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Fridge / Shrek

Fridge Horror
  • Shrek has a pretty good one. In the beginning of the movie, the 3 bears (Papa, Mama, and Baby) are arrested by Farquaad's men. In the middle of the movie, you can see a bear skin rug with a pink bow on its head on the floor of Farquaad's bedroom. At the end, when all the fairy tale characters are freed and dancing, only Papa Bear and Baby Bear are seen. That means that Mama Bear has been killed and skinned.
    • Even worse: way before the scene with the rug, you see Baby Bear and Papa Bear sitting around a fire in the swamp. Baby Bear is crying, Papa Bear is comforting him, and Mama Bear is nowhere to be seen.
    • There's another one. Near the end of the movie, Farquaad is eaten by Dragon when Shrek and Donkey crash the wedding between Farquaad and Fiona. Fast forward to the dance party mentioned above: Farquaad is singing "Staying Alive" while inside Dragon's stomach. He's never seen in the movies after that point, suggesting that he was digested alive.
      • Either that, or that's his ghost in there, as featured in the spinoff theme-park attraction.
  • How exactly did Donkey impregnate an egg laying dragon?
    • There's an old Dragon Myth which tells that dragons can impregnate or be impregnated by any species there is. If your question is about how Donkey DID it...let's either say that the Dragon maybe morphed into a smaller shape, or that the Donkey has his ways...
    • Even more intriguing, when Donkey drank the potion and became a horse, what happened to his true love Dragon? If the potion affects both parties, did Dragon become a mare? Or more likely (and disturbing) some completely different creature, considering Donkey's rather unorthodox tastes on females?
  • In the Bad-Guy Bar seen near the beginning of Shrek the Third, among the specials advertised by the sign hanging from the ceiling is "Crunchy Children Fingers". Think about that one for a second.
    • Unless it's a take on "Lady Fingers" or some such.
  • Fiona spent the vast of her majority of her childhood in complete isolation, with absolutely nobody to talk to, just waiting for rescue. The musical explores just how terrible this must have been in the song "I Know It's Today".
  • In Forever After's alternate universe, Donkey says that he needs his job pulling the witches' carriage because he doesn't want to go back to Old Mc Donald. Considering his ragged appearance and the way the witches whip him when they want him to sing different songs, just how bad must his old job have been?
  • In Forever After it is implied that only one timeline can exist at a time- the original timeline is replaced by the alternate timeline, and then replaced again by the original timeline when Rumple's deal is broken. When this happens all of the alternate timeline characters are "poofed" out of existence as their reality crumbles. They are then replaced by their original counterparts- yet Shrek is the only one who retains any memories of the alternate reality. This means that the original timeline characters and alternate reality characters were separate beings. And all of the alternate timeline characters' existences were erased completely. Alternate Fiona never got to experience having children with Shrek or living in a tyranny-free world because she disappeared from existence 10 seconds later.

Fridge Brilliance
  • When Shrek and Donkey are joking about Farquad's diminutive size, it looks like a continuity error to the kids, since they'd never seen Farquad anywhere except up in the castle balcony where one couldn't see how short he was. We grown-ups, however, are more likely to notice, based on Shrek's earlier crack "Do you think maybe he's Compensating for Something?" that they're not joking about Farquad's height but rather about his length, which for obvious reasons they didn't see any need to check to support their assumption that he's rather lacking in that department.
  • In Shrek 2, when the Fairy Godmother first sees Fiona (in her ogre form) she seems startled but not terribly shocked at her appearance and then proceeds to sing about how she's going to improve Fiona's life by changing her appearance and plying her with material objects. Then when she finds out that Fiona married Shrek, she's shocked and horrified and quickly takes off. Since she probably hadn't yet heard from Prince Charming that he'd failed to get to Fiona in time and she'd married someone else, she probably thought Fiona had married Prince Charming and they simply weren't each others' true loves so the curse still held her. No wonder she was trying so hard to make Fiona feel better: she probably thought Fiona was depressed about the spell not being broken and was trying to manipulate her into staying with Prince Charming!
    • That makes sense. In her song, she mentions landing a "prince with perfect hair and sexy tush." And what is one of the things most complimented about Charming?
    • Actually, I always thought the Fairy Godmother is secretly the "witch" who cursed Fiona in the first place. Think about it; first she makes King Harold owe her big time by transforming him into a human (as implied when she threatens him to revert the effect) thus allowing him to marry a princess (queen Lillian) and therefore becoming the king of Far Far Away. Then, she (secretly) curses Fiona causing her to be locked in the tower until the day her true love (Prince Charming, if everything goes as planned) arrives to save her. When that happens the Fairy Godmother can simply lift the spell and have her son be next in line to the throne of Far Far Away (and this would be a cynical explanation to why the kiss at the end of the first Shrek didn´t have any noticeable effect on Fiona...). So all the time, the Fairy Godmother was plotting the conquest of Far Far Away!
  • In Shrek 2 after Shrek drinks the "Happily Ever After" potion, Puss comments that "at the end of the day, you will have one satisfied princess." Of course, he was referring to how Shrek was now a handsome human and he thought Fiona would prefer that to an ogre. The princess doesn't become satisfied until the potion wears off and he becomes an ogre again. When does it wear off? At the stroke of midnight.
  • In Shrek the Third, I always thought Puss and Donkey switching bodies seemed random. But I watched it last night, and the two held hands when they were transported by Merlin's spell. That's why only they switched.
