Lord Faarquad is a member of the Villain League and is the main villain from Spyro meets Shrek. He is the ruler of Duloc, but is very short in stature. Lord Farquaad could be a reference to "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge", a short story. In the story, a man named Peyton Farquaad is about to be hung and (spoiler of short story) and has a whole plan of how he escaped (this is all in his imagination). This could show how Farquaad and Peyton are very similar, they both have fantasies that are outrageous and delusional.
At the start of the movie Lord 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 the Gingerbread Man into revealing the location of the other fairy tale folk. Just as the Gingerbread man is going to reveal what he knows, the captain of the guards arrives and announces that they have found the magic mirror. Lord Farquaad asks the mirror if Duloc is the perfect kingdom of them all. The mirror tells him that he is not a king, but he can become one if he marries a princess.
In a parody of dating shows on television, the mirror introduces three different princesses for Farquaad to choose from. At Thelonius' suggestion Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona who is locked away in a castle tower guarded by a ferocious dragon. Despite the mirror's warning about the whole sunset issue, Farquaad decides to plan a tournament to see which knight will be worthy enough to embark on a quest to retrieve her from the dragon. However, Shrek who had travelled from his swamp to Duloc accompanied by Donkey, unwillingly enters the tournament. Farquaad changes his mind and decides that who ever kills Shrek will be named champion.
Despite the knights' best efforts, they are all defeated by Shrek and Donkey. Farquaad who was impressed by Shrek's actions awards Shrek with the quest he had set to his knights. Shrek remarks that he is already on a quest to get his swamp back and grant freedom to the fairy tale creatures. Farquaad makes a deal with Shrek that as long as Shrek is successful in the quest to rescue Princess Fiona and bring her back to him, he will give Shrek 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. While the friends are camping for the night, we see that Princess Fiona is suffering from an enchantment that turns her into an ogress every evening at sunset, but Shrek does not know this, even though he is falling in love with her.
The next morning, Lord Farquaad arrives and hands the deed to the swamp over to Shrek. He takes Fiona back to his castle, while a heartbroken Shrek returns to his swamp. However, Donkey persuades him to stop the wedding and prove to Fiona that he loves her. So with the help of the Dragon they both travel back to Duloc to the church where the wedding is being held.
–Dragon belching after voring Farquaad
Just before Lord Farquaad and Fiona can kiss, Shrek barges into the church, interrupts the wedding, and tries to tell Fiona that Farquaad is only marrying her so that he can become king of Duloc. Having found out that Shrek is in love with Fiona, Farquaad thinks this is just a laughing matter and tries to resume marrying her. But Fiona sees that the sun is setting, and decides to come clean and reveal her form as an ogress, as the curse becomes active.
Angered and disgusted, Lord Farquaad orders his guards to get them both out of his sight, yet at the same time, declares that the marriage is binding and claims his throne, as King of Duloc. He then orders them to have Shrek killed and Fiona locked back in the tower for the rest of her days. Luckily Shrek summons the Dragon who breaks into the church grabs him in her mouth, throws him up in the air, and swallows Farquaad whole. After that, Dragon belches out his crown.
Clip of Lord Farquaad being eaten by DragonIn Shrek 4-D, Farquaad returns as a ghost and has his henchman Thelonius kidnap Fiona so he can kill her by sending her over the waterfall, so she can become his ghost queen to 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 at the waterfall, she destroys Farquaad by breathing fire at him, reducing him to several miniature Farquaad heads, which vanish for good.
Role in the series
In Spyro and Friends meet Shrek 2, once the Fairy Godmother is killed permanently, Mirage decides to resurrect Farquaad's ghost in order for him to become a Villain Leaguer.