When you have eliminated the impossible,whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
NAME: Sherlock Holmes NICKNAMES: Sherlock, Mr Holmes AGE: Thirty-six GENDER: Male HAIR: Dark brown EYES: Green HEIGHT: 1.84-m WEIGHT: 81.2-kg BUILD: Thin, lanky
MARITAL STATUS: Single SEXUALITY: Kinsey X (Asexual) PB: Benedict Cumberbatch CANON OR OC?: Canon; BBC Sherlock, post The Reichenbach Fall PUNCTURABLE?: No
✗ More than a year's supply of Nicotine patches ✗ A dependable 9mm pistol ✗ A pair of suitcases full of suits, shoes, his dressing gown, scarf, and of course, the coat ✗ Irene Adler's phone ✗ A violin and bow he picked up in Belarus
STRENGTHS: Aloof, highly intelligent, quick-processing, observant, objective, can be compassionate (if you squint), well-spoken. WEAKNESSES: Has no sense of tact, doesn't really register others' emotions, accidentally (and sometimes intentionally) insulting, when bored he tends to be reckless/hard to deal with, pompous, emotionally detached.
Sherlock is a highly intelligent man, exceptionally gifted in that sense, and makes good use of it, though sometimes, he can be quite rude about it. Because he is so smart, he sometimes needs cues to explain things on a different level, though he has trouble comprehending how someone doesn't understand something. However, he is quick to thoroughly explain every minute detail about something to impress people and flaunt his deductive powers.
Sherlock has the tendency to be extremely condescending to others, as he does honestly and truly believe that he is better than them. He can hold conversations with others given a few minutes to study them and gather up enough information about them as he deems necessary. He is usually not the first to initiate conversations, but is typically the one to end them, either by dismissing his conversational partner, or by outright insulting them. He doesn’t have the tendency to feel remorse about the things he says, and rarely (if ever) apologises.
He has the tendency to be a bit verbose in his speech and it’s not uncommon to catch him monologuing to himself as he does things.
As mentioned before, Sherlock isn’t particularly empathetic, and tends to completely miss any emotional cues from other people, only making him appear more arrogant and rude. He completely misses things like flirting and when he’s starting to make others cry at the things he is saying because he usually doesn’t care. He also pretty much expects others to simply agree with him and do what he asks, because, clearly, he is the only one who understands what it happening.
He prefers to text things to people, especially strangers.
Sherlock also has the tendency to play the violin at odd hours (usually at night when he can’t sleep because he can’t stop thinking about something). He is very talented with the instrument, but occasionally abuses the strings to non-verbally express his displeasure with a situation.
Sherlock has extraordinary powers of deduction, and can tell the most intricate details of a person or an object by simply looking at it. He also has a considerable amount of skill in various types of fighting (hand-to-hand, sword), can speak French and has a knack for disguise.
Sherlock was the second of two children born to his parents, following his brother Mycroft by seven years. A relatively imaginative child, he proclaimed that he wanted to be a pirate to his older brother after having read a number of books in the family library as a child.
Even as a young lad, he had considerable mental prowess, matched (and bested usually) only by Mycroft, whom Sherlock came to begrudgingly respect as they were growing up. More often than not, however, they took to fighting at the expense of their poor mother's nerves. Despite his admiration for his brother, they weren't able to grow up on great terms. Mycroft, as he grew older, separated himself further and further from his family and his brother, preferring to keep to himself, his seemingly inconsequential position in the British government and his small club that neither Sherlock, nor their parents ever visited (not that they ever seemed invited in any case).
Sherlock's rather blessed childhood allowed him to do, more or less, whatever he pleased, and he took advantage of that fact. Though brilliant, he only took to certain subjects, choosing not to waste space in his brain for information he deemed worthless. A proper threat from his father convinced him well enough to hold the information until it was clearly no longer useful in terms of schooling. Though his grades were improving, his attitude and behaviour stayed at the same, less than satisfactory, level, making him the least favourite of every instructor despite his promising intellect. Needless to say, the whole lot of them were thankful the day he graduated.
When Sherlock was around thirteen years of age, a strange and unexplainable death occurred that caused him to reconsider his lifelong career into piracy. The sudden passing of a young swimming athlete (Carl Powers), drowning in a pool in the middle of a competition with no way to explain the circumstances, caught young Sherlock's attention. The disappearance of the young man's trainers piqued Sherlock's curiosity, but his young age caused the police to disregard his protests and theories about the case, and it was eventually written off, though Sherlock never forgot about it. From that moment on, Sherlock was drawn to the world of investigation, but not police work, as he viewed them, on the whole, incompetent and without ambition.
