The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters

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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    Dan Aykroyd More
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    about to drop off
    Virgania Horsen

    Kristen Wiig More
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  3. 95
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    Stuart Rankin

    Mike Myers More
    29
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    "If it's not Scottish IT'S CRAP!!!!"
  4. 94
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    Chris Kattan More
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  5. 93
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    Andy and Raif

    Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake More
    29
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    Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake
  6. 92
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    Goatboy

    Jim Breuer More
    33
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  7. 91
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    Garth and Kat

    Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig More
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    Mr. Subliminal

    Kevin Nealon More
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    Laraine Newman More
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    Tom Snyder

    Dan Aykroyd More
    34
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    Bob Dole

    Norm Macdonald More
    34
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    Jimmy Carter

    Dan Aykroyd More
    34
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    The Sweeney Sisters

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    Bill Clinton

    Phil Hartman More
    37
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    Herb Welch

    Bill Hader More
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    Emily Litella

    Gilda Radner More
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    Nat X

    Chris Rock More
    39
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    Simon

    Mike Myers More
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    "I like to do draw-rings!"
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    Lothar of the Hill People

    Mike Myers More
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    Middle-Aged Man

    Mike Myers More
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  21. 77
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    Brian Fellows

    Tracy Morgan More
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    Marty & Bobbi Culp

    Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer More
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    Phillip

    Mike Myers More
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    Gene Frenkle

    Will Ferrell More
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    Cowbell!
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    Gilly

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Hanukkah Harry

    Dana Carvey More
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    Kaitlin

    Amy Poehler More
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    Dancing Mascot

    Justin Timberlake More
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    "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"
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    Mark Wahlberg

    Andy Samberg More
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Massive Headwound Harry

    Dana Carvey More
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    Dana Carvey
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald More
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    Fernando

    Billy Crystal More
    44
  33. 65
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    Barry Gibb

    Jimmy Fallon More
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  34. 64
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    Queen Elizabeth

    Fred Armisen More
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  35. 63
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    Chico Escuela

    Garrett Morris More
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  36. 62
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    Junice Merill

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Drunk Uncle

    Bobby Moynahan More
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  38. 60
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    Penelope

    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    Chris Kattan More
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    Kristen Wiig More
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    Kristen Wiig
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    The Anal Retentive Chef

    Phil Hartman More
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    Baba Wawa

    Gilda Rander More
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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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    often listed
    Master Thespian

    Jon Lovitz More
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    Frankenstein

    Phil Hartman More
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    Phil Hartman
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    Opera Man

    Adam Sandler More
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    Richmeister

    Rob Schneider More
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    Rob Schneider
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    Bob Swerski

    George Wendt More
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    Da Bearsss!
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    The Killer Bees

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