!!This section refers to [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original novel]].

* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Gypsies. At the time of its publications, Gypsies were not well-liked by other Europeans.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** This happens the most to Quasimodo and Frollo. In the book, Quasimodo is rather mean and hates most people. In the films, he is usually put in a more sympathetic light. The exact opposite usually happens to Frollo. In his book form, he is, for the most part, benevolent but sexually frustrated, and his transformation into a villain is tragic. However, in the films he is made into an all-out evil, sexually depraved monster from the start.
** Phoebus gets this treatment as well. In the 1923 and Disney adaptation he is put in the role of a pure love interest for Esmeralda. However, in the book he was kind of a jerk, who was just interested in her for sex.
** In the novel, Gringoire is a pompous coward who abandons Esmeralda to her fate. In the film versions, he genuinely cares about Esmeralda and does everything he can to secure her release.
* DieForOurShip: Frollo/Esmeralda fans of any of the adaptations are eager to kill off Phoebus for the sake of this ship. Then again, even if you ''don't'' support this ship, almost every Hunchback of Notre Dame fan would gladly see Phoebus die.
* ItGetsBetter: For all its strengths, the book ''could'' afford to shave off some of its exposition. [[UpToEleven There's a chapter that's as long as its own book devoted to explaining the view from Notre Dame.]]
* ValuesDissonance:
** Sexual obsession in a priest? Bad, wrong, dangerous. Sexual obsession of a man in his thirties for a 16-year-old girl? No prob.
** Also, this is not an anti-racist story. The Parisians' mistreatment of Esmeralda is treated as literary irony: they're wrong to treat her as they do, ''because she's really one of them.'' Their treatment of real "Gypsies" is completely excusable; it's clearly established that "Gypsies" ''really are'' dangerous -- thieves and con artists who will readily kidnap children. If you think Victor Hugo loved gypsies and was protesting their mistreatment, go and read ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs''.

!!This section refers to the 1939 film version.

* CrazyAwesome / CreepyAwesome: Quasimodo. He's deformed, socially inept, and possibly afflicted with a [[AmbiguousDisorder mental disorder]], but he fiercely defends Esmeralda ''and'' thwarts a mob of rioters who were attacking Notre Dame.
* NightmareFuel: Dead and dying rioters lying on the ground, covered in molten metal.

!! This section refers to [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the Disney version]].

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Judge Claude Frollo gets this too. Do we see flashes of guilt and torment in him that make him more sympathetic? Did he really feel nothing for killing Quasi Modo's mother or did he take seriously the Archdeacon's plea to adopt Quasi Modo out of guilt and a genuine fear of God. Do we see signs of him suffering and desiring to become a better person in his villain song, or is it more important that the experience makes him act even more evil than before?
** ''Clopin''--he seems very happy and nice, but he does call Quasi the ugliest person in Paris in a way that even the context can't completely excuse, doesn't let him hide in the "Feast Of Fools" sequence, apparently bugs out the second everything goes pear-shaped (as Frollo would likely want to arrest him for the confusion), and then ''expresses complete delight in hanging Quasi and Phoebus''. Without giving them the chance to defend themselves in any way. He's also protecting his home, friends, and family from the most monstrous person in the country by silencing what he believes to be the man's most loyal subordinates... In fairness to Clopin, the only time he vanishes is during the "Feast of Fools" when the crowd turns on Quasimodo, but when the fighting outside Notre Dame happens he's shown jumping into the fray with the other gypsies. He's their leader, so getting himself arrested at the FOF would have been bad for the Gypsies.
* AwardSnub: None of the songs received Oscar nominations. Among all the movies AlanMenken composed for the DisneyAnimatedCanon during the 1990s, this is the only one that happened to.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** It's a great score, but [[VillainSong "Hellfire"]] and the instrumental track "Sanctuary" take the cake. "Made of Stone" from the stage version certainly counts as well.
** "Out There". The combination of the gorgeous music, beautiful lyrics and Tom Hulce's spectacular performance makes it one of the most magnificent songs of the DisneyAnimatedCanon. (Or any Disney film, for that matter.)
