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"Now ogres, they're much worse [than giants]. They'll make a suit from your freshly peeled skin; they'll shave your liver; squeeze the jelly from your eyes! Which, actually, is quite good on toast."A grumpy, gross, but not unlikable ogre who lives alone in a Swamp, at least, initially, as he finds to his utter displeasure Fairytale creatures are dumped into his land by Lord Farquaad to keep them away. He initially starts off with resentment towards everyone, but as he journeys on, he becomes way more sociable and open.
- Voiced by: Mike Myers
- Abusive Parents: At least his father was. Closest we ever heard about his family is when he tells Artie that his father tried to eat him once.
- Shrek the Musical tells us that his parents kicked him out when he was seven years old to fend for himself. Then again, that may be more a case of Values Dissonance since it seems to be ogre tradition, and they do seem to feel bad about it.
- Acrofatic: Shrek isn't exactly the leanest ogre around, especially compared to the ogres in Forever After, but he can hold his own.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His book counterpart is much uglier.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the sense that he is inverting the traditional role of the ogres as villains in the Fairly Tales.
- Adipose Rex: When acting as regent in the third movie.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He suffers the feelings of this when he feels that nobody likes him because he's an Ogre, not a "handsome prince." This exchange sums it up quite well:Donkey: What's your problem with the whole world?Shrek: I'm not the one with the problem. It's the world that seems to have a problem with me! People take one look at me and go "AAH! Help, run! A big, stupid, ugly ogre!" *sigh* They judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone.
- Almost Kiss: With Fiona in the first movie, before Donkey ruins the moment.
- Amazon Chaser: He clearly appreciates Fiona's ability with martial arts.
- Anti-Hero: He starts of as a Pragmatic Hero before Character Development kicks in during the final act of the first movie. Throughout the rest of the saga, he is more or less a Knight in Sour Armor. In fact, he is a Knight in Sour Armor when he rescues Fiona in the first movie.
- Badass: Will do anything to protect his best interests, whatever he judges those to be.
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Fun: In a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense.
- The Big Guy: In addition to being The Hero.
- Bilingual Bonus: His name is a derivative form of the German and Yiddish word for terror (Schreck/Shreck).
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Fiona's Gentle Girl.
- Chick Magnet: Becomes one after he turns human.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first two movies.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is he ever.
- Deal with the Devil: In the fourth movie.
- Disney Death: Near the end of Forever After.
- The Dreaded: Is this among humans at the start of the series.
- Dying Declaration of Love: A genuinely tearjerking example to the alternate Fiona near the end of Forever After."Do you know what the best part about today was, Fiona? I got the chance to fall in love with you, all over again."
- Expressive Ears: His ears will usually show his mood. If he is happy his ears will erect if he is sad they will usually go down.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- Freudian Slip: "You're going to be a father!"
- Friendless Background
- Gasshole: A species trait, apparently.
- Gentle Giant: Or gentle ogre. There's a difference. He tries his best to be, but he can be pretty careless.
- Girly Skirt Twirl: Played for Laughs in the fourth film when he crashes a wedding early on in the Alternate Universe part of the film. No points for guessing who he's dressed as in this scene.
- Good Parents: With Fiona at the end of the third film and later on.
- Happily Married: With Fiona, though they go through their ups and downs.
- The Hermit: Since he's an ogre, he isn't really accepted by people, and thinks that this life is better than nothing.
- The Hero: Not that he ever set out to be one.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to being an ogre. Only in the first two movies, though — in the latter two, he has been accepted by the public and is in fact admired as sort of a local hero and role model.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Even when they're not really heroes.
- Heroic BSOD: In Shrek 2.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Donkey.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Fiona is really petite compared to Shrek, even as both ogres or humans.
- Hunk: His human form replaces all of his fat with muscle. He instantly charms three farm girls the second they lay eyes on him.
- Ink-Suit Actor: A vague resemblance can be seen in his human form.
- Interspecies Romance: With Fiona when she's still human.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Ogres have layers."
- Or perhaps just a small Jerkass Fašade.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Fits the first type mostly.
- Large Ham: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAAAAMMMMPPPPP?!!!!!!!!!!!"
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Yiddish word "Schreck", which means "fright". Given that most people are terrified of Ogres, it's an appropriate moniker.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Even after getting married. He just wants his privacy.
- Moral Dissonance: A bit. Some of Shrek's everyday actions may be objectionable, but the movies never call him out on it, instead playing it for laughs.
- This might just be a mild case of Blue and Orange Morality. To an ogre, Shrek's everyday actions are not objectionable.
- Only Sane Man
- Papa Wolf: Prominently in the fourth movie. Also acts like this towards Donkey at times, but he'll never admit it.
