Actor: Eddie Murphy
Films: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek The Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010)
Donkey is one of the most irritating companions known to man, beast or ogre. Taking him on a journey would involve 90% of your time filtering out the crap that comes from his toothy mouth, with the other 10% comforting him when you finally lose your patience. Taking Donkey on long journeys isn't recommended.
Donkey is also well known for his surprisingly good singing. Despite his obvious character flaws he is able to see the bright side of any situation. As well as being incredibly loyal to his best friend and acting as babysitter on occasion, Donkey had his own successful interspecies relationship.
After starting his career on the standup circuit, Eddie Murphy soon found fame as not-exactly-by-the-book police officer Axel Foley in the Beverley Hills Cop franchise. He took his funny man image into his later films but rarely appeared out of costume in films such as The Nutty Professor and Norbit where he played nearly every member of the cast.
His career reached a high during his time as Donkey in the Shrek franchise (Murphy has jokingly said when he also got to express his singing talents - which have also been on show in Coming To America. Murphy has also released an album.
While he has had some notable performances in recent years, they have usually been marred by his other films - it is thought that he lost out on the Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine because of his role in Norbit.