The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters
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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

List Criteria: Characters the 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 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!
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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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    Mike Myers More
    92
  4. 4
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    Down 338

    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    92
  5. 5
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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell More
    90
  6. 6
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    the people's #1
    Stefon

    Bill Hader More
    87
  7. 7
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    85
  8. 8
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    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey More
    85
  9. 9
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    John Belushi More
    85
  10. 10
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri More
    83
  11. 11
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    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd More
    82
  12. 12
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    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy More
    81
    added by: zxray
  13. 13
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
    80
  14. 14
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    Walter Williams More
    79
  15. 15
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    79
  16. 16
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken More
    78
  17. 17
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    76
  18. 18
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    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner More
    75
  19. 19
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    John Belushi More
    75
  20. 20
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    Don Novello More
    73
    added by: JimJenkins
  21. 21
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
    72
  22. 22
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    Eddie Murphy More
    70
    added by: JimJenkins
  23. 23
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    Molly Shannon More
    70
  24. 24
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    Dana Carvey More
    70
  25. 25
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    Mike Myer More
    69
  26. 26
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    Rachel Dratch More
    68
    added by: mb29
  27. 27
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    Harry Caray

    Will Ferrell More
    68
    added by: zxray
  28. 28
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    Martin Short More
    66
  29. 29
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    Bill Murray More
    66
  30. 30
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    The Continental

    Christopher Walken More
    65
  31. 31
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    Gilda Rander More
    65
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  32. 32
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    Julia Sweeney More
    63
  33. 33
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    The Delicious Dish Girls

    Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin More
    62
    added by: JimJenkins
    Pete Schweddy's Balls
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    Robert Goulet

    Will Ferrell More
    62
    added by: JimJenkins
    Will Ferrell
  35. 35
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    The Ladies Man

    Tim Meadows More
    62
    added by: JimJenkins
    Tim Meadows
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    Toonces the Driving Cat

    61
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    60
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Irwin Mainway

    Dan Akyroyd More
    59
  39. 39
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    Phil Hartman More
    58
  40. 40
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    The Roxbury Guys

    Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan More
    58
    added by: JimJenkins
    Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan
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    Land Shark

    Chevy Chase More
    58
    added by: JimJenkins
  42. 42
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    Dancing Mascot

    Justin Timberlake More
    57
    added by: JimJenkins
    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Velvet Jones

    Eddie Murphy More
    57
  44. 44
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    Adam Sandler More
    57
  45. 45
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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo

    Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel More
    56
    added by: zxray
  46. 46
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    Stuart Smalley

    Al Franken More
    55
  47. 47
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    Will Forte More
    55
    added by: JimJenkins
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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
    55
    added by: JimJenkins
    Da Bearsss!
  49. 49
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    Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo

    Phil Hartman More
    54
    added by: mb29
  50. 50
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
    54
    added by: Mavsc79
    Eddie Murphey
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