[[folder:Heroes: Civilians]]
!![[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Edward Holmes, Esq.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Sherlock ''Edward'' Holmes. Edward, in Old English, literally means ''Happy/Prosperous Guard''. Pretty fitting.
* BilingualBonus: Holmes speaks in French, sometimes, thanks more to his half-French mother than to his classical education.
* BrainyBrunette
* ByronicHero: He fits nearly every qualification listed on the page.
* ChallengeSeeker
* TheChessmaster: Especially at XanatosSpeedChess in ''The Road to Reichenbach''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He is often described simply as being "dark".
* DeathSeeker: Played with - there are times that he does ''not'' want to die, and then there are times that he ''craves'' death.
* {{Determinator}}
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:''Twice''. The Reichenbach Falls, of course, but the middle of ''Mortality'' also counts.]]
* DistressedDude: It's [[TheWoobie a recurring motif]] of the series.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* AFatherToHisMen[=/=]SoProudOfYou: Holmes plays these tropes very straight with his Irregulars, especially Davy Wiggins.
* GuileHero
* TheHero[=/=]TheProtagonist
* HonoraryUncle: The Lestrade children consider him to be this. Yes, that is as ironic as it sounds.
* InHarmsWay: So often that [[HyperCompetentSidekick Wiggins]] [[CallingTheOldManOut actually calls him out on this]] ''[[MomentOfAwesome several times]]''.
* TheLeader: Type I.
* [[LikeASonToMe Like A Son To His Landlady]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Mary.
* LoveHurts
* ManlyTears
* MrFanservice: See DistressedDude above.
* NotSoStoic: Not at all...
* RavenHairIvorySkin[=/=]TallDarkAndHandsome: It may be AdaptationalAttractiveness, but Holmes is ''definitely'' this in the author's illustrations. He is also 6'2", a nod to Creator/JeremyBrett.
* SharpDressedMan
* SherlockScan: [[CaptainObvious As per usual]].
* {{What Beautiful| Eyes}} GrayEyes: It's almost ''blatantly'' obvious that [[AuthorAppeal the author fangirls over Holmes's eyes]], and just about as blatantly obvious that they're based on Creator/JeremyBrett's eyes.
** PuppyDogEyes: Oh ''yes''.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Culverton Smith [[spoiler:and Colonel Moran]] have to find this out the hard way. It's really not a good idea to make the Great Detective mad at you.

!!John Hamish Watson, M.D.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Holmes - also his BerserkButton.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The personality aspect is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight. Watson is described as having ginger-colored hair along with a permanent tan.
* DeadlyDoctor: Eep, do ''not'' mess with Literature/SherlockHolmes. [[BerserkButton You'll be very sorry you did]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}:
-->"Porlock, there is no use in arguing the point. I ''shall'' search for Holmes. Whether you help me or not is your choice, but you shan't stop me — [[HeroicVow you have my word on that]]."
* EnemiesWithDeath: He's [[TheMedic a doctor]]. It's his job.
* FakeNationality: In-universe. Watson speaks and acts like a Londoner but is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} full-blooded Scot]].
* HappilyMarried
* TheHeart
* TheHero[=/=]TheProtagonist
* HonoraryUncle: To the Irregulars.
* TheLeader: A combination of Types I and II.
* LoveHurts
* ManlyTears
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: Oh, aye!
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Never explicitly stated but heavily implied when he [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption interrogates and then kills]] a {{Mook}}.
* TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheMedic
* SoProudOfYou: Plays the trope straight with the Irregulars.
* TranquilFury[=/=]YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry
* TheWatson: Averted.

!!Mycroft Tristan Holmes, Esq.
* AloofBigBrother: In terms of plot, only. In characterization, he has a definite...
* BigBrotherInstinct: He's actually quite protective of Sherlock.
* TheChessmaster
* GrayEyes: Usually described as being "near-white". Also a FamilyEyeResemblance, as it's one of the three physical traits shared by the Holmes brothers.
* ManlyTears
* NotSoStoic: Mycroft experiences nearly a full range of emotions in ''Mortality'' alone.
* TheQuietOne

* SharpDressedMan
!Baker Street Irregulars

!!David "Davy" Jonathan Wiggins
* AwesomeMcCoolName: ''[[Literature/TheBible David Jonathan]]''.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Does to Holmes regarding [[InHarmsWay his recklessness with his own safety]]. ''[[MomentOfAwesome several times]]''.
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Wiggins's first scene neatly establishes him as a [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic]], [[WiseBeyondTheirYears concerned]] HyperCompetentSidekick.
* GenreSavvy[=/=]StreetSmart
* HyperCompetentSidekick: To Holmes.
* TheLancer: To Holmes's, then Watson's, [[TheLeader leadership]].
* TheLeader: Or "lieutenant", of the Baker Street Irregulars. Combination of Types I and II.
* PromotionToParent: Had to step up to be the man of the house and the father-figure to his siblings when [[ParentalAbandonment his father abandoned them]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Davy is just 22, but he tends to act older (and, in some cases, wiser than his own employer). Though he has a mother and a home, he worked as a beggar and pickpocket before being hired by Holmes.

!!Peter Wiggins
* TheLancer: To his brother's [[TheLeader leadership]] of the Irregulars.
* ParentalAbandonment
* StreetSmart
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Approximately 19 or 20, his backstory is the same as his brother's, barring Davy's PromotionToParent.

!Supporting Women

!!Mary Watson ''neé'' Morstan
%% * TheChick
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mary's first scene sets and cements her [[LikeBrotherAndSister sibling-esque relationship with Sherlock]].
%% * FirstNameBasis: With Sherlock.
%% * HappilyMarried
%% * TheHeart
%% * InnocentBlueEyes
%% * PintsizedPowerhouse:
%% -->She raised an eyebrow. "John, in the event that you have somehow forgotten, I am now quite capable of defending myself. You made certain of that, and I believe I proved myself last Christmas."

!!Rose Hudson
* LoveHurts: When her characterization finally starts coming through in ''Mortality'', it's when she's acting very much like a [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate mom]] to a ''very'' damaged Literature/SherlockHolmes.
* TeamMom: Very much on the sidelines, but still there.

!!Annie Rebekah Lestrade ''neé'' Rhys
* BrainyBrunette[=/=]ChildProdigy: Annie is incredibly well-educated for a working-class woman, having largely taught herself through books. [[CunningLinguist She can speak several languages]] aside from her native ones: French, German, Italian, and Breton, as well as classical Greek and Latin.
* BreakoutCharacter: Annie was intended to be used extensively as the series progressed, but the unexpectedly enthusiastic response to her initial minor appearances in ''Mortality'' led to more scenes than originally planned.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Dark hair, dark eyes, ''and'' fairly brown skin.
* HappilyMarried
* HotBlooded: Oy ''vey''.
* [[BilingualBonus Multilingual Bonus]]: A little bit of Welsh and Yiddish thus far (with more likely to come).
* OddCouple: Not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with Geoffrey, but it's not far from the truth, either.
* OneSteveLimit: Played with. "Annie" is revealed to be the name of Sherlock Holmes's deceased fiancee.
* PintsizedPowerhouse
* TheSmartGirl: Of the Yarders' wives.
* [[IrishmanAndAJew Welshman And A Jew]]: Annie's parents, Dai Rhys and Ruby Rhys ''neé'' Eisenman.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Subverted. Yiddish was her ''first'' language ''alongside'' English.

