Princess Fiona

Princess Fiona

Princess, cartoon heroine

Princess Fiona: A Biography

Princess Fiona is the main character in the Shrek animated film series. Her character adds to the parody of the films as she is not just a beautiful princess, but also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant who spends a significant part of the adventure in the form of a green-skinned monster.

 Princess Fiona

Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, was first introduced to the audience in the first Shrek film. In a later musical, the audience gets to see Fiona as a young child. According to the musical, Fiona first meets Shrek at the age of 7. She is the first human to encounter the ogre without experiencing fear or disgust.

 Princess Fiona

In the second film of the series, it is revealed that Fiona's father, King Harold of Far Far Away Kingdom, was once a frog. His transformation into a human was made possible by the love of Queen Lillian and the magic of Fairy Godmother. In return for their help, Fairy Godmother demanded that Harold send his daughter to a tower guarded by a dragon and subject her to a terrible curse. Every night, Fiona would transform from a beautiful girl into an ogre, and only the kiss of her true love could restore her true form.

 Princess Fiona

In the original plan, the Handsome Prince, who is also the Fairy Godmother's son, was supposed to rescue Fiona from the tower. However, when the Prince arrives at the tower, he finds the Big Bad Wolf instead, as Fiona had already been saved by Shrek. Shrek, a misunderstood and gruesome-looking ogre, was motivated by his desire to cleanse the swamp of various magical creatures. Due to his kind-hearted nature, Shrek couldn't use force. Lord Farquaad, the ruler of the land, promised to help Shrek in exchange for rescuing Princess Fiona. Farquaad planned to become a real king by marrying Fiona.

 Princess Fiona

Initially, Fiona and Shrek didn't get along. However, over time, they found common ground and even fell in love with each other. Due to a misunderstanding, Shrek believes that Fiona finds him repulsive and, as a result, gives her away to Farquaad. Fiona is ready to marry the undesired ruler, but Shrek realizes his mistake and ruins the wedding. His kiss breaks Fiona's curse, permanently turning her into a beautiful ogre. In the second film, Shrek and Fiona travel to Far Far Away Kingdom and meet Fiona's parents and Fairy Godmother. Despite the attempts of Fairy Godmother to break their union and arrange a marriage for Fiona with her own son, Shrek and Fiona triumph with the help of Puss in Boots and other fairy tale characters.

In the third film, Fiona and Shrek must inherit the throne as King Harold lies on his deathbed. While Shrek searches for another heir, a young boy named Arthur, Fiona prepares to become a mother. Alongside other princesses, Fiona fights against Prince Charming, who attempts to take over the kingdom by force. Shrek returns from his journey and, with Arthur's help, stops the invasion. In the end, Fiona gives birth to three wonderful ogre babies.

In the majority of the fourth film, Fiona appears as a fierce warrior-ogre. Due to a mid-life crisis, Shrek makes a deal with the evil magician Rumpelstiltskin, who alters reality and nearly erases Shrek's existence as an ogre. In this new reality, Fiona doesn't know Shrek and initially treats him with hostility. However, Shrek manages to win the love of the "new Fiona," and it is her kiss that breaks the magic contract and restores the status quo.

Fiona's character is a parody of classic princesses from medieval fairy tales. Unlike her counterparts, Fiona is not a typical damsel in distress. Although she still needs to be saved from a dragon, she is capable of defending herself. Fiona demonstrates impressive fighting skills, even in her human form. It is initially claimed that Fiona learned martial arts out of boredom during her years in the tower. However, it is later revealed that her mother also has combat skills, so Fiona likely inherited her fighting abilities. Fiona spends most of the first film in her human form, but in the later films, she remains an ogre, briefly transforming back into a human in the second installment.

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