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 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 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

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    added by JimJenkins Andy and Raif Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake

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    added by JimJenkins Gilda Rander

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    ranked low on reranks Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dan Aykroyd

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    Bob Dole Norm Macdonald

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    added by JimJenkins Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

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    added by zxray Brian Fellows Tracy Morgan

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    ranked low on reranks Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    new! & added by looksharp Canteen Boy Adam Sandler as a boy scout

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dbeorn Chee-buger Chee-buger John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious

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    added by zxray Garrett Morris

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

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    ranked low on reranks Laraine Newman

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    added by JimJenkins Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    new! & added by looksharp Derek Stevens Dana Carvey as a dramatic, pop singer: "She choppin' brocolli"

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    Mike Myer

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Donatella Versace Maya Rudolph

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    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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    Martin Short

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    ranked low on reranks Emily Litella Gilda Radner

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    added by JimJenkins Don Novello

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    Fernando Billy Crystal

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    added by mb29 Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo Phil Hartman

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    added by JimJenkins Phil Hartman Phil Hartman

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    added by nevercomestheday Gap Girls "Uh, I think these pants are too big.""No, that's how you're supposed to wear them! Just get a big belt and cinch 'em!"Chris Farley, David Spade, Adam SandlerAlso in that sketch:

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    Dana Carvey

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    Garth and Kat Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

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    added by JimJenkins Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    added by JimJenkins Gilly Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    added by JosephMorabito Grumpy Old Man Dana Carvey as Grumpy Old Man on Weekend Update.

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    added by JimJenkins Eddie Murphy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dana Carvey

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    added by zxray Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    often listed & added by zxray Herb Welch Bill Hader

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    added by looksharp Irving Cohen Martin Short as a cigar-smoking, old songwriter

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    Dan Akyroyd

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    John Belushi

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Mavsc79 James Brown Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphey

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    new! & added by looksharp Janet Reno Will Farrell in Janet Reno's Dance Party

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    added by looksharp Jesse Jackson Portrayed by Darrell Hammond

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