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!! ''Shrek'' film series
* AdaptationDisplacement: You probably won't find a lot of people who have even heard of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek! Shrek!]]'' by William Steig (and if they did, it's likely they first heard of it by watching the credits of a Shrek film). So much was added to this little story that about the only thing it and the movies have in common is...a grumpy ogre named Shrek, a donkey (who is quickly forgotten about), a brief obstacle of a dragon, and an ugly princess.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Sure, Monsieur Hood definitely seemed like a FrenchJerk, but keep in mind he didn't know Shrek was a good guy. And his men only attacked Fiona in retaliation.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** One can't disregard the franchise's main theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KruvKcrD0A Fairytale]], a hauntingly beautiful {{leitmotif}} that still manages to fit with the series' tongue-in-cheek tone. Added bonus for that basically becoming the unofficial opening song of all the Dreamworks films to come after- whenever they do their Dreamworks Logo Gag, expect to hear some variation of it.
** [[Music/SmashMouth Somebody once told me]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo2SNtFofWI the world is gonna roll me...]]
** Both covers of "I'm a Believer" (Creator/EddieMurphy's in the movie, Music/SmashMouth's on the soundtrack) are awesome, but Donkey belting it out at the end of the first movie with a crowd of fairy tales backing him up deserves special mention. For a typical kid watching this movie back in the summer of 2001, that whole sequence was the epitome of cool.
--->'''Donkey''': I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe ''I believe''! Hey!\\
'''Crowd''': ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve!]]''
** Self's "Stay Home" from the movie's credits roll.
** "It Is You (I Have Loved)".
** "[[Music/BeautifulFreak My Beloved Monster]]" by Music/{{Eels}}.
* BadassDecay: Fiona goes from being able to take down Robin Hood's entire band of outlaws...to being helpless against one guard and Lord Farquaad wielding only a small dagger, in the space of half a movie.
* BrokenBase: The announcement of a fifth ''Shrek'' movie has been met with highly mixed reactions. Some fans are overjoyed, especially ones who grew up with the series, and believe that Creator/DreamWorksAnimation's [[GrowingTheBeard beard-growing]] will lead to another good sequel. Others think that any further sequels would be detrimental, pointing to the {{sequelitis}} seen in the third and fourth movies, and believe that the franchise should quit while it's ahead with ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. Others still find the announcement hard to take seriously due to the franchise's MemeticMutation and believe that a fifth ''Shrek'' movie will be seen as a big joke.
* CrossoverShip: Thanks to memes, [[https://fiztheancient.deviantart.com/art/otp-180556841 there's plenty]] [[https://fiztheancient.deviantart.com/art/smooth-jazz-365380634 of people]] [[https://fiztheancient.deviantart.com/art/Shrek-kun-don-t-leave-me-180739181 who ship]] Shrek with [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow The Hedgehog]].
* FirstInstallmentWins: While [[WesternAnimation/Shrek2 the second movie]] may be [[EvenBetterSequel more critically acclaimed]], the first movie will forever be the most iconic, in part thanks to its [[MemeticMutation memetic potential]].
* FountainOfMemes: Shrek himself as a result of the brogres taking everything he says as a meme.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: To this day, the first two movies are very popular in Poland, mainly due to SuperlativeDubbing and {{Woolseyism}}.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** By sheer coincidence, Farquaad's emblem has an uncanny resemblence to the Facebook logo.
** One of the first things Shrek said to Fiona was "You were expecting Prince Charming?" And then...
** One of the jokes ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' made about the first movie was Donkey and Dragon having half-donkey, half-dragon babies...which is exactly what happened in the second movie.
** In the Japanese dub of the films, Creator/KoichiYamadera voiced Donkey. The hilarity came with the fact in the very first film, the villain Lord Farquaad was voiced by Masato Ibu, who voiced [[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato the original Dessler]] and Shrek and Donkey has to defeat him. A few years later, Yamadera himself ends voicing ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199 Dessler]]'' as well.
** Vincent Cassel voiced [[FrenchJerk Monsieur Hood]] in the first movie. He had previously had a role in the French dub of [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt another DreamWorks movie]].
** Some Chinese bootleggers [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/ROM_hacks#Pok.C3.A9mon_Diamond_2_and_Jade_2 used Dragon as a Charizard stand-in]] in a pirated ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' game. That series started a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction meme]] that applies perfectly to her relationship with Donkey.
** Lord Farquaad, who was designed after Michael Eisner, came four years after Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', who was designed off of Jeffrey Katzenberg. Bonus points for John Lithgow nearly becoming the voice of Hades, even recording a few lines, before James Woods took the role.