[[folder:Heroes: Scotland Yarders]]
!!Geoffrey Michael Lestrade
* AdultFear: Of all the characters, he's the only one to truly fear for the Irregulars' safety. As the main page says, considering that he's friends with at least one, has another among his constables, and has a ''nephew'' in their ranks, he has every right to feel a parental horror at [[InHarmsWay the boys putting themselves in danger]].
* AwesomeMcCoolName[=/=]FandomNod: ''Geoffrey'' Lestrade, courtesy of [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1460858/aragonite aragonite]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* ConsummateProfessional: Or, in Holmes's own words, the "best of professionals."
* DarkIsNotEvil: Like Holmes, Lestrade is often described as "dark".
* DeadpanSnarker: Oh so much. The narrative from his PointOfView tends to be ''very'' dry...
-->'''Watson:''' ''(concerning Moran)'' I think you'd know him if you saw him, Lestrade. The man has a presence.\\
'''Lestrade:''' Well, then, that limits our man to half the men in that room. Come along, let's get you back out there.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: As an AscendedExtra - Lestrade is one of the three major [[PointOfView POV]] characters.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The scene that introduces all of ''Mortality's'' Yarders (excepting Sean Youghal) establishes Lestrade as a [[DeadpanSnarker dry-witted]], OlderAndWiser, [[SeenItAll generally world-weary]] TeamDad and OnlySaneMan.
* FakeBrit: Another in-universe example, as Lestrade is a London-born ''Breton''.
* FriendOnTheForce: To Holmes, Watson, and Wiggins.
* GenreSavvy: When you've SeenItAll, it's a little hard ''not'' to be GenreSavvy.
-->'''Lestrade:''' I mayn't be a genius — I may even be an imbecile, as Literature/SherlockHolmes [[InsufferableGenius is always so kind to point out]] — but I ''do'' know how criminals think.
* HappilyMarried
* HeroicBSOD: When he believes Holmes to be dead - he suffers it again later on, [[spoiler:in the aftermath of the raid.]]
* InspectorLestrade: Played positively.
* TheKirk: To Patterson's [[TheSpock Spock]] and Gregson's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]].
* OddCouple: As mentioned in the folder above, not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with his wife Annie, but not far from the truth, either.
* OlderAndWiser: Combine SeenItAll, OnlySaneMan, and TeamDad, and you've very much got this.
* OnlySaneMan: Whether he's interacting with the rest of the "FiveManBand" or his own colleagues, he is so very much this (even when Watson's around).
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Lestrade is fairly short at 5'7", [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry but he's also known to be a holy terror to his subordinates and colleagues alike when he's worked up]].
** Not to mention the fact that his [[DeadpanSnarker dry wit]] is a superpower all of its own.
* TheQuietOne: Another of Lestrade's superpowers - he's incredibly long-suffering.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Just watch his interactions with Wiggins.
* SeenItAll: He's been on the London Met for over two decades, longer than most of his colleagues.
* SharpDressedMan
* SixthRanger[=/=]TheSmartGuy: To Sherlock Holmes's unofficial "FiveManBand". See the main page for further details.
* TeamDad: He even considers himself something of a father-figure to Holmes.
* TranquilFury: He's TheStoic that [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry you wouldn't like when he's angry]].
* TheWatson: To Patterson's "Holmes".

!!Tobias Gregson
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Gregson:''' ''(concerning Patterson)'' Have to admit, I've always wondered what it would be like to have Literature/SherlockHolmes as OneOfUs. Now I don't have to wonder, and I don't like it one bit.
* DumbBlond: Inverted. Gregson is the Sherlock Holmes[=-=]acknowledged smartest man at the Yard.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He is quickly established in his first scene as a [[InsufferableGenius smart]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* FriendlyRival: Is this to Lestrade, [[CharacterDevelopment who doesn't reciprocate the "rival" bit anymore]].
* HappilyMarried: To a sweet woman named Lisbeth.
* InsufferableGenius:
-->'''Lestrade:''' Come off it, Tobias — you look like a thunderhead about to erupt.\\
'''Gregson:''' Volcanoes ''erupt'', Ferret Face. Thunderheads ''burst''.\\
'''Lestrade:''' What's going on in that bright head of yours, other than the incessant need to demonstrate your superior knowledge?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheMcCoy: Surprisingly so, but [[TheSpock Patterson]] seems to bring out the trait in him. (Canonically, Lestrade and Gregson are more like TheMcCoy and TheSpock, respectively - even in ''Mortality'', they go back and forth as needed.)
-->'''Gregson:''' [Patterson] could have had enough consideration for [[TheWatson the poor Doctor]] to make his announcement less abruptly.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Daniel Patterson
* AscendedExtra: From ''one mention'' in "The Final Problem" to supporting character.
* TheChessmaster
* ConsummateProfessional: Another heroic example.
* TheCynic: Then again, he's rather entitled to it, after all the years he's spent undercover in the underbelly of VictorianLondon.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Patterson's is the most concise, introducing him as [[TheCynic cynical]], [[TallDarkAndSnarky sarcastic]], [[GoodIsNotNice cold]], and something of an in-universe {{Expy}} to Literature/SherlockHolmes. In other words, a true KnightInSourArmor.
* {{Foil}}: Patterson to Holmes, rather as a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of [[MemeticMutation the popular image]] of Sherlock Holmes, in-universe but also in RealLife.
-->'''WordOfGod:''' I think that by Patterson ''living'' [[TheStoic the image]] Holmes attempts to ''project'', it makes Holmes [[NotSoStoic that much more human]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Nooo, not really.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He's spent ''most of his career'' - fifteen years at least - investigating Moriarty.
* IcyBlueEyes: Often described from Lestrade's PointOfView as icebergs or chips of ice, with just as much emotion.
* InsufferableGenius: So much so, in fact, that Sherlock Holmes actually decides to cut back on his own arrogance whilst around Watson and Lestrade in the future!
* KnightInSourArmor
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SharpDressedMan
* SherlockScan: He can do this just about as well as one of the Holmes brothers.
* SixthRanger
* TheSpock: To Lestrade's [[TheKirk Kirk]] and Gregson's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]], as far as team dynamics go... Really, he's just TheSpock, period.
* TheStoic: But, [[SubvertedTrope for just one moment,]] NotSoStoic.
* SupportingLeader
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets this from Lestrade and Gregson a few times in ''Mortality'' alone.

