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23rd Aug '16 3:47:01 AM Hedging
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: Prufrock Preparatory School in Book the Fifth.

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



* ManChild: Vice Principal Nero acts like a five year old brat quite often, mimicking people, punishing students by making them give him bags of candy and forcing them to watch him eat it, etc.

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* ManChild: Vice Principal Nero acts like a five year five-year old brat quite often, mimicking people, punishing students by making them give him bags of candy and forcing them to watch him eat it, etc.


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* TakeAThirdOption: A non positive example. What is Nero's solution for where to put Sunny the baby since Prufock Preparatory has no preschool class? Have her work for him as his non-paid secretary, answering the phone, stappling. etc.
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** In "The Penultimate Peril," Sir, who is AmbiguouslyGay, repeatedly yells about how he likes the smell of hot wood...
24th May '16 8:30:25 PM Az_Tech341
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** [[spoiler:Esme Squalor when it's implied she burns in the hotel with all the other blindfolded adults, after helping Olaf frame the siblings for murder and kidnap other children to torture with her whip. Vice Principal Nero and Sir also qualify here.]]
24th May '16 4:52:43 PM Jayalaw
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Beatrice [[spoiler:marries Mr. Baudelaire after she believes that her former fiance Lemony is dead, though she had broken up with him beforehand. She would've named Violet after him if Violet had been born a boy.]] Lemony never begrudged her for that.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Lemony never begrudged Beatrice for [[spoiler:breaking off their engagement, thinking he was dead, and marrying another man, a Mr. Baudelaire.]] He's more worried about [[spoiler:checking up on her children, making sure they're okay, and telling their story to the world.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Esme Squalor, as shown when she believes the Baudelaires about [[spoiler:the elevator and the Quagmires because she has joined Olaf's side.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Esme Squalor, as shown when she believes the Baudelaires about [[spoiler:the elevator and the Quagmires because she has joined Olaf's side.side, and pushes them down the shaft to trap them with a net.]]



* KickTheMoralityPet: By killing Jacques Snicket, [[spoiler:Kit's brother]], Olaf does this about six books before [[spoiler:encountering Kit again, with Kit knowing the story]]. It's no surprise that she calls him [[spoiler:a bad man while he's transporting her to a safe location.]]

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* KickTheMoralityPet: By killing Jacques Snicket, [[spoiler:Kit's brother]], Olaf does this about six books before [[spoiler:encountering Kit again, with Kit knowing the story]].and she has remained up to speed]]. It's no surprise that she calls him [[spoiler:a bad man while he's transporting her to a safe location.]]



** Klaus revealing to Olaf in Book the First that he's figured out the AndNowYouMustMarryMe plot leads to Olaf revealing IHaveYourWife with Sunny, and the henchmen suspecting the Baudelaires of trying to rescue her. Also, Klaus bragging to Stephano (actually Count Olaf) about their plans to leave him behind while going to Peru leads to Olaf murdering Monty and planning to impersonate him. By the end of the series he grows out of this, not revealing his intentions to Olaf at all.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Olaf framing the Baudelaires for murdering "Count Omar" (actually Jacques who was mistaken for Olaf) means that they're on the lam for the rest of the series, unwilling to go to Mr. Poe to ClearMyName, and even ''less'' likely to get access to their fortune as fugitives, making him less likely to get it by proxy.

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** Klaus revealing to Olaf in Book the First that he's figured out the AndNowYouMustMarryMe plot leads to Olaf revealing IHaveYourWife with Sunny, and the henchmen suspecting the Baudelaires of trying to rescue her. Also, Klaus bragging to Stephano (actually Count Olaf) about their plans to leave him behind while going to Peru leads to Olaf murdering Monty and planning to impersonate him. By the end of the series he Klaus grows out of this, not revealing his intentions to Olaf at all.
** Violet having a NotNowKiddo moment when the [[spoiler:Quagmire siblings try to tell them where they'll be hidden in the auction.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Olaf framing the Baudelaires for murdering "Count Omar" (actually Jacques who was mistaken for Olaf) means that they're on the lam for the rest of the series, unwilling to go to Mr. Poe to ClearMyName, and even ''less'' likely to get access to their fortune as fugitives, making him less likely to get it by proxy. It takes him a long, ''long'' time to realize this.
24th May '16 4:48:24 PM Jayalaw
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** [[spoiler:The Baudelaires help Count Olaf break into the laundry room, start a fire as a signal, and escape from the burning Hotel Denouement because they know no one will find the sugar bowl anyway, other VFD members will know "the last safe place is no longer safe,"
* EskimosArentReal: When Count Olaf meets Dewey Denouement in Book the Twelfth, he is surprised he isn't just a legendary figure like unicorns or Giuseppe Verdi. The Baudelaires remind him that Giuseppi Verdi is a real person.

