- This article is for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character. For other versions of the character see Versions of Mycroft Holmes.
| Mycroft Holmes |
|Occupation||Government Worker (occasionally the British government)|
|Family||Sherlock Holmes, younger brother|
|Behind the scenes|
|Appearances|| The Greek Interpreter|
The Final Problem
The Bruce-Partington Plans
Mycroft Holmes is the older brother of Sherlock Holmes. He possesses greater powers of observation and deduction compared to his younger brother; however, he lacks the energy to put them in the same way as his brother.
- "...he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points..."
- ―Sherlock Holmes, speaking to Watson about his brother in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter"
Mycroft Holmes possess greater powers of deductive reasoning compared to his brother, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock has even stated that Mycroft possesses in a larger degree a faculty of observation and peculiar facility for deduction than him. He is unwilling, however, to put physical effort behind these powers. It is implied that he lacks practicality. Mycroft occupies an unspecified role in the British government. In (The Greek Interpreter), his brother stated that Mycroft audits books for certain government departments; however, his true role is hinted as to be more substantial and influential.
Mycroft also spends large amounts of time at the Diogenes Club.
Mycroft Holmes is seven years older than Sherlock.
Mycroft Holmes was a much larger and stouter man than Sherlock. His body was absolutely corpulent, but his face, though massive, had preserved something of the sharpness of expression which was so remarkable in that of his brother. His eyes, which were of a peculiarly light, watery gray, seemed to always retain that far-away, introspective look which Sherlock only possess when he was exerting his full powers (The Greek Interpreter). He has a head so masterful in its brow, so alert in its steel-gray, deep-set eyes, so firm in its lips, and so subtle in its play of expression, that after the first glance one forgot the gross body and remembered only the dominant mind (The Bruce-Partington Plans).
Mycroft Holmes appears or is mentioned in the following adventures:
- The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
- The Final Problem
- The Adventure of the Empty House (mentioned)
- The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
Mycroft Holmes is portrayed by various actors: