* AcceptableTargets: Jack and Jill, depicted as ''gun-toting, pig-rearing rednecks'', as the designated villains in a Hispanic scenario.
* AntiClimaxBoss: When they reach the giant's castle, [[spoiler:Humpty reveals that the giant living there is already dead]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KBgg-hrtyo Both of the songs]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpI2JSn2o0A contributed by]] Rodrigo Y Gabriela.
** The inclusion of LadyGaga's "Americano" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHGKG9dyTKI at the end]] and in the trailers.
** The fact that they even managed to fit a LadyGaga song in the film in the first place
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The "oooh" cat has its own fanbase. Doubles as MemeticMutation.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Two in the original tale - "It's good to be a MagnificentBastard" and "If you want to get laid you need to be young and pretty".
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Puss got his trademark boots from a woman named Imelda. [[NamesTheSame Imelda Marcos]] is the First Lady to famously scandal-laden and dethroned former President of {{the Philippines}} Ferdinand Marcos, and [[AllWomenLoveShoes she was known for a very large shoe collection]]
** In ''{{Shrek}} Forever After'', Rumplestiltzkin had an odd choice of animal for a pet that wasn't central to the plot at the time. [[spoiler:It was a giant goose.]]
** It's a good thing Shrek isn't a shape-changer, considering the original tale.
* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Humpty]] is clearly in the wrong, but you can't deny just how much crap they went through.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA8Of2_5bsI "Ooooohhhh...."]]
* NightmareFuel: The [[spoiler:mother goose while they're on top of the beanstalk. Also the fact that Humpty was there. [[ParanoiaFuel From the very start of the film.]]]]
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The movie's been much better-received than the two ''{{Shrek}}'' [[{{Sequelitis}} sequels]] that came before it, and [[WinBackTheCrowd received reviews almost as good as]] the well-loved first two ''Shrek'' movies.
* TearJerker: Kitty's backstory: [[spoiler:The couple that took her in certainly meant well (at first, at least), but eventually declawed her.]]
* UncannyValley:
** Those dancing pigs.
** Humpty dips into this too, for some viewers.