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|“||Look, I’m not the one with the problem, okay? It’s the world that seems to have a problem with *me*! People take one look at me and go “Aargh! Help! Run! A big stupid ugly ogre!” They judge me before they even know me – that’s why I’m better off alone…||„|
|~ Shrek explains to Donkey why he chooses to isolate himself|
|“||WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP?!!||„|
|~ Shrek's most famous quote.|
|“||I live in a swamp, I put up signs, I'm a terrifying ogre! What do I have to do to get a little privacy?!||„|
|“||Hi, everybody, and welcome to the "Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party"!||„|
|~ Shrek before everyone in the first film performs a karaoke dance party.|
|“||Well, when it comes to breaking spells, usually somebody's got to kiss somebody.||„|
|~ Shrek to Red and Yellow.|
Shrek is the titular main protagonist of the franchise of the same name. He is a green ogre who is Princess Fiona's husband, Farkle, Fergus and Felicia's father, Donkey's best friend, King Harold and Queen Lillian's son-in-law and also Artie's cousin-in-law and father-like figure.
In the original film, he was introduced as a villainous protagonist similar to his book counterpart, however, this is just a plot to reveal that Lord Farquaad is the true main villain later on, as the Shrek of the movie version was never a villain.
- 1 Personality/Biography
- 2 Relationships
- 2.1 Donkey
- 2.2 Princess Fiona
- 2.3 Lord Farquaad
- 2.4 Dragon
- 2.5 Puss in Boots
- 2.6 King Harold
- 2.7 Pinocchio
- 2.8 Queen Lillian
- 2.9 Fairy Godmother
- 2.10 Prince Charming
- 2.11 Gingerbread Man
- 2.12 Arthur Pendragon
- 2.13 Merlin the Wizard
- 2.14 Farkle, Fergus and Felicia
- 2.15 Rumpelstiltskin
- 2.16 Dronkeys
- 2.17 Other Fairy Tale Creatures
- 3 Description
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Navigation
|“||Onions have layers, Ogres have layers.||„|
|~ Shrek describing Ogres.|
In the first film, Shrek was initially overly aggressive and hostile towards strangers who wander into his swamp, an example of this is when several villagers came to kill him but then were left terrified when Shrek described ogres as ten times worse than giants after they fled in fear, the ogre gave a hearty chuckle and warned them to stay out.
However, behind this tough demeanor, Shrek is incredibly insecure and sought recluse from everyone as they judged him as a monster before getting to know him and believed that he was better off alone. When meeting new people, Shrek is heavily sarcastic; when he met Donkey for the first time and he asked for a place to stay Shrek agrees, only to say no the second time he asks. Due to all the people he meets, Shrek is used to being treated like a monster and is left surprised when Donkey has no problem with his appearance or his ogre roots.
Shrek has a short temper and is easily angered, as shown when he first meets Donkey, whom he initially considered a nuisance as he is both talkative and annoying. He normally resorts to using mild biting remarks to vent his anger or will occasionally yell towards him if he is that frustrated, though Shrek later started to develop a liking towards Donkey, who became his best friend. He also has a violent sense of humor; when Prince Charming had overrun Far Far Away, he ambushed him in his dressing room and threateningly said: "break a leg, or on second thought let me break it for you." This also shows when Donkey and he were at the Dragon's Keep and when he discovered his friend had a fear of heights, he swayed the bridge back and forth.
Shrek showed an utter disregard for personal hygiene and had little to no manners. While he would brush his teeth, it was with a bug and only made his teeth worse. In his life of recluse, he resembled that of an old man; he lived a lifestyle of relaxation, enjoyed a mud bath in peace or would relax in his chair like a grandfather, Shrek has known to be very cranky at times and enjoyed dining by himself. A running gag in the film series is Shrek's flatulence and belching actually causes animals to die, resembling toxic gas and can actually ignite an explosion when mixed with fire.
