“Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?”

“From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty,” said Holmes coldly.

—  Holmes’ perspective on Irene Adler compared with that of the King of Bohemia, A Scandal in Bohemia
  • Sherlock Holmes Adaptations: Sherlock Holmes is clean and respectable; the epitome of a British gentleman. He is STERN and STOIC and NEVER JOKES ABOUT ANYTHING
  • Canon Sherlock Holmes: *is an angry college dropout who lives in a pile of his own trash*
  • Canon Sherlock Holmes: *spends 90% of any given story screwing with everyone*
  • Canon Sherlock Holmes: *almost starts crying because Lestrade was nice to him*

“Now, Watson, I want you to do something for me.”

“I am here to be used, Holmes.”

“Well, then, spend the next twenty-four hours in an intensive study of Chinese pottery.”

He gave no explanations and I asked for none. By long experience I had learned the wisdom of obedience.

—  Holmes and Watson, The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
It was worth a wound - it was worth many wounds - to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.
—  The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Three Garridebs

[Sherlock] Over the course of the 80 years of his derring-do, the Midnight Ranger has died 5 times. It occurred to me that our Ranger might have been killed by an obsessed fan attempting to recreate a particular death.

[Joan] And?

[Sherlock] Unfortunately, the deaths in the comics involve being sent back in time, buried deep underground, made microscopic, impersonated by an alien, and…

Holmes’s and Watson’s pet names

(How Holmes and Watson call each other)

Watson’s for Holmes

“My dear Holmes”: 16 times

“My companion”: over a hundred times (I’m refusing to count any further)

Holmes’s for Watson

“My dear Watson”: 94 times 

“My dear boy”: two times (this means exactly what it sounds like)

“My boy”: nine times 

“My dear doctor”: two times

“My Watson”: three times

There is an awful lot of possessive pronouns here, if you start to think about it…

Could they appear more married if they tried??