Count Olaf is the main antagonist in the series. Olaf was a former suitor of Kit Snicket. The Baudelaire orphans believe that he is the one that started the fire but he neither confirmed or denied this suspicion. Count Olaf is said to be a distant relative of the Baudelaires (their third cousin four times removed or their fourth cousin three times removed) and was their first adoptive father. He is attached to stealing the Baudelaire fortune and this is why he follows them everywhere they go. His distinguishing marks are his single eyebrow and the tattoo of the VFD eye on his ankle. His disguises usually do little besides cover his eyebrow and tattoo, which is sufficient to fool most. The Baudelaires are able to recognize his other characteristics, such as his wheezy voice and shiny eyes, but others don't notice these marks, and very few of them believe the Baudelaires' claims to recognize him.