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[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: The Hound of the Baskervilles was a Tibetan mastiff.]]
* Watson describes the hound as something resembling a mastiff and a bloodhound, but such a mix would not resemble the book's other descriptions of the hound being a hulking beast, capable of scaring a man to death. A predecessor to the modern mastiff and Rottweiler, the Tibetan mastiff is one of the world's largest and most vicious dog breeds, known for being built like bunkers and having a loud, haunting bark, which resembles the baying heard in the distance on the moor. Being an Asiatic breed that's rarely seen in the West, it's possible that Watson could only guess as to what the dog actually was. Seriously, go look them up, you'd die of fright too with one of those things chasing you ''while on fire''.

[[WMG: 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 ScoobyDooHoax at Stapleton's instigation: it was ''always'' a cover-up.

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: Sherlock Holmes is [[Comicbook/XMen one of the world's earliest known Mutants]]]]
Hyper-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.

[[WMG: 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.
** And Mycroft likely has an even more severe form.
*** Certainly the Mycroft presented in original ACD canon and the Ritchie films is even more socially inept/ socially apathetic than his brother, suggesting Asperger's. Unusually, the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' BBC modernization appears to cure him of this, making him merely coldly manipulative, but in many ways more effective in social situations than Sherlock, probably due to his expanded career as "The British Government," while Sherlock's anti-social behavior is played as even higher up the autism spectrum. [[spoiler: In the second series(2012), John Watson directly mentions Asperger's as a possible diagnosis of Sherlock's recent insensitivity to Detective Inspector Lestrade.]]
** Dr. Mortimer in ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' might as well. He has specialized interests (phrenology and physical anthropology) that he's very enthusiastic about and brings up even when they're not immediately relevant to the situation at hand, and he has unconventional notions of what constitutes appropriate small talk.

[[WMG: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''.

[[WMG: 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.
* Holmes seems to have absolutely zero understanding of romance whatsoever, so that makes this unlikely.
* I ship it. They talked for hours on end. The way Victor's described is quite more...physical, I guess you could say, too. Holmes and Watson don't even talk for as long as Holmes and Victor.

[[WMG: 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?
* Problem is, in ''Valley of Fear'' we read that at least one senior Scotland Yard inspector ''has'' met Professor Moriarty. Not to mention verified his full-time employment as a university professor, at his university.
* Holmes created Moriarty to live a double life. By day he solves crimes and wins the respect of law-abiding society. By night he commits crimes and wins the respect of the criminal fraternity. He doesn't need the money: he just hates to be ''bored''.
* And, keep in mind that Holmes dabbles in stage makeup (if by "dabble" one means "is so well-practiced that sometimes even Watson doesn't recognize him"). The inspector mentioned above might have met Holmes in a disguise.
** The problem is, Professor Moriarty has a full-time day job at a university. (Crime is his night job.) That doesn't leave enough room in the schedule for Holmes to be travelling all over Europe, or moping all day in his parlor where Mrs. Hudson sees him at every meal.
** This idea is actually used, in The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, where he battles Jack The Ripper.
** Also in Nicholas Meyer's novel ''The Seven-Percent Solution'', where Moriarty is a figment of Holmes' drug-addled imagination. Watson kidnaps him to Vienna where he gets detoxed through hypnosis performed by a promising young doctor named Freud...
*** Just to quibble slightly; in ''The Seven-Percent Solution'' there actually ''is'' a real Moriarty, but he's actually just some inoffensive little maths professor who Holmes has blown up into a criminal mastermind out of cocaine-fuelled paranoia [[spoiler: and the fact that Moriarty had an affair with Holmes' mum when he was a kid.]]
* P.G. Wodehouse theorized this, probably at least partly tongue-in-cheek. He believed that this could be why Holmes had enough money to live on comfortably and to pay the Irregulars without having an actual paying job.
* Except in ''The Final Problem'', Watson writes that Moriarty's brother, Colonel James Moriarty, had spoken out against what he saw as defamation of his brother's name. There is also mention of a second brother and of Moriarty's academic accomplishments, all matters of public record and traceable. And, remember, the reason Moriarty came after Holmes was because Holmes was helping gather evidence to put him on trial. To say nothing of the fact Moran specifically is trying to avenge the Professor's death in ''The Empty House''. So there's plenty of people besides Holmes who have seen or know of Professor Moriarty.
* Also, look ''very'' carefully at the scene where Colonel Moran is arrested. This scene could be interpreted to mean that Sherlock Holmes had hired the Colonel himself, and now the Colonel was angry at his entrapment.

[[WMG: Holmes is a Vulcan]]
As cogently [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070819215512/http://home.cfl.rr.com/dscott8/spock.htm 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.
* Why can't he? Spock says in an EU novel ''Ishmael'' that he's descended from Aaron Stemple and Biddy Cloom, 19th-century Earth humans.
** The "can't" comes from the EU novel ''Strangers from the Sky''.
* I've always pictured a Vulcan survey ship crashing in Victorian England. A Vulcan named Sulak would be found, bob his ears, eat vegetarian, learn the violin (because his harp is broken) and take cocaine to alleviate the Pon Farr...
** Hard to account for Holmes' abilities as an ur-profiler if he was Vulcan, though. Anticipating the emotional state of suspects and victims is crucial to many of his successful cases.
** Holmes was never a vegetarian. He and Watson regularly eat poultry, mutton, etc.
** Sulak crashed out in the country, where he was taken in by the old country Squire who had no sons of his own. Maybe he married the man's daughter, too. Holmes is some portion - half or less - Vulcan. Being raised in human culture instead of Vulcan, he's much better at reading human nuances. And this means that Spock got a smidgeon of Vulcan from his mum's side, too.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' BBC Series 2, John Watson jokingly refers to Sherlock as "Spock."

[[WMG: Watson murdered his own wife]]
Watson 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.
* Biggest hole in this theory: Reread ''The Adventure of the Empty House''. Watson's wife is already dead by the time Holmes comes back.
** Or: Watson was under scrutiny by the police for the murder, but got away with it. The case was probably at least somewhat publicised in the papers. He wrote the date of his wife's death as being before Holmes' arrival into the story to put the public into the mindset that he was innocent and that there had been no motive, and so kept his respectable position.
** And neither Holmes nor Mycroft, both of whom read the newspapers and Watson's publications religiously, never noticed this discrepancy? Watson's connection to Holmes makes him enough of a celebrity himself that his wife's death should've at least rated a mention.


[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: 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.

* Going with the above thread, this troper would like to pose that Moriarty was ([[NotQuiteDead is?]]) an ex-member of VFD, explaining his massive intelligence and cunning in creating detailed crimes. This would explain why Holmes was so keen on catching him, as it was an assignment given to him by his superiors who wanted Moriarty either caught or dead.
* This theory is bolstered by the fact that Moriarty attacks Holmes in FINA by ''setting his rooms on fire''. Also -- we know that the VFD recruit new members at very young ages and train them in skills of observation. Who else are the Baker Street Irregulars, then, but a group of neophytes Holmes is training to become full members of the organization? Perhaps they disappeared after the first couple of stories because their training had been completed...

[[WMG: Watson is an UnreliableNarrator]]
There 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 [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] that the story is actually RippedFromTheHeadlines.
* The Jeremy Brett adaptations also played on this possibility. Both the Burke and the Hardwicke Watsons were ''much'' smarter than they were letting on in their publications, even managing to pull off the occasional SherlockScan; similarly, the interplay between Holmes and Watson made it clear that Watson was gussying up his material for sensational (or romantic!) effect. Holmes specifically complains about such in, if memory serves, "The Copper Beeches."
* And it almost goes without saying that there are plenty of events that Watson never viewed first-hand, so where Watson reported Holmes doing some fantastical deduction, it's just as plausible that Watson was paring down a lot of boring investigating into a single "A-Ha!" moment. "Holmes, your account of boring interviews with witnesses goes on too long. I'm going to say that you asked me to step out of the room, and then when you came out, you had the crime solved, all right?"
* Going with the above, it makes sense that Watson would exaggerate details in order to make a good story. Lots of stories that sold or were given the most attention in Victorian times were either fictional or exaggerated to the point of being so (e.g. Sweeeney Todd and Jack the Ripper respectively). Also, it seems strange that Holmes would complain about Watson blowing their adventures out of proportion when one of Holmes' canonical fields of expertise is that of sensationalist literature.

[[WMG: Mrs. Hudson is a [[TheMole 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.
* One tangent to this would be the idea that Mrs. Hudson has seen the good that Holmes has done through his works and has effectively [[BecomingTheMask Become The Mask]], going about her usual duties while either feeding the police blatant lies or breaking off her deal with them altogether.
* Another is that Holmes has known about this all along and opted to FeedTheMole, basically playing along with Scotland Yard since he regards them to be somewhat beneath him anyway.
* Alternatively, she was a spy for Mycroft, who wanted to make sure his little brother was well taken care of. Perhaps she was even a former agent of his. It would explain why she was willing to put up with him, and if she had previously worked with Mycroft she would be used to his...queerness.

[[WMG: 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.
** Well, 'murdered' is perhaps a bit strong; there's a reasonably fair case for self-defense.

[[WMG: Holmes didn't survive ''The Final Problem'']]
Because 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.
* This is essentially the basis of ''The Seven Per-cent Solution'', innit?
** Sort of. The premise of that is that the Hiatus was Holmes traveling the world in a period of... mental decompression (I don't want to demean this with the phrase 'vacation', because it was a little more than that).

[[WMG: 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 really solved all the cases after Holmes' death by himself.
* There's also the suspicious circumstances of Holmes' apparent return. Watson's wife is dead, he is trying to be like Holmes but just can't quite do it, he is stymied by a mysterious case... and suddenly, a Holmes personality emerges to solve the case. Also notice how Holmes seems to have changed in personality after ''The Final Problem''.

[[WMG: 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 and Watson are supposedly both present, but only one of them is addressed by name while the other is simply "your friend" or is not recognized until someone explains who he is.
* Holmes and Watson are seldom separated within the narratives, and it is quite rare that Watson does anything independent of Holmes, especially after ''The Final Problem''
** This is actually patently untrue -- The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lady Frances Carfax, The Dying Detective, and The Illustrious Client are just a few stories written after The Final Problem where a large portion of Watson's actions are largely independent and/or take place when he is out of Holmes's presence.

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: Holmes was a Muslim.]]
He made a journey to Mecca (a city where only Muslims are allowed to go) as told in "The Return,".
* As if Holmes, master of disguise, couldn't pass as a Muslim
** And Sir Richard Francis Burton successfully infiltrated Mecca in real life, by disguising himself as a Muslim making the hajj.
*** This is only amazing if one believes "muslim = moor"; knowing the language and customs is more important to appearing Middle-Eastern (or any other ethnicity) than a particular skin-tone or facial feature.

[[WMG:Holmes became a Buddhist in Tibet]]
An 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.

[[WMG:Holmes had another brother, older than Mycroft]]
Their 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.

[[WMG: Holmes is one of the [[TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression Inspired]]]]
Holmes 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!

[[WMG: 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?
* Also, he shows no romantic interests in women. He even seems to scorn them, which may be the reason why he hides his biological gender.
** He explicitly does not trust women, views the eligible intelligent Violet Hunter as his sister, but shows some distant appreciation for the moral character of some women despite his initial poor estimation of them. If he keeps a priority on maintaining the secret of his apparent sex, he wouldn't be able to trust a woman even if he were generally attracted to them. Recall, he turns down payment for a case to keep the photo of Irene Adler after she disguises herself as a man and greets Holmes without his recognizing her. His own gender identity issues may be as much cause for this admiration of her as much as her foiling his efforts on a case.
* Unlike in the 2009 film, he has no facial hair in the books, even when he's been camping in the wild for a few days (Hound of the Baskervilles), which strikes Watson. Although he's very tall, he's described as slender, with narrow fingers.
** Lack of secondary sex characteristics is extremely suggestive, although he could be an XY with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, which fits for being tall but light on the masculine features. If it were mild, he'd be an infertile man that doesn't shave, if it were more complete, the science of the time could hardly differentiate him from a female except for the lack of ovaries, but in a different presentation we could split the difference and say he had ambiguous genitalia, had any combination of female or male physical traits you may imagine, and was raised as a girl as per the following.
** OTOH, staying clean-shaven under all circumstances is a logical thing for a man who ''wears disguises'' for a significant part of his work. It's hard to apply a false beard over an ''actual'' beard, after all.
* He doesn't have the basic knowledge of a Victorian era gentleman (according to Watson, no knowledge of classical literature, astronomy and philosophy, very little knowledge of politics), perhaps because as a girl, he wasn't taught things that would be useless to a future wife. His lack of interest in politics may be because he's not allowed to vote.
** He's also a pretty good cook, was that normal for a guy then? Let us pretend it wasn't. He could've just sat down with some food and books and practiced because it interested him. But take it with the rest of his non-crime related interests and we get a collection of benign items in the education of a young girl to make her seem worldly but not over educated: Music, cooking, a few foreign languages.
* Women were allowed very few professions at the time. Passing as a man was the only way for an ambitious and intelligent woman to have an influence on society. What policeman in his right mind would have asked or accepted help from an unmarried woman to solve criminal cases?
* The fact that Holmes was a successful prizefighter, and openly recognized as such by a fellow boxer, would tend to debunk this WMG. Why? Because boxers fight bare-chested, even in Victorian times. Even if s/he were flatter than average, Holmes' disguise skills aren't ''that'' good.
** While I do feel that that debunks the WMG, there is still the possibility of a flat chest and a {{Sarashi}} disguised as a bandage. Holmes ''was'' really interested in middle- and far-Eastern things, and even if he wasn't, it's hardly impossible for him to have thought it up himself. Fighting in the black or even grey markets would account for being allowed to fight while injured, and if Watson never saw Holmes' fights, it's possible (though unlikely) that he used (fake) severe burn scarring as a disguise (it would be a decent reason to use bandages during every fight, and explain why parts of the surface of his chest felt less solid than a boxer's should when [[[LightningBruiser rarely?]]] punched).
** This is Sherlock Holmes. Wearing a shirt while boxing wouldn't be the most subversive thing he's done.
*** And if we assume the above is plausible, it only adds flavor to the WMG: He took to boxing to taking passing as male to a ridiculous extreme, knowing that if he could get by in that, he'd be beyond question. On the other hand, he once effortlessly bends an iron fire poker back into shape, so he had greater strength than the giant brute that bent it. Most men don't posses that much upper body strength, for a biological female, it approaches impossible, and Watson says that he never witnesses Holmes exercising or doing conditioning of any kind, oddly.
** Even if they let Holmes fight while wearing a shirt or bandage, his opponents would surely insist that he be patted down first to ensure he isn't concealing, say, a leather chest protector. Boxers have been known to cheat, after all.
** The other big problem with this theory is that [[http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/ms-private-eye_768026.html?page=2 female private detectives worked in Victorian London and were not considered particularly remarkable]]. Holmes could have worked as a female detective without any particular problem.

[[WMG:Holmes was a reality warper.]]
He manipulated reality to make his deductions and stuff true.

[[WMG: Watson is Moriarty.]]
Which explains why, [[UnreliableNarrator 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 ObfuscatingStupidity 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.
* So what happened at Reichenbach?
** Watson shoves Holmes over the edge, then returns to the hotel under the implication that he had left before Holmes "and Moriarty" and fallen. The reason Moriarty was not caught at the station was because the tall man at the station was a paid actor, and had papers to prove his identity and likely more than one alibi for times that Moriarty had supposedly been confirmed by Holmes as being in a specific place.

[[WMG: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.

* Many of the recent film and television adaptations (specifically, the second Ritchie film and the BBC miniseries) certainly play off this assumption when determining the political reach of Mycroft and his ability to manipulate events. Interestingly, there seems to be an emerging trend in portraying Mycroft's career as some sort of below-the-radar diplomatic position, as evidenced by his [[spoiler: role at the conference event in Switzerland]] in the second Ritchie film and his [[spoiler: Coventry-like project for opposing terrorism]] in the first episode of the second BBC series, A Scandal in Belgravia. This isn't particularly in line with his slothful characterization in canon, although it's not the largest departure either work has made from the source material (usually resulting in a stronger narrative anyhow.)

[[WMG: Stapleton is a werewolf.]]
Since Stapleton is actually a [[spoiler: 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 [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent tranforms]] at will to attack the Baskervilles. (Dr. Mortimer's spaniel and the dog from Ross and Magles were used as [[KicktheDog 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.

[[WMG: 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 {{WMG}}s or [[HoYay 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.

[[WMG: Watson wasn't shot in either the shoulder or the leg; he was shot in the ass]]
That accounts for the inconsistancy; He was embarassed about the true location so he kept making up the wound's location on the top.
* Two marriages, no children? Maybe Watson was hit somewhere a little more dear, if you follow me.
** With Western Medicine being what it was at the time, there's no way he could possibly have survived the bloodloss a bullet wound to the genitals would entail.
*** He most certainly could have. Even without restrictive athletic underwear that kept the particularly blood-infused bits out of the way of the progenitorial bits, he would merely have had to have been lucky (or unlucky, [[FateWorseThanDeath depending on his priorities]]) and escaped infection and clots. perhaps by [[HealItWithFire cauterization]], or a strange but not impossible quirk of his own anatomy.
* On a similar note, Julia Stoner (the victim from "Speckled Band") was bitten in the crotch by the swamp adder. Anywhere else, and the coroner would've surely noticed the bite wound, but Victorian proprieties ensured he wouldn't ''dare'' examine that portion of her anatomy for the police inquiry.

[[WMG: 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.
* According to ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'', Moriarty has a history of [[spoiler: sleeping with Sherlock's mum]]. I don't recall how the timing might have worked out, but that's there.

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG:Holmes is Mystique]]
For 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, [[IfItsYouItsOkay in male or female form]]. Suffice to say, however, that Watson was very, very wrong about his emotions toward "the woman."

