History Series / SherlockHolmes

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* YouDoNotHaveToSayAnything: In "The Norwood Builder," Lestrade arrives to arrest [=McFarlane=] before he can tell his story. Holmes asks him to do so, but advises him that everything he says will be entered into evidence since the police are there.
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* CrazyJealousGuy: In the later years of his marriage, Colonel Barclay angrily demands of his wife Kitty that she assure him she has only ever loved him.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: CrazyJealousGuy:
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In the later years of his marriage, Colonel Barclay angrily demands of his wife Kitty that she assure him she has only ever loved him.him.
** Oldacre of "The Norwood Builder." He was once engaged to young [=McFarlane's=] mother, but she broke it off after realizing his two-faced cruelty and married a kind man. On her wedding day, Oldacre sent her picture back with the face burnt off.



* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Holmes's veritable collection of pipes.

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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Holmes's veritable collection of pipes. In one episode, Watson says that he should have known Holmes was in a bad mood by the particular pipe he's chosen.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Carruthers calls the plan to marry Violet Hunter "the worst fate that can befall a woman," and it's why he wants to put another bullet in Woodley when Watson pronounces the wound non-fatal--Holmes assures him, however, that the marriage is in no way legally binding.



* ForensicAccounting: In "The Norwood Builder," Watson searches through Oldacre's documents while Holmes examines the rest of the property and discovers that there are a number of papers which ''should'' be there but aren't.



* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't actually see Harold Latimer get torn apart by an oncoming train, but you know it happens when the door he was hanging from swings shut, devoid of Latimer and quite a bit of the window glass.

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We don't actually see Harold Latimer get torn apart by an oncoming train, but you know it happens when the door he was hanging from swings shut, devoid of Latimer and quite a bit of the window glass.


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* RevengeByProxy: Attempted in "The Norwood Builder." [[spoiler:Oldacre wills all his money to John Hector [=McFarlane=] and then fakes his own death so that the young man will be framed for murder, since his mother had refused to marry Oldacre years ago.]]


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* SpotOfTea: In "The Norwood Builder", Watson returns home to find Holmes in utter despair over the case and refusing to eat. Watson's first move is to pour him a cup of tea.
25th Jan '17 8:15:57 PM eowynjedi
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* RuleOfDrama: Occasionally invoked by Holmes, who has a flair for it. After solving the case in "The Naval Treaty", he invites Percy Phelps to breakfast and offers him a covered tray--when Phelps demurs for lack of appetite Holmes resorts to asking Phelps to help him. Beneath the lid: the treaty poor Phelps has been literally fainting over for the past two months. Holmes subsequently has to apologize for almost inducing another attack of nerves.

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* RuleOfDrama: RuleOfDrama:
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Occasionally invoked by Holmes, who has a flair for it. After solving the case in "The Naval Treaty", he invites Percy Phelps to breakfast and offers him a covered tray--when Phelps demurs for lack of appetite Holmes resorts to asking Phelps to help him. Beneath the lid: the treaty poor Phelps has been literally fainting over for the past two months. Holmes subsequently has to apologize for almost inducing another attack of nerves.nerves.
** There's also the way he reveals himself to Watson after faking his death in "The Final Problem." The poor doctor faints dead away.
25th Jan '17 7:19:32 PM eowynjedi
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* AffectionatePickpocket: Mycroft combines this with PercussivePickpocket in "The Greek Interpreter", sharing a close handshake with the Kemp after an amiable dinner and then pretending to be shaken by the train into pulling him close, lifting his revolver.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Basically the gist of Holmes's remonstrance to Watson after Watson's attempted reconnaissance in "The Solitary Cyclist".

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Basically the gist of Holmes's remonstrance to Watson after Watson's attempted reconnaissance in "The Solitary Cyclist".Cyclist".
** In "The Greek Interpreter," Mycroft places a missing persons notice in the paper after hearing Mr. Melas' story. This, of course, alerts Kemp and Latimer that Melas has betrayed their secret and they abduct him at gunpoint.
25th Jan '17 5:56:46 PM eowynjedi
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Grimesby Roylott. Actually it's pretty ill-fitting clothing, as he's abusive to his stepdaughters--however, he makes no objections to their courtships and even has Helen's fiance over to the house. [[spoiler:He just plans to murder them with a poison snake so he doesn't lose their money.]]



