Hotel Denouement fire. (Possibly)
Hugo the Hunchback
- "I could never be a noble person. I have a hump on my back."
- —Hugo, The Penultimate Peril
Hugo was a hunchback and was one of the carnival freaks at Caligari Carnival. He had a hunched back which made him look slightly awkward. He is grouped with Colette, a "freak" for being a contortionist, and Kevin, a "freak" for being ambidextrous.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Esmé Squalor promises to Hugo and the other freaks that if they push Madame Lulu into the lion pit, then they can become Count Olaf's henchmen. During the lion pit scene, when Count Olaf offered a "special reward" if someone shoved someone into the pit, Hugo attempts to push Madame Lulu.
He then joins Count Olaf and becomes one of his henchmen. After discovering that the Baudelaire were not actually freaks, he appears specially bitter towards them at The Slippery Slope.
In The Penultimate Peril, which marks his final appearance in the series, he is disguised as a Hotel Denouement worker (pictured right). He has a giant spatula to flip sunbathers over. It is left uncertain if Hugo survived the fire at the Hotel Denouement.
Behind the scenes
He is portrayed by Kevin Cahoon in the TV series.
- The Carnivorous Carnival
- The Slippery Slope
- The Penultimate Peril
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)