Moriarty, real name unknown, known by the name of his deceased adoptive brother William James Moriarty (ウィリアム・ジェームズ・モリアーティ, Wiriamu Jēmuzu Moriāti), is the main character of Moriarty the Patriot. His arch nemesis is Sherlock Holmes. He is a Professor of Mathematics and Crime Consultant.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
William is a pale-skinned, lean young man with blonde, stringy hair that is medium in length with long side bangs and a prolonged side-fringe. His eyes can be described as somewhat 'expressive'. But his facial expression is almost unintelligible. He has a handsome appearance, and has been told he looks better when he smiles.
For clothing, he wears a brown, three-piece suit with a red tie and a golden pocket watch. In some scenes he is seen wearing a top hat and holding a cane.
Young Appearance[edit | edit source]
As a child, when Moriarty lived in the orphanage, he donned a faded maroon-purple scarf, beige trousers, and a white dress shirt underneath a light brown coat. When Albert took him in, however, he changed to an all-black suit with a red necktie, and a black top hat in public.
Personality[edit | edit source]
William is highly intelligent and quite knowledgeable. As a child, his intelligence was said to be 'enough to leave even the adults speechless'. He has a natural talent to grasp everything . He likes reading books and is very good at mind games such as chess or cards.
Even at a young age he would read lots of books, using his knowledge to help others. Along with being sharp witted, he is curious about his surroundings which often led him to situation unusual for him. He is a mathematics prodigy and excelled in it at a very young age of 16. It’s said that he worked in a library where he learned to read and write along with his brother before coming to the orphanage he stayed until being adopted. There, he was a loving figure to everyone, for other kids and adults loved talking with him. He would teach the kids many things and consult the adults in need, that way, he would be payed with food or money so he didn't resort to stealing in order to feed himself and his brother. After Albert’s proposal, he decided to move into Moriarty household only for his sick brother.
After the time skip, he has grown up to be an elegant and gentleman, a head-to-toe perfect noble. He is quite charismatic, as he can easily associate with anyone, regardless nobles or commoners. His professional mannerism is one of the reasons why people trust him too easily. He has a way with his words and is very good at seeing through lies. His gentle persona is something that everyone loves.
But beneath that gentle demeanor, he is a calculating man with no emotion. That mask is something he wears to hide his true self. Inside his shell, he’s a cunning, cruel and ruthless person. He can't easily trust anyone, for, he thinks no one in the world is selfless. But he’s reliable to anyone close to him and tries not to let them down. He hates to be in debt. He has a keen observation, which helps him to see through people’s real intention. He doesn't like it when people brags. He’s a person with no morals or ethics who’d even dirty his hands if necessary. While he’s a crack shot with anything he puts his hands to, he prefers not to dirty his own hands if at all possible, but will do dirtier jobs for achieving his goal perfectly. He’s very manipulative and persuasive character. He prefers not to do things himself, especially when others are so easily manipulated. To him, everyone is a part of the game he’s playing. He is extremely confident and is a terrific strategist, coming up with long-run schemes to subdue his targets and gather information. Although they are very thought out plans, he does not credit himself for most of what he has done. He never reveals his true intentions, not even to his teammates until the right time. He has complete confidence no matter what type of situation he is dealing with, be it cases or simply bad situations he created in the first place. He’s very good at hiding his tracks and commits every crime perfectly. He’s a high level criminal mastermind. He likes to control everything from behind rather than executing it directly. He is extremely brutal and methodical, setting up traps to catch his targets alive to brutally kill them. He is sometimes arrogant and looks down at them who are not of his level, although it’s no something he shows outside. He’s very prideful and usually very impatient if someone hits him intellectually or egoistically, so much that he would retaliate him almost in the same way but politely. He can be sarcastic to his quarries, often with a sinister face. Seeing how the asymmetry of the hierarchical society that differentiates the aristocrat and the commoner and creates a wall between them resulting in nobles extorting the poor since childhood, he aimed to abolish the class system of Britain and create an ideal world where every person is equal which led him to resort to dirty means to achieve his goals.
Strangely enough, he never carried out his ultimate goal for anyone but to satisfy himself. Those warped beliefs of his reveals a truly dark abyss that William has and believing he could fill it and find a reason worth living for if he were to choose the bright side of world rather than groping in the darkness alone. That’s why he chose to avenge the subjugated ones by shading the blood of those filthy nobles even though good and evil mean little to him. At the end of the day, he is nothing more than an indifferent, lonely and despaired person who is so tired of living that he wants to die. But after meeting Sherlock, he realized he never wanted that all along. He felt that he’s just desperate to have someone to acknowledge him, and Sherlock being that someone, he wanted to be his friend. In fact he always wanted a normal life, but realizing that he has come so far that he can’t even go back to the same place again, he felt helpless and frustrated. It’s shown that at the climax, he’s mentality was totally destroyed and he was going under a lot of stress, partially because of the guilt of the murders that he committed was intensifying in him.
Deep down, he’s much kinder and humane who can’t ignore anyone whoever is in need. He’s a bit reticent, not very expressive and sensitive. Nonetheless, he does care for his teammates and watches out for them. Sometimes, he’s even confused about what he feels towards his close ones. Even to those for whom he truly cares for, he’s never able to express his true feelings. Constantly, he’s afraid that he’ll lose control over himself. It’s said that using his brain often tires him out. Usually, he’s a bit childish and easily satisfied. He can also be a bit clumsy at times.
Biography[edit | edit source]
The boy who would come to be known as "Moriarty" lived in an orphanage with his sick brother Louis. With his immense intelligence and charisma he would help people and acted as a leader of sorts to the other children. He eventually met the eldest Moriarty child Albert James Moriarty, who would often visit the orphanage to help the children. After Albert found out about Moriarty's future goal - to make everyone in Britain equal - he promised him all of his power and had his father adopt him and Louis.
Alongside Louis and Albert, Moriarty critically wounded his other adoptive brother William James Moriarty before burning him to death along with the rest of the Moriarty household, with Moriarty proceeding to take his name as his own.
Years later, he became a mathematician professor and secretly worked on his plan. He assembled a small group consisting of his brother Louis, Albert, Sebastian Moran and Fred Porlock, and started punishing evil nobles for their crimes against lower society people. He would often set the events and give the people a chance for them to avenge and kill the rich person. He then made a larger plan that would disturb the whole of Britain. As soon as Sherlock Holmes appeared, he set up a crime scene for him to solve in order to test him out - if he would do anything to solve the crime, or remain true to his beliefs.
At some point further on in the story, Moriarty faced his nemesis Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, calling the detective a demon. Eventually, Moriarty decided to jump to his death by himself, but Holmes caught him at the final moment, thus showing that he felt affection towards The Lord of Crime. In the end, both of them fall into the void while holding each other, leaving their fate unknown.
Origin[edit | edit source]
Moriarty is based off his incarnation in the original Sherlock Holmes by the British author Sir Conan Doyle, Professor Moriarty is undoubtedly the most recognisable of Holmes' foes, though he only appears in about two of the sixty Sherlock Holmes stories, with mentions in five others.