->''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, Will Ferrell 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 Alex Trebek, Harry Caray, James Lipton, 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.
!! Notable Roles:

!!! Television
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (1995-2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'' (2001-2002) Bob Oblong
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' (2011) Deangelo Vickers
* ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'' (2014) Himself

!!! Film
* ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' and ''Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'' (1997, 1999) Mustafa
* ''ANightAtTheRoxbury'' (1998; [[TheMovie adapted]] from his SNL routine with Chris Kattan) Steve Butabi
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) Mugatu
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' (2001) Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly
* ''Old School'' (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
* ''Kicking & Screaming'' (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
* ''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]]

!! 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 StepBrothers. It's awesome.
** {{Played For Drama}} in ''Film/EverythingMustGo, when he played a tragically realistic version of {{The Alcoholic}}.
* JerkAss: Typically plays these.
* TheLadette: His portrayal of Janet Reno summed up with his catchphrase.
-->'''Janet Reno:(in Ferrel's deepest voice)''' Its 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
* 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 [[AmericanPie 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)
* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'' and ''Megamind''.
* RunningGag: The waterskiing squirrel, from ''Anchorman'' to ''Megamind''.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* SeventiesHair: Justified in ''Anchorman'' and maybe ''Semi-Pro'', but what was up with the hair in ''Film/BladesOfGlory''?
* StarMakingRole: ''Anchorman''. A great argument can be put of for Elf too which predates ''Anchorman'' by a year