'''Shrek''' is a Creator/DreamworksAnimation CGI film very loosely based on the 1990's book of the same name. The film features Shrek (Mike Myers), a grumpy ogre living happily alone in his swamp, where he regularly frightens off villagers and lives the lazily luxurious life of an ogre. However, his perfect world is rocked when his loving home is invaded by fairy tale creatures simply seeking refuge after being cast into exile by the cruel-hearted Lord Farquaad (Creator/JohnLithgow). When Shrek confronts Farquaad, he agrees to let the ogre live in peace if he can rescue the Princess Fiona (Creator/CameronDiaz) from a dragon guarded castle so that Farquaad can marry her and become a true king. With the aid of his new and obnoxious self-proclaimed best friend, [[ADogNamedDog a talking Donkey named Donkey]] (Creator/EddieMurphy), Shrek sets off on his quest to restore balance to the delicate fairy tale world he's living in.

Notorious for its modern twist on the FairyTale genre, ''Shrek'' was a smashing success at the time of its release. The film became the first installment of the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' tetralogy, receiving [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}} three]] [[WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird theatrical]] [[WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter sequels]]. It ushered in a new era of computer animated films to Creator/DreamworksAnimation, and the titular Shrek became the company's unofficial mascot.

''Shrek'' became the first recipient of an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Feature.
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Lord Farquaad in bed orders the disgusted magic mirror to show him the princess... ''again''!
* AffablyEvil: Dragon when she meets Donkey.
* AltarDiplomacy: Prince Farquad wants to marry Fiona purely so he can become king.
* AdaptationExpansion: Adapted from a children's book approximately 500 words long; almost nothing in the movie other than the characters of Shrek and Donkey -- [[AscendedExtra who appeared for only one page as a random encounter]] -- actually came from the book.
** As did Princess Fiona since at the end of the book [[spoiler:Shrek meets a princess ogre (Fiona) who is even uglier than he is.]]
** Also, the dragon made a brief appearance under different circumstances, and the role of the Knight from the book and Lord Farquaad from the film are suspiciously similar -- both are {{Jerkass}} versions of characters who would usually be the good guy in fairy tales, who end up acting as the primary villain.
* AirQuotes: Fiona asks Shrek and Donkey about Lord Farquaad; after the two crack some jokes about Farquaad's short stature, Fiona tells them that they are just jealous because they cannot measure up to a great ruler like Farquaad. Shrek responds to this while doing the air quotes that she may do the "measuring" when she meets him tomorrow.
* ArcWords: Really really!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Given the source, one of the lines from one of the Three Little Pigs.
-->'''Pig:''' He Huffed, and he Puffed, and he...signed an eviction notice.
* AsceticAesthetic: Duloc.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption
* AwardBaitSong: Played straight, though somewhat out of place in a movie that [[JustForPun took the mickey]] out of tropes popularized by the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfNJsDm5Di8 It Is You (I Have Loved)]] by Dana Glover, the only non-instrumental song on the soundtrack written specifically for the movie.
* BeastAndBeauty: Shrek and Fiona in the first movie, subverted.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Shrek whistles for Dragon to give Lord Farquaad his JustDesserts just one second after Fiona got threatened.]]
* BlackBestFriend: Donkey, who plays this trope remarkably straight despite not actually being black. Being voiced by EddieMurphy certainly helps, though.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The dragon. Checkhov's Gun''woman'', in fact, making it two spoilers in one.]]
* CompensatingForSomething: The first movie includes this as a ParentalBonus joke with Shrek saying this to Donkey.
-->'''Shrek:''' (while looking at Lord Farquaad's huge castle) "Do you think he's maybe compensating for something?"
** Kids take away the meaning of [[AcceptableTargets compensating for]] [[TheNapoleon being short]], and adults take away the other.
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Shrek and Fiona making nearby animals into balloons for each other and then letting them float away, and allowing a tree Donkey is walking on to snap back and fling him away.
** In addition to the balloon animals, Fiona also causes a bird to spontaneously combust when it tries to hold a note as long and loud as the one Fiona sings... ''then'', she cooks the birds' eggs.
** Notice at the end of the movie, only two of the three bears - Papa Bear, and Baby Bear, specifically - are freed with the other fairy tale creatures... because if you look closely, Farquaad made a rug out of Mama Bear. For some, this would also qualify as an instance of Fridge Horror.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Fiona ''is'' this trope for a lot of the first movie. Shrek didn't slay the dragon first. Shrek can't recite a poem. Shrek needs to save his ass. Shrek won't take off his helmet. And the worst part, to Fiona: Shrek was sent to rescue her for ''someone else''.
* {{Constellations}}: Shrek tells Donkey the names the ogres give to several constellations.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Donkey just happens to feel morose at the same shore Dragon is crying at. ItsASmallWorldAfterAll!
* CryCute: Possibly the only instance of this trope being applied to a ''gigantic fire-breathing dragon.'' [[spoiler: A few sobs in front of a lakeshore while pining for Donkey are pretty much all it takes to make the dragon a sympathetic character.]]
* CurseCutShort[=/=]LastSecondWordSwap: From the Robin Hood song:
-->"I like an honest fight and a saucy little maid"\\
What he's basically saying is that he likes to get--PAID!
** The Disney-esque "Welcome to Duloc" song.
-->"Please keep off of the grass"\\
"Shine your shoes, wipe your--''(bend over and turn around, exposing their butt-cracks)'' [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion FACE]]!"
** Also, an example without LastSecondWordSwap is at the very beginning, while Shrek was using his outhouse. "What a load of--" [[SoundEffectBleep ''(flushes)'']]
* CurseEscapeClause: Fiona was cursed to be an ogre at night and a human during the day. The curse was broken by TrueLovesKiss. Good thing it wasn't just ''any'' true love...
** The second implies it was ''supposed'' to make her permanently human. The phrasing is "love's true form".
* DoesThatSoundLikeFunToYou:
-->'''Donkey:''' I don't get it, Shrek. Why didn't you just pull some of that ogre stuff on him? You know, throttle him, lay siege to his fortress, grind his bones to make your bread? You know, the whole ogre trip.\\
'''Shrek:''' Oh, I know. Maybe I could have decapitated an entire village, put their heads on a pike, gotten a knife, cut open their spleens and drink their fluids. Does that sound good to you?\\
'''Donkey:''' Uh, no, not really, no.
* DoubleEntendre: Shrek makes this when he remarks on the short Lord Farquaad's tall castle, when saying "Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?"
* EngagementChallenge: Shrek saved princess Fiona from a castle situated [[ConvectionSchmonvection over a smoldering volcano]] in the first movie. She was O.K. with marrying him until finding out he was an Ogre, and he was just working as a champion for Lord Farquaad. In keeping with the whole theme of subverting fairy tales in the movies, she turns into an ogre as well and marries Shrek anyway. On top of that, [[BetaCouple the (female) dragon who was guarding the princess ends up with Shrek's sidekick Donkey]].
* FacePalm: Farquaad when he sees Shrek beating his knights.
* FantasticNatureReserve: Shrek's swamp, very much against his wishes.
* FantasticRacism: Farquaad. The trope's name has never been so appropriate: Farquaad hates ''all'' "fairy tale creatures" and has them evicted and forced into Shrek's swamp. His "perfect kingdom" would have nobody but (non-magical) humans.
* FemaleMonsterSurprise: Donkey realizes as Dragon moves out of the shadows that she's a female dragon, thanks to [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics her eyelashes and lipstick]]. He's surprised for a moment, but uses this to keep flattering her so she won't kill him.
* FoeTossingCharge: Makes an appearance during the wedding scene. The eponymous ogre and Fiona find themselves beset by {{Mooks}}; Shrek starts 'wading' through them, throwing them off as necessary. They manage to slow him, but we never get to find out the ending thanks to a GunshipRescue moment.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The mirror tries to warn Farquaad of something that happens to Fiona after the sun goes down. [[spoiler: As he discovers later due to his refusal to listen, it is her curse that turns her into an ogre at night. Shrek finds out at the same time, but has quite a different reaction to Farquaad's.]]
* FracturedFairyTale: A definitive example.
* FrenchJerk[=/=]JustAStupidAccent: Although in most retellings, Robin Hood is an English Saxon fighting the tyranny of French-descended Normans; in ''Shrek'' he inexplicably has a French accent. And is a jerk to boot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Farquaad", natch.
** The aforementioned diminutive lord asking a disgusted magic mirror to show him Princess Fiona... [[ADateWithRosiePalms again.]]
*** Even better: pay attention to the bedsheets at his waist when he says that she's perfect. ''A tent forms...''
** Arguable example: When Dragon has Donkey wrapped in the coils of her tail and flirts with him, she at one point lowers her snout below the level of his waist. Donkey objects to her apparently petting his tail... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything but her head is placed in front of him, not behind...]]
** The inclusion of the LeonardCohen song "Hallelujah." The lyrics to that song are highly sexual, and, despite sounding like a love song, it's actually a song that compares the Jews losing their covenant with God with a man breaking up with a woman he really loved.
* GirlInTheTower: Lampshaded
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Fiona sending Donkey to get a specific flower while she treats Shrek's arrow wound.
* GunshipRescue: [[spoiler:Dragon swoops in to take out Lord Farquaad just in time to rescue Fiona]]. See BerserkButton, above.
* HeirInLaw: Lord Farquaad is already in charge, but still wants to be able to call himself a King, which he can achieve by marrying a Princess - despite this not being how the titles work in real life.[[note]]A man cannot obtain the title of 'King' by marrying a Princess/Queen, he will get the title of 'Prince' instead (eg. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip). The only way a man can become a King is if he is already a Prince by birth.)[[/note]]
* HeroicNeutral: Shrek at first - he just wants his swamp back!
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: Fiona's motivation throughout the movie is to quit switching between human and ogre; naturally, she assumes that she'll be human when she "takes love's true form." So she is rather taken aback when she is permanently fixed in ogre form.
-->'''Fiona''': I don't understand; I'm supposed to be beautiful.
-->'''Shrek''': But you ''are'' beautiful. (Fiona smiles.)
* InducedHypochondria: Shrek and Fiona psych Donkey into feeling ill so they can spend one more day together.
* InsultMisfire: Upon seeing Shrek for the first time...
-->'''Farquaad:''' Ugh, it's hideous!\\
'''Shrek:''' Well, that's not very nice. It's just a donkey.\\
'''Donkey:''' Huh?\\
'''Farquaad:''' Indeed.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Happens twice in the film.
** It first occurs during an exchange between Farquaad and Fiona, after Shrek and Fiona have their falling out.
--> '''Farquaad:''' "You don't have to waste good manners on the ogre. It's not as if it has ''feelings.''"
--> '''Fiona:''' "No. You're right." (pointedly at Shrek, in anger) "''It'' doesn't."
** Later, right at the climax, [[spoiler: when Fiona reveals her ogress form, Farquaad is appalled by her appearance, yelling "''It's'' disgusting!"]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Lampshaded, Shrek points out that Fiona will be at the top of the highest tower. Donkey asks how he knows and Shrek says he "read it in a book".
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Shrek says this when he and Donkey first enter Duloc.
* IveGotAnXAndImNotAfraidToUseIt: "I'm a donkey on the ''edge!"''
* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Farquaad.
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Lord Farquaad's demise.]]
* KillItWithFire: Played with at the beginning: One member of the [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]] waves a torch in Shrek's face, hoping to scare him. Shrek snuffs the flame out with his fingers.
* KissingDiscretionShot: Done at the end of the movie, combined with BreakingTheFourthWall. Also subverted, as Shrek covering up the camera leads to an {{Idiosyncratic Wipe|s}} to Shrek and Fiona kissing in their own wedding.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Farquaad gets what he deserves at the wedding and [[spoiler:gets eaten by Dragon. Dragon burps out his crown a few seconds later.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Didn't know [[spoiler:Fiona was turned into an ogress]]? Then don't look at the covers of any of the sequels.
* LovesMeNot: Fiona does this with a sunflower Shrek left at her doorstop, but to decide whether she should tell Shrek her deep, dark secret: "I tell him, I tell him not..." She plucks the last petal on a "I tell him!" but [[spoiler:the sun rises just then and she returns to human form before she can find Shrek.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction:
-->'''Fiona:''' There's an ''arrow'' in your butt!\\
'''Shrek:''' Huh? [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Oh, would you look at that]].
* MinskyPickup: Robin Hood's song.
* MoonwalkDance: Pinocchio performs it near the end of Shrek Two while imitating Jackson.
