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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    Tony Bennett Portrayed by Alec Baldwin

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    Jesse Jackson Portrayed by Darrell Hammond

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    Two Wild and Crazy Guys

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    Larry King Portrayed by Norm MacDonald

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    Lisa Loopner

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    Sherry Laraine Newman

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    Virgania Horsen Kristen Wiig

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    Janet Reno Will Farrell in Janet Reno's Dance Party

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    The Nerds Bill Murray and Gilda Radner as a teenage couple

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Laraine Newman

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    Tom Snyder Dan Aykroyd

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    Herb Welch Bill Hader

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    Garth and Kat Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

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    Nick Burns, The Company Computer Guy

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    Lothar of the Hill People Mike Myers

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    Deandre Cole

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    Queen Elizabeth Fred Armisen

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    Joe Pesci

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    Massive Headwound Harry Dana Carvey Dana Carvey

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    Goatboy Jim Breuer

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    Two A-Holes Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

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

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    The Sweeney Sisters Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks

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    Canteen Boy Adam Sandler as a boy scout

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    Jimmy Carter Dan Aykroyd

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    Chris Kattan

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    Colonel Angus Christopher Walken

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    Grumpy Old Man Dana Carvey as Grumpy Old Man on Weekend Update.

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    Mike Myers

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    James Lipton Will Ferrell

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    Gilly Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Donatella Versace Maya Rudolph

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    Amy Poehler

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    Bill Brasky Buddies Will Ferrel, Marc Mckinney, Alec Balwin, John Goodman

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    Total Bastard Airlines (Buh-Bye)

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    Garrett Morris

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    Bob Dole Norm Macdonald

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    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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    Andy and Raif Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake Andy Samburg and Justin Timberlake

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    Chris Rock

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    Dana Carvey

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    Brian Fellows Tracy Morgan

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    The Coneheads

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    Penelope Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Emily Litella Gilda Radner

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    Chee-buger Chee-buger John Bellusci and Bill Murray were hilarious

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    Phillip Mike Myers

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

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    Julia Child Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"

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