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Characters: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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    Victor Hugo's novel 

La Esméralda

  • 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.
  • Dude Magnet: To her disadvantage.
  • 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.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: If she wasn't so beautiful, none of the bad things in the novel would've happened.

Quasimodo

  • 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.

Claude Frollo

  • Anti-Villain: Of the type II variety.
  • Break the Haughty: Begins as arrogant and pompous and ends pathetic and self-hating through the course of the novel, which is not particularly kind to him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic in an ensemble of Quasimodo, Phoebus, Frollo, and Gringoire.
  • Meaningful Name: His full name means something similar to "crippled and weak". Make of that what you will.
  • Omniglot: Speaks Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and French.
  • Sinister Minister: Is self-centered, manipulative, and entitled despite being an archdeacon, though was originally a good man before Esmeralda.
  • Younger than They Look: Only in his mid-thirties, but looks much older and is nearly bald.

Jehan Frollo

Phoebus de Châteaupers

Fleur-De-Lys de Gondelaurier

Pierre Gringoire

  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic in a ensemble of the four suitors.
  • Lovable Coward: While he's not a bad person by any means, if it all begins to endanger his well-being he'd really rather not.
  • Starting A New Life: He is forced to go into hiding from angry sponsors after his play bombs, and joins the Gypsies as a street performer.

Clopin Trouillefou

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: May be literally crazy, yet is a surprisingly competent and powerful leader.

Sister Gudule

Djali

Louis XI

Tristan l'Hermite

    Disney's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1996) 

Quasimodo

Voiced by: Tom Hulce

"Good morning. Will today be the day? Are you ready to fly? You sure? Good day to try! Why, if-if I picked a day to fly, oh, this would be it!"

  • Adorkable: His glee and following awkwardness at the Festival of Fools is comparable to a 20th century teenager at a schooldance.
  • Bash Brothers: With Phoebus later on in the film when they work together.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Madellaine's Beauty.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Esmeralda's act of kindness of defending Quasimodo during the Feast of Fools is what makes Quasimodo fall for her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Phoebus' Veronica for Esmeralda's Archie. Esmeralda chooses Phoebus and Quasimodo gives both of them his blessing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Quasimodo is sweet and kind, almost to a fault, but if you cross him, look out.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he rescues Esmeralda in the climax.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to Zephyr's Little Guy; they're great friends.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Phoebus's Blonde and Esmeralda's Brunette.
  • Butt Monkey: A rare version that is portrayed in a sad, cruel way.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the climax, Quasi becomes through with listening to Frollo and chews him out for being a horrible person.
  • Character Development: Starts out as extremely passive to his oppressive guardian, but gradually becomes more assertive and willing to oppose Frollo foe the sake of his new friends.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: A lifetime of ringing Notre Dame's bells has made him incredibly athletic.
  • Cool Uncle: A cool uncle figure to Zephyr, the son of Phoebus and Esmeralda.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: No, he doesn't get Esmeralda in the end. Averted in the sequel, where he falls in love and succeeds in getting Madellaine.
  • Entitled to Have You: Has this feeling towards Esmeralda at first. Getting over it is a major part of his Character Development.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Quasimodo demonstrates his compassion for living things and a longing to get out of the bell tower by helping a little bird learn how to fly.
  • Extreme Doormat: At first, but he starts to grow a spine.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Quasimodo is a bizarre subversion of this—his simple outfit is symmetrical, but his body (his hump is slightly offset to the right) and facial asymmetry isn't very attractive.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. In personality he's closer to a Shrinking Violet.
  • Friend to All Children: His scene with the little girl at the end of the first film and his close relationship with Zephyr qualifies Quasi as this.
  • A Friend in Need: Quasimodo is a very good friend, is loyal to Esmeralda and Phoebus and is incredibly supportive of both of them.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His first scene is encouraging a bird to fly.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's hunched over but tremendously strong.
  • The Hero: Of the story that Clopin-as-Narrator tells the kids; he looks like a monster but his actions prove his heroic nature.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phoebus.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Poor Quasimodo - Frollo must royally suck as a teacher, seeing that Quasimodo is still learning the alphabet at age 20.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Zephyr because he's the best friend of the kid's dad.
  • Humble Hero: Quasi doesn't boast about some of the many impressive things he accomplished in the film. Not even to Esmeralda, who was his first love, and could have used his feats to win her heart.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Quasi shares a close bond with Zephyr, the son of Phoebus and Esmeralda, in the sequel.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's called "Quasi" by his friends.
  • In the Hood: Quasi uses a hood to disguise himself when he's out in public.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The only friends he has growing up are animated gargoyles. Thus, it's easy to understand why he considers Esmeralda's act of kindness to be 'Heaven's love'.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Quasimodo does what he can to make Esmeralda happy, including blessing her relationship with Phoebus at the end.
  • 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.
  • Manly Man And Sensitive Guy: The Sensitive Guy to Phoebus' s Manly Man. Quasi is more gentle, while Phoebus is more aggressive.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Madellaine by the end of the sequel.
  • 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!
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Esmeralda.
  • Red-Headed Hero: He has red hair.
  • Redhead In Green: Quasi has red hair and wears a green shirt/tunic.
  • Rescue Romance: With Esmeralda.
  • Rivals Team Up: Quasi teams up with Phoebus to warn Esmeralda about Frollo.
  • Romani: His true parentage.
  • Self-Deprecation: Calls himself a "monster".
  • Tenor Boy: There's a contrast here. Quasi doesn't look the part but his inner innocent boyishness matches his voice.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Tiny Guy to Madellaine's Huge Girl.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Phoebus and Esmeralda for a love triangle.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Ugly Guy to Madelaine's Hot Wife.
  • 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.