His lackluster parental figures, for the most part not present in his life, and the availability to large sums of money eventually fueled a small habit Sherlock picked up during his time in school. It started off with small dosages when he was around fourteen or fifteen years of age. Having attended private schools, for all of his schooling, access to stimulants, such as cocaine, was readily available. Once he discovered that it helped him to concentrate, along with other fringe benefits, Sherlock became mildly dependent on the drug to control the racing engine that was his mind. For the most part, he was able to control his addiction, though sometimes, on particularly stressful days, he would abuse the drug more than usual.
Sherlock did attend university for a number of years, though he only took classes that interested him, never enough to graduate, and eventually he ceased to go. He had long since moved out of his parents' home, though lived off of the money his mother insisted on sending him. It was during this slow period that he started up his website 'The Science of Deduction' while slowly working his way into the graces of the police department. While not seeking their attention for recognition, he merely started intervening on cases that caught his attention, that were particularly interesting, and eventually formed a weak connection with DI Greg Lestrade. Sherlock was still taking drugs at this point, but his usefulness to the police force outweighed the addiction, though Lestrade started keeping an eye on Sherlock.
Eventually, after a few years of their passive-aggressive partnership, Lestrade realised that Sherlock's addiction had gotten out of hand and forced him into coming clean. Of course, Sherlock resisted at first, but came to see that it was starting to impede his mind instead of help it and agreed to quit. It was during this time that he picked up smoking, a habit he would continue for a couple of years before subsisting on nicotine patches.
While using the laboratory in Bart's College, Sherlock met Mike Stamford, who eventually introduced him to Dr John Watson, a former college, returning military veteran from Afghanistan, who eventually became his flatmate. Sherlock had a respect for John, even if the man's mind could do with less of the unnecessary weight he chose to fill it with.
The longer they shared the flat, the more he sensed a change in the both of them, which certainly did them both worlds of good. While Sherlock never stopped keeping a secret stash, he found himself dipping into it far less often than he used to. John became his blogger and brought his unique perspective with him on their various cases.
Eventually the cases began to tie back to a solitary man, a man seeming to seek Sherlock's attention explicitly, a mind that even Sherlock could admit rivaled his own and the prospect was both exhilarating and frightening. Moriarty, and he soon learned, was a criminal mastermind. He was Sherlock himself without the small morality he possessed, and just as brilliant.
When Moriarty played a game with people's lives, sending him clues, eventually taking both himself and John hostage in a pool, Sherlock knew that above all else, he needed to catch him. The challenge was unlike any other he had ever faced but he couldn't allow himself to become absorbed in the excitement of the case when lives were at stake.
Through Moriarty, Sherlock became acquainted with the Woman (Irene Adler), the only woman he had ever known who had been able to out-wit him. While her plans eventually feel through because she succumbed to sentimentality, he saved her after she vanished and neither truly forgot about the other.
The case of Henry's mysterious Hound was a brief, yet draining diversion from Moriarty. Though the case was solved in due course, Sherlock's temporary inability to trust his own senses and mind took a significant toll on him and certainly changed him.
Moriarty eventually acted too brashly, attempting to steal the Crown Jewels right out from under the noses of the government, but allows himself to be caught. Sherlock testifies against him in court, but ends up arrested for contempt. Both Moriarty and Sherlock are released, and they share a brief but tense conversation over tea where Jim leaves an apple carved with I.O.U.
Sherlock is then called to find a pair of missing children, who, upon seeing his face, react in terror, shadowing him with doubt. Lestrade reluctantly attempts to arrest him, but he takes John "hostage" and the two escape. While on the run, a number of criminals surface seeking Sherlock, believing he has a code in his possession that can bypass all security.
Breaking into the house of a journalist, Sherlock and John meet with Moriarty again, claiming to be a Richard Brook, an actor hired by Sherlock to act as Moriarty.
Realising that he had no other options left, Sherlock contacts Molly Hooper, asking her for assistance and then meets Moriarty on the roof to Bart's, where once more they share a tense conversation which ends with Jim shooting and killing himself right in front of his eyes. Sherlock knew that wasn't the end, however, and moved to the edge of the building, where he called John, his "note," before plummeting from the building.
In reality, his assistance from Molly allowed him to stage his suicide, and while news reports of the "Suicide of Fake Genius" circled, Sherlock left England to tear down the remainders of Moriarty's empire.
Three years after his 'suicide,' Sherlock was in Germany, finishing his infiltration of a crime circle when he was made aware of what appeared to be a key member of Moriarty's circle located in Cedar Wells, Colorado.