pretty faces, hair, eyes, ears, and bones intact, and soon shake it off. [[spoiler:Watson winds up in the hospital for a bit, but he's fine by the end of the film.]]

* OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler:Averted. As Team Holmes leaves a slaughterhouse, Watson pulls ahead and accidentally hits a tripwire. He realizes what's going on and tries to warn Holmes, so Holmes gets to watch his best friend get blown up. Then Adler. He then grabs a tray to use as a shield, and heads back to Irene while his shield is destroyed by the explosion. He picks her up, and they ''try'' to outrun the blast and save Watson, but get about two steps before they're both caught in it.]] All in glorious bullet time. And followed up by ShellShockSilence.
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* OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler:Averted. As Team Holmes leaves a slaughterhouse, Watson pulls ahead and accidentally hits a tripwire. He realizes what's going on and tries to warn Holmes, so Holmes gets to watch his best friend get blown up. Then Adler. He then grabs a tray to use as a shield, and heads back to Irene while his shield is destroyed by the explosion. He picks her up, and they ''try'' to outrun the blast and save Watson, but get about two steps before they're both caught in it.it and knocked off their feet.]] All in glorious bullet time. And followed up by ShellShockSilence.

* RedHerring: [[spoiler: You know that sinister looking black bird? The one that manages to show up whenever Lord Blackwood kills someone by seemingly supernatural means? It's a perfectly ordinary raven, similar to those commonly found all over the UK.]]
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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: You know that sinister looking sinister-looking black bird? The one that manages to show up and hang around whenever Lord Blackwood kills someone by seemingly supernatural means? It's a perfectly ordinary raven, similar to those commonly found all over the UK.]]

* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When the Order approaches Holmes asking him to clear up the mess they ended up creating with Blackwood and offers to allow him to name his price, Holmes coolly remarks that the advantage of being a consulting detective means he gets to pick and choose his clients, and agrees to stop Blackwood... "but not for ''you''. And ''certainly'' not for a price."
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When the Order approaches Holmes asking him to clear up the mess they ended up creating with Blackwood and offers to allow him to name his price, Holmes coolly remarks that the advantage of being a consulting detective means he gets to pick and choose his clients, and clients. He agrees to stop Blackwood... "but "But not for ''you''. And ''certainly'' not for a price."

* SequelHook: Irene's employer? None other than [[spoiler:Professor Moriarty]]. [[spoiler:Subverted slightly in that Moriarty's reason for being involved is not brought up in the sequel]].
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* SequelHook: Irene's employer? None other than [[spoiler:Professor Moriarty]]. [[spoiler:Subverted slightly [[spoiler:Downplayed in that Moriarty's reason for being involved is not brought up in the sequel]].

* SleepCute: Holmes falls asleep against Watson in the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie, after spending the night in a prison yard. * SlippingAMickey: When Holmes goes to see Irene, she offers him a glass of wine from an unopened bottle. [[spoiler:Then, after Holmes drinks it and collapses, we get to see a short flashback-- of her doctoring the bottle with a syringe, and resealing it.]]
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* SleepCute: Holmes falls asleep against Watson in the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie, after spending the night in a prison yard. * SlippingAMickey: When Holmes goes to see Irene, she offers him a glass of wine from an unopened bottle. [[spoiler:Then, after Holmes drinks it and collapses, we get to see a short flashback-- flashback -- of her doctoring the bottle with a syringe, and resealing it.]]

* AStormIsComing: Subverted. The storm is coming line is '''AFTER''' the finale, and everything being resolved... [[spoiler:Unless it was about Moriarty!]] * StunnedSilence: Holmes' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the boxer who [[DisproportionateRetribution made the mistake of spitting at the back of his head]] reduces the crowd of spectators from howling for blood into stunned, meek silence within seconds -- except for one chap who blurts out "where the hell did ''that'' come from?!" (not ''too'' loudly, though, presumably in case Holmes took exception and came looking for ''him'')..
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* AStormIsComing: Subverted. The storm is coming line is '''AFTER''' the finale, and everything being resolved... [[spoiler:Unless it was about Moriarty!]] Moriarty...]] * StunnedSilence: Holmes' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the boxer who [[DisproportionateRetribution made the mistake of spitting at the back of his head]] reduces the crowd of spectators from howling for blood into stunned, meek silence within seconds -- except for one chap who blurts out "where the hell did ''that'' come from?!" (not (Not ''too'' loudly, though, presumably in case Holmes took exception and came looking for ''him'').. exception.)

* TakeOverTheWorld: Blackwood goal as mentioned during his NewEraSpeech at the Parliament.
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* TakeOverTheWorld: Blackwood Blackwood's goal as mentioned during his NewEraSpeech at the Parliament.

* TemptingFate: Blackwood's [[spoiler:"It's a long journey from here to the rope" at the end of the movie]].
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* TemptingFate: Blackwood's [[spoiler:"It's a long journey from here to the rope" rope..." at the end of the movie]].movie. Turns out it isn't so long as all that]].

* ThatCameOutWrong: Holmes of course, gets the best one. Of course, ItMakesSenseInContext.
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* ThatCameOutWrong: Holmes Holmes, of course, gets the best one. Of course, ItMakesSenseInContext.

** First, the famous chained to the bed scene:
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** First, the famous chained to the bed chained-to-the-bed scene:

** Averted in the boxing match to show Holmes' AwesomenessByAnalysis: Holmes meticulously plans his beatdown of his opponent step-by-step, and it goes exactly as he planned it. Then again it was all in internal monologue so never actually spoken.
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** Averted in the boxing match to show Holmes' AwesomenessByAnalysis: Holmes meticulously plans his beatdown of his opponent step-by-step, and it goes exactly as he planned it. Then again again, it was all in internal monologue so never actually spoken.

