Victor, Hugo, and Laverne
Victor, Hugo, and Laverne are characters who appear in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. They are three animated stone gargoyles who reside inside Notre Dame and serve as Quasimodo's best friends. They originate from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Victor, Hugo, and Laverne reveals themselves to Sora while he observes Quasimodo showing off Notre Dame's bells to Esmeralda. Though they initially shock Sora, they go on to explain that they are Quasi's best friends and that Frollo keeps him locked inside the cathedral to keep people from seeing his misshapen self. They also explain going to the Feast of Fools was something Quasi had always wanted to do, but the Dream Eaters' appearance may have dashed his hopes of ever going outside again. Sora tells them that Quasi should not make his heart a prison. Paralleled to Riku's side, they easily take out a Meow Wow in front of Riku, who offers to take care of the weaker Dream Eaters while he goes after the Wargoyle. After Frollo dies, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, along with Sora, remind Quasimodo not to let his fear of rejection keep him locked inside the cathedral.
Victor is the tallest of the three gargoyles and by far the most refined and intelligent. He is also rather muscular, colored a blue shade of grey, and sports two large wings on his back.
Hugo is the stockiest of the three and sports two sharp horns on the top of his head pointing upwards and two tiny wings. He also appears somewhat porcine, shown by his pig-like nose and hands. He is colored a green shade of grey.
Laverne is the oldest gargoyle and the only female of the trio. She is colored reddish pink and sports two cone-like horns on her head and average-sized wings on her back. She is also a frequent resting place for pigeons, much to her dismay.
All three gargoyles share a dominate trait: they are extremely loyal and supportive of Quasimodo. It is they who initially push Quasimodo to leave the bell tower and visit the outside world. As individuals, the trio differs slightly. Victor has a more reserved and intelligent demeanor, often being the voice of thought and reason in the group. Reversely, Hugo is very stubborn and brash, often jumping to action and words without much thought. Laverne serves as the mediator between the two, instead voicing her own concerns or stopping Victor and Hugo from squabbling amongst each other.
Victor, Hugo, and Laverne are notable among the cast of the 1996 film for being the only major characters created exclusively for the movie, being completely absent in Victor Hugo's original novel in 1831. Obviously, Victor and Hugo's names are a reference to the author himself, while Laverne is named after Laverne Andrews of The Andrews Sisters. Their purpose in the film is to provide comic relief for younger American audiences.
In the film, the three gargoyles serve as Quasimodo's friends and guardians during his time growing up inside the attics of Notre Dame, although whether or not they are truly alive is often questioned, demonstrated when they only come to life when alone with Quasimodo and how Frollo appears not to know about them being alive. Throughout the film, they mostly provide comic relief, but also appear to advise Quasimodo on his relationship with Esmeralda, and even when Esmeralda falls in love with Phoebus instead, they still persuade him to rebel against Frollo and help the gypsies against his tyranny. During Esmeralda's execution, they do their best to implore Quasimodo to continue fighting, but he refuses to listen, although he eventually goes through with it after hearing Frollo's hypocritical speech. During the final battle, they aid Quasimodo in tossing weapons from the balconies to stop Frollo's soldier-like thugs from getting inside the cathedral.
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