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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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell More
    87
  2. 91
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    Andy and Raif

    Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake More
    30
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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Baba Wawa

    Gilda Rander More
    54
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  4. 57
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    Barry Gibb

    Jimmy Fallon More
    44
  5. 19
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    74
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    Bill Clinton

    Phil Hartman More
    36
  7. 15
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    77
  8. 86
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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
    32
  9. 48
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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
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    Da Bearsss!
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    Brian Fellows

    Tracy Morgan More
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken More
    76
  12. 3
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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    92
  13. 61
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald More
    43
  14. 92
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    Che-buger Che-buger

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    John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious
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    Chico Escuela

    Garrett Morris More
    39
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    56
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    Laraine Newman More
    26
  18. 47
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    Dancing Mascot

    Justin Timberlake More
    51
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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Rachel Dratch More
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    Dieter

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    67
  21. 55
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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynahan More
    46
  22. 32
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    Martin Short More
    62
  23. 8
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    84
  24. 60
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    Emily Litella

    Gilda Radner More
    43
  25. 21
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    Don Novello More
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    Fernando

    Billy Crystal More
    38
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    Frank Sinatra

    Phil Hartman More
    51
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  28. 59
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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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  30. 25
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    Dana Carvey More
    67
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
    26
  32. 71
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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
    39
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    Cowbell!
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
    71
  34. 12
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
    81
  35. 82
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    Gilly

    Kristen Wiig More
    35
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
    32
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  37. 22
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    Eddie Murphy More
    70
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  38. 66
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    Hanukkah Harry

    Dana Carvey More
    40
  39. 29
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    Harry Caray

    Will Ferrell More
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  40. 90
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    Herb Welch

    Bill Hader More
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  41. 38
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    Dan Akyroyd More
    56
  42. 9
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    John Belushi More
    83
  43. 46
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
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    Eddie Murphey
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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
    27
  45. 100
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    new! Julia Child

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    Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"
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    Junice Merill

    Kristen Wiig More
    40
  47. 83
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    Amy Poehler More
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    Chevy Chase More
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    Linda Richman

    Mike Myers More
    45
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