** Holmes himself, as while he ultimately solves the plot through sheer genius and tenacity, the first two thirds of the movie has him falling into Blackwood's plan and pretty much doing as Blackwood expected. [[spoiler:And he ultimately falls for the distraction that allows Moriarty to get what he wanted.]]
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** Holmes himself, as himself; while he ultimately solves the plot through sheer genius and tenacity, the first two thirds of the movie has him falling into Blackwood's plan and pretty much doing as Blackwood expected. [[spoiler:And he ultimately falls for the distraction that allows Moriarty to get what he wanted.]]

* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Coward's]] motivation for supporting Blackwood's scheme is 'to provide the weak masses with a strong shepherd.''
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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Coward's]] motivation for supporting Blackwood's scheme is 'to "to provide the weak masses with a strong shepherd.''"

* WeddingRingRemoval: Played with: Holmes does a SherlockScan on Watson's fiancée Mary and observes that she has a lighter spot on her ring finger, leading him to the assumption that she was engaged before but left her fiancée for not having enough GoldDigger potential. Mary is outraged and [[FoodSlap splashes her wine]] on Holmes. Then she reveals that the cause for the removed engagement ring was that her former fiancée died.
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* WeddingRingRemoval: Played with: Holmes does a SherlockScan on Watson's fiancée Mary and observes that she has a lighter spot on her ring finger, leading him to the assumption that she was engaged before but left her fiancée for not having enough GoldDigger potential. Mary is outraged and [[FoodSlap splashes her wine]] on Holmes. Then she reveals that the cause for the she removed her engagement ring was that because her former fiancée died.

* XanatosGambit /KansasCityShuffle: The second is part of the first. [[spoiler:Everyone assumes that Irene's employer wants the gas, and indeed, her mission is to steal it for him. But it ultimately doesn't matter at all to Moriarty whether the gas is used against Parliament or not, or whether Adler succeeds in stealing the canister. [[KansasCityShuffle He's really after the first-of-its-kind radio transmitter, a far rarer artifact (yet more versatile) than poison gas, something that would be quite easy to come by in industrial London. Everything she does serves only to distract]] Holmes and Blackwood.]]
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* XanatosGambit /KansasCityShuffle: XanatosGambit[=/=[KansasCityShuffle: The second is part of the first. [[spoiler:Everyone assumes that Irene's employer wants the gas, and indeed, her mission is to steal it for him. But it ultimately doesn't matter at all to Moriarty whether the gas is used against Parliament or not, or whether Adler succeeds in stealing the canister. [[KansasCityShuffle He's really after the first-of-its-kind radio transmitter, a far rarer artifact (yet more versatile) than poison gas, something that would be quite easy to come by in industrial London. London]]. Everything she does serves only to distract]] distract Holmes and Blackwood.]]

* YouJustToldMe: "I don't care much what you think. I just simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. And now you've given it to me. "
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* YouJustToldMe: "I don't care much what you think. I just simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s Blackwood's final ceremony. And now you've given it to me. "
4th Jan '16 4:33:14 AM Folamh3
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* WeddingRingRemoval: Played with: Holmes does a SherlockScan on Watson's fiancée Mary and observes that she has a lighter spot on her ring finger, leading him to the assumption that she was engaged before but left her fiancée for not having enough GoldDigger potential. Mary is outraged and [[FoodSlap splashes her wine]] on Holmes. Then she reveals that the cause for the removed engagement ring was that her former fiancée died.
10th Dec '15 2:17:11 AM eroock
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* ChekhovsArmoury: [[spoiler:The "Ginger Midget's" lab and the flashes Holmes gets as he looks around.]] Arguably, with Holmes, the entire film.
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* ChekhovsArmoury: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:In the EvidenceDungeon that is the "Ginger Midget's" lab and the lab, Holmes finds clues that give him flashes Holmes gets as he looks around.]] Arguably, with Holmes, the entire film.
7th Dec '15 1:00:51 PM eroock
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* InterserviceRivalry: Very mild, subtle example: Dr. Watson and Captain Tanner (captain of the tugboat Holmes charters) are constantly bickering in the scenes they appear together in. Watson is, of course, an old army man, and Tanner was in the navy...
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* InterserviceRivalry: InterServiceRivalry: Very mild, subtle example: Dr. Watson and Captain Tanner (captain of the tugboat Holmes charters) are constantly bickering in the scenes they appear together in. Watson is, of course, an old army man, and Tanner was in the navy...
6th Dec '15 4:09:41 AM eroock
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* FoodSlap: When Sherlock implies that Mary is only in a relationship with Watson for his money, she splashes her wine on him.
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* FoodSlap: When Sherlock implies that Mary is only in a relationship with Watson [[GoldDigger for his money, money]], she splashes her wine on him.
28th Nov '15 2:35:52 PM eroock
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* AlmostKiss: Sherlock leans forwards as if to kiss Irene at the end, then removes her stolen necklace instead. Before he leaves he quickly [[AnywhereButTheirLips kisses her on the forehead]].
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* AlmostKiss: Sherlock leans forwards as if to kiss Irene at the end, then [[DramaticNecklaceRemoval removes her stolen necklace instead.instead]]. Before he leaves he quickly [[AnywhereButTheirLips kisses her on the forehead]].

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* AlmostKiss: Sherlock leans forwards as if to kiss Irene at DramaticNecklaceRemoval: After the end, then removes her FinalBattle on Tower Bridge, Holmes rips Irene's stolen necklace instead. Before he leaves he quickly [[AnywhereButTheirLips kisses off her on the forehead]].neck.
22nd Nov '15 2:46:02 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:300: [[{{Pun}} Holmes for the Holidays]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:300: [[{{Pun}} [[JustForPun Holmes for the Holidays]]]]
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