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Sherlock Holmes didn't have Asperger's.There's a popular theory that Holmes was autistic, but the source material never really backs up those claims. In the books, Holmes is very sociable and had an extensive variety of interests, including art, history, music, literature, sport, martial arts and science. That's more than most people. The only symptom he showed regularly was his introversion, but that may have had to do with his drug use. When he does interact with people, he does so more deftly than even Watson. The ambiguous autism elements were added in later adaptations to make him seem more realistic.
Holmes lacked a formal education.When we first meet Holmes, he lacked even basic knowledge like the Heliocentric Model of the Universe. He also lacks philosophy, the classics. What he does know is chemistry, and everything related to crime. In The Gloria Scott, we learn that his course of study while at University was 'quite distinct' from other students. He also has no tendency to exercise, but has physical strength which, no matter how good your genes are, doesn't come without some intense physical labor in one's youth (see Abraham Lincoln, who seems to have had a similar remarkable constitution). Finally, in 'The Naval Treaty,' while Watson takes an unenthusiastic view of the grim board-schools below, Holmes practically rhapsodizes over them - realizing the value of a good education as only a man who never had the benefit of one could. Conclusion? This was a man who loved learning because he never, ever had to yawn through some boring class he'd never have to use, under some uninspiring schoolmaster. Holmes was, for whatever reason, withheld from elementary education (don't forget, this was before the Compulsory Education Act), and whatever education he did gather up was driven by his own driving curiosity. He only did two years at University before dropping out, and probably gained admittance purely by demonstrating his knowledge of Chemistry.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was a Tibetan mastiff.
Hugo Baskerville was murdered by his own men.The legend of the Hound's origins was based on accounts from Hugo's drinking-buddy followers, who'd been complicit in his abduction of the yeoman's daughter and who'd ridden out to stop their leader from hunting her down again. We have no reason to credit the statements of a gang of thugs who'd been accessories to kidnapping and attempted rape, let alone to felony murder when Hugo ran the girl to ground. There never was a real Hound; rather, it was Hugo's own men who found him strangling the girl in a rage, realized they were too late, and tried to subdue him. Outraged at the interruption, Hugo lashed out in fury and killed one of them, setting the others to attacking him in a wild scrum that rapidly overwhelmed their boss. When they came to their senses and realized they'd just beaten a noble to death, the surviving gang members cooked up a story to exonerate themselves, blaming Sir Hugo's demise on a demonic force of retribution, and the girl's and their own colleague's on sheer terror. They sank all three bodies in Grimpen Mire to conceal the actual manner of death, then headed home, stopping along the way to bribe and/or browbeat a local shepherd into backing up their preposterous "Hound" story. The Hound didn't just become a Scooby-Doo Hoax at Stapleton's instigation: it was always a cover-up.
Stapleton successfully got away from Holmes.The villain of The Hound Of The Baskervilles is tracked to the Grimpen Mire, where it's presumed he got lost in the fog and drowned in one of the bog's mudholes. However, the only evidence they find for this is a boot of Henry Baskerville's, which Holmes surmises Stapleton threw aside while fleeing: they never actually trace his route to one of the sinkholes, and he isn't seen to drown by anyone. Moreover, Holmes himself acknowledged that Stapleton was a brilliant opponent who could think quickly in a pinch, as demonstrated by how smoothly he bounced back with a plausible story each time Holmes's investigation caught him off-guard. Given that Stapleton was both smart and quick-thinking, it'd make more sense if, having retreated out of sight into the edge of the Mire, he'd realized that the fog was too thick to go any further, and simply stayed put on the fringe of it until the weather began to clear up. Once he could make out the marker-posts, he had a head start on his pursuers, and could venture far enough in to discard the boot, then veer off along one of the side-pathways he'd used on his butterfly-hunting excursions. He listened until his enemies had followed Beryl toward the Hound's hiding-place, then returned to the main path and backtracked his way out of the Mire. With the manhunt for Seldon called off (by Holmes himself, no less!), the local constabulary were no longer sending out search parties and he could simply walk to the nearest farm, steal a horse, and ride away clear. The ooze of the Mire ate up his tracks, and Holmes returned to London too soon to hear about the horse-theft, which Stapleton could probably pass off as a strayed animal in any case.
Sherlock Holmes is one of the world's earliest known MutantsHyper-intellect is his mutant ability, and he was using it to fight evil almost a century before Charles Xavier and his students got their start. At some point, he had a run in with Nathaniel "Mr. Sinister" Essex, who was just discovering his mutant abilities around the time that Holmes and Watson were active.
Sherlock Holmes has Asperger's.Holmes has only a small circle of friends, has a near-complete knowledge of a certain circle of interest (in this case, crime and crime-solving) and spends most of his time trying to learn more. And he won't let you forget it. He is often rather bored, sometimes outwardly annoyed, if he isn't doing something he enjoys. Highly eccentric and eclectic, with poor organization skills in his Baker Street home.
Holmes is bi-polar.Watson frequently describes how he spends weeks without sleep, experimenting and working feverishly on cases, followed by weeks of depression and total inaction when he hardly ever speaks or gets up from the couch. Holmes even warned his potential roommate of this cycle before moving in with him in A Study in Scarlet.
Watson is a woman; or, rather the woman, Irene AdlerSee this guy's Epileptic Tree.
Sherlock Holmes and Victor Trevor were lovers.Sherlock Holmes, who seems unable to stand any human being who is not Watson, befriended a man at college after said man's dog bit him, and then agreed to a month-long visit at the man's family house during the summer hols? Seems rather improbable. Add a whirlwind romance to the mix, and the whole scenario seems a lot more likely.
Sherlock Holmes was actually Professor Moriarty. (Copypasta'd from /book/)In the books, no one has ever heard of him and no one besides Holmes ever sees him. Watson only knows Moriarty from what Holmes tells about him. Could a vain man such as Holmes have created him to take the blame for his later failures?
Holmes is a VulcanAs cogently argued by David M. Scott. A brief summary: Spock claims to be descended from Holmes. But he can't trace his ancestry on his human side further back than 2045, so Holmes has to be one of his Vulcan ancestors.
Watson murdered his own wifeWatson gets married. Holmes dies. Watson is sad, but he goes about building himself a life. Then Holmes comes back from the dead, after years away. Watson is delighted to see his old friend. A short time after this, Watson's wife dies. We're never told the details, but suddenly Watson is free to move back in with his dearest friend. He grieves, as is proper - but secretly he poisoned her! It would have seemed perfectly reasonable for him to fill in her death certificate, so he could put whatever cause he felt appropriate. Holmes never even realised he was living alongside a murderer.
Holmes was only waiting for Watson's wife to die to come back.I got this one from the Naomi Novik story in The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had romantic feelings for Watson, but could not bring himself to ruin Watson's marriage, so he waited until after her death to let Watson know he was still alive.
Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes were members of the VFD (from A Series of Unfortunate Events).Think about it. What is the VFD's motto? 'The World is Quiet Here'... and just what is the most important rule of Mycroft's club, the Diogenes club? That nobody is permitted to speak, only to read and the like, just what I'm sure the VFD is approving of. After all, they do so value being well read. Mycroft's job is strangely/vaguely described and clearly related to (presumed military) intelligence somehow... or something similar, anyway. Not such a stretch to name the VFD as something similar, is it? Not with all their sneaking about being weird and elusive. Plus, as the VFD kidnap their 'volunteers' as very young children, and this neatly explains Holmes' aversion to talking about his family, and both the brothers' strangeness. Not to mention just how Holmes gets away with what he does... the VFD are helping. Also, it could explain why Holmes lets Watson publish sensitive cases. He's doing so to utilise them as a method of communicating codes to people. Last but not least, the authorities are idiots in both the series. Clearly they started off bumbling in the 1800's, Holmes' time, and just went downhill.
Watson is an Unreliable NarratorThere is something of an automatic assumption from many corners that every single word that Watson writes in the original canon is the gospel truth of what occurred in that particular case. However, really, it's only Watson's word about this that we have, and it's conveniently forgotten that Watson is also writing these accounts for publication; publication is not necessarily a field in which the truth trumps a good story. There's a lovely moment in Billy Wilder's excellent The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes in which Holmes notes that "I'll learn all sorts of things about the case I didn't know beforehand," and pretty much all but accuses Watson of making shit up in order to sell stories. In the movie, this sees Holmes gripe about all the stupid ways Watson's exaggerated his character so that he's forced to wear a ludicrous and impractical costume and is painted as a drug-addled misogynist. It's not a great leap to consider that maybe Watson does this with the facts of the cases as well; perhaps an exciting moment from an otherwise dull and forgettable case is transferred over to a more memorable case, perhaps a particularly heinous villain is exaggerated to provide more of a foil for Holmes, hell, perhaps Watson makes the entire thing up. Even if we accept that Watson is an essentially honest person giving us the truth as he sees it, that doesn't necessarily mean that we can automatically accept each case as being absolute gospel — Watson's got his perspective on events, and it's likely to conflict with the other major players, even Holmes. Furthermore, there's plenty of cases where we can assume or it's outright stated that the participants have either asked for discretion in reporting the case or are not likely to be very thrilled with having their dirty laundry aired for the gratification of the public; in order to avoid lawsuits (and keep business coming in — no one's going to go to a private detective they can't reasonably trust to be discrete with their affairs) Watson fictionalizes the affair, mixing and matching details and changing names just enough to keep an exciting narrative for publication whilst at the same time avoiding him and Holmes getting sued from here to doomsday by a parade of unhappy clients, occasionally dropping in a hint that someone's asked the case to keep quiet to Lampshade that the story is actually Ripped from the Headlines.
Mrs. Hudson is a mole for Scotland Yard, tasked with keeping tabs on Holmes.Who'd suspect a kindly elderly landlady as being a police spy? Think about it: Holmes is an arrogant upstart who finds himself to be above the law and treats the police like retarded children. The Yard is pissed and creates some sort of deal with Mrs. Hudson to keep an eye on Holmes and report back to them. Her position as a landlady makes her prime for all sorts of snooping around in Holmes' rooms. Though she has to be incredibly careful as even the slightest thing out of place would tip off Holmes.
Watson knew that Sherlock Holmes survived The Final Problem.Going back to Watson being an unreliable narrator, Watson knew that Holmes didn't go over the falls. Let's not pull punches. Sherlock Holmes murdered Moriarty by throwing him over, whether in self defence or otherwise. Watson actually got there in time to see it happen. The two devised a plan to make sure Holmes escaped trial and Moriarty's henchmen. Watson wrote that Holmes went over Reichenbach Falls too allowing his friend to flee to Europe. No one would question the Doctor's interpretation of events what with him being Holmes' biographer and all. When Holmes returned three years later (with a less than air-tight alibi) no one questioned Holmes' story out of sheer surprise, all the evidence of foul play at Reichenbach Falls was long gone and there was no official enquiry. All Watson had to do is pretend to be shocked, and polish The Empty House for publication.
Holmes didn't survive The Final ProblemBecause it never happened. The whole thing was cooked up by Holmes and Watson, in order for Holmes to take a much needed vacation from those who wanted him to solve cases for them... or his cocaine addiction left him in debt and he needed to lie low for a while till he could pay off his debts.
Holmes didn't survive The Final Problem.Watson made the later stories up. Their (generally perceived) lesser quality is because he didn't have actual facts in front of him. Much more difficult to string a coherent mystery together with no frame of reference, after all. As to why, could have been anything from needing the money to having a breakdown and wanting to pretend it was real.
Watson is not real.Holmes is actually just hiring some dude to tag along with him. Or, "Watson" is actually just a collection of henchmen of Holmes who do minor tasks. Or, perhaps Holmes is even well-known to have a split personality named Dr. James Watson. There are suspicious moments in the books, especially after The Final Problem, where:
Holmes is not real.The "Sherlock Holmes" personality is triggered by turbulent periods in Watson's life. As Watson settles into married life, the Holmes personality is suppressed, finally eliminated during The Final Problem. But then Watson's wife dies, and he decides to jump into a case because he feels like he ought to pursue it for some reason, and the Holmes personality re-emerges stronger than ever. As for Mycroft? Mycroft is an inmate at an insane asylum.
Holmes was a Muslim.He made a journey to Mecca (a city where only Muslims are allowed to go) as told in "The Return,".
Holmes became a Buddhist in TibetAn old guess I was surprised to see hadn't been added before. Before the Great Hiatus, Holmes has no compunction about causing perps' deaths, finally flinging Moriarty down the Falls. In the stories set after his return, the one and only life he takes is that of a jellyfish. He also no longer uses drugs, or even drinks spirits.
