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  • As of The New '10s, Shrek, for some reason, became more known for its influence on Internet culture rather than pop culture at large, even garnering its own article on The Other Wiki. There is very little from the first film that hasn't achieved Memetic Mutation at some point, and very few of those memes have died. The most well-known Shrek memes take the form of "Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life" copypastas and videos, which helped spawn the series' "Brogre" fanbase. These memes and fans treat Shrek as a Memetic Badass, a Memetic Molester, a Memetic Psychopath and a Crystal Dragon Jesus all at the same time.
  • Along the same lines, Shrek has been a commonly-requested newcomer for the fourth Super Smash Bros. game before its release, especially since the game Shrek SuperSlam was a mascot-platform fighter in the same kind of vein. The same happened with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate because of his longevity in meme culture.
  • One of the taglines of Shrek the Third was "The wait is ogre", while Shrek Forever After had "It ain't ogre til it's ogre!". As a result, mentioning Shrek on /co/ will often result in a Hurricane of Ogre Puns. The most notable example is this fanart getting captioned with "I'm sorry Shadow... but my time here is ogre."
  • From DreamWorksTV's Shrek videos on YouTube, there's Shrek saying "Oh, hello there!". Some of the memes have made references to Obi-Wan's "Hello there!".
  • Shrek is love... Shrek is life. Explanation 
  • Riding off the coattails of the Bee Movie, it's also a popular fad to random elements to clips of the film every time a certain word or thing is said or done (i.e. the film speeds up every time Shrek takes a step, says "Donkey!", frowns, etc.)
  • Pinches furros. Explanation 
  • Shrek Retold. Explanation 
  • The cover art of a 2007 compilation produced by NOW Music, Now That's What I Call Shrek!, has become a meme.
  • Shrek Wazowski. Explanation 
  • Listing or picturing Donkey alongside other characters associated with dragons, eg:
    Dirk: I killed a dragon.
    Daenerys: I raised a dragon.
    Hiccup: I trained a dragon.
    Donkey: [saying nothing while grinning suggestively]
  • Shrek's Pizza Explanation 
  • There were zero Shrek movies released during the Trump presidency.Explanation 

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  • "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder." Explanation 
  • "Some-BODY once told me..." Explanation 
  • "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP?!" Explanation 
  • "And in the morning, I'm making waffles!" Explanation 
  • "Ogres are like onions! / Ogres have layers." Explanation 
  • "DONKEY!" Explanation 
  • "UGHHHH, IT'S DISGUSTING!"Explanation 
  • "Good question." Explanation 
  • "The [X] has fallen in love with the [Y]!" Explanation 
  • E Explanation 
  • "Some of you may die, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make." Explanation 
  • "Like that's ever gonna happen." Explanation 
  • "Quest? I'm already on a quest!" Explanation 
  • Pursed Lips Shrek features Shrek, well, pursing his lips. It's frequently used in place of a Flat "What" or general Stunned Silence after a particularly confusing or unsettling post.

Shrek 2

  • Following the release of Avengers: Endgame, some fans started to joke that the Avengers' struggle during the final battle to prevent Thanos from taking the Nano Gauntlet is quite similar to the scene where Shrek and his fairy tale friends try to take the Fairy Godmother's wand to defeat her.
  • Shrek's human form is often compared to either Henry Cavill or Dacre Montgomery.
  • The scene where Shrek opens the music box and quickly shuts it is frequently replaced with other music.
  • "For five minutes, could you not [X]? FOR FIVE MINUTES?!" Explanation 
  • "Enough, Reggie." Explanation 
  • The Rocky Roll Call in the dinner scene.
  • I NEED A HERO!Explanation 
    • The Fairy Godmother's cover of "Holding Out For a Hero" has been the source of video editings: this one synchronizes the song with the Hero's announcement trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it seems that the trailer was made to be synchronized with the song.
      • C Minor, put it in C Minor. explanation 
    • Speaking of Smash Bros., people have been comparing Simon Belmont's Smash design to Prince Charming.
  • "They don't even have dental."Explanation 
  • "That's okay, buddy. We're from the Union."Explanation 

Shrek the Third

  • DA DA! Explanation 
  • For whatever unknown reason, "Fiona's Father Dies in Shrek the Third" has become the go-to joke of choice by many internet commenters when discussing spoilers in highly anticipated franchise installments.
  • A picture of King Harold dying is often captioned with *dies from cringe*, and is used to respond to disagreeable statements or memes.
  • (deep demonic voice): DA DA!!!
  • This picture of Shrek screaming is frequently used in Brogre memes, especially an edited video that infinitely loops entering Shrek's mouth made by the one and only Neil Cicierega.
  • Artie and Prince Charming being related somehow is often joked about, due to their jarringly similar designs.
  • "The sauce is..."Explanation 

Shrek Forever After

  • DO THE ROAR! Explanation 
  • I LOVE YOU DADDY! Explanation 
  • The tagline of Shrek 4 was "THE WAIT IS OGRE!" As a result, mentioning Shrek on /co/ will often result in a Hurricane of Ogre Puns. The most notable example is this fanart getting captioned with "I'm sorry, Shadow... but my time here is ogre."
  • Mint Ogre-load Explanation 
  • As happened with many other productions with disintegration scenes, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were spurred by Avengers: Infinity War's ending to descend like a pack of vultures upon the comments sections of the scene where Shrek disintegrates from existence.
    • Following the release of Avengers: Endgame, some fans pointed some of the film's similarities with Shrek Forever After, including a retired obese hero (Thor and Puss in Boots), one of the characters wearing a hammer and a shield (Captain America and Princess Fiona), the whole alternate timelines plot point and some characters fading away from existence (Thanos with his army and Shrek).

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Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

  • "Hey, you wanna see something cool?" Explanation 
  • Shrek's answer to LoganExplanation 
  • The fact that this movie has a higher Tomatometer and Audience Score than Avatar: The Way of Water has also become a meme.
  • Some memes and jokes of this movie being the fourth Pinocchio movie of 2022 were made due to this movie featuring both Pinocchio and a talking cricket who serves as the conscience.
  • An image of Puss crying with his mascara running has been a new reaction image for the internet to exploit.
  • The Wolf has predictably drawn a lot of attention.
    • Common reactions include him being described as hot or sexy, in spite or perhaps because of him being Death himself.
    • He's also seen crossover with various borzoi memes, being given its notorious long muzzle in fanart.
    • Him being Brazilian (in reference to his voice actor).
      • Jetstream Wolf Explanation 
    • A black-and-white photo of him accompanied by his ominous whistle has seen frequent use as a reaction video on Twitter. It's often used as an omen, or even a straight up death threat, albeit in jest.
  • "What's the matter? Lives flashing before your eyes? Pick it up. PICK. IT UP." Explanation 
  • [speaks in Spanish] Explanation 
  • Jack Horner, too, has predictably drawn attention:
  • #PUSSYSWEEP Explanation 

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