Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Hunchback is a deformed man that befriends Courage in "The Hunchback of Nowhere".


His most prominent feature is, obviously, the malformed lump of a spine that dominates his entire upper torso. His skin is a hideous shade of green and stretches over a wrinkled and bulbous face. He has one normal-shaped purple eye and one that protrudes from its socket; he also has a completely bald scalp, save two clusters of messy red hair on either side of his head. There is a scar just under the left side of his mouth.


Hunchback Bells

The Hunchback playing his bells.

In spite of his lack of physical attractiveness - which makes him a social outcast - the Hunchback is a very kind, gentle, affectionate person. He is a very artistic individual that shows great talent in making music, shadow puppets and trapeze acrobatics. Although he himself takes little offense in being shunned, he becomes enraged by those who pick on others weaker than themselves. He spends most of his days hiking through the world, carrying with him a plentiful set of brass bells. The kindness of strangers is a cheerful topic for him, and he thoroughly enjoys discovering such people on his many travels.


  • "One shouldn't act unkindly to others."
  • "And you sir are extremely bald."
  • "What did that little dog ever do to you?!"
  • "What goes around, comes around!"
  • "You really wanna see ugly?"
  • "Stupid Eustace!"


  • He is based on Quasimodo from Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", as is evidenced by his acrobatic skill, strength, hatred of violence, and liking of bells.
  • Interestingly enough, one of the shadow puppets that he casts depicts the Eiffel Tower, which is located in Paris. This is Quasimodo's original hometown.
  • Despite his frightening appearance, Courage is not afraid of him and to the contrary, he and Muriel become his friends. Instead, Eustace fears him and despises him for his appearance.

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