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Quasimodo's mother
Background information
Feature films The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Short films
Television programs
Video games Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (mentioned)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Mary Kay Bergman
Performance model
Inspiration Tod's mother
Possibly Esmeralda
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Loving, kind
Appearance Slender, fairly tan skin, brown eyes, black hair, clad in purple cloak and robes
Occupation Gypsy
Alignment Good
Goal To protect her son
Home France
Relatives Her husband
Quasimodo (son)
Allies Her husband, his friends, her son Quasimodo, the barge driver, the Archdeacon
Enemies Frollo, Snowball, Frollo's soldiers
Likes Her family and friends, being safe
Dislikes Frollo's treachery
Powers and abilities Speed
Fate Frollo kicks her with his steel toe boot and she falls backwards and hits her head on the steps of the cathedral and dies.
Quote "Hush, little one."
"Sanctuary! Please give us sanctuary!" (her last words)

Quasimodo's Mother is a minor character of the Disney 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, voiced by Mary Kay Bergman.


She was a very loving mother who tried to save her son from the cruelty of the French government of the time. She loved him in spite of his deformity. She was also knowledgeable of Catholic laws, seeking sanctuary at Notre Dame when she was being chased by Frollo.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

At the beginning of the film, Quasimodo's parents (gypsies) tried to enter the city of Notre Dame with fellow gypsies, but they are discovered by Judge Claude Frollo and his soldiers. She manages to escape, but her husband is killed by the soldiers. Frollo, who thought she was carrying stolen goods, chases her through the city. She comes to the cathedral of Notre Dame and pounds on the door to try and claim sanctuary, but no one answers. Frollo catches up with her and takes what she is carrying, knocking her down with his steel boot into the stone steps of Notre Dame, killing her with a single blow to the back of the head and a broken neck. Frollo realizes that it is a deformed baby and tries to kill him. Thankfully, the Archdeacon arrives just in time and makes Frollo adopt the baby for killing an innocent woman. The Archdeacon then takes her body and gives her a proper burial.

20 years later, Quasimodo has grown up believing his mother abandoned him for his deformity, as told to him by Frollo. During the climax of the film, Frollo reveals to Quasimodo that his mother had actually died trying to save him, a fact reflected by his efforts to save Esmeralda. Even though this is revealed to him, Quasimodo refuses to drop Frollo to his death when given the opportunity. Nevertheless, Frollo ultimately dies. From that moment on, Quasimodo starts to have a great respect for his mother.

Differences from the original character

Quasimodo's mother cared less for Quasimodo in the original novel, going so far as to actually abandon him on the steps of Notre Dame instead of Frollo merely lying. Frollo himself then willingly adopts the boy, which is an ironic slight change in both the roles of Quasimodo's mother and Frollo.


  • Quasimodo's mother is similar to Tod's mother in the sense that both run away from people who want to harm them while carrying their baby and wind up being killed at the beginning of the film. However, the difference between them is Tod's was killed offscreen while Quasimodo's was onscreen.
  • Her manner of death is rather unusual compared to other deceased and innocent characters, as she was clearly seen being murdered by Frollo. Most of the time, if innocent characters are killed, their death is usually offscreen and are later never seen again, shown to be dead without a scratch, or are close to dying. Some examples of these include Mufasa, Megara, Ray, and Bambi's mother.



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: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack)

Original: Quasimodo | Esmeralda | 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

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

Songs and score:
Original: The Bells of Notre Dame | 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 | The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise) | 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 | 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: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical) | Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy | The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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