The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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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!

List Criteria: Characters the have appeared on SNL only.

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      Matt Foley

      Chris Farley More
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      Dana Carvey More
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      Buckwheat

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      Mike Myers More
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      Stefon

      Bill Hader More
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      Alex Trebek

      Will Ferrell More
      87
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      Sarah Palin

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      84
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      Dan Aykroyd More
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      John Belushi More
      83
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      The Festrunk Brothers

      Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd More
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      Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

      Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri More
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      George W. Bush

      Will Ferrell More
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      Roseanne Rosannadana

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      Mr. Robinson

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      Walter Williams More
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      Bill Clinton

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      Bruce Dickinson

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      John Belushi More
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      Dan Aykroyd More
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      George Bush

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      Don Novello More
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      Eddie Murphy More
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      Dana Carvey More
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      Dieter

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      Molly Shannon More
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      Bill Murray More
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      Harry Caray

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      Rachel Dratch More
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      Chevy Chase More
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      The Delicious Dish Girls

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      Pete Schweddy's Balls
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      Chippendale Auditions Dancers

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      Martin Short More
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      Julia Sweeney More
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      The Continental

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      Robert Goulet

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      Will Ferrell
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      Dan Akyroyd More
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      The Ladies Man

      Tim Meadows More
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      Tim Meadows
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      The Ambiguously Gay Duo

      Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel More
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      Toonces the Driving Cat

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      James Brown

      Eddie Murphy More
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      Eddie Murphey
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      Phil Hartman More
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      Frank Sinatra

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      The Roxbury Guys

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      Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan
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      Baba Wawa

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      Emily Litella

      Gilda Radner More
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      Al Franken More
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      Pathological Liar

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      Jon Lovitz
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      Dancing Mascot

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      "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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      Bob Swerski

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      Da Bearsss!
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