"What are you doing in my Swamp!?"
Shrek (regally known as Sir Shrek) is the overall titular main protagonist of the Shrek franchise. He is Fiona's husband, Donkey and Puss' best friend, the ogre triplets' father, and the son in law of Queen Lillian and King Harold.
Shrek is a green rotund ogre with brown eyes and a bald head. He wears a white long sleeved tunic within his brown turtle designed mini vest, brown pinstriped pants and dark short boots with a rip folded design in each side.
In Shrek 2, when he was transformed into a human after drinking the Happily Ever After Potion, Shrek became a tall and muscular man with short dark brown hair with a single fringe sprouted on the left side. He also gained a cleanly shaved beard.
While a human, Shrek disregarded his now-baggy clothes for a brown, sleeveless armor shirt with an olive green trim and markings of leaves, along with a white long sleeved tunic. He also wears olive green pants and brown short boots with a light brown, folded design in each side.
The ornery and pompous Shrek was born to an unnamed father and mother his Father was known to be a cannibal even trying to eat his own son about thirty years prior to when he rescued Fiona. He lived with his parents until his 7th birthday. Although they didn't want him to go, they had to follow the "ogre rules".
Shrek lives in a swamp in the middle of the forest by himself. At first, he appears to like being by himself and enjoys scaring people, but not hurting them. He enjoys his own life at his home like taking mud baths, brushing his teeth with bug paste, and farting in his pool. Even though his background is unknown, it is assumed that most ogres hurt people. Although Shrek wasn't violent yet he was still thought of as an evil hideous Ogre to some.
One day in the forest, a talking Donkey enters Shrek's territory pursued by a group of Duloc guards. The Captain of the Duloc Guards orders Shrek to be arrested, but Shrek effortlessly scares them off and saves Donkey. A grateful Donkey thanks Shrek repeatedly (to the latter's irritation) and convinces him to spend the night outside of Shrek's house. However, more fairy tale creatures soon arrive and begin to overcrowd his swamp. Shrek demands to know why they have come and learns that Lord Farquaad has dumped them all there. Outraged, Shrek takes Donkey and goes to his castle to demand his swamp back. Upon arriving at Duloc, Shrek interrupts a tournament being held by Farquaad to determine which knight he will send to rescue Princess Fiona for him. Farquaad declares that the knight who kills Shrek will become champion, but Shrek easily defeats all of Farquaad's knights with the help of Donkey. When he wins, this intrigues Farquaad and he cuts a deal with Shrek: If he rescues his princess, he will give Shrek's swamp back.
Shrek agrees and the duo set out on a journey to the Dragon's Keep Fiona is locked away in a castle, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But first, Shrek and Donkey have to cross the only rope bridge to the castle hanging precariously over a lake of lava. Once inside, Shrek puts on armor found on the bones of unsuccessful knights and orders Donkey to find stairs while Shrek himself searches for the Dragon. Having read a storybook earlier, Shrek guesses that the princess is likely to be "up the stairs in the highest room in the tallest tower". Donkey inadvertently awakens the dragon and Shrek is forced to fight it, only to be flung by its tail right through the roof of the tallest tower. While Donkey keeps the dragon occupied, Shrek meets Princess Fiona for the first time. Disguised as a knight Shrek is mistaken by Fiona to be her Prince Charming, though Shrek is all but chivalrous and romantic. With Fiona in tow, Shrek rushes to go back and rescue Donkey. They are chased by Dragon through the castle, but narrowly escape after Shrek cleverly traps it. Fiona insists that Shrek take his helmet off so that he may kiss her, but is dismayed by the fact that her supposed true love is actually an ogre. Shrek appears not to care and takes Fiona by force to Farquaad.
As nightfall approaches, Fiona demands they stop for the night, but secludes herself in a cave for reasons unknown. That night, Shrek and Donkey bond while stargazing, and Shrek confides in Donkey that he chooses to live alone because most people (except Donkey) prefer to fear and stereotype him rather than try to get to know him. The next day, the trio continue on to Duloc and encounter the Merry men, where Fiona reveals her impressive martial arts skills. After the fight, Fiona notices an arrow in Shrek's butt and orders Donkey to find a blue flower with red thorns just to get rid of him. Despite some difficulty, Fiona manages to remove the arrow and they continue their journey.
