->''"The greatest fairy tale never told."''

A CGI-animated tetralogy by DreamworksAnimation loosely based on a 1990 book about an ogre in a fairy tale land who just wants to live in his swamp undisturbed, but is dragged against his will into fighting for the fate of entire kingdoms.

In the first movie (2001), Shrek (Mike Myers) is driven into conflict with [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Lord Farquaad]], who banishes all magical creatures from his kingdom, forcing them to seek refuge in Shrek's swamp. He teams up with an annoying talking donkey named Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and is forced to rescue Princess Fiona (CameronDiaz) for him so Farquaad would give him the swamp back. However, Fiona's previously-unknown curse, and Shrek falling in love with her, disrupt Farquaad's entire plan to marry a princess and become a king.

In ''Shrek 2'' (2004), Fiona, [[LateArrivalSpoiler now an ogress]] and Shrek's wife, travels with him to the kingdom of Far Far Away, ruled by her parents. Meanwhile, Prince Charming, who was supposed to rescue Fiona instead of Shrek, desires the kingdom for himself, helped by his mother, the FairyGodmother. He first tries to dispose of Shrek by deploying Puss-in-Boots (AntonioBanderas), a famous ogre hunter, but the cat ends up [[HeelFaceTurn becoming friends with Shrek and Donkey]]. After Shrek drinks a potion that temporarily makes him and Fiona human, the FairyGodmother makes Charming pose as the human Shrek.

In ''Shrek the Third'' (2007), King Harold dies, leaving the ogre couple as his successors, and Shrek, unable to accept this fate, leaves Far Far Away to search for another heir to the throne, a teenage loser named [[KingArthur Arthur Pendragon]] (JustinTimberlake). Meanwhile, Prince Charming rallies various fairy tale villains and organizes a coup, taking over Far Far Away, and Fiona (pregnant with Shrek's kids) assembles her own team of fairy tale princesses to confront him.

In ''Shrek Forever After'' (2010), Shrek, now a domesticated family man, longs for the days when he felt like a "real ogre" and is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

Notorious for its humor, both witty and slapstick, for turning everything we knew from fairy tales upside-down, and for a ridiculously modern feel of its medieval fantasy setting. The first film's huge success (combined with it easily outdrawing the DisneyAnimatedCanon entry ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', which opened a month later) convinced Dreamworks that 2D is dead, and scrapped their 2D films all together, "apologized" for them, and even convinced other executives in the same idea, paving the way for all films thereafter -- it is unclear if 2D films will regain top priority again. ''Shrek'' was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. ''Shrek'' and its sequels are Dreamworks' defining hits, "Fiona's Theme" plays during the studio's VanityPlate in all their animated films now, and the character of Shrek is now their unofficial mascot.

Adapted into TheMusical, which opened on Broadway in 2008 and has since closed and launched a United States tour. There is also a ChristmasSpecial, ''Shrek the Halls'', and a {{Halloween Special}}, ''Scared Shrekless''. Another film, entitled ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' was released in 2011. It is set before the events of ''Shrek 2'', and chronicles the backstory of Puss in Boots. It's worth to note that the film is "ogre-less". Creator/GuillermoDelToro is the executive producer. Ride/UniversalStudios features ''Shrek 4D'' (titled as ''The Ghost of Lord Farquaad'' on some video releases), which is set immediately after Shrek and Fiona's wedding and details a ghostly Lord Farquaad's attempt to get Fiona back. Finally, there's an extensive series of [[VideoGame/{{Shrek}} tie-in games]] of [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames varying]] [[NoProblemWithLicensedGames quality]].

A fifth film is being planned according to Jeffrey Katzenberg, as the series was originally planned to be a Pentalogy. The company has yet to officially announce what it will be about or who will be involved.

Now has a fledgling [[Characters/{{Shrek}} character sheet]] and a [[FanficRecs/{{Shrek}} Fanfic recs page]].
!!Provides examples of:


