The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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The best 'Saturday Night Live' characters of all time include classic, unforgettable characters brought to life by the best cast members on SNL. The list itself is impressive, filled with hilarious characters from the greatest 'SNL' shows from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. Whether it's Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, the characters on this list represent the absolute greatest - those that made us laugh for days after the show aired. This is a vote ranked list, so be sure to cast your vote for your personal favorite 'SNL' character ever (and vote down any characters you don't like). If you don't see your fave on the list, feel free to add it!

'Saturday Night Live's original sketch comedy represents some of the funniest ever on television. Since the show first aired in 1975, so many talented comedians and actors have given their all to make sure everyone kept laughing. Whether it's the recurring characters from the early years like The Coneheads and The Blues Brothers, or more modern classics like Chris Kattan's Mango, Adam Sandler's Opera Man or, more recently, Bill Hader's Stefon, all are memorable and all are truly funny.

Who are the best characters on SNL? For more great 'SNL' info, check out these lists of the best 'Saturday Night Live' original cast sketches, monologues, sketches from the 1980s and the 1990s. Ever wonder who the most frequent 'SNL' hosts are? There's a list for that, along with information about the youngest and oldest 'SNL' hosts ever - and 'SNL' hosts who were banned. Enjoy!

List Criteria: Characters the have appeared on SNL only.

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    most listed
    Matt Foley

    Chris Farley More
    100
  2. 2
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    Dana Carvey More
    94
  3. 3
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    94
  4. 4
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    often listed
    Wayne Campbell

    Mike Myers More
    93
  5. 5
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    the people's #1
    Stefon

    Bill Hader More
    89
  6. 6
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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell More
    87
  7. 7
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    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey More
    86
  8. 8
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    84
  9. 9
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri More
    82
  10. 10
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    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd More
    81
  11. 11
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    John Belushi More
    81
  12. 12
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    often listed
    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
    80
  13. 13
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    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy More
    79
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  14. 14
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    Walter Williams More
    78
  15. 15
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    77
  16. 16
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    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner More
    77
  17. 17
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    John Belushi More
    76
  18. 18
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    Beldar Conehead

    Dan Aykroyd More
    75
  19. 19
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken More
    74
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    Don Novello More
    72
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
    71
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    Dieter

    Mike Myer More
    71
  23. 23
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    Bill Murray More
    69
  24. 24
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    Gumby

    Eddie Murphy More
    69
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  25. 25
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    Dana Carvey More
    68
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    Land Shark

    Chevy Chase More
    67
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    65
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    The Delicious Dish Girls

    Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin More
    65
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    Pete Schweddy's Balls
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    Molly Shannon More
    65
  30. 30
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    Debbie Downer

    Rachel Dratch More
    64
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    Velvet Jones

    Eddie Murphy More
    63
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    The Continental

    Christopher Walken More
    63
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    Harry Caray

    Will Ferrell More
    63
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    Robert Goulet

    Will Ferrell More
    61
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    Will Ferrell
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    Ed Grimley

    Martin Short More
    60
  36. 36
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    often listed &controversial
    Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

    Phil Hartman More
    60
  37. 37
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    often listed &controversial
    Pat

    Julia Sweeney More
    59
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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo

    Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel More
    58
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    No image

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    Frank Sinatra

    Phil Hartman More
    58
    added by: mb29
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
    57
    added by: Mavsc79
    Eddie Murphey
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Irwin Mainway

    Dan Akyroyd More
    56
  42. 42
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    The Roxbury Guys

    Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan More
    56
    added by: JimJenkins
    Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan
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    Stuart Smalley

    Al Franken More
    55
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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    The Ladies Man

    Tim Meadows More
    55
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    Tim Meadows
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    MacGruber

    Will Forte More
    53
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    52
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    The Killer Bees

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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
    52
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    Da Bearsss!
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    Mike Myers More
    52
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