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I'm a killer. You know I'm a killer. But did you know I'm a cereal killer?
~ Smith advertising cereals while cleverly masking his nature as a serial killer.

Culverton Smith is the secondary antagonist of Season 4 of the BBC series, Sherlock, based on the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, serving as a cameo antagonist in "The Six Thatchers" and the main antagonist of the second episode, "The Lying Detective". He is a TV personality, celebrity and philanthropist who uses his influence as a guise to do unspeakable crimes.

He is played by Toby Jones, who also plays Arnim Zola in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He has the patients of his hospital slowly tortured to death just to make himself happy, and forces them to say "I don't want to die." to increase the cruelty which will make him even more happy. The bodies of the victims are seen onscreen and he has been doing it for years, so he would've killed loads of people.
  • He spends his free time by either sadistically killing people in the hospital, or drugging multiple people and then confessing his crimes, enjoying their shocked looks, before the drug makes them forget this ever happened out of pure sadism.
  • Tries gaslighting Sherlock into claiming the accusations he made against him are false and it is due to the drugs and ruin Sherlock's reputation also.
  • While Sherlock theorizes Culverton cares for his daughter, there is substantial evidence that proves he doesn't, as Smith was emotionally and psychologically abusive around her.
  • While he does face competition with Jim Moriarty, Smith does all he can for a one-shot antagonist.


  • He is one of the 2 villains from the BBC Sherlock series to be Pure Evil, along with Jim Moriarty.


           Sherlock Holmes Pure Evils

Eh Tar | Lord Henry Blackwood | James Moriarty

Jim Moriarty | Culverton Smith

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