* ImpoverishedPatrician: Roylott of "The Speckled Band" is the scion of an ancient Saxon family and had a rich wife, but the investments that formed his income have tanked, leaving him desperate not to lose funds.



* TheStreisandEffect: In-universe in "The Crooked Man". Major Murphy makes every effort to keep the press away from the matter, which only makes clear to them that there's a big story.

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* TheStreisandEffect: TheStriesandEffect: In-universe in "The Crooked Man". Major Murphy makes every effort to keep the press away from the matter, which only makes clear to them that there's a big story.



* WickedStepmothe: "The Speckled Band" has a wicked step''father'' who dominates his stepdaughters, kills one, and plots to kill the other so their marriages don't take away his portion of their mother's inheritance.

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* WickedStepmothe: WickedStepmother: "The Speckled Band" has a wicked step''father'' who dominates his stepdaughters, kills one, and plots to kill the other so their marriages don't take away his portion of their mother's inheritance.
23rd Jan '17 3:05:11 PM eowynjedi
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* AdapatationDecay: Invoked in "The Copper Beeches" when Holmes lectures Watson on emphasizing the details of crimes rather than Holmes' deductions--since crime is ubiquitous, he thinks that the ''logic'' is the key feature of his adventures.

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* AdapatationDecay: AdaptationDecay: Invoked in "The Copper Beeches" when Holmes lectures Watson on emphasizing the details of crimes rather than Holmes' deductions--since crime is ubiquitous, he thinks that the ''logic'' is the key feature of his adventures.



* BookEnds: "The Copper Beeches" opens with Holmes complaining bitterly about Watson's writing. It ends with Watson reading out his narrative of the titular case and Holmes declaring it an admirable account.



* BrickJoke: At the beginning of "A Scandal in Bohemia," the King of Bohemia ignores Watson's offer to shake hands; at the end, Holmes ignores the ''King's'' offer to shake hands, and Watson caps things off by shaking hands uninvited.
** And it is ''hilarious''. The look on Watson's face is what really perfects the whole scene.

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* BrickJoke: At the beginning of "A Scandal in Bohemia," the King of Bohemia ignores Watson's offer to shake hands; at the end, Holmes ignores the ''King's'' offer to shake hands, and Watson caps things off by shaking hands uninvited. \n** And it is ''hilarious''. The look on Watson's face is what really perfects the whole scene.



* EvilCounterpart: Not played so strongly with Holmes and Moriarty as in other adaptations - the closest we get to this idea is when Holmes tells Watson that Moriarty will do "what I should do. Engage a special train."
** In fact, Granada seems almost to stress Holmes's goodness in opposition to Moriarty's wickedness, quite different from [[Series/{{Sherlock}} other]] [[Film/{{SherlockHolmes}} adaptations]].

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* EvilCounterpart: Not played so strongly with Holmes and Moriarty as in other adaptations - the closest we get to this idea is when Holmes tells Watson that Moriarty will do "what I should do. Engage a special train."
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" In fact, Granada seems almost to stress Holmes's goodness in opposition to Moriarty's wickedness, quite different from [[Series/{{Sherlock}} other]] [[Film/{{SherlockHolmes}} adaptations]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Holmes. He has his definite JerkAss moments, but it's equally clear that he has a good heart.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Holmes. He has his definite JerkAss moments, but it's equally clear that he has a good heart.heart, and cares about justice and his clients' well-being as more than a simple exercise of intellect.


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* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Violet Smith in "The Solitary Cyclist" and Violet Hunter in "The Copper Beeches."
23rd Jan '17 2:17:09 PM eowynjedi
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* AdapatationDecay: Invoked in "The Copper Beeches" when Holmes lectures Watson on emphasizing the details of crimes rather than Holmes' deductions--since crime is ubiquitous, he thinks that the ''logic'' is the key feature of his adventures.



* EnfantTerrible: In "The Copper Beeches," Violet's new charge as governess greets her by trying to hand her a dead bird.



* GetOut: At the end of "The Blue Carbuncle," the terrified and guiltstricken culprit begs Holmes for mercy. Holmes tells him, somewhat disgustedly, simply to get out (meaning that he will not report the crime).



* IdenticalStranger: This is the reason for Mr. Rucastle's strange interest in Violet Hunter as a governess.



* OldDarkHouse:
** Roylott's ancient Saxon seat in "The Speckled Band." He keeps it surrounded with his dangerous menagerie from India and allows Roma to live on the property (thanks to ValuesDissonance this is a mark of his wickedness).
** The Copper Beeches in Hampshire. Actually it's occupied and well-kept, but the goings-on within are quite sinister. In this story, Holmes expresses his belief that ''all'' country manor houses are liable to be more dangerous than the city. In crowded places, aggravated neighbors will report screams, but in the quiet isolation of the country, criminals can act with impunity.



* RapunzelHair: Violet Hunter is very proud of hers in "The Copper Beeches". One reason she consults Holmes is that she finds her employer's demand that she cut it to be very odd.



* ShellShockedVeteran: In "The Crooked Man," Colonel Barclay was noted o sometimes go quiet and distant when discussing old campaigns. This is not uncommon for soldiers of long service, but in his case it's lingering guilt.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: In "The Crooked Man," Colonel Barclay was noted o to sometimes go quiet and distant when discussing old campaigns. This is not uncommon for soldiers of long service, but in his case it's lingering guilt.
22nd Jan '17 1:35:04 PM eowynjedi
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* AlternateUniverse: ''Technically'', the series is this as they decided to leave Mary Morstan Watson completely out of the ''Adventures'' run and keep Watson a bachelor.

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''Technically'', the series is this as they decided to leave Mary Morstan Watson completely out of the ''Adventures'' run and keep Watson a bachelor.


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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: From the original text, the "swamp adder" in "The Speckled Band." There was and is no snake with that common name, although the cobra is considered the most likely candidate.


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* MadDoctor: Dr. Grimesby Roylott in "The Speckled Band." He doesn't actually use medicine for evil, but Holmes believes anyone clever enough to be a doctor is particularly dangerous when they turn to evil.


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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Dr. Roylett. His stepdaughter's fiance promises to try and improve his own chess game for his next visit to the estate.


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* WickedStepmothe: "The Speckled Band" has a wicked step''father'' who dominates his stepdaughters, kills one, and plots to kill the other so their marriages don't take away his portion of their mother's inheritance.
22nd Jan '17 12:10:55 PM eowynjedi
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* CrazyJealousGuy: In the later years of his marriage, Colonel Barclay angrily demands of his wife Kitty that she assure him she has only ever loved him.



* MasterOfDisguise: Okay, so Brett can't disguise his voice very well, but, dog''gone'', it's ''deplorably'' difficult to recognize him as that groom in "A Scandal in Bohemia"!

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Okay, so Brett can't disguise his voice very well, but, dog''gone'', it's ''deplorably'' difficult to recognize him as that groom in "A Scandal in Bohemia"!



* OvershadowedByAwesome / Sidekick: Watson's a pretty intelligent, capable soldier, but he always stands in Holmes's shadow.
** In real life, this was one of the reasons David Burke left the show, as he felt that he didn't really do much of anything.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome / Sidekick: Watson's a pretty intelligent, capable soldier, but he always stands in Holmes's shadow.
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shadow. In real life, this was one of the reasons David Burke left the show, as he felt that he didn't really do much of anything.



* RunningGag: Holmes waking Watson up at all hours of the night and morning, much to Watson's annoyance.

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Holmes waking Watson up at all hours of the night and morning, much to Watson's annoyance.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: In "The Crooked Man," Colonel Barclay was noted o sometimes go quiet and distant when discussing old campaigns. This is not uncommon for soldiers of long service, but in his case it's lingering guilt.


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* TheStreisandEffect: In-universe in "The Crooked Man". Major Murphy makes every effort to keep the press away from the matter, which only makes clear to them that there's a big story.


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* UpThroughTheRanks: The victim in "The Crooked Man", Colonel Barclay, began as a private sergeant who gained officership during an uprising in India. His second-in-command notes that his rise through the ranks subsequently has been unusually rapid.
* TheUriahGambit: In "The Crooked Man". This is how Colonel Barclay came to marry Nancy, and the reason she shouts "David" during their argument--she's not talking about a lover, she is calling ''him'' David for sending her other suitor to be killed (the Uriah).
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* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Woodley and (originally) Carruthers' plan in "The Solitary Cyclist". Holmes, Watson, and Carruthers arrive too late to prevent the priest proclaiming "man and wife." However, Holmes points out that even if they hadn't hired a ''defrocked'' priest to do the job, England does not recognized forced marriages and in fact treats the matter as a serious felony.



** In "The Norwood Builder," the decoy bones used in the staged fire are ''human'', rather than rabbit.
*** Bravo to Granada. C'mon, Sir ACD, ''rabbit bones''? Not even Scotland Yard could possibly mistake them for being a human's!

