Hotel Denouement fire (possibly)
For other uses of the name Carmelita, see: Carmelita.
- "Cake sniffing orphans in the orphan shack!"
- —Carmelita insulting the Baudelaire orphans
The Austere Academy
The Baudelaire orphans first encounter Carmelita in The Austere Academy, who rudely refers to them as "cakesniffers" and makes their lives difficult at the school. Isadora and Duncan Quagmire aren't fond of Carmelita either.
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
In The Grim Grotto, she is a "tap-dancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian", as described by herself in a song. Klaus comments that someone should tell Carmelita that the word 'gorgeous' does not start with 'm' (because Carmelita says that 'gorgeous' begins with 'm'). She writes a biography about herself called The Biography of the Smartest, Prettiest, most Darling Little Girl in the Whole Wide World, although most people (Sunny, Klaus, and Violet, for example) think she's a spoiled brat.
The Penultimate Peril
At the Hotel Denouement in The Penultimate Peril, she says she's a "ball-playing cowboy superhero soldier pirate". It is unknown whether she survived the fire at the Hotel Denouement.
In The Austere Academy, Lemony Snicket describes her as a rude, violent and filthy little girl.
Carmelita is a mean and arrogant girl who cares for nobody but herself, demanding respect and reverence for herself, and insults the Baudelaires by calling them "cakesniffers". Her spoiled personality makes her show no respect to her elders and the world around her. Esmé seems unaware of these traits, or even is implied to adore them, spoiling and fussing over Carmelita, of which Olaf highly disapproves. Olaf seems rather annoyed by her, as he is used to having things his own way, and it comes as a blow when Esmé seems more interested in Carmelita's needs.
- Her hair is a reddish-ginger color on the cover of both the UK and US books.
- In The Slippery Slope, Esmé lists the fortunes the villains will steal from the captured Snow Scouts. One of these is "the Spats fortune."
- It is implied that Carmelita's parents are rich and could be connected to V.F.D.