Lord of Duloc (formerly)
In Shrek, Farquaad has banished all of the fairy tale creatures from his land, forcing them to take refuge in Shrek's swamp. Back at his castle, Farquaad tortures Gingerbread Man into revealing the location of the other fairy tale folk that he has not been able to capture or banish. Just as Gingerbread Man is going to reveal what he knows, the captain of the guards arrives and announces that they have found the Magic Mirror. Farquaad asks the mirror if Duloc is the perfect kingdom of them all. The mirror tells him that he's not truly a king, but he can become one if he marries a princess.
In a parody of dating shows, the mirror introduces three different princesses for Lord Farquaad to choose from: Cinderella, Snow White, and Princess Fiona. At his henchman Thelonius' suggestion, Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona, who is locked away in a castle tower guarded by a ferocious dragon. Despite the mirror's attempt to warn him about what happens at sunset, Lord Farquaad decides to plan a tournament to see which knight will be worthy enough to embark on a quest to retrieve Fiona. However, Shrek, who had travelled from his swamp to Duloc accompanied by Donkey to ask Farquaad to move the fairy tale creatures off his swamp interrupts the tournament. Farquaad changes his mind and decides that whoever kills Shrek will be named champion. However, despite the knights' best efforts, they are all defeated by Shrek and Donkey. Impressed by Shrek's actions, Farquaad awards the ogre with the quest he had set to his knights. Shrek remarks that he's already on a quest to get his swamp back. Farquaad makes a deal with Shrek that if his is successful in the quest to rescue Princess Fiona, he will give the ogre his swamp back, fully restored to the way it was before the fairy tale folk overran the place.
Shrek and Donkey successfully rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon and the trio journey onward to Duloc. Shrek and Fiona start falling in love, but Shrek overhears Fiona talking about how no one could love a hideous beast and thinks she is referring to him. The next morning,Shrek brings Lord Farquaad to Fiona. After handing over the deed, Farquaad immediately proposes marriage to Fiona, who agrees on the condition that they have the wedding before sunset. He takes Fiona back to his castle, while a heartbroken Shrek returns to his swamp. But then Donkey comes to Shrek and tells him that Fiona was not referring to him when she said no one could love a hideous beast. So Shrek and Donkey go to crash the wedding, where Shrek admits his love her for Fiona, Farquaad laughs at that and then trys to get Fiona to marry him but then Fiona sees the sun setting and decides to reveal her spell. Disgusted, Farquaad orders for Shrek to be drawn and quartered and Fiona locked back at the tower and he crowns himself king. But then Shrek whistles for Dragon, who bursts in the window with Donkey on her head, who shouts "I have a dragon, and I'm not afraid to use it!". Dragon devours Farquaad, and belches his crown back out.
- Main article: Farquaad's Ghost
In Shrek 4-D, Farquaad returns as a ghost and has his henchman Thelonius kidnap Fiona so he can kill her, make her his ghost queen (despite rejecting her in her ogress form) and make him King of the Underworld. He also sends a stone dragon from the graveyard to kill Shrek and Donkey, but Dragon comes to their rescue. During a chase scene (reminiscent of the Death Star scene in Star Wars), the stone dragon loses its wings and falls to a presumed death. After Dragon saves Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Thelonius from falling to their deaths over a waterfall, she destroys Farquaad by breathing fire at him, reducing him to several miniature Farquaad heads, which vanish for good.
He has a cameo in Shrek Forever After in the flash montage during the end credits.
He was originally intended to appear in the alternate universe (in which he would still be alive due to Dragon still being evil and not eating him), but the decision was apparently dropped, but can be counted alive by fans.
In Shrek's other universe, the Magic Mirror belonged to Rumlestiltskin and so Farquaad never owned it and never knew about Fiona, therefore, she was never rescued by one of his knights.
In Scared Shrekless, the characters go to his fortress of Duloc to tell scary stories. It turns out the entire kingdom of Duloc was abandoned and fell into disrepair after Farquaad's death, thus making it seem all the more frightening. Shrek, Fiona and the babies fake a haunting by Lord Farquaad to scare Donkey.
In Shrek The Musical, Farquaad's past is revealed during the musical number "The Ballad of Farquaad". Farquaad's mother is revealed to be the Princess Pea from the Princess and the Pea and his father being Grumpy (which explains the shortness) from Snow White. They married for love, and his mother was apparently disinherited. Because his mother had a hard time sleeping on her and her husband's lumpy mattress, his dwarf father placed twenty-five mattresses on top hoping to give her some rest. However, this caused Farquaad's mother to fall from the top mattress to her death. Farquaad claims to have never known her, meaning it probably happened during early childhood. Farquaad lived with his father until, he claims, his father abandoned him and left him for dead while he was still a child. When the fairy tale creatures bring Grumpy to his wedding, however, his father reveals that the reason he kicked Farquaad out was because he was twenty-eight years old and living in his basement.
Video Game AppearancesIn Shrek 2: The Video Game in PC version, while not physically appears in the game, Farquaad was seen as a training dummy where Shrek use it to practice fight.
PersonalityFarquaad is a cruel, greedy man who wants to officially be the King of Duloc. To make Duloc into his own perfect world, he banishes the creatures, arresting them and offering rewards to those who will turn them in. He tortured Gingy in the process of trying to accomplish his goal. The full extent of his cruelty is revealed at the end of the film when he threatens to have Shrek drawn and quartered.
Little else is known about him in the film, though the musical delved deeper into his past and his hatred for fairy tale creatures. In the musical, he spends much of his time in the torture chamber, playing video games on the Magic Mirror, sipping drinks while taking a bath, and enjoys putting on an elaborate, flashy musical number when the time comes to choose the knight to rescue Fiona. His backup dancers mention that he is talented in dancing, though he will torture anyone who makes a single mistake in the routine. He has apparently enforced a dress code as well, as all the citizens are dressed like the dolls from "Welcome to Duloc" in order to make his kingdom more perfect.
- Despite rejecting Fiona after seeing her in her ogress form, Farquaad wanted her to make her his ghostly queen in the underworld. He also seemed to still have feelings for her.
- In the intro when he was torturing Gingy, the three little pigs, and Pinocchio, he called her "His" Fiona affectionately.
- He also was flirting with her while she was on the raft.
- When he thought she was dead, he called her his angel.
- Farquaad is the only villain from the Shrek franchise known to have been killed, considering Prince Charming's status is unknown.
- He is arguably the most evil antagonist in a Shrek film.