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.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is in need of rescuing several times in the story. However, eventually nobody can save her from execution.
  • Dude Magnet: Lots of guys in the story are interested in her and this causes her no end of trouble.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Esmerelda believes Phoebus is a Knight in Shining Armor when he saves her from the hideous Quasimodo but he's really a jerkass who only wants her for sex and whose selfishness is ultimately responsible more than even Frollo for ruining her life.
  • 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. How she remained pure and naive while hanging around with a bunch of thieves and prostitutes, and doing sexy dances in public is not clear.
  • Kill the Cutie: The cute and innocent tenage girl is hanged at the end of the story.
  • Love at First Sight: Deconstructed. She falls for Phoebus the first time they meet; but she idealizes him and doesn't realize that he's a selfish jerk who only wants sex from her.
  • Meaningful Name: 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 and 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 because the assholes in the story wouldn't notice her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A recipient of this from Frollo and Quasimodo. Esmeralda herself is this to Phoebus because she believes him to be her knight in shining armor.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Esmeralda takes on severe shades of this when she's hiding in her mother's cell, trying to evade detection by the guards... and getting away with it... only to dash for the window and start crying for Phoebus the moment she hears his voice.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Quasimodo has a combination of a mental disorder and social ineptness, which prevents him from properly functioning in society. Whether this is due to an organic condition or a lifetime of social isolation is unclear. This and his deformed appearance are the reason why he rarely goes outside.
  • Anti-Hero: In the novel, Quasimodo is mischievious, mean, and socially inept. Despite his, he shows himself to be heroic by protecting Esmeralda, defending Notre Dame, and giving Frollo his just desserts.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason for his attachment to Frollo and Esmeralda.
  • Creepy Good: His hideous appearance and social ineptness are off-putting to many of the characters. However, he's a genuinely heroic character who defends Esmeralda and Notre Dame.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Inverted with Esmeralda. She was already dead when he found her. He spent the rest of his life cradling her corpse. The Downer Ending ends with people trying to separate the skeletons, but the skeletons disintegrating instead.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric in an ensemble of the four suitors (Quasimodo, Phoebus, Frollo, and Gringoire).
  • Gentle Giant: Downplayed. Except to the people he loves (all two of them), Quasimodo is unsociable, violent, and mean.
  • Go Through Me: Quasimodo's solution to his dual loyalties to Frollo and Esmeralda.
  • The Grotesque: To put it lightly. Quasimodo is very physically deformed.
  • Handicapped Badass: Quasimodo is knock-kneed, hunchbacked, and deaf, but physically formidable.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Quasimodo does what he can to make Esmeralda happy, including acting as a messenger to Phoebus, whom he knows to be a jerk.
  • 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.
  • Secondary Character Title: Only in the English title (the original title is Notre Dame de Paris), since the protagonist of the novel is Esmeralda.

     Claude Frollo 

  • Affably Evil: Is a startlingly decent guy, in contrast to his movie counterpart because the "arch deacon" is part of his character.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the type II variety. He's much more likable than his Disney counterpart, to say the very least.
  • 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.
  • If I Can't Have You: Decides to let Esmeralda hang when she refuses him. He even laughed at the sight of her execution in the end.
  • Laughing Mad: He completely loses it at the end.
  • Love at First Sight: Falls for Esmeralda as soon as he sees her.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Frollo's unhealthy obsession with Esmeralda drives the plot.
  • Meaningful Name: His full name means something similar to "crippled and weak". Make of that what you will.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He attempted to kill Phoebus in a jealous rage. Depending on which film you watch, he either succeeds or fails.
  • Omniglot: Speaks Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and French.
  • Pet the Dog: Before he became obsessed with Esmeralda, he had raised his little brother, he had taken in Quasimodo and treated him like a son, and he was a good archdeacon.
  • Promotion to Parent: Frollo's parents died while he was a young man, leaving him to raise his baby brother, and then Quasimodo, whom he adopted later.
  • Sanity Slippage: Frollo is slowly losing his mind due to his unrequited and forbidden lust for Esmeralda.
  • Sinister Minister: Is self-centered, manipulative, and entitled despite being an archdeacon, though was originally a good man before Esmeralda.
  • Tragic Villain: When baby Quasimodo was abandoned on the cathedral's foundlings bed, nobody would take him because of his ugliness, except Frollo, who raised him like a son. He also raised his younger brother, Jehan when their parents died, and supported him later, even though he disapproved of Jehan's lifestyle. He did evil things only because of his obsessive and unrequited love for Esmeralda, and it's described how much he's suffering (being aware that you're slowly going insane is NOT a pleasant process.)
  • Wicked Cultured: Although he wasn't evil before he met Esmeralda, he fits very much the "cultured villain" trope: Frollo is a respected scholar and studies several languages, law, medicine, science and theology.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A man who tried so hard to be genuinely good that his perverse lust drives him tragically insane.
  • Younger Than They Look: Only in his mid-thirties, but looks much older and is nearly bald.

     Jehan Frollo 

  • Big Brother Worship: He loved his older brother dearly.
  • The Hedonist: Jehan Frollo is the 15th century equivalent of a frat boy. Supposedly a student, he spends all of his freetime and (his brother's) money on hedonistic pursuits: expensive clothes, parties, and courting loose women.

     Phoebus de Châteaupers 

  • The Casanova: Spends much of his time courting other women, despite being engaged to Fleur-De-Lys.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine in a four suitors ensemble (compared to Quasimodo, Frollo, and Gringoire).
  • Jerkass: He didn't care one bit about Esmeralda being in danger or dead.
  • Karma Houdini: He has no problem taking advantage of Esmeralda's innocence, or letting her die on trumped up charges including charges of his own murder. However, he suffers a tragic fate at the end: he gets married.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted. Phoebus is this in Esmeralda's eyes because he saved her from a hideous cripple, and also has the appearance. But rather than being chivalrous and noble, he's actually a drunk, a womanizer, and a bully, with virtually no idealistic qualities, behaving more like... well, like a medieval soldier.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a stereotypical knight and has a solar deity name. He's also a petty, selfish womaniser.

     Pierre Gringoire 

     Clopin Trouillefou 

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


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

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!"

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's considerably less repulsive here than in most versions, being more Ugly Cute than monstrous.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He's much less rude than his book counterpart.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Disney's Quasimodo is more intelligent then Hugo's version.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: If Esmeralda's life is on the line, he can literally bring down walls.
  • 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 most certainly not played for laughs.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the climax, Quasi is done listening to Frollo and chews him out for his cruelty.
  • Character Development: Starts out as extremely passive to his oppressive guardian, but gradually becomes more assertive and willing to oppose Frollo for 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: Averted. He does hope for a relationship with Esmeralda at first, and expressed longing for the kind of love he's seen watching couples from the bell-tower, but he never believes he deserves her. Quite the opposite. It takes the gargoyles to tell him(in their own way) how special he is for him to believe he has a chance, and in the end he shows no ill feelings toward the relationship between her and Phoebus and is in fact, happy for them.
  • 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.
  • 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 Children: His scene with the little girl at the end of the first film and his close relationship with Zephyr qualifies Quasi as this.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Albino: His parents were more dark skinned with darker hair, while Quasi was born with pale skin and red hair.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Calls himself a "monster".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phoebus.
  • Hidden Depths: Played with, while he's not evil, or even a Jerkass much of Paris views him as a monster. Esmerelda while trapped in the belltower is amazed by the things not many know about him. Such as him carving a model of the town accurately as well as knowing each bell's name by heart.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's called "Quasi" by his friends.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Quasi shares a close bond with Zephyr, the son of Phoebus and Esmeralda, in the sequel.
  • In the Hood: Quasi uses a hood to disguise himself when he's out in public.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Quasi is a sweet and sensitive soul, but people (except Esmeralda and Phoebus), judge him harshly because of his deformity.
  • Official Couple: With Madellaine by the end of the sequel.
  • 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, but a Downplayed Trope in this version. Only once is Quasimodo explicitly stated to be a gypsy ("Four frightened gypsies slid silently under the docks near Notre Dame..."), and nothing is ever made of this fact; it's not clear if he's even aware of it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The quiet, shy Sensitive Guy to Phoebus's assertive, sarcastic Manly Man.
  • Shipper on Deck: After a healthy amount of Character Development, Quasi blesses Esmerelda and Phoebus's relationship.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very shy at first, though he starts to become more open after befriending Esmeralda.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He is the protagonist and has red hair and green eyes.
  • Super Strength: Picks up an armored man one-handed without noticing, slides a massive stone slab aside with an idle shove, scales the cathedral walls one-handed while carrying Esmeralda and Djali. And that's before the Unstoppable Rage moment.
  • 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.
  • Title Character: Quasimodo is the "Hunchback" in the title.
  • 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.

