|“||It's time you stop living in a fairy tale, Shrek. She's a princess and you're an ogre. That's something no amount of potion is ever going to change.||„|
|~ The Fairy Godmother cajoling Shrek to relinquish Fiona.|
|“||I told you ogres don't live happily ever after!||„|
|~ The Fairy Godmother telling Shrek that he and his kind cannot live happily ever after before attempting to destroy Shrek, as well as her last words before her death.|
The Fairy Godmother is a major antagonist of the Shrek film series, serving as the main antagonist of Shrek 2, the posthumous overarching antagonist of Shrek the Third and is also briefly mentioned in Shrek Forever After.
Just like in her origin story, the Fairy Godmother is a magical fairy. However, her personality is different from her classic counterpart's personality. She is also the mother of Prince Charming. She originally made a deal with King Harold to have Charming rescue Fiona from the Dragon's Keep and free her from the curse which makes her turn into an ogress by night, but her plans were foiled when Shrek and Donkey rescued Fiona before Charming could arrive.
In the film, she was voiced by Jennifer Saunders, who also played Other Spink in Coraline. In the video-game, she was voiced by Claudia Christian, who also played Helga Katrina Sinclair in Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Years before the events of Shrek 2, Princess Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian ask the Fairy Godmother to help their cursed daughter Princess Fiona get rid of her curse. Fiona was cursed by a witch, causing her to turn into an ogre every night and return to human form at sunrise. The Fairy Godmother told them to lock her away in a dragon-guarded castle where she would be rescued by her son, Prince Charming, who was supposed to kiss Fiona and break her curse.
Years later, during the events of Shrek 2, the Fairy Godmother is first seen physically when Fiona goes to her bedroom balcony and cries because her father King Harold was not pleased that her new husband Shrek was an ogre, her tears supposedly calling to the Fairy Godmother. Arriving, the Fairy Godmother is surprised to learn that Fiona matured. She decides to show her powers to make her pretty, but Fiona refuses kindly, much to the shock of her furniture. When Shrek and Donkey enter, Fairy Godmother discovers that Shrek is Fiona's husband much to her confusion. Before she could leave, she reminds Fiona that if she should ever need her, happiness is just a tear drop away, handing her a card Shrek swipes from her angrily, replying that they all the “happiness” they need. To learn more, she picks up her son and goes to take Harold for a ride in a carriage. They both confront the king, revealing that Charming travels a long distance by horse to the Dragon's Keep to rescue Fiona. To his shock, he finds the Big Bad Wolf in her bed instead who tells him that Fiona has already been rescued and is on her honeymoon. The trio stop by Friar’s Fat Boy. The Fairy Godmother is seen to order two Renaissance Wraps, no mayo, and chili rings, while also offering King Harold curly fries or a sourdough soft taco, both of which he refuses. Prince Charming requests a Medieval Meal, which comes with a paper king's crown and a free battle-axe. The Fairy Godmother states that Fiona and Charming will be together which is what’s best best for both his daughter and his kingdom. After they drop king Harold back to the castle, he asks what he should do about it. The battle-axe is later given to him. The Fairy Godmother demands him to use his imagination and returns to her cottage.
Fairy Godmother is later seen again when Shrek, who had a fight with Fiona after Fairy Godmother left the Far Far Away castle, visits her cottage with Donkey and their new friend Puss-In-Boots, which to their surprise is actually a large factory where she manufactures spells and potions. They walk in on her while she's brewing a love potion singing her same song, which included "a drop of desire, a pinch of passion and just a hint of lust". When Fairy Godmother see Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, Shrek ask her to help him with Fiona. However, she spites him by saying that ogres don't live happily ever after. Before Shrek leaves, he steals one of her potions, the Happily Ever After potion to be specific, and causes a giant mess. After Fairy Godmother learns that Shrek stole the Happily Ever After potion, she realizes that she could use it to her advantage.
The following day, after Shrek (and Donkey) have drunken the potion and Shrek has become a handsome human, Donkey has become a stallion, and Fiona has become human again, Fairy Godmother and Charming go to the castle where Charming poses as a transformed Shrek while the Fairy Godmother prevents the real Shrek from finding Fiona and then makes him witness a "moment" between Charming and Fiona, making him believe she's fallen for Charming. She uses his grief to seemingly gently convince him to stop living in a fairytale, and that if he truly loves Fiona he'll let her go. The plan works but is blown when Shrek, Donkey, and Puss see her, Charming, and Harold at the Poisoned Apple tavern.
When Charming complains that Fiona is not warming up to him, Harold wants to call the whole thing off, declaring that you can't force someone to fall in love. Undeterred, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold a love potion she was working on earlier and orders him to have Fiona drink some of it, saying it will make her fall in love with the first man she kisses, and to make sure it is Charming. At first, Harold refuses, but Fairy Godmother then blackmails him by reminding him that she helped him with his happily ever after and that she can take it away just as easily, making Harold give in. Then, when Charming calls her his mother, they hear Donkey shout, "Mother?!" and look outside to see him with Shrek and Puss, the three of them having heard the whole plan. Realizing the jig is up, the Fairy Godmother calls the trio "Thieves", bumps into the Headless Horseman and has them arrested and imprisoned while she and Charming attend the royal ball.
She then notices Fiona is not going for Charming (who's still under the impression he's Shrek) because of his behavior. She then declares to dedicate a song to Fiona and "Prince Shrek" and sings "Holding Out for a Hero," causing Fiona and Charming to dance. The plan almost works until Donkey, Puss, and the real Shrek arrive, having been rescued by Shrek's fairytale friends. They fight over her over the Fairy Godmother's wand. Fairy Godmother quickly orders her son to kiss Fiona, telling him she's already taken the potion, but after Charming kisses Fiona, she headbutts him, revealing Harold didn't give Fiona the philtre, after all. Charming manages to recover and then grabs his mother's wand out of Puss's paw and throws it to her.
Enraged, the Fairy Godmother turns to Shrek and Fiona, exclaiming a final message directed at Shrek, "I told you ogres don't live happily ever after!" She then unleashes a purple death ray from her wand as soon as the ray is about to hit Shrek. King Harold jumps in the way and then the spell reflects off the armor he is wearing, and hits the Fairy Godmother. At first she seems unharmed, but as she prepares to attack again, she suddenly bursts into nothing but bubbles and sparkles, leaving only her damaged glasses and wand, which dims out along with her life.
Shrek the Third
The Fairy Godmother doesn't appear in the third film, due having already died in the previous film, but she is mentioned throughout the film by her son Prince Charming, who plans to avenge her death by taking over Far Far Away and kill Shrek, though this all ended in failure as Prince Charming seemingly ends up crushed to death by a falling tower, leaving the Fairy Godmother's plans for conquest and power in vain.
Shrek Forever After
The Fairy Godmother is mentioned at the beginning of the fourth film. At the beginning of the movie, before Shrek and Donkey rescued Fiona like in the first film, Harold and Lillian go to make a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to end Fiona's curse. Harold reminds Lillian that Fairy Godmother insisted only True Love's Kiss would break the curse. Lillian then stated she does not trust the Fairy Godmother, a possible hint at the Fairy Godmother's true role in the second film.
Plus, the Fairy Godmother also appears in the film during its end credits.
Shrek 2: Video Game
The Fairy Godmother appears when Shrek and his friends go to her potion shop. Shrek asks the Fairy Godmother for a potion and turn into a human to please Fiona but she refused and tells him and his friends to leave. She later fights little red riding hood in her potion shop and loses. She later captures Snow White and escapes. Shrek and Donkey then catch up to her and successfully get Snow White. Shen later fights Shrek and his friends at the ball and turns King Harold into a frog. The fairy godmother then unleashes trolls to fight Shrek and his friends. When Shrek and his friends defeat the trolls, they fight against the Fairy Godmother, then after a long fight, she was finally defeated and vanished away.
Shrek Forever After: The Game
The Fairy Godmother appears as a boss in the video game, being one of Rumpelstiltskin's candidates for his "Queen for a Week" contract in the alternate universe. Given that Shrek was never born in this universe, the Fairy Godmother never met him and she never died. However, Shrek and his friends manage to defeat her, leading the Fairy Godmother to fly away and allowing Shrek and his friends to proceed.
The Fairy Godmother also appears as a zombie in Thriller Night. In the Halloween film Scared Shrekless, the Fairy Godmother appeared as one of the zombies who danced with each other in a parody of Michael Jackson's well-known song "Thriller". The whole ordeal turns out being a nightmare Shrek had while sleeping during the trailers' showcase at a movie theater in Far Far Away, which has sense if you take into account that it would have been impossible for the Fairy Godmother to become a zombie as she exploded at the end of Shrek 2.
The Fairy Godmother isn't like her classic benevolent counterpart who uses her magic for the heroic reasons and to give princesses their happily ever after. Instead, she is a conniving, persuasive, perfidious, prejudiced, and corrupt businesswoman with her own agenda who is only out to use others to benefit herself and her son Prince Charming. The Fairy Godmother isn't above blackmail, as she threatened Harold by taking away his happily ever after, and proudly admits that she forces others to fall in love all the time. The Fairy Godmother is also very close to some of her previous clients, like King Harold, who she uses to her own advantage many times during the film.
She has no qualms about using her magic to get what she wants, and is extremely spiteful and acrimonious to those who interfere with her plans or business, but the Fairy Godmother is no fool. She uses any and every manipulative and underhanded trick, some that make her appear more compassionate and kinder than she really is. She also has no qualms playing mind games with Shrek, trying to ruin his and Fiona’s marriage since she firmly believes that ogres can’t live happily ever after. An example being were she pretends to gently and kindly convince Shrek to "stop living in a fairytale", but once she is seen for what she really is, she is ruthless, mean, wrathful, acquisitive, greedy, evil, cruel, pompous, arrogant, and selfish, so she will stop at nothing to remove those who stand in her way.
Despite her manipulative nature, the Fairy Godmother is not without redeeming traits as she truly loves and cares for her son Charming, whom she dotes on, and wants to make king by marrying him to Fiona so that he can rule over the kingdom of Far Far Away.
Powers and Abilities
- Electrokinesis: As a magical being, The Fairy Godmother has many powers or abilities. Her method of teleportation is smoke-sparkling, which is channeled by her wand, like her other powers. She possesses the power of projection, which she uses to grant the people wishes, or whatever she wants. Also, in her final scene in Shrek 2, she demonstrated the power of electrolysis, combined with the ability of Spell Casting, when she throws to Shrek and Fiona a blast of electricity, and Harold gets in the firing line, causing to the blast to reverse the Happily Ever After potion or spell. She also possesses the power of telekinesis, which she also channels by her wand, to trap Shrek in Fiona's bedroom, and Animation to give inanimate objects a life of their own. Also, as mentioned before, she posses two basic abilities, Spell Casting, and obviously (because of the many potions that she sell) potion-making.
- Telekinesis: The Fairy Godmother has the ability to to move all the objects around her.
- Animation: She can make objects talk, move, and live. She can also create animation objects by using magic.
- Flight: She can levitate and hover.
- Cloth Manipulation: She can manipulate her clothes, mean that she can transform other clothes and any design, shape, and form.
- She is a parody of the real Fairy Godmother from the classic fairytales. However, while the Fairy Godmother of classic fairytales is kind and benevolent, the Fairy Godmother of the Shrek universe is evil and greedy.
- In the Shrek 2 video game, the Fairy Godmother's clothes were pink instead of blue (like they were in the movie).
- The Fairy Godmother is the third DreamWorks Animation character to be a female antagonist after Mrs. Tweedy from Chicken Run and Eris from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. She is followed by Chantel DuBois from Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Ms. Grunion from Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Chef from Trolls, and Dr. Zara from Abominable.
- In fact, the Fairy Godmother is also the only main Shrek villain who is female.
- The Fairy Godmother was originally supposed to be featured in the first Shrek film under the name of Dama Fortuna. In those versions, Dama Fortuna was intended to be a fortune teller who was approached by Fiona, who had been born an ogre, to provide her with a love potion which would switch her into an ogre and a human until she could find true love. She was also intended to give Shrek a potion to defeat Dragon. Rather than Jennifer Saunders, Dama Fortuna was going to be voiced by Linda Hunt. However, this version of the story was scrapped and the Fairy Godmother was kept until the second film.
- A heroine of the same name appears in the Disney film Cinderella and its sequels.
- In Shrek the Third, she is never referred to by name only as mommy by Charming despite her posthumous influence over the plot.
- The Fairy Godmother is the only known main antagonist to have been killed nearly instantly from the cause, Lord Farquaad was still alive in the dragons stomach only to die later, Prince Charming possibly died instantly from the tower slam. And Rumpelstiltskin is currently still alive.
- Over the years, most Shrek fans have speculated what became of the Fairy Godmother in the alternate timeline which Rumpelstiltskin created in Shrek Forever After. However, given that the Fairy Godmother intended for Prince Charming to rescue Fiona, but Fiona mentions that no one was able to rescue her so she decided to escape herself, it is possible that given that Rumpel killed the kings and became King of Far Far Away, thus stripping Fiona from her royal status, then Fairy Godmother abandoned her plan to take over the kingdom and didn't send Charming to rescue Fiona, aside that as Rumpel took over the magic wishes business with his contracts as well, the Fairy Godmother possibly left Far Far Away with Charming to settle her business in another kingdom, as she nor her factory are seen in the alternate timeline.
- It has been theorized by fans that the Fairy Godmother is the one who cursed Fiona to turn into an ogre in the first place. If this is true, then the Fairy Godmother could be easily considered the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire Shrek film series.
- The Fairy Godmother has the distinction of being one of the three main antagonists of the Shrek film series to refer Shrek by his name (the others are her son Charming and Rumpelstiltskin), while Lord Farquaad is the only main antagonist who derogatorily referred to Shrek as "ogre".
- Schaffrillas Productions ranked The Fairy Godmother on the number 1 spot of his video of Top 10 Dreamworks Villains.
- The Fairy Godmother could be considered a foil to King Harold. Both are obsessed with perfection and tradition and think they’re doing what is best for their children. However, King Harold realizes that his daughter loves Shrek for who he is, while Fairy Godmother thinks that only princes and princesses can be together. If Harold hadn’t accepted Shrek and Fiona’s love, he might’ve ended up like her.