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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 men like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, or female SNL characters like Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, 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 favorite popular SNL characters on the list, feel free to add them!

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!


The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters
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    Mike Myers

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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    Will Forte

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    Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

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    Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    Julia Sweeney

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    Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    Chevy Chase

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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    The Continental Christopher Walken

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    Adam Sandler

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    The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    Gilda Rander

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    Don Novello

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    Bill Murray

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

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    Mike Myer

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    The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    Martin Short

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    Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Molly Shannon

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    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Rachel Dratch

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    John Belushi

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    The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    Walter Williams

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Dana Carvey

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    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    Stefon Bill Hader

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    John Belushi

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    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Mike Myers

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    Dana Carvey

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    Chris Farley

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