->''"I've always trusted your intuition."''\\
''"Then trust this: no matter how far and how long we are separated, we shall always come back to each other. That is more than an intuition, my dear fellow — that is a promise."''

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''Deliver Us from Evil'' is a Sherlockian fanfic series-in-progress by Tropers/AleineSkyfire, a.k.a. Gwendolyn Frame. The projected five-book series is based on the events of Literature/SherlockHolmes short stories "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House". Essentially, the series revolves around the peak of Sherlock Holmes's conflict with Professor Moriarty and his criminal empire. The novels with their working titles and taglines are as follows (and will be updated as needed):

* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7242298/1/Deliver_Us_from_Evil_Part_I_Mortality Mortality]]'': Scotland Yard and Dr. John Watson struggle to prevent the goal of London’s greatest crime lord: the destruction of Sherlock Holmes.
* ''The Road to Reichenbach'': Caught in a terrible war, Sherlock Holmes finds that the choices he makes will have far-reaching consequences.
* ''To Take Up the Pen'': With Holmes gone and his reputation maligned, Dr. Watson sets out to honor his memory in ''The Strand Magazine''.
* ''Those Dark Hours'': As Holmes and Watson approach a final confrontation, they must wonder when the cost will become too high.
* ''Dawn's First Light'': When Holmes and Watson reunite, they set out to defeat their one great enemy left: Colonel John Moriarty.

The [=FF.N=] summary for ''Mortality'' is: ''In November 1890, a murder investigation sparks off a chain of events that will end at a Swiss waterfall. UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard and [[TheWatson Watson]] struggle to stop [[DiabolicalMastermind Moriarty's]] most devastating plan: [[BreakTheHaughty the destruction]] of Literature/SherlockHolmes. First in a series.''

There are also [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6996233/1/Tales_from_the_Great_Hiatus a series of non-linear one-shots]], [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7618853/1/Have_Yourself_a_Chaotic_Little_Christmas an advent calendar challenge set with related stories]], and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7477345/1/Deliver_Us_from_Evil_In_One_Hundred_Sentences a set of 100 sentences]] that form an expiremental continuity for the series. ''Mortality'' itself is based off of a story arc in the author's [[http://www.amazon.com/At-Mercy-Mind-Sherlock-ebook/dp/B00570S712/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1308826118&sr=1-1 self-published ebook]], ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6661377/1/At_the_Mercy_of_the_Mind At the Mercy of the Mind]]''.

Now has a [[Quotes/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Quotes page]] and a [[Laconic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Laconic entry]].
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!!This Series Provides Examples Of:

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[[folder:Tropes Common in the Series]]
* AscendedExtra: Patterson is actually the biggest, going from one mention in "The Final Problem" to full supporting character status here. Wiggins's rise is just as spectacular, from two brief scenes in the first two Literature/SherlockHolmes novels to one of the starring supporting characters of ''Mortality''. Lestrade also goes from recurring character to [[{{Deuteragonist}} star (one of the leading points-of-view in the novel)]]. Mary Watson and Mrs. Hudson go from recurring extras to supporting characters. Moriarty also gets more "screentime"... heck, we'll just say that there are [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a LOT of canonical characters]] that get far more development in this series than they did in the {{Canon}}.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: ''David Jonathan'' Wiggins. Geoffrey Michael Lestrade (''Geoffrey'' courtesy of the author's favorite FanFic writer, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1460858/aragonite aragonite]] a.k.a. Marcia Wilson.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: As per the source.
* TheClan: Contrary to the popular and strictly canonical image of Literature/SherlockHolmes as a basically friendless man aside from Watson, ''Deliver Us from Evil'' shows that the man has acquired quite the honorary clan. There is [[TeamDad Geoffrey]] and Annie Lestrade and their children, [[AFatherToHisMen the Baker Street Irregulars as sons]] (50 of them at this point in time), [[BigBrotherInstinct John]] and [[LikeBrotherAndSister Mary]] Watson, [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]], and, of course, [[BigBrotherInstinct Mycroft]].
* ContinuityPorn: Utilizing the timelines of three short stories and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a veritable host of canonical characters]] and case references.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than most of the {{Canon}} - certainly more than the stories the series is based on. Quite a bit more violence and more than a touch of profanity (though still relatively low-key).
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DistressedDude: Holmes, over and over again. Little wonder he has his DeathSeeker moments.
* EyeTropes: The author does [[AuthorAppeal love the characters' eyes]].
** IcyBlueEyes, invoked with Gregson, Patterson
** InnocentBlueEyes: Mary
* AFatherToHisMen: Holmes is portrayed as being this to his Irregulars, the original "Twelve Apostles" especially.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Sherlock, Type I. [[spoiler:Watson, Types I and II later on.]]
** TheLancer: Wiggins (who doubles as TheLeader for the Irregulars with his brother as his [[TheLancer Lancer]]), Type II. Yes, really.
** TheBigGuy: Mycroft. [[JustForPun Not quite your traditional "Big Guy".]]
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheMedic: Watson. [[spoiler:[[TeamDad Lestrade]], barring the medic part, when Watson gets bumped up to TheLeader.]]
** TheChick[=/=]TheHeart: Mary. (And sometimes Annie.)
** SixthRanger: First Lestrade, then Patterson.
** TeamMom: Rose Hudson.
* FixFic
* LastNameBasis: The narrative calls Holmes, Watson, Wiggins, and Lestrade by their surnames until featuring a scene with a family member who naturally calls them by their given names. Subverted a few times with Holmes and Watson, who sometimes slip into "Sherlock" and "John" in each other's point-of-view.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Many [[AscendedExtra Ascended Extras]], including one {{Deuteragonist}} and one canonical HeroOfAnotherStory, plus more than a few [[{{OC}} Original Characters]] such as Baker Street Irregulars, family members, and Moriarty-hired criminals.
* LoveHurts
* ManlyTears
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove
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* ActionDuo: Holmes and Watson, natch, [[spoiler:but only in the second-to-last chapter.]]
* AdultFear: Touched upon twice by Lestrade in regards to the Irregulars - 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 the boys putting themselves in danger.
* AffablyEvil: Wheatley. No, not ''[[IThoughtItMeant that]]'' [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Wheatley]].
* AngerBornOfWorry: The book delivers this in heaping helpings, a la Wiggins, Lestrade, and Watson.
* BadassBoast: Watson delivers [[DeadlyDoctor a pretty scary one]] to an insignificant little criminal.
-->'''Watson:''' If your master’s actions destroy him whom I regard as — as the ''best'' and ''wisest'' man I have ''ever'' known… make no mistake that I shall hunt down, to a man, ''everyone'' who played a part in his destruction.
* BadGuyBar: The Ebon Stag.
* BerserkButton: Holmes is this to Watson. [[DeadlyDoctor Unfortunately for Holmes's enemies.]]
* BigBad: Professor Moriarty.
* UsefulNotes/BritishWeather
* BrutalHonesty: Patterson is rather good at this...
-->'''Patterson:''' They’ve found a body.\\
'''Watson:''' (HeroicBSOD)\\
'''Gregson:''' (NarrativeProfanityFilter) ...[[WhatTheHellHero “now what in bloody blazes d’you mean ‘they’ve’ found a body?!”]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Wiggins does this to Holmes. No fewer than ''three times''.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Rather chillingly averted by Moriarty, who makes it clear that Moran is ''not'' indispensable. If you wonder, then, why Moran is still around, it's probably simply because his usefulness outweighs his disobedience - and Moriarty just ''maybe'' likes having him around.
* TheCavalry: Arrives JustInTime. [[TropesAreNotBad This is not a bad thing.]]
* ChaseScene: A possibly gratuitous example near the end of the book, but it's the final action sequence in a novel that, for all its suspense, doesn't have many of these moments.
* TheChessmaster: Moriarty and Mycroft (''possibly'' Patterson, as well).