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 womanizing Jerkass who gets no comeuppance. Here he's pushed from being a loyal soldier into a revolutionary, 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: and Phoebus himself doesn't seem comfortable being saddled with it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Birds of a Feather: While Esmeralda and Phoebus are both rebelling against Frollo's regime from the start, Phoebus doesn't rebel against Frollo until Frollo attempts to burn down a house with an innocent family still inside.
  • 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.
  • A Boy and His X: A Man And His Horse in this case; his white stallion, Achilles, is his loyal friend.
  • 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: A much milder case. He's obviously 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.
  • Distressed Dude: First, when he is shot with an arrow and nearly dies and second, when he is captured at the Court Of Miracles.
  • The Dragon: Initially, he's this to the villain Frollo, but see Hidden Depths below.
  • 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: He was a French Knight in the King's Army.
  • Good Parents: He becomes a good father to his son Zephyr in the sequel.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although anti-heroic, Phoebus still has a good heart.
  • Happily Married: With Esmeralda in the sequel.
  • Heroic Build: Has a broad, muscular chest and is the Tritagonist.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He works for Frollo at the start of the movie but turns against him by the climax.
  • 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 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: He just came back from fighting in wars.
  • 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 duties 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. His name is also an epithet of both Apollo and Helios, greek light/solar gods.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "Sun God" in Latin. Ironically, Phoebus has blond hair which could symbolize light and the sun.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: At first for Frollo as he is more noble minded. Eventually he quits.
  • Official Couple: With Esmeralda. They're married in the sequel.
  • 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).
  • Seeking Sanctuary: He encourages Esmeralda to do this in an undertone while Frollo's approaching, and when she doesn't play along he bluffs and claims she invoked it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The assertive, sarcastic Manly Man to Quasimodo's shy, quiet Sensitive Guy.
  • The Starscream: A heroic example as he was formerly the Noble Top Enforcer. 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.

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.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: To go with the above, the Disney version is smarter than the naive girl of the book.
  • Age Lift: She's at least in her 20s, not 16 like in the source material.
  • All Loving Heroine: If her "God Help the Outcasts" doesn't fill the bill, her treatment of Quasimodo does.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Esmeralda is a Gypsy who has black hair, olive complexion and green eyes.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II; the Disney Anti-Hero; slightly 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: They're 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.
  • Birds of a Feather: Played with. Esmeralda and Quasimodo bond over their mutually restricted freedom, and while Esmeralda and Phoebus are both sarcastic and rebellious to do what is right, Phoebus doesn't rebel against Frollo until Frollo attempts to burn down a house with an innocent family still inside.
    • Esmeralda and Quasimodo are both outcasts in society. But the other thing they have in common is that this belief has carried over into their religious beliefs. They both pray to God but they also both don't think God has mercy for people like them. They are polar opposites when it comes to life experiences because Esmeralda has seen a lot of the world because of her constant moving from place to place and is hyper-sexualized because she's Romani while Quasimodo has been restricted to just the Notre Dame and isn't treated like a sexualized/objectified object.
  • 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.
  • Cleavage Window: Most of her outfits show off her top assets.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Does not fear a groin attack.
  • Curse Cut Short: "You sneaky son of a b-"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Expect her to be chalk full of sarcastic quips.
    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 responds 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 X: 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: Of the sexy variation.
  • Hair Decorations: Hair ribbons in her casual outfit and more in her festival outfit.
  • Happily Married: With Phoebus in the sequel. It's a beta couple thing for our protagonist and his love interest.
  • 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, and pin on her their sexual cravings and religious weakness. Frollo sings a whole song about her effect on him.
  • 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.
  • 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 supermodel who pole dances.
  • Nice Girl: Helping Quasimodo for one. Telling him he's not a monster. And, just being an overall kind and empathetic human being.
  • 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.
  • Race Lift: In the novel, Esmeralda is a French girl who was kidnapped and raised as a Gypsy. In the Disney movie, she's Romani, with dark hair and skin.
  • 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Esmeralda didn't start to fall in love with Phoebus until after he saved a family from murder, even if it meant his own execution.
  • 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.
  • Xenafication: In most versions, Esmeralda is portrayed as a naive, submissive ingenue. In this version, though, she's an acrobatic, assertive, confident Action Girl.
  • You Know I'm a Gypsy, Right?: In the sequel when Phoebus expresses he doesn't trust the circus folk, Esmeralda 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.
  • Discount Lesbians: Hugo and Djali are the first same-sex animated Disney couple. It so happens that Hugo's a piece of rock and Djali a goat, so it's probably forgiven as to why nobody (sane people or zealous Moral Guardians alike) didn't notice it as a massive breakthrough.
  • 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).
  • Meaningful Name: Victor Hugo is the name of the author of the original novel.
    • Laverne is also named after Laverne Andrews, one of The Andrews Sisters
  • Nice Guy: Victor isn't as loud as Hugo or snarky as Laverne.
  • Nice, Mean and In-between: Victor (Nice) is quiet and the most thoughtful. Laverne (Mean) is the most snippy, and frequently insults the other two. Hugo (Inbetween) is not as sensitive as Victor, but isn't as cranky as Laverne.
  • Official Couple: Apparently, Hugo with Djali by the end of the sequel.
  • Only Friends: They were Quasimodo's only friends for most of his life.
  • 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).
  • Shippers On Deck: They were all rooting for Quasi and Esmerelda to become a couple. In the sequel, they happily welcome Madellaine, after she and Quasi become an Official Couple.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Frank Welker


     (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 Attractiveness: Inverted. In this version, he's old, pale, wrinkly, deathly thin, and a has a long crooked nose.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Frollo was a more sympathetic Anti-Villain. Here he’s evil from the start and only gets worse as the film progresses.
    • In the book, Frollo is almost as much of a recluse as Quasimodo himself, and he has no power outside the grounds of the cathedral. In this film, he's effectively the dictator of Paris.
  • 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.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Frollo hates all Gypsies and wants to eradicate them.
  • Badass Baritone: 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 Boast: "Be mine, or you will BURN!!"
  • Badass Grandpa: A pure evil variation.
  • Badass In Charge: Frollo calls all of the shots.
  • Badass Long Robe: Part of Frollo's attire.
  • Bad Boss: Has his previous captain of the guard (who was 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 gypsies is his personal Evil Plan because he thinks they're Always Chaotic Evil. This causes all the plot's conflict.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Frollo yelling "Silence!" towards Esmeralda for calling him out for his cruelty. She counters this with "Justice!"
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: Frollo's sexual frustration.
  • 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 when he asks if he's gone off the deep end.
    • Frollo gets the most screentime of any Disney villain, ever, being present for roughly a third of the movie's total runtime.
  • The Chessmaster: Frollo is willing to manipulate in order to get what he wants.
  • Churchgoing Villain: He has many hypocritical qualities; he spouts typical christian ideas about celibacy, and then threatens to burn a woman if she doesn't let him have his way with her.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Frollo clasps his hands a lot.
  • Classic Villain: Frollo is a Pride/Lust villain. He is a Knight Templar who is fully convinced that he is in the right despite Kicking The Dog rather viciously with the Gypsies and Quasimodo, and his lust for Esmerelda drove much of the plot. He's one of Disney's creepiest villains, committing more horrible atrocities than many of Disney's worst, and is comparatively worse than the Victor Hugo novel and play that inspired him. And again, he's sure he's a good man.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Frollo is aware of everything that goes on.
  • Death Glare: Two times on Quasimodo for rebelling his order to stay in Notre Dame.
  • Decomposite Character: The conflicted Archdeacon Claude Frollo is split into the good Archdeacon and the evil Justice Minister Claude Frollo.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears black robes and is a thoroughly despicable individual, but he otherwise represents Light Is Not Good.
  • 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; He falls into a pit of fire with a snarling gargoyle on top of him.
  • Egocentrically Religious: Frollo is a devout and righteous man, and everyone else is not. He seems incapable of separating his faith from his Pride and arrogance, and is far more concerned with his own salvation and purity than the souls or the lives of anybody else, since he thinks that everyone else in Paris is pure and utter scum; this, naturally, means he is no where near the good, just or humble Christian he likes to think he is, and attention is drawn to his hypocrisy throughout the movie, even in his own Villain Song where the Latin choir is telling him to be humble, forgiving and repentant at the exact same time he is blaming God himself for his own lust and threatening to burn Paris to the ground if Esmeralda won't surrender herself to 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: Frollo gets enraged at Quasimodo when he tells Esmeralda that she has been kind to him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Archdeacon.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Adds to the general feel of his character. Just see the picture.
  • Evil Is Petty: Frollo wants to eradicate all gypsies because he has an Irrational Hatred towards them as a group.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: For being one of Disney's darkest, and most serious villains, Frollo shows a sick and twisted sense of humor. Most notably when he is supervising someone being whipped, just as his new Captain of the Guard Phoebus arrives.
    Frollo: You know, my last Captain of the Guard was um...a bit of a disappointment to me.
    [whipcrack follow by a loud scream of pain; Phoebus cringes while Frollo smirks]
    Frollo: Well, no matter. I'm sure you'll...whip my men into shape. [grins]
    Phoebus:'s a...tre-tremendous honor sir...
