Glenn Quagmire

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Glenn Quagmire
Family Guy character
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First appearance "Death Has a Shadow"
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Voiced by Seth MacFarlane
Full name Glenn Quagmire
Gender Male
Occupation Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Father: Ida Davis (formerly Dan)
  • Mother: Unnamed
  • Brother: Gary
  • Sister: Brenda
Spouse(s) Joan Quagmire (deceased)
Charmise Quagmire (divorced)
Children Anna Lee Quagmire
Relatives Abby (niece)

Glenn Quagmire, often referred to as just Quagmire, is a character from the animated television series Family Guy. He is a neighbor and friend of the Griffin family and is best known for his hypersexuality.[1] The character's creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane describes him as "an appalling human being who is still caught in the rat-pack era" based on anachronistic 1950s party-animal clichés.[2]

Origins and appearance[edit]

The name Quagmire was chosen by a college acquaintance of MacFarlane's;[2] the word quagmire refers to both a soft soil that yields easily (such as quicksand), and a situation that is difficult to get out of. The title of the episode "Quagmire's Quagmire" plays on the second meaning. MacFarlane came up with Quagmire's voice after listening to fast-talking radio jockeys from the 1950s era, describing the character as a "50s radio guy on coke."[2][3] The "giggity" phrase was inspired by Steve Marmel's Jerry Lewis impression.[4] Quagmire's home follows the same retro theme, decked out in a style reminiscent of the swinging party set of the 1950s and '60s; nearly every part of the house has a discreetly hidden bed.

Role in the show[edit]

Quagmire is a bachelor who works as a commercial airline pilot. He lives on Spooner Street where he is a neighbor and friend of Peter Griffin, Cleveland Brown and Joe Swanson. He has had two spouses: Joan, a maid for the Griffins who died; and Charmise, a prostitute whom he divorced.[5][6] In the episode "Quagmire's Baby", he discovers his daughter Anna Lee but puts her up for adoption; several episodes imply that Quagmire has other children due to his promiscuity.

He is characterized as indulging in numerous sexual fetishes, from frotteurism, BDSM, biastophilia, and erotic asphyxiation to voyeurism, somnophilia, toucherism, zoophilia, and necrophilia. He is also a rapist; several episodes feature gags in which he has sex with women who are unconscious. His sexual exploits are a running gag throughout the show. He typically shouts variations of his catchphrase "giggity" when in sexual situations.[citation needed]

The Parents Television Council, a long-term critic of Family Guy, says that Quagmire provides "some of the tawdriest moments" in the show.[7]


  1. ^ Miller, Shaun (2007). "Quagmire: Virtue and Perversity". In Wisnewski, J. Jeremy. Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded. The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 27–35. ISBN 140516316X. 
  2. ^ a b c Seth MacFarlane Interview. YouTube. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Episode 9". The Graham Norton Show. Season 15. 2014-05-30. BBC.
  4. ^ "Seth MacFarlane on Family Guy #100". 
  5. ^ "I Take Thee Quagmire" (Season 4, Episode 21). Episode aired on March 12, 2006.
  6. ^ "The Giggity Wife" (Season 11, Episode 11). Episode aired on January 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Worst of the week - Family Guy on Fox

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