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"Come on, Shrek, it only seems bad because it's dark and rainy and Fiona's father hired a sleazy hitman to whack you."
Donkey
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Shrek 2 was the inevitable 2004 sequel to the DreamWorks Animation Breakthrough Hit Shrek.

The movie follows ogres Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz), now a happily married couple, living their lavish lifestyle together in their swamp, with their old friend Donkey popping in every now and then. Everything is just fine... until the time comes to Meet the In-Laws. The new couple is summoned by Fiona's parents, rulers of the kingdom of Far Far Away, who wish to celebrate their daughter's marriage.

Fiona's parents- King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews)- are shocked to learn that their daughter has been transformed permanently into her ogre form, and that she married an ogre to boot. Though they try to accept their daughter's wishes as best they can, a deal King Harold made with Fiona's Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) a long time ago that Fiona would marry her son, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), in order to give everyone involved their own happily ever afters. With the patience of the Godmother wearing thin, a desperate Harold hires a hitman, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), to get rid of the ogre and repair this fairy tale gone wrong.

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The movie was a financial success, being DreamWorks Animation's highest grossing film to date, as well as the highest grossing animated film at the time of its release (before being surpassed by Toy Story 3 six years later in 2010), and held an iron grip on the corresponding North American record for twelve years before finally being surpassed by Finding Dory. It was also critically acclaimed, with many crediting the film for surpassing the original in quality. It had a sequel, Shrek the Third, released in 2007.


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Shrek 2 contains examples of:

  • Accidental Adultery: While Shrek and Fiona are making out on the beach, the tide sweeps her away, and Shrek ends up kissing a mermaid instead. Fiona proceeds to drag the mermaid off Shrek and throw her into the ocean, where she is eaten by sharks. Shrek is, wisely, remorseful.
  • Acrofatic: Shrek was fairly nimble for someone of his build in the first film, but in the factory escape scene of the second, he 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.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Fiona's parents beg for her to stay after she announces her intention to leave Far Far Away.
  • All Myths Are True: A staple of the franchise, wherein all manners of fairy tale folk exist. Supporting characters include Puss in Boots, The Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio, The Three Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf, and the Three Blind Mice, among a slew of background characters also from popular fairy tales.
  • Altar Diplomacy: Prince Charming wants to marry Fiona solely to become King.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Prince Charming. Being voiced by the openly gay Rupert Everett doesn't help. There is a huge Parental Bonus in the scene where he talks to his mother about his reluctance to marry Fiona. Apparently, he is not interested in women at all...
  • Annoying Background Event: During the carriage ride to Far Far Away, Donkey makes himself useful by making popping noises with his lips once he gets bored of asking Are We There Yet?.
  • Arc Words: "Happily ever after".
  • Are We There Yet?: Donkey, relentlessly, during the trip to Far Far Away.
    Shrek: The Land of Far, Far Away, Donkey? That's where we're going! Far... FAR... away.
  • Arranged Marriage: It's implied that Prince Charming and Fiona were betrothed as a way of paying back Fairy Godmother for turning Harold into a human so he could marry Lillian.
  • Art Evolution: The difference in animation quality between this movie and the previous one is like night and day. The backgrounds are prettier, the lighting and particle effects are way more dynamic, the characters are much more fluid and expressive, Shrek looks less rubbery, and the humans- especially Fiona- toe the uncanny valley far less.
  • Artistic License – Music: The awesome rendition of "Holding Out For a Hero" falls to this. It's in G minor, not C minor as requested in-universe.
  • Ascended Extra: The fairy tale creatures play a much larger role in this movie, being the ones to break Shrek, Donkey and Puss out of prison and help them in stopping the Godmother's plan.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mongo, the giant gingerbread man.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Fairy Godmother threatening King Harold by talking about how she made his "Happily Ever After" possible is staged to imply that she gave him a Love Potion, which he then used on Queen Lillian. What she actually did was turn him from a frog into a human.
  • Badass Normal: All things considered, the guards protecting the Far Far Away castle are extremely competent and professional, considering they try to take down a castle-sized gingerbread man with nothing but a barrel of warm milk they were saving for a special occasion. On top of that, even when things look grim, not once do they try to abandon their posts.
  • Bad Boss: The Fairy Godmother seems to be this, as she orders around her receptionist and does not give her employees dental insurance.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Poison Apple, the seedy tavern where Harold goes to hire Puss in Boots. An Ugly Stepsister is the bartender, Captain Hook plays piano, and a sign says "We Reserve the Right to Behead Anyone." A later scene even has a sign advertising their Unhappy Hour.
  • Become a Real Boy: Parodied, with a Yank the Dog's Chain thrown in.
    * zapped into a real boy*
    Pinocchio: I'm a real boy! ... [singing] I'm real, I'm real, I'm -
    * zapped back into a puppet*
    Pinocchio: ...aww!
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Shrek becomes extremely annoyed by Donkey's constantly asking "are we there yet?", and tells him to stop, but eventually yells the phrase himself when Donkey pushes him over the edge.
  • Berserk Button: Messing with Gingy's gumdrop buttons sets him off. This is a Call-Back to the first film.
  • Big "NO!":
    • From Shrek early on in the film during the trip to Far Far Away.
    • From Shrek and Gingy when Mongo falls into a moat. In slow motion, yet.