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** [[spoiler:The Baudelaires help Count Olaf break into the laundry room, start a fire as a signal, and escape from the burning Hotel Denouement because they know no one will find the sugar bowl anyway, other VFD members will know "the last safe place is no longer safe,"
safe." Also, while Olaf may have them, he doesn't have the fortunate while they're all wanted fugitives and in the middle of the ocean]]
* EskimosArentReal: When Count Olaf meets Dewey Denouement in Book the Twelfth, he is surprised he isn't just a legendary figure like unicorns or Giuseppe Verdi. The Baudelaires remind him that Giuseppi Giuseppe Verdi is a real person.



** Carmelita Spats in the book is noted as HollywoodToneDeaf. The prose lampshades that she must have gotten from Vice Principal Nero.

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** Carmelita Spats in the book is noted as HollywoodToneDeaf. The prose lampshades that she must have gotten the idea from Vice Principal Nero.



* HollywoodToneDeaf: Carmelita Spats, who sings like her mouth is full of mashed potatoes, and like someone is shaking her rather vigorously. She even wrote the song she performs for the kidnapped children.



* 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.]]

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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 [[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.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Esme Squalor, as shown when she believes the Baudelaires about [[spoiler:the elevator and the Quagmires because she has joined Olaf's side.]]



* KarmicDeath:
** Dr. Orwell [[spoiler:when she steps into the chainsaw that she was compelling a hypnotized Klaus to use on Charles.]]
** [[spoiler:Esme Squalor when it's implied she burns in the hotel with all the other blindfolded adults, after helping Olaf frame the siblings for murder and kidnap other children to torture with her whip. Vice Principal Nero and Sir also qualify here.]]
** [[spoiler:Olaf himself when his attempt to blackmail the islanders backfires horribly; he releases the Medusoid Mycelium, but only after Ishmael shoots him in the chest with the harpoon gun.]]



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: The white-faced women]] fall victim to this in Book the Tenth. Apparently, so do [[spoiler: Fernald and Fiona]] in Book the Twelfth (albeit off-screen).

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: The white-faced women]] fall victim to this in Book the Tenth. Apparently, so So do [[spoiler: Fernald and Fiona]] in Book the Twelfth (albeit off-screen).



* ShaggyDogStory: Quite a few of them:
** The Baudelaires trying to rescue and reunite with [[spoiler:Duncan and Isadora. While they manage to get the latter two to safety, they never reunite with the duo. Though their brother Quigley reunites with them]]
** Justice Strauss trying to help the Baudelaire siblings after being forced to let them go in the first book. [[spoiler:She never loses faith in the justice system despite two of her co-judges letting Count Olaf kidnap her, and refuses to come with the siblings when they leave with Count Olaf from the hotel roof. Sunny has to bite Strauss to make her let go of the siblings' escape boat, and says sadly, "Goodbye".]]
** Also in Book the Twelfth, Jerome Squalor trying to make up for his [[spoiler:earlier cowardice by writing a book about Count Olaf's crimes. The book ends up being used to decode a secret lock and to start a fire in the hotel.]]
** On the villainous side, Olaf [[spoiler:stealing the Baudelaires' fortune]] in due part to PyrrhicVillainy. This leads to him having VillainousBSOD [[spoiler:after getting shot by his own harpoon gun.]]



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The Baudelaires, most notably Sunny, who's a baby for most of the series

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: WiseBeyondTheirYears:
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The Baudelaires, most notably Sunny, who's a baby for most of the series



* WorldOfNoGrandparents: the Baudelaires don't seem to have ''any'' close relatives; at one point Mr. Poe attempts to send them to a nineteenth cousin. Granted, the people they know have a habit of dying "mysteriously".