* MoralDissonance: see "Comedic Sociopathy" above.
* MisplacedNamesPoster: Only John Lithgow/Lord Farquaad are positioned ''just'' right.
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Donkey, unaware of Fiona's curse, thinks that an ogre ate her when he finds one in her room. She manages to calm him enough to explain.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Shrek's mirror can't withstand his smile.
* MutilationInterrogation: Played for laughs when the Gingerbread Man gets both of his legs broken of and his head dipped into a glass with milk. Lord Farquaad then crushes one of the legs in his hands, but the other leg is later reattached with frosting, making it neccessary for Gingy to walk with a candy cane. (He gets the other leg reattached by the sequel.)
* TheNapoleon: Lord Farquaad is pretty short in height.
* NoodleIncident: When going into hero worship mode of Shrek shortly after Shrek unwittingly saved Donkey's butt from Farquaad's men, Donkey mentions another time before meeting Shrek that he nearly had his nosehairs burned off. However, Shrek tried to muffle his mouth, to no avail. The only thing that was revealed was that it had something to do with eating rotten berries and his undergoing indigestion.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Twice involving Dragon. First is when she shows up at the swamp just before the climax, with no explanation for how she broke her chain. The second time she arrives at Duloc, and Donkey lets her run off to have some fun attacking the knights while he and Shrek sort out the main plot.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Rather subtle because the distances involved were so small, but in the scene where Donkey and Shrek are arguing underneath the moon, Donkey demonstrates an unusual knack for getting in Shrek's face no matter which way the ogre turns.
* OneSideOfTheStory: The movie pulled off a two-sided version of this. Shrek [[OutOfContextEavesdropping half-overhears]] a conversation between Fiona and Donkey, but misses the most significant part: that Fiona turns into an ogre at night. The next day Shrek and Fiona both assume that Shrek heard the whole conversation and each jump to a false conclusion: Shrek jumps to the conclusion that Fiona was talking about ''him'' when she said "who could love a beast so hideous and ugly", and "ugly and princess don't go together", and when Shrek confronts her about this the next morning, Fiona jumps to the conclusion that Shrek is disgusted with the fact that she becomes an ugly ogre at night. This crushes both their romantic feelings for each other, and Fiona goes to Duloc with Farquaad and Shrek goes back to his swamp.
** [[OneDialogueTwoConversations This conversation is skillfully crafted]] to become two separate scenes based on whether or not you know the piece of information; the audience is aware of it at the time.
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: As mentioned under OneSideOfTheStory, Shrek is about to confess his love to Fiona, when he overhears Fiona talking to Donkey, saying that no-one could love a monster like an ogre. Of course, he is unaware that she is talking about the curse that turns ''her'' into an ogre, which she conveniently doesn't explicitly mention again until just ''after'' Shrek gets disgusted and leaves.
* OutrunTheFireball: In the first movie, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona use this trope as they reach the bridge leading away from the dragon's castle, and the dragon takes one last shot at them with her fiery breath.
* ParentalBonus: Farquaad is a caricature of Disney CEO MichaelEisner; see also MeaningfulName and DoubleEntendre above.
** Apparently caricatures of Micheal Eisner [[InkSuitActor look remarkably like John Lithgow]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Ogres. Are ''not''. Like ''cakes''!"
** "I live alone! ''My'' swamp! ''Me''! Nobody else, understand?! ''Nobody''! Especially useless! Pathetic! Annoying! ''Talking DONKEYS''!!!"
* RadialAssKicking: Happens with Fiona and the Merry Men as well as the wrestling scene in the arena.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Fiona in the first film, upon seeing her ogre reflection in a bucket of water.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
-->'''Donkey:''' (to Shrek) You know, with you, it's always "Me, me, me!" Well, guess what?! Now it's my turn! So you just shut up and pay attention! You are mean to me, you insult me, you don't appreciate anything that I do! You're always pushing me around or pushing me away!\\
'''Shrek:''' Yeah? Well, if I treated ya' so bad, why did you come back?\\
'''Donkey:''' 'Cause that's what friends do. ''They forgive each other!''\\
'''Shrek:''' Alright, Donkey, I forgive you... ''for stabbing me in the back!''
* ReferenceOverdosed
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Subverted. The dragon seems evil and ferocious at first, but then she falls for Donkey and it's shown she has a softer side.
