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
    87
  2. 84
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    Andy and Raif

    Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake More
    34
    added by: JimJenkins
    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Baba Wawa

    Gilda Rander More
    59
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  4. 51
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    Barry Gibb

    Jimmy Fallon More
    48
  5. 18
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    74
  6. 93
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    new! Bill Brasky Buddies

    Will Ferrel, Marc Mckinney, Alec Balwin, John Goodman More
    30
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  7. 76
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    Bill Clinton

    Phil Hartman More
    37
  8. 15
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    Bill Clinton

    Darrell Hammond More
    76
  9. 91
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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
    31
  10. 50
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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
    50
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    Da Bearsss!
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    Brian Fellows

    Tracy Morgan More
    37
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  12. 17
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken More
    75
  13. 3
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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy More
    92
  14. 52
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald More
    48
  15. 82
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    Chee-buger Chee-buger

    34
    added by: dbeorn
    John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious
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    Garrett Morris More
    38
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley More
    58
  18. 100
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    Laraine Newman More
    25
  19. 43
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    Dancing Mascot

    Justin Timberlake More
    53
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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Deandre Cole

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  21. 28
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    Rachel Dratch More
    65
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  22. 22
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    Dieter

    Mike Myer More
    68
  23. 55
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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynahan More
    48
  24. 29
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    Martin Short More
    65
  25. 7
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    83
  26. 64
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    Emily Litella

    Gilda Radner More
    41
  27. 20
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    Don Novello More
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  28. 68
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    Fernando

    Billy Crystal More
    40
  29. 45
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    Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo

    Phil Hartman More
    51
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  30. 62
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    Phil Hartman More
    42
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    Phil Hartman
  31. 54
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    Dan Aykroyd More
    48
  32. 24
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    Dana Carvey More
    68
  33. 94
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
    30
  34. 69
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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
    40
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    Cowbell!
  35. 21
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey More
    69
  36. 13
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell More
    78
  37. 83
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    Gilly

    Kristen Wiig More
    34
    added by: JimJenkins
    Kristen Wiig
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
    30
    added by: Philip C
  39. 23
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    Eddie Murphy More
    68
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  40. 104
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    new! H&L Brock

    John Belushi More
    20
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  41. 71
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    Dana Carvey More
    38
  42. 26
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    Harry Caray

    Will Ferrell More
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  43. 96
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    Herb Welch

    Bill Hader More
    28
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  44. 40
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    Dan Akyroyd More
    57
  45. 8
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    John Belushi More
    83
  46. 47
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    James Brown

    Eddie Murphy More
    51
    added by: Mavsc79
    Eddie Murphey
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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
    26
  48. 87
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    Julia Child

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    Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"
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    Junice Merill

    Kristen Wiig More
    42
  50. 78
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    Kaitlin

    Amy Poehler More
    37
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