* AccidentalInnuendo: Molly tells Sherlock that if he ever needs help, he can "have her", and later on, Sherlock says he "needs" Molly, although he means [[spoiler:he needs her help to fake his death]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: John [[spoiler:eventually deciding to stay with Mary after learning her secret. Does it show his dedication and love, or is he only staying with her because of the baby?]] Season 4's episode, "The Six Thatchers" has believers of the latter feeling this is supported by John [[spoiler:starting to show interest in another woman, taking this to indeed imply he was no longer in love with Mary after she shot Sherlock.]]
** Sherlock seems never to remember Lestrade's first name. Does he really 'delete' it every time-or is he just screwing with Lestrade by pretending to forget? The Final Problem seems to imply the latter.
* AngstWhatAngst:
** John Watson seems to have PTSD in the first episode, to the extent he'd developed psychosomatic ''pain'' ...but gets over it pretty quickly. Somewhat {{justified|Trope}} as being away from the war is what's causing his issues. Getting back to adventure solves that nicely.
*** Although as the FridgeBrilliance page mentions, there is the implication he didn't get over it, a subtle one but it's certainly there.
*** [[spoiler:And the subtlety goes out the window as of ''His Last Vow'', where it's revealed that John's [=PTSD=] has evolved into a danger addiction that has completely wrecked his ability to live a normal life.]]
** Mrs. Hudson casually mentions how she found out her husband was a drug dealer and a murderer, and then rants about how their relationship was [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mostly physical.]]
* AwardSnub:
** The show received 4 nominations for the first run of episodes, but failed to earn recognition for the top prize or for its performances. Notably, Steven Moffat lost the award for Best Screenplay for a TV Movie or Mini-Series to ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' (whose writer Jullian Fellowes had already won an Oscar about 9 years earlier). This is especially egregious since ''Downton Abbey'' had been shifted from the Mini-Series category to the Drama Category for all of its subsequent seasons.
** ''Sherlock'', its cast, and crew were nominated for thirteen Emmy categories in 2012 for Series 2, but won none of them. Naturally, rage from the fans ensued.
** Series 3:
*** It aired too late to qualify for the 2014 National Television Awards, but somehow, reruns qualified, and Benedict Cumberbatch won the new Best TV Detective category. The trope was averted this time despite no new episodes airing!
*** Averted for the Emmy awards -- Out of its four 2014 Emmy nominations, it won three: Best Actor (Cumberbatch), Best supporting actor (Freeman), and best writing (all in the miniseries/movie category).
* AwesomeEgo:
** Sherlock has an extremely high opinion of himself, and he may well deserve it. Fans love him for it regardless.
** Moriarty, being an EvilCounterpart to Sherlock with all of his ego on full display. Many fans are similarly enamored with him.
** To a lesser extent, Charles Augustus Magnussen. He's a disgusting sociopath, but [[spoiler:if you had a mind capable of storing countless facts in your head and could easily recite them from memory, and could do a SherlockScan as well as the great man himself]], wouldn't you also find it hard to brag? [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed|Trope}} as his having no backups allows Sherlock to easily shoot him in the head]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Moriarty:
*** Initial reactions to the camp Moriarty seem to range from 'obnoxious voice and looks like a twelve-year old' to 'deliciously creepy re-interpretation similar to the newer versions of [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] and [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]]'.
*** Interestingly enough, [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] comparisons are used by both Moriarty's fans and detractors.
*** Then there's the whole split of Moriarty fans who believe he is delightfully fucked up in contrast to the fans who manage to both [[DracoInLeatherPants leather-pants him]] and {{Wimpif|ication}}y him while saying [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation "My poor baby!"]]
** The fan reactions to Irene Adler are contrasting at best. Either she's a clever, competent woman who managed to best the great Sherlock Holmes, or her character was oversexualised and reduced to a DamselInDistress at the end, not to mention how the hate for her can reach ''well'' into RonTheDeathEater territory.
** Mary [[spoiler:after the reveal that she's actually a secret super spy. Some fans found her new backstory interesting, and liked that Mary was a genuine badass rather than just John's love interest. Others found her backstory over-the-top and unnecessary, and disliked the fact that she was able to outperform both John ''and'' Sherlock, with Sherlock outright saying that she was better at helping him than John.]]
* BizarroEpisode: "The Blind Banker", a horribly awkward attempt to translate 19th-century YellowPeril villains to the present day (from a story (''The Dancing Men'') with no such villains in the first place), with zero connections to the far better-received first and third episodes of Series 1. It stands out so much, in fact, that some fans suspect that Stephen Thompson was left completely in the dark by Moffat and Gatiss except for the basic concept of a modern-day Holmes and Watson.
* BrokenBase:
** Season 3 is subject to ferocious debate.
** The large amount of HomoeroticSubtext between John and Sherlock (which has even been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d multiple times) has caused many reactions by the fandom. Some viewers enjoy it or even believe it is genuine ShipTease to hint at John and Sherlock getting a RelationshipUpgrade while others believe that the writers have no plan on getting John and Sherlock together and simply added the subtext to attract more YaoiFangirls.
** Season 4:
*** Episode 1, "The Six Thatchers", has been one of the most polarising episodes to date:
*** Some fans outright detested it for [[spoiler: focusing on drama rather than an actual case and for focusing too heavily on Mary and her super spy background. It goes without saying that a lot of fans disliked the fact that John, of all people, was unfaithful, and that he was ultimately pushed to the background by both Sherlock ''and'' Mary; the former stating that Mary was far better at helping him. Mary taking a bullet for Sherlock and dying was also disliked because it was poorly set up, and shot in a way that looked absolutely ridiculous. Some fans also disliked that Sherlock was made more 'human', to the point of seeing a psychologist at the end of the episode.]]
*** However, other fans thought it was a refreshing episode with a much needed change of pace. [[spoiler: They liked that Mary got some more backstory, and enjoyed that she was made into a badass super spy, rather than just sitting in the background with the baby. They liked that there was more action, as opposed to detective work, and liked seeing the dynamic of Sherlock and Mary working together. Fans also liked the implication that John isn't perfect, and did cheat on his wife, and they also liked seeing the more human side of Sherlock.]] In other words, most opinions on this episode are extremely contrasting in nature.
*** There is a third group which dislikes some things from the former points while enjoying others.
*** The finale "The Final Problem" ''[[UpToEleven somehow manages to be even more polarizing]]'' to the point of causing significant InternetBackdraft, with [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38635953 the episode's ratings hitting an all-time low]] for the series:
*** [[spoiler:Some believe that it was an intense, emotional roller-coaster of an episode and served its role as an exhilarating conclusion for the darkest and most tragic season of ''Sherlock''. [[EarnYourHappyEnding The ending of the episode]] is considered to be both a satisfying uplifting wrap up of the series, in case it is indeed the end, and a positive affirmation of [[AndTheAdventureContinues the immortal status of Sherlock Holmes’ legend]]]].
