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

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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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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    new! & added by zxray Colonel Angus Christopher Walken

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JimJenkins Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    Emily Litella Gilda Radner

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    ranked low on reranks & 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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    added by JosephMorabito Grumpy Old Man Dana Carvey as Grumpy Old Man on Weekend Update.

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