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    Sherlock Holmes 

    Inspector Beth Lestrade 
  • Action Girl: She's quite a formidable woman, not above kicking in doors or taking down suspects herself, and handy with an ionizer besides.
  • Badass in Distress: In spite of her being possibly the more physically formidable and definitely the more aggressive of the two, she does occasionally end up needing to be saved by Holmes.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Done once with a puzzle box laced with Nanomachines.
  • Cowboy Cop: Naturally, as a foil to Grayson.
  • Destructive Saviour: Grayson reads a laundry List of Transgressions inflicted in the process of catching Fenwick in the first episode, and it's implied it isn't the first time her enthusiasm for catching criminals has come at a price.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Demonstrated a fair number of times over the course of the show, enough to be gently snarked on the topic by Holmes.
  • Hot-Blooded: Lestrade is quite unrestrained in her emotions, as a contrast to the calm and genteel Holmes.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Literally in name, and like her ancestor she starts off making some hot-headed presumptions in cases as to who is guilty of what. That tendency smooths out over the course of the show.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She is both an officer of the law and a devoted admirer of Holmes' talent for outwitting criminals. Enough to suggest revivification to a highly skeptical Chief Grayson.
  • Legacy Character: Of a sort. She is directly related to the original Inspector Lestrade and assumes a similar role to the first as Holmes' point of contact with Scotland Yard and actual figure of authority in a case. Her relationship is much less vitriolic than the original relationship between Holmes and Lestrade.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She's the only female in the main cast and is working alongside and butting heads with Holmes, but the two share no romantic interest.
  • Trigger Happy: Lestrade draws her ionizer at the earliest opportunity in many cases. Fortunately she tends to holds her fire if innocents are in the way. When she only has to worry about a suspect, she doesn't hesitate to fire.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Threatens to do this to Grayson and take her story of a revivified Sherlock Holmes to the news to make New Scotland Yard look like they were shirking their duty to help the public by ignoring potential assistance.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Her stance on New Scotland Yard's limitations, and Grayson's inflexibility especially.

  • Adorkable: Something he picked up from studying the original Watson.
  • Badass Moustache: As well as large muttonchops.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is commonly seen wearing a large greatcoat that covers all but his feet and forearms.
  • The Big Guy: Largest of the three protagonists and the strongest due to being a robot.
  • Do-Anything Robot: He seems to always have just the right scanning function or tool for the job at hand.
  • Everything Sensor
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Holmes' skinny. Explicitly stated in-universe by Holmes as sharing a somewhat potbellied appearance with his namesake, the original John Watson.
  • Nice Hat: A bowler hat.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: In at least one instance, he coughs due to a cloud of smoke. The robot below the elasto-mask has neither mouth nor lungs.
  • Robot Buddy: Naturally.
  • Robot Me: In an interesting variation, the robot consciously chose to model himself on Holmes's old friend.
  • Side Kick
  • Super Strength: Comes with being a robot.
  • The Watson: Goes back and forth on this; occasionally he asks questions to give Holmes a chance to reveal what he has discovered, but will also bounce his own deductions and inferences off Holmes.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: "The Fall And Rise of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Crime Machine" let Holmes explore his relationship with Watson. "The Five Orange Pips" revolves around this trope.

    Chief Inspector Grayson 
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: No matter how many times he sees Sherlock Holmes crack a case, pick up on facts no one else noticed, and solve crimes, he constantly refuses to believe that Holmes is any help at all.
  • By-the-Book Cop/Lawful Stupid: Grayson straddles the line of this due to his unwillingness to deviate from police procedure for even a moment.
  • Da Chief: Of course.
  • Fat Idiot: His portrayal, albeit probably not intentionally so by the writers. Comes across as this, as the result of his combination of husky build (with an obvious paunch) and his incompetence in the course of fighting crime, including once being Moriarty's Unwitting Pawn to provide an alibi for a crime. He was also introduced getting an elasto-mask of an old woman stuck on his head.
  • Large and in Charge: Physically a large man, and commands New Scotland Yard.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: His adherence to the rules and declarations of limits hinder investigations of cases more than helps them.
  • Police are Useless: He may mean well in his lawfulness, but is chronically unhelpful.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Does this at least once to Lestrade. It doesn't take.


The Irregulars



  • Child Prodigy: According to the character poster, a computer and mathematics genius.
  • Cool Mask: Always seen with a blue mask over his nose and mouth.
  • Genius Cripple: Math wizard, brilliant hacker, always seen in a hovering wheelchair analogue.
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • Hollywood Cyborg: He's never seen out of his hoverchair, and we've never even seen him below the waist. The size of his chair versus Tennyson's upper body implies that he may not have legs.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Speaks in beeps, warbles, and musical tones, but is understood by Holmes and the Irregulars.
  • Playful Hacker: Can break into computers easily, but is never malicious about it.
  • Super Wheelchair: It hovers and is loaded with computer tech for hacking purposes.
  • Younger Than They Look: The youngest of the Irregulars, at eleven.



    Professor James Moriarty 

    Dr. Martin Fenwick 

  • Demoted to Dragon: After his clone of Moriarty upstages him
  • The Dragon: To Moriarty.
  • French Jerk: Stated to be a native of Neo-Paris.
  • Gonk: He has the most blatantly ugly mug in the series, almost to the point of seeming inhuman—and this is a series where both a massive cat-man and a snakeman have shown up in episodes!
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: His visual effect due to his pale skin, mismatched eyes, upturned nose, bald head, and massive underbite.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Speaks grammatically correct English with a terrible French accent. Holmes once catches him because of his inability to hide his distinctive accent.
  • Poirot Speak: Occasionally peppers his speech with random stereotypical French phrases.
  • Sssssnake Talk: While he lacks the reptile motif, his accent and inability to enunciate leads to this.


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