Phoebus

Voiced by: Kevin Kline

"I was summoned from the wars to capture fortune tellers and palm readers?"

  • Action Dad: In the sequel to Zephyr.
  • Action Hero: Phoebus is a captain and therefore, is involved in all of the action.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book, he's a womanising Jerkass who gets no comeuppance. Here, he's more of a Nice Guy or Jerk with a Heart of Gold, who opposes Frollo whenever he can.
  • Amazon Chaser: Watching Esmeralda single handedly trounce Frollo's guards makes Phoebus exclaim, "What a woman!"
  • Annoying Arrows: Played with. He gets hit by one arrow which causes him to be knocked out, but then has the arrow taken out of him quite easily, underwater too.
  • Anti-Hero: Phoebus is a combo of Type II and Type III.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Phoebus tries one on Esmeralda, while she has him pinned to the floor with his own sword at his throat, and it works!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He has the highest rank of the Gurads and knows how to kick ass.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Phoebus, as he notes means "sun-god". Esmeralda is less than impressed.
  • 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.
    • Four-Star Badass: He was a French Knight in the King's Army.
  • Bash Brothers: With Quasimodo later on in the film.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Quasi's Betty to Esmeralda's Archie.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Quasimodo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Phoebus rescues Quasimodo from falling.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Quasimodo' s Redhead and Esmeralda's Brunette.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted in the Disney film. At worst he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: Phoebus gains his good traits from Pierre Gringoire, an Author Avatar character who appeared in the book.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His humour tends to be quite subdued such as his flirting in the church.
  • Defector from Decadence: Turns against Frollo because he can't stand the man's bigotry.
  • The Dragon: Initially he's this to the villain Frollo, but see Hidden Depths below.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted.
  • First Guy Wins: Phoebus, the first love interest Esmeralda meets, ends up with Esmeralda at the end of the first film.
  • A Friend in Need: Came to Esmeralda and Quasi's help, both on different matters.
  • Good Parents: He becomes a good father to his son Zephyr in the sequel.
  • Happily Married: With Esmeralda in the sequel.
  • Heroic Build: Has a broad, muscular chest and is the Tritagonist.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quasimodo.
  • 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.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He is this to a fault, especially in the Sequel when it came to Sarsousch and Madelline.
  • Hunk A broad shouldered knight with a fine beard.
  • 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.
  • Knight Errant: See Knight in Sour Armor.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Shining gold-plated armor no less. The fire rescue wouldn't look out of place in a chivalric cycle.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Keeps on doing his knightly duites even when it seemed that all was lost.
  • Light is Good: Wears shiny, golden armor that's a reference that he's a good and heroic person.
  • Love at First Sight: When Phoebus first laid his eyes on Esmeralda, he was immediately smitten. Esmeralda, on the other hand, was not impressed with Phoebus at first.
  • A Man And His Horse: His white stallion, Achilles, is his loyal friend.
  • Manly Man And Sensitive Guy: The Manly Man to Quasimodo's Sensitive Guy.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: At first for Frollo as he is more noble minded. Eventually he quits.
  • Official Couple: With Esmeralda.
  • 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.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Quasimodo and Esmeralda for a love triangle.

Esmeralda

Voiced by: Demi Moore

"What do they have against people who are different, anyway?"

  • Action Girl: She holds her own against Phoebus, a professional soldier, defies Frollo in his face - twice and we can't forget the Festival of Fools chase scene.
  • Action Mom: After giving birth to her and Phoebus's son, Zephyr.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, she's weak and fickle. In the Disney film, she's an Action Girl through and through.
  • All-Loving Hero: She's no saint but she shows great compassion to Quasimodo when everyone else was throwing produce at him.
  • Age Lift: She's at least in her 20s, not 16 like in the source material.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Esmeralda is a Gypsy who has black hair, olive complexion and green eyes.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II; the Disney Anti-Hero; she's rough around the edges.
  • Badass Bystander: She could've minded her own business when the crowd was ganging up on poor Quasi. Instead, she not only defied Frollo, but managed to evade all of his guards.
  • Barefoot Poverty: She dances on the streets for coins so she can't afford shoes. In the sequel, after her marriage to Phoebus, she is shown wearing them.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Their very thick looking.
  • Big "NO!": When she lets go of Quasimodo while trying to pull him up to the side of the cathedral so he doesn't fall. He falls, but Phoebus catches him.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette (black hair) to Quasimodo' s Redhead and Phoebus' s Blonde.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: When the film came out, the fans simply loved this woman.
  • 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Does not fear a groin attack.
  • Curse Cut Short: "You sneaky son of a b-"
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Phoebus: You fight almost as well as a man.
    Esmeralda: Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you.
  • Defiant Captive: Her defiance of Frollo when he is about to set her on fire is remarkable.
  • Defiant to the End: When Frollo is about to burn her at the stake, he informs her that she may choose him or the fire. She respons by spitting in his face and giving him a Kubrick Stare.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first film, but more of a supporting character in the sequel.
  • Disney Death: Unlike in the Victor Hugo novel, when she is not responsive to Quasimodo she is barely passed out due to smoke inhalation, not dead, and revives minutes later.
  • Does Not Wear Shoes: Because she can't afford them.
  • 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.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Her iconic out fit includes her sleeves being poofy.
  • A Girl And Her Goat: Djali, her pet goat, is her best friend.
  • Good Parents: She becomes a good mother towards her son Zephyr in the sequel.
  • Good Samaritan: Esmeralda rescues and defends Quasimodo, who is a complete stranger to her, from being attacked at the Festival of Fools.
  • Green Eyes: In combination with her dark skin, she's a dead ringer for various Gypsy/Arab/Indian people.
  • Hair Decorations: Hair ribbons in her casual outfit and more in her festival outfit.
  • Happily Married: With Phoebus in the sequel.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Many men who see her go ga-ga over her. This is helpful to attract attention on the street, where she's dancing for coins, but less so when an evil man lusts over her.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: To her grave disadvantage, as it turns out.
  • In the Hood: She and Djali combine this with the Totem Pole Trench to disguise themselves as an old man.
  • "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.
  • Love Triangle: Esmeralda/Phoebus/Quasimodo....And Frollo.
  • 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 model who pole dances.
  • Nice Girl: Helping Quasimundo for one.
  • Oblivious to Love: She has no idea of Quasimodo's crush on her.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Phoebus.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: (POOF) "Oh, boys! Over here!"
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Quasimodo. She's fully unaware of his (initial) romantic love for her. Even so, Esmeralda sees Quasi as a good friend and acts as a surrogate sister to him.
  • Public Execution: Frollo staged a public burning because of "witchcraft" but it was thankfully thwarted by Quasimodo.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches down to her waist.
  • Sadistic Choice: "Me or the fire". The fire, Frollo.
  • 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.
  • Smoke Out: She disappears into smoke at will. How she performs this remains unexplained.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She was hanged in the book.
  • Spiteful Spit: At Frollo. See Kubrick Stare.
  • Suffer The Slings: Esmeralda uses a makeshift sling to rescue Phoebus.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the sequel, The Tomboy to Madellaine's Girly Girl. Esmeralda uses her fists and weapons and Madellaine uses her ballerina skills.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Esmeralda is known for doing this to hide from the soldiers. She does this by carrying Djali on her shoulders and wrapping a blanket around them so they could pass as an old man.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Phoebus and Quasimodo.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Esmeralda pulls a hankie from her cleavage to use it for a magic trick to escape from Frollo's guards.
  • Woman in White: See Light is Good.
  • 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.

