|Vice Principal Nero|
In the Hotel Denouement (possibly)
5 feet 10 inches
Vice Principal of Prufrock Preparatory School
- "Every night I give a violin recital for six hours, and attendance is mandatory. The word 'mandatory' means that if you don't show up, you have to buy me a large bag of candy and watch me eat it."
- —Nero to the Baudelaires
Nero is the antagonistic Vice-Principal of Prufrock Preparatory School.
Nero hated the Baudelaires and the Quagmires and often mocked them by repeating what they said in a high-pitched voice. He was a greedy self satisfying man who cared for no one but himself. Given his personality, it is not far-fetched to assume that he is unbalanced and demented. He refused to make an exception for the Baudelaires to live in the dormitory, as Mr. Poe is technically not a Baudelaire guardian, and in order to live in the dorms, a student must have their guardian's permission slip.
He is also delusional about his ability to play the violin, and is either unable to see or simply doesn't care that his students don't like his recitals.
He adored Carmelita Spats and "plays favorites" with her.
The top of his head was bald, with his hair pulled into four short pigtails. He was mentioned to be 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Vice Principal Nero played the violin terribly, and he forced the students to listen to his terrible playing through nightly six hour recitals.
He enforced strict punishments, like taking away eating utensils (if a student entered the administrative building without an appointment) and tying hands behind students' backs during meals. He made up a punishment that if anybody missed his nightly six hour long violin concerts, he would force them to buy a large bag of candy for him and then force them to watch him eat the bag.
The Austere Academy
He expelled the Baudelaire orphans after he caught them "cheating" on their exams.
The Penultimate Peril
- It is unknown if there is an official principal at Prufrock Preparatory School.
- Fans theorize he may be on the fire-starting side of V.F.D., although it is unknown if he is aware of or involved in the organization.
- Nero might have been partially inspired by the Roman Emperor Nero, who, when a great fire was spreading across the city, famously stayed in his palace and played the fiddle while Rome burnt.
- Near the start of The Miserable Mill: Part Two, Lemony Snicket essentially reveals that Nero is hypnotized to think that he can play the violin despite that he never studied, and that his name "Nero" acts as the trigger.
- The Austere Academy
- The Penultimate Peril
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)