Awesome / A Series of Unfortunate Events

Spoilers for every book in the series will follow.

The Baudelaire Orphans

Usually get at least one per book. God, these guys are good at surviving.
  • Collective:
    • The Xanatos Speed Chess they play at the end of The Slippery Slope to rescue Sunny AND learn the location of "the last safe place." Very dangerous, but it pays off. "We know where the sugar bowl is." Oh, these little Chessmasters.
    • After ten books of being manipulated, mistreated, and tossed around from one dangerous situation to the next, the children decide that they're done listening to Mr. Poe at the end of The Grim Grotto. Considering that he's one of the many ignorant adults in the series, this really shines through as a triumphant moment for the trio.
  • Violet:
  • Klaus:
    • In The Miserable Mill, Klaus saves Charles by moving a tree trunk, with nothing but a very sticky gun, a stick and the strength of his arms. This would be more than enough to categorize him as a Genius Bruiser.
      • Making this better is that usually this kind of MacGyvering is Violet's specialty, as his narration points out.
    • In The Hostile Hospital, Klaus faces all of Olaf's henchmen who have cornered him in the operation theater. All he's got is a rusty knife to defend himself ; he won't even need to use it, and will escape successfully while saving his sister Violet.
    • Please note that he escapes by jumping on Violet's hospital gurney and riding it out.
    • In The Slippery Slope, Klaus breaks a complicated code using resources from a library. The kicker? The library has already burned to the ground, so he's basically relying on ashes.
  • Sunny:
    • In The Miserable Mill, Sunny engages in a swordfight with Georgina. She doesn't even have a sword, she just uses her sharp teeth to block the sword in mid-air. She eventually loses, but still.
    • In The Slippery Slope, taking advantage of the fact that Olaf can't understand anything she says to get away with repeatedly insulting him.

  • Other:
    • Friday gets one when she orders Olaf to stop misbehaving, while he points a harpoon gun at her. She gets another one when she flatly tells him to go away, being the first person in the series, aside from the Man with Beard but no Hair and the Woman with Hair but no Beard, that he actually obeys.
    • Note that she’s only seven years old.
    • You may actually feel like cheering for Count Olaf when he calls out Carmelita for being such a horrible brat and dumps Esme.
    • In the film, there's the scene where he gloats to his audience that he is now legally married to Violet thanks to Justice Strauss, and when Mr. Poe orders that the Chief of Police arrest him for being a monster, Olaf counters by stating that Poe and all of the other adults are monsters themselves for all the times they ignored the children when they pleaded for help. Admit it, Poe and the others deserved it. If not for their stupidity things wouldn't have been so difficult for the siblings.
    • "I'm the monster? I'm the monster? YOU'RE the monster! These children tried to warn you but you wouldn't listen. No one ever listens to children! You think you're innocent? You're accomplices!" Anvil, consider yourself dropped.
    • Oh, and if you are reading this page, you'll know how Violet fooled him in the book. She tried the same trick in the movie. Except, this time Olaf notices it immediately, almost as if he was expecting it.
  • Admittedly, it's something that everyone saw that coming, but the sky itself opening to let the sunlight hit the lenses and burn down Olaf's marriage contract. Olaf just won, and it's bragging about it, giving a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech to everyone else, and then you get the closest thing to Divine Intervention this series ever had.
  • Another awesome moment in the film: Mr. Karma Houdini aka Count Olaf gets a full dose of Laser-Guided Karma in the film with a cruel and unusual punishment: Having to go through all the Hell the kids went through in the film. This includes, fighting the man eating fish, escaping from the wreck of the house, and escaping getting ran over by the train. However, he escapes and survives each mess up in those really dangerous situtions.
    • By the Way, Jim Carrey is AWESOME at playing Olaf.