The Greatest Quotes of Mycroft Holmes


It’s no wonder that co-creator Mark Gatiss elected to play Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft himself – the character always gets the best lines. From dry one-liners to the occasional admission of emotion, Mycroft is one of the most quotable characters on Sherlock. Here are 18 of his greatest lines. If we’ve left your personal favourite off this list, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page.




*Shown a photo of John and Mary’s baby*

Mycroft: “Yes, looks very… fully functioning.”

Sherlock: “Is that the best you can do?”

Mycroft: “Sorry, I’ve never been very good with them.”

Sherlock: “Babies?”

Mycroft: “Humans.”

‘The Six Thatchers’




“Everybody dies. It’s the one thing human beings can be relied upon to do. How can it still come as a surprise to people?”

‘The Lying Detective’




*When about to be shot*

Sherlock: “Where would you suggest?”

Mycroft: “Well, I supposed there is a heart somewhere inside me. I don’t imagine it’s much of a target, but why don’t we try for that.”

‘The Final Problem’



4 thoughts on “The Greatest Quotes of Mycroft Holmes

  1. The Holmes brothers are my joint favourite characters!!! I love Mycroft!!! And the lines he’s given are amazing! I’m really looking forward to seeing what Mycroft did to make Mrs Hudson so angry with him!!! And I literally fangirled so much that I nearly threw my pen across the room!


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