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An artist's conception of the main continent, with additional fanmade locations.

This article is about the fictional universe, world or reality where all films and other medias of the Shrek franchise (including Puss in Boots spin-offs) take place. It largely imitates fairy tale fantasy settings, with medieval technology and society combined with magic elements, and populated by humans and fantastical creatures.

It seems that, just like humans, most animals and creatures are intelligent and able to speak, alongside some individual beings of other kinds, like plants (the Evil Trees) or food (Gingerbread Man). Others, like the Dragon, are intelligent but do not speak. Horses, birds and dogs, by the way, are species with no apparent intelligence.

Geographically, it has a variety of climates and biomes, including swamps, forests, deserts, mountains, and snowy environments. Hydrographically, it is known to have rivers and at least one large ocean which separates two land bodies.

Politically, it has systems similar to those of the Middle Ages, with the two known systems being absolute monarchies: Far Far Away (a kingdom) and Duloc (a lordship). Some places, like the Swamp and Merlin's House, seem to be apart of governments.

Because of all the references to the real world in the series (see below), it has been suspected that this world may be in fact Earth, while no place in the series has been identified as a real-world location, meaning that the world may be entirely fictional. There is not enough evidence to prove either side. Since this is not a focus of the series, few information was given about this world as a whole.

There is also an alternative version this world created by the Rumpelstiltskin's magic, where Shrek does not exist. It appears in Shrek Forever After.

References to the real worldEdit

While Shrek is thought to take place on a fantasy world, the films include parodical references to places and other elements of the real world.

PlacesEdit

  • When Shrek turned into a good-looking human in Shrek 2, one of the girls asked if Shrek is from Europe. It may suggest that if the franchise takes place on Earth, Far Far Away is located outside Europe.
  • Puss in Boots speaks with a Spanish accent, suggesting that Spain may exist on this world. When Donkey says to Puss in Boots "I supposed to parade around in these goofy boots", Puss in Boots replies to him: "Hey! Hey! Be very careful with those! Hee Haw! They were made in Madrid by the finest Hee Haw!".
  • Princess Alessandra Belagomba, as seen in Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos, is Princess of Italy.
  • In Shrek the Third, the Evil Queen says she has always wanted to own a spa in France.
  • San Ricardo is located in Spain.

PeopleEdit

SongsEdit

All of the songs performed in the franchise are real-life modern songs.

GeographyEdit

There are four known landmasses: the main continent where most known places are located, a second continent where the Worcestershire Academy is located, the Pirate Island and the island where Merlin's House is located.

Main continentEdit

The main continent takes up most of the known world. It may be round or disc-shaped. There are two rivers which run through the main continent: Pinocchio River and a large unnamed river which has a waterfall. Some of its distinguishing features are:

Second continentEdit

Merlin's IslandEdit

Pirate IslandEdit

Pirate Island is possibly where Captain Hook and his pirate crew come from. It has a volcano in the center.

Unknown locationEdit

Possibly invented placesEdit

LifeEdit

The flora of this world is much like the real world's: diverse with many biomes, including swamps, forests, deserts, mountains, and snowy environments, alongside with rivers and oceans. The only known intelligent and talking woods are the Evil Trees and Pinocchio. Fungi can be affected by magic, as seen in Shrek 2 when Shrek sneezed the Happily Ever After Potion at a mushroom and it transformed into a rose minutes later.

The creatures inhabiting this world are very diverse. Humans, ogres and cats are intelligent and able to speak. The same may be said about most of other species, although some only from what is known of individual examples. Dragon, the only known dragon, clearly understands what humans say, but does not speak. Other species, like horses, dogs and birds, are seemly no intelligent at all, just like their real-life counterparts. Some food also have life, like Gingerbread Man (a gingerbread) and Humpty Dumpty (an egg).

List of creaturesEdit

This is a list of known creatures (animals and others):
* marks that only one individual of this species is known

Intelligent and talking
Intelligent, but non-talking
Non-intelligent
Unknown

SocietyEdit

Politics and governmentEdit

Only two government systems have been shown in the franchise: Far Far Away, a kingdom, and Duloc, a lordship. The first is likely an absolute monarchy as it imitates medieval kingdoms shown in fairytales, while the second was much like a totalitarian dictatorship. The concept of private property also seems to exist outside royal rules, since the Swamp and Merlin's House, which are under no apparent jurisdiction, (although in the musical, Lord Farquaad does state that the swamp is in Duloc territory). It is not known under what government is the Worcestershire Academy.

ReligionEdit

There is a cathedral in Duloc, implying that Christianity or some kind of religion may exist in this world. The ghost of Farquaad suggests that paranormal events occur but not commonly.

Monetary systemEdit

Money is widely used in this world, such as shillings.

Retrieved from WikiShrek (shrek.wikia.com), the wiki all about Shrek.

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