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Western Animation: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century is an animated television series. Produced by DiC Entertainment, it aired on FOX from September 1999 to July 2001 for a total of 26 episodes in two seasons. Hundreds of years after the Great Detective's time, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New London's Scotland Yard discovers that a mad scientist has created a clone of the infamous Professor James Moriarty from cells taken from his frozen corpse at Reichenbach Falls. Using the latest technology, she has the well-preserved body of Sherlock Holmes rejuvenated and reanimated to help her foil the plans of what they initially believe to simply be a Moriarty-obsessed madman.

After about half an episode of being disoriented and disadvantaged by being three hundred years out of his own time, Holmes settles down, moves into a Holmes museum recreation of his old apartment, and the game is, once again, afoot.

In addition to Lestrade, Holmes is ably assisted by a new Watson, Lestrade's robotic partner who adopts his predecessor's personality and mannerisms after downloading Watson's collected writings. He soon gains a Latex Perfection mask giving him Watson's superficial appearance. Holmes also adopts a new team of Irregulars (with no mention made of Wiggins' name coinciding with the original Irregular leader).

Each episode was suggested by a story from the canon, though the extent of the resemblance varies widely: some stories are translated closely, simply transposing the characters to a new setting ("Silver Blaze" with asteroid racing craft, rather than racehorses) while others take little more than names and some concepts ("The Hounds of the Baskervilles" is about "werewolves" on a lunar colony). Most of the stories were, however, rewritten to make Moriarty the ultimate culprit (usually as the man behind the man).

See also Sherlock and Elementary for other modern-setting reinterpretations of the Sherlock Holmes mythos.

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Lestrade. Holmes calls her a "force of nature unto herself."
  • Affably Evil: Moriarty can be a gentleman and quite casually so. It's almost a little creepy, as befits the original character.
  • After Action, Villain Analysis: Considering that this is Holmes and he does like to wax eloquent on cases at times.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: From the Yard's computer core to the Moon to 10 Downing Street, this is part of Moriarty's modus operandi.
  • Ambiguously Human: Martin Fenwick. Just look at him.
  • Androids and Detectives
  • Animated Adaptation
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Moriarty's recruiting often works this way, along with an unpleasant alternative.
  • Arm Cannon: Watson, as well as various other robots.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Lestrade, from Sherlockian to Sherlock's professional partner.
  • Asteroid Thicket: As part of a race course, no less.
  • Automated Automobiles: Standard on the flying cars. Car chase scenes usually include a moment where Lestrade announces that she's switching to manual control because the autopilot isn't capable of handling chasing villains/getting shot at.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Even Moriarty apparently thinks this of Holmes. In one episode, he tells Holmes to "amuse him" by explaining his deductions.
  • Back from the Dead
  • Badass Baritone: Moriarty. Indeed.
  • Badass Longcoat: Holmes and Moriarty.
    • Watson and Fenwick also wear longcoats, but fall a bit short of the "badass" part.
  • Baker Street Regular: The new Baker Street Irregulars: soccer player Wiggins, the Eliza Doolittleish Deidre, and the paraplegic Tennyson (who communicates through electronic beeps only Holmes seems to comprehend ironically).
  • Battle of Wits: Considering that we're talking about Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, this is a given. "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip" is probably the best example of this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Holmes and Lestrade. Watch the sparks fly!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Watson, as all good Watsons should be.
  • Big Bad: Moriarty.
  • Big "NO!":
    • The "real" Watson in the prologue of the premiere.
    • Holmes and Watson together, watching Lestrade leap from a very high story.
  • Blondes are Evil: Subverted with Heather Trenton, who had no idea what she was really doing.
    • Played with in "The Beryl Board".
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: In "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip", Moriarty kidnaps the Prime Minister so he can use him to unlock various biometric safeguards protecting the nation's security (this being the kind of show it is, he drags the whole PM around instead of just taking the bits he needs).
