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What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television? Who is this literary hero whose portrayal over the past century by such past masters as Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett to today’s vanguard talents Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired such a continuing outpouring of fan appreciation?

Every generation will forever have their “true” Sherlock Holmes. Basil Rathbone in the 1940s will no doubt remain in heavy rotation on TCM as the “final word” in the Holmes persona. More objective film scholars consider Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of Holmes on British TV from 1984-94 to be truest to the Conan Doyle stories and definitive. The Holmes brought to BBC TV in 2010 and still enthralling fans today in the USA as well as Britain is a modern-day version of the detective played by Benedict Cumberbatch as a sort of brilliant eccentric yet very cool outsider. And then we have Robert Downey’s fan-pleasing Holmes whose adventures are left in the Victorian era but are anachronistically supercharged with 2012 high-tech Hollywood effects, not to mention Holmes’ acquisition of a flippant tongue and cynical sensibility seemingly borrowed from James Bond.

So many different Sherlock Holmeses!

Yet they all work so well with their respective fans.

What’s the common thread?

When Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes back in 1887, he equipped his detective “super-hero” with all of what were the cutting-edge “powers” just then coming into vogue: Holmes is as an early forensic scientist, pre-dating the CSI shows by a hundred years; he is a master decipherer of trace evidence, fingerprints, ballistics and handwriting; he plays violin, but is also adept in the martial arts. He outwits his opponents with “deductive reasoning,” usually summing up his amazingly inerrant analyses with, “You see, it’s elemental, my dear Watson.” (Watson was his ever-present sidekick and witness to his genius, thus establishing the “superhero sidekick” well before Batman’s “Alfred.”)

Sherlock Holmes was, in 1887, the closest thing to a Superman, Batman, or X-Men. In fact, those later heroes and many more all cribbed pieces of his cool persona for their own identities.

I think the reason Sherlock has remained so iconically popular with audiences for over a hundred years is that his character speaks to a deep desire in so many of us: the dream of being able to not only make practical use of, but to actually be a master of all the latest resources, all the newest information, all the most current science and technology – not to mention being engaged at the same time in the fine arts at a scholarly level.

Sherlock Holmes won his battles against evil because he was able to possess and utilize all the newest, breaking science and technique available. So of course, in our times of overwhelming informational overload and finding ourselves in a neverending state of tech device and data catch-up, the Holmes character attracts and engages us. He is truly our Renaissance-Futurist role model. From Rathbone to Downey, he is the ultimate evolving icon, the Forever Master of our ever-accelerating ever-evolving high-tech and super-science society.

Questions for the Reader


Does it bother you when the depiction of a favorite fictional literary character is radically altered in film or on TV over and over again? Or does it all depend on the quality of the depiction and the story?


Most of the muscle-bound comics superheroes beginning in the 1930s-40s also seemed to possess great intellects along with their dominating physiques. Do you think this was because of being influenced by the Holmes character of 30 years before? Or just a coincidence – since if as character has a super-strength body, why not a matching super-strength brain?


Which Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories have you read?


In which way do you prefer your adventure story hero to achieve his/her final victory:

  1. His/her superior intellect; puzzle-solving skills.
  2. Physical strength and fighting skills, and a little good luck.
  3. A mix of both brains and brawn.
  4. Through lone wolf personal action; breaking of rules & protocol.
  5. Through leadership of a team of relative equals.
  6. Other -  Please Elaborate. I would love to know which story ending achievement tropes I might have left off of this list.


Who was/is your favorite Sherlock Holmes -- and why?

  • Basil Rathbone
  • Jeremy Brett
  • Peter Cushing
  • Christopher Lee

  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Vasiliy Livanov
  • Other


If Sherlock Holmes and Liara T'Soni are the District 3 Tributes in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Who survives and why?

What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television?
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Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:18 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:

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There are many awesome Hetalia artists flocking dA but the one that I loved the most was HillsOfSilence's fanfictions. She is an awesome writer with her quality stories and those continually inspire me. I dream to grow to be a writer as great as she is.
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I'm glad you're not mad at me.
After such a long time we can start to be real friends again.
I like the way how you pursue your art. You think so much about your OC's and you never give up! kukuku ♥
Hope we will get a stronger friendship and meet someday.

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"I'm a consulting detective... the only one in the world."
Sherlock and John by hoo0
sherlock by dotdodoe

Sherlock by AmandaTolleson
BBC Sherlock John Watson Card by kevinbolk       Wholock: believe in Sherlock by SherlockShiverNShake     Sherlock by Ysa 
Sherlock, Moriarty by hoo0
Sherlock by AmandaTolleson   Sherlock at 221b by Nero749    
Sherlock by AmandaTolleson
Drugs Bust by naturalshocks
'Sherlock' by sueworld
Sherlock by joniina
Number Systems by naturalshocks   Still the Addict by naturalshocks Gottle o' Gear by naturalshocks
Sherlock by MP-R

Molly Hooper by alicexz  Lestrade by alicexz  The Woman by alicexz 
Sherlock and Irene by Olga-Tereshenko Irene Adler - painting by Lasse17
Specialist in Crime by naturalshocks  The Woman by naturalshocks  In Arduis Fidelis by naturalshocks
Trust by naturalshocks
The Stranger's Room by naturalshocks
A Magic Trick by naturalshocks
Living with Sherlock Holmes by Nero749
  Riddles by naturalshocks  The Man With A Key by hakuku  
The Game is On by STelari
Sherlock! by frogstarr 
Suspended by suspenders by Anaeolist John, I moustache you a question [LIVE ON QWERTEE] by Blue-Fayt   I Don't Shave For Sherlock Holmes by vincentsdeviantart 
Abbey Road - Sherlock Style by SherlockROCKSmySOCKS
Kigurumi!! by Oochami
How to Bake a Cake by patatomato
Sherlocked by Cloudrop
BBC Sherlock: Kids by hakuku
Sherlock Holmes BBC by Bran1313
Colleagues by naturalshocks
The Wall Had It Coming by naturalshocks  Ennui by naturalshocks  Spectacularly Ignorant by naturalshocks
A Little Domestic by naturalshocks
The Fall by escume
Sherlock BBC 2 by Bran1313  Believe in Sherlock by joniina
Sherlock Holmes by SakariSingh
The Thrill of the Chase by naturalshocks
John Watson by beth193
Violinist by Nero749
Sherlock by AmandaTolleson
Sherlock Portrait by Nero749
The Holmes by Alea-Lefevre
 Breakdown by Fantaasiatoidab   Sherlock by Lyvyan
 I Believe in Mycroft Holmes. by dummybunny   Hero of the Reichenbach by naturalshocks 
The Only One in the World by naturalshocks  
Sherlock re-design: wild west by hakuku
Sherlock by Auri3
Virtuoso by alicexz
Sherlock Color Pencil Drawing by AtomiccircuS
BBC ~Sherlock Holmes and John Watson by speedportraits
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DeviantART Compliments #74

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 4:48 AM by Kezzi-Rose:iconkezzi-rose:

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I wanted to say I love your art so much! You're doing so awesome with it! :D You just keep getting better and better! cx
Please, keep it up my friend! :3

Neon-Frost - I wanted you to know that you are one talented girl! Your art is fantastic my friend! Please, keep up the nice work!! :D

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Nullibicity- There are a million things I could say about you; you're wonderful, amazing, kind, lovely, extraordinary, and more. Your positivity is inspiring and makes me feel so happy. Your writing is elegant and simply incredible. You are fantastic, dear :love:

ssensory- you're one of the strongest people I've met. You're inspiring in both writing and spirit, and I only hope you can see that for yourself. ;) You're a fantastic singer as well; I really hope your dream comes true one day. <3 You are absolutely wonderful. I wish I had your amazing talent <3 You are simply lovely. :love:

To everyone that reads this: You are UNIQUE no matter WHAT people say! You are you, and that is so beautiful already. /heartheart
So SMILE and live your life to the fullest.

HeartANGELfied and ciao-7 have been amazing friends here on dA and though there are a lot of other amazing people I've met, you are the ones who have really helped and supported me the most during my time here on deviantART. :) Thanks so much!

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LadyLincoln is an insanely talented writer who happens to also be an amazing person with an honestly beautiful heart.
Thank you for all the times you've been there, you really have become an important part of who I've become and inspire me in so many ways artistically, but in the larger picture you have in life. :heart:
There aren't enough words or thanks yous to express any of that.

KittyKun1999 is awesome, beautiful, and funny. She deserves so many more watchers and is funny and amazing. :3

TyepiandSamuel Ah, what can I say about this person. They are amazing. I've known you since June and everything you do is just...OMG, it's too much. You are amazing and your writing has so much potential and I love reading it. I love you as a friend and would go to the ends of the earth to protect you. I adore you, stay awesome.

From, the girl who can't keep her mouth shut, otherwise known as Enemom ;)

C1d1cy Your art is so amazing and I'm honestly really jealous. You're an amazing friend, and honestly, we've grown close, we went from being strangers, to friends, to best friends, to brother and sister. We do need to talk more tho, we haven't talked much this week, besides on your join.mes pft. cx. I know your break is ending Monday, so I hope everything goes good in School, and if you need to talk about anything, I'm here, okay?
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Cz, seriously, every time I see your art I'm absolutely BLOWN AWAY! I can't believe that you were my second watcher, you've been right here with me all along! X3 I always enjoy talking to you, and I feel like we've been there to perk each other up when we're feeling down. You rock!
Pitch, I feel like I've already rambled enough to you, you don't deserve any more torture XD I've said it a million times, but your art is stunning and adorable, and you're INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLY NICE!!!!
Honey, Your art- jajijauihucajbhukhIAHIJBAU It's so amazing - you deserve more than 500+ watchers, though that's a start! I still can't believe that even though you have all those watchers you still take time to talk to me! I know we've discussed this, but I still find it hard to take in, I mean, I was totally forgotten  by someone else who I thought was a good friend of mine... and they don't even have half the watchers you do XD You are really so so nice though!
I can never say it enough, you guys rock! Thanks for being there for me!

littaly is a great friend and someone I love spending time with.  She is someone that I talk to pretty much everything about.  I am glad I became friends with her.

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I've already posted this every else but--- here you go deviants xD !
I didn’t had any time to draw a christmas pic. so take a random picture of me :D MERRY X-MAS EVERYONE!

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i'm sorry but this vid made me laugh too hard
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Just go to and put in 1 to the number of watchers you have. Whatever number you get, that person is put up.

You're in a mental hospital

Your roommate:

Your doctor:

Person licking the windows:

Person stashing food in the corners:

Person acting like an animal:

Person helping you escape:

Person yelling nonsense about clowns:

Person who is running around with a frying pan:

Person who believes that he/she is able to control when the end of the world occurs:

Person going crazy:

Person who is strapped down to their bed:

Person who got thrown in the mental hospital for running over a hams:

Person who is the most sane out of everybody:

You can do it if you wanna XP
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01. Pięć imion, których używa Anthea. Odzew:…
02. Pani Hudson schowała czaszkę. Sherlock szuka zastępstwa, które nie będzie Johnem. Odzew:…
03. Dziecięca rywalizacja Sherlocka i Mycrofta.
04. 31.XII/01.I Baker Street 221B
05. Mycroft/Anthea.
06. Sherlock i literatura współczesna. Odzew:…
07. Sherlock poznaje Harriet. Odzew:…
08. Sprawa, która wstrząsnęła światem.
09. Moriarty/Sherlock, inspirowane "Blue Velvet" Myslovitz. Odzew:
10. "Pink" Aerosmith. Odzew:
11. Sherlock spotkał kiedyś panią Anderson, i jest to jeden powód więcej, dla którego nie lubi Andersona. Odzew:…
12. Poranek, w czasie którego Sherlock spytał Johna jak spało się na materacu, a Mycroft poprawił go, że chodzi o łóżko. POV Sherlocka preferowany.
13. Pięć razy, gdy John powiedział "tak" i raz, gdy powiedział "nie" Odzew:…
14. Wszyscy grają w "Robot Unicorn Attack", a Sherlock właśnie odpala grę. Odzew:…
15. Lestrade i John idą na piwo. Odzew:…
16. Moriarty wysadził jeden z londyńskich szpitali, zostawiając wiadomość - "I tak był pełen ludzi, którzy umierali".
17. Sherlock usłyszał o akcji "Oszczędzajcie wodę, bierzcie wspólne prysznice".…
18. "Nie czujesz się teraz dziwnie, jeżdżąc taksówką?". Odzew:…
19. "To od Johna", interpretacja sceny z "Leona Zawodowca".
20. Sherlock Holmes i wszystkie sweterki Johna. Odzew:…
21. "Kiedy dorosnę zostanę swetrem, albo znajdę inny sposób, żeby cię przytulić" Sherlock/John (może być jednostronne)
22. "Sherlocku, uspokój się, nie jesteś Batmanem"
23. "Sherlock sam w domu" - rodzina Holmesów wyjeżdża na kilka dni zostawiając małego Sherlocka w domu
24. Sherlock zaczyna czytać Zmierzch, a czaszka otrzymuje nowe imię - Edward.
25. Sherlock z Zespołem Stresu Pourazowego po tym, jak z jego winy coś złego stało się Johnowi.
26. "John, znów tylko patrzysz i nie wyciągasz wniosków! Sok pomidorowy, zmasakrowane zwłoki i zero sprawcy! Przecież to oczywiste, że zamordowały ją zabójcze pomidory!" Sherlock Holmes przedawkował (słabe) horrory. Preferowany crossover z "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"
27. Mycroft zostaje w domu z misją zaopiekowania się małym Sherlockiem. Najmłodszy z Holmesów postanawia zostać piratem, jednak bez 100% uwagi starszego brata Sherlock zaczyna podbijać kolejne części domu - niekoniecznie w taki sposób, w jaki jego rodzice, czy brat by sobie tego życzyli...
28. GrammarNazi!Sherlock tępi błędy Johna
29. Sherlock i John znajdują niemowlę. W którymś z nich (Sherlock plz) budzą się "macierzyńskie" instynkty.
30. Sherlock i John na jeden dzień zamieniają się miejscami
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Holy crap its been forever since I did one of these! But now that I'm in yet another fandom I'll do another!
When I get bored with a conversation

I regret nothing. :I

When my cat died... Q_Q

I want to scream this in class EVERY.DAMN.DAY.

When my phone is on the floor and someone texts me. But I'm to lazy to actually pick it up

When that always cheerful, always smiley, annoying girl tries to talk to me


Now THIS is a vampire!

Oh, you say its odd for a girl to wear a bowtie to the prom and not a dress?

When I finally solve that impossible math question in the last few minutes

Waking up from that really intense dream

When someone wants me to 'pair up' with another being,

There is always one person who comments on everything... who MUST have his/her opinion heard

When someone just will.Not.STFU

When I get in trouble I go to my room and scream screams I didn't scream in the fight because said fight was most likely with my mother :I

The first time you watch Sherlock

Everyone's thoughts when I smile

See? Even Sherlock thinks so!

I often have to fake interest when talking to humans...

This is my new excuse for everything! :D
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