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    The Gingerbread Man 
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Voiced by: Conrad Vernon (English), James Arnold Taylor (Shrek 2 [game], Shrek Smash N Crash Racing, English), Jesús Barrero (Latin American Spanish dub), Hiro Yuki (Japanese dub)
"No, not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!"

The Gingerbread Man aka Gingy is a live talking gingerbread man and one of Shrek's friends. He is also known as "Gingy" and was created by The Muffin Man. He is small and a fast runner, making him difficult to catch. He is made out of a normal carved-out gingerbread with icing and gumdrop buttons.


  • Adaptational Badass: While Gingy is primarily a comic relief character and non-combatant in the movies, the games grant him ninja-like capabilities like using a candy-cane as a weapon, throwing peppermints like shuriken and even outright teleportation in the GBA version of Shrek SuperSlam.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: A walking, talking, sentient gingerbread man.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the first movie, Farquaad tears off both of his legs, crumbling one to powder. The remaining leg is grafted back on, and by the time of the second film, he's gotten a new replacement leg.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: It wasn't probably meant as An Aesop, and merely a horrifying ghost story to scare Shrek, but in Bride of Gingy, he was kicked out by his girlfriend and asked the baker to bake him a ginger bride. He wanted too much sugar so she would be sweet and never leave him, despite warnings from the baker that it could have consistent side effects. When Sugar later wakes up, she turns out to be pleasant at first, but slowly seems more attached to him and eventually becomes Ax-Crazy with severe desperation of wanting him, and more catastrophes are followed. This would never have happened if Gingy hadn't wished for too much sugar in her.
  • Berserk Button: Do not remove his gumdrop buttons. This warning is extra bold regarding Mongo.
  • Butt-Monkey: In his first scene, he's being interrogated by Lord Farquaad.
  • Chew Toy: Narrowly escapes becoming a literal example... most of the time.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He's an adorable sentient cookie with bite, and is a favorite character among both kids and adults.
  • Those Two Guys: With Pinocchio.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Forever After, Gingy in the alternate universe is a Badass Adorable gladiator who fights animal crackers with a lollipop. Downplayed in that it doesn't actually make a difference against Shrek or any other non-cookie beings.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Shrek the Third, he heckles Prince Charming during his terrible dinner theater performance and gets the entire audience to laugh at him, making Charming so angry that he decides to take over the entire kingdom in revenge. Oops.
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    Pinocchio 
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Voiced by: Cody Cameron (English), Genaro Vasquez (Latin American Spanish dub), Nobuo Tobita (Japanese dub)

Pinocchio is a live wooden puppet who befriends Shrek. He cannot lie without having his nose growing very long, and he deeply dreams to become a real boy.


  • Become a Real Boy: Much like his literary inspiration, his Goal in Life is to become a real boy. This always falls through: he briefly becomes a real boy during the climax of Shrek 2, only to immediately change back a few seconds later (thanks to the Fairy Godmother's wand), and in Forever After he almost signs a contract to become such, only to be interrupted before he could finish signing it.
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: See quote. When asked where Shrek is in the third film, he pulls this trick so he can't lie and his nose wont grow.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Will he ever become a real boy?
  • Gag Nose: That grows when he lies.
  • Loophole Abuse: His nose will not grow if he says something that is neither a truth nor a lie, or is technically truth but rendered completely incomprehensible through excessive wordplay and double (and sometimes triple) negatives. When Prince Charming tries to interrogate him, Pinocchio stalls by talking in circles. It works until one of the Three Little Pigs gets just as fed up with Pinocchio as Charming is and blurts out the answer.
    Prince Charming: You! You can't lie. So tell me, puppet. Where... is... Shrek?
    Pinocchio: Well, uh, I don't know where he's not.
    Prince Charming: You're telling me you don't know where Shrek is?
    Pinocchio: It wouldn't be inaccurate to assume that I couldn't exactly not say that it is or isn't almost partially incorrect.
    Prince Charming: So you do know where he is.
    Pinocchio: On the contrary. I'm possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably do or do not know where he shouldn't probably be, if that indeed wasn't where he isn't. Even if he wasn't at where I knew he was...
  • Nice Hat: A wooden straw-hat.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He's got his classic dream of becoming a real boy. When Rumpelstiltskin hints at offering him that chance at the beginning of the fourth movie (in the main timeline), Pinnochio immediately kicks him out of his store, not even tempted by the offer.
  • Pinocchio Nose: It keeps the tendency to grow when he tells a lie from the original tale. This is sometimes exploited by the other characters.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He is Pinocchio, after all.
  • Running Gag: He always seems to come close to becoming a real boy, only for those plans to fall short, like in Shrek 2, when he does become a boy, only to immediately be turned back by accident, and in Forever After, when he's about to sign a contract to be turned into a real boy, only for the interaction to be interrupted.
  • Those Two Guys: With Gingy.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Apparently has a habit of wearing ladies' undergarments.

    Dragon 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Dragon is depicted as a ruby-colored dragon who debuts as a ferocious guard challenging Shrek and Donkey in their quest to locate Princess Fiona. As Donkey attempts to distract her, he makes the realization that Dragon is female and successfully manages to charm his way past her. While she plays a minor role in this film, she reappears towards its conclusion at the marriage ceremony of Fiona and Shrek, in which Donkey takes her as his own bride. They are shown as a married couple by the events of the sequel; her character has a minor role as Donkey chooses to leave home on the grounds that she was behaving uncharacteristically ill-tempered, but is reunited with her husband towards the ending of the movie when it appears that her grouchy behavior was a result of pregnancy, and presents Donkey with their newborn hybrid children, the Dronkeys.


  • Abduction Is Love: Cut her some slack, she's a dragon. Hoarding things is in her nature. Oddly enough, it worked out in the end.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: She was this type of character in the first film towards Donkey, but he warms up to her quickly after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Almost Kiss: She almost kisses Donkey in the first film, but Shrek pushes Donkey away in time which leads to Literal Ass-Kissing.
  • Ascended Extra: Shrek did battle a dragon in the original book, but said dragon was never seen again after the battle. Dragon here has an increased role, getting to hook up with main character Donkey and appear in all four movies.
  • Babies Ever After: The ending of the second film shows she and Donkey had a litter of donkey-dragon hybrid babies.
  • Beta Couple: With Donkey, as they have a more stable marriage than Shrek and Fiona.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Proves herself one when she bursts into the cathedral after Farquaad has had Shrek and Fiona restrained by soldiers in the aftermath of Fiona's nightly transformation to an ogre and proceeds to swallow the little man whole, which quickly causes the soldiers restraining Shrek and Fiona to surrender and release them.
  • Cry Cute: Manages to woobify herself in about three seconds when Donkey finds her feeling sorry for herself next to a lake in the original film.
  • Delightful Dragon: Her crush on Donkey is what turns her from a fierce dragon who guards the tower Princess Fiona is in to an ally who helps Shrek and Donkey stop Lord Farquaad from marrying Fiona in the original film, and a mother of Dronkeys at the end of the second film.
  • Deus Exit Machina: She's MIA in the second movie, due to having eggs to deal with. This helps preserve the drama, since she could have resolved certain things very quickly were she involved.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the first movie. She only serves as the threat in Fiona's castle.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Like her husband, her name is what her species is.
  • Doting Parent: Loves the Dronkeys very much.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: This isn't that sort of movie, but the double standard is definitely in play. She responds instantly to his flattery and carries him off against his will, then holds him hostage and woos him very determinedly in hopes that he'll come around: all Played for Laughs.
    Donkey: Aaaagh! That is unwanted physical contact!
    • In some of the Nordic dubs, he flat out says "That's sexual harassment!"
  • Interspecies Romance: Desperate to avoid being eaten, Donkey starts flattering her outrageously. The results are... unexpected: at first Donkey is terrified, then trying desperately to weasel his way out of it, then resigned... and by the time the second movie starts she's the one who wants some space, and only because she's pregnant.
  • Literal Ass-Kissing: Unintentionally invoked. She was preparing to kiss Donkey. Shrek knocks Donkey off her, only to end up being kissed himself, right on the place that you'd expect. As soon as she found out what happened, she wasn't happy. It would still be ass kissing if it were Donkey.
  • Mama Bear: Defends Fiona against Farquaad by swallowing the diminutive tyrant whole.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Initially appears to be your average guardian fire-breather. Turns out she's sapient and much more developed than classic fairytale dragons, although she doesn't speak, and she can interact with society - at least to the extent of choosing not to set it on fire.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Donkey didn't realize this till he starts fast talking her. Really improved his survival chances afterward.
  • The Speechless: Expresses herself with bass animal vocalizations. Donkey does enough speaking for both of them.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: She communicates via low grunts and roars, which Donkey can still understand.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Shrek the Musical, the musical adaptation of the first film, gives Dragon the ability to speak in order to help establish her character more easily (due to the little stage time that she gets). She even gets her own solo.
  • Tail Slap: Used on a stone tower, which falls and crushes Prince Charming in the third film.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has long eyelashes and red lips. And the movie does a good job of not drawing any attention to them until Donkey notices that she's a she - as such, it comes as a surprise to the viewers as well, who up until then have only seen her as a regular menacing dragon.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge girl to Donkey's tiny guy. Makes you question things...
  • Tsundere: Type A in Shrek, where despite being a formidable dragon protecting a castle, she quickly softens to Donkey. Ditched in all following installments.

    The Dronkeys 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker and Tara Strong

Dronkeys are the hybrid offspring of Dragon and Donkey. They are introduced in Shrek 2 as little more than a stinger gag. Audience members missed having Dragon in the film, as was revealed to the filmmakers during test screenings. Dragon reunites with Donkey in Far Far Away, only to have a surprise for him in tow—six young hybrid donkey-dragon children, who take to their father immediately. Donkey is delighted, and dubs the dronkeys "our little mutant babies". Their names are revealed to be Eclair, Bananas, Peanut, Parfait, Coco and Debbie.


  • Aerith and Bob: Their names are Peanut, Cocoa, Bananas, Parfait, and Debbie.
  • All There in the Manual: Merchandise for the Dronkeys reveals most of them (with the exception of "Debbie") are named after foods, though "Debbie" may refer to the Little Debbie snack foods.
  • All There in the Stinger: Made their debut during the credits of Shrek 2.
  • Edible Theme Naming: They're all named after food items.
  • Flying Firepower: Being half-dragon, they can fly and breathe fire.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They're half dragon and half donkey.
  • Patch Work Kids: They have traits of both their parents.
  • Portmanteau: Of "Dragon" and "Donkey".
  • Ret-Gone: In the alternate universe of Shrek Forever After, the Dronkeys don't exist since Donkey and Dragon never hooked up. They return when Shrek returns his universe back to normal.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The ending of Shrek 2 showed six Dronkeys including a red-colored one - named "Eclair" according to merchandise. Though, for some reason, she never shows up in the third movie.

