I’m kinda upset now. Because I feel like it is not OK to think ACD Canon Mycroft is overweight.
People my size exist. Believe it or not, some of us do and have existed in positions of power. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop the fat jokes.
Look at President Taft. Pretty much the ONLY THING he is remembered for is his size. When we were learning about the past presidents in various history classes, guess what we learned about Taft? That he got stuck in the bathtub. No policy. No politics. Just that he was fat. To this day, I know very little about him other than he was president when the Titanic sank and that he was the fattest of the presidents. That is his legacy. Fat.
But with Mycroft, this is not true. He may not show up much in canon, but we do know some facts about him besides his size. We know his intellect, his position of power, various character traits, the Diogenes club, his flaws, possibly his sexuality (people have talked about that for ages), and by the way, he is a big man.
Mycroft’s size does NOT LESSEN his position of power. Ever heard of Large and In Charge? That’s Mycroft Holmes.
I feel by suddenly negating the fact that canon Mycroft was overweight denies me PERSONALLY of a huge inspiration. Someone who yes, was big. But still managed to rise to a position of greatness.
Please don’t take Overweight Mycroft away from me. There are so few powerful characters my size in literature. Don’t rob me of the measly scraps I am given.