Does Donkey introduce himself as "Donkey", or does Shrek start calling him that because he is a donkey and everyone just rolls with it? Does Donkey even have a real name at all?


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Donkey's name is Donkey. He introduces himself as such.

Donkey: All right, that's what I like to hear, man. Shrek and Donkey, two stalwart friends, off on a whirlwind big-city adventure. I love it!

Shrek - Movie Transcript

And in the film's official novelisation, we have proof-positive that he's called Donkey by his owner.

There were two villagers with elves, an old man with a wooden puppet of a boy, an old woman with a donkey she called Donkey, a boy with a glowing fairy in a cage, and a burly peasant with three little pigs under his arms.

Shrek: A Novel

Note that Shrek only refers to him as "little donkey" (The script shows this is without caps) until they get to the bridge.

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and this is how Donkey is introduced in the script

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