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Victor, Hugo, and Laverne
Background information
Feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
The Lion King 1½ (silhouette cameo)
Short films
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Animated Storybook
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Park attractions The Hunchback of Notre Dame Live Stage Show
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators David Pruiksma (Hugo/Victor)
Will Finn (Laverne)
Brian Ferguson
Larry White
Debra Armstrong
Philip S. Boyd
Eric Delbecq
Claire Bourdin
Rick Kohlschmidt
Janet Heerhan Bae
Calvin Le Duc
Mary-Jean Repchuk
Jonathan Annand
Antony de Fato
Cliff Freitas
Christine Landes
Jan Naylor
Thomas Thorspecken
John E. Hurst
Shiyin-Sean Luo
Voice Victor: Charles Kimbrough
Hugo: Jason Alexander
Laverne: Mary Wickes (first film)
Jane Withers (sequel)
Patricia Lentz (Kingdom Hearts 3D)
Performance model
Inspiration The gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral
Victor Hugo
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Hugo: The cute one (referred to by himself), The fat, stupid one with the big mouth (referred to by Laverne)
Personality Hugo: Mischevious, comical, loud, goofy, silly, bumbling
Victor: Innocent, intelligent, cowardly
Laverne: Tough, motherly, wise
Appearance Victor: Tall and slender gargoyle, handsome, big wings, no horns
Hugo: Short and obese gargoyle, pig-like nose, stony body, both white horns and hooves, small bat-like wings on his back
Laverne: Slender gargoyle, elderly, eagle-like wings, pointed horns
Occupation Quasimodo's guardians
Alignment Good
Goal To help Quasimodo follow his dreams (succeeded)
Home Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Allies Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Phoebus, Djali, Madellaine, Zephyr
Enemies Judge Claude Frollo and his soldiers, Phoebus (formerly), Sarousch and his circus men
Likes Goofing off, being with Quasimodo, cheering Quasimodo up, cleaning the Notre Dame Cathedral's bells, watching the Festival of Fools, La Fidèle
Hugo: Djali, telling jokes
Dislikes Quasimodo giving up, Frollo, Phoebus (formerly), Esmeralda in danger, Frollo's soldiers, seeing Quasimodo sad, Notre Dame in danger, Sarousch and his circus men
Hugo: Laverne hitting and scolding him
Laverne: The pigeons pestering her
Victor and Laverne: Hugo's tomfoolery
Powers and abilities Flight
Weapons Hugo: Fire rocks from his mouth like a machine gun
Laverne: Her pigeons
Victor: His superior strength and cunning
Fate Proudly watch as Quasimodo is finally accepted by the people of Paris in the square below (first film)
Watches Quasimodo and Madellaine proclaim their love for each other (second film)
Quote Hugo: "All right, all right! Pour the wine and cut the cheese!"
Victor: "Ignorance is bliss."
Laverne: "Nobody wants to be cooped up here forever."
Okay, Quasi, we'll leave you alone.
After all, we're only made of stone.
We just thought, maybe, you were made of something stronger.

 Victor, Hugo, and Laverne are a trio of gargoyles and major characters in Disney's 1996 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its 2002 sequel.



Out of the three gargoyles, Hugo proved to be the most comical, bumbling, and mischievous. He enjoys many things, along the lines of parties and entertainment, and somewhat has the most faith in Quasimodo, being the first to calm him down when Frollo began his hunt for Esmeralda. He also seems to be the most flamboyant.

Victor acts as a Renaissance man, speaking in a deep British tone and often the voice of reason. He can sometimes be depicted as cowardly and possibly the most innocent of the gargoyles, feeling sympathy for Frollo's soldiers during the final battle of the first film.

Laverne is a mother figure for Quasimodo and the most intelligent of the three. Laverne acts as the voice of reason in the trio and the most comforting for her friend. She is constantly pestered by a flock of pigeons, but on some level, she cares about them too.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The gargoyles are part of the Notre Dame cathedral's architect who have the odd ability to come to life at will. Being that Quasimodo was forced to live and stay within the bell tower where they reside, they revealed to him their ability and befriend him for twenty years. The trio are first seen when Quasi is depressingly watching the Festival of Fools. Laverne makes an attempt to convince him to go to the festival instead of just watching like he does every year. However, because of his master Frollo's hatred for the event, Quasi feels uneasy. Eventually, Hugo gives the idea to simply sneak out with Laverne and Victor going along with it. They are later seen when Quasi returns to the bell tower with a gypsy woman named Esmeralda following behind.

