|“||When you think of me, think of a food you love very much.||”|
— Fiona to the Baudelaires, The Grim Grotto
Fiona, known as Fiona Widdershins in the TV series (it is unknown if she took her stepfather's surname in the books), is introduced in The Grim Grotto.
Fiona is a very intelligent teenage girl who studies mycology (fungi, mushrooms etc.).
In the books, she apparently dislikes how male pronouns (he, him, his) are often used as a default in the English language, as she always adds "or she" whenever her stepfather uses them.
In the TV series, she mentions the disappearance of her stepfather, Captain Widdershins, has made her become stressed.
She actually met Count Olaf before the series, when she was an infant. Olaf mentions having attempted to throw thumbtacks into her cradle.
Fiona took an interest in mycology, though her stepfather discouraged her interest and found it useless. He also refused to tell her several VFD secrets, claiming they were too terrible for her to know. Whenever he would say his personal philosophy- "He who hesitates is lost"- Fiona would add in "or she."
Though Fiona lived aboard the Queequeg and attempts to fix the ship when possible, her stepfather never considers her part of the crew.
At some point, the Widdershins collected documents from the remains of Josephine Anwhistle's house after it fell. Fiona questioned her stepfather as to why they couldn't help the Baudelaires, to which he simply tells her that it's important they do one small, good thing. She doesn't understand this, and he doesn't explain further.
After picking up Phil as a cook on the Queequeg, the submarine is charged with retrieving the Sugar Bowl, which had fallen into the Stricken Stream.
Fiona first appears when Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire enter the Queequeg. Though she is not part of the Queequeg's "Crew of Two," she is the ship's head engineer. Fiona is the first non-Baudelaire that can actually understand some of Sunny's utterances.Fiona greets the Baudelaires as they are brought aboard, after crashing into the stream. After she fails to convince her stepfather to let the Baudelaires rest instead of immediately getting to work, she helps them settle in and asks Phil to open their celebratory soda.
She and Klaus study tidal charts to try and trace the sugar bowl's path, eventually finding that it went below the destroyed Anwhistle Aquatics into something marked GG. Klaus figures out that GG is a cave, to which Widdershins tells him that if he finds the sugar bowl he can marry Fiona, which Fiona finds embarrassing. Fiona also realizes that GG was mentioned in one of her mycology books, and finds out that it's called the Gorgonian Grotto, and serves as a quarantine for a deadly fungus, the Medusoid Mycelium.
She accompanies the Baudelaires to the grotto to search for the sugar bowl. They are trapped for several hours by the waxing Medusoid Mycelium, and spend the time searching. Though they do not find the bowl, Fiona finds a letter from Kit Snicket to Gregor Anwhistle, telling him to stop cultivating the Medusoid. While they're sitting, the Baudelaires also decide to make a code based on food.
They return to the Queequeg to find it abandoned. Fiona realizes that her stepfather and Phil left the ship, and takes over as captain, despite how distraught she becomes. About then, Count Olaf captures the submarine and takes the children prisoner to be tortured for the location of the Sugar Bowl. However, one in the brig, Fiona reunites with Fernald, who has joined Olaf's troupe. Violet informs Fiona that Fernald burnt Anwhistle Aquatics, and Fernald explains to them that people aren't either wicked or noble, but like chef's salads.He agrees to help them escape on the condition they allow him to come, which Fiona quickly agrees to. They try to sneak to the Queequeg, but Fiona and Fernald are caught by Esme Squalor and Carmelita Spats. Fiona pretends to be joining Olaf's troupe in order to explain why she's not in the brig, and to buy the Baudelaires time to escape.
She is then approached by Count Olaf, who offers to help her find her stepfather if she actually joins him. She agrees in order to reunite her family, and watches as Olaf re-captures the Baudelaires. She gives him the Medusoid Mycelium they have trapped in Sunny's helmet, but lets the Baudelaires go instead of taking them prisoner. Before leaving, she tells them that when they think of her, to think of a food they love very much, before kissing Klaus and departing.
After The Grim Grotto
Fiona and Fernald do not appear in The Penultimate Peril, but Count Olaf says that the two betrayed him and stole the Carmelita.
TV Series Divergent CanonIn the TV series, Fiona is now the captain and is known as Fiona Widdershins. Her stepfather is omitted from the show. She also has a slightly British accent in the show. Something unique to the TV series is that Violet does not trust her as much as she did in the book, warning Klaus that Fiona may not be sincere.
She is the captain since Widdershins left to answer a distress call from a manatee, and after picking up the Baudelaires, she is entirely focused on her mission of finding the sugar bowl. She snaps at Violet when they argue, and then admits to Klaus that she doesn't know what's inside the bowl; the two of them bond over their parents keeping secrets from them. They later trace the sugar bowl to the Gorgonian Grotto, and though Fiona is scared of the Medusoid Mycelium, she takes Violet's advice and agrees to let them go. The Great Unknown appears, and Fiona turns off everything on the submarine in order to hide from it. Afterwards, the Baudelaires suggest reading Lemony Snicket's account of it while they head for the grotto.The submarine is boarded by Count Olaf and his troupe, but Fiona manages to hide. She sends a distress telegram to Kit Snicket, before being caught by Fernald. However, Fernald lets her go and she remains hidden on the Queequeg.
The Baudelaires escape Olaf and return with a sick Sunny, and Fiona helps Violet repair the telegram machine before helping them research an antidote to the Medusoid Mycelium in order to save Sunny; the fungus is trapped in a helmet, which the Baudelaires give to Fiona as a gift. She then recieves a telegram telling them to go to the Hotel Denouement. She refuses to leave until Fernald arrives, but the Baudelaires don't trust him.
Olaf arrives again and tries to kill Fernald for betraying him. In order to save her brother's life, Fiona gives Olaf the Medusoid Mycelium. He then convinces her to join his troupe and orders her to put the Baudelaires in the brig. Instead, however, once he leaves, she allows them to escape and promises to help free the Snow Scouts trapped on Olaf's ship. She kisses Klaus and departs.When Olaf discovers her betrayal, he locks her and Fernald in the brig, which they are able to escape using Fernald's hooks. When Olaf, Esme and Carmelita leave the submarine, they steal it and depart.
It is implied she is able to reunite with her stepfather when she hears his voice on a radio in The End.
Behind the scenes
She is portrayed by Kassius Nelson in the TV series.
- She is described as "a bit older than Violet". Since Violet turned 15 in The Grim Grotto, that means Fiona is probably 15 or 16 years old.
- The changes made to her character in the Netflix adaptation were partly in order to reference Ellington Feint, described as "another morally ambiguous girl searching for her missing father." All the Wrong Questions is referenced more in the Netflix version as well, with Fiona saying that there is a copy of Lemony's accounts of the Great Unknown (now clearly the Bombinating Beast) in the library.
|Captain Widdershins||Mrs. Widdershins †||Unknown|
|A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books)|
|1. The Bad Beginning (1999):||Absent||7. The Vile Village (2001):||Absent|
|2. The Reptile Room (1999):||Absent||8. The Hostile Hospital (2001):||Absent|
|3. The Wide Window (2000):||Absent||9. The Carnivorous Carnival (2002):||Absent|
|4. The Miserable Mill (2000):||Absent||10. The Slippery Slope (2003):||Absent|
|5. The Austere Academy (2000):||Absent||11. The Grim Grotto (2004):||Debut|
|6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001):||Absent||12. The Penultimate Peril (2005):||Mentioned|
|13. The End (2006):||Mentioned|
|All the Wrong Questions|
|Who Could That Be at This Hour? (2012):||Absent||Shouldn't You Be in School? (2014):||Absent|
|When Did You See Her Last? (2013):||Absent||Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (2015):||Absent|
|File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (2014):||Absent|
|Other Snicket Books|
|Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (2002):||Absent|
|The Dismal Dinner (2004):||Absent|
|The Beatrice Letters (2006):||Absent|
|The Hero of the Story (2017):||Absent|
- The Grim Grotto
- The Penultimate Peril (mentioned)
- The End (mentioned)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)