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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

Updated August 24, 2020 141.8k votes 11.6k voters 400.4k views123 items

List RulesVote up the funniest characters and interpretations of real people in the entire history of SNL..

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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  • Alex Trebek1
    2,310
    670

    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell
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  • The Church Lady2
    2,607
    835

    The Church Lady

    Dana Carvey
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  • Matt Foley3
    2,873
    917

    Matt Foley

    Chris Farley
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  • Chippendale Auditions Dancers4
    1,640
    417

    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley
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  • Mr. Robinson5
    1,528
    482

    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy
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  • Roseanne Rosannadana6
    1,796
    520

    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner
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  • Garth Algar7
    1,653
    559

    Garth Algar

    Dana Carvey
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  • Buckwheat8
    2,117
    809

    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy
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  • Hans und Franz9
    689
    179

    Hans und Franz

    Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon
     
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  • Sean Connery10
    694
    189

    Sean Connery

    Darrell Hammond
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  • Stefon11
    2,969
    1,170

    Stefon

    Bill Hader
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  • Wayne Campbell12
    2,144
    777

    Wayne Campbell

    Mike Myers
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  • Sarah Palin13
    2,211
    871

    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey
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  • Jake Blues14
    1,846
    697

    Jake Blues

    John Belushi
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  • Burt Reynolds15
    1,112
    417

    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald
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  • George W. Bush16
    1,438
    602

    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell
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  • Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders17
    1,841
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri
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  • The Festrunk Brothers18
    1,564
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    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd
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  • Elwood Blues19
    1,702
    655

    Elwood Blues

    Dan Aykroyd
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  • Chee-buger Chee-buger20
    808
    266

    Chee-buger Chee-buger

    John Belushi and Bill Murray
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  • George Bush21
    1,265
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey
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  • Two Wild and Crazy Guys22
    622
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    Two Wild and Crazy Guys

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  • Bruce Dickinson23
    1,425
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken
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  • Gumby24
    1,123
    516

    Gumby

    Eddie Murphy
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  • Mr. Bill25
    1,473
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    Mr. Bill

    Walter Williams
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