This story provides examples of:
- Breath Weapon: Shrek can breathe fire.
- Excited Show Title!: The novel has an exclamation mark in its title.
- Meaningful Name: Shrek's name comes from the Yiddish word meaning "fear."
- Rhymes on a Dime
- Villain Protagonist: Shrek takes delight in causing misery wherever he goes with his powers and sheer ugliness, a notable example being stealing a pheasant from a peasant so he could eat it.