- Rags to Royalty: Though the "Royalty" part did not fare well with him.
- Rescue Romance: He was meant to rescue Fiona for Lord Farquaad, but they ended up falling for each other; thus ending the fairytale how it was supposed to be when they get married at the end.
- Sarcasm Mode: So often that it's sort of his icon.Donkey: Hey, you know what I think? I think this whole wall thing is a way to keep somebody out.Shrek: Noo...you think?
- Stout Strength: Incredibly strong, despite his obesity.
- Terrifying Rescuer: Until Fiona realizes he's actually a much better prospect than the prince.
"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"
Voiced by: Eddie Murphy
- Abduction Is Love: Flip-flopped. It originally terrified him, but once he realized how lonely his abductor was, he forgave her.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Implied when he mentions how some kids bullied him in school.
- The Alleged Steed: Lampshaded especially in the first Shrek.
- Almost Kiss: From Dragon, but Shrek climbs down a chain and pushes Donkey out the way, making it Literal Ass Kissing instead, which Dragon wasn't too happy about.
- Beta Couple: With Dragon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is tolerant to Shrek's insults throughout most of the movie, but he's had enough towards the end and calls him out on it - though it's mostly because Shrek's missing his chance to tell Fiona how he feels.
- Cheerful Child: He's a donkey and often lively.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He becomes this usually before the ending of the movie especially the first film and the fourth one.
- Cowardly Sidekick: When in action. He forgets to be afraid while talking, which kicks off his relationship with Dragon.
- A Dog Named Dog: Well, he is a donkey and his name is Donkey.
- Expressive Ears
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Friendless Background
- Genki Guy: No wonder Shrek finds him annoying.
- Happily Married: As the Beta Couple, he and Dragon enjoy a more stable relationship than the two ogres...
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shrek.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Obviously implied by his choice of life partner and his four 'little mutant babies!'
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason why he keeps annoying Shrek in the first film and doesn't understand that Shrek wants his privacy. He's just happy to hang out with someone.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He was created to look somewhat like Eddie Murphy and a Real Life donkey called Perry.
- Interspecies Romance: With Dragon.
- The Lancer: Whether he's much help to The Hero varies.
- Large Ham:He is extremely outgoing especially in the third and fourth Shrek films.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Donkey is the talkative and emotional partner: Dragon is more the strong, silent type.
- Moment Killer: When Shrek and Fiona lean in for an Almost Kiss, his head pops in between and he states how romantic the atmosphere is.
- Motor Mouth: Which annoys everyone, especially Shrek.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Shrek.
- Obnoxious Snarker: He can be sarcastic at times.Donkey (after Shrek roars, trying to scare him off): Oh, wow! That was really scary!
- Plucky Comic Relief
- The Pollyanna: If his stories are to be believed, he hasn't been very well treated in the past. Despite this, he shows pretty much enthusiasm over everything and is never put down by Shrek's sarcastic insults. This could be that he's Sarcasm-Blind, but the calling out he does to Shrek at the end of the first film could imply that he's fully aware of Shrek's bad demeanor; he just chooses to ignore it.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Much to Shrek's irritation.
- Self-Deprecation: As a way to insult Puss In Boots.
- Donkey: I'm sorry, the position of annoying talking animal has already been filled.
- Shipper on Deck: For Shrek and Fiona.
- Small Annoying Creature: Small only by comparison to Shrek, but he fits this trope. He lampshaded this in Shrek 2.Donkey: I'm sorry, the position of Annoying Talking Animal has already been taken!
- Talking Animal: A talking donkey.
- Those Two Guys: With Puss in the third film.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny guy to Dragon's huge girl.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Waffles, as a result of Flanderization based on a comment he made in the first movie. Also parfaits, to a lesser extent — he named one of his children after them.
"No, it's destiny! You must know how it goes! The Knight rescues the Princess, and then they share true love's first kiss..."
Voiced by: Cameron Diaz
- Action Girl: Especially in Forever After.
- Adipose Rex: When acting as regent in the third movie.
- Almost Kiss: With Shrek in the first movie, before Donkey ruins the moment.
- She has this twice with Prince Charming in the second film while she thought he was Shrek, both interrupted by Fiona putting a rose in her mouth and the real Shrek barging in, respectively.
- Big Beautiful Ogress
- Braids of Action: Of the single braid variety.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Shrek's Brooding Boy.
- Captain Ersatz: Of every Disney Princess. In the 4th movie, she becomes a Captain Ersatz of Red Sonja and/or Xena: Warrior Princess in the alternate universe.
- The Chick: But not a Damsel in Distress... despite first appearances.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first 2 movies.
- Cute Monster Girl: She's still quite pretty for an Ogress.