*** [[spoiler:Some believe that it is by far the ''worst'' episode of the whole series, considering it to be a particularly edgy variation of JumpingTheShark. Why? The series makes a drastic {{genre shift}} to what may be considered an out of place ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' rip-off with newly arrived Holmes sibling [[DarkMagicalGirl Eurus]] serving as an improbable antagonist. She shatters viewers' [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspension of disbelief]] regarding what is humanly possible, even by the show’s already borderline-superhuman standards, with her superpowers including ''instant brainwashing of anyone she meets and predicting terror attacks in an hour based on Twitter patterns''. Like most antagonists of the series, she is obsessed with Sherlock and uses her [[InformedAbility alleged]] intellect to construct a clichéd slasher maze full of {{sadistic choice}}s. This whole incredibly {{complex|ityAddiction}} and [[CrazyPrepared well-prepared]] long-range plan, based on numerous [[GambitRoulette unpredictable]] variables, was forged by her and Jim Moriarty in '''''five minutes''''', breaking the suspension of disbelief even further. Unsurprisingly, both Sherlock and Mycroft look severely [[TheWorfEffect underpowered and helpless]] in this episode, playing by the villain's rules for quite some time. [[PlotInducedStupidity Mycroft specifically turns out to be an imbecile]] by letting a dangerously-psychotic genius mastermind have an unsupervised conversation with another dangerously-psychotic genius mastermind, who both openly obsessed over and directly threatened his little brother. Ultimately, Sherlock defeats his sister through equally magical abilities and empathy, revealing the horrible truth about what happened to Redbeard in the process and learning about the undercooked [[DrivenByEnvy motivation]] of Eurus. Unsurprisingly, lots and lots of blatant {{plot hole}}s appear. Perhaps it is also not surprising that some people saw it as a bad fanfiction rather than a genuine episode.]]
*** [[spoiler:Not to mention how emotionally oppressive and uncomfortable to watch "The Final Problem" was. Witnessing [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Molly Hooper]] being humiliated again by being forced to confess her love to Sherlock ''by'' an equally-humiliated and unwilling Sherlock was an especially gruelling experience for quite a lot of fans.]]
*** [[spoiler:Mary's narration at the end is seen as either a touching way to cover the ending montage, while others found it {{Narm}} and out of place. A fan edit was made removing the narration, which had many people feeling it made the ending a lot better.]]
*** [[spoiler:Some fans think that despite the episode’s plot being a mess, its emotional moments, especially the ending, as well as completed character arcs for Sherlock and John were more than enough to make up for its other shortcomings.]]
*** [[spoiler:Yet another group liked the episode fine despite its flaws, but disliked the GrandFinale-like ending, feeling it came out of ''nowhere'' after the whole Eurus story, thus ruining an episode that could have been fine on its own if not for it being treated as the very last.]]
*** [[spoiler:Other than the argument of whether or not it was a good finale, the fact that John and Sherlock are not explicitly in a relationship did not go over silently. One half of the fandom is enraged that the creators queerbaited them for the entire series only to not go through with it at the end. The other half point out that the creators never said the relationship would happen, and that a few people looked too deeply into John and Sherlock's relationship. The argument of whether the Johnlock ship is more appreciated than the show itself is a ''whole new war entirely''.]]
** Aside from (possibly) "The Lying Detective", the first and final episodes of the series were ''polarizing'' at best, with critics and fans crying out how the series became less about of a detective series and more action packed and obsessed with the mentality of DarkerAndEdgier. "The Final Problem" became the biggest polarizing episode however, with '''more''' fans and critics debating on whether the series ended on a good note or if it ended in a cop out, especially with the revelations involving [[spoiler: Eurus]]. And of course it lead to ''some'' fans attacking [[ScapegoatCreator Steven Moffat]] [[RunningGag for "ruining the show"]], like some do to the [[Series/DoctorWho other show]] he runs for.
* CompleteMonster: [[DiabolicalMastermind Jim Moriarty]] is the world's only "[[PsychoForHire consulting criminal]]", lending his genius to help others commit their crimes. With his main motivations being to [[ForTheEvulz distract himself from his boredom]] and to [[AttentionWhore catch the attention]] of [[ArchEnemy Sherlock Holmes]], Moriarty serves as the OverarchingVillain of the first two seasons, and is behind both cases in the [[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink first]] [[Recap/SherlockS01E02TheBlindBanker two]] episodes. Taking center stage in "[[Recap/SherlockS01E03TheGreatGame The Great Game]]" Moriarty sells out his clients and challenges Sherlock to solve their crimes within a certain time limit or else Moriarty will detonate bombs he strapped to innocent people, [[WouldHurtAChild including a child]], considering it a fun little "game". When one of his victims, a blind old woman, begins to describe the sound of Moriarty's voice, Moriarty detonates her bomb, killing her and eleven others. Later, in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall The Reichenbach Fall]]", Moriarty [[JuryAndWitnessTampering threatens the family members of a jury to get himself declared innocent]], kidnaps and poisons two children, murders his accomplice, [[FrameUp frames Sherlock]] for both these and other crimes Sherlock has solved, then tries to force Sherlock to commit suicide under threat of having his loved ones assassinated. When Sherlock plans to force Moriarty to call off the killers, Moriarty [[spoiler:[[AteHisGun merrily eats his gun]]]] to "win" his game with Sherlock. Even after his defeat, it is revealed that Moriarty made a deal with [[spoiler:Eurus Holmes]] where, in the event of [[spoiler:[[ThanatosGambit his death]]]], she would lure Sherlock into a series of {{Sadistic Choice}}s constructed by herself and Moriarty that would kill numerous innocents, threaten the lives of Sherlock's best friend and brother, and hopefully drive Sherlock into complete despair. Moriarty was the [[EvilCounterpart dark reflection of Sherlock]]: a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]], {{manipulative|Bastard}}, EvilGenius who would [[TheUnfettered let nothing stand in his way]] to [[ItAmusedMe escape from his excruciating boredom]].
* ConsolationAward: A more cynical interpretation for ''Sherlock'''s surprise 2014 Emmy sweep.
* CrazyAwesome:
** He's ''Sherlock Holmes'', and crazier than most portrayals. He keeps eyeballs in the microwave and a severed head in the fridge, and gets rid of his boredom by spray-painting a smiley face on the wall and shooting at it. And the thumbs in the refrigerator. Poor Mrs. Hudson. Bonus points for shooting the wall ''being canon'' to the source material- in "The Musgrave Ritual", he is mentioned to have shot the Queen's initials into his wall as target practice.
** Also Mycroft in his own way. His use of phones and CCTV cameras is quite impressive, and just being so [[TheStoic stoic]] makes it better.
** Moriarty, although he definitely goes into CreepyAwesome.
* CreepyAwesome:
** Sherlock does this too many times to count, but particularly this interaction in "A Study in Pink", immediately after [[{{Crosses the Line Twice}}another foot-in-mouth moment]]:
--->'''Sherlock:''' If you were dying, if you'd been murdered, in your very last seconds, what would you say?\\
'''John:''' Please, God, let me live.\\
'''Sherlock:''' Oh, use your imagination!\\
'''John:''' I don't have to.
** Magnussen, owing to his cunning moments coupled with him being an absolute creep.
** Considering the big surprises of Series 4, [[spoiler: Eurus]]. This fits considering [[spoiler: she's Sherlock's sister]].
* DieForOurShip:
** {{Averted|Trope}} with Molly. Despite the HUGE slash fandom that this show has, Molly doesn't have much of a {{Hatedom}} mainly because she's just so damned ''adorable'' (and to a lesser extent, as Moffat's personal ChewToy, so damned pathetic, that no one really has the heart to hate her.)
** Irene also survived the shippers relatively unscathed, mainly because, despite the enormous amounts of FoeYay, she's also a ShipperOnDeck.
** Both averted and played straight with Mary. Many fans were annoyed that Mary would show up and hoped for her eventual demise, but after she was shown on screen she ended up being liked by a lot of them.
*** After ''His Last Vow'' many fans lost their sympathy towards her, but mostly because of things other than shipping.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Moriarty. Despite being [[CompleteMonster irredeemable]] in the show, he gets this treatment in fandom for being attractive and funny. His Irish Accent is enough to give non-fangirls of him ''instant nosebleeds'' (but only if they're listening on earphones or headphones.)
** Averted with fanfics about Kitty Reilly getting a new chance, as most writers enjoy letting her feel colossal amounts of guilt in the beginning.
** [[spoiler: Eurus gets a mix of this or downright BaseBreakingCharacter due to her '''big''' MoralEventHorizon moments but with her tragic backstory]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Mycroft. That's what you get when you utilize the character's full MagnificentBastard / SharpDressedMan potential and cast [[spoiler:Mark Gatiss]] in the role.
** Not to mention his assistant, "[[SexySecretary Anthea]]". Five lines, two scenes, one episode, and ''no'' real name revealed for her... and the fandom absolutely ''adores'' her. Needless to say, her return, however brief, in ''The Empty Hearse'', was met with much rejoicing.
** Molly Hooper was originally intended to be a one-off character, but she quickly became a favorite among the creators and the fans.
** Anderson, after being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the mini-episode "Many Happy Returns", became even more popular in Season 3, where he's a stand-in for the show's fandom.
** Archie from "The Sign of Three".
** Donovan was close to becoming one after the first episode because of her no-nonsense attitude towards Sherlock; however, she instead became a downright {{Jerkass}} towards him in subsequent episodes, and after "The Reichenbach Fall", she instead became TheScrappy who is near-universally hated by the fanbase.
** DI Stella Hopkins from "The Six Thatchers" mainly for being the first Conan Doyle inspector besides Lestrade to show up, plus being a GenderFlip of her book counterpart.
* EvilIsSexy: Moriarty, with a healthy dose of Westwood Suits and EvilIsHammy to come with it.
* FandomRivalry:
** For one, there's the [[Film/SherlockHolmes 2009 and 2011 Guy Ritchie films]].
** Brief kerfuffles occurred in early 2012 with the fandom of the KPop band SHINee, for overtaking the #Sherlock tag on Tumblr for the band's new album.
** Fights with ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' fandom have naturally gotten ''ugly'', mainly for Watson's GenderFlip and RaceLift. And, ironically, Sherlock fans flooding the Elementary tag on Tumblr. The big irony here is that Cumberbatch and ''Elementary'' Sherlock Johnny Lee Miller have been good friends since before either took the role.
** More generally, there are fights with fans of other versions of Franchise/SherlockHolmes, including the original Conan Doyle stories, who are upset that the show's Sherlock is such an extreme InsufferableGenius and that PopCulturalOsmosis causes some people to believe that all versions of Holmes are that unpleasant.
** The 2013 National Television Awards have made enemies of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' fans for winning over Sherlock. Cue more tag-flooding on Tumblr... of the wrong tag.
** Fights got nasty with ''Series/TeenWolf'' fandom on Tumblr, in March 2013. ''Series/TeenWolf'''s Season 3 airdate was posted by a fan, but only mentioned the show in the tags. Fandom outrage, once again, as confused Sherlockians thought they were being deliberately misled.
* {{Fanon}}:
** As of this writing, it hasn't even been officially confirmed that Sebastian Moran will appear in this show at all, though browsing the insane amounts of [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=sebastian+moran modern Moran fan art]] on Website/DeviantArt might give you a different impression.
*** A Lord Moran appears in the first episode of Season 3, though that seems to be where the similarities end. [[spoiler: The true Sebastian Moran is seemingly ''Mary Morstan'' of all people, who is something of a CompositeCharacter.]]
** When Sherrinford was mentioned in Series 4, fans assumed he would make an appearance, being the fandom equivalent to a smarter Holmes brother. This was thrown out the window when [[spoiler: not only was Sherrinford a ''location'', but the Holmes sibling was a demented psychotic female named Eurus]].
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Holmes/Watson of course.
*** Supposedly this doesn't stop with the fans; [[OneOfUs the creators and writers ship it too]].
** Mycroft/Lestrade and Moran/Moriarty -- although the former hasn't yet been confirmed to exist in-universe -- have become quite popular as well.
** Sherlock/Adler, which is a ship that started [[OlderThanTelevision waaaaaaay back in the original books]], is still going strong, with lots of supporters.
* FoeYay:
** Sherlock and Moriarty, naturally. Moriarty calls Sherlock 'sexy', the dance between them 'flirting', and so on. This is almost all one-sided though, due to [[spoiler: the deliciously camp re-imagining of Moriarty]]. One of The Empty Hearse members has a flight of fancy imagining Sherlock's suicide scene was a conspiracy between him and Moriarty so they could get John out of the picture and make out on the rooftop.
** Sherlock and Irene Adler too.
* FourthWallMyopia: Donovan suffers from the effects of this. ''We'' know that Sherlock isn't going to turn evil, but she doesn't. Her suspicion of Sherlock makes her TheScrappy.
* FriendlyFandoms:
** With ''Series/DoctorWho''. Both shows share showrunner Creator/StevenMoffat (Moffat took over as showrunner for ''Doctor Who'' in 2010, the same year ''Sherlock'' premiered), and there are a decent amount of crossover fanworks between the two, most notably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3bGYljQ5Uw this very well made special effects mash up of the Eleventh Doctor inviting Sherlock to be his next companion]]. Fans of both shows have even come up with the crossover name "Wholock."
*** These fandoms are also friendly with that of the American television series ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', to the point that the combined fandoms have been dubbed "Superwholock".
** Fans are also on good terms with fans of the ''Film/TheHobbit'' films, where both Creator/MartinFreeman ''and'' Creator/BenedictCumberbatch play starring roles.
** There's also the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fandom (namely the [[Film/StarTrek reboot]] [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness series]]) due to Cumberbatch's involvement with the franchise. Hell, his character even dresses like Holmes at certain points in the second film as well.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** From the first episode:
-->'''John:''' Do people usually assume you're the murderer?\\
'''Sherlock:''' Now and then, yes.
*** There's actually dozens of these if actually look close enough, [[spoiler: especially references to "The Reichenbach Fall"]]. It seriously adds to the rewatch value.
** This line from John's blog, regarding an incident between Sherlock and himself in ''Baskerville'' -- [[spoiler: He'd used me as an experiment. One day I will kill him.]]
** When John wanders past a [[spoiler:dummy hanging by the neck from the ceiling of 221B,]] he jokes, "So... did you just talk to him for a very long time?" [[spoiler:Incredibly harsh when you consider that, after Jim Moriarty talked to him for a very long time, Sherlock apparently committed suicide before the end of the episode. Ouch.]]
** Again with RealitySubtext: During "The Six Thatchers", [[spoiler: John jokingly tells Mary "Can I divorce you?" after she jokingly compares him to a dog that Sherlock got to help with a case. This becomes painful when before said episode airing, Martin Freeman and his partner (who ''plays'' Mary) separated, although in ambivalent terms]].
** In "The Lying Detective", Mrs. Hudson abducting Sherlock and stuffing him in the trunk of her car is hilarious. However, the scene ''can'' be harder to watch when in 2005, Benedict Cumberbatch along with friends got abducted in real life and put in the cars of criminals in South Africa, to which Cumberbatch at one point got put in the trunk. One can only wonder if filming that part of "The Lying Detective" gave him flashbacks.
* GeniusBonus: The StandardSnippet to which [[spoiler:Moriarty]] commits the heist of the century in ''[[{{Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall}} The Reichenbach Fall]]''? The Overture to Rossini's ''La Gazza Ladra'', or '' The Thieving Magpie''. Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show is popular in many countries across the globe from America to India but none of them are as obsessed with it as China is. There is even a ''Sherlock''-themed cafe in Shanghai, ''and'' the nickname of the ''entire'' UK is affected by ''this single series'' (see Memetic Mutation below)
** Johnlock fanfiction is becoming increasingly popular in China, and even non-shippers agree that they have a epic bromance. Tie-in editions also tend to sell out faster than other editions of the canon there, and many fans also enjoy the Casebook.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The first episode. Sgt. Sally Donovan says: [[spoiler:"One day we'll be standing around a body and Sherlock Holmes will be the one who put it there."]] Fast forward to "The Reichenbach Fall" and ''ouch''.[[note]]Sherlock "committed suicide" as part of a ThanatosGambit by Moriarty, so technically there is a body the police will be standing around, and Sherlock will have put it there… because it's his body. Although he may not be quite dead.[[/note]]
*** [[spoiler: And then there's the climax of "His Last Vow", where Sherlock shoots Magnussen in front of three police helicopters and Mycroft.]]
** [[spoiler: One of John's last lines to Sherlock in "The Reichenbach Fall" becomes this when you puzzle out who, exactly, is protecting whom.]]
-->'''Sherlock:''' Alone protects me.\\
'''John:''' No. Friends protect people.
** Also, Mrs. Hudson's comment in "A Scandal in Belgravia", considering how [[spoiler:Moriarty finds out Sherlock's life story]]:
-->'''Mrs. Hudson:''' Family is all we have in the end, Mycroft Holmes.
** John's quote "The press will turn, Sherlock. They always turn, and they'll turn on you." from ''The Reichenbach Fall'' echoed eerily in the minds of some fans when they read [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4486222/Ben-Ill-posh-off.html some]] [[http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s183/downton-abbey/news/a399632/benedict-cumberbatch-series-two-of-downton-was-fking-atrocious.html articles]] written about Benedict Cumberbatch, which used quotes that were no doubt taken completely out of context and twisted around. They media is definitely taking advantage of this self-proclaimed [[http://tvline.com/2012/06/14/sherlock-season-3-benedict-cumberbatch/ "PR disaster"]].
** The [[spoiler: cab driver's]] words to Sherlock: "I'm not gonna kill you, Mr. Holmes. I'm gonna talk to you, and then you're gonna kill yourself."
** The allusion to Jimmy Savile when discussing Moriarty's ''modus operandi'' as a criminal "Jim'll Fix It", in light of the 2012 [[PaedoHunt allegations]] about the late entertainer. [[spoiler: It doesn't help when we learn in "The Reichenbach Fall" that Moriarty moonlights as an award-winning children's storyteller]].
** The words "love is a far more vicious motivator" from "A Study in Pink" hurt much more since Sherlock [[spoiler:commited suicide to save the people he loves, his only friends]].
** All of these lines from "A Scandal in Belgravia" sound like wicked foreshadowing after watching "The Reichenbach Fall":
-->Sentiment is a chemical defect found [[spoiler:in the losing side]].\\
I've often thought that love was a [[spoiler:dangerous disadvantage]]. Thank you for the final proof.\\
This is your heart, and you should never let it rule your head.
*** They're just as painful in relation to "His Last Vow", knowing that Sherlock [[spoiler: kills Magnussen to protect John, and is almost sent on a suicide mission to Eastern Europe as punishment.]]
** Doubling as RealitySubtext, in "The Sign of Three", Major Reed's suspicion of John's motives for investigating the case, coupled with Sherlock breaking into the barracks and the (attempted) murder of Pvt. Bainbridge shorty after, leads him to immediately assume that they were responsible. After the 2013 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Lee_Rigby murder of Pvt. Lee Rigby]], his paranoia about security come across as ''very'' justified.
** Regarding "The Six Thatchers", Sherlock tells Mary that he will protect her (which is a reference to "The Sign of Three") and even vows to do so. [[spoiler: The episode ends with Mary '''dying''' and John becoming a broken man who berates Sherlock for not keeping his promise]].
** Mycroft told Sherlock that their parents attempts to encourage them to play with other children did not go very well. It takes on a whole new horrifying meaning in "The Final Problem" when we learn the truth about [[spoiler: Victor and Redbeard]].
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: A lot of Sherlock's behavior towards John in "A Study in Pink" seems like just common courtesy (thanking him for the phone, trying to turn him down gently when he thinks John is into him, waiting for him at the top of the stairs) until we reach later episodes, and we realize that Sherlock normally couldn't care less about common courtesy. The whole of Season 3 also doubles as Tear Jerker in Hindsight.
* HesJustHiding:
** Sherlock was this in-universe, although in this case the speculators were correct.
** Moriarty for some, who expected JokerImmunity to be in play. [[spoiler: The apparent confirmation of this is a major plot point in Season 4, which while revealed ''is'' dead, his presence pretty much continues.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Sherlock is being investigated by a reporter from ''The Sun'' and [[spoiler: finds a recording device planted in 221B]] at a point in the show's timeline (June 2012) that is four months after five ''Sun'' reporters and editors were arrested on hacking and bribery charges. Considering that particular episode was written and filmed several months before the ''News of the World'' scandal broke, it becomes either a FunnyAneurysmMoment and/or doubly hilarious.
** There's also the fact that ''The Sun'' was giving Creator/BenedictCumberbatch A LOT of attention around the time Series 2 aired in America. According to [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4302036/Sherlock-star-Benedict-Cumberbatch-is-voted-The-Suns-sexiest-man-beating-David-Beckham.html the polls]], brainy has indeed become the new sexy!
** The scandal regarding [[http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/08/22/prince-harry-naked-photos-surface-online/ Prince Harry's strip-poker shenanigans with female entertainers]] just practically screams the premise of "A Scandal in Belgravia". Seeing a similar situation befall [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine,_Duchess_of_Cambridge#Violations_of_privacy the Duchess of Cambridge]] after a few months makes it either [[HarsherInHindsight worse]]… or this.
*** Magnussen being an {{expy}} of Rupert Murdoch either makes this HarsherInHindsight or hilarious.
** Sherlock's line "Oh I may be on the side of angels, but don't think for one second that I'm one of them." Benedict Cumberbatch went on to play the Angel Islington on the BBC radio drama of Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''.
** In the 2012 episode "The Hounds of Baskerville", after Sherlock complains about experiencing emotions, Watson sarcastically calls him "Spock". In the 2013 film ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Benedict Cumberbatch plays [[spoiler: Khan Noonien Singh]], who has several showdowns with Spock.
** John's "Holy Mary!" reaction to Molly's dress in "A Scandal in Belgravia", when his wife as of series 3 is named "Mary".
** In "The Great Game" Sherlock goes "I am on fire!". A couple of years later, he literally [[Film/TheHobbit becomes fire]].
** In "A Scandal in Belgravia", [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch Sherlock]] expresses distaste for [[Film/TheHobbit burglars]].
** The whole "Moriarty is an actor" scheme in "The Reichenbach Fall", since the release of ''Film/IronMan3'' and the backlash over Creator/BenKingsley's Mandarin being an actor.
** In "The Geek Interpreter", Melas mentions that he's talking to some of his mates in the comic book industry to set up a graphic novel series of their cases. [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/09/bbcs-hit-sherlock-getting-a-manga-adaptation/ Guess what]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/sherlock happened]] later?
** In "A Scandal in Belgravia", Sherlock mentions the Allies breaking the German code but not wanting to let the Germans know that they broke it. Benedict Cumberbatch would later play the man who made that decision, Alan Turing, in ''Film/TheImitationGame''.
** Oona Chaplin, who plays John's girlfriend in "A Scandal in Belgravia", will go on to play Talisa Stark in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In "His Last Vow", Tom Brooke joins ''Sherlock'' as Bill Wiggins. Brooke played a Frey in ''Game of Thrones'', specifically the Frey [[spoiler:who stabs Talisa repeatedly in the Red Wedding]]. This puts John attacking Wiggins in "His Last Vow" in a different light.
** With this series, both the character of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have been portrayed by actors called "Britain's Sexiest Man" at different times (Benedict Cumberbatch and Creator/JudeLaw from the [[Film/SherlockHolmes Guy Ritchie films]].)
** Moriarty's scheme in "The Reichenbach Fall" involves stealing the crown jewels of England and posing with them for the police, and he later mockingly calls himself a King in a conversation with Sherlock (''"In a world of locked rooms, a man with a key is King. And honey, you should see me in a crown…"''). Creator/AndrewScott and Benedict Cumberbatch are now ''both'' set to play historical Kings in Season 2 of ''Series/TheHollowCrown'': Louis XI of France and Richard III of England, respectively.
** The FandomRivalry between fans of this show and [[Film/SherlockHolmes the Robert Downey, Jr. films]] got a lot funnier when it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey, Jr. would ''both'' be playing superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: ComicBook/DoctorStrange and ComicBook/IronMan, respectively. Making it funnier is the fact that both characters are complete opposites in every way (one is a hedonistic, wise-cracking ScienceHero, the other a stoic, ascetic sorcerer), and it's practically inevitable that they'll end up sharing the screen at some point.
** The last time Sian Brooke, who plays [[spoiler: Eurus, the third Holmes sibling]], worked alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, in a production of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', she was his love interest.
* HoYay: Has its own [[HoYay/{{Sherlock}} page]].
* {{HSQ}}:
** The ending to "A Scandal in Belgravia." [[spoiler: Irene's dead. No, she's alive. Irene's escaped. She's in love with Sherlock. She's dead without that information. Mycroft confims she's dead… and Sherlock's saved her. HSQ indeed.]]
** The ending to "[[{{Recap/SherlockS02E03TheReichenbachFall}} The Reichenbach Fall]]". Even when you know it's coming. ''Especially'' when you know it's coming. [[spoiler: John saw Sherlock fall. He touched his body. How on ''earth'' do they come back from that? Possible answer: It helps attempting to fake a death when you have a forensic pathologist who does nearly anything for you.]]
** Season 3's finale is probably the greatest one yet. [[spoiler: Sherlock leaves by plane after murdering Charles Magnussen, the villain of the season. Cue a fake-out cut to the "credits". But wait! A threatening message spreads through the country! Who could it be for? Who's it from? ''It's from [[BackFromTheDead Moriarty.]]'' ]]
** How does the first episode of Series 4 end? [[spoiler:Mary being killed off, with it even (possibly) leading to the end of John and Sherlock's friendship, as by the end of the episode he wants ''nothing'' to do with him]].
** And then the next episode tops it with the reveal that the BigBad in Season 4 is [[spoiler: Eurus, the previously-unmentioned sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, who reveals herself as a MasterOfDisguise and MagnificentBastard and ends the episode by apparently shooting John in the head.]]
** ''All'' of "The Final Problem", from [[spoiler: Eurus's MindRape of the brothers (and John) to the reveal of Redbeard]].
%%** The finale ending of season 1
%%** The finale ending of season 2
* HypocriticalFandom: CBS' ''Elementary'', as announced in January 2012, is a modern day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, except in New York. While there is concern the basic idea is a ripoff of ''Sherlock'', the fanbase has been livid, asking why Americans can't make anything original. Which is ironic, because the very premise of ''Sherlock'' is derivative. The books are probably some of the most influential fictional works of the nineteenth century, which have been adapted into or inspired [[RecycledInSpace in whole or in part countless other works]], including several successful TV series. ''Sherlock'''s main virtue in that regard is that it stayed in England when it modernized, and is based directly on the Doyle canon, instead of just the basic premise with serial numbers filed off.
** The main issue seems to be that ''Elementary'' [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/legal-thriller-looms-as-sherlock-takes-his-caseload-to-new-york-6292682.html apparently]] is based off of an American remake of ''Sherlock'' that the BBC rejected permission for, hence some of the cause for concern that it will be a knockoff of ''Sherlock'' and not a new adaptation of the books. Fans may have jumped the gun, though, as the similarities have become less and less as the show has gone on.
* IdiotPlot:
** Moriarty's plan in "The Reichenbach Fall" relies on the police becoming suspicious of Sherlock for a weak reason and Sherlock reacting by acting ''very'' suspicious, and it works. However, this ''is'' Moriarty -- he likely had contingency plans and leverage on relevant parties ready to make it work one way or the other. [[spoiler:We also find out in the third series that Sherlock was deliberately playing to Moriarity's plan so that his own and Mycroft's plan to take Moriarity down would work.]]
** The entirety of "The Final Problem": [[spoiler:Did Mycroft really think nothing bad would happen sticking two psychopaths like Eurus and Moriarty alone in a room together for five minutes unsupervised? (Why didn't he just lie to Eurus about being unsupervised? Even a super-brilliant mind can't tell if the light is off on a camera because it's not recording, or the light is just turned off.) Did the warden really think nothing would go wrong having people regularly interact with a noted hypnotist like Eurus? Is Sherlock really incapable of seeing there's no glass in Eurus' cell even though he has these amazing skills of deduction? When Mycroft realised Sherrinford's security had been compromised, why did he decide the best way to deal with that would be for him, Sherlock, and John to visit Eurus personally, with no backup, instead of having Eurus moved to some other location were none of the security had been brainwashed by her? Why does everyone go along with Eurus' SadisticChoice mindgames, when she's clearly untrustworthy and unreliable (and so can't be bargained with)? (Particularly: why is everyone so convinced that killing one innocent person to (possibly) save another is a sane and reasonable response?) Why did no-one look in the apparently fairly large well on the grounds of the Musgrave estate? How did Sherlock actually stage his "haunted house of clowns" event at Mycroft's house?]]
* JerkassWoobie:
** Sherlock, occasionally. He is a self-proclaimed "[[SociopathicHero high functioning sociopath]]" who generally acts like a dick and solves crime for fun, not justice. [[ManipulativeBastard He is also very manipulative]]. But Sherlock is redeemed by his PetTheDog moments, as well as his lapses into vulnerability, so it's hard not to feel sympathy for him. He slides slightly further towards the Woobie end of things in Series 3, owing to having TookALevelInKindness.
** Bizarrely enough, [[spoiler: Eurus. It's obvious there was ''a lot'' wrong with her, but it's pretty obvious from her VillainousBreakdown ''and'' even reaching the DespairEventHorizon that within her sick and twisted mind, [[IJustWantToBeLoved she just wanted to be loved by Sherlock]]]].
* JustHereForGodzilla: Admit it, you only first bought the tie-in editions of ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' and ''Literature/TheSignOfTheFour'' for Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman's introduction.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler:Sherlock is quickly revealed at the end of the second season to not have died, but to have somehow faked his suicide.]]
* LoveToHate: Moriarty, whose '''''deliciously''''' evil personality has him competing with [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]] and [[Manga/{{Monster}} Johan]] for the title of: "Most [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent]] of all [[CompleteMonster Monsters]]"
* MagnificentBastard:
** Moriarty, ''Big Time''. He's the mastermind behind all cases Sherlock goes into throughout the series, manages to avoid capture, and personally runs into Sherlock twice without getting captured. ''Fooling him with a disguise'' the first time.
*** He takes it even further in ''The Reichenbach Fall'', turning everyone, up to and including ''both Holmes brothers'' into {{Unwitting Pawn}}s as part of his sadistic plan to absolutely ''destroy'' Sherlock. And no matter how far he skips over the MoralEventHorizon one cannot help but applaud (albeit while hiding under the bedsheets).
** Mycroft, who not only ''is'' the British government, but can [[spoiler:fake plane crashes]] and order assassinations.
** Charles Augustus Magnussen runs the entire Western world from one room in his house where he stores the privates information of celebrities and world leaders. [[spoiler: The room is just for meditation- in fact he stores all that information ''in his mind''.]]
** [[spoiler: Eurus]], considering being the ''smartest'' of the [[spoiler: Holmes siblings]] and being able to [[spoiler: MindRape '''everyone''' at Sherrinford to Sherlock, Mycroft, and John]], which is saying a lot.
%%** Sherlock is a rare heroic example.
%%** Irene Adler
* MemeticBadass:
** Both Mycroft and his Umbrella.
** Molly Hooper dated the most dangerous man in Britain. Then dumped his ass.
*** After turning him into a [[{{Series/Glee}} Gleek]].
** According to the Internet, John "Three Continents" Watson is a tiny assassin in a cuddly jumper.
* MemeticMutation:
** In "The Reichenbach Fall", there is a short scene in which Donovan rushes into Lestrade's office to tell him that there's been a break-in. Lestrade, who has his feet up on the desk and is eating a doughnut, simply replies "Not our division." The fandom went nuts with the line.
** According to Website/LiveJournal, John's mustache has more important things to do than be on John's face, like [[MemeticBadass taking down terrorist cells and winning the Olympics.]]
** After the series 2 finale, [[spoiler:"[[Film/TheDarkKnight I believe in Sherlock Holmes]]" and "[[http://earlfoolish.tumblr.com/post/15969467726 Moriarty was real]]".]]
** Characters being compared to various kinds of animals for whatever reason. [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1oz1lprMg1qm3wmuo1_500.jpg Moriarty is a lizard,]] and [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1mq11LABj1roowpfo6_r1_500.png Mycroft is an owl.]] Doyle himself described Lestrade as [[http://freemanisahedgehog.tumblr.com/post/22858462417/tealbluestatic-thenakedsociopath-my-god ferret-like,]] so we really only need Irene, Mrs. Hudson, and Molly to round out the set.
** [[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/pressed+sherlock+fandom Pressed Sherlock Fandom]] is gaining popularity among Sherlock fans who support Elementary. [[http://onlyforthepressed.tumblr.com/ It even inspired an entire blog.]]
** Referring to a fanon AlternateUniverse of the show as (NAME)-lock. The most popular being: Kidlock [[SpinOffBabies (Sherlock and John as children)]], Parentlock [[KidFic (Sherlock and John raising a child)]], and [[{{Rule63}} Femlock]].
** [[http://grace-and-dignity.tumblr.com/post/67931283522/things-that-happened-before-sherlock-series-3 "Even X came back before Sherlock]]", a reference to how other fandoms get a ton of new material during the show's extremely long hiatuses.
*** The real world as well. ''Britain got its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Murray first male Wimbledon champion in seventy-seven years]]'' before we got more ''Sherlock''.
** United Kingdom is the {{Yaoi}} Kingdom. The Chinese have been so much into this series, and Johnlock specifically, that it affected the nickname of the ''entire United Kingdom''. [[note]]The actual term used is ''Fuguo'', or "Rotten Country," but in this case "Fu" or "Rotten" takes the meaning of "Fu" in "[[YaoiFangirl Fujoshi]]".[[/note]]
* {{Moe}}: The fandom accepts Molly Hooper and John Watson as some of the cutest characters in the show, the latter for his cuddly jumper.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:Moriarty strapping one of his bombs onto a ''little boy'' and forcing him to count down to his own demise.]] Everything he did in that episode was horrifying, but that moment reveals just how sick a bastard our heroes are dealing with.
** In "The Hounds Of Baskerville", [[spoiler: Bob Frankland crossed it by beating Henry's father to death, ''right in front of Henry'' (leaving him an orphan in the process), because Henry's father found Frankland testing the abandoned Project Hound drug. Henry was left emotionally and mentally traumatised and unstable and had to attend therapy as an adult.]]
** In "His Last Vow", Magnussen crosses it by [[spoiler:threatening Mary Morstan with blackmail, that would doubtless be catastrophic for the Watsons]]. How bad is this? It's so bad that Sherlock [[spoiler:outright ''murders'' him, something that he didn't even come close to doing with Moriarty]]. This is assuming he didn't cross it by driving a man to suicide or trying to burn [[spoiler:John Watson]] alive.
** Culverton Smith pretty much on ''everything'' he does considering [[spoiler: he wants to kill just for the sake of wanting to murder "anybody" all while using his wealth and power to avoid getting caught]].
* {{Narm}}:
** For some, virtually every word out of Moriarty's mouth in ''The Great Game'' and ''A Scandal in Belgravia'' (he seems to have graduated from Cesar Romero to Heath Ledger since.)
** Two glorious examples in "His Last Vow": First is Sherlock [[spoiler:dramatically crawling up the stairs back to his mind palace complete with infinitely swelling music]], second is [[spoiler: Magnussen enjoying himself just a little too much while going through the files in his own mind palace]].
** [[HellIsThatNoise The sounds John makes with his mouth]] in "The Six Thatchers" after [[spoiler:Mary dies in his arms]].
** [[spoiler: The way John and Sherlock burst out the windows of 221B Baker Street in "The Final Problem", John ''especially'' with his goofy expression]].
* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognise[=/=]NotSoSmallRole: Some viewers saw the identity of Moriarty coming due to this trope.
* OffendingTheCreatorsOwn: Despite co-creator Mark Gatiss being gay, a faction of the fanbase is convinced that the show is homophobic, due to the constant in-universe and out-of-universe teasing and hinting about the possibility of John/Sherlock [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians never being fulfilled]] with a canon sexual relationship, Irene Adler identifying initially as a lesbian but then falling for Sherlock, and major villains Jim Moriarty and [[spoiler:Eurus Holmes]] both being hinted to be {{Depraved Bisexual}}s.
* OlderThanTheyThink: When the series was first announced, there was some minor purist outrage at the very idea of taking Sherlock Holmes out of his Victorian milieu and into the modern day. Both Moffat and Gatiss pointed out that the Basil Rathbone movies, among others, had adapted Holmes' stories to a contemporary setting as well.
* ParanoiaFuel: Have ''you'' ever taken conventional wisdom as a given, because you heard it in the news or read it in a history book?
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Anderson is now very much liked by most fans after "Many Happy Returns".
** Most surprisingly, though, ''Kitty Riley'' of all people is getting this, as more fans are slowly becoming sympathetic to her after they learned how Moriarty had used her.
* RonTheDeathEater: Donovan and Anderson have been hit HARD by this in the aftermath of ''Reichenbach''. It frequently gets uncomfortably sexist in Donovan's case (witness the Administrivia/EditWar over her page on the fan-wiki). Though Anderson seems to have redeemed himself with his Atoner personality in Season 3.
** Irene gets this too.
* TheScrappy:
** [[{{Jerkass}} Sergeant Sally Donovan]] is universally disliked by the fanbase, if not outright ''hated.''
** Kitty Riley also counts as well.
* SeasonalRot: Though Season 4 [[BrokenBase isn't universally disliked]], it has the weakest reception of the entire show among critics and audiences alike. Whereas the first three seasons easily racked up scores in the 90s (with the first season getting a perfect 100) on Website/RottenTomatoes, Season 4 couldn't even clear 70, and is the only season to get a "rotten" audience score with a dismal 36%. Weaker plotlines and writing, the introduction of the ''extremely'' divisive Eurus, increasingly unbelievable one-upping plot twists and a controversial potential final episode that borders on (if not outright falls into) JumpingTheShark made it fail to live up to its beloved predecessors, which even some supporters of the season admit.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight:
** Mycroft/Lestrade is surprisingly popular considering they have almost never been in a scene together.
*** Although considering Mycroft ''is'' Big Brother (both literally and figuratively), since Lestrade is on the police force, and both are closely tied to Sherlock Holmes, it's not a far reach to assume they do know each other. Besides, when has something like that slowed down fans? After "Baskerville", when it's implied that ''Mycroft'' sent Lestrade to Dartmoor to check up on John and Sherlock, the ship has gained even more steam.
*** Barring that, they might have simply paired them together ''because'' they don't share any screen time, as a way to create something new without interfering with the show's already delicate and convoluted web of shipping. Basically a long-term FanficMagnet.
*** As of "The Final Problem," Mofftiss actually made an oblique reference to Mystrade.
** Sherlock/Molly and Sherlock/Moriarty gained massive popularity in the fandom after the Season 3 premiere.
* ShipToShipCombat: Involving a straight man, a gay woman and a potentially asexual virgin MarriedToTheJob. Now ''that'' is talent.
** As Sherlock/Molly has become more popular after Series Two, it has had its own run-ins with Sherlock/John fans. Surprisingly, Sherlock/Molly shippers get along fairly well with Sherlock/Irene shippers.
** The Johnlock shippers have their own wars with the John/Mary and the John/Mary/Sherlock shippers after season 3.
** Hell, this happens ''in-universe'': Anderson ships Sherlock/Molly, while one of the members of his 'Sherlock Lives' conspiracy groups ships Sherlock/Moriarty. Naturally, this devolves into [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall arguing]].
* SoOkayItsAverage: The unaired {{Pilot}}. Definitely a great crime drama with the same quality of acting and direction, but probably didn't have the epic, high-budget treatment the final product deserved, and might not have satisfied [[{{HypeBacklash}} the incredibly high expectations some might have for such a famous property]]. Also, no [[{{EnsembleDarkhorse}} Mycroft]].
* SophomoreSlump: Applied to episodes rather than seasons. "The Blind Banker", the second episode of the series, is almost universally considered to be the weakest due to its plot holes, Sherlock's less-than-clever approach to the mystery, and its stereotypical YellowPeril villains.
* SpecialEffectFailure: A number of examples:
** In "A Study in Pink", the nail marks spelling out 'Rache' next to the body of the woman in pink are only visible in the couple of shots where they're relevant to Sherlock's deductions.
