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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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SteamOn-Steampunk Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
:) Thank You
BadwolfBlaze Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
4. Other - A mix of all these.
Teamwork allows people to conquer obstacles normally too big for a single individual, and being original and breaking rules lets people tackle problems from different angles.(as well as surprise enemies)
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful piece, and of course there's the new Sherlock Holmes Motion Book too! :-)…
PokemonFan1235 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
1. Yes it upsets me.
2. Yes I do think that
3. I have read all Sherlock Holmes Novels and Short stories . I also have gotten into the new generations of Sherlock Holmes books that are being published by other authors
4. Definelty A
5. Downy, Cumberbatch and Brett are my favorite Sherlocks
6. I really cant answer this question because I have never watched those shows listed or have seen the hunger games
Inflat-a-Toad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Just good luck.
FeatherlynneXWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Writer
On other I'd say I like a mix of both brains, brawn, and lone wolf rule breaking. THAT'S what makes Sherlock Holmes so awesome; he does them all!! :squee:
Mordial33 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as how and adventure story should end, I vote "other". While I agree, to some extent, with most of the other choices, I think a hero needs to be able to understand their victory on an emotional level. Brains and brawn add filler to the story, but the emotions of all the characters, mainly the protagonist and antagonist, are what add substance to the story. A hero should achieve victory by doing what has to be done and thinking of the emotional and moral consequences that would ensue. But that's just me! I'm naive and old-fashioned!
Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Very interesting. I am a Holmes fan also, and I think you could be right about the reason why he continues to grow on people even now, over one hundred years after his conception and introduction to the world. I also think that another reason for this is that lots of people enjoy a good mystery, and Holmes' adventures provide us with the best mysteries there are to be had.
InfinityApocalypse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. It definitely doesn't bother me because I tend to think of Sherlock Holmes as being an idea within itself.
2. It appears that it is just a coincidence, but not so because I believe that the superheroes with and the Sherlock Holmes characters are all given remarkable intellect for the same reason-- authors want to give their characters more depth and make them stand out amongst everyone else, but the difficulty is leaving the core essence of humanity at the heart of the character and not allow the superpowers or superior intellect to make it impossible to relate to.
3. Doyle's complete collection
4.!!!!!F!!!!!! Other.
I believe that the best way for a hero to achieve his final victory is only by death in an eternal slumber, where all of his/her efforts appear to have been for naught, but instead, the hero realizes in his final moments, that his sacrifice allows his successors pick up the pieces of his/her legacy, and complete the goal that the hero never could.
5. I really cant pick a favorite for the actors themselves, however, if it were the character in question, it might be a different story.
6. Sherlock Holmes; he would escape en route to the capitol, and live in the Wild.
tatsuyabocchan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
not really bothering actually, because Holmes in my own imagination not really look like the movie..
so somehow i never get really interest to watch any of it.
because when it comes to the old Britain setting, especially for this poor detective.
but always try to act elegant in front of his customers. you know, kind of the combination of this characters...

disney aladin for wits, agility, street smart, posture, and speed. but he had the bad arrogant behavior of peter pan, and maybe the last strong character like phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with his idealistic and kind of heroic.

some how if i could mix those character into 1 person, i can create my ideal Holmes. lol
hudall Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
1. It depends on how well the actor portrays him.
2. I love that all he uses to get by is his brain, that takes alot more smarts than getting by on your strength.
3. So many I love them!
4. Puzzle-solving because it's alot more interesting.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch, he plays the role so cleverly and is really good at interpreting the scripts he is given.
6. Sherlock hands down.
Chenguang23 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
1. It depends.
2. I have no idea.
3. ...I read some, but I forgot. (I have a bad memory.)
4. f. I like them to achieve it in a contridictory, and amusing fashion.
5. ...I don't know which one's which.
6. I'd say Sherlock Holmes because that world is more similar to the one Sherlock Holmes experiences, very different from Liara's. Besides, Liara seems too naiive.
I don't really know all that much about this...I am a fan however!
AoiKita Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
As long as it's done well, including use of an actor with an accent to make his humour show.
(I still like Downing's version too)

2. Well, for one the end, you have to focus on one thing to actually be it----either be aggressive and overwhelmingly masculine, or develop your mental skills and avoid using your brain on pointless things (as Sherlock would say).

