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Whether you're a fan of the Shrek franchise or not, everybody knows that the true hero of the story is actually Gingy. His is a tale of adversity - you could craft an entire standalone feature around his flashback scene in Shrek the Third, one that builds off of his experiences as a double amputee who overcomes his life-altering injury through blood, sweat, and gumdrop tears.

That's actually a good bit more dramatic than what actually happens to the Gingerbread Man over the course of the series, but he does kinda get brutalized by Lord Farquaad in the first movie, and between that and his exploits in each installment, he's one of Shrek's toughest allies. He stands up to torture, saves the day when duty calls, and he's downright impossible to catch.

Plus, he's got pluck, always an admirable trait in an animated baked good. There's no getting around it: no matter what the Shrek movies throw at Gingy, you just can't keep him down.

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