History Literature / ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents

23rd Oct '17 8:54:21 AM Silverblade2
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* InfantImmortality: Despite all the terrible things that happen in the books, no children are killed during the course of the series. [[spoiler:In fact, even though one of the Quagmire triplets was thought to be killed in a fire before the Baudelaires met them, it turns out that he survived.]] However, several of the Baudelaires' friends who were about their age are taken by [[spoiler: "The Great Unknown" in the last book.]] While the books make it clear that this is probably a very bad thing, it is never outright stated to be fatal.

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* InfantImmortality: ImprobableInfantSurvival: Despite all the terrible things that happen in the books, no children are killed during the course of the series. [[spoiler:In fact, even though one of the Quagmire triplets was thought to be killed in a fire before the Baudelaires met them, it turns out that he survived.]] However, several of the Baudelaires' friends who were about their age are taken by [[spoiler: "The Great Unknown" in the last book.]] While the books make it clear that this is probably a very bad thing, it is never outright stated to be fatal.


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** However the fate of [[spoiler: Carmelita Spats]] remains ambiguous. [[spoiler: She's last seen in the Hotel Denouement before it takes fire]].
23rd Oct '17 12:07:51 AM Silverblade2
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* GainaxEnding: Ultimately, ''The End'' ends with [[spoiler:almost all the characters in the series possibly dead, an offscreen cataclysm being implied with the Medusoid Mycelium and the Great Unknown, the Baudelaires ending up on an island in the middle of nowhere where the schism of V.F.D. no longer matters, and eventually sailing back to the mainland with Kit Snicket's baby daughter to seek a new life.]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: See HoistByHisOwnPetard above.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: See HoistByHisOwnPetard above.%%* LaserGuidedKarma:
30th Sep '17 5:39:13 PM RedScharlach
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*** Also notable, ''The Beatrice Letters'' [[spoiler: implies that at least one of the non-malevolent adults from the series, Charles, is still alive after the Hotel Denoument fire. He's also never likely to realize that Sir is undeserving of his love]].

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*** Also notable, ''The Beatrice Letters'' [[spoiler: implies that at least one of the non-malevolent adults from the series, Charles, is still alive after the Hotel Denoument Denouement fire. He's also never likely to realize that Sir is undeserving of his love]].



* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: It's a safe bet that a boarding school with the motto ''Memento Mori'' (which is latin for "Remember you will die") is not going to be a pleasant one. And Prufrock Preparatory School in Book the Fifth is indeed not.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: It's a safe bet that a boarding school with the motto ''Memento Mori'' (which is latin Latin for "Remember you will die") is not going to be a pleasant one. And Prufrock Preparatory School in Book the Fifth is indeed not.



* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Phil]] in ''The Grim Grotto''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Tons of examples]] in ''The Penultimate Peril'', incluing Mr. Poe, Jerome, Justice Strauss, the teachers from Prufrock Prep School, residents of the Village of Fowl Devotees, Hal (running an Indian restaurant), Carmelita Spats, Sir, Charles, and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Bruce]] (a minor character from ''The Reptile Room'').

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* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Phil]] in ''The Grim Grotto''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Tons of examples]] in ''The Penultimate Peril'', incluing including Mr. Poe, Jerome, Justice Strauss, the teachers from Prufrock Prep School, residents of the Village of Fowl Devotees, Hal (running an Indian restaurant), Carmelita Spats, Sir, Charles, and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Bruce]] (a minor character from ''The Reptile Room'').



* CinderellaCircumstances: The first book, in which the Baudelaire siblings live with the bossy and horrible Count Olaf who treats them like servants. In the tenth book, "The Slippery Slope", Sunny resides with Count Olaf and his henchmen after being captured by them. She ends up becoming a servant for the whole group, including cooking meals in freezing temperatures, cleaning, and sleeping in a casserole dish and having to '''clear a car floor of potato chips''' ''by blowing them out.'' . The narrator even references Cinderella.

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* CinderellaCircumstances: The first book, in which the Baudelaire siblings live with the bossy and horrible Count Olaf who treats them like servants. In the tenth book, "The Slippery Slope", Sunny resides with Count Olaf and his henchmen after being captured by them. She ends up becoming a servant for the whole group, including cooking meals in freezing temperatures, cleaning, and sleeping in a casserole dish and having to '''clear a car floor of potato chips''' ''by blowing them out.'' .out''. The narrator even references Cinderella.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of ''The Carnivorous Carnival's'' chapters starts out with a discussion of French phrases. One of the phrases Snicket gives as an example is "la petite mort" which he translates as "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the feeling you have when a small part of you has died]]." He neglects to give the more common usage of the term- [[GetTheeToANunnery slang for having an orgasm]].

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of ''The Carnivorous Carnival's'' chapters starts out with a discussion of French phrases. One of the phrases Snicket gives as an example is "la petite mort" which he translates as "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the feeling you have when a small part of you has died]]." He neglects to give the more common usage of the term- term -- [[GetTheeToANunnery slang for having an orgasm]].



-->"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict." [[{{Hypocrite}} Though when you]] [[NotSoSimilar consider the source]] is [[spoiler:Fernald]]. . .

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-->"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict." [[{{Hypocrite}} Though when you]] [[NotSoSimilar consider the source]] is [[spoiler:Fernald]]. . .[[spoiler:Fernald]]...



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue [[spoiler:Chapter Fourteen]]; arguably a SubvertedTrope because they haven't gone anywhere, although their views have moved on. ''The Beatrice Letters'' form part of an epilogue themselves. Even though the scrambled letters reveal that [[spoiler:" BEATRICE SANK"]], the Baudelaires [[spoiler: are apparently living out their lives doing what they love. Beatrice (that's the Beatrice born in Book 13) is currently trying to find Lemony Snicket, presumably to ask him what is happening.]]

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue [[spoiler:Chapter Fourteen]]; arguably a SubvertedTrope because they haven't gone anywhere, although their views have moved on. ''The Beatrice Letters'' form part of an epilogue themselves. Even though the scrambled letters reveal that [[spoiler:" BEATRICE [[spoiler:"BEATRICE SANK"]], the Baudelaires [[spoiler: are apparently living out their lives doing what they love. Beatrice (that's the Beatrice born in Book 13) is currently trying to find Lemony Snicket, presumably to ask him what is happening.]]



** The Baudelaires, most notably Sunny, who's a baby for most of the series
** Most members of the VFD qualify

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** The Baudelaires, most notably Sunny, who's a baby for most of the series
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** Most members of the VFD qualifyqualify.
30th Aug '17 8:00:23 AM Malady
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the third book, Violet starts a fire by focusing moonbeams using a telescope. Webcomic/{{XKCD}} has a [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/145/ long article on why this is impossible.]]

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the third book, Violet starts a fire by focusing moonbeams using a telescope. Webcomic/{{XKCD}} ''Blog/WhatIf'' has a [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/145/ long article on why this is impossible.]]]] Basically because "You can't use lenses and mirrors to make something hotter than the surface of the light source itself."
30th Aug '17 7:56:42 AM Malady
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the third book, Violet starts a fire by focusing moonbeams using a telescope. {{XKCD}} has a [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/145/ long article on why this is impossible.]]

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the third book, Violet starts a fire by focusing moonbeams using a telescope. {{XKCD}} Webcomic/{{XKCD}} has a [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/145/ long article on why this is impossible.]]



* BaitAndSwitchCredits: [[spoiler: Chapter 170, a.k.a. ''Chapter Fourteen''.]]

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* BaitAndSwitchCredits: [[spoiler: Chapter [[spoiler:Chapter 170, a.k.a. ''Chapter Fourteen''.]]
20th Aug '17 10:21:12 AM Hedging
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* NotSoDifferent: Attempted -- or perhaps spoofed -- with the Baudelaires and Olaf from Book the Eighth onward. Fernald attempts it as well.

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* NotSoDifferent: Attempted -- or perhaps spoofed -- with While living as fugitives from the eighth book onward, the Baudelaires and Olaf are forced in enact several questionable deeds, from Book deceiving people with disguises, attempting to trap Esme to use as hostage, burning down a hotel, and even accidentally killing someone. Initially, they believe they are justified in doing these on the Eighth onward. Fernald grounds that they are attempts it to save themselves, but slowly start to realize that most of Olaf's wicked deeds are to save himself as well.well, making them wonder if they're any better than him.
30th Jul '17 8:39:08 PM GranChi
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* ParentalSubstitute: Dr. Montgomery is a good substitute. In ''The Penultimate Peril'', volunteers Kit Snicket and [[spoiler:Dewey Denouement]] answer ''some'' of the Baudelaires' questions and the latter offers to become their guardian. [[spoiler:All three of them die.]]
** Also Justice Strauss in the first book.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Dr. Montgomery is a good substitute. In ''The Penultimate Peril'', volunteers Kit Snicket and [[spoiler:Dewey Denouement]] answer ''some'' of the Baudelaires' questions questions, and the latter offers to become their guardian. [[spoiler:All three of them die.]]
** Also Justice Strauss in and Jerome Squalor both try to play this role towards the first book.children in books 1 and 6, respectively. But each one fails to protect them from Olaf's schemes, and neither one is able to stay with the children for various reasons.
20th Jun '17 5:06:17 AM lalaTKG
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* MocksteryTale: Basically the gist of the series. The protagonists are attempting to uncover a number of mysteries related to their parents' death and a mysterious organization V. F. D. which they were members of; the reader is expecting that the ending books will provide the answers. However, the final book called The End has an entirely different focus; eventually, the whole series turn out to be more of a coming-of-age story than mystery fiction, and one of the author's points is that the world is full of unanswered questions.

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* MocksteryTale: Basically the gist of the series. The protagonists are attempting to uncover a number of mysteries related to their parents' death and a mysterious organization V. F. D. which they were members of; the reader is expecting that the ending books will provide the answers. However, the final book called The End has an entirely different focus; eventually, the whole series turn turns out to be more of a coming-of-age story than mystery fiction, and one of the author's points is that the world is full of unanswered questions.
20th Jun '17 3:12:41 AM lalaTKG
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** The connection to his name and [[EasterEgg Edgar Allen Poe's association with tuberculosis]]

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** The connection to his name and [[EasterEgg Edgar Allen Poe's association with tuberculosis]]tuberculosis]].
20th Jun '17 3:10:30 AM lalaTKG
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* TotallyRadical: In-universe, Count Olaf's disguise as Detective Dupin in Book 7 comes off this way. Mainly he overuses the word "cool" (always accompanied by a finger snap) and wears an over-the-top cool outfit with sequined pants and sunglasses.


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* TotallyRadical: In-universe, Count Olaf's disguise as Detective Dupin in Book 7 comes off this way. Mainly he overuses the word "cool" (always accompanied by a finger snap) and wears an over-the-top cool outfit with sequined pants and sunglasses.
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