Charming Fortuna, aka Prince Charming is the secondary antagonist of the Shrek franchise.
He is the son of the Fairy Godmother.
He is voiced by Rupert Everett.
Prince Charming was born to The Fairy Godmother and his unnamed and deceased father in the kingdom of Far Far Away. When he was a little boy he was betrothed to Princess Fiona, who was later cursed to turn into an ogre at night and locked away in a tower of a dragon-guarded castle. Charming was raised to believe that he would be the one to rescue Fiona and break her curse.
Although Charming doesn't appear physically in the film, he is mentioned when Fiona reveals that she thought that she would be rescued by Prince Charming, possibly having been told so by her parents.
In Shrek 2, he is more of a comic relief character. Charming's narration explains Fiona's childhood, and reveals that she was locked away at the advice of Fairy Godmother. Charming travels a long distance by horse to the Dragon's Keep to rescue Fiona. To his shock, he finds the Big Bad Wolf in her bed instead who tells him that Fiona has already been rescued and is on her honeymoon.
It is later revealed that Charming is, in fact, the son of the Fairy Godmother and that she wants her son to marry Fiona so that Charming can become king of Far Far Away (similar to Lord Farquaad's intentions from the first film). It can be reasoned that after having Fiona locked away it was always her plan to have Charming rescue her, Shrek being an unforeseen problem. In contrast to his fairytale namesake, this version of Prince Charming plays a more villainous role.
Later in the movie, after Shrek, Donkey and their new friend Puss-In-Boots steal Fairy Godmother's Happily Ever After potion and trash her factory, Charming enters, notices the mess and asks what happened, and she tells him Shrek was there. Charming then demands to know where Shrek is so he can kill him with a sword. However Fairy Godmother talks him out of it, stating he'll still be king.
Later, Charming deceives Fiona into believing that he is Shrek having been turned human by a "Happily Ever After" potion. Fiona remains highly suspicious of Charming as he acts nothing like Shrek, forcing Fairy Godmother to have Harold give Fiona a love potion that will make her fall in love with the first man she kisses.
At "Shrek" and Fiona's wedding ball, Charming pressures Fiona into dancing with him. At numerous points he attempts to seduce Fiona into kissing him, nearly succeeding until Shrek and Donkey interrupt the dance. In the ensuing confusion Charming forces a kiss on Fiona, believing that she has now fallen in love with him. However, Fiona headbutts him unconscious, and Harold reveals that he never gave Fiona the love potion. Charming wakes up to throw Fairy Godmother's wand back to her, and is later seen being forced to dance by Doris.
In Far Far Away Idol, Charming sang, "I'm Too Sexy", by Right Said Fred, although, during the song, Shrek and Fiona press a button, opening a trapdoor below him, due to his horrible singing.
He returns as the main antagonist. Charming is stuck working at a dinner theater, playing himself due to his name. However, despite being the hero in Charming's play (which appears to be a spoof on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel), the audience cheers when the "Shrek" Mascot comes onstage. Finally, a prop tower falls on Charming, but he escapes injury as the window passes around him. Charming leaves the theater upset and goes to his "dressing room": the back alley behind the bar, and starts sobbing at his misfortune. There, Charming vows to a picture of his mother that he will become the King of Far Far Away and kill Shrek to avenge her death.
Prince Charming organizes an army of villains in the Poison Apple, all upset that they haven't gotten their "Happily Ever After".
Charming then places Shrek in the play, now being performed in a pavilion before the entire kingdom. Shrek begins to ruin it for Charming by making a fool of him. As Charming is about to kill Shrek onstage, Fiona and the others burst in, getting ready to fight the villains. However, before a confrontation ensues, Artie, the true king, convinces the villains to give up their evil ways, and they do so. However, Charming refuses and stabs Shrek, but Shrek is completely unharmed; Charming merely stuck the sword between Shrek's arm and side. Shrek then throws Charming before Dragon, who tips over the stone tower with her tail, which falls on Charming, defeating him. The crown then goes rolling and Artie puts his foot on it. It is debated whether he survived the ordeal, as some say the empty window of the stone tower landed on him in a similar style to the cardboard tower at the beginning, and moments earlier, Shrek tells him that he's going to have to keep on looking for his "Happily Ever After" which could be an indication that he wasn't intended to be killed. However, watching in slow motion shows that the part of the tower above the window was what landed on him, and he says "Mummy?" before it lands on him hinting that he will be reunited with his mother soon or he could have possibly survived. If he survived, he may have been arrested and sent to jail for his actions.
Charming doesn't appear in the fourth movie and he also makes a cameo during the flashback montage of the end credits but he was supposed to be dead in the third movie. However, it remains debatable whether or not he died since his fate is unclear as it isn't shown onscreen, although it is clear he didn’t rescue Fiona, possibly because she wasn’t a princess anymore due to her parents signing their kingdom away to Rumpelstilskin, and Charming knew that he wouldn’t become king by marrying her.
Charming appears in the story "Bates Motel", told by Puss and Donkey. He first appears as a warm and friendly motel owner, inviting the two in, but is told by Donkey to have killed the Puss. Puss then replies that Charming killed the Donkey. Puss and Donkey argue over who is killed, then resort to just making each other look bad, Puss saying that before Charming could kill him, the Puss leaped to safety. Donkey then replies that "was exactly what Charming wanted the Puss to do". Charming laughed, then pulled a lever to make Puss fall through a trapdoor. The story ends as Donkey gets Pinocchio to spray Puss with water, making him run away, which Shrek later says is cheating.
Charming appears in zombie form in the dance number and later is seen sitting between Thelonious and Cyclops in the audience of the movie theater when Shrek wakes up from his dream. This showed that he did survived the falling tower.
Video Game Appearances
Charming also appeared in Shrek Super Slam as one of the 10 starting characters. His Super Slam is that he slams down with his sword creating giant beams of light.
He also appears in Shrek Smash and Crash Racing. Prince Charming is one of the eight unlockable racers in this game. Prince Charming's kart is the stallion that he uses in the Shrek films. His item is a giant mirror.
As seen when he narrates his story at the beginning of Shrek 2, he is portrayed as a selfish and arrogant mother's boy. He is also somewhat effeminate, which Shrek pokes fun of, calling him a pretty boy. He is sometimes not very intelligent, as seen where he pretends to be Shrek, he doesn't know that he needed to act like Shrek to order to deceive Fiona. He also was very offensive towards Shrek, as when he called him "dreadful". He also believed, as shown in his last moments, that the "Happily Ever After" of being with Fiona belonged to him, but that Shrek stole it from him. However, in Shrek The Third, he was eager to avenge his mother after her death in Shrek 2, caused by Harold. He, along with his mother, was remorseless, unlike Harold, who formerly conspired with them, as he had no qualms about how what they were doing would affect Shrek. He was also the only Shrek villain to never get along with Shrek, though his mother and his minor henchmen only pretended to, and the only one that Shrek never trusted. He also shares similarities with Lord Farquaad and Rumpelstiltskin, for the former, that they both wanted to marry Fiona to become king, for the latter, that their lives were inadvertently ruined by Shrek's rescuing of Fiona.
- Out of the four main villains (Farquaad, the Fairy Godmother, Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin), Charming has the most appearances in the 4 Shrek movies, having appeared in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, as the secondary antagonist and main antagonist respectively. And having a cameo in Shrek Forever After during the clip montage of the credits with the others.
- In Far Far Away Idol, Charming sings "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, but he is way off-key. However, during the song, Shrek holds a button that Fiona presses to open a trapdoor below Charming (because of his horrible singing) and he falls in screaming.
- Charming's mother is the Fairy Godmother. His father is unnamed, never mentioned, and is possibly dead (he is most likely a normal human).
- His henchmen were the Cyclops, Captain Hook, the pirates, the witches, the guards, the Evil Trees, the Headless Horseman, the knights, Rumpelstiltskin, and the gnomes in Shrek the Third.
- Charming is the only main antagonist of a Shrek movie to not be unusually short, as Lord Farquaad, the Fairy Godmother, and Rumpelstiltskin were all short (though Fairy Godmother was a fairy, and fairies are normally short in stature).
- Charming can shatter glass with his voice.
- He is the only main villain to appear in the same film as all the other main villains. He appeared in the second film (in which Fairy Godmother appears), and in the third film, in which Rumpelstiltskin is one of his minions and Lord Farquaad is seen in a flashback.
- He is the second villain to be killed by Dragon, leaving only his crown, first being Lord Farquaad (though this may be a subject of debate if one looks carefully, the part of the tower above the window is what landed on him).
- Rupert Everett, who voices Charming, was a considered choice for the voice of Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, but was turned down because he didn't sound "arrogant enough." Everett eventually made sure to sound as arrogant as possible when voicing Charming in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, whose narcissism was coincidentally very similar to Gaston, although his motives and vindictive traits were closer to Jafar (as he only wanted Fiona for the throne and seized it in the same manner).
- He has the same hair colour as Queen Lillian and Artie, which has led people to think he is the son of either Uther Pendragon or Lillian’s father, the old King. Others think that he himself is Artie’s father.
- Prince Charming was supposed to be part of the Cinderella Story, but is instead part of the Shrek story in the films and have a relationship with Repunzel in the Third film.