* RescueIntroduction: Shrek and Donkey meet Fiona when rescuing her from the tower.
* RopeBridge: A thin rickety one leads to the castle where Fiona is imprisoned. Donkey naturally is quite terrified to walk across it over "a boiling lake of lava!!"
* RoyalDecree: When Shrek first encounters the soldiers, they try to read him the prince's decree outlawing all fairy-tale creatures, but get intimidated by him looming over them.
* ShipperOnDeck: Donkey to Shrek and Fiona.
* SnipeHunt: Donkey is sent off to find a blue flower with red thorns to keep him from distracting Fiona and Shrek while they dealt with the arrow in Shrek's behind. Taken further as Donkey turns out to be colorblind. Donkey actually ''finds'' the flower, too, so it's uncertain Fiona was sending him to find something she expected he'd fail to find. She does say explicitly, though, that the flowers are "for getting rid of Donkey".
** He doesn't just ''find'' the flower, he wanders through a whole copse of them, complaining that his task would be infinitely easier if he could discern color[[note]]In reality, hooved animals generally have dichromic vision of a type that makes it difficult to distinguish between red and green; blue would actually be distinct from both[[/note]], and he only brings back the right flower because he grabs one - ''any'' one - in a panic when he hears Shrek yell. The other characters don't even react weirdly, making it a relatively subtle sight gag.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Spoofed in the first movie. Shrek goes to interrupt the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad, but Donkey, suggests him to [[GenreSavvy wait for the priest to say his "speak now or forever hold your peace" bit before before barging in and shouting "I object!"]]. On further investigation, they find they missed that part, so Shrek barges in anyway.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: After showing [[ActionGirl impeccable fighting skills]] early in the movie, Fiona can only call helplessly for Shrek when grabbed this way at [[spoiler:her wedding]]. Granted, Farquaad does eventually put a knife to her throat but only after 20 seconds or so of her doing nothing while Shrek, who is also grabbed, actually fights back.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Please keep off of the grass,[=/=]shine your shoes, wipe your...[=/=]...Face!"
** Which technically does rhyme with the line that follows: "Duloc is, Duloc is, Duloc is a perfect place!"
* SuddenMusicalEnding
* TakingAThirdOption: When Donkey is cut off on a small bridge segment by Dragon, he has two apparent options, neither of them good: He can jump (or fall) off into the lava, or be eaten. Instead, ''he seduces the dragon,'' which actually works.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: All throughout the wrestling match in Duloc, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" kicks in, and both [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Shrek AND Donkey start to kick ass and take names]].
* ThisIsMySide: Shrek and Donkey, at one point.
* TreeBuchet: Shrek does this to Donkey in the first movie.
* TurnYourHeadAndCough: When Donkey learns that Shrek has been hit by an arrow, Donkey panics at the thought of Shrek dying from it and shouts irrelevant medical advice, including "keep your feet elevated", a plea for somebody to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, and "turn your head and cough."
* YouMonster: The Gingerbread Man to Farquaad: "You're a monster!"
** Farquaad: "I'm not the monster here, ''you'' are! You and that fairy tale trash poisoning my perfect world!"
* WeddingDeadline: Subverted.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, um, what happened to Farquaad's kingdom?
** And the refugees in the swamp?
*** In the HalloweenEpisode, they go back to Farquaad's kingdom to find it's now a ghost town.
*** Some of the refugees would reappear in later films (Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, Pied Piper).
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: When Shrek finds himself in a roped-off pen surrounded by Farquaad's knights, he busts out the pro wrestling maneuvers, even hitting one of the knights with a folding chair.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Fiona uses this early in the movie, especially just after the escape from the dragon's castle. [[OohMeAccentsSlipping It doesn't last]].
-->'''Fiona''': The battle is won. You may remove your helmet, good Sir Knight.
-->'''Shrek''': Uh, no.
-->'''Fiona''': Why?
-->'''Shrek''': [[LameExcuse I...I have helmet hair]].
-->'''Fiona''': Please, I would'st look upon the face of my rescuer.
-->'''Shrek''': No, no you wouldn't...'st.
* YouAndWhatArmy: Inverted. Shrek says this to the leader of a group of soldiers, who turns around and sees that the rest of his troops had run away, leaving a lot of their weapons behind.