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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
2,618 862
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
2,224 811
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Wayne Campbell Mike Myers

4
2,192 818
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,597 583
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
1,990 678
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Jake Blues John Belushi

7
3,051 1,117
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,082 820
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
2,391 883
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Sarah Palin Tina Fey

10
1,831 693
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Elwood Blues Dan Aykroyd

11
1,654 577
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Garth Algar Dana Carvey

12
1,614 654
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
1,745 520
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

14
1,687 581
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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1,447 540
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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1,632 674
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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1,506 372
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
1,298 639
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

19
1,083 317
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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1,554 776
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mr. Bill Walter Williams

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1,443 697
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 Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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1,290 782
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Beldar Conehead Dan Aykroyd

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1,164 564
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
1,383 689
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Samurai Futaba John Belushi

25
1,163 502
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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1,046 569
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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1,452 773
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

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1,021 840
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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Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Ed Grimley Martin Short

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1,165 639
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

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1,091 685
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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1,163 574
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
995 480
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

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880 728
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Opera Man Adam Sandler

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936 621
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 Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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762 364
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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981 517
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!"

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1,049 509
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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1,014 897
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Pat Julia Sweeney

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1,008 662
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

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752 629
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

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638 393
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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686 411
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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805 378
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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726 506
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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734 655
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

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725 623
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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826 776
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stuart Smalley Al Franken

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762 467
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!

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732 524
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