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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 four 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, Puss in Boots, was released in 2011, and followed by a tie-in television series The Adventures of Puss in Boots in 2015. A musical stage adaptation titled Shrek The Musical opened on Broadway in December 2008.


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

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


There is a line between genuine love and ironic esteem, and the Shrek fandom plays jump rope with that line:

"I have no idea if it's possible to like something ironically. It's like, could you enjoy ice cream ironically? Could you eat ice cream as a joke?"[2]

Grant Duffin, Shrekfest organizer and director of Shrek Retold

Shrek has become something of a meme for internet culture beginning circa 2009, despite having come out in 2001. Particularly, there has been 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 "Holding Out for a Hero"[3][4] Thus the Shrek fandom is heavily centered on the first two films, and other Shrek media are very seldom referenced.

Most Shrek fanfiction on AO3 are either crossover AU,[5] NSFW troll fic;[6] but more often than not both.[7][8][9] Shrek fanfiction on Fanfiction.Net seems to be much more genuine in nature.[10]

Crossover crack ships with Shrek are popular across various fandoms.[citation needed]

Other than outright crossovers, there are fusion parodies that reference the plot of Shrek, or quote iconic lines from the films.[11]

Circa 2013, the Bee Shrek Test in the House fandom—a parody crossover involving Bee Movie, Shrek, Johnny Test, and Cory in the House—rose to prominence in response to popular crossover fandoms such as SuperWhoLock and Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons[12].


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