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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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3,115 907
Matt Foley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Chris Farley

2
2,722 900
The Church Lady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

3
2,311 846
Wayne Campbell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

4
2,284 856
Buckwheat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

5
2,684 605
Alex Trebek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

6
2,059 715
Jake Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

7
3,173 1,163
Stefon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Stefon Bill Hader

8
2,467 918
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tina Fey

9
2,159 850
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

10
1,887 721
Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

11
1,672 681
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George W. Bush Will Ferrell

12
1,835 539
Roseanne Rosannadana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

13
1,511 557
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zxray added Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

14
1,717 600
Garth Algar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dana Carvey

15
1,715 610
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Tom Islava added Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

16
1,692 694
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
1,586 387
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
1,137 337
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

19
1,336 665
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
George Bush Dana Carvey

20
1,611 797
Mr. Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Walter Williams

21
1,515 719
Debbie Downer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
mb29 added Rachel Dratch

22
1,342 799
Beldar Conehead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Dan Aykroyd

23
1,210 579
Gumby (Eddie Murphy) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Eddie Murphy

24
1,425 710
Samurai Futaba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
John Belushi

25
1,201 524
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

26
1,090 582
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zxray added Harry Caray Will Ferrell

27
1,063 858
Dieter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myer

28
1,507 794
Mary Katherine Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Molly Shannon

29
1,019 797
Ed Grimley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Martin Short

30
1,207 654
Father Guido Sarducci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Don Novello

31
1,124 699
Nick The Lounge Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

32
1,211 590
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
1,041 500
Baba Wawa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gilda Rander

34
971 639
The Ladies Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added The Ladies Man Tim Meadows - Tim Meadows

35
919 753
Opera Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Adam Sandler

36
1,020 540
Dancing Mascot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake - "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

37
788 389
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

38
1,094 523
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zxray added The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

39
1,058 920
Pat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Julia Sweeney

40
1,046 677
The Continental is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
The Continental Christopher Walken

41
673 409
Land Shark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Chevy Chase

42
731 423
Gene Frenkle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell - Cowbell!

43
777 644
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Robert Goulet Will Ferrell - Will Ferrell

44
841 391
Linda Richman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Mike Myers

45
759 532
Drunk Uncle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Bobby Moynahan

46
769 677
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zxray added Toonces the Driving Cat

47
858 796
Stuart Smalley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
Al Franken

48
745 648
MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Will Forte

49
779 547
The Target Lady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Kristen Wiig - Kristen Wiig

50
781 484
Bob Swerski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time
JimJenkins added Bob Swerski George Wendt - Da Bearsss!