Holmes had another brother, older than MycroftTheir father was a country squire: the eldest son would presumably inherit the estate. Mycroft is lazy and deeply solitary - he'd like nothing more than to bury himself in a lonely country house. Yet he lives in London and has a job. So either there's another brother we never meet, or the family hit some disaster and lost all their money. The former is consistent with Watson not knowing about Mycroft until the plot requires them to meet; the latter is consistent with the above WMG about Holmes having little formal education and a past as a labourer.
Holmes is one of the InspiredHolmes is a genius, there's no denying that, and neither is there any for his...peculiar way of thinking. One could say he doesn't quite see the world the same way most people do, much like any Genius who has touched the light of Inspiration! In fact, it is not just that he is a certified Genius, he may in fact be an Unmada, one who has become so deeply Inspired, that they are capable of unknowingly warping reality to fit the way they see it. Hence, why he is able to perfectly solve most any mystery he tackles; he doesn't really solve them, he just unknowingly bends the universe so that the case becomes exactly the way he believes it to be! And as for Watson, after having been working with Holmes for so long and understanding his line of thinking, he has either become a Beholden, one who sees the world in the exact same way as his associated Inspired...or has become an Inspired as well!
Holmes is a woman (or a FTM transsexual)To quote Holmes himself: "I get in the dumps at times, and don't open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I'll soon be right." (A Study in Scarlet) PMS, anyone?
Holmes was a reality warper.He manipulated reality to make his deductions and stuff true.
Watson is Moriarty.Which explains why, according to the books, Watson has never seen Moriarty. They are both a doctor, and there is much to be said with regards to disguise for a limp, tightening up your facial expression from its usual genial, confused, or vaguely worried look, and Obfuscating Stupidity when the only person who needs to fall for the "disguise" both utterly trusts you beyond any other human and will lose his only friend if he ever admits to himself that he can see through it. Watson's wife called him James not because James and John can be nicknames for each other, but because she met him as James Moriarty and slipped up on the personal name. It's merely fortunate that that was a valid explanation, though not a coincidence as it is why Watson chose whichever name was the false one.
The Diogenes Club is an outpost of the British Secret Service.This one is so commonly put out there that it's practically canon; however, since this one isn't actually raised in the original works but in spin-off material, here it is for the sake of completion: Basically, put together Mycroft Holmes' legendary description that 'in certain circumstances, he is the British government', Sherlock Holmes' tendency to get trusted with highly sensitive government matters and the Diogenes Club being a place for notoriously anti-social people where the members are discouraged from talking to each other on pain of banishment, and you've got the perfect place for keeping secrets. General rule is that if the Diogenes Club isn't the actual Secret Service, then it's certainly one of its fronts.
Stapleton is a werewolf.Since Stapleton is actually a Baskerville, he has learned the truth of the Baskerville hound while living abroad. The legend of the original hound states that ever since Hugo Baskerville was attacked, "the hound...is said to have plagued the family". However, the legend is written by Hugo Baskerville. This could be a descendant, or the original Hugo didn't die when he was attacked but he was turned instead. Being evil, Stapleton learns this secret and tranforms at will to attack the Baskervilles. (Dr. Mortimer's spaniel and the dog from Ross and Magles were used as practice). This is why his body is never found after the hound is killed. They think he was sucked into Grimpen Mire but really he died in wolf/hound form.
Milverton was blackmailing Holmes."Lady Eva" was made up either by Holmes to keep Watson in the dark or by both Holmes and Watson to keep the readers from knowing the truth. Charles Augustus Milverton discovered some secret about Holmes (possibly one of the above WMGs or his relationship with Watson) and attempted to blackmail him. This is why Holmes has such an emotional reaction to Milverton's threats and felt the need to break the law rather than reveal his secret.
Watson wasn't shot in either the shoulder or the leg; he was shot in the assThat accounts for the inconsistancy; He was embarassed about the true location so he kept making up the wound's location on the top.
