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The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Characters

Character Description Traits
Quasimodo Quasimodo is the half-blind, disfigured bell-ringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Having lived a solitary life separate from society, he finds compassion and human connection with a sensitive dancer who has also been wronged by society. Read More compassionate, kind, strong
Claude Frollo The archdeacon of Notre-Dame, Claude Frollo spirals ever deeper into his intellectual endeavors, dark arts, and obsessive lust for a young dancer, which ultimately destroy him. Read More smart, secretive, manipulative
Esmeralda Esmeralda is a loving and kind dancer who is adored by the public until a Catholic priest, who is obsessed with her, turns society against her, and she is sentenced to death. Read More beautiful, kind, innocent
Pierre Gringoire A frustrated poet and floundering playwright, Pierre Gringoire becomes a friend of Esmeralda and a truant in the Court of Miracles, living ultimately for balance, philosophy, and pleasure. Read More philosophical, naive, gullible
Phoebus de Châteaupers Phoebus de Châteaupers is a high-ranking captain of the king's officers. He appears outwardly honorable but proves to be a coward and a rogue. Read More manipulative, coarse, arrogant
The Recluse Esmeralda's long-lost mother, the Recluse, lives in self-imposed exile in a cell under the street in the public square. She is also known as Sister Gudule, the Sachette, and Paquette la Chantefleurie (the flowersong). Read More obsessive, broken, depressed, vengeful, repentant
Jehan Frollo Jehan Frollo is Claude Frollo's younger brother and a rowdy, spoiled student who later gives up his studies and becomes a truant. He dies one night while storming Notre-Dame Cathedral with the truants. Read More lazy, greedy, manipulative
Maître Florian Barbedienne Maître Florian Barbedienne is the deaf judge who sentences Quasimodo to be beaten in the public square. dishonest, unfair, cranky, mean
Marc Cenaine Marc Cenaine is a magician Jacques Charmolue and Claude Frollo torture for practicing witchcraft while they try to pry alchemy secrets from him. strong-willed, stubborn
Bérangère de Champchevrier Bérangère de Champchevrier is Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier's friend. young, beautiful, sweet
Jacques Charmolue Jacques Charmolue is Crown Prosecutor in the Ecclesiastical Court; thus, he is Esmeralda's prosecutor and torturer. vindictive, cruel, sadistic
Jacques Coictier Jacques Coictier is King Louis XI's physician. ambitious, manipulative
Diane de Christeuil Diane de Christeuil is Fleur-de-Lys Gondelaurier's friend. judgmental, cruel, insecure
Maître Jacques Coppenole Maître Jacques Coppenole is the ambassador from the town of Ghent and part of the visiting Flemish embassy who attends the mystery play. humorous, impatient, sympathetic
Djali Djali is Esmeralda's talented goat. playful, loyal, talented
Robert d'Estouteville Robert d'Estouteville is chamberlain to the king. He is in a bad temper the day Quasimodo is pilloried, and he does not realize Quasimodo and the judge on duty are both deaf. grouchy
Eustache Eustache is Demoiselle Mahiette's young son, who eats the Recluse's maize cake. impatient, greedy
La Falourdel La Falourdel is the innkeeper of the hotel where Phoebus and Esmeralda meet. naive, oblivious
Colombe de Gaillefontaine Colombe is Fleur-de-Lys Gondelaurier's friend. judgmental, cruel, insecure
Demoiselle Gervaise Demoiselle Gervaise is Demoiselle Mahiette's friend. judgmental, argumentative, sharp
Aloïse de Gondelaurier Aloïse is Fleur-de-Lys Gondelaurier's mother. nervous, pushy
Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier is an aristocrat who is engaged to Phoebus. self-centered, snobby, naive
Guillaume de Harancourt Guillaume de Harancourt is a prisoner who begs King Louis XI for mercy. penitent, miserable, hopeful
King Louis XI The king of France, Louis XI, goes by the name Compère Tourangeau when he meets Claude Frollo. greedy, uncaring, selfish
Demoiselle Mahiette Demoiselle Mahiette is a young woman who brings a cake to the Recluse of Tour Rolande and tells her story along the way. kind, impatient, imaginative
Amelotte de Montmichel Amelotte de Montmichel is Fleur-de-Lys Gondelaurier's friend. cruel, insecure
Demoiselle Oudarde Musnier Demoiselle Oudarde Musnier is Demoiselle Mahiette's friend. impatient, argumentative
Maître Olivier Maître Olivier is King Louis XI's barber. loyal, greedy
Gieffroy Pincebourde Gieffroy Pincebourde is one of the truants who is arrested and brought before King Louis XI. trusting, loyal, obedient
Mathias Hunyadi Spicali Mathias Hunyadi Spicali is one of the leaders of the truants and is known as the duke of Egypt and Bohemia. confident, bold
Guillaume Rym Guillaume Rym is the Flemish ambassador, Pensioner of Ghent, who meets with King Louis XI. shrewd, severe
Robin Poussepain Robin Poussepain is a student and Jehan Frollo's friend. mischievous, troublemaker, bored
Pierrat Torterue Pierrat Torterue is a sworn torturer at the Châtelet who pillories Quasimodo. grim, cruel, vindictive
Clopin Trouillefou Clopin Trouillefou is the "king" of the truants at the Court of Miracles. cruel, brave, arrogant
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