Professor Moriarty

fictional character from Sherlock Holmes

Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character in some of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a machiavellian criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the "Napoleon of crime". Doyle lifted the phrase from a Scotland Yard inspector who was referring to Adam Worth, a real-life criminal mastermind and one of the individuals upon whom the character of Moriarty was based. The character was introduced primarily as a narrative device to enable Doyle to kill Sherlock Holmes, and he only featured in two of the Sherlock Holmes stories. However, in adaptations, he has often been given a greater prominence and treated as Sherlock Holmes' archenemy.
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characters: Professor Moriarty

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Series

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator: Sidney Paget

1905

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator: Sidney Paget

1892

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1927

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1894

His Last Bow

collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle

1917

The Final Problem

short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

author: Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator: Sidney Paget

1893

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