Heartwarming / Shrek

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  • First it subverts True Love's Kiss: Shrek and Fiona finally confess they love each other and kiss. Instead of it freeing Fiona from being an ogre when the sun goes down, it makes her an ogre permanently. Fiona, while not exactly disappointed, is still puzzled because "I'm supposed to be beautiful." Shrek just smiles and says, with full and honest sincerity, "But you are beautiful." (Now CUE I'M A BELIEVER!!!)
    • Fridge Brilliance at work here. By human standards, Ogres are ugly...and Ogres likewise wouldn't think of a human as all that fetching. Fiona as an Ogress? Smoking hot by Shrek's standards! Subsequent movies also play up the fact that she's also much more at home in her own skin as an ogress than she ever was as a princess, and being true to one's self is definitely more attractive than pretense.
      • Realizing that a human woman wouldn't be all that attractive to an ogre makes the fact that Shrek fell in love with Fiona as a human an especially sweet bit of Heartwarming Fridge Brilliance. Yet another nice, more subtle twist to the Beast and Beauty tale.
      • A little something to drive this home; when my friends and I played a game in which we thought up better endings to fairy tales, no one could think up a more appropriate ending for Shrek. It was simply that perfect.
      • And the point is driven home perfectly with the karaoke short when Shrek serenades with Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are"
  • When Shrek and Donkey first meet, Shrek tries (in vain) to scare Donkey off. Soon he just flat out asks why the little mule won't git:
    Shrek: Look! What am I?
    Donkey: Really tall?
    Shrek: No! I'm an ogre! You know, "Get your pitchforks!" Doesn't that bother you?
    Donkey: Nope.
    Shrek: (Surprised) Really?
    Donkey: Really really.
    It's the look on Shrek's face that counts. As we learn later on, Donkey is probably the first person to NOT treat Shrek like a menace to society.
    • Also a bit later, when Shrek laments what he's better off alone because people judge him before getting to know him.
    Donkey: You know what...When we met, I didn't think you was just a big, stupid, ugly ogre.
    Shrek: I know.
    • After Shrek and Donkey have their misunderstanding, Donkey still goes back to Shrek's swamp and is willing to reconcile with him saying "That's what friends do! They forgive each other!" Then later after Shrek apologizes for his treatment of Donkey, he says "Hey that's what friends are for, right?" They shake hands and genuinely become best friends.
      • The whole relationship between Shrek and Donkey is heartwarming. At first, Shrek sees Donkey as a nuisance and tries to shove him away. But Donkey liked Shrek and did everything he could to become his friend. His persistence is what cracks through Shrek's tough shell and allows him to accept love in his life.
  • The scene when Shrek is practicing what he is going to say to Fiona when he admits his feelings to her. It's clear this is something he doesn't have much experience with. Shrek, someone who portrayed himself as the scarer, is now the scaree, tripping over his words. It's actually quite sweet.
    • Without Donkey coming back and clearing things up, Shrek and Fiona probably would have never seen each other again.
  • For the Karaoke Dance Party postscript, the moment when Shrek serenades Fiona with Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" is deeply charming with the opening lines like "Don't go changing to try and please me/You've never let me down before..."
  • While taking a drink at a river, Donkey sees the now heartbroken dragon crying and walks on over to console her.


  • Shrek telling his own version of The Night Before Christmas at the end of Shrek the Halls.