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 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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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    Dan Aykroyd

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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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    Walter Williams

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    Bill Clinton Darrell Hammond

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mike Myer

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    added by JimJenkins Eddie Murphy

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    added by zxray Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    Martin Short

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    Bill Murray

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    added by JimJenkins The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    The Continental Christopher Walken

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

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    Julia Sweeney

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    added by JimJenkins The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    added by JimJenkins Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    often listed & added by JimJenkins Chevy Chase

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eddie Murphy

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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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    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 zxray The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    added by mb29 Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo Phil Hartman

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    Dan Akyroyd

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    Phil Hartman

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    Mike Myers

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    ranked low on reranks Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Al Franken

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    Adam Sandler

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