Comedy The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time  

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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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Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Matt Foley Chris Farley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

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Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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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

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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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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

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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

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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

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George Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

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Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

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

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

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

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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

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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake - "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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

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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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

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

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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

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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!

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

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

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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

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

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

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

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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!