OK, so Fiona’s curse goes:

By night one way,
By day another,
Until you find true love’s kiss,
And then take love’s true form.

True love. True love. So why didn't Queen Lillian kiss Fiona? As Frozen and Maleficent pointed out, true love doesn't have to be romantic, it can be between family or even friends. Also, King Harold seemed to be more prejudiced against his daughter’s curse and anyway, he was born a frog, whereas Queen Lillian was born human and loved Fiona enough that she accepted Shrek into the family. So why didn't she kiss Fiona?

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    Shrek is a Dreamworks property whereas Frozen and Maleficent are Disney. Since they're in two entire different universes with no obvious crossover (aside from parodical ones, obviously) there's no sensible way to answer this question. – Valorum Jun 30 '18 at 19:35
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    Because it's only in (recent) Disney films that true love's kiss can (apparently) include family members. Shrek isn't a Disney film and hence the same rules don't apply. You might as well ask whether Mushu is related to Toothless – Valorum Jun 30 '18 at 19:50
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    It is also possible she tried, but that the curse didn't accept it as an answer. – FuzzyBoots Jun 30 '18 at 20:11
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    @FuzzyBoots - Your prince is in another castle. – Valorum Jun 30 '18 at 20:12
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    You may as well ask why Anna didn't go back to Elsa for true love's kiss, instead of running back to Hans. Answer for both plots: It never occurred to any of the characters that it could work that way, and just "family hugs'n'kisses" may not have qualified as a true love rather than the more dramatic sacrifices that were required. Curses would be awfully easy to beat otherwise, dontcha think? – Radhil Jun 30 '18 at 23:34

Frozen and Maleficent are in different universes by a different studio, so their canon has no bearing on Shrek.

There is nothing within the Shrek universe to indicate that "true love" can be anything other than romantic love. Queen Lillian may have well kissed Fiona (and what mother doesn't kiss her daughter goodnight), but it will not have worked.

  • Well, that’s being prejudiced against different kinds of true love. True love can lie between friends and family, as I pointed out in my original question. – Alex Downs Jul 1 '18 at 18:44
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    What part of "there is nothing within the Shrek universe to indicate that 'true love' can be anything other than romantic love" is still unclear? – SQB Jul 1 '18 at 19:15

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