- Damsel out of Distress: She went along with her parents' suggestion, even when that meant imitating the classic Damsel in Distress, but ever since she roughed up Robin Hood it's been clear that she's actually the other kind.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: In the second film, Shrek correctly predicts the hostility her father will show him for being an ogre. He gets better, though.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In Shrek the Third, the betrayal of her and the other Princesses by Rapunzel, who was in love with Prince Charming.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Both subverted and played straight. Notably, Fiona's perfectly willing to live in squalor with the man she loves, but she's got more of a sense for duty and family - and she's a strong feminist woman to boot.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: While the hairstyle change itself isn't seen in-universe, she wears her hair down in Shrek Forever After's alternate universe as part of the ogre warrior clan.
- Fiery Redhead: Lampshaded.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Gasshole: Although she sometimes does try being ladylike about this.
- Girl in the Tower: First movie.
- Good Parents: With Shrek at the end of the third film, and the start of the fourth.
- Happily Married: With Shrek, even through the tough times.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She is really petite compared to Shrek, even when one or the other switches species.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Somehow manages to be this in both her shapes.
- Interspecies Romance: With Shrek when she's still human during the day.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Doesn't take off her dress to do martial arts.
- The Lad-ette: Shrek brings this nature out of her.
- Lady of War: Feminine and graceful while doing her Waif-Fu.
- Meal Ticket: To Lord Farquaad, who only wanted her title.
- Moral Dissonance: Moreso than her husband, which is ironic, considering the movies' focus on Shrek's growth of character (or not).
- Morality Pet: For Shrek.
- Rags to Royalty: A Snow White, kept in a tower until her curse is reversed.
- Redhead In Green
- Rescue Introduction
- Rescue Romance: Shrek was meant to rescue her for Lord Farquaad, but they ended up falling for each other.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Fiona fell in love with Shrek after she overhears his Hurting Hero speech and realizes that he's actually a kindly guy.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: She had to keep busy somehow while locked away. Guess that Dragon allowed her some personal space.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge girl to Farquaad's tiny guy, before she marries Shrek.
- Tritagonist: To Shrek's protagonist and Donkey's deuteragonist.
- Uptown Girl: A princess who falls in love with a commoner ogre.
Puss in Boots
Voiced by: Antonio Banderas
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Puss is often seen cutting neat holes in glass windows with a single claw.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He only wears a hat and boots.
- Amazon Chaser: After learning that the masked cat, Kitty Softpaws, was a woman, he was immediately impressed by her skill.
- Ambiguously Bi: In the second movie, when he hears the Ugly Stepsister describe how handsome Prince Charming is, he replies with "Mmm. He sounds dreamy."
- Anti-Hero: When he first appeared he had no qualms about murdering Shrek for money. However, he shows a clear sense of ethics by joining Shrek in gratitude for saving him and quickly becomes a good guy for the rest of the series.
- Badass: One of the most feared and skilled in the series.
- Badass Adorable: Well, he IS a cat...
- Badass Cape: Dons one from time to time.
- Badass Mustache: It's actually whiskers!
- Breakout Character: He now has his own movie spin-off, which has been well-received.
- Catchphrase: Pray for mercy from Puss... in Boots!
- Captain Ersatz: Of Zorro, another character that Banderas portrayed at one point. In Forever After's alternate universe, he becomes a Garfield Expy.
- The Casanova: Towards female cats.
- Cool Sword: A traditional rapier.
- Cuteness Proximity: The common reaciton to his "kitty" mode is this trope.
- Dashing Hispanic: As voiced by Antonio Banderas. Well, Spaniard, but it still applies to this trope.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: In Shrek 2.
- Easily Forgiven
- Expy: Of Zorro.
Puss: I hate Mondays.
- Also, Garfield, in Shrek Forever After, plus a comment in the second film:
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
- Fourth Ranger: Joins the original trio and is there to stay.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: In the prequel.
- Gratuitous Spanish: And then some.
- Hitman with a Heart
- Kitty Cat Eyes: Very effective; in fact it's what got him on Shrek's good side in the first place. Unfortunately it isn't quite as effective when he tries to do it in Shrek 3 while in Donkey's body.
- Lightning Bruiser: Cats are very fast on their feet.
- Nice Hat: Briefly goes without in the fourth movie, but then reclaims it along with his Badassery.
- Nice Shoes
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Just as likely to use his pintsize status to look cute. Beware.
- The Smart Guy
- Those Two Guys: With Donkey in the third movie.
- Zorro Mark
- Voiced by: Vincent Cassel
"No, not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!"