* ChristmasMiracle
* CliffHanger: With a WhamLine (see below). [[spoiler:We find out that Moriarty is speaking with ''Mycroft''... in the last line of the chapter.]]
* ClothingDamage: [[spoiler:When Lestrade gets his first glimpse of Holmes during the rescue, the narration calls him [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "half-clothed".]] The clothes are mentioned again a paragraph later: ''The ragged shirt that must have once been white was filthy, blackened, and blood-soaked all over, hanging in tatters on Holmes's truly emaciated frame.'']]
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Holmes is tortured literally within an inch of his life. Moriarty and Moran each have their own reasons for ''ordering'' his torture, but the men ''doing'' it make it very clear that it's pretty much all fun for them.]]
* ContinuityNod: And how!
** Patterson, the inspector on the Moriarty case in "The Final Problem."
** Culverton Smith and the events of DYIN taking place two years after Watson's ''first'' marriage.
** Gregson and Lestrade are at it once again, and Hopkins is not yet an inspector.
** The Baker Street Irregulars, and Wiggins's age in particular (most fic that include him [[NotAllowedToGrowUp keep him a preteen/teen boy, regardless of the year]]).
** Holmes's source of information in Moriarty's gang, [[TheAtoner Fred Porlock.]]
** Colonel Hayter, and Moran's Tankerville Club.
** Also, it's made clear that the only Literature/SherlockHolmes stories that have been published are ''A Study in Scarlet'' and ''The Sign of the Four'', the ''only'' two [[ShownTheirWork that had been published by November 1890 in real life.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Played with. [[spoiler:Holmes is defeated through a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, but he ''does'' manage to kill two men, first.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the original canon, which was, apparently, [[WordOfGod half the point of the book in the first place.]]
* DarkestHour: Chapter 18. Just... chapter 18.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Holmes, Lestrade, and Patterson are frequently described as simply ''dark''.
* DeadlyDoctor: Played with. The SerialKiller has all the knowledge of a Ph.D. ''without'' actually having acquired his doctorate.
** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Played straight with Watson.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Watson and Lestrade - plus, the Yarders tend towards this whenever there are three or more in a room.
* DeathSeeker: Holmes, more than once throughout the book.
* DefinitelyJustACold: Holmes goes back and forth on the seriousness of his illness when speaking with different people.
* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: [[CaptainObvious Moriarty]].
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]
* DistressedDude: Holmes, [[SarcasmMode just in case you didn't get that.]]
* TheDragon: Colonel Moran.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Watson, Lestrade, and Wiggins ''seriously'' have to work for their HappyEnding, and Holmes doesn't exactly have an easy time of it, either.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Holmes and Patterson, and it's played to unsettle the other characters (though it's insinuated that Holmes is also RavenHairIvorySkin, i.e. TallDarkAndHandsome).
* EmotionalTorque
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: A few pretty concise ones.
** Patterson's is probably the best example, 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.
** The same scene also introduces and establishes Lestrade and Gregson - the former as an OlderAndWiser, [[SeenItAll generally world-weary]] TeamDad, and the latter as a [[InsufferableGenius smart]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** Wiggins's first scene neatly establishes him as a concerned HyperCompetentSidekick.
** Mary's first scene sets and cements her [[LikeBrotherAndSister sibling-esque relationship]] with Sherlock.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Subverted with Professor James Moriarty, who has a brother, Colonel ''John'' Moriarty...
-->James sighed. He had no patience for his brother's pettiness. It was no fault of his own that he'd inherited all the brain and John all the brawn in their proud military and intellectual family. A bit too independent for his own health Moran might be, but it was infinitely preferable to a younger brother's interminable envy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moran shows himself to have some respect for Watson as a soldier and for the sacredness of Christmas.
* FandomNod: Several, including ''Geoffrey'' Lestrade, John ''Hamish'' Watson (Creator/DorothyLSayers), and Moriarty's TheManBehindTheMan involvement with the Red-headed League.
** Plus, Mycroft [[WordOfGod is said]] to be based in part on Creator/MarkGatiss in his performance of the man for ''Series/{{Sherlock}}.)''
** Speaking of ''Sherlock'', a reference is once made to the popular "not my division" line.
** Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, Moriarty, and Moran are also largely inspired by [[Series/SherlockHolmes the Granada series.]]
*** Including one scene's opening that is directly based on Colin Jeavons' performance in "The Six Napoleons". Two words: Lestrade, bed-head.
*** Watson's "gullible public" is ripped from Holmes's apparently good-natured barb at the beginning of ''Theatre/TheSecretOfSherlockHolmes''.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Discussed and invoked by Sherlock in two different scenes of the same chapter. The former pertains to his imprisonment, straying toward AndIMustScream; the latter is in a note to Mycroft.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Sherlock, Type I. [[spoiler:Watson, Types I and II later on.]]
** TheLancer: Wiggins, Type II. Yes, really.
** TheBigGuy: Mycroft. [[JustForPun Not quite your traditional "Big Guy".]]
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheMedic: Watson. [[spoiler:[[TeamDad Lestrade]], barring the medic part, when Watson gets bumped up to TheLeader.]]
** TheChick: Mary.
** SixthRanger: First Lestrade, then Patterson.
* FlashbackNightmare: Used several times for Holmes.
* FlatWhat: Watson shocks Holmes into saying this. [[WordOfGod Intended to be an]] [[TheUnreveal Unrevealed]] ShoutOut.
* {{Foil}}: Patterson to Holmes, rather as a deconstruction of [[MemeticMutation the popular image]] of Literature/SherlockHolmes, in-universe but also in real life.
-->'''WordOfGod:''' I think that by Patterson ''living'' the image Holmes attempts to ''project'', it makes Holmes that much more human.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mary and Watson each seeing Holmes for the last time [[spoiler:before his kidnapping.]]
** A further-reaching foreshadowing occurs when Moran is scoping out 221B from Camden House.
** Also, Holmes's premonition that this Christmas is the last the "family" will spend together for a long time. [[spoiler:It will actually be the last they'll ''all'' spend together, because by the next Christmas, Holmes will be FakingTheDead and Mary herself will die before he returns.]]
** Yet another from the same chapter: one of Moriarty's {{mooks}} tries to burn down 221B. Call-forward to "The Final Problem".
* FriendlyRival: Obviously, dynamics have changed between Gregson and Lestrade sine ''A Study in Scarlet''...
* FriendOnTheForce: Holmes has far more than he realizes...
* GenreSavvy: Wiggins, Lestrade, and Patterson.
* GoIntoTheLight: [[spoiler:Holmes]] wants this very much, [[ItIsNotYourTime but he realizes that he can't just yet.]]
* GoodGuyBar: The Crooked Arrow, the preferred haunt of the Yarders (who, in turn, appear to be the Arrow's preferred customers).
* GoryDiscretionShot: Sometimes used, sometimes not.
* GrimReaper: Makes a silent, spectral appearance to [[EnemiesWithDeath Watson]], once.
* HeroicBSOD: Both Watson and Lestrade suffer this in different scenes when they think that Holmes is dead.
* HeroicRROD: Wiggins appears to be constantly concerned that this will happen to Holmes. It finally does [[spoiler:when he's LockedInTheDungeon, and he relapses into a fever.]]
* HeroicVow:
-->'''Watson:''' [[TheAtoner Porlock]], there is no use in arguing the point. I ''shall'' search for [[DistressedDude Holmes.]] Whether you help me or not is your choice, but you shan't stop me — you have my word on that.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Patterson. He's spent ''most of his career'' investigating Moriarty.
* HesBack: Three examples over two chapters to the same character.
** First example: see LetsGetDangerous below.
** Second example: The name switch on the protagonist from Sherlock to ''Holmes'' in mid-conversation. After the man has been going by "Sherlock" in the narrative for the past few chapters, while being seriously incapacitated.