Throughout the rest of the trip back Fiona warms up to Shrek and Donkey, and Shrek begins to fall in love with Fiona. After stopping to camp at an old mill, Shrek and Fiona make dinner and almost share a kiss. However, Donkey points out that sun is setting causing Fiona to quickly retire into the mill. When bringing her a flower that evening Shrek overhears Fiona talking to Donkey about how no one could love an ugly monster. Shrek thinks she's talking about him, and enraged and hurt, he goes and brings Farquaad and his knights to take her to his castle. As promised, Shrek gets his swamp back and he is by himself once again. However, Shrek is still not happy, so after an intense argument, he apologizes to Donkey, with the latter convincing Shrek to get Fiona back. They take Dragon (whom Donkey started a relationship with) to Lord Farquaad's palace.
Shrek crashes their wedding and confesses to Fiona that he loves her. Hurt by Shrek's coldness, Fiona primarily tells him that he's too late and prepares to kiss Farquaad. However, the sun begins to go down, and Fiona transforms into an ogre too, surprising Shrek. However, Farquaad is disgusted with her now and orders her and Shrek arrested. As the guards grab them, Shrek finds himself overwhelmed, but manages to summon Donkey and Dragon. They burst through the stained glass windows of the church and Dragon eats Farquaad alive. Shrek and Fiona kiss, breaking the curse, but turning Fiona into a real ogre. Fiona is still unsure about herself, but Shrek assures Fiona he says she's still beautiful, and they get married. The story ends with Shrek and Fiona's wedding, and going off in an onion carriage on their way to their honeymoon.
After returning from their ogre honeymoon, Shrek and Fiona return to their swamp to find Donkey there, who had messed the place up. Donkey tells them he is here because his wife Dragon has been moody lately, and he didn't think they were together anymore. Shrek then proceeds to kick Donkey out so he and Fiona can be alone. Donkey quickly returns, however, asking what to do about the men outside his swamp. They have arrived to deliver a letter to Fiona from her parents, inviting her and her new husband to come to their castle in celebration. Shrek at first refuses to go because he knows from experience they will "sharpen their pitchforks." Fiona thinks this is ridiculous, and assures him that because they are her parents, they will love them just the way they are. Shrek still refuses, but Fiona makes him go anyway.
Donkey tags along, as well, and after a long, annoying carriage ride to her parents kingdom Far Far Away, a grand entrance awaits them at the castle. All of the townspeople present gasp in horror at the sight of them, as Shrek expected. Fiona's mother Queen Lillian is surprised, but her father King Harold is shocked beyond belief. As Shrek and Fiona approach them, her parents (mostly Harold) quietly bicker about Fiona's appearance. Shrek is polite as he can be and tries to make jokes, but her parents only stare at him and do not laugh. At dinner, the mood is awkward, but when Lillian mentions grandchildren, Shrek chokes on a spoon, indicating the thought terrifies him. Harold finally cannot hold back his prejudice and begins to insult Shrek about him being an ogre and what he's done to his daughter. Shrek responds in kind by criticizing his parenting skills, since they locked Fiona in a tower. Their fight intensifies and turns into a food fight. Fiona is humiliated by both of them, and storms off to her childhood bedroom.
Shrek feels bad and goes to apologize to her, but finds her door is locked. He and Donkey push the door open, to find Fiona with a fairy-godmother and a room full of talking furniture. The fairy-godmother explains that she wants to make them happy, but Shrek rudely dismisses her and orders Fiona to pack her bags. Fiona accuses Shrek of not trying to get along with her father (even though Shrek was and the fact that her father started the whole fight) and Shrek says that whether or not her parents like it, he is an ogre and that won't change. Fiona tells him to think about the changes she made for him and leaves the room, heartbroken. That night, Shrek can't sleep and looks around the room, finding Fiona's childhood diary. He is petrified to find that almost all of the pages are written and signed "Mrs. Fiona Charming." Then there is a knock at the door, and Shrek unlocks the door to find Fiona's dad, Harold. Harold apologizes and tells Shrek he wants to make it up to him. He tells Shrek to meet him in the forest in the morning so they can have some "father-son bonding." Shrek suspiciously agrees, and leaves with Donkey the next morning. However, they are attacked by an orange cat wearing boots, Puss 'N Boots. Puss claws Shrek's inner thigh and Donkey attempts to kick Puss, but proves to be no match for the feline's agility and only manages to hit Shrek in the groin.
However, Puss soon caves and in panic, spills that King Harold hired him to kill Shrek. Betrayed and angry, Shrek then remembers the Fairy Godmother and decides to go to her cottage to make himself handsome for Fiona. During the trip, he and Puss become friends and purposely single Donkey out. At the factory, the trio pose as Union workers to gain entry. However, Fairy Godmother refuses to help Shrek because in her opinion, "Ogres don't live Happily Ever After." Disguising themselves as a caterer, Shrek, Donkey and Puss raid her potion storage anyway, but cannot find a potion called "Handsome". Instead, Puss finds a potion called "Happily Ever After." After Donkey inadvertently gets the worker's attention, they steal the potion and escape the factory, turning all the workers into doves. Safe in the woods, Donkey and Shrek drink the potion. Since nothing happens, they think it doesn't work or they just weren't meant to happen. Disappointed, they decide to sleep in an abandoned shed for the night as it starts to rain. In the shed, the rain made Shrek and Donkey dizzy, and they pass out. When they awake the next morning, three young women are taking care of them, who are all smitten with Shrek.
Shrek discovers that during the night he transformed into a handsome human man, while Donkey turned into a brilliant, white stallion. After stealing new clothes for Shrek from a traveling noble and his son, they return to Far Far Away with confidence, taking note of everyone's positive reactions towards them. When they hear Fiona scream upon arriving at the castle, Shrek runs inside, but cannot find her. Instead he finds the Fairy-Godmother, who shows her true colors. She locks Shrek in the room and tells him that if he truly loves Fiona, he'll let her go and let her be with another prince. Heartbroken, Shrek agrees and sadly travels to a bar. He then overhears the godmother, Harold and Charming discussing their plan to pass off Charming as the now handsome Shrek. He then hears how the godmother made a potion that will make Fiona fall in love with the first man she kisses, which she plans to be Charming. He then realizes that he can't let Fiona go, and goes to get her back. Unfortunately, he is arrested before he could return to the castle and is imprisoned along with Donkey and Puss.
That night, however, Pinocchio, Gingy, the Three Little Pigs, the Wolf and The Three Blind Mice set them free after seeing them on Magic Mirror. With help from the Muffin Man, they create a giant gingerbread man named Mongo who helps them get back into the castle. Shrek and the others storm in just before Charming can kiss the human Fiona. A fight ensues, and Charming manages to kiss Fiona. But then surprisingly, she headbutts him, and she runs to Shrek. It is then revealed that Harold gave Fiona the wrong tea which was supposed to contain the potion. Charming then tosses his mom's wand to her and she tries to zap Shrek, but Harold jumps in front of him taking the blow seemingly killing him and reflecting the blast towards the godmother, turning her into bubbles. Harold survives, but is now a frog. It is then revealed that he was the frog prince and it had been Lilian who had kissed him and turned him into a prince. He then apologizes to Shrek and Fiona and accepts their love.
Shrek tells Fiona that if they want their change to be permanent, they must kiss by midnight, only seconds away. Fiona then only hugs Shrek when the clock strikes midnight, telling him that she loves him as an ogre, and she's happy as an ogre. They change back as well as Donkey, much to his chagrin. But then Shrek comforts him by saying "You still look like a noble steed to me." Shrek and Fiona then kiss as the castle celebrates and ends the movie with a song and dance. To Donkey's delight, Dragon returns, having given birth to 6 dragon-donkey (or "Dronkeys") infant hybrids.
In Far Far Away Idol, Shrek sings "What I Like About You" with Fiona.
Shrek and Fiona take on the responsibilities as King and Queen while Fiona's father Harold remained bedridden. After many overwhelming mistakes and disasters, Shrek is ready to give up and leave until a messenger tells them that the Frog King was dying. Despite Harold's confidence in Shrek being a good king, he did mention of another heir named Arthur, and left it to Shrek to do the right thing.
Not wishing to rule and rather return to the swamp, Shrek, Donkey, and Puss set out to look for Arthur. Before they go, however, Fiona tells Shrek that she is pregnant. Shrek starts to have a nightmare of having too many babies later, seeing Donkey with a baby ogre's face as the nightmare continues. Shrek admits to Donkey that mostly he's afraid of being a bad parent, since ogres aren't generally known for being kind or loving.
Shrek first finds Artie at his high school, where everyone was bullying him. Shrek starts to make Artie to go to Far Far Away, but Artie becomes uneasy by Puss and Donkey's bantering of the royal duties that await him. After being ship-wrecked, Shrek begins to lose his patience with the boy, but in light of Donkey's advice, attempts to communicate with him in "street". His attempts all fail until it is revealed that Artie's father had abandoned him, which allows Shrek to find kingship with Artie since he too had father-issues with his own dad. In the morning, Shrek defeats Hook and the others sent by Charming, then with Merlin's help, returns to Far Far Away.
