The ideal Holmes is tall and dark with sharp edges and an intelligent look to him, but also posh and with a sense that you could fold him into origami if you really tried. Dresses well, but wouldnt look out of place sprawled dramatically over a couch in a dressing gown with a pipe and surrounded by drug paraphernalia. Once made a pillow fort and sat in it to think. Caught somewhere between handsome, pretty, and weird looking. Emphasis can be on any of the three. CANNOT have facial hair.
There have been countless adaptations and references to Sherlock Holmes over the years. But do any of them live up to the iconic detective's legacy? Well, probably. But I don't care about that. What I'm here to discuss is whether they look the part.
Get out of my house.
Skylar Holmes from Blossom Detective certainly feels like she should be on the other side of this list, but a Holmes she is.
She's cute and she accessorizes well but she's just not Sherlock Holmes by any stretch.
Now, I've only watched a little bit of Elementary because I'm morally opposed to shows that only gender-flip half of the duo, but he's not bad per-se.
But, like, this is just some dude. This isn't Holmes.
Aw, look how cute she is! Sherlock Shellingford from Milky Holmes, present and accounted for. Now, this is just an objectively good design. She's exactly what she needs to be!
And that isn't Sherlock Holmes. Sorry.
I would never look at this design and think "well, that's Sherlock Holmes". Heinwald looks more like a zombie or the bride of Frankenstein, very Halloween. His look being so specific does come at the expense of his Holmesness, but he's still got more than a few traits down.
The long hair is an unorthodox take, but I'm certainly not complaining. Yuukoku no Moriarty's Holmes definitely nails the youthful scientific exuberance of an early Holmes. It's clear they were going for a sort of BBC/ACD mix, but with their own spin. Pretty decent, better than most anime Holmes designs manage.