|“||And last, but certainly not least, bachelorette number three is a fiery redhead from a dragon guarded castle surrounded by hot boiling lava! But don't let that cool you off. She's a loaded pistol who likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Yours for the rescuing, Princess Fiona!||”|
–Magic Mirror introducing Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad
Fiona was born in the kingdom of Far Far Away as the only child of king Harold and queen Lillian. At some point in her early years, she was secretly betrothed to Prince Charming by her father as repayment to the Fairy Godmother for turning him into a human. This marriage would never take place however.
Fiona's curse (possibly cast by Fairy Godmother) made it so that between sunrise and sunset she remained human, but at twilight she took the form of an ogre. Her father was very strict with her so as to not reveal her secret, like in one instance where he not he would not let her go to a sleepover with her best friend Sleeping Beauty.
Fiona's parents sought the help of Fairy Godmother, who had them lock her away in a dragon-guarded castle to await her true love. There was a semi-complex plan where Prince Charming was supposed to rescue Fiona and marry her as Harold's way of repaying the Fairy Godmother for a favor she had done him while courting Lillian (Harold was originally a frog and the Fairy Grandmother allowed him to pursue his dream of courting Lillian by making him human).
Fiona was imprisoned in the highest room of the tallest tower of the castle on Christmas Eve when she was just 7 years old. She spent at least 20 years in that tower until Shrek rescued her. In her tower she claimed to have only bare essentials (e.g. food / water), an army cot, a hot plate, and a chamber pot.
Lord Farquaad is told by the Magic Mirror that in order to be king of Duloc, he must first marry a princess. Farquaad is given the choice between Cinderella, Snow White, and Fiona as a potential bride. He chooses Fiona, and holds a tournament in which the knight who wins will have the "privilege" to rescue her from the Dragon's Keep for him. Shrek becomes the tournament's unexpected champion after besting all of Farquaad's knights, and agrees to rescue Fiona in exchange for the removal of the fairytale creatures from his swamp.
Fiona first meets Shrek when he crashes into the roof of her tower after being thrown by Dragon. Wearing pieces of armor taken from dead knights in the Dragon's Keep, Shrek is mistaken by Fiona to be her Prince Charming. She pretends to sleep, but instead of getting her true love's kiss, she is shaken awake and unceremoniously dragged out of her tower. Shrek is all but the knight in shining armor that Fiona expected; he won't recite her poetry, she gives him her handkerchief as a token of her gratitude just for him to wipe his face with it, and he hasn't even slain the dragon. Shrek leaves to get back Donkey from Dragon, and the three of them narrowly escape from the castle. Fiona is grateful to her rescuer despite his un-knightly behavior. Wishing to see his face so she can kiss him, Fiona orders Shrek to remove his helmet.
Fiona is angered to learn that her rescuer is not a knight, but an ogre, and that the man who wants to marry her wouldn't come himself. At first she refuses to go back to Farquaad, so Shrek grabs her and carries her over his shoulder. On their travel back, Fiona demands that they stop to make camp before nightfall and shelters herself away. She overhears Shrek confide in Donkey that he chooses to be alone because everyone judges him just for being an ogre. She wakes up early and ends up singing with a blue bird until she accidentally causes it to explode after singing a high note. Fiona in a noticeably better mood today, makes breakfast with the bird's eggs for Shrek and Donkey in order to makeup for their bad first impressions of each other. Shrek tells her that she wasn't what he expected from a princess, and Fiona tells he shouldn't judge people before getting to know him, referring to something he had said last night. The group runs into Monsieur Hood and his band of Merrymen, and after Hood threatens to kill Shrek, Fiona reveals her martial arts skills and single-handedly defeats them.
An amazed Shrek asks Fiona where she learned to fight, but before she can answer points to an arrow sticking in his butt. After much resistance on Shrek's part Fiona manages to remove the arrow, and the group continues on their journey. Having developed a bond with Shrek, Fiona is less eager to be returned to Farquaad. With Duloc in sight, the two convince Donkey that he looks sick as an excuse to spend more time together. Having set up a campfire they share weedrat kababs and discuss the future. Fiona laments that she is going to have to be dining in Duloc soon, and Shrek suggests that she visit him in his swamp sometime. They hold each other's hand and lean in to kiss each other but are interrupted by Donkey pointing out the sunset. Fiona is visibly worried, saying that she's just afraid of the dark, and quickly slips away into the windmill for the night.
