Tear Jerker / Shrek Forever After

  • At the end, there's an extended amount of time where it appears that Shrek failed. And, technically speaking, he was dead for a while. This movie being Darker and Edgier than the others, it wasn't unbelievable that they'd do it.
    • When the alternate universe starts falling apart, even knowing things are going to be set to rights, Fiona calling and reaching for Puss when he dissolves strikes a chord for many pet owners.
  • There's also the moment somewhere right after he's beginning to understand what his impulsive wish did - he finds his daughter's doll still in his back pocket from where he'd put it very early on in the film, and the look on his face as he realizes that she doesn't exist anymore is absolutely heartbreaking. It's also the only time we've ever seen Shrek cry.
  • The song "Fiona Doesn't Love Me" and the accompanying scene. Shrek thinks all he has to do to break the spell is get Fiona to kiss him, par the rules of True Love's Kiss. He manages this, but because she doesn't know him that well, and has had a pretty bad first impression of him so far, she does not love him and therefore nothing happens. Donkey asks him what went wrong, and he has the most despairing look on his face as he says, "But Fiona doesn't love me."
  • Alternate!Donkey's fear of Shrek is sort of a Fridge Tear Jerker. The Donkey that Shrek knows was afraid of him for maybe five seconds when they first met, then decided they were best friends and couldn't be scared away after that. Considering this misadventure was set off by Shrek missing the days he was feared, Donkey running away from him in terror even after Shrek tries to explain and win his trust by singing must be a nasty hit to the irony bone.
  • Not too many viewers were happy with Shrek for blowing up at Fiona near the beginning of the movie, and for good reason.
    Shrek: Look, all I want is for things to go back to the way they used to be. Back when villagers were afraid of me, and I could take a mud bath in peace, when I could do what I wanted when I wanted to do it. Back when the world made sense.
    Fiona: You mean, back before you rescued me from the dragon's keep?
    Shrek: Exactly!
  • Rumpel's dismayed expression when Fiona makes Fifi blow up. Rumpel was the bad guy, but Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • The ending credits, which feature a montage of scenes from the previous three movies, can strike as both this and Heartwarming, especially for those who have grown up with the entire Shrek series.