Princess Fiona (wife)
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. Even though his background is unknown, it is assumed that humans think that ogres hurt people even though Shrek isn't violent.
One day, in the forest, a talking donkey named Donkey enters Shrek's swamp, followed by a group of knights. The knights order Shrek to be arrested, but Shrek scares them off and saves Donkey. Donkey is grateful and thanks Shrek repeatedly. Shrek tries to get rid of Donkey by roaring at him, but Donkey only compliments him on it and comments that his breath stinks. Shrek forces Donkey stays the night outside of Shrek's house. However, more fairy tale creatures soon arrive and begin to dominate his swamp. Shrek learns from that that Lord Farquaad has dumped them all there. Shrek doesn't care that the other fairy tale creatures lost their homes and wants them gone. Outraged, Shrek takes Donkey and goes to his castle to demand his swamp back.
When he arrives at Farquaad's castle Duloc, he defeats a bunch of knights in a contest to see who will rescue the Princess Fiona. When he wins, this intrigues Farquaad and he makes a deal with Shrek: If he rescues his princess, he will give Shrek's swamp back and get rid of the fairy tale creatures. The duo set out once again to the dark castle Fiona is locked away in, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But first, Shrek and Donkey had to cross the bridge that was hanging up between the castle and the ground and if you look down, you can see a lake of lava. When they got outside Shrek ordered Donkey to find the stairs because the princess will be in the highest room of the highest tower and Donkey needs stairs to find the princess. Shrek himself went to find and slay the Dragon.
While Donkey distracts the dragon, Shrek goes and finds the princess in her room, and wakes her up by shaking her. The princess wants Shrek to do romantic things and sweep her off her feet, but Shrek is serious about this and drags her down to save Donkey.
After they rescue Donkey, and run off from the castle, leaving it in ruins, when Shrek takes his helmet off, Fiona is repulsed by the fact that Shrek is an ogre and was expecting a handsome prince. Shrek doesn't care and takes Fiona by force to Farquaad.
That night, Shrek and Donkey camp outside of a cave and while Fiona sleeps inside of it, Shrek and Donkey sleep outside and start talking. It is then revealed that Shrek doesn't like being hated by humans and confides in Donkey that they always stereotype him as being a monster. So he just stays away from others in the safety of his swamp. But Donkey tells him that he didn't misjudge him when they met and that the other fairy tale creatures didn't. Fiona secretly overhears this.
While they move to Duloc, they run into Monsieur Hood and his Merry Men where Fiona reveals her karate skills. After the fight Fiona noticed an arrow in Shrek's butt and gave Donkey an order to find red flowers with blue thorns just to get rid of him. Fiona got the arrow and later they continued their adventure.
Throughout the rest of the trip back to Farquaad, Fiona warms up to Shrek and Donkey and Shrek begins to fall in love with Fiona. The following night, Shrek and Fiona are about to kiss when Donkey tells them about the lovely sunset and Fiona runs into a windmill. Donkey figures out that Shrek is in love with Fiona and tells him to go express his true feelings, but Shrek says he can't be with her because she's a princess and he's an ogre. Shrek goes to sit down by the hill and think it over. Donkey goes inside to tell Fiona himself, but he figures out she's been cursed to turn into an ogre every night, which is why she was thrown into that tower in the first place.
Shrek decides to swallow his pride and tell Fiona his eternal feelings. However, when bringing her a flower, Shrek overhears Fiona talking to Donkey about how no one could love an ugly monster. Shrek, angry and hurt thinking Fiona is talking about him, goes and brings Farquaad and his knights to take her to his castle. When Shrek arrives the next morning, Fiona tries to explain but Shrek doesn't want to listen, as he is still going through his emotional breakdown and has Fiona jump to conclusion that even an ogre like Shrek could never love a monster like her. Farquaad arrives with his guards and hands Shrek the deed to his swamp without even thanking the ogre and ungratefully tells him to get lost. He immediatley proposes to Fiona and since she thinks Shrek doesn't care about her after all, she accepts.
After that, Shrek takes out his rage on Donkey, even though Donkey was trying to explain everything and Shrek doesn't listen to him either and lashes him out. Shrek then gets his swamp back and he is by himself once again. However, Shrek is still not happy, so he apologizes to Donkey and he convinces Shrek to get Fiona back.
They take Dragon (whom Donkey started a relationship with) to Lord Farquaad's palace. Shrek crashes the wedding and confides in Fiona that he loves her. At first, Fiona tells him that he's too late and then starts to kiss Farquaad. However, Shrek tells Fiona that she can't marry him because Farquaad is just using her to become king. The sun begins to go down, and Fiona transforms into an ogre too, surprising Shrek. However, Farquaad is disgusted with her now and has her and Shrek arrested. He orders the guards to have Shrek killed and Fiona to be locked back in that tower forever. As the guards grab them, Donkey and Dragon burst through the stain glass windows of the church and the Dragon eats Farquaad, thus killing him. Shrek now fully declares his love for Fiona and they kiss. Fiona is lifted from the curse and stays an ogre forever.
Fiona is still unsure about herself, but Shrek tells Fiona he still thinks she's 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 dragon wife, Dragon has been moody lately, and he didn't think they were together anymore. Shrek then proceeds to kick Donkey out, so him and Fiona can be alone. But Donkey quickly returns, asking him what to do about the men outside his swamp.
The men have come to deliver a message to Fiona. It is a letter from her parents, asking her and her new husband to come to their castle in celebration. Shrek at first refuses to go because he thinks they will "sharpen their pitchforks." Fiona thinks this is ridiculous, and tells 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 too. After a long, annoying, carriage ride to her parents kingdom of Far Far Away, a grand entrance awaits them to the castle. All of the townspeople are there, and they all gasp in horror at the sight of them, as Shrek predicted. A baby can even be heard crying in the crowd. Fiona's mother Queen Lillian is surprised, but her father King Harold is shocked beyond belief and disgusted. As Shrek and Fiona, approach them, her parents 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 in the castle that night, it is awkward at first and it is revealed that Shrek is horrified by the thought of having children with Fiona, as when Lillian brings the subject up, Shrek chokes on a spoon (foreshadowing the events of the third film). Harold finally cannot hold his stereotypical comments down, and begins to insult Shrek about him being an ogre, and what he's done to his daughter. Shrek then promptly responds by criticizing him of his parenting schools, since they locked Fiona in a tower.
Their fight gets bigger, and they start to have 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 then commands Fiona to pack her bags. Fiona tells Shrek this is his fault because he didn't try to get along with her father (even though, Shrek was). Shrek tells Fiona that he's an ogre and that won't change. Fiona thinks that Shrek isn't thinking about her and says he should change for her.
That night, as they are sleeping, in Fiona's cramped bed. Shrek cannot 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 drawn in "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, the next morning so they can have some "father-son bonding." Shrek suspiciously agrees, and him and Donkey leave the next morning. However, they are attacked by an orange cat wearing boots, Puss 'N Boots.
However, soon Puss caves and in panic, spills that "King Harold hired him to kill Shrek." Betrayed and angry, Shrek realises that he should've known. 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, Fairy Godmother refuses to help Shrek, because she says "Ogres aren't meant to live Happily Ever After." Shrek, Donkey and Puss raid her potion cabinet anyway, but cannot find a potion called, "Handsome" but instead find a potion called "Happily Ever After." They steal it, and escape the factory, turning all the workers into doves. 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. However, they accidentally spill some of the potion on a mushroom, and it transforms into a rose. 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 smitten for Shrek.
Shrek discovers that in the night he transformed into a handsome human man. Donkey turned into a brilliant, white stallion. Now that they are "sexy" they travel back to the castle with confidence. When they hear Fiona scream, Shrek runs inside to her, but cannot find her. Instead he finds the Fairy-Godmother who is evil. She locks Shrek in the room and tells him that if he truly loves Fiona, he'll let her go and be with another prince. Heartbroken, Shrek agrees and sadly leaves 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 realises that he can't let Fiona go, and goes to get her back. But he is arrested before he could get back and is hung along with Donkey and Puss in a dungeon by their wrists. Or in Donkey's case, his hooves. But then Pinocchio, Gingy, the Three Little Pigs, the Wolf and The Three Blind Mice set them free after they hear about him on TV. Then with the help of the Muffin Man, they create a giant gingerbread man named, Mongo who breaks the castle wall down.
In the castle, during a dance where an unsure, now human, Fiona dances with Prince Charming (who is pretending to be a human Shrek) and he attempts to kiss her. Shrek and the other than storm in just in time. A fight ensues, and Charming manages to kiss Fiona. But then surprisingly, she headbutts him, and she runs to Shrek. It is then revealed by Harold that he gave Fiona the wrong tea which was supposed to contain the potion. Charming then tosses his mom's wand to her and she then enraged tries to zap Shrek, but Harold jumps in front of him taking the blow seemingly killing him and reflecting the blast towards the godmother, disintegrating her. Harold then shows to be Living, but as 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. (Which is seconds away.) Fiona then only hugs Shrek, as the clock chimes midnight. Fiona tells 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 displeasure. 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. And Dragon returns, who had 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 start heading to search for Arthur with upon their leave Fiona telling 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.
When Artie's life was threatened by Charming, Shrek boldly insulted the boy, stating that he needed a patsy loser to fill the royal job. 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 become fed up with being a father 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 named Butterpants keeps tellping him to do his famous 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 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.
Shrek also appears in Thriller Night. However, unlike everyone else who became zombies, Shrek was immune to becoming a zombie.
Video Games Appearances
Shrek appeared in every game starring as the main protagonist.
He also appeared in Shrek Super Slam as one of the starting characters. His Super Slam is that he can fart so hard as to create an explosion.
He also appeared in Shrek Smash and Crash Racing. Shrek is one of the four racers that are unlocked from the start. Shrek's kart is the Swamp Beast that Donkey created by using the Fairy Godmother's wand on a snail. Shrek's personal item is a wooden club.
Shrek made an appearance as an unlockable character in Tony Hawk's Underground 2. He is unlocked once story mode is completed on easy. He was featured to promote both Shrek 2 the movie and video game which was also published by Activision. Unlike the other skaters who use spray paint, Shrek belches the "S" logo on walls. One of his grind specials involves waxing his skateboard with his own ear wax.
- The name "Shrek" is derived from the Yiddish and German Schreck (Yiddish שרעק) meaning "fear" or "fright."
- Shrek's appearance may have been inspired by Maurice Tillet, the French pro wrestler in 1903. However, Dreamworks has never openly commented on it so it may just be a rumor.
- 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.
- According to the Shrek 2 video game, Shrek weighs 450 pounds.
- In the very early concept art, his appearance is almost identical to his appearance from the book Shrek! as shown in the concept art at the right.