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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 Willaim Steig. 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.
* BadassDecay:
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with AU!Puss In Boots. He starts as lazy, fat housecat, but regains his badassery when the time is right.
** Played straight with Shrek himself in ''Shrek the Third'', which was noted by several reviewers. In the first movie, he [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] Farquaad's knights. In the third movie, he's much softer, and didn't do much to fight back against Charming. Shrek gets some of his badassery back in ''Forever After'', but is largely overshadowed by the ProudWarriorRaceGuy ogre tribe.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Monsieur Hood's appearance in the original movie.
** Though it did give us our first look at Fiona's badassery.
** The Welcome to Duloc song can be seen as one too.
* ContestedSequel: ''Shrek Forever After''. To some, it's a mild improvement on ''Shrek The Third'' but still not a very good movie. To others, it's a huge improvement with an interesting plot, tons of ContinuityPorn and [[LoveToHate a great villain]], and indicative of DreamWorksAnimation's [[GrowingTheBeard beard-growing]]. While to others its worse than ''Shrek The Third'', completley abandoning the actual characters and a waste of time.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]]: The cover of Barracuda. Yes.
** That and [[DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce Snow White's beautiful woodland friends' lullaby suddenly becoming "Immigrant Song"]].
** Jennifer Saunder's cover of Music/BonnieTyler [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xApn6r6Olu8 "Holding Out For a Hero"]] may be better than original. Helps that the scene accompanying it was [[AwesomeMoments awesome]].
** 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.
** Puss and Donkey's cover of "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)" in the third movie.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfID1sti6eA Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...]]
** Both covers of "I'm a Believer" (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!]]''
** Puss and Donkey's cover of Livin' La Vida Loca
** Stay Home from the first movie's credits roll
** It Is You (I Have Loved), from the above movie
* EnsembleDarkHorse: The Pied Piper and [[LoveToHate Rumpelstiltskin]] in the fourth movie.
** "Do the roar."
** [[CuteKitten PUSS]]!... [[DashingHispanic in Boots]] for the series in general.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Shrek 2'' not only has the same RottenTomatoes score as the first one, it's generally considered to be better-paced and much funnier than the original. And then, of course, there's [[EnsembleDarkhorse Puss in Boots]], who got ''his own'' spin-off that was ''also'' considered a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel compared to the last two installments of the ''Shrek'' series.
* {{Filler}}[=/=]{{Padding}}: The entirety of ''[[{{Sequelitis}} Shrek the Third]]'' could arguably be considered this in relation to the series as a whole. The film has no major plot events that affect ''Shrek Forever After'' (aside from witnessing the birth of Shrek and Fiona's children, and the death of King Harold [[spoiler: and [[DragonAscendant Prince Charming]]]]) and none of the newly introduced major characters [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome even appear in the subsequent film]]. Seriously, try watching ''Shrek'', ''Shrek 2'', and ''Forever After'' in that order while skipping over ''The Third''. It has almost no bearing on the other 3 films.
* GeniusBonus[=/=]ParentalBonus: Panicked citizens run right out of one Farbucks... [[LewisBlack and into another Farbucks directly across the street]].
** The two birds that perch on Snow White's shoulders just before [[spoiler: she sics all the forest animals on the evil trees]]? They're ''woodpeckers''.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In Russia, ''Shrek 4'' is the second-highest grossing movie OF ALL TIME, losing only to the inevitable ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** To this day, the first two movies are very popular in Poland as well, mainly due to SuperlativeDubbing and {{Woolseyism}}.
* HarsherInHindsight: ''Shrek Forever After'' has AU!Puss being reduced to merely Fiona's pet - but after seeing his origins in the DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'', can we really consider ''that'' as the 'bad' dimension?
* HilariousInHindsight: In the second movie, Shrek is disgusted by a poster of "Sir Justin" (who [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed looks like Justin Timberlake]]) on Fiona's ceiling. Come the third movie, where a teenage King Arthur is played by... Justin Timberlake.
** Even more hilarious: Justin and Cameron Diaz were dating at the time of ''Shrek 2''; by the time [[CastIncest Justin became her cousin]] they had broken up.
** Look at the lineup of faux-{{Disney Princess}}es - Disney/SnowWhite, Disney/{{Cinderella}}, Disney/SleepingBeauty... ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}''? But that wasn't a Disney movie... [[Disney/{{Tangled}} at the time]].
** One of the first things Shrek said to Fiona was "You were expecting Prince Charming?" And then...
** Merlin helps Shrek see into... [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyC2ccF_-Pc FUTURE.]]
** 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.
** Prince Charming is the spitting image of Jaime Lannister from ''[[Series/GameOfThrones Game Of Thrones]]''.
** 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 Farqadd 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.
** Take another look at Prince Farquaad's royal seal in the first movie. It looks almost identical to the Website/{{Facebook}} logo.
** Vincent Cassel voiced [[FrenchJerk Monsieur Hood]] in the first movie. He had previously had a role in the French dub of [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt another DreamWorks movie]].
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'' is the highest-grossing animated movie pretty much anywhere... but [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff not in America]]. What movie does that honor go to domestically? ''Shrek 2''. Considering that the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]]' "religion" [[http://shrekchan.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Anti-brogre has Elsa as an evil "anti-brogre"]] married to their {{Satan}} {{Expy}}[[note]]"Drek", a blue PaletteSwap of Shrek[[/note]], it wouldn't be out of the question for them to "realize" that Shrek [[{{God}} Himself]] had some hand in the matter.
** 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.
* JerkassWoobie: Prince Charming. After enduring grief and humiliation now that he no longer has the power his mama gave him, all he wanted was his own Happily Ever After... which he probably would have gotten had he not stayed a [[CardCarryingVillain villain]] by choice.
* LoveToHate: Rumpelstiltskin in the fourth movie, for being more downright nasty and vicious than the previous villains while remaining LaughablyEvil.
* MagnificentBitch: The Fairy Godmother is the BigBad who comes closest to breaking out of SmugSnake territory.
** Rumpelstitlskin and the Pied Piper have their moments too.
* MemeticBadass: Shrek, according to the Brogres' copypasta stories.
* MemeticMolester: In the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]]' copypasta stories, Shrek is a combination of this and MemeticSexGod below.
* MemeticMutation: DO THE ROAR!
** I LOVE YOU DADDY!
*** (deep demonic voice): ''' ''DA DA!!!'' '''
** The tagline of Shrek 4 was "THE WAIT IS [[{{pun}} OGRE]]!" As a result, mentioning Shrek on [[ImageBoards /co/]] will often result in a [[HurricaneOfPuns Hurricane of Ogre Puns.]] The most notable example is [[http://cmara.deviantart.com/art/Shadow-begs-Shrek-150746720 this fanart]] getting captioned with "I'm sorry {{Shadow| The Hedgehog}}... but my time here is ogre."
*** "Check yourself before you Shrek yourself."
** "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder."
** "Brogres", people who parody the PeripheryDemographic phenomenon by treating every Shrek-related work as masterpieces of the highest quality, getting together on [[http://shrekchan.org/ Shrekchan]], their {{Imageboard}}, where they tell stories where they encounter Shrek and other characters from the films in RealLife (usually to brutally maim non-believers and engage in "shrexual" encounters), and treat Shrek as a god.
*** Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
** [[DynamicEntry "Some-BODY once told me..."]]
* MemeticPsychopath: Some "Shrek is Love Shrek is Life" variants depict Shrek as a blood thirsty slaughterer.
* MemeticSexGod: In-universe, Puss. It also helps that he is voiced by AntonioBanderas.
** Shrek himself is one amongst Brogres. [[PhraseCatcher Shrek is love. Shrek is life.]]
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Seen in the flashback in the alternate-universe when Rumpelstiltskin [[spoiler: is shown completing the deal with Fiona's parents to make "their problems go away", doing so by making ''them'' go away.]] That would have also happened if [[spoiler: the messenger had arrived a few seconds later]] at the beginning of the movie, but we don't know that at the time. When we see [[spoiler: the king and queen's looks of indescribable horror as they realize they're being erased from existence]], Rumpelstiltskin crosses the line from just a simple trickster who wanted to rule the kingdom into utterly, irredeemably evil.
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment The first thing that Lord Farquaad does in the film is have the poor Gingerbread Man waterboarded in milk as an interrogation technique]]. Though 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''.]]
** The Fairy Godmother could be seen as a {{Jerkass}} KnightTemplar at first...up until [[spoiler:she decides to use a potion to make Fiona fall in love with Prince Charming]].
* 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 pretend to absolutely ''worship'' the franchise and treat it as a form of higher art (and even a religion).
* RewatchBonus: The scene in the second film where Puss prays for mercy by explaining that he's trying to support his family becomes way funnier if you've seen his spin-off movie: [[spoiler: he's making the whole thing up.]]
