Lord Farquaad, the antagonist of the 2001 animated film “Shrek,” has transcended his role as a cartoon villain to become a popular figure in meme culture. Let’s dig into the history of Lord Farquaad memes.
Origins of the Lord Farquaad
Lord Farquaad, voiced by John Lithgow, is the short, ruthless ruler from the movie “Shrek” who yearns for a world rid of all magical things. Although the creators of the movie have denied the rumors, Farquaad is said to have been inspired by then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks had a falling out with.
Not only does Farquaad’s appearance bear a resemblance to Eisner, his short stature is supposedly a nod to Eisner allegedly referring to Katzenberg as a “little midget.” To top things off, the character’s name is also a subtle nod to an expletive (say it slowly and you might sound it out yourself).
Lord Farquaad looks sus pic.twitter.com/ZtvacnwDpu— ️ (@memes_bot) April 9, 2021
The rise of Lord Farquaad memes
Farquaad’s popularity began on platforms like Tumblr and Facebook, where his image was often used in various puns and jokes. The character also gained significant attention after a “Did You Know?” video by Matthew Patrick of Film Theory detailed Farquaad’s backstory. This video added a new layer of interest and irony to the character, propelling his meme status.
Popular Lord Farquaad memes
‘Some of you may die‘
This quote from Farquaad in “Shrek” is widely used to humorously discuss reckless or inappropriate decisions. The quote’s dark humor resonates with the absurdity often found in memes.
‘The ogre has fallen in love with the princess‘
The meme of this memorable line from the film often has altered subtitles, and is used to express embarrassment about romantic feelings.
The ogre has fallen in love with the princess pic.twitter.com/VQY0IjVYN0— memes (@memescentrai) July 15, 2021
Lord Marquaad E
A deep-fried image of YouTube personality Markiplier‘s face photoshopped onto Lord Farquaad’s head exemplifies the absurdity of modern memes. The Lord Marquaad E meme often appears in various templates and has been notably combined with images of Mark Zuckerberg.
Lord Marquaad (e) pic.twitter.com/FOzPRTPBcf— Charlie (@Chaxinitus) May 1, 2022
Appearances in recent pop culture
The Lord Farquaad meme has seen a resurgence in recent years. Hollywood star Zac Efron was recently compared to Lord Farquaad after the actor revealed a new look for his role in the movie “The Iron Claw.” Google employees also shared memes comparing their CEO, Sundar Pichai, to the “Shrek” villain in May 2023, in response to his massive salary during a wave of layoffs and cutbacks.
Lord Farquaad’s popularity in memes can be attributed to his distinct appearance and the layered humor inherent in his character. His short stature, combined with his ambitious and villainous nature makes him an ideal subject for memes that play on themes of overcompensation, irony, and dark humor.
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Lord Farquaad memes represent a unique blend of humor, irony, and pop culture references. As online communities continue to evolve, Lord Farquaad’s presence in the meme world is a testament to humor’s enduring power in the digital age.