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Members of the secret organization V.F.D. from the 2017 adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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V.F.D.

     In General 

Volunteer Fire Department (V.F.D.)

"The world is quiet here."

The V.F.D. is an organization created by a group of well-meaning and well-educated people with the intent of putting out fires, both figuratively and literally.

A long time ago, the organization was very firmly divided between those still trying to put out fires, and a group that decided to start fires.


  • Adaptational Badass: Subverted. In the books, V.F.D. is mostly defunct and acted as a slow-burn deconstruction of a Milkman Conspiracy with many of its members having been children or even adults who never quite stopped being children, eventually sending it into a schism in a torrent of self-importance and immaturity. The few operatives shown had either gone to seed during their quasi-retirements or only made a real go at helping the Baudelaires near the end of the series (and weren't all that helpful at all). This version of the V.F.D. is very much active and earnestly attempts to aid the children from the very beginning of the story, but come off as even more incompetent than their literary counterparts in how they're frequently outsmarted, outmanoeuvred, and even killed by a menagerie of buffoons like Olaf and his associates.
  • Adults Are Useless: Less severe than with most other adults in the series, but ultimately V.F.D.'s members are reduced to varying degrees of ineffectiveness due to bad luck, incompetence, and/or their complete inability to defend themselves.
  • Badass Family: Several families participate of the organization, many of which passed their Badass Bookworm trait to their children or share with siblings.
    • The Baudelaire family includes the Badass Bookworm Klaus, Determinator Violet and Pint-Sized Powerhouse Sunny, besides the heavy implications their parents were outstanding members.
    • The Snicket siblings, Jacques, Kit, and Lemony appear to compose the best members of the organization, with Jacques being The Ace, Kit being their best field agent, and Lemony being their best researcher.
    • The Quagmire parents showcased quite a bit of prowess both in fight and in getting out of tight spots, while their children didn't had as much time to shine, they were shown to be very selfless and ingenious.
  • Badass Bookworm: Almost all of the agents are both extremely well-read and prone to action.
  • Big Good: They appear much earlier than in the book, and its participants are the ones trying to keep the Baudelaires safe.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: They're a mysterious group that tries to put out fires, both in the literal and metaphorical sense.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: There is no such thing as a quick, painless death for members of the VFD, in no small part due to the cruelty of their enemies.
    • The Baudelaire and Quagmire parents meet a gruesome end dying in a fire in their own house.
    • Monty has one of the deadliest poisons known to men (and women) injected into his face.
    • Ike (and much later, Josephine) die being devoured alive by the leeches of Lake Lacrimose.
    • Jacques is bludgeoned to death with a crowbar after being hit in the head with an extremely large book.
    • Olivia is eaten alive by starving lions.
    • Larry is boiled alive in a giant pot of curry.
    • Dewey (and in a flashback, Olaf's father) are accidentally shot.
    • Kit dies from a quick-acting deadly fungus, shortly after giving birth.
  • Cultured Badass: They're a badass group of agents, but they're also extremely well read, having a large amount of knowledge in the literary area, and having beliefs that everyone should be well read.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Carnivorous Carnival includes a movie recorded to the inauguration of their headquarters. Many of those moments would later come to be terribly subverted, as the viewer knows, such as Georgina claiming her distaste for hypnosis and Josephine's fierce and formidable personality.
  • Eye Motifs: Subverted. Their insignia, at first glance, seems to be an eye. It is later revealed to actually be the letters V, F and D stacked into its shape.
  • Failure Hero: Almost all their attempts to help both the Baudelaires and Quagmires tend to fall flat on the ground, being foiled by Count Olaf's machinations or other issues. Most of them meet their end after a series of unfortunate events. Out of the 27 members seen in the series (including the Baudelaires' parents and Olaf's father), 7 have gone evil (6 of them permanently), 10 end up murdered, at least 6 end up dying in accidents (including at least 2 of the villains), and at most 7 noble members survive the series. Few if any of them ever score a meaningful victory.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While they are the series's Big Good, there was a point where during the events of the Schism, they were planning to use the Medusoid Mycellium on their enemies. Yes, the mushroom with spores that could literally suffocate you from the inside. Apparently it was such a dark decision that Fernald burned down the laboratory that were working on it (with Ike's brother Gregor inside), leading to him losing his hands.
  • Mysterious Benefactor: They are trying to help the kids, specially those more hands on like Jacquelyn and Larry, however, the kids have almost no information about them up until "The Carnivorous Carnival".
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Their lunette, symbol of their organization. It has a plethora of uses aside from just a lunette, including working as a lantern, heater, de-codifier, and it's implied it can also be used as a club.
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Current Members