** Third example: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] [[WordOfGod by the author]] in the A/N on that scene.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Moriarty. It's not revealed until much later exactly ''why'' he allows Moran to keep and torture Holmes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Moran, as he's shot by either Holmes or Watson in a cab chase during which he'd intended to shoot and kill Holmes.]]
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Played with twice ([[JustifiedTrope justified]] - it's late in the year).
** Culverton Smith purposefully sends Holmes his deadly gift on [[BankHolidays Guy Fawkes Night.]]
** [[spoiler:Holmes's [[LockedInTheDungeon captivity]] comes close to invoking a TwistedChristmas, simply because he's held in captivity for ''that'' long. Strays towards FridgeHorror when you realize that Moran might have actually re-initiated Holmes's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] on ''Christmas Day'', simply because Holmes would have been too weak beforehand to safely interrogate. ...then again, [[EvenEvilHasStandards maybe not.]]]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Wiggins to Holmes.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Played with. Lestrade and Wiggins shoot at a man across the street, but the narrative says that "at this distance, accuracy was a joke." Then Wiggins, up close, shoots the gun out of the man's hand, they struggle for Wiggins's revolver, [[spoiler:and the man ends up with a bullet in his head. Wiggins lampshades that bit by saying that it was a lucky shot. "The forehead? Cor."]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Played with -- nobody actually says this of themselves in any variation, but a certain FriendlyRival ''does'' make this remark about Lestrade:
-->'''Gregson:''' “Good god, the man needs a drink.”
* InHarmsWay: Wiggins is constantly concerned about Holmes putting himself here constantly -- out that he is ProperlyParanoid.
* InMediasRes
* InspectorLestrade: Played straight, but in a positive context.
* InsufferableGenius: Averted with Holmes but played straight with Patterson.
* IronicEcho:
-->''The word "always" was poised on Holmes's tongue, but he stopped himself. The last time he'd promised that, he had been kidnapped less than two days later.''
* ItsAllMyFault: Holmes (justifiably) believes the entire mess of the story to be his fault, though he shows no remorse for the principles that ''encouraged'' the mess.
** Watson also experiences guilt for inducing a panic attack in his friend.
* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals: Holmes does not appreciate the sunshine after a tragic death.
* JackTheRipper: Mentioned a few times (usually as "Saucy Jack) as having been investigated by Holmes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: We don't see Gregson ''very'' much in the book, but when we ''do''...
* LetsGetDangerous: When chased by [[spoiler:Moran]], Sherlock resolves that he is sick of being constantly afraid and settles into a ''kind of [[TranquilFury cold anger]], [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry quiet and utterly deadly]] [[TheDreaded that had so cowed criminals in the past]].'' In other words... HesBack.
* LightIsNotGood: Twice, light is referenced rather symbolically when Moriarty makes an appearance.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A few Baker Street Irregulars and several Scotland Yarders feature quite prominently, aside from Sherlock, Watson, Mary, Mrs. Hudson, ''and'' Mycroft. And that's ''just'' the good guys! See AscendedExtra above.
* LockedInTheDungeon: Played straight for horror.
* LoveHurts
* MadnessMantra: Strays into TearJerker territory... ''I have no one. I am alone. I am no one. I am alone.''
* TheManBehindTheMan: Holmes surmises that [[spoiler:Culverton Smith]] was working for Moriarty.
* ManlyTears: Watson and ''both'' Holmes brothers go through this.
* [[BilingualBonus Multilingual Bonus]]: A bit of French, a bit of Yiddish, and a bit of Welsh (Holmes and the Lestrades, respectively).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Very nearly invoked by Holmes in his conversation with Lestrade.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Shows up more often early on in the story and [[DarkerAndEdgier has steadily shown up less over time]].
* NeverSayDie: Watson really can't do it.
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler:Upon his rescue, Holmes's]] face is said to be very damaged. He's not alone, however - [[spoiler:his corpse double had been shot through the forehead ''after'' being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured but apparently kept alive]].]]
* NotAfraidToDie: More than once, Holmes prays that he will not die, but he seems [[ThePowerOfFriendship to have Watson more in mind than he does his own life.]] He's not actually afraid of death itself, and, at least twice, he is ''willing'' to die.
