(In other news, it took me a little over eighteen years to realize that “Notre Dame” just means “Our Lady” in French. My adventures in Google Translate a few months ago shamed my skills with cognates.)
Frollo obsesses over the unholy number of gypsies invading Paris, and does everything in his power to crush their numbers. In a moment of guilt, he takes charge of a deformed gypsy child, whom he names “Quasimodo,” and saves for a potential use someday. In the meantime, he fights against the gypsies’ growing numbers and his own lustful heart as he sacrifices Paris, and lets it burn.
Classification :: ΞΔ12357#
Role :: Avenger (“righteous” gypsy killer), Politician (judge)
Motivation :: evil (gypsy/personal action), idealism (virtue), psychology (lust for Esmerelda), lifestyle (occupation), personal/material gain (brownie points with God and Paris)
Bonus :: minions (Phoebus, Quasimodo, etc.)
devout—I use this term loosely, but he is devoted to his idea of what God should be (key words: his idea)
powerful—as a judge, Frollo’s position of power and respect allows him the freedom to act cruelly without an equal to temper his actions
misguided—Frollo is terrifying, in part because he is convinced of his personal blamelessness, as opposed to the gypsies, whose mere existence is damnable
blind—likewise, his lack of self-knowledge and responsibility gives him tunnel vision, and he acts without contemplating or regretting the consequences
condemnable—despite his “perfection” the Archbishop indicates to Frollo that his actions are still under moral scrutiny
committed—despite his hatred for the gypsies, Frollo technically commits to his atonement; he won’t be getting a parent of the year award, but he never abandoned Quasimodo
**speaking of Quasimodo, does it bother anyone else that his parents were dark-brown gypsies but his skin is the color of cream cheese?
lusty—Frollo becomes attracted to Esmerelda (ironic, huh?) and those emotions, not his morals, control him
demanding—in “Hellfire,” he orders that God either cater to his sexual desires or let him kill her (so much for those good conflict management skills)
justified—note that, despite his obvious immorality, Frollo always finds some way to spin “self-serving” so it seems “God-serving”
just—therefore, regardless of what we think, Frollo will never regret his actions because he believed himself morally right
he is the monster—though Frollo condemns gypsies as demons that must be cast into hell, he is the one who falls from Notre Dame under a demonic persona. Though he could lie to himself and his minions, he never did manage lying to the eyes of Notre-Dame.
bossman—Frollo isn’t likeable. His virtues and villain song don’t redeem the vices he carries, and yet we’re conditioned to respect his authority and give credence to his character. Because that’s how authority works.
avenger and politician—not that I’m an expert in French politics, but I assume that Frollo’s job and goals were of a shared political and religious nature. Likewise, the issue of gypsies falls into both categories as well. Although Frollo avenges society through law and justice, he does it as a political force, hence the double category.
It’s really quite artful, when you think about it. Take a listen!