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From left to right: Donkey, Puss in Boots, Shrek, and Princess Fiona.

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"Now ogres, they're much worse [than giants]. They'll make a suit from your freshly peeled skin; they'll shave your liver; squeeze the jelly from your eyes! Actually, it’s quite good on toast."
Click here to see his human form as seen in Shrek 2.
Voiced by: Mike Myers (films), Michael J. Gough (games); Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Latin American Spanish dub), Alain Chabat (French dub), Anthony Wong (Hong Kong dub), Masatoshi Hamada (Japanese dub)

A grumpy and gross but lovable ogre who lives alone in a swamp, at least, initially, as he finds to his utter displeasure Fairytale creatures are dumped into his land by Lord Farquaad to keep them away. He initially starts off with resentment towards everyone, but as he journeys on, he becomes way more sociable and open.

  • Abusive Parents: At least his father apparently was. Closest we ever heard about his family is when he tells Artie that his father tried to eat him once.note  This is probably the main reason behind Shrek's fear of becoming a parent.
  • Acrofatic:
    • Shrek isn't exactly the leanest ogre around, especially compared to the ogres in Forever After, but he can hold his own. In the first movie, Shrek managed to outrun the much larger Dragon while carrying both Fiona and Donkey in his arms. The factory escape scene in Shrek 2 steps it up with an impressive one-handed cartwheel — performed whilst holding Donkey under his arm and dodging a rain of fire from Automatic Crossbows.
    • The first Xbox video game adaptation greatly exaggerated his prowess to where he could run and jump with all the speed of an Olympic sprinter. Later games scaled him back down to being a Mighty Glacier instead.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His 1990 book counterpart was much uglier, with "freckles" covering his face and red eyes.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the sense that he is inverting the traditional role of ogres as villains in Fairy Tales.
    • Played straight in regards to the book, where Shrek was very much a Villain Protagonist.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Believe it or not, Shrek actually has the ability to breathe fire, swallow lightning, and shoot Eye Beams in the original book. In the film series, while a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, he lacks the aforementioned powers.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the Norwegian dub, Shrek went through this. There is no equivalent to the word "ogre" in Norwegian, thus he became a "troll" instead. Funnily, the fourth film has Rumpelstiltskin look at a creature and say "That's not even an ogre, that is a troll." The Norwegian dub got around this by saying "That's not even a troll, that is a jotne.", "jotne" being (among other creatures) a different kind of troll in Nordic mythology.
  • Adipose Rex: When he was filling in for the King and Queen of Far Far Away, as well as being next in line for the throne, in The Third.
  • Adult Fear: When he is about to become a father, he is worried that people will treat his children badly because of who he is.
    Shrek: It's not my life I'm afraid of ruining, it's the kid's. When have you ever heard the phrase "as sweet as an ogre", or "as nurturing as an ogre", or "You're gonna love my dad, he's a real ogre"?
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He suffers the feelings of this when he feels that nobody likes him because they believe him to be a roaring monster.
  • Almost Kiss: With Fiona in the first movie, before Donkey ruins the moment.
  • Amazon Chaser: He clearly appreciates Fiona's ability with martial arts.
  • Anti-Hero: He starts of as a Pragmatic Hero before Character Development kicks in during the final act of the first movie. Throughout the rest of the saga, he is more or less a Knight in Sour Armor. In fact, he is a Knight in Sour Armor when he rescues Fiona in the first movie.
  • Babies Ever After: By the end of Shrek the Third, he has three kids (two boys and one girl) with Fiona.
  • Badass Boast:
    Shrek: [to villagers] Now, ogres? Oh, they're much worse. They'll make a suit from your freshly peeled skin; they'll shave your liver; squeeze the jelly from your eyes! Actually, it’s quite good on toast.
  • Bald of Awesome: Being an ogre. Averted with his human form.
  • Beautiful All Along: Ogre Shrek is not very eye-catching. But as a human? Total hunk.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • His goal in the first movie was to get back to his isolated life in his swamp, and he gets it by fulfilling Lord Farquad's request of bringing him Fiona. In doing so, he almost loses his chance at love due to a misunderstanding on his part and deeply misses her and Donkey's company.
    • A literal example in the Shrek Forever After. After becoming tired over his new life filled with family and friends, all Shrek wants is one day to be a real ogre. Rumpelstiltkin grants his taking away the day Shrek was born. And thus the live of his friends and family were greatly and terribly altered, also meaning Shrek's children don't exist. He is understandably angry at himself.
  • Big Fun: Downplayed. In a Jerk with a Heart of Gold sense, as he can be quite hard to get to have fun, with but once he befriends you, he's a fun softy.
  • The Big Guy: 7-8 feet tall in addition to being The Hero. Ironically, compared to the other ogres, we see he's pretty much a runt.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name is a derivative form of the German and Yiddish word for terror (Schreck/Shreck).
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy (is secretly insecure and lonely) to Fiona's Gentle Girl (kind and nurturing).
  • Brutal Honesty: Especially with Donkey, with poor results.
    Shrek: Stop singing! It's no wonder you don't have any friends.
    Donkey: Wow. Only a true friend would be that cruelly honest.
  • Butt-Monkey: He suffers some Amusing Injuries throughout most scenes in the series.
    • In Forever After, he does everything he can to share True Love's Kiss with the alternate Fiona, which results in receiving painful responses.note 
    • The most noticeable is the Groin Attack; which happens in the first chapter, the second chapter, The Third and the Halloween special Scared Shrekless.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Part of the plot of Forever After. Seen as a local hero and role model, Shrek finds himself constantly pestered by tour groups and villagers, to the extent he actually wishes humans were still afraid of him so he could have peace. He gets his wish thanks to Rumpelstiltskin, but soon realizes what exactly he gave up and comes out of the misadventure with newfound appreciation for his life.
  • Character Development: From The Hermit to Family Man. Shrek comes to let go of his I Work Alone mentality and be appreciative of his family and friends.
  • Chick Magnet: Becomes one after he turns human. He's this except to the woman he wanted to impress, who loved him the way he already was.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Shrek, despite his wit and being snarky, also falls into this trope:
    Farquaad: (referring to Shrek) It's hideous!
    Shrek: Oh, that's not very nice. It's just a donkey. (Donkey gives him a look)
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father tried to eat him when he was just a kid. He then spent the next years in isolation from others...because they only saw him as a monster. It wasn't until the events of the first film that he was able to bring himself out of this and accept love into his life.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shrek is an Ogre that can bring fear to people but is also nobler than his enemies, who are usually people seen as heroic, but are non-heroic jerks in comparison.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is he ever. So often that it's sort of his icon.
    Shrek: Sometimes I wish I had just one day to feel like a real ogre again.
    Rumpelstiltskin: Well, why didn't you say so? Magical transactions are my speciality.
    Shrek: Oh, great. Next to mimes, magicians are my favourite people.
  • Deal with the Devil: Forever After has him sign away the day he was born to Rumpelstiltskin, resulting in him being thrown into a universe where he'd never existed.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Spends a good part of the first movie as a grouchy, anti-social hermit who just wants to be left alone. With Donkey's friendship and Fiona's love, Shrek gradually defrosts to become a kinder, more sociable family man.
  • Disappeared Dad: We briefly hear about Shrek's father and only that he attempted to eat his son but we never actually see Shrek's father or find out his fate. He is never seen visiting his son or meeting his daughter-in-law or grandchildren so he's possibly deceased.
  • Disney Death: Near the end of Forever After.
  • Doting Parent: Despite initial fears of being a parent, Shrek loves his children very much.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In the fourth film, Fiona tells Shrek she had never been so embarrassed by his attitude at the birthday party while Shrek assumed it was the party itself.
  • The Dreaded: Is this among humans at the start of the series.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: A genuinely tearjerking example to the alternate Fiona near the end of Forever After.
    Shrek: Do you know what the best part about today was? I got the chance to fall in love with you all over again.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears will usually show his mood. If he's happy, his ears will become erect, and if he's sad, they will usually go down.
  • Fartillery: Shrek tends to use his farts as a weapon in the video games: Shrek SuperSlam has his Slam be a giant fart that knocks enemies away in the console version and smaller farts that stun enemies as a regular attack in the GBA version.
  • Formerly Fit: If what the concept art to Forever After implies, Shrek was lean in his youth.
  • Freudian Excuse: In the first film, it's shown that the reason for Shrek's misanthropy and reclusive nature is because of being rejected by everyone around him for most of his life.
    Donkey: What's your problem, Shrek? What you got against the whole world anyway, huh?
    Shrek: Look, I'm not the one with the problem, okay? It's the world that seems to have a problem with me! People take one look at me and go "AAH! Help, run! A big, stupid, ugly ogre!" *sigh* They judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone.
  • Freudian Slip: In The Third
    Shrek: (to Artie) "...and you're gonna be a father!"
    Artie: "What?"
  • Friendless Background: This doesn't seem to bother him, though. At least, on the surface it doesn't seem like it does.
  • Gasshole: A species trait, apparently.
  • Gentle Giant: Or gentle ogre. There's a difference. He tries his best to be, but he can be pretty careless. Nonetheless, while it's never commented on, Shrek differentiates between trained fighters and angry peasants, preferring to scare off the latter rather than simply grabbing and throwing them out of his way. Even his main method of fighting, grappling, means he rarely risks seriously injuring the knights he usually fights. Even in the climax of the first movie, when he's dogpiled by knights and threatened with torture, he only throws one elbow and a punch in the heat of the moment.
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: Played for Laughs in Forever After when he crashes a wedding early on in the Alternate Universe part of the film. No points for guessing who he's dressed as in this scene.
  • Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: The Grumpy to Donkey's Gleeful. Shrek is a grumpy, sarcastic loner while Donkey is a kind, cheerful friend.
  • Good Parents: With Fiona at the end of The Third and later on. He is hesitant about his abilities to be one when he first discovers he is going to be a father, given his own past. He has trouble adapting in the fourth film but loves his children dearly.
  • Grass Is Greener: A big part of the plot in the Forever After. Shrek has grown tired of being a family man and celebrity among the local villagers, and longs for the days where he was a "real ogre", feared by villagers and actually had privacy. He gets his wish, and soon begins to understand the consequences of his actions and how important he was to the grand scheme of things; among other things, his children no longer exist, and Fiona's parents have been erased from existence. Best summed up in this exchange between himself and Donkey near the climax:
    Donkey: If your life was so perfect, then why'd you sign it all away to Rumpelstiltskin in the first place?
    Shrek: Because I didn't know what I had until it was gone!
  • Green Is Gross: He has green skin, lives in a swamp, bathes in mud/swampwater, and has many gross habits, such as belching, farting, and eating bugs.
  • Grumpy Bear: Much moreso in the first film, but it never truly fades away.
  • Guest Fighter: Shrek appears as a secret playable character in Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and Madagascar Kartz.
  • Happily Married: With Fiona, though they go through their ups and downs.
  • The Hermit: Even after people grow to accept him, he prefers a quiet life in the swamp, alone save for the small handful of people he chooses to be around.
  • The Hero: Not that he ever set out to be one.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Even when they're not really heroes.
  • Heroic Neutral: In the first movie, he just wants to live in his swamp by himself. He ends up going on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona for the sake of getting all of the fairy tale creatures out of his swamp after Lord Farquaad sends them there. While Farquaad keeps his ends of the bargain, Character Development along the way on Shrek's part meant that he abandoned the few people who genuinely liked him to get his swamp back, making Shrek realize how desperately lonely he really was.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Shrek 2, Shrek has this when he loses Fiona to Charming and lets her go.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to being an ogre. Only in the first two movies, though — in the latter two, he has been accepted by the public and is in fact admired as sort of a local hero and role model.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Donkey — despite their occasionally rocky relationship, they're ultimately really good friends who'll always have each other's backs. This loyalty later extends to Puss, who Shrek gets along a lot better with than Donkey.
  • Hot in Human Form: Shrek takes a magic potion that transforms him into a human. The maids who revive him after he passes out find him very attractive, and are disappointed to learn that he already has a wife.
  • Humanity Ensues: After drinking the Happily Ever After potion in the second movie, Shrek is temporarily transformed into an attractive human. He was willing to remain human forever if it would make Fiona happy, but she declined and they both reverted back to ogres.