Before meeting Donkey, Puss, or Fiona, the only thing he had an emotional attachment was with his swamp. While other people saw it as "disgusting" or "filthy", Shrek truly values it as a home. He is determined and was willing to fight a dragon and rescue a princess from a burning dragon castle to get it back from Lord Farquaad, as well as preferred it to a castle in Far Far Away. Shrek had daddy issues, to say the least, as his father was an ogre and tried to eat him, which he should have realized as "he used to bathe me with barbecue sauce and put me to bed with an apple in my mouth."
Shrek has an asocial personality and not one to take one for an answer. When he and Donkey had just rescued Princess Fiona and she refused to go with them to Farquaad, he instantly picked her up and dragged her towards Duloc. However, as the three get closer, Shrek and Fiona begin to develop an actual friendship, and eventually, romance. However after Shrek misinterpreted Fiona when she said "who could ever love an ugly beast?" as being about him, they had a falling out. The two were left heartbroken, but due to a pep talk from Donkey, he interrupts the wedding between her and Farquaad, learns of her ogre curse, and then calls Dragon, who eats Farquaad, after which the two fall in love and marry.
All and all, while Shrek is cranky and a miserly, he is loyal, devoted, and even selfless to his friends and the people he cares about. While at first he only saw Donkey as a pest, he slowly but surely began to value him as his best friend. This is the same with Princess Fiona; at first, he saw her as nothing more than a mission for Farquaad, over time and after helping her defeat Robin Hood and his Merry Men the two begin to care and even love another. In the second film Shrek's dedication to Fiona was so strong she was willing to turn himself and her back into a human as he apparently loves her more than being an ogre. Although he was at first hired to assassinate him, Puss in Boots and Shrek became very good friends, the two actually gossips which is something he has never done with Donkey. Despite that, Shrek also seems to find Puss an annoyance at times, similar to Donkey, but to a minor extent. Puss also appears disgusted by Shrek's temper at times, but nonetheless is in reality extremely loyal to Shrek, even calling him "boss" and defending the ogre and Donkey from knights all to repay his debts to Shrek.
In the second film, Shrek's personality has really evolved; he is much more sensitive and caring towards people, more specifically towards his new wife Fiona, but he is still easily irritated by Donkey. This was shown when Donkey showed up unexpectedly after he and Fiona got home from their honeymoon and he angrily threw him out. While driving to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, Donkey constantly kept asking "are we there yet?" until it finally drove Shrek to the point of nearly attacking him.
After the newlyweds finally arrive at Far Far Away, the entire kingdom, including King Harold and Queen Lilian, who were Fiona's parents, were all shocked upon discovering that the two were ogres. Like many stereotypical father and step-son relationships, the two share a dislike of one another and are not afraid to openly express this, even if it was during dinner with both of their family and friends. After a fight with Fiona and reading through her old diary, it's revealed that Shrek will go to great lengths to make her happy even if it meant stealing a potion and then using it to make him human, which granted did work, but the cruel Fairy Godmother tricked the princess into believing that her son, Prince Charming was Shrek which leaves him heartbroken but after discovering it was all a ruse he attempts to put an end Charming and Fiona's love blossoming. After defeating the Fairy Godmother, Fiona and Shrek return to being ogres and he earns the respect from his father-in-law.
However, after King Harold had fallen ill Shrek and Fiona had to manage the kingdom of Far Far Away. While he was incredibly reluctant to take any responsibility, he was still able to manage the kingdom but still missed his swamp and was eager to return there. Shrek proves he is very heavy-handed; when trying to knight someone he ends up impaling his shoulder, this also shows when he hits a boat with a bottle and ends up sinking it. After attending a ball and then nearly burning it down, it proved to be the last straw for Shrek and demanded to leave and said he wasn't cut out for being a king. On his deathbed, King Harold would have to pass his title to the ogre which he refused and sought to locate the second heir, Arthur.
Just before leaving Far Far Away to bring back Arthur, Fiona reveals to Shrek that she is pregnant, after which he shows a more anxious side to his personality and had vivid nightmares of being a father. However this was mostly due to Shrek feeling guilty of ruining the child's life as he considers having an ogre won't bode well with him.