Voiced by: Conrad Vernon
- An Arm and a Leg: In the first movie, Farquaad tears off both of his legs, crumbling one to powder. The remaining leg is grafted back on, and by the time of the second film, he's gotten a new replacement leg.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Was probably not meant as An Aesop, and merely a horrifying ghost story to scare Shrek, but in Ginger Bride, he was kicked out by his girlfriend and asked the baker to bake him a ginger bride. He wanted too much sugar so she would be sweet and never leave him, despite warnings from the baker that it could have consistent side effects. When Ginger Bride later wakes up, she turns out to be pleasant at first, but slowly seems more attached to him and eventually becomes Ax-Crazy by desperation of wanting him, and more catastrophes are followed. This would never have happened if Gingy hadn't wished for too much sugar in her.
- Berserk Button: Do not remove his gumdrop buttons. This warning is extra bold regarding Mongo.
- Butt Monkey: In his first scene, he's being interrogated by Lord Farquaad.
- Chew Toy: Narrowly escapes becoming a literal example... most of the time.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Leukine
- Those Two Guys: With Pinocchio.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Forever After, AU!Gingy is a Badass Adorable gladiator who fights animal crackers with a lollipop. It doesn't actually make a difference against Shrek or anyone else.
"On the contrary. I'm possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably..."
Voiced by: Cody Cameron
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: See quote. When asked where Fiona is in the third film, he pulls this trick so he can't lie and his nose wont grow.
- Gag Nose
- Pinocchio Nose: It keeps the tendency to grow when he tells a lie from the original tale. This is sometimes exploited by the other characters.
- Perverse Puppet
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He is Pinocchio, after all.
- Running Gag: He always seems to come close to becoming a real boy, only for those plans to fall short, like in Shrek 2, when he does become a boy, only to immediately be turned back by accident, and in Forever After, when he's about to sign a contract to be turned into a real boy, only for the interaction to be interrupted.
- Those Two Guys: With Gingy.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: All over Shrek.
- Abduction Is Love: Cut her some slack, she's a dragon. Hoarding things is in her nature. Oddly enough, it worked out in the end.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She was this type of character in the first film towards Donkey.
- Almost Kiss: She almost kisses Donkey in the first film, but Shrek pushes Donkey away in time which leads to Literal Ass Kissing.
- Babies Ever After: Before Shrek and Fiona, natch.
- Beta Couple: With Donkey.
- Cry Cute: Manages to Woobify herself in about three seconds when Donkey finds her feeling sorry for herself next to a lake in the original.
- A Dog Named Dog: Like her husband, her name is what her species is.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: This isn't that sort of movie, but the double standard is definitely in play. She responds instantly to his flattery and carries him off against his will, then holds him hostage and woos him very determinedly in hopes that he'll come around: all Played for Laughs.Donkey: Aaaagh! That is unwanted physical contact!
- In some of the Nordic dubs, he flat out says "That's sexual harassment!"
- The Dragon: AU!Dragon to Rumpelstiltskin (in a literal sense, too).
- Female Monster Surprise: She turns out to be a female, much to Donkey's discomfort.
- Fire Is Red: Has deep red scales and breathes fire like any other dragon. Some Chinese bootleggers even used her as a stand-in for Charizard in a PokÚmon-rebranded pirated version of Telefang.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Shrek and Fiona beat them to the punch, but it was still pretty quick.
- Gentle Giant: Believe it or not, she is one.
- Happily Married: She and Donkey have a very stable, loving relationship. And 'cute little mutant babies'.
- Heel-Face Turn: A rather quick turn — all it takes is for a fast-talking donkey to woo her...
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Stop thinking about how that works exactly! I warned you.
- Interspecies Romance: Desperate to avoid being eaten, Donkey starts flattering her outrageously. The results are... unexpected: at first Donkey is terrified, then trying desperately to weasel his way out of it, then resigned... and by the time the second movie starts she's the one who wants some space.
- Literal Ass Kissing: Unintentionally invoked. She was preparing to kiss Donkey. Shrek knocks Donkey off her, only to end up being kissed himself, right on the place that you'd expect. As soon as she found out what happened, she wasn't happy.
- It would still be ass kissing if it were Donkey.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Donkey's Feminine Boy.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Initially appears to be your average guardian fire-breather. Turns out she's sapient and much more developed than classic fairytale dragons, although she doesn't speak, and she can interact with society - at least to the extent of choosing not to set it on fire.
- Red Scales Heroine: After her Heel-Face Turn.
- Samus is a Girl: Donkey didn't realize this till he starts fast talking her. Really improved his survival chances afterward.
- Tsundere: Type A in Shrek. Ditched in all following installments.
- The Speechless: Expresses herself with bass animal voices. Donkey does enough speaking for both of them.
- Suddenly Voiced: Shrek the Musical, the musical adaptation of the first film, gives Dragon the ability to speak in order to help establish her character more easily (due to the little stage time that she gets). She even gets her own solo.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge girl to Donkey's tiny guy. Makes you question things...
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Though no beauty queen, she's definitely more attractive than Donkey (and she's "hot", geddit?)
- The Worf Effect: Used in Shrek the Third.
- Aerith and Bob: Their names are Peanut, Cocoa, Bananas, Parfait, and Debbie.
- All There in the Manual: Merchandise for the Dronkeys reveals most of them (With the exception of "Debbie") are named after foods.
- What about Little Debbie snack cakes?
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They're half dragon and half donkey.
- Patch Work Kids: They have traits of both their parents.
- Portmanteau: Of "Dragon" and "Donkey".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The ending of Shrek 2 showed six Dronkeys including a red-colored one - named "Eclair" according to merchandise. Though, for some reason she never shows up in the third movie.
Big Bad Wolf
Voiced by: Aaron Warner
- Adaptational Heroism: He is a loyal friend of Shrek and the others creatures of the Fairly Tales.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's seen cuddling up to, then dancing with, one of the knights at Shrek and Fiona's wedding.
- Catch Phrase: "What?", almost always said when someone finds him dressed in granny-clothing in an unexpected bed.
- Composite Character: A combination of the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" and the one from "Little Red Riding Hood".
- Crossdresser: Spun off from the original story — however, in the Shrek series, Wolfy isn't seen wearing anything except Grandma's nightgown.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defensive "What?": His catchphrase.
- Gender Bender: Wolf's cursed to become a werewoman during the full moon in the short The Pig Who Cried Werewolf.
- Voiced by: John Lithgow
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Everyone attending his wedding laughs and cheers when Dragon smashes through the window and eats him alive.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Big Bad: In Shrek
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts it on Gingy.
- Compensating for Something: Shrek suspects this when he sees his huge castle.
- Eaten Alive: By Dragon.
- Egopolis: Duloc is one for him.
- Evil Overlord: Though comparatively minor (ha!) compared to the next three.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates all fairy tale creatures, including human ones such as witches.
- For the Evulz: Why he tortures Gingy and such.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Think hard about what his name sounds like. Hint: this also counts as an example of Fail O'Suckyname.
- Him getting a boner while lying in bed with the Mirror showing him Fiona on endless loop.
- Glorious Leader
- Gold Digger: He only wanted Fiona's title.
- Height Angst: Is much shorter than other characters in his realm, for which he takes ridiculous measures to compensate.
- It's All About Me
- Just Desserts: Dragon devours him after he orders Shrek and Fiona to be imprisoned.
- Large Ham: It more than compensates!
- Mister Big: About three feet tall and the evil head of a racist kingdom.
- The Napoleon: Farquaad is so short that some posters have Fiona tower over him even when she's sitting and he's standing.
- A Nazi by Any Other NameI'm not the monster here, you are. You and the rest of that fairy tale trash poisoning my perfect world."
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Quite by accident he screws up the plans of all three other villains from the other films.
- Non-Action Big Bad: The most violent thing he does in the movie is grab Fiona and hold a knife to her towards the end, which leads directly to his death.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Despises fairy tale creatures and has them all deported to Shrek's swamp.
- Smug Snake: Obviously.
- Spanner in the Works: If he hadn't decided to pursue Princess Fiona and sent Shrek after her, the Fairy Godmother's deal would have gone through without a hitch.
- Hell, he manages to be this to all THREE of the other movies' villains: he screwed up Prince Charming the same way he did the Fairy Godmother, and Rumpelstiltskin was about to successfully convince Fiona's parents to sign a contract to save her and get their kingdom, but they then get the news that Shrek had rescued Fiona.
- Starter Villain: He's the first villain to appear in Shrek.
- Teeny Weenie: It's a Running Gag that Donkey and Shrek think he has this, but it's kept subtle.Shrek: (Seeing Lord Farquaad's large castle) Do you think he's compensating for something?
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny guy to Fiona's huge girl, before she marries Shrek.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: It's a "utopia" only for him, though.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when Shrek storms his wedding and Fiona reveals her nature as an ogress. He orders his knights to seize them both and starts shouting for order and ranting about how he's king.
- Villainous Crush: Has a very creepy one on Fiona.
- Yandere: Towards Fiona.
"Remember, happiness is just a teardrop away..."
Voiced by: Jennifer Saunders
- Adaptational Villainy
- Arranged Marriage: She and King Harold arranged this for Fiona and Charming in exchange for undoing the ogre transformation.
- Implied to have done the same with Harold and Lillian.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: A firm believer of this. See Fantastic Racism below.
- Big Bad: Of the second movie.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Comes off as sweet and kind but is really quite nasty.