  • Humble Hero: Even after Shrek ends up ruling over Far, Far Away, he much prefers living in his old house in the swamp.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Fiona is really petite compared to Shrek, even as both ogres or humans.
  • Hunk: His human form replaces all of his fat with muscle. He instantly charms three farm girls the second they lay eyes on him.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: A vague resemblance to Mike Myers can be seen in his human form. Additionally, his normal ogre form also has a resemblance to his original choice Chris Farley before dying.
  • Insecure Love Interest:
    • In the first movie, Shrek seemed like he was going to propose to Fiona, but stopped when he thought that Fiona and Donkey were talking behind his back.
    • Expanded on in the second movie. He thinks that Fiona would prefer a "Prince Charming", so he goes off to try and find a magical to become one for her.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Fiona when she was still human.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Shrek's Jerkass behavior made him regret his argument with Fiona in Shrek 2, he made a very good point about the likeliness of getting Harold's blessing even if he did try to get along, which he did try. He wasn't the one who started the fight, Harold was. Shrek did try for Fiona, but Harold's prejudice meant he never had a fair chance. He lost the argument because he forgot what Fiona sacrificed for him, which he knew was big.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shrek can be hot-tempered and rude, but he's also brave, selfless, and a loyal friend once he lets down his guard.
  • Kavorka Man: He's an ugly and stinky ogre but manages to attract the beautiful princess Fiona after they bond over common interests. Also in the third film, a high school student wishes to go to home coming with him because she's into mythical creatures.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He's crude, hot-tempered and cynical, but nearly always manages to do the right thing, especially for people (and donkeys) that have proven they're able to see past the idea of "big, stupid, ugly ogres."
  • Large Runt: He's big enough by human standards, but in Forever After we learn that male ogres are normally much larger and more muscular. Before that movie, the only other ogres that were ever seen were Fiona and their children, all of whom are smaller than Shrek, making this even more of a surprise.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Shrek becomes much happier and more amiable after befriending and experiencing adventures with cloudcuckoolander Donkey.
  • Man in a Kilt: Befitting his Scottish accent, Shrek has his own official tartan and wore it (as depicted by a costumed character) to the UK premiere of Shrek the Third.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Yiddish word "Schreck", which means "fright". Given that most people are terrified of Ogres, it's an appropriate moniker.
  • Mighty Glacier: Most video game adaptations depict Shrek as one of the strongest but slowest characters, which usually gives him the short end of the stick when speed and mobility are two of the most important assets.
  • Mighty Roar: One of his many ogre abilities includes roaring so loudly he can actively blow others away.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Even after getting married and having children. He just wants his privacy.
  • Moral Dissonance: A bit. Some of Shrek's everyday actions may be objectionable, but the movies never call him out on it, instead playing it for laughs.note 
  • Morphic Resonance: His human form retains his eye color and nose shape.
  • Mysterious Past: We know virtually nothing of Shrek's life before the first film. All that's ever said about his childhood is that he had a father who tried to eat him and that for a long time, he believed people who thought he was a monster. Everything else, including the fate of Shrek's father, is a mystery.
  • Odd Name Out: As of Shrek The Third, he is the only member of the Ogre family whose name does not begin with F. His wife's name is Fiona, and his three children are named Fergus, Farkle, and Felicia.
  • Only Sane Man: The conscience to the cloudcuckoolanders Donkey and Puss.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: One of the most famous ogres in fiction. As for the "hungrier" part, he doesn't actually eat people, although most would find his culinary habits pretty disgusting anyway.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: Shrek finds out from Fiona that he is going to be a father and has a nightmare about being a parent. His fears aren't that his life is going to change but he is afraid that he will be an abusive parent. Given his own experiences with his father, it makes perfect sense why he felt this way. At the end of the film, he learns to accept parenthood and proves to be a good parent.
  • Papa Wolf: Prominently in the fourth movie. It's when Rumpel mocks him on the fact that his children do not exist that he goes ballistic. Also acts like this towards Donkey at times, but he'll never admit it.
  • The Pig-Pen: The opening scene in the first movie establishes that he has a lot of gross habits and bathes in mud/swampwater. It's an ogre thing.
  • Rags to Royalty: Though the "Royalty" part did not fare well with him.
  • Rated M for Manly: This trope, in relation to Shrek, is explored throughout the four films. In the first movie, Shrek was proud of himself as a big, burly, intimidating ogre, which was one of the movie's selling points due to how untraditional a protagonist he was. As the movies go on, Shrek remains a badass, but he becomes softer and more civilized. In Shrek Forever After, Shrek finally snaps and longs for the days where he could be a "real ogre" and spend his days terrorizing villagers and being an unstoppable monster once again. Ironically, that very movie attempts to overshadow this aspect of Shrek's personality by introducing the even manlier ogre warrior clan.
  • Real Men Cook: His taste for worms and eyeballs notwithstanding, he's quite good at cooking and seems to really enjoy it. When he and Fiona were just starting to fall for each other, one of the things that impressed her was his rotisserie style weed rat and open invitation to his swamp, where he promised to cook her all kinds of things.
  • Rescue Romance: He was meant to rescue Fiona for Lord Farquaad, but they ended up falling for each other; thus ending the fairytale how it was supposed to be when they get married at the end but with a twist of a princess marrying the monster.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Rude Hero to Donkey's Nice Sidekick. In the first movie especially, he's a grouchy, vulgar curmudgeon.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: He had a number of admirers when he became a handsome human but his love for Fiona remained undeterred.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's a big, strong, slobbish ogre, and proud of it. But he's well-read, perceptive, and good at thinking on his feet.
  • Spanner in the Works: The reason The Fairy Godmother has a bone to pick with him in Shrek 2. She had intended to set Prince Charming and Fiona up together so that she could get in the nobility, but throughout the sequel, she has to constantly try to work her plans around Shrek's marriage with Fiona.
  • Stout Strength: Incredibly strong, despite his obesity.
  • Supreme Chef: He can cook stuff like rats, toads, and fish eyes, and make them tasty.
  • Takes Ten to Hold: When Fiona finally reveals to Shrek her transformation into an ogre every night (courtesy of a witch's curse) after he objects to her marriage to Lord Farquaad, Lord Farquaad has both arrested. Shrek, attempting to reach Fiona, starts being dragged off by dozens of guards, several of which he manages to fight off, before Dragon smashes through the church's windows, eats Lord Farquaad and forces the remaining guards to back down.
  • Tempting Fate: When one of the Royal Messengers barged into Shrek and Fiona's room, Shrek sarcastically asked "Well somebody better be dying", sure enough, King Harold is close to dying.
  • Terrifying Rescuer: Until Fiona realizes he's actually a much better prospect than the prince.
  • Toilet Humor: Since he's an ogre, a lot of scenes focus on him pulling out earwax or farting. His wife, Fiona, doesn't have nearly as much fondness for crude antics despite her too being an ogre.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to Donkey and Fiona's companionship, Shrek gradually evolves from a grouchy loner to a more sociable family man.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite how he can be, Shrek is extremely loyal to those he cares about such as his friends and family.
  • Unexplained Accent: It's unclear where his Scottish accent comes from, especially considering that none of the ogres in Forever After seem to have one.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He only went on a quest to save Fiona because Lord Farquuad unwittingly annexed him by forcing the fairy tale creatures to migrate to his swamp.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Although he is by Donkey's side at the end of the day, they do argue a lot and Donkey is a real pain in the ass to Shrek.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He shows that he knows some wicked moves during the fight against Lord Farquaad's men. Donkey makes for a good Tag Team Partner, too!

"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"
Click here to see Donkey as a "Noble Steed".
Voiced by: Eddie Murphy (films), Dean Edwards (Scared Shrekless and Shrek: Thriller Night), Mark Moseley (games); Eugenio Derbez, Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Shrek: Thriller Night) (Latin American Spanish dub), Med Hondo (French dub), Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese dub)

Donkey is a miniature talking donkey who is not too bright. He is Shrek's annoying but good-hearted best friend, Dragon's husband and father of the Dronkeys.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": Well, he is a donkey and his name is Donkey.
  • Abduction Is Love: Flip-flopped. It originally terrified him, but once he realized how lonely his abductor was, he forgave her.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Averts this. Some of things Donkey says goes completely unnoticed by both the characters and the audience because he's such a Motor Mouth.
  • Acrofatic: Donkey can run pretty fast despite being overweight. This is lampshaded by Puss in Shrek the Third.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the games, he's usually acting narcissistic. In the PC version of the Shrek 2 video game, for example, he adds to the storybook opening "a noble, handsome, gorgeous donkey"; even though he doesn't fit any of these traits.
  • The Alleged Steed: Lampshaded especially in the first film.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Implied when he mentions how some kids bullied him in school.
  • Almost Kiss: From Dragon, but Shrek climbs down a chain and pushes Donkey out the way, making it Literal Ass-Kissing instead, which Dragon wasn't too happy about.
  • Animals See in Monochrome: Real donkeys likely have dichromatic vision (similar to being red-green colorblind). Donkey, however, is colorblind.
  • Ascended Extra: He actually appeared in the original book, albeit only as a brief encounter on one page. Compare this to the movies, where he's one of the undisputed main characters.
  • Babies Ever After: The ending of the second film shows he and Dragon had a litter of donkey-dragon hybrid babies.
  • Beta Couple: With Dragon, as they have a more stable marriage than Shrek and Fiona.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is tolerant to Shrek's insults throughout most of the movie, but he's had enough towards the end and calls him out on it - though it's mostly because Shrek's missing his chance to tell Fiona how he feels.
  • Butt-Monkey: Donkey takes a lot of comedic abuse throughout the movies, such as falling from high places three times throughout the first movie, getting repeatedly upstaged by Puss in Shrek 2, being stuffed in a locker with a "kick me" sign stuck on his butt and later getting body-swapped with Puss in Shrek the Third and getting whipped and forced to pull the witches' carriage in Forever After.
  • Captain Obvious: Donkey at first seems to be acting like this in the first film while talking with Shrek, as he says "I think this whole wall thing is a way to keep somebody out" when Shrek states he will build a wall around his swamp. However, the rest of the conversation makes clear what he really meant: He wasn't pointing the wall's purpose, he wanted to know why Shrek would put it in the first place.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Donkey can be an oddball.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He becomes this usually before the ending of the movie especially the first film and the fourth one.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: When in action. He forgets to be afraid while talking, which kicks off his relationship with Dragon. Interesting how his best friend is an ogre...
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He implied in the third film that he was bullied in school. And at some point, he was taken in by an owner who was implied to be abusive towards him and tried to sell him to Farquaad's soldiers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can be sarcastic at times, especially towards Puss in the second film.
  • The Defroster: Donkey is the first one to begin working on thawing out Shrek. As he, himself, says "You know, Shrek... when we first met, I didn't think you were a big, stupid, ugly ogre."
  • Determinator: Donkey is determined to break through Shrek's shell and become his friend. After rather annoying Shrek through his persistence, he is successful.
  • Deuteragonist: He primarily plays this role in the first and fourth films, whereas he shares it with Fiona in the second and third.
  • Doting Parent: Donkey loves his dronkies and has settled into fatherhood well, much easier than Shrek did.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the second movie, he's quick to lampshade King Harold's hypocrisy in regards to his disapproval of Shrek marrying Fiona despite being a frog who married a human woman. While Shrek admonishes him for it, Harold doesn't hesitate to admit Donkey is completely right.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears often flop down when he's upset, and stick upwards when he's happy.
  • Friendless Background: By his own admission, he never had friends before meeting Shrek.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Donkey annoys everyone (especially Shrek and Puss) with his constant singing and talking and they consider him a real pain in the ass. However, he remains an important member of the team and they do in fact care about him and the three are quite close.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Though pretty much every character in Shrek invokes this trope to some degree, Donkey is the most frequent thanks to his penchant for singing popular modern music.
  • Gleeful and Grumpy Pairing: The Gleeful to Shrek's Grumpy. Shrek is a grumpy, sarcastic loner while Donkey is a kind, cheerful friend.
  • Good Parents: He and Dragon are nothing but doting and loving to their five dronkey babies.
  • Happily Married: As the Beta Couple, he and Dragon enjoy a more stable relationship than the two ogres...
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shrek — despite their occasionally rocky relationship, they're ultimately really good friends who'll always have each other's backs.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite appearing to be an annoying simpleton, he's much smarter than one might assume. Not only does he see past physical appearances quite well (especially considering he ends up falling in love with a dragon) but he provides the crucial What the Hell, Hero? moment during the finale of the first film to wake Shrek up from his depression.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Shrek and Fiona's children. When Fiona announced to Shrek that she pregnant, Donkey was elated that he was going to be an uncle. He proves to be this by playing with them and bringing his kids over for playdates.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Obviously implied by his choice of life partner and his four 'little mutant babies!' It’s best we don’t think about it.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason why he keeps annoying Shrek in the first film and doesn't understand that Shrek wants his privacy. He's just happy to hang out with someone.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • He was created to look like a cross between Eddie Murphy and a Real Life donkey called Perry.
    • This role translates surprisingly well into the Latin American dub, where Donkey manages to act very much like an animated Eugenio Derbez.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While he never means any offense, Donkey has a tendency to speak his mind regardless of how others might think. He has no problem calling Fiona's ogress form ugly in the first movie and casually admits in the second that everyone who meets Shrek (who at that point was distraught over King Harold trying to have him killed) wants to kill him.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Dragon. She's a dragon and he's a donkey.
  • Keet: Donkey is a hyperactive, talkative, funny, sensitive donkey. He enjoys singing, idle chatter and often speaks ebonics, but proves to be rather annoying to those around him (especially Shrek).
  • The Lancer: Whether he's much help to The Hero varies.
  • Large Ham: He is extremely outgoing especially in The Third and Forever After.
  • Moment Killer: When Shrek and Fiona lean in for an Almost Kiss, his head pops in between and he states how romantic the atmosphere is.
  • Morality Pet: To Shrek, as his determination to become friends with him eventually led Shrek to become a nicer, more open person.
  • Motor Mouth: Which annoys everyone, especially Shrek.
  • Nice Guy: As grating as he can be, Donkey is a loyal and kind-hearted being.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Shrek.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He loves getting up in Shrek's face, apparently oblivious to the latter's discomfort whenever he does so.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Easily the funniest character in the movie.
  • The Pollyanna: If his stories are to be believed, he hasn't been very well treated in the past. Despite this, he shows pretty much enthusiasm over everything and is never put down by Shrek's sarcastic insults. This could be that he's Sarcasm-Blind, but the calling out he does to Shrek at the end of the first film could imply that he's fully aware of Shrek's bad demeanor; he just chooses to ignore it.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: The Nice Sidekick to Shrek's Rude Hero. While his talkativeness can be grating at times, one would be hard-pressed to find a friendlier and more caring guy.
  • Sanity Ball: Shrek will occasionally try to do something mean and receive a glare from Donkey.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Much to Shrek's irritation.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Does this in Scared Shrekless during Puss's version of the story they were telling.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Shrek and Fiona.
  • Sidekick Creature Nuisance: Small only by comparison to Shrek, but he fits this trope, right down to being called a "Dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden". He lampshaded this in Shrek 2.
    Donkey: (to Puss) I'm sorry, the position of Annoying Talking Animal has already been taken!
  • Smart Ball: In Forever After, the alternate Donkey tells Shrek about his knowledge he knows about Rumpelstiltskin's contracts, and at one point gives Shrek the answer by folding the ogre's contract, suddenly finding the clue to Shrek's situation.
  • Stubborn Mule: He is implied to be one of the stubborn donkeys from Aesop's fables, as the first time we see him he is about to be sold into bondage by his owner, promising to never be stubborn again. After this, Donkey's stubbornness is mostly an Informed Flaw, as he's generally pretty agreeable and willing to do some dangerous feats. He is stubborn in one regard, though - making friends with Shrek.
  • Sweet Tooth: Really likes sweet foods, especially parfaits.
  • Talking Animal: A talking donkey, and the only non-anthro in the series that talks.
  • Territorial Comic Relief: In Shrek 2, Donkey is initially hostile toward Puss-in-Boots, believing he's going to take his place as Shrek's Funny Animal Sidekick.
  • Those Two Guys: With Puss in The Third.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny, donkey guy to Dragon's huge girl.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Waffles, as a result of flanderization based on a comment he made in the first movie. Also parfaits, to a lesser extent — he named one of his children after them.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Shrek saved Donkey from the knights in the first film, Donkey instantly becomes attached to Shrek. Even after putting up with his abuse and after their falling out, Donkey still is willing to forgive Shrek and is willing to risk his own life for him.
    Because that's what friends do. They forgive each other!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shrek: they constantly insult and banter with each other but are best friends regardless. It's best shown in their discussion after they drink the Happily Ever After potion in Shrek 2.
    Donkey: And let's face it, you are a lot easier on the eyes. But inside you're still the same old mean, salty, cantankerous, foul, angry ogre you've always been.
    Shrek: And you're still the same annoying donkey.
    Donkey: Yeah.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: While he is Shrek's best friend, he does lay it into Shrek when he's done something really cold and selfish. In the first film, he called Shrek out for blocking people out and for being a jerk, and in Shrek 2 when he yelled at Fiona in their fight in the castle and generally being inconsiderate.

    Princess Fiona
"By night one way, by day another, this shall be the norm. Until you find true love's first kiss, then take love's true form."
Click here to see her human form.
Voiced by: Cameron Diaz (films), Holly Fields (games); Dulce Guerrero, Diana Alonso (singing voice) (Latin American Spanish dub), Norika Fujiwara (Japanese dub)

Princess Fiona is the princess of Far Far Away, the daughter of King Harold and Queen Lillian, and Shrek's wife from the end of the first film on. She begins the series as a beautiful princess who transforms into an ogress every night when the sun sets. At the end of the first film, the transforming spell is broken and she permanently takes the form of an ogress when she realizes that Shrek is her true love.

  • Action Girl: Unlike princesses of fairy tales, she is an expert in hand-to-hand combat with knowledge of Japanese martial arts. Apparently, it came from her mother.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Shrek's love interest in the book was as hideous as Shrek there. But Princess Fiona is beautiful both as a human and as an ogre. Unlike Shrek with his prominent gut and top-heavy build, Fiona's build as an ogre is relatively stocky and muscular, a possible "translation" of her small and lithe build as a human.
