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The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo is an animated television series based on the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

In Paris, 1483, Quasimodo teams up with gypsy girl Esmeralda, her brother Francois and a charming goat, Djali, to fight villains, stop sinister plots, and escape from traps. They often come face to face with their greatest enemy, Frollo, a man dedicated to the pursuit of all evil.

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  • Adapted Out: Phoebus does not appear in the show.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While Quasimodo still has a hunched back, it's far less pronounced than other versions of the story, and he certainly doesn't qualify as The Grotesque.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Frollo is a Card-Carrying Villain and acts like a jerk to Quasimodo in contrast to his novel counterpart, who was a good man who cares about Quasimodo but was driven to evil by his lustful feelings for Esmeralda.
  • Age Lift: Leonardo da Vinci would have been thirty-one in 1483. He has been made much younger in the episode "A Trip to Italy".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • One episode features an enchanted carillon, which creates apparitions whenever played. Frollo learns of its power and tries to use it to obtain the secret of the philosopher's stone. But all the machine will show him are visions of his unhappy youth, which send him running away, never wanting to hear the bells again.
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    • In another episode, Frollo gets his hands on the Philosopher's Stone, but is turned to gold himself (luckily for him it isn't permanent).
  • Big Bad: Well, maybe not 'big bad', per se, but Frollo is certainly the only recurring villain.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to several characters over the course of the show.
  • Canon Foreigner: Francois (Esmeralda's brother, though in personality very similar to Pierre Gringoire), Dennis the monk (Who is based off of Frollo's good side) and Angelica (Esmeralda and Francois' adoptive grandmother). Anyways what canon?
  • Clear My Name: In one episode, Angelica is framed for theft, so Quasimodo and his friends have to find the true thieves.
  • Composite Character: Quasimodo took on Phoebus's role as Esmeralda's rescuer.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: In one episode, Frollo poses as a (very ugly) belly dancer in order to carry out one of his evil plots.
  • Damsel in Distress: Esmeralda.
  • Disneyfication: It's far Lighter and Softer than the the Disney version - there's magic and potions, Never Say "Die" is firmly in effect, and Frollo has no romantic interest in Esmeralda at all.
  • Doorstop Baby: Quasimodo was left on the cathedral steps by a maid who worked for his parents.
  • Expy: Francois is based on the character François Villon in The Beloved Rogue. He is also partially based on Pierre Gringoire, the poet who appeared in the original book and married Esmeralda.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In one episode, Quasimodo is close to finding his parents (the idol), but Esmeralda and Francois are unconscious in a coach at the bottom of a cliff, and in danger of getting killed in the rapids (the friend).
  • Historical Domain Character: Leonardo da Vinci appears as a ten-year-old in one episode.
  • In Name Only: A character in "The Court of Miracles" has the name Pierre. He has little in common with Pierre Gringoire save for a given name. Esmeralda's brother covers this role perfectly. Also the series as a whole is this. Calling it an adaptation is a bit of a stretch.
  • Left Hanging: Quasimodo never finds his parents by the end of the show (although he does meet his long-lost grandfather in one episode).
  • Magical Accessory: Esmeralda's locket gives her magical powers.
  • Master of Illusion: Villain of the Week the Jester. Also, Esmeralda's locket gives her this power.
  • Never Say "Die"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In this adaptation, Quasimodo's real name is Jacques de Bernassac, but everyone calls him Quasimodo.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The de Bernassac medallion that was left with Quasimodo when he was abandoned on the steps of Notre Dame.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not intentionally, though - when their house burned down, Quasimodo's parents were unaware that a maid had rescued him, and believed that he had died.
  • Parental Substitute: Dennis the monk serves as this for Quasimodo. Also, Angelica is a grandparental substitute for Francois and Esmeralda (they were left on a floating raft by a young panicked couple during a raging forest fire, and she loved and cared for them as if they were her own).
  • Saving the Orphanage: The plot of one episode involves finding a chest full of gold in order to pay the rent owed by an orphanage.
  • Save the Villain:
    • In the second episode, Quasimodo has the chance to get rid of Frollo, but is forced to let him live in order to recover the Orphan's Plot Trinket Frollo stole from him.
    • In another episode, Frollo is being pursued by a man known as the Abomination, who blames him for his disfigurement. Quasimodo is forced to help Frollo as the Abomination is threatening Paris with his vendetta.
  • Spot the Imposter: In one episode, Frollo creates a potion which will turn the drinker into whoever or whatever they're looking at when they drink it. Naturally, he uses it to turn into the king (although the real Frollo can be identified by his cold eyes).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Francois is terrified of puppets.

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