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Archdeacon
Background information
Feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Television programs
Video games Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (mentioned only)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice David Ogden Stiers
Jim Cummings
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Kind, loving, caring, wise, helpful, brave, philosophical, friendly, cheerful, reverent
Appearance First film: Heavy, elderly, white hair and eyelashes, lighter skin, wears a gold cross necklace with cross down to chest, red cap, wide baby blue robe, wide white inner robe

Second film: averagely skinny, gray hair, thin face, darker skin, long nose, wears a gold cross necklace with cross down to stomach, red cap, skinny baby light-reddish outer robe, skinny white inner robe

Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Head of the Church of Notre Dame, Archdeacon
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To make sure that the people who come into the church of Notre Dame are safe and happy
Home Notre Dame cathedral, Paris
Relatives
Pets
Allies Members of the Catholic Church, Esmeralda, Quasimodo's mother, Phoebus, Djali, Zephyr, Quasimodo, Madellaine, people of Paris, gypsies, Parishioner, guards
Minions Other priests
Enemies Claude Frollo, Phoebus (formerly), guards (formerly), soldiers (formerly), Sarousch
Likes Seeing people happy and safe
Seeing people acting kind and caring to others
People helping others
Dislikes Seeing people in danger
rudeness
selfishness
racism
Frollo's crimes
the law of "Sanctuary" being broken
The Parishioner scolding Quasimodo and his selfishness
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate Gets locked out of the belltower by Frollo but survives and cheers with the crowd when Phoebus and Esmeralda emerge safely from the church. (first film)

Informs Pheobus and his guards about the famous bell La Fidele being stolen (second film)

Quote "Stop!"
"SEE THERE THE INNOCENT BLOOD YOU HAVE SPILT ON THE STEPS OF NOTRE DAME.
"NOW YOU WOULD ADD THIS CHILD'S BLOOD TO YOUR GUILT ON THE STEPS OF NOTRE DAME."
"YOU CAN LIE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR MINIONS. YOU CAN CLAIM THAT YOU HAVEN'T A QUALM. BUT YOU NEVER CAN RUN FROM, NOR CAN YOU HIDE WHAT YOU'VE DONE FROM THE EYES THE VERY EYES OF NOTRE DAME."
"Care for the child and raise it as your own."
"Live here? Where?"
"Frollo! You will not touch her! (to Esmeralda) Don't worry. Minister Frollo learned years ago to respect the sanctity of the church."
"Don't act rashly, child. You created quite a stir at the festival. It would be unwise to arouse Frollo's anger further."
"You can't right all the wrongs in this world by yourself."
"Perhaps there's someone in here who can."
"Frollo, have you gone mad? I will not tolerate this assault on the house of God!"
"La Fidele. It's gone. The bell has been stolen." (The Hunchback of Notre Dame II)

The Archdeacon is a character and a minor protagonist in Disney's 1996 feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and is also one of the minor protagonists in Disney's 2002 feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, who serves as the clergyman at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Personality

The Archdeacon is almost the complete opposite of Claude Frollo; the one thing they have in common is that they worship God. The Archdeacon is kind to everyone, including gypsies, standing up for Esmeralda when she claims sanctuary in his church, and while he has little actual interaction with Quasimodo during the film, he saves his life as a baby by reminding Frollo that he has sinned and is about to do so again. He is also the only person shown to have any kind of authority over Frollo, and apart from Esmeralda and Phoebus, he is the only character brave enough to protest against Frollo's evil deeds.

Appearances

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

On a snowy, winter night, the Archdeacon was apparently roused to answer someone desperately pounding on the door of Notre Dame. He is responsible for allowing Quasimodo to live in the film by condemning Frollo's murder of Quasimodo's mother, a gypsy who he was too late to help, and Frollo's attempt to kill Quasimodo under the eyes of Notre Dame and the statues of the saints, and convincing him to spare Quasimodo's life or be damned to hell for his actions. Later, he defends Esmeralda when she claims sanctuary in Notre Dame from Frollo. He and the other priests provide some of the dialogue in the song Hellfire.

During the time when Esmeralda was going to be burned at the stake, the Archdeacon steps forward to protest against Esmeralda's execution, but is halted by the guards.

His final appearance is when Frollo breaks into the cathedral to kill Esmeralda and Quasimodo, and Archdeacon demands that he call off the attack on Notre Dame and stay away from the two, to which Frollo responds by shoving the startled Archdeacon down a flight of stairs and injuring his ankle, and locking the Archdeacon out of the belltower so he can't interfere. He survives and is last seen cheering with the crowd who are celebrating Frollo's death and the defeat of his soldiers who surrendered to the French army when Phoebus and Esmeralda emerge safely from the church.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

In the second film, the Archdeacon looks nothing like the way he does in the first film, except for his clothes; in this film, he only appears once, which is just after Laverne, trapped under a bell with Victor and Hugo, gongs on it really loudly with her head. He is seen coming out the door and yelling, "La Fidele. It's gone. The bell has been stolen."

Creation

The Archdeacon was most likely created as a placeholder for Frollo, as Frollo functioned as the Archdeacon in the Victor Hugo novel. This was probably done by Disney's part as a means of not creating tensions with the Roman Catholic Church, which played a large role in the film and the book, especially seeing that the Archdeacon functions as a good character in the film.

However, even though Frollo was depicted as the Minister of Justice in the film, he still seemed to hold more power over the Archdeacon himself while outside Notre Dame. This probably stems from his role in the book, but it remains unexplained how Frollo, as a mere Judge, could commit such terrible crimes without having to answer to the King of France.

Trivia

  • In the novel, Frollo was the archdeacon but the villain as well, so this character didn't exist, which means this character is an original character created solely for this film by Disney.
  • Although the Archdeacon was the one who originally saved Quasimodo's life, the two are never seen together.
  • Though the Archdeacon does not appear physically in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, he was briefly mentioned by Quasimodo to Riku inside the cathedral.
  • In the first film, the Archdeacon is fat, but in the second, he (he only appeared for a split second near the end when Sarousche and his minions are raiding the cathedral) is skinny!

Gallery


The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Poster Promo
Media: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical) | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Characters: Quasimodo | Esmeralda | Claude Frollo | Phoebus | Victor, Hugo, and Laverne | Clopin | Archdeacon | Achilles | Djali | Quasimodo's mother | Quasimodo's father | Old Prisoner | Parishioner | Madellaine | Zephyr | Sarousch | Snowball | Brutish and Oafish Guard | Frollo's soldiers

Locations: Notre Dame de Paris | Paris, France | Palace of Justice | Court of Miracles

Songs: The Bells of Notre Dame | The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise) | Out There | Topsy Turvy | Humiliation | God Help the Outcasts | The Bell Tower | Heaven's Light | Hellfire | Paris Burning | A Guy Like You | The Court of Miracles | Sanctuary | And He Shall Smite the Wicked | Into the Sunlight | Someday | Le Jour D'Amour | An Ordinary Miracle | I'd Stick With You | Fa la la la Fallen In Love | I'm Gonna Love You | Balancing Act | Rest And Recreation | Top of the World | Esmeralda | City Under Siege | Out of Love | Out Of Love (Reprise) | Dance of the Gypsies | Made of Stone | Grand Finale

Deleted Songs: In a Place of Miracles | As Long As There's a Moon

Other: Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy

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