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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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2,531 824
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

3
2,153 781
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Wayne Campbell Mike Myers

4
2,126 778
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,516 559
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,942 640
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Jake Blues John Belushi

7
2,005 781
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

8
2,909 1,078
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

9
1,781 659
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

10
2,298 847
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

11
1,595 644
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
1,400 516
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

13
1,592 556
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

14
1,686 490
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

15
1,662 557
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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1,584 652
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
1,428 356
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
1,512 751
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

19
1,039 295
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

20
1,252 617
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

21
1,365 668
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Debbie Downer Rachel Dratch

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1,262 751
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

23
1,116 487
The Delicious Dish Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
1,343 669
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Samurai Futaba John Belushi

25
1,120 545
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gumby Eddie Murphy

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1,009 548
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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1,391 752
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

28
952 745
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

29
989 815
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dieter Mike Myer

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1,135 608
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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1,114 554
The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 31 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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1,057 669
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

33
940 494
Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 33 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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1,007 495
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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727 344
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

36
953 461
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Baba Wawa Gilda Rander

37
902 598
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 37 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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839 704
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Opera Man Adam Sandler

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973 878
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Pat Julia Sweeney

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610 373
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Land Shark Chevy Chase

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973 643
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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721 613
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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769 361
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Linda Richman Mike Myers

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853 387
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mavsc79 added James Brown Eddie Murphy - Eddie Murphey

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687 488
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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645 396
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

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694 604
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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708 640
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

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737 450
Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Bob Swerski George Wendt - Da Bearsss!

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685 508
The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Target Lady Kristen Wiig - Kristen Wiig