Marcus Bell/Joan Watson

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Pairing: Marcus Bell/Joan Watson
Alternative name(s): Joanbell
Gender category: M/F, Het
Fandom: Elementary
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Rare
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Marcus Bell/Joan Watson, more commonly referred to as Joanbell, is a rare pairing in the Elementary fandom.


cezura says "this is literally one of the most romantic camera shots i’ve seen on this show"

Marcus Bell and Joan Watson are both main characters on Elementary, and they often interact on-screen as part of their detective work. Over the course of the show they have gone from being professional colleagues to being friends who joke and take care of each other. At one point Joan cooked food for Marcus while he was recovering from an injury; at another point Marcus complimented the way Joan wore a bulletproof vest. Joan often wears her hair in a ponytail when she meets with Marcus; this is relevant to shippers because in an early episode Sherlock told Joan that she wears her hair up when she wants to be attractive to potential romantic interests.


2014 Elementary Confessions submission: "I ship Joanbell. I hope Joan's Mary is a Marcus. They seem so perfect for each other, both hardworking and dedicated. They are such good people, I just want them to be happy."

There have been people shipping this pairing from the show's beginning, but it received a boost in popularity during season two, particularly after Joan & Sherlock's relationship got rockier and Marcus got injured.

Tropes & Fanon

  • Age Difference: Many fanworks assume that Joan's and Marcus's ages are roughly the same as their actors' ages, and thus explore the age difference between them. (For example, Shaving by venusinthenight, 2014)
  • Disability Fic: Many fanworks explore a relationship between the two of them in the wake of Marcus's injury. (For example, Foundations by sanguinity, 2014)
  • Running Buddies: Many fanworks show Joan and Marcus becoming running partners. (For example, Jogging by rubberglue, 2014)

JoanBell Fest

On 14 May 2014, fyjoanbell announced they would be hosting the first Joanbell Fest, titled The Detective and the Consultant. Prompting took place from 16-23 May; prompts were be revealed 1 June and fans began work on answering the prompts during that month; 1-7 July were be seven days of Joanbell, when the posting took place. Any type of fanwork (fic, art, graphics, meta, etc.) was welcome.[1] Over the course of the week, eight people posted 23 fanworks, predominantly fanfic; the masterpost of fanworks can be found here.

Example Fanworks


Fan Art

Other Fanworks

Archives & Communities


  1. ^ The Detective and the Consultant fest rules, accessed 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ Sidebar text, as displayed on 17 May 2014.