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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

     A Scandal in Bohemia 
     The Dancing Men 
     The Naval Treaty 
     The Solitary Cyclist 
     The Crooked Man 
  • Asshole Victim: Inverted. At first Colonel James Barclay seems like a good man and a respected soldier who was tragically murdered. Then it’s revealed he set up an Uriah Gambit to get rid of his comrade Corporal Henry Wood so he could marry his girlfriend Nancy, and Colonel Barclay’s death was accidental. Nobody sheds a tear for Colonel Barclay, especially not his wife.
  • Uriah Gambit: Then Sergeant Barclay purposely gave Corporal Henry Wood bad instructions for escaping their camp, leading to his capture and torture for years, hoping he would die. This is was so Sergeant Barclay could marry Nancy who was dating Nancy at the time. It was even Discussed when Nancy cries out the name David, liking James Barclay to King David who sent Uriah to the frontlines in hopes that he would die and David could marry his widow.
     The Speckled Band 
     The Blue Carbuncle 
  • Christmas Episode: Played with. "The Blue Carbuncle" takes place on Christmas Eve and various characters including Holmes and Watson are seen celebrating the holiday or talking about their Christmas celebrations. However, the plot has nothing to do with the holiday except for the titular blue carbuncle being hidden inside a Christmas goose. Remove Christmas and change the hiding place to another livestock, and the plot will remain largely the same.
     The Copper Beeches 
     The Greek Interpreter 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Sophy Kratides in the original story avenges her brother's death in the end. Whereas here she still remains loyal to her boyfriend even after learning that he killed her brother, which causes Sherlock to remark that she is cold and without compassion.
     The Norwood Builder 
  • Faking the Dead: Jonas Oldacre fakes his murder and with plans to start a new life under a new name.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Years ago, Jonas’s fiancée ended their engagement after seeing how cruel Jonas was and marries a man named McFarlane. Fast forward to the present, Jonas frames her son John Hector McFarlanefor his murder o of vengeance against his former fiancée.
  • Starting a New Life: What Jonas planned to do if he weren’t caught by Sherlock Holmes and the police.
     The Resident Patient 
     The Red Headed League 
     The Final Problem 

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

     The Empty House 
     The Priory School 
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the original short story, Duke of Holdernesse is so desperate to avoid scandal that he allows his kidnapped son to stay at an inn for three days after he’s found before bringing him home and allows Hayes, one of the boy’s abductors, to flee justice. In the TV series, the Duke is also concerned about preventing scandal and demands the police to keep a low profile, but Sherlock Holmes talks the Duke into putting his son’s life over his reputation and allows greater freedom of movement for the police and Sherlock Holmes to continue his investigation.
  • Bastard Bastard: James Wilder - the bastard son of the Duke of Holdernesse and a woman of lower status named Francesca. The Duke raises James like a son but never acknowledges his relation to him. As a result James kidnaps his younger legitimate brother Lord Saltire to force the Duke into making James his heir instead of his brother. In addition, the Duke reveals to Sherlock that James liked having power over him, and the Duke tried to change his son’s ways.
  • Death by Adaptation: James Wilder falls to his death. In the original short story “The Adventure of the Priory School,” he leaves for Australia.
     The Second Stain 
     The Musgrave Ritual 
     The Abbey Grange 
     The Man With the Twisted Lip 
     The Six Napoleons 
     The Sign of Four 
     The Devil's Foot 
     Silver Blaze 
     Wisteria Lodge 
     The Bruce-Partington Plans 
     The Hound of the Baskervilles 

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

     The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 
     The Problem of Thor Bridge 
     Shoscombe Old Place 
     The Boscombe Valley Mystery 
  • Papa Wolf: John Turner towards his daughter Alice. Since Alice was a baby, he has been blackmailed by Charles McCarthy who provisions for himself and his son James in exchange for keeping John’s sordid past a secret. John complied, but when Charles demands that Alice marries James, John absolutely refused. He originally planned to talk to Charles and resolve the matter peacefully, but when he overheard Charles and James arguing over Alice, he murdered Charles to protect Alice and maintain his freedom. When Sherlock Holmes confronts John with the truth, John begs Sherlock not to reveal to Alice the truth because it will break her heart.
     The Illustrious Client 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. Baron Adelbert Gruner is a shameless philanderer and a murderer both in the original source material and the Granada adaptation, but in the original source material, he never threw oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid) at his ex-mistress Kitty Winters. In the TV adaptation, he did which permanently scarred her.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Baron Adelbert Gruner. He murdered his previous wife (only being acquitted on a technicality) and threatened a woman to kill the only witness or suffer an acid attack, threw acid at Kitty, and is manipulating his current fiancée Violet de Merville into staying with him.
  • Papa Wolf: Violet’s father General de Merville is very concerned that his daughter will be in mortal danger if she marries Baron Adelbert Gruner and has her meet with Sherlock Holmes and Kitty Winters in hopes they can convince her to break off the engagement. In a way, Sherlock Holmes himself. As he explains to Violet, he does not have a daughter, but if he had one, he would be just as concerned for her as General de Merville is of Violet.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Downplayed. The newspaper greatly exaggerated Holmes’s injuries from an attack as near-fatal with Holmes falling gravely ill, but in actuality, they were only serious but survivable and no grave illness followed suit. Holmes merely stayed in bed for a few days to recover while taking advantage of the false report to retrieve Baron Adelbert Gruner’s book of conquests.
     The Creeping Man 
     The Master Blackmailer 
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the original canon, Sherlock is cheerful by the end of the story, joking around with Lestrade. In the TV series, Sherlock is somber by the ending and asks John not to chronicle the case because it is too painful.
     The Last Vampyre 
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed with Jack Ferguson. In the original canon, Jack poisons his baby brother out of sheer jealousy. In the TV series, Jack poisons the maid because he suffers from delusions of being a vampire stemming from a childhood accident.
     The Eligible Bachelor 

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

     The Three Gables 
     The Dying Detective 
     The Golden Pince-Nez 
     The Red Circle 
     The Mazarin Stone 
     The Cardboard Box