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     Lemony Snicket 

An apprentice member of the V.F.D. As part of his training Lemony is sent to Stain'd-by-the-Sea to assist with a case, but gets entangled in a far more complicated plot.


  • Badass Bookworm: He's always quoting different books that he's read and spends all his free time at the library, but he's also Kid Detective and something of a secret agent.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie; choosing between his his loyal best friend Moxie (Betty), and the File Fatale Anti-Hero Ellington (Veronica).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A twelve-year-old who pretty always has a fitting sarcastic comment and is extremely arrogant.
  • Byronic Hero: A cold, troubled, brooding, Anti-Hero. Seems to fit the bill.
  • Child Prodigy: Will be a Teen Genius once he turns thirteen.
  • The Cynic: Much more so than any of the other kids. Justified as he's the only one to be part of the V.F.D
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many references are made to his childhood training by the V.F.D. which, while useful, sounds horrible.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As always.
  • Guile Hero: Uses his wits to solve just about any problem. It helps that Adults Are Useless, of course, but he can hold his ground even against the smarter villains.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Deconstructed. Lemony sets out to be this for Theodora, reasoning that it will give him more time and freedom to do his own thing than if he went with a better chaperone. This backfires badly, however, when Theodora proves unpredictable.
  • Insufferable Genius: Not as bad as some examples, but still qualifies.
  • Kid Detective: Young Lemony is one! When he's called this in the second book, he corrects the speaker. He is not a detective. His job is not to solve mysteries, it's to poke around and find information for his organization. He specifically calls himself a walking library stack.
  • The Leader: Not officially, but he makes the plans for what they're going to do.
  • Lemony Narrator: Even as a boy, Lemony's style continues to be idiosyncratic.
  • Pragmatic Anti Hero: Lemony is a optimistic boy who cares about his friends and tries to give people the benefit of the doubt, but he's not above making tough decisions that may hurt people and is willing to kill someone who the law can't touch.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Nearly got kicked out of the VFD like ten times for breaking the rules, and he's not any better now.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Subverted as he's a Deadpan Snarker, but he's much more polite than his mentor Theodora, at least.
  • The Smart Guy: Shares this role with Cleo, but, while she's a chemist, his intelligence is more devoted to literature and cleverness.
  • Survival Mantra: "Get scared later!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Root beer and root beer floats. Too bad no one in Stain'd sells root beer.

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     Kit Snicket 

A young blond-haired woman shown at the beginning and end of each book enacting her own plan, possibly concurrent with Lemony's adventure.


     Moxie Mallahan 

The only remaining journalist at the The Stain'd Lighthouse newspaper. Works as Lemony's Number Two so she can get the latest story. Carries a typewriter with her everywhere.


  • Badass Bookworm: Of course.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Ellington Veronica and Snicket's Archie.
  • Bifauxnen: At least in terms of her outfit, which consist of a bowler hat, a tie, a sweater vest, a dress shirt, and pants.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arguably more than Snicket.
  • Girl Friday: Fits this role in relation to Lemony, even though she doesn't work for him, as part of the whole Film Noir theme.
  • Girl Next Door: Seems to fit.
  • Guile Hero: Enough to impress Snicket.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Once she meets Snicket.
  • The Lancer: To Snicket's leader.
  • Missing Mom: Moxie's is alive, but she works for the newspaper in the city, and Moxie hopes to soon join her. The last book confirms that Moxie's mother has essentially abandoned her and will never return, despite Moxie's beliefs.
  • Nice Hat: Moxie sports a bowler.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Snicket, but she doesn't seem to see the relationship as 'platonic' as he does. Eventually subverted when she's horrified by his decision to feed Hangfire to the Bombinating Beast.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Not nearly as bad as most examples, but she's more naive than Snicket's other friends.

     Stew Mitchum 

The spoiled son of the only two cops in town. A vile and remorseless bully.


  • The Bully: Stew Mitchum is a bratty boy who blames all his misdeeds on Lemony and gets away with it because his parents are policemen.
  • Creepy Child: Stew reveals himself to be this in the second book. He has a friend who's good with a knife...Graduates to full blown crazy in the last book, where he kills Qwerty and frightens his parents into covering it up.
  • Dumb Muscle: Can beat Snicket up, but can't reply to his sarcastic comments.
  • Hate Sink: Stew doesn't have a single redeemable feature or action, you're not suppose to like him.
  • Karma Houdini: Murders Qwerty, doesn't feel bad about it, and gets away with it too because of who his parents are.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Starts out as just a mean kid, but becomes a murderer in the last book.

     Pecuchet "Pip" and Bouvard "Squeak" Bellorophon 

The owners of the last taxi service in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. They are too young to drive a cab on their own, so Pip works the steering wheel and Squeak works the pedals. They give Lemony rides around town in exchange for book recommendations.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: A few years younger then Snicket and Moxie, who are the youngest of the kids.
  • Badass Bookworm: The most after Snicket. They except book recommendations for cab rides instead of money. He advises them to take over for Qwerty as Stain'd-by-the-Sea's new librarians at the end of the final book.
  • Badass Driver: Of the school kid version.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Presumably, but it's never said exactly what it is beyond their father always being either sick or unavailable.
  • Honorary True Companion: To Snicket and his friends. They'll drive them out of any sticky situation, but don't have the same loyalty to him as the others do and they often to business to others.
  • Punny Name: They're both too small to drive are car because they're pipsqueaks.
  • Those Two Guys: Far less developed than the other characters and are never separated.

     Jake Hix 

A short order cook that works at Hungry's. Feeds Snicket in exchange for book tips. Boyfriend of Cleo Knight.


  • Team Chef: He works as a restaurant and supplies everyone with food.
  • Team Dad: Takes care of the other children with his wonderful ability to make Food Porn.

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     Cleo Knight 

The daughter of the the owners of Ink Inc., Stain'd-by-the-Sea's biggest company. Is kidnapped in Where Did You See Her Last?. Girlfriend of Jake Hix.


  • Cool Car: Her fancy car the Dilemma, which is fast enough and strong enough to get everyone out of all sorts of dilemmas. Lemony loves it.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Cleo is kidnapped before the start of Where Did You See Her Last, but when Lemony finally finds her she's about ready to escape on her own.

     Ellington Feint 

Another newcomer to Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Ellington is trying to rescue her kidnapped father, which makes her alternate between interfering with Lemony's cases and helping him out.


Adults

     S. Theodora Markson 

Lemony Snicket's chaperone and member of the V.F.D. Markson thinks she's a brilliant detective, but she's really an arrogant idiot.


  • Bad Boss: Markson yells for Lemony to do things her way but it becomes clear that he's the smarter. Lemony confirms that he secretly arranged to have a terrible chaperone for his plan in the city.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Theodora thinks she's a great teacher who is ranked twelfth on the list of best chaperones. She's actually ranked 52nd. Out of 52.
  • Phrase Catcher: "What does the S stand for?"
  • Wild Hair: Has hair so long it reaches her feet, and so messy it once had two hairbrushes caught in it.

     Dashiell Qwerty 

The sub-librarian at the Stain'd-by-the-Sea's library.


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     Harvey and Mimi Mitchum 

Stain'd-by-the-Sea's only two police officers. Parents of Stew Mitchum. Terrible at their jobs and terrible parents.


  • Doting Parents: The officers Mitchum fawn over their bratty son, unaware that he's the one doing all the local vandalism.
  • Police are Useless: To an incredibly frustrating degree. They don't get anything right and always interfere with Lemony's investigations and then blame him.

     Hangfire 

The main villain of All the Wrong Questions. Kidnaps and commits arson as part of a sinister plot to doom Stain'd-by-the-Sea.


  • Big Bad: All the immediate troubles for Stain'd-by-the-Sea can be traced back to him.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Hangfire is the father of Ellington Feint, which she is unaware of.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Lemony, when explaining that "hangfire" is actually a word which means, essentially, the delay before something really bad happens.
  • Voice Changeling: Many times he uses this ability of his to fool the heroes.

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