In a twist of irony, Shrek proves that he knows very little about children as when he found Arthur and then forced him to become a king so he can solely avoid becoming one himself. He does try to relate to Arthur by using what he considers slang but fails horrifically. It's not until the two meet Professor Merlin, his old college teacher, and began to sympathize with the boy and freely allows him to become king as it is now his choice. Shrek's dedication to Artie was so strong he was willing to allow Charming to kill himself if it allowed him to live.
After being captured by Prince Charming and put in his play, "It's A Happily Ever After, After All" where he planned to execute the ogre in front of the whole kingdom of Far Far Away, in the face of death, Shrek concerned no fear at the face of death and even mocked his killer. Charming came close to actually murdering Shrek if Dragon, Queen Lillian, Fiona, and her friends had intervened. After Charming was overthrown, Arthur became King and Shrek and Fiona returned to their swamp and raised three ogre children.
Shrek is a now a loving father and caring husband to Fiona and his children Farkle, Fungus, and Felicia. However, he does miss the old days when he was a wanted ogre and becam somewhat neglectful towards his family. After being constantly irritated by his friends and villagers after being described as no longer being a real ogre, he destroys his son's cake in a fit of anger and then had a massive argument with Fiona which causes him to accidentally blurt out he wished he had never rescued her from the dragon's keep. After he meets Rumpelstiltskin and helps fix his vehicle, the two bond and he gives Shrek a chance to become a real ogre again, and in return, he gives Stiltskin a day from his past. The contract works and he is able to terrify a village only to find that Fiona is wanted as well, his swamp is ruined and none of his friends, including Donkey, remember him and Stiltskin stole the day he was born and had one day until he was wiped from existence.
After escaping Rumpelstiltskin's palace with Donkey, he tries to prove to the mule that he is his friend and sings his favorite song, only for Donkey to attempt to run away. After discovering that he still had his daughter Felicia's doll, he is left crying, something which ogres rarely ever do. Once Donkey is abducted again, Shrek is able to stumble onto an entire colony of ogres where he meets Fiona however she is literally repulsed by his presence and is only focused on defeating Rumpelstiltskin and his empire.
The main focus on the fourth film is to teach Shrek that the grass isn't greener on the other side and that he had no idea what he had until it was gone. He frantically tries to get Fiona to fall in love with him again so that they may share True Love's Kiss and get his old life back however this only causes her to dislike him even more and caused the entire army of ogres to be captured, only for Shrek to turn himself in and get the Deal of a Lifetime from Rumpelstiltskin so that he may free the captured ogres. After nearly being eaten by Dragon, Fiona is Shrek are able to defeat Stiltskim however it proves as his day is over and on his deathbed he can get the princess to fall in love and was able to get his life back. Shrek now valued his wife and children above anything now.
Shrek prides himself on being the King of Halloween and took great delight in terrifying his friends with scary stories and helped teaching his kids how to frighten children. However despite this he knows very little about Christmas mostly because ogres never celebrate it but still tries to make it a perfect holiday for his family and friends.
Shrek first met Donkey when the latter was running from Farquaad's knights who were chasing Donkey, who ran into Shrek (meeting him for the first time) and the ogre successfully fends off Donkey's threat. To repay him, Donkey decides to become Shrek's friend, and unlike most of people he never had any prejudice towards Shrek for being an ogre. However, Shrek initially did not like Donkey and considered him to be a nuisance due to his talkative and childish and tried to get rid of him in vain as Donkey sticks to him and makes him his company, not wanting to leave him in anyway. Shrek also initially enjoyed to tease Donkey and insult him very rudely. When they were at Dragon's Keep, when Shrek discovered Donkey's fear of heights, he swayed the bridge back and forth in order to playfully scare his ally. Although Donkey was visibly hurt by Shrek's rude insults, he still wanted to be his friend, believing they just needed time to know each other better (which was proven truth).
As they spend more time together, however, Shrek slowly, but surely starts to develop a liking towards Donkey, possibly because Shrek has come to realize that Donkey is the first one who has ever shown Shrek any form of kindness. Unfortunately, Shrek overhears Donkey talking to Fiona when the princess say 'who could love such a ugly monster', and thinking they are talking about him, he felt betrayed at both Fiona (who was in love with) and Donkey, as the first one who ever showed him kindness was apparently prejudiced behind him. After Shrek hands over Fiona to Farquaad, Shrek angrily insults Donkey by calling him useless, pathetic and annoying, and tells him to go away and never come back. During the fight, Shrek says at one point 'You're great pals, aren't ya' (referring to Fiona) with a sad looking, showing that Shrek clearly has come to see Donkey as a friend, and not a pest like he initially saw him. Angry and hurt, Donkey goes to the swamp and claims half of it as his own (which is actually fair, as Donkey is the one who led Shrek to Duloc, helped him save Fiona and did half of the service, so it was more than fair Donkey have half of the booty), leading Shrek and Donkey to a long argument, where Shrek questions why Donkey came back if Shrek treated Donkey so bad, to which Donkey answer that that's what friends do, they forgive each other. However, Shrek is still hostile to Donkey and feels betrayed by him as shown when Shrek says 'You're right Donkey, I forgive you for stabbin' me in the back', showing that he clearly wanted Donkey as his friend, but felt betrayed and crushed after Donkey's talk with Fiona. However, when Donkey reveals Fiona wasn't talking about him, Shrek apologizes to Donkey, Donkey forgives him, and they become best friends forever after. The two then ride on Dragon to prevent Fiona of marrying Farquaad. Later, during Shrek and Fiona's wedding, they throws the flowers to Donkey and Dragon, and Shrek gives a farewell sign to his new BFF before leaving for his honeymoon.
Although they are BFF (Best Friends Forever), Shrek is still very easily irritated by Donkey due to the latter's talkative nature and childlike personality, and also their differences: while Shrek is grumpy, easily irritated and serious, Donkey is cheerful, playful and childish, which causes them to not always understand each other or always see eye to eye. At the same time Shrek considers Donkey to be his best friend, he also considers him the most annoying person he has ever known. He normally resorts to using mild biting remarks to vent his anger or will occasionally yell towards him if he is that frustrated. This was shown when he got home from his honeymoon and Donkey showed up unexpectedly and the angrily threw him out. While driving to the Kingdom of Far Far Away and Donkey constantly kept asking "are we there yet?" until it finally drove Shrek to the point of nearly attacking him. In the third film, when Donkey and Puss enters Shrek's room, Shrek aggressively kicks both of them out. In the Christmas holiday, after Donkey and the rest of Shrek's friends visit Shrek on Christmas against his will, although he manages to calm down initially, he later finally loses his patience and kicks everyone out, although he later felt remorseful and guilty for his actions, apologized to his friends and invited them to spend the rest of Christmas with him, including Donkey. In the Halloween holiday, when Donkey and Puss challenges Shrek to a scary stories competition, and only Shrek and Donkey are left, Shrek cheats by making his children prank and successfully scare Donkey away so Shrek wins the competition. Additionally, Shrek has shown a visibly dislike towards Donkey's singing, as he gets angry and asks him to stop whenever Donkey starts singing.
Regardless of how much annoyance and nuisance Donkey may be to Shrek, Shrek still cares about his best friend, as whenever Shrek is on an adventure, he asks Donkey to come along, and seems to appreciate his help. When the Happily Ever After potion was about to fall down, but Donkey saved it, Shrek complimented him. When Shrek and Donkey were later turned back into an ogre and a donkey (after their temporary transformation into a human and a horse respectively), and Donkey seems sad about it, Shrek cheers him up by saying he still a noble steed for him. In the fourth film, when Shrek is the alternate timeline and Donkey doesn't recognizes him, Shrek becomes visibly sad to see his best friend didn't recognize him. While escaping Rumpelstiltskin help, Shrek did not hesitate to take Donkey with him despite the fact that Shrek already knew Donkey won't remember him as Shrek was never born in this timeline. Although Donkey was frightened from Shrek at first in this new reality, Shrek insisted in prove to him that he is his friend and even sing Donkey's favorite song, showing Shrek's strong dedication and care for his BFF. However, Donkey still thought Shrek was a threat, only believing him when he sees Shrek crying as he never saw an ogre cry. When Donkey shows Shrek Rumpel's exit clause, Shrek calls Donkey a genius. When the ogres army attempt to eat Donkey, Shrek firmly defend his friend. After the timeline is restored, Shrek seems to become a lot friendlier towards Donkey than before.