    • In "The Engineer's Thumb" The Reveal is that Moriarty's organ ring cloned the thumb and eyes of the two inventors whose blood-type changing devices they stole in order to get past their safes' biometric locks.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Watson does this in "The Secret Safe".
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Holmes does this a lot when in disguise, even mimicking people’s voices (Moriarty and Fenwick have this ability, as well). Holmes’s favorite accent incognito seems to be Southern.
  • Britain Is Only London: In a Sherlock Holmes adaptation, what else would you expect?
    • Subverted in "The Sussex Vampire Lot," but the characters still never leave London.
  • Building of Adventure: 221B, of course!
  • Camera Spoofing: Feeding a loop of footage into the security camera is part of how the theft is done in "The Adventure of the Beryl Board".
  • Cane Fu: Sherlock Holmes is a master of this, using a collapsible walking stick as his primary weapon.
  • Car Chase: Several times with hovercraft, but same basic principle and often when Lestrade is at the wheel in one of the vehicles.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: And it's not all Holmes and Moriarty, either. Lestrade and Fenwick can get into it, too.
  • Catch Phrase: All the Holmes standards plus some others. "Eyes and brains!"
    • This is all the more hilarious when the actual so called catchphrases associated with Holmes were either a) only ever said by him once or b) never even said by him.
  • Cat Scare: Invoked by Moriarty in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip"; the first police on the scene find a stray cat and think it tripped the alarm — which is exactly what Moriarty wanted them to think and why he brought the cat with him.
  • Character Development: Holmes and Lestrade demonstrate considerable character development in the show, Holmes throughout the first three episodes, and Lestrade throughout the series, regarding her relationships with Holmes and the Irregulars.
    • Moriarty's attitude towards Lestrade also develops throughout the series, from "Miss Lestrade" to "New Scotland Yard zealot". Ouch.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In a discretional way. Holmes uses his Inverness to protect a mad scientist's modesty.
  • The Chessmaster: Holmes and Moriarty.
  • Christmas Episode: A retake of "The Blue Carbuncle," with amusing results.
    • Yes, Moriarty is well aware that it is Christmastime. This does not stop him.
  • Child Prodigy: No fewer than three, all of them technology wizards: Tennyson, Amanda Wheelwright, and Helfin Paine III.
  • Cloning Body Parts: In "The Engineer's Thumb", Moriarty's organ-legging turns out to be using cloned parts. Which are illegal due to clone degeneration.
  • Conspicuous CG
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Lestrade and Holmes, very deliberately.
  • Cool Old Guy: Sherlock Holmes himself. See Older Than They Look.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Paine.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Holmes's plans, as is fitting, tend to be this.
    • However, Lestrade's idea to bring Holmes back to life to defeat a Moriarty-like big bad must take the Academy Award for this trope.
  • Cut the Juice: In "The Adventure of the Beryl Board", our heroes are attacked by robotic museum exhibits. The computer whiz of the week attempts to shut them with rapid fire typing, and fails. Then they suddenly stop; cut to Holmes, holding up a power cord and looking smug.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Or at least eat away at one character, who let the fact of his cyborg status bother him. To an extreme degree.
  • Cyberpunk
  • Da Chief: Chief Inspector Grayson.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Holmes has his moments. He's Sherlock Holmes, after all.
  • Death Glare: Moriarty and Holmes are good at this, but special credit must go to Lestrade.
  • Defictionalization: In-universe. In the first episode, Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty are regarded as historical figures rather than literary ones.
  • Diabolical Mastermind / Evil Genius: We did mention that Moriarty's the Big Bad, right?
  • Do Androids Dream?: Curiously ignored after the second episode, considering that Watson is a compudroid with the real Watson's journals uploaded into him.
    • But revisited one more time in "Five Orange Pips," with an anti-tech society and the necessity of Holmes's clients understanding that Watson is just as human as they are (in mind and heart, anyway, if not in body).
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: When Lestrade gets the call to action at the beginning of "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip", she's on a coffee break complete with pink-frosted donut.
  • The Dragon: Fenwick.
    • An in-universe subversion, as Fenwick had originally intended for Moriarty to be his dragon.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Moriarty and Holmes in separate episodes, with varying degrees of success but definite eye-candy results.
  • Drives Like Crazy: See Car Chase and Establishing Character Moment.
    • To be fair to Lestrade, Holmes doesn’t even know what he’s doing when he’s behind the wheel.
  • Dull Surprise: Holmes, right after being de-aged and reanimated, wakes up to find this unknown girl right in front of his face telling him he is two hundred years ahead of his time, had only this to say:
    Lestrade: Welcome to the 22th century, Holmes!
    Holmes: Huh?
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Amanda Wheelwright's hideout kind of strains the willing suspension of disbelief.
  • Empathic Environment: The opening of "The Five Orange Pips" takes place on a dark and stormy night.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The opening scene of the first episode shows an irritated Lestrade tearing through the skyline after a runaway criminal. Easily irritated, reckless driving, and pursuit of justice. Yup, that's our Beth.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: According to Moriarty in "Five Orange Pips," he doesn't want people getting hurt as he takes over the world. To be fair, he generally sticks to this rule, with the exception of "Baskerville" early on in the game.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Nearly every episode.
  • Everybody Lives: Kids' cartoon, remember?
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The zoo in "The Scales of Justice" has a penguin exhibit, which plays a role in the episode's climax, as Holmes uses the low temperature to incapacitate his cold-blooded attacker.
  • Evil Laugh: Moriarty’s is just a bit chilling.
  • Evil Luddite: The tech saboteurs in "The Five Orange Pips" were opposed to 'unnatural' technology and didn't care how many lives were damaged by their quest to destroy it. You can tell they were hardcore because they used only natural plant-derived poisons to murder their opponents.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Come on, look at the title.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Lestrade, who wears nothing over her short-sleeved uniform in the Christmas episode.
    • Played straight in "The Sussex Vampire Lot," when Watson realizes that the bare-armed Wiggins is cold.
  • Fair Cop: Lestrade.
  • Faking the Dead: Holmes, in "The Adventure of the Empty House".
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: As usual for an animated series of this type, especially given the future setting, ray guns are more common than projectile weapons. "The Five Orange Pips" takes it further: when the bad guys are trying to shoot Lestrade's squad car out of the sky, she takes the time to exposit that their ray gun is designed to inhibit the car's operation, not to harm living things.
  • Fantastic Racism: "The Five Orange Pips" revolves around "anti techs", people who oppose "unnatural" technology, especially artificial intelligences, which translates to treating Watson in what's effectively a racist manner. The episode includes a subplot about a child who starts out sharing his father's anti tech prejudices, but ends up considering Watson a person and a friend.
  • Fantastic Slur: "Yardie."
  • Fearless Fool: Lestrade and Holmes. Very much so.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Holmes, though this is soon forgotten.
  • 555: A phone number seen written down in the second episode.
  • Flanderization: Watson, in keeping with his popular portrayal, is pretty stupid for a robot.
  • Flashback: Regularly, but perhaps most notably at the beginning of "The Crime Machine."
  • Flying Car
  • Foregone Conclusion: Holmes's non-death in "The Adventure of the Empty House". It's so much of a foregone conclusion that this trope doesn't use the spoiler brackets!
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: In the first episode, it's a plot point that New Scotland Yard has the technology and database to match any human DNA to its owner; it's treated as an unprecedented event when Moriarty's DNA scan comes up as unknown. This never comes up again, and there's more than one later episode with a plot that implicitly assumes no such technology is available.
    • Rather more importantly, in the first episode, they've cured death.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The men Moriarty hired as a front for his subtler scheme in "Five Orange Pips".
  • Gender Flip: Lestrade, thanks to The Smurfette Principle coming into larger existence after the source material. Here, the role is played by Beth Lestrade, a descendant of the original Inspector G. Lestrade.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The unusual euphemism "zed" replaces several different swear words throughout the show. Older audiences understand the various contexts of the word.
  • Gloved Fist of Doom: Moriarty in "Five Orange Pips".
  • Good Is Not Nice: Lestrade can indeed be a fair cop, but she can also be a downright scary one. Consider: she is the only Yarder we ever see overseeing someone in the cryptnosis chair, and her method of handling arrested people leaves something to be desired.
    • For that matter, New Scotland Yard's method of dealing with criminals. Whether you see cryptnosis as an abomination or a kindness, the fact is that they wipe and reprogram people's minds.
      • Actually, that doesn't seem to be entirely true. It was made clear that cryptnosis needed to be periodically redone, and in at least some cases criminals continued their activities anyway. So, most likely, whatever they did simply reduced the desire to commit crimes. A good analogy would be the chemical castration of rapists (...which, is still a highly questionable activity, but not as much so as reprogramming someone's brain from the ground up...).
  • Good Old Ways:
    • Holmes and Moriarty are still Victorians-at-heart in the 22nd century.
    • To her credit, Lestrade keeps genuine paper-printed books at home.
    • The Oppenshaws' disapproval of modern technology in "The Five Orange Pips" apparently obliges them to live in a 19th-century house and follow period fashions in clothing and hairstyles.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Moriarty uses one to escape from Lestrade in the first episode.
  • Heroic BSOD: More than once and more than one hero.
  • Hey, Catch!: At the end of "The Five Orange Pips", Moriarty throws the antidote (in a fragile glass container) at Holmes, then escapes while Holmes, Watson and Lestrade are concentrating on catching it before it hits the ground and breaks.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The way that Moriarty tends to get his due.
  • Hollywood Police Driving Academy: Zed, Lestrade!
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Moriarty tries this with Lestrade as the hostage in "The Five Orange Pips". Lestrade tells Holmes point blank not to go for it, and Holmes, in defiance of cartoon-hero tradition, actually listens to her. (Probably the writers only let him because it turns out Moriarty has another more persuasive bargaining chip and so doesn't really need Lestrade.)
  • Hover Board: The skateboard courier in "The Five Orange Pips".
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Deidre, an Irregular, tails a suspect and says "Follow that hovercab!", followed by the trope name.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Moriarty kisses Lestrade's hand. She is less than happy.
  • I Lied: Holmes, faking insanity.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The villain of "The Adventure of the Empty House" spends several minutes shooting at Holmes and Watson in the climax without hitting them once, which is usual for a cartoon villain but notable in this case because the rest of the episode has been building him up as an expert shot against both stationary and moving targets.
    • This is slightly justified by the fact the villain is attempting to shoot Holmes and Watson in near total darkness and comes close several times, Holmes even points out how good his aim is given the circumstances.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Holmes does this several times throughout the series as part of his M.O.
  • Insistent Terminology: Grayson never stops referring to Holmes as the "dead detective".
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Holmes seems to have a predilection for this, as he comes up with a few throughout the series. One was lampshaded by both Lestrade and Watson when they groaned at different points, respectively.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Of course. However, in this case, Lestrade it's a woman.
  • Insufferable Genius: Again, this is the Great Detective we're dealing with.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Though Tennyson is unintelligible to most people (and the audience), Holmes and the other Irregulars have no trouble understanding him.
  • It's Personal: If Watson is in harm's way, absolutely.
  • Jumped at the Call: Let's put this in perspective: Lestrade could not make Holmes help her. He chose to, and he threw himself into her investigation.
  • Just a Machine: Holmes's initial reaction to Watson, as well as John Oppenshaw's.
