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Elder Sam is one of the 3 elders of the Village of Fowl Devotees.

He, along with elders Anabelle and Jemma, are only directly named in the TV series adaptation of the book.


The Vile Village

Elder Sam is one of the 3 elders “welcoming” the Baudelaires to the Village.

He is later seen when Count Olaf (disguised as Detective Dupin) and Esmé Squalor (disguised as Officer Luciana) introduce themselves and later when they bring in Count Olaf (actually Jacques Snicket) into the Town Hall to decide his punishment, burning at the stake.

Later, he and the other elders say the Baudelaires are to be burned st the stake after Detective Dupin frames them for the murder of Count Olaf and for the use of prison blueprints and a smashing device. He goes with the mob with pitchforks to burn them.

When Violet Baudelaire reveals that Officer Luciana has a harpoon gun, Sam and the other Elders sees this and react to the use of a harpoon gun in violation of the no mechanical devices rule. After Officer Luciana accidentally kills a crow while trying to shoot Hector's mobile home, he and those present get angry at Officer Luciana and Detective Dupin with the latter having failed to keep the Baudelaire children incarcerated. Esmé and Olaf leave the village as fast as they can using the getaway car from Olaf’s associates.

The Penultimate Peril

Elder Sam beside Justice Strauss.

He appears briefly in a flashback riding the trolley with Justice Strauss. Elder Sam is portrayed by Ken Jenkins.