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    Quasimodo 
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"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!"
Played by: Tom Hulce (movie), Luis Posada (Spain), Drew Sarich (Germany), Michael Arden (US)

Quasimodo is the main protagonist. He was born deformed, possessing a hunched back, from which the film takes its name. In spite of his ghastly appearance, Quasimodo is naïve, kindhearted, and knows little of the world outside his bell tower home from which he is forbidden to leave.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: In the original novel, Quasimodo is deaf due to working with loud bells and was born with a large wart over his left eye. In the Disney adaptation, he is able to hear and speak and has two functional eyes. The stage version brings back his deafness, with his speech only becoming fully articulate during his musical solos because they represent his inner emotions.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While not attractive, he's considerably less repulsive here than in most versions, being more ugly cute than monstrous.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Disney's Quasimodo is more intelligent than Hugo's version. Book Quasimodo has an Ambiguous Disorder that make him unable to function in society (but to be fair he's also deaf) and some actors even portray him as mentally challenged. Disney's Quasimodo is an awkward but creative and sensible person who is reasonably able to interact with people once he gets over his shyness, and also a talented wood carver.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still a heroic character, book Quasimodo is much more asocial and inclined to violence, displaying a softer side only toward Frollo and Esmeralda due to them being the only human beings to treat him somewhat decently. This incarnation pretty much is a Nice Guy with no resentment or animosity toward anyone.
  • Adorkable: His glee and following awkwardness at the Festival of Fools is comparable to a 20th-century teenager at a school dance.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The Gargoyles, and later Esmeralda, call him "Quasi".
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He's ostracized by society because of his deformed figure.
  • Bash Brothers: With Phoebus later on in the film when they work together.
  • 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.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast (The Grotesque) to Madellaine's Beauty (a Lovely Assistant).
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" (gentle and shy) to Phoebus's "Veronica" (a high-status soldier with an ego to match) for Esmeralda's "Archie". Esmeralda chooses Phoebus and Quasimodo gives both of them his blessing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Quasimodo is sweet and kind, almost to a fault, but if you cross him, look out.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he rescues Esmeralda from the pyre in the climax.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big Guy to Zephyr's Little Guy; they're great friends.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • With Esmeralda. Both are outcasts in society, but the other thing they have in common is that this 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, though: Esmeralda has seen a lot of the world because of her constant moving from place to place and is widely liked for her beauty, but at the same time sexualized and objectified by men like Frollo, while Quasimodo has been restricted to just Notre Dame and is reviled for his ugliness.
    • With Madellaine. They're both nice, dorky, and (initially) extremely passive; they both also wear a green outfit and were raised by an abusive adoptive figure who serves as the Big Bad in their respective films. They both also share a constant active imagination and prefer to see the world with their other senses and not their eyes.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Of the three heroic leading characters, he is the Redhead to Phoebus's Blond and Esmeralda's Brunette.
  • Butt-Monkey: A rare version that is most certainly not played for laughs. All the torment heaped on him looks comical to the festival goers but the viewer sees it as traumatic.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the climax, he gives an incredible speech to Frollo, the churchman who raised him.
    Frollo: Now- now, l-listen to me, Quasimodo-
    Quasimodo: No, you listen! All my life you've told me that the world is a dark, cruel place! But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you!!!
  • 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. To give a more specific example, he's tied up twice. The first time, it's with rope, he's completely helpless, begging Frollo to help him, until Esmeralda comes to his rescue; the second time, it's with chains, which he breaks with his own willpower, in an act of defiance against Frollo, so that he can rescue Esmeralda.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: A lifetime of single-handedly operating Notre Dame's bells has given him orangutan-like strength and agility, to the point that he can tear down pillars like Samson in the temple.
  • Cool Uncle: In the sequel, he becomes an uncle figure to Zephyr, the son of Phoebus and Esmeralda. The two prove to have a close bond, even singing a song together.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a baby, his mother and father were gypsies and were secretly entering Paris through the waterways. Judge Frollo, believing that they had stolen something, stood in their way and gave chase to Quasimodo's mother when she ran and delivered a kick to her, breaking her neck on the steps of Notre Dame and killing her. When he discovered that the bundle she had been carrying was actually a baby, he planned to drown Quasimodo in disgust upon seeing that he was deformed. However, the Archdeacon of Notre Dame commanded him not to murder the baby. Frollo was then ordered to adopt Quasimodo as his own to make up for his sin of killing an innocent woman. Unfortunately, years of being "raised" by an emotionally abusive jerkass of an adoptive father resulted in Quasimodo gaining many self-esteem issues. Plus, he lived in complete isolation with his only friends being Victor, Hugo, and Laverne.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He may look very scary in appearance, but he is very kindhearted and courageous.
  • Decomposite Character: In the original novel, he's Esmeralda's attacker (under Frollo's order), only to be stopped by Phoebus. The Disney version gives Quasimodo's attacker role to the Brutish and Oafish Guard.
  • Determinator: Despite being heavily chained to the stone pillars atop Notre Dame, Quasimodo breaks free once he sees Esmeralda about to burn to death at the stake.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He's the character featured on the page's image. Unlike most lead characters from the Disney Renaissance, Quasimodo doesn't enter a romance with the woman he falls in love with. He realizes whom Esmeralda falls in love with and wishes them well. Averted in the sequel, where he falls in love and succeeds in getting Madellaine.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Inverted. He's the protagonist with hunched back and becomes the love interest for Madellaine in the sequel.
  • Disney Villain Death: A heroic example is narrowly averted by Phoebus.
  • Doorstop Baby: Frollo is so disgusted by the child's appearance that he plans to drop him down a well... but the Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral informs him that killing an innocent child, even a deformed one, will certainly lead to damnation (especially after the whole "killing the child's mother" thing). In the face of that, Frollo has no choice.
  • The Dragon: Subverted. Frollo intended for him to be this, hoping that he would one day cement his plans of eradicating the gypsies. Clopin also mockingly calls him Frollo's "loyal, bell-ringing henchman". However, Quasimodo was too pure and good-hearted to become Frollo's lackey and aids Esmeralda and Phoebus however he can.
  • 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 although he is deeply disappointed when he sees that she prefers Phoebus, he does not hold it against her and in the end is happy for both of 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 he lets people walk over him, but then he starts to grow a spine.
  • Facial Horror: He is disfigured from birth, and everyone around him gets frightened and disgusted by him. He even gets crowned the king of fools because the people at the festival think he has the ugliest face in Paris.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Subverted. His outfit is symmetrical, but his hump gives the idea that his clothes are asymmetrical.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. In personality, he's closer to a Shrinking Violet.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He befriends Phoebus when they try to rescue Esmeralda.
  • Foil:
    • The defining trait that separates Quasimodo and Frollo is not their appearance or their standing in society, but their relations to Esmeralda. Both possess want towards her as a member of the opposite sex, but while Quasimodo loves her because she saw him as a person and not a monster, Frollo saw her as a target either to arrest on account of her heritage and misguided zealotry or as a sexual object. While Quasimodo is heartbroken that she would rather be with Phoebus, he values her friendship enough that he wants her to be happy even if he is not the one who can do that, while Frollo would burn down all of Paris - unconcerned with the innocent lives he ruins and ends - to get to her and tries to burn her at the stake when she rejects him. Even their respective songs about her - Quasimodo' "Heaven's Light" and Frollo and "Hellfire" - are on opposite ends of the spectrum, Quasimodo wishing to see the good while Frollo "saw corruption everywhere... except within".
    • To Madellaine, despite their many similarities. Despite having an outwardly ugly appearance, Quasimodo is a Nice Guy, while Madellaine may be a beauty. but is actually (at least to herself) a horrible person. He accidentally leads Frollo to Esmeralda while Madellaine does help Sarousch steal the La Fidele, even if she regrets it later. Quasimodo has no recollection from his parents except from Frollo's lies while Madellaine was an orphan when Sarousch found her, implying she might have some memories of her birth parents.
  • 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.
  • Grew a Spine: Finally stands up to his abusive "father" Frollo in the climax.
  • 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. He can perform parkour and lift people easily.
  • 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 Self-Deprecation: Calls himself a "monster".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phoebus. He's an Honorary Uncle for Phoebus's kid.
  • Hidden Depths: In the first place, there's his kindness and gentleness, overlooked by most of Paris, who view him a monster because of his looks. But even beyond that, he has an outstanding memory and knack for observation, as well as artistic talent. Esmeralda, while trapped in the bell tower, is amazed to see the accurate model he's carved of the town, as well as the fact that he knows each bell's name by heart; later, he uses the same skills to recognize Esmeralda's woven necklace as a map of the city. He even has a subtle Deadpan Snarker side to him, which mainly shows in his interactions with the gargoyles, but also when Frollo makes him review the alphabet and he almost rolls his eyes as he does it, implying he's far past that stage of education.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the battle, Quasimodo throws a large beam down onto Frollo's carriage. Some of the Mooks pick it up and use to break down the cathedral's door.
  • 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. He's also his godfather.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He falls immediately in love with Esmeralda... but then witnesses her kissing Phoebus. However, he comes to bless their relationship.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Frollo's true evil nature (until the climax, at least). Justified due to being raised by Frollo for his entire life.
    Esmeralda: How could such a cruel man have raised someone like you?
    Quasimodo: Cruel?!? Oh, no. He saved my life. He took me in when no one else would. I am a monster, you know.
  • Humble Hero: Quasi doesn't boast about the many impressive things he accomplished in the film. Not even to Esmeralda, who was his first love, and whose heart he could have won with his feats.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The reason he disobeys Frollo's orders to go in the Festival of Fools is that he craves one day of being outside his tower.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Combined with I Just Want to Be Free, "like ordinary men who freely walk about there. Just one day and then I swear I'll be content" as he says in his "I Want" Song.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The only friends he had growing up were animated gargoyles. Thus, it's easy to understand why he considers Esmeralda's act of kindness to be "Heaven's Light".
  • Insecure Love Interest: By the sequel, Quasimodo thinks that he'll never find true love because of his looks.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's called "Quasi" by his friends.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Quasi (a man who is roughly the same age as his parents) shares a close bond with Zephyr (a pre-adolescent child), 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.
  • Leitmotif: There are two variants of the melody from the verses of "Out There", (e.g.: the line "Every day they shout and scold, and go about their lives, heedless of the gift it is to be them"). Quasimodo sings in a major key, while the minor-key variant is found in every instrumental instance stated below, except for "Into the Sunlight". It first appears in Frollo's line from "Bells of Notre Dame" when he sings, "Just so he is locked away where no one else can see. Even this foul creature may yet prove one day to be of use to me." The most notable instance of the tune is in the transition between "In Here" and "Out There". This sets a divide between the two variants, marked further by the minor key being used during moments best matching Frollo's words, and the major key Quasimodo's. Then, after "Out There" proper, it briefly comes back in "Topsy Turvy", when the crowd discovers that Quasimodo's face is no mask. After that, it has a brief, subtle reiteration in the scene where Quasimodo is chained up in Notre Dame, and the gargoyles are trying to convince him to save Esmeralda. Finally, you can last hear it when Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Phoebus step out of the cathedral in front of a crowd at the end of the movie. It can be safely assumed that this melody is Quasimodo's leitmotif.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The chains initially keep him trapped in the cathedral, but then his gargoyles buddies point out that they aren't the real reason he stays. Then he proves that he can break 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's kiss and realizes that they are in love with each other.
  • Manly Tears: He's the first adult male Disney hero to have multiple crying scenes: first when he's crowned King of Fools, then as he staggers back to the cathedral after his public humiliation, then again when he sees Esmeralda and Phoebus kissing, and again when he mourns over Esmeralda's seemingly dead body.
  • 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 has a totally different meaning, referring to a rather obscure holiday called Quasimodo Sunday.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Quasi is a sweet and sensitive soul, but people (except Esmeralda and Phoebus), judge him harshly because of his deformity.
  • Nice Guy: He's as handsome on the inside as he is ugly on the outside.
  • Official Couple: With Madellaine by the end of the sequel.
  • Parental Abandonment: Frollo told him that this was the case with his mother. In reality, Quasi's biological parents were 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 breaks metal chains!
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Esmeralda. While he initially holds romantic feelings for her, she's completely unaware and is interested only in Phoebus. Thankfully, Quasimodo blesses their relationship, and eventually develops more of a close brother-sister relationship with her.
  • Protagonist Title: Quasimodo is the "Hunchback" in the title and The Hero.
  • Redhead In Green: Quasi has red hair and wears a green shirt/tunic.
  • Rescue Romance: Esmeralda rescues him from the abuse of the Festival of Fools, thus prompting his attraction to her.
  • Rivals Team Up: Quasi teams up with Phoebus to warn Esmeralda about Frollo.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The quiet, shy Sensitive Guy to Phoebus's assertive, sarcastic Manly Man.
  • Sent Into Hiding: Judge Frollo actively tries to keep Quasimodo hidden from the rest of the public and makes him stay in the tower by convincing him that the world is a cruel place and that he's safer in the bell tower. Of course, this only works up until the Feast Of Fools, and stories are still told about Quasimodo, making him legendary despite the fact only Frollo and the Archdeacon really knew he existed.
  • Shipper on Deck: After a healthy amount of Character Development, Quasimodo blesses Esmeralda 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel, he lies next to Esmeralda's corpse and eventually dies of starvation. Like Esmeralda and most characters that die in the novel (except Big Bad Frollo), he's still alive in the Disney movies.
  • Steel Eardrums: Unlike in the novel, Quasimodo's hearing is perfectly functional despite ringing the bells for years on end.
  • Super Strength: Picks up an armored man one-handed without noticing, slides a massive stone slab aside with an idle shove, and scales the cathedral walls one-handed while carrying Esmeralda and Djali. That's all 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. His deformity makes him smaller.
  • Title Character: He's "the hunchback" in the movie's title.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He learns to stand up for himself, which leads to an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his jerkass of an adoptive father.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Phoebus and Esmeralda for a love triangle.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Ugly Guy (hunchbacked, deformed, and buck-teeth) to Madellaine's Hot Wife (an extremely good-looking woman).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Frollo tells Quasi that he knows where the Court of Miracles is, and that he will attack it at dawn. This prompts Quasi and Phoebus to find it and warn the Gypsies. It turns out Frollo was lying all along, and secretly followed them to the lair.
  • 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 until the very end that Frollo reveals whom his mother really was.
  • You Killed My Father: It's established in the beginning that Frollo unintentionally, but remorselessly, murdered Quasimodo's mother when he was an infant. He doesn't find this out until twenty years later.
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    Esmeralda 
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"What do they have against people who are different, anyway?"
Played by: Demi Moore (movie), Marta Barbarà (Spain), Judy Weiss (Germany), Ciara Renée (US)

Esmeralda is the deuteragonist of the first movie and a secondary character of its sequel. She is a fearless and streetwise gypsy girl with a heart of gold and is very capable of defending herself. She's also able to look beyond physical appearances and is one of the first—and only—people in both films to befriend the deformed yet lovable hunchback Quasimodo. Esmeralda is a wonderful heroine whose greatest wish is to see outcasts like Quasimodo and her fellow gypsies be accepted into society and be treated as people, not as property.


  • 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.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, she's weak and fickle. In the Disney film, she's an Action Girl through and through.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The Disney version is smarter and more streetwise than the naive girl of the book.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the novel, Esmeralda has black eyes, not green.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Hero: The Disney Anti-Hero type; slightly rough around the edges.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a son with Phoebus in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Archie" to Quasimodo's "Betty" (gentle and shy) and Phoebus' "Veronica" (a high-status soldier with an ego to match). Esmeralda chooses Phoebus, and Quasimodo gives both of them his blessing.
  • 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.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're very thick looking.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She becomes an older sister figure to Quasimodo and always does everything in her power to protect him.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • With Phoebus. Both are sarcastic, strong-willed, and ultimately rebel against Frollo to do what is right, but Phoebus doesn't rebel against Frollo until Frollo attempts to burn down a house with an innocent family still inside. Appropriately, it's at that point that Esmeralda falls in love with him.
    • With Quasimodo. Both are outcasts in society, but the other thing they have in common is that this 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, though: Esmeralda has seen a lot of the world because of her constant moving from place to place and is widely liked for her beauty, but at the same time sexualized and objectified by men like Frollo, while Quasimodo has been restricted to just Notre Dame and is reviled for his ugliness.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Of the three heroic leading characters, she is the Brunette (black hair) to Quasimodo's Redhead and Phoebus' Blond.
  • Brainy Brunette: A dark-haired girl who knows how to evade Frollo's guards, has knowledge about being protected by the Cathedral from Frollo and his men, and has some expertise over nursing and uses this to help Phoebus with a wound.
  • 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, especially the festival dancer one.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: She possesses the positive, exotic qualities associated with green eyes, which correspond her name. Even though she's the heroine, she was actually also modeled after several female villains from earlier Disney films, who all have green eyes, so that she will actually be portrayed as being evil by Frollo, the Big Bad, while, to the viewers, she's actually on the side of good. This is actually done to show the fact that she is hated by the villain because he thinks that she is evil even though she really isn't.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Does not fear a groin attack.
  • Curse Cut Short: "You sneaky son of a b-"
  • Damsel in Distress: She needs to be rescued and/or helped by Quasimodo twice, particularly in the scene where she is captured and Frollo wants to burn her alive. She also qualifies as Badass in Distress.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. She gives several lines throughout the movie of constantly witnessing her people being mistreated.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Expect her to be chock-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.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Downplayed. While she still plays a pivotal role in the story, the first movie clearly gives Quasimodo more focus than her, even dropping her subplot of finding her mother.
    • While in the original film she is the female lead, in the sequel she's more of a secondary character.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first film, but more of a supporting character in the sequel.
  • Disney Death: After the climactic battle, Quasimodo finds her unconscious and unresponsive, but she is merely passed out due to smoke inhalation, not dead, and revives minutes later, unlike in the novel, where she's Killed Off for Real.
  • Does Not Wear Shoes: Because she can't afford them.
  • Dude Magnet: Deconstructed. While all the men, including Quasimodo, are attracted to her, she also draws the unwanted attention of the Big Bad, Frollo. The different types of attraction run the gamut in the film to aid in the Deconstruction: the crowd in Paris find her attractive; Frollo is driven absolutely insane over his lust for her and is convinced that she's some kind of hellish temptress; and Quasimodo sees her as a perfect "angel" (his love for her doesn't appear in the least bit sexual) because she was the first person in his life to show him kindness. Only Phoebus is willing to both acknowledge her beauty and recognize her as a human being, flaws and all; that's probably why she ends up with him in the end.
  • 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. Esmeralda is actually sharing a pair of earrings with Djali.
  • First Love: To Quasimodo; she never finds out that he likes her more than as a friend and is heartbroken over seeing her and Phoebus's kiss. Thankfully, he's happy that she's happy.
  • Flirting Under Fire: During her banter in the cathedral with Phoebus. He starts it, but she engages him all the same.
  • Foil: Esmeralda's song "God Help the Outcasts" contrasts sharply with Frollo's "Hellfire". While both songs are addressed directly to Mary, Esmeralda asks selflessly for the well-being of her people and the poor, while Frollo selfishly asks to kill and/or possess Esmeralda.
  • 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 outfit includes her sleeves being poofy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Her sexy dance. So much that she becomes the lust object of Frollo, a really evil and dangerous man.
  • Good Bad Girl: She is the object of Frollo's Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny obsession because he thinks of her as a Femme Fatale of sorts. She is a much more kind-hearted person than that—she uses her sexuality in her dances in a lighthearted way, not in order to seduce but in order to entertain.
  • 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.
  • 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 pins on her his sexual cravings and religious weakness. Frollo sings a whole song about her effect on him.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: She has dark skin and loose black hair, though she isn't too overt about her sexuality besides her pole-dancing. Two men fall in love with her over the course of the film, and Frollo falls in lust and hates and blames her for it.
  • Iconic Outfit: Esmeralda's white top with a teal and gold bodice, with a purple sarong and white petticoat. She wears a golden hoop earring on her left ear, a golden bangle on her left wrist, and matching bracelet and anklet on both her right hand and right ankle.
  • Improv Fu: Esmeralda beats the guards by simply running around and dodging, with a little help from her performer buddies.
  • 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 the safety and protection of the weak and defenseless.
  • Kubrick Stare: She looks at the camera menacingly, directed at Frollo, when he has tied her to the stake to burn her.
  • Lady in Red: She wears a red pole-dancing dress in "Topsy Turvy". Ironically, in real life, red is considered bad luck for the gypsies, and Judge Frollo was watching her dance in public... Bad luck indeed.
  • Love at First Sight: Phoebus, Quasimodo, and Frollo all fall in love with her practically at first sight. Inverted with Esmeralda herself, who ironically falls in love with Phoebus at first sight in the book. In the film adaptation, she's distrusting of 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.
  • Lovely Assistant: To Clopin. She appears to enchant the (in-universe!) audience after he gives the intro.
  • Love Triangle: Esmeralda/Phoebus/Quasimodo... and Frollo.
  • Meaningful Name: "Esmeralda" is the Spanish and Portuguese word for "emerald", which reflects her eye color. Works only in the film, since as noted she has darker eyes in the original novel.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She performs a pole dance wearing a red low-cut dress that accentuates her curvaceous figure. Deconstructed in that she attracts attention from men, but she ends up becoming the target of an extremely dangerous, immoral repressed sociopath's lust.
    Judge Claude Frollo: She will be mine, or she will burn!
  • Nice Girl: Helping Quasimodo for one. Telling him he's not a monster. Also, just being an overall kind and empathetic human being.
  • Oblivious to Love: She has no idea of Quasimodo's crush on her.
  • Official Couple: With Phoebus. They're married in the sequel.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: [POOF] "Oh, boys! Over here!"
  • Perpetual Poverty: Even though she is married to Phoebus, she still performs and resides in the streets with the other gypsies. Well, gotta keep up appearances, but at least she gets shoes.
  • 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 stages a public burning because of "witchcraft", but it is thankfully thwarted by Quasimodo.
  • Race Lift: In the novel, Esmeralda is a French girl who was kidnapped by "gypsies" as a baby. Disney decided not to go with this storyline in the movie, due to the fact that it comes from racist myths about Romani people. So in the Disney film, she's Romani by birth.
  • 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 witness 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 this first by whispering to her and later directly to Frollo.
  • Shipper on Deck: She encourages Quasimodo to confess his love to Madellaine.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Esmeralda doesn't start to fall in love with Phoebus until after he saves a family from murder, even though it could mean his own execution. On a more specific note, Esmeralda's decision to marry Phoebus at the end of her film is likely the result of the way both Quasimodo and Frollo treated her throughout the movie, according to the Madonna–Whore Complex: Frollo constantly viewed Esmeralda as an evil seductress, causing him to want her as his own and threaten to kill her if she refused, while Quasimodo instead viewed her as a pure, angelic being, seeing her as being only kind and caring. However, both portrayals are considered insulting to women, and Phoebus, seeing her being feisty but good-natured, was the only male character that saw Esmeralda as a normal woman, and therefore becomes her husband.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Phoebus. They don't start the romance part till after she saves 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's hanged at the end of the book, but in this adaptation survives, although she does get a Disney Death from smoke inhalation.
  • Spiteful Spit: She angrily spits Frollo in the face when he says humiliating things to her when he is about to burn her at the stake.
  • Stage Magician: Her carny act combines this with a dance number. She also does palm reading and prestidigitation.
  • 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 it by carrying Djali on her shoulders and wrapping a blanket around them so they can pass as an old man, with Djali smoking a pipe.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Phoebus and Quasimodo in a love triangle. She ends up choosing Phoebus, and it's unknown whether she knew that Quasimodo was romantically attracted to her.
  • 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: In the climax, when she's sentenced to be burnt at the stake. It's the symbol of purity and hence "innocent victim".
  • Xenafication: Disney turned Esmeralda into a street-smart Combat Pragmatist Action Girl who fights with Frollo's mooks on a regular basis, to the point that she needs Charles Atlas Superpower for most of her stunts to even work. It's downplayed overall as they also made her smarter than the original character and the character trait that stands out most about Esmeralda in the adaptation is her moral courage rather than being an Action Girl.
  • You Know I'm Black, 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 "yes" when he can't figure out who to compare them to.

    Phoebus 
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"I was summoned from the wars to capture fortune tellers and palm-readers?"
Played by: Kevin Kline (movie), Armando Carreras (Spain), Fredrik Lycke (Germany), Andrew Samonsky (US)

Captain Phoebus is the tritagonist in the first film and a secondary character in the sequel. The gallant 31-year-old Captain Phoebus is noted to have a highly reputable caliber in the wars based on his bravery accounted in his service record. He is the only soldier in the movie that stands apart from the other soldiers and is claimed to be a knight in shining armor, and yet his character displays the exact opposite of the hopeless romantic knight from the fairy tales.


  • Action Dad: In the sequel to Zephyr, because he's still a captain.
  • Action Hero: Phoebus is a captain, and is therefore 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 singlehandedly 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: After his Heel–Face Turn, Phoebus is a combo of Knight In Sour Armor and Pragmatic Hero.
  • Anti-Villain: He starts as the Token Good Teammate of Frollo's army, a dutiful soldier who has to work for an evil man until his boss goes too far and he has a Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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 Guards and knows how to kick ass.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Phoebus, as he notes, means "sun-god". Esmeralda is less than impressed, and Phoebus himself doesn't seem comfortable being saddled with it.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a son with Esmeralda in the sequel.
  • Badass Beard: His beard is pretty cool looking. It's 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 number two to the king, but his authority appears to be at the same level as Frollo's.
  • Badass in Distress: He can hold a fight, but when he gets shot by an arrow thanks to Frollo's guards, he falls into a river and it's up to Esmeralda to rescue him.
  • Bash Brothers: With Quasimodo later on in the film when they work together.
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Veronica" (a high-status soldier with an ego to match) to Quasimodo's "Betty" (gentle and shy) for Esmeralda's "Archie". Esmeralda chooses Phoebus and Quasimodo gives both of them his blessing.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Quasimodo, as he gives the former credit to Esmeralda for finding her when he notices his dejected attitude and then, later on, saves Quasimodo from falling to his death.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Phoebus rescues Quasimodo from falling.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Esmeralda. Both are sarcastic, strong-willed, and ultimately rebel against Frollo to do what is right, but Phoebus doesn't rebel against Frollo until Frollo attempts to burn down a house with an innocent family still inside. Appropriately, it's at that point that Esmeralda falls in love with him.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Of the three heroic leading characters, he is the Blonde to Quasimodo's Redhead and Esmeralda's Brunette.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Phoebus is the Tritagonist and prominently wears blue in his outfits.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Zig-Zagged. He was trained to follow orders under Frollo, but the fact that he's ordered to harm an innocent family pushes 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.
  • 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 than the novel. He's obviously excited by Esmeralda'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 appears in the book.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His humor tends to be quite subdued, such as his flirting in the church.
  • Defector from Decadence: Turns against Frollo because Frollo tries to kill an innocent family and because he's after Esmeralda.
  • Demoted to Extra: Like Esmeralda, his role in the sequel is smaller compared to the original film.
  • Distressed Dude: First when he is shot with an arrow and nearly dies and second when he is captured at the Court Of Miracles.
  • Dork Knight: In his initial attempts to talk to Esmeralda, he comes off as a bit more awkward than he probably hoped. Luckily, he's well-meaning and genuine enough to land in Adorkable territory.
  • The Dragon: Initially, he's this to the villain Frollo because he is the captain of the man's armed forces.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He is disgusted by the mob's treatment of Quasimodo and requests Frollo let him break up the spectacle. Frollo refuses to let him do so.
    • Steadily grows more disgusted with Frollo's brutality and open racism in persecuting the gypsies, culminating in his sheer refusal to burn down the homestead of an innocent farmer on Frollo's orders.
      Phoebus: With all due respect, sir, I was not trained to murder the innocent!
      Frollo: But you were trained to follow orders! [Phoebus angrily douses the torch he was given to carry out the order]
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he's first introduced, he deliberately distracts a pair of guards that were harassing Esmeralda, allowing her to escape. He then drops the coins they stole from her into the hat of a hooded beggar who turns out be Esmeralda herself. This initial act of kindness foreshadows his later Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He befriends Quasimodo when they try to rescue Esmeralda.
  • First Guy Wins: Phoebus, the first love interest Esmeralda meets, ends up with Esmeralda at the end of the first film.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Downplayed. Phoebus was already in love with Esmeralda because of a combination of her beauty, strength, and personality. However, they truly enter into a romantic relationship after he is injured by an arrow and she tends to said wounds.
  • Foil: Phoebus's strong sense of justice and protecting the innocent contrasts with Frollo's flagrant disregard for justice when it benefits himself.
  • Four-Star Badass: He was a French Knight in the King's Army.
  • A Friend in Need: Comes to Esmeralda and Quasi's help, both on different matters.
  • Good Parents: He becomes a good father to his son Zephyr in the sequel.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Phoebus has bright, blonde hair and is a heroic Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Happily Married: With Esmeralda in the sequel, as he proudly states in the early scenes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He works for Frollo at the start of the movie but turns against him by the climax.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Phoebus has a sword while working for Frollo. During the Final Battle, he starts out using a spear but soon swaps it out for another sword.
  • Heroic Build: Has a broad, muscular chest and becomes one of the heroic characters.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: When Frollo sets a miller's house on fire with the family trapped inside to make an example out of them, Phoebus rescues them, officially cutting off his servitude to Frollo.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quasimodo. He even names the guy his son's Honorary Uncle.
  • 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 comes to Sarsousch and Madelline, believing the former to be ashamed of the latter's love of thieving when it's the other way around.
  • 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: Phoebus may at times be insensitive and argumentative. He proves to have a good heart, nonetheless.
    • On the one hand, he's confused rather than opposed to Frollo's vendetta against the gypsies, but on the other hand, he doesn't tolerate Frollo's obviously unjust order to burn down the farmhouse.
    • He becomes more wary of Quasimodo's emotional welfare and makes sure to give him the credit for locating the hideout.
  • Knight Errant: At the start of the movie he has just come back from fighting in an offscreen war.
  • 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 seems that all is lost.
  • Leitmotif: A five-note, military-sounding fanfare on the brass. It lets us know from the get-go that Phoebus is a decent man, as unlike Frollo's theme, which is dark and moody, Phoebus' theme is in a major key, and has an uplifting tone to it. His theme would eventually provide the melody for his solo, "Rest and Recreation", in the stage musical.
  • 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 lays his eyes on Esmeralda, he's immediately smitten. Esmeralda, on the other hand, is not impressed with Phoebus at first.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "Sun God" in Latin. Fittingly, 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.
  • 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 witness 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).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When Frollo orders Phoebus to burn down a house with a family locked inside of it, he tells Frollo that he wasn't trained to murder innocent people, to which the judge responds that he was trained to follow orders. Phoebus refuses, so Frollo torches the house himself. This causes Phoebus to break in and rescue the family, Frollo's orders be damned.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: He urges Esmeralda to invoke this in an undertone while Frollo approaches them inside Notre Dame, and when she doesn't play along, he invokes it for her by bluffing and claiming she did.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The assertive, sarcastic Manly Man to Quasimodo's shy, quiet Sensitive Guy.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Esmeralda. They don't start the romance part till after she saves his life, but they already start flirting in that church.
  • 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.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Technically, Frollo is the minister of justice and obeying him is the "lawful" choice, but not the "good" one. Being a loyal but also moral soldier, Phoebus faces this dilemma during the first part of the movie. He chooses "good" when Frollo goes too far.
  • Token Good Teammate: He is a professional soldier who however has moral standards that contrast with the orders he is supposed to follow. This applies especially when after freeing himself, he takes leadership of the people he was ordered to oppress and turns them on Frollo's soldiers.
  • 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.
  • Uptown Guy: Phoebus is a well-respected captain and decorated soldier while Esmeralda has to do street performances to make money.
  • You Are in Command Now: He's called back to Paris on the heels of his predecessor disappointing Frollo, and Phoebus even hears him being tortured in The Palace of Justice's dungeons as Frollo brings him up to speed on his new job.

    The Gargoyles (Victor, Hugo and Laverne) 

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Left to right:Hugo, Laverne and Victor.

Voiced by: English: Charles Kimbrough (Victor), Jason Alexander (Hugo), Mary Wickes (Laverne, first film), Jane Withers (Laverne, sequel) | European Spanish: Antonio Crespo (Victor), Salvador Aldeguer (Hugo), Carmen Contreras (Laverne)

Hugo, Victor, and Laverne are a trio of gargoyles and the tetartagonists from both the first film and its sequel. They act as a positive, supporting family figure to Quasimodo.


Tropes That Apply to All Three:
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Hugo is the Big (fattest gut). Victor is the Thin (slimmest gut). Laverne is the Short (shorter than Hugo).
  • 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.
  • The Conscience: The trio tries to appeal to Quasimodo's better side, in two occasions spurning him into doing the right thing even after he has a Heroic BSoD.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Proved to be this in the first film's climax when they hold the line against Frollo's mooks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Considering the fact that they are heroic gargoyles, which are generally spooky.
  • Freudian Trio: Let's look at Quasi sneaking out to the festival. Victor is the Superego (points out the educational benefits of 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).
  • 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.
  • Naughty Is Good: They encourage Quasimodo to disobey Frollo's strict rule about never leaving the tower.
    Quasimodo: He'd be furious if I asked to go [to the festival].
    Hugo: Who says you gotta ask?
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: 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.
  • Only Friends: They were Quasimodo's only friends for most of his life.
  • Parental Substitute: Besides being Only Friends to Quasimodo, the gargoyle trio also served as the only positive family figures he had for most of his life.
  • Real After All: The first film leaned towards them being Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane. They only spoke with Quasimodo and were able to know and do things Quasi himself didn't. Should someone else appear, they appear as lifeless statues and situations, such as their own song, suggest it was all in Quasimodo's head. Even the climax, where they aid in stopping Frollo's men, could be seen as Quasimodo's perception of events. Granted Hugo flirting with Djali is a stretch. The sequel instead reveals they were real, as Madellaine seems to know they're alive and Hugo interacts with Djali more than before.
  • 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).
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • They were all rooting for Quasi and Esmeralda to become a couple throughout the first movie.
    • In the sequel, they happily welcome Madellaine, after she and Quasi became an Official Couple.
  • True Companions: They were more of a family to Quasimodo than Frollo ever was, even considering themselves to be his guardians.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The trio of gargoyles has two guys (Victor and Hugo) and one girl (Laverne).

Tropes That Apply to Victor:

  • Apologetic Attacker: Yells down “Sorry!” to a guard whose head he just crushed with a brick.
  • British Stuffiness: Victor has a deep British accent, which makes him distinct from the other two.
  • Cowardly Lion: Victor is the most cautious of the trio, but came to his friends' aid in the climax.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Victor can also get in on the snark as well, as shown the first time the gargoyles appear.
    Hugo:(coming to life and spitting feathers out of his mouth) Man! I'd thought he'd never leave. I'll be spitting feathers for a week.
    Victor: (coming to life) Well, that's what you get for sleeping with your mouth open.
  • Large Ham: When Quasimodo asks where Esmeralda is, he breaks down in tears when he accidentally spills the beans:
    Victor: Oh, it's a lost cause! She could be anywhere: in the stocks, in the dungeon, on the rack!
    • He even manages to paraphrase Shakespeare.
      Victor: Yet if you chip us, will we not flake? If you moisten us, do we not grow moss?
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Victor is the Feminine Boy (the most passive) and Laverne is the Masculine Girl (the most aggressive).
  • Nice Guy: Victor isn't as loud as Hugo or snarky as Laverne.
  • Prone to Tears: He's nervous and sensitive.

Tropes That Apply to Hugo:

  • Big Eater: He eats about anything.
  • Big Fun: Hugo is the fattest of the Gargoyles and the most fun-loving.
  • 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 forgiven as to why nobody (sane people or zealous Moral Guardians alike) didn't notice it as a massive breakthrough.
  • Gratuitous French: "Mon dieu above, she's gotta love a guy like you!"
  • More Dakka: Hugo during the Final Battle as he spits rock out of his mouth at high speed at the guards.
  • Official Couple: Hugo with Djali by the end of the sequel.
  • Straight Gay: He has a thing for Djali (who's male). He's also a fat little gargoyle voiced by Jason Alexander who enjoys fart jokes and spitting on mimes.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Briefly dresses as Esmeralda in "A Guy Like You".

Tropes That Apply to Laverne:

  • Cool Old Lady: An old gargoyle who's motherly towards Quasimodo and knows how to crack some jokes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Laverne has a dry, sardonic sense of humor and she's not afraid to show it. Especially in regards to Hugo.
  • Friend to All Living Things: To her dismay, birds love her way too much. Though it becomes useful during the Cathedral fight in the climax where she sends the birds to attack Frollo's guards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's stingy and insults her two other gargoyle buddies from time to time, but she's wise and always comforts and advises Quasimodo when he needs it.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Laverne is the Masculine Girl (the most aggressive) and Victor is the Feminine Boy (the most sensitive).
  • The Napoleon: The shortest of the trio, and the most short-tempered.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female gargoyle.
  • Team Mom: Laverne acts as a mother figure to Quasimodo.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Laverne also has this relationship with the pigeons that hang around her. Despite constantly telling them to shoo for annoying her they answer her call in the climax.

    Djali 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Djali is a supporting character in the first film and its sequel. He is the goat who is constantly assisting Esmeralda and dances along with her to earn coins because of poverty.


    Achilles 
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Captain Phoebus' horse, trained to help his master in battle. And yes, the 'heel' pun was entirely intentional.


  • Ass Kicks You: On his master's order, Achilles restrains the Brutish Guard by sitting on him. First in the beginning of the movie, and one more time in the final battle.
  • Cool Horse: He's Phoebus' warhorse.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Immediately begins a relationship with an unnamed, female horse at the end of the sequel.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Again, to Phoebus.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Phoebus said, "Achilles, sit." The horse immediately sits on whoever is closest to him.
  • Silent Snarker: Gives a lot of snark (facially) in the sequel.
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    (Judge) Claude Frollo 
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"I'll find her! I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris!"
Played by: Tony Jay (movie), Norbert Lamla (Germany), Stefan Ljungqvist (Sweden), Patrick Page (US), Constantino Romero (Spain)

Judge Claude Frollo is the main antagonist of the first movie. Frollo is a deeply religious man who tries to convince the people of Paris that his evil deeds are justified because they are God's will, though he is in reality a prejudiced, corrupt, and cold-hearted government official who uses his place in power to meet his own extreme ends, going as far as to employ common thugs to enforce his interpretation of God's will while posing as "soldiers". He is widely considered to be one of the darkest Disney villains of all time.


  • 0% Approval Rating: He's reviled by just about everyone in Paris for his Holier Than Thou Knight Templar attitude, but everyone is too afraid to stand up or speak out against him. Of course, after he goes on a rampage through the city, burning most of it down in search of Esmeralda, they all get sick of it; they all protest his attempt to burn Esmeralda at the stake, and when he attacks Notre Dame itself in pursuit of Quasimodo, Phoebus is able to rally the citizens against him.
  • Abusive Parents: As an adoptive father to Quasimodo. He's verbally abusive and makes Quasimodo emotionally dependent on him. It escalates into physical assault and eventually attempted murder.
  • Adaptational Badass: 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. The climax makes it clear that he also far eclipses his literary counterpart in terms of combat ability, considering the numerous impressive feats he makes.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: While far from stupid in this film, he is not a scholar like his book counterpart. In the book, before meeting Esmeralda, he's an extremely intellectual man who has spent his life studying several languages, law, medicine, science, and theology. This is left out in the film version and he is never implied to be that at all.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Frollo went from the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to the Minister of Justice.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Frollo is a sympathetic Anti-Villain who willingly took in Quasimodo when nobody else would and raised him like a son. It's his Lust for Esmeralda that turns to obsession and drives him to the point of insanity. Here, he is evil right from the get-go with absolutely no redeeming qualities. He's more than willing to kill the infant Quasimodo and only takes him in out of fear of God's wrath. Even then, he's hardly what you'd call a decent parent. Things only get worse as the film progresses.
  • Age Lift: Frollo is 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 Younger Than He Looks.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After his death, everyone in Paris celebrates Quasimodo's victory over him. Goes without saying nobody's gonna miss him.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Frollo hates all gypsies and wants to eradicate them despite his lust for Esmeralda.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Frollo takes Quasimodo in after killing his mother, but only to save his own soul and keep Quasi for later use. He raises his erstwhile son to hate himself, tells him that the world is dark and cruel, and keeps him locked away from sight to prevent being associated with him. When Frollo's atrocities increase, Quasi realizes the man's evil, calls him out on his abusive parenting, and saves Esmeralda from the murderously insane Frollo.
  • Asshole Victim: A death by falling from a big height to molten copper is awful, but after seeing his murderous nature, hypocrisy, constant self-deception, and last ungrateful attempt of murder, one can only conclude a tyrant such as himself had it coming for a long time.
  • Ax-Crazy: During his Villainous Breakdown, as he starts indiscriminately torching the whole of Paris in pursuit of Esmeralda. And by the end of the movie, he's completely lost it.
  • 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, and the Latin American and European Spanish dubs, where he was respectively voiced by Constantino Romero and Fernando Escandón.
  • Badass Boast: "Be mine, or you will BURN!!" or "I'll find her. I'LL FIND HER IF I HAVE TO BURN DOWN ALL OF PARIS!"
  • Badass Cape: Has a flowing black cape that he weaponizes to try and kill Quasimodo with.
  • Badass in Charge: Frollo calls all of the shots.
  • Badass Long Robe: Part of Frollo's attire; it's a long, black robe covering his body. It also has a cape, which he uses to try to kill Quasimodo with in the climax.
  • Bad Boss: It is implied, though not stated outright, that he has his previous captain of the guard (who was Phoebus's predecessor) tortured for failing him. He later tries to have Phoebus executed after he refuses to let Frollo burn innocent people alive. Furthermore, the way his men run away from him during the siege of Notre Dame may suggest that they truly fear his wrath.
  • Believing Your Own Lies: He lies to himself to keep the delusion of being a good man, but the Archdeacon points that he "never can run from nor hide from the eyes of Notre Dame".
  • Berserk Button: When Quasi tells him that Esmeralda was kind to him, he promptly explodes in anger, stating that gypsies are Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Big Bad: Hunting gypsies is his personal Evil Plan because he thinks they're Always Chaotic Evil. This causes all the plot's conflict.
  • Blasphemous Boast: "And He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!" Guess what happens afterwards?
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Frollo has a moment after Phoebus gets shot by an arrow and falls off a bridge, as he tells his soldiers to "let the traitor rot in his watery grave." Needless to say, Esmeralda rescues Phoebus once Frollo leaves.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Quasimodo is strong and good, Frollo is clever and evil.
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: Frollo's sexual frustration.
  • 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 that fear. 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.
  • The Chessmaster: Frollo is willing to manipulate a city in order to get what he wants.
  • Churchgoing Villain: A classic. While Frollo professes to be Christian and is proud of his virtue, he's totally blind to the fact that he's a hypocrite who couldn't see the Bible's true message if someone gave him a concussion with it.
  • 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 Esmeralda drives much of the plot. He's also one of Disney's creepiest villains, committing more horrible atrocities than nearly all of his competitors, and is far worse than he was in the original novel (Novel!Frollo's good qualities were given to the Archdeacon). And he's still convinced that he's the good guy.
  • Cool Hat: He wears one as part of the regalia of his position. The animators hated it, though, so it doesn't stick around for the climax.
  • Covert Pervert: Played straight on one hand, as he hides his lustful thoughts behind a self-righteous demeanor. He might alternatively qualify as a subversion, though, given how Esmeralda sees right through him. Consider the scene where he sniffs her hair.
    Esmeralda: What are you doing?
    Frollo: I was just imagining a rope around that beautiful neck.
    Esmeralda: I know what you're imagining.
    Frollo: ... Such a clever witch. So typical of your kind to twist the truth, to cloud the mind with unholy thoughts.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears black robes and is a thoroughly despicable individual, but he otherwise represents Light Is Not Good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He definitely has his moments. "I had a little trouble with the fireplace."
  • Death by Irony: Frollo's death is legendary,not so much because of what happens to him, which is already saying something, but because of the immense irony in his last words:
    Frollo: And He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the firey pit!!
  • Decomposite Character:
    • The conflicted Archdeacon Claude Frollo is split into the good Archdeacon and the evil Justice Minister Claude Frollo.
    • Averted in the English stage show, where he is once again Archdeacon. He promptly uses the position to order soldiers to negate sanctuary for Esmeralda.
  • 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.
    • In the musical, Quasimodo throws him (as in the book).
  • Dragged Off to Hell: His Disney Villain Death is implied to have been this (or at least symbolically so), falling off of Notre Dame into a lake of fire (which may just be the burning oil that was poured by the gargoyles) as he looks in horror at the gargoyle head he was standing on coming to life. This is especially ironic when his last words are him quoting the Bible describing this very event.
    Frollo: "And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit."
  • The Dreaded: To the gypsies. In the opening scene, what terrifies the refugees the most is being captured by Frollo. Even some of the soldiers fear him, as one elite mook is seen fleeing away from him when he becomes incensed.
  • Egocentrically Religious: To Frollo, he himself 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 nowhere near the good, just or humble Christian he likes to think he is, and attention is drawn to his hypocrisy. Even in his own Villain Song, the Latin choir is telling him to be humble, forgiving, and repentant at the exact same time Frollo is blaming God himself for his own lust and threatening to burn Paris to the ground if Esmeralda won't surrender herself to him.
  • Entitled to Have You: In a very creepy manner. Since Esmeralda is "a sinner", it's his job to set her straight, and if she refuses him she shall be burned at the stake.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • A bigoted and misogynistic man who assumes gypsies cloud people's minds with "unholy" thoughts and are an Always Chaotic Evil race, he goes nuts when Quasi tells him that Esmeralda has been genuinely kind to him.
    • For someone who's an Egocentrically Religious Churchgoing Villain, Frollo himself does not realize the Bible's true message on compassion and pride. Others repeatedly try to knock some sense into him and call him out on his hypocrisy, but to his dying words, he never realizes he could be wrong. For all the Holier Than Thou harping and Bible-thumping he does throughout the movie, he's just a paranoid loon who blames others, including God, for his issues. His bloated ego prevents him from realizing that pride is the worst of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it ultimately leads to his eternal damnation in Hell.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To the Archdeacon, as a Knight Templar authority figure instead of a truly pious one.
    • To Quasimodo. While Quasimodo is monstrous on the outside, Frollo is monstrous on the inside, which is also lampshaded in the intro ("It is a tale, a tale of a man and a monster... Who is the monster and who is the man?"). Then there's the contrast between their respective unrequited attraction to Esmeralda (Quasimodo's pure love vs Frollo's lust and obsession) emphasized by their respective songs: Quasimodo's "Heaven's Light" and Frollo's "Hellfire".
  • Evil Eyebrows: The sinister eyebrows add to the general feel of his character.
  • 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. Such as 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: Well... th-that's a... tre-tremendous honor, sir...
    The amusing part is that so far as we can tell, Frollo thinks he's just made a rather good joke.
  • 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, he is in his mid-thirties, but in the film adaptation, he is much older. How much older isn't specified, but as demonstrated in the climax, he's no slouch in a fight.
  • Evil Plan: To eradicate all gypsies and have sex with Esmeralda, although Disney had to dance around the second bit because it's a kids' movie.
  • 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 and brown.
  • Fatal Flaw: Psychological Projection. He always finds faults in others except for himself, blames them for his misfortunes, and can't separate his faith from his arrogance and Pride. In "Hellfire", he states that he's proud of his virtue and calls the common people "weak" and "licentious", while he himself is too weak to resist the temptation to chase after Esmeralda (he blames God for that, because God created the Devil to tempt humanity and he was too weak to resist the Devil's temptation, so obviously it's God's fault for making the Devil too strong), and ignoring that Pride is considered the foremost of the Seven Deadly Sins. Clopin even lampshades it in "The Bells of Notre Dame".
    Clopin: Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin
    And he saw corruption everywhere — except within
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Frollo falls to his death off of a crumbling gargoyle and into a pit of molten copper. It may be clouded by smoke, but it is certain that he died from the impact only to have his corpse immolated. Not to mention there are strong implications that this was the result of divine intervention.
  • 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 friendly office chatter when he's basically talking about how he's won and is going to kill them all.
  • Final Solution: He wants to kill the gypsies because he believes they've been practicing witchcraft and that they will corrupt the other citizens of Paris with their ways (well, actually because Esmeralda has corrupted him with her sex appeal and he was racist against gypsies anyway).
  • Finger-Tenting: Frollo clasps his hands a lot.
  • Foil: Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Phoebus are all foils to Frollo in their own way.
    • The defining trait that separates Quasimodo and Frollo is not their appearance or their standing in society, but their relations to Esmeralda. Both possess want towards her as a member of the opposite sex, but while Quasimodo loves her because she saw him as a person and not a monster, Frollo saw her as a target either to arrest on account of her heritage and misguided zealotry or as a sexual object. While Quasimodo is heartbroken that she would rather be with Phoebus, he values her friendship enough that he wants her to be happy even if he is not the one who can do that, while Frollo would burn down all of Paris - unconcerned with the innocent lives he ruins and ends - to get to her and tries to burn her at the stake when she rejects him. Even their respective songs about her - Quasimodo' "Heaven's Light" and Frollo and "Hellfire" - are on opposite ends of the spectrum, Quasimodo wishing to see the good while Frollo "saw corruption everywhere... except within".
    • Esmeralda's song "God Help the Outcasts" also contrasts sharply with "Hellfire". While both songs are addressed directly to Mary, Esmeralda asks selflessly for the well-being of her people and the poor, while Frollo selfishly asks to kill and/or possess Esmeralda.
    • Phoebus's strong sense of justice and protecting the innocent contrasts with Frollo's flagrant disregard for justice when it benefits himself.
  • The Fundamentalist: For all the Holier Than Thou harping Frollo does throughout the movie, he's just a self-serving and delusional madman who blames everyone else, including God, for his issues.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: The reason why Frollo is so monstrous is because the producers wanted to avert the Evil Is Cool trope that is prevalent among the most popular Disney villains. Frollo ended up being a Love to Hate example.
  • Heel Realization: For a fraction of a second toward the end of the opening sequence, when he discovers the thing he thought was merely "stolen goods" in the gypsy woman's arms was a baby. He gets over it once he sees the baby is deformed. Also, he shows fear at the judgment of God, which the Archdeacon says will come down on him for his actions, but immediately after agreeing to spare and raise the infant as his penance, he's right back to plotting how he can use the "foul creature".
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted in the climax, in which he chases Quasimodo and Esmeralda with one, while they have no weapons.
  • Hey, You!: Depending on the person, Frollo isn't always keen on referring to them by name. He generally refers to Esmeralda as "the gypsy girl". When he prepares to attack the cathedral in the end, he shouts "you men" at his soldiers.
  • Hiding Behind Religion: He is initially Holier Than Thou, until his lust for Esmeralda becomes an obsession, and he decides forcing her into a "be mine or you will burn" Scarpia Ultimatum would be worth going to hell over. In public, he still maintains a Knight Templar image, and uses that to try to achieve his goals.
  • Holier Than Thou: He thinks that he's literally this, when he's actually just playing the trope straight.
    I'm so much purer than the common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: While trying to kill the heroes, he keeps hacking the stone gargoyles they are clinging to with a sword. The circumstances conspire so that he has to use one of the gargoyles for support. As he climbs on top of the gargoyle and raises his sword to kill Esmeralda, Frollo bellows "AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!!" But just then, the cloven gargoyle breaks under his weight and he plunges to his death. For extra flavor, said gargoyle appears to come to life to snarl at Frollo before he falls. The way it snarls at him implies that both God and Satan are tired of his antics and he deserved to be cast out to Hell.
  • Hypocrite: From the opening song:
    And he saw corruption everywhere except... within
  • If I Can't Have You...: Professes this in the second half of "Hellfire". If he can't have Esmerelda, he'll kill her. And anyone who stands in his way will be disposed of.
    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
  • 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 as atonement for killing the boy's mother on the cathedral steps. 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. The only reason the Archdeacon's guilt trip attempt worked in the first place is because Frollo wanted to save his own skin over the whole thing. As Clopin put it: "Frollo felt a twinge of fear for his immortal soul."
  • 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 bell tower, 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, and in the climax he admits that he regrets not drowning him. Any torment he ever feels about his lust for a gypsy girl he's become obsessed with killing evaporates pretty quickly.
    • When Phoebus first enters the Palace of Justice, Frollo is overseeing a prisoner's torture. He orders the torturer to stop and "ease up". What's this? Could Frollo actually have a shred of mercy in him? Nope:
    Frollo: Wait between lashes; otherwise, the old sting will dull him to the new.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He's an extremely corrupt and ruthless Minister of Justice, willing to kill gypsies. Heck, he even tries to have Esmeralda executed on a pyre by lighting it on fire after reading her sentence.
  • Karmic Death: "AND HE SHALL SMITE THE WICKED AND PLUNGE THEM INTO THE FIERY PIT!" The most common interpretation of what happens directly afterward is that God is doing just that, only with a different interpretation of who the "wicked" one is.
  • Kill It with Fire: When he finally captures Esmeralda, he attempts to execute her on a pyre by lighting it on fire. But Quasimodo foils this and gets her back into Notre Dame, and the chain of events from that point leads to Frollo receiving the Kill It with Fire death when a live demon gargoyle traps him and plummets into molten lead. Earlier, he begins torching Paris starting with an innocent family's house, which provides the page quote for Make an Example of Them.
  • Knight Templar: A major standout from your usual Disney Villain. While most Disney baddies either enjoy being evil or don't care that their actions are wrong, Frollo is a hypocritical, Holier Than Thou guy who believes himself to be a righteous man expunging evil from the world. But he's really a racist bigot that wants to commit genocide for twisted religious reasons. 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Kyrie Eleison..."
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite being a judge who's very much concerned with holiness and purity, he's a monstrous villain.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Quasimodo to get what he wants; the location of the Court of Miracles.
  • Moral Sociopathy: He's selfish in his lust for Esmeralda, but otherwise he sincerely believes half of the things he does genuinely are what God intended (albeit because he, Frollo, couldn't possibly do anything God didn't want him to do).
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He would have unknowingly done this to Phoebus, who he didn't know was Esmeralda's love interest, if he had carried out the plan to "remedy" his former captain's miracle of surviving his fall.
  • Never My Fault: His defining personality trait. 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 torching it.
  • Nice Hat: He has one for his office, though he loses it towards the climax, as it was becoming a nuisance to animate.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His facial features (high cheekbones, gray hairstyle, gaunt face) bears a resemblance to Hammer Films horror star Peter Cushing.
  • Not So Stoic: He loses his cool composure after seeing Esmeralda dance, though he quickly tries to reign it in.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that he wants to purge the world of vice and sin. However, his real motive seems to be genocide against all those that he considers as living outside the natural order of things (aka his order) and are therefore sinful and having sex with Esmeralda.
  • Obliviously Evil: Unlike most Disney villains, he believes himself to be the most righteous person in this story.
  • Parental Substitute: Subverted. He becomes one to Quasimodo after he accidentally 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). But while he paints himself as a caring father figure, he's actually an abusive figure to his ward.
  • 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. He also assumes they're an Always Chaotic Evil race that clouds people's minds with "unholy" thoughts.
  • 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 realize he isn't nearly as virtuous as he thinks he is and eventually makes him turn against God. This tacks even more irony points on his fall into a fiery pit.
    Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man
    Of my virtue I am justly proud
    Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than
    The common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd
  • Psychological Projection: His Fatal Flaw. He blames others for his faults. Everywhere. Yet, he never blames himself:
    • During "Hellfire", he blames Esmerelda for "tempting" him to sin, and even blames God himself for making "the Devil so much stronger than a man", but never places any blame on himself for what he did.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • When Phoebus refuses to burn down the miller's house.
      Frollo: Insolent coward.
    • Finally, his last words:
      Frollo: And He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!
    • Clopin himself even states as such during the opening:
      Clopin: Judge Claude Frollo longed to purge the world of vice and sin
      And he saw corruption everywhere — except within
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The red stripes on the shoulders of his black robes add just the perfect touch of ominousness.
  • Sadist: He has a sadistic Slasher Smile on his face after he sets fire to the platform Esmeralda is on when he tries to burn her at the stake. Also note his glee in witnessing a prisoner being tortured in the Palace of Justice.
    Frollo: Ease up. Wait between lashes; otherwise, the old sting will dull him to the new.
  • Sanity Slippage: When the movie begins, Frollo is as dignified as you'd expect a judge to be. By the end of the movie, he has completely lost it, willing to burn down Paris all for his obsession with Esmeralda.
  • Self-Disposing Villain:
    • Right after nearly falling to his death, Frollo apparently thinks it's a good idea to not go to the balcony and to instead try to kill the heroes while precariously perched on top of a small gargoyle probably too thin to support a full grown-up man's weight. No point for guessing what happens next when the gargoyle breaks... Although Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane applies, as it's ambiguous whether the gargoyle broke because of Frollo's weight (and it coming to life was Frollo's hallucination), making his death self-disposing all the way through, or if a superior being (either God or the cathedral) made sure that the villain would get what he deserved.
    • Averted in the stage musical. Instead of Frollo falling to his death while trying to kill Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Quasimodo drags him to the edge of Notre Dame and throws him to his death while he begs for Quasimodo to let him go.
  • 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.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Has these in his outfit.
  • Sinister Minister: Consciously averted as Frollo is the Minister of Justice, and his role as the Archdeacon was made into a separate character.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a rather large nose. The gargoyles even lampshade it.
    "Frollo's nose is long and he wears a truss."
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: He doesn't appear on the DVD cover and is not mentioned in the plot synopsis on the back, yet he has the most screen time of any villain in the Disney Animated Canon.
  • The Sociopath: If the many tropes aren't enough indicators, he absolutely cares for no one other than himself.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Esmeralda, 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 Esmeralda.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Frollo insists he keeps Quasimodo locked up in the bell tower to protect him, but in reality, it's to keep him under his control.
  • Stronger Than They Look: His slim build hides remarkable strength, easily restraining the spry Esmeralda and going toe to toe with Quasimodo. It's worth noting that when Esmeralda hurls a stone at his horse, Frollo's instantly bucked off. However, he's immediately standing up and shouting orders like nothing.
  • Tautological Templar: As far as he's concerned, he's God's favorite person on earth and so anything he does, no matter how horrible it is, is justified by default. Even if it means disregarding the Church's authority, tossing the Archdeacon down a flight of stairs, and directly attacking Notre Dame.
  • Torture Technician: Implied in one scene when one of his minions is torturing his previous captain. He even gives the torturer a few pointers to be more effective.
    Frollo: Stop! Ease up, wait between lashes... otherwise the old sting will dull him to the new.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: During the climax, Frollo and Quasimodo are hanging off the side of the cathedral, Esmeralda holding onto Quasimodo's arm from the balcony. Despite what everything Frollo has done to him, Quasimodo grips the cloth Frollo is holding onto, refusing to let him fall until Frollo is able to find a grip. Frollo repays him by trying to kill Esmeralda and Quasimodo before the gargoyle he is standing on crumbles, causing Frollo to fall to his death.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Frollo can slice through stone gargoyles with a sword and is able to briefly wrestle with Quasimodo over a dagger, but displays little finesse.
  • Vague Age: While clearly no spring chicken, his exact age is unknown. He could be anywhere from 40 to 60 in the movie's beginning.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Rarely are Disney villains not dangerous, but they usually still blend in among a cast of colorful, musical characters. Frollo, the villain of an otherwise typical Disney cartoon, is a joyless, genocidal, sexually frustrated, corrupt politician whose Villain Song is not at all catchy or fun (though you'll probably remember it for other reasons), and whose actions and influence are the root cause of everything that gives Hunchback its reputation of one of the "darker" Disney features.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • He was right about the people of Paris being hostile and mocking towards Quasimodo. While Frollo did nothing but rub in the fact to make it feel worse, Quasimodo sees Frollo's point after the Feast of Fools. Later, Quasimodo says that "the only thing dark and cruel about [the world] is people like you," so Frollo's point only lasts so long.
    • The gypsies of the Court of Miracles are indeed thieves who make up the criminals of Paris, and who do indeed attempt to murder Phoebus and Quasimodo out of hand for finding them, all the while singing a jaunty tune about their crimes. While not all the gypsies are evil, they clearly are aligned with a bunch of bad guys who appear to be mostly gypsies.
    • From a purely technical point of view, Frollo is right to retort to Phoebus's refusal to burn innocents to death, since Phoebus, as a soldier, was trained to follow orders. While Frollo exemplifies why absolute power can upset any balance, it is true that by becoming a professional soldier (especially during that time) one had to know that orders are to be followed blindly, and if one had such strong moral qualms he should have considered how much they would be put to the test before joining the army, and either put them aside or chosen another career.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Frollo is an "honest" Knight Templar... until love makes him crazy and turns him into an ultra-violent Stalker with a Crush. Most exemplified when, after Quasimodo grabs an unconscious Esmeralda from the fire Frollo put her in, climbs up Notre Dame, and declares sanctuary, Frollo snaps and orders his men to break down the front door and attack. This is notable because prior to this Frollo had respected the rules of the Church. Even the Archdeacon asks if he's lost his mind—after which he not only assaults a house of God, but a man of the cloth. To do such a thing in his day and age definitely suggests someone who's gone off the deep end.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Very prominent on his face. He even provides one of the trope images there.
  • Villainous Crush: For Esmeralda, hence the "choose me or the fire" thing.
  • Villainous Valour: For a lecherous, insane, frail old creep, Frollo poses a surprising threat. With a sword, he can hack through the heavy wooden doors of the cathedral and crack solid stone. He braves a torrent of molten lead to get through the door, and even briefly wrestles with Quasimodo with a dagger.
  • Wise Old Folk Facade: While he paints himself as a caring father figure to Quasimodo, he's actually an abusive figure to his adopted ward to the point of attempting to kill him near the climax when Quasi calls him out on his crimes.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Trample with a horse (Quasimodo's mother) or burn at stake (Esmeralda); either one.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Planned to drown a baby by dropping it into a well, simply because his appearance frightened him.
    • Tries to burn an innocent family alive, children included.
  • Yandere: Frollo is a strange one. While he is unhealthily obsessed with Esmeralda, he also hates her because she's a gypsy, as well as a criminal and (at least ostensibly) a witch. Now throw in a ridiculously rigid version of Catholic sexual moral, and you get one of the greatest Disney villains of all time.
    Frollo: Destroy Esmeralda, and let her taste the fires of Hell! Or else let her be mine and mine alone...
  • You Are What You Hate: He longs to purge the world of sin... and he's the most corrupt person in the whole movie. He also hates gypsies and those who sympathize with them, and yet he is obsessed with a gypsy woman.

    The Archdeacon 
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Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers (first film), Jim Cummings (second film), Miguel Ángel Jenner (Spain)

The Archdeacon is a minor character in the first film and the sequel. He serves as the clergyman at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


  • All-Loving Hero: He is outraged at the murder of Quasimodo's mother (a minority that the populace generally considers to be vermin) and demands that Frollo spare the (outrageously deformed) baby Quasimodo.
  • 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 soldiers at his back takes guts.
  • Big Good: As the Arch Deacon he is the highest (mortal) authority on the side of the angels.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He prevents Frollo from drowning baby Quasimodo in the prologue.
  • The Conscience: Effectively acts as Frollo's conscience. Frollo tossing him aside at the end, could be considered him throwing away his morals in pursuit of vengeance.
  • Children Raise You: "Care for the child and raise it as your own." One can only assume he hoped fatherhood would mellow Frollo out.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: After all, he's in charge of the Notre Dame, a Catholic church.
  • Decomposite Character: The Archdeacon is basically the good side of the sympathetic Anti-Villain Archdeacon Frollo from the original novel, with the evil side being Judge Claude Frollo.
  • The Dreaded: A personal arch nemesis version for Frollo. The judge clearly fears his influence to the point he places armed guards outside Notre Dame to keep the Arch Deacon from intervening in Esmeralda's execution.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Arch Deacon" or some other title pertaining to his vocation.
  • Formerly Fat: In the brief appearance he had in the sequel, he is shown to have become skinny.
  • Good Counterpart: Easily this to Frollo. Both are very religious men, but Frollo is a more corrupt example while the Archdeacon demonstrates true piety. This yin-yang symbolism also shows in the fact that the Archdeacon is effectively the only thing that prevents Frollo from indulging in villainy in a completely unobstructed manner until the climax.
  • 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 sanctity of the Cathedral.
  • Morality Chain: He keeps Frollo restrained to a certain degree of civility, something Frollo dislikes greatly; persuading him to spare baby Quasimodo and enforcing sanctuary for Esmeralda. Frollo breaks the chain in the climax.
  • Nice Guy: Kind, caring, helpful, brave, friendly, righteous, and reverent.
  • Nice Hat: A priestly red cap.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Old: Averted. Like Frollo, he's noticeably aged since the prologue.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The man in charge of Notre Dame will make sure everyone acts civilly within the cathedral.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a short one in the opening song to Frollo about how he's a hypocrite and will never escape God's righteous judgment.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: It's thanks to him (and to a lesser extent, Phoebus, who invoked it for her in the first place) that Esmeralda can do this in Notre Dame. Otherwise, Frollo would think nothing of dragging her out and then arresting her.
  • Turbulent Priest: The Archdeacon shows up to put a stop to some of Judge Frollo's more morally questionable acts, such as drowning babies and violating the Church's sanctuary law. He also attempts to interfere with Esmeralda's execution before Frollo's soldiers prevent him from coming outside the cathedral.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He originally gets under Frollo's skin by convincing him that this is NEVER the case. God is always watching and so he is never in such a situation where "no one will know".
    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!
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: The Archdeacon rebukes Frollo for being a hypocrite and how God is watching everything. He even lampshades this in the What You Are in the Dark trope above.
  • You're Insane!: Effectively calls Frollo this when he attacks Notre Dame after Quasimodo interferes in Esmeralda's execution. Frollo, too far gone to his hatred and insanity, just ignore him.
    Archdeacon: Frollo, have you gone mad?! I will not tolerate this assault on the house of God!
    Frollo: Silence, you old fool! (Frollo throws the Archdeacon down a flight of stairs) The hunchback and I have unfinished business to attend to, and this time, you will not interfere!

    Clopin Trouillefou 
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Played by: Paul Kandel (movie), Jesús Castejón (Spain), Jens Janke (Germany), Erik Liberman (US)

Clopin is the leader of the gypsies and is exceedingly protective of their headquarters, the Court of Miracles. Clopin is unusual for a prominent Disney character because of his neutrality towards both good and evil. He narrates the movie from start to finish, and he sings some of the movie's songs, "The Bells of Notre Dame", "Topsy Turvy", and "The Court of Miracles".


  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In the novel, Clopin is an extremely violent and roguish Anti-Hero. Here, he's a colorful, over-the-top jester - well, as his public persona anyway.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Overall, he's a much more positive character than his book counterpart. It's certainly a far cry from sentencing an innocent poet to death because he failed a pickpocketing test.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original book, Clopin was an absolute beast in combat, defeating huge numbers of enemies singlehandedly and only being brought down by multiple gunshots. This version of the character, while certainly no pushover, isn't the powerhouse his literary counterpart was.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: The movie begins and ends with him singing this story to a group of children.
  • Badass Beard: He sports a beard (without a mustache) and can be a scary man.
  • Beneath the Mask: In public, he wears a literal jester's mask, costume, and persona to seem friendly and non-threatening to the Parisians. On his own turf in the Court of Miracles, he is much more dangerous; a ruthless and protective leader who will hang any intruders he suspects might be a threat to his people.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Is a wisecracking jester on the surface, but he's not The Leader of Paris' thieves and gypsies for nothing.
  • Black Comedy: Clopin seems pretty fond of it, joking around the entire time he's preparing to hang Quasi and Phoebus.
    Clopin: Gather 'round, everybody! There's good "noose" tonight!
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: As Gringoire was Adapted Out, he takes his place as the narrator.
  • 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.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Played for Laughs.
    Esmeralda: These men [Quasimodo and Phoebus] aren't spies, they're our friends.
    Clopin: [incredulous] Why didn't they say so?
    Phoebus and Quasi: [ungagged] We did say so!
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He is correct that Quasimodo and Phoebus were in the Court of Miracles because of Frollo. But he's wrong that they were there to antagonize the gypsies; they were really there to warn them. Even so, Clopin is still proven right when Frollo finds them.
  • Fair Weather Friend: When Quasimodo is outed during the Feast of Fools, Clopin hastily encourages the horrified crowd to crown and accept him as the King of Fools. However, once the crowd turns on and starts tormenting Quasi, he's nowhere to be seen - although it is clear that he is neither responsible nor takes part in Quasi's humiliation he does nothing to stop it.
  • Friend to All Children: He is seen 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's the Big Good for the gypsies and a Friend to All Children, but he is ready to kill those he thinks are Frollo's spies to protect his people.
  • 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. Lampshaded when he dresses as Frollo when placing Phoebus and Quasimodo on 'trial'.
  • 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 Gypsies and thieves 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 the show. He's cunning and manipulative with people.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner:
    "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!"
  • Knife Nut: Clopin carries a dagger on his hip.
  • Large Ham: "Court of Miracles" has him dancing and costume changing and arguing with his puppet while singing.
  • Monster Clown: A rare noble example, Clopin is a jester by day who employees the carnival imagery, puppetry, and lively performance style of his act in a public execution, though to be fair, he thought his would-be victims were spies working against the gypsies.
  • Never My Fault: Played for Laughs. When Esmeralda reveals that the "spies" he's about to hang are actually friends, Clopin incredulously asks why didn't they say so? Quasi and Phoebus retort that they did say so before he gagged and condemned them anyway.
  • Nice Hat: A purple/light blue hat with yellow feather.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He plays dumb to entertain the Parisians, but is completely capable of being cutthroat in order to protect his people.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Mocks Quasimodo's hunched stature twice - once behind his back after pulling him on stage during the festival, and again when Quasi and Phoebus are captured in the Court of Miracles.
  • Shirtless Scene: He has one for a split second during his song in The Court of Miracles. It’s not particularly pleasing to look at.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Clopin eventually dies in the novel but survives in the Disney movie.
  • The Storyteller: The introductory sequence is presented as Clopin singing the story of Quasimodo's adoption to a brace of children.
  • Third-Person Person: To judge by his opening narration, although this may have been included solely so the audience would know what his name was (since he isn't called by name at any other point in the movie).
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Justified. His voice actor said Clopin's strange accent is actually a mixture of different accents from all over Europe, in keeping with his nomadic background.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a skirt at one point during "Topsy Turvy".

    Frollo's Guards 
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Voiced by: Jim Cummings, Patrick Pinney, Bill Farmer

Soldiers who serve Frollo, they act as minor antagonists during the film.


  • Battering Ram: The visored soldiers use one of the beams Quasimodo dropped to break down the cathedral doors in the climax.
  • Butt-Monkey: Esmeralda puts them through hell during her escape at the end of the Feast of Fools. The creative counter-attacks they get from Quasimodo and the gargoyles during the climax aren't kind to them either.
  • Dark Is Evil: They wear black armor and don't hesitate to follow Frollo's orders, no matter how despicable.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They retain their dark uniforms in the sequel, but now they're working for the heroes and act more professionally.
  • Disney Villain Death: A few of them get this during the final battle when Quasimodo and the gargoyles are dropping bricks and blocks on them from the balconies of Notre Dame.
  • Elite Mooks: The soldiers with the visors (pictured above) are far more competent and menacing than the rank and file guards. Apart from very few moments in the climax, they suffer no slapstick, they have no incompetent moments, they are far more brutal, effective, and cruel, and most distinctively, terrifying; they are treated with as much fear as Frollo himself. Even during the climax, they're still effective as they're the ones breaking down the door and despite all that Quasimodo and the gargoyles throw at them, they manage to make a big enough hole in the doors for Frollo to enter. note 
  • Evil Counterpart: All of them are villainous foils to Phoebus. While he's willing to defy Frollo to do what's right, they do what their leader commands them to do, whether it's right or wrong.
  • Faceless Goons: The visored soldiers have visors, obviously, and more menacingly. It is averted with the other guards though.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Working under Phoebus instead of Frollo in the sequel, though a number of them might have been arrested for crimes against the church.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The visored Soldiers are good shots; they give a tight warning shot to the gypsies 20 years ago, and it takes one arrow to drop an armored Phoebus, without hitting Frollo's horse no less.
  • Jerkass: Even when not serving Frollo, they're not nice people. They encourage the entire crowd to humiliate Quasimodo at the Feast of Fools.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Even the Elite Mooks stop trying to break down the cathedral doors when molten metal is poured down on them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Shortly after humiliating Quasimodo, they get a taste of their own medicine when Esmeralda outwits them at every turn as they try to chase her, making them look like incompetent idiots.
  • Mook Carryover: Underlings of Judge Claude Frollo in the first movie, then of Captain Phoebus (and possibly whoever his new boss is) in the sequel, at least those who were spared punishment for that matter.
  • Mooks: Frollo's interchangeable minions, specifically.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The visored Elite Mooks have red colors in their uniforms in addition to black.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After Phoebus refused to burn down the miller's house with his family in it (children included), they did it for him.

    Brutish Guard & Oafish Guard 
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Voiced by: Corey Burton (Brutish Guard), Bill Fagerbakke (Oafish Guard)

Two of Frollo's more featured soldiers aside from Phoebus and secondary antagonists in the film.


  • Badass Mustache: The Brutish Guard sports one, and he's the one who appears to have the most authority next to Phoebus. He's also shown dueling Phoebus during the climax.
  • Blade on a Stick: Both are armed with a halberd during the climax, and the Brutish Guard ends up dueling Phoebus with it after his sword's taken by Frollo.
  • Brick Joke: The Brutish Guard gets sat on by Achilles in Phoebus' first scene. During their duel, Djali kicks the same guard under Achilles. Guess what happens.
    Phoebus: Achilles, sit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Their attempt to arrest Esmeralda results in them being humiliated by Phoebus and Achilles, they embarrass themselves during the Feast of Fools by trying to follow Esmeralda by Crowd Surfing, and they get plenty of hits even before the Final Battle.
  • Crowd Surfing: When Esmeralda evades them by jumping from a stage onto the crowd and by being helpfully carried away, both of the guards attempt to follow her this way, only for the crowd to give them space for a rough landing.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In their first appearance, they walk past Phoebus (who's hiding his armor under his cape) and ignore him when he tries to ask them directions. Then they attempt to arrest Esmeralda who's street dancing, arrogantly accusing the Gypsy of stealing money without evidence to back this up. When Phoebus makes Achilles sit on the Brutish Guard, the Oafish Guard pulls out his dagger to teach "the peasant" a lesson, but when Phoebus reveals his military rank, the guards turn instantly submissive, loudly telling people to make way for the captain as they escort him to the Palace of Justice. This paints them as bootlicking bullies who act haughtily with anyone else but higher authority figures.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Brutish Guard as voiced by Corey Burton, who even briefly seems to channel Christopher Lee when he tells Frollo that Esmeralda escaped Notre Dame.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Oafish Guard and the Brutish Guard, respectively, because they are nameless and it helps to tell them apart.
  • Fat Bastard: The Oafish Guard is an obese and corrupt guardsman.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied in the sequel. A Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that they are among the guards working for Phoebus.
  • Hypocrite: They harass Esmeralda and accuse her of stealing money while having the gall to call her a troublemaker. According to Esmeralda, they also abuse their authority by engaging in deprivation themselves.
  • Jerkass: Even if their racially-charged hassling of Esmeralda didn't make them qualify as this, them starting the public humiliation Quasimodo suffers at the Feast of Fools definitely does.
  • Kick the Dog: When Quasimodo is being cheered by the crowd as the King of Fools, the Oafish Guard throws a tomato in his face, after which the other guards and then the crowd follow suit.
    Oafish Guard: You think he's ugly now? Watch this. [throws the tomato in Quasi's face] Now that's ugly!
  • Knife Nut: The Oafish Guard carries a dagger, which he draws on Phoebus after Achilles sits on the Brutish Guard.
  • Lean and Mean: The Brutish Guard is lean of build and a massive douche.
  • Mook Lieutenant: The Brutish Guard is given the charge after Phoebus turns on Frollo, who addresses him as captain during the climax. The Oafish Guard is called lieutenant by Phoebus when the captain first asserts himself.
  • Mook Promotion: The Brutish Guard is promoted to captain after Phoebus defects.
  • No Name Given: They're called nothing but by their military ranks in the movie, with the credits naming them as Brutish Guard and Oafish Guard.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They're mostly presented as targets of slapstick, but they're still ruthless enforcers of Frollo's will. They're the ones who initiate the cruel public humiliation poor Quasimodo goes through, subdue Phoebus when he turns against Frollo and would have executed him on the spot if not for Esmeralda's interference.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: They harass Esmeralda in their first appearance, baselessly accusing her of stealing the money she earned with her street dancing and scoffing at the thought of a Gypsy having worked for it.
    Brutish Guard: Gypsies don't earn money.
    Oafish Guard: They steal it.
  • Produce Pelting: The Oafish Guard begins the one Quasimodo's put through by throwing in his face a tomato to make him ugly enough of a King of Fools.
  • Simpleton Voice: The Oafish Guard has one that some viewers might be able to recognize on a second viewing...
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Brutish Guard informs Frollo that Esmeralda escaped, setting off the entire second half of the film.
  • Tap on the Head: The Brutish Guard subdues Phoebus at the mill by hitting him on the back of the head with the pommel of a sword.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Mostly they're seen acting (and failing) together, though less so in the climax.
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    Madellaine 
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Madellaine is the deuteragonist of the sequel. She is the assistant of circus ringmaster/master thief Sarousch and the romantic love interest of Quasimodo.


  • Adorkable: A shy, clumsy girl with an active imagination.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty (a Lovely Assistant) to Quasi's Beast (The Grotesque).
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she falls for Quasimodo is he treats her with genuine respect and affection.
  • Becoming the Mask: Madellaine initially befriends Quasimodo so she can find out where he keeps La Fidele (under Sarousch's orders), but comes to fall in love with him.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Quasimodo. They're both nice, dorky, and (initially) extremely passive; they both also wear a green outfit and were raised by an abusive adoptive figure who served as the Big Bad in their respective films. They both also share a constant active imagination and prefer to see the world with their other senses and not their eyes.
  • Canon Foreigner: Only exists in the sequel of the Disney movie version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
  • Character Development: Like Quasimodo, Madellaine starts off as an Extreme Doormat in regards to her abusive adoptive father. But, her growing romance with Quasi helps her to gain a backbone.
  • Circus Brat: Sarousch took her into his circus.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Esmeralda. Both are love interests for Quasimodo (Esmeralda was the First Love, Madellaine was the Second Love), their lives were filled with struggles and fear, both have green eyes, are the deuteragonist to Quasi's protagonist (Esmeralda in the first movie, Madellaine in the sequel), they have a Birds of a Feather relationship with their respective husbands who are good men, and are nice girls. But there are some differences:
    • First, their existence (meta-wise in the story) — Esmeralda is from the book version of the story, while Madellaine is a Canon Foreigner.
    • Second, in respect to their relationship with the Big Bads of the two movies — Esmeralda knew of Frollo's reputation and didn't hide her hatred of the man, but Madellaine was raised by Sarousch and hid her great dislike for him.
    • Third, how their relationship with Quasimodo began and developed — Esmeralda wasn't frightened by his appearance, had no kind of secret agenda in getting close to Quasimodo, but was oblivious of his romantic interest in her, but they now have a close brother-sister relationship; Madellaine was initially afraid of Quasimodo because of his appearance (again, initially), got close to him to get the La Fidele bell (per orders from her abusive adopted father) but fell in love with him, and by the end of the sequel they are now husband and wife.
    • Fourth, they went in opposite directions of Character Development — Esmeralda started off as aggressive and confrontational, but gradually softens up to a degree, while Madellaine began as passive and insecure, but gradually became more aggressive.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Accidentally bumps into people and falls off a tight rope, and still has a smile on her face.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents either died or abandoned her as a child, forcing her to become a Street Urchin. Madellaine stole coins from Sarousch when she was a little girl to avoid starving. Sarousch caught her but was impressed with her enough to take her in and raise her as his own, eventually making her his assistant in circus performing and thievery.
  • Deuteragonist: In the sequel, she shares the spotlight with Quasi.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Doesn't like being called "Trinket" by Sarousch.
  • Foil: To Quasimodo, despite their many similarities. Despite having an outwardly ugly appearance, Quasimodo is a Nice Guy, while Madellaine may be a beauty. but is actually (at least to herself) a horrible person. He accidentally leads Frollo to Esmeralda while Madellaine does help Sarousch steal the La Fidele, even if she regrets it later. Quasimodo has no recollection from his parents except from Frollo's lies while Madellaine was an orphan when Sarousch found her, implying she might have some memories of her birth parents.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She never wanted to steal for Sarousch in the first place. It wasn't until she fell for Quasimodo that she confidently quit working for Sarousch.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zigzagged. Madellaine started off an antagonist (not by her own choice) and was ordered by her adoptive father to trick Quasimodo. She ended falling for him and pulling a Heel–Face Turn, thereby playing this trope straight.
  • Honey Trap: Sarousch's Evil Plan to steal the La Fidele is to make Madellaine sweet-talk Quasimodo. She ends up falling for him for real.
  • In Love with the Mark: Originally, she was ordered by Sarousch to get close to Quasimodo so he and his thieving band could steal La Fidele. However, she ends up falling for Quasimodo for real and was going to stop with the plot, but Sarousch threatened to hurt Quasi if she didn't comply.
  • Lovely Assistant: To Sarousch. He makes it very clear to her that her job is to "smile and look pretty".
  • Meaningful Name: In Aramaic, her name was originally "magdala" which means "tower". A possible foreshadowing that she lives in the bell tower after she and Quasimodo get together.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, innocent, kind, and loving.
  • Not So Different: Which also weirdly coincides with Birds of a Feather. She has many similarities with Quasi: clumsy, socially awkward, domineered by an older man, etc. She is also in many ways his opposite: someone who is beautiful on the outside, but feels she is ugly on the inside due to her checkered past.
  • Official Couple: With Quasimodo by the end of the sequel.
  • Second Love: To Quasimodo. The first was Esmeralda.
  • Shrinking Violet: She seems somewhat of a shy nature, but warms up to Quasimodo quickly once he shows her his world.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Begins to develop feelings for Quasimodo because of his close relationship with Zephyr and 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.
  • 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 he's more muscular than her.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only one of Sarousch's circus that is ashamed of their thieving ways.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Esmeralda's Tomboy. Esmeralda uses her fists and weapons and Madellaine uses her ballerina skills.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In two ways.
    • She starts off as a quietly obedient "trinket" to Sarousch. Spending time with Quasimodo allowed her to grow a spine and fiercely tell Sarousch that she is not his "trinket" and Quasimodo isn't a monster.
    • Her first screentime has her doing a tightrope performance (which is a few feet above the ground) and ending up falling down after only a few seconds. Come the climax, she is able to walk on a makeshift tightrope (one end being held by Quasimodo) and way higher than the one at the beginning. She not only manages to walk it without falling, but she also manages to save Zephyr and carry him while standing on top of the tightrope.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The Hot Wife (an extremely good-looking woman) to Quasimodo's Ugly Guy (hunchbacked, deformed, and buck-teeth).

    Zephyr 
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The tritagonist of the sequel. Zephyr is the rambunctious son of Esmeralda and Phoebus. He is close friends with Quasimodo.


  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little Guy to Quasimodo's Big Guy; they're great friends.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Averted. Even with the occasional child-like mischief, Zephyr never acts selfish or insensitive to his parents or Quasimodo.
  • Canon Foreigner: Neither Phobeus nor Esmeralda had children in the original novel.
  • Cartoon Juggling: Zephyr really likes to juggle.
  • Circus Brat: Invoked. Zephyr wants to join the circus and tries, but it doesn't go as planned.
  • The Cutie: We see his energy and him falling asleep.
  • Girls Have Cooties: He has a clear and vocal dislike of romance. Whenever he sees displays of affection, his response is a quiet, but audible, "Yuck."
  • Hollywood Genetics: As detailed in the main page, he is the son of the dark-skinned, ethnically Romani Esmeralda and blonde, Caucasian adonis Phoebus but is inexplicably as white and blonde as his father. Dark melanin pigmentation genes are stronger than light ones, and though not entirely dominant, this should result in a skin tone slightly lighter than Esmeralda's. And blonde hair is genetically completely implausible with Esmeralda's dark hair being a dominant gene over the recessive gene of Phoebus' blonde hair.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He (a pre-adolescent child) has a strong bond with Quasimodo (a man who is roughly the same as his parents).
  • Keet: His mother even tells him he needs to slow down.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: His dream is entering the circus, he dislikes romance, and has a lot of energy.
  • Meaningful Name: His name refers to energetic behavior, friendship with Quasimodo, and means "Wind God", like his father's name means "Sun God".
  • Military Brat: He is the son of Phoebus, a soldier in the French Army.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He is Roma on his mother's side, Caucasian on his father's. Though due to the above mentioned Hollywood Genetics, this is not obvious.
  • Nice Guy: Very sweet and friendly, with the usual dislike of romance for someone his age.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: He's around or lower than his parents' waists.
  • Shipper on Deck: When he, his parents, and Quasimodo are at the circus and are watching Madellaine perform, Zephyr mistakenly refers to her as Quasimodo's girlfriend.
  • Snooping Little Kid: What sets the climax of the sequel is Zephyr sneaking into Sarousch's boat and listening to his plans.
  • Spanner in the Works: Had Zephyr not been snooping on Sarousch, the villain would never have used him for bait. This means that Madellaine wouldn't have redeemed herself by saving him and her adoptive father wouldn't have been arrested.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Except for his eyes, Zephyr looks exactly like Phoebus.
  • Tritagonist: In the sequel according to his Disney wiki page and the fact his parents don't have a bigger role like in the previous film.

    Sarousch 
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Voiced by: Michael McKean

Sarousch is the circus ringmaster, master thief and the main antagonist in the sequel. He is also the abusive father figure to Madellaine.


  • Abusive Parents: 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 Fidele.
  • Canon Foreigner: Again, he's not in the original.
  • Catchphrase: "Lovely."
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Sarousch is the leader of a band of thieves posing as a traveling circus while Frollo was Paris' judge with an army of soldiers at his disposal. Sarousch is motivated by Greed while Frollo was a Knight Templar who longed to exterminate from the population what he considered sinful, including people with Sarousch's lifestyle. Also, while Frollo dies at the end of the first film, Sarousch goes to prison.
  • Dirty Coward: Blames his own adoptive daughter for stealing the La Fidele and later uses a child to escape imprisonment.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is this to Quasimodo and Clopin in a way.
    • Like Quasi, Sarousch is unattractive on the outside, but in contrast to the former, he hides it under a handsome masquerade which doesn't hide how ugly he is on the inside. Sarousch's narcissism seems to his way to compensate for his insecurities, while Quasimodo gets by with his insecurities through his kind and humble personality.
    • Both Clopin and Sarousch wear masks in their performance and act in the jester role. Both are also not what they seem, with Clopin being the leader of the Gypsies and Sarousch being the leader of a circus of thieves.
  • Fat Bastard: He's fat when he isn't performing in front of an audience.
  • Greed: He wanted to steal the La Fidele 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.
  • The Sociopath: A textbook narcissist, expert liar, and a master backstabber.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Subverted. Once he's off stage, it's revealed that Sarousch is not only bald but fat.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II

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