The gargoyles convince him to get to meet her and sees her a love interest for Quasi. At the film's final battle, the gargoyles assist Quasi in protecting Notre Dame from Frollo and his guards. Hugo spits fire rocks, Victor throws down bricks, and Laverne commands the pigeons to attack. During the battle between Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Frollo who manages to break into the cathedral, they are nowhere to be found after they decide to leave Quasimodo who taught that Esmeralda is dead. After all is done, the trio cheer Quasimodo on as he is carried off by the crowd and cheered as the hero of Paris.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II


Victor, Hugo, and Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.

After the events of the first film, Quasimodo continues to live with Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. They are first seen with Quasi preparing for the romanced festival La Jour de Amour. Later on, a circus performer named Madellaine arrives in Notre Dame, and Quasi becomes smitten. However, upon seeing his face, she runs away in fear. The gargoyles cheers him up and advises him to go to the circus to see her act. That night, the gargoyles watch happily as Quasi and Madellaine enjoy a date together. Afterwards, they set up a romantic mood inside Notre Dame for the two. The next day, Quasimodo and Madellaine go off on a walk when her boss Sarousch and his minions arrive and steals the Notre Dame bell La Fidèle.

Victor planned to release a rope holding another bell which would trap the villains, but the bumbling Hugo causes a different bell to fall atop them. Inside, Laverne gongs on the bell with her head, alerting Quasimodo of danger. Before he arrives, the gargoyles witness Esmeralda and Phoebus' son Zephyr follow the villains out of Notre Dame. When Quasi gets there, they quickly inform him.

The next day is all good. Hugo and Djali finally proclaim their love, and the gargoyles congratulate Quasi and Madellaine, who is the first person other than Quasi to notice that the gargoyles are alive, much to their surprise and their mouths fall off.

House of Mouse

Victor, Hugo and Laverne have made their fair share of cameos. Their biggest role was in the episode "Donald Wants to Fly". During a flight montage, Hugo gives Donald a pair of stone wings to fly, but he ends up plummeting to the ground. In the episode "Goofy's Valentine Date", Hugo blew his fire rocks at Mortimer Mouse after he flirted with Laverne. They were briefly seen in the episode "Donald's Lamp Trade" when Goofy serves empty plates of food to the guests.

The Lion King 1½

Victor, Hugo, and Laverne make cameos in the form of silhouettes at the end of film, watching the title film with other Disney characters.

Video games

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Victor, Hugo, and Laverne KH3D2

Victor, Hugo, and Laverne appear in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in their homeworld La Cité des Cloches.

While Sora observes Quasimodo showing off Notre Dame's bells to Esmeralda, he is surprised to see the trio behind him come to life (much to his shock), commenting on how strong they believe Quasimodo (referring to him simply as Quasi). Sora soon warms up to the trio quickly and asks them how they know Quasimodo. They tell him that they have been friends with him for years since he cannot leave the cathedral due to Judge Frollo's orders, who doesn't want people see his appearance. While Victor and Hugo argue, Laverne mentions her fear that Quasimodo's first failure of stepping outside might affect him to the point that he will never do it again after years of gathering his courage to do so. A compassionate Sora realizes that Quasimodo should not allow his heart to become a prison, and runs outside to have a word with him.

Later, when Riku goes inside the Cathedral a Meow Wow Dream Eater suddenly appears, but soon the gargoyles appear and completely defeat the dream eater. Riku is amazed to see that they don't need his help and got the situation covered, with Hugo saying "It was a walk in the park." The gargoyles then continue to battle the Dream Eaters inside the cathedral, allowing Riku to go up into the Cathedral roof top. After Frollo's death, the trio along with Sora reminds Quasimodo not to let his fear of rejection keep him locked inside the cathedral.

Laverne also appears in the spin-off comic The Sceptre and the Kingdom in which she tells Sora and Riku the location the door that can take them back to their world.


The Gargoyles are Quasimodo’s imaginary friends. They try to encourage Quasimodo to leave Notre Dame and rescue Esmeralda. They also try to comfort him after Esmeralda dies. They don’t have the over the top personalities that their Disney counterparts have nor are they as silly. Their levity is light-hearted and subtle.

Disney Parks

As of 2011, only Victor, Hugo, and Laverne's likeness can be found in the parks. During Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration for Disneyland, a golden statue of Victor, Hugo, and Laverne was added to Cinderella Castle. During the film's original run, statues of Victor, Hugo and Laverne were seen at the Disneyland Resort in California. Back in the 90's and into September 2002, Disney's M.G.M. Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) showcased a live stage version of the film, with Victor, Hugo, and Laverne replaying their roles.


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  • The gargoyles Victor and Hugo appear to be named after Victor Hugo, the author of Notre-Dame de Paris, and the gargoyle Laverne was named after the director's wife.
  • Hugo has a crush on Djali in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and in the end of the sequel, they confirm their love for each other. As Esmeralda refers to Djali as a "he", this is obviously a homosexual relationship, and Hugo's gestures seem to imply that he is in fact homosexual.
  • Their names in the musical are changed to Charles, Antoine and Loni, which bear homage to previous actors of Quasimodo in past adaptations of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
  • Victor, Hugo, and Laverne are apparently not the only gargoyles in Notre Dame that can come to life. In the climax of the film, a gargoyle briefly comes to life just before Judge Frollo meets his end in a fiery inferno.
  • There are only four characters that have interacted with the gargoyles in the films: Quasimodo, Judge Claude Frollo, Madellaine, Djali.
  • Victor, Hugo, and Laverne are the only characters who were not in the original novel. The Archdeacon technically wasn't either because in the novel, Claude Frollo was just the archdeacon and not a judge.
  • Mary Wickes, who played Laverne, died before she could finish her role. Jane Withers stepped in to complete Laverne's lines.
  • In the DVD audio commentary Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale and Don Hahn suggest that it's possible that the three gargoyles exist purely in Quasimodo's mind and are in fact split-off portions of his own personality created to deal with his loneliness. While this is only a possibility, it should be noted that the only other character in the first film to actually see a statue come to life is Frollo in the midst of his insanity. However, the true nature of these statues is open to interpretation, given Hugo's endless flirtations with Djali.
  • Hugo made a cameo inside the Smithsonian Institution's boiler room near the beginning of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • Until the sequel (as well as a few points during the first movie), the gargoyle trio were a blend of fantasy and reality in the movie, being the main character's only friends and regarded by the main antagonist as nothing more than inanimate objects, suggesting Quasimodo imagined they were alive to cope with loneliness - However, Hugo, Victor, and Laverne proved their living natures several times and were acknowledged by Madellaine to be real (to their shock).
  • The scene where Laverne summons a flock of doves and quotes "Fly, my pretties! Fly, fly!" was a reference to Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
  • According to the goof in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, their own colors sometimes keep swapping.
  • The Gargoyles are a frequent point of contention for fans and critics of the first movie, finding their antics and comedic relief out of place in an otherwise serious and unusually dark Disney movie. Others see them as necessary to keep the movie from becoming depressing.
  • After the ending post-credits in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo, still in the balcony of the bell tower, breaks the fourth wall by saying "Goodnight everybody! Woo, hoo hoo!".

v - e - d

Films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Television: House of Mouse
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks

Festival of Fools Show | The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure | The Hunchback of Notre Dame Parade | Clopin's Festival of Foods | Animazment - The Musical | The Golden Mickeys


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


Original: 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
Sequel: Le Jour D'Amour | An Ordinary Miracle | I'd Stick With You | Fa la la la Fallen In Love | I'm Gonna Love You
Musical: Balancing Act | Rest and Recreation | Top of the World | Esmeralda | City Under Siege | 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 | Someday


Paris | Notre Dame de Paris | Palace of Justice | Court of Miracles


Musical | Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy | The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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