So I finally updated my Moriarty headcanon and here it is!
Potential trigger warnings: physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, self harm, drug abuse, suicidal thoughts
Birth to Death:
At the age of one, James Moriarty’s parents were killed in a car accident so he spends a decent amount of time in the foster system. He was with several nice families until he was three and a half. Here we could say that his luck turned. James was in many physically abusive foster families until he was eleven. When he was eight he had one break for three months, which possibly did more to his psyche than the abuse did. The abuse got to the point where he would steal medical supplies to have a first aid kit, teaching himself medicine. At eleven, he was adopted by the Moran family, Sebastian Moran being only four years older than him. He was happy. He graduated from secondary school at the age of sixteen. Sebastian had already joined the military and was working on a military career. James majored in astronomy and minored in literary studies in university and he graduated with a degree in three years, going on to pursue a doctorate in astronomy. In his third year of doctorate study in November, he meets Claudia. They hit it off immediately and become friends and soon become smitten with one another. It’s strained romantically for a while until they discover the both have a past with abuse. At three months Jim’s already thinking of marrying her and at five he already has a ring. On their eight month anniversary, they’re driving when they’re t-boned by an intoxicated driver. She was driving and got the brunt of the blow. Jim was barely scratched. She died in his arms. At twenty-two, the beginning of his fourth year of doctorate study, James started having violent migraines and black-outs. For quite a while, they were not problematic, but he is diligently taking notes one day when a migraine comes up and he is sent into a series of flashbacks. Ever since he was thirteen, Mr. Moran molested him and started raping him when he turned fourteen. Graduating had no effect on the situation, for he simply stopped with his frequency. He had been repressing the memory for nine years. He wakes up on the floor and leaves class. The next day Mr. Moran comes home to find his wife tied to a chair and his adoptive son waving a gun in his face. His mother turned out to be aware of the situation and Jim is determined to make them suffer for his suffering. Sebastian comes home in a break from a tour to find this and learns the situation from his hysterical brother. He does nothing when Jim shoots their father in the head. Jim lives on the streets and after a few months, gets a job in mob for money at the same time that he develops a heavy drug addiction. He lives this way for a year and a half. Then after a near drug overdose, through sheer force of will, he got himself mostly clean, and he moves up in the ranks. He creates his own band of loyal followers in the organization, kills the godfather, and breaks off to create his own chain of criminal interests. Moriarty as he is portrayed is born. At twenty-six, he has a group of lackeys, contacts in many of the countries of the world, and he is starting to have a steady flow of clients. Sebastian returns from Afghanistan and Jim offers him a job, and Sebastian accepts.
Moriarty develops an interest in Sherlock when he’s thirty, because he’s someone else who’s smart, someone to rival him and Jim wonders if they share anything else in common. When he’s thirty-one, he sets up the cabbie to impress Sherlock, possibly kill him because wouldn’t that be marvelous but he never suspects John Watson. So on and off, he teases the consulting detective until he is too bored and the memories of his past are too much, and he sets up a game. Pretending to date Molly and meeting the detective team inside Bart’s is his favorite part because they’re all so ignorant about everything. He knew of the Doctor, but didn’t suspect how important he was until his moment. After the painting, Doctor Watson barely makes it out the door of 221B Baker Street before he’s kidnapped. Jim really didn’t want to kill the boys at the pool but they knew things about him and that wasn’t allowed. If Irene Adler hadn’t called, they would be dead. After the Irene deal, he gets several more months before Mycroft kidnaps him, torturing him for information. This is the final break to his psyche. When he is freed, he reaches this place of extreme depression and self-hate, and he focuses his destructive tendencies on Sherlock. He never intended to leave the rooftop. He was thirty-two.
Moriarty does have many psychological issues; he was just not born with them. Unlike the Holmes boys, he does not have the ability to ‘delete’ things and lives with the memories of his abuse until his death. He turns to drugs to forget his pain, not successfully, and is a partial druggy until his death. Jim also has bad nights, which involve drugs or self-harm in an effort to escape visions of his past. Moriarty is always interested in astronomy, physics, and literary theory/analysis. He has an interest in fashion, because clothes can define a person. He enjoys almost all forms of crime, but he will help no one when the crime involves child prostitution or sexual abuse. James likes Disney movies because they are all sad and damaged but they get saved; he wants to be saved. Also, he does like some of the villain plans even though they’re horribly executed. As children, James and Sebastian would kill the neighbor’s pets. (Unlike James, Sebastian was born with some psychotic tendencies, particularly sadism and desire to kill.) Whenever Jim gets really high or has a close scrape with death, Sebastian acts like an over-protective puppy for days, sometimes weeks, which irritates Jim to no end. Only Sebastian is allowed to call him James. Jim considers himself an agender, aromantic pansexual and Claudia was/is the only exception to this rule. Jim is a narcissist; he only really cares about himself. An exception, again, is Claudia (whom he would have given the world for) and Sebastian (whom he still only cares about to a certain extent). He is manipulative and has developed the ability to act well; he uses this to his full advantage at his job. Jim is sarcastic, sassy, and emotionally unstable, as proved by the pool scene and acts like this in every day-to-day moments. He treats most people with utter indifference and there are few people who would love to just kill for being annoying.
His favorite Disney movies:
-Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
-The Jungle Book
-The Little Mermaid
-The Lion King
-Lilo & Stitch
-Meet the Robinsons
Celebrities he finds attractive: