Good Question

Good Question

Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 06:36AM EST by Y F.

Added Apr 16, 2019 at 12:56PM EDT by Matt.

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"Good Question" is a memorable quote uttered by the titular character in the film Shrek. In the film, Shrek sarcastically says the line when asked why he, an ogre, not Lord Farquaad, saved Princess Fiona. A screen capture of Shrek saying the line has since been used as a reaction image macro online.


On April 22nd, 2001, the film Shrek was released in the United States. In the film, when Shrek rescues Princess Fiona from a dragon, Fiona asks why Lord Farquaad did not rescue her.[1] Shrek responds, "Good question. You should ask him that when we get there" (clip below).

On April 15th, 2019, Redditor [5] egarciat posted a template of the "Good Question" format for use in caption image macros on the /r/Shrek subreddit (shown below).

Good question


That day, Redditor [2] ThiccSandwich69 posted a screenshot of Shrek saying the line on the /r/dankmemes subreddit. They captioned the image "When mom asks why your homework folder is more than 10 terabytes." The post received more than 8,600 points (98% upvoted) and 40 comments (shown below, left).

The Redditor[3] then posted the image as the punchline to a joke about the /r/dankmemes-Instagram War. The post received more than 15,000 points (98% upvoted) and 50 comments (shown below, center).

Throughout the day, others used the format as the punchline to jokes about the apprehension to explain an embarrassing detail (example below, right).

That day, the website StayHipp[4] published a story about the memes.

When mom asks why your homework folder is more than 10 terabytes Good question Instagram: we have better memes Reddit. who makes them Instagram: 2 Good question Quasimodo when the church asks him what happened to the cathedral Good question

Various Examples

What happened in Tiananmen Square, China in 1989? Good question the rest of europe: what happened to those 10,000,000+ civilians? Joseph Stalin: Good question EU: Are you going to leave the EU or not UK Good question
Germany: wait why did we lose the war Japan: Good question Schools: The Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell me: Ok Cool, but how do taxes work Schools: Good question When you ask Shrek why this meme started trending the same day Notre-Dame burned down. Good question

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