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Encyclopedia > Shrek (character)
Shrek character
Shrek
Shrek in the children book.
Gender Male
Type Ogre/Human
Spouse Princess Fiona (wife)
Other family King Harold (father-in-law, deceased), Queen Lillian (mother-in-law), Princess Fiona (wife), Arthur Pendragon (cousin by marriage), unknown father, ogre triplets (children)
Voiced by Mike Myers, Michael Gough (in the video games)

Shrek is a fictional character from the children's book Shrek! and the Shrek films. He is also the main protagonist. Image File history File links Information. ... It has been suggested that Shrek 4 be merged into this article or section. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The shield and spear of the Roman god Mars, which is also the alchemical symbol for iron, represents the male sex. ... Hop o My Thumb, illustrated by Gustave Doré An ogre (feminine: ogress) is a large and hideous humanoid monster. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) in the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... Princess Fiona is the Princess in the films Shrek, Shrek 4-D, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and the upcoming Shrek 4. ... King Harold is a character from the Shrek films, produced by Dreamworks. ... Queen Lillian is the widow of King Harold, mother of Princess Fiona, and mother in-law to Shrek. ... Arthur Pendragon is the destined one to take the throne in the film Shrek the Third. ... Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario) is an Emmy Award-winning British-Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his comedy work in Saturday Night Live and the film roles including the title characters of Waynes World, the Austin Powers series, and... Michael Gough is an American voice actor. ... Shrek! is a picture book written by William Steig, about a young ogre who finds the ogre of his dreams when he leaves home to see the world. ... It has been suggested that Shrek 4 be merged into this article or section. ...


Characteristics

Shrek is a large, green, intimidating ogre who acts as an eponymous hero. He loves peace and solitude and lives in a swamp yet he befriends Donkey, a excitable, hyperactive donkey. Although his background is something of a mystery, it is assumed that despite these traits, Shrek has always been an ogre of the non-hostile kind. In the first Shrek movie, during a conversation with Donkey, he laments that people "judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone," implying that he became a recluse after trying and failing 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.” Donkey is a fictional talking donkey from the Shrek movies, voiced by Eddie Murphy. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 For other uses, see Donkey (disambiguation). ... Shrek the Third is a 2007 computer animated comedy film of the Shrek series. ...


Shrek lived in Ogre Swamp. The swamp, like any other swamp, is green and murky. The swamp contains small and big ponds of muddy water and 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.


Shrek has expressed rather philosophical observations on the similarities between ogres and onions, observing both have layers beyond the surface. He cooks a "mean weed rat stew" and has a sense of humor that is not always appropriate. Shrek also boasts surprising agility for a creature of his girth, possibly because of his strength. For example, he can effortlessly perform a one-handed handspring frontflip while carrying Donkey in the other hand.


He also appears to have a chronic flatulence problem, though he can use this "gift" to his advantage. He breaks wind in the pond whenever he wants to catch fish, he unknowingly passes wind when he is in the mud sauna in "Shrek 2" and also after drinking the Happily Ever After potion. In Shrek 4-D he accidentally expels gas in a stone dragon's face and shoots a large tongue of fire as he does so, though he apologises afterwards. Apparently he is not ashamed of this (but in "Shrek 2" where he passes wind in front of Fiona, he becomes embarrassed, but then Fiona joins him by passing wind with him) and even boasts to Donkey in "Shrek" that "If it [a smell] was me, you'd be dead." This seems to be true as in "Shrek 2" the fairies in the jars are gasping for air when he is passing wind in the mud bath. He is serious, in a way. Flatulence (expelled through the anus in a process commonly known as farting or emitting gas) is the presence of a mixture of gases known as flatus in the digestive tract of mammals. ...


Concept and creation

Shrek is voiced by Mike Myers. Originally, he was voiced by Chris Farley, but Farley died after recording the voice. Not wanting backlash for voicing a character with a dead person and a replacement for Farley was needed for Shrek, Mike Myers (who, like Farley, was an alumnus of Saturday Night Live) was brought in, and re-recorded the entire film. After this, he then decided Shrek should have a Scottish accent, and Myers recorded the entire film once again. In the first film, Jim Cummings would produce the speaking and singing voice of Shrek. Cummings decides Shrek should have an American accent. In Shrek 2, he doesn't produce the voice of Shrek. Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963, in Scarborough, Ontario) is an Emmy Award-winning British-Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his comedy work in Saturday Night Live and the film roles including the title characters of Waynes World, the Austin Powers series, and... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90 minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City that has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... James Jonah Jim Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American voice actor. ...


Shrek's body, especially the head, is created (intentionally or not) after the late professional wrestler, Maurice Tillet.[citation needed] Maurice Tillet, also known as The French Angel and El Angelo. ...


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