Character Development Profile
Aliases: Esme, Gypsy Girl, Demon Temptress, Witch, Siren
Age: 20 like Quasimodo.
Personality: Esmeralda stands up for what she believes is right. She's overall a friendly and sociable person that could make conversation with just about any stranger. However if you harm anyone she loves she will hold a strong grudge being on the vengeful side. Esmeralda despite this, will openly forgive once asked though it may take some persuasion. Clopins tends to poke around at her stubbornness that tends to get the best of her. She is commonly known for her good judgement in people and is one of the few that can see past a person's flaws.
Abilities: Esmeralda is an exceptional dancer. She is also skilled in self defense, being able to fend herself from lustful eyes and brutish men. Especially being an easy target not only as a woman, but as a Gypsy. She manages to evade danger more frequently than most. She does have the ability to palm read but does not practice it much due to Paris's strict laws.
Habits: Esmeralda avoids stealing, even as a young girl. Clopin did not want her to be labeled as a common stereotype from such a young age and taught her the value of earning her keep. A habit that can sometimes backfire is her tending to act on impulse without thinking things through. She tends to fumble with the coins in her skirt or play with her hair when she's either bored or nervous. Esmeralda has a hard time trusting people, but once she does she puts her full faith in them.
Flaws:Esmeralda finds her feet being rather unattractive being that they are rough and slightly calloused since she walks barefoot and often wears down her skin. Esmeralda may emotionally hurt someone without fully realizing what she did, such as the case of Quasimodo and Frollo. Once she views a person and believes them to be bad, she often envisions them without emotion and so it is hard for her to relate or even sympathize with that person.
Companion: A domestic goat named Djali.
Likes: She enjoys dancing and swimming. She holds a high value in family and friends. Walking along the Seine. Esmeralda is fond of Notre Dame, often going to say a prayer. She loves pastries and has a strong liking to eclairs.
Dislikes: A lack of respect. Injustice to those less fortunate. The majority of Frollo's brutish guards. Drunkards that try to grab her. Accusations towards her legitimacy. Categorizing and stereotyping groups of people. People taking advantage of her.
Fears:Her safety. The well-being and health of her dear friends and family. The discovery of the Court of Miracles. Being captured and taken prisoner.
Unique Traits:Despite coming from a Gypsy/Romani background her true roots are unknown, though most speculate she was born in Paris if you go by the book. Comparing her to other Gypsies in the movie she stands out due to her strikingly bright emerald eyes, living up to her name "Esmeralda".
Esmeralda was born in Paris, France to an unfortunate harlot. Her father was in-fact a Romani Gypsy though his whereabouts were unknown. Her mother, knowing she did not want this horrible life for her precious daughter, gave her up to a group of Gypsies sneaking into Paris at the time. Clopin was 16 when he was introduced to the small baby and he soon took the role of being her brother and guardian ever since. Growing up, Esmeralda was told her parents died of the plague and once she was of age, Clopin told her the truth of what really came to be. She was devastated to know she was the daughter of a common street walker. By Gypsy standards Esmeralda was not a true Romani regardless of the fact she was an illegitimate child. Despite her Gypsy father, she had no trace of Romanipen because her mother was Parisian, a give away by Esmeralda's striking green eyes. Light eyes were not common with the other Romani people's darker features. Gypsy traditions during this time period often required marriages to occur between the ages of 13-17 with two pure Romani people and that virginity was to be intact until the wedding night, much like Christian traditions. Once word spread of Esmeralda's background of being a gadji (a term used by Gypsies to describe female non-Gypsies) she was never selected to be a wife and is considered to be a "spinster" despite her beauty and ripe age of 20. She still loves her people dearly as they respected and accepted her despite her lineage. She sometimes could not help but have low-selfesteem as a young girl seeing all her friends marry off while she felt stuck. Because of the situation she often stuck with Clopin that taught her to be the independent and confident woman people recognize her for.
((Disney obviously took it's liberties with the character and portrayal of Gypsies but this is simply a back story I made up not to be taken as the real situation. ))
A quick note of how I RP:
This is Esme talking
(This is Esme thinking)
[E: This is sometimes OOC Esme or side conversation Esme]
((This is me breaking character))