3. I've read vol.3 of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes :)

4. a--intellect. I love intelligence. Ninjas not need be powerful to be smart warriors.

5. Benedict.
probably, for one, he is younger and appeals more to me as a young woman, plus he plays the character quite well, is quite eccentric and his expressions are priceless...(like the proud smile when he made coffee for Watson himself). His voice was kind of interesting? I mean....he's gonna play a dragon in the Hobbit for goodness sakes :P---

Also, because I didn't grow up with the older versions. I only know of Downing Jr, the boy who played Young Sherlock, and Benedict.

6. I'd say Sherlock would win...

I don't know who that other person is, but I do have confidence in Sherlock's abilities. he is quite insightful
Uyuki Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
It's absolutely lovely to find Sherlock fans out there. I've been a fan since I was 8-9 I think, when I read "The speckled band" I just got hooked, much later on I managed to get all the books and ever since, I just keep enjoying as much of Holmes as I can (be books, films or series).

1.- It really depends on the quality of the story and on how well they depict it. But I always appreciate when they keep the essence intact.
2.- I wouldn't know, I do believe it's possible they might have some influence of Sherlock Holmes, but I don't know superheroes that much.
3.- All of them. I've got the whole package. And also quite a few non-canon.
4.- a, his brain.
5.- So far Jeremy Brett (because he really looks a lot like the pictures of Sherlock in the books, I think he is the closest one to canon Holmes). and Benedict Cumberbatch (he has a lot of Sherlock's essence, and all that modern things they threw on the show makes him an amazing updated young Sherlock).
6.-I would have to know who Liara is... but my bet would be on Sherlock. He did fake his death succesfully and came back with the living.
Aleksej82 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Ливанов, без вариантов
StanleyHTroll Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Artist
For me, I doubt that anything will outdo Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. His acting and their portrayal of Victorian England is unparallelled.

I liked most of the older and newer versions of Sherlock Holmes, with the exception of the Benedict Cumbersnatch production. It seemed they wanted to do a speed-talking version of Sherlock Holmes and one which trivialized violence to the point where it turned the Sherlock Holmes yarn into a superhero comic book. Dr. Watson shot a villain with a humongous pistol at extreme range, in the dark! Come on, that's comic book stuff. And what's more, the complete casualness of it, like going to the bathroom. And of course, no questions asked by the police.

There's fiction and there's reality, and they blend into each other. The Benedict Cumbersnatch version lapsed into complete nonsense and was neither fiction nor reality.
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Writer
Benedict Cumberbatch is the best Sherlock Holmes ever! He's just so perfect! I hope they never stop making those shows!
weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
1. For me it depends on the quality of the depiction. I’ve seen Jeremy Brett’s performance, watched Robert Downey, Jr.’s portrayal, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern version and I love them all. They each bring different properties to Holmes’ characters but they all keep true to the core of who Holmes is- after all, Holmes can’t be Holmes without his sharp wit, his keen eye for detail, knowing where someone works, whether they’re married or single, where they’ve been recently all with a look. Plus, he’s never perfect. He has his flaws, whether it’s the cocaine or his own intelligence

2. Who’s to say. Brains and brawn go well together, after all.

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

4. F) I’ve always thought that an accidental victory would be a great way for a hero to achieve their victory. Or if someone not within their circle won the day for them. By accident, of course.