  • it may seem odd that Little Red Riding Hood has a cameo as a villain in Shrek 3, but then remember that her enemy the Big Bad Wolf is one of the good guys.
    • Or she might be getting revenge on Shrek and Fiona...because they scared her off during their honeymoon in the second film.
  • Fiona's transformation. By day, one form, by night another. And when Shrek kisses her, she murmurs that she's "supposed to be beautiful," to which Shrek says she is beautiful. Think about it - a pretty human probably wouldn't turn an ogre's head, but Fiona as an ogress? Smoking hot by Shrek's standards! Plus, she's more comfortable in her skin as an ogress than she is a princess, and being comfortable with one's self is always a turn on.
    • ...duh, that's the entire point of the ending.
    • One Troper's "duh" is another Troper's Fridge Brilliance!
    • Exact Words are in play here because the curse will be lifted "by true love's kiss, and then take true love's form"
    • And forshadowed, when he talks about the sunflower. He doesn't like it, but since Fiona is "pretty", she might. He thinks Fiona is unattractive, and says so!
  • In Shrek, it is only after the scene with the arrow in his butt does Shrek start to slowly fall for Fiona; so, the arrow is a symbolic Cupid's Arrow.
  • Farquaad chose Shrek's swamp for his Fantastic Ghetto because he knew there was an ogre there and decided it's easier to move every other fairy tale creature to his place rather than taking pains to move him anywhere else.
    • This may double as Fridge Horror: He is literally sending all of the annoying cartoony animals to live with a sociopathic Ogre that is well known for butchering people. He may have just been hoping Shrek would eat/kill/maim them all!
  • In Shrek 4 Rumple says "Sign the kingdom over to me and all your problems will disappear" and Harold and Lillian vanish, obviously removing their problems. This makes more sense than you think. Obviously the only problem they're thinking of is their Princess problem and yeah, that vanishes, and yeah, Rumple probably didn't need to wipe them out to fix it, but their problems don't end there - there's the detail of Shrek showing up, then the king gets sick and the kingdom needs a new king - whom originally Shrek went and fetched - and of course there's all the little problems that a king and queen have to deal with. Rumple wasn't wiping them out for the sheer joy of it - it was the ONLY way he could possibly remove ALL their problems. Even if he wasn't so bad, he couldn't have kept the magical contract WITHOUT wiping their existance and taking over the kingdom. That's magic for you. He knew that. They didn't.
  • Another moment of Shrek 4: If Fiona says she rescued herself by escaping the Dragon's Keep, then Charming presumably never made it to her. He's never mentioned by anyone, so it's presumable that he was killed by the Dragon, as was any other knights sent by Farquuad.
  • Shrek 4 again: The area around Rumpelstiltskin's palace is a dessicated-looking wasteland despite Far Far Away never being implied to have such a climate. Of course it is when he's seemingly created a ruling class of witches who dissolve on contact with water. That's probably their native climate!
  • Another Shrek 4 one: Why do we never see Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming in the movie? Equivalent Exchange. Remember, Harold knew of the plan to marry off Charming to Fiona and forced into it by his own warty problem; it was another problem that Harold himself wanted to get rid of, and Rumpelstiltskin's magic would require a life to get rid of a life (two in fact) for his magic to work. The kingdom was probably just a bonus to the contract.
  • In the second movie, Shrek reads Fiona's childhood diary where she has written about how she looks forward to marrying a young, handsome Prince Charming. While reading, he gets startled by the king knocking on the door and lets out a yelp. Later when he confronts the king about it he says that he was just reading a horror story. I didn't think of this moment much until my brother pointed out that it basically is a horror story to him; Fiona's childhood dreams are pretty much crushed because she never married Prince Charming she wished to as a child, since she married Shrek, an ogre, ergo he lives in fear that she still lives with these dreams deep down and will never be truly happy with Shrek.
  • The only characters in the series who have Disney-style in-universe musical numbers, as opposed to scenes set to popular real-life songs, are Fairy Godmother (Shrek 2) and Prince Charming (Shrek the Third), and both of them actually do a stage-setting for those numbers (Fairy Godmother with magic, Prince Charming the old-fashioned way). And of course it makes sense as both a Deconstruction of Disney musical numbers, showing the need for stage-setting, and a Take That, considering that both characters are villains.
  • Similar to my moment of Fridge Brilliance for Disney's Robin Hood, this occurred to me recently. It may be surprising for viewers that Robin Hood in Shrek is apparently French, since he comes from English folklore. However, during the historical period in which Robin Hood would have existed, England was ruled by the French Plantagenet dynasty.
  • Also William Fitzooth, Robert's father, was of born Norman and Saxon parentage so it isn't like French would have been unknown to Robin.
  • In Shrek 2, Lillian brings up the subject of Shrek and Fiona's children and Shrek is so horrified by it that he swallows his spoon. In Shrek the third, he again expresses his fear of fatherhood by saying he is afraid of being a bad father. Based on what Shrek says about his father to Artie, we can guess that Shrek had a very abusive childhood. It isn't uncommon for there to be a cycle of abuse. We never see or hear of Shrek's parents besides that so we can assume either they are dead or Shrek never spoke to them again. That was Shrek's fear, that he would repeat what he endured as a child and abuse his own children and his children would disown him, like he had with his parents.