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* Shrek explaining to Donkey why he is the way he is:
-->'''Shrek:''' It's the world that has a problem with ''me!'' People take one look at me and say, "Ahh! Help! Run! A big, stupid, ugly ogre..." *depressed* They judge me before they even know me...** And don't forget the scene after Shrek and Fiona split up, and everything's going as planned, but both are completely miserable. What really pushes it into tearjerker territory is the heartbreaking "Hallelujah" playing in the background.
* The misunderstanding where Shrek overhears Fiona saying, "Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly?" is painfully hard to watch. Extra points for being depressing both from Fiona's side ''and'' Shrek's side of the conversation.
* ''"I live alone! Me! My swamp! Nobody else, understand? Especially useless, annoying, pathetic'' '''''talking donkeys!"''''' Just...that. During the whole line, he's obviously trying not to cry, and for once in his life he's let himself have a friend, let himself fall in love, and he thinks it can't be and is trying to shove Donkey out of his life. To make it worse, there's Donkey's clearly-hurt expression and
-->'''Donkey:''' But...I thought--
-->'''Shrek:''' Yeah, well you know what? You thought wrong!
* The TwistEnding: [[spoiler:"...I'm supposed to be beautiful..." "But you ''are'' beautiful."]]