* AccentAdaptation: The Mexican dub rendered Puss's GratuitousSpanish as Castilian, and Donkey's AAVE as a Mexico City accent.
** The Spanish dub substitutes Puss' generic Spanish accent for a thick Malaga accent (Banderas is from Malaga). Banderas voices Puss in the English, Spanish, and Italian versions.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Shrek -- and all ogres -- are exceptionally nimble and agile for their size.
* AdaptationExpansion: Really, when you're adapting a short children's book into even a single feature-length movie, let alone an entire franchise, this is inevitable.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Played straight and inverted for different characters. TheBigBadWolf is one of the heroes (and, in the third film, so is one of the Ugly Stepsisters) while some traditionally malevolent fairytale creatures like Dragon and the ogres are for the most part sympathetic. On the other hand, Red Riding Hood is a thief while Lancelot and Guenivere are both {{Jerkass}}es who mistreat a young KingArthur, and Geppetto, far from the benevolent father figure he is usually depicted as, is seen turning in Pinocchio. [[spoiler:PrinceCharming and the FairyGodmother]] are also major antagonists.
* [[ADogNamedDog A Donkey Named Donkey]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: The Big Bad Wolf.
* AscendedExtra: Many of the fairy tale characters from the first film get gradually more important as the films go on. They are specifically the Gingerbread Man, Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, and Pinocchio. Dragon also becomes more important, and Mavis the Ugly Sister in the second film becomes quite important in the third.
** This even occurs for the villains. Captain Hook makes an appearance playing piano in the VillainBar in the second film, before making a more prominent appearance in the third. And Rumpelstiltskin briefly featured in the third (albeit with a completely difference appearance), before going on to be the BigBad of the fourth.
* ActionGirl: Princess Fiona. She gets it from her mother, who is now a RetiredBadass (she can smash through a wall with her head with no problem even in her old age.)
* AnAesop
* AnachronismStew: The defining trait of Shrek's world, ranging from most characters speaking with American accents in medieval Europe, to featuring characters from stories set in different eras, to [[BlandNameProduct restaurants and retail outlets suspiciously similar to those in modern times]]. The list goes on and on.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Several instances. For example, In Scared Shrekless, Donkey refuses to believe that Farquaad's ghost haunts Duloc castle. Even though he has in fact ''seen and interacted with'' Farquaad's ghost.
* BabiesEverAfter: The ogrelings, whom the fourth film reveals to be named Fergus, Farkle and Felicia.
* {{Badass}}: Most notably Fiona and Puss in Boots, and especially Shrek himself.
* BadGuyBar: The second and third movies have a straight example featuring fairy tale bad guys. "The Poison Apple Bar" features Captain Hook on piano. It also has signs saying "Unhappy Hour" and "We Reserve the Right to Behead Anyone".
* BeneathTheMask: Fiona at the beginning of the movie acts like a stereotypical DisneyPrincess with Shrek. However, she slowly reveals herself as an ActionGirl who fights dirty, much like Shrek.
* BetaCouple: Donkey and Dragon
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Prince Charming.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BigLittleMan: Our first glimpse of Lord Farquaad involves him striding dramatically along a corridor, camera focused on his face or body at a strange angle, then when the camera and scenery go still, he's revealed to be maybe half the height of the guards.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: FairyGodmother.
* BlackComedy: A few scenes:
** [[spoiler:The king's death]] in ''Shrek the Third''.
** Alternate-universe Puss [[spoiler:eating alternate-universe Gingy.]]
** The exploding bird in the first movie... whose eggs are used for breakfast.
** The entirety of ''Scared Shrekless'', including a ''Film/TheExorcist'' parody!
*** Not to mention the resprised Duloc song, which is much darker than the original.
-->'''Puppets''': ''We will chop off your head, and then laugh when you're dead!''
* BlandNameProduct: Numerous:
** The mandatory [=WcDonald=]'s, and "Farbucks Coffee".
** And "Burger Prince" and "Banana Kingdom".
** And Friar's Fat Boy, a play on the family restaurant chain Bob's Big Boy.
* BridgeLogic
* BrokenAce: Prince Charming parodies this trope. Instead of KnightInShiningArmor on the outside, self-loathing mess on the inside, he's FailureKnight on the outside and [[MommasBoy pure juvenile mama's boy]] on the inside.
** You have to admit he's a pretty good stage director, considering he got that entire thing set up in like a day.
* BrokenAesop: In a meta sense. Shrek has appeared in [=PSAs=] about healthy eating & ads for junk food.
* CakeToppers: When Fiona looks at her and Farquuad's wedding cake toppers, she smushes his down into the cake to more accurately show his height.
* CanonDisContinuity:
** Rumpelstiltskin in ''Shrek the Third'' and Rumpelstiltskin in ''Shrek Forever After''.
** There's a similar case in the original Shrek. Who's that right at the end turning the onion and mice into a carriage? [[spoiler:Hint: It's the FairyGodmother.]]
** Maybe the fourth movie's Rumpelstiltskin was the actual trickster from the fairy tale and the third movie-version was simply some random guy who played on everyone's assumption of Rumpelstiltskin's appearance?
** One might guess that they just forgot what they did in the previous movie only 4 years ago, but comments in the DVD special features of ''Shrek Forever After'' indicate that it's more likely they [[ViewersAreGoldfish hoped the audience did]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Any BigBad in each movie, except Farquaad.
** Literally in the case of ''Shrek 2''.
*** Prince Charming does have some sympathetic moments in the third film though, as [[JerkassWoobie he is genuinely anguished as to how he doesn't have a Happily Ever After of his own]].
* CatStereotype: Puss-in-Boots is a swashbuckling, wisecracking orange cat.
* CheatedAngle: When Puss in Boots is introduced in ''Shrek 2'', his upper and lower halves are separated. The scene is dark enough that you can't see it, but they wanted the head and boots farther apart than they would actually be.
* CheerfulChild: Donkey.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Muffin Man. First mentioned briefly by Gingy in the first movie, then [[spoiler:is enlisted in first sequel to help Shrek stop Fiona from kissing Prince Charming in time by baking a giant version of the Gingerbread Man]]. And shows up in the last sequel baking the birthday cake for the Shreklings.
%%* Crowning Moment of X: Please list all of these on the subpages. Thanks.
* CulturalTranslation: The Polish dub of the ''Shrek'' movies are full of Polish pop-culture references. For example Donkey sings the theme song of a Polish TV drama when Shrek decides to go to the Potion Factory in ''Shrek 2''. Donkey also generates much ActorAllusion to the known actor voicing him.
* CuteKitten: Repeatedly {{invoked}} by Puss-In-Boots, using his cute kitten eyes.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Fiona. Considering how much she resembles her mother, Felicia looks likely to grow up to be one of these too.
* DarkReprise: The Duloc puppet song in ''Scared Shrekless'', which manages to be ''[[LyricalDissonance less]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9tUI_S6Cjg creepy than the original]] (though Gingy would say otherwise).
* DancePartyEnding: All the ''Shrek'' films love this trope. Taken to even greater levels in the DVD releases, which include bonus 'dance party' epilogues such as the first film's 'Swamp Karaoke Party' and the second's parody of ''American Idol''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shrek, big time. [[SarcasmBlind Often lost on Donkey]], much to his irritation.
** Rumpelstiltskin in the fourth movie, ''soooo much''.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the entire FairyTale genre. TheOgre is the hero, the nobleman is a PrinceCharmless, and the princess [[CharacterDevelopment grows out of]] [[GenreSavvy her dependence on stereotypes]] and settles happily into the life of an ogress. [[ActionGirl She also knows martial arts]]. And that's just from ''one'' movie.
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce:
** Fiona looks like she'll have a typical 'Snow White' moment... but the bird explodes because she hit a high note (or rather, missed the high note). She then cooks its eggs for breakfast.
** Snow White herself starts to have a 'Snow White' moment in the third movie. She then sends the mob of animals she gathered charging after some guards.
* {{Dissimile}}: Shrek's attempted "Ogres are like onions" simile in the first film.
* DistressedDamsel: Subverted with Fiona, lampshaded with the other Fairytale Princesses.
* DoubleEntendre:
** The running gag in the first movie -- "Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?" Kids think it refers to [[TheNapoleon his height]]. Adults think it refers to his... length.
** The constant use of the word "ass" to mean a literal donkey but in phrases where it usually means the human buttocks. "Nobody likes a kissass." "I have to save my ass." "You still look like an ass to me."
* DragonHoard: Dragon sleeps on-top of a mountain of treasure. She doesn't seem that bothered by the collection of treasure in the sequels, though.
* [[DubNameChange Dub Species Change]]: In some languages that don't have an equivalent for the word "ogre", Shrek is a "troll" instead. Curiously averted in the Dutch version, where "ogre" became "oger".
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The crew called them Disney Sparkles.
* TheEvilPrince: Prince Charming in ''Shrek the Third''.
* ExpressiveEars: Many characters have these.
* FaceHeelTurn: The whole series is about this - stereotypically bad characters turning into heroes and secondary heroes, dropping their facades of jerkishness and so on.
* FairyInABottle: They're used for lights.
* FantasyCounterpartAppliance: The Magic Mirror doubles as a television set.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Modern-day America.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* Fartillery: Shrek jumps into a pond, naked, and farts. three fish in the pond who died from the fart rise up and Shrek smirks as he takes one of the fart-killed fish out of the pond.
* FlippantForgiveness: "All right, Donkey. I forgive you...for stabbing me in the back!"
* FollowTheLeader: Several other {{fractured fairytale}}- based films, such as ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNeverAfter''.
* FracturedFairyTale
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Two of them, both [[DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce parodied]].
* {{Gasshole}}: Shrek, Fiona, and to all appearances, all ogres.
* GenreSavvy: "This is the part where you run away."
* GentleGiant: Shrek, [[AntiHero kind of]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: All Dreamworks films are fond of this.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Fiona's mother looks pretty good for being in, presumably, her sixties. And if the we go off what the Fairy Godmother looks like now, one can only imagine how attractive she must have looked in her younger years
* GratuitousFrench: Robin Hood, who ,despite being a British folklore character, speaks with a French accent for no particular reason.
* GratuitousSpanish: Puss in Boots.
* TheGrinch: Shrek in ''Shrek the Halls''.
* GroinAttack: Happens to Shrek once a movie.
* HairFlip: PrinceCharming does this on multiple occasions.
* HalfEmptyTwoShot: Used twice to show how alone Shrek and Fiona feel after their big fight. Fiona is shown sitting at an otherwise unoccupied table, with the table in the center of the shot. This is immediately followed by Shrek sitting at his table, on the opposite side (from the camera's perspective).
* HappilyMarried: It's not always smooth sailing, but Shrek and Fiona definitely love each other. The same goes for Donkey and Dragon.
* HeadlessHorseman: One of the patrons of the Poisoned Apple in the second film, and part of Charming's army of villains in the third.
** He also got a DUI during the second movie. Shrek and Co. plow into him while he's taking a field sobriety test. Touching the nose he doesn't have.
* TheHermit: Shrek in the first film, due to society's views of ogres.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Fiona.
* HighOnCatnip: In ''Shrek 2'', guards capture Shrek and friends and one finds a bag of catnip on Puss-In-Boots' person. Puss denies that it's his.
* HollywoodKiss: Shrek and Fiona.
* HorsebackHeroism: Spoofed with Prince Charming.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Donkey and Dragon, which leads to some of the most adorable mutant babies in film history.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Shrek & human!Fiona in the first film and inverted with Dragon & Donkey, Fiona & Farquaad. The second has Charming and his mum, inverted with Harold and Lillian [[spoiler:even BEFORE he's changed back...]]
