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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

Updated August 24, 2020 140.7k votes 11.4k voters 397.8k 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 Trebek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Alex Trebek

    Will Ferrell
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    The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    The Church Lady

    Dana Carvey
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    Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Matt Foley

    Chris Farley
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    Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Roseanne Rosannadana

    Gilda Radner
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers

    Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley
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    Hans und Franz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Hans und Franz

    Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon
     
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    Mr. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Mr. Robinson

    Eddie Murphy
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    Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Garth Algar

    Dana Carvey
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    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Sean Connery

    Darrell Hammond
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    Stefon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Stefon

    Bill Hader
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    Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Buckwheat

    Eddie Murphy
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    Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Sarah Palin

    Tina Fey
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    Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Wayne Campbell

    Mike Myers
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    Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Burt Reynolds

    Norm MacDonald
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    Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Jake Blues

    John Belushi
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    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    George W. Bush

    Will Ferrell
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    Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Elwood Blues

    Dan Aykroyd
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders

    Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri
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    The Festrunk Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    The Festrunk Brothers

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd
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    Chee-buger Chee-buger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Chee-buger Chee-buger

    John Belushi and Bill Murray
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    George Bush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    George Bush

    Dana Carvey
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    Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Christopher Walken
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    Two Wild and Crazy Guys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Two Wild and Crazy Guys

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    Gumby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Gumby

    Eddie Murphy
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    Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
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    Mr. Bill

    Walter Williams
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