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

!!The 1939 film:
* CrazyAwesome[=/=]CreepyAwesome: Quasimodo. He's deformed, socially inept, and possibly afflicted with a [[AmbiguousDisorder mental disorder]], but he fiercely defends Esmeralda ''and'' thwarts a mob of rioters who were attacking Notre Dame.
* NightmareFuel: Dead and dying rioters lying on the ground, covered in molten metal.

!![[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame The Disney film]]:
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: You don't need romance in your life to be happy.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Judge Claude Frollo gets this too. Do we see flashes of guilt and torment in him that make him more sympathetic? Did he really feel nothing for killing Quasimodo's mother or did he take seriously the Archdeacon's plea to adopt Quasimodo out of guilt and a genuine fear of God? Do we see signs of him suffering and desiring to become a better person in his villain song, or is it more important that the experience makes him act even more evil than before?
** ''Clopin''--he seems very happy and nice, but he does call Quasi the ugliest person in Paris in a way that even the context can't completely excuse, doesn't let him hide in the "Feast Of Fools" sequence, apparently bugs out the second everything goes pear-shaped (as Frollo would likely want to arrest him for the confusion), and then ''expresses complete delight in hanging Quasi and Phoebus''. Without giving them the chance to defend themselves in any way. He's also protecting his home, friends, and family from the most monstrous person in the country by silencing what he believes to be the man's most loyal subordinates... In fairness to Clopin, the only time he vanishes is during the "Feast of Fools" when the crowd turns on Quasimodo, but when the fighting outside Notre Dame happens he's shown jumping into the fray with the other gypsies. He's their leader, so getting himself arrested at the Feast of Fools would have been bad for the Gypsies.
** The Archdeacon: benevolent arbiter of justice in Notre Dame, or a callous hypocrite, willfully blind to Frollo's abuse of Quasimodo?
* {{Anvilicious}}: The film repeatedly points out Frollo's hypocrisy, in case you missed it. A few examples below.
** From Clopin:
-->'''Clopin:''' Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin / And he saw corruption everywhere except within.
** From Esmeralda:
-->'''Esmeralda:''' You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help!
** From Quasimodo:
-->'''Quasimodo:''' All my life, you've told me the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you.
* AwardSnub: None of the songs received Oscar nominations. Among all the movies Music/AlanMenken composed for the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon during the 1990s, this is the only one that happened to.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** It's a great score, but [[VillainSong "Hellfire"]] and the instrumental track "Sanctuary" take the cake. "Made of Stone" from the stage version certainly counts as well.
** "Out There". The combination of the gorgeous music, beautiful lyrics and Tom Hulce's spectacular performance makes it one of the most magnificent songs of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon (or any Disney film, for that matter).
** ''Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, '''BELLS OF NOTRE DAME!!!''' ''
*** Pay attention, dear listener, to Clopin's voice toward the end of that song (particularly in its first iteration). God knows why they decided to practically drown it out with the chorus, but actor/singer Paul Kandel holds an absurdly high note (a high D, a very impressive note for a male singer to hit) perfectly for an absurdly long time.
** While "Sanctuary" is about four different kinds of incredible (it's a four part piece), and "Hellfire" is without a doubt, the best villain song ever included in a Disney movie (if not any film), the real crowner here is without a doubt, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEEpavnk7Uw God Help The Outcasts]]". The music is incredible, but the lyrics deserve special mention, as they are a deconstruction of the typical Disney IWantSong, in that a Gypsy who doesn't even believe, or doubts, in God ("I don't know if you can hear me, or if you're even there") is offering to God a more humble prayer than the Catholics there who are asking for money, fame, and glory, whereas Esmeralda simply says "I ask for nothing; I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I."
*** Equally heartwarming in the original movie the animated film was based on when Esmeralda gives the same prayer when she is introduced to Mary and Jesus.
** "Heaven's Light" is the sweetest, most perfect love song ever written. Anyone who has ever been unpopular or different knows that feeling when someone notices you, even for a moment, and this song perfectly captures that feeling: ''knowing'' that they'll probably never love you back, but for the moment, you can hope, just a little.
