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Name: Shrek
Date(s): 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015
Medium: animated films, musical
Country of Origin: US
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Shrek is a DreamWorks franchise based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!. There are three Shrek movies: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010). Two television specials, the Christmas television special Shrek the Halls (2007) and the Halloween television special Scared Shrekless (2010), have also been produced. Various short films were produced within the franchise focused on the various Fairy Tale creatures. A spin-off film was released and focused on Puss in Boots (2011), and an animated television series The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015). A musical was released titled Shrek The Musical.


When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.[1]

Main Characters

  • Shrek
  • Donkey
  • Princess Fiona
  • Puss in Boots (Shrek 2)
  • Dragon
  • Lord Farquaad

For a more complete list of characters within the franchise, see Wikipedia's List of Shrek characters.


Shrek has become something of a meme for the mid-2010's internet, despite having come out in 2001. Particularly, there is a large fannish consensus that Shrek 2 is the best movie of the franchise, and has evolved to be the subject of many viral Tumblr posts, even more specifically the Fairy Godmother's cover of "I Need A Hero."[2][3]

Most Shrek fanfiction on AO3 are either crossover AU[4], NSFW troll fic[5]; but more often than not both.[6][7][8]

Shrek fanfiction on seems to be much more genuine in nature.[9]



Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.




Archives and Fannish Links



  1. Written by Film_Fan (IMDB)
  2. on pow-pau-pow at Tumblr
  3. gifset by theanimatedwonders at Tumblr
  4. Layers by Wizards_Pupil, a Bilbo/Thorin (the Hobbit) Shrek AU
  5. His Juices by Murmurs at AO3
  6. FORBIDDEN LOVES by Conspiracy at AO3
  7. Chat Noir Gives Shrek a Blowjob by Marinetthoughts at AO3
  8. Make American Green Again by orphan_account at AO3
  9. Shrek Category on