[[WMG:Holmes can read minds]]
Holmes figures out people's occupations, motives, etc by reading their minds (either consciously or subconsciously), and only pretends to do a SherlockScan to cover over his abilities. This explains why he is always right, even when noticing details which could quite easily provide for alternate explanations.

[[WMG: Holmes is a [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Black Ribboner]] vampire]]
He 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.

[[WMG: 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 [[http://zagria.blogspot.com/2007/09/lavinia-edwards-1809-1833-actress.html 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.

[[WMG: Holmes has an odd form of ADHD]]
When 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.
* In other words, typical ADHD?

[[WMG: Holmes is an RPG character made with a PointBuildSystem]]
And a [[MinMaxing 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.

[[WMG: Holmes was written as a vampire (or perhaps some sort of fairy).]]
Yes, this is superficially similar to the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Black Ribboner vampire]] guess above, but I've come at it from a different and ([[PoesLaw 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 [[ArtisticLicenseBiology gay]] [[ValuesDissonance 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 [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure 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 MagicRealism, 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 TheFairFolk or if he thought that was just a writing gimmick).

[[WMG: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.

[[WMG: Holmes isn't actually a genius, he just makes lucky guesses]]
There is even a clue in his name: 'Sheer Luck' Holmes.

[[WMG: 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.
* Assuming this is true, Holmes has on several occasions let a murderer go free if he feels that their case was not without sympathy; Lady Hilda was being blackmailed by a spy who was, at least, something of a scumbag. He might have pegged that Lady Hilda's account didn't quite add up, but felt that she didn't deserve to hang for it. Besides which, he was hired to retrieve the papers and prevent a scandal, not to solve the spy's murder, so he just decided it was Someone Else's Problem.

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: The continuity errors in the books are deliberate.]]
The cases Holmes solves often deal with sensitive information, naturally, and frequently with things better left with as few eyes reading them as possible. Combined with the fact that Moriarty was playing his game against Holmes for quite some time, it doesn't seem illogical to assume that Holmes had Watson insert errors and discontinuities in the stories, perhaps to keep Moriarty from knowing how much Holmes actually knows about his criminal empire. Some stories may have even been made up from whole cloth, just to keep Moriarty thrown off. This could also be why Holmes frequently expressed annoyance at Watson's stories; the good doctor was putting himself in danger if he revealed that he knew too much, and - although Watson insisted that Holmes's adventures be chronicled - Holmes would have been happier had Watson not taken such a risk in the first place.

* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer states that Doyle's near-contemporary [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis and fellow literary agent]] Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs did exactly this for Holmes' relative, [[{{Literature/Tarzan}} Lord Greystoke]], so this is almost ''confirmed.''

[[WMG: Colonel Moran was acquitted at his trial.]]
He was arrested and charged for murder in 1894 (in 'The Adventure of the Empty House') but he is explicitly mentioned as 'still living' in 1902 (in 'The Adventure of the Illustrious Client'.) Moran is even implied to still be living as late as 1914 (in 'His Last Bow'.) Given murder was a capital crime for Victorians it seems unlikely he would have been merely imprisoned. Moran must have won his case but been forced to leave London anyway, his powerbase and reputation ruined.
* Alternately, Moran's knowledge of Moriarty's criminal empire was deemed valuable enough that his life was spared in exchange for a ''very'' long prison term and his testimony against hundreds of lesser criminals.

[[WMG: Holmes is a TimeLord.]]
Explains the hiatus and darned near everything else.


[[folder:Robert Downey Jr film series]]
!!''Sherlock Holmes'' (2009)

[[WMG: Blackwood actually was gifted by supernatural powers. Just not arcane forces, he was working for Nyarlohotep]]
It's the combination of arcane ritual, 'coincidental' raven following him around, and his crazy anachronistic technology. [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlhotep]] granted him power via knowledge beyond that of mortal men, and power via knowledge. He never realized that his rituals were giing him the power he sought, but not in the form he expected. And so, in not taking the arcane forces seriously, he missed both greater potential and damned his soul to the outer dark.

[[WMG: Irene is an ancestor to CarmenSandiego.]]
World class thief, affable, classy, and the first time she shows up she's wearing red. Anyone else see this?

[[WMG: Irene Adler is CarmenSandiego.]]
The one with a TimeMachine, 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.

[[WMG: Creator/HughLaurie 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.
* More fitting, Mycroft will be played by Creator/StephenFry. Come on, It would be Awesome!
** This here, ladies and gentlemen, has just been [[spoiler:confirmed.]]
*** As a real-life WMG, I suggest that the person who thought of that is a psychic or a Time Lord showing off knowledge of the future, or that the person doing the casting is a Troper.
* I second that motion.

