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    Shrek 
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Voiced by: Mike Myers
"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.
  • 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.note 
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: See his quote.
  • Bald of Awesome: Being an ogre.
  • Beautiful All Along: Ogre Shrek is not very eye-catching. But as a human? Total hunk.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Shrek comes to let go of his I Work Alone mentality and be appreciative of his family and friends.
  • Chick Magnet: Becomes one after he turns human. He's this except to the woman he wanted to impress, who loved him the way he already was.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first two movies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father tried to eat him when he was just a kid. He then spent the next years in isolation from others...because they only saw him as a monster.
  • 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: This doesn't seem to bother him, though. At least, on the surface it doesn't seem like it does.
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Bear: Much moreso in the first film but it never truly fades away.
  • 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.
  • Insecure Love Interest:
    • In the first movie, Shrek seemed like he was going to propose to Fiona, but stopped when he thought that Fiona and Donkey were talking behind his back.
    • Expanded on in the second movie. He thinks that Fiona would prefer a "Prince Charming", so he goes off to try and find a magical to become one for her.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Fiona when she's still human.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Ogres have layers."
  • 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.note 
  • Only Sane Man: To Donkey and Puss.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite how he can be, Shrek is extremely loyal to those he cares about such as his friends and family.

    Donkey 
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Voiced by: Eddie Murphy
"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"

Donkey is a miniature talking donkey. He is Shrek's annoying but good-hearted best friend, Dragon's husband and father of the Dronkeys.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He implied in the fourth film that he was bullied in school. And at some point he was taken in by an owner who was implied to be abusive towards him.
  • Deuteragonist: After he's gotten over his fear of Shrek.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: As grating as he can be, Donkey is a loyal and kind-hearted being.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Shrek.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Ball: Shrek will occasionally try to do something mean and receive a glare from Donkey.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Shrek saved Donkey from the knights in the first film, Donkey instantly becomes attached to Shrek. Even after putting up with his abuse and after their falling out, Donkey still is willing to forgive Shrek and is willing to risk his own life for him.

    Princess Fiona 
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Voiced by: Cameron Diaz
"No, it's destiny! You must know how it goes! The Knight rescues the Princess, and then they share true love's first kiss..."

Princess Fiona is the princess of Far Far Away, the daughter of King Harold and Queen Lillian, and Shrek's wife from the end of the first film on. She begins the series as a beautiful princess who transforms into an ogress every night when the sun sets. At the end of the first film, the transforming spell is broken and she permanently takes the form of an ogress when she realizes that Shrek is her true love.

    Puss in Boots 
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Voiced by: Antonio Banderas (films), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots Netflix series)
"Pray for mercy from Puss!... in Boots."

Puss in Boots is Shrek's sidekick. Loosely based on the fairytale character Puss in Boots as well as being a kind of parody of Zorro, he is a smooth-talking cat with a Spanish accent, usually wearing a cavalier's hat, a belt with a sword, a small black cape, and small Corinthian boots. Puss first appears as a minor character in Shrek 2, much like Dragon in the first film. He often overpowers his enemies by distracting them with his "cute kitten" looks. He also exhibits common cat behavior such as coughing up hairballs and chasing spotlights, usually resulting in his defeat or capture.

    Monsieur Hood 
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Voiced by: Vincent Cassel

"Monsieur Robin Hood" is a French-accented version of Robin Hood who appears in the first Shrek film. Believing Shrek to be kidnapping Princess Fiona, he tries to save her with the aid of his Merry Men. They are defeated by Princess Fiona, who uses her kung-fu skills. Robin is portrayed as more of a misunderstanding nuisance than a threatening villain, as he genuinely believes that Shrek was going to harm Fiona. He and the Merry Men attend Shrek and Fiona's wedding proving that there was no malice.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Was about to kill Shrek for no good reason.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He swoops down and gets Fiona to a tree during the song called, "Hey, Princess."
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Subverted. "I like a little spice on a saucy little maid".
  • French Jerk: Not only is he more of a jerk in this adaptation, he also appears to be of French descent.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied. Monsieur Hood appears at Shrek and Fiona's party, meaning he now sees Shrek as a good person.
  • Nice Hat: His trademark green hat.

    Gingy 
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"No, not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!"
Voiced by: Conrad Vernon

The Gingerbread Man aka Gingy is a live talking gingerbread man and one of Shrek's friends. He is also known as "Gingy" and was created by The Muffin Man. He is small and a fast runner, making him difficult to catch. He is made out of a normal carved-out gingerbread with icing and gumdrop buttons.
  • 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.

    Pinocchio 
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Pinocchio is a live wooden puppet who befriends Shrek. He cannot lie without having his nose growing very long, and he deeply dreams to become a real boy.
  • 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: That grows when he lies.
  • Nice Hat: A wooden, straw-hat.
  • Perverse Puppet: He wears ladies' underwear.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Dragon 
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Voiced by: N/A

Dragon is depicted as a ruby-colored dragon who debuts as a ferocious guard challenging Shrek and Donkey in their quest to locate Princess Fiona. As Donkey attempts to distract her, he makes the realization that Dragon is female and successfully manages to charm his way past her. While she plays a minor role in this film, she reappears towards its conclusion at the marriage ceremony of Fiona and Shrek, in which Donkey takes her as his own bride. They are shown as a married couple by the events of the sequel; her character has a minor role as Donkey chooses to leave home on the grounds that she was behaving uncharacteristically ill-tempered, but is reunited with her husband towards the ending of the movie when it appears that her grouchy behavior was a result of pregnancy, and presents Donkey with their newborn hybrid children, the Dronkeys.
  • 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 Pokémon-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-Headed Hero: 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.

    The Dronkeys 
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Voiced by: N/A

Dronkeys are the hybrid offspring of Dragon and Donkey. They are introduced in Shrek 2 as little more than a stinger gag. Audience members missed having Dragon in the film, as was revealed to the filmmakers during test screenings. Dragon reunites with Donkey in Far Far Away, only to have a surprise for him in tow—six young hybrid donkey-dragon children, who take to their father immediately. Donkey is delighted, and dubs the dronkeys "our little mutant babies". Their names are revealed to be Eclair, Bananas, Peanut, Parfait, Coco and Debbie.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Aaron Warner
"What?"

The Big Bad Wolf is based loosely on the eponymous fairytale character, but differs from it by being a kind character. He rarely speaks, and when he does, his voice is somewhat dull and monotonous. He wears a pink dress, recalling the grandmother of Little Red Riding Hood. In the films, he is friends with the Three Little Pigs, despite an incident in Far Far Away Idol. In the first film, he is among the fairy-tale creatures who are banished to Shrek's swamp.

    Lord Farquaad 
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Voiced by: John Lithgow

Lord Farquaad is the comically short, ruthless ruler of the huge castle of Duloc and the Big Bad of the first film.
  • 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 Name:
    I'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.

    Fairy Godmother 
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Voiced by: Jennifer Saunders
"Remember, happiness is just a teardrop away..."

The Fairy Godmother is a scheming, conniving opportunist, loosely based on the fairy-tale Cinderella's "Fairy Godmother". She seeks to get the best for herself and her son Prince Charming, rather than others. She often resorts to blackmail and trickery through magic to get her way. She acts as the Big Bad of Shrek 2.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Usually when you think "Fairy Godmother", the image is that she's a kind and loving being, who doesn't judge anyone based on appearance. However, this Fairy Godmother is the opposite of that traditional outlook in every way.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She's conniving businesswoman who is only out to use others to benefit herself and her son Prince Charming.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only one the Fairy Godmother loves truly is her son, whom she dotes on, and wants to make king by marrying him to Fiona.
  • 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: She pretends to gently and kindly convince Shrek to "stop living in a fairytale," but once she's seen for what she really is, she's ruthless, vengeful, evil, cruel, selfish and will stop at nothing to remove those who stand in her way.
  • Genre Blind: For some insane reason she thought it was a good idea to sing an epic hero ballad in the climax of the final act.
  • 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, sparkles.. and most tellingly... a shower of tears
  • Jerkass: The Fairy Godmother isn't like her classic benevolent counterpart who uses her magic for the right reasons.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite her name, she's evil.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She uses any and every underhanded trick, some that make her appear more benevolent and kinder than she really is.
  • Never Found the Body: She got one of her spells reflected back at her and just...turns into bubbles, sparkles and rather fittingly... a small shower of tears.
  • 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: Until the climax, no one is aware of the Fairy Godmother's real personality.
  • 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.

    Prince Charming 
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Voiced by: Rupert Everett
"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!"

Prince Charming is the son of the Fairy Godmother. He is very handsome, and was supposed to rescue Princess Fiona from her dragon-guarded tower. He starts off as the secondary anatgonist in Shrek 2 and becomes the Big Bad of Shrek the Third.
  • 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...note 
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father is unnamed, never mentioned, and is most likely dead (he was probably a normal human like his son).
  • The Dragon: In Shrek 2.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In Shrek the Third.
  • 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.
  • 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!").
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is a fairy, and his father is presumably human given his appearance.
  • Ironic Nickname: He's called Prince Charming, but he's far from it. This is most likely intentional.
  • Jerkass: Although he is intended to look very handsome and is in prince clothing, he is really a snobby, evil, power-hungry, psychopathic, and narcissistic villain.
  • 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.
  • Narcissist
  • 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 Charmless: He doesn't look it, but that's his personality is quite the opposite of what his name suggests.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Implied in Shrek 2 when he wanted the fantasy equivalent of a Happy Meal, which comes with a toy battle axe. Explored further in Shrek the Third.
  • Redemption Rejection: After the bigpep talk from Arthur, all the villains have a Heel–Face Turn — expect Charming who 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He is not mentioned at all in Shrek Forever After, even though Fairy Godmother had originally arranged for him to save Fiona instead of Shrek, and the movie takes place primarily in a timeline where Shrek didn't save Fiona. It is simply said that no one came to save her at all.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Shrek The Third he actually tries to slash Arthur, a helpless kid.
    • He also has Donkey and Dragon's babies locked up in a zoo to be ridiculed as freaks.

    Rumpelstiltskin 
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Voiced by: Walt Dohrn
"Just sign it, and all your problems will disappear."

Rumpelstiltskin is a short man who makes magical deals (complete with contracts). He is the Big Bad of Shrek Forever After.

    Fifi 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Fifi is Rumpelstiltskin's pet goose. He is also his bodyguard and carriage puller.
  • Cool Pet: A magical goose.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In the alternate universe he's a giant, ferocious goose.
  • Jerk Ass: Fifi has a cranky and bitter character.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Rumpelstiltskin.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care about Rumpelstiltskin. He is even out of sight when he is captured.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He is never seen smiling. Even when Rumpelstiltskin is throwing a party and when he's being groomed by the Three Little Pigs his expression remains the same.
  • Toothy Bird: Has prominent sharp teeth.

    Harold 
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Voiced by: John Cleese
''"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."

King Harold was the king of Far Far Away, husband of Queen Lilian, father of Princess Fiona, and father in-law of Shrek.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Inverted; he was originally a frog, but he made a deal with the Fairy Godmother to make him human so he could go out with and eventually marry Lillian.
  • Fantastic Racism: Instantly disproves of Shrek because he is an ogre and has turned his daughter into an ogre without even knowing anything about him, even referring to Shrek as a "thing" to Lillian. After awhile, Fiona tires of this and was going to cut him and her mother out of her life. After seeing how strong Fiona and Shrek's love is and seeing that Shrek is a good guy, he accepts Shrek into their family and blesses their marriage.
  • The Good King: Even as a frog.
  • Good Parents: Despite how much he was against Fiona's marriage to Shrek at first, it's clear that he loves Fiona very much and only wants the best for her. When he sees how unhappy she was with Prince Charming and realizes how strong Fiona's love for Shrek is, he decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother and not force her to fall in love with Charming.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and loving relationship with Lillian.
  • 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: King Harold was best described as stubborn and unwilling to change. Best evident when he highly opposed the marriage of Shrek and his daughter Fiona.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He truly believed that he was doing what was right and honestly thought she would be better off with Prince Charming.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: He treats Shrek like crap, initially.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He went from dismissing Shrek as family because he's an ogre to calling him son.

