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The third installment in the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' tetralogy, ''Shrek the Third'' was released in 2007 by Creator/DreamworksAnimation, serving as a direct sequel to ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''. [[LateArrivalSpoiler After King Harold dies]], he leaves his throne to the ogre couple, Shrek and Fiona. Not wanting to become a king, Shrek seeks the only other available heir to the kingdom of Far Far Away, who happens to be Fiona's cousin, Arthur "Artie" Pendragon (Creator/JustinTimberlake). Meanwhile, Prince Charming gathers an elite fighting force of fairy tale villains in order to start a rebellion and take over the kingdom. Seeking revenge on the ogre who ruined his happily ever after, Charming gets his followers to track down Shrek while he imprisons his pregnant wife and her friends.
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!!''Shrek the Third'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* 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, and this is the form he dies in.
* 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.
*** And so he did with the second guy who jumps in after the first was dragged away, without Charming even noticing it.
** In an earlier throwaway scene, Shrek himself seemingly accidentally kills a man who he's supposed to be knighting.
* 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".
* CoDragons: Captain Hook and [[spoiler:Rapunzel]] are this to Charming.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Pinocchio provides 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
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The main goal of the fairy tale villains. [[spoiler:They do earn it though, not by achieving petty revenge against their enemies, but rather, by realizing they don't have to give in to the "villain" image the stories made them out to be]].
* 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. [[spoiler:One of them, namely Rapunzel, is the BigBad's bitch.]]
* ErmineCapeEffect: Parodied. 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.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Snow White ends up ''weaponizing'' this trope when she calls upon a bunch of cute little animals...and then sics them on the Treeman guards.
* 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.
** [[spoiler:All the villains have one in the end, except for Charming]].
* HighSchool: Worcestershire in medieval times and within in a fairy tale world. It's revealed that Donkey himself went to one, and he was bullied a lot.
* 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.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is the main premise of the entire film. Shrek wasn't the only one who felt this way, all the other villains and Prince Charming felt they weren't special because they never recieved a HappilyEverAfter. Arthur wanted to stop being seen a loser. Arthur even tells the villains that deep down, what they really wanted was to stop being seen as villains and losers. [[spoiler:It turns out they were only villains because they gave into what stories made them out to be. Upon realizing this, they have a HeelFaceTurn, and end up getting their happy ending. Prince Charming, however, didn't get what he wanted.]]
* InconvenientItch: Shrek is trussed up in some very UsefulNotes/LouisXVI-esque [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes 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. HilarityEnsues 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!"
* LegionOfDoom: Prince Charming leads one which consists of all the villains from every fairy tale.
* 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: 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.
* StockSoundEffect: Baby Kate cry.
* TemptingFate: "Someone better be dying!" [[spoiler:[[GilliganCut Cut to King Harold on his deathbed]].]]
* ThatPoorCat: Puss-In-Boots does his cat screech when Shrek throws him out to the window.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Puss and Donkey, Shrek's two hangers-on, sidekicks, and royal advisers.
* TooManyBabies: A nightmare of Shrek's.
* TotallyRadical: "Help! I've been captured by an ogre who's trying to relate to me!"
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The princess's action scene was shown in the trailers in almost it's entirety. See FauxActionGirl for the only thing they left out.
* 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.]]
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