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 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 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 Chris Farley

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    Dana Carvey

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Mike Myers

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    the people's #1 Stefon Bill Hader

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    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    John Belushi

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    added by zxray Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    Bill Clinton Darrell Hammond

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    Walter Williams

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    John Belushi

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    Dana Carvey

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    Molly Shannon

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    added by JimJenkins Don Novello

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    added by JimJenkins Eddie Murphy

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    Mike Myer

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    added by zxray Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Martin Short

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    Bill Murray

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JimJenkins The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    ranked low on reranks Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    added by JimJenkins Gilda Rander

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    The Continental Christopher Walken

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    added by JimJenkins Chevy Chase

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    added by JimJenkins The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    Julia Sweeney

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    added by JimJenkins Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JimJenkins The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JimJenkins Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eddie Murphy

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    added by mb29 Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo Phil Hartman

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    added by JimJenkins Will Forte

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    ranked low on reranks & added by zxray The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    ranked low on reranks Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Adam Sandler

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    Phil Hartman

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    Dan Akyroyd

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    ranked low on reranks Mike Myers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Franken

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