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* WorldOfNoGrandparents: the The Baudelaires don't seem to have ''any'' close relatives; at one point Mr. Poe attempts to send them to a nineteenth cousin. Granted, the people they know have a habit of dying "mysteriously"."mysteriously," and the ones still living refuse to take in the Baudelaires for fear of meeting the same fate.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Count Olaf and his henchmen (which is something that [[spoiler:Fernald can't deny when Klaus chews him out for his NeverMyFault moment]]), as well as Aunt Josephine (abandons them to save her own skin), Sir (puts them in dangerous labor conditions), Dr. Orwell (hypnosis to compel minors to commit murders), Vice Principal Nero (letting a coach run three children ragged from midnight until dawn), Esme Squalor (traps them in elevators and statues), the titular ''Vile Village'' (plans to burn them at the stake on flimsy evidence), and Ishmael (will let them die from poisonous mushrooms if it means remaining the leader).
* WouldntHurtAChild: Unsurprisingly, few adults meet this standard. Justice Strauss, Uncle Monty, Jerome Squalor, Phil, Mr. Remora and Mrs. Bass, and Captain Widdershins are among the minority in that they treat the Baudelaires kindly, if remaining inept.
* YouAreTooLate:
** Lemony Snicket always seems to arrive at the Baudelaires' many homes just after they have left, never encountering them in person.
** In ''The Austere Academy'' the Baudelaire siblings dash just in time to see Olaf's henchmen [[spoiler:carry off Duncan and Isadora for their fortune]]. This happens ''again'' in ''The Ersatz Elevator'' with [[spoiler:Duncan and Isadora carted away in the literal RedHerring statue]].
* YourCheatingHeart: While still married to Jerome, [[spoiler:Esme runs away with Count Olaf and reveals in the next book that they're dating.]]
24th May '16 2:50:59 PM Jayalaw
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* HeelRealization: Fernald when Fiona confronts him over losing his hands, setting fires as ''The Daily Punctilio'' reports and learning he is one of Olaf's henchmen. He doesn't deny having set the fires and has the gall to [[VictimBlaming blame a deathly-ill Sunny]] for [[NeverMyFault getting him into so much trouble]], but he admits that joining Olaf's band was NotWhatISignedUpFor [[spoiler:So much that they escape together in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome from Olaf after Fiona becomes a FakeDefector.]]

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* HeelRealization: Fernald when Fiona confronts him over losing his hands, setting fires as ''The Daily Punctilio'' reports and learning he is one of Olaf's henchmen. He doesn't deny having set the fires and has the gall to [[VictimBlaming blame a deathly-ill Sunny]] for [[NeverMyFault getting him into so much trouble]], but he admits that joining Olaf's band was NotWhatISignedUpFor NotWhatISignedUpFor. [[spoiler:So much that they escape together in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome from Olaf after Fiona becomes a FakeDefector.]]


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* KickTheMoralityPet: By killing Jacques Snicket, [[spoiler:Kit's brother]], Olaf does this about six books before [[spoiler:encountering Kit again, with Kit knowing the story]]. It's no surprise that she calls him [[spoiler:a bad man while he's transporting her to a safe location.]]


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* UnreliableExpositor: ''The Daily Punctilio'' which is lampshaded constantly.
24th May '16 2:19:10 PM Jayalaw
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:After getting harpooned by Ishmael, Olaf realizes that all of his plans have been foiled, he has nothing left to live for, having lost everyone close to him, and he has no chance of obtaining the Baudelaire fortune. After learning that Kit has gone into labor, he does what Violet labels the single good deed in his life by carrying her to an area where childbirth will be easier. Although he has eaten an apple that cures him of the Medusoid Mycelium that was released when he was harpooned, he succumbs to his harpoon wound, but not before reciting the closing stanza of a poem and giving out one final "HA!"]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:After AlasPoorVillain:[[spoiler:After getting harpooned by Ishmael, Olaf realizes that all of his plans have been foiled, he has nothing left to live for, having lost everyone close to him, and he has no chance of obtaining the Baudelaire fortune. After learning that Kit has gone into labor, he does what Violet labels the single good deed in his life by carrying her to an area where childbirth will be easier. Although he has eaten an apple that cures him of the Medusoid Mycelium that was released when he was harpooned, he succumbs to his harpoon wound, but not before reciting the closing stanza of a poem and giving out one final "HA!"]]



* AlphaBitch: Carmelita Spats, a genuinely terrible little girl that the orphans first encounter in ''The Austere Academy''. Count Olaf and Esme Squalor hit it off with her so well they decide to [[spoiler: adopt her.]]

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* AlphaBitch: Carmelita Spats, a genuinely terrible little girl that the orphans first encounter in ''The Austere Academy''. Count Olaf and Esme Squalor hit it off with her so well they decide to [[spoiler: adopt her.[[spoiler:adopt her, though, Olaf later leaves her to die in the fire.]]



* AnyoneCanDie: Anyone who takes time to care for the orphans is likely to meet a horrible fate. Also, anyone who takes time to persecute the orphans. The series kicks off with the deaths of their parents in a fire. Eventually it adds up to: [[spoiler: Kit Snicket, Aunt Josephine, Uncle Monty, and possibly ''everybody else''.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Anyone who takes time to care for the orphans is likely to meet a horrible fate. Also, anyone who takes time to persecute the orphans. The series kicks off with the deaths of their parents in a fire. Eventually it adds up to: [[spoiler: Kit [[spoiler:Kit Snicket, Aunt Josephine, Uncle Monty, and possibly ''everybody else''.]]



* DespairEventHorizon: A variant: in Book the Twelfth, the Baudelaires [[spoiler:lose faith in the justice system and in staying "noble" people after realizing the judges of their KangarooCourt are corrupt and are allowing Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss, taking advantage of everyone being blindfolded. Violet pretty much says even if Justice Strauss wants to help them, she can't because the system is too corrupt, and if the Baudelaires are away from society than Olaf can't get their fortune even if he has them.]] In Book the Thirteenth, they only decide [spoiler:to return to society when they outgrow the deserted island and need to see how the world has fared.]]

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* DespairEventHorizon: A variant: in Book the Twelfth, the Baudelaires [[spoiler:lose faith in the justice system and in staying "noble" people after realizing the judges of their KangarooCourt are corrupt and are allowing Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss, taking advantage of everyone being blindfolded. Violet pretty much says even if Justice Strauss wants to help them, she can't because the system is too corrupt, and if the Baudelaires are away from society than Olaf can't get their fortune even if he has them.]] In Book the Thirteenth, they only decide [spoiler:to [[spoiler:to return to society when they outgrow the deserted island and need to see how the world has fared.]]



* DirtyCoward: It isn't Aunt Josephine's numerous, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment crippling, irrational phobias]] that qualify her for this title, but rather the way she instantly and shamelessly promises not to reveal Olaf's [[PaperThinDisguise disguise]] and offers for him to take the children when she is threatened. The narrator and the Beaudelaires agree that she was a horrible guardian.

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* DirtyCoward: DirtyCoward:
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It isn't Aunt Josephine's numerous, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment crippling, irrational phobias]] that qualify her for this title, but rather the way she instantly and shamelessly promises not to reveal Olaf's [[PaperThinDisguise disguise]] and offers for him to take the children when she is threatened. The narrator and the Beaudelaires agree that she was a horrible guardian.guardian.
** Also off-screen in ''The Vile Village'' the relatives and foster parents that refuse to take in the Baudelaires due to previous guardians getting murdered, which could be avoided if sensible people simply ''listened'' to the children.



* DontEatAndSwim: Aunt Josephine tells the Baudelaries that they must wait one hour after eating before swimming in Lake Lachrymose. [[CuteBookworm Klaus]] initially assumes it's because of cramps, but Josephine informs him that it's actually because of the lake's [[KillerRabbit carnivorous leeches]]. Later on she attracts the leaches to their stolen boat by concealing that she had eaten a banana before boarding.

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* DontEatAndSwim: Aunt Josephine tells the Baudelaries Baudelaires that they must wait one hour after eating before swimming in Lake Lachrymose. [[CuteBookworm Klaus]] initially assumes it's because of cramps, but Josephine informs him that it's actually because of the lake's [[KillerRabbit carnivorous leeches]]. Later on she attracts the leaches to their stolen boat by concealing that she had eaten a banana before boarding.



* DumbIsGood: InvertedTrope: "Well-read people are less likely to be evil."

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* DumbIsGood: InvertedTrope: InvertedTrope:
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"Well-read people are less likely to be evil."



* GoshDarnItToHeck: "Cakesniffer". ([[spoiler:Cocksucker]]).

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* GoshDarnItToHeck: "Cakesniffer"."[[UnusualEuphemism Cakesniffer]]". ([[spoiler:Cocksucker]]).



-->"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." Though when you consider the source . . .

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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 you]] [[NotSoSimilar consider the source .source]] is [[spoiler:Fernald]]. . .



* HeelRealization: Fernald when Fiona confronts him over losing his hands and learning he is one of Olaf's henchment. [[spoiler:So much that they escape together in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome after Fiona becomes a FakeDefector.]]

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Mr. Poe's sister, the editor of ''The Daily Punctilio'', as noted in ''The Unauthorized Biography''. She fired Lemony Snicket for trashing Esme's terrible acting in a play (and for an unstated reason that Lemony fails to print before he's caught in the newspaper's printing rooms), hired a shock-value journalist named Geraldine Julienne, and openly engages in telling falsehoods in print. [[spoiler:After getting trapped in a basement, she sends a distress telegram to Mr. Poe; within it she confesses that she falsified tales in ''The Daily Punctilio''. Unfortunately for her, Mr. Poe has been taking [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard Geraldine Julienne's advice about not reading telegrams]] and sends them to said journalist without reading, along with the distress telegram that the Baudelaires sent him in ''The Hostile Hospital''. It's implied that she dies in that basement with no one but Geraldine Julienne ]]
* HeelRealization: Fernald when Fiona confronts him over losing his hands hands, setting fires as ''The Daily Punctilio'' reports and learning he is one of Olaf's henchment. henchmen. He doesn't deny having set the fires and has the gall to [[VictimBlaming blame a deathly-ill Sunny]] for [[NeverMyFault getting him into so much trouble]], but he admits that joining Olaf's band was NotWhatISignedUpFor [[spoiler:So much that they escape together in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome from Olaf after Fiona becomes a FakeDefector.]]



** Mr. Poe's sister [[spoiler:dies off-screen trapped in a basement when one of the journalists she hired, Geraldine Julienne, gives advice about how telegrams are dangerous. This leads to the distress telegram that Mr. Poe's sister sends getting sent to Geraldine, courtesy of Mr. Poe believing the news.]]



* HonorBeforeReason: "He (or she) who hesitates is lost!"
* HopeSpot: Several, usually lampshaded by a SnicketWarningLabel. The one that makes the Baudelaires cross the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:is when they end up in a KangarooCourt in Book the Twelfth and the corrupt judges allow Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss.]]

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* HonorBeforeReason: Captain Widdershins and Fiona's motto: "He (or she) who hesitates is lost!"
* HopeSpot: Several, usually lampshaded by a SnicketWarningLabel. The one that makes the Baudelaires cross the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:is when they end up in a KangarooCourt in Book the Twelfth Twelfth, hoping to finally tell their tale, and the corrupt judges allow Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss.]]



* KillEmAll: By the end of the series, [[spoiler: practically every notable character has either died or else been abandoned by the narrative at a point when their survival is very much up in the air]]. Many secondary and one-off characters from throughout the story are left trying to [[spoiler: escape a burning hotel while ''blindfolded'' (let's just say kangaroo court and move on)]], including [[spoiler: Mr. Poe, Justice Strauss, and both Jerome and Esme Squalor.]] Another group of characters including the Quagmire [[spoiler: triplets]] and the [[spoiler: hook-handed man]] is either devoured or rescued by the question-mark-shaped entity, and [[spoiler: the island's inhabitants are left sailing away with only the possibility of a single apple to save them from the Medusoid Mycelium's poison spores.]] Even the Baudelaires themselves and [[spoiler: Kit's newborn daughter]] only spend a year in safety on the [[spoiler: island]] before resuming their journey, pursued by [[spoiler: the question-mark-shaped entity, which leaves their fate ambiguous as well.]]

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* KillEmAll: By the end of the series, [[spoiler: practically every notable character has either died or else been abandoned by the narrative at a point when their survival is very much up in the air]]. Many secondary and one-off characters from throughout the story are left trying to [[spoiler: escape a burning hotel while ''blindfolded'' (let's just say kangaroo court and move on)]], including [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Poe, Justice Strauss, and both Jerome and Esme Squalor.]] Another group of characters including the Quagmire [[spoiler: triplets]] and the [[spoiler: hook-handed man]] is either devoured or rescued by the question-mark-shaped entity, and [[spoiler: the island's inhabitants are left sailing away with only the possibility of a single apple to save them from the Medusoid Mycelium's poison spores.]] Even the Baudelaires themselves and [[spoiler: Kit's newborn daughter]] only spend a year in safety on the [[spoiler: island]] before resuming their journey, pursued by [[spoiler: the question-mark-shaped entity, which leaves their fate ambiguous as well.]]
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* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: "'Heimlich Hospital Almost Forgets Paperwork!' Wait until the readers of ''The Daily Punctilio'' see that!" One of many examples courtesy of Geraldine Julienne, star reporter.----

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* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: "'Heimlich Hospital Almost Forgets Paperwork!' Wait until the readers of ''The Daily Punctilio'' see that!" One of many examples courtesy of Geraldine Julienne, star reporter.reporter.
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21st May '16 9:54:11 AM JustTroper
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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Both Olaf in his "Gunther" disguise ("The Erzatz Elevator") and Madame Lulu/Olivia Caliban in "Carnivorous Carnival" speak very peculiar English as a part of their {{Fauxreigner}} image. Downplayed with Olaf (since he does it only as a part of one particular disguise), and played straight with Lulu who has been doing it for a large part of her life (Lulu's language is actually more idiosyncratic than Olaf's: for instance, she also [[ThirdPersonPerson refers to herself in the third person]]).
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* DespairEventHorizon: A variant; in Book the Twelfth, the Baudelaires [[spoiler:lose faith in the justice system and in staying "noble" people after realizing the judges of their KangarooCourt are corrupt and are allowing Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss, taking advantage of everyone being blindfolded. Violet pretty much says even if Justice Strauss wants to help them, she can't because the system is too corrupt, and if the Baudelaires are away from society than Olaf can't get their fortune even if he has them.]] In Book the Thirteenth, they only decide [spoiler:to return to society when they outgrow the deserted island and need to see how the world has fared.]]

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* DespairEventHorizon: A variant; variant: in Book the Twelfth, the Baudelaires [[spoiler:lose faith in the justice system and in staying "noble" people after realizing the judges of their KangarooCourt are corrupt and are allowing Count Olaf to kidnap Justice Strauss, taking advantage of everyone being blindfolded. Violet pretty much says even if Justice Strauss wants to help them, she can't because the system is too corrupt, and if the Baudelaires are away from society than Olaf can't get their fortune even if he has them.]] In Book the Thirteenth, they only decide [spoiler:to return to society when they outgrow the deserted island and need to see how the world has fared.]]



* DiminishingVillainThreat: Count Olaf got less and less threatening as the books went on, although to some degree other villains picked up the slack. In this case 'less threatening' does not necessarily translate into 'less ''dangerous'''. It's not even so much ''diminished'' as the fact that you realize that he is ''not even TheDragon'' to an incomprehensibly vast AncientConspiracy that is never fully explained but nonetheless pervades the last 4 books. Olaf's a MookLieutenant at best and just a flat-out ''{{Mook}}'' at worst–even the very definitely evil woman with hair but no beard and man with beard but no hair appear to be taking their orders from someone else. [[ParanoiaFuel And that person could be taking orders from someone else, and so on...]]

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* DiminishingVillainThreat: Count Olaf got less and less threatening as the books went on, progressed, although to some degree other villains picked up the slack. In this case 'less threatening' does not necessarily translate into 'less ''dangerous'''. It's not even so much ''diminished'' as Though always dangerous, eventually the fact that you realize that he is ''not even TheDragon'' books revealed Olaf to be a MookLieutenant at best and a simple ''{{Mook}}'' at worst to an incomprehensibly vast AncientConspiracy - one that is never wasn't fully explained but nonetheless pervades pervaded the last 4 books. Olaf's a MookLieutenant at best and just a flat-out ''{{Mook}}'' at worst–even Even the very definitely evil woman with hair but no beard and man with beard but no hair appear appeared to be taking their orders from someone else. [[ParanoiaFuel And that person could be have been taking orders from someone else, and so on...on....]]



* DontEatAndSwim: Aunt Josephine tells the Baudelaries that they must wait one hour after eating before swimming in Lake Lachrymose. [[CuteBookworm Klaus]] initially assumes it's because of cramps, but Josephine informs him that it's actually because of the lake's [[KillerRabbit carnivorous leeches]]. Later on she attracts the leaches to their stolen boat by not mentioning she had eaten a banana before boarding.

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* DontEatAndSwim: Aunt Josephine tells the Baudelaries that they must wait one hour after eating before swimming in Lake Lachrymose. [[CuteBookworm Klaus]] initially assumes it's because of cramps, but Josephine informs him that it's actually because of the lake's [[KillerRabbit carnivorous leeches]]. Later on she attracts the leaches to their stolen boat by not mentioning concealing that she had eaten a banana before boarding.



* TookALevelInBadass: The Baudelaires are already a BadassFamily, but the real clincher is when Violet politely tells [[spoiler:Mr. Poe at the end of ''The Grim Grotto'' that they're not going with him because they got a coded message telling them to meet with someone else, and implying that they aren't going to blindly trust adults again who are unreliable.]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: The Baudelaires are already a BadassFamily, but the real clincher is when Violet politely tells [[spoiler:Mr. Poe at the end of ''The Grim Grotto'' that they're not going with him because they got a coded message telling them to meet with someone else, and implying that they aren't going to blindly trust adults again who are blindly again, as they seem to be unreliable.]]
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