!!Roger Bradstreet
* BoisterousBruiser
* GentleGiant
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Harold Morton
* FriendOnTheForce
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Stanley Hopkins
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee:
-->'''Hopkins:''' (solemnly) "Literature/SherlockHolmes, detective genius forever and ever, world without end, Amen." (winks at [=MacDonald=])
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Athelney Jones

!!Alec [=MacDonald=]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Lestrade holds that [=MacDonald=] and Hopkins are Literature/SherlockHolmes's biggest {{fan}}s, [[TheWatson John Watson]] aside.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}

!!Sean Youghal
* AscendedExtra: WordOfGod states that Sean is actually the Inspector Youghal mentioned in "The Mazarin Stone". ''Mortality'' takes place twelve years before MAZA.
* [[FriendOnTheForce Former Irregular on the Force]]
* StreetSmart

!!Professor James Richard Paul Moriarty
* BigBad
* TheChessmaster
* ConsummateProfessional: Absolutely The Best at [[DiabolicalMastermind what he does]].
* TheCorrupter: [[spoiler:He wanted to be this for Literature/SherlockHolmes. Fortunately for the world, Holmes was rescued by TheCavalry.]]
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DisneyVillainDeath
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He calls out Culverton for killing his step-nephew.
* EvilGenius: He's not just a DiabolicalMastermind - he's an astrophysicist as well, one far ahead of his time.
* GrayEyes: Of the icy variety.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Even from his own brother.
* LightIsNotGood
* TheManBehindTheMan: To the Red-headed League, Culverton Smith, and purportedly many others.
* OddFriendship: Played with. He trusts Moran more than anyone else of his subordinates, but he makes it ''very'' clear that Moran ''is'' a subordinate. Their dynamics are pretty much as "fire and ice" as it gets.
* SharpDressedMan
* TheSyndicate: He's not just the DiabolicalMastermind - he IS TheSyndicate.
* WickedCultured: He puts the "wicked" in "cultured".

!!Colonel Sebastian Moran
* AffablyEvil: At times, particularly while in the Tankerville Club.
* ConsummateProfessional
* TheDragon
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Turns out that Moran ''does'' have some respect for the holiness of Christmas.
* RefugeInAudacity: How he survives after [[YouHaveFailedMe disobeying Moriarty]]...
-->'''Moran:''' “Professor, I do not enjoy disobeying your orders. But I could not, [[EvenEvilHasStandards in good conscience]], carry that one out. Not at that time.”\\
'''Moriarty:''' “And what does that make you, Colonel? A soldier with a heart?”\\
'''Moran:''' “I hope so, sir. It would be deucedly difficult to live without one.”
* SharpDressedMan
* WickedCultured

!!Culverton Smith
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Undoubtedly from so much time in the tropics - Holmes thinks that he could almost pass for a native of Sumatra due to his coloring.
* BlackSheep: Of his family.
* BrainyBrunette
* DarkIsEvil
* DeadlyDoctor: Played with, as he has all the knowledge of a Ph.D. without actually having acquired his doctorate (or even an M.D.) due to financial difficulty.
* EvilUncle: Out of {{Greed}} for his ''half'' brother's estate. Called out on this by the BigBad, himself.
* SerialKiller: Officially called a "multiple murderer" and unofficially labeled a monster by Holmes himself.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Gets a verbal, non-lethal form of this from Moriarty, along with a second chance. [[TooDumbToLive He blows it]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: His ultimate fate.

[[folder:Minor Characters]]
!!Fred Porlock
* TheAtoner
* BeingEvilSucks
* GreenEyes

!!Major Dick Sharon
* ChickMagnet
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Like Watson, the personality is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight, with Sharon's skin being described as much darker than his "corn silk" hair.
* TranquilFury: Upon learning of Holmes's captivity and Moran's hand in it, Sharon is described as being quietly outraged.