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

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    Andy and Raif

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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Baba Wawa

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    Barry Gibb

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    Beldar Conehead

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    Bill Clinton

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    Bill Clinton

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    Bob Dole

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    Bob Swerski

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    Da Bearsss!
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    Brian Fellows

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    Bruce Dickinson

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    Buckwheat

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    Burt Reynolds

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    Chico Escuela

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    new! Chippendale Auditions Dancers

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    Dancing Mascot

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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Dieter

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    Drunk Uncle

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    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

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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Dana Carvey More
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    Garth and Kat

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    Gene Frenkle

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    Cowbell!
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    George Bush

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    George W. Bush

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    Gilly

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Goatboy

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    Eddie Murphy More
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    Hanukkah Harry

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    Harry Caray

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    Herb Welch

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    Dan Akyroyd More
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    John Belushi More
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    James Brown

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    Eddie Murphey
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    Jimmy Carter

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    Junice Merill

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    Kaitlin

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    Lothar of the Hill People

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