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The Best David Spade Characters

We’re ranking David Spade’s greatest characters. As an actor, comic, and Saturday Night Live alumni, David Spade landed his first movie role in 1987’s Police Academy 4. After starring in a string of great comedies in the early ‘90s, including Coneheads, Reality Bites, and PCU, he teamed up with fellow SNL cast member Chris Farley for 1995’s hilarious hit Tommy Boy and again in ‘96 for Black Sheep.

Usually typecast as the tongue-in-cheek middleman, David Spade's also an accomplished voice actor. Voicing Emperor Kuzco in the Emperor’s New Groove and Griffin the Invisible Man in the Hotel Transylvania series, his characters are known for having a certain sarcastic charm. Which of David Spade’s characters is your favorite? Whether you prefer him as Shiloh in Grandma’s Boy, scrappy Joe in Joe Dirt, or know-it-all Dennis Finch in the NBC series Just Shoot Me, make your voice heard below.

Vote up David Spade’s best characters to see which performance is his most popular.

Ranked by
  • Emperor Kuzco
    1

    Emperor Kuzco

    The Emperor's New Groove , Kronk's New Groove

      2000, 2005

    • Joe Dirt
      2
      Joe Dirt

        2001

      • Marcus Higgins
        3
        Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2

          2010, 

        • Richard Hayden
          4

          Richard Hayden

          Tommy Boy

            1995

          • Steve Dodds
            5
            Black Sheep

              1996

            • Dennis Finch
              6
              Just Shoot Me!

                1997-2003

              • Richie Goodman
                7

                Richie Goodman

                The Benchwarmers

                  2006

                • Wayne
                  8

                  Wayne

                  Father of the Year

                    2018

                  • The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager
                    9

                    The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager

                    Reality Bites

                      1994

                    • Shiloh
                      10
                      Grandma's Boy

                        2006

                      • Groupie
                        11
                        I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

                          2007

                        • Russell Dunbar
                          12

                          Russell Dunbar

                          Rules of Engagement

                            2007-13

                          • Griffin the Invisible Man
                            13
                            Hotel Transylvania 1, 2, 3

                              2012, 2015, 2018

                            • Charlie McMillian
                              14

                              Charlie McMillian

                              The Do-Over

                                2016

                              • Theological Cokehead
                                15

                                  1992

                                  • 1994

                                  • Eli Turnbull
                                    17
                                    Coneheads

                                      1993

                                    • Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb
                                      18

                                      Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb

                                      8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

                                        1997

                                      • Ranger Franklin
                                        19

                                        Ranger Franklin

                                        The Rugrats Movie

                                          1998

                                        • Principal Nixon
                                          20

                                          Principal Nixon

                                          Lil' Pimp

                                            2005

                                          • General Custer
                                            21

                                            General Custer

                                            The Ridiculous 6

                                              2015

                                            • Monica
                                              22

                                              Monica

                                              Jack & Jill

                                                2011

                                              • C. J. Barnes
                                                23

                                                C. J. Barnes

                                                8 Simple Rules

                                                  2004-2005

                                                • Dickie Roberts
                                                  24
                                                  Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

                                                    2003

                                                  • Scott Thorpe
                                                    25
                                                    Senseless

                                                      1998