->''When you're scraping the bottom of the barrel, you find yourself with a Will Ferrell.''
-->--'''President Business''' ([[SelfDeprecation voiced by Will Ferrell]]) in "Behind the Bricks", ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''

One of the most successful ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumni since Creator/AdamSandler, John William "Will" Ferrell (born July 16, 1967) is a [[{{Comedy}} comedic]] actor well known for his ability to say, do, and bear witness to the craziest things with a totally straight face, although he is certainly quite capable of [[LargeHam hamming it up]]. His popularity on ''SNL'' (during the show's third GoldenAge when LorneMichaels once again had to save his show from cancellation following the harsh criticism and low ratings of the show's 20th season by firing long-standing/poorly-performing cast members, keeping in the stand-out performers, and hiring some new blood -- both on and off-set) ensured that he would become a box-office juggernaut in the world of funny movies. He is also part of the FratPack.

On ''SNL'', his recurring characters include Baron Nocturna from "Goth Talk," Frank Henderson (a dad who threatens his kids with horrible punishments if they don't get off his shed), Jacob Silj (a man who has NoIndoorVoice due to a medical condition), Gene Frenkle (Blue Oyster Cult's cowbell player), Terrence Maddox (a drifter who poses nude for art classes), Roger Klavin (one half of The Luvahs), Marty Culp (one half of the singing Culp couple), and Steve Butabi (one half of the Roxbury Brothers). His most memorable celebrity impressions include Creator/AlexTrebek, Harry Caray, James Lipton, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush (which, sadly, he didn't get to play for all eight years of Bush, Jr.'s administration[[note]]He did play him when Ferrell came back to host and on some post-''SNL'' projects, but after Ferrell left in 2002, Chris Parnell, Darrell Hammond, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis were hired to fill the void, which garnered a lot of mixed reactions from fans[[/note]]), Kenneth Star, Neil Diamond, Robert Goulet, and Janet Reno.

With his creative partner/former SNL writer Adam [=McKay=] he runs a production company [[http://www.garysanchezprods.com/ Gary Sanchez Productions]] [[note]] Named after a fictional Paraguayan financier. [=McKay=] later explained that Gary Sanchez was a fake name in Ferrell's Blackberry, and they decided it was a random enough name to give to the company. [[/note]] as well as the popular website [[http://www.funnyordie.com/?_cc=__t___&_ccid=govsgk.ntvqhn Funny or Die]]. On January 7, 2016, Will Ferrell was announced as a new minority partner of UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer expansion club Los Angeles FC.
!! Notable Roles:

!!! Television
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (1995-2002 with a brief return in 2015 for the 40th anniversary special)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'' (2001-2002) Bob Oblong
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' (2011) Deangelo Vickers
* ''Series/TheSpoilsOfBabylon'' (2014) Eric Jonrosh
* ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'' (2014) Himself
* ''Series/TheSpoilsBeforeDying'' (2015) Eric Jonrosh
* ''A Deadly Adoption'' (2015) Robert Benson

!!! Film
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' and ''Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'' (1997, 1999) Mustafa
* ''Film/ANightAtTheRoxbury'' (1998; [[TheMovie adapted]] from his SNL routine with Chris Kattan) Steve Butabi
* ''Film/{{Dick}}'' (1999) Bob Woodward
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) Mugatu
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' (2001) Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly
* ''Film/OldSchool'' (2003) Frank "The Tank" Richard
* ''Film/{{Elf}}'' (2003) Buddy
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' and ''Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie'' (2004) Ron Burgundy
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' (2005) Chazz Reinhold
* ''Film/KickingAndScreaming'' (2005) Phil Weston
* ''Film/TheProducers'' (2005) Franz Liebkind
* ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' (2006) Harold Crick
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' (2006) Ricky Bobby
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' (2007) Chazz Michael Michaels
* ''Film/SemiPro'' (2008) Jackie Moon
* ''Film/StepBrothers'' (2008) Brennan Huff
* ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' (2009) Rick Marshall
* ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' (2010) Allen Gamble
* ''Film/EverythingMustGo'' (2010) Nick Hasley
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' (2010) Megamind
* ''Film/CasaDeMiPadre'' (2012) Armando Alvarez
* ''Film/TheCampaign'' (2012) Cam Brady
* ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'' (2013) Ron Burgundy
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' (2014) President/Lord Business [[spoiler:and "The Man Upstairs"/Finn's dad in the real world]]
* ''Film/GetHard'' (2015) James King
* ''Daddy's Home'' (2015) Brad Whittaker
* ''[[{{Film/Zoolander2}} Zoolander 2]]'' (2016) Mugatu

!! Tropes exhibited by Will Ferrell:

* BreakTheHaughty: A regular motif in ''Anchorman'' and several others.
* HiddenDepths: Has dabbled in songwriting and does his own singing on at least one occasion.
** Considering the [[ManChild basic]] [[{{Keet}} personality]] in most of his movies, ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' is often thought of as exposing this for him.
** Watch him sing opera in Film/StepBrothers. It's awesome.
** {{Played For Drama}} in ''Film/EverythingMustGo'', when he played a tragically realistic version of TheAlcoholic.
* InelegantBlubbering: He does this in almost every movie he's in. Also counts for ManlyTears.
* {{Jerkass}}: Typically plays these.
* TheLadette: His portrayal of Janet Reno summed up with his catchphrase.
-->'''Janet Reno''': (In his deepest voice.) "It's time to eat it, Reno style."
* LargeHam: Even more typically, plays those.
* ManChild: In ''Elf'' and ''Step Brothers''; his second best known act after:
** MinorInjuryOverreaction
* PoesLaw: ''A Deadly Adoption'', which he starred in with Kristen Wiig. It may or may not have been a parody of the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Running around in tightey-whiteys in at least two occasions. And once completely butt naked.
** An SNL sketch (on the season 27 episode hosted by Seann William Scott) was framed entirely around Ferrell in a [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead flag emblazoned]] g-string. Which accidentally snapped apart on-camera. (He had padding on underneath.)
* OnlySaneMan: Rarely, but can step up as one; Alex Trebek from SNL's ''Celebrity Jeopardy'' skits is a prime example -- he tried to keep the game running while dealing with idiots and jerks.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Described by Creator/KevinSmith as "the king of the unfinished thought," a lot of his performances are characterized by deliberately awkward, stilted lines to indicate that the character isn't quite all there.
* RunningGag: The waterskiing squirrel, from ''Anchorman'' to ''Megamind''.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Soooo much.
* SeventiesHair: Justified in ''Anchorman'' and maybe ''Semi-Pro'', but what was up with the hair in ''Film/BladesOfGlory''?