--->''I dare to dream that she/Might even care for me/And as I ring these bells tonight/My cold dark tower seems so bright,/I swear it must be heaven's light!''
*** Even ''better'' is how it's a perfect counterpoint to "Hellfire", which follows immediately after. From gentle hope and love to fiery rage and passion.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CVwYC7WrP0 "Paris Burning"]] plays in the scene immediately following "Hellfire" and perfectly embodies the fear and terror that the citizens of Paris are forced to suffer as Frollo's madness drives him to burn the city to the ground. [[{{HSQ}} The last twenty-five seconds of the track are guaranteed to require the listener to]] [[BringMyBrownPants bring their brown pants]].
* BaseBreaker: [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] they may be, but the gargoyles do contribute a lot of genuinely FunnyMoments...
** Regarding the gargoyles, which side of the BrokenBase a fans falls into often depends on the age of that fan. With people who were teens or adults when the film came out hating them and people who were children loving them. Then there are those who don't think they're unequivocally awful, but don't like them much either. Base truly broken.
* CargoShip: Hugo thinks Djali is pretty hot. Hugo is a gargoyle, Djali is a goat. [[FridgeBrilliance But come on, Hugo's part goat!]]
* CompleteMonster: [[HangingJudge Judge Claude Frollo]] is likely one of the [[KnightOfCerebus most evil characters]] Disney has ever invented. In the film's opening, he pursues a young woman on horseback, and pushes her onto steps of the church, causing her to tumble to her death. [[WouldHurtAChild He tries to drown her infant son, Quasimodo, in the well for being ugly,]] but the archdeacon stops him. Solely out of fear of being punished for his crimes, Frollo takes the boy in, [[AbusiveParents keeping him under strict rule, isolation, and emotional abuse]]. He initially seems to have [[StalkerWithACrush fallen in love]] with the young gypsy girl Esmeralda, but when she rejects him, he decides she must burn in hell. Taking his anger out on all gypsies, Frollo tries to burn an innocent family alive for harboring them. After that, Frollo tries to have a massive section of the city burned so he can kill Esmeralda. Even being a classic case of KnightTemplar, his actions cast his "good intentions" as being a hollow sham. As Clopin asks at the beginning, "Who is the monster and who is the man?"
* CrackShip: As noted on ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'''s [[YMMV/{{Tangled}} YMMV page]], Frollo x Mother Gothel became one when people realized how similar they are.
* CrazyAwesome: Clopin.
* CreepyAwesome: Frollo, according to some people's opinions. Especially in the finale.
* CriticalDissonance: Despite being moderately well-received (scoring somewhere in the 70s on Website/RottenTomatoes), this is the ONLY Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon film to EVER get nominated for a Razzie, which is ESPECIALLY baffling considering that Disney has released [[Disney/HomeOnTheRange more]] [[Disney/ChickenLittle deserving]] [[WesternAnimation/TheWild films]]. It's considered (by those who remember it, anyway) better than its direct predecessor, ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (or at least a worthy successor).
* CrossesTheLineTwice: When Frollo is reviewing the alphabet with Quasimodo, this exchange happens. The censors probably let it pass because of Tom Hulce's harmless, innocent delivery of the lines and the happy gesture Quasimodo makes when he gets it right.
-->'''Frollo''': D?\\
'''Quasimodo''': Damnation.\\
'''Frollo''': E?\\
'''Quasimodo''': ''Eternal'' Damnation!
* CryForTheDevil: "Hellfire". Behind closed doors, Frollo prays to the Virgin Mary for protection from Esmeralda's "witchcraft", which he convinces himself is driving him to sin through lustful, burning desire. He begs Mary to either burn Esmeralda in Hell or deliver her to him as his love to free him from his sin. He may be a vicious KnightTemplar or at best a WellIntentionedExtremist gone too far, but he's also very human and very conflicted, two qualities that generate sympathy and may make it at least more understandable.
-->'''Frollo:''' God have mercy on her...God have mercy on me...
* DieForOurShip: The Phoebus from the movie is much, MUCH nicer than the one from the novel, and he comes to sincerely like Esmeralda. And yet the Quasi/Esmeralda fans still hate him for "stealing her away from the one who DESERVES her better".
* DracoInLeatherPants: Despite being a CompleteMonster, Frollo has a ''lot'' of fangirls.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Clopin.
** Also, Frollo is arguably this for the Disney Villains. Despite almost never appearing in crossovers, rides, merchandise or games he's one of the most well remembered and many people's favorite.
** Esmeralda also has a ''huge'' fanbase considering the fact that she is only the {{Deuteragonist}} ''at best'' and doesn't have many exposure compare to other Disney Princess. While some of this is because of her appearance, she also gains a large female fanbase for dealing with much grittier issues such as poverty, sexual harassment and racism. Being one of the few darker-skin characters with define personality and impact in the movie produced by a company famous for adapting European stories also helps.
* EvilIsCool : Frollo.
* EvilIsSexy: Frollo has ''huge'' numbers of people who find him attractive.
* FanPreferredCouple: As mentioned on this page, [[DidNotGetTheGirl Quasimodo/Esmeralda]] (because he is TheHero and thus the character the viewers most identify with) and [[DracoInLeatherPants Frollo/Esmeralda]] (for...[[MisaimedFandom some reason]]).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This film is really popular in German having several stage shows based off of it.
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have]]: Despite being around his 50's-60's, Frollo has a '''lot''' of fangirls.
* HilariousInHindsight: The fact that the voice actor for [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Patrick Star]] voices a guard whom of which has the line "Now THAT's ugly!" [[Literature/TheUglyBarnacle Why is this hilarious in hindsight]]?
** Frollo is well-known for being the most sexual Disney villain. Now, consider that this is the [[RuleThirtyFour 34th]] Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon entry...
* HoYay: Djali is referred to as a male. Hugo makes no secret of his attraction to him.
* JustHereForGodzilla: The 2 most well-known types of fangirls in the fanbase, "Frollophiles" and "Clopinphiles", are often known for watching the movie merely to see Frollo and/or Clopin. Clopin's side often has many fans complaining about how he "doesn't have enough screentime".
* LoveToHate: Frollo.
** He is, first of all, ''realistically'' scary. He's an example of the many times throughout history that bigotry and persecution has been self-righteously excused as justice.
** He is voiced by Creator/TonyJay which automatically gives him a badass voice.
** He is FauxAffablyEvil in where he generally appears pretty polite but yet there is a glint of madness and zealotry underneath, and you know it. See the episode with the ants and the torture chamber.
** Despite spending all its time kicking dogs, his HiddenDepths are hinted at once in the movie: the VillainSong. Is he NecessarilyEvil and hates himself for it, does he actually hate himself for lusting towards Esmeralda or is he just a deluded KnightTemplar ? Is it a real epiphany that throws him more into madness or an IgnoredEpiphany ? No one knows, so it adds a layer of depth to the character.
** He shows himself quite competent in his endeavors in general, if evil.
** And there's the whole CreepyAwesome thing.
** Has come to a head with the YouTubePoop turned WidgetSeries WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow, in which Frollo is slightly [[AdaptationalHeroism toned down]] into an anti-heroic UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist.
* MagnificentBastard: For all his hatefulness, Frollo has one moment of being this when he tricks Quasimodo into thinking that he knows where the Court of Miracles is located, causing Quasimodo and Phoebus to go their in order to warn the gypsies, thus leading Frollo straight to them.
* MemeticMolester: Frollo, for [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny good]] [[CompleteMonster reason]].
* MemeticMutation:
** "Hellfire" is becoming an increasingly popular subject for YouTubePoop.
*** Also, statements to the likes of "most dramatic reaction to a boner ever."
** The scene where Frollo attempts to throw baby Quasimodo down the well has also become a popular YouTubePoop source. People commonly edit things like bad movie posters or unpopular celebrities like Music/JustinBieber over Quasimodo.