* TheScrappy: The ogre babies in the third movie; they only appeared near the end of the movie, but many people dismissed them as a kid-oriented TastesLikeDiabetes marketing gimmick. Arguably RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in the fourth movie.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: When the first ''Shrek'' movie came out, it was considered a witty and refreshing break from the then-formulaic 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 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''.
** And after Dreamworks themselves grew the beard, other studios followed suit - instead of making ''Shrek'' ripoffs, they themselves started more frequently producing [[Disney/{{Bolt}} original]] [[WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs and well-liked]] [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe CGI movies]].
* {{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.
* {{Squick}}: at the end of ''Shrek 2'', Dragon shows up with several of her and Donkey's newborn children. You don't want to think too hard about how that happened.
** The alternate universe Donkey lampshades this when he asks Shrek about his children.
-->'''Donkey:''' "Are my babies cute, or do they make people feel uncomfortable?"
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A charge thrown by some at the fourth film, which presents a BadFuture wherein Shrek was never born and never met his true love Fiona. It would have been interesting if someone else was Fiona's true love and seeing Shrek deal with that, but Fiona loves Shrek regardless.
** The fact we never see Dragon's beautiful form. WordOfGod is that they considered turning her into a Pegasus.
* ToughActToFollow: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] with ''Shrek Forever After''. As it came on the heels of the poorly-received ''Shrek the Third'', it wasn't hard for it to improve on its predecessor. However, it also only came a few months after ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', [=DreamWorks=]' best-reviewed movie to date, and also had the first two ''Shrek'' movies to live up to.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The fourth film gets pretty dark sometimes, people. From the malicious Rumpelstiltskin who erased Fiona's parents from existence and murders people (even his own followers) for his own amusement, to the CrapsackWorld that AU!Far Far Away becomes, there are some ''dark'' themes explored in this film.
** Also a heavily {{Bowdlerized}} version of Matt White's "Best Days" appears in the credits of Shrek the Third. Parents who bought the song may be shocked when he says "lying naked under the covers"
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The first movie was marketed more heavily to adults than the sequels were.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The Polish version is arguably funnier than the original, at least to Poles.
** Same applies to the Hungarian version (and every other localization, I'm inclined to believe), with an extremely clever choice of voice actors and well-adapted cultural references.
** Banderas does the Spanish version too - with an Andalusian accent.
*** That, however, doesn't prevent the Latin American localization from largely being 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 (arguably most of the targeted audience)...
**** 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).
** The Hebrew version is god-awful. But, then again, the only thing that's better in Hebrew is Literature/CrimeAndPunishment, and that's because they replaced Crime with Sin.
** The Dutch version was also pretty good with the Woolseyism. Whether the original is better than the translation is subjective, though.
** The Austrian version had a different voice Actor for the Fairy Godmother than the German version.

!! ''Shrek the Musical''
* CrackPairing: Quite a few. And within the actual show no less!
** In earlier performances, the White Rabbit and the (female) Ugly Duckling were frequently seen together; in the finale, he'd propose to her.
** Even Pinocchio and the Shoemaker's Elf - and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Tweedle Dum later - were sometimes given [[LastMinuteHookup Last Minute Hookups]].
** Later, in one of the promotional materials, it was revealed that Gingy has a crush on the Elf.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Who I'd Be", the "[[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Defying Gravity]]" of ''Shrek''.
** Most of the songs. Just about the whole damn musical is show-stoppers everywhere.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Pinocchio. The mere fact that he was originally played by John Tartaglia may or may not have a lot to do with it.
* EarWorm: ''"I think I got you beat, I think I got you beat! Yea-ah! Yea-ah! Yea-ah!"''
** ''"Sing a song, yes a travel song, when ya' gotta go somewhere~"''
** ''"I know it's todaaaayyyy, I know it's TODAAAAYYYY!"''
* HilariousInHindsight: It wasn't until a friend pointed it out that John Tartaglia, who has been a puppeteer most of his life, realized and appreciate the irony of playing Pinocchio, a literal puppet character.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The initial reaction to the song "Donkey Pot Pie" being replaced with "Forever." This has died down since then.

!! Shrek Video Games:
* HilariousInHindsight: After ''Shrek Forever After'' has been released, it is rather hilarious to frequently fight witches in an adaptation of the preceding film.
* 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.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: All games have received consistently tepid reviews in the territory between 50's and low 60's on Metacritic.
** NoProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Shrek [=SuperSlam=]'', a fighting game, has a decent Metascore of 67. This is also parodied by the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]] treating Shrek video games as must-play masterpieces of the highest caliber, just like with the movies.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The first ''Shrek'' game was given a "T" rating by the ESRB.

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