Moriarty is Sherlock and Mycroft's father.Even I don't swear by this, but consider, for a moment. Sherlock never spoke of his parents. Sherlock is a remarkable individual physically, as well as mentally. He was tall, lean, pale, grey-eyed, high forehead, cavernous face, and receding hairline. So does Moriarty. Next, Moriarty, going by the illustrations and described as old (and fatherly) by those who have seen him, has at least twenty years on Sherlock. Yet at Reichenbach, he nearly threw Holmes, a man of unnatural physical strength and physical prowess, off a cliff... and no, he didn't take him by surprise. And didn't bother with a weapon. And he gave Sherlock time to write a last letter. That's some insane damn confidence. Curiously poetic personality? Check. Moriarty even had his own Watson: Col. Moran. And if he's Sherlock's papa, then isn't he also Mycroft's? Moriarty was a math genius. Mycroft likewise has a 'remarkable head for figures.' Moriarty had a mind that could have 'made or marred the destinies of nations.' What did Mycroft do in his spare time? Heck, what if Mycroft owed his position to Moriarty's influences? No wonder he's reluctant to get into the whole crime thing... And look at that last interview with Moriarty at Baker Street. Moriarty is looking at Holmes for the first time, and what does he notice first? "Less frontal development than he might have expected." Moriarty had a huge forehead. This takes on extra meaning when you think he may be comparing himself against his son. And he was giving Sherlock a last chance to bow out, no harm, no foul. What kind of sociopath DOES that? A sociopath who, all things aside, is proud of his boy, that's who. Just throwing it out there.
Moriarty is both real and fake.Sometime before the start of Sherlock's adventures, there was another, perhaps equally brilliant detective named Moriarty. He was an older man than our well-known hero, and it was at this late era in his career that he found a new foe. A young up-and-coming in the criminal world, equal parts highly intelligent and highly elusive. Moriarty was determined to catch him, with many failed attempts along the way. Unfortunately for the good detective, when he finally did manage to corner this nemesis, he was unable to overpower him, and was killed in an ensuing struggle. Having bested the (supposedly) greatest detective, our enterprising mastermind decided to take his former opponent's name as a sort of trophy. This new Moriarty's influence in the underworld grew in the following years, until the only thing lasting in peoples' memories of the name Moriarty was of a dastardly criminal. And then, Moriarty the mastermind meets Sherlock Holmes, an opponent equal to (or perhaps greater than) the now long dead detective. Initiating a dangerous, yet thrilling, game of cat and mouse, Moriarty tries to goad Sherlock into revealing himself, just as Sherlock does with Moriarty. This culminates in their final meeting, only the roles are reversed from when Moriarty bested the detective. Now, Moriarty is the older combatant, and Holmes intends to win. Unfortunately for them both, neither wins, though Holmes later returns. However, unlike a future incarnation of Light and L, Holmes doesn't claim Moriarty's name for his own. There could be a number of reasons for this: the name Moriarty sounds French, and the English and the French hate each others guts, Moriarty was a criminal mastermind, and his name had some weight in the underworld - one of the few places in the world a person dedicated to catching criminals wanted to place themselves, or simply because Holmes had a greater respect for those deceased than his Arch Nemesis did.
Holmes is MystiqueFor the reasons he's speculated to be a woman above, with an answer to the reasons it couldn't have been true. It would also help to explain his broader skill at disguise, and may have given him information that he appears to have found by the fallacy of assuming the converse. Watson knew this but was concealing it; they may even have been lovers, in male or female form. Suffice to say, however, that Watson was very, very wrong about his emotions toward "the woman."
Holmes can read mindsHolmes figures out people's occupations, motives, etc by reading their minds (either consciously or subconsciously), and only pretends to do a Sherlock Scan to cover over his abilities. This explains why he is always right, even when noticing details which could quite easily provide for alternate explanations.
Holmes is a Black Ribboner vampireHe gets by on cattle blood bought from slaughterhouses - which he claims is for "experiments" - and sublimates his vampiric predatory instincts into his detective work. This is why his morale suffers so much when he doesn't have a case to work on. His cocaine use during periods of boredom is also an attempt at self-medicating his predatory urges. Holmes isn't squeamish, but he probably would find the prospect of chomping on his best friend and sweet old housekeeper rather distressing. Also, for what it's worth, some visual interpretations of Sherlock Holmes (particularly Jeremy Brett's and Benedict Cumberbatch's) do look a bit stereotypically vampiric.
