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The characters of Lemony Snicket's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book series. Please keep in mind that this page is for the characters as they appear in the books or in the books and one or more adaptations only.
->For the characters as portrayed in its 2004 film adaptation, see ''Characters/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2004''.
->For the characters as portrayed in its 2017 series adaptation, see ''Characters/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017''.
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!Main Characters
!!The Baudelaire Children
[[folder:In General]]
!!The Baudelaire Children
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Orphaned when their parents die in a fire, the Baudelaires now have to escape the greedy hands of Count Olaf... and on their way, they uncover a massive conspiracy.
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* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Violet and Klaus, 14/15 and 12/13 respectively, fit the bill for the two older siblings. Although Sunny is no longer referred to as a baby from Book the Tenth onward, she is undeniably the age-distant baby.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Daniel Handler has mentioned that he tends to write characters as Jewish by "default" until elaborated otherwise. More to the point, in the final book, the Baudelaires mention that it is their family's tradition to name babies after deceased relatives -- a Jewish tradition in real life.
* AntiHero: They end up in this territory from book 7 on-wards. All three of them are fundamentally good people, but circumstances lead to them being on the run and doing questionable things to survive. The resulting conflict is a major theme of the later books.
* BadassAdorable: All three. Especially Sunny, who's badass even though she's a baby.
* BadassBookworm: Klaus and Violet both count, though Klaus is a bigger example as his specialty is researching.
* TheBeautifulElite: The Baudelaires are from a vastly wealthy and likely upper-class family, and are described by Lemony Snicket as possessing pleasant facial features.
* BrainyBrunette: All three of them have black hair and they're all intelligent, though the adaptations portray Sunny as blonde.
* BreakTheCutie: Not quite, but it comes pretty damn close at times.
* BrotherSisterTeam: All three of them, especially since they have very few people to fully rely on.
%%* ButtMonkey
* TheCassandra: They are usually ignored.
* CassandraTruth:
** No one believes the Baudelaires whenever they see Count Olaf, except in the final book.
** The general public also refuse to believe [[spoiler: the Baudelaries aren't murderers. ]]
* CinderellaCircumstances: With Count Olaf, they were treated like slaves whilst they were under his care.
%%* ClarkKenting: The group does this a few times.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Deconstructed, as their status as orphans leaves them bouncing from one awful home to another with no way out till Violet turns 18.
%%* CosmicPlaything
* 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 then 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.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Possibly, as bits of narration and The Beatrice Letters suggest that they've managed to clear their names and re-enter society.
* ForegoneConclusion: Book 2 reveals that they manage to survive their childhoods to thoroughly regret them.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Baudelaires fear this and even do some morally questionable things later on -- it's actually quoted in the tenth book.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: From book 7 onwards, thanks to Count Olaf faking his death and framing the Baudelaires for his murder.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: An InvertedTrope, in that the members of the Baudelaire family are the ''least'' insane people they encounter.
* PowerTrio: Sunny, as the baby, fills the Id, and Klaus the walking encyclopedia fills the Superego. Violet usually leads the family as the Ego.
* PromotionToParent: Violet to Klaus and Sunny, and later, the three of them to [[spoiler: Beatrice Snicket.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: They aren't just seeing things; Count Olaf IS always there.
* OnlySaneMan: Pretty much the only sane people who aren't in the VFD in the entire story, outside of the Quagmires. Unfortunately it rarely helps them.
%%* OrphansOrdeal: The poster children for this trope.
%%* {{Seekers}}: Eventually.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Idiots who have power over them unfortunately.
* 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 trust adults blindly again, as they seem to be unreliable]].
* WeirdnessMagnet: Well, more like "Count Olaf magnet", who is one of the weirdest of them all.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Their situation forces them to act and think more maturely than kids their age should.
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[[folder: Violet]]
!!Violet Baudelaire

The oldest of the Baudelaire Trio, Violet is an intelligent 14-15 year old inventor and responsible older sister.
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* BigSisterInstinct: Before and after their parents' deaths, she cared deeply about her brother and sister.
* CharacterTics: Violet always ties her hair back when she's thinking hard -- usually about inventing.
* CoolBigSis: Is the eldest child and has a knack for creating functional inventions.
* GadgeteerGenius: Rarely anything particularly outlandish, as she did not often have [[MacGyvering much to work with.]]
* GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak: She may be polite and well-dressed, but she's also a WrenchWench.
* LethalChef: Violet burns everything she cooks, even toast.
* LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard: This happens to her roughly [[OnceAnEpisode once per book]]
%%* MrFixit
* PerkyGoth: Violet's character design changes from a rather innocent 50's girl style, to a lolita-style goth in the film.
* PromotionToParent: Violet takes the vow she made to look after her younger siblings very seriously.
* TeamMom: Only natural, given her circumstances.
* TomboyishPonytail: in the film and tv adaptations, anyway.
* WrenchWench: Violet loves inventing and tinkering with machines and gadgets. Many times she has to quickly invent something to extricate herself and her siblings from the latest tragic predicament.
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[[folder: Klaus]]
!!Klaus Baudelaire

The middle Baudlaire and only boy, Klaus is extremely bookish and prone to using big words. The vast amount of things he's learned from his reading, as well as his research skills, come in handy.
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%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* BadassBookworm: Though all the siblings qualify as this, Klaus's thing is that he uses books to kick ass.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He displays a strong brotherly instinct for his sisters. When Violet is captured in ''The Hostile Hospital'', he and Sunny do their best to save their elder sister.
* BlindWithoutEm: He can't see well without his glasses, which plays heavily into Olaf's plot in ''The Miserable Mill''. He's able to see well enough without them when he gives them to Duncan Quagmire to pose as him or when he and Violet need to disguise themselves. Downplayed in the film where he only needed them for reading.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In Book the Fourth; he even appears to have MindControlEyes on the cover.
* CharacterTics: Klaus has a habit of polishing his glasses.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: His specialty is reading, which doesn't seem too good on paper and isn't looked highly upon by the villains. Usually, he'll find a library in a novel that will give him the power to help the Baudelaires get out of a jam. In later books, his range of knowledge basically covers anything that his sisters don't know.
* LoveHurts: With Fiona in The Grimm Grotto, even asking Violet "how someone so wonderful could do something so terrible".
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Klaus originally resented Sunny when she was born, but got over it quickly when he got to know her.
* MouthyKid: Klaus is usually the first Baudelaire to talk back to adults, seeing as in many cases he knows better than they do.
* PhotographicMemory: He remembers absolutely everything he's ever read.
* RunningGag: Adults explaining to Klaus the definitions of words that he already knows.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Klaus is fond of big words, much to the annoyance of the villains. He also explains the definitions of words to his siblings often.
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[[folder: Sunny]]
!!Sunny Baudelaire

The youngest Baudelaire is only a baby and only intelligible to her brother and sister (at least at the beginning). However, she is extremely intelligent, and in addition to having four very sharp teeth as a weapon, she also demonstrates admirable cooking skills later on.
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* BabyTalk: This changes when she starts to speak coherently towards the series' end.
* BadassInDistress: Despite being able to take care of herself, Sunny is still a baby. She's the target of multiple kidnappings and once contracted a dangerous disease.
* TheBigGuy: Especially at the beginning when her special ability was her sharp teeth. Sunny was often called upon to chew ropes or rocks and once fought off a sword with her teeth.
* CharacterTics: Sunny likes to bare or sharpen her teeth, chews on objects when she's agitated or just for fun and bites people gently in greeting and hard if she doesn't like them.
* ChefOfIron: The later books show her developing an aptitude for cooking and ''[[DistantFinale The Beatrice Letters]]'' mention grown-up Sunny discussing her recipes on the radio.
* ChildProdigy: What she will definitely grow up to be.
* CuteLittleFangs: Four of them. Usually drawn in illustrations with the tip of one tooth sticking out of her mouth
* DeadpanSnarker: In BabyTalk. Especially prominent in the movie and the Netflix series, where every other thing she says is some kind of insult or sarcasm.
* GenreSavvy: She uses the word "MacGuffin" to refer to the Sugar Bowl.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: People who know her well understand her.
** In "The Slippery Slope", Sunny takes advantage of her tendency towards baby talk and repeatedly insults Olaf, knowing he can't understand her.
** And in later books, instead of gibberish, she often says words (or partial words) that relate to her response, or at least the topic being discussed. For example, when describing a sword fight, she says "{{Flynn|ing}}", when somebody mentions a train, she says "[[SdrawkcabName Esoobac]]", when talking about going undercover, she says "Franchise/{{Dragnet}}", and when somebody asks her to do something impossible, she exclaims "Unfeasi!"
** Even toward the beginning of the series, she often says things that seem like gibberish but are real words in other languages, making her a BilingualBonus. Some highlights include "Arigato", "yomhuledet", and "yomhashoah".
* LittleMissBadass: She once fought against a sword-wielding hypnotist with her teeth, and held her own for a good while.
* OddFriendship: She shares this with Monty's Incredibly Deadly Viper.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: In between the sharp teeth and her intelligence, she is quite formidable for a baby
* SupremeChef: Grows into this. By about the 11th book, she knows cooking and food theory.
* VagueAge: While the other orphans are given exact ages, Sunny is just known as a baby. This is probably to keep her antics from being too unbelievable by tying it to an age.
* WiseBeyondHerYears: Even moreso than the other Baudelaires, as she's a very intelligent ''baby''.
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!!Lemony Snicket
[[folder:Lemony Snicket]]
!!Lemony Snicket

The mysterious narrator of the series who holds a torch for a deceased woman named Beatrice.
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* AlterEgoActing: Daniel Handler and Lemony Snicket -- separate characters in the books themselves.
* AuthorAppeal: Mild example -- Daniel Handler is something of a gourmand, and hence the LemonyNarrator never misses an opportunity to describe some delicious dish, even providing a salad recipe in the midst of an urgent-seeming message to his sister embedded in the tenth book.
%%* DoggedNiceGuy
* TheEeyore: He is very sad.
* TheFaceless: Largely because he's [[spoiler:a wanted criminal]]. Averted in the TV series; not only does Warburton clearly show his face to the audience, but there are numerous non-obscured photographs of Snicket.
* GreekChorus: Lemony Snicket provides a running commentary on the events, and often addresses the reader directly.
* LemonyNarrator: [[TropeNamer Of course]].
%%* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* LovableCoward: Lemony Snicket himself. In nearly every book, while narrating some terrifying situation, he comments that, had he been in the Beaudelaire's place, he would have been unable to go on and would have instead run away in terror, dissolved into helpless tears, etc.
* {{Narrator}}: He tells the Baudelaires' story, even though he has very little connection to the children.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation:
** Snicket never shows his face in photographs, but there are several possible explanations for why this is, and most such photographs are only seen by the audience in his author bio rather than by the characters.
** This also applies in-universe. A note in the Quagmire diaries indicate that Snicket's face is never seen in a photograph. And indeed, when the Baudelaires find a photo of their parents, there is an unidentified man ''with his back turned'' next to them.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[Administrivia/NotASubversion Inverted]] -- Lemony's a good guy, but he does [[spoiler:stalk the children of the woman he loved but couldn't have but should have had]].
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!Count Olaf's Theater Troupe
[[folder:In General]]
!!Count Olaf's Theater Troupe

Count Olaf has a large variety of henchmen he calls his "acting troupe."
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* DwindlingParty: Starting around The Hostile Hospital the henchmen begin leaving the group either via HeelFaceTurn (the hook-handed man and the white-faced women) or dying (the bald man and the person of indeterminate gender). By The Penultimate Peril, of the original troupe members present since Book One, only Olaf remains and the more recent additions to the troupe are abandoned to the hotel fire at the end of the book by Olaf.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Fernald has a sister, and the white-faced women once did as well.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Most of them are horrified at Olaf's callous disregard for the death of [[spoiler:the one who looks like neither a man nor a woman.]]
* HyperCompetantSidekick: See MasterOfDisguise below.
* MasterOfDisguise: With the exception of the one who looks like neither a man nor a woman, they're a lot better at it than Olaf; the Baudelaires never see through them.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: In the adaptations. In the original books they're quite as evil as Olaf and arguably more competent than him.
* PunchClockVillain: All of them, with varying degrees of actual malice involved.
* SignificantAnagram: Each has a GoToAlias which is an anagram of "Count Olaf".
* TheTropeWithoutATitle: Prior to the carnival freaks joining the troupe, every one of them is referred to this way. This eventually changes for the hook-handed man; the 11th book reveals his real name as well as revealing that Olaf calls him "Hooky".
* VillainousFriendship: It seems that they all truly do enjoy each other's company. They even express sorrow when the person who looks like neither a man nor a woman dies in a fire.
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[[folder:Count Olaf]]
!!Count Olaf
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The main villain of the series, Count Olaf is a villainous actor whose goal is to murder the Baudelaire children and steal their fortune, no matter where they go and how many stupid disguises he has to wear. He's revealed to have a connection to the shadowy organization known as VFD.
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* AbusiveParents: He's one to the Baudelaires... an abusive foster parent, anyway.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted -- he is ''the'' most competent villain in this series and only the Baudelaires manage to thwart him.
* 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 calls 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!"]]
* TheAlcoholic: His house is littered with empty wine bottles, he gets heavily drunk at the dinner where he strikes Klaus, and the Baudelaire children outright state to Mr. Poe that he "drinks too much wine".
* AristocratsAreEvil: Assuming he's a real Count, as it would be entirely in character for him to lie about something like that to make himself seem more important.
* AttentionWhore: He demands he be the center of attention at all times, even when he's in disguise.
* AttractiveBentGender: Plausibly a parody, as the person who finds the CrossDresser Olaf attractive is himself an unpleasant semi-villain.
* BadBoss: Frequently yells at his henchmen, calls them idiots and even shows no regard for any of their deaths.
* BaldOfEvil: Has little-to-no hair on his head and is a wicked individual.
* BigBad: Olaf is the main antagonist pursuing the Baudelaires.
* CardCarryingVillain: Is pretty proud of the fact that he sets fires and kidnaps children for their fortune.
* ClarkKenting: The Baudelaires never fall for it. [[AdultsAreUseless Everyone else does.]] Lemony Snicket's Unofficial Autobiography reveals that none of the disguises that he's used in the series are even of his own invention, they're moldy leftovers from [[spoiler:a generic VFD disguise kit he received back when he used to be a member.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Part of the tragedy and dark comedy of the series comes from everyone barring the Baudelaires being oblivious either to just how evil he is or when he's wearing a disguise, despite how obvious it is.
* CreepyCrossdresser: On two occasions, the first time dressed as a secretary named Shirley and the second as Kit Snicket.
* {{Determinator}}: As he swears at the end of the first book, he ''will'' get the Baudelaire fortune if it's the last thing he does.
* DirtyOldMan: He hints he plans to [[spoiler:consummate his marriage with Violet]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: To the Baudelaires and [[spoiler:Kit in the final book, though neither party was in much of a hurry to do so.]]
* DumbMuscle: He's ultimately reduced to being both the [[spoiler:dumbest person remaining in the series' final chapters and the only person strong enough to carry Kit Snicket inland so she can give birth to her child safely.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Count Olaf forces the orphans to do all his household chores when they first stay with him. Also, in book 3, he briefly considers Aunt Josephine's offer to fake her death and let him have the Baudelaires, but changes his mind and throws her into the lake to be eaten by the Lachrymose Leeches when she foolishly corrects his grammar.
* EvilLaugh: One of the author's more questionable choices in books 11 and 12.
* EvilOldFolks: He's significantly older than most of the adult characters in the series and, on multiple occasions, he's attempted to kill a bunch of children just to get their fortune.
* {{Expy}}: Appears to be heavily based off of Osamu Tezuka's character, Duke Red. Both have similar hair, a pointy nose, clothes and the fact that both characters are masters of disguise.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: One of his disguises is an auctioneer from an ambiguous country named Gunther, complete with a silly accent.
* HiddenDepths: Olaf has a MysteriousPast and is apparently an orphan himself. He also apparently [[spoiler:had some sort of relationship with Kit Snicket]].
* HighClassGlass: As Gunther.
* HypocriticalHumor: When disguised as Captain Sham, he says, "There ain't nothin' better than good grammar!”
* IllegalGuardian: Played utterly straight at first in book one.
* IronicHell: The Baudelaires are wonderfully bright and kind children who he frequently tries to murder even though they hadn't done anything to deserve it. Later, Esmé adopts Carmelita Spats, who is a monumental brat that endlessly harangues and bullies Olaf, but because his girlfriend is so fond of her, he can do little but grimace and bear the abuse.
* JustAStupidAccent: Whilst disguised as Stephano and Gunther.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Throughout the series, his plans are constantly thwarted, but he always manages to escape punishment and go on to threaten the Baudelaires again. His streak finally comes to an end in book 13, where [[spoiler:he's shot with a harpoon gun and succumbs to the wound]].
* KarmicDeath: Though it comes far too late for the Baudelaires' taste, [[spoiler:the toxic mushrooms he planned to use to threaten his enemies led directly to his death.]]
* LargeHam: Olaf's acting is VERY {{Narm}}y and over-the-top. Probably helps the Baudelaires recognize him all the time.
* LeanAndMean: Skinny as a rail and utterly vile.
* ManipulativeBastard: Though having said that, it doesn't really appear that difficult to manipulate someone in the Snicketverse.
* TheMistress: To the already married Esmé Gigi Genevieve Squalor. (Surprisingly, the fact that she is married is never lampshaded in the series.)
* MisterSeahorse: Sent up in ''The End'', where Count Olaf tries to disguise himself as a pregnant woman. The LemonyNarrator states that "pregnancy occurs very rarely in males," noting actual seahorses as an exception.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:Kit Snicket]]. The only good deed he does in his life is [[spoiler:to carry her to a safe place to give birth.]]
* MysteriousPast: Duncan and Isadora Quagmire mention newspaper articles that a man with similar traits as Olaf had strangled a bishop and escaped prison in just ten minutes and another report of him throwing a wealthy widow off a cliff. The Baudelaire children agree that it sounds like Olaf and believe him to be the man mentioned in the articles.
* NotMeThisTime: ... Maybe? [[spoiler:His last moments imply that no, he really ''didn't'' kill Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire. God only knows if he was telling the truth -- or if that's even what he meant. It's just vague enough that we'll never be sure. Just like everything else in this series.]]
* OldManMarryingAChild: He attempts this with Violet in the first book and the film and TV series adaptations. He fails and attempts to kill Violet and her siblings.
* OpportunisticBastard: [[spoiler: Since it's implied he didn't burn down the Baudelaire Mansion, he clearly saw an opportunity for money and revenge and took it.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: His disguises only ever cover up his unibrow and ankle tattoo, which is what everyone always recognizes him by.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Just before his death, he helps Kit Snicket deliver her baby daughter and they share a tender moment reciting poetry. Violet even notes that it might even be the sole selfless act in his life.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: What snaps him out of his DespairEventHorizon in the final book to [[spoiler:aid Kit Snicket one last time.]]
* PyroManiac: It's clear that he has at least burned a hospital, a carnival and a hotel to ground and it's suggested that he also burned the Baudelaires' mansion, but Snicket never confirmed the fact. In the final book, [[spoiler:the Baudelaires confront Olaf over their suspicions of him burning down their mansion. His initial response is "Is that what you think?" followed by "You know nothing."]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: His last action before dying is [[spoiler: rescuing Kit Snicket.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: While a major antagonistic figure in the lives of the Baudelaires, he's ultimately revealed to be a bit player in the worlds of theatre, espionage, and villainy as the story progresses.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He's [[spoiler:one of the primary instigators of the VFD schism]], but afterwards, he spent the following decades trying to get rich through illicit and largely unsuccessful moneymaking schemes, and hiding out in his shoddy home to wait for his nearby relatives to [[spoiler:pass on so he could make a go at their fortune.]]
* SmugSnake: Is he ''ever''.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Olaf has VERY poor hygiene.
* TheUnreveal: Did Olaf burn down the Baudelaire mansion?
** The FilmOfTheBook gave a definitive "yes", but it's likely non-canon.
* WannabeSecretAgent: Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography reveals that he was [[spoiler:an agent of VFD when he was a child]] and for all the bedlam he was capable of, it's heavily implied that he wasn't a very good member, both in terms of morality and competency.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Maybe. It's implied that [[spoiler: Beatrice and/or Bertrand Baudelaire and/or Lemony Snicket]] killed his parents with poison darts during a performance of ''La Forza del Destino.''
* WouldHurtAChild: His plan to get the Baudelaire fortune have included him attempting to kill the trio. One included [[OldManMarryingAChild attempted marriage]].
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Olaf, a man whose parents were killed by poison darts while at an opera house, has a license plate with "[=IH8ORPHANS=]" inscribed on it.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:The film makes it more blatant that he was responsible for the death of Baudelaires' parents and the burning of their mansion than in the book, as Klaus finds the giant magnifying glass responsible for it and exposes it by burning the wedding contract. In the books the Baudelaires accuse him of the act, but his response, while not definite by any means, implies heavily that he did not do it.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Hints throughout the later books would suggest that Olaf was in VFD training with Kit and Lemony, making him around 39-45, but Helquist's illustrations depict a man that looks around 50-60 years of age. Also, the movie's depiction. This may be justified due to his unhealthy lifestyle and filthy habits giving him a prematurely aged appearance.
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[[folder: The Hook-Handed Man]]
!!O. Lucafont / Hooky / Fernald Widdershins / The Hook-Handed Man

