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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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3,132 916
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley

2
2,739 906
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

3
2,323 854
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

4
2,298 861
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,702 610
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
2,074 720
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

7
3,186 1,171
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,479 926
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey

9
2,169 856
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

10
1,901 725
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

11
1,684 685
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

12
1,849 545
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

13
1,516 560
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

14
1,726 606
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

15
1,720 614
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
1,704 697
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
1,598 389
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
1,142 341
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,347 668
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,620 799
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams

21
1,526 724
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch

22
1,346 803
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

23
1,214 582
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
1,430 715
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

25
1,207 527
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
1,094 584
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,067 861
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myer

28
1,516 797
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Molly Shannon

29
1,024 800
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Martin Short

30
1,211 660
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
1,130 702
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

32
1,221 591
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
1,047 501
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gilda Rander

34
977 642
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Ladies Man Tim Meadows - Tim Meadows

35
923 758
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Adam Sandler

36
1,021 545
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
793 391
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

38
1,100 526
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

39
1,064 924
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Julia Sweeney

40
1,050 680
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

41
741 424
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

42
678 412
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Chevy Chase

43
781 646
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

44
849 393
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

45
763 541
Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bobby Moynahan

46
772 683
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

47
861 801
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Al Franken

48
747 654
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Will Forte

49
784 552
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
784 487
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!