** Still as both ogres or humans, Fiona is quite petite compared to Shrek.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Which is partly why Donkey follows Shrek around.
-->'''Donkey''': ''(Singing)'' But you gotta have friends...!
-->'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis STOP! SINGING!''']]
** It's hinted that Shrek wants this too, but his hermit persona hides it, because deep down he has realized he can never have friends, thus at least requiring privacy.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Puss in Boots was introduced on the second film, and became popular enough to get his own movie.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Frequent from Shrek, but Donkey never gets them. Also a lot of the names of shops.
* InformedAttractiveness: Shrek when he becomes a human in the second film. He's definitely handsome, but not quite at the level where every female characters start fawning over him.
* InkSuitActor: Although this has become attributed to {{Creator/DreamWorks| Animation}} movies in general. See the picture on the trope page.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Dragon likes to pull the Big Damn Heroics.
* InsultFriendlyFire: Particularly in the first film - Shrek is crushed to hear Fiona asking Donkey who could love a "hideous beast". He only finds out that Fiona was talking about herself later.
* ITasteDelicious: In a recent advertising campaign.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Farquaad in ''Shrek'' and Lancelot as well as his friends in ''Shrek the Third''.
** It becomes revealed after her first scene that Fairy Godmother herself without a single doubt is.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shrek.
** Snow White in ''Third'' seems stubborn and lazy, but is genuinely loyal.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Charming and Lancelot, both subverted.
* KnightInSourArmor: Shrek is crude, hot-tempered and cynical, but nearly always manages to do the right thing, especially for people (and donkeys) that have proven they're able to see past the idea of "big, stupid, ugly ogres".
* LadyAndKnight: Subverted.
* LargeHam:
** Arthur when he's "angsting". And Shrek [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]].
-->'''Shrek:''' Well, well. [[HamAndCheese Would you like some eggs to go with that ham?]]
** Lord Farquaad and Prince Charming also have their moments (Charming especially during the climax of ''Shrek the Third'': "With soft and bouncy haaaaaaaaiiiiiiir!")
** Puss in Boots has his moments. Witness this immortal line from the fourth movie: "FeedMe...if you dare!"
** Rumpelstiltskin.
** A non-talking example in ''Shrek 2'': As a troupe of trumpeters from Far Far Away make their grand entrance into Shrek and Fiona's swamp, concluding their performance as they reach Shrek's hut, one of the trumpeters within the troupe decides to continue on, giving an over-the-top, show-stopping performance that sounds like the ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' theme that leaves Shrek, Fiona and Donkey confused and the herald that has an invitation for the two quite clearly annoyed.
---> "''Enough'', Reggie."
* LarynxDissonance: Larry King and Regis Philbin as Evil Stepsisters. Yes, ''these'' two.
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball, it is based on the first three films, and was a rethemed ''Pinball/FamilyGuy'' game. [[Pinball/{{Shrek}} Click here for details.]]
* LostInTranslation: In some versions, like the norwegian one, Shrek is called a "troll". This is because of there not being an equivalent to the word "ogre" in their vocabularies.
* {{Magitek}}: Shrek's magical TV-mirror, among many other examples.
* ManChild: Prince Charming in ''Shrek 2''.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* MatchCut: A number of complex CGI-aided examples.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Shrek" is the Yiddish word for "monster", derived from the German word "shreck", meaning "terror" or "fright".
** Also, "Farquaad" is a slightly-slurred mispronunciation of an obscene term for an unpleasant person.
*** This one gets a lampshade in a ''FoxTrot'' comic, where Paige tries to convince Peter (who works at the theater) to let her into the movie for free. She starts describing the cast ("Shrek and Fiona and the evil Prince..."); Peter interrupts, saying there's no way he'll let her do that, and in the last panel she finishes her sentence ("...Farquaad.") while shooting him a death glare.
*** Farquaad was actually named after one of the quadrangles in Notre Dame University, where many of the filmmakers graduated - allusions to it can be found throughout the movies. The quadrangle was situated far away, i.e. a "far quad".
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Shrek both uses and subverts this trope. On the one hand, he turns out to have a heart of gold. On the other hand, he's still an ogre, and proud of it.
* TheMockbuster: Not one of the movies themselves (though it wouldn't be surprising if one was floating around), but the characters star in Gameloft's [=iOS=] game ''[[MarioKart Shrek Kart]]''.
* TheNapoleon: Lord Farquaad in ''Shrek''.
* NeutralFemale: Subverted.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Farquaad inadvertently greatly upset the plans of all three villains who came after him by sending Shrek to rescue Fiona.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Lord Farquaad was widely rumoured to be modelled on Disney's then-CEO Michael Eisner as a TakeThat on the part of the film's executive producer (and former Disney executive) Jeffrey Katzenberg. His kingdom is a parody of [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]].
** Shrek [[http://www.digititles.com/content/was-the-french-angel-maurice-tillet-the-model-for-shrek bears a very strong resemblance to "The French Angel", Maurice Tillet]].
* NonHumanSidekick: Technically, Shrek himself is non-human, but Donkey and Puss qualify nonetheless.
* NonSequiturThud: After the Queen [[spoiler:[[AwesomeButImpractical headbutts her second wall]].]]
* NumberedSequels: Played with for the third and fourth ones.
* OddCouple: Shrek and Donkey, later Shrek and Fiona, and later still Shrek and Arthur.
* OddNameOut: According to WordOfGod, the dronkeys' names are Eclair, Bananas, Peanut, [[CallBack Parfait]], Coco and... ''Debbie...''
* OfficialCouple: Shrek and Fiona.
* PrecisionFStrike: Notably for a kids' film - Donkey's "Chicks dig that romantic crap!" in the first movie.
* PrinceCharmless: Prince Charming in ''Shrek 2''.
* PsychopathicManChild: Prince Charming in ''Shrek the Third''.
* PuppyDogEyes: Puss-in-Boots. Spoofed in the third film when Puss tries this while in Donkey's body and fails to do anything.
* RedheadInGreen: Fiona. The fact that at the end of the first movie she becomes an ogress permanently and gains green skin as well doesn't help matters.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Donkey.
* SapientSteed: Donkey! [[spoiler:Who only functions as a steed for half of the second movie and a part of the fourth, but still.]]
* SchizoTech
* SequelReset: The first movie ended with HappilyEverAfter, but the sequels have been putting that off ever since. The second film reveals there was in fact an actual Prince Charming that was supposed to break the curse on Fiona, and that her royal parents are still around; the action picks up after the lovers' honeymoon as they're forced to meet her parents, causing another go-round of problems regarding Shrek's self-esteem. The amusing new characters as well as ones who got expanded roles helped mitigate this for audiences, but reaction to the third film (where Shrek now has to get out of being king if he ever hopes to live out his life in the swamp, and the loose end of 2 involving Prince Charming's fate is brought up) suggests the formula is wearing thin. And the fourth movie does a total reset with time travel.
** [[ExactWords Technically]] it was "''And they lived '''Ugly''' Ever After''".
* SerkisFolk: The entire cast.
* ShuttingUpNow
* ShoutOut: Lots of them, mostly to Disney, though the giant gingerbread man is named "Mongo" as a tribute to ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' and there's a lot to other fantasy stories and films.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: This happens 3 times in ''Shrek the Third''. The first is when the music during the king's funeral turns out to be singing frogs. The second is when Shrek and Artie are about to have a heart-to-heart talk, and Merlin turns on the music for mood. Finally, the dramatic music during a fight scene is actually Captain Hook playing on the piano.
** {{Inverted}}, kinda, in ''Shrek 2''. The FairyGodmother starts singing "Holding Out for a Hero", then the dramatic rescue begins, [[DiegeticSwitch with the song as BGM]]. But she's still singing throughout as it switches between dance and rescue.
** The ChristmasSpecial ''Shrek the Halls'' does with a sound effect: the "squealing kettle" noise that accompanies Shrek losing his temper is revealed to be an ''actual'' squealing kettle.
*** It even shows up in the original film: When Shrek's rescued Fiona and the group is journeying back to Lord Farquaad's castle, they get waylaid by Robin Hood. Cue fight scene. A lively accordion piece quickly starts up, holds a note during a [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]-style OrbitalShot (where (mostly) [[CaptainObvious everything stops in place]]), and stops again as Fiona knocks out Friar Tuck, who was playing the instrument.
*** The first film also has Fiona's Theme playing while Farquaad is admiring Fiona's image. It then turns out the music is coming from the Magic Mirror itself.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: King Harold in ''Shrek 2'' has a good example of a non-death HeroicSacrifice, as he throws himself in the path of the FairyGodmother's wand to save Shrek and Fiona. The result is that his previous 'happy ending' is removed and he is turned back to the frog he was. But he's still alive at the end of the movie, and his wife doesn't mind his being a frog at all. Unfortunately, within the first act of ''Shrek the Third'', King Harold, well, [[IncrediblyLamePun croaks]].
* SummonBackupDancers: The furniture song in ''Shrek 2''.
* TagAlongKid: Donkey.
* TakeThat: Some see the film as JeffreyKatzenberg's TakeThat to {{Disney}}, after being fired.
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: Explains why [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Hooters]] can exist in a pseudo-fairy tale environment, as well as a vast majority of the SchizoTech.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Puss and Donkey, Shrek's two hangers-on.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Fiona and Farquaard, before she marries Shrek.
** Even better, [[InterspeciesRomance Donkey and Dragon.]]
* TorchesAndPitchforks: In the opening scene of ''{{Shrek}}'', the ogre is obviously used to angry mobs coming to drive him out of his hut, as he easily scares one of them off, even prompting them at one point, [[ThisIsThePartWhere "This is the part where you run."]] He later [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on it]] when speaking to Donkey.
-->'''Shrek:''' I'm an ogre! You know, 'Grab your torch and pitchfork!' Doesn't that bother you?
** Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the sequel, when Shrek and Fiona step out of their carriage in Far Far Away and are [[TheReveal revealed to be ogres]]. Shrek sees some pitchforks in the crowd and gets nervous, commenting "Let's go before they light the torches."
** And in the fourth movie, Shrek and family are celebrities, so people mob now to ask him to sign their torches and pitchforks.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Donkey loves waffles, which is based on an off-hand comment from the first film. Also, parfaits.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside
* TrueLovesKiss: Subverted twice.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: A rare gender reversal with the stout, homely looking FairyGodmother being mother to the handsome Prince Charming.
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[spoiler:Famously averted with Shrek and Fiona; parodied with Donkey and Dragon. [[IncrediblyLamePun Cos she breathes fire, geddit]]?]]
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: This trope is used in the first two movies: While Lord Farquaad isn't exactly good looking, he does play upon Shrek's ugliness to try to incite villagers against him. The second provides a better example, with the FairyGodmother and her son Charming as good-looking villains opposing Shrek.
* VillainSong: ''Shrek'' subverts it every way it can. The main villain of ''Shrek 2'' gets not one, but two songs: The first one is the self-titled "FairyGodmother Song", a cheerful upbeat ditty about how she wants to help everyone; the second comes complete with an ominous orchestra and backing choir... except the song in question is "Holding Out for a Hero".
** Prince Charming also gets a song in ''Shrek the Third'', set to a musical that was set up as an excuse to publicly execute Shrek. Lord Farquaad didn't have a bona fide villain "song" (except in TheMusical), but he has a menacing leitmotif in the first movie, played upon his first appearance.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: From Pinocchio in ''Scared Shrekless'', [[NauseaFuel all over Shrek]], no less.
* {{Yandere}}: The Bride of Gingy in ''Scared Shrekless''.
* YouDidntAsk

