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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. Can't forget about Mike Myers, too! 

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
Chris Farley
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Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Will Ferrell
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The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey
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Stefon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader
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Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy
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Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers
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Chippendale Auditions Da... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley
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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey
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Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey
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Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner
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Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi
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Mr. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy
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Spartan Spirit Cheerlead... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri
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Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd
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Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald
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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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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell
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George Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey
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Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tom Islava added Christopher Walken
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The Delicious Dish Girls... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin
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Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Eddie Murphy
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Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi
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Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams
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Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch
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Mary Katherine Gallagher... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Molly Shannon