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So...yes, they're brothers.

But...what exactly, is their relationship?

It's confusing. When we first meet Mycroft, he wants to pay off John to keep tabs on Sherlock. But Mycroft claims it's merely because he cares about Sherlock.

Sherlock seems to have a lot of distaste for his brother, Mycroft and Sherlock discuss caring as being disadvantageous, and when John seeks Mycroft's help with regard to Sherlock, Mycroft mentions that there are years of painful history behind them.

Not to mention the fact that when Mycroft said that Sherlock always gave their mother trouble, Sherlock is quick to say that it was actually Mycroft giving their mother trouble.

Not to mention, Mycroft fed Moriarty information about Sherlock...But why? It's just...I am so confused.

Also, Sherlock definitely thinks that Mycroft is intelligent, almost seeming perhaps afraid or intimidated by that fact.

Is Mycroft a protective older brother? Were they two intelligent minds and two determined personalities battling for superiority, with one being basically the entire British government and the other being the world's only consulting detective? Were they competitive? Did they have a falling out?

What is their relationship, for real?

Date: 2013-07-04 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com
You had to ask XD

In canon, Mycroft is very heavyset, with hands 'like the flipper of a seal', spends his days in the Diogenes Club and loathes physical activity (although he bestirs himself to disguise himself as a coachman for Sherlock's sake). He's smarter than Sherlock, by Sherlock's own admission, and seven years older. There's not a lot more than that, I think.

Which leaves BBC!Mycroft and his relationship with Sherlock open to all kinds of speculation. Who knows? This is why we have fanfiction *g*

FWIW, I'm in the camp that believes that Mycroft is in on Sherlock's deception, as he was in canon, where he keeps paying the rent on Sherlock's flat for him until he returns. Anything he fed to Moriarty was deliberate. I'll be really annoyed if I'm wrong about this *g*

Date: 2013-07-04 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
You had to ask XD

But of course! ;)

I am hoping you are right about Mycroft in the BBC Sherlock.

Date: 2013-07-04 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
Is Mycroft a protective older brother? Were they two intelligent minds and two determined personalities battling for superiority, with one being basically the entire British government and the other being the world's only consulting detective? Were they competitive?
All of the above, I'd say.

Date: 2013-07-04 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
Oh. Well that's fascinating. I do hope we learn more in Season 3.

Date: 2013-07-04 11:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] flywoman.livejournal.com
I think there's lots of room for speculation here :). Sherlock perceives Mycroft to be the more intelligent of the two, and being the younger brother, one suspects that he would have developed some kind of inferiority complex as a child based on their very competitive natures. Perhaps Mycroft runs the government in part because, as the elder brother, he became accustomed to being in charge, while Sherlock resents submitting to anyone else's authority and had to find his own niche in which he could exercise his particular talents.

I do think that Mycroft is very loyal to Sherlock, looks after him for his own good (which Sherlock resents), and did what he could to cover for Sherlock, including after his "death." It's also tempting to speculate that he intervenes in Sherlock's life when he deems it necessary, perhaps including when Sherlock was using drugs and became "acquainted" with Lestrade.

Date: 2013-07-04 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
I think there's lots of room for speculation here :).

Yay!!! :D

Sherlock perceives Mycroft to be the more intelligent of the two, and being the younger brother, one suspects that he would have developed some kind of inferiority complex as a child based on their very competitive natures. Perhaps Mycroft runs the government in part because, as the elder brother, he became accustomed to being in charge, while Sherlock resents submitting to anyone else's authority and had to find his own niche in which he could exercise his particular talents.

I rather like this description, and it does make a lot of sense, given their natures.

I can certainly see Mycroft as looking after Sherlock, but he is so mysterious and has a smile that's never quite happy so I'm suspicious...

Date: 2013-07-04 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com
a smile that's never quite happy

So true, and gives me many Mycroft feels, lol. He has moments where he looks genuinely amused, but that's not the same thing as 'happy'.

Date: 2013-07-05 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitecuriosity.livejournal.com
It's true! It makes me even more curious about his character.

Date: 2013-07-04 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolate-frapp.livejournal.com
the original books or the various movie and TV versions, including reboots?

Date: 2013-07-04 04:20 pm (UTC)

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