* AcademyAward: The film won the first ever Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Lord Farquaad in bed ordering a disgusted magic mirror to show him the princess... again!
* AdaptationExpansion: Adapted from a children's book approximately 500 words long; almost nothing in the movie other than the characters of Shrek and Donkey -- [[AscendedExtra who appeared for only one page as a random encounter]] -- actually came from the book.
** As did Princess Fiona since at the end of the book [[spoiler:Shrek meets a princess ogre (Fiona) who is even uglier than he is.]]
** Also, the dragon made a brief appearance under different circumstances, and the role of the Knight from the book and Lord Farquaad from the film are suspiciously similar -- both are {{Jerkass}} versions of characters who would usually be the good guy in fairy tales, who end up acting as the primary villain.
* AsceticAesthetic: Duloc.
* ArcWords: Really really!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Given the source, one of the lines from one of the Three Little Pigs.
-->'''Pig:''' He Huffed, and he Puffed, and he...signed an eviction notice.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption
* BeastAndBeauty: Shrek and Fiona in the first movie, subverted.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Shrek whistles for Dragon to give Lord Farquaad his JustDesserts just one second after Fiona got threatened.]]
* BrokenAesop: The whole point of the first film is "It doesn't matter what you look like, it's what inside that counts"... which doesn't stop an army of "short" jokes at Farquaad's expense (and suggestions that he may be CompensatingForSomething), or the fact that in the end Fiona ends up in the shape that will be the most appealing to Shrek.
** Fiona's transformation could be viewed as one more physically compatible with Shrek. Fiona's human head would fit in Shrek's mouth (which was pointed out in the DVD commentary during the AlmostKiss). Then again, we have the Donkey and Dragon pair-up... which is equally disturbing and might just qualify for the 'what's inside that counts' [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction to an extreme]].
** Whatever's inside Farquaad is persecuting all fairy tale creatures and uprooting them from their homes. He's earned the right to be made fun of.
* CompensatingForSomething: The first movie includes this as a ParentalBonus joke with Shrek saying this to Donkey.
-->'''Shrek:''' (while looking at Lord Farquaad's huge castle) "Do you think he's maybe compensating for something?"
** Kids take away the meaning of [[AcceptableTargets compensating for]] [[TheNapoleon being short]], and adults take away the other.
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Shrek and Fiona making nearby animals into balloons for each other and then letting them float away, and allowing a tree Donkey is walking on to snap back and fling him away.
** In addition to the balloon animals, Fiona also causes a bird to spontaneously combust when it tries to hold a note as long and loud as the one Fiona sings... ''then'', she cooks the birds' eggs.
** Notice at the end of the movie, only two of the three bears - Papa Bear, and Baby Bear, specifically - are freed with the other fairy tale creatures... because if you look closely, Farquaad made a rug out of Mama Bear. For some, this would also qualify as an instance of Fridge Horror.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Fiona ''is'' this trope for a lot of the first movie. Shrek didn't slay the dragon first. Shrek can't recite a poem. Shrek needs to save his ass. Shrek won't take off his helmet. And the worst part, to Fiona: Shrek was sent to rescue her for ''someone else''.
* {{Constellations}}: Shrek tells Donkey the names the ogres give to several constellations.
* CurseCutShort[=/=]LastSecondWordSwap: From the Robin Hood song:
-->"I like an honest fight and a saucy little maid"\\
What he's basically saying is that he likes to get--PAID!
** The Disney-esque "Welcome to Duloc" song.
-->"Please keep off of the grass"\\
"Shine your shoes, wipe your--''(bend over and turn around, exposing butt-cracks)'' [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion FACE]]!"
** Also, an example without LastSecondWordSwap is at the very beginning, while Shrek was using his outhouse. "What a load of--" [[SoundEffectBleep ''(flushes)'']]
* CurseEscapeClause: Fiona was cursed to be an ogre at night and a human during the day. The curse was broken by TrueLovesKiss. Good thing it wasn't just ''any'' true love...
** The second implies it was ''supposed'' to make her permanently human. The phrasing is "love's true form".
* DoesThatSoundLikeFunToYou:
-->'''Donkey:''' I don't get it, Shrek. Why didn't you just pull some of that ogre stuff on him? You know, throttle him, lay siege to his fortress, grind his bones to make your bread? You know, the whole ogre trip.\\
'''Shrek:''' Oh, I know. Maybe I could have decapitated an entire village, put their heads on a pike, gotten a knife, cut open their spleens and drink their fluids. Does that sound good to you?\\
'''Donkey:''' Uh, no, not really, no.
* DoubleEntendre: Shrek makes this when he remarks on the short Lord Farquaad's tall castle, when saying "Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?"
* EngagementChallenge: Shrek saved princess Fiona from a castle situated [[ConvectionSchmonvection over a smoldering volcano]] in the first movie. She was O.K. with marrying him until finding out he was an Ogre, and he was just working as a champion for Lord Farquaad. In keeping with the whole theme of subverting fairy tales in the movies, she turns into an ogre as well and marries Shrek anyway. On top of that, [[BetaCouple the (female) dragon who was guarding the princess ends up with Shrek's sidekick Donkey]].
* FantasticNatureReserve: Shrek's swamp, very much against his wishes.
* FantasticRacism: Farquaad. The trope's name has never been so appropriate: Farquaad hates ''all'' "fairy tale creatures" and has them evicted and forced into Shrek's swamp. His "perfect kingdom" would have nobody but humans.
** Nobody but ''Muggles''. Some pretty human-looking wizards and a witch are exiled to the swamp too.
* FemaleMonsterSurprise
* FoeTossingCharge: Makes an appearance during the wedding scene. The eponymous ogre and Fiona find themselves beset by {{Mooks}}; Shrek starts 'wading' through them, throwing them off as necessary. They manage to slow him, but we never get to find out the ending thanks to a GunshipRescue moment.
* FrenchJerk[=/=]JustAStupidAccent: Although in most retellings, Robin Hood is an English Saxon fighting the tyranny of French-descended Normans, in ''Shrek'' he inexplicably has a French accent. And is a jerk to boot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Farquaad", natch.
** The aforementioned diminutive lord asking a disgusted magic mirror to show him Princess Fiona... [[ADateWithRosiePalms again.]]
** Arguable example: When Dragon has Donkey wrapped in the coils of her tail and flirts with him, she at one point lowers her snout below the level of his waist. Donkey objects to her apparently petting his tail... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything but her head is placed in front of him, not behind...]]
** The inclusion of the LeonardCohen song "Hallelujah." The lyrics to that song are highly sexual, and, despite sounding like a love song, it's actually a song that compares the Jews losing their covenant with God with a man breaking up with a woman he really loved.
* GirlInTheTower: Lampshaded
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Fiona sending Donkey to get a specific flower while she treats Shrek's arrow wound.
* GunshipRescue: [[spoiler:Dragon swoops in to take out Lord Farquaad just in time to rescue Fiona]]. See BerserkButton, above.
* HeroicNeutral: Shrek's motivation - he just wants his swamp back!
* InducedHypochondria: Shrek and Fiona psych Donkey into feeling ill so they can spend one more day together.
* InsultMisfire: Upon seeing Shrek for the first time...
-->'''Farquaad:''' Ugh, it's hideous!\\
'''Shrek:''' Well, that's not very nice. It's just a donkey.\\
'''Donkey:''' Huh?\\
'''Farquaad:''' Indeed.
* ItIsDehumanizing: During this exchange, after Shrek and Fiona have their falling out...
--> '''Farquaad:''' "You don't have to waste good manners on the ogre. It's not as if it has ''feelings.''"
--> '''Fiona:''' "No. You're right." (pointedly at Shrek, in anger) "''It'' doesn't."
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Lampshaded, Shrek points out that Fiona will be at the top of the highest tower. Donkey asks how he knows and Shrek says he "read it in a book".
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Shrek says this when he and Donkey first enter Duloc.
* IveGotAnXAndImNotAfraidToUseIt: "I'm a donkey on the ''edge!"''
* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Farquaad.
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Lord Farquaad's demise.]]
* KillItWithFire: Played with at the beginning: One member of the [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]] waves a torch in Shrek's face, hoping to scare him. Shrek snuffs the flame out with his fingers.
* KissingDiscretionShot: Done at the end of the movie, combined with BreakingTheFourthWall. Also subverted, as Shrek covering up the camera leads to an {{Idiosyncratic Wipe|s}} to Shrek and Fiona kissing in their own wedding.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Farquaad gets what he deserves at the wedding and [[spoiler:gets eaten by Dragon. Dragon burps out his crown a few seconds later.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Didn't know [[spoiler:Fiona was turned into an ogress]]? Then don't look at the covers of any of the sequels.
* LovesMeNot: Fiona does this with a sunflower Shrek left at her doorstop, but to decide whether she should tell Shrek her deep, dark secret: "I tell him, I tell him not..." She plucks the last petal on a "I tell him!" but [[spoiler:the sun rises just then and she returns to human form before she can find Shrek.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction:
-->'''Fiona:''' There's an ''arrow'' in your butt!\\
'''Shrek:''' Huh? [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Oh, would you look at that]].
* MinskyPickup: Robin Hood's song
* MoralDissonance: see "Comedic Sociopathy" above.
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Donkey, unaware of Fiona's curse, thinks that an ogre ate her when he finds one in her room. She manages to calm him enough to explain.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Shrek's mirror can't withstand his smile.
* MutilationInterrogation: Played for laughs when the Gingerbread Man gets both of his legs broken of and his head dipped into a glass with milk. Lord Farquaad then crushes one of the legs in his hands, but the other leg is later reattached with frosting, making it neccessary for Gingy to walk with a candy cane.
* TheNapoleon: Lord Farquaad.
* NoodleIncident: When going into hero worship mode of Shrek shortly after Shrek unwittingly saved Donkey's butt from Farquaad's men, Donkey mentions another time before meeting Shrek that he nearly had his nosehairs burned off. However, Shrek tried to muffle his mouth, to no avail. The only thing that was revealed was that it had something to do with eating rotten berries and his undergoing indigestion.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Rather subtle because the distances involved were so small, but in the scene where Donkey and Shrek are arguing underneath the moon, Donkey demonstrates an unusual knack for getting in Shrek's face no matter which way the ogre turns.
* OneSideOfTheStory: The movie pulled off a two-sided version of this. Shrek [[OutOfContextEavesdropping half-overhears]] a conversation between Fiona and Donkey, but misses the most significant part: that Fiona turns into an ogre at night. The next day Shrek and Fiona both assume that Shrek heard the whole conversation and each jump to a false conclusion: Shrek jumps to the conclusion that Fiona was talking about ''him'' when she said "who could love a beast so hideous and ugly", and "ugly and princess don't go together", and when Shrek confronts her about this the next morning, Fiona jumps to the conclusion that Shrek is disgusted with the fact that she becomes an ugly ogre at night. This crushes both their romantic feelings for each other, and Fiona goes to Duloc with Farquaad and Shrek goes back to his swamp.
** [[OneDialogueTwoConversations This conversation is skillfully crafted]] to become two separate scenes based on whether or not you know the piece of information; the audience is aware of it at the time.
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: As mentioned under OneSideOfTheStory, Shrek is about to confess his love to Fiona, when he overhears Fiona talking to Donkey, saying that no-one could love a monster like an ogre. Of course, he is unaware that she is talking about the curse that turns ''her'' into an ogre, which she conveniently doesn't explicitly mention again until just ''after'' Shrek gets disgusted and leaves.
* OutrunTheFireball: In the first movie, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona use this trope as they reach the bridge leading away from the dragon's castle, and the dragon takes one last shot at them with her fiery breath.
* ParentalBonus: Farquaad is a caricature of Disney CEO MichaelEisner; see also MeaningfulName and DoubleEntendre above.
** Apparently caricatures of Micheal Eisner [[InkSuitActor look remarkably like John Lithgow]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Ogres. Are ''not''. Like ''cakes''!"
** "I live alone! ''My'' swamp! ''Me''! Nobody else, understand?! ''Nobody''! Especially useless! Pathetic! Annoying! ''Talking DONKEYS''!!!"
* RadialAssKicking: Happens with Fiona and the Merry Men as well as the wrestling scene in the arena.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Fiona in the first film, upon seeing her ogre reflection in a bucket of water.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech:
-->'''Donkey:''' (to Shrek) You know, with you, it's always "Me, me, me!" Well, guess what?! Now it's my turn! So you just shut up and pay attention! You are mean to me, you insult me, you don't appreciate anything that I do! You're always pushing me around or pushing me away!\\
'''Shrek:''' Yeah? Well, if I treated ya' so bad, why did you come back?\\
'''Donkey:''' 'Cause that's what friends do. ''They forgive each other!''\\
'''Shrek:''' Alright, Donkey, I forgive you... ''for stabbing me in the back!''
* ReferenceOverdosed
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Subverted. The dragon seems evil and ferocious at first, but then she falls for Donkey and it's shown she has a softer side.
* RescueIntroduction: Shrek and Donkey meet Fiona when rescuing her from the tower.
* RopeBridge
* RoyalDecree: When Shrek first encounters the soldiers, they try to read him the prince's decree outlawing all fairy-tale creatures, but get intimidated by him looming over them.
* ShipperOnDeck: Donkey to Shrek and Fiona.
* SnipeHunt: Donkey is sent off to find a blue flower with red thorns to keep him from distracting Fiona and Shrek while they dealt with the arrow in Shrek's behind. Taken further as Donkey turns out to be colorblind. Donkey actually ''finds'' the flower, too, so it's uncertain Fiona was sending him to find something she expected he'd fail to find. She does say explicitly, though, that the flowers are "for getting rid of Donkey".
** He doesn't just ''find'' the flower, he wanders through a whole copse of them, complaining that his task would be infinitely easier if he could discern color, and he only brings back the right flower because he grabs one - ''any'' one - in a panic when he hears Shrek yell. The other characters don't even react weirdly, making it a relatively subtle sight gag.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Spoofed in the first movie. Shrek goes to interrupt the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad, but Donkey tells him he has to wait until the priest does his "speak now or forever hold your piece" bit before barging in and shouting "I object!". On further investigation, they find they missed that part, so Shrek barges in anyway, just in time to create an AlmostKiss.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: After showing [[ActionGirl impeccable fighting skills]] early in the movie, Fiona can only call helplessly for Shrek when grabbed this way at [[spoiler:her wedding]]. Granted, Farquaad does eventually put a knife to her throat but only after 20 seconds or so of her doing nothing while Shrek, who is also grabbed, actually fights back.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Please keep off of the grass,[=/=]shine your shoes, wipe your...[=/=]...Face!"
** Which technically does rhyme with the line that follows: "Duloc is, Duloc is, Duloc is a perfect place!"
* SuddenMusicalEnding
* TakingAThirdOption: When Donkey is cut off on a small bridge segment by Dragon, he has two apparent options, neither of them good: He can jump (or fall) off into the lava, or be eaten. Instead, ''he seduces the dragon.''
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Halfway through the wrestling match in Duloc, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" kicks in, and both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Shrek AND Donkey start to kick ass and take names]].
* ThisIsMySide: Shrek and Donkey, at one point.
* TreeBuchet: Shrek does this to Donkey in the first movie.
* TurnYourHeadAndCough: When Donkey learns that Shrek has been hit by an arrow, Donkey panics at the thought of Shrek dying from it and shouts irrelevant medical advice, including "keep your feet elevated", a plea for somebody to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, and "turn your head and cough."
* YouMonster: The Gingerbread Man to Farquaad: "You're a monster!"
** Farquaad: "I'm not the monster here, ''you'' are! You and that fairy tale trash poisoning my perfect world!"
* WeddingDeadline: Subverted.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, um, what happened to Farquaad's kingdom?
** And the refugees in the swamp?
*** In the HalloweenEpisode, they go back to Farquaad's kingdom to find it's now a ghost town.
*** Some of the refugees would reappear in later films (Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, Pied Piper).
* YouAndWhatArmy: Inverted. Shrek says this to the leader of a group of soldiers, who turns around and sees that the rest of his troops had run away, leaving a lot of their weapons behind.

[[folder:Shrek 2]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Prince Charming. Being voiced by the openly gay RupertEverett doesn't help. There is a huge ParentalBonus in the scene where he talks to his mother about his reluctance to marry Fiona. Apparently, he is not interested in women at all...
* AreWeThereYet: Donkey on the way to Far, Far Away at the beginning of the movie.
-->'''Shrek:''' [[LampshadeHanging The Land of Far]], ''[[LampshadeHanging Far]]'' [[LampshadeHanging Away]], donkey? ''That's'' where we're going! Far...FAR...''away''.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler:Mongo the Giant Gingerbread Man.]]
* BecomeARealBoy: Parodied, with a YankTheDogsChain thrown in.
-->* zap*\\
'''Pinocchio:''' I'm a real boy! ... ''[singing]'' I'm real, I'm real, I'm -\\
* zap*\\
'''Pinocchio:''' ...Aww!
* BerserkButton: "Not the gumdrop button!"
* BigNo: From Shrek and Gingi when Mongo falls into the moat. In slow motion, even.
* BigShutUp: Parodied in the prison cell scene:
-->'''Stallion!Donkey:''' I have the right to remain silent!
-->'''Hunk!Shrek:''' Donkey, you ''have'' the right to remain silent. What you lack is the capacity.
* BilingualBonus: Puss in Boots cursing in Spanish after falling off Donkey in his stallion form.
** Specifically he said, "°Hey tu, pedazo de carne con patas, ŅComo te atreves a hacerme esto?" which approximately translated, means, "Hey, you meatbag with legs, how you dare do this to ''me''?"
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Fairy Godmother.
* BittersweetEnding: Although the day was saved, King Harold was turned back into a frog.
* Blooper: When Fiona knocks out Prince Charming with a headbutt, he's seen seconds later perfectly fine throwing the wand to the Fairy Godmother. You could argue that he recovered quickly, but then a few minutes later, he's seen getting up from the headbutt.
* Cameo: When Shrek and Fiona are kissing on the beach, a wave washes over them and suddenly Fiona is replaced by a certain red-headed mermaid princess. Fiona promptly tosses her way out to sea where she is attacked by a shark.
** Creator/JoanRivers as herself.
** Creator/SimonCowell as himself for the "Far Far Away Idol" parody on the DVD.
* ComedicSociopathy: The opening montage is quite sweet and funny. But during the parody of ''Film/FromHereToEternity'', Shrek unintentionally ends up frolicking with a [[CaptainErsatz lookalike]] of the Disney/LittleMermaid. Fiona's response? She throws Ariel back into the sea, ''where she gets eaten by sharks''. [[RuleofFunny Neither ogre shows much concern about this]].
** A milder example: Immediately following that scene, the newlyweds enjoy a mud bath... lit up by the glow of several fairies trapped in jars. To add insult to injury, Shrek and Fiona playfully begin farting, much to the discomfort of the contained fairies.
*** In all fairness, Shrek and Fiona never do worse than this, [[MoralDissonance but it does display a certain disregard for other people]].
* CuffsOffRubWrists
* CutenessProximity: {{Invoked}} intentionally by Puss-in-Boots' as his ultimate weapon, used to devastating effect - see PuppyDogEyes.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Puss invokes this directly as a matter of honor.
* DragQueen: Inverted - in the Poison Apple, the barwoman is an Ugly Sister and she really is technically a woman but her face is effectively a man's and she is even voiced by a man (LarryKing in the USA, JohnathanRoss in the UK).
-->'''King:''' Excuse me, I'm looking for the ''ugly'' step-sister...?\\
''[Doris turns around to show a woman whose face is remarkably male with poorly applied makeup]''\\
''' King:''' Ah...''there'' you are!
* DiegeticSwitch: The FairyGodmother sings "Holding Out For A Hero" for Fiona and Charming ... which becomes the background music for Shrek, Donkey, and Puss StormingTheCastle.
* DramaticIrony: Shrek wasn't the "hero" the Fairy Godmother's song was about. In fact, given her decidedly ''un''heroic intentions, the choice of song itself can only be seen as deeply cynical.
* EasyComeEasyGo: Pinocchio in BecomeARealBoy shown above.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: The fate of the CaptainErsatz Little Mermaid in the opening sequence...
* FairyGodmother: Is actually the antagonist.
* FantasticRacism: [[AffablyEvil The Fairy Godmother]] comes across as one of these.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The lady-frog in [[BadGuyBar The Poison Apple]] asking the King of Far Far Away if she's seen him before. And before that, it's mentioned that his and the Queen's first date was a peaceful walk among the lily pads, something that frogs are fond of hopping on.
** When Fiona sees that Shrek is an Ogre, he [[DeadpanSnarker asks her if she was expecting Prince Charming]], to which she replies with a BluntYes. As the sequel reveals, the real Prince Charming ''was'' supposed to come to her rescue.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After The Fairy Godmother catches Shrek and co. spying on them, you can see some local Knights giving the HeadlessHorseman a sobriety test just before Shrek and his pals break past them. What's particularly amusing is that they appear to be giving him the "touch your nose" test. You know, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext to a man who has no head...]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Probably unintentional, but Far Far Away's postal service and police department being named F.F.A.P.S. and F.F.A.P.D. are hard to miss.
* GilliganCut: In ''Shrek 2'', after Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far Far Away:
-->'''Shrek:''' We're not going, and that's final!\\
''Cut to the last of the luggage being loaded''
* GoodTimesMontage: The opening sequence.
* HeroicSacrifice: The gingerbread giant, and King Harold.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: FairyGodmother.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The {{mooks}} in the potion factory start shooting at Shrek, who is barely moving due to running against a conveyor belt. None of them hit.
* ImprovisedZipline: Prince Charming uses one during his opening montage
* IndyHatRoll: Puss-in-Boots during the scene in the potion factory pulls this off, complete with requisite hat-grab.
* KillItWithWater: the HeroicSacrifice of Gingi's giant.
* LightIsNotGood: The Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming
* LovePotion: Fiona's fairy godmother orders the king to pour it into Fiona's drink so that she will fall in love with Prince Charming instead of Shrek.
* ManChild: Prince Charming.
* MoralDissonance: See ComedicSociopathy above.
* MyCard: The FairyGodmother's card - also a means of communication.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: In the DVD menu, Donkey asks why the movie is just named Shrek 2, and starts coming up with alternative Donkey-related subtitles, like "[[DayOfTheDead Day of the Donkey]]", "A Donkey Will Rise", "Too Fast, Too Donkey'' and "[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Donkey Reloaded]]". This soon gets on everyone else's nerves.
--> '''Donkey:''' How about "Shrek 2... The '''REAL''' Jackass Movie?!"
--> '''Everyone:''' No!
--> '''Donkey:''' How about "Shrek 2: Donkey Reloaded?"
--> '''Everyone:" NO!!
--> '''Shrek:''' How about this? "Shrek 2: [[DudeWheresMyCar Dude, Where's My Donkey?]] Oh, there he is, cut from the movie because HE TALKS TOO MUCH!"
--> '''Donkey:''' ... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint What kinda title is that?]]
* ParentalBonus: Many.
** "That bush that looks just like Shirley Bassey..."
* PerspectiveMagic + EurekaMoment: After breaking out of Far Far Away prison, Gingy's standing on a parapet (with the Far Far Away castle far off in the distance behind him) gives Shrek an idea how they will go about StormingTheCastle.
* PreciousPuppies: Fiona's Bichon.
* PrinceCharmless: Prince Charming.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Harold's DisneyDeath HeroicSacrifice at the end of the movie eventually reveals his true form as the Frog Prince. Unlike the original fairytale, neither his wife nor his daughter knew of his true form. This is because Harold gained this form through a deal with the Fairy Godmother instead of Lillian kissing him, and Fiona's ArrangedMarriage to Prince Charming was an end result of that.]]
* RockyRollCall: During the dinner scene with Fiona's parents:
-->'''Queen:''' Harold!\\
'''Fiona:''' Shrek!\\
'''Shrek:''' Fiona!\\
'''King:''' Fiona!\\
'''Fiona:''' Mom!\\
'''Queen:''' Harold!\\
'''Donkey:''' Donkey!
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After Shrek and Fiona get off the carriage and the townspeople are shocked:
--> '''Donkey:''' Uh... Why donít you guys go ahead. Iíll park the car.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: The slightly, er- ''intellectually subnormal'' giant gingerbread man raises eyebrows in Scotland, where the word "mongo" is an extremely offensive pejorative term for someone who is mentally handicapped. But Mongo was also the name of a guy in ''BlazingSaddles''.
* ShoutOut: Numerous:
** To ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} when Puss mutters into his milk "I hate Mondays."
** During Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon, they receive a [[Film/LordOfTheRings ring with text that glows when it is heated]]. Later during the same honeymoon, Fiona removing something covering lower part of her loved one's mouth to kiss him while he is hanging from a tree certainly bears a striking resemblance to [[Franchise/SpiderMan a certain crawly character]].
** When Shrek is fleeing on Donkey into the forest in a segment of ''[[Series/{{COPS}} KNIGHTS]]'', there is a helicopter shot of the sequence and a voice is heard saying "We've got a white bronco headed east into the forest. Requesting backup." This is a direct reference to the infamous 1994 California highway chase where cops were chasing OJSimpson in a white Ford Bronco, a notorious low-speed chase. The montage's camerawork and overall appearance resembles the appearance of ''COPS''.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: The FairyGodmother does this at one point.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: It turns out that the voice over narration describing Charming's quest is done by Charming while on the quest.
* ThatPoorCat: When the "Happily Ever After" potion takes effect on Shrek and he faints, we hear a cat howl... presumably because Shrek landed on Puss-In-Boots when he passed out.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding
* TookAShortcut: In a non-video game example, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona have to travel to the Kingdom of '''Far, FAR Away''', which apparently takes an exceedingly long time. Yet when Shrek is [[spoiler:arrested after drinking the Happily Ever After Potion]], his whole gang back at The Swamp (where it's already getting dark) witness this on television and get to Far Far Away during the same evening, well before midnight.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Given how everyone else reacts when they see Shrek and Fiona (fleeing in terror, attacking in terror, or staring in StunnedSilence), the heralds who deliver them the invitation at the beginning are ''remarkably'' unfazed by the sight of their princess-turned-ogre and her similarly-formed husband. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And the talking donkey.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: From which the FairyGodmother draws the LovePotion.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Everybody loves the FairyGodmother - she seems quite nice and she's very famous for her potions and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything happy endings]].
* WhiteStallion: Donkey, after drinking the Happily Ever After potion. It doesn't stick.
* YouShallNotPass: Puss-in-Boots holds off a pack of guards as Shrek rushes to stop the FairyGodmother's evil plot, in payment of his debt to Shrek. He's not honestly in much danger from them, but that makes him holding them all off no less impressive, especially for a normal-sized housecat.

[[folder:Shrek the Third]]
* AdiposeRex: Shrek and Fiona during their brief stint as monarchs of Far Far Away.
* AlphaBitch: Guinevere.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Prince Charming again. [[spoiler:Arguably averted with his romance with Literature/{{Rapunzel}}.]]
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The movie has a different theme song for the Japanese version, called [[http://www.myspace.com/video/cholapint/w-inds-pv-love-is-the-greatest-thing/59630594 "Love is the Greatest Thing"]] by w inds.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Among the things the villains do on their rampage, they loot shops, terrorize citizens, cause general mayhem and destruction and... rip the stamps off of letters before mailing them.
* TheBeastmaster: Snow White. See CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Rapunzel, much to her embarassment. Let's just say that her "long hair" is in fact an elaborate wig.]]
* BewitchedAmphibians: In an inversion, King Harold resumes his natural frog shape.
* BlackComedy: While rehearsing his lines for the scene in his play where he kills Shrek, Charming (who is going to use a real sword to kill Shrek for real) apparently fatally stabs the guy in the Shrek costume.
* BookEnds: The cardboard tower at Charming's dinner theater gig falls and he goes through the window hole. During his staged (and failed) execution of Shrek, the much larger and heavier prop tower falls and actually crushes him.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: Happens to Prince Charming. [[spoiler:Then almost happens in the ending.]]
* CallToAgriculture: Hook's plan with planting "beautiful daffodils".
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Several elaborate examples.
* CoolLoser: Artie.
* CoolOldLady: Queen Lillian. Bashing a solid brick wall with her head [[spoiler:Twice!]]
* DragQueen: Kind of inverted again. Ugly Sister 'Doris' from ''Shrek 2'' is now one of Fiona's girlfriends but is ''still'' voiced by LarryKing, and her similarly ugly sister 'Mabel' is voiced by another man, RegisPhilbin.
* DramaticCurtainToss
* DreamWithinADream: Shrek's nightmare upon realizing he will become a father
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The Cyclops has a daughter!
-->'''Cyclops:''' Who would have thought a monster like me deserved something as special as you?\\
'''Shrek:''' She's got your eye.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Lots of princesses.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Parodied in ''Shrek the Third''. Shrek and Fiona are forced to wear ridiculously confining finery for a ceremonial dinner. Shrek has to get some poor servant to scratch his bum for him...and wouldn't you know it, that's when the curtain is raised. To top it off, the buckle on his belt pops, leading to DisasterDominoes.
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Rapunzel betrays the Princesses and Fiona due to her crush with Charming.]]
* TheEvilPrince: Prince Charming.
* FauxActionGirl: The Princess Rampage showcased in the trailer of ''Shrek the Third'' ends with meek surrender at the first sign of non-mook resistance.
** Their StormingTheCastle sequence was certainly WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}-penguin-worthy, though.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Puss and Donkey.
* FreudianSlip: [[spoiler:When Shrek is arguing with Arthur about his becoming a king, Shrek tells him, "We're going back to Far Far Away whether you like it or not, and you're gonna be a father!"]]
* HeelFaceTurn: At some point between films Doris the Ugly Sister from ''Shrek 2'' actually turns from a barmaid in a villain's bar to one of Fiona's girlfriends. We don't know how, why or when this happened, just that it's funny because the man in drag is back.
* HighSchool: Worcestershire in medieval times and within in a fairy tale world.
* HisNameIs Arthur: Subverted [[spoiler:during the king's death.]]
* HippieTeacher: Merlin.
* HumiliationConga: What Shrek and Fiona have to endure while being acting rulers of Far Far Away.
* InconvenientItch: Shrek is trussed up in some very [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Louis XVI-esque]] clothing for a royal appearance, and suddenly develops a horrible itch on his rear. He's scratching that itch when the curtains open, giving the waiting crowd a view they really didn't want. HiliarityEnsues when something breaks, causing DisasterDominoes.
* ItMakesSenseInContext:
-->'''Donkey:''' We went to high school, then the boat crashed, and then we got bippidy-boppity-booped by the magic man!
* {{Jerkass}}/JerkJock: Lancelot and his friends.
* KidsAreCruel
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: "Just thought I'd help set the mood! You know, for your big heart to heart!"
* PaperThinDisguise
* PokeThePoodle: When the villains attack Far Far Away, there's a montage of them "rearranging" the place. Cut to the cyclops ripping stamps off unsent letters and then cramming them back into the mailbox.
* PoorPredictableRock: A sponsored commercial for Sierra Mist plays off this trope, having Shrek using paper since he claims Donkey's hoof represents rock.
* ProsceniumReveal: The opening sequence begins with Charming supposedly riding his horse triumphantly through a forest.....only for the camera to eventually pull back and reveal that he's miming trotting on the stage at a dinner theater, holding a prop horse head, and the trees going by are actually a continuously moving backdrop reel.
* PsychopathicManChild: Prince Charming.
* ThePowerOfRock: When Snow White unleashes the power of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", causing the forest animals to attack the Huorns guarding the city gates.
* RedemptionDemotion: Dragon. While in the first film she is shown to have defeated many knights, and is barely defeated by Shrek, also [[spoiler:eating Lord Farquaad at the end]], she seems a lot weaker in ''Shrek the Third'', only able to throw one of Prince Charming's mooks away before more of them capture her. They also subdue her easily with spears in the final confrontation.
** Still... Dragon does end up [[spoiler:supplying the coup de grace against Prince Charming.]]
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: Shrek, performing one of his duties in his day as stand-in king, attempts to christen a newly made ship via the standard shattering of a wine bottle. Unfortunately, he accidentally pushes the ship off (by [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength leaning on it very awkwardly]]) before he can finish the ceremony. Desperate, Shrek ''hurls'' the champagne bottle at the newly-made ship, blowing a hole in it. The ship stops and starts to take on water.....and then somehow manages to ''[[EveryCarIsAPinto burst into flames]]''.
* ShowSomeLeg: ...by one of the Ugly Sisters. Still works, though.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: two cases in succession. Merlin's porchlight apparently plays the classic "That's What Friends Are For"; and later on, Shrek and company are attacked by treants while Captain Hook plays mood music on the piano.
* SoundEffectBleep: The third film, twice when Fiona is trying to say [[spoiler:she's pregnant]], the ship captain toots an airhorn, when Shrek chucks the horn over the side. A different, much deeper tugboat horn is then used to cover up a vulgarity from Puss.
* TemptingFate: "Someone better be dying!" [[spoiler:[[GilliganCut Cut to King Harold on his deathbed]].]]
* TooManyBabies: A nightmare of Shrek's.
* TotallyRadical: "Help! I've been captured by an ogre who's trying to relate to me!!"
* WaveOfBabies: The inevitable extension of the TooManyBabies example.
* TheWorfEffect: Dragon. That weighted chain-net clearly had her name on it.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Shrek passing for a mascot at Arthur's high school [[spoiler:gets spun into a ChekhovsGun.]]

