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! H&L Brock

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    new! Sherry

    Laraine Newman More
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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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  5. 100
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    Laraine Newman More
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    Tom Snyder

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Dan Aykroyd More
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    Herb Welch

    Bill Hader More
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
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    new! Bill Brasky Buddies

    Will Ferrel, Marc Mckinney, Alec Balwin, John Goodman More
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    Lothar of the Hill People

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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
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    Deandre Cole

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    Massive Headwound Harry

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    Dana Carvey
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    Chris Kattan More
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    Julia Child

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    Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"
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    Mike Myers More
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    Queen Elizabeth

    Fred Armisen More
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    Andy and Raif

    Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake More
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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
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    Gilly

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Chee-buger Chee-buger

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    John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious
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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

    Kevin Nealon More
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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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    Kaitlin

    Amy Poehler More
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    Brian Fellows

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    Bill Clinton

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    Garrett Morris More
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    Chris Rock More
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    Phillip

    Mike Myers More
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    The Anal Retentive Chef

    Phil Hartman More
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    Dana Carvey More
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    Penelope

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    Kristen Wiig
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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
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    Cowbell!
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    Fernando

    Billy Crystal More
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    Mark Wahlberg

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    Simon

    Mike Myers More
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    "I like to do draw-rings!"
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    Pathological Liar

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    Jon Lovitz
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    Emily Litella

    Gilda Radner More
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    Junice Merill

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Chris Kattan More
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    Marty & Bobbi Culp

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    The Killer Bees

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    Jon Lovitz More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Mike Myers More
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    Drunk Uncle

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