10 of the Most Popular Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction Stories in 2024

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If you are looking for some great Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, then this is the post for you.

Sherlock Holmes is one of the world’s most famous fictional detectives, originally created and written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The books have inspired many TV shows, movies, books, and other media.

So if you like great detectives, then Sherlock Holmes might be just the thing for you.

Along with all of this media, there is also a whole world of Sherlock Holmes fanfiction out there.

But in this post, I will write about some of the most popular Sherlock Holmes fanfiction according to hits received on Archive Of Our Own.

Keep reading to find out more about some of these popular stories. 

1. The Full House

This story mostly follows the Sherlock TV show with those characters.

There are some spoilers for the series, but not much.

Sherlock asks doctor Molly Hooper for help faking his own death.

He wants to fool Moriarty into thinking he is dead, so he can finally beat him.

Molly has a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes, and she would do almost anything for him.

Because of this, she somehow ends up living in his house, helping to pull off the ruse.

The story is 50 chapters long and part 1 in the “Full House” series.

2. Music For The Soul(mate)

This story contains multiple short stories with crossovers between Sherlock, X-men, and the Avenger movies.

Each story consists of only one chapter, and each of these chapters isn’t very long.

Almost every character from both the MCU and Sherlock makes it into at least one of these stories.

They feature a range of topics and themes, from action to angst to romance.

So there is likely something for most readers.

3. An Avalanche Of Detour Signs

This story follows the Sherlock TV show with those characters.

It is told from the perspective of Molly Hooper during both seasons of Sherlock.

So there are many spoilers for those who haven’t seen all episodes yet.

It follows canon from the series, only this time it tells us how Molly experienced it and how she deals with the heartbreak that is Sherlock Holmes.

It is only one chapter long with 56053 words.

4. The Kitten and the Hedgehog

This story uses the characters from all the Sherlock Holmes canon, only they are animals.

John Watson, the hedgehog, has been captured by Mycroft, the cat.

And Sherlock, who is also a cat, tries to convince Mycroft to let his friend go.

The story is only 1 chapter and 339 words long.

And it isn’t meant to be taken all too seriously.

It is funny, but with no real need or link to Sherlock Holmes other than the names.

5. Wee Doctor

In this story, Dr. John Watson is turned into an eight-year-old kid.

Sherlock Holmes does not know who Watson is which causes a lot of stress for both of them, especially because Sherlock isn’t the person you would trust an eight-year-old with.

And if this wasn’t enough, London is at war with unknown forces.

But John has no idea what he can do to help in his current state.

This story is part one in the “Wee doctor” series.

It contains nine parts in total.

So make sure to read more of the adventures of a small doctor Watson.

6. The Adoption of John Watson Holmes

This story takes a whole new turn at the Holmes family dynamics.

Mother Holmes, or mummy as she is lovingly called, finds John Watson a very good influence on her younger son.

So she decided to adopt him.

But instead of letting John and Sherlock know, she only informs Mycroft to set things in motion.

This causes some very funny moments for the new doctor John Watson Holmes.

The story is only one chapter long and contains 2936 words.

So it is a short and very fun read.

7. No Intention

In this fanfic, Sherlock Holmes is the father of ten-year-old John Watson.

After a one-time experience with a girl when he was 16 years old, Sherlock is now confronted with a son he never knew existed.

And, of course, this has big consequences for Sherlock but also for the entire Holmes family because Mycroft can’t let this ruin his career.

This is an original twist to the characters and dynamics between them.

At first, it will be strange to read about Sherlock as a father, but the writer did a great job making it realistic.

This story is part one in the “Intentions” series.

So make sure to read the other parts as well if you enjoyed this one.

This part is 18 chapters long in total.

8. 34 Minutes

This is a one-chapter fanfic featuring a very interesting concept.

The writer took an original psychological experiment by Professor Arthur Arun and turned it into a Sherlock story.

Sherlock tries this experiment on himself and Watson to see its effect on their relationship.

It is very interesting to read and feels completely logical for these characters not to mention how interesting the experiment itself is.

So if you are interested in seeing how a psychological experiment would work on these characters, check out this story.

9. The Green Blade

This fanfic follows a large portion of the Sherlock TV show canon.

It follows after the first season of Sherlock as a bit of an in-between story with season 2.

There are some spoilers for the Sherlock TV show, so keep that in mind when reading.

A serial killer is on the loose in London.

And Sherlock and Watson have lost the trust of the people and the police.

So they try to figure it out on their own before it is too late.

The story is 15 chapters long and has over 75,000 hits.

10. The Case of the Unwelcome Owl

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This story is a crossover between Sherlock and Harry Potter.

John Watson wakes to a Sherlock yelling for a gun only to see an owl has entered his bedroom.

The owl has in his possession a letter addressed to Sherlock Holmes.

It is a letter from Luna Lovegood, who turns out to be Sherlock’s cousin.

She invites Sherlock to her wedding, but he isn’t interested.

The story is only one chapter long.

This story is simply a conversation between Sherlock and Watson.

But it is very entertaining to read, and the writer made a great combination of the two fandoms.

Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction: Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you find some great Sherlock Holmes fanfiction!

These 10 are just a small sample of all the amazing stories out there.

So you may want to look at the other fanfics with this tag and find own your favorite among them.

And if you have questions about this topic, feel free to leave a message in the comments below!

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