Break the Cutie: Goes from a happy, carefree teenage girl to a despondent shell of her former self by the end of the novel through an attempted kidnapping, attempted rape, stalking, assault, being falsely accused for the murder of the man she's in love with, the subsequent torture and imprisonment, and being sentenced to death... twice, just to name a few of her misfortunes.
Chastity Dagger: She keeps a knife under her skirt, which she uses to threaten Gringoire when he tries to come onto her.
Hot Gypsy Woman: Not as you would expect or even definitively of Romani ancestry, but the story essentially treats her as so.
The Ingenue: Innocent, virginal, pure... definitely an ingenue.
Meaningful Name: And how. Her name Esmeralda coming from her necklace, her real name (Agnès) meaning "lamb" or "pure/chaste", and Phoebus' nickname for her (Similar) being comparable to Quasimodo's name meaning something along the lines of "almost".
Rescue Romance: She falls in love with Phoebus after he rescues him from Quasimodo and Frollo who were trying to kidnap her.
Silk Hiding Steel: For the time that she can, she keeps a knife under her skirt despite it being explicitly illegal and will not hesitate to use it at the slightest provocation, all while being a demure, innocent teenage girl.
Meaningful Name: While the Disney movie tells us it means "half-formed", the other wiki tells us it means "almost the standard measure" (of a human being), but can also mean "similar to". Also named for the day he was adopted, Quasimodo Sunday.
Genius Bruiser: Strong enough to ring the bells of Notre Dame with ease. He's also carved a miniature wooden model of Notre Dame, as well as the surrounding village and even all the people who live there. That's pretty impressive. He's also quick to figure out a way to sneak Esmeralda past the guards outside the cathedral, as well as decipher that the charm she gave him is a map to the Court of Miracles.
Gentle Giant: Quasimodo isn't particularly tall or big, but it is definitely this with regards to his strength.
The Grotesque: He won a prize for being the ugliest person in Paris.
Le Parkour: Jumping from the eaves to the steeples to the gargoyles to the gutters of the Notre Dame cathedral is not a problem for him.
Let's Get Dangerous: The chains initially kept him trapped in the cathedral but then his gargoyles buddies point out that they aren't the real reason he stays. Then he proves he broke the chains with little trouble.
Lightning Bruiser: For such a stocky, barrel-chested guy, Quasi is remarkably agile and fast.
Loners Are Freaks: What the citizens of Paris think he is but truthfully he isn't a loner by choice; Frollo deliberately keeps him hidden away in the cathedral.
Love Hurts: When Quasimodo witnesses Esmeralda's and Phoebus' kiss and realizes that they are in love with each other.
Meaningful Name: Quasimodo means "half-formed" directly translated from Latin, in a more modern form it also means "sub-human". Giving this name to him as a baby is just one example of Frollo's cruelty. Interestingly, in the book, Quasimodo's name had a totally different meaning, referring to a rather obscure holiday called Quasimodo Sunday.
Nice Guy: He's as handsome on the inside as he is ugly on the outside.
Out of Character: Hugo's Quasimodo was mostly rude, angry and implied to be mentally challenged. He only showed kindness to Frollo and Esmeralda. Disney's Quasimodo is shy, demure and gentle.
Parental Abandonment: Frollo told him that this was the case with his mother. In reality, Quasi's biological parents were actually gypsies who tried sneaking into Paris illegally. Also, Quasi's parents, especially his mother, still loved him despite his appearance.
Pintsized Powerhouse: He's half as tall as Frollo or Phoebus and yet much stronger. He broke metal chains!
What the Hell, Hero?: A sad example during the climax: Quasi is chained up, but the gargoyles are trying to encourage him to snap out of his funk. When he instead snaps at them to leave him alone, they turn back into stone, disappointed.
You Are What You Hate: Doesn't seem to hate gypsies, though he mindlessly accepts Frollo's beliefs about them until meeting Esmeralda provides him with a new perspective. It isn't to the very end that Frollo reveals whom his mother really was.
You Killed My Mother: It's established in the beginning that Frollo unintentionally murdered Quasimodo's mother when he was an infant. He doesn't find this out until twenty years later, and when he does, he's pissed.
Voiced by: Kevin Kline
"I was summoned from the wars to capture fortune tellers and palm readers?"
Badass: Exibit A; jumping into a burning building to rescue a family trapped inside, while wearing gold armor, and then escaping an armed company.
Badass Beard: his beard is pretty cool looking. Probably to match his skills.
