Prince Charming was promised Fiona’s hand, and when he and his mother are incapable of getting it through deception, Charming instead rallies the fairy tale villains to wreak his revenge against Shrek and Fiona, and the “happily ever after” denied to bad guys everywhere.
Classification :: Δ0124578#&
Role :: Politician (prince)
Motivation :: chaos (evil takeover), evil (hurting Shrek and Fiona), idealism (egocentrism), insubordination (to mama), lifestyle (as a prince), personal/material gain (revenge, kinghood), power/influence (over Far Far Away)
Bonus :: minions (fairy tale villains), family ties (Fairy Godmother)
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dramatic—he literally narrates himself as he goes to save Princess Fiona from her tower; if that isn’t drama, I don’t know what is
selfish—Charming likes attention, he likes to have things go his way, and he cares more about his due than the love Fiona already has
whiny—like when he talks about stuff he doesn’t like, he just whines
babied—his helicopter mom does a good job of handling matters herself, and talks to him like he were three months old, frequently
reacting—prior to his mother’s death, Charming mostly reacted to what happened to him; afterwards, he started taking action himself
vengeful—he wants to avenge his mom and then get exactly what was promised to him; it wouldn’t hurt to maim Shrek in the process
leader—his speech to convince the fairy tale villains to take their due is actually impressive; as a leader, he inspires a goal and rallies his allies towards him to get it
dramatic-er—rather than just kill Shrek with the bolt to the chest or anything, he stages an entire theatrical production with the climax of killing Shrek, for his own glory
unadmired—while he can call the shots and make as much of a fuss as he’d like, in the end it’s Shrek who gains the people’s loyalty instead
heartless—ironically, Charming’s predicament comes from a failed promise of love, but he goes forward to show that he is actually quite cruel and controlling when the situation demands it
people change—Charming changes quite a bit between the latter two Shrek movies, beginning as a spoiled brat and eventually rising to become a spoiled leader. He’s much the same person, but his change from someone who merely reacts to his situations versus someone who acts upon his situations, and it took a big life event (his mom’s death) to change that.
lame—I mean, it’s hard to admire Charming from here in the audience, because he’s a weirdly-obsessed-with-drama twenty-something who lives in his mom’s basement and is preoccupied with his hair. He isn’t a sleek villain, and even his own allies don’t like him much, but he can get stuff done, and that’s what matters.
Shrek is better—Shrek is an ogre, but he isn’t a monster; Charming is a prince, and yet he is. At the end, Shrek ruins Charming’s climax because even though he’s green and frightening, he makes the audience laugh, he demonstrates a sense of humanity, and his wife rescues him. Charming is very focused on himself, which means that his cruelty, his drama, and his heartlessness make him an unlikable, and that’s always a problem for a leader.