Characters: Shrek

aka: Shrek The Third
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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

"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"

Voiced by: Eddie Murphy

    Princess Fiona 
"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

    Puss in Boots 
"En garde!"

Voiced by: Antonio Banderas

    Monsieur Hood 
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.


  • 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.

    The Dronkeys 
  • 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

    Lord Farquaad 

Voiced by: John Lithgow

  • 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 
"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.
  • Jerkass

    Prince Charming 
"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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Ax-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."

"I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz..."


    Evil Stepsisters 
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 

    Kitty Softpaws 
Appears in Puss in Boots. A feline femme fatale cat burglar (literally) who catches Puss' eye.

    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.
  • 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 

    The Three Diablos 


     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

Alternative Title(s):

Shrek 2, Shrek The Third, Shrek Forever After