Overall, Donkey is Shrek's best friend, sidekick and partner on adventures, as well as his most faithful and loyal ally, and although Shrek finds Donkey the most annoying person he has ever known, at the same time, he cares about his best friend, appreciates his effort to help him and even seem to acknowledge and respect Donkey's intelligence.
Before meeting each other personally, Shrek heard of Fiona as he read a book about her in the first film's intro, although he didn't seemed interested at first. During the film, Lord Farquaad banished all the fairy tale people from the kingdom which forces them to Shrek's swamp. Shrek was upset about it and went to Farquaad to get his swamp back. Farquaad orders a mission for Shrek to retrieve Fiona, so she can be his bride.
When they met each other personally at Dragon's Keep, Shrek and Fiona initially did not see eye-to-eye or got along very well. Fiona was at first excited do finally being rescued, but she quickly gets disappointed by Shrek's lack of romanticism as he initially only saw her as a mission to Farquaad who would later give back his swamp. Things get worse when Fiona learns that her rescuer is not her Prince Charming, but an ogre, which angers her, especially after Shrek revealed that the man who wanted to marry her (Farquaad) wouldn't come himself. She then refused to go to Duloc with him and Donkey, which led to Shrek instantly pick her up and drags her to Duloc, which made their relationship initially rocky. As nightfall approaches, Fiona demands they stop for the night, but secludes herself in a cave for reasons unknown. However, during the night, after Fiona learns more about Shrek's past when she hears him talking to Donkey, she starts to fell guilty for her initial behavior towards him, and decides to be gentle with him, as he anyway rescued her from the Dragon's Keep, where she has been locked since her childhood. Fiona even made a breakfast for Shrek and Donkey, and then they started to get along better.
During the trio's journey back to Duloc, Shrek and Fiona develops a close bond, realizing they have a lot more things in common that they thought, and slowly they even fall in love with each other, but both initially to not want to assume this due to princess and ogre's stereotypes, despite Donkey's advice that they should do what make them happy. When Shrek finally decides to admit his feelings for Fiona when bringing her a flower that evening after stopping to camp to an old mill, unfortunately, Shrek overhears Fiona talking to Donkey about how no one could love an ugly monster. Shrek thinks she is talking about him and, angry and upset, Shrek hands over Fiona to Farquaad, and Fiona goes away with him willingly as she is upset by Shrek's cold behavior, although she doesn't seem to like Farquaad on sight. However, when Donkey later on reveals to Shrek that Fiona was talking about 'somebody else', Shrek feels guilty for what he did and rushes to disrupt the wedding. Shrek and Donkey then ride on Dragon to Farquaad's palace. Shrek crashes their wedding and confesses to Fiona that he loves her. At first, Fiona tells him that he is too late and prepares to kiss Farquaad. However, the sun begins to go down, and Fiona transforms into an ogre too, surprising Shrek, who finally understands who Fiona was talking about.
Shrek and Fiona kiss, breaking her curse, but permanently turning her into an ogre. Fiona is still unsure about herself, but Shrek assures Fiona he still thinks she is beautiful, and they get married. The first film ends with Shrek and Fiona's wedding, and going off in an onion carriage on their way to their honeymoon.
Along with Donkey, Fiona is one of the figures who has often shaped Shrek's destiny. Since their marriage at the end of the first film, Shrek and Fiona have been an inseparable couple; actually their relationship is the main point in every of the four films. That said however, the couple often gets into bickers, arguments and discussions, mainly due to Shrek's temper, rudeness, selfishness and recklessness, which angers Fiona, who gets easily bothered by Shrek's rude behavior, as it contrasts Fiona's more patient and compassionate nature. This is shown in the second film, after their dinner with Fiona's parents, where Fiona gets upset with Shrek both for his rudeness and for apparently don't care for what she wants. This is also shown in the fourth film, where Fiona displays some noticeable disgust when Shrek smashed their children's birthday cake out of anger for the Far Far Away inhabitants bothering him. Additionally, in the Christmas special, Fiona gets notably disappointed with Shrek for kicking their friends out of the house in Christmas Eve, including Shrek's best friend Donkey. Even so, although Shrek's flaws bothers and upsets Fiona, she nonetheless still love him more than anything and anybody and vice versa. Throughout the sequels and television series, Shrek and Fiona's relationship continues to grow, and Fiona is usually the center of Shrek's adventures, mostly due to his desire to continuously protect, impress, or otherwise prove his love for her.
In the second film, after a fight with Fiona and reading through her old diary it's revealed that Shrek will go to extreme lengths to make her happy even if it meant stealing a potion and then using it to make him human, which show how strong is his dedication to Fiona as he was willing to turn himself and her back into a human, claiming that he loves more Fiona than being an ogre, and he visibly will always make her safety his top priority. In return, Fiona loves Shrek and cares very much about his well-being, as show when she wake up and noticed she wasn't in her parents castle and grew very worried about him to the point she even considered going out to find him herself and later they head back to the swamp. In the end, Fiona prefers that she and Shrek are ogres rather than humans, showing she loves Shrek for who he is. She even wanted to have a family in Shrek as shown in the third film. Although he was initially worried about having children, he still nonetheless wants to make Fiona happy, as seen when she reveals she is pregnant, Shrek disguises his worries with happiness in order to make his wife happy. However, after meeting the teenage Arthur Pendragon and seeing a son figure in him, Shrek's worries disappears, and in the end, he is happy for his new family, and is revealed to be a loving father for the triplets Farkle, Fergus, and Felicia.
By the time of the fourth film, although Shrek loves his wife and children, he misses the old days when he was a wanted ogre and became somewhat neglectful of his family. After being constantly irritated by his friends and villagers after being described as no longer being a real ogre, he destroys his children's cake in a fit of anger and then had a massive argument with Fiona which causes him to accidentally blurt out he wished he had never rescued her from the Dragon's Keep. However, after signing a contract with Rumpelstiltskin and going to an alternate universe where he was never born, Shrek realizes that the grass isn't greener on the other side and that he had no idea what he had until it was gone. However, thanks to Donkey, Shrek discovers he can reverse the contract and get his life back by kissing Fiona. So, Shrek frantically tries to get Fiona to fall in love with him again so that they may share True Love's Kiss and get his old life back however this only causes her to dislike him even more and caused the entire army of ogres to be captured, only for Shrek to turn himself in and get the Deal of a Lifetime from Rumpelstiltskin so that he may free the captured ogres. This causes Fiona to fall in love with Shrek once again, and after defeating Stiltskin, when Shrek was about to be erased from existence, Shrek confesses that what he liked more in that day is because he got the chance to fall in love with Fiona all over again, and the two kiss, saving Shrek and restoring the timeline. Shrek now values his wife and children above anything now.
Overall, Shrek and Fiona are a loving and inseparable couple who although they sometimes gets into some arguments due to their contrasting natures (Shrek is rude and selfish, while Fiona is patient and kind), but they love each other immensely and both will go to extreme lengths to ensure each other's happiness and safety. Shrek even claimed once that he didn't rescued Fiona from Dragon's Keep, and that it was Fiona who rescued him, showing how grateful he is for having Fiona in his life.
In Shrek, Farquaad had banished all of the fairytale creatures from his land. He forced them to take refuge in Shrek's swamp. He makes a decision to plan a tournament to see which knight would be worthy enough to embark on a quest to retrieve Fiona. However, Shrek, who had traveled from his swamp to Duloc accompanied by Donkey to ask Farquaad to move the fairytale creatures off his swamp, interrupts the tournament. He then changed the tournament, as the knight that ends up killing Shrek will be named as the champion. However, despite the knights' best efforts, they were all defeated with relative ease by both Shrek and Donkey. Faarquad's archers take aim at Shrek, but Faarquad, seizing a golden opportunity, declares Shrek the champion of the tournament and gives a proposition to Shrek: if Shrek successfully completes the quest to rescue Fiona, Faarquad will restore Shrek's swamp back to normal, before the fairytale creatures took refuge.
Merlin the Wizard
Other Fairy Tale Creatures
- Possibly Age Human: 38 (Shrek, 2001 and Shrek 2, 2004)
44 (Shrek the Third, 2007)
47 (Shrek Forever After, 2010)
Shrek is a large, fat, green, physically intimidating ogre. However, his background is something of a mystery. In the musical, it is revealed that on his seventh birthday, Shrek was sent away by his parents because it was an ogre tradition. He is seen traveling alone, either being screamed at or teased by passers-by. The only time he receives a pleasant greeting is a wave from a young Fiona, who is promptly led away by her parents.
After scaring away an angry mob, he arrives at his swamp, enters an outhouse and literally breaks out as the adult Shrek. Though surly, misanthropic, and venomously cranky, Shrek is peaceful and doesn't care to hurt anyone, but he just wants to live his life in solitude and be left alone. Shrek is befriended by a donkey named Donkey. It's notable that when Shrek's first seen, he's successfully scaring off villagers by roaring at them, but it later becomes obvious that they were only attacking him because he's an ogre, not because he did anything particularly wrong. In the first Shrek movie, during a conversation with Donkey, he laments that he is constantly judged by the outside world the minute people meet him, and is thus better off alone. This implies that he became a recluse after trying and failing to find acceptance among others.
Another factor causing lack of acceptance can be found in Shrek the Third, it's revealed Shrek had a father who tried to eat him as Shrek stated, "I guess 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". Artie thought he been jesting. Shrek lives in an Ogre Swamp, which is green and murky, like any other swamp. The swamp contains small and big ponds of muddy water and it also has geysers that squirt out mud. The swamp contains the living quarters of Shrek which consists of an outhouse and Shrek's house. The swamp is also a home to different kinds of species including the swamp slug that Shrek uses for his toothpaste. This basically beginning portrays Shrek as a real grubby beast.
When he finds squatters where he lives, he agrees to the rescue of Princess Fiona to evict all the squatters. However, during the course of the mission, Shrek falls deeply in love with Fiona. Since he's an ogre, Shrek has a considerable amount of physical strength, being able to break wood, and metal constructs, get in physical combat with a number of armored humans and usually winning, unintentionally destroying a wooden vessel with a bottle of wine, and even lifting or turning objects that are too heavy for a normal human being, such as a gigantic vat of magic potion against the maximum security of the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. In Shrek and the Swamp Gang Karaoke Dance Party, Shrek sings Just the Way You Are. In Far Far Away Idol, he sang "What I Like About You" by The Romantics with Fiona.
Shrek has a little problem socializing due to the fact that people think he is a mean ugly ogre, even though his appearance is remarkably humanoid, with a few cosmetic exceptions. In being in the process Shrek is said to have sociophobia.
However, from Shrek the Third onward, Shrek has become a well-liked celebrity, at least in Far Far Away. In the fourth movie, people managed to realize that Shrek isn't dangerous and lost their fear and prejudice over him, but to Shrek's dismay, they also come to regard him as a folk hero and visit him with even more frequency than before, disturbing him. But after the experiences of the movie, Shrek comes to appreciate his life more than ever.
- Originally, Chris Farley was to do the voice role of Shrek, and had recorded 85 to 90% of his dialogue (95 according to his brother) but sadly he passed away four years before the events of the first movie, due to his death being similar to John Belushi's death. Nicholas Cage also turned down the role and subsequently regretted it. Mike Myers then got the role.
- Shrek is both The Dragon and part of the Big Bad Ensemble of the first film, until his Heel–Face Turn at the climax of the film.
- Shrek has become an Internet meme in which he appears in a series of videos called Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life.
- The moon on Shrek's outhouse is a reference to the DreamWorks logo.
- He and Donkey are very similar to Manny and Sid.
- Many fans believe that Shrek's human form bares a striking resemblance to Fred Flintstone or to his own voice actor Mike Myers.
- Shrek appears as a cameo on the DVD case of the 2006 film Flushed Away, but did not actually appeared in the film.
- According to James Gunn, Shrek was originally supposed to make a cameo in the Collector scene in Disney/Marvel Studios' 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, but was scrapped due to his voice actor Mike Myers not being able to make it to the set that day.