In order to save Artie's life, Shrek boldly insulted the boy, stating that he needed a patsy loser to fill the royal job and told him to go home and says that maybe he's not much of a big loser as he thought he was. Shrek becomes disenchanted over hurting Artie's feelings, but keeps his sense of humor until his friends arrive to the rescue with Artie talking the villains into reforming themselves. Artie assumes the role of king and Shrek now feels he is capable of being a father. The last scene shows he is the proud parent of triplets, and though makes mistakes, proves to be a great dad. In the first Shrek movie, during a conversation with Donkey, he states people "judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone," implying that he became a recluse after trying to find acceptance among others. In Shrek the Third it is revealed Shrek has a father who tried to eat him as Shrek stated, "I should have seen it coming. He used to bathe me in barbecue sauce and put me to bed with an apple in my mouth.”
The film begins just before Shrek rescues Princess Fiona in the first film. Desperate to lift their daughter's curse, King Harold and Queen Lillian meet with con artist Rumpelstiltskin, who requests becoming king of Far Far Away in curry exchange. Just before the deal is contracted, the King and Queen learn that Fiona has already been rescued. In the present, a disgruntled Rumpelstiltskin wishes Shrek was never born and seeks revenge.
Meanwhile, Shrek has grown tired of being a domesticated family man and celebrity among the local villagers, leading him to yearn for the days when he felt like a "real ogre." It is his children's birthday party where lots of fictional characters appear. Shrek gets easily annoyed here as the 3 little pigs eat the children's cake up and a little kid called Butterpants keeps wanting him to do his infamous roar. After lashing out at his family and friends during the party, Shrek storms off and meets with Rumpelstiltskin, who offers to give Shrek a day to live like a real ogre again in exchange for a day from his childhood he wouldn't remember being erased. Shrek agrees and signs the contract, and abruptly lands in a world where he is still feared by villagers. He enjoys causing mischief until he finds wanted posters for the ogress Fiona and his home deserted. He is suddenly captured by witches and taken to Rumpelstiltskin, who is now the king of Far Far Away and uses ogres for slave labor.
Shrek realises that the day Rumpelstiltskin erased was the day he was born, meaning he never existed in this world before and is unrecognized by everyone he knows. Furthermore, when the day ends, Shrek will fade from existence. Shrek escapes Rumpelstiltskin's castle with the enslaved Donkey who, initially terrified of Shrek, sympathizes with his situation and reveals that the only way to render his contract null and void is through "true love's kiss." Donkey sees some waffles and is tempted to eat them but Shrek says no, accidentally Donkey dribbles on them and is cast down a hole with Shrek running after him. After speaking to many ogres who seem to live down the hole, they find Fiona who, still cursed after escaping from the tower where she was held captive, is the leader of an ogre resistance against Rumpelstiltskin and keeps the retired and overweight Puss in Boots as a pet. Shrek does everything he can to gain Fiona's love, but she is too busy preparing an ambush on Rumpelstiltskin during his nightly ogre hunt. However, the ogres are caught in a trap instead and captured. Shrek insists Fiona kiss him, saying it will fix everything, but because Fiona doesn't love him, it is ineffective. Upon hearing that Rumpelstiltskin is offering anything desired by the one who captures Shrek with no strings attached, Shrek turns himself in in exchange for all ogres being released, but Fiona remains in custody because she is only an ogre by night due to her curse. Shrek and Fiona are set to be fed to Dragon, but Donkey, Puss and the ogres raid Rumpelstiltskin's castle, allowing Shrek and Fiona to subdue both Dragon and Rumpelstiltskin.
As the sun rises, Shrek begins to fade from existence, but Fiona, having fallen in love with him all over again, kisses him just before he disappears completely, which nullifies the contract and restores Shrek to his world just before he originally lashed out at everyone. Shrek embraces his friends and family with new-found appreciation for everything he has, truly living happily forever after.
Personality and Traits
Before meeting Donkey and Fiona, Shrek lived a solitary life, preferring not to associate himself with others due to people's fear of him, while occasionally playing on their fear to frighten away intruders. During his quest to rescue Fiona and his swamp, however, Shrek slowly begins to open up to his companions, revealing his insecurities about how others perceive him. With the assistance from Donkey, Shrek realizes his feelings for Fiona and confesses his love for her at long last. He’s fiercely protective of Fiona and his allies and he’ll go to great lengths to help them in any way.
Since marrying Fiona, Shrek would have been deathly afraid of the prospect of having children, possibly due to his own upbringing as an ogre. By the end of Shrek the Third, however, he overcomes this fear and proves to be a loving father.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: As an ogre, Shrek has immense physical strength far superior to ordinary humans. He has been shown lifting a fully armored knight above his head and throwing him like a rag doll, carrying both Donkey and Fiona at once, breaking through a wooden door with little difficulty, and moving a large rock all by himself. One of his most impressive feats was grabbing Dragon by her tail, temporarily stopping her.
- Enhanced Durability: Due to his ogre physiology, Shrek can travel on foot for miles without tiring. He also survived being burned alive by Dragon and shot with an arrow in his butt.
- Unarmed Combatant: Despite having no martial arts training like Fiona, Shrek is a capable hand-to-hand fighter and can often hold his own against multiple opponents at once.
- Survivalist: Living in the middle of a swamp for most of his life, Shrek has learned to live off the land to support himself and later his family. He is an excellent hunter, forager and cook, creating improvised dishes such as weed rat stew.
- Strategist: At times, Shrek displays a high degree of cunning and cleverness, using a broken sword and chains to ensnare Dragon, as well as getting the idea to create Mongo by seeing Gingerbread Man standing next to Far Far Away Castle.
- Storytelling: Shrek has adept knowledge of fairy tales and ogre lore, such as the stories of Throwback and Bloodnut the Flatulent.
Video Game Appearances
Shrek has appeared in every game based on the series.
Shrek is a playable character in Shrek 2 (video game) as both his standard "ogre" form, and as human riding Donkey as a stallion. He's playable as a ogre in "Shrek's Swamp", "Spooky Forest", "Far Far Away", "Ogre Killer", "Walking the Path", "Jack and Jill's Farm", "Fairy Godmother's" and "Final Battle", and playable as a human in "The Mines" and "Cookie Cookie". Shrek's special ability as an ogre allows him to pick up and throw enemies and specially marked objects, and his ability as a human is Charge, which causes Donkey to rush forward while Shrek swings his sword. The latter ability has the power to break specially marked objects.
Shrek appeared in Shrek Super Slam as one of the 10 starting characters. His Super Slam has him fart so hard he creates a large explosion.
Shrek is used in a tag team with Ogre Fiona against Quasimodo in the fifth Story mode chapter "Bell Brawl". He is later seen as a puppet, in a team with Pinocchio and Fiona Ogre fighting against the player, who controls Puss In Boots in the final chapter, "Puppet Panic".
Shrek appears in Mega Challenge as an opponent in Challenges 30, 32 and 35 and in Tournaments 2, 6, 9, 13, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24 and 27. He is required to be used in Challenges 4, 6, 7, 23 and Bonus 1, 5 and 7.
He is used during the Training Mode and the Trophy Room. He is controlled in the first Pizza Challenge and is an opponent in the second.
Shrek also appeared in Shrek Smash and Crash Racing as one of the four racers that are unlocked from the start. He rides a Swamp Beast that Donkey created by using the Fairy Godmother's wand on a snail. Shrek's personal item is a wooden club.
Shrek appears as an unlockable skater in Tony Hawk: Underground 2 to promote Shrek 2, as well as the game based on it, which was also published by Activision. He's unlocked by completing the story on Easy. His grotesque nature made its way into the game, as his grind special involves ear wax as lubricant, and as an alternative to spraying graffiti, Shrek burps onto walls which then makes his trademark "S" appear.
Shrek appears as an unlockable guest racer in Madagascar Kartz. He is unlocked by completing all three cups on 150cc mode. He drives a modified barrel and has among the highest top speeds of all the playable characters, but poor grip and average turbo.
- Shrek 2
- Shrek the Third
- Shrek Forever After
- Shrek 5
- Television Specials
- Shrek the Collection
- Originally, Shrek was supposed to be voiced by Chris Farley, but he died in December 1997. He had done 80% / 90% (or 95% according to his brother Tom) of finishing the project. In 1991, Steven Spielberg brought rights for Bill Murray to voice him, but it was scrapped for an unknown reason. Finally, the role went to Mike Myers.
- Shrek and Donkey appear in a Kung Fu Panda 3 commercial that spoofs the Snickers advertisements. In it, Monkey and Po aren't just themselves when they are hungry, and are shown to become Shrek and Donkey respectively.
- Shrek can be spotted as General Monger's medal of order on his right chest in every scene in Monsters vs. Aliens.
- From all the characters, Shrek has been injured in the groin more than any other character, with four onscreen, and is also one of the only two that have been kicked there (the second one is Thelonious, but he had been kicked just once).
- Shrek makes a cameo as a plush in the 2014 direct-to-video CGI animated short Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- According to James Gunn, Shrek was originally supposed to make a cameo in the Collector scene in Guardians of the Galaxy. Mike Myers was unable to make it to set that day, so the scene was scrapped.