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The Baudelaire parents

The Baudelaire family is one of the main families featured in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before it was destroyed, the family resided in the Baudelaire Mansion. They also had an enormous family fortune, though it is never explained how this fortune was obtained.

The family stems from Bertrand Baudelaire and his wife Beatrice, both of whom perished in the fire that destroyed the Baudelaire Mansion. Their children, who survived the fire, are Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Beatrice Snicket, Kit Snicket's daughter, is later adopted by the children.



The Baudelaire orphans.

Count Olaf is said to be a distant relative of the Baudelaires (their third cousin four times removed or their fourth cousin three times removed, though it is not revealed as to whether he is related through Bertrand or Beatrice). It is also a high possibility that this relation is a lie he fabricated so that he could adopt the Baudelaire orphans.

The Baudelaires have an uncle Elwyn who owns a farm (possibly the Valorous Farms Dairy) and is briefly mentioned in The Austere Academy. It is unknown whether he is the brother of Bertrand or Beatrice, or whether he is another family member who is referred to as an uncle by convenience.

They also have a nineteenth cousin named Mr. Fagin who refused to become the Baudelaires' guardian. He was mentioned in The Vile Village.

Family tree

Unnamed Guardians
Bertrand Baudelaire
Beatrice Baudelaire
Violet Baudelaire
Klaus Baudelaire
Sunny Baudelaire
Beatrice Baudelaire II


  • They were named after the poet Charles Baudelaire whose most famous work is The Flowers of Evil, a cycle of poems that discusses dreadful circumstances and finds beauty in them.[1]
  • Daniel Handler stated that the Baudelaires are Jewish.[1] It is unknown if he means ethnicity only, religion only, or both. The books never mention the Baudelaires children practicing any religious rituals relating to Judaism.
  • The Baudelaire parents first met each other in a candle-lit restaurant. [2]


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