Regent King Derek Grunkwitz of Dreamland[1] is the son of King Zøg and Queen Oona, and younger half-brother of Princess Bean. He is the youngest child of Zøg and his only son, so was the Crown Prince and heir apparent to the Throne of Dreamland, but has now been crowned king after Zøg's physical inability to rule.

However, he is actually a puppet king under the thumb of his adviser Odval.

History

Derek was born to King Zog and his then wife Queen Oona one year after Queen Dagmar's supposed death. He was born as an egg which Oona dropped on the floor to make him hatch and since he was a boy he became heir to the throne of Dreamland. As he grew up he got to do a lot of things like sword fighting and horse-riding, much to the jealousy of his older half-sister, the Princess Tiabeanie, this resulted in the siblings having a very poor relationship.

When it came to his parents Derek seemed to be closer to his mother than his father since Derek was shown to be afraid of him. As a young child Derek could sometimes wake his father up from his nap and this resulted in Zog chasing his son through the castle.

Appearance

Derek as an egg.

Like his mother, Derek has blue skin and black hair, whilst his facial features and body build resemble his father, Zog. Derek has hair covering half his face, but when he removed it from its obstructing position, it is shown he has a unibrow. His hands alternate between having the 3 fingers of his Dankmirian heritage and the 5 fingers of his Human heritage, though this could be an animation error (he is usually seen with 5 fingers).

Personality

Derek is shy, quiet, naive and introverted. He is shown to love to play with his toys, and loves to watch the news. Derek is afraid of skillets due to being almost cooked alive.

Relationships

King Zøg

Zøg is Derek's father. Like with Bean, Derek's relationship with his father was a weak one since Derek was scared of having to be alone with his father. While Derek's childish behavior frustrates Zøg, Derek was happy when Zøg visited him his bedroom while Zøg had the guards take Derek away so that Oona couldn't find him.

Zøg does show to care for him, as he was upset when he realized Derek had been left unattended too long in the tower. But with Oona gone and Zøg just as selfish as daughter, Derek was neglected. This made him vulnerable to be manipulated.

Queen Oona

Oona is Derek's mother. They don't interact much in the series although Derek seems to like her better than Zøg and was very sad when Oona left Dreamland although she promised to visit him and bring him gifts.

Princess Bean

Bean is Derek's older half-sister. He served as the flower boy for her first wedding and seems to respect/listen to her to a degree. Bean has a big resentment towards him. One part is part of his somewhat clingy personality.

Another is because she hates that due to him being male he was allowed to do things she wasn't. One example, would be sword fighting and horseback riding. Due to rules separated for them, Bean was never allowed to do things princes could. This made her very resentful and often takes it out on him. Later in part 2 he seemed to hate her for being so mean to him for his whole life, however, it seems that Derek still loves his half-sister, as he refused to burn her alive. However, he didn't do anything when Odval smacked the torch out of his hand to burn Bean and her friends. It is unknown how Derek feels about Bean's "death".

Appearances

Season 1

Part 1

  1. A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar
  2. For Whom the Pig Oinks (No Lines)
  3. The Princess of Darkness (No Lines)
  4. Castle Party Massacre (No Lines)
  5. Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill! (No Lines)
  6. Swamp and Circumstance
  7. Love's Tender Rampage
  8. To Thine Own Elf Be True
  9. Dreamland Falls

Part 2

Cultural Reference

  • Charles Edward Stuart (1722-88): The moniker Bonnie Prince Derek is a reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender to the British throne.

Trivia

  • He has a pet swan.
  • He has a teddy bear called Mr. Bear, which is his favorite toy.
  • He likes to sit on his tuffet.
  • He develops a fear of skillets in the episode Swamp and Circumstance.
  • He is one of the two known hybrids in the series, the other being Elfo.
  • He is one of the few survivors of Dagmar's attack on Dreamland, others being Bean, Luci, Oona, Merkimer and King Zøg.
  • He is revealed to be fourteen years old in Part 2. However, he was actually twelve yeard old in Part 1.
  • He likes to read.
  • He likes Harlequin outfits.
  • He has a lot of stuffed animals but they're crawling with lice, except for Mr. Bear.

References

  1. Bean's full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz, not "Drunkowitz" - she just called herself that while drunk. Grunkwitz is Zøg's family name from the House of Grunkwitz (like House of Windsor or House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg) - Twitter post of Josh Weinstein's verified account
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