The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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List Criteria: Characters that have appeared on SNL only.

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 men like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, or female SNL characters like Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, 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 favorite popular SNL characters on the list, feel free to add them!

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!
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    Chris Farley

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    Dana Carvey

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    Mike Myers

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    Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    John Belushi

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Stefon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Stefon Bill Hader

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    Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    Mr. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Dana Carvey

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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    Walter Williams

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    George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Rachel Dratch

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    Eddie Murphy

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    John Belushi

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    Harry Caray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    Molly Shannon

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    Mike Myer

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    Martin Short

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    Don Novello

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    Bill Murray

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    The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    Gilda Rander

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    The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    Adam Sandler

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    The Continental is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    The Continental Christopher Walken

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    Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    Chevy Chase

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    James Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    James Brown Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphey

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    Julia Sweeney

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    Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

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    Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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    Will Forte

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    Mike Myers

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    Toonces the Driving Cat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

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    Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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