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 the 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 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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    Aunt Linda

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Gilda Rander More
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  5. 56
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    Barry Gibb

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  6. 17
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Bill Brasky Buddies

    Will Ferrel, Marc Mckinney, Alec Balwin, John Goodman More
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    Bill Clinton

    Phil Hartman More
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
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    Bob Swerski

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    Da Bearsss!
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    Brian Fellows

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    Bronx Beat

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    Bruce Dickinson

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  15. 4
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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald More
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    Chee-buger Chee-buger

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    John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious
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    Garrett Morris More
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    60
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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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    David Spade & Hollywood Minute

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    Deandre Cole

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    Dieter

    Mike Myer More
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    Donatella Versace

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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynahan More
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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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  34. 49
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    Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo

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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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  37. 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

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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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    Dana Carvey More
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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

    Eddie Murphy More
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    Eddie Murphey
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