** [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/b048c3e15b7262d0c3ad73332de8a405/tumblr_inline_mmrrbs7DEl1qz4rgp.jpg This]] screencap of Phoebus, usually attached to posts of a confusing or mind-bending nature.
** ''"Witchcraft."''
** Frollo's final line, "And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!'', followed by posters adding a nonchalant response from God such as "As you wish", or "That's not a bad idea."
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: The movie was a ''huge'' hit in France. The filmmakers were especially worried about offending the French people by taking an iconic symbol of French literature and culture and giving it the so-called "Disney Treatment". This is possibly why Disney was shocked later, when ''Hercules'' was met with A LOT of hate in Greece.* MisaimedFandom: Frollo was often thought of as [[EvilIsCool cool]] despite having much less reason to be thought of as such ([[MoralEventHorizon and much more NOT to]]) than other Disney villains. Instead of being a [[EvilIsSexy muscular macho-man]] like [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] or a powerful sorcerer like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], he is a genocidal self-righteous old religious fanatic; an intent to avoid EvilIsCool is apparent here, yet it apparently did not work either.
* MoralEventHorizon: Frollo crossed it when he killed Quasimodo's mother merely for believing her to be a thief, and almost killed him too as a baby for being deformed. And he only goes downhill from there.
* NarmCharm: The entire ending teeters on this, especially the unprovoked hug by a random kid (who also shows up at Clopin's puppet show...)
* NoYay: Frollo's obsession with Esmeralda. [[MisaimedFandom Yet the majority of the fanbase ships them...]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: Quasimodo wearing green, Esmeralda in danger of being burned at the stake as opposed to hanged and everyone except Frollo being SparedByTheAdaptation aren't unique to this story - they first appeared in the [[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameBurbankAnimation Animated Adaptation by Burbank Films Australia]].
* {{Padding}}: "A Guy Like You" seems to be in the movie just to give the gargoyles something to do. It doesn't advance the plot in any meaningful way, and merely retreads Quasimodo's hopes that Esmeralda loves him, which were already covered in "Heaven's Light". It also hurts that the song is a jarring MoodWhiplash and borderline BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* PainfulRhyme: In "A Guy Like You".
-->''We all have gaped at some '''Adonis''' ''\\
''But then we crave a meal more nourishing to chew''\\
''And since you're shaped like a '''croissant is''' ''\\
''No question of, she's gotta love a guy like you!''
* RonTheDeathEater: Esmeralda is often depicted as an ungrateful bitch who rejects Quasimodo due to his ugliness, and stops caring for him. Esmeralda consistently ''did'' care for Quasi as a friend... just not as a lover. In fact, she didn't even ''know'' that he was in love with her.
* RootingForTheEmpire: One reason Disney made Frollo such a monster was because they saw this happening in previous movies and wanted to create a villain that ''everyone'' would hate. [[EvilIsCool It didn't work.]]
* TheScrappy:
** The gargoyles (unless you're a Jason Alexander fan), mostly due to their contribution of the LighterAndSofter tone of the film and causing MoodWhiplash in most scenes they appear in.
** [[SissyVillain Sarousch]] in the DTV sequel is considered one of the worst Disney villains of all time, especially in comparison to his predecessor, [[CompleteMonster Frollo]], who is considered one of the ''best''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first film had gorgeous animation, dealt with some pretty heavy themes for a Disney movie, and had very good music. The sequel dispensed with all of these and made the tone much LighterAndSofter. [[MoneyDearBoy Why Kevin Kline, Tom Hulce and Demi Moore stuck around for it is a mystery for the ages.]]
* SignatureScene: "Hellfire" is the most famous scene in the film but "Out There" is another strong contender ss is "God help The Outcasts".
* {{Squick}}:
** Frollo grabbing Esmeralda in the church and '''smelling her hair'''.
*** During "Hellfire", he rubs one of her scarves against his face.
*** Keeping on the "Hellfire" point: no matter how glorious the song is, it's ''still'' Frollo singing about how if Esmeralda doesn't submit to his desire, "she will buuuuuuuuuurn." Once again, ''how'' did they manage to get this past the censors?
** While it's played for laughs, Hugo the Gargoyle's attraction towards Djali the goat is fairly disturbing.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The crowd scenes utilize CGI people. Especially on the Blu-Ray, it's... noticeable.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Even though he is essentially an abusive foster parent, Frollo's [[HobbesWasRight grim depiction]] of the world "out there" actually sounds quite realistic considering the film is set in [[TheMiddleAges Medieval Europe]] which was not known for being kind to those with severe birth defects. Quasimodo does, however, get to witness this first hand, and later [[ShutUpHannibal says]] that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech it's because of people like Frollo that the world is that way]].
* TastesLikeDiabetes: ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame II''. The entire movie is animated with bright colors that only emphasize the lower quality of the animation, and the entire plot of the film, on top of Quasimodo's quest for love revolves around the cast's respective couples professing their love for each other before the entire city in a huge festival; to say that this was jarring for those who appreciated the original's unusually dark tone would be an understatement.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: When the film was being promoted, the CGI people were touted as a huge technological advancement. They were the logical next step after the CGI stampede scene from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Instead of using CGI to reproduce the same model making the same movements over and over again, the crowds of ''Hunchback'' were randomized, with different elements such as clothing, body types, and behaviors being mixed and matched to create these gigantic ''Film/BenHur'' crowd scenes that would, otherwise, either be much too expensive to animate, or have to be static parts of the matte. It's more noticeable now (especially if you remember watching "Behind the Scenes" featurettes which showcased the various behaviors back on the '90s Disney Channel), but at the time, especially on a first-time viewing, they ''were'' pretty impressive and evocative towards the party atmosphere in "Topsy Turvy" especially.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Many fans liked the idea of Quasimodo gaining his own LoveInterest, and feel Madelline herself is a fairly interesting character who provides a nice contrast to him (as someone who is beautiful on the outside but feels she is ugly on the inside), so much about the sequel is just so poorly executed it ruins the whole concept.
* UglyCute: Quasimodo, who's Ugly ''Adorable''. WordOfGod states that he was specifically designed this way (taking inspiration from, among other things, pugs) so it's much easier for the audience to identify and sympathize with him early on. If he's too ugly it takes too long and the moment is lost, and there are even some people who will ''never'' empathize with him no matter how good of a person he is if he's too ugly.
* ViewerGenderConfusion:
** The gargoyle Laverne has no TertiarySexualCharacteristics and a voice actress (Mary Wickes) with a husky voice. Although she has a mostly feminine name, it's only mentioned once in the film. Averted in other languages where either her voice is unmistakably female, the language itself has grammar rules that indicates gender (like in Spanish or French) or both.
** Djali the goat is female in the novel, male in this movie, and indeterminate in the sequel.
* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released, it was a moderate hit with both critics and audiences - the consensus was "Hey, it was better than ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but nowhere near as good as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''". However, it gradually became a contender for the MagnumOpus of Disney's Renaissance era.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Notre Dame, and the image of Esmeralda dancing Frollo sees in the flames in "Hellfire". It is mentioned in the commentary that the special effects team gave their best in that scene.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Endlessly marketed to kids with cute dolls and toys and such... and then Frollo sings "[[VillainSong Hellfire]]", which is all about his lust for Esmeralda. There is no ambiguity about the nature of his feelings for her. Also, he "accidentally" kills Quasimodo's mother and then tries to outright murder him as an infant, flat out saying he's going to send him to Hell. That happens ''just minutes into the film''.
* TheWoobie:
** Quasimodo's life from start through adulthood is one long story of isolation and abuse.
** Esmeralda counts as well, given all the persecution the gypsies go through, the fact that [[CompleteMonster Frollo]] is after her specifically, and she still manages to be willing to pray for ''everybody else'' in "God Help the Outcasts".