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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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell More
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    Andy and Raif

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

    Gilda Rander More
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    Barry Gibb

    Jimmy Fallon More
    44
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    Beldar Conehead

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Bill Clinton

    Phil Hartman More
    36
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    77
  8. 87
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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
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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
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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    94
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald More
    44
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    Chico Escuela

    Garrett Morris More
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
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    Laraine Newman More
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    Dancing Mascot

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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Debbie Downer

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    Dieter

    Mike Myer More
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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynahan More
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    Ed Grimley

    Martin Short More
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Emily Litella

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    Don Novello More
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    Fernando

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    Frank Sinatra

    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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  29. 25
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    Dana Carvey More
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
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    Cowbell!
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
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    Gilly

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
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    Gumby

    Eddie Murphy More
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    Hanukkah Harry

    Dana Carvey More
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  38. 33
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    Harry Caray

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    Herb Welch

    Bill Hader More
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    Irwin Mainway

    Dan Akyroyd More
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    John Belushi More
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
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    Eddie Murphey
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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Junice Merill

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kaitlin

    Amy Poehler More
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    Land Shark

    Chevy Chase More
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Mike Myers More
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    Lothar of the Hill People

    Mike Myers More
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    MacGruber

    Will Forte More
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