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Human/Fairy (no fairy details)
Although Charming doesn't appear physically, he gains a brief mention, in which Fiona reveals that she thought that she would be rescued by a Prince "Charming", probably told to her by her parents.
He first appears as the secondary antagonist. Charming travels to the castle, where Princess Fiona had been imprisoned (prior to the first movie), only to discover that she had already been rescued and married, and that Big Bad Wolf (without any explanation how he got there in the first place) has taken to sleeping in her tower.
Charming's narration in this scene (as well as his conversation with Big Bad Wolf) reveal the most important information and aspects of the plot of the original film, Shrek (movie.)
It is later revealed that Charming is in fact the son of the Fairy Godmother, and with his mother's thorough support, he wants to marry Fiona so that he can become king (similar to Lord Farquaad's intentions from the first film). As such (in contrast to his fairy tale namesake), this version of Prince Charming plays a more villainous role.
Later, in the movie, Charming deceives Fiona into believing that he's Shrek, having been turned human by a Happily Ever After potion.
Nevertheless, at the ball, Charming's attitude shines through the disguise, and Fiona realizes the truth. The Fairy Godmother orders her son to kiss Fiona and he does so, and she appears to have fallen in love with him, but then she suddenly puts her two hands on his cheeks and does a Karate shout and headbutts him, knocking him out. Prince Charming tosses the mother's wand from Puss. Fairy Godmother then aims the wand at Shrek but Fiona's father the King blocks it. The reflecting ray then turns The Fairy Godmother into a burst of bubbles.
He returns as the main antagonist. Charming is stuck in a theater, playing himself due to his name. However, despite being the hero in Charming's own play (which appears to be a spoof on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel), the audience cheers when the "Shrek" Mascot comes onstage. Finally (in a version of a Buster Keaton gag), 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" (in reality, the back alley behind the bar), and starts sobbing at his misfortune. There, Charming vows to his mother (whom he has a picture of) 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 an auditorium 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 apparently stabs Shrek (in slow motion), but (as Shrek reveals to the others) Shrek is completely unharmed; Charming (with his bad aim) 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 "Mommy?" before it lands on him hinting that he will be reunited with his mother soon.
Little is known about Prince Charming after the film, though he still showed up at the Far Far Away carnival in the Shrek's Carnival Craze video game, which takes place after these events. This could also mean that he survived the ordeal. He did, however, appear in a zombified form along with Mongo, Rumplestiltskin, Lord Farquaad, Fairy Godmother, Captain Hook and King Harold in Thriller Night which may or may not mean that all of these characters are dead, as Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin were never hinted to be dead, and Mongo sang a small part at the end of Shrek 2, (while under water) during the singing of Livin' La Vida Loca.
Charming appears during the end credits at the Production Designer (Peter Zaslav).
Granny Charming is the owner of Boots Motel in Donkey and Puss' story (which is a spoof of Psycho, and it is called Doncho). In the story, Granny Charming is eventually revealed to actually be a slightly aged Prince Charming in disguise, he was packing heat, wants revenge "I want revenge.", and laughed just like a crazed maniac.
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 personal item is a giant mirror.
According to the image of a typical "Prince Charming", Charming's look is somewhere near to "ideal". Although he is intended to look very handsome and is in prince clothing, he is really a snobby, evil, power-hungry, psychopathic, and narcissistic villain. His most remarkable asset is his "soft and bouncy" blonde hair. His main goal, which was thoroughly supported by his mother, the Fairy Godmother, was to become king of Far Far Away as well as killing Shrek in the process later on.
- Out of the four 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, (cameo in Shrek Forever After during the clip montage part of the credits,) with the others only appearing in one (not counting the two bit parts Rumpelstiltskin had in Shrek the Third).
- In Far Far Away Idol, Charming sang "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, but he was 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.
- He's a charming (hinted in his name) prince-to-be with blonde hair.
- Charming was the possible fiancé of Rapunzel and the son of the Fairy Godmother. His father is unnamed, never mentioned, and is most likely dead (he was probably a normal human like his son).
- 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.
- A good description of Charming might be the name Gingy gave him in Shrek the Third, "The King of the Stupids."
- Charming was always tormenting Pinocchio (in Shrek the Third, he asked him where Shrek was).
- Charming the only main antagonist of a Shrek movie to not be a unusually short, as Lord Farquad, Charming's mom, the Fairy Godmother, and Rumpelstiltskin were all short (though Fairy Godmother was a fairy, and fairies are normally short in stature).
- Charming is able to 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 are closer to Jafar from Disney's Aladdin).