[[folder:Shrek Forever After]]
* ActionizedSequel
* ActionGirl: Fiona.
* AlternateUniverse: Due to Rumpelstiltskin's plotting, the movie takes place in a universe in which Shrek had never been born.
* AnAesop
** You donít know what youíve got till itís gone.
** Appreciate what you have.
** If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
** True love isnít always love at first sight.
* AxeCrazy: Rumpelstiltskin. Don't be fooled by the trickster shell. Deep down, he's really a homicidal sociopath.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cookie. Subverted and presumably averted in that Cookie is actually female.
* BadassArmy: The ogres.
* BadBoss: Rumpelstiltskin. He seems like a good one at first, letting his witches having a rave in his castle and all that. After Shrek escapes however, he drops all the niceness and starts threatening their lives, never mind that ''he'' was the one that [[BerserkButton pushed Shrek too far]].
* BadFuture: The premise.
* BountyHunter: The Pied Piper.
* BrideAndSwitch: PlayedForLaughs during a montage in which Shrek dresses as a veiled bride at a man's wedding.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: An evil variant in Rumpelstiltzkin and his obsession with wigs.
* ChekhovsSkill: How to tie knots. ("The dragon goes under the bridge...")
* ContinuityNod[=/=]ContinuityPorn
* CrazyCatLady: One of the witches at the beginning.
* CreativeClosingCredits[=/=][[spoiler:CreditsMontage]]: [[spoiler:Characters and clips from the previous three films are put together in a sequence.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Somewhat, though to be fair the last two films had gotten progressively LighterAndFluffier.
* DoubleEntendre:
** At the beginning of the movie, Rumpelstiltskin tears out pages from a fairytale book in Pinocchio's bookstore. How will he pay? "Maybe we can make a deal for it, little boy." "Oh, I'm not a REAL boy!" Wait for it...wait for it..."...do you WANNA be?"
** "My donkey fell in your waffle hole."
* EmpathyDollShot: A varient occurs, where [[spoiler:Shrek finds his daughter's favorite doll apparently having fallen from one of his pockets]]. It has the same "Isolated doll" factor if the circumstances aren't identical to the norm.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: [[SarcasmMode "Oh great, after mimes, magicians are my favorite people."]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The subtitle ("The Final Chapter"). It is indeed "the final chapter" involving the titular ogre...[[ExactWords which didn't stop Dreamworks from making a movie about Puss]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Rumpelstiltskin.
* FisherKing: Rumpelstiltskin's luxurious palace surrounded by the barren fields and run-down city. This is likely due to simple greed as opposed to a magical connection between the king and the land though.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Donkey yelling at Gingi, "What you talking about, cracker!?"
* [[spoiler:GoodCostumeSwitch]]: [[spoiler:The Pied Piper wears white in the DancePartyEnding. Maybe he was only evil in Rumple's world.]]
* ItsAWonderfulPlot
* KryptoniteFactor: The exit clause is hidden inside the contract, revealed not in the small print -- which at least some people would be smart enough to read, but by refolding the paper to reveal the hidden words (knowing Rumpelstiltskin's name as per the legend isn't enough, as ''everyone'' knows Rumpelstiltskin now he's king, so he had to get clever).
* LanternJawOfJustice: Brogan.
* LaResistance
* MagicCountdown: Rumpelstiltskin's sand timer, that measures the 'day' Shrek has before [[spoiler:he'll vanish away forever if he doesn't get love's true kiss]]. When it first appears, only a tiny bit of sand has fallen, even though [[spoiler:Shrek must have spent a good part of the day scaring villagers, getting captured, and being carried to Far Far Away.]]
* MagicallyBindingContract: Written by a malicious LiteralGenie. [[SchmuckBait Don't sign them]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Rumpelstiltskin.
* ManlyTears: Shrek sheds a manly tear when he saw one of his triplets doll when he was in the alternate reality and he knew they're not there at all. That is the first time we ever see Shrek cry.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Rumpelstiltskin makes a remark about how it's "time to pay the piper". Nothing happens. He then explains to one of the witches that he means ''literally'' pay, as he's a bounty hunter.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The Pied Piper teaches some witches a lesson by forcing them to ''break dance''. Later he singlehandedly defeats the BadassArmy of Ogres with a full choreography and a conga line straight to Rumpelstiltskin's castle.
* TheMusicMeister: The Pied Piper is a bounty hunter who uses his flute to capture his quarry by forcing them to dance.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** A commercial on TV (TV spot) makes it look like Donkey tries showing a trick where he shuts his eyes tight and they POP OUT THROUGH HIS NOSTRILS! [[spoiler:He is actually at an ogre dinner, where they eat plates of eyeballs like fruit, and the trick he does actually doesn't involve his own eyes!]]
** Additionally, the song featured in the trailers ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68uWGunx3yQ Right Back Where We Started From]]) doesn't actually appear in the movie (though a version does play over the credits), and what is suggested to be a DisneyAcidSequence actually has an explanation.
** The first TV spots that showed in the UK almost made it seem that the fat kid at the party (named Butterpants) was a sort of main character, and also had the roar scene from the party shortened down to:
-->'''Butterpants:''' Do the roar!\\
'''Shrek:''' I'd rather not...\\
'''Butterpants:''' Do it!\\
'''Shrek:''' *Roars*
** There was a hint somewhere (the art book, maybe?) that Brogan would be Shrek's rival for Fiona's love, but that never happens.
* NothingIsScarier: When Shrek bursts through the trunk of the tree that used to contain his home, only to find... nothing but a few scurrying rats. That's when you ''really'' get the feeling of "Oh, my God, what has happened to the world?"
* OrbitalKiss: Thoroughly subverted. The BigDamnKiss happens, with the camera orbit, colorful lights and everything, but then the [[CrapsackWorld world reverts to dark and bleak]].
* OrphanedPunchline: Shrek when riding in Rumpelstiltskin's carriage.
-->'''Shrek:''' And the centaur said, 'That's not the half I'm talking about!'
* ResetButton: When Shrek and Fiona [[spoiler:share TrueLovesKiss just as Shrek is fading from existence, the alternate-universe shatters around Rumpelstiltskin as all of the people within it disappear. When Shrek returns to the prime-universe, he was seen mid-roaring at the birthday party.]]
* RantInducingSlight: Shrek goes crazy from all the events going on at the triplets' birthday party.
* RunningGag: Perhaps it's a coincidence, but Rumpelstiltskin marks the ''third'' Shrek villain who is vertically challenged. [[spoiler:This carries into ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' with Humpty Dumpty.]]
* SceneryGorn: The first view of the alternate-universe land of Far, Far Away-- which has been transformed from a Hollywood-like, beautiful (if commercialized) oasis into a desert wasteland with Rumpelstiltskin's palace at the center. The "Far Far Away" Hollywood sign is mostly destroyed, too.
* SchmuckBait: Donkey just after visiting the dragon's keep.
-->'''Shrek:''' There's a stack of freshly made waffles in the middle of the forest! Don't you find that a wee bit suspicious?
* SeriesContinuityError:
** The Rumpelstiltskins in ''Third'' and ''Forever After'' are nothing alike. It's certainly not a SpeciesSurname either because (thanks to a huge ArtShift) they don't even look like the same species.
** The Pied Piper appears but for a second in a throwaway gag in the first film. Again... he looks nothing like how he does in the fourth film.
** In ''Shrek 2'', we can see it takes days to go from Duloc to Far Far Away. However in Forever After, he travels the same distance three times within less than a day.
* ShoutOut:
** The witches are a cross between [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West]] visually and the GreenGoblin in terms of fighting techniques.
** And Fiona for ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.
** The "Film/{{Deliverance}}" banjo theme is heard while in the trailer- er, carriage park.
** That [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} nicely plated roast rat]].
** A giant ball of shields from which all the warriors jump out and attack? Ending of ThreeHundred, anyone?
** A list of the books seen on the bookshelf where Shrek replaces the book ''Shrek'' at the end of the film:
-->''[[Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew The Taming of the Shrek]]''.\\
''[[Literature/MobyDick Moby Shrek]]''.\\
''[[LittleLordFauntleroy Little Lord Donkleroy]]''.\\
''[[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Gingerella]]''.\\
''[[Literature/TheUglyDuckling The Ugly Shreklings]]''.\\
''[[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville The Donkey of Seville]]''.\\
''[[AMidsummerNightsDream A Midsummer Night's Shrek]]''.\\
''[[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Shrek and the Beanstalk]]''.\\
''[[Literature/TheIliad Fiona of Troy]]''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Fiona only starts warming to Shrek when they bash each other up during combat training.
* StealthPun: That carriage park screams "Witch Trash".
* ThreeDMovie
* ToothyBird: The giant goose.
* {{Tsundere}}: Fiona.
* TwoferTokenMinority: The Black/Gay chef Ogre.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: The "jerk" here is the human race. The main theme of the first two movies is how badly Shrek is treated by humans. By the beginning of the fourth film, Shrek becomes annoyed at the humans treating him nicely and longs for the days when he would run about villages scaring them.
** Nicely? They ran over his outhouse!
*** And they treated him like a circus attraction. Can you really blame him for getting tired of performing tricks for annoying kids every single day?
* WeaksauceWeakness[=/=]SuperDrowningSkills: The witches [[Film/TheWizardOfOz dissolve in water]]. Oddly, the ogre resistance never takes advantage of this; it's just used by Rumpelstilskin in a YouHaveFailedMe moment.
* XMeetsY: The film's plot can be neatly summed up as Film/ItsAWonderfulLife - in the Shrek Universe.

