The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters
0Ultimate List
tags 88,559 votes 5,668 voters 244,315 views 118 items f p @

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!


  • 40 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 5
    + 1577
    - 349

    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

    ) open
  2. 82
    + 150
    - 225

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

    ) open
  3. 31
    + 571
    - 255

    added by JimJenkins Gilda Rander

    ) open
  4. 50
    + 385
    - 148

    ranked low on reranks Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

    ) open
  5. 15
    + 820
    - 504

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dan Aykroyd

    ) open
  6. 90
    + 43
    - 48

    added by Riot18 Bill Brasky Buddies Will Ferrel, Marc Mckinney, Alec Balwin, John Goodman

    ) open
  7. 83
    + 138
    - 163

    Bob Dole Norm Macdonald

    ) open
  8. 48
    + 447
    - 292

    added by JimJenkins Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

    ) open
  9. 72
    + 181
    - 260

    added by zxray Brian Fellows Tracy Morgan

    ) open
  10. 14
    + 1040
    - 369

    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

    ) open
  11. 4
    + 1397
    - 494

    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

    ) open
  12. 37
    + 432
    - 137

    ranked low on reranks Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

    ) open
  13. 89
    + 53
    - 39
    No image

    added by looksharp Canteen Boy Adam Sandler as a boy scout

    ) open
  14. 69
    + 242
    - 92

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

    ) open
  15. 81
    + 139
    - 266

    added by zxray Garrett Morris

    ) open
  16. 24
    + 675
    - 191

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

    ) open
  17. 115
    + 15
    - 11

    new! & added by zxray Colonel Angus Christopher Walken

    ) open
  18. 106
    + 149
    - 158

    Laraine Newman

    ) open
  19. 33
    + 551
    - 238

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

    ) open
  20. 96
    + 89
    - 119

    added by charlesminorversion1 Deandre Cole

    ) open
  21. 25
    + 814
    - 390

    added by mb29 Rachel Dratch

    ) open
  22. 26
    + 658
    - 542

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mike Myer

    ) open
  23. 102
    + 107
    - 90

    added by looksharp Donatella Versace Maya Rudolph

    ) open
  24. 53
    + 337
    - 254

    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

    ) open
  25. 29
    + 625
    - 464

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Martin Short

    ) open
  26. 8
    + 1148
    - 423

    Dan Aykroyd

    ) open
  27. 68
    + 301
    - 168

    Emily Litella Gilda Radner

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 753
    - 378

    added by JimJenkins Don Novello

    ) open
  29. 67
    + 244
    - 175

    Fernando Billy Crystal

    ) open
  30. 54
    + 439
    - 309

    added by mb29 Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo Phil Hartman

    ) open
  31. 57
    + 242
    - 292

    added by JimJenkins Phil Hartman Phil Hartman

    ) open
  32. 58
    + 352
    - 376
    ) open
  33. 85
    + 105
    - 72

    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:

    ) open
  34. 18
    + 980
    - 378

    Dana Carvey

    ) open
  35. 100
    + 149
    - 192

    Garth and Kat Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

    ) open
  36. 56
    + 279
    - 216

    added by JimJenkins Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

    ) open
  37. 19
    + 825
    - 376

    George Bush Dana Carvey

    ) open
  38. 11
    + 985
    - 377

    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

    ) open
  39. 84
    + 236
    - 314

    added by JimJenkins Gilly Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

    ) open
  40. 94
    + 170
    - 243

    added by Philip C Goatboy Jim Breuer

    ) open
  41. 105
    + 73
    - 59

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

    ) open
  42. 21
    + 695
    - 329

    added by JimJenkins Eddie Murphy

    ) open
  43. 78
    + 185
    - 357

    Dana Carvey

    ) open
  44. 30
    + 585
    - 353

    added by zxray Harry Caray Will Ferrell

    ) open
  45. 104
    + 76
    - 242

    often listed & added by zxray Herb Welch Bill Hader

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 461
    - 429

    Dan Akyroyd

    ) open
  47. 6
    + 1259
    - 392

    John Belushi

    ) open
  48. 55
    + 496
    - 229

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

    ) open
  49. 92
    + 43
    - 40

    added by mjhegger James Lipton Will Ferrell

    ) open
  50. 108
    + 43
    - 35

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

    ) open
119 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists