Glenn Quagmire

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Glenn Quagmire
Family Guy character
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Glenn Quagmire
First appearance "Death Has a Shadow"[1]
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[2]
Spouse(s) Joan Quagmire (maiden name unknown; deceased)
Charmise Quagmire (maiden name unknown; divorced)
Children Anna Lee Quagmire
Relatives Niece: Abby

Glenn Quagmire, often referred to as just Quagmire, is a character from the animated television series Family Guy. Quagmire is a neighbor and friend of the Griffin family and is best known for his hypersexuality.[3] Creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane describes Quagmire as "an appalling human being who is still caught in the rat-pack era" based on anachronistic 1950s party-animal clichés.[4] His neighbor and close friend Peter Griffin describes him as a "heartless sex hound" and refers to him as "a rapist" in The Cleveland Show.[5] Quagmire is a commercial airline pilot. He has had two spouses: Joan, who was a maid that worked for the Griffins who died; and Charmise, who was a prostitute whom he divorced.[6][7]

Origins and appearance[edit]

The name Quagmire was chosen by a college acquaintance of MacFarlane's;[4] 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 infidelity-themed episode "The Cleveland–Loretta 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."[4][8] The "giggity" phrase was inspired by Steve Marmel's Jerry Lewis impression.[9] 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.

In a DVD bonus feature, MacFarlane singled out a line in "Love Thy Trophy", in which Quagmire answers a one-night stand's question about his job with the words "I have a question for you, too. Why are you still here?" as the moment where the character's over-sexed personality was crystallized.[citation needed]

In "The Cleveland–Loretta Quagmire", Quagmire has sex with Cleveland Brown's wife, Loretta, which ends their marriage.[citation needed]

In "Jerome Is the New Black" and "Tiegs for Two", it is revealed that Quagmire's sex addiction is rooted in the pain and loneliness he has felt ever since breaking up with model Cheryl Tiegs in the 1980s.[citation needed]

Sexual appetites[edit]

Quagmire 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]


  1. ^ "Death Has a Shadow". Family Guy. Season 1. Episode 1. 2005-05-15. Fox. First appearance. A more crudely drawn Quagmire can also be seen in episode one sitting on a bench behind Peter (with Cleveland) in the courtroom, wearing his Hawaiian shirt.
  2. ^ "Jerome Is the New Black". Family Guy. Season 8. Episode 7. 2009-11-22. Fox.
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c Seth MacFarlane Interview. YouTube. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Love Thy Trophy". Family Guy. Season 2. Episode 5. 2000-03-14. Fox.
  6. ^ "I Take Thee Quagmire" (Season 4, Episode 21). Episode aired on March 12, 2006.
  7. ^ "The Giggity Wife" (Season 11, Episode 11). Episode aired on January 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Episode 9". The Graham Norton Show. Season 15. 2014-05-30. BBC.
  9. ^ "Seth MacFarlane on Family Guy #100". 

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