- Black Mail/Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted only to be played straight later on: When she first appears to Harold, she implies that she is going to torture him when shouting at him for Fiona marrying Shrek. However, it immediately shows that the thing she was gonna do that she didn't want to if he didn't tell her was breaking her diet (apparently, she overindulges on junk food when irritated). Played straight, however, when she threatens Harold with what is heavily implied to be turning him back into a frog if he didn't spike Fiona's tea with a love potion.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She's not ashamed to admit to the king that she uses tricks up her sleeve to manipulate people's feelings and make them fall in love, as she plans to do with Prince Charming and Fiona.
- The Chessmaster
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Evil Brit
- Evil Matriarch
- Evil Old Folks: In the video game.
- Evil Sorceror: She has access to powerful magic.
- Famous Last Words: "I told you ogres don't live happily ever after!"
- Fantastic Racism: An interesting example, her prejudice seems to be against people's level of physical attractiveness—sort of an extreme form of Beauty Equals Goodness. In her eyes, only beautiful people (or people who have been made beautiful) get happy endings. If they're ugly, then not only do they not get happy endings—but in her eyes, they don't even deserve happy endings.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Graceful Loser: She takes her defeat in the video game version somewhat well ("Oh well, I guess a Fairy Godmother can't win everything."
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: She gets hit by her own magic, which turns her into bubbles.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite her name, she's evil.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Never Found the Body: She got one of her spells reflected back at her and just...turns into bubbles.
- Never My Fault: She threw a fit when Harold said Charming was too late to rescue Fiona from the tower.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: "Ogres don't get happy endings!"
- Smug Snake: Though arguably the most competent one in the series.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Villainous Breakdown: Though it's short-lived, her final act to try and blast Fiona and Shrek shows all pretense of goodness and loving are off the table, even with the entire kingdom watching.
"Tell me where he is, Mother! I will wrench his head from his shoulders - I will smite him where he stands - HE WILL RUE THE VERY DAY HE STOLE MY KINGDOM AWAY FROM ME!"
Voiced by: Rupert Everett
- Adaptational Villainy: This version isn't really very "charming" at all.
- Ambiguously Gay: Being voiced by the openly gay Rupert Everett doesn't help. There is a huge Parental Bonus in the scene where he talks to his mother about his reluctance to marry Fiona — apparently, he is not interested in women at all...
- He has, however, shown revulsion towards the wolf when he sees him in what is supposed to be Fiona's bed, and it is also implied that he has some reciprocation of romantic feelings for Rapunzel.
- Big Bad: In Shrek the Third.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Since he's not that Charming.
- The Caligula: Far Far Away becomes a Wretched Hive under his rulership.
- Camp Straight: Although there has been speculation...
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: He has a terrible habit of doing this. He's actually rather competent at both scheming and fighting, but almost always ends up stepping in only after he's already lost.
- The Dragon: In Shrek 2.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: It is shown he genuinely loves his mother and he mourns her death in Shrek the Third.
- Evil Brit
- Evil Overlord: Briefly becomes one in Shrek the Third when he conquers Far Far Away.
- The Evil Prince
- Famous Last Words: "Momma?"
- From Nobody to Nightmare: After his mother's defeat in the second film, he's reduced to being a stage actor who is but a shell of his former self. He is considered a laughingstock, even by other villains. Later on, he's forced to partake into obvious villainy, and appeals to the villains' deepest desire for a happily ever after, and becomes a serious threat after taking over Far Far Away.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: He participates in the Far Far Away Idol in a DVD extra for Shrek 2, his animosity with Shrek and Fiona apparently forgotten.
- Hair Flip: Constantly ("...with soft and bouncy haaaaaairrr!").
- Ironic Nickname: He's called Prince Charming, but he's far from it. This is most likely intentional.
- Large Ham: Rupert Everett, 'nuff said.
- Legion of Doom: Leads one in the third movie, made up of fairy tale villains. They, except for Charming himself, had a Heel-Face Turn later on though.
- Momma's Boy
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Prince Charming" may not be his true name, and it belies who he really is, but it's the only name he's gone by for as long as he can remember.
- Pretty Boy: Easily the prettiest male character in the series. Most likely invoked.
- Prince Charming: Averted. This is his name and exterior, but he's far from actually being one.
- Prince Charmless: Doesn't look like one, but that's his inner layer. He's a jerk AND a big sissy who cries for his momma.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Hinted at in Shrek 2 (For one thing, when Fairy Godmother is forced to break her diet, he wanted and got a kids meal, shown to be a toy battle axe), and explicitly shown in Shrek the Third.
- Redemption Rejection: After all the pep talk from Arthur, all the villains have a Heel-Face Turn. Charming however, remains a villain to the end and decides to slash Arthur.
- Sissy Villain
- Smug Snake: In both his movies.