Irene Adler was not biologically female.She was either a female impersonator or a (non-op by necessity, given the medical technology of the day) trans woman. There is some historical precedent for this in the case of the early 19th century actress Lavinia Edwards. Irene sang in the lowest female vocal range (contralto) and had a facility for disguise that crossed gender barriers. This would also explain why the King of Bohemia was so anxious about his liaison with Irene becoming public knowledge - the story about his fiancee's conservative family may have been true, but it wasn't the main incentive. An unmarried male aristocrat in the late 19th century having an affair with an adventuress would not have brought down a country, but an indiscreet remark from one of Irene's former lovers or an excessively observant doctor could have made things very awkward indeed. At best, the King would look like a fool for succumbing to the charms of a "man in a dress," at worst he'd be considered a sexual deviant, even if his position put him beyond the reach of any sodomy laws.
Holmes has an odd form of ADHDWhen he has a case, or a really interesting research project, he does fine, but he tends to fall apart and have trouble focusing on anything when there's nothing interesting enough to really compel his attention. And despite his narrow interests, the man is clearly a divergent thinker - think of the little "what a lovely thing a rose is" speech in The Naval Treaty. Also, he's kind of a slob.
Holmes is an RPG character made with a Point Build SystemAnd a min-maxed one at that. Why would he need to put points in General Knowledge? He's a consulting detective, not a schoolteacher. I must say, though, that getting points for a drug habit and depressive episodes that only manifest themselves between adventure modules seems to be a clear case of rules abuse.
Holmes was written as a vampire (or perhaps some sort of fairy).Yes, this is superficially similar to the Black Ribboner vampire guess above, but I've come at it from a different and (at least seemingly) much more serious path. Holmes kept odd hours not because of his drug addictions and Victorian-idea-of-bipolar-disorder, but rather he took drugs to alleviate the stress of being physically and emotionally at his weakest when normal people were at their most wakeful, and his mood swings were a result of that, of the necessity of feeding, and (like Bram Stoker's Dracula) a part of the condition that predisposed him to vampirism in the first place. It's a highly suspicious thing for Holmes to have had neither shaving nor stubble on a week-long trip into the woods and a fake beard when hiding instead of growing and dyeing his own, to the point where entire books have been written about the possibility of Holmes being a woman or gay man; Like the vampires who came in and after that time period, Holmes was frozen at death rather than having his hair and nails grow wild. Holmes was quite gaunt, even referred to as seeming almost unhealthily thin on occasion despite being fit enough to retain a paying hobby as a prizefighter, especially odd considering the strains height put on a person who doesn't have the muscle, bone, and connective structure to make up for it. Finally (at least for now), something many people have passed over: To me, the change between the ignorant Holmes of A Study In Scarlet and the knowledgeable Holmes of later stories seems almost like an old man, a very, very old man, declaring irrelevant information that wasn't around in his day useless, then deciding as he solved and nearly failed to solve cases that perhaps knowledge of these newfangled things like heliocentrism could come in handy in his line of work.
To sum up, I find it quite plausible that Doyle wrote at least some of the Holmes series as a subtle (or not so subtle) attempt to satirize or even cash in on some of the gimmicks in writing of the time (The Murders in the Rue Morgue, practically anything with Magic Realism, and so on). If you choose the fairy interpretation instead of the vampire interpretation, it could have been satire or sincerity (I know Doyle believed in adorable little fairies, I just don't know if he also believed in The Fair Folk or if he thought that was just a writing gimmick).
The reason why Holmes lets others take the credit...Because his life revolves around solving mysteries, he's cooked up a scheme: he figures that if he allows the police to take the credit for his investigations, they will come to rely on his expertise more and more. Soon, he'll have all the mysteries to solve that he could ever want and more.
Holmes isn't actually a genious, he just makes lucky guessesThere is even a clue in his name: 'Sheer Luck' Holmes.
