Study Guide

The Bad Beginning Characters

By Lemony Snicket

Violet Baudelaire

Violet is the oldest of the Baudelaire siblings at fourteen years old. She's also right-handed...

Klaus Baudelaire

Klaus is the middle child in the Baudelaire family and has the distinction of being the only boy....

Sunny Baudelaire

Sunny is only a baby when her parents perish in an awful fire, but she still has some adorable...

Count Olaf

Can a villain get any more villainous? Count Olaf has to be one of the most dreadful and...

Mr. Poe

Mr. Poe is the banker who handles the Baudelaire children's affairs. Too bad he seems more...

Justice Strauss

Justice Strauss is the next-door neighbor to Count Olaf and one of the only people who treats the...

Lemony Snicket

Mr. Snicket isn't just our narrator, he's also a part of the Baudelaires' story. We get a few...

The Theater Troupe

Count Olaf's associates are a pretty scary bunch. While he invites nine of them over for dinner,...

Polly, Edgar, and Albert Poe

Mr. Poe's wife and sons only show up briefly in the beginning of this story, but they make a very...

Beatrice

Lemony Snicket dedicates The Bad Beginning to a mysterious lady named Beatrice.To...