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* OnceDoneNeverForgotten: Despite the fact that Sherlock only wears a deerstalker cap ''once'' in an attempt to disguise his appearance, it is referred to constantly by the press as a signature item of his wardrobe.


* BriefAccentImitation: One of Sherlock's minor specialties:
** Sherlock does a dead-on impersonation of a metrosexual yuppie to fool a woman into thinking that he lived at a posh apartment complex and let him in.
** And then again in the third episode, he abandons his usual upper-crust tones for a more cockney accent, pretending to be a grief-stricken friend of the departed, but intentionally getting things wrong. He knows that people will automatically contradict any mistakes made by a stranger pretending to be a friend or relative, which means that she'll expose things that she wouldn't if he was actually an old friend of her husband.
** In "A Scandal in Belgravia," he changes his accent briefly again, taking leave of his brother and other government functionaries in a more common accent and slang ("Laters!") and later pretending to be a priest who has just been mugged.
** Toward the end of "A Scandal in Belgravia," Sherlock briefly adopts an American drawl to mock a CIA agent.
** [[spoiler:Moriarty]] seems to be putting on a generic English accent in the scene in "The Great Game" where he [[spoiler:meets Sherlock while pretending to be "Jim from I.T."]], but then reverts back to the actor's natural Dublin for when he reveals himself.
** He does it again in the "The Reichenbach Fall," switching from his Irish accent to an American one here and there, without much reason.
** "Doncaster" in Baskerville.
** Sherlock spoofs a generic French/Italian accent while [[spoiler:attempting his big reveal with John in the restaurant scene]] in "The Empty Hearse."
** Sherlock puts on a decent Scottish brogue when getting past security at Sherrinford, [[spoiler: his secret sister's prison.]]


* Sherlock puts on a decent Scottish brogue when getting past security at Sherrinford, [[spoiler: his secret sister's prison.]]

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* ** Sherlock puts on a decent Scottish brogue when getting past security at Sherrinford, [[spoiler: his secret sister's prison.]]


** The last words of the first episode of the first series and the last episode of the last series has someone referring to Sherlock as a great man, and Detective Inspector Lestrade remarking on his potential to be a good one (which is fulfilled in the last episode.)

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** The last words from the police of the first episode of the first series and the last episode of the last series has someone referring to Sherlock as a great man, and Detective Inspector Lestrade remarking on his potential to be a good one (which is fulfilled in the last episode.)


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* Sherlock puts on a decent Scottish brogue when getting past security at Sherrinford, [[spoiler: his secret sister's prison.]]

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** The last words of the first episode of the first series and the last episode of the last series has someone referring to Sherlock as a great man, and Detective Inspector Lestrade remarking on his potential to be a good one (which is fulfilled in the last episode.)

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* BaitAndSwitch: In the first episode, Dr. Watson is forced into a meeting with a man who's very interested in Sherlock Holmes and discribes himself as someone Holmes would call his arch-enemy. It's all very cloak and dagger and gives the impression that Professor Moriarty is coercing Watson's cooperation against Holmes as TheMole (the man even pulls out a small red pocket book, like Moriarty is famous for). [[spoiler:In truth, the man approaching Watson is ''Mycroft'' Holmes, Sherlock's brother and a government agent.]]


* BerserkButton:
** Sherlock claims to be a sociopath, but threatening his few friends will set him off spectacularly.
** Although it doesn't quite reach Berserk levels, John ''really'' dislikes people questioning his sexuality.
** Never, ever, be rude to, or lay a hand on, Mrs Hudson.

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* BerserkButton:
** Sherlock claims to be a sociopath, but threatening his few friends will set him off spectacularly.
** Although it doesn't quite reach Berserk levels,
BerserkButton: John ''really'' dislikes people questioning his sexuality.
** Never, ever, be rude to, or lay a hand on, Mrs Hudson.
sexuality.


* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: In the pilot, Sherlock smacks a morgue cadaver with a riding crop to test the bruise patterns, claiming "a man's alibi may depend on it". As a detective who primarily investigates homicides, Sherlock should know that bruises don't form after death [[note]]In the original Holmes stories, where Sherlock pretty much invented forensics, he was mentioned as having beaten corpses to study how well bruises form on post-mortem injuries. This was clearly a ShoutOut to that.[[/note]].
** Bruises form from tiny blood vessels bursting and being trapped under the skin. Post-mortem bruising is entirely possible, especially recently following death; the bruises just wouldn't look quite like bruises on living people. Given the highly esoteric nature of the cases Sherlock takes, though, it's entirely possible that some minutiae of post-mortem bruising was exactly what he was investigating.


* MeaningfulEcho: "If you're looking for baby names....". This is said ironically by John (along with his fall name, John Hamish Watson) as a joke in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]", [[ShipTease when he sees Sherlock and Irene having a]] HeldGaze. [[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow Four episodes later]], Sherlock states his full name (William Sherlock Scott Holmes) and the aforementioned quotation during [[spoiler:his last conversation with John and his wife Mary, as Sherlock is heading on an MI6 mission that could potentially get him killed, as penance for [[BoomHeadshot shooting]] the BigBad in an attempt to protect John and his family. He is suggesting this because Mary is pregnant, meaning that he wants John to have someone to remember him by]].

