King Zøg Grunkwitz[1] is a major character of Disenchantment. He is the unscrupulous father of Bean and King Derek and the previous dethroned ruler of Dreamland. He is voiced by John DiMaggio.

Zøg's coronation.

He was accidentally shot by Bean in the Electric Princess after Bean scuffling with the Captain Guard to keep the Dragon Whistle Revolver.


Zog typically wears a green robe with yellow trims on the sleeves and hem. His cape is a darker shade of green, bordering on a greenish-grey. He has orange hair accompanied with large nose, eyes and ears. He has spiky hair as well as a large handlebar mustache. He has a golden crown with two red gems: one is in the center of the crown, and another rests on top of a strange, antenna-like protrusion emanating from the tip of the crown. During his youth, Zog appeared much as he did now with the exception of having well defined muscles and bore an extremely fit physique, having turned fat from overindulgence and grief after the supposed death of his wife Dagmar.


Zog was formerly known as The Warrior Prince. After his older brother and heir to the throne of Dreamland, Yog, died from being mysteriously poisoned, Zog found himself to be King. He wasn't a "ruler", but a fighter, who enjoyed competing in events such as caber-tossing.


As King, Zøg is a stereotypical tyrannical king of old, ruling with only his self-interest in mind. He is cruel, teasing his son Derek mercilessly; he yells a lot, especially at Bean; and he is vain, as any lies other than flattery are a mortal crime, but also wishes not to hear the truth. His personality seems to have been embittered as a result of the loss of his beloved and perfect wife Queen Dagmar who had turned to stone 15 years ago, and whom he dearly misses; in an attempt to save her, he ardently seeks the Elixir of Life to restore her to his side. His own insensitivity and inability to deal with female emotions means he struggled to have a healthy relationship with his daughter Bean, who instead was brought up by her handmaiden Bunty and numerous drinking buddies. Despite his issues with her, he realizes that he is the cause of Bean's misery and alcoholism, but he cannot do anything about it except yell. Despite his penchant for flattery, he does admit his flaws as he once admit that he is not a healthy man.


Zog and Dagmar's wedding.

  • Queen Dagmar: Bean's mother, petrified (at least until Dreamland Falls). He wishes to restore her to his side because she was the love of his life. In the events of Dreamland Falls, he learns of her attempt to poison him thanks in part to Luci's past time of crystal-gazing, and has a hard time coping with it; he is also one of the few survivors of her attack on Dreamland.
  • Bean: His only daughter with Dagmar. He has had a difficult relationship with his daughter Bean ever since her mother was turned to stone, though it has recovered somewhat.
  • Queen Oona: Zog's second wife. After Queen Dagmar was turned to stone, he was forced to marry with Oona to secure an alliance (and thus end the conflict) with Dankmire. Obviously she was angry at him with Dagmar's return.
  • Derek: His only son with Oona, and now-king to Dreamland.
  • Elfo: Zog (inspired to find the Elixer of Life) captures Elfo in a cage, poking holes in the bottom so Elfo can dance and prance, and subjects him to blood tests, but it is apparent that he liked Elfo, and was genuinely upset about his passing.
  • Luci: he shares a (developing) friendship with Luci the Demon, believing him to be a talking cat. At first, he utterly dislikes him, kicking him whenever he would talk, but around Dreamland Falls, he begins talking more and more with Luci, sharing his feelings with him.
  • Ursula: He dated Ursula, a forest selkie in part 2 of season 1.

Running Gags

  • Describing Out Loud:
    • When inspecting something King Zog has a habit of doing so out loud. The running gag is that the final item to be inspected is in some way unexpected or upsetting.
    • The gag is established in the first episode when inspects the wedding cake: he does so from top to bottom, with everything being satisfactory until he reaches the message rearranged by Bean from Great Bentwood Dreamland Alliance to Get Bent Dad. This causes him to freak out.
    • The pattern is repeated in the third episode when the King inspects the suspect from bottom to top. He freaks out when he realizes it is (quite obviously) Bean.
    • On the third occasion, the King returns to his castle after being treated for a stomach bug caused from drinking dirty water. He documents his journey from the front entrance to the throne room, and seems disappointed when nothing was out of place. He obviously expects the place to be trashed, and accounts for his meticulous documentation being caused by a stroke on the way back from the spa. The expectation is in his mind (and the audiences) that something will go wrong. This expectation is averted (nothing to see here) until a little later on when the body parts fall from the chimney. (This is a delayed punchline).
    • The pattern is repeated with the ear explosions: they fail to go off when he expected them to, instead going off in an unexpected manner.
  • Talking Cat: he believes Luci to be a talking cat after Bean came up with that on the spot, and oftentimes kicks him away (until Dreamland Falls, where he begins to warm up to him and talk to him more) .
  • Liking Bean Violent: In multiple times through season one he tends to like Bean more when she is doing something or talking about murder or death, such when she threatened to bite out his spinal chord if he mentions her buck-teeth again, he replies thats my girl! Or when he walks in on Bean and Luci, asks if they're doing anything suspicious he should know about, to which Bean replies making murder plans with my cat, to which Zog casually replies, Oh that's nice. Goodnight sweetie.

Cultural References

  • Zog I of Albania (1895-1961): King Zøg has a reference in the only modern King of Albania.


  • Zøg claims to be a patron of the arts.
  • He has the tendency to execute people by pit trap in which they fall to their doom at the sea level below the castle.
  • He was one of the co-hosts of the event Harvest Blessing which took place in Dreamland. The report was shown in the episode Swamp and Circumstance.
  • He can read. This is an uncommon trait, because in medieval times literacy was uncommon even amongst the nobility. Despite this, Zog isn't a great fan of reading.
  • A giant hay effigy of him is created and burned at the harvest festival.
  • While performing a play marking the history between Dreamland and Dankmire, a Dankmirian child is dressed up to look like him.
  • His coat of arms is a tree with branches and roots clearly visible, separated by two colours. This is almost identical to that of Sir Bedevere's (Terry Jones) in Monty Python and The Holy Grail.[2]
  • Zøg does share similarities with the Scotsman from the Cartoon Network animated series, Samurai Jack (which John DiMaggio also voiced). Both are Red-haired (and moustached) skilled warriors. Both ill-mannered and stubborn that they (sometimes) wouldn't list to reason and are known for yelling constantly. Both are passionate about their wives and do anything to keep them safe and alive, and both have daughters that are also skilled warriors as well (for Zøg he as Bean, while for the Scotsman he has his 28 daughters, which appeared in season 5)
  • His battle cry "Bite my shiny metal axe!" when attacking a beast with his axe is a homage to Bender's catchphrase "Bite my shiny metal ass!", also voiced by John DiMaggio.
  • He has a jester for entertainment, a news reader (otherwise known as the Herald) and enjoys watching executions.
  • Zøg's character is strikingly similar to Robert Baratheon's from the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. Both were nobles that were never meant (or wanted) to be king, that ended up being on a throne without the skills or knowledge on being a ruler. Both were highly skilled and fit warriors that turned fat upon becoming king due to a mixture of overindulgence and grief (for Zøg this happened after Dagmar's supposed death); had a woman they loved only for them to be taken away (in Zøg's case it was temporary; Robert's was supposedly kidnapped) and had a political marriage that left them miserable (for Zog it was his second marriage).
    • The similarity of character is down to the fact that both are tokens of the trope of fat royalty, known as adipose rex (literally fat king).[3] In short, G.R.R. Martin utilised this trope in the creation of Robert Baratheon, and the writing team behind Disenchantment utilised it in the creation of King Zøg. It is unknown to what extent Zøg is inspired by Robert, as they are both tokens of the same trope, but given the amount of Dragon Eggs, it cannot be ruled out.


King Zog: It's hard to know what to do without yellin'.

King Zog: Cancel all other crusades - we'll find the one true god next year.

King Zog: Lying to me in any other way than flattery is a mortal crime.

Bean: I've just realised, you're the reason I have a drinking problem.
King Zog: Of course I am - I'm your father.
Bean: You know what else you are? You're selfish, you're a terrible king and even if you do find a way to live for eternity, no-one in their right mind would want to spend it with you!
King Zog: Take her away until she stops pointing things out.

King Zog: (irritably) Everytime that girl gets a little responsibility, somebody winds up alive...

Luci: Me? Ow! Uh, meow! That's what cats say, right?
Zog: I'm not here to answer cat questions. (Kicks Luci away nonchalantly)

Zog: Ladies, ladies, please! ... (to Odval) I'm much more embarrassed than I am aroused!

Zog: Well I guess the only bright side is, now I got nothing left to lose. (Hangs head sadly, crown falls) (weak stretching) Heh... Except for the thing...that says I'm a KING. AH COME AAAAHHHHN!


  1. Bean's full name is Princess Tiabeanie Mariabeanie de la Rochambeau Grunkwitz, not Drunkowitz - she just called herself that while drunk. Grunkwitz is Zog'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
  2. Sir Bedevere's Coat of Arms in MPATHG
  3. Adipose Rex
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