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!! ''Shrek'' film series
* AdaptationDisplacement: You probably won't find a lot of people who have even heard of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek! Shrek!]]'' by William Steig (and if they did, it's likely they first heard of it by watching the credits of a Shrek film). So much was added to this little story that about the only thing it and the movies have in common is...a grumpy ogre named Shrek, a donkey (who is quickly forgotten about), a brief obstacle of a dragon, and an ugly princess.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Sure, Monsieur Hood definitely seemed like a FrenchJerk, but keep in mind he didn't know Shrek was a good guy. And his men only attacked Fiona in retaliation.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did back in their day, the first ''Shrek'' was meant to appeal to both children and adults without seemingly favoring one group over the other, with its edgy humor and pop-culture references giving it a grittier vibe than other animated movies at the time - especially the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, which had a reputation for being "squeaky-clean". However, as time went on and ''Shrek'' became a CashCowFranchise, marketing for the movies became more kid-focused even as the content of the movies was only ''slightly'' toned down. This caused the series to eventually gain a reputation of being "for kids", just like what happened to the Flintstones and Muppets. This is reflected in the evolution of the franchise's toyline: the first movie had a line of highly detailed collectibles by [=McFarlane=] Toys[[note]]yes, by Todd [=McFarlane=] of ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' fame[[/note]] that could be appreciated by both kids and adults (just like the movie), while the toylines for the sequels (by Hasbro and MGA) were far cheaper and more gimmicky, and no longer targeted the PeripheryDemographic of action figure collectors.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** One can't disregard the franchise's main theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KruvKcrD0A Fairytale]], a hauntingly beautiful {{leitmotif}} that still manages to fit with the series' tongue-in-cheek tone. Added bonus for that basically becoming the unofficial opening song of all the Dreamworks films to come after- whenever they do their Dreamworks Logo Gag, expect to hear some variation of it.
** [[Music/SmashMouth Somebody once told me]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo2SNtFofWI the world is gonna roll me...]]
** Both covers of "I'm a Believer" (Creator/EddieMurphy's in the movie, Music/SmashMouth's on the soundtrack) are awesome, but Donkey belting it out at the end of the first movie with a crowd of fairy tales backing him up deserves special mention. For a typical kid watching this movie back in the summer of 2001, that whole sequence was the epitome of cool.
--->'''Donkey''': I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe ''I believe''! Hey!\\
'''Crowd''': ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve!]]''
** Self's "Stay Home" from the movie's credits roll.
** "It Is You (I Have Loved)", an AwardBaitSong based on Fiona's theme (and, if the lyrics are anything to go by, her character arc).
** "[[Music/BeautifulFreak My Beloved Monster]]" by Music/{{Eels}}.
* BadassDecay: Fiona goes from being able to take down Robin Hood's entire band of outlaws...to being helpless against one guard and Lord Farquaad wielding only a small dagger, in the space of half a movie.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Donkey. He's either hilarious, lovable, and part of the charm and soul of the series, or just plain annoying to the point of being TheLoad at times, especially in the sequels where his annoying tendencies are [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]]. Overall, the fanbase's opinion of Donkey is much like Shrek's own.
** Fiona's human form. Some find her design to be adorable, beautiful, sexy, and more conventionally attractive than her [[CuteMonsterGirl ogre form]], and wish that Human!Fiona would make a reappearance of some sort.[[note]]For instance, some fans were [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot baffled by her exclusion from]] ''Shrek Forever After'', due to the fact that AU!Fiona was still cursed, and would have wanted to see what Human!Fiona looked like as a warrior.[[/note]] Others find Human!Fiona to be unnecessarily [[UncannyValley uncanny]] due to dated CGI, and not as unique, iconic or endearing as Ogre!Fiona.
* BrokenBase:
** The announcement of a fifth ''Shrek'' movie has been met with highly mixed reactions. Some fans are overjoyed, especially ones who grew up with the series, and believe that Creator/DreamWorksAnimation's [[GrowingTheBeard beard-growing]] will lead to another good sequel. Others think that any further sequels would be detrimental, pointing to the {{sequelitis}} seen in the third and fourth movies, and believe that the franchise should quit while it's ahead with ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. Furthermore, there are those who are afraid that the fifth movie may be an alienating reboot (a la ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' or ''Film/TheMummy2017'') and/or try to capitalize on kids' trends such as [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the Minions]]. Others still find the announcement hard to take seriously due to the franchise's MemeticMutation and believe that a fifth ''Shrek'' movie will be seen as a big joke.
** How the films should be regarded for their quality and influence, especially over time. There's little doubt that ''Shrek'' was far more universally beloved in its heyday, and that most people consider more emotional and story-based animated movies[[note]]such as the Creator/{{Pixar}} canon, the higher points of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, and even [=DreamWorks'=] own ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''[[/note]] to be superior. That said, there are those who consider the movies (especially the first two) to be just as fun and lovable as they were in the day, those who consider the series SoOkayItsAverage, and those who find the series to be overrated and unendearing. The latter two camps generally consider the unanimous praise of the first two ''Shrek'' movies to be [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny a product of circumstance]], due to the fact that the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon was running dry at the time. Members of all three camps (even those who enjoy ''Shrek'' on its own merits) bemoan how the series [[GenreKiller killed traditional animation]] and caused animated movies to become more crass and gag-based, but whether it retroactively ruins the series itself is a matter of debate.
* CounterpartComparison: Lord Farquaad is similar to [[Series/GameOfThrones Tyrion Lannister]]; both of them are lecherous, dwarfish men who dress in red and speak with snide British accents. However, while Tyrion (at least in the show rather than [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the books]]) is somewhat honorable about his ways, Farquaad is a malicious megalomaniac.
* CrackPairing: Plenty of fans seem to enjoy shipping [[TalkativeLoon Donkey]] with [[DashingHispanic Puss in Boots]] [[OppositesAttract for some]] [[VitriolicBestBuds odd reason]], despite Donkey already being HappilyMarried to Dragon.
* CrossoverShip: Thanks to the power of [[MemeticMutation memes]], [[https://fiztheancient.deviantart.com/art/otp-180556841 there's plenty]] [[https://xchibi-rinchu.deviantart.com/art/Shrek-kun-don-t-leave-me-180739181 of people]] [[https://cmara.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-begs-Shrek-150746720 who ship]] Shrek with [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow The Hedgehog]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[ThoseTwoGuys Gingy and Pinocchio]] are very popular with kids and adults alike despite their secondary role, especially Gingy, whose [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpBJih02aYU interrogation scene]] is considered a highlight of the first movie. For this reason, Gingy is often an AdvertisedExtra and plays a major role in the TV specials, while Pinocchio becomes an AscendedExtra in ''Theatre/ShrekTheMusical''.
* {{Fanon}}:
** Some fans consider Shrek's, Donkey's and Fiona's {{signature song}}s to be "All Star", "I'm a Believer" and "It is You (I Have Loved)", respectively.
** Brogre memes frequently feature Drek, a [[PaletteSwap blue]] EvilKnockoff of Shrek, as their equivalent of {{Satan}}. Because Lord Farquaad is also an antagonistic figure in Brogre "mythology", his relationship with Drek varies DependingOnTheWriter, from Drek being a disguise for Farquaad to Farquaad being TheDragon to Drek.
* FirstInstallmentWins: While [[WesternAnimation/Shrek2 the second movie]] may be [[EvenBetterSequel more critically acclaimed]], the first movie will forever be the most iconic, in part thanks to its [[MemeticMutation memetic potential]].
* FountainOfMemes: Both the first film in general and Shrek as a character have spawned a ton of memes.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: To this day, the first two movies are very popular in Poland, mainly due to SuperlativeDubbing and {{Woolseyism}}.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Eddie Murphy's character ''was'' a dragon. In ''Shrek'', Eddie Murphy's character ''marries'' a dragon.
** By sheer coincidence, Farquaad's emblem has an uncanny resemblence to the Facebook logo.
** One of the first things Shrek said to Fiona was "You were expecting Prince Charming?" And then...
** One of the jokes ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' made about the first movie was Donkey and Dragon having half-donkey, half-dragon babies...which is exactly what happened in the second movie.
** ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fans can't help but chuckle at how Jaime Lannister is a dead ringer for Prince Charming. The fun doesn't end there - Tyrion is an eccentric, red-clad DeadpanSnarker dwarf lord just like Farquaad and has a similar voice, Sansa is a redheaded princess like Fiona and even has a similar green dress and hair braid in Season 7, Syrio is a FantasyCounterpartCulture Spaniard[[note]]actually Greek, but his accent sounds heavily Spanish[[/note]] who's proficient with a sword like Puss and compares his style to a cat...
** In the Japanese dub of the films, Creator/KoichiYamadera voiced Donkey. The hilarity came with the fact in the very first film, the villain Lord Farquaad was voiced by Masato Ibu, who voiced [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato the original Dessler]] and Shrek and Donkey has to defeat him. A few years later, Yamadera himself ends voicing ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Dessler]]'' as well.
** Vincent Cassel voiced [[FrenchJerk Monsieur Hood]] (in English) in the first movie. He had previously had a role in the French dub of [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt another DreamWorks movie]].
** Some Chinese bootleggers [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/ROM_hacks#Pok.C3.A9mon_Diamond_2_and_Jade_2 used Dragon as a Charizard stand-in]] in a pirated ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game. That series started a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction meme]] that applies perfectly to her relationship with Donkey.
** Lord Farquaad, who was designed after Michael Eisner, came four years after Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', who was designed off of Jeffrey Katzenberg. Bonus points for John Lithgow nearly becoming the voice of Hades, even recording a few lines, before James Woods took the role.
** Conrad Vernon voices the Gingerbread Man. 15 years later, Vernon would develop [[WesternAnimation/SausageParty another animated comedy that involves sentient food]].
* HollywoodHomely: Fiona as an ogress. Repeatedly told to be ugly, repulsive, disgusting, every synonym imaginable, in the first movie as well as the sequels. While she certainly looks a bit plump and more frightening, most fans think she does look pretty cute even by ogre standards, and ''Forever After'' depicts her as a borderline AmazonianBeauty.
* ItWasHisSled: If you've seen the other movies or other adaptations after the first film, you'd know Fiona is also an ogre and she marries Shrek.
* JerkassWoobie: Shrek himself makes a pretty solid case for this trope. Especially in the first two films.
* LoveToHate: Lord Farquaad is possibly the most beloved villain in the series for his cool voice and for being LaughablyEvil, which is only helped by his omnipresence as Shrek's antithesis in Brogre memes.
* MemeticBadass: Brogre memes depict Shrek as a bizarre supreme deity who is able to kill and maim bullies and non-believers with ease.
* MemeticMolester: In the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]]' copypasta stories, many of Shrek's blessings and powers are activated through intercourse of some sort, which is depicted as immensely pleasurable for his followers and painful for his enemies. By proxy, Donkey, Fiona and Puss have seen their share of this when they appear.
* MemeticMutation:
** As of TheNewTens, ''Shrek'', [[WeirdAlEffect for some reason]], became more known for its influence on Internet culture rather than pop culture at large, even garnering [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek_on_the_Internet its own article]] on TheOtherWiki. There is ''very little'' from the first film that hasn't achieved MemeticMutation at some point, and very few of those memes have died. The most well-known ''Shrek'' memes take the form of "Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life" copypastas and videos, which helped spawn the series' "Brogre" fanbase. These memes and fans treat Shrek as a MemeticBadass, a MemeticMolester and a CrystalDragonJesus ''all at the same time''.
** DO THE ROAR!
** I LOVE YOU DADDY!
*** (deep demonic voice): ''' ''DA DA!!!'' '''
** "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder."
** [[DynamicEntry "Some-BODY once told me..."]]
** "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP?!"
** Along the same lines, Shrek has been a [[SarcasmMode commonly-requested]] newcomer for the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game before its release, especially since the game ''VideoGame/ShrekSuperSlam'' was a [[MascotFighter mascot]]-[[PlatformFighter platform fighter]] in the same kind of vein.
** "I'm making waffles!"
** "[[LiteralMetaphor Ogres are like onions! / Ogres have layers.]]" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Metaphorical advice given by Shrek to Donkey to explain that even ogres can be good deep-down.[[/labelnote]]
** From [=DreamworksTV=]'s Shrek videos on [=YouTube=], there's Shrek saying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz40salowcc OH HELLO THERE!]]
