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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3,081 891
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley

2
2,690 888
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

3
2,282 836
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

4
2,254 842
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,659 600
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
2,041 706
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

7
3,142 1,146
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,132 846
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
2,440 911
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey

10
1,872 713
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

11
1,810 532
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

12
1,698 593
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

13
1,656 674
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

14
1,491 552
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

15
1,704 604
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
1,677 689
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
1,566 382
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
1,116 332
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,321 659
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,498 711
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch

21
1,589 794
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams

22
1,329 795
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

23
1,196 573
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
1,414 703
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

25
1,190 518
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
1,078 578
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,489 788
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Molly Shannon

28
1,049 852
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myer

29
1,014 790
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Martin Short

30
1,197 649
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
1,112 697
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

32
1,192 585
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
1,026 495
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gilda Rander

34
906 746
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Adam Sandler

35
961 633
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

36
1,007 533
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
780 379
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

38
1,047 912
Pat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Julia Sweeney

39
1,079 521
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

40
1,033 672
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

41
664 403
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Chevy Chase

42
771 638
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

43
718 419
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!

44
828 387
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

45
750 523
Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bobby Moynahan

46
759 670
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

47
742 639
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Will Forte

48
849 788
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Al Franken

49
764 540
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
776 478
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!