    Lillian 
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Voiced by: Julie Andrews
"Well, he's no Prince Charming, but they do look..."

Queen Lillian is the queen of Far Far Away, wife of King Harold, mother of Princess Fiona, grandmother of the ogre triplets and mother in-law of Shrek.
  • Badass: In Shrek the Third, it's revealed that Fiona inherited her fighting skills from her mother, Lillian even asks:
    "Well, you didn't think you got your fighting skills from your father, did you?"
  • Cool Old Lady: In Shrek the Third, she is able to rally the other princesses from being damsels in distress to independent fighters.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and loving relationship with Harold.
  • Mama Bear: In Shrek 3, Lillian shows that nothing means more to her than her family; when they are in trouble, she does everything in her power to save them.
  • Nice Girl: Queen Lillian is tolerant of her daughter's decision to marry an ogre if it will make her happy, a thought that initially stands in contrast to her husband's.
  • Only Sane Woman: Either when dealing with her unreasonable husband or princesses.
  • Open Minded Parents: Despite being shocked at Fiona's new form and the fact that she married an ogre, she was far more accepting about it than her husband was and even defended her to Harold, saying it was her choice.
  • Good Parents:She loves her daughter very much and only wants what will make her happy.
  • I Want Grandkids: She is the one who first brings up the subject of children at dinner in Shrek 2. She has no trouble with the fact her future grandchildren will be ogres and is very excited when Fiona announces her pregnancy.

    Artie 
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"You know, Shrek, you're all right. You just need to do a little less yelling, and use more soap."

Arthur Pendragon is a supporting character who appears only in Shrek the Third and is loosely based on King Arthur. He is the only heir apparent (other than Shrek himself) to the throne of Far Far Away. Artie is the cousin of Fiona. His father, presumably Uther Pendragon, seemingly abandoned him at the boarding school Worchestershire, where he remains until Shrek finds him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: At high school its shown he has no friends and is regularly beaten up. Even the nerds pick on him.
  • Badass Pacifist: How does Artie manage to stop the fairytale villains from continuing their attack on Shrek and the heroes? By giving them an empowering speech that they have a choice in getting their own happily ever after.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. While Artie doesn't go "berserk", he does become upset whenever someone calls him a "loser".
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Shrek.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the new king of Far Far Away when he's still a teen.
  • 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father outright abandoned him and Artie then spent the next years being mercilessly bullied by his classmates.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rivaling Shrek.
  • Guile Hero: Not an experienced fighter, but boy can he talk his way out of things.
  • Hidden Badass: Artie turns to be a very clever and a good orator.
  • Just a Kid: Charming's reaction. He regrets it.
  • Kid Hero: Teenage variant.
  • Mouthy Kid: Initially acts this way with Shrek.
  • Nice Guy: Artie is noble and kind hearted.
  • 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: He sometimes hides how he feels with sarcastic quips, 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 he gracefully accepts the new responsibilities as the new King of Far Far Away..

    Merlin 
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Voiced by: Eric Idle
"I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz..."

Merlin is a retired wizard teacher from Artie's high school, Worcestershire, in Shrek the Third.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The school had to fire him because he was insane, he then found a house made out of stones somewhere and started to live there.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's actually quite knowledgeable about a lot of things.
  • Hippie Teacher: From his mannerism, implications that he's a stoner, and short pants.
  • Nice Hat: Although it's not seen in his picture, Merlin does wear a blue/yellow wizard hat.
  • Stoners Are Funny: Implied.

    Lancelot 
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Voiced by: John Krasinski

Sir Lancelot is one of Arthur's classmates in high school. He's very handsome and muscular.

