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List Rules 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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3,100 897
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley

2
2,705 890
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

3
2,294 841
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

4
2,265 849
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,671 601
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
2,048 711
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

7
3,160 1,155
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,145 848
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

9
2,454 915
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey

10
1,879 717
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

11
1,823 536
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

12
1,705 597
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

13
1,665 677
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

14
1,501 553
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

15
1,708 607
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tom Islava added Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

16
1,684 690
The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

17
1,573 384
Chippendale Auditions Dancers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

18
1,125 333
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,327 662
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,598 796
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams

21
1,503 716
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch

22
1,334 798
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

23
1,203 575
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Eddie Murphy

24
1,421 706
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

25
1,194 522
The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin - Pete Schweddy's Balls

26
1,084 579
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,498 791
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Molly Shannon

28
1,056 858
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myer

29
1,015 795
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Martin Short

30
1,201 652
Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Don Novello

31
1,117 699
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

32
1,202 587
The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan - Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

33
1,031 499
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gilda Rander

34
913 749
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Adam Sandler

35
968 635
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Ladies Man Tim Meadows - Tim Meadows

36
1,014 537
Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake - "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

37
782 384
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

38
1,052 918
Pat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Julia Sweeney

39
1,085 523
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

40
1,040 675
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

41
667 407
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Chevy Chase

42
773 642
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

43
724 421
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

44
834 390
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

45
756 528
Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bobby Moynahan

46
763 674
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

47
744 642
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Will Forte

48
852 793
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Al Franken

49
774 542
The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Kristen Wiig - Kristen Wiig

50
778 481
Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Bob Swerski George Wendt - Da Bearsss!