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Voiced by: Mike Myers (films), Michael Gough (games)
"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! Which, actually, is quite good on toast."

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 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:
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His book counterpart is much uglier.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the sense that he is inverting the traditional role of the ogres as villains in the Fairly Tales.
    • Played straight in regards to the book, where Shrek was very much a Villain Protagonist.
  • 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 acting as regent in the third movie.
  • 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. This exchange sums it up quite well:
    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.
  • 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 the third film, he has three kids (2 boys and 1 girl) with Fiona.
  • Bald of Awesome: Being an ogre.
  • 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 fourth movie. 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 softie.
  • The Big Guy: 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.
  • 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.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Somewhat in the first two movies.
  • 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 the 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: think?
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Freudian Slip: "You're going to be a father!"
  • 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.
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: Played for Laughs in the fourth film 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.
  • Good Parents: With Fiona at the end of the third film 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.
  • Grumpy Bear: Much moreso in the first film but it never truly fades away.
  • 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.
  • 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 almost always have each other's backs.
  • 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.
  • 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's still human.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shrek can be hot-tempered and rude, but he's also brave, selfless, and a loyal friends 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.
  • Large Runt: He's big enough by human standards, but in Shrek 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.
  • 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 
  • 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: To Donkey and Puss.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: One of the most famous ogres in fiction.
  • 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.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: He had a number of admirers when he became a handsome human but he was only interested in Fiona.
  • Stout Strength: Incredibly strong, despite his obesity.
  • Tempting Fate: When one of the Royal Messengers barged into Shrek and Fiona's room, Shrek sarcastically asked "Some had 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite how he can be, Shrek is extremely loyal to those he cares about such as his friends and family.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Donkey.

Click here to see Donkey as a "Noble Steed".
Voiced by: Eddie Murphy (films), Dean Edwards (Scared Shrekless), Mark Moseley (games)
"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"

Donkey is a miniature talking donkey. He is Shrek's annoying but good-hearted best friend, Dragon's husband and father of the Dronkeys.

  • 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 the third film.
  • The Alleged Steed: Lampshaded especially in the first Shrek.
  • 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.
  • 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 fourth 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 Shrek in the first film.
  • 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 film, sharing it with Puss or Fiona in the following movies.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Well, he is a donkey and his name is Donkey.
  • Doting Parent: Donkey loves his dronkies and has settled into fatherhood well, much easier than Shrek did.
  • 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 can't stand him sometimes and consider him a bit of a nuisance. However, he remains an important member of the team and they do in fact care about him and the three are quite close.
  • 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 almost always have each other's backs.
  • 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!'
  • 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 somewhat like Eddie Murphy and a Real Life donkey called Perry.
  • 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 fourth Shrek films.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: As a way to insult Puss In Boots.
    Donkey: I'm sorry, the position of annoying talking animal has already been filled.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Shrek and Fiona.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Small only by comparison to Shrek, but he fits this trope. He lampshaded this in Shrek 2.
    Donkey: I'm sorry, the position of Annoying Talking Animal has already been taken!
  • 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.
  • Talking Animal: A talking donkey.
  • Those Two Guys: With Puss in the third film.
  • 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. 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, fatty, foul, angry ogre you always have been.
    Shrek: And you're still the same annoying donkey.
    Donkey: Yeah.

    Princess Fiona
Click here to see her human form.
Voiced by: Cameron Diaz (movies), Holly Fields (games)
"No, it's destiny! You must know how it goes! The Knight rescues the Princess, and then they share true love's first kiss..."

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.
  • 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: When acting as regent in the third movie.
  • 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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: In the Alternate Universe of Forever After, Fiona is the leader of the very badass ogre warrior clan, and wears a flattering rugged barbarian outfit to match.
  • 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 (2 boys and 1 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.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Even as a thickly proportioned Ogress, Fiona is still a cutie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Doting Parent: Fiona adapts quickly to motherhood and loves her children dearly.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In Shrek the Third, the betrayal of her and the other Princesses by Rapunzel, who was in love with Prince Charming.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Both subverted and played straight. Notably, Fiona's perfectly willing to live in squalor with the man she loves, but she's got more of a sense for duty and family - and she's a strong feminist woman to boot.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: While the hairstyle change itself isn't seen in-universe, she wears her hair down in Shrek 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: First movie.
  • 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 shapes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is a martial arts expert and has gross manners that you wouldn't expect from a girl (she can burp even louder than Shrek), that's why she gets along with Shrek and loves her life as an ogre in Shrek's swamp. That said, she was born as a princess so she still has a sweet personality, wears dresses, and likes fairy tale romances.
  • 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 rooom 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 Fiona 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.

    Puss in Boots
Voiced by: Antonio Banderas (films), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots Netflix series), Andre Sogliuzzo (games)
"Pray for mercy from Puss!... in Boots."

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 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.
  • 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 Power Trio in all the other sequels. Audience and critics alike gave him credit for stealing the show and now has his own movie spin-off, 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.
  • Catchphrase: Pray for mercy from Puss... in Boots!
    • Also: "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.
  • 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 spinoff 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...
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