Victor, Hugo, and Laverne

Left to right: Hugo, Laverne and Victor.
Voiced by: Charles Kimbrough (Victor)
Voiced by: Jason Alexander (Hugo)
Voiced by: Mary Withers (Laverne, first film) and Jane Withers (sequel)

  • Big Fun: Hugo is the largest of the Gargoyles and the most fun loving.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Hugo is the Big (fattest gut). Victor is the Thin (slimmest gut). Laverne is the Short (shorter than Hugo).
  • Bowties Are Cool: Victor dons a black one while playing the piano during the musical number "A Guy Like You".
  • British Stuffiness: Victor has a deep British accent.
  • Canon Foreigners: The trio never appeared in Victor Hugo's original story.
  • Comic Trio: Their primary role is telling jokes and otherwise playing off each other for laughs.
  • Cowardly Lion: Victor is the most cautious of the trio, but came to his friends help in the climax.
  • Crouching Morons Hidden Badasses: Proved to be this in the first film's climax when they hold the line against Frollo's mooks.
  • 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).
  • Gratuitous French: "Mon dieu above, she's gotta love a guy like you!"
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Laverne is the Masculine Girl (the most aggressive) and Victor is the Feminine Boy (the most passive).
  • Nice Guy: Victor isn't as loud as Hugo or snarky as Laverne.
  • Official Couple: Apparently, Hugo with Djali by the end of the sequel.
  • Parental Substitutes: They were more of a family to him than Frollo ever was.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hugo is the Red Oni (loud and impulsive) and Victor and Laverne are the Blue Onis (both are more rational and actually think before speaking).
  • Shout-Out: Victor Hugo is the name of the author of the original novel.
    • Laverne is also named after Laverne Andrews, one of The Andrews Sisters.
  • Team Mom: Laverne acts as a mother figure to Quasimodo.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Laverne also has this relationship with the pidgeons that hang around her. Despite constantly telling them to shoo for annoying her they answer her call in the climax.

Djali

Voiced by: Frank Welker



Achilles

(Judge) Claude Frollo

Voiced by: Tony Jay

"I'll find her! I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris!"

  • Abusive Parent-Figure: He's verbally abusive and makes Quasimodo emotionally dependent on him. It escalates into physical assault and eventually attempted murder.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Frollo was a more sympathetic Anti-Villain. Here he’s evil from the beginning, and becomes even more evil as the film goes.
  • Age Lift: Frollo was only in his mid-thirties in the book yet seems to be around 20 years older in the movie. It's hard to tell because the book says he's Older Than He Looks.
  • Badass Baritone: He is absolutely a colossal prick, but he's voiced by the late, great Tony Jay. This is also present in the Swedish dub where he is given the booming voice of Stefan Ljungqvist.
  • Badass Grandpa: A pure evil variation.
  • Bad Boss: Has his previous captain of the guard(Phoebus' predecessor) tortured for failing him. He later tries to have Phoebus executed after he refuses to let Frollo kill innocent people.
  • Big Bad: Hunting gypises is his personal Evil Plan because he thinks they're Always Chaotic Evil. This causes all the plot's conflict.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A rare aversion for a Disney Villain. While most Disney baddies either enjoys being evil or don’t care that their actions are evil, Frollo is a hypocritical, Holier Than Thou Knight 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.
  • Decomposite Character: The conflicted Archdeacon Claude Frollo is split into the good Archdeacon and the evil Justice Minister Claude Frollo. This was apparently done to make sure that they didn't get any religious controversy, and to avert any Unfortunate Implications that might come about from Frollo's Adaptational Villainy.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears black robes and is a thoroughly despicable individual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "I had a little trouble with the fireplace."
  • Dirty Old Man: In spite of the fact that his so called piety demands he shouldn't be, he lusts after Esmeralda.
  • Disney Villain Death: Frollo falls, all right, but it's given a fair bit more detail than the usual Disney Villain Death; falls into a pit of fire with a snarling gargoyle on top of him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing we see Frollo do is murder an innocent woman and attempt to drown her defenseless child.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Adds to the general feel of his character. Just see the picture.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by the late Tony Jay.
  • Evil Wears Black: He is evil and wears black. His foil, the archdeacon, is good and wears white.
  • Final Solution: He wants the genocide of the gypsies because he believes they've been practicing witchcraft.
  • The Fundamentalist: Attempted genocide because of stubborn ethnic hatred.
  • Hanging Judge: He is described by Clopin as the judge, jury and executioner rolled into one.
  • Heel Realization: Frollo, for a fraction of a second toward the end of the opening sequence. He gets over it.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted in the climax, in which he chases Quasimodo and Esmeralda with one.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The late Tony Jay.
  • Holier Than Thou: Claimed, even though it's really a load of BS.
    I'm so much purer than the common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd...
  • Hypocrite: Claims that God is to blame when it's really him being a racist, perverted monster.
  • If I Can't Have You:
    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.
  • Lust Makes 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.
  • Obsession Song: "Hellfire" is about his sexual desire for Esmeralda.
  • Obliviously Evil: Unlike most Disney villains he believes himself to be the most righeous person in this story.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Frollo sniffs Esmeralda's hair at one point.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Frollo compares Gypsies to ants earlier in the movie, and alludes to his genocidal intentions by squishing an ant nest.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The red stripes on the shoulders of his black robes add just the perfect touch of ominousness.
  • Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: He mentions that he's especially proud of "his virtue" and begins going over the edge when he realizes he's hot for a member of the ethnic group he's trying to exterminate.
  • Sinister Minister: To balance out the Archdeacon being a Reasonable Authority Figure, he is a racist bigot.
  • 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Esmerelda, and he's extremely obssessed with 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."
  • Villainous Breakdown: Frollo is an honest Knight Templar... until love makes him crazy and turns him into an ultra-violent Stalker with a Crush.
  • Villainous Crush: For Esmeralda.
  • Villain Song: "HELLFIRE".
  • Would Hit a Girl: In more ways than one...
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Threatened to drown a baby by dropping it into a well.
    • Tried to burn an innocent family alive, children included.
  • Yandere Summed up in his "Chose me or the fire" line

The Arch Deacon

Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers

  • All-Loving Hero: He is outraged at the murder of Quasimodo's mother (a minority that the populace considers to be vermin) and demands that Frollo spare the (outrageous deformed) baby Quasimodo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For baby Quasimodo in the prologue.
  • Badass Boast: Remarkably mild but no less firm.
    Don't worry, child. Minister Frollo learned years ago to respect the sanctity of the Church.
  • Badass Preacher: Standing up to a furious man with armed soliders at his back takes guts.
  • Big Good: As the Arch Deacon he is the highest (mortal) authority on the side of the angels.
  • Children Raise You: "Take the child and raise it as your own." One can only assume he hoped fatherhood would mellow Frollo out.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: "Arch Deacon" or some other title pertaining to his vocation.
  • 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.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: It's thanks to him that Esmeralda can do this in Notre Dame.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He originally gets under Frollo's skin by convincing him that this is NEVER the case.
    You can lie to yourself and your minions, you can claim that you haven't a qualm, but you never can run from nor hide what you've done from the eyes! The very eyes of Notre Dame!

Clopin Trouillefou

Voiced by: Paul Kandel

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: The movie begins with him singing this story to a group of children.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Is a wisecracking jester on the surface, but he's not The Leader of Paris' thieves for nothing.
  • 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.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He takes some extreme measures to protect his people from Frollo.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner
    (singing) Justice is swift in The Court of Miracles,
    I am the lawyers and judge all in one!
    We like to get the trial over with quickly
    because it's the sentence that's really the fun!
  • Sexy Jester: Probably unintentional, but he spends most of the movie dressed as a jester and remains sexy throughout.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a skirt at one point.

    Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 

Madellaine

  • Adorkable: Almost to the same extent like Quasi.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Quasi's Beast.
  • Canon Foreigner: Only exists in the sequel of the Disney movie version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
  • Circus Brat: Sarousch took her into his circus.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Accidentally bumps into people and falls off a tight rope. And still has a smile on her face.
  • Deuteragonist: In the sequel.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied. Seeing Quasimodo playing with Zephyr allows Madellaine to see there is more to the bell ringer.
  • Genki Girl: Mostly seen in the falling in love montage. Before and after that, Madellaine has a lot of spunk and enthusiasm.
  • Green Eyes: Has bright, green eyes to symbolize she's different than her adoptive father.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: See Nice Girl section and know the fact that rescued Zephyr at the climax, even though she could've just escaped.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She never wanted to steal for Sarousch in the first place. It wasn't until she fell for Quasi, that she confidently quit working for Sarousch.
  • Honey Trap: Sarousch's Evil Plan to steal the La Fidel is to make Madellaine sweet talk Quasimodo. She ends up falling for him for real.
  • In-Series Nickname: Doesn't like being called "Trinket" by Sarousch.
  • Meaningful Name: In Aramaic her name was originally "magdala" which means "tower". Possibly foreshadowing that she lives in the bell tower after she and Quasimodo get together.
  • Nice Girl: She never wanted to go along with her adoptive father's plans and was very regretful when it was revealed.
  • Not So Different: Has many similarities with Quasi; clumsy, social awkward, domineered by an older man, etc.
  • Official Couple: With Quasi.
  • Parental Abandonment: Madellaine never revealed if her parents were dead or abandoned her as a child.
  • Roma: Implied. Sarousch mentioned he didn't turn her into Frollo when he was still alive, possibly meaning that she was a Gypsy.
  • Second Love: To Quasimodo. The first was Esmeralda.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Begins to develop feelings for Quasimodo because of his relationship with Zephyr and his kind heart.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Instead of one "L", she spells her name with two.
  • Street Urchin: Before Sarousch adopted her she lived on the street.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Esmeralda's Tomboy.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Huge Girl to Quasimodo' s Tiny Guy. She's taller than her husband and he only reaches around her waist, but still muscular.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Hot Wife to Quasimodo' s Ugly Guy.

Zephyr

Voiced by: Haley Joel Osment

Sarousch

Voiced by: Michael McKean

  • Abusive Father Figure: Sarousch has no problem emotionally abusing and manipulating Madellaine if it helps to get what he wants.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Sarousch didn't confirm if he was a Gypsy or not, though.
  • Bald of Evil: He's the Big Bad and he has to wear a wig.
  • Big Bad: Of the sequel; the Evil Plan to steal the bell is his idea.
  • Broken Pedestal: For Zephyr after the former sees him trying to steal La Fidel.
  • Canon Foreigner: Again, he's not in the original.
  • 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.
  • Sissy Villain: Likes to look at himself in the mirror. A lot.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Subverted. Once he's off stage, it's revealed that Sarousch is not only bald, but fat.
  • The Sociopath: A textbook narcissist, expert liar and a master backstabber.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Willing to kidnap a child and use the child as leverage to escape from arrest. This is what he did to Zephyr.
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