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Awesome Mc Cool Name: Sherlock Edward Holmes. Edward, in Old English, literally means Happy/Prosperous Guard. Pretty fitting. Bilingual Bonus: Holmes speaks in French, sometimes, thanks more to his half-French mother than to his classical education. Brainy Brunette Byronic Hero: He fits nearly every qualification listed on the page. Challenge Seeker The Chessmaster: Especially at Xanatos Speed Chess in The Road to Reichenbach. Dangerously Genre Savvy: Technically this, but he tends to be a bit reckless with his own safety. Dark Is Not Evil: He is often described simply as being "dark". Death Seeker: Played with - there are times that he does not want to die, and then there are times that he craves death. Determinator Disney Death: Twice. The Reichenbach Falls, of course, but the middle of Mortality also counts. Distressed Dude: It's a recurring motif of the series. Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette A Father to His Men/ So Proud of You: Holmes plays these tropes very straight with his Irregulars, especially Davy Wiggins. Guile Hero The Hero/ The Protagonist Honorary Uncle: The Lestrade children consider him to be this. Yes, that is as ironic as it sounds. In Harm's Way: So often that Wiggins actually calls him out on this . several times The Leader: Type I. Like A Son To His Landlady Like Brother and Sister: With Mary. Love Hurts Manly Tears Mr. Fanservice: See Distressed Dude above. Not So Stoic: Not at all... Raven Hair, Ivory Skin/ Tall, Dark and Handsome: It may be Adaptational Attractiveness, but Holmes is definitely this in the author's illustrations. He is also 6'2", a nod to Jeremy Brett. Sharp-Dressed Man Sherlock Scan: As per usual. What Beautiful Gray Eyes: It's almost blatantly obvious that the author fangirls over Holmes's eyes, and just about as blatantly obvious that they're based on Jeremy Brett's eyes. You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Culverton Smith and Colonel Moran have to find this out the hard way. It's really not a good idea to make the Great Detective mad at you. John Hamish Watson, M.D. Mycroft Tristan Holmes, Esq. Baker Street Irregulars David "Davy" Jonathan Wiggins Peter Wiggins Supporting Women Mary Watson neé Morstan Rose Hudson Annie Rebekah Lestrade neé Rhys Brainy Brunette/ Child Prodigy: Annie is incredibly well-educated for a working-class woman, having largely taught herself through books. She can speak several languages aside from her native ones: French, German, Italian, and Breton, as well as classical Greek and Latin. Breakout Character: Annie was intended to be used extensively as the series progressed, but the unexpectedly enthusiastic response to her initial minor appearances in Mortality led to more scenes than originally planned. Brown Eyes Dark Is Not Evil: Dark hair, dark eyes, and fairly brown skin. Happily Married Hot-Blooded: Oy vey. Multilingual Bonus: A little bit of Welsh and Yiddish thus far (with more likely to come). Odd Couple: Not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with Geoffrey, but it's not far from the truth, either. One Steve Limit: Played with. "Annie" is revealed to be the name of Sherlock Holmes's deceased fiancee. Pintsized Powerhouse The Smart Girl: Of the Yarders' wives. Welshman And A Jew: Annie's parents, Dai Rhys and Ruby Rhys neé Eisenman. Yiddish as a Second Language: Subverted. Yiddish was her first language alongside English.
Heroes: Scotland Yarders
Geoffrey Michael Lestrade Adult Fear: Of all the characters, he's the only one to truly fear for the Irregulars' safety. As the main page says, considering that he's friends with at least one, has another among his constables, and has a nephew in their ranks, he has every right to feel a parental horror at the boys putting themselves in danger. Awesome Mc Cool Name/ Fandom Nod: Geoffrey Lestrade, courtesy of aragonite. Beware the Nice Ones Brown Eyes Consummate Professional: Or, in Holmes's own words, the "best of professionals." Dark Is Not Evil: Like Holmes, Lestrade is often described as "dark". Deadpan Snarker: Oh so much. The narrative from his Point of View tends to be very dry... Watson: (concerning Moran) I think you'd know him if you saw him, Lestrade. The man has a presence. Lestrade: Well, then, that limits our man to half the men in that room. Come along, let's get you back out there. Deuteragonist: As an Ascended Extra - Lestrade is one of the three major POV characters. Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Establishing Character Moment: The scene that introduces all of Mortality's Yarders (excepting Sean Youghal) establishes Lestrade as a dry-witted, Older and Wiser, generally world-weary Team Dad and Only Sane Man. Fake Brit: Another in-universe example, as Lestrade is a London-born Breton. Friend on the Force: To Holmes, Watson, and Wiggins. Genre Savvy: When you've Seen It All, it's a little hard not to be Genre Savvy. Happily Married Heroic BSOD: When he believes Holmes to be dead - he suffers it again later on, in the aftermath of the raid. Inspector Lestrade: Played positively. The Kirk: To Patterson's Spock and Gregson's McCoy. Odd Couple: As mentioned in the folder above, not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with his wife Annie, but not far from the truth, either. Older and Wiser: Combine Seen It All, Only Sane Man, and Team Dad, and you've very much got this. Only Sane Man: Whether he's interacting with the rest of the " Five-Man Band" or his own colleagues, he is so very much this (even when Watson's around). Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Lestrade is fairly short at 5'7", but he's also known to be a holy terror to his subordinates and colleagues alike when he's worked up. Not to mention the fact that his dry wit is a superpower all of its own. The Quiet One: Another of Lestrade's superpowers - he's incredibly long-suffering. Reasonable Authority Figure: Just watch his interactions with Wiggins. Seen It All: He's been on the London Met for over two decades, longer than most of his colleagues. Sharp-Dressed Man Sixth Ranger/ The Smart Guy: To Sherlock Holmes's unofficial " Five-Man Band". See the main page for further details. Team Dad: He even considers himself something of a father-figure to Holmes. Tranquil Fury: He's The Stoic that you wouldn't like when he's angry. The Watson: To Patterson's "Holmes". Tobias Gregson Deadpan Snarker: Gregson: (concerning Patterson)
Have to admit, I've always wondered what it would be like to have
One of Us
. Now I don't have to wonder, and I don't like it one bit.
Dumb Blond: Inverted. Gregson is the Sherlock Holmes-acknowledged smartest man at the Yard. Establishing Character Moment: He is quickly established in his first scene as a smart, snarky Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Friendly Rival: Is this to Lestrade, who doesn't reciprocate the "rival" bit anymore. Happily Married: To a sweet woman named Lisbeth. Insufferable Genius: Lestrade: Come off it, Tobias — you look like a thunderhead about to erupt. Gregson: Volcanoes erupt, Ferret Face. Thunderheads burst. Lestrade: What's going on in that bright head of yours, other than the incessant need to demonstrate your superior knowledge? Jerk with a Heart of Gold The McCoy: Surprisingly so, but Patterson seems to bring out the trait in him. (Canonically, Lestrade and Gregson are more like The McCoy and The Spock, respectively - even in Mortality, they go back and forth as needed.) Gregson:
[Patterson] could have had enough consideration for
the poor Doctor
to make his announcement less abruptly.
Reasonable Authority Figure Daniel Patterson Ascended Extra: From one mention in "The Final Problem" to supporting character. The Chessmaster Consummate Professional: Another heroic example. The Cynic: Then again, he's rather entitled to it, after all the years he's spent undercover in the underbelly of Victorian London. Dangerously Genre Savvy Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Establishing Character Moment: Patterson's is the most concise, introducing him as cynical, sarcastic, cold, and something of an in-universe Expy to Sherlock Holmes. In other words, a true Knight in Sour Armor. Foil: Patterson to Holmes, rather as a deconstruction of the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, in-universe but also in Real Life. Good Is Not Nice: Nooo, not really. Hero of Another Story: He's spent most of his career - fifteen years at least - investigating Moriarty. Icy Blue Eyes: Often described from Lestrade's Point of View as icebergs or chips of ice, with just as much emotion. Insufferable Genius: So much so, in fact, that Sherlock Holmes actually decides to cut back on his own arrogance whilst around Watson and Lestrade in the future! Knight in Sour Armor Reasonable Authority Figure Sharp-Dressed Man Sherlock Scan: He can do this just about as well as one of the Holmes brothers. Sixth Ranger The Spock: To Lestrade's Kirk and Gregson's McCoy, as far as team dynamics go... Really, he's just The Spock, period. The Stoic: But, for just one moment, Not So Stoic. Supporting Leader Tall, Dark and Snarky What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from Lestrade and Gregson a few times in Mortality alone. Roger Bradstreet Harold Morton Stanley Hopkins Athelney Jones Alec MacDonald Sean Youghal
Professor James Richard Paul Moriarty Colonel Sebastian Moran Culverton Smith
Fred Porlock Major Dick Sharon Chick Magnet Dark-Skinned Blond: Like Watson, the personality is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight, with Sharon's skin being described as much darker than his "corn silk" hair. Tranquil Fury: Upon learning of Holmes's captivity and Moran's hand in it, Sharon is described as being quietly outraged.