Badass In Charge: Downplayed. He's the Number Two under Frollo but no doubt badass. In the sequel, he is probably number two to the king, but his authority appears to be almost at the same level as Frollo's.
Badass on Paper: His impressive career in the army is what made Frollo choose him.
By-the-Book Cop: Zig-Zagged. He was trained to follow orders under Frollo, but the fact that he was ordered to harm an innocent family pushed him out of it. By the sequel, though well-meaning, he's more by the book, especially when it came to the whole ordeal about Sarousch and Madelline.
The Casanova: Averted. In the film, Phoebus is a charmer but his novel counterpart is a certified womanizer.
Catch a Falling Star: Phoebus manages to catch Quasimodo as he falls off of Notre Dame and haul him inside. It's an especially egregious example of snatching someone out of midair since he'd gotten shot through the shoulder the day before.
Character Development: Phoebus is initially the pawn who loathes injustice. In the opening, he discreetly rescues Esmeralda from arrest but never quite speaks out against injustice, and Frollo refuses to let Phoebus intervene when Quasimodo undergoes public humiliation. It's when he witnesses Frollo's attempted execution on an innocent family that Phoebus starts intervening explicitly from then on.
The Charmer: Phoebus is charming and cocky especially in the beginning.
Chivalrous Pervert: He's obviously very excited by Esmerelda's dancing, but is able to look beyond just that to her kindness and her spirit.
Hidden Depths: Appears to have a clear sense of moral right and wrong despite working for Frollo, as seen in the way he treats Esmeralda and in his kindness towards Quasimodo after he is pelted by the crowd and in acknowledging the latter's role in helping warn the gypsies of Frollo's arrival.
Jerkass Has a Point: Phoebus calls the Gypsies, "criminals and dangerous." He's not entirely wrong.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Nice Guy: Somewhere between the two; on one hand he was confused rather than opposed to Frollo's vendetta against the gypsies but on the other hand he won't tolerate abuse of power like the farm burning.
Out of Character: Hugo's Phoebus was a drunkard, a womanizer and a liar, who swore like a sailor. His interest in Esmeralda was only sexual. Disney's Phoebus is a noble, heroic and benevolent young warrior, who is genuinely in love with Esmeralda.
Rivals Team Up: Phoebus teams up with Quasimodo to warn Esmeralda about Frollo.
Samaritan Relationship Starter: Esmeralda and Phoebus are initially attracted to but wary of each other, but they only fall for each other after each witnesses the other committing a noble and selfless act (e.g. Esmeralda defending Quasimodo from Frollo; Phoebus refusing to burn an innocent family in their house and rescuing them).
The Starscream/Heel-Face Turn: He does this to Frollo, especially when after freeing himself, he takes leadership of the people he was ordered to oppress, and turns them on Frollo's soldiers.
Tempting Fate: Averted. He considers bad things that could happen ( "A guard...a boobytrap....") then mentions an ambush only when he realizes that they're about to be ambushed.
Tritagonist: In the first film, but becomes more of a supporting character in the sequel.
Brainy Brunette: Knows how to evade Frollo's guards? Check. Has knowledge about being protected by the Cathedral from Frollo and his men? Check. Has some expertise over nursing and uses to help Phoebus with a wound? Check.
Character Development: Initially starts off as confrontational and distrustful due to the hardships she and the other gypsies have endured, but her interactions with Quasimodo and Phoebus gradually soften her and teach her how to trust.
Dude Magnet: With very unfortunate results: attracting the attention of an asshole like Frollo.
Fashionable Asymmetry: Her Iconic Outfit. Esmeralda's outfit isn't symmetrical (she has a decorated wrap on one side of her skirt and only one ankle bracelet), and both she and most of the other Gypsies such as Clopin (who themselves are hardly symmetrical in dress) only have one earring in. Esmeralda is actually sharing a pair of earrings with Djali.
Flirting Under Fire: During her banter in the cathedral with Phoebus. He started it, but she engaged him all the same.
A Friend in Need: Esmeralda is there to support Quasimodo as much as possible and she is always there for him.
"I Want" Song: "God Help The Outcasts" is a inversion of this trope because she doesn't ask for anything ("I ask for nothing; I can get by") and instead depicts Esmeralda's selfless desire for safety and protection of the weak and defenseless.
Kubrick Stare: She gives Frollo a fairly impressive one after spitting in his face while tied to the stake.