  • Adipose Rex: Happens to her, along with Shrek when they were filling in for the King and Queen, as well as next in line for the throne in The Third.
  • Affectionate Parody: Fiona is initially portrayed as the archetypal princess from fairy tales, speaking formally in matters of courtship and presenting high expectations of how she is to be rescued, who is to rescue her, and so forth.
  • Almost Kiss:
    • With Shrek in the first movie, before Donkey ruins the moment.
    • She has this twice with Prince Charming in the second film while she thought he was Shrek, both interrupted by Fiona putting a rose in her mouth and the real Shrek barging in, respectively.
  • Animal Lover: She's on good terms with Donkey, for one thing; while her alternate self treats Puss well pampered like a housecat, for another.
  • Ascended Extra: While an ogre princess did appear in the book, it was only near the very end. Here, she's a distinct character in her own right and happens to be one of the main characters of the series.
  • Babies Ever After: By the end of the third film, she has three kids (two boys and one girl) with Shrek.
  • Badass Adorable: Beneath the facade of an innocent Princess Classic lies a headstrong Ladette with amazing kung-fu skills, whether as a human or an ogre.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While she may indeed be a kind, compassionate and loving woman, accustomed to that of a Fairytale Princess, she has a bit of a quick temper and can throw down with the best of them if you irk her too much.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: When she's an ogress. However, it may be because she's muscular looking; as revealed with her alternate self in Forever After.
  • Braids of Action: Of the single braid variety.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl (kind and nurturing) to Shrek's Brooding Boy (secretly insecure and lonely).
  • Character Development: Goes from wanting a cliche fairytale ending of having her Prince Charming slay the dragon guarding the castle she was imprisoned in, to learning to love Shrek for who he is. She even becomes an ogre full-time.
  • The Chick: But not a Damsel in Distress... despite first appearances.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She did throw a mermaid that was kissing Shrek. To be fair though, she was making out with Shrek before the tide came in.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: From singing so high to make birds explode in the First Chapter to tossing a mermaid to a gang of sharks in the Second Chapter.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She's still quite pretty for an Ogress.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She went along with her parents' suggestion, even when that meant imitating the classic Damsel in Distress, but ever since she roughed up Robin Hood it's been clear that she's actually the other kind.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Cursed by a witch and was forced to live in a secluded tower for her own protection.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: In the second film, Shrek correctly predicts the hostility her father will show him for being an ogre. He gets better, though.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts off grouchy and bitter towards Shrek for failing to meet her dream fairytale standards, but quickly warms up to him after the two realise each other's Hidden Depths - Shrek and Fiona eventually fall in love and get married, and Fiona becomes a Nice Girl for the rest of the series.
  • Doting Parent: Fiona adapts quickly to motherhood and loves her children dearly.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In The Third, the betrayal of her and the other Princesses by Rapunzel, who was in love with Prince Charming.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: While the hairstyle change itself isn't seen in-universe, she wears her hair down in Forever After's alternate universe as part of the ogre warrior clan.
  • Fiery Redhead: Stated outright by the Magic Mirror in the first movie. That said, most of Fiona's petulant behavior is just after she's been rescued; she evolves to be rather calm and compassionate despite her ogre-like manners (and later appearance), and isn't as temperamental as her husband (who is bald as an ogre and brunet as a human).
  • Gasshole: One of the first things she and Shrek ever bond over is belching ability.
  • Girl in the Tower: In the first movie, no less.
  • Girls With Mustaches: In Shrek 2, she is seen shaving. Justified since she's an ogre.
  • Girly Bruiser: Being a graceful princess doesn't stop her from being a good fighter who can defeat Robin and his crew on her own.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Being born as a princess, Fiona acts like a Proper Lady, has a sweet personality, wears dresses, and likes fairy tale romances. It's revealed over the course of the first movie that she's also a martial arts expert with gross manners that one wouldn't expect from a girl, like the ability to burp even louder than Shrek. She and Shrek resultantly get along very well, and she loves her life with him as an ogre in his swamp.
  • Good Parents: With Shrek at the end of the third film, and the start of the fourth. She loves her children dearly and has a much easier time adapting to parenthood than Shrek.
  • Happily Married: With Shrek, even through the tough times.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She is really petite compared to Shrek, even when one or the other switches species.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Somehow manages to be this in both her forms. She even provides the page image.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She's more innocent and gentle than Shrek, and has the light blue eyes to match.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Shrek when she's still human during the day.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: The nature of her curse meant she transformed into an ogre at sunset and back into a human at sunrise, with there being nothing she could do to influence the transformation. The only known ways to control the transformation were True Love's Kiss (which locked her into her ogre form) and the Happily Ever After potion (which caused her and Shrek to become human until midnight).
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Doesn't take off her dress to do martial arts.
  • The Lad-ette: Shrek brings this nature out of her.
  • Lady of War: Feminine and graceful while doing her Waif-Fu. This is a major reason Shrek falls in love with her.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that she's a female ogrenote  was probably the biggest twist of the first film, but it's common knowledge for anyone who started watching since at least the second film.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: With her mother Lillian. Both are very feisty and assertive and talk to their husbands in a similar way. Fiona also seems to have inherited her fighting skills from her mother.
  • Meal Ticket: To Lord Farquaad, who only wanted her title. The same was true with Prince Charming, who only wanted to marry her to become king of Far Far Away as well as his mother, the Fairy Godmother, who wanted to rule as queen mother.
  • Modest Royalty: Despite being the princess/would-be-queen of Far Far Away, Fiona would rather live with Shrek and the ogre babies in their humble swamp.
  • Moral Dissonance: She probably didn't mean to feed Ariel to the sharks for accidentally frolicking with Shrek. The fairies, though... she's perfectly fine trapping them in jars.
  • Morality Pet: For Shrek. Thanks to her, he turned from a grumpy ogre who wanted to be left alone to a hero of Far Far Away.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As a human; she's modeled after her voice actress Cameron Diaz, who was very popular at the time for her attractiveness. Human Fiona has a notably pronounced chest and derriere, and wears a rather low-cut dress in the first movie. Also, her ogress form has an even larger chest, and shows more cleavage.
  • Nice Girl: Fiona has a sweet and compassionate character.
  • One-Woman Army: Fiona was able to take on and defeat Robin Hood and his crew.
  • Out of Focus: In Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, she serves as a supporting character.
  • Pregnant Badass: In Shrek the Third. She isn't any less of an Action Girl when she becomes pregnant and even starts a rebellion with other princesses.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Proves by taking out Robin Hood and his Merry Men by herself in her beautiful green dress. As an ogre, she's even stronger.
  • Rags to Royalty: A Snow White, kept in a tower until her curse is reversed.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As a human, her hair goes down to just below her waist even when tied into a braid. Her hair is shorter as an ogre,note  which can be seen when she wears her hair down in Forever After.
  • Redhead In Green: Her most iconic outfit is a green dress. Bonus points for green skin in her ogre form.
  • Rescue Introduction: Shrek and Donkey meet Princess Fiona when they rescue her from her tower.
  • Rescue Romance: Shrek was meant to rescue her for Lord Farquaad, but they ended up falling for each other.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: Fiona has had admirers when she was a beautiful human. But even when offered the chance to be with other men, she is clearly only interested in Shrek.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Fiona fell in love with Shrek after she overhears his Hurting Hero speech and realizes that he's actually a kindly guy.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: She had to keep busy somehow while locked away. Guess that Dragon allowed her some personal space.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge girl to Farquaad's tiny guy, before she marries Shrek.
  • Tomboy Princess: In the first movie, Princess Fiona was already The Lad-ette even before she turns into an ogre permanently. However, she looses this traits as of Shrek 2.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Forever After, the Princess Fiona of the alternate universe became a stern, serious Rebel Leader after she stopped believing fairy tales from waiting forever in Dragon's Keep for her true love to come.
  • Tritagonist: To Shrek's protagonist and Donkey's deuteragonist, although this role is shared with Puss in the sequels.
  • True Love Is Exceptional: Fiona was a princess who wanted a cliche fairytale ending of having her Prince Charming slay the dragon guarding the castle she was imprisoned in, rescue her from the highest room in the tallest tower, and giving her a True Love's Kiss that would break the curse on her (turning into an ogre at night). She ends up with Shrek, who is as far from Prince Charming as you can get, and their kiss ends up turning her into an ogre permanently (which she's actually okay with). Then the sequel comes along and Fiona is offered the chance to be with Shrek forever — in human form. Her answer?
    "I want what every princess wants. To live happily every after... (Shrek leans in to kiss her, but she stops him.) ...with the ogre I married."
  • Unexplained Accent: Her parents and most of Far Far Away speak with English accents but she speaks with a Hollywood American accent for some reason. It could be from growing up in the tower and not being around anyone.
  • Uptown Girl: A princess who falls in love with a commoner ogre.
  • Visual Innuendo: Princess Fiona licking spiderwebs from her fingers could be innuendo for licking off ice cream after it has already been melted.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the first movie: she wasn't revealed to be cursed to be an ogre until midway through the film. Although now everyone knows the twist.
  • Weight Woe: Inferred in the Shrek 2 game, where her character bio states her weight as "top secret".
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She assumed that her parents would accept Shrek right on the spot, but was proven wrong at the drop of a hat. They do eventually realize that she and Shrek belong together.

    Puss in Boots
"Pray for mercy from Puss!... in Boots."
Voiced by: Antonio Banderas (films), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots Netflix series), André Sogliuzzo (games); self-dubbed by Banderas in both Spanish dubs; Sergio Gutiérrez Coto (trailers, Scared Shrekless, and Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular), Luis Daniel Ramírez (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) (Latin American Spanish dub), Naoto Takenaka (Japanese dub)

Puss in Boots is Shrek's sidekick. Loosely based on the fairytale character Puss in Boots as well as being a kind of parody of Zorro, he is a smooth-talking cat with a Spanish accent, usually wearing a cavalier's hat, a belt with a sword, a small black cape, and small Corinthian boots. Puss first appears as a main character in Shrek 2. He often overpowers his enemies by distracting them with his "cute kitten" looks. He also exhibits common cat behavior such as coughing up hairballs and chasing spotlights, usually resulting in his defeat or capture.

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Puss is often seen cutting neat holes in glass windows with a single claw.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He only wears a hat, a belt, and boots.
  • Adaptational Badass: His fairy tale counterpart did kill an ogre, but only by tricking him into turning into a mouse and eating him. This version, however, took on Shrek (who'd been established as an excellent fighter by the time of their confrontation) in personal combat and nearly won. And his other feats throughout the franchise show that this was not a fluke. This stands in contrast to the literary Puss, who never showed any kind of exceptional combat prowess, and got ahead through guile.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Makes a cameo in the musical even though it's based on the first movie.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He originates from an Italian (later French) fairy tale but he's depicted as Spanish in the Shrek movies.
  • Amazon Chaser: After learning that the masked cat, Kitty Softpaws, was a woman, he was immediately impressed by her skill.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In the second movie, when he hears the Ugly Stepsister describe how handsome Prince Charming is, he replies with "Mmm. He sounds dreamy."
  • Anti-Hero: When he first appeared he had no qualms about murdering Shrek for money. However, he shows a clear sense of ethics by joining Shrek in gratitude for saving him and quickly becomes a good guy for the rest of the series.
  • Badass Adorable: Well, he IS a cat, but also one of the most feared and skilled in the series.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a husky Latino accent.
  • Badass Cape: Dons one from time to time.
  • Badass Mustache: It's actually whiskers!
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In his youth, Puss defended Humpty from bullies because the former defended Puss from the same said bullies.
  • Big Brother Mentor: During his stay in San Lorenzo in the Netflix series, he took up this role for the children of that town (to their glee and to the ire of Senora Zapata.)
  • Breakout Character: He was a supporting character who first appeared in Shrek 2 as an assassin on Shrek and Donkey's life before making amends and joining them as a trio in all the other sequels. Audience and critics alike gave him credit for stealing the show and he received his own movie spin-off as a result, which has been well-received.
