The BBC’s Sherlock saw Holmes and Moriarty in a constant battle for their wits, but in the end who was the smartest: the detective or the criminal?

Sherlock saw a constant battle between the title character and his greatest enemy, Jim Moriarty, but who was the smartest between them? Sherlock Holmes, who was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, made his debut in A Study in Scarlet in 1887 and quickly built a huge following that didn’t even let him die The Great Detective appeared in a total of 56 short stories and four novels of all kinds covered by mysteries, with Sherlock Holmes always being supported by his friend and partner Dr John Watson

One of the most beloved and beloved characters in literature, Sherlock Holmes has been adapted to all types of media for over 100 years, with recent adaptations reviving interest in the source material including the BBC’s Sherlock, that of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat was created and is directed by Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (John Watson) The series brought Conan Doyle’s characters to the modern world and didn’t forget some of the most memorable characters from the books, including the detective’s greatest enemy, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott)

Moriarty made his first appearance on Sherlock in the season one finale, “The Great Game,” where he posed as Molly’s (allegedly gay, according to Sherlock) new boyfriend before revealing his true identity and plans at the end of the episode After that, Moriarty became a huge presence on the series, serving as an “advisory criminal” and developing an obsession with Sherlock, whom he attempted to destroy in the season two finale, “The Reichenbach Fall” Moriarty had an elaborate plan to end Sherlock’s reputation and urge him to commit suicide in order to save those closest to him.While Moriarty’s plan was impressive and Sherlock seemed to have no other choice, he realized that there was another way out existed as long as Moriarty lived, so Moriarty killed himself so Sherlock had to do the same

This begged the question of who was the smartest genius between these two, since Moriarty is described as the vicious counterpart of Sherlock and his intelligence matches that of the famous detective, however Sherlock managed to outsmart him and even fake his death, which Moriarty definitely wasn’t counting on In the source material, Moriarty and Sherlock are intellectually the same, but on the show it might depend on the audience’s perspective While some argue that Sherlock was intellectually superior to Moriarty simply because he could fake his death without Moriarty at all suspected and Eurus could have been the real thought leader behind many of Moriarty’s plans, others believe that Moriarty was the most intelligent of the two and Sherlock outwitted him because he had the help of his brother Mycroft

Perhaps for years this discussion has resulted in Sherlock and Moriarty using their intelligence and skills in opposing ways: while Sherlock is more organized and methodical, Moriarty was all about chaos, and he had the benefit of being one step ahead of the world Sherlock and Moriarty’s intelligence on the same level has made their rivalry so interesting, but this has inevitably changed with every adaptation of the characters, depending on the narrative the writers are looking for, and in Sherlock’s case they might have been just as smart But they had different opportunities to use their extraordinary abilities

Adrienne Tyler is a feature writer for Screen Rant.She is an audiovisual communications graduate who wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great) Before Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE) and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest on Netfreaks Podcast.She also worked on FanSided’s BamSmackPow, and 1428 Elm Adrienne is very fond of movies and she enjoys a little bit of everything : From superhero films to heartbreaking dramas to low budget horror films. Every time she manages to get involved in a TV show without getting bored, an angel gets his wings

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