Ike is known to be the brother of Gregor Anwhistle. His mother was a woman with one eyebrow and one ear. He is also the cousin of Beatrice Baudelaire, and the two shared a family trait of being able to whistle with crackers in their mouth; his specialty was Beethoven's fourth quartet.
He was recruited into VFD, and befriended Lemony Snicket. When they graduated, he gave Snicket a paperweight of the Lachrymose Leech. This could imply that he was raised near Lake Lachrymose- where he lived as an adult- or had some other interest in the leeches.
He married Josephine Anwhistle, and the two of them lived at Lake Lachrymose on a house raised above the lake on stilts. The two of them seemed to have a good relationship, as Josephine speaks of him incredibly fondly. Ike shared some of Josephine's fears; the two of them were afraid to have children, and Ike was also afraid of electrocution from the telephone and would only answer it with a special glove. He also was his wife's "partner in grammar."
He and Josephine had a picnic on the beach, and though she warned him to wait an hour after eating before going into the lake, as the Lachrymose Leeches could smell food from within an hour, he thought forty-five minutes was enough. He was attacked, killed and eaten by the leeches. Josephine was traumatized by his death and avoided Lake Lachrymose afterwards, only able to view it from her window. She later told the Baudelaires that she preferred to think that, in whatever afterlife there was, Ike was someplace hot.
TV Series Divergent Canon
In the series, Ike is described as VFD's Most Nominated Volunteer of the Month Record holder with 99 nominations, giving him a commemorative plaque, a decorative badge, a very fun duffel filled with fire extinguishes, lids, baking soda, salt, and anything that could be used to put out a fire. A ball was scheduled to celebrate his nomination (possibly the Masked Ball), and he was noted to have joined the likes of great volunteers such as Meryl Streep.
He and Josephine met when he was recovering from putting out a fire in Lake Lachrymose, and they ran into each other at the library. They married two years later.
He and Josephine attended a Masked Ball, where he suggested they have children.
He and Gregor are mentioned to have had a fierce argument that ended with them refusing to speak to each other before Gregor's death.
He is portrayed by the series producer, Barry Sonnenfeld.
Ike's "bravery" may have been caused by a more reckless nature. He may have been the builder of the cliff top house he and Josephine lived in high above the lake. The placement of their home was unsafe and was proven to be so when it was hit by the full force of Hurricane Herman and promptly collapsed. Ike's disregard for waiting an hour after eating before going for a swim in Lake Lachrymose is what ultimately led to his death. Thus, while "brave" in some respect, Ike seemed to be outright foolhardy in most regard.
In spite of his bravery, Ike may have had his phobias, too. Josephine said that she and Ike were afraid to have children, but why this was is never explained. On the evening Josephine fakes her suicide in The Wide Window, she mentions to Violet that Ike always answered the telephone while wearing a special glove, possibly an electrician's glove.
According to Josephine, Ike shared her love of grammar. She describes him as wonderful.
- He was able to whistle Beethoven's Fourth Quartet with crackers in his mouth. The only other person known to be able to do this is Beatrice Baudelaire, who could whistle Mozart's Fourteenth Symphony. According to Josephine, this skill is a family trait.
- His name Ike put with Anwhistle sounds like "I can whistle."
- In the Netflix series, the Quagmires said, "Didn't we see him before?" meaning they had some contact with him, or possibly just referencing the reoccurring cameos of Barry Sonnenfeld.
|Unknown||Unknown if adoptive or biological|
|Unnamed Mother †||Unknown||Parents||Unnamed Guardians||Biological Parents †||Unknown||Unknown|
|Gregor Anwhistle †||Ike Anwhistle †||Josephine Anwhistle †||Beatrice Baudelaire †||Bertrand Baudelaire †||Bertrand's Cousin||Monty Montgomery's sister||Monty Montgomery †|
|Violet Baudelaire||Klaus Baudelaire||Sunny Baudelaire|
|Beatrice Baudelaire II|
|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):||Mentioned||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):||Mentioned|
|6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001):||Absent||12. The Penultimate Peril (2005):||Absent|
|13. The End (2006):||Absent|
|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):||Mentioned|
|The Hero of the Story (2017):||Absent|