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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century was an animated television series, running from September 1999 to July 2001. A total of 26 episodes in two seasons. Hundreds of years after the Great Detective's time, a female Lestrade of New London's Scotland Yard discovers that a Mad Scientist has created a clone of the infamous Professor Moriarty from cells taken from his frozen corpse at Reichenbach Falls. Using the latest technology, she has the well-preserved body of the Sherlock Holmes rejuvenated and reanimated to help her foil the plans of what they initially believe to simply be a Moriarty-obsessed madman.

After about half an episode of being disoriented and disadvantaged by being three hundred years out of his own time, Holmes settles down, moves into a Holmes museum recreation of his old apartment, and the game is, once again, afoot.

In addition to Lestrade, Holmes is ably assisted by a new Watson, Lestrade's robotic partner who adopts his predecessor's personality and mannerisms after downloading Watson's collected writings. He soon gains a Latex Perfection mask giving him Watson's superficial appearance. Holmes also adopts a new team of Irregulars (with no mention made of Wiggins' name coinciding with the original Irregular leader).

Each episode was Suggested By a story from the canon, though the extent of the resemblance varies widely: some stories are translated closely, simply transposing the characters to a new setting ("Silver Blaze" with asteroid racing craft, rather than racehorses) while others take little more than names and some concepts ("The Hounds of the Baskervilles" is about "werewolves" on a lunar colony). Most of the stories were, however, rewritten to make Moriarty the ultimate culprit (usually as The Man Behind the Man).

Not to be confused with Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century.

Tropes used in Sherlock Holmes in The Twenty Second Century include:


 Lestrade: Welcome to the 22th century, Holmes!

Holmes: Huh

 Moriarty: "I'll merely use the Mazarin chip to turn this room into a transporter and beam us out."

Fenwick: (gasp) "Brilliant!"

Moriarty: "I was kidding. Idiot. You obviously haven't watched the classics."

 Lestrade: Never cuff a cop with her own cuffs. She might know how to get out of them.

  • Smug Snake: Moriarty after having trapped the Power Trio in a not-so-virtual cage.
  • Sonic Stunner: Ionizers, which are typically used as stun weapons.
  • Sour Supporter: Grayson of Lestrade and Holmes, Lestrade of the Irregulars up until the second season.
  • Status Quo Is God: After the third episode, except for some character development that does nothing to change the end results of each episode.
  • Strapped to An Operating Table: With invisible restraints. Considering that Holmes is the one strapped down, it's a bit scary.
  • Suggested By
  • Surrounded by Incompetence: Moriarty, in “The Secret Safe.”
    • He really ought to be saying this all the time.
  • Take a Third Option: Holmes is a master at this, especially when Moriarty's the one holding the gun to his head.
  • Taking You with Me: Seems to be Moriarty's preferred method of trying to get rid of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Take Over the World: Being an adventure cartoon, this trope is a given. However, with Moriarty as the would-be conqueror, the schemes tend to be rather more complex than your average villain.
  • Take That: The Blue Carbuncle is reworked as a Take That against Tickle-Me-Elmo, Furby, and other Christmas fads of the late '90s.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Moriarty. Almost as a hobby.
  • Three Amigos: The Irregulars, long before Holmes hired them.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Moriarty gets very tough and hands-on in his schemes.
  • Took a Level In Kindness: Holmes is noticeably softer in the show, when compared to his younger self in the Sherlockian canon.
  • Tranquil Fury: Contrast Holmes's anger with Moriarty's.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: "The Five Orange Pips."
  • Two Guys and a Girl: See Power Trio.
    • Also the Irregulars: Wiggins, Tennyson, and Deidre.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Zed," favored by Lestrade.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Moriarty at the climax of "Musgrave Ritual".
  • We Will Meet Again: Moriarty always comes back, no matter how hard Holmes pounds him.
  • Will They or Won't They?: For all the amusing chemistry between Holmes and Lestrade, the question of their relationship is left as open-ended as the matter of Moriarty still at large.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Criminals, especially Moriarty and Fenwick, don't hesitate attack Lestrade. Her belligerence probably encourages them.
  • You Have Failed Me: Averted. For all the times that Fenwick botches things, Moriarty still keeps him around. Given Moriarty's need for perfection, one must wonder why...
  • Zeerust: Although some characters are clothed in more contemporary-looking apparel, not everyone is, and the architecture and some of the technology definitely fits the trope.
  • Zoot: Fenwick says this a few times, most notably in "Mazarin Chip."
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