Lady in Red/Stripperiffic: Her dancing outfit during the Festival of Fools is clearly meant to turn heads. After all, this is a festival.
Light is Good: What she seems to symbolize when Frollo strips her down to a white tunic when he prepares to have her burnt at stake.
Lovely Assistant: To Clopin. She appears to enchant the (in-universe!) audience after he gives the intro.
Love at First Sight: Poor Esmeralda must have had some Love Potion No. 9 before the Feast of Fools because everyone wants her. Immediately. Inverted with Esmeralda personally, who ironically falls in love with Phoebus at first sight in the book. In the film adaptation, she's both distrusting but fascinated by Phoebus and doesn't necessarily fall for him until she witnesses him saving an innocent family from a burning house after refusing Frollo's order to burn it himself.
Madonna-Whore Complex: While Quasimodo sees Esmeralda as an angel sent by God himself because she was so kind to him (and he wasn't familiar with kindness), Frollo sees her as a devil seductress and whore sent by Satan. Neither view of her is healthy or realistic, and it is Phoebus (who sees the middle ground, recognizing both Esmeralda's merits and quirks) who strikes the right note with her in the end.
Meaningful Name: "Esmeralda" is the Spanish and Portuguese word for "emerald," which reflects her eye color.
Ms. Fanservice: So much that all three of the other main characters (Quasimodo, Phoebus, Frollo) want her. Sick of drawing petite princesses like Ariel and Belle, Disney decided what they really needed was a heroine who looked like a Victoria's Secret modelwho pole dances.
Out of Character/Xenafication: Hugo's Esmeralda was, for most of the time, naive, trusting and clueless, especially when it came to Phoebus. Disney's Esmeralda is a smart, snarky, resourceful Action Girl.
Samaritan Relationship Starter: Esmeralda and Phoebus are initially attracted to but wary of each other, and they only fall for each other after each witnesses the other committing a noble and selfless act (e.g. Esmeralda defending Quasimodo from Frollo; Phoebus refusing to burn an innocent family in their house and rescuing them).
Seeking Sanctuary: Phoebus invokes first by whispering to her and later directly to Frollo.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Phoebus. They don't start the romance part till after she save his life, but they were already flirting in that church.
You Know I'm a Gypsy, Right?: In the sequel when Phoebus expresses he doesn't trust the circus folk, Esmerelda replies "Gypsies?", which causes him to reflexively give an affirmative reply when he couldn't figure out who to compare them to.
Deadpan Snarker: Laverne has a dry sense of humor and not afraid to show it. Especially in regards to Hugo.
Fat and Skinny: Hugo is the Fat (has a rounder gut) and Victor is the Skinny (has a slimmer gut).
Freudian Trio: Let's look at Quasi sneaking out to the festival. Victor is the Superego (explains the risks to going). Laverne is the Ego (gives Quasi the same advice he gave the bird earlier). Hugo is the Id (tells Quasi to go and not be anxious).
Card-Carrying Villain: A rare aversion for a Disney Villain. While most Disney baddies either enjoys being evil or dont care that their actions are evil, Frollo is a hypocritical, Holier Than ThouKnight Templar who believes his increasingly despicable actions are just. Try to tell him he's evil, and he will certainly not take it well. See the other tropes for more info.
Character Development: Frollo, while always evil, is initially much more collected and methodical. He also shows at least some fear of God and respect for the institution of the Church, as when the Archdeacon reminds him that God knows of his sins as much as he denies it and this spurs him to adopt Quasimodo out of repentence. But by the end of the film he's so angry and insane that he has no problems burning down the homes of random citizens, attacking Notre Dame, and throwing the archdeacon down a staircase.
Churchgoing Villain: One of his out and out hypocritical qualities; spouts typical christian ideas about celibacy and then threatens to burn a woman if she doesn't let him have his way with her.
Hellfire, dark fire. Now Gypsy, it's your turn! Choose me or your pyre, Be mine, or you will burn! God have mercy on her... God have mercy on me... But she will be mine, or she... will... burn!
It's All About Me: Frollo only spares Quasimodo because he believes he may be useful to him later. He also seems to have no problem committing mass murder and destroying Paris to get rid of a single woman who isn't even to blame for his own problems.
Jerkass: He doesn't try to hide it; he's cruel to everyone.
Jerkass Has a Point: He was right about the people of Paris being hostile and mocking towards Quasimodo, though he did nothing but rub in the fact to make it feel worse for him.
Karmic Death: "AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!" Immediately after saying this, it happens to him.
Knight of Cerebus: As soon as he appears, the humour level drops. He stands out as being one of the most notable examples for the entire Disney Animated Canon, as most villains are at least Laughably Evil in their misdeeds. Frollo gets one moment as a Deadpan Snarker away from his atrocities, and that's it.
Knight Templar: Believes himself to be a righteous man expunging evil from the world, but he's really a racist bigot picking on the powerless.
Lean and Mean: He's thinner than almost everyone else, apart from Clopin.
LustMakes You Evil: He was an asshole already but lust for Esmeralda makes him steadily worse.
Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Quasi to get what he wants; the location of the Court of Miracles.
Never My Fault: One of Frollo's defining personality traits. Anything bad that he does, he blames it on someone else. This includes killing Quasimodo's mother (she ran from his soldiers to protect her son, he ran her down with his horse) and his lust for Esmeralda (blaming Esmeralda herself for the way he feels, even blaming God for allowing the Devil to tempt him). When he figures out Quasimodo helped her escape, he tells Quasimodo that all of Paris is burning because of him, despite the fact that Frollo is the one burning it!
Nice Hat: He has one for his office though he loses it towards the climax, as it was becoming a nuisance to animate.
The Sociopath: He absolutely cares for no one other than himself, and while he did feel guilty for killing Quasimodo's mother, it was more because he was afraid of being punished rather than feeling genuine remorse for killing her.
Straight Edge Evil: Initially he is this for abstaining from fun things like the Festival and looking down on sexual attraction. Then he finds himself sexually attracted To Esmerelda.
Straw Hypocrite: For a man of the Church, Frollo is demeaning to his underlings, insulting to the citizens of Paris, boasts about his faith and righteousness, repeatedly denies that feeling lust for Esmeralda is his fault, denies that it's his fault that Quasimodo's mother died (he kicked her in the head hard) and says that he'll find Esmeralda "If I have to burn down all of Paris!" and fully intends to violate the vows of chastity that he's undoubtedly taken in order to have sex with Esmeralda. He also shows complete disregard for Church authority when he tosses the Archdeacon down a flight of stairs for trying to stop him from reaching Quasimodo.
Suddenly Shouting: "Isn't this [figure] new? It's awfully good. It looks very much like the gypsy girl. I know you helped her ESCAPE!"
Torture Technician: "Ease up! Wait between lashes. Otherwise the old pain will dull him to the new."
Good Shepherd: The Archdeacon is well named; he's the most benevolent character in the story. A lesser man would give a minister with armed soldiers what he wanted but he denies Frollo with a simple rebuke and assures Esmeralda of her safety. He'll put the fear of God into anyone who violates the sancity of the Cathedral.
Morality Chain: He keeps Frollo restrained to a certain degree of civility; persuading him to spare baby Quasimodo and enforcing sanctuary for Esmeralda. Frollo breaks the chain in the climax.
Cloud Cuckoolander: One moment he's all over the place and absolutely ecstatic at the Feast of Fools, and the other overjoyed while about to hang Phoebus and Quasimodo under the suspicion they are spies. Luckily Esmeralda stops him before this could take way.
Cool Mask: Wears a fancy red mask that covers his eyes and nose during the opening sequence and the Feast of Fools, but takes it off for the rest of the film.
Friend to All Children: We see him in the beginning telling the movie's story through puppets to some children. At the end we also see him pick up a little girl while bringing out a puppet of Frollo to play with her.
The Gadfly: During the Feast of Fools, Clopin is always hounding Quasimodo who's trying to stay out of sight.
Hanging Judge: If he thinks you're working for Frollo, you will be hanged.
Hero Antagonist: He becomes one when he catches Quasi and Phoebus in the Court of Miracles. He then tries to hang them, but Esmeralda comes in on the last minute and saves them.
Dirty Coward: Blames his own adoptive daughter for stealing the La Fidel and later uses a child to escape imprisonment.
Fat Bastard: He's fat when he isn't performing in front of an audience.
Greed: He wanted to steal the all Fidel to sell it for a substantial amount of money.
Jerkass: Even to his adoptive daughter, he's cruel.
Narcissist: Always looks at himself in the mirror. All the while calling himself "handsome" and such.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first, he just appears to be a petty thief leading a gang of circus-disguised pickpockets. The fact that he invoked the idea of something bad happening to Quasimodo or trying to threaten Zephyr's life proves that he may be no Frollo, but he is without a doubt, cold and ruthless.