** In "The Blind Banker", the villain fires a gun repeatedly in a museum. There's no sound of bullet impacts, and nothing at all gets hit, even when he's firing directly towards Sherlock while he's surrounded by glass cases. While it's not beyond the realm of possibility the bullets missed -everything- that would have broken visibly, it does strain belief and indicate they were probably running around in the real museum just after hours and couldn't move anything around to set up prop cases.
*** Actually, in the draft of the script, there was a line indicating that the bullets were in fact blanks. The line was removed in the final version, but the possibility remains.
** In "The Reichenbach Fall", in a scene while Sherlock is in the foreground in the police station, the room around him goes dark to increase the contrast of the graphic effects playing out showing Sherlock's thought processes while dissecting a clue. When he's finished ''(twice!)'', the graphics go away and the room lights up again. But rather than having darkened the scene in post-production, they had literally turned the lights off in the room, so when they come on again, a dozen ceiling florescent bulbs flicker madly to life.
** In "His Last Vow", after [[spoiler:being shot]], Sherlock falls backwards in stylistic slow motion as the room tilts along with him. While otherwise being very well done, in the background, a large flower vase begins to slide across the floor as the room tilts out from under it.
** At the beginning of "The Six Thatchers", John is seen writing a new blog post, but is actually just typing while staring at a [[http://i.imgur.com/jf3JGwr.png screenshot]] of his blog, with the Windows 10 Photos app's toolbar ''fully visible''. Apparently, nobody bothered fixing it in post or just… displaying the image in fullscreen mode.
** The absolutely awful CGI [[spoiler:flames]] in "The Final Problem" when [[spoiler:Sherlock and John jump out of the windows of 221B as a grenade explodes.]]
* {{Squick}}:
** The entire sequence between Magnussen and Elizabeth Smallwood. He touches her hand, fights her attempts to break away and describes [[spoiler: the underage girl her husband exchanged elicit letters with]] as "delicious," "yummy" and "yum yum." He even [[spoiler: ''[[LecherousLicking licks her face]].'']]
** There's something uncomfortable about [[spoiler: Eurus]] asking Sherlock, [[spoiler: her brother,]] if he's had sex, before describing her own sexual escapades.
* StoicWoobie: Major Sholto, granted even if it was featured in "The Sign of Three" but still: [[spoiler: Living with guilt for the death of a team you lead '''and''' having burns all over your body will do that for a man]]. Sholto was ''so'' broken he [[spoiler: was '''willing to let himself die''' at John's wedding!]]
* TakeThatScrappy: In the faux-news report of Sherlock's return released shortly after Season 3, Kitty not only admits she was wrong, but then apologizes and [[PanderingToTheBase talks at length about how stupid she was]]. This actually [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap made many fans forgive her.]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Some die-hard fans of the original novels dislike the characterizations which have been given to Sherlock, Mycroft, and/or John.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In "The Lying Detective", we learn that [[spoiler: Eurus has been posing as John's therapist; she was also the woman he'd been having a text-based affair with, and they met face to face then at least once.]] The following episode reveals that, unless you're a supergenius like Mycroft and Sherlock, she can implant orders into your mind just by talking to you. You'd think this would be set-up for her having some control over [[spoiler: John.]] Nope!
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The reveal that [[spoiler:Eurus Holmes just wanted to be loved by Sherlock]] falls a bit flat considering that [[spoiler: she killed his best friend when they were all children because she wanted Sherlock to play with her, has been acting like a psychopath for most of the episode, played DeadlyGames with her brothers, forced a guy to kill his family and executed numerous hostages. Her redemption basically amounts to saving Watson from a trap that she herself put him into.]]
* ValuesDissonance:
** Speaking of Asian stereotypes, Martin Freeman suffered this when in an interview he jokingly referred to his ''Elementary'' counterpart as "looking like a dog". The dissonance worked both ways, as he was unaware of the stereotype of Asian people eating dogs, which is a less common stereotype in the UK, and American fans who kicked up most of the fuss, were less aware of how DeadpanSnarker delivery is different in England.
%%** "The Blind Banker" attempts to transplant a Holmes-era story about Asian people directly into the modern day. The results weren't pretty and got many accusations of racism.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: This show uses some very creative and flashy transitions (like superimposing a character from one scene over the scene they are transitioning to, as if the character is pulling away their own scene to bring us to the next one). It also does things like place the thoughts of Sherlock or the text messages a character is reading onscreen as if they were being shown in an alternate reality display, giving the series an interesting high-tech feel.
* TheWoobie:
** Molly. Part of the reason why Watson, Lestrade and Mrs Hudson are so kind to her because they clearly recognise that absolutely nothing ever works out for her. ''Nothing''.
*** Let's focus on "Scandal" in the morgue. When Sherlock tells her she didn't have to come in, she says "It's all right, everyone else was busy with Christmas." Apparently, the girl is completely alone as well, which just makes her clinging to Sherlock all the more gut-wrenching.
*** Plus, [[http://www.mollyhooper.co.uk/blog/01april her blog]], in which she documents her falling in love with Sherlock to falling in love with Jim to [[spoiler: finding out that Jim is Moriarty]]. Unlike the other characters' blogs, this one ranges into TearJerker territory. A fan asked Moffat if anything was going to go right in her life. All he got was a vague "Well…", implying that her Woobie status isn't going anywhere for a while.
*** Molly falls into this so hard that [[spoiler:even ''Sherlock'' feels bad for her, after he humiliates her over a present he deduced she meant to give to a boyfriend, only to find out that it was her present for him. She tells Sherlock, in the most heartbreaking way possible, that he only ever says nasty things to her. Sherlock just looks horrified, before apologizing and kissing her on the cheek. This is from a guy who describes himself as a "high-functioning sociopath".]]
*** We're reminded once more of her Woobie status in "The Final Problem" when [[spoiler:Eurus apparently has her house rigged to explode with a bomb in three minutes[[note]]She later claimed she was bluffing about this, but seeing how completely serious she was with her previous threats, Sherlock had every reason to believe it was the truth[[/note]] unless Sherlock got Molly to say "I love you" to him over the phone. Molly is reduced to tears as Sherlock forces her to admit her love for him out loud, pretty much humiliating her. The worst part is, Sherlock certainly didn't want to do it and clearly felt terrible, and when he found out that the threat was fake and Molly was never really in danger, he goes into a HeroicBSOD. That's right, even ''Sherlock'' recognized how much of a Woobie she was]].
** Henry. His mother died when he was very young, then ''he watched his father DIE'' [[spoiler: by the hands of Dr. Frankland, but he was manipulated into thinking it was a monsterous Hound]], becoming an orphan from the age of seven, which left HUGE mental scars on him, so much so that everybody takes him as mentally disturbed. And he apparently doesn't have much of a lovelife or any nearby relatives. And what's worse is [[spoiler: Dr. Frankland is STILL DOING IT TO HIM until Sherlock and Watson solve the case, and Henry almost commits ''suicide'' over it. No wonder, when he finally learned the truth, he tried to attack Frankland. It's amazing he even survived the episode.]]
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