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Full Name: William Sherlock Holmes
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Relatives: Scott Holmes (father), Violet Holmes (mother), Mycroft Holmes (brother), Charlotte Holmes (sister)
Nationality: American
Occupation: Private Investigator
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Base of Operations: New York City, New York

History: William Sherlock Holmes was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. His father, Scott Holmes, is an architect and former U.S. Army engineer officer. His mother, Violet Mycroft-Holmes, is a violinist descended from the French painter Claude Joseph Vernet. Always called by his middle name, Holmes was something of a loner as a child and would often enjoy the serene solitude of playing a violin while alone (a character trait he picked up from his mother). He was also never especially close to his older brother, Mycroft, or his older sister, Charlotte.

A child prodigy, Holmes graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and went on to Princeton University. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. To follow in the tradition of his father, Holmes enlisted in the United States Army as an officer candidate. However, rather than become an engineer officer, he decided to become an intelligence officer.

After basic training, Holmes went on to Officer Candidate School. Upon graduating from OCS with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he went on to the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. Afterwards, Holmes was assigned as an all-source intelligence officer to the 297th Military Intelligence Battalion.

A unique man with a mind like a racing engine, his mind would tear itself to pieces without problems to solve and the more bizarre and baffling the problems the better. Eventually, Holmes decided he would be more suited for counterintelligence work. He subsequently attended the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course and was later assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion as a counterintelligence detachment commander. In that capacity, Holmes honed his ability to deduce information from the smallest details.

With numerous commendations, he left the Army after ten years of distinguished service. Holmes then moved to New York City and obtained a private investigator license. A little while later, he was hired by a Manhattan-based private investigation firm. Soon after, Holmes befriended Dr. John Watson, a forensic psychologist who occasionally did consulting work for the firm.

He later left the firm and set up his own solo private investigation practice. Holmes has since become New York's most noted and esteemed private investigator and is regularly hired as a consultant by the New York City Police Department in order to help solve some of the most complex mysteries. He has set himself up as the world's only "consulting detective", whom the police grudgingly accept as their superior.

Aided by Dr. Watson, his trusted ally, he is unequaled in his pursuit of criminals of every stripe, whether relying on his singular powers of observation, his remarkable deductive skills, or the blunt force of his fists. With fighting skills as powerful as his famous intellect, Holmes employs his own unique methods to get to the heart of a case, traveling where no one else would think to go to find what others cannot see.

Besides his brilliant power of deduction, observation, and inference, he is infamous for bending the truth and breaking the law if it is needed to discover the truth. Holmes takes cases that interest him and are usually horrific and brutal crimes. He also tends to take on cases that involve superstition. During the case, Holmes often keeps his thoughts to himself and explains all of his deductions at once at the end. This deductive reasoning also allows him to accurately figure out a person's past and present status.

Holmes is an inspired maker of connections and a whirlwind genius. But he has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from becoming emotionally involved in his cases. With Sherlock Holmes, the case always comes first and his dedication is both a blessing and a curse for him and for the few people he allows to get close to him.

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Sherlock Holmes possesses the normal strength level of a man of his size, height and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

Skills: Sherlock Holmes has a vast knowledge of a variety of subjects, both practical and theoretical, common and esoteric. He possesses a genius-level intelligence and supremely analytical mind. With a profound aptitude for deductive reasoning, upon meeting a person, Holmes will often "scan" them, using elements of their appearance to arrive at astonishingly accurate conclusions about their past or personality. He is also highly athletic, and possesses a great deal of training in a variety of martial arts, particularly Muay Thai, Kenpō, Gōjū-ryū, and the balisong butterfly knife.

Personality: Sherlock Holmes is a man of two personalities. When there is no problem to solve that occupies his time and faculties, he is often silent and moody, shunning the company of his fellow man, and pining away on his violin. When a problem worthy of his attention presents itself, Holmes immediately becomes active, energetic and engaged. He finds it difficult to make trivial conversation, and has few friends, although those he has he is fanatically loyal to. Holmes usually alternates between the hyperactivity of a case and the lethargy of mental inactivity, and between a "proper gentleman" and a distinctly Bohemian lifestyle. He has no illusions about his gift for the arts of detection and inductive reasoning. At the same time, Holmes is no stranger to humility, and will freely admit when he is off track or erroneous in his conclusions.

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