Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, even if your friends do want you to shut up with the impressions already.
For some people it's Yoda. For others, it's Dracula. For others, it's shouting "EXTERMINATE" in that classic Dalek cadence. But no matter where it comes from, everyone has a favorite impression. Everyone has a voice they just can't stop trying to perfect, the thing they wheel out at parties after one beer too many. So in honor of all those great voices that we can't stop trying to replicate, here are our favorite ever-imitated characters from sci-fi film and TV.
Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The gruff, squid-headed leader of the Rebel fleet is best known for only one line, but that line wouldn't be half as effective if it weren't shouted in Ackbar's distinctive, raspy tone. Any time we try to open a car door from the inside and it's locked, we break out the Admiral Ackbar.
Leeloo from The Fifth Element
Every time you have to break out your ID at an airport or during a traffic stop, you want to do the whole "Multipass" scene, don't you? Don't lie. You know you do.
Gollum from The Lord of the Rings
Every time the word "precious" is thrown around, no matter the context, everyone breaks out into croaky Gollum imitations. It's a trigger word. We can't resist it. And why would we?
The Terminator from The Terminator
Yeah, Schwarzenegger has a distinctive voice that everyone imitates regardless of the films he's in, but think about it. When you do a Schwarzenegger impression, what movie do you reach for in your mind? Sure, you might occasionally break out Predator or even Kindergarten Cop, but nine times out of ten you're thinking of the cold glare of the Terminator.
Yoda from Star Wars
Yoda is arguably the most-imitated sci-fi character ever. Yeah, his voice sounds fun, but it's the grammar, the way of reversing all his sentences, that really gets people. Thinking about it right now, you are.
Dr. Evil from Austin Powers
He might not be at peak popularity anymore, but Mike Myers' pinky-wielding, air-quotes-throwing supervillain is still endlessly imitable, especially when the word "laser" or "frickin'" comes up.
Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek
Say the words "William Shatner" to anyone and they'll probably treat you to their rendition of Shatner's distinctive and often gloriously over-the-top performance as James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series. Or they'll just scream "Khaaaaaaaaaaan!" at you. Either way, it'll be fun.
Batman from The Dark Knight Trilogy
Some people thought it was dramatic and gripping. Other people thought it was funny. Either way, Christian Bale's gruff, throat-ripping take on the Caped Crusader was definitely memorable. It's especially fun to break out when you're asking someone to do a very menial task, like laundry or yard work. Tell someone "Fold those blouses!" in Bale's Batman voice, and stuff gets done.
Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama
Futurama has at least half a dozen endlessly imitable characters, but Zoidberg might be the most fun, not just because of his voice, but because of his constant misfortune. And you get to do that weird high-pitched wail that he does.
Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe
For many of us, Cobra Commander was the ultimate supervillain of our childhood, and a lot of that had to do with his nasal, savage little voice. Like Batman, Cobra Commander's voice is fun to break out for menial household tasks. "Wash the dishes, you fools!"
Fezzik from The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is a movie full of potential impressions, but when it comes to doing voices, Andre the Giant's Fezzik is the most memorable. Whether you're on the Brute Squad or you just want to play rhyming games, that deep, French-accented voice is always fun to hear.
Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
Jack Sparrow has the strange ability to be the coolest guy in the room even as he seems to have no idea what the hell he's doing. That, plus his Keith Richards-inspired voice, makes him a perennial favorite among impression lovers.
Skeletor from He-Man: Masters of the Universe
Like Cobra Commander, Skeletor was a ruthless cartoon villain with a nasal voice and a knack for lobbing insults at his minions. And like Cobra Commander, we can't stop doing the voice.
Darth Vader from Star Wars
Vader might be the only character ever who you can reliably imitate just by breathing like him.
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Alan Rickman has a voice made for villainy, and with Snape he allowed us to luxuriate in that villainy with lots of drama and more than a few very pregnant pauses. The result is a voice Potter fans just can't stop re-creating.
GIR from Invader Zim
Who doesn't love a brainless robot with a heart of gold? It takes quite a vocal range to do a good GIR impression, but if you can pull it off you'll be the envy of your friends.
E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T.'s voice has been a favorite for decades now, but not if your name is Elliott. If your name's Elliott, you probably hated your friends for doing this voice.
Daleks from Doctor Who
People have been imitating Daleks for nearly 50 years now. That's reason enough to include them on this list.
Count Dracula from Dracula
Count Dracula has been re-imagined over and over again for more than a century, and yet whenever we think of the Count, we always think of Bela Lugosi's 1931 performance. More than 80 years later, it's still a fun voice to do.