[[WMG: Moriarty is an [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed 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.
* ''Brotherhood'' makes it possible he could be from a rogue/splinter Templar faction, what with Il Lupo's Switchblade and pretty much every MP character having access to the Hidden Gun.
* As an alternative, Holmes could likely be an Assassin as well... Just with the genetics, not the upbringing. His entire AwesomenessByAnalysis SherlockScan fighting style is built entirely on [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits mashing the Counter button and using the same tactics as players.]]

[[WMG: Holmes has ADHD.]]
The utter chaos that we see inside his head during the restaurant scene, for example.
* Also in the ballroom scene in the second film where he's dancing with Sim:
--->'''Sim''': What do you see?
--->'''Sherlock''': Everything...it is my curse.

[[WMG: A future Sequel will involve UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and the Germans]]
In large part because [[AuthorAppeal I have been waiting for a good adaption to it]], but mostly because it would fit the pace of the new series.
* But Holmes would be pretty old by then, don't you think? World War One began in 1914, whereas Holmes' endeavors ended that same year.
** He would be getting up there in age, but even if we accept a far longer timeline (rather than having Holmes spring up fully formed on the YearZero of a Study in Scarlet) he would still have been at most higher-middle age. And while the canon books DO end in 1914, even if we disinclude absolutely all of the books afterwards, it is a stretch to believe that a rather able-bodied man who is so obsessed that he drugs himself into a stupor whenever he doesn't have a case would quite while he is ahead. And even for the era, the characters would be middle aged, which even back then did not mean old, infirm, or otherwise incapable of doing "heavy lifting." To illustrate, if we take the age of the actors and advance them ahead to the appropriate time the main trio (Holmes/RDJr.,Watson/Law, and Adler/McAdams) would be 66, 59, and 53 respectively. Certainly not young by any measure, but even by the standards of the era still capable (for reference, by 1918 the OHL had been putting into action plans to expand the draft limit to being 75 years of age, and while part of that may have been from their state of collapse at the time, they still believed they could fight). At the time of the actual armistace, they would be even younger. . (note to self, find ways to respond to responses without generating a massive WallOfText everytime you hit the edit button).
*** No, this is perfect, then Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry could play the aged Sherlock and Watson and all this troper's dreams would have come true.
*** Remember also that Holmes is younger than Watson. Robert Downey Jr.'s age compared to that of Jude Law could just display how Holmes bedraggles himself in ways that Watson does not.
*** In the Conan Doyle canon, Holmes is born in 1854 and solves the last case in the summer of 1914 (''His Last Bow''), uncovering a German spy, afterwards he retired from detective work and turned to beekeeping.

[[WMG: Lord Coward was driven to villainy by people making fun of his name. ]]

Tell me you can't imagine that.

[[WMG: Moriarty is involved with the German government and General Staff]]
In the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany 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 [[EliteMooks 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 [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar the war of 1871]]. It would be nearly impossible to run this without involvement of the General Staff and their unofficial permission.

[[WMG: Someone in the production crew is a troper]]
Creator/StephenFry is Mycroft and Moriarty's plan in the sequel is [[spoiler: to start World War One]].
Someone there has obviously been reading this page.

[[WMG: In the film's universe, Lord Blackwood was UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper]]

This 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?
* There's a line of dialogue that can be read as hinting this: "Those young women were not the first to be butchered... no one could prove anything, but we all knew."
** Except all but one of Jack the Ripper's five canonical victims were in their forties, not young.

[[WMG: Watson deliberately changed Holmes's appearance when he wrote down their cases]]
For privacy reasons.

!!''Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'' (2011)

[[WMG: The third movie will involve some kind of crossover with Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'']]
At the very least, Professor Challenger will show up either as Holmes' antagonist, as his client, or as an ally in his latest case. GenreShift 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 WalkingTheEarth. What better time to have him wind up on a mysterious DesertedIsland filled with dinosaurs? And, of course...EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs.

[[WMG: The third movie will be a loose adaptation of ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'']]
After 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.

[[WMG: The Reason Holmes Was in Drag was to Protect Mary]]

According 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.
* Well, he certainly did get her out of harm's way....

[[WMG: 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 [[spoiler: 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.

* ...Which at last explains why "Rocky Road to Dublin" played during the pit fight in the first film. (But note that "country squires" refers to the countryside, not to a particular geographic location.)

[[WMG: Moriarty and/or Col. Moran are Irishmen by birth]]

Most 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_%28Ireland%29 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.
* Moran as a disgruntled Irishman goes against canon. In ''The Adventure Of The Empty House'' Doyle openly says he had been born in London and enjoyed a privileged birth and early life, as son of Sir Augustus Moran, British Minister to Persia.