    Big Bad Wolf 
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Voiced by: Aaron Warner (English), Michael J. Gough (Shrek SuperSlam, English), Carlos Águila (Latin American Spanish dub), Kenji Utsumi (Japanese dub)
"What?"

The Big Bad Wolf is based loosely on the eponymous fairytale archetype, but breaks the mold by being a kind character. He rarely speaks, and when he does, his voice is somewhat dull and monotonous. He wears a pink dress, recalling the grandmother of Little Red Riding Hood. In the films, he is friends with the Three Little Pigs, despite an incident in Far Far Away Idol. In the first film, he is among the fairy-tale creatures who are banished to Shrek's swamp.


  • Adaptational Heroism: He is a loyal friend of Shrek and the other fairytale creatures, he doesn't seem to have any animosity with the three little pigs, and at no point is he associated with the fairytale villains (although his opposite number Little Red Riding Hood is for some reason).
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's been described as gender-confused, and is seen dancing with a male knight at Shrek and Fiona's wedding.
  • Catchphrase: "What?", almost always said when someone finds him dressed in granny-clothing in an unexpected bed.
  • Composite Character: A combination of the wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" and the one from "Little Red Riding Hood".
  • Crossdresser: Spun off from the original story — however, in the Shrek series, Wolfy isn't seen wearing anything except Grandma's nightgown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He loves to make sarcastic remarks.
    Wolf: This isn't about how you got trapped at the petting zoo, is it? Cuz that's not scary.
  • Defensive "What?": His catchphrase.
  • Gender Bender: Wolf's cursed to become a werewoman during the full moon in "The Pig Who Cried Werewolf".
  • Nice Hat: A pink grandma's sleeping cap.
  • Noble Wolf: Wolfy's a bit of a Deadpan Snarker, but a heroic, loyal wolf nonetheless.
  • Super Breath: Following his fairytale counterpart's tendency to huff and puff, he has this ability. He uses it to thwart the Fairy Godmother at one point while the heroes are playing Keep Away with her wand.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: A wolf who wears a pink nightgown and is a heroic character.

    The Three Little Pigs 
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Voiced by: Cody Cameron and Sean Bishop

The three pig siblings and protagonists of their eponymous fairytale. They are often seen in company of the Big Bad Wolf and speak with thick German accents.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the original tale, only the final brother was the one who managed to put a definite stop to the Wolf. Here, all three brothers are more than willing to help Shrek and his buddies even though they aren't particularly physically strong.
  • Big Eater: The three pigs devour an entire cake meant for a whole party at the start of the fourth film.
  • Gluttonous Pig: They sure eat a lot.
  • Gratuitous German: They all have German names (Heimlich, Horst and Dieter) and usually blurt out random German words when speaking.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Shrek The Third, one of them blurts out Shrek's location to Charming when he and his cronies storm the castle looking for the ogre, all because he had gotten anxious about Pinocchio's overly complicated attempt to hide the truth while trying to avoid making his nose grow. His two brothers give him a What the Hell, Hero? look and he himself quickly realizes the magnitude of his mistake.
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    The Three Blind Mice 
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Voiced by: Christopher Knights, Simon J. Smith (English), Wataru Takagi (Japanese dub)
Identical white mice brothers that are blind and hang out with the other fairy tale creatures. They are based on the nursery rhyme characters of the same name.
  • Blind People Wear Sunglasses: The Three Blind Mice wear pince-nez style sunglasses.
  • The Load: Since they can't see, they frequently screw up when trying to help Shrek and the gang.
  • No Name Given: One of them is named Gordon, but the other two's names are never revealed.

    King Harold 
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Click here  to see Harold's original form as a frog
Voiced by: John Cleese, Michael J. Gough (Shrek 2 [game])
"Well, I guess I gave her the wrong tea."

King Harold was the king of Far Far Away, husband of Queen Lilian, father of Princess Fiona, and father in-law of Shrek. He is also the original Frog Prince.


