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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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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

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Stefon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

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

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Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

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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

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

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

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

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Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

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

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Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Gumby Eddie Murphy

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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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Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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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

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Dieter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dieter Mike Myer

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Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

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

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Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan - Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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

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

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The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell Robert Smigel

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

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

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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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The Continental is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

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

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
James Brown Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphey

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Pat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Pat Julia Sweeney

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Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

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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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MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
MacGruber Will Forte

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Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Linda Richman Mike Myers

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Toonces the Driving Cat

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

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