Variations on Sherlock Holmes

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The Sherlock Holmes stories have been adapted into many different forms over the years. Because the original stories feature a predominantly white male cast, many adaptations assign a different gender, race, sexuality, species, or setting to the Great Detective. This is one way to unite the original stories with the incredible diversity of the community that loves them. Below you will find an incomplete list of published works featuring sleuths inspired by Sherlock Holmes, organized to celebrate their differences from the original. Please contact us if you know of any media that should be added to the list!


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Long Chau: A detective inspired by Holmes and a spaceship inspired by Watson feature in Aliette de Bodard’s The Tea Master and the Detective.
Sara Holmes: Set in a dystopian future, Sara Holmes and Janet Watson, two black queer women, investigate murders of veterans from the New Civil War in The Janet Watson Chronicles by Claire O'Dell.
Sara "Sherlock" Shelly Futaba: Along with her flatmate Dr. Wato Tachibana, Futaba solves crimes for Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police in Miss Sherlock.

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Charlotte House: Holmes and Watson as Regency women in the Charlotte House Affair series by Jennifer Petkus.
Charlotte Holmes (Brittany Cavallaro): Sherlock Holmes’ great-great-great granddaughter and Watson's great-great-great-grandson in the Charlotte Holmes series.
Shelby Holmes: Holmes and Watson as modern elementary schoolers in New York City in The Great Shelby Holmes series by Elizabeth Eulberg.
Sheridan Hume: Johnny Watt’s life is turned on end when she meets the mysterious crime-solving Hume on Herlock
Sherlock Holmes (221B: The Webseries): A comedic, domestic view of Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s life together as flatmates.
Sherlock Holmes (Baker Street): Holmes and her roommate Jane Watson solve mysteries in modern day Toronto in this web series.
Sherlock Holmes (T.L. Garrison): Holmes transfers into Watson’s high school, setting the two girls off on a mysterious adventure in The Twisted Blackmailer.
Sherlock Shellingford: Sherlock attends the Holmes Detective School with other girls named after famous detectives in the anime Tantei Opera Milky Holmes.
Shirley Holmes (My Dearly Beloved Detective): Holmes and Jane Watson fill the original duo’s shoes in the Russian film. 
Shirley Holmes (The Adventures of Shirley Holmes): The great-grandniece of Sherlock Holmes solves crimes in 90s Canada. 
Victorique de Blois: A child genius with uncanny abilities smokes a pipe and solves mysteries in a fictional European country in the manga Gosick by Kazuki Sakuraba (an anime).

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Basil: The Great Mouse Detective lives in the basement of 221B Baker Street, offering his detective services to London’s rodent world.
Sherlock Hound: Sherlock Hound (Hayao Miyazaki) is a colorful anime featuring Sherlock, Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and their various friends and enemies as dogs.

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Sherlock Holmes (Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi): Watson and Holmes is a serialized graphic novel by featuring an African-American doctor and detective solving crimes in 21st century Harlem.

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Gregory House: A Holmes-like medical genius leads a diagnostic team to solve patients’ mysterious illnesses at a teaching hospital in New Jersey in the TV show House.
Sherlock Holmes (BBC): Sherlock takes place in modern-day London, exploring the mysteries of crime and human connection with equal fervor.
Sherlock Holmes (CBS): Another take on Holmes in the modern day, Elementary is set in New York with Holmes as a recovering addict and Joan Watson as a sober companion.
Sherlock Holmes (NHK): Holmes and Watson are portrayed as puppets at an English boy’s boarding school in Sherlock Holmes Puppet Entertainment, made in Japan.
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century): An animated kids’ show featuring cyborgs, spaceships, lasers, and a descendant of Inspector LeStrad at New Scotland Yard.

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Madame Vastra: As part of the Paternoster gang, Vastra, her wife, and their alien butler solve crimes with a sci-fi twist in BBC’s Doctor Who.

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Charlotte Holmes (Hillary Bailey): Sherlock and Mycroft's sister in The Strange Adventures of Charlotte Holmes.
Charlotte Holmes (Sherry Thomas): Charlotte goes under the name of Sherlock in the Lady Sherlock series.
Enola Holmes: Nancy Springer imagines what would happen if Sherlock and Mycroft had a younger sister in her Enola Holmes series.
Lady Crystal Margaret Hope: Sherlock Holmes’ 10 year old niece is inspired by her uncle to investigate mysteries in Victorian London in the Young Miss Holmes manga series.
Lady Natasha Dorrington: Lady Natasha (Tasha) Dorrington takes up the deerstalker and cape in Lady Sherlock by Brooks Wachtel.
Lucy Harker: Cynthia Ward writes about Sherlock Holmes’ stepniece in The Adventure of the Incognita Countess.
Lucy Holmes: Holmes has actually been a woman all along, living as a man to pursue her detection career in Margaret Park Bridges’ My Dear Watson.

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Auguste Lupa: The son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler solves crimes (and possibly grows up to be Nero Wolfe) in the Auguste Lupa Mystery duology by John Lescroart.
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone): 14 films, ranging from versions of Doyle’s stories to original adventures, were made starring Rathbone in the 1940s.
Sherlock Holmes (Granada): Jeremy Brett stars in this famous TV adaptation, known for its loyalty to the original stories.
Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie): This series of films features Robert Downey Junior as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson in a colorful Victorian England.
Sherlock Holmes (William Gillette): The first portrayal of Holmes on stage, Sherlock Holmes: The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner, was co-written by Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle.