The Fairy Godmother
Far Far Away
In Shrek 2 she appears as the main antagonist. When King Harold and Queen Lillian ask her to help their cursed daughter Princess Fiona, the Fairy Godmother tells them to lock her away in a dragon-guarded castle to await rescue by her son Prince Charming. Fiona is cursed by a witch, causing her to turn into an ogress every night and return to human form at sunrise (though considering the Fairy Godmother's true nature, it is possible, if not likely, that she is the one who cursed Fiona to begin with so that she could manipulate the situation).
The Fairy Godmother is first seen when Fiona goes to her bedroom balcony and cries, her tears supposedly calling to the Fairy Godmother. Arriving, the Fairy Godmother is blown away to learn that Fiona is married to an ogre named Shrek. To learn more, she picks up her son and goes to confront Fiona's father Harold, who reveals that Shrek had gone to the castle and freed Fiona first. The Fairy Godmother convinces Harold to find a way to get Shrek out of the picture before returning to her "cottage", which is actually a large factory where she manufactures spells and potions.
While she's there, she is brewing a love potion, which included "a drop of desire, a pinch of passion and just a hint of lust". She is then visited by Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, Shrek having come to her for help. However, she spites him by saying that ogres don't live happily ever after.
When Shrek leaves, she later learns he stole one of her potions, the Happily Ever After potion to be specific, and realizes that she could use this to her advantage. She and Charming go to the castle where Charming poses as a transformed Shrek while the Fairy Godmother arranges for the real Shrek (transformed by the potion) to witness a "moment" between Charming and Fiona, making him believe she's fallen for Charming. She uses his grief to seemingly gently convince him to stop living in a fairytale, and that if he truly loves Fiona he'll let her go. The plan works but is blown when she and Charming are summoned by Harold to the Poisoned Apple tavern.
When Charming complains that Fiona isn't warming up to him, Harold wants to call the whole thing off, declaring that you can't force summon to fall in love. Undeterred, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold the love potion from earlier, telling him to have Fiona drink some, which will make her fall in love with the first man she kisses, and to make sure it is Charming. Harold tries to defy her, but she then blackmails him by reminding him that she helped him with his happily ever after and that she can take it away just as easily, making Harold give in. Then when Charming calls her his mother, they hear someone exclaim "Mother?!" and look outside to see Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, the three of them having heard the whole thing.
Realizing the jig is up, the Fairy Godmother captures the trio and has them imprisoned while she and Charming attend a royal ball.
While they're there, the Fairy Godmother notices Fiona isn't going due to Charming's behavior. She then declares to the crowd of dedicating a song to Fiona and "Prince Shrek" and sings Holding Out for A Hero, causing Fiona and Charming to dance.
The plan almost works until Shrek arrives, leading to a fight over the Fairy Godmother's wand. She orders her son to kiss Fiona since she's already taken the potion, but it proves useless as Harold didn't give Fiona the potion after all. Charming manages to recover his mother's wand and throws it to her. Enraged, she turns to Shrek and Fiona, exclaiming, "I told you ogres don't live happily ever after!"
She unleashes an energy bolt from her wand, but Harold gets in the way, the spell reflecting off his breastplate, and hitting the Fairy Godmother. At first she seems unharmed, but then the spell causes her body to burst apart into nothing but bubbles, leaving only her glasses and her wand, which dims out along with her life. When it says that she is deceased, if that means death, then she technically didn't die, she could still be alive. But the chances of that happening are VERY poor.
Although she does not appear physically in the film, Charming keeps an autographed photo of her and plans to avenge her farewell by killing Shrek. Also, near the climax, it is shown that "King" Charming has a doll model based on her. It contains a secret red button to alert his knights and guards of any danger.
"Our happily ever after is almost complete Mommy." - Prince Charming
At the end of the film, when Charming is about to be toppled by a stone tower he cries out "Mommy" before the tower lands on top of him.
Through archive footage, she appears in the montage of clips from all Shrek films during the end credits.
Video Game Appearances
Shrek 2: The Game
The Fairy Godmother appears as the main antagonist and final boss in the game, though her appearance is somewhat different. She has a pink dress (instead of blue like the film) and looks far older than in the film as well.
She is faced twice within the game; she fights Red Riding Hood when the player breaks into her cottage and has to fight her on conveyor belts and again at the end of the game. She makes Trolls and Elves do her bidding and players eventually have to fight her in two periods. She fires lightning laser blasts and is protected by a magical bubble. Eventually the players overcome her and she blows up. In the Shrek 2's PC Game, the battle between Shrek and the Fairy Godmother is very simple, Shrek throws food at her and at the point in which she has no life, she blows up.
Shrek Smash and Crash
The Fairy Godmother never actually appears in the game, but pictures and statues of her can be seen around the track. Also, at the beginning of Tournament mode, Donkey finds the Fairy Godmother's wand in which he uses it to turn various objects in karts. Fairy Godmother appears on the billboard in the Downtown of Far Far Away track. Racers can crash through the billboard to find a secret shortcut. Fairy Godmother's potion factory is also a playable race track and is known as Inside the Potion Factory. In this track, numerous pictures and statues can be seen of Fairy Godmother.
Shrek Forever After: The Video Game
Rumpelstiltskin has changed Shrek's world and the ogre is in search for Princess Fiona's tiara at the Dragon's Keep. Rumpelstiltskin realizes that if Princess Fiona kisses Shrek before his "ogre day" is over, life goes back to normal and Rumpelstiltskin wouldn't be king anymore. So Rumpelstiltskin decides to negotiate with a greedy woman who would do his bindings if she could be "queen for a week". The devious woman was the Fairy Godmother.
The Fairy Godmother would be alive in Rumpelstiltskin's new world without Shrek's birth, and because she never met Shrek, she never, ever died.
When Shrek arrives at the "odd" Dragon's Keep, he discovers that Dragon is missing and that someone else is staying at the castle; the Fairy Godmother. She stands before Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in her usual blue dress, but it's ripped and covered in dirt. It seems that as king, Rumpelstiltskin hasn't been good for her business. The Fairy Godmother is also found wearing Fiona's tiara and parsing herself in a mirror (saying, "Ah! Fit for a fairy queen!").
Eventually, Shrek calls her "Granny" and she doesn't respond well, saying that that's no way to treat their "new queen". Soon, an epic battle begins with witches, poison apples, potions, and fire. Eventually, the Fairy Godmother surrenders and gives Shrek back Fiona's tiara and as she flies away from the castle, she screams in anger and says, "This doesn't mean anything, you know! I'm still the queen! You hear me?! THE QUEEN!".
Personality & Traits
The Fairy Godmother isn't like her classic benevolent counterpart who uses her magic for the right reasons. Instead, she is a conniving businesswoman who is only out to use others to benefit herself and her son Prince Charming. The Fairy Godmother isn't above blackmail, as she threatened Harold by taking away his happily ever after, and proudly admits she that forces others to fall in love all the time. The fairy godmother is also very close to some of her previous clients, like King Harold, who she uses to her own advantage many times during the film.
She has no qualms about using her magic to get what she wants, and is spiteful to those who interfere with her plans or business, but the Fairy Godmother is no fool. She uses any and every underhanded trick, some that make her appear more benevolent and kinder than she really is. She pretends to gently and kindly convince Shrek to "stop living in a fairytale," but once she's seen for what she really is, she's ruthless, vengeful, evil, cruel, selfish and will stop at nothing to remove those who stand in her way.
The only one the Fairy Godmother loves truly is her son, whom she dotes on, and wants to make king by marrying him to Fiona.
As a magical being, The Fairy Godmother has many powers or abilities. Her method of teleportation is Smoke-Sparkling, which is channeled by her wand, like her other powers. She posses the power of Projection, which she uses to grant the people wishes, or whatever she wants. Also in her final scene in Shrek 2, she demonstrated the power of Electrokinesis, combined with the ability of Spell Casting, when she throws to Shrek and Fiona a blast of electricity, and Harold gets in the firing line, causing to the blast to reverse the Happily Ever After potion or spell. She also posses the power of Telekinesis, which she also channels by her wand, to trap Shrek in Fiona's bedroom, and Animation to give inanimate objects a life of their own. Also, as mentioned before, she posses two basic abilities, Spell Casting, and obviously (because of the many potions that she sell) Potion making.
- The Fairy Godmother is the first female villain introduced in the series, the second being Rapunzel, the third being Fifi, and the forth being Jill.
- She is one of only two villains from the Shrek franchise to have been confirmed dead, the other being Lord Farquaad.
- There is the picture of Cinderella in her factory. Many fans think that she is Cinderella's fairy godmother.
- In contrast of this, it was mentioned that she only was appropriated merits of her cousin, and how she is the " black sheep" of their family.
- It is unclear as to what arrangement she had made with King Harold in order to curse Fiona, but it is likely to be the same threat she made to him in Shrek 2.
- The stare down between her and Shrek is reminiscent of the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant stand off.
- Later, it is revealed how she's actually separated character from, and in the fact, the evil twin sister of the Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.
- Not including Lord Farquaad, Fairy Godmother is the only villain in the series who did not appear in a previous film before the film in which they were the main antagonist.
- She seems to eat when she is stressed, since she requested food several times in the film when she was stressed. This has caused her to start a diet.
- When Shrek went to the Fairy Godmothers office she pronouns Grims name who is a wizard.