** Conrad Vernon voices the Gingerbread Man. 15 years later, Vernon would develop [[WesternAnimation/SausageParty another animated comedy that involves sentient food]].
* HollywoodHomely: Fiona as an ogress. Repeatedly told to be ugly, repulsive, disgusting, every synonym imaginable, in the first movie as well as the sequels. While she certainly looks a bit plump and more frightening, most fans think she does look pretty cute even by ogre standards. In fact, fans even ''prefer'' her like that, though that's mostly due to looking UncannyValley as a human, due to early 2000's animation.
* ItWasHisSled: If you've seen the other movies or other adaptations after the first film, you'd know Fiona is also an ogre and she marries Shrek.
* JerkassWoobie: Shrek himself makes a pretty solid case for this trope. Especially in the first two films.
* MemeticBadass: Shrek, according to the Brogres' copypasta stories.
* MemeticMolester: In the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]]' copypasta stories, Shrek.
* MemeticMutation:
** DO THE ROAR!
** I LOVE YOU DADDY!
*** (deep demonic voice): ''' ''DA DA!!!'' '''
** "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder."
** "Brogres", people who parody the PeripheryDemographic phenomenon by treating every Shrek-related work as masterpieces of the highest quality, getting together on [[http://shrekchan.org/ Shrekchan]], their {{Imageboard}}, where they tell stories where they encounter Shrek and other characters from the films in RealLife (usually to brutally maim non-believers and engage in "shrexual" encounters), and treat Shrek as a god.
*** Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
** [[DynamicEntry "Some-BODY once told me..."]]
** "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP?!"
** Along the same lines, Shrek has been a [[SarcasmMode commonly-requested]] newcomer for the fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game before its release, especially since the game ''Shrek Super Slam'' was a [[MascotFighter mascot]]-[[PlatformFighter platform fighter]] in the same kind of vein.
** "I'm making waffles!"
** "Ogres are like onions!"
** It could be argued that '''[[UpToEleven the film itself]]''' is essentially a giant meme at this point. There is ''very little'' from the film that hasn't achieved MemeticMutation at some point, and very few of those memes have died.
** From [=DreamworksTV=]'s Shrek videos on [=YouTube=], there's Shrek saying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz40salowcc OH HELLO THERE!]]
* MemeticPsychopath: Some "Shrek is Love Shrek is Life" variants depict Shrek as a blood thirsty slaughterer.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment The first thing that Lord Farquaad does in the film is have the poor Gingerbread Man waterboarded in milk as an interrogation technique and has his legs ripped off]]. The moment when he's truly made 100% irredeemably evil comes right at the film's climax when [[spoiler:upon Fiona's reveal, he calls her "disgusting" and splits her from Shrek, assuring the latter that he will be sentenced to a life of torture and will be begging for death to save him, and tells Fiona that she'll be locked back in her tower for the rest of her life, all while threatening her with a ''knife to her throat''.]]
* OneSceneWonder: Robin Hood and his merry men get a lot of attention from fans despite their very brief screen time.
* PeripheryDemographic: But of course. All four films were written with family audiences in mind, meaning lots of slapstick humor for the kids and pop-culture references and GettingCrapPastTheRadar for adults. And ''then'' you have the Brogres, who jokingly worship the franchise and treat it as a form of higher art (and even a religion).
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: When the first ''Shrek'' movie came out, it was considered a witty and refreshing break from the then-formulaic Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon fare, and it put Creator/DreamWorksAnimation on the map. Nowadays ''Shrek'''s often blamed for killing traditional animated films and starting a trend of rather mediocre [[AllCGICartoon CGI fims]] overly reliant on AnachronismStew and GettingCrapPastTheRadar. It didn't help that Dreamworks would not only give Shrek three sequels, but rehash the formula for [[WesternAnimation/SharkTale most]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} of]] [[WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge their]] [[WesternAnimation/FlushedAway other]] [[WesternAnimation/BeeMovie films]] until they [[GrowingTheBeard Grew the Beard]] with ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
** One of the sources for fuel for the Shrek series, the general disdain directed towards Michael Eisner, was effectively cut off when Eisner was removed from Disney the year after the second ''Shrek'' movie hit theaters, along with other studios including Disney trying and failing at the "Fractured Fairy Tale" trend; ''Kung Fu Panda's'' critical and commercial success along with Disney Animation making another comeback sounded the death knell for this idea (the final ''Shrek'' film actually took itself more seriously with Rumpelstiltskin alone).
