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 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 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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    Tom Snyder Dan Aykroyd

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    added by looksharp Tony Bennett Portrayed by Alec Baldwin

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    added by looksharp Irving Cohen Martin Short as a cigar-smoking, old songwriter

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    new! & added by looksharp Derek Stevens Dana Carvey as a dramatic, pop singer: "She choppin' brocolli"

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    new! & added by RandyGordon The Coneheads

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    new! & added by looksharp Nude Male Model Will Farrell as a crude, nude male model in an art class

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    added by looksharp The Trivial Psychic Christopher Walken

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    added by JosephMorabito Grumpy Old Man Dana Carvey as Grumpy Old Man on Weekend Update.

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    added by looksharp Jesse Jackson Portrayed by Darrell Hammond

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    new! & added by looksharp Canteen Boy Adam Sandler as a boy scout

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    new! & added by looksharp Janet Reno Will Farrell in Janet Reno's Dance Party

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    added by looksharp Larry King Portrayed by Norm MacDonald

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    added by looksharp The Nerds Bill Murray and Gilda Radner as a teenage couple

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    Garth and Kat Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

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    Jimmy Carter Dan Aykroyd

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    added by Mavsc79 The Sweeney Sisters Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks

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    ranked low on reranks Laraine Newman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Virgania Horsen Kristen Wiig

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    often listed & added by zxray Dan Aykroyd

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Donatella Versace Maya Rudolph

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    often listed & added by zxray Herb Welch Bill Hader

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Nick Burns, The Company Computer Guy

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    added by JimJenkins Massive Headwound Harry Dana Carvey Dana Carvey

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    added by nevercomestheday Gap Girls "Uh, I think these pants are too big.""No, that's how you're supposed to wear them! Just get a big belt and cinch 'em!"Chris Farley, David Spade, Adam SandlerAlso in that sketch:

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    Bob Dole Norm Macdonald

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    Chris Kattan

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    often listed & added by JimJenkins Mike Myers

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    added by zxray Pete Dionasopolis John Belushi Olympia Cafe....NO COKE! Pepsi....NO FRIES! Chips...

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    added by JimJenkins Gilly Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    added by JimJenkins Andy and Raif Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake

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    Queen Elizabeth Fred Armisen

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    Chris Rock

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    added by JimJenkins Stuart Rankin Mike Myers "If it's not Scottish IT'S CRAP!!!!"

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    ranked low on reranks & added by BobEqualityGreen Julia Child Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"

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    added by JimJenkins Phillip Mike Myers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dana Carvey

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dbeorn Chee-buger Chee-buger John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious

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    added by zxray The Anal Retentive Chef Phil Hartman

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    added by zxray Brian Fellows Tracy Morgan

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    Emily Litella Gilda Radner

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    often listed & added by JimJenkins Penelope Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Fernando Billy Crystal

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