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List Rules 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
Matt Foley Chris Farley

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2,478 814
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

3
2,112 769
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Wayne Campbell Mike Myers

4
2,098 761
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,472 548
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,921 625
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Jake Blues John Belushi

7
1,976 760
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

8
2,859 1,058
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

9
1,761 644
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

10
2,258 834
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

11
1,572 629
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

12
1,375 506
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

13
1,639 545
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

14
1,649 485
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

15
1,560 550
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

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1,563 640
The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

17
1,393 347
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

18
1,489 737
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

19
1,232 607
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,017 286
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

21
1,245 742
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

22
1,337 659
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

23
1,087 481
The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin - Pete Schweddy's Balls

24
1,106 534
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gumby Eddie Murphy

25
1,327 659
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Samurai Futaba John Belushi

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993 540
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,365 747
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mary Katherine Gallagher Molly Shannon

28
941 735
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

29
964 809
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dieter Mike Myer

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1,121 600
Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Father Guido Sarducci Don Novello

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1,097 546
The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan - Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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1,046 660
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

33
926 487
Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake - "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

34
718 335
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

35
984 489
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

36
932 453
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Baba Wawa Gilda Rander

37
885 589
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Ladies Man Tim Meadows - Tim Meadows

38
825 696
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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954 869
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Pat Julia Sweeney

40
963 634
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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593 365
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Land Shark Chevy Chase

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710 605
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

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749 357
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Linda Richman Mike Myers

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839 382
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mavsc79 added James Brown Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphey

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663 481
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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632 386
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

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681 594
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added MacGruber Will Forte

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692 634
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

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719 445
Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Bob Swerski George Wendt - Da Bearsss!

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666 498
The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Target Lady Kristen Wiig - Kristen Wiig