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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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Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Eddie Murphy
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Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams
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The Roxbury Guys is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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 Don Novello
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Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Adam Sandler
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Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd
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Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell
Cowbell!
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Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Al Franken
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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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Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers
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Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Darrell Hammond
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Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Julia Sweeney
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Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon
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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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Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bobby Moynahan
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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
BobEqualityGreen added Julia Child
Dan Akroyd "I've cut myself"
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Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
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Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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Richmeister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Richmeister Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider
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Irwin Mainway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Akyroyd
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mavsc79 added James Brown Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphey
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Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Frank Sinatra by Joe Piscopo Phil Hartman
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Hans und Franz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
WAndrew Fisher added Hans und Franz
Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon