Sebastian Moran

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This page is about the character. For the doujinshi, see Sebastian Moran (doujinshi).

Name: Sebastian Moran
Occupation: Moriarty's second in command, criminal, card shark
Title/Rank: Colonel
Location: London
Status: Alive
Relationships: James Moriarty
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
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Colonel Sebastian Moran is a character in the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is Professor James Moriarty's second in command, and Sherlock Holmes refers to Moran as "the second most dangerous man in London" after Moriarty.


Moran is the antagonist in The Empty House, which is the story that features Holmes' return after his supposed death in The Final Problem. Despite being arrested for murder at the end of the story, Moran is apparently not executed since Holmes refers to him as still being alive in The Illustrious Client, which is a story that takes place eight years later.

Moran is Moriarty's second in command. During the events of The Final Problem, Moran is with Moriarty as they follow Holmes and Watson to the continent. Moran tries to kill Holmes himself twice: during the events of The Final Problem after Moriarty's death, and again in The Empty House. In His Last Bow, Holmes names Moran as one of the men who have sworn revenge against him.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

In the Sherlock Holmes (2009) series, Moran is portrayed by Paul Anderson.

Sherlock (BBC)

In the Sherlock (BBC) series, Sebastian Moran hasn't been introduced. However, he is a very popular character in fandom and is often paired with Jim Moriarty. Many fans have a preferred/headcanon actor who portrays the character, as shown in gif sets on Tumblr and among roleplayers; common fan favorites include Michael Fassbender and Craig Parkinson. Some writers of the character reference Kim Newman's Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, which is a pastiche in which Moran is central, for more source material and inspiration for adapting the character into the BBC series. Moran is also a useful character for Jim fans for exploring other sides of Jim's character in fanfiction.

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