  • Kick Chick: Lestrade delivers some pretty mean kicks, including a Call Back to the third episode when she disarms Moriarty in "The Sussex Vampire Lot".
  • Knightof Cerebus: Moriarty.
  • Large Ham: Arguably Fenwick and even Moriarty.
    • Lestrade is actually more over-the-top with just about all her emotions.
  • Laser Blade: Three punk criminals attack Lestrade with lightsabers, she beats the living daylights out of them, and we never see anybody wielding lightsabers again.
  • Last Name Basis: Subverted twice with Lestrade using "Sherlock"; once with Holmes using "Beth" (but only to Watson). Played straight otherwise.
  • Latex Perfection: As mentioned, elasto-masks allow people to accurately copy the faces of other individuals. Most remarkably, it is a complex enough piece of technology to grant a robot with a flat, featureless face a functional (that is, mobile and expressive) set of eyes, eyebrows, mouth, tongue and teeth.
  • Latex Space Suit: Holmes’s and Lestrade’s space suits in “Baskerville”.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Discounting Holmes's and Moriarty's various disguises, none of the characters ever change their clothes - Lestrade won't even take off her uniform for a wedding!
  • Literal Cliffhanger: Along with a Take My Hand / attempted Save the Villain moment in Holmes's memory of Reichenbach.
  • Living in a Furniture Store: Does the 22nd century version of 221B ever get messy?
  • Living Legend: Quite so.
  • Machine Monotone: Watson in the pilot, until the Sherlock Holmes Archive Binge causes the original doctor's personality to take over.
  • Made of Iron: Lampshaded by Watson to a shocked Holmes as he cheerfully shrugs off a gunshot to the leg.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Averted in “Scales of Justice,” in which the Mad Scientist has a daughter, but she is not beautiful.
  • Magic Countdown: At the climax of "The Hounds of the Baskervilles". Holmes stops it with one second left on the clock, too.
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Master of Disguise: Holmes. Holmes, Holmes, Holmes.
  • Mirrors Reflect Everything: Including, as seen in "The Secret Safe", Scotland Yard's ray-that-turns-into-a-glowing-rope-and-wraps-itself-around-the-target guns.
  • Monster of the Week: The series has no fewer than three genetically-modified/mutated people – averted with two in that they were victims rather than the Villain of the Week.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Holmes is, by Lestrade. The result is humorous but disastrous to the case.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Moriarty’s impressive build never stops the sleeker Holmes from mopping the floor with him.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Moran, Roylott, Culverton Smith, etc.
  • Nerves of Steel: Holmes and Lestrade demonstrate this regularly.
  • Never Found the Body: During one fight, Moriarty tells Holmes that the Yard won't be able to find any trace of him if he falls into a laser field below. True enough, Watson witnessed both men fall, and no bodies were recovered... But that would be too simple for a second Reichenbach, wouldn't it?
  • New Neo City: New London. It's never explained what happened to the old one. The new one has a lot of the same landmarks (see page image), but is full of Americans.
  • Newspaper Thin Disguise: Holmes uses one while watching Moriarty's goons at the beginning of "The Red-Headed League". Later in the episode, an item in the same newspaper gives him a clue as to the central mystery of the episode.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lestrade royally messes up Holmes's plans once (see Mugged for Disguise).
  • No Ending: The last time we see Moriarty (second-to-last episode aired, but probably intended to be the finale), he's gotten away. Neither this issue nor Holmes's relationship with Lestrade (see Will They or Won't They?) is ever resolved.
  • No Name Given: The Prime Minister in "Mazarin Chip".
  • Not Good with People: Ironically, Holmes appears to have better people skills that Lestrade.
  • Not So Stoic: When there's a possibility of having lost Watson or Lestrade, watch Holmes's composure crumble.
  • Not Quite Dead: James Morstan.
  • Oh, Crap: Fenwick has this reaction a few times, most notably in "Mazarin Chip."
  • Older Than They Look: Holmes, of course. The man has an old soul in 25-year-old body!
  • Organ Theft: "The Engineer's Thumb" revolves around this.
  • Our Doors Are Different: Some have knobs and hinges; others are distinctly sci-fi.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: With stylish nail polish!
  • Percussive Maintenance: How Holmes gets the getaway vehicle started in "The Crime Machine".
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Tennyson, again, as the youngest of the Irregulars.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: In "The Secret Safe", Holmes and Watson are captured by the burglar and tied up; Watson is strong enough to break free, but Holmes asks him to wait until they've seen what they can learn by being captives.
  • Playful Hacker: Tennyson, most notably.
    • And Amanda Wheelwright, technically.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Watson can be this at times.
  • Poison and Cure Gambit: Used by the villain in "The Five Orange Pips".
  • Police Are Useless: Granted, in a Holmes adaptation.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Moriarty, who goes so far as to kidnap the Prime Minister.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The idea first materialized as "Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century," a two-part episode of Bravestarr, which was made more than a decade before the series was finally produced.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Power Trio: Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade... who could well be The Spock, The McCoy, and The Kirk, respectively.
  • Ramming Always Works: At least, it works for Holmes when he's behind the wheel. He's not exactly the most experienced driver.
  • Rapid Aging: In reverse for Holmes.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When you get right down to it, Grayson listens to the Power Trio sooner or later.
  • Recycled IN SPACE: In this case, Recycled IN THE FUTURE.
    • To be fair, this entailed quite a lot of adventures that were, in fact, IN SPACE.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Lestrade resorts to this with her boss when she threatens to blackmail him.
    • This trope is really a big part of her M.O.
  • Renaissance Man: Seriously, is there anything Holmes and Moriarty can't do?
  • Replacement Goldfish: Watson
  • Retail Riot: "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" opens with two people fighting over a shop's last Carbuncle doll (the latest must-have Christmas toy).
  • Retcon: Of the canon, actually, regarding what happened at Reichenbach. Of course, the retconning only works in-universe.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Watson.
  • Robot Buddy
  • Running Gag: In-universe. Lestrade loves to make cracks at Fenwick's rather deformed appearance.
  • Saved for the Sequel: The first two episodes - the first three make up the show's only story arc.
  • Say My Name: The "real" Watson in the prologue of the premiere. He uses Holmes's given name.
  • Scenery Porn: The cityscape sequences may be Conspicuous CG, but you have to give them credit for detail (even if the stock shot of one distinctive double-tower appears a few times too many).
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: In "The Hounds of the Baskervilles", Moriarty stages one of these on the moon; using holographic and robotic wolves to force an evacuation of Galileo City so he can put his evil scheme into operation.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: The lady that takes on Moriarty at the National Gallery.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Not just Holmes, surprisingly, but Lestrade, as well.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Holmes in his unique coffin.
  • Sherlock Scan: As per usual.
  • Ship Tease: Tennyson and Amanda Wheelwright in "The Sussex Vampire Lot".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "My name is... Dr. Arthur Doyle. And this is Dr. Conan."
      • The scientist who brings Sherlock back to life looks like Arthur Conan Doyle.
    • A Dr. Cushing references noted Holmes actor Peter Cushing.
    • Sherlock makes reference to dogs owned by his neighbors, the Harnages. Phil Harnage created the show and wrote many episodes.
    • And this little gem:
    Moriarty: "I'll merely use the Mazarin chip to turn this room into a transporter and beam us out."
    Fenwick: (gasp) "Brilliant!"
    Moriarty: "I was kidding. Idiot. You obviously haven't watched the classics."
  • Sidekick Ex Machina: What would Holmes do without Watson and Lestrade?
    • Or the Irregulars, for that matter!
  • Slipped the Ropes:
    Lestrade: Never cuff a cop with her own cuffs. She might know how to get out of them.
  • Slow No: In "The Five Orange Pips", when it appears the antidote is about to be destroyed.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The genetically-modified snake-person in "The Scales of Justice".
  • Sonic Stunner: Ionizers, which are typically used as stun weapons.
  • Sour Supporter: Grayson of Lestrade and Holmes, Lestrade of the Irregulars up until the second season.
  • Spoiler Opening: The title sequence is composed of dramatic moments from various episodes, including the moment in "The Adventure of the Empty House" where Holmes reveals to Watson that he's not dead — which is not so much a surprise in itself, granted, but it also gives away which of the characters in the episode is really the not-dead Holmes in disguise.
  • Status Quo Is God: After the third episode, except for some character development that does nothing to change the end results of each episode.
  • Stock Footage:
    • CG establishing shots and cityscapes reappear in multiple episodes.
    • "The Secret Safe" uses the same CG establishing shot of Von Bork's yacht three times.
    • Played with in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Lot": The security camera footage of each of the vampire's first two attacks includes identical sequences of the vampire crushing a data disk. What seems at first to be another example of the show's makers recycling footage turns out to be an in-universe example of recycled footage and one of the clues that allows Holmes to figure out the vampire's true nature.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: With invisible restraints. Considering that Holmes is the one strapped down, it's a bit scary.
  • Suggested By
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Moriarty, in “The Secret Safe.” He really ought to be saying this all the time.
  • Suspect Existence Failure: In "The Five Orange Pips", things seem to point toward to poisoning victim's shifty-looking brother; moments after Watson becomes the first to voice the suspicion, the brother is poisoned too.
  • Take a Third Option: Holmes is a master at this, especially when Moriarty's the one holding the gun to his head.
  • Taking You with Me: Seems to be Moriarty's preferred method of trying to get rid of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Take Over the World: Being an adventure cartoon, this trope is a given. However, with Moriarty as the would-be conqueror, the schemes tend to be rather more complex than your average villain.
  • Take That: The Blue Carbuncle is reworked as a Take That against Tickle-Me-Elmo, Furby, and other Christmas fads of the late '90s.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Moriarty. Almost as a hobby.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: The Irregulars, long before Holmes hired them.
  • Title Theme Tune: The lyrics of the theme song consist entirely of several repetitions of the title.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Moriarty gets very tough and hands-on in his schemes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Holmes is noticeably softer in the show, when compared to his younger self in the Sherlockian canon.
  • Traffic Wardens: A robot meter maid features in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip". It's Holmes in an especially cunning disguise.
  • Tranquil Fury: Contrast Holmes's anger with Moriarty's.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: "The Five Orange Pips."
  • Turn in Your Badge: Lestrade turns in her badge in the first episode, when Grayson balks at letting a two-hundred-year dead detective join the investigation. Grayson immediately hands it back and tells her to get on with it, admitting that the situation has reached the point where he's willing to try anything.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: See Power Trio.
    • Also the Irregulars: Wiggins, Tennyson, and Deidre.
  • The Unintelligible: Tennyson.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Zed," favored by Lestrade.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Moriarty at the climax of "Musgrave Ritual".
  • We Will Meet Again: Moriarty always comes back, no matter how hard Holmes pounds him.
  • We Will Spend Credits in the Future
  • Will They or Won't They?: For all the amusing chemistry between Holmes and Lestrade, the question of their relationship is left as open-ended as the matter of Moriarty still at large.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Criminals, especially Moriarty and Fenwick, don't hesitate attack Lestrade. Her belligerence probably encourages them.
  • You! Exclamation: Mr Holder in "The Adventure of the Beryl Board", on discovering the (apparent) thief of the Beryl Board.
  • You Watch Too Much X: Lestrade's reaction in "The Hounds of the Baskervilles" when Watson tells her about the moon wolf legends.
  • Zeerust: Although some characters are clothed in more contemporary-looking apparel, not everyone is, and the architecture and some of the technology definitely fits the trope.

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