Glenn Quagmire

Khaled Sultani


Glenn Quagmire, former ensign of the United States Navy, is a popular cartoon character on the hit television series, "Family Guy". Usually referred to as just "Quagmire" or on the phone as "Long Rod Von HugenDong", he is well known for his raunchy sexual humor and his promiscuity with women. He is 5'8 inches, medium build, and 61 years old, yet he somehow maintains his youthful appearance by consuming carrots. He is currently living at 29 Spooner Street, Quahog, Rhode Island. He drives a classic car which usually has several women in the trunk, as seen in the episode "Airport '07". He currently works as an airline pilot and he is very successful in his job, even once helping his friends land a plan from the ground. He used to date a woman named Cheryl Tiegs and he was very in love with her. Unfortunately he lost her and has decided to fill the void in his life by having sex with as many women as he can. He keeps pictures of his best friend, Peter Griffins wife named Lois in his house, including one on the inside of his closet door. He was at one time arrested for peeping on Lois in the girls' bathroom. He was also married for sometime to a crazy women named Joan. She died after she was touched by the fictional grim reaper character "Death". Quagmire is currently a widower, although this is no problem for him, as he can now get it on with more girls, without having to worry about cheating. Quagmire is also very kind and gentle with animals. He had a pet cat named "James" who died tragically when his friends Peter, Joe, and Cleveland tried to pull a prank which involved shaving James. Unfortunately the plan backfired and James was stabbed as a result of it. Quagmire was very affectionate towards James, he even made a birthday card for him and had everyone sign it for him. Peter reveals this to Quagmire after he is offered a reward for James' whereabouts. Quagmire has had an affair with Quahog 5's Asian Correspondent Trisha Takanawa. Although Quagmire claims to have never have had sex with a Spanish woman, he does have a son in Madrid, Spain. His son greatly resembles Quagmire, but with a mustache and a ponytail. Quagmire also seems to have several illegitimate children in Quahog, some of whom go to Martin Mull Elementary School. Quagmire has many catchphrases such as "giggity", "giggity giggity", "giggity giggity giggity", and "giggity giggity giggity goooo". The long "gooooo" at the end of some "giggitys" occurs on rare occasions with different implications of its true meaning. He is also often seen say "All right", while rocking his head back in fourth with an obscure smirk on his face. Although Quagmire gets along with most of the other characters, he hates Peters talking Dog, Brian. In the episode, "Jerome is the New Black", Brian tricks Quagmire into an evening together where Quagmire tells him the reasons why he hates him:
  • He constantly hits on his best friend's wife, even when Peter pays for his food and saved him from certain death.
  • He poops all over the yard.
  • He never pays for anything.
  • He pretends to be a deep guy who loves women for their souls when all he does is date bimbos.
  • He's a terrible writer when he thinks he's great.
  • He's done nothing to help despite his liberal beliefs.
  • He drives a Prius.
  • He doesn't believe in religion and thinks it's for idiots.
  • He failed college twice.
  • He's a failure as a father and never sees his son.
  • He's a big, sad, alcoholic bore.

Quagmire's sex drive is a serious concern, as he even shagged his friend Cleveland's wife Loretta which had a significant impact on their marriage (which ultimately lead to a divorce). In total, he has had sex with at least 600 women, which is quiet impressive. He apparently gets turned on by anything, even the DirectTV help video gives him an erection. He occasionally visits the local prison to have sex with female prisoners. It has been suggested that he is a registered sex offender in the episode"Emission Impossible"; when Peter and Lois asked Quagmire to watch their kids, he agreed, but began to say, "In accordance with "Megan's Law" I'm required to inform you that..." before cutting himself off and accepting the children anyway. More disturbing is the fact that during a stint on The Bachelorette, Quagmire brought a girl from the show, Brooke to his mother's house, where he wanted a three-way with them. This hinted an incestuous relationship with his mother which could explain several questions about Quagmire's sexual obsessions.

Quagmire also seems to have an affinity with rape because in the episode Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?, there is a part when Stewie had tied up a cheerleader and later on Quagmire encounters the gagged cheerleader in the male toilets and appears ready to have sex with her. In the episode Fore Father, during his attempt to rape a woman from the postal service outside his house, it is revealed that Quagmire's body has built up an immunity to Mace due to it being used on him so many times. Quagmire is also not above date rape, as shown how while being on the Bachelorette, where he drugged Brookes drink, only to run off with one of her shoes, after realizing their date was being filmed.
It is also shown that Quagmire also engages in necrophilia; this is shown in such situations as when Death killed Joan in "I Take Thee Quagmire", he asked if he could leave the body with him for 5 minutes, and he is shown jumping out of a coffin half-naked in a DVD-only scene in "Airport '07."
He once said that if he could be with any woman in the world, he would choose Taylor Hanson, not realizing that Taylor Hanson is actually a guy.

Perspective 1

From a Psychoanalytic perspective, it is clear that there are many conflicts going on in Quagmires mind. The three parts of the mind discussed by Freud, the id, ego, and superego, can all be used to formulate some explanation for his crude behavior. His id is a primary source of his most overt sexual behavior. His sex drive for pleasure is causing him the most dysfunction in his social life. Although he seems to make attempts on suppressing this drive, most of the time he fails to mediate this drive. His superego is almost non-existent as he has no internalized social norms or views of morality. Almost anything seems to be fair game for Quagmire. This can all be due to the way his ego cannot balance the id,superego and reality. Quagmire does indeed have a good sense of what is going on around him and his level of intellect must be superior to most since he does pilot commercial airplanes. However, his psycho-sexual development can also explain his behavior in the three stages. Quagmire could potentially be stuck in any one of them, each serving as an explanation for his hyper-sexuality. If Quagmire is stuck in the Oral stage, where his childhood conflict was giving up breast feeding, it could explain some of his adult attitudes. His odd relationship with his mother, which has indications of some incest, may have had significant effects on his later views on sex and his drives. Since he doesn't seem to show any oral fixations that we know about, its a good idea to examine the other stages. The second stage Quagmire could be in is the Anal stage. The theme of this stage is the child receiving pleasure from relieving themselves from their bodily wastes. Quagmire does not display any signs of childhood conflicts pertaining to this stage nor does he have a preoccupation with neatness, however his best friend Peter does display excessive "bathroom humor" at times. During the third phase, the Phallic stage, where the child gains pleasure through their genitals, is where Quagmire seems to show much of his personality. As previously stated, his bizarre relationship with his mother shows how the Oedipus complex comes into play. Perhaps Quagmire wants to have some sexual relations with his mother due to past abuse or some other event. The conflict of overt sexual behavior being socially unacceptable has no direct influence on his behavior, so clearly it is no barrier for him. He seems to do what he wants to do, regardless of societies norms, including having a threesome with his own mother. The fixation is clearly evident as his inability to love has harbored his fear of commitment to serious relationships. He is not very narcissistic or vain, but his extreme confidence in himself is an indicator of some levels of these qualities. During the latency stage may have been where his psycho-sexual energy channeled into his academic and social pursuits which lead to his successful career as a commercial airline pilot. Quagmire probably capitalized off the fact that there were no conflicts or fixations during this stage to complete his education and complete his career goals. Has Quagmire made it to the Genital stage? Will he ever? According to this perspective, Quagmire may have reached this stage at one point, during his brief marriage with Joan, and then regressed back into the Phallic stage immediately after her death. During his marriage he felt complete and had satisfaction from his mature relationship. He had a normal life going for him until her death, and the fact that he reverted back into his old habits is a sign of his regression. The fact that he was at one point in the Genital stage shows that he has the potential to achieve this stage even though his behavior can sometime prove otherwise.

Perspective 2

According to Erik Eriksons Neo Analytic Stage Theory, Quagmires personality has throughout his lifespan. Each stage had its own "ego crisis", which when resolved lead to the subsequent "ego skill" that was gained. Trust vs. Mistrust is the first stage which occurs during infancy. The ego skill gained would be "Hope". Not much of Quagmires infancy is known but he is a trusting friend to his neighbors for the most part, aside from his sexual pursuits of their wives. The second stage Autonomy vs. Shame which occurs during early childhood would have the ego skill "Will" being gained. Quagmire lives alone and is a successful air line pilot, he has clearly mastered this skill, although at times he is quiet shameless. Initiative vs. Guilt is the third stage, which occurs during early to mid-childhood, and at this stage a person is said to have gained the skill of "Purpose". Again, not much is known about this period of his lifetime so there is not much that can be said to explain Quagmires behavior or personality during this stage. Industry vs. Inferiority is the fourth stage of this model and the skill gained is competence. Quagmire must have some superior intelligence since he is in the aviation field as a pilot, and is responsible for the lives and safety of others. Identity vs. Role Confusion is the fifth stage and the skill gained is loyalty. This stage occurs during the teenage years, and it is not well known what experiences he may have had during that time. However, as far as the ego skill gained, it is questionable how loyal Quagmire is. His many attempts to woe Lois Griffin, his best friends wife, and his success in the break up of Cleveland and Loretta contradict any support in favor of his loyalty. However, it can be argued that he is there for his friends in other aspects of there lives when his help is needed, like in episode "Peter-assment", where he agrees to sleep with Peters boss so that she stops harassing him at work (he later backs down after realizing how hideous she is). The sixth stage, Intimacy vs.Isolation is of particular interest to this character. Quagmire has had a few notable relationships including Cheryl and his somewhat successful marriage with Joan. Therefore it can be established that he has gained some level of mastery in the ego skill "Love". This may have been hampered severely by the turnout of these relationships which could have triggered a series of events that left him spiraling back into his womanizing ways. Generativity vs. Stagnation is the seventh stage and the skill of "Caring" is truly mastered as Quagmire is clearly an animal lover. In the Star Wars spoof episode he criticizes Chris by saying, "My god, you shoot small animals for fun? That's the first indicator of a serial killer ya freak." The final stage of Ego Integrity vs. Despair, which occurs in late adulthood with the skill gained being wisdom is presumably mastered. Flying airplanes and making love to women require serious intellect. The difficulties faced in both of these challenges can have serious implications for all parties involved. As a 61 year old man who has experienced a lot in life, Glenn Quagmire can be said to be a wise person in all areas of his life, often giving advice to Meg and Chris Griffin.


Glenn Quagmire may have exhibit some obscene and bizarre sexual behavior, but his past experiences and a fixation to a previous Freudian stage could explain some reasons why. Until more is known about his past it is difficult to analyze where things went wrong in his life that lead to his enormous sex drive. Although the most disturbing facts are his encounters with incest and his possible sex offender status, neither have been explicitly verified up to date. Once more information about his lifespan becomes available, more could be said about his tendencies, until then everything is speculation.


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