    Lemony Snicket 

Lemony Snicket

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Portrayed By: Patrick Warburton

The narrator, author, and investigator of the story. He is a very sad man haunted by the story he is telling, and often warns the audience to turn off the TV and go do something more fun.


  • Broken Ace: He's an excellent VFD agent, noble, and very smart, but he's also very, very sad, and devastated by all that's happened. So basically he's a walking ball of badass and deeply ingrained emotional issues.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so, in particular when he makes a deadpan comment about one shouldn't steal a boat and take it into a lake during a storm.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Possibly. He mentions taking a break to drink tea or other strong beverages when the Baudelaires' story becomes too distressing to bear.
  • The Eeyore: His narration is frequently depressing due to the sad story of the orphans and the death of his old flame Beatrice.
  • Greek Chorus: He addresses the audience directly to offer commentary and/or opinions on the actions of the characters.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Seems to have this attitude about Beatrice. He doesn't hold it against her that she married someone else, and obviously still deeply loves her. Hell, his determination to tell the Baudelaire orphans' story is born from his devotion to her.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Downplayed, but he regrets his younger self's decision to wear a light grey suit, as opposed to dark grey, because the later is better for blending it with.
  • Lemony Narrator: He is the Trope Namer after all. He tells the story from a third-person perspective, in an eccentric, bizarre, and unconventional style, expressing opinions about the story's proceedings, going off on asides, breaking the Fourth Wall, hanging lampshades, deadpan-snarking, choosing to focus on unusual details or just describing things in an odd way. Scenes in season 3 where he interacts with other characters show that he does this even in everyday conversation.
  • Manly Tears: Mentions crying himself to sleep while researching the Baudelaire case.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • He was behind the stealing of Esmé's sugar bowl. Even though he knows it was necessary at the time, he still tortures himself over it seeing as it caused the Baudelaires so much distress.
    • In "The Penultimate Peril: Part 2", Lemony tried to convince Violet, Klaus and Sunny to go on the lam with him from the Hotel Denouement, but they chose to stay behind to try to put Count Olaf behind bars.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: This version of Snicket takes after Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Count Olaf and members of V.F.D. believe that Lemony passed away long ago, but obviously, he has lived to the present day and is chronicling the Baudelaire Orphans' adventures.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Usually appears in a suit, except for a few location-specific outfits, like overalls in the countryside, or a Victorian bathing suit at the beach.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: His intentions are noble to say the least, tracking down the Baudelaires' history all in the name of Beatrice.
  • String Theory: His small flat is covered in one centered around the Baudelaires, which is also featured in the opening credits.
  • Sweet Tooth: He has a fondness for root beer floats, but doesn't have much chance to enjoy them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He stole Esmé Squalor's sugar bowl for what seemed like very good reasons at the time, which ended up being blamed on the Baudelaires' mother Beatrice and was apparently the reason their house was destroyed. His chronicling their adventures thus comes off as a self-imposed penance.
  • Verbal Tic: He has a habit of defining the words that he uses, a phrase which here means explaining the meanings of the things he says immediately after saying them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: At the end of the first season, an old photo of the VFD shows him and Olaf smiling side by side during their school days. "The Penultimate Peril" reveals that he, Jacques, and Kit were all good friends with Olaf, until Lemony stole the sugar bowl from Esmé.

    Jacquelyn Scieczka 

Jacquelyn Scieczka

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Portrayed By: Sara Canning

Mr. Poe's secretary, who has some connection to the Baudelaire family.


