|Artemis Fowl character|
Holly Short as depicted in Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
|First appearance||Book 1: Artemis Fowl|
|Last appearance||Book 8: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian|
|Created by||Eoin Colfer|
|Occupation||Captain of the LEPrecon|
Holly Short is a talkative and sarcastic elf with an auburn crew cut (although she later grows a fringe) and hazel eyes, as well as the pointy ears and nut-brown skin typical of her species. She stands at one meter in height (said to be three feet in US editions), one centimeter shorter than the fairy average (an inch shorter in US editions), and has a gymnast-like stance. Like all elves, she is child-sized by human standards, but her bodily proportions are adult. According to Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Holly is about eighty years old. (Elves and other magic species live much longer than humans. It is said that there is a dwarf over 2000 years old in the book.)  Holly is the first and only female captain in the organization LEPrecon. In The Artemis Fowl Files, she notes that she eventually earns the respect of her male colleagues. Holly will defy the orders of superiors and disobey rules if she believes that she can be of more help that way, and has gotten into trouble multiple times for defying a direct command. She is described as pretty, but in a dangerous way, comparable to a black widow. Her interests include playing the fairy game "Crunchball," reading (especially thrillers), and flying with artificial wings.
Holly lost her father at a young age. Her mother, Coral Short, is described as a European elf who was temperamental and had an appearance similar to Holly's. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox reveals that her mother worked in Lower Elements Police division "LEPmarine" and died after she was exposed to dirty radiation, which is poisonous to fairies.
However, after working as a private detective with Mulch for a short time, she returns to the Section 8 unit of the LEP in Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony, in time to help Artemis, Butler and the others out of trouble.
Her relationship with Artemis Fowl has changed dramatically since the beginning of the series, morphing from hostility to grudging respect to friendship, and has recently included substantial hints of a romantic attraction despite the age and species gap.
Work and appearances in the series
- In Artemis Fowl, Holly is abducted by 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II when he uncovers evidence of fairy existence. He demands one metric ton of gold as her ransom fund. When she consents to granting Artemis's wish of restoring his mother's sanity, he releases her along with half of her ransom fund. The rest of LEP try to Bio-bomb Fowl Manor, but realize that Artemis has escaped the time field. Holly also then realizes that she is up for a challenge, and promises to be waiting for him, with "a big gun and a smile."
- In Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Holly is sent to detain Artemis when he is a suspect in a goblin uprising. But to her surprise the mud boy is innocent of this particular crime and has never traded with goblins. So she, along with Artemis, Mulch Diggums, and Commander Julius Root are informed by Foaly that Opal Koboi and Briar Cudgeon are behind the uprising. They break into Koboi Laboratories, where Cudgeon is killed and Koboi is incapacitated. After the goblins are contained, she travels to Murmansk to rescue Artemis's father, as they previously agreed in return for Artemis's help in capturing Cudgeon and Koboi.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, Artemis requests Holly's help to heal Domovoi Butler and retrieve his C Cube from American businessman Jon Spiro. Together with Mulch Diggums, Juliet Butler, and Foaly directing technological elements of the mission, they break into the Spiro Needle and retrieve the Cube. Artemis is mind wiped at the end of the mission under the directions of Julius Root.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, Holly is with Commander Root, a paternal figure to her, when Opal Koboi kills him. She is subsequently framed for the Commander's death and is forced to flee from fairy authorities. She later collaborates with Artemis Fowl, Butler, and Mulch Diggums to expose Koboi and prevent her plans for destroying fairy civilization. Koboi is locked up in a secure facility. At the end of the book, Holly resigns from the LEP.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, Holly is working as a private detective since her resignation from the LEP, along with Mulch Diggums. Though it was not going well and now they are bounty hunters, which are considered even less trustworthy then the criminals they track. Holly is informed about the demon race, a species of fairy that left earth and are now inhabiting an island in Limbo between earth and time, and is recruited to Section Eight, which monitors them. When it becomes apparent that Artemis has encountered a demon, they encounter Minerva Paradizo, another child genius who has managed to obtain a demon, and the deranged Billy Kong. Artemis and Holly, along with two demons, №1 and Qwan, are forced to go to Hybras to save demon civilization. When they arrive back at Artemis and Holly's time, they find that three years have passed in their own dimension.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, Artemis and Holly travel into the past to find the silky sifaka lemur, the only thing that can save Angeline Fowl from death by a fairy disease, Spelltropy. The pair are forced to outwit Artemis's younger self and Damon Kronski, president of the "Extinctionists" organization. They eventually encounter Opal Koboi, who needs the silky sifaka lemur to increase her own power. In the novel, Holly kisses Artemis, and quickly attributes it to the effects of time travel as she is now an adolescent fairy.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, Artemis is mentally ill; his dabbles with magic have resulted in his developing Atlantis Complex; a fairy disease equivalent to OCD and multiple-personality disorder. Atlantis Complex also gives the victim a large amount of paranoia. He arranges for Holly and her fairy companions to meet him at a glacier in Iceland. Later, however, when Artemis proceeds to demonstrate his invention- a means of curing global warming- outdoors, a hacked martian probe gone rogue descends and attacks the LEP ship on the glacier, killing several marines and Commander Raine Vinyaya, then heads towards Atlantis, the underwater fairy metropolis. Entangled in a conspiracy planned by Holly's old nemesis, the impending crisis and Artemis's rapid deterioration into a soppy alter-ego called Orion who perceives Holly as his 'fair princess' forces Holly to take the lead and find a way to bring back Artemis before it is too late.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, Artemis's condition has improved, with he and Holly having formed a certain friendship with 'Nopal', the near-brain-dead clone of Opal Koboi. When Opal's plan for revenge results in her releasing ancient fairy guardians, Artemis is forced to apparently sacrifice himself and Nopal to stop her, but provides Holly with a sample of his DNA that she can use to clone a new body for his discorporated soul. As the series concludes, Holly is sharing her history with Artemis with his revived but amnesic self.
- Colfer, Eoin (30 April 2005). "Narrow Escapes". Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception. Artemis Fowl. New York: Puffin Books. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-14-138164-0.
- Colfer, Eoin (2005-11-05). The Artemis Fowl Files. Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. pp. 86–87. ISBN 978-1-4231-0044-7.
- Colfer, Eoin (July 2008). Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox. Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-1-4231-0836-8.