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* BelatedBackstory: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Although it takes a while,]] this is exactly what happens in Book 11.
* BusCrash: [[spoiler:Might have died after his offscreen ditching of Olaf.]]
* DirtyOldMan: In regards to Violet.
* EvilIsPetty: His idea of having a good dream is sneezing without covering his mouth and giving everyone the cold.
* GoToAlias: Lucafont, used in books 2 and 8, the latter of which reveals that the alias also includes the first initial O, to make it a full anagram of "Count Olaf".
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: It seems like his whole life is a chain of HeelFaceTurn followed by FaceHeelTurn; in the eleventh book, he manages to do both in the space of ''three chapters''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Ditches Olaf when he reunites with his family.]]
* HeelRealization: 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.]]
* HookHand: ''Both'' of his hands. Both the book and the film depict them as standard pirate hooks whilst the Netflix version has them as more realistic proshetics.
* MoralityChain: His younger sister Fiona. When she pleads with him to help her and the Baudelaires, he agrees, on the condition that he can go with them. Shortly afterward, when that plan fails, [[spoiler:Fiona becomes a FakeDefector, and they both escape from Olaf in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.]]
* MysteriousPast:
** It's not known exactly how he lost his hands, other than the possibility that arson was involved.
** How his [[spoiler:burning of Antwhistle Aquatics went down]] is likewise uncertain. He says that the Daily Punctillio's accounting of events is inaccurate and the narration implies that his stepfather and/or Lemony might have played a role, but that's about it.
* RaceLift: Jamie Harris is white, while Usman Ally is of African and Pakistani heritage.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:In the 12th book, ditches Olaf with his sister offscreen.]]
* StealthMentor: In ''The Ersatz Elevator,'' he draws attention to the fact that Olaf never left the building, then subtly tips the Baudelaires off that they should look at the elevator more closely. Once we learn more about him, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor this starts to make more sense.]]
** This may be the case as far back as the first book. Though he delivers it as a threat, he goes out of his way to warn the Baudelaires that Olaf will kill them if he succeeds in getting their fortune.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Often seen with the Bald Man when all of the henchmen appear together.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Though his age isn't stated, he's apparently young enough to have a sixteen year old sister, though it's implied that there's a significant gap, he's likely between 25-30.
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[[folder: The Bald Man with a Long Nose]]
!!Flacutono / The Bald Man with a Long Nose
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* AdaptationNameChange: Merely "Bald Man" in both adaptations, as neither of the actors to play him has a long nose.
* BaldOfEvil: Obviously.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Eaten by lions.]]
* DirtyOldMan: In regards to Violet. She even considers him the scariest of Olaf's minions, partially due to this.
* EvilerThanThou: Seems much more needlessly cruel than some of the other associates, especially when compared to the Hook-Handed Man.
* GoToAlias: Flacutono, used in books 4 and 8.
* KickTheDog: Though tripping Klaus and breaking his glasses was part of the plan, he didn't need to enjoy it so much.
** Also seen in his disguise as Foreman Flacutono where he treats the mill workers very rudely and poorly.
* SinisterSchnoz: One of his defining traits.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Often seen with the Hook-Handed Man when all of the henchmen are together.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Two White-Faced Women]]
!!Tonuca and Flo / The Two White-Faced Women
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The reason for their HeelFaceTurn is their growing sympathy towards a captive Sunny (who might have reminded them of their late sister) and their suspicion that Olaf was responsible for their sibling's death.
* GoToAlias: Though they don't have aliases in their lunchlady disguises, book 8 implies they usually go by "Tonuca" and "Flo", which together form another "Count Olaf" anagram.
* HeelFaceTurn: In book 10, they get tired of hearing about all the terrible things Olaf has done, as it reminds them of their suspicion that [[spoiler:Olaf set the fire that killed their sister.]]
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Jane and Jen in the film and video game.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In book 10, they walk away from Olaf's camp and are never seen again.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Never seen without the other.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The One That Looks Like Neither a Man nor a Woman]]
!!The One That Looks Like Neither a Man nor a Woman
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Described as very fat in the books, but not fat in the movie or TV series.
* AdaptationNameChange: Both adaptations refer to them as "Person of Indeterminate Gender".
* AmbiguousGender: Hence the name.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Died in the fire that destroyed Heimlich Hospital.]]
* TheDreaded: Judging by Violet and Klaus's reactions to finding this person in the sailboat rental shack.
* FatBastard: Immensely fat and monstrously evil in the books. Averted in the film and the Netflix versions, where they are portrayed as more average in size.
* GenderFlip: Of a sort. Though originally described as a person whose gender is indeterminate, both adaptations depict them as a man with a ''slightly'' feminine fashion sense.
* NoSell: Sunny's teeth which are sharp enough to cut wood, bite off prosthetic hands, fight evenly with a sword, and cut into stone/concrete have absolutely no effect on this person!
* StoutStrength: Is able to lift all three orphans with no problem.
* TheVoiceless: It's implied that this person can speak at least to Olaf, as it apparently informs Olaf that the orphans stole one of his sailboats. Either way, it never speaks in anything other than inhuman groans, further obfuscating its gender.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Wart-Faced Man]]
!!The Wart-Faced Man
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He appears with the rest of the troupe in the first book and escapes with them, but never appears again.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Is the one who turns off the lights so Count Olaf and his henchmen can escape.
* InformedAttribute: He is noted as being "important looking" but what exactly makes him important is not clear.
* RiddleForTheAges: Seriously, whatever happened to this guy?
** A song recorded for ''The Tragic Treasury'', "Scream and Run Away", mentions "one long-nosed bald man with warts", indicating that he may have been retroactively combined with the Bald Man.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Carnival Freaks]]
!!The Carnival Freaks
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Hugo the hunchback, Colette the contortionist, and Kevin... who is ambidextrous.
* {{Contortionist}}: Colette works as one in ''The Carnivorous Carnival’'
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The reason they join Olaf. {{Subverted|Trope}} by the fact that most people do indeed think they're disgusting freaks.
* ProperlyParanoid: Kevin is convinced that everyone is whispering about him all the time, just because he's ambidextrous. There is no reason for people to think there's anything different about him at first glance, but he appears to think there is, even accusing the Baudelaires of coming to Caligari Carnival to laugh at him. As it turns out, most people ''do'' think he's just as freaky as Hugo and Colette.
[[/folder]]

!The Baudelaire's Other Guardians
[[folder:Uncle Monty]]
!!Dr. Montgomery "Monty" Montgomery
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* CoolOldGuy: Implied to have been at least somewhat older (he once claims that he's been studying herpetology for forty years) and one of the more fun guardians the orphans have had.
* GoodParents: Out of all the useless adults in the series, Monty stands out as the best caretaker the Baudelaires ever had. [[YankTheDogsChain It doesn't last.]]
* RepetitiveName: Dr. Montgomery Montgomery.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Figured out that Olaf was up to no good... but thought he was a spy for the Herpetological Society.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Aunt Josephine]]
!!Josephine Antwhistle
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* DirtyCoward: Her paranoia descends into this trope at the climax of ''The Wide Window.''
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted with Aunt Josephine. She's forced to write a letter under Olaf's threats and makes it look like she jumped out of a window. However, she just broke the window and made her escape to Curdled Cave.
* GrammarNazi: Her entire schtick. Well, that and paranoia.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She's terrified of, well, absolutely everything. Except caves, it seems; the orphans are able to coax her out of a cave by playing on her fear of realtors, of all things.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Sir and Charles]]
!!Sir and Charles
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Since their "partnership" clearly isn't a business one, it's implied they're a couple. Snicket goes a bit farther than implying it in the TV series.
* BadBoss: Sir pays his employees in coupons and feeds them only gum.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Closer to this than CorruptHick, Sir is the amoral, cigar-smoking lumbermill owner who pays his workers in coupons and gives them gum for lunch; in a later appearance, business is bad, as nearby lumber source the Finite Forest is running out of trees.
* ExtremeDoormat: Charles. As seen under AmbiguouslyGay, possibly actually a HenpeckedHusband.
* TheFaceless: Sir's face is always obscured by cigar smoke. The one time he's seen without a cigar, he's in a sauna and his face still can't be seen. As with Snicket, averted in the TV series.
* NoNameGiven: Sir. Evidently he finds it easier than teaching people how to pronounce his name.
* ShoutOut: Sir owns a bathrobe monogrammed with "LS", which once belonged to an author. The implication is either that he stole it from Snicket, or that he stole it from Creator/LouisSachar, who then wrote him into ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' as the villain Mr. Sir.
* TheUnpronounceable: Mr. Poe makes several attempts at pronouncing Sir's name, but can only get one syllable in. And it's a completely different syllable each time.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jerome Squalor]]
!!Jerome Squalor
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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:He's a JS.]]
%%* DoggedNiceGuy
* HenpeckedHusband: For Esmé.
* IronicName: He lives in an expensive penthouse, but his name is "Squalor".
[[/folder]]

!VFD
[[folder: In General]]
The VFD are a shadowy organization that everyone -- from Olaf to the Baudelaires' parents -- is connected to.
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The narrator and his comrades imply that V.F.D. dates back to AncientGreece, that Martin Luther King, Edith Wharton, and Thomas Malthus were involved with it -- although Malthus was on the evil side of the schism -- and that Shakespeare may be alive. However, these may be the result of revisionism in accordance with V.F.D.'s own views.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Some members qualify as this.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most adults have this due to their involvement from an early age with V.F.D.
* TheGhost: The series has a wide backstory and several characters are only ever referred to. The most notable example is probably R., the Duchess of Winnipeg.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Initially implied to be an organization fighting ''against'' people like Olaf[[spoiler:, it's later suggested they aren't so different. Both sides regularly kidnap children to recruit them for their own purposes. Olaf's parents might have even been killed by them.]]
* KnightTemplar: Gregor Anwhistle, who wanted to use the deadly Medusoid Mycelium on V.F.D.'s enemies.
* MilkmanConspiracy: A secret conspiracy that many characters are involved in in some way, makes liberal use of secret codes, has been going on for centuries and was subject to a schism long ago... based on the Volunteer Fire Department.
* MysteriousPast: On one level, many details about V.F.D.'s history are unknown and we don't know how the schism happened (the closest being that it happened when characters like the Snicket siblings, the Baudelaire parents and Olaf were very young). On another, almost none of the backstories of the individual members are fully revealed and what we do know raises as many questions as it answers (which is par for the course for the series).
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: V.F.D., and specifically the transcript of the meeting of the vague "Building Committee" in the Unauthorized Autobiography -- even the author didn't know some of what was being discussed here, and he was technically in attendance.
* SpySpeak: V.F.D., being a secret organisation, naturally uses copious quantities of this, so much so that there have been disputes among readers over whether certain phrases are in code or not.
-->"The world is quiet here."
-->"I didn't realize this was a sad occasion.”
* ThemeInitials: Once the children learn of the initials, they try to find out what they could possibly stand for. This leads to them going all over the place in the hopes that they can learn the connection with their family. [[spoiler:They actually stand for "Volunteer Fire Department".]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Beatrice]]
!!Beatrice

Snicket's lost love, often alluded to.
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* {{Dedication}}: Every book is dedicated to her, accompanied by a poetic way of explaining that she's deceased.
* TheLostLenore: To Snicket.
* PosthumousCharacter: As Snicket poetically makes clear in every book dedication.
* TheReveal: The final paragraph of the series reveals what role she had in the story besides her past relationship with Snicket: [[spoiler:she was the Baudelaire siblings' mother.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire]]
!!Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire

The deceased parents of the Baudelaire orphans.
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* PosthumousCharacter: They perish in the first pages of the book series.
* RedHerring: The occasional implication that they're still alive never amounts to anything. [[spoiler:The Netflix series spends its entire first season implying that the characters played by Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders are the Baudelaires, only for the seventh episode to reveal they're actually the parents of the Quagmire triplets.]]
** Except the Un-Authorised Biography reveals that [[spoiler: Beatrice is implied to have survived the Baudelaire fire to die in a fire at the Winnipeg Castle between the events of ''The Reptile Room'' and ''The Grim Grotto''.]]
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters
[[folder:Mr. Poe]]
!!Mr. Poe

The banker who is in charge of the Baudelaire's affairs after the death of their parents.
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* AdultsAreUseless: There are ''many'' useless adults in the series (and that's an understatement!), but Mr Poe is, by far, the [[PerfectlyCromulentWord uselessest]] one of all -- and we're ''including'' Olaf, Aunt Josephine and Jerome in that.
* AesopAmnesia: He constantly forgets that the Baudelaires are actually competent, intelligent, and justified in their suspicions, after they've proven themselves time and again. He even suggests they might be letting their imaginations run away with them when they insist Captain Sham is Olaf, citing how they believed the same of Stephano—who was Count Olaf, and whose unmasking Poe was present for.
* CharacterTics: Coughing.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: A sort of one-man version, dumping the Baudelaires with one evil and/or utterly incompetent guardian after another, the sole exception being book 2 and possibly 3.
* FreakOut: As Book the Second reveals, he jumps around and babbles incoherently when he panics.
* HateSink: While not explicitly mean or unpleasant, his stupidity, condescending attitude, and downright uselessness is as frustrating to the audience as it is to the orphans, even Count Olaf doesn't seem to like him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Mr. Poe towards literally ''every'' person he has placed into the Baudelaires custody, with the exception of Uncle Monty and possibly Aunt Josephine. Even in Monty's case, he sees a total NiceGuy as intimidating.
* IdiotHoudini: He's ''never'' punished for his constant incompetence.
* IronicEcho: A recurring schtick of his, usually appearing immediately after each book's recap of past events, is that his thought process is always on the exact opposite wavelength as that of Snicket or the Baudelaires.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Justice Strauss]]
!!Justice Strauss

Count Olaf's neighbor, a judge.
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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:She's a JS.]]
* GoodParents: As soon as she arrives, she makes it very clear that she would make the perfect mother figure for the orphaned Baudelaires. So, obviously, she's completely forgotten for most of the story and any hope of her adopting them goes out the window.
* ReformedCriminal: She used to steal horses in her youth. [[spoiler: This is why she can relate with Esme.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Phil]]
!!Phil
A lumbermill worker who is an optimist.
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* AnArmAndALeg: He loses his leg in a lumbermill accident. It doesn't faze him much.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite having just been brought back after an absence of seven books.
* ThePollyanna: Excruciatingly optimistic, to the point where losing his leg doesn't bother him that much.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Nero]]
!!Nero
The vice principal of Prufrock Prep.
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* DeanBitterman: He is the vice principal and he is very nasty and cruel.
* DreadfulMusician: Nero, as Snicket puts it, has no idea how to play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.
* EvilIsPetty: Vice Principal Nero likes to punish students who miss his violin recitals by forcing them to buy a bag of candy for him and watch him eat it all.
* GiftedlyBad: Nero thinks he's a super genius and expert violin musician, but is really a stupid Jerkass ManChild who can't play the violin at all. Nonetheless, he forces all the students to attend 6 hour violin concerts with him playing the violin horribly every night.
* 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.
* MeaningfulName: Vice Principal Nero, like the Roman emperor he takes his name from, is a [[TheCaligula Caligula-like]] figure who plays the violin.
* SadistTeacher: Nero is relatively subtle in his torment of his students. For instance, the punishment for missing one of his six-hour violin concerts is to be forced to buy a bag of candy and watch Nero eat it. The glum expressions on the faces of such students stands out in the cafeteria just as much as those who have no silverware, no cup, or their hands tied behind their back for assorted other transgressions.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Mr. Remora and Ms. Bass]]
!!Mr. Remora and Ms. Bass
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mr. Remora and Ms. Bass are... rather odd sorts of teachers. In Remora's class, one listens to Remora tell bizarre three-sentence-long stories with no particular point; in Bass's class, one simply measures assorted objects (with the metric system!). Quizzes and tests involve remembering the details of the stories and measured objects.
* SavedByCanon: Remora and Bass are, in their initial introduction, blatantly revealed to have survived past their introduction... long enough for them to be arrested for robbing a bank, that is.
* ShipTease: Remora and Bass are seen together at one of Nero's recitals, and implied to have become an OutlawCouple.
* ThemeNaming: Remora and Bass are both named after species of fish.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Quagmire Triplets]]
!!The Quagmires Triplets

The Baudelaires' friends are two triplets who help the Baudelaires out and get kidnapped for their trouble. Duncan is a journalist while Isadora is a poet specializing in couplets. [[spoiler:Later on, Quigley is revealed to have survived.]]
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* AlliterativeName: Quigley Quagmire.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Isadora gets called 'Sappho' (the name of a Greek poet known for writing about the love between two women) by Sunny in the fifth book.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: More like Angsty Surviving Triplets; Duncan and Isadora mourn their brother Quigley, not knowing [[spoiler: he's alive.]]
* BrainyBrunette: All three have very dark hair and very intellectual interests.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Isadora and Duncan.
* BusCrash: [[spoiler: Possibly. The VFD eagles destroy the mobile home in which Duncan and Isadora escape the Village of Fowl Devotees and it crashes into the Queequeg.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Isadora and Duncan are triplets by birth, but have to explain this to those they meet.
* IntrepidReporter: Duncan, to a degree, since his main interest is journalism and he puts himself and his sister in serious danger for the sake of finding out the truth.
* LoveInterest: Duncan [[spoiler: and Quigley for Violet. The latter may even have gotten to kiss her in ''The Slippery Slope''.]]
* NonIdenticalTwins: Only because Isadora is female. It is stated in her first appearance that she looks like a female version of Duncan, and the illustrations show that Quigley is similarly alike to both his siblings.
* OddNameOut: Isadora, Duncan (who have a ThemeNaming after Isadora Duncan the dancer) and Quigley.
* PutOnABus: Duncan and Isadora escape the Village of Fowl Devotees on a Self Sustaining Mobile Home.
* ThemeNaming: Isadora and Duncan. (Isadora Duncan, after the dancer.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Ishmael]]
!!Ishmael
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* FeetOfClay: As illustrated by the [[StealthPun actual clay on his feet]].
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: A mild example: Ishmael's {{Dystopi|a}}c {{Utopia}} on a DesertedIsland suppresses its inhabitants via peer pressure, technological deprivation and druggings.
[[/folder]]

!Other Villains
[[folder: Dr. Georgina Orwell]]

!!Dr. Georgina Orwell

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: An evil optometrist.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: The TV series adds a romance between her and Olaf.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Her book on optometry is filled with impossibly complex words.
* ShoutOut: Named for Creator/GeorgeOrwell.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Carmelita Spats]]
!!Carmelita Spats

A bratty girl who becomes a hindrance to the Baudelaires in Book 5 and is later adopted by Olaf and Esmé.
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* AlphaBitch: In her first appearance as the rich bratty leader of the Prufrock Preparatory students
* BrattyHalfPint: The standard rude child bully in her first appearance and she gets worse as time goes on.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Fond of calling people "cakesniffers".
* EnfanteTerrible: She is rude, violent, filthy, but apparently one of the most popular girls in her school, and in her later appearance is to be crowned "False Spring Queen."
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Her [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot "tap-dancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian"]] costume from the eleventh book.
* GiftedlyBad: 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.
* {{Jerkass}}: She treats the Baudelaires and the Quagmires like they're beneath her and she doesn't care about what happens to them.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A self proclaimed "tap-dancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian" and "ball-playing cowboy superhero soldier pirate".
* TykeBomb: In her second appearance, Count Olaf and Esmé Squalor adopt Carmelita Spats as a TykeBomb, but she's so thoroughly spoiled by Esmé as to be utterly unhelpful, and after demanding lessons on how to spit in exchange for shooting someone with a harpoon she's ditched by Olaf; he later turns his attention to Sunny as a possible replacement.
* ZeroApprovalRating: Other than Esme Squalor and Vice Principal Nero, nobody really seems to like her. Mr. Remora and Mrs. Bass openly suggest that she be expelled.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Esmé Squalor]]
!!Esmé Gigi Genevieve Squalor

One of the Baudelaires' many foster parents turns out to be evil and becomes Count Olaf's girlfriend. She's a wealthy woman ridiculously dedicated to keeping up with every ludicrously inane fad that comes about.
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%%* CruellaToAnimals
* TheDragon: To Olaf in books six through twelve.
* FashionVictimVillain: In-universe. Her octopus outfit and lettuce leaf bikini among other clothes, and both the narrator and the orphans find her fashion sense abysmal.
* FurAndLoathing: Esmé is said to wear a coat made from the fur of animals that had been killed in extremely nasty ways.
* FunWithAcronyms: Her initials spell E.G.G.S. Probably the one time in the series when a set of initials really doesn't mean anything. (Also, talk about fun with acronyms!)
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Her dress that looks like a fire. Lemony describes it as hideous, but really...
* IncomingHam: Her habit of dramatically announcing her full name to people who already know it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: As shown when she believes the Baudelaires about [[spoiler:the elevator and the Quagmires because she has joined Olaf's side, and pushes them down the shaft to trap them with a net.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: She likes to use other people's feelings to her advantage and make them do whatever she wants.
* OutlawCouple: With Count Olaf. [[spoiler:It doesn't last, though.]]
* PimpedOutDress: The dress that resembles a fire comes to mind.
* RichBitch: Ridiculously wealthy (as the sixth most important financial advisor of whatever city the Baudelaires came from)? Obsessed with all manner of "in" clothing no matter how silly they are? One of the villains and loves being bad? Yup, she fits.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The only reporter we see in the series is in Squalor's fan club.
* YourCheatingHeart: While still married to Jerome, [[spoiler:Esmé runs away with Count Olaf and reveals in the next book that they're dating.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Man with a Beard but no Hair and the Woman with Hair but no Beard]]
!!The Man with a Beard but no Hair and the Woman with Hair but no Beard
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* TheDreaded: Even Olaf is afraid of crossing them.
%%* GreaterScopeVillain: Implied.
* KnightOfCerebus: They make Count Olaf look pretty harmless by comparison.
* VocalDissonance: The Man is described as having a squeaky voice and the Woman a deep one.
[[/folder]]
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