    • Shrek after Charming kisses Fiona, as he thinks she will fall in love with him due to the love potion. To Shrek's joy and relief, Fiona headbutts Charming out cold and reveals she never drank the love potion.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Parodied in the prison cell scene:
    Stallion!Donkey: I have the right to remain silent!
    Hunk!Shrek: Donkey, you have the right to remain silent. What you lack is the capacity.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Puss in Boots curses in Spanish after falling off of Donkey in his stallion form.
    Puss: "¡Hey tu, pedazo de carne con patas, ¿Como te atreves a hacerme esto?" note 
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Fairy Godmother. Comes off as sweet and kind, but is really quite nasty, only helping others so she can extort them later. This is what she did to Harold, only helping him change from a frog to a human so she could use his high position to give her and her son absolute power.
  • Bridal Carry: Shrek does this at the beginning of the film, carrying Fiona over the threshold of their honeymoon cottage. He does this again when they return home, only to be interrupted by Donkey in the living room singing "One Is The Loneliest Number".
  • Broken Record: An old music box, which repeats the phrase "Mrs. Fiona Charming".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During the dinner scene, Harold accuses Shrek of wanting to eat his own children. Shrek then points out that Harold wasn't any better than him for having locked Fiona in a tower.
  • Cameo: Joan Rivers as herself, and Simon Cowell as himself, for the "Far Far Away Idol" parody on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The card that Shrek snatches from Fairy Godmother, and later the love potion.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The fairy tale creatures are shown looking after Shrek's house very early on in the movie. Later on, they find out Shrek is in trouble, and end up rescuing him.
    • The Muffin Man was brought up early on in the first Shrek movie as part of a throwaway gag. During the endgame of Shrek 2, the Muffin Man appears in person to help Shrek and company Storm the Castle by creating Mongo, the giant gingerbread man.
    Shrek: Do you still know the Muffin Man?
    Gingy: Well sure, he's down on Drury Lane. Why?
    Shrek: Because we're gonna need flour. Lots and lots of flour.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • The opening montage is quite sweet and funny. But during the parody of From Here to Eternity, Shrek unintentionally ends up frolicking with a lookalike of The Little Mermaid. Fiona's responseis to throw Ariel back into the sea, where she is devoured by sharks. Neither ogre shows much concern about this; Shrek just shows remorse at the act of Accidental Adultery.
      • Immediately following that scene, the newlyweds enjoy a mud bath... illuminated by the glow of several fairies trapped in jars. To add insult to injury, Shrek and Fiona playfully begin farting, much to the discomfort of the contained fairies.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The defenders of Far Far Away's castle walls have a large supply of milk they can use to dump on invaders rather than the usual boiling oil. You'd think they were actually expecting to fight a gigantic gingerbread man, because that system doesn't really have much use otherwise.
  • Crowd Surfing: Shrek attempts to crowd surf during the ending song sequence. Knowing how heavy Shrek is, the crowd moves out of the way and he ends up crushing a Bichon Frise puppy.
  • Cute Approaches Camera: Pairs up nicely with Puss' secret attack.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Invoked intentionally by Puss as his ultimate weapon, used to devastating effect - see Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Dance Party Ending: After the climax, everyone starts dancing to Donkey and Puss in Boots singing "Livin' La Vida Loca."
    Puss: HEY! Aren't we supposed to be having a FIESTA?
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: A variation. This is more like "Married To What Daddy Hates", as it's clear at first that King Harold disapproves of having Shrek as a son-in-law. He warms up to the idea by the end when he sees that Fiona is unhappy without Shrek. Since he just wants her to be happy, he accepts Shrek and refuses to go along with the Fairy Godmother's plan to wed Fiona to Charming.
  • Death Glare: Harold starts off the dinner scene giving Shrek the stink eye, and before long both Shrek and Harold are glaring daggers at each other. They don't break eye contact as they get up and each try to take the pig in the center of the table.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Puss in Boots is hired by the King to assassinate Shrek. Unlike his fairy tale counterpart, he does not rely on trickery, opting instead for an all-out attack- which is interrupted by a hairball, leaving Puss vulnerable. Shrek and Donkey spare him, and the grateful Puss decides he owes the ogre a life debt. Although there is some tension from Donkey, who seems nervous that the cat is taking his place as "annoying talking animal"), the three eventually become close friends and allies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Dragon only appears in the post-credits scene of the movie, to reveal her and Donkey's new babies, the Dronkies. This demotion is rescinded in the next film.
  • Desperate Object Catch: After Puss pulls the Happily Ever After potion from its containment, he loses his grip, causing it to fly through the air. Just before it hits the ground, Donkey manages to catch it in his mouth.
    Shrek: Nice catch, Donkey!
    Puss: Finally! A good use for your mouth.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Harold makes his deal with Fairy Godmother, he fails to consider that Fiona might not actually want to be with Prince Charming, and that he would love his child too much to force her to wed against her will. He even laughs at how absurd it was for him to think he could force someone to fall in love.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: King Harold is visibly horrified at the possibility of having to give Fiona a love potion - it's basically portrayed as if she's asking him to give his daughter a date rape drug.
  • Doting Parent: Harold and Lillian love Fiona very much. Lillian wants her daughter's happiness and at least tries to accept her marriage to Shrek. Fairy Godmother appears this way to Charming but clearly isn't above using him for her own benefit.
  • Diegetic Switch: The Fairy Godmother sings "Holding Out For A Hero" for Fiona and Charming... which becomes the background music for Shrek, Donkey, and Puss Storming the Castle.
  • Dramatic Irony: Shrek wasn't the "hero" the Fairy Godmother's song was about. In fact, given her decidedly unheroic intentions, the choice of song itself can only be seen as deeply cynical.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Fiona tells her parents that she is going to "set things right", Harold takes it to mean she intends to leave Shrek. This is a far cry from her actual plan to return to the swamp with Shrek and cut her parents out of her life.
  • Eureka Moment: While in the prison, Shrek sees Gingy standing in the window, and sees from a perspective that he looks huge next to the castle, giving him the idea to have the Muffin Man create a giant gingerbread man.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While Harold at the beginning of the movie was willing to stoop really low, even hiring an assassin to kill Shrek, he is completely horrified with the idea of giving Fiona what he rightfully views as a date rape drug and letting Prince Charming have his way with his daughter against her will. This is what cements his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Fairy Godmother comes off as this. She’s completely fine with using her son for her own benefit, and is confused by Harold’s hesitation to treat Fiona the same way.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Excluding the prologue, the movie is set over the course of three whole days.
  • Fairy Godmother: The Fairy Godmother- yes, The Fairy Godmother- is actually the antagonist.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Fairy Godmother doesn't allow ogres to have happy endings.
  • Finish Dialogue in Unison: The scene where Shrek and Fiona arrive in Far Far Away and both they and her parents go up to meet each others ends with both couples saying "here".
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Charming kisses Fiona, King Harold watches him with a look not of shame, horror, or dismay, but of intense concentration, because he knows Fiona hasn't taken the love potion.
  • Food Porn: Just try watching the dinner scene without developing a hunger for lobster, roasted pig, and/or turkey. Also escargot, if that's your thing.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • It's mentioned that King Harold's first date with Queen Lillian was a peaceful walk among the lily pads, something that frogs are fond of hopping on.
      • And at the Poison Apple, a female frog asks him if she's seen him before.
      • The Fairy Godmother threatens Harold by talking about how she "made his Happily Ever After" possible. Harold later mentions to Fiona that "people change for the ones they love," and that she'd be surprised "just how much [he'd] changed for [Queen Lillian]." Of course, he means quite literally changing, from a frog into a human.
    • In the first film, when Fiona is surprised to see that Shrek is an ogre, he asks her if she was expecting Prince Charming, to which she replies with a Blunt "Yes". As this movie reveals, this wasn't a mere reference to a fairy tale- Prince Charming is, like other fairy tales, very real, and actually was supposed to come to Fiona's rescue.
    • At the beginning of the film, Donkey mentions that Dragon has been "acting kind of moody lately". The Stinger implies that this is because she was pregnant. It also foreshadows Fiona becoming pregnant next movie.
    • Midway through the film, Shrek, Donkey and Puss encounter the Fairy Godmother in the middle of creating what appears to be a Love Potion. Sure enough, the Fairy Godmother intends to have Fiona drink the potion in order to have her fall in love with Charming after all.
  • Formal Full Array of Cutlery: At the dinner with Fiona and her parents, Shrek- not used to royal dining etiquette and already nervous from the Death Glare the King is giving him- is confused by the vast array of cutlery before him.
  • Friend or Idol Decision:
    • King Harold has to choose between forcing his daughter away from her true love to fulfill his end of a bargain, or ensuring his daughter's happiness by breaching his contract and suffering Fairy Godmother's wrath. He chooses the latter.
    • At the film's end, Shrek has to decide whether to kiss Fiona and make their transformations permanent, or abstain and return to ogre form. With Fiona's encouragement, he chooses the latter.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In the scene where Fiona confronts her father when she wakes up to find Shrek gone, castle servants can be seen polishing a tree planter and climbing a ladder to nowhere (and falling off in the widescreen version).
    • In a scene just after Fairy Godmother catches Shrek and company spying on her business, some local knights are seen giving the Headless Horseman a sobriety test, moments before Shrek and his pals barge past them. What's particularly amusing is that they appear to be giving him the "touch your nose" test.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The scene where Shrek's pants fall down, before a group of onlookers, after he changes into a human.
    Shrek: Look out princess, here comes the new me!
    (Pants fall down)
    Donkey: Uh, first things first. We need to get you outta those clothes.
    Women: (gasp in unison)
    • Probably unintentional, but Far Far Away's postal service and police department being named F.F.A.P.S. and F.F.A.P.D. are hard to miss.
    • When Fairy Godmother's receptionist, Jerome, exasperatedly presses the P.A. button to answer to her meal request, he does it with his middle finger. Considering how much he hates his job- they don't even have dental- this may very well be intentional.
    • Pinocchio wearing ladies' underwear, per the many times in the last film. Kids think nothing of it other than that it's funny, but many adults are left questioning his reason in wearing it in the first place.
    • Donkey comes pretty close to asking, "what do you think I am, some kind of pussy?" at one point, but gets cut off by Puss in Boots' entrance.
    • While Shrek and Fiona are enjoying themselves on their honeymoon, Shrek makes Donkey leave so they can have privacy. Pretty obvious what they were about to do.
    • The Love Potion the Fairy Godmother orders Harold to give Fiona visibly horrifies him, being portrayed akin to a date rape drug. She is asking him to drug his daughter so that she will not resist Charming's advances.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far Far Away. The DVD Commentary even calls it a "Gilligan's Island cut".
    Shrek: We're not going, and that's final!
    Cut to the last of the luggage being loaded
  • Good-Times Montage: The opening sequence of the film.
  • Groin Attack: Donkey accidentally kicks Shrek in the groin when trying to hit Puss.
  • Hairball Humor: When Puss tries to assassinate Shrek, he pauses to cough up a hairball, which grosses even Shrek out.
  • Happily Married: Shrek and Fiona love each other very much, and are not for a moment interested in anyone else.
    • Harold and Lillian are very close to each other, despite their clearly differing opinions on their daughter's marriage to Shrek.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • After spending the movie hating Shrek and trying to break him and Fiona up, to the point of hiring an assassin to kill Shrek, Harold has a change of heart when he sees that Fiona is very genuinely in love with the ogre, and at this time realizes that he isn't willing to betray his daughter for the sake of a contract.
    • Said assassin, Puss in Boots, undergoes one of his own after Shrek and Donkey spare him, joining the two in their quest.
  • The Heist: After the Fairly Godmother makes it clear that she won't help Shrek, he, Donkey, and Puss take matters into their own hands and break into her potion factory to steal one.
  • Held Gaze: Shrek and Fiona briefly share one after they are reunited at the ball, until Fairy Godmother interrupts the moment by yelling at Harold.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mongo dies during the castle siege, and King Harold takes a shot from Fairy Godmother which was meant for Shrek.
  • He's Got a Weapon!:
    Donkey: "Look out Shrek, he's got a piece!"
    Shrek: "Donkey. It's a cat."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Fairy Godmother, who has a magic shot deflected back at her by Harold taking the hit.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: A lot of the humor of the series comes from putting a fairy tale twist on modern names and concepts, such as watching "Knights" on a magic mirror, or eating a meal from Old Mac Donald's with Baskin Robin Hood ice cream for dessert. (These are both actual places shown in the film.)
  • Hollywood Glass Cutter: Puss in Boots cuts a circular hole with his claws to get the "Happily Ever After" potion from the Fairy Godmother's storage room. The hole, however, turns out to be too small for the bottle to fit through, and Puss ends up pulling the bottle so hard that the glass pane shatters.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Fiona's parents are discussing Fiona marrying an ogre:
    Lillian: This is Fiona's choice!
    Harold: Yes, but she was supposed to choose the prince we picked out for her!
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Harold samples a dish and calls it "exquisite" before learning it is, in fact, dog food. He proceeds to wipe his hands in disgust, though doesn't have much of a reaction besides that.
  • Immediate Sequel: Shrek and Fiona ride off into the sunset to their honeymoon during the first film's Dance Party Ending. The first time Shrek and Fiona are seen in the second film is during that honeymoon.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The Mooks in the potion factory shoot at Shrek, who is barely moving since he is stuck running against the movement of a conveyor belt. In spite of this, none of the guards land a hit.
  • Improvised Zipline: Prince Charming uses one during his opening montage.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Puss in Boots, during the scene in the potion factory, complete with requisite hat-grab.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Prince Charming is bravest and most handsome in all the land, according to him at least. He so firm believes that he doesn't understand how Fiona could possibly choose Shrek over him.
  • I'm Not Hungry: On the beach during their honeymoon, Fiona is about to eat a chicken leg but proceeds to throw it away and jump Shrek.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Shrek and Fiona attempt to have a romantic moment when they arrive home, only to be interrupted by fanfare and an invitation to a wedding ball hosted by Fiona's parents. They are eventually successful at the wedding ball, cementing their love to the people of Far Far Away and the King and Queen.
  • I Want Grandkids: During dinner, Lillian comments on how she thinks the swamp will be a fine place to raise the children, causing both Harold and Shrek to freak out. Shrek is horrified at the prospect of being a father, while Harold is disgusted with the thought of them having children.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Shrek's desire to make Fiona happy drives him to a point where he is willing to let her go to be with Prince Charming. It also drives him to take a potion so that he and Fiona can live out their Happily Ever After in more widely accepted human forms, rather than the ogre forms hated by most of society, even though he very much prefers being an ogre.
    Donkey: But you love being an ogre!
    Shrek: I know! But I love Fiona more.
    • In a parental instance, King Harold at first strongly opposes the marriage of Shrek and Fiona, and is under duress from the Fairy Godmother to fulfill his end of a deal wherein Charming and Fiona are wed. However, when he sees Fiona's love for Shrek and loathing of Charming, he goes back on the deal despite the danger to himself.
      • Lillian acts in a similar vein. Despite her initial shock at seeing her daughter's new form and her daughter's husband, she tries to accept the situation after seeing how happy Fiona is with Shrek.
    • A mutual example comes during the climax. When midnight comes and the Happily Ever After potion is about to wear off, turning Shrek and Fiona back into ogres, Fiona turns down the kiss that would make it permanent. Shrek was willing to give up his proud ogrehood so his wife could be happy as a human; she in turn was unwilling to let Shrek make that sacrifice at the possible cost of his own happiness.
  • Jerkass: Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Shrek, as he was in the first film.
    • King Harold, somewhat. He vehemently opposes having an ogre in the family, and simultaneously wants what is best for Fiona; he inaccurately connects these dots to conclude that Shrek must be removed for Fiona to be happy. However, when he realizes Fiona is happy, and that he couldn't possibly back-stab his own daughter for what he thought was best for her- again- he gives them his blessing.