  • Butt-Monkey: At the end of Shrek the Third, he is seen being accidentally diapered by Shrek as well as being handled roughly by the triplets. He is seen reluctantly accepting this is in the Christmas special Shrek the Halls.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Pray for mercy from Puss... in Boots!"
    • "Fear me... if you dare!"
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Zorro, another character that Banderas portrayed at one point and which Disney was also connected to; this one is pure Affectionate Parody. In Forever After's alternate universe, he becomes a Garfield expy.
  • The Casanova: Towards female cats. And human women, as it turns out.
  • Chick Magnet: The ladies, either human or feline, are smitten with him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Puss is more than willing to use underhanded tactics to win whatever fight he's in, ranging from attacking his foes' weak points with his claws to using his adorable appearance to distract them.
  • Cool Sword: A traditional rapier. He upgrades to a more ornate model featuring a cat head on the pommel for his own movie.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The common reaction to his "kitty" mode is this trope. It even works on Shrek!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His spinoff movie delves into his previous life — he was abandoned as a baby and was taken into an Orphanage of Love where he was raised by the kindly caretaker and befriended Humpty. However, his life became more troubled when his friend tricked him into stealing his home's money. Unable to explain the situation, he fled, and ended up as a feline Gentleman Thief. And later on, he somehow ended up as an assassin for hire.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Especially after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dashing Hispanic: As voiced by Antonio Banderas.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In Shrek 2, Puss is hired by the king to assassinate Shrek. However, unlike his fairy tale counterpart, he does not try to trick the ogre into changing into a mouse, but instead makes a direct, frontal assault on Shrek, which works up until the feline gags on a hairball, spitting it up. Shrek and Donkey spare his life, and Puss proposes to the ogre he owes a life debt to him, in thanks. Although there is some tension/rivalry between Puss and Donkey (who seems nervous that Puss is taking his place as "annoying talking animal"), the three eventually become close friends and allies.
  • Easily Forgiven: After beating the ever-loving crap out of Shrek, the latter does not do much in revenge other than threatening to kill him. Shrek agrees to let him help them out.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Thanks to having a spin-off movie and a TV show that lasted for four seasons. Puss has been an assassin, a thief, a wandering hero, protector of a small town, has had several "true loves" and several places he calls home, has his own Rogues Gallery...
  • Expy:
  • Fourth Ranger: Joins the original trio and is there to stay.
  • Funny Animal: He can walk like a human, hold a sword in his paw, and dress himself.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: In the prequel.
  • Furry Reminder: He's prone to meowing and purring, randomly coughing up hairballs and getting distracted by spotlights and small objects.
  • Glass Cannon: Cats are very fast on their feet, and Puss has the power to match with his sword. However, he's easily defeated if caught off-guard - he had Shrek on the ropes during their confrontation until he coughed up a hairball, leaving him helpless for Shrek to pick up.
  • G-Rated Drug: Occasionally with catnip serving as a substitute for marijuana, at one point claiming it's for his glaucoma.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: And then some.
  • Hating on Monday: Puss claims he hates Mondays while having a drink at the Poison Apple.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He starts out as a hitman who gets paid to assassinate Shrek, but after being defeated, he allies up with him and Donkey for the rest of the series.
  • Hitman with a Heart: At first, he was hired by King Harold to kill Shrek, but it didn't take long before he became a loyal friend to Shrek.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He made his debut in Shrek 2 and has become one of the most beloved and important characters of the franchise, up to the point he got a spin-off all for himself.
  • Interspecies Romance: He is entirely happy to flirt with human women. And they are, it seems, entirely happy to flirt back. Best not to think about it
  • I Owe You My Life: In Shrek 2. After Shrek spares his life, Puss feels in debt with him and joins him until he can pay off his debt during the climax of the movie.
  • Latin Lover: A Dashing Hispanic voiced by Antonio Banderas who is potrayed as being quite the ladykiller among cats and even among human women.
  • Meaningful Name: A pussy cat named Puss.
  • Nice Guy: Ignoring his criminal past, Puss is very kind-hearted, heroic, caring, and selfless.
  • Nice Hat: Briefly goes without in the fourth movie, but then reclaims it along with his Badassery.
  • Nice Shoes: It's in his name.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Just as likely to use his pintsize status to look cute. Beware.
  • Pride: In The Adventures of Puss in Boots, many problems are caused by Puss insisting he has to be the best at everything, refusing to ask for help, or unwilling to listen thinking he knows better.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Very effective; in fact it's what got him on Shrek's good side in the first place. Unfortunately it isn't quite as effective when he tries to do it in The Third while in Donkey's body.
  • Retired Badass: The alternate Puss in Forever After had given up his days of being Puss in Boots in favor of being Princess Fiona's housepet.
    Puss: ...hanging up my sword was the best decision of my life. I have all the cream I can drink and all the mice I can chase.
  • Sexy Cat Person: As seductive as cats stereotypically are, and voiced by Antonio Banderas himself.
  • Shoulder Teammate: Occasionally travels on Shrek's shoulders, especially in Shrek 2.
  • Talking Animal: A talking cat.
  • The Smart Guy: To the main cast. He is very clever, cunning and pretty street smart.
  • Those Two Guys: With Donkey in The Third.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Puss is portrayed as an extremely competent and clever hero, but naive and comically unintelligent about almost everything that doesn't fall under the purview of "heroing." To the point where he's useless when it comes to, say, making sandwiches. It doesn't help that, while he does have several areas of expertise, he's often convinced he's great at absolutely everything.
  • Tritagonist: He's interchangeable with Fiona as a trio with Shrek's protagonist and Donkey's deuteragonist.
  • Underhanded Hero: He's a stealthy and cunning swordsman, who uses his size to his advantage in a fight, and who is more than willing to use his adorable appearance to throw his opponents off guard.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Donkey are like this. They work well together as allies but they still fight over being Shrek's best sidekick.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a cute little kitty who uses his big, adorable eyes to trick his enemies...that has a Husky, Deep Latino accent. The Dissonance is even more pronounced when he's talking while using his eyes or when he had that voice as a KITTEN in Puss in Boots.
  • Zorro Mark: He homages this in Shrek 2 by slashing a "P" in a tree.

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