Gather ‘round as we rank Mel Brooks’ most popular movie characters. As one of the leading pioneers of parodies, Mel Brooks is known for making movies that play off of various cinematic genres. He does this, in part, by populating his works with memorable characters who have unique and humorous personality traits.
The director first made a splash in 1967 with The Producers, a comedy that went on to spawn a 2005 remake, as well as a popular Broadway musical. It features two of the all-time greatest characters in any Mel Brooks movie: Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom. The 1970s were his most successful decade as he delivered Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, both of which are among the most popular comedy movies ever made. The '80s brought another smash hit, Spaceballs. The Star Wars spoof remains beloved to this day. It, too, gave us memorable characters like Dark Helmet and Pizza the Hutt.
Which one is your favorite? Vote below for the best characters in any Mel Brooks movie, both male and female. And feel free to add your own favorites if they’re not already listed.
Sheriff BartBlazing Saddles
- 2Blazing Saddles
- 4Young Frankenstein
- 5Blazing Saddles
- 7Young Frankenstein, Role Model: Gene Wilder
The MonsterYoung Frankenstein
- 9Blazing Saddles
- 10The Producers, The Producers
- 11Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein
Princess VespaSpaceballs: The Animated Series, Spaceballs
Marty EggsSilent Movie
Pizza The HuttSpaceballs
- 15Robin Hood: Men in Tights
BlinkinRobin Hood: Men in Tights
Richard ThorndikeHigh Anxiety
- 19The Producers
Goddard BoltLife Stinks
- 21Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Sheriff of RottinghamRobin Hood: Men in Tights
- 25Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein