I say that we burn them at the stake! Rule #201 clearly says no murdering!
— Mr. Lesko wishing the death penalty on the Baudelaires

Mr. Lesko is an antagonistic citizen of the Village of Fowl Devotees.

The Vile Village

He is very rude towards the Baudelaire orphans and goes as far as to suggest burning them at the stake, as he believes that they had killed Count Olaf.[1]

The Penultimate Peril

He returns in The Penultimate Peril where he is seen in the lobby of the Hotel Denouement with Mrs. Morrow. When Mrs Morrow claims that Count Olaf was "murdered by the Baudelaires, Mr. Lesko thought that the man who was killed in their village was "Count Omar." During the trial of the Baudelaires and Count Olaf, he hands in rulebooks for evidence. When the Hotel Denouement Fire was started, Mr. Lesko was seen on one of the floors arguing with Mrs. Morrow. He does not know anything about the organization V.F.D.

TV series

In the TV series, Mr. Lesko is first referred to as "Man in Plaid Pants." Larry the Waiter has a history with Mr. Lesko where he asks him how his retirement is coming along. Mr. Lesko doesn't respond.

In the TV series adaptation of The Carnivorous Carnival, he, along with Mrs. Morrow and other village residents, go to Caligari Carnival to watch someone be eaten by lions in "The Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two." He and Mrs. Morrow have no dialogue in this appearance.

Behind the scenes

He is portrayed by Kevin Chamberlin in the TV series.