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Moriarty the Patriot (originally titled 憂国のモリアーティ, or Yūkoku no Moriāti) is a loose retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story featuring James Moriarty as the protagonist. Written by Ryōsuke Takeuchi, and illustrated by Hikaru Miyoshi, the manga has been serialized in Jump Square since 2016.

Production I.G produced an anime adaptation of the series, which started airing in October of 2020. The second half of the anime is set to air in April 2021.


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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Sherlock, Mycroft, Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are all drawn as handsome young men in the manga despite being described in less-than-flattering terms in the original novels.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • This version of Mycroft Holmes lack his book counterpart's laziness and outmatches his younger brother in practically every endeavour, including physical prowess. Their first on-screen meeting has Mycroft tackling down Sherlock, before announcing that it's his 673-0 victory.
    • Irene Adler is likewise shown to be a competent fighter, despite being a normal opera singer in the original books. Here, she's able to hold her own against Sebastian Moran. After faking her death and abandoning her old identity, she becomes James Bond.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Despite being a criminal mastermind responsible for the murder of numerous noblemen, Moriarty's goal to abolish the British ruling class system establish a democratic society is seen as noble. When they reveal their identity and plan to Mycroft Holmes, the latter gives them his seal of approval, acknowledging that their actions would bring good to the British Empire.
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  • Adaptational Job Change: Mycroft works as the Secretary of State in this series, while his governmental position in the books is a lot more vague. In "The Greek Interpreter", Sherlock describes Mycroft's role as one who efficiently provides information for the other departments as they need it, and that there "has never been anything like it before, nor will be again".
    Watson: He works for the government?
    Holmes: He is the government.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • There's no suggestion that Professor Moriarty's brothers in the original stories, Col. James Moriarty and the unnamed station master, were ever involved with his criminal activities.
    • Moires Baskerville is based on Hugo Baskerville from Hound of the Baskervilles, but makes Hugo look like a saint in comparison. Whereas Hugo "merely" kidnapped a girl he's enamoured with and had her chased by hounds when she escaped, Moires regularly rounds up street children and has them horribly mutilated, hunted, then killed for sport.
    • Enoch J. Drebber portrayed here as Serial Killer and Serial Rapist who use his position to get away with his crimes.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's more successful older brother who pretty much runs the entire British government, and is smarter and stronger than Sherlock. Their first (and, so far, only) on-screen meeting has Mycroft barge into Sherlock's apartment, tackle him, then gives him a cryptic warning about "women" (referring to Irene Adler) before going off his merry way. Unsurprisingly, Sherlock is not too fond of Mycroft and dreads his visits.
  • Anti-Villain: William very much knows he his actions aren't good, but he regards them as a Necessary Evil that would benefit the nation in the long run. At the end of the chapter of meeting Sherlock and Watson, William has said Sherlock is the "Hero" to his plans.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: With very few exceptions, people of noble blood are portrayed as pompous, entitled Jerkass at best, and at worst sociopathic murderers who would kidnap, torture and kill others for their pleasure. Most seem to view the lower-class citizens as subhuman trash whom they can treat as they please.
  • Alternate History: The manga shows the founding of the MI-6 before Dr. Watson published his first Sherlock Holmes novel, under the pen-name of Arthur Conan Doyle. In reality, A Study in Scarlet (first published in 1887) precedes the MI6 by 22 years (MI6 was formed in 1909). Of course, since the MI6 in this setting is founded by Moriarty (hence his codename "M"), while Sherlock Holmes is their Unwitting Pawn whose involvement in the murder case that became the basis of Dr. Watson's first novel is due to Moriarty's machinations, the manga couldn't possibly use the correct historical order.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: An unintentional example, thanks to Enoch J. Drebber being made into a British aristocrat, his very American name becomes nonsensical when applied to a Duke.
  • Asshole Victim: All of Moriarty's victims, especially Moires Baskerville.
  • Berserk Button: Albert's mother hates it when her adopted sons call her "Mother," since she views adopting them as an act of charity, and resents the idea that they could consider themselves part of her family.
  • Clear My Name: The purpose for Holmes's investigation in "Study in S" is to clear his own name by identifying the actual murderer.
  • Collective Identity: James Moriarty, the Lord of Crimes, is a name shared by three brothers: Albert, William and Louis. Although William is the mastermind, Albert—being of noble blood—is the one with the connections that enables them to pull the strings.
  • Co-Dragons: Albert and Louis play this role for William.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Moires Baskerville collects the heads of the children he murders and keeps them in a special room on shelves so that he can admire his handiwork.
