3. Vincent Price, The Great Mouse Detective
All right, the character horror icon Vincent Price voices in this brilliant Disney film isn’t exactly Moriarty, but the evil rodent Professor Ratigan is a clear stand-in for the villain so he makes this list. The fiendish foe of brave mouse Basil of Baker Street, Ratigan is an effective blend of cackling Disney villain and the criminal genius of Moriaty. He even has a song or two!
2. Eric Porter, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
1980s TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is generally regarded as the most faithful recreation of Conan Doyle’s work to ever make it to screen. Eric Porter’s Moriaty, then, looks like he has just walked out of the original illustrations and is just as sullen and sinister as the character was in the source material. Quite the opposite of our no. 1…
1. Andrew Scott, Sherlock
Who else could take the top spot? Yes, Andrew Scott’s Moriarty has to be the greatest Moriarty of them all. Completely reinventing the character, turning him into a grinning, flirtatious maniac. He is the perfect foil for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock; so good that the show just couldn’t keep him dead (or did they?). Thanks to Andrew Scott, evil is the new sexy.
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