  • Anti-Villain: Yes, he acted as an antagonist against Shrek, but his heart was in the right place. Plus, he eventually makes up for it.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Inverted. He was originally a frog, but he made a deal with the Fairy Godmother to make him human so he could go out with and eventually marry Lillian.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Zigzagged. Harold wears a blue tunic and despite being a well-meaning parent, he acts as an antagonist to Shrek just because he's an ogre. However, he comes to see the error of his ways before it's too late.
  • Character Death: He passes away near the beginning of Shrek The Third.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with the Fairy Godmother to make him human so he could marry his true love. In exchange, Fiona would marry her son, giving Fairy Godmother dominion over Far Far Away. There's even a popular theory that she was who cursed Fiona in the first place as part of this plan.
  • Doting Parent: Harold loves Fiona more than anything else in the world. He wants what's best for her but has to change his idea of what that is.
  • Easily Forgiven: He did put a hit out of Shrek and locked his daughter in a tower when she was still a child. Yet, both of them forgive him most likely due to the hitman not being that bad a guy, him not putting the love potion in Fiona's drink, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice for Shrek, and apologizing for his wrong actions.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When he is forced to drug his daughter so she will fall in love with Charming, he finally stands up to Fairy Godmother and refuses, switching out their cups last minute.
  • Famous Last Words: "I know you'll do what's right."
  • Fantastic Racism: Instantly disproves of Shrek because he is an ogre and has turned his daughter into an ogre without even knowing anything about him, even referring to Shrek as a "thing" to Lillian. After a while, Fiona tires of this and was going to cut him and her mother out of her life. After seeing how strong Fiona and Shrek's love is and seeing that Shrek is a good guy, he accepts Shrek into their family and blesses their marriage.
  • Forced into Evil: Part of his hostility to Shrek stems from this - he's afraid of retaliation from the Fairy Godmother after failing to set Fiona up with Prince Charming, and ends up forced into helping with her second attempt on pain of having his own happy ending revoked. He ends up not going through with this either after he realizes Fiona will never love anyone but Shrek.
  • The Good King: Even as a frog.
  • Good Parents: Despite how much he was against Fiona's marriage to Shrek at first, it's clear that he loves Fiona very much and only wants the best for her. When he sees how unhappy she was with Prince Charming and realizes how strong Fiona's love for Shrek is, he decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother and not force her to fall in love with Charming.
  • Go Out with a Smile: After two brief succumbs consisting of Dies Wide Open, he passes away for real and smiles whilst doing so.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and loving relationship with Lillian.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After spending the first half of the film abusing Shrek and even hiring a hitman on him, he changes his tone when he sees how much Fiona hates Charming and how far Fairy Godmother was willing to go to ensure their original plans went through.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He didn't die, but he took a magical blast from Fairy Godmother that turned him back into a frog, a form he previously had that he hid from everyone. However, it's implied that being reverted back to his true form did have some role in his death. So his fear of the Fairy Godmother's wrath was completely warranted. It's possible that, being a frog, he didn't have that long a lifespan and simply died of old age.
  • Hypocrite: He (initially) hated the thought of his daughter marrying an Ogre... despite he himself being a frog who married a human woman. Donkey, of all people, calls him out on it.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: When Donkey calls him out on being hypocritical about his disapproval of Shrek despite Harold himself being a frog who married a human, Harold is quick to agree with Donkey.
  • Interspecies Romance: He turned out to have been a frog who was turned into a human through the Fairy Godmother's magic. At the end of Shrek 2, he's turned back into a frog and is about to leave out of shame, but Lillian stops him, saying she loves him all the same and is proud of him for accepting Shrek and Fiona's marriage.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A parental example. He starts out being strongly opposed to Fiona's marriage to Shrek for them both being ogres as well as being under threats from the Fairy Godmother due to a promise he had made many years before involving Fiona marrying her son. However, when he sees how much Fiona hates Prince Charming and only has eyes for Shrek, he succumbs to guilt and goes back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother, not wanting his beloved daughter to be miserable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: King Harold was best described as stubborn and unwilling to change. Best evident when he highly opposed the marriage of Shrek and his daughter Fiona. However, he truly believed that he was doing what was right and honestly thought she would be better off with Prince Charming. And to be fair it's implied that at least part of his animosity towards Shrek was out of his fear of retaliation for not upholding his deal with the Fairy Godmother. He was correct to be afraid.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He starts going through one when Charming impersonates Shrek to be with Fiona, realizing just how unhappy his daughter is with him.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Despite formally being terrified of the Fairy Godmother's threats, by then end, he is able to conquer his fear when his love for his daughter gives him the strength to do so. This is shown when he smugly tells the Fairy Godmother he didn't give her the love potion and later jumped in front of the Fairy Godmother's magic blast (intended for Shrek and Fiona), thus defeating her entirely.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: He treats Shrek like crap, initially.
  • Overprotective Dad: He loves Fiona, but he doesn't seem to understand her, thinking she'd be better off with Prince Charming than an ogre like Shrek. He comes around at the last minute and accepts that Shrek is right for her.
  • Papa Wolf: Nothing matters more to him than his daughter and he will do anything for her, even risking his own life against the Fairy Godmother having no regard for her feelings and treating her like a pawn.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Blue Boy to Lillian's Pink Girl.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: His apparent backstory. Fairy Godmother turned him from a frog to a human so he could fall in love with his future wife.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His passing in Shrek the Third causes the movie's conflict. As he puts it, "this kingdom needs a new king."
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His disapproval of Shrek for being an ogre is a metaphor for how some parents feel about their daughters dating outside their race.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After he realizes that Fiona is truly in love with Shrek and nothing is going to change her mind about that, he decides to go back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming. Even after being threatened by the Fairy Godmother, he still refuses to force her into a relationship she doesn't want to be in, even though he knows it will cost him.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: His death kicks off the entire plot of the third film.
  • Taking the Bullet: He does this to shield Shrek from the Fairy Godmother's spell. He becomes a frog again... but also ends up defeating Godmother.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He went from dismissing Shrek as family because he's an ogre to apologizing for his actions and calling him son in the next installment.

