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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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    Virgania Horsen

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    Stuart Rankin

    Mike Myers More
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    "If it's not Scottish IT'S CRAP!!!!"
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    Chris Kattan More
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    Andy and Raif

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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
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    Laraine Newman More
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    Mr. Subliminal

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    Tom Snyder

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Bob Dole

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    Jimmy Carter

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    The Sweeney Sisters

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    Bill Clinton

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    Herb Welch

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    Simon

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    "I like to do draw-rings!"
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    Nat X

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    Lothar of the Hill People

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    Emily Litella

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    Brian Fellows

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    Marty & Bobbi Culp

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    Phillip

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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
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    Cowbell!
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    Gilly

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Hanukkah Harry

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    Kaitlin

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    Mark Wahlberg

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    Queen Elizabeth

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    Massive Headwound Harry

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    Dana Carvey
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    Fernando

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    Dancing Mascot

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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Burt Reynolds

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    Barry Gibb

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    Chico Escuela

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    Junice Merill

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    Drunk Uncle

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    Penelope

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    The Anal Retentive Chef

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    Olympia Cafe....NO COKE! Pepsi....NO FRIES! Chips...
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    Baba Wawa

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    Phil Hartman
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    Richmeister

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    Rob Schneider
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    Bob Swerski

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    Da Bearsss!
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    The Killer Bees

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