I treat Sherlock Holmes the way other people treat Pokémon: gotta watch 'em all! From the big names like Rathbone and Brett to the obscure ones like Whitehead and Howard, I can't get enough of seeing Holmes on screen. But the more Sherlock Holmes adaptations I watch, the more I begin to see patterns. Not all of these patterns are good ones. Take, for instance, the case of Mycroft Holmes. For the non-Holmesians, Mycroft is Sherlock's older brother. He is much smarter than his more famous sibling, but in every other way, he is Sherlock's opposite. Where Sherlock is energetic, Mycroft never leaves the sanctuary of his club if he can help it. Sherlock enjoys getting to the bottom of things; Mycroft often knows he's right, but isn't willing to go out and prove it. And of course, Sherlock is slender while Mycroft is heavyset. When Watson first meets Mycroft in The Greek Interpreter, he describes the elder Holmes as "absolutely corpulent" with a "massive" face. So yes. Mycroft is fat. I say this not as an insult-there's nothing wrong with being fat-but as a simple statement of fact. Until recently, Mycroft hasn't shown up in many adaptations, or if he does, his role is brief. That's understandable, given that he only appears three times in the canon.
39;s starting to change now.
My personal favorite on-screen Mycroft is Charles Gray from the Granada series. Gray gave us a Mycroft who was lazy yet cheerful. He and Sherlock merrily exchange deductions and solve cases together, with Mycroft even reluctantly agreeing to do some footwork now and again. Gray's Mycroft is a delight and I recommend him to everybody. But again, it's not like we have a whole lot of Mycrofts to choose from pre-21st century. That's starting to change now. We've had a spate of new Sherlock Holmes adaptations lately, each more online than the last in its willingness to reinterpret the canon. A side effect of all this is a Mycroft renaissance. Sherlock's mysterious sibling has gone from a very minor recurring character to an adversary, a rival, a secretly loving protector, and even a hero in his own right. Unfortunately, as his role has expanded, his waistline has shrunk. We'll start with the obvious. Sherlock's Mycroft is portrayed by series co-creator Mark Gatiss. Not pictured: a fat person. There is one caveat here. The Christmas special, The Abominable Bride, is set in the Victorian era and features a morbidly obese Mycroft who makes batch with Sherlock about how much he can eat before he finally keels over. That's rather less than flattering. And anyway, most of this episode takes place in Sherlock's imagination, so it doesn't really count. Meanwhile, Elementary cast Rhys Ifans as their Mycroft. He did a good job, and I liked him, but…
39;s played by Yukiyoshi Ozawa.
They hand-wave Mycroft's appearance as the result of an illness that caused him to lose a lot of weight. Sounds to me like they wanted an excuse to avoid portraying a fat Mycroft. People can get sick and not end up looking like this! Then there's Miss Sherlock, a Japanese adaptation where both Holmes and Watson are women. The Mycroft character is named Kento Futaba, and he's played by Yukiyoshi Ozawa. Here he is with Sherlock. He's…study, I guess? Honestly, I don't know enough about Japanese culture to be able to say how this character is perceived by a Japanese audience. The only modern adaptation I can think of where Mycroft stays fat is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, where he is played by Stephen Fry. You'll note this is the one adaptation I've mentioned thus far that takes place in the 1890s, not in the present day. But don't worry, Mycroft has been put on a completely unnecessary diet in Victorian-set stories as well. Let's look at the Russian miniseries Sherlock Holmes, where both Sherlock and Mycroft are played by Igor Petrenko.
39;re oppressive, not subversive.
The main difference between them now is Mycroft's facial hair. Personally, I think they did this just so they could have a gag about Sherlock disguising himself as Mycroft and fooling everybody (except Watson, who is not amused). Even print media isn't immune to this phenomenon. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's graphic novel, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, is a prequel tale about a young, energetic, womanizing Mycroft. Because making him young, energetic, womanizing, and still fat would have stretched credulity. Finally, in the interest of fairness, I should mention that the concept of a thin Mycroft did not originate with any of the examples I've listed here. It goes back at least as far as 1970's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, where Mycroft was played by Christopher Lee. So 21st-century adaptations didn't start the trend of forcing Mycroft to slim down; they just perfected it. What does all this mean, exactly? I'm guessing it's an extension of Kelly's observations regarding fatness in YA: it's okay to have been fat, past tense (especially if that past was in another century), but to be fat, present tense, is unacceptable. In addition, it's okay if a minor character is fat, but the second he starts to get depth and character development, he has to lose weight. Now there's a logic that Sherlock Holmes himself would be proud of. This is all speculation on my part. I don't know what these folks were thinking when they cast and wrote their Mycrofts. Maybe they were just trying to subvert the canon as much as possible and got carried away. But it's important to remember that questioning canon is not inherently subversive. Questions like "What if X was a woman instead of a man?" give voice to a group of people who were traditionally excluded from certain types of roles. Questions like "What if X wasn't fat anymore?" do the opposite. They're oppressive, not subversive. We have so few decently depicted fat characters in the media. Mycroft could be one of them, if someone would just let him be fat.
39;s Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita.
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).
Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily. However, Gian does not hesitate to help his friends when they are in real trouble. Throughout the series, particularly the films, he is often the one who voices the most concern and refuses to look away when there is a problem, an opposite of Suneo's cowardice. While he is described by others as daunting and intimidating, he is very sensitive and prone to crying when something touching happens, and he actually values his friends highly, a feeling which his friends sometimes reciprocate. Gian also has a soft spot for his younger sister, Jaiko, and usually tries to prevent her from trouble, even if she can perfectly handle her situation. Gian basically is a bullying 'tsundere'. His catchphrase is "What's mine is mine. What's yours is also mine." (「俺の物は、俺の物。お前の物も俺の物。」, "Ore no mono wa, ore no mono. Omae no mono mo ore no mono."), also known as Gianism (ジャイアニズム, Jaianizumu) in Japan (the Japanese band Nightmare have borrowed the term for their albums Gianism Best Ofs and Gianizm). Pisces) is the fox-faced (inherited) from his mother) rich child who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone, especially Nobita. A lot of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game, toy or pet which evokes Nobita's envy.