    Queen Lillian 
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Voiced by: Julie Andrews
"Well, he's no Prince Charming, but they do look..."

Queen Lillian is the queen of Far Far Away, wife of King Harold, mother of Princess Fiona, grandmother of the ogre triplets and mother in-law of Shrek.


  • Action Mom: In Shrek the Third, it's revealed that Fiona inherited her fighting skills from her mother, Lillian even asks:
    "Well, you didn't think you got your fighting skills from your father, did you?"
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. Lillian was a prominent character in Shrek 2, but her role was slightly increased in Shrek the Third.
  • Cool Old Lady: In Shrek the Third, she is able to rally the other princesses from being damsels in distress to independent fighters.
  • Doting Parent: Lillian loves Fiona more than anything else in the world and just wants her to be happy, even if it is with an ogre.
  • Doting Grandparent: Lillian adores her three grandchildren, having no problem with them being ogres.
  • Good Parents: She loves her daughter very much and only wants what will make her happy.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and loving relationship with Harold.
  • Hard Head: She is entirely able to headbutt two brick walls without problem, though breaking the second wall does cause her to become a little loopy.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her husband turned out to have been a frog who was turned into a human through the Fairy Godmother's magic. At the end of Shrek 2, he's turned back into a frog and is about to leave out of shame, but Lillian stops him, saying she loves him all the same.
  • I Want Grandkids: She is the one who first brings up the subject of children at dinner in Shrek 2. She has no trouble with the fact her future grandchildren will be ogres and is very excited when Fiona announces her pregnancy. She is seen later on doting on her triplet grandchildren.
  • Mama Bear: In Shrek the Third, Lillian shows that nothing means more to her than her family; when they are in trouble, she does everything in her power to save them.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Shrek the Third showed that despite Lillian being an old woman (and a future grandmother as Fiona was pregnant at the time), she's capable of breaking a stone wall with a headbutt...Twice!
  • Nice Girl: Queen Lillian is tolerant of her daughter's decision to marry an ogre if it will make her happy, a thought that initially stands in contrast to her husband's.
  • Only Sane Woman: Either when dealing with her prejudiced husband or unreasonable princesses.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Despite being shocked at Fiona's new form and the fact that she married an ogre, she was far more accepting about it than her husband was and even defended her to Harold, saying it was her choice. She at least tried to accept Shrek and still spoke of normal subjects that parents would about their daughter and her significant other such as where they lived and grandchildren.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Pink Girl to Harold's Blue Boy.
  • Use Your Head: When she, Fiona and the princesses are held prisoner by Charming, she breaks them out by headbutting two brick walls!

    Artie 
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Voiced by: Justin Timberlake, James Arnold Taylor (Shrek the Third [game])
"You know, Shrek, you're all right. You just need to do a little less yelling, and use more soap."

Arthur Pendragon, or Artie for short, is a supporting character who appears only in Shrek the Third and is loosely based on King Arthur. He is the only heir apparent (other than Shrek himself) to the throne of Far Far Away. Artie is the cousin of Fiona. His father, presumably Uther Pendragon, seemingly abandoned him at the boarding school Worchestershire, where he remains until Shrek finds him.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: At high school, it's shown he has no friends and is regularly beaten up. Even the nerds pick on him. When Artie is lifted up by Shrek and quietly pleads, "Please don't eat me," the entire school chants, "Eat him! Eat him! Eat him!"
  • Badass Pacifist: How does Artie manage to stop the fairytale villains from continuing their attack on Shrek and the heroes? By giving them an empowering speech that they have a choice in getting their own happily ever after.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Artie was initially excited at the idea of his kingship but when Shrek, Donkey, and Puss inadvertently explain all of the impending responsibilities he has, Artie immediately tries to bail.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. While Artie doesn't go "berserk", he does become upset whenever someone calls him a "loser".
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: With Shrek — they finally have a tender and friendly moment when they share their own problems with their dads.
  • Bully Magnet: He is introduced as the least popular student in his school, so low on the social-ladder that even the nerds bully him.
  • Character Development: Starts off as an insecure loser, but gradually gains confidence and accepts his kingship of Far Far Away.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the new king of Far Far Away when he's still a teen.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't appear in Shrek Forever After, nor is he mentioned, save for a few deleted scenes.
  • Cool Loser: It's not really clear why he's so unpopular, as he seems like a normal - if introverted - high school student. Given his quick wit and bravery, its odd that no one will hang out with him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father outright abandoned him and Artie then spent the next years being mercilessly bullied by his classmates.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rivals Shrek in how much snark he can dish out.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father left him at boarding school one day and never looked back.
  • Guile Hero: Not an experienced fighter, but boy can he talk his way out of things.
  • Hidden Badass: Artie turns to be a very clever and a good orator.
  • Just a Kid: Charming's reaction to meeting Artie is like this. He regrets it.
  • Kid Hero: Teenage variant, but he becomes one of the heroes in Shrek the Third.
  • Mouthy Kid: Initially acts this way with Shrek.
  • Nice Guy: Artie is noble and kind-hearted.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He was just a high school student before being recruited by Shrek.
  • The Smart Guy: Comes up with some of the most ingenious plans in the third movie.
  • Stepford Snarker: He sometimes hides how he feels with sarcastic quips, though he's pretty open about his feelings.
  • Teens Are Short: He's a rather scrawny teen, with adults and other high school students towering over him.
  • Troubled Teen: Made deeply insecure by his dad's rejection.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: By the end of the movie he gracefully accepts the new responsibilities as the new King of Far Far Away.