  • Evil Is Petty: After Holmes casually deduces that William is a mathematician, a disgruntled William responds with a number of increasingly personal deductions about Holmes concluded by snidely noting his drug habit.
  • Freudian Excuse: William desires to bring down the entire "nobility" system through crime and murder. This motivation seems to be stem from his childhood experience as an orphan from the lower-classes who was abused by his adoptive family (with the exception of Albert) because they refuse to acknowledge a peasant as one of their own. However, a flashback shows that William already has the idea to "cleanse" the world of evil nobles even before being taken into the Moriarty family, and Albert (who shares the James Moriarty identity with his adopted brothers) has no traumatic backstory to justify his criminal acts.
  • Guilty Until Someone Else Is Guilty: Holmes clears his name in "Study in S" by identifying the actual murderer.
  • Haughty Help: The Moriarty family servants hold the adopted boys in contempt, unhappy that they have to serve those of even lower social standing.
  • Historical Domain Character: Queen Victoria appears in the stinger of episode 11 giving orders to Mycroft to retrieve a secret document, setting the stages for the next arc.
  • Historical In-Joke: In his earlier drafts, Arthur Conan Doyle intended to name his great detective Sherringford Holmes before finally settling on Sherlock. In this series, Sherringford Holmes is the name of Mycroft and Sherlock's ancestor.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: one of the arcs revolves around Moriarty setting up a nobleman who hunts commoners on his estate as a hobby.
  • In Name Only: Neither Albert or Louis have much resemblance to the Moriarty brothers referenced in the original stories, who were a colonel in the British Army and a station master in the west of England, respectively.
  • Morality Pet: William is protective of his younger brother Louis, and wants to keep him out from his schemes to protect Louis's innocence. However, once Louis convinces him that he prefers to be useful than protected, he shows that he's actually more ruthless than some of William's other henchmen.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Moriarty and his siblings are given individual names besides James.
  • Necessary Evil: William acknowledge that what they're doing is wrong, but he believes that bringing crime and death are necessary to dismantle the corrupt nobility system of the country.
  • Older Sidekick: William is the mastermind of the group, and Albert helps him, despite being the older brother.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Moriarty only targets noblemen they deem "evil". Most of them are kidnappers, murderers and rapists whose highborn status lets them get away with their vile actions.
  • Serial Killer:
    • Duke Enoch J. Drebber is a prolific killer and rapist of women who uses his position to get away with his crimes.
    • Moires Baskerville charms children into following him before he hunts them using his dogs and kills them.
  • Serial Rapist: Flashbacks show that Duke Enoch J. Drebber was a prolific rapist of women, having them kidnapped, tortured and raped before killing them afterwards.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Adam Whiteley is a rising member of the parliament who publicly fights for the common people's right. Since he's basically fighting to achieve the same goal as Moriarty, but without the criminal acts—thus making the Villain Protagonist's role redundant, the audience might reasonably suspect that his White Knight persona is just a facade, and that he's actually just as bad (or worse) than the antagonists that Moriarty has killed so far. However, Moriarty soon confirms that his altruism is sincere, and that Adam is just as he appears to be. Unfortunately, Milverton manipulates one of the officers guarding Adam to murder the entire Whiteley family, and Adam murders the perpetrator in rage. As this scandal would taint the hero's image and shatter the public's support for his ideals, Moriarty decides to take the blame for Adam's crimes by killing the MP in front of a crowd to preserve his legacy.
  • Sherlock Scan: Both Sherlock and Moriarty are immediately able to deduce each other's professions from a single glance. Likewise, Mycroft is able to guess the exact weight Dr. Watson had gained just by looking at his belt (whereas Sherlock gets his guess 0.5 pounds off).
  • Suppressed Mammaries: In-universe. Despite having Boobs of Steel, Irene Adler is able to hide her assets well enough to disguise herself as a man. She even manages to deceive Sherlock when she first meets him under the guise of the King of Bohemia.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sherlock's involvement in the main plot is brought upon by other characters' machinations. He gets clued in on the "Lord of Crimes"'s first murder because they deliberately framed him to attract his attention. Later on, he gets entangled with Irene Adler's schemes because Adler herself, disguised as the King of Bohemia, hired his services.
  • Villain Protagonist: The manga is told from the point-of-view of Moriarty, who becomes the infamous "Lord of Crimes" by killing evil nobles to abolish the British class system.
  • White Sheep: Albert James Moriarty is the only nobleman of importance that is not portrayed as an evil dick. He adopts William and Louis into his household, and is the only one in his family to treat them with any sort of decency.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Moires Baskerville and his minions capture children and then remove a vital organ or limb to disable them. They then hunt them with vicious dogs before catching and killing them in grotesque ways.
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