5. I have an old black and white DVD of Basil Rathbone’s portrayal of Holmes, though Jeremy Brett’s performance is the one I clearly remember seeing- as far as I’m concerned, he’s always going to be the first Sherlock Holmes in my heart. I loved Robert Downey, Jr.’s take of Holmes- witty, more fun, and the relationship between him and Watson (Jude Law) had me smiling : )
But I seriously love Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance- he makes Holmes more errant, more witty- the kind of guy who makes it easy to dislike him but at the same time it’s kind of easy to like him, sort of.

6. Don’t know who Liara T’Soni is but I’m automatically in bias of Holmes- he has the brains after all, and he could definitely manipulate the situation in his favor.

dknoth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Well this fifty year old and very devoted Sherlockian is quite pleased to see that Sherlock is alive and well across the generations. It's great fun to watch Benedict Cumberbatch in a modern portrayal; they do a lovely job updating him IMO.

I think the aspect of the character I like most is that hidden compassion and emotion behind the calculating brain; and also his weaknesses, whether it's cocaine, the pipe, shooting in the house, the violin, etc. Really he's quite the complicated character and that makes him all the more believable.
TheShadowsSoul Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   General Artist
1. Probably the quality. I hate bad remakes.

2. I don't know much about classic superheroes, but I guess so...

3. I haven't read any because I am new to the Sherlock Holmes fandom.

4. F- Other. I like heroes to gain their final victory through sheer accident. Sadly, there aren't enough of these stories out...

5. Benedict Cumberbatch, the first and only Sherlock I've seen so far.

6. Um...I don't know anything about the "Hunger Games".
darkjedioftheknight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
1. It really depends on which literary character we're discussing. I'm not a fan of repetitive remakes and such, but if it's a high quality depiction I can usually get into it. If nothing else, I can look at it as mega fanfiction and leave it at that.
2. There was definitely some Sherlockian influence in that. However, it isn't unreasonable to say that as times changed, people began to value intellect to the same or greater extent as physical prowess, and Doyle was at the helm of this trend.
3. All of them. :-) I got really, really into it about a year before the first Downey Jr. movie came out and haven't looked back since.
4. F. I really prefer achieving a victory in such a way that the character transcends the person s/he was before and that breeds his/her conquest. With that in mind, I like it when there's grey area about who truly won.
5. Cumberbatch. I'm a sucker for well-done modern remakes, and his Sherlock is exceptional.
6. Sherlock, because John would come to his aid were he in serious danger of losing.
muzuffle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
My only answer: Bandersnatch Cummerbund.
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daasper Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Some reasons for Holmes popularity, avid readers find their pleasures in the use of the mind and like to see intelligence triumph; plus they tend, by necessity, to be more solitary types, so they may identify with Holmes' antisocial aspects.
I was annoyed when I first heard that Robert Downey, Jr. was going to portray Holmes--he's short, his nose is too small, and he is American!! But the movies are so steam-punk campy that none of that really matters and I have enjoyed them. And I love Jude Law as Watson.
Another child of Sherlock Holmes was Hugh Laurie's Dr. House (ironically a Brit playing an American). The series even finished him off with a fake death.
But my favorite Holmes to this point is Rupert Everett who played him in a 2004 original story for television called The Case of the Silk Stocking. Physically he was perfect and I think he had the "attitude". I would have loved to see him in a series.
KVJudge Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ARGH! Why'd you have to say that about House? I haven't got the end of the series yet because it doesn't come to Australia for ages and because our TV industry is so silly with their programs I was wanting to wait for the DVD. Could you not have used other more obvious examples to explain the relation of House and Holmes rather than using spoilers? For example, Both House and Wilson are appropriations of the name Holmes and Watson. I was not expecting to have the ending of that series spoiled for me while reading this...
daasper Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Sorry, it's not a complete spoiler. There's more to the finale than that and I think most viewers didn't really believe he would die.
KVJudge Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm ok. That's good to hear. I was wondering whether they would end it by killing him off and I kinda hoped they would because I thought it would be the only way to end it and be dramatic, but I also didn't because it would be too cliche (I didn't think the writers would do that). Thanks for not saying anything else. I'm even more excited to see it now, funnily enough.
StrangeWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great article! Although I wish there was some coverage on John Watson... :( Pop culture has not been kind to him, especially since those who depicted him never considered why a great mind like Sherlock would keep a bumbling fool as a sidekick. I like how more recent actors, such as Jude Law and Martin Freeman depict Watson as a doctor and soldier.
Kornmod Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I agree with you on Watson, the problem really started with Nigel Bruce, the Watson to Basil Rathbone,why played the part of bumbling idiot. And the poor doctor has been stuck in that role up until a few years ago, when Jude Law portrayed the first intelligent Watson on screen ever. Luckily Moffat and Gatiss stayed away from the complete idiot part with John.
It's like most movie and series makers don't realise that Holmes would never have kept Watson around or relied on him to such a great extent if he truly was that stupid. And how great a man would Holmes really be if the main person who thinks he is amazing is an utter fool?
StrangeWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't grow up with Sherlock Holmes stories and only recently read them, but I remember them as "guest stars" in my childhood television shows. I always thought of Watson as a family servant and I kinda thought that Holmes was kind of a jerk to him. I'm so glad the recent portrayals respect that Doyle originally wrote about how strongly Sherlock valued Watson. :D
sgra12345 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
that's KILLER
Jacqu0 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Who'd have thought we'd ever get a hero who liked doing COKE!!!
sgra12345 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
haha yea no kidding
Kornmod Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
1) No. at least not if it is done well.