  • Just the Way You Are: After Shrek takes a potion to make him and Fiona humans, he asks Fiona if it's what she wants. Her response is to tell him that she already loved him the way he was.
  • Kick the Dog: Done to an actual dog, though not literally. During Shrek and Fiona's second argument, the Bichon Frise won't stop barking in fright, so Shrek angrily roars at it. Scared even more than before, the dog covers its eyes with its paws.
  • Kill It with Water: The Heroic Sacrifice of Gingy's giant, Mongo.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The Happily Ever After potion indicates that, for Shrek make its effects permanent, he must kiss Fiona by the midnight of its use.
    Shrek: Midnight! Why is it always midnight?
  • Laugh of Love: Fiona giggles whenever things take a romantic turn between her and Shrek.
  • Left the Background Music On: It turns out that the voice-over narration describing Charming's quest is done by Charming himself while on that quest.
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Lillian defending Fiona's marriage, saying it was her choice and that love is unpredictable.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming.
  • Logical Weakness: Mongo the giant gingerbread man suffers from this when he helps Shrek and the fairy tale creatures storm the castle during the climax. Mongo manages to pry the castle door open a crack, just enough for Shrek to slip through, but immediately afterwards the guards pour warm milk on him. His arms get soggy and break off, causing him to lose his balance and fall backwards into the moat. Being a giant cookie, he is too soggy to move at all anymore and is permanently defeated.
  • Love Potion: Deconstructed. They're depicted as a shallow act of desperation which, disturbingly, removes the element of choice from the person who they've been used on.
    • Fiona's fairy godmother orders Harold to pour one into Fiona's drink so that she will fall in love with Prince Charming instead of Shrek. King Harold, reasonably, views this as a horrific breach of consent, but reluctantly taints some tea in order to fulfill his end of his deal. Turns out, Harold didn't give Fiona the potion after all- he deliberately gave Fiona the untainted cup of tea.
  • Mama Bear: Despite being shocked, Lillian is fully supportive of Fiona's love for Shrek, defending her choice against Harold.
  • Manchild: Prince Charming is a rather whiny and entitled fellow.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shrek on the way to Far Far Away has a moment of this when he and Fiona get fed up with Donkey asking "Are we there yet?", and shuts him up by repeating what he says for five lines until Donkey gets fed up and shuts up.
    • The Fairy Godmother has no qualms using potions, trickery, or even blackmail to get what she wants. She forces King Harold into a contract working against his daughter and her lover and abuses Shrek's insecurity regarding his relationship with Fiona to convince him that Fiona wants to be with Charming instead.
  • Manly Tears: In the aforementioned scene where Fairy Godmother is convincing Shrek that Fiona really wants to be with Charming, Shrek looks like he's about to cry.
  • Meet the In-Laws: The movie is about Shrek meeting Fiona's parents, who aren't very happy about their daughter marrying an ogre. The Queen tries to be accepting of it, but the King is less open-minded.
  • Men of Sherwood: Gingy, Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs (as well as Mongo, the giant gingerbread man, when he joins them) are this when they hear of the arrest of Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Far Far Away, as they not only rescue them but also help to storm the castle and get to Fiona. The Three Blind Mice are with them, and try to help, but fail miserably because they can't see; one is almost eaten by Puss.
  • Mirrors Reflect Everything: At the end, Fairy Godmother shoots a spell at Shrek. King Harold jumps in the way, and his armor returns the spell to its sender, though it does not protect Harold against the magic.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: After being threatened by the Fairy Godmother, Harold goes to the Poison Apple tavern and hires a hitman to dispose of Shrek.
  • Must Make Amends: Harold, after his Heel–Face Turn. First, he switches Fiona's potion-tainted teacup with his own, to prevent her from being spellbound as Fairy Godmother demanded she be. Then, he protects Shrek from Fairy Godmother by Taking the Bullet when she tries to destroy Shrek with a magic blast, turning Harold back into a frog but defeating Fairy Godmother when the blast is sent back at her. Finally, by accepting Shrek into the family and giving his blessing to Shrek and Fiona's marriage.
  • My Card: Fairy Godmother has a business card which is itself a means of direct communication.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: King Harold has a moment after Fiona decides to leave, when she's had enough of his prejudice. He realizes how selfish he's been by failing to take Fiona's feelings into proper consideration. Later on, when he sees how much Fiona loathes Charming and has no interest in being with anyone else but Shrek, especially after he attempts to give her the Love Potion that the Fairy Godmother threatened him into giving her, deciding last moment to go back on his word to the Fairy Godmother.
  • Never My Fault: Charming, in a very immature and whiny way, firmly believes the reason Fiona isn't falling in love with him is that he has to pretend to be Shrek and can't be what he thinks is charming. He reveals though, he couldn't care less if Fiona actually loves him, he just wants the crown.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: King Harold's smug reply to the Fairy Godmother, as well as the last thing he ever said to her, implies that he has finally conquered his fear of her thanks to his stronger love for his daughter.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Said word for word by Lillian during the dinner scene, regarding her and Harold's grandchildren being ogres.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: In the original DVD menu, Donkey asks why the movie is just named Shrek 2, and starts coming up with alternative Donkey-related subtitles, like "Day of the Donkey", "Donkey's Revenge", "A Donkey Will Rise", "2 Fast 2 Donkey'' and "Donkey Reloaded". This soon gets on everyone else's nerves.
