Esmeralda is found and arrested. Frollo orders guards at every door of the cathedral to ensure that there is no escape for Esmeralda. This plan fails because Quasimodo helps Esmeralda escape without the guards noticing. A guard informs Frollo that the gypsy has escaped and is nowhere to be found the cathedral. Frollo sends him away. Rudely, Frollo goes mad and accuses people of being in league with gypsies, ordering arrest warrants. Frollo then orders the guards to execute their captain Phoebus for freeing the prisoners from burning that were in a house. Phoebus is rescued by Esmeralda, unknown to Frollo who saw him fall into the water.
Frollo orders the search for Esmeralda. Frollo tricks Quasimodo into leading him to the place of the gypsies. The gypsies are arrested by the guards. Then the guards, the heroes, the townspeople, whom Phoebus has rallied, including him and Quasi, who have escaped their prison, and the gargoyle friends, later are fighting and aided by the French army. The guards try to flee but Frollo orders some guards to break down the door but are unsuccessful and defeated; they are last seen watching Frollo fight Quasimodo on the balcony of the bell tower. After Frollo's death they surrendered to the French army and rejoin.
They reform with Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2. They help him search for Sarousch, and then they arrest Sarousch.