    Evil Stepsisters 

Voiced by: Larry King (Dorris), Regis Philbin (Mabel)

Cinderella's evil (until their Heel–Face Turn), ugly stepsisters.
  • Gonk: Both of them are unusually ugly women, with some doubting their gender.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the stepsisters. Though it's arguable 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Dorris has two rs in her name, instead of one.

    The Pied Piper 
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Voiced by: N/A

The Pied Piper appears briefly in the first film, among the fairy tale creatures exiled in Shrek's swamp, where he rallies many rats with his enchanted flute.

In Shrek Forever After, he is hired by Rumpelstiltskin to capture the ogres by forcing them to dance and follow him with his enchanted flute. He can handle different species (rats, ogres, witches...) or even objects (Rumpelstiltskin's socks) by setting the "target" dial of his flute. He never speaks and only using his flute to communicate. The Piper has no voice, but the flute performance was done by Jeremy Steig (original author William Steig's son).

    Kitty Softpaws 
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Voiced by: Salma Hayek, Frank Welker (meowing noises, uncredited)

Appears in Puss in Boots. A feline femme fatale cat burglar (literally) who catches Puss' eye.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: A literal example.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a black luchadore felt mask. It makes her look like Batman.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her owners de-clawed her, for reasons that Kitty isn't sure of.
  • Dashing Hispanic: She's voiced by Salma Hayek.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: It was noted she is called Soft-paws because she can steal things away from people without their ever noticing. She proves this by frequently stealing Puss's hat, bag of money, and boots, just to tease him.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Zach Galifianakis

Humpty Alexander Dumpty appears in Puss in Boots. He was childhood friends with Puss and tried to get him to rob a bank with him making wanted by the law. Years later Humpty along with Kitty Softpaws convinced Puss to help him get magic beans from Jack and Jill to get the Golden Goose but it was revealed that this was just a trap to just get Puss back home and arrested as revenge for abandoning him. But later Humpty had a change of heart and help Puss and Kitty fight The Great Terror and ends up breaking and is revealed to be a golden egg himself.

In Shrek Super Slam, he is known as Master Fu and is an unlockable character. In Shrek 4-D, his grave can be seen in the cemetery.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.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a black top-hat.
  • Only Friend: Puss tells Kitty that Humpty was his only friend at the orphanage that they both grew up in and not his brother.
  • Redemption Equals Death: As the Great Terror descends on the town, Humpty helps lead it to the bridge, where he sacrifices himself so Puss can give the mother the golden goose.
  • Revenge: His whole "stealing the golden eggs" plan was to get revenge on Puss and his old hometown.
  • 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 
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Voiced by: Billy Bob Thornton (Jack), Amy Sedaris (Jill)

Jack and Jill are a married, outlaw couple in the film Puss in Boots.
  • Battle Couple: An evil version, but they are very effective at fighting.
  • Beard of Evil: Jack has one.
  • Beauty Mark: Jill has one on the lower left side of her cheek.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: Despite being an outlaw couple, Jack and Jill have a genuinely loving marriage.
  • Jerkasses: Mean, greedy, and ugly, Jack and Jill are two nasty outlaws united in a life of crime.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Zig-Zagged. They are both brutish and violent. However, Jack seems to have a more sensitive side (i.e. he brings up the idea of them having a baby.)
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Inverted. Throughout the film, he suggests to Jill that they settle down and raise a child together, such as his favorite piglet Hamhock. Jill, however, is completely against the idea, preferring the criminal life instead.
  • Nice Hat: Jack wears a tall, grey one.
  • Outlaw Couple: They rob, terrorize, and murder together.
  • Pet the Dog: They also love and treat their pet pigs like their own kids.
  • Trampled Underfoot: Both are crushed by the Great Terror during the climax.

    The Three Diablos 
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Three cats that Puss befriends.

     Anthrax 

     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.
  • 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.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: In her video game appearances, she'll be this.

Alternative Title(s): Shrek 2, Shrek The Third, Shrek Forever After

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Shrek?from=Characters.ShrekForeverAfter