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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    Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Matt Foley Chris Farley

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    The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    The Church Lady Dana Carvey

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    Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Wayne Campbell 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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    Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Jake Blues John Belushi

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    Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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


    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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


    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Garth Algar 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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    Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Mr. Bill 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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    Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

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    Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Samurai Futaba John Belushi

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    Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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

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    Gumby Eddie Murphy

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    Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Mary Katherine Gallagher Molly Shannon

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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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    The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 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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    Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Ed Grimley Martin Short

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    Dieter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Dieter Mike Myer

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    Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Nick The Lounge Singer Bill Murray

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    Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Father Guido Sarducci Don Novello

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

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    Baba Wawa Gilda Rander

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    Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 34 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) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 36 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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    Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Land Shark Chevy Chase

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    Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Opera Man 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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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo is listed (or ranked) 40 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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    Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 41 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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    MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    MacGruber Will Forte

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    Pat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Pat Julia Sweeney

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    James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 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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    Toonces the Driving Cat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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    The Target Lady Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 47 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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    Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 48 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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    Velvet Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Velvet Jones Eddie Murphy

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    Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time


    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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