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King of Truands

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"The King of the Truands"

Real Name

Clopin Trouillefou

First Appearance

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)

Original Publisher


Created by

Victor Hugo


In the story, Clopin disrupts Pierre Gringoire's play, begging the audience for money. Later that night, Gringoire runs into him once again in the Court of Miracles, where Clopin is revealed not as a beggar, but as the King of Truands. He prepares to execute Gringoire for trespassing, until the beautiful Esméralda agrees to marry him in order to save him.

Near the end of the novel, Clopin receives news of Esméralda,'s upcoming execution for the framed murder of Captain Phoebus. In order to rescue her, he rounds all of the Truands to attack Notre Dame Cathedral where Esméralda, is protected by Quasimodo. In response to the assault, Quasimodo retaliates with stones, timber, and molten lead. Finally, the author notes that Clopin dies courageously during the attack.

His "Queen of the Gypsies" is his wife, Marie.


While the original character is in public domain, the version of the character used by Disney and other later adaptations published after 1923 (with the exception of the silent film starring Lou Chaney which was not renewed) are NOT.

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