[[WMG: [[spoiler:Irene is not dead.]]]]
(a) We never see a body. (b) [[spoiler: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.''
* My guess? [[spoiler:She]]'s locked up somewhere, in very poor health from being poisoned, waiting for rescue. The rescue will drive the plot of the third movie.
* Or perhaps [[spoiler:Irene]] pulled the same trick [[spoiler:Holmes]] did when he "died" for the same reason, both in the original stories and in the film. [[spoiler:She]] faked death, stayed under the radar to avoid being attacked again, didn't inform ''anybody'' to keep the illusion up, and will come back in time when the inevitable sequel rolls around. Strange minds do think alike, of course.
* Considering this page's record so far, let's hope. Nobody likes a bridge dropping.
* Also, Moran was there too, and we don't see him leave. Maybe he's about to cart [[spoiler: Irene]] off to wherever Moriarty has planned.
* Also, note Sherlock's reaction [[spoiler: to the handkerchief on the ferry]]. He sniffs it, smiles briefly, then throws it overboard. This suggests either that [[spoiler: he knows she isn't dead or he's saying goodbye. This leaves the director with wriggle room to bring her back if necessary.]]
** Let's not forget that [[spoiler:René's supposed blood in the letter was actually wine. Sherlock might as well have detected that Irene's blood on the handkerchief is fake and smiled to himself. Coming from the woman who outwitted Holmes himself in the past, she would know better than thinking that Moriarty would let her go freely and [[FakingTheDead Faked the Dead]] in order to escape him.]]
* 'Also' also, the whole plot of the first movie revolves around the idea that [[spoiler: there is a method of faking death good enough to fool a professional doctor.]] I mean, Irene was there, and she wasn't dumb.
*** Also, something else worth noting for Moriarty: the man isn't a fool. He usually keeps an ace up his sleeve in some form or another throughout the books and the movie. Secondly, he obviously knows enough about Holmes to appreciate his emotional attachments and morality as strengths even if he can't appreciate or feel them himself (which might be why he acts as chummy as he does with "Hired Gun" Moran: trying to cultivate a minion with the same level of attachment and motivations as the Holmes gang has without the "disadvantage" of Moriarty being beholden to Moran like Holmes is to his friends and loved ones). [[spoiler: Killing Irene offhand neutralizes one of Holmes's enduring allies and would cripple him, but otherwise not stop him. Saving her for later runs the risk of her coming out from behind to mess things up, but if nothing else would be valuable in splitting their attention between herself and something else, or acting as a hostage.]]

[[WMG: Games of Shadows is on a Donnie Darko Style time loop ]]
[[spoiler: For 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.]]

[[WMG: Holmes was at [[spoiler: his own funeral.]] ]]
Would it not be hilarious for Holmes to be there in disguise? It certainly seems like something he'd do.
** I would be surprised if he wasn't.

[[WMG: The four main characters are secretly the four main ones from ''Series/DoctorWho'']]
* Holmes is the Eleventh Doctor, Irene is River, Watson is Rory, and Mary is Amy. They all act like them so ''very'' much.

[[WMG: Moriarty is [[spoiler:alive]]]]
* Bear with me here, but there is a distinct possibility. [[spoiler: Holmes is shown to survive the fall from the castle by using the oxygen device he ostensibly took from Mycroft. This got me wondering - why on earth would Mycroft have had one in the first place? Simple - the altitude of the castle meant the air would be thin. Thus, all the guests of summit would likely have had such a device - including Moriarty.]]
** Mycroft is a BunnyEarsLawyer for one of the most mysterious parts of the British intelligence system, and quite actively lazy (even in the books, if I recall correctly). I took it to mean that his carrying a personal oxygen tank was simply a sign of his eccentricity, the way a modern version of him might carry an asthma inhaler with 32 gigabytes of memory and a temple massager, or, yes, some rich/famous people hire someone to follow their entourage with an oxygen tank in case they feel like taking a hit off of it to spruce up their thinking ability. That does not invalidate the possibility that other guests took the same precaution, be they for similar or more practical reasons (the latter being primarily tight waist cinches and thin air, especially in an environment with dancing and dramatics). Also, [[labelnote:Edit Tip #9]] "An example that is almost completely spoilered out doesn't work very well as an example."[[/labelnote]].

[[WMG: The next movie will take place in the [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury 22ndCentury]]]]
And Holmes will not be a FishOutOfTemporalWater due to him being from an era of SteamPunk. Of course he will miss Watson

[[WMG: 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.

[[WMG: The third movie will mimic His Last Bow with a bit of The Adventure of the Empty House.]]
* Because it's hard to imagine how SequelEscalation can keep ratcheting up and up and up. The first had an attempted British Coup d'etat, and the second had [[spoiler: Moriarty planning on starting UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne]] with an appropriate amount of firepower and uniformed thugs to fit the situation. So, how're they going to escalate this? [[spoiler: By actually having UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne or at a minimum the Panther Crisis.]] Also likely that Professor Challenger will feature in, likely as a parallel to Irene's role and/or as the DiscOneFinalBoss before the real villains- Moriarty/Moran/the Germans/other/some combination of the aforementioned- are revealed. Most likely forcing TeethClenchedTeamwork. Even odds on whether [[spoiler: Irene herself's alive or dead.]]

[[WMG: Simza is the mother of Literature/NeroWolfe.]]
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 [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow comfort]]. By the time he leaves to return to London, Simza knows she is pregnant but did not tell Holmes.
* And perhaps Simza moved to Montenegro before Nero was born.

[[WMG: Holmes is a time traveller and secretly Iron Man]]
* At the end of his Iron Man career, Tony Stark got sent back in time and created a personality based on stories he'd read. The local technology isn't advanced enough for him to build another Iron Man suit (no computers, no composite materials), so he makes do with his wits instead. This may be why the technology of the period seems a bit more advanced than in real life. Either Tony's "inventing" stuff off the side or someone found bits of one of his suits and it got spread around. He learned how to fight from either Rhodey or Captain America.

[[WMG: The (fictional) castle at Reichanbach Falls in ''Game of Shadows'' will be humanity's base in ''Literature/TheTripods'']]
It'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.

[[WMG: Guy Ritchie's movies are set in the same reality as Film/TheIllusionist]]
One of the newspaper clippings on Holmes' [[TheBigBoard Big Board]] in ''Game of Shadows'' has the heading "Austrian Crown Prince Suicide".

[[WMG: ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' is the prequel to these movies]]
Despite the inconsistencies in certain characters' ages and possibly the year each movie took place, the movie fits quite well together with these two stories. In the 2009 movie, Holmes and Watson had already been very well acquainted and working together by that point. It didn't establish their first meeting when they were adults and thus, it's logical to think that their meeting as schoolboys in YSH could have been the way it happened instead. Holmes would then reunite years later with Watson and they'd start working together again, professionally this time, especially after Watson's time in the service and medical training brought him closer to Holmes in intelligence and helped him come into himself more.

Holmes never had confidence in Lestrade as an inspector because he knows he didn't earn it and simply rode Holmes' coattails to do so. He would constantly hint at Lestrade's incompetence and inability to do the job he shouldn't have (the act they did for Coward in the first one had Holmes making fun of Lestrade in that sense to the point of calling him a criminal in getting the job, which gave Lestrade the opportunity to finally punch Holmes in the gut for it and get away with it). Despite the constant badgering about not deserving to be an inspector, Lestrade did begrudgingly grow to respect Holmes and be grateful for his skills.

Rathe/Ehtar became even more volatile and cruel after the death of his equally fanatical sister to the point that he sought criminal means of obtaining riches and power so as to reinvent himself as Moriarty, creating and living out a whole new life just to make sure he fooled everyone he came into contact with. If he wasn't doing it to avenge his sister (who he may have never actually cared about in the first place), he was doing it for his own ravenous need to inflict destruction and damage as many people as possible while lacking any traits of empathy and understanding if he had any at all (his parents were clearly fanatics who either brought out these traits in him with their own radical actions and behaviors or amplified them the same way). Holmes figured out who he was and treated him like a different person because he no longer saw any trace of the Rathe he thought was his friend, but Ehtar fully realized in all his horrible glory with the new name and identity he had made for himself.

Elizabeth's murder, though he showed some optimism for the future, caused Holmes to become deeply traumatized and depressed to the point that he took to drinking and drugs in order to cope with the pain. Adler, though he cared about her, was never what Elizabeth was to her and that's why her death didn't affect him as much. He wasn't necessarily detatched, but certainly not invested enough to feel that same pain. Holmes also became dependent on Watson as his crutch to keep him sane to point that he saw Watson's relationship and ultimate engagement to her as a threat to himself because it would destroy his inability to avoid his pain over Elizabeth that he never let go.

Finally, when Holmes nearly died on the train but was then revived, the ridiculous dream he described wasn't actually what he saw. The horror was from his life and all the terrible things that happened in it flashing before his eyes and it terrified him to the point that it would be too dreadful to repeat any of it.