* OminousFog: Subverted in that, though Holmes is kidnapped in the midst of a London Particular, the heroes tend to be grateful for the concealment of London's mists.
* OnlySaneMan: Lestrade, whether to [[FiveManBand the "team"]] or to his fellow Yarders.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Lestrade's initial reaction to a convalescent Holmes.
* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. Lestrade, Gregson, and Patterson are all portrayed as competent (in Patterson's case, ''hyper''-competent) detectives, but it's through the efforts of Watson and the Irregulars [[spoiler:that Holmes's location is discovered. [[TheChessmaster Patterson]] actually hires [[HyperCompetentSidekick Wiggins]] privately to throw off [[DiabolicalMastermind Moriarty]].]]
* PowerTrio: Lestrade, Gregson, and Patterson as TheKirk, TheMcCoy, and TheSpock, respectively, though one scene makes it clear that Lestrade and Gregson switch roles at times as needed.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mycroft, Lestrade, and Patterson all play this.
* RescueArc: Forms most of the book's Act II.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Watson and Wiggins, plus Holmes in a conversation with Lestrade.
-->'''Holmes:''' There can be a significant difference between what the law states and what is ''right''. You ''know'' this, Lestrade. You work by this principle, yourself -- you simply don't do so as blatantly as I.
* SecretlyDying: Holmes, early on in the book, no less... and ''not'' telling Watson proves to be [[TranquilFury a BIG mistake]].
* SequelHook: The final chapter and the epilogue, which set the stage for the events of "The Final Problem" with Holmes slipping away to take up an offer from the French government, as per Canon.
* SerialKiller: Officially called a "multiple murderer" and unofficially labeled as a monster by Holmes himself.
* SherlockScan: Shown in Holmes's thoughts in the first chapter.
* ShoutOut: The most blatant ShoutOut is this: in one scene, Mycroft and Sherlock call each other [[RobinHood "Robin" and "Little John"]], respectively. (The Robin Hood motif is carried on in a later chapter.)
** Also, the line "This ''is'' Sherlock Holmes", along with the present tense of the scene, is inspired by Matthew Stover's Franchise/StarWars novels.
** In-universe, [[Literature/TheBible the Twelve Apostles]].
** The inclusion of Tottenham Court Road as a location was a nod to Theatre/MyFairLady.
** The criminal [[AffablyEvil Wheatley]] is named after actor Alan Wheatley, [[AuthorAppeal the author's favorite Sheriff of Nottingham,]] from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
** "How Fragile the Heart" is an adaptation of a line from "Dante's Prayer", a LoreenaMcKennitt song.
** Mycroft gives Mary a copy of ''Literature/IdyllsOfTheKing'' in the chapter retooling of the one-shot "Together".
** ''[[BigBad Moriarty]]'', of all people, contemplates ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' in passing.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With a story so heavily based on the powers of [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]] and [[ThePowerOfLove love]], [[TrueCompanions loyalty]], [[HiddenEvil villains who don't advertize their evil]], and [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight doing what's right versus obeying the law]], we see this scale an awful lot. Patterson is living proof that GoodIsNotNice, but Moran is something of a VillainWithGoodPublicity and [[EvenEvilHasStandards Standards]]. Watson does some possibly surprisingly [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption dark things]], [[BigBrotherInstinct but he does them for Holmes]]. As far as the heroes' philosophies are concerned, Patterson comes out firmly as TheCynic, and Wiggins, despite his past as a street Arab, is probably the biggest [[TheIdealist Idealist]].
* SoProudOfYou: Watson, actually, with Peter Wiggins.
** Also Holmes regarding Davy Wiggins and the Irregulars in general, though Watson plays the trope straighter.
* SurvivorGuilt:
-->'''Holmes:''' I wished not to have anyone come to harm on my account.\\
'''Lestrade:''' Do you know how many people ''did'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero come to harm on your account]]?" (sees the ashen look on Holmes's face) "Never mind. It couldn't be helped.\\
'''Holmes:''' How many?\\
'''Lestrade:''' Mr. Holmes, I--\\
'''Holmes:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Geoffrey. How.]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Many]]''."
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Patterson. Surprisingly, Holmes himself doesn't snark enough in this story to warrant the title.
* [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The Note Knew You Would Frown]]: ''No, it truly does, Watson--do not frown at the paper that way.''
* TeamDad: Lestrade, who even considers himself something of a father figure to Sherlock.
* TeamMom: Mrs. Hudson, who ''definitely'' regards Sherlock as the son she never had.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Whether via WordOfGod or something in-universe, the author ''really'' loves this trope.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Stanley Hopkins and Alec [=MacDonald=], who get a OneSceneWonder in the second chapter.
* TitleDrop: For the series -- Holmes says the Lord's Prayer [[spoiler:while LockedInTheDungeon.]]
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Played with. [[spoiler:Just barely averted with Holmes LockedInTheDungeon. But even after Holmes is rescued by TheCavalry, he's pretty far gone.]]
* TranquilFury: Mycroft when speaking with [[spoiler:Moriarty]]. One might expect him to blow his top, considering his rather violent wishes. He doesn't, but it sure does sound as if he's doing the KubrickStare at the end of the scene (definitely a DeathGlare).
* TraumaCongaLine: Hooo boy, lessee. Right from the prologue, we know that Holmes is in ''major'' trouble, then we go back in time two months to find out how he gets to this point. Starts out by getting infected with a mutation of a deadly Asian diseason, which is only cured ''just'' in time (though not before putting him through a stomach-churning conversation with a SerialKiller and getting himself in trouble with Watson). Less than a week later, he's kidnapped ([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown quite brutally]]) and LockedInTheDungeon, therefore being subjected to all manner of ColdBloodedTorture. [[spoiler:He almost hits the DespairEventHorizon but [[{{Determinator}} wills himself away from it]]. Even ''after'' being rescued (while half-dead), Holmes deals with fever, frailty, [[FlashbackNightmare Flashback Nightmares]], [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] SurvivorGuilt. He ends up with a Result A, although his actions in the sequel do beg the question of just how well he learned his lessons.]]
** Left to himself, he likely would have gone for Result C and then died.
** If Moriarty had had his way, Holmes would have experienced Result B.
** It's a pretty much a miracle that he gets Result A.
* TrueCompanions: The Holmes brothers, the Watsons, Wiggins, and the Lestrades.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Invoked by the lyrics of these carols, presented in ''full'': "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Silent Night".
* TwistedChristmas: Attempted by Moriarty's men and thwarted by the actions of Watson, Holmes, and ''Moran'', of all people.
* VictorianLondon
* VillainousBreakdown: Averted with Moriarty, although both times he is angered in the story, he is well and truly ''furious''.
** Culverton Smith plays it straight upon his arrest, as per Canon.
* TheWatson: Averted with the TropeNamer himself -- played straighter with Lestrade.
* WhamLine: "And how is your younger brother, Mr. Holmes?"
* WhatTheHellHero[=/=]CallingTheOldManOut: Gregson and Lestrade dish this out pretty hard to Patterson [[spoiler:when they believe Holmes to be dead.]]
** Lestrade also gives ''Holmes'' a healthy dose in their first scene together.
* WickedCultured: Both [[TheDragon Moran]] and [[BigBad Moriarty]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Davy and Peter Wiggins are both shown as this, the elder being only 22 and the younger being 20 - though they have a mother and a home, they worked as beggars and pickpockets before being hired by Holmes.
* WithAFriendAndAStranger: Watson and Wiggins make their plans with Fred Porlock, a man neither has previously trusted.
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[[folder:''The Road to Reichenbach'']]
* ActionDuo: Holmes and Watson finally get the chance to shine together, and it'll be their last chance for a long time to come.
