January 6 marks the 164th birthday of Sherlock Holmes: a detective who has been beloved for decades. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. Though it attracted surprisingly little popularity when it was originally published, Sherlock has long since become a cult favorite among readers, and later, viewers. With two movies and a TV series to his name, Sherlock Holmes has taken on many forms, including the current portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch on BBC’s Sherlock. In honor of the detective’s birthday, check out our hilarious list of Sherlock memes below.
1. This one that is infuriatingly funny
2. This season three gem
Because admit it: We were all thinking it.
3. A meme that sums up Sherlock’s mood at any given time
And our mood, upon seeing that face!
4. This one that describes Sherlock fans’ angst all too well
5. And this one where worlds collide
6. This one for the Moriarty fan in all of us
A hauntingly good idea, no?
7. One full of logic only Sherlock himself understands
Dressing for the queen has got to be hard, after all.
8. The conflicting moods of John Watson over the course of a season
We can relate!
9. This Watson conundrum
10. This one that makes you question if you’re laughing or crying
11. Don’t sleep on this one
12. He just can’t hide his delight when the game is afoot
13. This one that depicts the many faces of Moriarty
14. This sums up all the John Watson and Sherlock Holmes relationships.
15. And finally, this one
Which of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!