King of Far Far Away (formerly)
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King Harold was the King of Far Far Away, although he was not born into the true royal family of Far Far Away. He was also the husband of Queen Lillian. He still maintained the title of King through his marriage with Queen Lillian and his horrible secret that he used to be a frog was hidden but when Fairly Godmother died, so did her spells. King Harold was best described as stubborn and unwilling to change.
At first, he highly opposed the marriage of Shrek and his daughter Princess Fiona. He even went as far as employing an assassin (Puss in Boots) to murder Shrek, to allow the handsome Prince Charming to take throne next to Fiona. This was most likely done because Harold doubted Shrek's love for Fiona. Eventually, Harold gives Shrek and Fiona his blessing at the ending of Shrek 2. His storyline is very similar to that of the frog prince, except it is only a reverse story (initially a frog who turned human). This is also similar to Shrek's character, a non-human species that falls in love with a female human. Donkey makes a reference to this in the end of Shrek 2 when Harold has turned back into a frog from the Fairy Godmother's wand by saying, "...And he gave Shrek a hard time..."
Harold was never actually a human. He was a frog who lived in a pond. One day, he met up with the fairy godmother, who allowed him to pursue his dream of marrying and loving Lillian, by making him human. Their first date was in the night and their first kiss made him human. After the death of Lillian's father, he became the king. His true identity was never discovered until his last months on the throne as ruler. Even when his true identity was discovered he was still loved by his people and family, greatly. He and Lillian are the mysterious princess and the frog.
Rumpelstiltskin was close into getting King Harold to sign a Magical Contract, however, just as the king and queen were about to sign it, he was told that Fiona was rescued.
At the beginning of the film, Harold doesn't like Shrek at all and is against the idea of Fiona marrying him and starts acting like a jerk to Shrek. He and Shrek argue at the dinning table during a feast to celebrate the return of Fiona thus, destroying the feast.
He hears Shrek and Fiona have an argument, and blames Shrek for everything, even though he was being cruel to Shrek. Then, he was taken in the Fairy Godmother's carriage where she told him that he must have Shrek killed so her son Prince Charming can marry Fiona become the king.
When Fiona asks where Shrek is, Harold (unaware his plan backfired) tells Fiona that Shrek has ruined her and tells her he's thinking of what's best for her. That night, after Shrek and Donkey drink a magic potion, Fiona faints (because of the potion) and changes back into a human.
Harold was happy that his daughter is human again and that she thinks that Charming is her husband, but he was also sad because Fiona was sad. Harold was ordered by the Fairy Godmother to put a magical love potion into Fiona's tea so she can kiss Charming and love him. But, Harold swapped the tea with Fiona and he drank the potion which enraged the Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother tried to cast a spell on Shrek (which most likely causes a human being to reverse with the initial form, as Shrek is a human at the time), but Harold dived in front of Shrek, saving Shrek, turning Harold back into a frog.
King Harold sadly dies of sickness so Shrek becomes the new king of Far Far Away. Then the King was dying and so he called Queen Lillian, Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss to his room. The King almost died twice, but he was told that if Shrek doesn't want to be king, then he must find his nephew Arthur Pendragon. King Harold then passes away and is buried in a foot locker box. He was then sent away in the pond.
During the Ogre Triplets' party (the end-credits scenes), King Harold appears shown in a self-portrait (in the picture, he makes various expressions including a smile); proving he still remains, this time as a spirit.
On the Scared Shrekless DVD in 2011, it features a music video done by the entire cast of all four films doing Micheal Jackson's Thriller, entitled "Thriller Night'. The music video stars all the heroes living and deceased as Mongo, but not including Artie.