* AlliterativeTitle
* [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Always Save the Doctor]]: One of Holmes's driving goals.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Watson dishes out a well-deserved rebuke that ''unnerves'' Holmes more than a little.
* BroadStrokes: Due to its nature as a FixFic.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Part of the story's nature as a FixFic is in thoroughly taking apart the idea that the fight between Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach was skewed in Holmes's favor.
* DisneyDeath: Holmes (this ''does'' [[ForegoneConclusion go without saying]], right?).
* DisneyVillainDeath: Moriarty. Ahem.
* EmotionalTorque
* EvilCannotComprehendGood
* FixFic: To fix the continuity and logical problems with "''The'' Final Problem".
* ForegoneConclusion: We all know how this ends -- it's getting to that ending that's the point of the story.
* InMediasRes
* LastVillainStand
* LetsGetDangerous
* LighterAndFluffier: The Watson interlude.
* MythologyGag: Moriarty and Moran briefly discuss the possibility of stealing the ''Mona Lisa'' and [[Series/SherlockHolmes how to best make use of her]].
* NotAfraidToDie: Holmes and Watson, natch -- Holmes is just a little afraid of what might occur before and ''after''...
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
* {{Reconstruction}}: Another part of the whole FixFic thing is that it fleshes out the original story that has so often been labeled "unrealistic" and "full of plotholes", keeping all the elements of "The Final Problem" and building them back up into something believable.
* XanatosSpeedChess: In full play, with no fewer than ''four'' [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]]. It's notable that while Mycroft, Sherlock, and Patterson are three Chessmasters for the good guys, Moriarty is the sole ''[[EvilCounterpart evil]]'' [[DiabolicalMastermind Chessmaster]] - and his defeat is ''not'' as total as "The Final Problem" would have you think.
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[[folder:One-Shots]]
* AloofBigBrother: Inverted in "Together" - Mycroft steps down from his pedestal long enough to help Sherlock over to his armchair.
* ChristmasMiracle: "Together".
* ColdBloodedTorture: Again, for Holmes. "Deliver Us from Evil: In One Hundred Sentences" provided a fair amount of material for ''Mortality''.
* DisneyDeath
* DisneyVillainDeath
* AFatherToHisMen: Holmes to the Irregulars, Wiggins especially.
* FixFic: "Unraveling the Truth", which was written to work out some of the plot-holes in "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House."
* InsufferableGenius: Patterson. So much so, in fact, that ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' actually decides to cut back on ''his'' own arrogance whilst around Watson and Lestrade in the future!
* KilledOffForReal: Mary [[spoiler:and baby Arthur]] in "Those Dark Hours."
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Holmes and Mary, who are on a FirstNameBasis.
* ManChild: Mrs. Hudson thinks of Holmes in the early days as being this (part of this story, "The Warrior A Child" is recycled for ''Mortality'').
* SherlockScan: In "Alliance", Holmes performs one on Patterson without revealing his results to said Inspector.
* ShoutOut:
** EdgarAllanPoe and EmilyDickinson in "Long Time Falling".
** Mycroft gives Mary a copy of ''Literature/IdyllsOfTheKing'' in "Together".
* TakeThat: In-universe, Patterson delivers a subtle one to Holmes... that Lestrade still catches.
** A meta example is the FixFic "Unraveling the Truth", in which Lestrade calls Watson out on several elements in the canonical version of "The Final Problem."
* TitleDrop: Holmes prays [[Literature/TheBible the Lord's Prayer]]... in the short titled "Deliver Us from Evil".
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Invoked several times in multiple stories, most noticeably in ''One Hundred Sentences'' and "Bereft".
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Touched upon briefly in "Bereft"...
-->[[Literature/TheBible Behold, good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.]]
* TwistedChristmas: Well, the criminals ''try'' this, anyway, in "Together"... Didn't quite work, and that Christmas ended up being a nostalgic memory in years to come.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In "The Warrior a Child", Holmes appears "gray and drawn and aged beyond his years" in Mrs. Hudson's nightmare. This is a complete inversion of the author's usual portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, generally as boyish and [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks.]]
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