| Mycroft Holmes |
|Family||Sherlock Holmes, younger brother|
|Appearances|| The Greek Interpreter|
The Final Problem
The Bruce-Partington Plans
Mycroft Holmes is the older brother of Sherlock Holmes. He possesses the same powers of observation as his younger brother; however, he lacks the energy to put them to the same task 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 of his brother in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter"
Mycroft Holmes possess equal, if not greater, powers of deductive reasoning as his brother, Sherlock Holmes. 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. One story used by his brother is 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 appears or is mentioned in the following adventures:
- The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
- The Final Problem
- The Adventure of the Empty House
- The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
Mycroft Holmes is portrayed by various actors: