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* SoreLoser: Inverted. In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty gets moany and depressed when it looks like he has Sherlock beaten because Sherlock wasn't enough of a challenge and proved to be "ordinary" in Moriarty's eyes. When Sherlock convinces Moriarty that Sherlock will do ''anything'' to stop him, Moriarty is gleeful that Sherlock is [[NotSoDifferent just like him]]. Of course, in the end, Moriarty, sort of "wins" in his own way by killing himself so Sherlock will have no options.

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* SoreLoser: Inverted. In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty gets moany and depressed when it looks like he has Sherlock beaten because [[VictoryIsBoring Sherlock wasn't enough of a challenge and proved to be "ordinary" in Moriarty's eyes. eyes.]] When Sherlock convinces Moriarty that Sherlock will do ''anything'' to stop him, Moriarty is gleeful that Sherlock is [[NotSoDifferent just like him]]. Of course, in the end, Moriarty, sort of "wins" in his own way by killing himself so Sherlock will have no options.


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* StrawNihilist: He does a lot of moaning and whining about how the the worst thing in the world is "just staying" and that he and Sherlock need to do what they do to stave off sheer boredom, and that it's the only point to anything.

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* SoreLoser: Inverted. In "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty gets moany and depressed when it looks like he has Sherlock beaten because Sherlock wasn't enough of a challenge and proved to be "ordinary" in Moriarty's eyes. When Sherlock convinces Moriarty that Sherlock will do ''anything'' to stop him, Moriarty is gleeful that Sherlock is [[NotSoDifferent just like him]]. Of course, in the end, Moriarty, sort of "wins" in his own way by killing himself so Sherlock will have no options.


* TheChessmaster[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: He's particularly good at playing Sherlock himself -- as illustrated to a devastating effect in "The Reichenbach Fall".

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* TheChessmaster[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: TheChessmaster: He's particularly good at playing Sherlock himself -- as illustrated to a devastating effect in "The Reichenbach Fall".

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He has a habit of betraying his clients, employees, and allies in order to further his own private agenda, particularly whenever Sherlock Holmes is involved.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He gets one where he isn't even seen or heard! In "The Great Game", Sherlock gets an anonymous phone call. It's a sobbing woman who is forced to say "Hello, sexy." She goes on to say the words Moriarty is typing for her, calling herself a "stupid bitch" and telling Sherlock that unless he solves a mystery within twenty-four hours, that she will be blown up with a bomb. Although Moriarty's only presence in the scene is the words that the woman is relaying, it chillingly establishes his sadism, sick sense of humor, obsession with Sherlock, and EvilGenuis.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He gets one where he isn't even seen or heard! In "The Great Game", Sherlock gets an anonymous phone call. It's a sobbing woman who is forced to say "Hello, sexy." She goes on to say the words Moriarty is typing for her, calling herself a "stupid bitch" and telling Sherlock that unless he solves a mystery within twenty-four hours, that she will be blown up with a bomb. Although Moriarty's only presence in the scene is the words that the woman is relaying, it chillingly establishes his sadism, sick sense of humor, obsession with Sherlock, and EvilGenuis.horrifying talent for what he murder and destruction.


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* EvilGenius: He intelligence to rival Sherlock and Mycroft, and none of their ethics.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He gets one where he isn't even seen or heard! In "The Great Game", Sherlock gets an anonymous phone call. It's a sobbing woman who is forced to say "Hello, sexy." She goes on to say the words Moriarty is typing for her, calling herself a "stupid bitch" and telling Sherlock that unless he solves a mystery within twenty-four hours, that she will be blown up with a bomb. Although Moriarty's only presence in the scene is the words that the woman is relaying, it chillingly establishes his sadism, sick sense of humor, obsession with Sherlock, and EvilGenuis.


* AMFMCharacterization: He's been shown to play both classical music and classic pop and rock on his Ipod, or whatever vehicle he's riding in, demonstrating his diverse tastes and his many unpredictable moods.

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* AMFMCharacterization: He's been shown to play both classical music and classic pop and rock on his Ipod, or whatever vehicle he's riding in, demonstrating his diverse tastes and his many unpredictable moods. His playing of the classical piece "The Thieving Magpie" from ''La gazza ladra'' while he robs the Tower of London also underscores the casualness and ease he feels while doing what for anyone else would be the crime of a lifetime.


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* UnseenEvil: For most of Series 1, while he has an effect on every case Sherlock and John tackle, he's never shown. He is finally revealed at the end the season's final episode, and revealed to be the "Jim from IT" character that had shown up a little earlier.


* SoundtrackDissonance: He (and by extension, the viewers) often listens to music that doesn't fit whatever he's doing, such as pleasant classical music while he robs the Tower of London[[note:although the title of the piece, "The Thieving Magpie, is appropriate[[/note]] or Music/TheBeeGees' "Stayin' Alive" while meeting Sherlock on the roof for a big climactic confrontation.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: He (and by extension, the viewers) often listens to music that doesn't fit whatever he's doing, such as pleasant classical music while he robs the Tower of London[[note:although London[[note]]although the title of the piece, "The Thieving Magpie, is appropriate[[/note]] or Music/TheBeeGees' "Stayin' Alive" while meeting Sherlock on the roof for a big climactic confrontation.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: He (and by extension, the viewers) often listens to music that doesn't fit whatever he's doing, such as pleasant classical music while he robs the Tower of London[[note:although the title of the piece, "The Thieving Magpie, is appropriate[[/note]] or Music/TheBeeGees' "Stayin' Alive" while meeting Sherlock on the roof for a big climactic confrontation.

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* NonActionBigBad: He's never seen to actually commit violence or murder himself. Thanks to his extensive criminal network, there's always somebody to do it for him.


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* QuizzicalTilt: Has a habit of doing this, which comes off as both twitchy and mocking.


--> '''Moriarty:''' "As long as I'm alive, you can save your friends. You've got a way out...well, good luck with that!" '''(shoots himself in the head.)'''

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--> '''Moriarty:''' "As long as I'm alive, you can save your friends. You've got a way out...well, good luck with that!" '''(shoots ''(Shoots himself in the head.)''')''


--> '''Moriarty:''' "As long as I'm alive, you can save your friends. You've got a way out...well good luck with that!" '''(Proceeds to shoot himself in the head)'''

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--> '''Moriarty:''' "As long as I'm alive, you can save your friends. You've got a way out...well well, good luck with that!" '''(Proceeds to shoot '''(shoots himself in the head)'''head.)'''

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* FamousLastWords:
--> '''Moriarty:''' "As long as I'm alive, you can save your friends. You've got a way out...well good luck with that!" '''(Proceeds to shoot himself in the head)'''

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* SerialKiller: He's definitely one. His first proper debut episode has him attempt to murder several people just to get Sherlock to play his game, he references other people he's killed several times, and he has a made a career out of assisting other criminals with their acts, including murder.

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* ImaginaryEnemy: He appears as a malevolent hallucination to Sherlock several times. Once when Sherlock was unwittingly put under the influence of a hallucinatory chemical, once in Sherlock's mind palace when Sherlock was close to death, and once when Sherlock was having an extended drugs episode. While the former is too brief for Moriarty to say anything, the latter two times he pushes Sherlock to give up on survival.

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