- "Oh, leave them alone Carmelita!"
- —Duncan Quagmire, defending the Baudelaires
Duncan Quagmire is one of the Quagmire triplets, along with his sister and brother, Isadora Quagmire and Quigley Quagmire, and thus is one of the heirs to the infamous and prized Quagmire Sapphires. He loves journalism and hopes to become a renouned journalist, and he admires Dorothy Parker. He passionately hates The Daily Punctilio because of its lies and misconceptions. He, like his sister, always carries around a notebook to write down thoughts and discoveries. When many people meet Isadora and Duncan they assume they are twins, but actually are were triplets.
Before The Austere Academy
Duncan and his sister were likely named after famous dancer Isadora Duncan. Before the Baudelaires came into the picture, Duncan and his family suffered a terrible tragedy when a fire broke out in their mansion. The Quagmire parents acted quickly for their children, stuffing Quigley down in a tunnel while running to find the other two. Duncan and Isadora are saved, although their parents died, but go on believing that Quigley also perished with them. They later find out that their brother escaped to Montgomery Montgomery's house via the underground tunnel.
The Austere Academy
Duncan is first introduced in The Austere Academy when he tells Carmelita Spats to leave the Baudelaires alone. He and his sister, Isadora, were placed in Prufrock Preparatory School in the same circumstances as the Baudelaires, minus the fact they didn't know that any villain was after them. Duncan and Isadora were always kind to the Baudelaires and being orphans, were highly disliked by Carmelita Spats. As orphans, Duncan and Isadora were outcasts and despised in the school, although several hints in the books say that there were probably many more orphans at the school at the same time or around when they went. Duncan's teacher was Mr. Remora, the same as Violet's.
When the Baudelaires were being harassed by Count Olaf, who was back in disguise as Coach Genghis, and made to run laps every night, the Quagmires get involved, despite the Baudelaires' apprehension. When Vice Principal Nero puts on his violin concerts that must be attended by everyone, they sneak out to watch the Baudelaires and Genghis to make sure he wouldn't try anything suspicious. Things go terribly wrong and the Quagmires are "whisked away" by Olaf and his troupe and yell "V.F.D.!" to the orphans as they are driven away.
The Ersatz Elevator
Throughout the sixth book they are held prisoner by Olaf and Esmé Squalor in an empty elevator shaft. The Baudelaires find them but when they attempt to rescue them, they've already been moved. The Baudelaire orphans then discover that there is a tunnel from 667 Dark Avenue leading all the way to the remains of their mansion. When they go to the Inn Auction hosted by Esmé Squalor and Gunther (Olaf in disguise) they try to get Jerome to get the box of doilies that they think the Quagmires are hidden in. However, they open it and the Quagmires aren't in it. Olaf and his henchmen run off and the Baudelaires realize the Quagmires were hidden in the Red Herring.
The Vile Village
In the seventh installment, Mr. Poe is actively working on both the Quagmire and Baudelaire cases. He travels by helicopter looking for them while the Baudelaires are transported to their new home: the Village of Fowl Devotees the Baudelaires spend most of the book searching for their friends and finally realize they are hidden in the town center's crow fountain. As the Baudelaires had been thrown in jail on false charges of murder by Olaf (disguised as Detective Dupin), they are chased by villagers and Olaf's crew. while Hector, with his hot-air mobile, is in the sky above the house they were staying at. The Quagmires manage to climb up the rope but the Baudelaires, seeing that they cannot make the climb with the all of the villages crows flying around them and being dangerously close to being harpooned by Esmé Squalor, stay on the ground.
The Slippery Slope
Not much is said about Duncan until book ten, when we learn that the V.F.D. trained eagles (now in the clutches of Olaf) are being sent to attack the flying vessel that Duncan, Isadora, and Hector are in.
After The Slippery Slope
In the next series of stories, the Baudelaires are told that Quigley is safe and that Quigley arrived in time to fight off many eagles only to see that the hot air balloon mobile crashed directly onto the Queequeg, holding Captain Widdershins, Fiona, Fernald, and Kit, underneath them. This is told to the Baudelaires in The End by Kit after she has washed up on the shores of the island. She says that "The Great Unknown" came towards them and she did not know whether the massive creature, if that is what it is, swallowed them up or saved them.
Duncan is portrayed by Dylan Kingwell in the TV series, who is also Quigley.
- The Austere Academy
- The Ersatz Elevator
- The Vile Village
- The Hostile Hospital (Mentioned only)
- The Slippery Slope (Mentioned only)
- The Grim Grotto (Mentioned only)
- The Penultimate Peril (Mentioned only)
- The End (Mentioned only)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)
- ↑ Quigley and his siblings were stated as being taken by the Great Unknown and, for a long time it is not known as to whether it killed them. However, in Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights? Lemony pushes Hangfire to his death at the hands of the Bombinating Beast, also known as The Great Unknown, so it is likely that Duncan faced his death at the hands of the same creature.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 PROSE: The Austere Academy
- ↑ PROSE: The Ersatz Elevator
- ↑ PROSE: The Vile Village