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- "Awesome McCool" Name: Sherlock Edward Holmes. Edward, in Old English, literally means Happy/Prosperous Guard. Pretty fitting.
- Death Seeker: Played with - there are times that he does not want to die, and then there are times that he craves death.
- Disney Death: Twice. The Reichenbach Falls, of course, but the middle of Mortality also counts.
- Honorary Uncle: The Lestrade children consider him to be this. Yes, that is as ironic as it sounds.
- In Harm's Way: So often that Wiggins actually calls him out on this 'several times]].
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: It may be Adaptational Attractiveness, but Holmes is definitely this in the author's illustrations. He is also 6'2", a nod to Jeremy Brett.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Culverton Smith and Colonel Moran have to find this out the hard way. It's really not a good idea to make the Great Detective mad at you.
John Hamish Watson, M.D.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The personality aspect is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight. Watson is described as having ginger-colored hair along with a permanent tan.
- Deadly Doctor: Eep, do not mess with Sherlock Holmes. You'll be very sorry you did.
- Determinator:"Porlock, there is no use in arguing the point. I shall search for Holmes. Whether you help me or not is your choice, but you shan't stop me you have my word on that."
- Enemies with Death: He's a doctor. It's his job.
- Fake Nationality: In-universe. Watson speaks and acts like a Londoner but is a full-blooded Scot.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Never explicitly stated but heavily implied when he interrogates and then kills a Mook.
Mycroft Tristan Holmes, Esq.
- Aloof Big Brother: In terms of plot, only. In characterization, he has a definite...
- Big Brother Instinct: He's actually quite protective of Sherlock.
- Not So Stoic: Mycroft experiences nearly a full range of emotions in Mortality alone.
Baker Street Irregulars
David "Davy" Jonathan Wiggins
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does to Holmes regarding his recklessness with his own safety. several times.
- Establishing Character Moment: Wiggins's first scene neatly establishes him as a sardonic, concerned Hyper-Competent Sidekick.
- Promotion to Parent: Had to step up to be the man of the house and the father-figure to his siblings when his father abandoned them.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Davy is just 22, but he tends to act older (and, in some cases, wiser than his own employer). Though he has a mother and a home, he worked as a beggar and pickpocket before being hired by Holmes.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Approximately 19 or 20, his backstory is the same as his brother's, barring Davy's Promotion to Parent.
Mary Watson neé Morstan
- Establishing Character Moment: Mary's first scene sets and cements her sibling-esque relationship with Sherlock.
- Love Hurts: When her characterization finally starts coming through in Mortality, it's when she's acting very much like a surrogate mom to a very damaged Sherlock Holmes.
- Team Mom: Very much on the sidelines, but still there.
Annie Rebekah Lestrade neé Rhys
- Brainy Brunette: Annie is incredibly well-educated for a working-class woman, having largely taught herself through books. She can speak several languages aside from her native ones: French, German, Italian, and Breton, as well as classical Greek and Latin.
- Breakout Character: Annie was intended to be used extensively as the series progressed, but the unexpectedly enthusiastic response to her initial minor appearances in Mortality led to more scenes than originally planned.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dark hair, dark eyes, and fairly brown skin.
- Odd Couple: Not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with Geoffrey, but it's not far from the truth, either.
- One Steve Limit: Played with. "Annie" is revealed to be the name of Sherlock Holmes's deceased fiancee.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: Subverted. Yiddish was her first language alongside English.
Heroes: Scotland Yarders
Geoffrey Michael Lestrade
- Adult Fear: Of all the characters, he's the only one to truly fear for the Irregulars' safety. As the main page says, considering that he's friends with at least one, has another among his constables, and has a nephew in their ranks, he has every right to feel a parental horror at the boys putting themselves in danger.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Geoffrey Lestrade, courtesy of aragonite.
- Consummate Professional: Or, in Holmes's own words, the "best of professionals."
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like Holmes, Lestrade is often described as "dark".
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh so much. The narrative from his Point of View tends to be very dry...Watson: (concerning Moran) I think you'd know him if you saw him, Lestrade. The man has a presence.
Lestrade: Well, then, that limits our man to half the men in that room. Come along, let's get you back out there.
- Deuteragonist: As an Ascended Extra - Lestrade is one of the three major POV characters.
- Establishing Character Moment: The scene that introduces all of Mortality's Yarders (excepting Sean Youghal) establishes Lestrade as a dry-witted, Older and Wiser, generally world-weary Team Dad and Only Sane Man.
- Fake Brit: Another in-universe example, as Lestrade is a London-born Breton.
- Heroic BSoD: When he believes Holmes to be dead - he suffers it again later on, in the aftermath of the raid.
- The Kirk: To Patterson's Spock and Gregson's McCoy.
- Odd Couple: As mentioned in the folder above, not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with his wife Annie, but not far from the truth, either.
- Older and Wiser: Combine Seen It All, Only Sane Man, and Team Dad, and you've very much got this.
- Only Sane Man: Whether he's interacting with the rest of the "Five-Man Band" or his own colleagues, he is so very much this (even when Watson's around).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Lestrade is fairly short at 5'7", but he's also known to be a holy terror to his subordinates and colleagues alike when he's worked up.
- Not to mention the fact that his dry wit is a superpower all of its own.
- The Quiet One: Another of Lestrade's superpowers - he's incredibly long-suffering.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Just watch his interactions with Wiggins.
- Seen It All: He's been on the London Met for over two decades, longer than most of his colleagues.
- Team Dad: He even considers himself something of a father-figure to Holmes.
- Tranquil Fury: He's The Stoic that you wouldn't like when he's angry.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Dumb Blond: Inverted. Gregson is the Sherlock Holmes-acknowledged smartest man at the Yard.
- Establishing Character Moment: He is quickly established in his first scene as a smart, snarky Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Friendly Rival: Is this to Lestrade, who doesn't reciprocate the "rival" bit anymore.
- Insufferable Genius:Lestrade: Come off it, Tobias you look like a thunderhead about to erupt.
Gregson: Volcanoes erupt, Ferret Face. Thunderheads burst.
Lestrade: What's going on in that bright head of yours, other than the incessant need to demonstrate your superior knowledge?
- The McCoy: Surprisingly so, but Patterson seems to bring out the trait in him. (Canonically, Lestrade and Gregson are more like The McCoy and The Spock, respectively - even in Mortality, they go back and forth as needed.)Gregson: [Patterson] could have had enough consideration for the poor Doctor to make his announcement less abruptly.
- Ascended Extra: From one mention in "The Final Problem" to supporting character.
- The Cynic: Then again, he's rather entitled to it, after all the years he's spent undercover in the underbelly of Victorian London.
- Establishing Character Moment: Patterson's is the most concise, introducing him as cynical, sarcastic, cold, and something of an in-universe Expy to Sherlock Holmes. In other words, a true Knight in Sour Armor.
- Foil: Patterson to Holmes, rather as a deconstruction of the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, in-universe but also in Real Life.
- Hero of Another Story: He's spent most of his career - fifteen years at least - investigating Moriarty.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Often described from Lestrade's Point of View as icebergs or chips of ice, with just as much emotion.
- Insufferable Genius: So much so, in fact, that Sherlock Holmes actually decides to cut back on his own arrogance whilst around Watson and Lestrade in the future!
- Sherlock Scan: He can do this just about as well as one of the Holmes brothers.
- The Spock: To Lestrade's Kirk and Gregson's McCoy, as far as team dynamics go... Really, he's just The Spock, period.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from Lestrade and Gregson a few times in Mortality alone.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!":Hopkins: (solemnly) "Sherlock Holmes, detective genius forever and ever, world without end, Amen." (winks at MacDonald)
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Lestrade holds that MacDonald and Hopkins are Sherlock Holmes's biggest fans, John Watson aside.
Professor James Richard Paul Moriarty
- The Corrupter: He wanted to be this for Sherlock Holmes. Fortunately for the world, Holmes was rescued by The Cavalry.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He calls out Culverton for killing his step-nephew.
- Evil Genius: He's not just a Diabolical Mastermind - he's an astrophysicist as well, one far ahead of his time.
- Intelligence = Isolation: Even from his own brother.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the Red-headed League, Culverton Smith, and purportedly many others.
- Odd Friendship: Played with. He trusts Moran more than anyone else of his subordinates, but he makes it very clear that Moran is a subordinate. Their dynamics are pretty much as "fire and ice" as it gets.
Colonel Sebastian Moran
- Even Evil Has Standards: Turns out that Moran does have some respect for the holiness of Christmas.
- Refuge in Audacity: How he survives after disobeying Moriarty...Moran: Professor, I do not enjoy disobeying your orders. But I could not, in good conscience, carry that one out. Not at that time.
Moriarty: And what does that make you, Colonel? A soldier with a heart?
Moran: I hope so, sir. It would be deucedly difficult to live without one.
- Ambiguously Brown: Undoubtedly from so much time in the tropics - Holmes thinks that he could almost pass for a native of Sumatra due to his coloring.
- Deadly Doctor: Played with, as he has all the knowledge of a Ph.D. without actually having acquired his doctorate (or even an M.D.) due to financial difficulty.
- Evil Uncle: Out of Greed for his half brother's estate. Called out on this by the Big Bad, himself.
- Serial Killer: Officially called a "multiple murderer" and unofficially labeled a monster by Holmes himself.
- You Have Failed Me: Gets a verbal, non-lethal form of this from Moriarty, along with a second chance. He blows it.
Major Dick Sharon
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Like Watson, the personality is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight, with Sharon's skin being described as much darker than his "corn silk" hair.
- Tranquil Fury: Upon learning of Holmes's captivity and Moran's hand in it, Sharon is described as being quietly outraged.