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis DONKEY!!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Shrek frequently shouts this in a ''thick'' accent.[[/labelnote]]
** [[Main/TrollFic Shrek is love... Shrek is life.]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]"Shrek is love" fanfictions can be found literally anywhere.[[/labelnote]]
* MemeticPsychopath: Some "Shrek is Love Shrek is Life" variants depict Shrek as a blood thirsty slaughterer, almost always depicted in a positive light and pseudo-serious religious tone for BlackComedy purposes.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment The first thing that Lord Farquaad does in the film is have the poor Gingerbread Man waterboarded in milk as an interrogation technique and has his legs ripped off]]. The moment when he's truly made 100% irredeemably evil comes right at the film's climax when [[spoiler:upon Fiona's reveal, he calls her "disgusting" and splits her from Shrek, assuring the latter that he will be sentenced to a life of torture and will be begging for death to save him, and tells Fiona that she'll be locked back in her tower for the rest of her life, all while threatening her with a ''knife to her throat''.]]
* OneSceneWonder: Robin Hood and his merry men get a lot of attention from fans despite their very brief screen time.
* PeripheryDemographic: But of course. All four films were written with family audiences in mind, meaning lots of slapstick humor for the kids and pop-culture references and GettingCrapPastTheRadar for adults. And ''then'' you have the Brogres, who jokingly worship the franchise and treat it as a form of higher art (and even a religion).
* PopularityPolynomial: At its peak, ''Shrek'' was a franchise as big as the green ogre himself. The original ''Shrek'' won the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and ''Shrek 2'' became one of the highest-grossing films at the time. After that, the franchise's formula quickly grew stale as [[FollowTheLeader it spawned a host of mediocre imitators]], which seeped back into ''Shrek'' itself with the poor reviews of ''Shrek the Third''. This led to the downfall of ''Shrek''-style "snarky" animated movies and the rise of more drama-based animated movies such as ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. However, MemeticMutation led to an upsurge of ironic popularity for the ''Shrek'' series, which eventually grew into ''unironic'' popularity as its fans grew up and revisited the movies, and were able to appreciate them anew due to their wittiness and 2000s nostalgia. As of the late [[TheNewTens new tens]], while not to the level of the early [[TheNoughties noughties]], the first two ''Shrek'' movies are well-liked and appreciated as modern classics, and ''Shrek Forever After'' has quite a few fans and defenders as well.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** When the first ''Shrek'' movie came out, it was considered a witty and refreshing break from the then-formulaic Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon fare, and it put Creator/DreamWorksAnimation on the map. Nowadays ''Shrek'''s often blamed for killing traditional animated films and starting a trend of rather mediocre [[AllCGICartoon CGI fims]] overly reliant on AnachronismStew, WorldOfSnark and GettingCrapPastTheRadar. It didn't help that Dreamworks would not only give Shrek three sequels, but rehash the formula for [[WesternAnimation/SharkTale most]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} of]] [[WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge their]] [[WesternAnimation/FlushedAway other]] [[WesternAnimation/BeeMovie films]] until they [[GrowingTheBeard Grew the Beard]] with ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Other studios then followed suit - instead of making ''Shrek'' ripoffs, they started more frequently producing [[Disney/{{Bolt}} original]] [[WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs and well-liked]] [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe CGI movies]]. Even Disney, the very firm Jeff Katzenberg sought to overthrow, would eventually make a return to sincere fairy tale films, having not only learned from this film but, arguably, ''improving'' on its humor and style.
** One of the sources for fuel for the Shrek series, the general disdain directed towards Michael Eisner, was effectively cut off when Eisner was removed from Disney the year after the second ''Shrek'' movie hit theaters, along with other studios including Disney trying and failing at the "Fractured Fairy Tale" trend; ''Kung Fu Panda's'' critical and commercial success along with Disney Animation making another comeback sounded the death knell for this idea (the final ''Shrek'' film actually took itself more seriously with Rumpelstiltskin alone, and the ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' spinoff took on more of a high fantasy and adventure tone).
* {{Sequelitis}}: This is the general consensus for ''Third''. Fans are [[BrokenBase divided]] between whether ''Forever After'' is just as bad as ''Third'' or better. Reception has been much warmer for ''Forever After'' than for ''Third'', however.
%%* ShipTease: Uhm...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QlQnlVhR8A This]]. Especially the way he says her name at the end.
* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Third'' and ''Forever After'' are considered this by fans and critics, with ''Forever After'' as the slightly better one of the two.
* SuperlativeDubbing: The Polish version is arguably funnier than the original, at least to Poles.
** Same applies to the Hungarian version, with an extremely clever choice of voice actors and well-adapted cultural references.
** Banderas does the Spanish version too - with an Andalusian accent.
** The Dutch version was also pretty good with the Woolseyism.
** The Latin American localization, however, is largely a subversion, as it sports heavy Mexican accents, idioms, and at times jokes a little too localized, which made the movies right down unbearable for many of the non-Mexicans.
*** The same problem occurred with the French version; while very well-localized for the French, it was considered incomprehensible by people in Quebec and some parts of France (to the point that one Québécois politician attempted to pass a bill requiring Quebec French dubbing for all movies after seeing ''Shrek the Third'' in French).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Welcome to Duloc" has the same rhythm as "It's a Small World After All", fitting for a song welcoming you to a Disneyland pastiche.
* UncannyValley:
** Human!Fiona and her parents, one of the many reasons some people prefer [[CuteMonsterGirl Fiona's ogre form]] over her human form. The CGI for her human character model hasn't aged well, especially when you see it again in the sequel, which featured much more cartoony looking humans. This carries over to Harold and Lillian when they appear in subsequent sequels. This is {{downplayed|trope}} in that most fans still find all three characters to be likable and endearing. Conversely, Ogre!Fiona can evoke this reaction in the first movie, especially in first-time viewers, due to some people being so accustomed to Fiona as a human.
** Possibly {{invoked|trope}} with the [=DuLoc=] dolls, since [[Ride/ItsASmallWorld the ride that they're parodying]] is infamous for this trope. This is PlayedForLaughs in their reappearance in ''Scared Shrekless''.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lastiWIUWCc Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey]]", a ThemeParkVersion retelling of the first movie at Motiongate Dubai, depicts the characters as [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant animatronic marionettes]] that ''unironically'' evoke the deliberately uncanny animatronics from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. It's probably for the better that Human!Fiona (described above) and Snow White, the most realistic human characters, have unmoving faces and mouths.
* UglyCute: Shrek, Donkey and most of the other characters follow this design philosophy, with grotesque, exaggerated features but enough charm and personality to make them lovable.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: All four movies have this to some extent, with occasional mild cursing and direct references to adult situations such as drunkenness.

!! Shrek Video Games:
Examples for ''VideoGame/ShrekSuperSlam'' go [[YMMV/ShrekSuperSlam here]].
* DuelingWorks: The 2001 game with ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}: Munch's Oddysee.'' Both were launch titles for the original Xbox, featured green-skinned protagonists, and used [[{{Gasshole}} flatulence as a game mechanic]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** After ''Shrek Forever After'' has been released, it is rather hilarious to frequently fight witches in an adaptation of the preceding film.
** In the first game, Humpty Dumpty and a giant mother goose appear in the same level.
* InNameOnly: Saying that the 2001 game is accurate to the film is like saying the sky is brown.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: Frequently the case with these games. A shame, because in ''Shrek The Third'' at least, there actually was a decent amount of effort put into the enemy design and variety, but it goes to naught because of overly powerful RegeneratingHealth and enemies not dealing sufficient amount of damage.
* MemeticMutation: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCIV3QbNryk Wooooah! This beast still be under warranty!]]" from ''Shrek Smash 'n' Crash Racing'' has become a minor meme in the WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} community, due to the fact that Shrek [[MostAnnoyingSound wouldn't stop spouting it]] during Vinny's playthrough of the game.
* PolishedPort: The Gamecube port of the 2001 game, Shrek: Extra Large, ironed out a number of the kinks in the Xbox original.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Many of the games have received consistently tepid reviews in the territory between low 50's and high 60's on Metacritic. Some of the earlier games, such as ''Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown'', ''Shrek: Super Party'', ''Shrek: Swamp Kart Speedway'' and even [[VideoGame/{{Shrek}} the very first licensed game]], are considered absolutely horrid.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The [[Pinball/{{Shrek}} pinball machine]] has also been received pretty well, being ranked 93rd overall on the Internet Pinball Database with a 7.8 average rating out of 10 and earns a good amount of money in public. It may have been a PaletteSwap of ''Family Guy'', but it had better sales too.
* SnarkBait: The games are a prime target for this among gaming [=YouTubers=] and streamers, due to the combination of the franchise's MemeticMutation with their status as [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames stereotypical crappy tie-in shovelware]].
* SoBadItsGood: Because Shrek is so egregious in meme culture, watching and playing the games, even - or ''especially'' - the really bad ones can be a riot.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The first ''Shrek'' game was given a "T" rating by the ESRB.
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