    Donkey: How about "Shrek 2... The REAL Jackass Movie?!"
    Everyone: No!
    Donkey: How about "Shrek 2: Donkey Reloaded?"
    Everyone: NO!!
    Shrek: How about this? "Shrek 2: Dude, Where's My Donkey? Oh, there he is, cut from the movie because HE TALKS TOO MUCH!"
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Shrek, when Puss draws his claws before attacking him.
    • The factory workers, when Shrek knocks over a giant vat of potion.
    • Fairy Godmother has one when Harold leaps in front of Shrek to take a magic bolt, which bounces off his armor and strikes her down.
  • Open-Minded Parent:
    • Queen Lillian is shocked to see Shrek and Fiona, but is willing to accept their union due to how happy Fiona is with Shrek.
    • King Harold initially opposes Shrek and Fiona's marriage, but eventually has a Heel–Face Turn and blesses Shrek and Fiona's union when he sees how genuine their love is.
  • Orbital Kiss: Shrek and Fiona have one towards the end of the opening sequence.
  • Papa Wolf: After seeing that Fiona does genuinely love Shrek and seeing just how low the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming were willing to stoop, Harold risks everything by going back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother so that Fiona isn't forced into a relationship she doesn't want.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Shrek steals the uniform of one of the elves who work at the Fairy Godmother's factory to sneak into the potion room. It only fits over his head, but all of the workers are fooled.
  • Parental Bonus: Many.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Though Fiona is already married to Shrek, Harold attempts to convince her to leave him. Harold is concerned about Fiona being an ogre, and is angry that she is married to an ogre. His veto is unsuccessful, and he does eventually bless their union.
  • Parental Neglect: Shrek accuses Harold of this, regarding Fiona's being locked away in a tower.
  • Perspective Magic: After he assists Shrek in breaking out of Far Far Away prison, Gingy stands upon a parapet with the Far Far Away castle far off in the distance behind him. This perspective gives Shrek an idea about how they will go about Storming the Castle, and that idea's name is Mongo.
  • Parents as People: Harold clearly loves Fiona very much, but also has his own views of what a happily ever after for a princess should be. To this end, he has a secret Deal with the Devil involving his daughter entering an Arranged Marriage with the son of the dangerous Fairy Godmother. He does eventually have a Heel–Face Turn when he sees how unhappy Fiona is without Shrek, and realizes the true weight of his imposition upon her. However, his fears turn out to be completely justified.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Queen Lillian's main outfit is a reddish pink; King Harold dons blue hues.
  • Plot Hole: During their Good-Times Montage, Shrek and Fiona arrive at a beach. In the bonus game "Interactive Map of Far Far Away", selecting "The Beach" shows that same beach scene, yet it's shown before they leave Far Far Away.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Fairy Godmother comes across more than a little racist, and that's just her reaction to ogres. She also refers to the Big Bad Wolf as "gender-confused", which could come across as a pretty horrendous insult to cross-dressers or drag queens, not to mention any transgender individuals.
  • P.O.V. Cam: Happens when Shrek becomes a human- we see things from his POV after he wakes up.
  • Precious Puppies: Fiona's Bichon Frise.
  • Prince Charmless: Prince Charming. This one is a spoiled mamma's boy with a manipulative, power-hungry mother. He is also only interested in Fiona for her royal status, and doesn't especially care about her as a person. He also tries to trick Fiona into thinking he's Shrek, transformed after the potion, but she doesn't fall for him in this state.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Both Fairy Godmother and Charming after she says how the love potion will make Fiona fall in love wiht Charming, both satisfied their plan will be successful. Harold on the other hand, is completely horrified.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Puss only attacked Shrek because he'd been hired by Harold to do so. He is not evil, and becomes friends with Shrek after the ogre spares his life.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Puss in Boots weaponizes this trope.
  • Reality Ensues: During the prison break scene, Pinocchio tries to rescue Shrek and the gang with a "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop by his puppet strings, doing several fancy flips on the way down. However, these flips just entangle him in said strings, immobilizing him.
    • Fairy Godmother wants King Harold to, without hyperbole, force his daughter entirely against her will to marry a man neither she nor he especially likes, by having Harold administer a mind-affecting potion to strip her of her say in the matter. Of course he doesn't go through with the plan, how could he possibly?
    • The plan to get Fiona to be with Charming ends up failing miserably as Fiona had already fallen in love with another man and is in fact very happy with him.
    • Lillian warned Harold earlier that Fiona would never forgive him if he did not give his blessing to her marriage to Shrek and that she did not want to lose her but Harold did not believe her. Turns out, she was completely right as Fiona bitterly tells her parents that she's leaving after she's had enough of her father's prejudice. The look on Lillian's face tells him "I told you so." This begins Harold's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Puss may be suave and work as an assassin, but he is still a cat and is ultimately defeated when he has to stop fighting to cough up a hairball.
    • Shrek, Donkey and Puss stole the Happily Ever After potion from Fairy Godmother, so she was able to have them justly imprisoned for the crime when she needed them out of her way.
    • Fiona assumes that her parents will be accepting of her choice in Shrek because they love her. However, she quickly discovers that while they do love her, they have just as much discrimination as anyone else. Her mother at least tries to suppress it and attempts to convince her father to accept the situation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
  • Rewatch Bonus: The viewer is unlikely to pay attention to which cup of tea Harold pours the love potion into the first time around, and which cup Fiona later takes. Those who did know right there that she never drank the potion.
    • All sorts of references to fairy tale characters can be seen in various parts of the film, from background characters to allusive shop names.
  • The Reveal: Harold's Disney Death Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the movie eventually reveals his true form as the Frog Prince. Unlike the original fairy tale, neither his wife nor his daughter knew of his true form. This is because Harold gained this form through a deal with the Fairy Godmother, instead of Lillian kissing him, and Fiona's Arranged Marriage to Prince Charming was the payment for that deed.
  • Rocky Roll Call: During the dinner scene with Fiona's parents:
    Queen: Harold!
    Fiona: Shrek!
    Shrek: Fiona!
    King: Fiona!
    Fiona: Mom!
    Queen: Harold!
    Donkey: Donkey!
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: After Shrek rams Fiona through the door in a Bridal Carry, she gets a piece of gingerbread in her hair and feeds it to Shrek.
  • Running Gag: Sometimes the characters are surprised to learn that Charming is Fairy Godmother's son.
  • Say My Name: Shrek when he tries (in vain) to get Fiona's attention, when he is trapped in her room by Fairy Godmother.
    • Shrek and Fiona when they are reunited at the ball after Fiona knocks out Charming, both very happy to be with the one the truly love again.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Shrek and Fiona get off the carriage, to an assembly of shocked onlookers.
    Donkey: Uh... Why don’t you guys go ahead. I’ll park the car.
    • Fiona, after she's had enough of her parents' prejudice. She says that introducing them to Shrek was a mistake, and decides to find him and leave, intending to cut her parents out of her life.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Harold goes back on his promise to the Fairy Godmother after seeing Fiona has no interest in being with anyone else but Shrek.
  • Secret Diary: Shrek, unable to sleep, walks around Fiona's childhood room while she's asleep and stumbles upon her childhood diary in a music box. There, he reads of her childhood fantasy of being rescued by Prince Charming and becoming "Mrs. Fiona Charming". This adds to Shrek's guilt over whether he's making Fiona happy.
    King Harold: S-Sorry. Uh...I hope I'm not interrupting anything.
    Shrek: No, no! I was just reading a...a scary book.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: It's clear that neither Shrek nor Fiona have eyes for anyone else.
    • After Shrek becomes handsome from the Happily Ever After potion, a gaggle of girls start throwing themselves at him. He informs them that he already has a true love.
    • When Prince Charming poses as Shrek, with a very different personality, Fiona has no interest in him and wants Shrek the way he originally was.
  • Separated by a Common Language: The character name Mongo raises eyebrows in Scotland, where the word is an extremely offensive pejorative term for someone who is mentally handicapped.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Prince Charming does this in the opening sequence, followed by an Anticipatory Breath Spray.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous, as expected of a Shrek movie:
    • When arriving in Far Far Away, Donkey says, "Swimming pools, movie stars!" a reference to opening theme of The Beverly Hillbillies.
    • To Garfield when Puss mutters into his milk "I hate Mondays."
    • During Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon, they receive a ring with text that glows after it is heated. Later that day, when Fiona removes something covering Shrek's mouth to kiss him while he is hanging from a tree, one is reminded of a similar kiss a certain wall-crawling character had with his lover.
    • When Shrek is fleeing on Donkey into the forest in a segment of KNIGHTS, there is a helicopter shot of the sequence and a voice is heard saying "We've got a white bronco headed east into the forest. Requesting backup." This is a direct reference to the infamous 1994 California highway chase where cops were chasing OJ Simpson in a white Ford Bronco, a notorious low-speed chase. The montage's camerawork and overall appearance resembles the appearance of COPS.
    • When Shrek and Fiona are kissing on the beach, a wave washes over them and swaps Fiona with a red-headed mermaid. Fiona promptly tosses her way out to sea, where she is attacked by a shark.
    • Keeling over from the Happily Ever After potion, Donkey calls out "I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
    • As Mongo perishes, defeated by the knights of Far Far Away, he tells Gingy to "be good". The same final words are spoken in Deep Impact, when one of the astronauts sent to destroy a comet inbound for Earth says his goodbyes to his family. He also lets out a very familiar roar of rage when the defenders hit him in the gumdrop buttons.
    • A multitude of shout-outs to different songs, just like in the first film.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Charming attempts to invoke this with Fiona when he's pretending to be Shrek, by calling her "muffin cake". However, he only makes Fiona more repulsed by him, nearly causing her to run away from the ball.
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Fairy Godmother does this at one point.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Fairy Godmother forces Harold to slip Fiona a love potion so she'll fall in love with Charming. Harold attempts to give Fiona the potion with a cup of tea. He then has a pang of conscience after Fiona expresses her love for Shrek and her terrible unhappiness with Charming, driving him to switch the cup for the untainted cup last minute.
  • Stunned Silence: When Shrek and Fiona get out of the carriage, everyone who sees them falls silent. It becomes so quiet, all that can be heard is a baby crying in the distance.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: From their first scene together, one can see the strong resemblance between Fiona and her mother, Lillian. Their personalities are also quite aligned, as evident in the dinner scene.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Shrek does this to Donkey on the journey to Far Far Away when he starts making annoying popping noises.
    Shrek: Oh! For five minutes! Could you not be yourself? FOR FIVE MINUTES?!
    • Fairy Godmother also does this while secretly meeting Harold to talk about their deal after finding out Fiona married an ogre.
    Harold: It's not my fault, [Prince Charming] didn't get there in time!
    Fairy Godmother: STOP!!!!!
    [Her flying carriage came to a halt... at a fast food place]
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: The Fairy Godmother, almost literally. She gets hit by her own magic blast, feels herself apparently unharmed, grins evilly as she prepares to blast Shrek again, then dies.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Fairy Godmother aims to blast Shrek with a magic bolt, King Harold jumps in front of him, causing it to bounce off his armour and return to her.
  • That Poor Cat: When Shrek faints after taking the Happily Ever After potion, he lands on Puss, who loudly yowls.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Charming had everything lined up to get exactly what he wanted. If only he'd arrived a little earlier...
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X: During Far Far Away Idol Prince Charming sings "I'm So Sexy" in a matter so bad he is ejected from the stage. Simon remarks "That was the Artist Formerly Known as Prince Charming!
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: Caused by Fairy Godmother, who gets Prince Charming to claim he is Shrek, as to fool Fiona.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The look on Shrek's face implies this is what he's thinking as they are about to reach their destination, greeted by a large crowd and sees Fiona's parents waiting by the door. Also Harold as they are about to greet their daughter and her husband, not at all what they expected them to be.
  • Threatening Shark: The fate of the Captain Ersatz Little Mermaid in the opening sequence is to be eaten by sharks.
  • Took a Shortcut: In a non-video game example, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona have to travel to the Kingdom of Far, FAR Away, which apparently takes an exceedingly long time. Yet when Shrek is arrested after stealing the Happily Ever After Potion, his whole gang back at the swamp- where darkness is already falling- witness this on television and get to Far Far Away that same evening, well before midnight.
  • True Love Is Exceptional: As her diary revealed, Fiona had dreamed her whole childhood of being rescued by a handsome prince and becoming "Mrs. Fiona Charming". However, she ended up falling in love with Shrek, an ogre who was a far cry from this. When she is placed with the supposed man of her dreams, Prince Charming, she does not fall in love with Charming and wants to be with Shrek again. Fiona had completely discarded her childhood fantasies and had no issue with doing so, finding everything she wants in Shrek. Harold pulls a Heel–Face Turn when he realizes this, accepting Shrek into the family and attempting to go back on his promise with Fairy Godmother.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: With a mix of Finishing Each Other's Sentences, during the scene where Shrek and Fiona first arrive in Far Far Away, both them and Fiona's parents bicker within their respective pairs as they walk to greet each other, with each line cutting out to be finished by other side, humorously with the finished line carrying the exact opposite connotation of its predecessor.
  • Use Your Head: After Charming forcibly kisses Fiona (believing she took the love potion) Fiona then pretends to caress his face, and then knocks him out with a head butt. She then steps over him and reunites with the man she really loves.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Given how everyone else reacts when they see Shrek and Fiona- fleeing in terror, attacking in terror, or staring in Stunned Silence- the heralds who deliver them the invitation at the beginning are remarkably unfazed by the sight of their princess-turned-ogre and her similarly-formed husband. And the talking donkey.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Fairy Godmother, when she discovers that Harold did not give Fiona the potion. She sees Harold stand up to her, realizing her chances of putting her son on the throne are gone. She attempts to take out her anger on Shrek and Fiona, only for Harold to jump in the way and send the magic blast back at her.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: From which Fairy Godmother draws the Love Potion.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Everybody loves the Fairy Godmother - she seems quite nice and she's very famous for her potions and happy endings.
  • Villainous Valor: The Far Far Away knights protecting the castle at the climax are extremely competent and never flee from their position, even when confronted with a hundred-foot-tall gingerbread man. Although the "villainous" part is debatable here, considering they were just doing their jobs to protect the castle from what was very clearly a hostile invader.
  • Wedding Ring Removal: It was implied Fiona was considering it after the talk with her father, when she was seen fiddling with her ring.
  • Wham Shot: The reveal at the end that shows King Harold reverted back into a frog.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Harold, after arguing with Lillian about Fiona's marriage, asks "what could get any worse?" Cue Fairy Godmother secretly visiting him, greeting him with a menacing "Hello, Harold".
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Donkey delivers a hilarious one to Shrek after the latter roars at Fiona's dog and selfishly tells her he refuses to change his ogre nature.
    Donkey: That's real smooth, Shrek. (imitating Shrek) "I'm an ogre! AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!"
    • When Fiona fainted due to the effects of the Happily Ever After potion, Lillian gave Harold a silent glare, presumably thinking Fiona fainted from the stress of the pressure Harold imposed upon her.
    • Fiona gave another one to Harold after Charming impersonated Shrek, thinking his prejudice made Shrek feel forced to change. Lillian even questions him about it.
    Lillian: You wouldn't have something to do with this? Would you, Harold?
  • With This Ring: Shrek has the seven dwarves make a wedding ring for Fiona. Shrek picks up the ring while it's still hot and accidentally tosses it into the air. Fiona manages to catch on her finger which glows with the words "I love you".
  • White Stallion: Donkey becomes a stallion after drinking the Happily Ever After potion. It doesn't stick.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Puss in Boots holds off a pack of guards as Shrek rushes to stop the Fairy Godmother's evil plot, a payment of his life debt. It's not especially difficult for him, as a deceptively skilled swords-cat.

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