Moriarty as a Trickster

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Every great story has a villain and a trickster. Occasionally these two meet and create a dynamic super-villain. It is the trickster traits created by William Hynes and Lewis Hyde that explain the motivation behind their actions. Hynes breaks his traits down into six categories while Hyde maintains only one. Hynes believes tricksters are defined by an ambiguous and anomalous nature, actions of deceit and trickery, shape-shifting, situation inversion, bricoleur, and imitation of the gods. Hyde maintains that all tricksters are motivated by a hunger, be it food or otherwise. When thinking of these traits the many incarnations of James Moriarty come to mind but none quite resonate with each of them like that played by Andrew Scott in BBC’s…show more content…
Viewers initially meet Moriarty under the alias “Jim from IT” in the episode The Great Game, when he is trying to get close to Holmes through a relationship with lab technician Molly. Not even Holmes knows Jim is Moriarty and simply dismisses him. This fuels Moriarty’s need for attention and leads viewers further into “the game” between Holmes and his nemesis. Once again Moriarty uses his shapeshifting abilities to take the guise of Richard Brook, a childrens actor, in order to further gain power against Holmes in his pursuit to discredit him as a detective who creates the cases he solves. In his attempt to validate his persona of Richard Brooks and reach Holmes on an emotional level, Moriarty records himself telling the tale of Sir Boastalot. This is happening all according to Moriarty's plan, as the police start to suspect Holmes involvement in all of the crimes that Moriarty is responsible for. Finally, viewers watch a Moriarty go unnoticed as an average tourist to gain access to crown jewels, where he creates a scene that directly calls Sherlock Holmes to the investigation. It is through these talents of disguise that Moriarty is able to not only walk about unnoticed by the rest of the world, but get noticed by Holmes. At times Moriarty’s disguises are so good that even Holmes begins to doubt his own theories as to what Moriarty is up to. In The Reichenbach Fall, using

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