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Fiona, my love, we're but a kiss away from our happily ever after. Now kiss me! Mmmm!
~ Lord Farquaad's most famous line.

Lord Farquaad (simply known as Farquaad) is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 5th full-length animated feature film Shrek, and its 2003 3D short Shrek 4-D or The Ghost of Lord Farquaad. In the film, Farquaad spent the first part capturing fairytale creatures, so he could find the magic mirror. Once he did, he asked if DuLoc, the place he ruled, was the perfect kingdom, but as he was not a king, DuLoc was not a kingdom, so he tried to marry Princess Fiona to become king. He is very opprobrious, despicable, and abhorrent, so he despises creatures of any kind and sought to relocate the fairytale creatures to Shrek's swamp. He attempts to cut a deal with Shrek by promising to remove the monsters from his swamp if Shrek could bring Princess Fiona to him, as he wanted to marry her.

He was voiced by John Lithgow, who also played Burke in Blow Out, Lord John Whorfin in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, B.Z. in Santa Claus: The Movie, Earl Talbot Blake in Ricochet, Eric Qualen in the 1993 film Cliffhanger, Jean-Claude in Nickelodeon's Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Arthur Mitchell in Dexter, and Lamar Blackburn in The Accountant.

Personality

Farquaad is the ruthless, deceptive, short-tempered, egotistical and iron-fisted ruler of DuLoc. He is an extremely arrogant, oppressive and power-hungry dictator who doesn't care about anyone but himself. However, despite his villainy, Farquaad does not see himself as a monster and when this was brought up to him by Gingy, he instantly dismissed it and even went as far to call him and the rest of fairytale creatures trash and viewed them as poisoning his perfect world, which makes him completely xenophobic, contemptuous and individualistic. Farquaad also suffered from a Napoleon Complex and felt the need to overcompensate for his comical stature by being extremely despotic, domineering, authoritative and controlling. Other examples of this are the towering height of castle DuLoc, his own visage plastered on the village of DuLoc, confirming his obvious narcissism disorder, and in his grave where the statue of Farquaad was portrayed as being taller than the dragon that killed him.

Farquaad is a heartless and uncompromising perfectionist who saw that everything had to be done his way and the only way for DuLoc to become perfect was to exile all of the fairytale creatures. Farquaad's one and only dream was to become the official ruler of DuLoc. However, to do this he needed a princess, so the only reason he decided to wed Fiona was out of pure lust for power and her appearance, not for her personality or soul. Farquaad is also very sadistic and manipulative, as evidenced while he was taunting Gingy by severing his legs and torturing him further by repeating the line "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.". He also threatened to draw and quarter Shrek and Fiona until they would beg him for death.

Although in the first film, where he was disgusted by Fiona's grotesque appearance, he may have actually developed real feelings for her as after his death, he wanted her to become his undead queen, so he could rule the underworld. He is also very lazy and neglectful, as evidenced by him not wanting to rescue the princess himself, so he arranged a tournament of Knights to battle for the honor, though this might also be because he was too afraid to risk his own life and take his chances with a volcanic castle inhabited by an enormous dragon. To be fair, he is incredibly short in stature, so he was likely unable to do so. Farquaad is quite rude, cocky, obnoxious and argumentative, so he has a bullying streak which shows as he calls both Fiona and Shrek hideous at the sight of their appearance and described them both as "it". Farquaad's overall attraction towards the princess may have been solely lust and even if they did wed there was no guarantee that he would treat her right. His hatred of fairytale creatures, desire to export them and his tendency to stand on podiums giving speeches give Farquaad a strong Adolf Hitler-vibe. However, he is willing to make deals with those he is disgusted by and will honor his end of a deal with no strings attached, should it suit him of course.

In the musical, he was shown to be quite duplicitous, persuasive, treacherous, hypocritical and sanctimonious, as he was revealed to be the offspring of fairytale creatures (the princess from "The Princess and the Pea" and the dwarf Grumpy from "Snow White") in spite of his laws of banning them from DuLoc; this was proven when the fairytale creatures brought in Grumpy to confront Farquaad for accusing him of abandoning Farquaad in the woods when he actually kicked Farquaad out because he was 28 and living in his basement.