2) I'm not sure there is any great connection. They were just supposed to be super everything. But you could call Sherlock Holmes the first super hero. He had his enormous intellect yes, but he was also incredibly strong as shown in 'The Speckled Band'. He was a superior fighter as show in 'The Illustrious Client'. And he was the first to do the death and Resurrection stunt, that almost every super hero has gone through.

3)All of them, several times. I', a bit of a Sherlockian.

4)I'm the brainy type myself so I go with a or c, I don't mind fighting. But then these methods can often lead to d. These day I think there is far to few puzzles in most adventure stories, and far to much focus on the hero just muscling his/her way through.

5)Oh, tough one. Jeremy Brett is peerless as the Victorian Holmes in my opinion. Robert Downey jr. comes a very close second though. But my all time favourite is Benedict Cumberbatch, simply because he and Martin Freeman managed to do what everyone claimed was impossible, to make the modern Holmes and Watson believable. Though without his Watson, he would be nothing, as it is the case for all the Holmes' I have mentioned. Watson is all to often forgotten, pressed into the background by the brilliant and flamboyant Holmes. But without a proper Watson, no Holmes, no matter how brilliant, would ever work. He truly is lost without his Boswell/Blogger :D.

6) Never seen the movie or read the books, so it is a guess. Though my guess is that he would team up with Liara and blatantly ignore the rules, go after whoever it is that is orchestrating the Games in the first place. Holmes has never been one for following the rules.
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WUTgirl57 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well my main character of my story gave up her life so the people she love could see a better & brighter future ^^ but she knows that friends like them should move on... and live on with their life...
higurashilover123 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as of other i'd rather see them not win personally
peregrintook17 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I like when the hero wins with a mixture of brains and brawn but not superhumanly so. Kinda like everything falls into place but its not just happenstance or fate (eww fate :bleh: ) So like all along they've been doing/learning things that lead up to the final moment, so when it happens they are prepared...well, and not prepared, they must improv with their skills too. So I guess to sum it up I like it when the hero is super (but subtley) resourceful with their environment and skill set, to where the reader-person is able to go "now why didn't I think of that?" or "I GET IT!! WOW SHE'S COOL!" Basically make the reader able to wonder what they could've done in the yeah, if that made any sense... : p
PocketFullxOfDreams Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
1: It all depends on the quality of the reproduction. I love the Granada and BBC re-tellings. The recent films directed by Guy Ritchie I did not enjoy at all. I think those movies were done very poorly, in fact.

