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Video Game / Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a 2016 adventure mystery video game. It is the eighth game to be released in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Frogwares, and is confirmed as taking place in a new and separate continuity from previous entries in the series. It can be played on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

This game provides examples of the following:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Katelyn, Sherlock's daughter.
  • Age Lift: At least visually though Holmes mentions having been working as a detective for at least twenty years prior to the game, he and Watson now appear to be in their thirties, perhaps placing them in their forties, making them younger than their pre-Crime and Punishment incarnations.
  • Always Murder: Subverted. The last case is a kidnapping.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: You play as Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, while tailing a suspect, and control him through a variety of mini-games during the chase.
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  • The Artful Dodger: While Wiggins doesn't seem completely happy with his lot in life, he's incredibly savvy and observant for a kid who looks to be barely in his teens, and very willing to use this to his advantage when helping Holmes on a case.
  • Avenging the Villain: Alice De'Bouvier wants to do this for her father, who was one of Sherlock's arrestees.
  • Bed Trick: An emotional one. A young woman with an inheritance who lives with her mother and stepfather is tricked by the latter in disguise into believing he's a charming gentleman caller. He disappears in order to put her off men permanently. She reacts with appropriate horror to the revelation.
  • Big Bad: Alice De'Bouvier kidnaps Sherlock Holmes' daughter with plans on brainwashing her into evil.
  • Canon Foreigner: Even the most casual fan will probably immediately identify Holmes's daughter Katelyn as one.
  • Continuity Reboot: Word of God confirms that these versions of Holmes and Watson are not the same iterations of the characters as those seen in the seven earlier games - hence the replacement of the voice actors, despite initial indications that the cast would remain the same as it had been for Testament and Crimes and Punishments. (Though since Holmes had already had three different voice actors in the series before the reboot and Watson even more, it's helpful that they clarified.)
    • However, Katelyn is not a surprise if you played through Testament, implying that this game still uses some of the previous ones as backstory, at least in Broad Strokes.
  • Cool Hat: Alice De'Bouvier sports an exceptionally lovely one.
  • Dark Action Girl: Alice De'Bouvier who is the loyal disciple of Moriarty as a Dark Messiah.
  • Expy: Alice De'Bouvier is one for Bellatrix Lestrange. She's a former disciple of Professor Moriarty and fantastically devoted to him from beyond the grave. She's also completely insane. Played with as it's highly likely Alice never met Professor Moriarty and just took up his cause as a way to ruin Sherlock Holmes.
  • Happily Adopted: Holmes's daughter, Katelyn, though the fact that she seems to have genuinely no idea that Holmes isn't her biological father presumably helps, with the implication that it might not be smooth sailing once she does find out.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: Holmes performs one to fool a witness into believing he is a priest. Amusingly, while he sets up the "supernatural occurences" beforehand, he appears to be making it up as he goes along when it comes to the exorcism itself.
    (shouting dramatically) "Fire and brimstone
    Are much better for crumpets
    Than fire toothed demons!
  • Hotter and Sexier: The new character models for Holmes and Watson seem to owe a lot to the 2009 film and its sequel, which made much of the sex appeal of the lead actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Previous entries in the series had based their appearances on the older, less self-consciously attractive portrayals from the Grenada TV series.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: What the Quartermain Club does in the first case. They recruit the poor to serve as their targets under the guise of philanthropy.
  • In the Blood: Alice De'Bouvier argues this is the case for Katelyn Moriarty.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Alice De'Bouvier is carrying out a post-mortem plan by Moriarty.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alice De'Bouvier is an extremely attractive woman in flattering period attire.
  • Mythology Gag: A clue in one case is a copy of The Strand Magazine, the periodical in which the Sherlock Holmes short stories first appeared; the names of Sherlock Holmes and of Arthur Conan Doyle can just be made out on the cover. (Specifically, it's the November 1903 issue, containing "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", although the date line has been altered to 1893 to better fit the setting of the game.)
  • Off to Boarding School: A rare use of this trope by the protagonists. Katelyn apparently spends the vast majority of her time at boarding school, presumably to explain how Holmes can freely go off detecting for weeks at a time and share a small two-bedroom flat with Watson without his daughter getting in the way. (Also, possibly, to appease fans who might regard the idea of Holmes having a child dubiously, by explaining that he doesn't actually see her very often.) However, the rest of the trope more or less fits: Katelyn is an adopted/step-child (check), Holmes did away with her biological father before assuming parenting responsibilities (check), and though he apparently didn't marry her mother (cross), he seems to worry that more prolonged contact with him would lead her to uncover dark family secrets such as the fate of her original dad (check).
  • Outside Ride: When the man Wiggins is tailing for Holmes gets into a carriage, Wiggins rides along on the back.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Holmes is supposed to be a master of disguise, but simply wearing glasses or a little facial hair will be enough to fool everyone.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Sir George Hurst plans this as he hunts down the members of the Quartermain Club after they hunt his fellow members of the working class for sport. The climax has him planning to slit Lord Marsh's throat after revealing the man decapitated numerous individuals. You can shoot George to stop him but most players don't.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Alice is fully intending to commit suicide with Kate by crashing the boat and causing it to explode.
  • Title Drop: Twice: at the end of "Fever Dreams", a distraught Kate claims that she doesn't deserve saving, as she's the Devil's daughter. Minutes later, after saving Kate from the Madam Destiny's fiery wreck, Holmes mutters that Alice was "truly the Devil's daughter".
  • Unflinching Walk: The cover art shows Holmes and Watson rather casually strolling away from a London that looks downright apocalyptic, with menacing and unnaturally red storm-clouds and what appears to be a rubble-strewn roadway. Even the US cover gets in on it which otherwise depicts Sherlock and Watson chasing after someone by adding a few citizens acting completely unfazed by the goings on.
  • Victorian London: A major setting for the game, as might be expected. One interesting aspect of this game's use of its setting is that you get to experience it from different perspectives: while Holmes finds welcome reception in the homes of gentlemen and can go in disguise to seedy workingmen's pubs, Wiggins sees the city from the point of view of an underclass child, being hired to shine shoes and sweep chimneys but otherwise generally disregarded by adults and the higher classes.
  • You Killed My Father: One of the first conversations between Holmes and Watson reveals that Holmes killed Katelyn's real father and subsequently adopted her, though she is unaware of this. One possible reason for his decision could be his attempts to avert this trope. And also because said father was Moriarty.

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