    Merlin 
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Voiced by: Eric Idle, Jon Curry (Shrek the Third [game])
"I'm a buzzing bee... buzz, buzz, buzz..."

Merlin is a retired wizard teacher from Artie's high school, Worcestershire, in Shrek the Third.


  • Cloudcuckoolander: The school had to fire him because he was insane, he then found a house made out of stones somewhere and started to live there.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's actually quite knowledgeable about a lot of things.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He first appeared in the very first game as a villain before appearing in the third movie as an ally.
  • The Hermit: He lives in a small hut in the middle of nowhere.
  • Hippie Teacher: From his mannerism, implications that he's a stoner, and short pants.
  • Nice Hat: Although it's not seen in his picture, Merlin does wear a blue/yellow wizard hat.
  • Stoners Are Funny: Implied to be a stoner (due to being a hippie cloudcuckoolander living alone in the woods), and he sure is hilarious.
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    Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty 
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Snow White
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Cinderella
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Sleeping Beauty
Snow White voiced by: Amy Poehler
Cinderella voiced by: Amy Sedaris (movie), Vanessa Marshall (Shrek 2 [game]) Amanda Troop (Shrek the Third [game])
Sleeping Beauty voiced by: Cheri Oteri (movie), Erin Matthews (game)

Fiona's friends and partners in training.


Tropes applying to all:

  • Action Dress Rip: They do this during their combat montage before breaking out of jail. Sleeping Beauty is even the trope image.
  • Action Girl: They all turn out to be on par with how much of an action girl Fiona is (and Queen Lillian).
  • Ascended Extra: All three of them were minor characters who gained additional prominence as part of the prison break for Shrek the Third:
    • In the first movie, Snow White was a minor character who only appeared as one of the princesses Lord Farquaad had to choose between, later on for a brief gag where Shrek tried to get the seven dwarfs to take her body off his table, and finally at the end of the movie where she fought Cinderella over the wedding bouquet.
    • Cinderella only appeared in the first movie as another of the princesses Lord Farquaad had to choose between, and again at the end where she fought Snow White over the wedding bouquet.
    • Sleeping Beauty only appeared for a brief gag in Shrek 2, where she fell asleep at the Royal Ball.
  • Amazon Brigade: A gang of powerful Action Girls.
  • Badass Princess: Just like Fiona, they appear to be Damsel in Distress Princess Classic stereotypes at first. However, when they decided they don't need to be rescued, they kick some serious ass.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Their initial plan when they hear Shrek is in danger is to do what they are used to do in their original fairy tales: wait to be rescued from their jail cell. However, seeing Queen Lillian effortlessly break two brick walls with her HEAD and some words from Fiona make them take the matter in their own hands. Their next sequences show them to be fairly capable fighters.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: They are completely able to overpower Prince Charming's guards wearing their gowns. Although they did ripped some parts to make it easier.
  • Never Bareheaded: Snow White wears a golden bow on her head, while Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty wear tiaras.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From your typical Damsel in Distress princess classic trope to badass ladies who go through Charming's army without breaking a sweat.

Tropes applying to Snow White:

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Definitely. She complains a lot and does stingy comments at times, but she still cares a lot about her friends and is loyal to them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of her main traits.
    Snow White: [mocking Rapunzel] Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down thy golden extensions!
  • Friend to All Living Things: She ends up weaponizing this trope when she calls upon a bunch of cute little animals... and then sics them on the Treeman guards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be kind of mean and catty at times, but she's loyal nonetheless to Princess Fiona and willingly helps her and the rest in the fight against Prince Charming.
  • Red Is Heroic: Sports a red dress and is a capable Badass Princess.

Tropes applying to Cinderella:

  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue gown and is on the heroes' side as part of Fiona's Amazon Brigade.
  • Combat Stilettos: She sharpens her glass slippers and uses them like boomerangs.
  • Neat Freak: She is Cinderella, after all: when she and the other princesses are locked in a dungeon, she is frantically scrubbing the floor and is seen slowly losing it while Snow White talks.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her shoes act as very precise boomerangs, more than any slipper (made of glass, no less) would be able in real life.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: How she styles her hair.
  • True Blue Femininity: She is seen at Fiona's baby shower wearing a blue dress.
  • Shoe Slap: Cinderally uses her slippers as boomerangs
  • Sibling Team: She teams up with her step-sister Doris as well as the other princesses during the climax of Shrek The Third.

Tropes applying to Sleeping Beauty:

  • The Load: Her tendency to fall asleep make her this, as shown that Doris has to carry her when they are escaping Charming and his guards in the sewer. She grows out of it after she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: She's a prim princess and her hair reaches below her shoulders.
  • Running Gag: When she falls asleep.
  • Really Fond of Sleeping: So much that she weaponizes it; she falls asleep in front of running guards to make them trip.

    The Ogre Babies 
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Voiced by: Miles Christopher Bakshi (Fergus and Farkle), Nina Zoe Bakshi (Felicia)

A trio of baby ogres born to Shrek and Fiona at the end of Shrek the Third.


  • Does Not Like Shoes: Farkle is the only one of the triplets not to wear shoes in Forever After.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Farkle has a small tuft of dark brown hair, Felicia has a small tuft of light brown hair with a bow and Fergus is bald.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Felicia inherited Fiona's baby blue eyes, used to reflect her youthfulness and naivety.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: They idolize their parents and will copy anything they do. After Shrek roars during their party in Forever After, they all roar too, and the three replicate Shrek's ear horn after he does so himself.
  • Patchwork Kids: Farkle has Fiona's brown hair and Shrek's brown eyes.
  • Ret-Gone: Since Shrek and Fiona never got together in the alternate universe, the ogre babies were never born there. They return when Shrek restores his world back to normal.
  • Women Are Wiser: Felicia learns to speak faster than Fergus and Farkle do, being the only one of the three to speak coherently in Forever After. The boys catch up in Scared Shrekless.

    The Ogre Rebellion 
Voiced by: Jon Hamm (Brogan), Craig Robinson (Cookie), Jane Lynch (Gretched)

A group of ogres led by Fiona against Rumpelstiltskin in Shrek Forever After.


  • Ambiguous Gender: It's never stated whether Cookie is male or female in-movie, and various staff members have given conflicting reports: Director Mike Mitchell stated that Cookie is female, but sounds like a male to keep the franchise's tradition to have men playing women (like the Wicked Stepsisters), despite having a beard. However, Craig Robinson has stated that he was told that Cookie was definitely male.
  • La Résistance: Obviously. They are an underground group of ogre trying to fight for their freedom against Rumpelstiltskin.

    Kitty Softpaws 
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Voiced by: Salma Hayek, Frank Welker (meowing noises, uncredited)

Appears in Puss in Boots. A feline femme fatale cat burglar (literally) who catches Puss' eye.


  • Action Girl: Kitty really knows how to wield a sword.
  • Ass Kicks You: Bumps Puss away with her rump during their dance.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cat. One with supreme swordfighting skill.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Puss after they first meet.
  • Cat Ninja: Kitty is sometimes portrayed in a very ninja-esque way.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: A literal example, as she is a cat and a thief.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a black luchadore felt mask. It makes her look like Batman.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her owners de-clawed her, for reasons that even Kitty isn't sure of.
  • Dashing Hispanic: She's voiced by Salma Hayek.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was going to betray Puss first, but she got so attached to him that she couldn't bring herself to do such.
  • Impossible Theft: She's a master of this. Even at the end of the film, she somehow swiped Puss' boots off his feet without him noticing.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Subverted. She is really seductive towards Puss at first to make him join her and Humpty Dumpty on their quest, but she fails.
  • Meaningful Name: It was noted she is called Soft-paws because she can steal things away from people without them ever noticing. She proves this by frequently stealing Puss's hat, bag of money, and boots, just to tease him.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Puss doesn't realize his rival is female until she removes her mask.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The main cues of her femininity are her long eyelashes.
  • Visual Pun: She's a literal cat burglar.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the status of Puss in Boots as a prequel, it's unknown what became of her by the time of the Shrek films, as Puss is no longer seen with her and he is shown to flirt with many other female cats. A black cat who looks like her but without white fur, belt and boots is seen at the Dance Party Ending of Shrek 2.

    Humpty Alexander Dumpty / Humpty Dumpty 
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Voiced by: Zach Galifianakis (Puss in Boots), James Arnold Taylor (SuperSlam, Smash N Crash Racing), John Cassir (SuperSlam, Master Fu)

Humpty Alexander Dumpty appears in Puss in Boots. He was childhood friends with Puss and tried to get him to rob a bank with him making wanted by the law. Years later Humpty along with Kitty Softpaws convinced Puss to help him get magic beans from Jack and Jill to get the Golden Goose but it was revealed that this was just a trap to just get Puss back home and arrested as revenge for abandoning him. But later Humpty had a change of heart and help Puss and Kitty fight The Great Terror and ends up breaking and is revealed to be a golden egg himself.

In Shrek SuperSlam, he is known as Master Fu and is an unlockable character. In Shrek 4-D, his grave can be seen in the cemetery.note 


  • Alien Blood: He has yolk instead of blood.
  • All the Other Reindeer: At the orphanage, before Puss came along and befriended him.
  • Anti-Villain: Probably the most sympathetic villain in the series.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Humpty's friendship with Puss was because the latter saved him from bullies and didn't ridicule him for trying to find magic beans.
  • Big Bad: In Puss in Boots he was this the entire time.
  • Big Bad Friend: He was never truly evil, just angry at Puss for his betrayal, and redeems himself near the end.
  • Blood Brothers: Became this with Puss in the past. He had yolk instead of blood, naturally.
  • Canon Immigrant: Appears in Superslam long before appearing in the series proper.
  • Cephalothorax: He's an anthropomorphic egg.
  • Chef of Iron: Appears in Super Slam as one in the last story mode scenario.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a black top-hat.
  • Only Friend: Puss tells Kitty that Humpty was his only friend at the orphanage that they both grew up in and also became his sworn brother.
  • Redemption Equals Death: As the Great Terror descends on the town, Humpty helps lead it to the bridge, where he sacrifices himself so Puss can give the mother the golden goose.
  • Revenge: His whole "stealing the golden eggs" plan was to get revenge on Puss and his old hometown.
  • Secret Character: In SuperSlam, though you'll probably see him fight as an NPC in story mode before unlocking him.
  • You Don't Look Like You: First appeared in Shrek: Reekin' Havoc as a boss, wearing mostly blue, having blue lips and bulgy eyes; SuperSlam gave him stick arms and legs with overalls and gloves; and Smash and Crash Racing keeps the thin arms and legs and large gloves, but removes his overalls and gives him glasses, then he gets the current look from the film.

    The Three Diablos 
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Voiced by: Miles Christopher Bakshi (Sir Timoteo Montenegro the Third, Gonzalo), Nina Zoe Bakshi (Perla)

Three cats that Puss befriends.


    Anthrax 
Voiced by: Tara Strong

A unicorn who appears as an unlockable fighter in Shrek SuperSlam.


  • Meaningful Name: Anthrax is a horrid disease that comes about when herbivores eat spores while grazing, they appear to be in perfect health, then suddenly die off; It can be transferred to humans through clothing, and causes ulcerations on the skin.
  • Secret Character: In Shrek SuperSlam.
  • Shout-Out: If that girl handling her is indeed Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame, then its a clever nod to the Lion and the Unicorn from the second book.

    Little Red Riding Hood/Lil' Red 
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Voiced by: Tara Strong (video games)

A red hood-wearing little girl. In the movies, she's a minor character who is scared of Shrek and Fiona, while in the games she's a sassy, altruistic softball pitcher who tags along with Shrek and Fiona on their trip to Far Far Away after they helped her obtain chickens for her soup.


  • Action Girl: Only in the video games.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the movies, she was a minor character who was terrified of Shrek and Fiona and ran away without putting up a fight. In the games, she's a fully-capable fighter who can easily go toe-to-toe with them using her picnic basket and an unlimited supply of apples.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In Shrek 2, Red was a minor character who was afraid of Shrek and Fiona and ran away upon seeing them. In the tie-in game, she becomes an Ascended Extra who pointedly isn't afraid of Shrek or Fiona and is actually a friendly ally to them.
  • Ascended Extra: She takes on a much larger role in the Activision Shrek games. Special note goes to the adaptation of Shrek 2, which promotes her to a major playable character for almost half of the game's levels.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute little girl who can beat up knights, ogres and all manner of other enemies with nothing but a basket of apples.
  • Badass Normal: Mostly in the games, but sometimes in the films as well, Forever After shows us that she's a criminal in an alternate timeline.
  • The Cameo: Appears in Shrek 2 as a greeter of the area Shrek and Fiona are staying at for their honeymoon, only to be scared off by them. In Forever After she is a villain in the alternate timeline.
  • Handbag of Hurt: Well, straw basket of hurt. She uses her basket of apples to wack her opponents.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a young pre-teen girl as per the tale says, and also very capable of kicking ass.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: In her video game appearances, she'll be this.
  • The Scream: She screams aloud when she sees Shrek and Fiona open the door of the gingerbread house and drops her basket before running away.
  • Skip of Innocence: How she moves in the video games. Don't let it fool you, she can still kick your ass.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the Shrek 2 game, she vanishes from the story altogether after helping the fairy tale creatures break Shrek, Donkey and Puss out of prison and doesn't even appear in the ending.
  • You Don't Look Like You: She has a completely different appearance in all three Shrek games she's in. The Shrek 2 game gave her a checkered red, white and brown outfit, dark brown hair and had her keep her hood down, SuperSlam puts her hood back up, makes her hair a lighter brown, her outfit red and yellow with white sleeves, and Smash 'N Crash Racing changed her appearance again to match the movies by making the entire outfit a solid red with no distinguishing patterns, but retains her brown hair as opposed to the blonde she had in the movie.

    Fairy 
Voiced by: Tara Strong

A fairy who helps break Shrek, Donkey and Puss out of prison in the Shrek 2 game.


  • Canon Foreigner: She only appears in the video game adaptation for Shrek 2 and has made no official appearances in the movies.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": If her name actually is "Fairy", she's a fairy called Fairy.
  • Fairy Companion: A fairy who tags along with the fairytale creatures to break Shrek, Donkey and Puss out of prison. Notable in that she's fully playable.
  • No Name Given: She is only referred to as "Fairy" in the instruction manual and scrapbook.
  • Out of Focus: Notable for only being playable in one level in the Shrek 2 game and not appearing in the story before or after said level.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A tiny fairy who can easily take out knights and giant spiders with her magic.
  • Plucky Girl: Implied in that she's perfectly willing to break into a prison to save Shrek, Donkey and Puss and takes the pigs and mice getting captured in stride.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After assisting in the prison breakout, Fairy completely vanishes from the game's story and doesn't appear in the ending.

    Goldilocks 
Voiced by: Tara Strong

A little girl who runs afoul of three bears after sneaking into their cottage and eating their porridge. In Shrek Smash N'Crash Racing, she appears as an unlockable racer, having apparently befriended Papa Bear at some point.


  • Canon Foreigner: She was created specifically for Shrek Smash N Crash Racing and hasn't appeared in any other Shrek media.
  • Funny Spoon: Her melee attack has her strike nearby enemies with a giant spoon.
  • Secret Character: In Smash n' Crash Racing, where she's unlocked upon completing the Factory Cup in Mirror Mode.
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