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* MeaningfulEcho: "If you're looking for baby names....". This is said ironically by John (along with his fall name, John Hamish Watson) as a joke in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]", [[ShipTease when he sees Sherlock and Irene having a]] HeldGaze. [[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow Four episodes later]], Sherlock states his full name (William Sherlock Scott Holmes) and the aforementioned quotation during [[spoiler:his last conversation with John and his wife Mary, as Sherlock is heading on an MI6 [=MI6=] mission that could potentially get him killed, as penance for [[BoomHeadshot shooting]] the BigBad in an attempt to protect John and his family. He is suggesting this because Mary is pregnant, meaning that he wants John to have someone to remember him by]].

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* ActorAllusion:
** One of the books Sherlock pulls in attempting to crack the book cipher is UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin's ''On The Origin of Species'' -- Creator/BenedictCumberbatch played Joseph Hooker in the Darwin biopic ''Film/{{Creation}}''.
** Remember Sebastian Wilkes (Bertie Carvel) from "The Blind Banker"? According to him, he and Sherlock graduated from the same university. Watch ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' and have your minds blown. He's not lying.
** [[http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/01may In John's blog]] he explains that one of the reasons he didn't post in the time between the first and second seasons was because he was "[[Film/TheHobbit visiting a mate in New Zealand.]]"
** In "The Final Problem", Cumberbatch seems quite au fait with [[Radio/CabinPressure the 'bit where the drivers sit' in an aeroplane.]]
** The webisode "Many Happy Returns" also features a case of ''[[Creator/StevenMoffat Creator]]'' Allusion. Lestrade gives John an uncut video of a birthday greeting Sherlock made for him. Watching the video, with Sherlock futzing about with Lestrade, John says "I can tell you what you can stop doing. You can stop being dead." Sherlock, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink as though he is talking to John through the video]], replies "Okay."
** A commenter on John's blog has the screenname "[=Sauron1976=]". Creator/BenedictCumberbatch plays the Necromancer (an alias of Sauron) in ''Film/TheHobbit''. Benedict was also born in 1976.
** In one of the possible ways Sherlock faked his death, Mycroft, played by Creator/MarkGatiss is called upon to help fake Sherlock's death via something called "Lazarus". He also starred in an episode of ''Doctor Who'' called "The Lazarus Experiment", in which he played the titular Professor Richard Lazarus.
** In "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]":
*** [[Creator/MartinFreeman John]] staring intensely at a [[Film/TheHobbit ring]].
*** [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch Sherlock]] criticizes John's [[Film/TheHobbit burglary skills]].
*** Sherlock identifies a person, albeit falsely, though scent.
*** Then there's Sherlock and Mycroft's conversation about [[Film/TheHobbit dragons]].


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* CastingGag:
** Sherlock's parents are played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch's real parents.
** Mary is played by Creator/MartinFreeman's real life partner. It makes their chemistry much more natural and believable.


** John slips into this again in "The Empty Hears" when Sherlock reveals himself in the restaurant, not having known Sherlock has been alive for two years. [[OhCrap Sherlock realises he's in trouble and admits he probably owes John an apology]].

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** John slips into this again in "The Empty Hears" Hearse" when Sherlock reveals himself in the restaurant, not having known Sherlock has been alive for two years. [[OhCrap Sherlock realises he's in trouble and admits he probably owes John an apology]].


** A third one from the "The Final Problem". [[spoiler:John, Mycroft and even Eurus get one when Sherlock prepares to shoot himself.]]

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** A third one Another from the "The Final Problem". [[spoiler:John, Mycroft and even Eurus get one when Sherlock prepares to shoot himself.]]


* HomoeroticSubtext: Ooohhhhh boy. Sherlock and John are constantly MistakenForGay, and when they deny it (John isn't gay, Sherlock is MarriedToTheJob and doesn't discuss his sexuality) it's absolutely through the roof in every single episode. Everyone involved in creating the show ships John/Sherlock. Moriarty also takes great delight in flirting with Sherlock, despite not being gay either -- addressing him as "honey" and "sexy" and getting all up in his personal space.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: Ooohhhhh boy. Sherlock and John are constantly MistakenForGay, and when though they deny it (John isn't gay, Sherlock is MarriedToTheJob and doesn't discuss his sexuality) it's absolutely through the roof in every single episode. Everyone involved in creating the show ships John/Sherlock. Moriarty also takes great delight in flirting with Sherlock, despite not being gay either -- addressing him as "honey" and "sexy" and getting all up in his personal space.


-->'''Sherlock:''' All of his victims disappeared from busy streets, crowded places, but nobody saw them go. ''Think!'' Who do we trust, even though we don't know them? Who passes, unnoticed, wherever they go? Who hunts in the middle of a crowd?\\

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-->'''Sherlock:''' --->'''Sherlock:''' All of his victims disappeared from busy streets, crowded places, but nobody saw them go. ''Think!'' Who do we trust, even though we don't know them? Who passes, unnoticed, wherever they go? Who hunts in the middle of a crowd?\\



** Averted in the pilot episode (which was reshot as "A Study in Pink"), where Sherlock instantly works out the killer's profession.


-->''""[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]"''\\

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-->''""[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink -->''"[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]"''\\

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