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Brilliant, aloof and almost entirely lacking in social graces, Sherlock is the world's only consulting detective. He has a mind like a 'racing engine', and without complicated crimes to crack, that mind will tear itself to pieces. The police grudgingly acknowledge him as their superior because he's good. Genius, in fact.
Dr John Watson
Injured in service in Afghanistan, ex army doctor John is brave, resourceful and ever practical – traits that serve him well as Sherlock’s crime-cracking sidekick. Although often infuriated by Holmes’ cold and detached manner, John is grateful to the great detective for giving him a new lease of life.
Mycroft is Sherlock's loathsome, uptight and competitive big bro – but there's no real brotherly love, either way. As a VIP within the British government, he sometimes calls on Sherlock to assist in matters that threaten national security, despite being rather irked by his genius sibling’s unconventional line of work and lifestyle.
Lestrade is Scotland Yard’s best talent, but he knows that Sherlock is way better. World-weary with a dry sense of humour, he is the only member of the police force who Sherlock has any respect for. And he's not afraid to risk the ridicule of his colleagues by asking Sherlock to help crack a case.
Mrs Hudson is Sherlock and John's landlady... not their housekeeper! Sherlock won her loyalty after assuring her that her husband was executed for an unknown crime in Florida. Mrs Hudson takes all of the shenanigans that play out at 221B Baker Street in her stride. She is very fond of crime-busting boys, and they love her right back.
As a morgue lab technician at St Bartholomew's Hospital, Molly is far more comfortable with the dead than the living. But don't mistake her lack of social skills for a lack of intelligence – she's mighty good at her job and, in some ways, far more perceptive about the real Sherlock than he is himself. She also has a crush on Holmes, which he uses to his advantage.