  • Action Girl: Is willing to take on Count Olaf with a knife, a machete and a harpoon gun. Also, her V.F.D. spyglass.
  • Adults Are Useless: Downplayed, but still played straight in the end. Despite being one of the few competent adults in the series, Jacquelyn's status as a Canon Foreigner means that any effort she makes to help the Baudelaires or stop Count Olaf is ultimately Doomed by Canon.
  • Canon Character All Along: Seemed to be a Canon Foreigner, but Season 3 has Mr. Poe mentioning that she returned to Winnipeg and took over after her mother died, making her an adaption of R. Duchess of Winnipeg.
  • Determinator: Tie her to a tree and she'll just rip it out of the ground and drag it along for as long as it takes to finish her mission. She also pretends to be a statue for two days until she's finally able to contact the children. Goes Up to Eleven when she follows Count Olaf onto the SS Prospero and is able to get half of the spyglass away from him and sends it back to Klaus in the season one finale.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: She has one when confronting Count Olaf. It contains several knives and a harpoon gun.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • She's unaware that Aunt Josephine is a Broken Ace and has opted out of her VFD duties.
    • Chillingly, she also seems unaware that Gustav died.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Stopping Count Olaf from escaping to Peru, but failing to capture him, stranded him in whatever country this is and encouraged him to double down on hunting the Baudelaires when he might have refrained from doing so for a while as he waited for the heat to die down.
  • Only Sane Employee: She appears to be this, being the much more down to earth and sensible secretary to her "boss", Mr. Poe.
  • Put on a Bus: As of Season 3, she is stated to have disappeared following her mother's death, and becomes the Duchess of Winnipeg.
  • Screaming Woman: Cast as this in two of Gustav Sebald's films shown so far, seeing as she often lets out a comically long, high pitched scream of terror. In normal life, she is much more reserved and sarcastic.
  • Spy Catsuit: She wears one under her statue costume.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: She definitely has this opinion about working with Mr. Poe and can often be seen clearly frustrated at her boss' incompetence and childishness.
  • Typecasting: In-universe, she seems to constantly play the role of the leading Screaming Woman in Gustav's movies.

    Fiona Widdershins 

Fiona Widdershins

Played by: Kassius Nelson

The young captain of the Queequeg submarine, taking over for her stepfather. She finds the Baudelaires after their trip down the mountains, and invites them on board.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: While in the books Fiona was calm and even a little shy, in the series she's definitely more forward and abrasive.
  • Composite Character: Even though Captain Widdershins is still a character referenced within the series, Fiona runs the submarine by herself and thus takes up some character traits of both Fiona and the Captain.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, she and her family shared an Uncertain Doom alongside the Quagmires and Hector, but this incident is deleted from the series and we instead see an optimistic shot of Fernald and Fiona resolved to find their stepfather.

    Captain Widdershins 

Captain Widdershins

Captain Widdershins is Fiona's father.


  • Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in-person in the series, with the duty of captaining the Queequeg passed on to Fiona. He's not dead, just absent. As of the end of the series, she and Fernald haven't given up on finding him.
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    Frank Denouement 

Frank Denouement

Portrayed By: Max Greenfield

One of the Denouement triplets and managers of the Hotel Denouement.


  • Mathematician's Answer: When asked whether he’s Frank or Ernest, he replies either "Exactly" or "I am".
  • Uncertain Doom: As with Ernest, it is unknown whether he survived the fire that destroyed Hotel Denouement.

Deceased Members

Note: Also see The Baudelaires for more information on the Baudelaire parents.

    Beatrice 

Beatrice

Portrayed By: Morena Baccarin

Lemony's beloved, with whom he could never marry and still mourns.


  • Animal Motif: Largely connected to and remembered by through dragonflies.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The viewer is led to believe that Count Olaf pushed her over the edge of a mountain before the Baudelaires were born, but actually the dragonfly costume she was wearing made her able to fly. We later learn that she went on to become the mother of the three Baudelaire orphans and die in the Baudelaire fire.
  • The Faceless: Even when she appears in a flashback in Season 2, she only appears turned around, and her face is never revealed to the viewer. She finally appears in full in Season 3.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Lemony, whom he still mourns.
  • Posthumous Character: Died prior to the beginning of the plot. Lemony writes dedications to her at the start of each episode.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She initiated the schism in VFD (alongside Esmé) by accidentally killing Olaf's father, which Lemony took the rap for.
  • Walking Spoiler: Beatrice turns out to be the same person as the Baudelaire mother.

    Mother and Father 

Mother and Father

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Portrayed By: Cobie Smulders (Mother) and Will Arnett (Father)

A couple who have been captured by unknown sinister forces and are attempting to escape and get back to their children.


  • Action Girl: "Mother" in particular is shown to be skilled in unarmed combat when she wrestles down a nefarious refrigerator repairman and steals his truck.
    Father: What's a woman like you building in a place like this?
    Mother: Grappling hook. Molotov cocktail.
  • Adaptational Badass: Given that they are members of VFD this is a given, but aside from a passing mention the Quagmire parents are never prominently featured in the story-line of the books. Here we are shown their escape from a prison in Peru, and their action-packed journey back to the city where they take on an entire bar of surly Peruvians and villainous agents of the VFD, usually through violence.
  • Ascended Extra: Much like the Baudelaire parents, the Quagmire parents were already dead when they were introduced to the story in the books, and were mentioned much less frequently than the Baudelaire parents. Here, they have their own subplot.
  • Battle Couple:
    Mother: We should have a clear flight, provided the weather holds, the plane flies, and none of our enemies have air cannons.
    Father: That sounds like—
    Mother: —our honeymoon.
  • Doomed by Canon: In the books, the Quagmire parents are said to be dead. In the season finale, they are killed when a villainous VFD agent (likely Esmé Squalor) burns down their mansion.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Horribly short-lived.
  • Exact Words: A meta example. They are credited as "Mother" and "Father", but whose parents they are is never specified. The audience is led to believe they are the Baudelaires who survived and escaped the fire, but are actually the mother and father of the Quagmire triplets.
  • Good Parents: The safety and protection of their children is their first priority and greatest reason for escaping capture.
  • Happily Married: Their onscreen interactions show them playfully bantering with each other, seamlessly working together, and sticking up for one another as they try to reunite with their children.
  • Hero of Another Story: They've had many amazing adventures both before and during the events of Season 1.
  • The Reveal: They are in fact the Quagmire parents.
  • Sacrificial Lion: After having been shown to be formidable badasses through Season 1, they are killed in the fire at the end of "The Miserable Mill, Part Two" to show that the villainous side of the VFD are closing in on and slowly eliminating agents on the noble side.
  • Walking Spoiler: Throughout Season 1, the viewer is led to believe these characters are the Baudelaires' mother and father. Instead they turn out to be the mother and father of the Quagmire children.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: They end the season finally safe and reunited with their children... until their house is burnt to the ground, leaving two of their children to be shipped off to an awful boarding school, and their third to be presumed dead.

    Gustav Sebald 

Gustav Sebald

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Portrayed By: Luke Camilleri

The assistant of Monty and an agent of V.F.D., who works with Jacquelyn and has a similar connection to the Baudelaire family.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Monty's assistant was portrayed as an old man in the prior film, but here is played by Luke Camilleri.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the books, Gustav was simply Monty's assistant, and Olaf murdered him to take his job. In the series, he is a VFD agent as well.
  • Famous Last Words: "The world is quiet here", which he sends to Jacquelyn when he's killed. Also the phrase could have a bigger meaning considering it is often one of the secret phrases of VFD.
  • Composite Character: This Gustav seems to be the merge of the book characters of Gustav, Monty's assistant, and Gustav Sebald, a VFD agent who created the Sebald code. Those characters were debated among fans as being the same person already, so this may be not so much composite character as confirming a theory.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared a few times in the first two episodes and then dies.
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    Uncle Monty 

Dr. Montgomery "Monty" Montgomery

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Portrayed By: Aasif Mandvi

The Baudelaires' (biologically) closest living relative.


  • Adaptational Badass: While he still thinks Stephano is a spy from the herpetology society, Uncle Monty never believes Stephano is his replacement assistant and actually confronts him. He's also shown to be an active VFD member, decodes the coded message in Zombies in the Snow that he missed in the book, and even takes down two of Olaf's minions who were assigned to kidnap him.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While it takes him a good while to catch onto "Stephano's" suspicious nature in the book, here he suspects that he is a fraud almost immediately. He did not recognize him as Count Olaf, but it has to count for something.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Monty is a brilliant scientist, but he's unquestionably quirky.
  • Foil: The series likes to paint Montgomery as something of a good counterpart to Count Olaf, even more so then the rest of the Baudelaires' collective caretakers. Both greet the orphans with a "hello, hello, hello", but while Olaf tried to sound menacing, Monty was being sincere. Both act rude to Mr. Poe, impatient in their attempts to make him leave, but while Olaf is like this with everybody, Monty is scornful of Poe's negligence in allowing the Baudelaires' to be put in Olaf's care in the first place. Both assign the orphans chores around the house, but Monty's chores involve them helping with his research and he rewards them with takeout and a trip to the movies, while Count Olaf forces the orphans to labor in inhumane conditions with nothing but abuse and inhospitable living conditions in return. Both were members of the VFD and were on opposite sides of the schism. Uncle Monty is world-renowned in his field (herpetology), while Olaf is very poor in his (acting).
  • Idiot Ball: He doesn't recognize Stephano as Olaf even though they knew each other in VFD (Olaf was the one who took the picture of the Baudelaires and Monty in the piano); the fact "Stephano" tried to stop Monty from deciphering the VFD code while they were at the cinema should've been a big clue.
  • Nice Guy: Monty is kind, considerate, and welcoming to the Baudelaires. Naturally, he's screwed.
  • Not So Different: From Mr. Poe and Justice Strauss. He lambasts them for not recognizing Olaf for what he really is, but he doesn't recognize Olaf because of his own professional pride.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If he had mentioned who he really thought Stefano really was and the Baudelaires mention Count Olaf's name, he may as well still be alive.
  • Race Lift: He was depicted as white in the art for the books and the movie but here he's played by Aasif Mandvi, who is Indian.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He is suspicious of Stephano (who's obviously Count Olaf)... because he thinks Stephano is a spy for the Herpetological Society, trying to steal his work. Even Olaf himself seems baffled by this conclusion, producing a Flat "What" reaction when Monty confronts him over it.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: By far the kindest guardian that Baudelaires have had to date. Being an intelligent, caring adult in this story means that he has to die. Here Olaf kills him with the Mamba du Mal venom injected via double syringe to simulate a snakebite.

    Ike 

Ike Anwhistle

Portrayed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

Josephine's deceased husband.


  • Happily Married: While they were together, it's clear that Josephine and Ike were very happy and adventurous.
  • The Lost Lenore: He died years prior to the plot, and his death still haunts Josephine.

    Aunt Josephine 

Josephine Anwhistle

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Portrayed By: Alfre Woodard

The Baudelaires' aunt.


  • The Ace: Was considered the best VFD agent in her prime. Key word being was.
  • Adaptational Badass: Photos from her past show that she used to be a brave and formidable person, participating in activities like boxing and skydiving.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book, Aunt Josephine willingly gave the orphans up to Count Olaf to save her own skin. Here, she actually stands up to Count Olaf.
  • Adults Are Useless: It's Lemony Snicket, what did you expect? Josephine's uselessness stems from her crippling fear of... well, of everything. Notably, she's somewhat aware of this and tries her best to defy it, even telling Olaf off in her last moments, but all her efforts are for naught.
  • Broken Ace: Jacqueline describes her as fierce and formidable. In the present, she's considerably lost her edge and is constantly terrified for her own safety. Amusingly she's capable of great feats if properly pressed.
  • Broken Bird: The death of her husband, Ike, crushed her, and left her the neurotic shut-in the Baudelaires meet.
  • Death by Adaptation: Downplayed, but Josephine's death is somewhat ambiguous in the books. Not so much here.
  • Dying as Yourself: She regains her courage standing up to Count Olaf just before he pushes her off the boat.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ike's death and the subsequent deaths of her comrades are what turned her into a hysterical mess.
  • Grammar Nazi: Insists on correcting everyone's grammar even at inappropriate times. She uses grammatical errors to hide a coded message for the Baudelaires in her fake suicide note, confident they'd recognize the errors as out-of-character and find the message.
  • Happily Married: She and Ike, very much so. His death left her completely devastated, and she was never the same after.
  • The Lost Lenore: Josephine and her husband Ike were both deeply in love and the best of friends. His death by voracious leeches is what turned her into the neurotic shut-in she is today.
  • Nice Girl: She's unfortunately far too terrified and neurotic to be useful most of the time, and clearly isn't a great fit with the Baudelaires, but she's not a bad person. She gives them presents on their first day in her home, and seems to genuinely think sharing her great love and knowledge of grammar with them is the best thing she can do for them. She also really loved her husband, Ike. And considering just how terrified she is of absolutely everything, the fact that she agreed to take them in at all does say something about her character. She even defended the Baudelaires from Count Olaf when they were found by him before being killed.
  • Parents as People: Discussed by Snicket after Olaf shoves her into the lake of leeches.
    Lemony Snicket: She had given them a home, even if it was cold and not hurricane-proof. She had tried to teach them, even if it wasn't what they wanted to learn. And like the Baudelaires, she had experienced great loss. And while that didn't make her a good guardian, it didn't make her a bad person.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's a member of VFD, living on the carnivorous leech infested shores of the lake her husband died in in an utterly Crapsack World. Her fear of everything that moves may not be helpful, but it's also not particularly unwarranted.
  • Race Lift: White in the movie and in the illustrations (well, her arm) but is black here.

    Larry Your-Waiter 

Larry Your-Waiter

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Portrayed by: Patrick Breen

A VFD agent who works as a waiter at the Anxious Clown restaurant. Actually, he seems to be a waiter everywhere...


  • Ascended Extra: Had a rather small role in the third book, here he has a much larger role and is seen throughout multiple episodes.
  • Back for the Dead: He is a prominent supporting character in Season 2, but does not appear in Season 3 until "The Penultimate Peril", during which he only returns for a single scene before his death.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets forced to cook and serve food for Count Olaf while dressed as a clown, and then gets forced to wash the dishes afterwards.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Par the course for any VFD agent. Larry is ultimately killed after Olaf and Ernest string him upside down and dunk him in a giant pot of boiling curry in "The Penultimate Peril".
  • Death by Adaptation: As mentioned above, he's killed by Olaf in Season 3. His book counterpart, being a relatively minor character, was able to live another day.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After two humiliating encounters with Count Olaf, Larry gets his revenge in "The Ersatz Elevator: Part 1" while biding time for Jacques and Olivia's rescue attempt for the Quagmire triplets. First, he forces Count Olaf to sit through a multiple course meal, going as slow as possible, and then forces him to do a song number with the help of Jacquelyn.
  • Has Two Mommies: Mentions in the Vile Village that he was raised there by his mothers, when it was a nicer place.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": He constantly presents himself as "Larry, your waiter", turns out his surname is "Your-Waiter".
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't seem to be quite strong, and is often very easily overpowered, meaning he is more likely to work as scout than anything, and it seems his most important task is delivering messages.

    Jacques Snicket 

Jacques Snicket

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"Well, maybe the story is not over yet."
Portrayed by: Nathan Fillion

"Thousand pardons ma'am. I didn't mean to scare you, and I'll never forgive myself."

Lemony's brother, a respected member of the VFD. His day job is that of a taxi driver, meaning it is the perfect cover for a getaway driver.


  • The Ace: He's handsome, charming, a highly respected agent, and a complete badass.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A minor example, but in the books he did have a unibrow like Olaf did, which led to the Village of Fowl Devotees believing him to be Olaf, whereas in the series, it was put on his face in order to frame him as Olaf.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He appears throughout the second season in the show, when he was in only a single book.
  • Badass Mustache: A badass agent of the VFD and has a very nice and thin mustache.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Olivia, when they part ways during "The Vile Village".
  • The Dreaded: In "The Wide Window Part 1", Larry tells Olaf that the Baudelaires' are in the hands of "their best operative". The usually super confident Olaf recoils in horror and has a mild Freak Out because he assumes Larry means "Snicket".
  • Frame-Up: Played with. Count Olaf is still believed to be guilty of crimes, however, he makes it so that Jacques seem like Count Olaf, and therefore, Jacques will end up paying for his crimes.
  • Ship Sinking: Getting murdered by Olaf and Esmé put a tragically quick end to his and Olivia's relationship.
  • Ship Tease: With Olivia.
  • Too Cool to Live: He's probably the most competent VFD agent in the series. His Frame-Up isn't that surprising even if you aren't familiar with his book appearance.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Count Olaf. One of his attempts to convince Olaf back to the heroic side of the schism gets him killed.

    The Librarian/Olivia Caliban 

The Librarian / Olivia Caliban

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"I've been discovering a number of startling facts and developed a number of disturbing theories."
As Madame Lulu 
Portrayed by: Sara Rue

"In a world too often governed by corruption and arrogance, it can be difficult to stay true to one's philosophical and literary principles."

A kind-hearted woman who shares the Baudelaires and Quagmire's appreciation for books. She tries her best to help them find the book they look for.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The official illustrations for the books show Madame Lulu to have a large, hooked nose and likely in her 30s-40s. Here she is played by Sara Rue and (as mentioned below) is rather attractive.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A quite tragic case, as in the books her horribly painful death is mitigated by the later reveal that she'd sold the Baudelaires out, while here she's a pure hero but it doesn't save her from the same fate.
  • Ascended Extra: In the books "Madame Lulu" is just a minor character in The Carniverous Carnival, as one of several well-meaning but ineffectual guardians, but the show gives her a subplot of her own throughout Season 2.
  • Badass Bookworm: Able to throw books into their proper place with absurdly talented flair and she herself notes her keen mind and "innate physical dexterity."
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Killed by being devoured by lions. This was obviously gruesome, but we only see it through the characters' reactions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Olivia is extremely sweet and polite, though while she is disguised as Madame Lulu she gets in quite a few good verbal jabs at Count Olaf's troupe.
  • Decomposite Character: In the books, "Madame Lulu" was her alias alone for her post-V.F.D. career as a carnival fortune teller. In the series, it's a rotating position for a V.F.D. field agent that she's currently filling in for while the current "Madame Lulu" (later revealed to be Kit Snicket) is busy retrieving the sugar bowl from Heimlich Hospital.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: She is apparently very gruesomely killed by lions, but we never see it, however, the reaction of the characters to it is harrowing.
  • Hot Librarian: While she's not portrayed as a sexpot, she's an extremely lovely school librarian.
  • Master of Disguise: She may be meek and timid but she's a damn good actress. She's virtually unrecognizable as Madame Lulu thanks to her heavy makeup and fake exotic accent, and it was certainly enough to fool the Baudelaires, Count Olaf and his troupe, and even the viewers at home (at least the ones who aren't familiar with the books).
  • Nice Girl: She's one of the nicest people in the series.
  • Ship Tease: With Jacques Snicket, following their meeting.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: After joining Jacques, she starts dressing in black leather jacket and lets her hair loose.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like many other good-hearted VFD agents throughout the series, she meets a cruel and untimely death due to Count Olaf's machinations.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She turns into an Action Girl as soon as she joins VFD and Jacques.
  • White Sheep: The sole good member of the Academy faculty, Unless Mr. Remora vouches for them.

    Dewey Denouement 

Dewey Denouement

Portrayed by: Max Greenfield

One of the Denouement triplets and managers of the Hotel Denouement. Also Kit's lover, and the father of Beatrice II.


  • Accidental Murder: While Olaf did intend to kill Dewey at first, Violet and Klaus actually succeed in convincing him to lower his weapon. Unfortunately, Mr. Poe chooses that particular moment to exit the hotel, causing the startled Baudelaires to drop the harpoon gun, which goes off and hits Dewey.
  • Disappeared Dad: Unintentionally becomes one to his and Kit's baby, due to his death by harpoon.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is accidentally shot through the chest with a harpoon gun.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When asked if he was either Frank or Ernest, he replied "That's an interesting question", since he didn't wanna say too much at the time.
  • Nice Guy: Kit describes him as a good man, and he is nothing but courteous to the Baudelaires from the moment he meets them.
  • Related in the Adaptation: The show explicitly confirms him to be the father of Kit's baby, while the novels only implied he had feelings for her and didn't otherwise hint at the paternity of her child.
  • Retirony: Was planning to leave VFD to raise his daughter along with Kit following Count Olaf's trial. He's killed in the very episode he says this.
  • Too Happy to Live: He was expecting a child with Kit and had accumulated quite an impressive hidden library thanks to years of research. Naturally, he's doomed.

    Kit Snicket 

Kit Snicket

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Portrayed by: Allison Williams

VFD's top field agent, and sister to Lemony and Jacques. She is first introduced as the former Madame Lulu, a title given to whichever VFD agent is in the carnival.


  • The Ace: According to Jacques, the woman stationed as Madame Lulu is their top field agent.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: For Madame Lulu.
  • All There in the Script: Subverted, in order to not give any spoiler, she is not credited in the end of "The Carnivorous Carnival". The companion book The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations confirms her to be Kit Snicket.
  • Connected All Along: Lemony mentions at the end of "The Carnivorous Carnival" that she is someone he knows very well. Season three confirms she is Kit Snicket, his sister.
  • Decomposite Character: In a way- in the books, "Madame Lulu" is Olivia Caliban's alias for her post-V.F.D. career as a carnival fortune teller. In the series, "Madame Lulu" is a separate entity, a rotating post held by the current top V.F.D. field agent and currently held by Kit.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: While normally a Pregnant Badass, she's this by the time she gives birth — after being attacked by the Great Unknown, she washes up hurt on the island, and is infected by the spores of the Medusoid Mycelium.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Pops up at the end of Season 2, and is a major character for the third and final season.
  • Legacy Character: The name "Madame Lulu" is used to designate whichever VFD member is currently stationed at the carnival, and they all appear to take on the disguise.
  • Madame Fortune: The name "Madame Lulu" and she's a fortune teller at the Carnival.
  • Missing Mom: Like her lover, unintentionally leaves their child orphaned after her death.
  • Not So Above It All: She may be the sanest and brightest member of VFD, but she's still a member of VFD fighting a pointless war. Count Olaf points out that they're Not So Different in their final meeting, as they have hurt and been hurt and make no apologies for their deeds.
  • Pregnant Badass: Her first scene in season three sees her hang-gliding off a cliff while visibly pregnant.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Jacquelyn as Mr Poe's secretary. Except for the important detail of not being his secretary, as she keeps telling him.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • Played with, as of the end of "The Carnivorous Carnival", she is the one that now has Jacques' trusted taxi.
    • Played more straight as of Season 3, as she's much more involved as the forefront member of VFD after Olivia and Jacques die and Jacqueline leaves.

    Official Fire Department Chief 

Olaf's Father

Portrayed by: Eric Keenleyside

Olaf's father and the leader of the Official Fire Department in flashbacks.


  • Accidental Murder: He gets killed in the poison dart crossfire between Esmé, Olaf, Lemony, and Beatrice. It is Beatrice's throwing of the dart that makes Olaf's Start of Darkness possible.
  • Big Good: At least, in terms of being the head firefighter of the fire department.
  • No Name Given: His name was never said other than being referred to as Olaf's father.
  • Posthumous Character: Died long before the show, but his death set off the series of unfortunate events.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He is a splitting image of Olaf, right down to the unibrow.

Former Members

    Count Olaf 

    Fernald Widdershins 

    Dr. Georgina Orwell 

    Esmé Squalor 

    The Man With Beard but No Hair/The Woman With Hair but No Beard 

    Ernest Denouement 

    Ishmael 
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