2: I believe that nearly all very popular TV shows, comic heroes, and detective stories have some similarities to Doyle's works, whether it be intentional or not. Certain traits have become popular for super heroes (such as high intelligence and deductive reasoning) that may be dated back to Holmes in 1887. Because Holmes preceded these modern stories and is a well-known story, I believe people who have read the books or heard about the "ultra" genius of Holmes may write similar characters into their own stories. Examples, "House, M.D," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (specifically Detective Goren).

3: I have read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon, and I own the entire canon.

4: A & D. Mostly A. I do enjoy scenarios where there are two "good guys" working together (e.g., Holmes and Watson).

5: There are two first places here. Jeremy Brett wins "best Holmes" as is most true to the original. Benedict Cumberbatch wins best recent Holmes. Personally, I think that the stories have been adapted remarkably well into the modern setting, without losing what makes Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Kudos all around there.
Vasiliy Livanov gets an honorable mention. I have not seen much of his portrayal of Holmes but I did enjoy what I have seen.

6: Haven't seen or read "the Hunger Games" but I'm sure Holmes would win. :D Why? Because I'm a die-hard fangirl, that's why.
Jessy189 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
1) It doesn't bother me as much as the 'bones' of the character are there. You can change the colour of their hair or eyes, for these things are small. Different people interpret characters in their own way, so in my opinion, as long as the adaptation or the character doesn't stray too far from the original personality wise, then it is fine. You could give Sherlock straight or curly hair, brown or green eyes, and he would still essentially be Sherlock, but if you made him very warm and social, it just wouldn't be the same.

2) It depends upon the superhero in question. Some may be smart and strong because that is what many would consider to be 'perfect' (for super heros should at least seem that way upon first impression), while some may be that way because that is way the creator aspired to be himself. I do certainly think, however that many crime fighting heros draw inspiration from Holmes.

3) So far, due to time restrictions, I have only read 'A Study in Scarlet".

4) I would definitely say that I prefer a. I admire those who can solve problems with nothing other than pure wit and intellect. My other preference is d, for I also admire one who is not afraid of being a loner. Both of these groups, the intellects and loners, are cast out by society, when they are often its greatest assets.

5) Benedict Cumberbatch, for he in my opinion does the best job of conveying Sherlock's dedication and 'coldness', and also does a wonderful job of delivering his quick and well-thought-out deductions.

6) Sherlock would most likely win, regardless of the other competitors. This is because he always seems to have a solution for everything. His mind work so much faster than those of others (at least in the show and book), giving him a clear advantage over the competition.
lizzieanna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the hero/heroine to reach the ending using willpower and/or magic!
Biankis1980 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
luuuuv a sherlock!!!!
Leopreston Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's no secret why Sherlock Holmes continues to be popular. He has the intellect that many people aspire to (or wish they had). In general, the personification of higher intellect and understanding that the human race aims for.
Hunden73 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
For me, Jeremy Brett was the one Sherlock Holmes. But I wouldn't say any actor has done a bad
job, I thought I would hate the new version (with Cumberbatch) but it was quite good.
Hunden73 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Oh, do anyone remember Roger Moore as Holmes (in NY)?
ViolinRemix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Sherlock Homes so much and I think the article summed up prttey much why he continues to be such a iconic figure. He was the first of his kind and Conan Doyle was a genius in his own when it came to literature, the way the stories are written make it easy to to follow and unwanting of alteration.

1) It only bothers me when the interpretation is poor. I hated the second movie (with Downey Jr.) but the BBC series is fantastic simply because they've created an similair character in a modern setting. The American movies made Holmes more a a Bond figure (as mentioned) and that isn't what Sherlock Holmes is......

2) I think that the superheroes that followed the Holmesian era are their own characters but parallels couls easily be drawn between the two. Some of it could be conicidence but I think Shelrock Homes was the first real 'superhero'

3) All!! XD

4) A, simply because it means that the vistory is more interesting and encaptures the audience more (for instance, Death Note and the power plays between L and Light)

5) Basil Rathbone or Benedict Cumberbatch

6) Sherlock, of course.
FilmmakerJ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am a very big fan of Sherlock Holmes.

Strangely I'm not as much of a fan of the books, though I have read "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Hound of Baskervilles." I much prefer the style and variety that the movie adaptations have had.

Out of all the versions and actors I have seen, I think I most enjoy Basil Rathbone as Holmes. He has the face and nose, signature to the early artwork featured in the books, but he also has a bit more humanity and friendliness as opposed to his (possibly more true to the character) distant, non-personal, and sometimes rude attitude in the latest "Sherlock" series or other adaptations. Also, Basil Rathbone is the one actors who has played Sherlock more times theatrically than any other person. Although Jeremy Brett did play Sherlock the most in his television career.

Suprisingly, I have yet to add any of the Sherlock movies, except for the Robert Downey film, into my DVD/Blu-ray collection. But eventually I will be enjoying the Rathbone films once again.
NekoChanMaasta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I apologise in advance, this is going to be very rambly

1- It depends on the character, the story, and the actor portraying them. Some people make good Sherlocks, some are not so good - the same with all great detectives and characters that stand throughout time. Doctor who for example, as a character has changed very much, and yet in the continuity of the show, is always the same man. Most people have a favourite doctor and all have preferences, but all in all, the Doctor is the prime example of a good transition. Same man, same story, all that changes is the presentation.
As for Holmes, though I have only seen 3 incarnations of him, I liked two of them. The one I did not like was Downy Jr as he did not give off that sense of being 'English' (mostly because he was American and saw the character from an American viewpoint). Don't get me wrong, the film I saw (the first one) was a brilliant story, with brilliant acting, but it just wasn't 'Holmes'. If they had come up with a different name and marketed him as a new character, it could have made the next great film series, but the fact it was branded as 'Holmes' sort of killed it in my opinion.

2-I don't think Holmes had much influence over comic book characters, particularly super heroes. The Doctor maybe, but Holmes not so much. Maybe some detective characters, but not superheroes.

3-Sadly, I have read very few and remember even less, my memory is quite poor when not applied correctly. I can only recall reading the speckled band, but I know many of the storylines and what Holmes' character was like.

4-It depends entirely on the character, the setting, the storyline and most importantly the tone of the story. In a detective/mystery style story, intellect is usually the best, although physical victory can work well too (a swordfight for instance, as in Professor layton). If the storyline has been more action based, again, either ending can work, a fight to the finish or a clever solution (I'm thinking more on the lines of Doctor who with this one). If the tone is somewhat slapstick, action is almost always the way out, be it serious or yet more slapstick (this time I'm thinking One Piece). Another one that can sometimes be good in a non-serious story is a deus or diabolus ex machina - something comes from no where and finishes the villain or reveals the truth, stealing the hero's glory end ending the story in a comedic way.

5-Of the few I have seen, Jeremy Brett is my favourite as 'The' Sherlock Holmes. I like Benedict Cumberbatch a lot as well, but his stories are in a modern setting and only based on the original stories. Jeremy Brett is my favourite for acting the original stories.

6-I thought this was about Sherlock Holmes. If I had known there were to be questions on modern stuff I have ignored I would have spent 35 more seconds considering whether to post or not. Any way, the answer is that it depends on which Holmes.
Jeremy's version would talk the mass effect person into helping him and thus they would both live on.
Benedict's version would do the same, and double cross her at the end or mislead her so he could get ahead of the game.
Robert's version however, would fail to do so and thus attempt to win in combat and fail miserably.
However, if the Doctor were present, again depending on the versions, most likely either work either work with Holmes or come out on top.
GalaxyDestroyer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I prefer the hero doesnt solve the problem he was faced with and is brutally beaten or is killed off sorry if that sounds morbid but I like tragedies
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