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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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2,575 841
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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2,184 796
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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2,161 795
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,548 570
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,960 657
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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2,968 1,100
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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2,040 800
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
2,343 862
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

10
1,801 673
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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1,715 503
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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1,615 565
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

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1,673 565
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tom Islava added Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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1,426 526
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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1,606 663
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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1,465 363
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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1,061 302
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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1,274 630
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

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1,529 762
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

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1,274 765
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

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1,399 680
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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1,139 553
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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1,363 679
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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1,137 494
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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1,025 557
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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1,416 760
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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1,009 825
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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972 757
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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1,150 621
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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1,075 674
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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1,133 566
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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973 469
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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860 715
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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914 609
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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742 352
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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961 503
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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994 888
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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990 651
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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1,026 502
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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625 381
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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735 620
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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790 365
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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662 403
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

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Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 46 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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705 611
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added MacGruber Will Forte

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815 762
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stuart Smalley Al Franken

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752 455
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!