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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    new! Julia Child

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    Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"
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    The Sweeney Sisters

    Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks More
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    Virgania Horsen

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
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    Laraine Newman More
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    Tom Snyder

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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Che-buger Che-buger

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    John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious
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    Andy and Raif

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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Herb Welch

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    Chris Kattan More
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    Goatboy

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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
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    Lothar of the Hill People

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    Queen Elizabeth

    Fred Armisen More
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    Massive Headwound Harry

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    Dana Carvey
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    Amy Poehler More
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    Gilly

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Mike Myers More
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    Stuart Rankin

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    "If it's not Scottish IT'S CRAP!!!!"
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    Brian Fellows

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    Bill Clinton

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    Penelope

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Pete Dionasopolis

    John Belushi More
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    Olympia Cafe....NO COKE! Pepsi....NO FRIES! Chips...
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    Mr. Subliminal

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    Fernando

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    Marty & Bobbi Culp

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    Nat X

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    Gene Frenkle

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    Cowbell!
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    Chico Escuela

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    Pathological Liar

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    Jon Lovitz
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    Phillip

    Mike Myers More
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    The Anal Retentive Chef

    Phil Hartman More
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    Hanukkah Harry

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    Simon

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    "I like to do draw-rings!"
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    Junice Merill

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Mark Wahlberg

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    Burt Reynolds

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    Emily Litella

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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Mango

    Chris Kattan More
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    Barry Gibb

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    Drunk Uncle

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    The Killer Bees

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    Richmeister

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    Rob Schneider
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    Master Thespian

    Jon Lovitz More
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