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    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.
  • Fair Cop: A very lovely officer.
  • Gender Flip: A female version of Mr. G. Lestrade.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The only time she's not in her New Scotland Yard uniform is when she's driven crazy by nanobots in "The Adventure of the Deranged Detective". Even when visiting a friend, she's still wearing it.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Partially justified given it's been hundreds of years since the time of her ancestor, but Beth is one of the only members of New Scotland Yard who lacks an accent fitting someone in Europe.
  • 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.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Her counterpart in Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century was Holmes's last living relative. She's the descendant of the original Inspector Lestrade.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Her stance on New Scotland Yard's limitations, and Grayson's inflexibility especially.

  • Adaptation Species Change: From an alien in Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century to a robot.
  • 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 
  • Adaptational Villainy: As befitting to many adaptations, he's much more dangerous and active than his literary counterpart.
  • Affably Evil: Can be a gentleman and quite casually so. It's almost a little creepy, as befits the original character.
    • In his initial appearance, this leads to a I Kiss Your Hand moment with Beth, who is not amused.
  • Archenemy: Sherlock's most dangerous foe, or at least a clone of his, remains this even centuries after their time.
  • Badass Baritone/Evil Sounds Deep
  • Badass Longcoat: Favors a cobalt-blue trenchcoat while doing his own dirty work.
  • Beard of Evil: A goatee, to be exact.
  • Big Bad/The Man Behind the Man: There are very few episodes that don't feature Moriarty as the mastermind behind the scenes.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Deadpan Snarker/Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He's wouldn't be Moriarty if he wasn't. He's so intelligent and successful that the only way that New Scotland Yard stands a chance against him is by resurrecting Sherlock Holmes. He also dwarfs all the other villains in the series in terms of threat level, often going for potential world domination where other villains are going for simple revenge or robberies.
  • 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He proved this to Fenwick before the series started. Fenwick cloned Moriarty to be his second-in-command, only for Moriarty to usurp him and make him his second-in-command. Played With, however, in that while Moriarty outclasses him in every other area, Fenwick lacks Moriarty's redeeming qualities.
  • Evil Genius: Positively brilliant, considered Holmes' equal, and as dedicated to committing crimes as Holmes is to solving them.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Fenwick cloned him to be The Dragon to him...only for Moriarty to be far more intelligent and dangerous than he could ever hope to be.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Hidden Villain: For the first couple of episodes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The way he tends to get his due.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Moriarty is in a completely different league than the majority of the show's villains and any of his schemes have much higher stakes. Whereas the average criminal wants money, revenge, or such, Moriarty is after world domination, replacing world leaders, and kidnapping the richest man on the planet.
  • Large Ham: "But of course!"
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Moriarty’s impressive build never stops the sleeker Holmes from mopping the floor with him. Though Moriarty seems to realize this and tries to avoid a physical fight with him.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has a huge one in his hair.
  • The Starscream: He accomplishes this offscreen. Originally cloned to be Fenwick's accomplice, he upstages Fenwick as the true criminal mastermind.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: States this on several occasions. He's normally right, as often Sherlock only gets onto him because one of his minions made a slip up that exposed their crimes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: This is a man who enjoys getting his hands dirty and enjoys sparring verbally and physically with Holmes, quite unlike the reclusive intellectual of the Canon.
    • It does make sense, though, as this Moriarty is a clone of the original created by Fenwick, who was supposed to serve as his Dragon. Presumably, there was some manipulation involved to make him more suited to the task.
  • We Will Meet Again

    Dr. Martin Fenwick 

  • Brainwashed: Fenwick brought Moriarty back to life to work for him, but it is surmised by Holmes (who at one point muses that Fenwick's thoughts are "no longer his own") that Moriarty somehow turned the tables on Fenwick and did something to his mind that made Fenwick slavishly devoted to Moriarty, who Fenwick refers to as "The Master."
  • Decomposite Character: His design is based on that of Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century
  • Demoted to Dragon: After his clone of Moriarty upstages him
  • The Dragon: To Moriarty. He resurrected Moriarty to be his dragon but underestimated just how intelligent and powerful Moriarty actually was and ended up being the one taking orders.
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist: Fenwick is a rogue geneticist wanted for numerous crimes. This includes bringing Moriarty back to life.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though Moriarty treats him like complete crap, constantly belittling him and abandoning him as soon as it becomes convenient to do so, Fenwick is unwavering in his servitude to the man, even being willing to draw fire and allow himself be captured just to give Moriarty more time to escape from New Scotland Yard.


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