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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." 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. Acrofatic: Shrek isn't exactly the leanest ogre around, especially compared to the ogres in Forever After, but he can hold his own. Adaptational Heroism: 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." 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. 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 (S chre ck/Shre ck). Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Fiona's Gentle Girl. Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first two movies. Deadpan Snarker: Also the closest to Only Sane Man. Deal with the Devil: In the fourth movie. 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. Good Parents: With Shrek at the end of the third film and later on. The Hero: Not that he ever set out to be one. Heroic BSOD: In Shrek 2. Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to being an ogre. Interspecies Romance: With Fiona when she's still human during the day. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Ogres have layers." Knight in Sour Armor Large Ham: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAAAAMMMMPPPPP?!!!!!!!!!!!" Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Even after getting married. He just wants his privacy. Moral Dissonance: Some of Shrek's everyday actions are quite objectionable, but the movies never call him out on this issue, instead playing it for laughs. As an ogre, this might be a 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 Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Donkey's Sensitive Guy. Stout Strength: Incredibly strong, despite being a fatso. Terrifying Rescuer: Until Fiona realizes he's actually a much better prospect than the prince.
A Dog Named Dog: Well, he is a donkey and his name is Donkey. All of the Other Reindeer: Implied when he mentions how some kids bullied him in school. 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. Expressive Ears Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine Friendless Background Happily Married: As the Beta Couple, he and Dragon enjoy a more stable relationship than the two ogres... Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: His relationship with Dragon. 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 often varies. Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Dragon's Masculine Girl. Motor Mouth 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 Sarcasm-Blind: Much to Shrek's irritation. Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Shrek's Manly Man. Shipper on Deck: For Shrek and Fiona. Small Annoying Creature: He is not small 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 The Alleged Steed: Lampshaded especially in the first Shrek. Those Two Guys: With Puss in the third film. 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..." Action Girl: Especially in Forever After. Adipose Rex: When acting as regent in the third movie. Badass Braids of Action 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: Albeit one who frequently has an actual purpose. Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first 2 movies. Cute Monster Girl: She's still quite pretty for an Ogeress. Et Tu, Rapunzel?: 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. 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 later on. Heroes Want Redheads: Even when they're not really heroes. 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. Meal Ticket: To Lord Farquaad, who only wanted her title. Moral Dissonance: Worse than her husband, which is ironic, considering the movies' focus on Shrek's growth of character ( or not). Morality Pet: For Shrek. Non-Singing Voice: Averted. Cameron Diaz does Fiona's (minimal amount of) singing in the movies. Rags to Royalty: A Snow White, kept in a tower until her curse is reversed. Redhead In Green Rescue Introduction Suddenly Always Knew That: She had to keep busy somehow while locked away. Guess that Dragon allowed her some personal space. Uptown Girl: A princess who falls in love with a commoner ogre.
Puss in Boots
"No, not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!" Voiced by: Conrad Vernon
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 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.
The Dragon: AU!Dragon to Rumpelstiltskin (in a literal sense, too). Abhorrent Admirer:She was this type of character in the first film towards Donkey. Babies Ever After: Before Shrek and Fiona, natch. Gentle Giant: Believe it or not, she is one. Happily Married: Yes. But the mechanics are mind-boggling! Heel-Face Turn: A rather quick turn — all it takes is for a fast-talking donkey to woo her... Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Her relationship with Donkey. Interspecies Romance: With Donkey. Literal Ass Kissing: Unintentionally invoked. She was preparing to kiss Donkey (with the latter being somewhat unwilling). 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 to an extent. Also, has a thing for talking donkeys. 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 mostly in grunts. Donkey does enough speaking for both of them. The Worf Effect: Used in Shrek the Third. Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Though no beauty queen, definitely more attractive than Donkey (and she's "hot", geddit?)
Aerith and Bob: Their names are Peanut, Cocoa, Bananas, Parfeit, 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
"What?" Voiced by: Aaron Warner
"I'm not the monster here, YOU are! You and the rest of that fairytale trash, poisoning my perfect world." Voiced by: John Lithgow
"Remember, happiness is just a teardrop away..." Voiced by: Jennifer Saunders Adaptational Villainy Affably Evil: Arguably, depending on how much of it is an act. 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. 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. Famous Last Words: "I told you ogres don't live happily ever after!" Go Out with a Smile: 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. Jerkass Karmic Death: See above. Knight Templar: She acts in the name of her idea of a "happily ever after", and if something occurs contrary to how she wanted it to be, she is not pleased. 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. 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. Villain with Good Publicity
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. Camp Straight: Although there has been speculation... Distaff Counterpart: He's essentially Fiona prior to her Character Development — stuck up, rude, and determined to achieve the typical fairy tale happy ending. The Dragon: In Shrek 2. Dragon Their Feet: Does very little to aid the Fairy Godmother during the climax except to throw her her wand, which almost immediately backfires for her. Dragon Ascendant: In Shrek the Third. Famous Last Words: "Mother?" Hair Flip: Constantly ("...with soft and bouncy haaaaaairrr!"). Jerkass Large Ham: Rupert Everett, 'nuff said. Narcissist Pretty Boy: Easily the prettiest male character in the series. Most likely invoked. Prince Charmless: Doesn't look like one, but that's his inner layer. 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. Smug Snake: In both his movies. Shout-Out: His overall appearance, and to a lesser extent, his voice, is somewhat similar to Liquid Snake in renaissance clothing. The Ugly Woman's Hot Son Villain Song: In Shrek the Third. What Could Have Been: Could have been in Shrek Forever After, but was scrapped.
"Just sign it, and all your problems will disappear." Voiced by: Walt Dohrn
''"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."
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. 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. Taking the Bullet: How he ends up becoming a frog again... and defeating Godmother.
"Well, he's no Prince Charming, but they do look..."
"You know, Shrek, you're all right. You just need to do a little less yelling, and use more soap."
"I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz..."
Voiced by: Dorris: Larry King Mabel: Regis Philbin Heel-Face Turn: One of the stepsisters. Though it's agruable whether or not she was evil to begin with. Just ugly. She's Got Legs: This is one of the ways Dorris distracts the guards in Shrek the Third. She was concealed behind a wall, and it could've been any of the princesses.
The Pied Piper
Puss in Boots
. A feline femme fatale cat burglar (literally) who catches Puss' eye.
Humpty Alexander Dumpty
Jack and Jill
The Three Diablos