The Brutish Guard and Oafish Guard are the secondary antagonists in Disney's 1996 animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Along with the rest of Frollo's soldiers, they work for Judge Claude Frollo and Phoebus in the movie.
Both men's personalities are seemingly identical. They are antagonistic, mischievous, mean, and insensitive bullies as seen in the film.
Role in the film
They were first seen when Phoebus arrives in the city of Paris for directions to the Palace of Justice, and are seen completely ignoring his help. Eventually, the pair start harassing Esmeralda, accusing her for "stealing" the coins, to which she tells them she "earned" them. Djali soon rams into them knocking them down, as Esmeralda escapes, the duo soon try to go after her only to be blocked by Achilles with the Brutish guard being sat upon by the horse. As the Oafish guard prepares to fight Phoebus, he draws out his sword to which the former reacts sheepishly realizing he's the captain of the guard, and the duo eventually lead Phoebus to the Palace of Justice.
During the Festival of Fools, they start a riot by throwing tomatoes and fruits at Quasimodo who had attended the festival and crowned the King of Fools, with the crowd following afterwards. One of them said they wanted to make him look even uglier than before. As Frollo lets the crowd torture Quasimodo. Phoebus was disgusted at this and begs Frollo to stop it but he refuses. However, the torture is put to an stop by an enraged Esmeralda, who calls for justice and frees Quasimodo, she then jumps on the crowd carrying them. The two guards also tried to jump into them but they step out of the way knowing they're the ones who started the torture and are about to get Esmeralda. When Frollo was singing "Hellfire", the Brutish Guard, informs Frollo of Esmeralda's escape from Notre Dame. Later when Phoebus defies Frollo by rescuing a miller and his family from a fire set by Frollo to their house with them trap inside, it is the two guards that subdue him and prepare to execute him on Frollo's orders until Esmeralda intervenes and helps the rogue officer escape.
During the battle at Notre Dame, they and Frollo's other soldiers fight the people of Paris and French army, the Oafish Guard gets knocked out by Phoebus while the Brutish guard ended up been sat in the head by Achilles. After Frollo's death, they and the other soldiers loyal to Frollo were arrested by the French army.
Brutish and Oafish Guard are two of Frollo's best soldiers, despite failing in several missions. During the Festival of Fools, they satisfy Frollo by starting a riot by throwing tomatoes and fruits at Quasimodo who had attended the festival without permission, with the crowd following afterwards. Though Frollo let the crowd torture Quasimodo, Esmeralda would intervene eventually. The two guards also reported Esmeralda's escape from the bell tower, and presumably there were other things they informed him of. Later when Phoebus betrayed Frollo, he allowed Brutish and Oafish Guard to kill him for it, until Esmeralda once again came to the rescue.
After Frollo's death, they and the other soldiers loyal to Frollo were arrested by the French army.
They were two of Esmeralda's worst enemies. She first encountered them when they attempted to rob her and possibly arrest her as well, only to be foiled by Phoebus, who rescued her.