The Cossack
Cossack vs holmes
Vital statistics
Sex Male
Nationality Russian
Affiliation Professor Moriarty
Behind the scenes
Appearances Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Portrayed by Marcus Shakesheff

The Cossack is a Russian assassin. He was hired by Professor James Moriarty to kill Madame Simza Heron in London, as he suspected she knew something about her brother René's activities that might compromise his objectives.


The Cossack does not speak throughout his role in the film. He is shown to be extremely determined, striving to achieve his goal no matter what obstacles he encounters or what injuries he sustains - even after being overpowered and knocked down by Sherlock Holmes, he brushed off the injuries in a flash and continued the chase. The Cossack is alarmingly quick-thinking, and speedily creates solutions to whatever situation he finds himself.


The Cossack is fairly tall. He has brown hair, which he keeps long, and sports a beard and moustache. He wears an astrakhan fur coat and hat. Sherlock Holmes detects him because of his overpowering odor, a mixture of herring pickled in vodka mixed and his terrible body odor.


The Cossack is an extremely skilled fighter. His combat skills enable him to substantially fight on par with Sherlock Holmes, only to be repeatedly overpowered. He is also incredibly athletic, agile and flexible, capable of scaling walls, ceilings and difficult surfaces with complete lack of difficulty. The Cossack also possesses superb aim with throwing knives - his signature weapon.

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