For the Disney version, see Judge Claude Frollo

Don Claude Frollo is the Archdeacon of Notre Dame and the main antagonist of the original Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


Despite being a priest, he finds himself madly attracted to Esmeralda. He nearly murders Phoebus in a jealous rage from seeing Phoebus on top of Esmeralda.

His dour attitude and his alchemical experiments scared and alienated him from the Parisians, who believed him a sorcerer, and so he lived without family, save for Quasimodo and his spoiled brother Jehan. But, there is much good in Frollo, seen in his care for Quasimodo and Jehan.

His good qualities start dying when he gets infatuated with Esmeralda. He uses Quasimodo to kidnap her and hides when Phoebus and some men come to his rescue. Quasimodo gets flogged.

After talking with Gringoire about them, he stalks Phoebus and Esmeralda and stabs Phoebus to have Esmeralda incriminated. When she is tried as guilty, he secretly asks her to have sex with him when she is near to be executed but she declines.

He is killed when Quasimodo pushes him off the cathedral.