|Pairing:||Sherlock Holmes/Dr. John Watson|
|Alternative name(s):||Holmes/Watson, SH/JW, H/W|
|Gender category:||m/m slash|
|Prevalence:||Most popular pairing in Sherlock Holmes fandom.|
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The relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson is the most popular pairing in Sherlock Holmes fandom. Fannish interest in the pairing has increased recently following the Sherlock Holmes 2009 film and the BBC's 2010 TV series Sherlock.
Speculation that Doyle's Holmes was gay or bisexual has been rampant for many decades. Thomas Bragg's thesis "A Mere Appendix: The Reclaiming and Desexing of Sherlock Holmes" (Univ. of Florida, 2004) makes an interesting circumstantial case for Doyle's Holmes as an aesthete of ambiguous sexuality, then later as a more "masculine" and unemotional character.
One of the major sub-plots of the 2009 film is that Holmes wants to stop Watson from getting married and from moving out of 221B. (Something about the homoerotic subtext, and wasn't there something else about RDJ insinuating that he played Holmes as gay?)
BBC TV Series
- Main article: Sherlock/John
The Sherlock (BBC) TV series somewhat toys with the possibility of a romantic relationship between Sherlock and John; notably, there is a dinner conversation where Sherlock thinks John is coming on to him, so Sherlock gently explains that he is "married to his work"; a number of other characters assume that the two are a couple, such as Mrs. Hudson thinking that they might share a bedroom.
There is an archive of Holmes/Watson slash called Sacrilege! (founded in 1998 and still being updated) which features a number of stories by various authors, including what ship manifesto refers to as the classic H/W slash story: Irene Adler's Absurdly Simple.
- Dr. Watson's Inner Monologue by elina-elsu and harrietkaarre: Comic art with a story.
- Art by Spacefall.
- Your Mistake by Diana Williams (Jeremy Brett version)
- Whole New Way by mresundance - A meta pairing vid with H/W in three incarnations: BBCverse, the 2009 film, and the original Sherlock Holmes by Doyle.
- more examples on the Sherlock/John page
General Sherlock Holmes slash: