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Pierrat Torturue

Pierrat Torturue is a supporting antagonist of the 1831 French novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by the late Victor Hugo, as well as a minor antagonist in Disney's 1996 animated film adaptation of the same name. He is a corrupt jailer/torturer who is in league with Claude Frollo.

Role

Novel

Torturue started out savagely flogging the bellringer Quasimodo due to charges of kidnapping the young gypsy girl Esmeralda. He later detained Esmeralda for the attempted murder of Captain Phoebus, unaware of the fact that Frollo was the one who committed both crimes in the first place. Using his expertise, Torturue tortured Esmeralda so badly that she was forced to falsely confess to the crime, resulting in her to be hanged by the city executioner Henriet Cousin. This act is what drove an angry Quasimodo to brutally throw off Frollo from the cathedral to his death before burying himself in Esmeralda's grave.

It is unknown what happened to Torturue afterward following the deaths of Frollo and Esmeralda.

Film

Torturue briefly appeared in the film, where he is involved in Judge Claude Frollo's plot to exterminate the gypsy population with the help of his soldiers. As part of his assignment, he is ordered by Frollo to brutally torture the latter's former Captain of the Guard for being such a "disappointment", a task that Torturue takes extreme delight on, much to the strong disgust of an arriving Captain Phoebus.

It is unknown what happened to Torturue following the death of Frollo and the defeat of his soldiers.

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