Quotes

Shrek

I'm not the monster here, you are! You and the rest of that fairytale trash, poisoning my perfect world.
~ Lord Farquaad to Gingy.
I've tried to be fair with you creatures now my patience has reached it's end! Tell me or I'll-!
~ Lord Farquaad threatening Gingy.
Princess Fiona.... she's perfect.
~ Farquaad on Fiona
Silence! I will make this Princess Fiona my queen, and Duloc will have the perfect king! Captain, assemble your finest men. We're going to have a tournament!
~ Farquaad's plan about having to make a tournament at his kingdom.
That champion will have the honor- no, no- the privilege, to go forth and rescue the lovely Princess Fiona from the fiery keep of the dragon. If for any reason the winner is unsuccessful, the first runner-up will take his place.... and so on and so forth. Some of you may die but it's a sacrifice I am willing to make. Let the tournament BEGIN!!
~ Farquaad during the tournament.
People of DuLoc, I give you OUR CHAMPION! Congratulations, ogre. You've won the honor of embarking on a great and noble quest.
~ Lord Farquaad announcing Shrek as the one who will rescue Fiona.
Indeed...all right, ogre, I'll make you a deal. Go on this quest for me, and I'll give you your swamp back. (Shrek: Exactly the way it was?) Down to the last slime-covered toadstool. (Shrek: And the squatters?) As good as gone.
~ Farquaad forming a deal with Shrek.
Very well, ogre, the deed to your swamp, cleared out as agreed. (*hands deed to Shrek*) Take it and go before I change my mind.
~ Farquaad honoring his side of the deal with Shrek after the latter brings Princess Fiona to him.
Ugh.... it's disgusting! GUARDS, GUARDS, I order you to get them out of my sight! NOW!! GET THEM, GET THEM BOTH!! (*the knights close in on Shrek and Fiona*) This hocus-pocus alters nothing, this marriage is binding, (*picks up crown and puts it on head*) and that makes me King! See? SEE?! Don't just stand there, you morons! (to Shrek) You beast! I'll make you regret the day we met! I'll see you drawn and quartered! You'll beg for death to save you! (looks at Fiona and pulls a knife to her neck) And as for you, my wife, (Shrek: Fiona!) I'll have you locked up back in that tower for the REST OF YOUR DAYS! (*Shrek whistles for Donkey and Dragon) I am King! I will have order! I will have perfection! I will have...
~ Farquaad's last words in Shrek during his breakdown before Dragon eats him alive.

Shrek 4-D

With you as my spirit queen, I'll be King of the Underworld!
~ Farquaad to Fiona.

Trivia

  • IGN's Orlando Parfitt chose Lord Farquaad as his 14th favorite fantasy villain.
  • Farquaad is probably the only main Shrek villain who doesn't come from a fairytale, as Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin, the main antagonists of Shrek's three sequels, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third and Shrek Forever After, actually came from them.
  • Farquaad is based on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, as Jeffrey Katzenberg (one of the founders of DreamWorks and a former executive of Disney) holds some animosity towards Eisner for firing him in 1994. Farquaad may also be based on Napoleon Bonaparte, due to being short, yet ruling with an iron fist and crowning himself to king. He may also be based on Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States as he forces fairytale creatures from their home while Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 that led to the forced removal of the Chickasaw, Cree, Seminole, Cherokee, and Choctaw Indians.
  • The late Alan Rickman was originally offered the role of Lord Farquaad, but he turned it down to play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series instead. Coincidentally, both film sagas began in 2001.
  • Though rarely appearing, Lord Farquaad serves as one of the main antagonists of the pasta stories in the Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life series. According to BROGRE.com, Farquaad is the creator of Drek, a blue ogre who looks like Shrek, but is extremely affectionate, courageous, reliable, and loyal to Farquaad and is more ruthless than Shrek. Both Farquaad and Drek want to destroy Shrek and his brogres, or make them love Drek instead of Shrek and thus, spread all of Farquaad's hatred to the whole world. Drek appears the most time than Farquaad but he always gets killed by Shrek in many stories.
  • Alongside Prince Charming, Farquaad is one of the most recurring antagonists in the Shrek franchise. Out of the two, he is the only one to be the main antagonist in two movies.

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