** ''Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, '''BELLS OF NOTRE DAME!!!''' ''
*** Pay attention, dear listener, to Clopin's voice toward the end of that song (particularly in its first iteration). God knows why they decided to practically drown it out with the chorus, but actor/singer Paul Kandel holds an absurdly high note (a high D, a very impressive note for a male singer to hit) perfectly for an absurdly long time.
** While "Sanctuary" is about four different kinds of incredible (it's a four part piece), and Hellfire is without a doubt, the best villain song ever included in a Disney movie (if not any film), the real crowner here is without a doubt, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEEpavnk7Uw God Help The Outcasts]]." The music is incredible, but the lyrics deserve special mention, as they are a deconstruction of the typical Disney IWantSong, in that a Gypsy who doesn't even believe, or doubts, in God ("I don't know if you can hear me, or if you're even there") is offering to God a more humble prayer than the Catholics there who are asking for money, fame, and glory, whereas Esmeralda simply says "I ask for nothing; I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I."
*** Equally heartwarming in the original movie the animated film was based on when Esmeralda gives the same prayer when she is introduced to Mary and Jesus.
** "Heaven's Light" is the sweetest, most perfect love song ever written. Anyone who has ever been unpopular or different knows that feeling when someone notices you, even for a moment, and this song perfectly captures that feeling: ''knowing'' that they'll probably never love you back, but for the moment, you can hope, just a little.
--->''I dare to dream that she/Might even care for me/And as I ring these bells tonight/My cold dark tower seems so bright,/I swear it must be heaven's light!''
*** Even ''better'' is how it's a perfect counterpoint to "Hellfire", which follows immediately after. From gentle hope and love to fiery rage and passion.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CVwYC7WrP0 "Paris Burning"]] plays in the scene immediately following "Hellfire" and perfectly embodies the fear and terror that the citizens of Paris are forced to suffer as Frollo's madness drives him to burn the city to the ground. [[{{HSQ}} The last twenty-five seconds of the track are guaranteed to require the listener to]] [[BringMyBrownPants bring their brown pants]].
* BaseBreaker: [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] they may be, but the gargoyles do contribute a lot of genuinely FunnyMoments...
* CargoShip: Hugo thinks Djali is pretty hot. Hugo is a gargoyle, Djali is a goat. [[FridgeBrilliance But come on, Hugo's part goat!]]
* CompleteMonster: [[HangingJudge Judge Claude Frollo]] is likely one of the [[KnightOfCerebus most evil characters]] Disney has ever invented. In the film's opening, he pursues a young woman on horseback, and pushes her onto steps of the church, causing her to tumble to her death. [[WouldHurtAChild He tries to drown her infant son, Quasimodo, in the well for being ugly,]] but the archdeacon stops him. Solely out of fear of being punished for his crimes, Frollo takes the boy in, [[AbusiveParents keeping him under strict rule, isolation, and emotional abuse]]. He initially seems to have [[StalkerWithACrush fallen in love]] with the young gypsy girl Esmeralda, but when she rejects him, he decides she must burn in hell. Taking his anger out on all gypsies, Frollo tries to burn an innocent family alive for harboring them. After that, Frollo tries to have a massive section of the city burned so he can kill Esmerelda. Even being a classic case of KnightTemplar, his actions cast his "good intentions" as being sham and hollow.
* CrackShip: As noted on the YMMV/{{Tangled}} [=YMMV=] page, Frollo x Mother Gothel became one when people realized how similar they are.
* CrazyAwesome: Clopin
* CreepyAwesome: Frollo, according to some people's opinions.
* CriticalDissonance: Despite being moderately well-received (scoring somewhere in the 70s on RottenTomatoes), this is the ONLY DisneyAnimatedCanon film to EVER get nominated for a Razzie, which is ESPECIALLY baffling considering that Disney has released [[Disney/HomeOnTheRange more]] [[Disney/ChickenLittle deserving]] [[TheWild films]]. It's considered (by those who remember it, anyway) better than its direct predecessor, ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (or at least a worthy sucessor).
* CrossesTheLineTwice: When Frollo is reviewing the alphabet with Quasimodo, this exchange happens. The censors probably let it pass because of Tom Hulce's harmless, innocent delivery of the lines and the happy gesture Quasimodo makes when he gets it right.
-->'''Frollo''': D?
-->'''Quasimodo''': Damnation.
-->'''Frollo''': E?
-->'''Quasimodo''': ''Eternal'' Damnation.
* DieForOurShip: The Phoebus from the movie is much, MUCH nicer than the one from the novel, and he comes to sincerely like Esmeralda. And yet the Quasi/Esmeralda fans still hate him fo "stealing her away from the one who DESERVES her better".
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Clopin.
** Also, Frollo is arguably this for the Disney Villains. Despite almost never appearing in crossovers, rides, merchandise or games he's one of the most well remembered and many people's favorite.
* EvilIsCool[=/=]DracoInLeatherPants: Despite being a CompleteMonster, Frollo has a ''lot'' of fangirls. For those who aren't of the DILP belief, a lot point out to him being so vile a villain that he somehow becomes awesome, helped by the fact that he is voiced by the late Creator/TonyJay and has a fantastic, if terrifying, VillainSong.
* EvilIsSexy: Frollo has ''huge'' numbers of people who find him attractive.
* FauxSymbolism:
** Frollo ''falling'' into a [[FireAndBrimstoneHell lake of]] {{Hellfire}}-like molten lead.
** Esmeralda's "God Help The Outcasts" and Frollo's "Hellfire", when taken together, sound much like the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
** Quasimodo tied with chains to the cathedral pillars with his arms outstretched brings to mind both Christ's crucifixion and Samson being put on display for the Philistines. When he breaks free and the pillars crumble, it is reminiscent of how Samson met his end, pushing down the pillars and bringing the roof down on himself and everyone else in the hall.
** Elements of the Notre Dame architecture are used to convey different moods: for example, the statues foreboding and ominous, the stained glass beautiful and hopeful.
** At the end of "Hellfire" in the DVD Commentary:
-->'''DVDCommentary:''' Here's some more of our ham-fisted symbolism--Frollo falls down in the shape of a crucifix!
** Also, during the last few minutes Esmeralda is wearing a white dress. See ColorCodedForYourConvenience above.
** Pay very close attention to the scene where Frollo destroys Quasimodo's model of Paris. As he does so he picks up a wooden figure of Esmeralda and throws it, knocking over a figure of himself in the process.
* [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales The French Love Quasimodo]]: The movie was (perhaps, naturally) a ''huge'' hit in France. The filmmakers were especially worried about offending the French people by taking an iconic symbol of French literature and culture and giving it the so-called "Disney Treatment."
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have]]: Despite being around his 50's-60's, Frollo has a '''lot''' of fangirls.
* HilariousInHindsight: The fact that the voice actor for [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Patrick Star]] voices a guard whom of which has the line "Now THAT's ugly!" [[Literature/TheUglyBarnacle Why is this hilarious in hindsight]]?
** Frollo is well-known for being the most sexual Disney villain. Now, consider that this is the [[RuleThirtyFour 34th]] Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon entry...
* HoYay: Djali is referred to as a male. Hugo makes no secret of his attraction to him.
* [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here For Clopin/Frollo:]] The 2 most well-known types of fangirls in the fanbase, "Frollophiles" and "Clopinphiles", are often known for watching the movie merely to see Frollo and/or Clopin. Clopin's side often has many fans complaining about how he "doesn't have enough screentime".
* MagnificentBastard: For all his hatefulness, Frollo has one moment of being this when he tricks Quasimodo into thinking that he knows where the Court of Miracles is located, causing Quasimodo and Phoebus to go their in order to warn the gypsies, thus leading Frollo straight to them.
* MemeticMolester: Frollo, for [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny good]] [[CompleteMonster reason]].
* MemeticMutation: "Hellfire" is becoming an increasingly popular subject for YouTubePoop.
** Also, statements to the likes of "most dramatic reaction to a boner ever."
** The scene where Frollo attempts to throw baby Quasimodo down the well has also become a popular YouTubePoop source. People commonly edit things like bad movie posters or unpopular celebrities like JustinBieber over Quasimodo.
* [[MemeticSexGod Memetic Sex Goddess]] Esmeralda.
* MisaimedFandom: Frollo was often thought of as [[EvilIsCool cool]] despite having much less reason to be thought of as such ([[MoralEventHorizon and much more NOT to]]) than other Disney villains. Instead of being a [[EvilIsSexy muscular macho-man]] like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] or a powerful sorcerer like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], he is a genocidal self-righteous old religious fanatic; an intent to subvert EvilIsCool is somewhat apparent here, [[{{Understatement}} yet it apparently did not work either.]]
** He certainly rocks the TallDarkAndSnarky look and being voiced by Creator/TonyJay certainly helps.
** Also, the most prevalent shipping in the fanbase is Esmeralda x Frollo, AKA "Fresme". Go ahead, look. You'll be VERY hard-pressed to find any artwork depicting her with Phoebus or even Quasimodo.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: For those of us who like to [[RootingForTheEmpire Root for the Empire]], Frollo gets one when he suddenly shows up at the Court of Miracles.
---> '''Esmeralda:''' You took a terrible risk coming here. It may not exactly show, but we're grateful.
---> '''Phoebus:''' Don't thank me, thank Quasimodo. Without his help, I'd never have found my way here.
---> '''Frollo''' ''(from off-screen)'': '''Nor would I.'''
* MoralEventHorizon: Frollo crossed it when he killed Quasimodo's mother merely for believing her to be a thief, and almost killed him too as a baby for being deformed. And he only goes downhill from there.
* NarmCharm: The entire ending teeters on this, especially the unprovoked hug by a random kid (who also shows up at Clopin's puppet show...)
* NoYay: Frollo's obsession with Esmeralda. [[MisaimedFandom Yet the majority of the fanbase ships them...]]
* PainfulRhyme: In "A Guy Like You".
--->We all have gaped at some '''Adonis'''\\
But then we crave a meal more nourishing to chew\\
And since you're shaped like a '''croissant is'''\\
No question of, she's gotta love a guy like you!
* TheScrappy: The gargoyles (unless you're a Jason Alexander fan), mostly due to their contribution of the LighterAndSofter tone of the film and causing MoodWhiplash in almost every scene they appear in.
** They ''are'' [[ActuallyPrettyFunny pretty funny]]. The question is whether or not their relatively broad humor is a good thing, given what the [[DarkerAndEdgier rest of the movie is like.]]
** The gargoyles are RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the German musical version. They are portrayed as figments of Quasi's imagination and their humor is toned down, which many feel is how they should have been done in the actual movie.
** [[SissyVillain Sarousch]] in the DTV sequel is considered one of the worst Disney villains of all time, especially in comparison to his predecessor, [[CompleteMonster Frollo]], who is considered one of the ''best''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first film had gorgeous animation, dealt with some pretty heavy themes for a Disney movie, and had very good music. The sequel dispensed with all of these and made the tone much LighterAndSofter. [[MoneyDearBoy Why Kevin Kline, Tom Hulce and Demi Moore stuck around for it is a mystery for the ages.]]
** There are two reasons the sequel exists 1) [[MoneyDearBoy Disney was big on sequels at the time]] and 2) [[ThrowTheDogABone People felt bad that Quasimodo didn't get the girl.]]
* SignatureScene: "Hellfire" is arguably the most famous scene in the film.
** Although "Out There" is another strong contender.
** As is "God help The Outcasts".
* {{Squick}}:
** Frollo grabbing Esmeralda in the church and '''smelling her hair.'''
*** During 'Hellfire', he rubs one of her scarves against his face.
** While it's played for laughs, Hugo the Gargoyle's attraction towards Djali the goat is fairly disturbing.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The crowd scenes utilize CGI people. Especially on the Blu-Ray, it's... noticeable.
** TechnologyMarchesOn: When the film was being promoted, these CGI people were touted as a huge technological advancement. They were the logical next step after the CGI stampede scene from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Instead of using CGI to reproduce the same model making the same movements over and over again, the crowds of Hunchback were randomized, with different elements such as clothing, body types, and behaviors being mixed and matched to create these gigantic ''Film/BenHur'' crowd scenes that would, otherwise, either be much too expensive to animate, or have to be static parts of the matte. It's more noticeable now (especially if you remember watching "Behind the Scenes" featurettes which showcased the various behaviors back on the '90s Disney Channel), but at the time, especially on a first-time viewing, they ''were'' pretty impressive and evocative towards the party atmosphere in "Topsy Turvy" especially.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Even though he is essentially an abusive foster parent, Frollo's [[HobbesWasRight grim depiction]] of the world "out there" actually sounds quite realistic considering the film is set in [[TheMiddleAges Mediaeval Europe]] which was not known for being kind to those with severe birth defects. Quasimodo does, however, get to witness this first hand, and later [[ShutUpHannibal says]] that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech it's because of people like Frollo that the world is that way]].
* [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Surprisingly Improved Successor]]: While the film is a [[ContestedSequel Contested Installment]] in the Canon, ''Hunchback'' (and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'') are considered at the very least a step in a different direction from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: ''Hunchback of Notre Dame II''. The entire movie is animated with bright colors that are somewhat hard on the owing to the lower quality of the animation, and the entire plot of the film, on top of Quasimodo's quest for love revolves around the cast's respective couples professing their love for each other before the entire city in a huge festival; to say that this was jarring for those who appreciated the original's unusually dark tone would be an understatement.
* TearJerker: The [[DarkReprise reprise]] of ''Heaven's Light'' as Quasimodo watches Esmeralda kiss Phoebus and tearing up his ace of hearts card.
-->''I knew I'd never know/ that warm and loving glow/ though I might wish with all my might/ no face as hideous as my face/ was ever meant for heaven's light!''
** ''God Help The Outcasts'', especially the line "I ask for nothing/ I can get by,/ but I know so many/ less lucky than I" coming from Esmerelda.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Many fans liked the idea of Quasimodo gaining his own LoveInterest, and feel Madelline herself is a fairly interesting character who provides a nice contrast to him (as someone who is beautiful on the outside but feels she is ugly on the inside), so much about the sequel is just so poorly executed it almost ruins the whole concept.
** Not to mention the fact that the concept was much better executed in Hugo's original work, where kind and gentle Quasimodo is contrasted with Captain Phoebus, who only wants to get in Esmeralda's pants.
* UglyCute: Quasimodo, who's Ugly ''Adorable''. WordOfGod states that he was specifically designed this way (taking inspriation from, among other things, pugs) so it's much easier for the audience to identify and sympathize with him early on. If he's too ugly it takes too long and the moment is lost, and there are even some people who will ''never'' empathize with him no matter how good of a person he is if he's too ugly.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** The gargoyle Laverne has no TertiarySexualCharacteristics and a voice actress (Mary Wickes) with a husky voice. Although she has a mostly feminine name, it's only mentioned once in the film.
** Averted in other languages where either her voice is unmistakably female, the language itself has grammar rules that indicates gender (like in Spanish or French) or both.
** Djali the goat is female in the novel, male in this movie, and indeterminate in the sequel.
* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released, it was a moderate hit with both critics and audiences - the consensus was "Hey, it was better than ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but nowhere near as good as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''". However, it gradually became a contender for the MagnumOpus of Disney's Renaissance era.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Notre Dame, and the Frollo's image of Esmeralda dancing in the flames in the Hellfire song. It is mentioned in the commentary that the special effects team gave their best in that scene.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Endlessly marketed to kids with cute dolls and toys and such... and then Frollo sings [[VillainSong Hellfire]], which is all about his lust for Esmeralda. There is no ambiguity about the nature of his feelings for her. And he "accidentally" kills Quasimodo's mother and then tries to outright murder him as an infant, flat out saying he's going to send him to Hell. That happens ''just minutes into the film''.
* TheWoobie: ''Quasimodo.''
** IronWoobie: Towards the end of the movie.
** Esmeralda counts as well, given all the persecution the gypsies go through, the fact that [[CompleteMonster Frollo]] is after her specifically, and she still manages to be willing to pray for ''everybody else'' in "God Help the Outcasts."