In "The Second Stain", Lady Hilda Trewlawney Hope was the real murderer.We're told that her only crime was stealing the top-secret document and giving it to a spy who had blackmailed her. She was able to retrieve the document only because, just as she was meeting with the man, his crazy wife showed up to murder him and he was forced to hide it hastily. Isn't that timing awfully convenient? Especially since we never actually meet this woman? My theory is that she killed him, fled the scene in a panic, then returned after the police had gotten a confession out of the wife (a mentally unstable foreigner whose husband was cheating on her - the perfect scapegoat). Since the police knew nothing of the theft, they had no reason to suspect Lady Hilda. Holmes? Should have at least questioned her further.
Porlock is Moriarty's sock puppet.Firstly: Holmes' involvement at Birlstone worked purely in Moriarty's favor, and Moriarty, presumably keeping tabs on Baldwin, would know this. Secondly: If Porlock is a real person living in mortal fear who has managed in some capacity to operate under Moriarty's nose, it's strange that he doesn't seem to know what a code is for. Would a Nazi spy trying to pass information on Operation Husky encrypt every word except "Sicily"? Thirdly: By FINA, we and Holmes both know that Moriarty is an accomplished forger. So, if a person who can assume any handwriting he wishes, and whom you have been battling on fronts uncounted, sends you an extremely vague taunt, how would you know the identity of the sender, much less the topic of the message? I say because it pleased him to assume Porlock's hand, thereby showing that he'd made Holmes complicit in the murder of Jack Douglas.
Robert Downey Jr film series
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Irene is an ancestor to Carmen Sandiego.World class thief, affable, classy, and the first time she shows up she's wearing red. Anyone else see this?
Irene Adler is Carmen Sandiego.The one with a Time Machine, to be precise. She traveled to Holmes' time on some random scheme but stuck around upon realizing she finally found an opponent who can give her the thrill she's always sought.
Hugh Laurie will have a cameo in the sequel.As Mycroft, and he'll mock Holmes by telling him that what he does is impossible, or, it'll never catch on.
Moriarty is an Assassin.The wrist-mounted gun? A more refined version of Leonardo's hidden blade launcher. By this logic, Lord Blackwood and the rest of the secret order are Templars.
Holmes has ADHD.The utter chaos that we see inside his head during the restaurant scene, for example.
A future Sequel will involve World War One and the GermansIn large part because I have been waiting for a good adaption to it, but mostly because it would fit the pace of the new series.
Moriarty is involved with the German government and General StaffIn the German Empire, the General Staff was practically the shadow government, more powerful than civilian administration, with no legal obligation to give any explanation on how funds were used, responsible only to the Emperor himself, very aggressive and determined to have their way at all cost. They invested heavily in espionage, military research and collaborated closely with industrial barons. Moriarty bought or acquired by other means Meinhard's factory, which is guarded by men with obvious military training, discipline and knowledge of modern heavy weaponry, most of them, at least those whose faces are closely shown, being middle-aged, old enough to have been veterans of the war of 1871. It would be nearly impossible to run this without involvement of the General Staff and their unofficial permission.
Someone in the production crew is a troperStephen Fry is Mycroft and Moriarty's plan in the sequel is to start World War One. Someone there has obviously been reading this page.
In the film's universe, Lord Blackwood was Jack the RipperThis has to be self-evident. The film is set right around the time the Whitechapel murders happened. We know that Blackwood killed 5 women before being caught. Now, how can we accept an universe where Sherlock Holmes does exist, but that such a notorious crime in London goes unsolved?
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
The third movie will involve some kind of crossover with Doyle's The Lost WorldAt the very least, Professor Challenger will show up either as Holmes' antagonist, as his client, or as an ally in his latest case. Genre Shift aside, it would fit the current movement of the story—since Holmes is now presumed dead, and he seems to be planning on leaving Watson to his marriage, it would be a perfect time for him to get out of England for some Walking the Earth. What better time to have him wind up on a mysterious Deserted Island filled with dinosaurs? And, of course...Everything's Better with Dinosaurs.
The third movie will be a loose adaptation of The Hound of the BaskervillesAfter being presumed dead, Holmes will get out of London and lay low for a while in Devonshire, but he'll be pulled into the old detecting game when Charles Baskerville, the master of a nearby manor, turns up dead. In this version, the Baskerville Hound will be used as a sort of personal "bogeyman" for Holmes, representing the fear of death and the unknown that has plagued him ever since his brush with death at Reichenbach Falls. Proving the Hound a hoax will be his way of "exorcising" this fear and getting to a point where he can make peace with his mortality.
The Reason Holmes Was in Drag was to Protect MaryAccording to the trailer, Holmes was dressed up in Mary's clothes and a wig. He figured that Watson was in danger so Holmes took Mary off the train. Put on her clothes and makeup to help Watson while keeping Mary out of harms way. He probably had Mycroft or Lestrade make sure she was safe while he went off to help Watson.
Holmes was an Irishman by birth"The university" does not refer to either Oxford or Cambridge, but to Trinity College, Dublin. He mentions that he is descended from "country squires," though he refrains from mentioning WHICH country. He at least once mentions an interest in the Celtic languages. There was definitely a well-known Holmes family in Galway during that period (Robert Holmes, the famous barrister). The biggest piece of evidence can be found in his retiring years; Holmes gives up the hustle and bustle of city life to spend his days divided "between philosophy and agriculture" in a decidedly ascetic manner, much like the so-called "Green Martyrs" of 4th and 5th century Ireland. Naturally, due to the bigotry that an Irishman would have faced in Victorian London, Holmes kept his heritage a secret even from Watson.
Moriarty and/or Col. Moran are Irishmen by birthMost obviously both 'Moriarty' and 'Moran' are definitely Irish surnames - the former is from Co. Kerry, the later from Co. Mayo. Morever both would have been born either just before or during the Great Famine which would have been unlikely to engineer positive feelings towards Britain in them. In turn this bitterness towards Britain would eventually lead to crime.
Irene is not dead.(a) We never see a body. (b) She is still moving when Moriarty takes the handkerchief. (c) Moriarty lied about the tuberculosis; who's to say he wasn't lying again to hurt Holmes? (d) Moriarty put the queen back on the chessboard after Holmes left the room.
Games of Shadows is on a Donnie Darko Style time loopFor some reason. due to Moriarty, a tear in time is made. Causing the events from the beginning(except the typewriting parts) of the movie,to the end of the movie on the water fall. Causing Holmes and Moriarty to gain supernatural powers. The visions that Holmes sees are from past experiences he can barely remember. That why he we was talking about the repress memories a the Gypsies tent. And how he knew where to throw Watson wife. The reason the maid heard difference voices come from his room is he was talking to a Frank like being. The Asteroid book is the time travel book that Donnie had. Though only Holmes and fin the truth in the book. Moriarty also has these powers. Being the one that open the time loop And at the end Holmes manages to win and survive the fall because he stop Moriarty. Closing the time loop by taking something out(Moriarty) and putting something back in(Holmes). Thus having enough superpowers left to survive for a happy ending.
Holmes was at his own funeral.Would it not be hilarious for Holmes to be there in disguise? It certainly seems like something he'd do.
The four main characters are secretly the four main ones from Doctor Who
Moriarty is alive
The next movie will take place in the 22ndCenturyAnd Holmes will not be a Fish Out of Temporal Water due to him being from an era of Steam Punk. Of course he will miss Watson
Moran and Colonel Moriarty will be the villains of the next movie.In order to protect the safety of Mary, Simza, Lestrade, and Mycroft (and since Moran was still unknown to the general public), Watson edited out their involvement in the events of A Game of Shadows in order to make "The Final Problem" publishable. In the next film, Colonel Moriarty (mentioned briefly in FINA as writing letters-to-the-editor in defense of his brother) will be the driving force behind a campaign against the Watsons and Scotland Yard, while Moran will be behind the scenes trying to flush Holmes out of hiding.
The third movie will mimic His Last Bow with a bit of The Adventure of the Empty House.
Simza is the mother of Nero Wolfe.Holmes spent at least a portion of the time he spent "dead" with the Gypsies. Feeling lonely and guilty by not being able to be around Watson due to the danger of Moran seeking vengeance, he turned to Simza for comfort. By the time he leaves to return to London, Simza knows she is pregnant but did not tell Holmes.
Holmes is a time traveller and secretly Iron Man
The (fictional) castle at Reichanbach Falls in Game of Shadows will be humanity's base in The TripodsIt's in Switzerland, and up in the mountains, good water supply. It matches the base in The White Mountains. Interestingly, Sherlock and Watson follow the story fairly closely - the two start in England, they go to France and later Paris, picking up a third member, then end the story in the White Mountains.