** And after Dreamworks themselves grew the beard, other studios followed suit - instead of making ''Shrek'' ripoffs, they themselves started more frequently producing [[Disney/{{Bolt}} original]] [[WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs and well-liked]] [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe CGI movies]], even including the ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' spinoff which took on more of a high fantasy and adventure tone.
** Due to the sheer amount of MemeticMutation and Brogre copypastas, it is difficult for many people to take anything Shrek-related seriously anymore.
** Not helping ''Shrek'''s case is the fact that Disney, the very firm Jeff Katzenberg sought to overthrow, would eventually make a return to sincere fairy tale films, having not only learned from this film but, arguably, ''improving'' on its humor and style.
** The first film's WorldOfSnark has been copied to death so much that it feels less witty and more agonizingly cynical.
* {{Sequelitis}}: This is the general consensus for ''Third''. Fans are [[BrokenBase divided]] between whether ''Forever After'' is just as bad as ''Third'' or better. Reception has been much warmer for ''Forever After'' than for ''Third'', however.
%%* ShipTease: Uhm...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QlQnlVhR8A This]]. Especially the way he says her name at the end.
* SoOkayItsAverage: ''Third'' and ''Forever After'' are considered this by fans and critics, with ''Forever After'' as the slightly better one of the two. Some people would consider the entire series to be this due to SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
* SuperlativeDubbing: The Polish version is arguably funnier than the original, at least to Poles.
** Same applies to the Hungarian version, with an extremely clever choice of voice actors and well-adapted cultural references.
** Banderas does the Spanish version too - with an Andalusian accent.
** The Dutch version was also pretty good with the Woolseyism.
** The Latin American localization, however, is largely a subversion, as it sports heavy Mexican accents, idioms, and at times jokes a little too localized, which made the movies right down unbearable for many of the non-Mexicans.
*** The same problem occurred with the French version; while very well-localized for the French, it was considered incomprehensible by people in Quebec and some parts of France (to the point that one Québécois politician attempted to pass a bill requiring Quebec French dubbing for all movies after seeing ''Shrek the Third'' in French).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Welcome to Duloc" has the same rhythm as "It's a Small World After All", fitting for a song welcoming you to a Disneyland pastiche.
* UncannyValley: Human!Fiona, one of the many reasons people prefer [[CuteMonsterGirl her ogre form]] over her human form. The CGI for her human character model hasn't aged well, especially when you see it again in the sequel, which featured much more cartoony looking humans.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: All four movies have this to some extent, with occasional mild cursing and direct references to adult situations such as drunkenness.

!! Shrek Video Games:
* CultClassic: ''Shrek Super Slam'' has an active, if small, competitive scene thanks to the franchise's MemeticMutation.
* DuelingWorks: The 2001 game with ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}: Munch's Oddysee.'' Both were launch titles for the original Xbox, featured green-skinned protagonists, and used [[{{Gasshole}} flatulence as a game mechanic]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** After ''Shrek Forever After'' has been released, it is rather hilarious to frequently fight witches in an adaptation of the preceding film.
** In the first game, Humpty Dumpty and a giant mother goose appear in the same level. Aside from his appearance as an opponent in the story mode of the aforementioned ''Shrek Super Slam'' (as his "Master Fu" ego, complete with evil laugh), ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' features the two as major characters. [[spoiler: Humpty is even a villain, just like in the game, and even attempts to steal golden eggs like in one mission in ''Super Slam'' as well]].
* InNameOnly: Saying that the 2001 game is accurate to the film is like saying the sky is brown.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: Frequently the case with these games. A shame, because in ''Shrek The Third'' at least, there actually was a decent amount of effort put into the enemy design and variety, but it goes to naught because of overly powerful RegeneratingHealth and enemies not dealing sufficient amount of damage.
* PolishedPort: The Gamecube port of the 2001 game, Shrek: Extra Large, ironed out a number of the kinks in the Xbox original.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: All games have received consistently tepid reviews in the territory between 50's and low 60's on Metacritic.
** NoProblemWithLicensedGames: ''Shrek Super Slam'', a fighting game, has a decent Metascore of 67. This is also parodied by the [[MemeticMutation Brogres]] treating Shrek video games as must-play masterpieces of the highest caliber, just like with the movies. There's ''even a small community'' dedicated to it!
*** The [[Pinball/FamilyGuy pinball machine]] has also been received pretty well, being ranked 93rd overall on the Internet Pinball Database with a 7.8 average rating out of 10 and earns a good amount of money in public. It may have been a PaletteSwap of ''Family Guy'', but it had better sales too.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The first ''Shrek'' game was given a "T" rating by the ESRB.

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