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King Harold
Background information
Feature films Shrek 2
Shrek the Third
Shrek Forever After
Feature firsts
Feature lasts
Television programs
Video games Shrek 2
Shrek The Third
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Kenny Cheung
Voice John Cleese
Performance model Tom Cheung
Designer Raman Hui
Inspiration
Honors and awards King upon marriage to Lillian
Character information
Full name
Other names The Frog King
King
Harold
Personality Sarcastic, Prejudiced (formerly), Unacceptable (formerly), Melodramatic (formerly), Kind, Caring, power-hungry, Charismatic, Delusional (formerly)
Appearance Human: Moderate Adult Height and weight,

Blue King Wear. Wizened Balding Grey Hair, Roundish Face Frog: Small large eyed frog with grey hair facial features and golden crown upon cranium

Birthday January 14
Occupation King (formerly)
Prince (formerly)
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Alignment Neutral, later good
Goal
Home Far Far Away
Relatives Queen Lillian (wife)
Princess Fiona (daughter)
Shrek (son-in-law)
Artie (nephew)
Fergus, Farkle and Felicia (grand-children)
Pets
Allies
Minions
Enemies Shrek (formerly), The Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, Rumpelstiltskin, Fifi
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate Dies of sickness.
Quote "I don't suppose you realize that our daughter has married a monster!"
"No, no, he's right. I'm sorry. I only wanted what was best for my daughter


King Harold was a former antagonist in the Shrek franchise. He was Fiona's father, Lillian's husband, Shrek's father-in-law, one of the Fairy Godmother's former henchmen, Puss in Boots' former boss, and the former king of Far Far Away.

Shrek 2

Shrek the Third - King Harold - 04

Harold's true form

When his daughter Fiona arrives at the castle with her new husband, Harold is surprised that they are both ogres. Harold had secretly made a promise to the Fairy Godmother that her son Prince Charming would marry Fiona. Harold hires Puss in Boots to assassinate Shrek. Harold then succumbs to guilt when Fiona finds out that Shrek's not around. Harold at first refuses when the Fairy Godmother asks him to give the love potion to Fiona that will make her fall in love with Charming, because he recoils from this invasion of her free will, but he is forced to acquiesce by some dark threat of disclosure; in the event, when Fiona states that she loved the old Shrek (rather the "new" one that Charming is pretending to be), Harold swaps the cup which contains the potion for his own, thereby consuming the potion himself. At the ball toward the end of the film, Harold protects Fiona and Shrek from a blast of magic from Fairy Godmother's wand. He is finally transformed into his original form of the Frog Prince when he is hit by the Fairy Godmother's magic wand. The wife seems not at all unhappy about this turn of events. After this, he apologizes to Shrek and accepts him into the family, his wife saying he is more of a man for accepting Shrek and Fiona's marriage than he ever was when he was actually human.

Shrek the Third

Harold makes a very brief appearance in Shrek the Third as a frog king where he sadly dies of a sickness (it is stated in other materials, such as The Legend of Shrek, a storybook, that the transition between human to frog mixed up his age and accelerated the aging process). He tells Shrek on his deathbed that he and Fiona are next in line for the throne of Far Far Away, and Shrek refuses as he cannot imagine an ogre as king. The king dies after telling Shrek about Fiona's cousin Arthur.

Shrek Forever After

In Shrek Forever After, he appears very briefly in a couple of flashbacks; the first one shows him and Lillian about to make a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, but they break it off at the last moment. In the alternate reality of the second flashback, Harold and Lillian literally disappear after signing over the kingdom to Rumpelstiltskin. At the end of the movie the original timeline is restored, leaving the current time a year or so after Harold's death. However, there is a large painting of him in which the face moves, indicating that his spirit inhabits the picture.

Trivia

  • The king's role was a partly reference to another character John Cleese once starred: Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers. The king once makes a reference to "his old war wound" to avoid his wife. This is obviously based on Fawlty's character, who often uses his "honorable war wound" (a shrapnel shot from the Korean War) as an excuse to rescue himself from displeasing situations. Also, both Harold and Fawlty are very cynical and sarcastic at times.
  • It is possible that Fiona's curse was due to the fact Harold was actually a frog.

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