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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

2
2,611 858
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
2,217 807
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Wayne Campbell Mike Myers

4
2,184 812
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,590 580
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,983 674
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Jake Blues John Belushi

7
3,036 1,112
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,074 818
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
2,385 878
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

10
1,825 690
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

11
1,648 574
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

12
1,611 653
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

13
1,738 519
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

14
1,685 577
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

15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL

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1,444 538
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

16
1,630 672
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
1,498 371
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
1,079 313
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,295 636
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,547 774
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

21
1,437 692
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

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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1,286 781
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

23
1,161 561
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

24
1,378 687
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Samurai Futaba John Belushi

25
1,158 500
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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1,043 564
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,446 770
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
1,018 836
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dieter Mike Myer

The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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982 771
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

30
1,161 636
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

31
1,090 681
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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1,156 573
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
990 477
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

34
877 724
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Opera Man Adam Sandler

35
931 619
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

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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760 358
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

37
977 514
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!"

38
1,010 895
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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1,044 508
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

40
1,004 660
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

41
749 625
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

42
636 391
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Land Shark Chevy Chase

The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

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681 410
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!

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801 375
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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722 503
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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731 654
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

47
722 620
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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822 774
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stuart Smalley Al Franken

49
760 464
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!

50
727 521
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