Later Donkey goes in to check on Fiona, and after failing to hide from him she reveals that at night she takes on the form of an ogre. She explains that when she was a child a witch cast a spell on her, causing her to transform into an ogre when the sun goes down, and that the curse can only be broken by true love's first kiss. Fiona is convinced that Farquaad is this true love, but Donkey suggests that maybe she should be with Shrek instead. Shrek overhears part of this -- Fiona asking, "who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly?" -- and believes Fiona is referring to him. In the morning Fiona decides to tell Shrek her secret, but Shrek repeats back what he had heard last night. Fiona is heartbroken as she thinks that Shrek won't be with her because of her ugliness. Farquaad and some of his guards soon arrive, as Shrek had gone out in the night to summon them.
Angry and upset, Shrek hands Fiona over to Farquaad, and Fiona goes with him willingly as she is upset by Shrek's cold behavior, although she doesn't seem to be all too thrilled by her groom. Hoping to lift her curse before sunset, she convinces Farquaad to hold the wedding that same day. As she prepares for the wedding, Fiona is hesitant about marrying Farquaad and devastated by how Shrek treated her. Just as she and Farquaad are about to kiss at the wedding, Shrek interrupts the ceremony. He tells Fiona that Farquaad is just marrying her so that he can be king of Duloc and that one that really loves her is himself. Sunset comes and Fiona reveals her ogre form, setting Farquaad into a fit of rage. He orders his guards to seize them both, and threatens to lock Fiona back in her tower for the rest of her days. However at Shrek's command, Fiona's dragon guardian bursts through the windows and eats Farquaad. The curse is lifted when Fiona is kissed by Shrek, but she is shocked that "true love's form" has still left her as an ogre. While she had expected to become her human self, Shrek assures her that she is still beautiful and the two marry in Shrek's swamp.
Fiona tries to convince Shrek to meet her parents in the kingdom of Far Far Away (a kingdom resembling Hollywood). They go, and her Fairy Godmother, who had her locked away in the tower to start with, still believes she’s under the original curse. When the Fairy Godmother finds out that she’s married to an ogre indeed, Fairy Godmother plots to slaughter Fiona's husband so her son, Prince Charming, can propose to her. It turns out that there was a semi-complex plan where Prince Charming, not Shrek, was supposed to rescue Fiona and marry her. It was the King's way of repaying the Fairy Godmother for a favor she had done him while courting Fiona's mother. Fiona is briefly returned to human form after Shrek drinks a "Happily Ever After" potion, which changes both the drinker and their true love into more beautiful forms. To make the change permanent however, she must kiss her true love by midnight. Fairy Godmother tries to get King Harold to give his daughter a love potion so that she'd fall in love with Charming and kiss him to make the potion's effect permanent. Both plans ultimately fail however. Harold, after seeing how much Fiona dislikes Charming, does not give her the love potion. When Shrek tries to kiss Fiona, she tells him she wants to live happily ever after with the ogre she married. She and Shrek turn back into ogres afterwards, and Donkey (who turned into a white stallion) turns back into a donkey, after which he cried himself to sleep, missing his long, sleek, mane of stallion hair.
Fiona has to act as the queen of Far Far Away while her father becomes very ill. After a long hard day, Fiona starts to suggest to Shrek that they begin a family. Shrek dismisses it at first, saying she’s his family. When her father passes away, Shrek sets out to find her cousin Arthur Pendragon, and as he’s leaving she tells Shrek she’s pregnant (something that she has hinted since the beginning of the film). While she’s having a baby shower, Prince Charming stages an invasion so that he can proclaim himself king of Far Far Away. Fiona organizes the resistance with her friends Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Doris the Ugly Stepsister, but Rapunzel turns traitor to marry Prince Charming. Thanks to the fighting abilities of her mother, they get out of prison and manage to get away, and the different princesses 'cut loose' and become more independent, Artie ends up making a speech to convince the villains to go straight. In the end, she returns to the swamp and gives birth to ogre triplets with Shrek. This was the only film in the series so far where Fiona is not seen as a human.
Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to become "Ogre for a Day", and gives up the day of his own birth. Since Shrek was never born, he never rescued Fiona from the tower, her parents signed the contract, and Rumpelstiltskin became king of Far Far Away. After Shrek escapes from the castle, it is revealed that Fiona rescued herself from the tower and is now the leader of the ogre rebellion. Her personality is very abrasive and she refuses to believe in love, completely unlike her alternate self. Throughout the night of Shrek's day, Shrek attempts to woo this new Fiona, and fails multiple times. Close to midnight that night, the ogres storm Rumpelstiltskin's castle and capture him; just as they are preparing to eat him, dawn comes and Shrek begins to disappear in his former wife's arms, telling Fiona of their family and of her daughter, Felicia. She kisses him just as he's fading, and the curse is lifted. This is the only film in which we see Fiona with her hair down.
Once the time stream is back to normal, Fiona is shown at the birthday party with the children.
Video Game Appearances
Fiona appears in all of the Shrek games.
She also appears in Shrek Super Slam as one of the 10 starters. Her Super Slam is that she sings very hard (so hard that birds can explode).
Fiona also appeared in Shrek Smash and Crash Racing. She is one of the four racers that are unlocked from the start. Fiona doesn't appear in her human form in this game at all. Her kart is the Onion Carriage that Shrek and herself used to travel to Far Far Away in Shrek 2. Fiona's special item is a pot.
Songs (in the musical)
- "This Is How A Dream Comes True"
- "Morning Person"
- "Morning Person (Reprise)"
Solos (in a duet)
- "I Think I Got You Beat" (Shrek)
Solos (in a group number)
- "I Know It's Today" (Young and Teenage Fiona)
- "Who I'd Be" (Shrek and Donkey)
- "This Is Our Story" (Shrek, Donkey, and Fairy Tale Creatures)
- "I'm a Believer" (Shrek, Donkey, and Fairy Tale Creatures)
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. Later, Princess Fiona's true self emerges, as she is really a very down-to-earth and independent woman who is a match for or even better than Shrek whenever it comes to the bad habits he has. She enjoys burping and likes to get foot massages. She’s a loyal friend, and unlike princesses of fairy tales, an old pro in hand-to-hand combat with knowledge of Chinese martial arts, leading a rebellion with the princesses while pregnant with Shrek's children. She also has very poor manners (just like Shrek), since she is an ogre. According to Magic Mirror, she likes Pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. She's shown to be very nurturing and proves to be a great mother to her and Shrek's triplets.
In the alternative world it is shown that she doesn't want to be a human and she wants to stay ogre.
Powers and Abilities
- Martial Artist: Fiona is highly trained and skilled in Japanese-style martial arts, making her a capable hand-to-hand combatant despite her size. She is able to defeat an entire group of Merrymen when they try to kill Shrek and knock out Charming with a headbutt for kissing her.
- Superhuman Strength (As An Ogre): In her ogre form, she gains the superhuman strength and durability possessed by ogres, complementing her already proficient martial arts skills. She is seen to be strong enough to hurl a mermaid far into the beach waters. In the alternative world, she is strong enough to kick Shrek with enough force that he gets thrown away. However, Shrek is still shown to be stronger than her, when he is able to hold his own when he spars with her, using his raw strength to overcome his lack of training and skill.
- Weapon Combatant (Alternative World): In Shrek Forever After, as the leader of a group of ogre warriors, she is highly skillful in weapon-based combat, capable of hitting targets with axes with a blindfold on.
- It's possible Fiona is based on the repulsive princess from Shrek! as at the end of both the book and the movie they get married to Shrek.
- The first time where you could see Fiona as an ogre is the scene in Shrek where she is in the cave, but it's hard to notice because a fire is casting an orange light onto her green skin.
- Donkey knew about the ogre curse before Shrek.
- In the alternate world, Puss is her pet.
- Even in her ogress form, Fiona is significantly smaller than Shrek, who is able to swallow her head whole.
- If Fiona sings too high, birds will explode.
- Fiona has a lot of elements like other fairy tale princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and The Beast)
- Fiona likes to sing with woodland creatures like Snow White; her and Shrek started to fall in love while in her human form like Beauty and The Beast; Fiona was locked away in a tower guarded by a dragon like Sleeping Beauty; and Fiona had a Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (latter had 3 fairy godmothers).
- Near the end of the North American and some international prints of Shrek 2 she headbutts Charming to knock him out, but in the UK prints she slaps him instead.