->''1) During his career Adam Sandler has appeared in 32 movies.\\
2) 2 of them were good.\\
3) Unfortunately ''Film/PunchDrunkLove'' and ''Film/ReignOverMe'' did not contain titties or Rob Schneider so nobody went to see them.''
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}'''

'''Adam Richard Sandler''' (September 9, 1966-) is an American comedian and actor.

After several years as a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' writer and cast member (from 1990 to 1995[[note]]That's from the middle of season 16 to the end of season 20. During those years, he, along with Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Chris Farley, were known as "The Bad Boys of SNL" due to their penchant for gross, crass humor, which a lot of critics hated about ''Saturday Night Live'' during the early to mid-1990s[[/note]]), he went on to star in several Hollywood feature films that grossed over 4.8 billion USD at the worldwide box office and remains as a major box office draw. He is best known for his comedic roles, though he has [[TomHanksSyndrome ventured into more dramatic territory]].

His characters usually fall under the JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but also with a healthy dose of ManChild with a serious need to grow up. Realizing that he can only take that role so far, he has sought to expand his range into a couple of dramas. Otherwise he takes much of the DeadpanSnarker behavior but adds some more complex motivation behind it.

Responsible for Happy Madison Productions, and often plays a music fan. Expect '70s and '80s music (like Music/LedZeppelin) to be not only part of the soundtrack, but [[WaxingLyrical part of the spoken dialog in some way, shape or form]]. Also expect Sandler's character to appear at least once wearing sports or college memorabilia (t-shirts, hats, etc.) with a New York or New England connection. Also expect blatant and shameless product placement, to the point that it's so absurdly exaggerated it's sometimes actually funny ("WHERE'S MY SNAK-PAK?!")

Enjoys something of a reputation as "[[NiceGuy one of the nicest celebrities]] in RealLife".

!!!Selected filmography:
* ''Film/GoingOverboard'' (1989) - His first movie ever.
* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/BillyMadison'' (1995)
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Bulletproof}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheWaterboy'' (1998)
* ''Film/BigDaddy'' (1999)
* ''Film/LittleNicky'' (2000)
* ''Film/MrDeeds'' (2002)
* ''Film/PunchDrunkLove'' (2002) - His first straight drama.
* ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' (2002) - Adam Sandler as you've never seen him before...Animated!
* ''Film/AngerManagement'' (2003)
* ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Spanglish}}'' (2004) - A {{dramedy}}, leaning closer to realistic, straight drama (and Sandler is the ''[[StraightMan straight man]]'' of a crazy family)
* ''Film/TheLongestYard'' (2005 remake)
* ''Film/{{Click}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'' (2007)
* ''Film/ReignOverMe'' (2007) - His second straight drama.
* ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'' (2008)
* ''Film/BedtimeStories'' (2008) - His first family-friendly film.
* ''FunnyPeople'' (2009) - another dramedy, but equal parts comedy and drama. [[GenreShift By equal we mean]] [[HalfwayPlotSwitch both genres take turns]].
* ''Film/GrownUps'' (2010)
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' (2012)
* ''Film/TheCobbler'' (2014) - another dramedy, this time with a touch of magical realism.
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' (2015) - a science fiction comedy featuring retro gamers vs. video game characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania2'' (2015)
* ''Film/TheRidiculous6'' - a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original Film.

!!The following tropes tend to be illustrated by Sandler, his characters, or the movies in which he is the star:
* TheAllegedCar: His song "Ode to My Car," from his album ''What the Hell Happened to Me?'', a [[ClusterFBomb profane]] {{Reggae}} with the hook "Piece of shit car." The radio version made great use of the SoundEffectBleep which arguably made the song even funnier.
* BawdySong[=/=]IntercourseWithYou: "At a Medium Pace". You know the one.
* TheCameo: In quite a few of his films, especially from the late '90s and early '00s, there is often a scene toward the end in which Rob Schneider stands up out of a crowd and shouts "You can do it!" in a vaguely foreign accent. It first appeared in ''Film/TheWaterboy''. In at least one Rob Schneider film, Sandler returns the favor, appearing dressed as the same and shouting "You can do it!" to Schneider's character.
* GenderBender: ''Film/JackAndJill'' won him a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst ''Actress.''
* InkSuitActor: In ''Eight Crazy Nights'' and ''Hotel Transylvania''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In virtually all of Sandler's early roles, his characters were these. Then once ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' was made most of his characters were straight-up nice guys.
* LargeHam: Most of his roles during ''Saturday Night Live''. A few of his film ones as well, such as ''Hotel Transylvania''.
* ListSong: "The Hannukah Song", which lists Jewish (or half[=/=]quarter) celebrities. (except O.J. Simpson, which was always there for "NOT A JEW!")
* ThisLoserIsYou: A common theme in his films.
* ManChild: His entire career is built on this trope, most notably ''Film/BillyMadison.'' [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in some of his other roles. In ''Film/BigDaddy'', for example, he portrays a character who [[BrilliantButLazy actually has the mind of an adult but is extremely lazy and irresponsible]].
* ProductPlacement: To the point that most of his movies shown on TV have to be censored to remove the brand names for legal reasons. ''Happy Gilmore'' even has an in-character example as Happy becomes a spokesman for Subway.
* RefugeInAudacity: His comedies tend to mock everybody, including minorities (every ethnic stereotype in the book), low-class louts (who would make even John Waters flee in terror), the wealthy (inbred idiots and liars), and gays. When minority groups complained that his films were homophobic, he responded with ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry''.[[note]][[EpicFail Which was deemed homophobic]].[[/note]] Then he made ''Zohan'' to show that Jews can take as much as they dish out.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''What's Your Name?'', to date his only comedy album to feature all songs and no skits.
* SungThroughMusical: {{Opera}}man, which even adds some GratuitousItalian/[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Italianesque]] words for good measure.
* UglyGuyHotWife: A recurring theme in his movies is that his characters end up with women who are way out of his league. While his first two movies as a lead, ''Billy Madison'' and ''Happy Gilmore'', played this straight, subsequent films tried to subvert it in different ways (''Little Nicky'' had Patricia Arquette, but in the film she was made to look as much as HollywoodHomely as possible, and ''Mr. Deeds'' had Winona Ryder, but it turns out that she's a cutthroat tabloid news reporter who poses as a sweet, innocent girl-next-door type in order to get close to Sandler's character, only to fall for real for him), before playing it straight again from ''Click'' onwards (though in the meantime, Marisa Tomei played his girlfriend in ''Anger Management''), in which his character's wife is played by Kate Beckinsale and her gorgeous looks are complimented by several characters, before having Salma Hayek as his wife in the ''Grown-Ups'' movies.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Many note how Sandler often [[http://www.rogerebert.com/scanners/adam-sandlers-house-of-cruelty takes this trope too far]]. His films frequently insult anyone who isn't him in an almost bullying manner.
* WishFulfillment: [[WebVideo/HalfInTheBag Many]] [[Creator/NathanRabin critics]] note how his films tend to be this. He often plays a schlubby guy who ends up with [[UglyGuyHotWife a hot girl who's several years his junior]], is rich, hangs out with his friends and various athletes and goes on expensive vacations to various countries. And in his earlier films, he often played the friendly schmo who would give obvious bullies their just desserts (and steal their hot girlfriends).