Violet Baudelaire is one of the main characters in the popular children's book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. In the film she is portrayed by Emily Browning. Violet is the eldest child of the Baudelaire orphans. Her younger siblings are her brother Klaus and her sister Sunny. When Violet is of age (eighteen years old), she will inherit the Baudelaire fortune. Violet mentioned in The Bad Beginning that she can not cook anything except toast (and she sometimes burns the toast). As explained in the movie as well as the books, appearances mean nothing to her, although she herself is very beautiful. In the movie, Lemony Snicket calls all three of the Baudelaires "reasonably attractive". In the first book she is 14 years old, and in The Grim Grotto she is 15. By the end of the series she is 16. Violet's favorite book is The Life of Nikola Tesla, and she has a strong allergy to peppermints, which she shares with her siblings, and gets from her mother, as revealed in The Beatrice Letters.
When Violet was five years old, she won her first invention contest with an automatic rolling pin. She used a window shade and six pairs of roller skates, plus winning her a gold medal and a compliment from the judge, who bet that Violet could invent something with both her hands tied behind her back, even with substantial interference. Prior to the demise of her parents, she liked to visit the Verne Invention Museum and liked many of its exhibits there, including the one of the mechanical demonstrations that had inspired her to be an inventor when she was just two years old.
At the beginning of the series, Violet loses her parents, Bertrand and Beatrice Baudelaire, in a fire which consumes their mansion. She, Klaus, and Sunny, are sent to their new guardian, the villainous Count Olaf, who tries to steal the enormous Baudelaire fortune from the orphans, using various nefarious schemes. Violet and Olaf almost get married in his play, The Marvelous Marriage, but Violet signs the marriage document with her left hand, and as she is right-handed, the ceremony is declared to be invalid. After this, Olaf and his associates go on the run as fugitives.
Her later guardians include the kind Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, Josephine Anwhistle, and Sir. In the fourth book she worked at Lucky Smells Lumbermill and got paid in coupons, which was later revealed to be illegal. In The Austere Academy, Violet and her siblings meet Duncan and Isadora Quagmire at a boarding school they are sent to; Prufrock Preparatory School. A close friendship between Violet and Duncan develops. In the tenth book, The Slippery Slope, she meets Quigley Quagmire, and they form a strong relationship. What will become of these relationships is still unknown, as Duncan and Quigley both disappeared into the "Great Unknown", referenced in The End.
In the sixth book, she is adopted by Jerome and Esmé Squalor and in the seventh the Village of Fowl Devotees. At the end of the book she and her siblings are accused of murdering Jacques Snicket and while Duncan and Isadora escape in a hot air mobile home built by Hector, they decide to run from the police. Thanks to the Daily Punctilio, the news that the Baudelaires are murderers spreads quickly. They escape with Volunteers Fighting Disease and get a job helping Hal at Heimlich Hospital's hall of records. When they are being chased by Esmé, Klaus and Sunny escape up a chute but Violet can't because she was too big. Count Olaf tries to perform a head removal on Violet (or "Laura V. Bleediotie") in an operating theatre but when Klaus and Sunny are exposed (they were wearing disguises) she wakes up and they run out of the hospital and hide in Olaf's car trunk.
In the The Carnivorous Carnival they disguise themselves as "freaks" (Violet and Klaus as a two-headed person) and get jobs at Caligari Carnival. At the end of the book they pretend to decide to join Count Olaf, although since Olaf knows they are the Baudelaires, unhooks the caraven Violet and Klaus from the one with him and his other associates (and Sunny). In the next book she disguises herself as a Snow Scout and meets Quigley Quagmire, and learns about V.F.D. Now lost in the water, the Baudelaires board the Queequeg, captained by Captain Widdershins, in the next book. They then go in a taxi Kit Snicket is driving and go to the Hotel Denouement, where the Baudelaires disguise themselves as concierges. At the end of the book they burn down the Hotel Denouement and escape with Olaf in a boat and wash up on an island in the final book. In The End, Violet and her siblings adopt Kit Snicket's child, Beatrice, after Count Olaf dies, but the fate of her and her siblings is ambiguous. As mentioned in The Hostile Hospital and The End, despite all of Lemony's research and hard work, even he still does not know the current location, position and status of the Baudelaire children. However, it is stated in a special version of "The Bad Beginning" that Violet returned to Briny Beach a third time, implying her survival.
Fifty years ago there was a woman who left an enormous sum of money to her pet weasel.
Violet: You are being unbearable, with a U!
Klaus: And YOU are being stupid, with an S!
Klaus: Yes, sir.
Olaf: I'm a genius! I've solved all of our problems! Look!
Violet: Renaming the boat doesn't solve any of our problems.
There's always something
It's the letter, the letter that never came. (reading letter) Dearest Children, Since we have been abroad we have missed you all so much. Certain events have compelled us to extend our travels. One day, where you're older, you will learn all about the people we've befriended, and the dangers we have faced. At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe us when we say there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events, may, in-fact be the first steps of a journey. We hope to have you back in our arms soon darlings, but in case this letter arrives before our return, know that we love you. It fills us with pride to know that no matter what happens in this life, that you three will take care of each other with kindness, and bravery, and selflessness as you always have. And remember one thing my darlings and never forget it - that no matter where we are, know that as long as you have each other, you have your family, and you are home. Your loving parents.
We are very concerned.
At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place. But believe us when we say there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events, may in fact, be the first steps of a journey.
Count Olaf: ...And I realized I have been a bit standoffish, Shall we say. Which in this case is a big, big word meaning...
Violet Baudelaire: [interrupting] Pure evil.
Violet Baudelaire: Sunny, how's that pot coming?
[Sunny appears with a spitoon]
Sunny: [subtitled] Voila!
Klaus Baudelaire: Uh ,Sunny, that's not a pot. That's a spitoon.
Violet Baudelaire: A spitoon? You mean like...?
Klaus Baudelaire: [nods in disgust]
Violet Baudelaire: We'll wash it twice.