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 men like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, or female SNL characters like Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, 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 favorite popular SNL characters on the list, feel free to add them!

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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    The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Martin Short

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    Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    John Belushi

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    John Belushi

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    Stefon Bill Hader

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    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Mike Myers

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    Dana Carvey

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