- Spear Counterpart: He's essentially Fiona prior to her Character Development — stuck up, rude, and determined to achieve the typical fairy tale happy ending.
- The Ugly Woman's Hot Son
- Villain Song: In Shrek the Third.
- Would Hurt a Child: Another trait that makes him far from charming. He actually tried to slash Arthur, who is just a helpless kid.
"Just sign it, and all your problems will disappear."
Voiced by: Walt Dohrn
- Ambiguously Gay: In a different way from Prince Charming — whereas Charming was just flat-out effeminate, Rumple has extremely flamboyant mannerisms and is obsessed with wigs.
- Axe Crazy: The scene with an actual axe is mere icing on the cake.
- Bad Boss: Toward the witches.
- Big Bad: Far more convincingly than the other, halfway-sympathetic and part-ineffectual villains.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His aforementioned obsession with wigs doesn't make him anything less dangerous and effective.
- The Caligula: Far Far Away is a decaying ruin under his rule, with the city itself falling to pieces while he lives a life of extravagance in his palace.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rivals Shrek at this.
- Deal with the Devil: His job description.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: In the Alternate Reality, the Far Far Away he rules is derelict and rotting, while he uses the ogre population and Shrek's pals for slave labor.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Most notably the scene with the glass of water...
- Evil Overlord: Achieves his goals more than Farquaad could ever have hoped.
- Evil Redhead/Fiery Redhead: Rumple is actually a redhead, but his "angry wig" symbolizes this trope.
- Faux Affably Evil: Initially seems to be Affably Evil... until things fail to go his way.
- It's All About Me: He didn't care that Shrek's actions helped bring peace to Far Far Away, only that the ogre had ruined his business.
- Jackass Genie: While not a genie, the fact that he grants wishes with frequent amounts of Loophole Abuse in his favor is his M.O.
- Large Ham: Possibly the biggest in the series.
- Manipulative Bastard: His essential function when he's not being a Smug Snake.
- Morality Pet: His goose for him.
- Napoleon Complex: A complex because unlike Farquaad, he's insane.
- Smug Snake: While taking a break from manipulation. This proves to be a mistake.
''"No, no, he's right - I'm sorry, to both of you. I only wanted what was best for Fiona, but I can see now she already has it."
Voiced by: John Cleese
- The Good King: Even as a frog.
- Happily Married
- Heroic Sacrifice: He didn't die, but he took a magical blast from Fairy Godmother that turned him back into a frog, a form he previously had that he hid from everyone. However, it's implied that being reverted back to his true form did have some role in his death.
- Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Overprotective Dad: He loves Fiona, but he doesn't seem to understand her, thinking she'd be better off with Prince Charming than an ogre like Shrek. He comes around at the last minute and accepts that Shrek is right for her.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: His apparent backstory. Fairy Godmother turned him from a frog to a human so he could fall in love with his future wife.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His disapproval of Shrek for being an ogre is a metaphor for how some parents feel about their daughters dating outside their race.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: His death kicks off the entire plot of the third film.
- Taking the Bullet: How he ends up becoming a frog again... and defeating Godmother.
"Well, he's no Prince Charming, but they do look..."
Voiced by: Julie Andrews
"You know, Shrek, you're all right. You just need to do a little less yelling, and use more soap."
Voiced by: Justin Timberlake
- All of the Other Reindeer: At high school its shown he has no friends and is reguarly beaten up. Even the nerds pick on him.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Shrek.
- A Child Shall Lead Them
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't appear in Shrek Forever After, nor he's mentioned, save for a few deleted scenes.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Starts off as an insecure loser, but gradually gains confidence and accepts kingship of Far Far Away.
- Cool Loser: It's not really clear why he's so unpopular, as he seems like a normal - if introverted - high school student. Given his quick wit and bravery, its odd that no one will hang out with him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rivalling Shrek.
- Guile Hero: Not an experienced fighter, but boy can he talk his way out of things.
- Hidden Badass
- Just a Kid: Charming's reaction. He regrets it.
- Kid Hero: Teenage variant.
- Kids Are Cruel: He's a high school reject, with everyone, from the jousting team to the nerds bullying him horribly.
- Mouthy Kid: Initially acts this way with Shrek.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Parental Abandonment: His dad dumped him at boarding school and bolted, and his mum isn't mentioned, explaining why he's so insecure.
- The Smart Guy: Comes up with some of the most ingenious plans in the movie.
- Stepford Snarker: Has shades of this, though he's pretty open about his feelings.
- Teens Are Short
- Troubled Child: Made deeply insecure by his dad's rejection.
- Wise Beyond His Years: By the end of the movie.
"I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz..."
- Voiced by:
Dorris: Larry King
Mabel: Regis Philbin
The Pied Piper
- Bounty Hunter: His profession in the alternate timeline
- Dark Is Evil: His costume in Forever After.
- The Dragon: Serves as one to Rumpelstiltskin.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He made a brief cameo in the first Shrek, and had his appearance redesigned for Forever After.
- Good Costume Switch: He wears white in the main (good) timeline.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: He only communicates by playing his flute, though Stiltskin can understand him, supposedly.
- Magic Music: His signiture flute, forcing any creature he has it set to dance.
- Magical Flutist
- Psycho for Hire: In the alternate timeline.
Appears in Puss in Boots. A feline femme fatale cat burglar (literally) who catches Puss' eye.
- Action Girl
- Badass Adorable
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Puss.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: A literal example.
- Cool Mask: Wears a black luchadore felt mask. It makes her look like Batman.
- Dashing Hispanic: She's voiced by Salma Hayek, but this is played as Spanish rather than Mexican.
- Heel-Face Turn: She was going to betray Puss first, but she got so attached to him that she couldn't bring herself to do such.
- Manipulative Bitch: Subverted. She is really seductive towards Puss at first to make him join her and Humpty Dumpty on their quest, but she fails.
- Samus is a Girl: Puss doesn't realize his rival is female until she removes her mask.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The main cues of her femininity are her long eyelashes.
Humpty Alexander Dumpty / Humpty Dumpty
note: This entry can refer to the video game and movie iterations.
- Adaptational Heroism: He originally appeared in various Shrek video games, usually as a boss or antagonistic fighter. In this movie, he's far more sympathetic and nice.
- Adorkable: In his youth.
- Alien Blood: He has yolk instead of blood.
- All the Other Reindeer: At the orphanage, before Puss came along and befriended him.
- Anti-Villain: Probably the most sympathetic villain in the series.
- Big Bad: Sort of. He was never truly evil, just angry at Puss for his betrayal, and redeems himself near the end.
- Blood Brothers: Became this with Puss in the past. He had yolk instead of blood, naturally.
- Cephalothorax: He's an anthropomorphic egg.
- Chef of Iron: Appears in Super Slam as one in the last story mode scenerio.
- The Chessmaster
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His Limit Break in Super Slam, is him rushing about while spinning on his head.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Puss, until they had a falling out.
- Hollywood Nerd: Was basically one of these in the orphanage, right down to being bullied.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Literally.
- Large Ham: As the "Thousand-year-old Egg of Destiny" in Super Slam
- Secret Character: in Super Slam, though you'll probably see him fight as an NPC in story mode before unlocking him.
- You Don't Look Like You: First appeared in Shrek: Reekin' Havoc as a boss, wearing mostly blur, having blue lips, and having bulgy eyes; Smash and Crash Racing gave him stick arms and legs with glasses and gloves; and ''Super Slam keeps the thin arms and legs and large gloves, but removes his glasses and gives him overalls, Then he gets the current look from the film.
Jack and Jill
- Battle Couple
- Beard of Evil: Jack has one.
- The Deep South: Both have southern accents.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They do seem to genuinely love each other and treat their pigs like their own children.
- Gonk: Both are quite ugly.
- Outlaw Couple
- Trampled Underfoot: Both are crushed by the Great Terror during the climax.
The Three Diablos
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first.
- The Dreaded: The most feared mercenaries in the land. The guards are too scared to even enter their cell...
- Freudian Excuse: They were mean at first because they're orphans and also threatened by the Whisperer.
- Heel-Face Turn: Puss causes them to perform one.
- Killer Rabbit: ...They are also a trio of kittens.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Hence part of their demeanor.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's the unicorn briefly seen in the first movie, being delivered to Farquaad's army by what appears to be Alice; before her appearance in Shrek Super Slam.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Her Limit Break in Super Slam is a Foe-Tossing Charge with rainbows trailing after her.
- Genki Girl
- Meaningful Name: Anthrax is a horrid disease that comes about when herbivores eat spores while grazing, they appear to be in perfect health, then suddenly die off; It can be transferred to humans through clothing, and causes ulcerations on the skin.
- Secret Character: In Shrek Super Slam.
- Shout-Out: If that girl handling her is Indeed Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame, then its a clever nod to the Lion and the Unicorn from the second book.
Little Red Riding Hood
- Badass Normal: Mostly in the games, but sometimes in the films as well, 4Ever shows us that she's a criminal in an alternate timeline.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: In her video game appearances, she'll be this.
- The Cameo: Appears in Shrek 2 as a greeter of the area Shrek and Fiona are staying at for their honeymoon, only to be scared off by them. in 4Ever she is a villain in the alternate timeline.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Usually if Red Riding Hood has a voice, she's played by Tara Strong