Ever wonder what happens when you force an avid, artistic, and active Fandom to sit for years without new content?
Madness and memes. So. Many. Memes.
Sherlock’s rabid fans had to wait years between seasons. The result?
BBC’s Sherlock made history with its memes. One got big enough to be mentioned in BBC Sherlock’s canon content.
One started a widespread social movement inspiring graffiti, t-shirts, and role-play that harkens back to a rumor from the 1800s.
One was acted out on The Graham Norton Show by Benedict Cumberbatch himself.
One prompted a fan holiday wrapped entirely around an art exchange!
Officially, the series is done – maybe. Depending on who you ask and on which day, the series is completely wrapped or the creators are just waiting for the right enticement to come back.
It’s anybody’s guess.
So instead of hungering for a new serving of Sherlock, we’re diving deep into the Fandom’s history to give you these
Let us know in the comments whether they’ve satisfied your cravings or merely whet your appetite for more.
This is one of the major Sherlock fanfiction tropes: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are constantly squabbling about milk.
It was sparked by a few lines of dialogue from the show, grew into a firestorm of milk-based memes, and was then featured on BBC’s Sherlock website, thescienceofdeduction.co.uk!
Fans who checked the websites and read the comment threads were treated to the show’s first meta-meme-reference which included snarky comments about…you guessed it, more milk!
Want to find out everything Sherlock milk related? It’ll be our pleasure.
Inspired by a single line of humorous dialogue in the show, this dismissive response managed to become widespread enough to become a mainstream English phrase, entirely divorced from its source in the Sherlock Fandom!
Originally sourced from a single piece of fan art that went viral, this meme – depicting Sherlock as an otter- became widely popular as an adorable way to depict Sherlock without stepping on any copyright.
Remember how we said one of these memes was acted out by Benedict Cumberbatch on the Graham Norton show?
That’s this one!
Want the full low-down? With pleasure.
A fan response to the Otter!Sherlock meme (we told you that one was popular!), this meme bloomed in its own right to take over the Fandom.
The foundation for Dragonlock emerged when the news broke in 2010 that Martin Freeman (John Watson) would be starring as Bilbo Baggins in the highly-anticipated film adaptations of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Since then, it has inspired an entire world of fanfiction and fanart, slowly developing its own rules and culture within the Fandom!
Read our article to learn how Martin Freeman’s feet are involved!
Remember when we said that one of these memes started a widespread social movement?
That’s this one… 10,000 people freaked out!
Sherlock Holmes is depicted as a shark throughout the Fandom, in fan art, fanfiction, and more.
Here’s the weird thing: almost no one – if anyone – knows where it first came from! But it might have inspired a children’s book series!
On January 16th, 2014, a Reddit user named Mikejohnno uploaded an image from BBC’s behind-the-scenes footage of the season three premiere to the r/photoshopbattles subreddit.
An exploitable image + the Sherlock fandom can only mean one thing: a massive explosion of fan art and the birth of a meme.
You’ll find images of Sherlock falling into anything, from punk rock shows to baseball games.
This meme was born long before BBC ever made the show Sherlock. The more interesting this is actually why John doesn’t have a mustache.
This meme was born from a single character clothing decision that the Sherlock Fandom latched onto like a kitten with string. It’s the most wholesome meme in the Fanverse!
This meme was born from Sherlock’s mysterious power to look perfectly groomed even in moments of emergency or incredible-hair-trauma.
Fan artists provided an answer in the form of the emergency comb!
This meme was born from a webcomic and grew to one of the most widely-spread memes in Fandom history!
Find out more about where this meme came from and how far it went. Spoiler Alert – the meme made it all the way onto the movie The Hobbit!
Now this one gets a liiiiittle NSFW, ye be warned. But oh, is it worth it. Remember how we mentioned that fans started an art exchange holiday? This is it.
Red Pants Monday. And by pants… yeah we mean underwear.
That’s all of them! Well, no, it’s really not. The Sherlock community is jam packed with memes, inside jokes, and hilarity. But that’s all we can do for now: 13 of the most Hilarious (or Heartfelt) Sherlock Fanfiction Memes.
There’ll always be more to find in this dynamic Fandom and we’re thrilled to dive deep into internet history for what truly makes the Sherlock Fandom great: our beloved community and its astonishing creative spirit.
Let us know if you liked these memes! Tell us which is your favorite and what we missed!
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