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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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    92
  4. 4
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    Mike Myers More
    92
  5. 5
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    the people's #1
    Stefon

    Bill Hader More
    88
  6. 6
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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell More
    87
  7. 7
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    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey More
    84
  8. 8
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    84
  9. 9
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    John Belushi More
    83
  10. 10
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    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd More
    82
  11. 11
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri More
    81
  12. 12
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
    81
  13. 13
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    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy More
    80
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  14. 14
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    Walter Williams More
    79
  15. 15
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    77
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    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner More
    77
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken More
    76
  18. 18
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    John Belushi More
    75
  19. 19
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    74
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
    71
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    Don Novello More
    71
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  22. 22
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    Eddie Murphy More
    70
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    Dieter

    Mike Myer More
    67
  24. 24
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    Molly Shannon More
    67
  25. 25
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    Dana Carvey More
    66
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    Bill Murray More
    66
  27. 27
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    Chevy Chase More
    65
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    Rachel Dratch More
    64
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    Harry Caray

    Will Ferrell More
    64
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    Julia Sweeney More
    62
  31. 31
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    Eddie Murphy More
    62
  32. 32
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    Martin Short More
    62
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    The Delicious Dish Girls

    Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin More
    61
    added by: JimJenkins
    Pete Schweddy's Balls
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    The Continental

    Christopher Walken More
    59
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    Robert Goulet

    Will Ferrell More
    59
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    Will Ferrell
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    The Ladies Man

    Tim Meadows More
    57
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    Tim Meadows
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    No image

    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    56
  38. 38
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    Dan Akyroyd More
    56
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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

    Phil Hartman More
    56
  41. 41
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    Baba Wawa

    Gilda Rander More
    55
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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo

    Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel More
    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stuart Smalley

    Al Franken More
    53
  44. 44
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    The Roxbury Guys

    Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan More
    52
    added by: JimJenkins
    Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan
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    Frank Sinatra

    Phil Hartman More
    51
    added by: mb29
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
    51
    added by: Mavsc79
    Eddie Murphey
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    Dancing Mascot

    Justin Timberlake More
    51
    added by: JimJenkins
    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
    50
    added by: JimJenkins
    Da Bearsss!
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    Adam Sandler More
    49
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    Will Forte More
    49
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