  • Evil Mentor: Can be seen as this for Quasimodo although Quasimodo still retains his kindness and good heart, despite being raised by such an evil and cruel man.
  • Evil Old Folks: In the novel adaptation, he is in his mid thirties, but in the film, he is much older.
  • Evil Plan: To eradicate all gypsies.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has moments of this, such as when he captures Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Phoebus at the gypsies hideout. He affects the same tone as office chatter when he's basically talking about how he's won and is going to kill them all.
  • Final Solution: He wants the genocide of the gypsies because he believes they've been practicing witchcraft and that they will corrupt the other citizens of Paris with their ways.
  • The Fundamentalist: Attempted genocide because of stubborn ethnic hatred.
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Claude Frollo is the Minister of Justice in this adaptation. He is described by Clopin as the judge, jury and executioner rolled into one, as shown when he sets up a public execution for the gypsies.
  • 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.
  • Holier Than Thou: He says this of himself, though the reality is a little different.
    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!
  • Ignored Epiphany: Twice. The first time is during the "Bells of Notre Dame" sequence, after killing Quasimodo's mother on the steps of Notre Dame. Realizing his guilt, he agrees to raise Quasimodo as repentance. If anything, though, he becomes even more cruel and depraved from that point onward. The second time is during the "Hellfire" sequence, when he realizes that his lust for Esmeralda is driving him to sinful acts. But rather than using this moment of self-awareness to tone down his cruelty, he instead jumps off the slippery slope by resolving to burn down Paris.
  • Irony:
    • He's the only Disney Villain that openly views himself as a good and righteous person, while he's actually one of the most evil Disney Villains. And that says a lot.
    • His demise is also very ironic. See Karmic Death.
  • Irrational Hatred: Towards gypsies, so much that he wants to eradicate all of them.
  • It's All About Me: Frollo only spares Quasimodo because he believes he may be useful to him later and because the Archdeacon demanded he do so. He also has 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: Towards Quasimodo as his caretaker.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: On the surface, Frollo appears to be simply an arrogant, priggish, horrified-at-the-thought-of-anyone-having-fun theocratic dictator. But then, his belief that the world is full of wickedness is the reason he gives for keeping Quasimodo shut away in the cathedral belltower, telling himself — and Quasimodo — that he's just keeping him safe from the outside world. However, it quickly becomes clear that Frollo is a genocidal lunatic, scheming to kill all the Gypsies in Paris for their "thieving" and "witchcraft" — and the only reason he's taking care of Quasimodo is because he fears going to Hell for his attempt to drown Quasi when he was a baby, solely because of his appearance. Any torment he ever feels — particularly about his lust for a Gypsy girl he's become obsessed with killing — evaporates pretty quickly.
  • 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.
  • Knight Templar: Believes himself to be a righteous man expunging evil from the world, but he's really a racist bigot that wants to commit genocide. Esmeralda herself lampshades it.
  • Last Name Basis: He is almost always referred to as just "Frollo" in this version. This is a complete inversion from the novel, where he is normally referred to as "Dom Claude" or "Claude", and never as just "Frollo".
  • Lean and Mean: He's thinner than almost everyone else, apart from Clopin.
  • Light Is Not Good: A theme of his character is that despite being a clergyman, with focus on holiness and purity, Frollo is a villain.
  • Lost in Imitation: He shares practically no traits with his novel counterpart other than raising Quasimodo and desiring Esmeralda. He does, however, have numerous traits in common with Cedric Hardwicke's depiction of the character in the 1939 film, right down to his outfit.
  • Lust Makes You Evil: However, he was pretty nasty in his own right before he even met Esmeralda, considering he tried to drown a baby simply because of his appearance.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Quasimodo 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 gave her a fatal head concussion trying to snatch him from her) 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 actually 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 righteous person in this story.
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Quasimodo after he accidently murdered his mother. As revealed in the opening song, he only takes on the task in case he could be useful to him (and that the statue of Mary was watching him as he was about to drown baby Quasimodo for his ugliness, invoking his fear of being judged.)
  • Perverted Sniffing: Frollo sniffs Esmeralda's hair at one point after she declares sanctuary.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Frollo compares Gypsies to ants earlier in the movie, and alludes to his genocidal intentions by squishing an ant nest while explaining his goals to Captain Phoebus.
  • President Evil: His role as Minister of Justice can be compared to this.
  • Pride: He acknowledges that he is proud of his virtue, though he believes his pride is just. But when it all comes down to it, a great deal of the problems in the movie stem from his pride making him unable to accept the fact that he isn't nearly as virtuous as he thinks he is and eventually even makes him turn against God. This tacks even more irony points on his fall into a fiery pit.
  • Psychological Projection: Practically the defining trait of his personality. He seems to identify his own faults in others. Everywhere.
    • Consider, for instance, his summation of Esmeralda:
    Frollo: Such a clever witch. So typical of your kind to twist the truth to cloud the mind with unholy thoughts.
    • And again, later on:
    Frollo: YOU IDIOT! That wasn't kindness, it was cunning! She's a gypsy! Gypsies are not capable of real love! Think, boy! Think of your mother.
    • And yet again:
    Frollo: The gypsy Esmeralda has refused to recant. This evil witch has placed the soul of every citizen of Paris in mortal jeopardy.
    • Or how about when Phoebus refuses to burn down the miller's house?
    Frollo: Insolent coward.
    • And of course, his last words:
    Frollo: And He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!
  • 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: Consciously averted as Frollo is the Minister of ''Justice'', and his role as the Archdeacon was made into a separate character.
  • 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 obsessed 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 who claims to be of god, Frollo is demeaning to his underlings, isn't really part of the church, 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 implied to have 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:
    Frollo: Isn't this [figure] new? It's awfully good. It looks very much like the gypsy girl. I know... You helped her es-CAPE!
  • Tautological Templar: As far as he's concerned, he's God's favourite person on earth and so anything he does, no matter how horrible it is, is justified by default.
  • Torture Technician: Implied in one scene when one of his minions is torturing his previous captain.
  • 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: Planned to drown a baby by dropping it into a well, simply because his appearance frightened him.
    • Tried to burn an innocent family alive, children included.

     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 (outrageously 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 Pacifist: Stands up to Frollo and his soldiers with nothing but his faith in God, his love of humanity and his adamantine balls.
  • 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.
  • Foil: Easily this to Frollo. Both are very religious men, but Frollo is a more corrupt example while Arch Deacon demonstrates true piety.
  • 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.
  • Plot Hole: After the opening scene, the Archdeacon doesn't even acknowledge Quasimodo's existence. This is odd, considering they live in the same building.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a short one in the opening song (see What You Are in the Dark for the quote).
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: When he's in front of a racially biased crowd, he acts like a silly fool who cracks jokes, pleases the crowds and earns money by pretending to be their perception of what a 'gypsy' is. In his real life he's The Leader of the Romani in Paris. It's also interesting that when he first meets Quasimodo he instantly tames the crowd by pretending that it's all a part of his show. He's cunning and manipulative with people.
  • 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!
  • Large Ham: "Court of Miracles" has him dancing and costume changing and arguing with his puppet while singing.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a skirt at one point.

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame 2


  • 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 Quasimodo by the end of the sequel.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Haley Joel Osment

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.