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** In "The Norwood Builder," the decoy bones used in the staged fire are ''human'', rather than rabbit.
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rabbit. (Bravo to Granada. C'mon, Sir ACD, ''rabbit bones''? Not even Scotland Yard could possibly mistake them for being a human's!human's!)



* DoubleEntendre: A non-sexual version when Holmes and Watson discuss the horse and ''trap'' ordered to transport Violet home in "The Solitary Cyclist".



* EvilLaugh: See next trope...
* EvilRedhead: The handsome young Moriarty agent in the ''Mona Lisa'' backstory in "The Final Problem".

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** Mr. Woodley in "The Solitary Cyclist", a predatory ruffian who assaults Violet and later attempts to forcibly marry her.
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The handsome young Moriarty agent in the ''Mona Lisa'' backstory in "The Final Problem".Problem".
* ExactWords: When arriving at Charlington to protect Violet in "The Solitary Cyclist", Watson asks who would want to harm her on such a fine morning.
-->'''Holmes:''' I hope nobody.\\
'''Watson:''' Then why did you bring your revolver?\\
'''Holmes:''' You talked about my hope, not my ''expectations.''



* FailedASpotCheck: Holmes upbraids himself for not accounting for the earlier train out of Surrey and arriving too late to get between Violet and her attackers on the way back to the station.



* GoodIsNotNice: Not always, in Holmes's case. He can actually be downright creepy, at times.

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Not always, in Holmes's case. He can actually be downright creepy, at times.



* IconicOutfit: Averted; Holmes is usually dressed in a suit and tophat. He only wears the deerstalker when he has a case out in the country and the dress is appropriate.
* IllBoy: Percy Phelps, the client in "The Naval Treaty" is an old school friend of Watson's. Watson remembers him as a delicate boy, and when he becomes their client he's just recovering from a nervous breakdown that's lasted almost ten weeks.



* PreAsskickingOneLiner: An appropriately Holmsian one in "The Solitary Cyclist", after Woodley backhands Holmes and Holmes [[TheCoatsAreOff calmly removes and hangs up his coat]].

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An appropriately Holmsian one in "The Solitary Cyclist", after Woodley backhands Holmes and Holmes [[TheCoatsAreOff calmly removes and hangs up his coat]].



** Carruthers gets a good one at the end of the same episode.
-->'''Woodley:''' You're too late. She's my wife!\\
'''Carruthers:''' No, she's your widow. [BANG]



* RightBehindMe: Holmes is asking the barman at Surrey about the gentlemen at Charlington Hall and is just getting to the man with the red mustache when who should walk in behind him, bu the red-mustached Woodley. Holmes is not at all abashed, even when Woodley backhands him.
* RuleOfDrama: Occasionally invoked by Holmes, who has a flair for it. After solving the case in "The Naval Treaty", he invites Percy Phelps to breakfast and offers him a covered tray--when Phelps demurs for lack of appetite Holmes resorts to asking Phelps to help him. Beneath the lid: the treaty poor Phelps has been literally fainting over for the past two months. Holmes subsequently has to apologize for almost inducing another attack of nerves.



* SherlockScan: It ''is'' Sherlock Holmes, after all.

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It ''is'' Sherlock Holmes, after all.



* ShoutOut: To Paget's original illustrations, amazingly enough. Keen-eyed fans can spot moments where Paget's illustrations for the story are reproduced ''exactly'', down to the furniture, and each person's ''position, pose and gesture''. The illustrations to each story are usually displayed in a montage during the closing credits.

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Paget's original illustrations, amazingly enough. Keen-eyed fans can spot moments where Paget's illustrations for the story are reproduced ''exactly'', down to the furniture, and each person's ''position, pose and gesture''. The illustrations to each story are usually displayed in a montage during the closing credits.



* SinisterMinister: The defrocked priest Williamson from "The Solitary Cyclist" happily performs a force marriage and keeps a gun in his Bible during the ceremony.



* TakingYouWithMe: When Moriartly literally ''pulls Holmes off the cliff with him'' in "The Final Problem's" version of the Reichenbach fight ("The Empty House" shows us an entirely different conclusion).

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* TakingYouWithMe: When Moriartly Moriarty literally ''pulls Holmes off the cliff with him'' in "The Final Problem's" version of the Reichenbach fight ("The Empty House" shows us an entirely different conclusion).
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