In the first film, the citizens of Duloc live under a strict dictatorship commanded by Lord Farquaad, who spends his short existence trying to make the city and its surrounding territory artificially perfect, with symmetrical planning and rigid rules for the townspeople to follow. He further plans to transform it into a kingdom by marrying Princess Fiona, but ultimately fails after being eaten alive by Dragon.
History and overview
Duloc is situated in the middle of a giant field full of corn plants and sunflowers, with high walls around it, and accessible via turnstiles at the entrance parking lot. Beyond the gates, there are many uniformed Germanic-styled white houses with blue accents, and many shops with pink flowers and thin green trees. One gift shop sells nothing but souvenirs with Lord Farquaad's likeness.
Towering over the city is the Duloc castle, where the Lord lived, but other notable buildings include the cathedral and courtyard/arena. Prior to Lord Farquaad's plan to become a king, a large number of magical creatures used to live in Duloc together with the normal townspeople, however, they were ultimately banished to Shrek's swamp.
In the Duloc arena, Lord Farquaad hosted a tournament whose champion would be to sent to rescue Princess Fiona from the Dragon's Keep for him. Duloc's cathedral is both large and lavish, decorated with giant statues and stained-glass window depictions of Lord Farquaad. This is where Fiona and Farquaad's wedding was held until it was interrupted by Shrek.
In the Halloween special, "Scared Shrekless", it is revealed that the entire Lordship of Duloc was abandoned and had fallen into disrepair after Lord Farquaad’s death. It is depicted as a dark and creepy ghost town, all of the fields of vegetation including the vegetables, sunflowers, and trees surrounding the town died, and it is unknown where Duloc's inhabitants went after the abandonment. The overall appearance of Duloc in Scared Shrekless may have been altered to a more frightening and Halloween-scale for the purpose of the special itself (to scare the viewers).
Duloc Information Booth
In Scared Shrekless, a Halloween version of the booth appears, with creepy wooden dolls singing a frightening parody of the song.
|“||"I will make this Princess Fiona my Queen, and Duloc will finally have the perfect King!"||”|
Government system: Lordship (de jure); Dictatorship (de facto)
Ruler: Lord or Lady (can become King or Queen by marrying a Princess or Prince)
Most recent known Lord: Farquaad
Former rulers: Pea (disinherited)
Duloc is a Lordship ruled by a Lord or Lady, who can directly be crowned King or Queen if they were to marry a Prince or Princess. When Lord Farquaad ruled Duloc, he was a totalitarian dictator.
The following is a list of named characters known to live, or have lived in Duloc at some point.
Before the first film
- Pea (deceased)
Fairy tale characters
- The Three Blind Mice
- Three Little Pigs
- Big Bad Wolf
- Gingerbread Man
- Pied Piper
- The Fairy Godmothers
- Three Bears
- The Seven Dwarfs
- many others
- Lord Farquaad (deceased)
- Magic Mirror
- Captain of the Duloc Guards
- Duloc Guards
- Duloc Knights
- Duloc Mascot
- The Old Woman
- Peter Pan
- Monsieur Hood, and his Merrymen
- Muffin Man
- Mister Geppetto
- Fiona (briefly)
- Duloc carries many parodical references to theme parks such as Disneyland, and to totalitarian dystopias where citizens follow strict rules to maintain a "perfect" order.
- In a development plot for the first film, Fiona would be born ogre to the King and Queen of Duloc. They would lock her in the tower during her childhood, but would eventually die, leaving the throne to the ambitious Farquaad.
- In another, possibly connected plotline, Farquaad planned to transform Duloc into a giant shopping mall, and that's because he would banish all magic creatures from there.