Liar, wife or...brother? The Mary Watsons of the XXIst century have changed our perception of Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Elementary alike. They have become agents of their own destiny, a grieving fiancee that found love again and a one night stand between Mycroft Holmes and Watson that Elementary's Sherlock wishes never to deduce again.

No matter what you think of them, these extraordinary women...and gentleman share one very important thing with Shelock Holmes: they are about the only character in the Holmes 'verse that know the real value of Watson...and Joan Watson. And the only character that would put up with his - and her - best friend for them.

Which one is the greatest? The expert shooter - and assassin - that just wanted a normal life (Sherlock), the proper governess that shines in the Guy Ritchie movies (A Game of Shadows) or the entrepreneur that knows just the right way to annoy his little brother (Elementary)? May the best Mary...or Mycroft win!

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I loved Sherlock's Mary mainly because of how instantly she seemed to fit into their world. Her interactions with John and Sherlock were wonderful, and the reveal only made her better - to me. I loved that she was clever enough to fool Sherlock in a way and she is fully capable of keeping up with them.
I know a lot of people complained, but I loved the twist and it gave me one of my favorite Sherlock scenes.
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To me, the key to Mary and Watson's story has always been that instant connection from the books: as long as it's there, for me Mary could be an assassin, a movie star or a man and it would make no difference.

She would still be Mary.
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For some reason I was a bit upset when Watson spent the night with Mycroft on Elementary. It just didn't seem to fit and felt like the writers just did it to upset Holmes.

On the subject at hand: Sherlock's Mary is the woman I would like to be at my side in the church and none of the others. If I would would sleep peacefully ever again is a different question.
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To be honest, I was more surprised that Sherlock had feelings than the modern spin Mycroft and Joan gave to the Mary and Watson tale.

I mean, casual sex is only casual until someone gets hurt,and it was sort of neat to see that, the one who got hurt in this, was Elementary's Sherlock.
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Can't really decide. Sherlock's Mary is awesome, but I loved Kelly Reilly's portrayal, too. I mean, she didn't even blink when Watson and Holmes showed up at the wedding all banged up.

I'm pretty sure Elementary mentioned a Mark Morstan at one point... but he wasn't a fully realized character, so he doesn't really count. With Elementary's tendency to merge characters you could argue for Mycroft=Mary. Actually I like this theory much more than Mycroft being just Mycroft (mostly 'cause I strongly dislike this interpretation of the character. Still can't get over the fact that he's a restaurateur...)
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I guess its only fair. I mean, Elementary's Sherlock still can't over the fact himself.

...nor the fact Mycroft slept with Joan (its amazing how much the audience relates to the main lead felings in that aspect).
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C'mon each and everytime Sherlock's gonna win in these character poles, be it Sherlock, Mary Lestrade on and on and on. By now I think everyone should have understood that.
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When there's a poll for most muscular of most tattooed, Sherlock's not gonna win. And when you ask about the best legs, Sherlock's Watson is not gonna win.
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What's wrong with Sherlock's Watson's legs? I like them
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He had great legs in "Love, Actually". And "The Hobbit" too.
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Those are very niche questions! What are you going to ask : Who's the best tattooed Sherlock? Sounds weird.
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To be completely fair: Joan Watson totally beat Molly Hooper as The Best Modern Woman in a Holmes show.

(Plus, we all know the best tattoed Sherlock is Robert Downey Jr.
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Not a fare comparison! Joan Watson is a lead character, Molly Hooper is in the supporting cast. She doesn't have any screen space compared to Joan Watson but still hs made her character able to stand out as a nervous, a little introvert but still totally capable modern woman!
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I think the only one who has a chance to win is Clyde. Love that tortoise.
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Clyde, actually won Favorite Mascot awhile ago.
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I think it's too early to conclude that Mycroft Holmes is the Mary Watson of Elementary. There still could be a Mary Marston or Michael or Mathew Marston still waiting to be introduced.
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Ty. Joan's ex-boyfriend in early episodes of Elementary, who doesn't get on with Sherlock, was named Ty Morstan. I don't remember much about him, but I do remember being entirely unimpressed. To be fair, Elementary still hadn't found its footing or its voice among the Sherlock Holmes pop-culture glut, so it might not be a failure of Morstan.

That said, I'm sure Mycroft will be unlikely to resurface as a significant romantic interest for Joan.
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For one, Sherlock was very clear about how he feels about it.

And, to be completely fair, Joan was also very clear about how she feels about how he feels about it .

Elementary's was about the only time I've seen any Watson chose her Holmes over her Mary.
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There was a Mark...something that started with an M and almost married Watson, I was sure the Mary of Elementary was him until Sherlock pointed out that Mycroft was the closest Joan would get to sleep with him without any consequences.

...when the three of them had that awkward dinner the audience just knew it : Mycroft = Mary (in Elementary).
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Although there may be some similarities between the awkward dinner scene between Sherlock, Joan and Mycroft in Elementary and that of Sherlock, John, and Mary in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, the one thing all these recent adaptations of the Arthur Conan Doyle books and stories have been faithfulness to the core of the Conan Doyle canon. Granted that Elementary has taken some liberties with gender in the case of Watson, Moriarity, and even Mrs. Hudson, slight changes in the name of Gregson from Tobias to Thomas, and even combined characters like Irene Adler and James Moriarity, it has been faithful to the core of the characters relationships. Although Holmes hates Moriarity, he still loves the part of her that he knows as Irene Adler. Given this, as in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock, Mary Marston Watson will always be the soulmate and life partner of John Watson whether she be a Victorian school teacher, a former wetwork specialist, or most likely in the case of Elementary, male. Another thing which Elementary has been faithful in is to the appearance of the supporting characters from the Conan Doyle books and stories. So far there have been a Gregson, a Lestrade, a Mrs. Hudson, and a Langsdale Pike. Although Irene Adler and James Moriarity where combined, they were still fleshed out as characters even when one turned out to be fictitious. In addition, Holmes still seems to occasionally refer to Moriarity as Irene. Finally, I think it's still too soon in the series for Marston-Watson to make an appearance. In the books and stories, it was 7-8 years after Holmes and Watson were partners before the events of the Sign of the Four which introduced Mary Marston. This was mostly like the same timeline in the Guy Ritchie movie. In Sherlock, Holmes and Watson were partners for 2 years with another 2 years wherein Watson thought that Holmes was dead before Mary Marston appeared which makes it 4 years. Elementary is still in the middle of its second year.
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I've always thought the key to Mary and Watson was the instant connection that Mycroft and Joan turned into a sexual encounter.

Marriage was a XIXth century way to consummate said connection, but in a XXIst century world it would make sense to keep things physical as long as it continues to annoy - or, in this case, actually hurt - Sherlock Holmes.
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