[[folder:Shrek the Musical]]
* AdaptationExpansion: The extra half-hour that the film didn't have is used to elaborate on the backstories of Shrek, Fiona, and Farquaad, as well as give more focus to the Fairytale Creatures as characters.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Fairytale Creatures get a surprising amount of characterization, sometimes even a little backstory, in the behind-the-scenes webisodes and their individual profiles on the (now defunct) "Shrekster" website, most of which isn't given in the show itself.
** Possibly due to it's half-spoken, half-sung nature, "Forever" is left off the soundtrack. The song contains a lot of Dragon's motivations (she's annoyed that she's a glorified babysitter and no one will ever want to rescue ''her'') and the reason Donkey becomes attracted to her (in stating that Fiona's not his type, he declares he "likes a big, big girl").
* AmbiguouslyGay: From the sassy Donkey, to the prissy Farquaad, to the entire pride-anthem vibe of "Freak Flag", the musical is full of this trope.
-->'''Pinocchio:''' I'm wood. I'm good. Get used to it!
* AnthropomorphicShift: Donkey, being portrayed by a live actor in costume, went from the quadruped TalkingAnimal he was in the films to an [[FunnyAnimal upright biped wearing a vest]], at least in early productions. Inverted in later incarnations as the clothes were removed and he began walking in a torso-first fashion with his forelegs held up - a stance more like that of a real quadrupedal animal on it's hind legs.
* AscendedExtra: All of the Fairytale Creatures ensemble to an extent, but especially Pinocchio.
* BurpingContest: Shrek and Fiona bond over one.
* CastingGag: The casting of John Tartaglia, a famous Broadway puppeteer, as Pinocchio, a puppet.
* CostumePorn
* CounterpointDuet:
** Shrek and Donkey during "Travel Song."
** Shrek and Fiona during "I Think I Got You Beat."
** All three sing a Counterpoint ''Trio'' during "Who I'd Be."
* CrossDressingVoices: Gingy is puppeteered and voiced by a woman in each production.
* DuetBonding: Shrek and Fiona during "[[CounterpointDuet I Think I Got You Beat]]"
* EarlyBirdCameo: Puss in Boots makes a quick cameo during the Traveling Song.
* EvilIsHammy: Farquaad really cranks up his hammy tendencies, with a generous dose of [[{{Camp}} campy flair]] added for good measure.
* FantasticAesop: "Freak Flag" starts out with your typical BeYourself message, but it kind of gets derailed halfway through.
-->'''Pinocchio:''' We may be freaks, but we're freaks with teeth and claws and magic wands...and together, we can stand up to Farquaad!\\
'''Humpty-Dumpty:''' ''"We've got magic! We've got power!\\
Who are they to say we're wrong?\\
All the things that make us special\\
Are the things that make us strong!"''
* FatAdmirer: Donkey, as it turns out, as he sets the record straight during the song "Forever".
* GenderFlip: The Three Blind Mice are females in the musical, while in the films there males.
* ForTheEvulz: According to his Ballad (see below), Farquaad plans on total domination "with some torture, just for fun!"
* FreudianExcuse: Lord Farquaad's backstory is delivered in "Ballad of Farquaad" about [[MissingMom his mother]] that died when he was young and his [[ParentalNeglect distant father]] that [[ParentalAbandonment left him alone in the woods]] when he was younger. Subverted later when it turns out that his past [[UnreliableNarrator wasn't as hopeless as he made it out to be]].
-->'''Farquaad:''' No father of mine would've abandoned me in the woods as a child!\\
'''Farquaad's Father:''' ''Abandoned'' you?! You were twenty-eight! ''[[BasementDweller And living in my basement!]]''
* GiveMeASign: From "Travel Song":
-->'''Shrek:''' ''"Why me? Why me?\\
A simple answer would be fine\\
Won't someone please send me a sign?"''\\
'''Donkey:''' Oh look, a sign! Yunita Pal Avenue straight ahead!
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Fiona in the play is a...little eccentric, due to being alone in her tower for years.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Farquaad is half-dwarf.]]
* IWantSong: "I Know It's Today".
** Also possibly Dragon's part of the song "Forever", where she laments having to guard Fiona the whole time.
* LateToThePunchline: Upon arriving to Farquaad's castle, Shrek makes the CompensatingForSomething joke from the film, which receives a blank stare from Donkey. But then [[BrickJoke a bit later]], in the middle of the "Travel Song", Donkey suddenly breaks out laughing, saying he just got it.
* MadnessMantra: Fiona in "I Know It's Today:" ''"And the waiting and the waiting and the waiting and the waiiiiitiiiiiing!"''
* {{Manchild}}: Peter Pan.
-->'''Peter:''' Maybe if we all close our eyes and clap really hard!\\
'''Pinocchio:''' Oh, grow up!\\
'''Peter:''' I ''won't'' grow up!\\
'''Pinocchio:''' ''You're thirty-four and need a shave!''
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: The Fairytale Creatures all decide to band together and actually fight against Farquaad's rule during "Freak Flag."
* MoodSwinger: Fiona, especially during "I Know It's Today", in which she "seem(s) a ''bit'' bi-polar..."
* MotionCapture: How the Magic Mirror's face was portrayed on the stage.
* PrecisionFStrike: After the UnusualEuphemism below, Pinocchio ends the song "Story of My Life" with an exclamation of ''"Crap!"''
* SanitySlippage: Fiona has a moment of this in "I Know It's Today" from waiting to be rescued [[GoMadFromTheIsolation from a small room in a tower for over twenty years]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Dragon's singing voice sounds like one.
* SceneryPorn
* ShoutOut: To several other Broadway musicals.
* SissyVillain: Farquaad is played as this.
* [[SoloDuet Solo Trio]]: Fiona with her 10-year old self and teenage self in "I Know It's Today."
* StepfordSuburbia: Duloc under Farquaad's rule is well on its way to becoming this before he's dispatched. Donkey even lampshades it early on, saying that the whole place is "going Stepford."
* SuddenlyVoiced: Dragon. She even got a song.
* TakeThat:
-->'''Gingy:''' It's time we do what we should've done a long time ago.\\
'''Gnome:''' Stop mailing all those sweet but slightly threatening fanletters to Disney/TheLittleMermaid?
* [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Then Let Me Be A Monster]]: During "Build a Wall":
-->'''Shrek:''' I'm gonna be what they want.\\
I'm gonna be what they say\\
Hey world, I'll do it your way!\\
You're looking for a monster, it's your lucky day\\
I'll be what you want!"''
* TitleTheAdaptation
* TriumphantReprise: "Big Bright Beautiful World." The first version is a cynical opening number about how it's awesome being anything ''but'' an ogre. The reprise is a tender song about how Shrek's life has become worthwhile.
* UnusualEuphemism:
-->'''Pinocchio:''' Man I tell ya, sometimes bein' a fairytale creature sucks ''pine sap!''
** Later, "Mother Hubbard!" is exclaimed in place of a certain other, specific swear.
* VocalDissonance:
** The dainty-looking Sugar Plum Fairy speaks with a very deep, throaty voice.
** In several of the YouTube clips of the show, Dragon's singing voice is fairly high and jazzy.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** Freak Flag
** Weirdly, Donkey [[InvokedTrope uses this]] to save himself from Dragon, pointing out that he's a donkey, not a knight, and therefore shouldn't be considered a threat. Then he accidentally seduces her.
* WorldOfHam: The entire cast!

* ChristmasSpecial: ''Shrek the Halls''
* HalloweenSpecial: ''The Ghost of Lord Farquaad'' and ''Scared Shrekless''

-->''[[Music/SmashMouth Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...]]''