|“||Oh, sure, I'll let you out. 'See you back in town,' he says. Let you out in front of a place like this and see you back in town. Sure, that's something nice guys like me and my brother would do. Nothing wrong with leaving a guy all alone in a dangerous place. Maybe on our way into town we can find a puppy to run over because we're such nice guys.||”|
— Pip Bellerophon, When Did You See Her Last?
Pecuchet "Pip" Bellerophon is a character from the series All the Wrong Questions. He lives in Stain'd-by-the-Sea with his brother, Bouvard "Squeak" Bellerophon and his father. While his father is sick, he and his brother drive the family taxi. They often drive Snicket and his associates to various Inhumane Society-related locations, and when Moxie Mallahan hands out business cards to Snicket's associates and ad hoc V.F.D. members, they both receive one.
- 1 All the Wrong Questions
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Quotes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Family
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Sources
All the Wrong Questions
Pecuchet "Pip" Bellerophon lived with his brother, Squeak, and father in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Eventually, the two brothers took over their father's job running the taxi; while they claim he's simply sick and will return to his job soon, Snicket believes that their father is "gone forever." Pip sat on a stack of library books in order to reach the wheel, while Squeak worked the breaks. Pip also would read to Squeak in between fares.  Jake Hix has been giving them free food for some time.
The boys were frequent library visitors, and read books such as Nobody's Family is Going to Change, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  and Hallowe'en Party. Pip notes that he's always hated school buses.
- Lemony Snicket: Are you really sure you're old enough to drive?
- Pip Bellerophon: Are you old to go to the edge of town by yourself?
After leaving the Lost Arms, Lemony Snicket approaches the Bellerophon Taxi, and Pip and Squeak introduce themselves, explaining that they're substituting for their sick father. They agree to drive him to the Mallahan Lighthouse in exchange for a tip instead of a standard fare. Snicket asks if they've driven Murphy Sallis anywhere, and Pip says that even if the Sallis family was in town, they have their own chauffeur. When they reach the lighthouse, Snicket gives them a tip to check out a book about a champion of the world by "that author with all the chocolate."
The next day, the Bellerophon brothers run into Snicket again outside the library, and Pip offers him a doughnut from Hungry's. Snicket gives him the tip that "The Long Secret is a better book than the one that comes before it" in order to get a ride to Handkerchief Heights, Pip thanks him, though he says he and Squeak "have always preferred the one about the tap dancer an the lawyer."
Later that night, the brothers pick up Snicket and drive him to 1300 Blotted Boulevard, though they advise him that's the emptiest street in town. His tip is that they should read The Wind in the Willows. They drive all the way down the street, stopping at the empty lot that takes up 1300 Blotted Boulevard. Snicket apologizes for wasting their time, and Pip assures him that he and his chaperone are "the most interesting thing to happen" to Stain'd-by-the-Sea for some time.
At some point, Pip and Squeak give a ride to Ellington Feint to the abandoned aquarium, and Pip says that she "seemed nice enough."
Pip and Squeak go into Hungry's Diner, where Jake gives them soup and Snicket asks for a ride. After eating and talking about books, the Bellerophon brothers drive Snicket to the lighthouse. When they drive him andd Moxie Mallahan back into town, to Partial Foods, Snicket gives him a tip on a book about a girl named Amanda, who is either a witch or a stepsister or both. Moxie asks the brothers if they'd driven Cleo Knight anywhere- like Polly Partial had claimed- and they say that they had not.
A while later, Pip and Squeak are having dinner at Hungry's when Snicket and Moxie enter and request a ride to Colophon Clinic, as they have reason to believe Cleo Knight is being held there. Jake says he'll fix Cleo's Dilemma and meet them there, and the brothers take Snicket and Moxie to the clinic without even asking for a tip.
When they arrive at the clinic, Snicket tells the brothers to let him out and then return to town, but Pip stubbornly refuses, and Squeak points out that the gates closed behind them anyway. Snicket and Moxie go into the clinic,, and tell Pip and Squeak to go into the clinic in ten minutes and cause a ruckus as a distraction. By the time Snicket and Jake free Cleo Knight, the Bellerophon brothers had gotten into a fight with Nurse Dander, who had attacked Moxie; they manage to hold her until the Officers Mitchum arrive. Snicket then requests that they put Ellington's files in the attic of Black Cat Coffee for her.
|“||Blotted Boulevard will sure be spooky at that hour. We'll come with you, too.||”|
— Pip Bellerophon, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents
When the brothers' mechanic, Jackie, requires assistance, Pip and Squeak reccomend Lemony Snicket and give him a ride over to their garage, Moray Wheels. They introduce them, and Jackie says that the brothers talked him up, and that they need someone very tough, as their dog, Lysistrata, had been kidnapped and held for ransom. Pip suggests that Lysistrata may be being held at the Hairdryer Emporium, as it was the loudest building in Stain'd-by-the-Sea and would muffle the sounds of her barking, though Jackie reminds him that the building closed down weeks before. Pip and Squeak offer to go with Jackie to deliver the ransom, but Jackie reminds them that the note told them to come alone, and the brothers' taxi would be obvious.
On Sunday, the Bellerophon brothers drive Snicket around the old neighborhood to look for evidence of the Big Bad Brick Gang, and then deposit him in front of Chrysanthemums.
|“||'Wish me luck,' he says, like we're just going to drop him off at this sinister place and go home and suck our thumbs.||”|
— Pip Bellerophon, Shouldn't You Be in School?
The fake Department of Truancy, made up by Hangfire in an attempt to kidnap the children of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, chases Pip and Squeak into hiding. After three days of no food, the brothers go to Hungry's, only to be chased out by Hungry Hix, who isn't as giving as Jake is. Snicket arrives and informs them that Jake, Cleo and Moxie were kidnapped, and then he fixes the brothers tandoori chicken with vegetables.
After some hesitation, the brothers give Snicket a ride to Wade Academy; when he mentions it's been a while since he's seen his family, Pip agrees with him that missing a family member is like "waking up every morning like someone took one of your legs." On the drive over, Snicket describes a book he really likes to them as a tip. When the bell rings, Snicket tells the brothers to put masks on even though they don't need them so as not to be suspicious. They arrive at the school, and Snicket asks them to snoop around town, and then share information with him in the morning.
The next morning, Pip brings Snicket some extra doughnuts from Hungry's, and he says that he went all night without food for "his part" of the plan, referencing a book where something similar happens, from a series that Pip and Squeak enjoy, including "the one where the girl gets murdered while bobbing for apples." Snicket explains that in the book, a fragmentary plot happens, and now they're all in one, and he asks them to hitch a wagon to their taxi and fill it with some strange bark and blank books. They then drive him to town, following a school bus from Wade Academy. Snicket then gives them their part of the plan to do.
After he leaves the taxi, Pip and Squeak take the blank books from their wagon and switch them out with all the books in the Stain'd Library, so that the books that had been threatened would remain safe. The brothers follow his instructions and then wait for him outside of The Lost Arms.
When Snicket meets them, they take him back to Wade Academy, where he picks up Ellington Feint for a hayride on the wagon in the back of the taxi. They drop them off at the library, where Stew Mitchum tries to burn the library and Ellington and Snicket stop him by turning on the sprinklers, which ruin only the blank books, while the real library books are safe with the Bellerophons.
Pip and Squeak spend a lot of time with Lemony, secretly hiding the library books in the attic of Black Cat Coffee. Later, they all meet their other associates at Handkerchief Heights, where they have a kind of celebration, and Snicket explains that they will all need to try not to be seen together, in order to keep their fragmentary plot secret. The associates end the dinner with a game of Beethoven.
|“||Follow a train? That's hardly a tail job. It runs on tracks, doesn't it? Why do we need to follow a train when we already know where it goes?||”|
— Pip Bellerophon, Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
The fourth account of Snicket's time in Stain'd-by-the-Sea is sent to Pip and Squeak, to file under the name of the town, as well as accounts of murder, investigations of; Hangfire; and Bombinating Beast, as well as to CC to VFD headquarters.
The Bellerophon brothers meet Lemony Snicket outside of the train station, and he asks them to take him on a tail job towards a recently departed train, The Thistle of the Valley, and to take him to the train tracks at Partial Foods. As his tip, he recommends the brothers The Turn of the Screw. They later take Ornette to Offshore Island so she can also sneak aboard the train.
The brothers continue following the train, witnessing it crash. The passengers depart, and Pip and Squeak ask Snicket what happened. He explains to them and the other passengers about the mystery that unfolded in their town, and then asks the brothers to restore the library and become the new librarians of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, as well as keep his accounts of his time in the town. Before Snicket leaves, he sees Jake smile at something Pip said. He and his brother wave goodbye to Snicket as he departs into the Clusterous Forest.
Pip is described as a little younger than Lemony Snicket, with a friendly smile and a small scab on his cheek.
|“||Need a taxi, friend?||”|
— Chapter Five
|“||Well, I hope you know what you're doing, coming out here without a way to get back.||”|
— Chapter Five
|“||Good morning, friend. I have a couple of extra doughnuts from Hungry's. Want one with your coffee?||”|
— Chapter Eight
- Pip Bellerophon: Egad, Snicket, don't you ever sleep?
- Lemony Snicket: Doesn't your father ever drive this heap?
- Lemony Snicket: You know when someone tells you there's a monster under the bed? And you know, of course, that there's no such thing, but you just have to check under the bed anyway? Well, that's what we're doing here.
- Pip Bellerophon: Sounds like a wild ride to me.
|“||You're not wasting our time, Snicket. You and your chaperone are the most interesting thing to happen in this town in quite some time.||”|
— Chapter Eleven
- Pip Bellerophon: Back into town, Snicket?
- Lemony Snicket: Partial Foods, please, and if you like stories about strange happenings, allow me to recommend a book about a girl named Amanda, who is either a witch or a stepsister or both.
- Lemony Snicket: Tell me, why didn't you mention that you picked up Ellington Feint in your cab the other day?
- Pip Bellerophon: You didn't ask.
- Lemony Snicket: A chemist and a cook are basically doing the same thing. It all comes down to mixing and heating some basic elements.
- Pip Bellerophon: Then I'd call you a brilliant chemist, Hix.
- Pip Bellerophon: Don't worry about us. Worry about Moxie. She's hurt.
- Lemony Snicket: Bad?
- Pip Bellerophon: I know it doesn't look like much, but Jackie's an excellent mechanic.
- Squeak Bellerophon: You can say that again.
|“||It's hard when you're missing your family. You wake up every morning like someone took one of your legs. All right, Snicket. We'll take you. But I hope you have a big tip ready.||”|
— Chapter Seven
- Pip Bellerophon: Morning, Snicket. I took the liberty of bringing you a couple of doughnuts from Hungry's, in case you hadn't had breakfast.
- Lemony Snicket: You and your brother are the noblest people on earth.
- Lemony Snicket: Do you see that wagon teetering on top of that pile of bark?
- Pip Bellerophon: Yes, Snicket. I see that wagon teetering on that pile of bark. If I get home to my bedroom and there’s an elephant sitting in the middle of it, I’ll see that too.
|“||Never in my life have I liked a school bus. You can't get the windows open and someone's always fighting.||”|
— Chapter Eleven
|“||Thanks for the tip about the train mystery. I'll have to look for that at the library.||”|
— Chapter Eleven
|“||It's a fragmentary plot, Moxie.||”|
— Chapter Thirteen
|“||'This guy's lazy?' How dare you call my brother lazy! Do you know how hard it is to work the brakes?||”|
— Chapter Thirteen
- Pip Bellerophon: I hope you're not going to do anything foolish.
- Lemony Snicket: I hope you're not hoping too hard.
|“||That's always the way, isn't it? The most interesting things happen when we're supposed to be in bed.||”|
— Chapter Two
- Lemony Snicket: Have you read a book called The Turn of the Screw?'
- Pip Bellerophon: We get enough hardware in our ordinary lives.
- Pip Bellerophon: Do we have to ask again about doing something foolish?
- Lemony Snicket: No. You definitely don't have to ask.
|“||This doesn't look good, does it? Is anyone seriously hurt?||”|
— Chapter Thirteen
- Pip Bellerophon: What was it, Snicket? What was that dark thing we saw?
- Squeak Bellerophon: It was something terrible. We only got a quick look, but I had to remind my brother of what you said about getting scared later.
|“||And I suppose my brother and I can drive all these noble people around.||”|
— Chapter Thirteen
- Pip and Squeak are the only people ever seen driving the Bellerophon taxi, as their father is (apparently) sick for all four books in the ATWQ series.
- He and his brother were named after the famously unfinished novel Bouvard et Pécuchet.
- His surname, Bellerophon, comes from the name of a greek mythological hero, who famously tamed and rode Pegasus.
- When you put he and his brother's nicknames together, you get the word 'Pipsqueak' which means someone of diminutive size.
- He is mistakenly called Bouvard in Who Could That Be at This Hour?
- According to his official profile, his favorite book is Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, particularly Chapter 7.
|Unnamed Father (†?)|
|Pip Bellerophon||Squeak Bellerophon|